Dogs Leave Paw Prints

Hi there,

It's Inspiration Monday featuring Prickley Pear stamps found HERE . My card features Paw Print, the sentiment Dogs Leave Paw Prints and Golden Retriever.  I don't own a retriever I really like this stamp though.  I embossed the retriever with white embossing powder and used 3 colors of Tim Holtz distress inks to color the tag. Cut tag down and added the Corrugated paper to the back. This sentiment  is one of my favorites separated it so it would fit into my design. I also sprayed the tag with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Pearl. It doesn't show up in photo. Stop by the PPRS blog and see what the team has been creating!

A closer look

Other products used: 
DP: Echo Park Paradise Beach
ribbon: May Arts
enamel hearts: Chickaniddy
tag: Ranger
Tim Holtz: distress inks mustard seed, spiced marmalade, tumbled glass
embossing powder: Stampendous
Tattered Angel glimmer mist: Pearl

Pile It On Challenge #30- Embossing
A Gem Of A Challenge #124- Spots and Stripes
Sister Act Card challenge #67- Anything Goes
Crafty Girls challenge #23- Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Simon says.. Emboss it
Word Art Wednesday challenge #142- Anything Goes
Hobbybook designer challenge - Lots of Circles
The Crafter's Cafe challenge #73- Anything Goes
ttcrd challenge- Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!

By The Sea Mini Cabinet

Hello there,

I thought I would share this trash to treasure project I did a while back with Graphic45's By The Sea paper collection.  I just love this paper for summer!  I just used what I had in my stash!  A great way to use up some of that long forgotten stuff!  I painted this little cabinet I found at Goodwill for 2.99 and then sanded a little to give an aged look. Glued the paper on and then added everything else.  The door had some sheer fabric.  I just removed that. I think it turned out well!

A closer look



I really enjoyed creating this project. Thanks for looking!

Happy Crafting!

Hitching A ride In the Garden

Hello there,

It's time for Inspiration Monday featuring Prickley Pear stamps and today I've used Hitching A ride. This cute little snail is giving his winged friends a ride around the garden.  Creating scenes with Prickley Pear stamps is easy.  I've also used Poppies Garden, sm and added a few clouds with with the Hot Air Balloons clear set. Then I just water colored everything with distress markers my new favorite technique! Then cut it out using the Scalloped Oval nesting die set.  The sketch is a Deconstructed sketch for  this week #160.  I often go to sketches for inspiration and of course the paper helps as well. So If you are stuck for ideas try looking at your stamps in a new way by combining them. While you are here pop over to the Prickley Pear blog and see what the rest of the team has for you today!

Prickley Pear products: FF0175 Hitching A Ride , DD0210 Poppies Garden, Sm ,

A closer look

The Deconstructed sketch challenge #160 - I used this one
Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge #99- Things with Wings and ribbon
Crafting by Designs challenge - Use A Sentiment
Creative Moments challenge #47- Anything Goes w/option use 1 flower
ttcrd challenge - Anything goes- 7/15 to 7/21
Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge #44- Anything Goes
Happpy Stamping!

Beach Girl

Happy Friday!!!

Thought I would share a card I made for today's Friday Friends with flair over at The Unity Blog . I chose to use this wonderful stamp set called Beach Girl.  She's an Angie Girl. I simply love these girls. I wanted to make my stylist Jan this one cause she loves the beach. Anytime off she has she is there! Well she loved it and taped to her mirror! I used a simple water color technique using a water brush and Tim Holtz distress markers.  You can find this tutorial under my tutorials tab.  Really easy!!  DP is American Crafts Amy Tangerine Plus One, twine Doodlebug and Dew Drops, 140lb watercolor paper.

A closer look at sentiment

Unity Friday Friends With Flair - Anything Goes with Unity stamps
Sister Act Card Challenge #66- Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-crafty challenge #186- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday challenge #141- Anything Goes 
Tuesday Throwdown challenge #204- Take Us On A Vacation
Shopping Our Stash challenge #160- Something I use a lot- Twine
Craftin Desert Divas challenge - It's Summertime

Happy Stamping!

Watercolor tutorial with Distress inks

Barb here to share an easy way to color your favorite Prickley Pear stamped images using Distress markers/ink pads.  Water coloring is very popular right now in cardmaking so I'm jumpin on in today!  So let's get started!

Supplies:  StazOn ink, watercolor paper (140lb), water brush, 
Distress Markers and or ink pads, kraft sheet, paper towels.

First grab your watercolor paper and stamp image with StazOn ink. 
It is important to use this ink so your image does not run when
you add water.  I used Strathmore 140lb weight watercolor paper
I purchased at Hobby Lobby.

To begin I started with the leaves using Peeled Paint marker I
just squiggled down the center. You don't need to color the
leaves completely.  Take your water brush and work from the color out.
You can keep adding water til you like the way it looks.  
There's no right or wrong to this method. Be artistic!

Here's what it looks like when you finish leaves. 

Next do the centers of flowers. I used black soot for part, use 
waterbrush to fade it out brushing away from black ink.

Now sqiggle in a little vintage photo ink and blend away
toward the edge with water brush.

Now for the petals:  Using wild honey marker add right outside
the center of flower all the way around, use water brush to blend
out toward tips of leaves. I went back and added a little Mustard seed 
to tips of flowers and blended with water brush. Easy!
It may take a little practice but I like the effect!

Here's my completed card. I decided to add green to the 
background. The white was a little stark.  I also added a little
white highlighting with a gel pen and some dots and faux 
stitching with a Copic 0.3 multliner.
The tag is watercolored as well with mustard seed ink.
Prickley Stamps used:

A closer look

I hope you'll give water coloring your stamped images
a try!  It's quite fun!

Steampunk Tinman

Hi there,

It's time for Inspiration Monday on the Prickley Pear blog .  For my card this week chose to do a steampunk card using Steampunk Tinman and the Mini Gears dies.  It's meant to be a guy card with the oval sentiment with the tools and gears. Could be a Valentine card or birthday card.  I colored him up with Copics and fussy cut him out. I am always in need of guy cards for my stash.  They are always hard for me to do but this image is very well suited for cards for him! Easy to work with and color. I also used this weeks Deconstructed sketch #159. The link is below in challenges. Take a look and stop by the Prickley Pear blog and see what the rest of the team has for you today.

Prickley Pear Products Used: JJ0084 Steampunk Tinman ,

A closer look

Other products used on card
DP: Marion Smith Mad Tea Party
DCWV: cork stack spring/summer, glitter cardstock
Tim Holtz Industrious stickers, Distress Ink Vintage photo,
arrow and brad
Mementos Ink: rhubarb stalk
Verafine Vintage Sephia Ink
clear bling DCWV
Stickles black diamond
Want2Scrap red pearls

Copics used:
C1, C3, C5, C7, R22, R24, R27.

Creative Fingers challenge #43- Anything Goes
Chrisma Cardz challenge #15- Anything Goes
Crafty Girls challenge #22- Anything Goes
Pennys paper-crafty challenge #185- Anything Goes
Creative Moments challenge #46- Anything Goes/Celebrations
ttcrd challenge- Anything Goes-7/8 to 7/14
Crafty Sentiments challenge - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge #43- Anything Goes

Happy stamping!

Friends with Flair Friday and new blog design

Hi there,

I'm soooo excited! My blog finally has a new look!  What do ya think?  I love how it turned out!  Much cleaner!  I had Designer Blogs do the work!  Really easy and in about a week a new look!  If you have been thinking about a redesign go check them out. Lindsey was super great to work with.

Now on to my Friday post!
I'm playing Friday Friends with Flair today at Unity Stamps.  I haven't played in so long.  Got a bunch of new stuff so I made a card this week.  Its called Little Peeps and there a bunch of these cute images in the grab bag. Father's Day, birthdays and this one.  The sentiments come with them as well I also used some new dies and summer sequins from Pretty Pink Posh . Aren't the flower shaped sequined the cutest?  And love this tag die!!  Comes with windows as well. Colored this peep with Copics and done!  You can check out all the fun images at Unity here Unity Stamp Co.

Copics used:
Y00, Y04, Y08, Y13, Y15, Y17,
Y26, YG21, G14, G85, G94.

Unity Friday Friends with Flair - Anything Goes w/Unity stamps
Sister Act Card Challenge #65- Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards challenge #69- For the Birds
A Gem of A Challenge #123- Animals, any
Pile It On challenge #27- Add some flowers
Marker Pop challenge #47- Anything goes
House of Cards challenge - Add a bow
Craft Hoarders challenge #11- Tag it
Crafting From The Heart challenge #26- Anything goes
Diva's By Design challenge - Things with Wings
Creative Knockoutschallenge #45- Sew it up

Happy Stamping!

50's Pin Up Girl

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a good 4th!
It's time to share a card a stamped with Prickley Pear images.  I chose to work with 50's Pin Up Girl.  I wanted to do another summer card and I think she is perfect paired with this paper. I used a Deconstructed sketch #158 this weeks. You can find the link below in challenges.  A fun and simple design.  And of course I had to add twine.  Oh and check out the rest of the teams lovely creations over at the Prickley Pear Blog .

Prickley Pear products used:  HH0024 50's Pin Up Girl ,

A closer look

Copics used:  E11, E31, E50, E51, E93, Y15, Y17, Y19, YR20, YR21,
YR04, YR07, YR09, G16, R81, R83, R85.

Sister Act Card challenge #64- Anything Goes
Creative Fingers challenge #42- Anything Goes 
Moving Along with the Times challenge - Girls wanna have fun
Crafty Girls challenge #21- Anything Goes
Aud-sentiments challenge #110- Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown challenge #202- Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #110- Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge #42- Anything Goes

Happy stamping!

By the Sea

Hello there,

Hope everyone had a great 4th! I wanted to share a card I made for our DIL.  Her birthday was yesterday and didn't want to make her a July 4th card but still kept it red, white and blue.  I can't get enough of this paper collection from Graphic45 call By The Sea.  I just love it! No coloring on this one just great images from the paper!

A closer look

What I used to create this card:
Spellbinders nesties: Labels Ten
Borderabilities: A2 curved borders one
MS border punch: traditional scallop
Cheery Lynn dies: Italian Flourish, Tiny Doily, sand dollar&Starfish
Queen & Co.Bubbles
Kaisercraft red bling
Ruby Rock It pearl
Recollections stars
Twine: May Arts

Crafting by Designs challenge - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday challenge #139- Anything Goes
ttcrd challenge 7/1-7/7- Anything Goes
A Creative Romance challenge #26- Red, white and blue
Inky Impressions challenge #166- Red, white and blue
The Crafter's Cafe challenge #70- Red, white and blue
Shopping Our Stash challenge #158- Red, white and blue
Partytime Tuesdays challenge #179- Red, white and blue
City Crafters challenge week #218- Let's go to the beach

Have a great weekend!