Wednesday, November 9, 2011

IT'S A CULTURAL THING!

Hi there!  I'm so glad you are joining the Sparkle N Sprinkle Team for another Blog Hop - this time round "It's a Cultural Thing".  Today we are celebrating all of America's customs and cultures, so you're bound to find something that appeals to you among the many designers' blogs.  We have a few newbie designers, which I'm looking forward to viewing and of course our Golden Oldies are with us for one more round!

If you got here by way of one of our new designers, Amanda Reed, then you are in the correct place, but if you didn't, then you really need to go back to the start of the blog hop at the Sparkle N Sprinkle home page in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  You also need to leave comments on all of the designers' blogs to be able to pick up one of the three other possible prizes.  Good luck and now let's get going!

We had a few options for our Blog Hop theme this time round, to celebrate American diversity.  Being Scottish, I felt it would be appropriate for me to embrace one of the many other countries that join me in sharing your great America, so I chose to make my two cards from Asian Set 300.  Of course, as always, the stamps that we are highlighting this month are on sale.

For my first card, I used Umbrella Geisha, and colored her with Copics.  For the background I stamped the willow branch, several times, using the thumping technique.  You can see full instructions on how to make this card right here.



For my second card, I decided to have a try at another fun fold, this time it is the "Side Spring Card".  Here is how it came out!  It has 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" dimensions, although it appears smaller when completed.  This was definitely one of the more fun fold cards to put together!  You have to give it a try!  Click here, to get the full instructions.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Remember to leave a much appreciated comment here, so that you have a chance to pick up one of the three extra prizes as well as the Grand prize.  Once you've done that, you should jump on over to  Angie Blasingame, who is another talented newbie for our Design Team, to see what she has in store for you.

Have a great day!

39 comments:

  1. Shona you have two fabulous cards. I love the thumping on the willow on the first card and the colors and glitter, it looks like the willow branches have dew on them and the dew drops have created a prism. I love the embossing and the folding on the second card.

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  2. Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  3. Shona, both of your cards are, as always, (and like you) AMAZING. Love the use of glitter, EP and BEAUTY! Thank you for always being there as a cheer leader on the DT, using product in such creative ways!

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  4. 2 great cards, Shona. I will have to try that "thumping" method cause it looks so interesting. That spring fold is also on my to try list. Thanks for some great inspirations.

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  5. Shona, both of your cards are fantastic! Great coloring and amazing lay outs.

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  6. Love that side display card! It's beautiful:) Red and Gold just look so good together...and that tassel is perfect...great cards:)

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  7. Shona, your cards are so pretty!!!Love the coloring and the backgrounds. Fabulous!!

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  8. WOW!! So many gorgeous elements to your card! Terrific! TFS
    Kim S
    Kasot@aol.com

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  9. Your cards are wonderful, Shona. The thumping really helped the branches have dimension. I love the spring slide card. I love how you used the ribbon around the frame. I will need to try this card fold.

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  10. I've never tried that fancy fold, thanks for inspiring me! I love the first card with all the glitter...It's so shimmery and pretty!

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  11. Love, love, love what you've done with the willow branches and the entire umbrella geisha card! The spring card too! Great use of the border stamp..........
    You always blow me away :)
    Brenda

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  12. Wow...two really beautiful cards. Love the elegant red and the glitter!

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  13. Oh Shona, these are gorgeous. Red is my other favorite color.

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  14. Love the fancy fold on the 2nd card, and the tassel really makes it! Nice job

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  15. Love how you added the pretty paper to the first card - it sets off your colorful geisha. I will have to try the 'Side Spring card - it is new to me - thanks for sharing.

    karenajo

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  16. Lovely cards. I especially like the 2nd one with it's cool fold out. I will definitely have to try that one out! Thanks for the inspirations (and the directions! :))

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  17. These are both fabulous! I've never had much luck with Asian style cards - you inspire me to try it again! I'll especially have to give the fancy fold a try!

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  18. Both cards are gorgeous!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  19. Lovely...both of them. Love all the details on your cards.

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  20. Love all the red, Shona! How perfect for an oriental theme. Fabulous use of glitter and color.

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  21. Neat idea with the side spring card, have never seen that before and love the "glitteriness" of your card!

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  22. Both cards are wonderful! Your choice of red on both of them is so appropriate for an Asian theme. The side spring card is fun to make and very pretty with the embossed scroll border.

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  23. Wow, Shona. These cards are beautiful. Lovely coloring on the first card and the sparkly embossing over it. The 2nd card looks like a fun one to make and I love how you laced the tassel around the image.

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  24. Shona, they are terrific. I love the folded 2nd card a sparkle and sprinkle more. How you did the ripples with EP on the long side is a great, to borrow, idea.

    Another SnS NJ addict

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  25. Your first card just blew me away. I still do not understand thumping, but the results are stunning. The willow braches really enhanced the Asian theme to me. I always enjoy your cards. The profiles won;t accept me, so I include my name and my email: Aileen--danda88@verizon.net

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  26. Shona, Those are beautiful cards. Really like the folding technique of the second one.

    ~Angie

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  27. I really love the color scheme on your first card. The willow branch as the background is just the right touch. The sparkling snow glitter really stands out.

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  28. Love both your card, beautiful!
    t

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  29. 2 beautiful cards. I love the colors on the first one. The background willows match the DP perfectly.

    I have not tried a side spring card, but I just may have to after seeing yours! Love the way you wove the cord through the left panel and the red/gold/black right panel is so elegant!

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  30. birdibrost@hotmail.comNovember 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Vivid colors and the glitter combination are great.

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  31. These are both wonderful, Shona! Super colors and love the fold on the second.

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  32. I'll have to read the techniques. The colors are great and I like the font of the first card and the weaving on the second one.

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  33. Shona, these are great! I love god EP and you've captured it precisely. Great cards.

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  34. Me again. That would be " gold" EP not " god". Although, who knows?

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  35. Shona - These are amazing cards. I love the color combinations!

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  36. I really want to try the second card... Nice job.

    Denise B.

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  37. Love the sparkle on the first card. But the spring slide card is my favorite - lovely elements, great colors, fun design! Great cards Shona!

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  38. Two smashing cards Shona, love the side swing, it looks fab so am off now to check out your link.
    btw, it's nice here for a change lol
    Anne x

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Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share in part of your day. I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation!