Sunday, October 31, 2010

November guest designers and new Design Team Members

Wow, here it is November already! This is a fantastic month for Sweet n Sassy stamps as we will be celebrating our 3rd birthday and you know will be having something special going on. I am very excited to be announcing our November guest designers and 5 ladies who are joining our design team. But first, I would like to say a huge thank you and farewell to our fabulous October guest designers Julie and Sandy. We have enjoyed all the beautiful cards you have shared with us and we are very blessed to have worked you both!

And now on to our November guest designers. I am pleased to announce that we have Roxie Glaza (SCS sketch hostess) and Julie Smith joining us this month. These ladies are super talented and I look forward to seeing what they have to share with us! Here is a little more about both of them...

Roxie Glaza- I was introduced to rubber stamping in 2000 to send cards to charities and it’s still my main goal. I grew up on a farm and I'm now a retired landscape designer so I've enjoyed the outdoors my entire life and my favorite card to create will include the great outdoors. I use all types of coloring mediums and design from clean and simple to the more involved cards. I’m happy to be invited to guest design for Sweet N Sassy stamps and will enjoy bringing you some new ideas.

Julie Smith- Hi, my name is Julie Smith (hobbywoman on SCS) and I am super excited to be a guest designer for November! I am married, have 2 teenage boys, and work full time selling insurance. I started out stamping many years ago…dabbled in that a bit, then did some scrapbooking, and eventually came back around – full circle to stamping again. I’d say it’s almost an obsession at this point! When I have free, time you can either find me in my stamp room or surfing the internet looking for inspiration to stamp something!

Now, I am thrilled to introduce 5 amazing ladies are joining our group of design divas. Two of the ladies are former guest designers that we enjoyed having and we are pleased to bring them aboard- Melissa Craig and Monika Davis. The other 3 talented ladies that we are welcoming today are Joni Mastronardi, Amber Hillman, and Jacquie Peifer. I just know that they are going to inspire us all with the wonderful designs. Now for a little bit more information on each of these lovely ladies...

Joni Mastonardi- Hi, I am Joni. By day I am a fifth grade teacher, and after that I am a stamping addict. Yes, I need to go on a twelve step program. I can’t wait to get into my stamp room and create. Lately, I have put my scrapbooking on the back burner and my focus has been cards. I am in awe of all the talent out there and I love to go blog hopping for inspiration. Of course, there is just not enough time to do it all. In May, I had the wonderful opportunity to get Copic Certified. I would say that my favorite technique is coloring with copics and I am constantly working on improving my coloring! I am just thrilled to be on the Sweet and Sassy Design Team! On a really nice day you can find me on the golf course, and I walk Cooper on a daily basis. On a personal note, I have been truly blessed with my dh who supports my stamping addiction and has never questioned “How much does all this stuff cost?” Good thing because I just can’t stop spending… I have two wonderful daughters, who are my best friends. Their husbands are equally wonderful, not to mention handy(they built my craft room, installed central air, put a new roof on our house and on and on). Best of all, I have a one year old grandson (cutest boy in the world) and a three year old Cavalier, Cooper(cutest dog in the world). Yes, I am truly blessed!

Melissa Craig- My name is Melissa Craig. First and foremost, I am a child of God. Without my faith in our Creator I never would've had the strength to get through the trials in my life of late. I am a very proud mother of 3 wonderful children. My two sons and daughter are the joy of my life and they certainly keep me very busy. I have been a papercrafter for more than 12 years and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I am a former Stampin' Up! demonstrator but left Stampin' Up! because I discovered that there are so many other wonderful companies that I wanted to be a part of. I have had the honor and pleasure of being part of design teams for both companies and challenge blogs and being on the Sweet n Sassy design team has been a dream of mine. I am excited to see this dream come true for me.

