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Super Duper Shaker

Hello! Today I am sharing a really fun shaker card with Cotton Candy Sparkle Blends from Doodle Paper Playground. I just bought the whole "How You Bean?" set from Lawn Fawn, specifically to use with the many Sparkle Blends I have in my stash.

I typically prefer bright, bold colors...but there's something so fabulous about the Cotton Candy Sparkle Blend. Yup, it's definitely super sweet, but it's also opalescent and shiny. It's one of my favorite Sparkle Blends. Also inside the jar are a few stars that come with the How You Bean Add On Die set, and I stamped faces on a few of them, which I think makes the shaker even more joyful.

My background was created with a leftover piece of watercolor paper that had been dipped in in Distress Oxide Inks. Then I stenciled the Waves and Dots stencil with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.



In the photo above, you can see all of the tiny elements that make up this particular Sparkle Blend. I love the itty bitty opalescent stars, a…

Grassy Shaker Card

Hello and welcome back! Today I have a really fun shaker car using the Green with Envy Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground and lots of adorable Lawn Fawn. My plan was to create a little scene with the critters. I wanted to have the shaker be part of the grass, so this Sparkle Blend was perfect. These guys clearly like to spend a lot of time together!

 The shaker was actually the first thing I created for the card, as I wasn't quite sure how everything else was going to fall into place. I used an older die from Stampendous to cut the grass at the top of my shaker, and used 3 layers of paper, and lots of foam tape to complete it. For the window, I just used an X-Acto Knife to cut out a couple of rectangles for the top 2 layers. The shaker has a lot of dimension, so it created a nice foreground for my card.

 Next up was the tree trunk from the Forest Feast stamp set, and I stamped it on to Kraft paper and embossed it with Clear Bark embossing powder from Stampendous. Then I …

Aurora Wings Ch #67: Joyous Occasion

Greetings! Today marks the beginning of a new challenge with Aurora Wings! For this go-round, we challenge you to make a project for a "Joyous Occasion." It can be anything....graduation, a birthday, Christmas, etc. I chose to make a Christmas card, because why not get a jump on things? ;) My card features Little Christmas Tree, from the Sprite collection. You can find him on the Aurora Wings site HERE, and in the Etsy Shop HERE. Now, let's take a look at this cutie.

I colored the Little Christmas Tree Sprite with Zig Clean Color Markers. I liked how this tree looks like it is made out of fabric, as if the Sprite is wearing a costume. So I colored the tree itself kind of flat, and not with a lot of definition so that I could mimic fabric a bit. The ornaments were colored with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. It's hard to see in the above photo, but you'll be able to see it better in the 3rd picture. 
The large circle (done with the same Neenah Desert Storm Kraft pape…

Botanic Hello with Sparkle Blends

Hello! Or should I say, "Botanic Hello?" That's the name of the beautiful (and BIG) stamp from Mama Elephant I used today to show off some stunning sequins from Doodles Paper Playground. I chose to work with the Flaming Sunset Sparkle Blends for this card. The colors and styles of sequins in this pack are so unique and bold. I also decided to use a few of the flowers from the Flower Power Sparkle Blend, which is full of nothing but beautiful and bright floral sequins. It's a real beauty!

I first stamped out my image and colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. To make the "hello" pop, I used a glitter pen from Sakura. Then I gave the image a loose fussy cut, leaving a thin white border around it. Next I chose 2 green pieces of cardstock to add behind my colored image. I thought they really helped the image pop, especially since I left that white border. 
Then I chose the sequins I thought went best with the colored image. I played around with the…

Gardening: Get Kids Crafty May Blog Hop

Greetings! Welcome to the May Get Kids Crafty Blog Hop! This month, we had our kiddos create projects in the theme of "Gardening." You're in for a real treat. My family loves to garden, and I have a ton of gardening/floral stamps, so my daughter was really excited to pick through what I have and create a card that she gave to my mom for Mother's Day.

Miss R decided to work with the Garden Boots stamp set from Stampendous. She stamped a ton of images on to white paper first with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink from Imagine, then she colored them all with Memento Markers, also from Imagine. They are her absolute favorite markers, and she uses them a lot.

Next, Miss R painstakingly fussy cut all of her colored images and played around with the placement of them. She chose some colored paper, knowing that she wanted to use several layers. She chose to ink her card base up, since she couldn't find the exact shade of green she wanted in paper. She took her time and made s…

Sassy City

Hello Friends! This week, the Stampendous Design Team is sharing projects that use the new Sassy City Perfectly Clear Stamp Set. This set is filled with pretty silhouette stamps that make whipping up a quick card very simple. I made this one in about 10 minutes! My full instructions are below.

Supplies:
Stampendous:
SSC1279: Sassy City

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Sky
Imagine: VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne
Artist's Loft: Watercolor Paper, Watercolors
Scrapbook Adhesives: E-Z Runner

Directions:
1. On a piece of watercolor paper, loosely paint a sky and grass using 2 shades of blue and 2 shades of green.

2. Let dry.

3. Stamp the park scene on to the watercolor paper using Nocturne Ink.

4. Stamp the bicyclist using Nocturne Ink.

5. Stamp the sentiment also using Nocturne Ink.

6. Create the card base out of Sky Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4" x 11."

7. Tear the edges of the watercolor paper to fit on the card base, allowing a border of blue to show.

8. Adhere the watercolor layer to th…

Great Big Thanks

Greetings! This week, the Stampendous Design Team is sharing projects that use some of our biggest and boldest greetings such as Big Words Happy, Big Words Thanks, and the one I'm using today, which is Great Big Thanks. You can never have too many good sentiment stamps, in my opinion, and the one I used today is almost card sized, so you don't need to do too much to it to make a fabulous card.

Supplies:
Stampendous:
W200: Great Big Thanks
EP040: Star Dust Embossing Powder
DCP1009: Spring Border Dies (I used the Scallop)
DCP1005: Fitted Frames Set A
MPW811: Mixed Media White Paper

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Concord Jam, Yellow Corn
Chameleon Pens: RD4, OR4, YL2, GR3, BL6, V04, PR4
Imagine: On Point Glue, VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
Scrapbook Adhesives: EZ Roller
Sakura: White Gelly Roll Pen
2mm Green Rhinestones


Directions:
1. Stamp the image with VersaMark ink on Mixed Media White Paper.

2. Color the image using the markers listed. I varied the techniques on each letter, so you can c…

Fairy Dust and Dragonfly

Hello! Today I am sharing a card that I created using Fairy Dust Sparkle Blends. I decided to not go with a shaker card this time around, but to rather just apply the beautiful, opalescent sequins directly to my card front.

I thought that this particular Sparkle Blend would work really well with the Dragonfly Lily stamp from Stampendous. I decided to use the Spotlight Technique for coloring this stamp, so that there would be some focus exactly where I want it, but the Sparkle Blends would shine and be the focus elsewhere on the card. The image was colored with Tombow Dual Brush markers. Then I die cut it with a Fitted Frame from Stampendous. 

I applied the sequins I liked for this card with Imagine's On Point Glue. It holds the sequins so well. I decided to do a bit more to my card base, so I inked the edges with Opera Pink VersaColor Ink and then applied 2 layers of Stampendous' Chunky Clear Embossing Powder. I purposefully didn't got for a smooth texture with the melted …

Birthday Bash

Hello! My husband's birthday was at the end of April, and he loves when I make shaker cards. So, I knew I had to make one for him using one of the latest Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. I decided to go with the Birthday Bash Sparkle Blends, because he loves bright, bold colors and because...well....it is a birthday card. ;) In this blend,you'll find red, green, purple, blue, and gold sequins. Some are in the shape of balloons! There are also little stars and microbeads. This is definitely a party in a shaker! 

Beyond being inspired by Birthday Bash, I had just gotten Altenew's Bells and Bows Stamp Set, and I just had to use that awesome large bow that's in the set. I stamped 3 of the 4 layers using inks from Imagine. Doesn't it look real?!

My papers are from DCWV, and they have fun metallic turquoise accents on them, which I thought really worked with the Sparkle Blend. If you click on my photo, you can see what's in the shaker a little better. My…

Rainbow Greetings Galore

Greetings! Really big greetings, that is. This week, the Stampendous Design Team is showcasing projects using the new Great Big Thanks and Great Big Happy stamp sets. I decided to create a rainbow on my card today, and it was really simple to do. My full instructions are below.
Supplies:
Stampendous:
SSC1281: Greetings Galore
SSC1283: Big Words Thanks
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper

Other:
Imagine: Memento Inks in- Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Bahama Blue, Grape Jelly, Tuxedo Black
My Colors Cardstock: Fireflies
Kaiser: Silver Rhinestones
Scrapbook Adhesives: E-Z Runner
Stamp Positioner (Not required, but helpful)

Directions:
1. Cut a piece of MixedMedia Paper to 4" x 5."

2. Stick the brushstroke stamp from the Greetings Galore set to a stamp positioner or to an acrylic block. The stamp positioner isn't required, but it will certainly make creating this card easier. Stick the stamp where you would like the red brushstroke to be. This will allow you to move your card …

Intergalactic Sugar Skull

Greetings! Today I'm sharing a card with what may be my favorite Sparkle Blend from the April 2018 release. It's called Intergalactic, and its filled with teals, purples, blues, and hot pinks. Some of my favorite colors! It's got regular sequins, stars, opalescent gems, tiny beads, and lots of other bits that you'll love looking at. I decided to make a shaker out of one of my all-time favorite Sugar Skulls. It's from Dilly Beans and if you've been a long-time follower of mine, you may recognize it. I thought the eyes would make great shakers.

If you'll notice, the right eye is right at the edge of the drawing, so I opted to cut a border around it so that I had room to apply my foam to close the shaker correctly. I kept the edge wavy to work with the wavy edge of the digi. I colored the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I chose colors that matched very close to those in the Shaker Blend.

For my card background, I used Rose Bud Fireworks! Spray and …