Friday, August 15, 2014


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,


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sparkle N Sprinkle August 1st Reveal

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's August 1 Reveal.

This month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced. These sets are 20% off their regular price, until August 3rd.  All the sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image. The Sunflower, set #643 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.
As you can see, I chose to use the same set for my reveal card this month. I incorporated the dry embossed background technique (using Mustard Flocking, an embossing folder and a dye based ink). I also colored some micro beads with alcohol inks for the center of the sunflower!

Here is a quick look at all the new sets:

Knight Owl #632     (Digi version: DIGI632)
Sunflower #643     (Digi version: DIGI643)
A Little Note #645     (Digi version: DIGI645)
Pilgrim Thanksgiving #646     (Digi version: DIGI646)
Wisps of Autumn #647     (Digi version: DIGI647)
Witchy Gerty #648     (Digi version: DIGI648)

On August 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 August 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Anita Scroggins
April Williams
Belinda Shupe
Emmy van den Heuvel
Eret Pank
Marie Berquist
Shona Erlenborn
Steff Munnings
Anne Temple

OK, so that's the scoop, so now let's get on with a project, shall we? I had lived in Rome, Italy for a few years before moving to New Jersey, and we would often take weekend trips up to Tuscany. The fields of sunflowers were both abundant and astounding! As soon as I saw this stamp set, it immediately reminded me of those wonderful weekends. That in turn reminded me of the beautiful Tuscany embossing powders of Sparkle N Sprinkle.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with Sienna. These Tuscany embossing powders are very fine and opaque which makes them perfect for detailed images and sentiments. To match the brads with the sentiment, I used the "bling your brads" technique along with the Sienna Star embossing powder. 

The sunflower was stamped on watercolor cardstock in StazOn black and then I colored using watercolor crayons with a water brush before fussy cutting it out. I added some "new" Cherry Lemonade to the petals and Green Iris to the leaves. 

How could I make the seeds dimensional? Oh, I know! I discovered a cool trick the other week - did you know you can make clear Micro Beads any color you need? All you do is put a little amount of beads in a cup and squeeze a couple of drops of Alcohol inks into the cup and swirl the beads until they are all colored. For this project I used two drops of Sunshine Yellow and one of Caramel. Pretty cool, huh?

OK, so now for the background. Does it look fuzzy? Well, that's because it is! I don't know if you saw my last blog post, but I recently had an article published in the Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine. This technique uses flocking, an embossing folder and some dye-based ink. For my sunflower background I covered a piece of white cardstock with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet. I removed the protective backing and applied Mustard Flocking to the entire piece. I then ran the flocked piece through an embossing folder (here I used the Darice Grass embossing folder) which had been inked with Memento Rich Cocoa - a dye-based ink. This is such a fun background technique and inking the embossed or debossed side to the folders gives you different results. I especially love this background technique used along with animal stamps. To incorporate the sentiment, I was looking for a "field" for the sunflower to be "outstanding" in, which is why I used this particular embossing folder.

To finish and assemble the card, the sentiment was attached to the flocked background and then that was centered to a white card base, edged with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape. Some more Cherry Lemonade glitter was applied to the exposed sticky edges. The sunflower was attached with dimensionals and then I used some more Dimensional Glue along the base of the field and "spread" some left-over "seeds of happiness"!! Full directions can be found in the SNS gallery.

I'd like to enter this card in The Love to Scrap Challenge Blog.  This month the challenge is Scheming Crafters! For my entry I'm using "The Colors of Tuscany". 

Hope you've enjoyed my project today. 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 can not leave a comment for some reason, please email with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

Hugs and good luck,


Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I apologize for being MIA over here for a while. This last month has been so hectic. Knowing it was going to be crazy, good old Donna suggested I take a couple of months off from my designer duties over at Sparkle N Sprinkle. It was definitely a wise decision. I have been doing very little stamping, except for the graduation cards, as they were needed - two minutes before they left the house - not even time to take a photo!! 

Anyway, yesterday the mailman brought me a lovely surprise. A complimentary copy of the August/September issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts.  

My article  "Fun with Flocking" appears on page 31. Here it is - I hope you can read it? 

The Tulip Trio card is the one that I sent to Edith!

Till next time,

Big hugs,


Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Hello, dear blogging friends.

One of our blogging-paper-crafting-friends, Sue Drees, recently shared some sad news.

Her sister fell on June 22, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On June 25, the tumor was successfully removed. However, the biopsy brought back devastating news - a fast growing Brain Cancer. Sue's sister is determined to fight this all the way. She began physical rehabilitation on July 4.

Sue and her sister Edith live in the North East (USA). Sue and her husband transport Edith's husband to the hospital each day and check up on changes and quality of care.

While Sue did not ask for help, we've kept in touch with her and asked if Edith would enjoy receiving cards of encouragement and support.

Sue was so grateful that the on-line community might help in this way - it was something she had not considered.

Edith enjoys Quilting and LOVES flowers! Edith's beloved fur child is a little pug, and both miss each other very much.
Will you please consider sending a note, tag, or card (or two or three? LOL) offering encouragement? Edith valiantly fights other illnesses in addition to this new challenge. She is a very courageous soul.

Cards can be sent addressed to Edith c/o Sue and she will take them daily to the hospital.

To obtain the mailing address, please write:

Thank you for making a difference in one person's life, by bringing in a little sunshine.


stamping hugs,