Friday, September 30, 2011

Announcing our 2011-2012 PPRS Design Team!!!

First, we want to thank all of you who applied. We had so many talented ladies apply, it was incredibly hard for us to choose our new DT members. So much so, that we ended up with 9 members instead of only 6! And we are so pleased to introduce this talented mix of ladies to you here today. You will see some familiar faces as well as 6 new fabulous ladies.

First, Tesa returns to us as our blog moderator. She has been with us for two full years now and is just fabulous and super talented! She resides in Sweden and we are thrilled to have her back for another year!

Next, returning from last year is Angelica. Her work is super beautiful and well designed to the last detail. We are so lucky to welcome her back for a second year, as she is truly talented!

And then, our last fabulous DT member returning from last year is Michelle Pearson. Her work is stunning. Every detail is well thought out right down to the stitching she is famous for! Love your work Michelle!

And now we are thrilled to announce our new DT members!
First is Kristii, you might be familiar with her as she is an active DT member for CardPatterns. She is one talented lady, and we are thrilled to have her on board!

Next is Lori. Her work is beautiful down to every last detail. She has a fabulous eye for color, combining mixed patterned paper together and really beautiful layouts! Welcome Lori! We are thrilled to have you!

Third is Audrey. She has a beautiful, slightly vintage, with very clean lines - type of design. She really knows how to put patterns and textures together and we are excited to be adding her to the team! Welcome Audrey.

We LOVED how Ujjwal shows creativity through the use of recycled materials. She has the ability to take ordinary items you might toss and turns them into beautiful creative pieces. Her work definitely has a bit of artistic, urban flair. Her use of colors and elements paired with her fabulous design really caught our eye! Welcome Ujjwal!

Amy is another great one for throwing textures, patterns and elements together! You will find her collage work inspiring as she has a great eye for it. We welcome you Amy!

Next up.... Melissa. We LOVED here clean use of lines, simplicity in style and use of colors. She is great at putting patterns together, could it be because she is also a quilter? Welcome Melissa, we look forward to having you with the PPRS design team this year!

And last as a PPRS guest designer, we have Cheryl Lea! She has a fabulous style, great use of colors, texture and copic coloring! We think you will agree she has a fabulous style and we look forward to seeing here beautiful creations!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Paper Piecing Halloween Card

Hi everyone and welcome to another Monday post here at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Today I have a fun card I made with lots of paper piecing and some of our fun images and coordinating dies.   I started by cutting and tearing my different paper pieces and applying frayed burlap distress ink to the edges, I then stamped the "Rickety Haunted House" image with black ink.  For the fence I embossed a piece of black cardstock with the "distressed stripes" embossing folder from Cuttlebug and cut it into strips with scissors.
I used these couple of fun images from the "Scary Cat and Bats" clear stamp set, I stamped the images on purple patterned paper and cut with the coordinating dies.  I adhered the cat with some pop dots.  I also added some black adhesive rhinestones for a touch of bling.
Well, that's it for me today, thank you for taking the time to stop by and hope you have a wonderful and creative day.

Size:  6 1/2" x 5"
Stamps:  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Scary Cat and Bats Set, Rickety Haunted House)
Inks:  Brilliance Ink (Graphite Black), Distress ink (frayed burlap, spiced marmalade)
Paper: Cardstock, Basic Grey
Accessories:  PPRS dies (Scary Cat and Bat Die), Cuttlebug embossing folder (Distressed Stripes), Want2Scrap black adhesive rhinestones, pop dots

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DT Call Reminder!

Hi all!

I thought I'd give you a little reminder...

6 spots are available and it's super easy to apply.
All the details can be found HERE.

