Friday, December 30, 2011


Sparkle N Sprinkle  is having monthly sketch challenges. Click here to read how to join in.  December is their second month so I decided to join in. I  made a holiday card....everyone sing along ,"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose....."  I used Sparkle N Sprinkles  Moonlight Serenade Frog, he can sing any song. I used the Bubbling Caldron for my chestnut roaster just light in Paris. I fancied up my card with several glitters  Waterfall, Starfire, Fascination, Sassy Silver and Meadowspark. I cut the Santa Hat wth a Memory Box Die and added Sparkle N Sprinkles Sparkling Clouds.  I also used Silver Leaf Glitter Tinsel. The snowfalkes were cut with  Spellbinders Create - A- Flake  Three.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Year In Review - Not Just Another Blog Hop

It is hard to imagine that 525,260 minutes have gone by (that is one year).  What is even harder to believe is how many of those minutes I have spent paper crafting, thinking about paper crafting , planning paper crafting, looking at others paper crafting or and/or dreaming about paper crafting.
Karin over at  With an "i" For Paper has  encouraged you and I to join in and display  12 of our favorite paper crafting creations  that we have made in 2011.
So just pick out your favorite cards/creations from the  past year, and post them on your blog. Then go over to Karin's blog With an "i" For Paper and put your name in the Linky spot and let the OMG! and LOL! and TFS! begin.
All Karin asks is that you limit the number of your cards/creations you choose to 12 ( one for each month of the year) and post a photo of the button at the top of your post and link back to With an "i" For Paper.

Here are 12 of my Favortie Things.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Our Daily Bread Designs Stampin In Time Challenge SNTODBD48

Since it is the eve of Thanksgving I thought that I would try something new for me, a challenge from  Our Daily Bread Designs and a chance to think of how thankful I am to be able to share my creativity.    I have admired the designers cards on ODBD site.  They create such beautiful cards.  The Bread Basket Bundle that is available each month is becoming by spiritual sustenance.

The theme for the challenge  is to create a Christmas card, gift packaging, gift ideas or anything festive with a Christmas theme.

I used the Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments S4-334, ODBD stamps Vintage Border Background, Holiday Ornaments, Christmas Verses and Christmas Rose.  The stamps  and Spellbinders Die can be found here, one stop shopping. Check out the Bread Basket Bundle a great value.
The inks I used are Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Black Stazon  and VersaMark. I colored the Christmas Rose with mica from Lindys Stamp Gang and the center of the Christmas Rose is Mini Prills and Mica D'Lights from US Art Quest. I also used a few Martha Stewart punches, thick gold embossing powder and a Cheery Lynne die  I hope you enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

TSC24 Ribbons and Lace

Do you remember Janis Joplin  belting out the tune  "Oh Lord won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz" with her unique raspy voice.
I was inspired by her uniqueness to create this card for The Stampsmith Challenge Ribbons and Lace.

I made a lace background using a piece of lace, sticker paper and glitter then added a piece of cardstock that I embossed with  Peace signs,  cut a Butterfly from a Spellbinders die and painted with Mica Paints from US Art Quest added some pearls, Flowers Soft an antenae. I stamped Janis with versamark on to hot pink and embossed with black embossing power.  I added two rows of funky ribbon, one velvet and one textured.  You can fine Janis along with Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon all on the Rock and Roll, sheet just click here.

                          Here is another take of the picture it  shows the detail in the lace.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle It's a Cultural Thing Blog Hop!

If you hopped here by way of the Sparkle N Sprinkle home blog then you are ready to start.  This is my last blog hop as a designer on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Design team, my card says it all to my fellow Design Team Members and to you the hoppers that participate  and those of you who just look.... YOU'RE FANTASTIC.

