Sympathy & Banish the Blues

Hello friends!  Hope you have enjoyed a nice weekend.  Unfortunately, I needed to make up a sympathy card and didn’t realize that I had run out of them, so I will need to make some up in the future so I can have them on hand and not have to worry about it when the time comes again.  I had a friend who recently passed and needed a card for her family, so I pulled out a set that I hadn’t used before until now:

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This is an older set from last year’s Sale-a-Bration at Stampin’ Up! called “Heartfelt Blooms”.  I think it’s so pretty and since the lady who passed was a happy crafter, I felt good about making this tribute for her.  I will miss seeing you at lunches Penny, rest in peace my friend.

I stamped the floral image several times with a Copic friendly navy color ink over some cream colored cardstock and then colored in the images with my Copic markers.  I also went around the images with some markers and blended it all out around the design.

I then took some distress ink and the foam ink blending tool to soften the edges a bit and make it look a bit more Vintage.  I also stamped the sentiment with navy ink and die cut it along with some navy cardstock with a banner die.  I sponged around the edges of this as well.  I wrapped some linen thread several times around this panel and tied it off with a bow next to the banner.  I then attached it over an A2 sized top folding navy card base.

I created a matching envelope by stamping the image in navy ink over it as well.  Lastly finished off the design with some clear sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on the floral image I did as well as the sponged around the front panel and banner.  I thought all of the blue colors turned out really pretty and made a nice Vintage feel.

Challenges I’d like to enter for the above card:

  1.  A Bit More Time to Craft – #84 Anything Goes
  2. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with optional:  Blue, Green plus one other color (cream)

So on another {positive} note, I’d also like to remind you that there are still a couple of days left to play along with us over at the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!  The theme for this challenge is “Banish the Blues” which I felt like doing in my craft room and so I decided to make this “Fun-Loving” card:

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Now how happy do these cute honey bees look?!  They almost look like they’re dancing in the air!!  I don’t get to play very often with the Brutus Monroe collection that I have started to accumulate, but I’ve used items from this month’s “Love Bug” Inspiration Box for this card.

I’ve heat embossed the bees and colored them in with some of the Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments which I’ve collected quite a few of as well! LOL!  I’ve used the paper from the kit and stamped the background and the edges of the bee panel with some SU! ink that happened to match up with it.  I then white heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set above the bee panel.  I sponged around the edges of this red panel with white ink and attached it to a side folding A2 sized card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the bees and how I’ve colored them.  Some of the BM Aqua Pigments are shimmery and I’ve used a couple of those colors too!  I’ve added some white dots on their cheeks as well as a few around the hearts.  I topped off their eye-balls with some glossy accents.  I’ve also stamped some more “xoxo”s on each end of this image border and layered it over a piece of black cardstock.  I took two strips of glitter washi tape from the kit and added it above and below the image panel area and then attached the bees over top but between the strips.  Lastly I’ve added a heart shaped sequins to the center of the white embossed heart “O” in the sentiment and the rest of the sequins from the kit randomly placed on the card.  I topped off the circle sequins with some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

Hope this helped to end my post on a happier note with a smile and I hope you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog and check out the inspiration over there and play along with us!!

Thanks so much for checking in with me today!  I’ll see you again tomorrow for more crafty inspiration!!

Here’s some challenges I’d like to enter the above “Bee card” for:

  1.  Shopping Our Stash – #SOS386 Hearts On Fire
  2. Moving Along With the Times – #89 Have a Heart
  3. QKR Stampede – #331 Anything Goes
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #PIP1903 Anything Goes
  5. Paper Girls – #168 Sparkle and Shine
  6. Double Trouble:  #20 Thing 1 Trouble Maker – “Love is in the Air” (honey bees!), Thing 2 Double Dare – Entered the Paper Girls Challenge #168, Thing 3 Twisted Sister – “Sparkling and Shining” (I used metallic watercolor, sequins, glitter drops and glitter washi tape)

Rose Heart Card for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Video Kit Club Inspiration

Hello friends!  I’m back again to share my Rose Heart card for Sparkle N Sprinkle!  I’m still “in the mood for love”, so here’s what I’ve got for you today:

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I absolutely love this new Rose Heart stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle this month!  It’s a wonderful layering stamp set and I can see so many creative possibilities with it!  I really hope to get some time to play with it some more!

I thought this stamp set had an elegant Vintage feel to it and I wanted to create with it in that way.  There are lots of fun heat embossing, ink blending and layering going on in this design.  If you would like to view the full details of how I went about creating my card, please visit my Sparkle N Sprinkle blog post HERE for more photos and steps in how I’ve made my design.

I’m also very excited and honored to have my card behind the inspiration for this month’s Vido Kit Club!  I have enjoyed watching videos from Demo Donna for a while now so it’s really cool to watch her create based on something I’ve made!  Plus she has used some really pretty glittery products that I don’t have on my card, but now are all on my wish list to get!! LOL!!

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Check out all the awesome things you will receive in the kit!  And if you subscribe monthly, you get a nice discount with it!  (I think it’s great that you can also skip any months you don’t want!)

If you’d like to watch Demo Donna’s video on how she created her version based on my card, please check out the video below or CLICK HERE to see it on You Tube):

 

Here is the list of Sparkle N Sprinkle products that I’ve used on my card design:         (Click on the links below to purchase products.)

Stamps:  Rose Heart stamp set [939]

Embossing Powders:  Antiquities [EP266], Sparkle [EP107]

Ink:  Nuvo Rose Garden Hybrid Ink Pads [83N], VersaMark [VM001]

Adhesives:  SNS Dimensional Glue [539]

Embellishments:  Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss Pen [888N]

Tools/Dies:  Tonic Layering Traditional Heart Dies [1459E], Static Free Bag [99512], Tweezers-Fiber Grip [510TWP]

Thanks so much for stopping in today and for checking out all of the links!  I appreciate your time and comments very much! 🙂  If you do click on any of the links to shop, be sure to add my discount code at checkout for 10% off your entire order!

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Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #329
  2. Simply Create Too – Anything Goes/No Twist
  3. Allsorts – Hearts and Flowers
  4. Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media – Layersjanuary 2019
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkies (PIP1901) – Anything Goes

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello there friends!  Have you been busy with your Christmas festivities?  I am doing a “run-run Rudolph” right now and trying to finish up my Christmas cards let alone some baking, preparing for a Christmas dinner and finish wrapping up presents!!   It is the fun of the Holiday Season and I enjoy spending time with my family, so I look forward to seeing them all!

It’s a new challenge today over at Cute Card Thursday!  Since it’s that time of year and busy, we made this any easy “ANYTHING GOES” challenge for you!!  We are looking forward to seeing what you’re making!

Since I am trying to finish up some Christmas cards, I thought I’d try and work on some doing “mass production” of a design.  I only do so many of these before I have to switch things up, but I thought these turned out pretty cute:

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I have used the My Favorite Things “Filled with Joy” card kit (sold out) to make these plus I have pulled out the MFT “Simply Snowflakes” stamp set (retired) to clear heat emboss the background and then rubbed some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink over it.  The panel was cut out with the MFT Die-namics Blueprints 27 and the heat embossed sentiment strip was cut out with the MFT Die-namics Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

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Here you can see how I’ve pieced together the snowman.  The die in the card kit cuts out everything including the letters.  I’ve cut his top hat with some black felt paper that was also included in the kit and then I decided to cut out the snowman head so that I could cut out those tiny eyes and mouth with the felt paper as well!  So if you happen to get this card from me, please be sure to rub your finger over the felt pieces in his hat and face!!  I very carefully and lovingly placed each tiny felt dot in!! 🙂  I think that the blue snowflake background really makes him stand out even more!

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On an even closer look at the card, you can see that I’ve added a sequins snowflake to each snowman’s hat and then added some sequins to the card background.  I filled each one of these with some silver Stickles.  The snowman head was popped up with a foam circle and the rest is just glued down.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and come add your creation to the gallery over on the Cute Card Thursday blog too!

I’ll be back again soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Daring Cardmakers – Snowflakes Falling
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  3. Always Fun – Snowman
  4. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  5. Double D – Let it Snow!Let it Snow Board

 

GIVEAWAY WINNER + Happy Halloween – All Treats & No Tricks! :)

Hello friends!  I want to thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for everyone of you that has entered my give away, left such sweet comments full of birthday wishes and lots of kindness that you’ve shared through something we have in common which is creating and sharing smiles!  I so enjoyed the stories that you’ve left about how you share your handmade creations with others.  (I especially thought that was so thoughtful to share a birthday card -donation- in honor of my birthday as well!  That meant so much to me!)  PLEASE continue to create doing what you love and share those smiles with as many people as you can!  It really makes the world a much better place when we can serve one another in kindness.

*I will be announcing the winner shortly…scroll down below if you can’t stand the wait! LOL!*

I have always loved Halloween as a child and have so many fond memories dressing up each year and thinking about what I would be.  I tried to pass that tradition onto my children and I dressed up right along with them!  For me, Halloween is full of lots of fun things besides just treats!  I wanted to celebrate those memories with a card today:

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Aren’t those trick-or-treaters adorable?!  Most everything that I have used on my card here came from a Brutus Monroe Halloween Card Kit.  It has long been since sold out, but You can still purchase the stamp set in the store if you are interested.  The name of the set is called “All Hallows Eve“.   I’ve stamped the trick-or-treaters and bat and then colored them up with my Copic markers and fussy cut them all out and put them aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

For the background of the card, that “tree branch” panel came in the kit, so I ran it through my laminator to foil it…it turned out awesome!  (See photo below!)  I then took my distress inks and blended in a night sky over it.  I spritzed it with water and dried it off with a towel to get the water drop look.

I took this awesome border silhouette die from Impression Obsession and attached to the bottom of the scene for the trick-or-treaters to stand on.  I sponged the bottom edge with white ink.  Speaking of white ink, this is what I used to stamp the sentiment on a piece of black cardstock as well as sponge around the edges with it.  I used the glow-in-the-dark embossing powder over top of it.  (Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good photo of it glowing in the dark….but it does and it looks cool!)  I made a banner with that strip and attached it to the left side of the card and then popped the bat up over it with foam tape.

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Here you can capture a better look at the foiled tree branch in the background as well as the heat embossed sentiment.  I glued down the mummy girl and then I took foam tape to pop up the frankenstein for dimension and depth.  I also added some yellow Stickles to the eyes and mouths on the pumpkins.

This card was so fun to do!  Hope you’ve enjoyed it as well!

Wishing you all a very fun Halloween however you choose to spend it!  I think I will be watching some scary movies and eating some popcorn which is something I enjoy doing with hubby!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Creative Moments – Anything Goes with optional twist: Spooktacular
  2. Crafty Gals Corner – Halloween Colors
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Halloween/Spooky
  4. The House That Stamps Built (O2418) – Anything Goes
  5. Moving Along With the Times – Halloween
  6. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with an Optional Twist:  Halloween
  7. Always Fun – Halloween

 

So now are you ready to see who the winner is of the Giveaway?!!

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So this is how I went about how to pick out a name.  I wrote down in numercal order all the names that entered the give away with the blue InLinkz froggie…there were a total of 47 entries just for that!  I then went through all the comments where each person that commented about how they shared the giveaway and/or where each person mentioned how they share smiles with their crafty creations and I wrote their number and name down again for each item that qualifies for an additional entry.  I cut each name out in a strip…lots of writing and cutting!  LOL  DO YOU SEE YOUR NAME IN THERE?!

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Once all the names were cut in strips, I folded up each strip and layed them on my glass mat in a pile after shuffling them around a bit.  I walked out of my room and asked my hubby to go in and grab a strip of paper, open it up with the name showing and lay it next to the pile.

Are you excited?!  DRUM ROLL PLEASE…………

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CONGRATULATIONS to 24. Tammy A!!!!!

I have already sent out an e-mail to the lucky winner!  I’m very sorry to those that didn’t win, but this is so fun to do and I’m sure I’ll be doing something again at another time, so stayed tuned in friends! 🙂

Food and Drink at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  It’s time for a new Cute Card Thursday challenge!  This one may have a tendancy to make you a little hungry as we are asking for your “Food and/or Drink” creations to add to the challenge gallery this week!  We really look forward to seeing what you come up with for it!

Here’s my take on the challenge:

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LOL!  I can’t help but giggle at these silly puns and especially with the smiling faces on the food images too! 🙂  I just had to grab the Simon Says Stamp “I Chews You” card kit and I couldn’t wait to have a play with it!  (I think there are still some available if you’re interested in it!)  Everything that I’ve used on my card including the paper all come from this card kit.

There were some pre-scored card bases, so I used one of those for my card base, then I took a strip of the colored stripes paper and a thin strip of the gold glitter paper included in the kit and glued it on at the bottom with the glue included in the kit.

