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, September 12, 2014

SNSS September 2014 Release

Hello Blogger friends! Welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps September 2014 Release!  Autumn is such a wonderful time of the year.  Just think of cool crisp mornings, warm colors, ripe, juicy apples, pumpkins, changing leaves, and Thanksgiving, and you have the makings of a fabulous release!


This release is a little different from those in the past as some of the items have already been released to Sweet Perks Club participants…but now, there are a few more Fall surprises we have to share with you!

 First, our new stamp sets!

So Grateful

  • Stamp set includes 24 words 
  • Stamp set measures 4" x 4"
  • Designed by Gloria Stengel
  • $11
 Beary Bountiful Autumn

  • Stamp set includes 2 images and 5 sentiments
  • Stamp set measures 4" x 6 "
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • $15
Falling Leaves
  • Stamp set includes 2 images and 2 sentiments
  • Stamp set measures 4" x 4"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • $11


  • Stamp set includes 1 image
  • Stamp set measures 4" x 4"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • $11
The following stamps and dies can now 
be purchased as single items!


  • Stamp set includes 2 images and 7 sentiments
  • Stamp set measures 6" x 4"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • $15
  • Die set includes 2 dies
  • $12.50

Forest Silhouettes Dies
(Coordinates with the Forest Silhouettes stamp set)

  • Die set includes 9 dies
  • $22.75
(Coordinates with the Flowers in Bloom stamp set)


  • Die set includes 1 die
  • $10.25

Leaf Silhouettes Dies
(Coordinates with the Leaf Silhouettes stamp set)

  • Die set includes 10 dies (5 are embossing dies)
  • $17.75
Here are a few cards I made with these fabulous new products!

Creative Nugget:  The large mum from the Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set was stamped on a piece of Solar Crest card stock and colored with Copic Markers.  A narrow panel was cut from this piece with a craft knife leaving the mum attached to the white card stock on the sides.  I saw this technique on Pinterest, but can't remember now where it was from.  A strip of Solar Crest card stock, slightly smaller than the strip cut from the mum panel, was sponged with Memento inks and embossed with a Wood Grain Impression Plate.  This was adhered behind the mum.  The whole panel was then attached to a piece of True Black card stock to form a mat which was then mounted to a Solar Crest card base to finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  The split sentiment from the So Grateful stamp set was stamped in two different colors on a piece of Solar Crest card stock and embossed with a wood grain pattern to create the card front.  A watercolor wash was painted on a piece of Watercolor paper, and the Skeleton Leaf Background was stamped over the colors with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  This layer was cut with a Square Nestie and mounted to a piece of orange card stock.  The banner was hand cut.  A few Leaves from the Leaf Silhouettes stamp set were cut with the Leaf Silhouettes Dies, tied to a button, and attached to finish this CAS card.

Creative Nugget:  I found this background panel stuck in one of my paper pads and decided it would be perfect for this adorable image from the new Beary Bountiful Autumn stamp set.  Rhubarb was colored with Copic Markers.  A little Colorless Blending Solution on a towel was dabbed on Rhubarb to achieve the texture.  The apple image was colored three times, fussy cut, and popped onto the card.  One of the arrows from the What's Up Arrow Die Set points to the Harvest sentiment which was stamped on a Mini Tag die cut to finish the card.

Please join us for our release day blog hop featuring our talented DT creations.  You are going to FALL for all of their gorgeous projects! :)

The DT blog links can be found in the Linky Tool at the end 
of this blog post.

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, September 18th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, September 19th!

 One more thing before we let you go...

We can't forget our fun Release Day Challenge!
"Create a Fall Themed 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, September 18th 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 SNSSept2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

To enter simply share a link to your creation below, but don't forget to visit the DT blogs to see their beautiful release creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you were inspired by your visit!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Monday, September 1, 2014

ODBD September 2014 Release

Hello friends!  Happy Labor Day!  Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs September Release!  If you enjoy needlework of any kind this release is especially for you, but if not, there are plenty of pretties I'm sure you will want to add to your collection of stamp images and sentiments!  The Design Team has been having a lot of fun working with these new stamps, dies, and papers, so join us as we share these new products with you.

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 September 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on September 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


Here is a card made with the new Doily Die (*LOVE*), 
the Sewing Mini Set, and the Soulful Stitches Paper Collection:

Creative Nugget:  The card front was created with some of the beautiful new Soulful Stitches Paper and Vintage Cream card stock with a Beautiful Border between the two.  These were stitched to Smokey Shadow card stock and mounted to a Vintage Cream card base. The Doily Die was tucked under the border and the sentiment from the Sewing stamp set stamped in Watering Can Archival ink. The patch from the Sewing set was stamped on several coordinating papers from the Soulful Stitches Collection and layered across the card. The seam binding ties everything together and a few pearls were added to finish the card.

My second sample was made with a Double Display card base!

Creative Nugget:  The mats were made with Smokey Shadow card stock and papers from the Soulful Stitches Paper Collection.  A stamp positioner was used to get the patch from the Sewing set to fit on some of the panels.  Distress inks were applied directly to the Birthday Doily stamp, misted with water, and stamped onto Mixed Media paper.  The doily was cut with the Doily Die as well as a mat from Smokey Shadow.  These were then cut in half and attached to each side of the card.  A Vintage Pattern Die was used for the sentiment and was attached to just the left side of the card so it could open.  Slits were made in the label so the seam binding could be threaded through and tied to keep the card closed.  

Here is the card opened!
Creative Nugget:  The Elizabeth dress form was colored with Copic Markers and cut and mounted with the Vintage Label Die. You can see just a little of the Doily Die peeking out from behind. The inside sentiment on the inside, right panel was stamped on an Antique Label Die.  A few pearls add the finishing touch!

Just take a look at these beautiful new ODBD 
September Release products  
 that were used to create these samples!



You can see all of the gorgeous creations made by the talented Breadsticks on the ODBD Blog.  To see the details of each project be sure to visit each of the DT Blogs by clicking on the links below!  Leave a little love behind to qualify for one of the prizes!


Chris * Grace * Julie * Cathy * Lori * Sandee 
 Dawn * Paula * Lisa Silke * Wanda
  Angie * Sabrina * Audrey

Thanks so much for stopping by…enjoy your Labor Day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stitched in Love

Hello friends!

Kathy Roney is the Featured Stamper today on Splitcoaststampers and she has such a beautiful gallery full of vintage inspiration!  I chose to CASE THIS gorgeous card!



Creative Nugget:  The dress form on Kathy's card caught my attention right away because tomorrow Our Daily Bread Designs will be releasing their new stamp sets and dies for the month of September.  One of the images from the release is this beautiful dress form.  The background for the dress was watercolored with distress inks and the image was stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink.  There are several other products on this card that are part of the new release, but you'll have to check back tomorrow to see the full reveal!  I just love the ODBD Custom Vintage Pattern Die and the ODBD Custom Vintage Label Dies used on the card front…they were perfect for this beautiful dress!  The greens were cut with ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Dies.  Some seam binding, mulberry roses, and embroidery floss were added to finish the card. 

I'm also submitting this card for the 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge this week:
Word Art Wednesday #147 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by…check back again tomorrow to see more of the new release by Our Daily Bread Designs!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Sweet Perks!

Hello friends!  

There's lots of excitement going on over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog.  Korin just announced the new Sweet Perks Club, and just wait until you see all the SWEET deals! Four new Stamp and Die Bundles were pre-released only to those who chose to pre-order at least one of the bundles. The card below was made with two of the new bundles just released!

Creative Nugget:  The scene on this card was inspired by Audrie's Inspiration Challenge today on Splitcoaststampers.  I found THIS decorated box on her Inspiration Board on Pinterest and knew the new dies along with some of the older ones from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store, would work perfectly to make a Christmas card for my nephew!  The Forest Silhouette Dies, Leaf Silhouette Dies, Tall Grass Die, Grass Die, and Birch Forest Dies were used to make the die cuts from Solar Crest paper.  All of the die cuts were layered onto a piece of Kraft card stock which was mounted to a Kraft card base.  The sentiment is from the Jesus is Born stamp set and was white embossed on a Kraft banner.
Another Christmas card finished!

