Monday, February 20, 2012

Old Guys Rule!

Hi there,

Just finished up another card from the brand new Surfin' sets from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Scroll down to look at my previous post to see what some of the other team designers and I have done with these sets. I find there are many elements in these sets that are particularly suited for the guys in our lives!

We had a 53rd birthday celebration last week for a close friend, so I used the Surfin' Woody set for his card:

I stamped the cars on brown cardstock in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper embossing powder. I then took a water pen and filled it with bleach and painted the cards with bleach - I love the old Verdi-Gris color that resulted!  I was trying to make the card as rustic and distressed as possible.  I used the Spellbinders Rectangle Lattice die cut for this card and the "tombstones" are tucked into pockets (slit with an exacto knife) and propped up with dimensionals, which you can't really see in the photo, but in real life looks kind of cool!

Full directions for this card can be found in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Gallery.

Thanks for stopping by today,


Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Hi, there,

I want to quickly share with you the newest buzz over at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  They've just come out with two fabulous new sets called Surf's Up (set 455)  and Surfin' Woody (set 456).  In appreciation for following the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop and all the Design Team Blogs, we're offering a ONE DAY SALE  on those two sets before they are released to the public.

If you purchase one of the sets, you will receive a 10% discount.  If you purchase both sets, you'll receive a 15% discount!!!!  All you have to do is pay by credit card (so your total can be adjusted before you are billed) and place a comment in the comments section of the order on the Sparkle N Sprinkle website that you'd like the blog post discount.

Click on the sets above and scroll down to see what some of the designers have been doing with these sets.  I've just finished working on my third card, which I can't show you until next month, because I'm going to use it for the Sketch challenge!  But here are the first two cards that I came up with:

LIFE'S JUST BEACHY (click for full instructions)

As you can see - I'm still playing with April's Technique Tuesday (Acetate Resist) - check out the little shirt on the washing line!

.... and I used the same technique and my embossing painting technique in the next one:

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' (click for full instructions)

I have had so much fun playing with these sets - so what are you waiting for?  Go "surf" the web for the great deal.  You have until midnight tonight to order!

 ... and as always thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Hi there,

Here are the winners for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Spring Fling Hop:


Grand Prize #1:  Janet 33234  -  full-sized stamp set of her choice on cling
Grand Prize #2:  Stampnk – Stampette set of their choice on cling
1st Place: (from Angie’s blog)  JayBee46   - 2 glitter tinsels of her choice
2nd Place: (from Karalee’s blog)  Denise Bryant  - 3 small embossing powders of her choice
3rd Place: (from Barbara’s blog)  Cat Darling  -  3 small glitters of her choice

Will the winners please e-mail Brenda at : with your name, address, phone contact and your prize selection as soon as possible.          

Note:   If you live in the Ruskin, Fl. area and prefer to pick up your prize at the Shoppe, that’s okay too.  However, Brenda still needs you to e-mail her your information for our files and to let Margaret know you’ll be in to collect.

Congratulations, to the lucky winners.  Thank you to all who commented on my blog, I'm sorry I wasn't holding one of the extra prizes -maybe next month!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Hi everyone,

I am so ready to wave winter goodbye, only because the weather has been so nice, and I have been teased by mother nature over the past month.  It has been so mild around here this winter, that my son, Struan, hasn't even been able to use his snowboarding tickets that he got for Christmas!!  I'm not complaining - but he will be soon!

Oh no! - I spoke to soon!  I started writing this blog last Wednesday, and Struan used his tickets on Saturday, I got a call from his girlfriend at 10.30am, and he was being brought down the slope on a sled by the EMT's!  So he got taken to the hospital up there, and David and I drove up to New York State where they were, as he wasn't going to be able to drive home.  He has a broken collarbone and will be in a figure eight and wear a sling for six weeks. His biggest concern now is that the High School play is in four weeks and he plays Judas and John the Baptist.

Never a dull moment - I think I'll finish up this blog, before something else happens!

So welcome to the second Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop of the Year.  There will probably be a lot of "hopping" on this one, so hold on to your Easter Bonnets and let's get going, shall we?

If you got here by way of April Williams then you are on the right trail, if not then you had better pop on back to the beginning at Sparkle N Sprinkle  to be eligible for all the prizes that are up for grabs.

For my first card, I went with these cute little chicks - don't they just look like they are having their own little party?

WAIT FOR IT! ........ WAIT FOR IT!.......



For the background, I used Set 399 - Spring Backgrounds.
The little chicks are from Set 426 - Easter Chicks
The saying is from Set 425 - Spring Swirl

If you want complete instructions, then click here.

I just couldn't get enough of these little "peeps", and actually I really liked the spring background too, so using the same images and adding another little partying "peep" - I came up with my second card, with a totally different look!  Click here if you need full instructions.

Well I hope you have enjoyed visiting my blog today.  After leaving me a comment, you need to pop on over to Amanda's blog. Remember to leave a comment on everyone's blog to be eligible for the five prizes that are up for grabs.  Good luck and Happy Spring!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle's February Sketch Challenge

Hi there, and welcome to February!  That means it's time for the Sparkle N Sprinkle February Sketch Challenge.  Click here for full details on how to enter your creation - you have all month to come up with a design and there is lots of inspiration for you by several of the designers to help get you started!

I haven't done any bleaching for a while, so felt like I wanted to incorporated that, into my card this month.  I decided that I would like to use flowers and I chose Set 328 - Floral - Magnolia, which has seven lovely flower images , as well as the saying on my card.  Full details on how to make this card can be found  in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Gallery.

Here is my take on the Sketch:

I look forward to seeing what you come up with.  Have fun!