Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Wonderland - November 1st Release

Welcome to the latest Sparkle N Sprinkle November Release
 (two lovely new sets), along with our November Challenge.

This month we have two new awesome sets by artist Rosiland Solomon and there are five chances to win these sets!

the first two chances are with our "Winter Wonderland" Release Contest
three more chances with the SNS monthly challenge where the monthly theme is always "Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and /or Flocking."
The Winter Wonderland stamp set and the Flourishes Two stamp set are both available on line.
The beautiful Winter Wonderland stamp set is included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month.

The Winter Wonderland stamp set, one glitter and one EP will be awarded to one commenter.
The Flourishes Two stamp set, one glitter and one EP will be awarded to another commenter.

To win, just come to our Mystery Designer Party!

I chose to "highlight" this lovely Winter Wonderland Set (literally I used the Spotlight "Highlighting" Technique in my card).  I took each of the three animals and framed them in the same way as the scalloped frame, by heat embossing with Vintage embossing powder, I then reapplied Versamark and heat embossed with Magic Speckle.

I stamped the same scenic image twice - one on glossy in detail black embossing powder and then the second in black StazOn and then used watercolor crayons with a waterbrush to apply color. I punched out the three animal images and framed them with the little Vintage/Magic Speckle frames.

I added more sparkle and shine with my favorite Cloud Nine glitter and Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft, applied with Brushable Glue and a Sakura Glue Pen for the snow highlights. Here are another couple of angles to try to capture the sparkle and shine of the card:

 How the Mystery Party works:

On two of the participating blogs below, a Commenter will be selected to receive the prize
No one knows who the Mystery Designers are, so you may wish to visit each blog to leave a comment.

The winners will be announced on November 3rd on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Both sets (here is the flourish set):


are available at 20% off 
as part of our Wintry specials. 
Just use the code WINTRY20 in the COMMENTS SECTION 
when checking out in the SNS on-line store 
to receive these brand new sets at 20% off.
Promotion valid through November 3.(sorry, credit card customers only. Total will be manually adjusted. Or phone the SNS shoppe on Wednesday and ask them to manually adjust the charge on the phone for you).

Friday, October 25, 2013


Today, I would like to share with you another three of my cards which were published in the Special Issue of CardMaker.

The three cards, use different techniques to add color with glitters.

First up is a Welcome to your New Home:

Using Sparkle N Sprinkle's lovely Set 481: Shabby Chic Birdhouse, I applied the amazing Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to the Super Adhesive Sheet, stamped the images in black StazOn and then colored the images on top of the glitter with watercolor crayons applied with a waterbrush.  This is my favorite way of coloring on the glitter - but check out the tutorials in the Tips and Techniques Section for others. The frames were made by adding Magic Speckle on top of Vintage embossing powder. Full details for the card can be found here.

The second card highlights the Glittered Lace technique:  Taking a piece of lace and two coordinating glitters you can make amazing glittery backgrounds for all your projects:

Here, I used the new Velvet Glitters, Reflection and Gypsy Red. these glitters feel like velvet when you run your finger over them, and they are totally opaque, so that no card color will be seen through them.  ... but wait - there's more, since they are so fine, you can even stamp and emboss on top of them! I used the Set 424: Music Labels, for the stamps for this card, and ran red cardstock through an embossing folder inked with London Fog ink. Complete details can be found here

For my last show and tell today, using Velvet Glitters once again, but this time with Sticker Paper and a brass stencil, I bring you Fishy Birthday Wishes!:

Super glittery in real life, this little fish was created using a brass stencil on Sticker Paper (rub stencil with soap before hand - it makes it easier to peel off the paper).  Remove the backing from the Sticker paper and place the stencil on sticky surface. I applied Gypsy Red Velvet Glitter to the exposed sticky paper, then carefully peeled the glittered paper away from the stencil.  Apply Golden Rod Velvet Glitter to the remaining exposed sticky surface. Cut around outline and your fish is ready to swim!

I created the background by sponging white glossy cardstock with blue and green inks and then running it through a Tide embossing folder. Sand the raised pattern to reveal the white crests of the waves.

The little shells were made by sticking outline stickers on exposed Sticker Paper and then burnishing in Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter. Again just fussy cut and attach to the card with dimensionals. The edge of the card also sports two others of the Velvet Glitters: Jasper Blue and Luau Green, Simply edge your card base with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape, remove backing and center your card front. Apply the two glitters, one at a time to the exposed sticky edge. Full directions can be found here.

Well that's all for today.  I'll be back in a few more days to share the last of the published cards. 

