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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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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mushroom Lane is expanding!!

Good evening! There has been some building working going on down Mushroom Lane

There are some new houses and even a store there now - the village is growing well.
I'm going to show you a couple of the new houses - I love the first one:


Welcome to Tree Stump House I have colored the image with alcohol markers and inked the background stenciling clouds to make a scene. I then matted some ditsy floral paper and my image with red card drawing out the color of the door and windows - oh and the little ladybugs that are crawling around if you look closely.
I thought the Me or The House funny bones sentiment was fitting and I added the little die-cut squirrels as embellishments as I thought they worked great with this house.

The second house is The Butterfly House


Again colored with alcohol markers and matted on red card. I used a Kraft colored paper with tiny flowers on it on my card base. 
A computer generated new home sentiment was added along with some rik-rak ribbon and pink enamel dots

Don't forget you still have time to grab one of the amazing deals from Riley and Company

Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 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.

Here are just a few cool card samples of some of the new release! The Riley & Co Blog, and each of our designers blogs have a TON more samples! And speaking of Riley's Blog...

SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! 



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Lunchables for mom's

Good afternoon - It's a gorgeous day here but so windy! It's my son's senior prom tonight I can't believe that he leaves school this week - where does the time go!!

So to reduce my stress levels I need the following Lunchables for Moms:


This is another new release from the Riley and Company Funny Bones collection. I generated some chocolate paper and matted my card with this. I then stamped the sentiment and the wine glass, cutting the bowl of the glass away then adding acetate over the hole. I inked the card then used foam tape on the back of the topper to make a shaker card using wine colored microbeads for the wine.
This was matted onto another piece of white card and added to the center of my chocolate bar. 
A simple and easy card to make!

Don't forget there are deals continuing until midnight tomorrow for the new release from Riley and Company:

Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 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.

Here are just a few cool card samples of some of the new release! The Riley & Co Blog, and each of our designers blogs have a TON more samples! And speaking of Riley's Blog...

SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! 


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sports day

Good afternoon the sun is shining and my doors are open! Thank goodness we have a break in the rain.

It's hump day and we are half way through the new release at Riley and Company. Today It's sports day, remember the adorable dress up Riley's from the last new release - well we have some great summer outfits and activities stamps including sports. So I have dressed our little buddy up for sports day.

First activity is soccer or as we Brits call it football:


I colored Riley and his shorts using alcohol markers - adding a stripe to his shorts so he's in my hubby's favorite team colors. I then printed out some soccer related design paper and cut it into a bookmark - I matted it onto red card to give it more stability Riley was glued in place and I stamped 3 soccer balls which I have placed to make it look as if he is heading them. I punched a hole in the top of the bookmark and made a tassel from baker's twine.

Next we'll have a nice game of golf and meet up at the 19th hole for a little apres drink


Again colored with Alcohol makers, I added a cap so he can see his ball without the sun getting in his eyes. I colored the ball and club - these accessories all have matching dies which makes it so much better than having to fussy cut such tiny items! I printed a design paper and typed out my sentiment and printed it onto the paper. Matting this with a golf ball paper I added the club and ball.

Onto my 3rd sports related card - fishing!


Riley looks fab in his "Gone Fishing" tee which along with his hat, rod and fish were colored with my markers. I then matted my grey card base with some camo design paper and green card. I typed out some of the lyrics from one of my favorite country singers and matted this with the grey card. Riley was dressed and added to the card along with his rod and trout!

The deals are still going on at Riley and Company:
Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 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.

And you are still in the chance of winning some swag:
Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! More times you comment the more chances of winning!!!



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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

No one is you....

Good afternoon - how is your day going? if things are getting you down this next new release from Riley and Company is just for you

I Love the many sentiments that Riley and Company have in their funny bone range some you can use to make snarky cards but then you can use the same stamp for a serious card as I have done in my 2nd post of the day:


"No one is you. And that is your power"- is a great sentiment for a pick me up card but can also be used to to make fun in a friendly way at someone.

I used 3 shades of distress ink blended in to each other on to white card. I then used the new Nesting Circle Dies to die-cut my sky patterned design paper. 
I matted my base card with blue card, added the inked card. I adhered the patterned paper over this.
I stamped the lighthouse house from the Mushroom Lane range and colored it with alcohol markers before fussy cutting it out.
This was placed to the right of the circle and I then stamped my sentiment within the circle.
I added a few enamel dots to balance the design.

Don't forget to check out the Riley website and the great deals they have running this week only:
Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 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.

Also the Riley & Co Blog, and each of my teamies' blogs have a TON more samples! And speaking of Riley's Blog...

SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! 

Why not also check out the rest of the new release over at the Riley online store
and our Facebook page for my inspiration


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Flooded!!!

Good morning despite it still raining the title of the post is connected with my design today rather than the weather although it's not good that part of the US are flooded

It's day 2 of the Riley and Company new release those deals are still available:
Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 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.

Today's make is from the first bundle along with a little dressed up Riley (yes you can get his outfit too with dies to make them easy to cut out and fit to him!)


Yes 60% water is a great new snarky stamp that fits perfectly with the snorkeling Riley outfit.

I colored Riley with my alcohol markers and dressed him using the snorkel and rubber ring. I then butchered him - yes I chopped his legs off 😲

I matted my card base with blue card and some water effect design paper. I then adhered Riley to the card along with some bubbles. I stamped the sentiment in black, matted this with blue card and glued in place adding bubbles to the top.
I then used glossy accents on both the bubbles and Riley's snorkel mask to add some dimension to my finished card.

The Riley & Co Blog, and each of my teamies' blogs have a TON more samples! And speaking of Riley's Blog...

SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! 

Why not also check out the rest of the new release over at the Riley online store
and our Facebook page for my inspiration



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Monday, May 1, 2017

don't let fear put you off

Good afternoon - wow have we had some rain over the last few days and it's still pouring down!!!

It's the first day of May which means Riley and Company have a huge new release waiting for you! Not only stamps (including more outfits for our favorite moose) but dies and yes nesting dies!!!!

On top of that there are some great deals happening this week:

Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 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.

So onto my first of many makes this week:


This Funny Bones stamp speaks volumes to me, we emigrated to the USA 3 years ago and boy was the thought of living in a whole new country scary and yes times I thought what are we doing but as the Regret Sentiment says 'regret is even scarier" and I know now that I would have regretted it for the rest of my life had I not made the change

I stamped the sentiment in a purple ink and the used the new Riley and Co. Oval pierced nesting dies to diecut the wording and a mat for it. 
I matted my white card base with purple card and floral design paper. I then used the smallest oval die to cut petals and leaves and the smallest die from the pierced nesting circle dies which I made the flowers with. I added some crystal gems just to balance the design

Don't forget to check out the Riley and Company Online Store for all of their new releases 

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog 
Speaking of Riley's Blog...

SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! 

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, 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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