Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Welcome to fall and the inspiration of  the Sparkle N Sprinkle's Design Team as we introduce our six new sets for October. As you may know, autumn is my favorite season and I just love flowers, so I "picked" the Beautiful Friendship Set 665 to work with in autumnal hues.

This month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced.   These sets are 20% off their regular price, until October 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image. The Bubble Gum, set #664 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

Here are the six new sets:

Welcome Autumn #650   (Digi version - DIGI650)
Party Penguins #654  (Digi version - DIGI654)
Witches Brew #660  (Digi version - DIGI660)
Bubble Gum #664  (Digi version - DIGI664)
Beautiful Friendship #665  (Digi version - DIGI665)
Ellie's Dance Lesson #667  (Digi version - DIGI667)

On Oct 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 Oct 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

(Tip: if you have a problem with a particular link, try clicking on the person's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

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 icinganne@yahoo.com with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

So let's see what I did for my project this month. In September I worked with Margaret at the Somerset Scrapbook Convention. Here's a quick look at a bunch of awesome ladies about to find out a really quick and easy way to add sparkle to any project:

On the Scrapbook page project, we had used Sparkle embossing powder just to bling up a little bird's nest.  I had totally forgotten what a big sparkly impact you can get just by covering your image or piece of paper with this awesome embossing powder! So I decided to highlight this simple technique in my project this month:

Isn't that just lovely with the added sparkle, not only to the image, but the plain white cardstock? Here are four examples of some hand-made glitter paper:

Just by applying Versamark and heat embossing with the Sparkle embossing powder, you can transform a matte finish to a sparkly glittered masterpiece, which can be punched, used for backgrounds or as I did in my card - even add sparkle to a colored image!

I stamped the bigger image in Versamark off the bottom left of the card front and then heat embossed with Sienna embossing powder. I thought rather than using black it would be more inkeeping with my autumnal feel. Plus, these Tuscany embossing powders are detailed powders, so they work really well on detailed images with fine lines, as well as sentiments. There are 12 colors to choose from too, so there will be one to go with each of your projects. You don't have to stick to black anymore! On my project I used the Sienna embossing powder for the sentiment too. Look at the fine detail it produces:

Next I colored in the big image with Copics. I repeated the process with the little rose image on a scrap piece of white cardstock. Then I used the "Out of the Box" Technique to die cut and emboss the circle. I then took my Versamark Pad and applied it to the entire piece - the white frame with the colored image in the corner. The entire piece was then heat embossed with Sparkle.

For my background I used a technique called Alcohol Marker Marbling, which I found on Splitcoast Stampers a couple of weeks ago. Using four of the same Copics that I used to color the roses, I scribbled on a Ziplock bag, spritzed on some Alcohol Blending Solution, and smooshed glossy white cardstock onto the bag. It resulted in a background that matched my project perfectly! 

Next on to my Chipboard word. I learned something new about chipboard pieces at the Convention. I had noticed that when I tried to emboss these chipboard pieces, they would often leave an outline of their shape on my Versamark pad. Apparently the chipboard shapes are cut by a laser machine and in essence are being burnt while they are being produced. The black outline is actually soot, and if you take a paper towel around the edges of your chipboard piece, the soot will come off on the paper towel and not your Versamark pad. I keep an older pad specifically for my chipboard pieces. The other option is to use a dauber applicator for your embossing ink.

 The Chipboard piece was covered with Versamark and then heat embossed with some Sienna Star. This powder is the same as the Sienna, but with glitter added. I then reapplied a little Versamark and heat embossed some Magic Speckle to give it the mosaic look.

To finish the card, I placed the stamped, marbled background piece in the window of the frame. I then edged a piece of yellow cardstock with 1/4 Tear-ific Tape and layered the card front to the sticky edged card base, applying Sunset glitter to the exposed sticky edges. The "Friends" chipboard piece was stuck down using Dimensional Glue and the little rose image was attached with Dimensional Foam.

