Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Daisies {Scrapy Land #15}

If you are looking for the Sparkle N Sprinkle April New Reveal Blog Hop, please scroll down, or click here.


Although today is April Fool's Day, we aren't fooling.  It's also the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

For today's challenge, I started off by stamping the Daisies image from Sparkle N Sprinkle and coloring it with Copic markers.  Pan Pastels were used for the background and flat backed pearls were adhered to the centers of the flowers.  Once this was done, I fussy cut out the image and added some cheese cloth behind it.

A Sue Wilson die (Spanish Collection - Granada) was used to create the shimmery background.  I die cut this from a double sided adhesive strip which was adhered to a piece of white cardstock.  Once the adhesive on top was exposed, Princess Elsa Frost glitter was used to cover the top.  Then I dry embossed the entire piece with the Basket Weave embossing folder from Crafters Companion.

My sentiment was created from the Die-Versions Love You Express Banner die.

Now it's your turn.  Be sure to follow the theme and include a brand of die that Scrapy Land sells on your project.  You'll have until April 12th and the winner will enjoy a $15 gift certificate from Scrapy Land.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Get Well Friends {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal}

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Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's 
April 1, 2015 Reveal.

We have FOUR new stamp sets to share with you this month and these sets are 20% off their regular price, until April 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image.  Friendship Flowers #702 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:


Get Well Friends #701   (digi version DIGI701)
Friendship Flowers #702   (digi version DIGI702)
Old Well #703  (digi version DIGI703)
Spring Window #704   (digi version DIGI704)



On April 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive
all FOUR of the new rubber stamp sets (or digi sets, if you prefer)


The winner of the blog hop will be announced on April 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs.  In addition to our regular designers, we are happy to introduce you to two of our new Guest Designers.  Diane and Ashley will be the Guest Designers for the months of April, May, and June.  This month's Blog Hop order is:

(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.)

Don't forget to leave a comment with each Designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  We love reading your comments and hope we have inspired you as well.  If you absolutely can not leave a comment for some reason, please email icinganne@yahoo.com with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

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The new SNS Creative Challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and or Flock.
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We hope you enjoy the New Reveals as much as we do!  Last month the winner came from Shona's blog.  Wonder which Designer contains the Grand Prize winner this month?

Now to tell you a little bit about my card.  I used the Get Well Friends stamp set and it's sort of a gate fold card, but only the sentiment actually acts like it.

To create this sentiment gate fold, I cut two strips of manilla cardstock long enough so they would overlap slightly and have enough of a lip to attach to the back.  Then I covered each one in gauze.  The gauze was adhered to the cardstock strips with a spray adhesive.  Lavender Iris glitter was sprinkled onto the gauze to get rid of any sticky spots left from the spray adhesive.  Both sentiments, which are part of the set, were stamped with Distress Ink (Iced Spruce), heat set using Clear embossing powder, and die cut using the Fishtail Flags die from My Favorite Things.


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I also added the pills (again part of the set) to the second portion of my sentiment.  Squeezed Lemonade was used to add a touch of brightness to the sentiment strips.

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Once both of my sentiment strips were opened to reveal the image, which was colored with Copic markers, they looked a bit plain.  So I die cut these Chevron strips by My Favorite Things out of Sticker Paper and covered them with Green Nugget glitter. All the patterned papers are digi papers from The Digital Press (Boo Boo Be Gone).

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I always think of Gerty as the adventurous one, so in that spirit, her hair has a purple tint to go along with her purple fingernails (Purple Dust glitter).  Poor Eunice is sick in bed with a compress on her head.  Even though it didn't photograph too well, the compress was actually covered with Liquid Applique (red) and heat set slightly.  I wanted it to raise and show wrinkles (which it does in person), but I didn't want to heat it so much that it began to be individual bubbles.

Eunice might not be feeling well, but her nails are always perfect and today she's sporting bright red fingernails (Gypsy Red velvet glitter).  The cross on Gerty's nurse cap is also covered with Gypsy Red glitter.


Both of the girls' eyeglasses, the drinking glass, and the plastic bag full of fluids were covered with Glossy Accents and Eunice's blanket was paper pieced.

Next up on our New Reveal Blog Hop is one of our Guest Designers, Ashley and I know she's got something special planned.  Don't forget to comment on each of our blogs for your chance to win all of the stamp sets revealed this month!  The winner will be announced on April 3rd on our blogs, on the SNS Blog, and on the SNS Facebook page.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Coffee Shoppe



Today I'm showcasing the Coffee Shoppe stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle and I decided to use a different medium on this.  So instead of grabbing my Copic markers like I normally do, I used Koh-I-Noor color pencils.  This gives everything a much softer look.

This was a pretty quick card to complete, without lots of added embellishments.  Glistening Emerald flock was used for the bushes in the flower boxes in the front, Blue Jewel glitter creates the sparkly frame around the image, and Firecracker Blue embossing powder was used for the sentiment.

Be sure to come back tomorrow night (9pm EST) to join me for the SNS April New Reveal Blog Hop. 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Coffee Talks



Coffee Talks from Sparkle N Sprinkle is the stamp set I'm showcasing today.  I used the digi version and made it pretty big.  I also added the sentiment all the way around the image to create it's own frame.

Copic markers were used to color the image and various glitters were used to add touches of bling here and there.  Lavender Iris for the steam, Cerise for the flower on the table, Neon Flamingo on the flower centers of the shirt of the girl on the left, Daisy for added stripes on the shirt of the girl on the right as well as her pants stripes, and Bubble Gum for the flower in the hair of the girl on the right.

The card base was die cut using the Grand Labels One die from Spellbinders.  I added strips of patterned papers and then adhered 1/8", 1/4", and 1/2" Tear-ific Tape on top of the strips.  Lavender Iris glitter and Bubble Gum glitter were then applied to the adhesive for a glittery background.

I'm also entering this into the Art Impressions Spring Colors challenge. 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter Basket


Easter is right around the corner and I thought I'd use the new Straw Basket from Die-Versions to show what our Easter baskets look like before the Easter Bunny comes to fill them :-).

The "straw" (Pine Grove tinsel glitter) is already there, just waiting to have lots of candy and goodies pilled on top.  My basket was die cut from fun foam and I colored the foam with Copics.  The frame is covered with Diamond Dust glitter, which is a chunky glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The border is the DV Butterfly Garden border.  I die cut the butterflies from this several times to have them fluttering around.  Added a strip of ribbon and now my basket is all ready for the Easter Bunny to visit!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Mushroom Shaker


Shaker cards are still the rage, so I thought this new Mushroom set from Die-Versions would be the perfect focal point for my shaker card.

After the mushrooms were die cut, they were colored with Copic markers and then I heat embossed the tops with Sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  The Hello was die cut using the DV Hello Express Edge out of the same patterned paper as my background.

My circle frame was cut from sticker paper and I added Lapis Lazuli glitter by Martha Stewart.  The inside of the shaker was filled with stars, sequins, and more glitter.

All the elements came together quickly to create a fun interactive card.


Friday, March 20, 2015

BFF's


Best Friends Forever (BFF's) is one of the seven new reveals from Sparkle N Sprinkle this month.  I used the digi version and tried to create the feeling that these two were walking out of a store or mall after a fun time of shopping.

The image was colored with Copic markers and the background was created using Memories Mist (Pale Ale) for the walls of the building, Copics for the glass doors, and Pan Pastels for the sidewalk.

Firecracker Blue embossing powder was used to create the sign above the glass doors and Silver Detail embossing powder was used for the button on the jeans.  Black Ice glitter creates sparkle on the flip flops as well as the belt buckle.  Green Iris glitter highlights the neckline of one of the shirts as well as stripes on one of the shopping bags.  Bronze Splendor and 1/4" Tear-ific Tape bling up the background.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Easter Blessings {Scrapy Land #14}


It's the third Wednesday of the month and time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this bi-monthly challenge is Spring or Easter, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  Easter is only a couple weeks away and I know everyone is wishing Spring would get here.

I chose to have a little bit of both on the Easter card I created.  I started out by die cutting a cross from an older set of dies by Spellbinders (Cross Collection).   I believe this set has been retired, but there are several other choices that would work just as well (or better), including these when I searched for "crosses".  While the cardstock was still in the die, I covered the exposed areas with VersaMark and then heat set it with Opaline embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The mat behind the cross is a Sue Wilson Designs die (Spanish Collection - Cordoba) which was cut from white cardstock and then colored with Pan Pastels (blending several colors together).  The back layer incorporates an old technique of pouncing alcohol inks onto glossy cardstock (Polished Stone technique).  I used Copic's Various Reinkers Y35, BV01, and R05.  The cardstock was semi-glossy so the inks didn't blend as well, but gave me the mottled look I was going for as opposed to a smoother look.
















To finish off the card, I created lots of tiny lilies using the Sizzix die by Susan Tierney-Cockburn (Mini Lily).  Flower Soft was used for the stamens in lilies and Pan Pastels were used to color the throats of each of the petals.

Be sure to see what the rest of the team has created.  You'll have until March 29th to upload your Spring and/or Easter project and the winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to shop at the Scrapy Land store.