So Suzy Friends & Family Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

It's time for a special event with past and current design team members (and former owner) of So Suzy Stamps.  We have created a TON of inspiration for you and hope to inspire your creativity.   There are 4 prizes being offered (see details at end of post) to those who visit and leave a comment on each stop!

Bluebonnet Card - Tic Tac Toe Challenge #45

Hello crafty friends,

April is fast coming to a close and I could not pass up this opportunity (as a native Texan) to share the Texas state flower as the star of this card.  Admiring the bluebonnets in spring is one of my favorite things.  I have so many personal photos of family among these beautiful flowers.  I went on a weekend trip to spend with very special friends I've known since first grade and made it a point to stop by this lovely shop, Stamp Salado.  It's always an adventure to see a new shop and find new crafty toys!

Friendship Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello crafty friends,

Today marks a very special celebration.  Last April 21st, the members of the freshman class of So Suzy Session – How to be on a Design Team came together to have a blog hop. Our topic was “Mother’s Day”.  This year on the anniversary, we are celebrating the friendships and support we have built through the year. 
 for a chance to win a $35 certificate to the vendor of your choice please visit every stop on the hop and comment by April 30th.

I have been making lots of square cards lately - it was time for a little change from the usual card shape and size I make :) plus it's fun to mix in a variety of shapes and sizes.

If you wish to check out the sale at So Suzy Stamps you can click here.

Concord & 9th has several "flavors" of turnabout stamps, which are among my favorite stamp products.  They are made to be used with a stamp positioning tool - my tool of choice is the MISTI.  You create the stamped image by turning your paper one quarter turn in which you can stamp up to 4 times in different colors.  The key to making it work is to use a temporary adhesive to hold your cardstock to a 6" x 6" template and turn the entire template one quarter turn before stamping again.

Since it's not the easiest thing to describe in words, here's a video link (not mine) from C&9 showing the basics since I did not have enough time to make a video on this specific card.  I have the products used in this card listed at the very end of this post (Note:  affiliate links are used for some of the products - If you choose to purchase using one or more of them I may make a small commission, which has no impact on your price - if you have questions about these links, please see my disclosures page for more details)

Top layer:

  • Start with a 4.25" x 4.25" piece of white 80 lb cardstock 
  • I stamped a different color (progressively lightest to darkest color from the ink set) on 3 turns and used the optional die instead of stamping the 4th time. 
  • I used an ink blending tool to apply the darkest color from this Altenew Tea Party ink set onto a separate piece of white cardstock to go underneath the stamped panel.  
  • I popped up the white stamped panel to give some more dimension for the "peekaboo" effect.

Middle layer

  • Cut down a pice of copper metallic cardstock in my stash to 4.5" x 4.5", 

Card Base

  • 4.5" x 4.5" square top fold card base made from 110 lb white cardstock.

Sentiment (die cut & stamped)

  • die cut the word "friends" from a Winnie & Walter die set out of the copper cardstock and black cardstock, adhered the copper die over the black one, slightly offsetting to create a shadow.
  • cut off the "s" to go better with the rest of sentiment.  
  • stamped "missing you" sentiment from this Winnie & Walter stamp set with Versamark ink onto a small piece of black cardstock.  
  • added white detail embossing powder on top of the wet ink and heat set.
  • trimmed down the black cardstock and cut a v shaped tail on one end.

Before adhering the  die cut and sentiment I coiled up a bit of copper colored thread.  I put a small piece of double sided tape onto the stamped panel, then glued down both the die cut word

Mary Kay Werry (start here for the full lineup)
Teresa > you are here

PRIZE INFORMATION:  Visit and comment on each blog by April 30, 2018 for a chance to win a $35 gift certificate to the vendor of your choice.  Winner will be announced approximately May 1st on Mary Kay's blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Remake of Olesya's "Sweet Things" card

Hello crafty friends,

Today I am CASE'ing a card made by my So Suzy DT member Olesya Kharkova - I admired this sweet square card and hope I do it justice with my version.

Just Cards Video Hop | April + Flower Theme

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm doing a video hop with the Just Cards group - we are a group of creatives who regularly post YouTube tutorials.  If you haven't seen it the best way to experience it is directly on YouTube.  The theme of the month is flowers and this is the card I created just for this hop.

Watercolor Art Impressions Way | Tic Tac Toe Challenge #43

Hello crafty friends,

It's time for another Tic Tac Toe challenge - this is the card I created using Art Impressions watercolor series stamps.  I made this in a class I recently took from Bonnie Krebs, the artist who makes all the wonderful images - she's been in business 23 years as of this writing.  Bonnie and her daughter do lots of YouTube videos on the same method used on this card.

CASE design challenge | So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I have some brand new So Suzy Stamps inspiration for you today!  If you love fairies I think I have just the card for you.  This time around I wanted to create a magical, dreamy and colorful cloud background for the fairy to float upon.  Always happy to share ideas for creating handmade cards.  I hope my tutorial is helpful to recreate this look.  And believe it or not one of my special tips on this post is how HAIRSPRAY was part of the process.

SSS Card kit play | Foil Technique with stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I recently received the April card kit from Simon Says Stamp and I spent quite a bit of time playing with the items in the kit.  This is a photo heavy post PLUS there's a video to show you a technique I used to create a couple of shaker cards with a few extra items that are not part of the kit.  Have you seen the new Thermoweb Clear toner designer sheets?