Thursday, April 17, 2014

WHEN SKIES ARE GRAY!

OK, so we had 70 degrees at the weekend and then snow yesterday, three days later! Really? The poor daffodils have been whipped by the wind, and are looking a little droopy as a result, but hopefully they'll perk back up, as our temperatures are supposed to gently increase over the next week. 

Last week I left you with a sneak peak of another card that used the April Shower's Set from Sparkle N Sprinkle:


I used Dimensional Glue to get the "wet look" for my orange brolly and wellies and added some Waterscape and Cloud Nine Glitter with the Sakura Glue pen for the sparkle on the yellow umbrella and the puddle.

I had made a flocked background using the Darice Heart Embossing Folder with Sun Dazzle Sparkle N Soft and Lady Bug Memento ink. If you missed the tutorial on the flocked backgrounds - it can be found here

Doesn't the top photo look as though the heart center is raised? Funny how the camera can play tricks! Here is what it really looks like:


The Spellbinder's Scalloped heart was cut from the center of the flocked background and then I put the smaller red heart behind it. The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. The sky and puddle were sponged with Memento inks.

The image was attached to a yellow card base and then the flocked piece was layered over the top with dimensionals. Sentiment was stamped on yellow card stock in Versamark and heat embossed with Detail Black. I cut out the saying using the same scalloped heart die and then cut along the top and bottom of the sentiment and edged it with the Lady Bug ink.


I love this little SNS set - so appropriate for this time of year. Just think of all the May flowers these April showers will bring! Full directions for the card, if needed, can be found in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Gallery.

I think I may have found the perfect challenge for this little card - it's with Stampotique Designers Challenge, April Showers!

Hope you have a great week and that if you do get caught in an April shower that you've got an umbrella handy!

Hugs,

Shona

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

YOU MAKE ME HAPPY!

Hi there,

Hope you're having a great day! I'm here today to share another card with you made from one of the five sets from the Sparkle N Sprinkle April Reveal. What a great little stamp set this is - just perfect for this time of year with all the April Showers - which also happens to be it's name!



I decided to make another shaker card with this set. I thought the micro beads would look and sound like rain (which they do when rattling around in the window)! 

I recently picked up the embossing folder knowing it would be the perfect compliment to this set. After running the gray cardstock through the folder and cutting out the window, I swiped the embossed raindrops and umbrella with a Brilliance White ink pad:




I heat set the ink, then applied dimensional glue to the umbrella and went over it when it dried with some Copic markers.

I cut out part of the Spellbinders Ornamental Tags One for the sentiment as I thought the little flower could just as easily be the sun - don't you think?

The image was colored with Copics and I added more dimensional glue to the slickers and wellies to make them shiny. Starfire Glitter was added for some sparkle to the rain. I framed in the image with dimensional foam and added the micro beads before attaching embossable acetate for the window. The card front was attached to the acetate and then layered to a yellow card base and with the sentiment attached with dimensionals the card was complete. Full details for this card can be found in the SNS Gallery, right here.

Doesn't it look like they are getting soaked with the rain? 


Hope you've enjoyed your visit with me today and that you're not experiencing too much April rain wherever you are.



I'd like to enter this card in the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge, Challenge No. 113: You've been Framed!

Let me leave you today, with a sneak peak of another card that I made with the same set. Pop back next week, to my blog for all the details!



Have a great week!

Shona

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

THANKS FOR YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS, DONNA!

Hi there and welcome to April! The birds are singing, it's not snowing and the crocuses are up! Spring is definitely on it's way, and I have so much to be thankful for.



Today, I'm sharing this thank you card that I made for one amazing women - she goes by several different titles - here are just a few I know of: "Miss Donner", "Donut", "De", "Computer Guru", AKA Donna Ellis! If you follow me on Blogger then you most probably know Donna too. I don't doubt that she has probably even helped you with something along the way. 



Were it not for Donna, you wouldn't be reading this post right now. When we first were informed about changes that were being made over at Sparkle N Sprinkle and one of those changes was to have a blog - I thought I would have to quit!  I'm not very computer savvy (to put it mildly) but Donna got me up and running with a blog and has saved me on countless (and do I mean countless!) occasions since then, when I have messed up! This thoughtful soul even offered to write on my blog during Sandy, when we had no power, so that I could keep in touch with my folks back home. 



A couple of weeks ago, when I was having Picasa/Blogger problems she offered to have me e.mail my gigantic photos (she's always teasing me about the size of my photos - but I have no idea how to change that!) and she would insert them in to my blog. Now who thinks of that, let alone can do it? Here is the link for that blog. Yes, she's the Computer Guru extraordinaire! I'm sure you've all seen posts that she has written, where she has researched something and found answers, then shares the found knowledge unselfishly with everyone, who follows her blog. You can tell what a kind person Donna is straight from her blog, she writes with such passion and humility.

This caring, and thoughtful lady has several debilitating health issues, and sometimes they are extremely severe, where she has had to step down from responsibilities from time to time. She hates when this happens, who wouldn't?, but she always accepts what she gets handed with grace and I so admire this quality in Donna. 

She is also very intuitive. A couple of days ago, I got an e.mail from her, titled "Hiya" and it read: "Shona, hope you are doing well - haven’t heard from you recently".  Who would have thought that perhaps something was up? Donna did - in fact I was going through a period of a few days, where things were not going too well, and after a telephone call to explain my situation, I felt so much better and ready to move on. She is such a good listener and always has the best advice. I believe this is because at some point in time in her life, she has had a similar situation and can relate. It's actually quite scary how similar our lives are. We often will be having the same thing for dinner on a given night (and neither of us get that memo!)



Oh, almost forgot - this lady does have one vice! She is an enabler!! When there is a good deal 
- you get the link!! She always shares the wealth - if she comes across someone or something that she thinks you'll appreciate, you get the information, sometimes you even get a package! 

I had to steal something from Donna's blog. She won't be mad at me - because she'll be proud and amazed that I was able to do that without her help! ROTFL! This sentiment sums up beautiful Donna in a nutshell:
Be Happy!

(Wow - I even managed to center it, Donna!!) 

She continues to inspire me each and every day, with her stamped creations, her wisdom, her patience, her encouragement and her thoughtfulness. Which brings me to why I wrote this blog. She is always encouraging me to enter challenges, and so this one is for you Donna:

I'd like to enter this card in the Path of Positivity Challenge where you have to create or write something about Thoughtfulness. 



Thank you for all the special things you do, Donna and for being such a thoughtful friend to us all!

Details, if needed for the card, can be found here:

Hugs,

Shona

Monday, March 31, 2014

SPARKLE N SPRINKLE'S APRIL 1ST REVEAL

Hello there, and welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle April 1st Reveal. This month we have 5 new stamp sets being introduced. These five sets are 20% off their regular price until April 3rd. The April Showers stamp set is available on cling mounted rubber, as a digital image and is also included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month.

For my reveal card this month I incorporated three of the five stamp sets and a sentiment from one of last month's sets (see if you can catch all four?). Here it is:




Here are the five new sets this month:


April Showers #555P7
*NEW* also available as digital image here.
Ellie the Elephant #553P7


Diamond Medallion #530P7
*NEW* also available as digital image here.
Flamingo Bay #512P6
*NEW* also available as digital image here.


Crackle Background #609P5



On April 3rd, five winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  Each winner will receive a new stamp set, and their choice of one embossing powder and glitter to go along with their new set.

The winners of the blog hop will be announced on April 3rd on Facebook, the SNS Blog and on our blogs:


Anne Temple
Anita Scroggins
Steff Munnings - new designer!
Donna Ellis




Ok, so now that you know all the ways you can win all these fabulous prizes, let's get back to business! That's Ellie the Elephant business, who is happily taking her first Spring bath in Flamingo Lake!


After stamping the flamingo scene with Black StazOn on watercolor paper and coloring with watercolor crayons and aqua brush, I added Bubble Gum and Sparkling Snow glitters to the flamingos, lilies and butterflies. 

I stamped the new Crackle Background in Angel Pink ink on pink cardstock and then stamped Ellie over the top in Versamark and heat embossed her in Raspberry Tart. I added Dimensional Glue with Bubblegum glitter nail polish for her toes! A girl's got to look good taking a bath!

I stuck a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to white cardstock and cut out the flourish using a die cut. I removed the protective backing and added Waterfall glitter to the sticky tape to make my "water spray". 


"Spring has Sprung" from Springtime Spunky was stamped in Versamark on a scrap of the crackled pink cardstock and heat embossed with Black Detail, It was then cut out with a window punch and attached with dimensionals.



I then edged the base card with Versamark and heat embossed with the Raspberry Tart again, to finish off the bling. You'll find complete directions in the Art Gallery right here, if needed.

So that's all for today. Remember that the new  SNS Creative Challenge also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. This month, if you use a Sparkle N Sprinkle image in your Challenge project, not only will you become a Featured Artist, but your name will be entered in a separate drawing for 3 Ultra Fine Glitters and/or Embossing Powders. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.

I'd like to enter this card in the Pumpkin Spice Challenge: Challenge No. 65 Elephants

I'll be back with some of my other reveal set creations over the next couple of weeks. 

Hugs,

Shona