Let Your Dreams Set Sail

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Today I'm sharing a card made with So Suzy Stamp of the Month Club September Stamp! This stamp is so fun, I decided I would turn it into a wreath.

I started with an A7 Kraft card, and cut a window out with a stitched circle die. I stamped the Coral stamp in Versa Mark using my Mini-Mist and embossed it in Nuvo Embossing Powder in Cool Jade. I stamped the So Suzy Let Your Dreams Set Sail Sentiment in Nuvo Embossing Powder Crimson.  I covered the window with a piece of vellum with a starfish paper scrap. I finished it off with a few sequins for some color.

The stamps and embossing powder are available at www.sosuzystamps.com   If anything is out of stock, be sure to sign up to be notified when it becomes available. I promise, Suzanne is so good about letting you know the moment it comes in!  Wonderful customer service is her trademark!

One in Every Color

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Hi! It's release day for the September Stamp of the Month at So Suzy Stamps!  I love this one! In fact I love it so much I got carried away and made SEVERAL variations . I got my hands on some of the new Nuvo Embossing Powder and Glitter Drops, so what's a girl to do?  I made all cards in A2 size paper, and ran the colored paper through my My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle die cut. I stamped the  September Stamp of the Month Coral Stamp  in Versa Mark for the embossed images and in Memento Grey for the Nuvo Crystal Drops.  The embossed images certainly looked the sharpest, but honestly, the texture of the Crystal Drops was very realistic looking!  Colors I used for the Crystal Drops were; Gloss Ripened Pumpkin, Blue Lagoon,   Glitter Emerald City.   Embossing powder colors were , Purple Haze Nuvo Embossing Powder  Gold Enchantment Nuvo Glitter , Nuvo Silver Embossing Powder Blue Odyssey Nuvo Embossing Powder , WOW Copper Penney and Apricot Embossing powder. 
Thanks for stopping by!

60 Random Acts of Kindness Day 1

Thursday, September 8, 2016

60 days from today I will be turning the big SIX OOOOOH. I will be sharing 60 random acts of kindness with my family, friends, neighbors and community. Today was day one. I posted a positive message on a public restroom mirror.

I chose the Boys and Girls Club of Farmington.  They host an after school program for children.Hope it made someone smile!

August SAM Two

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hi! I'm showing another card today I made with So Suzy Stamp of the Month August Stamp. 

I took an A2 blue card base and added a piece of red cardstock, ran it through a Paper Studios Anchors Embossing folder, and used a MFT stitched rectangle die. 

I stamped the sentiment  in So Suzy Ink Bites in Celestial Sky, part of the Peacock Plumes collection, on a piece of white cardstock.

I had some nautical-themed paper and cut some diamond shapes with a punch I had on hand, folded them in half and threaded them onto some red and white twine. 

Come join us at the SAM Club!  It is SO much better than the big box store with the same initials! All of Suzy's stamps are made in the USA! You won't regret it!

August SAM Release

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

It's Release day at So Suzy Stamp of the Month Club!  This month's stamp is another fun one!
If you haven't joined the Stamp of the Month club, what are you waiting for?

I kept this month's card simple.  The stamp for this month is a sentiment stamp -
I started with an A2 black card base.  I cut a piece of white cardstock and stamped the Rum Stamp from So Suzy Stamps in Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black several times.  I stamped the sentiment in Versa Mark and embossed it with Nuvo Jet Black Embossing Powder.  I finished it with some Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops

That's all there is to this one!  Be sure to post your creations in the So Suzy Stamp of the Month Page!  Thanks!

Your Inner Compass

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hi! Here's another card made with the July 2016 SAM Stamp! 

This stamp got me thinking about my own inner compass - namely that I want to be sure I am true to myself.  I enjoy being able to purchase things from local business owners and/or people who are trying to supplement their income by selling specialty products that I can purchase from the comfort of my own home.  I like to support our local economy!

So Suzy Stamps are not only local,  but they are made in the USA!!!  As a consumer, that is important to me!  OK, I will climb down off of my soap box and tell you how I made this card.

  • The stamp, of course is from the July SAM collection.  If you haven't joined yet, be sure to sign up!
  • My base is an A2 size blue card. I had some nautical paper and cut two pieces with my Lawn Fawn Ocean Wave borders. 
  • Using my Mini Mist, I stamped the Compass Stamp on a white circle using So Suzy Ink Bites in Simply Sinful,from the Autumn Equinox collection. I know I have said time and time again how much I love these inks, but it bears repeating!!!  I cleaned the stamp off and re-inked with Versa Mark, and embossed it with Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder.  I love the way these embossing powders perform!
  • I cut a circle from some window plastic, and made a shaker frame, filling it with some sequins from 28 Lilac Lane Adventures at Sea.  
  • Using my Mini Mist, I stamped the sentiment from Sherry Russ Stamplorations True North Collection with Versa Mark and embossed it with Nuvo Gacier White Embossing Powder and hit it with my heat tool.
  • I finished it off with a red, white and blue sequin.
Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to stop by www.sosuzystamps.com and pick up your supplies to make your own projects! Don't forget to post them on the So Suzy Stamp of the Month Facebook page!  Have a great day!

