Monday, September 20, 2021

A Forest Friends Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's Christmas card uses images by @juliancharlton for Purple Onion Designs

I stamped the Autumnal Tree onto Copic friendly cardstock, cut out with with a wonky stitch die and colored with Copic markers. I then stamped one of the birds from the Happy Winter Forest Friends, colored with Copics, fussy cut out and then superimposed over the original bird in the tree. And then there it sat for a long time because one of my awesome teammates created a card so similar to my idea that I decided to hold on to it for a while.

During the latest #thedailymarker30day challenge I colored up more images from the same set and attached to the already completed background using a layer of crafty foam. The sentiment from the Handwritten Holiday set was stamped directly onto the background panel using gala red ink

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, MFT cs and die, Altenew and WPlus9 ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bear-E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E40, E41, E42, E44, E45; Sweater-G000, G00, YG01, YG03, BG01, BG02; Hat-BG000, BG01, BG02, G000, G00, E81; Tree-W00, W1, W2; Leaves-YG01, YG03; Lights-C3, BG02, R24; Bird-R20, R22, R24, E81, YG01, YG03, BG000, BG01, BG02; Shadows-BG0000, BG70; Fox-W00, E81, YR23, YR24, YR27; Log-W00, W1, W2; Gifts-R21, R22, R24, R27, YG00, YG01, YG03, E81

I hope your Monday is not too Monday-ish! Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Merry Christmas

It's Fri-Yay! I am hoping for a weekend of relaxation, college football and a bit of crafting. 


The main image piece of this card has been stamped a long time. Since 2017 to be exact! I know that because I looked back on my blog here where I used the same set but decided on different colors. The stamp set is Simon Says Christmas Graphic and is apparently retired as I could not find it on their site. All the sequins had fallen off so I replaced them and then colored up this sweet reindeer from the Mama Elephant Little Reindeer Agenda set which was cut out using the matching dies. After coloring with Copic Markers, I attached to the stamped piece using foam dimensionals. I attached the entire piece with a layer of craft foam to a background panel which was completed by blending mowed lawn distress ink over the Pinkfresh Studio Slim Diamond Plaid Layering Stencil

Products: Simon Says stamps, PTI cs, Doodlebug sequins, Pinkfresh Studio stencil, Simon Says die, Alltenew, Ranger Distress, Tsukineko Delicata and PTI ink
Reindeer-W00, W1, W2, E40, E42, E44, R20; YG03

I am submitting this to the September CAS Christmas Card Challenge


It looks like I need to color up a few more tiny reindeer, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing your Fri-YAY with me! 

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Just for You {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's card features an image from Purple Onion Designs illustrated by Stacey Yacula. I never get tired of Stacey's sweet, sweet images. 


I started out by using a storybook die to cut from a sno cone cardstock rectangle. I then laid it over Copic friendly cardstock and lightly traced the openings with a pencil to use as a guide for the placement of the images and sentiments. Jackson & Bubbles and then the sentiment from the Hopscotch Sentiments were stamped onto the panel. I also stamped the flowers from the Flora End Notes set seprately and fussy cut out. All images were colored with Copic markers. 

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, MFT cs, Pretty Pink Posh die, Altnew and Ranger Distress ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Bear-E40, E41, E42, E31, E33, E35, R22, R01, R02; Wand-B000; Bubbles-B000, B01, RV000, RV00, Y00, Y02; Ground-W1, W2; Flowers-B21, B23, G40, G43

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world. 

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Waving Hello {Purple Onion Designs}

After watching all the 9/11 tributes and programs this weekend which were very moving, I felt I needed to spend time in my craft room to take my mind off all the sadness. It may have been twenty years ago but it is still raw as I am sure it was for you. Purple Onion Designs stamps are always so cheerful and innocent so they were a panacea to the somberness I was feeling. 


