Sunday, July 25, 2010

You Make Me Smile

There is a fun challenge going on over at 365 Cards today! I thought I would play along. Tracy did such a bang up job with her coffee filter tutorial the other day, that I thought I would try one out myself. Lately I am am really liking our Funky Floral Background, so I stamped this as my background art, and use in my inchies for this card. Turned out fun!

Would you like to win this card? It is easy to do! TO WIN...you must become a NEW follower, leave us a comment, and place our logo on your sidebar for at least 30 days.  In your comment, please provide your link and contact info.  Winner will be drawn August 1st!

Happy stamping!

Nicole

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch Challenge

Hi All,

Card Patterns has another great sketch challenge going on today. And I thought I would play along. My sketch is a little different, than theirs but still fun!

I am just having so much fun with the little owls from the Birdcage Clear Stamps Set and Matching Die from our line - Prickley Pear RS. This little set is so versatile, the birdcage is stunning when cut from the die, I love it plain. But I have been gravitating to the little owls and the cherry blossom branch. It's funny, when Mary asked me to illustrate more owls and little birds, I groaned... but I have to admit, this is one of my favorite sets yet. I love it because the little owls are so tiny!

This card was easy to do. Final size is 5.5 by 4.5". 
I pulled out one of my Martha Stewart punches, used for the scalloped border and scalloped circle. I grabbed coordinating papers in shades of brown, pink and a blue patterned paper that had all of these colors, copic markers, the PPRS Birdcage Die and coordinating stamps buttons and bling.

I stamped our Funky Floral background onto brown cardstock, using a black memento pad. I then colored in the tips of the flowers with a deeper shade of brown, using my copic marker. I mounted to white cardstock, and trimmed closely. 

The scalloped circle was easy to do, and gives a fun dimensional element to the card. Start with an 8" by 1" strip of paper. Punch one edge with Martha Stewart punch, then fold accordian style every 1/4 of an inch. Gently force into a circle, taping the ends. I found that this piece stayed together best when it was immediately mounted to the background paper. 

Next, punch a 2" scalloped circle punch. Color with light blue distress ink. Stamp the cherry blossom twig with Walnut distress ink. Cut two owls from Birdcage Die, and stamp into the centers with the coordinating dies. I used a matching pink paper for one and a natural color for the other. Stamp Thinking of You and cut at odd angles around the phrase. Mount all as shown and adhere to the scalloped circle

The little border on the side was stamped with the tiny hibiscus that comes from the Prickley Pear Hot Air Balloon clear stamp. 

Adhere all as shown finish with buttons and bling, and you are done!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Birdcage Blog Hop Winner Winner

Hi Folks,
We went to random.org today to draw our winner for the birdcage and the winner is......
Sherry (aka sherryann) BUTTON JUNKIE! Congratulations Sherry. Please e-mail me to let me know which 3 sheets of transparencies you would like and which half sheet of rubber you would like.

Thanks all for playing. We have some STUNNING winter and fall releases planned (clear dies, matching stamps and red rubber), and will be releasing them to the blog the middle of August. So stay tuned, as we will be doing another blog hop release party then!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hot Air Balloon Winner

We have a winner for the Hot Air Balloon! Jennifer with Outside My Window! Congratulations Jennifer. Please e-mail me to let me know what half sheet of rubber which transparencies you would like to receive.

Stay tuned as we will be going to random.org tomorrow for our next blog hop winner (the birdcage set)

Thanks for playing along all! Happy stamping!

Nicole

Paper Flower Tutorial

Hello to all of my friends in "blogville". I hope your week is a grand one. Today, I am going to show you how to use our cool Hibiscus Die to make some gorgeous flowers for all of your paper crafting needs. Stay with me and I will show you step-by-step what you need.

First, get your Hibiscus die ready and whatever system you use for your die cutting. I use the Cuttlebug.


Next, you are going to need a stack of coffee filters.  You can use the white or the natural...which ever you prefer.



The coffee filters are so thin, you can cut up to six layers at once. Just discard the leaf that cuts from the die...you wont need that for this project.


You will need twelve flowers to achieve the fullness that I am going to show you today.


Next, stack all of the layers up and don't try and match them up...let them be a bit un-even.  
Punch a small hole in the center and secure with a brad.

 
I wrinkle mine up a bit to give my petals some shape and definition...basically...I wad it up in a ball and then start opening it back up.

And now...the finished product.

For a touch of color on your flowers simply apply a bit of ink and then spray with a small amount of water.  Once your flower is dry, you can crumple and shape as you want.

Why not make up a few and keep on hand.  You only have pennies in your filters.  Also, try using printed tissue paper, printed paper napkins, and brown paper bags....these items make lovely flowers.

And now for the finished product...a mini scrapbook page embellished with our beautiful paper flowers.
 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Blog Hop Day Two!


We are thrilled to be showing you this next release in samples! We saved the best for last
today- the birdcage clear stamps set and matching die.
This set of stamps contains 19 images!

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 Prickley Pear 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. 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 Prize Package includes the Birdcage set and Matching die. Three transparency ATC sheets of your choice, and a half sheet of red rubber stamps of your choice.


Todays Release!
Visit Tesa's and Tracy's blogs to view more beautiful card samples featuring this set. And good luck with the blog hop contest!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Its Blog Hop Time!


Welcome to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog Hop! We have 2 beautiful new summer sets we are so pleased to announce. Our Hot Air Balloon and Birdcage Clear Stamps and coordinating dies.
Visit the Design Team’s daily releases and our blog on July 19th and 20th to have chances to win one of these beautiful sets.

Today's Prize Package includes the Hot Air Balloon 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 Prickley Pear 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. 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.


Todays Release!
Visit Jenny's (that's me!), Anya's and Leslie's blogs to see some fun samples using the Hot Air Balloon set!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day Two - Sneak Peek


Here is our second sneak-peek for all you folks to be intrigued by. Be sure to check back with us tomorrow as we unveil the full hot air balloon set. Some luck winner will be able to win both sets for playing along with our blog hop! Rules will be posted tomorrow. Be sure to visit Tesa's and Tracy's blogs for more sneak-peeks!
Happy Stamping All!
Nicole

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Prickley Pear -- NEW STAMPS -- Sneak Peek!

We are thrilled to be releasing 2 new sets of clear stamps with coordinating die cuts. The two sets, which are the Birdcage and Hot Air Balloon sets are just in time for summer and will be available for purchase on July 19th, 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 the 19th and 20th. With sneak peeks starting on today. You'll have the chance to say what you think of the new products and of course, the chance to WIN. So here's a little sneak peek of the set I will be showcasing. Check out Jenny's, Anya's and Leslie's blogs for their sneak-peeks!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Float...Like a Butterfly


Today I want to share a layout that features our Clearly Beautiful Butterfly stamps and the Butterfly Die. There are so many ways you can put these together. It is an adventure figuring it all out.

I love creating layouts of "everyday" activities. This is my daughter at Field Day (when I discovered what a fabulous jumper she is. She even won a ribbon.) Jumping rope is a true childhood game. Recording this moment should bring back plenty of memories as she grows.

I knew when I printed these photos (tinted pink on my computer) that the Butterflies would be the perfect embellishment for the theme and it enhanced the title, Float Like a Butterfly.
I want to show you two techniques for using Prickley Pear's Clearly Beautiful stamps in coordination with their dies. You can choose two different ways: 1) stamp and then die cut or 2) die cut and then stamp.

Here is #1

  1. Choose ink and apply to stamp
  2. Impress onto scrapbook paper
  3. Center the die over the stamped image and secure using low tac tape
  4. Die cut using the directions for your favorite die cut machine

















And #2


  1. Place the die face down (the edge with the little ridge around it) on your paper
  2. Die cut using the directions for your favorite die cut machine
  3. Choose ink and apply to stamp
  4. Align the edges of the stamp with the die cut and impress

It is worth a bit of practice with both techniques until you find which one you like better.


Other techniques I used on this layout, include:
Creating my own patterned paper by stamping with watermark ink directly onto the textured paper.


Airbrushing through a stencil to create patterned chipboard letters.


Using dimensional adhesive to add, well, dimension...and ribbons to cap off the lower border.

I hope you enjoy the layout today and remember to keep scrapping those every day events. Some day you'll cherish them as priceless.

Eli Harlan

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday's with Mary

Well here we go with my first ever blog post. Nicole has shown me what to do and now it is time for me to step out on my own. It may have taken a lot of convincing but I am ready to enter the world of blogging. I will be posting on Monday's, thus the name Monday's with Mary, and providing simple tips, techniques, or cards for your viewing pleasure.

I have had many people tell me that they have a hard time figuring what colors to use. My big secret is that when I need some inspiration I look to all the colors and patterns around me. Shop in the scrapbook store and when you find a patterned paper that you really like bring it home and use the colors and pattern to create a card. I have used ribbon, yarn and pictures for my color palette's.

Well I look forward to getting to know everyone out there in cyber land through the blog. If you have a question or stamping problem you would like me to tackle email me at boesel@centurytel.net And a special thanks to Nicole for bringing me into this century.

Mary Boesel

Sunday, July 4, 2010

What an honor. 365 Cards (a fabulous blog that has awesome sketch challenges) is celebrating the fact that they have reached over 1000 followers this week. Their lovely design team usually has beautiful art work to start off the beginning of each sketch. Well this week, they decided to have a panel of guest designers for the start of their sketch, and one of the ladies, chose me as here replacement for todays sketch challenge! I was so thrilled to be asked to participate. I have to tell you, it was a great sketch and all of the ladies did a fabulous job making cards. You need to check them out. Also, we are their sponsoring company for the week, so if you play along along over at 365 Cards this week, you will have the opportunity to win a 20.00 Gift Certificate to our store! Good luck everyone!