Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I wanted to share a technique that I came up with that gets more from your dies. We are calling it the Kiss Cut technique over at Sparkle N Sprinkle. 

Kiss Cut Poppies

This card uses the Sizzix Inksheets Transfer pad for the way it was planned but you can also use this transfer pad for the Sparkle N Sprinkle's Kiss Cut technique using Tear-ific Tape and glitters. This is how it works:

Apply a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to a piece of white cardstock and then using the die cut (I'm using Memory Box Dainty Poppies here)  run it through the embossing machine using the sandwich that Demo Donna does in the video. This way the machine will just cut through the protective backing of the Tear-ific Tape (which is what you want) and not cut completely through the cardstock too. On my machine I can use the normal cutting plates, if it is cutting too far (through your cardstock too) just place a card shim on top of the adhesive sheet. It will cut through the card and then just "kiss cut" the tape. I've found that the calibration of each machine is different.

Kiss Cut Poppies

Using an exacto knife or other piercing tool, remove the outline first. It's best to work from the darkest colored glitters through the lightest ones - so as not to contaminate the lighter shades. So I started with Gypsy Red (for the flowers), followed by Luau Green (for the stems) and then Orange Tiger and Daisy (for the petals).

Kiss Cut Poppies

Remove the background protective layer and apply Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to the entire background. Your piece is then ready to be die cut. I used Spellbinder's Mega Oval die.

Now on to the background. So this is what the Transfer Inksheets Pad was initially purposed for, but who doesn't like tools that are "ambidextrous"! So place the gold Sizzix Ink Sheet (shiny side up) on top of the black cardstock. Run through your machine as indicated.  I did this process a few times to get the effect I was going for to get my background. It's a great way to get use from your dies other than just cutting. Looks like a stamp - but it is from a die! Very cool. 

Kiss Cut Poppies

Using the same die as the focal image, I used the same die as a "stamp" with the gold Ink sheet on the black background. Once I had "stamped" it five times, I then attached the poppy oval to the card front and tied the yellow bow (made using my new Craft-Dee BowZ) around the bottom of the cardstock.

Kiss Cut Poppies

Also, take a look at another blogger friend, Kathi Jo, (tell her I sent you!) who extends the use of dies even further by using your dies with ink pads. This gives you an unlimited color range, instead of just the five colors that are available in the sheets. 

My card base was distressed with Versamark and then Gold Detail embossing powder before the card front was layered to it. Hope you've enjoyed your visit here today! While you're waiting on the turkey to cook or "settle" down - take a quick run to your stamping room and give this technique a try.

Big hugs,


Thursday, November 12, 2015


Hi there, 

Today I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I have recently been playing around a bit with Gelatos, so decided to have a go at making a little canvas creation.

Gelatos Chicken Run

First I took a blank 5" x 7" canvas and scribbled Yellow, Orange and Red Gelatos over it. I took a baby wipe and using a circular motion I blended the gelatos into one another to create a "sunset" hue.

Gelatos Chicken RunGelatos Chicken Run

I dried this with my heat tool, before proceeding.  Then I took a stencil (TCW Mini Meadow) and stencil brush and began to create a meadow with grass, stems, butterflies and flowers, using different colors of Gelatos:

Gelatos Chicken Run
Gelatos Chicken Run

I kept going until I had an entire meadow. Then it was time to add my chickens, from the Chicken Run Set 761, using Versamark and Black Detail embossing powder:

Gelatos Chicken Run

Gelatos Chicken Run

So now it needed some dimensional elements and I did want to include a sentiment from the set, which was stamped on white cardstock in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail. The chickens stamped out like they were made of burlap, because of the canvas backing, so I decided to make a burlap frame to be in-keeping with the chickens:

Gelatos Chicken Run

I cut a piece of burlap ribbon in half and attached it around the sentiment using 1/2" Tear-ific Tape, this was then colored with Yellow and Red Gelatos and dabbed with the wipe again to tie it in with the background.

Gelatos Chicken Run

I repeated the Gelatos and wipe technique with three Prima flowers, whose centers were made by "blinging" a brad with Tequila Sunrise embossing powder after applying Versamark to the brad. Then a Sakura Glue pen was used to add Sparkling Snow glitter to the petals to give them some sparkle.

Gelatos Chicken Run

The frame and the flowers were attached to the canvas with dimensional foam. I added dots to the butterflies and flowers with a white Signo pen, for some highlights.

Gelatos Chicken Run
... and I added some gold Prills with Dimensional Glue at the chickens feet for seed.

Gelatos Chicken Run

I think I might be doing some more of these. Kind of liked having a play date in my craft room today! Hope I've inspired you to get those Gelatos out and start playing!

