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Friday, October 24, 2014

Christmas Blog Hop

Hello sweet friends!  Welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Special DT Christmas Blog Hop!  Today the  Design Divas are featuring our favorite SNSS Christmas stamp sets just in time to give you plenty of inspiration for your holiday stamping.  We hope you will join the fun and leave some love behind as you visit each blog.  I'm sure you have your own favorite Christmas stamp set, so we're inviting you to create your own Christmas greeting and add it to the gallery by clicking the Linky Tool below!  Of course there will be a PRIZE for those who decide to join us.  You have until Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at midnight EST to upload your creation.  We will randomly select one lucky participant to receive a $10 gift code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog on Friday, October 31st.

Today, I decided to create a CAS card using the very versatile Holiday Baubles set.  



I chose 3 of the ornaments from the set.  I scored 3 lines to "hang" my ornaments from at different lengths.  I embossed the ornaments with silver detail embossing powder and added some rhinestones at the top of each.  I used silver mirror paper to matte the images.  I finished the card by embossing the sentiment and framing it with tiny rhinestones.  This would be a simple (yet elegant) card to reproduce. 

Now it's your turn...
Create a Christmas Card using your favorite Christmas stamp set!

Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:             
- You don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)
- Please create a NEW card (no back linking)
- We ask that you enter your card in no more than 3 challenges
 - You'll have until Thursday, October 30th at midnight EST to enter

- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to the 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  
If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSCHRISTMAS2014 when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

To enter simply share a link to your creation below, but don't forget to visit the DT blogs to see their beautiful Christmas creations!

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, October 31st to see if you've won!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Stationery Gift Set

Hi everyone!  Today I would like to share a stationery gift set that I made for a friend of mine for her birthday.  She loves the color combo of blue and brown so that is how I chose the colors.  The set includes a legal pad holder and 4 cards.



The legal pad holder measures 5.25" X 8.5".  Inside I have included 2 pockets- one for the note pad and another for putting various items in.  For mine I will include the envelopes for the cards which I should have shown in the picture.

To create this project:
1. For the cover use a 8.5"X11" sheet of card stock and score at 5.25" and 5.75", fold along the score lines.

2. Decorate the front cover.  Here I created my own patterned paper using my stamps (which I will indicate the sets I used below).  The measurements are white paper- 5.25"x 5" and 5.25"x 2.5" and colored strip 5.25" x 3" tearing on both sides.

3. Create pockets.  Take one or two sheets of card stock measuring 4.75"x 6.5" (depending on how many pockets you want) and score at 1/2", 3/4", 5.75", and 6".  Then turn paper 90 degrees and score at 1/2" and 3/4".  This will create a 1/4" deep pocket.  Cut the 2 bottom corners (squares) out along the score lines.  Then fold along the score lines and secure with strong adhesive.  I used glue dots.

4.  Attach pockets to the inside using strong adhesive and decorate the inside how ever you like.  I just used various scraps I had left and attached to the pad and pockets and stamped a scripture verse.

Here are the coordinating cards:




To create the patterned paper I used the following stamp sets from Sweet N Sassy stamps:  Kindness, Thankful Blooms, Precious Poppies, and Majestic Monarchs (and coordinating dies).  I also used pearls, rhinestones, wink of stella, and glimmer mist to accent the stationery.  I used Stampin Up Early Espresso, Marina Mist, and Whisper White inks and paper.

I used the following sentiments/scriptures: Script Birthdays and God's Will.

I hope you like the project I have created today.  These would make some great gifts for the holidays as well.  Have a great day and happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thanks

Hi everyone!  I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful fall season.  This is my favorite season of all!  Anyway, I would like to share a card with you using the lovely Flowers in Bloom set.


I colored the flowers with copics and used Wink of Stella to give some sparkle.  The image was die cut using the brand new coordinating Flowers in Bloom die.  I then popped up the image with foam tape to give it some dimension.  The papers are from My Minds Eye.

Thanks for stopping in today, have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

September Sweet N Sassy Release


Hello, Sweet 'n Sassy  friends!  Welcome to the September 2014 Release!  Autumn is such a wonderful time of the year.  Just think of cool crisp mornings, warm colors, ripe, juicy apples, changing leaves, and Thanksgiving and you have the makings of a fabulous release!

This release is a little different from those in the past as some of the items have already been released to Sweet Perks Club participants…but we also have a few brand spanking new stamp sets to share!

