Sunday, August 31, 2014

SPARKLE N SPRINKLE'S SEPTEMBER 1ST REVEAL

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's September 1 Reveal.

This month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced, plus the re-release of the Wonky Lines background stamp. These sets are 20% off their regular price, until September 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image. The Magic of the Season, set #653 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

This month, I decided to go with Autumn Splendor - Set 651



Here are this month's reveal sets:




Autumn Splendor #651   (Digi version - DIGI651)
Farm Sweet Farm #652  (Digi version - DIGI652)
Magic of the Season #653  (Digi version - DIGI653)
Thanksgiving Friends #656  (Digi version - DIGI656)
Bountiful Blessings #658  (Digi version - DIGI658)
Sweet Holiday #655  (Digi version - DIGI659)

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

1) all SIX of the new rubber stamp sets
or 
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets. 

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 Sept 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

April Williams
Eret Pank
Belinda Shupe
Emmy van den Heuvel
Shona Erlenborn (that's me)
Anita Scroggins
Marie Berquist
Anne Temple


(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.)

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 comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

This month we were given a few pieces of "bling" from Mon Ami Gabby to play with, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate some of the samples into my design this month. I had a few strings of the Diamond Mesh that came in some lovely fall colors, so I used two of them to trim the bottom of the dress.



The three "flowers" on the left were cut from a piece of Flower Diamond Mesh which was made with clear flowers. I was able to color them by using Adirondack Alcohol Ink Sunshine Yellow.






My background was done using the Dry Embossed Flocked Backgrounds technique, with the Sizzix embossing folder (Rays), some Sun Dazzle Sparkle N Soft, a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet and Memento Cantaloupe ink. I love making these fun, fuzzy backgrounds. Adds a lot of texture to your projects. You can see the embossed pattern more clearly in the photo below.


I was thinking sparkly and blingy went well with this lovely image. I stamped her in StazOn black, then she was fussy cut and colored with watercolor crayons using a waterbrush. I added Celestial glitter to the wings and flower centers and then Bridal glitter to the dress using a Sakura Glue Pen.

I used Gold Mirror Cardstock to add even more shine to the card, although it does make it difficult to photograph! The sentiment was stamped in Versamark then heat embossed in Black Detail. It was then cut and embossed with a rectangle die cut. The circle behind her was cut and embossed with Spellbinder's Classic Circle die. The background was layered to another piece of the Gold Mirror Cardstock and then I assembled the card using Tear-ific Tape and dimensional dots. Dimensional Glue was used to attach the "flowers". Full instructions can be found here, in the SNS Gallery, if needed.


Hope you've enjoyed my project today, and that you'll check out the rest of the Design Team's projects. Remember to leave a comment for us all, to be eligible for the Grand prize win!

Till next time,

Shona

Friday, August 15, 2014

DIE-VERSIONS/SPARKLE N SPRINKLE BLOG HOP




Welcome to the Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop!










I hope you have ventured here via our SNS talented Anita? If not, in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize, you do need to comment on all the Designers, so you should go back! Here are my two sneak peaks!





The joint blog hop with Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle begins today (7am EST) and goes until Aug 17th (5pm EST), so there will be plenty of time to check out all the great projects created by both teams.  The theme is Christmas, so you'll get lots of great inspiration for your upcoming Holiday cards.

Die-Versions manufactures low profile dies made right here in the United States and Sparkle N Sprinkle manufactures rubber stamps, glitters, embossing powders, and flocking, also made in the US.  This is like a match made in heaven - low profile dies combined with lots of bling!  Doesn't get much better than that.

One winner will receive a Grand Prize consisting of a $50 gift certificate from Die-Versions and a $50 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle, for a total of $100.  The winner will be announced on Aug 17th on both the DV Blog and the SNS Blog as well as their Facebook pages.


In order to be eligible for the Grand Prize, please: 
  • Leave a comment on each Designer's blog
  • Follow both companies on Facebook (DV Facebook pageSNS Facebook page) if you haven't already so you can keep up to date on all the latest goings on.   (I'm sure that all of the Designers would love for you to Follow them too, but that isn't a requirement to win this prize.)  

You should begin at the Die-Versions Blog and end at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog.  We'd love it if you'd like to leave a comment at either the DV Blog or the SNS Blog telling us which projects were your favorites.  :-)

Enjoy this sneak peek of some of the projects you'll be seeing during the hop.


We hope you enjoy this blog hop and it gives you lots of inspiration!  Don't forget to leave each of us a comment and follow both Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle on Facebook.

So, here we go ... on with the show ....


I received three die cuts to play with from Die-Versions. I cut them all out and took a while figuring out what I wanted to do with them. So who out there, is like me and needs a lot of Christmas cards? Last year I sent out 152, and by the time I finished it was already (year) 2014!! I am thinking that I'm going to start much earlier this year (seem to remember saying the exact same thing last year. But I really am this year!) This Die cut from Die Versions is great for multiples. It pretty much covers the whole of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" page, with a little border. (So for a CAS idea - try this!)

I cut out the Merry Christmas from white glossy cardstock and layered it on to a piece of SNS Super Adhesive Sheet, then applied Cherry Sparkle Sparkle N Soft to the remaining exposed tape.

Three bronze Christmas Tree brads were heat embossed with Belgian Cream (which covers everything - as it is opaque)  and then again with Sparkle to provide the glitz!

I centered that on white cardstock edged with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and then burnished Black Suede Velvet Glitter on the the remaining exposed tape. I was going for Santa colors, but of course, the sky is the limit - metallic cardstock for the sentiment with other flocking colors? Use the die as a stencil? I know a good few of my 152 this year will be using this die. Full directions for this card are here in the Gallery

Another die I received was this cute Mistletoe branch....


