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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bloom & Grow



Hello friends!  After being without power for three days, I'm thrilled to be able to be here for DAY 1 of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps February Release Blog Hops!
Today's feature is:
This 4"x6" set includes 6 images that can be used together for layering or to create backgrounds.  It also includes 6 beautiful sentiments that have to do with blooming and growing…a lovely new set to get you thinking about spring…and right now I wouldn't mind a little bit of Spring!

  • Large Flower Petal image measures approximately 1.5" x 1.5"
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is $15

Here are a couple of cards using Bloom & Grow to spark your creativity!
Creative Nugget:  On this card the flower grows with each passing moment to match the sentiment.  Gelatos were colored directly on the stamps and spritzed with water to create a watercolor effect. The larger flower image was stamped off once before stamping on the card for a lighter shadow behind the smaller image which was stamped full strength.  The same technique was used for the stems.  The sentiment banner was hand cut and popped onto the right side of the card, and Majestic Monarchs, cut with the Monarch Dies and colored with Gelatos, were added along with a few pearls to finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  On this card a square was masked in the middle of the panel along with a border.  Light sponging with Summer Sky Memento ink was done between the masks.  A combination of Memento inks and Stampin' Up! inks were used to stamp several images from the Bloom & Grow stamp set.  The masks were removed and the sentiment was stamped in the middle.  A Doily Border Die, a few pearls, and gingham ribbon were used to finish the card!

The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.  Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to WIN one of (2) $20 gift codes to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!

Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals in our SCS forum
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on the SNSS Blog 

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, February 14th.  The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, February 17th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!

Hugs,
Cathymac

47 comments:

Susie said...

Cathy, I'm so glad you have power again. That's a scary thing to have happen in the bitter cold temperatures we've been having this winter.

But... your card warms the soul with the delightful blues. Love the use of Gelatos to color them too. This set just shouts try a new technique doesn't it? I love your masking on the second too. I love soft colors and the Doily Border. A very nice touch.

Patti J said...

These are so pretty! Thanks for sharing them!!!

Jessica Fick said...

Your cards are outstanding, Cathy! I love how soft and pretty they are!! Keep warm, friend!

Lucinde said...

Sweet cards!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

beautiful flowers - it keeps the soul hoping that winter will soon end and spring flowers will start blooming. beautiful card
thanks for sharing

Barb Housner

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards. I like how you used Gelatos on the first one.

grandmato19 said...

Simply love the frame on the second card - so subtle, yet so elegant! Thanks!

merrymstamper said...

Spring colours are so pretty! Love the addition of butterflies on the first card.

Patty said...

Both beautiful cards!! Second one is my favorite..love the background stamping & framing!

Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful cards...thanks for the tips on the masking.

Julie S. said...

You've captured spring beautifully on both of these cards! Love seeing this on such a cold day.

Giovana Smith said...

Both cards are amazing, Cathy.

Dea said...

I love your card

dea

Graciellie CH said...

I like this set. Both the graphics and the sentiments are precious. Thanks for sharing your project and thanks also for the giveaway.

gracielliedesign.blogspot.com

Scrappin' Diva said...

Both cards are very pretty! Love the gelatos and the masking technique!

emilysestuary said...

I love the beautiful water color effect.
Blessings,
Emily

craftymom205 said...

Great card.

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Laurie said...

These are so pretty!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Very pretty. I love your color choices. TFS

Dianne Beans said...

YOU HAVE CREATED TWO BEAUTIFUL CARDS!

Jan Leslie said...

I am dying for Spring and this card just makes me want Spring even more! Pretty and sring-like card! Love this!

Dorinda K said...

Beautiful. I love how just a sentiment can be so powerful

Nana Griffin said...

Two really pretty cards! Like the butterflies with the flowers.

McStamper said...

What unique and pretty cards.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful cards!

Heather said...

These are both so soft and pretty! I really like the watercolor look you achieved. And such beautiful sentiments.

Janeen said...

great work on both. i love gelatos and how you can spritz them. pretty.

Kris B said...

Both you card are beautiful! Love the soft colors! Thanks for sharing the techniques you used!

Lucy said...

Very pretty cards!

itzamitzi said...

I love blue and watercolor, so that is the card that really caught my eye. Beautiful work.

Sandra said...

beautiful cards!
Sandra ltb

Monika/Buzsy said...

Lovely cards Cathy. The soft pastel colors look amazing on the second one and that blue is just so pretty on the first one. I also like the sponging on the first one.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

fabulous cards!

Jean Bullock said...

Beautiful cards. The second one is my favorite. Love all the layers you created. The gingham bow and the little black dots are the perfect finishing touches.

marylouh said...

I hope you were able to stay warm and safe during your power outage.(I'm assuming you are in a cold climate). I love the frame made with the flower stamp. A great idea - very different. Great projects.

Judy Woodland said...

Love the stamp set, love both your cards! So many possibilities, thanks for the great inspiration!

Pati said...

Pretty cards! The flowers made a unique background on your second one, pretty frame.

Mary Kruschke said...

Such bright & springy cards. Truly love the framed look too. Will have to try that one!

Desert Kat said...

lovely water color effect.

the primitive country bug said...

both of your cards are so lovely. So springy and fresh!

Conniecrafter said...

such pretty stamping on the first one, love the masking and that lovely lacey die on the second!!

Tish said...

Love both cards and the special tips.
thanks for sharing and the quotes are awesome.
Tish

Andrea La Vigne said...

I love both your cards, but especially the one with the blue flowers & butterflies. Simply gorgeous! Thank you for describing your technique for getting the shadow effect on the flowers, and on using gelatos. You have inspired me to work with my gelatos more. Thanks so much for sharing your creations!

Zella said...

LOVELY!

Indy said...

Cathy,
Both cards make me long for spring! they are both so beautiful!
Hugs, Debbie!

Kelly Flaherty said...

These are such very pretty cards.

Katie said...

Beautiful cards! I love this new flower set. Love the second card with the quote. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.