Monday, June 7, 2021

'Tropical Wreath' Card


Today I have created an 8" square card using stamps and dies from Prickley Pear stamps...

1) I started with an 8" card blank onto which I layered a piece of black cardstock then a piece of pale blue lightly patterned paper.

2) Next I cut out the Circle Peek A Boo die in white card to go into the middle of the card.

3) I stamped out the hibiscus flower and leaf a number of times and die cut them with the matching die set.  These were then coloured using watercolour markers and a touch of stickles glitter added to the middle of the flowers.

4) After that I also stamped and die cut the pelican from the Happy Beach Critters stamps before colouring it in.

5) The flowers were then glued around the edge of the circle to form a wreath and the pelican added.

6) To finish the card I stamped out one of the sentiments from the Happy Beach Critters set in black ink and added it underneath the pelican.

All the Prickley Pear products used on this card can be found on the website...

You can also see the process for this card over on the Prickley Pear YouTube channel, along with other videos using a variety of Prickley Pear products...

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Monday, March 1, 2021

'Doctor Koala' Easel Card


Wow I cant believe it is March already! I hope everyone is doing ok out there.

When I am crafting I often like to create a stash of different card types so that I have some ready for a range of occasions.  

This week I thought I would share a quick post of a get well card that I made.  For this I decided to create an easel style base just to make something a little different.  

I made a video of the process which is available on the Prickley Pear YouTube channel...

1) I started by creating an easel using a 5" square card blank and then added layers using black card.
2) Next I used distress oxide ink sprays (Peacock Feathers & Twisted Citron) to create a quick blast of colour for the background panel and the strip for the stopper.
3) Using Peacock Feathers again, but this time in the oxide inkpad, I stamped the xoxo stamp from the Doctor Koala stamp along both edges.
4) To add a bit more definition I then added some of them using black, but stamped off each time onto scrap paper to create a lighter black impression.

5) After sticking those layers down I stamped the main image of Doctor Koala using archival ink and cut it out with the matching die set.
6) Once cut out I used Inktense pencils to colour the image.  These are a water reactive pencil but the colour is ink based so becomes permanent once dry.
7) The sentiment came from the same set and was backed onto black to help it stand out.

8) Foam was added to the back of Doctor Koala and then all the pieces added to the card.

All the Prickley Pear products are available on the website...

The individual sets used can be found by clicking the links below...

* Doctor Koala Bear Die Set

Thank you for looking.  
Do please visit the YouTube channel to take a look at the videos and it would be lovely if you could like and subscribe.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

'Be Mine' Valentine's Gift Bag


As we are now in February it is the time of year when we might be considering some romantic makes!

Today I am sharing a Valentine's Gift Bag (although it could be for an anniversary, engagement or other romantic occasion) and there is also a video of the project being made over on the Prickley Pear YouTube channel...

* I started by using a pre made white gift bag from my crafty stash and flicked sparkle pen ink in red and gold across it.

* Next I took a piece of black card and stamped with the Wow! clear embossing ink one of the elements from the banner set and then embossed with a gold glitter powder.

* Then I stamped out images from the banner set, including heat embossing the largest onto black, and then cut them out using the banner dies.

* I also stamped and cut out one of the love themed cupcakes using the stamp and die sets that match.

* These were all then coloured using the same sparkle pens from the start of the project and then some red distress ink added around the edges with a blending brush.

* Finally they were all adhered with some glue gel.

The products used can be found on the Prickley Pear website:

Here are the individual links for the products used in this project:

* Love Banner Stamp Set -

* Banner Die Set -

* Valentine Cupcake Stamp Set -

* Build a Cupcake Stamp Set -

* Cupcake Die Set -

* Wow! Embossing Products -

Thank you for looking and do please go over to the YouTube channel to see the project being made.  If you enjoy it do please like and subscribe.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

How to create an awesome diorama card!

Hello Prickley Pear Stamp fans! Leslie here, from Love To Scrap 2, sharing another project using the gorgeous Cardinals stamp set with coordinating Cardinal die! I posted a stand-alone Winter home decor project yesterday morning (that post is HERE) and promised to come back with a similar but slightly different diorama project using that same stamp set and die plus one additional die (the Pine Branch die set), so here I am with a diorama card that folds flat for mailing! I also used the Cardinals 2 and Fall Leaves stamp sets, AND I have cutting and scoring instructions for you to make your own diorama card, so let's get started!


If you are more of a visual kind of person (like I am), here is a photo of the template showing the cutting dimensions, scoring and placement of the aperture. The vertical lines are the score lines, and I cut an oval aperture but you can use whatever shape you want.

To create the base, cut an 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" piece of 110# cardstock and score at 1/2", 1-1/4", 5-1/2" and 6-1/4" on the long side. Keeping the cardstock in the orientation shown in the photo above, cut an aperture on the right side. 

Cut a 5" x 5-1/2" piece of cardstock for the front flap. 

Fold all the score lines and adhere the 1/2" flap to the inside to form a box. Use a bone folder if necessary to get good creases and to ensure that the box folds flat. Adhere the front flap to the left side of the box. When the front flap is closed, the box will shift to the right and fold flat. 

