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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Circles

Good afternoon wow where is this month going, can you believe that we are half way through and summer break will be over in 2 weeks!
Summer is my second favorite month - sorry I have to give my favorite to fall - the temperatures are lower but still pleasant and I love the fall colors.
But summer brings all the flowers and critters that love the flowers. We have a pond across the street from us so get some huge dragonflies buzzing around, with their iridescent colors flashing in the sunshine.
For today's card I have colored a bunch of Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Dainty Dragonfly stamps and colored them in a rainbow of colors:


I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out. We have a theme of round about over on Prickley Pear blog so I used circle dies to cut my card and matting layers. On the pink layer I stamped one of my all time sentiments from Prickley Pear: Life doesn't have to be Perfect. This hits home with me every time I read it.
I shaped the dragonflies so that they look as though they are fluttering around the card. I added a few clear glitter dots just to balance my design and finish the card.

 Thank you for stopping by, you can find all the Prickley Pear stamps I have used over in their store here. If you are looking more inspiration from me and my teamies check the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dream

Good afternoon, have you ever dreamed of being a fairy or of living in a fairy house?

Well today's make is just for you:


This little Polk-a-dot house is from Riley and Company's Mushroom Lane collection. It was released a year ago but it's still one of my favorites. I colored it with my colorblend pencils, I'm still learning to use these but getting more confident each time I do. I then used circle dies to cut both this and a teal colored mat for it.
I matted my 7x5in card base with the teal colored card and a whimsical patterned paper. adding a further mat for my die-cut sentiment. My mushroom house fit perfectly over this and as always a few enamel dots completed my card.

Thank you for stopping by, you can find the stamp I have used over on the Riley and Company store. For more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

May your troubles be less

Good afternoon, We have started preparing for the start of school Mollie is really looking forward to finding out who her 3rd grade teacher will be. 

My post today is a simple card with a lovely little message:



The sentiment is May Your Troubles Be Less from Riley and Company. I stamped it on to water color card with versamark and heat embossed in white. I then used my watercolor markers to flood the sentiment with color.
I matted a printed card base with dark orange card and once dry added my stamped topper. A die-cut flourish and mulberry flower along with some enamel dots balanced the design.

Thank you for stopping by, you can find the stamp I have used over on the Riley and Company online store. For more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 







Friday, August 4, 2017

Rocker

Good afternoon, we are having some well needed rain today. The temperature and humidity have dropped off thank goodness.

I'm showcasing a very simple card I made for my son's 18th birthday today. He loves his guitar and I found this great image from Dr Digi's House of Stamps:


Meet Metal Mike  - Isn't he just great! I printed him and my sentiment onto Spectrum Noir card and colored him with Copic markers adding gold gel pen to the T-shirt design. which happens to be one of James's favorite bands.

I made a simple blue card base and matted it with white and purple card added my colored topper and the design was complete.

Dr Digi has some great digital Stamps if you are looking for something comical, something funny for an older person or just something different. They are great for masculine cards or females who aren't into flowers. They also do some great backing papers.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope that I have inspired you and if you like what you see please let me know in the comments section 



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Who doesn't love dogs

Good afternoon, my dogs are my babies and anything to do with dogs and I am there!

 I'm showcasing a gorgeous life like stamp for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps today. Their stamps are etched from such good quality red rubber that the detail on them is amazing and today's stamp is no exception


I colored this gorgeous Golden Retriever Stamp using alcohol markers and then deepened the shaded areas of his coat with colorblend pencils. I matted him with dark brown card and used the same on the Love sentiment which is from the Love Banner set of stamps. My card base was matted with the brown card and some lined patterned paper. I added a die cut buckle and some paw print ribbon to balance out the design.

Thank you for stopping by, you can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Only one Dad

Good afternoon, and Happy Yorkshire Day! We are originally from this beautiful county, we moved to the USA in December 2013 and have since adopted here as our home.

Kev is a huge American history buff - especially the political side so for Father's Day I made him a great CAS card:


The White House stamp is one of the Landscape collection from Art-Kure. I colored it with Zig Clean Color brush markers and added pencil to deepen the shading. 
The sentiment is my own and I typed it up using my pc and printer. 
I matted the white card base with red and blue card to keep with the card theme, the topper being the white!

Kev once stood as a member of parliament in the UK and would love to be involved with the US government but alas as we aren't currently citizen this is just a dream so the sentiment is very fitting for him  




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Good Attitude

Good afternoon.

Ever felt like you are surrounded by numptys? Well Riley and Company have a stamp just for that feeling:


Walter starts the day of right with a Good Attitude but then idiots happen!

I colored Walter with alcohol markers and matted him on some jade colored card. I stamped the Good Attitude stamp and die cut this using Riley and Company's Square word bubble dies. Then I edged this with ink to mae it stand out against the design paper I had chosen for my card.
A 5x7in card base was matted with the jade card and striped paper before adhering my image and sentiment to it.
A few color coordinating enamel dots completed the design.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 


Monday, July 31, 2017

Alien Love

Good afternoon, another beautiful day here in Michigan - The summer break is just flying by - hard to believe that tomorrow is the start of August.

Today's card is another from my personal collection. I made this one for James's girlfriend - she just loves Stitch the adorable alien.


This image is just one of the gorgeous line art from Jade Dragonne is just too cute It's called Stitch's best Friend. I colored the image with Copic markers then used my polychromo pencils to deepen the shading. 
I used a Disney script font to type out the sentiment and printed it directly to the side of the image. I then die cut more hearts in decreasing sizes and adhered these above the one included with the image.
I matted a white card base with red and blue to coordinate with the coloring. The corners were rounded on my topper to make the red and blue layers more visible.

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Crafting from the heart - Anything goes 
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Farmer's Father's Day

Good afternoon, I have kind of stopped blogging my personal cards and ones I've made for commissions so thought I would catch up on a few over the next couple of weeks.

When I was little my dad was a farmer, I can remember him threatening to throw me in a pig pen with a huge sow I was terrified of that pig! He still talks about plowing fields with horses and again as kids we would go to shows watching heavy horses pulling farm equipment demonstrating how farming was done before all the high tech equipment.

So the stamps I have used on the Father's Day card I made him so perfect:


The tractor stamp is from Class Act which unfortunately has been discontinued The Plowman is an Art-Kure stamp and both go so well together. 
I colored both with my polychromo pencils and die cut them using Gina Marie designs Frame Oval Stitched dies. I love the effect these dies give when my image has a background as when you cut with them they give you a frame of your image as you can see in the card. I use foam squares to lift the frame section and then adhere the rest of my image using flat glue.
I matted my card base with black card and masculine papers in a tan patterned and a dark red  both digital papers from Nitwit's paper collections. The word DAD was die cut from the same black card. A few coordinating enamel dots completed the design.

We now live in a farming community and often see the Amish using horses to plow and older farm equipment being used, my Dad would love the area.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Color Inspiration Mondays - Anything goes with a self colored image


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Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Mollie

Good afternoon, it's another gorgeous Michigan summer day here, I've just bathed the dogs much to their disgust and am now chilling with an ice cold glass of water so thought I do some catching up on my blog.

Sunday was Mollie's 8th birthday - she is growing up way too quickly! She started ballet classes last Fall and is loving them so I thought I'd make a her cute little ballerina card


Isn't she just the sweetest little stamp? She is called 'warming Up' and is from the girlie collection at Lili of The Valley They have a few little ballet dancers and they all look like our Miss Mollie. 
I colored her with Copic Markers, making her outfit blue as that is the color Mollie wears. I then deepened the shading on the image with Spectrum Noir ColorBlend pencils that work really well over the top of alcohol markers.
I made a 6x6in card blank from centura pearl card matted with blue card. I used Crafter's Companion Floral Frenzy embossing folder on some pink card and wrapped this with wide crushed satin blue ribbon. 
My image was die cut using Gina Marie Designs Stained Glass Oval Border dies and adhered to the card using foam tape. I then made a bow from the same ribbon and added this and a glitter gem to the side of the card. I didn't add a sentiment as I wrote a personal verse for inside of the card.

Mollie had a great birthday, instead of having a party she chose to have a spa day at my hair salon her and 2 of her closest friends had manicures and pedicures and were very spoiled by the lovely ladies at The Hair Station 




I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Color Inspiration Mondays - Anything goes with a colored image


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Would I fit in the dryer?

Good afternoon, I'm back today with another cute card showcasing Riley and Company stamps.

Have you ever wished loosing weight could be as easy as it is to shrink clothes?
Well take a look at my card


I love the Dryer sentiment stamp I would love to be able to do exactly that - think I would have trouble fitting in the dryer to begin with! 
I decided I was going to try and make a dryer so I started with a piece of white card. I die cut a silver circular frame using 2 of Riley and Company's nesting circle dies. I then added acetate to this and hey presto I have a dryer door. I colored up and die cut some of the clothes stamps from various Dress up collections. These were adhered to my card placing the door over the top of them using foam squares to give dimension. I then used the ball dies from the Sports Accessories Set to cut buttons and knobs from silver mirror card.
I stamped my sentiment on to white card and matted this with blue card. I made my card base from white card and matted with the same blue card. My dryer was added and my sentiment placed at an angle.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Find the Joy

Good afternoon boy is it hot here. We've had a busy weekend decorating bedrooms and moving furniture around which in this heat is not pleasurable. I still have tons of Mollie's stuff to sort but I'll get there eventually.

So today I am showcasing a simple Riley and Company card using just one of their stamps . 
Find the Joy is a lovely saying that can be used for a just because card.



I used a word template to make a lined she of stamping cardstock and die cut a note paper page from this. The sentiment was stamped onto this in red ink. I then matted a grey base card with red card and die cut the words note 2 self from the same grey as used for my base. I used foam tape to adhere the note paper on my card and arranged the die cut words along the bottom.
A very clean and simple card that is easy to make.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Bicycle congratulations

Good afternoon from a hot and humid Michigan - we had storms last night and the humidity is so unbearable that its nice to stay inside. So riding my bike is out of the question today!

I'm posting a congratulations card today and this goes out to all the kids at Mollie's school who achieved perfect attendance this year - they were all presented with bicycles!

Prickley Pear Rubber stamps have the perfect stamps for this occasion and their bicycle stamp is almost identical to my bike so have colored it in the same colors:


I used alcohol markers to color the bike, adding silver gel pen to the chrome components.

I then used a fancy edge die to cut the bottom of the image and a pink card to go under this. I stamped the Congratulations stamp, again a Prickley Pear one, and matted this on pink card. I chose to use a ready made scalloped edged card base and matted this with the same pink card and some dotty coordinating paper. a few silver nail head gems just balanced the image.

Thank you for stopping by, you can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Good afternoon, we have had a fun week dog sitting for 2 adorable Shih Zhu's - Grace and Willow. They are such lovable little girls and are so like my Gizzie. They have been perfect house guests and I will be sad to see them go today.

It's a brilliant background theme over on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog today and as I've been home with all the fur babies this weekend I thought I would do a home sweet home card. The house looks nothing like mine but is so adorable It's part of the adorable Row House Clear stamp set. It comes with so many different house parts and scene builders:



I stamped 3 house sections, the cat and the tree, die cut them using the matching dies and colored with alcohol markers. I then die cut some clouds and using a re-positional glue positioned them on a white piece of card. I them used blue distress ink and a blending tool to cover the card. I then placed my images and using alcohol markers added grass to the bottom of the image. I then stamped flowers from the same stamp set and colored these. I added a die cut of birds on a wire just to finish the scene.
I used a reverse corner rounder on each of my images corners and matted it with blue card. This was then added to a pre-made scalloped card base.

Don't forget there is a blog hop going on until Friday so head out to the Prickley Pear blog to find out more.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you like what you see and if you do please let me know in the comments. 
You can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.



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Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm hopping around with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps and CardMaker Magazine


Good Morning!

It's an exciting day today, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps are joining with CardMaker magazine for a blog hop!

Do you want the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to spend on the gorgeous stamps over at Prickley Pear? then find out how at the end of my post.

My card for the hop is using the new Danity Dragonflies stamps:


I stamped them onto acetate using archival ink. I then turned them over and colored then with alcohol markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and they were then shaped so that their wings flutter on the card. 
I then stamped 'There is only one happiness' sentiment on to some rainbow design paper and matted this with green card onto a white card base.
The dragonflies were the added being careful to only stick the body down. I added some green gems just to balance the design.

To win the gift certificate all you have to do is hop over to my teamies blogs to see the gorgeous designs they have made. Don't forget to leave them some love along your way,  then head to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog and leave a comment. 

You should have arrived here from Kat's blog and now you need to hop over to see what Melissa has designed for us.
If you get lost along the way just head back to CardMaker's blog for the full list of participants.

Good luck and have fun checking out all the gorgeous makes!


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

School's Out!

Ok a week late for us but school finished for the long summer break. Exciting times for Mollie as she moves on to a new school in the fall. I'm just hoping we get the teacher we have chosen for her!

Riley is also in summer mode, what with all the sports and dress up gear he got during last month's new release he is set for all kinds of activities and my card today is showing just a few of them.


I stamped some of the accessories from both the Summer fun and the sports sets onto white card and colored these with alcohol markers. I then stamped Riley and the shorts (again from the Sports collection) colored these and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.
I matted my card in yellow and added the accessories layer. Using the same yellow card I typed School's out for summer and die cut this using Riley and Company's Squares word bubble dies
Riley was dressed in the shorts to preserve his dignity! Him and the word bubble were adhered to my card using foam squares.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lemons

Good afternoon, boy is it hot here, we have had 2 days of nothing but storms the humidity is ridiculously high so I've been hibernating in the house with the cooling.

It's Tuesday so that means I'm showcasing Riley and Company's great stamps.

Today I have decided if life gives you lemons (I've had a lot just lately) grab a friend with vodka!


A great sentiment just entitled Lemons! I stamped it with Memento ink so I could color the lemons with alcohol markers. Tucker the Dog was stamped in the corner and again colored him with markers. I die cut the green vines and added lemons cut using my cameo and colored with markers. 
A simple yellow mat on a white card base just finishes the card.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 



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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Best Friend

Good afternoon. It's a gorgeous warm day here, doors are open and my fur babies are basking in the sun. I keep getting a smell of the lovely lilac bush at the end of our deck. 

Summer is definitely around the corner so I'm sharing on of the last of my Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Spring cards with you


Isn't that Bucket of Tulips just the sweetest. 
I have colored them with my alcohol markers I followed the color scheme of some that I have in the yard they are just about done for this year but I love the delicate cream and pale pink. I used a sentiment from the Spring Scalloped Circles clear stamp set that I felt fit the card.
I matted the image onto cream card and placed this on a pre-printed card base. I added some die cut butterflies just to balance the design.

Thank you for stopping by, you can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.


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Monday, May 29, 2017

A little bag of Snark


Good morning and Happy Memorial Day!!

Today I am being featured on the Riley and Company Blog for their designer highlights post

I love this company Little Riley the moose is adorable and the Funny Bones Stamps are just so amusing.
 I love snark and a lot of the stamps are just that - made to make you have a little snicker when you see them.
My project for today's post is also one of my favorite things to make, my little collection of notelets in a purse.


They are so easy to make. First you start with the following pieces of cards:


The patterned card is best double sided to that the inside of your purse looks cute too.
I always start with the base

Score it all the way around at 1/2 inch. Then cut the side tabs and add strong double sided tape. You then fold up the edges to make a shallow box


There are 3 of the trim, add the strong tape to all 3.
The first of these goes along the top edge of the patterned card


Then turn this over and add tape to the bottom edge, This is then adhered to the base. Be careful not to fold the card as you take it around the base as you will loose the purse look - it will look more like a box.
Once wrapped around the box, tape up the back seam. Then add another of the taped trim around the base of the bag to cover the lower edge.

Next comes the handles


You need to pierce the ends of the short strips of card and the bag as above. I then found some cute silver button brads and fixed the handles in place with these - you can see these in the finished purse. You can just glue the handles in place and add pearls or gems to the purse if you don't have brads.

The third trim strip goes in the inside to cover the edges of the handles and the backs of the brads


I then decorated the bag with the Bags and Shoes Funny Bones sentiment and a shoe die cut

Using the same card, patterned card and Riley and company Funny Bones stamps I made 4 cards to place inside the bag: 


I used 8 Glasses of Water and  Walmart stamps on 2 of them along with the wine glass and beer mug dies.


And the 2nd two have Not Grey Hairs and WTF Lines along with some nice glittering hair and some very WTF die cut DEEP wrinkles 




Thank you for stopping by and helping me share my project today. If you love what you see I would appreciate you letting me know in the comments below






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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Love birds

Good afternoon, I'm just back in from walking my fur babies, they are all flopped out in the sunshine. I have the doors open listening to the birds singing it's bliss

My post this afternoon is showcasing more of the gorgeous Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps new release

I've used A Mother's Love stamp but for an Anniversary card just to show that these stamps are versatile:


I stamped and colored the image using alcohol markers. Added the Happy Anniversary sentiment which is also part of the new release. I then die cut some hearts in various sizes and made up some pink and white blossoms to go on the branch. The image was then matted onto pink card. 
I used a pre- printed card base and added pink ribbon before arranging my topper. I then made a ribbon bow and embellished this with a pearl.

Don't forget if you order this week use the coupon FREESHIP and any orders over $15 will ship free!!!

Pop on over to the New Release section of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps website where you can see all the stamps being released this week.

Keep checking back this week for more new release showcases but for now thank you for stopping by, you can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.




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Farm yard notes!

Good morning and what a beautiful morning it is!!!

I'm a little late it has been such a hectic weekend - but Prickley Pear have a new release this week and wow have they got some fab new stamps some of which I will be showing you this week. If you order this week use the coupon FREESHIP and any orders over $15 will ship free!!!

Today I'm kicking my show casing off with some adorable note cards. part of the new release are some adorable farm yard critters and 6 sentiments which go with them so I have made a themed set of notelets using the same design, papers and embellishments throughout:

First of all is Bessie the cow:


How sweet is she! I have colored 2 of her with Alcohol markers and added the matching sentiments What's Moo and An Udder Year Older. They are die cut and added to the cards which are both matted with coordinating papers. A few gems just finish the design.



She has I miss Ewe and Ewe Ok? sentiments

Last but not least my favorite is Prissy the Pig


Hasn't she got the most adorable name!!! Her sentiments are I'm Sow Excited For You and Sow's Things.

Pop on over to the New Release section of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps website where you can see all the stamps being released this week.

I will be back later today with some more showcases but for now thank you for stopping by, you can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.


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