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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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Thursday, January 31, 2013

SNS Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a good day and having a good start to your weekend. Here is the card I made for the Sparkle N Sprinkle sketch challenge. The challenge this month is an inspiration challenge with various colors of blue.

BuildingSpectrum

 Color Swatch courtsey of Design Seeds®   


Here is my take on the picture. I used a Sparkle N Sprinkle digi stamp Snowman Fence digi 317  by  Beccy Muir. The saying is from the Just for You set 444. I used Sparkling Snow glitter G1003 on the snow at the top. This is really a Christmas stamp because it says Jolly on the fence posts. I just wanted this to be a winter card, so I covered the saying with snowflakes. You can click here to see the instructions on how to make this card. I hope you will join us in this challenge. You do not need to use an SNS stamp, but if you do you will be receiving a free digital stamp! Everyone has a chance to win a stamp set of your choice. I can't wait to see your creations!


Thanks for stopping by. Get those creative juices flowing and link  up a card to the challenge! Have a wonderful day!





Wednesday, January 30, 2013

You're a Star

Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a good day. We are having a wild storm right now! I hope things settle down soon. I am entering this card in a couple of challenges -- the Simon Says Seeing Stars challenge and the Cuttlebug Spot A Star is Born challenge. I actually did do some stamping on this card -- feathers -- but most of them got covered up! I used the Yellow Gold Glitter Tinsel from Sparkle n Sprinkle on the star in the middle. The stars are a Provo Craft die. I enjoyed making this card for the challenges.Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Technique Tuesday -- Painting with an Acrylic Block


Hi Everyone! Welcome to Technique Tuesday at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I hope you are having a good day. I want to show you a quick and easy background that you can make for your cards.  On this card I have used my  background a little differently.


Supplies :
  1. white or cream card stock
  2. several colors of water based markers
  3. small acrylic block
  4. water spritzer

Brush your marker onto the acrylic block and spritz the block with water.



Now sit the block with the wet side down on your card stock and let it sit a second or two and then swipe it across the card stock.



Keep doing this with different colors until you have filled the whole card stock piece with color.  It won't look like much, but when used as a background, it looks neat. This technique gives a little more distinct coloring than just using a water brush to brush on the color.


Here are some other backgrounds I made this way.


I demoed this technique at my stamp club meeting and one of the ladies combined several colors on her block at a time and the background turned out great! So you might want to experiment with that also.
As you can see, I cut a shape out of my background and stamped all the sayings from the Fancy Butterflies set 437onto the shape with Memento Rich Cocoa ink 99613. I stamped a butterfly from the Brocade Backgrounds 398set and used an exato knife to cut the top wings so that they pop up. I punched flowers out of the rest of the background and used Champagne glitter G1045 on the edges of the petals.



Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will try making this background. Have a wonderful day!

April

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Squarely Delicious!

Hi Everyone! I hope you have enjoyed your weekend. It is gradually warming up here and I am looking forward to Spring weather later this week! Here is a card I am entering in several challenges. At Magnolia-licious the challenge is a picture inspiration. What a pretty winter wonderland! I enjoyed doing this challenge because I have not used my Magnolia stamps in awhile.




Here is the sketch I followed from Sunday Sketch & Stamp.








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

Other challenges entered:

The Cuttlebug Spot  --  It's Hip to be Square
Sunday Sketch & Stamp; Stamp -- Sketch



Friday, January 25, 2013

Pink and White

Hi Everyone! I hope your weekend has started off better than mine. We are having freezing rain and sleet and it is very cold. Tomorrow will be much warmer so the ice shouldn't last long. I am doing a lot of stamping and keeping warm! Here is a card that I am entering in the Joan's Gardens challenge -- Pink and White. We are also to have at least one heart and a pretty border. The rose stamp and glitter are courtesy of Sparkle N Sprinkle. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Beginnings

Hello and welcome to my blog. I hope you are having a good day. I want to share with you a card I made for several challenges. I always enjoy using my House Mouse stamps. Isn't this little fella cute? He looks like a happy camper! At House Mouse and Friends and Basic Grey the challenge is New Beginnings. What better way to begin a new year by starting to eat healthy. This little mouse looks like he has eaten a healthy portion of grapes. I love grapes too! At Simon Says Stamp and Show the challenge is Something You are Known For. In crafting I am known for using a lot of embellishments and you can see I have used them again on this card! No card seems complete to me without them. Behind the mouse I used a die to cut from Basic Grey paper Euphoria/Trance. The TIP I am sharing for Top Tip Tuesday is this -- To show light hitting an object, add glitter like I did on the grapes. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my creation. Have a good one!



Challenges entered:

House Mouse and Friends -- New Beginnings
Basic Grey -- New Beginnings
Simon Says Stamp and Show -- What are You Known For?
Top Tip Tuesday -- Lavishly Luscious Layers

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday -- Make Your Own Patterned Paper

Hi Everyone! It is Technique Tuesday time here at Sparkle N Sprinkle! I want to show you today how you can make your own customized patterned paper. There are so many combinations that you can come up with. For simplicity sake, the examples are shown with colored ink. But this technique is really awesome with pigment inks or VersaMark ink and a variety of embossing powder colors (many which contain glitter for a rich look!). So take my samples as being very simple, and put your own spin on them by using the EPs in your stash.



Supplies needed:
  1. background and/or individual stamps -- I used Brocade Background 3125-398RLadybugs 3108-392A and the butterfly from Dani's Umbrella set 392.
  2. cream or white card stock
  3. inks of your choice -- I used dark yellow, olive and rust
I started with my background stamp and stamped it with the yellow ink.


Then I randomly stamped the butterfly over this using rust ink.


Lastly I stamped the ladybugs randomly over this using olive ink.


Now I have my own patterned paper!  Here is another one that I made using different stamps. I used Swirls & Dots 3118-393AA, Peony 1  3475-429G and Leafy Floral background 1830-329R.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and I hope you will make some patterned paper of your own. Have a great day!

April

Other SNS supplies used:
  1. Just For You stamp set 444
  2. Black embossing powder EP170

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle Fancy Folds Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Fancy Folds Blog Hop! We are showing different folds and as soon as I saw this fold I knew I had to try it! If you came from the talented Karin's blog than you are at the right place. If not, then you might want to start at the beginning with the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog to be eligible to win some wonderful prizes! Be sure to leave a comment on each designer's blog because some prizes are hidden in the blogs. The blog hop goes through January 20th and winners will be announced on the 21st!  For this card I used the Blossoms 429 stamp set and the Blossoms 3 Spellbinder dies to cut out the flowers. All of this comes in one set as you can see here.




If you would like to see the instructions on how to make this card, you can click here. And you can click here to see the template.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying the hop so far. It's now time to see the wonderful project that Julie has done! Have a great day!








Monday, January 14, 2013

Technique Tuesday -- Mitten Pouch


Hi Everyone! Welcome back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday! I am happy that you stopped by. I want to show you a cute winter gift that is easy to make. My mitten has a hot chocolate pack in it.



Supplies needed:
  1. mitten template
  2. 2 pieces 6  1/2  x  6  1/2  of the same patterned card stock
  3. 1/8"   Tear-ific Tape
  4. fine point black felt pen
  5. white card stock
  6. pencil
I made my mitten template by tracing around my hand on white card stock and it worked very well.


Cut out the template. Put the 2 pieces of patterned card stock with their backs together and lay the template on top. Trace the template lightly with a pencil. Take off the template and cut out the mitten with the 2 layers of patterned card stock. This way you only have to cut the pattern once and you will have the mittens going in the right direction. Take your pen and make faux stitching on the front piece.


Now place the tape on the inside of one of the mittens, peel off the backing and adhere the other mitten to it. Now you have made your pouch! Easy!




Tie the ribbon around the base of the mitten and add image and embellishments.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you will enjoy making this gift to send to someone special!

April

Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Sir Pengie 3558-438K
  2. Cloud Nine velvet glitter GM2000
  3. Black Suede velvet glitter GM2009
  4. Sparkling Snow glitter G1003

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The New And The Old

Hello! I have really enjoyed this beautiful day today! It has been warm and partly sunny. I have the window to my craft room open and my cat is sitting in the window just loving it! I am smelling food that a neighbor is cooking on the grill! Feels just like Spring! Anyway, I want to show you a card that I have made for several challenges. I used a new stamp by La Blanche that has been sitting on my craft table just waiting to be used! I used this stamp with an old technique. I colored with markers directly onto the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped. I always love this technique, but I have not used it in ages! The frame was cut with the Classic Frame die from Spellbinders using Basic Grey paper Green at Heart - Kelly.


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


Challenges entered:
Basic Grey -- Something New
Simon Says -- Embrace the Old
Crafty Catz -- Buttons and Bows

Friday, January 11, 2013

Just Froggy

Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a good start to your weekend. It has started off rainy here today, but the next two days are supposed to be sunny and in the seventies! We are having Spring in Winter! I just made some cards with a new stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Just Froggy. This is such a cute stamp set! On the first card I made my first attempt at lineless coloring. It is a lot harder to do than it looks, for me that is! LOL! I used Champagne, Starfire and Pretty Princess glitters from Sparkle N Sprinkle.



Here is my second card. I used Waterscape glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle on the bubbles. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!












Monday, January 7, 2013

Flower Power


Hi Everyone! Welcome back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday! I trust all is going well with you in this new year.  I want to show you how to make your own flowers to match your scrapbook page or card.  I made up a whole bunch of  flowers for this scrapbook page and still  have a few left over for another project!


Supplies needed:
  1. Stamp set Blossoms 429
  2. Spellbinders Blossoms 3 dies
  3. patterned paper and and solid card stock  (colors to match project)
  4. glitter -- I used Champagne glitter G1045
  5. glue  -- Brushable glue 540
  6. water spritzer
  7. paint brush or tool to work flowers
  8. scissors
  9. hard foam pad
  10. paper towel or tissue
  11. pearls
I first stamped flowers from the Blossoms set all over my patterned paper and cut them out using the Blossoms 3 dies to match.




I did this with all of my papers and card stock.


Once you have cut all your flowers take scissors and cut between the petals.


Take the spritzer and spritz a flower with water  (not too wet) and blot with a tissue or paper towel.


Now put the flower on the hard foam pad and start working the petals with the end of the paint brush or flower tool.


After you have worked all the petals, then push down in the middle of the flower to make the petals come up more. Set aside to dry. The flowers will dry stiff and stay in the position you have worked it.


When the flowers dry put them together and add pearls, etc. to the centers. Then add glitter to the edges.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you will try making some flowers for your projects.  Have a wonderful day!

April

Saturday, January 5, 2013

It's All Blue

Hi Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I made this card for two challenges. One is the Penny Black challenge -- January Blues, and the Monochrome challenge at Charisma Cardz. I don't seem to work with blues very often, so this was different for me. I love this cute hedgehog from Penny Black. The sparkle on the flowers is Waterscape glitter courtesy of Sparkle N Sprinkle. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a good one!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 -- January

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year! I hope it will be the best one yet! I want to share with you today the tag that I made for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013. I always enjoy doing the tag each month and learning some new techniques along with it. This month a lot of texture was used on the tag. You can see Tim's demo here.
On my tag I used this cute little snowman stamp and, Cloud Nine and Reflection glitters from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I am also entering this into the Simon Says challenge -- Anything Goes. Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day is a good one!


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