Sunday, January 31, 2016

Disco Girlfriends {Sparkle N Sprinkle Reveal}

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 Feb 1 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We have THREE new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until Feb 3.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  All of the new sets are available on cling mounted rubber or as a digital image.  

The sets are:

Disco Fever 772 (digi version DIGI772)
Secret Garden 773  (digi version DIGI773)
Disco Girlfriends 774  (digi version DIGI774)

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 on the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new stamp sets released this month (or the digi versions, if preferred).

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????

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge also begins today.  There are lots of prizes and recognition badges.  Come check out how you can become a SNS Featured Artist as well.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flock.

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!

Now for a bit about my card.  

This fun new stamp set was designed as a Pop-Up card so that when you opened it, the girls were dancing the night away.  It's also loaded with the three of the four new Neon Glitters - Energized! (orange), Electrified! (yellow), and Exulted!(hot pink).  The four new Neon is Exhilarated!, a bright green.  

I used the digi version of Disco Girlfriends and after printing and coloring with my Copics, I fussy cut them out.  Eunice (the one on the left) is sporting Exulted! and Electrified! neon glitter in her outfit while Gerty is strutting her stuff with added Energized! neon glitter.

The patterned paper is pretty old, but fit the theme well.  I also added round dots of neon glitter to some of the circle centers as well as the glitter ribbon underneath the sentiment.  

The sentiment, which is part of the set, was printed on white cardstock and then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp die (Stitched Circles).  The next step was to heat set it using Super Thick Clear embossing powder.  But before I heated the embossing powder, I sprinkled on some Sparkling Snow glitter.  This gives it a sparkly, disco-ball type of feel.   

Shona is the next stop on this February Reveal Blog Hop.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs for your chance to win all three of the new sets revealed this month.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Happy Birthday

This was a for-fun card I created using alcohol inks and YUPO paper.  I was inspired to try this paper with alcohol inks after viewing Tim Holtz video about this.  I've used this paper with watercolors (you can see all the posts using this synthetic paper here), but not with alcohol inks.  I used Various Ink Copic refills for my card.

All of the dies used for this card are from the Balloons Step-Ups die set by Sizzix.  I started out by die cutting the base from white cardstock.  The rest is from the YUPO paper.  The really cool thing about this is you can layer the alcohol inks on top of each other or swirl them together.  All of this was from the same sheet of YUPO paper.  For the different colors, I either added a bit more ink or subtracted some ink (using rubbing alcohol) from what was already there.

This was so much fun to play around with.  I definitely want to do it some more.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ginger Jar

Ginger Jar is one of the new dies released by Die-Versions this month.  If you haven't seen all the new Asian themed dies, you'll want to check them out.

After die cutting the jar, I heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder.  I also wanted the jar to look solid, so I traced around the die itself and fussy cut it out.  Then I added more clear embossing powder to this. I wanted a cracked finish and started out to use the Cracked Glass technique but then I remembered I had an old jar of Distress Crackle Paint.  To be honest, I wasn't sure it would work on top of the embossing, but I added a very thick layer and let it air dry.  It worked beautifully, but don't over bend the die cut or some may flake off.

The right panel is watercolored using Nuance powders.  I was playing around with these powders and had some leftovers, so I combined them all onto watercolor paper (hoping I wouldn't get mud).  I liked the way it turned out and set it on my desk.  Much to my happy surprise, it matched the Ginger Jar (that was also sitting on my desk) perfectly.

The DV Fortune Cookie font was used to create my sentiment.  It was die cut twice: once from black cardstock (to create the shadow) and once from the same paper as the Ginger Jar was die cut from.  I also added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter markers (clear) to the letters for a bit of bling.  If you haven't tried these new markers yet, I think you will really like them.  The sparkle they give is really amazing and you can blend colors with them too.  Embroidery floss and vintage buttons add the finishing touches to my card.

If you'd like to receive 15% off the everyday prices of Die-Versions, just add the following code when you get ready to check out: anne15.   You will automatically receive 15% off your total purchase (and who doesn't love getting discounts!).

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Poppies was one of the new stamp sets revealed in January by Sparkle N Sprinkle.  The image was stamped onto white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.

I framed the image with the Want 2 Scrap (Vintage Fancy Frames) chipboard that I covered with embossing powder.  In order to get the true color of your chosen embossing powder, it is better to cover the chipboard with White embossing powder first.  Then repeat the process with your favorite color.  For this frame I used Caribbean embossing powder.

I also added small dots of Black Ice glitter to the center of the poppy as well as outlining each of the squares.

Seam binding ribbon colored with Distress Stain (Tumbled Glass) adds the finishing touch.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rays of Sunshine {published - Rubber Stamp Madness}

Published in Rubber Stamp Madness magazine, Spring 2016 edition. 

I am beyond thrilled to have a couple of cards published in this edition.  This one includes two full pages (plus a little more on a third page) of step by step instructions and photos (pages 13 - 15)!

Using the "painting with glitter" technique (also known as inlaid glitter technique or the kiss cut technique) onto a piece of Sparkle N Sprinkle Super Adhesive Sheet die cut from the Ray of Sunshine cutting plate by Taylored Expressions,  I added the following SNS glitters to create my sun: Cherry LemonadeLemonade,  Waterfall, and Rapture Blue.  The glitters were sprinkled onto the exposed adhesive and burnished into the adhesive starting with the lighter colors and finishing with the darker shades.

The Garden Silhouette rubber stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle was stamped onto a piece of 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.  Although it's hard to tell in the photo, the silhouette is very sparkly as there is glitter in the embossing powder.

To see the step-by-step photos and complete instructions, you'll need to purchase this edition. :-)

Miss You {published - Rubber Stamp Madness}

Published in the Rubber Stamp Madness magazine, Spring 2016 edition


I'm so excited to say this was my second card to be published in the Spring 2016 edition!  It's located in the Black & White plus One section.


1. Cut piece of white cardstock 2.75" x 5".
2. Cut 4 strips of patterned paper 1.5" x 3.75".  Then cut on the diagonal, point to point.
3. Starting at the vertical center of the white cardstock, place the patterned paper until all the white areas are covered.  Make sure there are no gaps between each of the pieces of patterned paper.  (You may need to move the triangles up or down to get the cardstock covered.)  The patterned paper will go over the edges.
4. Adhere patterned paper onto the cardstock, turn cardstock over to the back and cut off the excess paper from the edges.
5. Stamp the sun image from Unity Stamps onto white cardstock, color with Copic markers, and fussy cut out.
6. Die cut a piece of black cardstock using the Large Octagons dies from Spellbinders.  Cut the octagon in half.
7. Adhere the sun to the black octagon, aligning the bottom of the stamped image with the bottom of the die cut.
8. Mat layered black and yellow cardstock; adhere to white card base toward the top, leaving a space for the sentiment.
9. Adhere strip of black ribbon to bottom portion of the white card base.
10. Die cut the Miss You sentiment (a Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets die) from yellow cardstock and add a touch of glitter to the letters with a Spica glitter pen.
10. Adhere to the ribbon.


1. Using the Spellbinders Large Octagons dies, die cut two octagons from the yellow cardstock, one octagon from white cardstock, and one octagon from patterned paper.  Layer on top of each other.
2. Stamp the sentiment, a rubber stamp from Unity Stamps, onto the center of the white cardstock with Distress Ink (Black Soot).
3. Immediately cover with Ranger Clear embossing powder and heat set.
4. Adhere on the inside of the card.
5. Die cut the Little Open Scallop Strip (by My Favorite Things) from patterned paper and adhere to the top of the inside of your card.

If you haven't checked out this magazine and you are a stamper, you definitely should.  Rubber Stamp Madness is the original rubber stamp magazine, started way back in 1978 and it's still going strong.  There are great how-to's as well as lots of other resources.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cute {Scrapy Land Challenge #34}

Today is the third Wednesday of the month (can you believe it?) and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this bi-monthly challenge is Love is in the Air! (Romance/Valentine's), plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

For my project, I started out with some red foil paper (which is gorgeous in person, but very hard to photograph). and went from there.  The background hearts are from Die-Versions (Hearts Background) as is the Cute center (Sweet Hearts - Cute), and the Cupid.  The larger heart in the center is an older die by Lifestyle Crafts (Nesting Hearts) but any heart shape will work and Scrapy Land has a number of heart shapes.  After I die cut it, I added a white edge around it with my Sharpie white marker.

The Cute center was heat embossed with Sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  It gives the card an extra bit of bling without being over the top.

A touch of lace and a bow complete my Valentine's card.

Head on over to the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog to see what amazing creations the rest of the team has created!  You have until Jan 31 to upload your Romantic/Valentine's card and the winner, which is chosen by the team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Thinking of You

Thinking of You is one of the five new stamp sets released by Sparkle N Sprinkle this month.  I used the digi version, colored it with Copic markers, and then fussy cut out the image.

Diamond Dust glitter was adhered to the centers of the flowers.  The background was created by die cutting an older Spellbinders die (Scalloped Edge Frame) from a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.   The glitters used to cover the adhesive sheet are Orchid Rose and Blue Haze.

The embellishment in the lower left was created by using a piece of pull ribbon from Mon Ami Gabby.  Then I added a medium sized glue dot to the center and covered it with more Orchid Rose glitter.

The sentiment, which is part of the set, is also a digi version and was die cut using a Lil Inkers Designs die (stitched sentiment flag).

Friday, January 15, 2016


Have you seen the new Asian dies recently released from Die-Versions?  If not, you should definitely check them out.  I want all of them :-).

For today's card, I used the new Pagoda die.  I started out by die cutting it out of white cardstock and a piece of red fun foam.  I used my Copic markers to color the pagoda. Bright yellow paper was adhered to the back of the die cut for the little cut outs.

Once I was happy with the coloring, I heat embossed the entire thing with Clear embossing powder by Ranger.  I love how this makes it look like the pagoda is painted with glossy paint.  Then I adhered this to the fun foam for more dimension.

For the background, I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and used a Dreamweaver stencil (Cherry Blossoms) to add the flowers using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I free-handed the mountains in the background using the Zig markers.  The sky was also watercolored with these Zig markers and a aqua brush.

Remember you can use the code anne15 to receive 15% off your Die-Versions purchase.  So what are you waiting for?  Have fun shopping :-).

Monday, January 11, 2016

Three Tenors

For today's project, I've created a step card using two of Sparkle N Sprinkle's January Reveal digi stamp sets: Three Tenors and Sing On.

After printing and coloring the image with Copic markers, I fussy cut it out and adhered it with Tear-ific Tape.  The music notes are dies from Die Versions (Harmony; Flourish Note) and were heat embossed using Ebony Spark embossing powder.  The sentiment, which is from the Sing On stamp set, was die cut using a Sizzix die (Labels) and was inked up with Distress Ink (Fossilized Amber).  Clear embossing powder was then added and heat set.  The edges of the step card were heat embossed with Cerulean Star embossing powder.

This is what I call a QEF card - quick, easy, and fun. :-)

Friday, January 8, 2016

Rubber Stamp Madness Art Book

RSM just published a new rubber stamp art book called, Stamping All Year Long. The book has over 100 examples of stamp art, including Valentine’s, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards. Stamp artists share tips on how their card or scene was made. 
At 116 pages, the book is filled with inspirational artwork. 

To order a copy, go to and scroll to find the "New Book." Mention my blog (Anne-Made) in the "special instructions" section, when you order. Once there are four mentions of my blog, RSM will send me a complimentary copy. 

Although I don't have any projects in this new book, I love supporting Rubber Stamp Madness in any way I can.  (I will have some projects in the upcoming Spring issue though :-), so stay tuned for that.)

Thanks so much for considering this.