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SNS Blog Hop Winners-I’m a little late

First, thank you to all who participated in the blog hop and especially to those who left comments. I am sure I speak for all the DT members when I say, we truly enjoy  and appreciate every comment   It encourages and inspires us, more than you know!  

The winners from the Sparkle N Sprinkle “Sparkling Winter  Sensations” Blog Hop have been announced.  Here are the winners in case you haven’t seen the news as yet:

The Grand Prize is awarded to Mitzi Vogel!

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

Congratulations to you all!!!!
More details (including details on what to do if you’re a winner) and a special thank you from all of us on the design team are on the “home blog” – Sparkle N Sprinkle blog.

Hope you join us for the next blog hop too!

Sparkle on


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Busy Weekend Needs 4 Cards

A few weekends ago was really full!  I had intended to post this then, but life got in the way, so I’m just getting to post now.  Well, I attended a baby shower on Saturday for a good friend’s daughter.  She is having a boy.  This card was done with a metal stencil (first pounce back of stencil with powder) then lay it on Sparkle and Sprinkle sticker paper.  Next carefully add holeless micro glass beads and rub into the open areas.  Carefully remove stencil and apply glitter to the rest of the sticky paper.  Finally its just a matter of adding the layers of colored paper for the finished A2 card.  The mom-to-be loved it.

Boy baby shower card

Then on Sunday we had the double celebration:  birthday party for our 3 year old grandson, Brian and a communion party for our 10 year old grandson, Diego.

The birthday card was e-a-s-y.  I used a piece of dp covered with Disney characters.  Cut them up into small squares, then put each onto glitter paper, then black paper and finally the purple metallic card base.  This was a perfect card since they had just gone to Disneyworld a month ago, and we gave him a share of Disney stock for his birthday.  Blogland isn’t cooperating, so it wouldn’t let me edit these pix …sorry. Here’s how the A2 card turned out:

3rd Birthday Card for Brian


Deigo’s communion card was figured out months ago….my dear friend, Paula, had told me about a card she was going to case and I knew it would be perfect.  It uses a Spellbinders die of  crosses that she had and I didn’t, so she cut a bunch for me before I left Florida.  It also used another die as a frame that I didn’t have, so I used a border punch……..  Its all done in off whites and I love how it turned out.  Finished size is 5 1/2 X 5 1/2.  P.S. Diego thought it was awesome.

Communion Card

Lastly, my hubby’s great niece graduated from pharmecutical school a few months ago but we were in Florida and missed the party.  We were going to see her at the party so I needed to have her card.  I used SNS stamp set 435-Graduation multiple times and colored it.  Lay SNS super adhesive paper over stamped image, remove paper cover and then cover with holeless clear glass beads.   Use a Spellbinders die to stamp the words onto.  Layer with gold and black paper to make an A2 card.  Full directions for this card will be on the Sparkle and Sprinkle web site in about a week.

Andrea's Grad Card

Hope that you found some ideas from these cards that you might use.  See you again soon.

Sandy (Cheesy)

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Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle “Sparkling Wintry Sensations” blog hop—do you like how I changed my header picture for the occasion?  If you arrived here by way of the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog, then you’re in the right place.  All of the rules and info for the hop and how to become eligible for SIX great prizes are back at the SNS blog, so I will not repeat it here.

On to the sparkly stuff!  Here is my design which uses the Winter Swirl stamp set #414:

Winter Swirl Set 414 Diorama Card

When the blog theme was decided, all I could think of was what it looks like outside our windows (up here in Wisconsin) after a snowfall and I knew I wanted to make a diorama card (see the tips and techniques section at SNS for directions to make diorama cards.)  Diorama cards are great because you get all that dimension but it folds up flat, fits into a regular envie and usually doesn’t take any extra postage.  The Winter Swirl stamp set has all the stamps needed for this card.   If you have the Grand Caliber die cut machine, you can diecut both pieces of cardstock at the same time–yippee.  Sparkling snow glitter is the perfect tool for snow and winter scenes (or just adding sparkle to any card).  This card does take extra time because of cutting out trees, and the extra layer but it is a wonderful gift for that special someone.  If you have never made a diorama card, I hope you’ve gotten the inspiration to try one. The directions for this card can be found here.

Oh and by the way, I might be one of “The FIVE” with a secondary prize, so don’t forget to leave a comment below to become eligible for the Grand Prize and one of the 5 secondary prizes…………then head on over to our Sensational Dawn’s blog and continue on your sparkly, wintry way.

Stay cool and glad you came by!

Winter in July?


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The Sparkle and Sprinkle design team is getting ready for our July Blog Hop which begins on Thursday, July 14.  You can visit the SNS Blog here to get the details.  In the meantime, here are some cards that I designed last year for SNS using their stamp set #420, Nestie Christmas Trees and the Spellbinders Christmas Tree die.

Flip Flop Tree Card

More views of the flip flop card

Here are some other views of the same card so that you might get the idea of how it opens.  The directions to make this card are on the Sparkle N Sprinkle website here.

This is another card designed with the same stamp set and die which was an easel style card.

Nestie Christmas Tree-Easel card

You can see the directions for this easel card here.

Are you ready for more wintery inspirations???  Join the design team for all the fun (and prizes) starting Thursday when the Sparkling Winter Sensations Blog Hop begins (start the blog hop at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog)!    Hope to see you then…


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Our First Granddaughter!!

We are snowbirds, and so we arrived back up north on May 13th figuring it was in plenty of time for our 4th grandchild’s arrival on June 2nd.  Well she surprised us by arriving 3 weeks early and is our very first granddaughter


Her mom, dad and big brother are all delighted to have her join the family.  She is the first girl grandchild for both sides of her family.

Dad, Mom & Isabelle

Isabelle and big bro, Caleb

Grandma has been spending time at their house helping out and enjoying every minute.  Gives her time to take lots of pictures.  Here are a few of Isabelle EmmaLee to share with  you:

Wide eyesFound my thumb!



The family also came to our lakehouse for the holiday weekend.  It was Isabelle’s first time on a boat too!  And big brother, Caleb loves it!

At the lake with our hats on

Thanks for stopping by and sharing our blessed event!  See you soon.

Sandy (Cheesy)

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“Not So Macho Masculine Card” Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle “Not So Macho Masculine Card” Blog Hop! You are in the right spot if you arrived here via the amazing Patti White’s Blog.  If you’d like to start from the beginning and become eligible for great prizes, then click here (that’s where you’ll find all the directions you need to hop along). 

As I thought about what I’d like to do for this masculine blog hop and the golfers stamp sets I was using, I thought about my two sons and husband and how they would give their presents – – usually still in the bag they brought it home from the store in.  As the boys got older, we started using old newspapers and paper bags to “wrap” the gifts because it “looked my masculine”.  Thus, my first creation:  brown paper bag gift wrap!!  LOL

Paper Bag Gift Wrap

It’s really simple:  just cut open a brown paper bag and stamp to your heart’s content.  Add some raffia “ribbon” and a tag.  To make the gift tag, simply fold a piece of glossy cardstock in half, place it in a Spellbinders circle die leaving the fold outside of the cutting circle.  The result should be a mini circle card.  Then stamp and emboss the words in black detail embossing powder on the front of the card/tag.  Run the front thru a die cut machine using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder 37-1604 (but put the paper in so the back is facing back–this will “de-boss” the image).  Viola!  A golf ball gift tag for the present.  Here’s a close up to see it better.

'Golf Ball Gift Tag


Then I made a card to go along with it.  First die cut 4 small circles for golf balls and emboss the letters G,O,L and F from stamp #549-255MS on them before putting them thru the embossing folder.  (Hint:  ink stamp and then put scotch tape over the part you do not want to show).  Remove protective cover from 1/2 of sticker paper, lay ribbon and the golf balls onto sticker paper.  (Hint:  work on half of the sticker paper).  Apply Palm Green Flock (FL115).   Make a larger golf ball.  Stamp Father’s Day #563-255B as above, remove paper from sticker paper.  Lay down golf ball and words, then apply flock.  Stamp Joe Cool #214-255G, colored him and cut him out.  Pop dot him on top of the golf ball.

Father's Day Golf Card

You can see the detailed directions for this card here.

I used two SNS sets for my projects:  Golf-McDuff #255 and Golf-Live Laugh Golf Set #192

We get to donate one product towards the grand prize! and I chose the Palm Green Flock (FL115) which was used on my card. I love to add texture to cards and flocking is a great way to do that. I am so excited to give you a sneak peek of this product as it is not yet for sale, so whoever wins will have this flock before anyone else!  Isn’t that exciting?   

Palm Green Flock FL115


Don’t forget to leave a comment to become eligible for the prizes, then hop on over to Julie’s blog to see her phenomenal creations.

Thanks for hop, hop, hopping by – – and I hope you enjoy the really amazing cards along the rest of the trail.


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