Sunday, May 31, 2009

May 2009 Postings

We Have New Stamps Coming Your Way!!!

We are so thrilled to be able to bring you new rubber stamp designs. We have new image just in time for Father’s Day, Fourth of July and Summer. These new designs are absolutly gorgeous, deeply etched for superior stamping ablility and are so perfect for coloring in. We think you are going to love them! Here is a sneak peek of just some of the images that will be available next week. Rubber Hugs! Nicole

PPRS09Summer Release for blog

Published in: on May 31, 2009 at 4:02 pm Comments (0)

More ATC Transparencies by Jean Sunderman

There is just something about ATC’s that I absolutely love. Maybe is because each one is so different from the next or because their tiny presentations give such pleasant surprises from them when trading them. I am always thrilled when I get ATC’s from my design team. They put thought into everything they do, but there is just something that is a little extra special when I get an ATC.

One of my favorite stamps is the Silhouette Cameo Girl and my favorite colors happen to be pink and brown. Big surprise there, as a lot of my own work uses just colors.

I was thrilled to get these little ATC’s in the mail from Design Team Member Jean Saunderman. She combined all of my favorite elements.

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She knows how to create the perfect vintage feel. First she pulled coordinating brown and pink patterned papers. She aged them more by swiping brown ink across the surface of her paper. She then stamped the Swirls stamp with Sepia ink as shown.

She stamped the cameo girl with brown ink onto pink card stock and cut around the stamped image. She then layered it onto the ATC surface. She finished it off with burgundy flowers gold brads and a strand of pearls as shown.

jeanie Modern PriscillaATCFor this next ATC, Jean pulled together 3 little stamps that work beautifully together. She grabbed a patterned paper with greens burgundies and cream colors. She then tore a swatch of this paper into the shape shown. She aged the paper by edging with brown ink. She then stamped the green card stock with the flower bouquet and versa mark ink. She rounded the corners and edged it with brown ink.

For continuity, she stamped the images with brown ink. And colored in with burgundy, cream and green chalks. She finished with a translucent pink ribbon, music note and soft pink flower as shown.

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Another Beatuiful Transparency ATC by Vicki Parson

As promised last week, here is another fantastic sample you can do with our new line of ATC transparencies. Vicki did such a beautiful job with this we just had to share. I love the earth tone colors in this piece.
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Here is what she did:

  • The main image is an actual fauna postage stamps that she had collected.
  • For the base of her ATC she used rubbing alcohol and reinkers on glossy card stock. She then grabbed her transparency and onto the back side of the swirly transparency (the printed side), she added some gold Stickles in select areas, let it dry and placed it over her glossy background. She attached with brads. She then added the postage stamp and the partial sentiment as shown.
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More ATC Transparencies Have Just Arrived

Flourishes with BirdsBird ATCs WEB

Published in: on May 24, 2009 at 5:32 pm Comments (0)

ATC Transparency Ferris Wheel Sample

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We have started to play with the new ATC transparency sheets we have developed. We now have the first of many beautiful samples that we will be sharing. They are so versatile to use. There are many applications you can apply to the back sides of the transparencies. Over the weeks to follow, we will show you many great techniques and uses for these stunning little designs.

Here is what we did:
Using red, and orange hues of Radiant Rains by Luminarte or Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angles we covered our watercolor paper surface. To dry the surface quickly, we pulled out our heat gun and ran over the painted surface.

Once dry, we cut out our transparency and adhered it to the surface of our watercolor background. You can adhere the transparency with a small amount of double sided stick tape. Be sure to put the tape on the black areas of the transparency, so you will not see the tape.

We just love the mood that this piece sets. Reminds us of lazy days of summer gone by.

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Looking for Home Demonstrators

Hi All,

We have developed a Home Demonstrator Program and we can’t be more excited. We have some beautiful kits to get you started, starter kits are affordable and there are NO MONTHY MINIMUMS to meet. If you want to be a part this Prickley Pear RS opportunity – send us an e-mail to find out more. nmk28@yahoo.com

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Animal Safari Tags

There is an artist I know and have had the great pleasure to become very good friends with – Mary Boesel formally with Stamping Jazzy Style in WI. She can take any stamp, surface and basic supplies and make a masterpiece. She is passionate about her art, is always thinking outside the box and is always looking for new techniques to share. She is a true inspiration and has tought me much. I can’t even begin to go into all of the techniques she used to create these tags that feature the Prickley Pear line of Sketched Animals. But I wanted to give recognition to here beautiful art. Be on the look out for more beautiful works from Mary, as we have much to share.

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Pebbles Chalk Background

My standards are high when using chalks for my projects. Before I was intruduced to the beautiful blending qualities of Pebbles Chalks, and the ease of which the go onto the paper, I would ONLY use artist quality chalks. And if anyone has ever invested in artist quality chalks – you know how expensive they can be. This morning I decided to pull out my Pebbles Basic Brights. My purpose was to build a background surface on which I could stamp using my Versa Fine Watermark ink. I LOVE the technique that you can achieve using these two products and stamps.

Funky floral ATClores

Here is what I did.

1. I started with a panel 2.5 by 3.5. Pulling some favorite colors of mine, I applied small amounts of color with the chalks to my surface (regular white card stock) as shown. I blended over the colors with different colors.

2. Once I was happy with the surface I then pulled out my Funky Floral Background and VersaMark Watermark Ink. I covered my stamp thoroughly with the ink. I then stamped the image to the left side of the panel. Once the image is stamped, I pulled out a clean tissue and gently rubbed over the stamped image. The ink pulled the color of the chalks out and gave me a beautiful watermarked image.

3. Onto shrink plastic, I stamped “You make me smile” with black Stays-On ink. I shrunk according to the manufacturers instructions. I then placed the charm to the center of 2 prima flowers and adhered to the ATC face.

4. To add a little something more to the ATC, I added pearls to the center of the flowers. This is a fun little ATC that is quick and easy to make and is great for sharing with friends.

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New Product Just Arriving!!!! ATC Transparencies – What Fun these Are!!!

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Our Transparent Tags have always been a hit when we show people all of the many fun and awesome products you can use with them. We decided that since ATC’s are all the rage, that we would come out with some REALLY FUN ATC sized transparencies. We have two new sheets of them to show off. They can be found in our store under the Transparencies Tab, each sheet contains 8 beautifully illustrated images that are collaged from the Prickley Pear line of stamps.

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Be on the look out as our designers come up with some truly fabulous designs with these.

ChatterBox ATC TranspWEB

Published in: on May 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm Comments (0)

Little Package of Passion ATC by Jeanie Sunderman

Jeanie is a wiz at using and making collage art look easy and good. Would you believe that the background is stamped and not a beautiful paper she bought? She started by choosing a sepia toned cardstock and cut it down to 2.5 by 3.5″. She then stamped Prickley Pear’s Clock Face and Bingo Card Stamp onto the surface with black ink and at a diagonal.

The flower on the card started off a as a white silk flower. She used her copic marker and colored the petal tips of the flower and then sprayed with rubbing alcohol. As the flower drys the alcohol makes the ink bleed giving the flowers a soft blended color. Trust us when we say it is super fun and easy to do.

Jeanie then stamped a face from the Faces stamp set onto white shrink plastic. She then colored in the eyes green and lips pink with her copic markers. Once shrunk and cooled, she placed a rhinestone for a tear and adhereed to the center of the flower. This is such a beautiful and fun little project, we just had to share!

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Here is another stunning example of turning those plain silk flowers turned into beautiful flowers that can you can have color coordinate with any project you are working on.

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Apr. 2009 Postings

Copic Coloring tutorial

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is one of the sponsors for the Copic Certification Classes taught by Sally Lynn MacDonald, who is also a member of our design team. One of Sally Lynn’s favorite images to work with when teaching overall coloring techniques to her students, in either the immensely popular Copic 101 or the all-day Copic Certification class, is the GG0033 Tree Frog.

Here, she has made up a display board for store owners to utilize with their Copic Marker displays, and in their own class handouts.

Watch our Tree Frog go from flat to fab in 5 easy steps!

Tree Frog - with Copic Markers

Tree Frog - with Copic Markers

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps has a lot of wonderful open designs that work beautifully for coloring with Copic Markers.

Sally Lynn will be creating more step-out diagrams as well as the current YouTube videos featuring our stamps, free for viewing online.

Published in: on April 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm Comments (0)

Here is a REALLY fun Sample from Mary Coleman

We just LOVE the way she added googley eyes to this kitty. This is a great card idea love-katfor that special someone.

Published in: on April 18, 2009 at 1:03 am Comments (0)

Another Great Sample from Vicki Parson

Vicki really did a bang up job with this card.

She stamped the hearts, cut them then colored with copic markers. She then layered on purple mat frames and layered to the beautiful textured surface shown. Added a bit of ribbon and pearls for the perfect finishing touch. Way to go Vicki!flower_hearts

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We Want to See Your Art & Samples!!!

Do you have a fun card or technique featuring Prickey Pear Stamps? We would love for you to send us your card samples for us to post here to the blog and share with everyone!

Please submit only HI RES JPEG files in RGB format – please only submit cards with Prickley Pear Stamps, we do not want to copy wright infringe on other companys. Along with a small written description on a special technique or instructions on how you did the card. For each entry submitted, please provide your address in the e-mail and we will send you a free stamp!

Thanks for playing. Looking forward to seeing peoples art!

Nicole

PPRS

Published in: on April 17, 2009 at 1:45 am Comments (0)

Another Beautiful sample from Jennifer

Here is just another stunning sample from Jennifer Greco. She chose blues and greens for this lovely countrypprs_church-jennifer church scene, and WOW, what a fantastic job she did.

Published in: on April 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm Comments (0)

New Samples from Jennifer Greco – DT Member

What a great fathers day card this would make. Jennifer pulled the colors from her cardstocks to color “Moby” as I like to call him. She then added embellishments and ribbon to finish the card off. And, what a great way to coordinate papers! Beautiful job.pprs_tattoofish_jennifer

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Mar. 2009 Postings

One Stamp 3 Ways by Vicki Parson

Vicki really did a fantastic job creating so many fun ATC’s and Cards using this one little fish, and wow, did she make each one look so very different from the rest. Good job Vickivickis-fish1

Published in: on March 25, 2009 at 2:53 am Comments (0)

Beautiful Vintage Style Postcard – by Angie Pearl

Angie has come up with just a lovely design for this postcard. Angie edged her postcard with sepia distress ink. She then sprayed with a light mist of water to get the color to bleed out a bit. Once dry using the same ink, she stamped the floral image several times to get the soft foral pattern for the background - and then stamped her main floral image at full strength in the lower left corner. She added a bit of glitter to the dragonfly for an extra touch. angiemarchsample

Published in: on March 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm Comments (0)

More New Samples – Card By Vicki Parson

This beautiful card features some of our newest designs. Vicki colored the flowers with copic markers cut each flower individually and layered to get this beautiful border. Lovely for spring. cutoutflowers

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Check Out These Samples…

Published in Just Cards, by our very own DT Member… Jeanie Sunderman! Go Jeanie. I think you will agree, her work is just too much fun! – I love all of the color and textures to these designs!just-cards-10681

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 3:16 am Comments (0)

Feb. 2009 Postings

Love Birds – Great for Anniversaries, Valentine, & Friendship

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Here is a fun card I made for the hubby. It’s quick and easy to do. Just stamp owls and phrase with black VersaMark ink and paint with twinkling h2o’s.

Published in: on February 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm Comments (2)

New Stamp Arrivals

We have updated our new stamps section with over 50 new designs, and more are just around the corner. Click here to view the new stamps http://www.prickleypear.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=PP&Category_Code=NSI

We think you will like what you see!

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Aug. 2008 Postings

PaperGatherings Convention

Hey everyone! There are a bunch of great vendors that will be at the PaperGatherings convention. In Tucson AZ this Sept 5th & 6th. visit http://www.papergathings.com for a full list of vendors. And classes. Terry Medaris with Terry Medaris Art Stamps will be teaching an incredible Prismacolor pencil class! It’s a class not to miss for sure!

Published in: on August 1, 2008 at 5:49 am Comments (0)

Apr. 2008 Postings

Handmade Recipe Book Swap

Here is a fun posting I was informed of. Thought I would post it onto my blog to let all you stampers and paper crafters of something fun going on here in the valley. I am going to participate!

Announcing a new meeting for CReaTiVe CRoPPeRs-a SCRaPBooK & PaPeRCRaFT GRouP!

What: HaNdMaDe ReCiPe BooK SWaP

When: Saturday, May 10, 1:00 PM

Where: (A location for this meeting hasn’t been chosen yet)

Who should come: Anyone who loves to SHOW OFF their FABULOUS creations!

Why: It’s fun! You know U want to get outta the HOUSE!

Meeting Description: ~*MiNi ReCiPe BooK SWaP*~

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Create a mini-album filled with 10 of your favorite recipes–using your Paper Piecing, Stamping, Collage, and Scrapbook techniques. You’ll bring it to SWAP with another fellow Paper Crafter and you’ll leave with one made by someone else. It can be 6×6 OR 8×8 in size.

Spend this time learning a new technique…meeting others….and optional to create 4 STAMPED cards in an hour for $12. This is optional. You can stay to make cards or drop by with your SWAP only.

LOCATION: TBD (it will most likely be in the West Valley).

Email me with Q’s.

-pamela :0)

Learn more here:
http://scrapbook.meetup.com/1850/calendar/7801654/

Published in: on April 24, 2008 at 7:09 pm Comments (0)

Prickley Pear RS – 40% off Sale

Hey All,

Just a quick FYI, we are having a 40% off sale on our Unmounted Stamps. This does not include 1/2 sheets of rubber. visit our online store at http://www.prickleypear.com

Thanks and happy stamping!

Published in: on April 21, 2008 at 7:21 pm Comments (0)

You Make Me Smile

Mary Coleman, one of my fabulous design team members rose to the challenge when presented with our latest round of stamps. We just had to share this beautiful card with everyone.

1. She first started with light blue card stock, folded in half, it measures to 4 by 5.5″.

2. She then stamped the Flower & Grid stamp into rows with brown ink.

3. Next, she stamped “you make me smile” onto a scrap of the same color blue card stock wih brown ink. She added a distressed look to the rim of the circle by edging with brown ink.

4. She then added a piece of brown and blue polka dotted ribbon to card face as shown. She layered up the circle shape onto the ribbon with a pop dot to give dimension to the card.

This is an excellent way to create your own patterned background for any card or project. Nicely done Mary C.!

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I Just Can’t Help Myself…

Between doing shows, working on wholesale orders, and designing new illustrations. I really don’t have much time to work on artwork. So I was thrilled to be able to come up with some cards when I booked a time to teach at Cat’s Craft Cupboard coming up this May in Escondido CA. I cleared off some space in my design studio/office/warehouse and thought about what I could come up with to teach. I started going through my stash of stamps, my main stash of stamps anyway, seems I am always misplacing them. The stamps get shoved between piles, only to be found months later. :O) -So anyway, as I was going through my pile of stamps, The Girl With the Pearl Earring – jumped out at me, as she often catches my eye. I just love to stamp with her. I have used her in greeting cards, and paintings and I am sure that I will find other ways to stamp her out. Maybe one day I will shrink her and turn her into a pendant or some fun piece of jewelry. She is just so stunning when stamped and painted. You can add a little bit of color or a lot of color to her, and she always turns out really beautiful.

Lately, soft colors and the vintage feel has been my thing, and Pink, Pink, Pink seems to be my favorite color. So I pulled out my pinks and browns – in paints – inks – card stocks & even flowers. I also pulled out one of my favorite background stamps, and flourish stamp.

Here is the card that I came up with. Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

And I am posting another card featuring the same stamp by one of my design team members Jean Sunderman. What an amazing job she did with this card. Go Jean!

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 4:24 am Comments (1)

Check Out This Great New Convention in Tucson, AZ

www.PaperGatherings.com

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