Saturday, May 19, 2012

Celebrating Summer Blog Hop Winners

Another blog hop has ended :(
The Sparkle N Sprinkle design team keeps amazing us with their fabulously awesome creations!!!
The next hop will be July 12-13 - Christmas in July.
Get a head start on those Christmas cards - you know you want to...  :)
I KNOW - I KNOW.....  you just want to see if you won LOL......
Without further ado..........
here are the winners for the Celebrating Summer Blog Hop
Okay, okay - here's the list

Grand Prize #1 - Stamp Set of your choice on cling cushion
Grand Prize #2 - Stampette Set of your choice on cling cushion
1st Place - 2 Glitter Tinsels of your choice
2nd Place - 3 small Embossing Powders of your choice
3rd Place - 3 small Glitters of your choice
Please e-mail with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number and prize choices.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who participated in the hop.
We hope you enjoyed our hop as much as we enjoyed it!
Your comments are always greatly appreciated by the design team.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Celebrating Summer Blog Hop

It's the Sparkle N Sprinkle Celebrating Summer Blog Hop!

If you hopped here by way of Karin Martin's super, fabulous blog,  then you are in the right place!  Otherwise, you might like to start from the beginning at to become eligible for 5 fabulous prizes.   To be eligible for the prizes, all you have to do is leave a comment on each designer's blog.  You MUST leave a comment on each blog to be eligible though.   Three of the prizes are given by individual designers and no one knows who they are so it's important to comment on them all!
Here's a complete list just in case you got lost along the way.
April Williams
Marie Berquist
Shona Erlenborn
Julie Zippel
Shanna Shands
Barbara Bruder
Angie Blasingame
Karalee Ingram
Jill Jacobsen
Gerlinde Townsley
Charlene Driggs
Karin Martin
Brenda Smalle  (that's me!!!)

Yep - as always, I'm the end of the line..

I always think of summer as water - could be a lake, could be a pool, could be a river, could be a stream or could be the ocean - but always water.   I grew up in Maine - so it was the lake - lived in NYC for many years - so it was Rockaway Beach or the Hamptons - in Texas - it was the pool and then Florida - beaches, beaches, beaches and my backyard pool!   Now in sunny Arizona, it's the Salt River for tubing or the pool...  missing the ocean a little :(  BUT - it's not a far drive to visit.
Swimming, tubing or just lounging on the beach or by the pool (did I mention that I'm the lazy river kind of gal LOL).  Plop me on a float and I'm good to go.
My first card is an oldie....   just a CAS card from way back... it features one of the stars of Stamp Set 360 - Pigs on Parade... add some CS using an embossing folder and a little bling in the way of some of  SNS fabulous glitters - an adorable sunglass brad and done.  It was one of my first endeavors using my Copic Markers.  I think I've improved bunches since then :)

Card number two is a tropical beach scene as the sun is going down with all of that sparkle bouncing off the beach and the water.  Reminds me of my years living in Florida and of many trips to to the Caribbean - lots of sand - lots of water (there's that water again) and the palm trees.
Couldn't make a decision on this one - so here it is with two different background colors - I like them both - so instead of making a decision - I'm showing them both.

I started with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet attached to white cardstock - after running it thru my Grand Caliber using the Grand Labels 11 die, I simply tore one section of the top protective covering at a time - adding my glitter layers as I went along.  There's glitter "under" the beach too, but I added a little Tahiti Beach Mudd Puddles for texture and a few little shells from  Mudd Puddles Sea Life.  The images were all colored using Copics, fussy cut and attached while the Mudd Puddles was still wet and using dimensionals on the top to raise them up.  A slightly messy project, but lots of fun and much blingier in person.

I decided before I added the Mudd Puddles to the beach, that I wanted a little more texture - so dug out my new Spellbinders Embossability folder - Sea Beauty.

Last, but not least - here's what you need for it all.  This is a small card I made from a template that was to have been a corset, but just screamed swimsuit to me.  I found this old Stampin' Up designer paper that worked perfectly for it.  No stamping involved - only pearls and glitter (Sea Shell and Bubble Gum) added to embellish the design on the paper.  Quick, easy and fun!  
This card opens from the top.  

Hope you liked my summer fun...the design team has really outdone themselves once again!  

Don't forget - you MUST leave a comment on each and every blog to be eligible to win one of the FIVE fabulous prizes....   THREE of them are on individual blogs and no one knows which blogs they are!   Don't miss out and check back on the SNS Blog on Saturday for a list of the winners.

See some things you just need to have right now???   Here's a link back to the SNS store.
Thanks for hopping with us!


Monday, May 14, 2012

May 17-18 Celebrating Summer

Don't forget to check in on May 17th at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog for the Celebrating Summer Blog Hop.  There will be FIVE prizes in all - so mark those calendars as the design team has some awesome things for you to see!   I know I've been lax in updating my blog this month, but life just keeps getting in the way!  Plus, I have to say, I've had a bit of a creative block :(   Working on that :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

It's been a while :(

Guess I've been pretty derelict in my blogging duties this last few weeks!   Did demo duty at the Sparkle n Sprinkle booth in Mesa, Arizona the 13th & 14th of April and then again in Manchester, NH last weekend.  Just trying to keep up with everything else in between LOL.   I'll be in Arlington, Texas for the Great American Scrapbook Show on May 31-June 1 and 2.  Love to see anyone that's in the area.  Stop by and say hi.
 My brother and sister-in-law are due in from Seattle tonight and we've got lots of fun things planned for them.  My plan is to hit my craft room next week and try to catch up and have some things for my blog :)
Here are a couple of shots from the Manchester show.

Whew!!!  Booth's set up and we're ready to rock!

Margaret's getting the register ready.

A couple of our customers.

Crafters come in all sizes!!!

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