Saturday, January 29, 2011

Prickley Pear New Release Blog Hop

Whoooo Hooo! Day 1 is here. We are so excited to be releasing these new clear sets of stamps with matching dies and of course, our beautiful release of vintage valentine red rubber images! We have some real treasures in store for you. Our design team has been working hard to bring you samples that will surely inspire you.
Join us each day as we will have a different set we are featuring. We are playing a new game this time around. Each DT member will be featuring a letter in their post. Visit their blogs, find their letter - put the word together and e-mail us the word at A winner will be chosen for each day of the blog hop.
Day 1. Dreamy Dragonflies. If you came from NICOLE'S blog... you are in the right place... then take a look and see what beautiful cards we have in store. You will want to visit these fabulous ladies in order, Dawn, Amy, Michelle, Angelica, Leslie, Tesa, Jennifer. Good luck and have fun!

Want a clue as to what my letter is? I bet you do!!!

Thanks for popping in...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

If I Can Do It... YOU can Too!!!

Art Impressions makes it SOOOO easy! AND... you probably already have the supplies that you need to create this awesome project. Water based markers... that's right...any water based markers will do. Bonnie, the amazing Art Impressions water color artist, uses,prefers and sells the Marvy markers. She references them in her work and her amazing tutorials on you tube and her written tutorials. I used some that I had... but I followed her tutorial and I had this lovely creation in MINUTES!!! Amaze your friends...( I amazed myself) with my water coloring ability that I never knew I had until I used the AI stamps. Please Check out the selection of gorgeous stamps and the tutorials available. You can even click on a video in the left side bar and see for yourself how EASY it is! Thanks for popping in!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Look at Me...Using a DIGI!!!

I DID... I USED A DIGI!!! They are not my forte... but I Love the stamps and the people at In Style Stamps. I made this card using the BUTTERFLY image... and its a digi! I cut a piece of designer paper to 8.5 x 11 and i put it in the printer and said a prayer. I got my file ready to print and VIOLA!!! Out it popped... THEY WAY I WANTED IT TO! So I then cut out the butterfly, added some helmar 3 d glue dots to the body and the antennea and popped the wings. I used crystal effects on some of the flowers and flitter on the others. I put a sparkley gem in the middle of some of the flowers and used a rub on for the sentiment... and check it, I got my water mark on there too! Yeah me! Thanks for popping in and be sure to check out all of the fun digi and rubber stamps at IN STYLE STAMPS

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Woodware Challenge number 10...ANYTHING GOES

This is my favorite Woodware set...Cocktails... LOVE IT!!! I stamped my image and then I colored it with Derwent Inktense water color pencils (my NEW fave) and I added some glitter to the "sweat" on the glass... I stamped the citrus slice in the background and I added some glitter to the center for a little extra bling. I love the oreange and yellow together... it has me craving a hot day and a cold drink!
We would love to see your work for the challenge... ehre are a few little rules:
A few simple rules for you:

1. You must have a new creation.

2. Link your creation directly to In-Linkz

3. One entry for a extra entry if you have a Woodware USA stamp in it! These will qualify you for our monthly drawing.
Please check out the Woodware USA blog for more fun examples of Woodware Wonderfulness from our awsome desingers!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Woodware USA Challenge #10... Red, Pink and White...

Welcome to another Woodware USA challenge, and we have a color combo for you this week! In honor of Valentine's Day, we would love to see your pink, red, and white color combinations.
A few simple rules for you:
1. You must have a new creation.

2. Link your creation directly to In-Linkz.

3. One entry for a extra entry if you have a Woodware USA stamp in it! These will qualify you for our monthly drawing!

Here is what I came up with for the challenge...

 Here is what I came up with for the challenge...
I used Sam Snail and Friends... and added an ENORMOUS pink bow and volia... here is my card! This is a really fiun set... and the images are so darn cute! I hope that you will join us in this challenge... Thanks for popping in!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

SISC42... Let IT ALL Hang Out...

This weeks challenge over at Stamp Insanity was to "Let it all hang out" or OVER in my case. We were to let elements of our card hang off the edges. I chose to use Nicolette on my card and let her hang off the front flap. I cut the flap short and adhered her so that when you close the card, she still lines up and will fit in the envie. I decorated the inside of the card with matching ribbon and paper to make the card look whole when closed! How fun!!! I added some gems and here is the card!!! Thanks for stopping in and please make sure you play along with this fun challenge!

and for my fellow asylum lovers:
In the 1920s, New York State had operated six mental hospitals to facilitate the growing need for psychiatric care, and all were extremely overcrowded. The state's answer was to build the solution to this problem that plagued the New York City area once and for all - Pilgrim State Hospital.

Originally designed to house 12,500 patients on 1,900 acres of land, Pilgrim still holds the record of being the largest psychiatric hospital in the world - its peak patient population at one time was 16,000. The original hospital constructed from 1930-1941 consisted of four large continued treatment groups, each having about six separate buildings. The four treatment groups at Pilgrim were shut down, and eventually the fifty buildings were demolished in early 2003 after being sold to a developer.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Love... Prickley Pear Style!

