Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Stella Happy Meds Card [08.24.2016]

Today's card is a digital stamp from the Bugaboo line that Sparkle N Sprinkle is now carrying. I designed this card for Sparkle N Sprinkle, and it was a lot of fun! I printed out the image from Stella - Happy Meds [Digi796] and went to town. Let's check out Stella, shall we.


I printed Stella on Copic friendly white cardstock. I colored in the image, and then started adding glitter and fun things! Even though she is kinda grumpy, I wanted to make her sparkly and fun! I started out by decorating her shirt. I squeezed out some Brushable Glue [540] onto my craft mat. I brushed on the glue with a detail brush over her shirt and her eye lids (everybody needs matching eye shadow, right?!?). Here is what the glue looked like, as I applied it.
After I covered her shirt with glue, I sprinkled it with Orchid Semi-transparent Glitter [G1097] over the wet glue and let it dry before removing it. Here is what the glitter sprinkle looked like.
Here is our sweet Stella, showing her shirt and eye shadow all sparkled up. She was really fun to accessorize! I also used the Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky] to draw on some glue in her hair. And then dusted on some Sonic Silver Velvet Glitter (microfine) [GM2002] to give her hair some sparkle too!
I also accessorized some of the images and words on the card. Here is a photo of how I decorated the word "meds" ... I used the Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky] to draw on some glue, then sprinkled on Princess Elsa Frost [G1121] over the word.
I also decorated up the little pills. I colored them soft pink, so using the Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky] and the gorgeous Bubble Gum Semi-transparent Glitter [G1088] was just the right thing. Here is one of the pills. So pretty!
I created a card panel to ground my Stella card. To do this, I cut a piece of cardstock, and covered it with two strips of 2-1/2" Double sided "Tear-ific" Tape [SAT11]. I pulled off the release tape, and then sprinkled on Bridal Glitter [G1029] all over the top! I covered the bottom half with Silver Leaf [GT3004]. To divide the top from the bottom, I placed a strip of 1/4" Double sided "Tear-ific" Tape [SAT01] and added in a strip of Baby Blue Diamond Mesh. I also laid down another strip of the 1/4" Double sided "Tear-ific" Tape [SAT01] and added in some Lacy Lilac [G1033]. This added a pop of color along the edges.
This card was fun and had a lot of sparkle!
Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day! 
Chris

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sparkle N Sprinkle Eskimo Kisses Shaker Card Snow Globe [08.17.2016]

Today's card is one I designed for Sparkle N Sprinkle, using one of their amazing new stamps released for August 2016! I just love this Eskimo Kisses [788] stamp set, and turned it into a snow globe. Let's check it out.
I started out by covering a piece of cardstock with two strips of 2-1/2" Double Sided Tear-ific Tape [SAT11] side by side (with a teeny bit of overlap to make sure there were no gaps in the tape coverage). I pulled off the release paper, and then dumped on a pile of Cloud Nine Velvet (microfine) Semi-transparent Glitter [GM2000]. I burnished it in with my finger tool, and covered the entire surface with super sparkly, velvet glitter! Boom! Here is a photo of it in progress.
Next, I stamped the image from Eskimo Kisses [788] stamp set, and colored it in with Copic Markers. Yes! You CAN use Copic Markers on top of Velvet Glitters! Such a cool way to get a lot of sparkle and an interesting background all at once :) Then, I used a circle die cut to cut it out to make the globe part of a snow globe. Here is what it looked like after it was colored and cut out.  I love the sparkle that came through, even where the image was colored with Copics! So cool!!!
To make the snow globe top, I used the same size circle die cut to cut a circle from the Embossable Clear Acetate [99602]. This made the perfect size circle to cover the shaker part of the snow globe. I stamped a sentiment from the Eskimo Kisses [788] stamp set, with Versamark Ink [VM-001], and then sprinkled on Red Apple Embossing Powder [EP262] and heat embossed it. This acetate works really well and doesn't warp. However, I always warm up my heat tool before I bring it to my project to make sure it is hot. This way it melts the embossing powder fast with even a less chance of warping.
I also cut a circle from fun foam to give my shaker some depth to allow the sequins to move. I adhered everything together, then dumped in a mixture of sequins and little bits. Here is what it looked like before I added the acetate layer.

After laying everything together, I adhered the acetate over the top of the fun foam, and covered it with another die cut circle scallop frame. Here is a close up of the shaker. I tried to show the acetate layer with the light reflection since it is hard to see because it is transparent!

Here is a close up of the kissey part of the image. This image is so sweet. I just love this little person snuggling up with this sweet snowman! That sparkle!!! Swoon!
I always want a little bit more ... and this was no different. I wanted to ground my shaker snow globe with a background. I dry embossed a piece of white cardstock with a snowflake embossing folder. Then, I rubbed some Versamark Ink [VM-001] over the raised parts, and sprinkled some Silver Lightning Embossing Powder [EP262] and heat set it. I also adhered a strip of 1/4" Double Sided "Tear-ific" Tape [SAT01]. I pulled off the release paper, and burnished in some Princess Anna Royal Glitter [G1124]. This gave a bit of a pop and some more pizazz. Here is a close up of the background and frame.

To finish off the snow globe, I die cut a piece of cardstock, embossed it with a wood grain embossing folder. I ink blended some darker ink over it to add some visual texture. I placed the die cut base below the globe, and this card was done.

I hope you enjoyed it! Go and check out Sparkle N Sprinkle other new stamp sets for August - you won't be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day! 

Chris

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sparkle N Sprinkle Flower Cart Thank You [08.10.2016]

Hi from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Designer Chris! Sparkle N Sprinkle's August release has this wonderful Flower Cart [798] stamp set. Let's check out what I created with it!

I stamped out the flower cart image in black ink using my MISTI stamp positioning tool, then colored the images with colored pencils.After it was colored, I put it back into the MISTI, inked up the stamp with Versamark Ink Pad [VM-001] and stamped the image exactly over the original image. I covered it in Clear Detail Embossing Powder [EP280] and heat set it. This covered the black ink with clear embossing powder. Then, I pulled out my trusty and versatile Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky] and used it to draw ink in each colored flower. Then, I dumped on whatever embossing powder color I was using (Yes! you can use any adhesive to hold embossing powder in place and then heat set it!), dumped off the rest, and then heat set it. Here is a photo of the Dragon Fruit Embossing Powder [EP410] piles before I removed the rest, and heat set.
I did this for all the flowers. Here is a list of the embossing powders I used to add texture and color to the flowers in the cart:
Dragon Fruit [EP410]
Tuscan Sun [EP414]
Spring Willow [EP388]
Moss [EP418]
Mulberry [EP415]
Here is a photo of all the embossed flowers.
Here is a close up of the flowers and all the fabulous textures and colors from using all these amazing embossing powders!
The flower cart also has lots of texture from the embossing powder too. Check it out!
This flower cart gave me a vintage French vibe. To keep in line with that theme, I pulled out my Fleur de Lis Embossing Powder [EP465], sprinkled on some of the embossing powder in random areas (without using any embossing ink or adhesive), and heat set from below the paper. It is best to heat this embossing powder from below because it is really chunky. It will blow off the paper if heated from above since nothing is holding it to the paper. Here is a photo of one of the little splatter puddles of Fleur de Lis Embossing Powder [EP465].
To continue the French theme, I also applied Fleur de Lis Embossing Powder [EP465] to the frame. I die cut out a rectangle frame, smooshed on Versamark Ink Pad [VM-001] to the edges, and covered it with Super Thick Gold Opaque Embossing Powder [EP235]. I heated it from the bottom, and then repeated this to add a second layer. After the second layer was done, I added some splatters of Fleur de Lis Embossing Powder [EP465] and heated again to melt the layers together. This gave the frame a lot of depth and texture.
I created another layer for the card. I cut a piece of white cardstock a little larger than the gold frame I heat embossed above. I added texture by inserting the cardstock into an embossing folder and running it through my Cuttlebug. I brushed the Versamark Ink Pad [VM-001] over the raised areas, then sprinkled on Sparkle Semi-transparent Embossing Powder [EP107] and heat set it. Here is a close up of the layers.
 I also decorated the umbrella too. I used my Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky] and the Mulberry Embossing Powder [EP415] to decorate the bow and ruffle on the umbrella. Here are photos of them.
Here is the bow at the top of the umbrella.
The sentiment in this set is the perfect "Thank You" and is decorated with sweet little flowers as part of the font design. I did a resist technique to showcase the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink Pad [VM-001] and sprinkled on White Detail Embossing Powder [EP298]. Then, I blended some Distress Ink over the embossed sentiment. Once I was done blending ink, I lightly rubbed a dry paper towel over the sentiment to remove any ink that was on top of the embossing powder. I fussy cut around the sentiment, layered it over a black piece of cardstock, and fussy cut around that too for a frame. Here is the sentiment.
This card was really fun to make, and I love all the layers and colors. These embossing powders really made these flowers come alive and look so pretty. Here is another photo of the card.
I can't wait to see what you create with this great stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day!

