Thursday, April 13, 2017

Signs of Spring

Tulips and young chick are signs of spring!  Today I am using Easter Flowers and the Pond of Duckling stamps from Prickley Pear.


I add some banners I made with the Love Banner Set and matching Banner Dies to add some accent to this Easter Card.  Around the image, I used the removable tape around the edges and sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  The Embossing folder is Loopy Loops from Taylored Expressions.


This last card used some plaid paper from Bo Bunny as the background paper,  I used the ScorBuddy and the ScorBug to create the fake stitches around the edge.  The Easter Flowers were stamped and colored with Copic Markers.  I added a tab and mini butterfly that I die cut from the  Kensington Branch die from Memory Box. 

 Hope you enjoyed a little Spring today and I wish you all a very Happy Easter!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Flying by with a Bright Hello!


 Today I am using the Plane Riley today along with the Lawn Fawn Slide on Over dies to create this slider card.  Just pull out the tab to reveal the hidden message!  I also used the sun and cloud dies from Lawn Fawn and the hill dies from My Favorite Things to make the scene.  The sentiment is from Prickley  I love the plaid decorator papers from Lawn Fawn as well. 

Have a wonderful day...And thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Prickley Pear Release Day 5

Just like I promised... I will show you the fun I've had with Banners!  

First of all, I stamped oodles of different banners on a variety of coordinating decorator papers, and cut them out with the matching dies...which makes it super simple and fast!  Then I colored some, and found images that I wanted to used with them.  Once the images were all colored, I planned my layouts from sketches I found on Pinterest that had banners in the sketch. Then it was time to create and it was as quick and east as 1...2...3...!

Just added a hint of banners to this card.  Then I used the "Blessings" from the Easter Blessings sentiment and the "Spring" from the Happy Spring.  Both sentiments are also in this Spring/Easter Clear Set.
More Easter Banners paired with this adorable Bunny Cart stamp.  Not only are the banners totally cute, but the sentiments are amazing too!  
 Then I made a mini Twist Pop-Up card with some of the banners.  The card directions and dimensions are found on this YouTube Video.  Maymay makes these cards so simple to create!
I used a banner on each of the panels.  Then I used the tiny stamps that are also included in this set, to add as toppers for the banners.  The extra banner that I cut off, I then used as a border at the bottom of the card.  The Happy Spring sentiment I separated to go above and below the panels.  

This isn't all...in the following weeks, I will be showing more cards using these fun stamps!  Not only are there these new Valentine and Spring Banner Sets, but also a great Christmas Banner set from the last release.

Check out the Prickley Store for all the new stamps!  Take advantage of the great sale this week. These banners are well worth the investment! I hope you enjoyed the cards and ideas this week, but we aren't done yet!  So hop on over to the blog and get inspired again! Prickly Pear stamps makes stamping cards so much fun!  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Prickley Pear Release Day 4

Today I will be featuring the new Valentine Cupcake Clear Set!  Super adorable and...don't they look yummy!?  
I used the cupcake top as a layer over another frosting top, making a double dipper ice cream cone!  This Ice Cream Cone stamp set was release this past fall and works great to interchange with the Cupcakes! And chocolate icing!! What better way to say "I love you than that?" I added a bit of sparkle to the hearts too. 
 Using the Cupcakes in a more traditional way, I added some of the banners from the Valentine Banner Clear set to make additional accents to the card.  These banners were stamped on decorative paper, so not much more was required for coloring!  Then I added on of the sentiments and used one of the banners as a mat.
I first stamped the cupcake pieces onto white cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. I have started to do more Zen-doodling lately, because it is so relaxing and it can change stamped images into a whole different look.  This frosted cupcake makes for a perfect image to doodle on!  I used the heart die from the Cupcake die set to accent this sweet treat.  I finished it off with more banners.  

There are now several new banners and they are great to add to cards. Get all 3 Clear Sets for only $40...a 20% savings! Order them from Prickley Pear today! Tomorrow I will be showing you more fun ideas with these border, so be sure to come back!  

