Sunday, May 30, 2010

3 Tulips

I checked out 365 Cards today for their sketch challenge. And I found the sketch to be a challenge! But I do love a good sketch, so I thought about it, and here is what I came up with. I stamped 2 small and 1 large of the Sketch Tulip - I painted them with cream, red and green watercolor paint. I cut and stamped two butterfly shapes from our Clear Stamps and Matching Dies. I painted in the butterflies with a bit of purple watercolor paint. I had plain cream card stock pulled out for the base of my card, but decided that it needed a bit more, so I pulled out my tefflon sheet, tea stain and purple distress inks. I swiped both pads onto my tefflon sheet and spritzed with water. I then dipped my paper and swirled around a bit into the inks. This gave me a soft modeled color and matched perfectly with the colors I had already chosen for the butterflies and the background paper behind the tulips. I stamped a flourish in the corners, layered all up. And done! Fun to do! Happy Stamping and hope you all have a lovely Memorial Day weekend. Nicole

Thinking of You

This weekend, there is a great sketch challenge going on over at Card Patterns Sketch Challenge.
I decided to play along. I just love how versatile the Hibiscus Clear Stamp and matching Habiscus Die Set. I have found so many uses for these fun stamps and dies. 

For the challenge we needed a ribbon element, and I find that I am short on ribbon, so I cut 3 flower die shapes first, then stamped into the shapes and painted with watercolor paint. Once dry, I cut the flowers in half, and used as my ribbon element for the card.

For my focal point, I used the Love is in the Air stamp.

I think the pulled together card is beautiful, and it was sooooo easy to do!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Life is a Journey

Today there is a really fun sketch challenge going on over at 365 Cards. I just had to play along. I had an idea to use the Buld a Bird Clear Stamps set along with the matching die. The die really makes building the bird quick and easy. This set is just sooooo much fun to use.

First I cut the bird die with water color paper. I then stamped the bird into the shapes using VersaFine black ink. A little bit of yellow paint gave me just enough shading for the wings and body.

I then punched two scalloped circles in different shades of yellow. In the smaller scalloped circle I stamped our Flower Border Circle using VersaMark and clear embossing powder. I layered all elements as shown.

To create the rays of the sun portion. I first punched a large scalloped circle. I placed that circle down in the lower left corner to use as a guide. I stuck down with repositionable tape. I stamped our fancy flourish several times around the scallop to create the rays with VersaMark. I pulled up the scallop, dusted with clear embossing powder and heat set.

Next, I stamped the Crown Journaling Box and Life is a Journey into the center. I then painted with a bit of yellow to shade. I finished with the little bird, yellow yarn, flower punchies and buttons.

Card size when finished is 4.25 by 5.5.

Butterfly :: Blog Hop Day 4 :: Winner

We have our last winner for our Clear Stamps & Matching Dies Blog Hop. Lakeside Living in NJ! She did not give us her name in the post, but she still won through! Congratulations NJ!

Please look through our website and pick out 3 ATC transparency sheets and a half sheet of rubber of your choice and we will get your clear stamps package into the mail for you. Please e-mail us.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Missing You

Today I thought I would play along over at Card Patterns Sketch Challenge. We have this fun new little country bike stamp that has been begging me to stamp it. So I pulled it out, stamped it onto watercolor paper and painted it in.
Happy Stamping!

Build an Owl Blog Hop Winner

We have drawn another random winner for today's winner, and that would be.... Ashley Cannon. Congratulations Ashley. Please browse through our store and pick out 3 ATC TRansparency Sheets along with a half sheet of rubber. E-mail us with your pics and we will get them into the mail to you ASAP! Thanks so much all for playing. There will be one more drawing tomorrow for the butterflies tomorrow... so stay tuned.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hibiscus Winner!

We have picked a winner for the Hibiscus postings! Amy with stamp-n-paradise is the lucky gal. Amy, please browse through our storefront and let us know which 3 ATC Transparency sheets and which Half sheet of rubber you would like for us to send your way, of course along with the Hibiscus clear stamps and Die! Congratulations and thanks for playing!