Gelatos Chicken Run

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Hi there,

Today I'd like to share a CAS card with you. Clean and simple, using Gelatos, one ink (Memento Paris Dusk) and a Versamarker Pen with two embossing powders (Clear Detail and Super Thick Clear) to produce the wet look of rain!

Firstly, rub a little of each of the Gelatos along the top edge of your watercolor paper (in order of the rainbow), then take a baby wipe and pull down the colors towards the bottom. Rub a little blue along the bottom and using the wipe, blend up into the rainbow.

Leave to dry (or speed it along with your heat tool) then stamp the two silhouette images from Stamp Set 762 Splish Splash and the sentiment from Stamp Set 760 Puddles in Memento Paris Dusk Ink. Wipe your anti-static bag over the card front before you start the embossing, then using a Versamarker Pen, outline and fill in the umbrellas with ink.

Apply Clear Detail to the first umbrella.

Have a coffee filter and Super Thick Clear ready to pour over the hot Clear Detail powder and heat from underneath this time.

I did two coats of the Super Thick Clear to make it extra shiny and dimensional. Repeat the process with the second umbrella.

Apply Super Thick Clear powder all over card, brushing off any powder that is lying "under the protection of the umbrellas". Work in sections for this step rather than trying to do the entire card at one go.

I put a lot of embossing powder over on the right side to make it look like the rain was coming down "in sheets"!

The card front was layered to a blue layer before a white card base to finish.

Love that shiny umbrella! Hope you've enjoyed my quick card for today.



Saturday, October 31, 2015



Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 Nov 1st Reveal Blog Hop!

We have FIVE new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until Nov 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:

Woofie's Birthday 758   (digi version DIGI758)
 Birthday Queen 759   (digi version DIGI759)
Puddles 760   (digi version DIGI760)
Chicken Run 761   (digi version DIGI761)
Splish Splash 762   (digi version DIGI762)

On Nov 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!

So without further ado - let's get jumping into some puddles, shall we?

For my card today I decided to work with the rain-themed sets, Puddles Set 760 and Splish Splash Set 762 along with the new Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels. I love silhouette stamps first of all and the Ultra Thicks work really well with Silhouette stamps.  And for some reason the ultra-thick embossing powders (with their shiny appearance) screamed "brollies", "wellies" and slickers to me! So this is what I came up with this month:

I began by painting my rainbow. Using the following Adirondack inks on the edge of a dense sponge, I swiped across the top of the glossy card stock in a semi-circular motion.

The background was then daubed with Memento Summer Sky and then the Silhouette stamps were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

The puddles were stenciled in using the Dreamweaver Stencil - Paint Splats. I sponged Teal Zeal through some of the splashes. Then the Quickie Glue Pen was applied on top of the Teal Zeal and some Waterscape Glitter was added for some sparkle to the puddles.

The slickers were the first to be created. I stamped the child image in Versamark and heat embossed using Super Thick  Red. The slicker part of the image was fussy cut and taped down to the image. For the adult slicker, the image was stamped on top of a piece of yellow cardstock in Versamark and then heat embossed with Super Thick Clear embossing powder. (BTW, If you need a certain shiny single color, but don't have the colored powder, you can always add Clear (or Super Thick Clear) embossing powder to any color cardstock to get the color you want.) The adult slicker was also taped straight to the image.

I then stamped the two images again, this time in Versamark and heat embossed with Dalmation. The umbrella part of the child image was cut out and "paper-pieced" over the top of the stamped image with Dimensional Foam. The wellingtons were cut out and added on top of the adult image.

I repeated the process with the adult image with Checkers embossing powder and cut out the umbrella. Lastly for the child's wellingtons, the image was stamped on white cardstock in Versamark and was first heat embossed with Firefly embossing powder and then I reapplied Versamark and heat embossed some Super Thick Clear to them. This gave the boots a sparkle and a shine.

In-keeping with the rainbow idea, I stamped the sentiment (also from the Puddles Set 760) on white glossy with the Kaleidacolor Spectrum pad. I cut and embossed it using the Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio Two die cut and then applied Versamark and heat embossed it with Clear Detail, to give it a shiny, wet look too! A little ribbon was threaded through the tabs and Dimensional Foam was put behind the sentiment before layering it to the card front. This was then layered to black before finishing off with the glossy white card base.

Hope you've enjoyed my share today for the November 1st Reveal. These new Ultra Thick enamels are so much fun to play with. They make awesome backgrounds too and can be used well with dies, using the Sparkle N Sprinkle tapes, just apply and heat.

Next up on the hop is our talented Marie. Remember to leave a comment with each one of the Designers to be eligible for all these great sets!

Till next time,