Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle October Sketch Challenge

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today... This month Sparkle N Sprinkle is starting a new blog exclusively for their monthly sketch challenge.. Take a look at their new home here... This is the challenge layout for October...
We like to make things simple, so here are the guidelines for playing: Create a NEW project for the challenge. No back links please. Please use Sparkle N Sprinkle images only – Rubber Stamped images or SNS Digital Images. Please link to the exact post on your blog, or if using SplitCoastStampers gallery (SCS) please see the next step (it lets all the viewers see your masterpiece without searching). If posting to the SCS gallery, please be sure to include the code that appears on the sketch to tag your card to the challenge. Please enter that code using the keyword SNSSCXX. (XX represents the sketch number on the current sketch.) If posting on your blog please include the code on your blog also. Each monthly sketch will have its own unique code that will appear on the sketch. Please link the card or project by clicking the inlinkz icon at the bottom of the current challenge page. You’ll be prompted for the next steps. (Remember, please make sure to link directly to your challenge card and not just to your blog home address.) If you have any questions please email me at October 2012 Sketch SNSSC12 – October Sketch Here is my take on this month's sketch. I hope you like and will join in playing along with myself and the rest of the Sparkle N Sprinkle DT...

Woven Card Tutorial

I am so excited to be guest hosting today's "Try A New Technique" challenge over at Splitcoast. Here is a simple tutorial for your viewing pleasure. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me. I am more than happy to help in any way I can. To start.. Choose a die as your template. Cut a sheet of Sticker Paper just larger than your die.
Next cut your coordinating cardstock into 1/2" strips and as long as your Sticker Sheet..
Next peel your sticker sheet backing off just far enough to expose 2 rows of adhesive like so
Carefully position your first set of vertical rows and the first 2 horizontal rows on the adhesive and press firmly making sure not to touch the rest of your adhesive.
Now pull your adhesive backing down far enough to expose enough "sticky" for your next row of strips..
Finish weaving your rows carefully aligning them and pressing to the adhesive.. Make sure you press them firmly to ensure proper adhesion..
Run finished piece through your die cutting machine to cut out your woven background.
Emboss edges if you choose... Remove woven background from die and assemble card as desired... Here is my finished card:

Sympathy CASE

This is my card for today's FS challenge... What a wonderful gallery full of beautiful cards to choose from... I chose to case the beauty:;ppuser=95857 I changed the yellow to pink added a full ribbon and a different sentiment. I hope you like what I did with this card today..

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Leaves

I made this card for today's challenge over at splitcoast. We had to use leaves in fall colors.
I chose to make flowers with my leaves also in fall colors... The flowers are made by die cutting the 4 smallest sized of the petite scallop circle dies and cutting slits in between every 2 scallops. I made these from More Mustard cardstock. My leaves are die cut from spellbinders foliage die in Old Olive cardstock and my foliage is punched with Martha Stewarts branch punch in Always Artichoke. I really like the way this card came together.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My Fun Day

I spent my day working on a couple cards for a tutorial and I wanted to share my end results with everyone... I had so much fun creating these cards and I am so happy with how they turned out... All images, glitters and embossing powders can be purchased from Sparkle N Sprinkle Here is my first card...
This is a Digi image that I altered slightly to add my glittered stars... The original image has snow falling in the background where I punched my stars.. I kept this one simple and just added a pretty ribbon and bow to the top. I used my heat tool to "curl" my ribbon slightly... My next card turned out better than I had expected and I am truly pleased with the final product here.......
I cut out the delicate butterfly with cardstock and then the "shadow" butterfly with Super Adhesive Sheets (also purchasable at Sparkle N Sprinkle). I then adhered the delicate butterfly onto the shadow one and added this GORGEOUS turquoise flock. I don't use flock often because it typically doesn't turn out well for me but this one I think is very elegant and the colors worked great... My final card is my favorite one...
This is truly one of my favorite images right now.. Now only are lilies among my few favorite flowers, but these just look great... If you don't own Copic markers... GO BUY THEM... You are missing out... I know they are difficult to work with at first, but once you finally understand them and get how they work, you will wonder how you lasted so long without them and you will NEVER look back... Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy what I have done here. Let me know what you think... Happy Stamping!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pacific Navy Sands

I really like how this card turned out. The colors we had to use were: Not Quite Navy Pacific Point Sahara Sand
I added some iridescent ice ep to the flower to give it a little added shine.. I tore the edge of my cardstock and added my sentiment and a ribbon...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Glittered Polka Dot Hearts

I did this card for today's technique challenge at splitcoast. We had to make our own polka dots. I chose to make my polka dots with my cuttlebug embossing folder... I am not as happy with the polka dots as I am my glittered hearts... I was messing around with my new small heart punch and this is what I came up with and I am super happy with the finished product.
To get the glittered hearts, I punched out the hearts with my small punch and added 1/4" "tear"ific tape to the backside. (The 1/4" is the perfect size to cover the openings. I then added my glitter to the openings. I really love this card and I think the colors are great together... I love going to retired colors for inspiration... I hope you like what I did today... Please let me know what you think as your comments are always welcomed... The glitter and "tear"ific tape can be purchased at Sparkle N Sprinkle.... Happy Stamping!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Flower 4 You

This was a crazy weekend filled with busy busy busy... I didn't even see my stamp room for 2 days. I almost forgot what it looked like... I did however see the splitcoast challenge today to make rolled flowers... So I am glad that I had a few minutes to play before work today...
I absolutely LOVE paper/rolled flowers and anyone that has ever seen my gallery knows this already... Thank you so much for such a wonderful challenge today... I used my spellbinder's bity blossoms die to make my flowers... I added a little bit of glue gloss to my flowers and sparkled them up with some fairy dust... They look awesome in real life.. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you like what I have done... Happy Stamping!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Birthay Cupcake

This is my card for today's challenge to use our corner rounders... I have had this for years and I can't tell you the last time I used it. Thank you Wendy for giving me a good reason to pull out yet more loved but forgotten items from "storage." I used a Digi image from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Happy Birthday Flower Cupcake.
The best part about Digi images is that you can alter the size any way you want and if you are really knowledgeable in your photo editing program, you can even add colors before you print. I prefer to color my images with copic markers so I just re-size and use. I hope you like what I did today..

Thumped Flowers

I did this Wednesday night when the challenge was posted and had planned to upload it yesterday morning. I ended up talking on the phone with my mom for 2 hours and then went to my MIL's house to help her can 100 pounds of tomatoes and I never did find the time to upload it... So a day late and a dollar short, here is my card for yesterday's challenge.. :)
The background is created by taking your image and inking it. This technique will work with any stamps but the solid images show the detail a lot more. Once you ink up your stamp, then take your coordinating marker and gently tap it down on your inked image in random places where you want that second color to show. When doing this technique, I recommend using the side of your brush and not the tip so you don't ruin your marker.
Now that you know how simple it is to create this gorgeous look, why don't you go and give it a try... Your markers are useful for so much more... Happy Stamping!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pink Embossed Crocus

I was just messing around in my stamp room and wanted to play around with a new technique. Brenda from Sparkle N Sprinkle posted a tutorial on Glitter Masking.. I wanted to take it a step further and apply the same concept but instead of glitter, I used embossing.
I cut out my adhesive sheet with the Spellbinders die and then I cut out the protective backing sheet with the classic rectangle. I peeled the second protective sheet from my fancy cut die and placed the rectangle backing sheet in the center so only the outer edges would get the embossing powder. I embossed the edges and removed my backing and added my image. The image was colored with Copic Markers and then I added a small amount of glitter to the flowers in white so that they looked like they were coming up out of the snow as the sentiment says. The rest of the card was pretty simple to put together but I think the outcome is just gorgeous...

Haunted Sketch

I had a lot of fun making this card... The image is a digital from Sparkle N Sprinkle and I absolutely love that you can alter the image, remove parts, resize, etc. I made this image exactly as I wanted it for this card..
I colored my image with copic markers and cut out with the spellbinders die. I added some sakura glue to the moon and stars and added just a touch of glitter. I continued to layer my card according to the sketch over at SplitCoast today. I added some crochet thread to look somewhat like a spider web and the flourishes in brown to look like extra tree limbs coming out from behind the card image. My image is popped up onto dimensionals. I hope you like what I did with this sketch. I had fun playing and I love this new image from Sparkle N Sprinkle. Check out their website, I promise you won't be sorry you did... They have some absolutely fantastic items to choose from... Happy Stamping!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Be A Rose

This was done for a new technique, well newly posted technique by Brenda at Sparkle N Sprinkle. This technique can be found in their Techniques and Tutorials section under Stamping On Glitter. I absolutely love this technique. The look it gave this card was so elegant and pretty.
I made the rosette using a scrap sheet of cardstock that measured 1 1/4" X 12. I stamped my rose using Memento Black Tuxedo ink and colored with various copic markers. I "fussy" cut my image and layered on top of my rosette. I used the iRock to add the rhinestones and I used the swirled template. I absolutely love my iRock. I hope you like what I did with my card today... Visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle website to see how to stamp on glitter and make your cards really pop... The glitter and Super Adhesive Sheets can be purchase from Sparkle N Sprinkle.... Happy Stamping!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Beautiful Glittered Rose

I was just playing around in my stamp room so I thought I would play for a little bit. I had this image sitting on my desk all colored and ready to use, but how to use it? I started with my image and colored with copic markers. I then cut the image out using a spellbinders classic circle die. I then cut out a matching circle of double sided adhesive sheet.
I stuck the adhesive sheet to my flower, removed the backing from the adhesive sheet and then added glitter on top of my image. I made my rosette using a strip of DSP 1 1/2" by 12 and scored every 1/4" using alternating valley and mountain folds. I then assembled my card with a few layers and my rosette on top with my gorgeous glittered image...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Just Because FS

As soon as I found this card in Angel's gallery, I knew exactly what set I was going to pull out...;ppuser=71773
This was probably one of the first 10 stamp sets I purchased and I still love it to this day... There are so many ways to use this one... I changed the background color, the stamp set, the border punch and a few minor other details... My main image was colored with copic markers. What did we ever do without copics?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Red Embossed Inspiration

This is my card for today's inspiration challenge.. There is a lot of great items to get you inspired to do this challenge... I chose this image for mine: I love the look of the red and white here so that is what I went with for my card... I stamped my background on 3 separate sheets of white cardstock all different sized. I then embossed with Firecracker Red Glitter from SNS. I put white cardstock between the layers to create this gorgeous background. Looks like DSP but it's not... :)
I added a close up photo so you could see the embossing detail. This is awesome embossing powder that has glitter added for shine... It looks so awesome when it's heat set. The details show up so wonderfully. Please visit the SNS store and check out their amazing products. You won't be disappointed. The store link is to the right... :) Happy Stamping!!!

Another SNS Sketch

I was playing around in my stamp room last night and decided to make another card for September's SNS Sketch Challenge... I chose to do the Lacey Background Technique for this one... I made my main panel with the Lacey Background Technique found at SNS. This is a fun technique and looks amazing... My background is embossed with my new embossing folder. (Love it!) I colored my flower with various copic markers and added a small amount of glitter to bling it up a little bit. I popped it up on a large prima flower for added dimension and color pop. I hope you enjoy my card today... Happy Stamping!!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Love and Happiness

I made this card for this month's sketch challenge at Sparkle N Sprinkle. I just recently made the DT there and couldn't be happier. Stop by their store and check out their amazing glitters and embossing powders. They now sell Micro Fine Glitters and they are just awesome... Their store can be found here: I started with my base card an then ran my DSP through the Big Shot with the Top Note Die from Stampin Up!. I stamped my sentiment. I tied a ribbon across the lower portion of the Die and adhered with "tear"-ific tape. I used the Quickie Glue Pen to place a small amount of glue on my flowers and sprinkled glitter and let dry. I assembled my card. I wanted to keep the simple feel of this sketch and really let the Die stand out. I didn't want to go with too much bling and I didn't want a crazy colored image. Just a nice simple sentiment and some gorgeous flowers... Thank you so much for stopping by. I would love to know what you think.. Happy Stamping!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


So after 2 months of waiting and stressing and failed project after failed project, I am so very excited to say that I am now a new member of the Sparkle N Sprinkle DT... I can't tell you how badly I wanted this team. I spent countless hours thinking about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to put it together. A couple ideas worked but many plopped big time... I have more wasted images, papers and adhesive than I care to admit. Luckily I did something right. Thank you SO much to Brenda and the rest of the team for the warm inviting welcome. I look forward to working with all of you and meeting some of you.... Again a huge thank you and a warm welcome to the rest of the team members new and old...
Happy Stamping!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Basic Chocolate Gumballs?

I know crazy title right? That is what I thought when I saw today's color challenge over at splitcoast...
Basic Gray Chocolate Chip Gumball Green At first I thought there was no way I can work with this color combo... As I was thumbing through my DSP, I found this gorgeous gray one and then some coordinating ones with the brown and green... I didn't like the look of any of the other ones, so I made my own paper. I stamped the tres chic onto both my gray and vanilla background papers. I then cut a rectangle with my spellbinders and stamped the main image. The flowers were double stamped off for the lightest color, then stamped off 1 time and then the centers were full color... I added the butterflies and then some bling to the centers... I tied a gumball green ribbon across the bottom of my main panel just for some "green pop" I hope you like my card today. I think it turned out better than I had imagined it would.. And the imagination was rough.. :) Happy Stamping!!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Soft Flowers

This is my card for today's FS challenge... I chose this card to CASE:;ppuser=286120 I changed the colors, the flower and added some ribbon and a sentiment... I hope you enjoy my card today... Thanks so much for looking... Happy Stamping!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Blue Ribbon Inspiration

This is my card for today's inspiration challenge... I picked this piece as my inspiration: I loved the colors... I love anything with a monochromatic look to it... I stamped my main image with ranger distress black soot and colored with copic markers. I then added some glue and glitter to a small part of the image and let dry. I cut out my main panels with the new Stampin up framelits dies and pierced them with the matching template. I embossed the right side of my background and layered the left side with DSP. I put my main image on the die cut panels and adhered to the background. I added a pretty satin ribbon to finish it off.. I love the blues in this card... I would love to know what you think... Happy Stamping!!!

Pink Ribbon Inspiration

Here is another card for today's inspiration challenge.. I had this image sitting out so why not make use of it again right?
This was another simple card but I think the ribbon really looks cool here.. I cut my main panel A2 size and then stepped down the white panel and embossed it. I also sprayed the embossed panel with bubble gum shimmer spritz. It looks so much better IRL. I colored my main panel with copic markers and punch slits on both sides for my ribbon. I wrapped the ribbon around back and adhered it. I added pearls to the flower centers as well as my butterfly body. I added a simple sentiment and punched out with the small oval punch from Stampin Up... Please let me know what you think.. Happy Stamping!!!