Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Heart's Door

I love this new Timeless Amour collection from Heartfelt Creations!  The dies are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for Valentine's Day, Weddings & Anniversaries.  I like using the Vintage Floret flowers with this collection.  Both have the shabby chic fell to them and work perfectly together.  Be sure to check out the HC blog for more beautiful creations from the Design Team!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Timeless Amour Collection

I am pleased to announce the Timeless Amour Collection.  Grab you cup of cocoa and snuggle up.  This set is as warm and romatic as the days when the snow flies and the fireplace pops.  Typography of love, rose of delight, and patterns of mesmerizing drama are all included in the Timeless Amour Collection.  There are five new PreCut Stamp sets, one 12 x 12 paper collection and one beautiful new exclusive Spellbinder die designed for Heartfelt Creations.  Leave a comment on the HC blog by November 27th and you will be eligible to win the entire release valued at $134.93!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Victorian Ornaments

This Thursday, PPRS is showcasing Ornaments on their blog.  On this card, I used the Victorian Ornaments 2 CLR019A.  If you have been following my Prickley Pear Cards, you will notice that I often use many of the sentiments on this set.  There are several varieties of ornaments and they are easy to color with the Copic Markers.  First you use the Victorian Ornament die to cut out the ornaments, then because the stamps are clear, it is easy to see where to stamp on the cut out!!  I cut out the lattice background with the Cheery Lynn Designs lattice die and the Holly is also cut out with a die made by Cheery Lynn.  Many of these dies, you can find at The Stamp Shoppe.  Then I added some lilac pearls to the swirls and the sentiment!  Hop on over to the PPRS blog to see what else was created using ornaments!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lamp of Christmas Cheer

This new holiday stamp from Prickley Pear is a must have for your holiday cards.  Stamped on white paper, then colored with Copic Markers.  The border doily is from Cheery Lynn Designs.  I cut it apart to add some accents to the card.  The sentiment is from the Victorian Ornament 2 Set CLR019A.  Then for the snow on the lamp, I used some glitter with the Quickie Glue Pen.  It still needed just a little bit more!  Maybe....some pearls!  These Viva Decor Pearl Pens add just the perfect touch for so many cards.  Don't's Monday and there is more inspiration on the PPRS blog!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Embossing Backgrounds

Here is a sample of one of the cards that will be done in the Background Techniques class at The Stamp Shoppe.  To see a schedule of our classes, you can go to our website.  The sentiment for this card is from My Sentiments Exactly!  The 3-D flowers were made with the Heartfelt Creations Tattered Blossoms stamp set and cut out with their matching die.  The flowers were colored with Copic Markers R46 and R59.  The swirl die that was used here, was from Magnolia.  Come in to see more Background Technique cards!!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Home for the Holidays

Today on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog, we are showcasing the Clear Oval Stamps Sets!  This card uses the CLR027B Winter Scalloped Ovals.  I stamped the cottage onto white cardstock, then colored it with Copic Markers.  I cut out around the oval, then popped it up onto the red scalloped oval cut out.  I cut out two of the holly leaves and stamped over the cut out with the CLR020 Holly Berry Stamp Set.  Then I colored them with Copic Markers and tucked them under the oval.  The background paper is from the Bo Bunny Blitzen Stripe paper.  I used the ScorBug to create the faux stitching and then add gold around the edges of the paper with the Gold Leafing Pen.  Be sure to check out the other ideas that are found on the PPRS blog

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Heartfelt Wednesday

This week I am using the Mini Vintage Floret Stamp Set with the Leaf from the Leaf Medley set.  I created my own background with the solid florets, by embossing the flower on plain cream paper with clear embossing powder.  Then I sponged on Victorian Velvet and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Finally, I stamped the word background in the gathered twigs ink over the entire paper.  I did daub off the ink that stuck to the embossed flowers with a paper towel.  Then I stamped the images, colored them with Copic Markers and cut them out with the matching dies.  The border was made using a small strip of the fancy lattice, cut out with the Spellbinder die.  I finished the edges of the fancy lattice with two 1/8" strips of cream paper.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Vintage Snowmen Trio

Today I am using this Snowmen stamp from Prickley Pear.  It had a vintage feel to me, so I decided to color in the non-traditional Christmas colors.  Then I used some Kaiser paper decorator paper that had a little hint of mauve in it.  The dotted paper is from Glitz.  The Holly and the lace border dies are made by Cheery Lynn Designs.  Then I used the sentiment from the Victorian Ornaments 2 Clear Set CLR019A.  Be sure to check out what I do with the Victorian Ornaments next week! Then to add a few more vintage touches, I distressed the edges of the image with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and added some bronze pearls to the sentiment with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen!  Check out the PPRS blog for more great ideas!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tulip Sentiment

This is a quick and easy card.  The background is cut and embossed with the Marianne Designables folder.  Mat this piece with pink cardstock.  Stamp the Tulip from Stamp Shoppe Creations with black ink in the rectangle frame.  Then color the tulip with Copic Markers.  Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock and cut out with the petite oval die.  Leave the die over the paper and sponge with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.  Remove the die and pop up the sentiment on the card.  Add some Lilac Viva Decor Pearls and allow them to dry.  Now you have a clean and simple card!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Winter Cardinal

This Thursday's theme for Prickley Pear is Cardinals!  Here I used the solid cardinal from the CLR005A Cardinal Set 2.  I inked it with clear embossing ink and embossed it with Ruby Pearl embossing powder.  I then added a black pearl with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  The background is using the Couture Creations Bradshaw Embossing Folder.  Then I lightly sponged around the embossed area with Fire Brick Distress Ink and then over sponged it with the Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I layed the cardinal on the Scallop Oval Die and added some the Flourished Holly from Cherry Lynn Designs. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Vintage Floret Bouquets

 Here is a sample of the Vintage Floret Bouquet again, only this time I colored the flowers pink instead of the teal blue.  It creates a totally different look.  Also I cut the image down closer and so more of the the beautiful decorator paper can show too.  Then I added some dimension to the flowers by popping out some of the flowers. 
This is a time saving tip when making cards.  One thing that I like to do is stamp several different size flowers onto white cardstock.  Then I color them different colors and cut them out with the matching die.  I then have several flowers that are colored and ready to use on future projects.  All I need to do is grab some flowers and start layering them and adding them to my card or altered project.  I made this pencil holder/calender from the Score, Fold, Create book from Scor-Pal.  With the clear directions and the colored pictures, it was easy to make.  I used the papers from the Vintage Floret Collection to cover the project and for the layering pieces.  Using the paper packs make it so easy to coordinate papers and everything looks so well together.  Then I used the ready made flowers to decorate the project!  Check out more great projects on the Heartfelt Creations blog!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Double Embossing Tutorial

 First I used the VersaMark Ink pad to ink up the front of the embossing folder.
 Lay the paper onto the inked folder and close the folder.
 Run the paper through the cuttlebug or Big Shot machine.
 Remove the paper from the folder and sprinkle with Embossing Powder.  Lightly rub the raised portions to remove most of the excess powder that is clinging to the embossed image.
 Heat with a Heat tool until all the powder is embossed and shiny.  Trim down to the size you want to use on your card.
 Here is the finished project using the Double Embossing Technique. I cut out the oval from white cardstock with the scalloped oval die.  Then I stamped Seasons Greetings oval from the Prickley Pear CLR027B Winter Scalloped Oval 3 Clear Set onto the cut out oval.  Add some pearls and ribbon to complete the card!  Check out more amazing cards from the Design Team!!





Friday, November 2, 2012

A Vintage Christmas

Here are two cards using the new Holly Leaf and Berry set from Stamp Shoppe Creations.

The first card, I stamped the holly with the Peeled Paint Distress ink and the Berries with the Barn Door Distress ink onto a Spellbinder label.  Then I sponged around the edges of the label with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  The border was embossed with the Bradshaw Couture Creations Embossing folder.  Then add some faux stitching with the ScorBuddy and ScorBug.

The Second Card uses acetate and the Peeled Paint Distress Ink to create the quilted background.  Then the top background is created by stamping the holly leaves and berries with the Distress Inks onto cream cardstock.  Then I stamped a music background over the Holly with the Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Finally sponge around the edges with the same ink.  The Sentiment is also from Stamp Shoppe Creations and it was stamped onto cream cardstock, then cut out with the Spellbinder label die.  Leave the die over the paper while you sponge with the Gathered Twigs ink.  Remove the die and pop up onto the card.  The 3-D holly was stamped with the Peeled Paint Distress ink onto white cardstock, then sponged over the leaves with the Peeled Paint Distress Ink to color them green.  I cut out the leaves and popped them up onto the card.  Tie a red ribbon and attach over the holly with a glue dot!

So, here are two very different cards using the same set of stamps and Distress Inks!  If you are looking for these stamps, please email me.  I am in the process of getting them on-line, but haven't finished it yet!  Have a wonderful day...Keep warm!