Thursday, March 31, 2011

Crop Stop Challenge - Shiny Objects

This week's Crop Stop Challenge was to use something shiny on our cards. I decided to go masculine on my card this week. For my background, I used a Tim Holtz Mini Mask - Compass and pale blue cardstock. I applied Distress Inks in Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters over my mask. I ran the panel through my Hounds Tooth Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and then hit it lightly with my Tumbled Glass distress ink. For my card border I stamped the Stampers Anonymous Ruler from the Tim Holtz Collection and then mounted it on a distressed piece of black cardstock. For my *shiny* touches I added some hardware from Tim Holtz's collection along with some fabby star brads I had in my stash. Also shiny is the mirracardstock I framed my sentiment with. Another final masculine touch is the piece of screen I found when I was digging for my mirracard. The sentiment stamp and frame are Spellbinders Compatible Stamps that I stamped, cut out and popped up on foam tape. We hope you can join us for the lucky participant will win a Crop Stop prize...FUN! Also, be sure to use the COUPON CODE on my sidebar to SAVE 10% off of your next CropStop order! Thanks!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Prickley Pear Country Bicycle

I received Prickley Pear's Country Bicycle image in yesterday's mail...and I couldn't wait to color it up....the thought of spring/summer fun! I made two cards, each with their own feel. The first card uses a softer springy color scheme. I also used images from the Clearly Beautiful Flowers set. I stamped the flower and sentiment on some pastel designer paper scraps. I used the Scalloped Circle die for this card. There is also a Flowers die available for those who don't like fussing cutting them!
For my second card I went with more of a bold, summery patriotic theme. I stamped the image on a panel that I had punched with the Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page punches.

Dont' forget, if you have some Prickley Pear goodness in your stamp collections, make a card and post the link on the Prickley Pear blog for a chance to be featured win some more!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blowing Bubbles...

This week's sponsor for our Digital Tuesday Challenge is My Grafico offering one digistamp set of winner's choice plus a 20% off voucher to be used in their store. Our challenge was to make a card for a child. I decided to go with Emma Blowing Bubbles from Fred, She Said Digital Designs. I framed her with the Spellbinders Eyelet Squares Die. I masked my image and airbrushed my background before taking my image out of the die. The image is colored with Copic markers. This image also comes in the pre-colored version for those who like that option. The stitched frame is done by hand with a Lasting Impressions die, piercing tool and white gel pen. I added some tiny Martha Stewart punched butterflies to the corners of my frame.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!

Positive thinking, though we are still buried under a foot of snow here in Wisconsin!! Today's card is for One Crazy Stamper. I was just itching to use this adorable stamp from Stampavie's 2011 winter release called Spring Has Sprung. I stamped the image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I used the Victoria Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and designer paper is Tickled Pink from My Mind's Eye.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Show Us Your Prickley Pear!

Hi folks, there are some exciting changes coming to Prickley Pear and we hope you will enjoy them as much as we do! The design team has been gearing up with some fabulous ideas, challenges, and inspiration. But first, we want to see how YOU use your Prickley Pear stamps. Leave us a link to your blog or gallery in the comment section of this post and each week, we will highlight a few of the items we find. At the end of the month, we will randomly choose a winner from the highlights to win some rubbery goodness. So, leave us your link and get creative with your stamps, you never know when the PPRS fairy will stop by your blog!!

Double Embossing Technique

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe is EMBOSSING; either wet or dry. Embossing is such a fun technique....and this one is a fun one from my archives.

My card is a white base. The next layer is a double-cuttlebugged layer. I'm sure this is on the net somewhere...but I've never seen it anywhere and I came up with it the other night and have really enjoyed working with it! I ran it through a Cuttlebug Script embossing folder first and then through the Cuttlebug Leafy Branch embossing folder.

The white cardstock strip has been pierced and then scored on the Scor-pal every quarter inch for interest. I did valleys down on this card, but I think I'd like valleys up as well.

The white heart is a Cuttlebug die cut that has been run through one of the coordinating Heart Embossing Folder.

The stamp is the Exotic Flower from The Rubber Cafe. I stamped it on acetate with Stazon ink. I glittered it with Cranberry and White Pearl glitters. The red is really pretty in real's a rich cranberry color. I cut out the flower when it was dry and attached it to the card with mini-glue dots.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Blog Hop - Fred She Said!

Welcome to the Fred, She Said Spring blog hop! If you are here from Marlena's blog, you are in the right spot! If not, you will want to start at the beginning of the hop and collect the words along the way....the last stop of the hop will tell you where to email the phrase for a chance to win a fantastic prize! Please be sure to leave some love along the way....we love to hear from you!!

Prize information:
ONE winner of $25 FSS GC, $25 CropStop GC and 2 Digi Paper Sets from Bearly Mine Designs,
who is co-sponsoring our blog hop this month.

My card features a new spring image called Easter Chicky. I chose one of the pre-colored images for my card.

I used a Creatables die to frame my image, which I popped up on foam tape over a SU! embossing folder embossed panel.

I loved the crispness of this pristine and pretty. I chose a simple yet clean embellishment....a pleated ribbon border with vertical stripe grosgrain yellow ribbon from

I also made a clean and simple masculine card featuring another of Tracey-Lynn's fabulous pre-colored images, The Old Truck.

I chose the truck in brown and paired it up with some designer paper I had on hand. I chose to go with silver accents in the star brads, nailheads and metal stickers. A touch of faux stitching finishes this card.

I hope your stop here has inspired you! The word you are collecting from me is SAID. Your next stop is the last stop on this hop....the FSS Challenge Blog. Be sure to follow the directions there to be eligible for the fantastic prize being offered!! Good Luck!!

Live, Dance, Laugh!

If you are here for the Inky Antics Blog Hop, click HERE.

Today's CropStop challenge is mine! I want to see LACE of any kind! I ended up going with paper lace on this card....I love the swirly beauty of the Heartfelt Creations/Spellbinders Decorative Oval Window Die.

I made my card on some pearlized cardstock that I found in my stash...and just as I expected, the embossing turned out beautifully! I used the Cuttlebug Victoria Embossing Folder for my background panel.

The flowers are from Heartfelt Creations' Daisy Patch Bouquet set. I colored my flowers with Copic Markers (RV66, RV55, RV63, YG17, YG67), cut them out and mounted them with foam tape.

The flower centers are pinwheels from PaperWishes and Dew Drops. The sentiment is from Inky Antics.

Be sure to check out our CropStop challenge this week....I want to see all the lacey loveliness! One luck winner will win a Crop Stop Gift Certificate! Also, if you shop CropStop....don't forget to use my coupon code to save yourself 10%! CTMP-01

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Inky Antics Honey Pop Hop!

Welcome to the Inky Antics Honey Pop Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from
Jovi's blog, you are right on track!
For my first card I used the Cupcake Birdy Honey Pop set. I paper pieced my bird and used the beautiful Echo Park Springtime collection to embellish my card.

My second card features the fun Birthday Elephant Honey Pop set. I used a white gel pen to make my present ribbons pop.

My third card uses the Carrot Bunny Honey Pop set. Gotta love the size of that carrot!!

My final card features the Frog Honey Pop set.
To see how these amazing cards are made, check out this link!
If you have just started our sure to start at the beginning on Trudy's blog!
To continue on your way, your next stop is Debbie's blog.
Our hop starts today and ends on Sunday, March 27th at midnight Central time. We invite you to stop and comment on each DT members’ blog, as there will be prizes given away. Three lucky winners will be drawn at random to receive a surprise HoneyPOP Clear Set and coordinating Honeycomb Paper Pad. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment on each designer’s blog post plus the Inky blog, with up to seven comments total.)
Please also consider participating in the HoneyPOP Blog Hop Challenge. You’ll find the complete scoop here.

