Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thanksgiving Friends

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's September 1 Reveal.

This month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced.   These sets are 20% off their regular price, until September 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image. The Magic of the Season, set #653 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Autumn Splendor #651   (Digi version - DIGI651)
Farm Sweet Farm #652  (Digi version - DIGI652)
Magic of the Season #653  (Digi version - DIGI653)
Thanksgiving Friends #656  (Digi version - DIGI656)
Bountiful Blessings #658  (Digi version - DIGI658)
Sweet Holiday #655  (Digi version - DIGI659)

On Sept 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive their choice of:

1) all SIX of the new rubber stamp sets
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets. 

The new SNS Creative Challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. 

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on Sept 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

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

Wonder which Designer contains the Grand Prize this month?

Here's a bit about my project today.

I've combined both the Thanksgiving Friends and the Bountiful Blessings stamp sets today.  Copics were used to color the images and lots of glitter and embossing powder.  In my mind's eye, Gerty is the eccentric one, so she always is wearing funky glasses.  Today, her glasses coordinate with her dress and are covered with Laser Blue glitter.  Surf glitter was added to all of steam coming from the turkey and the pot on the counter.  Eunice's outfit was hand drawn using a Copic red multi-liner.  The sentiment on her apron was added with a Copic Black mulit-liner.

The frame around the girls was die cut using Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Ovals, covered with VersaMark and heat set with Indian Corn embossing powder.  I used the Distressed Embossing technique around the card base with Distress Ink (Pine Needles) and Sparkle embossing powder.  Cloud Nine velvet glitter was added to the strips of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape holding down the string of pearls.  This gives it a bit of sparkle and takes care of any sticky adhesive that might be showing at the same time.  For even more details, you can visit my SNS Art Gallery.

Hope you've enjoyed this month's SNS New Reveal.  Don't forget to leave each Designer a comment and you could be the lucky winner to receive all six of the new rubber stamp sets!  The winner will be announced on Sept 3.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's coming soon

Mark those calendars for the first and third Wednesday of each month.  Scrapy Land has a new Challenge blog and a brand new group of very talented ladies.

The fun and excitement starts in 4 days...
on Sept 3rd

I'll give you a little hint too......not only will you get to see firsthand what these very talented ladies can do, but there will also be a very special Guest Designer joining us for the kick off of this new blog.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Holiday Tag

It's not very often that I can combine two different design team requirements into one project.  But today is the exception as I was able to combine the new Holiday Tag die from Die-Versions with the newly re-released Cheery Christmas rubber stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

After die cutting the Holiday Tag, I covered it with VersaMark and heat set it with Christmas Lights embossing powder.  I also saved the negative pieces from the die cut and added Sparkling Sands flock to the two reindeer (and a little bit of Copic marker to their noses) and Velvet Sparkle embossing powder to the snowflake.

The ornament was colored with Copic markers and then I heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder a couple times to make it a bit thicker and smoother looking.  The words and the bow on the stamped image were covered with a Versamarker and heat set with Cherry embossing powder.  A Versamarker was also used to apply embossing ink to the hook and ornament top.  Silver Detail embossing powder was added and then heat set.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark onto a piece of Clear Embossable Acetate.  White Detail embossing powder was added and then heat set as well.

I used the die itself to create my mat for the die cut by outlining the die itself and fussy cutting it out.  This automatically gives you a border when you layer them.

1/2" Tear-ific Tape was applied to the edges of the card base.  After exposing the adhesive, Velvet Sparkle embossing powder was added and then heat set.  A bit of ribbon and faux stitching around the patterned papers add the finishing touches. 

Monday, August 25, 2014


Sunflower from Sparkle N Sprinkle is another new reveal this month.  The technique I used for this card is the Coloring on Glitter technique.

I stared out by stamping the image with Memento ink (Rich Cocoa) and then covering the stamped image with a Super Adhesive Sheet.  Then I die cut the image with a Spellbinders Beaded Circles die. Using an Exacto knife, I then cut through the beaded edges protective sheet (without cutting all the way through).  After exposing the adhesive, Sunset glitter was applied to the outside ring of beads and Cloud Nine Velvet glitter was applied over the center of the die.

Next I added color to the flower using Distress Markers.  Adhesive backed pearls were placed along the outside ring.  Burlap ribbon and a heat embossed sentiment (using Distress Ink and Clear embossing powder) are final touches to the card.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog

I'm very excited to tell everyone that there will be a new challenge blog in town :-).  The Scrapy Land Challenge Blog will be have bi-weekly challenges and will officially start on Sept 3.

The challenges will be on the first and third Wednesday of each month and the Winner of each challenge will receive a gift certificate to shop at Scrapy Land.

The theme of the first challenge is Anything Goes, using one or more dies brands that Scrapy Land carries.  (There are over 40 brands for you to choose from!)

There is a new design team to go along with this new Challenge blog and I am very happy to say that I'm part of this fantastic group of ladies and am also the Team Leader/DT Coordinator.  They are all very talented and have a wide range of styles that will definitely inspire!

Head on over to the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog to meet these talented women and say hi.  Mark your calendars for Sept 3 and start thinking about your submissions now.

Friday, August 22, 2014


Altered or Recycled is the theme for toady's new challenge beginning at Pattie's Creations.  The theme is a fun one, plus it's good for the environment.  I guess I did a combination of both:  I recycled this old container that used to house drink mixes in little tubs and I altered it using Pattie's Mr. Bookworm with Apple image.

Here is what the container looked like before it's transformation.  I started out by coloring the image with Copic markers and fussy cutting him out.  I also added a touch of glitter to his nose.

I've had the patterned cardstock for quite a while and though it would be perfect for my newly decorated pencil holder.  A little Washi tape finishes it off nicely.

You have two weeks to upload your Altered or Recycled project to Pattie's Creations Design Challenge.  Can't wait to see what you recycle and/or alter.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Singing Carolers

How sweet are these Singing Carolers from Die-Versions?  There are so many possibilities with this one.  Today, I've cut it out twice, once from glossy black cardstock and once from ivory colored cardstock.

I also used several of the negative pieces to create my scene.  All of the negative pieces that were reinserted were die cut from the ivory cardstock and then colored with Copic Markers and Spica glitter pens.  Dimensional dots were added behind the die cut to lift it off the patterned paper.

The new Deck the Halls Sweet Wordlet was added to the card using the very popular (at the moment) Die-Cut Inlay technique.  Basically, you die cut it from the patterned paper (be sure to save all the little negative pieces) and then again from the solid cardstock.  Inlay the solid cardstock into the patterned paper and add the negative pieces back to the letters.  A quick and easy way that I've found to do this is to apply a piece of tape behind the area you want to place the inlay.  This will automatically give you adhesive to hold both the sentiment and all the negative pieces.

To finish off the card, two strips of white cardstock, which were die cut using the Die-Versions Lacey Dots border, was added to the bottom.  A piece of thin white ribbon was added down the center (to hide the seam created by the two die cuts).

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bountiful Thanksgiving

For today's card, I combined two different Sparkle N Sprinkle new reveal stamp sets: Pilgrim Thanksgiving and Wisps of Autumn.

I stared out by stamping the images and sentiment onto a die cut frame by Creative Expressions (Spanish Collection - Granada) with Distress Ink (Black Soot) and then heat embossing them with Clear Detail embossing powder.  Copic markers were then used to color all of the images.

I used a variation of the Covered with Glitter technique to cover the entire piece.  Instead of glue or a Super Adhesive Sheet, I sprayed the piece with spray adhesive and then covered it with Lavender Iris glitter.  I thought this way would be easier considering all the little details in the die.

The Distressed Embossing technique was used on both of the patterned papers combining Distress Ink (Mustard Seed for the first panel and Vintage Photo on the card base) and Clear embossing powder.  As a finishing touch, I threaded a piece of ribbon through the side openings of the die cut before final assembly.