Stamping Boutique Challenge: Die Cuts

It's time for a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique!  This time around, we're to use Die Cuts on our creations!  If you win, you'll get to choose 3 images from the store for FREE!

For my challenge card, I used one of the fun Princess Jennifer Latte stamps.  She is never without her coffee!  There is a whole line of Princess Jennifer Latte stamps in the shop and all are too cute!  I figured this was a good choice for an image this time of year since we're all working on our New Year's resolutions!  One of mine happens to be to exercise that any big surprise?!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Princess Jennifer Latte Work Out - digital), Amuse (sentiment)
Paper - SU Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crumb Cake CS, 7 Gypsies DP
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Quickutz die, baker's twine, brown marker, SU small oval punch, foam dots (popped up coffee cups)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Prickley Pear Monday

We've been busy at Prickley Pear lately!  Today is Prickley Pear Monday, so I'm sharing another Prickley Pear creation, a valentine using the new Love stamp!  I used one of my favorite color combos:  red and turquoise.  I just love bright colors on valentines!

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Love)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP, SU Whisper White, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise CS
Ink - SU Tempting Turquoise
Accessories - SU Real Red polka dot ribbon, gemstone flower, Cuttlebug embossing folder, sponge
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Prickley Pear Sketch Challenge

It's time for a new sketch challenge at Prickley Pear!  Here are the details:

Make a card using the sketch provided using any products, not just Prickley Pear, by January 31. 

One winner will be drawn randomly and will receive a $15 gift certificate at the Prickley Pear Web Shop and will be announced on the Prickley Pear Blog February 1!

Below is the new sketch:

I used the Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set for my card.    I chose to create a clean & simple card again, stamping three of the same heart stamp in three different colors, cutting them out and popping them up on foam dots.  I placed three gemstones for visual interest.  At first, I wasn't sure I liked them being off center, but the more I looked at it, the more I decided it was okay.  That's the fun thing about art.  There are no rules!
Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set)
Paper:  SU Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Sahara Sand CS
Ink - SU Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Accessories - SU scallop border punch, paper piercer, gemstones, foam dots (popped up hearts)
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2 Cute Ink Blog Hop!

It's time for a 2 Cute Ink Blog Hop to celebrate the new Valentine's Day images that are being released today!  Hop along with us, leave a comment on each blog on the list and you'll be eligible to win a free digital image of your choice!

Here is the blog hop order:

Melissa (You are here!)

For my card, I used the oh-so-cute Bugs and Kisses digital stamp.  There are two other new Valentine digital stamps being released today, so be sure to follow along the hop to check them out!  Also, there will be 3 more Valentine digital stamps released a week from today (Saturday), so stay tuned!

Now head on over to your next stop on the Blog Hop and see what Suzanne has created!

Stamps - 2 Cute Ink (Bugs & Kisses - digital)
Paper - SU Basic Black, Real Red CS, Paper Trey white CS, Doodlebug DP (Love Letter)
Accessories - Stickles, (applied to pink hearts on main image) black marker (dots around edge & letters in sentiment), SU 1-in. circle punch, SU Heart Punch, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), foam dots (popped up sentiment circles & main image panel)
Coloring:  Copic markers
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Prickley Pear Blog Hop: January 12-14

It's time for Prickley Pear's new release of Valentine and Steampunk themed red rubber stamps!

To celebrate, we are having a three-day Blog Party with loads of inspiration by the Design Team and a give away! One happy participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the web shop!  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the participating blogs (there will be a new list of blogs to visit each of the three days) and tell us what you think about the new release. Last day to enter is Sunday, January 15, at midnight EST. The winner will be drawn randomly at one of the participating blogs and will be announced on the Prickley Pear Blog on Monday.

Here is today's blog hop schedule:

Prickley Pear Blog

Melissa (you are here)

**Be sure to check back at Prickley Pear tomorrow and Saturday for more blog hop stops full of inspiration so you can go leave a comment on those blogs!

Here is my card for the Blog Hop:

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Branch with Hearts, My Funny Valentine - sentiment)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP, SU CS (Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla)
Ink - SU (Riding Hood Red)
Accessories - pearls, circle punch, heart punch, SU vanilla ribbon, foam dot (popped up sentiment)
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How’ve You Bean?

I've been wanting to create a CAS (Clean & Simple) card.  I really do love CAS cards!  Everyone has their own card style and, though I'm not completely sure what mine is, I'm thinking it tends to be at least clean in design.  Not too much fluff.  Clean lines.  I play with color, shapes and patterns more than embellishments, I guess.  Style evolves though, so who knows what my cards will look like five years from now.

I played along with this week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  The challenge is to use die cuts.  With the new year arriving and the cleaning/organizing/decluttering spell it tends to cast on me, I've been digging in my stash.  Let me tell you!  If there's a good way to cut your spending way down, just go through what you already have once in a while!  I have so many goodies to play with that I didn't even remember putting in the box!  I'm humbled, yet excited to dig into them!

Stamps - Fiskars
Paper - SU textured CS (Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake)
Ink - SU Early Espresso
Accessories - Quickutz die, Nestabilities (ovals), linen thread, brown pearls, foam dot (popped up coffee cup)
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Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good weekend and are ready for a new week of opportunity.  I spent my weekend deep cleaning the kitchen/dining floors and just plain tidying up!  It desparately needed done, but being gone on vacation for a week didn't help that!  It feels so good to have the fine drywall dust from our building project out of the corners and little unseen areas!  It was beginning to drive me crazy just knowing it was lurking there!  I've still got more things on my to do list, but that was one of the bigger tasks!  Now I've got a busy week ahead with creative projects, but that's a fun busy!  Stay tuned as there will be some new stamps making their appearance this week!  Get ready for Valentine's Day!

