Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happy Retirement!

Since I had been a teacher most of my working life, and I am getting older (I retired from teaching in 2013), this new Retirement Sentiments set (available for preorder) is going to get a lot of use! I have a lot of friends who will be retiring this year and in the next few years.

Today I made a quick and easy card using one of the sentiments from the set and some pre-cut shapes. The scalloped edge along the bottom is cut from some really sparkly blue paper (always hard to photograph) using the smaller die from the SNSS Scallop Border die set.

Be sure to check out the rest of the April release here!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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.

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

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

Hope you have a great weekend!
♥  Diane

Friday, April 17, 2015

April 2015 Release Blog Hop & Challenge

Fridays are always special at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and this Friday is no exception…welcome to the April 2015 Release Blog Hop & Challenge!  Now that you have had a chance to see our new masculine release for this month, it's time to see what the Design Divas have done with the new stamp and die sets.  Grab a beverage, sit back, and relax as you 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!  
Here they are:

The DT blog links can be found in the Linky Tool below!
Now onto the challenge! 
"Make it Masculine"
Here's a sample to inspire you…  

  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!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paris in the Spring

Hi everyone!  I hope that you are enjoying warmer weather in your neck of the woods.  I think that spring has finally arrived in Buffalo where I live and I am so thankful!  Anyway, I have a card to share with you using Parisian Postcard today.

I showed the ladies at a card class I taught a couple months ago how to create a collage type look and about 2nd generation stamping.  This is the card that they made.  The main image was stamped with black versa fine ink (which I really like for intricate images and silhouettes) and then the smaller images around the panel were stamped on scratch paper first with gray versa fine and then stamped on my image panel (second generation stamping technique).  The papers are from My Minds Eye and the edges were distressed a bit with scissors.

Here is the stamp set that I used on my card:

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the April release blog hop.  The DT has some wonderful samples to share with you and there will be a chance for you to win some Sweet N Sassy goodies.  See you then!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Clean and Simple Curves

Hello, it's Bridget here, and I'm back again for my second week
as April's guest designer with the talented Design Team at SNSS!
For this card of encouragement I used the plain die 
from the fantastic Hillside Edges Dies to make some 
curved edges along the bottom third of a panel.
Both pieces have been sponged with ink for an ombre effect  
and I carefully arranged the sentiment cling stamp from the
fabulous set Be Encouraged on the acrylic block with just the 
same curves.  It can be difficult to get the curve to match, 
 so it helps to die-cut a post it note and adhere it to the 
acrylic block, then carefully bend the stamp along the edge.
I then attached wavy die-cuts using dp and added some sequins 
along the lower half.  I love the sentiments from Be Encouraged - 
they're just perfect for sending a card to someone
who's going through a very rough time.  I know how much it 
helps me to hear these truths about God's love and power when 
I'm feeling overwhelmed by pain, discouragement or anxiety.  
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope it's a good one for you!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Hi all!  Kim here today to share a CAS card, featuring one of our latest releases, Congrats Grad.  This great set, selling for just $9.00, includes the two images seen on my card along with six sentiments that you can use to congratulation the graduate in your life.

My card shows off the Congratulations sentiment, not once, not twice, but five times; all stamped using different colors of Archival Ink.  The hat and diploma images were stamped on cardstock, colored with Copics, and attached with foam tape.  Easy peasy! 

Enjoy today's card and be sure to shop back by on Friday (April 17) for our new release blog hop!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tile Tutorial

Happy Monday, everyone!  Cathy here with a new Design Diva Demo for you!  Before retiring from teaching, I used to make coasters out of unglazed tiles for my parent helper gifts at the end of the school year.  I often get asked at paper craft festivals how they are made, so I thought I would share my process in this tutorial.

Begin by gathering all of your materials.

Non-Stick Craft Sheet
4" x 4" Unglazed Tiles (purchased from building supply store)
Adirondack Alcohol Inks in a variety of colors
Adirondack Metallic Mixatives (Optional)
Alcohol Blending Solution
Felt Applicator Tool
Archival Inks
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Sharpie Markers (Black and White)
Paper Towels
Vinyl/Latex Gloves
Tacky Glue
Spray Varnish

Lightly sand your tiles and wipe off the fine dust with a damp paper towel or baby wipe.  Make sure the tiles are completely dry before beginning to apply the inks.

Be sure to put on those vinyl/latex gloves if you don't want inky fingers!  Choose three or four colors and give a little squirt of each into the felt on the applicator tool keeping each of the colors separated on the felt.  Then add a little squirt of metallic mixative to the middle of the felt. (Optional)  If you use the metallic mixative, you must remember to shake it well before using. 

Dab and swirl the colors onto the tile remembering to cover the sides as well.  No need to worry too much about what it looks like at this point…just be sure to cover the tile with color.

Now comes the fun part!  Squirt some Blending Solution on the felt applicator tool.  You can even squirt some right on the tile if you want.  The more blending solution you use the lighter the colors will be.

Continue dabbing and swirling with the Blending Solution until you get the look you like.

Here are several color combinations, although using exactly the same colors will yield entirely different results.

Allow the tiles to dry.  You can stop at this point, but we are going to add some stamped images to the tiles, so grab your Archival inks and choose the stamp sets you want to use.  

Generally I like using SNSS silhouette images, but the for the tile on the left, the coneflower from the Flower Blocks 3 set was used.  The middle was masked and the Typewriter Text Background was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink, then the coneflower was stamped.  Tender Thoughts and the new For My Father set was used for the tile on the right.  A black Sharpie pen works great for any touch ups that are needed.

Nature Silhouettes 2, Faithand Serene Silhouettes stamp sets were used to make the tile on the left.  For the tile on the right, the Typewriter Text Background was stamped using Deep Purple Archival ink.  The flourishes from the Leafy Flourish
Background and More stamp set were then stamped using the Jet Black Archival ink.  White accents were added using a white Sharpie Paint Pen.

To make your coasters water proof, give the tiles several coats of clear glaze or acrylic varnish.  Allow the tiles to dry between each coat…about 1/2 hour.  (I applied 4 coats of Clear Glaze to mine.) Be careful to use the spray in a well ventilated room or outside.

Trim cork to fit the back of the tile using a craft knife.  Apply Tacky Glue to the back of each tile making sure to cover all the way to the edges. Stick the piece of cork to the back and place a lightweight object on top of the tile until the glue dries.

The tiles are now finished and ready to be used or given as gifts!

Here are the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps used for the tiles above:

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!
Have a marvelous Monday!