Welcome to DPP’s August 2020 Release Blog Hop

Together with the Doodles Paper Playground design team, I am participating in the August Sparkle Blends Release Inspiration Blog Hop! There are 12 amazing new Sparkle Blends in this release & I am so excited to share some of them with you! Make sure you head over to the Sparkle Blends Shop & check out Pizza Party, Kiss A Lot Of Frogs, Pineapple Garden, Watermelon, Use Your Emoji-nation, Wonderland, Flutter By Butterfly, Grown Up Grape Juice, Bee Creative, Baby Shark, Citrus Tornado, & Ladybird. If you act quickly, there are even a few discounted release bundles left for order that include 2 FREE gifts & you will receive a pack of Glow In The Dark Bubbles with every order of $10 or more (while supplies last)! Want a chance to win one of 6 awesome prize packs? Make sure you leave comments on all blog hop posts! Comments must be posted no later than 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, August 16th 2020. See the Doodles Paper Playground Hop Post for additional prize info, giveaway rules and entry details! Use Coupon Code: AUG15OFF to take 15% off your total order. (Excludes August Release Bundle. Can not be combined with other coupons or offers. Can not be applied to previous Purchases. Offer ends August 22nd, 2020.)

I’m holding onto the last bits of summer with this fun card using “Baby Shark” Sparkle Blends. Check out the close ups to see the cut little clay sharks and beautiful, sparkly shades of blue. I found this amazing water stencil from MFT, although I think I still need to practice with it. Stamps are also from MFT. I found the fun holographic paper at Dollar General, of all places!

There were so many amazing blends to choose from this month, I couldn’t pick just one. How fun is “Wonderland?” Even if you are not an Alice in Wonderland fan, there are so many gorgeous elements in this blend. I used a digi stamp from Star Stampz along with Photplay paper and a sentiment from Picket Fence. Take a look at the close ups to see all the different shapes and colors in this blend.

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Hoppers to see some amazing projects!!

Alison & Rhiannon






Gina <<<< You are here!


Doodles Paper Playground


My heart’s a flutter

Hey, thanks for stopping by! I’m so excited to share one of my creations using a fabulous new Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground. Sparkle Blends are one product that fuels my creativity and provides endless inspiration. With this huge August release, all the themes are amazing and the possibilities are endless.

So, for my first act I present “Flutter By Butterfly.” This blend fueled all the decision making in this card from color theme, shaker shape to which medium to use for the background. I wanted to create movement, or a flutter of butterflies, like the name suggests.

The background was created using color bursts on water color paper, one of my absolute favorite products to create backgrounds with. The butterflies were stamped with my favorite off black ink from Catherine Pooler, Black Jack. Of course this needed some glitter so I covered the butterflies in Clear Wink of Stella.

And the final touch was an awesome trick I learned from Alison Heikkila. My shaker base was on white cardstock but after everything was placed and adhered, I changed my mind. The base needed color but this was beyond pulling apart with Undue. I would have ripped the shaker element apart. So, remembering a trick Alison did on one of her lives with an ink pad, I tried something similar. I took a Copic marker and colored the white border around the shaker base purple. That changed the entire look of the card and really made it pop! The color accented the blends perfectly.

Here are some close ups of the “Flutter By Butterfly” Sparkle Blends. The colors are gorgeous, but look closely at all the different color butterflies. Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to make stuff and be happy.


Make stuff. Be happy.

This is my new mantra. During a conversation with Michelle from My Little Scrapbook Store, I decided that. We were talking about people who are negative and get upset about silly things or try to affect us in a negative way. I replied, “Look, I just want to make stuff and be happy!” Now for those of you who know me well, you know I didn’t actually say “stuff.” I used a more colorful word. However, I thought these words were a good reminder of why we do this.

Sometimes I just need to spend a few minutes amidst everything else to just pause and make something. For me, art = therapy. It brings me peace, calm and settles my soul. As much as I love getting into a detailed project with a lot of messy steps, sometimes I just need to make something. Something sweet and simple that feeds my soul.

This is a simple card, easy to make and can be done for any occasion. First I stamped the flowers on white cardstock. Next using my blender brushes I smudged on Oxide inks, purposely keeping it loose and messy. Oxide inks definitely give a softer feel then regular dye inks. Then to soften it even further, I splattered some water droplets. Once it was all dry, I embossed it with a texture embossing folder to give it a linen or more fabric look, again keeping the soft, muted, more organic feel to it. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. The final touch was just a few sequins from Doodle Paper Playground’s Juniper Berries.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day is filled with peace and calm. And don’t forget to “Make stuff and be happy!”


