Thursday, December 11, 2014

SPARKLING MERRY CHRISTMAS

Hi there! Have you got all your Christmas cards made? If not, you're not alone. Let me help you - here's a quick and simple card, using red and green mirror cardstock, some Glistening Emeralds Sparkle N Soft and a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet!


Cut a piece of the Super Adhesive sheet to 4" x 5 1/4" and layer to A2 white card base, which has been edged with a red shimmer Krylon pen. Cut out Die-Versions Merry Christmas Script die from the red mirror cardstock. Remove the protective backing from the adhesive sheet and lay the die cut on top.


The surface around the sentiment is very sticky and now you are going to "dump" on the Glistening Emeralds and burnish it in well with your finger.

Die cut the little sprigs of holly (Cottage Cutz Winterland Holly) from green mirrored cardstock and attach to the top left and bottom right corners, using a little Tear-ific Tape and Dimensional Dots.


Add three red self-adhesive rhinestones on top of the holly sprigs and you are done! Full directions can be found in the SNS Gallery here.


Quick and simple - with lots of sparkle! I'm off to make a few more - still got 80 cards to go! 

Enjoy the holiday season,

Shona

Sunday, November 30, 2014

SPARKLE N SPRINKLE'S DECEMBER 1ST REVEAL

Hi there and welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's December Reveal.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.



This month FOUR new stamp sets are being introduced.   These sets are 20% off their regular price, until Dec. 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image.  Sweetheart Frog, set #677 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:





Toyland Bear #674   (digi version DIGI674)
Gymnast #675   (digi version DIGI675)
Love and Kisses #676  (digi version DIGI676)
Sweetheart Frog #677   (digi version DIGI677)

On Dec 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive

all FOUR of the new rubber stamp sets (or digi sets, if you prefer)

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 Dec 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs.  This month's Blog Hop order is: 


Eret Pank
Anne Temple
Marie Berquist
Belinda Shupe
April Williams
Shona Erlenborn (you are here)

(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.)

We hope you enjoy the New Reveals as much as we do. Our winner last month came from April's blog. 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 comments and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

I chose the Gymnast set to work with this month and wanted to also incorporate the brand new "Frozen" glitters. I was thinking along the lines of the Olympics and thus the different colored rings (circles) came about. 



I decided to go with a Center Step card this month. I stamped the Gymnast on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black. She was then colored with Copics and cut and embossed with the biggest circle die cut. I sponged Memento Lulu Lavender around the image before removing the die. I added a strip of the Princess Anna Fuchsia glitter to the side of the outfit with the Sakura Glue Pen. I then edged the circle with Versamark and heat embossed with Mulberry Star. I cut another circle the same size that will be used as a backing to this circle.

Next I applied a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to white cardstock and cut out the four smaller circles. After removing the protective backing, I applied Olaf White to the largest of the four circles, and then continued with the smaller circles with Princess Anna Royal, Princess Elsa Frozen and then Princess Anna Fuchsia to the smallest circle.



I cut out one more taped circle using the second smallest die and applied Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to that one. I stamped the sentiment directly on top of the glittered circle with Memento Tuxedo Black.

I followed the tutorial to make the base for the Center Step card. 3/4" Tear-ific Tape was applied to the base step and sides, with a 1/8" strip added to each side of the 3/4" tape (which adds up to the inch width of the sides and base). Remove the protective backing from the 3/4" piece on the base and center a piece of 1/4" tape, before applying Princess Anna Royal glitter. Remove the two 1/8" and the 1/4" from the base and apply Olaf White.




Repeat the same step with the sides, applying Princess Elsa Frost to the 3/4" piece, before removing the 1/8" and 1/4" strips and applying Princess Elsa Frozen. Also put a 3/4" strip of Princess Elsa Frozen at the top of the base.

Assemble the card by sandwiching the Princess Elsa Frozen and Princess Anna Royal circles between the image and the extra cut circle. Add the Olaf White circle to the top of the base and then add the image with dimensional dots. The little Princess Anna Fuchsia and the sentiment circle are then added with Dimensional Dots to complete the card.
   

I hope I've inspired you to check out the new "Frozen" Glitters. I see this Christmas, "Frozen" is all over the stores. Now it can also be all over your cards! If you came via the talented April's blog, then you have successfully completed the blog. You can pop over to the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog now and leave any other comments that you wish.

