Thursday, March 31, 2016


Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's
 April 1st Reveal Blog Hop!

This month the Designers were asked to create projects with Want 2 Scrap chipboard products.  If you are able to visit any of the shows that SNS is participating in this year, you will notice SNS now has a larger booth.  Margaret and crew are sharing this new, larger space with Want 2 Scrap.  

We wanted to showcase various projects using both SNS products and W2S products together.  Hopefully, you'll see some new uses of these products that you may not have thought of before.  Chipboard can be used for more than scrapbook layouts or mini albums :-).  So sit back, enjoy the Hop and get ready to have those creative juices flowing!  

Be sure to visit the SNS Blog all month long for more projects and ideas that incorporate your favorite glitters, embossing powders, and more with the Want 2 Scrap chipboard.   

On April 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 on April 4, 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 hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we do.  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!

If you are a regular follower of mine, you will know that I'm on a Yupo kick right now. This card began with Yupo paper and a few Adirondack inks, shown below:

You simply drop the inks on to the paper and let them explode into one another! It's so fun and even though you use the same inks, no two pieces will ever be the same. It also dries fairly quickly - maybe ten minutes at the most.

The next step was to make the frame. I used the Spellbinders Card Creator Mystical Embrace.

I die cut it from the blue cardstock and applied it with Versamark and heat embossed with Clear Detail. More Versamark was applied and then it was again heat embossed - this time with Super Thick Clear. I cut down the Yupo piece to fit inside the smallest rectangle. It was attached using 1/8" Tearific Tape. Then the larger rectangle was cut from the same blue cardstock for the larger rectangle. Again attached with Tear-ific Tape.

A 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" piece of Super Adhesive Sheet was attached to a piece of lighter blue cardstock. The protective backing was removed and then the entire frame was placed in the center of the sticky surface. I used the big piece of protective sheet to make sure the frame was stuck down well.

Clear detail was applied to the remaining sticky surface and was then heat set.

On to the Want 2 Scrap Chipboard pieces. This is the Large Bird Flourish covered in Versamark and then heat embossed with White Detail first, then Versamark reapplied and Tuscan Sun for the bird and Pear for the branch and leaves.

To match up some of the coloring from the Yupo panel, I put some Magic Speckle on the wing of the bird and the leaves of the branch using the Versamarker Pen, this was heat embossed from underneath, to stop having the EP blowing of the piece.

A little Want 2 Scrap black Self-Adhesive Bling was added for the bird's eye. This piece was attached to the card front with Dimensional Foam. "Music" was covered with Versamark and then applied with Detail Gold. I then repeated that process, to give it a nice coating. The two "sing" pieces were first covered in Versamark and heat embossed with White Detail, then they were applied on their second layer with Gold Coast, just so they had a different tone from the "music" piece. The pieces were attached to the card front using 1/8" Tear-ific Tape. It stuck everything down well.

A 5" x 7" piece of white card was edged with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape, the card front was centered and then Golden Wheat was added to the edges to finish off.

Hope you've enjoyed stopping over today. Next on the Blog Hop is Marie - be sure to take a look and see what this Crafty Gal has up her sleeve!

Until next time,


Friday, March 25, 2016

Hap-Bee Birthday

Hi there, 

Today I'd like to share a birthday card with you, created for my hubby, David, from the new Honey Bees Set 775. He's getting a bee hive for his birthday this year and today is his birthday!

Hap-bee Birthday

To begin with I cut the two corners of the square yellow cardstock with the honeycomb die from the Sizzix Mixed Media 660220 die set. The honeycomb image was then stamped a few times in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail in the other corners.

Hap-bee Birthday

The bee hive image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo black and was colored with Copics: Y13, Y17, E33, YR24, YR07, YG23, YG25. The image was then cut out with Spellbinders Hexagons.

Hap-bee Birthday

The honeycomb images were also colored using the same Copic markers as were the little bees that were also stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail.  A piece of Super Adhesive Sheet was adhered to the back of the corners and Black Suede Velvet Glitter was applied to the sticky surface. A yellow ribbon was then tied around the cardfront and attached at the back, before being layered to black cardstock. 

Hap-bee Birthday

Green Iris and Energized Glitters were applied to the flowers and grass of the image with a Sakura Glue Pen. The entrance of the beehive was applied with Dimensional Glue and Green Iris Glitter. A larger hexagon was cut from black cardstock and the image was layered to that, before being attached to the cardfront with Dimensional Foam.

Hap-bee Birthday

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail. The small die from the Hexagon set was used, using the out of the box cutting technique, so that the sentiment would "hang" over the edges. Some Dandelion Memento ink was sponged on to the sentiment before removing the die. After cutting the fish tail, the entire piece was edged with Memento Black ink. This was also popped up with Dimensional Foam. The cardfront was then attached to a yellow cardstock base.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Morgan's World (Anything with Wings Challenge)
Addicted to Stamps Challenge 122: Any Shape
Fantasy Stampers Challenge 59: In the Springtime

Hope you've enjoyed my share today.


Thursday, March 17, 2016


Hi everyone,

Here today to share a recent birthday card I made using the new Sparkle N Sprinkle "Donna's Stylin' Sayings Set".

First I took the lines image and stamped it all the way down the right side in Versamark on glossy white cardstock. Then I did the little dots image on the left side. The entire piece was then heat embossed with White Detail.

Next I took blue, purple and pink Nuance powders and sprinkled them on the card.

They were then spritzed with water to make this fun background.

I cut the Poppytamps Bountiful Sunflower die from the piece and then cut it again from a piece of purple cardstock. 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape was attached behind the aperture and then I placed the purple impression in the space. Dogwood Rose Velvet Glitter was then burnished in to the open sticky areas.

I stuck a piece of 3/4" Tear-ific Tape to the back of a scrap of the purple cardstock and ran the Ellentina Happy Birthday die through my embossing machine. 

When it was cut, I removed the tape backing and stuck it on to the background piece. A little pink bow was made and was attached to the back of the card front. I layered it to pink before the white glossy card base to finish.

This came together fairly quickly, so I think I'll make a few more to have on hand. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please leave me a comment to let me know you did!


Thursday, March 10, 2016


Hi there, 

Hope you're having a wonderful week? We certainly are - temperatures are soaring - maybe even to 80 degrees today! I've been out in the yard starting some Spring clean-up. Feels good out there! Today I'd like to share a card I made for a dear friend using one of our three new SNS sets this month - Donna's Stylish Sayings Set.  This friend is an avid dancer, and so this little set along with the dancing couple die worked out perfectly.

Yupo Dance Celebration

I had been playing around with some Yupo paper and some old Adirondack Alcohol Inks. It is cool to watch the drops of colors collide in to one another and create other colors. I chose some yellows and red hues and put in a little Pearl Mixative at the end for my background.

Yupo Dance Celebration

I kept on adding drops of the inks until the white was gone!

Yupo Dance Celebration

As they are alcohol inks they dry fairly quickly, but I made quite a few that day, waiting on this one to dry!! When it was dry, I ran my anti-static bag over the surface, then inked up the line stamp with Versamark  and heat embossed with Gold Detail. "Celebrate" was then stamped in black StazOn several times and then I went back over each print with Versamark and heat embossed again in the Gold Detail. With the black behind it gave the illusion of a shadow giving the words a little more dimension.

Yupo Dance Celebration

I die cut the dancers (Die-Versions Sweet Petites - Dancers DVP-102) out of a piece of chipboard. This was then applied with Versamark and  heat embossed with Gold Detail. Another coating of Versamark and then Fleur de Lis was heat embossed on top. I find that if you cover the die cuts, or chipboard first with a base coat of embossing powder, there is no need to heat from the bottom, the new covering of embossing powder melts nicely in to the base layer.

Yupo Dance Celebration

Look at the lovely swirly effect from the Fleur de Lis embossing powder!

To finish off the card, I made a bow from sheer black ribbon, using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool and wrapped it to the back of the card base. This was then layered to a black, then red, before the final black card base. The dancers were then attached with dimensionals.  To me, it looks like they are dancing on a roof top in the city!

I'd like to play along in the following Challenges:
Our Crafty Corner Challenge 7: Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge: March - Anything Goes
Chocolate Baroque Challenge 20: Color Challenge

Hope you've enjoyed my share today?

Till next time,


Wednesday, March 2, 2016


No, I'm not away ahead of my stamping schedule!! It's already Mother's Day this Sunday in the UK, as it is based on when the 4th Sunday of Lent falls, traditionally called Mothering Sunday!

I had fun with this card, using a Dylusions Floral Flourish ( DYZ45830) set that had never been used, and some Sparkle N Sprinkle Glitters to come up with a relatively easy (if you like fussy cutting!) card.

To start, lay out all the pieces of flowers and butterflies on to an acrylic block and stamp on to glossy white cardstock in Versamark and then heat with White Detail

Then using Memento Inks with daubers, color in the flowers to your liking and then wipe of excess ink from the top of the embossing with a tissue. I used Cantaloupe, Pear Tart, Lulu Lavender, Lilac Posies, Bamboo Leaves, Rhubarb Stalk, Dandelion and Love Letter.

Once colored, fussy cut all the images. then using a Sakura Glue Pen add semi-transparent glitters to the pieces. I used Bubble Gum for the pink, Lavender Iris for the purple shades, Green Iris for the leaves and stems and Sparkling Snow on anything else and the butterflies.

Cut out Happy Birthday (we will the only use the Happy bit) from black cardstock using the Ellentina Cutting Die. Cut also the Mother's Day (Die-Versions) from black cardstock, I cut this from the inside of the black die cut frame of Labels Twenty-Five. Then add a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to white cardstock and run it through the embossing machine with the die cut one step smaller. Remove the protective backing and adhere the "die cut sentiment".  Apply Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to the remaining sticky surface. I taped the black "frame" down on to a 5" x 7" glossy card base and used Dimensional Foam for the glittered sentiment.

Then it is just a case of positioning and layering the flowers, stems, leaves and butterflies as you like with tape or Dimensional Foam. You can also curl the leaves, petals or wings as you wish. Cut off any pieces that are hanging over the edge of the card.

Makes for an easy, but dimensional card:

Hope you've enjoyed my share today? Today I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Dragonfly Journeys Challenge 46: Flower Power
Addicted to Stamps Challenge 121: Glitter/Bling
Our Crafty Corner #6: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment to let me know you did. 

Till next time,