Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Hip hip hooray... it's release day!


Hello, hello!

It's an exciting day here on the ol' blog because today is release day at Purple Onion Designs! This new release is called A Special Day and it really is special because it celebrates 10 years of Stacey Yacula designing her signature cute critters for Purple Onion Designs. Whether you are celebrating birthdays, weddings, graduations or retirements, this adorable collection of stamps has a little something for everyone. 

For my card today I have made a long slimline birthday card featuring several of the sweet woodland critters taking part in a birthday parade. Jamie, the mouse leads the way while Petunia, the skunk carries a waving banner. Jessie and Jaye, the two little birds follow by both land and air while Bugsy, the bunny brings up the rear with his gift in one hand and balloon bobbing along behind them. They are marching through a deep woodland forest that I colored in by hand, on their way to the big birthday bash.  :) 

Now for the best news... Purple Onion Designs is offering t
he complete A Special Day collection as a bundle with a 30% discount which will sell for $130.00.  The bundle consists of all 28 stamps/stamp sets and the coordinating "Let's Celebrate" sentiment set. Also, In celebration of Stacey's 10th year illustrating stamps for Purple Onion Designs, the entire A Special Day collection will be 10% off when purchased individually. The bundle will not receive the additional 10% off since it is already discounted 30%. The special bundle price and the 10% birthday discount will run for two weeks and end on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Now go and enjoy this special day!

Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Purple Onion Designs (Jamie, Petunia, Jessie, Jaye and Bugsy)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and rich cocoa
Pinkfresh Studio stitched slimline die
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:
path/grass- E31, E42, E43, E44/YG01, YG03, YG63, YG25, YG17, G43
mouse- E50, E41, E31, E55, E93, R000, R30
skunk- C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, C9, R000, R30
rabbit- E50, E40, E81, E43, R000, R30
birds- Y11, Y21, Y26, C0, C1, C2, C5, C7, R000, R30, B04, B24, B18, B29
balloons- Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y18, R22, R24, R46, R89
banners/gifts- R00, R24, R27, R29, R89, Y11, Y02, Y15, Y18, B02, B16, B18
trees- E31, E34, E35, E57, E47, G94, G99


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Footprints on the moon...

Hello friends!

While I'm still busy getting ready for the next big release, which I will be sharing here tomorrow, I was lucky to find this card that I hadn't shared on the ol' blog yet. This spacey space cadet is Oddball Astronaut from the most recent release at Stamping Bella. He may not seem too excited about planting his flag on the lunar surface but I assure you, he makes for some out of this world cards, LOL!


Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Stamping Bella (Oddball Astronaut
ink- Memento tuxedo black
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1

Dr PH Martins bleed proof white

Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04
hair- E33, E44, E47
eyes- BG000, C2, C3, B23, B45, B99
space suit- C00, C0, C2, C3, C5, C6, C8, C9, T6, T10, 0, FBG2, B06, R14, R29

moon- W2, W3, W4, W5, W6
space- FBG2, BG05, FYG2, C10, 100
flag- B02, B06, B39, YG03, YG17, G29, E31, E33, C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, C6

Monday, May 23, 2022

Make some waves...

Good morning!

Yesterday was a busy day for me that left me with very little time to color. This had me grabbing the stack of pre-stamped/pre-colored images that I keep on my desk for just such an occasion. I wanted a mermaid and came across the last of the Some Odd Girl mermaids that I had colored way back during their daily color challenges. She's called Hey Mermaid and she can now be found at Whimsy Stamps. All I had left to do was add a sentiment and color in the background and I would have a finished card to share today. Since my new clear stamps from the recent Sweet November release are still sitting on my desk, I flipped through them to find what I needed. The large sentiment is part of the Mermees #3 set and the little school of fish are from the Mermaid Hair set. Another swooshing current type background was both quick to complete and it also lends a fun sense of movement, which I think suits this lovely mermaid quite nicely.   :)

Well, time for me to get busy again. Hope your week is off to a great start

Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
digital stamp- Some Odd Girl (Hey Mermaid)

stamps- Sweet November (Mermees #3 set and Mermaid Hair set)

ink- Memento tuxedo black and Catherine Pooler juniper mist and it's a boy
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1

Wink of Stella clear glitter pen

Sharpie extra fine white pen

Copic markers:
skin- BV01, E21, E23, E25, E04, R01, R02, Y02, FY1, RV04
eyes- G05, G09, G29, BG99
lipstick/eye shadow- G16, BG99/YG01, YG25, YG09

hair- BG11, BG53, BG57, BG99

tail- YG00, YG01, YG03, YG17, G16, BG11, BG23, G20
top- G16, G19, G29
water- B02, B04, B16, B37, B39

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Swimming by to say hi...


We introduced The Guppies digi stamps at Sweet November Stamps yesterday and these cute little mermaids are so quick and easy to color. There are six adorable Guppies; Cora, Gilly, Marina, Betta, Baylee and Shellsea as well as their fancy Guppy Sandcastle background builder. For my Live coloring video yesterday I printed out Guppy Betta with the Sandcastle back behind her in the distance. I then added the fish from the Make a Splash clear set and the sentiment that comes with Wee Beck to complete the scene. It all came together nicely during the Live, especially when we added the kelp forest all around. :)

Well, thanks for stopping by today... enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It

digital stamps- Sweet November (The Guppies: Betta and The Guppies: Sandcastle background)

stamps- Sweet November (Make a Splash set and Wee Beck set)
ink- Memento rich cocoa and tuxedo black

My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1

Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Sharpie extra fine white pen

Copic markers:

Sorry, I didn't keep a list but you can see the colors used here

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Waving hi to the Guppies!

 Hello there!

We are jumping back to digital stamps celebrating MerMay with this week's super cute Guppy release at Sweet November Stamps. These cute little mermaids are small and simple to color, making them perfect for when you are short on crafty time. There are six Guppies joining the Sweet November family; Cora, Gilly, Marina, Betta, Baylee and Shellsea as well as their fancy Guppy Sandcastle background builder.

My first card pairs Baylee and Shellsea playing in their Sandcastle. I blew up the castle nice and big so that it filled most of the card front. I then added Baylee in front of the window, copied the castle and cropped it to begin at the end of the tail so that when I layered the second castle over both it made it look like she is swimming through the window. I then added Shellsea sitting up top. After the scene was printed out I used some clear stamps to add more details, like the fish and seahorses from the Merwees #1 and Mermees #1 sets and the bubbles and sentiment from the Mermaid Hair set.

Next I printed out Guppy Cora then masked her off before adding the dock, rock and seagull from the Dock on the Bay clear set. With that seagull in the picture I just had to color Cora to look like a certain little mermaid that we all know and love. The sentiment was borrowed from the Wee Lynn set.


Finally, Guppies Gilly and Marina are playing a game of tag in the swift flowing currents that I colored in around them. Again, I added bubbles and the schools of fish from the Mermaid Hair clear set and the sentiment is from the Merwees #1 set

Now be sure to check out the Friends of Sweet November Stamps group on Facebook for even more Guppy cuteness from Caitlin, Faye and our newest full time addition to the Sweet November Gals... Amanda Garrett. We've also got two talented guest designers joining us this week; Miria Molinari and Margo Laeremans. Don't forget, I will be coloring Live today at 11am PST over on my Adventures in Coloring with Amy Facebook page and I hope to see ya there!

You can also find us on Instagram @sweetnovemberstamps and don't forget to use the #sweetnovemberstamps any time you share a card or project using SN images so we can see all of your beautiful makes!

Sending Hugs...

Hey there!

Well, we have finally made it to release day at Hello Bluebird and all of the new stamps and dies will be available for purchase tonight at 7pm MST. In the meantime we still have the final sneak peeks to share with you before the stamps go live with one last chance to win a gift certificate to the HB store by visiting the Hello Bluebird blog. But be quick because all of the winners will be announced at 5pm MST. 

Today I've created a tall slimline card using the Gallery Frame #5 die because the super cute Carried Away set comes with six adorable critters all hanging from various shaped balloons and I really wanted to get as many of them on a card as I could. The stamp set also includes three sentiments, a couple clouds and a flying bird, who also made it into this bright and cheery scene. I stamped all of the little critters first, colored them using Copic markers and then masked them off so I could use some stencils on the background with my Copic airbrush system to create a dreamy looking sky. Not all of the animals can be seen completely but that was an intentional choice since I wanted it to look like the are all floating up with some just entering the scene and others leaving it. Rather than stamp on a sentiment, I used the new Sending Hugs die right across the center of the card and added some matching sequins for a bit of sparkle and shine.  :)

Thanks so much for joining me each day of these previews and I hope you have fun shopping tonight!

Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Hello Bluebird (Carried Away set)
ink- Memento rich cocoa
Hello Bluebird Gallery Frame #5 die

Hello Bluebird Sending Hugs die

My Favorite Things sun rays stencil
My Favorite Things clouds stencil

Copic markers:

balloons- Y0000, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y21, Y26/YR30, YR21, Y35, YR15/R30, R21, R32, R43/YG01, YG03, YG25, YG17/V01, V12, V15, V17

sky/clouds- Y000, Y00, Y02, Y35/RV00, BV000, B000
bunny rear end- E40, E41, E42, E43, E31, E33, E34
cat- N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N6, 0, R000, R00, R30, R20
bunny- E50, E81, E40, E42, R000, R00, R30, R20, 0

bear- E55, E23, E25, E44, E49, R30

fox- E40, E41, YR21, YR14, E97, E99, E27, R000, R00, R30

dog- E41, E31, E33, E34, W0, W3, W4, W6, W8, R000, R00

bird- Y00, Y11, Y21, C00, C1, C2, C4, W4, W8, R00