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, June 21, 2019

Iris Inspiration

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing a few cards over on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog using some of the new products from the June Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps release.  

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My first card uses the Happy Irises set which is the Stamp of the Month.

Creative Nugget:  Distress Oxide inks were applied to an acrylic block, spritzed with water, stamped off once, spritzed again and stamped onto a mixed media panel.  Texture was added with one of the stamps from Texture Tiles 1.  The panel was framed with a Penny Black die cut and mounted to pink card stock.  The framed piece was layered onto a panel embossed with a TH embossing folder.  The iris from the Happy Irises stamp set was colored with Copic Markers, cut with a Scan 'N Cut and popped onto the card front with fun foam glued to the back for dimension.  The sentiment was white embossed on hand cut banners.  A few sequins were added to finish the card.  I love all colors but this pink and green combo has got to be a favorite!

Creative Nugget:  This card was made with the Mer-mazing and Llama Love stamp sets for a little girl from my church who just moved and will no longer be in our class.  We will miss her, but hopefully these cute little ocean critters will remind her how much Jesus loves her and we do too!  A Tailored Expressions Sunburst Die was cut from different papers and pieced back into the frame to create the top of the card.  Oxide inks were used to create the bottom of the card.  Shells from Mer-mazing were stamped on Kraft card stock for the center strip.  The sections of the card were divided with jute twine and some of the images were colored with Copic Markers and popped onto the card.  The little crab was watercolored with Zig Clean Color Markers, the sentiment from Llama Love was stamped and google eyes were added to finish the card.

Looking Back at Divinity Designs June 2019 Release

Good morning, friends...happy Friday!  Today we are looking back at the Divinity Designs June 2019 Release. The June release was just out of this world.  I have two samples to share using some of the products released this month.


My first card features the Color My World stamp set, the Globe & Stand Dies and the Cascade Fold Card with Layers Dies.


Creative Nugget:  The Cascade Fold Card with Layers Dies were used to cut the card base from black card stock and the layers from papers from the Notable Notes Paper Pad.  A sentiment from the Color My World set was embossed on a Circle panel and layered onto a Pierced Circle die cut.  The Musical Notes Background Die and the Musical Notes Dies were used to decorate the panels of the cascade card.

The Belly Band Dies were used to create a band to hold the card closed.  The world was cut using the Globe & Stand Dies.  This was mounted over a mixed media panel created with Oxide Inks that matched the papers and cut with a Circle Die.  The card folds flat for mailing.

My second card features USA Map Dies and a sentiment from the Adventure Awaits stamp set.


Creative Nugget:  An ombre panel was created with Oxide Inks. White pigment ink was sponged through the Bubbles Stencil and clear embossed.  The panel was cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die and the USA Map Die.  The USA Map was also cut from white card stock and paper from the Cozy Quilt Collection.  A white panel was covered with adhesive and the mixed media panel and white USA outline were adhered to the panel.  The map pieces were then popped back into the map frame.  ***TIP: Press 'n Seal paper is a little tacky and was used to hold the pieces in place until they could be pieced back into the map frame.  A sentiment from the Adventure Awaits stamp set was stamped on a tag cut with the A Gift for You Die.  Long & Lean Letter Dies were used to cut the word "HI."  The arrows, plane and hearts were added to finish the card.

Be sure to check out the Divinity Designs Blog to see more beautiful samples created by the Divinity Divas using products from the June Release!

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by...Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

SNSS June Release Blog Hop


Hello friends and welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps June 2019 Release Blog Hop!  We are so excited about the release this month...get ready to see some mer-mazing samples using the new products released this month.



The participating blogs are linked below...just follow along and get ready to be inspired by the samples created just for you by the Creative Team.  Be sure to leave a little love behind to be eligible for a chance to win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.

Sweet'n Sassy Blog
Julee Tilman
Cathy McCauley (You are Here)
Ceal Pritchett
Diane Zechman
Jane Bosi
Lucinde van Ballegooijen
Lyn Tomlin
Monika Davis
Sheri Gilson
Stephanie Serrano

For my first sample, I use the adorable new stamp set, Mer-mazing, designed by Jenn Nilsson.

Creative Nugget:  The shells from the Mer-mazing stamp set were randomly stamped over the background.  A piece of kraft card stock was torn, stamped with texture from the Texture Tiles 1 stamp set, and attached to the background. A square panel was sponged with Peacock Feathers and mounted to the kraft layer.  All of the cute images were colored with Copic Markers, cut with a Scan 'n Cut and popped onto the card.  The sentiment was white embossed on a banner and jute twine was added to finish the card.

The new Hymn Word Art stamp set was used to create my second sample.

