Monday, March 31

SPARKLE 'n SPRINKLE april release party

hello scrappy friends!

and welcome to SPARKLE N SPRINKLE's april 1st reveal.

this month 5 new stamp sets are being introduced. until april 3rd, the sets will be available with 20% off their regular price.
the april showers stamp set is available on cling mounted rubber, as a digital image, and is also included in jazzy jill's technique video for the month.

here is a bit of inspiration from me:

i used the lovely april showers #555P7 stamp set to create my card.

here are some close ups:

to create the 3d effect on my card, i stamped the image twice on white cardstock. the base one i coloured with copic ciao markers and SNS jasper blue microfine velvet glitter [GM2012] for the rain drops.

then i fussy cut the cute umbrellas and colour them with SNS jasper blue microfine velvet glitter [GM2012] and SNS peruvian lily velvet glitter [GM2014]. i removed the excessive glitter and adhered them with 3d foam squares to my card.

i used different SPELLBINDERS dies to create the layers on my card. i used white cardstock, pattern paper and my own tailor made glitter paper.

i adhered 2 1/2″ double sided “tear-ific tape” to a sheet of white cardstock and die cut the smaller frame with SPELLBINDERS "timeless rectangles" die. then i removed the protective layer and covered it with SNS peruvian lily velvet glitter [GM2014].

i stamped my sentiments on white cardstock and fussy cut the banner shapes by hand. then i dipped their edges in VERSAMARK ink and heat embossed them with SNS antiquities embossing powder [EP266].

here is a list with all SNS products i used on my project:

and here are all the new stamp sets released this month -

*NEW* also available as digital image HERE

april showers #555P7
*NEW* also available as digital image HERE

*NEW* also available as digital image HERE

ellie the elephant #553P7

crackle background #609P5

if you followed the right path, you came here from mayra hernandez' blog and your next step is belinda shupe's blog.

here is the complete list of the participating blogs, in case you get lost on the way:
anne temple
anita scroggins
steff munnings - new designer!
donna ellis
shona erlenborn
eret pank
mayra hernandez
emmy van den heuvel --> ME!!!
belinda shupe
marie berquist
april williams
jazzy jill

on april 3rd five winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed above. each winner will receive a new stamp set, and the choice of one embossing powder and glitter to go with their new set.

the new SNS creative challenge also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. this month, if you use a SPARKLE N SPRINKLE image in your challenge project, not only will you become a featured artist, but your name will be entered in a separate drawing for 3 ultra fine glitters and/or embossing powders.

the winners of the blog hop will be announced on april 3rd on facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs.

have fun hopping!

hugs 'n smiles,

ZVA creative march DT blog hop

hello scrappy friends! 

ZVA CREATIVE and our talented design team welcome you to our march blog hop! 

we are very excited to have you join us today and hope you are inspired all of the beautiful work that we are about to share! the hop begins at ZVA CREATIVE’s facebook page! be sure head on over to check it out! you will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 

as you know, ZVA offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell ZVA HERE

and here is what i've prepared for you today -


i'm also GUEST designer this month at BERRY71BLUE.

i used the very vintage PRIMA markeing stitched papers, flowers from PRIMA and bloomers from WEBSTER'S PAGES and of course the amazing ZVA CREATIVE olive/lime swirls and rhinestone leaves.

to embellish my layout i used ZVA creative "flourish lime/olive crystal"...

... and ZVA creative "imagine - olive/lime crystal" leaves. i really loved working with this sparkly swirly leaves, because the design is so versatile and you can arrange them any way you like!

i used a lot of different PRIMA marketing resist canvas die cuts, which i coloured with TIM HOLTZ "crushed olive" distress ink.

for my title i used PRIMA's canvas alphabet stickers brown.

the pretty green flowers and all the roses are from PRIMA marketing. the large ribbon bloomers are from WEBSTER'S PAGES - i believe that they compliment each other perfectly on my page. 

as i mentioned above, i used PRIMA marketing stitched paper for my layout. to create the design around my picture, i carefully fussy cut the stitched frame and added a few layers of PRIMA journalling cards under it.

for the hearts i used left overs mulberry paper {from the middle of the frame]. i stamped the vintage pattern with SOMETHING TATTERED "parlor vintage wallpaper" background stamp and VERSAMARK ink, and then i heat embossed the paper using SPARKLE N SPRINKLE "sage" embossing powder.

after the paper has cooled down, i die cut the hearts using TIM HOLTZ movers and shapers "mini hearts set" die. i layered them with 3d tape and added a stripe of ZVA creative basic lines crystal - clear 0.2cm in the middle of the small heart.

if you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path. i am linking to one of the ZVA designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. 

be prepared to be inspired along the way! 

the blog hop starts today, march 31st and runs through midnight US eastern standard time on tuesday, april 1st. 


 hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way is a ZVA CREATIVE prize package! winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. all you need to do is leave a comment on one post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. however, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win. 

the 5 winners will be announced on wednesday, april 2nd on ZVA CREATIVE’s facebook page. we will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to ZVA’s page on wednesday to see if you are a winner! 

we also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! 

to increase your chances of winning: 
- comment to let us know that you posted on your FACEBOOK page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts) 
- comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts) 
- comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry ZVA CREATIVE products. if they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry. 
- hop over to ZVA’s facebook page and “like” our page or leave a comment there to tell us that you stopped by if you already like us there! 

the blog hop begins at ZVA CREATIVE’s blog. your next stop is carole maurin

and thank you for joining us! 

hugs 'n smiles,

 P.S. mark your calendar to join us again on april 28th for next month’s hop.

Friday, March 28


hello scrappy friends!

today's project features the new KAISERCRAFT "telegraph road" collection, which you can find at the MERLY IMPRESSIONS online store.

for my background  used the telegraph road memo pattern paper. to add extra texture i altered it with various KAISERCRAFT stamps - in the corners i used the timeless postmarks clear stamp

... the KAISERCRAFT journey clear stamp in the left corner...

... and the honeycomb and the decorative tape pieces clear stamps.

to embellish my layout i used various die cut elements - i used mostly MARIANNE design dies, and paper flowers - KAISERCRAFT paper blooms "hot pink" and mini paper blooms "coconut"

i also used fussy cut images from the TELEGRAPH ROAD 6 x 6" paper pad and die cuts from the COLLECTABLE package

i fussy cut the banners from pattern paper and doodles their edges.

KAISERCRAFT "knowing you" clear stamp is perfect to add an extra sentiment to your page. 

and a few more close ups:

here is a list with all the products you can find in the MERLY IMPRESSIONS online shop:

i hope i managed to inspire you today!

make sure to visit MERLY IMPRESSIONS' blog for more amazing KAISERCRAFT projects from our design team!

hugs 'n smiles,