Sunday, September 23, 2012

Design Team Monday


Today is a special day since it’s the last Design Team Monday with the current Team. Quite a few of the members are stepping down to seek new adventures and a new team is to be presented in a week. It’s exciting times! :) We want to wish the Design Team members who move on good luck and say thank you for a inspiring and creative year.


Card by Audrey using Pumpkin Clear Stamps Set 2, Pumpkin Die and Bats Clear Stamp Set.


Card by Ujjwal using Sunflower With Vines and Nature Turns To Gold.


Card by Melissa using Dead Head Spider and Smell My Feet Sentiment.


Card by Angelica using Lamp Post with HollyVictorian Ornaments Clear Stamps Set and Scalloped Oval Die.

Card by Lori using Sm. Bluebirds Wreath.


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Wall hanger by Tesa using 50s Lady, Hibiscus 2 Clear Stamps Set and Mini Hibiscus Die.


Thank you for stopping by!

The Prickley Pear Team

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Christmas Cards

Hi Folks!

Have you started your Christmas Cards production yet? I try to snuck in a Christmas card every now and again between all the fun Fall themed ones, just to make my December a tad bit less stressful…

And because it’s FUN! :)


The stamps used here are Gift of the Season and the hexagon from the Clearly Beautiful Ornaments Set.


Next card is using one soon to be released red rubber stamp that I totally adore. So beautiful!

Ljus 1

I played some with stickles and glossy accent to give the candle and berries some dimension and sparkle.

Ljus 2

Be sure to stop by on Monday when the current Design Team says good bye with a final post!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Design Team Monday!

Hi all! Happy Monday!

Have you seen our DT call? All info HERE!!!

And did you see the news about the New clear stamps and dies!?! They are released and can be found in the web shop!

Here are this week’s Design Team inspiration. Enjoy!

Card by Ujjwal using Daisy Cluster and sentiment from Hibiscus 2 Clear Stamps Set.


Card by Michelle using Butterflies 2 Clear Stamps Set.


Card by Audrey using Oak and Maple Leaf Clear Stamps Set and Oak and Maple Leaf Die.


Card by Jenny using new Halloween Red Rubber stamps.


Card by Melissa using new Autumn stamp and sentiment from Circles Clear Stamps Set Fall.


Box by Lori using Circle Clear Stamps Set Winter, Birdcage Winter 2 Clear Stamps Set and Scalloped Circle Die.


Card by Angelica using Holiday Chateau.


Snowflake card

Card by Tesa using Leaf Wreath and snowflakes from Clearly Beautiful Cardinal Set.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great new week!

The Prickley Pear Team.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Two Important Messages

New Fall and Holiday clear stamp sets are now available on our website! Here is a sneak peek of the sets you will find out our storefront! Look for our Fall/Holiday Red Rubber Release to be released this weekend as well! 

And thanks to everyone who has been applying for our DT call! We have had lots of wonderfully talented people applying! Please remember, we ask that you email us with a formal request to be on our DT, complete with links to your blog and 3 samples (jpeg files) of your work and a small bio on YOU to be considered. You CANNOT just link to Mr Linkey to be considered. 

Happy stamping all!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Design Team Monday

Hi all! Happy new week!!!

We are here to share some Monday inspiration from the Design Team.


Card by Jenny using new Bats Clear Stamps Set.


Card by Audrey using Bats Clear Stamps Set, Bat Die and Clearly Beautiful the Four Seasons.


Card by Melissa using Bats Clear Stamps Set and Bat Die.

Card by Lori using new red rubber to be released soon.


Card by Angelica using Clearly Beautiful Pumpkins Stamps Set and Autumn.


Card by Amy using new red rubber to be released soon.


Card by Michelle using Hibiscus 2 Clear Stamps Set, Hibiscus Flower and Leaf Die, Birds & Flourishes ATC Transparencies, Clearly Beautiful Flowers.


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Card by Tesa using new red rubber scenery stamp to be released soon and sentiment from Victorian Ornaments Clear Stamps Set.


We are having a Design Team Call!!! Check it out HERE!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

The Prickley Pear Team.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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

We are looking for  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 Friday, September. 24, 2012 to apply for the design team. We will review all applicants and by September 28, 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 October 1, 2012.

• Commitment of 12 months (1 Year) required, from Oct. 1, 2012 – Oct. 1, 2013
• 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!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Design Team Monday

Happy Monday folks!

Are you up for some Halloween fun??? :)


Shaker card by Michelle.


Card by Audrey using Bats Clear Stamps Set.

Happy Halloween

Card by Tesa using Dancing Skeleton Clear Stamps Set and Dancing Skeleton Die. 


Card by Angelica using Small Flourish Raven, Large Flourish Raven and sentiment from Pumpkins Clear Stamps Set.


Card by Melissa.


Card by Lori.

Check out the Design Team members blogs for close ups and more info about the cards!

Have a wonderful week!

The Prickley Pear Team.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fun Fall Card Duo - Mini-Tutorial!

Today I'm sharing some fall themed cards with you!  The first card features images from the new red rubber fall release and a sentiment from the Clearly Beautiful Oak And Maple Leaf Clear Stamps.

I created this fun background with a technique called Rolling Marbles Technique.  I have a mini-tutorial for you below:
  • You will need some re-inkers.  In this case I was using SU! colors of Really Rust, More Mustard and Always Artichoke.   
  • I had 3 little cups in which I placed a few drops of inker into. (1 color per cup)
  • Add one marble per cup and swirl the marble around to get ink on it.
  • In a shoebox or, in this case I used a clamshell box, place a piece of cardstock.
  • Dump your marbles in and roll them around to make random designs on your cardstock. 
  • When one cardstock sheet is done to your liking, take it out and keep rolling for a lighter inked pattern.  No two pieces will be the same!
Once I was done, I simply tore the sheet in two pieces and  distressed the background sheet with Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey distress inks. 

For a final touch I crumpled the panels and then hit the high spots with the Peeled Paint distress ink pad.

The image is colored with the following Copic Markers:  YG95, YG93, E59, E57, YR27, Y38, Y35.
For my second card I used two more images from the red rubber fall release.

I had these gravestone elements cut out from some American Crafts paper from halloweens past.  Here is a quick and easy way to stamp the images onto these little elements to make them look like they were always there and part of the paper:
Good ol' Masking!  I simply used some thin masking tape....there are several places that make it for masking and it is the perfect low-tack tape for such projects.  You can also use Post-it notes or Washi tape if you have that instead, just be careful that you stick it to your clothes a few times to lower the tack and pull it off carefully when you're done stamping.

I use a stamp-a-majig tool to be sure that I'm using the stamps most effectively on my pieces.  Here I used one image, focusing on the tree on one and on the graveyard on the other.   You will see the pumpkin image on the card....again, I picked the grumpiest pumpkin on the image and made that the centerpiece of my element.  

Masking is a great way to use the stamps you have in a different way!  Pick pieces you want to highlight and mask them to make them shine!

Michelle Pearson - Inspiration Blooms