Now it's time to decorate the front flap and create the inside element that the recipient will see when they open the card! I cut a red and white striped panel and adhered it to the front. I used the music/pine bough and sentiment stamps from the Cardinals 2 stamp set on a smaller panel which I embellished with washi tape and layered on red cardstock. I outlined the pine fronds with a green alcohol marker and then adhered a stamped and die cut pine cone (which I mention below) and added some snowflake bling on the left of the panel. 

For the inside element, I die cut ten pine branches from green cardstock and four pine cones from brown cardstock using the Pine Branch die set. I used the pine cone stamp from the Fall Leaves stamp set to make the pine cones look a little more realistic, and adhered one to the front panel which I mentioned above. I arranged the pine branches, the remaining three stamped and die cut pine cones and three winter berries (created with a 1/2" circle punch) on a 1-1/4" punched circle to keep everything contained and easier to adhere to the inside. You can omit this step and adhere the pine branches directly to the inside if you want. I stamped the cardinal from the Cardinals 2 stamp set and die cut it with the Cardinal die, then layered three additional cardinal die cuts behind the stamped one for a little dimension, and adhered it to the pine branches. I used a little grit paste on a paint brush to create faux snow on the pine branches, pine cones and winter berries and let it dry for about 15 minutes or so, then adhered the element inside the box to be viewed from inside the aperture. The final touch was stamping, trimming and layering the sentiment, and adhering to the inside across the top left of the aperture at an angle.

And here's a photo showing the card folded flat for mailing. The diorama box is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" but the folded flat dimension is 5" x 5-1/2". 

Prickley Pear Stamps products used:
Cardinals and Cardinals 2 stamp sets
Cardinal die
Pine Branch die set
Fall Leaves stamp set

Diorama cards are so fun to make and really pack a punch when opened by the recipient! These stamp sets and dies are 'must-haves' for your crafty stash so be sure to check them out! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Monday, January 18, 2021

How to create simple and elegant Winter home decor!

Hello Prickley Pear Stamps fans! Leslie here from Love To Scrap 2 sharing a pretty Winter Cardinal Diorama featuring a layered stamped and die cut cardinal! I created this several weeks ago and even though Christmas has passed, I thought it would be fun to share it here because the star of this show was stamped with the cardinal outline stamp in the Cardinals stamp set on red cardstock and cut with the Cardinal die. He sure is gorgeous! ;)

I started by assembling the diorama box and covering it (along with the large snowflake) with two coats of white gesso. When they were dry, I sprayed a blue shimmer mist in short spurts, added blue glitter and then white glitter, and applied a fixative so the glitter wouldn't fall off. I then sprayed tarnished silver shimmer mist in a few spots. I arranged the pine bough, pine cone and winter berry with a couple pearl sprays and adhered them to the inside of the box with the hot glue gun. I added some distress grit paste on the elements to resemble snow.

I stamped the cardinal on red cardstock, cut it with the coordinating die and layered five more cardinal die cuts behind it for strength and dimension, and then adhered it to the front of the pine bough. I tied a red and green plaid bow and adhered it to the bottom right corner. I added iridescent gemstones to the snowflake and adhered it to the upper left corner.

I stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) on a piece of scrap white cardstock, trimmed it, rolled one end and flagged the other end, and adhered it across the snowflake. I used one of the snowflake stamps in the stamp set and randomly stamped snowflakes on the front in white StazOn ink. The finishing touch was the addition of two more iridescent gemstones in the top right and lower left corners.

Prickley Pear Stamps products used:
Cardinals stamp set
Cardinal die

Despite it's complex look, this diorama really was quite simple to make and
I hope you enjoyed seeing it! This stamp set and die would make awesome additions to your crafty stash, so be sure to check them out! Stay tuned for another (kind of similar but a tad different) diorama project using this same stamp set and die plus an additional die! Have I peaked your interest? I hope so! ;) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Hello Gnome Card


This week I have made a card using the Gnome Home stamp and die sets and I also created a video to show the process...

* I began by creating a background on watercolour cardstock using distress inks.  I blended different shades of blue and green then sprinkled water over to create a more distressed look.

* Next I stamped out one of the gnome homes, the chimney and a gnome using black archival ink, again onto watercolour cardstock.  The home and chimney were cut out with the matching dies and I fussy cut around the gnome.

* Once these pieces were cut out I used watercolour markers and a water brush to colour them in.

* To create a bit more interest in the background I used the hello sentiment with one of the distress inks to add text along one side.

* The background was then matted onto black card and a 6" x 4" card blank.

* I raised the gnome home up using foam tape then stuck the other pieces down with glue.

* Finally I stamped the sentiment out again, this time in black.  It was cut out and edged with black ink before adding to the card.

If you would like to see the card being created along with other projects using Prickley Pear stamps and dies do please go on over to the YouTube channel...

Products used in this project can be found on the website...

And here are links to the individual products used in this project...

Gnome Homes Clear stamp set -
Gnome Home Die set -

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx