For the Love of Coloring + Giveaway

So – like many of you – I love to color. And I get giddy when I find stamp images that just scream “COLOR ME!” It makes me so happy.

I had been seeing many of the new Purple Onion Design stamps lately thanks to the coloring master herself, Kathy Racoosin. I finally got some for myself and I am oh so very happy I did. And the folks over at Purple Onion Design have a sale going on right now – 25% off – with the code “HOL2013” before 12/6/13! You can find more info HERE. You can see the newest stamps HERE.

Here are a couple cards I created…

Aren’t those snowmen the cutest?! So fun to color. I used my Prismacolor Pencils for this one… just doing the shading and blending with lighter colors. I also covered most of the guys with Wink of Stella for shimmer. I also added a little birdie to one of them. I used a black Paper Pen to make the eyes dimensional.

And the background? I added Embossing Paste heavily over the awesome Falling Snow Stencil. I LOVE these results. The paste dries somewhat soft – perfect for snow.

This Santa that I used on the next card also won my heart. Sigh. He is magical.

I used my Prismacolor Pencils with gamsol on this card. I have fallen back in love with gamsol! (I have a REALLY old video showing how to use it HERE… but I will do more videos in the near future.)

Lots of Wink of Stella on the white trim and beard. Wish it would have photographed better…

Here is a look at that embossing paste snow in the background. Love…

BTW… Purple Onion Design stamps are unmounted rubber. But don’t let that scare you! Guess what I do – I just temporarily adhere the rubber to one of my acrylic mounts and stamp as I normally would. I don’t fuss with adding foam… and they stamp beautifully. Just like a clear stamp.


(And, as always, I wasn’t paid to do this post. I just like their stamps and was happy to use them as a guest. I have loved POD stamps for years and remember using their alphabet stamps mannnny years ago on my scrapbook pages. The owner Michele is wonderful.)


I have a fun giveaway! A lucky winner will get the THREE Purple Onion Designs stamps I used above. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/6/13 for your chance to win.


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

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415 thoughts on “For the Love of Coloring + Giveaway”

  1. Ohh, these are soo cute! I think I need to do a little shopping! I most certainly need the snow background. Thanks for the Gamso tip!!

  2. These stamps are adorable and your cards came out so cute. I was happy to see that you used Prismacolor pencils again, they were one of the first product I purchased on your suggestion and I love them!

  3. I haven’t seen this brand of stamp before. I think it’s one brand I might try. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. I’ve never heard of this company before. Its amazing all the products available to card makers, I can’t wait to try them out!

  5. Jennifer you brighten my day!! I love these stamp sets and the little birdie is an added bonus! Love the brilliant blue color!

  6. Those snowmen are so cute. I saw the new Disney movie Frozen over the weekend and fell in love with Olaf. Santa’s as always adorable, as are your cards. I’m heading off to revisit your gamsol video. I have some but haven’t used it for years.

  7. This is the first I have heard of this company and the images are so cute! I love the little birdie with the ear muffs! Off to check out some more…

  8. Adorable images and cute cards. First time I’ve heard of POD. Would like to see more vids on using Gamsol, too. Thanks for the opportunities to win prizes.:)

  9. Just love the embossing paste snow background! Actually the entire card is fabulous and one I’d be proud to give and love to receive! Going to try the paste now-hopefully have something I can use as a stencil for this technique.

  10. I love to color too! It is the most fun of all the crafts. I cannot believe you did the snowmen with Prismacolor pencils, they look gorgeous. I just purchased the pencils a couple of weeks ago, I am still a novice.

  11. I adore Stacey Yacula’s cute drawings. I have Peep the bird (without earmuffs), Tucker the snail (great for snail mail), and Filbert the penguin with his messenger bag and snowballs, waving. He cracks me up.
    I also just use double-sided poster tape on my acrylic block & I get excellent impressions. Thanks for sharing your beautiful colouring, and thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Your tutorials on gamsol techniques were useful. (Am new to card- making). It has made me look at color pencils in a new way. Also using embossing paste for snow is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love that the snowmen are singing. I imagine that they are out caroling. And the bird on top of the hat is great. Thanks for another giveaway.

  14. Beautiful coloring, and who doesn’t love to color? I checked out the Purple Onion website and they have the cutest stamps…lots of good ones to use for coloring!

  15. These Stacey Yacula stamps from POD are sooo adorable – some of cutest I’ve seen lately! You did a fantastic job of coloring them. Thanks for sharing your creativity. =^..^=

  16. I am in love with the Stacey Yacula stamps, also~ all of them are super cute! Have you seen the Stephanie Ackerman “welcome to the neighborhood” stamps?? Also super cute~ ๐Ÿ™‚ and no one colors these images better than Kathy Racoosin~ ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Such cute cards! I especially like the falling snow and subtle shimmer. I truly love your artistic style, easy and concise instructions, tips and substitutes. I look forward to learning more. Thanks a bunch for sharing your light! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. The snowmen are adorable!!! I, too, love to color. Sometimes being a grown up is tough and it’s nice to get back to the carefree days of childhood (even coloring outside the lines!!).

  19. Oh my gosh, these images are adorable and oh so sweet, the way you have colored them with the pencils and gamsol. I haven’t tried that just because I’m very allergic. I’ve been playing with my Christmas cards this week and I can not stop! I did something I never do and went in a direction that I normally would not take. I’m gonna blame it on the Insiders Online Card Class Day 1, where we did those gorgeous water color stamping on the water color paper, plus I added some glitter for a vintage vibe. Can’t wait to share them on my blog. Yes, Kathy’s card art is so amazing too! Thanks for all that You do and Share.

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