Here is a card with stamps from the latest release:

Clean and Simple.
We are also having a Sketch Challenge running.
Check it out HERE!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Halloween Card

Good morning everyone and welcome to our Monday post.  My card today features these fun stamps from their "Scary Cat and Bats" clear stamp set that come with coordinating dies.  I started by embossing the black cardstock with the Tim Holtz embossing folder "Halloween Night", I then applied some tea leaves ink from VersaMagic to the embossed areas to make it more visible.  I used a Spellbinders border die to cut the green fleur de lis border from green paper.
I diecut the cat and stamped it with black ink, I then adhered it with pop dots.  I also used the sentiment from the same set and stamped with black ink on green paper.  For my final touches I added some gingham ribbon and bow and some black adhesive rhinestones.
I had lots of fun creating this card, the new images are super cute.  Thank you for stopping by.

Don't forget, our DT call is steel open, you can find all the details here.


Size:  6" x 6"
Stamps:  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Scary Cat and Bats Set)
Inks:  Brilliance (Graphite Black), VersaMagic (Tea Leaves)
Paper: Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey, Making Memories
Accessories:  PPRS dies (Scary Cat and Bat Die), ribbon, Spellbinders (Fleur De Lis Accents), Tim Holtz embossing folder (Halloween Night), Recollections brads, Want2Scrap black adhesive rhinestones, pop dots.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September Sketch Challenge

Hello! It’s September 15th and time to launch a new sketch challenge.
Nicole has made a super fun and inspiring sketch to work with!


Here are the Design Team’s take on it:

September Angelica

September Michelle

Card by Michelle using the Cardinal Clear Stamp Set and Die.

The season

Card by Tesa using the Cardinal Clear Stamp Set and Die (just like Michelle – great minds think alike :) )

We hope you will play with us!!!

One winner will be chosen by and the prize is a Clear Stamp Set with coordinated Die of the winner’s choice!

The rules are simple:
  • Make a card based on this month’s sketch.
  • Use your Prickley Pear product/s
  • Link it up using the linking tool below no later than September 30
Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
The Prickley Pear Team

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P.s Prickley Pear is searching for 6 new Designers! You find the DT Call HERE

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

We have a WINNER!!!


Thank you all for participating in our New Release Party!

We have a winner! And I have a video to prove it! :)

I had this great idea of making a video of the whole process, but my sweet boy backed out and the initial idea crashed and burned. I thought I'd do it anyway (though I'm not as cute :):):)) and ended up with a piece of I don't know what... Anyway it's done and I thought I'd share it.

My English is awful, so please have loads of fun with it! :)






Please contact Nicole
nmk28 at yahoo dot com

And please be back tomorrow when a new sketch challenge will be launched!

Nicole and the Prickley Pear Team

P.s. The DT Call is open another week. You find all the details HERE

Monday, September 12, 2011

Release Party Day 3

Welcome back for our final day of New Release Celebration. We hope you have enjoyed it so far!

Prickley Pear has 10 new sets of clear stamps with coordinated dies up in the web shop. Today we are showcasing the final three sets: Holly and Berries Clear Stamps Set, Birdcage Winter 2 Clear Stamp Set and Ornaments Set 2.


Here is a card made by our previous DT member Dawn using the Holly and Berries Clear Stamp Set and the Holly and Berries Die.

Dawn holly

What a beautiful tree, love the use of the die!!!!

You could win this set and die – and more!

4 of the sets comes with new dies, while six of the sets coordinates with dies from previous releases (yay for extra value of the dies for you who has them already!!!) and we want to give one of you the sets with the new dies!!! They are:

The Scary Cat and Bat Clear Stamp Set and Die

Holly and Berries Clear Stamp Set and Die

Dancing Skeletons Clear Stamp Set and Die


Oak and Maple Leaf Clear Stamp Set and Die

A total value of $82!!! All you have to do to have a chance of winning this is leave comments on the blog posts here and on the Design Team’s blogs (see below) no later than Tuesday midnight. The winner will be randomly drawn from one of the blogs, one of the days!

Now hop on over to the DT blogs for more inspiration!




Thanks for visiting and have a fun hop!

