Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Hi there,

First of all my June header is an Iris, a photo I took on our Master Gardener Trip to the Presby Iris Gardens in Montclair, New Jersey. In this 7 1/2 acre garden there are over 1,500 varieties of Iris, which produce over 100,000 blooms in one season. It really was a spectacular vision - waves and waves of every color of the rainbow and more! Each iris was marked, but I neglected to get this beauty's name!

... and today I have a fairly flamboyant card for Christmas! We were asked at Christmas at Sweet Stamping to use non-traditional Christmas colors - now looking at - it looks more like Halloween! 

I stamped the three images on white cardstock in Versafine Clair Nocturne, using the stamp platform for even coverage and then I heat embossed with Sparkle EP to give a nice raised effect. The three cuties were then colored with orange and purple Copics.

Memento Dandelion was then sponged on the bottom half and Lulu Lavender was applied likewise to the top portion.

The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock with Versafine Clair Nocturne and then heat set with Concord embossing powder.

I then sponged a little Memento Dandelion ink over the top of the sentiment after die cutting with the Spellbinders Grommet Tag.

A thin piece of Tear-ific Tape was torn and placed at the base of the card front.

After removing the protective backing, I applied Stampendous Royal Purple Crushed Glass Glitter and then SNS Creamsicle glitter was burnished into the open areas.

The card front was layered to purple and then after adding the sentiment with mounting tape and bakers twine, I used Dimensional Glue to add the googly eyes.

This was then layered on to a white card base to finish off the card.

Below are the products that I used in my card today:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Flamingos Set 2 #861
Concord (EP419)
Sparkle (EP107)
Versafine Clair Nocturne
Memento Dandelion Ink
Memento Lulu Lavander
Stampendous Royal Purple Crushed Glass Glitter
Creamsicle (G1140)
Tear-ific Tape
Dimensional Glue
Spellbinders Grommet Tags
Yellow bakers twine
Googly Eyes

Today, I'd like to join in the following challenges:

Take It Make It Challenge June: Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #05: ATG
Classic DT Open Challenge #6: Anything Goes
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #51: ATG

I look forward to you coming back to see me soon,


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Let's Shellabrate!

Hi there,
As many of you may already know, Sparkle N Sprinkle is closing her doors. This will be my final post for Margaret and the Company. Today is a sad post for me as I have been a designer with the company for many years. I have had such a wonderful time, highlighting all their gorgeous stamp sets and the products that they brought on board throughout the years. I really want to thank SNS for making me think out the box, to try new techniques and even coming up with new techniques. I've loved every minute. Many things had to change as technology grew and I had to keep up with the times - I had to become a blogger and a facebook user and I will continue to do this as I have found many special friends in both areas. My rubber stamping days started at a Stampin' Up party I hosted one night a mere 23 years ago. I was immediately hooked after which I had cards published in magazines and it was then when I had used one of very first SNS golf sets that Margaret asked in her newsletter if anyone knew me! I've been with the company ever since. I have so enjoyed working with Margaret and the company, not only as a designer, but working some conventions too. 
Anyway, enough about me - on to the card for today, where we are using the beautiful Nature of the Beach Set 929 and a left over piece of netting (which I got from a neighbor to make a special shaker for my bees!)

When I was using it for what I needed for the bees,  I immediately thought of fishing netting and how it would work with the shell set. I partially heat set it in to super thick embossing powder, Blue Bird (EP471).

These ultra thicks should be heated from the bottom to prevent them from flying off the cardstock. Laying the netting on the top of the white cardstock, adding the embossing powder and gently heating it from the bottom.  Once it starts melting you can apply a little heat to the top which will melt the netting and make it look distressed. I then applied Frosted Lawn (EP475) to add in some green. 

The shells were then stamped with Versafine Clair Acorn using the stamping platform. 

The shells and turtle were colored with Copics and then applied with Versamark and then heat embossed with Sparkle (EP107).

Nuvo Jewel Drops Rose Water  and Crystal Drops Sugar Almond were then applied.

The Cheery Lynne die was cut from black cardstock and then the sentiment from the set was stamped in Versamark (after the piece was wiped with the anti-static bag). This was then heat set with White Detail (EP198).

Everything was then assembled. The white card front was attached to a black card base. The shells, turtle and sentiment were attached with mounting foam for dimension and then the Nuvo Drops Apple Green and Dazzling Blue were applied randomly around the card front.

Below is a list of the products that I used today. There is a closing down sale going on right now that you may wish to take advantage of. Many of these products may still be available.
Nuvo Crystal Drops: Sugared Almond, Apple Green 
Cheery Lynne Horizon Fishtail Banners Die
Mounting Tape
Fish net
I thank each and everyone of you that have been on this Sparkle N Sprinkle journey with me. I hope to keep creating and blogging and keeping up with all of you too!

I'd like to play along in the following challenges with this card:
Craft Stamper: Make It Take It May Challenge: ATG
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #05: ATG
Classic DT Open Challenge #4 May: ATG
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #26: Use a critter (Turtle)
MIUCB #25: Anything goes + mixed media
JFF May 2019 Challenge: Celebrate Women + 3 Layers
Cardz 4 Guys: Challenge 220: Beside the Sea
Till next time,

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Smell the Sea

Hi there,
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'd like to share a Sparkle N Sprinkle card with you using two of our May release sets, Sand Dune Silhouettes 940 and Nature of the Beach 929 along with an older set Wetlands 1 790 

I started with making a mask, by die cutting a circle (Lifestyle Nested Circles) and using the frame part, taping it lightly to my white cardstock square. 

I positioned the "water" in the stamping platform so that it would stamp in the middle of the circle. I stamped with Versafine Clair Twilight and heat embossed with Sparkle. 

Memento Sky Blue was sponged on for the sky. 

After inking the bottom third with Versafine Claire Cheerful I sprinkled on some Celestial Glitter which attached to the Versafine like an embossing powder. This gave a shimmery, sandy look. 

The mask was then removed and the birds and the sentiment were then placed on the stamping platform and stamped in Versafine Clair Twilight, I then heat embossed the sentiment with Sparkle. 

1/4" tear-ific Tape edged a 5 3/4" square piece of card and after attaching the scene to the middle, Autumn Frost was burnished in to the sticky edges. The little turtle was stamped on the beach with Versafine Clair Acorn ink. I inked and stamped a couple of times to give it good coverage on the textured sand.
The shells were stamped in Versafine Acorn and were colored with Copics. Nuvo Crystal Drops Ripened Pumpkin, Sugared Almond and Jewel Drops Rose Water were then added to the shells for some dimension. Once dry they were mounted to the bottom of the scene using foam tape. 

That finished off my card for today. 

Below you will find all the products that I used in my card and those with a link can be found over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle website. You can use my code ShonaDT10 for a further 10% of your purchase.
Memento Summer Sky
Lifestyle Nested Circles Dies
Hope you'll come back to visit again soon. Thanks again for stopping by!