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** how to fix: Email Notifications for Comments left on Blogger Blogs (June 21, 2018)**

Thursday, June 21, 2018

New Proverb House Mouse {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

Hi, Everyone! Wishing you a great day, and hoping you are doing well. Summer is in full force here with highs in the mid 90s (34-35C). Our vegetable garden is done except for some hot-hot peppers, okra (for roasting and barbecuing), and field peas (not green peas).

Time for a Sparkle N Sprinkle card.
Today's card is for a dear friend who recently underwent a very serious surgery. It's been a few weeks now, and she is beginning to feel a little better, but has a long way to go. This sweet card should cheer her!

Have you seen the "fix" for blogger comments? If not, click on the red link at the top of my blog.

House Mouse stamps have been among my bestest favorites for over 25 years. They are cute, reveal our own nature to us, and express love and sweetness in the most darling of scenes.

This card is 6" x 6" but the stamp is great for an A2 size as well. White cardstock was folded in half, with pattern paper placed on top.

Some favorite goodies used on this card:

The Mixed Edge Rectangles die set contains 13 dies alternating straight edge and scallop edge. I like these for the value, and also because they make great frames. I also like the Tim Holtz 9.5" Titanium Shears because it is easier free-cutting straight lines with them through just about any material.

A close-up of the sentiment from the Pansies Set heat embossed with pretty Blue Ribbon Detail EP:

The floral spray was made with Tonic Beautiful BramblesTonic Autumnal Oak, and Tonic Woodland Aster. The pieces were cut up, embossed with Mediterranean Star EP, glittered with Starfire Ultrafine Glitter, and spritzed with Mica Mist in Fresh Pear. The flower layers were spritzed with water, rolled, allowed to dry, before glittering:

 After spritzing the pieces, I looked at the paper under the pieces. What a great background piece it would make:

Loved the sweet "proverb" in this card. It's a great reminder to anyone who has trouble letting their body mend, too:

Such cuteness and lots of fun to make!

Challenges I'm submitting this card to:
  1. Aud Sentiments Challenges #206 Anything Goes + Sentiment 7/3
  2. Crafting With An Attitude #40 Anything Goes 7/5
  3. Crafty Animals #15 Anything Goes with Animals 6/27
  4. Monday House Mouse and Friends Challenge #268 AG or birthday - 6/24 
  5. Creative With Stamps Challenge #15 Cute Animals 7/2 (sep post)
  6. Scrapy Land Challenge #92 AG using die brand from SL 7/1 (several Tonic Studios dies listed below)
  7. Sweet Stampers Challenges #21 Animals 7/8
  8. World Wide Open DT Challenge #06 AG for DT (for Sparkle N Sprinkle) 7/15

SNS Products Used:
Thanks for visiting!
Stamping Hugs,

Sunflower Collage - Stampendous

Hello, blogging friends! It's time to share a wonderful new stamp for the new Moving Along With The Times Challenge! I hope you can play along. Challenge #74's theme is JUNE BLOOMS - just make sure your card's focal image is a flower(s) and share your card!

We have a guest sponsor this month who will be providing a prize to one lucky player: Crafty Ribbons. My card features Yellow Ric Rac Ribbon. Challenge ends July 4 at 11PM Eastern Daylight Time. Looking forward to seeing your floral creations on the challenge blog!

Today's project contains a bit of mixed media styling, using every bit of this gorgeous 6x6 Stampendous Stamp called Sunny Sketch!

I loved the way it looked with only the color - no glitter or embellishment.

But we all know I can't NOT add glitter! (love the double negative?)

After heat setting with White Detail Embossing Powder, I used assorted Watercolor sprays, markers, and reinkers - whatever was in my stash with colors I wanted to achieve. It was fun and easy! An acrylic block was my palette and I scribbled, dabbed and sprayed whatever color onto it. Then an Aqua Flow brush made easy work of the colors. Be sure to wet your paper before applying color for more fluid blending.

This two-pack includes one medium brush and one fine brush.

I stamped a 2nd flower, embossed it, and spritzed with Nuvo Mica Mist in Turkish Rose and Violet Lustre. This effortlessly produced a pearly iridescent flower, resisting the White Detail Embossing Powder. The flower was spritzed with water, and each petal was crimped and shaped. Every 2nd or 3rd petal was cut off so the flower beneath could be seen:

The flower center was fun! I adhered layers of Pink Fizz MicroFine GlitterGlass Glitter in Fuchsia and SilverSilver Leaf Tinsel Glitter and some micro beads on top of Dimensional Glue:

Raspberry Pink Crystal Drops have been used inside the yellow flower, along the bottom border, and a few other places. Dimensional Glue with Starfire Ultrafine Glitter was also used along the border and elsewhere:

Products Used:

Challenges this card is submitted to:
  1. As You Like It Challenges (June 21) Wet or Dry Embossing - Which is your Favorite and Why? - I have always enjoyed wet embossing because of the richness it affords. Watching it raise up into shiny, creamy textures, and marvelous colors, I can't help but be addicted to the possibilities such as resist techniques, simple golden elegance, or making my own metallic or sparkling paper for die cuts. It's a great distressing tool, too. I love playing with my EP! 7/5
  2. Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #74 Sunny Summer Days 7/5
  3. Dare 2B Artzy (June 3) Bright Colors 7/1
  4. Crafting from the Heart #211 Anything Goes 6/27
  5. Crafty Cardmakers #214 Wet or Dry Embossing (white detail EP around all the images). 7/1 (C15)
  6. Creatalicious Challenges #141 AG with flowers 6/29
  7. Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges #1824 Anything Goes 6/25
  8. Stamping Sensations (June 3) Anything Goes 7/1 (sep post aft)
  9. The Creative Crafters #5 Anything Goes 7/12
  10. We Love 2 Create (June 3) Anything Goes Mixed Media (same post) 7/1
  11. World Wide Open DT Challenge #6 - AG for a DT 7/15

On a Personal Note:

My Hoya plant (commonly known as Hindu Rope) is blooming again! Each year, there will be more blooms, as long as I don't trim it, because Hoyas tend to bloom in the same spot each year. Here are 2 draped "ropes" with blooms:

In this bloom, the tiny waxy shell that contains the velvety starburst can still be seen at the bottom of the bloom. It has not burst open yet:

Like Christmas Cactus, Hoyas grow up trees in the wild and have many air roots.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Email Notifications for Comments left on Blogger Blogs

Google has somewhat fixed the issue of receiving comment notifications on an individual's blog where they are the sole contributor.

The article is here:!topic/blogger/V611KU-BUOQ

If you have already done these steps (as I have numerous times), it finally worked for me today.

Go to SETTINGS > EMAIL > and in the two slots on the right:

remove your email address.
(if this is a group blog, you will need to remove everyone's addresses).

SAVE the changes.

Wait a few moments, and go back in to the same slots, adding your email address. CLICK SAVE.

An email will be sent to you offering you the choice to SUBSCRIBE. ACCEPT THE INVITATION TO SUBSCRIBE.

You will now receive email notifications. KEEP IN MIND that each and every notification you receive will have an option to UNSUBSCRIBE. If you accidentally hit unsubscribe, the notifications will stop.

IF YOU ARE PART OF A GROUP-CONTRIBUTOR BLOG, everyone's email addresses will need to be removed. Click SAVE. Wait a few moments, and then add everyone's email addresses. THEY MUST ACCEPT THE INVITATION TO SUBSCRIBE. There is a glitch right now. If one person selects DECLINE, it will drop everyone's email address off. Hopefully that will be remedied soon.

Thanks to Verna for making me try it one more time. LOL


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