Creative Nugget:  The card front is mixed media paper smooshed with Distress Oxide inks.  A frame was created with three different sizes of stitched rectangle dies.  Both of these were mounted to black card stock.  The hymn was black embossed on a stitched rectangle panel, mounted to black card stock and layered inside the frame.  Flowers from the Doodle Florals stamp set were colored with Copic Markers, cut out and mounted to the frame.  Pearls were added to the centers of the flowers to finish the card.

Ceal is next on the blog list so hop on over to her blog for more fabulous inspiration!

Thank so much for stopping by...enjoy the rest of the hop!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, June 15, 2019

That's Mer-Mazing

Hello sweet friends!  Just getting around to sharing these cards from the new MER-MAZING June Release by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps here on my blog.

My first card uses the new Mer-Mazing stamp set created by Jenn Nilsson and an oldie but goodie, Lots-a-Spots.

Creative Nugget:  Some of the spots from Lots-a-Spots were white embossed on mixed media paper.  Distress Oxide Inks were sponged over the embossed spots and other spots from the stamp set were stamped with the same Oxide Inks to create the underwater background.  Circle dies were then used to cut bubbles from the background.  Images from the Mer-mazing stamp set were colored with Copic Markers and cut out using the Scan 'N Cut.  Some of the images were then placed behind the popped up background while other images were popped on top of the background to finish the card.

My second card used the new Hymn Word Art stamp set designed by Nina Brackett.

Creative Nugget:  Distress Oxide inks were pressed onto an acrylic block, spritzed with water, and stamped onto a piece of mixed media paper to create the background.  This panel was cut with a stitched rectangle die.  One of the hymns from the Hymn Word Art stamp set was black embossed onto the background.  A white paint pen was used to color in some of the letters.  A black gingham bow was added along with some sequins to finish the card.

My final card used the Peony Cluster stamp set which was the stamp of the month last month, but is now available for purchase.

Creative Nugget:  The background panels were created with Ranger Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper.  The peonies were white embossed on vellum and fussy cut.  The vellum flowers were popped onto the card with foam tape.  Netting ribbon was added to one layer and the sentiment from Happy Couple was embossed on a die cut banner to finish the card.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Thinking of You - DD Color Challenge

Happy Saturday, everyone!   It's time for another Divinity Designs Color Combo Challenge. This month we are using colors inspired by the papers from the Spring Flowers Paper Collection.


I have chosen to use the the Wavy Words Stamp/Die Duo for my sample. 

Creative Nugget:  Coordinating papers from the Spring Flowers Collection were cut with the Quilted Window Squares Dies and pieced together to form the front of the card.  The panel was cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die and embossed with the Cross Stitch Embossing Folder to give a quilted look.  The embossed panel was then mounted to a Scalloped Rectangle.  A frame was cut using Fancy Circles and Circles dies allowing most of the background to be seen.  A sentiment banner was created using the Wavy Words Stamp/Die Duo.  An organdy bow was added to finish the card.


This card will be submitted for the following challenges:
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to hop on over to the Divinity Designs Blog to check out the other Color Challenge projects created by the Divinity Divas!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Two for Tuesday - Adventure Awaits

Hello friends!  It's time for another Two for Tuesday feature over at the Divinity Designs Blog.  Today I am using the new Adventure Awaits stamp set and the Bubbles Stencil from Divinity Designs to create two Christmas cards.


Creative Nugget:  Curvy Slopes Dies and Cloud Border Dies were layered onto a card front cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die.  One of the Cloud Borders was cut from vellum.  The Neighborhood Border Die was cut twice...one from a discarded mixed media panel found in my sash which was cut apart and layered over the bottom white layer.  The sentiment from the Adventure Awaits was embossed on the bottom slope.  A bow and some sequins were added to finish the card.


Creative Nugget:  An additional layer was added to this stepped up version of the card above.  A piece of paper from the Old Glory Paper Pad was cut with a Pierced Rectangle Dies and sponged with white ink through the new Bubbles Stencil and splattered with watered down white acrylic paint.  The sentiment was stamped on a square die cut and framed with a scrap of Old Glory paper cut with one of the Lacey Corners Dies.  The whole card was mounted to card stock cut with a Scalloped Rectangle Die.

Be sure to hop on over to the Divinity Designs Blog to see more Two for Tuesday creations!

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1923 - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge L & M are for? - L is For Little (houses)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 585 - Anything Goes
Fab 'N' Funky Challenge #443 - Something New
Happy Little Stampers - June Anything Goes with Dies


Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Welcome to the Divinity Designs June 2019 Release

Hello, friends!  Can you believe it's June already and time for another Divinity Designs Release? The products being released this month are out of this world...just wait and see. Today I am sharing two projects using some of the new products being released.    


My first sample features the new Cascade Fold Card with Layers Dies.