I stamped the S.S. Minow onto Copic friendly cardstock, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut out using scissors and my Fiskars Fingertip craft knife for the more intricate areas. To create the background panel, I embossed a cloudy day cover panel onto a white linen cardstock rectangle and added the waves in three different colors of cardstock. I slipped in the sailboat between the waves using thin foam dimensionals. The sentiment from the Journey Sentiment Set  was separated and stamped onto a cloud cut with a cutting file and another one cut with the cover panel. 

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, MFT and PTI cs, Reverse Confetti and Impression Obsession dies, The Cat's Pajamas Cutables, Altenew and WPlus9 ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Sailboat-W00, E81, B0000, B000, B02; Buoy-R21, R35; Bird-B91, B93, YR31. W00, W1, YR01, YR02; Bunny-C1, C3, R01, R02, YG01, YG03, B91, B93, B21, B23

I am submitting this to the current Fusion Card Challenge

Have a blessed week. May all our tomorrows be better than 9/11.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

{The Cat's Pajamas} A Nutcracker Christmas

My project for today features the sweet Nutcracker Digi stamp from The Cat's Pajamas



I used the Print and Cut features in the Silhouette Studio software to print and cut out both the nutcracker and the sentiment. I also changed the color of the sentiment with the software. The size of the card is a mini slimline (3.25 by 6.25) and the background was accomplished by blending broken china distress ink onto the panel. Both the sentiment and image were attached using foam dimensionals. A few clear jewels finished it up. 



Products: The Cat's Pajamas Digital Stamps, Catherine Pooler dp, PTI cs, Ranger Distress Ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Skin-E000, E00, E11; Eyes-B41, B34; Lips-R01, R02; Mustache/Hair-C00, C1, C3; Clothing-R20, R22, R24, R27, B000, B01, B04, W00, E81; Shoes-N1, N3, N5, N7


I hope you have a great rest of the week. Thanks for stopping by.


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

{The Cat's Pajamas} 4 U


Today's card feature's the No Peeking digital stamp from The Cat's Pajamas. This was a favorite clear stamp and I was sad to see it retired. So when Alma added the digital version to the shop I jumped on it.

I printed the bear and the 4 U tag onto Copic friendly cardstock then cut out using a pierce edge die. I used a combination of Copic and Altenew markers to color it plus a white gel pen to polka dot the bow. I added some patterned paper on the background to make it festive yet clean and simple. Easy peasy and one more Christmas card to add to the stash. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas digital stamps, MFT dp, PTI cs, Sakura Gel pen, MFT die, Altenew ink, Copic and Altenew Markers
Copics: Bear-W00, E81, E40, E41, E42, E44, E49, R02; Bow-R20, R21, R22, R24, R27; Tag-W00, E8; Ground-BG000, BG11
Altenews: Gift Box-G702, G715, G554

That's it for today. I hope to see you back here soon. 

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Last Day of the Purple Onion Designs Sale!



It is the last day to take advantage of the Purple Onion Designs anniversary sale. The sale ends at midnight EDT.


I stamped one of the fish from the Tropical Fish Set, Sea Horse and Crab onto Copic friendly cardstock, colored with Copic Markers, then fussy cut out. To prepare the background I used a stencil and blended lazy day and summer splash ink onto water color cardstock, then splashed with droplets of water. After attaching the net diecut I placed the tropical creatures onto to it and then stamped the sentiment from the Sea-timents set. 

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Reverse Confetti, Bazzil and Ranger Distress cs, MFT stencil, MFT and Altenew ink
Copics: Sea Horse-RV00, RV53. RV55, BG000, BG01; Fish-YR00, YR01 YR12; Crab-R20, R22, R24

Have a fantastic week! 

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Happy Thoughts of You {Purple Onion Designs Sale}


I am back with another project for the  Purple Onion Designs anniversary sale which ends Monday so don't miss it! Today's card features more adorable images illustrated by Stacey Yacula (@staceyyacula). 


I stamped Free Spirit (fox and frog on bicycle) onto Copic friendly cardstock, masked, then stamped the Beach Umbrella. After coloring with Copic markers, I stamped the Sun with sweet mustard ink then topped it with a tiny stitched circle diecut. The sentiment from the Sweet Summer Sentiments set was white heat embossed onto cardstock, framed, then attached to the patterned paper border. 

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, MFT cs, PTI cs, MFT die, Pinkfresh Studio and Altenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Fox-W00, E81, YR01, YR20, YR12; Frog-YG00,YG01, YG03; Umbrella-Y000, Y00, Y13, Y17, BG000, BG01, BG02; Bicycle-R21, R22, R05, Y000, Y00, Y13, Y17, BG000, BG01, BG02, YG00,YG01

Stay safe. Stay healthy. 

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Friday, August 6, 2021

Swimmingly Good Day {Purple Onion Designs Sale}



I have definitely been the design team slacker due to some health concerns but I am trying to catch up with my talented teammates with projects for the annual Purple Onion Designs anniversary sale. The stamps, including those in the sale section are 25% off through August 9. 

Today's card features some super fun images illustrated by Shari Bresciani. 


I combined images from the Rocks, Seawood & CoralSeashells & Starfish and Squid & Stingray stamped onto a circle diecut for an underwater scene. After coloring with Copic Markers, I matted onto another cardstock circle and attached to the card front where I had blended tumbled glass ink. I stamped the larger starfish from the Seashells & Starfish set directly onto the card front twice, and also colored with Copic markers. The sentiment from the Sea-timents was stamped and white heat embossed onto a patterned paper strip using raspberry sorbet ink. A few holeless sequins finished it up.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI and MFT cs, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen,  Pinkfresh Studio die, Ranger Distress and Altenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Squid-RV000, RV52, RV55; Rocks-C00, C1, C3; Seaweed-YG00, YG01, YG03; Coral-V01, V12, V15, BG000, BG01, BG02; Seashells-R20, R21, R22, YR31, Y35, YR00, YR02 ; Ocean Floor-E40, E41, E42; Ocean Water-BG0000, BG000, BG11; Starfish-RV00, RV52, RV55

As always, thank you for stopping by small part of the blog world. I hope you will take advantage of the sale!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Sending Jumbo Hugs {Purple Onion Designs Sale!}


The annual Purple Onion Designs anniversary sale is going strong. In celebration of 18 wonderful years in business, the stamps are 25% off including those already in the sale section. The sale price will be reflected in your cart. 

Today's card features an image illustrated by the extremely talented Julian Charlton (@juliancharlton). 


I stamped Lottie's Gang-Squad Hugs onto Copic friendly cardstock, cut out with a stitched oval die, then colored with Copic markers. I created a background piece using a retired stamp with sweet blush ink onto linen cardstock. The sentiment from the Elliot & Marcel-Hugs set was stamped directly onto the background then the image was attached to it using a layer of craft foam.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI cs, My Favorite Things die, PTI and Altenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Pigs-E000, E00, E01; Fox-W00, E81, E11, E13, E15; Skin-E000, E00, E11, R20, R21; Hair-E50, E51, E53, E57; Dress/Hair Band-R01, R02, R05

Have a blessed day! Thank you for stopping by.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

{The Cat's Pajamas} Christmas Gift Tags

Today's projects are all about some of the new The Cat's Pajamas cutables. Alma knows how much I love tags and I was delighted to see the super cute Christmas tags she created for us to play with including this adorable set. I foresee me cutting all of these. And of course you can cut them at any size you want, so they can also go on cards if you don't need gift tags.


I selected two .svg files from the Wonky Ornament Tag Cutables to work with in my Silhouette machine. I love the color combos Alma used on the graphics and I was tempted to use the same. However, I thought that might be a bit redundant. Everything was cut from either cardstock or patterned paper. 


I added some small jewels for sparkle.


And either ribbon, cording and gold thread to the ornament holes. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas cutables, Doodlebug dp, Bazzill cardstock, Hemptique cord, May Arts ribbon, Doodlebug jewels

I had a blast making these and I am sure you will too.  


You only have until the end of this month to take advantage of the 60% off sale on our physical inventory. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. 

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Purple Onion Designs Anniversary Sale!


Yay! A great way to start the week off is with the annual Purple Onion Designs anniversary sale! It has been 18 wonderful years of fabulous designs and excellent customer service. As a thank you to our wonderful customer, the stamps are 25% off including those already in the sale section.

Today's card features images illustrated by the imcomparable Stacey Yacula (@staceyyacula), often imitated but there is nothing like the original. 

Wooley (lamb), Billy (goat), Flo, Mo and Bo (chicks) and Spring Fence were all stamped onto Copic friendly cardstock, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut out. Yes, even that fence! What was I thinking? To create the background scene, I stamped the Farm Horizon and then the smallest image from the 2 Forests set and added a sentiment from the Around the Town Sentiment set (ironic considering this is a farm scene). I added a few grassy scribbles with a multi-liner pen, then colored with Copic markers. To assemble, I first attached the fence to the scene, only gluing on the two edges. I then slipped the goat and the lamp underneath, attaching with foam dimensionals around their heads. One of the chicks was perched on the fence and the other two around the sentiment, all attached with foam dimensionals. 

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI cs, Marvy Liquid Applique, Copic Multi-Liner pen, Altenew ink, Copic Makers
Copics: Goat-W00, E81, C00, C1, C3, C5, R11, R20, R22, R27; Lamb-W00, E81, N1, N3, R11, R20; Chicks-YR30, YR31, Y17; Barn/Fence-W00, E81, T0, T1, T3, T5; Silo-C00, C1, C3; Fence-E21, E23; Trees-G40, G43; Grass-YG61, YG63, YG67; Sky-BG0000, BG000, BG11

Now get shopping and take advantage of this great sale! Have a great week!

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Blessings This Holiday Season

Today's Christmas in July card is for the July CAS Christmas Challenge



I love Poinsettias but much to my husband's dismay I never want the red ones. I always like the soft greens ones best. After stamping, die cutting and coloring the image from the Altenew Festive Poinsettia stamp and die set, I attached the piece to a frame cut from white and metallic cardstock using a die from The Stamp Market (did not see it in their shop). I stamped the sentiments using golden glitz and black ink and added a gold metallic border at the bottom. Before attaching the image piece, I adhered some messy gold thread on the card front for a little more glitz and glam.

Products: Altenew stamps and die, PTI and Michael's metallic cs, The Stamp Market die, Delicata and Altenew ink
Copics: G20, G40, G43, Y35


Have a great week! Thank you so much for stopping by. 

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Cat's Pajamas Christmas in July

I have two projects to share with you today featuring some of the new The Cat's Pajamas digital stamps and cutables. TCP has been doing Christmas in July releases for several years now which really helps me to get started on my Christmas cards. 


First up is the new digital stamp set Penguin Sleigh which was printed onto Copic friendly cardstock, colored with Copics, then fussy cut out. I attached it to a die cut circle. The sentiment front the set was printed onto the card front and I anchored the image circle with a strip of patterned paper. A few rain stones finished it up. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas digital stamps, MFT dp, Bazzill and PTI cs, MFT dies, Copic Markers
Copics: Cardinal/Santa Sack Ribbon/Sleigh Trim-R21, R22, R24, R27; Toy Sack/YG01, YG03, YG13; Sleigh-BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02; Penguin/Cardinal Beak/Feet-YR30, YR31, YR12; Penguin Scarf-RV10, R81, R83; Penguin Hat-BG000, BG01, BG02

I used the new Simply Winter Cutables to cut the bird and pine branches from cardstock using my Silhouette machine. After assembling the cardinal I used R30 Copic to shade and then added a small enamel heart. The pine bough was cut twice so I would have another small branch both cut from white cardstock. I blended on bundled sage and iced spruce distress oxide ink, sprinkled glue over the stems, then poured glitter over it for a bit of sparkle. I prepared the background with tumbled glass distress ink and water. The cut pieces were attached to a vellum circle which was then strategically glued to the background so the glue would not show. The sentiment from the Merry Everything set (which is 60% off) was stamped using silvery shimmer ink onto cardstock cut with a double ended flag die. I layered it onto a rectangle piece cut from the same cardstock piece as the bird for a bit of extra color. Lastly I added a few sparkly enamel dots. 

