Monday, November 16, 2015

Embossed Christmas Stocking

E. Marie here to share a quick, easy Christmas card that still looks elegant.  Some people work all year on their Christmas cards, making each one different.  Others, like me, tend to start closer to Christmas and make multiples of a few select designs.  In that case you usually want something fairly quick to put together but looks like it took longer.

This card uses the Stamptangle Stocking and the Balsam Branch images from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  The stocking is stamped and heat embossed in gold and various sections colored with a red Tombow Marker.  After die cutting with Spellbinders’ Labels Eight, the Balsam Branch is stamped around the edges with Distress Ink.  This is layered on Spellbinders’ Decorative Labels Eight, die cut from gold.  Add some coordinating designer Christmas paper and a few jewels and your done!

Hope this inspires you to get those Christmas cards made.

E. Marie

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How You Live

Where I live there has been nothing but rain for weeks. I definitely needed a little sunshine and today’s card is bright and sunny and features the Chicken Run stamp set.

To create the sunny background, Versamark ink was added directly to the embossing folder and light yellow cardstock was run through. Yellow Spark embossing powder was added and heat set. A Versamarker was run over the raised rays and these were heat embossed with Dandy Dandelion EP.

The rooster image was stamped and embossed with Detail Black EP, die cut with Spellbinders Octagon die, and layered on black. This was layered on a Sue Wilson Designs Carribean Island die, cut from dark yellow cardstock and covered with Versamark ink and Sienna Star EP. When heat set it provides a great sparkly background.

The sentiment was heat embossed with Sienna Star, die cut, and added to the top.

Hope you are having a sunshiny day!

E. Marie

Monday, November 2, 2015

Color Bursts With Stencils

It is so hard to believe that it is already November.  Fall is flying by.  Someone jokingly said that after Halloween we skip to Christmas and that is exactly what I am doing today with the cards I am sharing.


This first card uses the Stamptangle Oak Leaf from Just For Fun. 

The background was created on watercolor paper, using a stencil and Color Bursts.  The stencil was taped over the cardstock, the powders sprinkled in the open areas, and spritzed with water.  After carefully removing the stencil, additional color was splattered on top.  After this has dried, the leaf was stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed on top of the stenciled area.

The sentiment is a portion the Colorful Autumn Greetings from Just For Fun.  It is colored with various Distress Inks and stamped along the bottom.

Now we jump to Christmas but using the same colors and stencil.  After removing the stencil from the first card, it was flipped on top of another piece of watercolor paper and pressed down.  This creates the reverse affect with a little more subtle color.  Just for Fun's Balsam Branch is stamped around the edges after it is dry.

The Joy sentiment, also from Just for Fun, is heat embossed on watercolor paper colored with Color Bursts.  After trimming around the word, it is layered in the center.

This is a fun technique to use with your stencils. 

E. Marie

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sparkle N Sprinkle November Reveal Blog Hop

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 Nov 1 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We have FIVE new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until Nov 3.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  All of the new sets are available on cling mounted rubber or as a digital image. 

The sets are:

Woofie's Birthday 758   (digi version DIGI758)
 Birthday Queen 759   (digi version DIGI759)
Puddles 760   (digi version DIGI760)
Chicken Run 761   (digi version DIGI761)
Splish Splash 762   (digi version DIGI762)

On Nov 3rd, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs listed below. Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.

The Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new stamp sets released this month (or the digi versions, if preferred).

The Blog Hop order this month is:


(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we do.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.
Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month????

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge also begins today.  There are lots of prizes and recognition badges.  Come check out how you can become a SNS Featured Artist as well.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flock.

Have you checked out the SNS YouTube Channel featuring Demo Donna?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques!

I chose to use the Chicken Run set for my card.  I love the rooster silhouette and there are a lot of great sentiments.

The card background was run through an embossing folder and layered on black and the red card base.  A piece of cardstock was covered with Versamark Ink and the new Super Thick Black embossing powder and heated from beneath to create a thick glossy black.  While still hot it was pressed onto the embossing folder, then cut into three strips and added to the card front, lining up with the embossed design.


The sentiment was embossed in White Detail EP on a black oval and popped up on a layer covered with the new Checkers embossing powder.  I love how this mix of colors looks on the card.


The rooster is heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder and die cut with Spellbinders’ Labels 8.  The Checkers embossing powder was sprinkled on top and heated from the bottom.  This was layered on a slightly larger die cut edged with the new Super Thick Black embossing powder.

I think this new stamp set and these new embossing powders make a great combo.

I hope you have enjoyed this reveal hop.  Your last stop is Eret.  Her project is worth the wait!!

E. Marie

I entered this card in the following challenge:
Scrapy Land Challenge #28 – Embossing (heat or dry - PLUS using any brand of die Scrapy Land sells)
Jo’s Scrap Shack Challenge FFC #112 "Anything Goes"
LoveTo Scrap! Challenge LTSCB #64 - Anything Goes!
Eureka Stamps Challenge #164 - Pets & Animals
4 Crafty Chicks Crazy Egg Challenge #270 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Dies And / Or Punches
Ooh La La Challenge Challenge #192 – Embossing
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #207 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Be a Flamingo

Birds are really in right now and the Jefferson and Wilson Stamp Sets features the latest birds from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I used both of these sets for today’s card but our little flamingo is the star.

The flamingo image was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Black Detail Embossing Powder on top of a piece of cardstock already heat embossed with the new Rosa Embossing Powder. A copic marker was used to carefully color the beak and legs and the image was fussy cut.


The background behind the flamingo was created by masking and repeatedly stamping two of the birds from the Wilson set. This was die cut with Spellbinders’ Wonky Rectangle die and Chocolate Sparkle Embossing Powder added to the edges using the Distressed Embossing Technique. This was layered on green, die cut with a larger Wonky Rectangle. A Versamarker was run around the edges and covered with Rosa EP to create the look of another layer.

The sentiment was embossed with Chocolate Sparkle EP and then Rosa EP was added to the "Flamingo" with a glue pen.  This was layered on green die cut with a tag die and added to a pink layer covered with Rosa EP.



To add a tropical flair, pink flowers and green leaves were die cut with Sue Wilson Designs Perfect Peony Open Petals die set. Sparkle EP was added to the flowers, they were all shaped, and arranged on the card front. Pink jewels were added to the centers.

I hope this card made you smile!

E. Marie

I entered this card in the following challenge:
Scrapy Land Challenge #28 – Embossing (heat or dry - PLUS using any brand of die Scrapy Land sells)
As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Brights or Pastels (& why – I love to use brights because they really make a card pop).
LoveTo Scrap! Challenge LTSCB #64 - Anything Goes!