Monika Davis
- Hi! I'm Monika and I've been stamping on and off for almost 13 years. I was born and raised in Hungary, but I've lived in NH for 14 years with my family. I am a SAHM to 2 boys (8 and 1 1/2). I've been a past design team member for Taylored Expressions and Magnolia, and currently I am on Taylored Expressions Cupcake Sketch Crew, Curtain Call Color Challenges Crew, and Dutch Dare-Card Challenges Design Team. I've been teaching stamping classes for a number of years now in my local stamp store and at my home, and have been published a number of times in papercrafting magazines. I am also one of the winners of Paper Crafts Stamping Royalty 2010.

Jacquie Peifer
- I am the Mother of 3 BEAUTIFUL kids and 3 COOL cats! Kyah is 7 and she loves to stamp! Kali and Kade are 3yr old twins, who love music, just like me! I have been with my AWESOME husband for 16 years!! We are SO meant for each other! I started this stamping journey as a SU demonstrator and have just been going from there! I believe life is short!! We should make new friends,share with others, and cherish those that are in our lives, and above all....ENJOY LIFE!!!

Amber Hillman- A little about myself, I am bambi64 on SCS. I am a stay at home mom to 3 girls and 1 boy. They also love to stamp and enjoy giving the stamped items I make (or they make) as gifts to their friends/teachers. I am married to a wonderful guy that totally supports my stamping that started 8 yrs ago. During the summer I got Copic Certified and have a new love for Copics. I have been published in a few different magazines. I love Sweet 'n Sassy for their Christian (values) stamps as I too am a Christian. And that is why I am beyond the moon to be working on the SNSS design team as it has been a dream of mine.

Please join me in welcoming these awesome ladies to the team! We look forward to seeing the wonderful creations you will have for us.

Customer spotlight Sunday

Here it is Sunday and that means we have another awesome customer spotlight to show you. This week's project is a real treat brought to us by Pattie Goldman. It is a super cute gift box and matching shaped card. I love the pretty papers she chose and Cocoa's gift is one of my favorite Cocoa images. I especially love it paper pieced which is what Pattie did for the present. This sweet guy is available as a digi which sells for only $3.00 and as a stamp set which comes with 4 sentiments and sells for $9.00. So, you can chose whichever format you prefer.

Here is another picture of the cute Cocoa box Pattie made:

Thank you so much Pattie for letting us share your wonderful artwork!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

~ Cup of Cocoa ~

Cup of Cocoa is one of the sweetest Cocoa images.  I really can't decide which Cocoa is my favorite of all but Korin is so brilliant and keeps coming up with new ones.  The more she draws the more Cocoa images I need! This Cocoa image is coming out in stamp form and you can preorder him HERE!

I used him to make the hot cocoa packet above but I also wanted to show that he's cute used on a coffee belly band.  The ideas of things to use him on are endless.  Cute card sets, bookmarks, magnets, you name it!  I always enjoy seeing what other projects people are making!

This is my last post as the October guest designer.  It's been nice being back with SNS and using their wonderful digis and stamps.  Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Sandy ~

Friday, October 29, 2010

Christmas Bear

Well, only 3 days left before our release and start of birthday festivities. I know you are going to love what we have planned and the new stamps are wonderful of course. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to show you one of our digis that was released in October. He is such a cutie and is called Christmas Bear.

I colored this sweetie with copics and added stickles to the bow and fur of the hat. I used the copics to create a dotted bg for him and this was my first attempt so I have some improving to do. All of the edges of the papers were sanded.

Here is a little closer view

Thanks for dropping in today. I hope you will visit this weekend because Sandy has a great project to show us tomorrow and I will be announcing the new design team members as well as the November guest designers on Sunday.

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The First Thanksgiving

Good morning! I made today's card for last weeks Splitcoast sketch challenge ( SC 303 ). The images are Sweet' N Sassy digi stamps. They are ' Pilgrim Girl Molly and Cocoa's Pumpkin' I couldn't resist bringing them together on a card. Isn't she sweet and little Cocoa just makes me smile.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Pilgrim Girl Molly, Cocoa's Pumpkin
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distressed Ink Old Paper
Paper: Blue Bayou, Cajan Craze, Georgia Pacific White and Apple Cider designer paper by Imaginisce.
Accessories: Copic Markers E000, E01, E02, E08, E09, E18, E19, E30, E31, E33, W0, W1, W3, Y17, Y32, Y38, YR21 YR21, YR23, YR15, YG21, YG95, Clear, Yellow, Chocolate and Peach Spica Glitter Pens. Autumn Flower Soft, Cajan Craze Brads, Classic Oval and Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle, Long Rectangle and Classic Long Rectangle Nestabilities. Martha Stewart Leaf border punch, Blue Bayou Stitched Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Wait until you see what Korin and the girls have planned. There's a CELEBRATION coming up.

Have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Smiley Snowman

Happy Hump Day!

Well, it's Wednesday and Korin is hosting the sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.
As you can see by my card, it is a really easy sketch to follow. So why not grab your favorite Sweet 'n Sassy image and surprise Korin by playing along  with us this week.

My card uses the Clear Stamp Set called Welcome Jesus, which includes the words, but the snowman by itself comes as a Digi called Smiley Snowman. I love how you have the best of both worlds with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

I started my card with Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP and matched it up with Close to my Heart Cardstock.
I embossed the blue panel with a cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.

I printed the image three times, colored it with Copic Markers, cut them out and layered for a 3D affect.
I coated him with Liquid Glass from CTMH and then chunky Diamond Dust for added sparkle.

The Hand stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Eskimo Kisses

Happy Tuesday! It's my last post as a Guest Designer for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' and I want to say a huge thank you to Korin for having me! I have a ton of fun playing with SNSS's beautiful stamps and today is no exception.

I used an adorable stamp set, Eskimo Kisses and last Saturday's sketch from The Sweet Stop - perfect combo!!

The colors were taken from this pretty paper from SEI.  For the background burgundy paper I did a faux letterpress technique on it using the Spellbinders snowflake texture plate.  I coated it with white ink first and then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  Once it came out I sprinkled it with Iridescent embossing powder to give it some shine!  I wish you could see more of it around the side, it looks really neat!  Oh and a bit of Fun Flock around the trim of the jackets just adds a bit of fun!

Thank you everyone for visiting and hanging out with me this month!! It went so fast but was tons of fun!  Come visit my blog anytime and say hi!  :)  Have a great day!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Warm Wishes

Hello and Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. We sure had a beautiful one here in PA but I know winter will be here before we know it!

For today's card I used the adorable snowman from the Welcome Jesus set. I just love this snowman!! He is also available as a digi, Smiley Snowman. I used the Warm Wishes sentiment from the Waddle I do? set, thought maybe this could be used for a Winter Birthday card??! I paper pieced his scarf to match my card.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a great week!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Customer spotlight Sunday

It's Sunday and that means we have a wonderful customer spotlight to inspire you today. This beautiful card is brought to us by Mary (merrymstamper). It is from our poppies and greetings stamp set. The flowers are beautiful and the set comes with so many terrific sentiments. I love the colors Mary chose for her flowers and the embossing on the card base is a lovely accent!

We are so glad you let us share your card today Mary, thank you so much! Thank you all for dropping by today and I hope you have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


I had a long conversation with a friend the other day about how much she wanted a certain thing in her life and how weary she was waiting.  As we talked it was obvious that it was a very important request but she wasn't even really praying about it, instead she was just "expecting" God to meet the need.

Do you know that God loves to hear from us?  He loves to hear from us more than just in our times of troubles.  If you think about it, your relationship with your spouse would be rough without communication.  If you ignored your spouse and only talked them as often as you do God, how strong would your marriage be?  Would your spouse feel deserted by you, used only when you had a crisis, or completely loved and communicated with?

One of the greatest keys to the Christian life is waiting on the Lord and having the faith that He hears you and knows what's best.  He promises if we wait on Him, He will give us the strength to keep going!

