Wednesday 31 January 2018

Creative Knockouts Challenge #231

Hello crafty friends!

It's time for a new challenge over at Creative Knockouts Challenge #231!  Our theme this week is "Flower Power" and our sponsor is "A Day for Daisies".  I chose to work with this beautiful stamp set called "Flowers In Bottles".

Flowers in Bottles

Here is what I created:

I just wanted to keep it clean and simple.

I hope to see you at the challenge! :)

Until next time,


Papercraft Business Challenge - February 2018

Welcome to our February Papercraft Business Challenge!

Our theme isAnything Goes (w/option: Valentine's Day/Love - for an extra entry to win the prize).
I'm sure you have something related to this season in your stash!

I pulled out an old Stampin' Up! set called "Love Bandit" to create these fun cards!  I'm also still working on using up my stash of supplies (which could take about 25 years! haha).

Here is what I created:

Isn't it cute how you get to fill in the blank? Love it!

I watercolored this sweet little squirrel!!!

I hope you will come and join us for this super fun new challenge!  Did you know that Papercraft Business also offers a FREE Blog Purpose Course?  It's perfect if you are just starting our or if you simply want to improve your Blog's purpose!


See you all next time!


Tuesday 30 January 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #249

Hello friends!

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

Here is what I created:

I dug into my stash of resin flowers to make this card and added a hint of sparkle!

I hope you will come and play along with us!

See you next time!


Monday 22 January 2018

Stick It Down - January 2018

Hello friends!

Welcome to our first Challenge of 2018 with Stick It Down!  As a member of the card team, I was excited to create with this month's sketch!  

We're thrilled to announce that we have Angie's Digital Stamps sponsoring our challenge this month! One randomly selected winner from all of our challenge entries this month will be chosen to receive two digital stamps from Angie's Digital Stamp shop!

Here is what I created:

I used Heart Cupcake Digital Stamp. Isn't it sweet? I attached it to an action wobbler - so when you flick it, it moves! (That's why you can't see the "H" from "Happy" lol)

One randomly selected winner from all of our challenge entries this month will be chosen to receive two digital stamps from Angie's Digital Stamp shopThis is open to US + international entries.

I hope you will play along with us this month!  Good luck!

See you next time!

Friday 19 January 2018

Kitty Bee Designs - Challenge #110

Hello friends!

It's time for another challenge at Kitty Bee Designs!  Challenge #110 is sponsored by My Besties and The Eastwind!

Our theme is "Food & Drink"    

I chose to work with a digi called "Enchanted Unicorn Sweets" from My Besties!  It's just too darn cute!

Here is what I created:

I hope you will come along and play with us this challenge!  See you next time!

SparkleNSprinkle - Hello Foxy

Hello friends!

I'm here today to share a brand new card featuring a new Stamp Set from SparkleNSprinkle called "Hello Foxy". It's a really adorable set - I hope you love it too!  This is actually a pretty simple card to recreate - I hope you go out and make one for yourself!  I know you have a "foxy" friend who would love to receive this card, don't you?

SNS Supply List

Ok....let's go!

First Steps

Let's create the framed background glitter piece!  I started by attached a piece of 2.5" Tear-ific Tape to a piece of white cardstock. Pretty simple start, huh? Using the Tonic Studios Delicate Daisy Die, I used my Big Shot to cut through the adhesive back portion of the Tear-ific Tape - NOT ALL THE WAY THROUGH!  We want to create a Glitter Inlay Technique!  You may have to play around with your own diecutting machine to find the right "sandwich layers" to only cut through the top portion.


Using a paper piercing tool, I removed the cut backing areas of the Tear-ific Tape gently to expose the adhesive below. It's super sticky stuff!  Once I had it all removed, I sprinkled on the 24kt Gold Microfine Glitter (oh so soft and suede like!) and burnished it into the adhesive well - being careful not to dislodge the remaining protective backing.  After I removed the excess glitter, I repeated the steps with the remaining backing, this time using Autumn Frost Glitter.


Here you can see the gorgeous background this creates. I just love this technique. I added a mat of metallic copper cardstock behind the panel and another mat of 24kt Gold Edged cardstock. This technique is simple - apply 1/4" Tear-ific Tape around the edge of your paper (right up to the edge!) Remove the backing and sprinkle on your Glitter (I used the 24kt Gold!) and burnish well. Super simple - but super effective!

Creating your Fox

I started my fox my stamping with Versamark Ink onto white cardstock (first rubbing the cardstock with my Anti-Static Bag!) then heat embossing with Black Detail Embossing Powder. Next, I applied my Nuvo Medium Glue Pen all over the fox's body and added Autumn Sparkle SparkleNSoft (aka flocking with glitter added!).  He was looking pretty foxy at this point, but I wanted the white parts to stand out even more, so I added a VERY thick layer of Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive onto the "white" areas, then sprinkled on the Twinkling Clouds SparkleNSoft. I set the little guy aside to dry and went to work on my sign.


The sign came to me as I was creating the background! I had used a woodgrain embossing folder to emboss a piece of Metallic Copper Cardstock - then I thought, "hey, a sign is a perfect way to do the sentiment!". So that's what I did. I grabbed a scrap piece of kraft colored cardstock and embossed with the same folder. Using the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown, I slightly "distressed" the wood of the pole.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Copper Peddler Embossing Powder (I think this is my new favorite color right now!).  Once I realize my little guy would be outside, I needed to add grass!  I used a Lawn Fawn die from my stash and cut some white cardstock. Then I watercolored the grass using the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens in Spring Meadow and Autumn Woodland (I like to mix my colors on an acrylic block first as a paint palette, then paint with an Aquapainter pen!). I gave the little foxy's ears a wash with the pink color from the Spring Meadow collection and the sign a hint of color with the yellow. His nose was colored with the brown Aqua Flow Pen from the Autumn Collection.  I fussy cut out my fox and popped him up with some 3D foam tape.

All the layers were attached using 1/8" Tear-ific Tape.  Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dark Walnut were added to "nail" the sign to the card (haha) and a decorate mini staple attached the sign to it's pole.


As always, I hope you loved this card. I always have fun creating them.

Until next time,


Wednesday 17 January 2018

Creative Knockouts - Challenge #229

Hello crafty friends!

It's time for a new challenge over at Creative Knockouts Challenge #229!  Our theme this week is "In Stitches" and our sponsor is "Imagine That".  I was excited to create with this super cute stamp called "iChihuahua". How fun!

Here is what I created:

I hope to see you at the challenge! :)

Until next time,


Tuesday 16 January 2018

Monday 15 January 2018

Cross Canada Hop - Welcome 2018

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring artwork that welcomes in 2018, featuring new products from the Seasonal Inspirations 2018 catalog. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant (my website can be found HERE) to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

We have a small hop for here are all the blogs to follow! :)

Here is the card I created:

Close to My Heart Supply List: 

I just loved this little Stargazer set and figured it was a perfect way to "BLAST OFF" into the new year! :)  I stamped the images onto white cardstock and simply watercolored the images. I added a bit of Glitter Marker accents to the images for some sparkle.

I used the Confetti Stars embossing folder to add some texture to the canary cardstock. 

Guess where the pattern for this card came from? Our NEWEST how-to guide, Make it From Your Heart Volume 4!!!

Here is how I decorated the inside of the card and the outside of the envelope:

I am the last stop along the way! You can start at the beginning over on Michelle's Blog!
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle's Blog,, as she has the complete blog list.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring projects that are inspired by love and friendships. So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

See ya next time! :)


Sunday 14 January 2018

SparkleNSprinkle - January 2018 Reveal

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

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

The sets are:

Cherished Moments - Bride 875
Digital Version: DIGI875B

Roses In My Heart 879
Digital Version: DIGI879FS

Ornate Greetings 880
Digital Version: DIGI880DE

Cara and Mouse Friend 881
Digital Version: DIGI881SG

Hello Foxy 882
Digital Version: Digi882B

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 acomment 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!

