Monday, June 28, 2010

Amazing Grace

Look what's new in clear stamps at Sweet N Sassy! This sentiment stamp is from the brand new Sweet N Sassy Amazing Grace Clear stamp set available now! 
I used my new Distrezz-It-All to distress everything. The embossing on the kraft paper was created with a new Cuttlebug embossing folder. I don't have the name for it right now because I'm still hundreds of miles for home in Washington, DC getting ready to enjoy my final day of sightseeing. The butterflies are a K&Co 3-D sticker set, so easy to add for a quick card. They compliment the beautiful sentiment which I cut out with Spellbinders nestabilities dies and sprayed with my copic airbrush. A little ribbon and some pearls for a soft touch and I had a beautiful card in no time at all.
Be sure you check out the store because several new items have been added recently. Then, join the Sweet N Sassy design team on Tuesday, June 29 at SNR for a release PARTY! I should be getting home right about that time and can hopefully drop in to say "hi" and catch up with everyone!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It's a Puddle Jumper

It's supposed to rain today in Washington, DC, the site of my working vacation! We're supposed to take a bike tour in the evening so I hope the rain has passed by then. Although anything that subsides the heat is a good thing. So in honor of the rainstorms headed my way, I thought I would showcase this card using a couple of images from the LSS Puddle Fun set. This really is a fun little set with a lot of  versatility.
The background paper was the source of inspiration for this card. It's an American Craft paper with lots of fun boots. I did some paper piercing for the focal image. The boots are part of the digital stamp set as are the puddles. I added a drink umbrella behind the image. The green and yellow cardstock has been embossed using a Fiskars rain dots texture plate in my Cuttlebug. Look close for that fun detail.
I'll be back in Texas next week and back in the craft loft to play with some great new images in the LSS shop. You don't have to wait. Head over there today to see all the great images available right now. Also, be sure to check out the LSS design team for some great looks at all the new stuff in the shop. Then, head to Lindsay's blog for a great freebie!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's Molly, By Golly!

I have three boys and they turned into wonderful young men, but, oh, for a little girl! Well, until the grandchildren start coming I guess I'm going to have to make do with this little cutie! This is Molly and she is now in a clear stamp set from Sweet N Sassy. The fun thing about Molly is I can "dress" her up to match my papers or embellishments, and she doesn't fuss or whine about it at all! This set is called Thankful Molly. You can grab Molly all by herself as a digi stamp, but the clear stamp set has some wonderful sentiments in the set you won't want to miss either.
Be sure to check out Sweet N Sassy regularly as several clear stamp sets will be released over the next few weeks. There will be a release party on June 29 to celebrate all the new clear stamps coming out this month.
And, if you need instant gratification, SNS is still releasing digi stamps on a regular basis and there are some really cute new ones there which you can get almost instantly!
For more shopping fun, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is having a Father's Day Sale this weekend. Everything is 25% off until midnight Sunday!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

New at Sweet N Sassy

Look what has just arrived at Sweet N Sassy Stamps in acrylic! This is totally fruitilicious!
Cocoa is enjoying some summer fruit in this new clear stamp set called Feeling Fruity Cocoa. He's so cute no matter what he's doing, but watermelon is a big part of our South Texas summertime eating since it's grown so close to us. In the set he's paired up with a strawberry, too, and some fun sentiments.
Sweet N Sassy will be releasing several sets of clear stamps over the next few weeks. Be sure to head to the store regularly to check out what is being released, and don't forget you can still get loads of inexpensive digi stamps instantly!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's a Remake

Usually I create a card and either send it to someone or file it away for sending it or giving it away. I made this card back in April:
Now, I really liked this card. It just was fun with the big flower, the paper-pieced umbrella and the cheery colors, BUT...
It didn't hold together very well for some reason. The flower came off, the cardstock was kind of flimsy and it lacked a sentiment. So, I decided to salvage this card that I loved so much and here's what I came up with:
The original was great but this one is just special! And I didn't really do that much to it. I cut the original embossed card base and adhered it to some pink cardstock which is the new base. I changed out the flower and then the finishing touch was the sentiment. I can't wait to try this same card in some different papers and colors. That umbrella which you can find in the LSS set called Puddle Fun is so easy to paper piece. I'm not much of a paper-piecer because I hate to cut really fine details, but this one is really easy!
Anyway, that's how you save a card gone bad!
Be sure to head to Lindsay's blog and the LSS store. Lots of fun stuff and lots of digital freebies! Then, check out the amazing work of the very talented design team. Very crafty bunch of ladies!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

