Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Your Support {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop}



Welcome to the ALL NEW Sparkle N Sprinkle
 February Reveal Blog Hop!


NEW STORE - NEW BLOG - NEW PRODUCT LINES!


We have another HUGE reveal for you this month, plus something new!



The new sets are 20% off until February 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! With names like TONIC and STAMPENDOUS and HOUSE MOUSE, you're sure to fill that cart up quickly!

SNS also has a brand new blog, which can be found here!



On February 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.  


 There are SEVEN new rubber stamp sets being released this month, plus a new Digi Papers set (with 12 amazing papers), and a Digi Only Bundle set full of lots of extras.   

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:


* 815 Leafy Flower Spring Wreath
Leafy Flower Spring Wreath digi version DIGI815B

* 826 Pansies (set one)
Pansies mini digi set DIGI826833FS

* Pansies fabulous digi bundle, includes papers DIGI826-833FS

* 832 Girlfriend Support Set 1
Girlfriend Support Set 1 digi version DIGI832

* 833 Pansies in Teacup (set two)
Pansies mini digi set DIGI826833FS

* 835 Sitting Pretty Kitty
Sitting Pretty Kitty digi version DIGI835LS

* 836 Luck of the Irish Enchantress - St. Patrick's Day
Luck of the Irish Enchantress - St. Patrick's Day  digi version DIGI836LS

* 837 Rory's Lucky Clover - St. Patrick's Day
Rory's Lucky Clover - St. Patrick's Day digi version DIGI837LS

* Eleven Watercolor Papers - Purple Pink (to coordinate with the Pansies sets)  DIGI4003FS



This month the digi versions of the Pansies (826FS) and the Teacup Pansies (833FS) have been combined into one HUGE digi bundle set: 
DIGI826-833FS  
There are tons of bonuses in this set, including decoupage sheet sets, a total of 34 images, 11 gorgeous digi papers, and a cut file.


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

On Feb 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:

Chris
Diane
Shona
Belinda
Anne (you are here)
Donna
Eret
Jess

(*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!






My card that I want to share with you today is fun and multi-purpose card.  The Girlfriends Support Set 1 stamp set was used to create this.

I've added a swing mechanism at the top so that the recipient can remove that portion and use it as a bookmark (yes, there are still some people who prefer to read a real book instead of an electronic book😊.)  When you swing this part to the side, the rest of the sentiment is revealed, plus room to write your own message.



To begin this mixed media project, I started with watercolor paper and added several different colors of Nuance pigment powders. Once I was happy with the results, I embossed one of the sentiments from the set and one of the images with White Detail embossing powder.  I added touches of Nuvo Crystal Drops (Rhubarb Crumble) to the flowers in the sentiment as well as the ends of the ribbons on the corset.  Daisy velvet glitter was also added to the lacy edges of the corset.

Next I placed a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Chicken Wire Reversed) around the edges and applied Pink Opal Nuvo Glimmer Paste.  I let the glimmer paste dry slightly (long enough to go clean my stencil and spatula) and then I used my finger to remove most of it.  I wanted traces of the glimmer paste and I wanted it to blend with the background more.

When you hold it in different angles in the light, you see the various iridescent colors and the shapes versus straight on, which shows you more of the pink hue  (Very hard to capture in a photo, but you can see the difference when you compare the first photo with the mechanism closed to this one on the left.)

Once you swing the bookmark to the side, you see the rest of the message.  To create this layer, I began with a piece of white cardstock and randomly stamped the small flower (part of the set) with VersaMark over the entire area.  This was heat set with White Spark embossing powder.


Distress Inks (Fossilized Amber, Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade) were then applied to give it color.  I stamped the bra and the sentiment onto white cardstock, fussy cut them out and adhered them to the yellow layer.  I also added more Rhubarb Crumble to the heart as well as the flower center.  Lavender Iris glitter was added to the bra.

The base layer was dry embossed using a Sue Wilson embossing folder (Quilted Flower).  A brad was used to hold the bookmark onto the card base.

You're next stop on the Blog Hop is Donna and I know she has lots of fun goodies to share with you.

Be sure to leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be eligible to win all the rubber stamps revealed this month.

Happy Hopping,


Thursday, January 26, 2017

she said YES


Today's card showcases several dies from Die-Versions.  The Heart Proposal die was recently released and I thought it paired well with the Express Edge "Save the Date" die.  The sentiment uses the Curly Fries font die.

I started out by die cutting the Heart proposal twice, once from Sticker Paper and once from white cardstock.  I fussy cut out the couple, added adhesive with a Nuvo Glue pen and allowed the glue to dry a bit and become tacky.  Once it was tacky to the touch, I added Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Sunkissed Copper) to the couple and then adhered them on top of the exposed adhesive from the Sticker Paper die cut.

Remove all the backing paper from the Sticker Paper die cut and cover the entire thing with a piece of Deco Foil. To make sure it was well adhered, I burnished it into the adhesive with my fingertip.  It works beautifully and I didn't need a laminating machine 😀.  Although in the photo it looks as if the heart portion is both copper colored as well as red, it's the reflection from the Gilding Flakes.

Before die cutting the Save The Date die cut and the letters from the Curly Fries font I applied VersaMark and Candlelight embossing powder to a piece of scrap paper and heat set it.  The I die cut the Express Edge as well as the specific letters I wanted.  To make the "YES" stand out a bit more, I colored it with a marker and then rubbed some of it off.  This way the copper colored background still shows through a bit.

This layer was adhered to a piece of mirrored cardstock and as a finishing touch, a strip of tulle with a knot tied into it was added to the bottom.  (Tie the knot...get it 😂😂😂.  Sorry - couldn't resist!)

Be sure to visit the Die-Versions blog to see what the rest of the team has created for you.  And remember, you can always get an extra 15% off your Die-Versions purchases (everyday sales price) when you use the code anne15.


Monday, January 23, 2017

I am SO Irish!



Today's card is celebrating the day that everyone has a little Irish in them - St. Patrick's Day.  ðŸ˜€   Edward Elephant #1 from Sparkle N Sprinkle is available in both rubber and a digi version.  For my card today I used the digi version and after printing it out, colored him with Copic markers.

Elegant Emerald and Misty Isles glitter accents the greens and Celestial glitter was added to the gold coins.  The pot of gold is covered with Neon glitter - Exhilarated Green.  I added a very light layer of brushable glue to the pot of gold so some of the details from the image would still show through the glitter.



The chicky is covered with flock: Sun Dazzle for his body and Paprika for his beak.  A bit of Elephant Gray flock was added to Edward's toes.

Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Sunkissed Copper) makes the buckle on Edward's hat shine.  Pan Pastels were used to give a touch of color to the dry embossed background layer (Sizzix - Damask embossing folder).

The sentiment, which is part of the set, was printed and added to a strip of white cardstock outlined with Misty Isles glitter.  Pan Pastels were added to the sentiment itself for a bit of color.

The card base edges were covered with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and then more Elegant Emerald glitter was added.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Party {Scrapy Land #58}


It's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Favorite Color, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You can see all the different brands, here.

For my birthday card, the following dies were used:


Die-Versions: Party Horns
Die-Versions: Party Hats
Tutti Designs: Nesting Stitched Banners

I die cut the party hats and party horns (die cut two times) from white cardstock and then colored them using Copic markers and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.  Instead of using the party hats as one die cut, I individually cut the horns apart so that I could add them behind the party hats.  The party horn on the bottom right was heat embossed using Super Thick Silver embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The party hats and party horns were adhered to the dark purple stitched banner and then layered on top of a dry embossed (Cuttlebug - Happy Birthday) background.

Hope you'll come join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  Be sure to let us know what your favorite color you used for your project.  You have until January 29th to submit your project.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Kindness


Eggs-traordinary Kindness is one of ten new stamp set released this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.


After stamping the image onto white cardstock, I colored it with Copic markers.  To create the speckled background, I repeatedly dipped a stipple brush into Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Lilac Lavender) and applied the mousse until I was happy with the coverage.  (Be sure to wash your stipple brush after doing this technique and let it air dry.  It will be as good as new and ready for the next time you want to use it.)  

The Glueless Glitter technique was used to add the sentiment.  Start out by heat embossing Clear embossing powder, cover stamped sentiment with VersaMark ink again, and then cover with your favorite color glitter (Denim velvet glitter used here), and heat set a final time.  The glitter will melt into the embossing powder and won't come off.  

This layer was then adhered to a piece of cardstock that was edged with 1/8" Tear-ific Tape and covered with Denim velvet glitter.  When adhering the stamped layer onto this layer, don't add adhesive to one side.  This creates a pocket so that you can insert your tag.  I added a strip of Glitter Ribbon (1/4" Tear-ific Tape covered with Denim velvet glitter) to the tag edge, so that it can easily be removed.



The background layer was dry embossed with a Spellbinders folder (Cane Weave) and the Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse was added to the raised areas.



The sentiment on the tag is also part of this set and the Glueless Glitter technique was also used to add Denim velvet glitter to the stamped sentiment.  The edge around the tag was created by adding Nuvo Glue pen and covering with Denim glitter.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

You're SEW Special



Today's card is a birthday card for my mom and since she is a quilter, I wanted to incorporate that theme.  This design could easily be used for other occasions as well.  It all depends on what you add to the inside :-).

The following Die-Versions dies were used to create the card:


Magical font


I started out by die cutting the vintage sewing machine twice from black cardstock.  I heat embossed the top layer with Dark Night embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Love this dark blue color.  It looks different depending on how it catches the light. I adhered this to the second black layer and offset it for a bit of a shadow effect.



I ran the Nesting Flowers die cut (I used the largest die from this set) through my machine using a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Script Texture).  Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) was used to accent the raised portion as well as all the edges.  I also tucked a couple pieces of tulle under this die cut.

The "You're" and "Special" were die cut using the A Little Lime font and the SEW was die cut from the Magical font.  I added a lot of bling to the letters using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker (Starry Night).

To finish the birthday card, I left the right side of the card base longer so I could add a string of buttons.


On the inside of the card a retired DV die - Happy Birthday Present - was used and accented with more Sparkle markers.





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

I'm entering this into the Cute Card Thursday (theme: buttons)


Monday, January 9, 2017

Showers of Blessings

 

Sparkle N Sprinkle has ten new stamp sets that were revealed this month.  This one is called Emily Showers of Love and she has so many cute sentiments that go with her.

I used the digi version to create this card and after printing, I die cut the image using a Spellbinders die (Labels Sixteen). The image is colored with Copic markers and Daisy velvet glitter was added to the hearts and Sparkling Snow glitter was added to portions of her dress, the bow in her hair, and her shoes.  Waterscape glitter accents the showering hearts as well as the border around the die cut.
The background was created by dry embossing a Sue Wilson Designs embossing folder ( Daisy Tiers) and then adding Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Lemon SorbetCornflower Blue).  The Lemon Sorbet was rubbed over the entire area with my fingertip and I applied the Cornflower Blue using a stipple brush.


After printing both of the sentiments, I die cut the "Today's Forecast using a Sizzix die (Tim Holtz Labels) and Lemon Sorbet mousse was applied over the top.  The "Showers of Blessings" combines two more sentiments and this was die cut using a Spellbinders die (Surf's Up).  Copics were used to shade the umbrella.
A strip of lace was added below the focal point.  Nuvo Crystal Drops (Duck Egg Blue) were used to give the flower centers more dimension.  I let this dry overnight since the Crystal Drops were applied to fabric/thread.  You can see in the photo below the amount of dimension these Crystal Drops gave to the lace.
The card base was also dry embossed using a Spellbinders embossing folder (Dainty Dots).  Then more Lemon Sorbet embellishment mousse was applied to the edges.
Sparkle N Sprinkle has a new blog site.  Plus you're getting a sneak peak at the new website too: sparklensprinkle.net.  So be sure to check it out.  I think you'll really like the new look!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter Adventure {Scrapy Land # 57}



Happy 2017!  

It's the first Wednesday of the year and time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme is Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  (Check out the Products page to see ALL the brands.  There are over 55 sub-categories!)

For my wintery card, I used the following dies:


Impression Obsession: Penguin and Igloo
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Squares
Elizabeth Crafts Designs: 4 Seasons
Kaiser Crafts: Travel Word Pack
Die-Versions: Tide Pool font
Die-Versions: Cold Weather Wee Petites (retired, but here are some other choices for mittens and mugs)

To start out, I die cut the igloo twice so that I could fussy cut the entrance and adhere it on top of the main die cut.  Then I covered the entire thing with Versamark and heat set it with White Spark embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Since the ice blocks didn't show up as well once it was embossed, I re-drew the lines with a Copic marker.

The penguin was die cut from white cardstock and then the individual pieces were colored with Copics.  Instead of using the tiny die cuts for the eyes, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops (White, Ebony Black).  Did you know you could create multi-colored drops with these?  Just add the second color while the main color is still wet.  The second drop sort of melts into the first one.  The photo on the right shows you the wonderful dimension that was achieved using this technique.

You'll also notice that I die cut his beak several times (again, for more dimension).  When the pieces are small, it's easier for me to cut them multiple times and glue the pieces together rather than trying to add a small bit of dimensional tape on the back.


I added Waterscape glitter to the steam coming off the mug as well as creating a monogramed mug using the Tide Pool font.  Snow White flock was added to the "fur" on the mittens as well as the ear muffs for a more realistic look.  All the Cold Weather dies were originally die cut from white cardstock and then colored with Copics.






Below is a darker photo so that you can see the "Winter" die cut better.  You can still see the sparkle on the igloo and the dimension that the second layer for the entrance makes.


You have until January 15th to join in on the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner, chosen by the Design Team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  (What a great way to get yourself some of those "I need, I need!" dies that Santa didn't bring you for Christmas.)