Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Hi there, 

Today I want to share with you my take of a card from the Secret Garden Set 773!. I am an avid gardener (to the point that it really gets in the way of my stamping over the summer months!) And then on top of that ... my eldest son Struan, was involved with Broadway as a child, and he was picked to play Colin Craven, the Crippled Boy, in a musical reading of the show, so I ending up learning the story quite well. It always holds a special place in my heart.

Secret Garden

Little Mary Lennox  and the Robin were stamped on white cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black and were colored with CopicsY17, Y21, Y32, YR61, E07, E33, E13, E35,  YG03, YG67, N4, B32, B95, B63 and C1. The key and the lock in the image were applied with Silver Dreams Glitter and the flowers with Celestial Glitter, after being applied with the Sakura Glue Pen

I cut an arch from a piece of Kraft cardstock, using the Spellbinders Mega Ovals Large (stopped cutting 2/3 of the way down the shape, so as not to cut out the bottom - cutting a straight line along the base to line up the two sides to leave an arch aperture for Mary).  After inking this with Memento Rich Cocoa, I then ran it through the Darice Brick Pattern Embossing Folder and ran Memento Toffee Crunch directly over the surface of the bricks.

I made a fun flower, combining two colors Beige and Brown of the Mon Ami Gabby Pull ribbon and punched a hole at the side of the arch to poke the pull thread through and attach with tape on the back side of the arch. The edges of the arch and the Kraft card base were distressed with Rich Cocoa before attaching Mary behind the aperture.

The sentiment from the set was split in two and stamped on white cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Detail. The two pieces were cut into banners and were distressed on the edges with Rich Cocoa before being attached to the card front with Dimensional Foam.

A Want to Scrap Chipboard Antique Key 4304 was applied with Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Detail and applied again with Versamark and heat embossed with the new Super Thick Silver. Love the look of this enameled powder! The key was attached with Dimensional Glue to the card front. The Robin was cut from his original image and was placed with Dimensional Foam, to look like he was holding the key for Mary.

If you're interested, the following is a video of part of the Secret Garden Reading that my son took part in, as Colin Craven, 11 years ago! It is the part where Mary shows him the Secret Garden.

Hope you've enjoyed my share today!

Warm hugs,


Friday, February 5, 2016

Vellum Sympathy

Hi there, today unfortunately, I am sharing yet another Sympathy card. The father of the husband of a dear friend passed away recently and I was figuring out what image to use and found this Technique Junkie Vintage Daisy Collage, which happened to have a bee in it at the top left. The husband is a beekeeper and so I felt moved to use this stamp on my project today.

First of all I stamped it on white cardstock in Versamark, heat embossed with Gold Detail, then colored it in using watercolor paints.

I found it to be too bright for a sympathy card, so how to mute it? I stamped the image again in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Detail on top of Vellum.

I taped the Vellum version exactly over the top of the colored image and attached them together using four little gold brads in each corner.

Below you can see how the colors show through behind the Vellum.

I stamped the sentiment from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Sympathy Set 579 in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail. It was cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Grommet Tag and before removing the die, I daubered lightly over the script with Memento Dandelion ink. I also used Copic Marker R20 to color in the little heart to tie in with the flowers at the top of the image.

I added a little Dimensional Foam behind the sentiment before attaching it to the image with two larger gold brads. The entire piece was then attached to a 5" x 7" black card base with tape. A little gold ribbon was tied in a bow on the left side to finish off my card.

Hope you've liked my share today.

Till next time,


Sunday, January 31, 2016


Hi there and welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle February Reveal! I'm the last designer on the hop. If you were intending on participating in the hop with the hope of winning all three of the new stamp sets then go back to the beginning with Marie!  This month, I chose to work with the new set Disco Fever, also featuring the new Neon Glitters, some of the new Nuance powders, easy-peasy pull ribbon from Mon Ami Gabby and the new Kiss Cut technique!

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! 

So - on with my disco party!....... and the fabulous new Neon Glitters!

I began by stamping the disco girl in Memento Tuxedo Black and after fussy cutting her out, she was colored with Copic MarkersE00, Y08, YR16, YG06, RV25, N4, B02, V04. I applied a thin coat of Dimensional Glue to her boots and dress to give the outfit a shine.

