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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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For your dies only

I never thought this day would come. I guess I never had a reason to. Yet this card has absolutely no ink on it! I made a complete card with no stamping. I am pretty sure this is a first for me.

This card came together so easily. Aside from the intricate pieces, this was a simple fun card. I used an A-2 card sized dies from Brutus Monroe called “Ornaments Die.” I ran it through with 3 different specialty papers (silver foil from Stampin’ Up and Pink & blue glitter cardstock from Brutus Monroe. I created my window with the silver piece then played around mixing and matching the other pieces til I found something I liked. I created a quick and easy shaker window and filled it with “Blue Blizzard” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. I added the “Celebrate” sentiment using a Stampin’ Up die and I had a complete card to die for.

And a great thing – I was left with enough pieces to make a few more cards. Although the process was a bit tedious, it was very simple and fun to make this timeless design. Give it a try with one of your dies. I also encourage you to make a holiday card without green & red. There are so many fun possibilities. If you check out all the amazing Holiday & year round Sparkle Blends at the Doodles Paper Playground online store, you will definitely find some inspiration. So go make stuff and be happy.

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Disco Christmas

Purple. I love it. But on a Christmas card? YES! Thanks to the new “With a Bang” Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground. When I spread my package of new blends out onto the table, this one was the first to pop out at me. I love purple so of course, I was drawn to it. But the elements are gorgeous. There are so many cool pieces that make this blend really stand out. I kept everything shiny and blingy just like the blend!

All papers are from Stampin’ Up as well as the black glitter embossing powder, ribbon and metallic thread. The Santa stamp is from Trinity Stamps. I colored him with Copics and used Stickles on the fur of his hat and coat and Glossy Accents on his boots. And of course, the star of the show is “With a Bang” Sparkles Blend. What better way to showcase a purple Santa!

If you need inspiration or want to step outside of your comfort zone, or even if you just want to make pretty things, check out this month’s awesome new Sparkle Blends! Grab a few so you can make stuff and be happy!

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Happy Feet, Happy Holidays!

Don’t these penguins remind you of the movie Happy Feet? Adorable. I could not wait to get Preppy Penguins from Maymay Made It. They were so adorable, I couldn’t wait to color them. Then I laid my eyes on the new Pastel Penguins Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground and I knew it was a match made in heaven. As always when I work with Sparkle Blends, they take lead of my design process and I am totally okay with that. The reason being, they completely push me out of my comfort zone. This is a color pallet I would have never even rested a thought upon. Now I adore it and cannot wait to use it again. So like I always say, if you are stumped or need inspiration or even just want to challenge yourself, pick a Sparkle Blend that appeals to you or just pick a random one and see where it takes you.

First, I laid the Pastel Penguins blends out on a piece of white cardstock and pulled Copics to match by sprinkling some blends on my Copic color chart to get the perfect match of mint green and pale pink. I chose very light shades of the nuetral greys for the penguins. My initial instincts were to use cool greys but they ended up being too cool. I don’t usually have that problem. 😉

For the background, I used Worn Lipstick and Twisted Citron Oxide Sprays but then realized the green was too bright and I toned it down with Mowed Lawn. After I embossed the snowflakes, I inked the edges of the tag with Twisted Citron, then toned it down with Brutus Monroe White Alabaster pigment ink. I used clear Wink of Stella on the snowflakes to make them shimmer and added some Nuvo Dream drops for some added shine. The edges of the pink shaker frame are inked with Worn Lipstick Oxide ink. I also used it to stamp the “To/From” on the tag. “Holiday Happiness” is embossed in silver. Lastly, I used Stickles on the penguins pompom and Wink of Stella on the pink bow and sweater. I went old school with a snowflake thumb punch on some silver glitter cardstock. I loved the background of the tag so much, I chose to make a transparent shaker so it would show through. Lastly I tied it all up with a mess of shabby chic ribbons and trims.

I had so much fun creating this and every time I get inspired by Sparkle Blends I cannot wait to make something else. Shaker tags don’t have to be as elaborate as this. It can be a simple addition that will make a package glow for someone special. It you’re not sure where to start, check out the Sparkle Blends etsy shop. Grab a few of the new holiday blends and let them lead you to creativity. Make stuff and be happy.