I used one of my favorite far east stamp sets to create this thank you card.  You can find the Stamp Set 177 Asian 2 Japanese Lady by clicking here.  I used four stamps from this set to create this card.  I stamped the Japanese Lady on watercolor paper with Stazon and used markers and a water color brush to color her.  I added Celestial Glitter G1031 to her collar and outlined the hexagons on her robe with Starfire Glitter G1017. I embossed the Lanterns with Gold Detail EP168 then colored and cut them out. I embossed the sentiment on watercolor paper with Red Apple EP276 then cut it out with  Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two.  Check out that cool side border.  If you would like to look at the complete instructions then click here.
All of my cards that I have designed for Sparkle N Sprinkle can be found here then type in my name and click on go.

I would like to thank each of you for stopping by and remember to leave a comment to become eligible for  the four great prizes, now I am sending you over to the Amazing Amanda Reed.

Sparkling Blog Hostesses

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Beware of what goes bump in the night!

Hallow's Eve is closer then you think.   I had so much fun making one Halloween Card for                The Stampsmith Challenge that I decided to to it again.

I used a stamp from the  Those Were the Days 1950"s . There are so many great stamps on this sheet of rubber.  You can make all sorts of cards with them,  believe me I have.  Need ideas e-mail me and I will share some with you.

I also used Spellbinders Dies, Heartfelt Creations Dies, I Am Roses, Tattered Angels Black Chalkboard,  Tim Holtz Distress Inks ( Peeled Paint and Orange Marmalade). This is a 6 x 6 inch card.

Play along in the Challenge it is never too much fun.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Here is a card I made for  The Stampsmith Challenge.  This is my first challenge. I thought it would be nothing but fun since I just simply love the photo stamps  from The Stampsmith.
I do not know what scares me more Lucy's expression or the big spider.
Stamps - Lucy The Stampsmith
Paper - SU
Dies -  HeartfeltCreations and Spellbinders
Glitter and Embossing Powder - SparkleN Sprinkle
Bow - Made with my EZBowZ
Mica Paint - LindysStamp Gang

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Do you have The Blues Brewin'? (click for song)

I have always liked listening to the blues. Billie Holiday nicknamed Lady Day is one of my favorites.  Estelle at  The Stampsmith has a wonderful Bille Holiday stamp along with other late great artists. All of the movie star photostamps can be found here,  there will be a prompt for Username and Password both are  "movies" with no quotations. It is well worth the click.

It was such a beautiful Sunday here in Michigan  I wanted to sing out.....rejoice. Here is what I came up with.  I was also playing with  free photo editing software Picasa and Picnik.  Enjoy your time here no one is in a rush.

The flowers are from my garden, I picked them on 10/9/2011 around 1:00PM
Stamps: The Stampsmith -  Billie Holiday, SU - Graceful Words (retired)
Paper : CTMH - Amethyst, SU -  Black, Marcos Paper - Amethyst Stardream, ScrapAce Deal of the Day -  Gold, Gina K - Ivory
Inks- Brillance Gold Galaxy, Memento Black Tuxedo, Krylon Gold Leaf Pen
Prisma Colored Pencils
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Black Detail EP and Mauvelous Glitter
Lindys Stamp Gang - Mica Paints - Burnished Golden Leaf, French Lilac, Morning Magenta
Flowers - I am Roses - I buy White Mulberry Paper Flowers and die to the colors I want
Cherry Lynne - Fanciful Flourish Die
Spellbinders - Lace Doily Accents, Lace Doily Motifs and Petite Ovals
Fiskars Punch
Cuttlebug Folder - Rebecca
EZ BowZ to make my bow

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Close To My Heart has picked up the colors and ambience of Sonoma

I  fell in love with this paper the first time I saw it.  I loved it  even more when I touched it.  I could not stop thinking about it.   I spent the afternoon with it and oh did I enjoy my time.

Embossing Folder
Sand Paper
Dimensional Tape
Grand Calibur

Monday, October 3, 2011

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle World Animal Day Blog Hop

It's  World Animal Day and Sparkle N Sprinkle is celebrating with a "mini blog hop".  The Sparklettes have used all kinds of images to represent the critters with whom we share Planet Earth. As you hop along keep in mind that  through the end of October 2011 all SNS Animals, Dogs & Cats, and Insects stamps are on special - 15% off! To view all our specials, including stamps, glitters, EPs, and other fine SNS products, just click here.