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, there are 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.


SNS Supply List:

Eggplant Glitter - G1066 - (This has been discontinued.  Use Periwinkle Ultrafine Glitter G1060)

WHEW! Where to start on this card? There's a lot going on - but I will break it down for you.

I started by creating my background. I used a piece of purple cardstock and grabbed the Tonic Studios Essentials Filligree Affections Embossing folder & Die Set. First, I die cut the piece of cardstock, then embossed it!  I love this set - it's soo pretty!  I did a little distressing to the panel with some sand paper. I really wanted the white core of the paper so show through.  I set that aside and went to work on the rest of the card.

I added my Cherished Moments stamps to my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (I stamped 2 at once for a later project).  I love how easy the platform makes it to perfectly stamp your images (even when you don't ink it up perfect the first time round!). I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink to stamp the images.


Pretty awesome, huh?  I used the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens from the Spring Meadow & Summer Holiday sets to color up this beautiful bride. The way I love using the Aqua Flow pens is to add some color to a clear block, then use a paint brush (or aqua painter pen) to add color. Kind of like making my own color palette.

I set that aside to dry and moved onto my flowers. I had some paper flowers in my stash that matched the stamped flower image perfectly! So I decided to put an actual flower in her hair. I lightly brushed the flower with adhesive from the Medium Nuvo Glue Pen then dipped the flower directly into my glitter! I had used the Eggplant Glitter, but it has been discontinued (booooo! oops!) - but you can substitute in the Periwinkle Glitter ;)


Next steps.....

Check out this super cool new die from Tonic Studios - the Entwined Leaves Dot & Drop Die!  It cuts your image....and then leaves a trail of dots where you would apply your Nuvo Crystal Drops!!! How cool is that?


I used another purple piece of cardstock.  Once it was cut out, I added a few small pieces of 1/2" Tear-ific Tape behind the cut outs and sprinkled on Impulsive Purple Glitter


Again I distressed the piece slightly to add extra texture. Isn't this a cool die?

I wanted to add a little extra "something" to my background layer pieces, so I applied strips of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape to the edges of my cardstock and applied Lana Pink Embossing Powder (heat setting of course!)  I'm really lovin' this shade right now! So pretty.


The Sentiment....

For the sentiment, I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock with Versamark Ink and embossed with Amethyst Spray Embossing Powder. I layered everything onto pieces of distressed purple carstock (I really got into the sandpaper for this project! hehe).

We're into the home stretch! Up next, the flowers!  Once again I used the Medium Nuvo Glue Pen to adhere some of the glitter to my paper flowers.  Easy peasy technique!

One last technique I used was from Demo Donna's video on making glitter twine last year!  You can find the full video HERE on how to create it. I used the 1/2" Tear-ific Tape and Luau Green Glitter to created the twine.


All the layers were attached with our ever famous 1/2" Tear-ific Tape! Finally, Nuvo Crystal Drops in Raspberry Pink and Sweet Lilac were added. The cabochon flower, paper flowers and flower in the bride's hair were adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.


I also added an extra bit of Impulsive Purple Glitter to the bride's stamped flowers and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Honey Gold on her jewelry.

Whew! That was a lot of information for one card!  I hope you stayed with me there! hehe. One last comment - as you can see the diecut area on the bottom of the background is quite ornate. I adhered the Tear-ific Tape to the top part of the paper and used some of the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive on the ornate part to hold it down. :)

The next stop on the SNS Blog Hop is the AMAZINGLY talented Donna and you can find her blog HERE!

See ya real soon and if you have any questions on my instructions, please ask away!! I'm happy to answer. 

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Classic Design Team - Challenge #21
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #01