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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!