Author Archives: diane (cookiestamper)

ugly sweaters

Hello friends and Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all are able to spend this day with family and friends, giving thanks for all God has blessed us with!

It may be Thanksgiving, but today the Art Impressions team is featuring the new Ai Michael’s exclusive Christmas Clear & PopCards Sets! Here I used the SC0799- Ugly Sweater set.

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I’ve been wanting to make some CAS cards with a little selective, “spotlight”, coloring and I thought this gal would be perfect for it! I tried 2 different styles with masking and sponging on each. Both used a combination of masking with a post-it note and some masking fluid for the tiny areas. On the first one, I simply sponged green ink on the right side.

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For the second one, I covered the masked image with a dotted stencil and sponged on some red ink. For both, I kept my image close to the bottom so I could add a strip of patterned paper to the top. After selectively coloring a few areas, I finished them with some Stickles and tied on some linen thread.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions SC0799- Ugly Sweater Set; paper- white, patterned paper scraps; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Riding Hood Red and Gumball Green; accessories- Copics, SU! Seasonal Decorative Masks, linen thread, Post-it note, Fineline Masking Fluid pen, Misti, Stickles.

giving thanks

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using the 4939- Full of Thanks set. This time I used the cute turkey in disguise!  I think he is the one giving thanks…for not landing on the dinner plate!

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I used a Simon Says Stamp die for a layer to pop him up on and then added a few gold rhinestones for the “ground”.

Have a great Monday and a wonderful Thanksgiving… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4939- Full of Thanks; paper- vanilla, DCWV the Autumn Melody; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks die, gold rhinestones, foam dimensionals.

more wood slice ornaments

Good morning!

Today I am sharing some more wood slice ornaments on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog. This time I used my Holiday Hugs and Poinsettias & Candles stamp sets along with We Three Kings.

The ornaments were stamped with Archival ink and watercolored with Inktense pencils. The first two are from Poinsettias & Candles and We Three Kings.  I added some Wink of Stella to the star, base, and flames on the first one and a tiny rhinestone to the star on the wise men one.

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The back side of the first two…

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The third and fourth use Poinsettias & Candles and Holiday Hugs. More Wink of Stella on the flower centers and snow angel wings.

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The back side of the third and fourth…

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Holiday Hugs, Poinsettias & Candles and We Three Kings; ink- Archival Black; accessories- wood slices, Inktense pencils, #10 brush, Artminds wood beads, twine.

here we come a-caroling tag

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Tag It!” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Thanksgiving & Christmas Clear Sets! Here I used 4936- Christmas Wonder Set to create my tag.

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I started with a 4×7 piece of kraft cardstock for the base and die cut the bottom edge with an old PaperTrey Ink die, Edgers #2. The top corners were cut with a trimmer after tracing half of a 1″ square cut diagonally.

Then I sponged red ink over a stencil onto a 3 3/4 x 4 1/4 white cardstock for the diagonal stripes. A heart was diecut in the striped layer and I adhered patterned paper behind.

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These caroling critters are so sweet! I popped them up with foam dots. The lamppost and sentiment were added, along with some ribbons and trim. I finished it off with a red snowflake cut from Ai’s 4804- Snowflake Dies.

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Tag It!” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4936- Christmas Wonder Set; paper- white, kraft, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Jillibean Soup- Christmas Eve Chowder; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Cherry Cobbler; accessories- Art Impressions 4804- Snowflake Dies, Copics, rhinestone, Scor-Tape, foam tape, Heart Nestabilities, PaperTrey Ink Edgers #2, SU! Seasonal Decorative Masks and Real Red pom pom trim, ribbon, crochet thread.

so full… of thanks

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4939- Full of Thanks set. This set is perfect for your Thanksgiving projects! The sentiments are so fun.  I also used the Gina Marie Designs Pumpkin Quilt die which my friend, Tina, bought and then enabled our whole group of friends to purchase. LOL. Does that happen to you? It’s so pretty and makes the perfect background for this Ai set!

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While I was die cutting different papers to use, I figured I might as well switch the pieces around and make two cards.  These critters are so cute with their tummies full of pumpkin pie!

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I still had plenty of leftover pieces and needed a few “quick cards” but didn’t have time to color up some extra images.  My solution was to piece the pumpkin pieces together onto a patterned background and then stamp the images and sentiment on the inside.

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I used rust and dark brown inks to give them some color without actually coloring. :)

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4939- Full of Thanks; paper- white, vanilla, SU! Early Espresso, DCWV the Autumn Melody; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Early Espresso and Really Rust; accessories- Copics, Gina Marie Designs Pumpkin Quilt die, glue pen, Marvy Jewel Picker, foam dimensionals.

under His wings

Good morning!

Just popping in with a card or two using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used His Wings to create a CAS card.

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I started by sponging some green & blue ink over a stencil for the background. The feathers were colored with Copics and popped with dimensionals.