For a little extra bling I added a little strip of the jewelled ribbon, a strip taken from the Diamond Mesh, to the top of the card, which completed my project for today. I hope I've given you some ideas to go and play with. Full instructions for this card, can be found in the SNS gallery.

Remember to leave a comment here and on the other Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand prize of all six of these new sets!

Here's a little sneak preview of my next post, which will feature the paper-piecing technique! It uses one of the other new reveal sets - Party Penguins - too cute!

Hope you'll pop back next week to check out this project! Till then, hugs and get your Sparkle On (the cardstock)!



  1. You had a big group of ladies and I know they enjoyed the class. Your card look amazing! Love all the sparkle.

  2. This card is just beautiful, I love all the sparkle and the beautiful colors!!

  3. LOve the picture of your class and all the other great info. See you soon!

  4. Sparkalicious!! I absolutely love every little detail of this magnificent card!!! The colors are just amazing and that sparkle just makes my heart sing!!!! Love the sneak peek of the penguins also!! TFS!

  5. Beautiful card with many details ! Loved than sublease shimmer on bg as well as color blooms, I thought the sentiment is stamps..so fine embodying and loved the tip about creating our own glitter paper !

  6. Oh MY! So many techniques and tips, Shona! Love the added jewels to your beautiful creation, the use of AI, and the out of the box cutting! WOW! Beautiful card in every way! And lovely colors, I always associate with you. Thank you for sharing all the tips, Shona! hugs, de

  7. Your card is precious! Love the sparkle on those yellow roses!!

  8. I love how you popped the designer paper with the embossing. Hadn't thought about that - but it's a great idea. The card is beautiful. thanks for sharing a new idea and a wonderful card.

  9. Another wowser, Shona. You are truly talented. I really appreciated all the great tips you share and also all the techniques you use. Really beautiful. And I LOVE that verse.

  10. I love your beautiful sparkly card! Thanks for the show and tell. Great job! xo

  11. I love your friendship card. But the sneak peak at your penguin card is adorable!!! I love the multicolored penguins. Thanks for the inspiration

  12. What a gorgeous card you created and of course, love all that fantastic sparkle on it! I think of all the sets in the new release this would be my favorite one.

  13. Love how you used the stamps. The colors are great.

  14. How beautiful and sparkly card! It is absolutely stunning! Love all the techniques you used.

  15. Beautiful card I luv the colors and I agree with the Tuscany embossing powders I luv using them to emboss some of my images. Thanks for the glitter cardstock technique.

  16. This card is so pretty. I really like the Alcohol Marker Marbling you did. I would never have thought to do that, so thank you for teaching me about it. I also really liked the glitter, it made the card pop.

  17. pretty and glittery, and my favorite color, yellow! love it!!

  18. So pretty. Great coloring and fussy cutting. I love the circle aperture. You have just the right amount of sparkle for this beautiful card. Well done.

  19. This is beautiful Shona ! The colors , the images , every detail is perfect ! That is one if my favorite techniques , I love adding sparkle !

  20. Wow Shona this is another amazing design. The autumn hues are gorgeous and I love the creative sparkly touches.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  21. Shonna, you have truly showcased this great image from the new releases (I was pleased to see these are available in digis as I'm really loving some of these a lot). I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the how-to you described, and will definitely be trying the alcohol marker marbling. Didn't know about this, and had just read about the SCS tutorial on Benzi's blog. Catching up comments, so had not had time to go check out the tut. It made a phenomenal background against those lovely flowers. Also thanks for showing some of the new EP's. I love the Sienna detail...it looks very copper-y too. It's difficult to find color detail EP's, so will be looking into this. Thanks for a most enjoyable blog post and a magnificent card! Happy weekend. Hugs

  22. Such a beautiful card, Shona! Love all the sparkliness and the roses are colored beautifully!

  23. I really love your gorgious glitter card Shona, and the colours are so beautifull, your next project looks stunning too, I'm looking forward for it!!


  24. Your card is beautiful, I love all of the sparkle and the grogeous flowers and colors, such a lovely sentiment as well.

  25. I agree so many lovely tips and techniques. Fabulous card!


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