Monday, February 29, 2016

Piece of Cake

Happy Monday! Kim here to share with you a sweet card using the Piece of Cake stamp set. I am pairing chocolate with pink to make this a chocolate strawberry cake. I cut the green cardstock a bit larger than the cake image to stamp a sentiment on it. The sentiment is from the Banner Girl & Words set. I had large leftover pieces of the sprinkles paper so I added it to the card front. Sprinkles are fun to add to sweet treats. I also used a small piece of die cut scallop border to the card and found some green polka dot ribbon to add to it.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Elegant Blue Birthday with Leah

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.  I have created an elegant blue birthday card for you today :)


I used the following products from the Sweet Stamps online store:

Splish Splash Stencil
Elegant Leaves Sweet Cuts die
Framed Handwritten Words stamp set
Flourish Medallion Sweet Cuts die
Shades Dye Ink in Aquamarine and Montego Bay

And of course I have linked them all for you ;)  Come and join us over on the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog for our two monthly challenges.  There are loads of inspiration as well as a prize!  See you over there!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rosey Posey Card

Hi, Josette here with my Tuesday installment.  I am on a flower kick, I so want it to be spring.  Which it might be soon.  The weather in Texas is warm and sunny and the animals are shedding like crazy.  So even though I don't have flowers blooming in my yard, they are blooming in abundance in my craft room!!
This was a very fun card to make.  Using Cabbage Rose stamp, I stamped it randomly onto white card stock and then inked with Spun Sugar distress ink.
Pre-Inking.  Note I turned the card around in the final version.

Next, I used watercolor pain in a red and green and laid down an irregular patch of red and green.
Stamped the image onto each of the two sections and cut them out.  By doing this I get the look of shading and variation of color without actually coloring.  By stamping last, the ink stays bright and crisp.

After cutting out, I layered them and added highlights (lowlights) with a black glaze pen, a placed a few rhinestones in the center.

A black ribbon finishes the look.  Rhinestones were added to the ribbon and on the center of one of the background roses for added bling.  This was mounted on a pink matt and then finally onto a White A2 Card base.

Until next week,
Happy Crafting
Josette

Remember all supplies are available at Sweet Stamps

Purple Penguins

Aloha Everyone!!  kel here to share with you a super adorable (if I do say so myself!) card using one the muffler penguin from the Cool Penguins clear set in the store.

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I just adore these penguins... if you didn't know then you will because I have made projects with all the penguins in this entire set!!  Some of them are coming up soon... just you wait for it!!  haha.

I just felt like this penguin needed to wear purple... and she is PERFECT in it!!  I finished off the card with a nice big purple bow and love it!!

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!!

lovies, =o) kel

Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy Birthday

Happy Monday! The weather has been really nice lately. I think it's fitting to use these pretty Springy colors for this birthday card. I am using the Piece of Cake stamp set from Sweet Stamps for this card.
I embossed the white cardstock and did some freehand banners behind the image. The chevron paper was a scrap piece I had left from other projects. Nothing like using up what you have. I love the pink ribbon with the pearl in the center.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Feburary's Anything But A Card Challenge

Hello Sweet Stamp Friends!

First, our winner from January's Anything But A Card Challenge....
Drum roll please......

16. Claire C

Please contact us (within one week at sweetstamps (at) gmail (dot) com) to claim your sweet prize!!


Just wanted to let you know of a few things going around here at SweetStamps central!!  We are having a Guest Designer Call.  Click the link to get all the details.   


Have you been by the SweetStamp shop yet?  If not, you may want to swing by there and check out March's New Release.  Super CUTE!!!  Just sayin'!!!  :)

We have also made a small adjustment to the Challenge Rule.  We  are now asking that you only submit 3 entries per challenge.  Any more than 3 entries will be deleted. 

So with that business out of the way, let us get to this months challenge. 


Our theme is....
Anything But a Card

Remember you still have time to join in our Monthly Anything Goes challenge!


DT Sweeties projects...
Nazeema Thompson
Kendra Sand

We'd love to see your beautiful creations, so come play along! {ATCs, scrapbook pages, mixed media, altered art, tags, etc.} You could win some SWEET things of your own by playing along in our challenge! 

Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.

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***Check back throughout the week for more inspiration from our DT Sweeties!!***

Happy Stamping! 
Have a super sweet week!



