Monday, February 8, 2016

SC122 Love You



Hi Friends!!

Woohoo!! I am a Guest Designer for the Stampin’ Celebration SC122 Photo Inspiration Challenge and I decided to create a Mixed Media card using the colors and the heart theme.


I hope you have a chance to visit the gallery at Stampin’ Celebration and check out the rest of the Design Team samples as well as the designs from the other two challenge sites- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Apply Gesso® to a piece of Whisper White cardstock (I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I had printed some Scripture from Psalms and decided that I was unhappy with my Bible Journaling on that page, so I cut the paper into A2 size panels and this is one of those panels).

Once the gesso has dried, apply Gelatos®- I used a blue metallic, light blue and metallic pink (sorry, the colors were not printed on the outside and I neglected to note them before discarding the packaging- oops!).   

Spread the Gelatos® with your finger (I used a dry paper towel), spritz with water and allow the colors to merge and drip down the paper. 

Dab the colors with a paper towel, re-apply, spritz again and dry with the Heat Tool. 

Add Ranger® Tim Holtz® Worn Lipstick Distress Stain, spritz and dry with the Heat Tool.

Once you are satisfied with the color (I ended up doing several layers), use a Sponge Dauber to apply Melon Mambo Classic Ink over the Memory Box™ Texture Flourish Stencil, trim the panel, mount onto a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock, trim again and mount onto the Whisper White card base.

Here is the background before adding the die cut heart :-)
Adhere a strip of Basic Black cardstock across the upper portion of the panel, add the Basic Black paper bow and Antique Brad.

Use the Big Shot™ with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits™ (Stampin’ Up!) to cut a heart from Whisper White cardstock and a few of the flowers from Melon Mambo cardstock.

Also, from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits ™ cut two of the large flowers and three of the smaller flowers from Whisper White cardstock.

Mount the Whisper White Bloomin’ Heart die cut to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals® and add the Melon Mambo flowers to the Bloomin’ Heart die with with Stampin’ Dimensionals® as well.
 Add Pearls for the centers of the flowers and the heat embossed sentiment banner to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Express Yourself (retired Stampin’ Up! Hostess Set)

Ink: Versamark™, Melon Mambo; Ranger® Tim Holtz® Worn Lipstick Distress Stain; Gelatos®

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo

Accessories: Gesso®, Big Shot™,  Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits™, Texture Flourish Stencil (MB), Pearls, Punches-Bow Builder,  Hexagon; Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® Winter White Embossing Powder (retired), Heat Tool

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you can gather your supplies and join us at the Stampin’ Celebration SC122 Photo Inspiration Challenge!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Puppy Love :-)

 Hello Friends!

I decided to join in on the Splitcoaststampers Cards for A Cause this year and the February Challenge is to send cards to the Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, MN (see details here).

I knew that the Puppy Love set from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps would be perfect for this cause and I also noticed that this week, The Paper Players PP281 Theme Challenge is “Raining Cats and Dogs” :-)

I have also linked this card to the Splitcoaststampers’ CC565 Color Challenge and the SC578 Sketch Challenge.

I hope you will find time to visit the above galleries and if you are inclined to do so, come join in on the Cards for A Cause card drive (this is a monthly card drive with a different cause each month- last year Splitcoaststampers sent over 6300+ cards to worthy causes- wow, what an honor to be part of that this year :-)).

To create this card:

Ink the Scottish Terrior dog image and the sentiment from the Puppy Love clear stamp set from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps (SNSS) using Stampin’ Up! Black Archival Ink and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock (I used my MISTI® Tool for alignment and repeated stamping to get the images nice and dark and I also used the Heat Tool to speed up the drying time for the multiple layers of ink).

Add a few paw prints from the Puppy Love set using Smoky Slate Classic Ink, trim the panel and use a sewing machine with a zig zag stitch to adhere it to a piece of Basic Black cardstock.

Emboss a piece of Real Red designer paper (retired years ago from a Stampin’ Up! hostess pack), adhere to Basic Black cardstock using the zig zag stitch as well.

Layer the background panel onto Real Red cardstock, add the panel onto the Whisper White card base and mount the horizontal embossed/ stitched panel directly to the card front.

