Category Archives: cards, etc.

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.


not old

Hello and happy St. Patrick’s Day!  My card today isn’t green…but I do have a fun one to share using my Sassy Cindy stamp set by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

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The inside sentiment reads (plus shipping & handling).  ;)

Here’s a closer pic of Sassy Cindy… she was popped with dimensionals, along with the speech bubble.

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There’s plenty of fun sentiments in the stamp set to pair with her to make for all your gal friends.  She was quite perfect for a birthday card I needed to make!

Have a great week~

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Sassy Cindy; paper- SU! Pool Party, white, black, Pebbles- Garden Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Scallop Borders dies, Speech Bubbles dies, and Bookmarks & More dies, Copics, foam dots, rhinestones.


Sweet ‘n Sassy March release

Hello, friends!  Welcome to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps March 2015 Release Day Blog Hop & Challenge!  The days are getting longer, the weather is changing, and Spring is on the way!  Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is ready for Spring with three new Mini Flower Block stamp sets …AND for you animal lovers out there…two new stamp sets featuring our favorite canines and felines!

I have three cards to share for the release today…the first one uses the Mini Flower Blocks 2 stamp set.  I paper pieced the flower for a fun polka-dotted look.

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My second card was made with the Kitty Love set.  This is a simple CAS, one layer card but the black and white makes it pop.

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And my last card uses the Puppy Love stamps.  I thought this image was the closest one to my Riley.  ;)

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What a great release!  Here’s the full sets that I used…

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kitty love

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puppy love

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Now be sure to check out the SNSS Blog and Store to see the full line of stamps and dies in this month’s release!

Release Giveaway!

What would a release be without a giveaway, right?  Well, here are the details of this month’s release prize. 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, March 19th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, March 20th!

Last but not least…

We can’t forget our fun Release Day Challenge!

Love Your Pet”  (Include a pet on your card or project) 

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, March 19th 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 SNSMARCH2015RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries

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

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, March 20th 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 on the SNSS Blog.

card 1: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Mini Flower Blocks 2 and Spring Tulips (sentiment); ink- Versafine Black, Memento Tuxedo Black; paper- SU! Calypso Coral, white, black, MME The Sweetest Thing; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Bookmarks & More dies, adhesive pearls, Copics, tracing wheel.

card 2: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Kitty Love; ink- Versafine Black; paper- white.

card 3: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Puppy Love; ink- SU! Baked Brown Sugar and Early Espresso; paper- SU! Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, vanilla, brown, DCWV The Pets Stack; accessories- The Paper Studio Dog Bone Paperclips, foam dots, adhesive pearls.


chin up!

Did you remember to change your clocks?  We’re “springing forward” again (and lost an hour of sleep…oh my)!  But I am looking forward to longer daylight hours and warmer spring temps…agreed?

Today I have 2 cards to share with one of this month’s Sweet ‘n Sassy Sweet Perks Club bundles…Windy Winnie!  This first card reminds me that even though the blustery winds of troubled times come into our lives, we must remember that God is ever faithful and we can find the good in our bad days if only we open our eyes to see it.  ;)

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the inside…

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I love the quote on my second card…and the whimsical boots and umbrella go perfectly with it.

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The umbrella was covered with Stickles so it would really sparkle and the boots have a coating of Crystal Lacquer so they are shiny.

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You can check out these stamps and dies, along with the other Sweet Perks Club Bundles HERE in the SNSS Store.  But hurry…they are only discounted for a few more days!

Chin Up:  stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Windy Winnie; paper- SU! Pool Party, black, white, Pebbles Garden Party; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Bookmarks & More dies, Copics, tracing wheel, adhesive rhinestones.

Dance: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Windy Winnie; paper- SU! Pool Party, black, white, Pebbles Garden Party; accessories- Copics, tracing wheel, adhesive pearls, corner rounder, Stickles, Crystal Lacquer.

spring bling

I’m a bit late… yesterday was the first Sunday of the month…which means…it’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!

We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the first Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  This month it is Jeanne’s turn and her challenge is Spring Bling… make a spring card with glitter, rhinestones or anything blingy!  I used a few clear rhinestones on my CAS springy hello card.

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The sentiment is from my Sweet Sarah stamp set.  And the clouds are from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Clouds & Raindrops die set.

The background is a cute piece of patterned paper attached to a dark brown base.  Then I simply die cut the large cloud from the card front and stamped my sentiment on additional patterned paper that was adhered to the inside.  A smaller cloud was diecut and popped with foam dimensionals.  Then I added the bling to finish it off.

Please join us and create a spring card with bling… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXMAR15.  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’s Sweet Sarah set (sentiment); paper- SU! Early Espresso, MME- fine and dandy boy; ink- Versafine Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Clouds & Raindrops dies, tracing wheel, foam dots, gemstones.

shake your booty!

I had fun again with another Art Impressions set…this one is the Disco Set.  It’s one of the sets that coordinate with their Action Wobbles (love those!).  They have a front image and a back image to place on the inside of the card.

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For some reason I just can’t get that song out of my head…Disco..Disco Duck… lol.  Here’s a closer pic of this awesome guy.

