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

Monday, April 30, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Glazed Pot

Wow! It is Technique Tuesday at Sparkle N Sprinkle already! This week really flew by. I was making a flowerpot card last week and I wanted the pot to look glazed. This isn't really a new technique but a little twist on an old one.

  1. Ultra Thick clear embossing powder
  2. Blue, brown, and pink Brilliance ink pads
  3. embossing folder
  4. heat gun
  5. cream cardstock
  6. Versa Mark ink pad
  7. sponges
Fold cardstock and cut both sides of the cardstock to make a pot shape.  Pat the Versa mark ink pad all over the front of the pot and sprinkle on the Ultra Thick embossing powder. Heat with heat gun. I added UT four times to make it thick enough to press in the embossing folder.

Heat up the flowerpot one last time and quickly press an opened embossing folder into the hot UT. I had to press the embossing folder twice, doing one side of the pot, then heating the other side and pressing the embossing folder on that side to get an even press.

When this is dry -- it dries quickly -- sponge on the Brilliance inks starting with the lightest color first. Brilliance inks work well  on the UT because they do not rub off the slick surface. They also add some sparkle.  I used a border punch to add a rim to the pot, embossed it with UT and pop dotted it to the top of the pot.

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you have fun trying this technique. Have a great day!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Versa Mark ink pad
  2. Waterscape glitter
  3. Ruffled Tulips

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Collecting Butterflies

Aren't you glad Spring is here? Right now we are having a violent thunderstorm , but I have been loving the warm weather and beautiful flowers lately. I was happy to make this "springy" card. At Joan's Gardens the challenge is to use butterflies and the color yellow. Isn't Tilda cute catching her butterflies? I am so glad you stopped by. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tag Your It!

Oh it is such a pretty and warmer day today! I am glad to see it! I hope you were able to take a look at the Technique Tuesday in the post below and give it a try. If not, please hop over to the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog to see the instructions. Each Tuesday we have a technique to show. I hope you will stop by often!

Now onto to today's card. At Daring Card Makers the challenge is to show a tag. Tea House Bridge is their wonderful sponsor this week. I just purchased this cute House Mouse stamp and just had to use it right away! So this is also being entered in the House Mouse challenge this week of Anything Goes. At Simon Says the challenge is to show your favorite word. My word is surprise! Don't you just love good surprises? I know I do. I tried my hand once again with the shabby chic style, which I love, but I still haven't quite gotten the handle on this style yet. They say practice makes perfect, so I will keep trying, LOL! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Reverse Stamping

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday once again!  The technique I am showing  is called reverse stamping. There are several ways to do this, but I am showing you one way today. This method works especially well if you want a reflection in water or a mirror.

  1. Brilliance pink ink
  2. acetate
  3. aqua and darker blue alcohol inks
  4. ink applicator
  5. blending solution or 91% alcohol
  6. glue pen
  7. Waterscape glitter
Stamp your image near the bottom of your card using pink ink.  Now stamp your image on the piece of acetate using the pink ink. You need to use Brilliance or some other permanent ink.

Very important -- turn over the acetate, then drop a few drops of the aqua and darker blue alcohol inks on your applicator and spritz it with blending solution.  Pounce applicator over the piece of acetate. Use less of the darker ink. You want to be able to see your image well enough, so don't overdo the dark blue.

Turn the acetate over to the other side and use a glue pen to make some ripples and add glitter. Let dry.

Cut a puddle shape and adhere the "puddle" under the stamped image on the card. Now you have a reflection of the image! I find that using a tape runner to adhere the acetate is less noticeable.

I hope you enjoyed this technique today.  Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Swirl Water Can
  2. Waterscape glitter
  3. Sakura glue pen
  4. Swirl butterfly small
  5. Beautiful day

Friday, April 20, 2012

Flower Power

Hello! I hope you have been having a good week. I have been doing some stamping and not much posting. I made a card for the Impression Obsession challenge -- Flower Power. The flower I used is the IO Peony C4486. It was fun to color with my new Distress markers. The flowers are so pretty here in our area already. I planted flowers in all my pots this week. So, it was fun to make a flower card. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Faux Patina

Hi and welcome to Technique Tuesday at Sparkle N Sprinkle! As promised I am showing the technique that Marie used on her beautiful cross card last week. You can see her card here!  This technique is called Faux Patina.

  1. embossing folder
  2. light ink color ( I used pink )
  3. another light color ink ( I used a light green )
  4. light brown ink
  5. dark brown ink
  6. sponges or sponge applicator
  7. Versa Mark ink pad
  8. embossing powder ( I used Antiquities EP266 )
  9. cream cardstock
  10. heat gun
Ink the front inside of your embossing folder with pink ink and run cream card stock through the folder.

Next take your sponge and sponge areas with the green ink, leaving some pink areas showing.

Now sponge on some light brown ink, just covering a few areas.

Lastly add the dark brown in the same manner as the other inks.

Swipe the Versa Mark ink lightly over the raised embossed areas, only covering some areas of the card. Then sprinkle on Antiqities embossing powder. I used a paint brush to brush off some of the embossing powder in areas that looked heavy with embossing powder. Now heat set the embossing powder. I just love the look of the Antiquities embossing powder. It is perfect for this technique!

I also tried silver embossing powder on another background and I really like this look too!

I know you will really enjoy doing this technique. It makes such a beautiful background! Instead of using the whole piece as a background, I used a die cut to cut out a shape for my background. Have fun! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Swirl Butterfly Lg.
  2. Flowers from Whimsical set 221
  3. Versa Mark ink pad
  4. Antiquities embossing powder

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy Spring!

Hi! It has been a few days since I have posted. I hope you have enjoyed your weekend. We have had some beautiful Spring days. Speaking of Spring, I enjoyed making this card for the Basic Grey Spring colors challenge! I used paper from the Basic Grey Sweet Threads pack. Don't you just love this sweet Penny Black kitty stamp? He is one of my new purchases. At Top Tip Tuesday we are to share a tip about our card. My TIP is that the image was a little bit too big because I didn't want to cover up the big spots on the background, so I cut off some of the image. Also I thought the card needed a little something more, so I did some free hand doodle swirls. Happy Spring Everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered :
Basic Grey
Top Tip Tuesday
Penny Black

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Julie's Technique

Hi, and welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday! I am sorry I am a little late posting today. I hope you had a wonderful Easter! We had a beautiful Easter here.  I am calling this technique , " Julie's Technique"  in honor of a sweet lady who was in our local stamp club. She passed away several years ago with cancer. I always think of her when I do this technique.

  1. brayer
  2. multicolored ink pad. I used Kaleidacolor Creole Spice
  3. Jet Black Staz On ink pad
  4. white glossy cardstock
  5. Marvy Metallic pen -- copper
  6. water spritzer
Ink up brayer rolling it across the multicolored ink pad.  Spritz the inked brayer with water.  Now dab the copper marker on the inked brayer.

Roll brayer over the glossy cardstock going in one direction. You should be able to roll the brayer over another piece again with the remaining ink to get a lighter look. Here are some that I made using the same color inks.

Here are some other pieces using a different multi-colored ink pads.

This is such an easy technique with neat results. This background is great for building scenes! I hope you will try this fun technique . Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! I hope to see you back next Tuesday for a really pretty background technique that I just learned!
Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Stamps from Country 047 set
  2. Blue Jewel glitter G113
  3. Glistening Emeralds Sparkle N Soft SS102
  4. Jet Black Staz On ink pad 99704

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Sketch -- Out in the Country

I hope each one of you had a wonderful Easter. It was just gorgeous here. I made this card using the Sparkle N Sprinkle April sketch. These stamps came from the Country 047 stamp set. Hop on over to the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog and enter your card using this sketch, and you could win a stamp set!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

I hope you have been enjoying your Easter weekend. I had a great time yesterday stamping with some friends. Today I enjoyed a wonderful day in our beautiful downtown with some more friends. I want to wish each of you a wonderful and blessed Easter!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Spritzed Watercolor

First of all I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter. It has been so beautiful in our area. Welcome back to Technique Tuesday at Sparkle N Sprinkle. I hope you will enjoy the techniques that I am showing today. I will actually be showing 2 techniques that I used on this card.

  1. water spritzer
  2. various flower, leaf, butterfly stamps
  3. light pigment ink ( I used light blue )
  4. large shadow stamp
  5. markers ( I used purple, aqua, and green )
  6. white or cream cardstock
  7. Versa Mark ink pad
  8. 3 different colors embossing powders ( I used Log Cabin, Cerulean Star and Winter Berry )
Stamp large shadow stamp inked with the blue pigment ink on white or cream cardstock.

Take your markers and color directly on the tulip stamp and then spritz the stamp lightly with water.

Stamp the stamp onto the blue inked background.

Continue to do this with the leaf and butterfly stamps, until your background is finished.

Next I stamped a different butterfly on the left of the card using Versa Mark ink and did the paint embossing technique.  After stamping the butterfly in Versa Mark ink, pour Log Cabin embossing powder over the top 1/3 of the butterfly. Then pour Cerulean Star embossing powder over the bottom right side of the butterfly and Winter Berry over the bottom left of the butterfly. Use a heat gun to heat the powder to bring the butterfly to the forefront.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will play with these techniques to see how fun they are.
See you next week!


Sparkle N Sprinkle Supplies Used:
  1. Log Cabin Embossing Powder EP397
  2. Cerulean Star Embossing Powder EP433
  3. Winter Berry Embossing Powder EP411
  4. Versa Mark ink pad 99702
  5. Fancy Butterflies stamp set 437
  6. Dark Tulip stamp set 327

Celebrating Spring

It is another beautiful day here in South Carolina. It feels like summer at 89 degrees! I am entering this tag in Tim Holtz's  "12 tags of 2012" for the month of April. We are celebrating Spring! Click here to see his fabulous tag and techniques. I had a lot of fun making this tag. I love birds so this was right down my alley! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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