Creative Nugget:  The new Cascade Fold Card with Layers Dies were used to cut the card base from Kraft card stock and the layers from papers from the Birthday Brights, Weathered Wood, and Spring Flowers Collections.  The Frangipani Dies and Ferns Dies were used to cut and shape the cascading flowers on the card panels.  A sentiment from the Sweet as Perfume Stamp Set was embossed on a Circle die cut which was mounted to a Scalloped Circle.  The sentiment was attached to the center of a Belly Band which holds the card closed. Pearls were added to the centers of the flowers to finish the card.

When the belly band is off the frangipani flowers cascade down the front of the card!

My second project uses the Color My World stamp set and the Globe & Stand Dies.

Creative Nugget:  The Tri-Fold Card with Layers Dies were used to cut the card base from card stock and the layers from Galaxy card stock created with Distress Oxide Inks on mixed media paper.  A Circle Die was used to cut a piece of mixed media paper from a previous project found in my stash.  The Globe & Stand Dies were used to cut the world which was adhered to the circle panel.  Sparkling Stars Dies were used to make the stars on the night sky.  The sentiment is from the Color My World stamp set and was embossed on one of the stars.  A few sparkly gems were added to finish the card. 

These new products from Divinity Designs were used to create the cards above...

Thanks so much for stopping by...Be sure to pop on over to the Divinity Designs Blog to check out all of the beautiful projects creative by the Divinity Divas using the new June release.

These card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Hugs,
Cathymac

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Throwback Thursday - Surprise Box

Hello friends!  It's time for another Throwback Thursday over at Divinity Designs and the feature for today is the Surprise Box Dies.


Creative Nugget:  The Surprise Box Dies were used to cut the box from black card stock and the panel layers from papers from the Pretty Pink Peonies Collection.  The center of the box was filled with grass cut with the Grass Border Die.  MOM was cut with the Long & Lean Letters and suspended from the box on strips of acetate.  The butterflies and sentiment are from The Greatest Gift Stamp/Die Duo.  The butterflies were stamped and cut from paper smooshed with Distress Oxide Inks.  They were also suspended from the box with strips of acetate.  Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle dies were used to cut and frame the sentiment.  An organdy bow was added to finish the box which collapses flat for mailing.



Friday, May 24, 2019

Just Ducky

Hello friends...happy Friday!  I love the mallard duck image from the new Best Dad Ever stamp set by Divinity Designs...makes creating those masculine cards that are so difficult for me just a little bit easier.

Creative Nugget:  The Lever Card Dies were used to cut the card base from black card stock papers from the Weathered Wood Collection were cut with the Lever Card Layers Dies for each of the panels.  The duck image was colored with Copic Markers. The birthday sentiment was embossed on a banner cut with one of the Treat Tags Dies.

The opened card reveals another embossed sentiment on a Pierced Rectangle panel with two Large Banner die cuts placed at each end.  I found a matching Alcohol Pearl Ink piece of Yupo paper in my stash and ran it through my Big Shot with the Fish Embossing Folder.  The raised edges were lightly sanded to bring out the detail on the embossing.  There...one more masculine card ready to go!

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge Blog - E is for Embossing Folder
Colour Crazy Colouring Challenge - Week 20
Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge 141 - Masculine
Just Add Ink #458 - Just Add "Q-X-Y-Z" (Yupo Paper)
CCEE Stampers CCEE1921 - Use a Die

Thanks so much for stopping by...hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Remembrance - DD Color Challenge

Happy Saturday, everyone!   It's time for another Divinity Designs Color Combo Challenge. This month we are using colors inspired by the papers from the Old Glory Paper Pad.


I decided to use this sentiment from the the Remembrance stamp set for my sample since my family is experiencing some medical difficulties at this time.


Creative Nugget:  The Circles Stencil was used to emboss a white panel cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die.  A frame was cut using a Pierced Rectangle and Square Die.  Papers from the Old Glory Paper Pad were cut with Square, Scalloped Rectangle, Scalloped Square, Bitty Borders, and Test Tube Trios dies (the small bow).  The sentiment was stamped twice in blue and red inks so that some of the red words could be cut and placed over the blue ones for a multi-colored sentiment.


This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to hop on over to the Divinity Designs Blog to check out the other Color Challenge projects created by the Divinity Divas!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Delightful Daisies

Hello Friends...happy Saturday!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I have a couple of cards using Delightful Daisies, a stamp set designed by Nina Brackett for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps that I never had a chance to share here on my blog.  


Creative Nugget:  This stamp set includes outline images which can be colored and solid images which can be stamped alone or layered with the outline image...LOVE!  For this card, Color Burst powders were watered down and painted onto the solid daisy images, spritzed with water, and stamped on watercolor paper. After that dried, the outline daisies were stamped. The butterfly is from the Made New stamp set and the white embossed sentiment is from the new Cheerful Hexies set.  The watercolor panel was stitched to a card front stamped with one of the textures  from Texture Tiles 1 and sponged with a little Oxide Ink.

