Thursday, April 30, 2015


Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 May 1st Reveal Blog Hop! I'm the last stop of the reveal this month. You should have arrived by way of Diane's blog and I'm sure by now, if you did, you are drooling over some of the fun techniques that each of the Designers has shared, using the gorgeous Dreamweaver stencils.  

Be sure to visit the SNS Blog all month long, as well as the Designers' blogs (you can click on the Designers' names to go directly to their blogs) to see different techniques used with the stencils.   Each Designer always posts 2 different projects to the SNS Blog and 4 different projects to their personal blogs each month.   
Some of the techniques you see throughout the month is dry embossing with your stencil; double glitter technique; combining embossing pastes with glitter, embossing powders, flock, and/or guilded flakes; using the embossing paste as a resist; double embossing paste technique and lots of other fun ideas.

 All Dreamweaver stencils, soap, and embossing pastes are 20% off until May 3.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  
Large Feather is the stencil featured with this month's Technique Video Kit.

On May 3, one GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs.  Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.  

The winner will be able to choose $55 worth of any products listed under the Stencils and Templates category, plus mica powders (Pearl Ex) and of course, glittersembossing powdersflock, and sticker paper or adhesive sheets.

The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on June 3 on the SNS Facebook page, the Designer's blogs, and here on the SNS Blog.  

We are pleased to have Diane and Ashley, two of our 2015 Guest Designers,  joining us again this month. They will be our Guest Designers for the months of April, May, and June.

The Blog Hop order this month is:

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

We love reading your comments and hope that we have inspired you as well.  If you can not leave a comment for some reason, please email with your comment and the name of the blog or the Designer you are commenting about.

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge also begins today.  There are lots of prizes and recognition badges.  Come check out how you can become a SNS Featured Artist as well.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flock.

For my share this month I chose the Peacock stencil. I placed the stencil temporarily on black card stock and used a palette knife to apply White Embossing Paste over the branch parts of the stencil. I tried not to get the paste on the peacock part.  I removed the stencil carefully (placing it immediately in a container of soapy water - to clean and dry before reusing) and then sprinkled Bullfrog and Moss Star embossing powders to the wet embossing paste. The paste dries while heat setting the powders.

I repeated the process two more times - concentrating, this time, on getting the peacock portion of the stencil with the embossing paste. I embossed both peacocks, one with Peacock embossing powder and one with Electric Blue. I then fussy cut the Electric Blue portions of the peacock (as shown) and stuck them on top of the Peacock embossing powder version with Dimensional Glue.

I used the lace technique for the right hand side of my card, using some Super Adhesive sheet along with Jasper Blue and Cobalt Glaze velvet glitters. 

The butterflies were also made using the lace technique and were die cuts from Spellbinders Fanciful Flight using scraps of Super Adhesive Sheets. The bottom butterfly was Jasper Blue with Black Suede and the top one was Cobalt Glaze with Black Suede.

The sentiment (from Lilies: Set 583) was stamped in Versamark on black cardstock and was then heat set with Belgian Cream. I die cut the sentiment using Spellbinders Grommet Tags and attached it to the card front using two brads which were previously heat embossed with Moss Star.

The card front was then centered on to a piece of square 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" white cardstock, edged with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape. Cobalt Glaze Velvet Glitter was applied to the exposed sticky edge before being layered to a white 6" x 6" card base. 

We hope you have enjoyed the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as us. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  
Last month Diane was the Mystery Designer with the winning comment.  I wonder who it will be this month????

Stop by again soon, when I hope to share another stencil creation, using a different technique!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Hi there and welcome,

I know it's been a while since I posted - I had to even go back and see what size font I usually use!! LOL.

OK, I'm not going to bore you with the run down on the past month, suffice it to say - it has been crazy. Finally took some time to get some DT work done - not even close to finished and am leaving Monday to go up to the Manchester, New Hampshire Creative Keepsakes Show. Looking forward to that, but first I have to get done with my Spring Clean-Up at the Church on Saturday.

OK, enough of the excuses! Here is my show and tell for today:

Using the Friendship Flowers Set 702 from this month's reveal, I stamped the image with Versamark ink on white cardstock and heat embossed with Sienna.

I colored the image with watercolor pencils and a Dove Blender Pen. After it was dry I took my Versamarker Pen and "colored" each flower  and then heat set with Clear Detail before cleaning the Versamarker tip, so as not to soil the colors of the different flowers. I worked from lightest to darkest in color). As you can see, this gave a lovely shine to the image:

I sponged some Memento Cantaloupe ink around the watering can image, in order to mute the starkness of the white background. 

The circles were made using Spellbinders Standard and Grand Circles. After sticking a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet to white cardstock, I placed the biggest of the Standard and three of the smallest Grand circles on top of the prepared piece on a magnetic plate to keep the circles from moving and ran it through my embossing machine. 

I started with the inner circle, pulling off the protective backing and applying Goldenrod Velvet Glitter to that piece. Brushed off the excess with the Glitter Brush and then proceeded with Luau Green and then Tiger Orange. I was trying to tie in the colors from the flowers in the image.

I used the next size Grand circle for the card front, which was attached to the white card base using the same die, but leaving a fold at the top of the white base to attach the card front to - I like to use Brushable Glue to bond the circles, as the glue gives a little wiggle room and you can line it up well before it sticks - for good!!

The friendship sentiment banner was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed in Sienna, fussy cut and popped up with Dimensional Dots, which also prevents the circular card from rolling!

The glitter butterfly is a die from Spellbinders Fanciful Flight cut from a scrap of Super Adhesive Sheet attached to a scrap of white cardstock. After removing the protective backing I sprinkled three Velvet Glitters - Daisy first, then Golden Rod, then Luau Green, burnishing it well with my finger. It was attached to the card front with Dimensional dots.

The two little butterflies are from the Friendship Flowers set. They were stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Sienna before being fussy cut and popped up on the card front with foam dots.

I'd like to enter my card in the Stampotique Designers Challenge: SDC 191: Circles

Hope you've enjoyed your stay today. Thanks so much for stopping by.