Saturday, February 20, 2016

Die-cut Foiled Burlap Bags

Hello Sweeties and HAPPY Saturday!!
I've been on foiling kick, ever since I made my hubby's Valentine's Day card. 
It is so much fun and SUPER easy too!! 
So I found out that I could foil material!!!  Yes!!!! 
I grabbed the most intricate dies from SweetStamps: Flourish Medallions and Mini Medallion and I put this kit to the test.  The Deco Foil Iron Adhesive Sheets: includes5 sheets of bonding paper and parchment  paper too.
My girlfriend, Jennifer sent me these bags that she told me she picked up from Michaels for my birthday.  The instruction how to use this is every simple.  I used dies, so I placed the parchment paper down first, them the rough side of the bonding paper and then my die.  Ran it through my cutter.   Since these dies are so intricate, it took a little bit of work to get the bonding paper out. 
I made sure that the parchment paper was removed from the back of the bonding paper.  Placed the die cut on my burlap bags, sandwiched between two sheets of printer paper and ran it through my laminator!!!  I did run it through my laminator!!!  It was thin enough to feed through with no problem.  So try this at your own risk!!!  :)  Once it cooled, I removed the paper that's on top of the bonding paper.  So by running it through the laminator the first time, we simply bonded/adhered it to the burlap bags, now by removing the thin sheet will expose the adhesive to allow the foil to stick to it!!!  As you can see in the photo above, the far right photo is what it looks like once the paper is removed!!  :) I chose Deco Foil Lime, I trimmed a section of the foil, sandwiched again between the two printer paper and ran it through again.  Let it cool for a few second and lift the foil to reveal the beauty of the foil!!  :) 
Here is a photo of the completed bags!!!!
I have a new addiction and I am loving it!!!

Thank you for swinging by today and make sure you stop by SweetStamps tomorrow, for the start of our new monthly challenge. 

Hugs. 



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Medieval Metals on Kraft Happy Birthday

Hello everyone, I have a male-themed Birthday card for you today :)


This is part of my own personal challenge to create at least one male-themed card every month.  I think it turned out well...what do you think?  I love the elegant but manly feel to it :)

I used the following Sweet Stamps products in the creation of this project:

Checker Flowers Stencil
Framed Handwritten Words
Medieval Metals Fine Detail Embossing Powder
Elegant Leaves Sweet Cuts die
Shades Dye Ink in Brownie

You can find all of these products in the Sweet Stamps online shop and I have linked them all for you.

Come and join us for the two monthly challenges at the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog, there is loads of inspiration and even a prize!  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Love You Valentines Bags

Hey friends!  kel here today to share with you the finished bag I made for my kids' teachers for Valentines!!  If you remember, a couple weeks ago I shared with you this work in progress... and then I finally finished them up in time for Valentines' Day!  And now that they're done and all handed out, I can share the finished product with you!!



I didn't end up adding much more than a scalloped border... I think this was enough to decorate the bag, don't you think?!?  And I had so much fun coloring this pair up... They are just too cute together!

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!!

lovies, =o) kel

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Floral Delight

Josette here with another Tuesday card.  I have another flower card and used the Parrot_Tulips_ATC.
Stamping and then Embossing before coloring your image can lead to interesting but simple cards.

I used a white pigment ink to stamp the image and greeting.  Then I embossed using a clear embossing powder.
Not apparent in this photo, but by adding clear embossing powder over white ink, the starkness of the white ink was toned down a bit.  This also allows me to "get to work" sooner and not worrying about smearing the ink.  White Pigment Ink can take a long time to dry.  I then colored the image  with color pencils, very minimally.

By doing this on a black card stock, minimal coloring is needed.  A few embellishments and a ribbon is all that is needed finished the look.  This is an A2 card, matted on pink cardstock and then a white card base.  Rhinestones finish off the look with just a little bling.

Double click on image for a closer view of stamping and coloring.
The dusty looking background is due to the static powder I used and did not wipe it down before picture taken.
Thank you for stopping by today.  All supplies are available through Sweet Stamps

Happy Crafting,
Josette

Monday, February 15, 2016

Love You Lots

Happy Monday! Kim here to share with you a card I made for today's Sweet Stamps' post. Although Valentine's Day is over, this stamp Love You Lots Couple set is perfect for any occasion. This couple is from the Love You Lots stamp set.
I embossed the white background using a heart embossing folder. The image was colored in using Copic markers. I die cut the image after I colored it and popped it up using 3D tape. I also added a scalloped border die cut and placed some sequins on the scallops.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Delicate Hearts Foiled

Morning love birds, Nazeema here!  
Are you ready for Valentine's Day tomorrow?!! 
Don't laugh, but my hubby and I have a tradition of going to In & Out for Valentine's Day.  It started years ago when we started dating and it just stuck!!  We get a lot of mixed views, but I think he's lucky cause he gets off the hook!!  LOL


I created this card for my husband and I just LOVE how this Delicate Hearts image looks foiled in red!!  I used Super Sticky Tape 3/8  and Deco Foil: Red to create the border and also foiled it, then I placed the heart image on top.  I also used the sentiment from the set: "Lots of LOVE" inside the card also foiled, but I can not take great pictures handed!  

A few things to look out for on the SweetStamps blog:

Thanks for stopping by today. 
Hugs.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Fiery Happy Birthday with LT

Hello everyone, Leah here with a fiery Happy Birthday card for you ;)  I created this card using some fun Sweet Stamps products and a cool technique which you can read about on my blog here.


To create this card I used the following Sweet Stamps products:

Framed Handwritten Words Stamp set SS406
Abstract 6x6 Stencil AS 66-011
Shades Ink Spots in Dandelion, Rustic and Valentine

And some Memento Tuxedo Black Ink which you can find on the I Heart Paper Art website :)

You will tons of fun stuff to create with on the Sweet Stamps website!  You should definitely go and check that out!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Birthday Penguins!

Hey friends!  kel here today to share with you a super fun birthday card!


This pair is from the Cool Penguins clear stamp set.  Big A turns 12 on the 10th and he LOVES penguins, so I thought it would be only appropriate for me to make a birthday card for him!!  I used a whole bunch of fun stuff on this card... brads, washi, and even popped up that star on a 3D dot!!

We'll be celebrating with family tonight at Pizza Hut... yay for pizza buffet!!  haha.  Thanks for stopping by, and wish him a happy birthday!  I'll show him all your well wishes later!!

lovies, =o) kel

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Lady in a Pocket Watch: A Card For You

Josette here with my Tuesday installment.  I have this lovely Locket Lady ATC from Sweet Stamps and have been trying to come up with the perfect card.  I think I did.  What do you think?
The image was stamped in two parts using a mask.  First I stamped onto a masking paper and then cut it out.  Next I placed the stamp on my MISTI.  Back to the masking piece, I removed the center of the mask, leaving just the pocket watch image on the mask.  This left an area open to stamp the women in Black ink.  This was then heat embossed with a clear embossing powder.  Back To the MISTI, I replaced the center of the mask (image of the lady) and removed the outer frame. I stamped this in   Versamark and heat embossed in fine Detail Gold embossing powder.

Using colored pencils, I colored the lady.  To color the back ground I used a light touch and Cracked Pistachio to ink the center area around the lady.  I fussy cut out the image and matted it onto a black oval mat and then finally a white frame that had been die cut.

Onto the background.  I used a stencil and inked it with I used Twisted Citron for the leaves and then Cracked Pistachio for the white area.  Using Gold Cardstock I cut a mat and adhered it to a black A2 Card base.

The image panel was added to the background, with fun foam.  All that was needed was a sentiment and ribbon.  Easy Peasy.  Don't you just love this stamp!!!

Until next week,
Happy Crafting
Josette
All supplies are available at:  Sweet Stamps

Monday, February 8, 2016

Love Is In the Air

Happy Monday! Kim here to share with you a Valentine's Day card using the Love Is In the Air stamp set. I love the use of embossing folders to add texture to the card. On this card I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder on the red cardstock.I also added some red microfine glitter to to the heart shaped balloons. The sentiments is stamped using the Banner Girl & Words stamp set. 

Sweet Stamps is looking for Guest Design Team members for our digital stamp side. Click here for more details.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

February's Anything Goes Challenge

Hello Sweet Stamp Friends!

We have a new monthly challenge...

First up, our winner from January's Anything Goes Challenge....
Drum-roll please......
11. Melissa SunshineHoneyBee 
Please contact us (within one week at sweetstamps (at) gmail (dot) com) to claim your sweet prize!!


Our theme is....
Anything GOES

Remember you still have time to join in our Monthly Anything But A Card Challenge  challenge!


DT Sweeties projects...



We'd love to see your beautiful creations, so come play along! {ATCs, scrapbook pages, mixed media, altered art, tags, etc.} You could win some SWEET things of your own by playing along in our challenge! 

Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.

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***Check back throughout the week for more inspiration from our DT Sweeties!!***

Happy Stamping! 
Have a super sweet week!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Surfs Up

Morning- Nazeema here~ 
We've been experiencing very weird weather patterns here in California.  It's a bit frustrating because it does not feel like we had a winter at all, but I am so ready for Summer to be here.  

So before I move into my card today, I want to remind you to check out January's release HERE!!


For my card today, I used Splish Splash 6x6 stencil and distress ink markers Peacock Feathers and Broken China to create the background.  Once the background was dried, I used Star Dust Glitter Glue to accent the tips of the drops.   This surfboard bear is from the Beach Bears collection.  I colored the image using the same watercolor paper as the stenciled background.  I then used gamsol to give it a more smooth finish. 

Thanks for stopping by today. 
See you back tomorrow! 

Hugs.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy Anniversary with Leah Tees and some Piccolos!

Hello everyone, Leah here with some fun Piccolos inspiration!


If you would like to see more details about this project, please visit my blog at Ode to Paper :)

I created this card using several different Piccolo sets:
A126 Flourish Accents
A103 Butterfly Flurry Flourishes
F102 French Oval Frame

And several different enamel powders:
Girl's Night Out
Shamrock Dreams
Aged White

As well as two stamp sets lol:
Framed Handwritten Words SS4406
Jasmine 4017J

And some Distress Ink:

Come and join us for the two monthly challenges over at the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Looking for Guest Designers

Hello SweetStamps.com Friends!!

We're looking for.....
GUEST DESIGNERS!!

Do you enjoy working with digital stamps?

You can check out our current digital images here!

You'll be able to choose two digital images you would like to work with!!  In return, we'd love you to share the two projects with us, to be posted on our blog here!   We will link to your blog and give you all credit!  You just need to post your project to your blog and send us your write-up, we'll take care of posting it here!

Trying to keep this as simple and fun as possible!!

We ask that you use the digital image as your main focal point.  It's understandable we don't have many sentiments, so you can print or own, or use a stamp in your collection, but ask that it isn't too large and take away from the image as well as not linking or talking about the company it is from. 

Looking to possibly have 2 guest designers each month.  

We will work out posting dates at your convenience! 

This is meant to be fun and carefree!!  
While sharing our love of creating!!

If you're interested, please send us an e-mail:
sweetstamps(at)yahoo(dot)com 


All you need to provide is your name and link to your blog!!

Hope you will like to join us!!!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Love You Lots Couple

Hi all - kel here today to share with you a super sweet Valentine's card!  I'm playing with the set Love You Lots Couple and I love them and the sentiment it comes with!!


I have been having so much fun playing with some of the super cute valentine's stamps... have you seen them all in the Sweet Stamps store??  They're all just adorable!!

Thanks for stopping by today, hope to see you again soon!

lovies, =o) kel

Time for Spring Flowers

Josette here with another Tuesday inspiration.  It is just February but I am so ready for spring.  Down here in Texas the weather has warmed to a wonderful 76+, the sun is out and with all the recent rain the grass is green.  I am sure spring is near.  So on that note, how about some Spring Flowers.

Don't you just love that cabbage rose stamp: it is available here at the Sweet Stamp Store.

If you follow my Blog you know how much I love backgrounds.  I have boxes of them  So I pulled one out.  This one was made by spraying ink onto a white card.  I did a whole series of backgrounds using a color wheel.  These a yellow green,  true orange and a bright yellow.  I am unsure of the brand of ink but it was very glittery.

I first stamped the flower in the corner, this was more for a "target, then masked it off and stamped the remains images in Versamark and heat set with clear embossing powder.
The flower was stamped on a white cardstock with Momento ink and colored with Copic Markers.  After coloring I cut out the image and mounted it on 3D squares.
After a dry run placement before permanetly adhering, it just didn't seem quite right.  So I located a  doily, stamped a circle with a sentiment,  cut everything down and placed it under the flower.  Better.  The flower ended up lower than anticipated, but the doily covered it up.  Lastly I added a bow that was made from seam tape and colored with a Copic Marker that had been used to color in the leaves.    This was mounted on an A2 white card.
I think it is stunning and very simple to complete.  A good use of a background.  What do you think?
Until next week,
Happy Crafting,
Josette

Remember all supplies are available at: Sweet Stamps

Monday, February 1, 2016

Who Loves Ya

I love this cute little owl from the Who Loves Ya set. I colored her in and decided to color the hearts red for Valentines Day instead of the usual green for the leaves. I popped up the scalloped circle using 3D tape. The tree branch was done using a shade of green underneath and colored again using a deep brown color to give it a green tint. This set is available in the shop under new products.