Monday, April 24, 2017

Proudly Patriotic

Today's card features the newly released Proudly Patriotic stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I used the digi version to create this night time scene.

I colored the image with Copic markers and used colored pencils for highlights and shadowing.  A bit of Peach Bellini glitter was added to each of the flower centers.  This not only gives it a bit more sparkle, it is also a tad darker than the flowers, so it gives the centers a little more shading.  Dimensional Glue and Daisy velvet glitter was added to the fireworks bursting in mid air and Sparkling Snow was applied to the "tails" of the fireworks.  The All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 by Impression Obsession was used to die cut the frame around the flag.

The background was created using the Double Glitter Technique and a mask created from die cutting the Tonic Studios Ribbon and Bows Layering Set from a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  (Always save the backing paper instead of throwing it away 😉.) I adhered the mask to another piece of Super Adhesive Sheet and covered the exposed area with Liberty glitter.  After removing the mask,  I covered the remaining exposed adhesive with Cloud Nine velvet glitter.  I also let some of the Liberty glitter mix in with the Cloud Nine so that it had specks of color throughout.

The sentiment was created by using the Glueless Glitter technique and one of the smaller dies from the Tonic Studios Ribbon and Bows set.  Clear embossing powder was the first layer and then I stamped the sentiment with a stamp positioner and VersaMark.  (The Tim Holtz Stamp Platform is a perfect tool to use with the technique.)  I then added Liberty glitter to the VersaMark and heat set it again.  I actually did this step twice to make the sentiment have a bit more dimension.   Fun foam die cut using the same Tonic Studios die was adhered to the back of the sentiment for more dimension.

I can see this stamp set used in so many different situations - of course Fourth of July, but also Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or just as a Thank You to a Vet.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring has Sprung {Scrapy Land Challenge #64}

This year is just whizzing by!  Can you believe it's already the third Wednesday of April?  That means it's also time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this challenge is, you guessed it, SPRING BLOOMS. You also need to incorporate any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells into your project.

The following dies were used to create this card:

For today's card, I started out by dry embossing a piece of white cardstock (already cut to the dimensions I needed using a Sue Wilson die (Noble dies-Double Pierced Rectangles Set B).

Then I added my color using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Lilac Lavender, Spring Green, and Lemon Sorbet) and a stipple brush for each of the colors.  This technique looks really cool in person.

The large flower in the corner was created using multiple Sue Wilson dies (Delicate Daisies Complete Petals, Delicate Daisies Open Petals, Perfect Peony Complete Petals, Perfect Peony Open Petals).  Once the flower was assembled, I added a bit of sparkle using the Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.

The sentiment, an Elizabeth Craft Designs die (Four Seasons) was colored with Copics, to match the leaves) and then heat set using Clear embossing powder.  This gives it a really shiny look and makes it even brighter.

Now it's your turn to come play with us.  You have until April 30 to upload your Spring Blooms project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner, chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Peace, Love and Happiness

Today I'd like to share with you a Christmas card.  You can never start making these cards too early 😀.  The Christmas Holly Blessings rubber stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle was used to create this card.

After stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, the image was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a Tonic Studios die (Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics set).  Nuvo Jewel Drops (Strawberry Coullis) was added to each of the berries.  This gives them lots of dimension.  The trick I use so that the wet drops don't run together when they are touching each other is to do every other one.  I let those dry and then come back and add drops to the rest.  That way, each one dries individually and looks more realistic.  Depending on where you live, these dry really fast, so I work on another part of the project while these dry.

The focal point was then adhered to a piece of cream cardstock.  I added Shimmer embossing powder to the edges for more sparkle and texture.  This layer was then adhered to a piece of dark green cardstock that was die cut using a Tonic Studios die (Blocked Parquet and Garden Trellis set).  The last two layers of this shaped card were die cut using a Spellbinders die (Grand Scallop Circles) and a Cheery Lynn Designs die (Mega Tea Party Doily).

A strip of ribbon was added by applying a piece of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape to the back and adhering it over each of the layers.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hang In There

Everyone needs a little encouragement when going through tough situations.  Today's card is perfect for those times.  It showcases the sentiment from the new Girlfriends Support Set 2 and adds the flower from the Girlfriends Support Set 1.  Both of these stamp sets are from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  (Did you know this series of stamp sets were meant to be interchanged? Be on the look out for more in this series in the coming months.)

