Monday, July 24, 2017

Winter Greetings

Continuing the Christmas in July theme, today's Sparkle N Sprinkle card combines the wreath and bird from the Winter Greetings Birds and Wreath set along with the Bob Hope quote from the Spirit of Christmas Poinsettias stamp set.

I started out by using my stamp positioner (the new and improved Tim Holtz Stamp Platforms are now in stock) and inking up the wreath with two different colors of green ink by Memento.  I left the stamp where it was and colored the leaves and holly berries with Copic markers.  I inked up the stamp again with VersaMark, stamped on top of my colored wreath, and heat set it with Clear embossing powder.  You can really see the dimension this extra step gave to the card.  I also inked up the Noel stamp (part of the Winter Greeting set) with VersaMark and heat set it with Red Apple embossing powder.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaFine and heat set with Clear embossing powder.  I accented this with one of the birds (also colored with Copic markers) from the Winter Greetings set.

To give a bit more sparkle to my Christmas card, I added Sparkling Snow glitter to the holly berries.  (I use this glitter so much that I decided to get the Economy jar ๐Ÿ‘€.) I also added two strips of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape along the edges of my card and covered the adhesive with the new Sterling velvet glitter.  (Love this color!)

I created a second card using these same sets and stamping technique, but I die cut the center of the front panel with a Spellbinders die (Classic Scallop Circle) and stamped the image on the inside panel.  I also dry embossed the front panel with an embossing folder that came with a CardMaker magazine.

When you open the card, you see the Bob Hope sentiment from the Spirit of Christmas Poinsettias set, stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Red Apple embossing powder.  Sterling velvet glitter also accents the edges of both the front panel as well as the edges of the inside.  The Holiday Wishes banner, which is part of the Winter Greetings set, was also heat embossed with Red Apple embossing powder.

Both of these cards are flat and can be easily mailed without extra postage.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Love Doves {Scrapy Land Challenge #70}

Hey everyone, it's Wednesday and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  

We have great news to go along with today's challenge - ALL the challenges are now ANYTHING GOES using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  So now there is no reason not to play along with us!

For my card today, I created a wedding card using the following dies:

Sue Wilson Designs - Frames and Tags Collection - Rose Oval
Sue Wilson Designs - Australian Collection - Background die
Spellbinders - Opulent Ovals
Die-Versions - Wedding Canopy
Impression Obsession - Love Doves
Jeanine's Art - Garden Classics Lace Frame, Side Oval

Since I was mailing this card, I needed to keep it flat, without a lot of bulk.  I started off by die cutting the Opulent Oval from a matte gold cardstock and then adhered it to the white cardstock base.  I added tulle on top of the oval to soften the entire look of the card.

The next layer is the Rose Oval, die cut from white cardstock. The Love Doves and the Bride and Groom from the Wedding Canopy (I fussy cut them away from the rest of the die cut) were heat embossed with Sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Even though these were also die cut from white cardstock, the sparkly embossing powder makes them stand out.


On the inside of the card, I die cut the Opulent Ovals again from white cardstock and the gold, stamped my sentiment with VersaFine black ink, and then heat set it with Clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is from Joy Clair (Wedding Sentiments) stamp set.

I also added two of the negative pieces from the Jeanine's Art die cut in the corners.  The smallest dies from the Australian Collection Background die set were used to die cut a "pocket".  This pocket was adhered (on three sides, leaving the top open) to the inside bottom of the card front to hold a little something extra for the happy couple ๐Ÿ’‘ ๐Ÿ˜.

So now it's your turn to show us what you've got.  There are TWO WINNERS,  one random and one chosen by the designers, AND it's ANYTHING GOES using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  There are over 55 brands of dies (it doesn't have to be the exact die), so more than likely you have at least one of them in your stash.  You can see them all here, under Products.

You have until July 30 to upload your projects to the current Scrapy Land Challenge.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created to inspire you.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Elf Peeker {Christmas in July Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop}

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle
 Christmas In July ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿคถ New Reveal Blog Hop!

We have six new Christmas themed rubber stamp sets plus two huge digi bundles being revealed this month. 

The sets are:

(Digital Version DIGI855FS
(Digital Version DIGI858BG)

  (Digital Version DIGI860SG)
(Digital Version DIGI861SG)
(Digital Version DIGI862B - huge digi bundle)

(Digital Version DIGI868FS)

DIGI4005FS - Winter Greetings digi papers

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 July 20, 2017.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the New Store and start shopping.

On July 18th, 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.

If we hit 100 participants in the blog hop, we will choose a 2ND WINNER!! (checked for compliance)

The Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

The Blog Hop Order this month is:

(*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????

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!

