Thursday, October 26, 2017

Farm Sunset

Hi there,

Glad you stopped by today! I'd like to share a quick card that I made using some stamps from four different Sparkle N Sprinkle Sets and three of the Nuvo Embellishment Mousses.

This card is a breeze to make if you have the new Tonic Stamp Platform! First wipe the cardstock thoroughly with the Anti-static bag, this is important when using embossing powders. You don't want any stray flakes of the powder on your project. Then simply take your stamps and position them face down on to your cardstock in the platform. Here I used the cow image from the October Reveal set Farm Fresh - Cows Set #2 (878), the tree image is from the Right Beside You Set 812 and the birds are from Wetlands #2 Set 791.

I inked up the stamps with the Nuvo Clear Mark pad, I did it in the platform and this gets them all stamped evenly with the embossing ink in one go.

The card was removed from the platform and applied with Black Detail and heat embossed.

Now on to the background. This could have been done first and then stamped on top, after making sure the mousse was completely dry (it does dry quickly) and then applying the anti static bag over the background. I felt it was easier to do it this way. The mousse can be wiped off the images easily with a tissue. I covered the entire piece with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Lemon Sorbet.  As you can see from the photo below I like to use the big jumbo daubers to do my mousse backgrounds, but the dual tipped blender brushes can also be used.

I then applied Orange Blush and Indian Gold to achieve my sunset look.

For my sentiment (from Farm Fresh - Tractor Set 877),  I just decided to stamp directly on the scene instead of using a die cut. So after the mousse was completely dry, I applied my Static Free bag again and then put the scene back in the platform. The sentiment was inked with the Clear Mark ink again and then heat embossed in black.

So to finish off my card I layered the scene on to black and tied a little knot in a piece of raffia (thought it looked like straw) and wrapped it around the back. I then layered the cardfront to a piece of leftover textured wallpaper, that was layered on to a Kraft card base.

Here is a list of the products used in my card:

Tonic Stamp Platform

Hope you've enjoyed your visit to my farm today.

I'd like to play along in the following Challenges:



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nature's Elegance

Hi there,

Back again to share with you one of my cards from the awesome October Reveal. Today I am using the beautiful set Lovely as a Leaf Set 869. So appropriate for this time of the year and there are lots of Nuvo products used on this card too.
I began making the background and the leaf embellishments by embossing Tonic Mirror Cardstock Rose Platinum and Harvest Gold with the Darice Foliage embossing folder. I die cut the center out of each background using Sizzix Framelits 661840 Die Set. I fussy cut four of the "gold " center leaves out using my 5" Tonic Mini Scissors. The leaves were used as the embellishments to the Rose Platinum background and then I had the opposite set for another card.
The leaf stamp was stamped with Acorn Brown on white cardstock using the Tonic Stamp Platform.
The lid was removed, and the image was colored with Aquaflow markers, keeping the image in place on the platform.
An acrylic block was used as a paint palette for the markers. The Nuvo Aqua Brush Pen was used as the water brush.
Once the image was dry I applied the Anti Static Bag before applying Nuvo Clear Mark to the stamp again and then returning the lid to the platform the image was stamped over the top of the image and heat embossed with Clear Detail. This gave a nice raised shiny appearance to the leaf.
The same process was done with the sentiment. First Acorn Brown and then Nuvo Clear Mark was heat embossed with Clear Detail.
The leaf image was sponged with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Lemon Sorbet.
Autumn Frost Velvet Glitter was used to make my ribbon twine. I took a piece of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape and rolled it up and dipped it in the glitter.
This was then used for the little bow for my leaves along with a copper brad.
Three of the leaves were tied into a "bouquet" with a copper brad and then the sentiment was added with mounting tape and the last leaf was added on top with tear-ific tape. The card front was layered to a black card base and some Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops were added to complete the card.
Here is a list of the products used for my card today. These can all be found on the SNS website for sale just by clicking on them:
Tonic Mirror Card: Rose Platinum, Harvest Gold
Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops
Hope you've enjoyed my share today!

