Thursday, December 08, 2016

A Little Wine, Anyone?

YAYYYY! You are here!

It's time for a new Cardz 4 Galz challenge!

Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #37 theme is selected by teamie Babs - Anyone For Cocktails?  

so get crafting and show us your favorite cocktails!
Challenge ends on December 21.

My sparkly card has two borders using a Fleur de Lis theme. The bottom portion is actually the flap of the card front. I used a strip of 1/2 inch Tear-ific tape on the inside, burnished Sangria Star EP424 embossing powder on it, and heat set:

This card uses 4 colors of embossing powder:

1) The base of the card is white, with the front portion having been punched with a Fleur de Lis border punch by EK Success. On the interior flap is a strip of Tear-ific tape burnished with Sangria Star EP424 embossing powder and heat set. The edges of the watercolored panel are heat set "distressed" with the same EP. 

2) The wine glass was colored with Copic Markers, coated by a VersaMarker, then dredged with clear embossing powder and heat set, to give it a shiny appearance.

3) The sentiment is stamped in VersaMark and heat set with white detail embossing powder.

4) The "pink" leafy vine was die cut from white paper, colored with copic marker, "colored" with VersaMarker, and heat set with Opaline Embossing Powder (one of my favorite EPs for its versatility).

Here is the card against a white background. Unfortunately, the white border becomes lost. But the white surely does show off all the richness of the "grapie" goodness!

Here is a close-up of the clear EP on the wine glass. I love the Burgundy Glitz Glitter color with the deeper "wine" colors:

The water color panel was created using Brushos Powders. 
I sprinkled a little more Burgundy Glitz Glitter along the water color panel, using a Sakura Glue Pen. It looks like sparkling wine dancing across the page:

We want to see all you LUSHES out there!

I mean,
we want to see all your luscious cocktail creations!

Link it up here: Cardz 4 Galz

Sigh! Our last bean crop before that unexpected, heavy freeze we had 2 weeks ago:

Yesterday we awakened to a very humid 75F (24C) and
in a few days we are expected to have another freeze.
I feel badly for the farmers - and all the wildlife!

My Christmas cacti have begun blooming!

Have you ever seen a white one? This one is getting ready to bloom!

Products Used:
  • Images: Sparkle N Sprinkle Chianti #450, Wine Tableau #449
  • Dies: SB Classic Scallop Ovals Petite, SB Fleur de Lis borderabilities, Sue Wilson Pierced Ovals, Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish, IO Heart Set (die cut one, fussy cut another)
  • Glitter and EP: Burgundy Glitz Ultrafine Glitter G1047, Clear Embossing Powder (on goblet), White Detail Embossing Powder (sentiment), Sangria Star EP424 embossing powder (the distressing), Opaline Embossing Powder (on pink leaf vine)
  • Punches, Brushos (background), Copic Markers, DL Art Ribbon, 

Challenges I'd like to Support:

  1. 4 Crafty Chicks Challenges #328 No Pattern Papers! 8/15
  2. 613 Avenue Create #192 Anything Goes 12/31
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft #33 Anything Goes 12/13 (sep post day aft)
  4. Artistic Inspirations #169 Anything Goes 12/20 (sep post)
  5. Classic Design Team Open Challenge blog #9 Anything Goes 1/1
  6. heARTful Stamping Challenge #1 Anything Goes 1/4 (1st Mon)(weekly Mondays)
  7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #47 Anything Goes 12/14
  8. Robyn's Fetish Challenges #345 "Square or Rectangle Cards" 12/11
  9. Scrapy Land #55 Anything Goes with SL Dies 12/19 (dies listed above)
  10. Unicorn Challenge Blog "Add Some Glitter" (Glitter trail in middle of card, Glitter in the Embossing powder on edges of card, Glitter around the stamp image panel, Glitter on heart)
  11. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #16 Anything Goes 12/15

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ewe're So Wonderful

Greetings, my friends!

Hope this finds you well, and enjoying the holiday preparations in your special corner of the planet.

Today I have the pleasure of guest designing for Sparkle N Sprinkle during their December Reveal!
If you arrived here from Diane's fabulous blog, then you are in the right place!

Sparkle N Sprinkle has six new stamp sets to share with you today.  I am using:

These new sets are 20% off until the 3rd of the month; so once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping!  Five of the new sets are available on cling-mounted rubber and digitally. One of the new offerings is available digitally only.  

The sets are:

Build A Flower Set #811  (digi version DIGI811)
  Will Ewe Be Mine Set #813  (digi version DIGI813)
   Light Up My Life Set #814  (digi version DIGI814)
Rustic Flowers-Snapdragons Set #816  (digi version DIGI816)
Spring Bunny Set #819  (digi version DIGI819)
Build A Wreath (Digi Only)  DIGI3128B
On Dec 3rd, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from one of the comments left on ALL the Designers' blogs listed below. So leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize. The Winner, who will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog, will receive ALL of the new stamp sets released this month (or the digi versions, if preferred).

My super talented teamies have some wonderful ideas waiting 
JUST FOR YOU on their blogs! 
The Blog Hop order this month is:
Donna (that's me!)

(*Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, 
try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

We hope you enjoy the stamp sets as much as we do.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize. Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month?

BEGINNING TODAY: The easy-peasy Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge

There are lots of prizes and recognition badges.  We would love for you to be a SNS Featured Artist as well.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flock.

It's Demo Donna on the SNS YouTube Channel!

Subscribe today to REVEL IN all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques! But even more - PREPARE TO BE ENTERTAINED! I usually giggle and laugh at Donna's comments throughout her demonstrations - 
She is...

     The Informative, 
          The Talented,
               The Fully Entertaining...


Now, let's get down to business (giggling)

Today's cards use:

      the same image, 

          the same border punch and
                    the same Sue Wilson oval die. 

However, they look completely different!

I love the cute, silly images from Bugaboo. Jodie (the artist) captures emotions so beautifully in her delightful drawings. I can't help but smile at these three crazy ewes!


On both cards, the sentiments have been cut apart to mix and match the words:

If you are thinking they look a little "fuzzy" in the photo, you would be correct! Each ewe has been hand painted with Brushable Glue. Around the outer edges Swanky Gray Sparkle N Soft was applied.  It contains a little glitter. The interior portions are covered with Snow White Flocking.

My ewes LONG to show off their soft wool, hoping someone will simply pet them!
It makes for a fun card!

Here's a close-up of their cuddly softness:

This set comes with lots of sentiments. I cut them up to mix and match the words from "a Wonderful day" and "Wishing ewe".
It's cute to say "Wonderful ewe".


I've also used a little Nuvo Mother Of Pearl Embellishment Mousse on the embossed back panel to bring out the flowers from the embossing folder:


This was my first application of the Embellishment Mousse. It's wonderful to work with.
AND GUESS WHAT? You can distress with ink on top of the mousse! BUT BUT BUT,
if you do use dye-base inks for distressing on top of the mousse, clean off the applicator because some of the creamy mousse ends up on the applicator, making the ink rather smooshie and dark the next time you use the applicator (see the blue coloring around the sentiment? It's suppose to be like the distressed blue in the ewe panel).

Just sayin'...
The grass began as a piece of Sticker Paper. Peeling off the protective layer, I burnished Parisian Mist Ultrafine Glitter G1037 into it. Then cut the blades of grass. Finally, with the help of Brushable Glue, I added more grassy detail to highlight the greens with Spirited Green Ultrafine Glitter G1070.

You can see the lighter color green glitter atop the darker color below:

Happiness is... WONDERFUL EWE!


Create the illusion that there are more layers on your card by carefully using glitter or unheated embossing powder. Apply double-sided Tear-ific Tape around the back side of your punched or die cut shape. Leave the protective coating in place on the backside. Turn the panel face up, so your tape is sticky-side up. Burnish the glitter (Misty Blue Ultrafine Glitter) into the small openings as shown in the frame below:

My next card:

(Wahhhhh! my dry embossed hearts don't show on the bottom part!)


Make a single layer look like two:

The new background paper gives a little glitter pizzazz to the lacy front.
The glitter trick from the first card was used again; and burnished Misty Blue Ultrafine Glitter is around the interior edges of the lacy frame:

Burgundy Glitz Ultrafine Glitter G1047 was burnished into a piece of Sticker Paper, and then die cut using the SW Oval die, and the SB wavy border die. Before adhering the silly ewes panel, I die cut the SW leaves from the glittered section. There are a few punched hearts as well from the left over areas of the glittered shape. Again, the sentiment has been cut apart to mix and match:

Lots of sparkle in the custom background panel, the lacy edge, the middle panels, the extra tiny hearts and the leaves:


Thanks for dropping by today, and for hopping in SNS's December Release!
Be sure to check back to see who won the grand prize!