We are very happy to announce that the new and improved SNS Creative Challenge is now being held on Facebook. 

 Head on over to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group and ask to join today.  This is a closed group, but we want anyone who wants to participate to join (just trying to keep out spammers ๐Ÿ˜€).  You can join today!

 The new challenge began July 1 and will run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  Be sure to read the Challenge Rules before adding a photo.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) needs to be used.  If you don't have any yet, no worries, there are some Freebies located on the new website.  They are located on the SNS Home page, just scroll down a bit to see them:

The Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The Winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the new on-line store.  Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo.

We hope to see you soon in our new Facebook Group!

Now for a bit about my project.

I started out by coloring the Elf Peeker with Copic markers.  I added Imagination glitter to his belt buckle and Evening Glow glitter to the bells on his hat. Waterscape glitter accents the snow falling around him.

Moss Green embossing powder was applied to the edges of the green panel behind the image using the Distress Embossing Technique.  (Apply VersaMark around the edges using a sponge dauber, cover with your favorite embossing powder and heat set.)  The same technique was also used around the card base, but with Waterscape glitter.

An Impression Obsession die (Slider Frame die) was used to create the sentiment.  After measuring for the length of my pull-out piece, I stamped one of the sentiments from the stamp set with VersaFine (Black) and heat set it with Clear embossing powder.  I added a brad at the end to make pulling it out easier.  I also used the Distress Embossed Technique and more Moss Green embossing powder around the edges of the pull out.

I added a sticker that I have had in my stash for years to the end of the pull out and added a bit of Peanut Butter embossing powder to the cookie chips. 

Once you pull the slider piece out completely, it reveals the rest of my sentiment.  I also stamped this sentiment with VersaFine (Black) and heat set it with Clear embossing powder.

Now it's time to hop on over to see what fun project Chris has created for you.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be eligible to receive ALL of the rubber stamp sets revealed this month.  (It is checked for compliance๐Ÿ˜€.)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

C - YA Later {Scrapy Land #69}

It's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  Since it's the first Wednesday of the month (can you believe it is already July?!), that means the theme is Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

The following dies were used for this card:

Frantic Stamper - Big Car
Impression Obsession - Winding Road/Stream
Memory Box - Puffy Clouds
Die-Versions - My Micro font (retired, but any small font will work)
Sue Wilson Designs (Noble dies - Double Pierced Rectangles Set B)

I started out by die cutting the car body from white cardstock and coloring it with Pan Pastels.  Next, I covered the car body with VersaMark, sprinkled on some Sparkling Snow glitter and then heat set it with Clear embossing powder.

The "chrome" pieces were die cut from a strip of metal foil tape used for duct work repair.  I adhered a strip of the foil tape onto a scrap of white cardstock and then ran it through my die cutting machine.  I love that this die even cuts out the metal frame that goes around the license plate.  

The license plate was colored with Copic Markers.  The letters were die cut using the My Micro font and then everything was heat embossed with Clear embossing powder.

The focal panel was die cut with the Noble die and then colored with Pan Pastels.   The "road" was adhered first and then the car was pop dotted above the road.  Puffy clouds were added as a finishing touch.

Now it's your turn to come play with us.  You have until July 19th to upload your project.  There are now TWO winners chosen - one by the designers and one is random!  So now you have a double chance of winning.  We still have the Top Three and Honorable Mention as well.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Baby Oh Baby

Baby Oh Baby is one of the new stamp sets revealed this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I used the digi version and layered her on top of some old digi papers that I've had for a long time.

The image was colored with Copic markers and the flowers in her hair were accented with Nuvo Crystal Drops (Sweet Lilac).  The baby die cuts are from Die-Versions (Baby Icons) and were also colored with Copic markers.

The frames were outlined with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape and covered with Pinkerbell glitter.

This is a quick and easy baby card that could be easily adapted for a boy or a girl.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tropical Mermaid Alana

Today's card showcases the Tropical Mermaid Alana stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I used the digi version of the stamp set and my background paper is also digi paper (Digi4002FS Watercolor Paper Blue). 

I brought in the digi paper first onto my Word document and then inserted the .png version of the image and layered it on top of the digi paper.  The image portion stayed white while the rest of the background was the digi paper.  I then changed the shape and added a silver border before printing the entire thing and fussy cutting it out.  

