Thursday, 19 November 2015

Happy 8th Birthday SNSS!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is celebrating it's 8th birthday and I made a
card in honour of the several years I spent on the Design
Team for this fabulous company!  
What a talented bunch of ladies and each one is just as sweet as can be!
I used thick water color paper which is by far my favorite for 
cards these days, loosely water coloring with Ranger Distress Dusty 
Concord and Picked Raspberry ink, and then splattering to finish.  
I then die-cut banners using SNSS's Banner Dies.  
The sentiment is from Birthday Word Art by SNSS. I find    
myself reaching for this set a lot and even using some of the
 words and phrases to combine with other sentiment stamps - for example
 this "happy" works really well for a "Happy Christmas" combo!
(Yes!  I confess - I do cut my sentiment stamps up sometimes so
they can be further mixed and matched!)
I punched holes at the top of each pennant and strung
white twine through for a banner.
It's finished off with sequins and tiny flowers with micro pearl centers.
Happy birthday to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Korin, and the whole team!

Friday, 25 September 2015

Watercolor Poppies

It's been a long while since I've posted due to family illness - we're
not out of the woods yet, but I was finally able to find
some time to craft. I used a Rubbernecker water color stamp, 4 Poppies,
on water color paper, with various Distress inks in reds and greens.
I've found a method that works best for me with this type of stamp
and that's stamping in the light colours first - here 
I used a light pink and light green for the stems - then water coloring in the 
image in darker hues.  I also added some spritzing and some sparkling
 rhinestones.The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture
Collection 9.  I love this verse and it's been keeping me going 
through a difficult time.
Thanks for stopping by today, I have a few more water color images to
post in the next few days!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Blessed is the Man

It's been a while since I've posted due to family illness, but I couldn't let 
Father's Day go by without posting the card I made for my Dad using a fab
 new stencil I received for my birthday.  It's 
the large stripes are just perfect for masculine cards. It's an easy 
way to create a quick background which can end up being quite 
striking, depending on the colour used - here I used Ranger 
Distress Evergreen Bough for sponging.  The Bible verse is a
Verve Plain Jane and the "blessed" die-cut was created using a die 
The stars were cut using Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Stars Dies.  
I don't often use sequins on a man's card but it just needed something 
to "lift" or give a hint of sparkle around the dark stars.
This verse is perfect for my Dad - he has been such an example to 
me, trusting in the Lord through both good times and bad times.
Blessed means happy in a deep foundational way, not a superficial 
happiness based on circumstances - my Dad's trust in His 
God has been a blessing to our entire family.
I know Father's Day can be a difficult holiday if you've lost your 
Dad through circumstances or death and my thoughts are 
with those who have. Thanks for stopping by my blog
 today - I hope I'll be able to post more regularly very soon!  

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Love is in the Air

Hello!  April is almost over and today is my last post as Guest Designer 
with the fabulous Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps team.  I'd love it if you have time 
to come and join me today as I share a fun engagement card on the SNSS blog!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Speech Bubble Fun

I'd love to share two cards I made this week as guest designer
with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps  - I was delighted to be asked to design with
the talented, lovely team at SNSS for the month of April!
Both cards were made using the fantastic Speech Bubbles Dies 
along with several sentiment sets.  I love how 
these dies can be used in such a variety of ways - along with
images or with sentiments alone, as I've done here,  I
consider them an absolute staple in a die collection!

For the first card I've cut a variety of speech bubbles and sponged
them half in half with an array of  rainbow colors using
mostly Ranger Distress inks.
The sentiments are from God is Bigger which has such encouraging 
 and uplifting phrases and words!
I layed out the speech bubbles beforehand with the actual dies
 and then took a photo with my phone to remember
where I'd decided to place everything before stamping
and sponging each individual piece and adhering.
I think the key to a lay out like this is to keep it random
and place some of the bubbles going off the edge.
Each speech bubble has been popped up to a different level
so there's a variety of dimension.  I tried a few types of
embellishments such as sequins and twine but ended up
keeping it all clean and simple!

For the second card I've sponged three colors on the top panel before 
cutting with the Speech Bubble Dies. The sentiments are from the very 
useful So Thankful, a great set with mix and match 
phrases for cards of appreciation and thanks. The sponged die-cut
panel is popped up over the stamped card base.
Thanks for stopping by today, and thanks to the SNSS team
for letting me join the fun this month!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter

It's been a while since I've been able to post, but I made
a number of Easter cards recently, 
and decided to post the one I enjoyed making the most!  No stamps,
just die-cuts!  I sponged the main panel from the top with Stampin Up's
Cool Caribbean and added some clouds using Sweet 'n Sassy
Stamps Raindrops and Clouds dies. The Easter eggs are cut using
Poppy Stamps Egg Cetera dies and they've been
 lightly sponged around the edges for definition and dimension.
The grass is made with SNSS Fence and Grass dies, and I added more 
The lower case letters are from My Favorite Things By the Letter dies,
 the "Happy" is from Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die.
Making a card with Easter eggs brought back a lot of childhood memories!
Thanks for stopping by today, wishing you a
very special and meaningful Easter!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Coffee & Chat

I stenciled a large polka dot background, 
then used various dies including:
The speech bubble is stamped with Verve's Sip and Savor
in Versafine Sepia ink.
Loving using shiny gold card these days and I used gold sequins 
to match, finishing with some brown and pink twine.
Thanks so much for stopping by today - off to enjoy a cuppa!