Monday, June 30, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday

Here we are, it's time for some more inspiration from Prickley Pear.  My card today is a little brighter & summery than I usually post. I have not a clue id there are purple poppies, but on planet "Reen" there are! The stamps I used for this card are a mix of old & new. The poppies are from the new spring & summer release, called DD0210 Poppies Garden Small. This is a red rubber stamp. The sentiment and floral border I created is from the CLR013C Scalloped Circle & Oval 4 Floral Set.
I used the D042 Scalloped Oval Nesting Die for the cutout of the poppies and the scalloped background behind it. The butterflies & border punches are from Martha Stewart. The corners are made from the Cheery Lynn small Doily die, cut into quarters. The paper, pearl string, & ribbon are from my gargantuan (love that word) collection of paper crafting goodies!
Here's a close-up of the poppies  & I'll list the Copic colors below.
Poppies- V17, 12, 01
Sm. buds & butterfly- BV00
Stems, leaves, grass- YG63, G20
Thanks for joining me today for some inspiration, and be sure to check out the other girls on my team & their fantastic creations, listed on the side bar.
HUGS, Maureen+

Monday, June 23, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday

Here we are again for a bit of Inspiration from the Prickley Pear team.
My card today is made from an older stamp set CLR013C Scalloped Oval & Circle 4 Floral and the new D045 Flourish Die. I love this set with the little duckies and umbrellas. Here in Wisconsin we are supposed to have thunderstorms all day today, so this card is truly fitting! 
I did a bit of paper piecing on the umbrellas and added an extra one on the bottom, just because I think they are so cute! I also used some grass & doily dies from Cheery Lynn.
Here's a close-up of the duckie and you can see I cheated when I fussy cut them out by coloring the white edges with a little Copic marker to match so they would blend into the background. the raindrop background was created with an old Fiskers texture plate I have & I lightly sponged on
Tim Holtz Tumbled glass.
Thanks for joining me today for a little inspiration & be sure to check out my fellow team members listed on my side bar.
Hugs, Maureen

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My Bestires Challenge #13 "Summer Days"

 Sherri Baldy My Besties Challenge #13 Summer Days.
 We run challenges every two weeks by alternating teams.
This challenge is the "A" teams turn, and our theme is summer days.
So you can enter with any Sherri Baldy Bestie and make a project that means summer to you.
This challenge is open from June 23 to July 5th, and open to all who want to give it a try. It's fun & can be VERY rewarding! The winners will be announced on July 6th.
This badge will explain what the prizes are. So wanna have some fun? The first place prize is a random drawing so you all have as much of a chance as anyone. Come on now everyone, join the fun!!
 My card today is what I thought was a summery looking card. But my sweet girl is walking her chickies instead of her doggies. You can find her at Sherri's Etsy Store, IMG659. I added a few flowers some ribbon and a few little Candi's , a rhinestone or three, a little grass of course, it's summer right?
I colored this image with Copics, but at the time of this posting I can't seem to find my color list, sorry :-(  But I will put up the close-up picture so you can get a good look at this cutie pie!
If you want to enter your project just click to go to the Besties Challenge Blog and follow the linky tools.
Thanks for joining us for this challenge & be sure to visit the other girls on my team, listed on my side bar, and see all the pretty Summer creations!
Hugs, Maureen

Monday, June 16, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday

Good morning Bloggers. It's time for some inspiration from Prickley Pear.  In my welcome package that I received when I joined the design team, there was a new release called
CLR047 Mini Vases and a matching die D047, which is a set of three. This set was starting to gather dust, so I figured I had better get my fanny going & use it!
I had an idea swirling around in my head for a silhouette look on a sunset background........well do you think I had any Washi tape in the sunset colors? Of course not!  So once again, necessity( the mother of invention don't ya know) took over and this card is the finished product. I used Distress Ink broken China and sponged it in layers to get the graduated color for my background. I added strips of Washi tape from Craft Essentials at different heights, taking care to leave enough room for my stamps & vases. This tape is really nice as there are two coordinating rolls of tape in these packages. I got it at Jo-Ann's, just in case you wanted to know. The flower bunches are stamped directly on the background and the vases are cut out with the die, stamped and popped up with dimensional foam dots. The sentiment is included with the stamp set. I added a little color here and there with Copic BG18, and some Stardust Stickles and the bottom border is an old MS pansy border punch.
Here's a close-up of the vases so you can see how they are popped up. It REALLY adds something to the card I think. I am all about dimension & visual interest. Flatness is the enemy in my world. LOL
Thanks for joining me today for some inspiration. Make sure to visit my team mates listed on the side bar they do some fantastic work!
Hugs, Maureen 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Paper Flowers Tutorial- PPRS


