Friday, September 22, 2017

A Little Something For You Dahlia Card for Mom (#38/52) {09.22.2017}

Hi! Today's card is another attempt at using up some patterned paper ... I LOVE patterned paper but don't really know how to use it. I was inspired by some YouTube videos on "one sheet wonders" where you cut up a sheet of patterned paper and use it to make multiple cards. I was inspired by a 6x6 one sheet wonder. This is one of the cards I made, and this one is for my Momma!

I stamped out Sparkle N Sprinkle's Dahlia stamp set with Versafine ink, and sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I fussy cut the dahlia and matching leaves, and layered them over a white cardstock panel cut into an oval using the Tonic Die Layering Basics Die Set Mixed Edge Oval die. I die cut a black scalloped mat, using the next size up of the oval edge die. 

And, a sweet little sentiment stamped at the bottom of the oval. I stamped out Lawn Fawn's Tiny Tag Sayings sentiment. There are several sweet sayings, and I chose this one. It seemed just perfect :)

I am feeling more comfortable with patterned paper, and like how this paper all layered up and the beautiful dahlia image is just amazing!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Birdhouse Friends {09.20.2017}

Hi from Sparkle N Sprinkle Designer Chris! For today's card, showcasing one of Sparkle N Sprinkle's September release, I used the really fun Birdhouse Friends digi stamp. Because I used the pre-colored digi version, I sized the image to what I wanted. Because the image is fairly skinny and tall, I figured it would lend itself really well to a "business envelope" sized card, so that is what I did! I sized the image and printed it out with my color printer. I trimmed it to the size I wanted using the 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine trimmer and began embellishing!

I also printed out one of the sentiments in the stamp set. I chose the "Welcome" sentiment, sized it, printed it, and the trimmed it with the 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine into the shape and size I wanted. I trimmed another piece of cardstock a teeny bit larger, and covered it with a strip of 3/4" Tear-ific Tape. I burnished in Rapture Blue glitter into the wee bit of adhesive that stuck out. And, I rolled on some Nuvo Glue Pen Small adhesive onto the wide parts of the letters and sprinkled on more Rapture Blue glitter. This really made the sentiment sparkle!

I also added sparkle and glitter to the birds and bird houses. I used the Nuvo Glue Pen Small tip to roll out adhesive, and then sprinkled on Collegiate Garnet, Raspberry Soda, and Ballerina glitters to the birdhouse roof tiles. I also added Aquamarine glitter to the grass and leaves, and Rapture Blue to the birdies. So cute!!!

Here is a close up of the butterfly with his sweet little fly trail. I used Collegiate Garnet and Cloud Nine glitters on the wings, and Rapture Blue for the trail.

I also used Cloud Nine on the house.

I also embellished the flowers. I used the Nuvo Glue Pen Small tip adhesive to roll out adhesive onto the flowers and leaves. I sprinkled on Creamsicle and Evening Glow glitters to the flowers, and Aquamarine glitters to the leaves, stems, and grass. I wanted a base to anchor the birdhouse. So, I laid a strip of 3/4" Tear-ific Tape across the base of the card. I removed the release paper and burnished in some Aquamarine glitter. This glitter is semi-transparent so the grass base below showed through. I also created a glitter ribbon by adhering a strip of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape across the 3/4" Tear-ific Tape. I burnished in some Collegiate Garnet. I also created a ribbon by cutting about an 8" strip of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape. I pulled off the top layer of release paper. I burnished in Collegiate Garnet glitter. Then, I pulled off the bottom layer of release paper and burnished in more Collegiate Garnet to the other side. This creates a perfect ribbon that can be tied in a bow, like I did here. I tied it and then adhered it to the ribbon strip below.

I had a lot of fun with this card and it was really fun to make. I encourage you to check out this stamp set, in rubber or digi format. You will be thrilled!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Welcome Galaxy Background Card {09.18.2017}

Today's card is a galaxy background!!!! I colored some cardstock with pearlescent watercolor paints in random colors (greens, purples, pinks, blues). Then, I covered it with black Distress Ink by blending it over the dried pearlescent watercolors with an ink blending tool. I spritzed on some water and blotted the drops away to give more dimension to the background. Then, I smeared on some Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste I also splattered on some White Copic Opaque paint over the entire front. Then, I die cut it with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die.

