Bugaboo Challenge – ATG You Rock!

I forgot to hit submit and post my card! (Ughhh) Saturday (two days ago – sigh) Bugaboo posted a new weekly challenge and it is anything goes! I had my card ready but alas…

I have been holding onto a SplitCoast Stampers Spotlight technique for a while (do you ever do that?). It is called Center Stage and thought it would be so much fun to use Rock Star Boy. This one uses inks for setting the stage (haha) but it is colored with Copics. I hand wrote the sentiment.  It is going to be the perfect bday card for a special guy!

I hope you are inspired to try a new technique and to jump into the challenge at Catch The Bug… Did I mention there are prizes??? Just post your project to Catch the Bug, by 4/11/20 at  6:00 AM EST to be entered a random drawing for three digi prize packs – )  10 free images   (using a Bugaboo image only),  seven  (7), or four (4) using any image!

I am going to enter this into the following challenges:

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SNSS – Soooo Blessed!

WOW!!! I had the best weekend at Sweet N Sassy’s Creative Worship retreat! There was much learning and loving and a whole lot of Jesus! I still haven’t finished all my projects, but here are a few…

Friday I worked and then lead a demo on embossing. I showed lots of techniques and then went back over the weekend and made something out of each (even the one that was a “mess up” 🙂 .) If you didn’t get a chance to join in, the lives were all saved as were the music lists, etc in Unit 2. If you aren’t a member of the group – I really think you would love the love and encouragement you fin there… It is the Creative Worship Bible Journaling Group

Here is a quick look at the “collection”. I used Cheerful Hexies, Psalm 23 BG, Sweet as Honey, and Faith Wordfetti for the demo.The first faithdex card showed HEAT embossing on pigment ink, Distress Oxides, and Versa mark. It also showed that Distress oxides could be used through a stencil and embossed for extra texture and that embossing a outline stamp creates “walls” for your watercoloring. I added some interest with the Psalm 23 BG stamp in random places and added splatters of black and white acrylic paint and finished it with some sentiments from the Faith Wordfetti set.

This one was so busy with techniques, but in the end, it really worked and is a favorite!

Here is the close up of the bee that I inked up a second time and cut out and glued (just the body) on top of the original. Then I pulled the wings up a bit for dimension.I added my verse on the back so I could reference.

The second one showed that you could layer your embossing and stamp into the final layer for a wax seal look. I added some embossed patterned hexies and splatters with DOx inks I used and picked a simple sentiment. This will go in my Bible and I will journal on the back.

The third one is another faithdex card. I inked a hexie and then decided to do another direction so I started over with project two. But when it was time to show dry embossing, I grabbed this one back and ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. It was a mess, but I didn’t want to chunk it so I smooshed some inks all over it, added a layer of gesso to calm the inks (especially the original hexie I was trying to hide) added some spots of “texture” with the Psalm 23 BG stamp and some stenciled hexies. Then I found a BG I had created using the same ink colors I had pulled out for this one but in Distress Inks vs. Oxides – so they were bolder! I stamped the Psalm 23 BG on top, then stamped and embossed an outline hexie (two sizes). I fussy cut them and added them and a Faith Wordfetti sentiment and I was so please that it came together in the end!

The forth and fifth project showed a way to stretch that embossing folder; essentially using it as a stamp.

For this one, I inked up the back side (where the crosses stood out) with Distress Oxide, and closed the folder with my faithdex card lined up inside. I added a few patches of the Psalm 23 BG words randomly. I really liked it, but it was so simple – what to do? I grabbed a digi stamp called Old Rugged Cross sized it to the size I wanted and printed it and colored it with my copics. Then I fussy cut it and glued it to my card. I used my Bitty Minnie Alphas to stamp out part of Isaiah 53:5 and added a sentiment from Faith Wordfetti to my tab – This became my favorite!

The last one, I inked it up again with a couple colors, misted it, and closed my journal card inside it. It was so fun, I decided to finish it by adding a Cocoa Mouse digi image (colored with Copics) some washi, a sentiment from Faith Wordfetti and a sewn on ribbon (I had to dust off my sewing machine haha!) This card will be my first entry in my Loved Bible I am starting – so excited!

I am still working on finishing up the last few projects but here are a few other projects from the retreat.

