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!

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