Saturday, July 31, 2010

Notebooks and Swaps

Today I have two cute projects to share.  The first one is a small composition notebook I made using some scraps I had lying around.  It all came together in about 10 minutes! 

I have a story about the swirl design on the bottom.  Last month I went to one of the local scrapbook stores and noticed a layout that had a gorgeous swirl embossed on the corner.  When I asked one of the girls where I could get the stamp, she refused to tell me!  She said that it was a personal stamp she had brought for the class and the class was no longer being offered.  Oh well.  Then, later that day, I went to Jo-Ann's and found the stamp!  It's from Inkadinkadoo and is part of a flourish stamp set.  And, the stamps just happened to be on sale that day.  Lol, how cool was that!  So much for secrets, huh.  Now, don't get me wrong, the lady was very nice and sweet but she just didn't want to share the information.  Maybe it's a store policy, I don't know... I'm just thrilled that I found it. :)

Anyways, I also have a card to show today.  I made six of these for an MFT swap that's being hosted on Splitcoast Stampers.  Reading Flopsey is one of my favorite MFT stamps, so I just couldn't resist using him for the swap, lol. 

Flopsey was colored with color pencils and OMS.  The library card and notebook page on the notebook and the card were made using Microsoft Excel.  They were so super easy to make and format.  Now, I have them ready to go and I can just insert phrases or journaling as needed. 

That's all I've got today, have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

More PPRS Goodness

Hi guys!  Have you been enjoying all the wonderful stuff the Prickley Pear design team has been showcasing?  Well, there's still more to be had today, make sure you stop by the Prickley Pear Blog for today's blog hop participants and details on how to win some prizes. 

I have another card to show you today.  It's the second card I featured on my sneak peek Saturday. 

I used an old sketch to make this card.  Since it has so much texture, I decided to keep the embellishments down to a bare minimum.  The main panel features Prickley Pears new hot air balloon made 3-D by cutting several balloons out of pink paper, scoring down the middle and attaching to each other on one side.  The side scallops were gently curled upwards and inked with pink chalk ink.  The pink metal panel was embossed with a cuttlebug folder and gently sanded.  A black velvet ribbon peeking out the back rounds out the different textures.

Have you purchased your new Prickley Pear stamps yet? 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog Hop! We have 2 beautiful new summer sets we are so pleased to announce. Our Hot Air Balloon and Birdcage Clear Stamps and coordinating dies. Visit the Design Team’s daily releases and our blog on July 19th and 20th to have chances to win one of these beautiful sets.

Todays Prize Package includes the Hot Air Balloon set and Matching die. Three transparency ATC sheets of your choice, and a half sheet of red rubber stamps of your choice.

More than one chance to win.

Each day you have more than one chance to win. Start at the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog. Leave a comment on the blog for one chance to win. Then hop on over to the day’s release blogs and make comments there for more chances to win. Sounds easy enough. And the bonus is that you’ll see some fabulous paper projects featuring the new sets.

For each release, you’ll have 2 days to participate…you’ll have until midnight the night AFTER the release day to enter comments. Please just one comment per blog.

Todays Release!

July 19th Hot Air Balloon Set – Visit Jenny’s, Leslie’s (that's me!) and Anya’s sites.

Ready to see what I created with my new stamps and die?  Well, here they are!

I had originally planned on making this a panel for the front of a card, but I liked it so much that I've decided to make it a small shadow box.  This project was so easy to make!  I die cut grunge board using the largest label one nestie and another die cut using my hot air balloon.  The label nestie was sponged with brown, orange, yellow, and red inks and stamped with Prickley Pear's Ferris Wheel.  I die cut and ripped a piece of Tim Holtz dp and attached it to the bottom of my panel using mod podge.  The metal phrase was sponged with brown alcohol ink, attached with strong glue, and outlined in blue smooch on the bottom.  My balloon die cut was stamped and colored then paper pieced using red paper.  I attached it using pop dots.  My large Heidi Swapp flower was distressed with brown ink, folded in half, and attached to the back with scor tape.  The flower brad is two brads layered together and held in place with strong glue.

Be sure and check back over the next few days for more cards featuring this great new set!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Prickley Pear Sneak Peeks

Hi guys!!  I'm back with some Prickley Pear sneaky peeks!  You definitely won't want to miss this month's release!!  They are awesome!

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is releasing 2 new sets of clear stamps with coordinating die cuts. The two sets, which are the Birdcage and Hot Air Balloon sets are just in time for summer and will be available for purchase on July 19th, the launch day of our hop. Sold separately, these sets coordinate beautifully to create stamped images that can be die cut perfectly around the shape. How cool is that?

It's so cool, in fact, that we want to give some away. So we are hosting a blog hop the 19th and 20th. With sneak peeks starting on July 17th. You'll have the chance to say what you think of the new products and of course, the chance to WIN.

I was sooo thrilled when I got my stamps and die in the mail!  I'm sure you're gonna love them too!  Here's my sneak peeks, I'll reveal the full pics on the 19th so be sure and stop by then.  Don't forget to check out all the sneak peeks the other design team members are displaying on their blogs as well! 

Friday, July 16, 2010

Bon Voyage

Hi!!  Boy it seems like my blog entries get further and farther in between!  Lately my stamping time feels just as scarce! :(  Well, hopefully things will get back to normal soon.  Anyways, enough about that! Lol.  I've got a few things to show you over the next few days.  Today I've got a journal and card I made for a lady at work that has accepted a new job out of town.  I thought I would keep the journal quite flat to avoid losing any of the embellishments while it's in use.

To make the journal, first I covered the spine with brown cardstock, then I covered the front and back with blue cardstock and some designer paper.  I kept the verse panel simple but added some depth with some sponging around both layers.  The large blue swirl is chipboard inked up with metallic pigment ink.  I covered the chipboard with UTEE, but left it uneven for added texture.  Everthing was attached with scor tape to keep it nice and secure.

I used MFT's Going Places stamp set to make her a good bye card as well.  The girl is paper pieced with the same dp used for the back ground.  I weaved the thin brown ribbon through the holes of the lace and layered it over brown cardstock die cut with MFT's large scallop border. 

That's all I've got for today, be sure to stop by tomorrow for a Prickley Pear sneak peek!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

They say it's your birthday...

Hi guys!!  Welcome to Kim's Birthday Bash!!  Us MFT'ers are so thrilled to be able to help celebrate Kim's birthday and her AMAZING design team put together a blog birthday bash.  Below are the links to the other participants blogs, be sure to stop by and check out all the awesome projects that were created in honor of The MFT Lady's b-day.  Ready to see what I did?  Well, I've got to admit, at first I was stumped as to what to do, then it hit me Kim needs a place to store her favorite things, right? 

I covered a recipe box with patterned paper, added plenty of bling, some side panels ( I forgot to photograph them!!!  Doh!), and spelled out "My Favorite Things" using some very cute glittery black letters.  And here's what I put inside:

The small monogramed note cards are just right for that last minute tag to accompany a hostess gift, appreciation gift, etc.  The notepad holder is just perfect for writing those inevitable to do lists and has a cute pocket inside.  And, of course, plenty of bling! :)

And of course, I had to make a birthday card. 

Lots more of that hot pink and black combo, some more bling on the bottom of the card (right underneath the border punch peaks), and a WTG birthday cake to help top off the celebration!  Kim, I hope you have a wonderful birthday!!  Eat lots of birthday cake!!
Don't forget to stop by Kim's blog and wish her a very happy birthday!