July 2016 SAM Release

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hi! Today's the release of July's great So Suzy Stamp of the Month release!  I love all of these Coastal Themed Stamps and this month is no exception!


This Compass Stamp is great! 
Here's how I made the card:

  • I wanted a larger card than I normally make, so I started with an A7 card base.
  • I had some paper that had an old world map that I thought lent itself to the theme I was going for.
  • The compass makes me think of finding your way and navigation, SO I decided I wanted to have some stars. I made a background using my Clarity Brushes and my So Suzy Ink Bites.  The color doesn't show up too well in the picture, so I included a picture of the paper before I cut it up.  It is at the bottom of the page. I used Dew Drop and Thistle Thicket from the Highland Spring collection, Wave Whisper and Mermaid Mist from the Coastal Breeze collection, and Celestial Sky and Plum Passion from the Peacock Plumes Collection. I cut a piece off of the used a Star Punch that I had from Stampin Up.
  •  I wanted the stars to shine through, so I added some Zing Gold Embossing Powder to the top of the card base.
  • I tore a piece of vellum to fit across the card, and embossed the Compass Stamp in the same Gold Powder.  I cut a circle to frame it up  with my MFT Die Namics Stitched Circle Stack Steel Die.
That's my card - hope you like it!

So Suzy's Ink Bites and Babies

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hi!  Did the title get your curiosity?  

Today I've got a card I made using the bonus June So Suzy Stamp a Month Stamp!  I needed a card for a baby shower and thought this stamp would be fun.

I wanted something simple, and  wanted to use Suzy's Ink Bites.  Don't forget you can use the code JANIS10 until the 30 of June for 10% off of ALL INK BITE SETS and STAMPS!

I started with a white A2 size card base. I cut blue and white cardstock using my Avery Elle Wonky Die set.  I stamped several starfish using different shades of brown; So Suzy Ink Bites Wild Whiskey, which is part of the Autumn Equinox set, So Suzy Ink Bites Egyptian Sand, part of the Coastal Breeze set,  So Suzy Ink Bites Rum Runner, part of the Summer Solstice set. I stamped two blue starfish in So Suzy Ink Bites Celestial Sky which is part of the Peacock Plumes set. I fussy cut one of the stars and added some dots made with Gloss Midnight Blue Nuvo Crystal Drops and attached it to the card with some foam tape.  I used the same  blue and white cardstock and the Wonky Die set to cut the banners.  Using my Mini Misti, I stamped the It's a Boy Stamp in Wild Whiskey. I cleaned off the stamp and re-inked it with Versa Mark and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I added two more enamel dots, and adhered it to the front of the card with foam tape.

June 2016 So Suzy Stamp A Month Release

Friday, June 10, 2016

Hi! It's release day at So Suzy Stamps!  This month we get a fun quote from one of my favorite Pirates!  Who doesn't love a little Jack Sparrow!  I'm fresh from a little Caribbean vacation myself.  Walking in that cool, soft, white sand is pretty relaxing, and those sunsets are to die for!  Here's the stamp.  Again, if you haven't joined this club,I don't know what you are waiting for!  Head on over to So Suzy's and sign up today!  Here's the stamp


This was a fun card to make!

  • I started with an A2 card base.  I used My Minds Eye By The Sea Collection paper. I had to settle for a whale - I couldn't find any scary sea creatures........
  • I cut the patterned paper with my Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Dies

  • I used Versa Mark ink and stamped the Jack Sparrow Sentiment, and used Nuvo Jet Black Embossing Powder from So Suzy's Store.  I love all of the Nuvo products! They are so fun to work with. Of course I used my Mini Misti to keep me in line.
  • And of course you can't have a Pirate-themed quote without a pirate-themed beverage of choice, which is-----  So Suzy's Rum Stamp
  • I love an online store where you can type in the word RUM and up pops this cute bottle!  I stamped the bottles with Versa Mark and embossed with the same Jet Black Nuevo Embossing powder.
  • I added some foam tape to the bottles to give them a little dimension.
  •  And I finished it off with a piece of ribbon I found in my stash that matched pretty well. I love it when a plan comes together.
Suzanne is offering a special deal. Starting today until the 30thn of June , if you use my code JANIS10 at So Suzy Stamps you will get 10% off of ALL Ink Bites!  AND Stamps!!!!! Have I mentioned how much I love Suzy Ink bites?  And of course we all love the stamps! Be sure to pick up a color chart when you place your order.
Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Long Time No Sea!!!!

