Sparkle Blends are never Sus

On the contrary, Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground can liven up any project, no matter theme, colors or age there is something for every one and every project. On this card, I used the brand new “Oh, Hollo” from the April 2021 Sparkle Blends Release. This mesmerizing blend is full of shiny, sparkly, holographic elements.

I created the galaxy background with Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Black Soot. I started by randomly blending blotches of color onto the paper then filling it all in with Black Soot. Next I splattered water and blotted with a cloth. After that I splattered Pearl Aqua Pigments from Brutus Monroe.

I used two different size square dies to cut the windows. The images from the stamp set (which is from Kindred Stamps) were colored with Copics.

If you take a close look at the Sparkle Blends, you can see the how when the light hits these holographic pieces, you get many different colors and the sparkle and shine is awesome.

“Oh, Hollo” is a perfect blend to add shimmer and shine and give that ethereal feel. It really brings your project to life. You can purchase yours with all the other amazing Sparkle Blends at the Doodles Paper Playground Etsy shop.


Sparkle Blends always bee-long

I bet Doodles Paper Playground has a Sparkle Blend for everything. I found the perfect mix to go with this card. I’m all in with the “bee” trend. I love the hexagons, the vibrant yellows and the punny sentiments. When I looked back in my stash and found the “Bee Creative” Sparkle Blends, I had to play with them. Since I had a perfect stamp set to coordinate that hadn’t been used yet, I was ready to create.

I started by inking the background with a hexagon stencil from Brutus Monroe. I used Distress Oxides in “Fossilized Amber” and “Mustard Seed,” blending them with the mini ergonomic blending brush from Pink & Main. I used “Rusty Hinge” on the edges in attempt to give the background some depth. This layer got adhered onto a black card base.

Next I used Copics to color the flower circle and bees from the “Bee You” stamp set by Brutus Monroe. I used an exacto knife to cut it out, then created my shaker window and mounted it directly onto the card panel. I wanted to see the hexagon pattern through the window.

If you take a close look, there are some really unique details in the “Bee Creative” Sparkle Blends. The gold hexagons are my favorite but there are also bees, flowers, patterns and all those beautiful yellow tones that I love.

Next I cut the sentiment from a set of Conversation Clippings also from Brutus Monroe. I decided to adhere it flat against my panel since I knew there would be many other raised elements. Next I adhered the bees with foam adhesive after I colored them with Copics. I added Nuvo Dream Drops on the wings to make them look iridescent. The last thing I did was drip Brutus Monroe Dew Drops along the top of the card. This was a fun accent to add some interest and stay with the theme.

“Bee Creative” Sparkle Blends are available in the shop as well as many other gorgeous mixes. Grab yours today and “bee” creative with them.


Down the Rabbit Hole

The entire Kindred Stamps March release will be available Friday, March 26 at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

It was certainly easy to go down the card making rabbit hole with the new “Time for Tea” set. I started with the caterpillar and knew I wanted to make a trippy background that gave the smokey feel of that scene. I created a background with alcohol inks then stamped the mushrooms over it. The caterpillar was colored with copics and set atop a rainbow shimmer butterfly die. The sentiment was heat embossed with white glitter embossing powder.

Since I adored the mushroom paper from the new Time for Tea paper pack, I also created this tag. The background was made with distress sprays. The caterpillar was colored with PrismaColor colored pencils. The sentiment was stamped with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink.

Next I created the Rabbit card using more paper from the Time for Tea paper pack for the background. The swirl circle was made with the Swirly Bits stencil. This is one of my favorite Kindred stencils. I used the card builder die for the background paper and circles. The rabbit, cookie and bottle were all colored with copics. The sentiment was stamped with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink.
Lastly, I made a card using the new Deck of Cards stencil. To create the background, I used the stencil with Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo and red foil. I colored the characters with copics and created a gatefold to open into the sentiment which is atop more paper from the new coordinating paper pack. The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set “Curioser and Curioser.”

If you liked what you saw here, head on over to Kindred and grab some of these products that are sure to take you down a crafting rabbit hole! They won’t last long.


Some bunny loves Sparkle Blends

Who says Sparkle Blends are just for shakers? Not this girl! With so many colors and themes, the possibilities of Doodles Paper Playground’s Sparkle Blends are endless.

