Inspiration Blooms

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Couple Cuppas!

 I have a few cards today featuring Endless Creations images. I just love tangling the cup and adding different icons onto the belly band.  For my first card I added a fun stitched heart.
For my second card I added a fun customized greeting! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Riley and Co Designer Highlight - Coaster Box


Hello there!  Today's Designer Highlight features Michelle Pearson ~ Inspiration Blooms

I have made stamping my hobby for over 20 years!  I love to color and cut and create all sorts of cards from flowery to fun.  I dabble with paper embroidery and Zentangle, and my newest fun is incorporating stamping into my planner.  Why not make the mundane fun?    I have worked on a variety of design teams and teach workshops in my home. Stamping is cheaper than therapy!

I live with my husband, son and daughter in a small Wisconsin town.  When I'm not stamping I love to putter in my flower beds, canning/freezing food and spend time with my family.  I am an Lilla Rose Stylist and enjoy sharing hair accessories made with music wire at craft/vendor shows and at home boutiques!  
My project today started out to be a coaster box with each side decorated for a month of the year...however if a banner is more your thing...just make each coaster and time them together to form a banner.  I have made five months of the year here starting with December.
December is the first month I made using the new Dress Up Rileys sets and dies.  Details on this month's tile feature paper piecing for the skiis and winter apparel.  A torn edge makes for a perfect ski hill!

January's tile is one of my favorites as I got to make a fun holiday sweater and a fancy cocoa mug by stamping strategically onto designer paper!  I hit the snowflakes on the embossing folder with a white ink pad to make them pop just a bit.  Again...a torn edge is the perfect snowy base for Riley!

February's tile is sweet with candy hearts stamped in pink ink....just perfectly mimicing conversation hearts so popular this time of year!  

March's tile features a fun glittered background I made.  And the conversation hearts were so cute in February, why not have some conversation shamrocks?  

For April, I paired the sweater with the jumper and irish hat to make a sweet little outfit!  I cut an element from the paper to adorn the sweater.  
I will be completing the year as new sets are released....and you can take a peek at these in the Riley and Co booths this year in the form of a banner!!
Stamps:  

Here are a few peeks of other creations I have made featuring Riley and Co images.
I love pairing papers with images and this one just makes me happy! 
Stamps used:  Mushroom Lane Library

This card was just so fun with the tissue tape that mimics the mummy.  
Stamps used:  Mummy Riley and a Funny Bones Sentiment.

This is a fun shaker card.  I stamped the diamond onto acetate and colored the back with Copic Markers before fussy cutting and adding to the shaker box!

Another favorite Mushroom Lane image Winter House.  I love the fussy cutting and dimension on this card!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my Riley and Co work!  I hope you found something to inspire you!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Flowers and Tea!

And it's FRIDAY!  I have two more cards to finish up my week of Prickley Pear creations! 
This card just makes me smile...such a pop of spring!

Stamps:
Bunny Cart
Spring/Easter Banner Clear Set
Banner Die 
Riley and Co's Word Bubble Die Square 

I used the  Word Bubble Die to frame my adorable bunny cart image.  How fun!  The images are colored with Copic markers and they coordinate perfectly with the flower vellum!

This card has a fun distressed look.  I stamped the heart image 2nd generation and then inked the background with Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries distress inks and sprayed with water.  I stamped the design element from the Love Banner set around the edge as a frame and the tea image in the center.   I stamped the tea cup again on white cardstock and then fussy cut and popped it onto the card with foam tape.  The banners are stamped tone on tone...so it has the rose banner which is a perfectly fun and subtle touch.

Stamps:
Love Banner Clear Set
Banner Die 
Tea Time 

So that finishes up my cards for this week's feature of Prickley Pear goodness!  Here are the sales one last time if you have been tempted to add to your stamp collection!




Thursday, January 26, 2017

Banners and Bunnies....

Happy Thursday!  Today for the Prickley Pear release I am featuring both of the new banner sets.

Stamps:
Love Banner Clear Set
Banner Die 
Valentine Cupcake Clear Set
Cupcake Die

One little fun idea is to use small elements in a set to create design elements and embellishments on your cards.  I used the bow from the cupcake set to make a bow garland.  I used a banner to create a fun themed grounding element for my cupcake.

Here is another way to use the banner stamps...I stamped them into a fun springy background.

Stamps:
Spring/Easter Banner Clear Set
Banner Die 
Bunny With Daisy 

Here are some great deals to celebrate this release for Prickley Pear! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Valentines and Easter Inspiration!

For today's Prickley Pear release post I am sharing some of the holiday images.  Happy Valentine's Day is colored with Copic markers.  I made it into a shaker card by using a polished stone frame.  I used clear microbeads and iridescent sequins for the shaker elements.   The birdcage was in my bin of bits and bobs....so very victorian and perfect for this ornate valentine!

My second card today features the Spring/Easter Banner set and die. I did a fun basket weave design with the banners to frame the Wishing You An Easter sentiment.

The sentiment is stamped and die cut with the Word Bubble Dies Square from Riley and Co.
I topped some Prima style flowers with Blobby Flower 2 flowers that I stamped on designer paper, die cut and accented with a white gel pen.

Here are some fabulous specials to check out on the Prickley Pear website!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Faith, Love and Happiness

It's day two of the Prickley Pear release and I have some floral creations to share today!

This card features the Celtic Border stamp again..and again I partially covered up the shamrocks on this image...they show a bit but just look like leaves and blend into the design of the paper I chose.
I colored the Pot of Gold and Flowers image and fussy cut it, popping it onto the card with foam tape. I colored the Shamrock Swag as flowers and fussy cut it before popping it on the top of my card.  I shall just have to use that image again as a shamrock! There Is One Happiness is the perfect verse to finish up this card.
My second card features Faith from Riley and Co and the Shamrocks image.  I colored them up with Copic Markers and have framed them on a Polished Stone background that really makes the image pop!

You can check out all of the new release and specials at Prickley Pear. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Prickley Pear Release Day 1

Happy Monday!  This week we are featuring the new release from Prickley Pear!  
This first card features the Valentine Cupcake set and die.  This set features a whole new collection of frosting and cupcake wrappers.    I added a touch of white gel pen and a gem to dress mine up a bit. 
The sentiment is actually Abs Are Great from the new Funny Bones release.  
This image is Be Mine Forever and it made for a fun collage/shabby chic card with paper embroidery and a bit of distressing!
My last card today features three images:  Celtic Border, Tall Cross and Wishing You An Easter
I white embossed the Celtic Border onto designer paper.  I covered up the shamrocks for this card and added the cross with foam tape and a few springy flowers. 
And finally, here are some dandy sales for you to check out at Prickley Pear!