Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SPARKLE N SPRINKLE FLOWER CHILD BLOG HOP

Hi there, and welcome to the latest Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop. Today we are celebrating Spring with our SNS children and flowers! If you hopped here by way of the talented Karalee then you are in the right place! Otherwise, you might like to go back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog page to become eligible for five great prizes. There are 2 grand prizes and 3 "random" prizes that are attached to three different designers' blogs! In order to be eligible for the prizes, all you have to do is comment on each of the blogs.


So let's get on with the show! For my first card today I decided to go straight for the "Flower Child". There are many fun images in this Set 412 - Daddy's Little Girl. I love this image in particular - I have a niece that is a bit of a tomboy and I found Tomboy Becca to be right up her alley! I colored her with Twinkling H20s and a water brush, something I hadn't played with for a while. The frame is popped up with dimensionals after being run through a flower embossing folder. Girlie, but not too much! Full directions can be found here. 



For my second card today, I am sharing my Mum's Mother's Day card. Mother's Day was the 18th of March this year in the UK.  Mothering Sunday, as it is traditionally known in the UK, always falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent, so it can often fall in a different month (let alone day) - that's the UK for you, always keeping us on our toes! If you are interested in reading a little background on Mothering Sunday, just click here!


My Mum is a keen gardener. She has a courtyard in Scotland where she lives now and it is always a delight to see - roses and other climbing plants grow up the sandstone walls and then she has a "million" pots that are home to a wide array of plants. They've not been experiencing the nice weather that we have, so she says it's not as pretty as usual. We're going over for my Dad's 80th birthday next week, but like I said to her, we're not coming to see the plants!!


For the card I used one of my favorite flower images from set 402 - My Rose Garden.  After coloring with Twinkling H20s, I covered the cut and embossed piece with Versamark and heat embossed with Clear Detail powder, then repeated the process using Super Thick Clear embossing powder. When it was cool I just folded the piece which caused the cracks to appear, (couldn't wait for the freezer!) then I ran some distressing pink ink over the piece and rubbed off the excess, leaving the pink in the cracks.  I then covered the piece again with Versamark and heat embossed with the Thick Clear powder once more. Full instructions for the card can be found here. If you want to check it out - here is a tutorial on the Cracked Ice Technique






There are some items on sale this month, to go along with our theme, Flowers - Children - Spanish and Artist Tom Jones.  These sets will be offered at 15% off.  Details can be found here.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Remember to leave a comment here before you jump on over to see what Julie has in store for you today. Remember to be eligible for the prizes - you must comment on every blog on the hop.


Have a great day!

46 comments:

  1. Cuteness and beauty all in one place. Two lovely cards, Shona!

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  2. Shona, love those bright colors! And your second card is right on for Mother's Day.

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  3. Shona your cards are so great. The Daddy's little girl is so sweet and the flower with the cracked ice technique is really awesome.

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  4. Tomboy Becca is one of my favorite images and I love the softness of the Lily card too!

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  5. Both cards are so adorable. Love the embossing and layering. Your flower image is looks great with the cracked ice technique.

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  6. Cute first card, Shona, I love the frame and bow. The second is pretty and I love the cracked glass technique.

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  7. Sweet cards Shona. I particularly like the cracked ice floral - just beautiful.

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  8. Great cards! I love that little cutie in the die cut frame and your card for mom is soooo pretty! Great coloring on the beautiful flower :)

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  9. Love that first card! It is up in the store:) The sparkle on the layers is awesome!

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  10. Love the use of extra thick embossing powder and the effect on the mother's day card. Thanks Becky

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  11. What a pretty embossing folder. I also like your color choices.

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  12. Beautiful cards-lovely use of embossing folders, ribbon and lace. After seeing your Mother's Day card, I can't wait to try the cracked ice technique.

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  13. Both cards are great! Your coloring of the little girl is so amazing and the way you made the cracked background of the lone flower is incredible. Great job!

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  14. Cute cards. Love the little girl.

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  15. What a cute little girl card. Makes me wish I had a granddaughter now too. And, love the cracked glass technique on that pretty tropical bloom. You do lovely work indeed!

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  16. Shona, love both of your cards and the one for Mother's Day is so sweet!

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  17. Shona, love both of your cards and the one for Mother's Day is so sweet!

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  18. Shona these are both lovely, really like the embossing you did and am definitely gonna steal the idea with the ribbon with tying it around the frame like you did, very creative!

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  19. Love the "Flower Child (from my youth). I would never thought about combing those colors, but they work perfectly together. Your mum did right by you, and she was rewarded by such an elegant card.

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  20. Wow what Beautiful Cards the Colors and Blending is so very perfect. and i love the way the paper shimmers. the lace adds that special Touch.
    love the embossing and the flowers and little girl are awesome.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  21. Sweet card. I love the cracked effect.

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  22. Both cards are really beautiful, Shona, but I especially like the first one! Love the way you did the ribbon and that embossed paper is gorgeous! Fantastic stamps.

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  23. Both of these cards are beautiful, I love the Daddy's little girl stamp, and the b-day card is excellent.

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  24. Shona, your cards are so pretty, and full of posies - I imagine you are like the little girl in your card, playing in your gardens.

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  25. Great cards. Will be back to visit soon.

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  26. previous comment did not leave my name.

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  27. Super cards! I really enjoyed your Becca card and a great choice of colors. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. Your Mom's card is beautiful!! Love the first card too!

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  29. Wonderful cards. I never thought to put one last layer of embossing powder after achieving the cracked look. Thanks for the tip.

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  30. Both cards are perfect. Love the little girl (reminds me of my daughter) and the mothers day card is lovely. Can't wait to try the cracked ice technique.

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  31. With a different sentiment your second card would make a perfect birthday card as well. I'm thinking especially of my daughter whose favorite color is pink. Your first card has just the right combination of colors for Becca. I've thought of trying water colors on my cards, but haven't yet.

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  32. these are beautiful. Great creativity

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  33. Testing to make sure the comments are working - as have had someone contact me with issues the Quacker Queen :)

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  34. Love you're cracked ice card. Shona, you always have an interesting technique. Will definitely be giving it a try.

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  35. Love the colors and presentation of the flower card, but the first card is so popping cute. The colors are great and really like what you did with the textured background.

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  38. Your cards colors and papers are great. THANK YOU!!!!!!

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  39. Two very nice cards, and so different from each other! I love the colors and the layering of the embossed frame and the ribbon on the first one.

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  40. What a great way to show off those flowers. Love, love mum's card. And I'm sure she will too. That like tomboy girl is also cute.

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  41. Shona,
    These cards are great! Daddy's Lil girl is colored so beautifully and the 2nd cracked ice one for Mothers day is gorgous. Love these techniques and your coloring is great!

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  42. Great cards, Shona! Love the colors on little Becca!

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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!