Hello and welcome to my blog of card crafts. I am happy that you stopped by for a visit. I hope you can visit often. Have a wonderful and blessed day! "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and my soul knows right well." Psalm 139:14


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Oldies Technique #7 -- Shave Cream Background

Hi Everyone, welcome to my blog.  I have another Oldies technique to share with you today. I am showing how to make a marbled background by using shave cream. You never know how the design will turn out, so it is fun to play with!

Here are the supplies you will need:

shave cream -- foam NOT the gel
white or cream matte or glossy card stock - I used white matte for brighter color
old credit card or gift card for scraping
toothpick or small pointed tool
several colors reinkers - I used 3 colors of Adirondak reinkers
craft mat for the mess
flat container for the shave cream -- I used a shallow metal pan
cloth for blotting 

Spray some shave cream in the pan and flatten it out a little by pushing a scrap piece of card stock down on it. Then add several drops of each color of reinkers on the shave cream.

Take the pointed tool -- I used a score tool -- and swirl it around and back and forth to move the reinkers. This will make a pattern.

Now take you card stock and lay it on top of this and press down some.

This is how it looks when you lift off the card stock.

Now take the gift card and scrape off the shave cream. The pretty pattern will be left on the card stock! You may need to blot off some excess shave cream with a cloth after scraping.

I thought this background, even though lovely, was a little too bright for my card, so I pressed another piece of card stock in the same shave cream without stirring it and this is how it looked. I used this piece for my background on my card. You can keep using the same shave cream over and over to get lighter backgrounds.

Here are 2 other pieces using different colors of inks.

Here is one done using glossy card stock. On the glossy, the colors are lighter because the card stock is not as porous. 

I hope you liked the technique today and I hope you will have some time to play with this. Your cards will smell nice for awhile too! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

Challenges entered:

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  In the Middle ( this humming bird is in the middle of the flowers)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Make Your Own Background
Shabby Tea Room:  Rainbow of Colors

Friday, April 10, 2015

Distressed Acrylics

Hi Everyone and welcome to my blog. I have been posting a lot of OLDIES techniques this year , but I have stumbled on some NEW ones and I just had to try them. Here is one I saw on line by Jan Hobbins. I really loved the look and I want to show you how I made the background to this card. She did not give a name to this technique so I am calling it distressed acrylics since you use acrylic paints and it looks old. The stamp I used is by Inkadinkado and the die is Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8.

I started off by applying several bright colors of acrylic paint to my craft sheet and spritzing it with water a few times. I took a heavy matte black card stock piece and drug it through the paint and this is how it looked. Let it dry. You can use a heat tool to help it dry faster.

I stamped some butterflies randomly over this using Versa Mark ink and then applied clear embossing powder over the images and heat set it. Here is what it looks like when you have applied the embossing powder. When it is heated the images will be clear.

I used a flesh color acrylic paint and put a blob of it on my craft sheet. I wet a paper towel with my spritzer, picked up some of the acrylic paint on the wet paper towel and wiped it over the embossed card stock. I kept doing this until the piece was covered.

To make the images stand out a little more, I wet a clean paper towel and rubbed it over each image to wipe off any paint that was left on them.

I then swiped 2 light colors of Distress inks over the whole piece to give some warmth to it. I wiped a cloth over this to soften it some.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will try this technique to see what fun backgrounds you can make. Have a great day!

Challenges entered:

Scrapy Land: Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  A is For ( acrylic paint )
Stamp and Create:  Anything Goes

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Birthday

Hi and welcome to my blog. I hope you are having a good day. I want to share a birthday card I made with a House Mouse stamp. I used embossing powder with glitter in it for the cake "frosting." I fussy cut the party hat out of patterned paper and pop dotted it on the mouse's head. The balloons at the top are dies from The Spiral Circle Pull Card die by Elizabeth Craft. I also added some Diamond Glaze to the plate to make it shine.

   I made this swing card using the Sizzix  Fancy Labels die.

   Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Challenges entered:

    House Mouse:  Birthdays
    Scrapy Land:  Anything Goes
    Simon Says:  Happy Birthday

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Oldies Technique #6 -- Thumping

Hi Everyone! First I want to wish all of you a wonderful and blessed Easter. I am so thankful Jesus is alive and that he has given me a new life in Him! What a joyous thought!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       You know the saying, "April Showers bring May flowers", well I will be focusing on the flowers today. I want to share with you an Oldies technique called thumping. It is easy and gives a unique look to your stamping.

Supplies needed:

3 to 4 colors of markers ( I used Tombow markers )
solid or bold lined stamp
white or cream card stock

I started with my lightest marker first and then kept using the next darker color so that my markers would not get dirty. Start thumping on your stamp by holding the marker loosely and pouncing it up and down on the stamp using the side of the brush nib of the marker. As I do this I am also turning my stamp around in circles. This is what the stamp looks like when you are finished. As you can see I have used this stamp a lot! LOL! You will need to breathe hard on your stamp a few times before you stamp it on the card stock.

You will not cover the stamp completely with color. You will see a little white here and there when you stamp it on your card stock.

I found that rubber stamps are better for this technique than the acrylic. The color stays juicier on the acrylic and does not have quite the definition when stamped. Here is an example of one I did on an acrylic stamp. But it still looks pretty neat.

Here is another one I did using a leaf rubber stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will have fun trying this. Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's 
April 1, 2015 Reveal.

We have FOUR new stamp sets to share with you this month and these sets are 20% off their regular price, until April 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image.  Friendship Flowers #702 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Get Well Friends #701   (digi version DIGI701)
Friendship Flowers #702   (digi version DIGI702)
Old Well #703  (digi version DIGI703)
Spring Window #704   (digi version DIGI704

Hi Everyone. I am so glad that Spring is here. We have had some pretty days in between the rain. I chose to use the Friendship Flowers stamp set because this set reminds me so much of Spring. I am ready to start planting flowers! The frame on my card is an svg. I used Sparkle embossing powder EP107 on the pink edges for shimmer. I also used it on some of the flowers. I colored the watering can with copics and used Clear Detail embossing powder EP280 on it so that it would look shiny.

All the layers are popped up to give the card dimension.

This is the end of the hop. I hope you have enjoyed hopping with us.
  Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!  

On April 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive
all FOUR of the new rubber stamp sets (or digi sets, if you prefer)

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on April 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs.  In addition to our regular designers, we are happy to introduce you to two of our new Guest Designers.  Diane and Ashley will be the Guest Designers for the months of April, May, and June.  This month's Blog Hop order is:

(Tip: if you have a problem with a particular link, try clicking on the person's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

Don't forget to leave a comment with each Designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  We love reading your comments and hope we have inspired you as well.  If you absolutely can not leave a comment for some reason, please email icinganne@yahoo.com with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Love You A Latte

Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a good day. I want to share a card I made using one of Sparkle N Sprinkle's new stamp sets called Espresso Yourself 699. I do not drink coffee but I sure do love the smell of it brewing!

I had so much fun making my background using white stencil paste and embossing powders. Here is a short tutorial.

I used very dark brown card stock and taped my stencil over it to hold it down well. ( TIP )

I covered the whole card stock and stencil with white stencil paste.

When the stencil is lifted off it looks like this.

This is the fun part. I sprinkled Sienna Star EP425, Tuscan Star EP426 and Log Cabin EP397  embossing powders over the wet stencil paste. I then heat set the embossing powders with my heat tool. I got this beautiful shimmery and textured background!

I also used Brown Fizz EP381 embossing powder for the "coffee" in the cup and on the saying. Diamond Glaze was used on the coffee cup to make it look like porcelain. You can see some of the shine on the edge of the saucer.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful and blessed day!


Challenges entered:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday:  Buttons or Bows

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Oldies Technique #5 -- Joseph's Coat With a Twist

Hi Everyone! Welcome back to another Oldies Technique. I hope you are having a good day. A lot of you might remember Joseph's Coat, but instead of sponging my backgrounds I have used patterned paper instead. I used Spellbinders Big Scallop Circle die to "cut" out the bird. The leaves are svgs.

Here are the supplies you will need:

patterned paper
background stamp 
clear embossing powder
heat tool
black ink -- I used Memento Tuxedo Black
Versa Mark ink 
paper towel

Ink up your stamp with Versa Mark ink and stamp onto the patterned paper.


Add clear embossing powder.

This is what it will look like before heating it. 

Use the heat tool to heat set the embossing powder. Now take your black ink pad and rub it all over the patterned paper to cover it very well.

Take the paper towel and start wiping off any excess ink that is on the embossed areas.

This is what it looks like when you are finished. The embossing powder acts as a resist to the black ink.

Here are two more samples I made using burgundy and blue inks. You do not have to use black. I also used sparkle clear embossing powder on these; although the sparkle is hard to see.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you have been inspired by a new twist on an old technique. Have a wonderful day!

Challenges entered:

Scrapy Land: Spring and/or Easter ( Spellbinders Big Scallop Circle Die)