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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Away in a Manger ~

This stamp set caught my eye when it was released and I finally inked it up to make this card. The image has a nostalgic feel and the choice to keep it in brown tones made it an easy cardI played along with Taylor's Inspiration challenge here. Join in the fun!
The warm and cozy feel of the inpiration photo made me think of the set Away in a Manger with the barn siding and the light rays above the baby.

here's a closeup version
Stamps: Away in a Manger
Paper: cosmo cricket, SU early espresso
Inks: Versafine 
Accessories: pearls, SNSS dies, seam binding ribbon, Su punch 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gift from Cocoa ~

stamps: Cocoa's Gift
Inks: copics, memento ink, chalk inks
Papers: EP season's greetings, CS
accessories: Spellbinder die, rhinestones, punches, jellyroll pen
Cocoa's Gift is one of  my favourite images of Cocoa...Who couldn't resist colouring this cutie and presenting him at the next party or special occasion?

I paper pieced the gift using Echo Parks Seasons Greetings, used spellbinder dies to cut out my image and also added the fleur de lis accents. The bow on the package is sparkled using the stardust jellyroll pen but it didn't photograph very well. The sentiment is punched out using SU oval punches.

Take a few moments to peek into the store and view the Cocoa images available in clear stamps or digis. They are all 10% off until the end of this month!!!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

We are Crazy4Cocoa ~

Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Crazy 4 Cocoa blog hop!  We all adore Cocoa and thought it would be fun to showcase him all month long. Today, as part of the fun, the Sweet 'n Sassy Design Divas have joined together with a few of the talented Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge ladies to bring a great Cocoa Mouse blog hop to you!  Make sure you've got your warm drink and some chocolate...let's get ready to hop!


Stamps: Cocoa's Mittens
Inks: Copics, Memento
papers: MME, SU cs
Accessories: ribbon, SU Punches, Spellbinder

If you have come from Kim's paperie petals you are where you need to be. If you happened here, join us and be sure to begin at Sweetn'Sassy stamps...

For my first card, I chose Cocoa's Mittens and paper pieced the image using MME paper pad. I cut out the image using the Eyelet Squares die and layered dp onto the snowflake embossed base. I tied it all together using American Crafts ribbon. 

Stamps: Cup of Cocoa
Inks: Copics, Memento
Papers: MME, Kraft CS
Accessories: Baker's Twine, button, Spellbinder dies, SU punch
For my second card, I used the adorable Cup of Cocoa set. I coloured the whole cup and then added the white snowflakes using my Inkssentials opaque white pen. I cut Cocoa out using another spellbinder die. To bring the colours together, I pulled out my baker's twine, they are so much fun to use.

Hop on over to Stephanie Wright's blog and see what she has created for us!Here is the whole list of design team members hopping along today:

Mary Faus   ~ You are here ~

 

But wait...there's MORE!!!  We want YOU to hop along with us!  All you have to do is make a card or project featuring Cocoa Mouse and add your direct link to our linky tool on the SnSS Blog or the tool provided at the bottom of this post.  One participant (drawn at random) will win their choice of ONE free Cocoa Mouse clear stamp set or FOUR free Cocoa Mouse digis!  You have until Saturday, December 17 at 11:30 PM EST to add your direct link...go get stamping!

Don't forget, during the month of December we really are Crazy 4 Cocoa.  The entire line of Cocoa Mouse clear stamp sets and digi images are 10% off


Enjoy your hop! 


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kenya has my Heart ~

These people are rich in their love for Jesus ~ the children were precious and full of life and love. Their curiosity to learn, to touch, to see was heartfelt and moving. My heart was moved many times over.
my daughter with the little ones ~ she was in her element
We (seven person team) participated in a four day Churchwide conference in Nakuru. On Sunday morning, we were split into teams to attend the area churches. We were blessed by the receptivity and hospitality of the people. I believe we all came back different! 
The city of Nairobi...There was much to see. This Picture is just one out of the many I took. The streets were teeming with people, vehicles of various models, vendors selling all kinds of things from produce, furniture, clothing, flea market items...bartering system. I could tell you stories.
The Gamelands in Nakuru ~ breathtaking! I took this photo from a lookout point where our host took us, while on a safari. What a privilege it was to have the opportunity to do so...
A collage of some of the animals we saw..one of my prayers was to see a lion! We saw NOT one but Two!!! I was so happy.
Now if only my body would revert back to EST...I am not complaining though. It was an amazing opportunity and a blessing to participate in this Missions trip. Thanks for bearing with me ~ I will be back to my cards this week :-)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Golden Itty Bittie Christmas ~ VSN


SNSS1VSN3 ~ Add some Gold
Stamps: Christmas Itty Bitties
Inks: Memento, Copics
Papers: Basic Grey, Gold Foil, SU CS
Accessories: Spellbinder dies, buttons, SU embossing folder
Love these little pieces of Christmas Cheer! I am not usually into small images to colour but these are so darling, I enjoyed piecing them into a square to fit into the fleur de lis die. It created a festive look with the paper ribbon band.

I love Basic Grey - hands down! I love the festive little packages that fit the card so well. I added gold snowflake buttons to meet my third VSN challenge and layered these itty bitties on gold foil sticker paper.


Thanks for stopping by ~ have a great day!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rhubarb's Kind of Christmas SNS VSN ~

The weekend after all that delicious cooking and Yes, eating....I took some time to create some cards along with some awesome ladies on the SNS Connection. Here is the second challenge....I featured Rhubarb's Christmas... ta-daa!! 
SNSS1VSN2 - Any Christmas Card
Stamps: Rhubarb's Christmas
Inks: memento black, copics
Paper: K&Co, kraft Cs
Accessories: SU Punch, Spellbinders, ribbon, rhinestone
Love the opportunities to stamp and get challenged to think beyond my scope of creating. Most importantly, meeting and interacting with other people.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your day :-)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Love from Cocoa ~

Stamp: Love from Cocoa
Paper: MME, Kraft CS
Inks: Memento, Copics, chalk inks
accessories: SU embossing folder, ribbon, spellbinder dies
sentiment: handwritten
Happy Friday everyone!! This whole month, we are featuring the adorable Cocoa! For my card, I pulled out Love from Cocoa set since I didn't have any Christmas images of Cocoa to fit the season. One of the things I love about papercrafting is we can always improvise...It is one of the highlights of creating! right?

I coloured Cocoa with my copics and cut him out using my coluzzle circle cutter (Yes, I am old school) Then I mounted that circle onto the spellbinder die. I love that Cocoa's letter is outside the circle.

I hand wrote Cocoa's message to Santa...we all know he's been good all year. I pulled out MME paper pad with Santa peeking from the side! I loved the twinkle in his eye and thought Cocoa's message would be perfect. 

Thank you for visiting me! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How about some Christmas light ~

stamps: Christmas light set
Inks: copics, memento ink
Dies: lacy eyelet border die, cheery lynn doily
accessories: ribbon, pearls, embossing folder
Hi everyone! Last weekend, I took some time to play along the SNSS VSN on the company forum. This was my first card I submitted. The challenge was to make a white on white card ~ the only colours were to be on the image you featured. etc.

I love this Christmas light set and the matching die! I don't use it enough. The dies are also very nice to work with to bring texture and dimension to any project you are working on. Love the new die set that SNSS carries called Lacey eyelet border dies.

I have other cards to show you but my blogger is loading them sideways!! ugh! I haven't figured out how to fix it. That would be me, being clueless. And yes, they are turned the right way on my computer.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cup of Cocoa ~ Snowman Soup

Adorable little snowmen win my heart everytime!!! This particular snowman was just released earlier this month and I coloured him immediately to use in a monocromatic challenge I never submitted. I realized I like the red candy cane too much :-) He can be paired with a cute snowman soup poem also released along with other new digi images, clear stamps, dies and paper!!! 

stamps: snowman soup digi, snowman soup poem digi
Paper: basic grey, kraft cardstock
Inks: copics, memento, colourbox chalk ink
embellishment: ribbon, pearls
You will notice that I only used a portion of the poem...when it was time to put this all together, the poem could not be found anywhere! When I finally found it, I had already gone ahead to finish the card. So, I pulled out my oval punch and used a portion of it to give it the room and adorable dignity it deserves. 

