Thursday, January 30, 2014

Guest Designer Iris' Week 4 Project!

 I made a little note card using 'Flower Fairy'.  The image was stamped with Versafine Onyx  Black ink onto Fabriano hot press, extra white watercolor paper. I colored it using Distress Ink markers. The sentiment is from the Dragonflies 2 set. I've decorated the card with some mulberry paper flowers, satin ribbon, paper doily, pearls, rhinestones and a pearl brad. The paper was from my scrap box, don't know the make anymore.

Close-up on the image. I've added Stickles to parts of the dress for some bling.
 

Thanks for stopping by! 

If you haven't already, check out the three day Blog Hop event earlier this week.  Leave comments on the blogs as you do for your chance to win a FABULOUS prize!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Angela's Tea Bag Stamping Tutorial!



Hello there!  Today I have a fun project to share using a tea bag and Prickley Pear Rubber stamps and dies!

  Begin by soaking a tea bag in hot water.  I make myself a cup of tea and save the bags!  




Open tea bag and remove tea leaves, allow it to dry completely before stamping.




I drink a wide variety of teas and it's a lot of fun to see the different stains they create.

 Dried Papers

 
To create this card I did not let the tea bag dry but cleaned off the tea leaves then dripped TH Reinkers directly onto the wet tea bag.


 
 I used my heat gun to quickly dry the inked bag then I stamped GG0187 Black Capped Chickadees on the tea bag and tore the edges to center the image.  The stained tea bag looks a bit like linen now!


I created the flowers from a second inked tea bag using D012 Beautiful Flowers die.
DD0199 Happy Spring.

TFL!

If you have not already, be sure to check out the three blog hop posts.  There is still time to hop and comment for your chance to win and AWESOME prize package of new product!

Monday, January 27, 2014

2014 Winter CHA BLOG HOP ~ Day 3!

Welcome to Day 3 of our Prickley Pear Winter CHA Blog Hop!  Are you ready for some more fabulous images and inspiration?

Join us each day as we hop.  Visit each hop stop and leave comments on each stop for your chance to win one of two fabulous prizes! Each prize is worth approximately $75!


Start your hopping each day here on the Prickley Pear blog.

January 27th Blog Hop stops:

Prickley Pear *you are here*
Heidi
Tracie
Angela
Jessica
Michelle





Welcome to Day 3 of our Blog Hop! We hope you have been inspired by the beautiful cards and creations that our team has put together. Here is a third card that I have designed that was sooo quick and easy. 

I started by stamping the GG0193 Heart Grass with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink along the bottom of the card face and randomly.Then I distressed the edges and layered onto tan card stock. 

Next I pulled out the Kiss Me Circle and stamped on cream card stock. I pulled out one of our newest dies, the D041 Scallop Circle Nesting Die and our Scallop Circle Die, these dies are designed to match the Scallop Circle Die. I cut one out in a pink patterned paper, tan paper and orange, pink patterned paper. I layered all as shown. 

I finished by adding twine to the card and layering the stamped scalloped image. 

Your next hop stop is Heidi's blog. Thanks for playing along. Two lucky winners will be chosen by announced by this Friday!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

2014 Winter CHA BLOG HOP ~ Day 2!

Welcome to Day 2 of our Prickley Pear Winter CHA Blog Hop!  Are you ready for some more fabulous images and inspiration?

Join us each day as we hop.  Visit each hop stop and leave comments on each stop for your chance to win one of two fabulous prizes! Each prize is worth approximately $75!


Start your hopping each day here on the Prickley Pear blog.

January 26th Blog Hop stops:

Prickley Pear *you are here*
Tracie
Brenda
Jessica
Jenn
Michelle

Nicole's inspiration for you today:
My card today uses such a sweet image from our new release. HH0155 Effie. I love how this little elephant is being lifted up by the heart balloons. It was calling on me to ink it up. I stamped the image onto white card stock. Colored in with colored pencils. Fussy cut around the stamped image. Layered onto card front as shown. And finished the card with a paper border D034 Floral Border and stamped the sentiment (CLR015 Blobby Flowers) into the D044 Heart Oval Insert die cut.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

2014 Winter CHA BLOG HOP ~ Day 1!

It has finally arrived....we are blog hopping for three days to show you a flurry of newly released images!  Images in this release range from Valentines to Easter, spring to summer and baby!

Join us each day as we hop.  Visit each hop stop and leave comments on each stop for your chance to win one of two fabulous prizes! Each prize is worth approximately $75!


Start your hopping each day here on the Prickley Pear blog.

January 25th Blog Hop stops:

Prickley Pear *you are here*
Heidi
Angela
Brenda
Jenn
Michelle

And now for your first bit of inspiration, Nicole has a creation for you!

The first card I want to share with you today is April Showers. This card was easy to create and has such a fun whimsical feel.

I stamped JJ0157 Penny onto white card stock. Pulled out my colored pencils and colored her in and then fussy cut around the image so I could layer. I pulled out papers of sherbert, green and pink matted as shown. Stamped EE0182 April Showers with VersaFine ink as shown. To finish this card, I die cut the flowers, and leaves and stamped into the flowers. (CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2, D015 Blobby Flowers Die, D037 Leaf Set.) Then to add a bit of bling, pearls and green rhinestones!

Your next stop on this hop is Heidi's blog....be sure to comment so you have a chance to win some of the new release!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thursday Inspiration Post!


The weekend is almost here and we can't wait!  We'll be hopping for Prickley Pear and sharing a ton of new images for our Spring CHA release!

Michelle here, and I will share a few bits of eye candy for you today to tide you over....enjoy!

My first card is a valentine GG0081 Flourished Dancers, GG0127 Ruffle Heart  I die cut some hearts and then outlined them with a white gel pen.  Fussy cut around a few fun valentine images and then stamped my sentiment on a piece of acetate with Stazon ink...the acetate is attached to a glittery gold panel.

This is another fun winter card using GG0179 Jingle BellsGG0184 Snowman With Lantern, D038 Snowflake Pendant die.  Papers are from Authentique's Journey Bundle.  I added some washi tape and candi dots and created a fun pocket by slicing along the embossed imprint with an craft knife.  The embossing folder is from Crafts Too.



JJ0068 Vintage Angel - Here is a hint for you if you are not in to angels.  Don't ink up her wings or cut them off as I did here and you will have an image you can use for spring or any time!
 
And finally, here is one last glitter card featuring the Poinsettia stamp set and die: CLR031A Poinsettia 2 Holiday Clear Set, D031 Poinsettia Die 
 
Look forward to seeing you soon as we showcase the NEW SPRING IMAGES! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Heidi's Distress Inks Tutorial and Sneek Peek!

 
Today's tutorial is by Heidi, and it is giving you a sneek peek of the new spring stamps....these stamps have been released to your Prickley Pear retail stores and will be released on our website over the weekend!

Today I am doing a tutorial with Distress Inks on the new Ranger Specialty Stamping paper!
Here is what the finished product looks like:
First of all, I stamped the image onto the Specialty Stamping Paper with Archival Black Ink.  Then I used the heat tool to dry the ink quicker.  Next, I taped around the four sides with Removable Scotch Tape.  I tape in about an 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch.
For this card I used lighter colored inks.  I used Scattered Straw, Broken China, and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks.  If you use darker the colors, then you don't need to do as much sponging.  I start out with sponging the Scattered Straw in three different areas, but leave some white space.  Then I used Victorian Velvet on some of the white space, then finally sponging the Broken China on the remaining open areas.  If I feel it needs more blending or to add more color I go back and add more.  Once the color is how I want it to look, then I remove the tape.  The last thing, I do is spritz the paper with water.  As the water dries, it leaves bleached spots over the image.

Even though I love this technique with the Silhouette stamps, it also looks nice with images that you color. Here is a sample of the same technique with the new Baby stamp.  The image with colored with Distress Markers.  This time the image was spritzed with a fine mist, creating a little different texture to the card.  Now it's your turn to give this a try!

Monday, January 20, 2014

January 20 Inspiration Post!

Welcome To Prickley Pear Design Team Monday!  The spring release has been opened to the local stamp stores...and we are itching to share it with you!  Be sure to come on back for our three day Blog Hop Reveal and see all of the fabulous samples we have in store!

In the meantime, we have some more winter inspiration for you today!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wall Art

I have had these three little keys that I picked up years ago. Three little keys, sitting in my craft drawer, just waiting for me to make something useful out of them. When I first found them, I loved how each one had a different shape and finish to them. I found them new, but the finishes on them made them feel a little antiqued. 

I came across these keys last week, as they had been tucked away for quite a while. I decided it was time to do something with them. You see, I have been a bit on a decorating spree. Been taking walls and corners and trying to pretty them up. So, when I saw these keys again, I decided it was time to do something with them. 

First, I started by pulling out a sheet of watercolor paper. I trimmed it to 8.25 by 8.25. I pulled out my distress inks, browns, reds, yellows and pinks, along with some water and mixed the colors around directly onto the paper. I sprayed the paper with water to keep the inks running around and blending smoothly. 

For a fun effect, while there were still puddles of inks and water, I lightly sprinkled on kosher salt. Once dry, it created a pretty spotted effect. 

I pulled out my Gears 2 clear stamp set. I used the diamond background from that set and stamped twice in white pigment ink and then a couple of times using red brick distress ink. I stamped a few times on opposite corners. (As shown) 

Next for the keys. I laid them out how I wanted them. I poked little holes just under the keys so I could sew the keys into place with clear thread. Once all was finished, I mounted and framed. 

This project turned out beautiful, it will find a home on my wall, and it was quick and easy to make!

Happy Stamping!
Nicole


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Guest Designer Iris - Week 3!


Wonderful Thursday Everyone! Today I like to share my 3rd GD creation for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps with you.

This cute Giraffe stamp is called 'Thoughtful Giraffe' and is available in red rubber. The sentiment is also availabe in red rubber and can be found HERE. I stamped the image using Memento Ink Rich Cocoa and colored it using Graph' It markers (see a list of markers used beneath the next photo). Papers are from Basic Grey's collection 'Clippings'. Flowers are from WOC and pearl accents form Martha Stewart. Leave dies are from Memory Box and the ribbon is from my stash. 


Here's a close-up on the image and a list of Graph'It markers I've used:
2130, 2120, 2105, 1270, 1250,
1210, 4125, 3170, 3130, 



Monday, January 13, 2014

A little organization...

Hi All,
Welcome to another beautiful day in blog land! A few months back, Michelle showed you all a really fabulous way to organize all of her dies.
I loved what she did, and I was looking for a way to organize my own stash. Today, I am sharing with you a project I put together last week. Ever since I moved into my new office, I have been squeezing a little bit of time here and there to organize my space a little bit better. Today I am sharing with you one of my organized spots. 
I had a dry erase board that was sitting there, all alone and unused. I also had a envelope full of magnetic paper. And wanting a way to organize my dies while being able to see all of them, (as I truly dislike the time it takes to dig and dig), I decided to make a magnetic board for my dies with these two elements. I had some super strong 3M red-line tape that I adhered to the back of each magnetic sheet. I had to trim a couple of the sheets down to get them to fit, and that was easy to do.
Here is my little bit of organization. Now, if I misplace a die...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Guest Designer: Iris, Week 2!





Hello Everyone! I'm here today with my second posting for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps as a guest designer. This time I have an 'All White' card to share..well almost....the sentiment is stamped with black ink and I've added 3 tiny blue rhinestones...but see for your self:

The gorgeous dragonfly is from the Dragonflies 2 clear stamp set and cut out with the matching Dragonfly Die. I stamped with VersaMark ink onto white cardstock and heat embossed using clear super fine detailed embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Dragonflies 2 set as well. 

Here's a close look on the dragonfly:
And here you can see how nice the heat embossing looks.


Other dies I've used are from Memory Box. The white grosgrain ribbon and the three tiny blue rhinestones are from my stash. 



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Eight Card Coordinating Card Set!

Hello there!  It is Michelle here, and I scored a few scraps of paper, not even 12 x 12 sheets from a rummage sale.   I have no idea what collection this might be from...but I loved the colors and decided to make a card kit from it.  I used up all of the paper but one 1/2 inch by 3 inch strip!  I paired it up with my Prickley Pear stamps and made this awesome card set!  I'm not going to chatter about each of these cards since I did no more than simple stamping on them, but I will give you a closer peek at each card below and note the stamps used on each!
CLR033 Spring Flourished Ovals, CLR006 Birdcage, D006 Birdcage Die, CLR026A Mini Birds 2 Fall, D026 Mini Birds Die
CLR025A Gears 2, CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2, D015 Blobby Flowers Die, CLR006 Birdcage, D006 Birdcage Die, CLR026A Mini Birds 2 Fall, D026 Mini Birds Die, FF0123 Journey Awakens
CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2, D015 Blobby Flowers Die, CLR026A Mini Birds 2 Fall, D026 Mini Birds Die, GG0113 Life and Love
CLR025A Gears 2, CLR006 Birdcage, D006 Birdcage Die, CLR026A Mini Birds 2 Fall, D026 Mini Birds Die, HH0120 Live in the Moment
CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2, D015 Blobby Flowers Die, CLR023 Mini Butterflies, D023 Mini Butterflies Die, HH0120 Live in the Moment.
CLR006 Birdcage, D006 Birdcage Die, CLR026A Mini Birds Fall 2, D026 Mini Birds Die, JJ0038 May Your Life be Like A Wildflower

CLR006 Birdcage, D006 Birdcage Die, CLR026A Mini Birds Fall 2, D026 Mini Birds Die, CLR015 Blobby Flowers 2, D015 Blobby Flowers Die, CLR033 Spring Flourished Ovals
CLR018A Oak and Maple Leaf 2, CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2, D015 Blobby Flowers Die, CLR006 Birdcage, D006 Birdcage Die