Here is a close up of the background and the Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste. I smeared it in blotches across the galaxy, not the entire surface. You can see the glimmer along the left hand side of this panel. So pretty!

I also stamped out a Lawn Fawn sentiment on vellum, using Versamark Ink. I sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Silver Lightning embossing powder and heat set it. I layered it across the card panel and adhered it underneath. Then, I matted the panel with black cardstock.

And, cuz I am a nerd, I created a panel for the inside of my card and stamped out a sentiment using Taylored Expression's Wonderful World stamp set. I used Versamark Ink and Silver Lightning embossing powder like the sentiment on the front.

I made this for a friend who joined my work place. I wanted to welcome her with this card and a little giftie. She will love it!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Congrats Card {09.16.2017}

Okay ... This card is a mash up of so much Lawn Fawn goodness!! My dear friend and colleague got a new position at a new institution and we gave her a send off ... she is Lawn Fawn's #1 fan, and I made her a Congrats card with tons of Lawn Fawn products. I also had to make it with enough space for all our colleagues to write notes and good luck wishes to her. You will see further below how I made lots of space for folks to write in. I stamped and masked out tons of critters from Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Critters Ever After, Critters in the Burbs, Critters in the Jungle, Critters in the Sea, Critters on the Farm, Critters Down Under, Critters From the Past, Critters in the Forest, Critters on the Savanna, Critters at the Dog Park, Critters in the Arctic.

I die cut out the Congrats sentiment with the Scripty Congrats die from paper I had ink blended with several Distress Ink colors. I blended several colors together from green to blue. I used them for more sentiments, which you will see below. I die cut a black cardstock Congrats too, and layered it behind the multi-colored one. Then, I covered it with a swipe of Wink of Stella glitter pen, and then a layer of Glossy Accents. Sparkle & shine! I also die cut out two strips of green paper with the Meadow Borders die cut.

Here is a close up of the cute dino hiding behind the tree, and the griffon behind him! That sweet little owl is just sitting there ... so fun!

And, the dolphin! LOVE this! I colored all of the critters with copic markers. I also gave him some white spots with a white gel pen, and then covered him with some Wink of Stella glitter pen and Glossy Accents. More sparkle & shine!!!!

Monkeys!!! I love this monkey. He is swinging through, carrying a load of bananas. Ha ha ha! He has some Wink of Stella on his face and bananas, as well as some Glossy Accents too.

Okay ... here is how I constructed the card, along with the rest of the sentiments. I needed a card with a lot of space for people to write. I didn't think a standard size card would work, and I didn't want to make a "booklet" style card. I landed on making a "fall" card that cascades open. I designed it so that the front panel of the card had the first fold at the bottom, so that the card would just fall open. I scored 8-1/2" x 11" sheets of brown cardstock in half at 5.5". Then, I adhered four sheets of white cardstock together, with valley and mountain folds so that it would cascade. I trimmed white card panels to 8" x 5" and gave them a little distress inking to soften and age them a bit, and stamped a critter in a bottom corner. I die cut out the rest of the sentiment ("for moving on, we'll always be your herd") using Lawn Fawn's  Cole's ABCs.

And, here is the a side view of the card, with the mountain and valley folds. When it is shut, it is a perfect stack of card panels. Awesome!

Our colleague LOVED this card and was so pleased with the send-off we gave her. She will be missed. Best of luck T at your new job!!! We will always be your herd - we got yo' back always!

And, I am entering this in the Lawn Fanatics Challenge 12 - Create a Scene challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Card for Mom (#37/52) {09.15.2017}

Hi! Today's card for Mom is a card that is really just a background ... Let's check it out!

I stamped this Hero Arts floral background stamp onto Bristol paper, using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx ink, and sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Clear Detail embossing powder. I heat set it, and then started coloring! I used Pearlescent watercolors, and tried to go lightly on the water since it wasn't watercolor paper. It worked out okay. As I let it dry, I die cut the Alt E New Happy die sentiment from blue sparkle paper. I also die cut another Happy from black and layered it behind the blue Happy. This gave it a shadow and helped offset it from the background. Once the panel was dry, I die cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. And, I stamped out part of the sentiment onto vellum, using Versafine Black Onyx ink and also sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. I trimmed the vellum into a narrow strip using my Tonic Guillotine Trimmer and adhered it to the card front. Then, I die cut some blue cardstock using the Scalloped Rectangle from Lawn Fawn. Layered this all together over a card base, and the card was done!

