Grateful We Are Friends – Sparkle N Sprinkle November Release

Hello friends!  Stopping in today to share my  Guest Design card from the Sparkle N Sprinkle November release using the Koi Pond Friends rubber stamp set [00-919P5] along with several other really fun products from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Please be sure to check out the entire November release in the store!  I really had so much fun creating with these new sets and awesome products!

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I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled three different colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powders on it:  Atlantis Burst [1213N], Green Parade [1214N] and Blue Blitz [1208N].  I sprinkled all the colors at once before applying any water to it.  I sprinkled VERY little and just added a bit more here and there as I spritzed it with water.  I saturated the paper and moved it around until it was covered how I wanted it to look.  I dabbed it up with a paper towel and used a heat gun to dry it up a bit.  I just love the beautiful shimmer on this background!

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Also for the background, I took the bubbles image from the same stamp set and stamped them in VersaMark ink [VM001] around the right corner and bottom over the watercolor piece.  I heat embossed the bubbles with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Frosted Juniper [EP406] and Sparkle (Semi-transparent) [EP107] embossing powders.  I then mounted this watercolor background panel onto the top edge of a black A2 Sized top folding card base.

With the close-up view of the fish, I heat embossed them with the SnS Copper Embossing Powder [EP236] over some Bristol paper.  For the flower image, I just stamped it with black waterproof ink in the same Bristol paper.  Below I will share how I went about coloring both the fish and the flower:

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After heat embossing the fish and stamping the flower, I took the Nuvo Glitter Markers in the following colors:  Mighnight Shadows [172N], Ember Glow [170N] and Urban Graphite [188N] and pressed the pens down onto my Tim Holtz Glas s Media Mat [1914E] to get a “pool” of it and then used my Waterbrush to blend and color the images. It leaves a beautiful shimmer and blends the colors together so nicely!

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Here’s a closer view of the colored flower with the shimmer.  I fussy cut all the colored images and glued them on the card base with some SnS dimensional glue.  For the flower image, I decided to off-set it and trim off the edges with scissors.

For the greeting, using the same rubber stamp set, I stamped it with a black pigment ink and then sprinkled it with some SnS Sparkle (semi-transparent) [EP107] and heat embossed it to give it a nice sparkly look!

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For the bottom portion of my card, I cut out a strip of cardstock the width that I wanted to go across the bottom and underneath the watercolor panel.  I covered the entire strip with some  SnS Dimensional Glue and then covered that up with these stunning Bronze Mica Flakes [MF05] and let it dry.  After it was dried, I pressed and burnished them into the strip with my finger and bone folder.  The extra pieces will come off the sides as you rub it around or you could also trim it off if you prefer, but I found it to not be necessary.  You can see how big the flakes are in the photo as I scattered a few of them around my card in the photos.  This was by far my favorite thing to play with on my card! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  Please be sure to visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog and don’t forget to play along in the monthly challenges at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog as well as the Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Creative Challenge Group too!  Looking forward to seeing your creations there!

Also don’t forget to use my discount code when you go shopping at Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Click on the badge below to start shopping for your sparkly goodies!

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Here’s the Full Sparkle N Sprinkle product list for my card today:

  1.  Koi Pond Friends rubber stamp set [00-919P5]  *New November Release – Also offered as a digital set [DIGI919BC] plus check out the super digital bundle where you get more! – or you can check out the rubber stamp bundle too and save more money!
  2. Bronze Mica Flakes [MF05]
  3. Copper Embossing Powder [EP236]
  4. Sparkle Embossing Powder [EP107]
  5. Frosted Juniper Embossing Powder [EP406]
  6. Dimensional Glue
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Bag [99512]
  8. Glitter Brush [SG1400]
  9. Nuvo Glitter Marker set Midnight Shadows [172N]
  10. Nuvo Glitter Marker set Ember Glow [170N]
  11. Nuvo Glitter Marker Urban Graphite [188N]
  12. Waterbrush – LG
  13. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Atlantis Burst [1213N]
  14. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Green Parade [1214N]
  15. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Blue Blitz [1208N]
  16. Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat [1914E]

The Feeling of Happy Mail

Hello friends!  Back with you again today to share another Whimsy Stamps digital “pretty”!  If you missed my Guest Design post for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog, please click on the link or scroll down below this post. – thank you

You all know the feeling you get when you receive “happy mail” from the mailbox and I think this cute image on my card today really sums up that feeling:

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I have used the brand new October digital stamp from Whimsy Stamps called “Pretty Girl Happy Mail” on my card today.  Oh those curly locks are adorable!

I have colored her in with my Copic markers in the following:

  1.  Coat/hat (darker tone) – R85, R83, R81 and for trimming – E11, E00, E000 (also coat fastners
  2. Coat/hat (fur) – W5, W3, W1 and highlighted with white gel pen flicks
  3. Hair – E47, E43, E42 (eyebrows too)
  4. Skin – E21, E11, E00, E000, R20, R00 (eyes BG49)
  5. Mail – B00, B000 (unsure of tiny bit of color on postage stamp or coat fastner centers and string)

I then took a retired Whimsy Stamps clear set called “Handmade From Me” which had a couple of tiny solid hearts in it and I took some pink colored ink to stamp a few hearts around the girl.  She really loves all her mail afterall! 🙂

I cut her out with a stitched circle die and then mounted her over a piece of silver foil cardstock cut with a scallop stitched circle die.  I have used the same stamp set that I’ve mentioned above to heat emboss the sentiment with silver EP and cut it out with a banner die cut.  This is the same colored cardstock I’ve used for the A2 sized top folding card base too.

The snowflake paper is from my stash and some I’ve been hoarding because I love it so much, but the snowflakes on it are silver metallic and have the texture on it as if it was heat embossed.  I placed this panel over my card base, attached the banner and then added the circle image panel over top of that including some craft foam to raise it up slightly over the design.

I was thinking that this image would work for either Christmas, winter or Valentine’s Day.  Yes, I know, I said the V word already!! Oops!

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring that I’ve done on her as well as the heat embossing.  Had so much fun colorng her up.  I think she especially looks wonderful on such a simple style design!

Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing your thoughts with me!  I appreciate that so much!  See you soon!

*Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win my GIVE AWAY if you haven’t yet!*

Challenges:

  1.  Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  2. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #316
  3. Crafty Friends – Use more than 1 die (I’ve used 3)
  4. Stamp & Fun = Creativity – Die cuts
  5. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes

Witches Fly In a Glowing Moon

Hello friends!  With Fall on the way, I was really in the mood to create some spooky fun Halloween cards! (Plus I’m trying to get ready to fill my card rack for an up-coming craft booth and I ran low on Halloween cards from last year!)  I’ve also just received my winnings from playing in the Sparkle N Sprinkle challenge on Facebook, so I thought I’d use some products to enter again! 🙂

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I thought I’d go for two cards here with the same products, but used in a slightly different way with the colored backgrounds and orientation.

I’ve picked out this cute Cackle On stamp set and the Wicked Web die cut for my winnings that I’ve used on both cards.  As you can see from the props in the photo above, I have also used the Sparkle n Sprinkle Black Magic embossing powder to heat emboss the witch image on both of them.  I just love the sparkle effect that stuff has!  I’ve also die cut the webs in black cardstock and then went over them with clear embossing powder.

Below I will share details about each one:

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To get the moon, I die cut a circle from masking paper and used the negitive from the circle cut and placed it over my card front where I wanted the moon to be.  I inked the open circle area with VersaMark and then sprinkled some Glow-in-theDark embossing powder over it and heat set it.  For my background, I have used some Ranger Mixed Media card stock because of all of the embossing and inking that I’ve done.  I didn’t have to, but I put the circle cut from masking paper back over the moon.  (The embossing would resist the ink, but I did’nt want to take a chance and covered it anyway…although it didn’t stick very well! LOL!)  I then used my ink foam blending tool and added some distress oxide inks to create the background sky.  I even used purple over the orange color which is something you normally wouldn’t do, but with the oxide inks…it turns out stunning!

I then added some Nuvo Black Mousse with a sponge dauber along the edges which doesn’t show in the photo very well, but it has a cool shimmer.  Then this is where I’ve added the witch over the moon by inking it up with some pigment black ink and then heat embossed the Black Magic EP on it.  (I used my stamp positioner so that I could ink it several times as it was getting inked over the embossed moon.)  I’ve also inked up the sentiment in the same way except that I used some clear EP over it.

At the bottom, I cut a strip of ground with a grass edge border die and then used some Nuvo Copper mousse to sponge some color on top to make it look like the moon is shinning over it.  I mounted card front panel over a top folding black A2 sized card base.  Then lastly, I added some black sequins and filled the centers with Nuvo Silver Glitter Drops and then a smaller dot with some Nuvo Black enamel Drops.

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This card pretty much was made in the same manner as the above card with the exception of the Distress Oxide colors I’ve used for sponging.  I also took my spray bottle and added some water dropplets and then dabbed it off with a paper towel.

I cut out this panel with a  MFT Wonky Stitch Rectangle die before attaching it to a black card base.

Then I wanted to show how cool this embossing powder is when the lights are off:

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I tried to get it as dark as I could so that you could see how that embossing powder really glows in the dark!!  To get a really fabulous glow, it’s best to do a couple of layers of embossing over it.

Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Challenges:

  1.  Sparkle N Sprinkle – Anything Goes + use loose glitter/embossing powder/flocking
  2. Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook challenge – Anything Goes + use SnS image
  3. {CupCake Inspirations} CIC453 – Spectacular BackgroundsCIC453
  4. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Friends – Embossing (wet or dry)

 

 

Pink Christmas

Hello friends!  I am sort of “off track” with some other crafty things on my “to do” list and a bit behind in fact!  I have soooo many things ahead of me to get ready for and I promise I will be sharing more on that later, but scanning through my groups on Facebook, I saw a post where a challenge was getting ready to end, so I just decided last minute while I was working on other things, that I would challenge myself to get a card made before the deadline ended!  Yeah, I do that to myself…keeps the creative “MOJO” flowing, right?!  I feel good about it because it is a head start for a Christmas in July card stack that I hope to get going on!  Here’s what I came up with:

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I created this card for the FB Group Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges.  The deadline was right before midnight last night, but I got it done yesterday afternoon and wanted to post it within the group before the deadline ended and then I wanted to share it with you here today on my blog.  The condition for this challenge is pretty much anything goes as long as you have used a Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp/digital image somewhere on your design.  I have used the SNS Christmas Baubles stamp set that I actually received from a card kit a while back.  Instead of using it for the intended purpose of the card kit, I switched up the design a bit to make it my own.

I took the cardstock from the kit for the base as well as the pink cardstock from the kit for behind my decorative paper and under the bauble.  I die cut an oval from the pink cardstock in the kit as well as a larger oval from some gold mirror cardstock.  The bauble and holly were colored with Copics and gold gel pen.  I then fussy cut them out.  I took the pink oval and heat embossed the holly image randomly over it with the SNS Vanilla Ice EP.  I layered it over the gold circle and added the images.  The holly image was popped up with foam tape around the oval.  I die cut the decorative paper and pink cardstock with stitched border dies and placed it on the top folding white A2 card base.  I gold heat embossed the sentiment at the bottom of the card base and then I used some gold ribbon from my stash to create the bow and placed it over top of the decorative papers and bauble.  I also used the Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops to go over the berries.  Looking at it now in the photo, it looks wet, but they were dry and so glittery IRL!

Hope you’ve enjoyed a little hint of Christmas coming your way!  It helps to beat the heat a bit and get a good start for the up-coming busy Holiday Season! 🙂  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Challenges to enter this card:

  1.  Crafty Cardmakers – Wet or dry embossing
  2. The Merry Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes + Christmas
  3. QKR Stampede #301 – Anything Goes
  4. Crafting from the Heart #212 – Anything Goes
  5. Artistic Inspirations #203 – Anything Goes