I used the Renewed Strength stamp set and really love that Korin used an eagle with the verse, Isaiah 40:31.  I also love the fact that this set makes great masculine type cards. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
~ Sandy ~

Friday, October 22, 2010


Hello! Today I have a bright, cheery card to share with you using the newly released Chrysanthemums. Have any of you seen the movie series Anne Of Green Gables? I love those movies...but there is one part where Anne and Gilbert are competeing in a spelling bee and everyone spells Chrysanthemum wrong, except Anne so she wins:) Anyway...I colored my flowers with Copics and did some piercing to frame the image. I hope you are having a good week, God bless!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Harvest Blessings

Hi there and thanks for stopping by!
I just love this time of year with all the leaves changing colors. This beautiful Fall Arrangement digi is perfect to make your harvest cards and its fun to color too!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vintage Santa

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a quick and easy card I created using a soon-to-be-released image from a brand new holiday set! Isn't this the cutest santa image? Once I had him colored I knew I had to go vintage so I got to work first on aging my cardstock. I did that by adding some faux stitching using a sewing tool and creates small indents in the cardstock and then using Distress Ink to add a bit of brown ink to the edges of my image panel.

This sweet image is paired with lovely vintage paper from Kaiser Craft, some twine, and a tiny sage colored snowflake. The open scallops on the top and bottom of my middle band were created using a Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment, which I think has a vintage looking font, stamped in black finished off my card! I should also mention that this is an unusual card size, measuring 3.25" x 5.5" was a piece of kraft cardstock that, folded in half, became the perfect card base for Mr. when that happens. :-)

Enjoy and keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of all the new sets!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Warm Hugs

Eeeks! It's about time to be thinking about preparing for winter!!  I'm not ready. . .I'm not even ready to think about getting ready! LOL!  But, I do have this adorable snowman stamp set, Love You This Much, from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps that makes you believe snow is a good thing!  The snowman is just adorable right?!

I did some paper piecing for his coat with some fun houndstooth paper.  The colors are a bit unexpected but I had several pieces of patterned paper in front of me with a green, red and brown color scheme and thought it looked neat!  The layout is my take on this week's CPS sketch.

I love the sentiments that come with this set - different fonts, different sizes and layouts make it very versatile.  Warm Hugs just seemed appropriate!  Wherever you are today, I hope you're warm!  Have a great day!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cocoa's Santa Hat

I printed the cute Cocoa image onto Neenah white cardstock. This is a new digi for October called Cocoa's Santa hat. But...all you clear stamp lovers- you just might see him as a stamp set very soon (hint hint). I colored him with copics, added stickles to the white trim of the hat and then sprayed it, along with the patterned papers, with dazzling diamonds glimmer mist. Truthfully it would have just been easier to print the image onto white sparkle but oh well. The edges were stitched and rhinestones were added to the corners. The awesome layout for my card is the sweet stop sketch for this week. An added bonus too- this week is the sketch with a spin which is sparkle and that means a prize is up for grabs. Hope you can play along!

here is a close up for you where you can see the flecks of sparkle. You can also see some of the small blobs which is why I prefer sparkle paper rather than the glimmer mist.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope that you all have a fabulous day!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Customer spotlight Sunday

Happy Lord's day Sunday and welcome to another customer spotlight. Today I am pleased to share an adorable card created by Anita Autore.

This cute image that Anita used is available both as a clear stamp set called I'd pick you and as a digi called Furry Friends. I love how Anita chose to use just the rabbit from the image and omitted the mouse. How creative and versatile so you can customize your image to work for your project! I also love how she fringed some paper to create grass- very clever.

There are many great Sweet N Sassy stamps cards to be seen on Anita's blog. I also love a paper pieced hippo card that she made as well.

Thank you Anita for letting us share your card today!

And remember, if you'd like us to showcase one of your creations, leave us a comment with a link back to your project...maybe yours will be next!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thanks A Latte!

Happy Saturday to you! 

