Monday, November 30, 2015

Sparkle N Sprinkle December Blog Hop

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's  Dec 1 Blog Hop!

This month the Designers were given a Surprise Package full of products found at the SNS Shoppe and were asked to create projects with these products.  So sit back, enjoy the Hop and get ready to have those creative juices flowing!

On Dec 3rd, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs listed below. Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.

The Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog, will receive a $20 gift certificate to go shopping at the SNS Shoppe.

 The Blog Hop order this month is:

(*Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

We would also like to thank all the Guest Designers who joined us this year: Diane, Ashley, Ani, Chris, Irit, and Jess.  It was a pleasure having each of you on the team as Guest Designers!

We hope you enjoy the Surprise Package Blog Hop as much as we enjoyed creating projects for it.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.
Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month????

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge also begins today.  There are lots of prizes and recognition badges.  Come check out how you can become a SNS Featured Artist as well.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flock.

Have you checked out the SNS YouTube Channel featuring Demo Donna?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques!


In my surprise package I received a wooden Christmas Stocking and some Red Diamond Mesh so I decided to make an ornament.  I covered the front and back of the main stocking shape with designer paper, using brushable glue.  I sanded the edges so it fit exactly.

Then I ran strips of 1/8” Tear-ific tape around the edge.  I covered this with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder and heat set.  I wanted the gold to extend onto the designer paper so I used the Distressed Embossing Technique and added more of the Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder.  Then, still using 1/8" Tear-ific Tape, I added strips of the Red Diamond Mesh.

For the top section, after covering the back with the designer paper and adding the embossing powder around the edges with Tear-ific Tape, I added white embossing paste.  I tapped on it lightly to give it extra texture and then covered it with Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft.  I let this dry and then gently used the Distressed Embossing Technique to add a little more Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder around the top edges of the embossing paste.  I adhered this piece to the top of the stocking, tucking ribbon in between to use as a hanger.

The next stop on our blog hop is Eret.  Head on over, but don't forget to leave a comment.  Thank you for hopping by.

E. Marie

Monday, November 16, 2015

Embossed Christmas Stocking

E. Marie here to share a quick, easy Christmas card that still looks elegant.  Some people work all year on their Christmas cards, making each one different.  Others, like me, tend to start closer to Christmas and make multiples of a few select designs.  In that case you usually want something fairly quick to put together but looks like it took longer.

This card uses the Stamptangle Stocking and the Balsam Branch images from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  The stocking is stamped and heat embossed in gold and various sections colored with a red Tombow Marker.  After die cutting with Spellbinders’ Labels Eight, the Balsam Branch is stamped around the edges with Distress Ink.  This is layered on Spellbinders’ Decorative Labels Eight, die cut from gold.  Add some coordinating designer Christmas paper and a few jewels and your done!

Hope this inspires you to get those Christmas cards made.

E. Marie

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How You Live

Where I live there has been nothing but rain for weeks. I definitely needed a little sunshine and today’s card is bright and sunny and features the Chicken Run stamp set.

To create the sunny background, Versamark ink was added directly to the embossing folder and light yellow cardstock was run through. Yellow Spark embossing powder was added and heat set. A Versamarker was run over the raised rays and these were heat embossed with Dandy Dandelion EP.

The rooster image was stamped and embossed with Detail Black EP, die cut with Spellbinders Octagon die, and layered on black. This was layered on a Sue Wilson Designs Carribean Island die, cut from dark yellow cardstock and covered with Versamark ink and Sienna Star EP. When heat set it provides a great sparkly background.

The sentiment was heat embossed with Sienna Star, die cut, and added to the top.

Hope you are having a sunshiny day!

E. Marie

Monday, November 2, 2015

Color Bursts With Stencils

It is so hard to believe that it is already November.  Fall is flying by.  Someone jokingly said that after Halloween we skip to Christmas and that is exactly what I am doing today with the cards I am sharing.


This first card uses the Stamptangle Oak Leaf from Just For Fun. 

The background was created on watercolor paper, using a stencil and Color Bursts.  The stencil was taped over the cardstock, the powders sprinkled in the open areas, and spritzed with water.  After carefully removing the stencil, additional color was splattered on top.  After this has dried, the leaf was stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed on top of the stenciled area.

The sentiment is a portion the Colorful Autumn Greetings from Just For Fun.  It is colored with various Distress Inks and stamped along the bottom.

Now we jump to Christmas but using the same colors and stencil.  After removing the stencil from the first card, it was flipped on top of another piece of watercolor paper and pressed down.  This creates the reverse affect with a little more subtle color.  Just for Fun's Balsam Branch is stamped around the edges after it is dry.

The Joy sentiment, also from Just for Fun, is heat embossed on watercolor paper colored with Color Bursts.  After trimming around the word, it is layered in the center.

This is a fun technique to use with your stencils. 

E. Marie