Products: The Cat's Pajamas stamp and cutables, PTI and Ranger watercolor cardstock, Doodlebug enamel dots, Ranger Distress and Oxide ink, Delicata ink



As TCP continues to transition to digital products, the physical product as 60% off.


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Monday, July 12, 2021

Sending Happy Wishes

If I am going to do a Christmas in July this year, I am off to a very slow start! There will be Christmas cards completed this month but I have no idea how many at this point. 

I couldn't resist the My Favorite Things Christmas Cardinals set when it went on sale, stamping three of the branches and the cardinal onto Copic friendly card stock then cutting out with the matching dies. I used this week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #549 for the layout using two of the holly branches as the diagnoal portion along with  a strip silver metallic cardstock. I attached the other branch and the bird to a die cut patterned paper circle using foam dimensionals. Before attaching all the pieces to the card front, I stamped the branches using soft stone ink. The sentiment was white embossed. 

Products: My Favorite Things stamps, dies and dp, PTI and American Crafts cardstock, Marvy Liquid Applique, Versamark and Altenew ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Cardinal-R21, R22, R24, R27, YR31; Hat-E81, YG00, YG01, YG03; Branches-E21, E23, E25, G40, G43, G46, YG01, R27

I hope your week is off to a great start. 

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Sending Hugs

Hello there.  Today's card features a combo of current and retired products from Pinkfresh Studio using the colors from this weeks Color Throwdown #648 challenge.


After stamping and die cutting the flowers and greenery from the (retired) Fleur 1 set, I colored with Copic markers. I attached the various florals to an oval piece cut with the smaller die from the Braided Oval Essentials set. The sentiment was stamped using the Perfect Sentiments set and cut with the matching die. For the background I spot blended Fresh Pear ink onto the card front using the Simple Plaid Stencil. The oval piece was attached using a layer of craft foam. 

Products: Pinkfresh Studio stamps, dies and stencil, PTI cs, Altenew ink and PinkFresh Studio ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Flowers-YR00, YR01, YR02, YR04, V01, V12, V15, V17, RV11, R81, R83, R85; Greenery-YG00, YG03



I hope your week is off to a great start!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Happy Summer

Hello there. It's been three weeks since I have posted here on my blog. I don't know where the time goes but I really have been quite busy. I hope to get back into a creative groove soon as I am missing my craft table.

I have two projects to share with you today featuring some of the new The Cat's Pajamas digital stamps and cutables.

Using Photoshop Elements, I combined the gnome and the sentiment from the Bee Happy, Bee Gnome Digi stamp, then printed onto Copic friendly cardstock. I then cut with a octagon shaped die and colored with Copic markers. I created the background by using my Silhouette machine to cut the HoneyComb Coverplate Cutables from harvest gold cardstock, then cut for a bottom border only. I then added a strip of patterned paper at the top of the honeycomb border for added color. The image piece was attached using a layer of craft foam and a few enamel dots finished it up.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas digi stamps and cutables, Catherine Pooler dp, PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Lifetstyle Crafts die, Copic Markers
Copics: Skin-E000, E00, E02, E11; Beard-C00, C1, C3; Bee Parts-Y00, Y13, Y15, N1, N3, N5, BG70, BG10; Flower-Y000, Y13 Y35, T1, T3, T5; Leaves/Stem/Grass-YG00, YG03; Shadows-BG0000, BG000, BG70

For my second card I used some old nestabilities to die cut the round card base from patterned paper and cardstock, then used a stencil and spring rain ink for the cloud filled background. I used my Silhouette machine to cut the Happy Sun from cardstock and patterned paper and the sunshades from the Vintage Beach Cutable from patterned paper. The shades were attached to the sun with foam dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped onto the clouds and I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

Products: The Cat's Pajamas Cutables, PTI an Catherine Pooler dp, PTI and Bazzill cs, MFT stencil, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Altenew and Pinkfresh Studio ink

Thank for hanging with me. I'll be back. 

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