Thursday, September 22, 2016

BE THE PERSON YOUR DOG THINKS YOU ARE!

Hi there,

Today I'd like to share a card with you using the new reveal set 793: Puppy Girl.

Be the Person

To begin with I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored with Copics, YR00, RV42, RV95, R21, R22, E04, E13, E33, E35. For the background I took a piece of pink cardstock and covered it with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet. I removed the protective backing and burnished Pink Spirit Sparkle N Soft onto the sticky surface.

Be the Person

I then took Rich Cocoa and inked the raised side of the Darice Paw Print Background embossing folder, The pink, flocked piece was inserted so that the ink would transfer on to the fuzzy surface.

Be the Person

This is the result - a sparkly, fuzzy background.

Be the person

I didn't want to cover up the majority of my background so I decided to make a frame around the image instead. I cut the background in half, then used the Spellbinders Mega Ovals Large to make an "opening" for my image. Place the die on the cutting plate, then position the background halves, so that the top and bottom corners are where the die will start cutting. I taped them to the plate, so they wouldn't move, then I ran it through the Big Shot.

Be the Person

The pieces were then taped down on top of the image.

Be the Person

I decided to curve the sentiment along the edge of the image. Place it on the acrylic block and bend it slightly before you ink up. I used Memento Rich Cocoa to stamp with.

Be the Person

Next step was to "give a dog a bone!" In fact he got three! I had little white bone brads, so I dipped them on my Versamark pad and then with tweezers dipped them into Vintage embossing powder and heat set them. They were then added to the image.

Be the Person

Be the Person

I attached the card front to a piece of 6" x 6" cardstock edged with 1/4" Tear-ific TapeSparkling Sands was then applied to the remaining sticky edge to finish off my card today. Not sure what that little speck is on the leash. Didn't notice it until now, but it's not on the card!

Be the Person

I'd like to join in the following challenges:

Hope you've enjoyed my share today,

Hugs,

Shona

Thursday, September 15, 2016

LOVE IS LIKE A BUTTERFLY!

Hi there,

September 15th already? Where did the summer go? I do really enjoy the Fall weather, especially since we had such a hot summer this year, but I really don't enjoy having to get up at 5.45am to get the youngest up for the High School bus which comes at  6.28am!!

Before summer is officially over, I would like to share this butterfly tag that I made, which was inspired by my garden where the Coneflowers and Joe Pye Weed, in particular, have had many visits from the beautiful Swallowtail butterflies. I've taken many photos of them again this year and have often wondered "what happened to that little guy's tail?" .... and it always amazes me how different each one of the markings are, although they are the same species. Another Mother Nature miracle!


I decided to have a little play this time! What fun. I still used many SNS products, but this time the stamps I used were from quite a while back set 437: Fancy Butterflies. I started with a Kraft tag and daubed on Nuvo Embellishment Mousse: Mother of Pearl, Peony Pink and Lilac Lavender.


Then I took the smaller butterflies from the set and stamped them sporadically all over the tag with Memento Lulu Lavender.


I then stamped the bigger butterflies in Versamark and heat embossed them with White Detail.


The "Want to Scrap" Butterfly chipboard piece was daubered with Stampendous embossing ink. This saves marking your Versamark pad with the chipboard.


I heat embossed Dragon Fruit to the bottom and Mulberry to the top half of the butterfly. Then I started to play around!





Magic Speckle was sprinkled around and heated from the bottom (otherwise the powder would have gone everywhere!)  Love the mosaic look that this EP gives. Then a little more Dragon Fruit, then a little more Magic Speckle! You get the idea!


I took Crafter's Workshop: Mini Butterfly Meadow stencil and stenciled a few little insects on the tag. I positioned the stencil at different spots around the tag and put the Nuvo Embellishment Mouse in the little areas. Clean the stencil immediately - this stuff is really quick drying!


After I added the Mousse insects, I quickly gave them a little "bath" with Crystal Ice, which gave them a lovely sparkle.


After the sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Concord, I took some of the Peony Pink Mouse and used my finger to edge the tag. The tag was then layered to a slightly bigger piece of black cardstock.


I did the same method with the Love "Want to Scrap" piece, as I did with the butterfly, except I heat embossed with Concord and then added a  little Magic Speckle again.


The Butterfly was added with Foam Squares and "Love" was attached with Dimensional Glue. Black and Pink Ribbons were threaded through the hole. Then Nuvo Drops Ebony Black, Raspberry Pink and Glitter Drops Purple Rain were then just dotted around the piece as I saw fit, to finish my project for today.



I'd like to enter my tag in the following challenges
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge : Inspired by Nature
Stampotique Designs Challenge no. 257: Put a bug on it
Ike's World Challenge 72: Things that Fly

Here are a couple of photos of the butterflies in my yard. See what I mean about the tail?




Hope you've enjoyed your visit today.

Hope to see you back again soon,

Hugs,

Shona


Thursday, September 8, 2016

GRANNY WITCH

Hi there, 

I'm here today to share another Halloween card with you from the new reveal set 799: Call me Witch.

Granny Witch

Isn't this little Granny a hoot? I began with stamping her on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black and she was colored with Copics.

Granny Witch

After she was colored, I sparkled up her buckles on her shoes and hat with a Sakura Glue pen and Reflection Velvet Glitter. She got Dimensional Glue applied to the her glasses and I used the Nuvo Medium Tip Pen to add Blissfull Blue Sparkle N Soft to her hair. Orange Crush was also applied to her blouse. She was cut out with the Spellbinders Mega Ovals Large, but before I removed the die I sponged some Dandelion Memento ink around her. Then some Indian Gold and Lilac Lavender Embellishment Mousse was rubbed on to the edges of the piece with a dauber. OK, now she needs a background.

Granny Witch

I took a piece of 5 1/4" by 4" piece of Super Adhesive tape and stuck it down to a piece of white cardstock, then removed the protective backing and started to line up various strips of Tear-ific Tape diagonally on top. When the whole piece was covered with the strips, I straightened the edges then lined up the Velvet GlittersPurple RainTiger Orange, Celebration, DaisyHyacinthMargarita and Golden Wheat were burnished in one at a time as each strips' backing was removed.

Granny Witch

This piece was layered on to black cardstock. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Concord, one of  my favorite detailed Tuscany colors. It was cut out with a QuickKutz Speech bubble die and was sponged with Cantaloupe ink.

Granny Witch

I made my broom from a skewer and some raffia. Coloring the handle with brown Copic Marker and then taking several pieces of raffia and bending them over to make the head of the broom. Some more raffia was wrapped around the base of the head, attaching it to the skewer. I punched a hole in the witch image and used invisible thread to attach the broom head to the image. I made a "long glue dot" by taking a piece of 1/8" Tear-ific tape and attached it to the bottom of the broom to keep it in place on the card. The witch and the sentiment were attached to the card with Foam Squares and then the Nuvo Crystal DropsCrushed GrapeWisteria Purple and Purple Rain Glitter Drops were randomly applied to spots on the card front to finish it off.

Granny Witch

Hope you liked my project today?

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:
My Time to Craft Challenge 328: Something that flies!

Till next time,

Shona

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SPARKLE N SPRINKLE'S SEPTEMBER 1ST REVEAL


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


We have four new rubber stamp sets to share with you today and one new digi-only stamp set.  These new sets are 20% off until the 3rd of the month.  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:


Puppy Girl 793   (digi version DIGI793)
 Crafting Is Exercise 795   (digi version DIGI795)
Halloween Cat 799   (digi version DIGI799)
Stella-Call Me Witch 800   (digi version DIGI800)
Fruit Note  DIGI3126 (digi only)


On Sept 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.  (Compliance is checked.)
 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!






For my card this month, I decided to play with two new products that can now be found in the store - the Nuvo Crystal Drops and the Nuvo embellishment mousse. The mousse is very versatile. You can use them with stencils, which I have done here, they can be daubered on to make terrific backgrounds, they can be painted on with a water brush and then they can be burnished on with your finger tool. Check out Demo Donna's video here for all the details.


So I chose to work with the Tim Holtz Stencil: Shatter (THS014), which will double today as a spider's web! Temporarily tape down the stencil to white cardstock. I tape down the top first, then do the bottom and finish off at the sides. When removing the stencil, after applying the paste, reverse the order, and you are left with a hinge at the top, which gives you a more clean result. Place the dirty stencil in soapy water immediately. The advantage to the mouse is it dries much faster than embossing paste, which means you need to clean it off the stencil immediately. Once the Black Ash mousse was dry I then took a dauber and added some Indian Gold to the cracks. Lilac Lavender was then rubbed on with my finger around the edges. 


I stamped the cat image from the set Halloween Cat Set 799 in Versamark and then heat embossed with Black Detail. This was then daubered with the Indian Gold mousse as shown. I used Spellbinder's Standard Circles Large to die cut the circle and cut it down so it would fit in the corner.


The spider (from Bugs Set 510) was also stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Black Detail. I cut him out using one of the smaller die cuts from the Standard Circles Large and daubered the image with the Indian Gold mousse before removing the die.


His eye lids were colored with Copic BV04. I edged the piece with black copic. The Nuvo Crystal Drops White Gloss and Black Gloss were used for his eyes.  Simply drop some of the white onto the area and then take the black and drop it on top of the white, while still wet. Check out the video here on how to use these fun drops.


I then continued to put little eyes and single drops all over my background web to give a fun and funky look to my card. I used the White Gloss, Black Gloss and Ripened Pumpkin for this step.


The sentiment was stamped in Versamark, heat embossed with Black Detail and then sponged again with the Indian Gold mousse. I also edged it with the Lilac Lavender mousse. When the drops were dry, the card was put together by layering on to a black card base. The cat corner was taped to the corner with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape, the sentiment was attached with foam squares for dimension and the spider was attached with a wobble.


The cat's eyes were applied using Ripened Pumpkin with the Black Gloss. Above you can see the dimension of the dots more clearly. This finishes my card for today. Hope you've enjoyed my share today. Next on the hop is Belinda.  Make sure you leave a comment on each of the designers' blogs to become eligible for the four new reveal sets.

Till next time,

Big hugs,

Shona