It seems like it is baby season around here. I know a few couples that either just had babies or are expecting. I wonder if a few of the design team members are experiencing the same thing or if they were just mixing it up with some baby cards. As I was going through their cards this is what I found.
It was not so easy picking my favorite card. There were quite a few cards I really liked. The styles were also very different which I think made it a bit more challenging. So, I decided to pick two winners for this! The card styles are complete opposites. One card is busy and full of layers and texture. The other is very clean and simple. I thought they were both great representations of how versatile the stamps can be. Congratulations Mary Muller & Tammi for submitting two of my favorite cards!!
Here is Tammi's card which came out beautifully. I especially liked how Tammi used different stamps together and they worked perfectly. She paired Stephanie Ackerman's fun handwritten sentiments with Stacey Yacula's adorable animals AND even added a vintage postmark. I thought the inside of the card was great!
The week leading up to St. Patrick's Day was filled with birthdays. I hadn't realized how many birthdays are celebrated among friends & family during that one week. There was one practically everyday. I keep telling myself I need to make a batch of birthday cards to have on hand. I hate the last minute race to whip up a birthday card. Maybe it is something I should tackle this weekend? Maybe it is something we should all tackle?
Hmmm...how about an impromptu challenge?
Create a birthday card(s) using stamps from Purple Onion Designs
Post your card online (on a blog, online gallery, etc.)
Then link your card in the comments section of today's blog post
You will then be entered into a drawing to receive a birthday themed stamp prize package! I'll have the challenge run till next Sunday March 30th, since we are already halfway through this weekend. I'll actually offer two prize packages. The first will be a random winner and the second will be a favorite submission. Please remember that this challenge needs to include stamps from Purple Onion Designs.
Here are a few birthday themed cards from the design team for some inspiration.
Today I would like to introduce our newest design team member Eunyoung Lee! Eyoung as she goes by online is a wonderful photographer, scrapbooker and crafter. I absolutely fell in love with her Project Life pages when I saw them. I have been looking to add a few DT members that specialize in pocket page scrapping and Eyoung is a perfect addition! I am thrilled she will be joining us. Eyoung has started up a blog which is more "American" than the Korean one she had been keeping. You can see her work and follow her here.
Feast your eyes on a couple of pages Eyoung has created using some Purple Onion Designs stamps. Her work is really beautiful. Enjoy!
Here are a few close ups of the pocket cards that she created for her pages.
It's March 1st! I hope this means that the warmer weather is really going be here soon. We are gearing up for another snow storm on Monday. Ugh! Wasn't I here last week talking about how we were just starting to see grass as the snow was finally melting. My husband is finally trying to put away the outside Christmas decorations and put up some St. Patrick's Day lights before we get buried again.
I think it might be a good day to share some warmer thoughts...
I usually like to find a common theme amongst the cards & projects that I post. I decided to just mix it up since I am trying to catch up on some things today. I think if I do a few days of "whatever" that I might be able to fit a few more blog posts in. So, here we go with some favorites that I have sitting in my inbox.
The colors really pop against the black shading/grounding that Alice did on this card. I love the mix of all the patterns on the presents.
I missed sharing this next card last month with the migration to the new website. Andrea used the Perpetual Calendar set to create this card. It is great as a New Year's card or to be use each month to celebrate a birthday.
We are still pretty much covered in snow here. There has been quite a bit of melting going on the past week. We have been outside all week chopping away at the skating rink that was once our driveway. My husband just commented that it is nice we are starting to see our property again. This card from Helen seemed pretty appropriate today.
I have always been a fan of kraft cardstock. I love how the color of Copics & Prismacolors will really pop. Jen mixed it up a bit with this kraft card. She added white embossing to the bouquet which really makes it stand out. The coloring direct on the kraft and then adding colored elements on white cardstock give the card a great look.
A hot product these days are stencils and embossing paste. Judith created the honeycomb background for the bees to fly around. It adds a nice texture and dimension to the card. It's hard to tell but the wings are all sparkly.
A few of the girls have been using diecut sentiments in their cards. Kelly did a cute card with rosie and one of those diecuts. I like the shine from the embossing. It gives the card some texture. Kelly does some great coloring and the softness on Rosie is perfect. I really like the papers and colors in this card as well.
This is another card I got all giddy about when I saw it. Remember today's post is filled with recent favorites. What I love about Therese's cards is her knack for mixing up stamps and coming up with such adorable ideas. Here she uses Birch from Stacey Yacula with The Traveler Set from Carolyn Draws.
Therese creates a lot of videos for the cards she makes (this one included). Make sure you check them out. There isn't a single one that doesn't have some great tip(s) & technique(s) included.