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to swing by the Sweet'nSassy store, Korin and Dan have a sweet deal for every $25 gift certificate purchase!

Friday, November 11, 2011

11-11-11 ~ We pause and Salute all Armed Forces

~picture credit to FB~
Happy Veteran's Day! As the colours are waving today, the songs are played in remembrance of all branches of the Military, I cannot help but tear up everytime. I honour these Veterans, Past and Present for giving their time and lives for this Great Nation! Let's pray for our Troops!


~Reenlisting for the USMC~
Our son just re enlisted in the Marine Corps this past August...We cannot be more proud of him. I pray daily for his life, his purpose and for his protection.

Happy Veteran's Day!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Birthday SNSS ~ Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Birthday Blog Hop! Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is so excited to be celebrating four wonderful years! A fantastic group of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps design team members past and present, along with some special friends, have put together this fabulous Birthday Blog Hop to kick off a whole month of fun. We have 36 stops so the hop will take place over three days - feel free to take your time visiting each blog!  You have until 11:59pm EST November 9th to leave comments on as many blogs as you can.  On Saturday, November 12th Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps will announce FOUR winners (chosen at random from comments on random stops along the hop); each lucky winner will receive a prize pack including stamps, dies, paper & twine valued at $40!

If you have been following along already you should have come from Kim Singdahlsen.  If you are only starting here, please head back to the SNSS blog and go from there.  You won't want to miss any stops along the way!  Also, don't forget to comment on as many stops as you can....the more comments the better your chance of winning one of the fabulous prize packs! :)


Here is what I created for the hop ~
Stamp: God's Purpose Digi, Thinking of you
Paper: Lost & Found MME, SU cardstock
Ink: Not quite Navy, Copics, Memento
Accessories: Lacey eyelet border die, twine, baja breeze corduroy button
Your next stop on the hop is Sandy Domelle, but just in case there are any hiccups, here is the whole list of celebrants on this party train:
 
Mary Faus  ~ you are here ~

Have fun as you hop along ~ Thank you for joining us as we help celebrate Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps four years of creative success!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Crop for Kenya ~ Join us!

Our family is going on a Missions trip to Kenya ~ You are invited to attend a fundraising Crop and Cardmaking event on November 19th. Read the details on this flyer I have circulating on Facebook, emails etc

If you love papercrafting of any kind, bring your projects and join us in a fun filled day! One of the local restaurants are catering the lunch! Prizes and goodie bags are lined up and ready to go :-)


Thursday, November 3, 2011

SNSS Winter Release Blog Hop ~

Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Release Day Blog Hop!  This month we are doing something really fun - the Design Divas and the Digi Team are hopping together, to celebrate the fabulous clear stamps, digis, and dies being released tonight!! Grab your favourite beverage and get ready for some amazing eye candy!  Don't forget to join us tonight at 8:00PM EST in our member company forums over on Splitcoaststampers - we have a great release party planned! There will be full reveals of all of the stamp sets, digis and dies, plus challenges AND prizes!!! 

If you have been following along, you should have come from Ceal's blog . If you are only starting here, please head back to the SNSS blog and go from there.  You won't want to miss any stops along the way! 

Ok, here is what I created for the hop...You will love these festive little Cozy Friends! They come with four sentiments :-)
~ Cozy Friends with a peek of one of the sentiments~
The second card is decked with Christmas Hollies ~ Fa la la la la...This Cozy friend has one tucked in his festive touque (ok, that was the Canadian in me)
~ Cozy Friends with one of the Thinking of you sentiments~
Your next stop on the hop is Janette Olen, but just in case there are any hiccups, here is the whole list of team members sharing new release goodness today

Once you have visited each blog, return to the SNSS blog, leave a comment stating your favourite set from all the samples you saw. Don't forget to join us 8pm tonight at the SCS forum for a chance to win the entire November release!  Have fun and we will see you later!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pink Animals ~ Hope you can Cling to

October was Breast Cancer awareness month - I made this card for one of the Challenges on Splitcoast using these cute Happy Ocean friends. I coloured them using my copics and used my SU punches to layer them.

Don't forget - check back here tomorrow!


Tomorrow, the fun begins right here and other SNSS DT blogs for some hoppin creativity and prizes!  See you then :-)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sweet News and a Sweet Peek ~

I have been invited to join the Sweet n' Sassy Design Divas! I am so honoured and delighted to work with all these talented girls. They have all welcomed me and I look forward to working with each one. Thank you especially to Korin :-) Thank you also to the talented SNSdigi team for a wonderful DT experience! I will miss you all.

And now....I am jumping right in with today's sweet peek. Called God's Purpose.
Be on the lookout for the winter release party this week on Nov.3rd on the Splitcoast member forum.

There are alot of exciting things happening this month at SNSS! Sweet n' Sassy is turning four next week, so that calls for a Partay! Along with this month's release, there will be a Birthday bloghop with lots of chances to win prizes!

Come back to check out the details.

Friday, October 28, 2011

It is Harvest Time ~ SNSDC26

Happy Friday! Fall is here, or was it? Snow is in the forecast for SEPA. I haven't even wrapped my brain around cool crisp days, caramel apples, outdoor fire rings. Either case, I LOVE this new Cocoa digi from SNSS! Every year around this time, we gather in my kitchen and create caramel apples and we have fond memories...

Create a card around a Harvest Theme (use fruit or vegetables in your creation) using any digital image, share it with us by linking it to the tool provided here. Any online galleries please use keyword SNSDC26
Cocoa is coloured with Copics.  I used Basic Grey dp and pulled the colours to create my pallete. Adding an organdy bow to the project was the perfect ending.

Have a great weekend. Looking forward to seeing your creations. Happy Harvest!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Get in Shape ~ SNSDC25

Getting in Shape seems to be the message of the hour for me...body pump, aquatics etc...but in the world of papercrafting anything can fly! Even a yummy cake with chocolate frosting!!!  Our challenge to you from the Digi Team is to make a shaped card, c'mon put on your thinking caps!

I pulled out a new Cheery Lynn Die that SNSS carries in their store! I love the authentic doily look/feel and why not centre a large piece of Cocoa's birthday cake on it? I was blessed with another birthday this week but no cake, beer bread with almond butter topped with a banana did it for me - LOL!

Here's a closeup view of the cake. I coloured this with copics and found papers that my heart desired and pulled it together with the yummy May Arts ribbon. Pearled the centre and voila!

As always, you can use any digi image, link it to the blog and any online galleries need to use keyword SNSDC25.

Have a great weekend! It sure feels like Fall in PA these days!


Friday, October 14, 2011

SNSDC24 ~ Recipe Challenge

Another Happy Friday!!! Our Challenge this week is to create a card using Black, 2 designer papers and 3 embellishments...Here is my interpretation using this weeks sketch from SCS. I chose Get Well Cocoa for my main image...isn't he adorable?

Cocoa is coloured using Copics and I pulled out my BG Capella paper pad for my designer paper and embellished with buttons from my stash. The sentiment is punched out with designer label SU punch.
As always, link your projects using any digi image to the linky tool provided at the SNSdigi blog. Any online galleries, please use keyword SNSDC24.
Thank you for playing along! Go check out what the other DT's have created. Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Baby Rhubarb ~ SNSDC23

Time for another challenge over at SNSDC! This week we are challenging you to create a for a baby card using only digital images from any stamp company! If you use any Sweetn'Sassy images you increase your chances of winning free images from the store at the end of the month! Who doesn't like FREE....
I am especially excited to show you the closeup of this card....notice that awesome paper lace? It is a die cut that SNSS started carrying this past month!!! I was so excited to use it on this card.

