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, April 17, 2015

SNSS April 2015 Release Blog Hop & Challenge

Fridays are always special at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and this Friday is no exception…welcome to the April 2015 Release Blog Hop & Challenge!  Now that you have had a chance to see our new masculine release for this month, it's time to see what the Design Divas have done with the new stamp and die sets.  Grab a beverage and sit back and relax as you hop along to each of the DT Blogs and check out all of the fabulous masculine cards!

Blog Hop Giveaway!
What would a Blog Hop be without a giveaway, right?  One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  You have until Thursday, April 23rd at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, April 24th!

My first card sample was made using sentiments from the new For My Father stamp set and my favorite Landscape Silhouettes.
Creative Nugget: The watercolored background was made by applying Distress Ink to the edge of an acrylic block.  This was spritzed with water and jiggled up and down a little on a piece of Mixed Media Paper.  After drying the second color was applied in the same way and so on until the last color was added.  Each color was applied twice to achieve the vibrant colors.  The farm scene from Landscape Silhouettes was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink as well as the sentiment from the For My Father stamp set.  A gingham knot and several pearls finish the card.

My second sample uses the Hole in One stamp set.
Creative Nugget:  Scraps of DP cut with the Hillside Edges Die were stitched to Smokey Shadow card stock to make the background for this masculine thank you card.  The golf image from the Hole in One stamp set was colored with Copic Markers and cut with a Spellbinders Square Nestie.  The sentiment was stamped on a Cloud die cut and a sun cut with one of the Beach Dies was tucked behind the cloud.  Some twine, a button, and Glossy Accents were used to finish the card.

Here are the stamp sets from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store that were used for my card samples:  

Check out the marvelous masculine cards created by the other Design Divas!  The DT blog links can be found in the Linky Tool below!
Now onto the challenge! 
"Make it Masculine"
(To enter, share a link to your masculine creation to the gallery below.)

  Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:
- You don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)
- Please create a NEW card (no back linking)
- We ask that you enter your card in no more than 3 challenges
 - You'll have until Thursday, April 23rd at midnight EST to enter

- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  
If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSApril2015RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, April 24th to see if you've won and check out our new May Sweet Perks Bundles!


Thanks so much for stopping by…enjoy your day!



Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic masculine cards Cathy. Love the scene on both. The water color background is amazing with the silhouette image. The die-cut imaged look great with the gold club.

Ava Gavloski said...

Cathy, great presentation of the silhouettes, love that you made it appear as if sunset...

Dee Earnshaw said...

Beautiful cards - love the vibrancy of your first one!

Jenny said...

Wow Cathy! Your cards always amaze me - love the skyline and the stitiching!!

stampingbowd said...

Cathy your skyline on the first card is stunning!! Gorgeousness! I love the stitching and coloring on your golf card. Exquisite!

Carol L said...

Both cards are fantastic masculine creations but the watercolor/farm scene just blew me away! I love the image, and great sentiment! These are great!!

Michelle Quinno said...

Fabulous cards! I love the skyline in the first and the second is awesome as well!

muscrat said...

I love landscape silhouettes! I just used it this past week for the inside of a card!

Mary Holshouser said...

The background on the silhouette card is beautiful. The colors are amazing. I love silhouettes and the countryside is really nice.
thanks for sharing some great cards.

Sweet April said...

Amazing cards,both of them are fabulous and inspirational.Love your creativity.

Unknown said...

Cathymac you're cards always amazes me. I love your watercolor technique!God has certainly blessed you with creativity.

Nana Griffin said...

Love the country silhouette. You did a beautiful job on this.

Heather said...

These are both perfect "man" cards!! I love that first card; the "water colored" background is fabulous!

Christa said...

Really love the farm theme of your first card! Beautiful job :)

Donna said...

Two awesome cards! Love the watercolor and sentiment of your first card. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sue D said...

Fabulous masculine cards. My favorite is the farm scene--love the watercolor background.

snazzyjj said...

Love both of your cards, but the silhouette with the colorful sunset is just amazing!