Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Game On!

This card was made for my favorite gamer using the new Level Up clear stamps and coordinating Game Controller die sets from My Favorite Things (MFT).  As soon as I saw this set, I knew I had to have it and that it would get lots of use :-).

To start off, I die cut the large controller out of black fun foam and then black cardstock.  The fun foam serves a dual purpose of both adding dimension as well as supplying my shadow.  The individual controller buttons were die cut from various pieces of scraps and adhered onto the front.

The sentiment was heat set using Hero Arts White embossing powder and then die cut using the MFT Fishtail Flags Stax.  The dots on the fishtail were added using a Paper Smooches die (Dots and Dashes) and the circle was die cut using a Little B die (Nesting Circles) to mimic the dots on the fish tale.  A Spellbinders M-Bossabilities embossing folder (Garden Lattice) gave the black card base some visual interest.

For the inside of the card, I used the smaller game controller and die cut it in white fun foam and white cardstock.  Scraps were also used to create the knobs and buttons on this controller as well.  Again, the fun foam adds dimension as well as a shadow for this smaller die cut.

The sentiment, which was stamped onto a Spellbinders Labels Twenty Five die cut, was heat set with Sparkle N Sprinkle Black Detail embossing power.

Coincidentally, my design replicates the MFT Sketch challenge this week, so I am entering it in the MFT Sketch Challenge.  I'm also entering the Cut It Up Challenge (embossing, die cut).

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spots and Dots {Scrapy Land Challenge #10}

Today is the beginning of the latest Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this bi-monthly challenge is Spots and Dots, Plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You can check out all the manufacturers that Scrapy Land carries here.

The following dies were incorporated into this birthday card:

~ Spellbinders (Opulent Ovals),  
~ Sue Wilson Designs (California Collection: Beverly Hills)
~ Sue Wilson Designs (Finishing Touches: Dotty 3D Bow)
~ Sue Wilson Designs (Finishing Touches: Classic Bow
~ Die-Namics (Four Corners)
~ Die-Versions (Happy Sweet Wordlet 
~ Die-Versions (Birthday Sweet Wordlet)

I started out adding Pan Pastels (Pearlescent Yellow) to the white cardstock card base to create a soft, pearlescent background.  Then I die cut the Beverly Hills die.  This die cuts out the negative areas of a frame, but does not cut an outer or inner edge.

After die cutting the Opulent Oval from white cardstock, I cut out the words "Happy" and "Birthday" from the center of the oval.  I saved my negative pieces and added them back to the individual letters with adhesive tape.  Sunny Daze glitter was added to the rest of the exposed adhesive, creating a sparkly sentiment.  This was then centered on top of the previously die cut area.

The bow was a two part process: die cutting the base as well as die cutting the overlay.  The base was cut from cardstock covered with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  Before adding more Sunny Daze glitter to the bow base, I adhered the Dotty 3D bow onto the adhesive and then covered the remaining adhesive with the glitter.  My Four Corners die cuts were die cut from white copy paper as I wanted it to be thin, but not transparent.

So, my spots are covering the bow and my dots come from the negative spaced die cut from the Sue Wilson die.  There are lots of ways to incorporate Spots and Dots into your project.  For lots of great inspiration, be sure to check out the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team created for this challenge.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Wishes

Winter Wonderland is one of the new Die-Stamp sets recently debuted at Die-Versions.    For today's wintery card, I started out by stamping my moose onto white cardstock, die cutting him with the coordinating die, and coloring him with Copics.   Buff flock was added to his antlers and hoofs.

The trees were each die cut twice - once in vellum and once in green cardstock.  Next I stamped the trees with VersaMark onto the vellum and heat embossed each one with Shasta Puff embossing powder.  I layered these on top of the green die cut trees.  The sentiment, which is part of the Winter Wonderland stamp set, was stamed with VersaMark and heat embossed with Blue Silver embossing powder.

Cloud Nine velvet glitter was used to create my snow.  I applied brushable glue to the ground and added dots of dimensional glue for my snowflakes and then covered everything with the Cloud Nine velvet glitter.

For the blue cardstock base, I wanted a subtle pattern so I stamped the smallest of the three snowflakes from the set with VersaMark onto the open space of the cardstock and heat set it, leaving a perfect watermarked image.

There are ten new die and coordinating clear stamp sets that were recently released and all are so cute.  If you haven't checked out these new coordinating die sets yet, you really should.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Big Wet Kisses

My aquarium shaped card showcases the new Big Wet Kisses stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I used the digi version and printed it out, colored it with Copic markers and did some fussy cutting.  I added a bit of shimmer to the fish with Memories Mists (Bright Gold and Copper Shimmer.)  The aquarium was a free clip art I found on Google.

The background was created with Bister wood stains and watercolor paper and Mudd Puddles (Ocean Water and Shells) create the sandy floor.  The fussy cut hearts were covered with Dimensional Glue and Gypsy Red velvet glitter.

For the inside, I wanted to replicate the front, so I added the digi sentiment to the center of my clip art and printed it.  The sand was created with Copics and the shells and sea weed are brads.  

Shimmer embossing powder was heat set onto the background of the fishbowl and Ice embossing powder was used to Bling my Brads - shells and seaweed.  (Click the link for the SNS tutorial on how to do this.) 

I outlined the sentiment with a Sakura glue pen and covered it with Gypsy Red velvet glitter for a bit of color and sparkle.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Puppy Love

Have you seen the new Die-Stamp sets that Die-Versions has recently released?  They are clear photopolymer stamps and coordinating low profile dies (both of which are made in the USA.)  If not, you need to  check them out as they are so cute!

Today I'm sharing the new Puppy Love Stamps and coordinating dies, Puppy Love Dies.  I have to admit that I'm wasn't a huge fan of clear stamps as I've had puddling and non-uniform stamped images in the past.  However, I had no issues whatsoever with these stamps and dies!  And they were so easy to use!  I die cut the outline and then stamped the image right on top.  Since they are clear stamps, I could tell exactly where I was placing them on top of the die cuts.  Then I took out my Copics and started coloring.

I decided to create a mini magazine holder that I had seen on Split Coast Stampers.  This made a perfect gift for my dog lover friend.  When it came time to embellish the sides, I didn't have any animal patterned papers that I liked, so I created my own using the dog bone and paw print that came in the set.  Love how you can customize papers to coordinate with the theme.  Here are photos of the left and right sides of the mini magazine holder.  I also customized my little note paper with the paw prints.

One other thing I discovered while making these mini holders is that they are the perfect size to hold my new Die-Versions Die-Stamp sets!  I had created a prototype to make sure I was following the instructions (it was hard for me to see exactly what was going on in the step by steps as the author used black cardstock for the folder base.)  Since I don't like to throw anything away, I started playing around with various things that would fit and not be too top heavy.  Imagine a happy dance when I realized the clear stamps fits perfectly!  
I used the packaging insert from the clear stamps, cut down the sides to fit, and adhered a piece of magnetic paper on the front.  This magnetic page holds the dies in place.  The clear stamps on the acetate already fit without any altering.  The packaging insert, which is taller than the stamps or my magnetic page, acts as a tab between each of the Die-Stamp sets.  I've also written the name of each set in the upper left hand corner for easy referral.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ellie Retail Therapy {Scrapy Land Challenge #9}

The theme for the Scrapy Land Challenge #9 is Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  I've used Spellbinders (Labels Twenty-Eight), Taylored Expressions (Tag Stacklets), and MFT Die-Namics (Chevron Stripes).  In addition the gift bag was created using the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board.

The image is Ellie Retail Therapy, a new stamp set just released by Sparkle N Sprinkle.  She's colored with Copic markers and Blue Jewel glitter was added to her dress and to the Chevron Strip (which was die cut out of Sticker Paper).

Ellie's nails, which are covered with Mauvelous glitter, are all done so she can shop in style.  Ellie is matted on sticker paper which was die cut from the Spellbinders die and covered with Cloud Nine glitter.

For a touch more bling, the sentiment tag was heat embossed using Sparkle embossing powder and Mon Ami Gabby Diamond Mesh was also added to both the tag and the gift bag.

Now it's your turn to upload your project using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You have until January 18th.  Be sure to check out all the other great projects created by the Design Team as well.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Collector

The Collector, one of the new releases this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle, was so fun to color.  I used the digi version of this set and created the background by layering the berries 3 times in a pattern that I liked and printed it out.  I printed the image and the sentiment separately.

The image was colored in Copic markers and fussy cut out.  Elephant Grey flock and Pink Spirit Sparkle N Soft was added to his tail and nose using Dimensional Glue.  Both the sentiment and image are mounted on dimensional dots, with the image being higher than the sentiment.

The card base is a round card, die cut with Spellbinders Grand Circles and I thought the shape matched the sentiment perfectly ;-).  Sticker Paper was die cut using the Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Rick Rack circles and was covered with Pixie Violet glitter.  The card front was die cut from a Super Adhesive Sheet. (I used the same die as the card base.  By creating a card front the same size, I can hide the card fold.)  After adhering all of the elements, I covered the remaining adhesive in Cloud Nine glitter.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sparkle N Sprinkle Jan 1 Reveal WInner

Thanks to everyone who participated in this month's release.  One Grand Prize winner will win the entire collection revealed this month!

This month FOUR new stamp sets were  introduced.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image.  The Collector set #682 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Big Wet Kisses #678   (digi version DIGI678)
Ellie Retail Therapy #679   (digi version DIGI679)
Itty Bitty Robots #681  (digi version DIGI681)
The Collector #682   (digi version DIGI682)

 One Grand Prize Winner was selected from the comments left on the participating Designers' blogs.  

The Grand Prize Winner will receive 
 each of the New Reveal rubber stamp sets (or digi versions, if preferred)

Congratulations goes to 

who said...

Gorgeous card, so fun and cheery! Happy New year!
January 3, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Her comment came from my blog.

Please email Anne at icinganne@yahoo.com to claim your prize.  Be sure to include your mailing address and phone number (if you are an international winner).

Hugs from The Sparkle Team,