Sunday, January 31, 2016


Hi there and welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle February Reveal! I'm the last designer on the hop. If you were intending on participating in the hop with the hope of winning all three of the new stamp sets then go back to the beginning with Marie!  This month, I chose to work with the new set Disco Fever, also featuring the new Neon Glitters, some of the new Nuance powders, easy-peasy pull ribbon from Mon Ami Gabby and the new Kiss Cut technique!

We have THREE new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until Feb 3.  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:

Disco Fever 772 (digi version DIGI772)
Secret Garden 773  (digi version DIGI773)
Disco Girlfriends 774  (digi version DIGI774)

On Feb 3rd, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs listed below. 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 Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new stamp sets released this month (or the digi versions, if preferred).

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 hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we do.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  
 Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month????

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.

Have you checked out the SNS YouTube Channel featuring Demo Donna?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques! 

So - on with my disco party!....... and the fabulous new Neon Glitters!

I began by stamping the disco girl in Memento Tuxedo Black and after fussy cutting her out, she was colored with Copic MarkersE00, Y08, YR16, YG06, RV25, N4, B02, V04. I applied a thin coat of Dimensional Glue to her boots and dress to give the outfit a shine.

After the Glue dried to a shine, the new Neon Green Glitter Exhilerated was added to her boots and scarf. Orchid Glitter was added to her hair. A Sakura Glue pen was used to apply these two glitters.

The panel on the left of the card was created using the Neon GlittersExulted (G1132), Energized (G1133), Exhilarated (G1134), Electrified (1135) and the Kiss Cut technique with the Memory Box Large Ringlets Die. A piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape was attached to a piece of white cardstock and then it was run through the embossing machine with the die (cutting edge) facing down into the adhesive backing. Pieces of the pattern were picked out with an exacto knife and applied with the Neon Glitters.

After all the glitters were applied, Versamark was applied to the entire panel and it was heat embossed with Clear Detail to give a shiny appearance. The panel on the right was created using a circular stencil and four of the Nuance Powders which best matched the colors of the new Glitters (Yellow, Orange, Pink and Green). I sprinkled the powders over the cardstock which had the stencil taped down over it and then spritzed with water. In order to make it shiny, after it was dried,  I again applied Versamark and heat embossed with the Clear Detail embossing powder.


Three silver brads were "blinged" with Tangy Tangerine and Flashy Flamingo and were attached to the Nuance panel. A piece of Mon Ami Gabby green pull ribbon was attached to the same panel before it was taped down to the right side of the black card base. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail. Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags was used to cut it out and then before removing the die, Memento Rose Bud ink was daubered on to the tag. This was attached to the Clear-embossed panel with a Flashy Flamingo-blinged brad, before being attached to the left of the black card base.

Our Disco Queen was attached in the center with Dimensional Foam to finish up the card. Hope you like our new sets and neon glitters? As I am the last designer on the blog - all you have to do now (if you have commented on all the others) is to leave a comment with me and you will be eligible to win the three new sets.

Good Luck!!

Till next time,


Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Hi there, 

Thanks for stopping by! Today I'd like to share an easel card using the new Sparkle N Sprinkle Happily Ever After Set 770 and some Want To Scrap Chipboard.

Arch Wedding Easel

I decided to use vellum for a change and so began with stamping the couple on the vellum with Versamark and heat embossing with White Detail. I then colored the image on the back of the vellum with Copic Markers: E000, E02, E08, E13, E33, R20, V04, YG03 and N4.

Arch Wedding Easel

The base of the easel is 11" x 4 1/4", folded at 5 1/2" and 2 3/4".  I cut the arch with Spellbinders Grand Ovals and Ovals Large - a piece of white card was cut just with the Grand Ovals Die to be the backing for the vellum and arch. The arch was run through the Darice Brick Pattern Embossing Folder, a 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" piece of white card was also run through the same folder for the base of the card. Memento Potter's Clay and Desert Sand were swiped over to color the bricks.

Arch Wedding Easel

The vellum piece was sandwiched between the colored arch and the white arch base and was then taped to the end of the easel base. The 2 3/4" piece of bricked cardstock will be taped to the "inside" of the card after a sheer bow and the flower with brad center are added to the panel.

Arch Wedding Easel

Now onto the embellishments! I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock in Versamark and heat embossed with Sienna (my favorite Tuscany color! These are fine detailed powders that are great for sentiments and detailed images, when you want to use something other than black.) I die cut this with Lawn Fawn Stitched Tags.  This was attached on top of the ribbon with Dimensional Foam and serves as the "stop" for the easel. Another two ribbons were made and were attached with glue dots as shown.

Arch Wedding Easel

Three Prima Flowers were covered in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Dreams. A silver brad was applied with Versamark and heat embossed with Sienna Star and became the center of the flower.  The Want To Scrap Chipboard word "Love" was applied with Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Dreams to tie in with the flower. This was attached to the card with Dimensional Glue.

Arch Wedding Easel

... and they Lived Happily Ever After!

Hope you've enjoyed my share today.

Warm hugs from a rather snowy (but melting now) New Jersey!

Snow Blizzard 2016 memories - my two younger kids - although 20 and 15 now - still very young at heart!

.... and what about these cool horizontal icicles trying to come in the house?...

Hope you have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Hi there everyone,

This week's share is unfortunately another sympathy card for another dear friend. Hate having to make these cards, but because of the reason always feel that it needs to be a little special. I had seen a tutorial for a "tower" card from April, and I knew this would be the perfect idea for my friend, who also happens to be a stamper, who lost her dear husband last week.

I know my regulars must be getting fed up with this purple and green combination, but I still had more to use and I wanted to use the poppy die, in something other than red and black. So this is what I did ...

The card base is a textured purple/red, so I started with that - I cut mine from a piece of 12" x 12", which allowed me to do the 9" length x 5 1/2", which I personally think is easier. You can go back and see the measurements on the site that April showed in her blog.

I had entire (8 1/2" x 11") sheets of my "purple" and "green" Nuance sheets, done on glossy cardstock, so I cut three panels, 5 1/4" x 1 3/8" and one white panel for the sentiment. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark on the white panel and heat embossed with Concord. Leaving a big space for writing on the back side of the card.

These were then attached to the card base. 

On to the "Kiss Cut Technique! Hope you've had a chance to look at the awesome video Demo Donna did for this. She explains things much better than I can!

Stick a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape down on a piece of white cardstock. Here I am using the Memory Box Darling Poppies Die. Run it through the embossing machine, with the die edge into the Adhesive. 

It is best to start with the darkest colors and work your way through to the lighter ones for this technique. So as in the photo above, I started with my darkest color, Celebration (GM2019). I then worked my way through the colors Purple Rain (2020), Luau Green (GM2004) and Orchid Rose (GM2016) till I got to the background color Cloud Nine (GM2000). I then die cut the image with the Spellbinder's Mega Ovals. This was layered to a piece of green cardstock, die cut from Spellbinder's Grand Ovals, embossed with Cuttlebug embossing Folder - A little Bit of Paisley.This would be my backing for the in lay technique. Here is the project flat from the front:

I cut up some Want To Scrap embellishments and added them to the corners as shown: 

This is the side view. This was so much easier than I thought it would be. Totally love the results. Hope I've inspired you to try someone else's technique!

Hugs for now,


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bouquet in a Jar

Hi there, 

Today I am sharing a card using the new Thinking of You Set 769 and an old favorite of mine -  Fill the Jar Set 423.

Bouquet in a Jar

I started by stamping the flowers in black Archival Ink before I painted them with the Art Anthology paints, which I had picked up at a Convention a couple of months ago.

Bouquet in a Jar

This paint goes on nice and thick, so it gave the flowers some nice dimension.

Bouquet in a Jar

I fussy cut them out and applied Dimensional Glue to the centers of the flowers for the gold prills. For the background I ran white cardstock through the Sizzix Dot Matrix Embossing Folder and then I spray painted through the Plaid Ditsy Floral Plastic Stencil using the Art Anthology Sprays.

Bouquet in a Jar

The jar was stamped in Versamark on Vellum and was then heat embossed with Ice. It was then cut out.

Bouquet in a Jar

Then I filled in the jar using the Versamarker and more of the Ice embossing powder.

Bouquet in a Jar

The sentiment from the the Thinking of You Set was stamped inside one of the labels from the Fill the Jar Set in Versamark. They were heat embossed with Black Detail.

Bouquet in a Jar

The flowers were popped up  with Dimensional Foam and taped down at the base. The jar was then attached with tape behind the label, and across the neck of the jar. A sheer yellow ribbon was tied  in a bow around the neck, hiding the tape. The card front was layered to a black card base to finish.

Bouquet in a Jar

Thanks for stopping by.
Till next time,

Monday, January 11, 2016


I know I don't usually post on a Tuesday, but here is a quick little extra. Actually the card I made for my music-loving, singing, ringing daughter's 20th!! These three happy little tenors were perfect for her, as her favorite color is purple and I just happened to have some more of my left over "GREEN AND PURPLE" Nuance backgrounds - it was a fairly quick make except for gluing the fiddly sheet music to the black cardstock!!

I started by stamping the Three Tenors on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. They were then colored in with CopicsV01, V12, V15, YG05, YG11 and I dotted their bellies with 0 to get a furry look. Hopefully, you can see it in the photo below. I fussy cut the little guys out and added Dimensional Glue to their mouths.

The Memory Box "Musicality Collage Die and the Spellbinders Happy Birthday die were both cut from the middle of a piece of left over background piece that I had made with the Green and Purple Nuance Powders. These were then glued on with Brushable Glue to the card front. The card front was then layered on to the remainder of the die cut background to add a matching border. 

A green ribbon was tied into a bow, using my Craft-Dee BowZ  and attached to the card front before being layered to the black card base.

The Three Tenors were then added with tape and Dimensional Foam behind their heads to make them "pop" or "bop". Hope you've enjoyed my quick share today. 

Till next time,


Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Hi there,

If you missed my New Year's blog then a very Happy New Year to you!! Hope it is happy and healthy for us all!

Today, I wanted to share a card that I made with my Nuance powders (still just green and purple), but as I got the set for Christmas this will soon be changing! I had made several background pieces last year, so this one was made using white glossy cardstock. It gave a more "mottled" appearance than others, but to me it looked like a tree covered in blossom - so thought it would make a nice back drop for the Birds on a Wire Die.

Last month we had been given a surprise package from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I had one last bird to use from the Want to Scrap small bird flourishes chipboard set. I though it might work well with the Die-namites Birds on a Wire Die along with one of the sayings from the new Three Tenors set 767.

The Nuance purple and green powders were sprinkled on the white glossy cardstock and sprinkled with water to create the background. The Birds on a wire were die cut from a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape. The protective backing was removed and it was stuck down on to the Nuance background. I removed the second protective layer and then applied Black Suede Velvet Glitter to the sticky adhesive to achieve the blackbirds. The card front was then layered to black and then on to a glossy white card base.

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Concord (one of the detailed Tuscany colors). These come in some lovely colors and look great when you want something other than black. It was then die cut and embossed with one of the Lifestyle Nesting Fames. Want to Scrap Self Adhesive purple bling was added to the top and bottom of the die cut, before it was attached with Dimensional Foam to the card front. 

The branch is an embellishment from a Want to Scrap set, as was the little bird. I covered both in Versamark - the bird was heat embossed with Fleur de Lis and the branch with Super Thick Black embossing powder.  A little Want to Scrap Self Adhesive black pearl was added for his eye.

I twisted 1/4" Tear-ific Tape and stuck it to the back of the branch to adhere to the card front. The Fleur de Lis bird was added with a pop up dimensional foam.

Hope you've enjoyed my first share of 2016. Here's a sneak peak of next week's project - I'm using some Art Anthology products for this one:

Hope you'll stop by next week to check this one out!

Till then,

Big warm hugs!