Another close up of the gorgeous flower in this background stamp!

I know Mom will love it ... simple, pretty, so fun, and lots of sparkle from the pearlescent paints and blue sparkle paper :)

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle September 2017 Reveal {09.15.2017}

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.)

Chris -You are HERE!

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.

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.

Happy Hopping!

And now, here is the card I made from one of the September reveal stamp sets.

I used the GORGEOUS Lovely Magnolias digi stamp set, which includes the extra features and backgrounds. Digis allow some extra versatility that we don't get with just the rubber stamps. I reviewed the different backgrounds and color options for the pre-colored magnolia flowers. I went with PINK, of course :) I sized the flower over a pink background, and also copied two additional flowers and printed them out too. Here is the final card. I'll explain more details below!

I LOVE glitter ... I used the Nuvo Glue Pen Small tip and rolled it over the flower. I sprinkled on Bubble Gum glitter to the petals, and Evening Glow and Daisy glitters to the flower stamen. I also added on some Easy Green glitter to the flower leaves.

I also blinged up this card with Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes by Nuvo. I rolled out more Nuvo Glue Pen Small onto parts of the sentiment (also printed from the Lovely Magnolias digi stamp set) and let it dry to tacky. Then, I rubbed on some Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes and burnished them to adhere them and to remove all the unused flakes.

I die cut the entire card panel with a die (more on that below). I cut another panel from black cardstock to frame the image. I used the positive piece of the black cardstock and covered it with Versmark Ink, and then sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. I layered this over another card base with 2-1/2" Tear-ific Tape on it. I rubbed in more Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes to the outer edge. You can see all of this below.

What did I do with the other two copies of the printed out magnolia flower? Welp, here we go! I fussy cut out the leaves and the flower in layers, and then layered everything up with dimensional foam tape. Here is a side shot that helps show the height!

Okay, here is the step-by-step on how I made this card. Here is a print out of the card panel and the two additional flowers for my fussy cutting. This is printed out on a sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock using my color printer.

Then, I covered a panel of black cardstock with two strips of 2-1/2" Tear-ific Tape. Here is a photo of what it looked like. I overlapped two strips of the 2-1/2" Tear-ific Tape to make sure there was no gap down the center line where they matched up.

I die cut another black cardstock panell with the die, and added Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. I layered it onto the background layer of cardstock covered with 2-1/2" Tear-ific Tape. I also die cut the floral image with the same die cut, and then pieced all the cut pieces into the negative spaces of the die ... yep, this took a while. I would do it again, but I will hydrate and grab a snack!

Here is the floral panel pieces all pieced into the black background. I really liked it this way, but the flower wasn't quite popping enough, and the sentiment was a little muted as well. I had already decided to add layers to the flower by fussy cutting the other two flower images, but I re-printed the sheet and die cut the sentiment with a label die and layered it over the panel too.

I love this card, the glitter, the pink, the fun!!! Please click on over to Jess's blog, she has the most amazing card for you and you gotta see it!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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Cardz 4 Galz Welcome Baby Card {09.14.2017}

Hi! Today's card is for the current challenge at Cardz 4 Galz. You gotta check it out, the theme for this challenge is Welcome Little Baby. Let's check out the card I made to celebrate this theme.

I stamped out some bunnies from Lawn Fawn's Hello Baby stamp set. I colored them with Prismacolor pencils, and then die cut them using Tonic Studio's Layering Basics Die Set Mixed Edge Oval die. I die cut the card panel with a solid edge die, and then cut another oval with scalloped edges from pink cardstock to mat the bunny image oval. I created the card base with pink cardstock and layered over some Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petite paper. I also laid down a strip of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape and sprinkled on some Bubble Gum glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I also stamped out the sentiment from the Hello Baby stamp set using Versafine Black Onyx ink, and sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. This photo shows a great close up of the awesome glitter strip and sentiment.

Another close up of the sweet momma and baby bunny. I love this stamp set, and it is so sweet and adorable. I love that it can be for adoptions, new babies, boy babies, girl babies, and just any baby. It is really fun.

I can't wait to give it to my friend who is expecting a sweet little baby soon!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Delight in the Beauty Flower Card {09.13.2017}

Hi! Today's card is a quick and fun card! I stamped out a Hero Arts background stamp using Versamark Ink onto Bristol paper. I sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Gold Coast embossing powder and heat set it. This gave me the creamy gold background! Then, I colored the flowers with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers. Here is the card.

