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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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday Inspiration!!

My favorite thing about Thursdays might just be that they come right before Friday...or maybe it's the new projects here on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog. 

Are you as excited as I am to find out what the Design Team has been up to this week?

First up this week is the second new Designer we welcomed to the team this month, Irit. Welcome Irit!

Irit's first project with us is this gorgeous spring card. There are so many wonderful products on this that you'll have to swing over to Irit's blog for the complete list. In the meantime, I spot the Flourished Eiffel and Flower Silhouettes along with the Flowers 2 clear set and Circled set sentiments


Michelle also welcomes spring with this adorable card featuring Penny (who is also available in a smaller size, if you like). That sentiment comes from the Build a Bird clear set.

And while we wait for spring to laugh in the sunshine, let's take time to Live, Dance, Laugh among the flowers. Michelle has paired the sentiment with the Butterfly Sentiments and Flowers 2 sets
The matching Butterfly Die and Flowers die makes these images a snap to cut out.
 Heidi has also used a smaller version of the Live, Dance, Love sentiment, which you can find in the Flowers clear stamp set. She has paired it with the Flower Silhouettes, a red rubber stamp.

And, the floral theme continues with Heather. Here she's used the new Shamrocks red rubber and Happy Birthday to Use sentiment.

I love the variety of color in everyone's projects this week! Makes me hope think that spring is out there, just around the corner! 

We'll be back soon with more great projects from the Prickley Pear Design Team. Check out the entire selection of high quality stamps in the online store

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Creations!

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and if you're looking to send a little bit of green happiness to your friends and family, then look no further than the Prickley Pear store! 

The traditional Irish Blessing verse is available, which makes a quick and easy heartwarming card. Donna has accented her blessing with the Shamrocks stamp. 

And check out this beauty from Sharon! Those Shamrocks are easy to color up for any occasion. Sharon's also used the sentiment from the Spring/Easter Banner set.


Thanks for stopping by and we wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Pick up these and more great stamps in the Prickley Pear online store

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Vintage Viewpoint

Hello Everyone! 

We're here with another regular feature on the Prickley Pear blog. Welcome to Vintage Viewpoint, where we look at some previously created projects using the vast selection of top quality stamps in the Prickley Pear store. 

Perhaps you're new to Prickley Pear? Then we want to show you what treasures are buried deep in our database.

Maybe you're a long time fan? Then we hope you're inspired to pull those stamps out of their hiding places and create away! 

Since we're kicking off the Vintage Viewpoint, let's start there!

This stamp is called 5 Vintage Ladies, perfect for thank you's or celebrations of friendship.

Evelyn also offers a classic, feminine option.  

The 50's Bodice is lovely in shades of blue and red

And this gorgeous 50's Lady calls the shots with this sassy kitchen wall hanging.

Thanks for joining us this week! We'll have much more to see and view on the next vintage viewpoint. 

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Monday, March 6, 2017

There's some new fun in town....

Did you catch the news? 

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is now offering monthly kits!!

These limited release kits will include everything you need to make the two cards shown in the picture below, including stamps, dies, accessories and detailed instructions.No automatic alt text available.
The March kit features the beautiful Build an Umbrella clear stamp set and matching die. PLUS! You also get two additional dies, ducks in a row and rain drops, which are only available in the kits. 

The Build an Umbrella set was featured on the cover of the new CardMaker special Top Trends in Card Making. 


Check out these other gorgeous creations made with the stamp and die set contained in these kits.

Pair it with other great Prickley Pear stamps...

And don't forget about those adorable ducks!

Head on over to the Prickley Pear online store to pick up your March kit today. Don't delay! Once they're gone, they're gone! 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday Inspiration!

Happy Thursday, Prickley Pear Fans!

Can you believe it's March already? 
As we leap towards spring in the our corner of the globe, I keep looking for signs that spring is on it's way.

Perhaps we need to look no further than today's creations by the Design Team?

First up is Tracie, who we welcome to the Prickley Pear team this month. Welcome Tracie! 
Tracie has created this adorable card with Singing Bluebirds and the sentiment is from the Circles clear set.


Great minds think alike it seems, as Katie has also gone headed to the sky with her birthday card. This card uses the Butterflies clear set and matching Butterfly die. She has also used Blobby Flowers 2, cut with the matching dies

This elegant creation, also by Katie, would be a perfect grab and go card for any celebration, birthday or otherwise. Katie's stamped her background with Spring Scalloped Circles and made her medallion with the Scalloped Circle Die.

What's not to love about this beauty? Donna has found the key to my heart with her gorgeous coloring of this Valentine Cupcake

And Sharon spreads more love for the those Love Banners with this blue and white beauty, featuring There is Only One Happiness.


We're off to a great start with this months' design team inspiration!

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