I actually made this second card first but realized the set was out of stock/retired. I wasn’t going to share it but since I already took a photo, I thought many of you might have it and would like to see a way to use it other than bible journaling. So here is a similar card with the retired set, Songs of Praise.

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy His Wings; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Coastal Cabana and Lemon Lime Twist; accessories- Copics, Tim Holtz Nordic stencil, foam dimensionals, linen thread.

wood slice ornaments

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a Christmas project using two different Ai stamp sets… 4943 Singing Snowmen PopCard and 4809- Nativity MTF. The PopCards and Mini TryFolds images are SO fun to use as they were intended (creating interactive cards) but can also be used many other ways! Today I made some Birch Tag (wood slice) ornaments!

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To begin, purchase some wood slices (or cut them yourself if you can!).  I purchased these Birch Tags at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. I’ve also ordered some from Amazon which are a different type of wood and I haven’t used them yet. But I’m assuming I will have similar results.  The wood slices from Amazon are approx. 3/16″ in thickness compared to the M’s and H.L. ones which are 1/2″ thick.  My husband drilled holes in these for me but some come pre-drilled too.

Next you need to choose the Ai images you want to use. Remember that you can use just a portion of your image if it is too large.  The snowmen I used are from the new Singing Snowmen PopCard. For one, I stamped and masked the songbook before stamping the snowman.  Stazon ink works well but I used my Archival Black because that pad of mine seemed juicier at the moment and it also gave me the permanent ink that I needed for coloring.

I wanted to try the Inktense pencils on them and add water with a brush so the color would smooth out and wouldn’t just sit on top of the wood.  It might be easier to do some shading if you just use regular colored pencils such as Prismacolor.  It’s difficult to blend or shade this way but I do like the look. The wood soaks up the water so quick…you don’t need to worry too much about bleeding out of the lines as long as your pencil color stays within! I used a tiny #10 brush.

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Here are my finished ornaments. A sentiment was stamped on the back of the snowmen ones. Don’t forget to also sign and date!  I also added some “snowflake” dots with a white paint pen. To finish them, I added a small wood bead to the top of the twine (use a 9″ piece).

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I wanted the nativities to be more rustic, so I only spotlighted the star and manger by coloring with shades of brown.

Inktense colors- Beech Green, Cherry, Chilli Red, Carmine Pink (cheeks), Neutral Gray, Sienna Gold, Saddle Brown, Amber, Tan.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4943 Singing Snowmen PopCard and 4809- Nativity ; ink- Stazon or Archival Black; accessories- wood slices (Artminds Birch Tags), Inktense pencils, #10 brush, Sharpie white paint pen (water based), Artminds wood beads, twine.

so happy

Good morning!

Today I am sharing two cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using a special stamp set designed for SNSS’s birthday celebration.

Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps is turning 10 this month and we are CELEBRATING all month long!  First, this FREE stamp set called So Happy is being added to all qualifying orders. SNSS is also considering adding printables to the Creative Worship line so Korin is giving one away for FREE! Plus, one of the illustrators, Rebecca Rios, is giving away her own FREE printable with ANY Creative Worship* purchase through the month of November!  BUT THAT’S NOT ALL… you could win  FREE Stamps for a year!

There will be more surprises so…check out all the info HERE so you don’t miss anything!  Now, how about that free set?  I first used it to make a sweet pink & gray card…

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…and then another CAS card in turquoise & green. I chose a brown sentiment so the words would stand out.

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Here’s the full set!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy So Happy; paper- white, SU! Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Lemon Lime Twist, Pink Pirouette and Going Gray, Memento Teal Zeal, Archival Potting Soil; accessories- foam dimensionals, gemstone.

haunted mansion PopCard

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Third Dimension” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions PopCards! Here I used 4944- Haunted Mansion PopCard and the 4862- PopCard Template.

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I found some cute papers in my stash to go with the images and die cut a circle window in the front. After you make one of the PopCards to see how they are put together, they are pretty easy to create. When you open the card, the mansion pops up to be 3-D!

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I’m not sure who’s idea it was (I think it was Kate’s) to cut the template from acetate but it works great! Plus, it is clear so you don’t see it from the side!

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Third Dimension” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4944- Haunted Mansion PopCard; paper- white, black, SU! Smoky Slate, doodlebug- Halloween parade; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Art Impressions 4862- PopCard Template, Copics, rhinestones, Scor-Tape, acetate, foam tape, Large and Small Circle Nestabilities.

 

Christmas topiary

Good morning!

It may be Halloween, but I am popping in with a CAS Christmas card using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used Christmas Topiaries.

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I started by sponging a light turquoise ink over the Tim Holtz Nordic stencil. Then I realized that if I turn the stencil 90° and sponge again, it looks kinda like a flower! After I edited my pic, though, I see white Xs…lol.  Focus on the blue! 😉

The topiary was cut out and popped with dimensionals.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Topiaries; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Tim Holtz Nordic stencil, foam dimensionals.