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013


A few months back, the designers at Sparkle N Sprinkle were asked to submit cards for consideration to Cardmaker Magazine for a special issue on coloring techniques for cardmaking. I submitted six cards and was thrilled when I heard that they were going to use all of them in this special issue. Several other designers from Sparkle N Sprinkle are also featured in this issue, all using unique techniques. The magazine is full of great coloring tips and ideas, including a very informative section on Copic coloring: 

That's my little fishy card at the top on the front cover, but today I'm going to share another of the two cards with you.

The first one is Happy Bloomin' Birthday:

I ran a piece of vellum and white glossy cardstock through Pure Pleasure embossing folder at the same time. After separating them I applied the chalks with a blender pen to the back of the vellum and stamped the sun on the white glossy.  I taped them temporarily together and ran them through the embossing folder again. The two layers were attached to the peach with the pastel brads, after removing the tape.  The sentiment was heat embossed with Black Detail.

The second card I would like to share with you today was "colored" both with Copics and Flockings. Since making this card, I have learned that you can take it a step further and even color on the flocking with Copics!!  Here is a tutorial on how to do that! This way you can have flocking in every color that you have a Copic. Sorry, I digressed! Back to the card in question:

Isn't that "one cool cat"?  So my coloring technique here was to use flocking. The ribbon was two pieces of white ribbon, colored first with brown ink and then I stuck a strip of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape down the center of each piece.  I applied Amber Wheat flocking to one and Mustard Yellow to the other. Then I taped the two pieces together to make a two-toned ribbon. The frame was die cut and the same flockings were applied with Brushable Glue. The outside edge of the card is also flocked.  Full directions can be found here (or in the magazine!)

So that is my share for you today.  I'll be back in a few days with another couple of the cards.

See you then,


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

LAST ROUND OF GOLF (for a bit!)

I'm back this morning with a quick post, showing the last of the cards that I made using Sparkle N Sprinkle's Golf Set 509.  This is definitely one for the ladies!   

I used the little purses from another Set 411: Just Like Mommy to create my stage for the lady golfer and golf bag.

I colored them with Copics using pinks and purples. A few of them were stamped twice, fussy cut and popped up. I added Sparkle embossing powder over the top of my sentiment and some Sparkling Snow to the golf clubs. 

Full directions can be found here, if needed.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, October 3, 2013


So can you believe it's October already?  I know I can't, that means it's time to get started on my Christmas cards.  I have 150 plus to make and half of them go overseas, so I really should get started on it. That being said, let's get back to October!  LOL!

The fall is probably my favorite time of the year - I love all the autumnal colors as they fall through the air and create a patchwork quilt on the ground.  They already started falling up here in New Jersey. The mornings are quite chilly, then it warms up to mid to high 70's, under a bright clear blue sky - just perfect!  Still warm enough to eat outside in the evening. My Mum and Dad are arriving on the 23rd for a month, so I hope this spell continues.  

To celebrate the arrival of autumn, Sparkle N Sprinkle has released four new marbled embossing powders: Cranberry, Squash, Pumpkin Pie and Turnip. Needless to say, they had to become part of my collection. Let me just say one thing - they are amazing! 

So a couple of weeks ago, I was outside and we had just had some rain, which caused a few leaves to start falling, they were so pretty and I stopped and picked up a "little" variety.  I took them up to my stamping room and lay them out on papers and then I wondered ....... and you know how one thing leads to another? Pretty soon I had a pile of leaves covered in Versamark and fall marbled embossing powders!  I have to let you see a couple of before and after pics.:



One of my favorites was the green oakleaf (which for some reason I forgot to take a before shot) covered with the Squash EP:

I had a pretty little piece of my burning bush shrub, which was already such a pretty color, so I decided to just add a little "Sparkle" (embossing powder):


Isn't that so pretty? 

So then what to do with all of Mother Nature's transformed creations?  I found a couple of photos of my Dad on a golf outing in Pennsylvania, which had beautiful autumnal colors and then I was inspired!

I made the frames using Spellbinders Grand Large Labels, heat embossed with the Cranberry embossing powder.  

"Golf" was actually sparkly purple chipboard stickers which I heat embossed over the top with Squash. The orange woven piece was also heat embossed with the Squash. 

The grass was covered with some "Hit the Beach" embossing powder. I punched the diamond border and taped 3/4" Tear-ific Tape to the back and applied Peruvian Lily Glitter. I liked the subtle sparkle that added to the layout.

I distressed my little note with Gold Detail embossing powder. I colored and cut out the Golf Cart from Golf Set 509 and set it on a grass border of "Turnip". After a little consultation with my dear stamping buddy Donna - I used a piece of the woven paper as a stencil and sponged some distress inks onto the maroon background paper, so it wasn't as stark. "Thanks Donna!"

I hope the weather holds up so Dad will be able to enjoy another outing like he did last year. 

Hope you'll pop back soon!