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, February 28, 2013

Anything Goes -- With Glitter

Hi and welcome to my blog! Today I want to show you a card I made for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Anything Goes -- With Glitter challenge. The challenge is to use any color of glitter on a card. I hope you will join us in this fun challenge to be eligible to win a stamp set of your choice. If you use a Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp you will receive a digital stamp! I can't wait to see what you create. Easter is right around the corner so I decided to make an Easter card with these cute little chicks. Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day is a good one!

Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Stained Leaves

Hi and welcome to my blog! A couple of weekends ago I went on a fun stamping retreat where I worked on some challenges on a stamping board. This was one submission where we were supposed to to use the "kissing" stamping technique. You can see the technique on the leaves underneath. I wanted a shadow effect so I fussy cut the leaves again and used Distress Stains to color them. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Technique Tuesday -- Sticky Ribbon

Welcome back once again to Sparkle n Sprinkle Technique Tuesday.  Today I want to show you a cute way to use sticky ribbon.

Supplies :
  1. light card stock -- I used yellow with a light polka dot pattern
  2. bright sticky ribbon
  3. scissors
  4. purple ink
  5. sponge
  6. Oh Hoppy Day stamp
  7. Black detail embossing powder EP171
  8. Versa Mark ink
  9. circle punch
  10. white card stock
Cut a strip of green for the flower stem and stick to card.

Cut a leaf shape out of the green sticky ribbon and adhere beside the stem.

Start cutting strips from the different colors of ribbon to build the flower.

Stamp the saying on white card stock using Versa Mark ink. Add black embossing powder and heat. Punch out saying with circle punch and ink edges with purple ink. Pop dot to the center of the flower.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have fun making your own flower. Hopefully this will inspire you to make some Easter cards. It is right around the corner!


Other Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. Happy Bunny 3435-426B
  2. Cloud Nine glitter GM2000
  3. Tulip Easter Border 3434-426G
  4. Jasper Blue velvet glitter GM2012
  5. Purple Potion Velvet glitter GM2001
  6. Lemonade glitter G1091

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Thank You Berry Much

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am happy you stopped by today. I want to share a card I made with a new stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Sweet Strawberries. I love strawberries and I can't wait for strawberry season to start in a few months! We live very close to a farm where we can go pick some! Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Technique Tuesday -- Diamond Pop Out Fold

Hi Everyone! Welcome back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Technique Tuesday! I hope you are having a good day. I have had a wonderful weekend! I went on a stamping retreat for four days with Marie ( one of our SNS designers ) and other stamping pals! We stamped, played games, ate and had a great time. We even had a surprise snowstorm for a couple of hours. It was beautiful seeing the snow come down.
Today I am showing how to make a diamond pop out card. This card is fun for all ages. I decided to make mine a male card.

  1. patterned paper or plain to stamp or decorate
  2. score pad
  3. embellishments ( optional )
  4. saying stamp
I made a 5 "x 5"  card base. If you are making a card this size then cut your patterned paper 6" x 6".

You will need to score down the middle of this at 3 inches. Turn and score down the middle again at 3 inches and then score one diagonal as shown.

Next fold it up like this. This is hard to explain, but hopefully you can see the idea by the picture.

Adhere the top and bottom flaps inside the card like this.  Stamp saying and embellish.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:
  1. 1914 Chevy Royal Mail Roadster 1335-285E
  2. Classic Birthday 1353-285B
  3. Amber Wheat Flocking FL116
  4. Black embossing powder EP170

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop Winners!

I hope you enjoyed our Monochromatic blog hop and that you found some fun ideas!
Our next blog hop is scheduled for March 14-15
and the theme will be
My Favorite Technique
It should be another fun filled hop jam packed
with lots of fabulous ideas…..
Hope you’ll hop along with us again –
stay tuned for more info on that later.

The following hoppers have won prizes!!!
Please contact me  at    brenda@sparklensprinkle.com
I’ll need your name, address, phone contact and prize selection
no later than Sunday, Feb. 24th.
A stamp set of your choice on cling cushion
A Stampette set of your choice on cling cushion
1st PLACE – hidden on Cammy’s Blog
Your choice of 2 Velvet Glitters
2nd Place – hidden on Keri Brown’s blog
Your choice of 3 small embossing powders
3rd Place – hidden on Marie Berquist’s blog
Your choice of 3 small glitters
Your choice of any 3 digital images
Congratulations to all who hopped with us – your kind comments
are always appreciated by the designers.
Hop by us again soon!
Thanks for joining us! I hope you will be back for our March blog hop! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle Monochromatic Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Monochromatic blog hop which goes from Feb. 14th through Feb. 15th.  The hop starts with me so you are in the right place! Please hop to each designer's blog to leave a comment to be eligible for some great prizes! I love going outside my box to make a project in the monochromatic style. I especially love doing all white cards and that is what I have done for this card. I made this card so that it can be used as a Valentine, Anniversary, or Bridal card. You can see how to make this card here.

Sparkle N Sprinkle supplies used:

Thanks for stopping by. Now hop on over to the wonderful and talented Barbara's blog! Have fun!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi Everyone and Happy Valentine's Day! It is just around the corner. I hope your day will be a great one. I used a new set at Sparkle N Sprinkle called Sweet Strawberries on this Valentine card today. I love these chocolate covered strawberries and I LOVE chocolate covered strawberries period -- especially the dark chocolate ones! LOL! Maybe we will have some for Valentine's Day. To make the chocolate look on these strawberries, I used Diamond Glaze. You can see some shininess on one of the strawberries on the right. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Technique Tuesday -- Frosted Vellum

Hi Everyone! It is Technique Tuesday time once again at Sparkle n Sprinkle! I hope you are having a good day. I want to share a valentine card I made using the frosted vellum technique. I love this because I think it gives a card an elegant look.

  1. pink and white card stock
  2. heavy vellum
  3. Spellbinders Beaded oval die
  4. paint brush or score tool with large and small head
  5. white gel pen
  6. decorative stamp
Take the die and use it to cut from the pink card stock and the heavy vellum.  Make sure to keep the vellum in the die for the next step.

Take the score tool with a large head or the end of a paint brush and press into the beaded parts around the die. Do not press too hard or the vellum will tear.

Now use the white gel pen to color in the beaded areas. This makes them show up more on the front.

Take the next smaller size oval die and lay it in the middle of the vellum and trace around the oval with the small head of your score tool.

Carefully take vellum out of die.  Stamp your decorative stamp on a piece of white card stock or paper. I used the Apple Blossoms stamp 3164-399G.

Place the vellum ( with the  back side still down ) over the stamped image and go around the edge between the beaded area and the scored line and rub over the stamped image ( using the score tool ) to get a design. I rubbed inside the petals on the flower to make a dotted design on my vellum piece, but you can use any stamp design of your choice.

Turn the vellum over and place on top of the pink die cut you made in the beginning.  Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this will inspire you to make this for one of your valentine cards. Have a super day!


Other SNS supplies used:
  1. Fancy Butterfly 3546-437G
  2. Like a Butterfly 3545-437A
  3. Black Detail embossing powder EP171
  4. Gypsy Red Velvet glitter GM2005
  5. Lemonade glitter G1091
  6. Bubblegum glitter G1088

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Non Typical Valentine!

Hi Everyone! I want to show you a card I made that is a non typical Valentine -- non typical in color that is. It was fun making a Valentine that was not red and pink! I used paper from the Basic Grey pad Motifica. I added some interest by stamping a flower on the left edge and bottom right of the paper. The sentiment is from the Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp set -- My Rose Garden. There are a lot of  favorite items on my card. They include the flower, bow and swirls. It seems that I use these a lot! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a good weekend. It is warm and beautiful here.

Joan's Gardens -- Blue, Green and White
Basic Grey --Your Favorite
Cuttlebug Spot -- Love is in the Air

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Hi Everyone! It is wet and cold today -- 23 degrees lower than yesterday! What a jolt to the body! Anyway, I want to share a card I made that might put us in the mood for warmer weather. I used the new stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Serena. I just love that name. It goes so well with this beautiful mermaid. This stamp is also digital. I had so much fun making this card and using pretty glitters on her. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your day is a good one!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Technique Tuesday -- Embossed Resist + Dies

Hello Everyone! Welcome to Technique Tuesday at Sparkle N Sprinkle! Valentine's day is right around the corner. Have you made any valentine cards yet? If not,  maybe this will inspire you to get started!  I want to share with you a Valentine card I made with the embossed resist technique using dies.

  1. white card stock
  2. heart dies
  3. Velvet Sparkle embossing powder EP437
  4. Versa Mark ink pad 99702
  5. heat gun
  6. blue and red ink
  7. sponge applicator
  8. paper towel
I used the Brocade Border stamp from the Brocade Backgrounds set 398. Stamp this across your white card stock with Versa Mark ink  and add the embossing powder and heat set.

Keep doing this until the whole card is embossed.

The next step is to use your heart dies to cut hearts out of the card stock you just embossed.  Here I used the scalloped heart and the smaller heart to cut with.  You will see on the finished card that I laid the smaller heart in the scalloped heart area and formed a white space around the smaller heart on the card. I also did this with the little heart at the top.

I cut a smaller heart at the top of the card.

Now take your sponge applicator and sponge on the blue ink over the whole card.

As you see the embossing powder is showing through as a resist. When you finish, use a paper towel to buff over the card to get any excess ink off the embossed areas.

Now sponge red ink on the hearts and buff with a paper towel.

All you have to do now is to put your card together. I did not like the open cut out on the little heart at the top, so I covered it up with the bird and buttons. I hope you enjoy doing this technique. I will be showing another Valentine card I made with a different technique next Tuesday. I hope to see you back again! Have a wonderful day!


Other SNS  supplies used:
  1. Love & Happiness 3218-402B
  2. Birds -- Zendoodle Rainbow set 462

Saturday, February 2, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 -- February

Hi Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I want to share the tag I made for Tim Holtz's February tag challenge. You can see his demo by clicking here. I always enjoy trying out Tim's different stamping techniques. The rose stamp is courtesy of Sparkle N Sprinkle. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Also entered into Joan's Gardens challenge -- Vintage

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