Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

Welcome newest followers Frea KoningsSarah, and Kristi, and to all my sweet blogging friends. Here in central Florida, we are enjoying a splendidly gusty April day with winds from the southeast. My poor snap dragons and petunias are taking a beating!

Today's card share is from a cute Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp set. 

Some of the images are available digitally.
The rest are on the Celebrate Life Rubber Stamp Set.

matching cut file

A long-forgotten Spellbinders set (Fancy Tags One) was used for the sentiment, which was then distressed with distress ink and Opaline Cosmic embossing powder.

Beautiful on its own, the Spellbinders Elegant Labels Four was smooshed with VersaMark and embossed with more Opaline Cosmic embossing powder. The effect is a pearly, slightly opalescent appearance. I so wish the photography would have picked that up, instead of the over-kill around the colored sky, which was distressed with a VersaMarker and more Opaline Cosmic embossing powder. The camera has picked up the darkness rather than the opalescent quality. NOT FAIR! 

Maybe you can see it a little better here? 
(that silvery appearing stuff is actually a creamy iridescence.)

The outside frame is adhered with white dimensionals.
The interior mat is adhered with glue.
The bunny panel has double dimensional adhesive to pop it up a bit higher.

Love those tee-tiny white rose buds from Lavish Laces
Her products are so sweet and reasonably priced.

Sweet little card - and the dies actually made it very easy.
Smooshing VersaMark for EP is not very difficult, either! (giggle)

Fun to make, the image was colored with copics, and a little Daisy Velvet Glitter on the flowers, butterfly and the big carnation.

Products used:
Sparkle N Sprinkle "Celebrate Life" #457P4
Sparkle N Sprinkle Opaline Cosmic embossing powder EP359
Sparkle N Sprinkle Daisy Velvet Glitter (microfine) GM2019
Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue #540
VersaMark Ink
VersaFine Deep Lagoon (sentiment)
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass (distressed edges)
Spellbinders Labels thirteen S4-248, Elegant Labels Four S6-005, Fancy Tags One S4-235
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Copic Markers
Cardstock: White, Neenah Solar White, Aqua
Flowers and Lace from Lavish Laces
Tulle, Dimensional Adhesive

Fun Challenges in which this card this card is entered:

  1. Craft Your Passion Challenges - #209 Bunnies, Chicks and Eggs - my card uses all 3 elements 4/21.
  2. Crafty Bloggers Network - April - Die Cuts or Dry Embossing - 4 die cuts were used in my creation 5/5.
  3. Eureka Stamps Challenges - #85 Happy Easter - 4/20 (used Easter image, inside message)
  4. Ooh-la-la-Creations - #154 Easter/Spring 4/26
  5. The Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE246 "Easter" - 4/20
  6. Through the Purple Haze - #37 "Anything Goes" - 4/19
  7. Victorine Originals Challenges - #81 "Easter" - ?
  8. Whoopsidaisy Challenge - "Easter" 4/19
  9. Fairy Tale Stamper - #37 Bingo - 5/3 (top row Lace, Die Cut, Flowers and Diagonal Lace, Glitter, Text)
  10. Hobby Cutz - #43 Bingo - 4/19 (first column Lace, Punch, Die Cuts and Diagonal Die Cuts, Tamp, Flowers)

thank you for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Little Miss I-Love-Spring {Scrapbook Stamp Society}

Welcome, dear blogging friends, and new followers Pam, Kim, Gina, Mary Mac.

Today's post is bittersweet - it is my final post as "permanent guest designer" at the Scrapbook Stamp Society where My Besties rule. I've enjoyed the privilege of posting on the SSS blog for over a year, and will miss working with DTC Sher and all the amazing artists on the team, but there are just not enough hours in the day... you know how it goes.

So on to this little cutie

She is in Love with Spring! 

Spring has sprung 
Little Miss I-Love-Spring 
has Spring Fever, 

hence all the loving hearts growing just for her! 

Do you have Spring Fever?

A little bling is just below the scalloped edge (Frosted Carmen Glitter and Heart Bling).

Little Miss I-Love-Spring (IMG205) is colored with Copic Markers.

This week's challenge at "As You Like It" is all about stitching (faux or real). 
Sewing on cards is about the only sewing I do (smile). 
It's fun and easy and provides great texture.
I can never decide whether I prefer straight stitching or zig-zag so in this case, both styles were used on three panels. Do you have a favorite style?

MFT "Love" die cut is covered with Sparkle N Sprinkle's Princess Rose sparkly cosmic EP. It covers so completely with one coat you'd never know it was applied to white cardstock.

Little Miss I-Love-Spring is embellished with SNS Bubble Gum glitter, as are the flowers.

I love coloring these little My Besties images - brings out the little girl in me (as if I need help).

Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Products Used:

  • Sherri Baldy's My Besties IMG205
  • Card Size A7 (5" x 7")
  • Cardstock: K and Co, pale aqua, neon lime, cranberry, Neenah Solar White
  • Dies: Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles S4-306, MFT "love" die cut, IO Bow die cut
  • Copics: E53, E00, E31, E41, E35, RV20, RV02, RV000, RV23, RV11, Colorless, B0000, B000, B01, B02, G43, G20, R81, R20, Y00, Y08, YR07, YG06, YG11, G20, G43, R20, R81
  • SNS Bubble Gum Ultrafine Glitter G1088
  • SNS Frosted Carmine Velvet Glitter GM2011
  • SNS Princess Rose embossing powder EP387
  • Lace, Stitching, Recollections bling on a roll (hearts), Recollections roses
  • Cuttlebug hearts embossing foldler

This darling card is submitted to the following Challenges:

  1. Sister Act Card Challenge - #52 Anything Goes 4/17
  2. The Stamping Boutique - #12 Distress It (layer distressed with ink, another with Zutter distrezz-it-all) 4/17?
  3. 4 krafty girlz challenges - #15 "Anything Goes" 4/16
  4. As You Like It - #25 - Favorite Style of stitching and why (explained up in the body of my post with your blog link) 4/24
  5. My Besties Design Team Germany - #1 Anything Goes - 4/13
  6. Natalie and Amy's Challenge - #19 Embossing - 4/30 - (dry embossed cranberry panel and wet embossed "Love" sentiment in pink
  7. Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #24 Anything goes (digital image) 4/18
  8. Stampinpearls Challenge - April - Anything Goes 4/30
  9. SplitcoastStampers - #SC483 - sketch

Stamping Hugs,

Monday, April 07, 2014

Blogger Permalinks Changed

The following information is per Google Forum Help April 7-2014.

Google's Blogger has made changes in the feature "LINKS" shown on the right side of the "Compose/Draft" page of your blogs.

In the past, if a specific URL was needed (perhaps for a blog hop), it was easy to copy and paste the link from the LINK  and PERMALINK feature.

This has now been "abbreviated".

Click on LINKS. The option for either "Automatic" or "Custom" is presented.

Actually, it is easier using custom. Choose one word. Even if you change your blog title, the Custom Permalink will remain the same. However, with Automatic, if the title of your blog post changes even by one space or word, your Permalink will automatically be reconfigured to match it.

Be sure to click on DONE and SAVE at the top.

Notice that the URL is only partially shown:

It is assumed you know the rest of the address for your blog URL.

In my case:


to create your permalink you will need to manually type in the front of your post's URL using this formula:


+ add the Permalink 


equals (=)


Be careful about typos!

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Showers Reveal - Sparkle N Sprinkle

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's April 1 Reveal.

A very special welcome to new followers: 
Dr. Sonia, Kitty, Chrissy, Debs, Kimberly S, Pat N,Carmen and Susan.

singing, "April Showers bring May Flowers"...

This month 5 new stamp sets are being introduced. Until April 3, the sets are 20% off their regular price. The April Showers stamp set by artist Jan Mahew is available on Cling Mounted Rubber, as a digital image, and is also included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month.

*NEW* also available as 
digital image here.
*NEW* also available as 
digital image here.
*NEW* also available as 
digital image here.

Crackle Background #609P5

On April 3 five winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below. Each winner will receive a new stamp set, and the choice of one embossing powder and glitter to go with their new set.

The new SNS Creative Challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. This month, if you use a Sparkle N Sprinkle image in your Challenge project, not only will you become a Featured Artist, but your name will be entered in a separate drawing for 3 Ultra Fine Glitters and/or Embossing Powders.

The winners of the blog hop will be announced on April 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Steff Munnings - new designer!
Donna Ellis (me!)
Shona Erlenborn
Eret Pank
Mayra Hernandez
Emmy van den Heuvel
Belinda Shupe
Marie Berquist
April Williams
Jazzy Jill

My card today is a feat!
It is flat! (for mailing)
  It is small! A2 size. 
 Normally I make size A7 (5" x 7"), so this truly was a difficult card to make in my book.
          Still, there is plenty of sparkle. (giggle)

The card "jacket" is white and covered completely with Sparkle N Sprinkle Teal Velveteen Microfine Glitter. Painted with Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue and immediately dredged with glitter, it only took about 30 minutes to dry completely, even in Florida's humid weather. The excess was brushed off, and the jacket was glued to the pink card base. AND the glitter stays in place.

The sweet little image was heat embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle White Detail embossing powder, then colored with Prismacolor pencils.

The darling sentiments are heat embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle Mediterranean embossing powder, tied with sparkly fibers, and adhered onto the umbrella handle. The umbrella was first heat embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle By The Lake embossing powder, then coated with Sparkle N Sprinkle Pink Lady Cosmic embossing powder to create texture and a unique marbled look, similar to rain.

The raindrops are first embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle White Detail embossing powder and then lines were drawn with a VersaMarker next to each white line, and heat embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle By The Lake embossing powder.

Spellbinder's Classic Square dies were used to create the window card and jacket.
directions to re-create this card are here.

Remember that the new stamp sets are 20% off through April 3, and three of them are available in our digital store as well (see above for the links).
Thanks for stopping by today! I always appreciate your visits!

Products used:
Prismacolor Pencils: Deco Pink, Blush Pink, Precious Red, Light Aqua, Deco Aqua
Stream Water Base Marker
SB Grand Ovals (behind doily)
SB Classic Squares (create window card base and jacket)
SB Labels Nineteen - S4-311
IO Umbella Die049-A
Cheery Lynn Swedish Spring Oval Frame FRM 135

This card is submitted to the following Charming Challenges:
  1. The Kraft Journal - #165 Inside and Out - use Kraft CS and follow inside-out theme 4-6
  2. The Paper Nest Dolls - #7 Anything Goes - 4-11
  3. Use Your Stuff - #129 Die Cuts - 4-6 (used 7 die cuts listed above)
  4. Allsorts Challenge blog - #252 Use Those Dies (used 7 die cuts listed above) 4-3
  5. Speedy The Fox (MFP) Challenge - #205 Use a Negative from die cut (square dies used to create window card and jacket 4-3
  6. Word Play Saturday - March "Anything" (two sentiments on front) 4-5
  7. Alphabet Challenge - Mar28 "D is for Die Cuts" - 4-7
  8. Crafty Cardmakers - #113 "You've Been Framed" (use frame) 4-13
  9. Izazovi I Slatkisi Challenges #30 Embossing (used 4 colors of embossing powder) 4-2
  10. Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - #224 Anything Goes 4-3
  11. Cut It Up Challenges - #41 Anything Goes (7 die cuts) 4-1

Stamping hugs,


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