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a Summer Die-version

Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps is having a little Summer Die-Version with a special blog hop featuring some fabulous new dies, released today!  I have 3 cards to share…they are fun to create with!

I just love them all and had a hard time choosing which ones to use first.  I guess the Shapes dies were calling my name.  lol.  Here’s a few cards I made with them.

Last night I really wanted to try using the leaves dies with the Puzzle Piece Resist technique so I started another card…but I had surgery on my hand the day before and I was really over-doing it to try to craft.  Luckily, I was together with my friends so my friend, Jeannette, finished sponging and put the twine on for me and Shannon glued my leaves back in place.  lol.  I have the best group of friends!  In turn, I cut paper for Jeannette which was less stress on my finger!

So here’s my card with puzzle-pieced leaves…

I embossed the Sweet ‘n Sassy Music Background on white cardstock with clear embossing powder.  Then I cut it into squares and diecut the leaves.  Next the background and leaves were sponged separately, then the leaves were glued back into place.  Here’s a close up.

 

Now here’s the full sets of dies being released… ♥  The leaves match the Nature Silhouettes 2 stamp set!

 

AND…Korin is having a Summer Sale in the SNSS store…be sure to check it out!

Check out more samples with the new dies made by our DT on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog!

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!

card 1: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Sweet Kiwi; paper- Vanilla, DCWV Spring Fling; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- SNSS Shapes dies, adhesive pearls.

card 2: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Sweet Kiwi; paper- white, DCWV Spring Fling; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- SNSS Shapes dies and Pennants & More dies (circle), gemstones.

card 3: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Music Background; paper- white, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake; ink- Versamark, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Crushed Curry; accessories- SNSS Small Leaves dies, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Sizzix Country Foliage embossing folder, baker’s twine, button, adhesive pearls.

Scor-Pal and Heartfelt Creations!

This week the Scor-Pal team joined the Heartfelt Creations DT to share projects combining their awesome products.  For today I created an Easel Card with some UTEE flowers and a lovely HC die with matching stamps.

Here’s a pic of the card when “opened”, with the “shutters” open as well…

And here it is closed, flat.

I used my Scor-Pal to make the Easel Card base.  Directions can be found here.  The background is a brick embossing folder.

I also used the Stay Put Craft Mat to make my UTEE flowers.  This mat is a great work surface for your inks and paints but it is also heat resistant which makes it awesome for working with hot UTEE.. or ultra thick embossing enamel (a large particle embossing powder).

First I melted some UTEE in my melting pot.  I didn’t add much UTEE here because I was only dipping a few flowers.  The flowers started out as a lighter lavender color but after dipping, they will turn a darker purple.  Keep this in mind as you plan the colors for your project.  The hot UTEE will turn an amber color which is normal.

These flowers have a wire to hold onto but I used a tweezers for other flowers I dipped.  Do not touch the hot flowers!  You can drag them on the mat to remove excess UTEE.  When the excess cools, just pick it up off the mat (it doesn’t stick!) and place it back into the pot to re-melt.  If you aren’t happy with a dipped flower, just stick it back in and dip it again.

Place the flowers onto the craft mat after dipping.  The mat has a non-slip back side which keeps it in place while you are working.   This is a nice feature when working with inks and hot UTEE.

Since the purple flowers have a rounded backside, I attached them to my card with a hot glue gun.

The sentiment was stamped over the same image that was used on the shutters, then punched out and popped on dimensionals.

Be sure to check out all the projects this week on the Scor-Pal and Heartfelt Creations blogs!

stamps- Heartfelt Creations Grand Portal Precut set and Mystic Hideaway Precut set, sentiment is a Michael’s $1 stamp by Hampton Art; paper- white, SU! Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Concord Crush, Bazzill Vintage Marketplace; ink- Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Concord Crush, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Scor-Pal, Stay Put Craft Mat, Heartfelt Creations Decorative Chateau Gate dies, Copics, Melting Pot, UTEE, Prima flowers, Sizzix Bricked embossing folder, SU! Decorative Label punch, dimensionals.

 

 

it’s a girl thing

Welcome to Day 1 of the Sweet ‘n Sassy June Release Features!
Today we are sharing samples of a set called It’s A Girl Thing.  My local stampin’ friends and I get together once a month for dinner to celebrate our birthdays so this month I made some girl’s night out cards.
These images are really fun to paper piece.  I also added dots of Liquid pearls.
Did I mention that there are matching dies?  😉  What a fun set!
This adorable set with matching dies is perfect for those frilly, girly girl cards we all love.  Create fun spa or dress-up birthday party invitations, girls night out invitations or just cheer up your friends by letting them know how beautiful they are inside and out.  There are so many fun possibilities with this versatile set and dies.
    • Stamp set includes 8 images and 7 sentiments
    • Set measures approximately 4″ x 4″
    • The dress image measures approximately 1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″
    • Designed by Korin Sutherland
    • Stamp set is $11
    • Die set is $9.75
    • OR get them both for just $20 in the It’s a Girl Thing Bundle
Check out the other samples made by our DT in the thumbnails on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.
Be sure to leave a comment of each of the blogs along your journey because we’re giving away this fabulous bundle to one lucky commenter!
The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, June 21st. The list of winners will be announced on our website homepage by Monday, June 24th.
Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!
stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- It’s A girl Thing; paper- white, SU! Poppy Parade and Calypso Coral, MME- The Sweetest Thing; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Girly Girl dies, Labels 18 Nestabilities, Liquid Pearls, adhesive pearls, Sizzix Three Dots embossing folder, ribbon, dimensionals.

