My blog is called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of incorporating mistakes. With fumble fingers that drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly, it takes a lot of giggles, smiles and creative patience during my crafting process. xx

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Showers Reveal - Sparkle N Sprinkle

March 27, 2021 - note:
THIS SET IS NOW AVAILABLE AT JAN'S DIGI SHOP. It is $4.00 and contains 10 images, including a colored version.

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,


Benzi said...

Wow! Love the image and you really know how to make a card sparkle. I love that you placed your sentiment hanging from your umbrella. Super creation, De.

Mayras Designs said...

What a lovely sparkly card Donna !! Full of pretty colors and shine !! Love everything about it !!


Jerri Jimenez said...

So very sweet and adorable, I love the sparkle!

Anne Temple said...

Fantastic job Donna! Love this in a white outline and all the glitter.

April said...

What a neat window card and so sparkly! I also love the pretty dies.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Wow, that is one sparkly card! I love the window idea and the white embossed scene. The wet umbrella is stunning and what a great idea to have the sentiments hanging from it.

Gina H said...

Your card is gorgeous! I love the colors that you used and the generous amount of glitter! Cute stamp set, too!

Jean Bullock said...

Love this, Donna. Not only that gorgeous teal glitter but the window card idea. The inner scene is embossed so well. It's gorgeous. But I am not surprised. Your work is always fab!

Belinda said...

Donna, your card is gorgeous as always!! I love that pretty sparkle. I would have never thought of the window idea, it is just perfect to showcase your stamped images. I just love it!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous card, Donna! You never cease to amaze me! I love all the glitter you used on the front - it is jaw-droppingly gorgeous! And your adorable embossed image and sentiments are lovely! I really like your umbrella too!

Roey said...

wow, I'm impressed with your work...very nice and you can organize bingo too! wow...thanks for sharing!

Embellishments said...

oh wow!!! Small but surely packed with tons of SPARKLES :-0 Love the Teal and pink color combo. Also, very creative with the rain drops effect on the umbrella and the image itself. The white EP is very nice. Beautiful die cuts too!

Hugs, Steff

Anonymous said...

There is lots of sparkle but it really looks nice. Love the inner design that shows through the window. Great job.

Sue said...

Can always count on your card to sparkle and shine, love it. Donna, this image is adorable and love how you did the rain. Pretty color combo too. Just gorgeous.


Karen Letchworth said...

Donna: This is SO PRETTY both inside and out, and so perfect for our challenge this week. Thanks so much for sharing this in our challenge, and PLEASE join us again soon.
God bless you,
The Kraft Journal

maria's knutselplezier said...

What an amazing, lovely card dear Donna, I love it!!!, great sparkling all over , beautiful colours and I love the window on your card!!!


Sue said...

WOW! The sparkle on this looks amazing Donna. I love the cute image, wonderful design and beautiful sentiments too.
hugs Sue xx

brenda said...

A little late commenting Donna, poorly computer so having to beg and borrow till my new one arrives.

It's lovely to see you at Allsorts this week and with such a stunning card as well, thanks for joining in.

B x


Gorgeous and beautiful card Donna fabulous colour's thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Catz
Hugs Dianne xx (DT)

Eret said...

Donna,your card is amazing inside and out. Teal glitter is fantastic with this stamps. Love your embossed umbrella and image. They are really beautiful.

SD pooja said...

I loved loved the window..It makes the card very interesting ...n the inside with layering is wonderful !

Paula said...

Lovely card Donna, all that sparkle is fabulous!

TracyM #6773 said...

LOVE the image, LOVE the window, LOVE the SHIMMER, SHINE & SPARKLE ... LOVE IT ALL!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your sparkly & crafty inspiration :)

Shirley said...

Love your design Donna everything shimmers and shines off the page. I can just picture those two little sweeties in my head splashing away to their hearts content.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous card Donna, I love all of your beautiful teal glitter and your window is a brilliant idea. Your embossed image is fabulous and looks so good through the window. You always amaze me with the amount of detail you manage to include on your cards.

Jane Savage said...

Beautiful, Donna! Sparkly gorgeousness through and through! xx

Isbaha said...

Such a pretty and sparkling card ! Love the window with the picture behind. Thanks for playing along with us at Use Your Stuff !

Unknown said...

Boy, that a lot of sparkle!! Love it! Like your color combo too!

loulou said...

Wow, your card is absolute glittery gorgeousness. I love the pencil colouring on the kraft and off course the amazing use of the embossing powders and glitter.

Lynndi said...

Love all the sparkle on this card. Super pretty!

Joy said...

Ooooo...Shiny! Love the color choices and the glitter jacket is smashing, darling. Nice work!

Winterseve said...

What a pretty card! it's so glitter fantastic! the color scheme is so feminine and pretty. I love it!

JanR said...

What a wonderful and sparkly card! So pretty!

I wanted to thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I really appreciate it!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow Donna what a gorgeous card.
you did a great job with all that bling and glitter.

gr karin

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowwwww Love the card and your sparkling is a ture play of art.,Thanks for your coments at Karin`s Blog about my butterflies sheet,,,,feel free to visit my store and ask me for yur favorite poduct for free, email me to

Anonymous said...

Love your card for so many reasons - the colours and textures and that it is flat. This is also a difficult size for me to create - you did a marvellous job.
Barb P.

Anonymous said...

Love how you used the microfine glitter, which is my new favorite embellishment. And the raindrop detail is genius. Thanks!

Pat said...

Love the sentiments with this set. Great card, especially the glitter.

Anonymous said...


Unknown said...

A feat indeed! More of a fait accompli! I love absolutely everything about your card, but gotta admit the glitter capped it off. Great job, Donna. I fully intend to use it as inspiration!!! ;D

happy said...

Love the glitter-it makes the card pop.

NanaConnie said...

I LOVE THIS CARD, Donna! So sparkly, so shimmery, so shiny, and such a gorgeous color combo. Wonderful idea to do the double sentiment and to make this a window card. Magnificent all the way around, my friend. :-D

Lin said...

Wow Donna, now that's what you call sparkle!!

I love that teal, and the fabulous image looks amazing in the aperture.

Thank you for sharing with us

Crafty Cardmakers and More

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow Donna, what a stunning sparkler! Fantastic design with the image on the inside & awesome colours. Beautiful work talented lady! Hugs, Shirleyx

Gerlinde said...

Just gorgeous Donna! Actually, breathtaking! Hope you are doing great, lots of hugs!

Shea said...

Since I first discovered glitter in first grade (or maybe even kindergarten), I have always known that you just can't have too much of it. EVER. And this card proves it - this is the kind of card that makes me want to hold it and hug it and kiss it and touch's darling and playful and fun and full of PIZZAZZ all at once! What a treasure! And sure enough, I learned a new trick, that of making the cutest sparkly raindrops ever!! You're a genius, sweetie pie, and I always enjoy your creative genius! (You even have sparkly fibers - wheee!)

Debbie said...

love the window card and all the glitter
upnurse at aol dot com

J said...

Thank you for joining in with my challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more... I really like the colour tones and images you have chosen to use - what a great blingy card!


pam said...

Hi Donna, gorgeous glittery card, beautiful color, love the cute image and lovely card shape.
hugs pam

Unknown said...

WoW had to put on my sunglasses for this one LOL Beautiful card luv all the sparkle.

crafty-stamper said...

love the image and brolly and love all the sparkle
carol x

carrie said...

Love your card with all the vivid colors and sparkle! Really like the window approach that you used with this card.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a glittery Spring delight! Such a pretty image of friends walking in the rain!

AuntDi said...

I love all the sparkle of this card. It's pouring in California right now and this card is perfect for today! It makes me smile.

MaryH said...

SnS has some gorgeous offerings for April. Love what you did with this pretty raindrop scene. So enjoyed reading all the how-to's. Never think to color over embossing but this is so pretty the way you've done it. A lovely sparkling front with the window to the interior. Your umbrella did look shiny-wet with the techniques you did to add texture and I'd say "Homerun" on achieving such a beautiful card that can be mailed easily too! At regular postage rate! It's just beautiful Donna. Can't wait to see what the other DT have done. Just saw Shona's beautiful card a few moments ago. TFS & Hugs

gobarb26 said...

Hi De. I just love your beautiful card! Now that is something I probably could not do! ❤️

Ramona said...

Cute cards using the umbrella kids - with our weather forecast for the next few days - this stamp would be very fitting. LOL

Pam said...

Awesome card. I particularly like the umbrellas. The sheen that they have is amazing.

its4b said...

Love the "shower" stamp, which I will scraplift for an upcoming baby shower for a friend. I've never tried all the embossing powders on one card and will give it a shot. Thanks!

Frann said...

What a sweet and beautiful card, Donna. It's so filled with clever techniques and awesome sparkle. I love it!

Mervi said...

Fabulous card Donna, great details.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts, good luck;-))m

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

You chose the perfect paper for your image! Lots of sparkle!

Thanks for joining our Anything Goes challenge at Cut it Up!

Anonymous said...

I love all the elements on your card, so glittery and the open window is so nice. The velveteen glitter & pink umbrella just beg to be touched. TFS!

Stampsnob. said...

Beautiful work de, The new stamp /elephant is adorable.......Lis

tilly said...

I love all the work and detail min your fab card, it certainly does sparkle lol, thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz

Cazro said...

Lovely new stamps, a lovely card, thanks for joining us at alphabet Challenges. Caz

Keti's Projects said...

Waw, what a embossing heaven on this beautiful card.
Thanks for playing with us at Izazovi i sladkiši (Challenges and candies).
Hugs, Keti (DT)

fionalawlor said...

Awww what a pretty card! I love the Turqiose and Pink together and all of your lovely sparkle! Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More.
Fiona x

Shirley said...

So I love the entire card inside and out! The umbrella with your wonderful sentiments too! I have a question about the embossed umbrellas. I know you embossed with White Detail embossing powder and colored the pink part with Prismacolor pencils. But when I look up close it looks like they have a metallic sheen. Is it just me? LOL Your embossing and choice of colors, embossing powders, and glitter are always!!

UTs Hobby Time said...

Superb card! Love all the sparkles and the colors are very attractive.

Diana said...

Oh my.....your card is absolutely amazing! I would love to receive this card!! TFS!

Unknown said...

You have made a very beautiful card and I really love the idea of that project.
Thank you for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Crafty Catz and don't forget to come back on Friday for our new challenge.
Anna xxx

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Sparkly and fun! Thank you for joining us at CIU!

Unknown said...

Stunning new stamps and presented so De

Stampsnob. said...

Wearing a different hat WELCOME to MFP.......Lis

Janis said...

Amazing and adorable card! Love all the glitter and the sweet image and sentiments!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Andreja said...

Beautiful card you made! I like your embossing :-))
Thank you for joining us at "Izazovi i Slatkiši". Good luck and please join us again!
Hugs, Andreja

Kathy Bradley said...

Oh so very pretty and I love the sparklies! Thanks for joining us at Speedy Fox & Friends.

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Anonymous said...

What a great card! I love the glitter (even though glitter and I have a love/hate relationship!)

Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff this week!
Tammy DT

Kim Bell said...

Thanks so much for your sweet words. I just love your card. I am following you as well.


Papercraft By Carole said...

Love that teal glitter. The aperture makes a great frame for you lovely image. Thanks for joining us at CCM&M. Cxxx

Papercraft By Carole said...

Hi Donna - thank you so much for you lovely comment on my blog! It's lovely to have you on board as a follower!! And thanks for the Pin too. Cxxx

Lynn said...

Beautiful card. I saw at TKJ blog. Love the white embossing on the Kraft. The blue glitter paper is the perfect frame. Well done.

Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely stunning Donna. A girl cant ask for prettier sparkle than this. Also love how did the sentiment and the inside is finished off so creatively.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Kristi said...

Amazing! I really love the beautiful colors and glittered paper! So yummy! Thanks for joining us at The Kraft Journal!♥

Leslie Miller said...

Ohhhh, look at this adorable image, and, of course, you made it ultra-happy with all the wonderful sparkle! Love how you made the window -- great way to decorate the outside and inside at the same time! Small and flat, and, oh, so fabulous!

Planetsusie said...

Oooh nearly missed this one Donna - I am catching up on the blog right at this moment. This is lurvely and sparkly - right up my street! The colours are soooo delicious as well! What a gorgeous card!

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Hope you are feeling well.

Hobby Musician Keyboard said...

Dear Donna, you makes Amazing beautiful Works! PLease come over and visit my Blog and shop! Many hugs from Marina

Carol Hurlock said...

WOWIE now that's a lot of sparkling goodness. I had to put my sunglasses on for A girl can never have to much sparkle. I love it.
Bear Hugs,

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Oh my goodness! Now that is a lot of glitter! Love the teal with the pink. I also really like the way you did up the image with heat embossing. While I'd love to explore that side of embossing, I just can't sink any more money into getting a whole new bunch of supplies! Never mind that I have no more room. I'll just live vicariously through all your sparkle!