Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Skeleton Cowboy {Scrapy Land #52}

It's the third Wednesday of October and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this challenge is Halloween (plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells). Halloween is only a couple weeks away.  We usually get lots of trick or treaters and it's always fun to see the little ones dressed up.

This Halloween card was a lot of fun to create as I decided to use a Western theme for my card.  The following Die-Versions dies were used to create this card:

Die-Versions Western Horse (temporarily out of stock)
Die-Versions Black Cat Wishes (retired - image from my blog)

I started out by die cutting the skeleton out of white cardstock and then colored him with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker (clear).  After die cutting the cactus, the horse, and the stagecoach,  all were colored with Pan Pastels.  I also die cut the cactus multiple times from fun foam so that I could add dimension to the one on the left.

To create the background, I used various Pan Pastels to replicate what I image a setting sun in the desert would look like.  In real life, the lower portion of the background is browns (like dirt) and the rest is reds and oranges.  Unfortunately, the photo didn't capture a lot of the details and the die cuts covered up much of the horizon line.  But I think you get the idea :-).  My photo did manage to capture a skeleton "ghost" in the sky.  (It's really the shadow of the skeleton on the horse as he is on the saddle side-ways.)

The sentiment is from the Black Cat Wishes die (no longer available).  I fussy cut out the part of the sentiment that I wanted and then added Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to it for sparkle.  The card base is heavy glitter paper cardstock that I had I had in my stash.

This is a very dimensional card and I'm going to enclose it with my son's Halloween goodie box.  (You're never too old to receive Halloween treats :-). )

You'll have until October 30th to upload your Halloween project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  It's always really helpful if you let us know which dies you used in your projects.  The winner, which is chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fruit Notes

Fruit Note is a new digi-only stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle that came out in September.  It's a versatile set and includes multiple sentiments or you can leave that area blank and add your own.

I colored the digi image with Copic markers and added touches of glitter to the wheat stalks (Golden Wheat) and the grapes (Orchid).  I also die cut a couple wheat stalks from Tonic Studios (September Harvest) and also added more Golden Wheat velvet glitter to the inside layer.

1/2" Tear-ific Tape was added underneath the ribbon and covered with Golden Wheat velvet glitter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Spooky Fence

Today I have a quick and fun Halloween card featuring the Spooky Fence die from Die-Versions, which can easily be reproduced multiple times.

After die cutting the image from textured cream cardstock, I used my Copic markers to color in most of the areas.  I left some of the tree bark uncolored to give it an old, weathered look.

The background is a basic circle shape that was colored using Pan Pastels, including a touch of Black Course Pearl medium, which gives it a bit of sparkle.  The sentiment is a rubber stamp that I added googly eyes to.  The card base was embossed using a Crafters Companion embossing folder (Wood Grain).

If you'd like to receive a 15% discount on your Die-Versions purchase (everyday prices), be sure to use the code anne15 in the coupon box when you check out.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Turkey Dish

Turkey Dish is one of the fun new stamp sets revealed this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  All these new Bugaboo stamps, which are now available in rubber only from SNS, are so fun to color.

The image was colored with Copic markers and various glitters were then added for lots of sparkle.  Autumn Medley glitter was added to the autumn leaf in her hair as well as to the highlighted words on the sentiments.  The glitter ribbon, which combines 1/8", 1/4", and 1/2" Tear-ific Tape is also covered with Autumn Medley glitter.

 Margarita velvet glitter was added to the green leaves on her hair decoration.  Rose Gold glitter accentuates her necklace as well as the buckles on her shoes and Sonic Silver velvet glitter creates a nice silver platter for this golden turkey to rest on.

Spellbinders Labels Twenty Eight were used to create the mats and Stampendous dies (Build A Pop-Up die set) were used for the sentiments.  The edges of all the white cardstock was given a bit of color using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  The Distress Embossing technique was applied to the outside edge of the focal die cut using Sparkle embossing powder and Spiced Marmalade.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Christmas Bells {Scrapy Land Challenge #51}

Christmas is a little over two months away and it's never too early to get those Christmas cards started.  It's also time to join us for the latest Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  The winner, which is chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Today I'd like to share with you this card which uses a Bugaboo Digi image (Mini set-Christmas tags) and a Sue Wilson Designs (Italian Collection - Umbria) die.

Sue Wilson Designs - Italian Collection: Umbria

After choosing which tag I wanted, I enlarged it and then die cut it out with the Sue Wilson die.   This set is so versatile and each image could also be used as  ornament or a To:/From: tag.  It's a pretty quick and easy card to make and would be easy to reproduce and make lots of them.  The bell was colored with Copic markers and then accentuated with glitters and Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Silver Dreams glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle was added to the lines on the bell as well as the string holding the bell.  Olaf White glitter gives the snowflakes added sparkle and the centers of the snow flakes have a small dot of White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Drops on each of them.  The ringer of the bell was given dimension by using another Nuvo Crystal Drops color: Silver Moondust.

For the mat behind the focal point, I wanted to have some sparkle here and there, not everywhere.  To achieve this, I lightly sprayed the patterned paper with an adhesive spray and then sprinkled on some more Olaf White glitter on top.  This gave it the random sparkle that I was looking for.

As a finishing touch, the corners and edges of both the card base and the mat were highlighted with more Silver Moondust enamel dots.

