butterfly thoughts

Hello and happy Saturday!  It was a cold week but that didn’t stop me from stamping some warm greetings.  Butterflies are cheery and I am smitten with the one in the Parisian Postcard stamp set!  The images all go together so nicely and are wonderful to collage.  Here are 2 quick and simple, black & white cards with just a pop of color.

The butterflies and sentiment on the first one are popped with dimensionals.  I also used an image from Grunge Elements to “distress” the panel.

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I stamped the flowers repeatedly on a panel for the second card, then offset it when it was adhered.  The sentiment is from God Is Bigger.

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The tips of the butterflies’ wings were rolled on the green inkpad to add more color…but you could easily use markers to do the same.

Have a great weekend!

card 1: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Parisian Postcard and Grunge Elements; paper- white, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Lucky Limeade, Coastal Cabana, and Midnight Muse; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Mini Tags dies, foam dots, linen thread, gemstones.

card 2: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Parisian Postcard and God Is Bigger; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Lucky Limeade and Coastal Cabana; accessories- gemstone, corner rounder.




caught a bug

Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is releasing their SPC (Sweet Perks Club) bundles a bit early this month and one of those bundles is my Get Well Critters stamp set and matching dies!  There are 2 other fun bundles so be sure to go and check out what’s new!

Here’s a quick & simple card with one of my Get Well Critters.

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And here’s a pic of the whole set…plus matching dies…


Now go check out all that’s new on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog and in the store!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Get Well Critters; paper- white, MME- Dolled Up; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, corner rounder, tracing wheel, baker’s twine, foam dots, rhinestone.

good friends…

I made a quick card last night for this week’s SCS Sketch Challenge using my new Sweet Sarah stamp set…

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The front says “They say that good friends are hard to find” and on the inside I stamped “That’s because the BEST ones are already mine!”  So true, isn’t it?

Have a great day…stay warm!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Sweet Sarah; paper- black, white, SU! Blushing Bride, MME- In Bloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, adhesive pearls.

Parisian collage

Have you seen the new Sweet ‘n Sassy release?  It’s great!  Today I used one of the new sets, Parisian Postcard, to create a fun collage.

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I used various colors that matched my patterned papers and then stamped the sentiment and image that I wanted as a focal point in black.

I am anxious to play with these stamps some more!  It will be a go-to set for sure!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Parisian Postcard; paper- white, black, SU! Pool Party, Pebbles- Garden Party; ink- SU! Pool Party, Regal Rose, Lucky Limeade, Versafine Black; accessories- foam dots, gemstones, tracing wheel.


light the candles!

Yay! Today’s a snow day!  I think I might get a little crafty today.  But first, here’s a fun card I made with the Art Impressions Fire Out stamp set.

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I just love these fun AI People…they are sure to bring a smile!

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This card was made for the current Art Impressions challenge… use something new.  She sure was fun to color!

stamps- Art Impressions Fire Out; paper- white, black, SU! Strawberry Slush, American Crafts- Hip Hip Hooray; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- corner rounder, gemstones, Copics, Clear Wink Of Stella.

new release… Sassy & Sweet!

I am a bit excited about this month’s Sweet ‘n Sassy release!  I love every release but this month I have 2 new stamps sets available…Sweet Sarah and Sassy Cindy.  Plus we have a new stamp designer with a fabulous new set, Parisian Postcard.  AND…Korin has a fun set of Speech Bubbles dies.

I have 2 cards to share today with my 2 new stamp sets and I’ll pop in the blog next week with a fun card I made with Parisian Postcard (this one is great for collage!).  Here’s the first card I made with Sassy Cindy…

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She is fun and quirky and I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!

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Here’s the whole set!

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Next, I made a card with Sweet Sarah… her sentiments are just as fun but more on the sweeter side…

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And take a look at the rest of this fabulous release!

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Release Giveaway!

As part of our release day fun, one random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code for  the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, January 15th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, January 16th!

We can’t forget our fun Release Day Challenge!

