Monday, September 25, 2017

Victorian Camille at Christmas

Victorian Camille at Christmas is a wonderful image to color.  I was fortunate enough to be the colorist for the Sparkle N Sprinkle digital version and the laminated sheets that the rubber stamp sets come on.  It's pretty amazing (and humbling) to see that so many of the other designers' used my colored version on their cards during the Reveal videos. 😁

Camille is colored with Copic markers and Pan Pastels were used for the background.  I also added falling snow using a Sharpie paint marker.  The berries were colored red and then Nuvo Crystal Drops (Strawberry Coulis) were added for dimension.  Pistachio glitter was added to the greenery and Fire Engine Red glitter gives the poinsettia a lot of sparkle.  Daisy velvet glitter was added to the center of the poinsettia.  Her muffler has a bit of Twinking Clouds Sparkle N Soft flock added to it so it's nice and soft.

I die cut the focal image using a Tonic Studios die set (Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics set).  This is a great set to have because it is so versatile.

To continue the snow theme, I stamped the next two mats using one of the snowflakes from the Crystal Snowflake stamp set.  To get this watermark effect, just ink up your rubber stamp with VersaMark and let the ink dry naturally (or you could heat set it.) This leaves a slightly darker impression.

The sentiment was stamped with a dark blue ink and then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp die set (Holiday Apothecary Labels).  Next I added some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Spring Green, Cornflower Blue) to the die cut for a bit of color.  Cornflower Blue embellishment mousse was also randomly added to the green card base for a bit of distressing.  Black Ash embellishment mousse accents the edges of the card base.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Kitty's Christmas {Scrapy Land #74}

Hey everyone, it's the third Wednesday of September and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  YAY!  The theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  There's over 55, so  you probably have a lot of those brands in your stash already. You can check them all out here.

I decided to create a Christmas card since the holidays are right around the corner and I haven't really started making my cards yet.  Believe it or not, I used the same cream cardstock for everything.  The embossing powder I used is what makes some of it look cream and some of it look more like a light vanilla.  More about that in just a minute.

I used the following dies to create this card.  Remember, you can always do a "search" to find lots of other examples as well.

Die-Versions: Merry Christmas Sweet Wordlet
Dee's Distinctively Dies: Retro Cats 2
Dee's Distinctively Dies: Christmas Tree Silhouette
Dee's Distinctively Dies: Christmas Tree Overlay 3
Dee's Distinctively Dies: Mini Stars
Dee's Distinctively Dies: Mini Tree Decorations
Elizabeth Crafts Designs: Entwined Ovals
Sue Wilson Designs: Noble dies-Double Pierced Rectangles Set B

I started out by dry embossing the background panel with my Crafters Companion embossing folder (Christmas Merriment).  I love using this for a background, but for this card I did something a little different.

I inked up the top of the embossing folder with VersaMark and then dry embossed the cream cardstock.  After running it through my machine, I covered it with Sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle and heat set it.  This changed the color from a cream to a slightly darker vanilla color.  The embossed words (Merry Christmas) stayed lighter while the de-bossed area became a vanilla.

I also heat embossed the Christmas Tree Silhouette with more Sparkle embossing powder, giving the base of the tree a slightly darker color.  The Christmas Tree Overlay was then adhered on top and I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops (Red Berry).

The Entwined Oval die cut was heat embossed with Christmas Green Marbled embossing powder.  My sentiment was die cut from the cream cardstock, colored with a red Copic marker, and then heat embossed with Clear embossing powder so that it would be shiny, like the Crystal Drop ornaments.

Waterscape glitter was added to the Retro Cats' eyes for a touch of sparkle.  More Red Berry Crystal Drops was added for their collars and two of the mini tree decorations were added for a festive look.  The mini tree decorations and the mini star on top of the tree was die cut from gold cardstock.

The card base (still from the same cream colored cardstock), was dry embossed using the Sue Wilson Noble dies for added texture and a nice finished look to the front of the card.

You have until Oct 1 to join the Scrapy Land Challenge.  There are two winners (one chosen by the designers and one chosen by  Each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land, so you have two chances to win!  Be sure to check out what the rest of this very talented design team has created for you!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lovely Magnolia

Lovely Magnolia from Sparkle N Sprinkle is one of those versatile sets that can be used for almost any occasion.

I've colored the image with Copic markers and used Pan Pastels to color the background.  The flower center is covered with Cerise glitter.

A Sue Wilson Designs die (Indian Ocean Collection - Background) was used to die cut some Super Adhesive Sheets.  The detailing was heat set using Amour embossing powder and then placed on top of the Super Adhesive Sheet.  The remaining adhesive was covered with Neon Flamingo glitter.

The larger black frame was die cut using the Nobel dies-Double Pierced Rectangles Set B, also by Sue Wilson Designs.  The outer frame (die cut using two of the Noble dies) was covered with Sparkle embossing powder and then pop dotted on the mat portion.

The leaves around the frame and image were die cut from white cardstock using the Finishing Touches - Spring Foliage dies by Sue Wilson Designs.  These were then colored using Dylusions Spray Ink (Cut Grass and Dirty Martini).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Halloween Puppy {Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop}

Welcome to the September 
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 

The Blog Hop is on the 15th of each month.  On the 1st of each month, SNS will release a new Video Kit Club.

SNS is always adding new products and new product lines to the store.  So stop by often to see what's new! 

We are pleased to reveal the following new stamp sets this month.

The sets are:

Birdhouse Friends 852
(Digital Version DIGI852BG  )

Lovely Magnolia 853  
(Digital Version DIGI853FS - see below)

A Puppy's Halloween 863
(Digital Version DIGI863FS)

Victorian Camille at Christmas 864

(Digital Version DIGI864LS)

DIGI853FS - Lovely Magnolia huge digi bundle (lots of extras not included in the rubber version.)

You are definitely going to want both the digi version as well as the rubber version because when you purchase the digital versions, there are lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, additional sentiments, digi papers (in some cases), and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until the 20th of the month.  Head on over to the SNS store once you've finished the Blog Hop and start shopping.

One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the 17th of the month.  One of the Designers is our Mystery Host and the winner will be selected from comments left on her blog.  You must leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be selected as the winner, as you never know who the Mystery Host will be.  This is checked for compliance.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog and will receive all the rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

The Blog Hop order is:


(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to be directed to their Home page.)

Did you know that SNS has a You-Tube Channel?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest tips and techniques!

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is on Facebook.  
This is a closed group (just trying to keep out spammers), but we want anyone who to participate to join.  Click on the link and join in on the fun today!

The Creative Challenges run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) is required.  If you don't have any yet - no worries - there are some freebies located on the Home page of the SNS website.  Just scroll down the page a bit to see them.

The Creative Challenge Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the SNS store.

Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo 😀.  We can't wait to see what all you create using SNS images.

Now more about my project:

I decided to use the digi version of A Puppy's Halloween.  The background papers are also digital papers that I've had for a long time.  I changed the color of the sentiment to purple with the software that I use (Word).

The puppy is colored with Copics.  My tri-color puppy was the model for this little guy's markings (including the freckles on his nose). 😀

I also printed the hat portion of the image on a different digital paper so I could fussy cut it out and layer it on top of the original.  Even though I didn't add pop dots to the back of the hat, this extra layer gives it dimension and just a bit of shadow over the puppy's eyes - exactly as if he were wearing a hat.   Pixie Violet velvet glitter was added to the hat band.  The word "Tricks" and the leafy looking accents were also given extra bling with more Pixie Dust glitter.  Inference Gold glitter was added to the buckle and Sparkling Snow glitter was used to accent the word "Treats".  Blue Raven glitter was added to the edge of the circle to give the illusion of layers and, of course, more sparkle.😀

Before adhering focal point to a piece of white cardstock, I added strips of  1/2" Tear-ific Tape to each of the edges and covered them with more Pixie Dust glitter.

