Friday, July 27, 2012

Upcoming Blog Hop & Other Things

I had all good intentions this month, but once again have barely been in my craft room! Got to get in there this weekend as Sparkle N Sprinkle is having another blog hop. This one is called Our Furry Friends and as we have two Bichons, perhaps my theme will be dog related - BUT - who knows what idea will hit me when the time comes.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless.  Join the SNS Design Team on Aug 2-3 and see what fabulous creations they've come up with.

On another note, I was in Puyallup, Washington at the Fairgrounds last weekend working the Sparkle N Sprinkle booth at Scrapbook Expo.   My hubby, Dennis and my friend, Ann helped out in the booth and we had a blast visiting with all the Washington crafters.
While we were there, we tied in the trip with a visit to my brother, Randy & my sister-in-law Jan's and their menagerie (3 llamas & 3 labs/lab mixes).  Had a great visit - got to see Rainier only flying in and the first day - it was covered by clouds the rest of the time - UNTIL the day we left LOL.

Here we are getting ready for the show!

Ann decided to try her hand at demoing and did a fabulous job!

 The ever elusive Mt. Rainier.  It's actually quite near where my brother lives.

Here are Coco and Susie

And here's Burns


(yes - they're just missing Rocky & Bullwinkle for those that remember)

And here's Wiley

We finished off our trip with a pre-planned Mariners/Yankees game and found out on the day of the game that the Mariners had traded Ichiro to the Yankees and it was his first day in his Yankee uni.  The Yankees won - which was icing on the cake for us - being Yankee fans :)

 All-in-all it was a lovely visit, but it's always nice to be back home.
Stay tuned for the blog hop and I promise to try and do much better on the day to day posts :)


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinke Blog Hop WINNERS

Another blog hop - another set of winners!!!
Thanks to all who "hopped" with us - we're glad you enjoyed all the fun things the design team had for you and your comments are much appreciated.
Wish we could give a prize to each and every one of you, but another hop is on it's way.  Mark your calendars for the Aug 2-3 Blog Hop - Our Furry Friends.
Without further ado - here are the lucky winners!!!
Please contact as soon as possible with your selections, your full name, address, e-mail & phone number..
Grand Prize #1
Your choice of any stamp set on cling cushion
Grand Prize #2
Rhonda Miller
Your choice of any Stampette set on cling cushion
1st Place
From April's Blog
Dianne Potter
Any 2 glitter tinsels
2nd Place
From Shona's blog
Auntie Em
Any 3 glitters
3rd Place
from Karin's blog
Babe O
any 3 embossing powders
AND...............Ta Da!!!
As a special unannounced prize to celebrate our new digital images............
Bonus Winner
Blessings From Cindy
Your choice of any 2 digital images
Thanks again for joining us and stay tuned for the next blog hop!  It's not too far away.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Christmas in July Blog Hop

It's Christmas in July!!!  
Time to start thinking about all those fab Christmas projects you're going to do this year. I always put it off way to long and never get everything done that I plan on doing. This year will probably be no exception. LOL We're hoping that this hop will help everyone get their Christmas mojo started! 

If you hopped here by way of the super fabulous, Gerlinde Townsley - then you're in the right place!
Otherwise, you may want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing.  Since there are five awesome prizes - you don't want that to happen :)   Three of the prizes are "hidden" on 3 of the designers blogs - SO - if you miss one - you miss a chance at a prize.

You MUST leave a comment on each and every blog to be eligible for prizes. 
 BUT - you don't have to leave them all at once - it's a two day hop - just make sure you get a comment on each blog by the end of the second day....

By now you've probably already gotten the word that we have a brand new designer at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Michelle Perkett brings us some really beautiful designs and they'll be available in digital image form along with a selection done in "conventional" rubber stamps.
Woofie's Christmas - Set 468S is a stampette set with one of those designs.  He's an adorable little puppy playing in the snow and I thought that would be a fun way to start.

I stamped him with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with my Copics.  A little Sparkle N Soft Twinkling Clouds flocking and some Sparkling Snow glitter added my "bling".
The white background panel was done using the Stampin' Up Northern Flurry embossing folder.
Spellbinder Oval and Scalloped Oval Dies and two sizes of oval punches rounded (or ovaled) out the rest.  The beautiful green velvet skinny ribbon was from May Arts.
 Here's a close-up of the "bling"

For my second project, I decided on total bling!   I started with a Super Adhesive Sheet.  Removed the top protective layer (save this) and placed it sticky side down onto cardstock for stability.  I then used the Spellbinder Heirloom 2010 Dies and die cut my ornament.  Using the "saved" protective layer from the first step - punch and/or die cut out embellishments and use those for masks.  NOTE:  You can also die cut other intricate shapes - instead of the ornaments and use the second protective layer after removing it for a mask too.  
Peel the protective backing off the ornament - lay on the masks that you'd like to use (make sure to put the slick side down so you can remove it again).  Glitter with your main color - being sure to rub in the glitter well and brush off the excess.  With tweezers, remove the first mask - rub in your next glitter color and brush off the excess.  Continue this until you have removed all the masks.  Add some rhinestones and ribbon and VOILA!!!
Easy Peasy!!!
These can be used for gift bag decorations, gift tags, ornaments - or on your cards or scrapbook pages.  The sky's the limit!

Here are close views of the individual ornaments.  I used the two larger sizes of dies and a selection of the fabulous Sparkle N Sprinkle Glitters.

Hope these will inspire you!

If you've hopped with us before, then you know that I'm the end of the line always....   If you've missed any - just go back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog.    If you've seen something that grabs your fancy, here's the link to the shopping section of the website. 
Check out the digital image section to see Michelle Perkett's line and the New Product section to quickly see the Michelle Perkett stamp sets along with several other new stamp sets that debut today.

All the Christmas & Winter, Jewish & Christian stamps are 15% off this month along with a selection of Glitter, Glitter Tinsel, Embossing Powders & Flocking.

Thanks so much for joining the hop!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!!

Wishing everyone a safe and very Happy 4th of July!

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