Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Corner Garden {04.26.2017}

Hello! Designer Chris reporting in, with my latest Sparkle N Sprinkle creation using the Corner Garden Stamp Set! Wow, do I LOVE this stamp set! Let's check out what I made with it. 

To create my card, I cut two rectangles of cardstock, with one smaller than the other, and treated them by dusting them with my Anti Static Bag. I layered the two pieces of cardstock together, and stamped the image and sentiment with black pigment ink, sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder, and heat set it. I did the same with the sentiment. This is what this first step looked like. 

This sentiment is nice and bold. So awesome! This is what it looked like, after I heat set the Clear Detail embossing powder over the black ink. Gorgeous! 

Once I had the image stamped across both pieces of cardstock, I framed each cardstock piece with black cardstock, and when I put the card together, I raised the smaller piece of cardstock with foam squares to add dimension. This is a shot that shows how much dimension I ended up with, along with the raised butterflies that I colored and glittered ... more to come on these sweet butterflies below. 

Here is one of the butterflies. I colored the butterflies, and then fussy cut them. I used Brushable Glue and painted on glue where I wanted to add glitter. I brushed on glue to this butterfly, and sprinkled on Mimosa Sparkle N Soft over the orange parts of the butterfly. Once that was dry, I used the Nuvo Glue Pen Small Tip to add in more glue and sprinkled on Sparkling Snow glitter to the pink part of the butterfly. I also squeezed on Crystal Drops Jewel Drops in Strawberry Coulis for the butterfly "trail." 

I tried something new with this card too ... I PAINTED the flowers with the Crystal Drops Jewel Drops in Strawberry Coulis. This worked out really well! I also added some extra sparkle and bling to the other butterflies too. For the purple butterfly, I used the Nuvo Glue Pen Small Tip and sprinkled on both Orchid and Hyacinth glitters. For the blue butterfly, I used OceanMisty Isles, and Blue Lightning glitters. 

I finished the flowers with brushing on Ebony Black Crystal Drops and I painted the leaves with Sunlit Meadow Crystal Drops. 

This stamp set is absolutely glorious, and I love the flowers and butterflies on it. I had so much fun making this card and it really makes me happy! I hope you enjoy using this stamp set as much as I do. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day! 

-Chris 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Hello Card for Mom (#16/52) {04.21.2017}

Howdy! This week's card for Mom is a smooshed emboss resist card :) As much fun to say as it is to do! I started out by stamping a background stamp with Versamark Ink onto colored cardstock, and sprinkling on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Sparkle embossing powder and heat setting it. Then, I smooshed some distress inks onto onto my craft mat, and spritzed with a few squirts of a mister. After wetting the ink, I dredged my embossed cardstock through the wet inks. Here is the card:

I wanted the image to not quite take center stage, and using the Sparkle embossing powder worked great! It gave the image some pizzazz and shine, while not really allowing the image to be perfectly seen. If I had used white embossing powder, it would have stood out really well. I wanted something softer, and this worked great! I die cut two outline style roses, and adhered them over the image on the card panel. I also used Sparkle N Sprinkle's White Detail embossing powder for the sentiment.Here is a close up of the sentiment, and a little better shot of some of the background with the Sparkle embossing powder, and some of the die cut leaves.

And, of course, I did up the inside! I used the same image inside the card. I stamped it in light pink ink onto colored cardstock. I then stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkled on more White Detail embossing powder and heat set it.

This was a fun card to make. I hope my Mom enjoys this sweet, simple, soft, ethereal Hello card.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Pansies Card for Mom (#15/52) {04.14.2017}

Howdy! Here is another card for Mommy. This one is using Sparkle N Sprinkle's fun and gorgeous Pansies stamp set. This stamp set was a recent release from Sparkle N Sprinkle.
The pansies image is perfect! I stamped out the image on a card panel and colored it. Then, I fussy cut around the image and trimmed the edges of the panel to make it a tad smaller than my card base. Here is the card.

I stamped out one of the sentiments with Versamark Ink, and sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Fabulous Grape embossing powder. Then, I die cut the sentiment with a label die, and then blended some distress ink over the sentiment while it was still in the label die (that is how I got the crisp white edge!).

I also laid down Sparkle N Sprinkle's 1/8" and 1/4" Tear-ific Tape, and pulled off the release paper. I sprinkled on Hyacinth Glitter and burnished it in. Then, I layered the sentiment label over the purple glitter strips. I also decorated my envelope. I stamped the pansies image in light purple ink along the edge of the envelope and across the flap on the back. I also layered my stamped image over a piece of cardstock that I dry embossed with a "deep" embossing folder. These types of folders give much more dimension to the embossed image. It is kinda hard to see in these photos, but it is a weave pattern and oh so cool!

And, to finish off the card, I cut some light purple patterned paper inside the card, and also repeated the pansies image, stamped in light purple ink as well.