I made this card using Prickley Pear's Jacobean heart stamp. I LOVE this stamp! The card is pretty simple(for me, that is) and I really enjoyed creating it! I used my nesties to cut a pink matt and then  I felt like it needed some flavor... so off to the cuttlebug for some texture. Then I stamped and colored the heart and dressed it up with these amazing glitter pens. I sponged around the edges of the matt and across the bumps to show off all of that lovely texture. I used a rub on for the sentiment and punched it out and adhered it to my card and Viola... easy peasy lemon squeezee! Thanks so much for stopping in today!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hearts and Soul!!! Woodware USA Challenge Number 9!

Welcome to our 9th challenge here at Woodware USA! We are so happy to have had so many participants in the last few weeks. We hope that you are starting to see all of the amazing images that you can find at Woodware USA.
A few fast facts about Woodware USA:

1. Woodware USA stamps are designed by Woodware in the UK, and they are distributed here in the states.
2. They are manufactured here in the US out of the finest photo polymer.
3. It is a small operation with a lot of heart!

We are also excited to let you in on a new secret:

Our challenge this week is to use hearts on your creation. You can do so many things with hearts, and it doesn't have to be Valentine's Day all the time! We have an amazing design team here, and I am thankful every day for their hard work. Please leave them some love if you can!

Some simple rules:

1. Create a new project for the challenge.

2. Include a direct link by using IN-Linkz
3. Get one entry in our monthly drawing and an extra if you use a Woodware USA image.

 For my card, I used the Woodware set Elegant Cameos. I ADORE this set and I had fun working with it!I really love the vintage feel of this set... but it is still fun and fresh! I used the heart cuttlebug background for my HEART part (lol) and I also used the Viva Pearl Pen. If I put pearls every place I wanted to... I would go BROKE... those stick on babies are pretty spendy... BUUUUT... these Viva pens are really affordable and the tube seems endless... More bang for your buck. Kinda Like these stamps...
There are so many fun images on each sheet... you really go get a great value for the money. Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Another Amazing Sweet Pea Offering

This is a stamp that Sweet Pea Stamps are the details:
Elaine Cox's sheet 14 (plate 84)

I just adore these stamps and I love all of the unique artists that are offered at SWEET PEA STAMPS. Elaine Cox's designs have caught my eye because they are so very detailed and I LOVE that !I also love to detail them more after I have colored them in. For this image, I colored her face and hair with copic markers,and the water was done with water color crayons. Then I used glitter and gel pens to accent the water and her tail. I also colored over her tail with Shimmerz and I added Crystal Effects to the water for some extra shine. For the pearls in her hair, I used my viva decor pen. I used Nesties in the background for the pink lattice circles and here is my creation. I  used some cuttle bug strips to emboss the top and bottom to make it look like bubbles. Here is my creation and I hope that you love this! Thanks for popping in!
close up of the detail

SISC41 Hardware...Use It In Your Creation!!!

This week's Challenge was to use hardware on your creation. I LOVE diamond plate... But using the real thing would make my card SUPER heavy... so I created my own! I wrapped a piece of tinfoil around a piece of card stock. Then I ran it through the cuttlebug with the diamond plate embossing folder.I got the look without the weight... how cool is that! Then I finished my card with some matching paper and here is my creation. Please play along with us at Stamp Insanity and show us YOUR creation! Thanks for popping in!

and now... the ASYLUM du jour:
Hellingly Hospital was a large mental hospital in the village of Hellingly, east of Hailsham, in East Sussex, England. The hospital, also known as East Sussex County Asylum or just Hellingly, was opened in 1903. Its architect was GT Hine, one of the great asylum architects of the era.

The majority of the hospital closed throughout 1994, however, and to this day much of the 25.4 hectare site stands derelict and extremely run down, after suffering repeated vandalism and multiple arson attacks

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year and NEW Challenge... Woodware Number 8

Welcome to our 8th challenge here at Woodware USA. This week, in honor of the New Year, we would like you to use something "new" on your creation--something you perhaps have been dying to use, something you received as a gift, or something you picked up along the way! We'd love to see what you come up with!

My NEW was the snowflakes and the Viva Decor Pen that I used to secure them to my card! These pens are great and I Iove the colors that they come in and the fact that they are soooo easy to use!
I used the cute little snowman from the WINTER TOTS set.Christmas may be over... but I LOVE my snowmen! 

A few guidelines:

1. Your creation must be new.

2. Link your creation directly using In-Linkz.

3. You will receive one entry in our monthly drawing; two if your creation is made with a Woodware USA stamp.

We have finally reached 100 followers!! That means a winner of a stamp set. Check back Wednesday, and I will announce the winner along with the winner for the monthly prize!! See you then!