Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Live, Dance, Laugh!

Michelle here with a glittery Valentine card for you today!  I used glitter in two ways on this card and it is really blingy and sparkly in real life.

For the base of my card, I ran Scor-tape around the edge of the cardstock base and then covered it with some Art Institute Red Rose Opaque Glitter.  The embossing folder is from cArt Us and is the perfect contrast for this card.

I stamped the EE0057 Jaco Bean Heart 2 with Stazon ink on acetate.  I then glittered the back of the acetate with Green Briar, Pink Smoothie and Baby's Breath Art Institute Glitters.  I cut the images out and then popped them onto the card with glue dots.

The FF0018 Live, Dance Laugh sentiment is one of my favorites, perfect for birthdays or just thinking of you type days. 

Thanks for popping by!  There are new stamps coming keep your eye on our blog for your first peek of the new release!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Glitter Dryer Sheet Technique

Hello everyone!  It's Melissa here with a tutorial today that is so simple you'll soon be wanting to make cards using it again and again!  It's perfect for all those winter scene cards you have yet to make!

Let's take a look at the Glitter Dryer Sheet Technique!

used dryer sheet, ironed on low setting to remove wrinkles
spray adhesive
extra fine glitter
image/s of your choice
ink pad

First, trim a piece of cardstock to serve as your main image panel.  Trim a portion of the dryer sheet to the same size.  Then, stamp your main image on the cardstock.  I created a collage with mine, using the same color ink each time I stamped the snowflake, but stamped off to create a lighter and darker image.

Next, lightly and evenly spray one side of the dryer sheet.

Flip is over and attach the wet side to the cardstock panel you just stamped.  Trim any extra dryer sheet edges.

Lightly spray this layered piece with spray adhesive and apply an even layer of fine glitter over the entire panel, tapping off the extra.

Finish your card as desired.  I chose to layer the main panel on a piece of grey cardstock to match the ink color of the snowflake and then popped the layered piece up with foam dots on the card base.  I also added a die cut snowflake, spritzed with shimmer spray & popped up with foam dots.

Stamps:  Snowflake Inserts, Snowflake
Dies:  Snowflake Pendant

See how easy that is?!  You could use snowflakes, trees, snowmen, etc. to create many kinds of winter scenes!  Be sure and check out the winter themed stamps in the store for ideas!

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Love Owls

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This is it, my last post for PPRS Guest Designer.  It’s been a fun experience and I learned a bit about how to work with limited dies available and still try to make things look different.  I’m such a die cut fanatic I had to really stretch to give a different look to each card.  I hope I have been successful with this.  I have surely enjoyed working with the wonderfully cute images that Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps has.  If you want to spend some of your Christmas money on high quality images with a soft vintage feel stop by their web site.  You’ll be glad you did.

For this last posting I chose the Love Owls with Valentine’s day in mind.  Aren’t they cute?  I used the sketch challenge SC521 from SplitCoast Stampers.  At first it looked like an odd sketch and then I went searching and these sweet owls with the moon behind them were perfect for this sketch.

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 I am adding a photo of a portion of the back ground paper I used and how I made it work.  I wanted those two images in the corners to be on my card but I didn’t want to cut the card stock.  IDEA!!   Why not score the card stock and make a fold in it and add a bit of punched scallop border.  I left the flap unglued for a bit of dimension.  I like how it turned out.  And so I say good-bye and wish for you the best crafting experience ever this year.  Try something new, play a little different and enjoy the journey!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Oh, Baby!

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Isn’t this such a sweet image?  Prickley Pear’s rubber stamp appropriately called BABY.  I cut her out and paper pieced her diaper and colored her with distress inks that I scribbled on my craft mat and used a water brush with.  I am so behind on baby cards and I think she will get used a lot over the next few days.  Everyone is having girls.  I have four nieces that have had or are expecting girls.  My two other young friends are having girls.  I better get busy.
 I used two of the Nesting Scallop Circle Dies to layer her and added a fancy punched layer with a Martha Stewart punch.  I gave the little rectangle a run through the embossing machine with a play pen like embossing folder for a bit of texture.  I thought the sentiment from the Scalloped Circle and Oval stamps was perfect for a little hand cut add on tag. A bit of ribbon and some of my go to Viva pearls and she’s all ready for the mail.  Here's a close up of the detail.


Thursday, January 1, 2015


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Did I mention I’m in the Christmas mode and I’m making ahead for next year.  Somehow I can’t bring myself to make winter cards in the summer, my heart is just not in it.  I receive orders for Christmas cards about mid-November and if I don’t have some done up already, then I panic.
I still have a couple of these music sheets left.  I just love the added touch they give to these cards.  A bit vintage but not way too vintage.  I’m not really a lacy, buttony, frilly, swirly type personality and it’s difficult for me to do a really vintage card.

Here’s that sweet snowflake die from PPRS and their scalloped circle die which I cut the middle out with one of the layers and used it for something else.  The snowflake looks at home nestled in there and layered on top of that piece of embossed gold mirror paper.  I stamped that little bow with the sweet Snow Flake insert stamps they have that just fit perfect into the snow flake.  I want to use the rest of them yet this year.  So while you are putting your Christmas decorations away, I will likely still be stamping Christmas cards for 2015.   After completing the card it still looked a bit lacking …ah, Washi tape, I love you. A bit translucent, a bit of pattern, a lot of PUNCH.  Perfect.