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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Would I fit in the dryer?

Good afternoon, I'm back today with another cute card showcasing Riley and Company stamps.

Have you ever wished loosing weight could be as easy as it is to shrink clothes?
Well take a look at my card


I love the Dryer sentiment stamp I would love to be able to do exactly that - think I would have trouble fitting in the dryer to begin with! 
I decided I was going to try and make a dryer so I started with a piece of white card. I die cut a silver circular frame using 2 of Riley and Company's nesting circle dies. I then added acetate to this and hey presto I have a dryer door. I colored up and die cut some of the clothes stamps from various Dress up collections. These were adhered to my card placing the door over the top of them using foam squares to give dimension. I then used the ball dies from the Sports Accessories Set to cut buttons and knobs from silver mirror card.
I stamped my sentiment on to white card and matted this with blue card. I made my card base from white card and matted with the same blue card. My dryer was added and my sentiment placed at an angle.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Find the Joy

Good afternoon boy is it hot here. We've had a busy weekend decorating bedrooms and moving furniture around which in this heat is not pleasurable. I still have tons of Mollie's stuff to sort but I'll get there eventually.

So today I am showcasing a simple Riley and Company card using just one of their stamps . 
Find the Joy is a lovely saying that can be used for a just because card.



I used a word template to make a lined she of stamping cardstock and die cut a note paper page from this. The sentiment was stamped onto this in red ink. I then matted a grey base card with red card and die cut the words note 2 self from the same grey as used for my base. I used foam tape to adhere the note paper on my card and arranged the die cut words along the bottom.
A very clean and simple card that is easy to make.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Bicycle congratulations

Good afternoon from a hot and humid Michigan - we had storms last night and the humidity is so unbearable that its nice to stay inside. So riding my bike is out of the question today!

I'm posting a congratulations card today and this goes out to all the kids at Mollie's school who achieved perfect attendance this year - they were all presented with bicycles!

Prickley Pear Rubber stamps have the perfect stamps for this occasion and their bicycle stamp is almost identical to my bike so have colored it in the same colors:


I used alcohol markers to color the bike, adding silver gel pen to the chrome components.

I then used a fancy edge die to cut the bottom of the image and a pink card to go under this. I stamped the Congratulations stamp, again a Prickley Pear one, and matted this on pink card. I chose to use a ready made scalloped edged card base and matted this with the same pink card and some dotty coordinating paper. a few silver nail head gems just balanced the image.

Thank you for stopping by, you can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Good afternoon, we have had a fun week dog sitting for 2 adorable Shih Zhu's - Grace and Willow. They are such lovable little girls and are so like my Gizzie. They have been perfect house guests and I will be sad to see them go today.

It's a brilliant background theme over on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog today and as I've been home with all the fur babies this weekend I thought I would do a home sweet home card. The house looks nothing like mine but is so adorable It's part of the adorable Row House Clear stamp set. It comes with so many different house parts and scene builders:



I stamped 3 house sections, the cat and the tree, die cut them using the matching dies and colored with alcohol markers. I then die cut some clouds and using a re-positional glue positioned them on a white piece of card. I them used blue distress ink and a blending tool to cover the card. I then placed my images and using alcohol markers added grass to the bottom of the image. I then stamped flowers from the same stamp set and colored these. I added a die cut of birds on a wire just to finish the scene.
I used a reverse corner rounder on each of my images corners and matted it with blue card. This was then added to a pre-made scalloped card base.

Don't forget there is a blog hop going on until Friday so head out to the Prickley Pear blog to find out more.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you like what you see and if you do please let me know in the comments. 
You can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.



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Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm hopping around with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps and CardMaker Magazine


Good Morning!

It's an exciting day today, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps are joining with CardMaker magazine for a blog hop!

Do you want the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to spend on the gorgeous stamps over at Prickley Pear? then find out how at the end of my post.

My card for the hop is using the new Danity Dragonflies stamps:


I stamped them onto acetate using archival ink. I then turned them over and colored then with alcohol markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and they were then shaped so that their wings flutter on the card. 
I then stamped 'There is only one happiness' sentiment on to some rainbow design paper and matted this with green card onto a white card base.
The dragonflies were the added being careful to only stick the body down. I added some green gems just to balance the design.

To win the gift certificate all you have to do is hop over to my teamies blogs to see the gorgeous designs they have made. Don't forget to leave them some love along your way,  then head to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog and leave a comment. 