I then stamped the images and colored them with my Copic markers.  I put the “salsa bowl” at the bottom so it looks like it’s setting on top of the colored stripes.  I added the speech bubble with the punny sentiment inside of it too.  I then added the sequins from the kit and then filled the centers with some Nuvo Crystal Drops for the centers.

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Here you can see a closer look at the coloring of the images.  I’ve also added some shimmer with a Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Brush Pen over the “salsa” images.  I know that it shows it as “guacamole”, but I’m more of a “salsa” person myself and decided to go for that instead.  Hubby is not a guac fan either, but we love to eat Mexican food! 🙂

So I hope that you will get out your “food and/or drink” craft supplies and join us for the challenge this week!  Be sure to check out the inspiration from the design team over on the blog!!  Thanks for joining me today!….What’s on your menu?!

Challenges:

  1.  Moving Along With the Times – For a Man
  2. Seize the Birthday – Anything GoesLinky badge
  3. CASology – MenuWeek 317 - Menu
  4. Addicted to Stamps and More – Clean and SimpleCAS badge
  5. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC192) – Marsha’s Masculine Anything GoesWWC192 - Marsha's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

It’s a Monochromatic Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Trying to work hard on projects and gettings things ready for next month.   So please excuse me if I seem a bit sporadic in my presence!

Stopping in to share a new challenge with you over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week the theme is “monochromatic” or some people say “monochrome” which simply means that your project mainly consists of one color or tone.   Stop by the challenge blog and be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team while you’re there!  Here’s my project for the challenge:

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I absolutely fell in love with this flower image from the My Favorite Things card kit that they came out with!  And I can’t say that I came up with this idea all on my own either, as it is very similar to one of the samples on the project sheet that comes with the kit.

It’s very simple to do, just white heat embossed the floral image and color areas in with a Copic marker and then I used a sentiment from Lawn Fawn to white heat emboss over vellum and the card stock again and then die cut the word out and attach over the vellum strip.  I had been requested to make up some wedding cards and so I’m trying to make up a few of them as this is something that I’ve completely missed in my card creating.  I need to remember that along with some others that I have been requested to make up that I just don’t think about doing when creating.  Taking mental notes for myself!

We look forward to seeing your creations this week!  Hope you can play along!

Thanks for stopping by friends!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede –  #313 Anything Goes
  2. The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes + flower(s)TFChallenge#24
  3. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes

Follow Your Dreams and More Christmas Fair Project Entries

Hello friends!  I have usually posted on Fridays to share some updates on my crafty projects and such, but had some other things to take care of and hubby has been working different hours here and there, so I thought I’d pop on here for Saturday instead!

I made a card for the Sparkle N Sprinkle FB Group yesterday, but thought I’d share it here as well:

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I fell in love with this image last year as this was from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Video Kit Club for August 2017.  I have pretty much used everything from the kit with the exception of a few things explained below.

The background papers were included with the kit and I have cutted a portion of a piece to put on the top section of my card front.  For the cactus silhouettes, I have taken the Nuvo Dazzling Blue Glitter drops from the kit and used a brush to push it around.  (You can see a closer view of all of the glitter in the photo below.)   I took a piece of black card stock from my stash to mount this piece and then I heat embossed the sentiment (from the kit) with white EP.  I then took some 1/4″ Tear-iffic Tape to go across the bottom portion of the background piece.  I then took the guilding flakes from the kit and attached it to the tape. – You can see how to use these products from the kit by watching the video from Demo Donna, CLICK HERE to see it on You Tube. (P.S.  She’s fun too! :))  I then took that entire black piece and mounted it onto a piece of craft foam.  I then attached it to a top folding white A2 sized card base which also came from my stash and not the kit.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and all of the glittery fun texture on this design!  (You can see here how the cactus in the background really shimmer and have a unique texture by applying it!

If you take a look at that circle behind this image, I have cut out a white piece of card stock with a stitched circle die and then covered the entire piece with the Sparkle N Sprinkle Orange Marmalade embossing powder…it is so stunning how this EP looks IRL!  There are some very fine gold mica powders in it that make it really amazing looking!  Not what I expected the first time I used this, in a good way! 🙂  I then took the feather that came in the kit and added some Nuvo Liquid Glue to the ends of it and then sprinkled on some SnS Ultrafine Sassy Silver Glitter and attached it behind the image with foam tape.

For the image itself, it came in the kit already pre-colored and sized to fit on the card.  I have fussy cut the image and put some foam tape on the back with the feather and embossed circle.  I have used the rest of the Nuvo Crystal Drops from the kit and used these to color in the image with a small brush to push the glitter around.  (I was following the tutorial from Demo Donna on that one.)  Very cool as I have never tried “coloring” with glitter in this way before!

I sure had fun with this card and will be pulling out my kit again to make more I’m sure!  I like to “mix” things up a bit with them instead of making them all uniformally the same.


I also have some more projects that I haven’t finished sharing with you from what I’ve entered into my local County Fair this year, so here’s some more Christmas projects that I’ve made and had entered:

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The category for this one was “handmade ornaments – set of 3” (They were all supposed to be similar in nature as well), so of course being the paper crafter that I am, I made 3 ornaments using paper crafting items from my stash! 🙂

A while back I had bought a large supply of bambo embroidery hoops because I wanted to have a try at making these ADORABLE ornaments that I found a tutorial for last year on Splitcoaststampers.com – CLICK HERE to check out the tutorial and make one for yourself! (That tutorial called for a 3″ hoop, but mine are a bit larger at 4″ here.)

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So for my ornament here, I used a stitched circle die to cut those lovely plaid papers from Lawn Fawn (looks like it retired!) and then I also cut another stitched circle from some gray colored papers to match.  On the Gray circle, I white heat embossed the Tim Holtz Mini Weathered Winter Snowflake and then took a sponge dauber to add a bit of white ink in some places.  I placed a wood veneer snowflake over top the center of the heat embossed snowflake and then added a dot of silver Nuvo Crystal Drops in the center.

For the outside of the hoop, I’ve had this silver tinsel in my stash for a few years (looks like the package says it is for a mini tree decoration.  LOL…IDK!)  I glued it around the edge of it, attached a silver bow at the top and then ran some silver cord around the top for hanging on the tree.  They are simple, quick and easy to make, but I had lots of fun with it for sure!  So it was nice to have placed third as a bonus!

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This is one of my entries for “Hand-Stamped item Other Than a Card”.  (I will share my other two entries for this category on another post coming later on!)  If you had followed along with my other blog or “know me” on Splitcoaststampers.com, then you may have seen the tutorial that I made for them called “Shaker Money Holder” (Click name to view tutorial or click the photo for it on the sidebar of my blog here.)  I basically took the same concept for it and adapted the measurements to make it a gift card holder instead.

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I have been wanted to play with this really fun stamp set from Pink and Main called Christmas Mugs which I’m sure I’ll be using again this year!  Yum! 🙂  It was the perfect compliment for gifting a Starbucks gift card!  (This was one of the “many” purchases I had made when I went to the Collinsville, IL stamp convention earlier this Summer!  So happy that Pink and Main had a booth there!)

For this shaker gift card holder, I stamped the candy cane from the same stamp set with some red Staz On ink before adding the shaker contents to it.  I had fun coloring the mug image with Copics and glitter gel pens.  I’ve also added some shimmer to the liquid in the cup with a Shimmer glitter pen.  I then fussy cut it out and used my Xyron machine to make a “sticker” with it to attach to the plastic.  I white heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set over red card stock, die cut it with a banner die and attached it in the same way I did the mug.  If you follow along with my tutorial, i was finished off in a very similar manner.

Now looking at this photo, I’m thinking it would have been cute to add one of those snowflake accents to the center of the bow or around the red banner! LOL!!  It was fun and easy to make regardless and will be nice to have on hand for Christmas!  It was also very nice to see that it got placed 3rd too!

Hope you have enjoyed my post today and seeing the things I have been so busy with creating this Summer!  I always look forward to Fall and the end of the year projects so I know things will start getting really busy soon!  I have lots to prepare for the up-coming craft booths that I will be sharing with my mom this year!

Thanks so much for dropping in!

*With the exception of the above card, I won’t enter the Christmas projects in any challenges due to the fact that I had made these in July. *

Challenges for card ONLY:

  1.  Use Your Stuff – Summer Fun  (What could be more fun than laying in a suncatcher?  LOL!)
  2. Papercraft Challenges – Summer
  3. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  4. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + a sentiment
  5. Creative Knockouts – Sparkle and Shine