Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Completely Digital {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

Hope you are doing well, and enjoying your week.


I've never made a completely digital project, and thought I'd give it a try this morning.
Not having any fancy programs, I used my trusty word processor, and products already in my digital stash:

Hopefully I've followed the rules correctly as there is only the one base layer, no texture, no glitter, no embossing powder, no embellishments (giggling).

Christmas Paper (Fred She Said)
Vibrant Watercolor Paper (Fred She Said)
WWFlakes (snowflake fonts)
Samantha (fonts)
Bank Gothic (fonts)
Flying Birds (Fred She Said)
Pretty Laces (Creative Market)

The Snowflakes on the right side, and scattered throughout the background papers are from a font called WWFlakes. These are not treated like JPGs or PNGs - they are actual transparent FONTS, and the sizing is done in the same manner. I converted a large Font Image (size 144) into a PNG and made the outside transparent, so that I could then resize an opaque image, rather than the font's transparent image.

Here is are the components for the horizontal lace panel. It is two resized lace PNGs:

A Festive Blue Milton Giraff is colored with Copic Markers AND taken from a card I made last year.
I scanned the image, made the background transparent, selected a shadow from my word processor, and placed him on an oval shape:

The sentiment seemed appropriate for such a cute project!
The Bank Gothic and Samantha fonts were used. In Font Manager, I selected a fancy "w" and "r" to positioned those in place of the standard letters:

I learned a lot of things this morning! Laughing and grateful to not have a big mess to clean up!

Hopefully I followed the rules and spirit of the new Challenge Blog! I wasn't sure if we were supposed to show some of our steps or not.

My TIP for other newbies to digital art is:

When using transparent PNGs on a colored background, you may wish to perform a FILE > SAVE AS > JPG and save a JPG version as well as your PNG. That way, if you prefer not to create a separate white layer behind the image or sentiment, it will already be done for you in the JPG.


Our area was very fortunate to have THREE inches of rain on Saturday.
This was a tremendous asset to the brave firefighters trying to contain the lingering wild fires. There have been 2100 fires since the beginning of the year, most started by lightning, kindling the dry forests and swamps.
Florida contains lots of "swamp land", and lots of swamp muck. When dried, this muck can smolder beneath the surface until the rainy season begins. Many areas about 20-30 miles to the south of us only received 1/4 inch of rain, so the fires continue smoldering and re-igniting. Schools, parks, and nature preserves have closed or are open part time, for the safety of students and visitors.

While we are grateful to see our pastures green up, we hope that more rain comes soon.

Milton Chasing Snowflakes is available in the SNS store with PNG images so you can create overlapping scenes without the white square showing up. 

Submitted to these fine challenges:
  1. Digitally Made Challenges #1 "Anything Goes 100% Digital" 6/1
  2. Beccy's Place Challenge -May- Anything Goes using a Beccy Muir image 6/1

Thanks for stopping by today.

Also available in rubber 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Texture It Up! {Cardz 4 Galz}

Hello, blogging friends and visitors! It's great to see you this morning, and I hope you are doing well.

A DESIGN TEAM CALL AND new challenge begins at Cardz 4 Galz Challenges today!
Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.
Challenge #47 is chosen by teamie Sian -and the theme is:

  Add Texture to Your Card.  

Show us your cards using any and all manner of textures - 
Challenge ends on May 24.

IF INTERESTED in an enjoyable, lay-back, easy-to-manage DESIGN TEAM
Caz, our DT Coordinator, is the nicest, most kind coordinator I've had the pleasure of designing with - so don't hesitate contacting her if you're interested!

Leaving my proverbial box behind, I made my first Christmas card of the year - sigh - so much for good intentions of 2 Christmas cards per month! 

Lots of Textures and Lots of "Old Stuff" from my stash!

  1. KandCompany printed Christmas paper which has to be at least 10 years old! Yikes! 
  2. Rhinestone sparklies (2 years old? 3 years old?) added to the columns on the paper.
  3. One of my first digital images ever - I don't know who drew it, but it's cute! (colored with Copics)
  4. Virginal Sizzix rosettes, inked on the edges, and topped with glittered snowflake brads which are at least 10 years old (another yikes!)
  5. Glitter Tinsel, again, at least 4 or 5 years old.
  6. Pretty striped grosgrain ribbon which is also several years old.
  7. Not to mention the cheesecloth from MY GREAT AUNT AGNES' COOKING STASH! (double yikes! since it must be from the 1960s or 1970s).
  8. Good standbys like Starfire Glitter to jazz up the Chloe Stems.

I love the rosettes on other people's cards, and I finally used my Sizzix die which has two sizes of rosettes cut out in a single pass:

I am falling more deeply in love with the Nuvo Glue Pens. This time I used the medium tip on these tiny brads, and dredged with Starfire G1017 Ultrafine Glitter. The glitter is rock hard on the brads! Pleasant surprise. I even pressed down hard and rubbed, and no glitter came off! 
Starfire G1017 Ultrafine Glitter is also adhered to the Chloe Stems and the merry blue circles in the image.
Tomato Red Glitter Tinsel was glued onto the SB foliage pieces to give a little extra sparkle and texture to the floral spray. (even the die cuts are all old!)

I thoroughly enjoyed using all my "old stuff"!

Image - unknown digital, colored with Copic markers (one of my first)
SB Dies - Foliage, Big Scallop Ovals, Labels Four
Sizzix Die - Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes
Memory Box Die - Chloe Stem
Tomato Red Glitter Tinsel
Starfire G1017 Ultrafine Glitter
KandCompany Christmas paper (old, old)
Rhinestones, striped ribbon, Cheesecloth, Brads

Challenges I'd like to support with this card:

  1. A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge #5 May - Anything Goes 6/1
  2. A Snowflakes Promise #40 Anything Goes Christmas or Winter - 6/10
  3. Cheerful Sketches Challenge #May - Sketch - 6/1
  4. Christmas Card Challenges #12 Anything Christmas + Optional Photo 5/20
  5. Christmas Card Throwdown #May 6 - Sketch with Many Layers - 5/21
  6. Christmas At Sweet Stampin' Challenges #May 10 - "Anything Christmas" 6/10
  7. Crafty Gals Corner #122 BLING! 5/17 (rows of rhinestones, lots of glitter on brads and die cuts)
  8. Crafty Girls Creations Challenges #36 Anything Goes 6/1
  9. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #5 Anything Christmas Goes 5/14 sep post
  10. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #21 Anything for a DT 5/1

Stamping Smiles,

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle May 1 Reveal

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle May Stamp Reveal!
(if you have arrived here by way of my fabulously-creative friend Shona, you're in the right place!)

As Guest Designer, I'd like to reveal four sweet projects with brief descriptions
invite you to the SNS Blog Hop.

Check out the Sparkle Team's beautiful creations,
earn a chance to win the grand prize!



It's Demo Donna on the SNS YouTube Channel!

Subscribe today to REVEL IN all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques - AND - great entertainment! Each week a new technique is shared, and each month, a new video kit is revealed!

HERE is the May Video Kit Club using the gorgeous peacock.

The new sets are 20% off until May 3, 2017, so after the blog hop, hop on over to the NEW STORE and have fun shopping! Be sure to check out the OTHER amazing new products as well! 
With names like TONIC and NUVO and STAMPENDOUS and HOUSE MOUSE, you're sure to fill that cart up quickly!

There are EIGHT new rubber stamp sets being released this month with their digital counterparts, plus a new Digi Papers set, and two digital mega bundles!   

The new SNS sets are:

840 - Happy Flowers 
      (digi version DIGI840FS)
      MEGA bundle includes additional images, decoupage sheets, 10 digi papers)
844 - True Beauty  - Peacock   (This month's fabulous video kit)
         (digi version DIGI844B)
845 - Girlfriends Support Set 3  
         (digi version DIGI845BG)
846 - Flower Girl-Magic in You  
      (digi version DIGI846BG)
4004 - Rainbow of Pastels Patterned Paper Pack (10 Digi Papers)

847 - Kaitlyn Mermaid 
        (digi version DIGI847LS)
848 - Rory Batter Up
        (digi version DIGI848LS)
849 - Graduation-Final Roll Call  
850 - Graduation-Party Time
         (digi version DIGI849-850B - MEGA BUNDLE combines both sets and additional images) 
Extras goodies come with our newer digital versions.  The extras can include additional images not available with the rubber version, JPG and PNG formats for scene creation, colored images, digi papers, and a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machine. Having both the rubber and digi versions of all our new releases brings you the best of both worlds.

On May 3, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on all the Designers' blogs listed below.  Please leave a comment with each designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize (checked for compliance).  The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS New Blog.  


First up is my girly Girlfriend Support 5x7 Card:

To change part of a rubber stamp:

I especially like the NUVO fine (small) Glue Pen which was used as dots around the image, inside the hearts, and along the sentiment to hold the Waterfall Ultrafine Semi-Transparent Glitter. Once dried, the glitter DOES NOT come off.

