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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle January Blog Hop

Welcome to my page on the SNS Fancy Folds Blog Hop!
Hopefully you've arrived here from April's blog.  If not, you may want to start back at the beginning at the SNS Home Blog so you don't miss any great projects and all the details on how to participate and get a chance win some great prizes too!

For my first project for today I thought I'd do something most of us can use a lot of - a fun birthday card!  This colorful Swing Card (or Flip flop Card depending on what you call it) uses two of Michelle Perkett's fun birthday digital stamps - Sprout the Birthday Princess and Happy Birthday Kitten!

These two fun party animals look so great together that I thought they'd be perfect for the two sides of a Swing / Flip Flop card(Click on the name to go to instructions for how to make one).

Both images were colored with Copic markers and cut out with Spellbinders Nestabilities.  Sparkling Snow glitter was added to their party hats and the outside edge of the die cuts to make them extra sparkly & ready to party! Aren't they so cute in their party hats?!


Here's a look at the Birthday Kitten on the "backside" of the card when you flip or swing it open! 

My second design is a Side Spring Card and is perfect for a little Valentine's Day fun! This is a really interesting & different fold because the end result is so unique looking.  While it may look like a smaller card; this style actually fits perfectly into a standard A2 size envelope.  I've been wanting to try one of these for quite awhile & I have to say I'm so glad I did; they are really fun to make & decorate!  Here's what I came up with for mine:

My side spring card was made on SNS Color Coordinates MacIntosh cardstock and uses two of SNS's fun Valentine's stampette sets  Set 453S Happy Hearts and Set 454S Heart Wings.  These two sets complement each other so well; I decided to use a little from each!  And then I also added the adorable Bee border from Set 393 - Dani's Garden Swing.

All the bee's wings were accented with Sparkling Snow glitter for just the right amount of sparkle!
click photo for closer view

It's hard to show how the card opens up in a photograph, but this photo shows it partially opening.  Both the diamond shape and the panel under it lift up together to reveal a space where you can write or stamp your personal message.

It's colorful, it's unique, it's sparkly, it's fun!  Try one today!! 

Hope you've enjoyed my projects today.  Don't forget to leave a little love (comment) before you hop on by.  I love & appreciate hearing from everyone that stops by.  Then hop on over to Dawn's Blog to see what folded fun she has for you!  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop!! Do stop back again soon!!

Until next time,

Here's the Hop Order if you get Lost anywhere along the way:
Julie Zippel (you're here!) http://backtobasicsandbeyond.blogspot.com
Donna Ellis http://creativesmiles2.blogspot.com
Keri Brown http://gotstamps.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Coming This Week!

Don't forget!  
This week, all us gals at Sparkle N Sprinkle will be holding our first Blog Hop of 2013 - the Fancy Folds Blog Hop!  As always, we'll be sharing lots of great ideas & there will be lots of great prizes to be won too.  We sure hope you'll join us this Thurs. (and the hop will run for four days so you have lots of time to check out  all the great ideas too!)

To get you in the mood; I thought I'd share a fancy fold I did quite a while back.  This card was showcased on one of the SNS blogs way back before I had my own blog.  It's always been one of my favorites; so I thought this would be a good time to add it to my personal blog.  I liked this card so much I did it in three different versions.  Each one used a different variety of SNS's beautiful embossing powders and a different treatment for the center of the flowers.

 This lovely version focused on vibrant shimmering pastels with pearl centers.

If you'd like the full instructions for how to make a Flower Pot Card card; they can be found in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Tips & Techniques section (click any bold name to go there!).  

Or you can find the instructions for this version in the SNS Art Gallery Here.

My second version was done in a "bridal style" in pinks and white.  
This one has handmade floral centers that were created with shrink plastic, scallop punches, and a coating of the "oh so versatile" Sparkle embossing powder.

(Don't forget you can  click on any photo for a better view!)

Full instructions and products used for this version can be found Here.

My last version is just bright and bold and featured buttons for the floral centers. I love the look of the golden yellow with the brown buttons - reminds me of black eyed susans.  And the orange posies complemented them so well.   On this card, I also added my message to a a sweet little tag on the front for something different.

Full instructions and product list for this version can be found Here.

All the images and sayings for all three cards are from the wonderful Set 391 - Solid Butterfly. Love, love the sayings and style of this set! Definitely one of my all time "go to" sets!!

Well, I hope you enjoyed these cards & it puts you in the mood for some more "Fancy Folds" coming up in the blog hop Thursday!  Don't forget to let me know what you think of these before you hop on by and I'll See you on Thurs. for the Hop!

Until next time,