 Last month you saw that we had this cute little Penguin fellow as one of our new releases over at Sparkle N Sprinkle! Match made in Heaven I thought. As you can see, I'm still using these glass beads - only this time I didn't color them. These dies really do cut out well - without wax paper! 

After coloring in the Black StazOn image with watercolor crayons and a waterbrush, I stamped the sentiments from the set in Versamark and heat set with Black Detail


In order to make him fit with the mistletoe above him, I decided to go with a letter size card, so I cut the rectangular frame from a piece of 3 1/4" x 6 3/4" green cardstock before layering it to the red 3 1/2" x 7" card base. (I thought it worked well with the vertical greeting too!)


I cut the die from watercolor paper too, and colored it with crayons and the water brush, just like the penguin. Then I added Dimensional Glue to the ribbon and little blobs were placed here and there on the Mistletoe for the glass beaded Mistletoe berries. Complete instructions for this card can be found here.


... and that's all there is to it!  You've completed the Blog Hop. Hope you've been inspired today by all the Designers on both teams - Die Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle. To be eligible for the Grand Prize of $100 worth of product, you only need to leave a comment on each of the Designer's Blogs. 

... so what are you waiting for ....?

Stop by and leave a comment at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog too, let us know what your favorite project was. 

Thanks for joining us, 

Till next time,

Shona

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sparkle N Sprinkle August 1st Reveal

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's August 1 Reveal.

This month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced. These sets are 20% off their regular price, until August 3rd.  All the sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image. The Sunflower, set #643 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.
As you can see, I chose to use the same set for my reveal card this month. I incorporated the dry embossed background technique (using Mustard Flocking, an embossing folder and a dye based ink). I also colored some micro beads with alcohol inks for the center of the sunflower!



Here is a quick look at all the new sets:



Knight Owl #632     (Digi version: DIGI632)
Sunflower #643     (Digi version: DIGI643)
A Little Note #645     (Digi version: DIGI645)
Pilgrim Thanksgiving #646     (Digi version: DIGI646)
Wisps of Autumn #647     (Digi version: DIGI647)
Witchy Gerty #648     (Digi version: DIGI648)

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

1) all SIX of the new rubber stamp sets
or 
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets. 

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 August 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Anita Scroggins
April Williams
Belinda Shupe
Emmy van den Heuvel
Eret Pank
Marie Berquist
Shona Erlenborn
Steff Munnings
Anne Temple

OK, so that's the scoop, so now let's get on with a project, shall we? I had lived in Rome, Italy for a few years before moving to New Jersey, and we would often take weekend trips up to Tuscany. The fields of sunflowers were both abundant and astounding! As soon as I saw this stamp set, it immediately reminded me of those wonderful weekends. That in turn reminded me of the beautiful Tuscany embossing powders of Sparkle N Sprinkle.



I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with Sienna. These Tuscany embossing powders are very fine and opaque which makes them perfect for detailed images and sentiments. To match the brads with the sentiment, I used the "bling your brads" technique along with the Sienna Star embossing powder. 



The sunflower was stamped on watercolor cardstock in StazOn black and then I colored using watercolor crayons with a water brush before fussy cutting it out. I added some "new" Cherry Lemonade to the petals and Green Iris to the leaves. 



How could I make the seeds dimensional? Oh, I know! I discovered a cool trick the other week - did you know you can make clear Micro Beads any color you need? All you do is put a little amount of beads in a cup and squeeze a couple of drops of Alcohol inks into the cup and swirl the beads until they are all colored. For this project I used two drops of Sunshine Yellow and one of Caramel. Pretty cool, huh?

OK, so now for the background. Does it look fuzzy? Well, that's because it is! I don't know if you saw my last blog post, but I recently had an article published in the Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine. This technique uses flocking, an embossing folder and some dye-based ink. For my sunflower background I covered a piece of white cardstock with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet. I removed the protective backing and applied Mustard Flocking to the entire piece. I then ran the flocked piece through an embossing folder (here I used the Darice Grass embossing folder) which had been inked with Memento Rich Cocoa - a dye-based ink. This is such a fun background technique and inking the embossed or debossed side to the folders gives you different results. I especially love this background technique used along with animal stamps. To incorporate the sentiment, I was looking for a "field" for the sunflower to be "outstanding" in, which is why I used this particular embossing folder.

To finish and assemble the card, the sentiment was attached to the flocked background and then that was centered to a white card base, edged with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape. Some more Cherry Lemonade glitter was applied to the exposed sticky edges. The sunflower was attached with dimensionals and then I used some more Dimensional Glue along the base of the field and "spread" some left-over "seeds of happiness"!! Full directions can be found in the SNS gallery.


I'd like to enter this card in The Love to Scrap Challenge Blog.  This month the challenge is Scheming Crafters! For my entry I'm using "The Colors of Tuscany". 

Hope you've enjoyed my project today. 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 can not leave a comment for some reason, please email icinganne@yahoo.com with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

Hugs and good luck,

Shona 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MY FIRST PUBLISHED ARTICLE!

I apologize for being MIA over here for a while. This last month has been so hectic. Knowing it was going to be crazy, good old Donna suggested I take a couple of months off from my designer duties over at Sparkle N Sprinkle. It was definitely a wise decision. I have been doing very little stamping, except for the graduation cards, as they were needed - two minutes before they left the house - not even time to take a photo!! 

Anyway, yesterday the mailman brought me a lovely surprise. A complimentary copy of the August/September issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts.  


My article  "Fun with Flocking" appears on page 31. Here it is - I hope you can read it? 




The Tulip Trio card is the one that I sent to Edith!

Till next time,

Big hugs,

Shona