Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sending You a Smile!

Hi there, today I'd like to share with you a card I made using the new Flowers Silhouettes Set 824.
Such a fun and versatile little stamp set. I decided to go monochromatic with my card this time round, incorporating some of the awesome Nuvo products that Sparkle N Sprinkle now carries. To begin with I made some plaid background paper by daubing Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Peony Pink in stripes on white glossy cardstock and then turning it a quarter turn and sponging lines over the top with Lilac Lavender. I then ran the plaid cardstock through the embossing machine with Spellbinders Floral Doily Motives. 
A circle was then cut (using Lifestyles Nesting Circles) from the middle of the plaid background. The image was stamped on glossy white cardstock and then heat embossed with Concord (one of the fine detailed embossing powders that work so well on detailed images). A portion of the image was cut and embossed with the same circle used to cut the plaid layer. 
After turning the "doily", to break up the plaid a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet was put behind the entire piece. Purple Rain Microfine Glitter was added to the sticky surfaces around the doily.
The flowers were then colored with Copics. Next a piece of pink cardstock was dry embossed with the Die’sire Ornate Butterflies Embossing Folder. Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Lilac Lavender was sponged over the raised butterfly pattern.
This was then cut into a circle using Lifestyles Nesting Circles, and three butterflies were fussy cut from the middle of the piece to be used as embellishments.
A real doily was then sponged with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Peony Pink, as the last layer to the card base. 
The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with the same Concord EP and was die cut with the little doily from the Floral Doily Motifs set. 
The card was put together with Tear-ific Tape and Mounting Tape on top of a textured pink base. Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops were added around the card for some extra dimension.
That finishes my card for today. Hope you've enjoyed my share today?
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Double D Challenges: Things that Fly

Thursday, March 9, 2017

God Shed His Grace on Thee

Hi there, 
Today, I'd like to share with you a card made using the Patriotic Girlfriends Set 827 from the new March Reveal.
To begin with, I stamped the image in the bottom left corner of the 5" x 5" white cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black. I took a 5" x 5" piece of Super Adhesive Sheet and using a Lifestyle Nesting Circle Die I cut out the bottom corner of the square. This was stuck down on to the top of the cardstock with the stamped image and then lines were cut with an exacto knife lightly through the protective backing but not through the cardstock. Every third strip of protective backing was removed and Pinkerbell Glitter was applied.  
Each strip to the right was then exposed and applied with Cloud Nine. Then Rapture Blue was applied to give us the Red, White and Blue!
The girls were then colored in with Copics. America was stamped on top of the white strip of glitter in Memento Tuxedo Black and then was colored on top of the glitter with Copics.
Next I took a Heidi Swapp Star stencil and stenciled with Nuvo Embellishment MoussesBlue Cornflower and Peony Pink. This is very fast drying, so I just did some and went back when dry and filled in the spaces.
Now I had both stars and stripes!
I took a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of corrugated blue cardstock and edged it with the Peony Pink Mousse.
The sentiment from the same set was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Mulberry, this is one of the fine detailed Tuscan powders. It was hand cut into a banner shape and was backed with the same blue used in the base layers. A piece of a skewer was attached to the back of the flag with Tear-ific Tape and then it was attached to the card front with mounting tape.
The entire card front was attached to a base layer of glossy white cardstock to finish off the card.
I'd like to join in the following challenges this week:
Stampavie and more Challenge #282: Stars
Paperminutes #477: Musical Instruments
Classic Design Team Challenge #12: Anything Goes (1st March - 31st March)

Hope you've enjoyed popping by today?
Till next time,
Big hugs,

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Hi there and welcome "back" to my March 1st Sparkle N Sprinkle Reveal. I managed to completely lose my entire post this afternoon after it had been commented on! So I've sat here this evening and tried to remember everything I said in the first run!!

We are still experiencing lovely balmy temperatures, and although I know that doesn't mean that Winter is over, it definitely feels like Spring is around the corner. That's what made me choose to work with the Flower Silhouette Stamp Set 824.

Welcome to the ALL NEW 
Sparkle N Sprinkle
 March Reveal Blog Hop!


There are FOUR new rubber stamp sets being released this month, plus a new Digi Papers set, and a Digi Only Bundle set full of lots of extras.   

The sets are:

Flower Silhouettes - 824  (digi version - DIGI824BG)

Patriotic Girlfriends - 827  (digi version - DIGI827J)

Irish Blessings - St. Patrick's Day - 834  (digi version  DIGI834B - includes additional images)

Bonnet Bouquet - 838  (digi version - DIGI838J)

DIGI3130FS - Blue Pansies Digi Bundle Pack   (includes lots of images, decoupage sheets, sentiments, and papers)

DIGI4002FS - Digi Watercolor Papers: Blue 

When you purchase the digital versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you are getting lots of extras that are not available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, sentiments, digi papers, and/or decoupage sheets that not available with the rubber version.  