Hello Bloggers, I have a FIRST for you today. I have never done an on-line tutorial, so don't be too critical, as I am a beginner. I teach Copic coloring and do many tutorials, but mainly color lists and photo, to follow along with my verbal instruction in my classes, so bear with me in my first endeavor. I'll start out with a picture of my completed project. I think it has a Victorian flair. The Graphic 45 Ladies Dairy collection was my starting point for my flowers and it sort of took flight from there.
 I'll list the other elements in my completed card before I get started on the tutorial.
I used the CLR027C Scalloped Oval 4 Floral for my oval, butterflies, & sentiment.
The D044 Heart Oval Die, cut twice, snipped in half & positioned to make the background for my sentiment, and the new D045 Flourish to pick up some of the color in my flowers. The little leaves are from Cheery Lynn. I Love dimension on my cards and usually have layered flowers, use lots of pop-up foam dots, etc. So this idea was stemmed from that need.
Dimensional Blobby Flowers Tutorial
1. Using the D015 Blobby Flowers Die from Prickley Pear,  cut shapes from any designer paper you choose. You can also do this technique with regular cardstock and the matching stamp set
 CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2. You will need one of each size for the larger flowers, and one each of the two smaller shapes for the medium flowers.
When cutting the smaller flowers that require only two of the shapes in the die I mark off the area by taping the back of the die with scotch tape & line it up to the edge of the paper as shown here.
2. After all the shapes that you need for the number of flowers you want to add to your project, you will need to ink the edges of the petals on the opposite side of what you want the front of your flowers to be.
3. After inking the edges you will need to curl them with a tweezers. The inked edges up over the side of the petals you want to be the top side of your flowers. I even used the tiny dots to use for fill in buds.

4. After curling the edges you need poke holes in the center of the petals so as to add a brad. If you choose to use a pearl, or rhinestone, button, etc., you can skip this step.

5. The next step is to curl and shape the petals by using a stylus as shown. I have a tendency to push too hard and tear the paper, so be careful!


6. The next step is to stack your petals, large, medium, small, in that order and add your brad to the center to hold them all together. If you are not using brads you can put a drop of glue in between the layers and your pearl or rhinestone in the center. You may have to fluff up your petals a little after inserting the brad. You can re-curl the tips with the tweezers or squish them with your fingers.

I chose to add a little Distress Stickles Dry Glitter in the Clear Rock Candy by painting on a bit of white glue and sprinkling with glitter. Love the sparkle without being too obvious.
Thanks for joining me and Prickley Pear today for my first on-line tutorial and I hope you try these flowers.
I must say I see now why so may tutorials are videos and that may be in the future for me!
Hugs, Maureen