After the Glue dried to a shine, the new Neon Green Glitter Exhilerated was added to her boots and scarf. Orchid Glitter was added to her hair. A Sakura Glue pen was used to apply these two glitters.

The panel on the left of the card was created using the Neon GlittersExulted (G1132), Energized (G1133), Exhilarated (G1134), Electrified (1135) and the Kiss Cut technique with the Memory Box Large Ringlets Die. A piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape was attached to a piece of white cardstock and then it was run through the embossing machine with the die (cutting edge) facing down into the adhesive backing. Pieces of the pattern were picked out with an exacto knife and applied with the Neon Glitters.

After all the glitters were applied, Versamark was applied to the entire panel and it was heat embossed with Clear Detail to give a shiny appearance. The panel on the right was created using a circular stencil and four of the Nuance Powders which best matched the colors of the new Glitters (Yellow, Orange, Pink and Green). I sprinkled the powders over the cardstock which had the stencil taped down over it and then spritzed with water. In order to make it shiny, after it was dried,  I again applied Versamark and heat embossed with the Clear Detail embossing powder.


Three silver brads were "blinged" with Tangy Tangerine and Flashy Flamingo and were attached to the Nuance panel. A piece of Mon Ami Gabby green pull ribbon was attached to the same panel before it was taped down to the right side of the black card base. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail. Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags was used to cut it out and then before removing the die, Memento Rose Bud ink was daubered on to the tag. This was attached to the Clear-embossed panel with a Flashy Flamingo-blinged brad, before being attached to the left of the black card base.

Our Disco Queen was attached in the center with Dimensional Foam to finish up the card. Hope you like our new sets and neon glitters? As I am the last designer on the blog - all you have to do now (if you have commented on all the others) is to leave a comment with me and you will be eligible to win the three new sets.

Good Luck!!

Till next time,


Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Hi there, 

Thanks for stopping by! Today I'd like to share an easel card using the new Sparkle N Sprinkle Happily Ever After Set 770 and some Want To Scrap Chipboard.

Arch Wedding Easel

I decided to use vellum for a change and so began with stamping the couple on the vellum with Versamark and heat embossing with White Detail. I then colored the image on the back of the vellum with Copic Markers: E000, E02, E08, E13, E33, R20, V04, YG03 and N4.

Arch Wedding Easel

The base of the easel is 11" x 4 1/4", folded at 5 1/2" and 2 3/4".  I cut the arch with Spellbinders Grand Ovals and Ovals Large - a piece of white card was cut just with the Grand Ovals Die to be the backing for the vellum and arch. The arch was run through the Darice Brick Pattern Embossing Folder, a 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" piece of white card was also run through the same folder for the base of the card. Memento Potter's Clay and Desert Sand were swiped over to color the bricks.

Arch Wedding Easel

The vellum piece was sandwiched between the colored arch and the white arch base and was then taped to the end of the easel base. The 2 3/4" piece of bricked cardstock will be taped to the "inside" of the card after a sheer bow and the flower with brad center are added to the panel.

Arch Wedding Easel

Now onto the embellishments! I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock in Versamark and heat embossed with Sienna (my favorite Tuscany color! These are fine detailed powders that are great for sentiments and detailed images, when you want to use something other than black.) I die cut this with Lawn Fawn Stitched Tags.  This was attached on top of the ribbon with Dimensional Foam and serves as the "stop" for the easel. Another two ribbons were made and were attached with glue dots as shown.

Arch Wedding Easel

Three Prima Flowers were covered in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Dreams. A silver brad was applied with Versamark and heat embossed with Sienna Star and became the center of the flower.  The Want To Scrap Chipboard word "Love" was applied with Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Dreams to tie in with the flower. This was attached to the card with Dimensional Glue.

Arch Wedding Easel

... and they Lived Happily Ever After!

Hope you've enjoyed my share today.

Warm hugs from a rather snowy (but melting now) New Jersey!

Snow Blizzard 2016 memories - my two younger kids - although 20 and 15 now - still very young at heart!

.... and what about these cool horizontal icicles trying to come in the house?...

Hope you have a wonderful day!