Please e-mail to let us know your pics.

Blog Hop Day 4

Well folks we end these last few days have been a blast, and we have one more new release to show off. The butterfly set. Each butterfly is so vastly different from each other within the set, making it truly versitle. You will agree once you see. We have two beautiful cards we want to share with you, and don't forget to visit Eli's blog for another fabulous layout.

Don't forget to leave comments, on her site and to this posting for a chance to win this set and 3 transparency ATC sheets of your choice and a half sheet of red rubber of your choice.

Remember, for this 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.

And stay tuned, we will let you know who the winner is for the Hibiscus set soon.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 3- Build an Owl Blog Hop Day!

This one is near and dear to our hearts. This little owl is so cute. And we love that you can build it in many different ways as you will see. His little wings and crowns coordinate. Use the crown and get a great horned owl, don't use the crown and get a snow owl. We think you will find, he is too cute for words.

Please be sure to visit Jennifer and Anya to see more great samples.

Don't forget to leave comments, on their sites and to this posting for a chance to win this set and 3 transparency ATC sheets of your choice and a half sheet of red rubber of your choice.

Remember, 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.

Build a Bird - Blog Hop Winner

Hi All,

Thanks so much for ALL of your lovely comments. It has been fun to read the feedback and your thoughts on these new releases. We will be posting two more sets today and tomorrow! So keep the comments coming, as there are still 3 chances to win.

I have found a winner though the And the winner for the Build a Bird Clear Stamps and Die is MICHAEL TRENT with The World of Michael Trent.

Michael, please browse through our store and pick out 3 transparency ATC sheets, and (1) half sheet of rubber. We will package this up with the bird set and ship out!

Congratulations Michael. You can e-mail me your address and pics at

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hibiscus Day! Blog Hop Day #2

We have a treat in store today! Our feature Clearly Beautiful Stamps and Die are the Hibiscus. And wow, has our design team shown us how versatile this set is. Please be sure to visit Jenny and Leslie to see more STUNNING samples.
Don't forget to leave comments, on their sites and to this posting for a chance to win this set and 3 transparency ATC sheets of your choice and a half sheet of red rubber of your choice.
Remember, 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.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We are celebrating our Clear Stamps & Dies! Starting Today!

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 our blog from May 18 until May 21 to have chances to win one of four prize packages worth $50 in PPRS products.

Todays Prize Package includes the Clearly Beautiful Build a Bird Clear Stamp set and Matching die. Three transparency ATC sheets of your choice, and a half sheet of red rubber stamps of your choice.

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 make comments there for more chances to win. So
unds 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.

Todays Release!
May 18th Build a Bird Clear Stamps and Die Cut - Visit Eli's and Tesa blog for more!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Another little peak!

Join us tomorrow as we unveil the first of 4 new sets of clear stamps and matching dies. We will also be having a daily prize give-a-way of all four sets for those that play along. But until then, here is another little sneak-peek!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

More Sneak Peeks

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is releasing four sets of clear stamps with coordinating die cuts. The four sets, which include a Build a Bird, Butterflies, Hibiscus and a Build an Owl, will be available for purchase on May 18th, the launch day of our hop. Sold separately, these sets coordinate beautifully to create stamped images that can be die cut perfectly around the shape. How cool is that?

It’s so cool, in fact, that we want to give some away. So we are hosting a Blog Hop, May 18th-21. You’ll have the chance to say what you think of the new products and of course, the chance to WIN.

So come back on May 18 to see the stamps and die cuts we will be featuring. You won’t want to miss it.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Fun Sketch Challenge to Play Along With

I hopped on over to Card Patterns Weekly Sketch Challenge to see what fun things they had in store for the weekend. It looked like fun, so I decided to make a card.

I was digging through my demo box looking for inspiration, and found a cornocupia transparency that I had already glittered up and had semi finished. I know... fall is six months away! But would you believe that I am already illustrating Halloween and Fall right now? So, I have already been in the mood for cooler weather and the turning of the leaves. Although, living in AZ, you do have to travel a bit to see the leaves changing.

To make this card. I first colored the transparency with copic markers (working on the back side). Once colored, I pulled out my clear drying glue and applied to the back side of the transparency over what I had colored with the markers. Next, I sprinkled silver glitter over the glue, set aside and let dry.

Once dry, I mounted to a piece of paper that had been distressed. I then layered onto green and tan card stocks as shown.

I used the colors of the transparency as my color guide for the rest of the card. I pulled out red mulberry, and sage papers to punch the little leaves and flowers.

I layered all elements onto leaf patterned paper and finished with a mulberry ribbon, buttons and a paper flower, and stamped "Thinking of You" at the bottom.

It's Almost Time

For our formal blog hop when we will be unveiling our BRAND NEW Clear Stamps and Coordinating Dies! Follow our design team members to see more great sneak-peeks and beautiful cards over the next few days. But just for fun, here is our first little glimpse of these beautiful new stamps. Stay tuned for more details tomorrow!

Monday, May 10, 2010

We are going to be in St. Paul Mn...

At the Rubber Stamp and Scrapook Expo this weekend! Stop by and say hi! We will also be debuting our BRAND NEW - Clear Stamps & Coordinating Dies! We will be doing make and takes and having demo's as well. Print this up and present it upon checkout and receive 10% off all sales at the show this weekend!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

We have a winner!

For last weeks sketch challenge. Jennifer with Outside My Window participated in last weeks sketch challenge, and made a really beautiful card. Thanks Jennifer for playing! Please let us know what Half Sheet of rubber you would like for us to send you.

You can e-mail us at

Happy Mothers Day!

Ok, I admit it, I tend to do things at the last minute at times. Today was no exception. I needed to make a card for Mothers Day, and I was looking for a bit of inspiration.

I love a good sketch challenge, and I had all of the papers I wanted to use, and the stamps (all can be found in the new stamps section in the PPRS store front) I wanted to use rolling around in my head, but how to put them all together. And then I saw this little sketch challenge on the CardPatterns blog that they are doing this weekend. I just had to follow along.

I was in the mood for a vintage Mothers Day card. These images are great for a general girl friend type card as well, and why not... my mother is my friend as well.

Happy Mothers day to everyone!


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Clear Stamps & Matching Dies Coming Your Way!!!!

And here is a PRE-sneak-peek!
Stay tuned! We are going to be releasing our FIRST ever clear stamps and matching dies! The stamp sets were designed with versatility in mind. The dies were designed to be beautiful stand alone shapes IF you choose not to use them with the stamps. Giving you the best bang for your buck!
We will be having sneak-peeks starting on May 15! And will be having a formal blog hop celebration on May 18 - 21! One winner from each day will be picked to win a set of stamps and a die just for playing along!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mothers Day is Just Around the Corner

And we wanted to show you a beautiful little gem of a card that was made by DT member Tesa. She used the tulips from our new Spring Release. I think this card is just beautiful and I think you will too.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sketch Challenge Sunday!

It has been a while since we have hosted a sketch challenge of our own. Our fabulous DT ladies, have all participated and we have some lovely eye candy to get you started! For participating in today's sketch challenge, one random winner will be selected Saturday, May 8, and they will be able to pick out a Half Sheet of Rubber of their choice! Just link to MR. LINKY to play, and good luck!








Fairy Dust

Today I thought it would be fun to play along on 365 Day Sketch Challenge. I was in the mood for a little bit of whimsy. So I pulled out the Fairy Dust stamp, Star Light - Star Bright, and the Funky Floral Background. I stamped the fairy in gold. Stamped the mulberry paper with versamark and the Funky Floral Stamp. I then layered onto sage card stock and then onto a lighter mulberry card stock. I finished with a Prema flower in the corner topped with a charm. I then stamped Star Light - Star Bright onto tan card stock, and edged with the lighter mulberry card stock. I finished the card by layering a sage damask patterned paper to the bottom, tying off with mulberry ribbon, and layering phrase at an angle. Stay tuned... We will be hosting our own sketch challenge today! You will have the chance to win a Half Sheet of Rubber of your choice!