some Sweet ‘n Sassy news!

Hello!  I am thrilled to share some news today!  It was such an honor and sweet surprise to be asked to Guest Design for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps for February!  What fun!  Thanks, Janette, for inviting me!

On Tuesday I will have my first project to share with the February release stamps…both here and on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  In the meantime, here’s a little valentine treat using SNSS’s Owl Be There set.

Is this owl cuuute or what???  ♥   I knew right away it would be super fun to paper piece.  🙂

The little treat pocket was made with the retired SU! Petal Card die.  And the scalloped piece behind the top is from the SU! Petal Cone die.  (I made a treat cone at a friend’s house and threw the extra scalloped piece in my bag…it fit perfectly here.  Thanks, Shannon!)  When three of the flaps on the diecut are folded in, it makes a super cute pocket that perfectly holds a Ghirardelli square.

Have a great weekend!  I gotta ask…what happened to January?  FLEW right by!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Owl Be There; paper- white, Cosmo Cricket- Tea For Two; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sizzix Petal Card die & Petal Cone die, Martha Stewart Valentine lace punch, ribbon, Ghirardelli chocolate.

Christmas reindeer

Yes…I am still making Christmas cards!  LOL.  I was SOOOO glad last year that I stuck it out and made cards EVERY month!  So my goal is to repeat that again this year.  I left the number of cards I got finished in my sidebar —————>  as encouragement to meet or surpass that number this year.

I picked this stamp set up after Christmas (glad it was still there!).  I just adore these Hero Arts reindeer with their awesome sweaters!

Here’s a side view to show how the reindeer’s head and the top layer are popped up with dimensionals (lots!).  😉   Also, there’s some tiny dots of Stickles on the snowflakes (on both the tree and sweater) but they got lost a bit in the pic.

This is for the Dirty Dozen Christmas card challenge.  For January, Stacy’s theme is Christmas wedding…so use anything old, new, borrowed, or blue.  Use 1 or all 4!  My old- the embossing folder and ribbon, new- the stamp set, and I used the obvious “blue”.  If you’re a fan club member, come join us here!

stamps- Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer; paper- Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Marina Mist; accessories- Martha Stewart Double Loops punch, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Cuttlebug Snow Dots, Copics, ribbon, dimensionals, Stickles, Sizzix Buttons #5, Sizzix Sweet Buttons Embosslits.

 

Let it Snow frame

Tonight the “Gigglers” (my crafty friends) are getting together for our monthly dinner out.  Usually we celebrate the birthdays for each month but since we don’t have any Dec. birthday gals, we decided to have a Christmas gift exchange.  The gift has to be low cost and hand-made or crafty stuff.  I thought I’d make another framed piece and here’s what I came up with last night (yes, I waited till the last minute! lol).  You can click on the pic for a larger view.

I used a Sizzix snowmen die and the words are a bonus Sizzlet die that came with it.  The little tree and snowflakes are old Cuttlebug dies.  On the left snowman, I made my own pattern to give him a scarf and I added Stickles to his hat.

The snowman on the right has a few buttons and some Liquid Pearls on his hat.

We will play one of those games where you pass the gifts back and forth.  I included some chocolate and bling so I hope whoever gets mine enjoys it!

paper- Bazzill red, white, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine, Echo Park Wintertime; ink- Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Sizzix Snowmen #2 and Let it Snow #2, Cuttlebug Winter dies, Creative Memories Deco Trimmer, sewing machine, liquid pearls, Stickles, buttons, glue dots.

some penguin fun

This month for our DD/DD Alumni Christmas card challenge, Stacy inspired us with a More Is More challenge.  Which means you need to create 2 versions of your card…one simpler card and one in which you “kick it up”.  I’ve been wanting to try Dina’s penguin template so here’s my “More Is More” penguins…

I made a little hat for the penguins which I probably should have left off the first one but I thought he was cuter with it on.  For the kicked up version, I used patterned paper for his body, embossed his tummy, gave him a string of stars, and added some fake snow to his hat and feet.

