Friday, January 31, 2014

SNS February 1 New Reveal

Welcome to the February Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal.

This month we are featuring three fun new stamp sets by artists Michelle Perkett and Beccy Muir.
Mermaid Kisses #529

Spunky and Bug #523
Spunky and Rocco #526

You have three chances to win one of these new rubber stamp sets in our February New Reveal Contest and four more chances with the SNS Creative Challenge where the monthly theme is always "Anything Goes with Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking."  The Mermaid Kisses  stamp set is available on line or is included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month.  Each of the three stamp sets are available in the SNS Shoppe at 20% off until February 3.  The Three Winners (one for each new stamp set) will be selected by during the Designers Mystery Party.  Winners will also be able to choose one glitter and one Embossing Powder to go with their new stamp set.

How the Mystery Party works:

On Three of the participating blogs below, a Commenter will be selected to receive the prize
No one knows who the three Mystery Designers are, so you may wish to visit each blog to leave a comment.

The winners will be announced on February 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs.

Now for details about my card.

I choose the Mermaid Kisses stamp set for my project.  I started out by stamping my image twice so I could cut out the Mermaid and pop dot her tail.  The image is colored with Copic markers and fussy cut.  I added Bubble Gum glitter to streaks in her hair as well as to the flower centers.  Waterfall glitter was used for the water.

In order to create the background, I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and applied Distress Stains (Salty Ocean, Bundled Sage) to the background, spritzing with a little water as I went along.  Next, I created a mat by using the negative portion of a piece of paper that I die cut a scalloped oval from.  Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky) were then blended into the Distress Stains to create a "frame".  The sun is an MFT die and I heat embossed it with Orange Marmalade embossing powder.  Love that two-tone color.  The waves are from the Big Splash Border die by Memory Box.

The sentiment was heat embossed using Tangy Tangerine embossing powder onto a piece of vellum die cut from a Spellbinders tag die (Ribbon Tag Trio) and I threaded ribbon through it.  The distress glitter technique (add Brushable glue to the edges with a brush or sponge dauber and cover with glitter) was used on the layer behind the focal point and the distressed embossing technique (add VersaMark to the edges with a sponge dauber, cover with embossing powder and heat set) was used around the card base.  I also adhered some 1/2" Tear-ific tape behind the sentiment and covered it with Waterfall glitter.  You can check out my SNS Art Gallery page for more details.

Here's the list of participating blogs:

Don't forget to leave a comment with each of us for your chance to win!

Monday, January 27, 2014


I created this card for a very special man in my life.  (I just can't believe he's turning 21 today!).

The digi image was a FB freebie from Mayzy Art and is based on the BBC Sherlock Holmes TV show.  My son and I discovered the series this past summer and watched all 4 seasons over the course of the summer.  Needless to say, we like Benedict Cumberbatch's version of Sherlock Holmes.

The image is colored with Copic markers and fussy cut out.  All of the dies I used are from Die-Versions (Happy Birthday Corner Concept, Editor in Chief font, Short Stop font).

Have a very Happy Birthday!  
Love you, Mom

Friday, January 24, 2014

Ballet Slippers

This is my first post for Pattie's Creations Design Challenge since being back with the team.  (Thanks again Pattie for asking me!) The challenge lasts for two weeks and the theme is For the Girls (creations for a female child).  After visiting Pattie's Etsy Store, I decided to use the Ballet Slippers.

After printing the digi and fussy cutting it out, I decided that since most little girls love sparkle, that lots of glitter had to be used.  The shoes are covered with Bubblegum glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle and colored with Copic markers.  I intensionally made the photo above slightly darker so you could see all the shimmer and sparkle of the glitter.

I die cut the Lacey Oval out of vellum and the edges of larger oval (Grand Ovals) was highlighted with more Bubblegum glitter.

For the next layer, I repeated the digi quite a number of times to create a unique mat.  These smaller ballet slippers are also colored with Copics.  The card base edges are also covered with glitter.  You can never have too much glitter, can you? :-). 

Now it's your turn to create something for a little girl and link up your creations at Pattie's Creations.  Don't forget to check out what the rest of the team has created for you as well.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

To Do List

Today's card uses three of the New Releases from Die-Versions: the Torn Notebook Straight Edge, the Diamonds Background, and the Gatsby font.  Plus, I also used the Happy Birthday Corner Concept to create my sentiment.  The rest was hand written.

I started off with a journaling card and cut the Torn Straight Edge.  If you look closely, you'll see how it also creates a perforated edge just to the right.  This definitely reminded me of notebook paper.  I inked up the  torn edges a little and punched holes with a typical school hole punch. 

