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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassy Sneak Peek - Love is Like a Tree

Have you all been following the Sweet 'n Sassy sneak peeks? Aren't the cards and images fantastic!! Love seeing what's going to be released on the 1st!

Today I'm sharing a card that features stamps from the Love is Like a Tree stamp set. I love tree images and this one is no exception! I especially love the heart image that comes in this stamp, it fits perfectly over the tree cute is that!?

My card creation is fairly straight forward...Cardstock grass, fun heart paper from Jillibean Soup, wide twill tape, and a few rhinestones makes for a perfect card that says I love you. :-)

Enjoy and be sure to stop by the SNSS blog to check out the other DT creations!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassy Sneak Peek - Take Two

How about one more sneak peek with the soon-to-be-released stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy! This is from the Seeing Spots stamp set, which I just love! This is one of those sets that where card ideas pop in to my head throughout the day! Although I confess that today's card is a shameless CAS from the new SU! catalog! **smile** I love showcasing these small images in different colors. I simply added a few embossed lines around the outside of my card, clear rhinestones, which are colored with Copic markers to match the ink color, and an embossed label behind the stamped images. Easy peasy!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassy Sneak Peek

Welcome to day two of the Sweet 'n Sassy sneak peeks! Oh, how I love the days leading up to release day!! It's so much fun to see the teams creations and get a peek at some of the images that will be included in the new sets.

Today I'm excited to share a card made with the "Seeing Spots" set. Can you guess what it has that name? That's right, it's a set full of darling round images and small sentiments! My card is showcasing the butterfly image, which I stamped four times in Mustard Yellow Distress Ink. I used a 1" circle punch to punch out the images and then attached them with foam tape to the four squares. The designer paper is from October Afternoon and the rhinestone swirl is from one of those big 'ol craft stores that shall remain unnamed. :-) I also added tiny pearls to the butterflies to act as little bodies.

Be sure to stop by the Sweet 'n Sassy blog so that you can check out all of the other sneak peeks!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Altered Wooden Frame

Hey, we're back to the crafty posts! That's a fabulous thing! I'm hoping to have time to clean my craft room today because I can barely find a spot to sit down in there right now and if I don't clean, I don't have room to stamp...and that's a bad thing! LOL!

Today's project is one that I'll be demonstrating at a Wholly Scrap! class tomorrow altered wooden frame. So many options with these inexpensive frames that can be found at just about any craft store. I think I paid a dollar for this one, which I purchased at Ben Franklin.

I initially purchased the frames to paint on them but after seeing Julie's Stamping Around OH project, I promptly changed my mind! (I'm not sure when Julie will post her project but check back to her blog often because it is adorable!!!) This is a fairly easy project that only requires designer paper, glue, and embellishments. I covered my frame in paper from October Afternoon. The little houses are from a Tim Holtz die, Artful Dwellings. This fun die allows you to cut out a number of little houses and then I just added roofs, doors, and windows. Very fun!

I then added a paper flower, using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die, some swirly rhinestones, from Zva, and a sentiment from Gina K. Now...the most fun part of this project, which I shamelessly copied from Julie (she got her idea from a Cat's Pajamas project) was to add the cork to the inside of the frame. I love that! What I love even more is stamping on the cork! The sentiment I used is from Tim Holtz and my plan is to use a photo program to give a Polaroid look to photos of my two boys and attach the photos to the cork with decorative straight pins. Isn't that so much fun!! Oh, I can't wait for this class...we're going to have a blast creating! A HUGE thanks to Julie for letting me CAS her idea!!

Enjoy and tell me about projects that you've created with wooden frames!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I'm Back!

I'm officially back from our Stamping Around Ohio event!! And what a fantastic time we had in Ohio! Tammy Hershberger did an amazing job of hosting our event and getting the event room set up with tables, chairs, and drinks. We all were thrilled to be able to shop at Toyrifix, which not only had a lovely display of stamping products (just ask me how much I came home with!) but also had the best toys on the market. Great store!! If you're ever in the Smithville, Wooster, or even Cleveland, OH area, please stop by and visit this great store and then have lunch at The Barn Restaurant...good eats!

We had the most wonderful teachers at this event, a shocking amount of giveways (thank you sponsors), fabulous food (I'm quite sure I gained five pounds in two days), and beautiful weather. Ah, it was a great time! And I came home with not only five pounds on my hips but five pounds worth of stamps so stay tuned for lots of fun projects using all the new goodies!! I can't wait to get stamping!!

I'll be back with a project tomorrow but until then I'll leave you with a photo of our teacher/organizer group, from left to right, Tammy Hersberger, Maria Colosimo (owner of Kitchen Sink Stamps), Julie Masse, me, (front), Barbara Anders, and Christina Fischer.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Little Crabby

Not that I've ever been a little crabby and needed to apologize...right...

Hey gang! I'm checking in for the last time this week because tomorrow I'm headed out to the Stamping Around Ohio event! WooHoo! Can't wait to see all my stamping buddies and spend a few days stamping! Fun stuff!

Today's card was featured on the Sweet 'n Sassy blog a few days ago but I thought I'd share it here too, in case you missed it. This card features a darling crab image (and sentiment) from the Happy Ocean Friends stamp set, which is the cutest set ever!

Simple card design; I focused most of my efforts on the small square (only 2.5" x 2.5") in the middle of the card. A few sponged clouds, some kraft cardstock sand, a punched circle for a sun, and a little crabby popped up on foam tape.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassy Sketch Challenge

Hey, guess what? This week Sweet 'n Sassy is hosting the sketch challenge on Splitcoast! And the sketch is a super easy one...only three layers! It's perfect for either a CAS or super layered card. You can check out the details here.

I was thrilled to have time to create a card this afternoon. I opted to use the main image spapce to highlight a word stamp. This is the Psalm 23 stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy and it's an great stamp because it not only features the text from Psalm 23 but it also includes a short description about what the verses point to. For example, "I shall not want...that's supply."

For my paper I used some beautiful designs from the Cosmo Cricket Cira 1934 paper stack. Love the colors and designs in this set! I then created a color background, using Distress Ink and sponges, for the image. (The dots are created by dropping water on to the ink paper; the water acts as bleach.) I simply added a few rhinestones and a butterfly.

Enjoy and be sure to check out the sketch challenge...Maybe even play along this week!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sweet Summer

I have no doubt that summer has officially arrived in New England! We have warm (even crazy hot) days, afternoon thunderstorms, the A/C is running, and yesterday I picked my first batch of strawberries from our garden! That being the case, I needed to celebrate the arrival of warm weather (and fresh strawberries) with a Sweet Summer Cocoa card!

Today's card features that darling Sweet 'n Sassy mouse, Cocoa! This image is from the Feeling Fruity stamp set. I colored Cocoa with Copics and adorned her with lovely summery paper from Kaiser Craft. The pearl swirl is from Zva Creative and the ladybug is from Petaloo.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I know, it's been ages since I've posted. Did you miss me? :-) I, thankfully, have suddenly had a big increase in my marketing contract work. This is amazing for us as a family but it sure does cut in to my crafting time as I do much of my work at night so that I'm available for the kids during the day. However, I managed to sneak in to my craft room after church on Sunday so that I could make this card for a wonderful couple at our church who are planning to head on a European vacation in a few weeks. (Kathy, you better not be reading my blog posts!!)

This is a card that is filled with a whole lotta Tim products! This images (map, airline ticket, and plane) are all from the new set, Air Travel. Isn't it fun that Tim included a stamp that looks just alike a ticket! Adding two little staples on the edge of the ticket really makes it look authentic. (I got that tip from Tim!) That lovely striped ribbon is from a new spool that just arrived at Wholly Scrap! and the fun metal Wander tag is from the Philosophy Tags collection. The fun pearl swirl is from Zva Creative.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tim Holtz CAS Card

We carry a variety of Tim Holtz products at the store where I work and last week some of the newly released stamp sets arrived! Since I had limited stamping time a few nights ago I decided to challenge myself to make a non-vintage (see Mom, no aged edges!) Tim Holtz-inspired card. And what's one of the easiest ways to make a quick card? Go monochromatic! (Well almost...I did add a bit of yellow...)

For this card I created a background using a variety of stamps from the Haberoashery set. I then stamped the dress form and one of the postage stamp looking images on to a separate piece of cardstock, cut those out and attached them with foam tape to background. Then all that was needed was those big 'ol yellow scallops!

Love it! Enjoy!