Since it’s a NEW YEAR, we want you to Use something NEW”   

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, January 15th 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 SNSJAN2015RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries

To enter simply share a link to your creation with the linky tool on the SNSS blog!

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, January 16th to see if you’ve won!

Now it’s time to see what the DT has created with these fabulous products! The DT blog links can be found in the Linky Tool on the SNSS blog…HAPPY HOPPING!

Sassy Cindy card: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Sassy Cindy; paper- SU! Crumb Cake, Pool Party, white, Pebbles- Garden Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, button, rhinestones.

Sweet Sarah card: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Sweet Sarah; paper- SU! Crumb Cake, Pool Party, white, Pebbles- Garden Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, corner rounder, Heart Nestabilities, adhesive pearls.


winter ATC frame

Hello friends!  I have a special project to share today that I made for a Christmas gift.  I wanted the recipient to be able to enjoy it all winter long, though, so I went with a snowy/winter theme.  Each little card in my frame is ATC size (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches) and I used lots of my favorite Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps and dies.

I also made this for our Challenge Chicks Challenge…this month Anna wants us to create winter scenes!

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I wanted to be able to switch out the ATC’s for each season/holiday or whatever theme I want…so they were attached in the frame with Removable Glue Dots.  I found these to work perfectly for the right amount of adhesion needed, yet still be able to be easily removed.

Here’s some close-ups of each ATC.  For the first one I made a rosette with my Scor-Pal and centered it onto a Sweet ‘n Sassy Large Snowflake diecut.  The “brrr” is from my Snowman Soup stamp set and the background was embossed with the Cuttlebug Kars Snowflake embossing folder.

The second one has some stamped skating friends from the SNSS Winter Silhouettes stamp set, with one popped up for dimension.  There’s a few tiny snowflakes from my Snowy Hello stamp set lightly added to the top.  The edges of this one were stitched on my sewing machine.

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The mittens were made with a SU! punch and the white tiny clothespins came from Michael’s.  They were attached with 1/8″ Scor-TapeCrochet thread was perfect for the string.

The Let it Snow words are a Sizzix die and I faintly stamped snowflakes in the background from the Spectacular Snowflakes.

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On the left, below, I used one of the Bookmarks & More dies to create a tag. The heart was cut from the Heart dies and the tiny snowflakes and words are from my Snowy Hello set.  The snowflake charm is SU!

On the right the background was embossed with the Sizzix Snowflakes #3 folder.  3 circles were punched and popped for dimension.  The snowman’s face, hat and scarf are from the Warm Hello stamps.

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The tree, deer, and bird, below are from Forest Silhouettes dies. On the right, I lightly stamped the Music Background.  More Snowy Hello flakes were stamped (this time in green) and the bird from Peace of God was popped up.

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The Hillside Edges dies made a cute snowy scene and the words from Winter Silhouettes went with it perfectly.  Then I stamped the sleigh ride image from one of my fave Christmas sets, Old Fashioned Christmas.  The top border was punched with the Martha Stewart Icicles punch.

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The words and snowy fella below, drinking hot cocoa, is from my Snowman Soup set.  The mug, scarf, and mittens were paper pieced.  Then I applied a Puffy Velvet Fabric marker (like Liquid Applique) to the marshmallows and heat them with a heat tool to puff them up.

The skates are a Sizzix Movers & Shapers die.  The blades were heat embossed with silver e.p. and the Martha Stewart branch punch, along with a tiny jingle bell, finished them off.  You can’t see in the pic but the skates were painted with Picket Fence Crackle Paint.

