Friday, April 18, 2014

In the Meadow....

AudreyPettit PPRS God'sGardenCard 
Hi everyone, it's Audrey again, back today with another fun card to share with you. This time, I combined two of my favorite PPRS clear sets to create a happy meadow scene that's perfect for spring. One of my favorite parts of working with stamps is fact that you can combine the individual images in so many different ways to create tons of unique focal points, like this peaceful garden scene. I am smitten with the little wooden fence image from The Four Seasons Clear Stamp Set. It always makes me think of roaming through pastures on a beautiful spring day. Just the mood I was going for on my card today.
 AudreyPettit PPRS God'sGardenCard2 
To create my scene, I began by stamping the fence image in dark brown ink onto a panel of white cardstock. Colored pencils and chalk pastels add in layers of color for my green fields and blue sky. I stamped the beautiful verse from The Four Seasons set onto cream cardstock, edged in pastels, for a bit of a contrast. Stitched the panel onto my pretty patterned paper card base. AudreyPettit PPRS God'sGardenCard3 
The butterflies, from the Scalloped Oval 4- Floral Clear Stamp Set, were stamped onto watercolor paper in dark brown ink, water-colored and fussy cut before being adhered to the card base. By adding just a small dot of adhesive in the center of the butterfly, the wings can by lightly bent up to give a bit of extra depth and dimension. Finally, the card was finished with a few of my favorite trims. Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back next week for one last guest designer project here on the Prickley Pear blog. Hope to see you all then!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Summer Hop Day 3!


It has finally come....the moment we can reveal our Spring/Summer 2014 collection!  We are celebrating with a 3 day blog hop event!  Join us each day as our new Design Team showcases the new product!  As always, leave comments on each and every blog post along the way since there will be one winner selected for each day's comments!  We will select our winners on April 20 and they will be announced on April 21 in our Monday inspiration post!

Nicole used GG0195 Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2 Clear Set for her card.

Your next stop is Heidi's Blog.

Day 3 - Thursday April 17
PPRS Blog - Nicole ~ you are here!
Heidi
Angie
Tracy
Maureen
Rene
Brenda
Michelle

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Prickley Pear Blog Hop Day TWO!

It has finally come....the moment we can reveal our Spring/Summer 2014 collection!  We are celebrating with a 3 day blog hop event!  Join us each day as our new Design Team showcases the new product!  As always, leave comments on each and every blog post along the way since there will be one winner selected for each day's comments!  We will select our winners on April 20 and they will be announced on April 21 in our Monday inspiration post!

Here is Nicole's second card for this event!
Supplies:  D045 Flourish Die, D047 Mini Vases Die, CLR047 Mini Vases Clear Set, HH0161 Victorian Trike, D013 Scalloped Circle Die, CLR013 Scalloped Circle Set-Spring

Your next stop on the hop is Barb's blog.

Day 2 - Wednesday April 16
PPRS Blog - Nicole ~ you are here
Barb
Heidi
Maureen
Rene'
Angie
Tracy
Michelle

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Prickley Pear Spring/Summer 2014 Release Hop - Day 1!

It has finally come....the moment we can reveal our Spring/Summer 2014 collection!  We are celebrating with a 3 day blog hop event!  Join us each day as our new Design Team showcases the new product!  As always, leave comments on each and every blog post along the way since there will be one winner selected for each day's comments!  We will select our winners on April 20 and they will be announced on April 21 in our Monday inspiration post!


Nicole has a card for you today!
Nicole's card features HH0160 Bobby Bronco, DD0212 My Little Buckaroo and D043 Flourished Oval Nesting Dies.

Your next stop on the hop is Barb's blog!  

Day 1 - Tuesday, April 15
PPRS Blog - Nicole ~ you are here
Barb
Maureen
Heidi
Brenda
Angie
Michelle

Monday, April 14, 2014

Brenda's Concertina Style Card Tutorial



Good morning, Benda here with a card idea and tutorial. I had seen a few of these concertina style cards around blogland so decided to have a go for myself and thought I would share my version with you all.


Basic materials – they will depend on what stamps, dies and colours you choose


To start you will need five A4 (similar to foolscap in the States) sheets of reasonable weight cardstock, take four of them to create eight identical shapes with an aperture in the middle. I cut these on my Cricut but you could just as easily cut them with dies.

