Thursday, September 25, 2014

LOVE ON OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Hi again,

Back for another quick post. I had made this card last week for the hubby, after being at the Somerset Scrapbook Convention, where we were playing with all the tapes and glitters in the booth.


I made this card quite quickly I might say. The SNS Tear-ific Tapes make it very easy!

I put a strip of the 2 1/2" Tape down the left hand side and removed the protective backing. Then I laid another strip of the same width down on the right side (it is OK to overlap), but leave the protective backing on the right side for now.


Apply a piece of the same tape to a piece of white cardstock and run it through a die cutting machine with three of the scalloped heart dies. Pick off the protective backings of the hearts and place them down on the exposed sticky side. The heart shapes will act as masks. Apply Sonic Velvet Glitter to the remaining exposed tape. Brush off the excess with a glitter brush.

Remove the heart masks and then apply the brand new Dogwood Rose velvet glitter to those sticky areas. 

Remove the right side protective backing and add 2 lengths of 1/4" tape and 1 length of 3/4" tape. Leave the backing on those strips and apply Reflection glitter to all the remaining exposed area.


Remove the two left side backing strips and apply the Dogwood Rose. Repeat with the last 3/4" backing and apply Sonic glitter to that area.

Now the fun part - making a ribbon to match your project. Here I used the 1/2" Tape. Take a strip of the tape and burnish your selected glitter (I used Reflection on mine) well into the tacky side of the tape. Just put a pile of the glitter on a coffee filter and pull the sticky tape (a couple of inches at a time) through the glitter. When the one side is covered and you've shaken and brushed off the excess glitter, remove the other side of the backing. Yes, I know it sounds strange, but you do have a "glitter sandwich" with just glue in between! Here is the link for glittered ribbon on the website if needed.

... and if that is not cool enough - yes, you can curl it!!


Just do it gently with a pair of scissors as you would a normal ribbon!

Cut and emboss the white heart from glossy white cardstock and add the silver stickers.

The next step is to emboss your chipboard piece. I had a question recently answered at the Somerset Convention. Why do chipboard pieces leave an outline on your Versamark (and other) pads? I love embossing these chipboard pieces, but they were ruining my pads. The reason is that the chipboard is cut with a laser and in effect it is burning the chipboard. If you run a piece of paper towel around the outline of your chipboard piece, you will see a black residue come off on the towel. It will now not be left on your new Versamark pad! I keep a "dirtied" Versamark pad specifically for my Chipboard pieces now, as I hadn't known that. Another option is to use a dauber with the Versamark. It's all a matter of preference.

I chose to heat emboss my "Love" with Silver Lightning embossing powder. 


... and the silver brad was also embossed with Silver Lightning and then I reheated it with Super Thick Clear embossing powder. The brad held the ribbon in place and the heart was attached with Dimensional Dots as shown.

Hope I've inspired you to get out those glitters! It can make such a quick but effective card!

I'd like to enter this card in the Scrapy Land Challenge where they are looking for die cuts and heat embossing.

See you next week for the Sparkle N Sprinkle October Reveal!

Hugs,

Shona

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WELCOME TO AUTUMN!

Hi everyone!

Yes, I'm back! I'm so sorry that I've not been able to keep up with my duties here in Blog Land over the summer. It was just one thing after an other. I'm sorry if I've also not been visiting your blogs either, hopefully I have righted that on my return from Scotland!

As soon as I got home I went straight into the Somerset Scrapbook Convention. I was teaching the classes and it was so much fun meeting all our lovely customers. Now we are exploring the possibility of teaching classes in NJ.


I've taken a couple of weeks to get things organized from being away for such a long time. We're now down to a little family of three. My older two now being away - one in St. Andrews, Scotland, and now the second just 45 minutes away studying her dream - Music, at Westminster Choir College! We're feeling blessed - 'though very poor!

Our third, Calum, has risen to the occasion! Now that the other two are off, he seems to have come into his own, and is doing academically well so far in his first year in High School. Named Captain of the Freshman soccer team, and occasionally playing for JV and Varsity, obviously has had an enormous boost to his overall ego. Long may it continue, as it adds tons of crafting time to one's schedule, if you don't have to be continuously nagging to get one's homework done!!

I really enjoyed getting back upstairs to my craft room. I've spent most of the past two days reorganizing everything. I can't work when there is clutter! ... and I have control over that in my studio!! Not so much in the house!! You know what I mean - but I still love them! Smelly soccer socks and all!


While I was at the Convention with Margaret two weeks ago, I found a booth that had different embossing folders (and you know how obsessed I am about embossing folders!) Along with a couple of others, I picked up this "Sheena" Oriental birds EF. To be honest, I didn't find too much about it oriental - but thought it would make a great fall card! 


I was looking for something really easy to do to get back in the swing of things, so I ran the Oriental Birds through the machine. It was then inked up with London Fog on the embossed side. Then I took all my Semi-Transparent "fall" glitters out of the drawer and randomly applied them with my Sakura Glue Pen to each of the leaves.

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Sienna. Memento Cantaloupe was applied before removing the die and then I edged the die cut with Rich Cocoa Memento ink. I popped the die cut (Spellbinder's Grommet tag) using dimensional dots with brads that had been customized with Sienna Star embossing powder.



The card front was attached to a gray card base and then I sponged Versamark around the edges, to which I added Shimmer Embossing Powder. 

... and that was pretty much it.

I'd like to enter this card in the Scrapy Land challenge: Die cuts and heat embossing. 

Hope you've enjoyed your visit here today, I'll be back next week, with the Sparkle N Sprinkle October Reveal. Prepare to be amazed at what the Design Team has in store for you!

Till then, enjoy the first few days of Fall!

Hugs,

Shona






Sunday, August 31, 2014

SPARKLE N SPRINKLE'S SEPTEMBER 1ST REVEAL

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's September 1 Reveal.

This month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced, plus the re-release of the Wonky Lines background stamp. 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.

This month, I decided to go with Autumn Splendor - Set 651



Here are this month's reveal sets:




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
or 
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:

April Williams
Eret Pank
Belinda Shupe
Emmy van den Heuvel
Shona Erlenborn (that's me)
Anita Scroggins
Marie Berquist
Anne Temple


(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 cannot 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.

This month we were given a few pieces of "bling" from Mon Ami Gabby to play with, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate some of the samples into my design this month. I had a few strings of the Diamond Mesh that came in some lovely fall colors, so I used two of them to trim the bottom of the dress.



The three "flowers" on the left were cut from a piece of Flower Diamond Mesh which was made with clear flowers. I was able to color them by using Adirondack Alcohol Ink Sunshine Yellow.






My background was done using the Dry Embossed Flocked Backgrounds technique, with the Sizzix embossing folder (Rays), some Sun Dazzle Sparkle N Soft, a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet and Memento Cantaloupe ink. I love making these fun, fuzzy backgrounds. Adds a lot of texture to your projects. You can see the embossed pattern more clearly in the photo below.


I was thinking sparkly and blingy went well with this lovely image. I stamped her in StazOn black, then she was fussy cut and colored with watercolor crayons using a waterbrush. I added Celestial glitter to the wings and flower centers and then Bridal glitter to the dress using a Sakura Glue Pen.

I used Gold Mirror Cardstock to add even more shine to the card, although it does make it difficult to photograph! The sentiment was stamped in Versamark then heat embossed in Black Detail. It was then cut and embossed with a rectangle die cut. The circle behind her was cut and embossed with Spellbinder's Classic Circle die. The background was layered to another piece of the Gold Mirror Cardstock and then I assembled the card using Tear-ific Tape and dimensional dots. Dimensional Glue was used to attach the "flowers". Full instructions can be found here, in the SNS Gallery, if needed.


Hope you've enjoyed my project today, and that you'll check out the rest of the Design Team's projects. Remember to leave a comment for us all, to be eligible for the Grand prize win!

Till next time,

Shona

Friday, August 15, 2014

DIE-VERSIONS/SPARKLE N SPRINKLE BLOG HOP




Welcome to the Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop!










I hope you have ventured here via our SNS talented Anita? If not, in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize, you do need to comment on all the Designers, so you should go back! Here are my two sneak peaks!





The joint blog hop with Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle begins today (7am EST) and goes until Aug 17th (5pm EST), so there will be plenty of time to check out all the great projects created by both teams.  The theme is Christmas, so you'll get lots of great inspiration for your upcoming Holiday cards.

Die-Versions manufactures low profile dies made right here in the United States and Sparkle N Sprinkle manufactures rubber stamps, glitters, embossing powders, and flocking, also made in the US.  This is like a match made in heaven - low profile dies combined with lots of bling!  Doesn't get much better than that.

One winner will receive a Grand Prize consisting of a $50 gift certificate from Die-Versions and a $50 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle, for a total of $100.  The winner will be announced on Aug 17th on both the DV Blog and the SNS Blog as well as their Facebook pages.


In order to be eligible for the Grand Prize, please: 
  • Leave a comment on each Designer's blog
  • Follow both companies on Facebook (DV Facebook pageSNS Facebook page) if you haven't already so you can keep up to date on all the latest goings on.   (I'm sure that all of the Designers would love for you to Follow them too, but that isn't a requirement to win this prize.)  

You should begin at the Die-Versions Blog and end at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog.  We'd love it if you'd like to leave a comment at either the DV Blog or the SNS Blog telling us which projects were your favorites.  :-)

Enjoy this sneak peek of some of the projects you'll be seeing during the hop.


We hope you enjoy this blog hop and it gives you lots of inspiration!  Don't forget to leave each of us a comment and follow both Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle on Facebook.

So, here we go ... on with the show ....


I received three die cuts to play with from Die-Versions. I cut them all out and took a while figuring out what I wanted to do with them. So who out there, is like me and needs a lot of Christmas cards? Last year I sent out 152, and by the time I finished it was already (year) 2014!! I am thinking that I'm going to start much earlier this year (seem to remember saying the exact same thing last year. But I really am this year!) This Die cut from Die Versions is great for multiples. It pretty much covers the whole of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" page, with a little border. (So for a CAS idea - try this!)

I cut out the Merry Christmas from white glossy cardstock and layered it on to a piece of SNS Super Adhesive Sheet, then applied Cherry Sparkle Sparkle N Soft to the remaining exposed tape.

Three bronze Christmas Tree brads were heat embossed with Belgian Cream (which covers everything - as it is opaque)  and then again with Sparkle to provide the glitz!

I centered that on white cardstock edged with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and then burnished Black Suede Velvet Glitter on the the remaining exposed tape. I was going for Santa colors, but of course, the sky is the limit - metallic cardstock for the sentiment with other flocking colors? Use the die as a stencil? I know a good few of my 152 this year will be using this die. Full directions for this card are here in the Gallery

Another die I received was this cute Mistletoe branch....


 Last month you saw that we had this cute little Penguin fellow as one of our new releases over at Sparkle N Sprinkle! Match made in Heaven I thought. As you can see, I'm still using these glass beads - only this time I didn't color them. These dies really do cut out well - without wax paper! 

After coloring in the Black StazOn image with watercolor crayons and a waterbrush, I stamped the sentiments from the set in Versamark and heat set with Black Detail


In order to make him fit with the mistletoe above him, I decided to go with a letter size card, so I cut the rectangular frame from a piece of 3 1/4" x 6 3/4" green cardstock before layering it to the red 3 1/2" x 7" card base. (I thought it worked well with the vertical greeting too!)


I cut the die from watercolor paper too, and colored it with crayons and the water brush, just like the penguin. Then I added Dimensional Glue to the ribbon and little blobs were placed here and there on the Mistletoe for the glass beaded Mistletoe berries. Complete instructions for this card can be found here.


... and that's all there is to it!  You've completed the Blog Hop. Hope you've been inspired today by all the Designers on both teams - Die Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle. To be eligible for the Grand Prize of $100 worth of product, you only need to leave a comment on each of the Designer's Blogs. 

... so what are you waiting for ....?

Stop by and leave a comment at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog too, let us know what your favorite project was. 

Thanks for joining us, 

Till next time,

Shona