you make a difference

…you really do! 🙂 Hello! I have a card to share today for the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps October release. It’s a great release! Here I used the new foliage and sentiment stamp sets to make a masculine fall card.

Product links: Foliage Silhouettes (also available in a Bundle with Dies), Happy Everything Sentiment Strips.

I used a simple layout for this CAS card. After stamping the leaves, the main panel was scored with my Scor-Pal and layered onto a kraft piece, then the poppy red card base. I added a simple linen thread bow and popped up the sentiment.

The leaves are beginning to turn here. I hope you are able to enjoy them as well! Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Foliage Silhouettes, Happy Everything Sentiment Strips.; paper- white, kraft, SU! Poppy Parade; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight; accessories- MISTI, Scor-Pal, linen thread, foam tape.

more catch up

I’m sharing a few more cards today from the past 6 months. The first two are Faux Center Step Cards. Instead of cutting the scored card base and popping the center up, a separate strip is folded and adhered to the middle. So easy! First, I used the SU! Honey Bee Bundle.

For the second Faux Center Step card, I used an Altenew Layered Daffodil die set that was a magazine freebie several years ago.

Next is a W-V Fold card. I used some pretty papers shared by a friend and the SU! Nature Prints stamps.

The Tim Holtz Snarky Cat and Snarky Cat Halloween sets were used for the next two cards. This design is the Stack, Cut, & Shuffle technique. It’s great for making a quick set of 4 cards! Just stack 4 pieces of patterned papers and cut them all together. Then shuffle the pieces around and adhere them in place.

I used a clipart coloring page for the cake on this birthday card and reduced the size of it. The dotty background was made with the Taylored Expressions Bokeh Stencils.

This masculine card was made with SU! Snow Front and the Timber embossing folder.

Another masculine card uses the SU! Calling All Heroes set. The tiny words are from SNSS Birthday Wordfetti and the cover plate die is CC Designs Quad Collage Die.

Taylored Expressions has some great stencils…here I used the Mini Slim- In the Garden set. The sentiments are from SNSS Everyday Greetings.

This last card was made for a Christmas in July challenge. I used an old Cuttlebug embossing folder, Christmas Ornaments. The sentiment is from the retired SNSS Wondrous Miracle, and I think the snowflake is an old SU! punch.

Have a great week!

New Horizons

Hello! Back in the spring I made several cards with the beautiful SU! New Horizons papers. I was thrilled to win a pack of these papers… they’re great for making quick & easy cards! Here are the designs I did at that time. I need to make some more soon. 🙂

Stamp sets used: Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Be Encouraged and Be Encouraged 2; SU! Oceanfront, My Meadow, Let’s Set Sail, High Tide, Waterfront, Snowfront, On The Horizon, and Grassy Grove.

Have a great day!

September catch up

Hello! I still have a bunch of cards from the past 6 months that I haven’t shared, so today will be another catch up day. Sorry for the photo heavy post! I’ll share a few more later.

First is a card made with the Altenew Handpicked Bouquet set. After the florals were stamped in black, I used Gina Marie’s Stitched Rectangles to cut out the center. It was then stamped with colored image layers, added to a piece of black cardstock, and adhered back in place. Altenew has some of the best layered florals!

My second card uses the Altenew Fantasy Floral 3D Die Set and SU! Stitched Greenery Die. This was for a wedding card and made to match the bride’s colors. The sentiment is from SNSS Script Sentiments.

Next is a masculine birthday card with an old, retired SU! set, Antique Autos. The background behind the auto was made with Distress cardstock and inks, Tea Dye & Stormy Sky.

Here, I used Simon Says Stamp Blossom Field embossing folder, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Square Scallop Frames, Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms dies, and Gina Marie Drop Pendant Dies. The sentiment is from SU! Shaded Summer. I also made a Mother’s Day version of this card (sentiment from SU! Timeless Tulips).

The next few cards were made with Hobby Lobby’s Eucalyptus paper by The Paper Studio. On the first card, I punched a circle from the paper and layered a Spellbinders die cut, We Bring Happy Wishes, over the opening. The sentiment is from SU! Celebrate Sunflowers and was die cut with Taylored Expressions Stitched Mini Slim Stacklets. I added a few tiny flowers with an Impression Obsession flower die.

Then I used the same paper with a 6×6 OSW by Mary Knabe to create a set of 4 cards. I used SU! Forever Fern and Shaded Summer stamps with Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon paper, Fern embossing folder, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, and the Butterfly Duet punch.

This sweet note card was cased from my friend, Tina. I used a different paper and sentiment (SNSS Everyday Greetings), but the layout is the same.

A birthday card for someone who loves moose…SU! Merry Moose and Simply Sketched with Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry. Background is Evergreen Forest embossing folder.

A set of Mystery Cards with some old Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper. Simply turn a sheet of 12×12 paper over and cut into six 4 x 5 1/4 pieces. Turn them over and adhere to a card base, add sentiments. That’s it!

SU! Positive Thoughts & Simply Sketched for a quick sympathy card…

My last card today uses Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Donut Worry, plus SU! Sweet As a Peach & Timeworn Type embossing folder.

Have a great day!

September SNSS holiday release

Hello! Today I have a few cards to share for the second half of the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps September release. Earlier this month, SNSS released some fall products and now we are thinking Christmas.

I love cards that are created with kraft cardstock, and it works so well for Christmas. Here I used it with the Christmas Cookies stamp set and NEW coordinating Dies. If you don’t have the previously released stamps, these are also available in a bundle. I stamped the images with Soft Suede ink and accented with a white paint pen.

For the second card, I stamped a background with Texture Tiles 1 and a Unicorn White inkpad. Then I added the words and image with the new Holly Christmas Bundle (also available separately).

My last two cards feature the Let Us Rejoice Bundle (also available separately). I used some gold star patterned paper and kept the sweet nativity images in black & white. I loved how these turned out and will definitely make several more to add to my Christmas cards this year!

Have a great day!

giving thanks

Good morning! Today I am featuring another one of the new coordinating die sets from this month’s Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps release, Give Thanks Dies. This stamp set is a previously released one so you may purchase the dies separately, if you have the stamps, or both together in a bundle. I also used Falling Leaves (the September Product of the Month) and Cheerful Hexies.

Product links: Give Thanks Dies, Give Thanks Bundle, Falling Leaves, Cheerful Hexies.

I started today’s cards by making a fall card without autumn colors. I really liked the blue falling leaves background that I stamped and decided to “paint” the die cut leaves with other fun colors too. Various inks were dabbed onto my table (it’s an old table!) one at a time and spritzed with water. Then I picked the inks up by smooshing a piece of watercolor paper onto them. Let it dry between colors. When completely dry, I stamped and die cut the leaves.

I had a few leftover leaves that I saved and wasn’t sure what I would do with them…until I needed an anniversary card! Here I Die cut a square from the white panel, then embossed the square in a woodgrain embossing folder. I then stamped yellow leaves onto the white panel and popped it up onto a card front with foam tape. The embossed square was glued back into place and two leftover die cut leaves were popped up on top.

I have a third card today…for this one I created a background by stamping the Cheerful Hexies first, then the leaves over top with black ink. The photo makes it look a bit busy, but it looks really cool in person!

Be sure to check back tomorrow as SNSS will feature other new products for the second half of the month. 😉

partial die cut scarecrow

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card using one of the new die sets from this month’s Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps release. This stamp set is a previously released one so you may purchase the dies separately, if you have the stamps, or both together in a bundle.

Product links: Happy Scarecrow Die Set, Happy Scarecrow Bundle

This happy fella was stamped in the center of the card front. Since he’s not layered on, and I didn’t want the coloring to bleed through to the inside, I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol and paper stumps. Then I used the Partial Die Cutting Technique on my card front to cut around just half of the scarecrow.

After die cutting, I used a trimmer to cut above and below the image, where the die cutting stopped. I glued a piece of plaid paper to the inside and added a few more die cut and colored images. The sentiment and pumpkin were popped with foam tape.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Happy Scarecrow Bundle; paper- white, Lawn Fawn- Plaid Fall; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Terracotta Tile; accessories- MISTIGemini Jr., Prismacolor pencils, gamsol, foam tape.

bold caps monograms

I have one more project this month using the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Bold Caps Alpha Dies. This time I wanted to make some monogram note cards. These are not often seen in paper crafting these days, but they are classic and fun! I would love to see them trending with a come-back.

Product links: Bold Caps Alpha Dies, Decorative Frames Dies, and Scribble Flowers Bundle (also sold separately).

I thought the bold alpha needed a bold pattern and colors. I also paired it with the Decorative Frames Dies and Scribble Flowers Bundle.

The paper has some pretty gold foiling…

Give some monograms a try! Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Scribble Flowers Bundle; paper- white, SU! Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Lemon Lime Twist, Mauve Mist, K&Company Sweet Nectar; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- MISTIGemini Jr., Bold Caps Alpha Dies, Decorative Frames Dies, SU! Subtle embossing folder, foam tape.

hey, chick!

Today I’m sharing two more cards with the great alpha dies and cute farm set from this month’s Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps release. I also used some SNSS stencils on the backgrounds.

Product links: Bold Caps Alpha DiesDown on the Farm Bundle (Stamps and Dies also sold separately), Bubbles Stencil, Chicken Wire Stencil.

For my first card, I die cut the letters “HEY” from a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch panel, saving the letters for the next card. I layered some patterned paper onto a card base where the letters would show through. Then the stamped and stenciled panel was popped up on the base with foam tape. The sweet little chick was placed on the fence.

Next, I masked off the top portion of the letters and heat embossed them with a clear sparkle embossing powder. The card base was also masked and the bubbles were stenciled with black ink. I added the same die cut chick and a simple sentiment with some red twine accent.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Down on the Farm Bundle; paper- white, SU! Crushed Curry, MME- Be Amazing; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Crushed Curry, Versamark; accessories- MISTIGemini Jr., Copics, Bold Caps Alpha DiesBubbles Stencil, Chicken Wire Stencil, foam tape, rhinestones, Sparkle embossing powder.

sending love

Hello! I have a CAS, quick card to share today. I am really loving the new alpha die set from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps August release. So many possibilities! This card could be a valentine or used any other time of year to send some love and care.

Product links: Bold Caps Alpha DiesLove Wordfetti.

My background is a piece of patterned paper, but you can easily stamp your own florals. The shiny gold paper was a piece that I saved from the lining of a fancy envelope. It was the perfect size strip for die cutting a few letters. I added a tiny sentiment from the Love Wordfetti set and a few rhinestone accents.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Bold Caps Alpha Dies, Love Wordfetti; paper- white, MME- In Bloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- MISTIGemini Jr., rhinestones.