Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Frozen Goose {Sparkle N Sprinkle July Reveal} (07/01/2015)

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

We have FOUR new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until July 3. 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:

3 Wisemen 720   (digi version DIGI720M)
Christmas Goose 721   (digi version DIGI721B)
Reindeer 722   (digi version DIGI722J)
Tree Scene 723   (digi version DIGI723J)


On July 3, one GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs.  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 July 3 on the SNS Facebook page and here on the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new stamp sets released this month (or the digi versions, if preferred).

In addition to our regular Designers, we are happy to introduce you to two new Guest Designers this month. Ani and Chris will be our Guest Designers for the months of July, August, and September.  We'd also like to say Thank You to our first set of Guest Designers, Diane and Ashley, for a job well done!

The Blog Hop order this month is:

Chris (<--- That's me!)
(*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 have enjoyed creating new projects for it.  We also hope that we have inspired you as well.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  (We love reading them too since your comments also inspire us.)  Last month the winning comment came from Eret's blog. Who will be the Mystery Designer this month??

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge also begins today with lots of prizes and recognition badges.  Find out how you can become a SNS Featured Artist with special recognition on the SNS Facebook page as well as the Creative Challenge Winner's post.  From time to time, we also have special prizes just for Featured Artists.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flock.

Now, here is info on my card for the July 2015 Reveal!:

When I saw this Christmas Goose stamp set, I just knew I had to have it! There is nothing funner or more whimsical, than an animal all tangled up in holiday lights :) I absolutely love this image! And, the sentiments on this set are so punny. They are: 
All I want for Christmas is five minutes of peace and quiet; 
Seasons's Greetings from the funny farm; 
Dear Santa, is it too late to negotiate?; 
and Naughty or Nice? decisions, decisions.

And, I also LOVE Sparkle N Sprinkle's glitters! They have the most amazing colors, with rich, velvet smooth glitters, glitters with oomph, tinsel and texture, translucent glitters, opaque glitters, everything you need. Their Frozen Glitters collection is a MUST HAVE, and I got it to make this goose with the Frozen colors: Olaf White, Princess Elsa Frozen, Princess Elsa Frost, Princess Anna Royal, and Princess Anna Fuchsia. I love this glitter collection! Let's say hello to the Frozen Goose, shall we?

I stamped the goose from the Christmas Goose Stamp Set 721 with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I colored the goose with Copic markers. I colored the light bulbs with Copics that were close to the glitter colors.
The sentiment I chose for this was the "All I want for Christmas is five minutes of peace and quiet" because it totally cracked me up, and is pretty much the truth! I colored a piece of white cardstock with a Copic marker, and then stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink, and heat embossed the sentiment with White Detail EP298 embossing powder. Here is a closeup of the sentiment:
This sassy goose was just begging for a glittery night cap. After coloring the cap with some purple Copic markers for a nice solid base, I brushed on some Brushable Glue 540 onto the cap, and covered it with Princess Anna Fuchsia glitter. Here is a closeup of the glittery cap:
The goose also is wearing some striped stockings. Who doesn't love a goose in socks? I colored his socks with the Copic markers and then used Brushable Glue and the Olaf White and Princess Anna Royal glitters, to match his cap.
I used the three lightest shades of glitter in the Frozen Glitters set for the lights. I colored the lights with Copic markers first, then adhered the corresponding glitter color with Dimensional Glue.
After the goose was done, I die cut him out with a Spellbinders Label Eight. I also adhered some wide Tear-ific Tape to some white cardstock, and die cut out gradually larger frames of Spellbinders Label Eight, and Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight. I used the Princess Anna Royal, Olaf White, and Princess Elsa Frozen glitters on the layers. I also used some white fun foam to help lift and separate the layers.

This was a really fun card to make, that goose just makes me smile!

And, THANK YOU to Sparkle N Sprinkle for choosing me, along with these amazing Guest Designers, to share Sparkle N Sprinkle products with all of you. I am so truly honored to be part of the SNS team!

Keep checking out all these incredible projects! Your next stop on this blog hop is Shona's blog. Be sure to look at what she has in store for you, as well as all the other designers!

Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day! 