You should have arrived here from Kat's blog and now you need to hop over to see what Melissa has designed for us.
If you get lost along the way just head back to CardMaker's blog for the full list of participants.

Good luck and have fun checking out all the gorgeous makes!


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

School's Out!

Ok a week late for us but school finished for the long summer break. Exciting times for Mollie as she moves on to a new school in the fall. I'm just hoping we get the teacher we have chosen for her!

Riley is also in summer mode, what with all the sports and dress up gear he got during last month's new release he is set for all kinds of activities and my card today is showing just a few of them.


I stamped some of the accessories from both the Summer fun and the sports sets onto white card and colored these with alcohol markers. I then stamped Riley and the shorts (again from the Sports collection) colored these and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.
I matted my card in yellow and added the accessories layer. Using the same yellow card I typed School's out for summer and die cut this using Riley and Company's Squares word bubble dies
Riley was dressed in the shorts to preserve his dignity! Him and the word bubble were adhered to my card using foam squares.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lemons

Good afternoon, boy is it hot here, we have had 2 days of nothing but storms the humidity is ridiculously high so I've been hibernating in the house with the cooling.

It's Tuesday so that means I'm showcasing Riley and Company's great stamps.

Today I have decided if life gives you lemons (I've had a lot just lately) grab a friend with vodka!


A great sentiment just entitled Lemons! I stamped it with Memento ink so I could color the lemons with alcohol markers. Tucker the Dog was stamped in the corner and again colored him with markers. I die cut the green vines and added lemons cut using my cameo and colored with markers. 
A simple yellow mat on a white card base just finishes the card.

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page 



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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Best Friend

Good afternoon. It's a gorgeous warm day here, doors are open and my fur babies are basking in the sun. I keep getting a smell of the lovely lilac bush at the end of our deck. 

Summer is definitely around the corner so I'm sharing on of the last of my Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Spring cards with you


Isn't that Bucket of Tulips just the sweetest. 
I have colored them with my alcohol markers I followed the color scheme of some that I have in the yard they are just about done for this year but I love the delicate cream and pale pink. I used a sentiment from the Spring Scalloped Circles clear stamp set that I felt fit the card.
I matted the image onto cream card and placed this on a pre-printed card base. I added some die cut butterflies just to balance the design.

Thank you for stopping by, you can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.


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Monday, May 29, 2017

A little bag of Snark


Good morning and Happy Memorial Day!!

Today I am being featured on the Riley and Company Blog for their designer highlights post

I love this company Little Riley the moose is adorable and the Funny Bones Stamps are just so amusing.
 I love snark and a lot of the stamps are just that - made to make you have a little snicker when you see them.
My project for today's post is also one of my favorite things to make, my little collection of notelets in a purse.


They are so easy to make. First you start with the following pieces of cards:


The patterned card is best double sided to that the inside of your purse looks cute too.
I always start with the base

Score it all the way around at 1/2 inch. Then cut the side tabs and add strong double sided tape. You then fold up the edges to make a shallow box


There are 3 of the trim, add the strong tape to all 3.
The first of these goes along the top edge of the patterned card


Then turn this over and add tape to the bottom edge, This is then adhered to the base. Be careful not to fold the card as you take it around the base as you will loose the purse look - it will look more like a box.
Once wrapped around the box, tape up the back seam. Then add another of the taped trim around the base of the bag to cover the lower edge.

Next comes the handles


You need to pierce the ends of the short strips of card and the bag as above. I then found some cute silver button brads and fixed the handles in place with these - you can see these in the finished purse. You can just glue the handles in place and add pearls or gems to the purse if you don't have brads.

The third trim strip goes in the inside to cover the edges of the handles and the backs of the brads


I then decorated the bag with the Bags and Shoes Funny Bones sentiment and a shoe die cut

Using the same card, patterned card and Riley and company Funny Bones stamps I made 4 cards to place inside the bag: 


I used 8 Glasses of Water and  Walmart stamps on 2 of them along with the wine glass and beer mug dies.