I created a double frame by die cutting the Tonic Studios Ribbon and Bows Layering set from cardstock and a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  After removing the backing paper (and saving it - you will see it used in a future post) from the frame, I covered the exposed adhesive with Cloud Nine velvet glitter.

The center of the die cut piece was stamped with VesaMark and heat set with Fabulous Grape embossing powder.  Then I stamped my sentiment directly on top of the embossing powder.

I stamped with VersaMark onto the Fabulous Grape, added White Detail embossing powder and heat set it again.  You can always repeat this step if you want the sentiment to be even brighter and have a bit more dimension.  I was happy with the first stamping, so I didn't do it a second time.

A Crafters Companion (Hessian) embossing folder was used to create my matted layer.  After dry embossing it, I curled down a corner, added a bit of VersaMark to the back side and then heat set it with more Fabulous Grape embossing powder.  I also stamped the small flower from the Girlfriends Support Set 1 onto the card base so that it was peeking behind the curled corner.

The sparkly frame was pop dotted on top of the dry embossed mat and the sentiment was recessed into the center.  A touch of tulle finishes off this very feminine card.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hello Dragon {Scrapy Land Challenge #63}

It's the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means 😊....time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme for the first Wednesday of the month is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

I needed a quick note card and came up with this one, using the following dies:

Die-Versions: Oriental Dragon
Penny Black: Doodles

I started out by die cutting the dragon from white cardstock and then coloring him with Copic markers.  I then added a greenish/blue glitter over his scales (the company that made this color is no longer in business) and a mixture of light colored glitters was added to the other glittered areas.  (Tip: I keep a bottle of mixed glitter on hand for glitters that have been contaminated with other colors.  That way I don't waste any.)

The middle part of the Sue Wilson Designs die was used for my background and my sentiment was die cut from a strip of leftovers.

Although this is a small notecard size, I know the recipient will love it...both for the subject matter as well as all it's glittery goodness.😀

Now it's your turn to join us for this Anything Goes using any brand of die Scrapy Land carries.  You have until April 16th to join in on the fun.  The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

While you're visiting the Challenge blog, be sure to give a nice warm welcome to three new design team members.  (You can find their links on the Scrapy Land Challenge.)  

We can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Corner Garden {Sparkle N Sprinkle April New Reveal Blog Hop}

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle
 April Reveal Blog Hop!


The sets are:

(Digi version DIGI839BG)
(Digi version DIGI841B - includes extra sentiment)
**Limited Edition**

Corner Garden - 842  
(Digi version DIGI842FS - includes extra images, decoupage sheets, and digi papers)

Corner Garden Digi Bundle set - DIGI842FS (includes extra images, decoupage sheets, and digi papers)
(Digi version DIGI843J)

The new sets are 20% off until April 3, 2017, so after the blog hop, hop on over to the NEW STORE and have fun shopping - be sure to check out the OTHER amazing new products as well! With names like TONIC STUDIOS, STAMPENDOUS and HOUSE MOUSE, you're sure to fill that cart up quickly!

SNS also has a brand new blog, which can be found here!

On April 3, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on all the Designers' blogs listed below.  Please leave a comment with each designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize (checked for compliance).  The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS New Blog.  

 There are FOUR new rubber stamp sets being released this month, plus a new Digi Papers set, and a huge Corner Garden Digi Bundle. 

Also, when you purchase the digi versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you are getting lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras include additional images not available with the rubber version, digi papers (in some cases), and now a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machines will also be included with all digi images purchased!

You're definitely going to want both the rubber versions as well as the digi versions of all our new releases.

The new sets are 20% off until April 3, 2017.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the New Store and start shopping.

On April 3rd, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs listed below. Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.

The Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS New Blog, will receive ALL of the new rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

The Blog Hop Order this month is:
Anne (you are here)

(*Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we do.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize (including the Corner Garden surprise post).  
 Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month????

Have you checked out the SNS YouTube Channel featuring Demo Donna?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques!

And now for a bit about my project.

I created a square card with the new  Corner Garden stamp set and a stamp positioner.  The new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform would be the perfect tool to make this super easy.  (SNS is taking pre-sales of this awesome tool, which begins shipping in a couple weeks.)

I began this project a little backwards from what I normally do.  I die cut the background first using the Tonic Studios Greek Temple layering set then I preceded to do my stamping.

I stamped the corner image in one corner and then turned the paper to stamp the same image in the opposite corner.  Next I placed the sentiment in the center and then stamped it with Memento Cottage Ivy ink.  I immediately poured Clear embossing powder over the ink and heat set it.  Even though this is a dye ink, if you are fast, you can emboss it 😊.

The flowers are colored with Copic markers and Fuchsia Glass Glitter was added to the centers.

Several Nuance pigment powders (Violet, Hot Pink, Bright Yellow, Cerulean Blue) were added to my craft mat and then spritzed with water.  I then ran plain white cardstock through the puddles to create a watercolor background for my butterflies.  Once I was happy with it and the cardstock was completely dry, I stamped several butterflies onto the cardstock with VersaMark and heat set them with Brown Fizz embossing powder.  Then I fussy cut a few of them and adhered them here and there.

I wanted to add color behind the die cut, so I used 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape, cut my strips down the middle, and then adhered it to the backside of my project.  this allowed the openings on the front to have adhesive.  I then added Dogwood Rose velvet glitter to the adhesive and burnished it into the openings with my fingertip.

The focal panel was then adhered to green cardstock.  The final step was to dry emboss the card base with a Sue Wilson embossing folder (Climbing Vines) before pop dotting the focal panel on top.

I'm the last stop on the SNS Blog Hop.  We hope you have enjoyed what the Designers have created for you.  Be sure to leave each of us a comment for you chance to win all the rubber stamps revealed this month.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Flower Sihouettes

Today's card showcases the Flower Silhouettes stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  To start out, I created the background first by using a stipple brush and randomly applying four different colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Spring Green, Pure Platinum, Lemon Sorbet, and Lilac Lavender) to white cardstock.  Using a stipple brush gives a rough texture to the background of this mixed media card.

Once I was happy with the pastel background, I stamped the image with VersaMark and heat set it with Black Detail embossing powder. Then I added adhesive to the leaves with a Nuvo Glue Pen (small tip) and covered it with Spirited Green glitter.  Glue was also added to the butterflies and some of the flower parts and were covered with Sunny Daze glitter.  Purple Dust glitter was also used in a couple of the flowers.

The centers of the flowers were given added dimension by applying Nuvo Crystal Drops (Crushed Grape, English Mustard, and Orange Soda).  I also outlined one of the flower heads with Crushed Grape and pulled a pin through the wet liquid to create a pattern (instead of drops).

The sentiment, one of several that come with the stamp set, was heat embossed using White Detail embossing powder.  As finishing touches, the Elegant Border die cut (from Die-Versions), was added to the top and several small butterflies from the Memory Box (Butterfly Delights) die cut were added near the sentiment.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish Blessing

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Today is the day that everyone has a wee bit of Irish in them 😀.  I have one more St. Patrick's Day card to share with you today called Irish Blessings from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

One of the fun things about this card is that it contains a hidden message tag:

I started out by stamping the image with VersaMark and then heat setting it with Coffee embossing powder.  Prismacolored pencils and Koh-I-Noor colored pencils were used to color the image.  The shamrocks and the inside of the lucky horseshoes have a touch of Spirited Green glitter for added bling.

The die cut is from Tonic Studios that I altered.  It's called It's The Little Things Flip Flop die set, but I cut off the flip part and used the main portion of the die.  I die cut this from cream colored cardstock and applied Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Spring Green) to it with my fingertip.  This set also comes with the cut out frame, which I heat embossed with Irish Spring embossing powder.

The hidden message was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder.  I distressed the edges using a Versamarker embossing pen and heat set more Irish Spring embossing powder.  The tag was also covered with Spring Green Nuvo Mousse.

The pattered cardstock is digi paper from Echo Park (St. Patrick's Day Mini theme).

This is one of the other sentiment that comes with the Irish Blessings stamp set.  Although I did not incorporate it in my card today, it is one of my favorite Irish quotes and it is my wish for you today.