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)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps April New Release Celebration! All of the Design Divas are excited to kick things off today with a fun blog hop full of inspiration using the sets that will be available for purchase in the store tonight.  Ready to get started?

If you've just arrived from Monika Davis' blog, M.A.D. Stamper, you're on the right track.  If not...head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog to start the hop at the beginning.  You won't want to miss any of the wonderful eye candy the DT has prepared for you today!

Creative Nugget:  My first sample uses a gorgeous clear stamp set designed by Dina Kowal called "Graceful Calla Lily."  This set has one image and six wonderful sentiments all about the wonderful grace of our Lord.  The fine detail of this stamped image makes it very easy to color with any medium...copic markers were used in my sample.  The calla lily was stamped inside an embossed frame and the corners rounded with a corner punch.  This was layered onto Bo Bunny patterned paper, True Black card stock, and a Select white card base.  The sentiment panel was made with the same corner punch.  Pearls and a bow were added to complete the card.

Creative Nugget:  Cocoa's back...this time celebrating boys in this new clear stamp set called "Special Boy Cocoa."  With two fabulous Cocoa images and four sentiments perfect for every occasion, you'll want to add this set to your Cocoa collection!  The Cocoa image was colored with copic markers and fussy cut.  He was popped up on several layers of BasicGrey patterned paper.  Did you notice the train tracks?  They were made with the new fence die being released tonight.  The tops of the fence posts were cut off've got instant train tracks!

Next on the lineup is the talented Holly McMillen, but just to make sure there are no glitches, here's the full list of Design Divas (and our special April Guest) sharing their creativity with you today:

Cathy McCauley <--- you are here!

Make plans to join us tonight over in our member company forums on Splitcoaststampers for our New Release Party!  We'll have full reveals of each fabulous stamp set, fellowship and chatter with friends, fun challenges, and more!  Also.....did you know today is Korin's birthday?! Isn't that fun?  To celebrate, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps will be giving away a $34 gift certificate to the store.  All you have to do is leave Korin some birthday wishes over on this photo on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Facebook page

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!


Calla Lily Card Recipe
Stamps: Graceful Calla Lily (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Paper: Select White, True Black (PTI), Neenah Solar White, Enchanted Collection Paper Pad (Bo Bunny)
Accessories: Sizzix Embossing Folder, Corner Punch (Unknown), Kaiser Pearls, Sweet Blush Ribbon (PTI), Copic Markers R30, R00, R000, Y000, Y11, Y18, G40, G43, G46

Cocoa Card Recipe
Stamps: Special Boy Cocoa (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Brushed Corduroy and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks (Ranger)
Paper: Riding Hood Red (SU!), True Black (PTI), Neenah Solar White, Wander Paper Pad (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Grass and Fence Dies (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps), Cloud Dies (PTI), Copic Markers R00, R20, R35, R37, R39, YR23, YR24, YR27, BG000, BG01, BG11, W2, W3, W5, W7, W9

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Kim said...

Beautiful cards Cathy! Your lilly card is stunning and Cocoa looks adorable riding on his little track! So cute!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

OK, that train track is brilliant!!! What a good idea!!!!


Bridget said...

Cathy, two fabulous cards. The subtle pink, black and white is such an elegant mix and you've showcased the calla lilly beautifully! Cocoa on the train is just plain adorable!!!

Anita said...

Amazing cards!

Crafty Math Chick said...

I always love stopping by your blog on the hops because an adorable gold retriever greets me! :) You colored your calla lilies so beautifully and I love how you made train tracks for Rhubarb out of that fence die - So clever!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous cards Cathy! The first one is so elegant end beautiful. Love the soft coloring, the dry embossing, and the corners... the tag looks great with the greeting. Cocoa is darling! FUN colors. :o)

Steph Herbert said...

Fun and fabulous! I have to have these new stamps. Your cards are just adorable! :)

Giovana said...

Beautiful cards!! Love your coloring and the train track is just perfect ;)

Ceal said...

Awesome cards, that Ca11a lily one is Gorgeous! and I just love Cocoa in his train and those tracks!


First card is so pretty1! Second card is super cute and creative, love how you used the fence to make train tracks!!

Melisa Waldorf said...

That Calla Lily is just gorgeous! very pretty. and I love the train tracks you used with Coccoa. Perfect! Have a blessed day!

DJ Rants said...

Oh I love how you used the texture with the beautiful flowers!! And the fence makes such a great railroad track, perfect idea!! Fabulous coloring too!!

Chris - Creations in Bloom said...

Wonderful cards. Especially Cocoa's... that is a sweet happy card.

Patricia said...

The black and the embossing combine to make that lovely calla lily really stand out on your first card. The satin bow is a perfect finishing touch.
Your use of the fence die to create the railroad tracks for Cocoa's train is simply brilliant.

Marie said...

Spectacular cards, Cathy. You created two different themed cards and each one if magnificent. Love Cocoa.

merrymstamper said...

Gorgeous cards Cathy!!! love the Calla Lily, it is elegant. Cocoa is just too cute riding on the train tracks! clever.