July 26, 2013

Bright and Fun, Day 5

Penny Black has a new challenge for the next couple of weeks, so in the spirit of summer stamping to help Beat the Heat I figured I'd share a few bright and fun cards this week!  
Happy Friday, my friends!  Today I've pulled together a collection of some of my favorite Penny Black fashion girl cards. I really love creating these for a change of pace from my typical florals.  And seriously, the ones with the dogs? LOVE!
And for an especially summery look...
All stamps by Penny Black: 4317J Espresso Break, 30-162 Eloquence, 4315K Shoe Critic, 30-160 Friendship, 4314K Bridal March, 40-190 Bed of Roses, 30-163 Love Chapter, 30-157 A Day in Paris, 30-161 Embellishments, Madison Designer Paper Pad
Hope you all have an awesome weekend!  
Thanks so much for your visits!

July 25, 2013

Bright and Fun, Day 4

Penny Black has a new challenge for the next couple of weeks, so in the spirit of summer stamping to help Beat the Heat I figured I'd share a few bright and fun cards this week!  
So yesterday I promised more flowers...
Featuring Penny Black 4311K Flower Poetry, 40-201 Roman Surround, 1999L Letter Background, 4312F Learn, Live, Hope
Featuring Penny Black 4307H Water Lily, 40-201 Roman Surround, 30-163 Love Chapter
Featuring Penny Black 4308K Field of Poppies, 30-160 Friendship
See ya tomorrow with a FASHIONABLE Friday! :)

July 24, 2013

Bright and Fun, Day 3

Penny Black has a new challenge for the next couple of weeks, so in the spirit of summer stamping to help Beat the Heat I figured I'd share a few bright and fun cards this week!  

Nothing says summer to me like lots of flowers so here we go...
Featuring Penny Black 30-155 Blooming Garden, 30-161 Embellishments
Featuring Penny Black 30-163 Love Chapter, 30-155 Blooming Garden
Featuring Penny Black 40-206 Glory of Modesty, 30-164 Edge to Edge
Featuring Penny Black 40-208 Sweetness, 30-160 Friendship
And you know what? I've got even more flowers for you tomorrow!

July 23, 2013

Bright and Fun, Day 2

Penny Black has a new challenge for the next couple of weeks, so in the spirit of summer stamping to help Beat the Heat I figured I'd share a few bright and fun cards this week!
Tweet, tweet! Today's cards have a couple of birds for ya...

To create this card I stamped Penny Black 40-195 Sweet Melody in VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, embossed with clear powder and colored with Copic Markers.  The background was created by first lightly inking white cardstock with Palette Ink in the color Claret.  I then stamped onto this inked background using the same color of ink and Penny Black 40-208 Sweetness.  The script and sentiment are from Penny Black 30-0163 Love Chapter.
This next card features the emboss resist technique along with tone on tone stamping using Penny Black 40-197 Facebook Friends.  And the background, Penny Black 40-202 Indian Wheel, was stamped in VersaMagic Wheat Ink. (Loveeee that ink for a soft background!)
Thanks for visiting-- see ya tomorrow with lots of floral cards!

July 22, 2013

Bright and Fun, Day 1

Penny Black has a new challenge for the next couple of weeks, so in the spirit of summer stamping to help Beat the Heat I figured I'd share a few bright and fun cards this week!
To begin I have a pair of cards, each featuring fun "architecture." :)
To create this card, I stamped several elements from Penny Black's 30-170 Sweet Home set, colored with Copic markers, and then cut them out.  I also added a few stitches and staples from 30-161 Embellishments along with a background (40-204 Fleur De Lys) inked and stamped using Sun Flower Palette Ink. I layered all of the elements on the background using dimensional adhesive.
And for the card above I used several of the same techniques with the following Penny Black stamps: 40-191 Uptown, 40-204 Fleur De Lys, 4310K Verdant, 40-206 Glory of Modesty, and 30-161 Embellishments.
And if you're looking to play along with the new Penny Black challenge, you can find all of the details by clicking on the graphic below. See ya tomorrow!
beat the heat

July 18, 2013

Home Decor Love Bird

I'm popping in today with a fun little home decor piece that I created a while back using Penny Black's 40-238 Floral Applique, 30-163 Love Chapter, a wooden bird from Michaels, and lots of yummy Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pens and Gesso.
For a complete photo tutorial, click HERE.
Have a wonderful weekend!