And the 2nd two have Not Grey Hairs and WTF Lines along with some nice glittering hair and some very WTF die cut DEEP wrinkles 




Thank you for stopping by and helping me share my project today. If you love what you see I would appreciate you letting me know in the comments below






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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Love birds

Good afternoon, I'm just back in from walking my fur babies, they are all flopped out in the sunshine. I have the doors open listening to the birds singing it's bliss

My post this afternoon is showcasing more of the gorgeous Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps new release

I've used A Mother's Love stamp but for an Anniversary card just to show that these stamps are versatile:


I stamped and colored the image using alcohol markers. Added the Happy Anniversary sentiment which is also part of the new release. I then die cut some hearts in various sizes and made up some pink and white blossoms to go on the branch. The image was then matted onto pink card. 
I used a pre- printed card base and added pink ribbon before arranging my topper. I then made a ribbon bow and embellished this with a pearl.

Don't forget if you order this week use the coupon FREESHIP and any orders over $15 will ship free!!!

Pop on over to the New Release section of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps website where you can see all the stamps being released this week.

Keep checking back this week for more new release showcases but for now thank you for stopping by, you can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.




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Farm yard notes!

Good morning and what a beautiful morning it is!!!

I'm a little late it has been such a hectic weekend - but Prickley Pear have a new release this week and wow have they got some fab new stamps some of which I will be showing you this week. If you order this week use the coupon FREESHIP and any orders over $15 will ship free!!!

Today I'm kicking my show casing off with some adorable note cards. part of the new release are some adorable farm yard critters and 6 sentiments which go with them so I have made a themed set of notelets using the same design, papers and embellishments throughout:

First of all is Bessie the cow:


How sweet is she! I have colored 2 of her with Alcohol markers and added the matching sentiments What's Moo and An Udder Year Older. They are die cut and added to the cards which are both matted with coordinating papers. A few gems just finish the design.



She has I miss Ewe and Ewe Ok? sentiments

Last but not least my favorite is Prissy the Pig


Hasn't she got the most adorable name!!! Her sentiments are I'm Sow Excited For You and Sow's Things.

Pop on over to the New Release section of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps website where you can see all the stamps being released this week.

I will be back later today with some more showcases but for now thank you for stopping by, you can find more inspiration from me and my teamies on the Prickley Pear blog and our Facebook page.


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mushroom Lane is expanding!!

Good evening! There has been some building working going on down Mushroom Lane

There are some new houses and even a store there now - the village is growing well.
I'm going to show you a couple of the new houses - I love the first one:


Welcome to Tree Stump House I have colored the image with alcohol markers and inked the background stenciling clouds to make a scene. I then matted some ditsy floral paper and my image with red card drawing out the color of the door and windows - oh and the little ladybugs that are crawling around if you look closely.
I thought the Me or The House funny bones sentiment was fitting and I added the little die-cut squirrels as embellishments as I thought they worked great with this house.

The second house is The Butterfly House


Again colored with alcohol markers and matted on red card. I used a Kraft colored paper with tiny flowers on it on my card base. 
A computer generated new home sentiment was added along with some rik-rak ribbon and pink enamel dots

Don't forget you still have time to grab one of the amazing deals from Riley and Company

Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 until Sunday at midnight. This includes our new release and our entire stock!
Just enter the code FREESHIP in the coupon code when you check out.

Here are just a few cool card samples of some of the new release! The Riley & Co Blog, and each of our designers blogs have a TON more samples! And speaking of Riley's Blog...

SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! 



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Lunchables for mom's

Good afternoon - It's a gorgeous day here but so windy! It's my son's senior prom tonight I can't believe that he leaves school this week - where does the time go!!

So to reduce my stress levels I need the following Lunchables for Moms:


This is another new release from the Riley and Company Funny Bones collection. I generated some chocolate paper and matted my card with this. I then stamped the sentiment and the wine glass, cutting the bowl of the glass away then adding acetate over the hole. I inked the card then used foam tape on the back of the topper to make a shaker card using wine colored microbeads for the wine.
This was matted onto another piece of white card and added to the center of my chocolate bar. 
A simple and easy card to make!

Don't forget there are deals continuing until midnight tomorrow for the new release from Riley and Company:

Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 until Sunday at midnight. This includes our new release and our entire stock!
Just enter the code FREESHIP in the coupon code when you check out.

Here are just a few cool card samples of some of the new release! The Riley & Co Blog, and each of our designers blogs have a TON more samples! And speaking of Riley's Blog...

SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! 


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sports day

Good afternoon the sun is shining and my doors are open! Thank goodness we have a break in the rain.

It's hump day and we are half way through the new release at Riley and Company. Today It's sports day, remember the adorable dress up Riley's from the last new release - well we have some great summer outfits and activities stamps including sports. So I have dressed our little buddy up for sports day.

