sewn with prayer

It’s Tutorial Monday on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog and today I am sharing a Faux Quilt Card.  Our favorite little mouse, Cocoa, in the Sew Happy Cocoa set was perfect to add to the card.  The sentiment is from Prayerful Thoughts.

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To make my faux quilt background, I cut several pieces of patterned paper into 1″ squares.  Then I applied adhesive (I used a tape runner but a Xyron would be great too) until I completely covered a scrap piece of white cardstock cut to the size I wanted for my background.  Mine was 4″ x 5 1/4″.

Next I adhered the patterned squares in random order, on the diagonal.  Then trim off the extra paper that hangs over the edges.  When completely covered it looks like this…

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Now select an embossing folder that might look like a stitch pattern on a quilt.  I chose to use this Lattice Circles folder.

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Emboss your patterned paper background and your Faux Quilt is done.

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Add this to your card base and finish as desired.  Here’s a close up of Cocoa Mouse.

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And the finished card…

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stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Sew Happy Cocoa and Prayerful Thoughts; paper- white, SU! Pear Pizzazz, Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- The Paper Studio Lattice Circles embossing folder, Tombow double sided tape runner, Copics, foam dots, adhesive pearls.

beach tote- AI hop with Tombow!

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Art Impressions Blog Hop!

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You probably got here from Daniella Hayes’ blog but if you stumbled across my blog go the Art Impressions’ Blog to start!

I made a Beach Tote Gift Bag for our hop today!  I used the Ai Loungers set (4473) and Beach TryFolds set (4577) to make my project. 

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Here’s a close up of the Loungers and beach signs…

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And here are the Tombow products I used to create my beachy gift tote… I LOVE Tombow so this was a fun project for sure!  I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, NEW Foam Tape, and Mono Adhesive Permanent.

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To make the base of the tote, cut and score as shown here:

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Fold the sides in and glue or tape where they overlap.  Then decorate as desired.  Add ribbon or cardstock strips for handles.  Tip: I recycled/reused cording from a shopping bag.  You can also save the cord from gift bags that have torn, etc. and need to be tossed.

After I colored my images, I used Tombow Foam Tape to pop them up.

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The Lounging ladies were fully popped, the beach signs were popped up at the top and glued down at the bottom.

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Below the signs I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to add “sand” (Summer Mudd Puddles).

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To make the bag a bit sparkly, I added Clear Wink of Stella to the sun, umbrella, beach ball, and their drinks.  😉

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Now be sure to check out the other AI and Tombow projects in the blog hop- they are fabulous!!  Plus here’s some FUN prizes…


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Tombow USA prize includes: Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and NEW Tombow Foam Tape.


The Art Impressions prize includes: Elephant Set, Cat Big Mouth, The Queen Set and Joy Found Window.


To win, enter on the Rafflecopter above! You have until May 5th at 11:59 EST to enter. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on May 6th 2015.


Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Art Impressions on Facebook!


YOUR NEXT STOP IS Jennie Garcia!


Here is the line up in case you get lost.


Art Impressions Blog

Cheri Burry

Beth Watson

Dana Warren

Daniella Hayes

Diane Zechman

Jennie Garcia

Karen Day

Jennifer Priest

Kerry Kung

Latrice Murphy

Reneé Matarese

Sharon Caudle

Tombow USA Blog

Thanks for popping in!

Diane Signature

stamps- Art Impressions Loungers Set (4473) and Beach TryFolds Set (4577); paper- Cougar white 100#; SU! Baja Breeze and Daffodil Delight, The Paper Studio- Girl Multi Stripes; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Foam Tape, and Mono Adhesive Permanent (tape runner), Scor-Pal, tracing wheel, SU! Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, Copics, cording, Clear Wink Of Stella, Summer Mudd Puddles, BossKut Sun die.

need glasses

Hello friends!

This week I created a card for Art Impressions with the Celeste Set (4326).  She cracks me up with her attitude!  I couldn’t help but to paper piece the scene in fun, colorful prints to match her personality…

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It doesn’t show in the pic but I added some Crystal Lacquer to the drink in her hand so it looks like glass.

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Celeste is a fun image to create with and she’s sure to bring a smile!

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stamps- Art Impressions- Celeste Set (4326); paper- black, cream, SU! Daffodil Delight, October Afternoon- The Thrift Shop; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Zig 2 way Glue Pen, Scotch foam tape, Crystal Lacquer, Copics, rhinestones.

blooming birdhouse

Today there’s a new release at Art Impressions of some Watercolor Minis stamp sets!  I am using the new Blooming Birdhouse set (4603) for my card and the sentiment is from the Beach TryFolds set (4577).

I haven’t done a watercolor look for a long time so this was a fun card to create.  I really need to start the watercolor class I signed up for.  lol.

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The birdhouse was stamped with Stazon Black ink and then watercolored.  The flowers and foliage were colored directly on the rubber with markers.  After stamping, a fine waterbrush was used over the images.

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There’s also a new challenge today on the AI BlogApril Showers / May Flowers.  Check it out and play along…you could win some awesome AI stamps!

Diane Signature

stamps- Art Impressions Blooming Birdhouse set (4603) and sentiment- Beach TryFolds set (4577); paper- watercolor paper, SU! Soft Suede, Barely Banana, Calypso Coral, MME- Follow Your Heart- Be Amazing; ink- Stazon Black, SU! markers- Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay; accessories- water brush, Ovals Nestabilities, tracing wheel, SU! Calypso Coral ribbon, Bow Easy, foam tape, adhesive pearls, EK Success Fancy Photo Corner Punch, SU! 3 Flower Punch.

29 again?

Hello friends!

Today I am sharing a card with the 29 Again set (4372) from Art Impressions.  This lady is so charming…she could be anyone’s dear grandmother!

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She is so sweet and innocent with her question…LOL!

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I hope you have a fantastic Thursday!  Scroll up to check out the new AI release and challenge!

Diane Signature

stamps- Art Impressions- 29 Again set (4372); paper- black, vanilla, SU! Melon Mambo and River Rock, Authentique- Latest & Greatest; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Square Nestabilities, tracing wheel, Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One, ribbon, Copics, foam tape, pearls.

remember when…

Last weekend I attended a shoebox swap in Ilion, NY with about 25 stamping friends.  We designed and prepared the supplies for a card that everyone in attendance could make.  I grabbed a Sizzix card die that I hadn’t used yet and my Sweet ‘n Sassy- Sassy Cindy stamp set to create my card.

When the card is opened, the front stands up when placed behind the die cut notch.

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On the inside, above the notch, is one of the Sassy Cindy sentiments.

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The cupcake is a Martha Stewart punch popped up with foam tape.

Hope you have a great weekend!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Sassy Cindy; paper- Aqua, Cream, SU! Pixie Pink and Perfect Plum, The Paper Studio- Party Polka and Party Candles; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sizzix Royal Stand Ups Card, Promarkers, Martha Stewart cupcake punch, ribbon, SU! oval punches, foam tape, rhinestones.


Super Dad

Welcome to Sweet ‘n Sassy’s April 2015 Release Blog Hop & Challenge!  Now that you have had a chance to see the new masculine release for this month, it’s time to see what the Design Divas have done with the new stamp and die sets.  Hop along to each of the DT Blogs and check out all of the fabulous masculine cards!


Blog Hop Giveaway!

What would a Blog Hop be without a giveaway, right?  One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code to Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.  You have until Thursday, April 23rd at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, April 24th!


The stamp and die sets the Design Team will be using for the Hop today are now available as a Pre-Order at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Store!  

I used Super Dad to create my card:

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I think he’s super cool!



The DT blog links can be found in the Linky Tool below!

Now onto the challenge! 

Make it Masculine

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, April 23rd at midnight EST to enter

– We’ll draw 1 winner from this week’s challenge to receive a $10 credit to Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!  

If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we’ll draw 2 winners!

– Please use code SNSApril2015RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 


To enter simply share a link to your creation below!


Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, April 24th to see if you’ve won and check out our new May Sweet Perks Bundles!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Super Dad; paper- white, SU! Real Red and Midnight Muse, Pebbles- Americana; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Arrow dies, trimmer, Scor-Pal, Copics, foam tape, gemstones.

Big Mouth Gator

Have you seen the latest Art Impressions release?  The Big Mouths are a fun way to create interactive cards!  Check them out in the current AI Challenge- Make Me Smile.

I used the Gator Big Mouth set for my card today.  The word “pull” on the tab is a clear sticker I made with a label maker.

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When the tab is pulled, his mouth opens to reveal his lunch.  lol.

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Here’s the inside of my card with the rest of the sentiment stamp.

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I was trying to carefully line up the die on the Gator’s mouth when I remembered a cool trick someone shared for die cutting stamped images.  This made it so much easier to cut so I took a few pics along the way.


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I hope that makes it easy for you!  These Big Mouth cards are so much fun!

Diane Signature

stamps- Art Impressions Gator Big Mouth (4564); paper- white, black, SU! Pistachio Pudding, American Crafts- Hip Hip Hooray; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Spellbinders Circle and Large Pinking Circles, 1 3/4″ circle punch, craft knife, foam tape, Copics, pearls, 1/8″ Scor-Tape, corner rounder, P-Touch Label Maker.


Nurse Norma

Hello friends!

I’m back this week with an Art Impressions get well card.  I’m betting that Nurse Norma will bring a smile or giggle to someone who is not feeling their best.  Hospital stays are no fun so a cheery card can’t hurt!

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Here’s a close up of Nurse Norma

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I love her green and blue shoes!  😉

Have a great day and check back this morning for the second week of the Make Me Smile Challenge… Dana and I joined the rest of the team with the super fun Big Mouths stamps!

stamps- Art Impressions Nurse Norma; paper- white, black, DCWV Garden Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- SU! Word Bubbles dies, Spellbinders Long Scalloped Rectangle dies, tracing wheel, ribbon, Copics, rhinestones, foam dots.

Diane Signature

Sweet ‘n Sassy April release

Today Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps released some fun new masculine sets that are perfect for all the men in your life!  Masculine cards aren’t always easy to create but these fun images will make creating cards a snap.

I made a few cards with 2 of the new sets, Congrats Grad and Hole in One.  The Hole in One cards were decorated on the inside to coordinate with the front.

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The Congrats Grad set is great for incorporating the school colors to create a special card for your grad and there are lots of fun sentiments to use for your favorite golfer in the Hole in One stamp set.






These sets are for pre-order only but you will want to check out the SNSS store and get your order in!  And join us again NEXT Friday, April 17 for the SNSS April Release Blog Hop & Challenge!

grad: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Congrats Grad; paper- red, silver, black, white; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Star dies, Creative Memories Decorative Trimmer, Copics, Baker’s twine, tracing wheel, oval & circle punches.

golf:  stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Hole in One; paper- white, black, SU! Basic Grey, MME- Moments; accessories- circle dies, foam tape, Copics.

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