All of the details for the Sweet Perks Club can be found HERE on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog.

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Good Bye Summer…Hello Fall!

Hello blogger friends!  I have two cards to share with you today using stamps and supplies from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store.  One bids a good bye to summer, and the other welcomes fall!

Creative Nugget:  I love going to the beach, so naturally I loved the August release by Our Daily Bread Designs.  The Graphic 45 papers are perfect for this Life guard chair from the My Lifeguard stamp set. A combination of sponging and Copic Markers was used to color the main panel.  The sentiment, from the Ocean Treasures stamp set, was stamped onto a hand cut banner.  A piece of burlap and a small shell add texture and interest to the card while the ribbon and pearls add the finishing touches!

Creative Nugget: This card was created as a sample for the Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoaststampers since I am today's host.  Dylusions sprays and water spritzes were used to create two mixed media panels.  The Leaf Background was masked and stamped onto both panels.  One was used for the card front, and the other was used for the fussy cut leaves.  The cut leaves were also spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mist so they shimmer IRL.  The squirrel image from the Thankful Song stamp set was colored with Copic markers and placed behind the window-like frame.  The design of the card is from Seize the Sketch #27, although it's modified a little…hope that's okay!  

Although I hate to say good-bye to summer, I must say, I love the colors and cool crisp weather of fall.  I thank the Lord for giving us both seasons to enjoy!

This card is for the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers: WT493

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, August 15, 2014

SNSS August 2014 Release

Hello, friends!  Welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps August 2014 Release!  Dies seem to be the trend in card making right now and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has some fabulous new dies to release this month that coordinate with several of our summer stamp sets already available in the store! The bonus is that even though these stamps and dies were designed to be summer sets, they can be used all year long!

As always Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has some wonderful prizes and another Release Day Challenge for you!


~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, August 21st at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, August 22nd!

~ Our Release Challenge this week is: "Create a Summery Card and include a Die Cut."  You have until Thursday, August 21st at midnight EST to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected to receive a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.   If we have 25 participants (not including the DT),  2 winners will be selected to each receive a $10 Gift Code, so invite your friends to play along!  The winner (or winners) will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, August 22nd. 
(Guidelines for the challenge are listed below!)

 Now, for the Release!
First up…Beauty By the Sea Dies 
which coordinate with the Beauty By the Sea stamp set:
  • Die set includes 6 dies
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Die set price is $15.25
  • Coordinates with Beauty by the Sea stamp set below which sells for $15
    Next is Happy Ocean Friends Dies
    which coordinate with the Happy Ocean Friends stamp set:
    • Die set includes 7 dies
    • Designed by Korin Sutherland
    • Die set price is $16.75
    • Coordinates with Happy Ocean Friends stamp set below which sells for $15

    And FinallyFlourish Seashells Dies
    which coordinate with the Flourish Seashells stamp set:
    • Die set includes 5 dies
    • Designed by Korin Sutherland
    • Die set price is $11.75
    • Coordinates with Flourish Seashells stamp set below which sells for $9

    Can't decide what to get…here's the whole bundle:


    Here are some samples made with these fun new die sets:

    Creative Nugget: Distressed inks were applied directly to the inside of the chevron embossing folder and spritzed with water to stamp the pattern onto the panel of mixed media paper.  Modeling paste was then applied over the chevron stripes to create the background for the card.  This was stitched to a piece of Cool Caribbean card stock and attached to an embossed Kraft card base.  The sentiment was placed on concentric circles of Kraft and Cool Caribbean.   The shells from the Beauty By the Sea stamp set were colored with Copic Markers, cut with the new Beauty By the Sea Dies, and popped onto the card.  Cheesecloth and seam binding finish off the card.

