Tuesday, November 14, 2017


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

For my reveal card this month I chose to work with the Cat's Meow Set 870. I used some white and buff flocking with highlights from Copics and Memento ink to create my three little cats. We were asked to incorporate some new Specialty Papers from Tonic this month so for my card I used the Warm Dahlia paper to make three flowers, two rugs and a cloud!! I know - I'm a little crazy!

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.)


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.

So now on to my card. I started by making my background, using three Nuvo Embellishment Mousses: Lemon Sorbet, Citrus Green and Aquamarine

These were sponged on to white cardstock using the jumbo daubers

Next up was the barn. I cut the barn from both beige and red cardstock. The roof of the silo was cut from grey. I stuck a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape to a piece of white cardstock and removed the protective backing. The beige border was placed on top of the tape and the little red pieces were inlaid.

The silo was sponged with Indian Gold Embellishment Mousse.

The barn was cut out with my 5" Mini Scissors and the windows and doors were glued in place using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

This was set aside while I worked on the cats. A piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape was stuck down to a piece of beige cardstock. The protective backing was removed and Buff flocking was burnished in to the exposed tape.

In order to make sure that the cat would stamp well on top of the flocking, I decided to use the Stamp Platform, instead of the acrylic block. The image was stamped using the Hybrid ink Acorn Brown. I did restamp the image to get a nice crisp result.

Memento Cantaloupe was sponged on top of the flocking.

Highlights to the ears and nose were shaded with Copics. To color on top of the flocking with Copics, you just gently apply the side of the tip of the marker to the flocking.

I repeated the process for the other two cats using Snow White flocking on white cardstock and then stamping in the platform with Memento Tuxedo Black. Highlights were again added with Copics. The three cats were fussy cut using the 5" Mini Scissors and googly eyes were attached with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Here is a close-up to show the fuzziness:

My mats, flowers and the cloud (this embossed paper is white on the back) were fussy cut from a piece of the Warm Dahlia paper.

The stems of the flowers were die cut using the Tonic Woodland Aster die. The sentiment was stamped in Nuvo Clear Mark and then heat embossed with Gold Detail. This was then die cut using the Tonic Layered Clouds die.

I cut out a frame from the Warm Dahlia paper and cut out all my shapes from the middle, so as not to waste any of the cardstock. The frame was layered to white cardstock. The card front was assembled with tape and mounting tape and was layered on to the Warm Dahlia frame. Here is my finished scene:

Here is a list of the products used in my card. Most of the products can be found over on the SNS website.

Buff Flocking (FL109)
Tonic Layered Clouds Die
Tonic Woodland Aster Die
Impression Obsession Barn Die
Copics R21, E04, E07, YR23
Googly Eyes

Remember to comment on all the Designers' blogs to be in the running to win all three sets. Next on the blog hop is Belinda, she has a cute snowman scene to share with you.

I would like to join in the following challenges with my card today:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge 157: Use more than one stamp
HeARTful Stamping Challenge, Nov 12 to 19th: Anything Goes + stamp
Classic Design Team Challenge Blog: Challenge #19: Anything Goes
Scrapyland Challenge #78: Any dies that Scrapyland sells

Thanks so much for stopping by today,



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Spot the Cow!

Hi there,

Glad you stopped by today. My post today is "spot the cow"! I incorporated two of the new October Reveal sets and an older Set to make my farm scene today.

I incorporated one of the older sets into this design today - the Farm Sweet Farm Set 652. I love this beautiful barn image which I decided needed a sort of aged look - so I stamped the image in Black StazOn using my Tonic Stamp Platform and would then color with Copics. This would give a look of weathered paneling on the barn, as the StazOn will mix with the Copics. The image was restamped as you can see on the photo below it didn't cover all the image. When you have a big image like this the platform really comes in useful. Rather than throwing out several copies until you get it right, you just need to reink in the same place!

The tractor from Farm Fresh Tractor Set 877 and the milk urns from Farm Fresh Set 878 were stamped in Memento Black ink to be colored with Copics. The tractor and milk urns were colored in Copics and then fussy cut with the Tonic 5" Mini Scissors - could not craft without these anymore!!

The picket fence is Kraft cardstock cut with a Martha Stewart punch. This was sponged with Seaspray Green Embellishment Mousse

The barn was then given a background with Memento Summer Sky and Olive Grove inks and the picket fence put in place.

There was a gap on the left side I thought after assembly. So the milk urns were removed from the picture for a bit!

... and a little cow was added! I cut up the group of cows from Farm Fresh Set Cows 877 and masked where it would have to go on the top of the grass. She was stamped with the new Nuvo Acorn Brown ink

The sentiment from the Farm Fresh Tractors Set 877 was stamped in the top left hand corner in the Nuvo Clear Mark ink before being heat embossed with Sienna (fine detail embossing powder and rustic).

By placing this on the Tonic Stamp Platform you can use the grid to get it straight the first time and not mess your project up!!!

The cardfront was layered to a piece of burlap and then Kraft cardstock, for a fun rustic look! The tractor and the replaced milk urns were attached with mounting tape to finish off the card.

Hope you've enjoyed your visit to the farm today? Here are the products that were used on my card today, most of which can be found on the SNS website:

Farm Sweet Farm Set 652
Sienna Embossing Powder (EP413)
Memento Summer Sky, Olive Grove
Copics:YR21, YR24, YG11, YG67, G94,
C3, C5, W7, R37
Martha Stewart Picket Fence Punch
Mounting Tape

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critters Crazies Challenge #8: Add a critter
World Wide Open Design Teal Challenge #27: Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge #19: Anything Goes

Thanks again for stopping by!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Farm Sunset

Hi there,

Glad you stopped by today! I'd like to share a quick card that I made using some stamps from four different Sparkle N Sprinkle Sets and three of the Nuvo Embellishment Mousses.

This card is a breeze to make if you have the new Tonic Stamp Platform! First wipe the cardstock thoroughly with the Anti-static bag, this is important when using embossing powders. You don't want any stray flakes of the powder on your project. Then simply take your stamps and position them face down on to your cardstock in the platform. Here I used the cow image from the October Reveal set Farm Fresh - Cows Set #2 (878), the tree image is from the Right Beside You Set 812 and the birds are from Wetlands #2 Set 791.

I inked up the stamps with the Nuvo Clear Mark pad, I did it in the platform and this gets them all stamped evenly with the embossing ink in one go.

The card was removed from the platform and applied with Black Detail and heat embossed.

Now on to the background. This could have been done first and then stamped on top, after making sure the mousse was completely dry (it does dry quickly) and then applying the anti static bag over the background. I felt it was easier to do it this way. The mousse can be wiped off the images easily with a tissue. I covered the entire piece with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Lemon Sorbet.  As you can see from the photo below I like to use the big jumbo daubers to do my mousse backgrounds, but the dual tipped blender brushes can also be used.

I then applied Orange Blush and Indian Gold to achieve my sunset look.

For my sentiment (from Farm Fresh - Tractor Set 877),  I just decided to stamp directly on the scene instead of using a die cut. So after the mousse was completely dry, I applied my Static Free bag again and then put the scene back in the platform. The sentiment was inked with the Clear Mark ink again and then heat embossed in black.

So to finish off my card I layered the scene on to black and tied a little knot in a piece of raffia (thought it looked like straw) and wrapped it around the back. I then layered the cardfront to a piece of leftover textured wallpaper, that was layered on to a Kraft card base.

Here is a list of the products used in my card:

Tonic Stamp Platform

Hope you've enjoyed your visit to my farm today.

I'd like to play along in the following Challenges: