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Friday, July 31, 2015

Die-Versions/ Sparkle N Sprinkle Awareness Blog Hop


Sparkle N Sprinkle and Die-Versions are partnering up for a very special joint blog hop, called the Awareness Campaign. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the newly released Die-Versions dies and the stamp sets revealed in the joint blog hop will go to help with cancer research.

Almost every one has been touched by cancer is one way or another. Either you or a family member has had cancer or you know someone who has had cancer. The Designers from both teams are joining together to help the fight to eradicate all cancers by inspiring you.


Not only are we debuting NINE new Die-Versions low profile dies (July 2015 Reveal - scroll down to the end of the reveal), Sparkle N Sprinkle is also revealing THREE stamp sets for this Awareness Campaign.


The SNS sets are:

Pink Ribbon Background 408 (digi version DIGI408)
Survivor 713 (digi version DIGI713T)
Awareness 714 (digi version DIGI714T)

A Grand Prize winner will be chosen from comments left on the Designers' blogs and will be announced on August 4th. You won't know who the Mystery Designer is until after the Joint Blog hop, so remember to leave a comment with each of the Designers.

The Winner will be announced on the Die-Versions Facebook page, the Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook page, the DV Blog, and on the SNS Blog and will receive a $25 gift certificate from BOTH Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle.

You should have arrived to my blog from my sweet and talented teammate Lori. If not, you'll want to start at the beginning with the Die-Versions blog so you don't miss anything. For my projects, I've created a few cards to share with you.


For my first card, I've used the beautiful new Whispers Awareness Square die. What a perfect die to show your support for a loved one fighting cancer. I cut it twice...once in black and then again in heavyweight cardstock with double sided tape. I covered the die in Sparkle N Sprinkle Moonrise Tinsel Glitter...love this glitter so much...the texture and shine is amazing!!


Here's another view so you can see the sparkle. "Awareness" is from the SNS Awareness stamp set (#714P7), and heat embossed with SNS Cotton Candy Embossing Powder (EP121).


My second card uses the new Die-Versions Whispers Fight It die. I love this one, too. Using the cancer ribbon as the ribbon for the gloves is awesome. Both the ribbon and the sentiment were heat embossed with SNS White Embossing Powder (#EP166). The gloves were again covered with SNS Moonrise Tinsel Glitter. The sentiment is from the same SNS Awareness stamp set.


For my third card, I used the Whispers Awareness Square die. I cut the ribbon out, embossed it my all-time favorite embossing powder, SNS Lana Pink (EP 150) (My Mom's name is Lana :) . Find the cure was also embossed with SNS Cotton Candy Embossing Powder (EP121) and the sentiment is from the SNS Awareness stamp set.


For my final card, I used the DV Whispers Fight It die. The ribbon was embossed with SNS Lana Pink and the gloves with SNS Cotton Candy. The sentiments are from the SNS Awareness stamp set, heat embossed SNS Cotton Candy.

Your next stop on the hop is Irit. Here's the entire line-up in case you get lost along the way or want to revist anyone:

Die-Versions
Shona
Patti
Mary
Marie
Lori
Lisa < YOU ARE HERE
Irit
Jess
Eret
Emmy
Diane
Chris
Belinda
Ashley
Anne
Ani
Sparkle N Sprinkle

(*tip: click on the Designer's Home tab or the title of her blog if you have any issues with the link.)

We hope you enjoy the Awareness Joint Blog Hop as much as we have enjoyed creating new projects for it. We also hope that we have inspired you as well. Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize. (We love reading them too since your comments also inspire us.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Song of the Sea Canvas

Happy Tuesday!! I hope you are having a wonderful last week of July!! I have a canvas to share with you that I've been working on for a month - no kidding. I sadly don't have the time to devote to the mixed media projects which I love. But I have to find time each month to participate in my sweet friend Pamellia of My Little Craft Things' Anything But Cute Challenges. And when I saw the theme this month that my sweet friend Samra of Paper Talk With Samra picked - Summer Romance, I knew I had to play along...two of my favorite things!!


I'm not sure I can remember all I did with this, but I'll try...if I miss anything, and you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask :) I started out adhering crumpled tissue paper to a canvas with Mod Podge. I then added cheesecloth to represent the waves of the sea.


I wanted there to be some sunshine on my canvas, so I used Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste through a Tim Holtz Rays stencil. Once it dried, I used Sea Glass acrylic paint over the entire canvas, along with Dylusions Sprays in London Blue and Calypso Teal. I let it dry for a bit then used a baby wipe to remove some of the color. Then I used a toothbrush to remove the paint from the cracks, and to remove the tissue paper from the canvas so that texture would show. Inka-Gold Metallic Rub in Gold was dry-brushed over the rays for a subtle shimmer.


For the underwater portion of the canvas, I used several Tim Holtz products, including Mixed Media Thinlets, Spring Greenery Strips, and the seahorse from TH's Mini Sea & Sand. It was covered with Distress Inks in Mowed Grass, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean, and then covered with TH Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy. The edges were inked with Walnut. Once it dried, white acrylic paint was brushed into the cracks.


For the land section, sand was made using the technique Tim Holtz described in his July Tag of 2014: basically glossy accents, Utee Clear Embossing Powder, Distress Embossing Powder and Distress Glitter. The couple is an Impression Obsession Couple Sitting die on a Spellbinders D-Lites Garden Bench die. The couple was covered with Liquitex Thick Gel with Glass Beads. The fence is a Memory Box Weathered Fence Die.


I used a Crafter's Workshop Palm Tree Stencil with Glass Beads over plastic, fussy cut it, and then colored the back with Distress Inks in Gathered Twigs and Mowed Grass.


The sentiment was stamped onto tissue paper and then adhered with Mod Podge to the canvas.



I am entering this in the following challenges:

1) Anything But Cute #3: Summer Romance


2) Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - No Ordinary Paper (Tissue Paper)
3) DL.ART - July Linky
4) Little Scrap Pieces - Show It Off Saturday

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sail Away With Me Nautical Cards

Happy Friday!! I hope you have fun plans for the last weekend in July!! Ugh - almost August already. It's my turn to post on the Die-Versions blog and I have some nautical-themed cards to share with you today featuring dies from the June release :)


I used papers from Graphic 45's By The Sea collection. A Sweet Wordlet Happy and Sweet Wordlet Birthday were used for the sentiment. A Whispers Life Preserver Border was used along the bottom, with steel brads used to anchor them to the paper.


A Whispers Message in a Bottle die was inked Salty Ocean with a touch of Mowed Grass Distress Inks for a sea glass look and then covered with crackle medium. Once it dried, Walnut Distress Ink was used to highlight the cracks. The stopper was cut from cork paper. The message was cut with parchment paper that was crumpled and then inked for some texture. 


This card used all of the same dies: Sweet Wordlet Happy, Sweet Wordlet Birthday, Whispers Life Preserver Border and Whispers Message in a Bottle.


This one uses the same Whispers Life Preserver Border and Whispers Message in a Bottle, but the sentiment is from the Sail Away Stamp Set.


I have a very busy weekend planned so I may be late in visiting you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Becca's Birthday Bash Link-Up

Happy Tuesday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! I'm posting two days in a row - woohoo!! I had to find time in my craft room to participate in my sweet friend Becca of The Damsel of Distressed Cards Birthday Bash celebration!!


Becca has a mood board of her favorite things (see below). I tried to incorporate as many as I could into these cards (except clean and simple cards - ha!! What's that??!! :)


I started with Becca's favorite color pallet of purple and teal...though my teal is a little more blue. I used Distress Inks in Dusty Concorde and Mermaid Lagoon (maybe I should have used Peacock Feathers for a more teal look...hindsight...) She loves polka-dots and I tried to incorporate several different sizes here. She also loves typography, so I used two of my very favorite My Creative Time sentiment stamps and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.


She loves distressed, vintage cards full of texture. I added texture with Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste through a Crafter's Workshop Punchinella stencil and distressed the edges with a Zutter DIA. The edges were then inked with Walnut Distress Ink.


I am entering these in the following challenges:

1. Becca's Birthday Bash - Linky/Mood Board (see below)
2. DL.ART - July Linky
3. Little Scrap Pieces - Show it Off Saturday
4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - I scream for... (Ink)


Happy birthday, Becca!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great week :)



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