Monday, December 22, 2014

PPRS Monday Inspiration - A CASE of love.......


Happy Monday!?! Here we are just few more days left before Christmas; are you ready?
  We still have not ironed out the details of our holiday because DH works most of this week including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I have not bought a single Holiday menu item....we could very well have beans and rice this Christmas!  
December has been full with birthday outings, shopping, shipping, band practices, programs and sickness that included missed days work and missed school days but here we are just days away from Christmas, healthy and all home together.  I get to celebrate another Christmas with my husband and two teens and that's what matters even if we only have a few hours all together on Christmas Day and even if we eat beans and rice!

The card I am sharing with you today is quite simple but appropriate as it puts all the emphasis on the sentiment and my wish for you....


Today at Splitcoaststapers we are celebrating my sweet friend Janeen who has also been our GD right here at PPRS!   Janeen and I have enjoyed designing together for Splitcoaststampers CAS challenge  the past few months.  My card today CASEs this beauty of Janeen's.

 I used PPRS rubber stamp  HH0107 Peace, Love & Happiness, and decorated the edges of the sentiment with PPRS-D034 Floral Border. I added the gorgeous bow made from ribbon that Janeen sent me for my birthday!  For just a bit of bling I added gems to the border and at the end of the sentiment.

That's it for me today but stop on by PPRS blog to see all the beauty the PPRS DT have to share today!

Merry Christmas 

and 

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration - A CASE of a Snowflake


Hullo and Happy Monday!

Cards and packages were sent out in the mail today, yeah, I am a bit behind.  As lovely as a December birthday is, it puts me behind every year and it didn't help that Thanksgiving fell late in November this year but I am pressing onward!  How about you are you all set for the holidays?

Today, I am sharing a card inspired by my friend, Rebekah's SCS's gallery using an SCS color challenge of red, brown and green.  

I used Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp's wonderful PPRS-D038 Snowflake Pendant Die and coordinating .CLR038 Snowflake Inserts Clear Stamp.  This is such a fun pairing of stamp and die.  The stamp set includes 12 mini stamps that fit the snowflake pendant die!  For this card I chose the retro Christmas lights.  




That's it for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful week as we take a quick breath before the holiday week is upon us.  Before you go I hope you will hop on over to the PPRS blog to see all the beauty the DT have to share today!

TFL!










Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Tutorial - Don't Throw That Away!


Hello!  Angie Here!  It's December the 10th so I thought I would celebrate my birthday with a Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Tutorial.

 A few months ago our guest designer, Janeen challenged us to use crumpled paper on a CAS challenge for SCS.   I came up with the technique I am sharing with you today by using Janeen's "crumpled paper" idea in combination with my favorite way to color paper.

Here's what you will need:
Lightweight card stock
Mister bottle filled with water
Distress Ink
Craft Mat
Heat Tool (optional)

Spritz light weight card stock with water and crumple. 
Tip: The paper will shrink a little so if your project calls for a definite size you will need to cut  the paper a bit larger than the size required.


 Unfold.


 Press pad directly on craft mat and spritz with water.


Swish paper through ink then tap with fingers in the hills and valleys of the crumples to encourage the ink in the crumples.


Allow wet paper to dry.  I like to use a heat gun. 


Repeat the above step a couple of times if more color is needed.  It's important to dry between layering of ink to achieve a vibrant background. In the photo above you can see a lot of white on the edges where the ink just didn't saturate so I took a paint brush and dipped it in the watery ink still left on craft mat and painted the edges


 The next step is optional.  After the paper has dried it's ready to use but for today's card I didn't want the distressed look of the wavy paper so I ironed it!  Just place it between two sheets of copy paper, iron for a few seconds and you have a beautiful piece of designer paper!


 Even after ironing you can still see wonderful texture in the paper but it lays flat for adhering.
For this card I cut a layer 2 1/4 in wide and then used the rest to create the fabulous Poinsettia  embellishments with PPRS D031 Poinsettia Leaf Die.


PPRS Ingredient List:

I hope you will give this technique a try!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CAS302 - A touch of Music for Christmas


Good Morning!  

I wonder how the beginning of December has been for you?  Do you shop, decorate and bake for the holidays? If so have you found the balance between the bustle and the enjoyment of the season? 

We celebrate the month of December in a traditional way with gifts, food, decorating and a December birthday!  I find myself balancing between feeling stressed and peaceful, just depends on the moment!  My shopping is about half done, there's been no baking and the decorating has been done, well at least in the living room!

To add a dose of peace into holiday anxiety, I am carving out time for creating and today I am going to share a card that I created for Janeen's Splitcoaststampers CAS302 challenge which is to add music to our cards.


I used a Heidi Swapp stencil that my friend Janeen and I both purchased while she visited us last January so this has a fun memory attached to it!  I stamped MFP's "Just a Note" music stamp randomly through the negative of the stencil, then sponged in color.  For my cardinal I used a tutorial I found on Pinterest and used my SU! bird punch.  Such fun!  The sentiment is from MFP's "Poinsettia Blooms".

I am playing along with:



I hope you will stop by tomorrow as I will have a Prickley Pear card to share with you and a super fun tutorial!

In whatever holiday moment you find yourself in today, I wish you Joy and Peace!
             
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 Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey -- even on a donkey's colt.
Zechariah 9:9




  

Monday, December 1, 2014

Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration - Christmas Kitty

Happy  December 1st!!!  


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I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving week.  Our meal was delicious and the time spent together chatting with our teens and playing Pictionary are memories I won't soon forget!  I am counting on those warm fuzzies to see me through the next few hectic weeks!! 

For today's Prickley Pear Rubber stamps I let IC469 at SCS help me create this fun card!  

I was inspired by this funny napkin at: sur la table.  I made my background to mimic the napkin design by using the retro circles from the CLR010 Ornaments Clear, set. Christmas Kitty is 

That's it for me today but I hope I hope you will hop on over to the PPRS blog to see all the beauty the DT have to share today!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving with an MFP Christmas card



Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the U.S. and to my international friends Happy Thursday, the weekend is almost here!  On this day of Thanksgiving I wish to say THANK YOU to all of you who stop by and take a peek at what I am up to!  I appreciate every one of your kind comments!!  Thanks so much for following along with me this year!

 My Christmas card stash is woefully short of my quota so I went with a Christmas card to share with you even though today is  Thanksgiving Day!  I used Shirley's gorgeous photos to inspire  my Christmas door scene. I settled on the first photo because this card is going to go to my neighbor and they have a bright green front door!


For my porch decorations I used MFP's "Columns and Topiaries". I added dimension by popping up the Topiaries with foam pads then stamping the shrubbery a second time, fussy cutting and layering with foam pads.
The ribbon was stamped and fussy cut from the horn image in the  "You're an Angel" set. 

For a little surprise I stamped inside the door with the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from
 "You're an Angel".  From this angle you can see the dimension added by layering the shrubbery.

 I hope you will check out the Inspiration challenge at MFP  to see the beauties my teammates have created  from the photo inspiration along with the  details so you can play along!



TFL

Monday, November 24, 2014

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Monday Inspiration - Maybe Christmas....



Happy Monday!  
Wow!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away and after that a fast zoom to Christmas?  Our Thanksgiving will be a bit different this year.  My husband works on Thanksgiving day so we will have our feast when he gets off.  Our feast itself will be a bit different to meet the new dietary needs of a couple of family members but I am thankful that we are all healthy and our kids haven't left the nest yet!!! 

As I said last week, I don't make many Thanksgiving cards so I don't have one to share with you today but I put my heart into Christmas cards so I am showcasing this wonderful sentiment from
 Dr. Seuss today.

How the "Grinch Stole Christmas" is my favorite animated Christmas show.  There's just something about those "Who's down in Whoville" that don't allow the absence of  things to dictate their joy.  


I had a blast playing with the Poinsettia die and stamp for this card.  For my bits of "greenery" I cut the Pine Branch in pieces and placed the fronds behind the Poinsettias. .

I hope you will hop on over to the PPRS blog to see all the beauty the DT have to share today!

Ingredients:
 GG0095 It Came Without Ribbons DD031 Poinsettia Leaf DieD040 Pine Branch DieCLR031A Poinsettia 2 Holiday Clear Stamp.

I am also playing along with CAS300 at SCS and this week our challenge is to add winter wildlife to our cards.



Here in Georgia the wild life we see most from our Bay window are Cardinal families! The vivid red of the male cardinals add a fabulous splash of color to a gray winter day.

Ingredients:
Stamps: Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp - CLR027B Scalloped Oval 3 Winter, CLR014 The Four Seasons Clear stamp,
Dies:  PPRS D014 Four Seasons Tree Die, D049 Tree 2 Die
TFL!

I hope you will hop on over to the PPRS blog to see all the beauty the DT have to share today!