I think my Mommy will like this card. She likes pansies, and this card was so pretty, and has such a sweet sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Hanging Girlfriend Support Card {04.12.2017}

Here is a copy of the post that I have on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog today! Thanks Sparkle N Sprinkle for letting me post a copy to my blog as well. 


Hi from Designer Chris! I LOVE the Girlfriend Support Set #2 stamp set!! I designed a card that allowed the main image of the fun undergarments hanging from a clothes line kinda suspended in mid-air! Let's check it out!!! 

This card base is a Z-fold card made out of acetate, with a pop-out section in the upper third of the card where the items are hanging from the clothesline. This is a little hard to see in these photos, but it was is cool in person! Here is another shot of the card which shows how the clothesline is at the front of the card. 

I created the card base from acetate, and then covered several panels with white cardstock. I also used ALL of the sentiments in this stamp set! They are all so great ... below is one of the sentiments. I also stamped out the image in light pink ink across the card panel to give it some depth. I treated my cardstock with my Anti Static Bag, then stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink. I sprinkled on Berry Bliss embossing powder and heat set it. After I created sentiments for each rectangle section of the card, I also swiped more Versamark Ink along the edges, sprinkled on Silver Bells embossing powder and heat set it. This gave each card panel a bit of a border. So fun! 

I stamped out the image with black ink and sprinkled Clear Detail embossing powder over it, and heat set it. Then, I colored the images with Crystal Drops (see farther below for details on that!). Here is a close up image of those amazing images!! 

Here is another close up of the bra on the clothesline. I colored the bow with Crystal Drops and squeezed on some Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops to the polka dots on this image. So fun! 

And, another sentiment! Again, I treated my cardstock with my Anti Static Bag, then stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink. I sprinkled on Berry Bliss embossing powder and heat set it. All these sentiments are so cool. I had to use them all :) 

And, finally, a little shot in how I PAINTED with the Crystal Drops. I wanted a soft color for the undergarments. I wasn't sure if this would work, but I gave it a go, and it turned out really great! I squeezed out a little drop or two of each of the Crystal Drops that fit my color scheme onto my craft mat. I used Carnation PinkStrawberry Coulis, and Dandelion Yellow. I also pulled out Ripened Pumpkin but didn't use it, even though I LOVE it! I spritzed the drops with my water mister and stirred each drop with a brush. This thinned out the drops. I then used my paintbrush to paint each color onto the images that I had stamped and heat embossed. 

Here is a close up of the largest image, right after I painted it. I let it dry before painting the adjacent sections. Even though the embossing powder acts as a barrier between the two colored areas, I didn't want the colors to bleed if I accidentally slopped over the edges! I really liked painting with thinned out Crystal Drops and will definitely be doing this again! 

So glad you joined me and checked out this card. It was really fun to make and I might have to make this type of card again! 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day! 

-Chris 

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy Flowers Mom Card (#14/52) {04.07.2017}

Here is my latest card for my Mommy! I used Lawn Fawn's Flutter By stamp set. I stamped out the images, colored them, fussy cut them, and layered them under a border punched strip. All of this was layered over some patterned paper from Lawn Fawn.

Here is a close up of the butterfly. I swiped on some sparkle pen over the butterfly, but this photo doesn't quite show it as well as I hoped.

I also tied on a strip of Lawn Fawn's purple Lawn Trimmings. This made the card have a little bit more depth and texture to it.

I hope my Momma enjoys this card. I love how bright and fun it is. I love flowers and she does too.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Christmas (in April!) Holly Blessings stamp set {04.05.2017}

Hi from Designer Chris! It is never too soon for Christmas ... the old saying Christmas in July is alive and well, and because it is April, I guess it is Christmas in April! And, it makes me happy! Let's check out the card I made using Sparkle N Sprinkle's new Christmas Holly Blessings stamp set. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! 

This card was so much fun to make. It has two great sentiments, so here is one of them. I stamped out the sentiment in Versamark Ink, after treating my cardstock with my Anti Static Bag. I sprinkled on Forest Green embossing powder and heat set it! It was so pretty! Then, I die cut the sentiment with an oval die and colored the edges with distress ink. Here is a close up of the sentiment. 

I stamped the holly and vase image in Versamark Ink, after treating my cardstock with my Anti Static Bag. I sprinkled on Forest Green embossing powder and heat set it! Then, I colored the image with Copic markers. Then, I whipped out my favorite liquid adhesive, and rolled on some adhesive using the Nuvo Glue Pen Small Tip. Then, I added some glitter to bump up the sparkle. I added Cloud Nine glitter over the red berries since it is a semi-transparent glitter. I used Luau Green glitter on the holly leaves. Here is a closeup of the holly in the vase.  

