And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness
and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Red and White for Christmas

Hello friends!  With all the record snowfalls parts of our country are being blanketed with, I decided to whip up a few more Christmas cards using mostly white with a few red accents.   I've been very content be confined to my warm, cozy home during this blast of freezing weather while the car is in for repairs!  LOL!

Creative Nugget:  After using the new Bare Tree Die just released by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps to cut several trees, the trunks were woven through the branches to form the wreath for this Christmas card.  The chickadee image from the God's Purpose stamp set was colored with Copic Markers, cut with the God's Purpose Chickadee Die, and mounted over the opening in the wreath.  A bright red bow and a few sequins finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  This scene was made using the sketch from this week on Splitcoaststampers and the new Hillside Edges Dies by SNSS.  The sky was sponged and splattered with acrylic paint. The scene was framed in red and the Christmas sentiment was embossed in red on another one of the Hillside Edges.  The tree from the Forest Silhouettes Dies was added along with a little bird die cut from Real Red card stock.  A big red bow made from seam binding was added to finish the card.

Here are the supplies from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store used to create these wintery Christmas cards:


Thanks so much for stopping by…stay warm!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, November 14, 2014

Welcome to SNSS November 2014 Release

Hello, sweet friends!   Welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps November 2014 Release Day!  It's beginning to feel more and more like winter here on the east coast and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, Christmas cannot be far behind!  Since November is the birthday month for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and December the month we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, our release this month is perfect for creating birthday projects, Christmas and winter cards, and all season cards that can be created and given all year long!

Be sure to stop in at the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog to see all of the wonderful new products being released today.  Then grab a nice hot beverage and relax as you click on each of the Linky Tool thumbnails to hop to each of the Design Divas' blogs to see some fabulous inspiration for each of the new stamp and die sets.

One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, November 20th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, November 21st!

Here is a card I made using the new Companion Words stamp set and the Birthday Word Die along with the candle image from the Birthday Bash stamp set:

Creative Nugget:  The candles were stamped in a rainbow of colors...then the word "Birthday" was cut out with the Birthday Word Die.  The word was cut four more times in white and once in black and layered back into the space in the candle image.  Wink of Stella glitter was added to the candle flames and to the word. Glossy Accents was also added to the word.  One of the Companion Words was stamped three times on the banner and a scattering of sequins was added to finish the card.  An old Mojo Monday sketch was used for the layout.

This next sample shows the versatility of the Bare Tree Die.  The little leaves and the flower are so cute and can be used to make a tree for any season.

Creative Nugget: The hillside scene was created with different colors of designer papers to represent each of the four seasons. Four trees were cut with the Bare Tree Die.  The little leaves and the flower from the die set were used to create the seasonal trees. White Flower Soft was added to the winter tree and the little bird is from the Forest Silhouettes Die Set.  The sentiment from God's Purpose was perfect for my little scene.  A button and some twine finish the card.


My last sample is from the adorable new Baked for You stamp set and the Baked for You Die Set.

Creative Nugget:  The card base was created with Neenah Solar Crest card stock, Soft Suede card stock, and some scraps of DP.  The little scalloped border is from the Bookmarks & More Die Set.  The Cupcakes, Cherries, and Rolling Pin, all from the Baked for You stamp set were colored with Copic Markers and cut with the Baked for You Dies.  Glitter was added to the frosting and Glossy Accents added to the cherries for some texture.  Baker's Twine, a button, and sequins finish the card.


 One more thing before you go...

Here is our fun Release Day Challenge!
"Create a Wintery Birthday Card  

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, November 20th at midnight EST to enter

- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  
If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSNOV2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

To enter simply share a link to your creation below!


Thanks so much for stopping by…try to keep warm and have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

A Look Back at ODBD Stellar November Release

Welcome, my friends!  Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs November 2014 Release.  The stamps and dies released this month are perfect for creating Christmas cards as well as cards of encouragement throughout the year!  Here is a starry project I created using several of the fun new products released this month and an old favorite:  


Another view:

Creative Nugget:  THIS Tutorial on Splitcoaststampers was used to help with the creation of the base for my starry pop up box. Coordinating papers were stitched to True Black mats for each of the box panels.  Then the fun of filling the box began.  All of the stars were cut with the Sparkling Stars Dies…LOVE these!  Some of the dies were nested inside each other to create star frames. Others were clear embossed using the His Birth stamp set and dye inks to match the DP.  I inked up the stamp first in VersaMark ink, then added the dye ink before stamping onto the Fine Linen card stock.  This enabled the ink to stay wet long enough to add the clear embossing powder.  The smaller stars were stamped with VersaMark on colored card stock and embossed with clear sparkle embossing glitter.  The sentiment from the Come Let Us Adore Him stamp set was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossed on the large star on the back panel.  The sentiment on the front flap is from the Snowflake Stars stamp set and it is mounted to a Quatrefoil Design die cut.  The tiny stars were made by dry embossing a black piece of craft metal and wiping acetone over the raised surfaces to let the silver backing show through.  The dies cut through the craft metal with no problem.  Each star was adhered to a strip of acetate and attached to the box.  Seam binding, metallic thread, and rhinestones were added to finish the box.


Here are the products available at the 
Our Daily Bread Designs Store 
that were used to create this pop up box:


For more inspiration using the November Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.  To see the details for each of the DT projects just click the links listed below!
Julie * Chris * Lori * Paula * Cathy (me)* Dawn 
 Sandee * Stacy Wanda * Silke * Gracie

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, November 1, 2014

ODBD November 2014 Release

Hello friends!  Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs November Release!  Yikes…only two more months until Christmas…where has this year gone?  Oh my stars…not only is this month's shining release by Our Daily Bread Designs perfect for creating those last minute Christmas cards, but also wonderful for creating dazzling cards of encouragement throughout the year!  Get ready…you don't want to miss any of this star gazing experience!

Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website. You have until November 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on November 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Creative Nugget:  The sentiment from His Birth was stamped on Neenah Solar Crest card stock and the panel embossed with swiss dots.  Strips of paper from the Christmas 2014 Paper Collection were stitched to Smokey Shadow card stock and a strip of embossed Solar Crest, stitched to a Beautiful Border, was popped up on top.  The card front was then mounted to a Smokey Shadow card base.  A Fancy Foliage flourish was mounted diagonally across the horizontal strip.  The largest star from the His Birth stamp set was white embossed on Kraft card stock and cut with the matching Sparkling Star Die.  An Action Wobble spring was used to attach the star to the front of the card, making it jiggle when touched…FUN!  A bit of twine was used to finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  This card was simply made by layering the die cuts from the Flourish Star Pattern Die…so easy, but so elegant! LOVE this die set!  The layers from base up are as follows…Neenah Solar Crest card base, Silver embossed die cut, Winter Paper Collection panel, Neenah flourish star pattern die cut, silver glitter paper die cut, Neenah star die cut, and finally the little shining star die cut.  The sentiment from the His Birth stamp set was silver embossed on a Spellbinders banner die cut.  A bow made from metallic silver thread was attached under the last star layer, and silver pearls were added to finish the card.  A copper version of the same card can be seen below.  It's hard to see in the photos, but these cards really sparkle in real life!


Here are the fabulous new products now available at the Our Daily Bread Designs Store that were used to create these samples...


…along with some old favorites:

To see all of the sparkling samples from this release go to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  To visit the talented Design Team Blogs for the details on each fabulous project, simply click the links below.

Chris * Lori * Paula * Cathy (me) * Dawn * Sandee 
Julie * Angie * Lisa * Wanda * Grace Silke * Sabrina 
AudreyGraciellie (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a dazzling day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, October 31, 2014

SNSS November Sweet Perks Club Release


Hello friends!

It's time again for round three of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps 
Sweet Perks Club and you won't want to miss all the SWEET deals we have for you this month!  There are three new bundles for you to choose from that are not only wonderful for creating Christmas gifts and cards, but can also be used all year long making them very versatile! Please note however, that two of the stamp sets included with the new bundles are NOT new, so please check your stamp collection to be sure you do not already have the stamp set before ordering the bundle!


Here are the bundles being offered this month 
at a 20% savings:

You'll need to hurry though, because these SWEET deals will only be available for two weeks.  On November 13th you will only be able to order these products separately at the regular price.


Here's a peek at several cards that were made with two of the new bundles:



Creative Nugget:  The apron in the Baked For You Bundle can be used on a card, but it can also be used to make an apron shaped card as you can see here.  The front of the apron was stamped repeatedly with the little cherry image and colored with Copic Markers.  This was then over-stamped with the Delightfully Delicate Background using Pistachio Pudding ink.  Pockets were made by rounding the corners of card stock and DP and attaching only three sides to the apron card.  A lacy trim was made using one of the Doily Border Dies.  The utensils were stamped, colored and cut with images and dies from the Baked For You Bundle. Ribbon and Baker's twine were added to finish the card.  



Creative Nugget:  This Thinking of You card was made with the God's Purpose Bundle.  The Deconstructed Sketch #175 was used for the design of the card.   The chickadee image was colored with Copic Markers and cut with the die from the God's Purpose Bundle.  An Action Wobble Spring was added to the back of the die cut which makes it wobble when touched…FUN!!  Burlap and twine give the card a rustic look making it appropriate for a man or a woman.




You can check out all the SWEET deals for the Sweet Perks Club and see more fabulous samples by clicking the logo below!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a Sweet Day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, October 24, 2014

SNSS Special DT Christmas Blog Hop

Hello sweet friends!  Welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Special DT Christmas Blog Hop!  Today the very talented Design Divas are featuring their favorite SNSS Christmas stamp sets just in time to give you plenty of inspiration for your holiday stamping.  We hope you will join the fun and leave some love behind as you visit each blog.  

I'm sure you have your own favorite Christmas stamp set, so we're inviting you to create your own Christmas greeting and add it to the gallery by clicking the Linky Tool below!  Of course there will be a PRIZE for those who decide to join us.  You have until Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at midnight EST to upload your creation.  We will randomly select one lucky participant to receive a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog on Friday, October 31st.

I have such a hard time choosing a favorite stamp set…I love them all!  LOL!   Here are several Christmas cards made for the hop and for your inspiration:


Creative Nugget:  I grabbed some festive papers from a Bo Bunny paper pad and stitched them to True Black card stock and mounted the panel to a Neenah Solar Crest card base.  The circle Nestie was lightly sponged with Tumbled Glass distress ink and matted.  The Christmas wreath from the Seasonal Wreaths stamp set was colored with Copic Markers, cut with the matching Wreath Die, and popped onto the card.  A dotted swiss organdy bow was added with a Mini Tag die cut sentiment from the Born This Day stamp set.  Finally, a few black pearls were added to finish the card.  

Next is a card made with the adorable Christmas Penguins stamp set and Christmas Penguins Dies:


Creative Nugget:  Some fun DP from my stash and pink burlap were stitched to a green mat and mounted to a Neenah Solar Crest card base with a Scalloped Border separating the layers.  Swiss dots were embossed on three smaller panels that were also mounted on a green mat.  The three gift giving penguins were colored with Copic Markers, cut with the matching Christmas Penguins Die, and popped up onto the embossed panels.  The sentiment was stamped on a hand cut banner which was folded for dimension.  Little bows were made with fibers from the burlap and attached to the packages to complete the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the fabulous cards made by the other super talented design team members by clicking on the Linky Tool below.  Can't wait to see what you create with your favorite Christmas set…if you can choose just one favorite!  LOL! 

Hugs,
Cathymac

Taking a Look Back at the ODBD October 2014 Release

Welcome, my friends!  Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs October 2014 Release.  The stamps and dies released earlier this month are helping me chip away at the many Christmas cards needed this year! Here is one project I created using some of the beautiful new products!  



Creative Nugget:  Papers from the new Christmas Collection 2014 Paper Pad were stitched to Smokey Shadow card stock and mounted to a Neenah Solar Crest card base to create the front of the card.  The Poinsettia Ornament was embossed on watercolor paper with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, cut with a Matting Circle Die, and watercolored with a variety of refill inks.  A Circle Ornament Die was used to cut a mat for the ornament which was also embossed with Liquid Platinum.  A second poinsettia was painted the same way and the center fussy cut to layer on top of the ornament for dimension.  Some metallic platinum embroidery floss and seam binding were used to hang the poinsettia ornament from the top of the card.  LOVE the new Peaceful Poinsettias Dies!  One of the poinsettias was made from the Christmas Collection 2014 paper while the second one was cut from card stock embossed with Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel. The little holly leaves cut with the leaf in the Circle Ornament Die Set were embossed with Liquid Platinum as well as the vellum sentiment from the God's Timing stamp set. The poinsettias were mounted on loops of embroidery floss and a few faux brads added to finish the card.


Here are the supplies available from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store that were used to make this Christmas card:


For more inspiration using the October 2014 Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.  To see the details for each of the DT projects just click the links listed below!


Grace * Paula * Chris * Lori * Julie * Sandee 
 Cathy (me) * Dawn * Stacy * Wanda * Audrey

Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you've been inspired by your visit!

Hugs,
Cathymac