Stitch two flag banners to the upper left corner with a straight stitch and mount the focal image panel with dimensional foam to finish off the card.

Fun and quick- this card should be flat enough to mail without additional postage.
Puppy Love 

Stamp Sets:  Puppy Love (SNSS)

Ink: Black Archival (Stampin’ Up!)

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, retired Real Red DSP (Stampin’ Up! hostess level I set)

Accessories:  MISTI® Tool, Big Shot™, Sizzix Plaid  and DiamondsTextured Impressions™ Embossing Folders,  Sewing Machine, White Thread, Hexagon Punch


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- hugs and have a blessed week, my friends!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mojo337 Purr-fect Thank You :-)



Hi Friends!

I am working on a few pet themed cards for a card drive at Splitcoaststampers and decided to use the Mojo337 Sketch for the layout.

I love this sketch- it was fun to work with and you should see all of the gorgeous examples in their gallery!

Bermuda Bay is another color that seems a bit difficult to photograph- it
is not as bright blue/turquoise as it appears here :-)
To create this card-  emboss a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock with the Darice® Paw Print Background Embossing Folder, trim and mount onto Basic Black cardstock, add the Graphic45® Raining Cats and Dogs designer paper to the stitched Basic Black frame, add the strip of polka dot paper along with the framed designer paper, sentiment and paw print heart and you are finished!

Stamp Sets: Short & Sweet (retired Stampin’ Up!)

Ink: Stāz-On® Jet Black, Ranger® Tim Holtz® Old Paper Distress Ink

Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay; Graphic45® Raining Cats and Dogs

Accessories: Big Shot™, Darice® Paw Prints Background Embossing Folder, My Favorite Things© (MFT) Pet Accents Dies,  MFT Blueprints 20 Die, Hexagon Punch


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and have a great week, my friends!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TCC48 Mixed Media Love You



Hi Friends!!

It’s time for new The Card Concept #TCC48 "Sweet Hearts" Challenge!    Isn’t this a gorgeous collection of heart cookies- too pretty to eat for sure!  


I hope you have a chance to visit us at The Card Concept and check out the rest of our Design Team samples as well as the other challenge sites- fabulous inspiration from all!

Just a reminder that the Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a number of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media.  

To create this card:

Apply Clear Gesso® to a piece of Whisper White cardstock (I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I had printed some Scripture from Psalms and decided that I was unhappy with my Bible Journaling on that page, so I cut the paper into A2 size panels and used one of those panels for this project).

Once the gesso has dried, apply Titanium White Acrylic Paint over the surface, add a bit of pink and melon Gelatos® along with Ranger® Tim Holtz® Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries Distress Stains, allowing the stains to merge with the Gelatos® and dry with a Heat Tool.

Place the Memory Box™ Pattern Heartwood Stencil over the panel, use a dampened paper towel to remove some of the ink and dry with the Heat Tool.

Ink the splatter stamp from Timeless Textures (Stampin’ Up!) using Rose Red Classic Ink and stamp over the surface.

Trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, trim the Crumb Cake layer and mount onto Whisper White cardstock.

Adhere a strip of Whisper White cardstock mounted onto Rose Red cardstock across the upper portion of the panel, add the 5/8” Satin Ribbon  and adhere the ends of the ribbon behind the panel.

Mount the entire panel onto a piece of Rose Red cardstock, trim and mount onto the Whisper White card base.

Use the Big Shot™ with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits™ (Stampin’ Up!) to cut a heart from Whisper White cardstock and one from Rose Red cardstock.

Also, from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits ™ cut two of the large flowers and three of the smaller flowers from Whisper White cardstock.
Mount the Rose Red Bloomin’ Heart die cut directly to the card front and add the White Bloomin’ Heart die cut with Stampin’ Dimensionals®, offsetting the die cut a bit to show the Rose Red layer.

Add the white flowers to the Bloomin’ Heart die along with Pearls for the centers and a row of Pearls in the center of the Satin Ribbon.

Stamp the sentiment from Short & Sweet (retired Stampin’ Up!) with Early Espresso Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, create the banner using the Hexagon Punch and mount onto Rose Red cardstock (also punching the ends with the Hexagon Punch).

