Sunday, February 1, 2015

Glittered Garden Silhouette



Yay!  I've been published (again).  I have to confess that I still get so excited when I see a card I made and my name printed in a magazine.  This card was published in a two page spread, including a tutorial on how it was made, in the Spring 2015 CardMaker magazine that was just released.



I started out by "painting with glitter" onto a piece of Sparkle N Sprinkle Super Adhesive Sheet die cut from the Ray of Sunshine cutting plate by Taylored Expressions.  The glitters used to create my sun were SNS's Cherry Lemonade, Lemonade,  Waterfall, and Rapture Blue.  The glitters were sprinkled onto the exposed adhesive and burnished into the adhesive starting with the lighter colors and progressing to the darker shades.

The Garden Silhouette rubber stamp was stamped onto a piece of SNS Embossable Clear Acetate with VersaMark and then heat set using Midnight Madness embossing powder.  I fussy cut around the image and adhered it in front of the rays of sun.  The edges of the mat behind the focal point were heat embossed with more Midnight Madness embossing powder for even more sparkle.


The ribbon is a strip of seam binding ribbon that I stained with Distress Stain (Squeezed Lemonade) and then I stamped my sentiment directly onto the ribbon with Staz-On ink.   I added a few flat backed pearls as a finishing touch.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sleep Over {Sparkle N Sprinkle Feb Reveal}



Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's 
February 1, 2015 Reveal.

This month FOUR new rubber stamp sets and two new digi-only sets are being introduced.   These sets are 20% off their regular price, until Feb. 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image.  Iris Garden #687 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Seasonal Trees #680   (digi version DIGI680)
Sleep Over #686   (digi version DIGI686)
Iris Garden #687  (digi version DIGI687)
Berry Sundae #688   (digi version DIGI688)
Wild About You #DIGI692 (digi only)
Stanley Valentine #DIGI693 (digi only)


On Feb 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive
all FOUR of the new rubber stamp sets (or digi sets, if you prefer).

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on Feb 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs.  This month's Blog Hop order is:

(Tip: if you have a problem with a particular link, try clicking on the person's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

Don't forget to leave a comment with each Designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  We love reading your comments and hope we have inspired you as well.  If you absolutely can not leave a comment for some reason, please email icinganne@yahoo.com with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

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The new SNS Creative Challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. 
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Did you know we are having a Guest Designer Call?   Click here for all the details.  The deadline is February 15.  Good luck to all of you who apply!
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We hope you enjoy the New Reveals as much as we do! Last month the winner came from my blog.  :-) Wonder which Designer contains the Grand Prize winner this month?


Now for a bit about my project:
I used the new Sleep Over stamp set and I love the larger size of the girl on this rubber stamp set. (She's approximately 4 3/4" tall.)  I stamped her twice with Memento ink and fussy cut her out.  I fussy cut just the head from the second stamping and adhered it directly on top of the main image, giving a touch more dimension.  Copic markers were used to color the image.  This is one of the few times that I actually chose my patterned paper before coloring, as I usually color an image and then decide what might go with it.

The patterned paper was die cut using the Stitched Rectangles from Simon Says Stamp.  When I received the package, each of the dies were connected with that little piece of metal that you're suppose to cut off.  Each of the dies are evenly spaced and I knew I could never replicate that.  So I die cut the entire set (still connected with the metal) and then taped the back so the rectangles would not come apart.

I die cut the rectangles a second time and used one of the rectangles for a spotlight behind the girl.  Copics were used to coordinate this smaller frame to the color of her pillowcase.  VersaMark was applied on top of the frame and heat set Sparkle embossing powder for a bit of bling.   Bubble Gum glitter was added to each of the little hearts on her pajama top since most little girls love bling.  Dimensional Glue and Pink Spirit Sparkle N Soft was added to her slippers.  Although it's hard to tell in the photograph, the slippers stand out from the card for a realistic look and they are so soft to touch   :-).


As a finishing touch, I added a bow and incorporated some Mon Ami Gabby Pearl Strings into the ribbon before making the final knot to form the bow.

Now you need to head on over to Marie's blog to see what she has for you.  Please be sure to leave each of us a comment for your chance to win all of the New Reveals this month.  And don't forget to check out the details on how you can be a Guest Designer for Sparkle N Sprinkle.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Woof You



Today's card features the new Puppy Love Die-Stamp coordinating sets (Puppy Love dies, Puppy Love stamps) from Die-Versions.

The background for my scene was created using Pan Pastels (Turquoise, Pearlescent Blue, Pearlescent Violet, Chrom-Oxide Green, Permanent Green, Neutral Grey, Silver, Black) and the Die-Versions Spring Tree die.  The rest of the stamps and dies are all part of the Puppy Love set with the exception of the birds, which are part of the Spring Tree die.  Copics were used to color these stamps and a touch of Spica glitter pen was used in each of the flower centers and the tree leaves.

I think this sentiment can be used for so many occasions, including Valentines (which will be here before we know it), birthdays, anniversaries, just because....and the list goes on.  Be sure to check out all the new Die-Stamp sets at Die-Versions.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Game On!



This card was made for my favorite gamer using the new Level Up clear stamps and coordinating Game Controller die sets from My Favorite Things (MFT).  As soon as I saw this set, I knew I had to have it and that it would get lots of use :-).

To start off, I die cut the large controller out of black fun foam and then black cardstock.  The fun foam serves a dual purpose of both adding dimension as well as supplying my shadow.  The individual controller buttons were die cut from various pieces of scraps and adhered onto the front.

The sentiment was heat set using Hero Arts White embossing powder and then die cut using the MFT Fishtail Flags Stax.  The dots on the fishtail were added using a Paper Smooches die (Dots and Dashes) and the circle was die cut using a Little B die (Nesting Circles) to mimic the dots on the fish tale.  A Spellbinders M-Bossabilities embossing folder (Garden Lattice) gave the black card base some visual interest.

inside
For the inside of the card, I used the smaller game controller and die cut it in white fun foam and white cardstock.  Scraps were also used to create the knobs and buttons on this controller as well.  Again, the fun foam adds dimension as well as a shadow for this smaller die cut.

The sentiment, which was stamped onto a Spellbinders Labels Twenty Five die cut, was heat set with Sparkle N Sprinkle Black Detail embossing power.

Coincidentally, my design replicates the MFT Sketch challenge this week, so I am entering it in the MFT Sketch Challenge.  I'm also entering the Cut It Up Challenge (embossing, die cut).

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spots and Dots {Scrapy Land Challenge #10}


Today is the beginning of the latest Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this bi-monthly challenge is Spots and Dots, Plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  You can check out all the manufacturers that Scrapy Land carries here.

The following dies were incorporated into this birthday card:


~ Spellbinders (Opulent Ovals),  
~ Sue Wilson Designs (California Collection: Beverly Hills)
~ Sue Wilson Designs (Finishing Touches: Dotty 3D Bow)
~ Sue Wilson Designs (Finishing Touches: Classic Bow
~ Die-Namics (Four Corners)
~ Die-Versions (Happy Sweet Wordlet 
~ Die-Versions (Birthday Sweet Wordlet)

I started out adding Pan Pastels (Pearlescent Yellow) to the white cardstock card base to create a soft, pearlescent background.  Then I die cut the Beverly Hills die.  This die cuts out the negative areas of a frame, but does not cut an outer or inner edge.

After die cutting the Opulent Oval from white cardstock, I cut out the words "Happy" and "Birthday" from the center of the oval.  I saved my negative pieces and added them back to the individual letters with adhesive tape.  Sunny Daze glitter was added to the rest of the exposed adhesive, creating a sparkly sentiment.  This was then centered on top of the previously die cut area.


The bow was a two part process: die cutting the base as well as die cutting the overlay.  The base was cut from cardstock covered with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet.  Before adding more Sunny Daze glitter to the bow base, I adhered the Dotty 3D bow onto the adhesive and then covered the remaining adhesive with the glitter.  My Four Corners die cuts were die cut from white copy paper as I wanted it to be thin, but not transparent.

