Saturday, February 28, 2015

Glasses {Sparkle N Sprinkle March Reveal)

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's 
March 1, 2015 Reveal.

This month SEVEN new rubber stamp sets are being introduced.   These sets are 20% off their regular price, until March 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image.  Glasses #698 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Coffee Time #694   (digi version DIGI694)
Coffee Shoppe #695   (digi version DIGI695)
Best Friends Forever #696  (digi version DIGI696)
Mustache #697   (digi version DIGI697)
Glasses #698  (digi version DIGI698)
Expresso Yourself #699  (digi version DIGI699)
Coffee Talks #700  (digi version DIGI700)

On March 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive
all SEVEN of the new rubber stamp sets (or digi sets, if you prefer)

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on March 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs.  This month's Blog Hop order is:

(Tip: if you have a problem with a particular link, try clicking on the person's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

Don't forget to leave a comment with each Designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  We love reading your comments and hope we have inspired you as well.  If you absolutely can not leave a comment for some reason, please email with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.


A new SNS Creative Challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and or Flock.
Main Street Shop Hop

If you live anywhere in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, Sparkle N Sprinkle is participating in the Main Street Shop Hop, along with other local crafting stores.  The Shop Hop begins March 21st. 

You can purchase a tote for $10 to participate.  Included in the tote are lots of goodies, plus your shopping passport.  Spend $5 at each participating store to get your passport stamped.  Once you have all of your stamps, turn in your passport for a chance to win HUGE prizes!  In addition to receiving 10% off your purchases, each store will be offering Make N Takes so you can fill your scrapbook with treasured memories. 
For more information about this event, please visit the SNS Events Calendar.  When you hover your mouse over the event, detailed information about that specific event pops up.

We hope you enjoy the New Reveals as much as we do!  Last month the winner came from Anita's blog.  Wonder which Designer contains the Grand Prize winner this month?

Now for a little bit about my card, which was inspired by an eye chart stencil I had.  I found some free clip art that had both a clear version and a blurry version of the famous eye chart and went from there.

I really wanted the glasses to pop, so after stamping them onto plain cardstock, I fussy cut them out (including the inside of the frame where the lens would be) and covered the entire thing with red Liquid Applique.  Did you know that if you don't heat set it, it dries shiny?  It's best to let it dry overnight though.  Then, after printing out both versions of the eye chart, I cut out a portion of the clear version so it would fit inside the frame of my glasses.

The sentiment, which is part of the set, was stamped with VersaMark, covered with Amethyst Spray embossing powder, and heat set.  It was die cut from a Lifestyles Craft Nesting Scallops Oval die.  The frame around the blurry eye chart, which was die cut with a stitched rectangle die (from Simon Says Stamp), and the arrow (a die from Momenta that I found at a local craft box store) were both covered with VersaMark and Abracadabra embossing powder and then heat set.  Love all the shimmery colors in this embossing powder.  I die cut the arrow twice, once from cardstock and once from white fun foam.  I adhered the heat embossed arrow onto the fun foam arrow, slightly offsetting it, to give it dimension as well as a bit of a shadow effect at the same time.

The background was die cut using a Spellbinders die (Grand Large Labels) and then I used various colors of Pan Pastels to stencil the Eye Chart, the Honeycomb and Burlap (all from Tim Holtz) onto the background.  Once my background was finished, I covered the entire piece with VersaMark, added Sparkle embossing powder, and heat set it.  

Now it's time for you to head on over to see the cool project that Marie has created for you.  I know you won't be disappointed!  Be sure to leave a comment on all of our blogs for you chance to win all 7 of these rubber stamp sets!  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Seasonal Tree

Seasonal Tree is one of the new rubber stamp sets released by Sparkle N Sprinkle this month and I have to tell you it is so versatile.  You can stamp any of the four seasons with this set.  I decided to create a Christmas thank you card using the bare tree and the ornament stamps.

I started out by die cutting white cardstock with the Spellbinders Labels Twenty Eight die and then randomly stamping the sentiment with VersaMark.  To give the words some color, I added a little bit of pearlescent Pan Pastels (Turquoise, Pearlescent Violet).  The Pan Pastels adhered nicely to the VersaMark.

Next, I stamped the tree with Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa) and colored it with Copic markers.  The ornaments with VersaMark and heat set with Red Apple embossing powder.  Then I added some Liquid Applique for the snow and Fantasy Gold glitter to the centers of each ornament.

The patterned paper mat was die cut using a Sue Wilson Designs die (Spanish Collection - Granada).  I wanted a larger mat for the patterned paper, so I outlined the outer edge of the die onto gold metallic cardstock and fussy cut it out.  I then placed the die on the front of the fussy cut gold cardstock and outlined the inner edge of the die with a Copic multiliner.  This gives the impression of another thin layer without any added bulk.

The next to last layer was sprayed with a spray adhesive and then covered with Aqua Marine glitter for a very glittery and shimmery look.  This was then adhered to the card base using Tear-ific Tape.  Small bows in the four corners add a final touch to this Thank You card.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dashing Through the Snow

It's never too early to start on Christmas cards and a perfect way to do that is to use the new Die-Stamp sets from Die-Versions.  The Winter Wonderland die set and coordinating stamp set were used in today's card.

To start out, the sled and snowman were die cut from white card stock, stamped with the coordinating image, and colored with Copic markers.  I also added Stickles (Star Dust) to the snowman body and the snow flakes kicked up from the sled.  Next I die cut two circles from more white cardstock.  On the first one, I spritzed it with Dylusions Ink Spray (Calypso Teal) and the second one I cut up to create snow banks.  After adhering the snow banks to the first circle, I covered the whole thing with more Star Dust Stickles and then adhered the snow man and the sled.

The front panel was dry embossed using a Crafters Companion embossing folder (Christmas Merriment); Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Broken China) gives the raised portions a touch of color.  Once this step was completed, I used a slightly smaller circle and die cut the center (be sure to save this piece for a later project) and layered the embossed front on top of the snowy scene.  The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of cardstock with Distress Ink (Broken China) that's the same as the card base and adhered below the focal point and then immediately covered with Ranger Clear embossing powder and heat set.  Then I stamped the small snowflake randomly along the rest of the strip.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Iris Garden {Scrapy Land Challenge #12}

This month is just flying by and since it's the third Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for a new bi-monthly Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for Challenge #12 is Splat!, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells in your project.  There are lots of different ways to create some splats on your page, including using spray mists, inks, paint, etc.

For my card, I decided to create the Splat background by combining a couple different Smooch Spritzes as I knew from experience that when I spray them, I get larger splats along with the fine mist.  Normally I don't want the large drops of color, but this is exactly what I wanted for today's challenge.

After spraying the colors onto white cardstock, I stamped the Iris Garden image from Sparkle N Sprinkle with VersaMark and heat set it with Black Detail embossing powder.  This is one of their new stamp sets they released this month.  I added touches of color here and there with Copic markers.  Canary flock was added to the throats of the iris for a velvety, soft look.

The sentiment was also stamped in VersaMark and then heat set with Amethyst Spray embossing powder.  A Sue Wilson Designs (Italian Collection - Umbria) die cut was used to cut out the sentiment.  This was then pop dotted above the image for added dimension.  Mon Ami Gabby Diamond Mesh adds the final touch of bling to complete the card.

Now it's your turn to head on over to the Scrapy Land Challenge blog and upload your Splat! creation.  We can't wait to see what you create, but be sure to do it before March 1.  Check out even more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team while you're there.  The winner of the challenge will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Wild About You

 I love this new digi-only set released this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  It's called Wild About You and there are three images to choose from, several sentiments, and lots of these cute conversation hearts.

I started out by printing Leo and coloring him with Copic markers.  Caution Yellow glitter was added to give him highlights in his gorgeous mane of hair.  Then I printed out each of the conversation hearts, fussy cut them out, and colored them with Copic markers.

I die cut the largest Nesting Hearts die from Lifestyle Crafts, covered it with Sparkle embossing powder, and outlined the edge with a Copic marker.  The doily behind Leo is the Love Doily from Die-Versions and fit the theme perfectly.  My sentiment, which was printed on cardstock and die cut using the Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two die, adds the finishing touch to my Valentine's card.  To make the sentiment sparkle, I outlined it with a Sakura Glue pen and covered the glue with Black Ice glitter.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What's Up Dawg?

Die-Versions Puppy Love coordinating Dies and Stamps sets are so fun to use.  I stamped and die cut three of the pups from the set and colored them with Copic markers.  

The sentiment was created by layering the "Happy" Express Edge with the "Birthday" Express Edge and the stamping the sentiment on each layer multiple times with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black).  Pan Pastels pearlescent pastels were used to for a bit of color on the border of the Express Edges.  

The background was created by stamping the paw print and the small bone with Distress Ink (Tea Dye) and Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa).

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has created using these new Die-Stamp coordinating sets on the DV Blog.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Stanley Valentine

Today I'm showcasing Stanley Valentine, one of two digi-only sets released this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

I started off by combining the flower borders and Stanley in my Word software and printing the image twice. The second Stanley is layered directly on top of the main one, as are the heart balloons.  Both the image and the flower borders are colored with Pan Pastels (Burnt Sienna, Red Iron Oxide, Pearlescent Red, Pearlescent Yellow) and then layered on top of some tulle.

 I decided to create a tag using one of my new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs (Tags and More 1 - Lace) which die cut the top and intricate cut outs at the top of my kraft paper.

The small hearts behind the focal point are actually the negative pieces die cut from the Die-Versions Love Doily.  Bubble Gum glitter was added to his nose and Caution Yellow glitter creates the sparkle in each of the flower centers.  

I printed the sentiment, part of the set, onto cardstock, die cut it with a Taylored Expressions die (Simple Tabs), and heat set the tag with Sparkle embossing powder.  The balloons were also covered with VersaMark and heat set with Sparkle embossing powder for a shimmery look.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gift Tags

The Winter Wonderland coordinating Die-Stamp sets (Winter Wonderland dies; Winter Wonderland stamps) from Die-Versions were used to create today's card.  It's a quick and easy one, so you could create multiples in no time flat.  In addition to the Winter Wonderland images, the Sweet Wordlet "To: From:" was also added to each of my tags.  These little tags would also be great to add to presents as well as on a card front.

The images were stamped with Mementio ink and colored with Copic markers.  These small manilla tags were purchased at a scrapbook convention and I added A Wink of Stella (Silver) along the edges.  Spica glitter pens added sparkle to the snowflakes on the last tag.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Love is Sharing Your Dessert {Scrapy Land Challenge #11}

It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for the first challenge of each month is Anything Goes, Plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

The dies that were used for today card are
- Die-Versions Love Pop Up die
- Die Versions Cupid die
- Lifestyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers Nesting Hearts

For today's card, I was able to incorporate this challenge along with Sparkle N Sprinkle's new Berry Sundae rubber stamp set.  When I saw this sentiment, which is part of the stamp set, I knew that I wanted to combine it with Die-Versions Love Pop Up die and substitute the "O" for the dessert.

The sundae is colored with Copic markers and a number of embossing powders.  Shasta Puff was used on the whip cream, Yellow Spark on the bananas, Velvet Sparkle on the berries, and Sparkle on the glass bowl.  Firecracker Red embossing powder was used for the sentiment and Tomato Red tinsel glitter was added to the pop up letters.  I also added Velvet Sparkle embossing powder to the area that is seen behind the pop up letters for a subtle touch of bling.

The sentiment was stamped on pink cardstock die cut with the Nesting Hearts and was adhered to a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet that was die cut from the next larger nesting heart.  Cloud Nine velvet glitter was added to the exposed adhesive surrounding the pink cardstock.  Strips of Tear-ific Tape were also added for more visual interest and all were covered with Firecracker Red embossing powder and heat set.  The Die-Versions Cupid was die cut from a piece of black cardstock, covered with VersaMark and heat set with Sparkle embossing powder.

The front of the Pop Up card uses coordinating nesting hearts, along with the Die-Versions Cupid.

You have until Feb. 15th to upload your project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  It would be extremely helpful to the team members if you would mention which brand of dies you used to create your project.  The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the team has created for you as well.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sparkle N Sprinkle Feb 1 Reveal Winner

Thanks to everyone who participated in this month's release.  One Grand Prize winner will win the entire collection revealed this month!

This month FOUR new rubber stamp sets and two new digi-only sets were introduced.   The sets are:

Seasonal Trees #680   (digi version DIGI680)
Sleep Over #686   (digi version DIGI686)
Iris Garden #687  (digi version DIGI687)
Berry Sundae #688   (digi version DIGI688)
Wild About You #DIGI692 (digi only)
Stanley Valentine #DIGI693 (digi only)

 One Grand Prize Winner was selected from the comments left on the participating Designers' blogs.  

The Grand Prize Winner will receive 
 each of the New Reveal rubber stamp sets (or digi versions, if preferred)

Congratulations goes to 

who said...
Beautiful card and such a great layout

Her comment came from Anita's blog.

Please email Anne at to claim your prize.  Be sure to include your mailing address and phone number (if you are an international winner).

Hugs from The Sparkle Team,

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Glittered Garden Silhouette

Yay!  I've been published (again).  I have to confess that I still get so excited when I see a card I made and my name printed in a magazine.  This card was published in a two page spread, including a tutorial on how it was made, in the Spring 2015 CardMaker magazine that was just released.

I started out by "painting with glitter" onto a piece of Sparkle N Sprinkle Super Adhesive Sheet die cut from the Ray of Sunshine cutting plate by Taylored Expressions.  The glitters used to create my sun were SNS's Cherry Lemonade, Lemonade,  Waterfall, and Rapture Blue.  The glitters were sprinkled onto the exposed adhesive and burnished into the adhesive starting with the lighter colors and progressing to the darker shades.

The Garden Silhouette rubber stamp was stamped onto a piece of SNS Embossable Clear Acetate with VersaMark and then heat set using Midnight Madness embossing powder.  I fussy cut around the image and adhered it in front of the rays of sun.  The edges of the mat behind the focal point were heat embossed with more Midnight Madness embossing powder for even more sparkle.

The ribbon is a strip of seam binding ribbon that I stained with Distress Stain (Squeezed Lemonade) and then I stamped my sentiment directly onto the ribbon with Staz-On ink.   I added a few flat backed pearls as a finishing touch.