Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Hi there,

If you came here from Ashley's fun blog, then you have made it through the entire surprise SNS chick marathon! Wasn't that so much fun? If you just stopped by to see what I'm up to, then run back to the beginning of the blog hop with Irit, and leave a comment on each of the designers' blogs for a chance to win both these cute sets. Someone has to win - and it could be YOU!

I chose to highlight the totally surprised guy - who just can't believe how old you are!! Isn't he just the cutest?

These new sets are 20% off until July 18.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  All of the new sets are available on cling mounted rubber or as a digital image.  

The sets are:

Cool Chicks 725   (digi version DIGI725B)
Birds of a Feather 726   (digi version DIGI726B)

A WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs and will receive BOTH of these new sets.  Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for this Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.  

The Grand Prize Winner, will be announced on July 19 on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog.

The Blog Hop order for our Mini Reveal is:

Shona (that's me!)

(*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 hope you enjoy this surprise Mini Reveal as much as we have enjoyed creating new projects for it.  And hopefully, we have inspired you as well.  Look for more of these cute chicks in the future too :-).  Here's my creation for this fun hop:

I stamped the little guy (from Set 725: Cool Chicks) in black Memento ink, fussy cut and colored him with Copic markers Y13, YR04, YR68 and 100.  I then applied Dimensional Glue to his beak and set him aside to dry.  I used a Quickutz Speech Bubble for the sentiment to make it appear like he was screaming.  It was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail.

I decided to try a different card idea, so using a Sizzix Movers and Shapers, Square Stand Up die I cut the base out of orange cardstock.  I then ran a piece of white cardstock through and cut 1/8" off all the edges of each piece.  The square that the chick is mounted on was rubbed with Memento Inks Dandelion and Cantaloupe before I ran it through the Darice "Crackled" embossing folder.  I then ran the Desert Sand ink pad over the raised surface.

For the layer behind the square, I ran the white cardstock through the embossing folder and this time inked with Dandelion the debossed side, so that the white showed through as the cracks.

The base piece was done the same way, using Dandelion and Cantaloupe, then I covered the entire piece with Versamark and heat embossed with Sparkle.  The sentiment (from Innies and Outies Set 311) was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail.  Both panels were cut using Lifestyle Nesting Rectangles, I applied Dandelion ink with a dauber before removing the die.

The candle was made by taping a piece a scrap of Super Adhesive Sheet (you could also use Tear-ific Tape) to yellow cardstock, running it through a die cutting machine with the Elizabeth Craft Designs 732 die cut.  Use an exacto knife to remove the backing from the candle details and add glitter to the sticky surface.  I used Sunny Daze for the center of the flame and Flaming Orange for the candle I used on the card.


The ribbon is a piece of 1/2" Tear-ific Tape which is covered on both sides with Mimosa Sparkle N Soft.  Here is a tutorial on how to make ribbon with the Tear-ific Tapes and glitter!  After I made the ribbon, I ran a piece of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape along the base of the card and attached the ribbon, crimping as I went to achieve the ribbed look.

The chick and sentiment were attached with Dimensional Dots to complete the card.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me, the rest of the SNS Design Team and these two fun sets.  I'm the last blogger for this mini hop, so that's all for now.  Make sure you commented on each Designers' blog.  Remember - we need a winner for these two sets!

.... and a little sneak peak of my next "chick card".  So many possibilities!  Not nearly enough time! 

Thanks for visiting today, 



  1. still rockin' those backgrounds :)

  2. Amazing card Shona! So many fun details to check out. Love the embossed backgrounds too (I never think to ink mine up first).

  3. Super cute chick...and it made me laugh when I read the message "inside"!!

  4. Shona, what a great card. Too funny. Great job on a crackle background.

  5. Love all your details (and your photos are amazing!) Great job! Love stand up cards.

  6. So love your card! So much to see and discover! Love all the background and embossing/debossing, heat embossing, glitter candles, and "ribbon'! What a great idea for the card base! I love it ALL! :)

  7. Love this card - 1st the card still is great love to see how ways of making card more interactive - the heat embossing on the background really adds style to the card - like the use of super adhesive to make the candles - the glitter ribbons is cool - would never have thought of that. Love the saying for the girls - you are so true - great card thank you for sharing your ideas

  8. Love love love your card! The Colors are just fabulous! The embossing backgrounds and ribbon are awesome! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! :-)

  9. Fun and cute- love the background technique you made, and loving all of the dimension on your card. The sprinkly candle is a great accent. Fun new sets!

  10. I love the crackle background and the pop up style card. Your chick is cute! I can't wait to see the rest of the sneak peek card!

  11. Lol...that sentiment is perfect, as is your gorgeous background! ❤️

  12. Its a Fun card ! loved the bright yellow and orange combo and the textures on bg is superb !

  13. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS card Shona!!!
    LOVE this COOL chick and FUN sentiment and - WOW - LOVE your FANCY fold and AMAZING background and SPARKLING TEAR-ific Tape pleats too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

  14. I love your card! This whole blog hop has been awesome! I love that whole 3D effect going on, you chick isn't just cool, she is sassy too!

  15. that bird is me when I think about the age I'll be in august.
    Doesn't seem possible to be that old.
    this is a great release.
    thanks for sharing a fun card.

  16. What a fabulous card. I love the inside sentiment.

  17. LOVE your standup card! The cracle folder used 2 ways really adds a lot. This is my favorite chick! So darn sweet, thanks for sharing

  18. These are SO cute! Love this crazy chick and the expression with the sentiment. Perfect birthday card. Love the shaping of this fun card, and all the wonderful effects you've created with the EPs and other texture details. Really great use of this new set! TFS & HUgs

  19. OMG! You are just getting me all revved up to use the designs you have employed!!!. I can tell you take a lot of time in your creating process and it shows!

  20. wow! fantastic candles, Shona, and such a wonderful card design, with all those details and pretty sparkly colors! Super darling in every way. hugs, de

  21. This bird is my favorite from both new sets. He is hilarious. Love your card style and different ways how you used the embossing folder for the background. So awesome card, Shona!

  22. I love these birds.. Seems that funky birds are in right now. The cheery colors look great with the bird. This card is really adorable

  23. Your card certainly made me smile, and I love how you used the tape in different ways. Always inspiring!

  24. This is too funny. I love the sentiment with that chick. TFS

  25. What a cute and upbeat card...sure to bring some grins. Cute stamp sets too.

  26. I love these birds.. Seems that funky birds are in right now. The cheery colors look great with the bird. This card is really adorable

  27. Heehee! What an adorable card!! Live your card design and the cheerful yellow! ❤️

  28. Lol Shona, just adore the dry humour in this and I love the yellows.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  29. Oh! Shona you do make me laugh. this is awesome and the sentiment is fabulous.

  30. Oh! Shona you do make me laugh. this is awesome and the sentiment is fabulous.


Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share in part of your day. I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation!