Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle November 2017 Reveal {11.15.2017}

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





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

The sets are:



Cat's Meow 870
(Digital Version: DIGI870B)





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.

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


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.)

Chris--You are here!
Diane
Shona
Belinda
Anne
Donna
Eret
Jess



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.



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.


And, once again here is my card! I used the Botanical Orchid Flowers digi stamp.


I opened up Microsoft Publisher, and then created a new document. I inserted the orchid digital file and then clicked on the image. That created another menu "Picture Tools / Format." Then, I clicked on "Recolor" and chose the a lighter version of the actual pre-colored image. Here is a screen shot of what the menu choices looked like.  

This Botanical Orchid Flowers digi image looked so cool after I re-colored it, so I actually designed the card around the new color scheme of the image. I die cut the image using Tonic's Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set. I also cut out the next larger oval from cream cardstock. I layered these two together, and swiped some Sakura Quickie Glue Pen around the outer edge of the inner oval and sprinkled on Evening Glow glitter. I pulled out my Tonic Framed Screens Blocked Parquet die and die cut two side-by-side images of the die and the outer frame. 


I also sparkled up the orchid itself. I rolled on more Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and sprinkled on some Cloud Nine glitter. I didn't completely cover the orchid in glitter - I followed along the flower petal veins. 

I also printed out one of the stamp set's sentiments. I also die cut this with Tonic's Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set. I also die cut the next larger oval out of cream cardstock. I whipped out the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen again and I rolled around the edge of the inner oval, and sprinkled on Evening Glow glitter. 

Then, to finish off my card, I layered side-by-side strips of 2-1/2" Tear-ific Tape onto white cardstock. I overlapped these strips just enough to not leave any area without adhesive. Then, I die cut the largest outer frame from the Tonic Framed Screens Blocked Parquet die. Then, I peeled off the release paper, and sprinkled on Evening Glow glitter and burnished in the glitter. I mounted the Blocked Parquet screen onto foam tape, and adhered it over the Evening Glow background panel. To add the final touch, I cut a strip of the Golden Scales Craft Perfect Embossed Paper from Tonic Studios. I adhered this strip across the front of the card, right above the foam mounted oval image. 

This card was really fun to make, and I love how it turned out. It came together and it looks pretty elegant, if I do say so myself!

The next stop on the SNS Blog Hop is Diane. She has an amazing treat in store for you - you definitely want to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Frame Die Card for Mom (#45/52) {11.10.2017}

Howdy! Today's card for Mom is a card I made using a frame die cut. This die cuts out the filigree outer part which you can see in the pink striped paper, and the inner frame which you can see below in the yellow polka dot paper. I also cut out a square and layered it behind the frame too. Put everything onto a dark chocolate cardstock base.

Here is a close up of the patterned paper goodness on this card.

I really like this die, and it was really easy to pull together a fun card. I hope Mom likes it too!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cardz 4 Galz Thankful Card {11.09.2017}

Hi! Today's card for the current Cardz 4 Galz Challenge is a Thankful card. And, because I guess I am extra thankful right now, I made four cards! The design is the same, but I changed up the patterned paper for each card. Here they are.

I started out by trimming some brown cardstock using my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, and then scoring it for my card base. I cut some card panels to cover the front of the card base, and used a woodgrain embossing folder and ran them through my Cuttlebug to dry emboss them. Then, I die cut some leaves using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Leaves dies. I ink blended the leaves in several shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown distress inks. I also curled them a bit to give them some extra dimension. I also die cut some Lawn Fawn patterned paper (retired petite paper pack) using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Ovals die. I layered the wood grain embossed card panel over the card base, then layered the oval on top of that. I adhered the leaves and the sentiment panel. Here is a close up of the distressed leaves.

For the sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn's (sadly, also retired) So Thankful stamp set. I treated my paper with my Anti Static Bag, then placed my paper into my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (AWESOME tool!), inked up the stamp with Versamark Ink, stamped the sentiment, then sprinkled on White Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle, and heat set it. I trimmed the sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Ovals die set, and adhered this to the card as well.

I look forward to what you create for this challenge, and I can't wait to see all the fabulous cards! 'Tis the season to be grateful and thankful.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Cherry Blossom & Bird Foil Mom Card (#44/52) {11.03.2017}

Hi! This week's card for Mom is highlighting Cherry Blossoms ... which I think you know are my favorite flowers. But this time, the blossoms are FOILED! Let's check out the card.

I used a stencil that had this image on it (bird and cherry blossoms). I layered it over a glittery blue cardstock panel. I spread on some ThermoWeb Transfer Gel and then removed (and cleaned) my stencil. I let it dry for several hours (or maybe even overnight), then added pink foil over all the branches and blossoms, and cut out a small piece of blue foil and layered it over the bird. I ran this through my laminator which adhered the foil to the dried transfer gel. Then, I framed the panel with black cardstock, and then layered this up on a card base. Card was done!