Listen With Your Heart

If you are here for the Inky Antics Honey Pop Blog Hop click HERE.

I've been waiting to do this image up....but now that the snow drifts have disappeared and I am seeing peeks of green in my flower gardens, I decided it's time! Some of the first flowers to bloom are my mini iris...they are so vibrant and are a welcom sight after a Wisconsin winter!

Today's card is for The set is Beauty Within by Flourishes. I stamped my images with Memento ink and colored them with Copic Markers. The sentiment is also from this set.

Copic colors: YG13, YG17, YG67, V09, V15, V17, B00, B02

I cut the image out and then layered it on a Spellbinders Labels Thirteen die. My ribbon is heated with a heat gun to crinkle it up.

I stamped the oval that surrounds my word from the Fancy Accents Spellbinders Compatible Set and cut it out.

The designer paper is BasicGrey's Kioshi collection which I ran through the Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder. I sanded the embossing to highlight it a bit futher.

You still have time to hop in and join us for our monthly challenge...there is a gift certificate on the line for a lucky participant. Maybe it will be You!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Digital Tuesday - Button Up!

Happy Tuesday! Today's Digital Tuesday Challenge: Button Up!
Our sponsor today is the Stamping Boutique who generously shared this Flower Cart image for the challenge.
I used BasicGrey's Kioshi 6x6 paper pad as my color inspiration. I colored my image with Copic markers. I added some BasicGrey buttons to my card layout.
The sentiment is by Hero Arts.
We hope you can join our challenge.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Doodle and Appliqued Tree Cards

I am in the mood for spring, and I'm sharing a few cheery spring cards with you today!

I love Faith's Spring Doodle image from Designed2Delight. It's such a happy little flower! I colored mine with Copic Markers. I doodled a frame and then layered it on a Martha Stewart punched panel.

The panel was too long for my image, so I spliced it in the middle and then added gems to cover up the cuts. The designer paper is from SU!

For this card I used the paper piecing technique with the Appliqued Tree set from Designed2Delight. The papers are all Heidi Grace. The cloud paper did not photograph well...but it's shimmery blue with flocked fun and cute!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Rubber Cafe Monochromatic Card

The Rubber Cafe challenge this week is to make a monochromatic card.

I chose to use the Large Herbal Leaf image for my card. For the background paper I used the generation stamping technique. I stamped the image and then stamped it once more before reinking. Sentiment is Anything is Possible.

I used an assortment of coordinating Bazzil cardstock for my monochromatic inspiration. The button is vintage. The natural mesh is a perfect match.

There is a $10 gift certificate for The Rubber Cafe store up for grabs. Come and play and good luck!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Prickley Pear Trio

I'm sharing a trio of Prickley Pear cards today.

My first card features the Rosebud and Dragonfly Egg as well as the Dragonfly Heart image.
I shaded my images with Copic Markers and then accented the dragonfly wings with a white Signo gel pen.

Designer paper is by Echo Park.

Here is a similar card using the hearts and a sentiment from the Clearly Beautiful Dragonflies set.

For my final card, I used the Love is in the Air image, stamped in black Stazon ink onto acetate.
I added glitter to the reverse side of the acetate and then attached it once dry with hidden glue dots.
I made a frame with some glitter ribbon I picked up in the $1.00 bin at Michael's. Designer paper is Echo Park.

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Quartet of Fred She Said Spring Cards!

Today I'm sharing a flower-filled post featuring some fabulous Fred She Said images. I printed out the carnation and sentiment on white cardstock. I colored the image with Copic Markers, cut it out with a Spellbinders Four die and edged it in Pearlescent glitter. White on white is so fresh and spring-y!

I am also entering this card in this week's Stamping for the Weekend Challenge which is All for Mothers!
This is the Lovely Blossom and Butterfly set that I played with a few weeks ago...and this is the rest of the cards that I made. I cut out the little flowers that adorn the photo corners. A perfect little finishing touch! Each petal on this card is folded three times over my craft knife blade for dimension.
I printed the images out smaller and love the delicate feel of this card.

This final card uses the pre-colored background and a different flower presentation. Instead of folding the flower petals for dimension, I rolled them over the tip of a paint brush.
We are preparing for another Fred, She Said blog hop next sure you keep your eye peeled....there will be fabulous inpsiration....and a very fabulous prize!!

Caught A Bug!

This is the adorable new image from Faith at Designed2Delight. If you are a regular follower of her challenges...this is today's freebie! I love this jar....and it is the perfect image for a get well card!

The image is called Caught A Bug. I colored it with Copic markers, cut it out and popped it up on foam tape. The sentiment is part of the set.

The papers I used for this card are from Heidi Grace and are the perfectly cheerful match!
We hope you join us for the D2D challenge. You can always purchase the image and hop in any time to be eligible for next week's freebie image! We can't wait to see what YOU come up with!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

CropStop Challenge #11 - Sketch

Loving Gloria's sketch for this week's Crop Stop challenge!

For my card I used a Heartfelt Creations image from the Outside My Window Set. I airbrushed the sky and grass areas and then added more detail with Copic Markers. I doodled a frame for my image.

Designer papers are Prima. The strips along the bottom of the card are some bark paper that I've had in my stash for about 15 years! They give a fun natural touch to the card. Flowers are Prima, decorative brads are Making Memories.

We hope you join us for our challenge. There is a $15 Gift Certificate to CropStop being offered to one random winner. And for my readers there is a 10% coupon code ~ CTMP-01. There is a wide selection of new products arriving in the store....check them out!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Pair of Studio 313 Cards ~ Blossoms!

Today I'm sharing two cards using Shawne's new Cherry Blossom sets. You can purchase these Studio 313 images through McMahon Designs.

For my first card I used the pink blossoms. The designer paper is digital. I printed it out in the 3x5 photo size, not fitting picture to frame. I then cut the images in half, so I had two 1.75 inch panels and one additional 1.5 inch panel.

The cherry blossom image I printed out as a 2 x 3.5 inch image. I colored the image with coordinating Copic markers. The ribbon is vintage seam binding.

This is the Spring Blossoms set. Love the difference in the feel of the card...just by changing the color scheme!

Be sure you check out our Hot Spot Challenge....we'd love to see your Inner Movie Star....and you might bring home a PRIZE! Good Luck!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Angel Caroline

It's Tuesday...and our Digital Tuesday Challenge this week is: It's A Magical World. Ellie is our hostess this week!
I used the Angel Caroline from Designed2Delight. I colored the image with Copic Markers and popped her up on foam tape.
The designer paper is from Heidi Grace, the lace is half of a Martha Stewart border punch.
The photo corners and embellishments are hearts from the Angel Caroline set.

Monday, March 14, 2011

One Crazy Stamper ~ Hello!

I have spring on my mind...and these girls are outside chatting on a chilly spring day! Today's card is for One Crazy Stamper. I colored the Stampavie Eloise and Mimi Saying Hello image with Copic Markers.

Copic Markers: E49, E47, E44, E43, E42, E02, E00, W7, W5, YG17, YG13, YG00, BG72, BG10, YR24, Y21, B97, B45, B41, R39, R37, R22, R21, R20.

I used papers from BasicGrey's 6x6 Hopscotch Collection for my card. I kept the embellishments simple, and just cut out flowers and leaves to embellish my Elegant Ellipse frame.

Be sure you check out our March challenge....there is a very generous prize for one lucky participant! It just might be YOU!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Pair of CAS Yellow Foxtail Cards

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe is to use our favorite Spellbinder's Die. Well...I don't have a one that isn't my favorite!! I chose one that I haven't used much yet...the Beaded Oval die.

For the smaller die panel, I distressed the oval with Frayed Burlap distress ink. For the beads around the outside of the oval I used Walnut Stain distress ink.

For the Yellow Foxtail, I put some Scattered Straw and Rusty Hinge distress ink on my craft sheet and spritzed it with a sheer shimmer spray. I inked my stamp up in this puddle and stamped for a watercolored effect with a slight shimmer!

Many thanks is stamped in walnut stain ink.
Here is one more...for this one I just inked the image with Scattered Straw ink and did the rock and roll technique to hit the edges of the image with Rusty Hinge ink. This gives a more crisp and brilliant image.

I cut tiles from some orange corrugated paper that I've had in my stash for probably 15 years!
I used the scrap I had left as a design element on my reminded me of one of those wide staples you sometimes see.

Happy Birthday comes from the Fruit Medley set and is stamped in Walnut Stain ink. The torn piece is a piece of bark paper that has also been in my stash for 15 years!

Obviously I'm not one of those people who purge my stash often....I do know what I have...and I get a kick out of it when I find something and use it up! Go me!!

What is YOUR favorite Spellbinders die?!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Endless Creations Card Trio!

Today's three cards feature images from Endless Creations. This first card just makes me grin!!
For all of the images on today's cards, I colored on the rubber with my markers, *huffed* to remoisturize them and stamped them.

I used KB's Tweet/Medium which features the two birds, facing in opposite directions, so you can make them look at one another as I did on this layout.

Other items used on this card are the Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder, Prima flowers and glitter dots.

This is such a simply elegant wedding card. I used Wedding Outfits/Small for this card. I added a bit of crystal glitter to the roses on the dress and the frame of my image. I added black Copic Spica Glitter Pen to the bowtie and buttons on the tux. I liked the simplicity of the Be Happy sentiment with this card!

I used the Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder on the background.
Finally, this card is similar to this one that I made recently. I stamped Celebrating You on a Spellbinder's Fancy Tag die.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Designed2Delight Cards

Love this little jar o'luck from Designed2Delight's Wee Bit and Lots o'Luck set. I colored the image with Copic Markers.
St Pat's Mouse made me grin when I saw it first with hearts on the tail. This one makes me grin with shamrocks in the place of the hearts! I colored my image with Copic markers and distressed the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

The designer paper is from Heidi Grace.
There are lots of fun new spring images in the sure to check them out!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Crop Stop Happiness & Comment Candy Winner

Today's card is for Crop Stop's weekly challenge. This week's challenge: Spring is in the Air!

I used the coordinating Core'dinations papers. I ran the medium blue cardstock through the Cuttlebug's Embossing Plus Blooming Bouquet embossing folder. I then sanded the embossing, which reveals the lighter blue core. This looks beautiful in real vellum almost!

I used the Martha Stewart 3-1 Classic Butterfly Punch for my little butterflies. I added Dew Drops with Zots around my sentiment. My sentiment is by Penny Black and is stamped in Tim Holtz's Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and is cut out with a Spellbinders Labels Four Die.

The flower is by Heidi Grace. The pinwheel was by Paper Wishes.
Today I would also like to announce the comment candy winner! To thank those who faithfully leave me some love, I am going to randomly will pick posts and then put the comments into a hat and draw a name for a small goodie package from me! Toay's lucky comment is:
Rosie said...
Oh my word, I have that border punch and never thought to add color to very creative to hand stitch on the border!! I love it!! Hugs, Rosemary
March 9, 2011 6:52 PM
Winners have 48 hours to contact me with their information. If the prize is not claimed in that time frame, then the prize will go to the next lucky comment I pick!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Prickley Pear's Rabbit with Egg

Today's card features Rabbit with Egg from Prickley Pear's spring release. I colored my image with Copic markers and added some white flocking on the rabbit's tail.

I used SU!'s embossing folder and Spellbinders Labels Four to frame my image. The flowers are also fuzzy and are by Imaginiscce. The buttons are vintage with the shanks cut off.

The card is edged with a scalloped scissors. I lined the inside of the back panel with a stip of coordinating cardstock.

Be sure you check out the Prickley Pear store to see all of the other fun releases!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Digital Tuesday Baby Challenge!

Happy Tuesday!!
We hope that you enjoyed the blog hop last week! Thanks for all of the comments...and we hope you found some inspiration along the way! The winner of the prize from Fred, She Said offered on my blog is:
Tip Top said...
Beautiful cards and so detailed!
March 6, 2011 1:09 PM
This week's Digital Tuesday Challenge this week is hosted by Anne-Marije.
The theme she chose:

Welcome little one!

We can't wait to see what you make! Just be sure to include a digi somewhere on your project, this can be the image, designer paper or sentiment, etc.

Our sponsor this week is
Robyn's Fetish

and the winner gets to choose 5 digis or 4 digis and a paper pack from their store. Be sure to check them out, lots of cuties to choose from!!
For my card this week I chose a pre-colored digital image from Scrappin Doodles' Baby Collection. You can purchase Scrapping Doodles images from Barb at Tattered Scraps.
Barb has a nice assortment of collections available!
The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's Stamper's Anonymous collection...I just love the font! I centered it in a panel I punched with Martha Stewart's Modern Garland Punch Around The Page Set. You can purchase the punches at CropStop and save 10% if you use the coupon code on my sidebar!!
Papers are from Heidi Grace. We hope that you can join our challenge!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sewing with The Rubber Cafe

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe is to add a touch of sewing on your card! I use a lot of faux stitching on my I decided to change it up and add some hand stitching to my card this week...paper embroidery!

I LOVE the vintage floral images that were released last summer...this grater is so fun....I just may have to find me a real one and do this when my flowers start to bloom!

I stamped and colored the Grater Floral image with Copic Markers and then doodled a frame around it. I love the font of the Vertical Happy Birthday sentiment. Paper is by Heidi Grace.

My only embellishment on this card is the Martha Stewart punched border which I hand stitched with to strands of embroidery floss. I finished the flowers with an adhesive very soft and feminine! Bring on SPRING!!!

We hope you join us in the stitching challenge! You can add real stitching, machine or by hand....or even faux if you'd rather! Some lucky participant will sew up a dandy prize!! It should be YOU!! Enter your creation HERE!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Endless Creations Card Duo!

Today I'm sharing two creations with stamps from Endless Creations! I used the Easter Egg Fun Cube to make borders on the top and bottom of my card. There are three patterned eggs and one solid one.
The bunnies are KB's Bun Bun/sm, which offers mirrored images, so you can have them face one another, like I did on this layout. For the grass, I used the Grass Border, which is long enough to go across an A2 card!
I centered my scene in the Swiss Dot Spellbinder stamp. I masked my outer frame edge and the bunnies. I sponged my sky and grass. I used a 1.5 inch circle punch to punch out my bunnies. I distressed the edge of the circle with Tim Holtz distress ink in Walnut Stain. I popped my image up on foam tape.
Papers are BasicGrey's 6x6 Kioshi 6x6 collection. I used faux stitching, distressing and glitter dots to frame my image. The image is Somebunny Special Jelly.
This is a fun card! I love the sentiment circle...which also comes in other options such as Thanks a Bunch/Circle, Happy Birthday Mega Circle as well as Mega Thanks a Latte! These images are designed to be cut out with a 2.5 inch circle or a Marvy Mega punch. I actually used a Spellbinder's die on this card.
For a softer look, I colored the Capp Cup with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. For a touch of dimension, I cut out an extra cup and placed it over the one I originally stamped.
For my background panel, I randomly stamped the Mega Thanks a Latte in Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Inside each image I stamped some other circle images from Endless Creations offset for a fun look. I ran the image through a distressed stripe Cuttlebug embossing folder, distressed it with a paper scuffer and some distress ink.
Sentiment is from Endless Creations.