Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry Holidays

I know Christmas is past, but many of you are thinking about what you are going to make for cards next year!  With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's nice get a little ahead.
 In the card I am showing today, I used the Poinsettia clear stamp set from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps for accents on the cards.  For this card, I stamped the Presents on white card stock and colored them with Copic Markers.  Then I cut it out with an oval die.  Because the background paper is quite busy, I added a strip of brown paper to break up the design.  Then I cut out the Poinsettias with the matching die, stamped the flowers and then cut them out with Copic Markers.  After I layered the flowers, I popped them over same holly springs that I did cut with the Cheery Lynn die.  For more inspiration...go to the PPRS blog!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Embellished Reindeer

With this simple holiday card, I stamped the reindeer onto kraft paper with brown VersaFine ink.  Then I sponged around the oval with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This time I cut the Poinsettias from designer paper, then stamped the flowers with the Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I didn't layer the flowers, but left them one dimensional.  I liked the vintage feel of this Christmas card, but I felt it needed to be lightened up a bit, so I add the lace that I cut out with the Cheery Lynn die. Finally I added the sentiment and the pearls.  I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season.  See more beautiful ideas on the PPRS blog.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tis the Season

Today, I am using some of the new Christmas designs from Prickley Pear.

First, I have the Hanging the Ornament stamp that I colored with Copic Markers.  I cut her out and popped her up over the To be Jolly background.  Then I added a piece of doily, a die from Cheery Lynn and a banner.  Finally, I added the pine bough, for something to hand the ornament on.

Here is a simpler version of the Hanging the Ornament stamp.  It was simple stamped on white card stock, then matted on red and green oval dies.  I then added a sentiment onto a banner and sponged some Frayed Burlap Distress ink on it to add some color and details.  Finally, I added some gold pearls for a little more embellishment.  Check out some more Holiday Cheer on the PPRS blog.
Have a Happy Holiday Season!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pixie Wishes

This sweet Pixie, roasting marshmallows is a cute addition to your Christmas card.  I colored her with Copic Markers, then cut out around the frame.  I then used the floral border die and the pine branch die for added accents.  The Happy Holidays was a sentiment from the Flourished Oval 3 - holiday set.  The embossed border is a Darice folder and Candi finishes the card.  Check out more beautiful creations on the PPRS blog.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Magic

Christmas is fast approaching and there is so much to do!!  This month, the Dreamweaver Design Team are posting projects with "Holidays in a Hurry" as the theme.   Here is an idea of getting caught up with cards in a hurry.  I first of all cut a piece of white card stock 3 1/2" x 8" and placed the Poinsettia stencil in the middle of the paper.  Then I taped all four sides and colored the flower with stencil brushes and Distress Inks.  I used Barn Door and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  Then I removed the tape.  Cut the paper in the middle at 4", then cut in half the long way 1 3/4".  Now you have four pieces with poinsettias on them.  Use the ScorBuddy and ScorBug to add the pierced edges.  Punch out a border to dress the card up a bit.  It only takes about 15 minutes and you have four cards complete!  Check out more projects in a hurry starting with:

Monday, December 2, 2013


It's after Thanksgiving and Christmas music is in the air.  I am using the Bundled for Winter stamp from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps for my image on today's card.  This is such an adorable stamp.  I colored them in Copic Markers.  Then I used the Decorative square from from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The Fa La La La La stamp is also from PPRS and cut out with a label die from Cheery Lynn.  Poinsettia and holly accents dies are also from Cheery Lynn Dies.  Hop on over to the PPRS blog for more inspiration.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Amaryllis Joy

Today I am making a Christmas card with the Amaryllis Flower stamp from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  This pairs nicely with the the Christmas Clear Stamp Set with the matching Flourished Oval die.  I made a border piece with the flowers and colored with Copic Markers.  Then I stamped the Amaryllis again and cut it out to pop up onto the card.  I added some Candi and the lacy border die cut from Cheery Lynn.  Be sure to see more beautiful creations on the PPRS blog!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Celebrations

We are continuing our Holiday Celebrations theme with Dreamweaver Stencils.  Here are some "kisses" under the Mistletoe!  Along with the monthly challenge we are using products from Beacon Adhesives.  Today  I am using the Large Clear Pillow Box from SRM stickers.  I cut a piece of decorator paper to make a band around the box.  I then adhered it to the plastic box with the Fabri-Tac glue.  The stencil I used was the Mistletoe and I used the white matte paste to emboss it.  Once the paste was dry, I used Distress Inks to color the paste.  I also used the Picasso stencil shield to avoid getting ink on my berries.  Then I added Diamond Stickles over the berries to add sparkle.  Adhere the Mistletoe to the green card stock with Zip-Dry glue.  You only need to apply a fine line of adhesive around the edges and it will stick fast and permanently.  See more Holiday decorations here...

