Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tassel is worth the Hassle {SNS May Reveal Blog Hop}

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle
 May Reveal Blog Hop!


 There are EIGHT new rubber stamp sets being released this month, plus a new Digi Papers set, and two huge Digi Bundles.

The sets are:

840 - Happy Flowers  
(digi version DIGI840FS - see below)

844 - True Beauty  
(digi version DIGI844B)
(digi version DIGI845BG)
(digi version DIGI846BG)

847 - Kaitlyn Mermaid  
(digi version DIGI847LS)

848 - Rory Batter Up  
(digi version DIGI848LS)
(digi version Digi849-850B - see below)
(digi version  Digi849-850B - see below)

Digi849-850B - Graduation Bundle (combines both sets plus includes additional images)

Digi840FS - Happy Flowers Bundle (includes additional images, decoupage sheets, digi papers)

Digi4004FS - Rainbow of Pastels Patterned Paper Pack (Digi Papers)

The new sets are 20% off until May 3, 2017, so after the blog hop, hop on over to the NEW STORE and have fun shopping - be sure to check out the OTHER amazing new products as well! 

Be sure to check out the new SNS Blog, which can be found here!

On May 3, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on all the Designers' blogs listed below.  Please leave a comment with each designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize (checked for compliance).  The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS New Blog.  

Also, when you purchase the digi versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you are getting lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras include additional images not available with the rubber version, digi papers (in some cases), and now a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machines will also be included with all digi images purchased!

You're definitely going to want both the rubber versions as well as the digi versions of all our new releases.

The new sets are 20% off until May 3, 2017.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the New Store and start shopping.

On May 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 the SNS New Blog, will receive ALL of the new rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

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????

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!

Here's how I created my hybrid (both digi and rubber stamps) Graduation - Party Time! project:

I started out by layering one of the digi banners that come with the digi bundle on top of the digi graduation cap.  One of the great things about digi versions is that you can resize the image and then move it or angle it however you want.  Once I was happy with the size and angle of the banner's placement, I printed out the completed image and colored it with Copic markers.

I then added Glossy Accents to the bottles and used a Sakura glue pen to add glue to the letters on the banner and covered the glue with Periwinkle glitter.

Using the Nesting Stars die (from Lifestyle Crafts), I die cut the largest star from a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  I added pop dots behind the center of the image and then adhered the focal point to the center of the star.

The banner edges are adhered directly to the star base (not pop dotted).  It is curved, like a banner would be in real life.

Once the focal image was adhered, I covered the rest of the adhesive on the star with more Periwinkle glitter.

The sentiment was created by first die cutting a scrap of white cardstock using an old Spellbinders die (Ribbon Tag Trio Two).  Once it was die cut, Distress Inks (Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin) were used to give it some color.  I dripped droplets of water on the ink for a two-toned look.  Then I stamped the sentiment with Versa Fine ink and heat set it with Clear embossing powder.   This really gives the ink a lot of dimension.  This was then treaded through some twill ribbon and adhered to the front of the card.

Your next stop on the SNS Blog Hop is Diane.  Be sure to comment on each of the Designers' Blogs so that you will be eligible to win all of the rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

Happy Hopping,

Monday, April 24, 2017

Proudly Patriotic

Today's card features the newly released Proudly Patriotic stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I used the digi version to create this night time scene.

I colored the image with Copic markers and used colored pencils for highlights and shadowing.  A bit of Peach Bellini glitter was added to each of the flower centers.  This not only gives it a bit more sparkle, it is also a tad darker than the flowers, so it gives the centers a little more shading.  Dimensional Glue and Daisy velvet glitter was added to the fireworks bursting in mid air and Sparkling Snow was applied to the "tails" of the fireworks.  The All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 by Impression Obsession was used to die cut the frame around the flag.

The background was created using the Double Glitter Technique and a mask created from die cutting the Tonic Studios Ribbon and Bows Layering Set from a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  (Always save the backing paper instead of throwing it away 😉.) I adhered the mask to another piece of Super Adhesive Sheet and covered the exposed area with Liberty glitter.  After removing the mask,  I covered the remaining exposed adhesive with Cloud Nine velvet glitter.  I also let some of the Liberty glitter mix in with the Cloud Nine so that it had specks of color throughout.

The sentiment was created by using the Glueless Glitter technique and one of the smaller dies from the Tonic Studios Ribbon and Bows set.  Clear embossing powder was the first layer and then I stamped the sentiment with a stamp positioner and VersaMark.  (The Tim Holtz Stamp Platform is a perfect tool to use with the technique.)  I then added Liberty glitter to the VersaMark and heat set it again.  I actually did this step twice to make the sentiment have a bit more dimension.   Fun foam die cut using the same Tonic Studios die was adhered to the back of the sentiment for more dimension.