Every new digi set purchased always includes the following:
 ~ black and white images
~ colored images
  ~ .jpeg format (white background) 
~ .png format (transparent background) 
 ~ a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machines!

You're definitely going to want both the rubber versions AND the digital versions of all our new releases.

The new sets are 20% off until March 3, 2017, so after the blog hop, hop on over to the NEW STORE and have fun shopping - be sure to check out the OTHER amazing new products as well! With names like TONIC and STAMPENDOUS and HOUSE MOUSE, you're sure to fill that cart up quickly!

SNS also has a brand new blogwhich can be found here!

On March 3, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on all the Designers' blogs listed below.  Please leave a comment with each designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize (checked for compliance).  The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS New Blog.  

The Blog Hop Order this month is:

Shona (that's me!)

(*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????

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!

To begin with I stamped the garden scene on white cardstock in Versamark and then heat embossed with Black Detail.

I made my own little watercolor palette by putting some Nuance Powders in different wells in a little paint palette and adding a little water to each of the different colors. The flowers were then colored in with my home-made watercolors.

I then made watercolors by mixing a small amount of Nuvo Embellishment Mousses: Spring Green (for the grass) and Cornflower Blue (for the sky), adding a little water to them and then painting my grass and sky with a waterbrush. 

My painting was set aside to dry while I worked on the fence. I had discovered that those Nuvo Embellishment Mousses look awesome atop black cardstock. One in particular, the Mother of Pearl, gives a very realistic likeness to wrought iron. I cut out the fence from black cardstock using the Spellbinders Wrought Iron die and then daubed on some of the Mother of Pearl Mousse. Pretty cool, right?

The border frame was done in the same way, using Spellbinders Art Nouveau Belle Epoque.  I turned the border face down on a piece of protective backing from a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet and then laid down 3/4" Tear-ific Tape around the edges.

I attached the fence to the base of the frame before turning the frame over and placing it down on top of the flower panel. Black Suede Velvet Glitter was then applied to the sticky areas of the border.

The little orange butterfly was now hidden behind the fence, so I thought I'd free him and give him some pals. I stamped that portion of the image a few times in Black StazOn and then I colored the butterflies with the watercolors from my palette.

Once they were dried, they were fussy cut and placed around the image with a little mounting tape. The sentiment from the same set was stamped at the top of the garden in Versamark, after I swiped the area with the anti static bag first. It was heat embossed with Silver Detail. Nuvo Jewel Drops Limoncello, Orange Marmalade, Strawberry Coulis, Pale Periwinkle and Rosewater were then applied to the different flower centers to give a little more dimension.

and that finished off my card for today .....


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

Dream Valley Challenges #150: Add some metal
Crafting From the Heart #148: Anything Goes
HeARTful Stamping: Feb 26 to March 5
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #61: Anything Goes

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today!

Your next stop on the hop is our very talented Diane, who has given this same image a completely different look. Remember to leave a comment on each of the blogs to be eligible to win the Grand Prize.

Till next time,



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Leafy Flower Spring Wreath

Hi there, 
Today I'd like to share with you a card made with the February Reveal Set 815: Leafy Flower Spring Wreath.
I began by stamping on top of a piece of vellum in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Detail. This fine grained powder is great for detailed stamps and sentiments. 
Turning the vellum over to the back, I colored in the image using Copics. The gold embossed lines hide any "coloring outside the lines". 
After I wiped the front of my vellum panel with the anti static bag, (to make sure there would be no unwanted strays) I stamped one of the sentiments from the same set below the wreath in Versamark and heat embossed again using the Gold Detail powder.
I took four pink brads and "blinged" them with Raspberry Tart. First dipping them in Versamark (alternatively you could just heat up the brad with your heating tool) and then dip in to your jar of embossing powder. Once heat set this gives a lovely shiny finish to your brads, in matching colors to your projects.
The vellum was attached by the brads to a piece of white glossy cardstock (this ensures a nice bright contrast). Drops of Nuvo Jewel Drops Strawberry Coulis were applied to the berries and left to dry. 
After they were dry (an hour at most), Mauvelous Semi Transparent Glitter was applied to the bow with the Nuvo Fine Tip  Pen.
The panel was then mounted with foam to a piece of pink cardstock slightly wider than the vellum. A piece of textured white cardstock was used as the card base, after being edged with Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.
Here you can see the dimension of the Jewel Drops and the Gold embossing.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Aurora Wings Challenge #44: Anything goes with hand colored image
Crafting From the Heart #147: Anything goes
Hope you've enjoyed my share today?
Thanks for stopping by,
Big hugs,