Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Party {Scrapy Land #58}

It's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Favorite Color, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You can see all the different brands, here.

For my birthday card, the following dies were used:

Die-Versions: Party Horns
Die-Versions: Party Hats
Tutti Designs: Nesting Stitched Banners

I die cut the party hats and party horns (die cut two times) from white cardstock and then colored them using Copic markers and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.  Instead of using the party hats as one die cut, I individually cut the horns apart so that I could add them behind the party hats.  The party horn on the bottom right was heat embossed using Super Thick Silver embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The party hats and party horns were adhered to the dark purple stitched banner and then layered on top of a dry embossed (Cuttlebug - Happy Birthday) background.

Hope you'll come join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  Be sure to let us know what your favorite color you used for your project.  You have until January 29th to submit your project.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Eggs-traordinary Kindness is one of ten new stamp set released this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

After stamping the image onto white cardstock, I colored it with Copic markers.  To create the speckled background, I repeatedly dipped a stipple brush into Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Lilac Lavender) and applied the mousse until I was happy with the coverage.  (Be sure to wash your stipple brush after doing this technique and let it air dry.  It will be as good as new and ready for the next time you want to use it.)  

The Glueless Glitter technique was used to add the sentiment.  Start out by heat embossing Clear embossing powder, cover stamped sentiment with VersaMark ink again, and then cover with your favorite color glitter (Denim velvet glitter used here), and heat set a final time.  The glitter will melt into the embossing powder and won't come off.  

This layer was then adhered to a piece of cardstock that was edged with 1/8" Tear-ific Tape and covered with Denim velvet glitter.  When adhering the stamped layer onto this layer, don't add adhesive to one side.  This creates a pocket so that you can insert your tag.  I added a strip of Glitter Ribbon (1/4" Tear-ific Tape covered with Denim velvet glitter) to the tag edge, so that it can easily be removed.

The background layer was dry embossed with a Spellbinders folder (Cane Weave) and the Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse was added to the raised areas.

The sentiment on the tag is also part of this set and the Glueless Glitter technique was also used to add Denim velvet glitter to the stamped sentiment.  The edge around the tag was created by adding Nuvo Glue pen and covering with Denim glitter.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

You're SEW Special

Today's card is a birthday card for my mom and since she is a quilter, I wanted to incorporate that theme.  This design could easily be used for other occasions as well.  It all depends on what you add to the inside :-).

The following Die-Versions dies were used to create the card:

Magical font

I started out by die cutting the vintage sewing machine twice from black cardstock.  I heat embossed the top layer with Dark Night embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Love this dark blue color.  It looks different depending on how it catches the light. I adhered this to the second black layer and offset it for a bit of a shadow effect.

I ran the Nesting Flowers die cut (I used the largest die from this set) through my machine using a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Script Texture).  Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) was used to accent the raised portion as well as all the edges.  I also tucked a couple pieces of tulle under this die cut.

The "You're" and "Special" were die cut using the A Little Lime font and the SEW was die cut from the Magical font.  I added a lot of bling to the letters using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker (Starry Night).

To finish the birthday card, I left the right side of the card base longer so I could add a string of buttons.

On the inside of the card a retired DV die - Happy Birthday Present - was used and accented with more Sparkle markers.

Be sure to visit the Die-Versions Blog to see what the rest of the team has created for you.

I'm entering this into the Cute Card Thursday (theme: buttons)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Showers of Blessings


Sparkle N Sprinkle has ten new stamp sets that were revealed this month.  This one is called Emily Showers of Love and she has so many cute sentiments that go with her.

I used the digi version to create this card and after printing, I die cut the image using a Spellbinders die (Labels Sixteen). The image is colored with Copic markers and Daisy velvet glitter was added to the hearts and Sparkling Snow glitter was added to portions of her dress, the bow in her hair, and her shoes.  Waterscape glitter accents the showering hearts as well as the border around the die cut.
The background was created by dry embossing a Sue Wilson Designs embossing folder ( Daisy Tiers) and then adding Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Lemon SorbetCornflower Blue).  The Lemon Sorbet was rubbed over the entire area with my fingertip and I applied the Cornflower Blue using a stipple brush.

After printing both of the sentiments, I die cut the "Today's Forecast using a Sizzix die (Tim Holtz Labels) and Lemon Sorbet mousse was applied over the top.  The "Showers of Blessings" combines two more sentiments and this was die cut using a Spellbinders die (Surf's Up).  Copics were used to shade the umbrella.
A strip of lace was added below the focal point.  Nuvo Crystal Drops (Duck Egg Blue) were used to give the flower centers more dimension.  I let this dry overnight since the Crystal Drops were applied to fabric/thread.  You can see in the photo below the amount of dimension these Crystal Drops gave to the lace.
The card base was also dry embossed using a Spellbinders embossing folder (Dainty Dots).  Then more Lemon Sorbet embellishment mousse was applied to the edges.
Sparkle N Sprinkle has a new blog site.  Plus you're getting a sneak peak at the new website too:  So be sure to check it out.  I think you'll really like the new look!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter Adventure {Scrapy Land # 57}

Happy 2017!  

It's the first Wednesday of the year and time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme is Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  (Check out the Products page to see ALL the brands.  There are over 55 sub-categories!)

For my wintery card, I used the following dies:

Impression Obsession: Penguin and Igloo
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Squares
Elizabeth Crafts Designs: 4 Seasons
Kaiser Crafts: Travel Word Pack
Die-Versions: Tide Pool font
Die-Versions: Cold Weather Wee Petites (retired, but here are some other choices for mittens and mugs)

To start out, I die cut the igloo twice so that I could fussy cut the entrance and adhere it on top of the main die cut.  Then I covered the entire thing with Versamark and heat set it with White Spark embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Since the ice blocks didn't show up as well once it was embossed, I re-drew the lines with a Copic marker.

The penguin was die cut from white cardstock and then the individual pieces were colored with Copics.  Instead of using the tiny die cuts for the eyes, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops (White, Ebony Black).  Did you know you could create multi-colored drops with these?  Just add the second color while the main color is still wet.  The second drop sort of melts into the first one.  The photo on the right shows you the wonderful dimension that was achieved using this technique.

You'll also notice that I die cut his beak several times (again, for more dimension).  When the pieces are small, it's easier for me to cut them multiple times and glue the pieces together rather than trying to add a small bit of dimensional tape on the back.

I added Waterscape glitter to the steam coming off the mug as well as creating a monogramed mug using the Tide Pool font.  Snow White flock was added to the "fur" on the mittens as well as the ear muffs for a more realistic look.  All the Cold Weather dies were originally die cut from white cardstock and then colored with Copics.

Below is a darker photo so that you can see the "Winter" die cut better.  You can still see the sparkle on the igloo and the dimension that the second layer for the entrance makes.

You have until January 15th to join in on the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner, chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  (What a great way to get yourself some of those "I need, I need!" dies that Santa didn't bring you for Christmas.)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Milton Dreams Big {Sparkle N Sprinkle January Reveal}

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 January 1, 2017 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We're starting the New Year off with a BANG! We have a huge reveal to share with you - our largest ever!

 There are TEN new stamp sets (one is a digi-only set) being released this month!  These new sets are 20% off until January 3, 2017.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  

The sets are:

Right Beside You 812  (digi version DIGI812)
Milton Friendly Giraffe 817  (digi version DIGI817)
Cattleya Orchid Friendship 818  (digi version DIGI818)

Easter Chicky 820  (digi version DIGI820)
Party #1 821  (digi version DIGI821)
Party #2 822  (digi version DIGI822)

Eggs-traordinary Kindness 825  (digi version DIGI825)

Emily Showers of Love 831   (digi version DIGI831)

On Jan 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 a bit about my card.  The design for Milton Friendly Giraffe came about when I was thinking of all the people who graduate in December instead of in the spring.

This card has lots of layers on it (at least more than I usually do) and each layer is a different die set.

