Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps - Clear Stamps & Dies - How To


Mothers Day Giveaway -

Hi All,
Thank you for your comments on your favorite memories of mom! We enjoyed reading your posts. It was hard to choose a winner for this one, but Jenn Borjeson - your memory resonated with us! Please email me here to send me your address.
Thanks all!
And Happy Stamping!
Nicole

Monday, April 29, 2013

Winged Inspiration for your Monday!

Welcome To Prickley Pear Design Team  Monday!  Looks like we have lots of winged inspiration for you today!  The temps warmed up momentarily in our parts....but looks like we've got a cool rainy week ahead.  I will think positively....the grass will green up and my flowers will pop up!

















Friday, April 26, 2013

Mothers Day Give-Away

You can win the beautiful clear stamps shown below. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment answering the question above. Be sure to leave all comments for us by 7 pm, April 27.




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We have a winner from our release party!

Thank you to all who stopped by and took a look at our new summer release. And thank you for the comments posted. We went to random.org and the winner chosen was Elin Larsson. Elin, please email me here with your address and I will send out your stamps!
Happy Stamping!
Nicole

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung and we're celebrating on the Prickley Pear Blog today!  Lots of spring themes and color schemes!  I know they lift my spirits!  Enjoy!









Designer: Lucy Chesna using FF0154 Whispered

Designer: Nicole LaCour using:  HH0062 Love You Mom, CLR001A Butterflies 2 Clearly Beautiful Set

Do you want a chance to win some goodies?!  There is a challenge running, and you can play along to WIN!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Celebrating Earth Day - Challenge

Hi All,

Today is earth day, and I am ever concerned with the carbon foot print that I leave behind. So much so, that I now have 5 chickens that provide us with fresh eggs. I have a beautiful aquaponics garden that my husband built with Tilapia fish that are growing good an healthy and veggies that provide us wonderful meals every day. My trips to the grocery store are less. We have solar on our house, which living in Arizona makes me feel less guilty of running the AC continuously from May to early October.

I design the stamps and then I make cards to showcase those stamps. At the end of the day, I end up with a pile of discarded snippets and scraps of ideas tried and not liked. So those scraps generally end up in the trash pile. Well, today in honor of Earth Day, I challenged myself to make a card using the scraps that were sitting in "to toss" pile. I found loads of colored up little die cuts, border trimmings and great leftover panels of paper large enough to make a beautiful mothers day card. 

The Challenge...
Today, in honor of Earth Day, I challenge all you PPRS readers to do the same. Would you like for me to send you the stamp featured in this card,... Lolita? She is beautiful, vintage looking and I have found her to be very versatile. The challenge is simple, make a card using only scraps. Post to Mr. Linkey below by April 29. One random winner will be chosen to receive the stamp. And, while we would always LOVE to see PPRS product used, you are not limited to our stuff. 

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Special Post from Guest DT Member - Jenny Gropp

Little Spring Bluebird

Happy Sunday! Jenny has a cute spring card using Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps to share with you today. Atlanta finally got some beautiful spring days and this weekend they got a blast of cold again and the heat is back on! This little bluebird makes a great little happy card! It would be a great image for an Easter card as well. She has used this sentiment multiple times, it fits with any sort of cute little image, it is from a clear set called Floral Circles 4. She airbrushed a little to get the nice soft blue background, but this is easily done with chalk too. She used Spellbinder's Labels 8 and Decorative Labels 8 to create her cards base and layers.
On the inside of the card, you can see she used a strip of decorative paper along the bottom -- she glued this in before she die cut. Much easier to cut them together than try and match them up perfectly and then glue the together. The yellow strip she cut and then glued in... This is a great border die from Prickley Pear... She can see it cut out of white or ivory and it would look just like a little lace border. All of the little pieces fell right out too... so not a lot of tedious poking, which is always a plus! This card will fit perfectly in to an A2 envelope.

We have had a new release this week so be sure to visit our online store!

  • Stamps by Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps: #HH0135UM Daffodil and BirdFloral Circles 4
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, All other paper used is from the Carta Bella 6x6 paper collection "True Friends"
  • Other: Copics/ABS, Foam Tape, Ribbon by May Arts, Paper Piercing Tool

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Last Day of Our Summer Release Party and the PRIZE!



Welcome to the last day of our Summer Release Party!   We hope you have joined us each day from the 16th and have left some love along the way as we showcased these fun new images! 

You can't have a party without a prize!  The prize for this release is all of the images used on today's card above! It's not too late....make the rounds and leave some comments for your chance to win!!
While you are at it...we would like to invite you to join us on Facebook...we will be starting contests and giveaways there soon, and you don't want to miss out! 

Join us on Pinterest as well...new cards are being added all of the time....be inspired by samples using our sets and stamps, pin the ones you like or the ones you own for future reference!

Today's card features the HH0032 Boy With Fishing Pole, DD0037 Enjoy The Journey and HH0029 Tool ATC.

Here are the other blogs featuring the new images today!

Nicole  - you are here!!

Heidi

Lucy

Kina

Jessica

Michelle 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Summer Release Day 4!!



Welcome to day 4 of our Summer Release Party!   Be sure to join us today through the 20th as we showcase fabulous cards that feature these new offerings! 

You can't have a party without a prize!  Join us each day on our blog (16th through the 20th) and our Design Team members' blogs and leave comments!  On April 20th we will be featuring a card that you will have the opportunity to win all of the stamps used! It is super cute, that is for sure.

While you are at it...we would like to invite you to join us on Facebook...we will be starting contests and giveaways there soon, and you don't want to miss out! 

Join us on Pinterest as well...new cards are being added all of the time....be inspired by samples using our sets and stamps, pin the ones you like or the ones you own for future reference!

Today's card features CLR023A Mini Butterflies 2, D023 Mini Butterflies Die, GG0044 What If Your Fears.

Here are the other blogs featuring the new images today!

Nicole  - you are here!!

Jenn

Heidi

Lucy

Steph

Michelle


We hope you will enjoy all of the stamps we will be featuring, leading up to our release date!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Prickley Pear Summer 2013 Release Day 3!


Welcome to day 3 of our Summer Release Party!   Be sure to join us today through the 20th as we showcase fabulous cards that feature these new offerings! 

You can't have a party without a prize!  Join us each day on our blog (16th through the 20th) and our Design Team members' blogs and leave comments!  On April 20th we will be featuring a card that you will have the opportunity to win all of the stamps used! It is super cute, that is for sure.

While you are at it...we would like to invite you to join us on Facebook...we will be starting contests and giveaways there soon, and you don't want to miss out! 

Join us on Pinterest as well...new cards are being added all of the time....be inspired by samples using our sets and stamps, pin the ones you like or the ones you own for future reference!

Today's card features JJ0033 Framed Carousel Horse and EE0157 Sometimes.  Notice how the horse is popped up?  GG0169 Carousel Horse was used for that!  The background was created using the CLR025 Gears Clearly Beautiful Stamp Set and D025 Gears Die.

Here are the other blogs featuring our new images today!  

Nicole - you are here!

Jessica

Michelle 
 


We hope you will enjoy all of the stamps we will be featuring, leading up to our release date!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Summer 2013 Release Party - Day 2!

Welcome to day 2 of our Summer Release Party!   Be sure to join us today through the 20th as we showcase fabulous cards that feature these new offerings! 

You can't have a party without a prize!  Join us each day on our blog (16th through the 20th) and our Design Team members' blogs and leave comments!  On April 20th we will be featuring a card that you will have the opportunity to win all of the stamps used! It is super cute, that is for sure.

While you are at it...we would like to invite you to join us on Facebook...we will be starting contests and giveaways there soon, and you don't want to miss out! 

Join us on Pinterest as well...new cards are being added all of the time....be inspired by samples using our sets and stamps, pin the ones you like or the ones you own for future reference!

Today's card features HH0138 Map Collage which was stamped as a background for the FF0053 Flourished Graduate image.  Congratulations is from the CLR0027C Fall Scalloped Ovals 4 Clearly Beautiful Stamp Set and is stamped on the Scalloped Circle Die.

Here are the other blogs featuring our new images today!  

Nicole - you are here!
Steph
Kina
Michelle

We hope you will enjoy all of the stamps we will be featuring, leading up to our release date!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Our Summer Release is Just Around the Corner

New releases are my most favorite times of the year. And just in time for summer, (releasing April 20)  we have some beautiful new images to share, packed full of rubber stamp goodness. We have new Mothers and Fathers Day stamps, gradutate and clear stamps we will be offering. Be sure to join us today through the 20th as we showcase fabulous cards that feature these new offerings! 

We are having a release party starting today! And you can't have a party without a prize. 

Be one of the first to play with some of these stamps! Join us each day on our blog (today through the 20th) and our DT members blogs and leave comments. April 20th we will be featuring a card that you will have the opportunity to win all of the stamps used! It is super cute, that is for sure. 

We hope you will enjoy all of the stamps we will be featuring, leading up to our release date.


Here is a sweet little card  that I came up with featuring FF0052 Lolita. She was water colored to give her a soft painted look.  I love the soft vintage look that was achieved using Ranger Distress inks and torn edges for the frame (JJ0033 Framed Carousel Horse).  I added some 3 dimensional flowers using (CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2 & Matching Die) for extra texture, and finished with pearls.

Today's featured blogs:
Nicole - you are here
Heidi 
Jenn
Michelle

Happy stamping! 

Nicole


Monday, April 15, 2013

Pre-Release Inspiration!

Welcome To Prickley Pear Design Team  Monday!  We are gearing up for a fun week on the Prickley Pear Blog...as we showcase our SPRING RELEASE April 16-20!    The fun doesn't need to wait until tomorrow though....enjoy!












Friday, April 12, 2013

New stamps coming

Hi Everyone!
In just a few short days, we will be releasing our latest images just in time for Mothers & Fathers Day! Plus we have some beautiful new red rubber images for summer, and then two new sets of clear stamps! You are going to love what we have in store for you. Please check back with us on April 16th as we will be showing you daily card samples leading up to our release date which is April 20th! April 20th, we have something fun in store for you. Stop by and leave a comment on our blog and you will have the opportunity to win all of the stamps on the card we post that day!
Happy Stamping!
Nicole

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Inspiration!

Welcome To Prickley Pear Design Team Monday!  Here are some creations the team cooked up this week!


Designer: Heidi Erickson using KK0032 Birds, Branches and Birdhouse, CLR 012 Clearly Beautiful Flowers & D012 Beautiful Flowers Die, D034 Floral Border Die



Designer: Jessica Pascarella using Dove on Heart Vine - HH0136, One Smile - FF0159


Designer: Kina Nunziante using JJ0004 Daisy in a Pocket an the DD0064 Daisy in a Pocket small, and the sentiment is DD0047



Designer:  Michelle Pearson using  Tribal Masks 1, 2, 3 and 4

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Unmasking SPRING - A Tutorial


Hello there!  It's Michelle here today with a fun tutorial for you!  Let's think outside the box and UN-mask Spring!!
In the store you will find four little images that I knew exactly what I was going to do with as soon as I saw them! 
 The names of those images, you ask?!    Tribal Masks 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

I will have some cards soon using these images in a more traditional way...but I have spring on my mind...and so these very fun an fabulous flowers were born!
Check these babies out, all dolled up with Copic Markers and a bit of white gel pen!

Double them up for a bit more fun!  The possibilities are endless!

So how do you make them you ask?!  Check out the quick tutorial below and see one more fun project!


Stamp each image out FIVE times and color as desired.  You get a peek here of my messing coloring practices, but since I'm cutting them out it doesn't matter!  More time to make different flowers!!
Dress them up with white gel pen as desired.
Next I Cut out and folded each petal over a ruler to add dimension.  Then, using some circle punches from my scrap bin and a few glue dots, I assembled my flowers.  Remember...depending on which end you stick to the middle, you will get a TWO different looks from each mask!  I reversed the order of the petals for this final set of flowers!

 Ooh, so very fun on their own....and so different looking than the same masks used in the above cards!

And how fun is this all doubled up?!  Hope you've enjoyed a breath of fresh air today as I shared a walk through my paper garden!  

Please check us out on FACEBOOK....we would love to see you there!  FOLLOW us, you never know when we'll pop up with a fun contest or chance to win some stamping goodness!

Other PPRS stamps used:
*Thinking of You


Monday, April 1, 2013

Inspiration Monday - No Foolin!

Welcome To Prickley Pear Design Team  Monday!  April already!  Doesn't that just *sound* more springy even?!  Here are some bits of inspiration to share with you!