This was a fun card and I love foiling ... I hope Mom likes it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Farm Fresh Cows {11.01.2017}

Howdy from Designer Chris! Today's card, show casing one of Sparkle N Sprinkle's newest October digi stamp set. I used the Farm Fresh - Cows digital stamp. I also created by own background, and layered in one of the background papers from the Lovely Magnolia digital stamp set from the recent September release. Here is the card. Let's check it out!

One of the many exciting things about using a digi stamp is that it is sizeable. I made the image to the size I wanted, on my computer. I also layered some of the images together (I used the pre-colored images, which are an incredible time saver!). I sized the milk tins and boots (one image) to what I wanted, then added in an egg basket and placed it "behind" the tins on the right, and another larger egg basket "behind" the boots on the left. I sized the left side egg basket bigger because it is more in the foreground and it added some depth to the image by making the baskets different sizes. I dropped in the sweet sentiment from Laura Ingalls Wilder (who I grew up reading!). I printed out the image onto white cardstock, and then die cut it with the Tonic Studio Tonic Die Swirling Frame Layering Die Set. I also blinged up the eggs, boots, and tins. I applied the Nuvo Glue Pen Small onto strategic areas, and used the following glitters: Sonic Silver for the tins, Aquamarine for the boot stripes, and Rose Gold and Peruvian Lily for the eggs. I squeezed on some White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Drops in two spots around the sentiment.

I also framed up my card base. After I layered everything onto the card, I adhered a strip of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape and burnished in Collegiate Garnet glitter. I also squeezed on drops of Ebony Black Crystal Drops to the corners. So fun! This is also a better photo of the background I made. I started with the green paper option in the Lovely Magnolia digi stamp set. I then layered and sized the cows onto the background. I repeated the cows over and over and staggered them to make a patterned paper background. Once everything was how I wanted it, I printed it out onto white cardstock, and then die cut with the Tonic Studio Tonic Die Swirling Frame Layering Die Set.

I needed more ... I used the Nuvo Glue Pen Small again and rolled on some adhesive along the top and bottom edge of the stamp image die. I sprinkled on more Aquamarine glitter to add just a little hint of sparkle. I also laid down a strip of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape across the front of the main image and burnished in some Sterling glitter.

This was a fun card to make, and it was so much fun and easy using those digital images. I highly recommend this!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Lawn Fawn Goodie Bags {10.30.2017}

Hi! I made some little treat goodie bags using Lawn Fawn products, and am sharing them in the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 15 - Clever Gift Packaging. Here they are.

I started out by die cutting some Halloween patterned paper using Lawn Fawn's Goodie Bag lawn cut. I also cut out the roof, door, cat, tree, and ghost from black, green, and white cardstock, using the Scalloped Treat Box Haunted House Add-On lawn cut. I was really pleased that these two lawn cuts work so well together. It worked out perfect to use the Scalloped Treat Box Haunted House Add-On with the Goodie Bag ... I love versatility with the Lawn Fawn products, and this really stretched what I can create with different sizes and shapes of gift packaging! I assembled the Goodie Bag and adhered the add-on pieces. Then, I die cut out the star from the Tiny Tags lawn cuts, and stamped the "thanks" from the Tiny Tags Sayings stamp set. I stuffed the goodie bags with some truffles and then tied on the tag with Lawn Fawn Lime Green Lawn Trimmings.

All the folks I gave these gifties too really enjoyed them! They loved how the door opened, and how fun they were. I made a lot more than what are shown here, but you get the idea! Everything is funner if it is packaged in something fun like this!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Sparkley Stylin' Sayings Brush Strokes Card for Mom (#43/52) {10.27.2017}

Today's card is a bit of a change for me ... because I didn't use any die cutting! I LOVE dies but wanted to stretch myself and create a card without patterned paper and without die cuts to make sure I could actually create something without those two items. Plus, I wanted to do something fun with my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. So, this is what I came up with. Let's check it out.

The first thing I did was create my card base. I trimmed some blue cardstock using my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, scored it, and then folded it and used my bone folder to smooth out the crease. Then, I trimmed a white cardstock panel 1/2" smaller than the card base so I would have a 1/4" edge all around the card panel. Then, I positioned the brush stroke image from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Demo Donna's Stylin' Sayings stamp set. Once I had it positioned in the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, I inked up the brush stroke image with Nuvo Empire Blue hybrid ink and stamped it. I inked up the stamp again, and stamped it again in the same location (great use of the positioner!). Then, I slid the paper the width of the brush stroke stamp, cleaned the stamp, and inked it up with Nuvo Safari Green hybrid ink and stamped it again. I repeated with a second layer of ink, and then slid the paper again, and cleaned the stamp and then inked up with Nuvo Poppy Red hybrid ink, stamped the brush strokes and repeated a second layer. I kept doing this until I covered the entire panel with brush strokes. I then positioned the "confetti splash" stamp from the same stamp set and stamped it with gold and silver inks from my stash. I also stamped out the "Sparkle" sentiment from the stamp set in Versafine Black Onyx ink. Then, I squeezed on some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Woodland Green, Caribbean Ocean, and Strawberry Coulis colors.

I really like using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform for repeated stamping, and this card was a lot of fun to make.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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