    Next is a few Happy Ocean Friends!
    Creative Nugget:  Layers of die cut circles from the Beach Die Set along with stamped circles from the Lots-a-Spots stamp set were used to create lots of bubbles in this happy ocean scene.  The Long Stem Silhouette Dies work perfectly for coral and the Tall Grass Die makes lovely sea grass!  The ocean friends were colored with Copic Markers, cut, and popped onto the ocean scene.  A few bubbles and a split sentiment on hand cut banners finish the card.

    Before I let you go, don't forget about our release day challenge and chance to win a $10 Store Gift Code!

    Our challenge is "Create a Summery Card and include a Die Cut"  Add at least 1 die cut to your card or project. Use the Linky Tool below to add your card to the challenge gallery.  To be eligible for the prize, we ask that you create a new card (no back linking, please) and enter your card  in no more than 3 other challenges!

    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!)
     - You'll have until Thursday, August 21st 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 SNSAUG2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

    To enter, simply share a link to your creation below.

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

    Hugs,
    Cathymac 

    Taking a Look Back at ODBD August 2014 Release

    Hello friends!  Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs August Release.  Here are some cards I made with several of the new sun, surf, and sand stamp sets released this month!


    Creative Nugget:  The new My Lifeguard stamp set takes center stage on this Center Step card while The Mighty Sea was used to fill in the sides.  Care was taken to line up the horizon line, and as you can see, these two stamp sets coordinate beautifully together.  Reeves watercolor paints were used to color the scene which was stamped in Versafine ink on watercolor paper.  After the paint dried, real sand was used for texture on the sandy portions of the scene.  Flip flops are the perfect beach foot wear, so several of the pairs of flip flops from the Flip Flop Fun stamp set were also watercolored, cut with the matching Flip Flop Dies, and added to the scene along with several tiny shells to finish the card.


    The Ocean Treasures stamp set was used to create my second sample which was made for one of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges at Splicoaststampers.

    Creative Nugget:  The Sand Dollar Bookmark was stamped on a panel of Solar Crest Card Stock.  The Sand Dollar from the Ocean Treasures stamp set was clear embossed over the Legend of the Sand Dollar.  The scene was then masked using Post-It Notes and sponged with Memento inks.  Some scoring, not noticeable in the photo, was used to frame the scene.  More masking and sponging was done on the card base to extend the scene.  Some knotted rope and several pearls finish the card.


    Here are the new stamp sets and one older set from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store that were used to create these samples:






    For more inspiration using the August Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog to see what the talented Breadsticks have created.  Click on the links below to get more details about each card.
    Julie * Cathy (ME) * Paula * Grace * Chris 
    Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Wanda * Stacy

    Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you've been inspired by your visit!
    Hugs,
    Cathymac

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Watercoloring Flowers

    Hello, friends!  Just two quick cards to share with you today. I signed up for an on line watercolor class, so I'm trying out some of the techniques.  This first one was done for one of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on Splitcoaststampers last week.  
    Creative Nugget:  The frame for this card was done by painting watercolor onto an acrylic block, spritzing it with water, and stamping it onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Distress inks were painted right on the Wildflowers stamp by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, spritzed with water, and stamped inside the frame.  The sentiment is from the Script Birthdays set, also by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.   A few pearls and a black mat finish the card!

    I'm taking the opportunity to use some of the challenges to get a jump start on my Christmas cards for this year.  This card was created for the CAS(e) This Sketch Challenge, the Splitcoaststampers CAS challenge to use a watermelon palette, and the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge to do a watercolor resist.

    Creative Nugget:  The Light of Christmas background stamp was clear embossed on watercolor paper.  A watercolor wash was applied over the embossing to create a kind of ombre look using the watermelon colors.  The Poinsettia was black embossed, watercolored, and fussy cut before popping it on the tag which was cut with the Bookmarks & More die.  The sentiment was stamped on a hand cut banner.  Gold micro beads were added to the center of the poinsettia.  Some gold Bakers twine was unraveled and tied to the tag to finish the card.  All the stamps and dies for this card can be found at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

    Here is the CTS #87 sketch:

    That's all for today!  Hope you've been inspired by your visit!
    Have a wonderful day!

    Hugs,
    Cathymac