Chris

Sunday, July 31, 2016

August 2016 Sparkle N Sprinkle Reveal [07.31.2016]

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

 



We have five new stamp sets to share with you today. These new sets are 20% off until the 3rd of the month. 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:

Eskimo Kisses 788 (digi version DIGI788)
Pool Friends 792 (digi version DIGI792)
Get Your Craft On 794  (digi version DIGI794)
Stella-Happy Meds 796  (digi version DIGI796)
Flower Cart 798  (digi version DIGI798)

On August 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
Shona
Jess
Eret
Diane
Chris   <<<<<< this is me!
Belinda

(*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!







 And, now to my project, previewed above! I used the Pool Friends stamp set (792), and made a card highlighting the three smaller stamps in the set. Here it is again.
 

I created the background of the card, and tried to invoke a sandy beach with shells, some water, and a sunset in the background. I used two glitters and a sparkle n soft for this, and the amazing 2-1/2" Double sided Tear-ific Tape [SAT11]. I cut a card panel to the size I wanted, and laid down a strip of the tear-ific tape. Because my card panel was wider than the tape width, I layered a second strip of tear-ific tape beside the first to completely cover the card panel. I slightly overlapped the two edges too, where the two strips joined. This was to make sure I didn't have a slight gap between the two tape strips. Once I had the tear-ific tape adhered, I tore the tape in the middle of the card base to create a strip where the water would be. Here is what it looked like after I tore away the water area, and then burnished in Ocean Semi-transparent glitter [G1126].
Then, I pulled out a collection of teeny tiny shells from my stash, pulled off the release paper over the sandy bottom area, and pressed the shells into the amazing 2-1/2" Double sided Tear-ific Tape [SAT11]. I did this before adhering the sparkle n soft (next step) so the shells would be adhered directly to the tear-ific tape.
Once I had the shells adhered to the tape, I dusted on some of Sparkling Sands Sparkle N Soft [SS118]. I pile it all up, give it a press with my finger, and let it sit for a while. Then, I lightly burnish and remove the excess. I do this to make sure I get a thick and even coverage. Here is what it looked like in the "during" stage.
Then, next step was to do the sunset! I removed the release paper from the top of the card base, and sprinkled and burnished on Evening Glow Semi-transparent glitter [G1086]. Here is a shot of the in-progress release paper removing....  
Then, I realized I needed a frame to go around the outside of the card. I cut a second card base 1/4" bigger than the glittered up card base, and added strips of 1/8" Double sided "Tear-ific" Tape [SAT02]. I pulled back the release paper on each of the strips along the edge, and sprinkled on and burnished in Luau Green Velvet Glitter (microfine) [GM2004].
For each of the three images in the the Pool Friends stamp set (792), I stamped them in black ink, then colored them with Copic markers. Then, I die cut them with a stitched squares die. Because this was a water-themed card, I wanted the images to look wet and sparkly. So, I covered each of the images with Brushable Glue [540]. Once it dried, it provided a sheen over the image which looks really cool! Here is the beach ball.
Here is the rubber ducky. I shot this photo in bright sunlight outside to make sure I captured the sheen from the Brushable Glue [540]!
And, here are the drinks. Again, full sunshine to make sure the sheen from the Brushable Glue [540] showed!!
I layered the front card panel over the card panel edged in Luau Green Velvet Glitter (microfine) [GM2004]. Here is a shot of the incredible colors and all the sparkles! I love this Luau Green glitter ... so pretty!
The sentiment was stamped out in black ink, then I trimmed the cardstock to frame the sentiment. I wanted a little bit more pop to it, so I wrapped some 1/8" Double sided "Tear-ific" Tape [SAT02] around the edges and then burnished in some Jasper Blue Velvet Glitter (microfine) [GM2012]. And, to keep everything feeling consistent, I applied Brushable Glue [540] over the sentiment and let it dry, to give it the sheen the other images had as well!
These three images were perfect for this card. I think this would be the perfect card to give or send to someone who needed a little summer pick-me-up. It perfectly captures that I'll be there for you, and I've got your back! What a fun card to make and give!

The next stop on our blog hop is Belinda ... I know you will LOVE what she has in store for you! She is an incredible designer. Enjoy! 


Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day!

Chris

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Santa Stop Here Step Card [07.27.2016]

HI! Today's card is one I am also sharing over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog. I used the new Deer Duo Digital Stamp Set 797BG [DIGI797] for today's card. Let's take a peek.
These sweet reindeer are so cute! I colored them with Copic markers. Then, I used an oval die cut to cut out the deer duo. They needed a little extra something-something to frame them. I pulled out the Dimensional Glue [539], and squeezed a bead of it all around the edge of the oval. I sprinkled Luau Green Velvet Glitter (microfine) [GM2004] and set it aside to dry. 

This sweet heart between the two deer was calling my name, and needed some glitter to make it pop! So, I pulled out my Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky] and sprinkled on some Gypsy Red Velvet Glitter [GM2005]. This made the heart shine and sparkle!

These sweet little deer are holding packages. After coloring the packages with Copic markers, I added some Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops [673N] on the dots and the ribbon.

After sparkling up the image, I decided to use a Step Card Base [CB-Step5]. I decided to create some presents across the bottom of the step card to make it more festive. I die cut squares of white cardstock. I masked off the heart from the Deer Duo stamp set [797P7] and stamped the heart onto each package, and then colored them with Copic markers. I adhered some 1/2" Double-sided Tear-ific Tape [SAT04] to white cardstock, and then die cut out little ribbons with some teeny border dies. I peeled off the adhesive, and burnished in some Bubble Gum Semi-Transparent Glitter [G1088] and some Daisy Velvet Glitter (microfine) Semi-Transparent [GM2019]. I layered the ribbons over the packages to match them to the deer packages. 

I also sparkled up the lady deer's bow. I used my Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky]. and sprinkled on some Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter (microfine) Semi-Transparent [GM2000]. Her bow was so cute!

I also sparkled up the lady deer's necklace with Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter (microfine) Semi-Transparent [GM2000] adhered with the Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky].

I printed out the sentiment from the new Deer Duo Digital Stamp Set 797BG [DIGI797], colored it with Copic markers, and applied the Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky] to the inside of the STOP ornaments, and sprinkled on Aztec Gold glitter [G1006]. I also used the Sakura Glue Pen [Quicky] to add in some Gypsy Red Velvet Glitter [GM2005] to the rest of the ornaments and I added lines above and below the sentiment to frame it. 

I assembled all the parts of the card into the Step Card Base [CB-Step5] and added in a bow made from the Lime Ribbon Pull Ribbon [MONR31] to finish it off. This made a fun and sweet card!

I hope you enjoyed the card. It makes me smile!
Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day! 
Chris