Category Archives: Sweet and Sassy

Just a little break from holiday cards to show this one..

This was published earlier this year in the Through The Craft Room Door magazine.  I used the butterfly from Sweet n Sassy Stamps, a branch image from Stampscapes and a sentiment from Flourishes and paired it with Memory Box paper.  Memento Rich Cocoa ink was used for the images. 

The butterfly was colored with several blue and green copic markers, cut out and popped up.   In this photo the butterfly looks more vibrant than it really is.  The colors are a bit more subdued IRL and more in line with the colors on the designer paper.   The main panel was mounted on green, then brown papers and placed on a white card base made from textured Bazzill cardstock.

A quick and easy card!  Thanks for stopping by today!

let it snow!

I think autumn is starting to happen down here.  About a week ago it was so hot and humid I thought it was July again!  This week it will be in the 70’s and low humidity  – perfect weather for us!

I’m making a few samples for my LSS using Flower Soft Snow Globes.  Here’s the first..

The snowman image is from Sweet n Sassy stamps and I just love the look on his face – like he is enjoying a wintery day!  The little bit of color on him was done with copics.  He was cut out and popped up against a background made of SEI paper, the  Winter Song series.  Once that was done I filled the plastic globe with Polar White Flower Soft and attached it to the stamped piece.  I covered a plain white gift bag with more paper from the same SEI collection, along with some SU cherry cobbler cardstock and topped the snowglobe with a red grosgrain ribbon.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Flourishes stamped with Memento Rhubarb Stalk.  Here’s a close up:

I also made a coordinating tag to go with the bag.  I used a reduced version of the snowman and cut the label out with a spellbinders die.  Memento Sky blue ink was sponged on it and the “to/from” sentiment added last.

I’ll share more of my snowglobe creations in the next day or so.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Copic X-Press It Blending paper

Count me as a convert to this newest product offered the copic people at Imagination International!  I purchased a package of this paper which was specially selected by copics to used with their markers.    It is silky smooth, blends beautifully and is a nice bright white. 

One of the best things I like about this paper is that I can run it through my printer for digital images.  The paper I have used in the past for copics (Papertrey, GinaK, Flourishes) were all too heavy for my printer so I ended up using cheaper cardstock for printing my digis and as a result only got “ok” results when using copics.

This morning I printed out a page of butterflies from a  Sweet n Sassy digi set and went to work on trying out different colors.  I love the results!  The blending capabilities of this paper is superior to what I have tried before, plus I love how smooth it feels!  Here is just a little sample of my testing:

After I colored in a few butterflies I stamped several images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored those as well.  The paper and markers worked just as well with a stamped image as with a printed image.  

The only drawback to this paper is its price.  At $48  for 125 sheets (at oozak.com)  it’s a bit on the pricey side.  This will be one paper that I only use for copic coloring and nothing else!!

Thanks for stopping by today!

free for all challenge, and I’m published!

Today’s card is for the Free For All Challenge at SCS – which calls for creating something with an aviary theme – birds, winged things, feathers, etc and to use one color that you don’t normally use.  Here is my entry:

The two background panels are stamped with Memento London Fog on PTI’s soft stone paper with PTI’s diamond background and script images.  The butterflies (from Sweet N  Sassy) were stamped and colored with copics cut out and popped up on the script panel.

The yellow background mats are really white cardstock edged with a yellow copic marker.

Now  – about the ribbon accent.  No, I did not have ribbons that matched perfectly with the copic markers – I made them match!  I took narrow ivory satin ribbon and colored three strips with yellow,  green and blue copics in the same shades I used on the butterflies.

So – the butterfly image fulfills the aviary part of the challenge.  The color I don’t use very often?  Yellow, and the soft stone paper.  I liked the look of the paper when I first got it, but now it doesn’t seem to go well with alot of what I do, so this really was a challenge for me!

Published!

One of the goals I had for myself at the start of the year was to submit more items for publications with the hope of being published.  I am so happy to report that a card of mine is featured in the current issue of Through The Craft Room Door!    I won’t be able to post it here for few months, but I do hope you will take a look at the publication (here).     

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

a note about digi images

Today’s Sweet ‘n Sassy blog features a card I made a few weeks ago and I wanted to mention my first real experience with digi images, because that is what I used on it.

The card (details shown on this post here) was created using designer paper from My Minds Eye and a butterfly image from the Sweet ‘n Sassy set called Everday Miracles which includes two butterfly images and some wonderful sentiments.  I had the idea of the card in mind but did not have just the right butterfly image and was thrillled when I saw that this set was available in digi format and at a great price.

I’ve had no real experience with digi images and was a tad concerned because I wanted to use copic markers to color and the paper I usually use for copics is too thick to run through my printer.  But I figured for the price it was a great deal, so I printed the images out on some other good cardstock and went to work.

I was pleasantly surprised that the cardstock I used was just fine and  that my printer ink did not smear with the copics.  I also ended up using this particular butterfly image on several projects – and  realized how useful digi images are because you can re-size them so easily to fit your project.

I will be taking a closer look at digi images – most of what I’ve seen are more along the “cute” side and I hope I can find some that are less cute and more realistic such as the butterfly set used here.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I’ve been working on some things to submit for publication,  which means I can’t post until I hear back from them.  Next week we’ll be traveling up to Boston for my niece’s wedding which mean no time for stamping until I return.