Monday, November 30, 2015

The Sea- Peace Be Still

Hello Sweet Friends!  Julie here to share another card for Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Birthday Celebration with todays’ “throwback” featured stamp set, The Sea.

Before I share the card I created with this wonderful set, don’t forget that today os the last day to take advantage of the 
25% off ALL in stock stamp sets* AND Double Sweet ‘n Sassy Cash Rewards!  That means with a $50 purchase, you get $10 back instead of $5**!

*Be sure to enter the CODE: BDAYSTAMPS25 at checkout to receive 25% off your purchase.  **Double Cash Back can be redeemed on your $50 purchase throughout the month of December.  A special coupon code will be included with your order.

 Also, don't forget to check our posts on Instagram (@sweetnsassystamps) and Facebook for daily inspiration!

Now...onto today’s Throwback Feature :
The Sea is a wonderful stamp set with this gorgeous ocean scene and several verses and sentiments- perfect for masculine or feminine cards!

This card was fairly easy to create: Stamp the ocean scene using embossing ink, apply black embossing powder and heat set.  Create a mask with a circle punch and sponge various colors onto the sky and water (I used Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry).

Ink and stamp the verse from the stamp set using embossing ink, heat set with black embossing powder, trim and mount onto black cardstock, trim and mount onto the white card base to finish off the card.

In honor of Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Birthday Celebration we are doing an “About Me” segment for each of the Design Team Members :

My husband and I live in Maryland and we are about to celebrate our 33rd Anniversary in January.  We do not have any children of our own, but love working with 3rd thru 6th grade kids in our church’s Awana program and have done so now for 18 years.  

We have always had “kitties” in the house and over the years have had two groups of three- four are in “Kitty Heaven” and we still have two that are with us ( our “girls” are almost 10 years old, Angel and Queenie).  They love to be with me in my stamping area and are faithful companions :-)

I have always been artistic and ever since I was a young girl had a pencil with paper in my hands either drawing or coloring!  I was introduced to stamping in 1999 and loved the idea of being able to show others how they could be artistic as well!  I have been blessed with a very supportive husband and am currently on several Design Teams.

How long have you been a fan of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps?   
I believe I have been a fan since the beginning and a customer for at least five years or more!  I love all of the beautiful images, Christian sentiments and verses!  It has been a delight to get to know  Korin as well as the Design Divas on the team.

What do you enjoy outside of stamping? 
I enjoy spending time with my husband and we love to take day trips to the mountains and enjoy God’s beautiful creation!  I love doing all types of arts and crafts as well as sewing and, of course, enjoy reading and studying the Bible (have also starting to do some Bible Art Journaling).

What is your "day" job? 
I have recently “retired” after 40+ years working outside the home primarily in accounting.  Right now, my current “day” job is a stay at home wife that is able to stamp between chores (well, sometimes the house is cleaned- lol!)

Who inspires you? 
As the others have said, that is a hard question!  So much inspiration is all around us as well as online- I tend to draw inspiration from nature, viewing online galleries such as Splitcoaststampers and I especially love to participate in online challenges- sketches, color combinations, themes, etc.  I truly believe that the Lord has gifted us all in various ways and am so thankful that He has allowed me to share that gift of art with others. 

Share a fun or interesting fact about yourself that most people might not know...
 My husband and I met on a “blind date” and have been inseparable ever since!

What advice would you give to a new stamper?  
 Join stamping groups like Splitcoaststampers (which is free) and check out the galleries, try a few challenges and of course, check out the tutorials.  YouTube has so many videos and Pinterest is another source of inspiration for sure!!  Remember to have fun and do not compare yourself with others- it takes time to develop techniques and skills.  Invest in stamps that can be used for many different types of cards and coordinating inks with papers. 

What is your favorite SNSS set? 
Oh my, another difficult question!!  I love all of Sweet ‘n Sassys’ sets– the featured set today is one of my favorites and here is a card that I created using a Salted Background:

I also love Parisian Postcard and here is a simple collage card  using this set:

Well, I hope you have enjoyed our “Getting to Know You” segments- have a blessed week, sweet friends!


Cathymac said...

Your backgrounds are so amazing, Julie! Gorgeous cards…love all three!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Julie, your cards and artwork are gorgeous, and I so enjoyed reading about your and what inspires you. And I so love your heart for the Lord and how you and Dave and loved working with the AWANA Clubs! What a blessing you continue to be to us all! Hugs, sweet friend!

Angie said...

Julie, it was fun getting to know you a bit more!!! I love both of your gorgeous cards. The colors are amazing! Your first card caused me to take a second look because your salt technique turned out amazing!!! I haven't been able to achieve that awesome look with salt.