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:
Double D Challenges: "Leave: it to me
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Leaves Challenge
Ike's World Challenges #99: AG + Autumn
The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog #41: Autumn Colors
Dies R Us Challenge Blog #83: Leaves
See you next week,

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Hi and Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle
 October New Reveal Blog Hop!

For my card today I chose to go with the cute Gus - Fish Whisperer Set 871. Here he is coming out of the river with his catch in the pouring rain. Gus reminds me of my eldest brother back in Scotland, who is a keen fisherman and will spend many an hour standing in the rain with a fishing pole!

We are now revealing our new stamp sets on the 15th of each month.  On the first of the month, a new video kit club will be revealed.


We are continuing to add new product lines, so be on the look out for them.  

We have four new rubber stamp sets and one digi only stamp set being revealed this month.  

The sets are:

Lovely As A Leaf 869
(Digital Version: DIGI869FS)

(Digital Version: DIGI871BG)

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 and/or sentiments not available with the rubber version, digi papers (in some cases), and 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 20% off until the 20th of the month.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the New Store and start shopping.

On the 17th of the month, 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 the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new rubber stamp sets revealed 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. (This is checked for compliance.) 

 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!

 The new and improved Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is up and running on Facebook.  Click on the link and ask to join today.  This is a closed group, but we want anyone who wants to participate to join (just trying to keep out spammers 😀).  Come join in one the fun today!

 The challenges will run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) needs to be used.  If you don't have any yet, no worries, there are some Freebies located on the SNS website.  They are located on the Home page, just scroll down a bit to see them:

The Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The Winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the new on-line store.  Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo.

We hope to see you soon in our new Facebook Group!

Now on to my card! I placed a piece of white cardstock in my new Tim Holtz Platform and stamped Gus from the Fish Whisperer Set 871 in the Nuvo Hybrid Ink Acorn Brown. These inks are great, because they work with both alcohol and watercolor mediums without smearing. 

I removed the lid (with the stamp) and set it aside while I colored in the image with Copics, while the image was kept in the same position on the platform.

Once the image was colored, I inked up Gus again, this time with the Nuvo Clear Mark and reattached the lid to the platform and stamped over the colored Gus image. This was then heat embossed with Clear Detail.

Here you can see the nice shiny, raised outline it gives to the stamp.

The Memento Desert Sand ink pad was then rubbed directly to a piece of cardstock before being cut out with the Spellbinders Cattails die.

Nuvo Acorn Brown ink was then rubbed over the die before being removed which gave the cattails their darker color.

A scrap of Super Adhesive Sheet was layered to a piece of gray cardstock and the clouds were die cut with with Spellbinders Inspire Rainy Day. I removed the protective backing and then Elephant Gray Flocking was burnished in to the sticky adhesive. This gave a fluffy look to the clouds.

Memento inks Summer Sky and London Fog were sponged around Gus for the rainy day background and then Nuvo Grey Mist Jewel Drops were added as the rain drops. Eyes, wellies and fish were then given a shine from Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew.

The cattails were applied with the new Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, and Buff Flocking was applied to give the cattails a fuzzy appearance.

The sentiment was stamped on Grey cardstock with Nuvo Clear Mark and then heat embossed with Sienna. This is a fine detail powder - perfect for sentiments. It was cut out using the Sizzix Framelits 661840 Die. The card front was centered to a piece of white cardstock edged with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape, Buff Flocking was burnished in around the exposed sticky edge. This was then layered on to a black card base. The sentiment was attached to the cardfront with mounting tape to finish off the card.

Here is a list of the Sparkle N Sprinkle products used on my card today:

Next on the hop is the super-talented Donna, who has put a different spin on our little Gus set! Make sure you comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be eligible to win all of these new Reveal sets. Good luck!

I'd also like to play along in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create: Challenge 202: Optional Twist Masculine Card
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #190: Use a die cut and a sentiment
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #27: Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge #17: Anything Goes