Sunday, January 31, 2016

SNS February 2016 Reveal {01/31/2016}

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

and, my first post as a permanent Sparkle N Sprinkle Designer! I am so honored to be joining this amazing team and learn from these wonderfully creative people. Sparkle N Sprinkle's glitter, embossing powders, stamps, and other products are so fabulous! I just love using all their great products.

This month there are three new stamps available. I used the new Secret Garden 773 stamp set for my reveal card. Let's say hello to this sweet little garden girl:

We have THREE new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until Feb 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:

Disco Fever 772 (digi version DIGI772)
Secret Garden 773  (digi version DIGI773)
Disco Girlfriends 774  (digi version DIGI774)

On Feb 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:

<<<<<<< This is 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 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! 

This I used the digi stamp version of the Secret Garden (digi version DIGI773). I sized the girl to what would fit perfectly on my card, and printed her out on white cardstock, then colored her with pencils. After coloring, I die cut her out with an oval die. I edged the oval with two different types of glitter. To do this, I brushed on 540 Brushable Glue, and then edged the grass area along the bottom with Luau Green Velvet Glitter (microfine) [GM2004], and the rest with Jasper Blue Velvet Glitter (microfine) [GM2012].

After I finished the edging, I added a lot of glitter to the girl image. I used the Quicky Sakura Glue Pen to apply glue to specific areas. I used Bubble Gum Semi-Transparent Glitter [G1088] on the pink flower in her hair, Rapture Blue Semi-Transparent Glitter [G1078] on her hat, Evening Glow Semi-Transparent glitter [G1086] on her hair, and Easy Green Semi-Transparent Glitter [G1077] on the ivy arch. I love using semi-transparent glitters because it allows the pencil coloring to still show, while highlighting and making the colors sparkle!

I also used more glitters to add to her basket of flowers, the key, and her dress. For these, I used more Bubble Gum Semi-Transparent Glitter [G1088] for the pink flowers, Orchid Semi-Transparent Glitter [G1097], Aztec Gold Glitter [G1006] for the key, Easy Green Semi-Transparent Glitter [G1077] on the flowers, and Rapture Blue Semi-Transparent Glitter [G1078] for her dress.

I created a sentiment, and die cut it with a label die. After die cutting the label shape, I kept the die on the label, and used some distress ink and a sponge dauber to sponge some ink onto the sentiment label. After sponging and removing the die, I had a nice, clean and crisp white border around the sentiment. I also cut out a larger label and used it to frame the sentiment as well. For this larger frame, I used 540 Brushable Glue and Mimosa Sparkle N Soft [SS114] to add some gorgeous color, texture, and sparkle to the label frame. I added even more dimension by inserting some fun foam between the two layers to pop up the sentiment label.

Another product I am totally addicted to right now is the new Pull Ribbon White 3 Silver 7/8" [MONR11] found at Sparkle N Sprinkle! I cut about a foot of it, held the two ends in my fingers, and pulled the string. Viola! The ribbon pulled into this sweet instant bow and was ready to be adhered to my card. I just love these ribbons!

To finish the card overall, and to ground her, I decided to do the Glitter Kiss Technique that Shona did in her blog post, and Demo Donner showcased in a recent video on Sparkle N Sprinkle's YouTube channel. I love this technique! First, I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5" and covered it with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheets [SAS02]. Then, I pulled out a swirly style die cut, and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I had just enough pressure to cut through the top of the Super Adhesive Sheet, but not so much pressure that it cut through the white cardstock underneath the adhesive sheet. I removed it from the Cuttlebug, and started peeling off the release paper from the "inner" areas of the die cut design. I ended up removing all the pieces of the background that would be my lightest color of glitter. Always start from lightest and move to darkest!. Here is a photo of how I removed each piece.

Once I had all the innerds' release paper removed, I covered the revealed adhesive with Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter (microfine) Semi-Transparent [GM2000], and burnished it in with my finger tool. On to the next step! I removed all the remaining release paper, to reveal the actual swirls, dumped on some Jasper Blue Velvet Glitter (microfine) [GM2012] and again burnished it in with my finger tool. Here is a photo of the second step:
Then, I layered my girl oval over an oval piece of fun foam, and then adhered the oval stack to the card front. I framed the card front with blue cardstock for a little more oomph, and my card was done.

I hope you enjoyed this card - I KNOW you will enjoy the next stop on our blog hop. The incredible Ms. Belinda. She has a GREAT treat in store for  you!

Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day! 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Snow Globe Thanks {01/12/2016}

I love snow globes, and when I saw the new Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow, I just had to use it to make a card. Here it is:

I also thought it was perfect for the current Lawnscaping Challenge: #121 Winter Wonderland.

I stamped out the images, colored them, and die cut them with matching dies. I also used liquid glue and added in Sparkle N Sprinkle's Crystal Ice Semi-transparent Glitter G1058 on the eaves, and a retired tinsel glitter on the snow banks.   

One of my favorite things about this stamp set is the reindeer pulling the sleigh. I placed these over the village scene, and found the itty bittiest red bead and glued it to Rudolph's nose.

The overall front of the card also had a strip of glitter anchoring the snow globe to the page. I used a strip of Sparkle N Sprinkle's 1/2" Double Sided "Tear-ific" Tape SAT04. I peeled off the backing and taped it across the front of the card. Then, I peeled off the front release paper and burnished in Sparkle N Sprinkle's Gypsy Red Velvet Glitter (microfine) GM2005.

I also made a matching envelope to go with this card.

This was a fun card to make.

Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day! 


Friday, January 8, 2016

Thank You Card {01/08/2016}

My Mom needed a thank you card to give to a friend who lives in Hawaii. I had just purchased a new hibiscus stamp set, and thought this was perfect! Here is my card:

I used Hero Arts Clear Stamps Color Layering Hibiscus set, and several ink colors for the layering. I also used Lawn Fawn's retired Grand Greetings set for the sentiment.

I die cut out circles from card stock and vellum, and layered them over the card front.

I decorated the inside too:

The sentiment inside was from Lawn Fawn's Scripty Sayings set. 

Mom's friend enjoyed this card. I hope it makes you smile!
Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Santa Pillow Box {01/06/2016}

I became an elf this holiday season, and made some Santa pillow boxes to dispense holiday goodness. Here is a photo of ONE of them:

To make these sweet little pillow boxes, I used Lawn Fawn's Pillow Box die to cut the red paper. I also used Lawn Fawn's Santa's Belly to die cut out the belt, buckle, ruff, trim, and buttons from black, gold, and white glitter paper.

I made over 100 of these ...  yes, it was a lot! I stuffed them with M&Ms and dispensed them to my peeps at work.

I hope everybody enjoyed them!          
Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day!