Now it's your turn to play along with us.  Upload your project by October 16 for your chance to win.  Be sure to visit the Scrapy Land Challenge blog to see what the rest of this very talented team has created for your viewing pleasure.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Elephant Christmas Tree {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop}

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 October  1 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We have five new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until the 3rd of the month.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  All of the new sets are available on cling mounted rubber or as a digital image.  

The sets are:

Turkey Dish 801  (digi version DIGI801)
Elephant Christmas Tree 802  (digi version DIGI802)
Christmas Tags #1 805  (digi version DIGI805)
Christmas Candles 807  (digi version DIGI807)
Autumn Girlfriends 810  (digi version DIGI810)

On October 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 on the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new stamp sets released this month (or the digi versions, if preferred).

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.  
 Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month????

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge also begins today.  There are lots of prizes and recognition badges.  Come check out how you can become a SNS Featured Artist as well.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flock.

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!

Now for a bit about my card.

I used the Elephant Christmas Tree image because it is so cute!  I used the digi version and printed it out twice so that I could fussy cut out the elephant and the tree for more dimension.

I colored the image with Copic markers and then used glitters, flock, and Nuvo Crystal Drops to accentuate various areas.  On the elephant, Swan Song tinsel glitter was used to decorate the hat and Mauvelous glitter adds sparkle to her heart, the bow on her tail, and her toe nails.  I wanted bright pink for these, so I decided my elephant is a "her".

For the Christmas tree, I used Dimensional Glue on the stars and covered them with Fantasy Gold glitter.  All the ornaments were colored with Copics and Mauvelous glitter was added to the pink ornaments.  Then I covered all the ornaments with Nuvo Crystal Drops (Morning Dew).  This self leveling enamel drops adds makes the ornaments rounded and more realistic.  The Mauvelous glitter shows through the Morning Dew so that you can add any color glitter you would like underneath.

From left to right, Snow White flock, Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft, and Petal Soft Sparkle N Soft was added to the tops of each of the stockings.  The cord that holds the stockings was covered with Silver Dreams glitter and the snow flakes are covered with Fantasy Gold glitter.

A bit of beading was adhered to the bottom of the first mat using 1/4" Tear-ific Tape.  The card base was created using Echo Park patterned cardstock.

Now it's time for you to visit with Eret.  I know she has something special created for you!  Be sure to leave a comment with each of us for a chance to win all the sets revealed this month.

Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Merry Christmas

I've created another Christmas card using the lovely Elegant Poinsettia die and the Merry Christmas Sweet Wordlet die from Die-Versions today.

I wanted to keep it simple and flat for easy mailing, so I die cut the Elegant Poinsettia twice, once from the gold cardstock and once from white cardstock, and used the inlay technique.  I've saved the gold poinsettia for future use and used the negative portion for the background.  The Glueless Glitter technique was used to create the sparkle on the main image.  This is a super easy technique and so much quicker than trying to add glue to a die cut.  First, heat emboss your die cut with embossing powder.  I usually use clear, but today I used Ranger's White Pearls embossing powder.  Once this is heat set, cover the die cut again with VersaMark and then with your favorite glitter color.  I used Sparkling Snow from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  (It's a semi-transparent glitter so I knew a bit of the White Pearls would show through. )  Heat set the die cut again and all the glitter magically melts into the embossing powder :-).

For the leaves that are inlayed into the focal image, I added Spectrum Noir Glitter (Crystal Clear) markers for a different kind of sparkle.  I wanted them to stand out from the rest of the die cut.

If you'd like to receive 15% off any future Die-Versions everyday prices (and who doesn't like to save money - especially when there's no catch), be sure to use the code anne15 in the coupon box at checkout.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Make A Wish {Scrapy Land Challenge #50}

It's already the third Wednesday of September (where has the year gone to?), so that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge #50.  The theme for this challenge is an easy one and something that most of us keep on hand at all times: Happy Birthday.  So create a new birthday card and include any brand of dies that Scrapy Land sells in their store.  There are over 40 different brands available.

The following dies were used for this birthday card:

Die-Versions: Make A Wish Sweet Wordlet
Die-Versions: Morocco Background
Impression Obsession: Cake set
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Tags and More 3 - Leaves

I created this card for my aunt, who happens to share the same birthdate as me :-).  I started out by die cutting my tag using the Tags and More from white cardstock and then giving it color by combining Distress Inks (Blueprint Sketch, Spun Sugar).   I also adhered quite a few of the negative pieces from the Morocco Background die cut to the front for a bit more visual interest.

Next I die cut the cake piece by Impression Obsession from white cardstock and chocolate patterned paper.  For the frosting, I used the Glueless Glitter technique to add glitter.  Start out by heat setting your embossing powder (I used Ranger - White Pearls), add more VersaMark on top of the melted embossing powder, liberally cover with glitter (I used Sparkle N Sprinkle - Bubble Gum glitter), shake off the excess glitter, and heat set it again.

For the candle, which is part of the Cake set, I colored the base with a Copic marker and then added Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Markers for lots of shimmer.  The flame was created using Nuvo Crystal Drops (English Mustard, Red Berry).  I love the dimension this product gives to the flame.

The sentiment is a Sweet Wordlet from Die-Versions.  I took a piece of scrap cardstock, covered it with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink and then heat embossed it with more White Pearls embossing powder from Ranger.   A tulle bow is the finishing touch to my tag.

The front of the card base was covered with more Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink using a blending tool.  The background was created by punching twelve 1" squares from patterned paper and adhering to the card base.

You'll have until October 2 to upload your birthday project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner, chosen by the Designers will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.