Monday, October 20, 2014

Lotsa Fall an a Touch of Christmas!

Happy Monday!  Thanks for popping by and taking a peek at what the design team has been up to!
Check out the fabulous use of dies on Barb's card and then to finish off the post check out Angela's ingenious use of dies!  Pop on over to the girls' blogs to read more details on how they made their cards.  We would love to hear what you think!




Saturday, October 18, 2014

Barb's Bokeh Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Barb here to share a technique with you today called Bokeh.  It's a Japanese term which means blur or haze and is used in photography.  Here is an example of what I mean:


Here's what you need to get started: craft sheet, different sizes of circle dies, I used Spellbinders 
circles LG and I only used the 3 smallest ones plus 2 small punches 3/4 and 1/2 in. Clear plastic
to cut a stencil, cutting machine, inks in 3 to 5 shades of the same color family I used ColorBox pigmant inks, finger daubers to apply ink in circles and tape to mask.

The first step to cut your stencil with the dies and punches.
I chose to make 5 sizes.  Try to work in odd numbers. Keep the circles spread
apart when you cut them out as shown above.


Next, stamp tree with VersaFine ink and emboss 
with silver embossing powder on white cardstock.


Now its time to start adding the circles.  Starting with the largest circle and your lightest
color tape down the image and the stencil and add 5 light blue circles using your finger
dauber to color in each circle and leave some white space. See below.


Here's how that first color should look. 5 circles.



Wipe stencil off between colors and start with the next smallest circle
in the next color.  Work colors lightest to darkest. Work Circles largest to smallest.
It should look like this example. 2nd color, 5 circles.


3rd color, 7 circles



4th color, 7 circles 


With the smallest circle I stenciled some silver. Always
working in odd numbers. 5th color, 9 circles.

 


Lastly here is my finished card.  I decided to add some white ink dots
with a finger dauber to tone the darker colors a bit. Also you can take a 
tissue when dry and go over your image to remove some ink if you like.  I did.
I love this technique!  I hope you will give it a try.  Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Guest Designer Post - Week 2

Hi friends! I'm back with 2 CAS cards today - LOVE these bright colors with the striking black and white...and a little gray thrown in there! These butterflies are from the Butterflies 2 set; seriously, such gorgeous, gorgeous images! You can see all the Prickley Pear images HERE. I die cut and embossed each butterfly and colored them with just 2 Copics. To the polka dot butterfly I added glossy accents to each solid circle; both butterflies were given a coat of clear Wink of Stella - love me some Wink of Stella! ;) Their antennae were coated with black Wink of Stella. I added a solid black butterfly underneath to help them "pop" and only attached them together at their body.
The rest is simple card stock, designer paper, some dainty embossing, a gray circle and that's it - clean, simple, yet striking. Be sure to check out all the Prickley Pear images here and have a GREAT week! Hugs,
WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Prickley Pear Butterflies 2
Papers: Misc. White, PTI True Black, Raspberry Fizz and Hawaiian Shores, DP by MME
Ink: VersaFine Black, MFT Black Licorice Accessories: clear embossing powder, clear and black Wink of Stella glitter, MFT Stitched Circles, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, Prickley Pear butterfly die, embossing folder Challenges:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Meet our New Design Team Members!

Welcome to Inspiration Monday!  Today we are welcoming our two new Design Team members Melissa and Rita.  Special thanks to Maureen who joins us for one last Monday!  Our focus today is on fall.  Enjoy!




And today we have new Design Team Member Melissa to introduce to you:
I am a Midwest SAHM to four, ages 1-10.  I'm a registered dental hygienist by trade, but only work one morning per week right now as we raise our children.


I love the creative side of life and find crafts & photography are my outlets as I navigate through motherhood!  There is nothing quite like a quiet hour or two spent in the craft room or roaming with camera in hand!  I tend to create clean and simple designs, challenging myself to come up with something that effectively portrays a message in the simplest of ways.  I am so excited to be back with Prickley Pear and can't wait to see what's in store for us in the months ahead!  I love getting to know other creative people in the blogosphere, so I hope you'll come visit us often here on the blog and leave a comment now and then so I know you're out there!


Designer Melissa Chipperfield using:  FF0104Wheat Stalks,


Designer Rene Koehn using:


And today we also have new DT Member Rita Wright to introduce to you!

Howdy!   Since I live in Texas, I just have to start off with that!   My name is Rita, but these days I go by Mama.  I have a precious two year old who is the sunshine of my life.   I'm married to an amazing man, Jason, who totally supports and enables my love of papercrafts.   We share our home with three spoiled cats and four fish.   

I have been stamping for seven years and it is the best therapy money can buy.   I started off scrapbooking, just intending to do a book for my wedding, and now I make cards almost daily.   I love to color now and am enjoying learning to use the Copics that Jason and Laila gifted me on Mother's Day this year.   I am excited to be on the Prickley Pear team and can't wait to get started.  


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Guest Designer: Michele Greenwood


Meet Guest Designer Michele Greenwood!

I have been married for 22 years to Jim, we have 3 children; 2 girls and 1 boy. We live in a very small community - 700 people, count our dogs and we're up to 702! We stay very busy with sports - cross country, volleyball, football, basketball, and track - you name it, and our kids are probably in it! Our oldest started college this year, *GASP*!

Several years ago, I had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom for 2 years and my neighbor got me started in scrapbooking. It was fun, but somewhere along the line I discovered the immediate gratification of stamping a card; well, I was hooked, haven't looked back since...um, haven't touched those scrapbooks either but I'm "trying" to dig in to Project Life and capture life as it passes us by.

Stamping and creating is what helps me remain sane - yes, I realize this is up for discussion with some people, HA - but since I work a full-time job outside the home and with all our activities, it keeps me grounded and brings me great joy. I also enjoy reading, exercising, professional sports - particularly NASCAR - and spending time with the family.

Hi friends! This month I'm guest designing for Prickley Pear and boy do I have some goodies to show you! This first card is totally CAS allowing the stamps, the die and some fabby designer paper do all the work! I created a starry (or snowy) sky; a small hill of snow and 5 little trees nestled in the snow. All of the trees were cut with the Prickley Pear (PP) Christmas Tree die and then a couple were stamped with different images from the Christmas Trees 2 clear stamp set. They have some of the most adorable images AND lots and lots of matching dies, be sure to check all their fun goodies out HERE.
Card w/Envie
I added some pearls (originally white, colored red with Copics) to the one tree which is popped up on dimensionals, a red sentiment and base card finish it all off. Thanks for stopping by; I can't wait to show you more goodies this month! Have a great week! Hugs,

WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Prickley Pear Christmas Trees 2
Papers: Misc. White, PTI Pure Poppy, DP by MME
Ink: MFT Electric Red, Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress Inks Accessories: pearls, Copics, Prickley Pear Christmas Tree die, white gel pen Challenges:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meet the Prickley Pear 2014-2015 Design Team!

Thank you to all who took the time to apply for a position on the Prickley Pear Design Team!  We have Guest Designers to introduce to you soon.  We look forward to seeing where this design team term takes us!  Congratulations and Welcome, Ladies!

Rita Wright


Howdy!   Since I live in Texas, I just have to start off with that!   My name is Rita, but these days I go by Mama.  I have a precious two year old who is the sunshine of my life.   I'm married to an amazing man, Jason, who totally supports and enables my love of papercrafts.   We share our home with three spoiled cats and four fish.   

I have been stamping for seven years and it is the best therapy money can buy.   I started off scrapbooking, just intending to do a book for my wedding, and now I make cards almost daily.   I love to color now and am enjoying learning to use the Copics that Jason and Laila gifted me on Mother's Day this year.   I am excited to be on the Prickley Pear team and can't wait to get started.


Melissa Chipperfield

I am a Midwest SAHM to four, ages 1-10.  I'm a registered dental hygienist by trade, but only work one morning per week right now as we raise our children.

I love the creative side of life and find crafts & photography are my outlets as I navigate through motherhood!  There is nothing quite like a quiet hour or two spent in the craft room or roaming with camera in hand!  I tend to create clean and simple designs, challenging myself to come up with something that effectively portrays a message in the simplest of ways.  I am so excited to be back with Prickley Pear and can't wait to see what's in store for us in the months ahead!  I love getting to know other creative people in the blogosphere, so I hope you'll come visit us often here on the blog and leave a comment now and then so I know you're out there!
www.smudgetime.com

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Angela Bode
Hi! I am Angie, and for the past 23 years, my husband and I have called Georgia our home. We live on 3 acres of land and enjoy the change of seasons we see displayed on our little bit of land! We have two teens, a boy and a girl that keep us hopping from activity to activity! Two felines walked out of the woods over the past 6 years and adopted us so if I am not crafting I am probably cuddling a bit of furry wildness!

I have been happily addicted to paper crafting since May of 2011. I love playing with die cuts, inks, sprays, paints and stamps! I am so excited to be a design team member with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. I have had so much fun working with the delicate lines of the images. The beautiful artistry in the designs of Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps make it a breeze to create a beautiful project!
www.stampingbowd.blogspot.com


barb2.jpgBarb ThompsonHi there, I am Barb and I am a long time Arizona resident going on 44 years. When my husband retired we decided to move to a smaller town, one with cooler weather but still in Arizona. I decided I needed a hobby since I no longer work and my sister who is a long time Scrapbooker and stamper gave me a few lessons and a kit to get me started! Well as they say I was hooked. I make mostly cards and love to play with different color combinations and patterns of paper. I am so excited to be a part of the Prickley Pear Stamps design team! I hope I can inspire you!
http://cardsandpaperfun.blogspot.com/



design-team-sept-2013-heidi-erickson.jpg Heidi Erickson
I have been married for 22 years and have three teenage sons. I have been stamping for about 17 years. In 1997, I started my own Stamp and Scrapbook store with my Mom in Central Wisconsin. I love to create cards mostly, but I have done some Scrapbooks of our family vacations and special events. When I am not busy stamping, you will find me with a good book, going to Lacrosse games to watch my boys play, or spending time with family and friends.
www.stampshoppecreations.blogspot.com


design-team-2014-rene-koehn Rene' Koehn
I live in Shawnee Kansas – a suburb of the greater Kansas City area. I am happily married to my wonderful husband Brad. We have four fabulous children, three dogs and three cats. I have recently become a Grandma to Silas, whom I absolutely adore! Crafting has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother, my sister and I share the same love. I discovered paper crafting about 8 years ago when I decided to do a scrapbook album for a friend of mine – been hooked ever since. I have taught classes for two local paper crafting stores for the last 6 years. Currently, I have the awesome privilege to design and work from home. I love to go “junking” in search of items that I can repurpose or alter. I would describe my crafting style as vintage-shabby, and I love anything old and “chippy”. I am honored to be part of the Prickley Pear Design team!!
www.vintageinkc.blogspot.com


Michelle Pearsondesign-team-sept-2013-michelle-pearson.jpg
I'm a stay at home mother of a 8 yo daughter and a 13 yo son. My husband has put up with my creative messes for the last 22 years! I am totally addicted to all things paper.  Papercrafting keeps my mind occupied and gives me satisfaction to create *something* out of a pile of fun supplies. I teach stamping workshops and love trying new techniques and like a variety of styles. I am currently taking a bit more time to scrapbook and am enjoying dabbling with zentangle-inspired doodles. I'm looking forward to seeing where Prickley Pear will take us on our creative journeys this term!
www.inspirationblooms.blogspot.com