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On the inside of the card, the “booty” is on a wobble spring and it umm… wobbles.  ;)

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You can see a little better in this angle how the back side is raised up.  The “It’s Your Birthday” sentiment is from the Hog Wild Birthday set.

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This card was made for the Art Impressions Front & Back Challenge

stamps- Art Impressions Disco Set and Hog Wild Birthday (inside sentiment); paper- white, SU! Early Espresso, MME- fine and dandy boy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Pool Party; accessories- Art Impressions Action Wobble Springs, SU! Lucky Stars embossing folder, Oval Nestabilities, SU! Wide Oval punch, McGill tiny heart punch.

buttons and lace

I popped over to the SCS challenges today for some inspiration and the Ways to Use It Challenge for today is Buttons and Lace.  Here’s the card I came up with using some wide lace, a few buttons, and the Sweet ‘n Sassy Parisian Postcard stamp set.

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Hope you like it!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Parisian Postcard; paper- SU! Vanilla, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake; ink- SU! Early Espresso; accessories- SU! Framed Tulips embossing folder, lace, buttons, Scor-Tape, glue dots.

lotus blossom and a sketch

Just sharing another SU! card today…I used the SAB freebie Lotus Blossom set on this one.

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This flower is gorgeous in lots of colors!  (Trust me, I’ve tried it!)

And here’s a sketch in case you like the layout.  I used the same one as I did here…but added the paper doily.

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I am longing for flowers…can you tell?

stamps- SU! Lotus Blossom; paper- Painted Blooms dsp, Crumb Cake, white; ink- Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso; accessories- paper doily, button, crochet thread, adhesive pearls, Labels Collection Framelits dies, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, corner rounder.

acetate overlay pasture birthday

Brrr…are you staying warm?  We are quickly tiring of the frigid temps and are already waiting for February to be over!  It looks like another cold week ahead.

I played with some new SU! stamps recently.  I really liked the From The Herd stamp set when I saw it in the catalog so it was one of my first choices.  Here’s my card…

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This set will be fun to color… but I knew that I wouldn’t always want to color it.  ;)  Then I remembered a card design and sketch that I made 5 years ago which would be perfect for this set.  I stamped the herd onto a clear acetate panel with Stazon Black ink and used it as an overlay.  The brads hold the acetate in place so no additional adhesive is needed!

Here is my updated sketch with measurements for each panel.

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The acetate panel is optional.  Use patterned papers, embossed or stamped panels, etc.  The brads can be moved to whichever panels you want…but you need to use at least 2 brads to keep the acetate layer in place.

Have a great week and stay warm!

stamps- SU! From The Herd; paper- SU! Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment) and Stazon Black (on acetate); accessories- brads, clear acetate.

floating elephant- Pull Tab Slider Card

It’s my turn to share a tutorial today on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, I created a fun Pull Tab Slider Card using the elephant and a sentiment from my Valentine Critters stamp set and the matching set of dies.

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When you pull the tab, the elephant and balloons “float” through the air and reveal the sentiment!

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You can make the pull tab vertical or horizontal, according to how you orient your card and which direction you want your image to move.  Let’s get started!

You will begin with a card base, a cardstock or patterned paper layer, a cardstock piece for the sliding panel, and 3 punched circles. See measurements in the photo below.  Note: I made my cardstock base slightly shorter than a normal A2 card to allow for the pull tab to extend beyond the base a bit, and still fit into an A2 envelope.  So, start with 4 1/4 x 10 and score at 5″.

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Besides the papers shown above, you will need an additional scrap of white cardstock for your image.  Stamp and diecut your image.

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Color your image and set it aside.

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Next, create a slot in the layer by sliding the punch in from the right side as far as it will go and punching twice.  You can also cut a slot with a ruler and craft knife.  My slot is 3/8″ wide.

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Adhere the first circle to the short side of the sliding panel to create a pull tab.  Next I applied a strip of 1/8″ wide Scor-Tape down the center of the second circle and adhered the third circle on top of it.

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Slightly bend the sides of the two circles that were joined.  The adhesive strip holds them together in the center.

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Slip each side of the joined circles into the slot in the punched layer.

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Turn the layer over and slide the circles all the way to the left (this will be the bottom of the card).  Apply adhesive to the circle shown.

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Center the sliding panel with three sides, keeping the side with the tab in line with the fourth side (this will be the top).  Lay the sliding panel in place, adhering it to the cardstock circle underneath.  See photo below for placement.

Add foam tape to the three exposed sides as shown.  Remove backing from the foam tape to expose sticky surface.

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Turn the layers over and adhere to the card base with the pull tab and card fold on the top.  Attach your image to the circle shown.

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Pull the tab up and stamp your sentiment.  Note: Keep the sentiment to the left so it does not show through the slot when the sliding panel is down.

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Then decorate your card as desired.

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Thanks for visiting… I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Have a great week!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Valentine Critters; paper- white, SU! Basic Gray, MME- Love Me; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Valentine Critters dies, circle punch, SU! Word Window punch, foam tape, 1/8″ Scor-Tape, Copics, clear Wink of Stella.

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