Monday, August 29, 2011

Cheery Card

Good morning everyone, today I want to share a very cheery and colorful card.   I was in the mood for something with fun and girly colors and I found this patterned paper in my stash, I thought it coordinated so well with our "Blobby Flowers" clear stamp set and coordinating die.  I used an embossing folder to emboss the light pink paper, the dark pink border I made with a border punch from EK Success called abstract flower.
Here is a closeup of the flowers, I stamped them with a dark brown ink called Jumbo Java, shaped them slightly with embossing tools, and layered them with pop dots for dimension.  I used the "Scalloped Circle" die (one of my favorites) and stamped the sentiment also from "Blobby Flowers" with brown ink.
As my final touch I added some adhesive rhinestones and punched leaves.

Don't forget our Sketch Challenge is still open, make sure to enter for a chance to win a great prize, you can find all the details here.

Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you soon.

Size:  5" x 6 1/2"
Stamps:  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Blobby Flowers Clear Stamp Set)
Inks:  Dew Drop VersaMagic (Jumbo Java)
Paper:  Bazzill Cardstock, Cardstock, American Crafts, KI Memories
Accessories:  PPRS Dies (Blobby Flowers, Scalloped Circle), EK Success border punch (abstract flower), Martha Stewart punch (Frond), MM ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder (Spots & Dots), adhesive rhinestones, pop dots

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Delicious Autumn

Happy Saturday folks! We’ve just had a real summer thunderstorm around here. Lights went out and the whole chaboom. But that doesn’t take away the fact that fall is closing in. Next week is September already. Yikes! The good thing is that Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps has loads of beautiful fall stamps.

Delicious autumn

The beautiful sentiment Delicious Autumn is stamped with Color Box Moss Green and clear embossed. And the background behind the bird is made with the Solid Leaf ATC stamp which was inked up with three different shades of green ink from Color Box and then cleared embossed. Both elements are heavily inked with Distress ink, Vintage photo. I love the clear embossing resist technique!!! The bird is from Build a Bird Clear Stamp Set, and I also used the coordinated die Build a Bird Die. The little crown is from the Heart Key Crown Clear Stamp Set and is cut out with the Heart Key Crown Die.

Don’t forget about the sketch challenge. Still almost a week to go!!!! All info can be found HERE!!!

Have a great Saturday!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Small Cheetah Card

Happy Thursday! I have a no patterned paper but a lot of fun ink and mist card to share today. And I’m using the darling Little Cheetah stamp! I’ve colored her with my copics, and I’ve done it without having the perfect colors. Instead I’ve layered different shades of colors to get that yellowish brown that I was aiming for. Amazing what copics can do when comes to blending!!!!

Enough rambling! First up – the card:


I simply love this sweet face!!! And the sentiment – Marvelous - is such a great one. I’ve used it over and over again since I got it.

The coloring – well, I didn’t have any color that was perfect for this Cheetah, so I used what I have. I Started with a very light skin tone in the bottom E 21, and added some Mustard Y26 over it all and then some yellow Y13. This gave a good foundation and then I added some browns (E55 and E57) and a more pink skin tone to ad some shadows and warmth (E95). I like how she ended up. :)

Cheetah 1

The background of the card is made with the help of fun mist from Maya Road and a mask. There are loads of fun masks now (have you seen the new ones from Prima???).

Cheetah 2

I cut the misted cardstock piece to the size of my card, and then went over it with Distress ink Frayed Burlap around the edges and distressed the edges with my distress tool.

Cheetah 5-1

I mounted the Cheetah on a die cut circle that was also misted and inked. I used pop dots for some dimension.

Cheetah detalj

I added some Glossy Accent on eyes and nose and the whiskers and the dots got some glitter pen to give her some flair. Isn’t she totally gorgeous!?! :):):)

Before I go, just a reminder that there is a sketch challenge going on!!! A great sketch and a FAB prize are waiting for you!!! You find all the details HERE!!!!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Prickley Pear Sketch Challenge Reminder!

Michelle here with another take on the Prickley Pear Sketch Challenge.  You have until the 31st to enter your take on the sketch.  There is a fabulous prize being offered, so check out all of the details on the Prickley Pear Blog!

I chose to go with another of my favorite Prickley Pear images for this card; Winter's Glow.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and accented the snow with Art Institute's Pearl Ultrafine Glitter.  I stamped the image on a Spellbinders Beaded Oval Die which I distressed with Tim Holtz's Tumbled Glass distress Ink.

The white texutred paper is a coated shimmer paper with a touch of texture. 

Michelle Pearson - Inspiration Blooms

Monday, August 22, 2011

Autumn Tag

Good Monday morning everyone, hope everyone had a great weekend.  Today I have a fun tag I made using my Cricut and some gorgeous stamps from, yes, you guessed! Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  I started by designing the base of the tag on the Cricut Craft Room design program, I used an image from the "Heritage" cartridge to make my tag.

I created the background by stamping the "Solid Leaf ATC Background" with perfect medium ink and applying 4 different colors of Perfect Pearls.

I cut the oval shape with a die from the "Ovals" little stacker nesting dies from Dies Direct and stamped the sentiment "Autumn is a Second Spring" with black ink, inked the edge with brushed corduroy distress ink and adhered with pop dots.

I made the leaves by inking only the larger leaves on the "Solid Leaf ATC Background" with scattered straw distress ink and stamping them on cream colored cardstock, I cut them with scissors and inked the edges with brushed corduroy distress ink, as a final touch I shaped them a bit with embossing tools.

I also added some touches of gold with the outline stickers.
Thank you for stoping by and until next time.


Size:  4 1/8" x 6 1/2"
Stamps:  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Solid Leaf ATC Background, Autumn Is A Second Spring)
Inks:  Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress ink (brushed corduroy, scattered straw), Ranger Perfect Medium
Paper: Bazzill cardstock, Cream Cardstock, Vellum
Accessories:  Dies Direct Little Stacker Nesting Dies (Ovals), Cricut Expression, Cricut Cartridge (Heritage), Cricut Craft Room Design program, Perfect Pearls (Biscotti, Mandarin, Kiwi, Sunflower Sparkle), Bazzill Black Really Big Brad, Rub'n Buff (Gold Leaf), Starform Gold Outline Stickers, pop dots, fibers

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monthly Sketch Challenge #3

It’s mid month and time for a new challenge!

Check this fab sketch out!!!


Here are the Design Team’s take on it:

#3 Angelica

Card by Angelica. She uses stamps from the Clearly Beautiful Flowers clear stamp set, the Blobby Flowers clear stamp set and the Springer.

#3 Tesa

Card by Tesa. Using the Girl With Basket red rubber stamp and the Heart Key Crown Die. The sentiment is from the Spring Scalloped Circles clear stamp set.

Card by Michelle using red rubber image Flourished Dancers.

We hope you will play with us!!!
One winner will be chosen by to win a Clear Stamp Set with coordinated Die of the winner’s choice!

The rules are simple:
  • Make a card based on this month’s sketch.
  • Use your Prickley Pear product/s
  • Link it up using the linking tool below no later than August 31
Can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!
The Prickley Pear Team

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Clear embossing resist…

…is one of my favorite techniques. I love the many ways to use it and my Distress inks! YAY! So today I have a clear embossing resist card.

Two hearts

I stamped the Leaf Flourish twice with embossing ink and used clear embossing powder. Then I went over the whole piece with a lot of Vintage Photo and then some Brushed Corduroy along the edges. I splashed some water over it all, to give the background some more “life”.

Here is a close up of the Hearts.

Two hearts detalj

Both hearts and sentiment is from the Heart Key Crown clear stamps set. I clear embossed them too, and inked them up with vintage photo.

The Die cut circle is the Scalloped Circle Die – HUGE favorite of mine!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Card by Angelica

Hi everyone, today I have a card featuring two stamps, the "Clock Face & Wings" and the sentiment from "Clearly Beautiful Hibiscus".  I used my Cricut to cut the 2 fancy label layers and the gray circular shape around the scalloped circle.  The corners and the swirls by the butterfly I cut with Quickutz dies and covered with a product called Ferro metal effect, it's made by Viva and it gives the look of aged metal to whatever surface you apply it, very fun product to work with.
I used the "Scalloped Circle" die from PPRS and cut the shape from green patterned paper and stamped the sentiment on it.  The butterfly image I stamped on purple patterned paper and shaded with distress ink.
Thanks for visiting and have a great day.


Size:  5" x 6 1/2"
Stamps:  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Clearly Beautiful Hibiscus, Clock Face & Wings)
Inks:  Ranger Archival ink (jet black), distress ink (dusty concord), Stampin' Up (elegant eggplant)
Paper: Bazzill cardstock, DCWV, Your Pictured Memories, Fancy Pants Designs
Accessories:  PPRS dies (Scalloped Circle), Quickutz corner die, Quickutz Revolution swirls die, hand dyed seam binding, Cricut Expression, Cricut Cartridge (Lacy Labels), Cricut Craft Room design program, Recollections mini brads, Viva Ferro metal effect (Graphite), pop dots
Challenges:  CR84FN color challenge #35

Saturday, August 6, 2011

CAS Cards

Hi all! Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend! I have a couple of CAS (Clean And Simple) cards to share today.

those who look Case

The Hibiscus flowers and leafs are stamped and masked on white cardstock with Versa Fine and then Heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then they are colored with Copics: The reds R32 and R35, the greens YG06 and YG45, the blue B01. The flowers got some Glimmer Glam Chandelier and Pearl Maker dots. The Dragonfly is from the Clearly Beautiful Dragonflies set.

Next up is a similar card but flipped down and with a border made out of punched out circles in different colors. And cute, cute, cute little owls from the Birdcage set.

Thinking of you cas

Check out these little dudes!!!!

Tinking of you cas detalj

They are cut with the coordinated Birdcage Die.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vintage Bingo Tag by Angelica

Hi folks! I’d love to share this AMAZING tag made by our Design Team member Angelica Turner using the stamp Vintage Bingo Card!

Angelica 1

Here are a couple of close ups!

Angelica 3

Angelica 2

It’s simply gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sketch Challenge #2 Winner!!!

Thanks for playing along with this month’s sketch challenge. You did amazing cards all of you and I’m happy we’re using the device to select our winner!

And it has spoken - our winner is….. ROBIN BREDL!!!!


Robin made this wonderful card!!!

Please contact Nicole HERE and let her know what stamp set and coordinated die you would like. :)

We will be back with a new sketch challenge on August 15th. Hope you will join us then!