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)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

SNSS October 2019 Release Blog Hop


Hello friends and welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps October 2019 New Release Blog Hop!  We are so excited about the release this month...get ready to see some amazing creations by the Creative Team.  



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, October 23th.

For my first sample I used the adorable Rhubarb's Harvest stamp set which is a remix of many of the favorite retired Rhubarb stamp sets perfect for fall.


Creative Nugget:  The outline hexagons from the Cheerful Hexies stamp set were white embossed on a Kraft panel.  White and black acrylic paints were splattered onto the panel.  Oxide inks were applied to the solid hexagons, spritzed with water and stamped on a piece of mixed media paper.  The matching outline stamps were stamped in black making a border around each shape.  The hexagons were cut with my Scan 'N Cut and randomly popped onto the card front.  Rhubarb was colored with Copic Markers, cut out and added to the card.  The sentiment was black embossed on a white strip and tucked under Rhubarb. A jute bow was added to finish the card.

My second sample was made with the new Succulents stamp set.

Creative Nugget:  Oxide inks were streaked on a stitched rectangle panel and stamped with the pebble stamp in the Texture Tiles 2 stamp set.  A sentiment from the Scripty Thoughts stamp set was embossed on a sponged panel and a Penny Black frame die cut was popped on the panel.  Several succulents from the stamp set were colored with Copic Markers, cut out and arranged on the frame.  Some sparkle embellishments were added to finish the card.

The new produces used on the cards above are now available at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.


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

Thank so much for stopping by...enjoy the rest of the hop and good luck!  Don't forget to check the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on the 23rd to see if you won!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, October 4, 2019

Blessed Beyond Measure

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing some Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps inspiration for you over on the SNSS Blog.

My first card features a little sneak peek of a wonderful new stamp set being released next week on October 7th as part of the October Release.

Creative Nugget:  Some of the smaller succulents from the stamp set were randomly stamped in light green ink over the background.  The grid from Texture Tiles 1 was stamped in purple ink.  A second panel was embossed with a leafy stencil.  Oxide ink was rubbed onto the raised edges to bring out the detail. This panel was cut in half lengthwise and added to the background. Different succulents from the stamp set were colored with Copic Markers, cut with my Scan 'N Cut and popped onto the card.  A sentiment from the Faith Wordfetti stamp set was white embossed on a purple strip.  A few gems were added to finish the card.

My second card features the adorable Fur-ever Friends stamp set released last month.  This card was also used as the inspiration for the Sketch Challenge this week on Splitcoaststampers.

Creative Nugget:  Stripes of Oxide Inks were sponged on a white panel and then a different leafy stencil was used to emboss some texture on the background.  The wood pattern from Wood Backgrounds was stamped on a strip used to ground the cute little fox which was colored with Copic Markers, cut with my Scan 'N Cut and popped onto the card.  Some of the leaves from the set were colored and added to the card.  The sentiment was stamped on a hand cut banner and white gems were added to finish the card.

The following stamp sets from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store were used for the cards above:


These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


So glad you could pop in for a visit...hope you've been inspired to do some stamping.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Welcome to the Divinity Designs October 2019 Release

Hello, friends...Happy Fall!  ***My favorite season...love the colors!***  Hope your week got off to a wonderful start.  It's time for another fantastic release by Divinity Designs Not only are we getting ready for Christmas, but there is a little something there for other occasions as well.  I have quite a few projects to share...just take a look!    


My first sample features the new Treat Tower Dies, Deer Silhouette, and the gorgeous Rustic Christmas Paper Pad!


Creative Nugget:  The Treat Tower Dies were used to cut the base of the box from heavy card stock and the layers from pretty papers from the Rustic Christmas Paper Pad...I'm just loving that plaid!  After the base and inside boxes for the tower were assembled, it was time to decorate the outside of the box and the new Deer Silhouette Die was the perfect accent.  Pierced Circle and Circle dies were used to make a base for the deer head.  The little sentiment is from the new Deer Ornament Stamp/Die Duo and was embossed on a Treat Tag die cut.  The Pine Branches Dies and twine were used to tie everything together.

The little boxes inside are perfect for tucking in yummy little treats!

My next project uses the new Deer Ornament Stamp/Die Duo.

Creative Nugget:  Oxide Inks were sponged onto the top third of a square panel of mixed media paper.  The sentiment from the Deer Ornament Stamp/Die Duo was gold embossed on the bottom and the circle die included in the set was used to cut the aperture for the shaker.  The panel was then embossed using the Circles Stencil.  The hangers for the ornaments were also gold embossed.  The shaker was backed with paper from the Rustic Christmas Paper Pad and gems added behind the acetate.  The Deer Ornament was gold embossed and a Circle Die used to create a small border around the ornament. Greenery was created with Pine Cones & Pine Branches Dies and the smaller Pine Branches Dies.  Gems were added to finish the shaker card!

My final project was created using the Loads of Love Stamp/Die Duo.

Creative Nugget:  The back panel was cut from mixed media paper with a Pierced Rectangle Die and smooshed with watered down Oxide Inks.  Curvy Slopes Dies were used to cut three snow drifts which were sponged with Tumbled Glass Oxide Ink. The truck and tree from the Loads of Love Stamp/Die Duo set were colored with Copic Markers and cut with the coordinating dies.  Other dies used to create the scene include the Trees & Deers Dies, the Farm Fence Die, and the Merry Christmas Die. Gems were added to complete the card.

