Friday 28 June 2013

SNSS Summer Die-version Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Summer Die-version Blog Hop introducing three brand new die sets! 
 If you're anything like me, you're crazy about dies, so I hope you'll make time to check out what the design team have come up with using these fantastic new sets.
Here's the first set:

I created this CAS card with the new Small Leaves set seen below, which matches the leaves in Nature Silhouettes 2.
 I stamped the leaves in a wave across the card using Ranger Distress Scattered Straw ink and Stampin Up Cool Caribbean and Certainly Celery ink, then added some die-cut leaves in Stampin Up's Lucky Limeade card stock.
The sentiment is from the fabulous SNSS set Be Encouraged - it's easy to arrange the stamp on the acrylic block in a corresponding wave before stamping.
The set is priced $6.25 and the largest die measures 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches.

And here's a card using a new set with all kinds of shapes, there's just no limit to 
what you can do with these 

I made a mask using post - it - notes and the hexagon die before sponging with Stampin Up's Night of Navy, Real Red, and Ballet Blue.  I added some die-cut stars using SNSS Stars Die Set and some tiny punched stars.  Again the sentiment is from the set Be Encouraged.
Just look at all the fabulous shapes included - I'm really excited about this one, and can't wait to get a little more time to experiment and create with this VERY useful set!
The set is priced $19.75 and the triangle side measures 1 1/2 inches.

Last of all, here's a card made using the new
Waves dies:

I stamped the lighthouse silhouette from SNSS's Landscape Silhouettes in Versafine Black Onyx ink and masked the top half of  the card at the horizon to sponge Stampin Up Ballet Blue ink for the sea area. 
The rolling sea waves were created from the negative die-cuts using the new Wave Dies - for a thin version use the die-cut, for a thicker version use the negative die-cut, which gives even more value for money!
 I used some die-cut clouds using SNSS Clouds and Raindrops dies to sponge a sky in the same ink.  
The sentiment is from SNSS The Sea and added some pearls for the finishing touch.
This card will be for our elderly neighbour, who grew up by the sea shore in Donaghadee here in Northern Ireland, and remembers an idyllic childhood!
The set is priced $8.50 and the dies measure approximately 5 1/2 inches in length.

 I hope you've been inspired and thanks for stopping by today - don't forget that you can win one of these fantastic new sets, as 3 random commenter will be chosen from today's hop!
Also, don't forget the sale on selected items now on at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps which lasts just a few more days!

Thursday 20 June 2013

Framed Wild Rose

 Due to our computer crashing, it's been a while since I was able to make a
blog post and I was unable to participate in the
  SNSS Mini Blog Hops highlighting the
June Release Sets
Here's a card I made using the fabulous new set,
Flower Blocks 2.
This one has a lot of dimension with it's different layers and by using sponging it
works great for those
who don't enjoy coloring with copics so much!
I stamped the flower four times, cut out different layers, then sponged each layer.
I sponged the square base piece with Stampin Up's Lucky Limeade, and then used several Stampin Up ink colors for the flower petals, including Blushing Bride, Real Red, and Baroque Burgundy.
 I do this in several layers, starting with the lightest ink and then building up color,
so that it's darkest at the outside.
The flower center was colored with copics.
The black frame was created with Marianne Designs Frames and Swirls LR0116 die.
 It's a long oval, but it cuts apart easily into eight pieces, which I then arranged around the square.
 Making a die-cut frame into a different shape works with some dies, I can only suggesting giving it a try and experimenting to see how it looks!
The text background is made using Stampin Up dp sponged with Ranger Distress Antique Linen ink and then stitched onto a black card base.  I added a few scattered pearls to finish.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday 3 June 2013

June Flourishes Beautiful World Tour

 Hello and welcome to the June Beautiful World Tour showcasing some
beautiful Flourishes sets from designers all around the globe! 
Thanks for stopping by Belfast today!
If you're doing the whole hop and have arrived straight from the Flourishes blog,
you're in the right place!
This month our hostess is Meredith in beautiful British Columbia, and she's given us the challenge
Neutrals and Texture!
 I immediately thought of the earthy neutrals and texture of linen,
which was in the height of it's production during the 18th and 19th century here in Ireland.  
Because of the easy production and care of modern fabrics, the making of pure linen has dwindled, but you can still find linen cloth from the rustic and rough weaves to the more luxurious tablecloths!

My card was made using the beautiful Flourishes Garden Picks set - I stamped the image with Stayzon Black ink on watercolour paper, then watercoloured in neutral shades. ( Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, and watercolours)
I added some accents with a black fine line marker and a white gel pen and
spritzed on some Antique Linen ink.
Here's a closer look:
The kraft cardstock has been dry embossed with  Sizzix Plaid embossing folder
and the October Afternoon dp has been
sponged with Ranger Distress ink to add to the vintage look.
I added lace, pearls, twine and Stampin Up vintage pewter hardware to finish.
The doily is cut using Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily die.
The sentiment is from Flourishes Butterflies & Blossoms.
Don't forget that by leaving comments on the designers blogs as you hop the globe, you're in the running to win a free Flourishes Stamp set
Comments will be accepted till the end of the month and a random comment will be chosen, so the more comments, the better your chances of winning! 
Now it's time to head over to British Columbia to see what the talented Naomi
has created for the hop - thanks so much for stopping by today!