Monday, January 3, 2011

The SASI blog is moving!

Thank you so much for being a follower of the Stamp A Sweet Impression blog!  I have greatly enjoyed having you along for the ride and I hope your creative sweet tooth has been satisfied here!

Over the last several months our team has been working hard to get to a place where we can share our work and inspiration more effectively with as many people as possible.  After today there will no longer be posts on this blog. We will continue sharing TE inspiration at  If you are not already a follower of that blog, I encourage you to subscribe!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pursue Happiness...through Coffee

If you are not a coffee lover, I'm betting that you know someone who is! If you aren't though, you can just pretend this is hot chocolate and EVERYBODY loves hot chocolate, right?! :) I hadn't used the coffee/hot chocolate image from Sprinkled with Love, so I made it a goal to stamp a sweet impression...that hasn't seen ink yet! You get soooo many wonderful images in a Taylored Expressions stamp set, so make sure you use them all!! This was a pretty cool challenge I set for myself, actually. There was also a sentiment from Discover Your Wings, that I found hadn't been inked up either. I paired the two, sad, uninked stamps together and found they made magic! Lookee!

What do you think?! Magic folks? I know happiness can be found in a cup of coffee on a daily basis, so these paired perfectly! I'm still patting myself on the back over here for coming up with this, LOL! Well, you know I just can't make a card by itself. How about a little gift card holder to go with??

Everyone has a huge stash of glassine bags, right? So all I did was cut up a piece of element cards from the Early Bird (Cosmo Cricket) crafting kit and stamped another image of my coffee/chocolate milk and popped it up right on top! This is perfect for sliding in a gift card to...Starbuck's yes?? That store must make a killing on gift cards!

If you look closely, you can see little coffee remnants inside my glassine bag. I poured a bit of coffee in there and then dumped it back in my container. My glassine bag now has a coffee scent to it. Ta Da!!! So easy and I just loooove the smell of coffee!

One thing I did want to point out was that I used a Clear Spica glitter pen on my coffee, and it looks soooo cool in person! Click on the pic for a better image. Also, I just noticed that the glitter pens are on sale in the TE Store HERE for only $2.49! Big bang for your buck, I'm tellin' ya folks!

I hope you got a little inspiration today...or a little dose of e-coffee to bring happiness to your day? :) Thanks so much for stopping by and I challenge you to Stamp a Sweet *uninked* Impression today!

Sprinkled with Love, Discover Your Wings
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento, Antique Linen Distress Ink Tim Holtz, Real Red Stampin' Up!
Paper: Choice Buttercream, Real Red Stampin' Up!, Early Bird Craft Kit Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Ribbon Tags Trio Spellbinders, Corner Rounder and Large Scallop edge punch EK Success, buttons, Baker's Twine, Copics, White Satin and Red Grosgrain ribbon Stampin' Up!, Glassine bag

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Summer Sunrise by Karen Giron

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  The week is half over and I'm ready for the weekend!  Today I'm so excited to show you a card I made using the brayered sky technique - I have never tried this technique until today, I know - crazy!  In fact, I don't think I've ever even inked up my brayer!  To make a brayered sky really pop, you need to use a silhouette stamp and Discover Your Wings is the perfect set for that.  For my sky, I chose Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal, and Pumpkin Pie inks, which are similar enough in color, yet have enough difference to see layers on the cardstock.  After I brayered my Choice Snow White cardstock, I stamped the flower image over it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I reached for my favorite summertime color combo - orange, light blue, and red - LOVE IT!  I added a little blue butterfly accented it with Tiny Twinkles - the edges of the wings are inked with Bashful Blue ink and the layout is Mercy's MTSC62.

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recipe -
Stamps: Discover Your Wings
Paper: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up!), Choice Snow White cardstock, Pumpkin Pie Patterns (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Nestabilities, Real Red wide grosgrain ribbon, butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), dimensionals

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fun With Favors

Good Morning Everyone!

I love all the favor boxes, bags and more that Taylor has in her store and for today's project -loved creating some goodies with the clear favors(there are both the circle shaped favors and the heart shaped favorsavailable) and I couldn't wait to use these favors into my cards :) I love using an item for more than one function - and love that you can use it for giving treats to friends to using it on your card for a fun look. I used the clear circle favor that looks like this <--

And created a little goldfishy bowl card with the sweet little fishes from from the Fish In Love A-La-Carte stamps along with the scalloped lid favor box for a little extra sweet holder :)

Here is a picture of the individual card with the clear favor box as the center piece:

And here is a side view of the "goldfish bowl effect":

I love all the favor boxes - its nice to have so many options and I love being able to pull out a favor box when I need something and its already scored and ready to go. I used thescalloped lid favor box to create this:
Project Ingredients:
Paper: Prism Papaya Puree (medium and dark) and Prism frosted Teal and Cosmo Cricket
Inks: Memento Ladybug red/copics
Accessories: spellbinders (circles and labesls), adirondack liquid pearls (stream), kaiser bling, MS heart punch, white gel pen, glue dots, orange and eucalyptus stickles, sponger and dimensionals

Check out all of the variety of favors that Taylor has in the store! And also make sure you hit the subscribe button at the top of the blog, so you can stay up to date on all of the happenings atTaylored Expressions and be in the "know" for all the deals and steals that Taylor has in her store!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sending you happy "fishes" for a great day ;)
(i just couldn't resist :)))
Sankari :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pocket Planner by Jodi!

