Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sparkle N Sprinkle Magical Winter Moments Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Magical Winter Moments Blog Hop.  It is hard to believe that Christmas is around the corner and, if you are like me, it sneaks up too soon and you are rushing to finish up those Christmas cards and get them in the mail.  Well, grab a mug of hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course), wrap up in a warm blanket, and get ready for some awesome inspiration to get you started.

If you came here from Dawn Thomas’ fantastic blog, you are in the right place.  If not, you might want to start at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog to get all the details and a complete list of Design Team blogs to visit. 

The hop runs from 5:00 am, Thursday, September 22nd through Friday, September 23rdSparkle N Sprinkle will be giving away a stamp set of the winner’s choice as the Grand Prize.  However, you will also have a chance to win one of 3 mystery prizes so make sure you leave a comment at each stop for a chance to win.  All winners will be revealed between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 24th, so make sure you check back to see if you are one of the randomly selected, lucky winners.


For my first card I decided to create a winter scene using a side step card.  The main image is Noele’s Tree and the sentiment is Snow PeaceSparkle N Sprinkle is now selling cut files for their stamps so I cut out Noele’s Tree using the new Tis The Season Cut File.  This was so much quicker than hand cutting, which was a good thing since all the individual trees on the side steps were hand cut. 


I tucked them behind sparkly “drifts” of snow surrounding the sentiment.  For details and complete instructions how to make this card, check out the SNS Gallery here.



This hop would not be complete without ornaments so I also created a magical shaker ornament.  I used Spellbinders’ Heirloom Ornament dies to cut chipboard, decorative paper, and Clear Embossable Acetate.


I used Winter White Embossing Powder and Snow Flurries border to add snowflakes and swirls to the decorative paper and then layered all of this to create the ornament.





Inside the shaker card I used Spellbinders Labels Thirteen, Candy Cane Pengie image, and some fluffy Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft “snow”. 

Then on the back I used the Snow Cheer sentiment.  I added snowflakes covered with Starfire Glitter and ribbon.  You can find all the details here.

All the images and sentiments I used can be purchased separately or included in the new Stamp Set 438 - Playful Pengies or the new Stamp Set 439 - Tis The Season.  You can also purchase the cut files CE101 Tis The Season and CE102 Playful Pengies that coordinate with these stamp sets.  Don’t forget that all of the SNS Christmas, Chanukah, Winter, Christian, Jewish, Sympathy and Lisa Hillaker artist stamps on special - 15% off – through the end of the month.  To view all their specials, including stamps, glitters, EPs, and other fine SNS products, just click here

Now it is time to hop to Sandy Meier’s sparkling blog.  Add more marshmallows (they’re the best part) and head over to see what she has waiting for you.  Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

E. Marie

The Side Step Card has been entered in the following challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #129 – Just Saying (some sort of sentiment/words)
Catch The Bug Challenge – Create a Scene
Clearly Inspired Challenge #36 (CIC36) – Glitter
Crafts and Me Challenge #53 – Stripes
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #85 – Lots of Layers
Everybody Art Challenge #160 – Stair Step Card

The Shaker Ornament has been entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Dies to Die For
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #98 – Nothing Square
Corrosive Challenge #133 – Punches and/or dies
DDCC #130 – Monochromatic Challenge
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #112 – Distressing
Ooh-La-La Challenge #89 – Punches/Dies
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #73 – Monochromatic (plus sentiment)

61 comments:

Linda said...

Marie your ornament is grand. I love your first card and the plaid glitter background

Donna said...

Marie, such fantastically colorful projects for the blog hop! Noele's winter stroll through the Christmas Tree Farm is so brightly happy! (Is it Linda's Christmas Tree Farm?) Your shaker ornament is awesome! The photography and write up are equally inspiring. Thank you for creating Winter Magic while it is so hot here in Florida!

Sandra said...

This is beauiful gorgeous images and background truly amazing:) Sandra H

creativearts said...

Great cards! I love what you did with the ornament, very unusual and a great way to dress up the stuffed snowman!

Barbara Bruder said...

Marie, Oh that shaker ornament is super. And your side step card is very pretty a great Christmas scene.

NanaConnie said...

Marie -- Such fantastic projects! Love the ornament and the new Noelle set is fantastic. I'm going to have to get that one! Love all the trees on the step card. Fabulous work!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Wow Marie - that Ornament is just exquisite. The step card is stunning. Great job on both!

Julie Z said...

The ornament is just lovely Marie. And the colors on the side step card are just stunning - so vibrant & rich - just beautiful!

Kim Jaime said...

WOW! The step card is just so much fun to look at. I love the trees scattered throughout. And, your shaker ornament is great!

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Marie! I love it all! The step card is really adorable. Love that background with the glitter plaid. All cutting out all those trees! The ornaments are just beautiful! Does winter and snow just make us all think of snowglobes? I think so.
Cheesy

Anonymous said...

really like your side step card and the ornament.... Noelle in the winter scene has great depth and love the plaid. Very nice job. Pam Beeson

Kristyn C said...

OH my goodness that ornament is amazing!! I just love it. the card is cool too. I've been wanting to try a step card.

Linda Rapacki said...

The ornament card is on my "must try" list! What wonderful creativity!!

Anonymous said...

Marie, your side-step card is very cute. I will try one for Christmas this year. Your shaker ornament is different, too. I love to make my own ornaments. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
Jan Hobbs

Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the ornament! It's stunning!!!!! And such detail on your step card - love them both! Brenda

Kathyk said...

FABULOUS projects, love the dimensional card and baubles

Kathyk

Anonymous said...

wow! the card & ornaments are fab!

dilnazheckman @ hotmail . com

Dianne Potter said...

What a fun step card! It's given me food for thought. Hmmm. Absolutely love the ornament! Thank you for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

It was nice to see more of a 'nature' card! That soft shading really does look like snow drifts and rolling hills ~ very pretty ~ Beth White

Kristin said...

Love the shaker ornament

Anonymous said...

Beautiful colors. And I really like the 3-D look.
Very nice indeed.
Karalee Ingram

Sharon Hiller said...

I really like your card, but you out did your self with the ornament. Really really nice.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card and wonderful ornament. Lucky people on your Christmas list!

NancyA
booknplays@aol.com

Verna Angerhofer said...

What darling and amazingly beautiful Christmas goodies you created. I love the shaker card with the side scene and the elegance of it is wonderful.

Marian Knode said...

What a great step card! The shaker card is incredible.

Joni said...

Your cards are beautiful. I love the ornament card.

McStamper said...

Love your cards. The side-step is just great.

Jann said...

Wow such different styles. I love Noele's card as it is a whole story line.

Who does not like shaker cards which you can tweak every time you walk by (keep away from the cats)

Great designing

Amanda R said...

These are both just wonderful! I love the bright colors on the card and the little trees on the side and that ornament had me staring for a good 5 minutes. I NEED to make some of those!

Stampin' Hands have Happy Hearts said...

Marie, that ornament is outstanding! How creative and fun:)

marjorie said...

I truly can't decide which I like better - the step card or the ornaments! Wow! Very very nice - love the ideas and the colors! Thank you!

Lynne Platt said...

Marie, I love the colors. They are bright and glowy and wintery and just plain gorgeous. The ornament is simply beautiful with the pengie and the shaker addition. Thank you for taking the time to make such beautiful cards and to share them with all of us.

Anonymous said...

Love the ornament!! very clever!
Kasot@aol.com

Denise said...

Great projects! The stairstep is great, and the ornament is so sweet!
DeniseB

Gerlinde said...

These are both fabulous creations! I will definitely be looking up the directions for both! Very colorful and unique!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Much as I love the card, I have to say that the ornament is spectacular.....great work on both.
judystolz@hotmail.com

NWFlamingo said...

Your ornament is wonderful and I love the plaid card! Very nice job.

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Great cards Perfect monochrome card! Thank You so much for joining us at Dutch Dare this week.

Karen L said...

Your projects are so impressive!! I love your step card with the landscape...and that cute plaid background!

Wendi said...

Wow those ornaments are fabulous love your card too
Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week
Wendi

carrie said...

Love your stair step card and the ornaments are wonderful.

Candy Meyers said...

That is a really neat card. Lots of work went into it. And the ornament is adorable. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Candy Meyerd

Anonymous said...

too bad I dont have a cut machine but i do like the snow sceene & girl & ornament

Sandy rustydoc1@yahoo.com

Nikki said...

Wow those are beautiful love your step card with all those trees and that ornament would look just perfect on my xmas tree it's fantastic.
thanks for the inspiration hugs Nikki joining us at Incy this week too :)

SHartl said...

Wow, these projects are just beautiful. I love the way you used the stamps on that step card, and ornaments. You are so talented!

Marianne said...

Beautiful card in stunning colors. Amazing winterwonderland you made and I love how you made the sentiment. Thank you so much for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge this week. Hugs Marianne

Pat K said...

Your cards are great great detail

Joy said...

fabulous, thanks for playing with Bugaboo! Joy DT

Anonymous said...

GREAT!!! I love the shaker ornaments especially. I gotta try these.

thanks a bunch

poochiegrammy@yahoo.com

April said...

I love both your projects1 Way to go! I love the first stamp and your little scene on the step card. Great coloring too! Your ornament is so cute. Fab job, girl!

Hugs, April

Kathy Vogel said...

Your snowman with the candy cane penguin ornament is exquisite.

Tammy Miller said...

This is so adorable, thanks so much for joining our "Make A scene" challenge at Catch the Bug!

Anita Braddock said...

wow I love everything the ornaments very beautiful and the side step card is very cool.
you have outdone yourself with all you have made.
thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

Becky G said...

These are both beautiful! You've created such a lovely scene here with your card! Thanks for joining us in this weeks Create A Scene challenge at Catch The Bug!

:-) Becky

Dawn said...

Marie - I love both the card and the shaker ornament. You have inspired me to create more!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Such beautiful projects!!! Thanks for playing the Bring Back Beautiful Challenge!!!

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Love the card and the ornament is awesome!

Karin said...

Marie your projects are beyond wonderful! The little scene you created for your step card is fabulous!

Anne said...

What a lovely step card and stunning ornament. Thank you for joining in with last week’s Phindy’s Place Challenge, do hope you’ll play again this week!
Hugs
Anne

Mina said...

wow what fabulous creations Marie...stunning work...thanks for joining in with the Crafts and Me challenge this week
Mina xxx

chilli pip said...

Your shaker is wonderful , but have to admit I love the step card it has so much wonderful detail.
Thanks for entering your ornament in the ooh-la-la challenge . Good luck with all the challenges.