Friday, September 19, 2014

Vintage Tea Cup

Today marks the 100th Challenge at Pattie's Creations and we are going Vintage.  I've created a vintage looking card using Pattie's Vintage Tea Cup from her Etsy Store.

I started out by creating the background with Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, Old Paper).  I smooshed the ink pad down on my craft sheet, spritzed them with water, and ran the white cardstock through the inks until I was happy with the results.  Quick and easy :-).

Whenever I think of vintage china, I always think of gold rimmed pieces.  I added VersaMark pen around the edges of the china and heat set using Gold Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle to replicate this idea.  I also added Green Nugget glitter and Daisy glitter to the tea cup as well.

Added a touch of lace, found some cardstock that reminded me of old fashioned wallpaper, and voila - a nice note card for someone.

Be sure to head on over and participate in our 100th Challenge at Pattie's Creations and while you're there, check out what the rest of the team has created.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Won't you meet me under the Mistletoe?  Today's card features the Mistletoe Whispers die from Die-Versions and the greeting is from the Die-Versions Compliments-Holiday 1 die.

I wanted to try something a little different for the background, so I cut some patterned paper into 1/2" and 1" strips.  After distressing the edges with Distress Ink (Pine Needles), I began to paper weave the strips, alternating the widths.  I have to say, it was quicker and easier to do than I thought it would be and I like how it makes a puffy background.

The Mistletoe die cut was colored with Copic markers.  I applied Dimensional Glue to the berries and then covered them with Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  As the white glue dried, it left an opaque white berry (just like the images of mistletoe that I googled).  Adhesive was only added down the center of the die cut as I wanted the leaves to naturally pop up from the background.

The bow was covered in Gypsy Red Velvet glitter and I added a small pearl to the center after the glue had dried.  The sentiment was also outlined with a bit of Spica glitter pen, but the photos didn't pick up that subtle shimmer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Today is the beginning of the 2nd Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this bi-weekly challenge is to incorporate heat embossing plus using any die brands that Scrapy Land sells into your project.  You can follow the link, but as you can see from the below photo, there are a lot of brands that Scrapy Land sells!

I'm calling this card Masculine Minimalist!  :-)  My husband needed 15 thank you cards for a music related gift that he received from a group of business people (read non-creative types); therefore it couldn't have lots of bling or flowers since most of the cards were going to men.  

I designed a very simple CAS card using the Thanks script die by Memory Box and the Bevelled Glass striplet die by Sue Wilson Designs.  I die cut the Bevelled Glass panel from black cardstock and heat embossed each one with Clear embossing powder.  As you can see from the photo below, the embossing powder makes a huge difference in the look of the panel.  (The panel on top is heat embossed and the panel on the bottom is not.) 

For the Thanks script die, I die cut this 45 times so I could create a 3 layered sentiment for each card.  This gives it a more substantial look and feel (a lot like chipboard would).  The top layer was heat embossed with Japanese Lacquer embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle and the white layers create a shadow effect.  Love the variegated look of this embossing powder.

The card base is from kraft paper and I have dry embossed the front with a Spellbinders embossing folder (Music).  As I said, a very minimalist card, but my husband liked the various textures incorporated into this Thank You card.

You have until Sept 28th to upload your creation to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  While you are there, you really should check out what the rest of the team has created!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Magic of the Season

I have a fun card to share with you today and it's called a Magic card, which is appropriate since this stamp set is called Magic of the Season by Sparkle N Sprinkle.  There are several tutorials out there, including the SNS tutorial and the Splitcoast Stampers version.

I followed the instructions on the Splitcoast Stampers video (listed below the written instructions).  I used SNS Clear Embossable Acetate for the front and stamped the image with StazOn (Jet Black) ink and heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder.

The image and sentiment on the magic part of the card was stamped with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and colored with Copic markers.  I added some glue using a Sakura glue pen to the swirls and stars and covered them with Celestial glitter.  The background panel was created by cutting a piece of Sticker Paper and covering it with Diamond Dust glitter.

The front panel opening was die cut using the Fleur de Lis Square die from Spellbinders and distressed with Distress Ink (Bundled Sage).  1/4" Tear-ific Tape was adhered to the outside edges of the front panel and covered with Pistachio glitter.

The above photo shows a close up of the magic starting to happen.  Magic is definitely in the air!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elegant Poinsettia

Today's card features the Elegant Poinsettia from Die-Versions.  I die cut the shape from Super Adhesive Sheets and white cardstock and applied the Double Flocking technique to the flower.  (You can view my Double Flocking technique tutorial here).

I started off by exposing the flower center and added Canary flock from Sparkle N Sprinkle to it.  Next I took an Exaco knife and cut the protective sheet between the flower petals and the greenery.  Palm Leaf flock was burnished into the adhesive for the leaves and Cherry Sparkle was added to the flower petals.  Be sure to burnish the flock in well with your fingertip.

I wanted a bit more dimension to the flower, so I began to gently fold it between each of the flower petals.  This gave it the depth that I was looking for without using dimensional dots.  Zva Creative gems add the finishing touches.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Autumn Splendor


Today, I have a Gate Fold card to share with you using the new Autumn Splendor (digi version) from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  This is a pretty large card, measuring 6"x6" when closed and 6"x12" when opened.

The front of the card was created by running patterned paper through the Spellbinders Dainty Dots embossing folder and cutting into panels.  1/4" and 1/8" Tear-ific tape was added to the edges of both panels.  Lavender Iris glitter was applied to the exposed adhesive of the 1/4" Tear-ific tape and Autumn Sparkle Sparkle N Soft flock covers the 1/8" Tear-ific tape.

The belly band also has 1/8" Tear-ific tape along the top and bottom edge and is covered with Autumn Sparkle Sparkle N Soft flock.  A single strip of orange Mon Ami Gabby Diamond Mesh-Brights is run along the center.  
The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark, heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder and die cut using a Spellbinders die (Labels Four).  Dimensional Glue was added to the outside edge and covered with Autumn Sparkle Sparkle N Soft flock.

The top and bottom of the panels are embellished with Mon Ami Gabby Flower Diamond Mesh in silver.  The centers were created by applying a mound of Dimensional Glue and covering with Orange Surprise glitter.

The image was colored with Copic markers and the background was colored with chalks.  Daisy velvet glitter was added to each of the flower centers and Lavender Iris was added to her wings and the streaks in her hair.

To create the frame surrounding the image, I adhered a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet to a piece of cardstock and die cut it using the Sue Wilson Designs (Italian Collection-Umbria).  After removing the protective sheets, I covered the entire frame with Autumn Sparkle Sparkle N Soft flock.  

The side panels were created by applying translucent embossing paste to a MFT stencil (spring flowers) and sprinkling Lavender Iris over the wet embossing paste.  While the paste is wet, it's still an opaque white color, but when dry, it's translucent.

Now for a quick "the things that make us happy"....  Do you notice a resemblance to the packaging of the rubber stamp to my colored image?  I hope the answer is a YES because my colored image is the one used for the front of the laminated sheet that this set of cling stamps is sold on.  So a little bit of my artwork gets to go home with anyone who purchases this set.  Thanks for indulging me, but this definitely makes me smile :-)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Farm Sweet Farm

Farm Sweet Farm by Sparkle N Sprinkle is one of their new stamp sets this month.  To create this scene, start out by stamping the horse in Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and the stamp again on copy paper to create a mask.  Mask the horse and stamp the barn with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

The barn itself was colored with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and a waterbrush.  The silo was colored with Copic markers.  More Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint) was used to create the sky and ground.  The tuffs of grass were made with Copic markers.

Snow White flock and Buff flock, along with some SNS Brushable Glue was used to color the horse.  The hay in the loft was heat embossed with Tuscan Sun embossing powder and the roof of the silo was heat embossed with Antiquities embossing powder.  A touch of Silver Pearl embossing powder was added to the milk containers and some Copper Peddler embossing powder completes the weather vane.

What's a barn without a fence?  This barbed wire fence is by MFT and was heat embossed with Copper Flame embossing powder.  The sun is another die from MFT and the sentiment was heat embossed onto the sun using Tuscan Sun embossing powder.  The top of the sun was pop dotted and the bottom rays were adhered directly to the focal panel.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sparkle N Sprinkle Sept 1 Reveal Winners

This is my second post of the day.  If you are looking for my Scrapy Land Challenge post, please scroll down, or click here.

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

This month SIX new stamp sets were  introduced.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image. The Magic of the Season, set #653 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Autumn Splendor #651   (Digi version - DIGI651)
Farm Sweet Farm #652  (Digi version - DIGI652)
Magic of the Season #653  (Digi version - DIGI653)
Thanksgiving Friends #656  (Digi version - DIGI656)
Bountiful Blessings #658  (Digi version - DIGI658)
Sweet Holiday #655  (Digi version - DIGI659)

 One Grand Prize Winner was selected from the comments left on the participating Designers' blogs.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive their choice of:

1) each of the new reveal rubber stamp sets
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets. 

Congratulations goes to 

who commented on Eret's blog:
She is a very pretty fairy Eret and really like the colours you have used.

B x

Please email Anne at to claim your prize.  Be sure to include your mailing address.

Hugs from The Sparkle Team,