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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We Mermaid to be Friends {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle June Blog Hop featuring new stamp sets!
We are now hopping on the 15th of each month.

Blog Hop Order this month is:

Donna (hey! that's me!)

My teamies have created some wonderful examples with these pretty, whimsical stamps. We hope you will be inspired and show us your creations in the new Challenge Group.

EASIER AND BETTER THAN EVER the SNS Creative Challenge is back. Now on Facebook, a blog is NOT required.  Just upload photos of your cards, layouts or projects for a chance to win a $15 gift card or a Top 3 badge. (please use at least one SNS image and say what it is in the comments section of your photo)

For a summer activity, 
we would love seeing your children and grandchildren play along.

Challenge Guidelines and FREEBIES are found here.

In addition to


this month the SNS store introduces Hampton Arts clear layering and card making stamp sets.


June's flutter-ific Video Kit Club includes a Tonic Die Set, Glimmer pens, the new Swallowtail Butterfly Rubber Stamp Set, Mirror Cardstock, and 3 detail embossing powders:

to help my email followers, here is the link for June's VKC:


Umbrella Friends Digital Set, and Rubber Stamp Set
Baby oh Baby Digital set, and Rubber Stamp Set
Swallowtail Butterfly Digital Mega Bundle, and Large Size Rubber Stamp Set
All the new digital and rubber stamp sets are 20% during their debut from June 15 - 20.

Can you find the starfish?

All kinds of Sparkle:

I colored the mermaid and her water with Copic Markers. 
If purchasing the Tropical Mermaid Alana Digital Set, you will receive this colored image, as well as a white background with colored image. 
Alana is accompanied by two sweet sentiments, a little scallop shell, and a darling starfish in both rubber and digital formats:

A close up of the embossing powders:

White Detail on the sentiment (on dark teal cardstock).
Mediterranean Star on the frame (white cardstock).
Mediterranean Star on the orange cardstock (different colors of paper change the look of the EP).
Mediterranean Star on the starfish (on white cardstock)

I have also used this versatile stamp for the background, embossed with Mediterranean Star embossing powder (sigh - I love this stamp):

Leafy Flourish Rubber Stamp Set

The finished card:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products Used:

Challenges I'd like to put this card in please:

Playing in the Paper Play Sketches color challenge with this card.
  1. A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge #6 - Anything Goes 7/1
  2. Allsorts Challenge #419 "Use at least 2 Dies" 6/15 (Tonic Layered Leaves 8x8 - used 3 dies, and SB Fleur de Elegance die set) sep post 6/22
  3. Classic Design Team Open Challenge #15 - Anything Goes DT 7/1
  4. Crafting With An Attitude #28 - Anything Goes 7/6
  5. Crafting With Friends #45 - Anything Goes
  6. Crafts Galore Encore JUNE - Anything Goes 7/1
  7. Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes 7/6
  8. Dragonfly Dreams (June) Make it Sparkle 7/2
  9. Glitter n Sparkle #243 Use Bright Colors 6/18
  10. Making Memories Crafting #6 Anything Goes/Bingo Board (diagonally from top right BLING - IMAGE - DIE CUT  7/7
  11. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1724 Anything Goes 7/7
  12. Paper Play Sketches (Wed June 14- #45?) Color Challenge 6/20
  13. The Fairy and the Unicorn Challenge #4 Anything Fantasy Goes 6/19
  14. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #23 - Anything Goes DT 7/15

Here are two more photos of what happens when the "fire season" drought ends in central, rural Florida, and rains grace our environment once again:

Wild Morning Glories spring up! Apologies for the shaky hands:

I love their vibrant, purply-magenta throats and their pure white petals!
We cannot grow "regular" Morning Glories here. Only the wild, indigenous flowers make it through the drought, and spring forth in the steamy Florida summers.

Aren't they so delicate and sweet?

stamping hugs,

(I see you!)


Anne Temple said...

Your mermaid looks amazing! Love all the details, especially that "sea wire". Fabulous design and colors!

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

WOW! Your mermaid is so pretty, I love the colors and textures, and I really love the Mediterranean embossing powder too - perfect choice! Everything about this card makes me smile. Also love that you are getting some flowers in your yard :) Have a great day!

Jessica K said...

Your die cuts are always soooo incredible! Such gorgeous detail with this card!

Linda said...

This is so beautiful, Donna! I love it!

aussie aNNie said...

De, your mermaid is gorgeous, the frame is so shimmery beautiful and just love the details. Gorgeous flowers you have shown, a sign of 'life'....hugs.xx [aNNie]

brenda said...

A totally delightful creation as always Donna and how beautifully the blue works with the orange and of then the hints of glitter really draw the eye. Lovely photos, Nature never fails to amaze me with it's beauty.

B x

Abfabdesigns said...

Love your mermaid and all the embossing , nature is marvellous isn't it
Have a great week Donna xxx

brenda said...

And then I forgot to thank you for joining in at Allsorts with your lovely card Donna.

B x

Sue said...

Donna, That is a fab card.

Those stamps look fab,k especially the butterfly ones.

The Morning Glory is so pretty.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Diane said...

Absolutely beautiful Donna!! Love all your gorgeous details and those fabulous dies you have used and of course the embossing powders and glitters, too...another stunner!!

Shirley said...

What a sparkly stunner Donna your mermaid is super pretty plus her fishtail is gorgeous. Must get more use out of my embossing powders!!

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

craftieodmae said...

Beautiful card!

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is amazing!! The mermaid is so gorgeous!! You colored her perfectly!! I love the dies you used and the sea net!! The sparkle, the design, everything is stunning!! Love, love, this, Donna!! So spectacular, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Unknown said...

The mermaid is awesome. The details on the card are fabulous. Great job.

SD pooja said...

I loved the mermaid card,perfect choice of colors teal n rust ,ocean theme :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card in fantastic colours, love the sparkle and layers of die cuts talented lady :) Have a great day, Hugs, xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

Donna you have made a gorgeous card.
love the colours you have used and the colouring is great.
gorgeous dies and design.

Gr Karin

Diane said...

Wow your Mermaid design is just stunning and love the die cut frame, colored image and glitter.

Hugs Diane

Janis Lewis said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Paper Play Sketches.
~Owner/DT Janis

Belinda said...

Another beauty Donna, love all the beautiful details and your colors are just stunning! Always look to forward to see your beautiful designs!!!

Unknown said...

Love the detail and your colors selections

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card that mermaid is just so pretty. Take care. Hugs Jackie

sarascloset said...

My goodness, Donna! This is gorgeous and a new favorite! I love the design and all the special and sparkly details! the colors on this are some of my favorites and oooh, la, la-that embossing is STUNNING! Can you tell, I LOOOVE this! Hugs!

Stampsnob. said...

Sweet image Love the sentiment ....Lis

Kathleen said...

Lovely image and a a great choice of colours, super card. Thank you for joining our 'Dies' challenge this week at Allsorts.


Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Beautiful coloring and color choices, Donna. This is so stunning with the intricate frame, sparkly embossing, and those COLORS! I need you to pick out my colors for me on my cards as I am color challenged. Absolutely gorgeous and I love wild Morning Glories, especially when they start climbing up things.

Ellibelle said...

So beautiful! Wonderful details and colors!
Many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge.

pam said...

Stunning creation Donna, love your underwater scene with this beautiful mermaid image, love your colours and wonderful shimmery die cuts.
Hugs Pam x

Karenladd said...

Donna, this mermaid is just exquisite! I love all the aparkly, shimmery goodness and your beautiful coloring technique. What genius to use that old wire ribbon to add texture and color. I'm so glad you gave us a close up view so we don't miss any of he details.

Donna Phelan said...

LOVE her! Such beautiful coloring and lovely colors! Your layers and textures are perfect as is the glitter and sparkle and embossing powders! Die cuts are fantastic and that is the best sentiment! (still having issues with my internet....grrr....but glad I made it here)! :) xo~

Gloria S said...

I'm very thankful for the rain here in Fl. I love the flowers. I also love your card. I went ro SNS looking for the die you used. It's not listed, so I thought it must be an older die.
I will look on the site and see the list of colors for the mousse.
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us.

Verna Angerhofer said...

So very gorgeous and what great coloring you did on the image. And, the layout is fantastic. Thanks for sharing some of the wild flowers on your yard too!

ionabunny said...

Stunning card. Love the shape and the die cuts and the layers and that cute mermaid is soooooo cute. Hugz

MiamiKel said...

Oh, she is a beauty! I want to be a mermaid! :) Love the vibrant blue and the gorgeous glimmer - perfect addition to your lovely coloring of this sweetie! Your layers and the card design is just fabulous. TFS!

Keen Crafter's Hand Made Goodies said...

This is just beautiful Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Michelle DT for

Debi said...

A beautiful card, fabulous coloring and wonderful textures. Donna, you never disappoint.

Eret said...

WOW! Love the Mediterranean Star EP with the orange. Very beautiful color combination. Embossed flourish background works very well with Alana. So gorgeous card with beautiful details.
About the Morning Glories... I'm so jealous.. How they can have so pretty name in English while in Estonan they are called 'kassitapp'. Direct translation is 'catkill'... I love their blooms but because of their name I have always had mixed feelings about them.

Valerija said...

Very sweet card. Love the mermaid image and wonderful shape.
Valerija xx

Beebeebabs said...

Another beautiful card - love the mermaid you colored her beautifully - you did a great job on the background and color choice and beautiful frames - love everything about this card thanks for sharing and have a fabulous weekend!!!

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

ich bin fasziniert von deiner Kartengestaltung. Deine Werke sind immer etwas besonderes. Die kleine Meerjungfrau ist so wunderschön und deine Gestaltung einfach perfekt.
Ich danke dir ganz herzlich für deine lieben Kommentare. Ich freue mich immer sehr wenn ich etwas lesen darf.
Ich wünsche dir einen guten Start ins Wochenende. Hugs Silvi

Nonnie's Cards and Gifts said...

Just gorgeous- fantastic card. Thank you for submitting at Making Memories Crafting. Vicki- DT

Nonnie's Cards and Gifts said...

I love this card and the layers and colors are amazing. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

Victoria DT for

NanaConnie said...

Fantastic, Donna! I adore that mermaid and all the sparkle. Great job putting the starfish on the sentiment. I'm so tickled to have been added to the new FB page and can't wait for the challenge come back in July. Woohoo!

Thayer Family said...

I love the sassy of this mermaid! I have the another mermaid stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle, which is also beautiful but there is a bit of sass to this one which is fun. The color combinations are beautiful and the glitter framing is fabulous.

Mary Gerard said...

Mermaids! The sentiment is sweet and I love the netting around the edges. Very creative!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Your mermaid card is "fintastic"! Such rich colors and sparkle with all those swirly details. The layout is superb and I really like the added netting - just perfect for our pretty little mermaid.

Leslie Miller said...

Fantastic! You're so amazing with the details, Donna. I look and look and wonder how I can add more interesting things to my cards... but then other times I wish I could just go clean and simple. I love it all! The wired ribbon is perfect for this and, yes, I do see the starfish. Your morning glories are so pretty, too. We have them climbing wild all over here. Ours are pure white. We have to keep them out of the yard and garden, though, or they'll take over.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my outstanding coloring of the image and isn't she just the sweetest, such lovely sparkle in the framing, so perfect for a underwater theme!!
The morning glories are so pretty, I love seeing them in the wild!!

Janice said...

A beautiful card Donna, such vibrant colours and a fabulous underwater scene. I love the elegant frame too.
Janice x

kReN said...

Gorgeous project, Donna. This is a great release and that mermaid is super! Thanks for joining us at the PIP Challenges this week. I love your project!

Jean said...

Absolutely stunning, love it.
Thanks for joining us over at Glitter 'N' Sparkle.
Jean xxx

cotnob said...

This is beautiful Donna, such a pretty mermaid - your sparkly frame is perfect - a fabulous design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card Donna love the beautiful mermaid and the fabulous colour of your embossing powder-brilliant texture and sparkle and yes I found the star fish lol
Carol x

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Paper Play Sketches, good luck!!! Amy DT

Chris said...

Wow, this is gorgeous Donna! your little mermaid is so sweet and so beautifully the green hair, so mermaid-y! Fabulous design with all that lovely texture and glitter
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

TracyM #6773 said...

LOVE your mermaid and MAGICAL layers, such a pretty combination of texture, sparkle and delicate patterns!
Thank You for sharing and INSPIRING ... I confess to having a soft spot for mermaids lately, so this image especially delights :)
PS - it is wonderful how Mother Nature rewards us with such amazing flowers

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

This is such a stunning project. I love all of the layers and textures. TFS

Christina said...

Oh my gosh I love the glittering blue frame and coral color tail on the mermaid Donna! And I found the starfish, right under the sentiment! Do I get a prize for spotting it? LOL. Just love your detailed sparkily card Donna. And thanks for sharing your beautiful morning glory. We have some growing on the front. Hope your weekend had been a beautiful one and wishing you a good happy new week ahead dear friend. Hugs.

Arteconpapelmaderaehilos said...

Absolutely Gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Maritza DT for

Crafting With Jack said...

I am not sure I regard those wild flowers as "sweet" when they invade my garden and strangle everything 🙃 Having said that I do like to see them in the roadside hedges, and if that is all that will grow, I guess I would be grateful for them 🙃 Love the quote on your card. Welcome to 2CC team, best wishes Angela -

Sue said...

Oh my, another outstanding beauty, must have taken you for-ever to make this card. Of course I love all the sparkle, the little Mermaid, and the sentiment is such fun too. What great colors, love her hair! The piece of silver net is perfect. And, Yes, Donna, I see the starfish, but it is pretty well hidden. Lovely card as always my friend.


*Vicki* said...

Hello my friend!! Just wanted to stop by and have a look at your latest!! Your mermaid is absolutely STUNNING!! Gorgeous coloring and what a stunning way to show off these stamps for sure!! I have recently purchased some items from this store and I love their products and customer service...never had ordered from them before. Looking forward to seeing more from you with these! :) TFS! HUGS

Monica said...

Hello dearest Donna,

I was yearning to connect via email but then after surfing the reading list, I spotted this lovely entry and had to comment. The morning glories are simply lovely. I too love photographing flowers and often put them on facebook, rather post them on facebook. I like the magenta throats. Magenta is an amazing colour - so vibrant and very definite.

Now to your card - the sentiment is lovely and so is the rest of the card. Your cards speak volumes of your talent.

My initiative is doing well and our last session was on laughter yoga and we had as many as 16 participants. It was fun to laugh like a baby or a child... Now the next step is to expand my initiative.

Lots of love,


Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is stunning Donna, love the mermaid and gorgeous layers.
Linda xxx

Gale said...

Beautiful card Donna! Fab design and great details. Thank you for sharing with us at The Fairy and the Unicorn and we hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Gale DT

SewPaperPaint said...

WOW! This is so regal, so coastal, so absolutely stunning! I just love your beautiful design. Hugs, Autumn

Andree said...

A gorgeous card. Lovely image and sparkle.
Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

Pia S said...

This is a sparkly beauty and I love the colors you've used, perfect for this under water scene. The silver net is a nice detail for added texture and you've made magic with your dies. The mousse you used adds a lovely shimmery finishing touch.

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful card, love the image and color combo! Thank you for joining us at Making Memories Crafting! We hope to see you again!
Sherry x
DT for Making Memories Crafting
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

Shylaashree said...

such a beautiful mermaid card
Thank you for joining us at Making Memories Crafting Challenge.
Shylaa DT@MMCC

BożenA said...

Very nice card. I love every element of it.
Thank you for joining us at CWAA.