SNSS Release After Party Blog Hop!

Hi Sweet ‘n Sassy friends! Welcome to our March 2019 Release After Party Hop!
 

 

This month SNSS has released a wonderful collection of spring and Easter themed sets, perfect to celebrate the season. They are each so inspirational and have tons of possibilities! I am going to share a set with you which I hope fills you with inspiration – but if you need more, just hop on to the next team member and get some more 🙂 You should have arrived here from Lucinde’s page. If not, jump back there so you don’t miss anything.

Here’s the official hop list. If something goes wrong along the way…

 

Don’t forget to comment at every stop as you hop along for a chance to win. One reader will be randomly selected to receive a gift voucher to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop! What’s not to love about free stamps??? We’ll announce the winner on the SWEET N SASSY blog next week, so let’s get hopping.

My projects today feature the March Stamp of the Month, Doodle Florals. This set is only available during the month of March as a FREE gift with a $75 or more purchase. The possibilities for this set are endless. It is perfect for CAS cards and less CAS cards. Use one flower or use them all – it is up to you!

Doodle Florals – 4 x 6 set (March Stamp of the Month)

I have two cards to share:

The first one is clean and simple using one of the flowers.

  • I used Strathmore Coldpress watercolor paper and inked one of the flowers up twice with Versamark and embossed WOW! clear embossing powder.
  • I put a little Distress Oxides (Festive Berries and Scattered Straw onto my craft mat and spritzed it with water – I then used it to water color the flowers.
  • I added a simple sentiment from the Keep in Touch Too set (This is a go to for sentiments as there is something for most occasions).
  • To finish my card, I mounted my panel on black to make it pop! then I mounted that on a card base made from the Strathmore water color paper I used for my image.

My second card today uses all of the flowers and leaves in the set.

  • I placed the flowers and leaves on my MISTI in a design that I liked. Then I inked them up with Gina K Amalgam Ink because I wanted to color with Copics and it doesn’t smear.
  • With Versafine Black Onyx Ink, I stamped the spring sentiment from Spring Blossoms.
  • After die cutting the sentiment with a Spellbinders circle die, I mounted it onto a black scallop die cut (also Spellbinders).
  • Before I put the sentiment on the card, I put the card in my MISTI and placed the bottom leaf stamp onto the card (lining it up as exact as possible). I closed the door to pick up the stamp and then put it to the side for a minute. 
  • I adhered the sentiment circle in the corner of my card and trimmed it to fit.
  • I put the card back in the MISTI with the sentiment circle in place. I masked the part of the card with the leaf with a post it (just in case I was off a bit) then inked the leaf onto the bottom of the sentiment circle with the Gina K Amalgam Ink. I colored the leaf on the sentiment circle to make it blend in with the card. 
  • For a finishing touch, I added some white gel pen details and mounted my finished piece on black cardstock then onto a Neenah Solor white base.

By the way…My Copic colors included R17, R25, and R29 (for the pinks), BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09 (for the teals), Y21, Y23, and Y26 (for the yellows), V22, V25, and V28 (for the purples) and BG10 and BG0000 (for the background).

Now it is time to hop on and see what the incredibly talented Monika Davis has for you!

I hope you are inspired to create CAS or not just have fun! And 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

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Bugaboo – Anything but a card – ATC Coin

Today at Catch the Bug, we are challenged to create Anything But a Card. I used St. Patrick’s Circle Theodore to create an ATC Coin (2.5″ in diameter).

I colored my image with Copics, then die cut it with a stitched circle die. I used concurrent sizes of circle dies. I cut out each of the circles in 1/4″ increments, then using the next smaller die for each circle, I cut out a hole in the middle. This resulted in thin rings that I could nestle inside of each other so my coin wouldn’t get too thick. Since it was for St Patrick’s day, I thought a rainbow would be appropriate so the rings are in rainbow colors. I added a little gold brad (thinking it could represent leprechaun gold (haha!) Then to finish it off, I added Spectrum Noir Sparkle onto all of the rings (the picture really shows the glitter and how fun it is!)

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

I would like to put this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS – Texture Tiles 4 (x3) – Bee Amazing!

Hi Friends!

Today I have some more fun projects using one stamp (well two really) from Sweet N Sassy creating three looks. The new Texture Tiles 4 makes for some great background and to tie my projects together, I added the bee from Sweet as Honey. Of course I have also used other sets (I will point them out as I go) but these are the focus on all of my projects.

