Monday, February 29, 2016

Honey Bees {Sparkle N Sprinkle March Reveal}

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 March 1 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We have Three new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until March 3.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  All of the new sets are available on cling mounted rubber or as a digital image.  

The sets are:

Honey Bees 775 (digi version DIGI775)
Lucky Charm 776  (digi version DIGI776)
 Donna's Stylin' Sayings 777  (digi version DIGI777)

On March 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:

(*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 for some specifics about my card.  I started off by stamping the image with Memento Ink (Dandelion) so that I could do the No Line Coloring technique. Then I colored the image with Copic markers.  Lavender Iris glitter was added to the bee's wings and Lemonade glitter was added to the flower centers as well as the bee movement lines.

The frame was die cut using the Spellbinders Opulent Ovals die and Nuvo Crystal Drops (Sugared Almond) was added to the ends.

The card base includes the Pleated Skirt Fold and a circle punch was used for the sentiment.  The circle base was colored using Nuance powder pigments (Hot Pink, Red) before heat embossing the sentiment with Clear embossing powder.

Your next stop on the SNS New Reveal Blog Hop is Shona and I know she has something wonderful to share with you.  Be sure to comment on each of the Designers' blogs for your chance to win all the new stamp sets revealed this month.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Ooh La, La!

This large card was created using chipboard elements from Want 2 Scrap and embossing powders from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The Dress Form Corset was first covered in White embossing powder and then Morning Glory embossing powder for the dress and Silver for the dress stand.  If the white embossing powder had not been applied first, then the Morning Glory (or the color of your choice) would have been darker.  This is because you are starting out with a brown base.  The white allows the true color of the powder or glitter to be seen.  Fleur de Lis embossing powder covers the Doily set 2 chipboard embellishment.  As this color was darker to begin with, I didn't bother adding the white embossing powder first.  
My sentiment was die cut from a scrap of cardstock covered with Morning Glory embossing powder.  I used the Peppermint font from Die-Versions.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mr and Mrs

Today's card showcases the new Nesting Flowers die set and the new Heart Border die from Die-Versions, plus a few of the DV Sweet Wordlets.  One of the things I do when I receive any new die is to die cut it from scrap cardstock.  Then I go from there.  Today's card idea all started with the negative pieces (the tiny hearts) from the Heart Border die.

I also recently received a couple new colors of Nuance pigment powder (Hot Pink and Red) and I wanted to create a sample for future reference.  I had left overs and decided to die cut the Heart border from a piece of this to see what it looks like actually cut.  I was pushing the negative pieces together in a pile and immediately thought how fun these would be in a shaker card. That's how it all started.

The Nesting Flowers die set makes a fantastic shaker.  I created more of the watercolored cardstock with the Nuance powders so that I could cut out the shaker piece as well as the "flower" next to it.  A quick trick to making sure all the curves are secure and that none of your shaker pieces will escape is to die cut the same shape from fun foam and adhere that to the cardstock.  The clear acetate is actually from some packaging material that I had saved.  (If it isn't too scratched, then I cut it down and save it for projects like this.)

Before adhering the acetate top to the base, I die cut the Sweet Wordlet "Love" from the watercolored cardstock and adhered that to the base.  The hearts move, but the word does not.

The second "flower" idea came about from seeing a Spirelli tutorial and thinking that the nesting flower die could be used for a variation of this.  More of the negative hearts were also adhered to this piece.

Instead of creating a Valentine's type of card with these dies, I thought they would also be perfect for a couple just getting married.  The "Congratulations" and "Mr. & Mrs." are more DV Sweet Wordlets.  Although the camera didn't capture it, the black cardstock was spritzed with a homemade spritzer (Marion Smith Designs Whisper pigment powder and water) for added shimmer.

Be sure to visit the Die-Versions Blog to see what the rest of the talented team has created.  And remember, if you'd like to receive 15% off your next Die-Versions order, use the code anne15 when checking out.  This code works for the everyday sales price and you can use it every time you order :-).  Have fun shopping!

Thursday, February 18, 2016


This is a bright, fun card that is quick and easy to create.  I used the new Neon Glitters - Exulted! (hot pink), Energized! (orange), Electrified! (yellow), and Exhilarated! (green) from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Black Ice glitter was also added to the Want 2 Scrap piece of chipboard using the Glueless Glitter technique.

 This is an easy way to add glitter without using any adhesive.  Start out by covering the surface with VersaMark and then heat set with Clear embossing powder.  I then cover the entire surface with more VersaMark, sprinkle on the glitter of my choice, and then heat set the entire thing.  Your glitter is adhered and won't rub off.

To create the background, I started out with a piece of white cardstock and then covered it with varying widths of Tear-ific Tape.  Before exposing any of the adhesive, I used the Die-Versions "You Are" Express Edge to die cut the top. The next step is to randomly expose the strips of adhesive and burnish on the glitter with your finger tip.

I added a couple strips of glitter ribbon to finish off the card.  In order to create glitter ribbon, choose a long strip of Tear-ific Tape (in any width), cover one side with the glitter and then slowly peel off the protective backing and adhere glitter to the other side as well.  Instead of making a bow, I tied a large knot in each of my pieces of glitter ribbon.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

With Sympathy {Scrapy Land #36}

It's the third Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  Don't forget there is a guest designer call going on too.  The theme is Tie One On (include either a ribbon or die cut bow on your project). Plus, include any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

The dies used in this project are:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: With Sympathy
Elizabeth Crat Designs Stitched Ovals
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Garden Notes-Hydrangea
Sue Wilson Designs: Trailing Ivy

This is a sympathy card that was created using dies and Copic markers.  The focal point was created using Elizabeth Craft Designs die (Susan's Garden: Garden Notes - Hydrangea).  The Stitched Oval background (by Elizabeth Craft Designs) was die cut from white card stock and then colored with coordinating Copic markers.  I added glue around the stitches with a Sakura glue pen and covered it with Sparkle N Sprinkle's Pixie Violet velvet glitter.

A piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs shimmer sheet was dry embossed for the background piece and the With Sympathy sentiment, also by Elizabeth Craft Designs, was die cut from white card stock and then layered onto fun foam for added (and easy) dimension.

A sheer bow was added for the finishing touch.

For the inside of the card, I added a stamped sentiment from I Brake for Stamps and framed it with a Sue Wilson Designs (Trailing Ivy) die cut.  These were colored with Copic markers.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Disco Fever

Disco Fever is one of the three new stamp sets revealed this month by Sparkle N Sprinkle.  All four of the new Neon Glitters - Energized! (orange), Electrified! (yellow), Exulted! (hot pink), and Exhilarated! (green) were also incorporated in this fun card.  

I started out by printing out the digi version and coloring her with Copic markers.  I also drew in the fish net stockings. Energized!, Electrified!, and Exulted! were added to her outfit.  Gold Detail embossing powder cover her belt and earrings while Ebony Spark embossing powder was used to cover her disco boots.

I wanted the card to look like a night club so the walls had to be dark.  To achieve this look, I took a piece of black cardstock and covered it with Sparkle embossing powder.  I love how this embossing powder looks so different depending on what color cardstock you use it on.   What disco club doesn't have a Disco Ball?  The Retro Disco Ball (by Die-Versions) was covered in Silver Dreams glitter.  This has a kaleidoscope of colors in the glitter and is perfect for this die cut.

The swirly background was created by die cutting the Scribbles Cutting Plate (by Taylored Expressions) from a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  After exposing the adhesive, I covered it with Exhilarated! neon glitter.

I also printed the sentiment and added Dimensional Glue and Energized! to part of it.  The Exulted! glitter ribbon was added a finishing touch to this very bright and vibrant card.

Friday, February 12, 2016


In addition to lots and lots of glitters and embossing powder (not to mention rubber stamps), Sparkle N Sprinkle also carries chipboard from Want 2 Scrap.  I don't use much chipboard in my projects as I mainly create cards and I associate chipboard with scrapbook layouts.

I wanted to challenge myself to change this notion.  I started out by using the digi version of Happily Ever After so that I could alter the size of it.  Bridal glitter was added to the veil and Sparkling Snow glitter was added to the bouquet.  I also decide to use one of the soon to be released Neon Glitters Exhilarated! (a bright green).  This was added to the groom's vest and tie as well as the ribbon on the bride's bouquet.

This is also the color I decided to use on the "Forever" chipboard element.  I used the Glueless Glitter technique to adhere the neon glitter to the chipboard.  As you can see in the photo, it turned out a little darker than it did on the rest of the card.  In order to alleviate this, you can first heat emboss White embossing powder onto the chipboard and then add the color of your choice.

To finish off this CAS card, I added 1/8" Tear-ific Tape around the edges and applied more Exhilarated! neon glitter.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oriental Lantern

Instead of creating a card for today's post, I decided to create a book mark.  I know more and more people are using electronic devices to read now, me included, but I still prefer to read an old fashioned book.

To create my book mark, I started out with one of the new Asian themed dies from Die-Versions, Oriental Lantern.  I die cut this twice: once from white cardstock and once from red fun foam.

To color the lantern, I used my new Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter markers.  The amount of sparkle and shine these markers have are amazing (much better than my other glitter markers).  I also used a Gold Leafing pen on the sections colored in gold.

The patterned paper is from Graphic 45 (Birdsong) and the sentiment is one I found online by googling Chinese proverbs.

When trying to figure out my design, I knew I wanted something a little more that just a basic rectangle.  So I added a flip element to it.  That way, the book mark can be used as you normally would, or you could flip part it over the page you are reading.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team is creating using these new Asian themed dies.  And don't forget to use the code anne15 to get 15% off the everyday sales prices on your total Die-Versions order.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Secret Garden

Secret Garden is one of the new stamp sets revealed this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I started out by stamping the image and sentiment onto watercolor paper using Jet Black StazOn ink.  Then I used Nuance powders to watercolor the image.  Silver Sonic velvet glitter was added to the lock and key and Sparkling Snow glitter was added to the flower centers.

The background was created by dry embossing a piece of white cardstock with a Sue Wilson Designs embossing folder (Climbing Vines).  Next I covered the surface with VersaMark, then White Spark embossing powder, and heat set it.  The ivy vines are die cuts from the Sue Wilson Designs Trailing Ivy die set.

I am entering this in the Little Tangles Challenge Blog: watercolor

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Love You {Scrapy Land Challenge #35}

It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme for the first Wednesday is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  This bi-monthly challenge will end on February 14.  The winner, chosen by the design team members, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

For today's card, I created a quick pinwheel card from old scraps of patterned paper and several dies.  (The original design idea came from my friend Ann.)  The squares used for the pinwheel were die cut using a Elizabeth Craft Designs die (Fitted Squares), the center flower is from a couple Sue Wilson Designs dies (Delicate Daisies - Open Petals and Delicate Daisies - Complete Petals), and the sentiment is a Die-Versions Sweet Spot (I cut off the outer circle).

Black Ice glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle was added to the sentiment for added bling and Sparkling Snow glitter was added to the daisy petals.

Head on over to the Scrapy Land Challenge to upload your project.  While you are there, be sure to check out the awesome projects by the rest of the Designers.