Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Day

Today I'm showcasing the new Spring Bike die by Die-Versions.

I started out by die cutting the bicycle in cream, black, and red so that I could paper piece parts of the bike onto the red bike base.  The basket and flowers were die cut three times in cream so they could be stacked on top of each other for added dimension.  Sometimes it's easier to die cut several pieces and adhere them together rather than adding a pop dot to the back, especially if it's a small area that you want more dimension on.  The top layer of the basket and flowers were colored with Copic markers, Wink of Stella glitter pens, and Spica glitter pens.

I cut off the bike seat, tires, and hand grips from the black cardstock die cut and adhered it to the red bike.  All of the silver pieces of the bike were colored using a Wink of Stella glitter pen.  Glossy Accents was added to the red portions of the bike so it would look like the red beach cruiser bike that I have :-).  Lastly, I die cut the Spring Bike one more time out of black fun foam and adhered it to the back of the finished bike for dimension (and a touch of shadow near the flowers).

The background circle is a die from Little B (Circles) that includes the dots around the perimeter.  I die cut the same circle without the dots from black cardstock and adhered it behind the patterned paper to make the dots pop.

The sentiment banner, which is a die from MFT (Fishtail Flags), was created using a rubber stamp from Simon Says Stamp (Always Edge Set AE6) and was heat embossed with White Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I also sprinkled on some Buttercup Petal embossing powder on top of the sentiment to give the banner a speckled look.  As a final touch to the banner, I used Sparkle embossing powder and the Bling Your Brad technique on a heart shaped brad that I had.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Old Well

Old Well is one of the four new stamp sets released by Sparkle N Sprinkle this month and it comes with quite a few sentiments, as well as the two bunnies and the main image.

For today's card, I used a masking technique for both the sentiment and to add the bunnies in front of the well.  I stamped the bunnies first, then stamped them again on scrap paper and cut them out (these are my masks).  After adhering the mask over the bunnies, I stamped the main image.  Everything is colored with Copic markers.  Sugar Plum glitter gives added sparkle to the wisteria blooms.

To create the sentiment, I die cut a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet using the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simons Says Stamp.  I saved the release paper and cut out the center and used this as a mask.  The exposed edge was then covered with more Sugar Plum glitter and Bubble Gum glitter was added to the center.  The Stamping on Glitter technique was used to create the sentiment.   Using a MISTI stamping tool makes this technique a breeze to do! A piece of tulle was added behind the sentiment for a bit more interest.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pearls and Lace {Scrapy Land #16}

It's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme for this challenge is to use Pearls and/or Lace, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells on your project.

I thought this would be a perfect theme for a Mother's Day card.  I started out by creating a silhouette using a Dreamweaver's stencil (Cameo) and embossing paste.  While the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled Cloud Nine velvet glitter onto the silhouette itself (but not the frame around the silhouette) and then let it dry overnight.  Once the embossing paste was dry, I die cut the image using a Spellbinders die (Classic ovals) and then spritzed it with a shimmer mist I created using the Marion Smith Color Lab Paint kit. The dry embossing paste acts as a resist and the mist doesn't adhere.  As soon as I had spritzed the entire thing,  I used a paper towel to soak up the shimmer mist from the paste. Lace was then adhered to the back of my oval to create a frame.

Memory Box's Elliana background die was used as the backdrop for the framed silhouette.  After die cutting it out, I applied VersaMark to the entire area and then heat set it with Pink Delight embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

I created my sentiment on the computer and printed it out onto vellum.  Clear embossing powder was then applied to the printer ink and heat set.

I also created a lace flower and added a length of pearl string form Mon Ami Gabby to the back of the flower.  The larger pearls on the string were colored a soft pink using a Copic marker.

Now it's your turn to create a project following this week's theme.  You'll have until April 26th to upload it to the Scrapy Land Challenge and the winner, who is chosen by the Designers, will receive a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at the Scrapy Land store.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Straw Basket

The Straw Basket is one of the latest dies released from Die-Versions.  I decided to fill my basket with spring flowers, specifically the tulips from the bicycle basket on the new Spring Bike die.  I die cut the flower portion multiple times and colored the flowers with Copic markers.

I also die cut the basket twice.  Once from fun foam and once from patterned paper.  I used the negative portions of the patterned paper to fill in the gaps on the fun foam.

The glittery background was cut from sticker paper and, after adhering the basket, covered with Lavender Iris glitter.

My sentiment was die cut using the DV Peppermint font, using the same patterned paper that was used for the basket.  I also added a touch of Spica glitter pens to the letters to give them a subtle sparkle as well.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Window

Spring Window is one of the four new stamp sets released by Sparkle N Sprinkle this month.

I stamped the image with Staz-On ink onto watercolor paper and used Distressed Inks (Scattered Straw, Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone, Seedless Preserves, Milled Lavender, Old Paper, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo) and a water brush to color the image.

Lacy Lilac glitter was added to the flowers in the vase, the word "faith" in the sentiment, and the glittery frame.   Mauvelous glitter gives the blossoms a bit of sparkle.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Friendship Flowers

Friendship Flowers - SNS
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Friendship Flowers is one of the new stamp sets just released from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Today I created a fun fold card using Spellbinders Hexagons dies.  As you can see in the photo below, the opening is a Z fold with a window on each side with the image in the center of the card. 

I created frames for the window openings using two sizes of the nesting hexagons, which were die cut from Sticker paper.  Once I had the frames die cut, Luau Green velvet glitter covers the exposed adhesive.

Friendship Flowers4 - SNSAfter stamping and coloring the image with Copic markers, it was fussy cut and adhered to another piece of Sticker paper.  The remaining adhesive was covered with Lavender Iris glitter for a shimmery background.  A Sakura glue pen and more Lavender Iris glitter highlights various flower petals as well.

I used the Glue-less Glitter technique to create both sentiments, using VersaMarkClear embossing powder, and more Luau Green velvet glitter.  You can watch our SNS You Tube video, to see how to do this fun and easy technique.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sparkle N Sprinkle April Reveal/Blog Hop Winner

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

This month FOUR new rubber stamp sets were introduced.   The sets are:

Get Well Friends #701   (digi version DIGI701)
Friendship Flowers #702   (digi version DIGI702)
Old Well #703  (digi version DIGI703)
Spring Window #704   (digi version DIGI704)

 One Grand Prize Winner was selected from the comments left on the participating Designers' blogs.  

The Grand Prize Winner will receive 
 each of the New Reveal rubber stamp sets (or digi versions, if preferred)

Congratulations goes to 
Jodie Stoddard

who said...

Wonderful card. I love how you made your brick background. I would never have thought of that technique. Thank you for sharing.
April 2, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Her comment came from Diane's blog.

Please email Anne at to claim your prize.  Be sure to include your mailing address and phone number (if you are an international winner).

Hugs from The Sparkle Team,

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Daisies {Scrapy Land #15}

If you are looking for the Sparkle N Sprinkle April New Reveal Blog Hop, please scroll down, or click here.

Although today is April Fool's Day, we aren't fooling.  It's also the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

For today's challenge, I started off by stamping the Daisies image from Sparkle N Sprinkle and coloring it with Copic markers.  Pan Pastels were used for the background and flat backed pearls were adhered to the centers of the flowers.  Once this was done, I fussy cut out the image and added some cheese cloth behind it.

A Sue Wilson die (Spanish Collection - Granada) was used to create the shimmery background.  I die cut this from a double sided adhesive strip which was adhered to a piece of white cardstock.  Once the adhesive on top was exposed, Princess Elsa Frost glitter was used to cover the top.  Then I dry embossed the entire piece with the Basket Weave embossing folder from Crafters Companion.

My sentiment was created from the Die-Versions Love You Express Banner die.

Now it's your turn.  Be sure to follow the theme and include a brand of die that Scrapy Land sells on your project.  You'll have until April 12th and the winner will enjoy a $15 gift certificate from Scrapy Land.