Please join us for our release day blog hop featuring our talented DT creations.  You are going to FALL for all of their gorgeous projects! :)

The DT blog links can be found in the Linky Tool at the end 
of this blog post.

One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, September 18th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, September 19th!

I have 2 cards to share with you today using the new Beary Bountiful Autumn stamp set and the Leaf Silhouette dies:




Rhubarb was colored with copics and I used patterned papers doodlebug designs Harvest collection.  I love these leaf dies, they are embossed which really gives them great dimension.

 One more thing before I let you go...

We can't forget our fun Release Day Challenge!
"Create a Fall Themed Card"   

Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:
            
- You don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)
- Please create a NEW card (no back linking)
- We ask that you enter your card in no more than 3 challenges
 - You'll have until Thursday, September 18th at midnight EST to enter

- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  
If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSSept2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

To enter simply share a link to your creation below, but don't forget to visit the DT blogs to see their beautiful release creations!

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, 
September 19th to see if you've won!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ocean Paradise

I just love spending time on the beach by the water.  The sound of the waves and the salt air is so relaxing.  I was fortunate enough to spend some time with my family in Ocean City, MD this past week "relaxing and soaking up the sun".

My card that I am sharing with you today reminds me of my time at the beach:


I used the Ocean Paradise set from Sweet N Sassy stamps for my card.  I colored the image with copics, paper pieced the umbrella, and used stickles to accent the water.  The papers are from My Minds Eye.

Thanks for stopping by today- have a great day!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beauty by the Sea


Hello, Sweet 'n Sassy  friends!  Welcome to the August 2014 Release!  Dies seem to be the trend in card making right now and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has some fabulous new dies to release this month that coordinate with several of our summer stamp sets already available in the store!  The bonus is that even though these stamps and dies were designed to be summer sets, they can be used all year long!

 Now, for the Release!
First up…Beauty By the Sea Dies 
which coordinate with the Beauty By the Sea stamp set:
  • Die set includes 6 dies
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Die set price is $15.25
  • Coordinates with Beauty by the Sea stamp set below which sells for $15
    Next is Happy Ocean Friends Dies
    which coordinate with the Happy Ocean Friends stamp set:
    • Die set includes 7 dies
    • Designed by Korin Sutherland
    • Die set price is $16.75
    • Coordinates with Happy Ocean Friends stamp set below which sells for $15

      And FinallyFlourish Seashells
      which coordinate with the Flourish Seashells stamp set:
      • Die set includes 5 dies
      • Designed by Korin Sutherland
      • Die set price is $11.75
      • Coordinates with Flourish Seashells stamp set below which sells for $9

      Here is the sample that I would like to share with you using the Beauty by the Sea set and matching dies:


      I used papers from the Authentique Fresh collection and versa fine smoky gray ink.  

        Can't decide what to get…here's the whole bundle:

        Before I let you go, don't forget about our release day challenge and chance to win a $10 store gift code!

        Our challenge is "Create a Summery Card and include a Die Cut"  Add at least 1 die cut to your card or project.  Use the Linky Tool below to add your card to the challenge gallery.  To be eligible for the prize, we ask that you create a new card (no back linking, please) and enter your card in No More than 3 Challenges.  

        Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:
                    
        - You don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)
         - You'll have until Thursday, August 21st at midnight EST to enter

        - We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  
        If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
        - Please use code SNSAUG2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

        To enter simply share a link to your creation below.

        Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, August 22nd to see if you've won and to check out the next Friday Feature Challenge!

        Sweet Summer

        Wow, summer certainly is flying by!  One of the things my kids really enjoy during the summer is eating watermelon- they seem to go hand in hand.  So, today I have a card to share with you using the adorable Feeling Fruity Cocoa set from Sweet N Sassy stamps featuring Cocoa with watermelon.


        This fun set features everyone's favorite cocoa mouse peeking his cute little head out from behind the watermelon as you see here and a strawberry along with some great sentiments.  I colored the image with copics and rounded the corners and stitched the edges.  The papers are some that I have had in my stash for quite some time from DCWV Nana's Nursery.

        Don't forget to stop by our member forum on SCS tonight from 8-10pm EST and join us for the August release party.  There is sure to be some fun chatting going on, product reveals and DT samples, and maybe even a chance to win some awesome Sweet N Sassy products.  Hope to see you there!