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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Prickley Pear Spring/Summer 2014 Hop, Day 2!


It has finally come....the moment we can reveal the Prickley Pear Spring/Summer 2014 collection!

We are celebrating with a 3 day blog hop event!  Join us each day as our new Design Team showcases the new product!  As always, leave comments on each and every blog post along the way since there will be one winner selected for each day's comments!  We will select our winners on April 20 and they will be announced on April 21 in our Monday inspiration post!

If you have arrived from Tracy's blog, you are right on track!  If not, skip back to the beginning and start HERE!



I stamped the small paw print randomly on the background panel and then hand stitched the panel to my card.  I stamped the larger paws on white cardstock and then distressed them with Spiced Marmalade and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink before fussy cutting them and popping them up on foam tape.  Flowers are cut from designer paper scraps, stamped and embellished with a white gel pen.

This is the last hop stop today.  Thank you for hopping with us and leaving love along the way!  It means a lot to our designers to hear from their blog visitors! 

Day 2 - Wednesday April 16
PPRS Blog - Nicole
Barb
Heidi
Maureen
Rene'
Angie
Tracy
Michelle

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Prickley Pear Spring/Summer Hop Day 1!

It has finally come....the moment we can reveal the Prickley Pear Spring/Summer 2014 collection!  We are celebrating with a 3 day blog hop event!  Join us each day as our new Design Team showcases the new product!  As always, leave comments on each and every blog post along the way since there will be one winner selected for each day's comments!  We will select our winners on April 20 and they will be announced on April 21 in our Monday inspiration post!

If you have arrived here from Angie's blog, you are on the right track.


I used DD0206 Campfire, AA0061 Star Cluster, AA0060 Lightning Bug, HH0162 Camping Tent, DD0213 Come Early.

I stamped the tent on white paper and then distressed the paper with Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn and Tea Dye distress inks.  I colored the campfire with Copic Markers E49, E47, E44, YR68, YR15, YR21.  Star cluster is embossed with gold detail embossing powder.  Papers are from Simple Stories' Take A Hike collection.

You have completed today's blog hop!  Thank you so much for taking the time to hop along with us!  Be sure you have left a comment at every hop stop for your chance to win a fabby PPRS prize! 
See you back here tomorrow!

Day 1 - Tuesday, April 15
PPRS Blog - Nicole
Barb
Maureen
Heidi
Brenda
Angie
Michelle

Monday, April 14, 2014

You Put The Happy In My Day!

 I have another post for Endless Creations today!  I love these flower images.  There is one image that is solid and another that is the outline.  I cut a pile of them out and dressed them up with Copic Markers and Signo White Gel Pen detailing.  The background flowers are stamped and then overstamped with the  solid image.  Don't you love this sentiment?!
And this card is kind of a hoot!  I made the flower out of a men's tie image!  I stamped it on designer paper a gazillion times and then cut each one out.  I folded the knot of the tie down on each one and it formed my flower!

I have spring on my brain....there are flowers popping out everywhere!    You can catch a peek at these cards in the Endless Creations show booth!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Love!

I meant to post this card the other day with my others of the same theme...but it didn't make the post....so today it gets it's own! 

The rose is from the Designed2Delight set and the love image is one I stamped on acetate many moons ago.  Not sure what the company is, but it is a gorgeous image.   Papers are from My Mind's Eye.  The red love word is an element from the paper that I popped up over the acetate image.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Endless Creations Creations!

Today I'm sharing some cards I made for Beth at Endless Creations...they are headed to her show booth...so if you happen to be lucky enough to visit the show booth take a peek!

This first card is a fun way to give a gift card!  It is a mini card attached to the front of a A2 sized panel.  I used papers from various My Mind's Eye collections for this card.  I used the paper piecing technique to add color to my coffee cups!  I used a touch of faux stitching and Copic markers to jazz up the card a bit.
Here is a peek at the inside of the card.  I attached a faux gift card in there so you could see my intent!  The message could be added under the gift card or on the inside of the card opposite the gift card.
My second card features the same coffee theme.  I added a floral banner.  I added a touch of Copic Markers to shade my flowers which were stamped on pink designer paper.  I then added the white gel pen accents to make them pop!  Gems were added to the flowers as well.

I stamped the cups/mugs on various designer papers and added a touch of Copic markers to them as well.   

I just love the sentiment...even though I don't love coffee!  I like the idea...but I prefer my coffee drinks frozen and laden with sugar and whipped cream!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

More Die Storage Ideas!

If you know me, you know I like organizing things almost as much as I like stamping!  Today I have a new way to organize your Prickley Pear dies! I showed the way I had them organized a while ago on this post.  That worked pretty well, but the dies are heavy and I was popping the pegs in my binders that were made of plastic.

I ran across this idea and decided to tweak it to work for me, and I'm liking it much better!
These are Clear Pockets that come 25 to a pack.  I cut the white cardstock inserts to fit each pocket and I had some magnet sheets on hand from my former organization, so I used pieces of the magnet as needed.  You could skip the magnet step since the pockets do have a flap that closes, but I need things all neat and tidy, so it was magnets for me!

You can see how you can store the nesting dies along with the shape die in the same pocket by simply overlapping the die if you wish.  I decided to do this so all of the dies I need are in one pocket!

 
  It is easy to group the dies together by theme as well.
You can see I also wrote the name and item numbers of each die in the package along the top.  This makes blogging a breeze. You could label them, but I don't have a label maker and other than this post, they are not on display, so my handwriting works for me!
 Here you can see how small a pile the dies in the clear pockets makes. 
 
And here you can see the stack of cd cases the dies came out of...which was another way I stored dies previous to the binder method.  I can get a TON more dies in the same space with less packaging. 

In this photo you can also see my clear sets which I store in clear envelopes that I store my finished cards in.  I simply slip the sets in along with a backing sheet which I have labeled with the set name and number.  The envelopes are not big enough to close, and that is fine with me, they are quicker to grab and return to the package.  I find that this works really well for me since putting stamps away is not a part of stamping that I enjoy! :)

Just thought I would share another great option when it comes to organizing your stamping supplies!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Prickley Pear Monday....Baby Card!

It's Prickley Pear Monday, and today I have a baby card for you!  I went with a monochromatic theme with soft peach and cream tones.  For my sentiment I stamped on washi tape and then embellished it with some Candi dots.  Other touches are faux stitching with white gel pen and gel pen accents on the die cuts. 

Be sure to pop on over to the Prickley Pear blog today...it's our first glimpse of the new design team's projects!  So fun!

Supplies: D037 Leaf Set Die, CLR037 Fall Leaves Clear Set, GG0185 Sleepy Time Baby, DD0202 Congratulations 2, CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2, D015 Blobby Flowers Die,