With the cooler weather I'm enjoying flavored coffee.  I've never really been into the flavored creamers but Coffee Mate has one out called Peppermint Mocha that we decided to try and it's now a favorite.  I have to also admit that I've had a gift card to Starbucks for awhile too and just used it.  They have a Pumpkin Spice Latte that is so yummy and creamy that it tastes like pumpkin pie!  With cool weather and warm coffee on the brain I decided to use Cocoa's Latte for my card above!  I think this is one of my favorite Cocoa's!

Mental Note:  Did you know....
that it's just 40 days until Thanksgiving and 70 days until Christmas?

With Christmas in mind, here's one more card using Christmas Bear.  This bear is so cute and I added stripes to the hat! 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
~ Sandy ~

Friday, October 15, 2010

For My Sweet Pumpkin

I don't know about you but I think candy corn is such a fun fall treat, so I decided to make a quick fall gift using an empty Prima flower jar filled with candy corn. I stamped one of the pumpkins from our adorable fall stamp set, Sweet Pumpkin, to add a bit more sweetness to the jar. The jack-o-lanterns in this set are full of smiles....when you see them, you can't help but smile, too!

Here's a close up of the lid which reads "For my sweet pumpkin". Too cute!

The great thing about quick projects like this is you can use up some of those scraps you've had lying around for a while. How adorable would it be to pair this gift up with a small matching gift card :)? Love it!

Wishing you a fabulous Fall day full of sweet treats :)!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Poinsettias in Pink

Hello everyone.
Thank you for stopping by today. I am honored to be a Sweet' N Sassy Stamps design team member and today I want to share yet another BEAUTIFUL flower image by Leah Cornelius. I just love her work. Leah's flowers lend themselves so well to coloring with any medium. My favorite medium is Copic Markers. I used RV000, Rv00, R81, R83, R85, R89, G21, G24, G40, G94 G99, Y 15, Y17, O, W0, W1. I then sponged around the image with Distressed Ink Antique Linen and sprayed it with Vanilla Smooch Spritz. The sentiment is from Fancy Flexible Phrases by Stampin Up. I used Wild Wasibi and Rose Red card stock and layered with My Mind's Eye and Making Memories designer paper. The punch is a Martha Stewart border punch and of course I had to add bling with my Swarovski Crystals and a touch of Rose ribbon finishes it off. The sketch is from Splitcoast. SCS301 sketch challenge.

Please stop by Sweet' N Sassy Stamps to see all of the wonderful images Korin and the girls have for you.

Thank you again for stopping by and have a lovely day.

God Bless,

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

December Poinsettias

Happy Wednesday!

For today's card I used a fantastic newly released Digi image called December Poinsettia.
I printed the image twice, colored them with Copic Markers then cut one set out to layer for some great dimension. I added some yellow glitter to the centers.

The papers are from Close to my Heart. The half pearls are from CTMH also but some were colored with Copic Markers to match.

The hand stitching was done with matching Embroidery Floss.

You might want to pick this beauty up for yourself. After all, there's only 73 days until Christmas. *Ü*

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Design Team Members

Today we'd like to introduce you to 2 wonderful ladies who have recently joined our design team. They started October 1 and really should have been introduced to you sooner, but with the Heirloom Stamp Show taking up so much of our time as of late, we just never got to it.

So, without further adieu please welcome Janice Melton and Deb Vandersteeg to the Design Divas Team :). I think you will agree that each of them are very talented and they will be wonderful assets to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

Hello! My name is Janice Melton (catcrazy on SCS). I am currently a stay at home Mom. I live in south central Pennsylvania with my wonderful husband Roger, our 2 teenage sons (13 & 17), 11 cats and 1 dog. I started out scrapbooking about 8 years ago but got side-tracked when I discovered card making about 3 years ago! I enjoy doing card challenges and learning new techniques.

I have loved Jesus since I can remember and am so blessed to be married to my best friend for twenty-nine years who supports me and knows that I need to create to live. Our home is in beautiful, Western Michigan and have three grown children.