Monday, June 29, 2015

Nephew Graduation Cards (06/29/2015)

Today's cards are two cards I made for my nephews' high school graduations. One nephew is in Alaska, the other is in Oregon. School colors were black & gold for one, and blue & silver for the other. Let's check out the cards, shall we? Here is the first card, in black & gold school colors:
 Both cards were made the same way, they look like mortar boards. The "top" has the tassel and the year. Here is a photo of one "top" and one "bottom" for each card:
To make these cards, I started with a 12" x 12" piece of paper, and scored the paper at 3" and again at 9". I turned the paper 90 degrees, and scored at the same measurements again. This created a 6" x 6" square in the middle, and then I folded up the edges. I used a circle die to use as a trace/guide to cut the edges on each of the three inch edges, so they would fold together. You can see that in the photo above as well.

I used Lawn Fawn's Quinn's 123s Lawn Cuts for the year numbers on top of the mortar board, and Quinn's ABCs Lawn Cuts for the names on the envelopes, to cut out some metallic foiled cardstock I created.


 I also created a tassel, using embroidering floss, in coordinating colors for each card. Here is a close up of one of them:

The inside of each card was stamped with Lawn Fawn's So Much To Say stamp set, and Sparkle N Sprinkle's Flourishes 1 - Stamp Set 516 to help decorate the inside.

I can't believe these two young men are both HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES already. I remember the day they were each born! Where has the time gone?

Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day! 


Friday, June 19, 2015

Hi There Treat Container (06/19/2015)

Today's "card" isn't really a card, but it does have a mini card as part of the container! Let's check it out, shall we?

I used Lawn Fawn's new Milk Carton die cut with some patterned paper for the actual milk carton goodie container.

I also used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Party Banners circle die to die cut out the circle base for the gift tag/card. I then cut out some patterned paper strips for grass, using the Stitched Hillside Borders. I cut two pieces, and then recut them with the Stitched Party Banners and layered them with foam tape to make the ground. 
I stamped out Lawn Fawns bunny from the Hello Baby stamp set, and embossed it with Sparkle N Sprinkle's Pink Lady Embossing Powder (EP337), and die cut it with the matching coordinating dies. I also used Versamark ink to stamp the "Hi there" sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Chit Chat and heat embossed it with Sparkle N Sprinke's White Detail Embossing Powder (EP298). I die cut it out with coordinating dies. Finally, I blended some Distress Ink over the paper. The white embossing powder resisted the ink, and the white over the sentiment stayed white. Pretty cool, eh?!

I put some dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts in the milk carton, and tied it up with some gold and silver Lawn Trimmings.  

Such a sweet little giftie. Fun to make and fun to leave on a friend's desk :)

Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day! 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Retirement Congrats Card (06/17/2015)

My college's president is retiring, and she has been a fabulous leader for many years. She loves to garden and has the most amazing flowers blooming year round. I created a card for her highlighting flowers, inspired by a recent post on Sandy Allnock's blog ... which I can't find right now. My apologies to Sandy!

I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card to die cut out paper. I stamped two of the flowers from Judy's Blooms (which might be a retired set!). I colored them in with Copic markers. Here is the card:

I also layered Sparkle N Sprinkle's Tear-ific Tape on some white cardstock, then die cut it with Lawn Fawn's Scripty Congrats die. I peeled up the release paper on the sentiment, and sprinkled Sparkle N Sprinkle's Glistening Emeralds Sparkle N Soft (SS102) on the top and used my finger tool to lightly press the sparkle n soft into the adhesive. Here are some close ups. This first one below really shows the depth of the soft fuzziness:

This photo below, in different light, really shows the sparkles and depth of the color in the sparkle n soft medium. It is much brighter in real life, like this image below - but the image above (taken in muted light) helps show how fun and fuzzy it is!
After I colored in the flowers and the background, i wanted a little more ... so I pulled out a white gel pen and added some texture and fun. I have never Zentangled, so this is as close as I have come, but it was fun to add a little something to the flowers. I also added some Wink of Stella to cover the purple flowers for extra pizazz!

When my card panel was done, I layered it onto Lawn Fawn's Navy Notecard and called it good :)

Then, out came the TCW Mini Hummingbirds stencil (I am kinda on a hummingbird kick lately!) and quickly stenciled an envelope with distress inks. I also used Alt E New's Invisible Alpha stamp set to spell out the name on the envelope. I love this stamp set - it is just the right size and pop for envelopes! 

Here is a close up of the hummingbird:

I hope Patty enjoys her retirement! Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day!