First activity is soccer or as we Brits call it football:


I colored Riley and his shorts using alcohol markers - adding a stripe to his shorts so he's in my hubby's favorite team colors. I then printed out some soccer related design paper and cut it into a bookmark - I matted it onto red card to give it more stability Riley was glued in place and I stamped 3 soccer balls which I have placed to make it look as if he is heading them. I punched a hole in the top of the bookmark and made a tassel from baker's twine.

Next we'll have a nice game of golf and meet up at the 19th hole for a little apres drink


Again colored with Alcohol makers, I added a cap so he can see his ball without the sun getting in his eyes. I colored the ball and club - these accessories all have matching dies which makes it so much better than having to fussy cut such tiny items! I printed a design paper and typed out my sentiment and printed it onto the paper. Matting this with a golf ball paper I added the club and ball.

Onto my 3rd sports related card - fishing!


Riley looks fab in his "Gone Fishing" tee which along with his hat, rod and fish were colored with my markers. I then matted my grey card base with some camo design paper and green card. I typed out some of the lyrics from one of my favorite country singers and matted this with the grey card. Riley was dressed and added to the card along with his rod and trout!

The deals are still going on at Riley and Company:
Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 until Sunday at midnight. This includes our new release and our entire stock!
Just enter the code FREESHIP in the coupon code when you check out.

And you are still in the chance of winning some swag:
Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! More times you comment the more chances of winning!!!



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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

No one is you....

Good afternoon - how is your day going? if things are getting you down this next new release from Riley and Company is just for you

I Love the many sentiments that Riley and Company have in their funny bone range some you can use to make snarky cards but then you can use the same stamp for a serious card as I have done in my 2nd post of the day:


"No one is you. And that is your power"- is a great sentiment for a pick me up card but can also be used to to make fun in a friendly way at someone.

I used 3 shades of distress ink blended in to each other on to white card. I then used the new Nesting Circle Dies to die-cut my sky patterned design paper. 
I matted my base card with blue card, added the inked card. I adhered the patterned paper over this.
I stamped the lighthouse house from the Mushroom Lane range and colored it with alcohol markers before fussy cutting it out.
This was placed to the right of the circle and I then stamped my sentiment within the circle.
I added a few enamel dots to balance the design.

Don't forget to check out the Riley website and the great deals they have running this week only:
Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 until Sunday at midnight. This includes our new release and our entire stock!
Just enter the code FREESHIP in the coupon code when you check out.

Also the Riley & Co Blog, and each of my teamies' blogs have a TON more samples! And speaking of Riley's Blog...

SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! 

Why not also check out the rest of the new release over at the Riley online store
and our Facebook page for my inspiration


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Flooded!!!

Good morning despite it still raining the title of the post is connected with my design today rather than the weather although it's not good that part of the US are flooded

It's day 2 of the Riley and Company new release those deals are still available:
Package deal on all 16 new Funny Bones stamps! 
Our cling set is only $83.20 (reg. 104.00).
Save 20%!
To get this - click HERE!

Die Release Bundle - get all three nesting die sets! 
Our nesting dies are different - they have beautiful piercing dots around the edges! Get all three sets (squares, ovals and circles) for only $41.00 (Reg. $51.00) Save $10!
To get this - click HERE!

But wait there's more!!!

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday!!!!
That's right - we will give you free shipping on any order over $20 until Sunday at midnight. This includes our new release and our entire stock!
Just enter the code FREESHIP in the coupon code when you check out.

Today's make is from the first bundle along with a little dressed up Riley (yes you can get his outfit too with dies to make them easy to cut out and fit to him!)


Yes 60% water is a great new snarky stamp that fits perfectly with the snorkeling Riley outfit.

I colored Riley with my alcohol markers and dressed him using the snorkel and rubber ring. I then butchered him - yes I chopped his legs off 😲

I matted my card base with blue card and some water effect design paper. I then adhered Riley to the card along with some bubbles. I stamped the sentiment in black, matted this with blue card and glued in place adding bubbles to the top.
I then used glossy accents on both the bubbles and Riley's snorkel mask to add some dimension to my finished card.

The Riley & Co Blog, and each of my teamies' blogs have a TON more samples! And speaking of Riley's Blog...

SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Make SURE you leave a comment on the Riley Blog this week because we are giving away swag at the end of the week to a couple lucky winners! 

Why not also check out the rest of the new release over at the Riley online store
and our Facebook page for my inspiration



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