Sunday, September 30, 2012


Happy Autumn,

In my last post I was saying how the trees in the yard were beginning to change color - now they are beginning to lie on the ground!!  Fall is officially here in New Jersey!  Still using the Water Stamping Technique used in my last blog post, let me share a little of my backyard with you!

I sponged yellow, orange, red and green Distress inks onto glossy white paper and stamped the background leaves using the Water Stamping technique.  I then ran the piece through the tree embossing folder and used a sanding block to rub away the color from the branches and trunk. I sponged another piece of white glossy and stamped the leaves from the Fall Leaves Stampette set, which I heat embossed with Teddy Brown.  I then ran the leaves through the Sissix "Cracked" embossing folder, to give them some texture.  

Click here if you need more detailed directions.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Fall Frolic!  Today we have a fun array of projects from the Design Team to get you inspired for some Halloween fun and also some ideas for fall.  To be eligible for all the prizes that are up for grabs (a set of your choice and a couple of bonus prizes) you need to leave a comment at each of the posts.  If you got here by the way of the talented Brenda Smalle, then you are in the right place - if not, then you should go back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog page to start from the beginning.  Good luck!

For my two projects today, I used the Water Stamping technique. This technique is a really fun and easy way to make backgrounds for your cards.  I hope you'll be inspired to give it a go!

For this first card, I used purple and orange distress inks, and using the water stamping technique, with the little web stamp from the "Fill the Jar" set, I made the background cardstock for my card. The little witch was my first try at making a card with a digi stamp.  Sparkle N Sprinkle now carries a whole line of digital images by Michelle Perkett.  For those of you (I should say us - as this was my first try!) who prefer the "old-fashioned" method, many of the images are or will be produced in rubber also.  So do take a look - I have to say there are many lovely images in her line.  You can find complete instructions for the first card here.

For my next card, I used the same "Fly Away Witch" digi stamp and used the Water Stamping technique to make the wallpaper background:

You'll find complete instructions for the second card, here.

Hope you've enjoyed your visit. Make sure you leave a comment here, before heading off to see what trick or treat, my teammate Julie, has in store for you.

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Well, there's another month gone and Fall is just around the corner.  The leaves are already beginning to fall in our neck of the woods and it sure is nice getting a little cool air at night.  Time to open the windows and let in the fresh air?

To celebrate with the season, I decided to go with a fall theme for this sketch, using Set 228 - Harvest - Pumpkins.  I have been playing around with Water Stamping this month (it just seems to go really well with the fall colors).  You can check it out in the Tips and Techniques Section.

For the ribbon, I embossed a piece of green card and ran it through a soda tab, colored with Copper embossing powder!

Here is my card that I made for the September Sketch Challenge.  You'll find all the rules and a few designs that some of the other designers have come up with right here.  I hope you'll find the time to take a shot at our September Challenge. Good luck!

If you need full directions for the card above, you'll find them right here.

Happy Fall ......