Friday 24 October 2014

SNSS Christmas Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Special Design
Team Christmas Blog Hop!  Today we're
featuring some favorite SNSS Christmas stamp sets just in time to give
you plenty of inspiration for your holiday stamping.  We hope you'll
join the fun and visit each blog.
I created a watercolour background before popping up
two ornaments using the fab Mod Ornaments set - they've
been cut with the matching Ornament Dies.  I've used some
silver cord to give the impression of hanging ornaments, and
finished it off with plenty of rhinestone embellishments.
 I'm sure you have your own favorite Christmas stamp set, so we're inviting you to
create a Christmas greeting and add it to the gallery by clicking the
Linky Tool below!  Of course there will be a PRIZE for one of 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.

Thursday 16 October 2014

All My Heart

I've been making quite a few cards with a pink theme in honor 
of the fight against breast cancer highlighted in October. 
 Splitcoaststampers has a special card drive called 
Hope You Can Cling To - the cards created are sent for 
patients at a cancer treatment center in Texas to use. 
Here's a card I created for a challenge to include a 
bear on your card - I love this adorable 
wee teddy from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Valentine Critters
 He's colored with copics and the head is 
popped up over the body to give some dimension.  
I have to tell you, I just love this 
set with all those adorable little critters and use it the whole year around - they're 
perfect for baby cards, birthday cards and general cards expressing love! 
The heart is cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities 
and sponged while still in the die with Stampin Up Blushing Bride ink.  
Buttons seem to play along well with polka dots to me, 
so I grabbed a few in melon pink from my button jars!
The fight against cancer is close to my heart as my husband and so many 
in his family have battled through it.  I know many of you can identify 
as you have loved ones and dear friends with similar stories.  
May God give you strength and peace for
 whatever challenges you're facing today.
Thank you for stopping by for a look!

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Song in My Heart

A card for Susie's (PaperPunchScissors) Hope You Can 
Cling To Challenge at Splitcoaststampers 
yesterday: Heart Song, to use music on your card. I thought this fab set from 
CASual Fridays stamps called Love Notes would be perfect for it.
The background is created using varioius Distress Inks including 
Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, 
Dusty Concord, and Picked Raspberry.  I applied the ink to an acrylic 
block and sprayed it with water before stamping in various layers on watercolor paper.
The treble clef is from Memory Box.  I love using watercolor paper 
for cards, the thick texture gives such a rich feel!  
Thanks for stopping by today and if you'd like to know more 
about the HYCCT card drive to benefit those suffering from
 breast cancer during the month of October, you can find out all the details HERE!

Sunday 12 October 2014

Thanks Mum

I thought it might be fun to revisit a card or two that I submitted as a Dirty 
Dozen designer at Splitcoaststampers a few 
years ago.  We have a commitment not to use them on blogs, etc. for at 
least six months but that time is well up!  Our theme was to create cards about 
those who have inspired or influenced us and I chose to make a card honouring
 my Mum who instilled in me a deep love of reading and books from a young age.
Here'a a photo I found of the two of us!

This  image used on this card is called Book Time, it's a digi from 
A Day for Daisies and it's coloured with copics.  
The dp is from October afternoon.  I added some matching 
beads to the twine as finishing touches.  
Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday 4 October 2014

Look Ma, No Adhesives!

Hope You Can Cling To card drive.  It's a month of 
challenges and card making to benefit those affected by breast cancer!  
Sabrina has challenged us to make a card using 
no adhesives and it has to be more than one layer, though the whole panel can 
be attached to a card base.  It's harder than I thought - I kept reaching for 
embellishments like sequins and pearls! I eventually hit on the idea of
stitching on buttons.  The butterflies are watercoloured with Distress Inks 
including Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord and Worn Lipstick and then 
stitched onto the panel.  The card base was watercolored
and then stenciled with gray ink.  
It's a beautiful sunny autumn day here in Belfast - whatever the weather
is like where you are, I hope you're having a good weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!