It’s your birthday! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing a fun birthday card today, featuring a few images from Purple Onion Designs. Dotty is as adorable as all of Stacey Yacula’s other critters, I just love her illustration style so much. This particular mouse has her arms out, making her the perfect choice if you want her holding something. I chose the balloons from the Balloon Trio & Streamer set, making sure the knot holding all the balloons together is in her hands. I stamped both the balloons and the cute little mouse using Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things, and stamped The Perfect Spot behind them using Fadeout ink from Inkon3.

I colored the scene with Copics, then used The Perfect Spot again to stamp on white cardstock (Stamper’s Select White from Papertrey Ink, my favorite white cardstock), this time using Memento Espresso Truffle ink. I wanted this to be more visible than the background without being stark black, and this color is perfect. I then die cut the white panel using two dies: a rectangle die from Waffle Flower to make it smaller and the Watercolor Wash Free Form die from My Favorite Things to create a window.

I added foam tape on the back of my white panel for dimension and lined up the stamped lines on the two panels as best as I could, before adding my double panel to a card base I created from Soft Stone cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I then stamped a sentiment from the Everyday Blurbs stamp set using Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink, fussy cut around it leaving a thin white border and mounted it on foam tape. To finish off the card I used a Gelly Roll 05 to create white dots on the pink balloon.

Fairly simple color palette for this one. I also used B90, which is a color I’ve made myself.

Paint the town! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! I have a birthday card to share with you today, featuring Polly from Purple Onion Designs. I’ve used this image before, and this time, I teamed her up with the Country Flower Set. The country flowers and Polly are all from the A Happy Little Place release from 2021, illustrated by the one and only Stacey Yacula.

I stamped and colored my images, before fussy cutting them, leaving a bit of a white border around them all. I put my colored pieces aside and started working on the rest of the card. I decided to do a bit of ink blending with the Paint Strokes stencil from My Favorite Things. I thought the brush strokes would be good for a background for my colored images.

I started out with Coral Bliss and Pink Pearl inks from Altenew for the pink, but wanted a little more oomph and went over them with Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick distress inks, which gave it the pink I wanted. On the orange paint stroke, I only used Spiced Marmalade distress ink, and for the yellow, I chose Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks. I then stamped a sentiment from the Around the Town sentiment set using Obsidian ink from Altenew, before I adhered my images near the bottom of the card. I put Polly herself on foam tape, just to make her stand out a little bit against the background, and I finished off with a few gems from the Crystal Collection – Glass from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

For such small images, I used a lot of colors for this card.

Happy holidays {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a simple holiday card to share with you today, featuring Birch from Purple Onion Designs. Christmas might be 8 months away, but with the weather we’ve been having, it feels like it could be just around the corner. And even though I long for warmer weather, I still love creating holiday cards with Stacey Yacula’s cute critters.

I stamped and masked Birch before stamping the Snowy Fence behind him. I colored in the ground, the adorable bunny and the snowy fence with Copics, before covering them with masks so I could air brush the sky.

I used a gradient of purples for the sky, starting with BV17 at the top and working my way down to B60 at the very bottom. B60 is technically a blue color, but the entire B60 family has a purple tinge, making B60 the perfect choice for the lightest color in the sky. I then used the Big Happy Holidays die from Mama Elephant to die cut 6 layers from white cardstock that I stacked for a super dimensional sentiment that I placed in the sky. I decided to keep the card very clean and simple and didn’t add any embellishments at all.

Lots of cool tones for this one (the markers after the gap are the ones I used for the air brushing).

December 24th – finally! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I know the heading on this blog post is a little misleading, but I’ve made a cute gift tag for Christmas, featuring Joyce from Purple Onion Designs.

I stamped the cute mouse using Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto Classic Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink, before covering the image with a mask and running the cardstock through my printer to add the lyrics to a Norwegian Christmas song all about mice. I thought it was a fitting background. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils (not Copics, I know, it’s rare), heat embossed a sentiment from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS above the cutie and used a die from the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX die set from My Favorite Things to turn it into a tag. I then die cut a label from the Everyday Gift Box die set (also MFT) from Wild Cherry cardstock from My Favorite Things, and used the tag die again to turn it into the top piece of my tag. I also used a reinforcer die from the Fold-Up Tags die set (also from MFT) and die cut that from Dark Chocolate cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I added a ribbon, a couple of bells and some Cherry twine from Whisker Graphics to the top of the tag, before adhering a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish.

Time for a bike ride {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a springtime card to share today. Can you tell I’m sick of this cold, wet, snowy, rainy weather? This is Anna from Purple Onion Designs, riding her bike in the country side with a stone wall separating her from fields of green.

I love how happy this mouse looks riding that bike. Stacey Yacula has a way of creating characters that really come to life, I’m such a big fan of her style.

I stamped Anna, added a mask, then stamped the stone wall. Both were stamped with Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things, which is a Copic friendly ink. I then used second generation stamping with the country side background, this time with Memento Espresso Truffle ink for a somewhat softer look.

I colored in my scene using Copics, then stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Around the Town sentiment set.

I used a white Gelly Roll 05 to create the white dot “flowers” in the background and added my panel to a top folding white card base I created. The finished card measures 6 x 4″.

This is a very mail friendly card. No embellishments, it’s almost one layer and sooo simple.

Quite a few Copics, but that usually happens with these full scene cards I create with Purple Onion stamps.

May all your wishes come true! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m here today sharing a 4 bar card. I love creating cards of all sizes, and this is a fun one, I enjoy the smaller format.

This is Wishing from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Stacey Yacula. It’s one of the larger stamps from Purple Onion, and it’s actually the first Purple Onion stamp I ever colored up, which means it holds a special place in my heart. I wanted a soft look and stamped the image in Fadeout ink from Inkon3 before coloring.

I love no line coloring, and no line is perfect for an image like this, which has just enough detail to make it interesting, but it’s still large enough to get soft gradient in colors and not too fiddly.

Once I finished my coloring, I added my panel to a 4 bar card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I created some texture to the dandelion fluff by using my Quickie glue pen and sprinkling on Rock Candy Distress glitter.

I adhered scraps of a Doodlebug mini paper doily to opposite corners of the card to add to the soft, delicate look I was aiming for. Using Sour Apple ink from My Favorite Things, I stamped a sentiment from the A Beautiful Day sentiment set from Purple Onion Designs onto Sprout cardstock from Concord & 9th, cut it down to a strip and mounted it on foam tape and adhered it to the top right corner of the card, before finishing off with a trio of crystals from Papirdesign.

Very soft color palette.

Have an ice day! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m back today with a larger card, featuring a couple of critters and a background stamp from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Shari Bresciani.

Meet Parker and Walter. These critters from Shari have so much character, they’re so quirky and fun. A whack a mole type card would be fun with lots of holes on the ice and Walter sticking out of one of them. Whack a walrus?

I stamped and masked both Parker and Walter before using the Snow much fun background stamp to create the scene around them. For the background section of the background stamp, I used Fadeout ink from Inkon3, and Extreme Black ink from My Favorite Things for the foreground.

I didn’t want to mess up the card too much with my sentiment, so I decided to add a subtle one from the Snow Much Fun sentiment set, using Aqua Mist ink from Papertrey Ink. I think it goes well with the ice.

I cut the panel down to 6×4″ and mounted it in the center of an A7 card base using foam tape. And that’s it. Super simple.

Not so simple; the coloring. A lot of Copics went into creating this card. It’s become the norm for me when creating these full scene cards using Purple Onion images.

By the way, there’s a March madness sale going on at Purple Onion Designs right now. Select stamps are 50% off, no coupon needed, sale price will be reflected in your cart. Sale ends March 10, 2023. Some of my favorite stamps are in the March madness category – just sayin’. 😉

HERD you needed a hug {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m so happy to be back in the craft room on a somewhat regular basis. The months of mid October through mid January were insane, and I had no crafty time whatsoever, but that’s changed now. I have a fun card to share today, featuring this Hugs image from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Julian Charlton. I love his Elliot & Marcel images, they’re quirky and cute and just perfect.

I chose to color Elliot in a very soft grey, and once fully colored, fussy cut the image leaving a thin white border. I put the image aside and started working on the rest of the card.

I felt a landscape design would work best for what I had in mind, and used the Geometric Landscape stencil from Altenew to create some interest in the background with blue inks, also from Altenew. I used the entire Lapis Lazuli color palette from Altenew for my blending, (Azurite, Ultramarine, Eastern Sky, Iceberg) which fades to white at the top.

Using the Sending You Hugs die from My Favorite Things, I die cut the letters to spell out HUG four times from white cardstock from Papertrey Ink, which happens to be the same cardstock I used for my cardbase. I love their white cardstock, it’s the best by far. I stacked the letters for dimension and stamped and white heat embossed a punny sentiment that comes with Elliot & Marcel. There are actually a few more sentiments in the set, and I added another one to the inside of the card. I didn’t have the right color cardstock, though, so I cheated and covered white cardstock with the Azurite color, which is the darkest of the four blues I used for the blending of the background. To create the sentiment strip, I went direct to paper, and used my heat tool to speed up the drying process of the ink so I could stamp and heat emboss on top. I added three additional strips of cardstock behind it to make it flush with the die cut letters, adhered it to the card and finished off with a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

I chimply love punny sentiments and couldn’t resist.

Very simple color palette for this one. This was fast to color.

You’re always on my nice list {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. Winter solstice was yesterday, which means that the days in the Northern hemisphere will gradually get longer from now on. I’m all for longer days, less than 6 hours of daylight each day is depressing, and I long for summer days that seem to have no end. The snow does help make it brighter, but the last couple of days have been foggy and rainy, and the snow has turned to deadly ice as a result. Santa’s little helpers don’t seem to care about that, and with only two days left until Christmas, it’s time to decide who’s naughty or nice.

Cue Chippey and Ralphie from the latest Stacey Yacula release from Purple Onion Designs (A Little Christmas Magic!). They’re making their list, and checking it twice in the Toy Workshop. I made sure to use second generation stamping for the Toy Workshop to make the critters in the foreground stand out. I also used a couple of images from the Holiday Toy Set and turned the North Pole Sign into a poster on the wall, stamping it in Fadeout ink from Inkon3 for a no line look.

I’ve always been a fan of creating blue Christmas cards, but in the past couple of years, green has grown on me, and I think I made more green Christmas cards this year than blue ones. It helps that I’ve found a green Copic combo that I really like.

When all the coloring was done, I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Santa Sentiment Set, also from this year’s holiday release. I used super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger for my embossing, it always embosses well.

Lots of Copics for this one.

Oh deer, it’s that time of year!

Hi, crafty friends! I’m back with another card featuring the A Little Christmas Magic! collection from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Stacey Yacula.

This time I’ve teamed up Prancer and Bluster in front of the Holiday Arch and the North Pole sign. I’ve done my best with the cards I’ve made using this release to change up the sky between cards. This time I went for an overcast look, and it’s all a very soft blue green color.

I used a white Gelly Roll 05 pen to create the white dots on the deer, and a die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 2 set from My Favorite Things to create the faux stitching on the edges of the panel. By not stamping the entire deer, it creates a dynamic effect of having it walk in from the edge of the card.

I stamped a sentiment from the Santa Sentiment set using Autumn Rose ink from Papertrey Ink and adhered the panel to a card base I created using cardstock in the same color.

I created a sparkly snowy effect here and there by using my Quickie glue pen from Sakura and sprinkling on Rock Candy Distress Glitter from Ranger.

The pink and blue green color combination is definitely not traditional for Christmas, but I kind of like it. What do you think, does it work?

Quite a few Copics for such a simple card.

I’ve got some good news, the Purple Onion Designs holiday sale has been extended and doesn’t end until midnight tomorrow. Extra time to get stamps at 25% off, just sayin’ 😉