Monday, October 31, 2016

Grumpy Goose {Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop}

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

We have seven 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:

 Winter Birdhouse 803   (digi version DIGI803)
  Stella - Dear Santa 804   (digi version DIGI804)
   Christmas Tags #2 806   (digi version DIGI806)
Festive Lantern 808   (digi version DIGI808)
Winter Blue Jay 809   (digi version DIGI809)
Grumpy Goose 823    (digi version DIGI823)
Mr. Snowflake DIGI3127   (digi only)

On Nov 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 project:

My project was created using the Grumpy Goose set.  It has so many fun sentiments with it that I had a hard time choosing which one to use!   I used the digi version of this stamp set since I wanted to change the sizing of the sentiment and make it BIGGER :-).   After printing out my image, I colored him with Copic markers and then die cut it with a (new-to-me) die set from Sizzix (Banner 3).  This set includes a lot of dies and goes from really small to really big.  There is one larger than the largest one I used for the patterned cardstock.

After die cutting the image, I added Bubble Gum glitter to his cheeks and the bell on his hat, Evening Glow glitter to his feet, and Easy Green glitter to his hat.  I also outlined the edges with a Copic marker.

The patterned cardstock is some (very old) digi paper that I have.  After using the next to largest Banner die in the set, I outlined the edges with my finger tool and Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Garnet Red).  If you haven't tried these new glimmer pastes, I highly recommend them.  They are embossing paste with lots of glittery goodness in them and they work beautifully.  I've created several projects using these and I really like them!

As I mentioned earlier, I enlarged the sentiment and then die cut it using a Taylored Expressions die (Banner Stacklets).  I added Gypsy Red velvet glitter to "naughty" by first outlining it with my small Nuvo glue pen and then covering it with the velvet glitter.  I then pop dotted this above the image.  Overall, this is a pretty quick and easy card to create and mass produce if you wanted to.

Now it time for you to visit the very talented Eret.  I know she has created something very special for you.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs (checked for compliance) for a chance to win all SEVEN of the new sets revealed this month.

Happy Hopping,

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Birthday Rose

Today's card is so sparkly and full of glitter, that you might have to wear shades (especially if you're outside!).  This birthday card features three Die-Versions dies: Rose Whispers die (currently out of stock), "Happy" Sweet Wordlet, and "Birthday" Sweet Wordlet.  I love using Sweet Wordlets on my card fronts as they are the perfect size - not too big and not too small.  You can check out all of them here.

To create this card, I started out by die cutting the rose and my sentiment words from white cardstock and then colored all three pieces with Copic markers.  I also highlighted the leaves on the rose with Viva Inka Gold (Green Yellow).

A Lifestyles Craft die (Nesting Frames 7) was used to die cut some Sticker Paper.  First, I adhered the rose and the sentiment down, and then added some Rose Gold glitter by Sparkle N Sprinkle to the inside portion of the die cut for my petals.   The rest of the sticker paper was covered with Crystal glitter by PK Glitz.

I dry embossed the card front with a Tonic Studios embossing folder (Layered Leaves) and then rubbed more Viva Inka Gold on the raised surface and around the edges.

To finish the card, I added a strip of 1/2" Tear-ific Tape (double sided tape) to the top, covered it with more Rose Gold glitter and then tied a strip of ribbon on top.  The inside was left blank for a personal message.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Skeleton Cowboy {Scrapy Land #52}

It's the third Wednesday of October and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this challenge is Halloween (plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells). Halloween is only a couple weeks away.  We usually get lots of trick or treaters and it's always fun to see the little ones dressed up.

This Halloween card was a lot of fun to create as I decided to use a Western theme for my card.  The following Die-Versions dies were used to create this card:

Die-Versions Western Horse (temporarily out of stock)
Die-Versions Black Cat Wishes (retired - image from my blog)

I started out by die cutting the skeleton out of white cardstock and then colored him with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker (clear).  After die cutting the cactus, the horse, and the stagecoach,  all were colored with Pan Pastels.  I also die cut the cactus multiple times from fun foam so that I could add dimension to the one on the left.

To create the background, I used various Pan Pastels to replicate what I image a setting sun in the desert would look like.  In real life, the lower portion of the background is browns (like dirt) and the rest is reds and oranges.  Unfortunately, the photo didn't capture a lot of the details and the die cuts covered up much of the horizon line.  But I think you get the idea :-).  My photo did manage to capture a skeleton "ghost" in the sky.  (It's really the shadow of the skeleton on the horse as he is on the saddle side-ways.)