Add the sentiment to the card front (tucking under the flowers) using Stampin’ Dimensionals® to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Short & Sweet (retired), Timeless Textures

Ink: Ranger® Tim Holtz® Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries  Distress Stains; Gelatos®, Titanium White Acrylic Paint

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Rose Red

Accessories: Clear Gesso®, Matte Gel, Big Shot™,  Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits™, Hexagon Punch, Pattern Heartwood Stencil (MB), Pearls, 5/8” Satin Ribbon


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you can gather your supplies and pick a style to create your own card for our gallery at The Card Concept!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SUO141 Happy Floral Birthday




Hi Friends!   

It’s time for the SUO141 “Happy Birthday” Challenge and I decided to create a Clean and Layered (CAL) card using the Create with Connieand Mary CCMC391 Sketch Challenge along with the FUSION “Woodgrain Neutral” Inspiration Photo Challenge (I was inspired by the blue and white along with the neutral colors :-)).

I hope you will have a chance to check out my sister Design Team member samples at the SU-Only Challenge site as well as the fantastic Design Team samples at the other two challenge sites- gorgeous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Use the Big Shot™ with the Zig Zag Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock.

Trim the embossed panel and mount onto Whisper White cardstock, trim again and mount onto the Night of Navy card base.

Stamp the sentiment from Rose Wonder using Night of Navy Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, trim and create a banner using the Hexagon Punch.

Add a strip of Night of Navy cardstock to the card base, adhere the loops of Gold Thread and mount the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

De-static a piece of Vellum with the Embossing Buddy®, ink the floral stamp from Flower Shop and the branch image from Choose Happiness using Versamark™ Ink and stamp three of the floral images and two of the branches onto the vellum.

Apply White Stampin’ Emboss® Embossing Powder and heat set with the Heat Tool. 
Color the images using Stampin' Write Markers- Marina Mist for the flowers and Wild Wasabi for the leaves.

Wipe off the excess ink from the embossing and carefully fussy cut the images.

Mount the leaves and flowers to the card front, add the Early Espresso buttons (with Night of Navy strips as “thread”) to finish off the card. 

Stamp Sets:  Rose Wonder, Flower Shop, Choose Happiness

Ink:  Versamark™, Night of Navy; Stampin' Write Markers- Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi
Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Tip Top Taupe
Accessories: Big Shot™, Zig Zag Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Hexagon Punch, Gold Thread, retired Early Espresso buttons

Thanks again for stopping by and we hope to see your Stampin’ Up! Only project in our “Happy Birthday” Challenge gallery!

Monday, February 1, 2016

By The Tide- A Color, Sketch and Theme Challenge :-)



Hi Friends! 

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I am sharing a card today that I created this morning using the Pals Paper Arts PPA285 Color Challenge along with the Freshly Made Sketches FMS221 Sketch Challenge and the Just Add Ink JAI296 "Just Add Nature" Challenge . 

If you have not had a chance to visit the above sites, I hope you will find time to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Ink the script stamp from By the Tide (Stampin’ Up!) with Pink Pirouette Classic Ink and stamp repeatedly onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Ink the coral image using Tip Top Taupe Classic Ink and stamp into the corner of the panel, clean the stamp and ink the coral image again with Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink, stamp off onto a scrap piece of paper, stamp onto the panel and repeat with the coral image using Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink.

Ink the Nantucket image using Tip Top Taupe Classic Ink , ink the sentiment from Blessed (Mama Elephant) using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink and stamp onto the panel (I used my MISTI® Tool to position and stamp this image).

Trim the stamped panel and mount onto Pink Pirouette cardstock.
Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the background panel, mount onto Pink Pirouette cardstock and mount onto the Tip Top Taupe card base.

It is difficult to see the beautiful sheen from the Wink of Stella
Ink the fish and seahorse images using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.

Color the images with the AquaPainter™ and ink from the Pink Pirouette, Watermelon Wonder and Tip Top Taupe Classic Ink pads.
Fussy cut each image, add a bit of Clear Wink of Stella™ and mount the fussy cut images onto the stamped panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Add the focal image panel to the card front to finish off the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals® to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  By the Tide (Stampin’ Up!), Blessed (Mama Elephant)

Ink: Stāz-On® Jet Black, Memento™ Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe

Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella™, MISTI® Too, Stampin’ Dimensionals®


Thanks again for stopping by!!  Tomorrow will be the start of the new SUO-Only Challenge and Wednesday the new Card Concept Challenge begins- hugs and have a blessed week, my friends!!

