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Topiary for Mom

6 May

Since Mother’s Day is this sunday, it’s time to grab a foam ball, some strips of stamped paper, glue, pins and your creative spirit to make a topiary for your dinner table or just for a decoration for mom. Here it is:


If you want all the details on how to make it, please venture over to Cut Card Stock blog and check it out.


Happy Mother’s Day!!



Journal: Butterfly Pair

5 Jul

I can’t help but love butterflies. There’s something so free and lovely about them. So, today, I put together a journal/scrapbook with a pair of butterflies on the front.

This started with the cover. I used a chipboard frame shape from Michaels which I covered with coordinating pink patterned papers. I used a recycled cereal box for the back cover. For the page, I bought a great stack of cardstock from Costco (love that, inexpensive deals). I cut them in half one way and then tore the pages to give me four 6×6″ pages per cardstock page. I used the colors to give me this:

In this picture, and the one below, you can also see the coil binding I used. I wanted to hide the coil with the journal’s cover so I attached the first page of the journal to the front cover and let the back cover fly free.

One last look at those butterflies I love. Hope you are seeing the real ones this summer.

Important Stuff
Paper Pink Patterned (Sonshine), Penny Lane Tiny Dancer “Chasse” (My Mind’s Eye), Turquoise cardstock (Core’dinations), White textured cardstock (Die Cuts with a View)
Die Cuts Butterfly (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps), S4-197 Classic Inverted Scalloped Squares SM, S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities Petite (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Tools Bind-it-All binding system, White coil, Wire cutters (Zutter), Scoring Tool (Score-It)
Embellishments Creatology Paper Shapes (Michael’s)
Adhesives 1/4″ Dimensional Sticky Strips (Therm O Web), Glue Dots (Glue Dots Intl.)

Other Stuff Pink and red cardstocks, organza ribbon, PVA Glue

Enjoy your day! Eli

Sketch Challenge at PPRS

17 Jun

I’ve heard it said that the third time is the charm, and I sure hope it is true because this sketch over at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog, took me three tries to get something that I am proud to post. (Some weeks are just like that, you know.)

So, first, go over to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog to see the sketch. Then grab some time in your craft space and create something lovely. Here is what I managed to create by try #3.

I love how the little birds have the door open and are welcoming…so it occurred to me to make this a guest book. I can imagine lots of other sentiments: summer love, spring awakening, bliss, friends, the list goes on. There are so many reasons to love this stamp. Here is a close up:

To add some special touches to this, I used Copic Markers to color parts of the image and airbrushed around it to give the impression of the sky.

I added a few die cuts, some dimensional adhesive, a few stickers and a fabric flower that I colored to match. So let’s see what you got!!

Here’s a close up of the title! It’s subtle but important and yes, I used a pencil to write “Welcome!”

Important Stuff
Stamp Flourish Bird Cage (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Ink/Colorants Archival Ink, Sepia (Ranger), Sketch Markers-B32 Pale Blue, R85 Rose Red, RV11 Pink, YG03 Yellow Green (Copic)
Papers Pink textured paper (Die Cuts with a View), Spring Fling patterned paper (Making Memories), 6×6″ Chipboard Covers (Zutter)
Tools Bind-it-All binding system, white 1/2″ coil (Zutter), Wizard, S4-140 Petite Ovals, SM; S4-141 Petite Scalloped Ovals SM , S4-217 In Spades Borderabilities® Petite (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Embellishments Glitter Brad (Creative Impressions),
Adhesives Ivory Photo Corners (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L), Sticky Strips (Therm o Web)

Other Stuff: White cardstock, PVA glue, wire cutters, pencil

Treasure Hunt (Pink Elephant Challenge)

29 May

More birthday pages. I will catch up on my cutie pie’s birthday album. Guess I’m not too far since I have several months before she 11.

Inspiration comes from many sources for me right now but mostly…challenge blogs. Today I jumped on over the The Pink Elephant and took up their Theme Challenge for scrapbooking: Summer.