Made hot with the heat tool and dipped into the Dragon Fruit Cosmic Embossing Powder, the brads match the embossed sentiments beautifully. Each brad was heated twice to create the smooth, creamy texture. This particular EP contains three thoroughly-mixed colors, with a touch of cosmic magic, making it mottled yet creamy. You can see the "mottling" in the brads.

List of Products for Girlfriend Support 5x7 Card:


Rory Batter Up Baseball 5x7 Card:

A different sort of "girly" cardRory Batter Up! is quite versatile in its uses as Thinking of You, Get Well, or simply encouragement. This sporty gal is sure to conquer anything she sets her mind to!
I colored her with Copic Markers.

The background sentiment has been embossed on top of designer paper with Glitzy Gold Cosmic Embossing Powder - it's kind of a copper-umber-gold-brown metallic color. Around the edge of the pattern paper, I ran the NUVO Medium Glue Pen and let it dry to become tacky. Then NUVO Gilding Flakes - Sunkissed Copper were rubbed along the edges for a distressed metallic look that matches the EP. 

The brads were dipped into Skylight Cosmic Semi Transparent EP for that all-star appearance. Flower centers are embellished with NUVO Crystal Drops (gloss white). 
Beautiful Blue Jewel G1113 Ultrafine Sparkling Glitter is adhered to the tag under the sentiment.

List of Products for Rory Batter Up Baseball 5x7 Card:


Flower Girl - Magic in You Tag (fits standard business size envelope):

This Girly Tag was cut from pale yellow cardstock, inked with Straw DI, dimensions are 7" x 3.25".

Pretty Flower Girl is colored with Copic Markers, surrounded by an aqua halo which has been embossed with Sparkle Embossing Powder

Embossing powders that contain a transparent powder will usually make the underlying colors more vibran.

I wanted a bit more aqua sparkle in addition to the EP, so I ran the NUVO fine (small) Glue Pen for around the edge of the pearl clusters at the bottom, and dotted the glue pen on top of the Sparkle EP around the halo, and added more Waterfall Ultrafine Semi-Transparent Glitter to those areas. 

The designer paper background has been stamped with the flower and sentiment, and then heat set with Gold Detail Embossing Powder For texture, NUVO Glimmer Paste was added to the gold-embossed flower centers.

List of Products for Flower Girl - Magic in You Tag:

Images - Flower Girl Magic in You (also available digitally with sentiments and color versions)

Gold Detail Embossing Powder (sentiment)

Sparkle Embossing Powder EP107 (around the girl)

NUVO Glimmer Paste (flower centers)

NUVO fine (small) Glue Pen for glitters

Waterfall Ultrafine Semi-Transparent Glitter

MB Pinpoint Scalloped Circles die set, SB Classic Scalloped Circles

DL Art crinkle ribbons with a little color added, pearls, lace, Copic Markers


Kaitlyn Mermaid 5x7 Card:

My final Girly card is sweet for any age girls in your life, and for any occasion.
It comes with fantastic sentiments to be used individually or as a cluster.
Colored with Copic Markers, Kaitlyn Mermaid is sweet, kind and happy being her unique self.

The distressed inks across the panel make water, and have been lightly dotted with the NUVO fine (small) Glue Pen for glitters to adhere. I also used the glue pen on the dry embossed background to add more Waterfall Ultrafine Semi-Transparent Glitter. The shells have been entirely colored with shiny, quick drying NUVO Embellishment Mousse.


Products used in Kaitlyn Mermaid 5x7 Card:


The Blog Hop order this month is:


Donna (hi! you're here!)

After leaving a comment for a chance to win, hop on over to the fun blog of teamie Chris!

Challenges I'd like to support:

  1. A Gem of a Challenge #193  Embossing - Wet or Dry - 5/11 all four cards (mermaid card dry embossed with glitter - yellow tag gold embossed flowers and sentiment and Sparkle EP in blue halo around girl - baseball card brads are embossed with Skylight EP, sentiment with Glitzy Gold EP, words on background paper with Glitzy Gold EP - pink/black card sentiments and brads are embossed with Dragon Fruit EP
  2. Allsorts Challenge Blog #413 Embossing - Wet or Dry 5/4 all four cards (mermaid card dry embossed with glitter - yellow tag gold embossed flowers and sentiment and Sparkle EP in blue halo around girl - baseball card brads are embossed with Skylight EP, sentiment with Glitzy Gold EP, words on background paper with Glitzy Gold EP - pink/black card sentiments and brads are embossed with Dragon Fruit EP)
  3. Classic Design Team Challenge #14 Anything Goes DT  6/1
  4. Crafting from the Heart #157 Anything Goes 
  5. Crafty Friends Challenge #56 Anything Goes 5/4
  6. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1718 Anything goes 5/4

stamping hugs,


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