Happy 2015!!

Hello there,

It's Monday and time for some Inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps .  Today I decided to do a New Year's card that will double as a Christmas thank you inside.  I used 4 different stamps on this one, clock face and Three sentiment stamps which I will link below.  I used 3 colors only blue, white and accented with gold.  Added a few gold sticker numbers and a few dies and gold twine and call it finished!  Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog to see what the design team has created for you this week.  Happy New Year!

613 Avenue Create challenge #104- Anything Goes
AAA Cards Game 31- Add a little gold
That Craft Place challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin challenge  - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards challenge #81- Celebrations/Party time
Cute Card Thursday challenge #353- Anything Goes

Happy stamping!

That Thing You Did

Hi there,

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  We sure did.  I thought I would play the Unity Friday Friends with flair today.  This sweet little owl is from the KOM for November What Lies Within Us and the sentiment is from the KOM from July Beautiful- inside and out.  Do you belong to the KOM yet?  There are always lots of images and sentiments you can mix and match.  And fun to color as well.  This card is a thank you for a Christmas gift.  I colored it with Copics of course, sentiment is embossed.  Dp is an older collection from MME Stella and Rose.

A closer look

Copics used:
E30, E31, E33, E25, E27, E29, E44, E47, E49,
Y21, Y23, Y26, YG03, YG05, YG07, YG95,
YG97, YG99, R30, R32, R35, R81, R83 R85.
YG97, YG99, R30, R32, R35, R81, R83 R85.

Unity Friday Friends With Flair - Anything Goes w/ Unity stamps
ttcrd challenge- Anything Goes
Papertake weekly challenge - Anything Goes
Love To Scrap challenge #44- When Nature Calls

Happy Stamping and coloring!

Bottlebrush Christmas Trees

Hi there,

I'm back with another Christmas card creation.  I bought these Powerpoppy stamps and wanted to color them up and send out.  I made 3 different ones for 3 granddaughters in IL.  I hope they like them.  This one is called Bottlebrush Holiday and I wanted to do it in non-traditional colors.  Kind of retro in it's look.  Added a bit of gold with paper, ribbon and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Embossed sentiment with gold as well.  Of course Colored with Copics.  Merry Christmas!

A closer look

Copics used: Y26, Y28, YG03, YG05, YG07, R00, R02,
B000, B00, B02, B04.

Clear It Out challenge theme: Anything Goes/Stash: Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew challenge #77- Anything Goes
ttcrd challenge - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #131- Holiday Blitz/Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge #66- Anything Goes/twist Anniversary
Creative Moments challenge #58- Anything Goes/ Non-tradational x-mas colors
Power poppy challenge Dec.- Anything Goes w/Powerpoppy stamps

What's the Word For Christmas

Hello there,

Hope you all are ready for Christmas!  I think I am finally. It's time for some Inspiration from the team at Prickley Pear stamps.  Today I am once again featuring Word Christmas Tree.  I just love this stamp and I wanted to pair it with this beautiful paper from BoBunny called Altitude.  Very non-traditional colors too!  I just stamped and embossed the tree on one of the papers and then cut around it following the tree shape.  I used this weeks sketch from Splitcoast stampers the Wednesday challenge.  Added the scallop die cut in back and some twine and bling.  Really simple.  Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog and check out what the rest of the team has for you today!  Have a very Merry Christmas.

Addicted To Stamps challenge #94- Anything Goes Christmas
My Time To Craft challenge #272- Christmas Trees
Sister Act Card challenge #87- Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet challenge #100- Anything Goes
Penny Paper-crafty challenge #208- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday challenge #163- Anything Goes
Divas By Design challenge - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon challenge #268- Anything Christmas
Inspiration Destination challenge #12- Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown challenge #225- Christmas

Happy Stamping!

Claus For Celebration

Hi there,

I'm back again today to share another Christmas card.  This stamp set is from Lil Inkers.  I bought it last year but never colored it up.  So thought I would finish it so I could give it to one of the Grandkids with a little something stuffed inside. I think this Santa is so cute!  Colored it up with Copics and added that grounding technique that Colleen shared from Copic in the Classroom. Added a few Memory box dies, twine and liquid appliqué for his fur coat.  DP is Simple Stories Handmade Holiday.  Have a great Christmas!

Copics used:
C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, 100, E00, E02
E11, E93, R24, R27, R29, R37, R39, 
BG10, BG0000, BG000, BV000.