What a perfect time to work on the birthday pages since we have a July birthday in our house. A pool party was the best a couple of years ago…one of the games the kids played was a treasure hunt for coins that we threw in…so I took three pics that showed off that game. Check it out.

I kept the layout fairly simple and clean. The swimsuits have so much color and there’s lots to see in all the pics. so I felt it accomplished what I wanted. Those smiles tend to stand on their own.

Hope you enjoy the beginning of summer and thanks for letting me share.

Important Stuff
Paper “Sisters” Solid/Lime cardstock (My Mind’s Eye), Medium Hawaiian Blue cardstock (WorldWin)
Stamps Crown Frame, Swirl Stamp (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp)
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink (Tsukineko)
Embellishments Turquoise brads (Creative Impressions), Heidi Grace punch board number and tags (Fiskars)
Tool Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Other Stuff Red cardstock, Glitter glue

One more look, close-up this time…

Cheers, Eli

Day Four: PPRS Release Hop

21 May

I’m baaaaaack for the fourth day of Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps‘ release of new Clearly Beautiful Stamps and coordinating Dies. Today features the Butterflies Stamp set and the Butterfly Die Cut. PPRS is offering a some great prizes for this little hop: Each day of the hop, someone will win the set featured along with other PPRS products worth $50!!! WHy not start at the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog and leave a comment there to be entered for one chance. Then leave a comment here for another chance.

Just remember, you also have until midnight tonight to leave a comment for Anya, Jennifer and at PPRS Blog for chances to win the Build an Owl set released yesterday.

If you’ve been following the new releases you saw the Build a Bird, Hibiscus and Build an Owl new releases as well.

Which one is your favorite? I think my favorite is the butterfly. I have so many project ideas…

I wanted to start with a layout and I’m so far behind with my daughter’s birthday pages (I have a scrapbook of all her birthdays) that I thought surely there would be some pics that would be fun with the butterflies. Perusing through my pics, I found some of my girl, with her new Heelys on…boy can she FLY with those things on…a page was born!


  1. Create two butterfly embellishments: Die cut the butterfly from coordinating papers. You’ll need five butterflies. Stamp three of them with the text stamp and emboss with clear embossing powder.
  2. Layer two pairs of butterflies with stamped image on top, using dimensional adhesive. Add a mini button and a small bit of decorative thread, knotted at the center.
  3. Use the third stamped butterfly to create a journaling tag, adding chipboard stickers, other embellishments and journaling.
  4. Construct the layout by trimming patterned paper and adding it to coordinating cardstock.
  5. Print photos, mat them (I hand trimmed them to match the circles on the patterned paper) and add to the layout.
  6. Print title and trim. Stamp a flowered butterfly directly onto the title block. Stamp the antennas. Color with markers and add some glitter accents.
  7. Add it to the layout and attach the butterfly embellishments.
  8. Create a date block using rub-ons and add it to the layout as a final touch.

Important Stuff
Stamps Clearly Beautiful-Butterflies (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Die Cut Butterfly (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Inks Top Boss Watermark Ink, Moss Green pigment ink (ClearSnap)
Papers DoubleMates Plum cardstock (WorldWin), Swirl patterned paper (K&Co.), Spring Fling dotted circles and light pink papers (Making Memories)
Embellishments Specialty thread (Kreinik), Heidi Grace Designs Punchboard stickers (Fiskars), Tattoos rub-ons (KI Memories)

Other Stuff: Orchid cardstock, Clear embossing powder, Acrylic stamping block

Day Three: Prickely Pear Blog Hop

20 May

We “HOP” you are having fun with the new releases at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. We sure are. The new Clearly Beautiful stamps and coordinating die cuts are darling and dare I say, practical…if you love making things with paper…

Today’s release features the Build an Owl die cut and the Clearly Beautiful coordinating stamps and it is so much fun. If you want to enter the blog hop for today, simply drop by the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp blog, check out the new stuff and leave a comment. That’s your first chance at winning a $50 prize package from PPRS. For two more chances, visit (and leave comments on ) the following Design Team’s members blogs:

Life is What You Make It blog by Anya

Random Vintage Finds blog by Jennifer

Also, you still have until midnight tonight to leave comments from yesterday’s Release of Hibiscus.