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products:
Other Products:
  • Dies: SB A2 Curved Borders One, SB Mega Scallop Long Rectangles, SB Petite Scallop Ovals, SW Double Pierced Ovals, SW Faux Quilled Leaves
  • Punches: MS Lacy Heart Border (for the glittered hearts), and the Vintage Floral PATP, EKSuccess Rounded Scallop Corners
  • Embossing Folders: We R Memory Keepers Dotted 2 hearts, Embossalicious Crafter's Comp Floral Wonder
  • assorted inks, papers
Challenges I'd like to support:
  1. 613 Avenue Create #191 ANYTHING GOES! 12/4
  2. Aud Sentiments Challenges #169 ANYTHING GOES + A SENTIMENT 12/5 (both cards contain sentiments where the rubber has been cut apart and pieced together)
  3. Craft Your Passion #340 Anything Goes 12/5
  4. Crafting by Designs (11-30) Anything Goes 12/7 
  5. Crafting from the Heart #138 Anything Goes 12/5
  6. Crafty Gals Corner #100 Anything Goes 12/7
  7. Creative Fingers Challenge Blog #121 12/9
  8. Creative Moments Challenges #107 Anything Goes 12/7
  9. Die Cuttin' Divas #294 Make It Sparkle (the EP has glitter in it for background, the layers around the frame are glitter, the leaves are glitter, the gray flocking has sparkle and glitter, hearts are glittered, the grass is die cut with scallop rectangle and glittered, the embossing has shiny embellishment mousse) 12/4
  10. Get Creative Challenges #53 Birthday (my easel card) 12/12
  11. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #46 ANYTHING GOES! 12/4
  12. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #16 ANYTHING GOES! 12/15

December hugs,

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Greetings, Blogger Friends! Now that I have played a few days with the new Google Blogger format... I'd like to enlist your assistance. (It's an easy read LOL)

If you regularly comment on blogs that have COMMENT MODERATION ENABLED, or if you administrate more than one Google (Blogger) Blog, you might be interested in the following.

Recently Google made changes to their Blogger offering. While commendable that only a brief interruption of service was felt throughout the world, and only some modifications are left to be corrected in the Template Section, some of their changes left blog administrators a bit perplexed and disappointed.

If administrating only one blog - there is no real problem, other than becoming accustomed to the new look. However, things become convoluted and time-consuming if you administrate more than one blog.

The changes to the entire dashboard prompted Brenda (nickname B x) to write an excellent request on the Blogger Forum. If you are disagreeable about all the changes, please let your voice be heard. Her blog post is here. Her Blogger Forum request is here.

The new format doesn't really bother me - other than it is something new to get used to LOL

However, I do NOT care for the new format regarding MODERATING COMMENTS. 

THEREFORE I began a second thread at the Blogger Forum which can be read here. It offers a suggestion to make moderating comments less time-consuming. 

Why does this affect you if you're only leaving comments, and NOT moderating the comments? 
Your comments may not be approved and/or responded to in a timely manner.

Google actually gives ear to its users as long as the suggestions are concisely worded, 
so your voice DOES make a difference.

Please visit the Blogger Forum at one or both locations to make your voice heard if you so desire. (links listed both above in the paragraphs, and grocery listed at the bottom of this post)

This is what I have written as a Suggestion to Blogger:

Hi, unfortunately, when creating the new Blogger "dashboard" format, someone at Google neglected to consider administrators who moderate several blogs.


The old blogger dashboard allowed Google's users to see (in a single glance) all the blogs which a user administrated or contributed to. Previously, a red clickable link indicated how many unmoderated comments were on each blog, making it effortless to address each comment in a timely manner and respond appropriately. 

Under the new format, each blog must be selected, then "comments" must be selected, and finally, we must click on "awaiting moderation" JUST TO SEE IF there ARE comments requiring our attention. It's cumbersome and time consuming, especially for those who administrate several blogs. 

I miss being able to see this feature at a glance (ie: blogs having a waiting comment to be moderated).

Will you please consider creating some sort of dashboard that contains this information? Perhaps next to the name of each blog in the new pulldown menu? My suggestion would be a simple number in parenthesis would work. For example:


It would at least flag that there ARE comments requiring our attention. We could click on the (3) and address the 3 comments. That way, Google's users are not having to needlessly spend time searching for the possible comments needing to be moderated. The current new format is really a big step backward in this regard.

Thanks for your consideration. (I use 27" iMac, latest Sierra OS, latest Chrome browser)

Brenda's request that everything be put back the way it was:

My request to simplify moderating comments:

It is also suggested by the moderator at the Google Forum to click on the SEND FEEDBACK on the bottom right corner and contact Goggle for making changes. I had to "quit" the Chrome app and restart in order to see the SEND FEEDBACK button on my computer - you may or may not have to do the same.

Thanks for your help, blogging buddies!



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