Today I am playing with two of the Sweet N Sassy August stamp sets Fall Breeze and Autumn Gnomes and the Fall Leaves Stencil. I tried a some different techniques with the stencil to give myself 3 unique backgrounds. Then I used the simple sentiments and images from my stamp sets to finish off my cards.
First up… I ran my stencil through my embossing machine. You can’t see it very well but it is slightly raised. While the stencil was still attached to my cardstock, I lightly brushed on some distess inks. I stamped on the sentiment from the Fall Breeze set and colored in the outlines of the words. Super simple but fun!
Second (and third), I did some ink blending on Bristol Smooth water color paper. I laid the stencil on top and spritzed it heavily with water with caused the ink underneath to run a bit so I lifted the stencil and laid it onto a clean piece of Bristol paper for a much lighter, subtle look. I added sentiments and small images to both of these backgrounds and they were pretty much finished.
I hope you were inspired to try out your stencils in multiple ways and see what you get – I think you will be happy with the results!
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!!
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.
Today I have a fun card that uses an ATC card as it’s focal point. I first created the ATC and then decided it would be a fun card so I went for it…
I started with an ATC panel of watercolor paper. I smooshed some Distress Oxides (Hickory Smoke and Aged Mahogany.) I added a little color texture with the bitty heart stencil that I spritzed with water so it blended into the background. I added more texture around the edges with the Grunge Elements 3 and Texture Tiles 7. With my backgrounds created, I colored up my Snail House from Snail Village and fussy cut it. I added a little washi for it to sit on and added a sentiment. ATC done.
For the card, I simply layered some Neenah Solar White and Bazzill Brick cardstock and that is that. I love it!
Today’s Freebie at Bugaboo Stamps is called Deacon Cake and it is a-dorable! I printed it up to fit an A2 card, colored it with Copic markers, added birthday sentiment and mounted it onto a coordinating green background – clean and simple and i love it!
Head on over to Bugaboo and snag this cutie for yourself!
I hope you were inspired! Thanks for stopping by! Lyn
Today I have a super sweet post filled with the cutest cuddliest… bunnies! Who doesn’t love bunnies amiright? Sweet N Sassy has some truly adorable bunnies in both clear stamps and digital stamps….
FIRST we have this so cute little guy from this month’s Hoppy Spring set. I inked him up on a Neenah Desert Storm card stock base, masked him, them covered the background with the new Textures 11 flowers using Versa Mark for a tone-on-tone look. I unmasked and those flowers moved to the background so I could color my bunny with colored pencils and have a one layer card.
Next I have another clean and simple card, but this time, I didn’t fill in the white space. (I did, however, die-cut and mount my panel for a little dimension :)) This card uses a new digi called Bunny Love. It comes with a sweet sentiment that I have used on many a project lately! I created my “card front” in a word doc with the bunny and sentiment placed just where I wanted them. I printed, colored him with Copic markers, and die-cut the layers – that is all there is to it!
My last project is a mixed media ATC (Artist Trading Card) that I created for a team swap. I used Distress Oxides on heavy watercolor paper to start my card. I added texture with Typewriter Text BG, Texture Tiles 5, and the new Grunge Dots Stencil. I created a word doc with a bunch of my images and sentiments from Valentine Bunny with Heart and Bunny Love respectively and had a fun day of coloring and fussy cutting. I added a little washi from my stash to “ground” my bunny and balance my ATC then glued my image and sentiment down… I signed the back and mailed off to my friends – SO MUCH FUN!
I hope you were inspired today – HOP to it and go great something this weekend!
By the way, there are still a few more days to get in on the SNSS moving sale!
Today I am working with the the Garden Whimsy set and the Everyday Greetings set. I love the unique style of the critters in Garden Whimsy. They are super fun to color – you can really use your imagination. And the sentiment set is just what I have been looking for. They are perfect for any occasion, just thinking of you type cards.
My first card features the dragonfly and the Thanks sentiment. I never really have many of those in my stash so I am happy to have this one. I created the background with Distress Oxides and the new Puffy Clouds stencil. I added a lot of water so the cloud shapes are very subtle. (I have another panel that I created at the same time that is much clearer. You will likely see that soon.) My dragonfly is stamped on top of the background then colored with Polychromos pencils. I got out my color wheel and tried to use colors that aren’t my norm and I love the final look. I added the sentiment on the card front and didn’t do anything else.
My second card is actually part of a set. I did a swap with some of the team members at Sweet N Sassy and I decided to create cards for everyone. I laid down inks of blues and purple Distress Oxides onto my mat, added water then smooshed the card front through – this is a one layer made from watercolor paper and cut to a fun Bar 4 size of 3 1/2″x4 7/8″. Once the background dried, I inked the sentiment and the ladybug onto all of my cards. I inked the ladybug body onto copic friendly paper and colored them rich pinks and blues – they are so much fun! I fussy cut the body and glued them onto the inked image on my card front. Now it has antennae and I didn’t have to cut them out 🙂
These are so cute in real life – they make me smile out loud! I hope you are inspired to pay with colors today and have a blast doing it! AND…If you need anything from the new release…Sweet N Sassy is moving and they are having a sale so they don’t have to load it all up – Just use the Code MOVING… winner!!
Welcome to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers + Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Collaboration Blog Hop! We’re so excited to be teaming up with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers design team to bring you some caffeine inspired fun… Oh yeah and there is a PRIZE (ding, ding, ding!!) Leave some love at each stop as you hop about for a chance to win a $25 gift code to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop.
OK – Let’s make sure you are in the right place (what? I sometimes need someone to keep me in line 🙂 ) You should have gotten here from Esther’s blog. If you already started but got a little lost, you can always head to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for the complete hop list. IF not, start at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blog to make sure you don’t miss anything!! (btw – you won’t want to miss anything).
I have a couple of projects to share today. The first one is an art journal page – this is in my mini watercolor paper journal (4″X5.25″). I used Distress Inks in shades of green and blues to create a forest scene. I spritzed it a little and when it dried, I added some trees from the Thrill of Hope set and texture from Texture Tiles 1. After a few white paint splashes, the background was complete. I Copic colored my coffee drinking gnome from Winter Gnomes and added a Hi-larious (and oh, so true) sentiment from Coffee Talk 2 on strips of cardstock to finish it off. This one makes me smile out loud!
My next project is also a journal page but this one is not a true journal. I accidently purchased my yearly calendar only to find out it started last July (ughh!) I started cutting out the un-needed months and then decided that I would use all those extra pages for fun journal projects instead. If the calendar info shows through, it is only added texture – woo hoo! Lemons into lemonade – amiright?
I added a light layer of gesso, then added distress oxides for my base colors. I added a layer of stenciling over it then added texture using the new Texture Tiles 9 (did I mention that I loved this one?) I Copic colored the girl from Walk Humbly then several of the cups from Coffee Talk (decorated with some of the little images in the Walk Humbly set.) I added the sentiment (from Coffee Talk) directly to the page but fussy cut the girl and the cups. I glued the girl down, then cut slits into the coffee part of the cups so I could “stack” them up and place them into her hand – Woo, it’s a 3-cup day? Must be Monday, or Tuesday, or….
I hope you are having fun and were super inspired here! All that coffee definitely leads to creative fun in my house! Now for more inspiration, head on over to Lee Ann’s blog and you will not be disappointed .
Today I have a couple of cards to share using the new Sweet N Sassy Stamps Background Builder Stripes set. This set has so many possibilities but I decided to go plaid with my cards. One straight up and across and the other on the diagonal. I also decided to play in my stash and I found two colored up flowers (from Scribble Flowers set) left over from a recent ATC coin swap with the SNSS DT that seemed to be the perfect fit for both cards… How could I not use them?
Card number one uses distress inks in reds and yellows I tried to go ombre-ish with my plaid in both directions. I added my flower (grounded with some washi) and then used one of my favorite sentiments by clipping out some of the phrases from the Texture Tiles 7 word block. For some reason, I just love those tiny words.
Card number two used black ink (VersaClair Nocturne) to create a diagonal plaid – I love this plaid so much!! I will be creating lots more of these backgrounds. I created a wide strip for the sentiment from My Thoughts of You and added another Scribble Flower.
I hope you are inspired to play with this stripe background builder. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Today is the last day of this year’s birthday bash at Bugaboo Stamps – what a fun week it has been! Today’s challenge is a Color Challenge and there is a fun FREE fox up for grabs for anyone who wants to play along.
Get your freebie here before next Friday (when there will be a new one!)
I pulled some colored cardsock and designer cardstock from my stash and colored up my fox with my Copic markers. I practiced with shading and went a little darker than I planned but hey – that is part of the process right and I had fun so I count it a win!!
I hope you had fun this week! There is still time to join in (but not much 🙂 ) if you are up for fun and prizes (I mean who isn’t really – right?) Go to Bugaboo Birthday Bash to see all of the things there are to see!