Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Owl be Thinking of You

Hi Everyone! Just jumping in real quick to share my card up on the Penny Black blog today. There is a cold bug running around our house, my in-laws are in town and as you know Christmas is just DAYS aways so I'm busy busy here. :)



This card was created using Greetings from the Wise, CityScape, and Enjoy Life (for the sentiment) from Penny Black.

Hope you are enjoying the holidays!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jane's Doodles Guest Designer

Hi Everyone! I'm totally excited to be a guest designer for Jane as she celebrates the release of her stamp set Jane's Bakery. I fell in love with these images when she first created them in digital format but am beyond thrilled that they are now available in clear stamps!


On my first card I repeated Jane's polka dot image to create a fun yellow background. I stamped the cupcake image, colored the wrapper with Distress Inks then placed it on the cake stand using a simple masking technique. I stamped the banner image and pieced it with coordinating papers and did some light shading with Copics.  


There are a few little extras things that are worth mentioning about this set. First, you can carefully bend the banner to make it fit the space you are working with. Second, the "happy birthday" sentiment that is included in this set is two separate stamps so you can line it up and arrange it however you'd like to work with your design.


The second card I made features the cake image. Again, I started by building a polka dot background then I layered the sentiment and the focal image on top. The cake was colored with Distress Inks and the frosting was paper pieced and covered in Glossy Accents. My color inspiration came from my idea of the perfect cake/cupcake store decor. :)


You can check out what the Jane's Doodles design team has created with the set here:

She also has a few other guest designers that you can check out here:

Jane's stamps (and awesome embellishments) are available on Esty HERE and in Australia HERE. Her stamps are made of high quality photopolymer rubber in the USA.

CHECK OUT HER BLOG FOR A SUPER AWESOME GIVEAWAY!

Thanks for letting me play Jane!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hedgehogs and Distress Inks

Hi Everyone! I have a little tutorial up on the Penny Black blog today featuring the new Hedgehog Kisses cling stamp. 


I love coloring with Distress Inks so I'm sharing a quick and fun way to ink up the hedgehog. For those of you that may be new to my blog you can also check out another example of this technique in a card I made for my brother HERE


Hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Valentine's Day Peek

Hi Everyone! I'm SO excited to start sharing the brand new Penny Black Valentines day stamps! First up is a sweet image of Mimi. Don't you just love her headband?!


I colored Mimi with a combination of Copics and Distress Inks. I highlighted Mimi's polka dots with a white gel pen and added Glossy Accents to her heart. The entire card front is backed with mounting tape so there is a little dimension as you look through the circle. The sentiment is from the Mimi and Miles clear set. Oh yes, this clear set is packed full of cute Mimi images AND her boyfriend Miles!!! Woohoo! I LOVE having a boy image!


Stamps: Mimi's Heart 4118H, Mimi and Miles 30-063

Monday, November 29, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

Hi Everyone! I've had a busy couple days getting the house all decked out for Christmas. The kids and I decorated the tree with ornaments today. There is something so magical about Christmas trees. I'm hoping to make some crafty garland with the kids this year to keep their little hands busy while they wait for Christmas. :) 


My card today features the Wherever You Are stamp by Penny Black. Its so elegant with the script, text and graphic elements. I inked up the stamp twice with two shades of green ink. I used a circle punch to cut out and highlight the sundial portion of the stamp and added glitter to the tree. I used my favorite jewel toned cardstock and a few embellishments to compliment the stamped image.


Hope you are having a great day!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ginger Joy Tag

Hi Everyone! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! This treat bag was featured on the Penny Black blog yesterday.


I absolutely adore the Ginger Joy stamp by Penny Black. Its so simple, so cute, so easy to customize, embellish and use again and again. Plus its a cling stamp so its easy to store (bonus!).

First I stamped the gingerbread man on kraft cardstock. I added a few brown shades of distress ink to his body for a "fresh out of the oven" look. The hands and feet were pieced with fabric. I love the extra interest and texture that fabric adds. You will see me use it again. ;) The berries are clear gems colored with permanent marker. Finally, I mounted him on a simple tag and added a few simple borders and embellishments.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mimi's Mail

Hi Everyone! I created today's card with holiday thank you cards in mind. I love this image of Mimi putting a letter in the mailbox.

I colored the image with Copics and added Mimi in as a second layer to add a little bit of dimension. The snowflakes were filled in with Stickles and I added Glossy Accents to the envelope.

TIP: When I find an area that is hard to color with Copics because it is too small (like the edges of the bird's hat) I like to stop and switch to a newly sharpened colored pencil in a matching color.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Penny Black Royal Greeting

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Decorated Filigree Tree

Hi Everyone! I forgot to share this card that I made a few weeks ago. It features the Filigree Tree from Penny Black.


I used black ink to stamp the tree but stamped it once before stamping this image. I love the lighter grey color it created. I accesorized the tree with a few buttons and glittery brads. I often cut off the back of the brad and just use the top when embelishing a card. I don't like the extra bulk and just having to top allows me to slide the brad around to find a perfect spot for it. I finised the card off with a simple twine bow and a classic sentiment.


Have a great day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Inside Out

Hi Everyone! Today on the Penny Black blog all of the designers are are sharing cards that are finished on the outside AND the inside. I often don't finished my cards on the inside expect during the holidays. Its fun to throw in a longer sentiment or add a giftcard holder or both.


I started the outside of the card with a fun Penny Black Mimi stamp layered on a simple scene that was cut out with Nestabilities Labels 8. I added a cork scalloped border, buttons, string and machine stitching to add a little bit of fun and interest.


On the inside I repeated the same Labels 8 die cut and added a Christmas sentiment. I thought it would be fun to tuck in a gift card. To ensure a perfect snug fit I placed the card on the back of the label using it as a guide to lay down my tape. I left about a 1/4 inch between the card and the tape on each side so it would easily move in and out but wouldn't fall out.

I plan on making a similar card with THIS stamp and using them for my son's preschool teachers this year.

Stamps: Gift of Giving, Joy Hope

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

No Peeking David

I've been excited to share this card for a couple of days. I created this card for my brother's birthday and needed to give it a few days head start in the mail. :)


My brother moved away to NYC several years back (sniff, sniff) so I was excited to incorporate the city stamp in to the scene. The critter was colored using Distress inks (one of my new favorite techniques) and the city scape was shaded using Copics. When ever I make a card for a guy, color and texture are always very important. The torn cork, fall colors and loose string on the button added just the touch I needed.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: Penny Black Stamps (Cityscape, Party Time, Happy Birthday), PTI Paper and Buttons, Glossy Accents, Cork, Copics, Distress Ink, Memento Ink, String

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rooooar Lion Card

Hi Everyone! When deciding on an image to use for a baby boy card I didn't hesitate to pick up my Roar stamp by Penny Black. He is so darn cute!


I colored him with Copics and added Glossy Accents to his eyes. I was in a hurry so this card was finished without a sentiment. Like the last baby card I shared, this is also a mini size (3.5" X 4.5"). I love to add these to the top of a gift without an envelope. It adds a fun touch to the packaging and also saves time searching for the perfect size envelope.


Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Catalog Christmas Cards

Hi Everyone! Today I want to share a few cards I made way back in July for Penny Black's Christmas catalog.


I had a lot of fun creating this first card. I love traditional Christmas colors and the snow globe stamp is one of my favorites from the catalog.


I paper pieced this image and used a brown colored pencil to add some light shading to the bear. Glossy Accents were used on the bird, hat and snow cliff.

*Hi to all my readers at D&S in NYC! :)*

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good day!



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sweet Pea Baby Girl

Hi Everyone! Its nice to take a break from the holiday card buzz every once in awhile. Its amazing what kind of stampin' mojo comes your way if you just take a little break from the norm. :)

Today I created a mini card for a friend who just had a sweet little baby girl.


When my daughter Rachel was born my friend gave me the cutest handmade flower headbands and clips. So when thinking about the card for her little one I decided to dress up the bunny with a big flower of her own. :)


Hope you have a great day!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Have a SWEET Christmas

Hi Everyone! I have a fun quick tutorial on creating backgrounds using stamps over on the Penny Black blog today. Be sure to check it out to see how I created this card.


I was shopping at Crate and Barrel last week (a rare treat with two little kiddos) and noticed a HUGE trend in jewel tones.  I walked away inspired and had to incorpoate them in this card. I love how the tiny bit of purple warms up the whole card.

I have a busy day today with the kids trick or treating at my husbands work and then we'll do it again around the neighborhood on Sunday. I hope you stay safe, warm and dry (it always rains here on Halloween) weekend!

Stamps: Penny Black Ginger Joy, Crystalline

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Merry Christmas Pointsetta

Hi Everyone! I've been busy creating a lot of fun Christmas cards lately and I'm excited to share this one with you today that is featured on the Penny Black blog.


I created this background using the beautiful Footnote stamp. Using a stamp-a-ma-jig I was able to quickly create a quick elegant background. The flower was stamped using Christmas Star and inked it up with Distress Inks. I stamped it once for the main flower and then again to create a few leaves. The card was finished with a button embelishment and a sentiment I love from the In a Pear Tree clear set.


Have a great day!

Stamps: Footnote 3857H, Christmas Star 4104K, In a pear tree 30-035

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stamping on Wood

Hi Everyone! While in a stamp store a couple of months ago I made the most wonderful discovery! Wood! Mabye its been there all along and I never noticed it. But this time I did and I had to have it. Now its been sitting on self for a long time waiting and waiting. I didn't want to waste it after all. At last I decided to be brave and created this card.

First I stamped Penny Black's Inclinations using Memories Dye Ink on to the wood panel. I also used a few other fun techniques on this card. To create the flower I stamped Burst of Blue, then filled it in with text using a sentiment from HERE. Finally to add color to the flower and mat around the wood I inked up an acrylic block with Distress Ink, sprayed it with water and then layed the acrylic block over the paper (a trick I learned from Lisa Spangler -thanks!).
Finally, for those of you that might be interested the wood I used is by Creative Imaginations. It is called "real wood thin cherry" and is a veneer backed by paper (makes for easy cutting).


Hope you get creative with a few of these ideas! I'd love to see what you come up with if you stamp on wood. Send me a link!

Feel Better Soon: Inclinations 3984K, Burst of Blue 2640E, Sentiments 30-025

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Three Flowers Thank You Card

Hi Everyone! I'm often asked how I have the time to craft and create with 2 little kiddos at home. The truth is I don't have hours and hours to sit down by myself in the peach and quiet of my craft room. Instead, I take the small moments throughout the day to plan, stamp, color, embellish, assemble, photograph and blog my cards. This card is a great example.


While trying to fall asleep a few nights ago I came up with the sketch for this card and I decided on the stamps and colors I wanted to use. The next day I experimented with those ideas throughout the morning and then finished it up while my daughter took a nap. My son (who just turned three) loves to craft with me and enjoys inking up stamps, cutting with scissors and punching circles while I work. But keep in mind he is 3. :) Craft time only usually lasts about 15 minutes. :) :)


I've really been enjoying THIS Memento Ink set lately. It just seems to have all the colors I love and need. Do you see that piece of wood? More on that later next week! LOVE IT!

Stamps: Thank You 3166D, Golden Leaves, 3982K, Hill Flowers 3938K, Inclinations 3984K, Sentiments 30-025

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Terrifying Halloween

Hi Everyone! Today on the Penny Black blog the design team is focusing on fall. I decided to have some more fun with the sketch I first used HERE. I love reusing sketches or looking back at older cards to get a jump start on a new design.


I used the Penny Black Dark House stamp to create a spooky little scene. I added fog with vellum and paper pieced the moon. For a little fun I added a strip of glitter to the top and bottom of the focal point (a halloween card can have some sparkle, right?) and finished the card of with the a Terrifying sentiment.


I hope you had a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Terrifying Halloween Card: Dark House 3499F, Terriflying 3711E

Friday, October 8, 2010

Trick or Treat Friend

Hi Everyone! I'm so excited to share this card with you today. Its also featured over on the Penny Black blog today. So be sure to visit over there and check it out!

I took the super cute Mimi & Friend stamp and decided to use just the Friend. :) She reminded me of a little girl out on Halloween so I search for a treat basket for her and found the perfect pumpkin in the Trick or Treat set. I trimmed the top of the pumpkin, lined it with black ink and added a strap with black string. Mimi's friend is ready to go!

I appreciate you stopping by today! Have a great day!

Trick or Treat Friend: Mimi and Friend 4085J, Trick or Treat 30-005

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day

Hi Everyone! Happy World Card Making Day! Have you checked out the Penny Black blog lately? We've been having a lot of fun over there starting up the Penny Black Circle on Flickr, making friends on Facebook and even having a few contests. So today I'd like to say thank you to all of you who have left comments and joined in on the fun! There are SO many more fun things planned ahead!!! Oh and did I mention there is a *giveaway* on the Penny Black blog today??!?!


I created my thank you card today using Golden Leaves and Thanks Thanks. These are two stamps that I know I'll be reaching for time and time again. I loved using Golden Leaves for the focal point in this card but wouldn't it make a cool background too? And I always always appreciate a good thank you stamp.

Thanks again for stopping by my blog, inspiring me, leaving me some love and joining in on all the Penny Black fun! You are the BEST!

Thank You, Thank You!: Thanks Thanks 2915F, Golden Leaves 3982K

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Clean & Simple Christmas Card

Hi Everyone! I couldn't resist the current Caardvarks challenge. I love clean and simple design so I decided to join in the fun!


I created this card using the Penny Black Filigree Tree. I layered the stamp with two shades of green ink then added brown to the trunk. I created my own text background using a sentiment from the Crystalline set and finished the card with some simple embelishements and a traditional sentiment.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Filligree Tree Christmas: Filigree Tree 3741L, Crystalline 30-018

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Owl, Friend and Text

Hi Everyone! I'm excited to be featured on the Penny Black blog today. If you haven't had a chance please go check it out. A different Penny Black designer is being showcased each day so you don't want to miss out!

 I'm totally excited about the card I'm going to share with you today for several reasons.

I started with my favorite owl stamp and decided he needed a butterfly friend. I love owls! I also want to point out that I made my own text paper! How cool is that?!?! Penny Black has a ton of great sentiments that you can use to make your own text. I used the sentiments set and stamped the small words from the happy birthday sentiment over and over again. I can't wait to try this again!


Hope you have a great day!

Owl Happy Birthday: Nocturne 3936F, Sentiments 30-025, Salutations 30-014

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mini Cards

Hi Everyone! The last couple days have been kinda crazy around my house. My energy filled 3 year old had a big fall and ended up with 4 stitches in the back of his head on Tuesday night. He is doing well but of coarse I'm still rattled and I've been chasing after him trying to slow him down so he can recover. :)

Today on the Penny Black blog we are featuring mini cards (half of an A2 or 2 3/4" x 4 1/4"). All of the design team members have cards posted so its a fun post! I love being part of such a talented and diverse design team!

On my second mini I created a felt tree inspired by the line of Christmas trees called "Little Trees". The whimsical shape was easy to cut out by hand and I added stitching and pearls for decorations.

I hope you have a great day!


Owl Mini: Greetings from the Wise 3906H, Letter Background 1999L, Seasons... 3554D
Tree Mini: Little Trees 3557H, Christmas Lights 3553H, Wondrous 3738B, Xmas Treasures 30-019

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunshine Layout

Hi Everyone! It's official...I'm finally sharing one of my scrapbook layouts on my blog! I created my first scrapbook page a long long time ago in high school. The love of scrapbooking lead me down the paper crafting road and eventually I found stamping and card making. It feels great to finally come full circle. :) My page is also being featured on the Penny Black blog today!

This is a page of my daughter when she turned 11 months old. I did a photo shoot of her every month from birth to a year old. I generally take a lot of pictures of my kids but I'm glad I have these milestones along with journaling to keep in her memory book. Now I just need to finish scrapping all of them!

I love this butterfly from Penny Black. I colored it with Copics then added Glossy Accents to the large circles. I also cut between the wings and added a pop dot under the largest wing for added dimension.

I stamped these sweet flowers to complete my outdoor scene. I used the same colors as the butterfly to balance the colors across the page. As you can see I stamped the largest flower twice and offset it slightly. Glossy Accents were added to the red flowers.
Oh and how could I forget. Penny Black has a great alpabet set called Kate Text. I used the lower case set to stamp "you are my" and the date.

So do you want to see more layouts? I'd love to hear from you!