Hi friends! I’m sneaking in today with a little surprise post. I’m so excited to say that I’ve been asked back to guest design for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps this spring. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be popping in on Thursdays with lots of fun projects to share featuring some of my favorite Prickley Pear stamps, starting today with this little gift set that’s perfect for all the coffee-lovers in your life.
This fun set includes a card and a matching pillow box, and was made with a super adorable red rubber image from Prickley Pear called Coffee Stain. I really love the artsy, random look to this stamp. These truly look like real little coffee cup rings, don’t they? So perfect for creating your own custom background paper and so easy to do, too. And what a great match for that fun journaling card I’ve been dying to use.
To create my own custom background paper, I randomly stamped the Coffee Stain image repeatedly onto kraft cardstock. I stuck with dark brown ink to mimic the real look of coffee cup rings. Then I simply cut down my panel and layered it onto a white card base. Machine stitching around the card adds a decorative touch. I adhered the coffee sentiment card onto some scalloped-edged paper, tying it with baker’s twine before adding it to my card base using foam dots for dimension. Last touch is a fun chipboard bottle cap embellishment that perfectly matches my theme.
The matching gift box is just as easy. After die cutting my box shape from kraft cardstock, the Coffee Stain image was once again randomly stamped in dark brown ink over the entire surface. Then just fill the box with goodies and tie it closed with baker’s twine. I added a white cardstock belly band to match the card and added a few die cut embellishments for a fun hang tag. Super simple and super fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my little coffee-lover’s gift set. I’ll be back next Thursday with another fun Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp project. Hope to see you all then!
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Posted in Authentique Paper, Card Making, Design Team, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, Sizzix, Therm O Web, tagged Autumn, Fall, Oak and Maple Leaf Die, tag, Thrilling on September 2, 2013 |
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Happy Monday, my friends, and happy Labor Day to all of you in the States. Today is a big, big day in our house. Today my boy, Pete, turns the big 18! So the Missy Nik and I are making a road trip to go spend the day with him. I am so excited to see him I can barely stand it. Think I’m going to squeeze that child in two!
Before we hit the road, I have a fun fall project to share featuring Authentique’s adorable Thrilling collection. If you are at all familiar with Thrilling, you know that it is mainly a Halloween collection, but today, the team thought it would be fun to showcase this line in a whole new light.
To me, autumn is all about warm colors of orange and yellow, but there’s also nothing that screams fall more to me than a nice mix of neutrals. So for my project, I pulled out papers in a white, black, and cream color combo and added in a bit of kraft for a fun fall look on this card and tag gift set. I don’t think you’d ever guess that this was a Halloween line.
The rest of the team has come up with some more amazing non-Halloween Thrilling projects to share with you today on the blog, if you’d like to take a peek. And if you leave a comment while you are there, you have a chance to win the entire Thrilling collection for yourself.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!
Authentique Thrilling Collection:
8×12 “elements” sticker
Cardstock: The Kraft Outlet, Stampin’Up
Dies: Sizzix, Papertrey Ink, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Trim: May Arts
Decorative Pins: Maya Road
Ink: Imagine Crafts for Tsukineko
Buttons: craft supply
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It’s the end of the first week of school and the start of a long holiday weekend. What a wonderful combination, and what a very wonderful weekend this will be. Not only do we get an extra day off, but this weekend just so happens to be extra special, as it is Mr. Pete’s big 18th birthday! So of course that means I get to see my boy again this weekend. And that, in turn, makes this old momma happy, happy, happy.
One might could say I’m feeling rather joyous. A perfect day to share a bit of Authentique Joyous with all of you!
This cutie pie little frame is another project I created for Authentique’s CHA Create n’ Connect booth last month. It was just the right size to showcase that adorable Santa, which has got to be my most favorite image in the entire collection. I simply added one of the scalloped shapes from the Frames & Corners die cut sheet to the opening of the frame. Then the Santa cut from the Magical 12×12 paper fits perfectly behind.
The frame itself is another of my junk store finds. I removed the glass and lightly sanded the wood. A few swipes of white and brown ink give the project an instant sense of age. Tied the bottom of the frame with a big happy bow, dressed up with a few die cut leaves, brads, and decorative pins. The sentiment strip is from the top of the Santa image, which I cut off to fit the frame. Doesn’t get much easier than that, my friends.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a very joyous long, holiday weekend!
Authentique Joyous Collection
Magical 12×12 Paper
6×6 Paper Bundle
Frames & Corners Die Cuts
Details Sticker Sheet
Die: Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Decorative Pins: Little Yellow Bicycle
Round Brad Setting, Round Epoxy Cap: Epiphany Crafts
Trim: May Arts, American CraftsInk: Clearsnap
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Posted in Design Team, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, tagged card making, cards, ChickenNoodle, Halloween, Jillibean Soup, Lost & Found Sunshine, Mischievous, My Mind's Eye, Papertrey Ink, Tarragon Leaves on September 24, 2012 |
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Hi Sweeties! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
So happy that this weekend we officially hit the start of my favorite season. I am definitely ready for the change. Saturday we had a Fall Faire at the garden center where I work, and if I wasn’t ready for autumn before, I sure am now. After being surrounded by all the adorable Halloween decorations in the gift shop and all the pansies, mums, pumpkins and gourds in the garden, I am in the mood for all the joys this season will bring!
Today I am sharing my last design team project for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. And for my final project, I thought it was only fitting to re-visit some of my very favorite Prickley Pear sets.
Along with my favorite stamp sets, I used lots of my favorite scrappy supplies here. Kraft cardstock and happy polka dots, a bright orange button and baker’s twine tie. I used my new Papertrey Ink herringbone embossing plate on the kraft cardstock. The pumpkin and leaves are from the Pumpkin Clear Stamps Set 2. I die cut both the leaves and pumpkin shape from kraft cardstock using the matching Pumpkin Die and stamped the images in black ink. Colored the pumpkin using Prismas blended with Gamsol. The sweet Boo sentiment is from the Bats Clear Stamps Set, stamped in black on a die cut banner.
For more stampy inspiration using Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, be sure to visit the blog. The rest of the team has some beautiful things to share with you today. Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
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Hiya Sweetie Peeps! Happy Monday to you. It’s the start of a new week, and time to share some stampy inspiration with you for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. Today I am celebrating fall with my favorite fall stamp set, the Oak and Maple Leaf Clear Stamps.
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of these adorable leaves. They are the perfect size for so many projects, and are so easy and quick to use. I simply cut several leaves using the matching Oak and Maple Leaf Die, stamped them with the coordinating image in dark brown ink, and arranged them in a little cluster along with a big bow and a fabric brad. A bit of trim, a fishtail banner, and a stamped sentiment finish things off.
For more inspiration using Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, be sure to visit the blog. The rest of the team has some beautiful things to share with you today.
I’ll be back tomorrow with my Makin’ the Grade Cycling Team post on the Little Yellow Bicycle blog. Hope to see you all then!
Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! Wishing you a wonderful day!
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Posted in Design Team, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, tagged card making, cards, Halloween, Mischievous, My Mind's Eye, NC, Pine Knoll Shores, Trinity Retreat Center on September 10, 2012 |
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Hi Sweetie Peas! Hope you all had a very wonderful weekend. I am back from my weekend scrapbooking retreat at the beach, and I must say that we had a fabulous time. It is so good to get away with the girls. I haven’t laughed that hard in I don’t know how long, and………I even got a bit of scrapping done.
I have photos to share from the weekend, but first, it’s time to share my Monday project for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. I’ve been playing with the new Bats Clear Stamps Set and Die again. I think we should go ahead and declare 2012 the Halloween of the bat as I seem to have gone completely batty this year. Let’s just make it official and get it over with, shall we?
I had leftover kraft envelopes from my Maya Road project last week, which became the inspiration for this little notecard. Covered some manila tags with inks and bits of torn dictionary pages and stamped lots of tiny bats from the Clearly Beautiful the Four Seasons stamp set for a spooky backdrop. Tucked the tags into the envelope and added one large die cut bat to the outside. Lots of happy polka dots and a sentiment strip finish things off.
And now for a few photos of the beach retreat.
The Trinity Center is only steps away from the ocean, and yet it feels like you’re in the mountains with the rustic buildings and all the wonderful trees. It really is the best of both worlds. So serene and so peaceful.
It was very humid and quite rainy while we were there, so humid in fact that I had a hard time keeping my camera lens from fogging up. But I did still manage to do a little rocking on the back deck and got in one nice walk along the beach.
Mostly, though, we spent our time in here…..
having a great time.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, too!
Sharing today’s project with Paper Issue’s Tag, You’re It challenge
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Posted in Design Team, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, tagged American Crafts, card making, cards, design team call, Halloween, Mischievous, My Mind's Eye, Nightfall, stamping on September 3, 2012 |
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Hiya everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend, and that those of you in the States are enjoying your holiday day off today. I’ve had a very lovely long weekend, but it’s been very quiet here. My kiddos have been off camping, and I’ve had the whole house to myself. You can bet I’ve taken advantage of every minute to be good and lazy and rest up from our first week back to school. Amazing how just one week of early rising can wear me out.
September starts my last month as a designer for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. It always shocks me how quickly a whole year can fly by. It was exactly a year ago that Prickley Pear first caught my eye with their adorable Halloween images. You all know how much I love Halloween, right? (Snicker)
And now a year later, I can still say that Prickley Pear’s Halloween stamps are my absolute favorites. Today I have another fun Halloween card to share that features the new Bats Clear Stamps Set that I have been previewing for the last couple of weeks. This time I used a couple of the smaller bat images from the set along with that fabulous Halloween Hi sentiment.
I placed the sentiment strip on the right to balance the big bow on the left, and created a circular die cut opening in the top of the card in which to tuck a couple of ghosts. Stamped and fussy cut a pair of little bats to add to the happy scene. I think these guys are just too cute to spook, don’t you?
For more inspiration using Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, be sure to visit the blog. The rest of the team has some beautiful things to share with you today. And I think there might be some news about a Design Team call, too!
Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!
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Today is our first day back to school. And I’m feeling a little blue, my friends. It’s really hard to see the lazy days of summer come to an end. I miss my kiddos already. The house is waaaay too quiet without them.
And heck……I’m not a fan of waking up before 6 am, either.
For me, there’s no better cure for feeling down in the dumps than looking ahead to my favorite time of year. So today, I have a fun Halloween project to share for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. This is the adorable Bats Clear Stamps Set again.
Stamped my little batty friend in black ink onto white cardstock and cut him out with the matching Bat Die. There’s a separate stamp image for the body of the bat, which I stamped here in gray ink. You can see his cute beady eyes, right? I then colored his wings with Copics. Stamped a sentiment from the set and trimmed it into a banner for him to hold. I think he’s trying to scare you. Did it work?
Layered Little Batty onto felt, cardstock, and patterned paper die cuts. The tag in the background has been stamped with more bat friends from both the Bats Clear Stamps Set and The Four Seasons Clear Stamps Set. The papers are Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens.
For more inspiration using Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, be sure to visit the blog. The rest of the team has some beautiful things to share with you today. Thanks so much for stopping by, everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful day.
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We are down to our very last week of summer vacation. Next Monday morning my kiddos will be heading off on that little yellow school bus to start a brand new year. Although I will certainly miss summer, I am looking forward to the Fall. Sigh…..my favorite season!
Couldn’t wait to get started on this year’s Halloween decorations with the adorable Fall collection of stamps from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. This is the brand new Bats Clear Stamps Set and matching Bat Die, that I am so excited to be previewing for you this week. I have a feeling you will be seeing a lot of this set from me.
Isn’t that bat just sooo cute? He is die cut and stamped in black and colored with Copics. I couldn’t resist giving him some facial details with black pearls, and check out those fangs. Made those from a grain of rice.
Created a little diorama for my bat complete with a spooky moon and clouds. Stamped a sentiment from the set and trimmed it into a waving banner. All the papers are from Basic Grey’s Eerie collection. I used the lid from a balsa wood box that was leftover from a previous project for the base. I knew someday I would find a good use for that old lid.
For more inspiration using Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, be sure to visit the blog. The rest of the team has some fabulous things to share with you today. Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
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Hiya Sweeties! Happy Monday! I do hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I had a very nice time, myself. The weekend was a fabulous mixture of quiet downtime and playtime, both. Time to be energized by happy activities, and also time to recharge the batteries. A perfect blend. Just what the doctor ordered!
It’s the start of a new week, and time to share another stamping project for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. Today I have a card that is a bit different from my usual style. Heavy on the cardstock, and light on the patterned paper. Cause every once in awhile, a girl likes to do something a bit different, right?
To create the focal panel, I started by stamping a Large Vine Flourish in a pretty pink ink onto cream cardstock. That’s the old Cameo Coral color by Stampin’Up. Some of you may still remember it. I layered the stamped panel onto Authentique Carefree patterned paper and dark chocolate cardstock. Added a banner strip and cardstock stickers and tied them all up with seam binding and chocolate hemp.
The card base is more dark brown cardstock with an embossed panel of Cameo Coral cardstock. I added a fancy stamped border below the embossing using the diamond border stamp from the Scalloped Oval Clear Stamps Set. Small black pearls dress up the center of each diamond. A pair of chocolate butterflies die cut from the Mini Butterflies Die add a final little detail.
For more inspiration using Prickley Pear rubber stamps, be sure to visit the blog. The rest of the team has some beautiful things to share with you today. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
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