Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Halloween Cat {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop}

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

We have four new rubber stamp sets to share with you today and one new digi-only stamp set.  These new sets are 20% off until the 3rd of the month.  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:

Puppy Girl 793   (digi version DIGI793)
 Crafting Is Exercise 795   (digi version DIGI795)
Halloween Cat 799   (digi version DIGI799)
Stella-Call Me Witch 800   (digi version DIGI800)
Fruit Note  DIGI3126  (digi only)

On Sept 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.  (Compliance is checked.)
 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 a bit about my project.  

I originally learned about this fun fold card from my friend Ann (she does lots of fun stuff, but doesn't have a blog).  She didn't name this type of fold, but I'm calling it the Double Box card.  It's super fun to make and decorate. The really cool thing about it is that it folds flat so you can mail it in a normal envelope without having to add any extra postage.  I actually made mine a bit bigger than an A2 card, but it will still fit in a 5" x 7" envelope. 

I used the digi version of Halloween Cat and changed the color of the ink to a dark blue.  Pan Pastels were used to fill in the large moon and Blue Raven glitter was added to the body of the cat.  I only added glue to certain areas of the cat, letting the dark blue ink show through for more dimension.  Margarita velvet glitter was added to his glowing eyes.  I also added some Tiger Orange velvet glitter to some of the swirls and to some of the open spaces in the letters using a Sakura glue pen.

The card base, and main box, is orange cardstock and then the panels were covered with purple cardstock and some patterned papers.  The second box was created from the purple cardstock and then a piece of Sticker Paper was adhered to the purple cardstock.  Tiger Orange glitter was added to the exposed adhesive, after adhering the focal image to the front.

Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ebony Black and White - for the eyes) were used to create the bodies of the small spiders on the image and the large spider on the top of the second box.  All of the spiders (other than those on the image) are die cuts from a Die Versions die (Spider Web).  Two of these spiders are covered with Black Suede velvet glitter (bottom left and the one climbing onto the sentiment).  

The bat is an older Spellbinders die (Nesting Bats) and he was covered with Night Sky Sparkle N Soft.  (You can really see the furry details on the bat photo.)  The Skeleton is also a Die-Versions die and he was heat embossed with Opaline embossing powder.

The sentiment, which is part of the set, is also a digi version as I wanted to make it larger.  After printing it in orange ink, I used a Sakura glue pen to add glue to each of the letters and covered them with Tiger Orange velvet glitter.  I also added a few squiggly lines with the glue pen and added more Tiger Orange glitter.  Before the glue dried completely, I rubbed some of the glitter off as I wanted it to be more spotty looking instead of solid lines.  

You will probably be seeing more of these Double Box cards in the future as I had such a fun time making and embellishing this one.  :-)

Now it's time to visit Chris and see what she's come up with for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to visit each of the Designers' blogs and leave a comment (it is checked for compliance) for your chance to win all of the new sets revealed this month.

Happy Hopping!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Pool Friends

Pool Friends by Sparkle N Sprinkle is my latest card creation.  This was a pretty quick and easy card to put together.

The image is colored with Copic markers and the noodles are covered in Dimensional Glue and flock (Turquoise and Pink Spirit).  The water ripples are highlighted with Ocean glitter and the women's glasses and the side of the pool were given a real shine using Glossy Accents.

A Memory Box die (Large Ringlets) was die cut from a Super Adhesive Sheet and covered with more Ocean glitter.  The sentiment, which is part of the stamp set is actually two lines on one stamp.  Since I wanted them separated, I masked one sentiment and then the other when stamping with blue pigment ink.  While the ink was still wet, I heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder.

Like I said, easy, peasy :-).

Friday, August 26, 2016

Road Trip

For today's card, I'm showcasing several Die-Versions dies including some that are in the Farewell category.

They are the Old Globe - East, My Micro font, Bon Voyage Sweet Spot,  Lucky Scallops, and Old Suitcase Sweet Petite (retired).

To create the Old Globe, I used the Painting with Embossing Powders technique.  (You can click here to see other posts using this same technique.)  Start out by adding some VersaMark to the image and then pour your first color of embossing powder on top and heat set.  Then begin adding more colors right on top of the original color and heat set from below.  There's no need to add more VersaMark between colors as you are melting the powders from the bottom.  This is also another way to add dimension to your piece.  The frame for the Old Globe consists of Blackened Bronze and Copper Flame mixed media embossing powders.  For the land, I started out by adding Madagascar Green as the base and then added Moss, Chocolate Sparkle, and Magic Speckle until I was happy with the results.  The water is Ocean Marbled embossing powder and the Old Suitcase and Bon Voyage sentiment were heat set using Tuscan Star embossing powder.  (All the embossing powders are manufactured by Sparkle N Sprinkle.)

I love using the Painting with Embossing Powder technique because there isn't a right or wrong way to do it.  Just keep adding color (and dimension) until you are happy!

There are lots of great dies listed in the Farewell Sale. (I already own lots of them :-).  So if you'd like to get any, you better hurry before they are gone.

If you'd like to earn 15% off your total purchase, be sure to add the code anne15 to the coupon box when you check out.  This discount is good on all the everyday prices.  Have fun shopping!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Stella - Happy Meds

This new stamp stamp set called Stella - Happy Meds from Sparkle N Sprinkle should definitely make you smile.  It's one of the new Bugaboo images that is now available in rubber, only from Sparkle N Sprinkle!

After stamping the image and coloring it with Copic markers, I added Dimensional Glue and Sunny Daze glitter to various letters.  I also outlined other words with a red Multi-liner to make them pop a bit more.  The pink pills and Stella's glasses were covered with Glossy Accents for a real shine.

To create the mat, I used the lacy background technique with Sticker Paper, lace, and Sunny Daze and Blue Haze glitters.  This is such an easy and fun technique and with so many variations, depending on the style of lace and the colors of glitter you use.  For some reason, this one reminds me of a leopard print, even though the colors are different.

For embellishments, I created my own glitter ribbon using 1/2" Tear-ific tape and Blue Haze glitter and added a few Nuvo Crystal Drops (Navy Blue) as accents.  Crystal Drops also accent the corners of my lacy background.  The background matting behind the focal point was dry embossed with a Crafters Companion embossing folder (Hessian) for a bit of texture.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Groovy Birthday {Scrapy Land Challenge #48}

Welcome to Scrapy Land Challenge #48.  The theme for today's challenge is Use an Image (digi or rubber), plus any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

The dies used in my project are:

Sue Wilson Designs: New York Collection-Madison Square
Taylored Expressions: Banner Stacklets 1

I used a couple different rubber stamps in this project.  The focal point is an older rubber stamp from Unity Stamp Co. and the flowers and sentiment are by Taylored Expressions.

The scooter was stamped a couple times, colored with Copic markers and fussy cut out.  I wanted to add dimension by layering the both the front and back wheel fenders with pop dots.  The body of the scooter was covered with Glossy Accents and a touch of glitter was sprinkled onto the wet glue for added sparkle.

Once this was dry, I die cut the square from white cardstock, added a backdrop created with Bister wood stains, and adhered the scooter on top with dimensional dots.

The embedded embossing technique was used to create the sentiment.  I started out with a piece of yellow cardstock and heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder.  I then stamped the sentiment and flowers on top of this, covered the entire thing with more clear embossing powder and heat set it again.

You have until Sunday, Sept 4 to upload your project to the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog.  The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Get Your Craft On

Get Your Craft On by Sparkle N Sprinkle is today's featured card.  To start out, I stamped the Bugaboo image (did you know that Sparkle N Sprinkle now has rubber versions of some of your favorite Bugaboo images?) and colored her with Copic markers.

The buttons were covered with Brushable Glue and the following glitters.  From top to bottom: Laser Blue, Jasper Blue, and Terrific Blue.  The ribbon in her hand was covered with Deep Royal tinsel glitter.  

The image was die cut using a Tonic Studios dies (Ornate Frame layering die set).  I added brushable glue around the backside of the ornate oval frame and then covered it with more Deep Royal tinsel glitter.  The tinsel glitter was added to the back so that it could peek through the openings around the frame.  (If it was on the front, it would have covered up all the details.)  I also outlined the inner oval with Nuvo Mousse (Mother of Pearl.)

I wanted this card to be a mostly white card with a pop of color.  So for the background mat, I dry embossed white cardstock with a Crafters Companion embossing folder (Basket Weave) and highlighted the edges with more Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse.

The sentiment is from another stamp set offered by Sparkle N Sprinkle: Party Spunky.  I used the digi version and die cut the sentiment with a Simon Says Stamp die (Holiday Apothecary Labels).  Again, Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse was used to outline the sentiment and Nuvo Crystal Drops (Gloss Ebony Black) accent the sides of the sentiment.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Oh Christmas Tree

Today's card features one of the Christmas dies from Die-VersionsTannenbaum.    I altered the die cut slightly by removing the frame around the tree.  Here is what the die actually looks like.

After coloring the image with Copics, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops to create 3 dimensional ornaments.  To create the scene around the tree, some very old stickers were used.

I used the negative portion of the frame (love the arched window it created) and covered it with Firecracker Red embossing powder. from Sparkle N Sprinkle

If you'd like to receive a 15% discount on your total Die-Versions purchase, use the code anne15 in the coupon box at checkout.

Be sure to visit the Die-Versions Blog to see what the rest of the designers are creating for your inspiration.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Eskimo Kisses

Eskimo Kisses is one of the fun new rubber stamp sets revealed this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  After stamping the image onto white cardstock and coloring it with Copic markers, I die cut the rectangle using a Simon Says Stamp die (Stitched Rectangles).  The patterned cardstock mat behind the focal panel was die cut using a Sue Wilson Designs die (Noble Dies - Double Pierced Rectangles - Set B).

Dimensional Glue was added to her ear muffs, coat collar and sleeve, and to the top of her boots.  Dimensional glue was also added to the pom-pom on the snowman's hat.  Then Swan Song tinsel glitter was applied over the dimensional glue.  Once that was dry, I highlighted various areas of the snowman and the snow with a Sakura glue pen and covered the glue with Olaf White glitter.

Falling Snow was added to the snowy scene by using a stencil (Simon Says Stamp - Falling Snow) and Dreamweaver White Embossing Paste.  I layered the embossing paste on fairly thick, and after the stencil was removed, I covered the wet embossing paste with more Olaf White glitter.

For the matting, I added more snow by using a Memory Box stencil (Winter-Scattered Flakes), embossing paste, and Olaf White glitter.  You can really see the dimension of the falling snow as well as the tinsel glitter in the above photo.

A ribbon imprinted with snowy words is the finishing touch.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

We Wish You {Scrapy Land Challenge #47}

Can you believe it's already August!?!  It's also the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for the first Wednesday of each month is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

Today I have a CAS Christmas card to share with you.  Here are the dies I used to create this card:

Sue Wilson Designs: Spanish Collection: Granada
Memory Box: We Wish You Elegant Script

Start out by heat embossing some Golden Sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle onto a scrap piece of cardstock (make sure it's larger than the Memory Box die).  Then die cut the new Holiday 2016 die and set aside.

Next, take a piece of darker cardstock and die cut the Sue Wilson die.  Dry emboss with a Sue Wilson embossing folder (Climbing Vines).  Adhere this panel to your card base and then adhere your sentiment on top.

I added Nuvo Crystal Drops (Bright Gold) to the four corners and also used it for the dots above the "i" on "wish" and "Christmas".  (This is much easier than trying to locate and adhere those really small circles that were originally die cut. :-).)

As I said, a very CAS and very easy card to create and make duplicates of.  Easy to mail as well.  :-)

Now it's your turn to join us for the Scrapy Land Challenge #47.  You'll have until Aug 14th to upload your creations.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  Be sure to visit the Scrapy Land Challenge blog to see what the rest of the team has created for you this time around.  I know you won't be disappointed.