Friday, 14 November 2014

SNSS November Release Hop

Hello and welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps November
2014 Release Hop!  November marks the 7th birthday of SNSS,
and it also means we crafters go into full fledged Christmas
card creating mode.  Hopefully you'll find inspiration on
every level with the DT creations this month!
 First I have a bright birthday card with candle shapes from
bright polka dot paper - I then used a leaf die from Small Leaves Dies 
for the candle flame, sponging the edges with yellow and orange ink. 
The Birthday Word Die is fabulous for
combining with the Companion Words
stamp set, take a look at both below.

 Next I've used the beautiful Bare Tree Die (I just love this, what an incredibly
useful die!) along with the deer from Forest Silhouette Dies

The background has been sponged with Stampin Up inks and then spritzed
with water and pressed with a paper towel so that some of the ink
lifted, hopefully giving the impression of falling snow.
(Please note this technique works with inks such as SU and Ranger Distress.)
I added some tiny punched flakes with the tiniest of pearls.
The sentiment is from Christmas Light.
Check out the Bare Tree Die below,
which includes tiny leaves and a tiny flower.

Next I've used a beautiful blessing from the Scripture and Sentiment
Companion set along with the same Bare Tree Die.

It works wonderfully to stamp the Scripture on the inside! 
I cut the tree four times and adhered them together for a
chipboard appearance. The background has been water colored
and I added some pearls and sequins to finish.
Take a look at all the verses with beautiful coordinating sentiments:

 Last I have a card using the sweet Baked for You set - the cherry pie
is colored with copics. Everything has been sponged with
Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap ink for a distressed look.

I made this card thinking of my Aunt Sandy in Kennewick,
Washington, who makes the BEST pie crusts ever and who
also uses cherries from their sour cherry tree
in the most amazingly mouth watering ways!
Check out the fabulous dies which coordinate with
the this set - Baked for You Dies.  A fabulous apron die is included!

 You can be inspired by the other DT creations which are linked
below and remember that one random commenter from one of the
DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 gift code to be used at
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. You have until Thursday, November 2th
at midnight EST to leave your comments,  The winner will be posted
on the SNSS blog on Friday, November 21st.
The Release Day Challenge this month is:
Wintery Birthday Card
To enter simply share a link to your creation below.
Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:
- You don't have to use a SNSS image to enter
though it's fun for us to see 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, November 20 at midnight EST to enter.
- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge
to receive a $10 credit to the SNSS store!
- If there are 25 participants, not including the DT, we will draw 2 winners.
Thanks so much for joining us today!  Be sure to check back
on Friday, Nov. 21 to see if you've won!
-Please use code SNSNOV1014RC when
uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Christmas Joy

Hello!  Sharing a Christmas card I made this week for the
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog, using watercolours on watercolour
paper with a beautiful image from Christmas Light.
This set was designed by my talented friend, Dina Kowal.
I spritzed the image with paint by tapping the loaded
brush with my finger, using some post-it-notes
to loosely mask off most of the panel so that the
spritzing would be confined to right around the
candle area. Ranger Distress Antique Linen ink was sponged
around the edges of the panel. I then used some magic mesh  
along with a polka dot stencil with the same ink. 
Light of Christmas bg stamp was inked up  
with Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap ink, with part
of the ink wiped away so that it would stamp
a partial image for a faded effect.
The finishing touches are clear sequins and thin gold cord.
For some reason, one or two of the sequins look neon green in this
photo - something about the way the light falls, as all
of the sequins are exactly the same color!
I particularly love this sentiment from Christmas Light because it
emphasizes the whole message of Christmas -
Emmanuel or "God with us."
Thanks for stopping by today!