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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

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Glistening Snowflake

Hi Everyone! I want to show you a card I made using the Sparkle N Sprinkle sketch on the SNS challenge blog. Please join us in the challenge for an opportunity to win a stamp set! Also go over to see all the wonderful cards that the design team has made. I used this beautiful Snowflake Medallion stamp, Cerulean Star embossing powder and Waterscape glitter. You can see the instructions for this card here. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!


Tweet Music

Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend. It is beautiful here. I am finishing up decorating for Christmas. I want to share a card that I made using the Sparkle N Sprinkle Music Scrap and Western Tanager stamps. The frame was made by using the Leaf Swirl stamp in the Stamping Gear. I fussy cut the frame and pop dotted it onto the card. I appreciate the time you have taken to stop by today. Have a good one!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Stamped Layers Card




Hi and welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday! I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. At my local stamp club this month we learned a technique that has become popular recently in card making. I have made quite a few cards using this technique and I would like to show it to you today. Normally you would do this technique using layers of cut card stock like Marie's card below, but I decided to use Spellbinders Nesties dies for my layers on this card.



Supplies needed:
  1. Spellbinders Nesties dies -- I used Big Scalloped Squares
  2. small stamps or a background stamp -- I used Ivy Background 1831-329R
  3. Versa Mark ink 99702 or any colored ink
  4. embossing powder -- I used Pear Star embossing powder EP432
  5. removable tape
  6. heat gun
First cut out the white pieces that you will stamp on from the nesties dies. Then cut out the background pieces out of the nesties dies. Mine are purple. Take the white pieces and stack them on top of each other using removable tape.  This helps them to stay in place while you are stamping.



Using the Versa Mark ink, ink up your background stamp and stamp over the nesties stack starting on one side and then the other so as to cover the whole stack. You can use individual smaller stamps too and just randomly stamp  over the stack. If you do not want to use embossing powder, then just use colored ink to stamp.



Now pour the embossing powder over the whole surface where you stamped and heat powder with a heat gun.





Carefully peel off the layers and adhere the color background to each piece.



You can also cut smaller layers and stagger them as Marie has done with her card here below.



This makes a pretty and easy card. I hope you will try this. Have fun! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

April

Other supplies:
  1. Fancy Butterfly 3546-437G
  2. Purple Potion Velvet Glitter GM2001

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Shiny Christmas

Hi Everyone! I hope you have been enjoying the weekend. Some of you had a long holiday and I hope it was a good one! It has been beautiful here except it has gotten quite a bit colder. I decided to show this card that I made using the Sparkle N Sprinkle Snowflake Medallion.  It goes right along with the colder weather we have had these last few days! I bought some new shimmer sheetz recently and I just HAD to use one on this card. I ran it through an embossing folder and since the sheet has a silver core,  I sanded the raised areas to have the silver show through! Well, it's that time again to start Christmas decorating. Some of you might have yours done already. This card has put me in the mood, so I am hoping to get some decorating done this week. Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate the time you take to give my blog a peek. Have a great day!




Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Giving

Hello! I am glad you stopped by my blog today. I want to show you a card that I made for a few challenges. At Magnolia-liciuos the challenge is a picture inspiration and glitter. Isn't this a neat picture? I used Waterscape glitter form Sparkle N Sprinkle on Tilda's dress, swirls and flower. It was fun to use a Magnolia stamp again. I loved coloring Tilda.






Other challenges entered:

1. Cuttlebug Spot -- Feathery challenge
2. Stampin' For The Weekend -- Texture

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone! I am so thankful to have been blessed with so much this year. I am thankful for all that God has done. I want to thank each of you who have taken the time to visit and comment on my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! Enjoy it to the fullest.

I made another layered stamped card recently. I just love this technique. I used Concord embossing powder on the cornucopia and Luau Green Velvet glitter on the leaf, courtesy of  Sparkle N Sprinkle.  If you are looking for Technique Tuesday just scroll down to the post under this one.










Monday, November 19, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Coloring on Glitter Using Outline Stickers



Hi Everyone! Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday! If you hopped a long with us on our Winter Wonderland Blog Hop last week you might remember seeing this card I made where I colored on glitter using outline stickers.  I want to show you how I did this because this would look great on all those Christmas cards you are making!


Supplies needed:
  1. 2  1/2 inch wide Tear - ific Tape SAT11
  2. Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter GM2000
  3. copic markers or water based markers
  4. outline stickers
  5. white card stock
  6. Dove Blender pen  99535 if using water based markers
Adhere a strip of the Tear-ific Tape to one side of your white card base.  Peel off the protective cover and add Cloud Nine glitter.  Peel off stickers and add them over the glitter and color inside the stickers. I used copic markers .  Start with a color around the edges of the sticker and use the blender pen to pull the color into the image. This helps it look more dimensional.  Then you might want to go in again and use a little darker color in some areas.


Here is the finished piece.


I also tried coloring with water based markers and they worked well also.   I started coloring with the lighter shade of blue first.


Then I added a darker blue around some of the edges and used the Dove Blender pen to blend the darker color into the lighter color.


I did the same with the orange on his belly.


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you liked this easy technique and will try it on some of your Christmas cards. Have a great day!

April





Sunday, November 18, 2012

Getting Ready for Christmas

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am happy that you stopped by today. I hope your day is a good one! First, if you are looking for the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog hop, scroll down and it is just below this post.


I want to show you a card I made for the Cutttlebug challenge -- use 3 different embossing/die cutting items.. This stamp reminds me of all those Christmases that I sang in the church choir and we practiced for the Christmas program. I can't believe that we will be preparing for Christmas real soon. Time has really flown!


Other challenges entered:

Crafty Card Maker -- More than one punch or die
Creatalicious  -- Winter
Papertake  -- Flower Power

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Wonderland Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Wonderland Blog Hop that is running from November 15 - 18.  If you have arrived here by way of Charmagne's creative blog, then you are at the right place. If not you might want to start at the beginning at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog so that you can leave a comment on every designer's blog to be able to win some fun prizes! I cannot believe that Christmas is almost upon us! So we have created some Christmas and winter cards to get you into the spirit! I hope you will stop and leave a comment on each designer's blog and get inspired along the way! Now on to the two cards I made. On the first card I used this sweet little Christmas bird image called Nestle in for Christmas 0342-119P. On the left side of the card I used 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape SAT11, added Cloud Nine velvet glitter GM2000 to it and adhered the gold outline ornament stickers to the glittered area. Next I colored inside the ornament stickers with copic markers. I used the Spellbinders ornament die to cut out the bird that I pop dotted to the card. You can see full instructions by clicking here.



On my second card I used this lovely Candle Centerpiece 0510-198N image. I decided to make a window using a die to have it look like you are peering into a warm and cozy home around Christmas time! You can click here for the full instructions.


Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Be sure you visit all the designer's blog and leave a comment so that you will be able to win some wonderful prizes! Now hop on over the blog of the very talented Cammy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Distress Watermark




Hi and welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday once again! I hope you are enjoying your day. I want to share with you a technique that I just learned.  It is really beautiful and shimmery. I hope you will enjoy it.


Supplies needed:
  1. three colors of Distress ink -- I used a blue, purple and green
  2. sponge applicator
  3. white card stock
  4. light colored shimmer spray -- I used a light gold
  5. several bold outline stamps
  6. water spritzer
  7. craft sheet or other slick surface like wax paper
Take the white card stock and using a circular motion sponge on the three colors of ink.



Now take the shimmer spray and spray it on your craft sheet or wax paper.  I also spritzed more water on top of the shimmer spray to make it juicier.



Now take one of your stamps and stamp it on the shimmer spray puddle you made and then randomly stamp it on the inked card stock. Some of the Distress ink will lift off and a shimmery stamped image will appear.



Then stamp another stamp over the background in the same way.


I can't wait to make more of these backgrounds. I hope you will have fun trying this! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful and blessed day!

April

Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Spring Branch Background 3162-399R
  2. Circle Frame 3542-437C
  3. Swirl Butterfly Lg. 3544-437H
  4. Beautiful Day 3549-437A

Friday, November 9, 2012

Stamp Club Cards

Hi Everyone, we are having such beautiful weather here. I hope you are enjoying your day. On Monday we had our local stamp club meeting called the Stamping Divas. I always look forward to club time each month. We have such wonderful talented ladies in our club. Here are the two cards I made with the layer technique that Lori taught us. She also showed us how to make a unique bookmark. It slides over the pages and onto the front of your book. Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day is a good one!




Monday, November 5, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Glitter and Shimmer Sheetz


Hi and welcome again to Technique Tuesday at Sparkle N Sprinkle! I hope you are having a good day.  The technique I am showing today is perfect for a Christmas card. Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner?
Supplies needed:
  1. translucent shimmer sheet ( translucent is the only one that works )
  2. 2   1/2 " wide Tear-ific Tape
  3. bone folder
  4. Cloud Nine velvet glitter
  5. embossing folder
  6. white card stock
Cut the shimmer sheet 2   1/2" wide and the length you want it.  Run the sheet through and embossing folder. I used a folder with various circles.
Cut a piece of tape to fit the size of your sheet.  Peel off bottom layer of tape and adhere to a piece of white card stock the same size and your shimmer sheet.  Peel top layer off of tape, turn embossed shimmer sheet upside down and adhere it to the tape.
Rub over the sheet with a bone folder.
Peel off the shimmer sheet from the tape and some of the shimmery color from the raised embossed areas will stick to the tape.
Now add Cloud Nine velvet glitter to this tape piece.  Rub the glitter over the tape with your finger and brush off. Now you have a beautiful, shimmery background!
Keep the leftover shimmer sheet. You will see that there are white areas that were taken off by the tape.  This is also a neat background to use on a card.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed this technique and I hope you will try it out on some of your Christmas cards. Have a great day!
April
Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Cloud Nine velvet glitter  GM2000
  2. Pengie in a Hat 3554-438C
  3. Tear-ific Tape  SAT11

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Winter Owl

Hi Everyone! It has been a beautiful weekend here. I hope you are enjoying yours. Since Christmas is right around the corner I decided to use this winter owl from Inkadinkado for the owl challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot.  I used the snowflake and dotted swiss embossing folders from Provo. First I glittered the oval die and white background with Cloud Nine Velvet glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle, then ran them through the embossing folders. Thanks so much for stopping by. I always appreciate you taking the time to view my blog.


Also entered in the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge --  Just Add Pearl

12 Tags of 2012 -- November

Hi and welcome to my blog. I always look forward to the beginning of the month to see what fun techniques Tim Holtz is doing with the tags. Here is a link to Tim's demo this month! I enjoyed using the resist technique   on my tag with the leaves at top. I used my very favorite pumpkins from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I just love Fall and all of the warm and beautiful colors! It was fun making this Fall tag!


Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Winter Card

Thankfully we are having some beautiful days here. I hope you are! I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner, much less Christmas! At Joan's Gardens the challenge this week is to make a winter card.  I made a Christmas card, but it can also be used as just a winter card. The tree was made using the crackled glass technique and the glitter is courtesy of Sparkle N Sprinkle. I think this color glitter -- Champagne -- is my all time favorite color for Christmas cards! It has so much shimmer and shine!


Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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