Embossed Leaf

Today I have a fun project once again inspired by Gina K…


For this project, you will need a leaf from your yard, your neighbor’s yard, a tree on the path you walk – you get the picture right 🙂 It is best if it is a green leaf as it is a little more flexible. We are going to use the leaf as our stamp and then we are going to emboss it.

On a scratch piece of paper, lay the leaf with the “front” side up. “Ink” it up with embossing ink (I  used VersaMark). Gently pick the leaf up and lay it face down (“inked” side down) on a piece of card stock. At this point, you can lay a piece of paper on top and very firmly press along the leaf to get the ink onto the cardstock or you can do what i did and run it through your die cutting machine – I used the same sandwich I use for thin metal dies. This way it wasn’t too loose but not too tight either. I found this way got me the best results but pressing also creates pretty results.

When you take it out, gently lift the ink and add embossing powder to and heat it with your heat tool and that is it – add a sentiment and you are done!

There are lots of possibilities with this one. I grabbed some already ink blended cardstock from my stash which gave a great background to my leaf. But you can go with plain card, or designer paper, you choose! You can use metallic embossing powder like I did or you could go with clear and do an emboss resist, or even a Joseph’s Coat technique could be fun.

I hope you have fun!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS – September Blog Hop O. M. GNOMES!

Welcome to the September release Hop at Sweet N Sassy Stamps! We have some awesome Christmas sets to share with you this month so sit back and be inspired!

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 September stamps. Leave a little comment love on each stop along the way by Tuesday September 22nd 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, September 30th.

Hop Order:

This month I am featuring adorable Gnome set called Christmas Gnomes. Oh my goodness this set!! It also has some great sentiments both gnomey and traditional.

For my card, I created a simple carved wood looking background, then added the candy cane gnome that I colored with Copics.

I also made a bunch of kraft colored gift tags using the new Christmas Text Background. I just tried out my inks to see what I liked. I cold pop these on a card and add an image if I wanted too and it would be a great little card. So much fun!!

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 Bushel of Blessings

Today I have two cards using the new Bushel of Blessings set from Sweet N Sassy. This set is absolutely beautiful! I have been coloring all of the images up but for my cards today, I thought it would be fun to test the versatility of this one using the wheel barrow of pumpkins and flowers.

The first card uses Bristol smooth paper. I inked the image with Archival Ink Coffee color. Then I “water colored” the image with Distress Ink frayed burlap color for the sepia tones. I dried and inked in layers for shading but always with the same color. I used a simple sentiment from Sentimental Wordfetti.

The second card uses ALL the color the first one didn’t use. I used Canson XL watercolor paper and Distress Inks. I blended some blues on the top 3/4’s of the paper and then spritzed it for texture. I used the leaves from Falling Leaves and randomly inked them in reds, oranges, yellows, and moss green to ink the bottom of the page. I repeated the leaves to cover the ground and lightly spritzed it too. I colored the image with Copics, fussy cut it, and put it on top of the leaves. The sentiments is from the Bushel of Blessings set.

This was super fun. I love them both and couldn’t choose one if I had too! What about you? Color or No Color?

I hope you were inspired!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

Bugaboo – Saturday Challenge – CAS

Today we have a new challenge at Catch the Bug and it is a Clean and Simple challenge. I had an image colored up that I never used for the Christmas in July challenge called Santa Presents so I decided to use it for my card. In keeping with the CAS of the challenge, I fussy cut the image and adhered it directly to my card base. I did use some washi to ground the image and I used some simple wordfetti for my sentiment. Clean and Simple and really fun!

I hope you are inspired to join the challenge today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS Dispenser Tags

Today I have a great, super fun, truly easy project that uses one of my favorite alpha sets at Sweet N Sassy! It is the Bitty Minnie Alpha set. It is perfect for filler words but it is also great for smaller projects like cards, faithdex cards, and today’s tags!

These times are unique for sure and I think it has made me more aware of the supplies I have and of the fact that they aren’t a given. as a result, I have found myself leaning a little more toward refillable, recyclable, reusable – all the “earth friendly “re”s. I stumbled onto THIS blog post for making simple hand soap (it got scarce for a while right?). I decided I was making the soap. so I bought the supplies and the dispensers and decided while I was at it, I would make some cute, but simple tags to hang on them to “label” them if you will.

I rolled out some pearl polymer clay (you decide how flat or chunky you want them but mine are probably about as thick as 5 playing cards) and using the Bitty Minnie Alphas and Stayzon black ink, I spelled out “dish” and “hand” so I could differentiate my soap in the kitchen. I also created a simple rose on my dish tag by rolling a piece of clay into a “snake” then rolling it like a cinnamon roll and adding a simple leaf shape. I poked a hole with a pointy tool so I could thread cord through it later. I then cooked my clay for the time on the package (they differ by brand). Once it was cooled, I colored rose with copic markers and threaded some rubber cord through the hole and hung them on my dispensers.

I created a few and may do more like “soap” and “lotion” “cleaner”(whatever you may put in a clear bottle. It looks really cool on the filled bottles too! I think it looks a little like Rae Dunn made them haha! What do you think?

