Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SNSS March Release Hop Day 4

Hello and welcome to day 4 of the blog hops showcasing the
March Releases at Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Today we are featuring the darling Pick Me Up Clear Stamp Set
along with the coordinating
Pick Me Up dies.

I have used several of the SNSS stamp and die sets for my first card sample today.  The coffee mug and steam is from our newly released Pick Me Up Clear Stamp and coordinating Dies set, the heart from our Hearts Dies, and the sentiment is from the You Clear Stamp set.  The "you" in the sentiment is from a future release and pairs so nicely.   I have also used three different designer papers: Canvas Home Basics (Coffee Stamps on Kraft), KaiserCraft (Tea Party), and Basic Grey (Mint Julep).  The larger panel is SU (Very Vanilla) embossed with the Cuttlebug EF, Swirls.   Some enamel dots and a brown gingham knotted ribbon finish my card.
My second card was featured on our SNSS blog as a sneak peek and uses both our new March releases, Pick Me Up Clear Stamp set and coordinating dies, and Borders & Background Clear Stamp set and coordinating dies.   The little tiny hearts under the coffee mug are the negatives from our Heart & Stars Scalloped Die set (love these sweet offerings).  I stamped one of the frames from Decorative Frames Clear Stamp set, trimmed it out, and popped up the coffee mug.   Just a few chocolate enamel dots to finish off the card.
Have you had coffee or tea with a friend today?
Conversation and a warm beverage ~ always a great pick-me-up that warms the heart!

Now take a look at the full sets and all the details below:


The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.
Stop by each of their blogs to comment for a chance to WIN one of
(2) $20 gift codes to our store over the course of our 4 days of blog hops!

Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all the comments on our Friday release blog post.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all the comments on full reveals in our SCS forum.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all the participants in our release challenge hosted on our blog.

The deadline to comment for a chance to win ismidnight EST Friday, March 14th.   The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, March 17th.

Thanks for joining us today, and enjoy the hop!



Monday, March 10, 2014

SNSS March Release Hop Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the Sweet 'n Sassy March Release Blog Hops!

Today's feature
This lovely 6 piece stamp set of encouraging scripture verses was a delight to pair with beautiful designer paper from Memory Box (Gossamer).  I've had this paper for a long time and I still love it.  I don't normally machine stitch on my cards - but, I thought I'd do some today - just for you (she smiles). The SNSS scripture stamps look wonderful in so many different styles of card making.   From CAS, clean and layered, to Shabby Chic or Elegant, God's word is timeless!

                                 Here are all the details for this beautiful sentiments stamp set.
  • Includes 6 sentiments
  • Set measures approximately 6" x 4"
  • Largest verse measures approximately 2" x 2.5"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.    Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to WIN one of (2) $20 gift codes to our store over the course of our 4 day blog hops!

Don't miss these opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals on our SCS forum.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on our blog.

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, March 14th.   The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, March 17th.

Thanks for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!



Sunday, March 9, 2014

You Are My Sunshine

Hello and welcome to day 2 of the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps March Release Blog Hops!

This 6"x4" set includes 5 beautiful images that can be used alone to create fun borders or together to create amazing backgrounds.   The matching dies make it even more fabulous.   Stamps and dies are sold separately or save and purchase as a Bundle Set.




I've paired Borders and Backgrounds with
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Happy Place set and Beach Dies
I stamped the Borders & Backgrounds stamp set with SU Certainly Celery ink, and die cut with the coordinating Borders & Backgrounds die set.  The Swiss dot embossed panel in between is 1 1/2"  I attached the borders with adhesive but think it would look darling machine stitched too.   The whimsical flowers and sentiment are from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Happy Place set, and are colored with Copics with a little Stickles (Stardust) applied for sunny sparkle.   The sun is from Beach Dies.

I love the rays of warm happiness on this card.
And, I know someone who's ready to get outside and play too.
    
Hello Sunshine!

Be sure to take a look at the beautiful card samples created by our talented design team in the thumbnails below.   Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to Win one of (2) $20 gift codes to our store over the course of our 4 day blog hop.

Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals on our SCS forum.
(1) $20 gift codes drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on our blog.

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, March 14th.  A list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, March 17th.

Thank you for joining us today, and enjoy the hop!




Saturday, March 8, 2014

SNSS March Release Hop

Hello friends,

It's time for the Sweet n Sassy Stamps March Release Hop!    Today we are featuring a big, bold, floral set called Flower Blocks 3.   This set includes 4 images and 4 large sentiments, and is the third stamp set in the big, bold, block series.   For my sample today I've stamped the rose twice, colored with Copics in a neutral tone of E40, E41, and a little E42.   I trimmed the frame away as well as some of the petals, then angled the two roses around the sentiment which I stamped in Ranger Archival Coffee.   The sentiment is from the God's Will stamps set to be featured on Monday.  I keep every thing monochromatic with vintage cream colored ribbon, rustic cream cardstock, and some cream colored flat pearls.
Our design team has been hard at work this month creating some beautiful samples for you so please check out their designs in the thumbnails below.  Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to win one of (2) $20 codes to our store over the 4 days of our blog hops!

Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals in our SCS forum.
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on our blog.

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, March 14th.
The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, March 17th.

Thanks so much for joining us, and enjoy the hop!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fill er up!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps March Sneak Peek

Hello sweet friends!
It's time for a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps March Sneak Peek (you're going to love this fabulous release)!
It's chock-a-block full of fun trendy stamping love!  And the design team has been busy creating beautiful samples to chase away those winter blues (pleeeease)!    Let's share a cup of coffee while I tell you what inspired me to create today's sneak peek card sample.

