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August Sparkle Blend Blog Hop

Greetings! It's time for the August 2018 Doodles Paper Playground Blog Hop! We are so excited to be sharing the newest Sparkle Blends with you in one fabulous hop! Read through to the bottom of my post for the first stop of the hop, as well as info on how to possibly win ALL of the 6 new release Sparkle Blends!

For my project, I chose to work with the Be-Leaf in Yourself Sparkle Blend. This Blend has a wonderful mix of tiny leaves, striped sequins, and of course, all the glorious colors of Fall. I decided to break out an older (but still available) stamp and die from Stampendous. The oak specifically, from the Leaves Stamp and Leaves Die sets.

First, I decided where I wanted to put my leaf on my brown cardstock, which was already trimmed to 4" x 5 1/4." Then I die cut it. After that, I placed the cardstock on to my card base, and then into my Stamp Platform. I fit the stamp right into the die cut area, and closed the door on my Platform. Then I removed the brown cardstoc…

Bubblegum Ice Sparkle Blend

Hello! Today I bring to you a card that features one of the newest Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. It's called Bubblegum Ice and it is exquisite! Shades of pink, white and blue in varying forms of sparkly bits are and absolute delight to see. The name perfectly describes this color palette. And, this Blend is what inspired my chosen colors for my card.

I stamped out an adorable sloth from an older Kraftin Kimmie set. I'm sorry, I couldn't find it on her website, so it must not be available any longer. I colored this guy with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, making sure that the flowers coordinated with the Bubblegum Ice Sparkle Blend.

I made sure to use a good mix of the varying types of sequins when choosing which bits I wanted to use. A little bit of glitter, a lot of holographic, etc. I really love this blend! For my background, I used Dreamweaver Stencils' (via Stampendous) Picasso Tool to create the clouds with Pearlescent Sky Blue Brilliance Ink …

Masking with Sugar Skulls

Hello! Today I am sharing a few cards with you that all feature the Sugar Skulls stamp and die set from Stampendous. I recently started doing "live" videos on my personal Facebook page, and I decided to teach my friends how to use "masking" on cards. I decided to post the video to my YouTube Channel. Please click HERE if you'd like to check it out. This Sugar Skull stamp is perfect because it has such clean lines.

I used VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne for all of my stamping, and all of the coloring was done with Memento Markers, both from Imagine. On this first card, I also used a sentiment from Andy Skinner's set "Unexplained," as well as a few sequins from Doodles Paper Playground's Flower Power Sparkle Blend.

The next card adds stenciling, and I used the Design I Beam, which makes for a graphic background against the organic style of the skull and roses. I used Desert Sand Memento Ink for the stenciling.

I wish I moved that rose on the lef…

Majestic Unicorn

Greetings! Today I am sharing a card that uses one of the newest Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. It's called "Majestic," and if you love shades of pink, gold and unicorns, then you've got to get this Blend!

The Sparkle Blends helped me to choose my color palette for the rest of the card. I used the Unicorn Rose stamp from Stampendous, and I colored her in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I also added some gold Stickles to her mane for added sparkle.

My top layer was created with watercolor paper. I applied Delicata Re-inkers from Imagine in Golden Glitz and Pink Shimmer directly on to my brayer, and then I spritzed the brayer with Ink Potion No. 9. Then, I just rolled it on to my watercolor paper. I did add a few more spritzes of Ink Potion No. 9 directly to the paper as well. After the ink was dry, I used the Moroccan Mesh stencil with Rose Bud Memento ink and a sponge dauber, and inked a few areas on the paper. I didn't want to cover th…

Lemonade Stand

Hello again! Let's talk about refreshments. What drinks do you enjoy on a hot summer's day. Iced coffee? Water? How about some good old fashioned lemonade? Beth Duff Designs just released this adorable set called "So Sweet" and it has a wonderful lemonade stand in it. I thought it would make a fantastic shaker card. And it does!

The "so sweet" sentiment fits in the sign, but I decided instead to use the lemons. I colored the stand in with Zig Clean Color Markers. I chose to use the Sweet Treats Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground. The colors of the Blend coordinated so well with the markers I used to color in the stand.

I kept the background pretty simple and created a ground with blue paper that has a subtle pattern on it. The other paper has textured dots, which I love. I'll be honest, it was tricky to cut out the pennants, so I actually cut it off to make my life easier and then glues it back on once the shaker was finished.

The shaker window…

Rainbows for Days

Hello! It's time for a new card, and I am featuring not only lots of beautiful sequins from Doodles Paper Playground, but a new (for me) stamp set from The Ink Road  called Full Circle.

Doodles Paper Playground has released 6 brand new Sparkle Blends yesterday and as I was looking at them, I just couldn't decide which to use first. So I decided to use them all! Sort of. Here's what I did. I started off by choosing the circle images from Full Circle that I wanted to use. Then, I picked a different Memento Ink color from Imagine for each circle, creating a rainbow. After stamping them all, I used a 1" circle punch to cut them out.

I arranged the circles on my card and popped up the orange and blue with foam tape for dimension. Then I began to choose my sequins. I picked through my entire collection of Sparkle Blends, though I did try to focus on using the new release as much as possible. The large orange, large holographic blue, and all of the small glitter sequins, for…

Merry Christmas with Circle Dies

Look Ma, no stamps! That's right! I didn't use a single stamp on today's card. That doesn't happen too often. This week, the Stampendous team is sharing creations that are "To Die For," that is, projects that use some of their wonderful dies. My card today is easy to create, and you have the ability to get a lot of cards out of it once you're done die cutting. You can check out my full instructions below.
Supplies:
Stampendous:
CSD21: Christmas Bright
DCP1007: Build A Wreath Die Set
MPW811: Mixed Media White Cardstock

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Classic Cherry, Spanish Moss, Desert Cactus, Brown Eyes
Neenah: Desert Storm Cardstock
Scrapbook Adhesives: EZ Runner
Washi Tape (will not show)
Ranger: Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Directions:
1. Tape the circle dies from the Build a Wreath Set, spaced evenly apart, with washi tape.

2. Die cut the circle dies 1 time for each color, so in this case, 5 times. Be sure to keep the washi tape on the dies to ensure that the circ…

This Trio is Better Together

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Beth Duff Designs Summer Release Hop! If you've been on my blog this week, you've seen that I had 2 cards that featured the Better Together stamp set. I am so loving this set. The food is so cute, and I really like the sentiments. Well today, I have a third card using that set.


This card makes me think of summer on the boardwalk. Coney Island definitely comes to mind. Pretty sure I've had this as a meal there before.

I colored the food and drink using my Zig Clean Color Markers. I fussy cut them out, and then used foam adhesive on the back. I gave the drink two layers of foam to pop him up even higher. My background was done pretty easily, thanks to my Tim Holtz stamp platform. You can of course use another type of platform, or even just an acrylic block to do the repeated sentiment, but it is much easier in a stamping tool. I used various colors of Color Box chalk ink. I chose colors that coordinated with the marker colors I used on the food…

Winter Blizzard

Greetings! Today I am sharing a card using the new Winter Blizzard 6" x 6" stamp from Stampendous, along with a couple of their new word dies. This stamp is unique not only because of it's size, but because it has a large snowflake that you can pop out and use on it's own, or as I did here, by using the rest of the stamp to leave room for a sentiment.

Here is a look at the full stamp.
Let's dive in to how this card was made. I sprinkled a bit of Turquoise Brusho Color Crystals on to my white cardstock. I then spritzed the cardstock with water and watched the color appear! I swirled the cardstock around a bit and then started to heat set it with my heat gun. I would stop and start the heat gun continually, so that I would get some darker edges here and there where the colored water would pool. Any areas that had too much water I would pick up with a paper towel.

Once the background was dry, I stamped the Winter Blizzard stamp with VersaFine Clair ink in Twilight. …

I Want Pizza. But First, Coffee

Hello! I'm back with not only a new shaker card featuring another fabulous Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground, but the card also has new stamps from Beth Duff Designs. Did you check out my post yesterday? You'll see my first card featuring the "Better Together" set. My card today uses the adorable pizza image and coordinating sentiment. I thought this was perfect to use with the "But First, Coffee" Sparkle Blend.

Check out the beautiful chocolate browns of this particular Sparkle Blend, along with some lovely iridescence. I thought it mimicked toppings on a pizza nicely.

I used a leftover die cut from Lawn Fawn to make the shaker, and it was the perfect size. This die is from the Magic Color Slider set. My background was done with the Small Cathedral Windows stencil and VersaColor ink in White. I also spritzed on Tuxedo Black and Desert Sand Fireworks! Spray, and I finished off the edge of the card base with Champagne Delicata ink.

I think this car…

Better Together: Burger and Fries

Hello! Today I have the pleasure of sharing one of the new Summer 2018 release stamp sets from Beth Duff Designs. This set is called "Better Together" and it is a great little set of adorable food!


When I first got the stamp set, I decided to color all of the images first, and then break them up into separate cards. Take a look.

Aren't they so cute?! So, on looking at the finished images, I knew I really wanted the burger with the fries. Something I really like to do is to make a background with small stamps. These guys aren't exactly tiny, but I knew they would work. So I stamped a bunch of the burger and fries on some white cardstock, using London Fog Memento ink from Imagine. I made sure to place my main foods in the middle and to stamp around them. Then I popped up my focal food with foam tape.

That bun sure looks toasty! After that, I took a piece of gray cardstock, flipped to the back so that I would be working on the non-textured side, and I stamped "Bett…

Intergalactic Hi

Greetings everyone! Today I have a new shaker card featuring the Intergalactic Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground.

In my never-ending attempt to make shaker cards in different ways, this time I used letter dies from Quik Kutz. Are they even a company any more? Anyway, I had this cool, outer-space looking alcohol ink background that I had made a while back on glossy photo paper, and I thought it would go really well with the Intergalactic Sparkle Blend. This blend has lots of stars and bold, bright colors plus black and silver. It is a gorgeous mix of shapes and sizes and it's become a favorite of mine.

I tried to highlight the letters a bit with a white Molotow pen, but the nib on the pen is shot, so it was't working right. I scraped away some of the white but I couldn't get it all up. The jury is still out on whether or not I like the white the way it is. I probably should have just left it alone. But look at those pretty sparklies!!!

I felt as though the card ne…