Friday, July 13, 2018


Hi everyone! Purple Onion Designs is celebrating their 15 year anniversary with an awesome sale. From Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 22 all stamps will be 25% off!  You know how much I love their rubber stamps, especially the ones illustrated by Stacey Yacula. You can check them out HERE

Today, I'm sharing a magical birthday card that I made using the adorable and whimsical Goldie (girl fairy) and Flynt (boy fairy).  I colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. To make their wings sparkle, I added a layer of Wink Of Stella.  The sentiment is from Essential Thoughts Sentiment Set

That's it for today. I'll be sharing more in the next couple of days. Shop early for the best selection, here is the link again to the Purple Onion Designs shop. Happy shopping and have a great day!

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Hello and welcome to the MFT - July Tips and Tricks. 

My card today features the adorable Safari Friends stamp set.

Today, I'm sharing a simple tip that has proven useful time and time again. I love coloring cute images of critters and people in many different coloring mediums, and most of the time, I add blush/rosy cheeks to the images. In my opinion, it makes them look so much cuter! In the past, I've used whatever coloring medium I used to color the images to add rosy cheeks, but sometimes, I was not happy with the way they turned out (they were either too dark, too light, or not blended etc...).

Well, I've found a solution to my problem that's been working for me, which is the tip I'm sharing today. If you struggle with adding blush or rosy cheeks for whatever reason, try using Prismacolor NuPastel in Rose Pink to add the blush onto the images - regardless of the coloring medium (Copics, watercolor, colored pencils, etc.). It might be a personal thing, but I love the result that I get all the time. You can apply the pastel with a Q-tip (what I started out with) or a disposable sponge eye makeup applicator like the one you see in the picture above. You can pick up just a single stick of the pastel online or at your local art supply store (I bought mine from Blick).

All the products I used for this card are listed under supplies. Thank you for joining me today! Visit the MFT Blog for more Tips and Tricks from the participating Creative Team.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Hello and welcome to the MFT - Just Add Color feature!
Today, I'm sharing the Copic markers I used to color the adorable images from the BB Saddle Up & Celebrate stamp set. I hope you'll find it helpful.

To begin, I stamped the images with Chocolate Brown Hybrid Ink on a Blending Card by X-Press It. I colored them with Copic markers and cut it out with their coordinating dies.

Face and Skin: YR000, YR00, E11, E04
Girl's Hair: E93, E95, E97, E39
Girl's Shirt: B000, B12
Boy's Hair: E77, E79, E33
Blue Blends: B23, B26, B29 BG72
Dark Brown Blends: E23, E34, E57, E59
Light Brown Blends: E31, E33, E35
Red Blends: R22, R24, R27, R89
Gray Blends: N0, N1 (cake) N4, N6 (cow spots)
Green Blends: YG01, YG03, YG63, YG 67
Brown Hat on Cake: E53, E57, E59

Do you like their rosy cheeks? Visit me tomorrow to find out how I did it! ;)

That's it for today. Thank you so much for visiting me! I hope I'll see you again tomorrow for the MFT Tips and Technique feature! 

MFT - CC 97

Hi all! Today I'm playing along with the new MFT Color Challenge 97. What would you make with this beautiful color palette? Play along with us for a chance to win a $50 Gift Voucher to the MFT Boutique.

My card inspired by the challenge:

Color Challenge 97:

With this color palette, I made a scene card using some of the images from the BB Rain or Shine stamp set. I like the way the card turned out, but what do you think? Did I pull it off?

I Copic colored the images and cut them out with the coordinating dies. The girl's jacket was paper pieced using coral crush paper from the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots paper pack.

The trimmed front panel was ink blended with Coral Crush and Peach Bellini Premium Dye Inks. I added splatters of Coral Crush ink mixed with water and stamped the sentiment with Coral Crush as well.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! For more information and inspiration from the participating design team members, you can visit the MFT Challenge Blog.

MFT -WSC 393

Hello there! Today, I'm playing along with the new MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 393. It's a simple and fun sketch; I hope you can play along with us!

My card inspired by the sketch:

The new sketch 393:

My card features a few of the images from BB Gil Friends that I Copic colored and cut out with coordinating dies.