After stamping, embossing, coloring, and glittering up my image on the card panel, I decided I wanted more texture and layers. And, I needed a way to adhere and anchor the sentiment in the oval we saw above. So, I did two different techniques, one of which I learned from the AMAZING Demo Donna! She is such a hoot, and makes the funnest videos which she posts on the Sparkle N Sprinkle YouTube channel. If you haven't yet, you gotta subscribe to the channel and watch, learn, and laugh! Demo Donna has a video about gift wrapping, and she created Glitter Twine in it. Basically, take a strip of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape, and peel off a few inches of the release tape. Roll the end of the tape until the tape begins to twist and stick to itself. Continue pulling off the release tape and twisting the tape onto itself so it looks like twine. Then, dredge the rolled tape through a pile of glitter and viola! You have glittered twine! I did this with the 1/4" Tear-ific Tape and Collegiate Garnet glitter. I used the twine to run across the card and hold the oval in place. I tied it in a knot too. I also cut a card panel a little bit bigger than my image panel. I laid more 1/4" Tear-ific Tape along the edge of the panel, and sprinkled on Collegiate Garnet glitter and burnished it in. This made a nice frame to the main image. I layered all these layers onto my card base from white cardstock. Here is a close up photo of the glitter twine and the glitter matting layer.  

I tried to take a photo that did the sparkle justice. This was as good as I could get, but I wanted to show how beautiful the image is, and how sparkly the glitters are. This card makes me look forward to the winter holidays, even though we are just starting to get into spring where I live.  

This stamp set is beautiful and the holly in the vase is so classy and sophisticated. I love this image and this stamp set was such a joy to make a card with. Both of the sentiments are wonderful. I hope you joy in this set too! 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris 

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle April New Release Card Blog Hop {04.01.2017}


Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle
 April Reveal Blog Hop!





NEW STORE - NEW BLOG - NEW PRODUCT LINES!

The sets are:



Girlfriend Support Set 2 - 839  
(Digi version DIGI839BG)

Christmas Holly Blessings - 841  
(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)

Proudly Patriotic - 843  
(Digi version DIGI843J)

Vibrant Watercolor Digi Papers DIGI4001FS




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:

Diane
Chris ----This is me!
Shona
Eret
Belinda
Corner Garden surprise
Jess
Donna
Anne



(*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, more information about my card!

When I saw the April new releases for Sparkle N Sprinkle, I just had to use this stamp set! This set, Proudly Patriotic, has some great features on it, notably, the cherry blossoms and fireworks! The first thing I did was size and print out the flag, in color, using the digi version of Proudly Patriotic stamp set. Here is the card I made.

After printing out the digi image in color and die cutting it into an oval shape, I used the Nuvo Glue Pen Small Tip to roll on adhesive and start adding all sorts of glitter! I used Bubble Gum glitter on the cherry blossoms. I LOVE cherry blossoms, and have been in Washington DC, one of my favorite U.S. cities, during the cherry blossom festival. So gorgeous! Cherry blossoms hold a very special place in my heart. When I saw this set, I focused on those gorgeous cherry blossoms and had to highlight them! I also used Margarita glitter on the leaves. Here is a close up of those beautiful and sparkly blossoms! It also shows the frame I die cut to surround the oval image. To make the frame, I covered a piece of white cardstock with 2-1/2" Tear-ific Tape, and then die cut it into an oval shape. I sprinkled on and burnished in Denim glitter.

I used Daisy glitter on the yellow fireworks. Here is a close up of that amazing glitter that made these fireworks look so pretty! This photo also shows the additional frame oval. Again, I covered a piece of white cardstock with 2-1/2" Tear-ific Tape, and then die cut it into an oval shape. I sprinkled on and burnished in Bubble Gum glitter.  

Here is another photo that better captures the cherry blossoms, along with all of the fireworks. I used Blue Lighting glitter on the blue fireworks, and Raspberry Soda glitter on the reddish pink fireworks.

I also created a background on the card. I laid strips of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape at an angle, and then die cut the card panel with a scalloped rectangle die. Then, I pulled off the release tape from every other stripe. I dumped on Bridal glitter to make the white stripes, and burnished it in. Then, I released the rest of the stripes and dumped on Gypsy Red glitter and burnished that in. Once this was done, I had a background that looked a lot like stripes on the U.S. flag! Look at that sparkle!

I treated a piece of red cardstock with my Anti Static Bag, and then stamped out the sentiment using the Proudly Patriotic stamp set, using Versamark Ink. It is GREAT combining the digi version and rubber stamp sets. I sprinkled on White Detail embossing powder, and heat set it. I die cut the sentiment with a scalloped rectangle die, and framed it with black cardstock die cut with a rectangle die. Here is the awesome sentiment.

Here is another photo of the full card. This one was really fun to make, and like I said, I LOVE cherry blossoms ... this card will always make me happy because of those gorgeous blossoms!!!!

And, cuz I am a total geek, here is a photo of me and my sweet baboo in Washington DC, on a Segway Tour (SO MUCH FUN!) in front of a gorgeous cherry tree. This was a really fun trip. We had a great time on this Segway tour. I highly recommend doing one, if you ever get a chance in whatever city you are visiting. Lots of places do them, and Segways are awesome!




The next stop on our blog hop is Shona. She has something extra special in store for you, I know you will love it! Enjoy!!


These April new stamps are absolutely incredible. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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