Sunday, May 18, 2014


Hi, and welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's May's Reveal.
Our website was not playing nicely, so we are a bit late showing off our May projects with the new images.

This month Sparkle N Sprinkle is introducing EIGHT new rubber stamp sets and 5 new digital sets. Through May 21, the rubber stamp sets are 20% off their regular price.
The beautiful Nesting Bird set is available:
 on Cling Mounted Rubber
as a digital image
and is also included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month.

FREE shipping any size order. When checking out in the on-line store, please use a credit card (not PayPal) and write VIDEO KIT CUSTOMER in the COMMENTS section. Your account will be manually adjusted.
Video Kit Customers using PayPal, please phone the office to receive free shipping.
Offer expires May 21, 2014.

On May 21 EIGHT winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below. Each winner will receive a new stamp set, and the choice of one embossing powder and glitter to go with their new set.

The new stamp sets are:

Travel Mixed Media #607
Floral Flourish #634
Leafy Flourish #641
Nesting Bird #602   (digital available)
Church Sympathy #604   (digital available)
Across the Miles #603   (digital available)
Spunky with Flowers #605 (digital available)
Garden Silhouette #600 (digital available)

The blog hop winners will be announced on May 21 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Anita Scroggins
Steff Munnings
Donna Ellis
Remember to comment on each of the Designer's blogs to increase your chances of winning!

My personal favorite set this month is Set 600: Garden Silhouette. I happen to love using silhouette stamps and gardening is another of my creative passions. 

Sparkle N Sprinkle is now carrying stencils and embossing paste. Did you know that you can make gorgeous, sparkly and dimensional  backgrounds for your projects using embossing paste, a stencil and your choice of embossing powder? Here is the tutorial in the tips and techniques section if you'd like to check it out. 

I went a little crazy with this technique one evening. I used different stencils and varied the embossing powders used.  Here's a look at some of the results:

I wish I had taken a photo of all the backgrounds I made, before I started using them!! One of my favorites was made using the Clockwork stencil by Tim Holtz. I made two backgrounds, one using Blue Silver Embossing Powder and the other with Silver Lightning

The first card shown used the Blue Silver version. Here is the Silver Lightning background:

Don't you just love the chunky sparkly dimension?

My only advice with this technique is set aside some time to do several at once. You will need to have soapy water on hand to clean the paste off the stencil as soon as you take it off the cardstock. I placed the stencils in a basin of soapy water immediately and cleaned them all at the end.  As long as they are soaking in the soapy water it is an easy clean-up, just don't let the paste dry on the stencil!  The other benefit to doing more than one at a time, is you need to apply the embossing powder to the paste while the paste is wet, but you have to wait till the paste is dry to heat emboss the powder. I left the backgrounds overnight to dry and then embossed them all in the morning. So much fun!! It felt like Christmas morning - opening presents!!

As soon as I saw this sentiment in the Garden Silhouette set, I knew I had to make something with my clockwork backgrounds. For my first card, I inked up a mirror background stamp with the Creole Spice Kaleidacolor ink pad and then spritzed it with water before stamping onto glossy white cardstock. I left it a short while to dry. The colors will become muted and "dreamy". The image was stamped on top with Memento Tuxedo Black

I applied Versamark to the Prima flower and heat embossed with the Silver Lightning embossing powder again. It was attached to the background with a brad, then the image and background were layered to black glossy cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on glossy black cardstock and heat embossed with Belgian Cream. It was cut up and taped to the focal image. Complete instructions, if needed, can be found here.

For a totally different look, using the same stencil, I added a "few" glitters to my second card:

As I mentioned before, one of my other passions is gardening and I love taking photos of everything that happens out there! The flowers in the card were cut out from this photo, taken last year:

After cutting out the flowers, I applied Lavender Iris, Bubble Gum, Raspberry Soda and Pretty Princess glitters with a Sakura Glue Pen to add some pink sparkle, to highlight the gorgeous colors of the Coneflower! 

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail and then cut and embossed with Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Three. I distressed the edges with some Memento Sweet Plum ink before adding a little Versamark and heat embossing with Sangria Star.

To assemble the card and pull the silver and pinks together, I decided to add a glittered border, using the same stencil and a couple of the Velvet glitters. I applied 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to the right side of pink cardstock. Versamark was applied to the back of the stencil that will be touching the tape, this makes it easy to release from the tape afterwards. Remove protective backing of tape and lay the stencil on top. Apply Orchid Rose and return excess glitter to jar. Take off the stencil (you will need to remove the Versamark ink from it - some soapy water works fine) and then apply Reflection glitter to remaining exposed tape. There is a tutorial for this technique in the Tips and Techniques Section, if you need more detailed instructions. 

A strip of Orchid Rose balances out the left side of the card and the flowers were attached with dimensional tape of various depths, to create lots of dimension. This card and directions can be found in the gallery, here.

I'd like to enter this card in the challenge over at The Artistic Stamper, where the theme is "In the Garden".

Hope you've enjoyed your visit with me today, I'm leaving you today with a sneak peak of another card I made using the Garden Silhouette set.

Till next week!




  1. Wow! Shona, these are beautiful! Very pretty colors, and (to me) so many unexpected eye-catching details with the use of the stencils and glittery products! I especially like the assortment of photos from various angles. You always surprise me with new ways of using my stash! Thank you for fabulous creations! hugs, de

  2. These are fantastic !!!! Beautiful colors , and perfect design !!!!

  3. Gorgeous creations! Love your color choices.

  4. These are beautiful! So sparkly! Thanks for the tutorial too. Great job!

  5. I love both of these cards! They are so awesome! Thank you for the background tips too! I love that embossed look and the glitter one-I can't wait to try it too! Beautiful cards :)

  6. WOW- how beautiful- the pink sparkle glitter is amazing! Love seeing how you incorporated the photo of your gorgeous flowers in your card.

  7. Shona these are beautiful oh WOW! I love the stenciling and the variety you showed, it really takes the cards to another level for the eyes :-)so super sparkly! LOVE them! Got to try it. Thanks for the tips and advice on cleaning the stencil :-)
    {hugs}, Steff

  8. Beautiful. Love how you used the picture of the flowers in the design. they look so life-life.
    The cat under the lightpost is great. Good job.

  9. Stunning cards ! I loved the sparky embossed bg beautiful texture and shine .Innovative idea to use photo on card like this..loved it !

  10. Absolutely stunning creations. I love those gorgeous glittery backgrounds. Using your own beautiful flower photos is a fantastic idea and the results are amazing.

  11. I love your backgrounds. What a neat technique. I will have to give it a try. Your cards are lovely!

  12. What elegant, beautiful creations! I wasn't sold on the set until I saw your projects. I love it! So glittery and pretty!

  13. What elegant, beautiful creations! I wasn't sold on the set until I saw your projects. I love it! So glittery and pretty!

  14. Love the silhouette stamps and what you did with them. Garden theme is great.

  15. Well you certainly have outdone yourself with all those wonderfully done works of art. I am really loving those silhouette stamps. I love that sweet kitty one.

  16. Both cards are gorgeous! I'm a cat lover so the cat silhouette card really caught my eye! The colours of your second card are stunning - that's absolutely beautiful - and I love the embossing and glitter!

  17. You used my favorite new set! I love how you used the clockwork stencil with the set. Your colors are gorgeous! I love them!!!

  18. WOW wow WOW
    SO MUCH GORGEOUS dimension, sparkle and shine!!!
    LOVE the stencils, LOVE the stamps, LOVE the colors, LOVE the layers and LOVE how you used your own photo to create the ABSOLUTELY AWESOME flowers on your second card - LOVE IT ALL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE TECHNIQUES and CRAFTY INSPIRATION, SO MUCH I want to learn and try!!!
    PS - I confess that I'm pretty interested in finding out more about your sneak peek card too :)

  19. Oh wow these creations are stunning and you are such a pro at this technique. Adore the silhouette images of the kitty and the photo of the flowers is stunning.
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  20. The garden silhouettes are my favorite and I like the background you created.
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  21. wow Shona your cards looks absolutely stunning, I love your use of sparling embossings and I really love the cards you mad with it!! Great technic , I have to use it once too!!! The flower you took of the foto , is so beautiful on the card,it's ready to make a stamp of it!! Great ART!!


  22. Shona..your technique and cards are wonderfully the one where you added the photos of the flowers!!

  23. Beautiful! Thank you for joining in with The Artistic Stamper challenge this month :)

  24. Wow, loved reading all the how-to-s you described working with the emb paste. These backgrounds you created are gorgeous, and TFS the tip to make several at once. Loved the beautiful flower card and how grand that it is a photo of your own flower. Certainly made a stunning element on this beautiful card. TFS & Hugs

  25. Oh very cool with the stencils and embossing powder. I'll have to try this.. loved all the backgrounds.


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