Friday, December 30, 2011

Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle!

Well, what a whirlwind holiday! My mom and step-dad were visiting from Prince Edward Island, and we had plans with one branch of the family tree from the 23rd until yesterday. But it was great - I love the holidays for that.

And now, though we can barely believe it, 2011 is rolling to an end, and we have hopes and dreams for 2012. I read something in a magazine the other day that really resonated with me; rather than making a New Year's resolution (that you're bound to break!), try and think about the things you are currently doing that you don't want to change, and make an effort through the coming year to keep those things as they are.

I've got a really long list so far of all the things I want to stay the same, but I'll come back on January 1st and let you know what they are ;)

In the meantime, to help ring in the new year, Friday Mashup challenge this week is one that will get you thinking about bubbly and the stroke of midnight!
  1. Make a project that "Sparkles".
  2. Or Make a project "Celebrating the New Year".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project "Celebrating the New Year that Sparkles" .
I adore sparkles, so I was thrilled to pack as many into this card as possible ;)  I'm not sure that you can make out all the sparkle from the picture, but that firework is exploding with it! haha. My craft room was a mess!

As an added bonus, this card features a little sneak peek into one of the stamp sets from Sale-a-bration, which is starting soon!


 Celebrate

For this card, I wanted to keep it simple and sparkly!
1. Let the sparkle shine!: Fireworks aren't fireworks without sparkles! After I glued all those dots down (and yes, it took some time), I ran over them with a 2-way gluepen and then just covered the card with glitter. Since there was so much glitter, I thought it would be a good idea to contain some of it. I used a clear window sheet and some mini brands to make a window for the firework.

2. One layer!: To keep this card simple, I stamped the quite 'fancy' sentiment directly onto the card base. I resisted the urge to colour it in, and (barely) resisted the urge to add glitter to that too ;) I wanted the focal point to be the firework.


The supplies I used for this card were:

Cardstock: Pear Pizzaz, Peach Parfait, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Stamps: ...You'll see soon enough ;)
Ink: Basic Gray
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Silver mini brads, window sheets
Tools: Dotted Scallop Border punch, 2-way Gluepen
Hope you enjoyed your visit, and we'll see you soon :)
Until next time - Happy Stamping :)
-Tara

6 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Tara... Thanks for being a Guest Designer this month it's been so fun working with you! I love all the sparkles you added to your card, it makes it fun and cheery!

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  2. I saw your card on SCS first. It really caught my eye! Very cool!!

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  3. Hi Tara, I tried unsuccessfully to create a firework. You've done a fabulous job. I can just see the sparkle behind the dots.

    Happy New Year. I like that idea of keeping the good things going rather than make some resolutions that will get broken, often in the first month!

    It's been fabulous having you on our team as a guest designer!

    Cheers,
    Kasey ~ in Oz

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  4. Fantastic, you did a great job with the fireworks.

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  5. What a super cool card! You must have way more patience than I do. :) That firework is AWESOME! Great New Year's card for sure!

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  6. This is amazing! All of those dots...wow! I'm impressed!

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Thank you for your comments and encouragements! They mean the world to me!

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