Archive for February, 2012

Lake Walk

Hi everyone! Happy Friday to you! It’s SUCH a happy day today.  I’ve been looking forward to this day all week. Of course it is Friday, and the start of the weekend, but it’s not just any weekend. It’s a very special loooong weekend. Almost a mini-vacation kind of weekend. Because not only do my kiddos get both Monday and Tuesday off, but today is a half-day, as well. Sigh………what bliss!

We’ve got big plans for today. Mr. Pete is heading over to his buddy’s house this afternoon, leaving Missy Nik and I free to go on a little mommy/daughter date. We’re stopping at Panera’s for lunch, and then it’s off to the lake for a long walk and leisure. Nik will sketch on the pier….

Her passion.

While I plan on doing some stitching. An old passion of mine.

I began embroidering when I was a wee little thing. Used to stitch all the time, but I’ve gotten out of the habit. I want to pick it back up again. Made this little pillow with leftover fabric this week. It has put me in the mood for more.

I just love simple days like this. Hope YOUR day is wonderful, too! Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends. See you all soon.

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Hi everyone! I’m here today with a layout I made recently for CHA featuring both of Donna Salazar’s new collections, Botanique and Storybook. I’ve also got a few ideas to share for creating your own custom accents and embellishments using basic supplies like patterned paper and stamps.

With all the fabulous images in Donna’s papers and coordinating stamps, you don’t need much else to create beautiful projects. Here I simply added a bit of cardstock, lace, and a few gems to make this lovely page of my two favorite sweetie-pie girls.

I started with a base of dark brown cardstock and pretty patterned papers. I tucked in some strips of kraft cardstock that I punched with a scalloped border punch, and then added a block of watercolor paper from the new Mix’d Media Stax. If you look closely, you’ll notice I gave the watercolor paper a custom look with a combination of Branch stamped images from Donna’s Art Gone Wild collection of rubber stamps and Smooch Spritz.

To get a gradation of color on my stamped images, I did some second, third, and even fourth stamping. The bottom right corner received the darkest images, while the top left corner got the lighter images. As the color fades with each stamping, you create a sense of depth and dimension, like a field full of flowers fading into the background.

I also created more custom embellishments with Donna’s stamps for this page, like a border of Cotton Lace down the left side, and the gorgeous hanging Chandelier at the top.

Other key page elements came directly from the patterned papers. That stunning photo frame is one such feature. I fussy cut the frame and then layered it on some kraft cardstock. A bit of machine stitching adds further definition to the design. The gorgeous title work also came from my favorite sheet of Botanique paper.

The butterflies are more elements cuts from Donna’s Spring in Bloom Artistic Paper and colored with Candleglow Smooch Spritz. I layered them on die cut canvas butterflies and bent their wings up for instant depth and dimension.

A few added gems and a journaling strip complete my page, and I love how it turned out. Creating my own embellishments using just patterned paper and stamps is one of my favorite ways to dress up my layouts, and better yet, it’s budget-friendly, too! And who doesn’t love that?



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Hi everyone!! Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day yesterday and that your Sweets were sweet to you. We had a quiet, but very nice day here at our house. Nik easily and readily agreed to be my Valentine, but Mr. Pete was a bit reluctant until I told him there was chocolate involved.  Boys! ;)

Over the holidays this past year, I received the most wonderful package of scrappy goodies from my sweet friend, Yvonne, all the way from sunny Singapore. She put together such unique and fun items in the most delicious neutral color palette with lots of browns. Delicious browns….exactly what I like. Sigh….

That girl just “gets” me.

This week, I dove into Yvonne’s kit to create a masculine themed birthday card for a friend of mine who just so happens to have a birthday coming up shortly. And I used the fun sketch for our new Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps sketch challenge that starts today. I hope you all will come and play along with us. Here is this month’s sketch.

I combined Yvonne’s kit and the newly released Gears Clear Stamp Set and matching Gears Die for my card.

Aren’t the new gears just perfect with that sketch? And so perfect for a masculine card, too.

The Gears come in three different sizes. I die cut all three shapes and then had fun mixing and matching the stamped images. There are so many to choose from in this set. I added some gears directly to the card base, while others were popped up on foam dots for dimension.

You can see I did some masking and misting on the card background. Yvonne sent a piece of punchinella, so I played with that here. Taped it to the right side of the card and then misted with brown ink. Such a fun technique that I don’t do near enough.

I don’t often make “guy” cards, but this one was a ton of fun. Thanks so much for all the goodies, Yvonne!

And thanks so much to all of you for stopping by! Come play along with our Prickley Pear February sketch for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate at the Prickley Pear Web Shop. Have a great day everyone.

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Ways to Show I Love You

Hi everyone! Happy, happy Valentine’s Day to you! I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing today, that you are surrounded by the love of those most precious to you.


This week on the Glue Arts blog, we are showcasing special ways to show your love.  And in my family, nothing says I Love You quite like chocolate. Every year for Valentine’s Day, I make sure to get a bunch of chocolate for my two sweeties, and this year, I decided I wanted to find a way to present the goodies in a special way. There’s nothing easier than creating a fun wrap for an old recycled jar, like I did here, and filling it with your favorite sweets. And yet something so simple like this can turn the ordinary bag candy into something better, bigger, and way more grand.

I created the band with some old wool fabric and several strips of patterned papers.  Tied lots of pretty trims around the middle, including several I received over Christmas from my sweet friend, Yvonne. (Thank you, Yvonne!)

Added a scalloped circle die and a flower to the bow, and created a stitched heart pick from some remaining wool fabric and a wooden skewer. Dressed the jar with a few mini butterflies I die cut and stamped. That’s Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps’ Mini Butterflies Clear Stamps and matching Die again. Do love those guys.

And I do love YOU, too!

For the full supply list and step-by-steps, pop over to the Glue Arts blog. There’s lots more lovely projects to see, as well as a prize giveaway. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!

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Hi everyone, and happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I am one happy camper this morning. I got to spend lots of time over the past couple of days with my girlfriends, soaking up all the positive girlfriend energy I could. There was lunch out Friday with one group, then dinner with another, followed by a crop at Archiver’s Saturday with a group of 14 of us. Pretty lucky, right? I think all the fun and laughs should hold me for quite some time!

It’s Valentine’s week, and time for a few last lovey dovey projects. Today I have a card to share that I made for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps using a couple of their new Valentine red rubber images, Fox and Let’s Go Together.

I know, I know! It’s not often you see a green and red fox, but I couldn’t resist having a little fun with this sweet guy. I decided to give him a custom color job to perfectly match my patterned papers in the design. After all, that’s one of the beauties about using rubber stamps. You can make them look any way you want.

Stamped my fox in black ink and added color using a combination of Copics and colored pencils. Fussy cut him out and added him to the journaling card using foam adhesive for dimension. Stamped the Let’s Go Together sentiment, and cut it into a banner strip. Added it to a heart pin for a fun pennant.

For more inspiration using Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, be sure to stop by the blog. The rest of the team has come up with some adorable projects to share with you. And thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a fabulous day.

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Hi everyone! Anyone ready for a little blog party?

Welcome to Prickley Pear’s release of new clear stamp sets and coordinated dies.
To celebrate this new release we are having a three day long Blog Party with loads of inspirations by the Design Team and a give away! One happy participant will win a $ 20 gift certificate to the web shop. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the participating blogs and tell us what you think about the new release. Last day to enter is Monday 13th midnight EST. The winner will be drawn randomly at one of the participating blogs, one of the days and will be presented on the Prickley Pear Blog on Tuesday.
I made a friendship card for my blog party project featuring my favorite new release clear stamp set Mini Butterflies and the matching Mini Butterflies Die. Love, love, love this new set! Think I’m going to be addicted to this one. With all the sweet images to choose from, the only difficulty is choosing which one to use first.
My favorite color combo recently is yellow mixed with gray. Just can’t get enough of that look. Here I paired them with a small pop of red for an instant burst of sunshine. Makes me think of spring, and boy, am I ever ready!

To create the focal butterflies, I die cut 8 of the largest butterflies from cream cardstock and stamped each image with gray ink. Punched 4 squares from patterned paper for the backdrop and added a layered butterfly to the center of each block using foam adhesive for dimension. I bent up the wings on the top butterflies to give even more depth.

Added a rub on sentiment strip and tied up the card with a band of yellow lace and a vintage red button.

Hope you’ve enjoyed day one of our three-day blog party! Be sure to stop back by the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog tomorrow for more great inspiration as the party continues. Here’s a list of the hop for this weekend.

Happy hopping, everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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Glue Arts Valentines

Hi everyone! It’s Valentine treat time on the Glue Arts blog.

And all this week, the design team is getting together to bring you lots of inspiring Valentine ideas and projects featuring our fabulous U Cut It Foam Adhesive.

I created a sweet Valentine card with lots of depth and dimension thanks to the U Cut It Foam. Not only did I pop some of my layers up using the foam in the traditional way, but I also created a dimensional focal point using my favorite heart die and U Cut It Foam. That’s just one of the cool things about the U Cut It Foam, that you can run it through your die cutting machine to create instant puffy accents.

Once the foam is die cut, simply peel off the top layer and embellish as you wish. I added vintage buttons to my heart and filled the gaps in between with mica glitter. Since the foam is already tacky, just press and stick and you are good to go. How easy is that?

Used my favorite kraft cardstock and lots of layers of patterned papers, stickers, and die cuts. I even added a glassine bag and kraft tag. A perfect little spot for a hidden love note. :)

For a complete supply list and step-by-steps, stop by the Glue Arts blog. Be sure to leave a comment while you are there, and pop back often. Glue Arts is giving away some fabulous prizes every day this week that you won’t want to miss. Thanks so much for stopping by everyone. Wishing you a wonderful day!

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LESSology challenge #11 Flights of Fantasy is up, and this time around we want to see your projects incorporating some element of flight.

I absolutely adore our challenge theme this week! So many possibilities! I mean, is there any end of cute bird products on the market these days? For my project, I made a card with this adorable owl die that I immediately fell in love with and couldn’t wait to use. What a perfect opportunity to try something new.

I die cut the owl from several different patterned papers so I could mix and match the parts to create my own design. I used foam adhesive on some of my layers to give depth and dimension to the little guy, and centered him in an ornate frame that was die cut from kraft cardstock. A little bit of white paint around the edges gives an instant sense of age to the design.

Added a hand-stamped sentiment banner and a layered pom-pom, seam binding bow, and perched my owl on a twig, my up-cycled goody for today. I do love to incorporate a bit of nature into my projects. :)

Hope you will join us and play along with our fun Flights of Fantasy challenge. This month’s prize is being offered by Jenny Johns of Ippity Stamps.

Ippity site – http://jenscupofippity.blogspot.com/
Jenny Johns creative blog – http://jenscupofcreations.blogspot.com/


3 Ippity stamp sets (valued at $22) which includes:
Ippity giggles x 3
Ippity Gurnsey Gingham (background stamp)
Ippity Wise Guy (itty bitty)
And on a personal note, this is my last design team project for LESSology. I’d like to thank the creative minds behind the blog, Yvonne and Angi, for having me these past 6 months. And a huge thank you also to the amazing LESSology design team. You will find no sweeter girls anywhere. Thank you all!
And thank YOU for stopping by today. Wishing you a wonderful day!

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Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I had the most lovely, lazy time, just hanging out and enjoying some quality moments with my kiddos. Went and saw the Big Miracle on Friday, which I thoroughly enjoyed through misty eyes. And have been continuing my Bones-watching Netflix marathon with sweet Missy Nik. Then of course there was the Super Bowl. Doesn’t get much better than that!

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to share some new stampy projects on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog. I used one of the new February release red rubber images, Branch with Hearts, to create a sweet lovey card.

This heart image is perfect for Valentine’s Day, yet would work equally well for many other occasions, too. Mixed with my Happily Ever After sentiment, I could see this working beautifully as a wedding card, couldn’t you?

I stamped the Branch with Hearts image in brown ink on cream cardstock. Colored with Prismas and did a little fussy cutting. Couldn’t resist adding a few puffy polka-dotted stickers to the hanging hearts.

Hung my heart branch from layered ruffled trim and a seam binding bow. Added a few pretty die cuts and a simple rub-on sentiment. A few last puffy heart stickers complete the look.

For more design inspiration using PrickleyPear’s beautiful red rubber and acrylic stamps, be sure to visit the blog. You’re going to love what the rest of the team came up with this week. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day.

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Hi everyone!  Today I am so excited to share with you one of the projects I made for CHA last week featuring Donna’s gorgeous new Botanique line. Botanique is, by far, my most favorite Donna Salazar Designs collection to date. The soft, dreamy colors and sweet floral and vintage-inspired prints are right up my alley. If you love shabby chic, girly grunge, retro beautiful, too, then I know you are going to LOVE Botanique as much as I do.

As many of you know already, I like to spruce up my home for every holiday with a few handmade home decor pieces, and one of my favorite things to create are little paper pillows, like this heart here. Pillows add an instant festive touch to any room in the house, and are SO easy to create. You can make them in any size or shape you want, add a personalized touch to match any decor or theme, and best of all, use only a few basic supplies you probably already have on hand.

To create this pillow, I started with a downloadable heart template from the internet that I re-sized and traced onto my favorite sheet of Botanique patterned paper. After you cut the heart out, stitch it onto the new Mix’d Media Stax watercolor paper to create a sturdy base for your pillow. Cut the heart out leaving approximately a 1/8″ allowance around the edges. Now you are ready to embellish your pillow as you wish.

I wanted a soft and feminine look, so I dressed my pillow with lots of handmade paper flowers and a big pretty bow. The flowers were created from punches. I used two different floral punches to make the bigger flowers, and a scalloped border punch for the rolled rosettes. Punch, layer, scrunch, and secure. I coated my flowers with a dusting of Fairy Dust Glitter Mixed Berries for a bit of sparkle and glam. Spritzed some white tulle with Cashmere Smooch Spritz and tied up my heart with a simple knot, and arranged the flowers in a sweep across the center. Added a stamped sentiment banner and a pretty, layered butterfly cut with Donna’s Wonderful Wings Dies. One layer from canvas, and another from patterned paper coated with glitter. Topped my butterfly with a few gems from Want2Scrap. I used Leather Mixed Media Inx for the sentiment, and swiped the edge of the heart with Chiffon for a vintage look.

When you’re finished with the embellishing, simply stitch the heart front onto a second sheet of Mix’d Media Stax watercolor paper, leaving enough of an opening to stuff the pillow with tissue paper before stitching closed.




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