Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Industrial Chic Birthday {Scrapy land Challenge #82}

It's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

I also wanted to let everyone know that Scrapy Land is having a Design Team Call!!  If you're interested in being a part of this fun group, you can check out the details here: DT CALL.

For this week's challenge, I needed a masculine birthday card and I wanted to try creating a faux rust look.  So the two ideas came together in this birthday card.

I started out by die cutting the Sue Wilson Designs Industrial Chic Background die from white cardstock.  I've seen various tutorials on how to create "rust" using acrylic paints, but I wanted to try and do it with ink pads.  I brought out a few of my Memento ink pads (Rich Cocoa, Potter's Clay, and Desert Sand).  I began with the Rich Cocoa using the direct-to-paper method.  Next I added spots of Potter's Clay.  I kept going back and forth between the Rich Cocoa and the Potter's Clay until most of the white cardstock was covered.  As a final touch, I blended everything together with the Desert Sand.

I used the same process on another piece on another piece of white cardstock and then die cut the Sprockets from Taylored ExpressionsHere are some other options as well.

In order to give the "rust spots" the dimension that it would have in real life, I added some glue to various areas and then covered it with ground cinnamon (just as I would if it were embossing powder or glitter).  I placed the excess cinnamon back in my newly designated "cinnamon craft jar" for future use.  Not only did it give the added texture I was looking for, it smelled pretty good too. 😃

The sentiment is a Tonic Studios die (Retro Birthday).  It was die cut from the same cream colored cardstock as the card base. Other birthday options are here.

Now it's your turn to play along with us.  You have until Feb 4 to join in on the fun and have a chance to win one of two $10 gift certificates to Scrapy Land.

Don't forget about the Scrapy Land DT Call.  The Call closes on Jan 28, 2018.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hello {Sparkle N Sprinkle Jan Reveal}

Welcome to the January 2018 
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 

We are pleased to reveal the following new stamp sets this month.

Cherished Moments - Bride 875
Digital Version: DIGI875B

Roses In My Heart 879
Digital Version: DIGI879FS

Ornate Greetings 880
Digital Version: DIGI880DE

Cara and Mouse Friend 881
Digital Version: DIGI881SG

Hello Foxy 882
Digital Version: Digi882B

You are definitely going to want both the digi version as well as the rubber version because when you purchase the digital versions, there are lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, additional sentiments, digi papers (in some cases), and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until the 20th of the month.  Head on over to the SNS store once you've finished the Blog Hop and start shopping.

SNS is always adding new products and new product lines to the store.  So stop by often to see what's new! 

One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the 17th of the month.  

One of the Designers is our Mystery Host and the winner will be selected from comments left on her blog.  You must leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be selected as the winner, as you never know who the Mystery Host will be.  This is checked for compliance.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog and will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the 
SNS store!

The Blog Hop order is:

(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to be directed to their Home page.)

We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we enjoy creating new projects for it.  Be sure to visit the SNS Blog for even more inspiration.  Something new is posted most every day.

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is on Facebook and runs from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) is required.  If you don't have any yet, there are freebies located on the Home page of thSNS website.  Just scroll down the page a bit to see them.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the SNS store.

SNS is proud to announce there are now two kit clubs each month!  The first one is the Video Stamp and Card-Making Kit Club and will be available on the first of each month.  The new kit club is the Multi-Project Kit Club and will released on the 15th of each month.   Both are hosted by our very own Demo Donna!  Demo Donna will provide lots of inspiration on the SNS You-Tube channel using all the contents in the kits.  Each kit has a retail value between $40 - $65 and is only $35.

Now for a bit about my project:

I started out by coloring Cara and Mouse Friend with Copic markers and die cutting using an old Spellbinders scalloped oval die.  Next I die cut a couple different Tonic Studios layering die sets. The Layered Rivoli layering die set was used to die cut the white cardstock and the blue patterned paper was die cut using the Decorative Rivoli layering die set.

I added Butterscotch microfine glitter to the yellow flowers on the image and to outline the decorative areas on the die cuts.  Ocean Breeze, Pink Fizz,  and Black Diamonds microfine glitters were also used to highlight the various flowers on the image.  Bubble Gum glitter accents the tiny mouse's cheeks and the inside of his ears.

The sentiment is part of the Roses In My Heart set and I used the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to stamp this onto one of the smaller dies from the Tonic Studios die.  I stamped it several times with Memento ink (Summer Sky) in order to get it darker (I didn't have a reinker for this ink pad, so this was the best solution 😏).  I left the stamp in place, cleaned it off, and then added VersaMark and stamped it one last time.  Then I heat set the sentiment using Clear Detail embossing powder.  Butterscotch microfine glitter also accents the decorative areas on the die cut.

Your next stop on the blog hop is Chris and I know she has something fun for you too.  Be sure to leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs for your chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the SNS store!

Happy Hopping,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Magic Slider {Scrapy Land #81}

Happy 2018!!

It's a brand new year and a brand new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

Today I'd like to share a magic slider card with you.  I used the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider die set to create this quick and easy card.  Most people thing color slider cards are hard to do and require that you use stamps.  This card shows you that you can still create a fabulous card only using dies.

As you begin to pull the slider up, it reveals the color below:

Once the slider is all the way up, you reveal the entire message:

For the inside panel, I colored the heart area with Distress Inks and Oxides and die cut my sentiment from the Die-Versions I Love You Sweet Wordlet.

As you can see, I've begun my Valentines cards.  This was super quick to create and if you're not really into coloring images, a great way to use this fun die.

You have until Jan 14th to play along with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You could be one of two winners chosen to receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration as well.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

3-D Christmas Tree {Scrapy Land #80}

Hey everyone, it's time for a new Scrapy Land ChallengeThe theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

This month, the Designers had another fun card exchange with each other.  This time it was Christmas cards.  I created this card (and box) for Maryvonne and received a gorgeous tag and card (along with some sweet goodies) from Sherrie.

Dies used:
Sizzix - Christmas Tree - Flip and Fold
Sizzix - Home For the Holiday
Sizzix - Retro Christmas
Tonic Studios - shaped die set (any shaped layering set would work)

I added Golden Silver glitter to the inset areas for more sparkle.  The star was given added bling from a Spectrum Noir glitter marker (Sparkle). 

For the inside, I used my finger tool and Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Mother of Pearl, Indian Gold) to add a bit of color to the white cardstock base.

More Golden Silver glitter was applied to the "Merry" and Clear embossing powder was applied to the "Christmas" for a high gloss look.

I also decorated a box that held the card as well as a few goodies.

Although it's hard to tell in the photo, the snow banks and trees are covered Nuvo Glitter Drops (White Blizzard).

You have until Dec 31 to play along with us at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  Two winners are selected, one random and one chosen by the Design Team.  Each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Wishing everyone a very Merry of Christmas and a wonderful 2018!

Monday, December 18, 2017

3D Winter Wonderland

Products used:
Sparkle embossing powder - EP107
Elephant flock - FL111
Amber Wheat flock - FL116
Tonic Studios - Christmas Header Fold Winter Wonderland die - 1410E 
Tonic Studios - Starry, Starry Night Simply Screens
Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Golden Crystal - 950N
Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Emerald - 955N
Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Peridot - 958N
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Red Berry - 667N
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Gloss White - 651N
Nuvo Glitter Accents - Fresh Snowfall - 948N
Dreamweaver stencil - LG651
Penny Black die - Moose
Impression Obsession - Rabbit set

Winter officially begins in a few days, but I know a lot of people have already had lots of snow.  They are even predicting a few snow flurries in my area, which is unusual for the South.

To create today's winter playground for a few furry friends, I started off by cutting a large piece of white cardstock (8 1/2" x 5 1/4") and adding the tree using a Dreamweaver's stencil and Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Emerald, Peridot, Golden Crystal).  I applied the Peridot Green first, as it was the lighter of the two colors, and then added a little of the Emerald Green.  I applied the Golden Crystal to the star.  I quickly removed the stencil (dropped it in a pan of warm, soapy water) and used my finger tool to combine the two greens together and fill in some of the open areas.  This stencil has a lot of open areas, but I wanted a dense tree.  I let this dry for completely before adding my ornaments (Nuvo Crystal Drops - Red Berry).  Next I squeezed some Nuvo Glitter Accents (Fresh Snow) onto the background and spread it around with my handy dandy finger tool. :-).  Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops were also added for some falling snow.

Next I die cut my moose (a Penny Black die) and a couple bunnies (Impression Obsession - Rabbit set) and colored them with Copic markers.  Amber Wheat flocking was added to the Moose's antlers and Elephant grey flocking was added to the bunny tails.

Here's what the background looks like before adding the front:

For the front of my project, I cut another piece of white cardstock the same size as the background.  I used the Tonic Studios Winter Wonderland die set to add my sentiment and then die cut the huge snowflakes using the Tonic Studios Starry, Starry Night Simply Screens die set.

After the front was die cut, I heat embossed it using Sparkle embossing powder.  The front was adhered to the background, leaving a slight curve in the center.  To allow for the curve, the background piece was cut to 8 1/8" x 5 1/4".

Monday, December 11, 2017

Special Friend

The following products were used:

Ornate Greetings stamp set - 00-880P5
VersaMark - VM001
Encore metallic ink (Tsukineko) - Gold

Today's post is sharing two of the thirteen new microfine glitters that were just released from Sparkle N Sprinkle and a sneak peek at one of the new stamp sets being released in January.

I started out by die cutting the Tonic Studios die from white cardstock and then using the Glueless Glitter technique to add Caspia Sea microfine glitter to the intricate brambles.  Be sure to save the negative piece that cuts out the center.  I added dimensional tape to all four sides of the die cut as well as various parts toward the center, as I wanted to have the sentiment recessed in the center.

To create the sentiment, I used the negative piece that I saved and covered it with VersaMark and then heat set Velvet Sparkle embossing powder for a subtle shimmery background.  Using the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform and the Stamping On Embossing Powder technique, I added my sentiment.  This is one of four from the upcoming Ornate Greetings stamp set.  In order to stamp on embossing powder (or glitter), it is much easier to use some kind of stamp positioner so that you can apply the ink multiple times.  The Stamping Platform is by far my favorite type of stamp positioner that I've used (and I've tried a bunch!).

Now that all the pieces of my card are ready, I created the card base.  I used the largest outline die from this same set and die cut a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  The back side of the super adhesive sheet was adhered to white cardstock. After exposing the adhesive on the top, I added the glittered bramble die cut piece and then gently pushed the sentiment down in the center.  Next I poured Purple Fig microfine glitter over the rest of the card base, covering the rest of the exposed adhesive.

Until next time.... 😀

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hey Y'all {Scrapy Land #79}

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

I felt like making something other than a holiday card today (although I'm still behind on making my Christmas cards 😮).  Today's card is definitely bright in person and it makes me smile every time I look at it.

The following dies were used to create this card:

Cheery Lynn Designs: 3D Rooster
Frantic Stamper: Hey Y'all
Taylored Expressions: Ray of Sunshine cutting plate
Sue Wilson Designs: Noble dies - Ornate Pierced Rectangles

I started off by die cutting the rooster from white cardstock and coloring him with Copic markers.  I die cut him a second time from black cardstock to use as a shadow.  I love how his feathers fluff up for a great 3D look.

Next came the sunny background.  I wanted this to be dimensional as well.  After die cutting from white cardstock, I flipped it over and taped the center and the edges of the rays near the center so that they wouldn't lift out.  Next I applied Distress Inks and Oxides (Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade) to the front until I was happy with the results.  To get the dimension on the individual rays, I added pop dots in various depths to back of each ray.  That way, some of the rays were higher than others.  The card base was die cut using the Sue Wilson die.

This was a pretty quick and easy card to make and I was quite happy with the results.

Now it's your turn to join us.  You have until December 17 to play along in the Scrapy Land Challenge.  There are two winners, a random winner and a winner chosen by the Design Team.  Each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Snow Thankful

This is such a cute stamp called Snowman Couple from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I can think of several different ways to use this sweet couple including Christmas, a winter anniversary, or as a thank you card just to name a few.

I started out by stamping the image using the Stamp Platform and Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black).  Then Koh-I-Noor colored pencils were used to color the image.  After fussy cutting out the image, Orchid glitter was added to her hat band, Fire Engine Red glitter was added to the heart, Waterscape glitter outlines the snowmen bodies, and Bubblegum glitter gives the ornaments added sparkle.  Shaved Ice was added to the snow.

The background was die cut using a Tonic Studios die from their specialty paper (Craft Perfect Embossed Paper - English Lace).  The English Lace reminded me of snow flakes.  In order to give this specialty paper added bling, I lightly sprayed it with a spray adhesive and covered it with more Waterscape glitter.

The sentiment was stamped with Memento Ink (Grape Jelly) and quickly heat embossed with Clear Detail embossing powder.  Then it was die cut using a Simon Says Stamp die (Stitched Circles).  The embellishment behind the sentiment is an Obsession Impression die (Tied Line), which was heat embossed with Fabulous Grape embossing powder.    The little snowflake (Sizzix) was die cut from a piece of Super Adhesive Sheets and covered with Waterscape glitter.  I used a Copic marker to outline the edges of the snowflake to give it a slight purple cast.  Tonic Studios mirrored cardstock (Purple Mist) was used for the card base.