Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lilla Rose Review and Give-Away!

 Hi!!!  

With a little help from my daughter,  I am delighted to share a little review and give-away from Michelle, Independant Lilla Rose Consultant.  We gave this adorable Cat's Meow Flexi Clip a try and loved it!  

Things I love about this Flexi Clip:

The Lilla Rose Flexi Clip is all one piece making it incredibly easy to use (even for me)!
In seconds hair is beautifully secured. 
The design is so stylish, it's like wearing ART in your hair!!
  The beads add a touch of color for added interest.
The Flexi Clip is strong and durable, I am certain that I will be using my clip for years.


I have to tell you that I am all thumbs and always have been. I am hopeless when it comes to opening and closing clasps for necklaces, arranging hair in fun styles, etc.  When Michelle asked me if I would like to try a Lilla Rose Flexi Clip I told her that I would love to, totally expecting to hand the clip over to my daughter and just take photos of her using it BUT to my delight I found that the Lilla Rose Flexi clip is so easy to use EVEN I CAN use it!!!  In seconds my hair  was held in place by the gorgeous Cat's Meow Flexi Clip!


So now that you know how fabulous this clip is I am sure you would like to have one yourself!

Leave a Comment to WIN a Pin valued up to $16.00
I will draw a winner Friday, January 2nd.

This giveaway is open to readers who are not currently registered as Lilla Rose customers. 
offer valid in the US only.
Must be 16 years of age.
The winner will need to sign up as a customer HERE.

Michelle also has a Special for New Customers:

 BUY 3, GET 1 FREE OFFER

Buy 3 to receive a coupon redeemable for one free clip or item $16 or less available on the Lilla Rose website. Offer good for new online customers only, one per household. No cash value or exchanges.  Must be 16 years of age. Registering on the Lilla Rose website with a valid personal email address is required to take advantage of this offer. 
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Monday, December 29, 2014

PPRS Monday Inspiration!

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you had a fabulous Holiday week!
Ours was not the norm but it was lovely just the same.

I created this card with PPRS  CLR025B Steampunk Gears 3 a few months ago but didn't post it on my blog before now because I wanted to share it closer to the New Year.  I like the idea of entering 2015 with an attitude of exploring, dreaming and discovering!!  


Now I am off to celebrate an early New Year's Eve with my family.....ok, well that sounds ridiculous but WE ARE going to spend the day together and have our traditional New Year's Eve party foods around 1pm since hubby works the rest of the week and will miss out on any sort of New Year celebration!

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

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Birthday Blessings!!!!

Well here is a super late post!  I just couldn't get it all together this year!

 I was so blessed by the beautiful cards, gifts and friendship shared with me for my birthday a few  weeks ago that I just had to share a bit with you!

I received  wonderful gifts and they are all special to me.  I didn't photograph everything but I did get the paper goodies from stamping friends photographed and I think I was able to get almost all my cards photographed (I might be missing one)!

THANK YOU to my friends and family for the precious time taken from your busy December to make me feel special!



Goodies, goodies, and more goodies!!!
 The ribbon and Wink of Stella we chatted about + more!!!

 Die cuts!!!!!
Quilt patterns!!!!!!!  OH MY!!!!

So Special!

Thank you!!!!!






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!!!  


Share our sale graphic on your blog with a link to Prickley Pear store.  Comment ON the PPRS BLOG with a link to your blog.  One lucky poster will win some Prickly Pear goodies, to be announced here next Monday! 

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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!

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