Day Two: Prickley Pear Blog Hop Release Party

19 May

Today is day two of the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Blog Hop featuring four new sets of “Clearly Beautiful” stamps and coordinating die cuts.

Today’s release features Clearly Beautiful Hibiscus Stamps and Hibiscus Flower and Leaf Die Cut. In order to be entered in the prize drawing, visit the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog to see the projects there. Leave a comment for one chance to win. Then, visit Design Team Members blogs (linked below) and leave comments there for more chances to win.

One Krafty Kat blog by Jenny

Paper Talk blog by Leslie

You have until midnight tonight, May 18th, to leave your comments for yesterday’s release: Build a Bird Die Cut and Clearly Beautiful Build a Bird Stamps. Click to see my post,   Tesa’s post and PPRS’s post. Let us know what you think about the new products and you just might win some.

Happy crafting, Eli

Prickley Pear Releases Coordinating Stamps and Die Cuts

18 May

Hooray. The first day of our Blog Hop Release Party has begun and we can’t wait to show you all the fun stuff AND give you the opportunity to win some prizes.

Welcome to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog Hop to introduce a new line of coordinating die cuts and clear stamps.

Visit the Design Team’s daily releases and the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp blog from May 18 until May 21 and leave a comment to have chances to win one of four prize packages worth $50 in PPRS products. Of course each of the prize packages will feature one of the new release sets: Build a Bird, Hibiscus, Build an Owl and Butterfly.

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 comment there too 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.

Today’s Release is the Build a Bird:
Clearly Beautiful Build A Bird stamps and Build a Bird Die Cut

Did  you check out the  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog? Well don’t forget to do that AND leave a comment for one chance to win. Then, after you leave a comment here at “Frillions,” you’ll want to visit Tesa over at Tesas Scrap and leave a comment there for another chance. So, three chances today!

Today, my project is a little gift for my daughter who has been reading up a storm. I told her that this summer, she could read as late as she wanted in bed…but still had to get up in the morning for camp and such. I thought a little bookmark and a bookstore gift card would be a fun way for her to start out the summer. Here is my “Read” project.

and inside the card:


  1. Begin with a patterned paper mat (4½x6½”). Fold it in half and cut.
  2. Create a mat for those two pieces by cutting dark turquoise cardstock ½” wider and 1″ longer than the patterned paper.
  3. Mount the patterned paper on both sides, towards the top of the blue strip.
  4. Cut two 2″ squares of turquoise cardstock, one dark and one light. Cut a dark square  slightly larger than the light turquoise square. Adhere.
  5. Die cut the bird twice. Cut an extra wing from yellow paper.
  6. Place one of the Clearly Beautiful Build a Bird stamps onto an acrylic block. Ink the stamp with turquoise ink, position the stamp over the bird die-cut: impress. (How cool is that?!!!)
  7. Stamp a bird (without a wing) on the inside of the card in the upper left corner.
  8. After the ink is dry, use a glitter pen to embellish the bird’s eye, beak and stamped designs.
  9. Add a bird to the bookmark as shown. Use dimensional adhesive for the wing.
  10. Use a gel pen to add the sentiment, “A little bird told me” and “You Like To”
  11. Stamp letters for R-E-A-D onto light blue cardstock. Cut out and mount onto the book mark. Stamp an extra letter (any is fine), cut out and set aside for the card.
  12. Add a brad and ribbon to the bookmark as shown.
  13. On a card base, add a dark turquoise mat to the front. Add a patterned mat with a torn edge as shown.
  14. Adhere the matted turquoise square and then the second bird.
  15. Adhere the yellow wing, upside down, using dimensional adhesive.
  16. Using the extra stamped letter, adhere the bottom right corner, placing the bottom left corner near the bird’s wing. What a fun way to make the bird look like she is reading.
  17. Add a ribbon to the front of the card.
  18. Create a pocket for the inside of the card, just below the stamped bird, and add a real gift card…lol.

