Monday, May 22, 2017

True Beauty

Today's card showcases the True Beauty rubber stamp set revealed this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Did you know that some peacocks are all white?  When I am going to color something found in nature, I sometimes Google it to see what different colors that particular animal, bird, plant, insect, etc. can come in.   I was surprised to see several images of white peacocks.  I knew that's exactly what I wanted to try and replicate.  I hate to say it but no matter how many photos I took of this acetate shaker card, none of these photos do the peacock justice.  He is amazing looking in person (even if I do say so myself 😄 😆.)

I started out by stamping the image and then giving his feathers some highlights and shadows using a couple different grey Copic markers.  Once I was happy with that, I applied Brushable Glue on his tail and covered the glue with Waterscape glitter.  Since I added the glue with a pretty heavy hand, I let this air dry overnight.

While that was drying, I began creating the colored peacock feathers by taping down the Stampendous/Dreamweavers Peacock Feathers stencil onto an acetate sheet.  I then used a palette knife and randomly added several colors of Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Tanzanite, Peridot, Blue Topaz) over the stencil.  I created quite a few of the peacock feathers and then let them dry overnight as well.

The next day I began assembling my shaker card. I adhered the peacock feathers to a piece of Embossable Acetate and set that aside.  Then I die cut the front and back panels from thick white cardstock using a Simon Says Stamp die (Stitched rectangles).  The front panel was dry embossed with a Sue Wilson Designs embossing folder (Climbing Vines).  Once this was complete, I adhered the acetate with the peacock feathers to the inside front panel and pop dotted the peacock on top of the completed panel.

I also added a piece of Embossable Acetate to the inside back panel and then two layers of dimensional tape was adhered to the edges.  To the inside of this, I sprinkled in some Royal Purple Glass Glitter, a bit of Priceless Peacock glitter, and a few sequins.  Then I carefully lined up the two panels and adhered them together.

To create the sentiment, I die cut another piece of Embossable Acetate using a Sizzix die (Tim Holtz Labels) and also created a frame for this using the same Sizzix die along with a small circle from Little B (Circles).

Using the Glueless Glitter Technique, I stamped the sentiment onto the Embossable Acetate using VersaMark, Clear embossing powder and Priceless Peacock glitter.  I also added more Royal Purple Glass Glitter to the edge and adhered a couple more sequins.

Here is another photo using a different color backdrop.  It also shows more of the sequins and glitter that are inside the shaker card.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tent Trailer 3D Box

I recently discovered a relatively new company (at least to me) that creates SVG files called Simply Crafty SVGs.   Although I have created quite a number of 3D projects, I haven't used a SVG cut file before.  I have a Scan N Cut, but I purchased it for cutting out stamped images, not for cut files.  That being said, I rarely use it as I still prefer to fussy cut out my images.  😔

For this project, I did about half and half.  After printing out the individual pieces provided in the cut file, I used the Scan N Cut for some of them but I also fussy cut out a number of the pieces.  Granted the Scan N Cut did the job much faster than I did, it is relaxing to me to fussy cut (you can call me strange and I won't mind).

For the most part, I printed everything in black and white and then colored the various pieces with my Copic markers.

The accent strips on the trailer part were heat embossed using the Glueless Glitter technique.  I first heat embossed with Clear embossing powder and then again after I had applied Merlot velvet glitter.  I wanted this to be extra shiny, so I did a third step and heat embossed on top of the velvet glitter with Clear embossing powder again.  Merlot velvet glitter was also added to the door accents as well as the door knob.

The hub cab and the fender on the trailer were heat embossed with Silver embossing powder.  I wanted the fenders to have a smooth look, so I heat embossed these twice.  Before adding the accents to the trailer panels, I dry embossed the panels with a Crafters Companion embossing folder (Wood Grain).

The string of lights were colored with Copics and pop dotted onto the base string.  Then I added Glossy Accents for a shiny look.  Then they were adhered to the roof (as per the well written instructions).

All of the windows were dry embossed using a different Crafters Companion embossing folder (Hessian) and then outlined with a darker Copic marker.  I used this folder because it reminded me of screens on a window.  Although I am not a camper, I would assume you have the windows open and that you would need screens to keep all the bugs out 😁.

The camper top fits on the trailer bottom so you could put some goodies on the inside if you wished.  As you can see by the above photo, the score lines are visible when you lift the top off.  If this were a gift to someone, I would probably add some tissue paper to cover these up or maybe go over them with a white paint pen.

All four sides are decorated, so it looks good from any angle.  This is the back side of both the tent and the trailer.

I love creating 3D projects and this one was a lot of fun to put together.  Now that I know that I can fussy cut out the pieces (or use my Scan N Cut), I definitely will use SVG cut file more in the future.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Just A Note {Scrapy Land Challenge #66}

Today is the start of a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Add Pearls and/or Lace, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

For my project, I created a very simple, yet elegant card using just two dies.

I die cut the Petite Arched Adornment die five times and then adhered the pieces together.  This is what the adornment die looks like I was finished with my arrangement.

The sentiment was die cut from white cardstock and then white fun foam (for added dimension).  I colored the sentiment with Zig Watercolor Brush markers.  Pearls were added to the four corners of the Adornment piece as well as the corners of the first mat.

We hope that you will join us for this Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until June 4 to upload your project.  The winner, which is chosen by the Design team members,  will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Flowers

Today's card showcases the Happy Flowers Digi Bundle set that was released this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  It makes me smile every time I look at it as it is so bright and cheery.  I wanted to show that even if you use pre-colored images, you can make it unique.

I started out by layering two of the digi papers that come with the Digi Bundle into my software.  (I use Word - nothing fancy).  Then I brought in one of the colored images (there are quite a few that come with this Digi Bundle) and layered it on top of the patterned papers.

For the sentiment, I began by using one of the pre-programmed shapes, changed the color of it and added it to the side of my focal image.  Next I uploaded the actual sentiment I wanted and resized it so that it would fit into the shape I had.

Once that was done, I printed everything and then began adding my personal touches.  I fussy cut out the shaped sentiment box, added glue (Sakura glue pen) around the edge, and covered it with Laser Green glitter.  Next I outlined the word "friend" with the Sakura glue pen and covered it with Blue Raven glitter.

For the focal image, I wanted to give it the look of depth even though it was one layer.  I started out by outlining the colored image layer with the Sakura glue pen and adding more Blue Raven glitter around the edge.  Then I used a colored pencil (yellow) and outlined the first patterned paper.  Although it is very subtle, it really made a difference.  And finally, I used my deckle cutter to cut the blue layer.

For the flowers, I added orange streaks using acolored pencil to the various petals and then added Lemonade glitter to each of the petals.

This single layer focal point was then adhered to a piece of green cardstock.  The sentiment was pop dotted and added to the center.  I also adhered a piece of seam binding ribbon which was dyed with alcohol inks next to the sentiment.

I hope this card helps to make people more comfortable using digi images as well as rubber images.   There were lots more personal touches I could have added, but I wanted to keep this simple and straight forward.  If you have questions about how I brought the images into Word, just let me know and I'll be happy to help (I use a Mac, so the commands may be a bit different than a PC.)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Flower Girl

Flower Girl - Magic In You is one of the new Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp sets released this month.  The image is colored with Copic markers and colored pencils were used to highlight various areas.  Pan Pastels (Pearlescent Yellow) was used for the background on the image.  Her earring and necklace were accented with Nuvo Crystal Drops (Metallic Bright Gold).

I created the octagon frame around the image using an old Spellbinders die set (Large Octagons) and then heat set it with Poolside embossing powder.

The second layer was created by adding several colors of Pan Pastels to a piece of white cardstock and then stamping with the SNS Crackle Background stamp.  Instead of inking up the stamp normally, I barely applied the pigment ink and then heat set what was there with Opaline embossing powder.  The third layer of white cardstock was die cut using the next to largest die from the Tonic Studios Blocked Parquet and Garden Trellis set.

 For the sentiment, I did a bit of elective surgery on the rubber stamp.  I took a pair of sharp scissors and cut between the words "Thoughts of" and "you".  This created two rubber stamps instead of one.  To the right is what the rubber stamp looked like before I cut it apart.  Now I have the word "you" as a stand alone word or I can put these two together again and stamp it as if I had done nothing.  I know some people don't feel comfortable cutting stamp sets apart.  And that's ok too.  You can always mask the part you don't want with a sticky note (in this case the Thoughts of), ink up the stamp, peel away the sticky note, and then stamp on your paper.

After stamping my sentiment and heat setting it with Clear embossing powder (see the added dimension that was achieved with this step), I die cut a piece of white cardstock using one of the dies from the Tonic Studios Posy Pillar Strips die set.  I adhered it to the bottom with a strip of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape and covered up the rest of the adhesive with some more Opaline embossing powder.  I didn't bother heat setting it, so it has a mat finish that is barely noticeable.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lighthouse {Scrapy Land Challenge # 65}

Can you believe it's already May?  Know what else that means?  You guessed it - time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for the first challenge of each month is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  There are over 50 different brands and you can find them all here.

I enjoy creating masculine cards and decided to create one for today's challenge. Although this particular card could also be used for anyone who loves the sea and lighthouses.

The following dies were used:

Die-Versions: Lighthouse
Die-Versions: Rope Background
Impression Obsession: Sea Birds

To start out, I die cut the focal panel using one of the Double Pierced Rectangle dies from white cardstock.  Then, using a stipple brush, I applied a number of Distress Inks to create the shoreline, water, and sky.  I also took a scrap of white cardstock and added various browns and grey and then hand cut out the "rocks".

The lighthouse was also die cut from white cardstock  and then highlighted with Copic markers.  I saved the larger negative pieces and heat embossed them with Blue Ribbon embossing powder.  I added strips of tape to the backside of the windows and covered the adhesive with Daisy velvet glitter.

I completed the scene with sea gulls from Impression Obsession and then framed it using two different Sue Wilson dies.  The Rope Background die cut was cut in half and then adhered on either side of the focal frame.

Now it's your turn to come play long with us.  You have until May 14th to upload your 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.  While your visiting the Challenge Blog, be sure to check out what the rest of the team created for your viewing pleasure (and hopefully inspiration).

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.