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Lots of glitter and bling were added to each one to make this frame sparkle!  My ATC memory tray was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Please join us and create a card with a winter scene… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXJAN15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman Soup, Winter Silhouettes, Old Fashioned Christmas, Warm Hello, Peace of God, Music Background, Snowy Hello, and Spectacular Snowflakes;

paper- white, SU! Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, and Always Artichoke, SU! Wintergreen dsp;

ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Versamark, SU! Soft Sky and Always Artichoke;

accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy dies (Large Snowflakes, Forest Silhouettes, Hillside Edges, Bookmarks & More, and Hearts), Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Cuttlebug Kars Snowflakes emb. folder, circle punches, hot glue gun, tracing wheel, sewing machine, Stickles, rhinestones, foam dots, Wink of Stella clear, Cuttlebug Snowflakes #2 die, Martha Stewart Icicles punch, SU! Square Lattice emb. folder, SU! mitten punch, SU! snowflake charm, Copic markers, Sizzix Snowflakes #3 emb. folder, ribbon, crochet thread, mini clothespins, Sizzix Let it Snow #2, Sizzix Movers & Shapers ice skate die, Puffy Velvet Fabric marker, Ranger Picket Fence Crackle Paint, silver embossing powder, tiny jingle bell, Martha Stewart branch punch.

Here are the Sweet ‘n Sassy products that I used…


best wishes

Today on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog we are featuring the Birthday Word Art stamp set that was released earlier this year.  This is one of my go-to sets for birthday cards…I just love it!  Here’s a card I made for the blog today.

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I created a sort of “faux paint chip” look with three colors of cardstock strips.  The flowers from the Happy Place stamp set were embossed over top with white e.p.  Stamp your sentiment, add a few gemstones and twine, and you are done!

I can’t believe today is Christmas Eve already!  Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Birthday Word Art and Happy Place; paper- white, SU! Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, and Pistachio Pudding; ink- Versamark, Versafine Black; accessories- white embossing powder, twine, gemstones.


Christmas by the sea

Hi friends! I hope you are having a great weekend.  Brian is working on our computer and I am typing on an IPAD so this will be short and sweet.  ;)

On Friday Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps featured their Beauty By The Sea stamp set. Here’s my sample…I went a bit out of the box and created a Christmas card with it.

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A close up..

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I embossed the shells with white e.p. for a soft look. And I added some holly from The Christmas Silhouettes stamp set to make it festive.

stamps- Beauty By The Sea, Christmas Morn, and Christmas Silhouettes; paper- white, SU Pool Party; ink- Versamark, SU Pool Party and Always Artichoke; accessories- white e.p., corner rounder, water brush, SU Fancy Fan and Square Lattice embossing folders, ribbon, foam dots, pearls, Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Silhouettes and Beauty By The Sea dies.

snowy scene tag

Christmas will soon be here…are you ready?  I hope you are enjoying the holiday preparations.  May you have peace and joy as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

Today I have a snowy tag using the Sweet ‘n Sassy Hillside Edges dies, Spectacular Snowflakes dies, Small Snowflakes dies, and Christmas Silhouettes stamp set (sentiment).  The snowy scene was created with an old technique using packing tape and ultra fine glitter.

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To create this tag, I started with a 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch piece of cardstock and scored it at 4 1/4″.  The fold will be at the top of your tag.

To make the tag shape, I cut a 1 inch square in half diagonally and traced one of the pieces on each top corner and cut on the traced lines.

Next I diecut the second largest snowflake die (Spectacular Snowflakes dies) from the front of the tag.

At this point you can decorate the “inside” of the tag however you want.  I used the Hillside Edges dies and colored them with markers.

Now the fun part…adhere clear packing tape to the inside of the front layer, making sure you completely cover the diecut opening.  Then apply ultra-fine glitter to the front of the tag (it will stick inside your diecut window where the packing tape was placed).

Adhere the front to the back with double-sided tape (Scor-Tape works great!) and finish as desired.  I used a Small Snowflake diecut and a sentiment from Christmas Silhouettes.

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Silhouettes; paper- SU! Crumb Cake, white; ink- SU! Crumb Cake, Versamark Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Hillside Edges dies, Spectacular Snowflakes dies, and Small Snowflakes dies, Copics, clear packing tape, glitter, circle punches, Scor-Tape, ribbon, twine, Stickles, foam dots.





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