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Monday, July 9, 2012

SNSS July Release Blog Hop!





Welcome to another fabulous Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps New Release Blog Hop!  As you hop along, you will see samples by the very talented Design Team Divas of all of the new stamp sets being released this month...that's seven beautiful stamp sets and one die set...AND they are all available right now in the store!  You read correctly...keep a wish list of your favorites as you hop through the participating blogs, then head on over to the store where you will find all of the sets available for purchase as well as the whole release bundle!  You will receive a free set when you purchase $50.  Pssssst...you'll even find a free set up for grabs at one of the blogs you visit along the way!  Be sure you comment on each blog to be eligible to win a prize.  One lucky hopper will be randomly selected from a random blog to win the whole July Release!

THERE's MORE!!!  Please join us for our first ever Virtual Stamp Day Celebration over at Splitcoaststampers!  Beginning at 10:00 EST, the Design Divas will be available throughout the day on the SNSS Release Party Forum to share challenges with you.  You'll have until Friday, July 13th at 3:00 PM EST to play along in any of the challenges.  Each separate project will get you one chance to win the clear stamp set of your choice from the release.  If you can upload your project to your SCS gallery by 10:00 PM EST on the day of the celebration (Monday, July 9th), you'll get an extra chance to win a clear stamp set from the release! AND...if you use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps clear stamp or digi stamp, you'll get another chance to win!  That's three chances to win a clear stamp set of your choice from the release!


Here's the Virtual Stamp Day Celebration Schedule:

10:00 AM -- CAS Challenge
12:00 PM -- Color Challenge
2:00 PM -- Sketch Challenge
4:00 PM -- Product Challenge
6:00 PM -- Inspiration Challenge
8:00 PM -- Theme Challenge

 So grab a refreshing beverage and some munchies and let's get hoppin'!

If you came by way of Kim Singdahlsen's Joyful Creations with Kim blog, you are right on track. If not head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog to start at the beginning.  Here is a list of today's bloggers in case you get lost along the way.


                               Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog
Cathy McCauley <--- You are here!
Korin Sutherland 


My first sample is from the beautiful new set, "Sheltering Cherry Blossom."  It contains one cherry blossom branch and seven sentiments perfect for sending words of comfort to a hurting friend.


Creative Nugget:  This first card is actually a CASE of a card done by Loll Thompson from when she was the Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers.  I loved the CAS design. The sentiment was stamped on the front first.  Then the card base was sent through the Big Shot with the Canvas Impression Plate by PTI.  The strip of patterned paper from the Serenity Collection paper pad by Bo Bunny was added next.  Finally the Sheltering Cherry Blossom was stamped three times and different parts of the branch were cut with a square nestie.  The images were colored with copics and sponged, then popped up on the DP strip with Dimensionals...nice and easy!

Here's a second card from the same set.


Creative Nugget:  The patterned paper used on this card is also from the Serenity Collections paper pad by Bo Bunny.  The patterns and colors are just perfect for the "Sheltering Cherry Blossom" clear stamp set.  Some of the layers were matted with True Black card stock.  A Fiskars border punch was used under the horizontal panel.  The layers were mounted on Select White card stock and then to a True Black card base.  Stitching was added across the banner and on the horizontal strip.  The cherry blossom branch was stamped repeatedly on a square piece of Neenah Solar White card stock and the two opposite corners were rounded. Copics were used to color the image, and the panel was sponged a little before popping it up on the card.  Some extra blossoms were cut out and popped up as well for some dimension.  The centers of each blossom were dotted with a White Signo Gel Pen.

My final sample is from "The Sea," a gorgeous set with one image and five wonderful verses.


Creative Nugget: To begin this card, the bottom of a rectangle piece of Pure Luxury card stock was masked. Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Fired Brick Distress Inks were sponged on the top to create the sunrise.  The top was then masked while Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, and Shabby Shutters Distress inks were sponged on the bottom for the ocean.  The image was then stamped using Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  A White Signo Gel Pen was used to create the foam on the top of some of the waves.  This was then cut with a rectangle nestie.  Some scraps of patterned paper, a Fiskars border, and True Black card stock were mounted on a piece of Pure Luxury card stock embossed with a CB folder.  This was then mounted to a True Black card base. The sentiment and one of the new decorative elements from the new "Decorative Frame Toppers" clear stamp set were stamped on some sponged card stock and cut with a Spellbinders Label Die.  Some black pearls finish the card.

Now head on over to see some more fabulous eye candy by Jessica Flick!  

How's that wish list coming along?  Hope to see you over at SCS later today for some more stamping fun!

Have a fun-filled and blessed day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
Cathymac


44 comments:

Kim S said...

Such rich and beautiful colors on each of these cards!! Truly lovely!

Jingle said...

These are so beautiful! I love them!

Kim said...

Beautiful creations Cathy!!

Jennie said...

Stunning Sheltering Cherry Blossom designs Cathy! Love the coloring on the blossoms and fabulous layouts. THe sponging on your sea card is amazing...I want to be there sitting on the boat! Beautiful cards!

Basslady said...

your cards are so fantastic and beautiful!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Basslady said...

your cards are so fantastic and beautiful!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Cibele Glazer said...

Your cards are beautiful and let me just say WOW on the sailboat!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Lovely cards Cathy. Your cherry blosom cards are so pretty. Love the tiny tiles, the beautiful colors... the papers. The sea card is so pretty and the colors are just gorgeous!

Sue D said...

Great cards-- I like how you used the cherry blossom stamp and I am a sucker for silhouettes.

Brenda said...

So beautiful and uplifting - great job!

Debbie said...

These cards are all wonderful!! I can't pick a favorite! I took a look around your blog and love all your work and am your newest follower!!

merrymstamper said...

aaackk!! Cathy you outdid yourself.
Love, Love your cards. I featured the same sets and you are making me run for my $ - LoL!

you're my hero :-)

Debra said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the extra details in the Cherry Blossom card where you popped up a few blossoms. And your sea card is very stunning!

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Lovely creations - I love this set! Your sunrise card is perfection! The colors are beautiful! Wishing you a happy Monday!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Krissy said...

Your cards are all gorgeous! I couldn't pick a favorite if I had to! Love them all!

Jetstudio Designs said...

Beautiful card, I really like the sea one and how you popped up the flowers on the other one.

jimlynn said...

All three of these are simply fabulous! Love the first one and the CAS design. Gorgeous set of cards.
Lynn

Bridget said...

The cherry blossoms are incredibly pretty, Cathy, and your beautiful silhouette is stunning...you use color in the most wonderful and appealing way!

Helen Dooley said...

Wow really gorgeous cards! thanks so much for sharing. my fav has to be the one with the sailboat. Thanks

Pati said...

Very nice cards! I like the CAS design and how you used the Cherry Blossom stamp in squares, great pairing with that paper. I like your sponging of "the sea" card and that Fiskars border punch.

Maureen R said...

Absolutely beautiful cards! The sunset card is exquisite! TFS your work with us today.
Hugs,
Maureen

Jessica said...

Beautiful cards, Cathy!! You are such an artist!!

Heather said...

Gorgeous!!! The cherry blossom cards are both beautiful, but I LOVE the sailboat card!! It is stunning.

Denise Marzec said...

Oh my word, these are SOOOOOO stunning. I don't even think I can pick a favorite. Beautiful work, Cathy!

EstherT said...

These are just so amazingly beautiful that I just have to keep going back to look at them again and again! I had to pin one of them so there will be no problem finding them again!
Thanks, Esther

Ceal said...

beautiful cards!I love that boat set

Linda Carson said...

Most EXCELLENT artwork! Each one is unique, creative, lovely and I like them too....!

Cynthia said...

Lovely samples, Cathy. The scene you've created with "The Sea" is beautiful!

CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

Gorgeous cards!! I love the scene in the last one so pretty!! Cherry blooms ar so pretty I love how you poped them up!!
Kristan
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

Laura Love said...

These are stunning! I love the deep, rich colors you used!

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

I love the card with the ship!! Your explanation of the coloring left me feeling like I might actually be able to do that (I never do coloring per se but I do have those Distress Inks). All lovely cards!!

Heather B said...

OMG! You're cherry blossom cards are TO DIE FOR!!! Love them so much.

Mary Kruschke said...

Love, love these two cards...such great ideas with intense colors that really stand out. Thank you for your talent sharing!

Linda R. said...

All your cards are absolutely beautiful! Wow! The sailboat is amazing, but the first one is my favorite. It is wonderful!

Lori said...

Lovely cards! I really enjoy seeing deeper colors. They are all great, but I love the layout on the first card. What a great card!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Wow...your cards are stunning!!

Indy said...

Love your different layouts with the same stamp! Beautiful work!

Barbie said...

Beautiful. I really must learn coloring techniques.

Gloria Stengel said...

Be still my heart! These are amazing!

DJreflections said...

Beautiful cards! I can tell you liked the blossom stamp! :)

rizzosw said...

I absolutely love your cards and the designer tidbits! Oh, I would love to be that one lucky person and win that awesome set!

Marlena M. said...

I love both of your vibrant cards! The colors pop beautifully.

Pam D said...

Wow! Beautiful cards, amazing colors, TFS!

Patricia said...

Great job showing how the cherry blossom branch image can be used for both CAS cards and not-so-CAS ones. Love the colors in the background behind your sailboat!