I love Holley Gerth's inspirational blog ~ writer, author, and counselor, Holley, encourages me each day with words that are just spot on.   She speaks my language!   She reaches out with words that draw me in and wrap me with love and acceptance ~ no matter what kind of day I've had or am having.  The Father gives us "living water" to keep us nourished and hydrated so that we may in turn pour out his love to others when the holy spirit speaks to our hearts.  A river of living water where grace and mercy abound.

Do you know of anyone who could use a cup of encouragement today?    It may be your visit or phone call that makes all the difference, and refills the heart of another.   May the words of our mouths be as living water, filled up and poured out to the glory of God.
"He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, 
out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."   John 7:38
Thanks a Latte!
I'll see you back here on Saturday for the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps March Release Blog Hop!
Blessings,


Sources: Card size: 4.25x 5.5 (A2), Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Pick me Up Image & Sentiments), (Borders&Backgrounds), (Borders&Backgrounds Die), (Decorative Frames), (Hearts&Stars Scallop Border Dies),  Ink: PTI (Pure Poppy), Ranger (Archival Ink - Coffee), Memento (London Fog); Paper: SU (Chocolate Chip), PTI (Vintage Cream); Embellishments: My Mind's Eye (Enamel Dots)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Delightfully Delicate Pin Cushion

Hi there!

Last week Sweet n' Sassy Stamps released their February stamp sets.  One of those sets was a delicate background stamp that some of our customers thought had a quilted look.   One lady said she would love to see this delicate design stamped on vellum and embossed.   Well, your wish is my command (she smiles).

I have had a small sewing hoop on my desk since Christmas just waiting for the right moment.   Here's what I did.  I stamped the Delightfully Delicate Background stamp on a piece of vellum with Ranger Distress Ink (Victorian Rose) and embossed it with Judikin's Clear Embossing powder - beautiful!   Then I cut it with a classic scalloped circle.    I also cut a larger scalloped circle out of winter winter soft felt.   And, I cut a large size scalloped circle from craft cardstock to place on the back of the hoop.   Lay all of these aside for now.
This is so easy you're going to love me for the idea *wink*   I used some adhesive backed pink lace and ran it around the hoop - yep, that easy!   Next I applied a strings of pearls at the bottom and top of the hoop band.    I placed some batting inside for a little puff, then laid the felt on top with my smaller scalloped embossed circle on top of that (you could sew these scallops together).   At this point you can embellish anyway you choose. I added some 1/16" baby pink ribbon and spray of roses, little blossoms, leaves and a stick pin that I created.    A few little pearls on the Delightfully Delicate scalloped circle and you have a faux quilted pin cushion.  If you choose to put a few pins in this, make sure they are small in length.

I hope you've enjoyed this little project.   Wouldn't this make a sweet Mother's Day gift?

Thank you so much for your visit, I'll see you next time.
Blessings,


Monday, February 17, 2014

Possibilities

Hello friends,

I wanted to share something with you that is becoming very dear to my heart.   When I first started this blog journey I was scared.  I'd never done anything like this at ALL!

I have always loved art, but, for some reason didn't give myself permission to carry it forward into adulthood.   I was tagged early in life by people that should have known better, people I should have been able to trust not to wound.   But as life has it, it doesn't always turn out that way.   Those labels caused me to become a fearful and untrusting person in many ways.   I was Little Much Afraid.   But... there was something else inside of me too.   A deep desire to push up and out of the skin that everyone else tired to convince me was mine.   Like a seedling, the will to grow was always there.  It started with a garden; something I had always wanted to have. Words had held me back to long, it was time to sow seeds in a healthier ground.

With each step, like the little engine, I realized I could.  Amazing!    My garden began to take root, and by the second season, I was talking seeds, soil, and worm juice with the best of them (she smiles).   The garden became a place of sanctuary for me as well; where God began to heal my heart and help me with understanding.   Like an onion, the layers of a wounded heart began to peel back, and a new awareness of the possibilities stood before me.   The garden flourished, I was learning, creating -- hmm, creating; I hadn't thought of it like that.  Color, form, textures, placement - hardy, tender.   Transformation with each new season.

One afternoon as I was surveying my piece of heaven, I realized there was a balance in the garden.   Without realizing it, I had learned to create balance.  Then it dawned on me (I'm a slow learner), this was an art form!  My heart rejoiced.  This was art on a garden path.  It would be years before I would pick up a pencil, ink pen, and brush again, but it was the beginning of possibilities.   In God's own time he reached within my heart, took my hand and lead me up the mountain again.  Yes, sorrow and pain have been my companion.  God told us this world would have it's troubles, but this is what I know beloved - joy comes in the morning.

Several years ago the desire to include writing with my card crafting evolved into an even deeper desire to include word and art journaling.   I have much to learn, just like gardening.  But with one foot in front of the other, I shall learn and explore.   I believe it's time to peel back more of the onion, and with God's help I intend to try.

This past weekend I created my first Zentangle card.   I drew hands in the position of praise, cut them out, and used them as a mask.   I sponged around them with Ranger Distress Ink (Dandelion) and then stamped around my image and sentiment with a small background splatter stamp created by Dina Kowal for Impression Obbessions in both Dandelion and Milled Lavender ink by Ranger.    I created my Zentangle design within the negative white space after pulling off the mask.   To give more depth, I used some Prismacolor pencil in and around my hands of praise.
I am so grateful to the one who loves me and did not leave nor forsake me - who knows my past, present, and future.   I'm thankful for the possibilities.

You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.    Psalm 56:8  NLT

Blessings,

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