Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Tuesday Tip - Save the Sentiment

 Tuesday Tip - Save the Sentiment

Today's tip comes from Diane who says, "Leave the sentiment off of some cards that you make so you have a stash ready to go for any occasion. Then simply add a sentiment to the front or inside when needed."

Her beautiful autumn card features our Colors of Fall stamp set. 

Here are a few more cards from the archives that employ this technique.

Card by Diane features: Song Birds

Cards by Lyn feature Begin Again

Card by Esther use Springtime Babies, Texture Tiles 4, Floral Background, Foliage Dies, Bubbles Stencil

Cards by Nina feature Landscape Silhouettes

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Tuesday Technique - Stippling

 Tuesday Technique - Stippling

Instead of coloring in your stamped image fully, try this stippling (dotting) technique that Karen used on her coneflowers. Choose 3-4 colors in the same family and dot the colors onto your image in a loose gradient. Make sure to bring the lightest color back up into the darkest a bit. You’ll love the mottled, soft look for your cards or other projects.

Supplies: Colors of Fall, Sew Many Stitches, Skinny Caps Alpha,  and Floral Doily Stencil

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Tuesday Technique - Die Cut Window

 Tuesday Technique - Die Cut Window

Diane's tip is to bring your focal image from the outside of the card to the inside with a punched or die cut window. She used the Thankful Sunflowers and Script Background Stamp on her pretty card. 

Here are a couple more cards from the archives that use this fun technique! 

Lyn's card features Sweet Little Lamb

Monka's card features Springtime Babies, Made New, and Fence & Grass Dies

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Tuesday Tip - Sentiment Backgrounds

Tuesday Tip - Sentiment Background

Do you want to get more out of your stamp sets? Check out April's great tip for creating unique and fun backgrounds using the sentiments in your sets. 

Try stamping them lightly, tone on tone, wonky, overlapping ....the possibilities are endless!

She also used the sentiment background technique with her dies. Isn't this card just the sweetest?

Supplies used on these beautiful cards: 

Great Friends, Thankful SunflowersLove You Die Set, and Gnome Love

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Tuesday Tutorial - Crinkle Ribbon

 Tuesday Tutorial - Crinkle Ribbon

Do you ever wish you had ribbon in the exact colors of your project? Esther recently revisited the crinkle ribbon technique that helps you match everything perfectly!

Crinkle Ribbon Directions:

1. Cut a strip of white seam binding twice as long as you want it since it will shrink when crinkled
2. Ink up your ribbon with your choice of distress ink
3. Spritz generously with water to spread the ink throughout the ribbon (You can add more ink to your mat and soak it up with the wet ribbon to create a darker shade)
4. Ball up your ribbon and dry with a heat gun.

Esther added her tags to loaves of Pumpkin Bread she had packaged in white paper lunch sacks. 


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Tuesday Tip - Repeat Stenciling

Tuesday Tip - Repeat Stenciling

Do you have stencils with tiny designs in them like our recently released Cross Stitch Stencil? Karen shares a tip for creating a fuller patten by shifting the stencil so that the design falls between the ones already stenciled and re-stenciling. 


 Cross Stitch Stencil, Sew Happy Stamp Set, Sew Happy Die Set, Going Postal

Karen also tried this technique using two different colors! 


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Tuesday Tutorial - Quilt Backgrounds

  Tuesday Tutorial - Quilt Backgrounds

Esther recently shared a set of three cards that feature a quick and easy quilt background technique. Here's how she created them:

  1. Cut 3 pieces of designer paper to measure 5.25" x 4" inches
  2. Stack them all together and make two random cuts
  3. Mix up the patterns to form three different quilt card fronts
  4. Turn each set over and tape them together to make gluing them to your card front easier

Friday, July 21, 2023

BYSHC Christmas in July Link Party

  We're so excited to be one of the sponsors for the Christmas in July 2023 BYSHC Link Party that starts today and runs through July 28th. One lucky winner will get a $25 gift code to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store. All you have to do is create a Christmas, Hanukkah, Yuletide, wintry etc. type of card and link it up to the official post on the BYSHC blog

 We'd love for you to check out the Christmas section of the Sweet 'n Sassy Store for some super fun beverage-themed stamp sets, and if you're into digital stamps, we have those too. While you're looking, check out these holiday die sets: Christmas Ornaments & Bulbs, Large Snowflakes, Sparkle Snowflakes, and Peace & Joy Word Dies.  When you're finished browsing the store, scroll down and enjoy the holiday inspiration from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps team and Friends of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  

Card by Esther features: 

Card by Michelle features:

Card by Von Marie features:

Card by Autumn features:

Card by Korin features:

Card by Julee features:

Card by Tanya features:

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Tuesday Tip - Using Tiny Stamps

Tuesday Tip: Using Tiny Stamps

Not sure what to do with those tiny images in a stamp set? Diane has you covered!
She recently shared this beautiful card that she created by repeatedly stamping two of the smallest images in Be a Wildflower onto her card front. It almost looks like a pretty piece of fabric, doesn't it?

Products used: Be a Wildflower & Sew Happy stamp sets