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.


23 thoughts on “June 2020 Sparkle Blends Release Inspiration Blog Hop

  1. Your galaxy background is fab, I’ve never seen green used so I’ll have to give that a try next time. The alien is just the cutest. Such a pretty floral frame for the shaker on your second card.

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  2. WOW, you make ink smooshing look easy and then the stencil resist/lift was perfect. I make mud and blobs, so I admire anyone who makes it look good. The whole card came together ah-mazing! I do enjoy the CAS of your second card as that is something I can do and achieve. Thx for the inspiration.

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    • Aww, thank you so much!! I understand mud blobs! LOL! Sometimes I have to just force myself to stop, haha! I tried to keep the puddles apart and then smoosh different parts of the paper instead of throwing the whole thing on. Another trick is to start small with little puddles and then layer and build the color up. Keep trying!!! And lots of paper towels!!! 😂


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