Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy 90th Birthday, Dad

This week is my father’s 90th birthday.  He has seen so much in those 90 years and touched so many lives.  He has been a minister most of his life, trying to help others, and I am grateful for all he has taught me.  I thought I would share the card I have made for him.

One of his favorite things to do is go camping.  We did this all our lives - can you imagine having 6 children camping in a tent?  I loved to go fishing with him and remember sitting by the lake together as the sun set, hoping for one more bite.  Then it was off to roast marshmallows over the open fire.  Yum!

I based this card off of those memories.  I created a sunset scene on a square of white cardstock, sponging various Distress Inks around a paper circle.  Keeping the circle in place, I stamped the background with Impression Obsessions Cover-a-Card, Gradation (CC015 ), from top to bottom in grey and from side to side with black (stamped once on scrap paper first so not so dark).  After removing the paper circle and adding some yellow ink, I stamped it a third time on the top third of the card with Versamark ink and covered this with Dandy Dandelion Embossing Powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I brushed some of it off before heat setting, giving a soft sparkle.   Lightening bugs?

I added the lovely tree silhouette using IO’s Cover a Card, Pine Trees (CC101), and black ink.  The “Enjoy” is from IO’s EnjoyYour Day stamp (B5501).  Distressed the edges and sponged them with dark blue ink, then layered on black.  This was layered on a white square that distressed and inked with the same Distress Inks I used on the main background so they would coordinate.  All of this was adhered to a black card base.

For the final touch I added some die cuts to give the hint of being by water.  I used Impression Obsessions Cattails die (DIE087-P), die cutting from white cardstock and coloring with distress inks.  The cattail stems were darker but lightened as they dried, but I decided to just leave them.  I added some flocking to the cattails and a little glitter on the dragonfly wings.  Great birthday card and perfect for the current challenge at Impression Obsession – Beautiful Stamped Backgrounds.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

E. Marie

Products used:
Impression Obsession:
Sparkle N Sprinkle:
        SNS Brushable Glue (540)
        Mustard Seed
        Spiced Marmalade
        Ripe Persimmon
        Barn Door
        Stormy Sky
        Stormy Sky
        Bundled Sage
        Evergreen Bough
        Tuxedo Black
        London Fog
        Paris Dusk

This card was entered in the following challenges:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sparkle N Sprinkle September 1st Reveal

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's September 1 Reveal.

Can you believe it is already September?  This month SIX new stamp sets are being introduced and these sets will be 20% off their regular price, until September 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image.
The Magic of the Season, set #653 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Autumn Splendor #651   (Digi version - DIGI651)
Farm Sweet Farm #652  (Digi version - DIGI652)
Magic of the Season #653  (Digi version - DIGI653)
Thanksgiving Friends #656  (Digi version - DIGI656)
Bountiful Blessings #658  (Digi version - DIGI658)
Sweet Holiday #655  (Digi version - DIGI659)

On Sept 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive their choice of:

1) all SIX of the new rubber stamp sets
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets.

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on Sept 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

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

Don't forget to leave a comment with each Designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  We love reading your comments and hope we have inspired you as well.  If you absolutely can not leave a comment for some reason, please email with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

Also, don’t forget about the new SNS Creative Challenges which also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. 

My reveal card uses the new Magic Of The Season set.  I live in the south so I don’t see as much snow as I did when growing up in Minnesota.  It was always so exciting to see the snow coming down and we always had the hopeful suspense waiting to see if school would be closed so we could bundle up and go build a snowman.  That was what came to mind when I saw this sweet set and decided to try to show this on my card.

I started with a decorative piece of cardstock and ran it through a snowflake embossing folder.  I sponged the raised snowflake with Versamagic White Cloud ink and heat embossed with Winter White embossing powder.  I tore a piece of white cardstock and covered with Versamark Ink and Winter White embossing powder, heat set, and added to the bottom.  This was all popped up on a piece of red cardstock with Firecracker Red embossing powder added to the edges, using the Distressed Embossing Powder Technique, and a white card base.

The magical hat was heat embossed with Midnight Madness embossing powder, colored with Copic markers, and fussy cut.  Firecracker Red embossing powder was added to the little berries, Sparkle embossing powder to the jingle bell, and Winter White embossing powder underneath and on top of the hat and bell.  I purposely did not use my Embossing Buddy so small amounts of the Winter White would adhere to various areas of the hat and I heat set from underneath so they would stay in place.  I popped this up on top of the “snowdrift”.

The rest of the snowman was created with three sizes of circles, die cut with Spellbinder dies.  After embossing the sentiment on the medium sized circle, I covered all three with Versamark Ink and Sparkle embossing powder, heat set, and popped them up on the card front.  For embellishments I added some plaid ribbon to look like a scarf, and added Mon Ami Gabbi Rhinestone Strips at the top and bottom of the card front.

Love the feel of winter, even if it is over 90 degrees outside.  You can find detailed instructions for this card in the SNS gallery here.

We hope you enjoy the New Reveals as much as we do!
Wonder which Designer contains the Grand Prize this month?

E. Marie