Monday, October 31, 2011

Design Team Monday

Happy Halloween folks! Hope you are having a fun day filled with Trick and Treat and whatever you do. :)
The Design Team has been on a really Halloweenish kind of mood.
Check this out!
Melissa has made a Triangle Treat Box using the Pumpkin Clear Stamps Set 2 and Pumpkin Die for the pumpkin and the Circles Clear Stamps Set Fall for the sentiment. 

Card by Kristii using the Cat and Pumpkin red rubber stamp.

Lori has made this lovely card using the Witches Boot.

Audrey made this cute card using the Witches Post red rubber stamp.
Are you scared yet?
We have one more Halloween card!
Card by Cheryl using Owl and Cat Tree stamp.

Thanks giving is up next so here is a gift box and card for that occasion.
Happy thanksgiving 1

And it’s about time to start all the Christmas cards too!!!

Michelle has made this glittery card using Winter Birds and the sentiment is from the Birdcage Winter Clear Stamps Set. 

Card by Amy using Santa and Reindeer and a sentiment from the Ornament 2 Clear Stamps Set

Hope you feel inspired!
Inspired enough maybe to pull out your stamps and make a card for our sketch Challenge! It’s ending today and with few participants the chance of winning some mighty nice stamps and die is big! :) All info can be found HERE!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
The Prickley Pear Team

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Boo to You! :)

Happy Saturday!!!

Halloween is just around the corner so it’s time to whip up those last Halloween cards! :)

I used the adorable Sweet Vintage Witch for my first card.


She is colored with Distress inks and got quite some glitter so that the card sparkles in the sun. (Yep, we’re having some good old SUN around here today, it’s been a couple of weeks since last time…)

With the scraps I made a clean and simple 15 minutes card. It’s 4x4 which is a great card size, quick and easy to make! And perfect size for sweet little Buster.

Grateful Buster

He isn’t big but he sure is CUTE!  The sentiment and the cute little cat I put inside the card are both from Circles Clear Stamps Set Fall.

grateful Buster insida

I had some striped papers left so I dressed up the home made envelope too. The pumpkin lady is sweet Pumpkin with Pail.


There are still a few days to participate in October Sketch Challenge! You find all the info HERE!!!

Have a fab weekend!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Design Team Monday

Hi! Hope you had a fab weekend! Lot’s of cardmaking… :)

I know the Prickley Pear Team has been busy casue they’ve filled the gallery with amazing creations!!! Thought I’d share! :)

First up is a beautiful card with the darling snowgirl Ellie

Card by Kristii using Lg. Ellie and the Scalloped Circle Die.

Here is more Lg. Ellie:

Card by Michelle using Lg. Ellie on a super fun gift card holder with the Triangle Flap Fold.

Melissa has made a lovely CAS card using the JOY sentiment.

Lori is also feeling the Christmas Joy coming up with this amazing card. She is using the Collaged Pinecone Tag and Joys Be Many. Here is a close up:

But before we have Christmas, we have Halloween!

Card by Ujjwal using the Scary Cat and Bats Clear Stamps Set and coordinated Scary Cat and Bat Die.

Card by Audrey using the Witches Post and Whiskers stamps.

Card by Jenny using the Circles Clear Stamps Set Fall and Scalloped Circle Die.

And finally a fab tab:

Tag by Angelica using Oak and Maple Leaf Clear Stamps Set, Oak and Maple Leaf Die, Pumpkin and Mouse and Scalloped Circle Die.

Wow! Amazing! I hope this will give you a good and creative start of the new week!

The Prickley Pear Team

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sketch Challenge Reminder

Hi! Do you feel like a sketch challenge? We have one up and running with a super fun sketch with endless possibilities. Due date is October 31th so you have a week to play! :) You find the link up post here, but before you go, here is a little inspiration from our Design Team.

First the sketch

Card by Michelle using the Hibiscus Clear Stamps Set and the Hibiscus Flower and Leaf Die.

Card by Kristii using the Victorian Ornaments Clear Stamps Set and Victorian Ornaments Die.

Card by Tesa using the Vintage Angel, Peace Love Happiness, Small Winter Lovebirds and Ornaments Clear Stamps Set. 

Card by Melissa using the Giraffe Clear Tag and Marvelous.

We hope to see you play with us! You can win a clear stamp set of your choice with a coordinated die!

All info can be found HERE!

The Prickley Pear Team

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Coffin Project Tutorial

Hi folks! Happy Saturday!!! I have a fun Halloween project to share today.
Lot’s of photos, so bare with me…

I’ll show you a fun technique using aluminum tape and the Dancing Skeleton Clear Stamps Set and the coordinated Dancing Skeleton Die.
I love this set and my boy loves it even more! :)
The idea of making aluminum tape projects is to make a relief out of paper and other decorations. When covering it all with the tape, only the shapes of what is under it will show and it will get a really neat metallic look.
Here is the basics of what you need to make this project:
  • Coffin template. I used this one from which is perfect in size for the stamps and dies I use.
  • Cardstock and cardboard. Color doesn’t matter cause you’ll be covering it all up.
  • Aluminum tape. It’s a super thin tape you find in any Hardware store. It is originally  made for some electronic stuff… Perfect to craft with…
  • Stamps and dies and ink – I use StazOn cause you can stamp on the aluminum with it.
  • Scissors and glue
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Decorations like ribbon, rhinestones, edgepunch, magnets (to lock the card with), piece of patterned paper.
Ok, here we go!
1. Start with making the coffin out of cardstock. Make an extra cardstock piece the size of the top of the lid (this is the piece we will be working on and when done glue it down on the lid)

2. Dress the coffin part with aluminum tape.
3. Stamp the Coffin lid stamp from the Dancing Skeleton set four times on cardboard (I use an old cereal box). The first two you cut out whole and glue down on top of each other centered on the cardstock piece. Cut out the inner parts of the remaining two stamped lids. Glue one of them on top of the first two. Before you glue down the last one, you score along the stamped lines to get a wood relief. When done glue it down. It should look like this:

4. Decorate the lid with diecut skeleton parts. I used cardstock but in double layers to get a real good relief.

5. Cover it all with aluminum tape.

6. Use a bone folder (or the like) and rub the tape down and be sure to follow all the lines of the items you’ve glued down under it.

It’s amazing, even the canvas structure of the cardstock shows through if you rub it gently.
7. When done cover it all with black acrylic paint and rub off with a tissue. Don’t let it dry, work quickly. You don’t have to be very careful – a halloween project can be a little blackish. If you wipe to much paint away, ad some more.

8. Glue down the piece on the coffin lid. Ad some edge punched cardstock to the sides and finish with a ribbon.
I made a card for the coffin too using the same technique, stamps and die.

On the front I used the swords and RIP from the Dancing Skeleton Set and fuzzy cut it. The dots on the top and bottom are rhinestones. The card closes with a magnet.

On the inside, I put a piece of patterned paper where one can write a sentiment with white pen. The heads are stamped and die cut with the Dancing Skeleton sets. I used StazOn which will stick to the aluminum.

I hope you can follow my instructions. Ask if there is something unclear and forgive me my bad English! :)
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Design Team Monday

Happy Monday! It’s a new fresh week and the Prickley Pear team brings you new inspiration! :)

Let’s start with the cutest little Buster around…

Card by Audrey using Buster and Scalloped Circle Die.


Card by Lori using the Poker Pumpkin stamp.


Angelica used the same stamp for this purple card

Card by Angelica using the Poker Pumpkin, Oak and Maple Leafs Clear Stamps Set and  Oak and Maple Leaf Die.


Card by Amy using the Ornament 2 Clear Stamp Set and Ornament Die.


Card by Tesa using the Victorian Ornament Clear Stamps Set, Victorian Ornament Die, Pumpkin Clear Stamps Set 2 and Pumpkin Die.


Card by Melissa using the Cat Tree stamp.

And check out this fun card using several of the small super cute halloween stamps:

Card by Ujjwal using Small Dancing Witch, Two Small JackOLanterns and Small Whiskers.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a fab week!

The Prickley Pear Team


P.s. Don’t forget our October Sketch Challenge! All info HERE!