Wanna play along?  Just use the keyword SCSCCNOV12 when uploading to the SCS gallery.  We’d love for you to join us!

paper- black, white, Basic Grey- Figgy Pudding, MME Colorful Christmas and Moments; ink- Memento London Fog; accessories- white gel pen, Sizzix Merry Christmas #2 embossing folder, Cuttlebug Flower & Stars, Baker’s Twine, Aleene’s Glitter Snow.

more bobble head pups

It was inevitable.  I couldn’t resist making some more bobble head puppies.  They are a bit addicting.

I can’t decide which one I like more.  I think I might have to try some different papers.  ;0)  Don’t you think?  I may be on the hunt for more springs soon.  lol.

See the heads bobble here.

paper- MME Stella and Rose- Mabel, kraft, white, black; ink- Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Close To My Heart adhesive springs, adhesive rhinestones.

baby frame

This past weekend I attended a relative’s baby shower.  Along with the purchased gifts, I also made a framed 12 x 12 page that coordinated with her baby bedding.

When I found out that she was using the Trend Lab Baby Barnyard bedding, I searched online and found these pics for inspiration…Then I found a pic with fabric squares that are used in the bedding…score!  I used it to make my own patterned paper.  🙂

The papers were carefully laid out and diecut with my Big Shot Pro and the Bigz Pro Puzzle Page die.  Then I used various Paper Smooches stamp sets for all of the animals…I just think they are so cute and match pretty well to the bedding.  The barn is from an old SU! set.  I added some Judikins “straw” to the barn and popped up the cow’s nose.  The words were inspired by a scrap page title I saw…I thought they would go perfectly with the puzzle die.

I also popped up the puppy’s feet and added the animal sound words to coordinate with the sheet in the bedding.

This was a lot of fun to create and I hope it matches the room well since I haven’t actually seen the bedding in person.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope this inspires you to create some wall art of your own!

stamps- Paper Smooches- Chubby Chums, Alphadot, Green Acres, and Party Posse, SU! On The Farm; paper- Creamy Caramel, Gable Green, Bashful Blue, white, kraft; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Gable Green, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, Brown Marvy LePen; accessories- Sizzix Bigz Pro Puzzle Page die, Copics, ribbon, Magnolia Romantic Tag and Lovely Fence dies, dimensionals, buttons, Judikins Straw Speckles, SU! flower brad, C.C. Designs grass border die, MFT Wonky Scallop Border die, PTI Cloud dies, SU! Oval punch, Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale dies, heart punch, computer font- PeggyFont.

a critter challenge

Hello!  I have a few fun shaped cards today AND a short video.  :^)  My friends, Anna (SweetMissDaisy) and Jeanne (Jeanne S), and I are having a critter challenge today…making animal shaped cards.  I love, love, love shaped cards and I can’t wait to see what they created…be sure to check out their blogs too!

Jeanne has been making some awesome owls (it’s all her fault that I bought the die! lol)  and I had a lot of fun creating one of my own.  (It won’t be my last!!)  I made some puppy cards too…

Jeanne has pics on her blog to show how to make these dies into cards.  Just keep the fold of your card base slightly below the ears when cutting.  Easy!  For my owl, I added a heart shaped belly and some eyelids (the circle for the eye cut in half).  I think he looks a bit sleepy…or annoyed.  lol.

Then I made 2 puppy dogs.  The first one (on the right) was made just like the owl…with the fold kept just below the top of the ears.

Then I had a different idea and made the second one (on the left, above) with a bobble head!  I made the fold of my card about the height of his nose and trimmed the sides.  Then I diecut a separate head and attached it with a spring!

This was too fun and I think it’s way cuter in person, so here’s a quick video to see the bobble head.  Sorry my table was so slippy…it was hard to hold him and the camera at the same time.

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Now don’t go away…I’ve got some chickens too!  I am a long time fan of Anna’s artwork and a few years ago another friend, Michele (mitchygitchygoomy), created a chicken shaped card which was inspired by Anna.  You can read all about it here.  Ever since then I have been wanting to try these so I knew my critter challenge wouldn’t be complete without some of mitchy’s chickens!

Did you notice the “straw” on the bottom?  :^)  These could be addicting.  Just sayin’.  edit: you can find a pattern for the chickens here.

Thanks for reading this far!  Have a great Sunday!

Owl: paper- birch, MME- Dolled Up; ink- Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Sizzix Owl #2, adhesive rhinestone, Marvy Scallop Heart Punch.

Puppy: paper- birch, kraft, MME- Dolled Up; ink- Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Sizzix Puppy Dog, adhesive rhinestone, Close To My Heart adhesive spring.

Chicken: stamp- sentiment from Paper Smooches Green Acres; paper- birch, kraft, MME- Dolled Up; ink- Distress Tea Dye, Memento Rich Cocoa; accessories- Heart Nestabilities, Judikins Straw Speckles, button, crochet thread, SU! small oval punch.