I can see this stamp set used in so many different situations - of course Fourth of July, but also Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or just as a Thank You to a Vet.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring has Sprung {Scrapy Land Challenge #64}

This year is just whizzing by!  Can you believe it's already the third Wednesday of April?  That means it's also time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this challenge is, you guessed it, SPRING BLOOMS. You also need to incorporate any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells into your project.

The following dies were used to create this card:

For today's card, I started out by dry embossing a piece of white cardstock (already cut to the dimensions I needed using a Sue Wilson die (Noble dies-Double Pierced Rectangles Set B).

Then I added my color using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Lilac Lavender, Spring Green, and Lemon Sorbet) and a stipple brush for each of the colors.  This technique looks really cool in person.

The large flower in the corner was created using multiple Sue Wilson dies (Delicate Daisies Complete Petals, Delicate Daisies Open Petals, Perfect Peony Complete Petals, Perfect Peony Open Petals).  Once the flower was assembled, I added a bit of sparkle using the Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.

The sentiment, an Elizabeth Craft Designs die (Four Seasons) was colored with Copics, to match the leaves) and then heat set using Clear embossing powder.  This gives it a really shiny look and makes it even brighter.

Now it's your turn to come play with us.  You have until April 30 to upload your Spring Blooms project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner, chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Peace, Love and Happiness

Today I'd like to share with you a Christmas card.  You can never start making these cards too early 😀.  The Christmas Holly Blessings rubber stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle was used to create this card.

After stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, the image was colored with Copic markers and then die cut with a Tonic Studios die (Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics set).  Nuvo Jewel Drops (Strawberry Coullis) was added to each of the berries.  This gives them lots of dimension.  The trick I use so that the wet drops don't run together when they are touching each other is to do every other one.  I let those dry and then come back and add drops to the rest.  That way, each one dries individually and looks more realistic.  Depending on where you live, these dry really fast, so I work on another part of the project while these dry.

The focal point was then adhered to a piece of cream cardstock.  I added Shimmer embossing powder to the edges for more sparkle and texture.  This layer was then adhered to a piece of dark green cardstock that was die cut using a Tonic Studios die (Blocked Parquet and Garden Trellis set).  The last two layers of this shaped card were die cut using a Spellbinders die (Grand Scallop Circles) and a Cheery Lynn Designs die (Mega Tea Party Doily).

A strip of ribbon was added by applying a piece of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape to the back and adhering it over each of the layers.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hang In There

Everyone needs a little encouragement when going through tough situations.  Today's card is perfect for those times.  It showcases the sentiment from the new Girlfriends Support Set 2 and adds the flower from the Girlfriends Support Set 1.  Both of these stamp sets are from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  (Did you know this series of stamp sets were meant to be interchanged? Be on the look out for more in this series in the coming months.)

I created a double frame by die cutting the Tonic Studios Ribbon and Bows Layering set from cardstock and a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  After removing the backing paper (and saving it - you will see it used in a future post) from the frame, I covered the exposed adhesive with Cloud Nine velvet glitter.

The center of the die cut piece was stamped with VesaMark and heat set with Fabulous Grape embossing powder.  Then I stamped my sentiment directly on top of the embossing powder.

I stamped with VersaMark onto the Fabulous Grape, added White Detail embossing powder and heat set it again.  You can always repeat this step if you want the sentiment to be even brighter and have a bit more dimension.  I was happy with the first stamping, so I didn't do it a second time.

A Crafters Companion (Hessian) embossing folder was used to create my matted layer.  After dry embossing it, I curled down a corner, added a bit of VersaMark to the back side and then heat set it with more Fabulous Grape embossing powder.  I also stamped the small flower from the Girlfriends Support Set 1 onto the card base so that it was peeking behind the curled corner.

The sparkly frame was pop dotted on top of the dry embossed mat and the sentiment was recessed into the center.  A touch of tulle finishes off this very feminine card.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hello Dragon {Scrapy Land Challenge #63}

It's the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means 😊....time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme for the first Wednesday of the month is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

I needed a quick note card and came up with this one, using the following dies:

Die-Versions: Oriental Dragon
Penny Black: Doodles

I started out by die cutting the dragon from white cardstock and then coloring him with Copic markers.  I then added a greenish/blue glitter over his scales (the company that made this color is no longer in business) and a mixture of light colored glitters was added to the other glittered areas.  (Tip: I keep a bottle of mixed glitter on hand for glitters that have been contaminated with other colors.  That way I don't waste any.)

The middle part of the Sue Wilson Designs die was used for my background and my sentiment was die cut from a strip of leftovers.

Although this is a small notecard size, I know the recipient will love it...both for the subject matter as well as all it's glittery goodness.😀

Now it's your turn to join us for this Anything Goes using any brand of die Scrapy Land carries.  You have until April 16th to join in on the fun.  The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

While you're visiting the Challenge blog, be sure to give a nice warm welcome to three new design team members.  (You can find their links on the Scrapy Land Challenge.)  

We can't wait to see what you create!