Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oriental Lantern

Instead of creating a card for today's post, I decided to create a book mark.  I know more and more people are using electronic devices to read now, me included, but I still prefer to read an old fashioned book.

To create my book mark, I started out with one of the new Asian themed dies from Die-Versions, Oriental Lantern.  I die cut this twice: once from white cardstock and once from red fun foam.

To color the lantern, I used my new Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter markers.  The amount of sparkle and shine these markers have are amazing (much better than my other glitter markers).  I also used a Gold Leafing pen on the sections colored in gold.

The patterned paper is from Graphic 45 (Birdsong) and the sentiment is one I found online by googling Chinese proverbs.

When trying to figure out my design, I knew I wanted something a little more that just a basic rectangle.  So I added a flip element to it.  That way, the book mark can be used as you normally would, or you could flip part it over the page you are reading.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team is creating using these new Asian themed dies.  And don't forget to use the code anne15 to get 15% off the everyday sales prices on your total Die-Versions order.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Secret Garden

Secret Garden is one of the new stamp sets revealed this month from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I started out by stamping the image and sentiment onto watercolor paper using Jet Black StazOn ink.  Then I used Nuance powders to watercolor the image.  Silver Sonic velvet glitter was added to the lock and key and Sparkling Snow glitter was added to the flower centers.

The background was created by dry embossing a piece of white cardstock with a Sue Wilson Designs embossing folder (Climbing Vines).  Next I covered the surface with VersaMark, then White Spark embossing powder, and heat set it.  The ivy vines are die cuts from the Sue Wilson Designs Trailing Ivy die set.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Love You {Scrapy Land Challenge #35}

It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme for the first Wednesday is always Anything Goes using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.  This bi-monthly challenge will end on February 14.  The winner, chosen by the design team members, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.

For today's card, I created a quick pinwheel card from old scraps of patterned paper and several dies.  (The original design idea came from my friend Ann.)  The squares used for the pinwheel were die cut using a Elizabeth Craft Designs die (Fitted Squares), the center flower is from a couple Sue Wilson Designs dies (Delicate Daisies - Open Petals and Delicate Daisies - Complete Petals), and the sentiment is a Die-Versions Sweet Spot (I cut off the outer circle).

Black Ice glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle was added to the sentiment for added bling and Sparkling Snow glitter was added to the daisy petals.

Head on over to the Scrapy Land Challenge to upload your project.  While you are there, be sure to check out the awesome projects by the rest of the Designers.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Disco Girlfriends {Sparkle N Sprinkle Reveal}

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

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:

(*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!

Now for a bit about my card.  

This fun new stamp set was designed as a Pop-Up card so that when you opened it, the girls were dancing the night away.  It's also loaded with the three of the four new Neon Glitters - Energized! (orange), Electrified! (yellow), and Exulted!(hot pink).  The four new Neon is Exhilarated!, a bright green.  

I used the digi version of Disco Girlfriends and after printing and coloring with my Copics, I fussy cut them out.  Eunice (the one on the left) is sporting Exulted! and Electrified! neon glitter in her outfit while Gerty is strutting her stuff with added Energized! neon glitter.

The patterned paper is pretty old, but fit the theme well.  I also added round dots of neon glitter to some of the circle centers as well as the glitter ribbon underneath the sentiment.  

The sentiment, which is part of the set, was printed on white cardstock and then die cut using a Simon Says Stamp die (Stitched Circles).  The next step was to heat set it using Super Thick Clear embossing powder.  But before I heated the embossing powder, I sprinkled on some Sparkling Snow glitter.  This gives it a sparkly, disco-ball type of feel.   

Shona is the next stop on this February Reveal Blog Hop.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs for your chance to win all three of the new sets revealed this month.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Happy Birthday

This was a for-fun card I created using alcohol inks and YUPO paper.  I was inspired to try this paper with alcohol inks after viewing Tim Holtz video about this.  I've used this paper with watercolors (you can see all the posts using this synthetic paper here), but not with alcohol inks.  I used Various Ink Copic refills for my card.

All of the dies used for this card are from the Balloons Step-Ups die set by Sizzix.  I started out by die cutting the base from white cardstock.  The rest is from the YUPO paper.  The really cool thing about this is you can layer the alcohol inks on top of each other or swirl them together.  All of this was from the same sheet of YUPO paper.  For the different colors, I either added a bit more ink or subtracted some ink (using rubbing alcohol) from what was already there.

This was so much fun to play around with.  I definitely want to do it some more.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ginger Jar

Ginger Jar is one of the new dies released by Die-Versions this month.  If you haven't seen all the new Asian themed dies, you'll want to check them out.

After die cutting the jar, I heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder.  I also wanted the jar to look solid, so I traced around the die itself and fussy cut it out.  Then I added more clear embossing powder to this. I wanted a cracked finish and started out to use the Cracked Glass technique but then I remembered I had an old jar of Distress Crackle Paint.  To be honest, I wasn't sure it would work on top of the embossing, but I added a very thick layer and let it air dry.  It worked beautifully, but don't over bend the die cut or some may flake off.

The right panel is watercolored using Nuance powders.  I was playing around with these powders and had some leftovers, so I combined them all onto watercolor paper (hoping I wouldn't get mud).  I liked the way it turned out and set it on my desk.  Much to my happy surprise, it matched the Ginger Jar (that was also sitting on my desk) perfectly.

The DV Fortune Cookie font was used to create my sentiment.  It was die cut twice: once from black cardstock (to create the shadow) and once from the same paper as the Ginger Jar was die cut from.  I also added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter markers (clear) to the letters for a bit of bling.  If you haven't tried these new markers yet, I think you will really like them.  The sparkle they give is really amazing and you can blend colors with them too.  Embroidery floss and vintage buttons add the finishing touches to my card.

If you'd like to receive 15% off the everyday prices of Die-Versions, just add the following code when you get ready to check out: anne15.   You will automatically receive 15% off your total purchase (and who doesn't love getting discounts!).

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Poppies was one of the new stamp sets revealed in January by Sparkle N Sprinkle.  The image was stamped onto white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.

I framed the image with the Want 2 Scrap (Vintage Fancy Frames) chipboard that I covered with embossing powder.  In order to get the true color of your chosen embossing powder, it is better to cover the chipboard with White embossing powder first.  Then repeat the process with your favorite color.  For this frame I used Caribbean embossing powder.

I also added small dots of Black Ice glitter to the center of the poppy as well as outlining each of the squares.

Seam binding ribbon colored with Distress Stain (Tumbled Glass) adds the finishing touch.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rays of Sunshine {published - Rubber Stamp Madness}

Published in Rubber Stamp Madness magazine, Spring 2016 edition. 

I am beyond thrilled to have a couple of cards published in this edition.  This one includes two full pages (plus a little more on a third page) of step by step instructions and photos (pages 13 - 15)!

Using the "painting with glitter" technique (also known as inlaid glitter technique or the kiss cut technique) onto a piece of Sparkle N Sprinkle Super Adhesive Sheet die cut from the Ray of Sunshine cutting plate by Taylored Expressions,  I added the following SNS glitters to create my sun: Cherry LemonadeLemonade,  Waterfall, and Rapture Blue.  The glitters were sprinkled onto the exposed adhesive and burnished into the adhesive starting with the lighter colors and finishing with the darker shades.

The Garden Silhouette rubber stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle was stamped onto a piece of 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.  Although it's hard to tell in the photo, the silhouette is very sparkly as there is glitter in the embossing powder.

To see the step-by-step photos and complete instructions, you'll need to purchase this edition. :-)