Friday, March 31, 2017

Corner Garden {Sparkle N Sprinkle April New Reveal Blog Hop}

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle
 April Reveal Blog Hop!


The sets are:

(Digi version DIGI839BG)
(Digi version DIGI841B - includes extra sentiment)
**Limited Edition**

Corner Garden - 842  
(Digi version DIGI842FS - includes extra images, decoupage sheets, and digi papers)

Corner Garden Digi Bundle set - DIGI842FS (includes extra images, decoupage sheets, and digi papers)
(Digi version DIGI843J)

The new sets are 20% off until April 3, 2017, so after the blog hop, hop on over to the NEW STORE and have fun shopping - be sure to check out the OTHER amazing new products as well! With names like TONIC STUDIOS, STAMPENDOUS and HOUSE MOUSE, you're sure to fill that cart up quickly!

SNS also has a brand new blog, which can be found here!

On April 3, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on all the Designers' blogs listed below.  Please leave a comment with each designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize (checked for compliance).  The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS New Blog.  

 There are FOUR new rubber stamp sets being released this month, plus a new Digi Papers set, and a huge Corner Garden Digi Bundle. 

Also, when you purchase the digi versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you are getting lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras include additional images not available with the rubber version, digi papers (in some cases), and now a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machines will also be included with all digi images purchased!

You're definitely going to want both the rubber versions as well as the digi versions of all our new releases.

The new sets are 20% off until April 3, 2017.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the New Store and start shopping.

On April 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 the SNS New Blog, will receive ALL of the new rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

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 (including the Corner Garden surprise post).  
 Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month????

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!

And now for a bit about my project.

I created a square card with the new  Corner Garden stamp set and a stamp positioner.  The new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform would be the perfect tool to make this super easy.  (SNS is taking pre-sales of this awesome tool, which begins shipping in a couple weeks.)

I began this project a little backwards from what I normally do.  I die cut the background first using the Tonic Studios Greek Temple layering set then I preceded to do my stamping.

I stamped the corner image in one corner and then turned the paper to stamp the same image in the opposite corner.  Next I placed the sentiment in the center and then stamped it with Memento Cottage Ivy ink.  I immediately poured Clear embossing powder over the ink and heat set it.  Even though this is a dye ink, if you are fast, you can emboss it 😊.

The flowers are colored with Copic markers and Fuchsia Glass Glitter was added to the centers.

Several Nuance pigment powders (Violet, Hot Pink, Bright Yellow, Cerulean Blue) were added to my craft mat and then spritzed with water.  I then ran plain white cardstock through the puddles to create a watercolor background for my butterflies.  Once I was happy with it and the cardstock was completely dry, I stamped several butterflies onto the cardstock with VersaMark and heat set them with Brown Fizz embossing powder.  Then I fussy cut a few of them and adhered them here and there.

I wanted to add color behind the die cut, so I used 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape, cut my strips down the middle, and then adhered it to the backside of my project.  this allowed the openings on the front to have adhesive.  I then added Dogwood Rose velvet glitter to the adhesive and burnished it into the openings with my fingertip.

The focal panel was then adhered to green cardstock.  The final step was to dry emboss the card base with a Sue Wilson embossing folder (Climbing Vines) before pop dotting the focal panel on top.

I'm the last stop on the SNS Blog Hop.  We hope you have enjoyed what the Designers have created for you.  Be sure to leave each of us a comment for you chance to win all the rubber stamps revealed this month.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Flower Sihouettes

Today's card showcases the Flower Silhouettes stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  To start out, I created the background first by using a stipple brush and randomly applying four different colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Spring Green, Pure Platinum, Lemon Sorbet, and Lilac Lavender) to white cardstock.  Using a stipple brush gives a rough texture to the background of this mixed media card.

Once I was happy with the pastel background, I stamped the image with VersaMark and heat set it with Black Detail embossing powder. Then I added adhesive to the leaves with a Nuvo Glue Pen (small tip) and covered it with Spirited Green glitter.  Glue was also added to the butterflies and some of the flower parts and were covered with Sunny Daze glitter.  Purple Dust glitter was also used in a couple of the flowers.

The centers of the flowers were given added dimension by applying Nuvo Crystal Drops (Crushed Grape, English Mustard, and Orange Soda).  I also outlined one of the flower heads with Crushed Grape and pulled a pin through the wet liquid to create a pattern (instead of drops).

The sentiment, one of several that come with the stamp set, was heat embossed using White Detail embossing powder.  As finishing touches, the Elegant Border die cut (from Die-Versions), was added to the top and several small butterflies from the Memory Box (Butterfly Delights) die cut were added near the sentiment.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish Blessing

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Today is the day that everyone has a wee bit of Irish in them 😀.  I have one more St. Patrick's Day card to share with you today called Irish Blessings from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

One of the fun things about this card is that it contains a hidden message tag:

I started out by stamping the image with VersaMark and then heat setting it with Coffee embossing powder.  Prismacolored pencils and Koh-I-Noor colored pencils were used to color the image.  The shamrocks and the inside of the lucky horseshoes have a touch of Spirited Green glitter for added bling.

The die cut is from Tonic Studios that I altered.  It's called It's The Little Things Flip Flop die set, but I cut off the flip part and used the main portion of the die.  I die cut this from cream colored cardstock and applied Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Spring Green) to it with my fingertip.  This set also comes with the cut out frame, which I heat embossed with Irish Spring embossing powder.

The hidden message was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder.  I distressed the edges using a Versamarker embossing pen and heat set more Irish Spring embossing powder.  The tag was also covered with Spring Green Nuvo Mousse.

The pattered cardstock is digi paper from Echo Park (St. Patrick's Day Mini theme).

This is one of the other sentiment that comes with the Irish Blessings stamp set.  Although I did not incorporate it in my card today, it is one of my favorite Irish quotes and it is my wish for you today.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Holidays {Scrapy Land Challenge #62}

Can you believe it's already the middle of the month?  😊  Well, it is and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Favorite Holidays, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

You can find the Product brands here and then take a look at all the New Arrivals (there's over 500 of them!)

For my card today, I created a very soft, pastel looking Christmas card.  It was really hard to choose between St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, and Christmas.  But practicality won out as I send more Christmas cards than both of the other two holidays.  The dies I used are as follows:

Die-Versions: Merry Christmas Sweet Wordlet
Memory Box: Elliana plate
Lifestyle Crafts: Nesting Scallop Ovals (you can find lots of substitutions here)

I dry embossed the Elliana plate and then heat embossed it with Sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Next I die cut the Christmas Tree and heat embossed it with Belgian Cream embossing powder (also made by Sparkle N Sprinkle).  I then used a few Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to color the embossing powder.  The ink puddled up on the embossing powder, but when I dabbed it away with a paper towel, it left a light, soft color on the powder.  And that was what I was hoping for.  I also added Nuvo Glitter Drops (Ruby Slippers) to the berries on the tree.

I die cut an oval frame from some older Lifestyle Crafts dies I have, but any nesting oval dies will work for this step.  I adhered this to the background and then added the Christmas Tree in the center.

I die cut the sentiment from white cardstock and applied more Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers for a bright pop of color.

Be sure to check out the Scrapy Land Challenge to see which holidays are the favorites of other the designers.  Then upload your Favorite Holiday project.  You will have until April 2 to join in on the fun.  The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Bonnet Bouquet

Today I'd like to share an acetate card with you featuring the newly released Bonnet Bouquet stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The front of this mixed media card was created with Embossable Clear Acetate sheets, Tonic Studios die (Mixed Edge Rectangles Layering Basics die set), and Super Thick Silver embossing powder.

To start off, I sprinkled some Super Thick Silver embossing powder onto the embossable acetate and heat set it from the bottom.  Don't try this with regular acetate as the heat will curl and melt the acetate.

The image was stamped with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and colored with Copics and colored pencils.  Various glitters were used to accent the flower centers: Sunny Daze, Guava Nectar, Orchid, and Raspberry Soda.  Princess Anna Royal glitter was used to accent the ribbon and bow.

I then die cut a couple frames using the Tonic Studios die set.  I love that they have little notches on each side of the dies so you can line them up properly and cut out an even frame.

I also die cut another piece of navy cardstock to fit inside the smaller of the two frames.  I stamped the sentiment and the single flower (multiple times) with VersaMark and then heat set it with White Detail embossing powder.

I fiddled around with the placement so that the flowers would show through the frame on the front and not be obscured with some of the Super Thick Silver embossing powder.  Once I was happy with how it looked from the front, I adhered this piece to the inside of the card.

On the front of the card (the acetate), I adhered the frames and made sure the smaller of the two frames was positioned over the inside piece.  I then adhered the fussy cut image on top.  You still see the white flowers peeking around the edges of the focal image, but you don't see the sentiment until you open the card.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Adventures Await

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

Today I used several dies, all from Die-Versions, to create my little poster.  Here are the dies I used:

Die-Versions: Reading Tree
Die-Versions: A Little Lime font
Die-Versions: Bricks Background

I started out by die cutting the Reading Tree die set and the Bricks Background from black cardstock.  I added a bit of bling to the tree using glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle: Jasper Blue for the birds and the bow in the little girl's hair and Lator Gator for the leaves starting to come out.

For the Bricks Background, I first heat embossed Winter Berry embossing powder on top of the black cardstock and then randomly sprinkled White Spark embossing powder on top of the Winter Berry.  This gave it a two toned look.

The dies were then adhered to a piece of red cardstock.  The color was a little too bright, plus I wanted variations of color here as well.  So I used the Direct to Paper technique and added Fired Brick Distress Ink to the red cardstock.  The color variation is subtle, but in person it's more noticeable.

I found some books clipart on the computer and printed it on white cardstock.  I then adhered the focal panel and the message onto the digi paper I created.

My not-so-subtle message about how reading is fun was created using white cardstock and A Little Lime font.  I left these white as I really wanted the letters to stand out.

Now it's your turn to come play with us.  You have until March 12 to upload your project to the Scrapy Land Challenge.  The winner is chosen by the design team and will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

I'm entering this in the following challenge: Simon Says Stamp: Based On a Book