Saturday, November 30, 2013

Beautiful Geraniums Sparkle N Sprinkle December Release

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's December 1 Reveal and our new monthly challenge.  This month we are bringing you a pretty new stamp set by artist Beccy Muir with

FIVE chances to win.

The first chance is in our "Beautiful Geraniums" Release Contest


four more chances with the SNS monthly challenge where the monthly theme is always "Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking."

The Geranium stamp set is available on line or is included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month.

The Geraniums stamp set, one glitter and one EP will be awarded to one commenter.
To win, just come to our Mystery Designer Party!

To join our party, all you have to do is leave comments on the designers’ Dec. 1 Release blog posts.  One of these designers is our “Mystery Designer” and one Commentor will be selected to receive the prize.  No one knows who the “Mystery Designer” is, so you may wish to visit each blog to leave a comment.

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

Here is the designer line up:

Not only do we have prizes, but we also have special sales.  The beautiful Geraniums set is available at 20% off as part of our December specials.

Just use the code DEC20 in the COMMENTS SECTION when checking out in the SNS on-line store to receive this brand new set at 20% off.

(Promotion valid through December 3 - sorry, credit card customers only.  Total will be manually adjusted. Or phone the SNS shoppe and ask them to manually adjust the charge on the phone for you.)

I love floral images so I was thrilled to see this new set.  I decided to make a card that didn’t just show a simple stamped image so I used octagonal dies to create three pieces.

I stamped the design twice, colored with alcohol markers, then die cut the middle of one and the left and right sides of the second image.  I used dimensionals to pop up the middle image.

I layered these on an embossed and inked piece of designer paper using the ResistTechnique, Flourishes 1 and Flourishes 2 stamp sets, and Opaline embossing powder.  

This was added to a brown layer and then to a layer of sticker paper punched with a border punch and covered with Parisian Mist glitter.


For the bottom section of the card front I created a sparkly white layer with subtle embossed flowers using Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter, an embossing folder, and the Dry Embossing on Velvet Glitter technique.

The sentiment was stamped on glitter, die cut, and sponged with ink (see Stamping on Velvet Glitter). 

All of this was layered on brown cardstock, then green cardstock edged with Tear-ific tape.  Parisian Mist glitter was added to the remaining exposed adhesive and all added to the white card base.

I hope you will join our Mystery Designer Party by leaving comments for the designers, starting with me!  I might be the “Mystery Designer”.

Don’t forget our new Monthly Challenge, where you have more chances to win.

During all these holiday sales, make sure you visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle store to see all the specials!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 E. Marie

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Creative Knockouts Challenge #13-Tic Tac Toe (Embossing, Stamps, Flower or Stamps, Sentiment, Dies)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 297 - Anything Goes!
Delightful Sketches Weekly Challenge - Favorite Things (Flower Images, Resist Technique, Border Punch, and Glitter)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Snow, Ice, and a Few Flakes

I want to appologize for not posting as much lately.  I am doing some extra work and it has kept me from my craft room but I recently just ignored everything else and spent the day being creative.  

My project today was inspired by some very chilly weather that recently visited our area.  Using the new A Winter Wonderland stamp set, I created this wintery scene, covered with ice and snow, along with two coordinating ornaments.

The different layers were created by die cutting cardstock covered with super adhesive sheets, adding Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter, and sponging the edges with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  In the center is the wonderful scenic image, embossed with Cerulean Embossing Powder on Basic Grey blue decorative cardstock (Periphery from the Zindfandel collection).

Beautiful silver swirls were added to the base layer by stamping the largest flourish stamp from the new Flourishes 1 set with the Mega Tack glue and adding Sonic Silver Velvet Glitter.  This was also done on the glitter covered deer die cut popped up on the front of the scene.

The trees were die cut from chipboard, covered with dimensional glue, and covered with a mix of Diamond Dust Glitter, Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft, and Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter.  These were arranged on the sides at different heights and depth.

The icicles at the top were created by punching one side of a strip of white cardstock with a border punch, adding layers of VersaMark ink and Super Thick Clear Embossing Powder, and sprinkling with Diamond Dust Glitter.  The sentiment, from the Christmas Holly set, is stamped and heat embossed on a glitter covered oval.

I decided to create coordinating ornaments by die cutting sections of a second embossed image and adding these to three popped up die cut layers covered with a combination of Diamond Dust Glitter, Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft, Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter, and Sonic Silver Velvet Glitter.  Distress ink is sponged on some of the edges and pearls and ribbon added.  On the ornament with the silver layer in the center I wanted very light silver pearls so I rubbed Old Silver Inka Gold over some white pearls.  Worked great!

You can find detailed instructions for the card and ornaments in the SNS gallery.  

E. Marie

The card and ornaments are entered in the following challenges:
Basic Grey Challenge 108 – Cold and Frosty (Periphery Cardstock from Zinfandel Collection)
ABC Christams Challenge – W for Winter Wishes
All Sorts Challenge Week 233 – Make a Gift (ornaments)
Crafty Creations Challenge #248 - Dies & Punches
Creative Card Crew Challenge 49 – Pearls (ornaments)
CI Paint Inspired By: Anything Goes
Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 39 - Christmas Theme
Imagination Crafts Challenge 5 - Glitter and Sparkle