The large TO DO List is the Gatsby font and I used a Spica glitter pen to add a bit of sparkle.  A Spica pen was also used to outline the diamonds on the bottom of the card.  These are actually some of the negative parts form the Diamonds Background die.  (Love trying to use all the parts and pieces of a die cut.)

The base card was dry embossed with an embossing folder (Mystic).  A couple paper flowers were layered together and a large gem brad was added to the center.

This was a pretty quick and easy birthday card to put together.  Gotta love that!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cinderella Slipper

Another new stamp release from Sparkle N Sprinkle is the Cinderella Slipper (#528).  One of the sentiments reminded me of someone shaking up a snow globe, wishing for their fairy tale to begin.  So, that lead me to today's design.

The snow globe die set is by Impression Obsession.  The circle that comes with the set was a bit too small, so I substituted a bit larger circle from Spellbinders.

I stamped the shoe and sentiment, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, at the same time so my placement would be like I wanted it.  These were then heat embossed with Clear Detail embossing powder.   SNS Dimensional Glue was applied over the shoe and covered with Orchid glitter.  The "snow" in the snow globe is actually Swan Wing Tinsel glitter.   Copics were used to color the inside of the shoe.

The snow globe base was colored using Distress Inks (Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain) and a blending tool. The tag on the base (part of that set), was covered with Cloud Nine velvet glitter and then stamped with another one of the words from the stamp set.  Liquid Pearls (White Opal) was added for the nail tacks.

I stamped the shoe twice more so I could fussy cut out the flowers.  These are covered with Pistachio, Collegiate Garnet, Dazzling Rose, Sunny Daze, and Bubblegum glitters.  After all the glitter was dry, I pop dotted the two on the shoe and added another one by my sentiment.

The purple background started out as a piece of plain cardstock.  To jazz it up a bit, I first applied VersaMark to one side of a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Rosa) and then ran it through my machine.  Next I covered it with Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it.  This added some sheen and darkened the recessed areas of the paper.  The card base was spritzed with Walnut Ink (Cherry Blossom) to give it a bit more pizazz as well.

You can also view more detailed instructions on my SNS Art Gallery page.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chinese New Year

We have a new challenge at Time 4 Scrap.  The challenge lasts for two weeks and the theme is Chinese New Year.  For inquiring minds... Chinese New Year begins Jan 31 and it's the Year of the Horse.

Our sponsors are Lacy Sunshine and A Day for Daisies.  I chose a digi image called 1920's Curly Sue Evening Out from Lacy Sunshine and colored her with Copic markers.

I added a bit of sparkle to her accessories with Sparkle N Sprinkle Silver Leaf Tinsel glitter, Cloud Nine velvet glitter, and Gypsy Red velvet glitter.  The sentiment was die cut from cardstock colored with the same Copic markers as the dress using the Die-Versions Missy Micro font die.

The front of this card is actually acetate and everything except the diamond background is adhered to the front.  I fussy cut the Chinese lanterns from Graphic 45 papers (Bird Song collection).  The Diamond Background, a Die-Versions die, was given a touch of bling by heat embossing it White Spark embossing powder from SNS.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created as well.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dress Up

Sparkle N Sprinkle released four new rubber stamp sets this month, including this one - Dress Up (#525).

To create this card, I used both of the dresses as well as one of the sentiments.  The dresses were stamped onto watercolor paper and then colored with Distress Markers.  I added adhesive to the front of each and then covered them with Cloud Nine velvet glitter.

For the tall dress form, a Memory Box die, I die cut it out of Super Adhesive Sheets and cut away the top layer of the pole and knob.  I used the tarnished silver technique by Tim Holtz for the this part and added Vintage embossing powder over the main body part.  Silver and Super Thick Clear embossing powder was used for the tarnished silver technique, along with a touch of Black Soot Distress Paint.

The "scarf" is actually part of the Memory Box Tiny Bow die.  (I wish I could take credit for thinking up this clever way to use this die cut, but I saw it on someone else's blog and liked it.  If you know who thought this up, please let me know so I can give them the appropriate credit.)  The purse, also a Memory Box die (Terrific Tote), is covered with Blue Lightning and Peruvian Lily glitters.

The open background die, by Taylored Expressions (Quatrefoil cutting plate) was somewhat randomly covered with VersaMark and then Stickum Powder.   I wanted a few areas to remain white.   Once the powder was heated up, I quickly covered it with Spirited Green glitter, for even more sparkle.

As you might know from previous projects, I love the look of distressed embossing, but I wanted to use another glitter on this project.  So I got out my SNS brushable glue and distressed the edges with a brush and then applied Bubblegum  glitter to the edges.

