Sunday, August 1, 2021

  Hello Sparkle Blends Fans!

Doodles Paper Playground Owner, Amber, here with a big announcement about the Blog.

It is with a heavy heart that as of August 1st, 2021 we have decided to discontinue new content here on the blog for the foreseeable future. We appreciate everyone who has followed us for these past few years, but unfortunately social media and the cardmaking industry seem to be starting to move away from Blogs as the most widely viewed form of Social Media & our readership has dwindled drastically this year. Don't worry, Doodles Paper Playground and Sparkle Blends aren't going anywhere, but we have made the decision to stop posting here on the blog in order to free up more creative time for our amazing Design Team to spend creating the projects that inspire you! 

Make sure you join our Sparkle Blends Fan Club over on Facebook for the most up to date information, announcements, sneak peeks and exclusive content & follow the Doodles Paper Playground Facebook business page for Release Announcement and weekly Thursday Lives with Alison Heikkila

Our Designing Divas have the option to continue to post on their own blogs, if they wish, so I encourage you to follow these very talented women directly, for more inspiration!

Amber MacMurtry

Alison Heikkila

Fawn Keuhne

EK Gorman

Annie Collins

Gina Crotchfelt

Judy Markowitz (link not currently working)

Thank you for 3 years of memories! All existing posts will remain active on the blog for as long as possible, so you can reference them & to avoid broken links.

We appreciate you! See you on Facebook & Instagram!

Don't forget to Share Your Sparkle!

Crafty Love Always,


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Apple for Teacher

Apple for Teacher


As usual, I started by die cutting my base panels,

Attached the two bottom panels together,

Added an acetate window and double layer of foam tape.
I am only making the big window a shaker.

I added another piece of acetate to the back. . .
It makes it much easier to place your shaker when it is already sealed up

Then I placed the shaker on the base panel.

I stamped, colored and cut my images.
I am leaving the fronl blank because I do not know if I will
 use this card for new teacher, teach appreciation or end of year. 

I can always attach a sentiment to the front or just put it all on the inside!

I added some more sequins to the front and love how this turned out!

For this card I used the Apple for Teacher blend.
This is one of my favorite blends!
I love the primary color mix!

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Monday, July 19, 2021


Hello! Alison Heikkila here. I've got a full panel shaker card to share today for Doodles Paper Playground. I combined two beautiful Sparkle Blends for this card, and the end result is beautiful. I am a huge fan and collector of flamingos. I just love them. But for some reason, I just hadn't gotten around to using the "You're Flamazing" Sparkle Blend yet. So I pulled out a fun stamp set from Hampton Arts and got to work. I had been wanting to make a full panel shaker for a while, as it's been a long time since I made one.

I created my background using 2 stamps from Stampendous' Jungle Greenery set with 2 colors of VersaColor Inks. That layer came out pretty soft, so I used one of the leaves from my Flamingo stamp set from Hampton Arts with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide on top. I love how it looked, so I stopped there. Then, I added adhesive tape to the back, and wrapped packaging from a stamp set around the background. I adhered 3 sides only, so that I could drop in my Sparkle Blends from the 4th side.

All of those lovely shades of pink sequins are from the "You're Flamazing" Sparkle Blend, while the green and whites are from the "So Matcha Fun" Sparkle Blend. I love those 2 combined, and it really ties the entire card together. I inked up the flamingo with Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide. I used Kitsch Flamingo around the edge of my card base too. I used the fantastic "Dude" from Simon Says Stamp, with some Spring Green foil and the Deco Pen from Therm O Web, and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn.

Full panel shakers are so much fun, and they are pretty simple to foam or dies required! Plus, you get a ton of movement! I love the tropical vibes from this card, plus pink and green are one of my favorite color combos. Please visit the Sparkle Blends Shop on Etsy to see the entire new collection, plus some new goodies that Amber has added to the shop! And make sure you join the Sparkle Blends Fan Club on FB to always get fantastic inspiration on how to use those Sparkle Blends. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!