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.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Peacock Feathers



It's the third Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme for this challenge is Add Texture, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

Now that's a pretty broad field and can mean anything from added glitter, dry embossing, cheese cloth, embossing paste, and the list can go on an on.  For my card, I added dry embossing, heat embossing with glitter, and Nuvo glimmer paste for my various textures.

The following dies were used to create my shadowbox style card:


Die-Versions: Love Frame
Impression Obsession: Tied Line
Sue Wilson Designs: Italian Collection Background

The arch behind the Peacock Feathers is also a die cut, but I had borrowed it from a friend and for the life of me I can't remember who made it.  If you know who the manufacture is, please let me know so I can give them credit.

To create this shadowbox card, I started out by spritzing a piece of watercolor paper with water and then randomly adding yellows, reds, and oranges of Color Bursts.  This was spritzed again with water and I kept adding and drying until I was happy with the results.

Next I die cut the Sue Wilson background die and then ran it through my die cutting machine a second time with the embossing mat to dry emboss it.  This step really brings out the veins on the leaves.  I lightly spritzed this layer with a homemade glimmer mist (water and Perfect Pearls).  Unfortunately, the added bling is so subtle that I can't get the camera to pick it up (but it looks great in person 😃).  I then added a double layer of dimensional foam tape to the back of the die cut so that it would look like a shadowbox with the watercolors in the background.

Another option would have been to add a piece of acetate sheeting to the back before adding the dimensional tape and then adding some sequins to make a shaker card.  That would have really given it lots of texture.



To create the Peacock feathers, I began by taping down the Peacock Feather stencil from Stampendous/Dreamweaver down onto a piece of acetate.  Then I randomly added three different colors of Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Tanzanite Lavender, Peridot Green, Blue Topaz).   After the Glimmer Paste was dry, I cut around the outside edges of the feathers. I had so much fun making these that I made several and will use them in some future projects coming up.

The backdrop for these feathers is a die cut piece of patterned paper that I enhanced with a little Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo).  This helped the feathers to be more of a focal point.

The "Love" sentiment is part of the Die-Versions Love Frame die that I cut out of fun foam and then heat set it to make it shrink.  Once it was shrunk down to a smaller size, I applied VersaMark and Royal Violet embossing powder and heat set it again.

For the bow and string, I die cut the Tied Line from Impression Obsession twice and fanned out the strings on either end and glued the two pieces together.  I then added VersaMark and heat set this with more Royal Violet embossing powder.

Now it's your turn to join us for some fun.  Maybe try a new technique that gives texture, or use one of your tried and true formulas.  Either way, I hope you join us for this Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until February 26 and the winner (chosen by the design team) will win a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  New Arrivals are added all the time!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

LOVE



I have a Valentine's card to share with you today and it features the new Love Frame die from Die-Versions as well as the Love You Sweet Spot, also by Die-Versions.




This was a fairly quick and easy easel card to create.  I knew I wanted lots of layers and I started out thinking I would make one of those collapsible boxes. But as I was playing around with the layers and figuring out how many I wanted, I decided my idea would be too heavy and went with the easel card instead.  The papers are digi papers from Crafters Companion (Love themed papers) that I've had for a while.

I die cut the Love Frame four times - three times from white cardstock and three times from white fun foam.  I wanted to show lots of dimension, so I adhered one of the white cardstock pieces onto one of the fun foam pieces.  Next, I cut out the word "love" from the center of both a fun foam and a cardstock piece.  I adhered these together and then adhered this to the original layer.  The final layer is just the roses, which I cut from the last fun foam piece.  I colored the roses with Copic markers and added Lavender Iris glitter by Sparkle N Sprinkle to the petals for lots of sparkle.

When you open the card and stand it up, the "you" both completes my sentiment and gives the top a place to rest and remain upright.  For this piece, I used the Sweet Spot love you die.  I die cut it from white fun foam and cut off the word I wanted.  To finish it off, I used the top portion of the Love Frame die cut from the last piece of cardstock and used it to frame the word "you".

Would you like a discount on your Die-Versions purchases?  Who wouldn't, right!?  Use the code "anne15" when you check out and you will receive a 15% discount on the everyday prices on everything you purchase.

Be sure to visit the Die-Versions Blog to see what the rest of the team has been up to.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Wee Bit of Luck




I have another fun St. Patrick's Day card to share with you today.  I actually used two of the new release stamp sets from Sparkle N Sprinkle: Luck of the Irish Enchantress (both the digi version and the rubber version) and Rory's Lucky Clover (for the sentiment).

I started out with the digi version and added the rows of clovers on either side of the image.   Once my scene was printed, I colored the images with Copic markers.  I added Irish Sparkle Sparkle N Soft flock to all of the clovers by first applying Dimensional Glue and then the flock. Irish Sparkle was also added to the clover on her bow as well as the pony-tail holders that keep her braided hair together.  I kept the pile of flock on the dimensional glue overnight and the next morning, I put the excess back in the bottle.  I find that when I do it this way, the color of the flock seems to be a bit deeper.



Celestial glitter was added to the gold coins in the pot of gold and Pine Grove tinsel glitter gives the grass a bit of sparkle and dimension.

The sentiment was heat embossed with Forest Green embossing powder.  The frame around the sentiment is actually the negative portion I kept from cutting out a Tonic Studios die (Retro Birthday).  Before adhering the sentiment to the frame, I heat embossed the frame with Hit the Beach embossing powder.

As an embellishment to the sentiment, I stamped the clover from the Irish Enchantress set onto green cardstock with VersaMark and heat set it with more Forest Green embossing powder.  After fussy cutting it out, I added some Mountain Mint velvet glitter to the petals and pop dotted it onto the frame.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

You are in my thoughts {Scrapy Land Challenge #59}




It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  Be sure to visit the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog and welcome our new designers!

The theme of the first challenge of the month is always Anything Goes using any brand of low profile dies that Scrapy Land carries.

The dies used for this card are:


Elizabeth Craft Designs - Fitted Squares
Spellbinders - Fleur de Lis Square
Spellbinders - Labels One


Today's card showcases the beautiful Leafy Flower Spring Wreath rubber stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I started out by stamping the image onto white cardstock and coloring it with my Copics.  I usually go with bright colors, but this was screaming for soft pastel shades....so that's what I went with 😀.


Once this was colored, I layered it with dark purple and lighter blue pieces of cardstock die cut with the Elizabeth Craft dies.  Lemonade glitter was added to the flower centers and Lavender Iris glitter accents the bow.

The frame behind the focal point is a die cut from Spellbinders (Fleur de Lis Square) as is the shaped card base (Labels One).


The sentiment (one of two in this set) was heat embossed with White Detail embossing powder and accented with more Lavender Iris glitter.

I kept everything pretty Clean and Simple so that the image could really shine.







Now it's your turn to play with us at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until February 12 to join in on the fun.  The winner will receive a $15 gift card to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Your Support {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop}



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


NEW STORE - NEW BLOG - NEW PRODUCT LINES!


We have another HUGE reveal for you this month, plus something new!



The new sets are 20% off until February 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 blog, which can be found here!



On February 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 SEVEN new rubber stamp sets being released this month, plus a new Digi Papers set (with 12 amazing papers), and a Digi Only Bundle set full of lots of extras.   

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:


* 815 Leafy Flower Spring Wreath
Leafy Flower Spring Wreath digi version DIGI815B

* 826 Pansies (set one)
Pansies mini digi set DIGI826833FS

* Pansies fabulous digi bundle, includes papers DIGI826-833FS

* 832 Girlfriend Support Set 1
Girlfriend Support Set 1 digi version DIGI832

* 833 Pansies in Teacup (set two)
Pansies mini digi set DIGI826833FS

* 835 Sitting Pretty Kitty
Sitting Pretty Kitty digi version DIGI835LS

* 836 Luck of the Irish Enchantress - St. Patrick's Day
Luck of the Irish Enchantress - St. Patrick's Day  digi version DIGI836LS

* 837 Rory's Lucky Clover - St. Patrick's Day
Rory's Lucky Clover - St. Patrick's Day digi version DIGI837LS

* Eleven Watercolor Papers - Purple Pink (to coordinate with the Pansies sets)  DIGI4003FS



This month the digi versions of the Pansies (826FS) and the Teacup Pansies (833FS) have been combined into one HUGE digi bundle set: 
DIGI826-833FS  
There are tons of bonuses in this set, including decoupage sheet sets, a total of 34 images, 11 gorgeous digi papers, and a cut file.


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

On Feb 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:

Chris
Diane
Shona
Belinda
Anne (you are here)
Donna
Eret
Jess

(*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!






My card that I want to share with you today is fun and multi-purpose card.  The Girlfriends Support Set 1 stamp set was used to create this.

I've added a swing mechanism at the top so that the recipient can remove that portion and use it as a bookmark (yes, there are still some people who prefer to read a real book instead of an electronic book😊.)  When you swing this part to the side, the rest of the sentiment is revealed, plus room to write your own message.



To begin this mixed media project, I started with watercolor paper and added several different colors of Nuance pigment powders. Once I was happy with the results, I embossed one of the sentiments from the set and one of the images with White Detail embossing powder.  I added touches of Nuvo Crystal Drops (Rhubarb Crumble) to the flowers in the sentiment as well as the ends of the ribbons on the corset.  Daisy velvet glitter was also added to the lacy edges of the corset.

Next I placed a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Chicken Wire Reversed) around the edges and applied Pink Opal Nuvo Glimmer Paste.  I let the glimmer paste dry slightly (long enough to go clean my stencil and spatula) and then I used my finger to remove most of it.  I wanted traces of the glimmer paste and I wanted it to blend with the background more.

When you hold it in different angles in the light, you see the various iridescent colors and the shapes versus straight on, which shows you more of the pink hue  (Very hard to capture in a photo, but you can see the difference when you compare the first photo with the mechanism closed to this one on the left.)

Once you swing the bookmark to the side, you see the rest of the message.  To create this layer, I began with a piece of white cardstock and randomly stamped the small flower (part of the set) with VersaMark over the entire area.  This was heat set with White Spark embossing powder.


Distress Inks (Fossilized Amber, Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade) were then applied to give it color.  I stamped the bra and the sentiment onto white cardstock, fussy cut them out and adhered them to the yellow layer.  I also added more Rhubarb Crumble to the heart as well as the flower center.  Lavender Iris glitter was added to the bra.

The base layer was dry embossed using a Sue Wilson embossing folder (Quilted Flower).  A brad was used to hold the bookmark onto the card base.

You're next stop on the Blog Hop is Donna and I know she has lots of fun goodies to share with you.

Be sure to leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be eligible to win all the rubber stamps revealed this month.

Happy Hopping,


Thursday, January 26, 2017

she said YES


Today's card showcases several dies from Die-Versions.  The Heart Proposal die was recently released and I thought it paired well with the Express Edge "Save the Date" die.  The sentiment uses the Curly Fries font die.

I started out by die cutting the Heart proposal twice, once from Sticker Paper and once from white cardstock.  I fussy cut out the couple, added adhesive with a Nuvo Glue pen and allowed the glue to dry a bit and become tacky.  Once it was tacky to the touch, I added Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Sunkissed Copper) to the couple and then adhered them on top of the exposed adhesive from the Sticker Paper die cut.

Remove all the backing paper from the Sticker Paper die cut and cover the entire thing with a piece of Deco Foil. To make sure it was well adhered, I burnished it into the adhesive with my fingertip.  It works beautifully and I didn't need a laminating machine 😀.  Although in the photo it looks as if the heart portion is both copper colored as well as red, it's the reflection from the Gilding Flakes.

Before die cutting the Save The Date die cut and the letters from the Curly Fries font I applied VersaMark and Candlelight embossing powder to a piece of scrap paper and heat set it.  The I die cut the Express Edge as well as the specific letters I wanted.  To make the "YES" stand out a bit more, I colored it with a marker and then rubbed some of it off.  This way the copper colored background still shows through a bit.

This layer was adhered to a piece of mirrored cardstock and as a finishing touch, a strip of tulle with a knot tied into it was added to the bottom.  (Tie the knot...get it 😂😂😂.  Sorry - couldn't resist!)

Be sure to visit the Die-Versions blog to see what the rest of the team has created for you.  And remember, you can always get an extra 15% off your Die-Versions purchases (everyday sales price) when you use the code anne15.


Monday, January 23, 2017

I am SO Irish!



Today's card is celebrating the day that everyone has a little Irish in them - St. Patrick's Day.  ðŸ˜€   Edward Elephant #1 from Sparkle N Sprinkle is available in both rubber and a digi version.  For my card today I used the digi version and after printing it out, colored him with Copic markers.

Elegant Emerald and Misty Isles glitter accents the greens and Celestial glitter was added to the gold coins.  The pot of gold is covered with Neon glitter - Exhilarated Green.  I added a very light layer of brushable glue to the pot of gold so some of the details from the image would still show through the glitter.



The chicky is covered with flock: Sun Dazzle for his body and Paprika for his beak.  A bit of Elephant Gray flock was added to Edward's toes.

Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Sunkissed Copper) makes the buckle on Edward's hat shine.  Pan Pastels were used to give a touch of color to the dry embossed background layer (Sizzix - Damask embossing folder).

The sentiment, which is part of the set, was printed and added to a strip of white cardstock outlined with Misty Isles glitter.  Pan Pastels were added to the sentiment itself for a bit of color.

The card base edges were covered with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and then more Elegant Emerald glitter was added.