My first project is a mixed media art journal page (in my 6×6 journal). This is my more complex project as it uses the most stash supplies and got me the inky-est 🙂

Recipe:

  • Background – Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap Melange; Distress Paint in Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon
  • Background stamps – Texture Tiles 1 using Archival Inks Manganese Blue
  • Splatters – White and Black Arcylic Dylusions
  • Corner texture – Tim Holtz Stencil with Black Modeling Paste (TCW)
  • Sentiment (big) God is For You Clear stamp set from SNSS inked with Gina K Black Amalgam Ink, (little) From Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book.
  • Border Image – Texture Tiles 4 stamped repeatedly around the edges over and over.
  • Bee image from Sweet as Honey stamped with Gina K Black Amalgam and colored with Copics Y17, Y19, Y15 and W0, W1, W3, W5 (with Wink of Stella on wings)- popped up with foam felt and adhered with Multi Matte Medium
  • Highlights added with White gel pen

My Second project is a less complex and uses the four plaid tiles to create “quilty” look.

I used a circle stitched die from Simon Says Stamps and a Circle die from Spellbinders to cut out the image using the out of the box die technique. I added a foam dot under the bee’s wings to make them look more dimensional.

Recipe:

  • For the Bee, I used a circle stitched die from Simon Says Stamps and a Circle die from Spellbinders. For the squares, I used square stitched die from Simon Says Stamps and a square die from Spellbinders.
  • Bee image from Sweet as Honey stamped with Gina K Black Amalgam and colored with Copics Y17, Y19, Y15 and W0, W1, W3, W5 (with Wink of Stella on wings).
  • Background Image – Texture Tiles 4 – all four stamped with Gina K Black Amalgam Ink on Neenah Solar White
  • Sentiment – So Thankful
  • My background paper is cut with A Jillian Vance Design Basic Polka Dot Die

My Final Project is a Clean And Simple card on kraft.

Recipe:

  • My rectangles are all cut with A Jillian Vance Design Basic and/or Polka Dot Dies
  • Background Image – Texture Tiles 4 – stamped with Versa Mark for a tone on tone look
  • Bee image from Sweet as Honey stamped with Gina K Black Amalgam and colored with Polychromos pencils. I stamped right on top of the plaid background and colored over it.
  • Sentiment – “Bee” from Sweet as Honey and “Amazing” from Bitty Minnie Alpha
  • I added twine and enamel dots then popped the center panel up with foam felt

I hope you are inspired – see how you can stretch your stamps by trying multiple ways to use it. And no matter what else you do, HAVE FUN!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

 

SNSS – Girl Power (x3) – Teal and Red

Hi Friends! Today I have some fun projects using the new Girl Power 2 set from Sweet N Sassy Stamps. I have also used other sets (I will point them out as I go) but this one is the focus on all of my projects. [By the way, if you feel like you just need any of these stamps, I have a discount code for you (woo woo!!). If you spend $10, LYN10 get you 10% off your entire order.]

For these projects, I wanted to show how a single stamp could be used in different styles and complexities (is that the right word? I’ll go with it :)). To show this versatility, I decided to use the same color pallet on them and red and teal is the color combo I chose. These projects are all different but the each make me smile out loud! So here we go…

My first project is a mixed media art journal page. I saw a 6×6 disc bound journal and felt ready to commit to that as it was less intimidating than a bigger journal with two pages to cover. This is my more complex project as it has acrylics, and archival ink, and texture paste, and Copics, and Washi tape, and a masked (many times over) image. I even pulled out my gelliplate and got so messy and had so much fun. If you haven’t tried a journal page – I encourage it. It is very rewarding.Recipe (in order of use haha):

  • Background – Acrylics Dina Wakley Acrylics Ocean, Turquoise, and Sterling
  • Background stamps – Texture Tiles 1 using Archival Inks Cobalt and Paradise Teal
  • Splatters – White Gesso and Sterling acrylics
  • Corner texture – Stencil with texture cream (Momenta Art-C in Platinum)
  • Sentiment (big) Be Unique Clear stamp set from SNSS, (little) typed on computer
  • Image – Girl Power 2 Masked over and over. Main image colored with Copics R24, R27, R29(shirt), E53, E55, E57, E59 (Hair), E00, E21, E11(skin) Other images colored with warm grays – adhered with Multi Matte Medium
  • Washi Tape – not sure brand
  • Outline image with Stabilo All Pencil and water brush

My Second project is a less complex and uses only a few dies, designer paper (from my stash)some tulle, and sequins. There is a mask though 🙂  It is a shaker of sorts…Recipe:

  • Spellbinders circle dies (two sizes so I could add the frame on top) This card allows you to see through to the inside
  • Designer paper from my stash
  • Tulle – folded in half filled with sequins and closed up with score tape the taped down between the paper layers and the card base
  • Image – Girl Power 2 (I chose the girl that looks like me) Keep in Touch Too (sentiment) and Home for the Holidays (gift). I stamped the gift first then masked it then stamped the girl.
  • My background paper is cut with A Jillian Vance Design Basic Polka Dot Die

My Final Project is kind of Clean And Simple but still has a few steps. It still uses a mask (I cut them out so I wanted to use them as many times as possible I guess haha!) I cut out some frames, stacked them and colored up my image. to pop into the frame. I wanted this to look like a selfie pic of me and one of my best friends so I chose girls with our hairstyles. For fun I decided to try to video it. It isn’t awesome but it is my first time doing this and the video stopped and I had to add in the end…oh well – feel free to check it out if you want to HERE)

Recipe:

  • Spellbinders Rectangle and Square dies (taped together to create a frame and cut multiple times to stack and remain the same).
  • Image – Girl Power 2 Masked over and over. Main image colored with Copics R24, R27, R29(shirt), E53, E55, E57, E59 (Hair), E00, E21, E11(skin)
  • Sentiment – You and Me set from SNSS
  • My background paper is cut with A Jillian Vance Design Basic Polka Dot Die

I hope you are inspired to pick up a stamp set and see what other ways you can create with it. See how you can combine sets for a single project and most of all, this should be fun so make it FUN!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

 

Bugaboo – Monster Monster Monster

Today I have an Oldie but Goodie for some inspiration at Bugaboo Stamps! I created a CAS card using Digi Monster 3. (It is only $1 in the store and is on sale now – you can’t beat that!)

I colored the image with Copics first (I decided I wanted a pink monster), then  I created my own background by embossing words from SNSS Stamps Be Unique set (I thought it went well with a 3 headed monster) then I did the smooshing technique with Distress Inks.

I hope you are inspired to color something fun and create your background paper to match it 🙂

I would like to put it in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

SNSS Forever and Always!

Happy Friday! I can’t believe we are in February already. Time is flying and I am madly working on hard on Valentines so I can get them in the mail this weekend. Today’s cards are fun additions to the collection!

For your inspiration, I have two cards featuring a new stamp set at Sweet N Sassy Stamps called Forever and Always. This is a great set with lots of hearts/textures and so many possibilities. I decided to showcase it in two, extremely different ways…

The first card is clean and simple but has some fun features. I cut a postage stamp die cut from a card panel and before I took the cut-out away from the die, I lightly inked the background with distress ink. I stamped the solid heart from the set with Distress Oxide and once it was good and dried, I embossed the sentiment on top of the heart and hand wrote the word “forever” in the bottom corner (so it would look like a US postage stamp.) I die cut the postage stamp in black five times and glued them together and popped my image piece on top. This gives the card dimension as well as  a black “outline” that highlights my “postage stamp”.

My second card uses a technique called Joseph’s Coat Technique. I inked up some Neenah cardstock with distress inks in pink, red, and yellow. Once it was dry, I clear embossed the hearts (I used all of the hearts in the set) randomly over the inked panel. Then I inked over everything with black soot distress ink.

Inking it over with black freaked me out at first because I L-O-V-E-D the colors and just the embossed hearts (which looked like tone on tone) was so fun…BUT when I wiped the black ink off the embossed hearts the fun color popped like crazy and it was still awesome! I created a sentiment banner using the words “You have My” from the So Thankful stamp set, then adding a heart to finish the sentence and coordinate with the card theme.

I hope you were inspired today and see just how versatile this sweet set is. While it is perfect for Valentines, I could see it being great for anniversary, or just-because cards too.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

Bugaboo Oldie But a Goodie – Monster Month Ends

Today I have a fun card using an Oldie But Goodie at Bugaboo Stamps. My image is called Monster Birthday Snapshot. Since this month started with a monster birthday celebration at Catch the Bug, I kept up the them until the end 🙂 I went CAS and using vibrant, bright colors for my monsters using Copics.

I hope you are inspired to color today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

Bugaboo – Anything but a Card Monster Tag

Today at Catch the Bug, we are doing Anything But a Card. I used Birthday Monster Balloon to create my tag. I colored my monster with Copics, die cut it with a tag die and then held my breath as a ran the tag through my Cuttlebug with a birthday folder. Yes, I embossed on top of my image. I added a big eyelet and ribbons and in the end I really like it!

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

I would like to put this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn