Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Get Well Friends {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal}

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

We have FOUR new stamp sets to share with you this month and these sets are 20% off their regular price, until April 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image.  Friendship Flowers #702 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Get Well Friends #701   (digi version DIGI701)
Friendship Flowers #702   (digi version DIGI702)
Old Well #703  (digi version DIGI703)
Spring Window #704   (digi version DIGI704)

On April 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 FOUR of the new rubber stamp sets (or digi sets, if you prefer)

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on April 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs.  In addition to our regular designers, we are happy to introduce you to two of our new Guest Designers.  Diane and Ashley will be the Guest Designers for the months of April, May, and June.  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 icinganne@yahoo.com with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.


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

Now to tell you a little bit about my card.  I used the Get Well Friends stamp set and it's sort of a gate fold card, but only the sentiment actually acts like it.

To create this sentiment gate fold, I cut two strips of manilla cardstock long enough so they would overlap slightly and have enough of a lip to attach to the back.  Then I covered each one in gauze.  The gauze was adhered to the cardstock strips with a spray adhesive.  Lavender Iris glitter was sprinkled onto the gauze to get rid of any sticky spots left from the spray adhesive.  Both sentiments, which are part of the set, were stamped with Distress Ink (Iced Spruce), heat set using Clear embossing powder, and die cut using the Fishtail Flags die from My Favorite Things.

gate fold, closed
I also added the pills (again part of the set) to the second portion of my sentiment.  Squeezed Lemonade was used to add a touch of brightness to the sentiment strips.

gate fold, partially open
Once both of my sentiment strips were opened to reveal the image, which was colored with Copic markers, they looked a bit plain.  So I die cut these Chevron strips by My Favorite Things out of Sticker Paper and covered them with Green Nugget glitter. All the patterned papers are digi papers from The Digital Press (Boo Boo Be Gone).

I always think of Gerty as the adventurous one, so in that spirit, her hair has a purple tint to go along with her purple fingernails (Purple Dust glitter).  Poor Eunice is sick in bed with a compress on her head.  Even though it didn't photograph too well, the compress was actually covered with Liquid Applique (red) and heat set slightly.  I wanted it to raise and show wrinkles (which it does in person), but I didn't want to heat it so much that it began to be individual bubbles.

Eunice might not be feeling well, but her nails are always perfect and today she's sporting bright red fingernails (Gypsy Red velvet glitter).  The cross on Gerty's nurse cap is also covered with Gypsy Red glitter.

Both of the girls' eyeglasses, the drinking glass, and the plastic bag full of fluids were covered with Glossy Accents and Eunice's blanket was paper pieced.

Next up on our New Reveal Blog Hop is one of our Guest Designers, Ashley and I know she's got something special planned.  Don't forget to comment on each of our blogs for your chance to win all of the stamp sets revealed this month!  The winner will be announced on April 3rd on our blogs, on the SNS Blog, and on the SNS Facebook page.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Coffee Shoppe

Today I'm showcasing the Coffee Shoppe stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle and I decided to use a different medium on this.  So instead of grabbing my Copic markers like I normally do, I used Koh-I-Noor color pencils.  This gives everything a much softer look.

This was a pretty quick card to complete, without lots of added embellishments.  Glistening Emerald flock was used for the bushes in the flower boxes in the front, Blue Jewel glitter creates the sparkly frame around the image, and Firecracker Blue embossing powder was used for the sentiment.

Be sure to come back tomorrow night (9pm EST) to join me for the SNS April New Reveal Blog Hop. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks from Sparkle N Sprinkle is the stamp set I'm showcasing today.  I used the digi version and made it pretty big.  I also added the sentiment all the way around the image to create it's own frame.

Copic markers were used to color the image and various glitters were used to add touches of bling here and there.  Lavender Iris for the steam, Cerise for the flower on the table, Neon Flamingo on the flower centers of the shirt of the girl on the left, Daisy for added stripes on the shirt of the girl on the right as well as her pants stripes, and Bubble Gum for the flower in the hair of the girl on the right.

The card base was die cut using the Grand Labels One die from Spellbinders.  I added strips of patterned papers and then adhered 1/8", 1/4", and 1/2" Tear-ific Tape on top of the strips.  Lavender Iris glitter and Bubble Gum glitter were then applied to the adhesive for a glittery background.

I'm also entering this into the Art Impressions Spring Colors challenge. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter Basket

Easter is right around the corner and I thought I'd use the new Straw Basket from Die-Versions to show what our Easter baskets look like before the Easter Bunny comes to fill them :-).

The "straw" (Pine Grove tinsel glitter) is already there, just waiting to have lots of candy and goodies pilled on top.  My basket was die cut from fun foam and I colored the foam with Copics.  The frame is covered with Diamond Dust glitter, which is a chunky glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The border is the DV Butterfly Garden border.  I die cut the butterflies from this several times to have them fluttering around.  Added a strip of ribbon and now my basket is all ready for the Easter Bunny to visit!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mushroom Shaker

Shaker cards are still the rage, so I thought this new Mushroom set from Die-Versions would be the perfect focal point for my shaker card.

After the mushrooms were die cut, they were colored with Copic markers and then I heat embossed the tops with Sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  The Hello was die cut using the DV Hello Express Edge out of the same patterned paper as my background.

My circle frame was cut from sticker paper and I added Lapis Lazuli glitter by Martha Stewart.  The inside of the shaker was filled with stars, sequins, and more glitter.

All the elements came together quickly to create a fun interactive card.

Friday, March 20, 2015


Best Friends Forever (BFF's) is one of the seven new reveals from Sparkle N Sprinkle this month.  I used the digi version and tried to create the feeling that these two were walking out of a store or mall after a fun time of shopping.

The image was colored with Copic markers and the background was created using Memories Mist (Pale Ale) for the walls of the building, Copics for the glass doors, and Pan Pastels for the sidewalk.

Firecracker Blue embossing powder was used to create the sign above the glass doors and Silver Detail embossing powder was used for the button on the jeans.  Black Ice glitter creates sparkle on the flip flops as well as the belt buckle.  Green Iris glitter highlights the neckline of one of the shirts as well as stripes on one of the shopping bags.  Bronze Splendor and 1/4" Tear-ific Tape bling up the background.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Easter Blessings {Scrapy Land #14}

It's the third Wednesday of the month and time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this bi-monthly challenge is Spring or Easter, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  Easter is only a couple weeks away and I know everyone is wishing Spring would get here.

I chose to have a little bit of both on the Easter card I created.  I started out by die cutting a cross from an older set of dies by Spellbinders (Cross Collection).   I believe this set has been retired, but there are several other choices that would work just as well (or better), including these when I searched for "crosses".  While the cardstock was still in the die, I covered the exposed areas with VersaMark and then heat set it with Opaline embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The mat behind the cross is a Sue Wilson Designs die (Spanish Collection - Cordoba) which was cut from white cardstock and then colored with Pan Pastels (blending several colors together).  The back layer incorporates an old technique of pouncing alcohol inks onto glossy cardstock (Polished Stone technique).  I used Copic's Various Reinkers Y35, BV01, and R05.  The cardstock was semi-glossy so the inks didn't blend as well, but gave me the mottled look I was going for as opposed to a smoother look.

To finish off the card, I created lots of tiny lilies using the Sizzix die by Susan Tierney-Cockburn (Mini Lily).  Flower Soft was used for the stamens in lilies and Pan Pastels were used to color the throats of each of the petals.

Be sure to see what the rest of the team has created.  You'll have until March 29th to upload your Spring and/or Easter project and the winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to shop at the Scrapy Land store.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Express Yourself

Expresso Yourself is one of the March new reveals from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I used the digi version (DIGI699) and created a tag.

After printing and coloring the image with Copic markers, the image was die cut using a Spellbinders die (Labels Four) and the edges distressed with Distress Ink (Tea Dye).  Caramel embossing powder was added to the swirl on the coffee cup and Gypsy Red velvet glitter was sprinkled over SNS Dimensional Glue added to the steam.

The tag was created using Wendy Vecchi's Splattered Plaster Technique by combining Archival inks (Manganese Blue and Saffron) with rubbing alcohol and spritzing with Dylusions Ink Spray (White Linen).  Once this dried I stamped images from the SNS Journal Mixed Media set.  The coffee rings were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with more Caramel embossing powder.  The other images were stamped with the Archival inks.

I created a ribbon flower and added twine for a finishing touch.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Coffee Time

Sparkle N Sprinkle debuted seven new stamp sets this month, most of them coffee themed.  This is the Coffee Time stamp set and I decided to use the digi version (DIGI694).  

When I saw the set, it was calling out to be paper pieced.  So, after printing the image several times and quite a bit of fussy cutting, my table and chairs were all set.  The chair backs and legs were covered with Princess Anna Fuchsia glitter, as was the frame (which is a Memory Box die - Victorian Frame) for the sentiment.  The frame is darker than the chairs because I incorporated the Coloring on Glitter technique using a black Copic marker over the Princess Anna Fuchsia glitter.  Glossy Accents was added to the fussy cut coffee cups and Bubble Gum glitter was sprinkled in the wet adhesive. Once the Glossy Accents dried, the cups had a sparkly looking glaze.

The backdrop for the table setting was dry embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder (Bricked). Distress Ink (Pumice Stone) was used to ink up the embossing folder before it was run through my machine so that the debossed areas would already have color to them.  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Bike

Die-Versions just released 15 new spring themed dies and today I'm showcasing the new Spring Bike die.

This is a pretty quick and easy card to reproduce.  I started out by die cutting the Spring Bike twice, once in black cardstock and once from cream cardstock.  I fussy cut the basket and flowers from the cream piece and colored it with Copic markers and Spica glitter pens.  This was then adhered on top of the black die cut piece, giving the basket and flowers more dimension and creating a focal point.

The sentiment, which is from the Across the Miles rubber stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle, was stamped onto vellum with VersaMark and then heat set with Black Detail embossing powder.

Monday, March 9, 2015


I have a fun and quick masculine card today using the new Mustache stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  It's a tall, thin card, so it would fit in a business envelope for easy mailing.

I started out by cutting a circle and drawing where the hair line should be and then colored it in with Copic markers.  After stamping the large mustache, I fussy cut it out and then colored it with the same colors as his hair.  The monocle was then heat embossed with Blackened Bronze embossing powder and colored with Copics.  As a final step, the mustache is pop dotted for more dimension.

All of the patterned papers came from my scraps.  The tabs are dies from Taylored Expressions (Simple Tabs).  I masked the sentiment so it could be stamped onto the two tabs, stamped each part with VersaMark, and then heat embossed with Forest Green embossing powder.  Memento Ink (New Sprout) adds a touch of added color to the tabs.

Heavy twine was added to the bottom of the card with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape.  Once the twine was placed where I wanted it,  Lavender Iris glitter was sprinkled over the rest of the tape to cover the remaining exposed adhesive.  It give the card a subtle touch of sparkle without being over the top.  And who says you can't add glitter to a guy card?  Not me :-).

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Altered Box {Scrapy Land Challenge #13}

Can you believe it's already March!?  Since it's the first Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme for Challenge #13 is Anything Goes, Plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You can see the list of all the brands of dies here.

For my project today, I altered a plain white box using various dies and patterned paper.  All I need to do now is fill it with some goodies.

The dies I used to complete my box are:
Sue Wilson Designs: Striplet - Bevelled Glass
Die-Versions: Lacey Dots 
Die-Versions: Leafy Swirl

I used Pan Pastels to color the centers of each of the petals and I added Canary flock (from Sparkle N Sprinkle) to the stamens of the large Lilies and Flower Soft (Bright Pink) to the stamens of the mini lilies.  Black cardstock was used to die cut the Beveled Glass die twice and the patterned paper behind the die cut is digital paper from The Digital Press  (Thanks Faith A. for sending me info about that website :-).)  The Lacey Dots die was cut from white cardstock and adhered to all four sides of the box top.  The Leafy Swirl was also die cut twice to layer on top each of the Beveled Glass die cuts.  Mini Lilies were added to the leafy swirls using glue dots.

Now it's your turn to create a project and upload it to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  Be sure your project includes any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You will have until March 15 to enter.  Be sure to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your viewing pleasure too.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sparkle N Sprinkle March 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 SEVEN new rubber stamp sets were introduced.   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)

 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...
The brick work is awesome! Wonderful job incorporating parts of 3 sets into 1 card. So many different techniques too. Great card.

Her comment came from Shona's blog.

Please email Anne at icinganne@yahoo.com 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,