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)

Monday, November 7, 2011

SNSS Birthday Blog Hop

Hello friends...and welcome to the SNSS Birthday Blog Hop!  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is so excited to be celebrating four wonderful years!  It has been my privilege to be one of The Sweet Stop Sugar Babies, and on the Design Team for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps since August of this year!  I just love working with the many talented ladies on these teams, all who are both supportive and encouraging.  Korin, the owner and illustrator for SNSS, is such a sweet person who strives to honor the Lord with each stamp set she creates.  If you are familiar with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, you know that each set of images also contains many sentiments perfect for creating cards appropriate for any season...making them very versatile!

A fantastic group of SNSS design team members, past and present, along with other special friends, have put together this fabulous Birthday Blog Hop to kick off a whole month of fun!  We have 37 stops so the hop will take place over three days...feel free to take your time visiting each blog!  You have until 11:59EST on November 9th to leave comments on as many blogs as you can!  On Sunday, November 12, SNSS will announce FOUR WINNERS who will be selected at random from all the comments that have been made at random stops along the way. Each winner will receive a prize pack that includes stamps, paper, dies, and twine valued at $40. 

If you have come from Darcie Bruno you are on the right track...otherwise you may want to head back to the beginning of the hop at the SNSS Blog.  You won't want to miss any stops along the way! Remember to comment on as many blogs as you can...the more you comment, the greater your chance of winning one of the fabulous prize packs!

Since SNSS is celebrating their 4th year, I decided to make a birthday card featuring everyone's favorite mouse...Cocoa!

Creative Nugget:  The SNSS image and sentiment used for my sample are from a clear stamp set called "A Cocoa Kind of Birthday."  Cocoa and his yummy birthday cake were colored with copic markers.  After coloring the cake, White Opal Liquid Pearls was added to the icing.  The candle flame and Cocoa's eyes both got a dab of Glossy Accents.  The colored image was layered on Early Espresso and Pink Pirouette card stock, and then onto panels of DP from the Sweet Tooth Collection by Bo Bunny.  A MS border punch was used to make the scalloped lace down the middle of the card.  A die cut number 4, pearls, a button, and twill ribbon complete the card.

While I had these papers out, I decided to make a little note card for our Encouragement Ministry at church.

One of the things I love about Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps are the scripture verses included with many of the stamp sets.  The verse used on my sample is from the clear stamp set "Wait on the Lord."  This card went together very quickly.  The floral flourish was die cut from a Sizzix die and Carnation Creations by Spellbinders.  

Hope you've gotten some inkspiration on the hop so far!  Don't forget to leave a comment before you head off to the amazing Beate Johns.  Here is a list of all of our bloggers today in case you get lost:

Korin Sutherland
Holly McMillen
Taylor Usry
Kim Schofield
Monika Davis
Lydia Fiedler
Harriet Shelly
Makiko Jones
Jerusha Borden
Mary Marsh
Lori Craig
Kim O'Connell
Chris Dickinson
Stephanie Wright
Shannon White
Janette Olen
Katlyn Traxler
Deb Felts
Stephanie Serrano
Jessica Fick
Kim Singdahlsen
Mary Faus
Sandy Domelle
Bridget Finlay
Ceal Pritchett
Dina Kowal
Margo Smith
Shelby Goolsby
Tami Mayberry
Lorie Souther
Darsie Bruno
Cathy McCauley < You Are Here
Beate Johns
Janice Melton
Jacquie Peifer
Lisa Hjulberg

Happy Birthday, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  Thanks for stopping by today...enjoy the rest of the hop!


Cocoa Card Recipe
Stamps:  A Cocoa Kind of Birthday (SNSS)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Ranger)
Paper, Cryogen White, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette (SU!), Sweet Tooth Collection (Bo Bunny)
Accessories:  Square Nestie, Number Die, Twill Ribbon, and Button (PTI), Lacy Border Punch (MS), Word Window Punch, Oval Punches (SU!), White Opal Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents (Ranger),  Kaiser Pearls, Copic Markers E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, R00, R20, R81, R83, R85, R89, Y02, Y11, Y17BG0000, BG000, BG11, BG13

Wait on the Lord Card Recipe
Stamps: Wait on the Lord (SNSS)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU!), Spun Sugar Distress Ink (Ranger)
Paper:  Select White (PTI), Early Espresso (SU!), Sweet Tooth Collection (Bo Bunny)
Accessories:  Scallop Circle, Circle, and Square Nesties, Carnation Creations Dies (Spellbinders), Scribbles Swirls (Sizzix), Caribbean Baker's Twine (SNSS), Twill Ribbon and Button (PTI), Kaiser Pearl


Sandy said...

WOw! Two great cards!!! I love how sweet Cocoa looks with his piece a cake and I always love Scpripture on any card! Your color combo is beautiful!

Jingle said...

Great cards!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Love the vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry of it all! Perfect for celebrating!

Beate said...

Your cards look FANTASTIC!
Hugs and smiles

Dee said...

I love the colour combinations of both cards. The first one definitely says "Let them eat cake". The second one is so beautiful with the scripture. Thanks!

Jennie said...

Adorable cards!! Love the colors and your circle card ROCKS!!

Anonymous said...

Very sweet cards, love the colors, thank you so much for sharing them.

Riette said...

I love that scripture - beautiful card.

Whimcees said...


There's that little mouse again! I need to have his images! Both your cards are well done - beautiful work!

Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Frances Brown said...

wow. great job on these 2 cards. i love the colors.

Ceal said...

great cards love the shaped one!

Basslady said...

your creations are so much fun to look at!

the flower on the second one is leaving me with my mouth!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Sasha said...

Love the colour choices for your cards. Your first card is so sweet, and your second one is amazing!!:)

Miriam Prantner said...

What great cards! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous. Love that verse!

scrappygoldengirl said...

Love the way the little mouse peeks out from the slice of cake and the papers you chose were awesome.

Caity Sue said...

Both cards are both beautiful! Thanks for sharing

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

Your cards are just amazing--I love the color scheme! Cocoa is adorable, and scalloped circle card is awesome!

Chris L.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Hey Cath!! Cute couple of cards!!

mitz said...

...your color choices work so nicely together .. you did such a wonderful job.. mitz_zee#yahoodotcom

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous cards Cathy! What a perfect image and colors on the first one. The coloring is awesome. The second card is just so pretty and elegant. The embellishments are beautiful.

stampingbowd said...

Beautiful!!! They are both gorgeous! I just love those colors together!!! Love the way you gave the cake different colored layers!

MaryM said...

Cocoa and cake! What a pretty birthday card to celebrate SNS's 4th birthday. I love the flowers and the sentiment on the second card. It is great to see scripture quotes to share.

Lorie said...

Gorgeous colors, on both of these beauties!! You've shown the wonderful versatility of SNSS in such lovely ways!! Thanks so much for sharing!

suem66 said...

Love your cards.

Kim O'Connell said...

Nice touch with the #4! Love your card, Cathy!

Indy's Designs said...

Great cards! Love the colors!

Unknown said...

Great cards - both of them are fabulous!

merrymstamper said...

Your cards always take the cake Cathy!! lovely designs, again!!! :-) you amaze me. love them both

Crafty Math Chick said...

Both of your cards are lovely Cathy, but I especially love your Cocoa card, you color him so beautifully card after card. I like the fun pink & chocolate color combo. and the fun polka dotted patterned paper.

Shannon White said...

Wowzers Miss Cathy! These are both just Fabulous! Love the Sweetness and Festive feel of the first one! Wonderful sentiment and Pretty layered flower on the second one! 8-)


Peggy said...

Sweet cards. Love the liquid pearls added to the icing.
Peggy Allen

Jenny said...

What PERFECT cards for this celebration!!! I'm sure there were times where Korin and her husband had to "wait on the Lord" with starting this company! And the Cocoa card is a great birthday card!!!

Anita said...

Amazing card!

Karenladd said...

both of your cards are wonderful! I really love the second one with the layering and textures, WOW!

Char said...

Great cards, both!! Wow!!!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful way to use the pink and browns together. Always LOVE this combination. Both cards are SO well done. Thank you!

Mary Marsh said...

Love your sweet birthday card Cathy-so perfect for this 4th year celebration-the note card is sure to brighten anyone's day

Marie said...

Two great cards. I have to have Cocoa join me in my craft room he is just to sweet. The scripture card is wonderful. I always feel so blessed when God's word is there. Thank you for sharing.

Harriet Skelly said...

Cathy I love both cards - especially the first one - great personalized card for SNSS!!

synthis said...

WOW! Love them both!

Chris - Creations in Bloom said...

I've definitely been inspired on this blog hop. Both your cards are lovely. The shape of the second one is so cool. TFS.

Kaye W. said...

Great cards! The scallop card is just awesome!

Janice M said...

Your cards are AWESOME Cathy!! LOVE the colors you used and that flower on your circle card is gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

I love your cards, they are so bright and cheerful and a good birthday card for SNS. I just love them both. I love the verse you used on your second card. It is one of my favorites. thank you bunches for sharing your awesome cards. Hugs Cathy k

Cindy Lou said...

I love how you made the paper do a double play and got full billing out of both! Cocoa and his cake fit perfectly and then the beautiful scripture in the second card is so elegantly backdropped with the same colors. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)

Newbie said...

Love BOTH cards! That little mouse is so cute! The image is perfect for the birthday blog!! Love the flower on the second card and how it matches in color!! Both cards are beauties!!

Sue D said...

Great cards--I like the papers you used.

Robin Parker said...

Cathy, this is such a great birthday card. I love Cocoa and all his stamps. Love your designer paper as well.

LeroyLime said...

both cards are your little cake mouse! :)

Anonymous said...

Love the mouse, he's so fun.

Unknown said...

Wow!! They are super fabulous! The number is such a great idea! I love the colors and papers you used too!

peggy wainman said...

Beautiful cards, I love the colors!

Chrissy D said...

Two totally FABULOUS cards!! LOVE that birthday card!

Anonymous said...

Wow - what precious cards. I am impressed with the detail and beautiful color combinations! Thanks!