Your next stop on the New Reveal Blog Hop is Chris and I know she has something special for you.  Be sure to leave comments on each of the Designers' blog in order to be eligible for Grand Prize.

We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we enjoy creating new projects for it.  Be sure to visit the SNS Blog for even more inspiration.  Something new is posted most every day.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bonjour {Scrapy Land #73}

Can you believe it's the first Wednesday of September?  This year is really flying by.  That also means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.

The theme is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  

Although my project may look like a card, it's actually going to be part of a scrapbook page.  I'll have to edit this post (or re-post) when I get the page completed.  For the first time in about 9 years, I'm starting to want to scrapbook again.  So you're probably going to be seeing layouts in the future :-).

The dies I used for this part of my project were:

Sue Wilson Designs - Finishing Touches-Spring Foliage
Joy Craft - Eiffel Tower (you can find other options here)
Tonic Studios - Swirling Frame Layering die set
Frantic Stamper - Pleated Dress
Frantic Stamper - Bonjour word die

To start out, I used the Tonic layering die set and cut out the background for the dress.  I dry embossed it using a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Script Texture) and then added various colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Cosmic Brown, Cornflower Blue, Black Ash, Lilac Lavender, Spring Green) until I was happy with the way it looked.  Cosmic Brown was used to define the edges.

Next I die cut the dress, which comes with three different tops.  I combined two of the tops together and added the sprig of leaves as the design on front.  Black Ice glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle was added to the leaves.  I also created a "belt" using Dimensional Glue and covering it with more Black Ice glitter.

The Eiffel Tower was die cut from glossy black card stock, then dry embossed to get the details.  Finally a layer of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Pure Platinum) was added on top to make the dry embossed details pop.

"Bonjour" was die cut twice, once from black cardstock and once from a piece of scrap.  I used the Cosmic Brown embellishment mousse to make it stand out.  Even though the name implies that it is brown, the color is more of a copper or a matte gold color.

The glittery blue cardstock was also die cut using the Tonic layering set and I used Black Ash Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to give a bit of definition around the edges.

The patterned cardstock is actually flocked and the black areas are so soft.  This was also die cut using the same Tonic layering set. The final filigree layer used the largest two dies from this set.  I love all the openings around the frame.

You have until September 17 to join in on the Scrapy Land Challenge fun.  There are two winners (a random winner and one chosen by the design team) and each will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  Be sure to visit the rest of the design team to see lots of fabulous inspiration and styles.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Christmas Spirit Fairy

Holiday Wishes to you!  Today I'm sharing another Christmas card with you.  This is a Digi Only image from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Christmas Spirit Fairy.

I started out by coloring the image with Copic markers and then I added Nuvo Glitter Drops (Ruby Slippers) to the holly berries on her dress and Woodland Green Nuvo Crystal Drops to her shoes.

Bubblegum glitter was added to the poinsettias on her dress and Black Ice glitter was added to the outline of her wings.

I then die cut a Sue Wilson Designs (Australian Collection - Background) die from cream cardstock.  I applied Sticker Paper to the back of the filagree die cut, adhered the focal image on top, and then covered the remaining adhesive with Sparkling Snow glitter.  (This is one of those colors that I use so much that I have an economy jar 😉.)   This, along with the outer frame, was then adhered to a piece of pink cardstock.

The large poinsettia is a die cut from Die-Versions (Poinsettia 2).  It was cut from white cardstock and then colored with Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. Nuvo Glitter Drops (Honey Gold) was added to the center of the flower and Sparkling Snow glitter was added to the edges of the flower petals.

The sentiment is from the Winter Greetings Birds and Wreath stamp set which came out last month.  I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine and then heat set it with Clear embossing powder.  I colored the white cardstock with a bit more Distress Ink/Oxides and then fussy cut it out.