Friday, September 30, 2016

Elephant Christmas Tree {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop}

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

We have five new stamp sets to share with you today.  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:

Turkey Dish 801  (digi version DIGI801)
Elephant Christmas Tree 802  (digi version DIGI802)
Christmas Tags #1 805  (digi version DIGI805)
Christmas Candles 807  (digi version DIGI807)
Autumn Girlfriends 810  (digi version DIGI810)

On October 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 for a bit about my card.

I used the Elephant Christmas Tree image because it is so cute!  I used the digi version and printed it out twice so that I could fussy cut out the elephant and the tree for more dimension.

I colored the image with Copic markers and then used glitters, flock, and Nuvo Crystal Drops to accentuate various areas.  On the elephant, Swan Song tinsel glitter was used to decorate the hat and Mauvelous glitter adds sparkle to her heart, the bow on her tail, and her toe nails.  I wanted bright pink for these, so I decided my elephant is a "her".

For the Christmas tree, I used Dimensional Glue on the stars and covered them with Fantasy Gold glitter.  All the ornaments were colored with Copics and Mauvelous glitter was added to the pink ornaments.  Then I covered all the ornaments with Nuvo Crystal Drops (Morning Dew).  This self leveling enamel drops adds makes the ornaments rounded and more realistic.  The Mauvelous glitter shows through the Morning Dew so that you can add any color glitter you would like underneath.

From left to right, Snow White flock, Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft, and Petal Soft Sparkle N Soft was added to the tops of each of the stockings.  The cord that holds the stockings was covered with Silver Dreams glitter and the snow flakes are covered with Fantasy Gold glitter.

A bit of beading was adhered to the bottom of the first mat using 1/4" Tear-ific Tape.  The card base was created using Echo Park patterned cardstock.

Now it's time for you to visit with Eret.  I know she has something special created for you!  Be sure to leave a comment with each of us for a chance to win all the sets revealed this month.

Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Merry Christmas

I've created another Christmas card using the lovely Elegant Poinsettia die and the Merry Christmas Sweet Wordlet die from Die-Versions today.

I wanted to keep it simple and flat for easy mailing, so I die cut the Elegant Poinsettia twice, once from the gold cardstock and once from white cardstock, and used the inlay technique.  I've saved the gold poinsettia for future use and used the negative portion for the background.  The Glueless Glitter technique was used to create the sparkle on the main image.  This is a super easy technique and so much quicker than trying to add glue to a die cut.  First, heat emboss your die cut with embossing powder.  I usually use clear, but today I used Ranger's White Pearls embossing powder.  Once this is heat set, cover the die cut again with VersaMark and then with your favorite glitter color.  I used Sparkling Snow from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  (It's a semi-transparent glitter so I knew a bit of the White Pearls would show through. )  Heat set the die cut again and all the glitter magically melts into the embossing powder :-).

For the leaves that are inlayed into the focal image, I added Spectrum Noir Glitter (Crystal Clear) markers for a different kind of sparkle.  I wanted them to stand out from the rest of the die cut.

If you'd like to receive 15% off any future Die-Versions everyday prices (and who doesn't like to save money - especially when there's no catch), be sure to use the code anne15 in the coupon box at checkout.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Make A Wish {Scrapy Land Challenge #50}

It's already the third Wednesday of September (where has the year gone to?), so that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge #50.  The theme for this challenge is an easy one and something that most of us keep on hand at all times: Happy Birthday.  So create a new birthday card and include any brand of dies that Scrapy Land sells in their store.  There are over 40 different brands available.

The following dies were used for this birthday card:

Die-Versions: Make A Wish Sweet Wordlet
Die-Versions: Morocco Background
Impression Obsession: Cake set
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Tags and More 3 - Leaves

I created this card for my aunt, who happens to share the same birthdate as me :-).  I started out by die cutting my tag using the Tags and More from white cardstock and then giving it color by combining Distress Inks (Blueprint Sketch, Spun Sugar).   I also adhered quite a few of the negative pieces from the Morocco Background die cut to the front for a bit more visual interest.

Next I die cut the cake piece by Impression Obsession from white cardstock and chocolate patterned paper.  For the frosting, I used the Glueless Glitter technique to add glitter.  Start out by heat setting your embossing powder (I used Ranger - White Pearls), add more VersaMark on top of the melted embossing powder, liberally cover with glitter (I used Sparkle N Sprinkle - Bubble Gum glitter), shake off the excess glitter, and heat set it again.

For the candle, which is part of the Cake set, I colored the base with a Copic marker and then added Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Markers for lots of shimmer.  The flame was created using Nuvo Crystal Drops (English Mustard, Red Berry).  I love the dimension this product gives to the flame.

The sentiment is a Sweet Wordlet from Die-Versions.  I took a piece of scrap cardstock, covered it with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink and then heat embossed it with more White Pearls embossing powder from Ranger.   A tulle bow is the finishing touch to my tag.

The front of the card base was covered with more Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink using a blending tool.  The background was created by punching twelve 1" squares from patterned paper and adhering to the card base.

You'll have until October 2 to upload your birthday project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner, chosen by the Designers will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Stella - Call Me Witch

Stella - Call Me Witch is one of the new Halloween stamp sets released this month form Sparkle N Sprinkle.

I used the digi version for both the image and the sentiment.  After coloring the image with Copic markers, I added Blue Raven glitter to her buckles on the hat as well as her shoes and to her cape.  Glossy Accents was added to the eye glasses.

I die cut the image using a Spellbinders die (Timeless Rectangles).  Then I proceeded to cut off the outside edges of the die cut using my deckle edge cutter.  It's important that you cut the top piece off first and then the other three sides.  Otherwise you won't get all the details.  Once all four sides were cut off, I added the top piece back on (like a puzzle piece) and adhered it from the back.  I wanted to use this piece as it reminded me of a bat.  I then used some Brushable Glue on this top piece and covered it with Eggplant glitter.

I outlined the sentiment, which comes with the set, with Dimensional Glue and added more Eggplant glitter to the edges.  The bats are from an older Spellbinders die (Nesting Bats) and Blue Raven glitter was added to both of these for more sparkle.

As a finishing touch, I added a bow in Halloween colors and I tried something new on it.  I took a Sakura Glue pen and ran it down the center purple stripe on the ribbon and covered it with more Eggplant glitter.  I wasn't sure if it would adhere to the ribbon, but I'm happy to report that it did.  Happy discovery :-).

Friday, September 16, 2016

Crafting Is Exercise

Crafting Is Exercise is one of the new stamp sets released this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.   If this sentiment (which comes with the stamp set) were true, I'd get about 6 hours of strenuous exercise every day! :-0.

After coloring the image with Copic markers, I added lots of the neon glitters to the image.  Exulted Pink, Enlightened Blue, Exhilarated Green, and Energized Orange neon glitters were added to the marker nibs and Electrified Yellow neon glitter was added to the apron.  Energized Orange was also added to the scissor handles.  Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ruby Slippers) was added to the crafting bag.

The background was created by first die cutting a Sue Wilson Designs die (New York Collection - Background) from white cardstock.  This was then adhered to a piece of Sticker Paper cut to the same size.  Once the die cut was adhered, Cherry Sparkle Sparkle N Soft was added to the rest of the exposed adhesive.  It feels so soft :-).   Paper floss and a bit more Nuvo Crystal drops added to the ends of the floss are the finishing touches.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


This fun and quick Halloween card uses several dies from Die-Versions.  The focal point is the Witch Hat.  I also used the Toboggan font die for the sentiment and a now retired Sweet Petite Wicked Witch as an accent on the hat.

I die cut the Witches Hat twice, once in black cardstock and once in white cardstock.  I colored the second one with Copic markers and added neon glitters as accents.   Electrified Yellow was applied to the lightning bolts and to the letters that created the sentiment and Energized Orange to the hat band.  Black Ice glitter gives lots of sparkle to the witch silhouette.

Don't forget to use the code anne15 to save 15% off your total Die-Versions purchase.  Just add the code when you get ready to check out.

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Recipe Album {Scrapy Land Challenge #49}

It's Wednesday and you know what that means - it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  Since it's the first Wednesday of the month, the theme is Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

I've got something a little different for you today.  It's an album to hold recipes and I used the following dies:

Kaiser Crafts - Recipe Book Word Pack
Die-Namites - Baking Vase
Die-Namites - Apron
Die-Namites - Pots of Love
Die-Namites - Mixer

The album itself was made using a GrandMark 2 die-cutting machine and AccuCut dies (Album 6 1/2" x 8", Tabs).  I started out by adhering the light blue cardstock to chipboard and then die cutting the album pages.  That way I didn't have to worry about lining up the cut cardstock perfectly with the die-cut chipboard.  Next I began to assemble the fronts for each of the tabs.

I die cut each shape out twice so that I could inlay the lighter color blue into the main image.

Baking Vase


Pots of Love


Once everything was die cut, it was an easy assembly process.  I also die-cut some page inserts to write down a recipe and included a couple of pockets on the inside of the front cover and on the inside of the back cover that are large enough to slip in several recipe cards.

The little whisk on the cover was a novelty item I found and thought it would be perfect for something like this.

Be sure to visit the Scrapy Land Blog to see what the rest of the very talented Design Team has created for you today.  I know you won't be disappointed.  Once you're there, be sure to upload your creation.  You have until October 2 and the winner (chosen by the Design Team) will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Puppy Girl

Puppy Girl is one of the new rubber stamp sets released this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

I used the digi version and printed the image twice.  After coloring the image with Copic markers, I fussy cut out the puppy and the bow in the girl's hair so that I could pop dot them on top of the main image for more dimension.  Pan Pastels were used for the background color.  The sentiment is part of the stamp set and I added a bit of color to the open spaces in the letters to emphasize the words "person" and "dog".

Elephant Gray flock was added to the whiskers on the pup and Neon Flamingo glitter was added to all the bows and the knee patch.  Seaspray glitter was used to decorate her top shirt as well as the frame around the image.  Dimensional foam was also added to the frame.  The frame is a Simon Says Stamp die cut (Stitched Rectangles).

The die cut bow on the bottom of the frame is by Poppy Stamps (Bow and String) and was covered with Neon Flamingo glitter.  Once the glue was dry on this bow, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ebony Black) to replicate the bows in the image.