Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Creative Knockouts Challenge #237

Hello crafty friends!

It's time for a new challenge over at Creative Knockouts Challenge #237!  Our theme this week is "Anything Goes" and our sponsor is "Crafty Sentiments".  I chose to work with this beautiful stamp set called "Scilla Fairy".

Here is what I created:

Because of the Gold accents I used, it was really hard to photograph this card! I watercolored this image using Pearlescent Watercolors.

I hope to see you at the challenge! :)

Until next time,


SparkleNSprinkle - February Reveal 2018

Welcome to the February 2018 
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 

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

 873 Pretty Blooms
Digital Version: DIGI873B

883 Whispers of Comfort-Hydrangea
Digital Version: DIGI883BG

885 Bonnet Birdie
Digital Version: DIGI885BG

886 Happiness Greetings
Digital Version: DIGI886DE

887 Balloon Bunch
Digital Version: DIGI887BG

DIGI3140M Snowman with a Heart (digi only) 

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.

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 a $20 Gift Certificate to the shoppe!

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.)
Jess (you are here!)

The Blog Hop runs from the 15th - 17th

SNS also has two kit clubs: The Stamp and Card-Making Video Kit Club is released on the 1st of each month and the new Multi-Project Kit Club is released on the 15th of each month.  Subscribe to the SNS You-Tube Channel to get great inspiration using all the products available in each kit.

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is on Facebook and runs from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) is required.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the SNS store.

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.


Hello friends!  I can't wait to share how I completed my project!

First up, supplies!  Here is my SNS Supply List:

Pretty Blooms Stamp Set #873

Alrighty!  Let's get started.  First up, flower creation!

I started my making my "palette" of watercolor on a clear acrylic block with various Aqua Flow Pens and my Water Brushes. I just kept mixing the colors until I got the red-orange color I was looking for.


Then, using a really technical "smooshing" action (hahaha) - I smooshed all the color from the block onto my piece of white cardstock - transferring all of that glorious color!  Real technical, right? 

Once it was dry, I used my Versamark Ink Pad to stamp the flowers onto the watercolored cardstock and embossed them with Black Detail Embossing Powder. I made sure to stamp a few extra. Then came the fun part - fussy cutting all of those flowers out!


I grabbed my Tonic Floral Crafters and set to work shaping the petals. I didn't use any particular method - just played around with the various sizes and working on both the front and back of the petals until I achieved the shape I was looking for.


Aren't the pretty? I touched up some of the watercolor, darkening here and there until I liked how they looked. Finally, Nuvo Glitter Accents in Fresh Snowfall and Aztec Gold were added to the centers, for a little extra sparkle.  As those were drying, I started on my "vase".

I had some mason jar chipboard elements that were wanting to be used, so I grabbed one of them. Loading it up with Versamark Ink, I then sprinkled on my Super Thick White Embossing Powder and heat set from the underside. I repeated this a second time, making sure everything was evening coated.  I wanted to add a sentiment, so I decided I would "etch" it into the jar!  I covered the sentiment stamp with Versamark Ink and set aside. I added a third layer of Super Thick White across the middle of the jar, used a heat tool to heat up the embossing powder, and then quickly & carefully "stamped" into the warm embossed powder, creating an imprint!  Once that cooled, I carefully reheated the embossing powder on the bottom of the jar and pressed in some Oceanic Glass Glitter (careful, it's sharp!), finishing off the jar.


The background was quite simple. I chose a paper from the Photoplay Paper Pad called Summer Bucket List along with scrap piece of patterned paper from my stash. I also added a piece of Craft Perfect Paper in Hailstorm across the bottom. I added a couple of strips of Tearific Tape across the paper and sprinkled on Ocean Breeze Glitter, burnishing well.


Finally, all the layers were adhered with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape. I tied a bit of string around the jar for extra charm and adhered the flowers and jar to the background with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. 


I hope you love this card as much as I do! :)

The next stop on the SNS Blog Hop is the amazing Eret (seriously, she is an incredible designer!) and you can find her blog HERE.

See you real soon!


Kitty Bee Designs - February Spotlight 2018

Hello friends!

Happy Valentine's Day! :)

I'm here today with my Designer Spotlight creation for Kitty Bee Designs!

Here is my Designer Inspiration for February, featuring the stamp set "Laptop Panda Girl". I just adore these sweet little pandas!

Here is what I created:

I colored this image using Prismacolor Pencils and added a few "coffee" themed embellishments from my stash. 

I hope you enjoy this card! 

See you soon!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

MHK Designs - Designer Spotlight - February

Hello friends!

It's time to share my February MHKDesigns Designer Spotlight card! I used the new release "Valentine Roses" to create this card.

Here is the Handmade Card that I created:

I hope you love this card as much as I do!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to leave a comment - I love to hear feedback :)
See you next time!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #251

Hello friends!

It's time for another great sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! Here it is:

Here is what I created:

I hope you will come and play along with us!

See you next time!