Nicole and the Prickley Pear Team

P.s We are looking for 6 new Design Team Members. Check out the DT Call HERE!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Release Party Day 2

Hi folks! Welcome back for our second day of celebrating the new release of 10 clear stamp sets and 4 dies with loads of inspiration and a big give away!!!!

One happy participant will win four of the new clear stamp sets and four coordinated dies. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the participating blogs and tell us what you think about the new release. The winner will be drawn randomly at one of the four blogs, one of the days and will be presented here on Wednesday.

The sets we are displaying today are the Circles Winter Set, Dancing Skeletons Set, Oak and Maple Leaf Set and Build an Owl 2 Set.


The Dancing Skeletons and the Oak and Maple Leaf set comes with two brand new dies: Dancing Skeletons and Oak and Maple Leaf Die, while the Build an Owl 2 and Circles Winter coordinates with the Dies from previous releases: The Build an Owl Die and Scalloped Circle Die.

Here is a super fun card with the Dancing Skeleton set and die made by our previous DT member Dawn, also using the Heart Key Crown die.

Dawn skeletons

The Design Team blogs are filled with inspiration using the other sets. Go check them out, and don’t forget to leave comments for your chance to win the prize!!




Have fun hopping and hope to see you back tomorrow for our last day of New Release Celebration!

Nicole and the Prickley Pear Team

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Welcome to Prickley Pear's new release of 10 clear stamp sets and four coordinated dies. The sets have beautiful autumn and winter themed images and sentiments perfect for Autumn, Halloween, Thanks Giving and winter season projects.

To celebrate this new release we are having a three day long Blog Party with loads of inspirations and a big give away! One happy participant will win four of the new clear stamp sets and four coordinated dies. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the participating blogs and tell us what you think about the new release. The winner will be drawn randomly at one of the four blogs, one of the days and will be presented here on Wednesday.

The sets we are showcasing today are: The Scary Cat & Bat Set, Pumpkin Set 2 and the Circles Set Fall.

Day 1 kopiera

They are all super fun to work with! On the first card, Nicole has used The Scary Cat & Bat set with the coordinated Scary Cat and Bat Die.

Nicole scary cat

On the second card, she is using the Circles Set Fall and the Scalloped Circle Die teamed up with the new Oak and Maple Leaf Set and Die. Awesome!

Nicole leaf

The DT blogs are also filled with inspiration. Be sure to visit and leave a comment here and on the other three blogs for your chance to win four of the new sets with coordinated dies!!!




Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you back tomorrow when we have more new sets and inspiration in store!!!

Nicole and the Prickley Pear Team

P.s. We have a DT Call up HERE!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A favorite and a sneak peak

Hi all! Have you seen the DT Call??? Check it out HERE!!!! I’ve been with the Prickley Pear team for two years now and I’ve loved every minute. Awesome products and wonderful ladies to work with. So give it a shot, I promise you will not regret it!!!!

I have two cards today. First up is a card with one of my favorite Clear stamp set from previous releases - The Birdcage Set. It comes with an awesome birdcage die that is soooo fun to work with.


With the new release from this past weekend there is a Birdcage Winter 2 Clear Stamp Set that coordinates with the same die! YAY!!!! You’ll see samples of that set in the Release Party that starts here and on the DT blogs on Saturday. Be sure to check back then!!!

Second card is a sneak peak of one of the ten (!!!!) new sets just released. The Circles Fall Clear Stamp Set:

CP 131

It coordinates with the Scalloped Circle Die. Love these cats!!!! I used that same circle stamp from the main image to stamp a scalloped border.

CP 131 detalj

We’ll be back on Saturday with more inspiration done with the new sets and the new dies. We’ll have a give away too!!!! You do not want to miss it!!!