Important Stuff
Stamps Clearly Beautiful, Build a Bird; Typewriter Keys and Hollie’s Inspiration letter stamps (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Die Cuts Build a Bird (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Inks Autumn Leaves “Stampology” Turquoise clear stamps ink pad (Creativity Inc.), Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink (Tsukineko)
Papers ColorMates Dark Terrific Teal, Light Awesome Aqua cardstocks (WorldWin Papers); Fun in the Sun Matstack (Die Cuts with a View)
Adhesives EZ Squares Runner,  Mounting Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)
Pens AtYou Spica sky blue, gold glitter pens (Copic)

Other Stuff
Red striped ribbon, Blue Brad

Take a Peek

16 May

In two days you’ll be able to see the whole of what is cooking at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. They are planning a little party to introduce their new line of Clearly Beautiful Stamps and coordinating DIE CUTS!!!

So, on Tuesday, May 16, visit the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog. See what the buzz is all about, leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $50 Prize Package from PPRS. Then for more chances to win, visit Frillions (right here) and I’ll tell you who else to visit…leave comments for more chances to win.

Prickley Pear has come up with some great new designs so I think you’ll want to participate. Here is a “slice” of what you might see…

Don’t miss it! See you Tuesday!!!

Beautiful Things: Sketch at Prickley Pear

2 May

I’m not really a card maker. Well, I started as a scrapbooker (a’way back when), tried making cards, [not so much] went to altering items, tried making cards…sometimes they work. Mostly they don’t.

Enter, the sketch!

Yep, sketch challenges are everywhere these days and I find them to be so inspirational. Now. . . I’m almost a card maker!!! For some reason, sketches help me to focus on the “focal image” and add the right amount of other elements. If I don’t use a sketch…I feel like I’m just floating in the breeze.

So, yeah for all of us who find comfort and creativity in sketches.

Today, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is hosting a sketch challenge. Go to the blog to find the sketch, details on how to be entered to win  and inspiration from the Design Team.

As a little temptation to go over there…here is my design.


  1. Trim brown cardstock (7-1/2×8-1/2″). Fold the 7-1/2″ edge in half to create a card base. Also trim a piece of the same cardstock to 7-3/4×3″ to use as a mat later.
  2. Trim green patterned paper to 7-1/2×2-3/4″. Adhere to brown cardstock mat.
  3. Using a ruler, measure green/lime paper to 8-1/2×3-1/2. Adhere to card base.
  4. Stamp the following onto white paper:
    Flower Border Circle, in green ink. {I stamped several images so I could choose the best impressions. You will need at least two.}
    Ink the top half of the sentiment in blue ink and impress into one of the Flower Border Circles.
    Clean stamp and ink the bottom half and stamp into one of the circles.
  5. Die cut the sentiments using S4-Standard Circles, SM, #5.
  6. Stamp the Spring Flourish onto blue/green paper. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off extra and heat set.
  7. Die cut the Spring Flourish stamp with S5-006 Curved Rectangles (#5, counting from the center).
  8. Adhere the shape to white paper and cut close to the edge, creating a mat. Add the circular sentiments as shown and adhere to green/brown mat.
  9. Add the sentiment layer to the card with Dimensional Adhesives.

Here’s a close-up of the top and bottom.

Important Stuff
Stamps~Flower Border Circle, Spring Flourish, Sentiment (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Paper: Penny Lane Free Bird “Peace” and Maggy May “Lola Jane” (My Mind’s Eye)
Die cuts: S5-006 Curved Rectangles, Standard Circles, SM (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Inks: Brilliance Pearlescent Lime (Tsukineko), ColorBox Queue Chalk Ink in French Blue (Clearsnap)
Adhesives: EZ runner (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)

Other Stuff
Brown and white cardstocks; Lavender organza ribbon