Monday, February 8, 2016

Negative Space Coloring

Happy Monday, Sweet 'n Sassy friends! 
It's Ceal here to share a card with you using a technique I have been wanting to try since I seen Jennifer McGuire use it. The technique is called negative space coloring and there are different ways you can do this technique using different coloring mediums. For my card I masked off the image and used some watercolors but you can also use Copic markers or Distress inks. 
I used the Precious Poppies set which was perfect for this technique. Our Flower Blocks sets would also make a gorgeous card using this technique.
The greeting is from the Keep in Touch, Too set.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Just Tape It!

Hello everyone…happy Friday!  Cathy here with some sweet news from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and several samples to share with you.

Is there a day that goes by that you don't use some kind of tape…packing tape, scotch tape, duct tape, masking tape…oh, and don't forget that washi tape?

Where's the tape on this card?  The distress inks were applied with masking tape.  Water was dropped on the horizon so the blues would blend and drip down the card front.  The image and the sentiment come from one of my favorite stamp sets…The Sea.

Now for a little bit of washi tape!

Washi tape was applied on the diagonal for the side panel.  The hearts from the Grunge Elements 2 stamp set were embossed and Color Burst powders were spritzed with water to create the background.  There's Cocoa popping out to send a little love from the Cocoa Sends Love digital stamp set.


Speaking of Digital Stamps…there are two new Bible Journaling digital stamp sets designed by Rebecca Rios that were just added to the store.  If you are a coffee drinker or a tea drinker and love to journal in your Bible, these sets are for you.  Wait…you will love them even if you are not a Bible journaler!

The Sweet as Candy digital stamp set released in January was so popular that it is now also available as a clear stamp set!


Many of you love the Be Encouraged stamp set.  Now there is a Be Encouraged 2 stamp set that is equally amazing.  There are only a limited number of these at this time so grab one while you can.  When they are sold out, it will be available as a pre-order which will probably ship by the end of next week.  This beautiful sample was created by Korin using the Be Encouraged 2 stamp set and Parisian Postcard.


YEA!!  The Creative Worship: Lovin' God's Word Bible Journaling Kits have been shipped, so if you ordered the kit, you should be receiving some happy mail shortly as long as your order did not include any pre-order items.  We were amazed that these kits sold out in just one day!!  If you missed getting one of these fabulous kits designed by Krista Hamrick, do not worry…the Decorative Banners and His Book stamp sets are now available for pre-order.  We will be receiving the stamp sets from our manufacture by the end of next week!


One last thing….today is the last day for Our Dies are to Die For Sale!

Thanks so much for stopping by…we had a lot of information for you today!
Have a blessed weekend!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Love Notes.....Just For You!

{jane bosi}  Happy Snowy Wednesday, Sweet Friends!!  Here in Wisconsin, we are busy digging out from our very first MAJOR storm of the year!  What a doozy, too!  It was the perfect reason to stay home and stamp, though!

I made this cute little covered notebook with attached pen for a special friend of mine.  I've found these cute little magnetic list pads in a variety of places....dollar zones, office supply.  I've noticed that they range in size from place to place, but once you have the basics of the pad down, it is easy to adjust the dimensions to accommodate your specific pad.
The added touch lies in the pen holder.  Here are the basics so you can try a go at it yourself!  Start with piece of cardstock that measures 2 3/4" x 10 1/2".  Score along the short side at 3/4", 1", 1 3/4" and 2".  Rotate the card stock and score along the longer length at 4 1/2", 4 3/4", 9" and 9 1/4".  Crease all score lines and then trim as shown:
You'll have to create a hole (for the pen or pencil) using either a scissors or small hole punch.  I've used a 1/2" punch. The trick is to fold the card stock along the bottom scored line (when the piece is oriented as shown)  Punch a half circle on the scored line making sure not to extend beyond the top score.  Clear as mud?
 Using tacky tape and the scored lines, reinforce the top card stock and create the "box" that holds the pen(cil) as shown:
I've included a picture of the piece from the front also.  You will secure this to the notebook cover and when you do so, be sure the top piece is flush with the box top as seen here:
I hope that is clear!
I decorated this with Valentine Critters and the matching dies.  I just love those little guys!  Clearly, I couldn't pick just one!  The sentiment comes from Keep In Touch, Too. I'm feeling a bit inspired--I think I'll be making a few more!

Be Awesome!  Jane

Saturday, January 30, 2016

a cheerful giver

Hello!  Today I am sharing a card using one of my newly released Digi images.  I have to say that this is one of my favorite snowmen...mostly because he is in the company of a sweet bunny who decided to share his carrot!  A snowman must have a carrot nose, right?

One great thing about digi images is that you can make them any size you want.  I wanted to make this image big and keep it simple, with the focus staying on the gift.  As I printed it out, this verse came to mind...
2 Corinthians 9:6-7     The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

This was intended as a thank you card but I think it also conveys what we feel in our heart as we share God's love.
If you are a fan of Digital images, go check them out in the SNSS store.  And if you'd rather work with stamps & ink... this is also available in the Snowy Hello stamp set!
Thanks for popping in…happy stamping!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Creative Worship Blog Hop

Welcome, dear friends, to Sweet 'n Sassy's first ever Creative Worship Kit Release & Blog Hop! We are so excited to be launching our first of hopefully many Bible journaling kits featuring two fabulous new stamp sets and a bundle of extra goodies to help you with YOUR creative worship!

In addition to our new kit, we are also excited to announce the launch of a brand new Creative Worship BLOG. Our new line will have it's own little spot in blogland where we will share all things Creative Worship! Please be sure to head over there and subscribe so you don't miss a thing. We will be sharing many resources as time goes on. It will be your go-to for inspiration and ideas for your creative worship.

Now how about we get this blog hop started! The design team has some wonderful projects to share with you today so we invite you to grab your favorite beverage and visit with us awhile.

I'll get things started with a fun bookmark I created with some of the items in our Lovin' God's Word kit. The bookmark started out completely white so I colored the images, sponged on some color in the background and added the hearts and twine.

You can find all of the other DT blog links below.

Enjoy the hop!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Forest Silhouettes Scene

Hello! It's Monika here today with a fantastic scene I built with dies. I love stamping, but these days I am crazy about dies. I love the sharp lines the dies can cut, the sweet images... oh, I get so excited looking at my box full of these metal pieces.
I decided to create a masculine scene for a frame I got at Ikea ages ago.
I wanted dimensions so I used different colored cardstocks and lots of foam adhesive.

The background was sponged with Peacock Feather Ranger distressed ink, then was blended with a wet paintbrush.

Can you spy all the different die sets I used? Ok, you don't have to guess... here they are: Forest Silhouettes, Bare Tree, Fence & Grass, Hillside Edges die sets. The verse is from Our Refuge clear stamp set.
I hope I inspired you to create something.
Thank you for stopping by,


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sending Lots of Love

Happy Tuesday!

I am loving my time as guest designer for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  Thank you or making me feel so welcome!

I used two different digi sets for my card.  My main image - the cutie pie flowers are called Doodle Flowers and it is a digi stamp..  This was a very easy image to color.  I'm sure it took less than 30 minutes!  I totally enjoyed adding just a bit of shading to each flower.

My sentiment is the Sending Love digi stamp..  I love the font and I think you will too.  I am a sucker for cute fonts!!

So that's it for me today.  I think you could use this as a Valentine or just a friendship card.  What do you think?

Be sure to check out all the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps digis.  And while you're there, take a peek at the wonderful clear stamps too!

Happy stamping!