Friday, September 28, 2012

Rhubarb's Punkins - SNSDC73

It's time for another challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog.  This week, It's Hip to Be Square.  We want to see your square could be a square card or square project (square scrapbook page, photo cube, square paper box, etc.).

I chose to make a 5.5" square card with the adorable Rhubarb.  I really like this image of him with his wagon of "punkins."  I colored the image with my copics and then used lots of sponging to highlight around the image.  I also used sponging on the Scripture panel as well.  I handmade the buttons with a little help from a SU Sizzix embosslit die.  I cut several and stacked them to thickness.  Sponging and DMC floss finished off the buttons.

Cardstock:  Recollections (brown and cardbase), Bazzill Dotted Swiss (clover leaf), Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper:  Crate Paper (Farmhouse)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digis (Rhubarb's Punkins, Encouragement Scripture)
Ink:  SU (Creamy Caramel)
Embellishments/Tools:  Spellbinders (Circles large and small), SU Sizzix Embosslit (Sweet Buttons), Offray ribbon, DMC floss (ecru), Copics (YR07, Y38, YG03, YG05, W-1, E04, E07, E08, E09, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sunday #121 - Autumn
Word Art Wednesday #47 - Use Scripture or an encouraging sentiment
Love to Create #34 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Sketch #72
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties Wed. Challenge (PWC225) - Fall inspired
52 Card Pick-Up #39  - make a card
Shopping Our Stash #70 - Fur or feathers
Tuesday Throwdown #117 - Fall colors
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #158 - use something handmade (I made my buttons)
Catered Crop - Knot Now (tie a knot -- mine are thru my buttons)
Going Gray with Scrap Creations - use a food item
DCC & Friends #3 - Use a character (Rhubarb)

If you participated in last week's September Digi Release Blog Hop, don't forget to stop by the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog to see if you are the winner of the entire release.  Thank you to all those who left comments here for me.  I appreciate every one of them.  Thanks for adding a smile to my day.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll stop back again soon.

Friday, September 21, 2012


It's Friday so that means it's time for another Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge.  However, today, we are very excited to add a little something more!  The Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Team is bringing you a fun Blog Hop to show you our September Digi release!!  If you arrived here from Patricia's blog, you're in the right place.  If not, you probably will want to start back at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog so that you don't miss a thing!

While you're hopping, be sure to leave some love on each of the blog hop posts…One of the ladies below is a mystery blogger and she will be picking a random winner from the comments on her blog post!! The winning prize will be the whole September Digi Release!! (The winner will be announced on the SNS Digi Challenge blog on Friday, September 28th.)
 I got to play with the new 4 Petaled Flower Digi SetI think this set was just made for paper piecing and that's exactly what I did!  :)

This week's challenge is to use scoring on your project.  I have scoring to make the shape of my card and I also scored each petal of my flowers to give the flower more dimension.  Each petal has 3 scores and then I folded them mountain & valley style.  You can see the scoring best in this picture.  My bling really doesn't have pink in's the lighting.  Sorry!

I recently saw this card design on SCS in their Try a New Technique challenge for 9/10/12 (TLC394). It's called a "twisted card." I thought it looked so unusual and of course, as always, I really like new card folds.  I had to give it a try.

I adhered the front pocket closed and put a removable panel in the inside pocket for a message to the recipient.

Here's a close-up of the left interior panel.

Cardstock:  Recollections, Paper Company

Patterned Paper:  Echo Park (Times & Seasons)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digis (4 Petaled Flowers, True Friend Digi Sentiments, A True Friend)
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
Embellishments/Tools:  Bling flourish (Prima Say It In Crystals), rhinestones (Studio G), brad (Oriental Trading), Spellbinders (Petite Oval Small, Petite Scalloped Oval Large), ribbon (Offray), Copic Marker (Black 100)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - shaped card
Cute Card Thursday #235 - shaped card
Word Art Wednesday #46 - encouraging sentiment
Diva's By Design #53 - Lovely Layers (at least 4 layers)
52 Card Pick-Up #38 - make a card
Catered Crop - Knot Now (tie a knot)

Now, here is the blog hop list to see September Digi Release-Scoring Challenge creations.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for your chance to receive the entire digi release!

I hope you'll play along with us this week.   Just a few things to keep in mind as you play....

~Please remember to use digital images ONLY for the challenge.
~You don't have to use SNS digi images to play along but we sure do love when you do!
~When uploading to online galleries, please use keyword SNSDC72.

Every card you enter into our challenges throughout September, you will get one entry to be eligible for winning 3 digis of your choice from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps store.

Because we strongly think those of you who love to use our digital images should be recognized a little more, every week we spotlight one participant who uses SNSS digi images for their card or project.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Your next stop is Wendy Jordan's blog.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Owl Pray for You

I *discovered* a new card design the other day and just had to give it a try.  Diane's Daydream Designs has great digi stamps and tutorials.  On her blog she has several free tutorials and the one that REALLY caught my eye was the one for a Bookmark Card.  Several friends & family members are avid readers so I have a feeling I'll be revisiting this design.  Diane's tutorial was easy to follow and I really like how my card turned out.

Here's a picture with the bookmark removed

I've had these Spellbinders Owl dies for awhile but hadn't used them yet.  This was the perfect project for their debut.  I used them as part of the interior decorating.

