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Purple Onion Designs Surprise Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Surprise Bloghop for Purple Onion Designs! I have always loved these stamps and today I have a special holiday project to share with you (and a sale)!  To celebrate this weekend, Purple Onion Designs is offering 25% off all stamps in the shop here. Oh, I love a good sale!

There’s also prizes, stay tuned to see the details at the end of this post.

This first card project I’m sharing features some of my favorite characters:

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The penguin is Frost, that cute bunny is named Fawn, and I also used the Log and Tree (that comes in a set of three different trees). The sentiment is Holly Jolly.. I love the mix of script and plain text!

Here’s a closer look at just how sweet these characters are! Don’t they make you feel like smiling?

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Next is a tag featuring my all time favorite happy owl!

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This is Flora and she’s just so happy! I love to color this stamp during the holiday season just to feel a bit of that joy… I used some striped washi tape for a more festive feel.

And the last project features my all-time favorite Santa:

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Isn’t he great!? He has such a kindness about him. I simply colored up Santa, added some Copic coloring, and some swirly snow with a white gel pen. Voila! That’s really all you need with this image because it is such a great size for a card (this is a regular A2 size: 4.25″ x 5.5″). Love it!

THE PRIZE:

In celebration of the hop, Sandy Allnock is giving away spots in a class of their choice to 3 lucky commenters along the bloghop – so be sure to comment everywhere! If the winner has already purchased a class during the current sale, that class fee can be refunded. Winner will be posted on Sandy’s blog on December 1, 2017. Good luck!

Here is the list of the hop! Your next stop is the talented Alice Wertz!

Sandy Allnock
Tracey MacDonald
Kelly Booth
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Sonja Kerkhoffs
Anna Lorenzetto
Sally On
Hannah Rubenstahl
Robyn Schultz
Simone Schwagler
Susen Srb
Nancy Thomas
Kari VanNoy  <— You are here!
Alice Wertz
Amy Yang
Vera Yates

Thank you so much for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind comments!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Mistletoe Greenery

Hello! Today I have a beautiful stamp to share with you…it’s called Mistletoe from Altenew and it is so fun to play with! It is a multi-layer stamp set, so you can use a variety of ink colors to make a beautiful image (no coloring required).

I have discovered my favorite green inks so far: the lighter green is Chirp Chirp from Waffle Flower, and the darker green ink is Fern from Simon Says Stamp. I am sure I will be using this combination many times this holiday season!

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I added the red berries using Distress Oxide ink and added some shading with Prismacolor Pencil. Then I used the JOY die cut from My Favorite Things to cut out a red glitter paper sentiment. I love how this came together.

I love the holiday season and I hope to get a lot of cards made this year. Do you send out holiday cards?

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Big Bear Halloween Version, 4 ways

Hello! I have some fun Halloween cards for you using the “Boo” set from Waffle Flower, featuring one of my favorite characters: Big Bear! I use mostly Distress Oxide Inks to create these backgrounds and I really had a lot of fun!

This first one is the simplest to make: just stamp some black stripes for the background, color up your bear and pop him up using Scotch 3M foam tape! (This is my favorite and I buy it in a big roll!) I used the Plaid Play set to stamp these stripes in VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

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[Here I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the bear.] Then, I added the card panel to an orange card base, stamped the “Boo” sentiment in orange marmalade Distress Oxide ink and Voila! A cute Halloween card that didn’t take very long at all!

For the second card, I used the same stamp set, but got a very different look!

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Oh, Big Bear, you look very cute with a cape! I just cut a small piece of felt in a “cape-like” shape and attached it to the car front using my favorite glue: Tombow Mono Multi glue. A little black twine tied in a knot makes it look like an official cape. Lol.

For the background, I used Distress Oxide Ink in Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Wilted Violet. (These are from the January 2017 Distress Oxide colors).  I added some die cut stars in silver glitter paper, and a moon shape and sentiment from the Waffle Flower “Reach for the Stars” set.

I love those ghosts in the corner!

My third card uses Distress Oxide ink in Spiced Marmalade to make a puff of smoke behind Big Bear. I cut my own mask in a smoke shape using Post-It Full Adhesive sheets, then inked on the orange color. Add some sparkly Stickles and White dots to create a magical look.

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The background is made with Distress Oxides in Broken China and Faded Jeans colors and splashed with water droplets. I masked the bear first before this ink went on…it’s an *almost* one layer card! The Boo sentiment is heat embossed in white on a black strip of cardstock and adhered to the upper left of the card. I like the black card base for this one.

And my last card is one of my favorites…Big Bear flying over a graveyard!! (This grave stamp set is from My Favorite Things)

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The Distress Oxides are wonderful for creating a background like this! I also inked on the gravestones using the Iced Spruce color. To get the granite-like texture on the gravestones, the Distress Spritzer is key! I used a few grey Distress Markers in the spritzer on the gravestones BEFORE I cut them out. Don’t they look cool?

For the stars in the sky, I used one of my favorite colors of Stickles: here. It creates a silvery/gold star in the sky! Just add some dots and they dry to a glittery perfection.

I hope you enjoyed these projects! I’d love to hear if you send out Halloween Cards. I have to say, that I don’t normally send Halloween cards, but when you have stamps as cute as these…now I love to make and send them!

Happy Halloween!

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Christmas Wish List and Deals

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Here are some shopping ideas for Stampers. I will continue to update this list for deals and sales! Enjoy.

 

  White Dividers to Organize Stamps
Avery Elle Stamp Storage Dividers
 Deco Foil  Transfer Gel
Darice Ultra Fine Applicator Bottle
 Birch Wood Paper
 Cherry Wood Veneer Paper
 Glossy Accents

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Fight Like A Girl (Breast Cancer Awareness) Cards

I just have to give a shout out to Amuse Studio Stamps for offering a beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness stamp set called “Fight Like a Girl.” I received these stamps last week and purchased the die to go with them. Right now they are still offering this stamp set for free (you just have to pay shipping & handling). (The die is already sold out when I checked tonight.)

Here’s the cards I made to honor my friends and family for October Breast Cancer Awareness month:

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I used the Hope stamp and the Pink Ribbon stamp (and die) on this card. [The flowers are from a Waffle Flower set called Wild & Free.] Of course, I had to add some diamond Stickles to the ribbon…I love a little sparkle! To add some pink highlights around the edges, I inked on some Distress Ink in “Spun Sugar.”

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This card has some irridescent pink sequins. They look purple in this picture, but in real life they are beautiful and pink! I love this “Think Pink” sentiment! I used the negative of the ribbon die to make this card…I love it when you can make two cards with the same die!

Here is a link to the stamp set by Amuse Studio if you are interested: Fight Like A Girl.

I love these stamps and I hope you enjoyed my projects!

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Merry Making Class Day 5

Today I was inspired to try my hand at a holiday watercolor card. Debby Hughes is the master at watercoloring a scene, and she made a glorious card to show us her technique. Here, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to watercolor my scene.

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I adore this Stamping Bella image…so cute! That carrot is just waiting to be put on the snowman as a nose! Well, that wraps up the class projects this time around. I will take more time to finish up a few more projects I really wanted to try…soon!  I really enjoyed this class and can recommend any of these classes they offer. Enjoy!

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Merry Making Class Day 4

I’m back with a great card using all die cuts, inspired by Nichol Spohr! Ok, ok, there is ONE stamp on this card: the greeting! But other than that, this is mostly die cuts colored up with some Distress Inks. I love how it turned out! These are some new stamps and dies from Right At Home Stamps and I love the car and that sentiment!

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See you again for the last day of class projects tomorrow!

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Merry Making Class Day 3

Hello! Today I was inspired again by Kristina Werner in the Merry Making Course. She showed us a method of using non-holiday stamps and coloring them up using holiday colors for a beautiful card. So I used a background stamp by Simon Says Stamp (Cora background). I thought it looked a little like a wreath. It just needs a red bow!

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I used Copics only on the center part (wreath) and added a popped up sentiment. I also added some Nuvo drops in green, but you may not be able to see them in the picture. In real life, it adds a fun dimension to the project. See you again tomorrow with another card!

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Merry Making Class Day 2

Today Jennifer McGuire inspired me in the Online Card Classes Merry Making course. She showed us how to score a heavy weight paper (110# is best) and then stamp on top. It leaves a beautiful white line through the image. Here’s my take:

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See those scored lines? I think this looks even more beautiful in real life…but hopefully you can see a little of the lines. I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun project inspired by class!

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Merry Making Class Day 1

I’m happy to be joining in on the Online Card Classes Merry Making course this month! Today, I was inspired by Kristina Werner. She taught us a bokeh technique using Distress Oxide inks and water. Simple, but so beautiful! Here’s my take on the project:

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I just love that little Arctic Fox looking up at the snowy sky! Such a fun card today. Thanks for the inspiration, Kristina! Loving class so far. I’ll be back with more tomorrow!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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