Hugs, till next time,

Shona

Friday, November 28, 2014

SANTA'S COMING TO TOWN!

Hi there, and I hope that if you celebrated Thanksgiving day - it was a wonderful one! It is scary how quickly the holidays came this year, isn't it. Before we know it, the big guy in the red suit is on his way! Oh look - Here he comes now!


Sparkle N Sprinkle is now carrying Die-Versions dies. There are many awesome designs and they have just introduced some fabulous Pop-Ups and Cut-Outs too. Today, I'm sharing a card with you using the Sleigh Ride die cut.

Apply a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Super Adhesive Sheet to white cardstock and die cut "Sleigh Ride". Cut an oval using Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large from the center of the scene and set aside. The town and Santa portion of the scene will be used for another project.



I die cut the scene again, this time just from plain white cardstock. I applied Versamark to the die cut and heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder. There is no need to emboss the entire oval, just the edges past where the where oval will go. (This will also ensure better adhesion for the Dimensional Dots.)

Remove protective backing from the framed piece and apply Gypsy Red Velvet Glitter. Remove protective backing from another piece of the Super Adhesive Sheet and place behind the window. Insert the embossed scene into the space and add Cloud Nine to the remaining exposed tape.


Remove backing from the white oval and apply Cloud Nine glitter. Stamp sentiment in Memento Love Letter ink directly on top of the glitter. This is a great way to get a sparkly greeting. Not only can you stamp on top of Cloud Nine, but you can color too! Check out the full tutorial here

... and the belt? It is a piece of 1/2" Tear-ific tape sandwiched between Black Suede Velvet Glitter. Check out our "glittered ribbon" tutorial for that technique! 


Layer the card front to a white glossy card base. Weave the glittered ribbon through the belt buckle and tape it down to the front of the card as shown.

Hope this has inspired you to try out some of our Velvet Glitters. Let me leave you with a sneak preview of another version of the same die cut, being used in a different way with some more of the Velvet Glitters: 



Will share this one with you shortly!

Till then, 

Shona

Friday, November 21, 2014

CHRISTMAS WOOFIE GONE BIRTHDAY!

Hi there,

I've been upstairs in my stamping room this morning and they are already starting to introduce those Christmas tunes into the radio playlist!  Yikes!  It's still too early for me and in an effort to slow the inevitable down a bit, I decided to repurpose a Christmas image to a birthday one - just because!

I got the idea from a Blog Challenge last week, and wanting to use one of the new Die-Version dies which SNS is now carrying, I decided to give Woofie a seasonal change. 





He comes like this in the Set:



... and I made him into this:



The inside is as much fun as the outside:



Sparkle N Sprinkle now offers many of the Die-Version dies. There are also these PopUp dies and CutOuts that are just so much fun. You can check them out here.

For my Woofie Birthday I stamped the Christmas image on to white cardstock and then colored the packages in birthday colored Copics (incorporating some of the colors from the printed cardstock). I then fussy cut and added dimensional glue to the packages to make them nice and bright.



Woofie was given a "coat" of Brushable Glue and was adorned then with Buff Flocking, to make him soft and fuzzy! The hat and balloons were stamped from another new stamp Set 673: Birthday Friends. They were stamped onto scraps of the patterned paper, fussy cut and then Versamark was applied to them before being heat embossed with Clear Detail.



I added a piece of the patterned paper to the card front and ran natural cardstock through the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder. The embossed piece was torn and then inked directly with Memento Desert Sand. It went well with the Buff flocking.

I added a little sparkle with strips of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape applied with one of the Velvet Glitters: Peruvian Lily. This background was then layered to the card base. I cut and embossed the circle, from natural cardstock, using Spellbinders Classic Circles Large die and sponged the piece with Desert Sand, before removing the die.

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with one of the Tuscany embossing powders, Sienna. I love using these embossing powders for sentiments, as they are very fine powders and are therefore great for detailed images as well as words.




I then hand cut the banner and sponged again with a little Desert Sand. The card was then put together with tape and some dimensional dots. 



I hope I have inspired you today to take another look at your Christmas stamps and see how else they can be put to use.

Since I missed the deadline for repurposing your stamps, I'd like to enter this card in the following challenge:

Love to Scrap Challenge Blog #42 - Say it in Color

Till next time,

Warm Hugs,

Shona