Thursday, 9 February 2017

You Melt My Heart (once again!)

Happy Thursday! 
Sorry for the missing~in~action for the past 1 month.  I have been really busy with my son's school re-open activities, rearranging all his tuition schedules and school's supplementary classes.  It was all topsy turvy!  And with the Lunar New Year celebrations just ended last week, I'm glad that we are back to the usual routine.
Sorry for all the babbling!  Now let's get right back to card making as this blog is what it's all about :)
Valentines' Day is just round the corner, in fact it's just 5 days away!  So today, I'm going to share with you a Valentines card that I've made a few days back.

Stamps used:  Johnny, May, Tree Line, sentiments from Ice Cream Parlor
All the above stamps can be found on Purple Onion Designs store.
If you notice, I've used the exact sentiment for last year's Valentines card as well!  I really like this sentiment as it is unique and sweet!
Johnny and May were coloured using Copic markers.  As for the Tree Line background images, I've used Zig clean color real brushes.  The card stock and the polariod frame was a gentle blend of distress inks.

I've added a little button bow that's made out of jute cord for just an extra fun to the soft pastel coloured card.  And also the little die cut heart for Johnny to hold onto.  What's a Valentines card without a red heart yah?  :D
I hope you like what I've shared with you today.  If you do need an extra dose of inspiration, please hop over to Purple Onion Designs for more inspiring Valentines projects!  I'm sure you will be greatly inspired!
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Merry & Bright

I can't believe Christmas will be here in another 18 days' time!  Time flies... where did all the other months went? 
Are you all ready for the festive celebrations and feasting?  And have you been busy making Christmas cards?
I have another Christmas card to share with you today.
And before I forget, Purple Onion Designs stamps are still on sale, 25% off all stamps till 7 December so you still have time to hop over and pick up some of the stamps you are eyeing on before the sales is over!  Hurry hurry!

I just love how versatile and cute that Mistletoe and Snowball are!  You can simply just create tags and cards on their own or match them up with any other stamps that you have. 

All the images are coloured with Copic markers.  There's not much of a traditional Christmas~y colours in this card and the background is blended with a dark tone of distress ink Hickory Smoke.  As for the background of Snow Fort, I blended Milled Lavender for a contrast look.
To give the snow fall background a more 3 dimensional feel, I used Ranger enamel accents in white with a fine tip applicator.  I love how the enamel drops look after they are all dried up and it's just so much fun and easy to create different sizes of snow fall with the fine tip applicator

The sentiments Merry & Bright is a SVG cut file that I used my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine to cut it out.
I hope you like the card that I've shared today!  If you need more inspirations on Purple Onion Designs stamps, please head over to the website and check out the Design Team's wonder creations, I'm sure you will be greatly inspired!
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Are You Ready For Holiday Sale?

Did you missed getting the new Winter collection Snow Day, during the recent launch?  If yes, fret not!  You can get them this time round, along with any other Purple Onion Design stamps that you have been eyeing on!

The sales will end on 7 December so make your choices quickly before your favourite stamps go out of stock.
And here is a special card I've made sometime back using Forrest and Meadow from last winter collection, Snowflake Grove.

For the background, I blended some distress ink in Faded Jeans and Crack Pistachio with the blending tool to get a smooth colour.  To get a nice gradual dark to light effect, I went a little heavy handed on Faded Jeans just on  the top of the white water colour cardstock.
The birch trees is a cut file from the Silhouette Design Store called Birch Love Forest by Sophia Gallo (Design ID# 74354).  There's plenty of birch tree dies that you can use too if you do not have a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.

Just in case you wonder where is the stamp for the tree stump that Forrest was standing on come from?  It's actually from Flora (owl on tree stump)!  I've replaced Flora with Forrest! (Sorry Flora!)

And here is what happens when you give a gentle press on the "Noel" tab on the card.  Yes, Forrest's lamp lights up with Chibitronics Chibi lights circuit stickers!

Here is a close up .
I went out of my comfort zone to add on a little 'electronic' element for this card.  I'm usually very frightful of handling anything that's got to do wires, circuits and stuff.  And after watching numerous YouTube videos on how to use Chibitronics I managed to make it work on my second attempt!
If you have been toying with the idea of adding these little Chibi lights to your paper projects, I urge you to give it a try!  Just search on the YouTube and there's plenty of tutorial on Chibitronics Chibi circuit lights :)
I'll be sharing another new project very soon so please do swing by my blog again if you wish to see my next project using Purple Onion Design stamps!  Don't forget to check out the Design Team's works for loads of inspiration!

Happy crafting!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Be Merry Be Jolly ~ Falalalalala!

Have you check out the new collection of stamps already?  Be sure to do so if you haven't!  Snow Day has all the adorable images you need for this Christmas season!

The complete set of Snow Day collection is currently on sale for USD90.00 till 10 November, so do take this opportunity to make the purchase as it will save you 30% from the usual price.

Sharing with you today, is a tri-fold card I made using 5 images from the Snow Day collection.  This is my first tri-fold card! 
This is the front view of the tri-fold card.  The "story" unravel when the card is opened!

Stamps used: Dash (penguin on sled), Hope (bunny sledding), Jingle (penguin sliding), Flurry (snowman with gift), Snow Day! Hill (background)

For a change, I used Zig Clean Colour real brushes to colour the Dash, Hope, Jingle and Flurry.  And for the background stamp of Snow Day! Hill, it's just a light brush of watercolours from my usual watercolour palette. 

The background of Snow Day! Hill is just perfect scene for Hope Jingle and Dash!  And to give the card a little "narrative' feel, I added the sentiments from Winter Wishes and Snow Flake Grove.

The background stamping was a little tricky as I need to align the hills to make it look more like a whole scene and connected, so I used Inkadinkado Stamp-A-Ma-Jig Stamp Positioner to try my best to align the lines of the hills.  All images are stamped with Archival inkpad in Jet Black.

I hope you like what I've shared today!  Please do check out more lovely creations from the Design Team at Purple Onion Designs today and be totally inspired by all the creative works!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Snow Day!

I have great news to share and I can't wait!

The new winter /holiday collection from Stacey Yacula ~ Snow Day, is now available! 

From now till 10 November the complete collection of Snow Day (22 stamps altogether) will be on a sale price of USD90.00 and that's a whopping savings of more than 30%! 
To celebrate the release of the new collection, I'm sharing with you a new card I made using 4 stamps from the Snow Day!

Celebrate the Season!

Stamps used : Rupert (Fox with Snowball), Wilson (Bear with Snowball), Snow Fort, Snowballs
The sentiment ~ Celebrate the Season! is from the previous collection, Winter Wishes Sentiments set.
I have used Copic markers for Rupert, Wilson and Snowballs.  The background with Snow Fort scene was finished off with a light wash of watercolours.
 For this card, I tried to keep the colours light and Christmas~y.  It was real fun and joy to colour all the new images, especially Rupert!  I had a lot of fun blending the orange tones to his fur. 
I hope you like the card that I've shared today!  In fact this is the first Christmas card I made for this year!  More to come, I promise!
Please do check all the super adorable images from the new collection Snow Day from Purple Onion Designs website and blog for more inspiration and awesome creations from the Design Team.
I'll be sharing a couple of new cards using stamps from Snow Day the next few days so please do swing by if you like what to see more!
Stay calm and make more cards! 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Midnight Halloween

Time flies and with a blink of an eye we are already in the month of October!  I wonder where did all the previous months went to?!  Another two more months and we'll be going into 2017!
What do we have in October?  Oh yes, Halloween!  I have seen a couple of departmental stores putting up Halloween decorations and selling them in a small corner of the store.
Though Halloween is not widely celebrated in Singapore, the younger generations, mainly teenagers and kids would still dress up in "guising" costumes going around neighbourhoods for "trick or treat" fun.  Local theme parks like Universal Studio Singapore would run special horror Halloween Nights for those who dare to put their courage to the test!  Definitely not for the faint-hearted like me!
How would I celebrate Halloween?  Well, I will get the candies ready and wait for the kids to come knocking on my door on 31 October!  Meanwhile I will make Halloween cards!
Here is a shaker card I made using Midnight (the Halloween kitten) from Purple Onion Designs.

What I really love about making shaker cards is choosing the colours of sequins and other items to be placed in the shaker pocket.  It's absolutely fun!
I stamped Midnight in my favourite Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black and used the PixScan function of my Silhouette Cameo to have the image cut out.  I really like the PixScan function as it saves me lots of time to fussy cut the image using scissors!

The frames of this shaker card, including the word "Halloween" is a cut file from Silhouette Design Store.  I like how the frames, word and Midnight work out to be.
I hope you like the card that I've shared today.  It's 3 more weeks to Halloween!  I'll probably make another one or two Halloween themed projects in the coming weeks so please check back if you are a fan of Halloween related stuff!
Stay cool and craft on!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Birthday Wishes From Blueberry

Sorry for the lack of post in the month of August, I was busy preparing for my ABRSM Grade 6 violin practical exam! 
Yes, other than dabbling in different crafts during my free time, I play the violin too!  Not very good though, but I managed to pass all my practical exams so far!  I hope I've done enough to pass for my Grade 6!
Now that I've done with the exam and waiting for the result that will be out in 3 weeks' time, I can resume all the card making and paper crafting fun that I've put off for the past weeks!
To start off, let me share a birthday shaker card that I've just made using Purple Onion Designs stamp!  Here is Birthday Wishes from Blueberry.

Stamps used: Balloon, Blueberry, Party Hat and Kite.

I love making shaker cards, especially when choosing the colourful sequins and beads for the shaker pocket!  With the WRMK fuse tool, making the shaker window or rather the shaker pocket, is a much easier task and less bulky too.
Blueberry is really a very cute bear!  He's all ready to have fun donning the red party hat "holding" onto the purple balloon!
All the images are coloured using Copic markers and I've added glossy accent to the balloon to give it the extra "shine".  I'm not sure if you can see it from the pictures, but I really like how it turned out!
I hope you like the birthday shaker card I shared today!  Please check back again soon as I'll be sharing another shaker card in a couple of days' time!
Happy crafting!

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