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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.