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)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Borders & Backgrounds

Happy Daylight Savings Day, friends!  Did you remember to "Spring Ahead?" Whether or not you remembered to turn your clocks ahead, it's time for DAY 2 of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps March Release Blog Hops!  Borders & Backgrounds is a versatile set that you will reach for to create wonderful backgrounds, or when used with the matching dies, fabulous borders for your stamped images.

Today's features are:
  • Stamp set includes 5 images
  • Set measures approximately 6" x 4"
  • Images measure approximately 5.5" wide 
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set price is $15
  • Die set price is $28.50

Here are two samples using Borders & Backgrounds and Borders & Backgrounds Dies:
Created Nugget:  This card started out using a Mojo Monday Sketch, but took off in a direction of its own.  LOL!  A Vintage Cream Panel was embossed with a Canvas Impression plate and attached to a True Black card base to form the front.   One of the borders from the set was stamped repeatedly in Wedding Dress ink on a Baja Breeze panel.  This was sponged with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink to tone down the white.  It was cut at an angle and stitched to True Black card stock.  A scrap piece of KaiserCraft designer paper was also cut on an angle and stitched to the card.  The same border was white embossed on Baja Breeze and cut with the matching die and mounted across the front.  A Decorative Plaque was die cut, and the Decorative Frame stamped along with a Word Art 1 sentiment.  The Majestic Monarchs were die cut, stamped, and colored with Copic Markers.  A Clear Wink of Stella Pen was used to give the butterflies' wings some shimmer.  A loopy twine bow was attached under the large butterfly and some pearls added to finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  I found this cool Shaded Tiles Background technique in the January issue of Technique Junkies Newsletter and have been having a lot of fun with it.  On this card, Lulu Lavender ink was sponged in the corners of the scored tiles.  The pansy block from Flower Blocks 3 was colored with Copic markers and cut with a Spellbinders Classic Square Nestie.   Can you find the Border?   It was used to create the frame!  My friend, Angie Crockett, has been making these really cool frames by mitering the corners of border dies, so I thought I'd give it a try. Four of the borders were stamped and die cut to form the frame. The corners were mitered and a little piece of tape on the back holds the frame together!  A bow, some pearls, and a Mini Tag Sentiment were added 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 over the course of our 4 days of blog hops!

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 blog

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

Have a wonderful Sunday...and enjoy the hop!



Sue D said...

beautiful cards. I like how you used the borders and I like the angled design on the first card.

guilinger2 said...

what a gorgeous card and great tips on using the borders!

Anonymous said...

Why do I automatically think of border - bottom of page. Love the way this card was embellished with a border design across the middle of the card. Very pretty. Love the outline for the flower picture.

Indy's Designs said...

Beautiful cards and wonderful release!

Jean Bullock said...

Loved the pansy card (my favorite flower) and also the first card with the angled panels and new border stamp and die. So well done.

Birgit said...

Both cards are beautiful! You have fabulous crafty style!

Heather said...

These are both gorgeous!! I love the layout on the first with those tilted panels. I love Pansies, so I'm so glad to see that little beauty making an appearance today. Love how you used the border and dies to create the frame.

Scrappin' Diva said...

Beautiful cards! Love how you took the border die and made it into a frame!

lisa808 said...

Fabulous cards. The coloring of the pansy is gorgeous.

craftymom205 said...

Love the cards.

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TLady said...

OH MY!!! TOTALLY LOVELY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!;) I am SMITTEN with that "new technique" you keep using!!!! ;)

Phyllis Beaver said...

Love both of your cards and your use of the new Border stamps! Beautiful—both of them!

Jessie said...

Wow! I love the first card! the colors, the black outlining , and the butterflies! Everything about it is stunning!!!

Unknown said...

Love the pansy card! So perfect :)

Marla said...

Very beautiful cards. Love the butterflies!!

Marla said...

Very beautiful cards. Love the butterflies!!

Kelly Sas said...

Wow! BOTH cards absolutely stunning!

Iris said...

Pretty cards - love how you used the borders.
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Andrea D. La Vigne said...

Love both your cards! I especially like the angled panels and stitching in the first, and the tile technique in the second. Also, what a great idea to use the border as a frame for the pansy image! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creations!