I am an artist at heart and have been creative all of my life. I attended college where I studied Fine Arts and through the years have taught classes in basket making and rubber stamping. My work is currently being sold in a gallery not far form where I live. This past July I redesigned my blog, Little Works of Art and I also have a gallery on Splitcoast Stampers.

My passion for rubber stamping started twelve years ago when I was invited to a stamping party. I was hooked. It has been so fun to see my style and ability change over the years. I just found the first card I ever made and I remember being so proud of it, now I look at it and just smile. Well, I guess we all have to start somewhere.

One of the things I love about Sweet’ N Sassy Stamp images is how they lend themselves to many different mediums. One of my favorite techniques is coloring with Copic markers but colored pencil, paper piecing or watercolor would work wonderfully as well.

I want to thank Korin for this wonderful opportunity. I look forward to sharing my creations and getting to know you.

Please join me in welcoming Janice and Deb to the design team :). We are so happy to have them both with us!

Fall Mums

Happy Tuesday my Sweet 'n Sassy friends!!  Last week SNSS released a bunch of great new digi stamps, one being November Chrysanthemum which I've used today.  A quick Google for chrysanthemums turned up some beautiful Fall colored mums, I especially love the variegated variety!

So for my card today I used a great CAS layout and had some fun coloring with Copics. I love the mixture of yellows and reds, it just screams Fall!

One of the beauties of these digi stamps is that you have instant gratification!  See an image you like?  Just add to your cart, check out and download it almost instantly - love that!!

Check out all of the beautiful flower digi stamps at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and have some fun coloring today! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cocoa's Pumpkin

Hello! This is Janice Melton and I'm excited to be making my first post as a Sweet 'n Sassy Design Diva!! Thanks Korin for asking me to be a part of the team!!

For today's card I have used the Cocoa's Pumpkin digi stamp. I love making fall cards and this image is perfect for that and so much fun to color!! I used this weeks Sweet Stop sketch, Cocoa is colored with copics and cut out and popped up. Thats all for now, have a great week!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Customer Spotlight Sunday!

Welcome to another Customer Spotlight post!

This week I'm so excited to share this Templeton Turkey clip, created by Jamie aka jajai60 on Splitcoaststampers. The image is our cute Templeton Turkey  digi that sells for just $3 and is used with our Turkey Day Sentiments digi set that sells for just $1.50.  What a great deal!  You get Templton  turkey and 4 great sentiments for less than $5... $4.50 to be exact. 

If you'd like to have your card spotlighted, drop us a line with a link back to a card you created with our Sweet 'n Sassy stamps!  We love to see what you have made!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pilgrim Girl Molly

This is the sweet little, Pilgrim Girl Molly, and what a perfect image for this time of year.  Where I live we are getting the cool nights and the trees are starting to turn colors!  Fall is here!!!! 

Molly looks like she's got her basket ready to collect eggs, berries or something that she will use to do some baking.  Fall is the time of year that I love warm soups, hot breads and warm desserts!  And....of course all the great pumpkin goodies.

Since we are talking pumpkin, I have to share a new recipe.  I love Snickerdoodles but these are a little twist... Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

2 sticks butter (1 cup), at room tempature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Rolling Sugar:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp allspice

1. In a large bowl, cream butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and pumpkin puree and beat well. Mix in egg and vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Beat flour mixture into liquid mixture a little at a time until incorporated.

3. Cover dough with plastic and chill at least an hour, or until dough becomes slightly firm.

4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (or spray with nonstick spray). Mix rolling sugar in a small bowl.

5. Remove cookie dough from refrigerator. Use a medium cookie scoop (1 1/2 Tbsp.) or a large spoon to scoop out dough and roll into balls. Use your hands to roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar and make sure they’re coated really well. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Use a glass with a nice, flat bottom to dip in sugar and flatten the balls.