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 October release.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Joyful Christmas - DD Color Challenge

Happy Saturday, everyone!  It's time for another Divinity Designs Color Combo Challenge. This month we are using colors inspired by papers from the beautiful Christmas Collection 2018.  

This challenge was perfect for getting a jump start on my Christmas cards this year so I decided to use the pretty poinsettias from the Joyful Christmas Stamp/Die Duo for my sample.


Creative Nugget:  The Pop Out Card with Layers Dies were used to cut the base of my card from heavy card stock and the layers from the Christmas Collection 2018 papers.  Copic Markers were used to color the poinsettias which were popped onto a doily cut with one of the Fancy Circle Dies.  A Belly Band was cut to hold the card closed and the doily panel was mounted to the front of it.

When the Belly Band is removed the card pops open to reveal a sentiment from the Joyful Christmas Stamp/Die Duo.  The dies used to create the sentiment panel include the Layered Lacey Squares, Pierced Circles, and Circles.


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 beautiful Color Challenge projects created by the Divinity Divas!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, September 20, 2019

Nuts About Fur-ever Friends

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing several cards over on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog using stamps released for the month of September.  I have been having so much fun with the Fur-ever Friends Stamp set...I'm just nuts about all of the adorable critters that are a part of this wonderful stamp set designed by Jennifer Nilsson!

Creative Nugget:  The background for my scene was created by applying Oxide Inks to a piece of acetate, spritzing it with water and patting and smearing the wet ink onto a piece of mixed media paper...blues on the top and greens on the bottom.  A smaller rectangle was cut from the panel, mounted to a piece of white card stock and popping it back onto the larger rectangle. The fence and clouds were cut with retired dies from SNSS and were popped onto the scene along with the cute critters from Fur-ever Friends which were colored with Copic Markers and cut with my Scan 'N Cut.  One of the sentiments from Fur-ever Friends was embossed on one of the clouds to finish the card.

Creative Nuggets:  Oxide Inks were swiped down a piece of mixed media paper and stamped with the wood slice from the Wood Background stamp set.  This panel was then embossed with the wood texture Impression Plate.  A circle was cut from the ring off the edge of the paper.  More texture was added to the wood background using one of the stamps from the Texture Tiles 2 stamp set.  This panel was popped onto a piece of brown card stock and the sentiment was white embossed.  The cute little squirrel, acorns and leaves from the Fur-ever Friends stamp set were colored with Copic Markers, cut with my Scan 'N Cut and popped onto the front of the card.

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

These card will be submitted for the following challenges:

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

Hugs,
Cathy

Looking Back at the Divinity Designs September 2019 Release

Good morning, friends...happy Friday!  Today I have several projects to share using products from the Divinity Designs September 2019 Release. 


My first project is a cocoa gift set using the Perk Up Stamp/Die Duo and the Cocoa & Coffee Stamp/Die Duo.


Creative Nugget:  The card base was layered with papers from the Snowflake Season Collection.  Letter Board Dies were used to create the message on the sign board and dies from the Cocoa and Coffee Stamp/Die Duo were used to make the yummy mugs of hot chocolate and little decorative snowflakes.  Pearls were added to the centers of the snowflakes to finish the card.

I also made a matching Test Tube Holder with Test Tubes filled with cocoa and marshmallows.


Creative Nugget:  The Test Tube Trio Dies were used to cut the base of the holder from card stock and the layers from papers in the Snowflake Season Collection.  The sentiment is from the Perk Up Stamp/Die Duo.


My second card is a patriotic card using the new Sweet Land of Liberty Stamp/Die Duo and the America the Beautiful Paper Pad.

Creative Nugget:  The Star Quilt Dies were used to cut papers in the America the Beautiful Paper Pad and the pieces mix and matched to fit in the frame to create the quilt.  One of the sentiments from the Sweet Land of Liberty Stamp/Die Duo was masked and stamped onto a Pierced Circle making the quote with two different colors.  The flip flops were colored with Copic Markers, cut with the coordinating die and added along the bottom of the card.  A few sparkly gems were added to finish the card.

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

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

SNSS September 2019 Release Blog Hop


Hello friends and welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps September 2019 New Release Blog Hop!  We are so excited about the release this month...get ready to see some amazing furry friends and Christmas samples using the fabulous new products from the September 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, September 25th.
Cathy McCauley (You are here!)

For my first sample, I used the adorable Fur-ever Friends stamp set designed by Jennifer Nilsson.


Creative Nugget:  A background was made by sponging Oxide Inks on a mixed media panel.  The aperture with tree was cut from the sponged panel with the WindowRama Dies from Stampendous.  Foliage from the Scene Silhouettes: Wetland Grass stamp set was stamped along the bottom edge.  A second sunrise panel was also sponged with Oxide Inks.  The deer and mushrooms from the Fur-ever Friends stamp set were colored with Copic Markers and mounted onto the sunrise panel.  The foliage panel was popped on top.  The squirrel, sentiment and gems were added to finish the card. 

My second sample is a Christmas card made with the new Deck the Halls stamp set designed by Rebecca Rios.

Creative Nugget:  Oxide Inks were sponged on the top part of a mixed media panel cut with a Leaf Stitched Frame Die by Penny Black.  The panel was embossed with falling snow and splattered with white acrylic paint.  The sentiment from Deck the Halls was embossed on the bottom of the panel.  The popcorn garland and Christmas ornaments were colored with Copic Markers and cut with my Scan 'N Cut.  The ornaments were hung with metallic thread from the garland to finish the card.

The September Stamp of the Month is Donut Worry and is free with a $75 purchase until the end of September.

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

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

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