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 13, 2019

Life After Coffee

Hello friends...happy Friday!  I am not a coffee drinker. **GASP**  I do; however, enjoy making coffee cards for my friends who do, and I especially like using some of the new coffee themed stamps and dies released by Divinity Designs this month.  For those who NEED a cuppa before starting your day...this card is for you!
Creative Nugget:  Chocolate colored Distress inks were sponged onto a piece of mixed media paper and cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die.  After the inks dried, VersaMark ink was sponged through the Hills Stencil and clear embossed to trap the color under the embossing.  Water was then spritzed onto the panel and some of the oxide color removed from the areas that were not embossed to highlight the detail of the stencil on the background.  The stencil was then embossed onto a piece of paper from the Latte Love Paper Pad and the raised edges slightly sanded to bring out the detail.  This panel was also cut with the Pierced Rectangle Die and the Leafy Edged Borders Die. The Coffee Heartbeat, Cocoa & Coffee, and Perk Up dies were cut multiple times and layered to add the details to the card.  The coffee cups on the Coffee Heartbeat were cut off one of the layers, Colored with Copic Markers and pieced back onto the heartbeat for added color.  The sentiment from the Perk Up Stamp/Die Duo was stamped onto a Sentiment Strips die cut to finish the card.

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Create Something with Autumn Colors
Crafty Friends Challenge 118 - Autumn Colors
Happy Little Stampers September Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies










Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge 149 - Anything Goes
Sunday Stamps Challenge 213 - Autumn Whisper










Thanks so much for dropping by for some coffee inspiration...have a lovely weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, September 6, 2019

Deck the Halls

Hello friends!  I know it is only September, but it is not too early to begin working on cards for Christmas.  The new Deck the Halls stamp set designed by Rebecca Rios just released by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is a wonderful set for creating your holiday cards.  I'm sharing these cards over on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog as well.

Creative Nugget:  My first sample was made by creating a wreath with the holly leaves included in the Deck the Halls set.  Some of the leaves were cut out and popped onto the wreath for dimension.  The berries were stamped and covered with Glossy Accents.  The Christmas ball was colored with Copic Markers and hung from the wreath with metallic thread.  A bow was added, a sentiment embossed and a strip of patterned paper added to finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  On my second card, the popcorn and cranberry garland was stamped repeatedly across the card and colored with Copic Markers.  The cranberries were covered with Glossy Accents.  The Christmas balls were hung with metallic thread and the sentiment embossed on a stitched circle die cut.  Behind  the popcorn panel is a strip of red card stock on which the script from Texture Tiles 1 was white embossed.

These stamp sets from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store were used to create the cards above:


These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by...thinking and praying for those in the path of Dorian!

Hugs,
Cathy

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Welcome to the Divinity Designs September 2019 Release

Hello, friends!  Happy Sunday!  Not only is it the beginning of the week, but it's also the beginning of a new month and that means it's time for a new release by Divinity Designs Take a look at some of the new patriotic and warm, cozy beverage products being released in September!    


My first sample features the new Perk Up Stamp/Die Duo and the Cocoa & Coffee Stamp/Die Duo.


Creative Nugget:   Papers from the Latte Love Paper Pad were cut with Pierced Rectangle, Pierced Square, Pierced Circle and Layered Lacy Square dies.  The panels were layered and stitched together to form the front of the card.  The sentiment from the Perk Up stamp set was split and embossed on strips cut with the Log Cabin Quilt Die.   The coffee mug was created with dies from the Cocoa & Coffee Stamp/Die Duo.  A little twine was added to finish the card.


Creative Nugget:  The card base and papers from the America the Beautiful Paper Pad were cut with the new Pop Out Card with Layers Dies.  The Belly Band Dies were use to create a closure for the card.  The center of the Belly Band was stamped with the America stamp from the Sweet Land of Liberty Stamp/Die Duo and layered with the God Bless die cut from the same stamp set.  Other dies used include Sparkling Stars, Circles and Pierced Circles.

The card pops open to reveal another sentiment from the Sweet Land of Liberty Stamp/Die Duo.

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 adorable projects created by the Divinity Divas using the new September release.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Friends - DD Color Challenge

Happy Saturday, everyone!  I actually have two friendship cards to share with you today...the first was created for the Divinity Designs Color Combo Challenge. This month we are using colors inspired by papers from the Fall Favorites Paper Pad...just a little reminder that summer is coming to an end and Fall is on its way.


I decided to use the Forever Friends stamp set for my sample...I just love these cone flowers in fall colors!


Creative Nugget:  The new Z Fold Card with Layers Dies were used to create the base  of the card and some of the layers were cut with papers from the Follow the Son Paper Pad which coordinate with the Fall Favorites pad.  The sentiment peeking out from the second fold was embossed on and layered to circles cut with the Circles and Filigree Circles Dies.


The card opens to reveal a whole field of coneflowers which were masked and stamped repeatedly across all of the panels and colored with Copic Markers.  The new Farm Fence Die was used for the fencing and the sentiment was stamped on a banner cut with one of the Treat Tags Dies.


For my second card we head down to the farm!

Creative Nugget:  The blue and green papers from the Boho Bolds Paper Pad were cut with the Sunburst Background Die and the Grass Hill Die to form the background for the farm scene. The animals are all from the Farm Friends Stamp/Die Duo and were colored with Copic Markers.  Other dies used to create the scene include the Barn, Farm FencePierced Circles and Fancy Circles dies.

By making a little T cut with a craft knife around the barn doors, they fold open to reveal a white embossed sentiment inside...along with two more farm friends!  The sentiments are from the Hogs & Kisses stamp set.

These cards 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, August 20, 2019

Heartwarming Friendship

Hello friends!  Today I'm sharing a couple of cards over on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog using products from the August release.  First up is a card created with the Tea For Two stamp set.  What a cute set...perfect for sending warm wishes!


Creative Nugget:  A background was created with some papers from my stash and a little stamped texture using one of the stamps from the Texture Tiles 3 stamp set.  The steam from the Tea for Two stamp set was stamped over the texture and a heart shaped frame was cut using some Spellbinders Dies.  The teapot, cups and tea bag were colored with Copic Markers, cut with my Scan 'N Cut and popped onto the card.  The split sentiment was embossed above and below the heart frame to finish the card.

My second card features the Stamp of the Month which is available free with a $75 purchase until the end of the month.


Creative Nugget:  Twilight and Sand Castle inks were swiped down a sheet of white card stock.  The wood grain stamp from Texture Tiles 2 was used with Black Jack ink to create texture.  A wood grain texture plate was then used to emboss the panel before it was cut into four sections.  The sections were mounted to a piece of pink card stock.  A Tim Holtz die was used to cut two spirals and the bird from the Singing Praises stamp set was Copic colored to resemble a bluebird, cut with the Scan 'N Cut and mounted to the card.  A sentiment from Sentimental Wordfetti was embossed on a banner die cut to finish the card.

The stamp sets used are available from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.


These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, August 16, 2019

Looking Back at the Divinity Designs August 2019 Release

Good morning, friends...happy Friday!  Today we are going to head to the farm to look back at the Divinity Designs August 2019 Release. I have used some of the new farm dies and stamp sets on my Z Fold Card.


My project uses the Farm Friends Stamp/Die Duo, sentiments from the Rise & Shine stamp set, and the Barn and Farm Fence Dies.


Creative Nugget:  The card base and layers were cut with the Z Fold Card with Layers Dies from card stock and papers from the Follow the Son and Fall Favorites paper pads.  All of the cute animals are from the Farm Friends Stamp/Die Duo and were colored with Copic Markers.  All of the fencing was cut with the Farm Fence Die and the grass was cut with the Grass Hill Die.

This photo shows the Z Fold Card opened.


I just love how the Barn Dies work together to create such a wonderful home for the animals!  The circles, representing a sunrise, were cut with a Pierced Circles Die.  All of the sentiments are from the Rise & Shine stamp set.

Here is the back of the card...


...and another Barn on the back.


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

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

SNSS August 2019 New Release Blog Hop


Hello friends and welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps August 2019 New Release Blog Hop!  We are so excited about the release this month...get ready to see some amazing samples using the fabulous new products from the August release!

Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you just might be a lucky winner.  One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  The winner will be announced on the SNSS Blog on Wednesday, August 21st.

Cathy McCauley (You are here!)

For my first sample, I used the Singing Praises stamp set designed by Nina Brackett which is the August Stamp of the Month, free with your $75 order before shipping and taxes.


Creative Nugget:  A background was made with Oxide Inks and script text from the Texture Tiles 1 stamp set was added.  The feather panel was created by white embossing the feather from the His Wings stamp set and sponging Oxide inks over the embossing.  This was spritzed with water and white acrylic paint splatters were added.  The Chickadee from the Singing Praises stamp set was colored with Copic Markers, cut with my Scan 'N Cut and popped onto a sponged, stitched square panel.  The sentiment was white embossed on card stock and adhered across the bottom of the card.  A few pearls were added to finish the card.

I wanted to use the little ladybug from the new Tea for Two stamp set for my second card.

Creative Nugget:  Leafy branches from the Fantastic Flowers stamp set were colored with Copic Markers, cut with my Scan 'N Cut and added to the corner of a smooshed  Oxide ink background.  A PTI fence die cut was added to the lower corner. The little flowers and ladybugs from the Tea for Two set were added to the fence and the leaves.  A sentiment from the Sentimental Wordfetti stamp set was stamped on the fence to finish the card.

There's a special alphabet sale going on right now at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store until August 19th.  Buy two Alphas and get one free alphabet set (of equal or lesser value) no coupon needed!

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

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:

Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1932 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge 233 - Animals + A Sentiment
CCEE1932 - Embossing: Wet or Dry

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Two for Tuesday - Color My World

Hello everyone!  It's time for another Two for Tuesday feature over at the Divinity Designs Blog.  My cards today feature the Color My World stamp set and the Globe & Stand Dies from Divinity Designs.


Creative Nugget:  Two concentric panels were cut with the Pierced Rectangles Dies, sponged with Distress Ink and mounted on black card stock.  The sentiment from Color My World was embossed on the smaller rectangle.  Paper from my Gelli Print stash was cut with a Circle Die and used as a base for the Globe & Stand which was placed off the edge of the smaller rectangle. The smallest of the Sparkling Stars Dies were used to cut accents to finish the card.



Creative Nugget:  For the stepped up version, the larger white panel was covered with paper from the Weathered Wood Collection.  The smaller mixed media panel was created with Distress Oxide Inks and some sponging was applied through the Circles Stencil to add texture.  The sentiment was embossed on a Pierced Circle die cut, layered onto a black Circle die cut and also placed off the edge.  The same little stars were added as accents.

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

Hope your week got off to a great start...thanks so much for stopping by!  

Hugs,
Cathymac