Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Celebrating Summer Blog Hop

WELCOME!!!
It's the Sparkle N Sprinkle Celebrating Summer Blog Hop!

If you hopped here by way of Karin Martin's super, fabulous blog,  then you are in the right place!  Otherwise, you might like to start from the beginning at www.sparklensprinkle.com/blog to become eligible for 5 fabulous prizes.   To be eligible for the prizes, all you have to do is leave a comment on each designer's blog.  You MUST leave a comment on each blog to be eligible though.   Three of the prizes are given by individual designers and no one knows who they are so it's important to comment on them all!
Here's a complete list just in case you got lost along the way.

www.sparklensprinkle.com/blog
April Williams   http://stampwillydesigns.blogspot.com
Marie Berquist  http://craftemarie.blogspot.com
Shona Erlenborn   http://shonasstampingstage.blogspot.com
Julie Zippel  http://backtobasicsandbeyond.blogspot.com
Shanna Shands   http://scsdesigns.blogspot.com
Barbara Bruder  http://www.artandsoulcreations.blogspot.com
Angie Blasingame    http://hopemorestudio.blogspot.com
Karalee Ingram  http://kareescardsandcraftsofcourse.blogspot.com
Jill Jacobsen   http://www.stampinhands.com
Gerlinde Townsley   http://mycreativecorner-gerlinde.blogspot.com
Charlene Driggs   http://www.paperandinkplayground.com
Karin Martin   http://karin-withaniforpaper.blogspot.com
Brenda Smalle   http://www.rubberroomantics.blogspot.com  (that's me!!!)

Yep - as always, I'm the end of the line..

I always think of summer as water - could be a lake, could be a pool, could be a river, could be a stream or could be the ocean - but always water.   I grew up in Maine - so it was the lake - lived in NYC for many years - so it was Rockaway Beach or the Hamptons - in Texas - it was the pool and then Florida - beaches, beaches, beaches and my backyard pool!   Now in sunny Arizona, it's the Salt River for tubing or the pool...  missing the ocean a little :(  BUT - it's not a far drive to visit.
Swimming, tubing or just lounging on the beach or by the pool (did I mention that I'm the lazy river kind of gal LOL).  Plop me on a float and I'm good to go.
My first card is an oldie....   just a CAS card from way back... it features one of the stars of Stamp Set 360 - Pigs on Parade... add some CS using an embossing folder and a little bling in the way of some of  SNS fabulous glitters - an adorable sunglass brad and done.  It was one of my first endeavors using my Copic Markers.  I think I've improved bunches since then :)




Card number two is a tropical beach scene as the sun is going down with all of that sparkle bouncing off the beach and the water.  Reminds me of my years living in Florida and of many trips to to the Caribbean - lots of sand - lots of water (there's that water again) and the palm trees.
Couldn't make a decision on this one - so here it is with two different background colors - I like them both - so instead of making a decision - I'm showing them both.




I started with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet attached to white cardstock - after running it thru my Grand Caliber using the Grand Labels 11 die, I simply tore one section of the top protective covering at a time - adding my glitter layers as I went along.  There's glitter "under" the beach too, but I added a little Tahiti Beach Mudd Puddles for texture and a few little shells from  Mudd Puddles Sea Life.  The images were all colored using Copics, fussy cut and attached while the Mudd Puddles was still wet and using dimensionals on the top to raise them up.  A slightly messy project, but lots of fun and much blingier in person.



I decided before I added the Mudd Puddles to the beach, that I wanted a little more texture - so dug out my new Spellbinders Embossability folder - Sea Beauty.

Last, but not least - here's what you need for it all.  This is a small card I made from a template that was to have been a corset, but just screamed swimsuit to me.  I found this old Stampin' Up designer paper that worked perfectly for it.  No stamping involved - only pearls and glitter (Sea Shell and Bubble Gum) added to embellish the design on the paper.  Quick, easy and fun!  
This card opens from the top.  



Hope you liked my summer fun...the design team has really outdone themselves once again!  

Don't forget - you MUST leave a comment on each and every blog to be eligible to win one of the FIVE fabulous prizes....   THREE of them are on individual blogs and no one knows which blogs they are!   Don't miss out and check back on the SNS Blog on Saturday for a list of the winners.

See some things you just need to have right now???   Here's a link back to the SNS store.
Thanks for hopping with us!



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31 comments:

  1. Wonderful cards! The first one is such fun! I love all the textures on the second and the third is so pretty with the glitter and pearls! Great job!

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  2. Brenda, what a great array of cards. Love the pig sunbathing. The background on that one reminds me of a beach towel. The scene on the 2nd card is the perfect beach scene and the bathing suit card is great.

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  3. You give a whole new meaning to pig in (on) a blanket! Love all your cards...that bathing suit is amazingly creative.

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  4. I love the glitter on your palm tree card, very cool!

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  5. Great cards Brenda! Each one so different and unique and so fun! I think the middle cards are my favorite - love those colorful backgrounds! Lots of summer fun here!

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  6. Brenda, you've been holding out on us. These are absolutely great! I hope you slathered the pig with a lot of sunscreen - otherwise, he's bacon! :)

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  7. Your cards are gorgeous! The sunbathing pig is adorable, and the beach scene card is just stunning!

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  8. What awesome artwork! I love that little pig lazing on a beachtowel and all the dimension in that card. And, that beach scene is so fantastic and beautiful too. And, of course, that swimsuit would look awesome on you! What a clever idea that was. Thanks for sharing your talent Brenda and to Sparkle N Sprinkle and the designers for an awesome blog hop. I enjoyed the journey.

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  9. OOOOOOOOOOOOOHS and AWWWWWWWWWWWWS for your tropical beach

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  10. Mudd puddles is a really neat product, thanks for attaching the link! Wish I had a sexy figure to go with that suim suit, I'd be dazzling on the beach..lol.
    ~Angie

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  11. Love all three projects Brenda. How clever with the swimsuit. The second one with the layered sky is just amazing!

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  12. OMG How Beautiful your Cards are Love Love the layering and the way you have made the Seaside look so Real. I have some great Ideas from you with the Blended the Sand the Water. love the Embossing and the little pig is super cute. thanks for sharing all of your Beautiful Projects.

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  13. Love your cards! I hope your piggy remembered the sunscreen! Your work is wonderful. And I agree... the template for the last card, does scream bathing suit. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Great cards, Brenda! Love the texture on the piggy and the glittered background on the beach scene - so much dimension! The swimsuit is divine! Love all the pearls and glitter!

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  15. Great cards! For the second card, I prefer the one with the brown border. It matches the tree nicely and gives a better contrast so everything pops!

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  16. loved the texture and dimension of your tropical beach card. Thanks for the inspiration

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  17. Looks like you made a flamingo pink swimsuit. Good thinking!

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  18. Oh my gosh, I just love all that glitter.

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  19. I absolutely loved both views of your second card. I think I liked the pink background a teeny bit more.

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  20. Brenda, these are all so awesome. The first card is just adorable with the beach towel look. Your second card is spectacular with the glittery background and the Mudd Puddles. What a fun bathing suit card. Do they make this in a super large?

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  21. You can make it any size you want LOL. Doesn't fit me :(

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  22. Wow...you really did an awesome job with all your cards! That laid back piggy just makes me laugh, and your beach scene is so beautiful! Thanks for the details on how you made your textured background! These are all fabulous!

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  23. Amazing projects! The pig is adorable, but the tropical scene you created is out of this world! The colors you used to create the sun set sky are beautiful and the swimsuit is gorgeous! Do you design clothes now too? LOL! Everything=Awesome!

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  24. The sunglasses add that little extra to the lounging piggy. Very cute. The bathing suit is really original. With all those pearls, I guess it is for the sun worshipper and not the swimmer.

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  25. I really love both versions of your beach scene. I think I prefer the pink background just a teeny bit more. The pig is a riot. He looks sunburned already.

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  26. Beautiful cards, love what you did with the glitter and muddpuddles.

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  27. I really enjoyed the last two cards Your style is quite unique. I love glittery cards, and these were very tastefully done. Thank you.

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  28. The sunbathing pig is just too funny! The two sunsets are beautiful.It is hard to decide which I like better so I won't.

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  29. Oh MY! What a great variety of design ideas and techniques! First of all -- YOU CAUGHT ME! I'm that little piggy in the buff, enjoying her pool. Looks just like me! LOL Really cute card, B. The palm tree scene is really pretty with the EP and textures - by the way, I covet your class star fish LOL GREAT idea for the swim suit - those days are definitely gone, so while the suit is amazing, I'll opt for the piggy basking in the sun. ROTFL -- everyone's cards were terrific!

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  30. Your cards are simply too much fun !!! Love all the bling & glitter & even tho it is messy I LOVE to play with glitter ... Still have some in the leaf in my table from when my grandkids were here YEARS ago & I hope it stays there. Brings back memories of them wanting to "Scrapbook" ...
    Janie

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  31. I love all the different colors and textures!! And the Mudd Puddles are awesome...love them!!

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