Sentimental Sundays challenge #237- Anything Goes
That Craft Place challenge #237- Christmas
Marker Pop challenge #58- Anything Goes
Cardmania Challenge #62- Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs challenge - Christmas Anything Goes
Cuttlebug Mania challenge - Anything Christmas
613 Avenue Create Challenge - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash challenge #181- Seeing Red
Paperback Weekly challenge - Last Christmas card of the year

Happy stamping and Coloring!

Bring On The Mistletoe!

Hello there,

Welcome to a new week and some new Inspiration for Prickley Pear!  This week I used a Mistletoe image.  I stamped the Mistletoe with Versamark then embossed it with white embossing powder.  This makes staying within the lines really easy!!  So If you are new to water-coloring try embossing the image then coloring.  I cut this image into a small tag, added some ribbon and sentiment. Done.  Quick and easy.  Peerless watercolors used are: Arbutus pink, Blood Red, Olive Green and Ecru for the background. Today is the last day to get RED RUBBER stamps 30% off.  So go do some shopping HERE.  And be sure to stop by the BLOG to see what the design team has for you today!

HH0147 Mistletoe , CLR038 Snowflake Inserts ,
D050 Mini Flourish , D049 Bare Tree .

Tis The Season Challenge #31- sketch
Sister Act Card challenge #87- Anything Goes
Scrapping4Fun challenge #32- Winter or Summer
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards challenge #80- Christmas
Cute Card Thursday challenge #351- Bells and/or Bows
Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge #108- Tags with ribbon
The Crafter's Cafe challenge #94- Christmas
ttcrd challenge - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #130- Winter or Christmas
Word Art Wednesday challenge #162 - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination challenge blog #11- Anything Goes
Cut It Up challenge #60- Add a Button and Die cut

Happy Stamping!

In The Woods

Happy Monday!

Time for some inspiration featuring Prickley Pear Stamps.  And a sale as well!!  You have one more week to purchase red rubber stamps at 30% off!  Woo hoo!

I'm featuring today Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Ollie the Owl and Merry Christmas sentiment.  I will link below.  I started by stamping Rudolph, masked him off, then I used a tree stencil and Copic airbrushed the background with blues and purple.  Then stamped and colored Ollie and fussy cut him out and put him in a tree.  Used a white gel pen to add snow and snowflakes. Added the sentiment.  Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog to see what the design team has for you today!

A closer look

Copics used:
C00, C1, C3, C5, E11, E29, E30, E40,
E41, E42, E43, YR24, YR27, BV02, RV00,
R20, R24, B00,B04, B93, B95, B99.

Pile It On challenge #49- Anything Goes
AAA cards challenge #29- Blue Christmas
Allsorts challenge week #288- Animal Magic 
A Gem of A challenge #134- Anything Christmas 
Sister Act card challenge #86- Anything Goes
Dies R Us challenge #15- Winter Wonderland
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Christmas/Holidays
The Crafters Cafe challenge #93- Use A Doily
Creative Moments challenge #57- Anything Goes/ Winter

Happy Stamping!


Hi there,

I would like to share a card today that I made for a sick little girl in Utah.  It's been going around FB and she loves to get Christmas cards!!  So here is what I came up with.  I colored this beautiful angel from Unity KOM from October called love & Joy for the Holidays.  Lots of great image for Christmas in this one.  I water colored her with Peerless water colored.  I have been watching a lot of Utube videos and thought I would give it a try.  Love the way it came out.  I just bought some Stick It sheets so I used my dies and I love this stuff!!!  Worked great on them.  You gotta try this stuff if you love to use dies!!  Of course I had to add some Pretty Pink Posh sequins!  Addie I hope you like your card!  We all need something to believe in, why not Angels!  Merry Christmas!

Addie's address:
Addie Lynn
Box 162 
Fountain Green, UT  84632

DP: BoBunny Silver&Gold, Kaisercraft Basecoat,
Crate Paper Sleigh Ride
Poppystamps dies: Winterflake frame, Giovanna Snowflake
Pretty Pink Posh sequins
Stickles: diamond
Stampendous: Dot Sparklers Gold
Stick It adhesive paper
Peerless watercolors
Wink of Stella brush glitter

ttcrd challenge- Anything Goes
Clear it out challenge - Theme: circles - Stash- glitter or something glittery
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #129- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday challenge #161- Anything Goes
Divas By Design challenge - Anything Festive 
Little Red Wagon challenge #266- Things With Wings
Cute Card Thursday challenge #350- Little Angels
Delightful challenge - Add some Sparkle 
Little Miss Muffet challenge #100- Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin challenge - Things with Wings

Happy stamping!

