Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Penny Black | Love You Every Day!

Love you every day
What a wonderful way to greet your loved ones each day!

I promised yesterday we'd meet again today and talk about CAS (clean and simple) designs.  So let's get onboard that Love train and talk about the newest collection of love-themed Happy Heart Day stamps and dies from Penny Black and how they can used to create a CAS design.

My first six cards for this release were layered with details, dimension, and patterned paper.  Penny Black transparent, cling and die sets make fun AND beautiful CAS designs no matter the medium used.  Learning to stretch our stamps and dies with different styles and techniques is a plus - that's value added for me!   Have you been to the Penny Black Youtube Channel?  Gimme 5, PB&J, Stamp & Paint with Mimi, all to numerous to list.  I learn something new each time I watch one, two or... 

Today I have three CAS designs to share with you.  One with lots of white space, balanced and using the rule of thirds and odds.  The second, brings in patterned paper in a small print, while still keeping the white balance.  The third card uses patterned paper and a word die to convey the message.


On the first card I sponged a little distress ink on white card stock.  Stamped those sweet bluebirds on a separate piece of white card stock and colored with Copic markers and Polychomos pencils.  I then hand trimmed the image and laid them aside.  I die cut one of the balloons and used it to anchor Papa and baby, while Mama comes to the rescue and holds the balloon by a sliver thread.   When you create a CAS try to use the rule of thirds, odds, and bring the eye to the sentiment.  Three little birds gathered around the large balloon with 5 little sliver hearts in different sizes.   Provide interest by applying glossy accents in the eye area, while still keeping the card a one layer card that will go through the mail with regular postage. 

Get on board the Love train with this sweet card.  My second card uses lots of white, and a small heart patterned paper as the background for that adorable die cut Love Train.  The top and bottom layers are white card stock with a thin red strip of glitter paper.  I used some fun foam behind those layers to lift them higher than the focal image, Love Train #51-487  The set includes the train, LOVE word, and little dies that represent the train smoke.


I have used the sweet little flower included in, Space Reserved #30-535 and a little die cut bird included in, Heart Balloon #51-493   I stamped my sentiment, Love you every day, from the set, Words Sweet #30-525 Each train car is loaded with love and flowers. 

My last card for the Happy Heart Day release uses the Love word dies included with,  Love Train #51-487 and beautiful gold foiled heart paper that I used yesterday with the lovebirds.
I cut a panel of the patterned paper using the Elegant Stitching #51-440 backed it with fun foam and adhered it to cream card stock.  Then I cut the LOVE word die included in Love Train #51-487 from red glitter paper and placed it on the diagonal.  The O is placed right over the spot the arrows meet.  A few little hearts here and there to finish the card.   This is an example of how CAS design and pattern paper play together to project your card message and makes an elegant CAS card.

I hope you've enjoyed the week long Happy Heart Day party with Penny Black.  Be sure to visit the Penny Black Blog for party details, Blog Hop, Video's, and Card samples.

Until next time,
Come. Sit. Stay awhile.  I think we're going to be friends!

Sincerely,
Susie ~


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Party with Penny | Happy Heart Day


Welcome back Penny Black Fans!

Have you had fun hopping with Penny Black oohing and aahing over the new collection of love-themed stamps and dies?  Did you have a favorite stamp or die set?  Not sure?  Then grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage and settle in.  Let's visit for a few minutes, I'd love to share a few more card designs with you.

Hold on tight Valentine, your heart is in for a bumpy ride with this sweet set.   So Much Love #30-526 is an adorable little pup who is up up up and away in love on Happy Heart Day! 

In my humble opinion there are stamp sets that are just made for layering and patterned paper.  The wonderful whimsical critters from Penny Black fit that bill.  I used a beautiful cool grey card stock base and layered it with a small floral pattern in peachy pinks, reds, and grey.  I die cut the floral panel using Elegant Stitching #51-440 and backed it on black card stock.  If you're like me, you have tons of patterned paper pieces in your stash.  I found a perfect piece with X's and O's and cut a tag using, Shades #51-055 then popped it up over the floral panel at an angle.  I stamped my sentiment, Words Sweet #30-525 and embossed it in white on another piece of black card stock and placed it across the panel.  Now comes the fun part!  I stamped my little pup and colored him with my Copic markers and Polychomos pencils.  I hand trimmed the image and added the glossy accent to the balloons.   Tip: don't get impatient - give your glossy accent time to dry and you'll be rewarded with beautiful dimension.  Once the image was dry I added some dimensional adhesive and off-set it over the sentiment and tag.  If you are concerned about mailing, just go up one size in your envelope.


Who loves the new frame die, Lovely Border #51-484  isn't it just the sweetest?!  This is a 6 piece die set that measures 5.4"x4.1" and includes the sweetest LOVE word die with heart cut-outs - I know, right!  Don't throw those little heart negatives away either - use them to embellish your cards, photographs, and how about inside those Shaker cards we all love to create!  These are the card styles you just want to hold in the palm of your hands when finished and blow a kiss across them before mailing.  I chose another piece of patterned paper from my stash, then created a frame in solid red cut with the Lovely Border die.  The floral panel is die cut using the Elegant Stitching die and fits right in the middle as snug as a bug!   My focal piece is the adorable pup I call, Freckles from the darling stamp set, Special Friend #30-531  Colored with Copic markers, Polychomos pencils, hand trimmed, and popped up with adhesive dimension tape.  I've also die cut the balloon from glitter paper and adhered it over the balloon image.  The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder and laid across the frame at an angle.  The card base is a warm grey card stock to compliment the wood.

He's been working hard to win his Valentine's LOVE

Let's not disturb these lovebirds!  Aren't they just the cutest?  Have you noticed a recurring design style to these cards?   It's patterned paper (she smiles).   Let your paper work for you and the image(s) you choose.   On this card the arrows all point to the Lovebirds who are popped up over a small panel of love-laced patterned paper.  Your eye goes right to the middle to see the focal image and the sentiment, Words Sweet #30-525  The pattered paper has gold foiled arrows with gold glitter paper behind it, then the small panel with the red love-laced words.  The lovebirds are from the newly released set, Happy Hugs #30-524 and sit on a delicate circle from the die set, Stitched Square & Circles #51-422 and the love-laced panel is die cut from Elegant Stitching #51-440 



I hope I've inspired you to look at your patterned papers and stamp sets differently.  The Happy Heart Day release from Penny Black is the perfect time to try something new for your Valentine!

Thank you so much for your visit.  Come back tomorrow as I wrap up this release with three more cards.  Let's look at CAS (Clean and Simple) designs.

If you haven't had a chance to hop with Penny, you still have time.  The Hop starts here.   Penny Black is giving away a $50 shopping spree to the Penny Black online store to THREE lucky winners.  To enter, leave a comment on any blog hop post (this one included).  The giveaway closes on Sunday, December 23rd at 11:59 PM PST and winners will be announced on the Penny Black blog on December 31st

Until then,
Come. Sit. Stay awhile.  I think we're going to be friends!

Sincerely,
Susie ~   








Monday, December 17, 2018

Happy Heart Day Blog Hop | Penny Black


Hello Penny Black Fans!
It's a "Party with Penny!"   You're invited to join in the fun over the next several days as Penny Black reveals their newest collection of stamps and dies, Happy Heart Day!

Penny Black is kicking off the party with a Blog Hop!

You should have arrived at my blog from the talented, Penny Ward
If you want to start the hop from the beginning, you can go to the Penny Black blog for a complete list of all of the blog hop participants.   You can also find the blog hop list at the end of my blog post.

So let's get this party started!
This release is chock-a-block filled with love-themed stamps and creative dies that will make your heart sing!

Just for you Valentine!
the little blue bird seems to say.

Spaced Reserved #30-535,   Lovely Border #51-484,  Elegant Stitching #51-440

I absolutely adore the sweet little stamp offerings tucked inside Spaced Reserved #30-535.  Don't overlook these little gems when you start designing your cards.  Many times they can be used to create background scenes and even a full card design.

To frame the outside of this sweet card I used the new Lovely Border die, #51-484 and the Elegant Stitching die, #51-440 as an inside panel.  The soft grey striped patterned paper is such a nice contrast to the peachy pink.  For the third panel I stamped the small images randomly around a rectangular post-it note and colored all the images with Copic Markers and finished with a little Polychomos pencil.   Once my coloring was done I softly sponged on some distress ink.

The smallest panel was cut with the smallest of the Lovely Border dies #51-484   I used my Misti to position my sentiment and stamped with black ink.   One of the sweetest images in this set is a little blue bird (in my humble opinion).   I colored, hand trimmed, and positioned it looking upward toward the balloon.  I die cut the smallest heart from the set, Heart Balloons #51-493  and adhered it to the panel with dimensional tape.   To give some interest and carry the sentiment through I attached some very petite sliver thread to the balloon and looped it around the sentiment to the little birds mouth.   


My second card features the main character from the stamp set, Space Reserved #30-535   Penny Black is known for their adorable critter characters.  This little Teddy bear is no exception!  He's got a space reserved for his Valentine and a little gift to give as well! 

Spaced Reserved #30-535,  Lovely Border #51-484

Colored with Copic markers and finished with Polychomos pencil, this guy will steal your heart away!  He even made sure to put a little heart on his sign to entice his Valentine.  I have used the new Lovely Border #51-484 and Heart Balloons #51-493 again to show you how versatile they are.  Both of these cards could be created as "new baby" cards just by changing your color palette, sentiment, and popping up a different sign on the bench (easy peasy)   How sweet would that be?!


My third and last card for today is created with All My Love #30-534   I decided to paper-piece the word LOVE on this image so I stamped the image several times.  I colored the first one with Copic marker and finished with Polychomos pencils.  Next, I stamped the image several times on different patterned papers and trimmed out the LOVE letters (she smiles).   After adhering the letters I hand trimmed the entire colored image and placed it over three hearts die-cut from the set, Heart Balloons #51-493  I had one piece of pink Ombre paper so I positioned the balloon dies very carefully.   It is helpful if you lay out your dies and stamps when designing to make sure your orientation is the way you envision it.  I stamped the sentiment in black using my Misti and added a few flat gems to go along with the sweet rose and heart studded balloon Teddy has for his Valentine.   

He's peeking out to say
Happy Heart Day!

All My Love #30-534,  Lovely Border #51-484,  Elegant Stitching #51-440, Heart Balloons #51-493


It wouldn't be a party without a givaway; right?  Penny Black is giving away a $50 shopping spree to the Penny Black online store to THREE lucky winners.  To enter, leave a comment on any blog hop post (this one included).  The giveaway closes on Sunday, December 23rd at 11:59 PM PST and winners will be announced on the Penny Black blog on December 31st

And now... keep hopping!  Your next visit is: Marion Vagg


BLOG HOP ORDER

        Susie Lessard <---

Thank you for joining the Penny Black Blog Hop today.   All products shown are from the newest Happy Heart Day release and can purchased at the Penny Black online store.






Friday, December 14, 2018

Penny Black | Happy Heart Day 2019




Hello Penny Black fans!

It's time for a new collection of stamps and dies from Penny Black!   This new collection is all about love-themed products that can be used to create Valentine, friendship, anniversary, thinking of you, and even birthday cards AND adorable projects!  These new stamps and dies will make your creative heart sing!

I've been sharing sneak peeks this past week and now it's time to show the full reveals and get ready for a party with Penny!  Penny Black has been gearing up for a fun Blog Hop scheduled for December 17th so please mark your calendars and don't miss it.  We'll be sharing a $50 giveaway to three lucky people.   I'll share more about the Blog Hop and giveaway at the end of my blog post.

As I began creating cards for this release I sketched out some different ideas and arranged dies and stamps together.   Don't forget to look your stamp sets over for the sweet little offerings because many times they can be used for backgrounds and even full card designs - I call that a bonus card!  And that is what this card is all about!   I used several of the little stamps that are included in the stamp set, Space Reserved 30-535   I also framed it with the beautiful frame die set, Lovely Border 51-484, and the smallest die from the new die set, Heart Balloons 51-493

Just for You, Valentine! Penny Black Stamps Inc. 30-535, 51-484, 51-493

Just for You, Valentine!  Penny Black Stamps Inc., 30-535, 51-484, 30-493

I love the softness to this card.  Oh don't get me wrong, I love those strong reds we all use during the month of love, but I also love soft pinks too.  Wouldn't this be adorable for a new baby card?  Just change the sentiment!


Now, I want to return to my comments earlier in the post about the Penny Black Blog Hop that is scheduled for Monday, December 17th   Penny Black Stamps Inc. will be offering a $50 giveaway to three lucky participants to their online store.   Just visit the Penny Black Stamps Inc. Blog on Monday and join in on the Hop.  Leave a comment on one or all of the blogs to be considered.  This is a beautiful love-filled release.  Hope to see you at the Hop for the full reveals!

Until then,

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