Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 February 2017 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We have another HUGE reveal for you this month, plus something new!

 There are SEVEN new rubber stamp sets being released this month, plus a new Digi Papers set (with 12 amazing papers), and a Digi Only Bundle set full of lots of extras. 

Also, when you purchase the digi versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you are getting lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras include additional images not available with the rubber version, digi papers (in some cases), and now a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machines will also be included with all digi images purchased!

You're definitely going to want both the rubber versions as well as the digi versions of all our new releases.

The new sets are:

* 815 Leafy Flower Spring Wreath
Leafy Flower Spring Wreath digi version DIGI815B

* 826 Pansies (set one)
Pansies mini digi set DIGI826833FS

* Pansies fabulous digi bundle, includes papers DIGI826-833FS

* 832 Girlfriend Support Set 1
Girlfriend Support Set 1 digi version DIGI832

* 833 Pansies in Teacup (set two)
Pansies mini digi set DIGI826833FS

* 835 Sitting Pretty Kitty
Sitting Pretty Kitty digi version DIGI835LS

* 836 Luck of the Irish Enchantress - St. Patrick's Day
Luck of the Irish Enchantress - St. Patrick's Day  digi version DIGI836LS

* 837 Rory's Lucky Clover - St. Patrick's Day
Rory's Lucky Clover - St. Patrick's Day digi version DIGI837LS

* Eleven Watercolor Papers - Purple Pink (to coordinate with the Pansies sets)  DIGI4003FS

This month the digi versions of the Pansies (826FS) and the Teacup Pansies (833FS) have been combined into one HUGE digi bundle set: 
There are tons of bonuses in this set, including decoupage sheet sets, a total of 34 images, 11 gorgeous digi papers, and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until February 3, 2017.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the New Store and start shopping.

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 rubber stamp sets released this month.

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????

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!

Today I chose to work with the pretty Pansies Set 826. The sentiments in this set are so pretty - I decided to make my project for a bride to be. I was cleaning up my stamping room after the holidays and I found a few things that I forgotten I had, including this Clearly for Art Modeling Film. I played around with it. It is like Shrinky Dinks, but it doesn't shrink, and it is more pliable, can be reshaped over and over again, as long as you heat it. You can use it clear, as is, or color it with alcohol inks - as in this sneak peak of a project to come:

So for my project today I stamped with Archival Jet Black ink, and turned it over and colored it with Copics. The colors were muted, so I decided to add a strip of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to the colored side and then I fussy cut around them.

I took off the protective backing and added Sparkling Snow: I liked that effect.

The flowers were then individually cut out and then given some heat and I played with the leaves to make them look more life-like.

They were set aside, while I worked on my card. I stamped the row of pansies in Memento Tuxedo Black on either side of a square piece of  watercolor paper and colored in using the same Copics that I had for the flowers.

Once the coloring was complete, I die cut an oval out of the middle with the Spellbinders Die D-Lites Frill Oval. I elongated the oval by running it through again (about half an inch higher).

The pansies were applied with glue with the Nuvo Fine Tip Glue Pen and sprinkled with Sparkling Snow and each flower center was given a drop of Pale Periwinkle (Nuvo Jewel Drops).

The first cut out oval was stamped in Versamark and the sentiment from the same set was heat set in Concord (EP419). This is a very nice detailed font and the detailed Tuscan embossing Powders are perfect for these fine sentiments. I then threaded a piece of white ribbon around the oval, leaving the ends to trail down. I thought it looked like a veil. One of the prepared flowers was attached to the base of the "veil" using a rhinestone brad. 

The card front was then layered to a black card base and the veiled oval was attached to the center of the opening with mounting tape to finish off my project for today.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #11
HeARTful Stamping Challenges: Jan 29 - Feb 5: Anything goes with a stamped image
Pile it On Challenge # 125: Quotable

Hope you've enjoyed my share with you today. Next on the hop is our talented Belinda. Remember to comment on each of the designers' blogs to be eligible for the entire set of our new Reveal.

Till next time,

Big hugs,


Saturday, January 28, 2017


Hi there,

A quick extra post in here today, as I had a couple of hours just "doodling" in my stamp room. Felt like creating, but didn't have a deadline or required project - such a great feeling. I did want to open and use a new embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle - Robin's Egg

There was a little chipboard bird from Want to Scrap, left-over from another upcoming project, sitting alone on my desk and so I started with those two things. First I covered the bird in Versamark (I use an old pad, specifically set aside for chipboard pieces), then I applied a couple of layers of Belgian Cream, before applying the Robin's Egg. I did this because the Robin's Egg is a light color and it is better to have it go down on white rather than the brown chipboard.

Next I pulled out a virgin embossing folder - Cuttlebug: Bit of Paisley. I ran a piece of cardstock, that had already been die cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Framed Border, through my machine and then inked the raised pattern with Memento Summer Sky.

Another newbie was used for the "branch". So I die cut Spellbinders: Foliage Flourish out of a piece of black and white dotted designer paper. I applied a coat of Brushable Glue to the underside and then glued it down to the embossed card front.

The sentiment is a favorite of mine from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Bird Song Set 496. This was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail. Before removing the Memory Box Cross Stitched Framed Borders, I sponged with Memento Summer Sky.

I tied two sheer blue bows together and wrapped them around the back of the card front and layered to the black and white dotted paper before layering to white card base. The bird and sentiment were attached with mounting foam.

The final touch was the Nuvo Jewel Drops Sea Breeze, which were added sporadically over the project and one Nuvo Crystal Drop of Ebony Black was added for the bird's eye! I have to say it was kind of fun, just getting to play!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Moving Along with the Times: Challenge 37: Swirls and/or curls
Craft Rocket Challenges: #31 Add a Bow
Craft-Dee Bowz: January Challenge: Use a hand-made Bow
Perfectly Created Chaos: #9 Black, White + 1 Color

I'll be back in a couple more days, with my card for the new February 1st Sparkle N Sprinkle Reveal. Till then enjoy the weekend!

Big hugs,


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Don't be afraid to stick your neck out!

Hi there, 
I'm here today to share with you a card I made using one of the January Reveal Sets 817: Milton the Friendly Giraffe.
I started with the background. I ran a piece of Kraft cardstock through my embossing machine with the Cuttlebug Animal Print embossing folder. Once it was embossed I took the Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad and ran that directly over the raised pattern.
So on to Milton (our Friendly Giraffe!). I took a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and attached it to a piece of white cardstock. After removing the protective backing, I covered the sticky surface with Buff Flocking. Milton was then stamped directly on top of the flocking with the Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I "colored" Milton using Copics (YR02, C7, YR00, E35). When coloring on top of the flocking, you gently dab the image with the side of the marker instead of using the point of the marker. Once he was colored in, he was taped down to the embossed background.
I wrapped a piece of sheer gold ribbon around the right side of the background and added a strip of 1/2" Tear-ific Tape down the center of the ribbon and once the protective backing was removed I applied Golden Wheat Velvet Glitter.
The sentiment was stamped on Kraft cardstock with Versamark and was heat embossed with Teddy Brown. This was die cut using the Spellbinders Framed Tags One. I sponged some Memento Dandelion Yellow ink before removing the die. This was then attached to the ribbon strip with a brass Brad. The card front was then layered to a Kraft card base.
That finishes my card for today. Hope you've enjoyed your visit today. 
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

"Clearly" With Love!

Hi there,

Today, I'd like to share something a little different. I was cleaning up in my stamping room/and everything else room (luckily I have a split wall and I'm behind it) The rest is a complete utter mess right now! February's project maybe???? As I was putting things in their correct places I came across this product that I didn't even know I had "Clearly For Art: Modeling Film". So I decided to give it a go! After you stamp, you can color with alcohol inks and then heat set it, and actually mold it into whatever shape you like!

So I started off with the flowers and leaves from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Build-a-Flower Set 811. You need to use Archival Jet Black Ink for this technique.

I actually rubbed off the veins (using the alcohol blending solution) from the leaves before using them, as I thought it would have competed with the veins in the flowers. I stamped the flowers and leaves from Set 811 and then used Adirondack Inks: Meadow, Lettuce for the leaves and Cranberry and Purple Twilight for the flowers. Just daubed them on with a little blending solution.

I wanted the flowers and leaves to have center stage and so looked for something to display them on. I found the Poppy Large Circle Burst Die. Punching holes in the three leaves first and combining it with the big flower and threading it through the front of the Circle Burst, then the two other smaller flowers were positioned on either side:

The sentiment from Blossom Sets 429 was stamped in Versamark and then heat set with Belgian Cream on the black card front. All the corners were cut off at this point with the corner rounder.

A sheer green ribbon was threaded through on the opposite side of the flowers.

I then decided that it should become an easel card at this point.

Nuvo Jewel Drops: Pale Periwinkle and Key Lime were added to the corners of the card front. The sheer Lime Green Ribbon was just mounted on top of Mounting Tape to give the Easel it's "stop". "With Love" from Wetlands 2 Set 791 was stamped above the "stop".

That completes my project for today!

Hope you've enjoyed your stay today, please let me know in the comment section.

I'd like to share my project over at the following challenges:

Craft Rocket Challenge #31: Add a Bow
Fab and Funky Challenge #334: Must use a Bow
Craft-Dee-Bowz January 2017 Challenge: Use a hand-made bow
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge January 15th: Anything Goes

Big hugs,


Friday, January 13, 2017

Musical Happy Birthday!

Hi there,

An extra post from me this week. We had a special little lady turn 21 last Monday. She has brought us so much joy over the years - it has truly been a wonder to watch her grow from baby to the beautiful lady that she has become. Her passion is music: handbells and singing, for which she is undergoing a five-year program at Westminster Choir College, NJ. We look forward to seeing what the road ahead has in store for this exceptional young woman!

I wanted to have a music theme for her card, so I started with a burgundy background - purple is Gillian's favorite color! Next I found a lovely piece of music DP, which happened to have some color at the edges, which worked in well with the base card. Found this old Hero Arts Bird Collage stamp which I stamped in Ranger's Archival Ink onto white cardstock. Then I went to town with the Art Anthology Paints (Vegas Gold, Pumpkin Spice, Coral and Leaf) and colored in the bird and the flowers and leaves with those and set it aside to dry.

After it was dry (maybe half an hour at most) I die cut the image with Spellbinders Floral Ovals, and left the die in place while I sprayed the Art Anthology Sprays (Timeless, Wild Orchid and Rustic) over the top. The sprays dry very quickly and then I took the Nuvo Fine Tip Glue Pen and added some Sparkling Snow Glitter to the flowers and leaves on the image. I wanted to add some flowers to the card and I happened to have some that had musical notes on them (though I'm not sure where I got them from!). Anyway, I sprayed them with the same three colors. When they were dry I used a paint brush and applied some Brushable Glue to some of the petals and added Cloud Nine.

I tried to find something with music, but couldn't find anything for the card front, so did this on the inside with Versamark, Black Detail embossing powder and the same three sprays carried over from the front. The row of birds and sentiment is from the Bird Song Set 496 from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The sentiment on the front was a challenge! I wanted to use the Happy Birthday die, but I wanted to have different layers on the card front, so knew it wouldn't be good to just glue it down. So I took the smaller die from the SB Floral Ovals and sprayed the inside before removing the die, then I used the little oval from the Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large and cut out a scrap of Super Adhesive Sheet. This was then attached to the center of the sprayed floral oval. I die cut the Happy Birthday (from the burgundy cardstock) from Sizzix Thinlits Celebrate and positioned it on top of the adhesive and then applied Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to the remaining sticky surface.

Then everything was put together. The image was put on first to the music DP, with foam squares. Then the flowers were attached with brass brads. The little ivy stems (Creative Expressions Craft Dies) were cut from white cardstock and sprayed with the same three sprays. Those were tucked under the flowers as shown and then the sentiment was added at the base with foam squares.

I had fun creating this for my special little girl! How can she be 21 already? Sing On and Ring On, looking forward to the ride, Gillian!

I'd like to join the following challenges:

Scrapy Land: Anything goes #57 (Using dies that Scrapy Land sells)
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #18: Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

You Crack Me Up

Hi there,
Today I'd like to share with you this cute little flip-it card, using the new January Reveal Set Easter Chicky Set 820. 
To begin I stamped this cute little chick on ivory cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her in with some pastel colored Copics.
This was then die cut with the Spellbinders Standard Circles die and sponged with a little Memento Angel Pink around the edges before I removed the die. I then layered this to a piece of peach cardstock, cut with the Classic Scalloped Circles die and this was then attached to the center of the circle in the Sizzix Circle Flip-Its die. I used 1/4" Tear-ific Tape as my adhesive.
I stamped the shell twice in Memento Tuxedo Black and after coloring them with Copics I covered both pieces in Moonstone, one of the Nuvo Glimmer Pastes.
When dry (it takes 15 minutes at most) one would serve as a bonnet and the other would be attached to the back sentiment panel, done in the same way as the front. Two pieces of Super Adhesive Sheets were run through on the short edge of the Flip-Its die and would be adhered to the front side panel and one to the back side panel (leaving a little space for any written note.
I stamped out the little pansy border from the set three times in Memento Tuxedo Black and they were also colored with Copics before having LemonadeLavender Iris and Green Iris Glitters added to the respective colors, using the Nuvo Fine Tip Glue Pen.
I removed the backing of the front side panel adhesive and placed the border of pansies along the edge before adding Daisy Microfine Glitter to the rest of the sticky panel.
The back panel was covered with Peach Bellini, another Velvet Glitter and then the three single pansies were popped up at the base with Foam Squares.
The "peep peep" was stamped in the little note area and that ended my card for the day.
One last view to leave you with:
Hope you've enjoyed your visit here today? 
Warm hugs,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Happy New Year everyone! Hope you've all started out the new year well and that you continue to have a healthy and very happy 2017!

Today, I'd like to share with you a card I made with one of the "TEN" new January Reveal sets from Sparkle N Sprinkle (Cattelya Friendship 818) - hope you were able to get in on the hopping. That would have been a lovely win to start off the new year!

I decided to take a totally different spin with this one. I wanted to work with a Nuance powder background (created with pink, violet and purple hues together with the Mini Mister). I did a couple of sheets of the background paper. Figured while I had the stuff out I should do more that one.  

After drying the background with the heat tool, I cut the corners off one of the pieces using the Poppy Stamps Clara Corner Die.

Then I went ahead and stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Detail. OK, so it really don't show up too well, so now what?

So I colored it in with Copics: V15, V09, RV04 and RV05. Then I used the Nuvo Fine Tip Glue Pen and Sparkling Snow to color in the petals of the bouquet.

Then I went over the white embossing with a Signo White pen to cover up any "over coloring"! The next step was to stick it down on top of a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet, Sparkling Snow was applied to the remaining sticky adhesive. 

A purple ribbon (made with my Craft-Dee-Bowz) was added to the top left corner before the card front was layered to the purple. This was then layered to a 6" x 6" piece of glossy white card stock.

Hope you've enjoyed my first post for 2017? Please comment and let me know you stopped by - I'll exchange the favor.

I'd like to join in the following challenges:
Craft-Dee-Bowz: Anything Goes with a homemade ribbon
Crafty Addicts Challenge # 32: Monochromatic

Big warm winter hugs!