Monday, July 28, 2014

Poppies Everywhere!

It's Prickley Pear Monday...and today I have a pretty poppy card featuring GG0194 Poppy Bud and CC0062 Poppy Bud, sm.  

I added a few touches of Zentangle on the large poppy image.  I chose darker patterns for the leaves and shadowed areas and a light fun one for the poppy petals themselves.  Then for a little different touch I colored the image with Copic markers!

Be sure to pop on by the Prickley Pear blog today to see samples from the rest of the Design Team.  It is always so fun to see the images used in different ways! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Paper Piecing Spotlight for Inky Antics

Several of my cards were featured on the Inky Antics blog this week.  The focus was on paper piecing.  It is a really fun way to color images without coloring them!  

I added printed papers to the various elements of this turtle image from 10976MC Flower Turtle Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), in this charming decorated gift cylinder (aka, a recycled Crystal Light container):

If you click on the photo for a close-up view, you can see how I used three different papers to "color" the image, in addition to the designer paper base.

While critters make wonderful paper-pieced projects, you can also play with other objects, such as the flowers and sun in 11159MC Swirly Sunshine & Flower Clear Set (drawn by artist Trudy Sjolander):

Last but not least, these girls' outfits are perfect for turning paper into "fabric":

For the above card, I used 11023MC Hattie's Girlfriends Clear Set (drawn by artist Hattie Lace).  Hairbows, socks, dressed...all paper pieced!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Prickley Pear Zentangle Heart Sampler and MORE!

Well, I promised you part two of my Zentangle Tutorial for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  Basically all I did here was use the same image and created TWELVE more hearts that are all using the same GG0127 Ruffle Heart stamp.

I made them all up into cards similar to this one with various verses.  This pattern gives a much lighter feel than the darker more bold pattern I used in the original tutorial post.  EE0187 Simple Moments.

Here is another card featuring a different stamp that I tangled on!  KK0038 Witch on Pumpkin and EE0141 Happy Halloween 2.  I tangled a border around my image on this card as well.

I was having quite the fun checking out the images I could tangle on!  This one features JJ0051 Kitty in Balloon and CLR036 Stocking Clear Set.  On this one I used the pattern on the balloon and simply tangled on the remaining portion instead of coloring it!

If tangling might be your thing, I hope I have inspired you!  If not, maybe you can be inspired by the images themselves!  Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Zentangle-Inspired Tutorial - Simple Moments

Today I am sharing a tutorial for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.  As you know...I've been dabbling with Zentangle lately, and today I'm going to show you how to take the GG0127 Ruffle Heart image and make it a little special by adding a tangle pattern to it. 

I chose the pattern Strimonds to add to the open area of the heart.  Here you can see it on the pattern sample.  Note how it looks different as I have changed the orientation.  The options are endless!

I have found that tangling sometimes looks harder than it is.  Here I have broken down the steps I took to create this patttern.

1.  Stamp your image, and in this case I cut it out.
2.  Add a grid pattern to your heart with a 01 Micron pen.  I could have done it horizontally and vertically, but for this image I slanted it a bit.  You can see that in every one of these the orientation is a bit different, but that is the beauty of it...there is no wrong!
3.  Add some ovals in the squares as shown.  They will look like long rows of sausage links separated by one blank square!
4.  Next add the ovals in the opposite directions making the lattice pattern.
5.  Next I colored the squares around my vertical ovals in solid black.
6.  Next I added curved lines around the remaining ovals.  This creates a really interesting pattern!
7.  I added some tiny feathery lines around the heart's ruffle for the image on the card. 

Here you can see the progression from stamped image to finished card.  Sentiment is
EE0187 Simple Moments.

Have you tried this fun art form with your stamping yet?  I have found it opens up a whole new world with my stamps!  Watch for Part 2 of my tutorial which will show what this image looks like with different patterns in it!   

Thanks so much for taking a peek today!  I'd love to hear what you think!

Monday, July 21, 2014

More Masculine for Prickley Pear!

I have another card for the fellas for Prickley Pear today. 
Papers are by Hot Off The Press.   Happy Monday all!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's a Fin-Tastic Day on the Inky Antics Blog!

It's Try It Different Tuesday on the Inky Antics blog featuring a pile of my cards.  Here is Jackie's post:

Okay, I'll stop with the puns for now, and just show you some great ideas! We're featuring 11252MC Fishy Friends Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

To continue the blue water theme but in a different way, our talented friend and Inky designer Michelle Pearson changed out the background papers from her previous card.

This time, she dry embossed the base card and added a wavy-looking panel beneath the images and sentiment:

Here's another blue card, but with a modern chevron twist:

You may have noticed that all of today's projects contain fussy-cut images, which you can pop up with foam tape or keep flat, as you wish.

The turquoise scallop pattern in this background paper (which will be available for purchase on our main website later this month) adds a fresh look to mimic the water:

What happens when you place the same elements onto a tent-folded box? Why, you get this adorable 3-D project:

The cut-out window shows the goodies in the cello bag, which is placed inside the box. It's filled with goldfish crackers, of course! This would make a charming party favor for a summer pool party.

Hope you have a fin-tastic day, Inky friends!

Monday, July 14, 2014

El Ranchero and a NEW Blog Candy Winner!

Happy Monday!  Today's post for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps features: GG0105 Ranchero, CLR013D Scalloped Circle and Oval 5.

I used papers from an Authentique 6x6 pad and colored my image with Copic Markers.  I added some fun washi tape and photo corners to finish my card.

The winner of my birthday blog candy did not claim the candy, so we have a new winner today!
You have until July 20th to leave a comment here and email me with your address info.  If not claimed we shall repick yet again on next Monday's post!

Barbara said...
A very happy birthday to you Michelle! Love the vintage feel card and the background paper that you saved from the trash!
I am a follower of yours and I did post your blog candy photo (amazing) and linked back to you. Thank you for this fun opportunity.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Paper Embroidered Leaf

I have been busy meeting deadlines for future stamp releases...but I did take time this evening to pop this beauty together.    This is another of those stamps that I'm not sure of the maker.  They stamp the image so that you can embroider it.  I stamped the image on green cardstock many moons ago and just now got around to stitching it up.  I added a cute little bow at the bottom. 

I mounted it on paper from my scrap bin that I cheated and paper embroidered on!  Thinking of you is an oldy but goody stamp from Paper Inspiration.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Birthday Cards and Reminder

 Today I have a few birthday cards featuring this cute little lady from Sherry Baldy's My Besties collection.  I believe this one is a digital image and can be found at

I colored her up with Copic markers.  The flowers and leaves are from Prickley Pear's CLR002 Hibiscus Clear Set and CLR015A Blobby Flowers 2 Clear Set. I stamped the images on patterned paper and then used a bit of white gel pen to make them pop!

Birthday sentiment by AMuse.
This one is a glittery wonder in real life...using up paper scraps from a prior project, makes for a cute girly card!

Birthday sentiment by From The Heart Stamps. Die by Cheery Lynn Designs.

REMINDER:  The Birthday Blog Candy has not been claimed...if it is not claimed by Sunday night, I will be selecting a new winner! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thanks From The Bottom of My Heart!

Two more cards using Zentangle patterns...this time in the shape of hearts.  I am seeing all sorts of stencils and shapes that I can tangle in!  This one features sayings from From The Heart Stamps' sets.
Here are some new patterns in the same heart I did in my last Zentangle-inspired post. 

I am working on a Zentangle-inspired workshop for The Stamp Shoppe in Schofield, WI, so if you are local and would like to explore this fun stuff, keep your eye peeled for more details!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Catching Up...

These cards I'm posting a little late for the 4th, but I love this image and think it is perfect for many summery occasions!  The heart is from Designed2Delight but I don't see that it has been rolled over into the From The Heart Stamps store.   The sentiment is from Penny Black.
I colored my hearts with Copic Markers and then cut and popped them up on foam tape.  The background on this card is an embossed box...Janeen tucked it in my birthday card as a protective layer....and how could I toss it?  It got new life on hubby's birthday card! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Meet Benton the Bear from Inky Antics!

A few of my cards on the Inky Antic's blog this week...write-up by Jackie:

This week's featured card on the main Inky website contains a fun fingerpainting-style background panel. But my favorite part is Benton's Cupcake (8744G in wood mounted), the little bear holding his sweet baked treat, which is topped with "sprinkles" made using a white gel pen:

Our friend Michelle Pearson created it using 11083MC Pampered Benton Clear Set (drawn by artist Darby New):

She also made this soothing card, with the Benton's Bath stamp (8821K in wood mounted) from the same set:

Those sparkly Stickles-covered bubbles make me smile. But a real bath, in the form of fragranced salts packaged in this adorable clear box, is even better:

Wouldn't this card and box make a perfect gift ensemble?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Victorian Trike and Birthday Blog Candy Winner!

Happy July!  Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend if you are in the USA, we sure did!  Lots of fun and family time, my brother made us amazing pulled pork...YUM! 

I stamped and fussy cut the trike.  The framed card is from The Paper Cut and is glossy cardstock.  I added a bit of doodling to dress it up.  Be sure to pop on over to the Prickley Pear blog and check out the rest of the team's is beautimous!

And now for the Birthday Blog Candy Winner! 

Carol said...
Happy Birthday Michelle!!!!

Hope your B Day is perfect!

I have been a follower of your blog.

Best Wishes. Carol
Congratulations Carol!   Please email me with your address by July 13 or a new winner will be chosen and posted next Monday.

Thanks to all who pop by and leave comments on my posts.  I will have more candy coming....details and photo will be posted soon!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Some of my Cards on the Inky Antics Blog Yesterday!

Jackie asked for a few cards using the 11024MC Balloon Elephant HoneyPOP Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

My first card was a fun Z Fold card and here is the inside of it:
And here is another version using papers from the same collection.

Putting a HoneyPOP "3-D surprise" inside is always a fun idea, but we also love the colorful elements  in this semi-flat version (the party hat elephant is mounted on foam tape to provide some dimension):

Jackie also featured this adorable set done by Karen Seifert.  The flower on her bag is made with my Inky Antics set:  11102SC Fabulous Flowers.  I love how she popped the dimensional flower in the center of the HoneyPOP makes the perfect embellishment on her gift bag!

Pop on over to the Inky Antics blog for a chance to win a HoneyPop Stamp Set!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

More of Me and My Pen....

I've been busy with my pen lately...and I found some stencil shapes that I decided I could tangle in!
This little star adds a fun pop of dimension to this card.
This heart was a nice big shape to tangle in.  I added several black nailhead stickers to the heart to embellish it.  The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug and the stamp is by Stampin Up!
This final card was done for a SplitcoastStampers Inspiration Challenge. The stamp I added was from Stampers Anonymous and it is popped up on foam tape. 

If you haven't yet, be sure you check out my Birthday Blog Candy on my sidebar! Thanks for stopping by!