 On the front panel, I ink blended the sandy area using the Drifts and Hills stencil with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Oxides. For the water area, I ink blended it with Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio. To create the rays hitting the water, I used the Radiating Rays stencil as a guide and wiped off some off the ink with a slightly damp paper towel. I then sprayed it with a Mini Mister (I covered the sandy area before misting). This helped to blend the colors and the streaks on the panel.

After the panel dried, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Beach Buds across the card to fit the sketch element. To finish, I foam mounted the front panel to a top folding card base, adhered the sea plants, and foam mounted the fish as shown.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed my project!
Visit the MFT Card Challenges blog for more information on the Wednesday Sketch challenge and for inspiration from the participating design team members.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Howdy friends! The MFT June release is now available for purchase! You can find all the new products HERE at the MFT Boutique.

I'm sharing a western themed card today that features the adorable BB Saddle Up & Celebrate stamp set.

To begin, I Copic colored the stamped images from BB Saddle Up & Celebrate and cut them out with the coordinating dies. 

Before I go into what I used to create my scene, I want to explain that my original intent was to have only one panel with the sandy ground and rocky mountains. However, I didn't like the way the clouds turned out on the first panel, so I made another one similar to it - but then water smeared the ink on the lower parts of the mountain. Instead of doing it for the third time and wasting the other two, I cut off the clouds from the first panel and foam mounted it to the second panel. I guess mistakes can turn out to be good sometimes because I really like the dimension the second layer created on the card.

To create the sandy ground, I used the Drifts & Hills stencils with Antique Linen and a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Oxides. I used Prismacolor pencils to add the grass

To make the rocky mountains, I die-cut a piece of cardstock with BB Icebergs and used the negative cut to ink blend the panels with Vintage Photo and Antique Linen, trying to vary the heights so that they won't all look the same. I also used Prismacolor pencil here to add details to the mountains.

The cloud was made using the Mini Cloud stencil and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide.

My cards from the July release countdown:

That's it for today! Thank you so much for joining me during the July release countdown. I hope you enjoyed my projects. Stop by my blog tomorrow for the Just Add Color feature; I'll be sharing the Copic markers I used to color today's images and more!

 Don't forget to leave a comment on all of the design team members' blog for a chance to win a prize. For details visit the MFT Blog.

Monday, July 9, 2018


Hello and welcome to the MFT July release final countdown!

Today, I'm sharing a colorful birthday card using the Happy Birthday To You stamp set and a rainbow of Distress Oxides.

To begin, I ink blended two trimmed panels of Bristol paper with Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxides. After, I spritzed it with water using a sprayer to add texture. 

 Once it dried, I adhered one of the inked panels to a top folding card base and stamped the stars with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink (it's hard to see in the photos). On the other panel, I stamped the sentiment from Happy Birthday To You one letter at a time with different colored Distress Oxides as shown, and added highlights to the letters with a white gel. Then, I trimmed the sentiment and foam mounted it to the front panel for dimension. To finish, I glued on some Sparkling Clear Sequins.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I'll see you again tomorrow my release day project. Visit the MFT Blog to check out what the rest of the team has created, and leave a comment there for a chance to win a $75 prize!

MAMA ELEPHANT - June Designer Series Project

Hello friends! I'm up on Mama Elephant's blog today with a one-layer card using the adorable Dandelion Wishes stamp set. I hope you can swing by and check it out.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 8, 2018


Hello and welcome back to the MFT July Release Countdown Day 2!

Today my card features the adorable Safari Friends stamp set along with the whimsical clouds from Love Bugs. I made a long, flat card using the masking technique to stack the animals on top of each other in order to create a cute scene. 

I stamped the safari animals with Chocolate Brown Hybrid Ink on trimmed Neenah Desert Storm paper. Once I had an idea of how I wanted to arrange the animals, I stamped the little bird and then the giraffe. I masked (using Full Adhesive Post-Its) the giraffe's leg and stamped the hippo after. I continued with that pattern until I had all the animals stamped. To add more interest to the card, I stamped the leaves and the clouds from the Love Bugs stamp set. 

I colored the images using Polychromos color pencils and used a white gel pen to add little white dots on their cheeks. I then stamped the sentiment using Chocolate Brown Hybrid Ink. To finish, I added lines around the edges of the panel to create white borders. 

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I'll see you again tomorrow for Countdown Day 1. Visit the MFT Blog to check out what the rest of the team has created, and leave a comment there for a chance to win a $75 prize!