Thursday, February 23, 2017

Designer Highlight with Kelly Santi

Hello, Prickley Pear Fans!

It's Designer Highlight week and this week Kelly Santi is here. Let's see what sweet inspiration Kelly has for us.

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Hello Prickley Pear Fans! 
Today's post brings you a quick and easy way to make treat holders for any occassion - for the young and young at heart! My spring/easter projects use two stamps from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps: Jumping Bunny and the Spring/Easter Banner clear set. Add in some paper, glue and ink - and that's it! With just the supplies you have right on hand, and your Prickley Pear stamps, you can make these and deliver them to your family members, friends, teachers, co-workers' desks and more!

 

To make these little carrot treat boxes, you'll need a sheet of patterned paper, some glue, a stapler, some green paper for the sprouts, stamps, ink, your die cut machine and dies.

The measurements for my carrots are 8" x 4", and to create the shape, you'll need to make a few nips and tucks! First, roll the patterned paper into a cylinder shape and adhere the paper together with a quick drying glue (it will resemble a toilet paper roll). Then, cinch one end closed by gluing it shut and you'll have the beginning shape of a "sour cream container" look.  

Fill the container with the desired chocolates (I used two Lindor truffles for the perfect fit!) and then seal the top end of the container in the opposite direction as the bottom, so if you turned the container right or left, you'll see opposing seals.

  

Next, I fussy cut a strip of green paper to resemble sprouts of the carrot and simply stapled that to the front of the carrot box - don't worry about how it looks, you'll cover that up with your label or stamped image. 

Using my Jumping Bunny stamp, I stamped it using Memento brown ink onto white cardstock and ran it through my diecut machine with my desired shape. Add some adhesive and attach to the front of the carrot. Easy breezy! 
 
 

I repeated this process twice more to get my "garden" of carrots. These are so easy to add to someone's desk or lunchbox and a real treat to open for a tasty surprise!

The bunny basket is another way to hold a few treats. This one uses a sheet of heavy duty cardstock cut to a 10" x 3" size, folded in four places to create the rectangle shape. I added a piece of corrugated cardstock as the handle and a sheet of patterned paper to the front. On top of that, I stamped the Happy Easter sentiment from the Spring/Easter Banner clear set and added that to the front as well. I reinforced the handle using a brad, so it could swing from side to side - easier to reach the yummy chocolates! 

 

I hope you enjoyed my project this week. Be sure to stop by the Prickley Pear store to pick up these cute stamps and have your Easter treats done well before the holiday gets here.

Check out the other stamps in the new release collection for many more options that would work just as well for this fun project!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Did You Catch These Friday Favs?

Hello Prickley Pear Fans!

Are you signed up for the Prickley Pear newsletter? If not, then you're missing out on the Friday Favs! Every Friday, we highlight a product (or two, or maybe three) from the Prickley Pear inventory, along with some samples with that product.

Make sure you don't miss the Friday Favs when they come out! 
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This Friday, we featured the Hibiscus 2 clear set. This great set is incredibly versatile and creates gorgeous cards with ease.




 Check out these fabulous samples!



 

The matching Hibiscus Die set makes these flowers and leaves easy to cut out! 
 
 

And, you can also get the matching Hibiscus clear set.
 


 

These sets are so reasonably priced as well!

Click on the links to find the sets in the Prickley Pear store

And, come back next week for our next addition of Friday Favs.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday Inspiration!!

Hello Prickley Pear Fans!
 Welcome to Thursday Inspiration with the Design Team!

Valentine's Day may have passed, but we're continuing the love today with a post I've called Opposites Attract
 
First up this week is Kelly with her clean and simple Valentine card, using Happy Valentine's Day. Love the layers and bright embellishments on this card!
    

And, opposite is this fussy and detailed piece of art by Heidi. She's enhanced Be Mine Forever with stitching, the fancy Flourish die and an adorable heart border.
 
 Michelle takes her Coffee Cup straight, with a light background treatment, perfect for spring! 

  While Heather tilted her Coffee Cup just a bit, with a dark stenciled background treatment. 

 


That's it for now, but we'll be back later with more from the talented Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Design Team.


Be sure to follow Prickley Pear on Facebook for even more inspiration and all the latest news.

We'll be back next Thursday with a Designer Highlight!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Designer Highlight with Katie Skiff

Hello, Prickley Pear Fans and welcome to our Thursday post! 

It's Designer Highlight week and this week we're featuring the work of Katie Skiff




Katie has been getting crafty with the newly released Valentines Cupcake set and matching Cupcake Die Set.





This is a z-fold card. Check out this video Katie put together to see how this great card works. It's perfect for larger stamps or making scenes with your card space.



Here's a tip from Katie:
"I love interactive and fun fold cards. However, I know they can be overwhelming. My advice to get you going is to just practice. Try using a light weight or even computer paper to practice the folds. Try it out and you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy you'll catch on to it. And your loved ones will be blown away by your out-of-this-world cards!"


Katie also made an explosion box to go with her fun fold card. This fun project gives you so much decorating space, plus....

...a surprise inside!! 
The banners inside this adorable gift were made with the Banner Die Set.


Did you enjoy Katie's Valentine Cupcake project? Don't forget about the original Build a Cupcake set or Christmas Cupcake set also available in the Prickley Pear store

"I love the new cupcake sets because they are so versatile! You can mix and match the images from the sets. And the combos within one set are fun as well. It gives you variety and allows you to create your own images to work with. Plus, they are cupcakes. What is not to love about a NON-fattening cupcake!"

Be sure to check out the Prickley Pear store these cupcakes and other non-fattening treats. 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday Inspiration!

Hello Prickley Pear Fans!
 Welcome to Thursday Inspiration with the Design Team!

Last week we celebrated our first New Release of 2017. Did you come by and admire all the fantastic projects? 

What was your favorite New Release item? 
Leave us a comment and let us know!

We had so much fun creating for you with the new release, that we just couldn't resist a few more projects with these products!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and Katie's made this colorful valentine with the Love Banner Set.  I love the way she's used the Banner Die set for a double sided effect.

 

 
Donna's created this beautiful ombre effect with Happy Valentine's Day.





Donna reminds us about the importance of love in our lives with There is Only One Happiness and Medium Swirl Heart.



These beautiful swirl hearts are so pretty! And, available in three sizes. Here, Sharon shows us the Large Swirl Heart. Sentiment from Love Banner set


Sharon has been hopping her way into spring with this adorable Jumping Bunny and Left Bunny scene. Sentiment from Spring/Easter Banner set.



Sharon's Easter treat box uses the same Spring/Easter Banner set and Ducks in a Row.



Be sure to follow Prickley Pear on Facebook for even more inspiration and all the latest news.

We'll be back next Thursday with a Designer Highlight!

Friday, January 27, 2017

January New Release - Day 5, Part 2

Welcome back, Prickley Pear fans!

This is it, we're at the end of the January New Release. One final post for you with inspiration from all of our Design Team Members. Ready to wrap it up?

But, before we start, don't forget that the sales will stick around until January 29th. So, you have a few more days to get your favorites ordered.

We started out the week featuring the Valentine Cupcake set. This set pairs with the Cupcake Die set and previously released cupcake clear sets. Here's Donna's pretty Valentine. You can get this set, along with the Valentine and Spring/Easter Banner sets, with the Clear Set sales special.

 


From there we moved onto Valentine's Day, which is right around the corner. Have you made your card for your true love, like Katie? She's used the Large Swirl Heart and sentiment from the Valentine Banner set.
 
 

Heidi's gone with a vintage look for her Valentine. This book pop-up card features Love Birds and the There is Only One Happiness sentiment. Heidi's also made a belly band for her card, using the banner from Happy Valentine's Day.

 

Don't forget to check out the Valentine's sales special. Six gorgeous Valentine's stamps, including this one featured on Sharon's elegant creation, called Happy Valentine's Day.

 

February will swiftly turn into March, with St. Patty's Day. Michelle's card features the Pot of Gold with Flowers, Shamrock Swag and Celtic Border stamps (all available in the St. Patty's sale special), as well as the There is Only One Happiness sentiment.

 
Kelly leads us into the Easter sales special with Tall Cross and 1 Corinthians 5:17. Both of these are included in the Easter bundle. 

 

The Double Lillies stamp, featured here in Sharon's card is also included in that Easter bundle. 

  

But, there's plenty of Easter cuteness available too, both in the red rubber options and with the Spring/Easter Banner set, used in Heather's creation below.


And that wraps up our week! 22 fantastic red rubber stamps, 3 fantastic clear sets, 5 fantastic sales specials....wait, did I post 5 specials?? Oh yes, don't forget the SHIPPING special. Just use the code FREESHIP in the coupon box upon check out to receive free shipping on your domestic US order.

Here's a rundown of those new release specials one more time.


Thanks for giving us the opportunity to inspire you this week. We'll be back again soon with more fantastic creations with the Design Team of Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

January New Release - Day 5, Part 1

It's the end of the week, Prickley Pear fans and what a fantastic Friday it is! Today you can get FREE SHIPPING on your Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps order (domestic US only). 

Let's see if we can inspire you again today with our new release products. Today's post focuses on mixing old product with new, alternative projects and other cool things we might have forgotten earlier this week. Ready? 

Let's start with Love Birds. We showed you Love Birds earlier this week on our Valentine's post. But, Sharon used the stamp to create this adorable bag topper.

 

Heather chose to leave the sentiment out on her creation. Wedding card? Anniversary? The options are endless with this pretty stamp.

 
The Valentines Banner set has a number of great love themed sentiments. But did you see this Save the Date sentiment? Sharon has made an elegant note card, perfect for a formal event.

 

And Heidi has also paired it with the Valentine Banner set for another elegant invite option. Medium Swirl Heart is used here as well.


 And, those swirl heart come in three different sizes. Here Donna has made a mini note card with Large Swirl Heart.

 

Don't put that Shamrocks stamp away after St. Patty's Day. Heather has easily transformed it into a bouquet of wildflowers for a classic thank you option. 

 

Heidi's done much the same with the Valentine Banner set, pairing it with a beautiful floral for a ready made all purpose card.



Tea time anyone? Look at Michelle's adorable card using the previously released Tea Timehttp://www.prickleypear.com/tea-time/. The background has been stamped with the newly available Swirl Hearts and the flourish from the Valentine Banner set.



Speaking of tea time, bring all the new release items together for a fun tea party set. This creation by Heather features the both the Valentine Banner set and the Valentine Cupcakes set. More detail and pictures can be found on Heather's blog.

 


We've got our final post of the week this afternoon. Don't foret to check out all the new release specials, including FREE SHIPPING on domestic US orders (use code FREESHIP).


We'll see you again soon at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!