I wanted to create three different color shakers for the peeps but had very specific color tones in mind. So I used “Clearly In Love” and with different color papers. This blend is the perfect way to make anything shimmer and feature any color you want.

Since I was originally looking for blends in each of the colors of the shaker, that led me to thinking of a way to put “Easter Grass” on the card. I grabbed “So Matcha Fun” and used all the elements in it except the bubbles. It was perfect. The shades of green and different elements gave me the look of the grass just as I had hoped.

Sparkle Blends are a perfect way to add different elements to a cards as well as make amazing shakers. Head over to the shop and check out the variety of sequin mixes. I promise you’ll find something to suit your needs!


Saved by the bell

I love reminiscing about my childhood school days. I always get a kick out of shocking my kids with the idea of growing up without a tablet and on demand television. It’s horrendous to them, however comforting to me. This adorable card reminds me of those days.

The stamp set from Brutus Monroe, called “Back to School Bash” is a perfect set for a throwback. I stamped and embossed the locker and used an exacto knife to cut three sides so the locker door could open and close the shaker. Then I embossed some of the the various elements to make a school-like background pattern. I filled my shaker with Pawsome Pets Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. This blend has the perfect mix of colors to compliment the flashback color palette of this card. And what makes it even better is the adorable cats and pawprints in the mix. The glitter sequins were just what was needed to bring this card to life.

The cat, schoolbag and skate board were all colored with Copics. I added glossy accents to the cat’s eyes. I loved how they were complimented by the shine of the Sparkle Blends when the locker door is open. To grab Pawsome Pets along with some other awesome Sparkle Blends head over to the shop to see what’s in store.


Bright Lights

Swoosh! Right in the net! The Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground in this card are a slam dunk. This adorable shaker card pairs the Simon Hurley stamp set “Slam Dunk” with the fabulous Sparkle Blends “Lights in the Forest.”

I always like to do a little something for my son’s coaches at the end of the season, especially a season like this one. Since it was a special season for many reasons, I decided to have a little fun with it. Why not a sports themed shaker card? Initially I was having trouble figuring out where to put the shaker element or what it could be. So, I went to my collection of Sparkle Blends and started by finding a blend in the school colors which are blue and gold. “Lights in the Forest” was the perfect choice because it had the blue and gold, but included some other accent colors and some other fun elements.

I knew I was going to make the basketball player (my son) and use the net, so I just had to figure out how to use this awesome blend. As I was thinking about the elements of the layout, I thought of the bleachers filled with people, something we obviously didn’t have the season. So what better way to pay homage…

The rest of the card came together simply. I colored the player and net with copics and created the floor with copics as well. I was attempting to get the look of the school gym floor. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. Since I really wanted to keep this fun and lighthearted, I decided to make a decorate envelope as well. I used the punch board to create the envelope and liner and stamped the basketball with Catherine Pooler.

The “crowd” I created with “Lights in the Forest” ties everything in for a consistent look. Take a close look at the colors and elements of this blend. It really brings pieces to life with the contrast of colors and black and white on the dotted blend. Head over the Sparkle Blends shop to add this to your collection today!


The sound of a shaker card

Hi crafty friends, you hear that? Listen closely and you will hear beautiful music and Sparkle Blends. Today’s card inspiration came from one of Doodles Paper Playground’s February release blends called “Annie’s Music of the Heart.” This mix is sure to be music to your ears (and crafts!).

Created by Doodles Paper Playground design team member, Annie Collins, this blend is a beautiful harmony of shapes and sizes. Bright, cheery colors include pink, purple, blue and yellow that are offset by black and gold. There are iridescent music notes, adorable clay hearts and heart beads, just to name a few. All these elements and colors were a perfect catalyst for my design.

Just like the musical collaboration of this blend, my card was created using a collaboration of various products. I created the background using Oxide inks with a Vicki Boutin word stencil. The star was cut using a die from Kindred Stamp’s new Card Builder Die set. The guitar is part of the “Groovy Friends” stamp set from Brutus Monroe. I used a sentiment from an old Sizzix set and die cut it with an old Stampin’ Up banner die. The sentiment was heat embossed using “Mermaid Tale” embossing powder form Brutus Monroe.

If this blend sings to you, head over to the Sparkle Blends shop and grab yours, along with many other gorgeous blends that are still available.


Cards that kick grass

The entire Kindred Stamps February release will be available Friday, February 26 at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

And who else would have a punny stamp set like this? You know who! Kindred Stamps of course! For this month’s release I was asked to work with the soccer themed set, titled “Kick Some Grass.” I had so much fun creating cards with these kickin’ cuties.

For the first card, I used the “Play like a girl” sentiment to lead my design. I knew instantly it had to pink. For the background, I blended Oxide inks in Spun Sugar, the awesome new Kitsch Flamingo and Worn Lipstick. Then I used Kindred’s Swirly Bits stencil with Picked Raspberry Oxide ink on top of the blended pinks. I used Worn Lipstick to stamp the soccer balls on the background strip. Kitsch Flamingo was used for the sentiment. I wanted to pull all these pink tones together and give it a very feminine feel, reminiscent of Breast Cancer Awareness. The soccer player was colored with Copics and the soccer ball was stamped in black ink. For a final touch I pulled the pink sequins and rhinestones out of the Rainbow Sparkletz Shaker Pack sold by Kindred.

Next I decided to make a shaker card in my hometown colors since I had sequins and patterned paper leftover in those colors from a past Special Edition box. For this card, I used the awesome new “Card Builder Basics” die set. This is a set you are definitely going to want to grab. It has so many elements for creating all different types of cards. You will see later on, I also used it for a slimline card. I used the stitched card layer die to cut the bottom blue layer and the stitched square for the top layer. I turned it into a shaker by cutting the large star out of the middle. The ticket die, also from “Card Builder Basics” was perfect at the bottom for my sentiment. For some added bling and to coordinate with my star theme, I used Starry Sky Sparkletz.

For this soccer ball shaped card, I added the “Thanks” word die. These word dies are so awesome. They come with two pieces (word and shadow) which give you so many options for using these. You can see all the different word options here. For this sentiment, I used two different ones from the “Kick Some Grass” set and cut them apart to make it say “You kick grass.”

Lastly, I created this slimline card. I used Catherine Pooler inks in It’s A Boy and Suede Shoes for the sky using Kindred’s Cloud Builder stencil. To make the nets, I inked with a very light grey ink using the Lattice stencil. The circle and star are from the “Card Builder Basics” die set. Like all the others, the players were colored Copics. I used edged scissors for the strip of grass and inked it with “Grass Skirt.” I added some faux stitching and finishing touches with a white pen.

If you liked what you saw here, head on over to Kindred and grab some of these products that totally kick grass!!! They won’t last long.


The Royal Treatment

How cute is this little winged lady from AALL & Create? I knew she was a perfect fit for Judy’s Royal Shine Sparkle Blends. She definitely got the royal treatment with all the adorable elements in this blend, including bows and crowns. The colors are a perfect mix of shimmer and shine.

The set came with both wings so I masked the girl, then added on both wings. I stamped her with black Memento ink on iridescent vellum from Lawn Fawn and colored her with Copics. The blue and pink papers are specialty cardstocks from Brutus Monroe die cut with dies form My Favorite Things.

One of my favorite parts of this card is the sentiment, which I felt paired so well with the imagery and elements in the Sparkle Blend. I stamped the sentiment in purple Opalescent ink. For the final touch, I pulled different elements from the blend to glue around the edges and adorn her crown. I even added a bow at her neck. For this and all the other exclusive Limited edition Sparkle Blends, check out the Sparkle Blends Shop from Doodles Paper Playground.


Springtime Under the Sea

Everything is budding under the sea with “Fawn’s Budding Leaves.” This gorgeous blend designed by Fawn Kuehne has the freshest shades of green that make you long for a crisp spring day. The shimmer and stars make this blend sparkle like sunlight.

I decided to take this blend underwater. I used the Reef Border and Frame Fancy Die from Hero Arts, without the frame so it was cut into the front of the card. I inked around the frame in a darker shade of green. It illuminated this flowy scene perfectly. The “Shell Yeah” stamp set is from Brutus Monroe. I colored it with Copics and added shimmery Nuvo Dream Drops to the pearl. Look close at the Sparkle Blends and you will see shimmering stars in different sizes and holographic discs that bounce light all around. This gorgeous Sparkle Blend is part of the exclusive February release. This month all the blends were designed by the Design Team Members. Head over to the etsy shop to get Fawn’s Budding Leaves and the many other gorgeous blends from the Doodles Paper Playground Design Team. These are all very limited editions and won’t last long.