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Monday, August 21, 2017

Fall is on it's way!

Good morning! just a few more weeks and Fall will be upon us - are you ready? 
I'm definitely ready for the cooler temperatures!

What better way for my crafty followers to get ready for the new season than a new release from Riley and Company - yes we have fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all covered in this amazing bumper new release.

 Part of the new release includes 3 new dress up sets for Riley and his pals - Halloween, Fall and a cute Christmas set. All 3 also have matching die sets. Today I am show casing some of them for you starting with Christmas:




So Tucker gets to join in the dress up fun with some cute reindeer antlers, a red nose and a cute collar all from the new Christmas set. I colored him as a dalmatian and doesn't he look cute? As part of the release he can now be cut out using his own personal die set. Also new today is the Sweet but Twisted stamp which was perfect for my card. I stamped this onto white card, added some candy cane ribbon before placing Tucker on the card. a white card base was matted with with red card and my topper added. a simple but cute card.
  
 Riley and Company are offering a couple of great new release specials:

First up is the Dress up bundle:
This includes all three new Dress Up Clear stamp sets, all three matching die sets and a shirt die! You also get free shipping!!!! It's over 25% off - at a sale price of $90 but only for a limited time only! Get yours now!!!

How about some free shipping?
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $15 until Sunday at midnight. This includes our new release and our entire stock!
Just enter the code FREESHIP in the coupon code when you check out.

Thank you for stopping by, you can find the stamps I have used over in the new release section on the Riley and Company store website . 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 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