Bugaboo Friday Freebie – Life needs Coffee

For today’s Freebie Friday at Bugaboo Stamps, we have a snarky, humorous Margaret image.

I went super clean and simple by making it a topper, then adding the sentiment under it before printing it out. After coloring her with Copics, I thought it was a little too CAS. So… I added a coffee stain to the bottom corner – it seemed perfect for the image and sentiment.

Super fun! I hope you were inspired – CAS can be awesome and fun!

Thanks for stopping by.

Lyn

SNSS – February Blog Hop – Innies?

Happy New Month! It is February already! It is time for another new release Hop at Sweet N Sassy Stamps and I think you are going to love all of the inspiration we have for you!

You should have arrived here from Lieschen‘s page. If not, jump back there so you don’t miss anything – she has an incredible talent! Hop along to all of the blogs (listed below just in case something goes wrong along the way) for even more inspiration with the January stamps. Leave a little comment at each stop on the hop before 10pm Eastern on Feb. 23rd and you might just be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $25 gift voucher to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, February 24th.

Hop Order:

This month I am featuring the Easter Innies Set. At first I was a little stumped on how to use them in a fun way. So… I challenged myself to use them first in the obvious way and then in some other way.

 So – first, it would be obvious to use it inside of a card. But, where is the fun in that? So I went with the next most obvious way…on the outside of a card. I used some inked up paper in my stash that went with my Copic colored image – a DIGI stamp called Jelly Beans Carrot. You can get this image free from the SNSS VIP February Challenge Album so go grab it and join the challenge! I used one of the more simple sentiments from the set thinking that, with this sweet bunny, it would be a great kid’s card. I have challenged myself to mail this to a kiddo that I won’t get to see at Easter.

Next, I created another journal page in my new “calendar journal” haha! I inked up the background with Distress Oxides, stenciled the sun from one of the new stencils called Rise & Shine Stencil and used Texture Tiles 10 to add subtle clouds. I colored up another digital stamp called Old Rugged Cross with Copics and Polychromos pencils. I took one of the Innie sentiments and cut it out in word blocks. I rearranged it a bit to go with my page – it is really fun to see how you can stretch your stamp sets and I am so happy I challenged myself. It is a simple page but I really like it!

I hope you had fun hoping along and were inspired by all you saw! NOW head over to see what Sheri has created for you!!

If if you get the opportunity to craft with some of these great stamps (or any other SNSS stamp) we would love to see what you create on our SNSS VIP Group Facebook Page; Or tag your creations with #snss or #sweetnsassystamps on Instagram.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS – Faith Phrases

You know those stamp sets that beg to be made into a set of cards? Sweet N Sassy’s new Faith Phrases set is one of those for me…

For my project today, I grabbed some watercolor paper, a couple of stencils, Brusho watercolor powder, and just had fun making bright backgrounds that I could then add my Faith Phrases to. It was a lot of fun and now I have a set of cards I can send out or give as a gift (my mom has been asking for some cards to send to her friends…hmmm – a Valentine gift maybe?)

I backed each background and sentiment with a coordinating cardstock and added a few gems to finish them off. Here is the full set.

Here is each card individually.

I hope you love these like I do and are inspired to create a set of your own!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS – New Mercies

Today I pulled out my mini art journal and played with the new set called Good Morning. I think this set can be used for a lot of occasions – I can’t wait to play with it some more.

I inked my background with Distress Oxides, then added texture with Texture Tiles 1 (my go to!!) I used the clock from Good Morning to add a little more texture. I used a the Landscape Silhouettes (seriously versatile set!) to create my farm. I colored the rooster with Copics then used my Polychromos pencil to add some shading. I used Distress inks for the sun. I inked up the words I wanted for my sentiment and cut them out individually. I really love how it turned out!

This mini journal has been so much fun – one because it is small and perfect to create in and two because the page sizes are card sized meaning any of the pages could easily translate into a great mixed media card.

I hope you were inspired today! Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS – Coffee made me do it?

Today I a have a clean and simple “I’m Sorry!” card – and it blames it all on coffee… there you go, “The coffee made me do it” (or the lack there of – haha!) I used the new Background Builder: Stripes set and created a simple argyle-ish look then I added some coffee rings and splashes using the Texture Tiles 9 (love-love this one). I added a sentiment from Coffee Talk 2 and with an oval die, I traced out a messy frame. Simple and fun – I hope I don’t have to send it, but I am glad to have it just in case 😉

I hope this inspires you! Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Lyn

SNSS and Coffee Loving Cardmakers Team up for a Blog Hop

How about a collaboration? Yes Please!!