:) :) :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Vintage Card

Hi everyone, hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend.  My card today has a very shabby, vintagy feel to it.  I used this vintage image called "Pictorial Review" and it's one of our red rubber images.
I stamped the image twice on pink patterned paper with black ink, I cut the lady image from the second stamped image and adhered it to the first image with pop dots, I then covered the whole image with clear glass liquid embossing.  The piece of lace behind it was attached with some pink metallic mini brads and I added a bow I made with some cream tulle.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget our new release blog hop this weekend, we'll be showcasing 10 brand new sets of clear stamps and coordinating dies, that's 3 days with lots of projects and great prizes.  Hope you can make it.

Size:  5" x 6 1/2"
Stamps:  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Pictorial Review)
Inks:  VersaFine (Onyx Black)
Paper: Bazzill cardstock, cardstock, Tim Holtz (Vintage Shabby Paper Pad)
Accessories:  Fiskars border punch (apron lace), Liquid Embossing (Clear Glass), lace, tulle, Spellbinders (Fleur De Lis Squares), Recollections metallic brads, Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink), pop dots

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's that Time of Year Again - PPRS is Looking for New DT Members!

We are looking for 6 creative card and scrapbook artists that would love to join the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Design Team!

How to Apply:
Show us your best! Send us 3 samples in JPEG format of cards or scrapbook samples that showcase your best works, along with a link to your blog. Link your blogs to MR. Linkey below. You do not need to use PPRS stamps, but it is always appreciated.

Please include your name, address and e-mail and a short paragragh about yourself telling us why you would be a great fit for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.

You have until September. 20, 2011 to apply for the design team. We will review all applicants and by September 25, we will contact you via e-mail to let you know if you have been accepted or not. Announcements to our new DT members will be made on our blog and website September 30, 2011.

• Commitment of 12 months (1 Year) required, from Oct. 1, 2011 – Oct. 1, 2012
• 3 monthly submissions to the PPRS offices required by the 15th of each month. All submissions become the property of PPRS
• A minimum of 4 posings (one per week) featuring PPRS products on your blogs. And posting to Splitcoast is appreciated! You will each be assigned a weekday for posting. 
• Must participate in all PPRS blog hops and Sketch Challenges. Monthly.• You will be required to submit your digital pics with instructions each Saturday, to the PPRS Yahoo Group.
• As a design team member, you will also be working with products that have not been officially released to the public. You can not post those projects to your blog until the products are officially released on the Prickley Pear RS blog and website.
• When submitting cards, layouts, and altered projects, we do require that you use only the Prickley Pear line of stamps and dies but you can use any tools, embellishments, and accessories.
• Each stamp you receive will need to be used at least one time. Using more than one stamp on a card is fine.

Prickley Pear Benefits
You will have a bio and picture on our website, with links to your blog from our website and blog. All the stamps and dies and product we send you will be yours to keep! You also receive an exclusive 25% discount on all other merchandise that you would like to purchase during your 12 month contract as a Prickley Pear Designer.

We are excited to hear from you.
Email us at here and please link your blog on mr. linkey after you submit for the PPRS design team!

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WHOOOO HOOOO! Get ready for a great new release from PPRS! We have 10 new sets of clear stamps and 4 coordinating dies now available on our storefront, along with beautiful new red rubber images - just in time for the holidays! Be sure to join us next weekend for an official release party. We will showcase loads of beautiful and inspirational cards!
Rubber Hugs!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

We have three cards and a winner!!!

Hi folks! Can you imagine it's September already??? It means fall is around the corner and it's time to reveal the winner of August sketch challenge!!!

First I thought I'd share the beautiful cards entered in our challenge this month!!!

They sure are winners all of them!!
Thank you for participating!

But.... there is only one prize...

And the winner of a clear stamp set and coordinated die of her choice is...


Wohooo!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

First check out the sets in the webshop. You can find them HERE. Then contact Nicole by mail HERE and let her know what you want!!!

I hope to see you again when a new challenge is launched September 15th!!!

And - we have more fun in store! New clear stamp sets and dies are to be released shortly. A releas party is planned to September 9-11!!!!