Monday, January 30, 2012

Design Team Monday and a sneak peak!!!

Happy Monday! We have a new fun week ahead of us.

Prickley Pear releases new wonderful clear stamps sets and coordinated dies that will be available in the web shop any day! Stay tuned for some amazing cards later this week!

AND we have a sketch challenge running! Still a couple of days to participate! You find all the info HERE.

Since it's Monday - we have some inspiration from our Design Team:

Funny V a

Card by Tesa using Hearts ATC and My Funny Valentine.

 Card by Audrey using Vine Flourish.

Card by Ujjwal using Clearly Beautiful Flowers Clear Stamps Set.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

The Prickley Pear Team

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January Sketch Challenge Reminder

Hiii!!! Happy, happy Friday!!!

We are having a sketch challenge going and we thought we’d give you a little reminder in time for the weekend! You could win a $15 gift certificate to the Prickley Pear Web Shop!

Here is the fun sketch!


And some beautiful cards from the Design Team:


Card by Amy using Forever Yours red rubber stamp.

Card by Melissa using Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set.


Card by Audrey using Winged Heart.

All info and linking tool can be found HERE! Hope to see you play! Have a great weekend!

The Prickley Pear Team

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Design Team Monday

Hi! Happy Monday and welcome to some Design Team inspiration!

The Design Team has been bitten by the luv bug so be prepared for some beautiful pinks and lovely hearts!!! :)


Card by Melissa using Gears Clock Face and Journey Awakens.


Card by Ujjwal using Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set.


Card by Lori using Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set and Scalloped Circle Die.


Heart Hanger by Audrey using Winged Heart.


Card by Angelica using Valentine Palette.


Card by Tesa using Clearly Beautiful Flowers Stamp Set and Scalloped Circle Die.


Card by Amy using Ride with Me and The Mind Determines.


Have a fantastic new week and remember our ongoing sketch challenge! All info HERE!

The Prickley Pear Team

Friday, January 20, 2012

More Valentine Release Cards!

It's Michelle P here today sharing some more of the new Valentine Release cards.  We have had some family responsibilities these I did not make the blog hop with these....but stamping is my therapy and I had fun working with these images this week!

My first card features the Steampunk Drifter image.  I colored the image with the following Copic markers:  W7, W5, W3, W1, E49, E47, E44, R85, R83, R81, RV93. 

I framed my image with a simple pierced border.  The designer paper is from BoBunny's Enchanted Collection.  I colored some of the flourishes with Copics to coordinate with my image.

My second card features the adorable Duck in Tub image.

I colored the image with the following Copic Markers:  W7, W5, W3, E49, E47, E44, YG67, YG17, B00, YR16, Y38, Y35, Y32. 

I decided to go with the Cracked Glass Technique on this image for a more vintage feel.
I colored my image, then covered the image with Versamark ink and some Ultrathick Embossing Enamel and heated the image.  I repeated this process 5-6 times and then placed my image in the freezer between two bags of tomatoes.  This keeps the image from curling up too much when it freezes.   After about five minutes I took the image out and carefully cracked it for the cracked glass effect.  I did not add additional ink to my cracks...I didn't want too much of a grunge feel since I was making this into a baby card.

The designer paper is from My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Life of The Party Collection.  The letters are American Crafts stickers that I colored with my Copics and embellished with coordinating gems.

Michelle Pearson ~ Inspiration Blooms

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Soot Stamping Tutorial by Lori

Hi all! Here is a super cool technique shared by Lori!



Soot Stamping Tutorial


This is a different technique that really seems to go so well with our new steampunk release. Here are the supplies you’ll need to do soot stamping.

Glossy Paper, Distress Ink, Brayer, Fixative ( I use matte) , a candle and of course a beautiful Prickley Pear Stamp. The one I’ve used here is called Steampunk Locomotive.


Apply color all over your glossy paper with your brayer and allow to dry. You can touch it with a heat tool if you don’t want to wait.


Here’s the fun but a little scary part. Take your candle and hold it underneath your colored paper…be sure to keep the candle moving especially on the edges as they like to catch fire, LOL. You want to move the candle around with the tip of the flame touching the paper and this will create papers of soot.


Once you covered the paper with soot, very carefully without touching the surface lay down on hard area and stamp straight down. Don’t rock or wiggle the stamp and come straight up afterwards.


Spray your finished image with a fixative and you’re ready to incorporate into your projects.


Have a fab day!

Lori and the Prickley Pear Team

P.s. You find our ongoing Sketch Challenge HERE!

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Winner and Monday Inspiration

Thank you all for participating in our release party!

We have picked a winner by random and the lucky person to receive a $15 gift certificate to Prickley Pear Web Shop is Poornima! Congratulations! Please contact Nicole: to get your prize!

And since it’s Monday, the Design Team has some beautiful inspirational cards to share with you!

Card by Melissa using Love.


Card by Audrey using Fox.


Card by Lori using Valentine Balloon and Let’s Go Together.



Card by Kristii using Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set and I’ve Fallen in Love.


Card by Amy using Tiger.


Card by Angelica using Steampunk Locomotive.


Have a wonderful new week and remember we launched a new sketch challenge yesterday! We’d love to see you play! All info HERE!

The Prickley Pear Team

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday! Hope you are enjoying our New Red Rubber Release and have had fun hopping! There is still time to participate, here are all the info from the three days: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

But now it’s time to present the sketch of the Month. As always, Nicole has made one fab sketch and the Design Team has been busy to give you inspiration! First the sketch. Interpret it as you like!

And some cards from our Design Team:

Card by Angelica using Ruffle Heart and Vine Flourish.

Love skiss 1

Card by Cheryl using Cupid and Be Mine.

Card by Lori using Look for Beauty.

Now we'd love to see your take on the sketch. Here are the how to:s
  • Make a card using the sketch above.
  • Everybody is welcome to participate, no PPRS products needed.
  • Link your blog post with your card to this post using Mr Linky below by January 31th.
  • One winner will be drawn randomly and will receive a $15 gift certificate at the Prickley Pear Web Shop!
  • Winner will be announced February 1.
Easy Peasy.

Thank you for playing with us!
The Prickley Pear Team

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Release Party Final Day!

Welcome back for our final day of our blog hop to celebrate the new release of Valentines and Steampunk red rubber! The Design Team has made some amazing inspirational projects published on their personal blogs for you to enjoy. If you participate in our hop and leave comments on the participating blogs you have the chance of winning a $15 gift certificate to the Prickley Pear Web Shop.

Here is today’s blog hop list

Prickley Pear Blog – you are here!

1If you haven’t had a chance to play the first two days you find the blog hop lists and info here: Day 1 and Day 2. You have until Sunday midnight EST to leave your comments for your chance to win.

Here is a card using stamps from the Steampunk release: Steampunk Locomotive and In Dreams.

in dreams 1

I used the aluminum tape technique for this one. It doesn’t photograph that well, sorry for that.

in dreams 2


Next stop on the hop is


Have fun and thanks for participating!

The Prickley Pear Team

P.s. Come back tomorrow for a new sketch challenge!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Release Party Day 2!!

Hi! Hope you enjoyed the hop yesterday! You find the blog hop list and info for yesterday HERE – you have until Sunday to participate!

We continue our celebration of new Red Rubber with Valentines and Steampunk themes with more inspiration on the blogs of our fantastic Design Team. Hop along and leave comments and you have the chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Web Shop. You have until Sunday to leave your comment and a winner will be drawn and presented here on Monday!

Here is today’s blog hop list. Have FUN!

Love from the Prickley Pear Team ♥


Love 2

Next stop on the hop is

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Release Party Day 1

Welcome to Prickley Pear's new release of Valentines and Steampunk themed Red Rubber Stamps!

To celebrate this new release we are having a three day long Blog Party with loads of inspirations by the Design Team and a give away! One happy participant will win a $ 15 gift certificate to the web shop. 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. Last day to enter is Sunday 15th midnight EST. The winner will be drawn randomly at one of the participating blogs, one of the days and will be presented on the Prickley Pear Blog on Monday.

This is today’s blog hop schedule:

Prickley Pear Blog – you are here!


And here is one of our new stamps as a teaser! :)


Duck in Tub.

Go check out the inspiration projects from the amazing Design Team on their blogs. Next stop is


Don’t forget to leave a comment and check back tomorrow for a new hop!!!

Thanks for participating!

The Prickley Pear Team

Monday, January 9, 2012

Design Team Monday

Happy new week! Hope the Holiday season has been a good one. We are back to normal Monday schedule after a couple of weeks break and it feels great. :) We have a lot of fun in store for you the coming week! A new set of red rubber with Valentines theme is released and we will have a little release party here and on the Design Team’s blogs starting on Thursday! Be sure to check back then!


Card by Amy using Girl With Basket and Love is in the air.


Card by Angelica using Stella, Clearly Beautiful Butterflies Blobby Flowers Die and Scalloped Circle Die.


Card by Audrey using Build an Owl Clear Stamps Set 2 and Build an Owl Die.


Card by Kristii using Vase with Heart.


Card by Lori using Kids with Plane.


Card by Melissa using Heart Key Crown Clear Stamps Set.


Card by Ujjwal using Spring Scalloped Circles Clear Stamps Set.


fly with me

Card by Tesa using Hot Air Balloon Clear Stamps Set.


See you on Thursday!

The Prickley Pear Team