Toot, Toot!

I just recently started to focus on my online presence regarding my Stampin’ Up! business. When you check my posts you’ll see that I’ve added supply lists to them and tried to detail how I created the card or project I am sharing!

I really like sharing via Instagram because it’s a whole lot easier to post a picture with a quick blurb than it is to write out a whole blog post, but I’ve been diligent in making sure I put in the work! About 2 months ago I created this blog post and posted the card on my Instagram account.

If you recall I made the card for a Freshly Made Sketch challenge (I love sketch challenges) and I was trying to get to their blog so I could participate in another challenge! I hastily typed “Freshlymadesketch blog” in the address bar on my internet browser and you would not believe what came up!

THAT’S MY CARD! Omg, I can’t believe that my card was showing up in the images for that particular search! So I started to look into the stats of that particular post on my blog, and Instagram, and Pinterest! What, omg, someone Pinned my card!

This particular card has been viewed by almost 700 people and that’s just the ones I can count! I’m so excited to see my work shared all across the internet and to me this proves that all of the hard work I’ve been doing to build my online presence is working.

If you’ve made at all the way to the end here all I’m really trying to say is Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to everyone who is following along here on the blog, but also on Instagram, and Pinterest! I hope to continue to bring more crafty content to you and have more OMG moments when I see my creations out there!



This super clean and simple card was made for the FabFri169 challenge due last week! I love the Fab Friday challenges because I get two weeks to work on them or fit them into my crafting schedule! You can check out the challenge blog here.

Below is the sketch for inspiration this week. Sometimes I loosely follow sketches and others I follow them to a T. Can you tell which I chose for this card? Ha! I’ve always wanted to use the tree slice image from Rooted In Nature as the main focal image and this was the perfect sketch for that!

Wondering how I made the wood slice so vibrant? I embossed it with clear embossing powder over Early Espresso ink! It’s a great way to add embellishment and pizzazz to a most masculine card.

I used my Stamparatus to stamp the image in Early Espresso and then cleaned it with my simply shammy. Then I inked the image up with versamark, stamped it down in the same place, and used clear embossing powder before heat setting. Finally I cut it out with my Layering Circle dies. Voila!

The linen thread I used is from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack. I wish I could order additional color of linen thread! It’s a great touch without being overtly frilly!

A Little Lace: Wedding Season

I made this card using the TGIF Sketch Challenge #TGIFC224 last week, but I will use it for one of the upcoming weddings I have this year! It seems that I am at an age where everyone is getting married or having babies all at the same time. I’m so excited to be able to show how happy I am for them with a personal hand made card.

I love the delicate detail this lace die provides to the backgound. I spritzed the die cut with Frost Shimmer Paint mixed with Rubbing Alcohol. You can see the shimmer really well in the bottom left hand corner of the card in the picture, but if you were holding this card it would shimmer all over!

Thank you so much for visiting me today! It’s been a week since I’ve updated my blog with card details, but I usually share much sooner on my Instagram!

Colour Combo Blog Hop: 3rd Edition

Third time is the charm! I’m back again with another contribution for the international Colour Combo Blog Hop! This month we were challenged to use Blackberry Bliss, Pacific Point, and Pear Pizzazz. I look forward to these Colour Combo challenges more and more each month to help me step outside of my color comfort zone.

I used a baby wipe technique to create my background on Water Color Paper, but I also made several on Whisper White Cardstock and they turned out just as beautiful. I simply wrapped 3 baby wipes around an acrylic block added a few drops of Stampin’ Ink Refill in each color and swiped the block across the paper. I let it dry slightly before using the Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder to give my piece texture.

Finally, for my floral image I used the To A Wild Rose set. Originally I just stamped the image on a plain Whisper White piece of cardstock, but decided to add a swatch of Pear Pizzazz using the Artisan Textures stamp set. Then I stamped my sentiment from the For The Love Of Felt stamp set. I did use a scrap of retired Glitter cardstock for this card, but you can spritz the Sparkle Glimmer Paper with alcohol/ink refill mixture and create any color glimmer paper you want!

Thank you so much for visiting me today! Be sure the check out the other awesome blogs in the hop today by clicking next and leave each crafter some love.

Colour Combo Blog Hop Crafters:

  1. Elisabeth Pirolt – Little Lizzy’s Crafts (AT)
  2. Sandra Roberts – Sandra’s Stamp & Craft Studio (UK)
  3. Tanja Klingler-Selinger
  4. Sandra Herzog
  5. Silke Trapani – bastelsalat (DE)
  6. Rene Guenther – (DE)
  7. Tricia Butts (USA)
  8. Caroline Peck – Sparkle And Stamp (USA) <-You Are Here!
  9. Nicole Mahler (USA)
  10. Christin Buchel – stempeldiving
  11. Pia Gerhardt (DE)
  12. Samira Merzouk – Samira’s Kreative Welt (DE)
  13. Anastasia Radloff (USA)

Good Morning Magnolia

Today I have a card class and we will be making 6 cards (2 each of 3 different designs) and I’m going to share 2 of them with you before class. This card class features the Magnolia Lane Suite (pg. 37 AC) as well as the Magnolia Blooms stamp set from the Experience Creativity brochure.

For the first card I used the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Large Specialty Cards & Envelopes to show how easy it is to create a card with only a few items! I used a stripe of Magnolia Lane DSP and dove tailed it using my Triple Banner Punch. The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive on Whisper White Cardstock die cut with one of the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. Finally, the magnolia bud is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, colors with Stampin’ Blends (Daffodil Delight and Old Olive sets), and die cut with the Magnolia Memories Dies.

This card will come with the coordinating envelope and envelope liner to complete the look. The Magnolia Lane Memories & More Large Specialty Cards & Envelopes pack comes with enough pieces that you can make 20 cards!

Next we will make this card using some Perennial Essence DSP as our background. I love the DSP that Stampin’ Up! offers because it is high quality and double sided. This is the opposite side to the beautiful painted floral images and works really well with other stamp sets! I love the brushed or watercolor look of this DSP even though it’s more of a “solid” color than most DSP.

For this card I used a few more products than what comes in the Magnolia Lane Suite. I used the Be Mine dies for the scallop edging and the Everyday Label Punch for the sentiment from Magnolia Blooms. I also used a retired Stampin’ Blend color (Pink Pirrouette) because my shipment with Petal Pink was delayed. I always say use what you have and order what you can’t live without!

If you are local to me and interested in taking one of my classes please feel free to email or comment with your email so I can get you signed up! All of my classes are on my calendar here.

If you are not local and you want to take this class here’s how you can! Order the Good Morning Magnolia Bundle (151087 $63.75) or the Magnolia Lane Suite (152178 $134.75) using my current host code (August AGSACZMN). Using the host code will trigger me to create a class bundle for you and once your Stampin’ Up! order ships I will send you the class bundle (6 cards, 2 each of 3 designs) and directions to complete the cards.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! You can follow me on Instagram @Sparkle_and_stamp as well to see what I’m up to!

A Little Lace

I made this card for this weeks Global Design Team Challenge (#GTP200). I was especially invigorated to participate again because last week I was chosen as a winner! You can see the announcement here!

This week we were challenged to CASE the designer. I’ve posted the card I was CASE-ing below so you can see what I changed. I used the basic sketch and tried to keep the colors similar, but I changed the stamp set used. If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you know I can take a good sketch and run with it!

For my card I used the A Little Lace stamp set with Flirty Flamingo ink on Whisper White cardstock and also Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock. I embossed my Crumb Cake later with the Subtle Embossing folder. I added a little ink to my aqua painter to color in the medium sized flower and then fussy cut the whole flower cluster out. I put Linen Thread around my Crumb Cake later and popped up my flowers with dimensionals.

Then I spritzed my whole card with Frost White Shimmer Paint diluted in 70% rubbing alcohol. I love that you can really see the shimmer in this picture. Finally I added my sentiment stamped on Coastal Cabana Cardstock and “flagged” the ends. I put 3 medium rhinestones on to add more sparkle. I loved the sequins used in the original card so I’ve added those to my shopping list since I’ve been really into adding “bling” lately!

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I Love You This Much

I absolutely love the Dinoroar Suite in the new annual catalog! The bright colors in the DSP and the cute sentiments really drew me in to this set. I made this card for the TGIF challenge this week…shaker cards.

I think shaker cards are a great way to add sequins and sparkles to cards that you might not otherwise want to add those elements to. You can also put other elements into the shaker frame like die-cut pieces or pieces punched out of fun paper. It’s basically filled with confetti!

I used Mango Melody as my card base and pool party as my accent. I stamped my dino in Mango Melody and add the Pretty Peacock spins and sentiment. I stars and sequins are long retired Stampin’ Up! stock, but there are some sequins available here. I used the Dino dies to cut out my dinosaur and stitched rectangles the frame.

I you too want to play along with the TGIF Challenges or see what everyone has created click here!

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