Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Little Autumn Yet in November

Hello SNSS friends! In case you've missed it, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is celebrating their 8th birthday all month long!  Be sure to keep checking Facebook and the blog for samples, give-aways, and promotions! You can also follow us on Instagram: @sweetnsassystamps
Currently SNSS is offering 25% off all dies with the code BDAYDIES25! 

Today we are taking a look at the beautiful Autumn Mum Greetings Stamp Set. I think mums are like a breath of fresh autumn air, for after all of the summer flowers are winding down, up come the mums in a beautiful array of colors. I happen to have purple mums in my yard, so I chose to color mine that way for today's card:
This set has a gorgeous font, with some beautiful sentiments included. I stamped both the flower and sentiment in Archival Black ink, and then used my Koi paints to color the flower.

I love this Stanley Horowitz quote, and thought some designer paper with script would match the idea of someone saying such beautiful words.

There are matching dies, as well, so it makes cutting a breeze. You can find those HERE. I also made a quick watercolor bookmark with this set. I stamped the smaller mum with distress inks, then sprayed the paper and let the colors run. 

Once dry, I added the mum and sentiment again in a dark brown and tied on some fun fibers.
A little about me:
Although we are originally from Arizona, my husband and I currently live in Central Nebraska with our water turtle (we have had him for twenty years!) and our sweet Lab/Jack Russell mix, Fiona (not named after Shrek, but because she is white and Fiona is Gaelic for "white" or "fair".). We have two children, who live way too far away from us - one 750 miles west, and the other 1350 miles east. Sad! We are the proud grandparents of a two-month old granddaughter, and are so thankful for Face Time! 

1. How long have you been a fan of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps? I honestly don't remember when I became a customer, but it was in Korin's first year of business! I have been a member of her Design Team since January of this year.

2. What do you enjoy outside of stamping? 

I love going on junk jaunts, finding interesting things to photograph, and I love traveling. I also spend quite a bit of time at the theatre, either as an actress or director. Currently I am playing the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, which opens in a week, and will be directing To Kill A Mockingbird in the Spring. My kids, even grown, are my number one priority.

3. What is your "day" job? 

My husband is a Professor of Philosophy at the university here, and I work part-time in our community theatre Box Office.

4. Who inspires you?  

I find inspiration through nature and color, mostly. I have several stamping friends that inspire me, and I would be amiss if I didn't throw Pinterest in there. However, it is the artwork of the particular stamp sets that really inspire me to create.

5. Share a fun or interesting fact about yourself that most people might not know.  
I sang for the Pope at the Vatican when I was 15 years old. And I don't know how to swim!

6. What advice would you give to a new stamper? 
Find what you love, and stick with it. Make things that make you happy, and do more of that. And don't compare your creations to other stampers'. Just love what you do.

7. What is your favorite SNSS set?
I love the Puppy Love and Kitty Love stamp sets. Animals are a huge part of my family's lives, and I am a big animal advocate. Here are a few elegant and cute cards made with those two sets: 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. friends!

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