Reindeer Kisses

Hi there,

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!  I did.  And I ate way too much!! But I enjoyed every bite.  I need to start working on getting my Christmas decorations up now.  Anyway it's time for some Prickley Pear inspiration from the team today and I had a stamp left that I've never shown from the new releases for Fall/Winter this cute little stamp called Winter Kisses.  Thought this DP from Doodlebug called North Pole would work well with the stamp.  I went though my Prickley Pear stamps and found 2 little snowflakes from a clear set called Four Seasons and embossed those in silver for snow, colored image with Copics and die cut a few little birds and hearts to add with it.  Sentiment is from the Snowflake Inserts clear set.  I'll link everything below. The ice hanging is a border punch which is really grass but it works upside down for ice. Used liquid applique for snow. Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog to see what the team has for you this week!

A Closer look

E93, C1, C3, C5, E30, E33, E35, 
E37, G24, B02.

Just Us Girls challenge #269- Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin challenge - Let It Snow
Sister Act Card challenge #85- Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge #128- Happy Holidays
Winter Wonderland challenge - Dies and punches
Completely Christmas challenge #40- Anything Goes
Crafty Catz challenge #257- Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-crafty challenge #205- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday challenge #160- Anything Goes
Aud-sentiments challenge #120- Use a sentiment for December
Paper Pretties challenge #338- Snow much fun

Happy stamping!

Northern Lights Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Barb here with a fun tutorial using Copics and an Airbrush to create Northern lights in a starry sky.  I found some photos on-line to use.  Here is an example that I used.


Here's what you'll need to get started!
Copic markers, airbrush, Express It Copic paper, craft mat.

Step 1:  Airbrush Y17 in 3 stripes across paper.  Leaving
the lower third white.

Step 2:  With V09 add 3 stripes right next to the yellow.

Step 3: With B29 spray all strips lightly to blend and
go heavier around the upper 3 edges creating a sky effect.

Step 4: Spray E23 to lower 3rd creating the ground.
Go back over with E18 around edges on lower 3rd to
create depth. This takes practice.  It took me a few tries
to get the look I wanted.
Step 5:  Now stamp your image.  

Here's the finished card!

A close up of the image

I hope if you own a Copic airbrush you will give 
this easy technique a try!  Happy Holidays!

Craft Your Passion challenge #241- Baby its cold outside
The Pink Elephant challenge #278- Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons challenge #91- Tis The Season
Artistic Inspiration challenge #119- Anything Goes/ Warm and cozy
A Creative Romance challenge - Something old (liquid Applique)
Inspiration Destination challenge #9- Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapping for fun challenges #31- Anything Goes

I'm Thankful

Hi Everyone,

Are you ready for Thanksgiving??  I think I am.  Having a few friends over and cooking.  We always love leftovers at Thanksgiving.  This is the last card I made a few days ago for my sister.  She should have it by now.  I used Prickley Pear stamps on this one.  I love this huge sentiment!  I colored the flourished pumpkin with Copics and used that grounding technique again.  I am practicing it and I love the way it looks.  If you notice in the close up photo It's just a series of dots used larger around the bottom of image and the dots get smaller as you move away from the image.  You can find this grounding technique on Copic in the Craft room FB page with Colleen.  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!   What are you thankful for!  For me it's my wonderful husband, family, friends and my health.

A closer look at that grounding technique

Copics used;
W1, E35, Y18, YR07, YR15, YR21, G24,
YG93, YG95, B02.

Marker Pop challenge #56- Fall/Thanksgiving
The Shabby Tearoom challenge #240- Grateful/ Include Twine 
Top Tip Tuesday challenge - Buttons or bows
Partytime Tuesday challenge #191- Anything Goes
Creative Moments challenge #56- Anything Goes/ opt make it sparkle
613 Avenue Create challenge #99- Anything Goes

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cornucopia Thanksgiving

Happy Monday,

It's time for some Inspiration using Prickley Pear stamps and dies.  I thought I would make a Thanksgiving card because it is this week.  I love this Cornucopia, Wheat Stalk and sentiment.  It is a huge stamp as you can see.  It was really fun to color with all the detail of those fruits and veggies!  I tried a grounding technique that Colleen  shared in a video from Copic in the Craftroom on FB.  It worked out great! DP is from BoBunny Autumn Song and I colored the ribbon with distrss Ink. And added a few sequins and leaves.  Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog and check out what the team is up to today.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

A closer look

Copics used:
W1, E31, E35, E43, E44, E47, Y00, Y02, Y04, Y21, Y23, YR61
YR65, YR68, G20, G40, YG11, YG13, YG17, YG63, YG95, 
R43, R46, R56, R59, R89, V01, V05, V09.

