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, August 30, 2012

Stamping Gear Demo

Hi! I hope you are having a good day. I got the new tool from Inkadinkado called Stamping Gear! I have had so much fun playing with it. There are so many different looks that you can get by using it in different ways. I hope you enjoy the demo. Stamping Gear is a set of gears (thus the name) where you place a stamp tool in the grooves to make beautiful frames for your cards and scrapbooks. I bought the small kit that includes the small gear and the four stamps and then purchased the two large gears.

I will start with the smallest gear and use one of the Inka stamps to show you how this generally works. You can see little brown arrows around each gear. They are actually cut out, but the brown paper makes them show up better. Just place the stamp on the tool, ink the stamp and place the tool into each groove that has an arrow, inking before you stamp each time. Keep going around the whole gear and you will make a neat frame.

You will get a different look by changing the position of the stamp on the tool like I did here. And this time I just made an arch and did not go all away around the gear.

Another neat thing about this tool is that you can also use the stamps you already have as long as they have a cushion. I will be using several stamps that I have from Sparkle N Sprinkle. The first stamp is a leaf from the Autumn Swirl set 410. I am using the big round circle gear on the inside because this is more for the size of a card. You can use the outside of the gear for a scrapbook page. I positioned my leaf a little further down the stamp tool to start with and stamped around the gear using every other groove.

Then I placed my leaf a little higher and turned it a little and stamped again around the gear using every other groove and using a different color.

Lastly I placed my stamp up even higher and turned it again. I used purple and stamped in every fourth groove this time.

Now how cool is that? Now I am using a flower from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Brocade Backgrounds set 398. I think this looks like a Christmas frame. I placed my stamp one way and then another to get two different looks using the oval gear inside. I stamped in every other groove.

Then I stamped in every fourth groove to get this look.

I hope you enjoyed the demo! There are endless possibilities with this! I know I will discover more as I play with this fun tool! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

May Your Day Bloom With Delight!

First of all if you are looking for the blog candy winner, please scroll down to the post below. May your day bloom with delight! Don't you just love this saying? We are having a lot of rain because of Isaac, but this rain will surely help things bloom! We still have a good several months for flowers to bloom here in the South. I am entering this card into two challenges. At Joan's Gardens the challenge is to have a framed lattice, a bird, any flowers and a vertical greeting on our card. Birds and flowers are my favorite card themes. At Stampin' Sisters in Christ they want to see punches, dies or shapes of any kind. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a good week!


Blog Candy Winner

Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a good week. I would like to thank all of those who stopped by to tell me your pet stories on Sunday and Monday. I really enjoyed them! Pets sure make our lives interesting! Now for the Blog Candy winner! It is ----


She has a great story about one of her dogs who is blind that has a seeing eye dog!

Stephanie, please email me at stampwillydesigns@yahoo.com with your contact info so that I can get your blog candy to you ASAP!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- UTE Cosmos

Welcome back to Technique Tuesday. I am showing a technique that Peggy showed us in our local stamp club meeting earlier this month. These backgrounds are really neat.
                                                     Sparkle N Sprinkle 

Supplies needed:
  1. medium colors of cardstock
  2. Versa Mark ink pad
  3. 3 colors embossing powder -- I used Silver Detail, Cerulean Star and Log Cabin
  4. ultra thick embossing powder -- mine is a pearl, but you can use clear
  5. heat gun
  6. black Sharpie pen (optional)
  7. black permanent ink pad

First pat the Versa mark ink all over your cardstock.

Now add pinches of the embossing powders and sprinkle them over the cardstock, sprinkling each color one at a time. You do not need much.  Heat set the embossing powders.

Take your Versa Mark pad again and tap it all over the cardstock.  Sprinkle on some ultra thick embossing powder and heat set.

Now you have a pearly, textured background.  Now stamp a solid image onto the background using permanent black ink. If you want you may color in some areas that didn't stamp well with a black Sharpie pen. I wanted the ducks and umbrella to look like they were being rained on,  so I did not use the pen to color in areas.  It depends on the look you want.
Here are some other backgrounds that I made using this technique.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy trying this background technique. Have a great week!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Cerulean Star embossing powder
  2. Log Cabin embossing powder
  3. Silver Detail embossing powder
  4. Swirl Ducks
  5. Swirl Umbrella

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Celebration and Blog Candy

Hello! Today and tomorrow ( Sunday Aug. 26 & Monday Aug. 27 ) I am celebrating passing 100 followers and having my blog for two years by giving away this blog candy. I want to thank everyone for your support and for the wonderful comments I have received from you. It has been really fun for me. I was not very computer savvy and boy was this a big step for me. I have learned a lot these past two years!

I have adopted two cats this year. I have never had any indoor pets and these two have been a delight!

Now you are wondering what this has to do with blog candy. Like I said, these two have been so much fun, so I would like for you to leave a cute comment about your pet, your childhood pet or someone else's pet! I would love to hear your stories. Then on Wednesday I will randomly pick a name for the winner of the blog candy! I can't wait to hear what you have to say about your pets! Have a great day!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Win Blog Candy Soon

Whew, this has been a whirlwind week! My son had surgery and had to go back into the hospital. I took him home today and he seems to be doing much better. So I have been care giver, taxi driver and personal shopper for him this week! LOL! I saw that I have passed 100 followers on my blog so this calls for a celebration! Also in June, I had my blog for 2 years. I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. To celebrate I will be giving away some crafting items. Please check back on Sunday, August 26th to see details! The celebration will be open August 26 and 27 and on Wednesday I will announce a winner! I want to thank everyone so much for supporting my blog and following my card crafting. I hope to see you on Sunday!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Shaving Cream

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Technique Tuesday! I am a little behind today. My son had outpatient surgery and had some problems and he had to be put in a hospital room. So the last couple of days have been hectic. We are thankful he is doing fine now. I know a lot of you have seen this technique but you may not have tried it. It is a lot of fun and it makes your cards smell good too! I used this technique in two ways.

    Sparkle N Sprinkle blog

Supplies needed:
  1. foamy shaving cream -- not the gel kind
  2. 2-3 colors re - inkers
  3. toothpick or end of paint brush
  4. white matte cardstock -- also can use glossy
  5. paper plate or tray
  6. small piece of cardboard or old credit card
Spray a glob of shaving cream onto the plate and drop a few drops of re-inkers onto the shaving cream.  I used a magenta and a pink.

Swirl the colors around just a little with a toothpick or the end of a small paint brush.

Next lay your cardstock on top of the shaving cream and pat it down gently with your fingers.

Lift off the cardstock and scrape off the shaving cream with a small piece of cardboard or an old credit card.

I just love the pretty swirls this makes! I wanted to make the ice cream on this cone look like strawberry swirl, so I stamped the ice cream cone onto the shaving cream cardstock, cut out the ice cream section and pop dotted it onto the cone.

Here are a few more samples of other colors I used.

Here is another card I made using red and green for Christmas.  I used this as a background on this card!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy playing! Have a great day.


Sparkle N Sprinkle Supplies :
  1. Ear Muff Pengie
  2. Holly Pengie
  3. Lady Luck glitter
  4. Ice Cream Cone
  5. Starfire glitter

Thursday, August 16, 2012

All White Christmas

Hi! I have had Fall and Winter on my mind these days. It has been a little cooler here this week, but I am looking forward in a change of seasons. This card has put me in the mood. At Joan's Gardens the challenge this week is to make an all white Christmas card and use something from nature and add glitter. I love all white cards. I have not made one in a long time, so I certainly enjoyed making this one. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Double Trouble

Hello! I hope you are having a good day. I just love the House Mouse stamps and when I saw what the challenge was this week I couldn't wait to use one of my new House Mouse stamps! The challenge is Double Trouble. These mice are getting into cute trouble! LOL! We are to use a House Mouse Stamp that has 2 or more of the House Mouse friends. Thank you for stopping by. I hope the rest of your week goes well.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Washi Tape

Hi Everyone! Welcome once again to Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday. This is a little late today because of my computer problems, but I am good to go now. Today I am showing some ways to use the wonderful washi tapes that are popular now. See how you can make a calico cat with them. I really had fun playing with these. I hope you do too. 

First I laid down different tapes in a row.

Then I stamped the cat on top of the tape, embossed with black embossing powder and cut him out.

Here is the card I made with my Calico cat!

Here are some other samples using the washi tapes.

On this piece I lined up my tape and then used a die to cut out a shape.

I know you will have fun making your own designs with washi tapes. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Goofy Lg. 1210-232G
  2. Black Detail embossing powder EP171

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bold and Bright Birthday

Hi Everyone! I hope you have had a good weekend! I and entering this card into two challenges -- Basic Grey's Bold and Bright challenge and For Fun Challenges -- Birthday. I am always in need of birthday cards, so this was a good challenge for me.  I used the cover sheet for Basic Grey's Green at Heart paper package. The colors were bold and bright. Just right for the challenge! Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Friday, August 10, 2012

August Tag of 2012

Hi Everyone! I want to show you the tag I made for Tim Holtz's August tag challenge. You can see his demo here. I really enjoyed making this tag and the flowers. Flowers are one of my favorite embellishments. I used aqua acrylic paint on the embossed areas. My TIP is this -- I dyed seam binding using Distress inks for my ribbons. This way you can have ribbon colors to match your project. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Challenges entered:

Monday, August 6, 2012

Technique Tuesday -- Floating Chalks

Technique Tuesday at Sparkle N Sprinkle .

Hi Everyone! I just got back from Stamp Away and I got to meet Barbara, one of our wonderful designers here at Sparkle N Sprinkle! It was fun being able to chat over dinner.  Marie and I had a great time at the show.  It is Technique Tuesday again and I am showing a technique that I did years ago and just fell in love with it all over again! I hope you enjoy this one.  I ended up making many backgrounds with this technique.

Supplies needed:
  1. chalks  ( I used Stampin' Up)
  2. pan for water
  3. pallet knife or other tool to scrape off chalk pieces
  4. white or cream cardstock
  5. matte spray sealer
It does make a difference which chalks you use. At first I tried Craft-T Chalks and they were too fine and fell to the bottom of the pan too fast. I then tried the Stampin" Up chalks and got good results.  First fill a pan with water, then use the pallet knife to scrape off  2-3 colors of chalk. I did this right over the pan of water.

Now take your cardstock and lay it on top the water and chalk. You might want to lightly move the cardstock around. Then lift up the cardstock and let it dry. You will have a beautiful background! The pieces of chalk will sink to the bottom and you can continue to try other colors using the same water.

I had a fun time trying different color combinations. Here are a few.

I had a fun time trying different color combinations! Here are a few.

After your background is dry, seal it with matte sealing spray. The chalks will rub off if you don't. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful week!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Chickadees

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