Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cards 4 Galz Cupcake Card {11.23.2017}

Hi! Here is my current Cardz 4 Galz card for our Cupcake Challenge.

I stamped out the Happy Birthday sentiment from Taylored Expressions' Bubble Greetings stamp set in Versafine Black Onyx ink on white cardstock and then sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder. I also stamped it again on patterned paper and embossed it with Clear Detail embossing powder too. I fussy cut the "happy" out and layered it over the original image. I die cut out the card panel with Tonic Die Layering Basic Die Set Sunray Venus die and cut the next larger size out of pink cardstock to mat the image. Here is the closeup of the Happy part of the sentiment.

I also stamped out several cupcakes using Lawn Fawn's (unfortunately, retired) Bake Me a Cake stamp set. I stamped them in colors that match the patterned paper. I love this stamp set, and will keep using it!!!

This card is bright and cheery, and these cupcakes make me happy! This will be going to my niece who loves bright colors.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Cat's Meow {11.22.2017}

Hi from Designer Chris! Today's card is using Sparkle N Sprinkle's new Cat's Meow stamp set. These sweet, sassy stamps are the cutest! Let's check out today's card.

I started out by stamping the kitty laying down, on the left. I masked him off, and then stamped the kitty on the far right (I had already sized out how far I had to put the kitties apart so they could all be together), and masked him off too. I then stamped the squatty chubby kitty, masked him, and then stamped the smiley standing cat in the background. I used Tonic Studio's Tim Holtz Stamp Platform for all this stamping, which made the stamping really easy! Sometimes I find I need to stamp twice to get a good impression when I am stamping over a mask. Ya gotta make sure the edges stamp nice and crisp! After stamping all the kitties, I colored them with Copic markers. Then, I whipped out my Sakura Glue Pen and rolled on adhesive in strategic spots. I added some glitters: Creamsicle on the orange striped kitty, Black Ice for the dark gray kitty, and Chameleon for the chubby tubby.

I also used Surf glitter on the light gray kitty!

I die cut the stamped image with the Swirling Frame Layering Die Set, and created a larger layer using the same die on green cardstock. I adhered 3/4" Tear-ific Tape to the back of the negative spaces on the outer edges, and then burnished in Fall Leaves glitter to add some more sparkle! I also squeezed on some White Blizzard Glitter Drops to the edge of the kitty image too!

I also stamped out the sentiment, using Versafine Black Onyx ink, and the sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. I die cut the sentiment using the same Swirling Frame Layering Die Set, and used the next larger die to create a bit of a matting for the sentiment. I adhered it on foam tape and adhered it to the card.

These kitties crack me up and they are so funny and sassy! The perfect kitty attitude is captured with these sweet kitties! I can't wait to see what you create with them! Remember to post your creations in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge on Facebook. I'll see ya there!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mom Birthday Rose Card {11.21.2017}

Today is my Mom's birthday! Check out the card I made for her.

I used Spellbinders Create a Rose die and made this rose (see further below for the bud I made using the same die). I die cut the petals and leaves using the die, and then I did some distress ink blending along the outer edges of the petals and leaves to give a bit more texture. I followed the directions on the die set, and die cut 12 petals of each size, ink blended the edges, and gave some texture by bending the petals with the barrel of a small paint brush, and then glued on the petals to the flower base. I adhered all the pieces together with Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive.

I also die cut out the "happy" using Alt E New's Happy Die. I die cut four of them in red, stacked them up, and glued them all together with Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive. Then, I die cut another one with white cardstock, and adhered it to the top of the stack offset a bit to give a bit of a red shadow. Afterwards, I swiped my Wink of Stella glitter pen across the die to give it some extra sparkle!

Here is the bud I made using the Spellbinder's Create a Rose die. I cut 12 of the smallest petals and ink blended the edges and shaped them. I adhered them with the Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive and adhered a bud to each edge of the bud.

To give this card a little extra dimension and oomph, I die cut four layers of the Tonic Die Budding Vine Patterned Panels die. I adhered them all together with my Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive. I also die cut some ovals with the Tonic Die Layering Basics Die Set Mixed Edge Oval die. I cut another layer of the Tonic Die Budding Vine Patterned Panels die and then cut it with the oval die too and layered this up to give the rose area a bit of a framing. I also cut out some flourishes with a flourish die from my stash, using gold paper.

And, to finish it off, I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment from Taylored Expression's Friendly Phrases stamp set in Versamark Ink and sprinkled on Red Apple embossing powder. I also stamped some flourishes from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Flourishes 1 stamp set in light red ink to give a hint of a flourish border.

I really hope Mom likes this card. She loves flowers, and this was my first time using this Rose die. It came together fairly well, and I like all the dimension and textures. Happy Birthday my wonderful Mommy! May you have many more! I love you!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Fairy Card for Mom (#46/52) {11.17.2017}

Hi! Here is a quick and easy card I made for Mom. My local paper crafting store received new fairy paper from Graphic 45. The colors for these patterned papers were just beautiful ... so I had to make a card for Mommy. Here is the card.

I also fussy cut out a panel from one of the patterned papers. I foam mounted it as the card image, and my card was done. No stamping ... no die cutting (shocking, right!?!). Just some paper cutting with my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, and my scissors. Pretty simple, pretty easy, such gorgeous paper!

These photos don't quite do the paper justice ... these papers are gorgeous! I think you should give them a try!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle November 2017 Reveal {11.15.2017}

Welcome to the November
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 





We are pleased to reveal the following new stamp sets this month.

The sets are:



Cat's Meow 870
(Digital Version: DIGI870B)





You are definitely going to want both the digi version as well as the rubber version because when you purchase the digital versions, there are lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, additional sentiments, digi papers (in some cases), and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until the 20th of the month.  Head on over to the SNS store once you've finished the Blog Hop and start shopping.

SNS is always adding new products and new product lines to the store.  So stop by often to see what's new!


One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the 17th of the month.  One of the Designers is our Mystery Host and the winner will be selected from comments left on her blog.  You must leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be selected as the winner, as you never know who the Mystery Host will be.  This is checked for compliance.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog and will receive all the rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

The Blog Hop order is:
(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to be directed to their Home page.)

Chris--You are here!
Diane
Shona
Belinda
Anne
Donna
Eret
Jess



We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we enjoy creating new projects for it.  Be sure to visit the SNS Blog for even more inspiration.  Something new is posted most every day.



Did you know that SNS has a You-Tube Channel?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest tips and techniques!





The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is on Facebook.  
This is a closed group (just trying to keep out spammers), but we want anyone who to participate to join.  Click on the link and join in on the fun today!

The Creative Challenges run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) is required.  If you don't have any yet - no worries - there are some freebies located on the Home page of the SNS website.  Just scroll down the page a bit to see them.

The Creative Challenge Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the SNS store.

Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo 😀.  We can't wait to see what all you create using SNS images.


And, once again here is my card! I used the Botanical Orchid Flowers digi stamp.


I opened up Microsoft Publisher, and then created a new document. I inserted the orchid digital file and then clicked on the image. That created another menu "Picture Tools / Format." Then, I clicked on "Recolor" and chose the a lighter version of the actual pre-colored image. Here is a screen shot of what the menu choices looked like.  

This Botanical Orchid Flowers digi image looked so cool after I re-colored it, so I actually designed the card around the new color scheme of the image. I die cut the image using Tonic's Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set. I also cut out the next larger oval from cream cardstock. I layered these two together, and swiped some Sakura Quickie Glue Pen around the outer edge of the inner oval and sprinkled on Evening Glow glitter. I pulled out my Tonic Framed Screens Blocked Parquet die and die cut two side-by-side images of the die and the outer frame. 


I also sparkled up the orchid itself. I rolled on more Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and sprinkled on some Cloud Nine glitter. I didn't completely cover the orchid in glitter - I followed along the flower petal veins. 

I also printed out one of the stamp set's sentiments. I also die cut this with Tonic's Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set. I also die cut the next larger oval out of cream cardstock. I whipped out the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen again and I rolled around the edge of the inner oval, and sprinkled on Evening Glow glitter. 

Then, to finish off my card, I layered side-by-side strips of 2-1/2" Tear-ific Tape onto white cardstock. I overlapped these strips just enough to not leave any area without adhesive. Then, I die cut the largest outer frame from the Tonic Framed Screens Blocked Parquet die. Then, I peeled off the release paper, and sprinkled on Evening Glow glitter and burnished in the glitter. I mounted the Blocked Parquet screen onto foam tape, and adhered it over the Evening Glow background panel. To add the final touch, I cut a strip of the Golden Scales Craft Perfect Embossed Paper from Tonic Studios. I adhered this strip across the front of the card, right above the foam mounted oval image. 

This card was really fun to make, and I love how it turned out. It came together and it looks pretty elegant, if I do say so myself!

The next stop on the SNS Blog Hop is Diane. She has an amazing treat in store for you - you definitely want to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Frame Die Card for Mom (#45/52) {11.10.2017}

Howdy! Today's card for Mom is a card I made using a frame die cut. This die cuts out the filigree outer part which you can see in the pink striped paper, and the inner frame which you can see below in the yellow polka dot paper. I also cut out a square and layered it behind the frame too. Put everything onto a dark chocolate cardstock base.

Here is a close up of the patterned paper goodness on this card.

I really like this die, and it was really easy to pull together a fun card. I hope Mom likes it too!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cardz 4 Galz Thankful Card {11.09.2017}

Hi! Today's card for the current Cardz 4 Galz Challenge is a Thankful card. And, because I guess I am extra thankful right now, I made four cards! The design is the same, but I changed up the patterned paper for each card. Here they are.

I started out by trimming some brown cardstock using my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, and then scoring it for my card base. I cut some card panels to cover the front of the card base, and used a woodgrain embossing folder and ran them through my Cuttlebug to dry emboss them. Then, I die cut some leaves using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Leaves dies. I ink blended the leaves in several shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown distress inks. I also curled them a bit to give them some extra dimension. I also die cut some Lawn Fawn patterned paper (retired petite paper pack) using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Ovals die. I layered the wood grain embossed card panel over the card base, then layered the oval on top of that. I adhered the leaves and the sentiment panel. Here is a close up of the distressed leaves.

For the sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn's (sadly, also retired) So Thankful stamp set. I treated my paper with my Anti Static Bag, then placed my paper into my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (AWESOME tool!), inked up the stamp with Versamark Ink, stamped the sentiment, then sprinkled on White Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle, and heat set it. I trimmed the sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Ovals die set, and adhered this to the card as well.

I look forward to what you create for this challenge, and I can't wait to see all the fabulous cards! 'Tis the season to be grateful and thankful.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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