If you hopped here by way of the wonderful card creater  Shona then you are on the path if not you might want to start here at the beginning  the SNS  Blog to become eligible for  the Grand Prize and three other mystery prizes .  Remember to leave a little puppy love on each persons blog.

If you started at the beginning then you know that I am the last stop on the blog and  It's Party Time! Click on the picture for a close up view. Who is your party animal?

Check out this bear on Stamp Set 366 Bears Too. I stamped him with Mememto Tuxedo Black ink then colored with copics,stamped the sentiment in the banner with  Memento Bahama Blue a perfect fit , cut with my Grand Calibur and Spellbinders Dies, highlighted with  Starfire Glitter G0117. I made my curtain by coating a piece of  white card stock with VersaMark then Orange Sparkle Embossing Powder EP338, cut with Spellbinders Edgabilities.  I blinged my brads with the Orange Sparkle.  You can bling your brads too look here to see how it is done. The detailed instructions for this card can be found at the Sparkle N Sprinkle card gallery shortly.

The next card is a beautiful breathtaking bear...... with flowers for you, her Sunshine.

This lovely image is called  Flower Bear from Stamp Set 359 Bears on Parade the sentiment is  My Sunshine. I stamped her with Tuxedo Black Memento and colored with copics, highlighted with Starfire Glitter and her hair is Sparkling Sands Sparkle Soft SS118. I used Yellow Spark Embossing Powder EP165 for the flower center, flower pot dots and sentiment. I used my Grand Calibur and Spellbinders Oval, Big Scalloped Ovals and  Ribbon Tag Trio dies. The added flowers and  leaves were made with punches. The complete  directions for this card will be forthcoming at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Gallery.

I want to thank you for bearing with me.  If you are reading this then I know that the rest of your day will not be unbearable.

Your final destination is the SNS Blog!  To become eligible for the two Grand Prizes, please leave a comment on my blog below and return to the SNS blog and answer one or both of the following questions.  This is not a test there are no right or wrong answers.

Well, the first item is not really a question. Tell us something special about a pet or animal experience you have had sometime in your life. AND when considering Mother Nature’s Wonders, what one critter always brings a smile to your face? Answering these 2 questions back on the SNS Home Blog makes you eligible for the Grand Prize and 3 other secondary prizes! Good Luck!

Your blog hostesses are:
                                                                       Patti White
Linda Loew ( me you are -----> here)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Prize winners for the Magical Winter Moments Blog Hop

Congratulations to all the winners!

Grand Prize – Stamp Set of her Choice – Karen Ladd

Prize One from Barbara Bruder – 2 tinsel glitter colors of her choice -  Margaret Tower (flamingo girl)

Prize Two from  Marie Berquist – 3 embossing powders of her choice Shartl (apedoaak)

Prize Three from Julie Zippel – 3 glitters of your choice – Aileen Freeman

 One new Stampette Set of her choice awarded to -  Carrie (cardmakingqueen). 

Please go to the Sparkle N Sprinkle home blog for instructions on how to receive your prizes.

Thanks again for hopping with us.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Magical Winter Moments Blog Hop!

Hop along with us as we celebrate Winter's Festivities.  If you arrived from the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog  then you are right on track. If not start there for all the details on the great prizes you could win by leaving comments along the way.

What says Winter Festivities more then a Penguin in a top hat fit for Liberace? For this card I used  two stamps from Stamp Set 438 - Playful Pengie and  three glitters Sparkling Snow G1003, Fiery Fushia G1004 and Laser Blue G1074  a couple of Spellbinders Circle dies and Grommet Tag die, Grand Calibur and metallic paper and tiny rhinestones.  To view the complete instructions click here.

Using this same Stamp Set 438 - Playful Pengie  I put the Candy Cane Pengie 3551-438C on an ornament  and dressed him up with Charcoal Glitter G1081, Sparkling Snow Glitter G1003,
Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft SS107 for his hat and Candy Cane Embossing Powder EP110.  The Candy Cane Embossing Powder looks exactly like its name.  The complete directions for this card can be found here.

Since we are talking  penguins and ornaments here is my grand finale...

Again I used the  Stamp Set 438 - Playful Pengie.  I used the Grand Calibur and Grand Oval die to cut out the card and a Crown turned upside down for the toppper on the ornment. I colored with copics, paper pieced the scarf and band on top hat. I made glitter paper with Denali Sky Glitter G1055 and  Super Adhesive Sheets SA602 and cut out snowflakes and topper. To view the complete details of this card click here. 

I hope you have enjoyed the cards as much as I have enjoyed making them. Leave a little love (comment) before you hop over to the stunning, show stopping Shona

Todays Snow Fairies

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle Autumn Inspirations Blog Hop

Here in the north the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Autumn is less then a month away, please join us with a stroll down the lane to enjoy the wonderful colors and celebrations that Autumn brings.  If you strolled here by the way of the beautifully creative soulful  Barbara Bruder, then you're in the right spot. If you'd like to start from the beginning  and become eligible for the Grand Prize and five other mystery prizes, then click here to go to Sparkle N Sprinkle.
The first card I have created  happens after the first frost, when the roses wilt slightly and turn a deeper shade.  To make the Rose and Rose Buds I used Spellbinders Die  Rose Creations S5-050 and Foliage S4-328.The lable is Fancy Tags One S4-235 and Petie Ovals S4-140. The back ground  was cut from a Lace Die. The centers of the Roses are accented with  Autumn Fire Glitter Tinsel , the lace is accented with  Flaming Orange Glitter, Meadow Spark Glitter and Bridal Glitter. The sentiment is embossed with Bullfrog Embossing Powder. The complete recipe for this card can be found here.

The next card I created is for Halloween even though the days and nights might  be getting cooler Nikki is still HOT!  This is just a fun card. I picked the Bubbling Caldron , Nikki Witch Diva and the sentiment I'm Still Hot!, colored with Copics added a few die cut flames and  glitters to highlight, embossed the sentiment with Jazzy Orange Embossing Powder EP272. The complete recipe for this card can be found here.

My last card is a reminder to be thankful and all pumpkins are not Orange.
To create this card I used Spellbinders Pumpkin and  Maple Leaf Dies.  Each Pumpkin has a different treatment. The largest has subtle veining made with Memento New Sprout Ink 99618 and sentiment  "You're always in my thoughts" from the new stamp set Thoughtful Frames 436.  The medium Pumpkin's sentiment Happy Thanksgiving is embossed with Harvest Nights Embossing Powder. The small Pumpkin is completely covered with Harvest Nights Embossing Powder. For the right amount of bling I added a little  Autumn Medley Glitter. The complete recipe for this card can be found here in the card gallery at Sparkle N Sprinkle

Remember to leave a comment to become eligible for the  Grand Prize and five other mystery prizes, now it is time to stroll over to Jill Jacobsen.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sparkling Wintry Sensations

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle "Sparkling Wintry Sensations" blog hop!  If you hopped here by way of the very talented Karin, then you're in the right spot.  If you'd like to start from the beginning and become eligible for SIX great prizes, then click here
I have a few cards for your viewing enjoyment so grab that cup of peppermint cocoa and  enjoy the show.

Here is a beautiful Menorah with  the candles lit with Raspberry Soda and Lemonade Glitter. The Menorah is embossed with Black Detail  Embossing Powder and backed with  rich  silver mirror card stock. Since I used mirror card stock it is hard to photograph but in person it is rich and elegant.  To create this card  I used the Swirl Menorah and Happy Chanukah  from the Jewish Stamp Set #388.  I  used 8 different colors of Semi-Transparent Glitter glitter for the 8 day festival of light. Detailed instructions for this card are here.

My next card  I continued with the Chanukah Theme and  made a card with the  dreidel , a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side. It is used during Chanukah to play a popular children's game that involves spinning the dreidel and betting on which Hebrew letter will be showing when the dreidel stops spinning. The Dreidel, Star of David and Sentiment can be found on the Jewish Stamp Set #388. I kept this card simple using  mostly the colors of the Israeli Flag, Blue for the water and White for the sky with Silver  and Gold Detail Embossing Powder and Golden Sparkle Embossing Powder.  I used an embossing folder for the back ground and  Spellbinders Octagons along with Ribbon Tag Trio. Detailed instructions for this card are here.

If you have visited my blog in previous blog hops you know I like a little humor.  Oy Vey , woe is me. I thought  I was headed to the South Pole where the penguins are instead  I  hit shore at North Beach ??? For this creation I used the Knit Hat Pengie  and the Sun and Palm Tree from Stamp Set 158 Tropical  with a little bit of  Hit The Beach Embossing Powder and Poolside Embossing Powder and finish it off with Sparkle Embossing Powder. Detailed instructions for this card are here.

You have to love those frogs, Moonlight Serenade here and he is singing.   He is so into it that his lily pad has ice and snow on it. He borrowed his  Santa hat from Santa Chimney. He is framed with Spellbinders Labels 13 and the sentiment is computer generated then cut with Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio. Instructions on how to put this card together are here.
It is time now to refill your cocoa mug and .........
Perhaps I am one of "The Five" with a secondary prize, so don't forget to leave a comment to become eligible for the Grand Prize and one of the 5 secondary prizes, then hop over to merry Marie .

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th of July may we all Sparkle N Sprinkle!

 Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!  This is my creation for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Design Team Glitter Challenge. I  really love the energy this card gives me.  It makes me want to sing. This card was so fast and easy to make. You can find the fabulous detailed instructions here.  I used Sparkling Snow Glitter for the White, Fire Engine Red Glitter for the Red, Liberty Glitter for the Blue and AztecGold Glitter around the Star. The sentiment is from the stamp set Patriotic Icons.  I used a punch for the small  Stars and a  can't live without  Spellbinders Die  Stars S4-092.  Check out the Gold Detail Embossing Powder it is so fine line. Fellow Stampers I salute you.

Friday, July 1, 2011

I was minding my P's and Q's...

This is my version  of a Clean and Simple card.  I created it for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Design Team challenge.   It would be worth your while to peruse each designer's cards for great ideas and inspiration, you can find them here.

This CAS card is made with  paper , glitter and glue.  Parisian Mist Glitter,  Chocolate  and Pear Pizzaz Paper,  quickly  paint the Brushable Glue in the de - bossed or indented places  cover with glitter.  Quite nice wouldn't you say.

Monday, May 16, 2011

SNS Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle  Blog Hop encore!
 If you hopped here by way of the fabulousy artsy Erika, then you're in the right spot. If you would like to start from the beginning and become eligible for all the great prizes, then click here .

I have three cards to share with you  today.  The first one says "classic"  with it's forest green, bronze, Fleur De Lis and the 1902 Curved Dash Olds.  You can find out how to put this classic model together here.
Here is a close up of the 1902 Olds in Butterscotch Embossing Powder and the sentiment in Forest Green Embossing Powder. You can find the Olds and sentiment here. Would you believe the stamp set is on sale this month at SNS.

Now for my second card . Who would not want to be King for the Day, whether it is Fathers Day or a Birthday.  Here  Leo is decked out with his crown jewels and posing  on a  royal striped carpet of 
    Sparkle N Soft . The directions for this card can be found here.

For the Grand Finale, this is what we all should be doing....Winning!. You can find the directions to this winning card here. The frog in this card is fretting or sweating highlighted with Waterfall Glitter  G1071.  He is on a  Spellbinders Wonky Square  and behind him is a wacky background which has Passion Fruit Embossing Powder EP323, Frosted Juniper Embossing Powder EP406, and my donation towards the Grand Prize Orange Marmalade Embossing Powder EP323. The Orange Marmalade looks wonderful on purple, green, navy blue and maroon as shown here.  Show me your winning card with Orange Marmalade I would love to see it.
Please remember to leave a comment to become eligible for the prizes, then hop on over to the amazingly joyful Judy.