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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop - Day 2!

Welcome to day two of our Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!
If you are arriving from Tracy's blog, you are right on track!  If you are just happening by, hop back to the beginning and leave comments along the way for your chance to win some of this fabulous release!

Today's card features JJ0086 Winter Winters Reflection, CLR019B Victorian Ornaments 3, CLR038 Snowflake Inserts and D038 Snowflake Pendant Die.

For this card I watercolored the image using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I then ran the entire image through my Xyron Sticker Machine and then applied You're So Fine Glitter.  I burnished the glitter and was left with a perfectly sparkly winter scene!  Papers are from an older Basic Grey collection.

Your next stop on this hop is Angela's blog. Thanks for hopping with us today and be sure to come on back tomorrow for even more inspiration from this lovely release!

Day 2 Blog Hop Stops
Prickley Pear

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prickley Pear Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!  These fun stamps will be available on the website on Tuesday.

If you are arriving from Brenda's blog, you are right on track!  If you are just happening along, hop on back to the beginning and leave comments all along the way for your chance to win some of this fabulous release!  

My card today features CLR025B Steampunk Gears 3 and HH0168 Funky Forest from the new release.  I added a sentiment from CLR013A Scalloped Circles Set 2 Fall and the star boarder uses CLR006 Birdcage.  I stamped this on one layer of fun designer paper and added a strip of washi tape and a single Candi Dot.

Your next stop on this hop is Heidi's blog.  Her stop is the last on today's hop. Be sure you commented all alont the way for your chance to win one of two fabulous prizes!

Thanks for joining us!  Come on back tomorrow to see more of this fabulous release!

Day 1 Hop List:
Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pens n Pumpkins!

This one is for the ladies that took the Zentangle-inspired workshop at The Stamp Shoppe earlier this month...I was working on this pumpkin stencil and told you it would pop up here when I got it done!

For this image I used a tiny .005 pen.  You need a light touch with this pen or you will lose your nib in no time.

When I finished this image I just couldn't stop myself from adding color to my image!  This time instead of using Copic markers, I used Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.  This worked really well with the ink of the penwork.  I tangled first and then colored when I was done.

Here is the image again on a different distressing, just the pop of the tangled image itself.

The die is by Dreamweaver and this one is LL515.  You can contact The Stamp Shoppe if you *need* it in your collection!

Entering my blog in the AAA Cards stencil challenge!

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Your Day To Shine!

Happy Friday!  It's a wet gloomy day in our neck of the woods, but I love the vibrant green of the grass and the plants/flowers.  Have to soak it up quick as fall is upon us soon and the green goes away.  Seems like just yesterday I was anxiously awaiting the pop of the leaves!  Time flies!

Today's card was one I did for the Splitcoaststampers' Dare to get Dirty challenge.  I used flowers from Our Craft Lounge to make this floral explosion.  The butterfly is from an old SU! set and the sentiment is from a Prickley Pear clear set.

Happy weekend all!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vellum Embossing with the August Creative Cafe Kit!

I have had so much fun playing with the August Creative Cafe Kit!  For my last card this month I used a fun Vellum Embossing Technique and added a touch of dimension to my leaves to create this fabulous tag card!

As we did on an earlier card, these leaves were stamped on the green designer paper from the MME pad and then color was added with YG46 and YG43 for interest.  We fussy cut the leaves.  For this card you will be folding the leaf over your scissors blade, right down the middle to give the leaf some dimension!

Next we are going to stamp the flower image onto white vellum (not included in kit) with stazon ink.
Let dry.

Flip your dry images over onto a foam pad.  Using an embossing stylus, gently rub every other section of the flower petals until they stretch and turn white as shown.

Color the flat sections that you did not emboss with Copic B97.

Flip your image back over to the *right* side.  If you wish to tone down the white, you can color it carefully with a Copic B45.  Just be careful not to touch the stazon or you will have a bleeding issue.

Fussy cut your flowers and attach to your tag with glue dots under the center of the flowers.  I added a sunflower gem on my flowers for added dimension and interest.

I stamped the little black flowers onto the Bazzill Bling paper with Stazon ink.  I embellished the center of each with a dot of glue and then the gold glitter.

My tag measures 4 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches.  I free handed the corners and hole punch, but if you have a tag in your stash, go ahead and trace it!.

I hope I have inspired you to give this technique a try!  I have enjoyed my month as Guest Designer with The Rubber Cafe!

I am also entering this card in the Southern Girls Challenge which is texture!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz;  My Mind's Eye -Market Street 6x6 pad, Bazzill Bling, Gold, white
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo; Copic Markers, Stazon Black ink
Adhesives: Dimensional 3d Pop-dots, glue
Embellishments:  Green Rayon Ribbon; Queen and Co. Bling adhesives

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dreamweaver Vase Stencil Study in Zentangle!

I taught a Zentangle-inspired workshop a few weeks ago at The Stamp Shoppe in Schofield, WI. 
One of the stencils that one of the classes tangled in was this vase.  I have been having fun popping all sorts of different tangles into that vase!    There is a possibility I may be doing another workshop this fall...and these may be some of the tangles we do!

For my first card I colored the image after tangling it with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.  I paired it up with my Inky Antics Simple Sentiments and Fabulous Flowers stamp sets.   I used a Cheery Lynn die for the greenery in my vase.  The flower center is a vintage button from my grandma's button collection. 
This is the card layout we used for the tangle workshop, only these are different tangles.
This is the set of tangles we did in the workshop, only I popped the vase onto a different sort of card.  I love the pop of black and white over this fun inky background. 

Hope your week is sailing along smoothly!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paper Quilting Technique Tutorial

 Today I have a fun technique to share with you that I learned while participating in the Splitcoaststampers' Dare to Get Dirty challenge.  It is a paper quilting technique.
Basically what you do is to punch out squares from different patterned papers.  I decided to use punches from one sheet of K and Co designer paper and then quilt by  .

1. First punch out your squares.
2. Cut each square exactly in half with a paper cutter.
3. Cover a sheet of cardstock with adhesive.  I ran mine through a Xyron sticker machine.
4. Apply the pieces to the sticky panel.  I chose to place mine by color, but if you chose to do it random it would resemble a crazy quilt.
5. Now you are ready to use this panel to die cut.  I chose to cut two PPRS D001 Butterfly dies.
You end up with some paper quilted butterflies for your project.
6. If you know me a bit, you will know I rarely throw things I didn't really want to toss that paper quilted panel that I just created, so I decided to use it as a layer on my card!

I doodled around the panel that covers up my butterfly die cuts and added a sentiment (CLR012 Flowers Clear Set) for a fun and different card!