Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle “My Favorite Technique” Blog Hop



Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle “My Favorite Technique” Blog Hop.  I am so excited about this hop because I LOVE techniques!!  I can hardly wait to see what my fellow designers have created.

If you came here from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog you are in the right spot to start this hop!!  If you are just visiting and would like to join the hop, you might want to start back at the SNS Blog to get all the details!!  The hop runs from Thursday, March 14 through Friday, March 15 and the winners will be announced on Saturday, March 16.

Speaking of winners, by completing the hop and leaving a comment for each designer, you will have the chance to win a prize.  The grand prize is a stamp set of your choice and there are also 3 hidden prizes on 3 different designers’ blogs.  The designers don’t even know who has these prizes – it might be me!!

Here is the hop line-up so you know where you are headed:

Marie Berquist (that’s me)

Now, get comfortable and let's get started.

As I said, I love different techniques and certainly couldn’t pick just one favorite so today I will share just two.


This first card uses the EP Cosmos Technique which can be found in the SNS Tips and Techniques.  It uses a variety of embossing powders, including a touch of Super Thick EP.  To avoid making too much of a mess, you might want to do your heating from beneath the card.  I started with a maroon piece of cardstock and added Spiced Cider, Copper, and Sparkle EPs, along with the Super Thick Clear.  It gives such a great look and texture.  I cut out a window with a Spellbinder label die and popped it up over my image from the Chianti set.

I used the window scrap to cut out a smaller die to back my sentiment, Fine Wine.  I found these great wine charms and used them to hang my sentiment tag.  You can find the full detail of this card in the gallery here.




My second card also uses embossing – with powders and with an embossing folder.  I used the new Passion embossing folder and some Antique Gold EP to create another lovely background, this time using the Faux Patina Technique.   



I added a tag created with a Spellbinder label die and colored with a variety of the same distress inks I used on the background.  The floral image is from the new Spring Florals set and was heat embossed with Teddy Brown EP and colored with a Dove Blender and the same distress inks.  The sentiment comes from the same stamp set.






I colored my ribbon and lace to coordinate with the card and added some baby wipe flowers I made (see Flower Making in Tips and Techniques).  Check out the card details here.



I hope you enjoyed these cards and techniques.  Make sure you visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle Tips and Techniques section as it is full of great ideas for your cards.  Now it is time to head to the next stop at Dawn Bennett’s beautiful blog!!  Let’s head on over together to see what she has made using her favorite technique.  Don’t forget to leave a comment before you go so you have a chance for a prize.

Have a fun hop!!

E. Marie



These cards are entered in the following challenges:

Good Friends
Corrosive Challenge #169 – All That Glitters
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C176 – Being Negative
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #162 - 3 Dimensional


Cherish, Live, Dream
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: Challenge: Chic to be Shabby
Anything Goes Challenge 88 - Seeing Double
Crafts and Me Challenge #124 - Ribbons and Lace
Oldie But a Goodie Challenge – Feeling Floral (Lace, Ribbon, and Dies over 6 mo. old)
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge PWC249 – Create Your Own Background Paper
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #145: 3 Embellishments That Start With "B" (Bow and Buds)

63 comments:

Barbara Bruder said...

Marie, Two great techniques and my absolute fav. is the 2nd one. I love how you used the emboss folder and the EP's. Love that addition of the lace and flowers. Beautiful!!

Karalee said...

Marie, both of these are beautiful, but my fave is the wine bottle.

April said...

I love both techniques and your cards are so pretty! Great job, Marie!

Brenda said...

The wine card is totally in your face awesome. It really pops. The contrast with the second card being so soft and feminine is really nice.

Donna Ellis said...

Marie, both of your incredible cards have left me breathless! Such deep, rich colors in your Cosmos card - wow! and a great tip about creating a frame with the cut out. Love the faux patina in your second card - so delicate and feminine - rather romantic, with lovely distressed, springy colors. Thank you for the special inspiration this evening! hugs, de

Jacqueline Smith said...

Fabulous card, love those techniques! Great job!

Shanna Shands said...

Love your ep choices in the first card. Your second is my favorite as I love that vintage look!

Cammy404 said...

Marie,
LOVE-LOVE-LOOOOVE all the colors that you chose. The thick EP was just amazing! :) Love it all. :)

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Both cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Norma said...

Beautiful card, Marie. Love the colour combo. Gorgeous lace.
Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday.
Hugs,
Norma

Chris x said...

Both are beautiful! The lace is a perfect finish and the design of both is fab.
Thank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week.
Hugs
Chris x

Fandhmum said...

What beautiful projects, love both
Rosie x

Jill Jacobsen said...

Great techniques and gorgeous cards Marie. The frills on the second card are wonderful!

Gina said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing the techniques.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Two gorgeous cards Marie. I love the effect you achieved with the rich wine-colored card (the charms are so cute too!) The second is so feminine and delicate.

kren said...

That technique creates a stunning card. TFS!

Anne Temple said...

Two fabulous techniques and two fabulous cards! Love the rich color and textures of the first one and the soft, feminine look of the second one.

mylittlecardstudio.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful card. Love the sentiment and pretty colours. Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week. Good luck. Hugs, Jill x

Pat Garvin said...

Wow that first technique card is stunning.

Carol Jones said...

What fabulous cards! I especially love the faux patina technique. Thanks for sharing!

Rosalinda Cruz said...

Very beautiful cards. So many great techniques. I have never heard of baby wipes flowers. You are truly blessed with creativity.

Gita said...

First technique looks kinda cool. Love the sparkles on the bottle. Second card is really pretty!

elf1023 said...

I love your style, and choice of colors. Beautiful cards.

Sandra H said...

Omgoodness! totally stunning is your technique both cards are gorgeous!!

Fran said...

Fab, thank you for joining us over at Kaboodle Doodles this week xxx

Mindy said...

The EP Cosmos Technique really packs a punch! I love how you used it as a frame for your card. It almost has a stained glass effect. Looking forward to trying this out soon. Thanks for sharing! =)

macmomma said...

Beautiful cards! I have never thought of doing my heating from the backside of my card! What a great idea to keep my powders where I want them instead of blowing them everywhere! Thanks for the tips!

Lola said...

Both cards are so lovely and all the sparkle is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us this week at Catch the Bug!

dmbennett said...

These are 2 great techniques, will have to try them myself. Love all the sparkle on both cards.

Carol said...

A really pretty card and love the colours you have chosen.Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge Blog this time and good luck
Carol xx DT

Verna Angerhofer said...

What awesome and beautiful cards you created. My favorite one though is the second one with the vintage look you created on that one.

Rhonda Miller said...

These are both beautiful cards. I love the embossing on them both.

namabear said...

Marie beautiful cards I luv the baby wipe flowers I am going to try that this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Kersting said...

I love the first technique and have made one card with it. I really like you using the wine charm to attach the label. Thank you.

Anita Braddock said...

Wow what Awesome cards the techniques
you used and the colors are Amazing. love the layering the added embellishments adds such a special Touch. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

The cards are beautiful. I appreciate all the information that you give regarding where the techniques may be found.

Auntie Em said...

Great techniques and beautiful cards. I love the richness of the thick embossing powder and using the cutout for the tag is very clever.
The sweet vintage one with the lace is so delicate.
Great work! Thank you for sharing. :)

Tamara Morton said...

Stunning cards Thank you for joining us this week at Anything Goes Challenge Blog! ! good luck in the draw.
Hugs Tamara
PS I have blog candy to give away on my blog Posh Cat Crafts!

Whimsey said...

Stunning cards - you've taken embossing to a completely new level (for me at least); beautiful!

Thanks for joining us at Ladybug Crafts Ink!

~Michele

Jan Wood said...

I love both cards. I especially like the faux patina. Thanks.

Alicia DiCarlo said...

I love this technique of using multiple embossing powders. The look is awesome.

Candy Meyers said...

Wow, what beautful cards. I love them both. And the techniques are some of my favorites, too.
Candy Meyers

Pat said...

Great techniques. Will have to try the mixed embossing powder one.

SHartl said...

WOW!! these are such beautiful cards and I especially love the 2nd one. The vintage look and all that inking gives a great look!

Anita Houston said...

The second card is gorgeous shabby chic. Love the roses and vintage feel. Thanks for playing in our shabby chic challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Anonymous said...

On the fist card, the pink is a nice contrast to the dark background. On the second one, I like the lace and flowers.

BarbaraR said...

I really love the colors on the second card and the baby wipe flowers are so creative.

Julie Z said...

Love your EP background - so much color and interest. And your baby wipe flowers are awesome! So soft and pretty!!

Margie Kerr said...

Lovely cards!!! Margie

Gina Howe said...

Marie, your cards are beautiful! I love the colors you used and the techniques. I haven't seen the baby wipe flowers before so I will check that out for sure on the S & S site.
Thanks!

Kim S said...

Cool Techniques, terrific cards, as usual!
TFS!
Kim S

Susan Smith said...

Love the techniques you shared and the especially the spring card.

purusty said...

great ideas

Dianne Potter said...

Love your cards. The sparkle of the grapes & wine bottle are perfect. Thank you for sharing.

Margaret said...

gorgeous vintage card

Thanks for joining us at the Creative Card Crew for our ribbon challenge

Margaret xx

Jess said...

What a lovely card! Thanks so much for joining our ribbon challenge over at Creative Card Crew this fortnight!

Pamela Selinski said...

Marie, Both cards are totally beautiful but my most favorite is the wine bottle. I especially thought that extra touch of the wine ring was just the right touch.

Janice said...

A lovely floral card to share with us at an OBAG, love the colours and lace, Jx

Diane's Card Designs said...

Wow....the embossing with powder looks so effective....love it! Such pretty colours and love all the detail. Thanks for joining us at LCI Challenge this fortnight.
Diane xx

Anonymous said...

Love the floral card, going to have to give this a shot!

Joanie B

Mei said...

Love the techniques! Thank you for sharing it, I gotta give it a try sometime! Thanks for joining us this week at Creative Card Crew!

Mei
CCC DT
Love to Create DT

Carla said...

Both cards are simply gorgeous! Love all the details and the colors are so rich! Thanks for joining us at Corrosive Challenges!

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards!
Thanks for joining in my 'Feeling Floral' challenge at Oldie but a Goodie!
Helen x