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday!!
Just the other day, I realized that I never purchased a planner for 2010 (yes...I realized this in can laugh now! lol!!).

I knew I wanted a planner that was a bit fancier than the ones available in the store, so I decided to alter one!!

You can see the first picture of the planner with the super cute kitty (I felt bad covering this little sweetie up!!!). It was SUPER simple to alter my planner to be a bit more "me".

I knew I wanted to use Discover Your Wings. I just LOVE this is SO elegant and yet so fun!

I first used a brayer and a Kaleidacolor ink pad and brayered a piece of Choice Snow White in these beautiful hues of blue. I then stamped the flowers in Versamark and heat embossed them with Black Embossing Powder. The butterfly was stamped, embossed and then popped up for a bit of dimension.

I LOVE the sentiment, "Pursue Happiness", which is also from Discover Your Wings. After stamping and embossing the sentiment, I added Taylor's Tiny Twinkles to each side, and then added three Taylor's Tiny Twinkles to two opposite corners.

I just LOVE how this came out and the best was SO easy to do!!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

Stamps: Discover Your Wings by Taylored Expressions
Paper: Black & Choice Snow White
Ink: Versamark & Kaleidacolor
Accessories: Pocket Planner, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Black Embossing Powder and Foam Tape


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Puppy Love

Hi Everybody!!

I am SOO excited to be posting here for my very first time since becoming a member of the Baker's Dozen! somebody pinch me!!

Well, I don't know about you guys, but I am just thrilled with this month's new stamps.! (especially the new Stamps A La Carte!!)
I still can't get over the versatility these individual stamps offer, not to mention, they are budget friendly too!

For me, the best way to determine if I truly want to purchase a stamp or stamp set, is figuring out the number of ways I can use it. (without looking repetitive of course!)
So today I am going to show you a way you can use your stamps, and card-making "scraps" to make a super-cute scrapbook page!

This little brat is my baby Tyson. I haven't scrapped too many pictures of him because he has kept me busy for the past 8 months! He is just a handful, and people tell me Boxers are such calm and sweet dogs, but goodness he must not have gotten the memo because all he does is drive me nuts!! It doesn't help, that at 10 months old, he is well over 60lbs., so that means when he's tearing down the street I am usually flapping in the wind behind him!!! Then again, one look at that face, and it's all over - could you resist?? :)

Anyway, onto my page! As soon as I saw the Big Love stamp in the Animal Love stamp set I thought it would be just perfect for a scrapbook page, and you can literally use it for anything!! Of course the "It's a love Thing" is just as perfect and all I did was stamp it onto my Choice Buttercream Cardstock, and cut out each word individually. All of the patterned papers I used on my layout are from the October Afternoon Cherry Hill Collection. I cannot tell you how utterly divine these papers are, and if you're into retro/vintage looking prints, you will pass out from sheer excitement, trust me. I did., and I liked it.

Now seriously, the trick to doing a layout like this, is use your scraps! no measuring, no worries, just layer some patterns you like and voila! I have to say, the inspiration behind this page was the little dog house from my Scotties in Love stamp, so I had to use it for my page!! I stamped it onto my Choice Buttercream cardstock, and colored it using Copic markers. I then cut out the doggies, since I only need the house, and adhered it to my page using dimensionals. I also cut out an additional heart from my patterned paper and mounted it onto the little house, for some extra pop! I could not resist adding one more little embellishment, and what could be better than this ultra Adorable polymer clay cupcake button tied up with some fun (and matching!!) Farmers Market lime twine!

I absolutely loved how this page tuned out, but what I loved most was using my stamps to make it! Thank you for letting me share my "scrappy" look at our TE stamps, I hope you'll be inspired to ink up your stamps on some layouts too!!

Big Love to you all!!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Our Friday Friend Beate AND TESC Celebrates 100!

Happy Friday! It's a BIG day here at Stamp a Sweet Impression! Taylor is presenting her 100th Sketch for you to play along with over on her blog (head over there for all the info including PRIZES!) and Our Friday Friend is helping us celebrate with a sample for the TESC100 sketch. This week Our Friday Friend probably needs no introduction - certainly not to those of you who participate at Splitcoaststampers - Beate Johns is the Creative Director at SCS and brings us incredible tutorials week after week! In fact when we saw this amazing card created for this week's SCS tutorial we rushed to ask her to join us here at SASI today.

