Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sparkle N Sprinkle July Release

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 July 1 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We have five new stamp sets to share with you today.  These new sets are 20% off until July 5.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  All of the new sets are available on cling mounted rubber or as a digital image.  

We are so happy to announce that with this Reveal, we have begun a new partnership with Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  So now you can get some of your favorite Bugaboo digi images in rubber!

The sets are:

Milton Catching Snow Flakes 787 
(digi version DIGI787)
  Christmas Skates 789 (digi version DIGI789)
  Wetlands #1 790 (digi version DIGI790)
Wetlands #2 791 (digi version DIGI791)
Deer Duo 797 (digi version DIGI797)

On July 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 ALL of the new stamp sets released this month (or the digi versions, if preferred).

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 hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we do.  Thanks for joining us and remember to visit and comment on each of the eight Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize. (Checked for compliance.) 
 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!

Now on to my project.

Christmas in July is what I am all about with this new
release for July from Sparkle N Sprinkle!

I love it when companies come out  with holiday stamps early,
early enough that you have plenty of time to work on  them
before all the holiday hustle and bustle!

That being said, one of the new stamps released is

I loved this set as soon as I saw it...
well heck, who can resist a giraffe stamp anyhow??

I decided to make a 'faux' leather background for Milton.
You will need a roll of masking tape for this.
First start by tearing off small pieces of tape and
sticking down to your card stock.
(smaller pieces work best)

Completely cover your card stock without any of it showing.

Next sponge on your inks.
I used all Distress Inks, Wild Honey, Tea Dye, and Old Paper.

Once you are satisfied with the color,
completely coat with Clear Detail Embossing Powder.
(It will stick to the ink)
then heat set.

Now you have a finished background piece!
(sorry I didn't get a picture of just the finished background..sigh)!

I colored Milton with Copics and added Lemonade glitter to his scarf
then fussy cut him out.

I added Sparkling Snow glitter to

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark,
then embossed with Coffee embossing powder.
It was then die cut with a 
Memory Box Stitched Circle.

was applied to  card stock, then using a
Wild Rose Snowflake die,
I die cut it out.
The adhesive was then exposed, and I added the sentiment to the center.
Then I added Sparkling Snow glitter to it.
To finish I used little dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops 'Morning Dew'.

Thank you for visiting with me today
and make sure to visit 'Chris' next 
and leave a comment for  each designer along the way for
your chance to win the entire release!

entering the following challenges:
Inky chicks .... Christmas in Summer (7-22)

Friends Are Flowers

This is my post live today on the
Have you see the new 
Tutti Designs July release yet?
It's in-store, the link is below....
You will want these, they are gorgeous and so very reasonably priced, too!

Happy Thursday to you!
Diane with you today with a beautiful Poppy Edge die.

Our blog leader and my friend Darlene is in Alaska as I write this
and I thought how fun to create a
Himalayan Blue Poppy in honor of her trip!

I have tried to grow these in my garden to no avail, 
so I guess the next best thing is having a Blue Poppy Card!

I cut the poppy die once from green card stock,
then once again from white card stock
but this time only cutting the flowers.
I easily trimmed them to  fit over the green base die cut.

I also punched 2 gold glitter circles to place under the flower heads.

The flowers were then colored with Copics, then adhered to
the green die cut base, and slightly curled up.

A sentiment was stamped using JustRite stamps
and a few sequins were added.

Make sure and check out all the great places to
visit the new Tutti Designs dies.

Thank you for visiting with me today.....
"I" will be here each and every Thursday!!
Come back tomorrow for more fabulous inspiration!

Happy creating!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tea For Two

I had another 'free' day today and decided to create
something for the challenge at
which is 'pocket cards'.

I made a double pocket card which I think
would be great to send to a friend!

The entire card is made with a piece of
8 1/2 x 11 double sided paper.
It is mostly just folding
and it takes mere minutes to make.
Now you can really decorate it up
anyway you want, but I chose to keep it simple and focused and easy to mail.

The die I used is Cottage Cutz Teacup & Flowers,
such a pretty die!

Keeping this short today as I have guests coming for dinner!
Have a great day everyone!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stuck On You

Just a bit of fun today.
I try to do the challenge each week at
as she always has what I call a  "challenge"!

This week (it ends today) the theme is
'Stuck On You'
meaning to use a cactus or a succulent.

Now this was a challenge for me, as I didn't think I had either
at least not in stamps or dies....
so I decided to see what Cricut Access had to offer.
Well, to my surprise not only did they have several to choose from
but it so happens a new release was out called
Cactus funny!

I used one of the older images though
and think it turned out quite cute!

You should take a peek over there,
not only does Jeannie have cute, cute cactus cards,
but the entries are just as cute as well!

Thanks for visiting with me today!

Entering in the following challenges:
Dragonfly Journeys .... Stuck On You

Products Used:
Papers:  Echo Park This & That & scraps
Cricut Access:  Cactus
Sentiment:  computer generated

Friday, June 24, 2016

Girls of Summer

Hi there all!!
The challenge at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards is
'Girls of Summer'.
Our sponsor didn't come through in time,
so we were able to use any image we wanted from anywhere
as long as it fell within our theme...
now how fun is that?

A long time ago (and I mean a long time) I won some images
from a challenge I did and was able to choose them from
The one I used is called 'Monet's Bike'
but I am not sure if it available anymore.

I colored her in with Copics, adding glitter gel pens to her bike,
hearts and such.

Flower brads were added to the bike wheels and her hat.
(Now these brads are at least 15 years

I dug around in my stash and came up with the little felt banner piece
and a label I had already stamped.

The gingham flower was added because after I had my
image all colored and finished, I smeared the black
glitter pen..ugh...and this was the second time I did it
and did not want to color her a third

So why not take a 'trip' on over to the
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards blog to get yourself inspired
to add your own version of
'Girls of Summer'?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Shaker

This is my card on the Tutti Designs blog today

Hi there, Diane with you today
using another fabulous Tutti Designs die.
This one is Butterfly Corner.

I really wanted to let the die be the 'star' so to speak
and decided what better way then a shaker card!

I started by cutting a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square from a 4" x 5 1/4"
piece of  designer paper (my card is an A2 size).

A little tip as noted below is to pile your shaker pieces
in a pile in the middle of the piece that will be the backing 
for your shaker (mine is the card base itself).

Carefully adhere your clear piece that you have mounted
with the double sided foam tape to your base
over your 'pile' of shakers.

Using a very small amount of glue on your die cut
(the old saying 'less is more is true here),
adhere your Butterfly Corner to the top left corner of your shaker.

Pretty easy shaker card and also pretty don't you think?

I am loving the what I call citrus colors of lime and grapefruit!

Make sure and check out all the great places to
visit the new Tutti Designs dies.

Thank you for visiting with me today.....
"I" will be here each and every Thursday!!
Come back tomorrow for more fabulous inspiration!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Vintage Floral

Make your own background is the theme
this time around at
and Darlene is our hostess.

Making your own background can be done in 
many, many different ways....
stamping, texture, stencils, and so many more.
I feel I 'cheated' a little!

This winter I sat down with several paper scraps
(or 'snippets' as I like to call them)
and put together about 15 or so 'backgrounds'
using strips of left over designer papers.
I think I might take it a step further next time
and 'stitch' down each panel.
It's such a good way to use up those scraps  and pretty, too!

The framed postcard is one I won in a set from
the 'Butterfly Challenge' quite some time ago.
They had been sitting on my work table forever
and it seemed it was a perfect time to use one
with the paper strips background.
I used a wink of stella pen here and there on the image.

The frame is an IO 6 in 1 frame set
and was leftover from a previous cut.
It looks kind of like 'lacquer'
as it was cut from a piece of recycled packaging.

So pop on over to The Sisterhood blog
and let my 'sistahs' inspire you with their fabuous backgrounds!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Independence Day

A little celebration card for the 4th of July
using  USA Word Shaped card cut file from 

This card was so easy....
so easy that I cut 2 more of them while I was at it!
(which I will show at a later time).

I cut the base card from a white metallic card stock, as well as
the letter "S", which I then ran through with a star EB folder.

The other letters were cut with scraps of paper/card stock.

I made a little Rosette to adhere my
"I love the USA" sentiment along with a star brad.

A pretty star patterned ribbon bow was adhered to the 'A'.

The 7th and the 21st of each month
all of The Cutting Cafe designers get together
at one place at The Cutting Cafe blog to show
our projects using an assigned theme.
So pop on over and see what they have to inspire you,
while there leave a comment to win 3 cut files of your own!

Don't forget to visit The Cutting Cafe Shop
for new stamps and lots of other crafty goodies!!

Entering the following challenges:
Craftin' Desert Diva's Linky Party .... Red~White~Blue (7/02)
Fab 'n' Funky .... shaped Cards (6/21)
Craft Your Passion .... ATG (6/26)
Pixie's Snippets Playground #234 .... Snippets

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Wild Roses

This is my post on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog today.

Hello, Diane with you today,
One of the beautiful June release stamp sets is Wild Rose.
I have made a pretty card just by adding a few simple techniques.
Wild Roses
I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink,
then colored with Copics.
I then, fussy cut the image out.
For the background of the Roses, I thought lattice would be pretty,
I adhered a piece of Super Adhesive Sheets to a white card stock
and using a Spellbinders Lattice die, cut it out.
Wild Roses
Once cut, I pulled the protective layer off the front and coated it with
Cloud Nine glitter.  I used a Glitter Brush to brush off all the excess.
Wild Roses
It was then adhered to a background paper.
The Roses were placed on next with foam squares.
Wild Roses
I die cut a few butterflies, chose one, added brushable glue and coated with
Bubble Gum glitter.
To finish I stamped the sentiment in Versamark, and heat embossed with
Silver Detail embossing powder.  Lastly a bow was added.
Thank you for visiting with me today!