Category Archives: cards, etc.

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 Blog- April Showers / May Flowers.  Check it out and play along…you could win some awesome AI stamps!

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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!

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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!

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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.

so excited!

Hello friends!

Today is my first day to share a card as a member of the Art Impressions Design Team!  As I was thinking about which stamps to use, I found this AI set called His & Hers Gardening which is exclusively sold in Michael’s stores.  The sentiment was perfect for my first post today!  ;)

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I have to admit, though, that I am a terrible gardener!  I do not have a green thumb (unless I’m getting inky!)  LOL.

You can see below that I punched a decorative edge on the BACK of my card.  I thought I would take a few pics along the way to show you how easy it is to do.

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Before I get to the card design, though, check out how cute the gardener is close up!  I paper pieced her apron to match the card.

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And here is a side view showing the gardener, flower pots, and sentiment circle popped up.

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Now here’s a little picture tutorial to help you make the card base.  I forgot to mention that you should punch the corner first.

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and finally…

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You’re done!

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Thanks for stopping by…I hope you enjoyed my first card for AI!

Diane Signature

stamps- Art Impressions His & Hers Gardeners; paper- white, SU! Soft Sky, Early Espresso, MME- fine and dandy girl; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page- Loops, Fiskars cutter, EK Success 1/2″ corner punch, ribbon, adhesive pearls, Copics, 1″ circle and 1 1/4″ scalloped circle punches.  

Happy Easter!

He is not here, but is risen!
May every joy be yours on this Easter Day!  (We are also celebrating my husband’s birthday today.  Happy birthday, Brian!)
I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy He Lives stamp set and the Rugged Cross die on my card today.  I kept the background pretty simple to keep the focus on the cross.

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May all the blessings of Easter be with you…I hope this day brings joy to your heart!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- He Lives; paper- white, brown, MME- In Bloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Rich Cocoa; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Rugged Cross die, Copics, adhesive pearls.




He is strong

Today it is my turn to share a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  For this card, I turned to the Celebrate Today stamp set, along with Grunge Elements, New Beginnings, and Be Encouraged.  I also used the Bookmarks & More dies and Butterfly dies.

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Any monochromatic color plus black makes a striking card and I especially like the yellow/black combo.  There’s a bit of green on the stems though!

Sentiment reads: When I am weak, HE IS STRONG.  So true.

Have a wonderful day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Celebrate Today, Grunge Elements, New Beginnings, and Be Encouraged; paper- SU! Crushed Curry, black, white; ink- SU! Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Bookmarks & More dies and Butterfly dies, seam binding, foam dots, gemstones, clear Wink of Stella.


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