Thursday, July 14, 2011

SPARKLING WINTER SENSATIONS

Hi there, and welcome to our cool Sparkling Winter Sensations Blog Hop!  I hope that you are beating the heat, sitting in front of your computer, with a nice cool drink and blasting the air-conditioner.  Hopefully the SNS's designers' cool creations will chill you down at least for a while, as you go through the Blog Hop and leave comments on each of the designers' blogs, giving you the chance to become eligible for six "hot" prizes!

If you mountain boarded in from Dawn Thomas' blog - then you are on the right ski trail!  If not, take the ski lift back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog at http://sparklensprinkle.com/blog/. You don't want to miss out on any chances to win!

For my winter season cards, I wanted to highlight one of my latest favorite products from Sparkle N Sprinkle, the 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape.   It is a super-quick way to make super cool backgrounds.  For my first card I adhered the tape across a piece of ivory cardstock , then applied Waterfall glitter, to make a sparkly strip to highlight my ornaments!

I also used the tape on the two background ornaments.  After stamping and embossing in gold, I colored in with Copic Markers and then stuck the Tear-ific tape over the front of the entire ornament.  I cut out the ornament using the Spellbinders die cut, which can be purchased as a combo along with the Heirloom Ornament stamp set and then I took off the protective backing and applied Sparkling Snow Glitter.  For complete instructions to make this card, just click here.



The tape is strong enough to hold everything.  In this sample, I colored the same ornament three times and then applied the tape on top of the center ornament in the same way after it was colored.  This time I stuck clear micro beads for a different look.  To see full instructions for this card, click right here.





So now, how about a couple of ornaments!  I stamped the big Joy Ornament from the Heirloom Ornament stamp set, twice in red, and twice in green.  Cover both with the tape again and cut out with the Spellbinders die cut.  Glue the two ornaments together and punch a hole for the thread.  Remove the protective backing and apply the micro beads to both sides.  An easy ornament ready to adorn your Christmas tree this year!  Here they are, and their full instructions are here:









 Joy, Joy, Joy!










For my last card, I switched gears back to a technique that I used in the last SNS blog hop, which was the "embossing painting".  I got many favorable comments on my embossable acetate over the basketball court photo card.  So I thought I'll keep you "oiled", while you wait on my next blog, which I am hoping to get to soon, which will be a tutuorial on the embossing painting technique.  My Christmas card is less complex than the basketball player, so if you tried the technique and were scared off, perhaps try doing this card, and you'll see how easy and effective it can be!


For full instructions on how to create this card , just click here.  Basically, for the embossing painting on the acetate all you do is stamp the tree in Versamark on the embossable acetate and heat emboss with Silver embossing powder. Repeat the process with Merry Christmas, under the tree image and heat emboss with Gold.  Then turn the piece over and using the Penboss marker, paint within the outline of the tree and then heat emboss with Halo embossing powder.  One more step, apply Versamark ink to the same side as the Halo EP and then heat emboss with "my-all- time-favorite, never-be-without" Sparkle embossing powder.  Such a sparkly little number - don't you think?   
Well that is it from me for this Blog Hop.  I hope I am one of "The Five" holding a secondary prize, so please be sure to leave a comment here, before you ski down the mountain to Eleanor Jenkins' blog at http://stampinginva.blogspot.com/ and see what she has in store for you!  Enjoy the cool ride! 


64 comments:

  1. Wonderful diversity of cards, Shona! All those little beadies with a background of the glitter! Must look amazing in person since the details are beautiful in the photos. My favorite is the silver and gold embossed tree. So gorgeously rich! Thank you for the tips in how to make beaded ornaments for the tree!

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  2. WOW! You did a beautiful job on all of your projects, Shona! I love all the glittery sparkle!

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  3. Ahhhhh.....love all the glitter and sparkle. Your cards are all so festive and pretty! The little glittery tags would be the perfect touch on that special present.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. Gorgeous backgrounds...loe the ornaments!!!

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  5. Oh the embossing makes everything look so rich and elegant! Love the ornaments :)

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  6. Embossing painting technique has my interest. Will definitely look for your detailed instructions. Love the ornaments as well. Nice work Shona!

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  7. I love all of the sparkly beady ornaments! Thank you so much for giving excellent directions. Your card is gorgeous!

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  8. The ornamnets are the bomb! Great cards Shona. The instuctions are wonderful. I enjoyed each one. The ornamnents with waterfall glitter are tops on my list.

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  9. Wow, lots of sparkle here! Thanks for all the ideas and I will be using some of this in the future.
    Love that 2 1/2 inch tape! Great blog.

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  10. Love them, love them. You did a great job. The embossing just sets them off.

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  11. Great cards - great ornaments - great post. Love it all Shona! They're ALL so pretty, but I think the silver & gold is my favorite!

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  12. What fabulous projects. My fav is the gold and silver one.

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  13. You used my favorite colors in this card. The sparkles are perfect and the details are great.

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  14. Wonderful collection of cards and techniques, Shona! Love the colors and sparkle.

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  15. Just love your gold & silver tree - so elegant! You are the ornament queen!

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  16. Wow! I love your card and all the sparkles you put in it. The card is so detailed and so shimmery.

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  17. All of the cards are over the top. I love all the glitter and glitz.

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  18. Who would have guessed it was tape holding all that glitter. What a great idea! Thanks Shona for sharing. Peg K.

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  19. Love the sparkle in the cards. I am going to try my hand at the ornament. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. I have to get some of that tape!! Stunning ornaments and cards.

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  21. Oh so many neat ideas to try. Don't know where to start.
    Thanks for all the ideas

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  22. What stunning results! The cards are very unique. Have saved the sites to help me when I try them.

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  23. your ornamental cards are great. shows you put a lot of time on each one of them. your instructions are fully detailed and after reading them one can come up with so many ideas!!

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  24. Wonderful ornaments. I love the variety of colors you used.

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  25. I love those three cards Shona! Those are the colors i would go for if I had to do a card. The glitter puts you in the spirit of the season! Thank you for sharing.

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  26. All your creations are wonderful, but I especially like the last card. Your color choices are very elegant. Thank you!

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  27. The Anonymous comment above is mine. Blog hopping is new for me and I made the wrong choice for my name to appear. Thanks!

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  28. What great ideas! I'm partial to silver and gold so I like the last card, but all of the cards (and the ornaments) are great.

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  29. Very Glittery and beautiful. I am really loving all the cards and techniques on this hop!

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  30. So pretty, I've got to dig out my beads and make some of these! Gorgeous!

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  31. Your card has a soft look and with all the glitter its gives the feeling of coolness. Very nice

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  32. I would be delighted if I received one of your ornament cards. They are glittery - just what I like!

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  33. Wow! Beautiful ornaments! They must be really sparkley and pretty in person. What a pretty addition to the tree these would be!

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  34. Lovely creative designs Shona, love the bling. Thanks for sharing

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  35. Such stunning artwork you did with the Spellbinders and the stamp sets. I love them.

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  36. Beautiful cards and ornaments. I love the colors and sparkle. I really love the embossing on your last card.

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  37. Beautiful cards as always Shona

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  38. The waterfall glitter strip really does highlight the ornaments on your first card. I have two narrower terrific tapes & love them. I haven't tried the wider one yet, but probably will now. I love glitter.

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  39. The Christmas tree card is SO VERY PRETTY. Thanks for sharing the technique and I like the way you used the tape for the ornament cards - very nice !

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  40. Wow!!! This is a detailed card and absolutely beautiful. Fantastic job.

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  41. love your cards I love the way your cards glisten. you have done a great job. thanks for sharing your cards with us. keep up the great work. I sure will have to try this,
    Anita Braddock
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  42. That is such a great idea for ornaments. My preteen grandbabies will love that Nana has such a fun project to make.

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  43. I love your tree and the ornaments. What a wonderful idea for decorating the tree. Thank you for making and sharing such rich looking items.

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  44. Such an array of cards and ornaments! I really like the look of the microbeads and the Christmas tree card is such an interesting technique!

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  45. I love the ornaments. They would make a great gift.

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  46. Sherilyn BurnettJuly 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    The ornaments are beautiful. Can't wait to try them!! Your directions are very clear and will be easy to follow.

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  47. Love that waterfall glitter. Really bumming just saw them at Stampfest and missed that color. Your silver and gold card is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Joy, joy, joy, indeed! I couldn't have said it better.

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  49. Love your ornaments, very sparkly.
    Nancy

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  50. nancynelson1667@optonline.netJuly 15, 2011 at 5:47 AM

    Love your ornaments, but I like the gold and silver tree the best.

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  51. You are amazing... So many lovely ways to use my (hardly ever used) glitter...You have inspired me.

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  52. oh I love them all!! Thanks for the tips!

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  53. I have these combo sets and you've given me some great inspiration for Christmas cards this year. Beautiful and I really love the glitter!

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  54. Love It! I have never used the tearific tape to add glitter. I will certainly try it

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  55. I love the tree card. It is so beautiful.

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  56. I'm gonna have to try that tape. But, I love the ornaments. Might have to lift the project.

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  57. Great cards and ideas. I need to get going on Christmas cards and you have given me several ideas for mine. Thanks loads,
    Candy Meyers

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  58. I like your ornaments & the layers of embossing on the tree card

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  59. I can only say you have exhibited
    a simple elegance in your work and
    I hope I will do as well! Thank you.

    Shirley

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  60. Wonderful projects! Each one is gorgeous.



    --Cheryl--
    Stop by my blog to check out my blog candy!

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  61. I love the waterfall glitter. Thanks for sharing!

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  62. Oooooh, I'm getting some ideas for my own XMas cards! I love how you've gone glitter mad and layered the ornaments on top.

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  63. Thank you for sharing these. I own this stamp set am excited to use it after seeing your ornaments.

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  64. Wow, lots of sparkle here! Thanks for all the ideas and I will be using some of this in the future. Love that 2 1/2 inch tape! Great blog.

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