My second card also uses Delightful Daisies.


Creative Nugget:  The outline daisies were stamped and colored with Copic Markers.  Then came the scary part...cutting out the strips for the sentiments.  The sentiments from the Scripty Thoughts stamp set were embossed on vellum strips which were wrapped around the colored strips.  The larger panels were popped up on fun foam while the sentiment strips were mounted directly onto the black panel.  A jute bow was added to finish the card.  This card design was inspired by a Jennifer McGuire video that I saw.  That's it, friends...3 flowers, 2 diagonal sentiment panels and 1 bow!

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:












Thanks so much for stopping by...happy stamping, and have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathy

Friday, May 17, 2019

Pretty Peonies

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing a couple of cards over on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog using the Stamp of the Month for May and a few other stamp sets from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps new release.

Creative Nugget:  The Peony Cluster was white embossed on Kraft card stock and colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  A stamp from the Texture Tiles 1 stamp set was white embossed on another Kraft panel and stitched to the left of the peonies.  A third panel was embossed and white ink rubbed over the raised edges to enhance the design.  This panel was also stitched to the card front.  Twine was wrapped around the card and the sentiment added to finish the card.  I love the look of the colored peonies on the Kraft card stock!

Creative Nugget:  The Peony Cluster was inked up with a much neglected Kaleidacolor ink pad and randomly stamped over the background.  A sentiment from the Marriage Scripture stamp set was embossed with Liquid Platinum powder on a white panel. The wedding cake from the Happy Couple stamp set was embossed and colored with Copic Markers.  A dyed bow and matching pearls were added to finish the card. 

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by...have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac


Looking Back at the Divinity Designs May 2019 Release

Good morning, friends...happy Friday!  Today we are looking back at the Divinity Designs May 2019 Release. The May release was dedicated to grads and dads.


My first card features the Couture Collection set of dies which can be used to make a dress shirt and tie which can be used for any occasion.


Creative Nugget:  Papers from the Menswear Material Collection were cut with the dies from the Couture Collection to create the shirt and vest.  The card can open up and an appropriate sentiment can be stamped on the inside.  Love the faux stitching detail on the vest!

My second card features The Future stamp set and the Grad Dies.


Creative Nugget:    The card base was cut with the Tri-Shutter Card Dies.  Papers from the Birthday Bash Collection and the Birthday Brights Paper Pad were cut with Tri-Shutter Layers Dies. Each of the panels were decorated with Grad Dies, Long & Lean Numbers Dies, Alphabet Flags Dies, Treat Tags Dies, and sentiments from The Future stamp set.

This close up shows the wonderful font on the Grad Dies.

Be sure to check out the Divinity Designs Blog to see more beautiful samples created by the Divinity Divas using products from the May Release!

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by...Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Welcome to the Divinity Designs May 2019 Release

Hello, friends!  It's the beginning of a new month and that means it's also time for another Divinity Designs Release! The products being released this month are perfect for creating cards and gifts for dads and graduates.  Today I am sharing two projects using some of the new products.    


My first sample features the Best Dad Ever stamp set, the new Weathered Wood  Paper Collection and the Fish Embossing Folder.


Creative Nugget:  Watered down Distress Oxide inks were applied to a mixed media panel.  A navy strip was added to the panel and was embossed with the Fish Embossing Folder.  A white ink pad was swiped over the raised impressions to make them stand out a little more.  Two panels were cut with a die from the Center Step Layers die set from paper from the Weathered Wood Collection.  Twine was wrapped around the panel.  The image from the Best Dad Ever was colored with Copic Markers.  The image and sentiment panels were cut with Circle Dies

My second project uses the Dream Big stamp set and the Grad Dies.

Creative Nugget:  The Center Step Card Dies were used cut the card base.  Distress Oxide Inks were applied directly to the Flower Burst Stencil, spritzed with water and pressed onto a mixed media panel.  This almost looks like fireworks bursting in the sky.  The Flower Burst Stencil as well as the Arrows Stencil were used to sponged inks onto another panel that had been sponged with Distress Oxide inks.  These panels were cut with the Center Step Layers Dies.  Three of the sentiments from the Dream Big stamp set were stamped on Treat Tags and a Pierced Oval die cut.  The Grad Dies were used to cut the caps and "Congratulations."  Sparkling Stars Dies were used to cut stars from gold embossed card stock.

These new products from Divinity Designs were used to create the cards above...

Thanks so much for stopping by...Be sure to pop on over to the Divinity Designs Blog to check out all of the beautiful projects creative by the Divinity Divas using the new May release.

Hugs,
Cathymac