Happy Sunday everyone!  I'm enjoying this stamp for the April Release at So Suzy Stamp of the Month Club.
Everyone has been making such great cards with this stamp! 

One of the perks of being near the So Suzy Shop (other than getting to see SUZANNE in person!!!) is that she brought in one of her design team members Monica Taylor to share some of her techniques at a workshop.  I wanted to use the April stamp to make one of the cards Monica demonstrated during the class.  This is my first attempt:

Inside of Card

I stamped the image on buff cardstock using Mementos Rich Cocoa.  I was going for a vintage old fashioned post card kind of look, I took my Clarity brush and swiped it over some of my So Suzy Ink Bites (have I mentioned how much I love these inks!!!!!), wiped the brush on a paper towel to get rid of most of the color, and painted a little bit of Simply Sinful to the chair, some Wave Whisper to the water, a little hint of Mellow Mint on the palm leaves, added a few strokes of Rum Runner (because I love the name mainly) around a little, and finished the sun with some Sunflower Sue.  The paper is Graphic 45, By The Sea Collection. The idea of a Passport card (my interpretation of Monica's explanation) is to layer on things until you get it to look the way you want. I added a tab so you can turn the page, and glued some sea shells on to go with the sea theme.  The tag was cut from buff cardstock with a punch I have had for a while.  I inked the edges of the torn paper with my Rum Runner Ink Bite and glued them on the paper with some Tombow adhesive, and used my brayer to get the excess adhesive off. 

It was a fun card to make!  Are you a member of the So Suzy Stamp a Month Club? I have seen a "sneaky peak" at some of the upcoming stamps.  You will love them!!! If you aren't a member yet, don't wait!  Head on over to So Suzy Stamp of the Month Club today and sign up!  Thanks for stopping by!

So Suzy April Stamp a Month Release!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I love The sentiment on this month's stamp!  March might have come in like a lamb, but it certainly went out like a LION in our neck of the woods!! Sometimes living in a land-locked state makes me want to head for the water.  I think this stamp says it perfectly!  Suzy's stamps are the best!  Can't you just imagine yourself sitting in that chair watching the waves? 

I stamped the image on PrimaWatercolor paper in Versa Mark and embossed it with black embossing powder. I pulled out my watercolors and gave it some color. The background paper is Graphic 45, and the edges of the paper were inked with So Suzy's Ink Bites in Wave Whisper.  I can't say enough about those inks!  I love having such a variety of colors available to choose from, and they are so reasonably priced! I finished it with some Hemptique twine and a button I had in my stash.    Don't wait, head on over to So Suzy Stamps and sign up for the Stamp a Month Club!  The sea is calling.......

Thanks for stopping by!

So Suzy March Stamp a Month Card

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hi! Today is my turn to show you another card made with the March 2016 So Suzy Stamp A Month Club Stamp!

Don't you just  love this month's Irish Proverb? 
Suzy's Mermaid Ocean Stamp  is one of the first stamps I purchased  - I thought it went well with the SAM Going Coastal theme. I cut a piece of blue cardstock to A2 size, and stamped the Mermaid image  twice with Suzy's Ink Bites in Wave Whisper. The frames were cut with My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Dies and  the sentiment was stamped with Suzy's Ink Bites in Mango Marmalade. If you haven't tried these Ink Bites, you don't know what you are missing!  There are so many colors, and I love having them all at my fingertips!  I don't have to search for the right ink for my projects!   I added some Sunset Orange Double Click Skittles to finish the card. Don't you just love skittles!  They finish things off nicely I believe!  The paper is Graphic 45.  You can find these stamps and accessories at So Suzy's Online Store!
If you haven't joined the Stamp a Month Club, there is still time. You won't want to miss out on all of the fun, AND there is a contest going on over Suzy's for Club Members!  Don't forget to post your fabulous cards at So Suzy Stamps Flaunt It If You Made It
Thanks for stopping by today!  See you next month!

How about a picture.....

Thursday, March 10, 2016

March 2016 Stamp A Month Club Release

Today is the new March Stamp of  the Month Stamp release at So Suzy Stamps!  If you haven't signed up there is still time!  You won't want to miss out on all of the fun!

I Love the sentiment!  I cut an A2 base out of white cardstock, and found some patterned papers in my stash.  I die cut dark and light grey rectangles, and stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Tuxedo.  The fairies are from So Suzy Stamps too.  I added some Double Click Skittles in Mountain Rose, and popped the grey papers with some 3M foam tape.  All items are available at So Suzy's Store

There is also a contest going on for members of the SAM Facebook group!  The customer who posts the most cards using the SAM will receive an exclusive set of stamps that will not be released!  The contest runs March 10th-31st!  If you aren't a member, sign up today!

Thanks for stopping by!

2016 Design Team Blog Leap

Monday, February 29, 2016

 Welcome to the 2016 Design Team Cage Match!   It's kind of hard making cards with boxing gloves on, but when Suzy says hop, we do!  Be sure to vote on your favorite card! There will be two winners for this cage match. 

I love the vintage-looking inkwell stamp from So Suzy Stamps. I thought it would pair well with the new Graphic 45 paper, Communique Collection - the papers I used were Postage and Pen in Hand.  I cut the frame in patterned black paper using the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackable, and stamped the inkwell on cream cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The embellishments are from Artc Embellishments and The Paper Studio.  I stamped the inside with So Suzy's Stardust dancing sentiment in So Suzy's Egyptian Sand.

Be sure to vote for your favorite card! The winners will be announced on March 6 on the So Suzy Stamps Blog.

Martha's blog is next. so please be sure to head on over - Thanks for stopping by - be sure to vote!

February SAM Bonus Stamp!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hi! This month is our fearless leader - the creative genius behind So Suzy Stamps - the one - the only Suzanne's birthday! In honor of this momentous occasion, she included this cute shell as a bonus stamp in the February Stamp A Month Club Release!

I cut an A2 card from blue cardstock.  I made a background on watercolor paper using Ken Oliver Crafts Colorburst in Ultramarine Blue, Violet and a small bit of Pthalo Green, misted it with water and dried it with a heat tool,  I used my Mini Misti and stamped a fish from So Suzy Stamps in Memento Tuxedo Black, and re-stamped it with Versa Mark, heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I stamped the shells in So Suzy Ink Bits in Royal Phineas from the Peacock Plumes Collection, re-stamped with Versa Mark and embossed with Zing Blue Glitter Embossing powder. The frame was cut with a MFT Stamps Pierced Square Stax die namics.  I cut the banner from blue cardstock, and used So Suzy's I'm Feeling Beachy stamp to finish the card. Everything was attached with 3-M foam tape.

All of the materials used to create the card can be found at Suzy's online store!  Be sure to sign up for the Stamp a Month Club if you haven't already!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 2016 Stamp A Month

Hi! Today is début day for So Suzy's Stamps Stamp A Month Club February stamp.  I am in love with this antique looking Captain's Desk stamp! It is sometimes a challenge for me to make a "manly" card for the guys I have on my list, but I will be using this stamp as my new go to! 

I used Graphic 45 By the Sea Collection, Pier 45 paper for the background and frame. I used My Favorite Things Die-Namics  Rectangle Stitched Dies for the frame, and stamped the Captain's Desk in Memento Ink, Rich Cocoa. I used foam tape to give the frame some dimension, and finished it with a piece of twine.

Head on over to So Suzy's Stamps and check the blog so see what awesome things that were created!  If you haven't already done so, be sure to sign up for the second quarter Stamp A Month Club!

January 24, 2016 So Suzy Stamp of the Month Club.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hi! Today is my turn to show another card I made with So Suzy Stamps Stamp of the Month Club stamps!  I don't know about you, but I am just about over the cold weather and snow!  Playing with the flip flops helps me remember that warm weather is coming - eventually!

I was putting away the last of my Holiday decorations and wanted to find an appropriate wreath to put on my front door.  I thought that a flip flop wreath would be fun, but I don't have one, so I decided that I would create one -  in card size anyway!  All supplies can be found at So Suzy Stamps!

I stamped the flip flops using Memento Ink in Black Tuxedo, and colored them with my copic markers. I used So Suzy's Starfish Stamp to add a little color, stamping them with  Memento Ink in Angel Pink, colored with copic markers, and embossed with Zing clear embossing powder.  Fussy cutting was a little tricky - I think I need to invest in a Brother Scan n Cut. I finished it off with some cute Studio Calico Adhesive gems that were new to Suzanne's Shop, and a bow I had in my stash.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Debut Day

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Debut day !!

Today is the first day of the début of the 2016 Stamp A Month Club Stamps at So Suzy Stamps.
Head on over to So Suzy Stamp A Month Club to see the great cards that were created!
Everything I used to make this card can be found at www.sosuzystamps.com - oh except for the Fabulous Flip Flops and Sentiment - you have to be a Club Member for those.  Click on the link above to join if you haven't already!  

I colored the flip flops with my copic markers, and used Flower Soft in Sand  for the sand on the "beach" and in the shaker, and added a few Skittles in Peacock to finish it. 

With the right Flip Flops, ANYTHING IS possible!!!
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