We asked Beate a few questions so you can get to know her better.

--What city/state so you live in?
I currently live on Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio.
--How did you get addicted to papercrafts? How long have you been stamping?
After moving from a Nato bade in Germany to Scott AFB, Illinois, I couldn't find a quilting group on base. Everyone seemed to be talking about stamping. So I went to a Stampin' Up! workshop. I was hooked immediately. It was in January and I got FREE stamps for ordering. How cool is that? I have been stamping ever since.
--How would you describe your style? What are your favorite projects to create?
I love to sponge, distress, and sew and on my cards. It seems I can't create a card without several layers and lately, without using Nestabilities. My favorite projects are still cards. Coming from quilting, I love how fast a card somes together.
--Do you have a favorite TE image?
I can't narrow it down to one image. My favorite three sets are the new Animal Love Sentiments (with all those cute matching animal images), Discover Your Wings (featured here) and Christmas Blessings.
--What is your favorite sweet treat?
My favorite candy bar is Milky Way. My favorite cake is Donauwelle and my favorite cookie is Spritzgebaeck.

Beate's beautfiul card features Discover Your Wings. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this set through the end of February are donated to the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation.
See more of Beate's work at her blog Fresh and Fun.
Thank you Beate for being Our Friday Friend!!!
We hope all of our readers will make some time to stamp this weekend and play in Taylor's 100th Sketch Challenge!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Your Sweet New Place by Charmaine Ikach

One of my favorite things to do with my stamps is to find other ways to use them, or to use them "out of the box". When I was playing with the new Window Shopping set from Taylored Expressions, I discovered something interesting that I wanted to share! I had stamped the one window on a smaller piece of paper in order to layer onto a card. I went on to pick out paper and when I went to look for my stamped window, the paper had been turned upside down on my desk and I looked at it and thought "Hey, that looks like an aquarium!" And so this idea was born! So, I colored the "aquarium" and the "gravel" on the bottom. Then I inked and stamped the fish from the Fish in Love stamp. None of the sentiments from the Animals in Love Sentiments set conveyed the message I wanted to get across with my discovery, so I started looking at all of my Taylored Expressions stamp sets and came across Sweet Occasions. How perfect would "Congrats on your sweet new place" be for two fish who bought a new aquarium! LOL Anyway, I thought it was a cute new way to congratulate someone on a new house. . .and another way you can use your windows in the Window Shopping set! Hope you enjoyed my tip!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cookie Treats by Karen Motz

I have a quick little treat to share with you today and it was inspired by the fantastic new Bakery Business set.
I baked some cookies yesterday and was thinking of my Bakery Business set as I was mixing the batter. Then once the cookies were baked and cool I thought it would be fun to package up a few to give to my friends. I used the diaper fold pouch tutorial on Splitcoast for the cookie holder.
The image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black onto Choice Snow White and cut out with circle Nestabilities. I coloured it with copics and added fun details like a glossy cherry on the cupcake and pink Tiny Twinkles for the earrings and necklace.
The patterned papers I chose for the pouches are all from the My Mind's Eye Bloom and Grow collection. To fit my cookies I started with a 7 inch square of patterned paper. The "Diet starts tomorrow..." sentiment cracks me up and it seemed like the perfect sentiment for a little cookie treat!

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Turtally In Love Anniversary Card by Jackie Pedro

Hi there! It's Jackie here to show you that the ADORABLE new Animals in Love stamps from Taylored Expressions aren't just for Valentine's Day!

My husband is probably like most husbands...he TOLERATES my stamping addiction! Yes, he complains that I spend too much time in my craft area and on the computer, but he LOVES to critique my cards! LOL! AND whenever he needs a card he always turns to my stash! He won't admit it, but I know he loves that I have hobby that I truly enjoy.

My husband and I will be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary in the next few months so I decided to make him an anniversary card using some of HIS favorite things!

So I bet you're wondering what his favorites might be? Well, you're looking at it! He loves whimsical animal stamps. He'd take that over a flower ANY day! He loves Kraft cardstock, the color green, buttons and he especially loves when I sew on my cards! (he really wishes I'd using the sewing machine for something useful, like hemming and such, but he settles for cards! LOL!) He could probably do without the bow, but I couldn't resist!

I stamped the turtles in Memento Tuxedo Black in onto Choice Buttercream, colored them in with Copic markers and while the die was still in place I sponged some Spring Moss ink (PTI) around the edges. The DP is the new Garden Variety from Cosmo Cricket.

Here is a view of the inside of the card. I continued with some more of the dp and added the "I'm TURTALLY in love with you" sentiment (from Animal Love Sentiments). I know he's going to love it!