Welcome to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers + Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Collaboration Blog Hop! We’re so excited to be teaming up with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers design team to bring you some caffeine inspired fun… Oh yeah and there is a PRIZE (ding, ding, ding!!) Leave some love at each stop as you hop about for a chance to win a $25 gift code to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop.

OK – Let’s make sure you are in the right place (what? I sometimes need someone to keep me in line 🙂 ) You should have gotten here from Esther’s blog. If you already started but got a little lost, you can always head to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for the complete hop list. IF not, start at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blog to make sure you don’t miss anything!! (btw – you won’t want to miss anything).

I have a couple of projects to share today. The first one is an art journal page – this is in my mini watercolor paper journal (4″X5.25″). I used Distress Inks in shades of green and blues to create a forest scene. I spritzed it a little and when it dried, I added some trees from the Thrill of Hope set and texture from Texture Tiles 1. After a few white paint splashes, the background was complete. I Copic colored my coffee drinking gnome from Winter Gnomes and added a Hi-larious (and oh, so true) sentiment from Coffee Talk 2 on strips of cardstock to finish it off. This one makes me smile out loud!

My next project is also a journal page but this one is not a true journal. I accidently purchased my yearly calendar only to find out it started last July (ughh!) I started cutting out the un-needed months and then decided that I would use all those extra pages for fun journal projects instead. If the calendar info shows through, it is only added texture – woo hoo! Lemons into lemonade – amiright?

I added a light layer of gesso, then added distress oxides for my base colors. I added a layer of stenciling over it then added texture using the new Texture Tiles 9 (did I mention that I loved this one?) I Copic colored the girl from Walk Humbly then several of the cups from Coffee Talk (decorated with some of the little images in the Walk Humbly set.) I added the sentiment (from Coffee Talk) directly to the page but fussy cut the girl and the cups. I glued the girl down, then cut slits into the coffee part of the cups so I could “stack” them up and place them into her hand – Woo, it’s a 3-cup day? Must be Monday, or Tuesday, or….

I hope you are having fun and were super inspired here! All that coffee definitely leads to creative fun in my house! Now for more inspiration, head on over to Lee Ann’s blog and you will not be disappointed .

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs,
Lyn

SNSS Background Builder Stripes

Today I have a couple of cards to share using the new Sweet N Sassy Stamps Background Builder Stripes set. This set has so many possibilities but I decided to go plaid with my cards. One straight up and across and the other on the diagonal. I also decided to play in my stash and I found two colored up flowers (from Scribble Flowers set) left over from a recent ATC coin swap with the SNSS DT that seemed to be the perfect fit for both cards… How could I not use them?

Card number one uses distress inks in reds and yellows I tried to go ombre-ish with my plaid in both directions. I added my flower (grounded with some washi) and then used one of my favorite sentiments by clipping out some of the phrases from the Texture Tiles 7 word block. For some reason, I just love those tiny words.

Card number two used black ink (VersaClair Nocturne) to create a diagonal plaid – I love this plaid so much!! I will be creating lots more of these backgrounds. I created a wide strip for the sentiment from My Thoughts of You and added another Scribble Flower.

I hope you are inspired to play with this stripe background builder. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

Floating Circle

I am in charge of today’s Technique Lover’s Challenge at SplitCoast Stampers. I found a super fun technique by Natasha Foote. I have been binge watching her videos lately and can’t wait to try more techniques from her.

Today’s technique is a “floating element” technique. I had so much fun with this one and even better, I got to use up some of my scraps. (I always save the leftover pieces from handmade backgrounds for fun card techniques just like this one.) It was a perfect touch for my sweet little 4.25″x4.25″ square card.

I used a thanks die and layered it up 4 high. Then I used one of the tiny sentiments from the Texture Tiles 7 set. I rounded the bottom corners, added some sequins, and left it clean and simple otherwise.

I hope you are inspired and if so, why don’t you head on over and join in on the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by,

Lyn

Bugaboo Birthday Day 7 – Color Challenge and a Freebie

Today is the last day of this year’s birthday bash at Bugaboo Stamps – what a fun week it has been! Today’s challenge is a Color Challenge and there is a fun FREE fox up for grabs for anyone who wants to play along.

Get your freebie here before next Friday (when there will be a new one!)

I pulled some colored cardsock and designer cardstock from my stash and colored up my fox with my Copic markers. I practiced with shading and went a little darker than I planned but hey – that is part of the process right and I had fun so I count it a win!!

I hope you had fun this week! There is still time to join in (but not much 🙂 ) if you are up for fun and prizes (I mean who isn’t really – right?) Go to  Bugaboo Birthday Bash to see all of the things there are to see!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn