Monday, November 25, 2013

Sketch Challenge winner

Thank you ladies for playing along. Both cards shown were lovely. Janeen, congratulations! You won the sketch challenge. Please email me here with your mailing information.

Blog Hop Winner

Thank you all for leaving so many wonderful comments and for visiting all of our DT members blogs and doing the same! The comments were fun to read through! We went to to choose a winner, or rather have a winner chosen for us, since it is always so hard to decide.
Sara with was the lucky winner. 
Sara if  you could please email me here, with your full name and address we will get your package sent out to you! Thanks everyone for playing along!
Happy stamping and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Miriam Guest Designer Week 7!

I'm back on the holiday theme with week #7 of my Prickley Pear Guest Designer stint.  This time I took an elegant oval stamp from the Scalloped Oval 3 Winter and stamped it in Broken China.

The frosty swirls are stamped in pigment ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Inside....
I just had to use that cute little street lamp on the inside!
Check out the Prickley Pear blog for great card and project ideas.
Finished size is 5 1/2 x 4

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Jessica's Chalkboard Technique Tutorial

Hello, Prickley Pear fans! It's Jessi from Kissin' Krafts

I have a quick question for you.

Do you love the Chalkboard trend as much as I do? And I am really loving pairing up the technique with my Christmas projects! I know that there are a few different ways to complete the chalkboard look. Today I am showing you my favorite way.

So here is result:

I like to use chalkboard vinyl, instead of cardstock, to create the chalkboard part of the card. I stamp the image onto the vinyl using white ink. The ink will take a while to dry. So this is the part where you set it aside and move on with your day.

 The longer you let the image dry, the 'brighter' white the chalkboard finish will be. On this project, I let the image dry around twelve hours. I used a cotton ball to smear the image.

Go over the image as many time needed to reach the coloring you are looking for. 

Once you reach the look, it is time to cut the image out and attach to your project.

Thank you for stopping by! Stop by the Prickley Pear Store to see the wide variety of images available for your next project!

Have a great day!

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps - Jingle Bells GG0179

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Presents with Holly copic marker tutorial

Guest designer Jenny Gropp created this beautiful card and has provided an amazing tutorial featuring one of our new holiday red rubber stamps. We hope you enjoy! Nice work Jenny. Here is her post!
 Today I chose one of the newer Holiday images to color up. This is Item #GG0177 Presents with Holly. I decided to step out the coloring process for you. I love using Copics and I love sharing them!! I used a MFT Die for my card base and layers... also hand cutting some smaller layers in between. 
 I the background I added BG0000, heavier in some places. I added just a tiny bit of BV0000 underneath for shadows.

 Here are the colors for the holly and Silver Present. You'll see a few holly leaves I missed coloring and had to go back and fill in!

 And the dreaded reds.... Some of the hardest colors for people to work with.

 I was going for a gold look on the last ribbon. A bit too yellow for me in the end.

 When it came to the little holly berries... I used a toothpick to apply small dots where I wanted them. I just squeezed a blob out from my pearl pen to keep dipping in to. This way they will dry with a little dimension instead of flat color. 

 Here's the inside, finished off with left over papers and a sentiment from the Flourished Oval 3 Clear Set
In the end I added some foam tape to give dimension between the layers. I could not (of course) resist the bow and ribbon.

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Winter RR Images now available!

Happy Monday Everyone!

We are releasing our new winter release today and it has beautiful vintage images and great phrases and to celebrate, we are doing a blog hop today! Please be sure to visit all design team member blogs and leave a comment on their pages and ours for a chance to win some rubber stamping goodness! The cards featured on everyone's blogs are inspirational to say the least!


Today I have a fun little tag to share with you. I just love this new sled image! It was so much fun to work with and so easy to color into. I simply stamped my image onto watercolor paper with VersaFine black ink. I then pulled out my watercolor paints and painted into the image, once dried, I fussy cut around the image.
I stamped the little bow onto red card stock with white pigment ink, then fussy cut once dry. 

I distressed the edges of the tag with walnut distress ink. I then layered red polka dotted paper as shown to the tag, cut a border using our Floral border Die. I stamped the phrase as shown and layered all as shown.


Thanks so much for taking the time to take a peek at our new release...and for the comments you will leave along the way!  And remember, one lucky winner will receive stamps from this new release valued at over $50.00!  Have a great week!

Blog hop order will be as follows:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Miriam's Guest Designer Post

Miriam: I'm continuing the fall theme with week #6 of my Prickley Pear Guest Designer stint.  This time I took a cute oval stamp from the Scalloped Oval 3 Winter set and colored it up with a fall color palette.

Inside I used the Home for the Holidays stamp so it would have a Thanksgiving theme.
Finished size is 4 1/2 x 3 3/4.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Michelle's Second Glitter Tutorial!

Hello there!  Michelle here again with some more glittery goodness to share!  Today I took the glittery background to another's now entirely made of glitter, and multiple colors at that!

My first card uses the HH0146 Frosty Headlines image which I simply stamped on designer paper....but here are the steps I did to achieve the eye-popping background:
1.  I had two A2 sized pieces of redline tape sheets, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, one of which I cut with the Cheery Lynn Lattice die. 
I removed the liner from the die cut sheet and peeled off one side of the full remaining piece of red line tape.  Press the liner firmly onto the sticky tape with the lining sheet you just removed.
2.  Add the first glitter color, in this case the teal.  Rub the glitter into the tape and then brush off your panel. 

3.  Carefully remove the red lattice liner and apply the second color of this case silver!  Rub the glitter into the tape to cover the lattice design, brush off your panel and you're done!
Check out that glittery goodness close up!  It is entirely smooth and so very eye-catching!  Here is another card I did using this technique, and three colors of glitter!
This one takes a bit more time as you also have to place the lining pieces over the flower petals.  Glitter the green portion first, then remove the flower petal pieces and glitter brown and finally remove the Daisy Lattice Frame liner and add the red glitter.  I find a sharp tweezers very helpful in placing the liner pieces...and be sure to press them down firmly before you glitter or you will get a bit of bleed-through as I did on this one.
On my second card I used all sorts of images:  CLR031A Poinsettia 2 Holiday Clear Set, D031 Poinsettia Die, CLR022 Pumpkin and Snowman Clear Set, D022 Pumpkin and Snowman Die, GG0094 Collage Pinecone Tag.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day!

Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served or whose loved ones have served to preserve our freedoms! 

We have a pile of inspiration to share with you today!  We hope you can take a minute to take a peek at our designer's cards and leave a comment about our post.  I will select one lucky commenter on Friday and send our HH0170 Peace Love and Happiness image your way! 

Designer: Tracie Clary using HH0081 Delicious Autumn.  Love how Tracie added the perfect balance of embellishments and patterned papers to showcase this verse!

Designer: Heidi Erickson using DD0156 A Heartfelt Thanks, HH0080 Dandelion Pumpkin.  Love the neutral color scheme Heidi chose for this card, which leads you away from a Halloween feel and gives more of a Harvest feel to the pumpkin image!

Designer: Jessica Pascarella using CLR026A Mini Birds Fall Clear Set, D026 Mini Birds Die, D033 Flourished Oval Die. Jessica's cardinal pops on the neutral tag she created!

Designer: Kina Nunziante using HH0149 Amaryllis, HH0083 Mary and Baby Jesus, CLR033B Flourished Ovals 2 Holiday, D033 Flourished Oval Die.  Love how the color scheme draws all of the images together in Kina's beautifully detailed card!

Designer: Michelle Pearson using HH0149 AmaryllisEE0172 Heaven and Nature, CLR026 Mini Birds Clear Set, D026 Mini Birds Die.  I used the same stamp for the focal flowers and then again on the background paper.

Designer:  Brenda Weatherill using HH0141 Trees in the Moonlight, HH0081 Delicious Autumn.
Love the sunlight affect Brenda achieved using Pan Pastels!

Designer Jenn Borjeson using D040 Pine Branch Die, CLR037 Fall Leaves Clear Set.  Jenn's simple card showcases the Pine Branch/Pinecones perfectly!

Designer: Angela Bode using GG0181 Child With Lamb image.  Love the light blue highlighting around the image to really make it pop on the white!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Miriam's Guest Designer Month 2!

We are happy to have Miriam designing for us for the month of November and look forward to her beautiful creations each Thursday!

Miriam used FF0169 Nutty for her card.
Check out the fun paper piecing on his acorn and the same paper peeks out from behind the leaf die and coordinates perfectly with her designer paper!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Michelle's First Glitter Tutorial!

Michelle here today with the first of two glitter tutorials!

My first card uses CLR023A Mini Butterflies 2, D023 Mini Butterflies Die, CLR033 Spring Flourished Ovals, D033 Flourished Oval Die.

This technique involves a sheet of Red Line Tape which I cut into quarters.  I am using a Cheery Lynn Designs Die called FRM118 Daisy Lace Frame.   I cut the tape sheet with my die using the Big Shot and the metal adapter plate that works so dandy with these intricate dies.
Next I popped out all of the pieces leaving just the frame.  Peel off the backing and apply carefully to your cardstock.
Then comes the messy part!  Peel off the redline liner and apply your glitter to the exposed tape!
And then my favorite part...when I can clean up the mess and have an amazing background to create on!
I will leave you with another card using this same die and technique.  It always amazes me what a difference changing a color scheme can make!  With the endless combinations of Prickley Pear images and coordinating dies, there is no end to the fun cards you can come up with!

My second card uses: CLR037 Fall Leaves, D037 Leaf Set Die, CLR023A Mini Butterflies 2, D023 Mini Butterflies Die, CLR012 Flowers and D012 Flowers Die.

I will be back with another amazing glitter technique soon!  I've been busy in the studio today...and I'm glitter from head to toe!  I'm proud to say my dust bunnies wear glitter in this house!  :)