Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sparkle N Sprinkle's "It's A Cultural Thing" Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle's "It's A Cultural Thing" blog hop!  This is a celebration of different cultures and customs and we are glad you have joined us.  If you came here from Gerlinde Townsley’s gorgeous blog, you have arrived at the right place.  If you just happened to be visiting my blog, you might want to go back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog and start from the beginning of the hop.  There you will find a complete list of the participating Designers’ blogs that you will want to visit, along with all the details how you can become eligible to win the Grand Prize of a stamp set of your choice.  You may also have the chance to win one of three “surprise” mini prizes. Winners will be announded Saturday, November 12, between 11AM-3PM (Mountain Time).

My first card celebrates the Spanish culture with the use of stamps that Sparkle N Sprinkle has available in sets with sentiments in English or Spanish.  I used the Spanish – Butterfly Stamp Set and the sentiment on the front translates “I Cherish Your Friendship” in English.

This card has been a long time coming.  I actually started it over two months ago and played with a lot of variations until I ended up with what you see.  The front of the card has a window created with a Spellbinders Standard Circle Die that gives you a peak of the inside of the card.  It is surrounded by a frame covered with Green Nugget Glitter. 



When this easel card is opened, the inside is revealed showing the “Batik” design created with Floral Circle and a glittery butterfly created with Floral Butterfly and Bubble Gum, Green Nugget, and Burgandy Glitz glitter. 


The circular window now frames another Floral Butterfly at the back of the easel.  The two inside butterflies were embossed on pink cardstock and the butterfly on the front was embossed on Clear Embossable Acetate.

Full details of this card can be found in the Sparkle N Sprinkle gallery here.

With my next card I wanted to bring out the beauty of the Asian culture. 


I used a Spellbinder die to cut a window out of my top layer which has been dry embossed with a folder and distressed and inked on the edges.  I used the same die, only smaller, to cut out the embossed cream center and then added the sentiment, Have a Fantastic Day!, in black on a Spellbinder Tag die.  I had originally created the window for a fan image but happened to lay the sentiment tag across it and really liked the look.

For the fans I used the Fan 3 image and embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder twice on Clear Embossable Acetate.  Fire Engine Red and Black Ice glitters were added to the back with SNS Brushable Glue and these were popped up on the front.  They look so sparkly and elegant.  Full details can be found here
Just a reminder that all Design Element, Asian, Medallion and Andrea Roberts stamps are on special - 15% off!- until the end of the month.  To view all specials, including stamps, glitters, EPs, and other fine SNS products, just click here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and now you will want to hop on over to Patti White’s wonderful blog to see her cultural creation.  Don’t forget to leave a comments to be in the running for one of our great prizes. 
E. Marie


These cards have been entered in the following challenges:

Gracias
Craft Your Passion Challenge #83 – Anything Goes  + Brown
Dutch Dare Card Challenge #138 - Punches and dies
Flutter By Wednesday Challenge #179 – "Friendship"

Have A Fantastic Day!
Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #114 - Dig in your stash and use one of your oldest stamp sets, one that hasn't seen any use for a long while

41 comments:

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Wow, Marie....you really hung in there with that first card. And it is very beautiful. However my favorite is the sesond one. It feels really elegant to me and I love everything about it. Great job.

Donna Ellis said...

Oh my, Marie! LOVE LOVE LOVE what you have done with the Spanish butterfly! The colors are so vivid in traditional brightness! WOW! The textures in your Fantastic Day card are so lovely! Rich gold and red! Amazing! Thanks for making my "last" blog hop so special! I will miss hopping with you.

Stampin' Hands have Happy Hearts said...

What great sparkly cards...love the easel cards, they display the artwork so well:) Love the detail of the glitter with the EP on the fans!

Barbara Bruder said...

Great projects. My favorite card is the 2nd one. Love the way it looks with those colors and the fans and that great background.

Linda said...

Marie Gracias for the Spanish card love the colors. Love the colors on the second card too. Great cards!

Shona Erlenborn said...

The embossed and glittered fans do it for me Marie. Just exquisite! I guess I need to take a shot at an easel card - how much fun is that?

Karin said...

I love the window with the butterfly on the first card...And it's so bright and cheerful! Love the glittery goodness of it :) The second card with the gold and red is just so striking! Beautiful job!

creativearts said...

Wow! Love your cards and all of that glitter really sparkles! Great projects, Marie.

Anonymous said...

So much texture - so much glitter - so much glamour!!! What a great job.......... Brenda

April said...

Marie, I love the easel card with its window. You did a great job with the fans on your second one. Way to go, girl!

Hugs

Karalee Ingram said...

Just beautiful. Love all the sparkle.

Sandra said...

Wow, just so amazing:) Sandra H

Anita Braddock said...

OMG this is beautiful. Love Love both cards iam a Butterfly person and love the colors you used and love glitter works perfect for butterflies. love the Fans your color chies ir great gold and orange goes well togeather. love the sentament Beautiful job on all. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Love the colors used in your first card - so very applicable to the Spanish culture and the pretty fans on your second card really set it off - thanks for sharing.

karenajo

Barbara said...

Two lovely cards! I love the way the easel card works with the hole showcasing the flower and butterfly. What a neat idea! The asian card is also beautiful and elegant. Thank you for sharing!

Gerlinde said...

Beautiful cards, Marie! Love all the surprise elements on the first one. The acetate fans have so much depth to them. Gorgeous!

NanaConnie said...

Love, love, love all the glitter and sparkle, Marie! Great paper choices on both cards. Love all the details.

NWFlamingo said...

Really like card two. All the elements work so well together.

Gina R said...

I love both cards very much but my favorite is the first one . The second one is very beautiful also.

Amanda R said...

What diverse cards! Neat idea with the little window and I love the gold and red embossing on the second one!

Frann said...

How clever you were to make one window frame two different images on your easel card! Great colors and textures on the second card.

Jann said...

It was a great change to see the Spanish cards. I like how you had the cut out circles to give another fun layer. The oriental fans are awesome and I want to know why I can never find images for my paper like you did. The fans pop with the layers and the colors came out bright and sparkly

Charlene said...

Love the bright colors on the first card that are so very Latin and the second is just plain elegant!

TerryH said...

How pretty and elegant!

Hopemore Studio said...

Very pretty, I'm a big fan of easel cards!

Anonymous said...

Love the easel card's use of one window to spotlight 2 images. Great idea!

The Asian card is stunning. Love those fans!

birdibrost@hotmail.com said...

Well,look at these cards, love the Spanish butterfly card, again very nice.

Anonymous said...

the butterfly easel card ,7 THE 2 OTHERES WERE BEAUTIFUL ( MY OLD EYES COULD NOT READ THE WHITE AGAINST THE YELLOW ON YOUR BLOG) SO i CANT COMMENT FURTHER sANDY RUSTYDOC1@YAHOO.COM

Kathy Vogel said...

The gold & red fans on your second card are especially lovely. Butterflies & glitter are two of my favorite things so really like your first card.

happy said...

I really like the window card. I'll have to try that. The glitter on your cards make them pop.

Dawn said...

I love the two different styles. They are both so different with great color combinations.

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

Both cards are great! Love all that sparkle! Love the window effect in both of them too! Thank You so much for joining our punch and die-cut challenge at Dutch Dare this week!

Anonymous said...

Both cards are very beautiful. I really like the colors on the first card and the fans on the second.

Denise B.

Aileen said...

I loved your cards. The Hispanic card had the feel of Latin America to me. I loved those glittery fans, which were, indeed, elegant. I really do not know which card I liked the best. Both were great.

Julie Z said...

Love that you brought the Spanish flair to the hop! But I think the Asian one is my favorite though! I almost did the exact same thing - doing glittered acetate for the fans. Mine are still on my "to do" list - lol! Yours turned out SO pretty, I'm definitely going to have to do that yet! And it's such a beautiful card overall - all the elements complement each other so perfectly! Thanks for the inspiration Marie!

Anna said...

Wonderful card! You have so many perfect details, and combined so many challenges. Thank you for sharing with us at Flutter By Wed.

Kendra said...

Love how these two cards are bright and sparkly! Thanks for joining us at Totally Stampalicious!

Kerry said...

Fantastic cards. Thank you for joining us at the Cuttlebug Spot this week.

Emma H said...

Your cards are all gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with Craft Your Passion this week!

Dot said...

Lovely cards you are sharing. Thank you for joining our 'punch time' challenge at DDCC.
hugs Dorte,x

Cath said...

Hey Marie! Thanks for linking this up to the Celebrating Relationships Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)