Monday, June 9, 2014

Prickley Pear Inspiration Monday

Good morning Bloggers! Another Monday with some inspiration from Prickley Pear. Next Sunday is Father's Day so I decided to make another "man" card. God knows I can use the practice. Why is it we all seem to struggle with this type of card? Everyone I talk to says the same thing. Strange.
Anyway, my card is simple, but used three elements from Prickley Pear to make it all come together.
I used the DD0207 53' Chevy Small rubber stamp for my image. Actually I had another layout in mind and stamped three copies of this stamp to lay them vertically across the front and make a border across the bottom with the gears and then I said to myself, oops, you are not going to get all that on the front of an A2 card, so I re-configured my design and came up with this. And you know what girls, or guys........... I like it!!  I used the FF0172 Any Man Can sentiment, which could not be any more perfect for Father's Day, right? And of course the D025 Steampunk and D035 Mini Gears die sets to complete my manly look. I love these gears actually and think they should go on everything. for a woman I have an obscene amount of tools and have always had a fascination with mechanical things, so that probably is the reason I'm likein'  these little honeys so much!
I cut the gears from Mirror paper and didn't stamp them with the matching
CLR025 Steampunk Gears Clear Set because I thought the mirror paper gave the gears enough pop as a stand alone element. That's the beauty owning this complete set, the possibilities are endless!
Some gorgeous DCWV "Tattered Time", a little Graphic 45 "Proper Gentleman"  DP,  a little gold twine, a few brads, and finito!

Here's a close-up of the awesome mirror paper gears, they are soooo cool!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to visit my super talented Teammates listed on the PPRS DT sidebar for some more Inspiration from Prickley Pear!
Hugs, Maureen

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CHF Challenge # 54

Hello again Bloggers. It's time again for another challenge over at Cornish Heritage Farms.
Our Challenge today is hosted by our Design Team member Anne Marie. It is her choice today to challenge you to try your hand at Water coloring an image. I am not proficient at it but Anne has inspired me to try more of it. I used watercolor pencils and an Aqua Pen to paint my image. I was not too happy with the pastel look of it when I finished so I experimented and sprayed it(outside, it's stinky) with some Krylon "Preserve It" matte spray, which is made to preserve digital photos and paper. And it turned out awesome! Experiment successful!

If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you!
To play create a card using CHF images. You can use either CHF digi or rubber stamps to create a card or project.... anything you like as long as the stamps are Cornish Heritage Farms. (Yes, they can be older stamps)
.You can enter on the CHF blog and let us see your creations. If you enter your project on the blog or SCS or Pinterest just remember to use the code CHF54
 I chose a Thomas Kincaid image called "The Good Life" for my card today. I am here to tell you these stamps are magnificent! The detail is exquisite. I am finding that they stamp better on Copic X-Press paper better than watercolor paper though. I was pleased to see (when I received my DT welcome kit) that Tanya has eliminated the bulky wood mount of the TK stamps. They come with a foam mount and a beautiful detailed color picture on the package. Soooo much better for storage!
I wanted to try and do a card centered around Fathers Day as it will be passed for our next challenge. I thought this image was perfect. My own Dad has passed long ago so my selection for this day is very slim, I'm finding. I also used some other things I already had in my stash to complete my card.
Here's a close-up of the image on my card.
Thanks for joining us today & be sure to stop by all my Teamies blogs to get some inspiration!
Maureen (you're here)
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Hugs, Maureen

Monday, June 2, 2014

PPRS Inspiration Monday

Here we are again Bloggers. Time for Monday with Prickley Pear. I've chosen to do a Father's Day themed card as we are already into June & Father's day on the 15th really isn't that far away.
I used two elements from PPRS today on my card. FF0171 Find my Prince rubber stamp and the corner from D035 Mini Gears Die Set. I added some brads for the masculine look. There is a Royal-Crown rubber stamp at PPRS that would be awesome with this sentiment, but I don't have it. I'm thinking I should!
 I used a chipboard crown that I had gotten from my sister and painted it, then added some Tim Holtz crackle glaze. I then rubbed ink into the cracks & put some rhinestones on for a touch of bling. Who says Daddies don't like a little bling? I had the crown paper & thought is was a great touch with the whole "Prince" theme. The metallic paper I used is the fairly new to the market, "POW" paper.  It is so gorgeous, the picture doesn't do it justice.  This the only glitter paper that will NOT dull your dies or dull your Cricut or Silhouette blades. I do use waxed paper and a shim when I am cutting with dies, as this paper has a plastic sort of backing. 
I'm adding a close-up of the sentiment and corners & you can better see what the paper looks like that accompanies them.
Thanks for joining me today & I hope I've provided you with some inspiration!
Hugs, Maureen