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Friday, 24 April 2015

Etched Glass Decals

We often write about decals made out of vinyl for glass, walls, vehicles, weddings, dance floors and crafts but rarely do we have the opportunity to write about etched glass, a similar product to vinyl decals and a product that looks simply stunning when applied to glass.

Well this past week, we had the opportunity to install some etched glass for Gardening by Design here in Ottawa, and it truly does jump out and make quite the impression. Etched glass material can be used to cut patterns, or business logo's and can be applied as a simple rectangle for privacy purposes to glass to create an etched look to existing glass, windows, wine glasses, mirrors and other flat glass related surfaces for a fraction of the cost of true etched glass and no need for sandblasting or etching creams.

The following pictures are from our recent installation of etched glass vinyl, that we cut out our customers business logo and slogan for an overhead mezzanine glass railing. Once applied and installed the etched glass decal truly looked amazing, creating the look of etched glass.

Gardening by Design Etched Glass Decal
Gardening by Design Etched Glass Decal
Etched Glass Decal for Gardening by Design
Etched Glass Decal for Gardening by Design


Etched Glass Decal on Mezzanine Glass Railing at Gardening by Design
Etched Glass Decal on Mezzanine Glass Railing at Gardening by Design

As you can see etched glass simply looks stunning and is a great subtle way to showcase your business logo to customers and can be installed economically in comparison to true sand blasting. Etched glass can also be removed just as easily as it is installed and can be applied to mirrors or glass ware and if you need privacy can be used to cover a whole window with or without your logo or information cut  from the privacy rectangle.

If you are interested in using etched glass in your business or home, we would be happy to discuss with you the endless possibilities and designs you may have in mind.

Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to look about our blog. We can also be found on facebook at, sparklingexpressions
~Nicky and Mark

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Recent Custom Vinyl Decal and Glitter Tattoo Orders

Just a quick blog post to share with everyone some of our recent vinyl decal orders. These were fun orders to create, cut and install. One was mentioned briefly in an earlier blog post a couple weeks ago about our busy start to the year with our vinyl decals and events we had attended. And the other two orders were for custom glitter tattoo stencils that have been shipped off to the greater Toronto area and being worn this weekend en masse.

As mentioned a little while ago, we had cut some vinyl decals and decor for The Handmade Bride, a fabulous wedding boutique and shop in the centre of Ottawa that has hosted and organized quite a few popular and successful wedding industry events. The new look for the store front windows was cut in a metallic gold vinyl to replace the white and black decals that once were there as well as the old business hours and store number decals. A new store look using her new decor, colours, and branding. The following picture is a teaser and was taken by Meaghan herself. We will post more follow up pictures when we have them.

Store Front Vinyl Decals for The Handmade Bride
New Store Front Vinyl Decals in Metallic Gold.  Logo, store number and business hours decals
(Picture owned by Meaghan of The Hadnamde Bride)

The glitter tattoo orders were custom made to represent the two organizations they were made for, with the glitter tattoo kits consisting of the custom made glitter tattoo stencils representing their brands, the glitter, puffers, glue, and brushes. One, representing Cheer Strong of the Ontario Cheerleading Federation with members and teams across all age groups and the second stencil being that of the business logo for the popular brand Moxie Trades as seen on The Dragons Den. The following pictures are of the stencils themselves and what the glitter tattoo's look like.

Moxie Trades and Cheer Strong glitter tattoos
Moxie Trades and Cheer Strong glitter tattoos

Custom Glitter Tattoo Stencils
Custom Glitter Tattoo Stencils

Cheer Strong Glitter Tattoo Stencils
Cheer Strong Glitter Tattoo Stencils

Moxie Trades Glitter Tattoo Stencils
Moxie Trades Glitter Tattoo Stencils

We can not wait to see these glitter tattoo stencils being put to use with each brand shimmering and sparkling in all its glittery glory.


Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to look about our blog. We can also be found on facebook at, sparklingexpressions
~Nicky and Mark

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sue's Sweets Birthday Party

Well known to the Ottawa area, and wedding industry is Sue's Sweets, an amazing service who creates just about some of the best sweets, treats and cakes known throughout the Ottawa valley and who has fairly recently, just celebrated 10 years in business. sparklingexpressions was thrilled to have had the opportunity to be on hand for the celebration with our glitter tattoo's.

Birthday Party in Ottawa



We had briefly mentioned this birthday celebration in a previous post. Sue's Sweets birthday party was set up at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Ottawa as she has done many other times throughout the years, but on this day the treats were free. Her loyal customers and new customers and shoppers in the mall were treated to free treats. As well sparklingexpressions was happy to share our glitter tattoos with everyone who stopped by to take in the festivities! Unfortunately everyone was so busy with the birthday party festivities that we all forgot to take photographs of the occasion. The following are similar items and fun that was enjoyed by everyone who showed up.


Cupcakes by Sue's Sweets
Cupcakes by Sue's Sweets
Custom Birthday Cakes by Sue's Sweets
Custom Birthday Cakes by Sue's Sweets





















Birthday Part Glitter Tattoo
Birthday Party Glitter Tattoo
Ottawa Glitter Tattoo
Ottawa Glitter Tattoo




















Donations to the Ottawa Food Bank were happily accepted, and by donating, visitors had the opportunity to enter one of the various draws for free goodies donated by Sue's  Sweets, TEAroma and sparklingexpressions as well as Derek the woodturner.   TEAroma  offered a gift basket of Loose Tea, and spa related products for the draw. Congratulation to all the winners! 

For those who missed the celebration, over 250 assorted cupcakes, 7 different types, a few turtles cakes, 8 different types of cookies and sugar and spice pecans were devoured and enjoyed! As well TEAroma was offering up samples of various gourmet flavoured loose tea's. Did we mention the glitter as well? Many young festive party goers also chose to try out some glitter tattoos at the party and we had a fun time making them sparkle. 

So if you happen to be looking for an amazing cake or some special occasion treats, Sue's Sweets is most definitely the place to order from. Her 10 years in business speaks volumes! If you happen to be in the Ottawa area and looking for Glitter Tattoo's for a birthday party, fundraiser, bridal shower or corporate event, then glitter tattoo's by sparklingexpressions will be more than thrilled to join you for your celebration. We even custom create tattoo's! What better way to show off your business logo or monogram!

Congratualtions to 10 years in business Sue's Sweets! And heres to another amazing 10 years! Thank you again for allowing us to help celebrate the milestone.

Sue's Sweets Display
Sue's Sweets


Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to look about our blog. We can also be found on facebook at, sparklingexpressions
~Nicky and Mark




Friday, 27 March 2015

Glitter Tattoos and Single Parenting for Success

This past weekend we were on hand to help entertain all the smiling faces at this years First Annual Single Parenting for Success Symposium put on by the fine folks at Single Parenting for Success. The Master of Ceremonies was Katherine Dines of Majic 100 and there was plenty of keynote speakers in attendance to discuss many varying topics and issues.  While the parents were taking in all the information and guest speakers, we were in the playroom tattooing up a storm! Glitter was everywhere as were the smiles. This was one of those rare multi glitter tattoo day's and some of the finished designs were simply amazing.

Single Parenting For Success


We had a lot of fun and wanted to take the time to thank everyone who turned out for a great educational and fun event, and thank you to all the little helpers who helped us pick colours and designs to decorate with!

The following are some pictures we managed to snap of the glittery fun.

Ghostbuster Glitter TattoosPrincess Glitter Tattoo


Lotus Glitter TattooPunisher Glitter Tattoo

Full Body Hello Kitty Glitter Tattoo


Mario Brothers Glitter Tattoo



Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to look about our blog. We can also be found on facebook at, sparklingexpressions
~Nicky and Mark

Thursday, 26 March 2015

March Break at Tag Along Toys

sparklingexpressions celebrated March Break this year with everyone over at one of Ottawa's best toy stores, Tag Along Toys! (Kanata Location)  There was plenty of little shoppers and toy connoisseur's on hand to allow us to dazzle and decorate them with our glitter tattoo's. For a couple hours everyone was busy showing off their sparkles and smiles and for a brief period of time, everyone was anxious and quiet as all eyes in the store were focused intently on each and every glitter tattoo as they were created and delivered.

Tag Along Toys Store
Tag Along Toys


We would like to take the opportunity to thank Tag Along Toys for allowing us the opportunity to celebrate March Break with everyone and we hope everyone had a great time!

If any of our readers are looking for a great local toy store, with friendly knowledgeable staff that will help you find that perfect toy or gift for any occasion, then look no further than Tag Along Toys, with two locations to serve the greater Ottawa area.

The following are some of the glitter tattoo's we managed to take photographs of:

Minnie Mouse Glitter Tattoo
Minnie Mouse Glitter Tattoo

Shoe Glitter TattooDarth Vader Glitter TattooDC Shoes Glitter Tattto


Gecko Glitter TattooButterflies Glitter TattooHello Kitty Glitter Tattoo


Ariel Glitter TattooMario Glitter TattooBatman Glitter Tattoo


Ghostbusters Glitter TattooSnowwhite Glitter TattooPeace Sign Glitter Tattoo


Minnie Mouse Glitter TattooMinnie Mouse Glitter TattooMermaid Glitter Tattoo


Spongebob Glitter TattooTribal Butterfly Glitter Tattoo





As you can see there was plenty of glitter and tattoos to go around, what a better way to celebrate March Break, than at Tag Along Toys!

Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to look about our blog. We can also be found on facebook at, sparklingexpressions
~Nicky and Mark