So, my spots are covering the bow and my dots come from the negative spaced die cut from the Sue Wilson die.  There are lots of ways to incorporate Spots and Dots into your project.  For lots of great inspiration, be sure to check out the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team created for this challenge.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Wishes


Winter Wonderland is one of the new Die-Stamp sets recently debuted at Die-Versions.    For today's wintery card, I started out by stamping my moose onto white cardstock, die cutting him with the coordinating die, and coloring him with Copics.   Buff flock was added to his antlers and hoofs.

The trees were each die cut twice - once in vellum and once in green cardstock.  Next I stamped the trees with VersaMark onto the vellum and heat embossed each one with Shasta Puff embossing powder.  I layered these on top of the green die cut trees.  The sentiment, which is part of the Winter Wonderland stamp set, was stamed with VersaMark and heat embossed with Blue Silver embossing powder.

Cloud Nine velvet glitter was used to create my snow.  I applied brushable glue to the ground and added dots of dimensional glue for my snowflakes and then covered everything with the Cloud Nine velvet glitter.

For the blue cardstock base, I wanted a subtle pattern so I stamped the smallest of the three snowflakes from the set with VersaMark onto the open space of the cardstock and heat set it, leaving a perfect watermarked image.

There are ten new die and coordinating clear stamp sets that were recently released and all are so cute.  If you haven't checked out these new coordinating die sets yet, you really should.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Big Wet Kisses


My aquarium shaped card showcases the new Big Wet Kisses stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I used the digi version and printed it out, colored it with Copic markers and did some fussy cutting.  I added a bit of shimmer to the fish with Memories Mists (Bright Gold and Copper Shimmer.)  The aquarium was a free clip art I found on Google.


The background was created with Bister wood stains and watercolor paper and Mudd Puddles (Ocean Water and Shells) create the sandy floor.  The fussy cut hearts were covered with Dimensional Glue and Gypsy Red velvet glitter.


For the inside, I wanted to replicate the front, so I added the digi sentiment to the center of my clip art and printed it.  The sand was created with Copics and the shells and sea weed are brads.  

Shimmer embossing powder was heat set onto the background of the fishbowl and Ice embossing powder was used to Bling my Brads - shells and seaweed.  (Click the link for the SNS tutorial on how to do this.) 

I outlined the sentiment with a Sakura glue pen and covered it with Gypsy Red velvet glitter for a bit of color and sparkle.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Puppy Love


Have you seen the new Die-Stamp sets that Die-Versions has recently released?  They are clear photopolymer stamps and coordinating low profile dies (both of which are made in the USA.)  If not, you need to  check them out as they are so cute!

Today I'm sharing the new Puppy Love Stamps and coordinating dies, Puppy Love Dies.  I have to admit that I'm wasn't a huge fan of clear stamps as I've had puddling and non-uniform stamped images in the past.  However, I had no issues whatsoever with these stamps and dies!  And they were so easy to use!  I die cut the outline and then stamped the image right on top.  Since they are clear stamps, I could tell exactly where I was placing them on top of the die cuts.  Then I took out my Copics and started coloring.


I decided to create a mini magazine holder that I had seen on Split Coast Stampers.  This made a perfect gift for my dog lover friend.  When it came time to embellish the sides, I didn't have any animal patterned papers that I liked, so I created my own using the dog bone and paw print that came in the set.  Love how you can customize papers to coordinate with the theme.  Here are photos of the left and right sides of the mini magazine holder.  I also customized my little note paper with the paw prints.





One other thing I discovered while making these mini holders is that they are the perfect size to hold my new Die-Versions Die-Stamp sets!  I had created a prototype to make sure I was following the instructions (it was hard for me to see exactly what was going on in the step by steps as the author used black cardstock for the folder base.)  Since I don't like to throw anything away, I started playing around with various things that would fit and not be too top heavy.  Imagine a happy dance when I realized the clear stamps fits perfectly!  
I used the packaging insert from the clear stamps, cut down the sides to fit, and adhered a piece of magnetic paper on the front.  This magnetic page holds the dies in place.  The clear stamps on the acetate already fit without any altering.  The packaging insert, which is taller than the stamps or my magnetic page, acts as a tab between each of the Die-Stamp sets.  I've also written the name of each set in the upper left hand corner for easy referral.