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

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Zendoodle Tea

Hi Everyone! Whew, it is hot, hot, hot here! I hope you are staying cool. I want to show you a new set that Sparkle N Sprinkle has come out with. It is called Zendoodle Tea. I really enjoyed making some cards with this set. I love all types of tea, but on a day like today it will need to be ICED! LOL! Just last night I made some Mango Apricot iced tea. So good! Here is the new set and the two cards I made with it. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Stamp Set 464 - Zendoodle Tea

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Just Rite Color Challenge

Happy Hump Day! I hope you are having a good one. The challenge at Just Rite is a color challenge this week -- using the colors aqua, apricot and orange. I love birds so I used the Bird Houses stamp set and Martha Stewart's bird border. I really enjoyed this challenge! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Zendoodling

Hi! I am sorry this is a little late today. Too much going on! I trust you are enjoying your day. It's a little cooler here with a breeze, so I am trying to enjoy it before it heats up again!
You might have noticed that we have some new Zendoodle stamp sets here at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Zendoodle or Zentangle  has become popular in recent years. It is an art form of glorified doodling.  I remember doing a lot of this when I was a teenager. Today I am showing you how to do your own Zendoodling starting with a Zendoodle stamp. It really is easy and there are no real "rules' you have to follow.

  1. Zendoodle  Rainbow set 462
  2. black fine point permanent felt pen
  3. markers
  4. white cardstock
Stamp the birds on white cardstock.

I decided I wanted the two at the bottom on a limb, so I drew a limb with leaves and drew a swirl at the end.

Then I started sectioning off the bottom  of the card to do more doodling.

Then I started doodling in each section. Your doodling does not need to be elaborate.

Stamp the rainbow at the top -- the rainbow is already doddled, but I added some more interest by doodling the shape of the cloud several times.

I like the look of the black and white doodling, but I wanted some color, so I just colored a few things to bring them out. I left a lot of areas blank because I wanted the birds to stand out , but you can cover the whole background like Marie did on hers here. She did a wonderful job!

Now it is your turn! It is easy and fun. Just let your doodles flow. Have fun! Thanks for stopping by!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Zendoodle Rainbow set 462
  2. Waterscape Glitter G1108

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Favorite Colors

Hello! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here is a card I have entered in Basic Grey's Favorite Color Combo challenge. I love teal, magenta and brown together. I used some Basic Grey paper that my dear friend, Marie, gave me that has these colors. It is Plumeria Silver Springs. I also used Basics Bulletin paper for the oval. The flower is a Pennyy Black stamp named Blush. Penny Black's challenge is to use flags or banners. I cut some flags and did faux stitching around them and added some newly purchased  jewels to the
long flag. Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a great weekend!

Also entered in the Simon Says challenge -- A Bit of Brown.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Hi Everyone! It is a scorcher here today. I am glad I am inside, crafting.  Here is the card I made for the Joan's Gardens challenge. We are to make a card for a friend and use blue and a corner embellishment.  This stamp reminds me of all my wonderful friends that God has blessed me with. All these ladies have on crowns and each one of my friends deserve a crown in my book! I am so thankful for them all!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Red, White and Blue

Hello! I hope you are keeping cool in this sweltering heat! I had to walk somewhere at 10:30 this morning and it felt like a 100 degrees already!! It is getting close to July 4th! I can't believe it is right around the corner. I am entering this card in the Impression Obsession challenge -- Red, White and Blue and also in Top Tip Tuesday's challenge -- Stars and Stripes. I used the Impression Obsession Porch with Flag stamp E1726. My tip is this -- to give the card a little more emphasis, I used Flower Soft on the flowers by the porch and used my distress tool around the oval, then sponged blue ink on it. Thanks for dropping by. Have a good day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Mosaic

Hi and welcome to Technique Tuesday at Sparkle N Sprinkle! I hope you are enjoying your day. The technique I am showing you today is a mosaic technique. I really like this for a neat background.

  1. white cardstock
  2. clear embossing powder
  3. small pieces of rubber
  4. mounting block
  5. heat gun
  6. blue and green ink pad
  7. sponges
  8. paper towel
  9. Versa Mark ink pad

Cut small pieces of rubber in rectangles. I used rubber left from trimming unmounted stamps. I used double sided tape to adhere the pieces to a mounting block.

Use Versa Mark ink and ink up the rubber pieces and stamp on white cardstock.  Sprinkle on clear embossing powder and heat with a heat gun.

Now sponge on the blue and green inks covering the whole card. Then wipe off the excess with a paper towel.

I used an oval die cut to cut out the background and added my images. This makes an easy background and makes a card pop!  Have fun trying it!  Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope to see you again next Tuesday!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Hibiscus Flower
  2. Caliope Hummingbird
  3. Daisy
  4. Lemonade Glitter
  5. Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
  6. Versa Mark ink pad

Monday, June 18, 2012

Liquid Refreshments

Hi Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your day. We have lots of sunshine and hot weather here. This challenge at House Mouse is just the right one for a day like today. The challenge is Liquid Refreshments. I just love this cute little mouse in the lemonade. I love lemonade too. YUM!  I used Diamond Glaze on the ice cubes. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day and keep cool!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Back to Childhood

Hello! Happy weekend! I hope you have a good one. I am entering this card into 2 challenges. I love polka dots and I just love this bright polka dot paper. At Joan's Gardens we are to make a card for a child. I just love these little bunnies eating ice cream. What child doesn't like ice cream? At House Mouse and Friends the challenge is Here Comes the Sun. We are to make summery cards. Ice cream is sooooo yummy on a hot summer day! Can't you tell I love ice cream too?

Challenges entered:

Joan's Gardens For a Child
House Mouse Here Comes the Sun

Monday, June 11, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Bubble Wrap Brayering

Technique Tuesday is upon us again! I hope your enjoyed your weekend.  This technique is called "bubble wrap brayering" and it goes real well with a new stamp set of wild cats that Sparkle N Sprinkle just released.

  1. brayer
  2. bubble wrap
  3. white, dark and light brown, gold acrylic paints
  4. cream or white cardstock
Start with the darkest brown paint and swipe on the color in an up and down motion on the cardstock using a brush. I used paint that have felt nibs on them. The nibs were a little clogged and I liked the effect because the paint did not come out heavy and left some splotches in places. If using a brush, brush lightly and sparingly.

Add the lighter brown paint and then the gold.

Let dry. It dries quickly, but while it is drying add your bubble wrap to your brayer. You will want to use an old brayer because you will probably get some paint on it.  I used glue dots on each end of the bubble wrap. I stuck one end on and then rolled it until the other end met and then stuck that end on.

Pour some white paint onto a paper plate, roll the brayer lightly through the paint. You may want to roll it lightly on some scrap paper first and then roll it over one side of your painted cardstock. You do not want the white paint to be too thick.

Let dry and then stamp your image on the white area using permanent ink.

Here are some more samples that I did using other paint colors.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you give this a try. Have a good day and a wonderful week!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used
  1. Wild Cats set 466

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Inspiration Challenge

Hi! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. We have a rainy Sunday here, so I am working on some challenges. The challenge at Magnolia-liciuos is an inspiration challenge. We are to get inspiration from this picture.

Don't you just love the shimmery colors?  I decided to use pink, green and blue on my tag. I added glitter
to the roses and leaves and flowers on the cardstock and also on Tilda's petticoat. I colored Tilda with Spectrum markers. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a good week ahead.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

By The Sea

Hello. I am glad you stopped by. I am entering this card in the Impression Obsession challenge, "By The Sea." I used several of the IO stamps -- New England Lighthouse G1286, Cover-a-card Clouds CC091 and Cover-a-card Distress CR013. I also used new products that really add a lot to a card. They are called Mudd Puddles and I used the sand and shells. You apply them with a palette knife and let them dry. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Punching in Circles

It is time for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday again! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I saw this punch technique recently and I just had to try it. It seems that I am always looking for a different circle frame.  I only have a few circle frame die cuts, so here is a way to customize your own by using corner punches.

Start with a circle. I used a 4 inch circle die. I am using mostly Martha Stewart corner punches. Remember to open out the wings of these punches before you begin.

As you see I have turned the punch upside down in order to see where I am punching. Go into the circle and put the punch right on the edge of the circle making sure you are not off the edge and punch.

To make the next punch, line up the left corner of the punch to the right corner of what you just punched and also make sure the punch is on the edge again. So from now on remember corner and edge as you go around. Not all of the punches will make a perfect complete circle, but you can always add some kind of embellishment over it so no one will notice. This punch just happened to turn out great.

Here are some more that I punched. Just keep trying to see which ones will work well.

Now as you can see this one really looks wacky,  but I still used it because it looked like a tree to me.

And this is the card I made with it.

I also tried using a punch of a different brand ( EK Success ) and this is how it turned out. I will still use it and cover up the blank area.

When you get going on these it is a lot of fun to see how many nice frames you can make, and they look so different from all the other dies that are out there. I hope you have fun making these. Thanks for stopping by!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Zendoodle Rainbow birds
  2. Daisy 0464-115G
  3. Black embossing powder
  4. Lemonade glitter
  5. Shamrock glitter
  6. Bubblegum glitter

Sunday, June 3, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 -- June

Hi Everyone! It is a beautiful Sunday here. I have been doing some more stamping and I am entering this tag in Tim Holtz's June tag challenge. He is demonstrating how to color on old black and white photos. I always love techniques and this is something I have not done before. What a neat technique! Thanks you for stopping by today. I hope you have a good week ahead.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

For The Birds

Hello! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It is a beautiful and cooler day here today. I have the windows open to let in fresh air. The cats are loving it -- hearing all the birds and sounds outside! I have been on a roll doing challenges lately. This card is for Joan's Gardens "For The Birds" challenge. Birds are my favorite theme for stamping. I used Caliope Hummingbird from Sparkle N Sprinkle. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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