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Birthday Bash Blog Hop {March 2021}

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Welcome to our Scrap ‘N Stamp March 2021 BIRTHDAY BASH BLOG HOP!  We’re so glad you’re here to join us in celebrating the birthdays of both SNS & our bold boss lady, Raya!   Along with a link up of a bunch of fabulous birthday cards, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to one reader who leaves us a comment and having a 10% off Birthday Sale on birthday related stamps & dies (cakes, candles, sentiments, etc).  The sale ends Monday at midnight EST.

Today I’m sharing a card that is fairly easy to put together for one of those last minute occasions… easy to customize for the recipient and assemble quickly.  The star of the show is my current fave birthday die, Birthday Wishes by MFT.  This pretty script works well with a variety of images and can also handle being the star of the show.  I wanted to play some more with Kitsch Flamingo, so I paired it with some yellows & oranges (including Crackling Campfire).

I cut the die from a glossy adhesive backed Cardstock, then used Distress Paint & a foam applicator to add some ombre shading over it.  Once it was dry, I adhered it to a circle I’d die cut from book print and inked around the edges with Kitsch Flamingo.  It didn’t stand out quite as well as I wanted it to, so I added a bit of shading with a black watercolor pencil, which I blended out with a spica glitter pen for a bit of extra shimmer.

For the background, I stamped a large floral design (Glorious Bouquet by Tim Holtz) in a couple shades of Distress Oxide Ink on Kraft (oxide ink & Kraft will forever be one of my favorite combos!) and mounted it on a peachy card base, which I also inked with Kitsch Flamingo.  I wanted a bit more depth, so I also splattered the entire background with Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide Spray.

I know my card is pretty simple, but I’ve seen some peeks and I think you’re going to be inspired by what you see next!  Here’s the full hop order:

Next up is your first look at our newest member of the design team, Lindsey!  We are so thrilled to have her join us and start sharing inspiration here on the SNS Blog!  Welcome to the team Lindsey!

Thanks for hopping with us!  Be sure to leave your comments & share some love- maybe you’ll win a $50 GC to go shopping with in the SNS online store!  Don’t forget to shop & save 10% on birthday treats this weekend too!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Puppy Love: SNS February 2021 Blog Hop

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Hi!  We are so glad you’ve joined us for our February “Puppy Love” blog hop!  Today’s cards are sure to make you smile and hopefully bring some warm fuzzies your way!

We hope you enjoy the fun twist we’re giving our valentines this year and that you’re inspired to play along with us!  We love hearing what you think about our projects, so please leave us some comments along the way.  You never know,  yours might win you a $50 gift certificate to spend at the SNS online store!

Once again, I get the fun of kicking things off here with my card!  I kept on the trend I started with my last card, working with shades of PINK Distress Ink (can’t wait to add Kitsch Flamingo into the mix!), this time using them to watercolor on some Distress Mixed Media Heavystock.

I’ve used some older Tim Holtz stamps that I know are faves of a lot of people, the crazy dogs!  My card features images from the mini cats & dogs stamp set and the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment from the Crazy Talk stamps.  The hearts & chocolate box are from the mini bird crazy & things set (it’s not in stock, but here’s the larger version if you want to pair it with the original sized stamps).

I started with two half sheets of heavystock.  On one, I did some ink blending & smooshing with a variety of pinks, layering the colors for some fun texture.  On the second I stamped a few dog images in Archival Black Ink, and painted around them with the same mixture of colors, picking up ink that was left on my work surface.  I then die cut a variety of  sizes of hexagon tiles out from both of the papers.

Once cut, I added some details with smaller stamps, some tone-on-tone & some black to mix things up.  A Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen was a fun touch to add shimmer to the details.  As a bonus, it also made for some really pretty smooshes for a marbled look on some of my tiles when I ‘mopped’ it up off my work surface!  A few touches of Honey Gold Glitter Drops also added a fun touch.

For finishing touches, I used foam squares under the sentiment and the box of chocolates.  I also added some tiny paper flowers & bits of bling for a bit of texture.  I kept debating whether I should color in the dog images, but in the end I’m quite pleased with the monochromatic look this card has, keeping the images black & white (or cream, in this case).  I hope you like it too!  I’ve got a few extra tiles cut out that I’m hoping to work into another card to share with you soon!

Now that you’ve seen my card, here’s the full hop order!  Next up, you’ll visit Kia… be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win a sweet $50 gift certificate at SNS!

Tara (you are here!)
Happy Hopping!
Inky Hugs & Puppy Love,
Tara

January 2021 Slimsational Cards Blog Hop

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Happy New Year and welcome to the first SNS Blog Hop of 2021… the Slimsational Cards Hop!  Today we are celebrating the fun trend of slim line cards, which are cards that fit in a standard #10/legal sized envelope!  Often they are 3.5×8.5″, but sizes can vary slightly!

Today we are working with the Slim Line Die cutting system by Picket Fence Studios… in fact, we are giving away a set of dies to one lucky person who leaves comments on the blog hop & other social media posts!  The set includes two large layering dies- the largest of which is 3.5×8.5″ and is perfect if you want to make your card base just a tad bigger than that if your envelope allows!

Of course we have a special in case you are inspired to do some shopping after seeing everyone’s cards!  Celebrate the new year & use the code “finally2021” to save 21% on your order!  Happy Shopping!

In addition to the Slimline Cutting System, I’ve used some Tim Holtz dies.  I got the new Merry & Bright set shortly before Christmas, so this was a fun way to use it for a non-christmas card, using just the word Bright.  As soon as I saw the tree window for this set (which you could fit three of across the card front if you wanted!) I planned to pair it with one of the darling deer die cuts.  The  falling stars set was a perfect way to tie it all together.

Both the deer & the word were cut from a piece I had experimented on with gel printing.  Random pieces like this are great for die cutting, and I was able to get a few individual stars out of it too!  I layered the large Kraft layer over a card base made from crackle Kraft Core card stock- an older Tim Holtz product that I don’t believe is available anymore, but seemed like a great fit for this card!

I added a bit of subtle stencil details in the background… mostly because I wanted to try out my broken fence slimline stencil by Picket Fence 😉  I kept it neutral for a subtle look.  As you can see, I added a bit of Nuvo glitter to some of the stars.

I was playing around with sentiments I could use to pair with the ‘bright’ word… and leaning toward ‘the future is bright’ until I found this sticker in one of my small talk books.  Die Cut numbers for 2021 balanced everything out for me!  Tim Holtz’s Alphanumeric dies are a perfect, timeless font that goes with almost any lettering style (mine are the slightly smaller 1″ alpha, which I believe is discontinued).

If you’ve been making cards for a while, trying a new shape or size, like slimline, can really give a creative boost. Especially since it gives new life to older stamps & dies that you tend to use the same way or with the same sort of layout every time.   Years ago I used to make what I’m going to call now “mini slimline” cards that were 3×6, from 6×6 card stock.  It’s a much smaller size, but the design concept is similar!   Even if you’ve been creating slimline cards for a while now, I hope this hop can give you some fresh inspiration!  Next up, you’ll want to go visit Nancy to see her wintery card…

Here’s the full hop order in case you get lost along the way.

Once again, Happy New Year & happy hopping!
Inky hugs,
Tara