SNSS Happy Birthday Jesus (Christmas in July Sale!)

Today I am using All Wrapped Up. It is one of the stamp sets in this week’s Christmas in July sale – now through the 26th, Christmas and Winter sets are 25% off.

For my projects today, I have gone with non-Christmas cards and created birthday cards. I mean ultimately, Christmas IS Jesus’ birthday so maybe they are Christmas cards. Hmm…

My cards are fairly clean and simple but they are created using different coloring mediums.

For my first project, I did a little masking with most of the gift boxes to create a PILE of gifts. I inked them with Versaclair black ink on Neenah Solar white. I colored everything with polychromos pencils and added a sentiment (heat embossed on black cardstock) from the Birthday Wordfetti set. To finish it, I simply mounted it on a black card base.

For my second project, I used the stack of gifts again but this time colored it (and the bow) with Copics. I fussy cut the stack and the bow. I cut off the top gift to add to the front of the stack and added the bow to the top gift – I glued these onto a card panel, mounted that on blue cardstock, then mounted that on a Neenah Solar White card base. My big sentiment banner is from Bold Birthdays.

That is both of my Christmas in July projects. I hope you are inspired!! Check out all of the Christmas and Winter stamps – 25% off until the 26th…no coupon code needed!

Thanks for stopping by!
Lyn

SNSS WOOD You Believe it is a Stamp?!

I don’t know about you guys but lately I have been seeing some adorable hand painted signs and tiered tray decorations. My sister decorates her tray for all the seasons. She cuts out the image on a silhouette and “weeds” out the image to leave a stencil of sorts then adheres that to her wood piece and paints through the stencil…NOPE! That is too much work for me!

This weekend we celebrated her birthday and I decided to see if I could create a few mini signs for her tray using stamps…YES! That is more my speed!

I took scrap wood blocks from another left over project (They were about 3″X4″.) I also painted onto a wood slice tag I had. You can use any wood pieces you have. I painted them with chalk paint. When it dried, I sanded it for a smooth surface and the corners for a distress look (Paint a under layer of darker color if you want darker distressed edges.) Then with STAZON inks, I stamped firmly only my block. I let it sit for a a little longer than I would with paper then pulled it off – it really stuck down so don’t be surprised if you have to pull it with a little strength (but be gentle :))

That is it. It turned out precious! And it didn’t require all those steps – I just dug through my stash of stamps and saw them with brand new eyes! It was awesome to have new uses for them. I have a stack of them on my desk now begging to be used on the next “Sign”. Yay – this project was a win twice! And with Christmas being just down the road, it may be a great gift idea too. Hmmmm…

For my first project, I found a little piece of scrap wood (3″x4″x1″ thick). I painted an under layer of black chalk paint, then when that dried, I painted a layer of white chalk paint. When that dried, I sanded the edges for a distressed look, wiped it down then using Jet Black STAZON, I stamped a sentiment from My Thoughts of You from Sweet N Sassy Stamps (all of the sentiments would have worked for this project but My sister is my best friend and this one seemed most perfect!) This is so simple but so awesome! I love it on the tray!

For my next projects, I created a little pumpkin from a 3″ scrap of 2×2. I painted it up in shades of orange. I drilled a hole in the top and added a dowel for the stem. THEN I created a SIMPLE monogram wood slice sign using an alphabet stamp called County Fair Alpha

Then I painted a scrap of wood (3″x4″ – 1″ thick). I painted it with java chalk paint then when that dried I painted another layer with sheepskin chalk paint, then when it dried I sanded it for a distress looked and glued down a copic colored, fussy cut digi stamp from Sweet Sassy called Autumn Gnome. I stamped sentiments from Fall Remix: Rhubarb’s Harvest with Timber Brown STAZON. For this one, since I had the cut out digi, I added a layer of matte Mod Podge.

I hope you were inspired! I have challenged the Technique Lovers to try this as this week’s TLC challenge at SplitCoast Stampers. Come join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!
Lyn

SNSS Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Today I have three Thank You cards using this months “stamp of the month” free with a $60 purchase. It is called (wait for it…) Thank You (haha!) 

This set it so fun. There are chunky thank yous and scripty thank yous. They go with so many card designs. For my projects, I pulled some backgrounds together and mostly let the sentiment carry the card. I am pretty happy to have some thank you cards in my stash that are versatile too!

1st – I created a abstract back ground using copics to color the heat embossed my sentiment on black with white embossing powder. 

2nd – I used the Background Builder Stripe set to create a fun black and white background, heat embossed my sentiment on black with white embossing powder and mounted everything on red for a pop of color.