The sentiment is from the Black Cat Wishes die (no longer available).  I fussy cut out the part of the sentiment that I wanted and then added Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to it for sparkle.  The card base is heavy glitter paper cardstock that I had I had in my stash.

This is a very dimensional card and I'm going to enclose it with my son's Halloween goodie box.  (You're never too old to receive Halloween treats :-). )

You'll have until October 30th to upload your Halloween project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  It's always really helpful if you let us know which dies you used in your projects.  The winner, which is chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fruit Notes

Fruit Note is a new digi-only stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle that came out in September.  It's a versatile set and includes multiple sentiments or you can leave that area blank and add your own.

I colored the digi image with Copic markers and added touches of glitter to the wheat stalks (Golden Wheat) and the grapes (Orchid).  I also die cut a couple wheat stalks from Tonic Studios (September Harvest) and also added more Golden Wheat velvet glitter to the inside layer.

1/2" Tear-ific Tape was added underneath the ribbon and covered with Golden Wheat velvet glitter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Spooky Fence

Today I have a quick and fun Halloween card featuring the Spooky Fence die from Die-Versions, which can easily be reproduced multiple times.

After die cutting the image from textured cream cardstock, I used my Copic markers to color in most of the areas.  I left some of the tree bark uncolored to give it an old, weathered look.

The background is a basic circle shape that was colored using Pan Pastels, including a touch of Black Course Pearl medium, which gives it a bit of sparkle.  The sentiment is a rubber stamp that I added googly eyes to.  The card base was embossed using a Crafters Companion embossing folder (Wood Grain).

If you'd like to receive a 15% discount on your Die-Versions purchase (everyday prices), be sure to use the code anne15 in the coupon box when you check out.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Turkey Dish

Turkey Dish is one of the fun new stamp sets revealed this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  All these new Bugaboo stamps, which are now available in rubber only from SNS, are so fun to color.

The image was colored with Copic markers and various glitters were then added for lots of sparkle.  Autumn Medley glitter was added to the autumn leaf in her hair as well as to the highlighted words on the sentiments.  The glitter ribbon, which combines 1/8", 1/4", and 1/2" Tear-ific Tape is also covered with Autumn Medley glitter.

 Margarita velvet glitter was added to the green leaves on her hair decoration.  Rose Gold glitter accentuates her necklace as well as the buckles on her shoes and Sonic Silver velvet glitter creates a nice silver platter for this golden turkey to rest on.

Spellbinders Labels Twenty Eight were used to create the mats and Stampendous dies (Build A Pop-Up die set) were used for the sentiments.  The edges of all the white cardstock was given a bit of color using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  The Distress Embossing technique was applied to the outside edge of the focal die cut using Sparkle embossing powder and Spiced Marmalade.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Christmas Bells {Scrapy Land Challenge #51}

Christmas is a little over two months away and it's never too early to get those Christmas cards started.  It's also time to join us for the latest Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  The winner, which is chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Today I'd like to share with you this card which uses a Bugaboo Digi image (Mini set-Christmas tags) and a Sue Wilson Designs (Italian Collection - Umbria) die.

Sue Wilson Designs - Italian Collection: Umbria

After choosing which tag I wanted, I enlarged it and then die cut it out with the Sue Wilson die.   This set is so versatile and each image could also be used as  ornament or a To:/From: tag.  It's a pretty quick and easy card to make and would be easy to reproduce and make lots of them.  The bell was colored with Copic markers and then accentuated with glitters and Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Silver Dreams glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle was added to the lines on the bell as well as the string holding the bell.  Olaf White glitter gives the snowflakes added sparkle and the centers of the snow flakes have a small dot of White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Drops on each of them.  The ringer of the bell was given dimension by using another Nuvo Crystal Drops color: Silver Moondust.

For the mat behind the focal point, I wanted to have some sparkle here and there, not everywhere.  To achieve this, I lightly sprayed the patterned paper with an adhesive spray and then sprinkled on some more Olaf White glitter on top.  This gave it the random sparkle that I was looking for.

As a finishing touch, the corners and edges of both the card base and the mat were highlighted with more Silver Moondust enamel dots.

Now it's your turn to play along with us.  Upload your project by October 16 for your chance to win.  Be sure to visit the Scrapy Land Challenge blog to see what the rest of this very talented team has created for your viewing pleasure.