Friday, January 15, 2021

Sending Love in a Card













Hello dear friends! My name is Lieschen and I'm very excited to share with you a card I made using the Happy Mail stamp set. This set is a lot of fun! Not only can you use to make a card, but you can also stamp the envelope with the fun images included in the set.












To start my card, I used left over scraps from another project to add some strips on the front of the card. I then stamped and cut those cute envelopes and snail. Before I colored my images, I assembled the card to see how it would look at the end. Sometimes that helps me see what colors I would like to use to color my images. I then added my sentiments from Happy Mail and Vintage Romance.












After I colored the images with my Copic markers I put some foam tape on the back of the images to make them pop a bit. I finished the card by adding some heart embellishments and clear sequins. 

I hope this project has given you inspiration to have some fun with this cute stamp set!


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Tea For Two


{jane bosi} If you haven't had the time to hop along with the Sweet N Sassy design team, please make sure you do!  The hop is full of  inspiration!

I like tea almost as much as I like coffee!! The new I Like Big Cups is perfect for both!

I started by creating a background piece using Coffee Talk 2 and then laying color and texture over the stamped sentiments with my gelpress plate.  

The images are water colored--isn't that tea bag just the sweetest?  After sponging a die cut frame, I added the images and then a sentiment from the Tea For Two set.

Simple, colorful and fun!
Have a great day -- Jane

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

January 2021 Release Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to our January 2021 Release Blog Hop!

Who's ready for some fabulous inspiration with our January Release? There's a whole lot of eye candy, plus there's a chance to win a $25 gift code to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop! Read on for a bit of inspiration and a little walk through of this month's lovely new goodies, then hop along to the blogs linked below to get inspired! 

GIVEAWAY: Leave a little shout out in the comment section on each stop along the way for a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps shop. Comment deadline for the prize drawing is 10 pm ET on Tuesday, January 19. Winner will be announced here on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, January 20. Happy hopping!

Here's the official hop list. If a link misbehaves along the way,
hop on back here to pick  up where you left off.

Let's take a little look-see at the January release...

First up is the January stamp of the month, Happy Mail. This set is available for purchase for $11.95, OR you can get it as a FREE gift with a $60 purchase (after any discounts and before shipping and tax) during the month of January! Please note you MUST add this set to your cart to receive the discount. Once your order qualifies, the discount will automatically apply in your shopping cart.

Korin combines Happy Mail with Going Postal and Lollipop Alpha on this darling little hello car.

Who loves coffee? We're so excited for our Texture Tiles 9 set this month with coffee themed backgrounds! 

Guest Designer Charmaine Canham creates a gorgeous background with the Texture Tiles 9 set, then accents it with our I Like Big Cups and Coffee Talk 2 sets.

I Like Big Cups  is the next set in our spotlight. These large coffee/tea/cocoa mugs are perfect as focal points, and perfectly sized to fit the sentiments from the Coffee Talk 2 set.

Guest Designer Charmaine Canham created this fabulous tea loving card with I Like Big Cups, Choose Faith, and Timeless Hymns.

Our next set is the super fun Coffee Talk 2 set. These fun coffee sentiments are sure to bring a smile, and they coordinate beautifully with the I Like Big Cups set.

Guest Designer Charmaine Canham created a little slimline goodness with the Coffee Talk 2 set and I Like Big Cups.

Our next spotlight set is the beautiful Going Postal set from Stephanie Gammon.

Stephanie used Going Postal to create this sweet post card in memory of her Dad.

Our next spotlight set is the super versatile Background Builders: Stripes set.

Deeds uses the Background Builders: Stripes set so beautifully here with a collage of stamped elements from Whimsy Bouquet and Beautiful Birds.

Our Creative Worship set this month is the whimsical Lollipop Alpha.

Janelle used Lollipop Alpha along with Happy Mail for this sweet bible journaling page.

That's our January Release in a nutshell! So many fabulous sets to choose from! What's your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Your next stop on the hop is my blog, Poetic Artistry.

May you be blessed today and always!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Coffee Talk 2

 Hello Sweet Friends!  Sheri here today with a fun COFFEE themed card featuring the NEW Coffee Talk 2 and Texture Tiles 9 stamp sets from the January 2021 Release!
I started off with a piece of kraft card stock and stamped the coffee rings from the Texture Tiles 9 set in both kraft and dark chocolate ink. Then I found some scrap pattern the chocolate looking polka dots and the strip of green reminded me of Starbucks. I then stamped a sentiment from the Coffee Talk 2 stamp set with dark chocolate ink and layered it onto a brown heart. I created the scallop border with a die from my stash. For embellishment I added ribbon and twine.
Card Measurements:
White A2 Top Fold Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2")
Kraft Layer: 4" x 5 1/4"
Brown Mat: 4" x 2"
Brown Polka Dot Pattern Paper Layer: 4" x 1 7/8"
Green Pattern Paper Strip: 4" x 1/2"
Green Scallop Border: 4" x 3/16"
Brown Heart: 2 7/8"
White Heart: 2 3/8"
Did you see what is coming soon to the store and is NOW available for PRE-ORDER?! 
Happy Stamping!!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Using Artist Trading Coins


Hello stamping friends, Esther here today with something a little different. Some of the Sweet n Sassy Stamps team members recently did an Artist Trading Coin exchange, and these are the fun little bird themed ATC's I made in three different color schemes. 

I started by doing some ink smooshing on watercolor paper. I had originally planned to use my inky results as the coins themselves, but then decided I wanted to turn them into fun little birdies instead. 