I hope you were inspired today! And if you need some alphas for your stash (and really don’t we all!), I have some great news! There is a buy 2 get 1 free sale on ALL ALPHAS at Sweet N Sassy Stamps right now! WINNER!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS – Mini Art Journal

Today I have a super fun project. I have been playing around with a mini, mixed media journal I made with watercolor paper (pages are about 4″x 5″ so it’s a small manageable canvas). I played around with background colors one day – just to get something done on a no-mojo day. now when I want to do a journal page, I can flip to color page I like and start building on it! It really is a great project!

For your inspiration, I have created two pages in my journal.

The first one uses this month’s Stamp of the Month – Coffee Talk and one of its great little sentiments. To compliment the sentiment, I inked up one of the people images from Walk Humbly and tried to make it look like she was holding the cup of coffee from her favorite coffee house, breathing in the smell, and just in her own little paradise (I drew fingers on the cup for to this end.) I used the Tim Holtz Splatters stencil, and Texture Tiles 1 to add dimension to the background. I love it!

My second page uses the big sunflower from this month’s Like a Sunflower set. I L-O-V-E this one! For the texture on this page (you know there has to be texture!), I used Texture Tiles 3, and Typewriter Text Background

This project has really renewed my mojo! I can’t wait to do more pages in it!

I hope you are inspired too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS August Blog Hop – ahhh Coffee!


Welcome to the Sweet N Sassy Stamps AUGUST 2020 Release Blog Hop!Can you believe it is the second half of the year already!!

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 June stamps. Leave a little comment love on each stop along the way by Tuesday August 18th 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, August 19th.

Hop Order:

This month I am featuring an adorable little coffee set called Coffee Talk. There are lots of cute coffee cups but the star of this set is all of the super fun sentiments it has. This is the free with purchase stamp of the month for August. 

For my card, I used all of the coffees to create a background that I colored with Copics then added the sentiment.

On the inside, I created a pocket for a gift card to Starbucks…  i used the coffee beans from Special Blend then inked over it with Distress Inks for a simple look. Here are a few pictures to show this process…

I hope you had fun hoping along and were inspired by all you saw!

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

Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July Day 3 – Anything But a Card

monday picture

For today’s ABC challenge at Bugaboo’s week long Christmas in July challenge, I have a simple money card. It is sized to fit in a business envelope if I decide to mail it or I can just give it as it is and it is the “packaging” for the gift. I used the Knobby Knees Christmas – Joy image. Its long profile was perfect for this project!

As I mentioned, it has a pocket on the inside for money 🙂 I cut a piece of 12″x12″ designer Christmas paper to 9.5″x7.75″ and scored on the 9.5″ side at 3.75″ and 7.5″. I used a circle punch to create a half circle cut out in the top center of the pocket so the money could be easily pulled out. Then I closed up the pocket with 1/8″ score tape on each end.It is quick and fun project and it will be a more personal way to give the not so personal gift of cash…

I hope you are having fun playing along. If you aren’t playing along yet…Why Not!! There are lots of prizes to win!!

You will have until midnight on Sunday, July 26 to get your projects entered to be considered for the prizes!

Thanks for stopping by!
Lyn

Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July DAY 2 – Sketch Challenge!

It is DAY 2 of the annual Christmas in July week long event at Bugaboo Stamps/Catch the Bug! Today we have a sketch challenge to play with…
For my card, I dug deep into my stash for some Christmas patterned paper. I really don’t use a lot of that anymore for some reason – but I love the fun look for sure! I used Copics to colord up Santa Clause Peeker for my focal image then added glitter on the “fur” areas and that is all there is to this one. I really like it!
I hope you are inspired to join in the fun. There are lots of prizes to win!! You will have til midnight on Sunday, July 26 to get your projects entered to be considered for the prizes!
Thanks for stopping by!
Lyn

SNSS July Blog Hop! Just BEE-cause!

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

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 June stamps. Leave a little comment love on each stop along the way by Tuesday July 21st 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, July 22nd.

Hop Order:

This month I am featuring an un-BEE-lievably awesome new set called BEE SWEET. I L-O-V-E this one! It was so much fun to play with and I still have tons of ideas for more projects. Today I created fun backgrounds then used simple layouts so the backgrounds could shine.

For the first one, I ink blended a background with Distress Oxides and inked up and repeatedly stamped the hexie cluster image to create a background. Then I stamp a sentiment and a little bee on a circle die. I also printed it on another page and colored it and fussy cut it. I glued it on top of the inked bee just down the middle so I could get a little dimension on the wings. I popped the sentiment circle up on foam for more dimension.

For the second card, I played along with a Rina K technique to create a sort of Joseph’s Coat type background using Distress Oxides and a Hexie Stencil. I again inked a sentiment on a die (this time a rectangle) and popped the sentiment up on foam for some dimension. I inked and colored and fussy cut the honey jar for this one…sooo fun!

I love these and plan to make more for sure! I hope you are inspired to do so as well!

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