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 challenge...one 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!!
I received Prickley Pear'sCountry Bicycle image in yesterday's mail...and I couldn't wait to color it up....the thought of spring/summer coming...so 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!
This week's sponsor for our Digital Tuesday Challenge is My Graficooffering 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.
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!!
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 folderfirst 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 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 life...it's a rich cranberry color. I cut out the flower when it was dry and attached it to the card with mini-glue dots.
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 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!!
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 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
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.
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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!
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 clouds...so fun and cute!
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!!
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!
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 Friday....be sure you keep your eye peeled....there will be fabulous inpsiration....and a very fabulous prize!!
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!
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!!
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!
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 image...it 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!!
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.
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 store....be sure to check them out!
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 it....so very creative to hand stitch on the border!! I love it!! Hugs, RosemaryMarch 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!
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!!
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 cards...so 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!
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 pearl...so 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!
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.
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.