3rd – I had a left over chick from March’s Hoppy Spring set and I used it as an accent to a background using the Chicken Wire Stencil (right…). Then I stamped my sentiment onto the background. 

I hope you are inspired – this set is seriously worth it! It will be one I go to again and again!

Thanks for stopping by!
Lyn

Bugaboo Sketch Challenge – Birthday Cupcake

Today we have another Stella Says Sketch Challenge. This month it will be month long.

My project features Scarlette Cupcake – she is so fancy in her long gloves and high heel shoes. I love her!

I just went with it on this one. There wasn’t a whole lot of planning. I cut my image with the banner die before I colored it and when I cut off the flame, I almost started over, but then remembered an awesome yellow flame shaped gem I had in my stash so I just kept moving ahead. I colored her up and then found the cardstocks to match her. I used a piece of washi to look like the top of the sketch and then I took a little liberty with my sentiment placement. I hope everyone will be ok with that because this card was so much fun – it makes me happy! 🙂

I hope you are inspired to join in the sketch challenge with us and have fun!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Lyn

Bugaboo ATG Challenge CAS Birthday

Catch the Bug is going to two month long challenges. Today we have the first and it is an Anything Goes Challenge. I have a clean and simple birthday card for you inspiration.

I combined the sentiment and image from Stella Facebook Birthday and printed it out on lightweight watercolor paper. Then I smooshed some Distress Oxides on top to add color without having to color. It was hard not to pull out my color pencils or Copics but ultimately I love that I was able to create a fun card in a relatively short amount of time. I just had to die cut the layer and adhere them together.

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you were inspired! Now its your turn to try to create something clean and simple without spending a lot of time!

Hugs,
Lyn

SNSS One Layer – Botanical Branches

Today’s card is a one layer card on watercolor card.

I used one of the leaf stems from the Botanical Branches set to create a curved frame for the big sentiment from My Thoughts of You. I did a little ink smooshing with Distress Oxides then I colored in the image with colored pencils for some color pop. This set is so perfect for clean and simple and awesome!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you are inspired to create a one layer card!
Lyn

Bugaboo SSS – Graduation Time!!

Today we have another new Stella Says Sketch at Catch the Bug. It is easy to following and you can do a lot with it.

In the continuing saga of “use your stuff!” I pulled an embossing folder today. In all fairness , there is really only a yearly need at best for this one but it has been a year or more so it is time!!

I colored up Deacon – Grad Diploma with Copics, fussy cut him, and added him on top of my graduation hats embossed panel. I used washi tape before I embossed to create the stripes so it would look like it blended into the panel. I added a simple congratulations sentiment and it is going in the mail 🙂 I love it when my cards don’t become another part of my stash – what about you?

I hope you are inspired to join in the sketch challenge with us and have fun!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Lyn

SNSS Botanical Branches

Today I have a simple water color project. I stamped one of the Botanical Branches several times with various colors of Distress Ink then I “water colored in the leaves” with those same inks. I spritzed the page and let the ink bleed a bit then I pressed a paper towel to dry it some. I split the panel and inserted a sentiment strip from Be Encouraged in the middle of the pieces to make the stems look longer.

This was really simple but the results are so pretty – I love it! I hope you are inspired today!

Thanks for stopping by,
Lyn

SNSS – Super Dad

For today’s Technique Lover’s Challenge at SplitCoast Stampers, I am pulling out a couple of oldies that used together create a super fun background!

We are going to use Emboss Resist, AND a Repeated Stamped image (use a single stamp or several stamps and versamark or other emboss ink to create a clean a simple designer paper type backgroun). This is perfect for a big bold sentiment, as a compliment to an image, or just whatever makes you happy.

I used the Super Dad symbol to create “clouds” in my sky. I colored up my hero in Copics, fussy cut him, and glued him down. It is CAS but I really like it.

I can’t wait to see your projects! Have fun!!
Lyn

Bugaboo ATG Challenge – Birthday Puppy

Today starts a new challenge at Bugaboo Stamps and as the new format says…Anything Goes! I have really been trying to use some of those tools, papers, stamps, dies (you get the picture) that I just “had to have” at one time or another and then proceeded to put in a drawer and forget about them… Am I the only one? Today, I pulled out a die from Waffle Flower that cuts strips and some colored cardstock colors that I don’t often reach for anymore…

I used a cute puppy from the Bugaboo Stamps Birthday Puppies Set. I colored up my image with Copic markers. Die cut the square with a Simon Says Stamp die then put it all on my fun hand made stripe background. SWEET!!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you were inspired! Grab your supplies and USE them!

Hugs,
Lyn