Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's A Cultural Thing Blog Hop presented by Sparkle and Sprinkle

Welcome!  Yokoso!  Bienvenidos!  Dzień dobry!  Benvenuti!  Welkom!  Karibu!  Välkommen!...........

We at SNS are celebrating America’s richness of customs and culture in a blog hop!  If you happened here by chance, and not from the blog of the talented Patti White, then you might want to go over to the Sparkle and Sprinkle Blog to start from the beginning and get all the details about what to do and how to be eligible for all the wonderful prizes.  Otherwise, let's continue our journey..........  

Remember in school we learned that America is the "melting pot"?  And that is so true!  We all know our ethnic backgrounds and hopefully cherish their traditions.  When my family moved to a neighborhood that had many Jewish residents, we all learned of that rich faith and their traditions.  My eldest's son's best friend in grammar school was a blend of Irish and Japanese.  I chose a stamp set with his family in mind:  Asian-Umbrella Geisha #300.  Here is the card:

Umbrella Geisha

I decided to make a center step card (finished size of this one is 5.5 X 5.5).  Red and black and gold seemed to say Asian to me.  Stamped the willow branch in versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder for a background, then embossed the Geisha in black detail embossing powder and cut out.  Added a beautiful cord/ribbon in black.  It needed a little detail, so I made the little square Japanese symbols for the bottom corners.  You can go here to see the complete directions to make this card.

After you leave a comment here to be eligible for prizes, stroll on over to Dawn's fabulous blog to continue on your journey around the world with us.  Winners will be announced Saturday, November 12 between 11AM-3PM (Pacific Time) on the SNS blog.

By the way, this is my last blog hop with the Sparkle team, as I will no longer be a full time designer.  I will, however, be a guest designer on ocassion.  Please stop by to see what is going on in my part of the world when you can.  I am planning to give away some free blog candy each month.  Until then, as my card says,  I'll be "Thinking of You"!  Thanks for all your support in the past.

A reminder that through the end of the month, the Sparkle Team presents Design Elements, Asian, Medallions and Andrea Roberts stamps on special - 15% off! To view all our specials, including stamps, glitters, EPs, and other fine SNS products, just click here.

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Many Thanks
Cheesy Sandy

35 comments:

creativearts said...

Cheesy, your card is gorgeous! I am really going to miss you on the team but I hope we will stay in touch through our blogs. I hope the future brings you joy and happiness.

Donna Ellis said...

Sandy, what a gorgeous step card done in traditional Asian formal coloring - the "lacquered look" for the back ground reminds me of our childhood. Lovely embossing, and element combos. It's been great sharing the SNS DT with you!

Kathyk said...

Sorry to see you leaving the SnS team but thanks for your fab designs and this one's another one of those!

All the best

Kathyk

Stampin' Hands have Happy Hearts said...

Beautifully done Sandy:) Your card it soooo pretty and I love the fun folds!

Barbara Bruder said...

Your card turned out so beautiful!!!I absolutely love it. I think this step design is a great design!! You did a wonderful job !!

Linda said...

Sandy, I love the colors and the whispy clear embossed willow background. Great color choices and display.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Well Sis, you've done it again - always going out with a bang!! I love your card. Love the colors you used. It's dripping in elegance! Will miss you here at SNS, but you know where to find me!

Karin said...

I love the traditional color combo on your card today and the background embossing is lovely! Know that you will be missed on the team, but yay for blogs and blogland, where no one is too far away :)

Anonymous said...

The step card is one of my favorite folds! You've done it justice with this beautiful geisha! Sorry you're leaving us, but I'm holding you to the guest designer promise!!! Brenda

April said...

Sandy, what a pretty card! I love the fold too. Great job!

Karalee Ingram said...

What a gorgeous card. Keep in touch.

Kristin said...

Love the step card!

Anita Braddock said...

what a Beautiful card the colors are perfect. I love the Lacquered look. your Techniques are awesome. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
sorry to see you go. its been fun seeing all you make.
abbraddock@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Simple but elegant - love your use of the elements and the simpliciy of your color palette. Thanks for sharing.

karenajo

Barbara said...

I love the simplicity of this card, and especially like the soft bit of shine that the clear ep gives behind the main image. Thank you so much for sharing your work!

NanaConnie said...

I so love the black and red combo for your Asian card, Sandy! We'll miss seeing you regularly at SnS but I'll be following your blog.

NWFlamingo said...

Love step cards and I always like the use of red and black.

Gina R said...

Very nice card, to bad your leaving the sns team.

Amanda R said...

Very pretty Sandy! I have never made a step card before but this is lovely!

Gerlinde said...

Great card, Sandy! The look and feel is SO Asian! Will miss you at SNS!

Frann said...

Beautiful card! 1 love the subtleness of the clear embossing on the willow leaves.

E. Marie said...

Cheesy, what a wonderful card. The embossed background looks great and I love how you added the cording on the sides. We will really miss you and will look forward to your next visit with us!!

Jann said...

What great cards I love the little bit of family hitory behind the muse for it. It has been fun seeing your cards as inspiratio nand hope to see more around when the mood hits.

Charlene said...

Just beautiful, Sandy!

TerryH said...

Love this style of card and the colors are great!

Hopemore Studio said...

I have to say I really love that stamp with just the black emboss and no coloring in, it really stands out with the red and black.

~Angie

Anonymous said...

What a great card! That step card fold is so versatile and you really rocked it. I love that you did not need to color the geisha stamp!

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NancyA

Birdibrost@hotmail.com said...

Sandy, not only is the Asian card pretty but how thoughtful to remember other cultures. Your cards are always put together so nice.

Anonymous said...

I also grew up with a Asian"mom" from the day I was born the same day as her son was. So I appreciate all asian cards & colors Sandy rustydoc1@yahoo.com

happy said...

I like your use of embossing powder to make the background.

Kathy Vogel said...

I like how you embossed the fan geisha with black detail embossing powder & cut it out to use.

Dawn said...

Sandy - I am going to miss you but know we will still get together when you are down. Great blog!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card. Great job. I love the different fold.

Denise B.

Aileen said...

Your card was beautiful. The step format really created a perfect background for your geisha. Sorry you are leaving; I always enjoy your cards.

Julie Z said...

Lovely card Cheesy! I agree, red & black seem to say oriental to me too! And you've done a really nice job with those colors for this design. Really going to miss having you around here - you better check in every once & awhile. I sure hope we see each other in Blogland too.