Monday, November 18, 2013

PPRS Winter 2 Release

Today we are featuring the Winter 2 Release from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  These elegant stamps are perfect for this winter's card projects.  I am using the Birds in Holly that I stamped on white card stock.  Then I colored the image with Copic Markers and then cut them out.  I popped them up over a doily die from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The background paper with the musical notes seemed to fit perfectly with the Let Heaven & Nature Sing sentiment.  Then to add a bit more holly foliage, I used the holly sprig die from Cheery Lynn Designs.  Prickley Pear is giving away a prize package to one lucky commenter, so be sure to comment along the way for a greater chance to win!  You may want to start at the PPRS blog and work your way through the release. If you arrived here because you were visiting Brenda's Blog, then continue on to Jessica's blog.  These adorable stamps are available now.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Pumpkin Wishes

Today I am using the Dandelion Pumpkin from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I decided to color it in the non-traditional way with the creams and brown tones.  The border piece that I used as a backdrop for the pumpkin was a cut out of the grass that would have been garbage, but I decided to mat it onto a dark green paper and use it as a border.  So the grass I used for another card and I used the negative piece for this one.  I  used another border die from Cheery Lynn to make the border more fancy.  Then I added some foliage, candi and a sentiment to complete the card.  Check out more great ideas from the Prickley Pear blog.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Guest Designer Michelle Pearson

Guest Designer...Michelle Pearson
I have a pair of cards for you today using my brother's images with The Stamp Shoppe.    These are perfect for the fellas in your life that are into Big Boy Toys!  

This first card features the Snowmobile image that is colored with Copic markers.  I paired it up with some Washi Tape that I picked up at the Stamp Shoppe and papers from the Studio Calico Snippets Collection. 

The sentiment is Enjoying The Ride.

If the weather in your parts is a bit warmer, then this Chopper image might be more your thing.  Again, I used Washi Tapes and Candi Dots to embellish my card.  

The Stamp Shoppe is a physical store in Schofield, WI, however you can purchase these images and Heidi's own stamp line online from the Stamp Shoppe Creations blog.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Holiday Decorations

Ready to be festively distressed once again?  The Dream Team have been playing with Ranger's Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well...paint distressed that is!  Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off color and texture better than great designs.  By following our hop and leaving love along the way, you have the opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Points and five Dreamweaver Stencils!  Here's the lineup for today, including our November Guest Designer:
This is also our first posting day featuring our new monthly challenge, "Holiday Celebrations", and for the entire month we will be demonstrating ways to use Beacon Adhesives's entire line of products with Dreamweaver to create special projects in home decor and gifts of love.  Here's mine:
I first of all took a piece of Balsa Wood and used the LG731 Holly Swirl Stencil on the wood.  I squeezed a bit of the Distress Paint on my craft sheet and used the sponge applicator to apply the paint over the stencil.  I then allow the paint to dry.  Next I used the Gathered Twigs Distress ink pad and sponged over the board.  Finally I used the Fast Finish Decoupage over the wood to seal it.  I then used the LJ925 Merry Christmas stencil and Gold paste to make the sentiment.  On another piece of balsa wood, I used the Picket Fence Distress Stain to white wash the board.  Then I used the white matte paste along with the LL3005 Holly stencil on the prepared board.  I allowed the paste to dry, then I used the Distress Paint on the applicator to color the holly leaves.  Next, I cut out the holly and added the Copper Viva Decor Pearls to the berries.  Once that was dry, I was ready to assemble my hanger.  I used the Fabri-Tac to glue the Wooden Holly to the wood and to adhere the cut out border to the bottom of the board.  Then I used the Gem-Tac to adhere the Dew Drops to the right side of the board.  Drill holes in the top and I used 1 inch wired ribbon from May Arts to make my hanger.
Don't forget to leave comments along the way for your chance to win!

Monday, November 4, 2013


November is the month to remember all that we have to be thankful for.  So today I am using a card that is for giving thanks.  This Prickley Pear Flourished Ovals 2 Fall Clear set is what I used from the focus of my card.  I then placed a circle cut out that I embossed with the distress strips folder behind the image.  To add more embellishment to the card I also used the flourished leaves from Cheery Lynn and Candi.  Check out more Monday inspiration on the PPRS blog!

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Sketch Challenge

Today is November 1st.  That means that it is time for a new Prickly Pear Rubber Stamps Sketch Challenge.  Here is the sketch:
 Here is my card following this sketch:
I used the Cardinal Clear Set and popped the Cardinal over the Scalloped Circle die.  It needed a little extra, so I added the pine branch die cut from Prickley Pear for the bird to sit on!  Check out more samples on the PPRS blog.  Then have fun with the sketch!  

Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Halloween

Halloween is creeping up fast!  This week I am using this cute, haunted tree from Prickley Pear for my focus on the card.  The spider web background paper fits perfectly with the webs in his bare branches.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and added some pearls to the card for a bit of embellishments.  Check out more inspiration on the PPRS blog today!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mystical and Magical Part 2

When I think of Mystical things, my thoughts go to Harry Potter.  This owl looks like Hedwig, waiting to be sent with a message.  I used white matte paste on the Owl stencil.  When the pasted was dry, I placed the stencil over the image and colored it with Distress Ink.  I cut out the larger Oak leaf and Acorns for an accent. Then added some Candi to complete the card.  Check out more mystical projects starting with...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sweet Juliet Collection

These two cards that I made today are using the new Sweet Juliet Collection stamps from Heartfelt Creations.  In both samples I used the Beautiful Juliet stamp set and the Blessing to Me stamp set.  These cards are more clean and simple, yet are elegant.  I used the Sweet Juliet paper for the background of each card.  Then I added some of the tattered flowers to the cards for extra embellishment.  All images are colored with Copic Markers.  Be sure to look at the HC blog for more inspiration!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Harvest Leaves

Today I am using the new Leaf set from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I stamped the larger leaves and wheat stamp onto a cream paper and cut out with an oval die.  Leave the die over the paper and sponge with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  The background was done with a sizzix embossing folder.  I added a sentiment into the open area along with some Washi tape.  Then I cut out some leaves, cut them out with the matching leaf die and colored them with Copic Markers.  Finally, I added them to the card for some extra embellishments.  Check out some gorgeous samples on the PPRS blog!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

PPRS October Sketch Challenge

We decided that it would be fun to bring back the Prickley Pear Monthly Sketch Challenge!  Simply make a card using at least one PPRS Stamp or die product, post it to your blog, and link to our blog with Mr. Linky!  On the first of each month, you will have a chance to win fabulous Prickley Pear product valued at over $25.  All entries must be posted to your blog and linked to Mr. Linky on our blog by October 14th.  One lucky winner will be chosen and announced by October 15th.  And the winning card will be featured on our blog as well as our facebook!

And now for our Sketch:

 I made two samples from this sketch.  Both cards feature two of my favorite stamps from Prickley Pear.  The Giraffe and the Black Eye Susans are some of my most inked stamps in my collection.  The giraffe is perfect for masculine cards.
 With the Black Eye Susans, they work for so many occasions and can be colored in many different ways.  This month's sketch is simple, but has lots of room to play and add embellishments to make them uniquely yours.
Be sure to hop on over to the PPRS blog to see what others are creating with this sketch and join the fun this month.  We look forward to seeing what you come up with and with a chance to win free product...join us!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mystical and Magical

The theme for the month of October is Mystical and Magical.  The fall season with the falling leaves, the chill in the air and the anticipation of harvest...feels Magical.  I used the swirling leaves with glossy white embossing paste and Art Institute glitter.  Once the paste dried, I added removable tape around the four sides of the paper and sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then I removed the tape to show the cream border.  I finished the image with a popped up sentiment from Quietfire designs. Be sure to check out more magical/mystical designs starting with...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Peace on Earth

Today, I am using the Peace on Earth sentiment as my focus.  Then I added some Poinsettias and Holly Leaves to add some accents.  On the sentiment piece I cut the piece down to a square, then I cut the corners off at a 45 degree angle to make an octagon.  Finally, I used removable tape around all the sides and sponged the center with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I removed the tape and now have a crisp cream edge around the sentiment.  For more detailed instructions, check out the HC blog!  Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween Monsters

Monsters, Witches and Goblins...Oh my!  These cute little monsters from Prickley Pear are sure to win you heart this Halloween season.  Harry and Godzilla come in a regular and small size.  They are fun to use as the focal image or to create them in a scene.  Check out more wonderful samples featuring this new Winter release on the PPRS blog!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dreamweaver/Quietfire Collaboration Grand Finale

Welcome to the Grand Finale of our Collaboration between Dreamweaver Stencils and Quietfire Desings.  Not only are we using the gorgeous products these two wonderful companies have, but also Art Institute Glitter for more glitz and glamour.  Don't forget to leave lots of love along the way to have a chance to win one of two fabulous prizes as you can see below...
Here's what I created for you today...
Follow the Awesome in Autumn theme for this month, I used these mum as a background and the sentiment to delight in not just the holiday season, but in every season.  Be sure to check out more beautiful designs from the team!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pink Poinsettias

Today I am using the new poinsettia flowers that match the Sun Kissed Fleur Die.  This is a great way to get multiple flower to use on many projects.  I colored the flowers a pink color to compliment the blue background that I used .  I use the dies from the Ornamental Add on die set for my background.  I addes some of (my favorite) holly berries to accent the flowers.  Hop on over to the HC blog for more details on how to make this card as well as see all the new projects that the Design Team has been working on this week!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dreamweaver & Quietfire Collaboration

Get ready for an amazing week of Awesome in Autumn!  This week we are playing with the Quietfire Design Team, and are so excited to play with their amazing images and sentiments.  In their beautiful calligraphic style, their quotes and their thoughts are the perfect addition to our Dreamweaver Designs.  Follow along with us, and leave a comment for an opportunity to win one of the two wonderful prize packages!
Here's what I've created for today's post:
I used the new Tole Leaves stencil by Dreamweaver as my background.  I used the pearlescent paste and repeated it three more time.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled the paste with the pearl Art Institute glitter.  I cut these tiles down and adhered them to the cream background paper.  I stamped the Live in the Moment stamp by Quietfire onto cream card stock and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I them cut the sentiment out with the Label one die.  While the die was still over the paper, I sponged the opening with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  Then I cut out the decorative label out of a pearlescent card stock and adhered it to the center of the card.  Finally I punched out the butterfly to go onto the card and added some pearls.

Check out this week's awesomeness, starting today with...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Two Hearts, One Love

I am using the CLR016 Heart Key Crown Clear set from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  On the background I cut out the Wedding couple with the Cheery Lynn Designs die from black paper and adhered it over Magnolia decorator paper.  The decorator paper has a watercolor background with hearts.  I felt this soft background was perfect for this card.  Then I used the sentiment from the stamp set and cut it out with one of the tag dies from Cheery Lynn.  For an extra pop...I stamped a heart and color it with Copic Marker.  Then I cut out the heart and popped it up onto the lacy heart...which is the die that matches this set.  What and elegant wedding card, yet how quick is that!!  Hop on over to the PPRS blog to get more inspiration today!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Heartfelt Creations...Simple Style.

Today I am doing a card with Heartfelt Creations, but in a clean and simple way.  I love stamping and coloring images, then adding dimension and embellishments to a card.  But with the holiday season coming, it's hard to get all the things done that you need to as well as some Christmas Cards.  Heartfelt Creations makes it easy for you to make beautiful cards...quickly.  Today I am using the Christmas Card Paper Collection.  They have many different saying panels and card fronts included in the pack.  All you need to do, is cut one out, layer it on a card and add a few die cuts, pearls, etc. and you have one finished.  You won't get bored making 100 of the same cards.  They will all be unique.  Check out more beautiful projects and the debuting of the new Joy of the Seasons collection on the HC blog today!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dreamweaver & Art Institute Glitter Collaboration

Ready to be sparkly?  This month is our annual collaboration between Dreamweaver Stencils and Art Glitter, and we promise double the glitter and double the fun!  Follow the trail of bling all of this month on the Art Glitter blog, and the Dream It Up! blog.  Play along with the monthly challenge of "Awesome in Autumn" and link your creations to the linkytool on the Dream It Up! Thursday posts for a chance to win some stupendous stencils and glamorous glitter!  As if that wasn't cool enough, Art Glitter is offering a 20% discount this month if you use the code DW20! But that's not all...Any order you place with Dreamweaver Stencils for the entire month of September, you will get 20% off any item in their store, if you used the code SWS20!

Here's what I've created for today's post:
For my card, I first pasted the pumpkins with gold embossing paste and while it was still wet, I sprinkled on the glitters. The Art Institute glitters that I used for this card was Pumpkin and Celery.  I then used removable tape around the edges of the pumpkins and sponged around the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Remove the tape and you will have a matted piece.  I tied a little bit of Jute from May Arts and added a few Candi to embellish the card.

Check out this week's awesomeness which includes our super sparkly guest designer and previous Dream Team member...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Season of Joy Collection

We are happy to introduce the new Season of Joy Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  Today I am using the Striped Candy Cane stamp and the Christmas Sentiment circles on this card along with the Holly Berries from last month's release.  This is an absolutely gorgeous stamp release.  They work well with the Christmas stamps from past collections and also papers from the Frosty Blanket and Christmas Card Paper Collections.  You can mix and match these elements effortlessly and the end results are fabulous.  I love the new Poinsettia stamp that matches the previously released Sun Kissed Fleur Die.  Just stamp a few times, cut them out with the matching die and you have several flowers ready for the current project as well as the future projects that you will be working on!  Be sure to check out the HC blog for more beautiful creations that will be sure to inspire you for this upcoming holiday season!

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Joy you give

For the Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration, I am once again using the Black Eye Susan stamps.  I love this flower stamp and find it as my go to stamp for many occasions.  It can be colored in many different colors to match the paper in the background.  I used the Darice embossing folder on the blue card, then lightly rubbed the White dye ink over the embossing to give it a sanded look.  I wanted to emphasize the word Joy, so I stamped the sentiment again and matted the word to pop up over the original.  Add some pearls, leaves and border dies for more interest.  Be sure to check out the PPRS blog for more inspiration today.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dreamweaver Christmas Challenge

I am using the Joy stencil from Dreamweavers for this card.  I first used the black matte paste to emboss the image onto white card stock.  Then after that was dry, I applied the crackle paste over the black paste.  Once the paste dried and cracked, I place the clean stencil once again onto the pasted Joy and sponged the letters with Distress Ink.  The colors that I used were Barn Door, Gathered Twigs and Peeled Paint.  The background paper was a cream color, but I wanted more of a green and red coloring.  I sponged the paper with Peeled Paint and I had my color scheme that I was looking for.  I tied a piece of red ribbon from May Arts and glued it over the ornament.  Then I cut out the Pine Bough using a die from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  Check out more Holiday cards from the Design Team...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Christmas Card Collection

Today I am using the stamps from the Peaceful Night Stamp Set.  I also added holly embellishments that I made using the Holly Berry set along with the matching Holly Berry Dies.  The images were colored with the Copic Markers.  The papers that I used are from the Christmas Card Paper Collection.  Check out more beautiful samples on the HC blog today!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bright Christmas Set

Today I am showcasing two cards from the Bright Christmas Stamp Set by Heartfelt Creations.  These smaller images and sentiments are perfect for Christmas cards.  Add some of the Ornamental Add On die elements with some fancy die shapes and an elegant card with not a lot of fuss!  Be sure to check out more beautiful Christmas samples on the HC blog!  If you like what you see, we love to hear!  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dreamweaver/Woodware UK Saturday Hop

Welcome back to the annual Dreamweaver and Woodware Christmas in August Extravaganza week! Today we will be again knocking your Christmas Stockings off with fun and inspirational ideas for the upcoming holidays.  All that you need to do is hop back and forth across "the pond" today, continuing to ooh and aaahh as you go...leaving us plenty of holiday love.  In return, you will be entered to randomly win one prize package for a UK commenter and a second prize package for a US commenter, featuring products distributed in the UK by Woodwar...including Dreamweavers and Stampendous!

Prizes include four stencils, one die and two stamps.  (Selections my vary)

Here's what I've created for you today:
Here's a little house mouse for you from Stampendous.  I colored him with Copic Markers, then cut out around the top of it.  On the background, I used the Holiday Flourish stencil from Dreamweavers.  I dry embossed it through my Cuttlebug machine and while leaving the stencil over the paper, sponged with the Pine Needles Distress Ink.  I then added some of the Copper Pearls to the berries.  I let them dry.  Then I popped up the candy can totting mouse up to give it some dimension, added some Crystal Art Institute glitter on the snow and some white Fun Flock on the fluffy, furry borders of his coat.  I embossed the Season's Greetings with the Black Matte Paste and cut it into a tag.  Then mat it with red paper and pop it up onto the card.  I hope you enjoyed this week, seeing all the fun Christmas creations.  But you aren't done yet, there are still a few more to see!!!