Splish Splash

The third and final day is here!!! If you are just tuning in, this is the last installment for he “Under the Sea” blog hop at Handmade Happiness. Today I am back to mermaids. Although, I couldn’t come up with a name for this one since I can’t see her face. But I am obsessed with this set from Colorado Craft Company. This set is from the Lovely Legs collection, called “Be A Mermaid.

I didn’t have any initial clear thoughts on this one, so I started messing around with some different mediums. Since I have a live demo coming up using Distress Crayons, I decided to play around with those. I used them on the background with a Vicki Boutin stencil. After smooshing the colors around, I laid the stencil down and used a baby wipe to remove color. I used blue embossing powder on the mermaid and once again a myriad of coloring tools including Nuvo Glitter pens, Sakura Jelly Rolls, White & Clear Wink of Stella and a Copic for her tummy. Originally, I had planned on a vertical card but there was a mistake I needed to cover. I struggled a bit with the composition but it turned out well in the end. I just would have preferred the waves to be going horizontal.

I hope you enjoyed the last few days of “Under the Sea!’ Thanks for joining me. Don’t forge to make stuff and be happy!


Inky Antics

It’s Day 2 of the “Under the Sea” hop at Handmade Happiness and believe it or not, I did not make a mermaid! For today’s post I used “Inky” from The Rabbit Hole Designs. I’m in love with these guys. This was one of those sets that inspired so many ideas as soon as I saw it.

For this one I had to play with color bursts. I knew they would give me just the right “inky” look I wanted. I used a combination of Brusho Color Burst and Nuvo Shimmer Powders. The octopus and the ink splatters were stamped on black cardstock with a mixture of purple, blue and turquoise embossing powders. Then I covered them with clear Wink of Stella. The black border is shiny cardstock that really worked well with all the other elements. The sequins are from my favorite set of Sparkle Blends, Juniper Breeze from Doodles Paper Playground.

Experimenting with Brushos and Nuvo Shimmer Powders is always a lot of fun. Since the Shimmer Powders have a metallic glisten they work nicely with Brushos which have a flatter color. All the colors on this background were Brushos, except for the black which was Nuvo. The combo gave me that deep sea feel I was going for.


Seas the day

Today starts the “Under the Sea” 3-day blog hop over at Handmade Happiness. Of course, I am kicking off with a mermaid. And since you know I name all my merfolk…meet Bubbles. (aka Mermaid Anya from The Greeting Farm.)

This little cutie was colored with an array of pens and markers. The first go round was with Copics. Then I used a Nuvo Gitter pen in her hair and some Sakura Jelly Rolls on her fins and top. Lastly, I highlighted with a white pen. The gems in her hair were done with Stickles.


Love at first splash

It’s true…I love mermaids! I collect (ahem…hoard…ahem) them. I’m pretty sure I was one in a past life. It started with the Little Mermaid and took off from there. I’ve created a lot of mermaid projects over the years but I was completely smitten with Sassy & Crafty’s new “Salty But Sweet” stamp set. If you’ve not checked them out…GO NOW!!! Forget about the adorable crab, shells and flower, and aside from all the awesome sentiments, the mermaid is captivating. I remember watching the Little Mermaid as a kid and being fascinated by the way her long hair floated through the water and swirled around her face. I got that same feeling when I saw this set. I could not wait to create something with it. I was finally able to find some time this weekend for craft therapy. So “Shelly” (that’s what I named my new mermaid friend) and I have spent a lot of time together. She’s a great listener and helps me forget about all that’s going on in the world. In return, I used a ton of amazing products to make her as beautiful as possible.

I definitely got caught up and lost myself in creating this, but we all need to do that sometimes, right? Let’s start with the background…I used another gem from Sassy & Crafty, Mermaid Tails stencil. This one is running low, so if you need it, act fast! I embossed a piece of white cardstock first with an embossing folder that is supposed to look like falling snow. I turned it around to make it rising bubbles. I used various blue shades of Distress Oxides and the awesome new Cotton Tail blending brushes from The Rabbit Hole Designs. Once I lifted the stencil I filled in the background with a lighter shade of blue.

Next it was on to coloring. Although I have been coloring with alcohol markers for a few years, this was my first time using Copics. I tried to have some fun with pink hair and all the shades of blue/green in the tail. I attempted an opalescent look on the star crown using a very pale blue, purple and pink in the center of each star and then blended out with the blender pen. I added Glisten Stickles which has a very iridescent/prismatic look to it. On the hair I used Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush pen and on the tail I used Wink of Stella gold.

I love the glittery shimmer that Wink of Stella adds. It’s subtle but sparkles nicely when the light hits it. Unfortunately, that can be difficult to capture in photos. For the hair I brushed the clear glitter over all of it. However on the tail, I used the gold and just brushed a highlight on each scale and a few on the tail. I also used the clear glitter on the shells. I finished off all the colored elements by using a white gel pen to make small dots or “bubbles.”

Once the coloring and highlighting were finished, the real fun began. It was time for bling! Of course I went right to my case of Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. I really wanted this card to have an ethereal underwater feel. I chose “Springtime” because there were so many different elements in this blend and I knew the versatility of it would work. Every single sequin and gem on this card came from that one blend. “Springtime” is on low inventory so grab it before it runs out!

I wanted to differentiate the crown from the rest of the “floating” elements. I picked out the pink & yellow gemstones, yellow glitter discs and pink beads to adorn the crown. (Yes! Gems, beads and sequins all in one mix! Why are you still here? Go buy it!) Next I sifted through the blend placing the various pieces around Shelly. I tried to create a sense of depth by placing larger sequins closer to her and smaller ones around the edges and top. As you can see, this was easy to do because of all the different shapes, sizes and colors in the “Springtime” blend. I used the silver curls on the seashells and just a few accentuating details on the flowers. Lastly I used the Glisten Stickles to add some glitter dots or “bubbles” around the background to unify all the different pieces. One final touch is the foil border. It was hard to capture in the photo but the frame around Shelly is actually pink foil paper that I picked up at Dollar General. The rest of the paper is Stampin’ Up cardstock except for the white which is Spectrum Noir paper.

I thought it might be fun to show my evolution of mermaids from over the years. As I mention earlier I “collect” mermaid stamp sets. However since I usually give my homemade cards away, this was the only one I was able to find. Did I mention I love mermaids?


My heart stays true…

…to the red, white and blue! Hello my crafty friends! Can you believe July is here? I’ve been looking forward to this month for many reasons. One of them being so I can share this RW&B card that features products from two awesome companies!

Let’s start with the little shaker beauties you see. Those are “Stars & Stripes” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. I suggest you stop what you are doing now and head on over and grab some! This is a great blend that includes clay stars, polka-dot blue sequins, red squares and lots of other awesomeness.

Next, if you’ve read any of my recent posts, you know that digi-stamps are something new and I kinda fell into them accidentally. These gnomes are from Polka Dot Orchard, a great digi-stamp site with a lot of very original and creative designs. When I saw these two cuties next to each other it reminded me of a flag and I knew it would be a perfect combo with the Sparkle Blends. I colored them with SU Blends. All the card stock and die cuts are from SU, except for the stars which were gifted to me from my sweet friend Cindy who I miss so much!

Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a Happy 4th!!!


June 2020 Sparkle Blends Release Inspiration Blog Hop

Its time for the June Sparkle Blends Release Inspiration Hop and I’m honored to be a Guest Designer this month! Together with the rest of the Design Team, I will be showcasing some of the 7 new Sparkle Blends from this month’s release! We’ve got everything from 80’s Neon to a glow in the dark alien blend in this release, so if you haven’t see them yet, make sure you hop over to the Sparkle Blends Shop and check out Broken Glass, Extraterrestrial, I Love the 80’s, Pawsome Pals, She Sells Seashells, Stars & Stripes and You’re Pand-tastic! If you act quickly, there’s even a couple of discounted release bundles left for order! Want a chance to win one of 3 fantastic prize packs, each valued at approximately $15.00 each? Make sure you leave comments as you hop & you’ll earn one entry for each blog you comment on! See the Doodles Paper Playground Hop Post for giveaway prizes and entry details. Comments must be posted no later than 11:59pm EST on Sunday, June 28th, 2020 to be eligible to win. Open to US residents only who are at least 18 years old. Winners will be drawn Monday, June 29th & posted on the Doodles Paper Playground blog, Facebook page and in the Sparkle Blends Fan Club on FB. Who loves Blog Candy?? We’ve got some in the form of a Discount Code worth 15% off your total order in the shop–some exclusions apply! Use Coupon Code: JUNE15OFF (Excludes June Release Bundle. Can not be combined with other coupons or offers. Can not be applied to previous Purchases. Valid June 26th through June 30th, 2020)


Hop along with us!

Alison, Phoenix & Rhiannon






Gina <<< YOU ARE HERE!


Doodles Paper Playground

This month’s releases were so fun! As soon as I saw “Extraterrestrial” I knew I wanted to create something “out of this world.” I had so much fun making this background. Originally, I wanted it to look darker like outer space. However, once I started playing, I decided to hold onto those colorful tones. The colors were muted enough to make the Sparkle Blends stand out.

I started with Distress Oxides in Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn, Wilted Violet and Speckled Egg. I played around by smudging the colors on my craft mat, spritzing with water and swirling the paper through the ink puddles. I used a microfiber cloth to blot the excess, then eventually used the cloth to pick up some of the darker ink and blot it on.

Next, I used my favorite blending brushes and started blending the edges with Catherine Pooler’s Juniper Mist. Then I started filling in some of the lighter spots with smudges of the ink.

Once it was dry, I grabbed the Shining Stars stencil from echo park. I placed it over my background, spritzed water on it, then used the microfiber cloth to wipe the water and pick up some of the color. For some final touches, I splattered on Frost White All Purpose Ink from Tsukineko. I have to admit, I’ve yet to perfect a splattering technique that doesn’t leave my skin looking like a speckled egg, but I have so much fun doing it. And lastly, I went over the stars with Clear Wink of Stella, by far one of my favorite ways to add shimmer to any project.

The spaceship & alien, both from Creative Vision Stamps were colored with ZIG markers and the sentiment was from a Stampin’ Up set called Epic Celebrations, stamped with Juniper Mist and highlighted with a white pen. The diecut and cardstock are from Stampin’ Up as well. I think it all pulled together perfectly to create this “spacey” card.

Moving in a completely different direction, I used Broken Glass Sparkle Blends on this next card. This was a quick simple card I made with the Hello Floral stamp from Kindred stamps. After stamping it on white cardstock, I fussycut the inside and then stamped again on acetate using Versamark. I lined the acetate to match up, creating a window. The flowers were colored with Stampin’ Up Blends. Cardstock is also from Stampin’ Up.

I hope you are enjoying the hop! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to comment to be entered win an amazing prize package from Doodles Paper Playground.


Going Digital

Greetings friends, let’s talk digital. I have always steered clear of digital crafts since it’s basically what I do, all day – professionally. Years ago I attempted to dabble in digital scrapbooking. That lasted a few minutes. Digital stamps never appealed to me either. I like to get my hands dirty.

Enter the Coffee Loving Cardmaker’s Summer/Spring Blog Hop. 1,468 entries and I was lucky enough to win one of the 73 prizes. I was super excited. What did I win, you are wondering? A gift certificate to Polka Dot Orchard. What’s that, you are also wondering? A digital stamp shop. True story. Now don’t misunderstand, I was still thrilled. I still won something. And that’s awesome. And, it gave me an opportunity to share with my friend Donna who likes digi stamps. So I let her pick and I ordered a few that I thought were cute. And then I forgot about it.

Friday rolls around and Donna comes over for dinner. What does she bring…the printed digi stamps on various papers. She’s so thoughtful. In my head I am thinking, I guess I am going to have to do something with these. So a few nights later while on my weekly zoom call with my friend Laura in FL, I felt like coloring. What’s sitting right there on my desk? The digi stamps that Donna was nice enough to print out. Since I was worried about the printer ink smearing and I had not used pencils in so long, I grabbed the Prismacolors. I colored while Laura and I chatted. I had forgotten how I enjoyed coloring. By the time we were ending our call, I had a beautiful image to use on a card. I was pretty damn excited.

Needless to say, that night my Graphic Designer mind went haywire with the possibilities this had. Plus, I could not wait to get this on a card. So here is how it turned out…

Since the images were already colored and cut, the rest of the card came together pretty quickly. I used Salty Ocean Distress Oxide with my favorite blending brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I sprayed water on a Vicki Boutin waves stencil from the Wander collection and pressed it down. The sentiment is from Colorado Craft Company’s “Be a Mermaid” set. It is embossed but it is hard to tell in the photo. I used a white pen for highlights. Donna gave me the idea to add shimmer to the fish so I covered it in clear Wink of Stella. The last thing I did after placing the images was use Stampin’ Up Fine Tip Glue to make water droplets.

I have to say, from the point of wanting nothing to do with digital crafts and then completing this card, I am pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Is it possible there will be more digital designed projects in my future? Stay tuned…