For today, I created a card using an image from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  Be ready for a Prickley Pear Blog Hop this Thursday through Saturday!  :)

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set, I've Fallen in Love - sentiment)
Paper - SU Basic Gray, Whisper White CS, My Mind's Eye DP
Ink - SU Basic Gray
Accessories - gemstones, Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle)
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Coffee Fix

It's Friday.  For some reason, however, I was in need of some caffeine this morning!  One of my New Year's goals is to cut back (again) on the soothing brown liquid and replace it with more green tea.  I haven't done too badly this week, but this morning I needed a full cup of the stuff!  I'm thinking that maybe it's the fact that it's taken me most of the week to recover from vacation!  It's amazing how long unpacking, laundry and getting back into routines takes with little ones running around!  I think I'm almost back on two feet.  Almost.

This morning, I also made myself take some time to create a little CAS (clean and simple) card for good measure.  I haven't had the time to stamp very much these last two weeks and it felt so good to get back into it!  I made a coffee themed card to play along with this week's theme over on Splitcoast Stampers Clean & Simple Challenge:  Beverages!

Stamps - TPC Studio (Coffee Cafe)
Paper - SU (Very Vanilla & Early Espresso CS)
Ink - SU (Early Espresso)
Accessories - foam dots (popped up main image)
Card size:  4.25-in. x 4.25-in.
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One Little Word

With the beginning of 2012, I am stepping out on a journey with Big Picture Classes (one of my favorite online creative learning sites) called One Little Word by Ali Edwards.  I had wanted to follow along with this class last year, but life got away and I fell behind after the second monthly prompt, realizing how many other things were on my plate already.  This year, I am ready to start fresh and have chosen my word for the year:


I love this quote I found today:

"And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform. What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving it away. It is venturing to give new life and to nurture it to maturity. It is working hard for the pure joy of being tired at the end of the day. It is caring and sharing and giving and loving…"

Marilyn Thomsen

As a wife, mother, daughter & friend, I want to learn to make this word more a part of my life.  So many times, I get caught up in "doing it all."  I'd like to learn to slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy this part of my life, nurturing my body, my spirit, my soul, my family & my friends in a way that will bring out the best qualities in myself and others.  I want to be a quiet, positive, encouraging influence without having to think much about have it flow naturally and easily from my life.  I'm thinking I'd better start with what's in my heart.

Here's to taking that first step on the One Little Word journey!  I'll share a little as I go along and, if you think you'd like to join in this year, go on over and sign up for the class!
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Happy New Year!

I'm back!  I'd forgotten how busy the end of the year can be!  We took a week's vacation to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee last week and just got back late Monday night!  We were reminded why we love those mountains so much...

Today is the beginning of a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique!  This time, the challenge revolves around the number Twelve since 2012 has arrived!  You can either use the number 12 or twelve items on your card (including cardstock, layers, images, etc.)!  I chose to use the number 12.  After completing my card, I discovered I would have also included twelve items if I'd just added one more!  If I counted the foam dots I used to pop up the main image ovals, I suppose I could say I had twelve items, but I don't really know as though those count since you can't see them!  :)

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (KK Winter - digital)
Paper - SU Basic Gray CS, Paper Trey white CS, green glitter CS
Accessories - SU white grosgrain ribbon, white number stickers, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), Stickles (on falling snow), Sizzix embossing folder, gemstones (on coat buttons), foam dots (popped up main image panel)
Coloring - Copic markers
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The Making of a Snowflake

I thought I'd share a little tutorial I made recently using two of Prickley Pear's wonderful dies.  I am finally ready to think about winter now!  Here's a very simple way to make a 3-D snowflake:

1.  Round up your basic supplies:

Prickley Pear's Scalloped Circle and Victorian Ornament 2 dies
two shades of glitter paper (I used silver and white)
adhesive tape
foam squares or dots
1.75-in. circle punch
embellishments (if desired)

2.  Start by cutting out six (6) Victorian Ornaments & one (1) Scalloped Circle.  Create one (1) 1.75-inch circle using the punch.

3.  Punch out one (1) 1.75-inch circle from a piece of cardstock to use as a base.  Apply a line of adhesive across the center of the circle.

4.  Begin assembling your snowflake by attaching two of the Ornaments to the base on top of the adhesive.

5.  Add more adhesive and adhere two more Ornaments, overlapping the first two and spacing evenly on the circle.  Repeat with the remaining two Ornaments.

6.  Apply a line of adhesive to the back of the Scalloped Circle shape (I used a stronger adhesive, Sticky Strip, for this) and adhere to the center of the snowflake.

7.  Apply foam squares or dots to the back of the 1.75-inch circle shape and attach to the center of the Scalloped Circle.

 You have a snowflake!

Embellish it as you'd like or leave it as it is and use it to make a card or on a scrapbook page!  You could also hang it up using silver or gold colored cord/thread.  If doing this, you would want to cut out double the number of die shapes and circles, adhering the Ornament shapes back to back before assembling the snowflake.  This will ensure that the back of the snowflake is a mirror image of the front!

Here is a card I made using the snowflake:

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