Thursday, April 27, 2017

Vintage Viewpoint

Welcome to this weeks' Vintage Viewpoint, where we play the age old game of "I Spy".

I spy, with my little eye, something that is green...
 Check out this elegant Tulip Fairy



What about...something red? 
Here is Poppies Garden.


Something orange?
Create gorgeous flowers with the Hibiscus clear stamp set and matching die.  
 
 
 
I spy something in common...the Bloom On sentiment found on all three of today's Vintage Viewpoint projects can be found in the Hibiscus clear stamp set. 


Head on over to the Prickley Pear store to spy all sorts of wonderful stamps sets for your crafty creations.   

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Butterfly Effects with Heidi Erickson

What difference does one butterfly make? 
 
One butterfly brings blooms flowers in a garden. 
One butterfly blooms smiles on a child.

 And to a greeting card? It blooms perfection.

Today's post is brought to you by talented Design Team member Heidi Erickson. Today, Heidi shows us how a simple addition to a card - a butterfly - can make a huge difference to the overall finished look of a card. 

Here, Heidi's created a beautiful greeting card using the Black Eye Susans stamp. Gorgeous, isn't it?


But look! One butterfly is added to this version of the card, highlighting the main image and adding that little embellishment we're always looking for.





Here is another example using A September to Remember. I just love the colors in this card! How could it be better?



But one quick butterfly changes the look of the card again.



Finally, this sunny Daffodil is the perfect note for a friend.




And this time Heidi finished the card off with the addition of three colorful butterflies. Beauty!


The butterflies added to these cards all came from the Mini Butterflies Clear Set and were cut out with the Mini Butterflies Die. Less than $24 (plus shipping) and you'll have a fantastic, reusable embellishment kit! 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Design Team Inspiration

Happy Thursday!
I'm delighted to bring you another week of inspiration with the talented Prickley Pear Design Team. 

It's always intriguing to find out what the team has made this week. With 100's of options in the Prickley Pear catalogue, sometimes crafty minds think alike and we ended up with a theme running through our creations. 
 
"Great Sentiments" is the theme of today's post, with this selection of cards that feature some of the quotes and poetry in the Prickley Pear collection. 
 
Michelle leads us off with Sunshine is Delicious. She has paired it with the brilliantly colored Poppy Bud image. 



Irit has created this nighttime sky with Find What You Seek, perfectly paired with the Fairy Dust silhouette.
 
 

Heidi's also perfectly quotable with the Kindness sentiment and 2 Daisy Heads image. The Mini Butterflies set and die add an adorable embellishment to this creation.

 

Finally, Heather has used parts of Irish Blessing on the front of her creation, finishing off the blessing with an inside sentiment. 
There is actually a second version of this traditional blessing in the Prickley Pear store, so you can pick out your favorite. 

 


Check out the sentiments section of the Prickley Pear store for more quotable quotes.  

And, don't forget to come right back here next week for more great projects with our high quality stamps. 
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sweet Treats

Is the Easter chocolate finally gone? 

Time to find out what Sweet Treats are waiting in the Prickley Pear store. 

Life is always sweeter with cupcakes! Heidi's opened this sweet shop with the Build a Cupcake clear set. There are four icing options and three cup options that are easily cut and assembled with the Cupcake Die set. 




And, if that isn't enough for you, there are two additional cupcake sets available. The Valentine Cupcakes, shown here, and a Christmas Cupcake option. Yum!



 
If cupcakes aren't your thing, what about ice cream? This is the Build an Ice Cream set and it is also available with a matching die.

 
I hope that satisfies your sweet tooth!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Vintage Viewpoint

Welcome to this weeks Vintage Viewpoint where we take a look at some of the older options in the Prickley Pear inventory.

Here we are in April, so what should we explore today? 
April Showers? May Flowers?

No. Snowmen.

That's right, some of us around the globe are still hoping the last snowstorm of the season will finally melt away.  So, let's use some reverse psychology and see if we can create it away.And, if that doesn't work, I guess it's never too early to start planning for those Christmas cards. 

Marching, Standing, Stacked...here they are!

This is Three Snowmen Standing. It comes in two sizes, with the larger of the two shown below.
 
 
 Now we've got snowmen on the move! 
Three Marching Snowmen, to be exact.



And, here are our three happy Stacked Snowmen trying to get a glimpse over the fence. Perhaps Spring is there? One can only hope!
 
 

We also have a clear set option called Pumpkin & Snowman, with a matching die.

Now, if that's not enough to chase off those flakes, I don't know what will do it! If you want one of these happy snowmen to chase away your blizzards, you can find them in the Prickley Pear store. 

And, don't forget to come find us on our Prickley Pear Facebook page as well. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Time for Easter

Happy Tuesday!

Easter is just a few short days away. Are you looking for some last minute creative ideas for friends and family? 

Here are two ideas from the Prickley Pear Design Team.

Heidi has used Easter Flowers on this sweet card perfect for the host of your Easter gathering.


 
And Sharon has put together this elegant celebration of the season using the Large Cross
Sentiment is from the Spring/Easter Banner set.


 
I hope you and your family have a happy celebration, and that Easter treats are enjoyed by all.

Don't forget to visit the Prickley Pear Store and Facebook page for all the latest news.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Friday Favs Replay

Hey Everyone! 

Happy Sunday. I'm here today with the Friday Favs Replay. If you're not signed up for the Prickley Pear newsletter, then you may be missing out on the lastest news, including the Friday Favs feature. 

This week on Friday Favs, the Blobby Flowers 2 clear set was featured. This is an easy favorite because it is versatile and super adorable!
Plus, there is a matching Blobby Flower Die, so no tedious cutting. 

Complementing Die Set - PPRS-D015 Blobby Flowers (Not Included) 
Look at how adorable these images are, whether on their own...

 

Or as an embellishment with your other favorite images...

 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday Design Team Inspiration!

Here we go again with the talented Design Team. Here to bring their inspiration to your Thursday...do you have time time set aside to craft this weekend? Prickley Pear can help you out.

Is it patio season yet? Tracie's helping urge it along with this colorful spring cup. This comes from Coffee Cup clear set, cut out with the matching die set.




And Sharon's ready to welcome the sun too. Check out this beautiful piece of artwork she's created using the Banner Die set. This sunshine wreath was stamped with the floral banner from the Love Banner set. The sentiment comes from the Spring/Easter Banner set. 

 

Tracie has one more project this week, taking flight with these Dragonflies in primary colors. These come from the Dragonflies 2 set cut out with the matching die

 


I love all the great color in this weeks' projects! Do you have a favorite springtime color combination? 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

In the Garden

Hello Everyone! 

This week's Tuesday feature is titled "In the Garden".

If you've taken a look at the catalogue over at Prickley Pear, you've probably noticed that flowers are a favorite. There's an entire Flora & Fauna category in red rubber, or if you prefer the clear sets, check out the Flowers category.

Our Design Team often shows a fondness for flowers in their work. Here are a few new projects using the some of the many floral options at Prickley Pear. 


Michelle's sweet card provided the inspiration for our In the Garden feature. She made this adorable garden scene with a variety of Prickley Pear clear sets, including Blobby Flowers 2 and Flowers 2.
(Sentiment: Spring Flourished Oval)

 
 Of course, florals aren't the only thing in the garden. These adorable stamp is Singing Bluebirds. But wait, isn't there something extra? Heidi points out that Stacked Bluebirds is exactly the same size, allowing her to give this card some extra interest and pop. 
(Sentiment: 1 Corinthians 5.17)


Irit made this beautiful canvas. She's used the Build a Bird 2 stamp set and matching die, along with the Leaf die set.


And finally, this creation, also by Heidi. Those who have seen the recent box office hit, Beauty and the Beast will know that this love store starts with a single rose in the garden. Be Mine Forever, indeed.


 
I hope you enjoyed our In the Garden feature this week. Swing by the Prickley Pear store and find out what could be in your garden.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Designer Highlight with Irit Shalom


Hello, Prickley Pear Fans!

This week, we've got a Designer Highlight with Irit Shalom! Irit recently created this gorgeous canvas and I was curious about some of the techniques she used.

So, I've asked Irit to share with us some of her secrets.


Irit first covered the canvas with gesso, then applied texture paste used with her chosen stencils. To get the bubbles, the texture paste was dried with a heat gun. After that, acrylic paint was used to paint the canvas and the other stenciled areas.
(Image: Bicycle for Two)

Next up was adding the stamps. Having a hard time getting your sentiments and images added? Irit first stamped her images onto white tissue paper with Archival Ink, then tore the tissue and applied it to the canvas with gel medium.
(Sentiment: Creativity)

This also provides the opportunity to change the images a bit. This girl with flowers is half of the original stamped image. The other half was carefully torn away from the tissue. 
(Image: Love You Mom)


Additional stamps were stamped directly onto the canvas, such as flowers and the small butterflies near the the top of the canvas. 
(Flowers: Circles Set)


Chipboard was added after being painted and, in some cases, covered with crackle glaze.
(Butterflies: Butterfly Clear Set)



Next, splatters were added with a mix of mists over the dry painted canvas. Finally, the butterflies were stamped, die cut and glued onto the canvas. 
(Butterflies Cut with the Butterfly Die)



My goodness! Irit makes it look so easy. 


These aren't the only Prickley Pear sets that would make gorgeous canvas works of art. Check out the entire inventory in the Prickley Pear store for more great options.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

For the Boys (and Men)

"Where Classic Meets Whimsy" brings to mind flowers and butterflies and all things adorable. But, did you know Prickley Pear has a great selection of options for the men and boys in your life? 

Check out these options from the Design Team!

This adorable Boy with Airplane from Heidi would make a great birthday card for the young (or old) pilot in your life. Heidi's also used the Mini Gears dies for this card. 


If the man in your life doesn't long for the skys, perhaps they yearn for the sea. Heidi's also created this terrific card for with Fishing on a Pier and the Near the Sea sentiment.


Grab your Father's Day options from the Prickley Pear store now and have them in plenty of time for Father's Day. 

Michelle has used Any Man Can as the focal point on her card which also features Vintage Cars ATC and Oak Leaf.

And Tracie's Father's Day card features a classic Vintage Cadillac with the classic daddy's girl sentiment Find my Prince.


There are plenty more great options for the Boys and Men in your life. Check out the Prickley Pear store!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vintage Viewpoint

Welcome Everyone!

This is our second edition of Vintage Viewpoint, where we look at some of the older items in the Prickley Pear inventory. Sometime when you find a new stamp company, the options are overwhelming! 
So, let's take a closer look at what's in the Prickley Pear store.

As I sit here and write this post, my lap is slightly warmed by a sleeping (and snoring) cat. Pet companions are important friends and family members. 

Here are some of the fabulous cat stamps at Prickley Pear.

Welcoming a new kitten? Check out the adorable Penelope. She comes in two sizes, with this one being the larger of the two. 

Or, perhaps you like the whimsical Scribble Kitty. Scribble Kitty also comes in two sizes, plus a Halloween option


There are no shortage of Halloween cat options available, such as this Cat & Pumpkin

 

Here is one more card using Cat & Pumpkin.

 

Check out all the great Cat options in the Prickley Pear store today.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ready for Birthdays

If you're like me, you're always looking to keep a stash of birthday cards on hand. Recently, my stash was dwindling, so I decided it was time to sit down and craft some up. 

Prickley Pear has a large selection of options that make great birthday cards! Here are some the Design Team has created.

On this card, Heather cut out flowers using the Mini Hibiscus and Flowers die sets. She stamped florals from the Flowers 2 clear stamp set onto the die cut outs and then used the sentiment from Build an Ice Cream

 

Heidi's creation with the Build an Ice Cream set and matching die makes a bright, cheerful birthday card. Color those cones up in as 31 flavors for an easy-to-grab option for any age. 
Also featured on this card is the Flourish Die.

 

Washi tape makes a quick and easy birthday card solution too. Here, Tracie has added some colorful tape to her background and the added an image and sentiment from the Dragonflies 2 set.
 


Sometimes the unexpected sets make great birthday cards too. This card from Heather features the Steampunk Gears 3 and Gears 2 stamp sets. And, no fussy cutting those gear edges with the Steampunk Gears die. 

 

Michelle's changed it up a bit with this easy gatefold card. Featuring the Build a Cupcake set, there are endless creative birthday options with just one stamp set and matching die.


 

Do you have a favorite theme you'd like to see? Throw us a comment on this weeks post and let us know what you'd like to see in an upcoming post. 

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