Friday, December 9, 2016

Christ the Savior is Born (#thereasonfortheseason)

Welcome to my second installment of my #thereasonfortheseason series. If you missed the first one, it is here.

Afterall, Jesus is the reason for the season. 


I can't do a faith based series without using stamps from one of my favorite companies, Verve. The stable from the Weary World set was stamped onto Neenah cardstock and cut out with the matching die from the Starry Stable die set then colored with Copic Markers. After the sentiment was stamped onto a stitched rectangle the stamped piece was attached with foam tape and matted with silver metallic cardstock. I applied Ranger Diamond stickles to the edge of the star and than topped it with a star cut from the same silver metallic cardstock. The image piece was attached to an embossed background.  

Products: Verve stamps and dies, PTI and Michael's metallic cs, Ranger Stickles, Darice embossing folder, MFT ink, Copic markers
Copics: Baby Jesus-E00, E01, E13, E81; Stable-W00, W1, W2, W5, E40, E41, E42, E44; Hay-YR30, YR31, YR21, YR23, YR26; Sky-B91, B93, B95, B97

Blessings to you!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Merry & Bright {Purple Onion Designs}

Today's card is another reminder that the annual Purple Onion Designs Holiday sale is winding down. All stamps are 25% off until December 7 so you have two more days to get those orders in at this discounted price!


If you haven't considered the Merriness Set during this sale (or any other time), you really should. It is chock full of small holiday/winter images that work great on cards or gift tags. I have used two of the images on my CAS card, stamping directly onto the card base. After coloring with Copic markers, I stamped the Merry & Bright sentiment using pure poppy ink and added some glittery snow to anchor the snowman and tree. A few enamel dots and festive twine wrapped around the card and tied in a bow finished it up.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI cs, The Twinery twine, Doodlebug enamel dots, MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Snowman-W00, E81, YR30, YR31, YR23, R20, R22, R24, B41, B32; Tree-YG0000, YG01, YG13, Y21


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Come Let Us Adore Him (#thereasonfortheseason)

A Sunday seems the perfect day to start a series of faith based Christmas cards that I am tagging as #thereasonfortheseason. Although, I make both secular and religious Christmas cards my heart really belongs to faith affirming cards. Even on my secular creations, a faith message is stamped inside. The #thereasonfortheseason cards will be featured periodically throughout the month interspersed between other types of projects.

Afterall, Jesus is the reason for the season. 


I cut a piece from both black and white cardstock using the largest die from the Simon Says Quadrangle Frames set. The nativity image from the Illustrated Faith Christmas set was stamped onto the center white portion and colored with Copic markers. The sentiment from the same set was stamped onto a stitched circle using bermuda bay ink. Both pieces were attached to a tag cut with the largest die from the Paper Smooches Gift Tags 2 die set. After creating an aqua seam binding ribbon treatment in the tag hole, the tag was attached to the prepared background with foam tape. Stamped stars on the tag and a few wood veneer stars finished it up.

Products: Illustrated Faith stamps, Doodlebug dp, PTI cs, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Paper Smooches, MFT and Simon Says dies, Stampin' Up and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Clothing-W00, E81, V12, V15, V17, G20, G21, G24, BG11, BG23, BG34; Manger-W00, W1, W2

I am submitting this to the Color Throwdown #241 challenge.



I hope you will stick with me throughout the month of December as I share my faith based cards with you.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Happy Howlidays

I have another pet related Christmas card today since I discovered another dog lover on my card list.


After stamping the images from the Reverse Confetti Puppy Love set (which is actually a Valentine/love themed set), I cut out with the matching dies then colored with Copic markers. The tiny holly image from The Cat's Pajamas Bunny Snowglobe set was stamped onto the dog bowl for a more festive look. The sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Happy Howlidays set was stamped using pure poppy ink onto a banner cut with a die from the Paper Smooches Banner Dies set. All the images and sentiment piece were attached to patterned panel cut with a pierced rectangle die using foam tape. The image panel was adhered to a linen cardstock background which was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

Products: Reverse Confetti Stamps and Dies, Lawn Fawn stamp and dp, PTI cs, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Paper Smooches die, PTI and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Dog-W00, E81, E41, E42, E44; Dog Dish-G40, G43, G46, W00, E81

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Joy to the World {Purple Onion Designs}

The annual Purple Onion Designs Holiday sale is going strong All stamps are 25% off until December 7!


Today's card is a masculine one that I am submitting to this week's Merry Monday #224 Masculine challenge. After cutting out the lacy scallop circle from linen cardstock, I backed it with red cardstock and stamped the Joy image using pinefeather ink. I prepared the card base by adding two narrow strips of patterned paper and silver metallic cardstock onto a kraft card base. The second sentiment from the  Holidoodle Greeting Set was stamped using vermillion ink directly to the card base. After attaching the image piece using foam tape, I added a scattering of enamel dots to finish up a simple masculine Christmas card.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps,Lawn Fawn dp, PTI and Michael's metallic cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Reverse Confetti die, Ranger and PTI ink

It's hard to believe that it is already December 1. I am not prepared for the holidays as per usual. It's hard not to stress out about it but I am trying!



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ho Ho Ho

Good morning. I have another Christmas card today. I'm working on these as fast as I can. I just have so much going on right now that it is hard to fit everything in.


I've had these images colored since March so I thought it was finally time to get them onto a card. The images from the Reverse Confetti Jolly Holiday set were stamped and then cut out with the matching dies. I prepared the background with a color wash using Tumbled Glass Distress ink and then stamped the sentiment bubble directly onto the panel. The image pieces were attached with foam tape. The snowflakes were cut with the Reverse Confetti Snowflake Trio die set and attached with a small circle in a contrasting color, then topped with an enamel dot.

Products: Revere Confetti stamps and dies, Ranger Watercolor and PTI cs, Doodlebug enamel dots, Ranger, MFT and Simon Says ink
Copics: Santa-E000, E00, E01, E13, R20, C00, C1, R22, R24, R27, N1, N3, N5, W00, E81, G00, G02, G07; Reindeer-E50, E51, E53, E40, E41, E44, R22, R24, R27, BG0000, BG10, BG11

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Wreath and a Sale! {Purple Onion Designs}


The annual Purple Onion Designs Holiday sale is underway. All stamps are 25% off until December 7!


Today's card is a clean and simple one using some older stamps. I started out by smearing Versamark ink in a haphazard manner onto the Merry Background stamp. After stamping it onto white linen cardstock, I heat embossed it with silver pearl for a tone on tone look and then cut out with a stitched rectangle die. I really wanted more "blank" spots but I think I got a little carried away with the Versamark. Next time I will try masking off before inking. I then stamped the Boxwood Wreath onto Neenah cardstock and cut out with a stitched circle die, coloring with Copic markers. I matted both pieces with pure poppy cardstock. After adding a diagonal strip of pure poppy cardstock on the cardbase the image panel was attached to the embossed background with a layer of craft foam.

Products: Purple Onion Designs stamps, PTI and Neenah cs, Wow embossing powder, Lil Inker Designs dies, Versamark and MFT ink, Copic Markers
Copics: Leaves-G20, G21, G24; Bow-R20, R22, R24; Shadows-W00, E81

While you are shopping check out more fun projects on the Purple Onion Designs blog.