Finally, the sentiment was created by die cutting the Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two die from a piece of the Super Adhesive Sheets.  I used an exacto knife to cut the top layer around the oval and then covered the center oval with Cloud Nine velvet glitter and then the outer scrolls with Peruvian Lily velvet glitter.  This cute sentiment was stamped over the Cloud Nine with StazOn (Jet Black).

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sparkle N Sprinkle Bingo

Sparkle N Sprinkle Bingo is Back!

It's here!
Create your Bingo Card now - it's free - and we will get started January 20!
There will be a $150 grand prize and weekly prizes, too.
Details here or on the website's game page.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Thinking of You

I needed a card for a quick note to a friend and this is what I came up with.  The image is Geraniums from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  After coloring the image with Copic markers, I applied a layer of sticker paper and covered it with Cloud Nine velvet glitter.

I die cut the Spellbinders frame (Fleur de Lis) and then die cut the center (Classic Squares Large).  Cayenne Star embossing powder was used to add color to the frame.

The sentiment is by Stampers Anonymous and is stamped in Distress Ink (Stormy Sky) and fussy cut out.

Copics used: petals - R02, R08; leaves - YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99; background - B0000, BV000, BV02

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Die-Versions Blog and Prizes

Hello Everyone!!!

Die-Versions has a brand new blog and a brand new design team. Come join us in our new blog for a chance to win some free goodies. 

We will be giving away 20 gift certificates to our store valued at $10 each. 

Participating is easy, simply:

Leave a comment in our blog found at 
Become a follower of our blog 
Like our Facebook Page

We will announce the lucky winners Sunday, Jan. 12.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Spunky's Valentine

Spunky, along with his friend Rocco, is making his debut this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  They will become regulars and will have lots of adventures.  This set is called Spunky Skunk Valentine (#521).

After stamping and fussy cutting out the image, or parts of the image, three times, I colored Spunky with Copics and added Black Ice glitter and Twinkling Clouds Sparkling Flock to his tail.  I then pop dotted his body onto the image base and finally pop dotted the heart to the second layer.  The sentiment on the heart is also covered with Black Ice glitter. This paper tole technique gives your image lots of dimension.

The mat was created using a Spellbinders die (A2 Polka Dots) and then I used the Emboss Resist technique, using one of the other stamps from this set.  After stamping with VersaMark and heat setting with Clear Detail embossing powder, I used Distress Inks to color the background.  I also blinged up my brads (they were originally silver) using the SNS Bling Your Brads technique and White embossing powder.

The lace flower was quick and easy to do and I have a few photos for a quick step by step tutorial.  The first thing you need to do is to make your own large glue dot with the Mega Tack Glue.  Save some of the backing papers from the Super Adhesive Sheets or even the sheet that you get with all those address labels you receive for free.  Just apply the glue to the backing sheet and make a circle as large as you want.  The hard part is that you have to let it dry over night.  As you can see by the photo, it starts out white, but when it dries, it's clear.  (You can also make homemade regular sized glue dots this way too.)  Once it's dry, your ready for the next step.

Cut a long piece of lace (or ribbon or fabric) and start pushing it down onto the glue dot, going from the outside edge and continuing in a circle until the entire glue dot is covered.  I also scrunched mine up just a bit as I was adhering it so I would have a small ruffle.

I added a couple vintage buttons to the center of my lace flower and tied them together with some embroidery floss.  I also glued them down to the lace with the Mega Tack Glue.  That's it!  Easy, easy.

You can also view more detailed instructions in my SNS Art Gallery, here.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

I Heart U

For my very first project for Time 4 Scrap, we have a color challenge: incorporate Silver or Gold into your project.  Our sponsors for this challenge are Robyn's Fetish and Delicious Doodles.  I've chosen the I Heart U digi by Robyn's Fetish for my tag.

After printing the image a couple of times and printing just the sentiment in the center, I fussy cut out the heart from the scalloped edge.  Silver Lightning embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle was used for the scallop border and Firecracker Red embossing powder was applied to the center heart.   Both of these have glitter mixed in with the embossing powder for a sparkly look.  Using a Memory Box die, I cut out the sentiment separately and applied Velvet Sparkle embossing powder for even more glittery goodness.  

After pop dotting the center heart, I added some red fibers behind the entire piece for more definition.
The tag was then covered with silver foil (aka Reynolds Wrap) and dry embossed with the Hearts M-Bossabilities embossing folder.  I highlighted the swirls and the edges with a Copic marker.

I also added the Hanging Hearts, from Die-Versions, to the top and bottom of the tag and heat embossed it with Silver Lightning and Firecracker Red.

So head on over to Time 4 Scrap and submit your card, tag, ATC, or a Fat page (a 4"x4" card, layout or mini album).  The winner will receive her/his choice of 3 digis.