Here are the ink combos I used: 

  • Salty Ocean / Picked Raspberry 
  • Salty Ocean / Twisted Citron
  • Salty Ocean / Wilted Violet

After I dried my ink smooshed paper I spot-stamped a background stamp before stamping my birds and fussy cutting. I added some white gel pen to their cheeks and a touch of clear glitter to their beaks. 

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 Supplies and Tools:

  • These Sweet n Sassy stamp sets
  • Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders) 
  • Heart Dies (Firefly)
  • Lacy Borders (Lawn Fawn)
  • Flower Shower Spring Stack (DCWV)
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • White Gel Pel
  • Clear Glitter Pen
  • These colors of Distress Oxide (Ranger)
    • Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Black Soot

I've heard people ask (and wondered myself) - "So what do you do with artist trading coins?" I thought I'd show you a fun way to use them on cards.

I used all the same supplies as above to create a matching background and added a white paper doily (Hello Doily- Sizzix die) behind my coin, a banner (embossed with Quilted Delight M- Bossabilities (Spellbinders) across my card front, and some pretty sequins.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

How to Make a Circle Shaped Card

 Happy Saturday Stampers!

This is Michelle here from East Bay Stamp Chick with another fun card. Today's card is a circle shaped card. Have you ever made one before? They're pretty easy. Let me show you how I did it.

This card measures 4.25 circle and opens on the left side just like a regular card.

To make the base for this card I used a circle die that was 4.25 inch diameter. I took a pre-folded A2 card base from my stash and lined up the die so part of it hung over the fold.
You can see in this photo how the die over hangs on the fold side. This will leave part of the card connected and won't cut it into 2 unconnected circles. This creates your base.

Next I cut a background circle with the same die. Mine is in a silver glitter cardstock. I glued it to the card base.

In this photo, you can see the back of the card. The base has the flat area where the circles are attached. You can also see the edge of a completed circle which is my glitter cardstock. By doing this when you look at the card from the front all you see is a complete circle with no flat spot. The flat area is hidden from the front.

Here is close up. From the front it's a complete circle.

So what fun stamp sets did I use to create this card? That giant snowflake in the back is from the Spectacular Snowflakes Stamp set. The coffee cup is from the new I Like Big Cups. I used the smaller snowflakes from the same set as the giant snowflake to stamp on the coffee cup. And the sentiment comes from the Mini Grunge Type Alpha. I added some paper streamer and sequins from my stash to complete the card. The snowflake is heat embossed in white.

Here is a closer look at the stamp sets.

I hope you find some time this weekend to get crafty. If you do make sure you share it with us. And let me know if you try a circle card!
Happy Stamping!



Thursday, January 7, 2021

big cups

Good morning! I hope you are having a good start to the new year! Today I am sharing two projects using the new Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps set called I Like Big Cups. It's a fun and very versatile set for all your coffee/tea/cocoa lovers!

This past year I sadly fell short in making Christmas cards. I always start in January and hope to make some each month but usually let it drop at some point until later in the year. I'm hoping to stick with it better this year! To get started, I paired a sentiment from Christmas Gnomes with the big to-go cup (paper-pieced of course!). The cup cards are perfect to include a gift card for a local coffee or donut shop.

My second card was made with a simple fold to tuck one of those gift cards into. I scored a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of cardstock @ 3 1/2 and 7 3/4. Then I trimmed a little off and punched the edge to get the size of pocket I wanted. And yes, I paper pieced another fave technique! Here I used another new set for the sentiment, Coffee Talk 2.

The sides of the pocket could be adhered with glue or double sided tape but I simply used two tiny staples.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Roses are Red and So are Penguins!

 Hello Friends!  

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas, New Year's and time off with your families.  

As you have probably already noticed in stores, we are headed full speed towards Valentine's Day.  I got this wacky idea (trying to think outside the box, lol) that I needed a red penguin on a Valentine's Day card.  Here is the end result!

So, I kind of love him!  I did add a heart to his tummy- I used a heart stamp from the Sweet Little Lamb Stamp Set.  This sweet guy is from the Winter Hugs Stamp Set, as is the sentiment.  He was colored with Copics and then fussy cut out.  I was a bit stumped from there.  Several different backgrounds, layouts, and color schemes later, I was still without anything but this cute bird.  I rifled through some patterned paper and happened across this pink and red graphic paper that is perfectly 'Valentiney'.  Best part is it already had the heart shape die cut from it from some previous project.  It was the perfect way to finish off this cutie.  I added some sequins and stamped Happy Valentines Day on the side- the stamp I used is from the Lots of Love Stamp Set.  I tried to get a picture here, but with bad lighting due to a very dreary day, I could not get a good photo of the inside of the card.  Here are both stamp sets that I used~

This next card is also monochromatic red and it started out as a Valentine's card as well, but as you can see, it did not end up as such.  

Isn't this just the best bird image?!?!  If you like realism (like me!) then this is THE bird image for you.  This guy is from the Singing Praises Stamp Set.  I stamped him with Versafine Onyx Black Ink using my MISTI and then water colored him with my well loved Ken Oliver Colorburst Watercolors.  The bird was fussy cut out.  

For the background, I decided to use the faux water coloring technique.  The floral image is my favorite in the Flower Garden Stamp Set.  Once the background was dry, I die cut a circle out of it and them popped up the negative panel on the card base. I stamped the sentiment and added a few sequins and called it done.  If you want to see my inspiration for this card, head over to my blog!  

Please excuse the photos, all.  I am still getting used to a new computer, new editing program and trying to take photos with my phone.  I will get there eventually!  
Don't forget, the January Release Bundle is available through January 9th- you can save over 10%!  
And with your purchase of $75 or more you get free shipping!  AND, with a purchase of $60 or more, you get the January Stamp of the Month- Happy Mail- for free!  

That's a lot of free! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Lee Ann