I stamped out the sentiment onto vellum, using Versamark Ink. I sprinkled Amour embossing powder and heat set it. I love this color! I love the different colors in it. So fun!!! I die cut the vellum with Tonic Die Layering Basics Die Set Mixed Edge Oval dies, and then matted it with another die from the same set. This is such a GREAT set! It has regular (smooth) edged dies, which alternate with the scalloped size dies, so it allows for fun matting and layering!

Here is a close up of the embossing powder. It is so pretty! I love this color. It is the perfect creamy honey color, and I knew it would really make the pink colors pop. I am so glad I used this embossing powder. This card is so pretty and soft.

I know my friend will love this too, and I am so happy with how this card turned out!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bee Shadow Box Card {09.11.2017}

Hi! Today's card is a Thank You card focusing on bees. A friend of mine who is a bee keeper (and I didn't know this) recently told me that their hobby is to keep bees and jar honey. And then the next day, he brought me a jar! So, I just HAD to make a thank you card, and I knew just the stamp set to use. I pulled out my trusty Sparkle N Sprinkle Honey Bees stamp set!!! WHAT? I know right, PERFECT! Let's check out the card.

To create this card, I stamped the Sparkle N Sprinkle Honey Bees image using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform onto white cardstock, using Versafine Black Onyx ink. I colored my images with Prismacolor pencils, then put my cardstock back into the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and reinked it with Versafine Black Onyx ink. I sprinkled on Sparke N Sprinkle's Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set all the images. I used Lawn Fawn's new Shadow Box Card (squeal!) for the cards base. I die cut out the bee hive image with one of the pieces from the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card die. I die cut the box from brown cardstock. But, before the final assembly, I stamped along the outer edges with the honeycomb stamp, and sprinkled on Gold Coast embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I heat set this, which really gave a lot of fun texture to the sides and front of the shadow box card. Here is a side view of the card, showing how much dimension this shadow box has. And, the cool thing is, it folds FLAT for mailing, and fits in a normal sized envelope (4.25 x 5.5 inches).

I also did some sentiment stamping on another panel that I adhered to the back. I die cut the rectangle using white cardstock, and stamped the sentiment "You are sweeter than honey" since this was a thank you for the gift of honey! I sprinkled on more Sparkle N Sprinkle's Gold Coast embossing powder and heat set it. I love how the sentiment turned out - it looks like the sentiment is almost dripping honey, and this embossing powder is the perfect shade of rich, wonderful honey!

This photo also helps show the dimension and the three "hill layers" that I layered into the shadow box. I had also stamped out some of the bee images from the Honey Bees stamp set, stamped them in Versafine Black Onyx ink and sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder. I heat set these, and then colored them with some Copic markers to add color to the bees and wings. Then, I squeezed on some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Honey Gold over the bee bodies, and White Blizzard over the wings. These Crystal Drops added a lot of sparkle! I wanted the bees to have the feel of movement, so I cut some acetate into strips, and adhered the bees to the acetate strips and adhered them behind the three hill layers. It kinda looks like the bees are floating or flying in front of the hive! I also stamped out some of the images onto an envelope too.

The honey is AMAZING! I look forward to eating more of it, and am so grateful my friend shared a jar with me. I hope he likes this card :)

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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Friday, September 8, 2017

Sending Happy Thoughts Mom Card (#36/52) {09.08.2017}

Hi! Here is another card for Mommy! This one makes me happy because it is so soft and sweet, yet still fun! Let's check it out.

I created a pretty simple design, inspired by a 12 x 12 One Sheet Wonder video on YouTube. I created a card base from white cardstock, then adhered a piece of patterned paper. I die cut a rectangle from white cardstock, using Lawn Fawn's Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables. I then cut a mat layer from green cardstock, using Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Rectangle Stackables. I stamped the floral image and sentiment from Alt E New's Beautiful Day Stamp Set, using Memento Ink Tuxedo Black. I colored the image with Copic markers and added on a sweep of Wink of Stella clear glitter pen over the flower centers.

This card was a lot of fun to make, and I love this sweet little floral image from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set from Alt E New. I love cherry blossoms, so I colored the blossoms like a cherry blossom but they could be colored any way you want!

I know Mom will love this simple and sweet card. It is cute, simple, and to the point.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!


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