The image was colored with Copic markers. Shimmering Sea glitter and Sea Spray glitter accents her body.  Oceanic glass glitter was used to accent the sea floor and Neptune Nuvo Crystal Drops accent the water bubbles.
The sentiment was printed at the same time and die cut using a Sizzix die (Tim Holtz Labels).  While the die cut was still in the die, I outlined the inside of the die using a Sakura glue pen and then covered the glue line with Sea Spray glitter.  The small images inside the sentiment were colored with colored pencils.
A strip of 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and  1/8" Tear-ific Tape were added to the front panel and covered with more Oceanic glass glitter.  The sentiment was then pop dotted on top of these strips.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Koi {Scrapy Land Challenge #68}

Today is the start of a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Embossing (heat or dry), plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  There are over 50 different brand to choose from.  You can find them all here.

I think I went a little overboard as every die cut on this card was heat embossed๐Ÿ˜.  These are the dies used to create this card:

Die-Versions: Oriental Screen
Die-Versions: Koi Fish (currently out of stock, but here are some other brands)
Die-Versions: Hello Express Edge (currently out of stock, but here are some other options)

I started out by die cutting the Oriental Screen, inking it up with alcohol inks and a felt applicator, and then heat embossing it with a mixture of embossing powders.  I keep a bottle of various embossing powders that I dumped together when I accidentally contaminated one color of embossing powder with another color.  (I also have a bottle of mixed glitters and a bottle of mixed flocks - for the same reason.  That way I don't waste any product.)

The Koi fish was also embossed with various colors of embossing powder.  I kept adding different colors of oranges, reds, and yellows (as well as a bit of glass glitter) until I was happy with the results.  The eyes were created by squeezing out a drop of Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops onto my craft mat and then immediately adding a smaller drop of Ebony Black Crystal Drops right in the center.  Once these were dry (20 - 30 minutes at most), I adhered them onto my embossed die cut.

The Hello Express Edge was also heat embossed.  Do you see all the texture on this?  The way I achieved this was to take a piece of (ugly) glitter cardstock that I knew I would never use and I heat set it with embossing powder.  I love the texture it gave, plus I was able to use some cardstock that would otherwise never have been used.  (I'm sure everyone has some of that type of cardstock on hand ๐Ÿ˜‰.)

WE NOW HAVE TWO WINNERS PER CHALLENGE.  One is random and the other is chosen by the Design Team.  Each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

Now it's your turn to join us for this fun themed Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until July 2 to upload your project.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has created too.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Swallowtail Butterflies

Today I am showcasing the new Swallowtail Butterflies stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  This set was designed so that you could do two-step stamping, plus lots of other techniques.  I had so much fun trying out various techniques with this set!  This is a long post with lots of step by step photos, so grab a drink and let's get started.

The first technique I want to show is an oldie but goodie called the "Kissing" Stamp Technique.  It's best to use pigment inks with this technique as the ink dries slower.  Start off by inking up the solid stamp.  I am using the larger of the two solid butterflies here.  Next, ink up a detailed stamp.  I am using the Crackle Background stamp.

The photo below shows each individual stamp ready to "kiss" each other.

Place one stamp on top of the other and press down slightly (just as you would if it were a piece of paper).

The results are that the ink from the detailed stamp transfers to the solid stamp.

Now press this two toned stamp onto your cardstock:

Here is another example using both the large and small solid stamps:

You can stamp the two toned detailed stamp to create a fun background for a future project:

This example shows that you can do triple "kissing" as well.  The first two steps are the as above.

Then take a third color and ink up the detailed butterfly stamp that comes with this set.  Press it on top of the two toned solid stamp and this is the result before it is stamped onto cardstock:

And this is how it looks on white cardstock:

I had lots of fun playing.  Bronze Splendor glitter was added to each of the butterflies bodies and each of the butterflies were heat embossed using Clear embossing powder:

First and second generation stamping of the "Triple Kissed" stamp:

First and second generation using the small butterfly and regular "Kissing":

Distress Oxides and regular stamping with the large detailed butterfly:

This one shows the traditional two-step stamping technique.  Ink the solid stamp with one color, stamp onto cardstock.  Ink the second, detailed butterfly stamp with a contrasting color and stamp on top of the solid butterfly on the cardstock.

For the completed card, I chose one butterfly from each of the techniques I used and adhered them onto my background.  The background was created by first die cutting a Spellbinders die (Tropical Paradise) from cardstock.  I die cut it from white cardstock and then used one of the same inks I used to create the butterflies to add color (using the direct to paper method).

I then die cut a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet using the frame die, which is part of the Spellbinders set.  I adhered the colored leaves die cut on top of the die cut frame and then filled in the remaining areas with Margarita velvet glitter.

The sentiment was stamped with the same color pigment ink and then heat set with Clear embossing powder.  This was die cut using a Sue Wilson die (Italian Collection - Umbria).  Three small dots were added using Nuvo Jewel Drops (Key Lime).

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these older techniques being used again and that they inspire you to try them again as well.