Category Archives: Prickly Pear Rubber Stamps

Monthly Project Swap: ABAC

I’m pretty sure I posted WAAAAY back in January that I had joined a monthly project swap at SCS I joined two groups, Techniques and Anything But  A Card.

Sonja sent us a terrific January technique kit, using Brushos. And, Sue sent us a terrific ABAC kit using etching, which I was super stoked to try out.

Unfortunately….it didn’t work for me. I have no idea why!! Sue warned us it might be light, but there is NO evidence of any etching having occurred….and I did it twice!

Plus, the etching shape I initially chose I only had one of, and I started my matching tag. So, when it didn’t work, I was faced with altering my tag design or…..having it mismatched. I decided to go ahead and re-etch and THEN figure out the tag, just in case.

The etching didn’t work a second time, so I went back to my original theme, coffee! I used an extra background from Sonja’s brushos kit to cut the circle for the tag, then I embossed some coffee beans from the Coffee Cup stamp from Prickley Pear.

In the list of other things that didn’t go right this time, I wanted to fill my jar with coffee beans. But, I thought I had a bag of unused beans in the cupboard and when I went to dig it out, it was grounds….not as impressive, in my opinion, but it will do for the photo!

Thanks Sue, for the great idea! I can’t believe that jar shipped so well!




Prickley Pear Fun!

Hey Everyone! Oh my goodness, it’s been a busy, busy month with back to school, scrapbook retreats, work related commitments and on and on! I feel like I’ve neglected my poor blog and my crafting. Luckily, my scrapbook retreat gave me a chance to get crafty for a couple days.

I made this card for the Prickley Pear New Release. This is the adorable Scratch the Cat along with Bat in the Moon, both red rubber stamps. I then accessorized with the Halloween Banner set using the cat faces and the “boo” sentiment.

Do you like my “barbed wire”? That’s the Karen Burniston Nature Edges Die set. I just cut the grass out of a black piece of paper, then cut it again on the other side and ran ribbon down the centre. Love it!

Check out these fabulous sets and much more in the Prickley Pear store. And, don’t forget to follow us over at the Facebook page for more great inspiration!

Prickley Pear Fall Card

I hope you enjoyed the projects on the Prickley Pear blog last week for the New Release. My fellow Design Team members really outdid themselves!

It has been a busy week with back to school and I wasn’t able to get to my usual blog posts! But, I did want to share this card with you, since it was one of my favorites of the New Release.

This stamp is Wheelbarrow Full of Pumpkin and it’s one of my new favorites from this Release. I’ve paired it with the Oak and Maple Leaf set. These leaves are the perfect size for card fronts.

I also love the variety in the stamp set. I can use a more decorated leave, or just the plain leaf veins.

Isn’t the shaker neat? Instead of using acetate for my window, I used a piece of tulle to hold the sequins in. It makes for a slightly different, textured look!

Thanks for stopping by!

Prickley Pear New Release!

Here we go with another New Release with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.

The Fall release always includes great options for Hallowee, Christmas and Autumn and this release is no exception! The Design Team has been excited to work with these great new stamps and we hope you’ll find them inspiring too.

My first card this week is this Pumpkin Scarecrow. This image was a bit intimidating at first, but I found it quick and easy to color up. I also liked the size of this image, as my preference for scenes like this is to still have a bit of room for design elements.

The sentiment comes from the new Halloween Banners set. This is a great set if you want a few Halloween sentiments and options. They’re versatile, cute and adorable!

Thanks for checking out my post today. There will be inspiration with the Design Team all week on the Prickley Pear blog.

Mail Art with Prickley Pear

Hello Everyone! It’s a happy theme Tuesday over at the Prickley Pear blog. Today’s theme was suggested by the talented Irit Shalom of the Design Team. She suggested we make Mail Art.

What is Mail Art, you ask? Well, duh….just kidding, I  had to google it. Basically, it’s art for your mailbox. Envelopes decorated and ready to send. And let me tell you, they are a lot of fun to make!

This was my first attempt on an A2 envelope. I cut out the Flourish Oval Nesting Die on a post it and stuck it to the front of my card. This left a nice space for the mailing address. Then I took my Petunia stamp and stamped it around the edge of the frame. Next step was to color it up, which I did with regular pencil crayons. Once that was done, I took a black journaling marker and traced around the edge of my post it, then removed the post it from the envelope. Finally, I decided it needed a bit of color, so I sponged distress ink to the envelope.

This was attempted number two, which is my favorite!

Here, I started by stamping the Bicycle onto the envelope. Then I again masked off my address space.

The florals are from the Hibiscus 2 clear set, though I also used the darling three daisy stamp from the Scalloped Circle and Oval 4 – Floral set.  I didn’t want this one to have quite as much color as my first attempt, so I chose to just add select color to the images. The sentiment also comes from the Scalloped Circle and Oval 4 – Floral set.


Mail art is fun and easy to do! Give it a try yourself and see how addicting it can be. Need a few more ideas? Visit the Prickley Pear blog to see what the other Design Team members came up with.

Creating with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

Hello Everyone! If you were over on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog on Tuesday, you’d have read our “Round, Round” feature. This week, we were creating with all things round, whether it be wheels, shapes, die cuts, etc.

Today I share with you the card I prepared, which was a round shaped card.

The card uses the Jar Full of Daisies red rubber stamp. I paired it with the sentiment from Mini Butterflies and the adorable bee from the Spring Poinsettia set.

Check out these fabulous sets and much more in the Prickley Pear store. And, don’t forget to follow us over at the Facebook page for more great inspiration!

Dare to Get Dirty 2017 – Post 3

Here I am again! More challenges completed and ready to share with you. As mentioned previously, these are Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at SplitCoast Stampers. I can’t give you the detail of their challenge, but I can share my creations.

I love how this one turned out! It was a chance to use a set that I bought because I thought it would appeal to my son, but I never got to use it! The sketch comes from CAS(E) this Sketch! (233).

I chose to use this Bugaboo image for this next challenge, which also gave me the opportunity to play in the current Stella Says Sketch challenge.

This one is another that turned out better than I expected! I masked off the shapes in my background with thin washi and then watercolored it in various colors. Once I peeled off the washi, I carefully outlined the shapes with my journaling pen and a ruler. Finally, I stamped my Riley & Company sentiment, One Kind Word, and added a few enamel dots.

This pretty little card uses tissue paper in that background piece. The tissue paper was fun to ink on, but it’s very delicate and rips easily! Still, it made the perfect background for my Prickley Pear Build an Umbrella set.

Here’s another Riley & Company creation, using “Rainbows and Stars“. I love this sentiment!

Next up, an entrant to the My Favorite Things sketch challenge (#344). This is an older Pure Innocence set called Good Fortune. I think it went perfectly with this bright background I made and I love the copper paper paired with it!

And, these last two cards use Prickley Pear products as well. The paint was applied to the background piece through a stencil. Then I cut it down to fit on my page. The flowers are the Flowers and Mini Hibiscus dies, stamped with the Flowers 2 images. The Scalloped Circle is stamped with images from Scallop Circle and Oval 4 Floral stamp set.

And, the last one today is this card using the Steampunk Gears 3 stamp set, Mini Butterflies 2 stamp set and matching Mini Butterflies die.

Well, that was quite the batch for today! Only a few more days until the final challenge posting deadline. Off I go to see if I can get those last 15 created! Wish me luck.

DTGD Count: 20/35