A faithdex card taught by Amanda Ginn. I used Bitty Minnie Alphas and Chunky Alphas, and Faith Wordfetti and  The Good News (for the sun)

A vellum insert using a printable from Pile of Ashes and Lots of Alphas (just mix em up) – led by Amanda Hargrove

Clips and a tassel bookmark taught by Elizabeth Chu.

Watercoloring and stamping in Hymnals by Stephanie (IG Faith.and.creativity) I used Landscape Silhouettes, Scene Silhouette:Trees, Thrill of Hope (NOT just for Christmas :)) and Chunky Alphas

SNSS Hymal Journal copy

What a blessing this weekend was! I hope you are inspired by this projects as I was by the weekend! Now I need to go finish coloring and cutting flowers (Gail Bond at Patio Ponderings) and working on my gel prints (Colleen at Stir the Soul)

Thanks for stopping by!



SNSS – Sweet Little Lamb

Hi Friends! Whew, what a week this has been…Thank Goodness it is Friday!! Today I have some projects using a new Sweet N Sassy stamp set called Sweet Little Lamb, It is absolutely adorable!! It has so many extra images and sentiments that is really is super versatile.

My first project is a peek-a-boo type card. The image is actually on the inside popped up on foam tape through a window on the outside.

Here is the inside:I colored the lamb with Copics and went pretty simple with the rest of the card so it could shine. I did find some designer paper for the inside that has been in my stash longer than I care to admit – that is a win in itself haha!

My second project is a mixed media ATC Coin. I colored the three flowers with Copics and fussy cut them out. I used acrylic inks to put down a base then inked over a couple of stencils for some texture and the new stamp set called Psalm 23 Background for the pop of white in the background (I used white acrylic an lightly brushed it on my stamp.) I finished with two sentiments from Faith Wordfetti.

I had so much fun creating these projects! I hope you are inspired to get crafty – it is fun to see how many different ways you can use a stamp set. I can’t wait to try some more – maybe I will work on an art journal page next!

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Bugaboo – Oldie but a Goodie – Feeling Lucky

Happy Thursday! I know we are all a little tired of being inside, but it does give us a chance to play in our craft rooms. I had a lot of fun creating this one! Today I am sharing a  super fun mixed media-like card featuring Fanny Calendar March.

For the background, I have a few layers of techniques so here goes:

  • First I ink blended a couple of green Distress Oxides (including Clover green haha!) Then I spritzed it and let it dry.
  • Second, I used a direct to paper technique with my same green ink pads (I explain it in THIS POST).
  • THen I inked up a shamrock embossing folder and pressed the panel in it (with my hands not a die cut machine). It is subtle but you can see them if you look 🙂

I colored my image with copics and cut her out and adhered her to the background panel and used a sentiment I had in my stash and have never used (win!)

I hope you are inspired to create something today. Bugaboo has lots of fun images that would work! I also hope and pray you and your family are healthy and safe!

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SNSS March Blog Hop – Blessings in Disguise!

Welcome to the Sweet N Sassy Stamps March 2020 Release Blog Hop! 

You should have arrived here from Lucinde‘s page. If not, jump back there so you don’t miss anything.

Hop along to all of the blogs (listed below just in case something goes wrong along the way…🙂 ) for even more inspiration with the March stamps. Leave a little comment love on each stop along the way by Tuesday March 24th at 10:00 pm for a chance to win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop. One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, on Wednesday, March 25th.

Hop Order:

This month’s release has so much to inspire you from Rustic Easter to the super adorable Sweet Little Lamb as well as a new background and alpha set – you are going to love it!

I am featuring Psalm 23 Background and the Stamp of the Month Blessings in Disguise today. These two sets are so versatile! I can’t wait to create more with them!

For my first card, I inked on some watercolor paper with a light layer of distress oxide inks (Peacock feathers), then I spritzed it dried it. Then I stamped the Psalm 23 Background in another shade of green (mowed lawn) then I went over that with the fern from Blessings in Disguise  with Crushed Olive. I loved this so much, I couldn’t decide on a sentiment. The word strip from Faith Wordfetti was on my desk so I used it but I may add another one after I look at it some more…What do you think?

For My Second card I created a fun colorful background with the Oxides on my desk (haha) and an embossing folder, then water colored the flower from Blessings in Disguise and used another sentiment from Faith Wordfetti (love these!) This one is so pretty in real life – LOVE!

I hope you are feeling inspired!! 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!


SNSS and TLC Watercolor on Black Cardstock

Today I am hosting the Technique Lover’s Challenge at SplitCoast Stampers and I am using a fun technique from my friend Korin at Sweet N Sassy Stamps. We are doing watercolor on black cardstock (no special watercolor paper needed :)) –

It turns out kind of mixed media-ish but it is so cool and unique! I  L-O-V-E the final look!! I used two Sweet N Sassy Creative Worship Stamp sets and they really turned out perfect (I was pleasantly surprised haha!) Sweet as Honey and Faith Wordfetti

Korin did a process TUTORIAL that really walks you through it but after playing around with it my suggestions are:

  • You need to use watercolors not inks (I tried oxides and it really didn’t work bit my Gansi Tambi worked like a charm
  • You really need to dry between layers and dry both sides of the card to keep it as flat as possible
  • No matter what, keep going, the magic happens after you add the white textures
  • You don’t have texture stamps? No worries, use sentiments or bubble wrap, or stencils
  • After I finished, I spritzed he back of my card and dried the front to flatten the panel and then after I had my card together, I put it between to sheets of paper then ran it through my die cut machine to flatten it really good. (the foam tape Korin suggests help a lot too!) After all that, mine was not crinkled at all.

I hope you are inspired to join the challenge and create something awesome!

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Bugaboo – Anything But a Card -Birthday Tag!

Today at Catch the Bug, we are challenged to create Anything But a Card. I used Happy birthday to Ewe to create a cute little tag. I am very boring with this challenge as I can’t usually think of anything else and I love to add to my tag stash so…

I colored my image with Copics, then die cut it with a stitched tag die from the Basic Set of Creative Cuts (Dies) from Mama Elephant. I cut another one in a coordinating color card stock and connected them with an eyelet so they could swing apart. This gives me a space to write a message. I added a ribbon and some twine and I was done – so easy but so great when needed to pop on a package!

I hope you are inspired to create anything but a card today!

I would like to put this in the following challenges:

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SNSS – Spring Forward??!

Was I the only one not prepared to spring forward? I have had card “pieces” on my desk all month and just never got them put together (sigh!) Better later than never especially since these SPRINGTIME images are soooo cute they have to be seen!
My first one is a simple ink smoosh using Springtime and Sentimental Wordfetti (this has become a GO TO set for me!)
The second card is a quilty looking background using scraps from other inked backgrounds that I couldn’t throw away – I used a wash of gesso and water to tone the colors but all were generally similar and matched my image. Do you save scraps – please tell me I am not alone!!??
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are inspired!

Bugaboo Oldie Thursday – CAS Moving/New Address Post Cards

Happy Thursday! Today I am sharing a quick and simple set of post cards featuring AKV Moving Truck.

My sister just moved to a new home and she is a teacher so these AKV (A Kids View) images are just up her alley!

I printed 4 to a page so I could cut my cardstock into quarters then rounded the corners for fun. Since these were a bulk make,  I did very simple coloring – mostly shades of warm grays with just a few pops of color on the head and tail lights and the person’s face. I even made some without coloring and they were adorable too!

I tied them with ribbon and gave her these and a hydrangea plant for her new yard as a house warming gift (oh yeah…and I helped unpack – best sister ever! :))

I hope you are inspired to create some fun post cards of your own. Bugaboo has lots of fun images that would work!

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Bugaboo Saturday Challenge – Recipe: Funky Folds

Today’s Challenge at Bugaboo’s Catch the bug is a Recipe Challenge – the recipe is to make a Funky Fold card.

One of my favorite folds is the twisted fold card but I haven’t made one in a long time. So… I cheated a little. Instead of creating a base and decorating it, I got some decorative paper and created the base out of it. This is so fun as it creates two pockets; one on the outside which I sealed and one on the inside which I used for a gift card. Get the tutorial here.

By the way – This card fits perfect into an A2 envelope so no worries there 🙂

My image (colored with Copics) is from the Birthday Puppies Set

Here is the inside:

I hope you are inspired!

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