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.


To know me is to love sushi

First of all, it’s true. Ask anyone that knows me and they will tell you sushi is my favorite food. Secondly, how legit does it become when you have your very own Sparkle Blend and it’s…you guessed it – “Gina’s Sushi Bar.”

This had to be one of the most exciting craft milestones for me to date. Paling in comparison only to being asked to be a Designer for Doodles Paper Playground. I thought it could not get any better. But then, I had the opportunity to design my own Sparkle Blend. I kept rolling ideas around but always came back to the sushi idea. Luckily, when I pitched it to Doodles Paper Playground, she loved it. So order up!

Take a close look at this buffet of delicious sparkles. It’s got everything from Nigiri, maki, rice and even caviar. The colors are a beautiful mix of all the shades of pink and orange that you would see on a sushi bar of tuna and salmon. Creating this blend was soy amazing. There’s even the green and blacks of seaweed. Varying textures really make you feel like you just sat down at a sushi bar, Gina’s Sushi Bar.


Sending all my love

Who doesn’t love to send love? I certainly do! How perfect is Doodle Paper Playgrounds “Love Letters” Sparkle Blend. This is an adorable accent to any love you send! It’s loaded with love letters, hearts, beads, sparkles and sequins. In a shaker or even just glued around a card as accents, it makes sending love easy and fun.

I used the new “Dotted Heart” die set from Brutus Monroe to create this little heart shaped note. The red glitter paper is also from Brutus Monroe. The sentiment and puffins were perfectly paired with this love-filled blend. This stamp set called “Stud Puffin” along with the Heart Shaker Tag Die are both from Lawn Fawn. I used Prisma Color pencils to color the puffins. The sentiment was stamped in Real Red ink from Stampin’ Up.

Head over to the Sparkle Blends shop to order “Love Letters” Sparkle Blends in time to send some love this Valentine’s Day!


Lucky to have…

…these gorgeous “Shamrock” Sparkle Blends that coordinate perfectly with a Honeybee stamp set gifted to me by a dear friend. The green and gold tones and sparkles work perfectly to send a St. Patrick’s Day wish to someone special. You can check out these and all the other amazing Sparkle Blends at the Doodles Paper Playground shop.

I used the two different sized clover outline stamps with gold embossing powder to create the patterned background. The sentiment was stamped in Catherine Pooler’s “Grass Skirt” ink. I used an embossing pen and the gold powder to put some highlights on the word “Clover.”

These beautiful green blend work perfectly for any St. Patty’s Day project or anything green! Don’t forget to check this out along with the other January releases.