July 16, 2013

Designing with Gelatos Kit and Video

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft has come out with a new product, the Designing with Gelatos Kit.  I had a blast trying lots of techniques using only the products in the kit plus a couple of Penny Black stamps and Creative Dies. I captured each technique on video so I could share with you, my friends! And now that I've had a chance to practice and "try out" some of these ideas, I can't wait to incorporate them onto some cards. Here's a look at the swatch book, each page measuring 5 x 7 inches:IMG_0741
Here's the video. Beware, it's a bit longer than my typical video! LOL:
And a look at each individual page:
Thanks for popping by! 
I'll be back soon with another Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft project...

July 12, 2013

Creative Dies #6, PB&J Video

Okay, I have to admit it, I had a ball making this set of cards!!
Click HERE to visit the Penny Black blog for all of the details and the how-to video.



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Hope you have a weekend that flutters with fun! 
Happy Friday!

July 11, 2013

Creative Dies #5

I LOVE butterflies so Penny Black's Creative Die 51-006 Flutters is right up my alley!
I inked each butterfly with a combination of Palette Inks and Distress Inks.  I then stamped using the same inks for a tone-on-tone look. All stamps are by Penny Black. I especially love using the great patterns in PB's T for Transparent set Tree-Mendous for the small butterflies. 
See you tomorrow with a NEW PB&J video and three brand spankin' new cards using the Creative Dies!

July 10, 2013

Creative Dies #4

Here's a trio of balloons using Penny Black's Creative Dies 51-004 Uplifting...
The background on this card was created with lots of background stamping and layers of ink and Distress Paints.  To color the balloons I first used my Copics and then added some "splotches" of Distress Paints.
I've got more cards coming your way tomorrow AND Friday...

July 9, 2013

Creative Dies #3

Today's card uses Penny Black Creative Die 51-009 Dots for a textural border beneath the flowers.
To achieve this look I first die cut Dots two times from Neenah Solar White cardstock, trimmed it to fit along the bottom of the card, and colored each trimmed piece using Distress Stains (Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey).  I then glued each piece to one solid piece of white cardstock.  Once dry, I colored the pieces using Distress Paints.  I love how some of the ink went down into the holes just a bit.  The flowers  (Penny Black) were also stamped with Distress Paints.
Thanks for visiting! 
I'm die-ing to show you more cards... :)

July 7, 2013

Creative Dies #2

This is one of my favorite cards I've made so far using Penny Black's new Creative Dies.  I've used 51-002 Leaves and 51-001 In A Row.
After die cutting the leaves/branches I colored them with Distress Stains (Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Dusty Concord).  I also stamped the background (Penny Black) using these same colors.  I layered the dies on with foam dots and added the trimmed birds from the In A Row Creative Die.  The twine is from the Twinery and is available at SRM Stickers (love that they carry this twine!).
Thanks for visiting!
Oh, and if you're looking for additional inspiration with the new Creative Dies, be sure to pop over to the Penny Black blog this coming week!

July 6, 2013

PB Creative Dies #1

If you haven't heard, Penny Black has come out with some BEAUTIFUL dies and I'm totally in love.  I thought over the next few days I would feature some cards created with these Creative Dies.
We begin today with a card using Creative Dies 51-002 Leaves.
To create this card, I die cut several pieces from one of the dies in the set from white Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I then colored each piece using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos and blended with my fingertip (so easy!). Finally, I glued the die cut pieces onto craft cardstock, covering the entire piece. The background stamp (Penny Black) was inked with Colorbox Chalk Ink in the color of Gray Whale.  And that little strip of polka dot paper was cut from PB's Madison Designer Paper pad, colored with a Gelato, and blended with my fingertip.
Thanks for popping by! See you soon with another card featuring the new dies!

July 2, 2013

PB&J Video Tutorial

Hello my friends!  Just popping in to let you know that I've got a new PB&J video up on the Penny Black blog today.  Here's a peek...
Click HERE for the full reveal.