Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fun With Silhouettes

It's that time again when all the design team members
get together to showcase all our creativeness in one place at 
The Cutting Cafe blog, so mark your calendars for the 21st!!
Our assignment this time was to use the cut file
always so FUN to see all the different takes on this!
Plus, just by leaving a comment on TCC blog
you could win 3 cut files of your own!!
This cut file contains lots and I mean LOTS of different images to choose from.
My plan was to make 2 or 3 cards, but since I am gone again for 4 days
it just didn't pan out ...sigh!

I did make  this quick card using the cutest lady bug image....
look at those long legs!

While digging in my 'red' bag of scrap for the die cut hearts, 
I came across this pretty red and yellow scrap of paper
(gosh, I loved the reverse side, too)!

After printing my lady bug silhouette,
I die cut it with a Spellbinders die,
added a tiny heart to him (or her as the case may be)
and a bouquet of hearts.
I had the tiniest snippet of black gingham ribbon left,
so I added a bow!
Like I said, pretty simple, but yet so darn cute!

Entering the following challenges:
Pixie's Snippets Playground .... snippets

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black and White With a Pop of Color

New challenge is starting today at Double D Challenges
and being hosted by Team Darlene
with the theme of
Black and White with a Pop of Color
and using the wonderful inspiration board below!

One of the things I am trying very hard to do this year
is to use some of my things from my stash,
like for instance this cute, cute cat digital I won from Bugaboo.

I just colored in a few 'pink' places, added a bit of Stardust gelly roll pen
for a bit of oomph and added
Nuvo Glitter Drops Pink Champagne to the flower center.

Then used an Impression Obsession 6 in1 rectangle frame die
to cut the black and white frames.
The black frames are recycled from a shiny packaging I had saved.
The papers underneath are from my scrap bags.

I computer generated a sentiment...I just love how it turned out
and it wasn;t until I was writing this up I realized I had
'kind of' used one of the photos for

So make sure and join in with us at the Double D
and pop on over to see all the absolutely wonderful creations by
the Double D girls, they are the best!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Birthday

Today I have a pretty easy card to mail
made of strictly die cuts!
Sometimes I like these easy cards that can be quickly popped in the mail!

I also like it when a die cut can make such a statement as this one dies.
I didn't think it need much more then a pretty background to shoe it off!
Look at those cute little hearts  hanging from the!

Dies used for this are Tutti Designs Word sets Happy and Birthday,
Tutti Designs Spring Tree.

Entering the following challenges:
Cards In Envy .... Baby Blue or Pink

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Time for a new challenge at Dies R Us.
The theme is Die Cut Sentiment.

Sometimes you just need a little hug.
That is what my card is all about today.

It is bright and cheerful and I kept it rather simple
and flat to mail so I can easily pop it in the mail when needed!

I used a very bright yellow for the card base,
different from my usual white!

I die cut a rectangle from Tutti Designs Nesting Stitched Rectangle,
which I embossed butterflies on.

The HUGS is a Tutti Designs Swirly Hugs die.
I added a few gray gems here and there.

Make sure an visit the Dies R Us challenge blog to see
even more creative ideas using a sentiment as a focal point!
Join in with as you could be the lucky winner of a gift certificate to the online store!

Entering the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge .... "I" for Insects
As You Like It .... Prefer Pearls or Gems? (Gems for me today as I love the added bling...but love those pearls, too)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle July Reveal

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle
 Christmas In July 🎄🎅🤶 New Reveal Blog Hop!

We have six new Christmas themed rubber stamp sets plus two huge digi bundles being revealed this month. 

The sets are:

 Winter Greetings Birds and Wreath 855
(Digital Version DIGI855FS

Elf Peeker 858
(Digital Version DIGI858BG)

Winter Flamingos Set 1 860
  (Digital Version DIGI860SG)

Winter Flamingos Set 2 861
(Digital Version DIGI861SG)

Spirit of Christmas Poinsettia 862
(Digital Version DIGI862B - huge digi bundle)

Crystal Snowflakes 868
(Digital Version DIGI868FS)

DIGI4005FS - Winter Greetings digi papers

When you purchase the digi versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you are getting lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras include additional images not available with the rubber version, digi papers (in some cases), and now a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machines will also be included with all digi images purchased!

You're definitely going to want both the rubber versions as well as the digi versions of all our new releases.

The new sets are 20% off until July 20, 2017.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the New Store and start shopping.

On July 18th, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs listed below. Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.

The Grand Prize Winner, which will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

The Blog Hop Order this month is:


(*Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we do.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  

 Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month????

Have you checked out the SNS YouTube Channel featuring Demo Donna?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques!

We are very happy to announce the new and improved SNS Creative Challenge is now being held on Facebook. 

 Head on over to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group and ask to join today.  This is a closed group, but we want anyone who wants to participate to join (just trying to keep out spammers 😀).  You can join today!

 The new challenge began July 1 and will run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  Be sure to read the Challenge Rules before adding a photo.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) needs to be used.  If you don't have any yet, no worries, there are some Freebies located on the new website.  They are located on the Home page, just scroll down a bit to see them:

The Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The Winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the new on-line store.  Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo.

We hope to see you soon in our new Facebook Group!

Here is MY card I created for the release!

I chose to feature the new stamp set
'Crystal Snow Flake'.
I just can't seem to resist a snowflake stamp as they are all so different!

As always, I used the Anti Static bag on my card stock,
helping to eliminate any stray EB powder sticking to the paper
where I didn't want it (finger prints can cause this
and the bag ensures this doesn't happen).
I started out by stamping the one of the largest snowflake stamps,
and two of the smaller snowflake stamps with Versamark,
then embossing all with White embossing powder.

Here it is before embossing, and

after embossing.

Next I used TH Distress inks and sponged on
starting first with Spun Sugar, then with Worn Lipstick.
After applying the ink, simply wipe off your snowflakes
with a soft emboss resist technique.

Once I was happy with my ink sponging,
I once again used Versamark and stamped the sentiment,
this time embossing with Black Detail embossing powder.

I added ribbon and a bow to the front card base,
then using twine, I tied a sterling silver snowflake to the bow.
I used 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to add my finished panel to
white card stock and then the pink card base.

I am last on the list, but you should of started with the very talented ERET!
Makes sure and visit ALL the blogs leaving a comment on each for
YOUR chance to win the entire how fun would that be!!!

Entering the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon .... ATG with Ribbon
Pause Dream Enjoy .... Emboss It Wet or Dry
Aud Sentiments .... Christmas In July
ABC Christmas Challenge.... New (stamp set), Old (charm)
Dragonfly Journeys .... Christmas In July


Hello....I had a sleepless night for some reason
and laid in bed thinking how fast summer is flying by!
Dang, we are almost half way through July
and will be into August soon and our Septembers here in Michigan
can go any to rainy and cold...
time sure does go by quickly doesn't it?

Today's card is a bright and shimmery/metallic one.
I love the color combo, too, not one I would normally use.
Unfortunately the camera distorts the actual color and beauty of this one.
Wouldn't it be great is there was a camera, just for the purpose of catching
all the sparkle and glitter in our cards?

I used the Tutti Designs Swirly Butterfly Circles for this one.
I cut an extra butterfly and popped it up for a bit of dimension!

The butterflies were cut from a purple metallic paper as well as the
underneath paper.  The blue is a metallic paper called
Starburst Lichen Aspire Petallic....whew quite a name, but oh so pretty!

The sentiment is from Hero Arts 'Birthday Mess'.
I stamped it then used a circle punch.
I wish you could see this IRL as it is so much prettier without all that 'glare' on it!

Entering the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Gals .... Butterflies

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy Birthday

Boy oh boy am I having a hard time getting back into
things after being gone for 10 days.
Funny thing is too, that I took a bunch of stamps
and all my different water colors, paper and all the other supplies I needed
to work on while hubby was engrossed in the TV (I am not a TV watcher)
and never even used any of it..sigh....I still have it ALL to put away.

Any who, I have 
A fun birthday card using a Tutti Designs Elegant Love Bird die.

Pretty simple card really, just by letting the die take center stage.
A few scraps if paper were used along with a few glitter dots
and a stamped sentiment.
What you can't see is that the bird is cut from a white metallic paper
so he has a neat sheen on him!

Entering the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesdays ....All About Birthdays