Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Hi there,

This is a scheduled post today, as I am in Scotland at my son, Struan's graduation and then jumping down to Italy for a week to visit old friends tomorrow. I am sharing a card using the new Wild Rose Stamp Set 785 and sentiment from the Nasturtium 2 Set 783, from the June Reveal.

Bleached Wild Rose

To begin, I stamped the Wild Rose image in the four corners of the black cardstock square in Versamark and heat embossed with White Detail. The leaves and petals were "colored" using an Aqua Pen filled with bleach. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail and I just tore around the saying. I used three copper brads to attach to the center of the front.  Sheer gold ribbon was wrapped around the bottom left corner and was attached to the back of the panel. This was layered to Kraft cardstock, which was pierced.

Bleached Wild Rose

A gold brad was dipped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail. This was then wrapped around a little hand made bow and inserted through the ribbon to the back. The front panel was layered to black and finally to a white base to finish.

Bleached Wild Rose

Hope you've enjoyed this quick share today.

Till next time,


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SNS Butterfly Sympathy

Hi there,

Well, unfortunately I'm back today with yet another sympathy card. .... and even more unfortunate, is that it is for the same person. After losing her older sister just three week's prior, a dear friend has now lost her father. Absolutely devastating for her mother and the remaining family. This is what I came up with for my friend.

Using the Poppy Stamps Clara Corner die, I die cut and embossed two of the corners out of white cardstock. I inked one of the corner pieces with Memento London Fog ink. They were placed kitty corner to one another on a black cardstock square, popping up the center flower with a foam square, for a little dimension.

The sentiment (from Sympathy Set 579) was stamped in the top left corner with Versamark and then heat embossed with White Detail. The butterfly was die cut using the Memory Box Lunette Butterfly die from white cardstock. I applied Versamark to the antenna and heat embossed with Belgian Cream. The butterfly body was applied with Versamark and then heat embossed with Black Detail. More Versamark was applied and then I heat embossed from underneath the piece with Magic Speckle to give the mosaic look.

A piece of sheer, white ribbon was attached to the left hand side, before being layered to the white card base and the butterfly was added to the bottom corner with a foam square for more dimension. I decided to leave the card just like that, simple and clean.

I also made a card using the same Corner die, for my friend's mother. I used silver butterfly stickers for this one, and the sentiment is from the same Sympathy Set 579.

That concludes my share for today. I am trying to get several cards taken care of, before we leave on Friday for Scotland. We have my eldest son, Struan's graduation next week in St. Andrews and then David and Calum and I are headed to Italy for a week, back to Scotland for a few more days and then home the 4th of July. I'm going to try to schedule another blog for next Thursday, then you won't hear much else from me 'till my return.

Till then,

Enjoy the beginning of summer,

Big hugs,


Thursday, June 9, 2016


Hi there,

Today I'd like to share another card using one of the new June Reveal sets - Roses Set 784. My grandmother used to have a set of teacups that had roses on them, and when I saw this new Roses stamp set - I began to reminisce!

Cracked Ice Teacup

I began by finding a teacup template on the computer, printed and cut it out. I put the template along the tent fold of card and penciled around the template and then fussy cut through both layers. The rose image was stamped in StazOn Black and was colored using my watercolor paints.

Cracked Ice Teacup

The background to the teacup was then sponged with Dandelion Memento ink.

Cracked Ice Teacup

The entire piece was applied with Versamark and heat embossed with Clear Detail. Applied again with Versamark and then heat embossed with Super Thick Clear, I repeated the last step again to get a nice thick coating on the teacup. The piece was then placed in the freezer for three minutes (well, I actually forgot about it - while I was having a cup of tea - so it was probably ten!!) Anyway, it cracked very quickly when it came out. You just need to bend it a couple of times to create the cracks. I sponged over the cracks with Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy, taking a tissue to rub the excess ink off the top of the image to ensure that the ink just lies in the cracks. I then applied a last coat of Versamark and heat embossed with the Clear Detail to seal in the distress ink.

Cracked Ice Teacup

On to the background. I ran a piece of orange cardstock through the Darice Flower embossing folder and then sanded the raised pattern, to give a distressed look.

Cracked Ice Teacup

I stamped one of the single roses from the set on the inside of the teacup card and used the same watercolor paints to color. Memento Dandelion ink was again sponged around the background. The teacup was then attached to the embossed piece and a strip of yellow ribbon was attached at the fold of the teacup. This was then layered to a piece of white cardstock, edged with 1/2" Tear-ific TapeMimosa Sparkle N Soft was applied to the sticky edges of the base.

Cracked Ice Teacup

I stamped the saying twice in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Detail. The two little tags were cut out with the Memory box Stitched Main Street tags, to represent the tag of a tea bag. I sponged the tags with Cantaloupe ink before removing the die.

Cracked Ice Teacup

A yellow and white thread was used to tie one of the tags to the inside of the cup. It was popped up with a foam square.

Cracked Ice Teacup

The other tag was tied to the handle of the teacup. I used three colors of Nuvo Crystal Drops, Dandelion Yellow, Ripened Pumpkin and Gloss White to decorate the cup and the embossed background of the card. This finished off my card for today.

Cracked Ice Teacup

I'd like to join in the following challenges with my card:

Our Crafty Corner: Challenge No. 10 - Anything Goes
Two Paper Divas Challenge: Tea/Coffee/Cocoa
Crafty Creations Challenge #317: Tic, Tac, Toe (Sentiment, Image, Tag)

Till next time,


Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Hi there, and welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle June 1st Reveal! Today we have three lovely flower sets to share with you. I chose to work with the Wild Rose Set 785 for my reveal card this month, making things a little more feminine than usual!

These new sets are 20% off until June 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:

 Roses 784 (digi version DIGI784)
  Wild Rose 785 (digi version DIGI785)
   Country Flowers 786 (digi version DIGI786)

On June 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!

For my card today I began with stamping the wild rose image on vellum in Versamark ink and heat embossed with White Detail. I turned over the vellum and used four Copics (V12, YG11, YG03, R21) to color on the back of the embossed image. 

Then I went on to the frame, I took a piece of white cardstock and die cut with the Die'sire: Aurora die. The center circle was a perfect size for the image. Then I took some Memento Angel Pink, and Lulu Lavender inks and rubbed both pads directly on to the cardstock. 

After I thought it had enough color, I decided to apply Versamark to the entire piece and heat emboss with Clear Detail, which resulted in a nice shiny look.

The image was cut with Spellbinders Standard Circle which happened to be just slightly larger than the cut out in the frame. I attached it to the back with a little tear-ific tape to hold it in place, before placing the entire frame down on a piece of 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" Super Adhesive Sheet. The new Hyacinth glitter was then burnished in to the sticky spaces.

The sentiment from the same set was stamped in Versamark on white glossy cardstock and was heat embossed with one of my favorite Tuscany embossing powders, the fine detailed Concord. It was then die cut using the Spellbinders Ornamental Tags One. A little Lulu Lavender ink was daubed over the die before removal, which gave the little tag some purple highlights. 

Some Crushed Grape Nuvo Crystal Drops were added to the tag for extra bling!

Creative Expressions (Sue Wilson) Olive branches were die cut from glossy white cardstock and were decorated with Nuvo Glitter Drops: Purple Rain, for a little more bling!

So then I started the put the card together. I tied a lace ribbon around the left side. I placed the three little flowers by the edge of the frame, using white brads on top of which I added White Blizzard and Purple Rain Nuvo Glitter Drops. The olive branches were tucked in behind the flowers as shown.

The sentiment was added with Foam Squares for dimension. This was all layered to a 6" x 6" piece of glossy white cardstock.

I found the image to be "washed out" with not enough pop for the rest of the card, so decided to add some sparkle to the image. Using Mountain Mint, Lavender Iris and Orchid glitters, which I applied with the Sakura Glue Pen, it turned out like this:

Much better! Don't you agree? So that finishes off my card for the Reveal. 

I'd like to join in the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge # 268: Anything goes with die-cuts
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Monochrome
Scrapy Land Challenge #43: Anything goes using dies that Scrapy Land carries - Die'sire: Aurora, Creative Expressions (Sue Wilson) Olive branches, Spellbinders Ornamental Tags One, Spellbinders Standard Circle

Your next stop will be Marie. She has a beautiful creation using the Country Flowers Set 786. Remember to leave a comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win all three of these pretty floral sets! Good luck!

See you soon,