Monday, July 29, 2013

woo woo made a boo boo...

Well, I am with a red face, wondering why I thought I shared a different card and not the same two in a row. Have I ever done this before? I can't remember.

I added a link to my Etsy store, on the right and a notice that I accept paypal. Then I realized that I didn't have a spot where you can get on the mailing list. Etsy & paypal send all these emails out on how to spread the word about your store and draw people in. I, being not the quickest at the figuring out how to add stuff onto my blog, actually figured it out! I mean we are not talking about jumping out of a plane, why did I put it off. Yep, that is one of my downfalls.

As promised, here is the card I thought I already shared, Shadow the owl.

He is just a patient as can be, waiting to deliver his message to someone special.  Owls are so 'in'
and they have been for a while. They are cropping up in everything and I saw a new batch 'pinned' on one of the boards I follow. I still gotta go back and check them out.   :)

This little man comes on his own, if you purchase him and I thought he would look good hanging out on the sign, also sold individually. I surrounded him with my distress ink, in Antique Linen and added some sparkle with my glitter and Quickie Glue pen. Now the sign has an area to add your own message, but my 'smile' just didn't fit it right. So, I made the pennant and popped it up. 
This round of cards is free of ribbon, so I cut out some flowers from the patterned papers I was using. {October Afternoon} I added a bit of shading to the base of the flowers, with my pencils and popped them up, just slightly.

Check out all of Stacey Yacula's NEW summer series, called 'A Sweet Summer', over at Purple Onion Designs.  I can't wait to see what else the design team has come up with!!

Next up, a sure symbol of summer. See ya soon!!

what a dingbat I am...

I just realized I posted the same card TWICE. What was I thinking?? 
I dunno, but I will need to fix this a.s.a.p. later on today.
{no, i wasn't drinking and adult drinks}

Sunday, July 28, 2013

another furry friend...

Happy Sunday!

I have been keeping myself busy today, cleaning and finishing up 3 more cards. The tv has been keeping me company with a marathon of 'Bar Rescue' on Spike tv.  There are so many of these shows I had never seen, since I stumbled across it a few months back. 

Todays card is yet another cute furry friend from Purple Onion Designs. 

This is Peanut and he is sitting near a forest of trees. I had to do a quick mask with a post-it note, in order to layer the trees, but it was worth the few minutes. Peanut is stamped and cut out and layered on top of the scene. {I also layered his head higher, with a few pieces of paper glued underneath} I fashioned a brown flagpole and hung my 'smile' pennant on it.

This is all colored in pencils, with gamsol and the soft edging inside my oval is distress ink. The little sparkle that you see is made with a 'Quickie Glue' pen and some Hero Arts glitter. Just dot & pour!

You can check out Peanut and all the other pieces to this NEW set, A Sweet Summer, over at Purple Onion Designs. Hop on over to their blog and see what ideas the design team has come up with too!

see you soon with a Stamping Bella image!
Have an awesome week...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

a sweet summer continues...

Hey friends!
What can I say, another week has flown by and I can hardly believe it. I have come to realize, over the years, that if I get outta work @ 3:30 and get right home, the evenings are soooooo much longer. Throw in a trip to the grocery store {and browsing the back-to-school supplies!!} and that lost 1 1/2 hours,  feels like my night was cut in half.  Ok, it's not as if this just dawned on me today, it's just that today I ran to the grocery store. 
Story and I just came in from our evening walk, and it's time for my summer love...Big Brother! I can listen to the show and type up this post, I'm talented like that. Unlike others in my household, my eyes don't need to be glued to the screen.

So lets take a peek at another Purple Onion Design, ok!  This is what first caught my eye when I was introduced to Stacey Yacula's art. Her little birds.. Here is Sky & Star sitting on their perch.
I didn't tell you this with the first card, but for the three Purple Onion cards that I have done so far, I picked all the papers out first. I used all older pads of my October Afternoon stash. I would be hard pressed to remember which papers are from which pattern families, I just know I loved the vintage soft feel of all of OA papers andI think the pair really well with this NEW set, 'A Sweet Summer'.

I am still using pencils, gamsol and paper stumps. I have sold my copic markers, except for the few that I use on skintones.  I wasn't sure if I should mix the Stacey Yacula stamp lines, {this is her third one} so I wrote the sentiment with a .005 permanent marker. The flower embellishment is one I saved from a mixed media project and the pink flowers seemed to bring out the soft pink on the birds. It adds some dimension, not mail friendly, but I went with it. I also cut out a few basic leaves.

If you haven't popped over to see the full line of 'A Sweet Summer', you might be surprised at how many pieces there are. The images are all sold individually so you can buy as much or as little as you like. {I LOVE that option!} Visit Purple Onion's store HERE and visit the blog HERE.

I will get to more cards before I head out next thursday, for a trip down to Nashville, Memphis and Louisiana! I am going to the Duck Dynasty store...wooHOO! All new territory for me, never been that far west in Tennessee. I am starting the first leg of my trip, following the Worlds Longest Yard Sale. It runs from Michigan to Alabama...that is A LOT of shopping. 

Here is a few pics of Story at the dog park that has a dog dock. I was expecting a beach, where I could walk barefooted, while he ran along the shore. I was SO not expecting a dock with ramps into cloudy water. My boy had never swam and he just jumped in and it scared him a was not like his pool. lol!
After the first jump into the water, he was a little hesitant. Here he was either watching the other dogs swimming or a ball floating away.

He swims and I don't. 

One happy boy!

see ya soon!!!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

new purple onion rubber...

hey friends! A month has flown by and I know I have been laying low in this heat/humidity. yuck, it has been nasty in michigan. As I type, a storm is brewing, I am keeping my fingers crossed that power stays on, I hear lots of crackling and thunder. 

So, do ya know what had me pulling out my pencils again??  woohoo, some new summer images were released from Purple Onion Designs and they are by Stacey Yacula! You know, she makes those sweet faced animals and friends. {last year i bought some of her ornaments from her etsy shop, but none for myself, yet} 
I have worked on some cards all week, little by little, and the mess/supplies in my kitchen, have grown. haha, yesterday I sat and assembled and feet were a little swollen from the weather. But...I got some cute cards to share with ya and here is the first one.
Here is Star & Sky, sitting on the perch. This little blue bird is what first got my attention when I saw Stacey's work, so of course it was the first image I picked out. Now birds naturally fly around and rest on branches, so I needed that too. Michele, at Purple Onion Designs, sells these all individually, not in sets. You'll see over the next week, or so, what I paired up, but you might have a different vision.
I added my own simple sentiment on this card, 'you are so sweet', because I didn't order the whole sentiment set.
My cards are all made with October Afternoon pads of paper. Older lines, not bought any paper since May. I made my flower from cardstock,felt and a button. {this is a repurposed embellishment from a mixed media project} I did my mental debate...use it/don't use it. It does add a lot of bulk to a card. 
I thought that the pinks brought out the pale pink in Star & Sky, the little birds. 

I also tried to keep a hold of my sizing and make cards that fit into envelopes I have in my drawer. I can really get carried away on size. lol
Hop on over to Purple Onion Designs to see all of this summer set, called 'A Sweet Summer'. {really,  only have a few of the images and there are TONS more!} Here is the link to the Purple Onion blog..

Now, since my puppy is 11 month's I gotta share a few pics of him. He is why I have been absent and spending the warm evenings outside in his pool.
Story in June

Doing what a dog does...

Getting wet!

Next time I will share pics from last weekend when we finally ventured to a dog park that had a dock for dogs to swim from. Yup, I let him swim in some mucky looking swamp water.  


happy weekend!!