From the fifth sheet of card cut the hanging central pieces, again you will need two for each section so eight in total. Remember it will need to be a little smaller that the aperture to allow room for it to hang and move. I used my offcuts to cut some leaves and flowers to decorate one hanging section. You also need to cut and score three narrow spines from the offcuts according to the size of your main card base, these will be used to hold the four sections together.

Next stamp four of the eight main sections, or you could cover with Design Papers.



I like to add dimension to my flowers so after colouring with the same distress inks I dab with Versamark and spritz with Glimmer Mist pearl, this makes them very pliable, almost like leather and they can be moulded into shape. As the idea of the ink and mist to make the colours bleed you need to use a medium such as distress ink or watercolour pencils (it won’t work with Copics and similar.)


Once you have stamped and coloured all four of the inner sections lay out all the pieces ready to join up the elements.


Working on one section at a time take the bottom unstamped pieces of both the outer and inner of the card and fix piece of flexible but strong cord down the centre top to bottom. At this point also fix the spine into place, followed by the top stamped sections.

Showing the card building up as you work across the four sections.


Close up of the flower.


This is a real fun card to make, it’s not quick but well worth the time to create something a little bit different. Any questions or problems please do mail me.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heart Doily with Audrey!

AudreyPettit PPRS MadeWithLoveCard 
Hi everyone, it's Audrey again! Today I have a happy, spring-inspired card to share with you featuring an adorable red rubber image from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp called Hearts Doily.

The Hearts Doily is such a pretty image, and I love how versatile it is, too. Not only does it make a fabulous background print when stamped repeatedly, the doily is also a great focal image when used alone. I think the doily would make a great snowflake image...although I know we are all rather sick of snow right about now. For my card today, I decided to think spring, and used the doily to create a lovely layered flower, instead.
 AudreyPettit PPRS MadeWithLoveCard2 
This fun flower combines two of my most favorite things... playing with paper and playing with fabric. Since the Hearts Doily image doesn't come with a stem and some leaves, I got creative making my own. The stem is a thin snip of grosgrain ribbon, adhered in a curved line across the center of my tag. I hand-cut the pair of felt leaves, and added a bit of stitching before tacking them to the top of the stem.
 AudreyPettit PPRS MadeWithLoveCard3 
The flower itself was made with two layers of Hearts Doily, stamped in red ink on white cardstock. I fussy cut the first layer, and added it to the top of the stem with a foam dot for dimension. Then I punched out the center of the second doily with a scalloped circle punch, and adhered it to the flower with another foam dot. Topped them both with a pair of pretty buttons. AudreyPettit PPRS MadeWithLoveCard4 
Added the tag to my card, pieced from layers of cardstock and patterned paper. Stamped the doily image repeatedly on the card base in matching red and pink ink to create my own custom print. Love how that extra touch pulls the whole card together. Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back next week with another fun guest designer project, but in the mean time, feel free to stop by my blog to say hi!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Prickley Pear Die Organization!

 Hello! Michelle here with a new way to organize your Prickley Pear dies! I showed the way I had them organized a while ago on this post.  That worked pretty well, but the dies are heavy and I was popping the pegs in my binders that were made of plastic.

I ran across this idea and decided to tweak it to work for me, and I'm liking it much better!
These are Clear Pockets that come 25 to a pack.  I cut the white cardstock inserts to fit each pocket and I had some magnet sheets on hand from my former organization, so I used pieces of the magnet as needed.  You could skip the magnet step since the pockets do have a flap that closes, but I need things all neat and tidy, so it was magnets for me!

You can see how you can store the nesting dies along with the shape die in the same pocket by simply overlapping the die if you wish.  I decided to do this so all of the dies I need are in one pocket!

 
  It is easy to group the dies together by theme as well.
You can see I also wrote the name and item numbers of each die in the package along the top.  This makes blogging a breeze. You could label them, but I don't have a label maker and other than this post, they are not on display, so my handwriting works for me!
 Here you can see how small a pile the dies in the clear pockets makes. 
 
And here you can see the stack of cd cases the dies came out of...which was another way I stored dies previous to the binder method.  I can get a TON more dies in the same space with less packaging. 

In this photo you can also see my clear sets which I store in clear envelopes that I store my finished cards in.  I simply slip the sets in along with a backing sheet which I have labeled with the set name and number.  The envelopes are not big enough to close, and that is fine with me, they are quicker to grab and return to the package.  I find that this works really well for me since putting stamps away is not a part of stamping that I enjoy! :)

Just thought I would share another great option when it comes to organizing your stamping supplies!!