Friday, January 29, 2016

F4A310 Serenity- Sending Wishes Your Way

Hi Again  Friends! 

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week so far!  I have been creating a few cards this week and this card was my sample for the Splitcoaststampers’ Freefor All F4A310 “Get Your Zen On” Challenge (see details here and gallery here).  

The "Get Your Zen On" Challenge is inspired by the Adult Coloring Book rage right now, and if you do not own one a coloring book, you can "Google" Adult Coloring Book Printables and free pages are available online.

The colors look a bit more vibrant in the photo than IRL :-)
Well, I tried to print a few freebies, but ever since I switched my laptop to Windows 10, my printer has been acting up.  The printer would just not cooperate so I decided to stamp my coloring page :-)
  
I started to look over my stamp collection and recalled that I had this retired Stampin’ Up! background stamp, Serenity (from 2002) and thought that it would possibly look like a coloring book page...  I am ashamed to say that this is the first card that I have ever created with it- yes, I have owned it for 14 years or more- again, too many stamps and not enough time- lol!! Although, that is about to change since my sweet hubby is retiring- yippee!! and my fulltime job ended as well...after 47+ years of working FT/OT for hubby and 40+ years of FT/OT for me, we will both be enjoying retirement :-)

I think that this vintage image would be perfect for Mother’s Day and I will have to remind myself to get this one out again soon!

To create this card:

Ink the Serenity background stamp with Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock (I always stamp my background stamps by keeping the stamp face up on the table, ink with the stamp pad onto the rubber stamp, place the cardstock onto the image and rub the back of the cardstock with a piece of scrap paper or your hand to transfer the image).  FYI- This image is very large so I started out with a 5 ½” square and once I was finished coloring, etc. cut it down to the A2 card size.

After stamping the background image, color the image using various Prismacolor Berol® Colored Pencils (I have had these in my stash for ages) along with a blending stump and Gamsol® to blend the colors.
To "Antique" or "Not to Antique" - that is the question- lol!
Trim the panel and stamp the sentiment from Butterfly Basics set using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink.

Mount the panel onto Early Espresso, trim again and mount onto the Lovely Lilac card base.

At this point the card is finished, unless you are like me and just had to add more...  I decided that it was not “vintage-y” enough so I grabbed my sponge applicator and applied Ranger® Tim Holtz® Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inks for the second version.

Which one do you prefer- stark white or the tea dye version?  

Stamp Sets:  Serenity (retired 2002 Background Stamp), Butterfly Basics (sentiment)- both Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Stāz-On® Jet Black; Prismacolor Berol® Colored Pencils, version #2- Ranger® Tim Holtz® Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inks

Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Lavender Lace

Accessories: Gamsol®, Blending Stump


Thanks again for stopping by- hugs and have a blessed weekend, my friends!

Loving God's Word Bible Journaling Kit

Happy Friday Sweet Friends!!

Woohoo!!  Last week Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (SNSS) announced their exciting new brand, Creative Worship Bible journaling stamps! 

Creative Worship stamps were designed with Bible Journaling in mind, but they can be used for card making, scrapbooking and so much more!

Today we are celebrating the new release of the very first Creative Worship Bible Journaling Kit-  Loving God’s Word Bible Journaling Kit with a fun blog hop and the kit is available until February 11th or while supplies last for $30.95 (plus s/h)!


The Loving God’s Word Bible Journaling Kit includes two brand new stamp sets- His Word and Decorative Banners designed by Krista Hamrick along with a fun bookmark designed by Rebecca Rios as well as some die cut hearts, baker’s twine and a heart doily.   
This kit is a great way to get started on your Bible Art Journaling journey or a wonderful addition to your Bible Art Journaling supplies.  

After February 11th, the stamp sets will be available to be purchased separately at their regular price - His Word $19.95 and Decorative Banners $11.95 - so you can save money on the set plus receive some of the fun extras that are in the kit :-)

His Word
Decorative Banners
Some of you may be like me and are new to Bible Art Journaling :-)  I have found that Bible Art Journaling is a great way to express worship through the study God's Word.  I love focusing on the Scripture as I create plus it helps me memorize verses as well- an added bonus :-)

For this blog hop, I decided to create a card along with a Bible Journaling panel that could be used as a bookmark or as a “tip in”.  

I understand that a “tip-in” is just something that you create outside of your Bible (such as this project) and you can attach it to your Bible using Washi Tape or other adhesives.  Since my “official” Journaling Bible is on pre-order from Amazon and is not expected to ship until March (the Inspire NLT Bible), I decided to stamp on cardstock to create my Bible Art Journaling page. 

For this bookmark/tip-in, I used the new Loving God’s Word Bible Journaling Kit stamps, His Word and Decorative Banners along with a few stamps from Message of Hope (a previous SNSS release).  

OK, now I am going to share a secret and please do not faint- lol! but I decided to carefully cut some of the words apart on both sets to make them more versatile :-)

Yes, I did it and the stamps did not scream at me!! :-)  Cutting them apart apparently does not hurt your photopolymer stamps :-) and you can always re-position the original words back together for stamping later (as I did in the card).

From the His Word set I cut apart “Your” from the “Lord, I long to hear “Your” Voice stamp, “of” from “Word of Life” and “Teach Me” (but the latter, I did not use on this bookmark).
From the Message of Hope set, I cut the word “Righteous” from “Righteousness” (used on this bookmark), “With” from “Without”, “Faith” from “Faithful” (well, you are getting the idea- right?)...

I have several clear blocks  and used a larger one (5” x 3 ¼”) for the layout of the first part of the bookmark and two smaller blocks for the second half. 

I choose the words to create the verse along with positioning banners for some of the hand lettered words, placed them onto the cardstock and pressed the block over the words to keep them in the position for stamping.

I did trim it down a bit on the sides after taking this photo :-)
I stamped the images onto Whisper White cardstock (although they could be stamped directly into the margins of your Bible) using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Faber-Castell® Polychromos pencils (any coloring medium would work).

The lettering in the banners I did by hand as well as the Scripture Verse reference using a Pigma Micron™ pen and created shadows with a black colored pencil.

The second project was a quick and easy card using watercolor paper, Brusho® Colour Crystals and stamps from His Book along with two sets from throwback releases- Nature Silhouettes and Grunge Elements.   

I also decided to use the Splitcoaststampers’ SC576 Sketch Challenge for my layout (Splitcoaststampers (SCS) has a wonderful gallery of over 575 sketches that you can use for your layouts- check the master gallery out here).

Spritz water onto a piece of watercolor paper and shake a few of the Brusho® Colour Crystals onto the wet paper (I used Yellow, Purple and Turquoise).  Allow the Brusho® Colour Crystals to spread and merge – it is amazing to watch how they react to water and dry with a Heat Tool.

Ink the sentiment from His Book using Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink and stamp onto the watercolor panel.

Ink the floral images from Nature Silhouettes using Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink, stamp off onto scrap paper before stamping onto the panel and then add a few images without stamping off.

Nature Silhouettes
Ink the bird image from Nature Silhouettes using Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink and stamp onto the panel in the upper corner, trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock, trim again and mount onto Elegant Eggplant cardstock.


Grunge Elements
Ink the Grunge Elements splatter stamp with Tempting Turquoise and stamp a bit onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim the panel add the strips of Elegant Eggplant cardstock and mount onto the Elegant Eggplant card base.

Add the focal image panel to the card front using dimensional foam and the card is finished!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these two projects and that you will take the time to check out the rest of the SNSS Design Team projects on the blog hop!!


Inspiration galore and I cannot wait to see what you create with the new Loving God's Word Bible Journaling Kit!   Share your Bible Journaling creations with us on the Creative Worship Bible Journaling Facebook Page (just click on join and Korin will add you) - you do not have to use SNSS stamps to participate but, of course, we love it when you do!! 

You can also find us on Instagram (@sweetnsassystamps) and our Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Facebook page :-)

Thanks again for visiting- have a blessed weekend, my friends!
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