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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The sun is shining - Happy Spring!

Following the snow storms last Thursday we have had a lovely few days of warm weather but they ended last night with thunder storms and its back to being seasonally cooler.

So my post today is showing summer flowers aren't far away. Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps have some great banner sets and I have used one set today for my flower "petals"


I used 6 different orange and yellow shades of ink to stamp out one of the banner stamps from the Spring Easter Banner set numerous times and then hand cut them all out - I do need to invest in the coordinating dies!!. I then Stenciled some yellow card and pale yellow design paper using one of the orange inks. The yellow card was die cut into a circle and stamped with Happy Spring sentiment from the same set of stamps. I glued the banners at various lengths around the circle making a sunflower.  
I matted an 8x8 inch card base with the same yellow card and the stenciled design paper before fixing my sunflower in place. 
The points of the banners were folded to raise them from the card giving dimension. A few coordinating enamel dots completed the card.

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


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mary, Mary..........

Good morning, We are having such a mixed bunch of weather at the moment, flip flops yesterday - boots today!!!! Hopefully spring will finally arrive and keep us in flip flops soon!

Today is another brand new release over at Scrapper's Delights and the coloring pages keep coming! These are great scenes that you can print in any size so can just color or make into a card like I have done with The Fairy Trio


Aren't they adorable! I printed the PNG scene onto some patterned paper that looks like the pages of a book. This meant they stayed white on the paper and I could color them using my copic markers. I then added the first line from the nursery rhyme Mary Mary quite contrary as I felt this matched the cute image.
My design was then matted onto a white card base with some red card pulling in from the colors I used on the image. 
I have had the little ladybug in my stash for ages and I felt this was the perfect card to use him on.

Head on over to the Scrapper's Delights Store to see all of the new releases.
We also have a monthly challenge where you can enter any makes you do
Why not stop by the Scrapper's Delight Facebook page for regular news on and inspiration from my Teamies and keep your eyes peeled on my blog for new releases from them!







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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Crafty Friend

Good morning - it looks a gorgeous morning here but it is sooo cold!

A good day to stay in and craft which brings me to my inspiration card for Scrapper's Delights. Don't forget they have a challenge running over on the blog where you could win yourself some money to buy their gorgeous digital stamps.

Meet Crafty Honey who is about to use her markers:


She's not like me - I need a desk to color on - I could never lay on the floor!

She has been colored using Copic Markers and then I have used Polychromo pencils to deepen the shading. 
I made a 7x5 inch card base and matted this with turquoise card and patterned paper. I then die cut the scribble and the circle frame for my sentiment in the same card. Once I adhered these to my card I fussy cut Honey and added her. The sentiment is part of the digital stamp bundle and I resized this so it would fit in the frame and printed in white card adding it to the center of the round frame.
A few dots of Nuvo drops just balanced the design.

Head on over to the Scrapper's Delights Store to see all of their stunning images
We also have a monthly challenge where you can enter any makes you do
Why not stop by the Scrapper's Delight Facebook page for regular news on and inspiration from my Teamies and keep your eyes peeled on my blog for new releases from them!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cherry Blossoms and Lilacs

Good Morning, today I am sharing my 2nd guest designer spot for Inspired by Stamping and today I am using the gorgeous Cherry Blossom Stamp set on 2 cards. I have also used papers and ribbon from the store


 

My first card focuses on the main image from the set - the gorgeous cherry blossoms

I first matted my white card base with green and white card I used design paper from the Spring Lilacs Pad wrapping lilac vellum and Crochet Tape around the lower before adhering to the card base.


I stamped the flowers onto lilac vellum using embossing ink and heat embossed with white powder.




then colored the flowers using pencil to deepen the purple coloring. I stamped 2 of the image and cut them out I fussy cut the larger flower from the second spray, shaped this and adhered it to the top of the others lifting the petals to give dimension.
I then stamped a sentiment from the Cherry Blossom stamp set on to the strip of vellum. A few tonal pearls just balanced the card


My second card was made from the same Spring Lilacs papers and Cherry Blossom Stamp set


I made my main focus the sentiment on this card


After die cutting one of the stunning Spring Lilac papers I matted cream card base with purple card and the paper - wrapping Crochet tape around the center.
I then stamped my sentiment onto the same cream card as my base and using Fancy Labels 3 die set I cut the larger shape from purple card and my sentiment with the circle die


I added a few pearl accents and a simple to make card turned into an elegant design.




The IBS store has some gorgeous stamp sets, paper and embellishments that all coordinate making it easy to choose supplies for your card designs. I hope you have liked what I have done with just a small collection.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Inspired By Stamping guest design team!

Good morning can you believe that we are half way through February where is the time going?

Yesterday was Valentine's Day when we profess our love to the ones we love. I believe that you shouldn't wait until one day you should share your love all year round so the card I am about to show you isn't a Valentine's Day card it's a 'just because' card.

I used the stamp set Paris Love as my main focus on the card.


I used white card stock to make my 8x6 inch card base, I then stamped the couple image using memento ink onto Neenah card stock and colored with Copic Markers. I added Polychromo pencil over this for more shading and definition.


I then used the same ink and cardstock for the Eiffel Tower I added yellow pencil over the stamped image and blended this out using Gamasol and a blending stump.


Both images were lined up and adhered to my base card.

I then chose papers from the Spring Lilacs paper pad and matted these onto some pink card stock which was slightly smaller than my base card. Using Fancy labels 3 dies  I cut apertures for my images to sit inside. I then placed some pink and lace ribbon along the lower edge of this before fixing it in place on my base card with foam tape.

I then stamped the sentiment from the Paris Love set onto white card and die cut this into a circle. I used a circle cutter to cut a slightly larger circle of the pink card to mat the sentiment.


This was then adhered with foam tape. I made a chocolate box bow and accented this with a pearl embellishment and added further pearls to my sentiment to balance my design.



The IBS store has some gorgeous stamp sets, paper and embellishments that all coordinate making it easy to choose supplies for your card designs.


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Please Hurry!

Hello! It's been a busy day today and for some reason my blog post didn't go live so I'm a little late in posting!

I am here today with some inspiration for the super cute images over at Scrapper's Delights. 
Do you make Easter cards? Well here's a gorgeous little Baby Boo Bunny Girl that looks so unhappy:


I just had to brighten her up and used yellow to color her bunny suit. I colored her with Copic Markers and typed the sentiment along side her to explain why she looks so sad!
My white card base was matted in yellow card and some spring colored design paper. I matted baby Boo with the same yellow card and added a die cut bunny to embellish the card. 

Head on over to the Scrapper's Delights Store to see all of their cute Baby Boo images! 
We also have a monthly challenge where you can enter any makes you do
Why not stop by the Scrapper's Delight Facebook page for regular news on and inspiration from my Teamies and keep your eyes peeled on my blog for new releases from them!



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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Little boxes.....

Happy Saturday? What has everyone got planned? I'm having a lazy morning then heading off to my best friend's for her eldest daughter's birthday party!

As you've seen from previous posts I have started planning Valentine's Day, St Patrick's Day and Easter.
So the fun part of Easter - Eggs!!!! yes little chocolate ones that taste so yummy! Today I am showcasing some more of Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps new releases in the form of a cute little bag to put your chocolate goodies in:


Isn't it cute! I used a template to cut the bag from a muted yellow floral paper. I then stamped the Ducks in a Row Stamp twice, colored these with alcohol markers and matted with bright green card. Whilst the bag was still flat I used the Happy Easter Stamp from the Easter/Spring Banners Stamp Set to stamp the sentiment on both sides of the bag. I then made the bag up and added a punched border around the top edge. My Ducks in a Row were added to both side and it was filled with brightly colored Easter Eggs!

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


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Oh so sorry

Good morning -wow is it cold outside but the sun is shining at with all the snow it looks beautiful.

Who is a follower of Kit and Clowder? if not get on over to their Facebook page and check out the competitions running this weekend using some adorable new designs from Scrapper's Delights.

My post today is to show off this little darling:


She's Kind Giraffe and is available with 3 sentiments, Sorry, Get well soon and Thinking of you for only $1.50 over at the Scrapper's Delights store
 I colored her with Copic markers and glittered her little flower. Then she was matted with pink card along with my card base. I then used gingham pink design paper before adding my image to the card. I die cut Surely Stitched circles die and replaced the center of this with my sentiment. a couple of buttons and some pearls just completed my design. 

 If you purchase her or any of the other new releases, get coloring and head over to Kit and Clowder to enter the coloring competition there. 


Janice has put together a tic tac toe for you to follow also:


Just choose 3 in a row for your card design and you could win a $20 giftcard - I used faux stitching, Heart and Glitter on my design. 

Head on over to the Scrapper's Delights Store to see all of the new releases, Then don't forget to stop by Kit and Clowder to enter this weekend's competitions

We also have a monthly challenge where you can enter any makes you do
Why not stop by the Scrapper's Delight Facebook page for regular news on and inspiration from my Teamies and keep your eyes peeled on my blog for new releases from them!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar Challenge - Pink and Pearls
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes 
Creative Corner Challenges - Perfectly pink
Polkadoodles - Anything goes 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy (Hoppy) Spring

Good afternoon I'm back with my 2nd card for the Prickley Pear inspiration Thursday

Even though we are under a blanket of snow spring is just around the corner (hopefully!) so I have used some cute bunnies on this card:


I started by building my background. I die cut some clouds from post-it notes and arranged them on my card for masks. I then stamped Jumping Bunny and Left Bunny and masked these off too. I inked the top of my card with blue ink, graduated this into a light green and then a darker green as I reached the bottom. I then removed all my masks and colored my bunnies with alcohol markers also adding blades of grass.
I matted my card base with green card and then adhered my topper. I used the Happy Spring sentiment from the Easter/Spring Banner Stamp set just to finish the design.

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



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My True Love

Good morning - the week's almost over and it's February already!

It's Thursday which means it's Inspiration day over on the Prickley Pear blog and I have a couple of cards to share with you today. 

The first one is a Valentine's Card using the stunning Large Swirl Heart:


I die cut a large heart and stamped the image into the center with red ink - I did re-stamp it 3 times to get the rich red color and as you can see despite this it hasn't lost any of it's fine swirl detail.

I matted my white card base with red card and a heart design paper. The white heart was placed on the card to position the My True Love wording. Once I had stamped my sentiment I adhered by white heart in place using foam tape. 

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

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Always be Kind

Good morning! Busy day for me today so starting early

My post today is the second card I made for the Riley and Company Card Bonanza blog post

I have used Riley and he's all in Birthday mode:


I colored Birthday Cake Riley with my alcohol markers - I tried a different color combo on him today I thought the lighter color would give the look of reflected candle light. Once colored I stamped the Being Kind sentiment using an ombre set of inks. I love this brush script and think we should bring more stamps using it. I then matted a yellow spotty card base with green and added my image. A few yellow nuvo drops just completed the CAS 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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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I know all about Parallelograms

Hello from a very snowy Michigan - it really started to come down yesterday and hasn't really stopped since. It's all good though we just carry on and hope everyone drives for the road conditions.

It's Tuesday which means it's card bonanza over at The Riley and Company Blog, I have joined with my teamies to bring you some inspiration.

Today's card features Riley's Pal Felix, who wonders why they were taught certain subjects in school and really can't understand why you needed them in the real world - Neither can Felix:


I just love the confused look on Felix's face! I colored him with alcohol markers and tried to make him look a bit roughed up after all Parallelogram season must be a hard time of year for a cat like him! I then stamped the Funny Bones Parallelogram Sentiment and drew parallelograms around the card - please don't measure the angles they were done by eye! These were colored to make them stand out against the white card. 
I matted my card with some newsprint design paper and also cut a small mount of this to use as the tax bill which I adhered using glue gel to give it some dimension.

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 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Save the Date

Here's my last but not least showcase for the Prickley Pear new release week 

For anyone planning a wedding I have made a cute little save the date card


I stamped the Save the Date sentiment in embossing ink and then heat embossed gold powder. Next I used the same technique on the banner using black embossing powder - both these stamps are from the Love Banner Stamp set. I added the date in the gold using number stamps. Nothing else was needed this is a timeless look that would be great to follow through as a wedding theme. I used black and gold mats to tie in wit the embossing.

Thank you for stopping by, to see all the new release stamps head on over to the new release section of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps website - don't forget the offers:



You can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and their Facebook page.


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Easter Blessings

Good morning and Happy Sunday! 
It's the last day of my week long showcase of the new releases from Prickley Pear and the offers end tonight at midnight so get your orders in before you have to pay full price!

2 different makes from me today I'm kicking off my posts with another Easter card.


I love the simplicity of some of the Prickley Pear stamps and I'm demonstrating this with the Double lilies Stamp. I stamped it twice and colored the stunning flowers with my polychromo pencils. I then used a corner rounder on opposite corners of my topper and inked the card lightly with pink. I Added the Easter Blessings sentiment from the Spring/Easter Banner stamp set . I matted my card base with green card and a plaid pink and green design paper. I then matted my topper with the same green and rounded the corners to match. A few enamel dots were just enough embellishment without distracting from the simple theme of the card.

Thank you for stopping by, to see all the new release stamps head on over to the new release section of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps website - don't forget the offers:



You can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and their Facebook page.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

New is has come

Spring brings everything new, the world freshens up, new animals are born, buds appear on trees and flowers start to bloom. 

Easter also brought forth the new in the resurrection of Christ. The quote on my card relates to this however you can interpret it in so many other ways and I have seen a different aspect of it:


I have used butterflies on this card as The old has gone - the caterpillar and new has come - the butterfly!
The verse is a Prickley Pear Stamped bible quotation from Corinthians 5:17 I stamped in directly onto the patterned paper using purple ink. I matted this with cream card which I also used to die cut the butterfly. 
A simple card but with a huge meaning

Thank you for stopping by, to see all the new release stamps head on over to the new release section of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps website - don't forget the offers:



You can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and their Facebook page.


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Spring!

Good morning - yay it's the weekend!!
What are you planning for today - If you are looking to shop for new crafting supplies then check out the new release at Prickley Pear they have some great spring themed stamps and some great offers on them too!

My post today is using some of them:


What a sweet little Bunny Cart Stamp - it so reminds me of images that were on cards when I was a child. I colored it with alcohol markers and die cut using a stitched circle. I also used a sentiment from the Spring/Easter Banner Stamp Set and again die cut with a stitched circle. I then edged both circles with grey ink. I matted my card base with Grey card and a lavender striped paper. This had been stamped with the Left Bunny and Right Bunny Stamps tying in with the rabbit theme. I arranged my image and sentiment on the card base, using foam tape on the sentiment to give dimension. I then added a few purple skittles to balance the card

Thank you for stopping by, to see all the new release stamps head on over to the new release section of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps website - don't forget the offers:



You can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and their Facebook page.

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Bubbles!

Hello again, busy day on my blog today here's the first of 3 posts!

My second post is showcasing a new release from Scrapper's Delights. Meet Shaylee Bubbles from Fairies and Pixies coloring book version 1 but due to popular demand now available as an individual image


Isn't this little fairy adorable? Having a bath in a bubble tea cup.

I colored the image with Copic Markers and added polychromo pencil to darken the shading. Once colored I used a Gina Marie die to cut out the image this gives a lovely frame which I inked with Tumbled Glass distress ink.

I then cropped some of the bubbles from the image, recolored them and typed my sentiment over the top before printing and cutting with same die set again inking the frame. 
I matted my card base with heart patterned design papers and a plain blue coordinating paper (both from Lili of the Valley) and then arranged the frames on it. Once these were adhered in place with foam squares I added my images.
I used some clear Skittles which look like bubbles as embellishments.

Thank you for stopping by why don't you head on over to the Scrapper's Delights Store to see all of the new releases.
We also have a monthly challenge where you can enter any makes you do
Why not stop by the Scrapper's Delight Facebook page for regular news on and inspiration from my Teamies and keep your eyes peeled on my blog for new releases from them!



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