Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas Rocking Horse with Red Rubber Designs

Hello,  friends! To check out my second post of the day click HERE.

Happy Thursday to you!  Today is my day to share a card on Red Rubber Designs blog!  I am a little behind in my Christmas card making so I decided to create with this cute Rocking Horse.   For all the details check out my post on Red Rubber Designs blog.  I hope you will leave me a note on Red Rubber Designs blog and let me know what you think!!

Thank you so much for popping by!

Rocking Horse

Vintage Santa

Butterfly Flourish and a Snowman

Hello,  Friends!  I have two posts today so if you are looking for Red Rubber Designs check HERE!

 All month long at Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps we are revisiting some of our favorite sets and today's feature is Butterfly Flourish!  

I have had a lot of fun designing with this gorgeous stamp set.  The flourishes  flow gracefully among the gorgeous butterflies and I absolutely love the sentiment style!

For my first card, I used a previously made background and simply stamped the flourish and sentiment. I added a piece of glitter paper and gems for a quick and pretty card!

For my next card, I once again used a previously made background and stamped the image. I stamped the image a second time on a separate piece of cardstock, colored the butterflies with Chameleon Pens, then fussy cut each butterfly and added them to the card!

In celebration of Sweet N Sassy's 8th birthday, we are doing a little "About Me" segment so here's a little bit about me!

We have lived in Georgia for 25 years and in January my husband and I will celebrate our 26th anniversary!  We have a busy year ahead as our oldest is a senior in High School and will be transitioning to college. Yikes!  How did that happen so quickly? Our daughter is a freshman in High School and I think she is looking forward to having some "only" child time at home next year!  

I started stamping a little over four years ago when I decided to create "thank you" cards for my children's teachers.  One of their teachers told me about the Splitcoaststampers community and the rest, as they say, is history.   I made stamping friends on the forums, found loads of tutorials as well as daily gallery inspiration  AND discovered Sweet N Sassy Stamps during a release party held at Splitcoaststampers.  I fell in love with Sweet N Sassy Stamps beautiful designs and inspirational sentiments so much so that I can still remember going into great detail with my mom about the stamp set God's Purpose while talking on the phone with her one evening.

One of the happiest moments in my stamping journey came in November 2013 when Lydia, manager of Splitcoaststampers invited me to join the Dirty Dozen team.  My very first card that I posted for the November DD featured Sweet N Sassy Stamps Mini Tags & Sentiments clear Stamp and Mini Tags Die Set and Cathy McCauley was the first person to comment on my card!

Sweet N Sassy Stamps has been part of my stamping almost from the very beginning so you can imagine my delight and awe when I was asked in December 2014 to be on the design team!

I am inspired by so many talented artists but Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and Lydia Fiedler are among the top designers that I love to watch on youtube.  They create gorgeous cards and inspire me to try new techniques.

I have grown leaps and bounds as a stamper because right from the beginning I found an online stamping community where I made friends and had access to a huge amount of tutorials so my advice to new stampers is find a community, youtube channel and/or bloggers to follow and inspire you.  Practice, practice, practice your art and pay attention to what makes you happy while creating and keep DOING that!!!

I love working with Sweet N Sassy Stamps so it's super hard to choose a favorite but I can say that the Sweet N Sassy stamp set that I have used the most is Welcome Jesus.  I just love the expression of joy on the snowman's face! 

I created my night sky with the help of the Splitcoaststampers tutorial: Outer Space Background.

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Musical Communicaton

Hello, friends!  Before I started my Red Rubber Designs card for today I checked the Splitcoaststampers "Ways To Use It" challenge: WT557.  Sabrina is challenging us to "mark the fact that on this day in 1990 Sir Tim Berners-Lee, with help from Robert Cailliau, published a formal proposal for the World Wide Web" by creating a card showing a form of communication.  I am  wayyyy behind on my Christmas cards so I did a little combining.  

Are you wondering how my violin ties in with Sabrina's challenge to show a form of communication?  Violins produce music and music is a powerful form of communication.  Lovers choose "our song" to commemorate their relationship, teachers use music to help students remember information, praise music or hymns communicate worship, etc. Now thanks to the world wide web we can share music instantly with one another via social media and private messages.  So there you go, all tied together for Sabrina's challenge!  :)

I love stretching my stamps and using them in different ways so I took the beautiful Violin Collage stamp which is not a Christmas stamp and featured it as my focal point.  It looks beautiful for Christmas surrounded by snowflakes and a "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the Vintage Santa stamp set.

  Now go put on some music and create something pretty!

Vintage Santa

Monday, November 9, 2015

Happy 8th Birthday to Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps

I am so excited to be part of Sweet 'N Sassy Stamp's month-long 8th birthday celebration!!!  I hope you have had a chance to take advantage of the weekly specials!  This week's special is free shipping on a $30.00 US order with coupon code BDAYFREESHIP.

In celebration of Sweet 'N Sassy Stamp's birthday, I have created two cards featuring  the Tree Background stamp set.  I absolutely love tree branches on cards and this one is a beauty!  The branch can be rotated for many different looks and decorated for any season and occasion.  

First up I created a Fall birthday card. 

For my next card, I kept it very simple stamping the branch in gray and adding sequins for a holiday feel.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and please don't forget to head on over to Sweet N Sassy Stamps blog and the rest of the talented Design Team (blog links pictured below) to leave a comment for your chance to win!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Thanks with Distress Inks

Hello!  Today at Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps blog I am sharing a tutorial using Distress Inks and water. Here's a peek at what you will need.  

I am a huge fan of distress inks and water for backgrounds but I have been wanting to try a stamping technique so after a few experiments I am ready to share my tips with you!

First ink up a stamp with one or several distress inks.  I found that I preferred to use a stamp with solid areas such as this bold sentiment rather than thin lined images or sentiments.  The fabulous Words of Life Collection 1 stamp set is brimming with words that work perfectly with this technique.  

Take a mister of water and spritz ink liberally.

The trick is to get the ink to spread.

After the ink is dry (I use a heat tool), ink stamp with a black ink and stamp over the top of the original stamping.  I like using the MISTI when doing this technique for the easy and precise alignment!

For my sample,  I am playing along with Splitcoaststampers' HYCCT1525 I die cut the "thanks" with a circle die and added three butterflies from Parisian Posctard.  For the background, I created a watercolor wash using distress inks.

Here's another sample using the word HOPE from Words of Life Collection 1.  I just love the font on this one!  The background for this card was created with Brusho Crystal Colours with splatters from Distress Inks.

 Parisian Posctard

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Red Rubber Designs - Ginger Joy

Hello!  I have just this little sneak peek to share with you today using the adorable Ginger Joy stamp. I hope you stop by Red Rubber Designs Blog to view the entire card!

   Red Rubber Designs has a wide variety of winter stamps to help you create one of a kind treasures for friends and family.  To check out the winter/Christmas line click HERE.

One last thing before you go, the October Progressive Sale is in full swing!
Be sure to visit  Red Rubber Designs store and grab some goodies at fabulous prices!  This week select items are 40% off while supplies last!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sooo Thinking of You and Enjoying my MISTI

Today at Splitcoaststampers  the Product Focus is all about the MISTI.  The MISTI is an amazing tool but to find out the reasons why I like the MISTI I hope you will hop on over to the Product Focus page and read my review!  You will find everything you need to know about the MISTI such as tips, a video, reviews from fabulous stampers and much more!

I have been having a wonderful time this month playing with different types of watercolor backgrounds and my MISTI, here are a few samples! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!