Saturday, December 31, 2016

Milton Dreams Big {Sparkle N Sprinkle January Reveal}

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 January 1, 2017 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We're starting the New Year off with a BANG! We have a huge reveal to share with you - our largest ever!

 There are TEN new stamp sets (one is a digi-only set) being released this month!  These new sets are 20% off until January 3, 2017.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  

The sets are:

Right Beside You 812  (digi version DIGI812)
Milton Friendly Giraffe 817  (digi version DIGI817)
Cattleya Orchid Friendship 818  (digi version DIGI818)

Easter Chicky 820  (digi version DIGI820)
Party #1 821  (digi version DIGI821)
Party #2 822  (digi version DIGI822)

Eggs-traordinary Kindness 825  (digi version DIGI825)

Emily Showers of Love 831   (digi version DIGI831)

On Jan 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:

Anne (you are here 😀)

(*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 a bit about my card.  The design for Milton Friendly Giraffe came about when I was thinking of all the people who graduate in December instead of in the spring.

This card has lots of layers on it (at least more than I usually do) and each layer is a different die set.

To start out, I used the digi version of Milton and printed the image and two of the sentiments that come with this set at the same time.  After die cutting the image and sentiments out with a Spellbinders die (Mega Curved Rectangle), then I got out my Copics and began coloring the image.  To combine the two sentiments into one statement, I used the ampersand die by Sizzix (Tim Holtz Halloween set) and covered it with Evening Glow glitter.  A Sakura glue pen was used to outline the word "stars" and then Evening Glow glitter was added to the word for emphasis.  (Evening Glow glitter was used to accent most everything on the focal point.)

The Graduation Set dies from Die-Versions were used to create the accent pieces.  For the graduation cap, I first applied a thin layer of Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Black Diamond) onto a scrap piece of paper.  Once this was dry, I die cut it out, making sure to leave all the negative pieces in the die cut.  Luckily, my glimmer paste was just thick enough to die cut the outline, but didn't cut all the way through.  I die cut the graduation cap a second time from black cardstock and then added Blue Raven glitter to the outline.  This was then adhered on top of my Black Diamond die cut.  This gives it the appearance of shades and shadows, just like a real graduation cap.  The tassel was accented with Evening Glow glitter.

I used the negative pieces of the diploma as well and highlighted certain areas of the cardstock with a Copic marker.  Again, Evening Glow glitter was used for the ribbon around the diploma as well as the border around the die cut.

Digi paper (which I've had for years) was used for the second layer.  For glimmer, Sparkle embossing powder was added to the edges.  The third layer was dry embossed with a Crafters Companion embossing folder (Pebbles).

For the final layer, I used a Sue Wilson Designs die (Noble dies-Double Pierced Rectangles Set B) as a guide for how large to cut the black cardstock.  Then I dry embossed this same die over the cardstock to get the pierced edges.  I also sprayed a homemade glimmer spritz on top.  You could also use Pearl Mist as well.

Now it's time for you to visit Belinda.  She has something extra special for you too.  Be sure to leave a comment on each of our blogs for your chance to win all TEN of the new stamp sets revealed this month.

Happy New Year!


Jessica K said...

Anne this is sooo adorable! I love that you made it a graduation card. So cute!

Sue D said...

So cute. Great idea to make a graduation card with this giraffe.

Alicia DiCarlo said...

What a fun graduation card with the giraffe.

Andrea said...

Love the idea of a graduation card for the adorable giraffe. My daughter graduated college this month. She would have loved this card.

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Milton is awesome!! I love your layers. Each one enhances the whole :) Your glitter highlights are perfect. The mortarboard looks great with your glitters too. I love this card!

Memaw said...

I love giraffes this one is just adorable great car great idea thanks for sharing

ionabunny said...

That giraffe is so cute and what a fun and perfect image for your gorgeous graduation card. Happy New Year. Hugz

Carole F said...

This is one of the cutest cards. Thanks for sharing.

Diane said...

Love this adorable giraffe Anne...and so perfect for a grad with the sentiment....another fabulous creation!! Have a fabulous 2017!!

Donna Ellis said...

Whoa! Lots of layers is right! And each layer contains so much glittery happiness, Anne! I love that the Blue Raven glitter on the hat is not stark black! (I've added it to my list LOL) CLEVER - OH SO CLEVER - to use the stars in your background! Love that design idea! Your ampersand is fabulous to tie in the sentiments like that! Great design, my friend! Happy New Year, Anne! xoxox

Lori Kobular said...

Happy 2017 Anne! YOur Milton card is so cute! Love the glitter on stars and the graduation certificate ribbon!

Lorna said...

Love how you used Milton as a graduation card. Super cute Anne. Have a great 2017.

Becky said...

I think Milton is so cute. And to make a graduation card is genius. Thanks for sharing your adorable card.

Mary Holshouser said...

The giraffe is darling.
Love all of the glitter.
Great graduation card.
thanks for sharing
Happy New Year

Verna Angerhofer said...

What an adorable graduation card and I love that you used so many layers on it. That is such a cute giraffe.

Jean Bullock said...

Love the coloring on the cute giraffe. The die cut layers look great. Love how you carried through the stars theme to the die cut panel behind the sentiment panel. I clicked on the photos to make them larger and I could how beautiful the glitter is. Well done.

TracyM #6773 said...

LOVE the new giraffe and sentiments, LOVE your CLEVER and CREATIVE design for this graduation card, it is motivating & cute with the perfect touch of sparkle!
THANK YOU for sharing and inspiring :)

Eret said...

Happy New Year Anne!
Your card is stunning! Love all the blue layers and added yellow sparkle. It's very clever to use different dies for the layers. They go together very well.

April said...

What a great graduation card! I love this cute image.

Darlene said...

OMG how cute this is Anne! I love this new release ... so many adorable images! Great job ... sure to bring a smile!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

The sentiment is perfect for this awesome giraffe. Love how you colored the image. TFS

Donna said...

Stunning card Anne, beautiful coloring and design, this new release is fabulous. Happy New Year to you and your family! Donna

Lisa said...

This is so sweet, Anne!! Milton is adorable!! I love his blue eyes!! The sparkle is amazing!! Love, love this!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Shona Erlenborn said...

How cute! Gorgeously rich and elegant, loving the blue along with the yellow shades. Great grad cap and love how you incorporated the sentiments.