My card features the "digi scriptures" you can get over at the Sweetn'Sassy Connection if you participate in the weekly scripture challenges. Adorable Rhubarb accompanied this scripture all decked out in soft yellow. My papers are from MME true blue paper pack. Rhubarb is coloured using copics.

Be sure to use Keyword SNSDC23 when uploading to online galleries. Also, link your card to the linky tool over at the Challenge blog.

Have a great weekend!!! Heirloom Show is happening this weekend in York - Stop by the SNSS booth and say hello to Korin.

Friday, September 30, 2011

SNSDC22 - Colour Challenge



Happy Friday!!! These weeks just revolve so quickly! Today our challenge is to use Red, Yellow and Purple on your card...sounds easy enough right? We are all excited to see your creations this coming week.

I used Cookies gift for my focal point. She is coloured using copics, cut her out using one of my favourite dies from spellbinder, texturized some of the paper and added the purple bling! Wow, that's a mouthful

As always please use only digi images and if you use any of SNSS digi images you get to double your chance of winning the free digis at the end of the month when you play along each week. Be sure to link your card to the tool provided over at the SNSdigi challenge blog. Any online galleries please use keyword SNSDC22 to your work.

Let us see your interpretation to the challenge!! Have a great weekend :-)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Border Punches ~ SNSDC21

Happy Friday!!! Today we are featuring border punches on the challenge blog! Use any border punch on your digi card and upload it to SNSdigiblog using the linky tool provided. There are so many punches out there I am excited to see everyone's creations!
I chose Rhubarb picking apples for my card. Isn't he just so cute? For the challenge, I used a MS punch to mimic a fence row. Rhubarb is coloured using copics and the sentiment is punched out using SU punches.

As always, make sure to use keywords SNSDC21 when uploading to online galleries.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Inspiration Challenge ~ SNSDC20

It is Friday!!! How quick another week goes by...Today we have a fun challenge for you! The colours, fun items and the expression of this girl gives alot of freedom to create your card! How about it? My colours did not photograph as bold as the colours in la photo however I was aiming for the aqua colour, which I used on the Cookie teacup. So cute. 

Here you have a closeup of my rolled flowers with the pearl centres...Love making those. I used labels nine to cut out my image and combined it with some of MME yummy papers.

A fun change to SNSDC...you may now use any Digi images for your cards. Chances of winning the free digis at the end of the month are greater if you use Sweetn'Sassy's digis on your creations. Read the rules on the challenge blog. Use the linky tool provided at the end of the post after you view the design team creations. Any online galleries, please use keyword SNSDC20.

Thank you and have a great weekend!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sports theme ~ SNSDC19

Phillies Baseball is where it's at around here! I pulled out a previously coloured Cocoa I had smudged to create my card. I cut off a sentiment from the digi father's day sentiments for my tag. Will the Phillies be the World's Best this year? My husband is always hopeful.
I embossed my background paper with the harlequin CB folder and made a faux banner with coordinating paper. I used stitched ribbon to create a feel of stitching on gloves. The cute buttons were from a stash of odds and ends ;-)

Please use digital images ONLY for the challenge. You don't have to use SNS digi images to play along but we sure do love when you do! Please share a link to your creation using the Linky Tool feature at the Sweet'nSassy digi blog When uploading to online galleries, please use keyword SNSDC19.

Have fun creating your card ~ enjoy your weekend!


Friday, September 2, 2011

White on White ~ SNSDC18

Absolutely love these cone flowers! There is always an abundance growing in my front flower garden. They are beautiful! Aptly named Coneflowers and butterfly this image is as stunning and realistic as it appears. Our Challenge this week is to use White on White background. I love this challenge!

To create my card, I layered textured white layers and topped it off with my coloured image of the coneflowers. I used copics to colour my image and cut it out using spellbinders labels 9. I chose two embossing folders to give the illusion of barn siding with flowers growing on the side...my mind can run I know.

Show us your creation when you link your card on the tool provided over at the SNSDC blog any online galleries please use keyword SNSDC18. Have a great weekend!

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