Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sparkle N Sprinkle August 1st Reveal

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's August 1 Reveal.

This month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced. These sets are 20% off their regular price, until August 3rd.  All the sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image. The Sunflower, set #643 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.
As you can see, I chose to use the same set for my reveal card this month. I incorporated the dry embossed background technique (using Mustard Flocking, an embossing folder and a dye based ink). I also colored some micro beads with alcohol inks for the center of the sunflower!

Here is a quick look at all the new sets:

Knight Owl #632     (Digi version: DIGI632)
Sunflower #643     (Digi version: DIGI643)
A Little Note #645     (Digi version: DIGI645)
Pilgrim Thanksgiving #646     (Digi version: DIGI646)
Wisps of Autumn #647     (Digi version: DIGI647)
Witchy Gerty #648     (Digi version: DIGI648)

On August 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive their choice of:

1) all SIX of the new rubber stamp sets
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets. 

The new SNS Creative Challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. 

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on August 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Anita Scroggins
April Williams
Belinda Shupe
Emmy van den Heuvel
Eret Pank
Marie Berquist
Shona Erlenborn
Steff Munnings
Anne Temple

OK, so that's the scoop, so now let's get on with a project, shall we? I had lived in Rome, Italy for a few years before moving to New Jersey, and we would often take weekend trips up to Tuscany. The fields of sunflowers were both abundant and astounding! As soon as I saw this stamp set, it immediately reminded me of those wonderful weekends. That in turn reminded me of the beautiful Tuscany embossing powders of Sparkle N Sprinkle.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with Sienna. These Tuscany embossing powders are very fine and opaque which makes them perfect for detailed images and sentiments. To match the brads with the sentiment, I used the "bling your brads" technique along with the Sienna Star embossing powder. 

The sunflower was stamped on watercolor cardstock in StazOn black and then I colored using watercolor crayons with a water brush before fussy cutting it out. I added some "new" Cherry Lemonade to the petals and Green Iris to the leaves. 

How could I make the seeds dimensional? Oh, I know! I discovered a cool trick the other week - did you know you can make clear Micro Beads any color you need? All you do is put a little amount of beads in a cup and squeeze a couple of drops of Alcohol inks into the cup and swirl the beads until they are all colored. For this project I used two drops of Sunshine Yellow and one of Caramel. Pretty cool, huh?

OK, so now for the background. Does it look fuzzy? Well, that's because it is! I don't know if you saw my last blog post, but I recently had an article published in the Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine. This technique uses flocking, an embossing folder and some dye-based ink. For my sunflower background I covered a piece of white cardstock with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet. I removed the protective backing and applied Mustard Flocking to the entire piece. I then ran the flocked piece through an embossing folder (here I used the Darice Grass embossing folder) which had been inked with Memento Rich Cocoa - a dye-based ink. This is such a fun background technique and inking the embossed or debossed side to the folders gives you different results. I especially love this background technique used along with animal stamps. To incorporate the sentiment, I was looking for a "field" for the sunflower to be "outstanding" in, which is why I used this particular embossing folder.

To finish and assemble the card, the sentiment was attached to the flocked background and then that was centered to a white card base, edged with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape. Some more Cherry Lemonade glitter was applied to the exposed sticky edges. The sunflower was attached with dimensionals and then I used some more Dimensional Glue along the base of the field and "spread" some left-over "seeds of happiness"!! Full directions can be found in the SNS gallery.

I'd like to enter this card in The Love to Scrap Challenge Blog.  This month the challenge is Scheming Crafters! For my entry I'm using "The Colors of Tuscany". 

Hope you've enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to leave a comment with each Designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  We love reading your comments and hope we have inspired you as well.  If you absolutely can not leave a comment for some reason, please email with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

Hugs and good luck,



  1. Shona, beautiful card!! I love the embossing and pretty sparkle. The glass beads for the center is just beautiful, didn't know you could change the colors. I will have to give it a try next time I use them.

  2. What a sparkly card! I love the micro beads in the flower's center. Great background too. xo

  3. Fabulous card Shona! Love that flocked background and the added micro beads are perfect for the flower center.

  4. Love your card with the micro beads and I love the cat tails, and colors
    Thanks for showing us

  5. Shona your card is absolutely gorgeous. I like that soft textured background with the flocking, but most of all I love that gorgeous sunflower - the colouring and microbead is absolutely stunning.

  6. Fantastic card! Love the glitter border and colors you used!

  7. Beautifully done, Shona! Love the way you did the cat-tail background for this elegant sunflower. Such a great set. It's on my Wish list, along with most of the others.

  8. Beautiful card. Looks like a hazy summer day, with the sunflower just hanging around being pretty.
    thanks for sharing

  9. How incredible, Miss Shona! These color choices are right up your alley, and the techniques look amazing with the autumnal feel of your card! The white around your sentiment really pops all your color choices! Lovely! hugs, de

  10. This card is so spectacular. I love all the glitz and glittery look of it.

  11. Wow! what initially looks like a simple card has so many different aspects. I love the technique for the seeds, also making the fuzzy background, and using the embossing folder. It all combines to make a great card. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Wow Shona this card looks gorgious, I really love the sunflower on his special background!!!S beautifull!!


  13. Beautiful and lots of great techniques and tips.

  14. Shona loved the way you made the centers of your flowers and the gorgeous embossing in your card is fabulous
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  15. Great card. Love the various techniques you've used.

  16. Well, I finally arrived at your blog, but only by way of typing in the site. Still cannot access it from the blog feeds. Love your card. And also all the info about you and Tuscany. I will be trying out your bg soon.

  17. Just an update....I am able to get to the blog now from the others. Not sure why it was not working, but appears to be good now!

  18. Super card! Love all the layers, colors, and glitz, and the way you anchored the saying.

  19. I love the colors you chose for this card. I also love all the glitter. It's very pretty.

  20. Love the dimension on your card Shona, it really pops off the screen but of course that is what I expect when I come to visit you!

  21. Shona, your crd is so pretty. This sunflower is a pretty image. And who doesn't love sunflowers. Love you flower center. Great idea.

  22. Shona this is so beautiful, absolutely adore the wild grasses in the background and the touches of sparkle is so eye catching.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  23. Great color scheme choice for our scheming crafters challenge!! love the addition of the beads..awesome. Thanks for sharing your project with us at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog!

  24. WOW! Another stunner! Loved this image & all the wonderful techniques you've used to make it such a knockout. I want to try that flocking technique. Never been very successful with the micro beads. Must try some of the SnS brush on glue that I have & see if it works better. This is just a beautiful beautiful card. Hope the Sunflower is the kit of the month!!! Those new EP's look luscious too. TFS & Hugs

  25. Shona , this is stunning !!! I love this beautiful card !!! Very lovely !!!

  26. So pretty, Shona! Love your sparkly sunflower w/ the beaded center.

  27. This is just amazing! Love the background, love the flower - a very happy card!


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