Saturday, June 27, 2009

Foil ATC technique - By Jeanie Sunderman

When I first saw these ATC's, I just thought they were so unique and beautiful. I think I have said this before about Jeanie, but she is an incredible collage artist. From smooshed bottlecaps filled with treasures to tiny tickets, she has a gift for layering and choosing the right elements to add to her art. She teamed her collage skills with our Flourished Eiffel Tower Stamp and Ferris Wheel ATC transpapency to come up with these little gems.

Here's what she did:
These beautiful ACT's feature a technique using clear acetate and tin foil! She used alcohol inks on the acetate, for the Eiffel Tower ATC she flipped it over and stamped with Staz On - (the ferris wheel atc was already pre-printed). Next she tore pages from an old book and put partial strips on the alcohol inked side. ( She just used a glue stick) Lastly, she crumpled a piece of tin foil and glued her acetate pieces to it. The results are quite fun. For a video and instructions on this technique, go to . The video in not in English but easy to follow. There are also written directions in English.

Beauty is When...By Vicki Parson

Summer is here and everywhere you look flowers are in bloom and butterflies seem to dance in their path. Choosing pink, lime green and purple card stocks, along with mixing Prickley Pear's Floral Garden, Tipped Butterfly and Beauty is When (discontinued), Vicki did a beautiful job capturing the spirit of summer.

Here is what she did:

Card measures at 4.25 by 5.5 wide.
Cut green panel at 5.25 by 4". Layer to purple card stock. Cut pink card stock to 5 by 3.75". Set aside. Cut smaller green panel 1.25 by 3.75. Layer to pink paper as shown. Adhere. Wrap pink ribbon around green and pink panel as shown and tie with a bow.
Measure and cut purple panel to 3.25 by 2.25 Distress edges by bending edges a bit. Stitch panel onto front of card face with white thread.
Cut green panel to 3 by 2.25. Set aside.
Stamp Floral garden onto white cards stock. Pull out green, pink and purple markers. Color stems, leaves, and flowers as shown (Vicki only used half of the stamped image for this card) Stamp tipped butterfly and color with markers. With a craft knife cut out butterfly and adhere with a pop dot. Layer to card face as shown.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Flower Doll Class in Novi MI

Mary Boesel of Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps loves the art of doll making. And for those kindred spirits, she has come up with a beautiful little flower doll that she will be teaching as a class this August in Novi MI at the Heirloom Rubber Stamp Convention. Here is a sneak peek of what you will be making if you take this class with Mary!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

6 by 6" Chipboard Scrapbooks

I began my love of paper crafting as a scrapbooker. As time went along, I gradually found that I had less and less time to do the craft that I seem to love most. So, when we started to produce these magnificent little scrapbooks, I was thrilled. And I was also thrilled to be able to combine the art of stamping with scrapbooking to create the two pages you now view.

These little chipboard scrapbook kits are cut with archival safe chipboard. The pages are sturdy, and I like to create little pages that I can paste into the scrapbook as you see in the sample provided. Each kits comes with 4 tabbed pages as well as a cover and back cover. You can get 5 spreads or 10 pages out of this darling little book. Each kit comes with our flourished corner stamp 3 book rings for binding, ribbon and ephemera to add little touches here and there.

Here is what I did to make these pages:
I pulled out some of my favorite scrapbook pages - pink in tones of course! From there, I pulled out apple green and cream card stocks, a photo and some of my favorite stamps. I used the colors from the scrapbook pages as the base idea for the color of inks I would use.

I cut a picture frame out of cream card stock with a 2.5 by 3.5" opening. The final size to this frame is 4 by 4.75. I then layered onto the apple green card stock and trimmed around the outer and inside edges. I then set the green border aside. I stamped the cream frame with our Border Flourish in olive pigment ink. I dusted clear embossing powder and heat set. Once cooled, I chalked the flowers with pink chalk. I then rubbed a white chalk over the pink areas to soften and blend out the colors. I then layered the stamped art frame to the green frame and adhered. Once complete, layer onto 5.5 by 5.5" scrapbook paper.
I then stamped our Live, Dance, Laugh word phrase in the olive ink and embossed, mounted to a scrap of green cardstock and layered into the center of my frame with pop dots.
To the other page, I double mounted my photo onto cream then apple green card stock. I then stamped the Fanciful Flourish with brown ink 3 times up the side of the page. I then edged the page with brown ink to distress a bit. I then layered both scrapbook pages onto a darker ping paper that was cut to 5.75 by 5.75". To finish the spread, I traced the tabs of the scrapbook onto matching cardstock and adhered paper once cut... to the tabs. For each spread I have completed, I have used matching paper to that specific spread - making for colorful tabs when complete.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

We are Hosting a Rubber Stamp Convention this September

Did you know...
Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is hosting a Rubber Stamping, Mixed Media, Altered Art and Scrapbooking CONVENTION this September?

This show will be held at the Tucson Convention Center

September 11th & 12th

Admission is 6.00 per person.

Food Drive! Bring in a can box of food and get 1.00 off admission.
We will donate to a local food bank after the show!

So, you get to do something fun and give back to your community!

Take a class with local talent and industry loved JUDY ROSS! Details to follow.
There will be plenty of Make & Takes, Door Prizes and industry favorite companies at the show. More details will be posted as the show date draws near.
So keep checking back & tell all your friends!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Congratulations Elizabeth Lantka of Arizona!

Elizabeth won our mason jar packed full of red rubber stamps. Last month if you ordered just 10.00 in an online order with Prickley Pear, your name was entered into a drawing for a mason jar full of rubber - worth over 100.00 in stamps. Elizabeth's name was picked from the bucket! We have 2 more jars like this that we will decide to give away in upcoming months. So start planning your shopping lists now. - You just might be the next winner.
Rubber Hugs!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Gift Bags...

A woman I work with is having a baby. It is always so much fun being able to shop for little baby gifts. Tiny little hats, socks and outfits - little Whinny the Poo receiving blankets nicely packaged up in a tote bag and binkies. It seems you can get everything to coordinate. Needless to say, I love shopping for little ones. With blankets and binkies in hand I headed over to the gift wrapping section of the store. And there I cringed.

I absolutely enjoy buying gifts for others - probably because I love to shop. But in this economy, I don’t love to spend a ton on money on gift bags. They are just so expensive, often I save them and re-use, as I am sure most of you do too. So, I am browsing through all of the gift bags, and I see plain craft paper gift bags. Twelve to a pack for only 5.99. And I thought, perfect, I will decorate my own gift bag. I have baby stamps at home and all I need to create a darling little bit of packaging that does not have to cost me a ton of money. And her is what I came up with.

Here is what I did:
I found a pretty yellow floral paper. Cut it to 6 by 6". Cut a bright yellow card stock to 3.5 by 3.5" and edged it with a Terra Cotta ink - layer as shown. I then cut a panel to 3 by 3". I stamped the baby shaker into the center with black Ancient Page ink. I colored sparingly with colored pencils. I finished off the main piece of art by drawing in more flowers. I layered all together as show. It was quick and easy, and simple! :O)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Darling Vintage ATC Girls

We have recently developed a line of ATC transparency sheets. I was so excited to be able to send them out to my design team. I have seen some wonderful samples come back to me since I sent them out. These Vintage Girl ATC's - I thought were darling as they were - on the sheet with nothing done to them - but Jeanie Sunderman DT Member extraordinaire did a bang up job with them.

Here is what she did:
She ran the ATC sized transparency thru a Zyron. On the sticky side, she used shimmer chalk with little pom poms. When all areas were covered with chalk, she then used Scrapbook adhesive spray to attach it to a piece of black cardstock. The results are stunning! Well done Jeanie!

Monday, June 1, 2009


Yes, we have moved our blog in the interest of creating a more engaging experience.

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