Sister Act Card challenge #84- Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards challenge #78- Your Favorite Holiday
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving
Word Art Wednesday challenge #159- Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe challenge #91- Anything Goes
Paper Pretties challenge #337- Thanksgiving/Be Thankful
Clear It Out challenge - Theme & Stash- Anything Goes
Pinspirational challenge #128- Thanksgiving/Fall photo

Happy Stamping!

Wishing You Merry Christmas

Hello there,

I'm playing today over at the Unity Friday Friends With Flair challenge.  Just good for today though.  Using October's KOM.  Lots of great images on this one.  I just love this sentiment! and these little pine cones.  I colored them with Copics, then added some red Stickles on the berries and for some snow I added Liquid Applique.  Haven't used this in a long while.  I bet you have some lying around in your craft room!!  DP is Kaisercraft's Basecoat Christmas.

Unity Friday Friends With Flair - Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!

Flourished Polar Bear

Hello there,

It's Monday so that means it's time for some inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps and dies .  Today I chose to use Flourished Polar Bear, Snowflake Inserts, Mini Flourish die and Snowflake Pendant die.  I will link below.  I started by stamping then embossing bear with blue embossing powder.  Then I embossed white card stock with a snowflake embossing folder which add lots of texture, added snowflake tinsel embossing powder for a snowy background.  Brrrrr!  Added the Snowflake Pendant which I stamped sentiment on and added more snowflake tinsel around the edges.  Added mini flourishes, multiples of pearls, pearl flourish and turquoise dot sparklers.  The die cut across the top is Cheery Lynn.  I love this color combo as well.  Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog to see what the rest of the design team has for you today!

A closer look

Prickley Pear stamps and die used today:

Word Art Wednesday challenge #158- Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown challenge - Swirls and Pearls
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #126- Cool Colors
ttcrd challenge - Anything Goes
Clear It Out challenge - Theme: Anything Goes- Stash: 3 of the same thing
Delightful challenge - Happy Holidays
Just Add Ink challenge #240- Just add texture
Addicted To Stamps challenge #91- Bling, Bling

Happy stamping!

Eat Pie, Drink Wine

Happy Friday,

Today I'm playing over at Unity Friday Friends with Flair Friday challenge with some stamps that came in my KOM for October Love and Joy for the Holidays.  Have you signed up yet?  They are great kits to use every month!  I used 2 images from that kit and made a Thanksgiving card.  I stamped the images on watercolor paper then colored them with Nicholson's Peerless transparent watercolors found at  Two Hands Paperie.  Have you tried them?  They are such vibrant colors and soooo easy to use.  I didn't use a water brush, I bought a regular watercolor brush with a nice point on it as it gave me better control for smaller areas.  There is a gal on Unity's design team that has fabulous watercolor tutorials if you'd like to check her blog out here's the link The Storyteller .

Producted used:
DP: DCWV Sweater Weather
Fiskars border punch Give it a swirl
bling ek success
Zig wink of stella brush pen
Diamond Stickles 
ribbon stash
Pearless watercolors

Unity Friday Friends with Flair challenge- use any Unity stamps 

Happy stamping and watercoloring!

Channel The Chef

Hello there,

I have been working on a few cards and wanted to try out some Copic techniques I learned last weekend at Jennifer Dove's Copic Boot Camp in Chandler AZ. It was so fun and I really learned a lot. So on this image from Stampingbella called Uptown Girl Channel The Chef I tried a new background using a water brush with colorless blender and markers. I like how it turned out.  Something different and looks like watercolor. I added some doodle rub ons from Christy Tomlinson, twine, a button and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  I cut up the sentiment because it was going to cover the image. It works! DP is Cosmo Cricket TV Dinner.  Of course colored with Copics.

A closer look

Partytime Tuesdays challenge #189- Anything Goes
Love To Scrap challenge - Bling It On (sequins)
Sweet Stampin challenge - Use Red orPoppies
Delightful challenge - Patterned Paper
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #98- Anything Goes

Happy stamping and coloring!

Naughty or Nice

Hello there,

It's time for some inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps .  Today I am using Santa Checking His List and Naughty or Nice sentiment both in red rubber.  I'll link below where to find these in the shop. I used this adorable kraft paper from Canvas Corp called Naughty or Nice stamps on Kraft. Very fitting I think.  The element cheer button ho, ho, ho is from Cosmo Cricket and added a little wrinked red seam binding ribbon and a Petaloo flower.  I added a little sparkle with Twinklets diamond dust.  Colored with Copics and thats it!  Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog and see what the design team has for you today!  And get those Christmas cards started!!!

Prickley Pear Products used:
FF0177 Santa Checking His List , EE0197 Naughty or Nice .

Copics used:
C1, C3, C5, R22, R24, R27, E50, E51, E11, E93

Craft Your Passion challenge #239-Something beginning with a B- Bow
Sister Act Card challenge #82- Anything Goes
Creative Corner challenge - Christmas Cards
That Craft place challenge - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create challenge #97- Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations challenge #117- Anything Goes/ Stars
Creative Card Crew challenge #74- Christmas Joy
Word Art Wednesday challenge #157- Anything Goes
Creative Moments challenge #55- Anything Goes/Celebrations

Happy Stamping!

Meet Buddy and Jolly

Hi everyone,

Aren't these little guys just too cute?  I just bought a few new stamps from Stampingbella found HERE .  They are now made and shipped from the US!!!!  Yeh!  This stamp is called Buddy and Jolly and I need to get started on my own Christmas cards!!  I decided to do a shaped card with Spellbinders Grand Nesties Scalloped Circle , Labels four classic circle, Poppystamps Small Blooming Poinsettia, MS holly punch.  Twine, The Twinery, bling EK Success, Pearls Want2Scrap, And a little sparkle with a Zig Wink of Stella pen.  Loves these!!! Of course colored with Copics.
Don't they make you just want to put on your jammies and drink some hot cocoa made from your Keurig!!  Ahhh yes!


Copics used:
E00, E01, E11, E13, E23, E25, E39, E44, E47, E49, E50,
E51, E55, E59, E74, E93, R22, R24, R27, YG61, YG63, 
YG67, C3

Marker Pop challenge #55- Anything Goes
ttcrd challenge - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown challenge #220- Shaped Cards
Papertake Weekly challenge - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #125- Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps challenge #194- Stripes
Sweet Stampin challenge - Shaped cards
Pile It On challenge #44- Feeling cool 

Happy Stamping!

Victorian Ornaments

Happy Monday,

It's time for some inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps .  I made a Christmas card this week.  Gotta get busy and get some done!  It will be here before we know it.  I used these beautiful Victorian Christmas ornaments.  I embossed the red one using glitter paper!  I didn't know if it would work but it did fine!!  The one on the right I cut then embossed with gold embossing powder.  I think they turned out great!  Love them.  So elegant looking! Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog and take a look at what the rest of the design team has for you today!

Prickley Pear Products used:

Sentimental Sundays challenge #231- Anything Goes
Sister Act Card challenge #81- Anything Goes
Scrapping4Fun challenge #29- Christmas
Cute Card Thursday challenge #345- Razzle Dazzle
Word Art Wednesday challenge #156- Anything Goes
Divas By Design challenge - Anything Goes
Aud-Sentiments challenge #118- 2 or 3 word sentiment
ttcrd challenge- Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!

Mr. Seymour Bones

Happy Halloween,

Well I just had to make one more Halloween card today.  I love Graphic45 paper so I used Steampunk Spells for this one.  I needed a boy card so this paper will work.  I love this image of Mr. Seymour Bones, don't you?  The sketch for this one is from this weeks sketch challenge for Wednesday over at Splitcoast stampers.  Are you a member?  Always tons of inspiration every week. The little gears are from Prickley Pear a die, border punch from MS Drippy Goo, some distress ink, ribbon and bling to finish it off.  It had to go out today so no coloring on this one but it will be late!

Happy a safe Halloween everyone!


Hello there,

It's time for some Inspiration featuring Prickley Pear stamps.  Today I chose to use Mummy.  I wanted to do a black, white and orange color scheme for this one. I wanted him standing on the pumpkin, added an extra web on the side and matching sentiment with spiders.  Added a few sequins, the little spiders came with the sequins and fabric banners. The border is also Prickley Pear. Colored with Copics of course and added a little distress ink in black soot. My inspiration was this diagonal paper that looks chalkboard and of course Mummy! Please stop by the Prickley Pear blog and see what the rest of the design team has for you this week.

A closer look
 Copics used:
C1, C3, C5, YR18, YR61, YR65, YR68, Y06, YG99.

Crazy4challenges #259- Halloween
Just Us Girls challenge #264- Fall/Halloween
Hiding In My Craftroom challenge #171- Any Holiday
A Gem of A challenge #131- Halloween
Sister Act Card challenge #80- Anything Goes
Left Of Center Creative Challenge #51- Halloween
Word Art Wednesday challenge #155- Anything Goes
ttcrd challenge - Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge - Theme: Halloween, Stash: black/orange
Papertake Weekly challenge - black, white plus 1 other color (orange)

Happy Stamping!

Air Hag

Hello there,

I'm sharing a Halloween card I put together for a card club I just joined.  I decided to use Art Impressions Air Hag.  Don't you just love her?  She is so fun.  I used some paper I got last year from 7Gypsies.  And of course colored with Copics.  The girls enjoyed trying them out and coloring with them and they loved this image!

A closer look

Copics used:
E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, E93,
C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, Y28, R17, R29,
YR14, YR16, YR18, V12, V15, V17.

Art Impressions challenge #147- Humor or Puns
Marker Pop challenge #54- Halloween
Stampin Royalty challenge #251-Anything Goes
Creative Moments challenge #54- Anything Goes/Halloween
Make My Monday challenge - Halloween
Artistic Inspirations challenge #114- Halloween/Anything Goes
Craftin Desert Divas challenge- Halloween

Happy Stamping!

Bat and Cat Scene

Hello there,

It time for some inspiration today featuring Prickley Pear stamps and matching dies.  I've created a spooky little night time scene and the stars are out tonight with a mummy cat and webby bat! I used mostly orange and black to create my scene and one of my favorite fibers to use is twine because it comes in every color, goes with any style and doesn't take up a lot of room on A2 size cards. Please visit thePrickley Pear Blog to see what the rest of the design team has for you today!

Other products used:
DP: Pebbles Thirty One, October Afternoon Witch Hazel
1" round punch
Marvy corner punch
twine The Twinery, May Arts
sequin Pretty Pink Posh
black embossing powder
paprika Stickles
Cheery Lynn Die: Scare Me
Ripple scissors

aaa Card challenge - Halloween
Sentimental Sundays challenge #229- Too Cute To Spook
A Gem Of A Challenge #130- Create A Scene
Pumpkin Spice Challenge #88- Harvest or Halloween
Sister Act Card Challenge #79- Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge #25- Orange and Black
DiesRus challenge #12- Halloween
As You Like It challenge #38- Favorite fiber and why
Aud-Sentiments challenge #117- Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!

Bokeh Word Christmas Tree

Hi Everyone,

Barb here to share a technique with you today called Bokeh.  It's a Japanese term which means blur or haze and is used in photography.  Here is an example of what I mean:

Here's what you need to get started: craft sheet, different sizes of circle dies, I used Spellbinders 
circles LG and I only used the 3 smallest ones plus 2 small punches 3/4 and 1/2 in. Clear plastic
to cut a stencil, cutting machine, inks in 3 to 5 shades of the same color family I used ColorBox pigmant inks, finger daubers to apply ink in circles and tape to mask.

The first step to cut your stencil with the dies and punches.
I chose to make 5 sizes.  Try to work in odd numbers. Keep the circles spread
apart when you cut them out as shown above.

Next, stamp tree with VersaFine ink and emboss 
with silver embossing powder on white cardstock.

Now its time to start adding the circles.  Starting with the largest circle and your lightest
color tape down the image and the stencil and add 5 light blue circles using your finger
dauber to color in each circle and leave some white space. See below.

Here's how that first color should look. 5 circles.

Wipe stencil off between colors and start with the next smallest circle
in the next color.  Work colors lightest to darkest. Work Circles largest to smallest.
It should look like this example. 2nd color, 5 circles.

3rd color, 7 circles

4th color, 7 circles 

With the smallest circle I stenciled some silver. Always
working in odd numbers. 5th color, 9 circles.

Lastly here is my finished card.  I decided to add some white ink dots
with a finger dauber to tone the darker colors a bit. Also you can take a 
tissue when dry and go over your image to remove some ink if you like.  I did.
I love this technique!  I hope you will give it a try.  

Allsorts challenge #281- embossing
Scrapping4Fun challenge #28- Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge #105- Anything Goes w/ribbon or trim
Allways Something Creative challenge #85- Main subject Text 
Craft-room challenge - Make your own background

Happy Stamping!