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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Holidays {Scrapy Land Challenge #62}

Can you believe it's already the middle of the month?  😊  Well, it is and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Favorite Holidays, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

You can find the Product brands here and then take a look at all the New Arrivals (there's over 500 of them!)

For my card today, I created a very soft, pastel looking Christmas card.  It was really hard to choose between St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, and Christmas.  But practicality won out as I send more Christmas cards than both of the other two holidays.  The dies I used are as follows:

Die-Versions: Merry Christmas Sweet Wordlet
Memory Box: Elliana plate
Lifestyle Crafts: Nesting Scallop Ovals (you can find lots of substitutions here)

I dry embossed the Elliana plate and then heat embossed it with Sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Next I die cut the Christmas Tree and heat embossed it with Belgian Cream embossing powder (also made by Sparkle N Sprinkle).  I then used a few Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to color the embossing powder.  The ink puddled up on the embossing powder, but when I dabbed it away with a paper towel, it left a light, soft color on the powder.  And that was what I was hoping for.  I also added Nuvo Glitter Drops (Ruby Slippers) to the berries on the tree.

I die cut an oval frame from some older Lifestyle Crafts dies I have, but any nesting oval dies will work for this step.  I adhered this to the background and then added the Christmas Tree in the center.

I die cut the sentiment from white cardstock and applied more Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers for a bright pop of color.

Be sure to check out the Scrapy Land Challenge to see which holidays are the favorites of other the designers.  Then upload your Favorite Holiday project.  You will have until April 2 to join in on the fun.  The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Bonnet Bouquet

Today I'd like to share an acetate card with you featuring the newly released Bonnet Bouquet stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The front of this mixed media card was created with Embossable Clear Acetate sheets, Tonic Studios die (Mixed Edge Rectangles Layering Basics die set), and Super Thick Silver embossing powder.

To start off, I sprinkled some Super Thick Silver embossing powder onto the embossable acetate and heat set it from the bottom.  Don't try this with regular acetate as the heat will curl and melt the acetate.

The image was stamped with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and colored with Copics and colored pencils.  Various glitters were used to accent the flower centers: Sunny Daze, Guava Nectar, Orchid, and Raspberry Soda.  Princess Anna Royal glitter was used to accent the ribbon and bow.

I then die cut a couple frames using the Tonic Studios die set.  I love that they have little notches on each side of the dies so you can line them up properly and cut out an even frame.

I also die cut another piece of navy cardstock to fit inside the smaller of the two frames.  I stamped the sentiment and the single flower (multiple times) with VersaMark and then heat set it with White Detail embossing powder.

I fiddled around with the placement so that the flowers would show through the frame on the front and not be obscured with some of the Super Thick Silver embossing powder.  Once I was happy with how it looked from the front, I adhered this piece to the inside of the card.

On the front of the card (the acetate), I adhered the frames and made sure the smaller of the two frames was positioned over the inside piece.  I then adhered the fussy cut image on top.  You still see the white flowers peeking around the edges of the focal image, but you don't see the sentiment until you open the card.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Adventures Await

It's the first Wednesday of March and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for the first Wednesday is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

Today I used several dies, all from Die-Versions, to create my little poster.  Here are the dies I used:

Die-Versions: Reading Tree
Die-Versions: A Little Lime font
Die-Versions: Bricks Background

I started out by die cutting the Reading Tree die set and the Bricks Background from black cardstock.  I added a bit of bling to the tree using glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle: Jasper Blue for the birds and the bow in the little girl's hair and Lator Gator for the leaves starting to come out.

For the Bricks Background, I first heat embossed Winter Berry embossing powder on top of the black cardstock and then randomly sprinkled White Spark embossing powder on top of the Winter Berry.  This gave it a two toned look.

The dies were then adhered to a piece of red cardstock.  The color was a little too bright, plus I wanted variations of color here as well.  So I used the Direct to Paper technique and added Fired Brick Distress Ink to the red cardstock.  The color variation is subtle, but in person it's more noticeable.

I found some books clipart on the computer and printed it on white cardstock.  I then adhered the focal panel and the message onto the digi paper I created.

My not-so-subtle message about how reading is fun was created using white cardstock and A Little Lime font.  I left these white as I really wanted the letters to stand out.

Now it's your turn to come play with us.  You have until March 12 to upload your project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner is chosen by the design team and will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

I'm entering this in the following challenge: Simon Says Stamp: Based On a Book

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Patriotic Girlfriends {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop}

Welcome to the ALL NEW 
Sparkle N Sprinkle
 March Reveal Blog Hop!


There are FOUR new rubber stamp sets being released this month, plus a new Digi Papers set, and a Digi Only Bundle set full of lots of extras.   

The sets are:

Flower Silhouettes - 824  (digi version - DIGI824BG)

Patriotic Girlfriends - 827  (digi version - DIGI827J)

Irish Blessings - St. Patrick's Day - 834  (digi version  DIGI834B - includes additional images)

Bonnet Bouquet - 838  (digi version - DIGI838J)

DIGI3130FS - Blue Pansies Digi Bundle Pack   (includes lots of images, decoupage sheets, sentiments, and papers)

DIGI4002FS - Digi Watercolor Papers: Blue 

When you purchase the digital versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you are getting lots of extras that are not available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, sentiments, digi papers, or decoupage sheets that not available with the rubber version.  

Every new digi set purchased always includes the following:
 ~ black and white images
~ colored images
  ~ .jpeg format (white background) 
~ .png format (transparent background) 
 ~ a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machines!

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

The new sets are 20% off until March 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 and STAMPENDOUS and HOUSE MOUSE, you're sure to fill that cart up quickly!

SNS also has a brand new blogwhich can be found here!

On March 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.  

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????

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 project:

  I created my own version of a Z fold card using the Patriotic Girlfriends.  

Here's what it looks like open:

I started out by stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then coloring the image with Copic markers.  I also added some shading and highlights with colored pencils.  The stars on the flag were given a bit of bling with Sparkling Snow glitter.   This was adhered to a piece of blue cardstock die cut from a Tonic Studios die (Mixed Edge Rectangles Layering Basics die set).  This set has small notches on the sides of each die to make it easier to line up and cut out straight frames 😀.

On the first portion of the Z fold band, I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and heat embossed Firecracker Red embossing powder.  The Bursting Stars die cut, by Die-Versions, was also heat embossed with Firecracker Red.  I used the stars (negative pieces from the die cut) on the second portion of the Z fold band.

I stamped "America", also part of the stamp set, with Memento Ink (Lady Bug).  Then I colored it with Copics and used colored pencils for highlights.  

After it was colored, I added VersaMark on top and then heat set it with Sparkle embossing powder.  I pop dotted the sentiment to the USA die cut, by Die-Versions.  The die cut was colored with Copics and Sparkling Snow glitter adds bling to the stars.  

Here is one more look at my version of the Z fold completely open: 

Now it's time for you to visit Jess's blog.  I know she has something really special to share with you.

Happy Hopping and don't forget to leave a comment on everyone's blog for you chance to win all the new rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Today I'm sharing a baby card using some of the sweet new Baby Icons die set (there are a total of nine dies in this set) as well as the new Elegant Border die, both from Die-Versions.

The design of this card has a little treat box on top of an A2 sized card and was shown to me by my friend Ann.  She doesn't have a blog, but she freely shares her ideas 😃.  To create the box, I used Graphic 45 papers and the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Board.  (I used the 1.75" x 1.75" box size.)

Each of the elements were die cut from Graphic 45 papers and accented with Distress Ink (Vintage Photo).

To the left is a close up of the butterfly and the Elegant Border.  Waterscape glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle accents his wings.

The rattle was accented with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers and I used the de-bossed side of the baby feet because I liked that pattern better.  The embossed side really shows the little popcorn toes 😁.

The binky and baby bottle was die cut twice - once from the patterned cardstock and once from some really heavy plain cardstock for extra stability.  I added a 3D pop dot to hold the binky in place on top of the box and covered the remaining exposed adhesive with more Waterscape glitter.

The extra layer of cardstock on the baby bottle gives it extra dimension on the side of the box.  Both pieces were accented with Copic markers and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.

Be sure to visit the Die-Version blog to see the wonderful creations of the rest of the team.  On a final note, I'm really sad to say this will be my last posting for Die-Versions.  I have been on the team since it's inception in 2012 and I have enjoyed every minute of it!  Although I will no longer be on the team, you will still see lots of DV dies on my future projects 😁.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Teacup Pansies

The new Teacup Pansies set from Sparkle N Sprinkle is so pretty and I had lots of different ideas on how to use this set.  For today's card, I used the digi version, mainly so I could make my sentiment be the focal point and the image as the embellishment (albeit a rather large embellishment).

I printed the image twice so that I could fussy cut the flowers from one of the printed images and then pop dot them on top of main image.  Both the flowers and the teacup were colored with Copics before adding anything else.

I started out by adding some tacky glue (Nuvo Glue pen) to the border and the small dots at the top of the teacup. Then Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Radiant Gold) was applied to the glue once it was tacky to the touch.  Next, I added several layers of Super Thick Clear embossing powder to the teacup.  After placing the teacup in the freezer for about 20 minutes, I took it out and cracked the embossing powder (the cracked glass technique) so that fine lines would appear.  A little Distress Ink gives highlights to the cracks.

Eggplant glitter was added to the throats of the pansies and Lady Luck glitter gives the leaves extra bling.

The Decorative Border die (by Heartsfelt Creations) was used for the background.  I die cut this twice, once from purple cardstock and once from white cardstock and then offset the purple from the white, giving it a light shadow effect.

The sentiment was die cut using a Taylored Expressions die (Banner Stacklets 2) and then I outlined the letters with a Sakura glue pen.  More Eggplant glitter was then added to the letters.

A Nuvo Glue Pen (small tip) was used to outline the border of the sentiment die cut.  Once the glue felt tacky to the touch, I adhered more Radiant Gold gilding flakes.  The large tip Nuvo Glue Pen was used to add strips of glue to the focal layer and once it was tacky to the touch, Radiant Gold was added.