Monday, September 24, 2012

Challenge: For the Love of Sparkle

Distress stickles, perfect pearls mists, glitter, or just a sparkling subject - who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle in their life? From a hint of metallic to a full sheet of glitter paper - I can’t wait to see how your projects shine. Let's see what the design team has come up with this week-

Suzz had visions of vintage holiday decorations spinning through her mind when she heard sparkle. 
My mother always had vintage holiday decor spread through out the house at the holidays.  I wanted to create a holiday decoration that reminded me of her treasures. The La Blanche Santa makes the perfect focal point to my holiday decor.  He is nestled inside a ring of buttons.  I then added a layer of glittery leaves to soften the edges of the circle.  The end result is a metal star with layers of shimmer and sparkle.

Candy created three different sparkly vintage style ATCs depicting Fairytale characters. On this one, open the curtains and you'll see Red Riding Hood making her way to Grandma's house. 
I love vintage and stickles are a great way to re-create those beautiful old glittery postcards from yesteryear.  I have taken three vintage fairytale images and created sparkly and fun ATC cards.  Combinations of Waterfall, Fruit Punch, Platinum, Stardust, Lavender and Eucalyptus stickles bring these images to life. To compliment the stickles, I added some metallic dresden trim, red and aquamarine rhinestones, gold embossing powder, and some white opal liquid pearls to complete a real vintage feeling.

When Sandra Mouwen is in Halloween mode, she thinks, sleeps and breaths it.
I really love me some sparkle. As I'm already in Halloween mode, I wanted to make a sparkling but spooky card.  I inked my background orange with Ripe Persimmon of the fall distress inks. Then I stamped my beloved wallpaper stamp with black soot distress ink and used clear embossing powder over it so it shines. The little corked vials are perfect for Halloween projects. I put some embossing powder inside, and printed out some labels to place on the front of them. The wooden bats are actually my favorite wooden butterflies where I cut the bottom parts of the wings off.

Anna-Karin loves mica with its natural sparkle and imperfections and made a wall-hanging from a piece of cardboard:
I had so much fun making this sparkly project. The cardboard was covered in 7Gypsies Life Collage tissue paper, which as lots of great quotes printed on it, one of them about mica. The hearts were die-cut from grungeboard, each one was coated with different mica flakes and a button. I also placed some pink flakes in an Idea-ology vial bottle. Flowers gilded in embossing powders in my melting pot, crackle paint, lace, birds, and Rock Candy Distress Stickles completed the wall-hanging.

Tracy combined sparkle with natural elements to create her unique framed piece.
When I think of sparkle I automatically think of diamonds, well they are a girls best friend! Instead of diamonds for this piece, I accented the Art Parts shrine with aged gold embossing enamel. My owl better known as Big Eyes from Hero Arts has also been given the glamour treatment with a touch of sparkle added to his eyes (Jewel Brads). Natural elements and rustic pieces add to the rustic charm of my creation this week. I must get in touch with my sparkly side more often.

Dan is making a sparkling start to his holiday cards this week
The word sparkle only ever suggests one thing to me, winter time.  Although I may not feel it when I'm digging my car out of the snow, a snowy winter's landscape is so magical to me.  I love how the freshly fallen snow on the ground twinkles and sparkles when the light hits it.  I took the opportunity to give Tim Holtz's Christmas Blueprint stamps their first outing and the "merry" stamp is from Hero Arts Jolly Christmas clear stamps set.  Oh, and I almost forgot, the whole kaboodle is highlighted with a liberal application of Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to make it extra sparkly!


There is no hesitation when Ashli is told to get her sparkle on. In fact, she has trouble holding back!

I must admit, I am a sucker for all things shiny. And since it's all about sparkle this week, I was not about to hold back. If it was shiny, it made it on this layout! After free hand cutting some strips from Basic Gray's Paper Cottage collection, I glued on lines of Glitter, added Stickles, and sprinkled around the Sequins. A final touch of Glimmer Mist completes the sparkle party. The best part? All of the shiny goodness helps echo the light in this sweet photo.

Terry decorated a frame that sparkles with pearls and brown hues.
I love glitz and glimmer so I worked with lots of it on my project. I was inspired to create a vintage piece which began with a frame, adding gesso for texture  and adding many layers of interest using the chicken wire stencil. For the corners I worked with perfect pearls on Tim's corners to make it look rusty.  Last but not least I worked with UTEE on the frame and the effect it gave was very surprising to me. I just love it, it gives an old vintagy look. Inside my piece I placed the small purse and the wallet and decorated those with crackle and stickles. On the front I placed a dress form with lots of glitz onto the Wendy wings and I pulled the lace through a spool to make it look like a dress.

When Trace thinks of sparkle she see stars.
I LOVE stars, but growing up in the city I hardly ever got to see them. Fortunately now I live in the country, and I am able to admire the beauty of the night sky often.  This pretty star template by The Crafter's Workshop was the perfect starting point for my mixed media board. I love the look of the rock candy crackle paint by Tim Holtz in the center of the stars, it adds dimension and sparkle. The silver leaf pen by Krylon was perfect to add that intense shine around the words and on the frame. I finished the board by applying a coat of sparkle and shine spray by the Crafter's Companion.

    Sarah thought she would have one last play with her Summer colours before allowing the leafy and Festive colours to takeover...
 I love the vibrancy of the Summer Distress inks and think they can be used all year round on all sorts of projects. I'm not really a sparkly kind of gal but these bright tones are prefect when teamed with Distress Stickles and hearts...for that bit of bling with plenty of zing! I'm a big fan of Tim's Mixed Media stamps and think their versatility is just great. I just wanted to play with colour and ink and think creating a tag is the ideal to chance to make some mini-art and still have lots of inky fun!

I encourage you to check out each of the design team member's blogs for more photos, supply lists, and more. Simply click on their name (above the photo of their project) to visit their blog.

Now that we've shared the team creations - we're ready to see yours! As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at 11:59pm Eastern time on Sunday, September 30th and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here.
For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

We can't wait to see what you make!


  1. GREAT work from the DT very inspiëring!
    Greetz Patricia

  2. thanks for the "sparkle" challenge...doesn't every creation need a little shine?

  3. Love how inspired you all were for this Challenge DT! They are all such stunning creations. Thank you for the personal inspiration as well.
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  4. wow, impressive work...always thinking outside the box.'

  5. Not usually one for sparkle - but the DT work has done its usual inspirational job (Anna-Karin - wow!!)... One entry I'm not sure about, but one I love... thanks so much for stretching my horizons!
    Alison x

  6. Sorry about #133 and 134 - I did not get it right the first time, and couldn't delete it, so did it again.

    Great ideas and beautiful projects from the DT!

  7. Great card, I love how the light bounces off that golden tree, lovely! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!


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