The design team has been hard at work creating beautiful works of art this week!  You can see all there great work on the PPRS blog!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Prickley Pear Release Day 3

Now for some Easter Stamps and sentiments!  There is a little something for everyone!  There are some religious images and well as the sweet, whimsical images that are uniquely Prickley Pear!
This beautiful cross, I stamped three times and cut out the various elements and popped them up to give a greater dimension.  Then I used the Easter Blessings greeting from the Spring/Easter Banner Set on the banner.
Here is the adorable Bunny Cart image.  I used a previously released flower stamp that matched the flowers in his cart for the background paper.  You can find all these images on the Prickley website. Get all 8 of the Easter stamps for only $45 and get a free duck die.  And of course...more great ideas on the PPRS Blog

Have a wonderful day and we'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Prickley Pear Release Day 2

After Valentine's Day, we are moving on to St. Patrick's Day!  In the new release there are five great stamps for this Irish holiday.
I really love this Irish Blessing.  This can work for Graduations and Wedding cards as well.
I used the Shamrocks on white cardstock, then overlayed it with vellum that I had embossed the sentiment on.
I paired this Pot of Gold and flowers with the Shamrock banner from the Spring/Easter Clear Set.  You will find this great sentiment included in the set too!
(There is more cards with Banners to come in future posts)

See the entire new release on the Prickley Store Page. Do you love all the St. Patrick's Day images and want them all?  You can get all five for $32, Saving you $6.  There are more lovely cards on the PPRS blog, so be sure to head over there!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Prickley Pear Release Week is Here!

Prickley Pear has a great new Release this week! I love, love, love these stamps.  And there are some great specials that I want to extend to you!

Today I am using the Love Birds and the Happy Valentine's Day Banner.  

I cut around the banner to use it as my sentiment on this card and on the card band that I used on the second card.
 I used the Small Swirl Heart to use as a "latch" on this card. The front of the card is rather simple, but on the inside...
There's an element of surprise!!  Inside is the Pop Up Book Card.  I found this idea on Pinterest and decided that I needed to try it!  Here is the site with very clear and easy to follow directions.  The There is only one Happiness sentiment worked great with this image!!

Be sure to check out all the new images on the Prickley Pear website and take advantage of the great specials!  Want more inspiration?  Check out the Prickley Pear blog and see the beautiful cards the Design Team made!!  Hope to see you back tomorrow for more Release week fun!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Riley Release 2017 Day 5

We hope that you enjoyed all the new images and cards brought to you from Riley and Company this week!  We certainly enjoyed sharing.  So...here is just a little more!
 I used the Rainy Day Riley for this new Faith Sentiment.  A great sentiment for someone that is going through a tough time and may not see brightness that will come.  
A Camping sentiment needs Camping Riley!  I used the Tim Holtz Trees Embossing folder in the background.  I inked the folder with brown dye ink and embossed tan cardstock. I cut out a word bubble...One of the new word bubble sets from Riley to add my sentiment to.  These are fun to use for many of the Funny Bones Sayings!!

I hope you loved what you saw. We loved creating with these fun, new stamps and dies.  Remember there are Specials available to you this week, so don't miss out on these great deals!  Check out the Riley Blog to see all the new product as well as Specials.

Next week there is going to be a full week of new images and dies from Prickley Pear...So lots more to see!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Coffee and Tin

Prickley Pear has wonderful clear sets and matching dies.  Today I am using their coffee set on the cards and the butterflies and hibiscus sets on the Craft Tin.
Here is a card that we did in our Scrap Card Class at The Stamp Shoppe.  Using different matching decorator papers to layer and create a background.  Then I used a Riley Funny Bones saying that worked perfectly with this coffee cup!
 On this card, I made a frame to stamp the Starbucks sentiment in.  Then stamped two To-Go Coffees to add as accents to the card.  Colored in Fall colors to go with the Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

While doing inventory at the store, I noticed these tins tucked back on a shelf.  Thinking to myself that is would be a cute project, I decided to get to work!  To cover the white tin, I used alcohol inks and blending fluid to cover the background with a marbleized color.  Then I made a strip to go around the box to label what would be stored inside.  Then I added cut out Butterflies and Flowers that I made with the Prickley stamp sets.  These are so versatile and I find that these are my go-to sets often.  I included Candi, Micro-fine Glitter and die cuts to finish it off.  Now put in some adhesive, pop dots, scissors and head off to class!  

Wouldn't then tins make a cute container to hold tea bags or K cups and set them on the counter...Oh the Thinks you can think!!  

Don't forget that next week, Prickley Pear is showcasing their new release stamps!  So check out what the design team has created for you!!  

Riley Release 2017 Day 4!!

As promised...we are taking a trip down Mushroom Lane today!  These are adorable little mushroom houses and they are so much fun to color with Copic Markers.  Coloring Books have become increasingly more popular, but I still prefer to color images like these...and then make a card!!!
 Here is the House with Cellar.  I colored it in browns and turquoise colors that matched my background paper.  I cropped the three sides, but then fussy cut the bottom to allow for less white space.  I added a topper with die cut leaves and pearls to finish it off.
 Next I used the Tree Stump House. This is one of my favorites.  I love the large flower and the cute little lady bugs to add a splash of color.  I just added a bit of baker's twine and some more die cut leaves and the card was complete!  These images are the perfect size to fill up a card, add a couple of accents...and there you go!!
Finally I am using House 3. The thing that I love about this house is the open areas to make the house your own! After looking at the chimney, I thought that the under side of the roof should have some doodling on it.  And doesn't it look cute???  I have gotten into add what I call "Zen-doodling" to my stamped images.  I'm not certified to Zentangle, but I can doodle with checks, dots and loops...adding my own flare.  This is so relaxing and can make great images, extraordinary!

I hope you had fun touring our little town of Mushroom Lane!  Do you love this little village and want to make it your own?? Buy all five of the new release collection for only $45.  Check out the more great samples on the Riley Blog. There are some adorable Tri-fold sample cards that display 2 - 3 more images on one card!

See you tomorrow!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Riley Release 2017 Day 3!!

Love all the new Funny Bone sayings!!! Each one is funnier than the next.  It will have you holding your sides as you howl with laughter.  Remember...Laughter is the best medicine and what better way to get a few laughs than with Riley!  
 I especially love that so many of these saying go perfectly with many of the Riley stamps.  You already have some of these Riley images?  Make them fresh with a new saying or two!  Here I used Fishing Riley with this new Blessings sentiment.  This saying is perfect for Retirement, St. Patty's Day, Weddings, Birthdays and more!!
I love this Floating Riley with the napping is a mini vacation stamp.  That's my idea of a perfect vacation anyway!! 
But seriously though...there are times that the only thing appropriate is a little encouragement or inspiration. Riley has plenty of those sentiments too!  I used the Bunny Hugs stamp with this new Bright and Beautiful sentiment.  The background is done with Color Burst and a Sun Ray die cut over the top.  Ahhh...wouldn't this be a card that could brighten someone's day?  

Check out the entire new line of Funny Bone sayings.  Love them All?  Get all 14 of them for only $75, all savings of $16.00 or you can buy them unmounted for $50 which saves you $20!!

Come back tomorrow and take a trip down Mushroom Lane!  Specials are also offered for this collection too!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Riley Release 2017 Day 2

Welcome Back to Day 2 of the Riley Release!  I am again using the Dress-up Riley simply because he/she is so fun to dress up.  Again...I am using both of the Basic Riley stamps with the matching dies. These accessories come from the clear Valentine/St. Patty's Accessories and the Winter Accessories stamp set.
 Here I used one of the new Funny Bone sayings.  While using the MISTI, I inked up the "Getting Lucky" with Green ink, then inked up the rest of the sentiment in black. I love the MISTI because you can re-stamp images until the are bold and perfect!
 Mixing a little Irish with a little Packer tie to make this card. (Go Packers!!!) The funny bone sentiment was from the last release.  So even though it's not new, there are hundreds of hysterical sayings that are perfect with this guy! So be sure to check out the many sayings.  
WARNING: you will Laugh Out Loud!
Want the more traditional Irish dress? Grab a kilt and paddy cap!  The sentiment is from Prickley Pear. Next week we are debuting their new release, so come back every day!!! Lots of die cuts from my scrap bin were added to the card. Finally I stamped the Shamrock from the clear set and popped it up for an extra Irish accent.  The great accessories and the matching dies, make these must have sets!!
Special this week!!  Package deal on the entire Dress-Up Riley line:  Get all three clear sets, three matching dies, the two Basic Riley's and matching dies for only $100. (Regular price is $127.77, Includes 41 dies, 3 clear sets and 2 rubber stamps)

Come back tomorrow!! Check out the Riley Blog and all the designer's blogs listed on the side bar. We will have lots more for you to see!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Riley & Company Release week and Blog Hop

Today Riley and Company is releasing new stamps featuring Dress-Up Riley, Funny Bone Sayings and Mushroom Lane! The Designers have been hard at work to bring you great inspiration.  Along with that, there are great deals that are offered to you!


SUPER DEAL! Package deal on the Dress Up Riley line: get all three clear sets, all three dies sets, the two basic Riley's and matching dies for only $100! (Reg. price $127.77. Includes 41 dies, 3 clear sets, 2 rubber stamps)
Package deal on entire Funny Bone release of 14 red rubber stamps: cling set is only $75.00 (reg. 91.00) and unmounted sheet is only $50.00 (reg. $70.00)!
Package deal on the Mushroom Lane release: get all 5 new Mushroom Lane Houses for only $45.00 (Reg. $52.50)

Word Bubble Die Special - get all three new Word Bubble Dies for only $40.00! (Save $9.85!)

Today, CardMaker Magazine is also having a Blog Hop!  So I hope you play along.  There is so much to see! If you are following the hop, you have come from Stephanie's blog

Now without further ado...Here's a glimpse of what is new at Riley & Company!!!  Starting off with The Dress-Up Riley...This little guy/girl comes in two poses.  There are three clear stamp sets of accessories with matching dies.  Dress Riley up to celebrate any occasion or season!
 Here I used the accessories from the Snow Fun Set.  I thought that the Naughty or Nice sentiment from Prickley Pear would great with him and his snowballs!!  
Here is the other Dress-Up Riley using accessories from the Spring occasion clear set.  This set includes clothing and props for Valentines and St. Patrick's Day. All these stamps have matching dies, so it makes it so easy to use. These are so much fun!!  I stamped and cut out several pieces, colored them all, then mixed and matched them to make several cards.
Then I was thinking it would be so fun to make Riley into Paper Dolls for kids to play with!  So I stamped the images onto cardstock, then placed them on the Xyron magnetic sheets. and cut them out with the dies.  These dies cut right through the magnets.  Then I colored them with Copic Markers.  I happen to have a small tin that I had planned to decorate some day...and thought..."This would be perfect for this!" Riley sticks right to the tin and the extra clothing and accessories are stored in the case.

There are so many "Laugh out Loud" new sentiment too! I love these sayings because you don't necessarily need to have a special occasion to send cards.  You love making cards and you just want to send a card to brighten someone's day. These sayings are perfect for this!!  Many of them fit into the new word bubble dies that they now have!!  

Here's another funny saying...
We will be showing you more of these hilarious sayings all week.  If you want to see the entire collection, go to the Riley store now.  They have great specials if you want them all!!

Are you in love with the whimsical Mushroom Houses on Mushroom Lane?  There are five new ones to add to your collection!  I love to color these images, because they can be as colorful as you like.  For me...the more color the better!
On this mushroom I decided to do a little "Zen-doodling" on the underside of the roof.  I matched the checks on the chimney and thought it would be cute to add more of the calico look throughout!  

I hope you enjoyed a peek at some of these new stamps from Riley and Company.  There are many specials being offered this week, and you don't want to miss out.  You can check them out at the top of this post!  If you are hopping with us from CardMaker Magazine, your next stop will be Joy's blog. Joy is a great designer, so you want to be sure you check out her blog!

If you didn't know there was a CardMaker blog hop today and would like to start at the beginning...start here. Otherwise, just keep hopping along and you will make the loop!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you join us all week for more whimsy and inspiration...and maybe for a laugh or two!!!