Monday, September 15, 2014

Magic of the Season

I have a fun card to share with you today and it's called a Magic card, which is appropriate since this stamp set is called Magic of the Season by Sparkle N Sprinkle.  There are several tutorials out there, including the SNS tutorial and the Splitcoast Stampers version.

I followed the instructions on the Splitcoast Stampers video (listed below the written instructions).  I used SNS Clear Embossable Acetate for the front and stamped the image with StazOn (Jet Black) ink and heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder.

The image and sentiment on the magic part of the card was stamped with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and colored with Copic markers.  I added some glue using a Sakura glue pen to the swirls and stars and covered them with Celestial glitter.  The background panel was created by cutting a piece of Sticker Paper and covering it with Diamond Dust glitter.

The front panel opening was die cut using the Fleur de Lis Square die from Spellbinders and distressed with Distress Ink (Bundled Sage).  1/4" Tear-ific Tape was adhered to the outside edges of the front panel and covered with Pistachio glitter.

The above photo shows a close up of the magic starting to happen.  Magic is definitely in the air!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elegant Poinsettia

Today's card features the Elegant Poinsettia from Die-Versions.  I die cut the shape from Super Adhesive Sheets and white cardstock and applied the Double Flocking technique to the flower.  (You can view my Double Flocking technique tutorial here).

I started off by exposing the flower center and added Canary flock from Sparkle N Sprinkle to it.  Next I took an Exaco knife and cut the protective sheet between the flower petals and the greenery.  Palm Leaf flock was burnished into the adhesive for the leaves and Cherry Sparkle was added to the flower petals.  Be sure to burnish the flock in well with your fingertip.

I wanted a bit more dimension to the flower, so I began to gently fold it between each of the flower petals.  This gave it the depth that I was looking for without using dimensional dots.  Zva Creative gems add the finishing touches.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Autumn Splendor


Today, I have a Gate Fold card to share with you using the new Autumn Splendor (digi version) from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  This is a pretty large card, measuring 6"x6" when closed and 6"x12" when opened.

The front of the card was created by running patterned paper through the Spellbinders Dainty Dots embossing folder and cutting into panels.  1/4" and 1/8" Tear-ific tape was added to the edges of both panels.  Lavender Iris glitter was applied to the exposed adhesive of the 1/4" Tear-ific tape and Autumn Sparkle Sparkle N Soft flock covers the 1/8" Tear-ific tape.

The belly band also has 1/8" Tear-ific tape along the top and bottom edge and is covered with Autumn Sparkle Sparkle N Soft flock.  A single strip of orange Mon Ami Gabby Diamond Mesh-Brights is run along the center.  
The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark, heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder and die cut using a Spellbinders die (Labels Four).  Dimensional Glue was added to the outside edge and covered with Autumn Sparkle Sparkle N Soft flock.

The top and bottom of the panels are embellished with Mon Ami Gabby Flower Diamond Mesh in silver.  The centers were created by applying a mound of Dimensional Glue and covering with Orange Surprise glitter.

The image was colored with Copic markers and the background was colored with chalks.  Daisy velvet glitter was added to each of the flower centers and Lavender Iris was added to her wings and the streaks in her hair.

To create the frame surrounding the image, I adhered a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet to a piece of cardstock and die cut it using the Sue Wilson Designs (Italian Collection-Umbria).  After removing the protective sheets, I covered the entire frame with Autumn Sparkle Sparkle N Soft flock.  

The side panels were created by applying translucent embossing paste to a MFT stencil (spring flowers) and sprinkling Lavender Iris over the wet embossing paste.  While the paste is wet, it's still an opaque white color, but when dry, it's translucent.

Now for a quick "the things that make us happy"....  Do you notice a resemblance to the packaging of the rubber stamp to my colored image?  I hope the answer is a YES because my colored image is the one used for the front of the laminated sheet that this set of cling stamps is sold on.  So a little bit of my artwork gets to go home with anyone who purchases this set.  Thanks for indulging me, but this definitely makes me smile :-)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Farm Sweet Farm

Farm Sweet Farm by Sparkle N Sprinkle is one of their new stamp sets this month.  To create this scene, start out by stamping the horse in Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) and the stamp again on copy paper to create a mask.  Mask the horse and stamp the barn with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

The barn itself was colored with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and a waterbrush.  The silo was colored with Copic markers.  More Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint) was used to create the sky and ground.  The tuffs of grass were made with Copic markers.

Snow White flock and Buff flock, along with some SNS Brushable Glue was used to color the horse.  The hay in the loft was heat embossed with Tuscan Sun embossing powder and the roof of the silo was heat embossed with Antiquities embossing powder.  A touch of Silver Pearl embossing powder was added to the milk containers and some Copper Peddler embossing powder completes the weather vane.

What's a barn without a fence?  This barbed wire fence is by MFT and was heat embossed with Copper Flame embossing powder.  The sun is another die from MFT and the sentiment was heat embossed onto the sun using Tuscan Sun embossing powder.  The top of the sun was pop dotted and the bottom rays were adhered directly to the focal panel.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sparkle N Sprinkle Sept 1 Reveal Winners

This is my second post of the day.  If you are looking for my Scrapy Land Challenge post, please scroll down, or click here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this month's release.  One Grand Prize winner will win the entire collection revealed this month!

This month SIX new stamp sets were  introduced.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image. The Magic of the Season, set #653 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Autumn Splendor #651   (Digi version - DIGI651)
Farm Sweet Farm #652  (Digi version - DIGI652)
Magic of the Season #653  (Digi version - DIGI653)
Thanksgiving Friends #656  (Digi version - DIGI656)
Bountiful Blessings #658  (Digi version - DIGI658)
Sweet Holiday #655  (Digi version - DIGI659)

 One Grand Prize Winner was selected from the comments left on the participating Designers' blogs.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive their choice of:

1) each of the new reveal rubber stamp sets
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets. 

Congratulations goes to 

who commented on Eret's blog:
She is a very pretty fairy Eret and really like the colours you have used.

B x

Please email Anne at to claim your prize.  Be sure to include your mailing address.

Hugs from The Sparkle Team,

Scrapy Land Challenge #1

Today's the day for the brand new and improved Scrapy Land Challenges to begin.  

The theme is Anything Goes using Dies and the challenge will run until 8pm Eastern time, Sunday Sept 14th.  This gives the Designers a couple of days to choose the Winner and the Top 3.  Speaking of winners, everyone gets a badge for being selected and the Winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

For my project today, I combined Sue Wilson Designs dies (Spanish Collection - Granada; California Collection - Beverly Hills) with my Sweet Wordlets die (Miss You) from Die-Versions.   Although I couldn't capture the glitter on the sentiment, it is covered with Green Iris glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  The pre-made roses were also covered with glue and Green Iris glitter for a bit more sparkle.

The seam binding ribbon was dyed using Distress Stains (Antique Linen, Seedless Preserves) and pearls were added to the corners.  This is a quick and easy card to create and send to someone to tell them you miss them.

You'll definitely want to head on over to the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog to see what all the Designers have created for you today.  There is a wide variety of styles and lots of inspiration.  Plus, we have a special Guest Designer visiting us for the debut of the new SL Challenge Blog.  Upload your creations using the InLinz button by Sept 14th for your chance to win the fabulous prize.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thanksgiving Friends

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's September 1 Reveal.

This month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced.   These sets are 20% off their regular price, until September 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image. The Magic of the Season, set #653 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Autumn Splendor #651   (Digi version - DIGI651)
Farm Sweet Farm #652  (Digi version - DIGI652)
Magic of the Season #653  (Digi version - DIGI653)
Thanksgiving Friends #656  (Digi version - DIGI656)
Bountiful Blessings #658  (Digi version - DIGI658)
Sweet Holiday #655  (Digi version - DIGI659)

On Sept 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive their choice of:

1) all SIX of the new rubber stamp sets
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets. 

The new SNS Creative Challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. 

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on Sept 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

(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.)

Wonder which Designer contains the Grand Prize this month?

Here's a bit about my project today.

I've combined both the Thanksgiving Friends and the Bountiful Blessings stamp sets today.  Copics were used to color the images and lots of glitter and embossing powder.  In my mind's eye, Gerty is the eccentric one, so she always is wearing funky glasses.  Today, her glasses coordinate with her dress and are covered with Laser Blue glitter.  Surf glitter was added to all of steam coming from the turkey and the pot on the counter.  Eunice's outfit was hand drawn using a Copic red multi-liner.  The sentiment on her apron was added with a Copic Black mulit-liner.

The frame around the girls was die cut using Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Ovals, covered with VersaMark and heat set with Indian Corn embossing powder.  I used the Distressed Embossing technique around the card base with Distress Ink (Pine Needles) and Sparkle embossing powder.  Cloud Nine velvet glitter was added to the strips of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape holding down the string of pearls.  This gives it a bit of sparkle and takes care of any sticky adhesive that might be showing at the same time.  For even more details, you can visit my SNS Art Gallery.

Hope you've enjoyed this month's SNS New Reveal.  Don't forget to leave each Designer a comment and you could be the lucky winner to receive all six of the new rubber stamp sets!  The winner will be announced on Sept 3.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's coming soon

Mark those calendars for the first and third Wednesday of each month.  Scrapy Land has a new Challenge blog and a brand new group of very talented ladies.

The fun and excitement starts in 4 days...
on Sept 3rd

I'll give you a little hint too......not only will you get to see firsthand what these very talented ladies can do, but there will also be a very special Guest Designer joining us for the kick off of this new blog.