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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Christmas Holly

Our recent combined blog hop with Die-Versions was so much fun.  It was really neat to see what everyone created with the different products.  Thank you to everyone that left comments.
I thought I would share one more card I made using one of the new Die-Versions dies, Whispers Holly Branch.  This makes a lovely but fairly simple holiday card.

The image is from the Christmas Holly stamp set.  It was stamped and colored with copics in the center of a piece of white cardstock.  Then I ran “Tear-ific” tape around all the edges and added Gyspsy Red Velvet Glitter.  This was layered onto the white card base.

I covered a smaller piece of white cardstock with a super adhesive sheet and die cut an oval window out of the center.  After removing the protective layer, I covered this with Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter and then I ran it through an embossing folder (see Dry Embossing on Velvet Glitter in Tips and Techniques).  The embossed design doesn’t not show a lot in the picture but it leaves a nice subtle design.  Then I used dimensionals to pop this up on the card front with the image centered in the window.

Next I cut out 2 of the Holly Branch die cuts from white cardstock.  I trimmed off a small section of each so that they did not extend too far over the image in the window and used dimensional glue to adhere them to two opposite corners.  I added the small pieces I cut off to the ends of the swirly die cuts so they extended a little further on each side.  I had planned to add glitter to these die cuts, but decided I liked how the plain white stood out on the glittered/embossed top layer.

Thanks for stopping by!

E. Marie

I entered this card in the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge – Anything Goes
LTSCB #36 - Anything Goes!
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #42 - Anything Goes.....
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Christmas in August