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

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Happiness Is A Full Mailbox {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

A special welcome to new followers Artesania and Gertrude.

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's May 1 Reveal.
The SNS website was not playing nicely, so we are a bit late showing off our May projects with the new images.

This month Sparkle N Sprinkle is introducing EIGHT new rubber stamp sets and 5 new digital sets. Through May 21, the rubber stamp sets are 20% off their regular price.

The beautiful Nesting Bird set is available:
 on Cling Mounted Rubber
as a digital image
and is also included in Jazzy Jill's Technique Video for the month.

FREE shipping any size order. When checking out in the on-line store, please use a credit card (not PayPal) and write VIDEO KIT CUSTOMER in the COMMENTS section. Your account will be manually adjusted.
Video Kit Customers using PayPal, please phone the office to receive free shipping.
Offer expires May 21, 2014.

On May 21 EIGHT 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 stamp sets are:
Travel Mixed Media #607
Floral Flourish #634
Leafy Flourish #641
Nesting Bird #602   (digital available)
Church Sympathy #604   (digital available)
Across the Miles #603   (digital available)
Spunky with Flowers #605 (digital available)
Garden Silhouette #600 (digital available)

The blog hop winners will be announced on May 21 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Anita Scroggins
Steff Munnings
Donna Ellis

Today I am sharing Across the Miles Stamp and Travel Mixed Media Stamp Set.

Earth Tone Copic Markers worked really well with this sweet little 1950's image. 
The denim blue tones work well that rich NAVY Glitter.

The corner embellishments were created using Desire Fourie's flower tutorial. They add dimension and visual interest.

Old Paper Distress Ink helped define the edges of both the Across the Miles Stamp and the Travel Mixed Media Stamp. 

To make a card like this, please click here for full step-by-step directions.

If you are new to blending colors with Copic Markers, Sparkle N Sprinkle has some Basic Copic Marker tips on the Tips and Techniques Page. There are technique tutorials for all the fine SNS products.

The following flat card uses the Sparkle N Sprinkle Watercoloring on Velvet Glitter technique. I wish the sparkle on this card would show up on the photograph!

Again, the corners were created using Desire Fourie's flower tutorial. They have been painted with Brushable Glue and Cloud Nine Velvet (microfine) Glitter to provide dimension without increasing postage expenses.

The Spot Light technique was used on this card. Both the plain image, and the round panel contain the Cloud Nine Velvet (microfine) Glitter
I pulled the color off Lyra Watercolor Crayons with a Dove Blender Pen, and painted directly on the glitter.

To make a card like this, please click here for full step-by-step directions.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you win a prize! 

Products Used:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Across the Miles Stamp Set #603
Sparkle N Sprinkle Travel Mixed Media Stamp Set #607
Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue #540
Sparkle N Sprinkle NAVY Glitter G1079
Sparkle N Sprinkle Cloud Nine Velvet (microfine) Glitter GM2000 (card two)
Sparkle N Sprinkle Super Adhesive Sheets (card two)
Paris Dusk Memento Ink 712353256088 (stamp image and distressing) card one
Rhubarb Stalk Memento Ink 712353253018 (stamp sentiments and distressing)
UltraMarine Staz-On (card two)
Old Paper Distress Ink
Copic Markers (card one)
Lyra Watercolor Crayons and Dove Blender (card two)
Spellbinders Shapes - Abstract S4-001 (card one)
Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles S4-306 (card one and two)
Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles S4-202 (card two)
Spellbinders Standard Circle Small S4-116 (card two)
Martha Stewart Lace Heart Edger (for tiny hearts)
EKS Whale Punch 1.5" Circle (for medallions)
Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish Die Cut (card one)
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Authentique DPs, Concord Crush, Cajun Craze, Lavender
   for corner folds: Desire Fourie
   Sparkle N Sprinkle Basic Copic Marker tips  (card one)
   Sparkle N Sprinkle Watercoloring on Velvet Glitter.  (card two)
   Sparkle N Sprinkle Spot Light technique

Challenges these cards are entered in:

  1. Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #85 "Cards for Men or Male Colors" (boy in denim blue)  5/23
  2. A Creative Romance - #24 May 9 "One for the Boys" - 5/22

Sweet Hugs to You,


Mayras Designs said...

These are each fun , and very cute !

Anne Temple said...

Both of these are adorable. Love it combined with the map and how cool to do the spotlighting technique on the glitter.

April said...

Such cute cards! Your coloring is great and I love the spotlight technique on the second one. Great job!

Katy said...

These are great cards. Love that little boy checking the box! So sweet! And I love cloud nine microfine glitter! :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

How gorgeous- love the glimmer and the glimmer spotlight- ohhhh la la! The Navy glitter is Gorgeous- love the way you used it to outline the map and the shimmering image!

Embellishments said...

Donna both cards are very lovely! Across the miles and travel mixed media stamp sets work absolutely great together - love it! I love the cloud nine glitter and the spotlight technique on the second card. Very creative De :-)
Hugs, Steff

Anonymous said...

Great use of the little boy getting the mail in two different versions. the first is colored so nicely. Love the map as part of the background. The second - highlighted with only partial coloring is great too.

Sarah said...

Such a fabulous image and two great cards as a result. Love the technique of the second one, unusual and so effective!! xx

SD pooja said...

Watercoloring on glitter??..Something very interesting and I loved the results !Wonderful cards !

brenda said...

Great masculine cards Donna and beautifully put together.

Hope you are as well as can be.

B x

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow what beautiful cards Donna so beautiful design.

gr karin

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are both fabulous and I can see the sparkle on the second card Donna, the image is adorable have a good week.
Kevin xx

loulou said...

Fantastic cards. I love the adorable across the miles boy. I love the effect of the colouring over the glitter it looks amazing.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Such fun and different looks using the same image! Love the spotlighting look on the second, but my favorite thing is the way you used the map as the background in the first - just fabulous!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful designs again Donna, you must spend so much time with the fabulous glitter in a lot of the layers and die cuts. The colours are fantastic as well. I love the map image. I hope you are doing well, take good care, Shirley xx

Benzi said...

Super creations, Donna. You do such wonderful cards with the glitter. Nice, new images coming out and you're just the one to make perfect cards to show them off.
Nice corners. Desire has some wonderful tutorials, doesn't she?

Have a fine day.

Paula said...

I just love, love, love that map stamp. Love what you have done Donna!

Winterseve said...

I just love your creations! The first is my favorite, with the map. So pretty. I love this set and what you did with it!

cotnob said...

These are both fabulous, I love your image and map background - such a good idea.
The sparkle on the second card looks wonderful as does the spotlight technique.
In answer to the question you left on my blog, the House-Mouse CD does have images for you to colour but the Gruffies and Happy Hoppers one doesn't, the image on the card that you commented on is a rubber stamp.

Pat said...

Love your cards. Great idea to combine the mailing with the map.

pam said...

hi Donna, fantastic card creations, love the image used on both cards, colours and embellishment..
hugs pam x

Stampsnob. said...

AWWWWHH! The little boy at the mailbox is adorable. Your card is wonderful........Lis

Verna Angerhofer said...

Super cute and beautifully created. Love them all.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hi, Donna :-) Such a sweet image and two gorgeous cards! Love the colour scheme you used for both cards! I can't pick a favorite - they're both lovely!

Big hugs,

Gina H said...

Your cards are so cute! I love the color schemes that you used & the glitter!

NanaConnie said...

Fun new release, Donna, and I love these cards!

Jane Savage said...

Fabulous cards, Donna! That is such a cute stamp and I love the map in the fist and that amazing glitter technique in the second! So clever! xx

TracyM #6773 said...

SUPER CUTE stamps and FUN cards!!!
LOVE the layers & designs of them BOTH. Perfect pairing of the Across the Miles Stamp & Travel Mixed Media stamps, LOVE the flourishes tucked in there too!!!
As for your 2nd card - WOW - LOVE the borders of dark blue glitter and your GORGEOUS Watercoloring on Velvet Glitter technique - DEFINITELY something I need to try.
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and for sharing your tutorials too :)

Shea said...

Absolutely FABULOUS cards, Donna! I was already in love with the first one with your beautiful coloring and choice of country papers (the leafy flourishes are the PERFECT accents!), but the second one has me open mouthed with the awe of which your lovely creations inspire. I've always admired the painting on velvet technique, but combined with the spotlight technique, this card is STUNNING in its creativity, especially since you only colored the "spotlighted" portion. Genius! Thanks so much for sharing! I've been away from your blog far too long and look forward to catching up! Hugs!

Karen said...

Am swooning a little Donna - the new stamp sets are gorgeous!!! I especially love the bird with the birds nest, the silhouettes and the cute little mail box boy - fabulous stamps and your creation is absolutely stonkingly beautiful hun. Hope you are having a good or good'ish week Karen xx

Shirley said...

Wow, DE, both cards are sensational. I really like the colors, die cuts, and the map on your first card and the second one is spectacular too! TFS the link on using the glitter before coloring too. Hope you are feeling better, DF!!

Sue D said...

Great coloring on the first and fabulous technique on the second.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

craftieodmae said...

Gorgeous as always!!!!

Jerri Jimenez said...

De, I can't make up my mind which card I like best, they are both so much fun and adorable! The new collection of stamps is fabulous!

crafty-stamper said...

Both cards are faboulous love the mailbox and map image -great B.paper and love the spotlight technique on the glitter one
carol x

Leslie Miller said...

Donna, you always do the most amazing and imaginative things with your cards! I just love the shape of the map panel, as well as the darling image and all the sparkle. You wish the sparkle showed up a little better in the photo, but I do see some pretty fabulous sparkle. The navy glitter is outstanding! I would be agog at the sight of this in real life!

kReN said...

Love this card "Across the Miles". It is so wonderful. I just LOVE to receive mail. Send me some, girlfriend! Thanks for sharing!

Beccy said...

Firstly, great cards Donna! I love the sparkly one and the way you did the spotlight. It's such a cute little image.
Secondly, I've been trying to contact you through email but I don't think they're going through. Could you please check your spam box in case my emails have gone in there?
Thanks Donna.

Pat K said...

Fabulous cards Donna. I really like the map, especially the shape you've used..makes it so special. And your second one is very creative as always. hugs, Pat K x

Lizzidroege said...

So beautiful ...hugs lizzi

nwilliams6 said...

Hey Donna! Love your cards. Great sparkle and super fun images! Many hugz!

Shirley said...

Been AWOL for a while Donna but I have had a mooch on all missed and so many beautiful pieces.

Such beautiful cards and your sparkle is stunning.

Petra Swart said...

Oh, this is so cute, Donna!!! I love the sweet little boy collecting his mail that found it's way across the miles!!! Both these cards are lovely!! The glitter looks great!!!

Ok, I'm off to bed - past ten here already and it's cold - yes we're in the middle of winter!!!

Keep well and have a lovely day!!!
So glad I met you!!!