Cardstock:  Recollections, Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle (Hello, Fall!)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digis (Opal Owl, Owl Sentiments 2)
Embellishments/Tools:  Pearls (SU), baker's twine (The Twinery), Sharpie extra fine marker (brown), Copics (E35, E37, Y38, C-1, W-1, YG 03, YG05), Spellbinders (Circle Large & Small, Eyelet Circle, Labels 4, Owls), SU 1-3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch, Paper Studio 1-7/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, Fiskars Border Punch (Apron Lace)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Love to Create #33 - Things with Wings
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #157 - Harvest, Fall/Autumn Project
Pile it Up #38 - It's a Stitch Up (real or faux)
Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge #51 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Autumn colors
The Crafty Pad #188 - Autumn colors
52 Card Pickup #37 - Make a card
Word Art Wednesday #46 -  Use an encouraging sentiment
Divas by Design #53 - lovely layers - 4 or more layers
Crazy for Challenges #154 (C4C154) - Anything goes with a fall twist

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you'll come back soon.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Celebrate! - SNSDC71

It's time for another Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge and this week's challenge is to make a card that has some type of pop-up element.  Since this goes in my "fancy folds" category, I was excited about this one.  I used this Pop-up Gift Card Holder tutorial from SCS.  SCS is one of my go-to resources for clear, easy-to-understand tutorials.

I colored Fluff with Copics and used a glitter pen on the frill at the top of his hat.  I used this week's CPS Sketch #282 for the design for the front of the card.  To allow for the tie to keep the card closed I moved the circles in the sketch a bit to the left.

I used a scrap of drawing paper to make the envelope to hold the gift card. I used a 1" circle punch to create the cut-out to make it easy to remove the gift card from the envelope.  Next time, I'll either decorate the envelope.  After assembling the card, I added the "Happy Birthday" panel with a few pop-dots.  I will definitely be using this tutorial again.  It's so easy to do!!!

Cardstock: Recollections, Bazzill, Georgia Pacific

Patterned Paper: MME (Good Day Sunshine)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digi (Celebrate, Masculine Birthday Greetings)
Embellishments/Tools: Strathmore Drawing Paper, jute twine (JoAnn's), American Crafts Slick Writer (black), Sakura Gelly Roll (clear star pen), Spellbinders (Standard Circles Large & Small, Labels Four and Labels Four Small), Copics, Eyelets (Oriental Trading), Marvy 1" Circle Punch

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Pile It On #37 - Use Patterned Paper
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Show Us What You've Got (anything goes)
Whimsy Inspiration Challenges #51 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Things that make you go awwww (cats do that for me every time)
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge # 56 (PPMC56) - Make a Birthday Card
Love to Create #32- Use Ribbon or Twine
Shopping Our Stash #68 - 3, 2, 1 (I used 3 diecut circles, 2 eyelets, 1 piece of twine)
52 Card Pickup #37 - Make a card

I hope you'll give pop-up cards a try.  There are many different types -- I've tried several and I think this one may be my favorite.   Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come back soon.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Coneflower Happy Birthday

I decided to make a card today just for fun.  No design team assignment....just because.  :)

I colored the coneflowers and butterfly with Copics and then used my nesties to cut it out.  I wanted to play along with this week's Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge (SC402) so that was the design for the card.  I added some bling, a ribbon and brought back an old favorite...STICKLES!  I've missed them.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey (Sweet Threads)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digis (Coneflowers & Butterfly, Feminine Birthday Greetings)
Embellishments/Tools:  Prima Say It In Crystals, Stickles (Icicle), Martha Stewart Border Punch, Ribbon Trends Organdy ribbon, Copics (YG03, YG05, Y11, Y13, Y15, BG15, BG000, R81, R83, R85, C0), Spellbinders (Petite Ovals small & large, Deckled Rectangles small & large, M'Bossabilities Splendid B)

I'm entering this card in the following additional challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #156 - Brights - no neutrals, black or brown
Love to Create #32 - Use ribbon or twine
Tuesday Throwdown #115 - Use gems
Shopping Our Stash #68 - 3, 2, 1 {3 colors of cardstock, 2 digi stamps, 1 patterned paper)
Whimsy #51 - Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad #187 - Use Scraps ( for the papers - only the card base was not a scrap)
Paper Pretties Wednesday (PWC223) - Use paper punches (I used MS border punch)
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge (PPMC56) - Make a birthday card
Pile It On #37 - use patterned paper
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Anything Goes
Scrap Creations  - Pick 3 of the following: ribbon, pearls, red, blue, die cuts/punches, glitter, distress, embossing, buttons, paper piecing...I used die cuts/punches, ribbon, & glitter
52 Card Pickup #36 - Make a card

Thanks for stopping by today.  Come back on Friday for the next Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Train Up A Child -- SNSDC70

It's time for another challenge on the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog.  This week our challenge is "Things That Go."  We're to use a digi or element that has a car, truck, train, plane, bicycle, scooter, hot air balloon, etc.

I chose the cute Cocoa's Train image.  After coloring it with copics I fussy cut it.  I used PSE7 to make my "smoke" for the engine using the first part of Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child..."  I made each word in a smaller size font to simulate the smoke cloud disappearing in the distance. There's a train track below the wheels to complete the train scene.  Instead of an Engine # on the train I used the verse reference.

I must give credit where credit is due and tell you that the verse "smoke" and train track ideas were suggested by my husband.  :)

I did a little interior decorating.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific, Recollections, Bazzill
Patterned Paper:  Daisy D's
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digi (Cocoa's Train)
Embellishments/Tools:  Pearls (Queen & Co), Brads (MM), Sharpie marker, Copic Markers (N1, N03, N05, N07, B000, B21, B23, B32, E000, R20, Colorless Blender), PSE7, Uniball White Opaque Pen, CM Fine Tip pen (black)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #44 - Use Scripture
Stamptacular Sunday #179 - sketch
Terrifically Thrilling Thursdays - Show Us What You've Got (anything goes)
4 Crafty Chicks #106 - Metal (the brads are metal and the pearls have a metallic look to them)
52 Card Pickup #36 - Make a Card

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll play along with us this week in our "Things That Go" challenge.


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