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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Blog Hop Winners Announced

Winners from the Sparkle N Sprinkle "Sparkling Winter Sensations" Blog Hop have been announced.  Thought I'd pass that along in case you didn't get to see them yet.  And one of the 5 extra prizes was hidden on my blog - Yeah!  Well, here they are:

The Grand Prize is awarded to Mitzi Vogel!

Secondary winners (extra prizes)
1. From Barbara Bruder’s Blog –  Peg Klitch
2. From Eleanor Jenkins’ Blog – April of South Carolina
3. From Julie Zippel’s Blog – NWFlamingo (yeah again! a winner from this blog!!)
4. From Marie Berquist’s Blog – Lois (lew1993)
5. From Karin Martin’s Blog – Donna Levine

More details (including details on what to do if you're a winner) & a special thank you from all of us on the design team are on the "home blog" - Sparkle N Sprinkle blog.  And similar to what it says there I'd like to say myself because it's so absolutely true.....we truly enjoy & appreciate every comment   It encourages & inspires us more than you know!  Thank you so much for joining us & spending a little part of your day with us.  We're so glad you did!

And in the spirit of sharing & the hop; I thought I'd share a card with you today from another Christmas set from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I did this card a little while back; but that was before I had a blog to share projects on.  And since the main stamp comes from a Christmas set; I thought this would be the perfect occasion to share this as a follow up to the hop!

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At first this card does look "Christmas-y" because of the colors.  But really, it could be used almost any time of the year and for almost any occasion (birthday, thinking of you, thank you, get well, you name it)!.  Just add whatever saying fits your occasion inside!  You could even change the green background paper to another color to tone down the holiday feel if you wanted to.  The dog bowl & dog bones are from an older Sizzix die.  The "For Your Paws Only" stamp comes from Set 342 below.

Here's a close up of the bowl & bones so you can see all the dimension with the corrugated background, and pop dotted bones & bowl.  I used pop dots only in certain parts of the bones & bowl (instead of all over) to get those to pop up more realistically in just right places !  It's is a card any dog lover would enjoy.  The paw prints on the bowl are also from Sparkle N Sprinkle - Set 249 - Dogs - Kramer.  Full instructions for this card can be found in my SNS gallery here.  

Sparkle N Sprinkle sets are such a great value.  And you never want to forget how versatile the different sets can be - there's always so many more ways to use them than what may be obvious at first.  This "For your paws only" from a Christmas set is a perfect example! And don't forget to come on back tomorrow & I'll share a completely different (completely non-Christmas look) using the same "For Your Paws Only" stamp - this time for the cat lovers!  Don't miss it!  And remember,

Life is what you make of it. Always has been, always will be.
                                                                                                                             (-Grandma Mary)
Make the best of yours!
Until next time -
** Julie** 

Supplies used:
Stamps - Sparkle N Sprinkle
Embossing Powders - Sparkle N Sprinkle
Die Cuts - Sizzix 
Sm Dog Bone Punch - McGill or Fiskars?

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