My Cuppa Tea

A few things influenced this card: (1) the beautiful rose image in the SNS June Rose Clear Stamp Set, (2) the My Time Made Easy Tea Cup cut file (used with my Cricut), (3) the SCS Sketch challenge, and (4) the Shabby Tea Room Design Team search inspiration piece. All of the influences combined with my love of all things tea related produced this card.
I wanted to created a monochromatic china pattern for my tea cup and I liked the pattern so much, I decided to create background paper that matched. I really liked Sweet n Sassy's Birthday Month digis, but I am lovin' them as clear stamps. I'm definitely going to collect all twelve!
The paper flower was created with some cardstock and a flower punch. You can find the instructions I used here. After it dried, I spritzed it with Smooch Spritz in vanilla. I added a heart-shaped paper doily behind the tea cup.
I just love how pretty it all is. I think I'll try another one with a different color. I love black and pink, but for some reason I feel like I use it too much. However, when I look back at my older posts or projects, I don't see too much of it! Anywhoo, you should do what you like when crafting. That's what it's all about!
Happy Crafting!
Project Recipe
Paper: SU Pixie Pink and Certainly Celery, PTI White
Stamps: SNS June Rose, SU Teeny Tiny Wishes (sentiment)
Tools: Cricut, SCAL, My Time Made Easy A Spot of Tea cut file, SU Modern Label, Word Window, flower punch, Martha Stewart Lace Doily border punch
Embellishments: Heart-shaped doily (Walmart)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Fantastic Shoe

I really hate to shop (well, not for craft supplies), but I've been having to do a lot of it lately because I'm getting ready for a two-week trip to New York City and Washington, D.C. I leave Tuesday and I really didn't have enough clothes to hold me over for two weeks. So, I've been making short little runs for one thing or the other hoping that if I didn't spend all day at it, it wouldn't be so bad. It pretty much still was bad! But I've got enough clothes that you shouldn't have to hear about the naked tourist in D.C. on the headline news this month!
Still, all this shopping has got me thinking about fashion (maybe not high fashion!) and I grabbed some of that thinking for my project today. Lindsay has a great little (not so little really) digital stamp set called It's a Girl Thing.

Lots of cute images here for girls of all ages. I grabbed a little pump and colored it with my copics. The background of the card is embossed with the cuttlebug textile embossing folder and I used SCAL and Cricut to cut out the dressing dummy which was then wrapped with a piece of ribbon and pierced with a hat pin. This makes a bold statement without requiring a lot of work and I didn't have to leave home to get these shoes!!!
One thing that makes shopping a little easier is a SALE! And LSS has a great sale going on right now through Saturday.

I wish all my shopping could be this easy! Be sure to check out all the great bargains at LSS. Don't forget to stop by Lindsay's blog for a peek at what all she's been creating as well as a freebie! Then, pop over to the Design Team blogs for even more inspiration.
Happy Crafting!
Project Recipe
Paper: PTI White CS, SU Pixie Pink CS, SU Day and Night DSP
Stamps: LSS It's a Girl Thing, Verve Fairy Tales (sentiment)
Tools: Cricut, SCAL, Cuttlebug, Textile Embossing folder, Spellbinders Classic and Deckled Ovals Nestabilities Dies, copic markers
Embellishments: PTI True Black Dotted Satin ribbon, Making Memories Wedding pins

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tea-riffic Day

Ahhhh! Smell that? That's not coffee or tea you're, that's the last day of school and boy does it smell SWEET! So, in honor of a few days of R&R ahead of me, I made myself a cup of tea (could be coffee but I don't drink coffee).
I have had this image colored for quite some time and finally got it all put together in a card. I used copics to color it but went over it with something shimmery but now I can't remember what! Don't ya hate it when that happens. The paper is by DCWV and I just love that pattern!
The tea cup is from the LSS set called Teariffic. This is one of my all time favorite images but I have to admit to a tea obsession. Funny thing is I mainly drink ice tea out of a styrofoam  cup, but tea is tea! Be sure to take a look at this set. It has lots of other fabulous images. Then, head over to Lindsay's blog to catch some inspiration and a freebie. From there, see what the rest of the design team has cooked up. Today, Diana Bove will join the team and showcase her first project. Don't miss that one!
I'm off to finish up my last day with the kiddos, followed by a short work day, and then a carefree weekend! Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sweet n Sassy Clear Stamp Blog Hop

WooHoo! It's finally here...Sweet n Sassy clear stamp release!! If you didn't preorder these fabulous new stamps, today's the day to get your order in! I'm showing off the beautiful April Daisy set. Also releasing this month is the June Rose set and more birthday flowers will be available in upcoming releases. There are six sets of clear stamps being released this month. Be sure to keep "hopping" around to see all the stamps being used by the design team, then head over to Sweet n Sassy to these for yourself!
Here's a closer look at the daisies:
 Aren't these scrumptious! They definitely needed to goon a beautiful basket! I envisioned my basket full of Hershey's kisses or some other small chocolate treat, but I couldn't find anything like that anywhere in my where did all the chocolate go???(wink!)
Okay, make sure you leave a comment on my blog telling how cool the new clear stamps are and then stop at each of the design team blogs and leave comments with each for a chance to win some great stamps. I don't have the prize here, but keep hopping and you'll find them. Don't forget to end up at Sweet n Sassy Blog and the store. Then, join us tonight on SNR for a release party featuring chat, challenges, and prizes!
Happy Crafting!