6. Bake at 350°F. for 10 to 14 minutes, or until they are slightly firm to the touch. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes or so, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.  Yield: About 3 dozen

Cooking Tips

*Store in an airtight container. These cookies freeze well too. Place them in freezer zip bag and remove from freezer when the craving hits.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Poinsettia Greetings

TGIF! I hope you've had a good week:) My card today uses the newly released Poinsetta December flower. I played along this week over on SCS and that's where the LO came from. For my poinsettias I colored them with Copics and Prismacolor pencils and added some highlights with a white gel pen. The pp is from the new BG, Jovial. One more Christmas card off my list! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cocoa's Pumpkin

Hi there and thanks for stopping by!
Can you believe it's already October 7th? It will be Thanksgiving before we know it. This new Cocoa digi Cocoa's Pumpkin is just in time to make your fall cards.. Watch out this little guy will steal your heart. The sentiment is from the clear set Sweet Pumpkin.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Serene Silhouettes and Josephs Coat

Morning everyone! Today I'm excited to share a card that I created a few weeks ago after trying a new technique.'s not new, just new to me! This is called the Josephs Coat technique and I'm assuming it's name from Joseph's multi-colored coat that was given to him by his father Jacob in the Genesis story.

To get the best results for this technique, use a solid stamp and what could be better than the recently released Serene Silhouetttes set. I love this set and use it frequently....It's perfect for all kinds of card designs! The background designer paper is from Ruby Rock-it and the ribbon with the sentiment was created from white cardstock.

You'll need the following for this technique:
Rainbow ink pad
Black ink pad
Clean cloth or paper towel
Embossing ink pad
Clear embossing powder
Solid stamps

1. Begin with th rainbow ink pad and a brayer. (I did my brayering on smooth, white cardstock but glossy works just as well or better)
2. Use the brayer to pick up ink from the rainbow pad and completely cover the cardstock.
3. Allow to dry completely.
4. Use embossing ink (I used a VersaMark pad) to stamp your solid images.
5. Emboss with clear embossing powder.
6. Then grab the brayer again (it's a good idea to have two brayers for this as the black ink will stain your brayer) and completely cover the entire piece of cardstock with black ink. Dye ink is the best option for this because you want it to dry quickly.
7. Now comes the fun part...Take a clean cloth and rub over the embossed areas, the ink will easily wipe away and you'll be left with your beautiful and colorful image!

Why not give this technique a try today! I had a great time playing around with my brayer and all the color options! Beware...getting inky fingers is a side effect!! :-) And while you're at it, check out the great silhouettes bundle that Sweet 'n Sassy is offering, great stuff!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Harvest Blessings

Hello out there!  I'm so excited it's my day to share with you some Sweet 'n Sassy goodness!  Thank you so much to Korin and Kim for having me!! :)  How about some Harvest Blessings?  This is such a beautiful image and so fun to color!  I haven't made a tent topper card is a long time and thought this image would make such an interesting top! Wouldn't this make pretty placecards for your Thanksgiving table too?

Maybe the reason I love Fall is that I love orange!  It's a happy color for me, and perfect for Happy Thanksgiving wishes!

I added a partial scored line to the bottom for just a bit of interest. It was also a great place to use some orange bling!  I just love the font used for this set, it's beautiful!

Thanks for joining me on this first Tuesday in October.  I look forward to seeing you all again next week!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pumpkin Cocoa

Have you seen the new digis that were just released the other day? I think that this release is especially fabulous! I love Cocoa and the pumpkin image is one of my new favorites. So the card I have to show you today uses it and the layout is the sweet stop sketch for the week.

This is image is so fun to color! I used my copics to do so. I thought I would share the colors I used with you. I also used vintage photo distress ink to sponge around my colored image so the white did not look so stark with my papers.

Pumpkin- YR21, YR12, YR14, YR18, E33 (body of pumpkin)/ E42, E44 (stem)/ YG93, G99 (leaf)

Cocoa- E30, E31, E33, E35, E37/ R0000, R00, R02 (nose and ears)
Shadow under pumpkin- W00, W01, W03

Here is a closer look for you:

Thanks for stopping in today. Check back tomorrow for some more awesome inspiration from another one of our designers.

Have a blessed day!