Friday, November 23, 2012

a purple onion christmas...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  I can't say that the couple of days leading up to the turkey, were stress free... we still have Jim's car sitting with a doughnut on it, but we are surviving here. Fingers crossed, Jim gets his car in for repair and I get my car back, later today. Until then, the doughnut car is gonna get me to the mall this morning.  :)
I have been working on cards for my friends. At Christmas, they have come to expect them, lol, and the handmade variety. I, being the crazy person I am, thought that I could still get this done this year. It's been a chore, dragging larger stuff out to the kitchen table, like the sewing machine and my Vagabond. My new crafting desk will never be able to have the room for these tools now. I will spare you the panic story about thinking I'd never find my Scrap Dots, pop dots and my adhesive stash. {I finally did!}
So, if you remember in the spring, I made some cards using images from Purple Onion Designs, by an artist named Stacey Yacula. Oh my gosh...Stacey is at it again, with some freaking adorable winter friends. {I just happened to be on Facebook one night, there they were.} I was in LOVE. 
I made my first three cards and finished them up last week...working on four more, even today...after the turkey went into the oven. Here's a look at Santa...
He is very traditional with his long red wool coat. {ok, in my mind it's wool} I added some stripes to his mittens because I wanted to work in the colors of the paper. For most of the cards I will share with you...I used a pad of October Afternoon paper from last year, called 'Holiday Style'.
Would you believe me if I told you my bow making is very rusty. lol. My fingers are a little picky at the tips and fussing with ribbon is not a smooth process. I even pulled out my EZ bow maker last night.
Santa needs friends and here is Berry..
He is all glittered up in a patch of soft snow {which is actually crushed glass}. Again, I kept with the same paper pad and I am loving the kraft/turquoise combo.
Both cards are colored in pencil, using my gamsol to blend. Now, the BEST thing about these images, just in case you think they are as irresistible as I do...Purple Onion Designs is having a Sale!
25% off  until Dec. 2, and Michele, the awesome owner, will be sure to have LOTS of samples from her talented design team. Plus, Linda got some of these images too and you can get bonus inspiration from her.
Linda has been busy making cards for her mom, so that's what inspired me to pull out the pencils.
The cuteness doesn't end there...check out Story, at 14 weeks...
Umm, I have more cards to finish and you might wanna go shop!!  See ya soon, thanks for dropping by!

8 comments:

Leslie said...

Oh Paula, I'm just catching up with you - gracious you've had a rough time! I hope that your hubby is well on his way to a full recovery and you are lucky to have each other AND that adorable puppy! Love both these cards but I'm partial to snowmen :) Have a wonderful weekend and so happy you're back in my google reader :)

Kerri said...

So glad to see you back..life hands us cards and we just have to deal...love your caards as always and hope things are slowing down for you..always a treat to see your work..

Sandy said...

It's good to see you back in business! Of course I Love these cards and your coloring always fascinates me! I'll have to check out the purple onion! :)

Dana White said...

Oh my friend how I missed your creations! Glad to see life has allowed you some time for stamping.

Tammie said...

Paula, so glad your husband is on his way to healing from cancer! What a scare. I wasn't sure why you left the card world, now I know why. So glad things are starting to calm down in your life. :)
Dogs become our family members. So sorry of your loss of your beloved Yorkie. The only thing that has ever helped me get over the loss of a dog is to start loving another dog. Love your new puppy, they GROW SO FAST! Our pup will be two in February. Yes, we lost one too. He is about 115 lbs now (a extra large Old Fashioned German Shepherd). I love your new little "Story". So precious.
So wonderful to see you making some cards again. Card making and scrapbooking is creative therapy for me.
Take care and have a wonderful Christmas season Paula!

Christine Dol said...

Oh my goodness, puppy is so cute! Love your cards Paula.....you make me so happy when. Were do you purchase glass glitter? I cannot seem to find it here!

stamping bella said...

Beautiful as always Paula!

dpkennedy said...

I love that snowman! He reminds me of Spud from Bob the Builder! Of course, they are both colored flawlessly! Love :)