To start out, I used the digi version of Milton and printed the image and two of the sentiments that come with this set at the same time.  After die cutting the image and sentiments out with a Spellbinders die (Mega Curved Rectangle), then I got out my Copics and began coloring the image.  To combine the two sentiments into one statement, I used the ampersand die by Sizzix (Tim Holtz Halloween set) and covered it with Evening Glow glitter.  A Sakura glue pen was used to outline the word "stars" and then Evening Glow glitter was added to the word for emphasis.  (Evening Glow glitter was used to accent most everything on the focal point.)

The Graduation Set dies from Die-Versions were used to create the accent pieces.  For the graduation cap, I first applied a thin layer of Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Black Diamond) onto a scrap piece of paper.  Once this was dry, I die cut it out, making sure to leave all the negative pieces in the die cut.  Luckily, my glimmer paste was just thick enough to die cut the outline, but didn't cut all the way through.  I die cut the graduation cap a second time from black cardstock and then added Blue Raven glitter to the outline.  This was then adhered on top of my Black Diamond die cut.  This gives it the appearance of shades and shadows, just like a real graduation cap.  The tassel was accented with Evening Glow glitter.

I used the negative pieces of the diploma as well and highlighted certain areas of the cardstock with a Copic marker.  Again, Evening Glow glitter was used for the ribbon around the diploma as well as the border around the die cut.

Digi paper (which I've had for years) was used for the second layer.  For glimmer, Sparkle embossing powder was added to the edges.  The third layer was dry embossed with a Crafters Companion embossing folder (Pebbles).

For the final layer, I used a Sue Wilson Designs die (Noble dies-Double Pierced Rectangles Set B) as a guide for how large to cut the black cardstock.  Then I dry embossed this same die over the cardstock to get the pierced edges.  I also sprayed a homemade glimmer spritz on top.  You could also use Pearl Mist as well.

Now it's time for you to visit Belinda.  She has something extra special for you too.  Be sure to leave a comment on each of our blogs for your chance to win all TEN of the new stamp sets revealed this month.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Build A Wreath

Today's sweet little note card was created using the new digi-only stamp set Build A Wreath that was revealed this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  This digi set has over 48 images that come with it, so it's easy to create lots of different projects with it.

For the note card, I started out by creating my own "digi paper" for the background.  I added a couple different leaves and added a couple different berries and arrange everything how I wanted.  Once I was happy with it, I printed that portion out.

I then began building my wreath.  I started out with the base, added several different types of leaves and the bow.  I printed the bow out twice so I could pop dot it on top of the original bow for added dimension.  Then I fussy cut the wreath and the bow.

Rose Gold velvet glitter and Bronze Splendor glitter were added to the wreath base and Green Nugget glitter was used to add emphasis to the leaves.

The bow was heat embossed with Sparkle embossing power.  If you look at the bow from the side, you'll notice that the edges are curled upward.  I didn't want to add a pop dot that could be seen from the side to keep the sides of the bow raised, so after adhering the bow in the center, I added some glossy accents underneath the raised areas and let it dry.  Once dry, the sides stay in the upward position and the glue dries transparent.

A strip of vellum was added between my digi paper background and the wreath for eye appeal.  Some red mirrored cardstock as a second layer really helps the bow to pop.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Celebrate the Season

I have one last Christmas card to share with you today.  This one uses two Die-Versions dies: Sweet Nativity and the Compliments Holiday 1 set.

I started out by creating my background using Dark Night embossing powder.  As you can see from the two photos, it looks very different, depending on the way light hits it.  This is one of my favorite embossing powders to use when depicting a night sky.

 I die cut the Sweet Nativity several different times so that I could accentuate the shining star.  The main part of the star was die cut twice and colored with a Spectrum Noir sparkle marker (Moonlight).  The inner part was die cut three times and glued on top of each other.  This third layer was added because I wanted it to be taller than the outer area of the star.  I also added Sunny Daze glitter to this smaller part for added sparkle.

The entire die cut was heat embossed with Sparkle embossing powder for a shimmery look.  You can really see this detail in the first photo.

The sentiment was die cut from white cardstock and adhered to the bottom.  If you look at this die, you will notice that the actual word on here is "Seasons".  As you can see, I cut off the "s" to fit my needs. 😊

One last look at how the light can affect the way this card looks.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you the best in the new year.