SNSS Snarky Girls Unite!

For today’s post, I had so much fun with one of the November sets called A Little Snarky. She reminds me of my friend Jennifer – I Love it!

I wanted to try multiple coloring options for her so I created two projects.

The first project is a card. I inked her up on some watercolor paper then used some shimmery Michael’s brand watercolors. I splashed some ink over the card and created a shadow around her. I also used some designer paper from my stash (only a billion more pieces to use now 🙂 )

For my second project, I created a page in my mini journal page. I used Distress Oxides for the background then used Texture Tiles 1 and Texture Tiles 3 for the dimension.

I colored up my Snarky Girl with Copics and fussy cut her and glued her onto the page. I added a little washi tape and the sentiment and just need to add her to my journal!

I hope you were inspired today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS November Blog Hop – Happy Birthday!

Welcome to the NOVEMBER – YESSSS November release Hop at Sweet N Sassy Stamps! Where. Has. The. Year. Gone!.… this year has seriously flown by my friends. This month we are celebrating Sweet N Sassy’s 13th Birthday and we have some super fun and funny birthday images this month.

I feel like we are trying to catch up this month for many months of inactivity at work and it is super hard to keep up! That is why I love the funny, snarky sets this month. They are just a way to create without being too serious. JUST what I needed . What about you? For now, just enjoy all the inspiration the team has for you! I hope you have fun!

You should have arrived here from Lee Ann’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 October stamps. Leave a little comment at each stop on the hop before 10pm on November 24th 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, November 25th.

Hop Order:

Sweet ‘n Sassy Blog
Julee Tilman
Ceal Pritchett
Diane Zechman
Esther Asbury
Jane Bosi
Karen Decknick
Lee Ann Barrett
Lyn Tomlin – THAT’S ME!
Michelle Hale
Sheri Gilson

This month I am featuring the Humorous Birthday Innies.  And just wait and see…these can be used on the outside too!!

My first project is a clean and simple card. It uses the Birthday Borders Set to compliment the sentiment. I colored the candles with polychromos pencils. Then using the first sentence from one of the Birthday Innie phrases by masking off the bottom part, I embossed with white powder on black to stand out on my candles.

My second project is an art journal page or double page spread rather… I used the center two pages of my mini art journal and had a ton of fun.

I used the GG Celebrate digital stamp. I blew it up so that the cake part was big enough to cover my journal page (that is why I love digis!! You can make them as big or small as you want!) I colored it with copics.

I used the same sentiment that I used for my card but then followed it with the Fire department sentiment. In order to make it look like those candles were burning bright enough to need a fire department, I colored a layer of yellow ink over the entire colored image. I was afraid at first but I went for it. Then I fussy cut that cake out, added some yellow ink in the middle of my journal page to tie it together, the glued the cake on top – it kind of looks like fire doesn’t it?.

Using the Typewriter text background and Texture Tiles 1, I added a little texture to my pages. It cut the sentiment into little strips and glued it down and I think I love 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

 

SCS – Birthday Candles – TLC

Today I get to host the Technique Lover’s Challenge at SplitCoast Stampers and I have gone pretty clean and simple with a masculine birthday card (out of the norm for me haha!).

I saw a card with these fun candles and thought this would be a great challenge! I searched though everything to make sure it hadn’t been done before and couldn’t find it so this is it! The challenge is to create a card with one or more candles…

Here is the inside (the sentiments were from the new Humorous Birthday Innies from Sweet N Sassy Stamps – I mixed 2 of them.)

This was fun and easy and I love the finished result!

How to make the candles (or at least how I made them):

  • I started with 2.5X4″ paper. You can go taller than 2.5″ if you want but much longer than 4″ will create a candle that it so round it may not easily fit in an envelope.
  • I glued my twine down to one of the short ends then did the same for all of my of papers, which I found in a long unused pad of designer paper (this challenge is a win-win since using my stash is a part of it)
  • By the time I finished gluing the last twine, the first was dry so I put a line of glue down beside the twine and started rolling the paper up adding a line of every few turns to hold it in place.
  • When I finished rolling all of them, I checked the length. I decided mine were a little too long because I put the sentiment up so far on my card so I cut off a bit (and because I am crazy, I ran the bottoms over a piece of sand paper to smooth them.)
  • I dipped the bottoms in some neutral ink so the white wouldn’t be too obvious (mostly because of the dark colors I chose)
  • Finally, I trimmed the “wicks” to the desired length and glued them onto my card.

 I can’t to see your cards – HAVE FUN!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS Veterans – Thank YOU!

Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service! We are blessed to live in America even though things are crazy right now and the sacrifices of our servicemen and women should be acknowledged! I decided to create a simple mixed media art journal with God Bless America and Encouraging Thoughts on a Hymal page of the same song. It turned out darker than I wanted but in the end, it is ok and it was fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

Bugaboo – Anything But a Card Monday Giftbag Topper

Today for Bugaboo’s Anything But a Card Monday, I am  featuring one of the new Chibi Snowmen to create a giftbag topper. I found a die to create this topper in my stash and created an awesome gift “wrap” with Dollar Tree bags, this was a win all around – I love it!

I hope you are inspired to make some bag toppers too – you could easily create something like this without a die. I will take it as a challenge myself to try that out – will you? If need images, Bugaboo has so many cute Christmas images that are perfect for a project like this!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS Vintage Van

Happy Saturday! I hope you had a great week – mine was hectic but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel 🙂

I have two cards to share today.

For the first one, I had so much fun playing with a 12×12 stencil, 12×12 watercolor paper, and the Vintage Van set. I have several background pages from this play session so you may see it again and again. I used different inks on them so they look somewhat different but I was trying to create a “groovy” look haha and I think I achieved it with the Brushos. What do you think?

Since the paper was 12×12, I decided to create a slimline card9″x3.5″ approximately…I colored the image with Copic markers and used a sentiment from All About You – super fun card!

For My second card, I stamped the image directly onto a Dessert Sand card base and colored it with polychromos pencils. To create texture and interest, I used distress oxides and a peace sign embossing folder to create a light, messy background. This one turned out pretty fun too!

I hope you are inspires to add texture and dimension using the tools you have. Stencils and Embossing folders are perfect for this!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS Godly Girls Digi Stamps

Happy Friday! I hope your week has been an awesome one! To end it on a great note, how about an awesome Sweet N Sassy sale? Starting today, all digis are on sale for 50% off – Score!! Go HERE to check out the selection.

There are so many adorable choices but for your inspiration today, I am sharing some of the God’s Girl images 🙂

My First card uses one of the brand new digital stamps released today called GG Dance. I printed it on a watercolor paper to give texture for my polychromos color pencils to grab onto. I found some lightweight water color paper that goes through my printer. It is great for pencils because of all of the texture – I don’t use it if I am going to use a lot of water though 🙂

I added a sentiment from My Thoughts of You on the outside Psst… inside it shows

Next, I printed a large version of GG Flowers for You and added another sentiment from My Thoughts of You (such a lovely set of big, bold sentiments.) For fun, I kept the image black and white with the exception of the bouquet of flowers. I really like the way it turned out!

For my last card, I paired up GG Celebrate with one of the new birthday sentiments from the Humorous Birthday Innies (I made it an outie haha!) because they were just meant to go together – don’t you think?

I colored it with Copics and then lightly blended a squeezed lemonade distress oxide ink over the whole image to look like the candles are glowing bright.

I love these girls and have them printed out in various sizes on different papers so I can have a coloring party and just have fun with them. That is what I L-O-V-E about digis!

I hope you are inspired to create with digis this weekend and at 50% off it is a great time to stock up!

If if you do get the opportunity to craft with some of these great DIGI 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

Bugaboo – Anything But a Card Monday Christmas Tags

Today for Bugaboo’s Anything But a Card Monday, I am  featuring Reindeer Peeker and Santa Clause Peeker for some quick Christmas Tags…

First I set up a Word document and added my images in as many rows and columns as I could fit (they are approximately 1.4″ x 1″.) I thought it would fun to just fill up the page using the left side of the image (what they are peeking from) as a guide for the place the “TO” and “FROM” would be written once placed on a freshly wrapped Christmas image.

I did so really quick coloring using colored pencils. I really had to keep myself from spending too much time with shading and perfection. These are tags and they will be ripped off and tossed. I did use a couple of pencil shades for each color to give it a little depth but again – quick!!

I the used a die cut to cut out little rectangles but you could easily cut them with your paper trimmer too. I just loved the little stitch lines and wanted to dress my tags up a little and it didn’t take too too long (sometimes I just can’t help myself haha!) In an hour of television I had a batch of tags – I am pretty happy about that – hopefully I don’t forget where they are come December (sigh).

Here are close ups:

Reindeer Peeker 

Santa Clause Peeker

I hope you are inspired to make some tags too. Bugaboo has so many cute Christmas images that are perfect for a project like this!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SplitCoastStampers Technique Challenge – DIY Stencil

For my challenge today at SplitCoast Stampers, I have a DIY stencil/ stamp technique. You could definitely use a stencil but this would be a great way to stretch you simple shaped dies and this way you have masks as well but more on that in a minute…

I first took a few circle dies and placed them on a piece of card stock in a random pattern leaving a bit of a blank spot at the bottom corner so I could add a sentiment. I kept the circles to use in the technique. YOU can use any shape dies you would like!

Now I have a stencil and masks.

I created an ink smooshed background to use as the base for my project and grabbed a fun Christmas Text Background to stamp through my stencil. You can use any stamp you want to but it should probably not have a lot of open space as that will likely get lost in translation…

I placed the stencil on top of my inked background and filled in all the masks but one. I inked up my background stamp and stamped the empty circle.

I replaced the mask in the stamped circle and repeated the process on all my circles. (Note: If you don’t use a stamping tool, make sure you put enough pressure on the stamp that it gets good contact with your paper even though the stencil raises it up off the paper a bit.)

After I inked my background stamp in all of the circles, I went back with a blender tool and inked a little more color into the uncovered circles so they would stand out a bit more. I also decided to trace around the circle with a black pen. So far, the stencils have been great for a lot of steps in the process.

Finally, I removed the stencil, stamped a sentiment into the corner and mounted my piece onto a base. It is pretty fun. It was super simple, and I stretched my supplies in new ways – Win, Win – right??

I hope you are inspired to try out this Technique Lovers Challenge today! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn