Monday, March 2, 2015

Fun with Distress Inks and a little Bokeh too!

If you are looking for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Monday Inspiration please click HERE or scroll down. 

Happy Monday!  Angie, here with a Design Diva Demo where I share a couple of ways to color with Distress Inks.

To color the butterfly for this project I took a scrap of Mixed Media paper,
stamped ink on craft mat and spritzed with water. 

 To create gorgeous backgrounds or your own designer paper swish paper through the ink and dry with heat gun. Swish paper through the ink a second time to get more coverage which will leave a bit of ink still on craft mat.  Don't wipe that away, that's the good stuff!  After drying a second time with heat tool, flip the paper over and tap with fingers to soak up the last bits of ink.  
Check out the gorgeous ink spots!
 After the Distressed paper was completely dry I stamped the butterfly, added a bit more color with Distress markers, blended with an aqua brush then realized that the fabulous distress background no longer showed! Oh well, I still have a good bit of this gorgeous paper to use on another project!

I like to use this next technique when I don't wish to have my layer fully covered in ink. Stamp ink on craft mat, take an aqua brush and paint randomly on Mixed Media paper working rather quickly.

Thoroughly spritz with water and lift paper to allow ink to move and swirl then heat set.

I get a different look every time I do this.  For this project I repeated the above step again to add a little more color. 
After the layer was completely dry I stamped the butterfly and colored with distress inks and aqua brush, making sure that the edges were deeply colored but not overly concerned with the middle since in the final step I adhere the fussy cut/die cut butterfly.

The Bokeh effect is all the rage right now so I thought it would be fun to add it on this card. I first saw this bokeh tecknique used by Lydia on her blog "Understand Blue". You don't need a fancy template, all you need is an unused pencil eraser!!! 

Ink the eraser and stamp close to the image then without reinking the eraser stamp further away making sure that the furthest dots from the image have the least amount of ink.  It's ok to overlap them a bit too!
For my project I used the gorgeous stamp set New Creature that is part of March Sweet Perks Club Bundles.

Check out all the info on the March Sweet Perks Club Bundles HERE!

Rockin on a Monday!

Are you Rockin on this Monday?  If not maybe my three Prickley Pear Robins will cheer you up!

I am sure you can tell that I had a ball with the JJ0090 Stacked Robins stamp! For the sentiment I stamped and cut all of the words apart from  EE0207 Rockin Robin. 

I hope you will hop on over to Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Blog and see all the beautiful Spring delights my teammates have created for your viewing pleasure!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Hello!  Angie, here today with a card to share combining two stamp sets, Faith and Parisian Postcard
 One of my sweet friends and I get together as often as possible to hang out at the bookstore enjoying books, good conversation and drinking coffee!  We shop together, and eat out from time to time as well but our favorite thing to do is the bookstore and coffee!  On Sunday we had one of our bookstore visits and she shared with me the sad news that she may have cancer.  We both shed tears as we chatted. 

 As I added layers of color to this card I kept thinking of our conversation and her words of Faith. My friend shared her thoughts with me, that she knew none of this was a surprise to God.  Her Faith was secure because she knows WHO holds her future.

As I added the finishing touches on this card I received a text from my friend.  Although her levels are high and she will need to go on meds there is no sign of cancer!!!  What a delight to pour my heart and prayers into this card and then to receive such happy news just before placing my butterfly as the finishing touch!!! 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

PPRS Monday Inspiration: Ducklings

Hello and Happy Monday!

Today I am going to share with you this sweet Spring image from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps:  HH0175 Pond of Ducklings.  I used   DD0231 Happy Spring 3 for the sentiment. 

I played along with this week's SCS CAS313. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I  hope you will stop by PPRS Blog and check out all the Spring goodies the DT has for you today!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


This week we are enjoying a little staycation! DH and DD headed out to Callaway Gardens today.  Brrrrr!  It's a bit too chilly for me to walk the gardens so I stayed behind and played a bit!

I used Sweet N Sassy Stamps Speech Bubbles Die and Keep in Touch, Too stamp set to create a fun graphic style card.   

The Speech Bubbles  vary in size and shape to accommodate a large variety of sentiments. The Keep in Touch, Too stamp set  has so many fun fonts and sentiments that they can be used for numerous projects!

I played along with Splitcoaststampers CC518 Lullaby for my color palette.

When I went to photograph my card today, my camera didn't work, so I am trying out a different camera today from the iphone, whatcha think? 

TFL and have a great day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

PPRS Monday Inspiration - Thank You with a Parisian Flair

Happy Monday to you!
It IS a happy Monday at our house!  Something I was dreading is behind me, the kids and hubby are home for a whole week, happy Monday indeed!  

I hope you were able to stop by and see the new Spring goodies PPRS showcased during the Hop last week!  One of the many things I love about PPRS is that they continue to add new stamp sets to coordinate with existing dies so today I am sharing a new image from CLR033C Flourished Oval Sentiment.   It  coordinates beautifully with  PPRS-D033 Flourished Oval Die.  For a bit of embellishment I added a butterfly from

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you will visit PPRS Blog to view all the goodies my teammates dreamed up for you!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

PPRS Spring Blog Hop Day 3!

Welcome to the last day of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Hop!

This is the beautiful prize package being offered for this Hop and all you have to do for your chance to win is comment on the blogs listed at the bottom of the posts (including mine) each day of the hop!  The winner will be announced February 23!

Today I am going to share with you a card showcasing the D0052 Die and coordinating  CLR013E Circles Set Sentiments shown in the prize package photo!  

I love the elegant design of the die and the stamp set features five sentiments, four circles plus three more images!

Thanks so much for hopping with me this week!  

Angie (that's me!)