Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hello Spring, Let's Celebrate!

Hello Bluebird
Banner Buddies

Hello friends!   I have the sweetest card to share with you today.  For the past year I have been looking at the stamp and die sets being released from Hello Bluebird.   The illustrations are absolutely adorable!   With each release I found myself getting closer to a purchase.  But I never expected to fall so hard that I would purchase almost an entire release!  Yep, that's exactly what I did.   
This week I had some time to play with several of my new sets and thought you might like to see the results.



The first thing I did was stamp all the wonderful woodland critters from the new Banner Buddies stamp set, and the Springtime stamp set.  Oh man do I love that frog!!  Both of these sets have so many cute images to create with.  What a wonderful morning of coloring using my Copic markers!   After I got all my images colored I started arranging them in little scenes.   

The warmth of yellow card stock from Papertrey Ink Lemon Tart was perfect to use for the first day of spring.  Before layering the scalloped border,  I sponged some Scattered Straw Distress Ink on the card base, fading it into the center where I stamped my sentiment from, Spring Script Stamp, and Typed Everyday Stamp   

I cut another piece of yellow card stock using the Gallery Frame #2 Die which is a stand alone die and adhered it to my card base with some mounting adhesives to pop it up and create a shadow box effect.

Tip:  Take a photo of your layout before you begin to place your images on card stock, especially when you have multiple elements.   The close up below allows you to see the dimension this card has.  It is still light weight and I believe will travel through the mail just fine, but always err on the side of two stamps rather than one just to be on the safe side.


A little shine, a few sequins, and a touch of white pen and it's finished.   These stamp sets are so cute they carry the day - all you need to do is color and bring them to life with a little imagination!

What did you do to celebrate the first day of Spring? 
Thank you as alway for your visit.   Come back.  Sit a while.  I think we're going to be friends!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Flower Teddy + Floral Twist | Penny Black


Flower Teddy + Floral Twist

It's almost spring and flowers are popping up all over!   Do you love spring as much as I do?!  I love springtime color, new life in the garden, and I especially love to color florals.   You too?!  I thought so (she smiles).

Let's start off with a new Teddy from the Penny Black release, Timeless here!   He's called, Flower Teddy #30-543   Look at that sweet face!  Who can resist, certainly not I!

Products used:  Flower Teddy #30-543; Swirly Stitches #51-502; and Doodles #51-128
I used polychromos pencils as my medium this time.   I was very fortunate to learn how to use my pencils without mineral spirits from watching Arizona artist, Terry Medaris.   Terry comes to the Mesa, Arizona stamp show twice a year and demonstrates how he uses colored pencils.   I bet I stood at his table for hours while he colored and gave instruction.   Terry was the senior artist for Boeing in Tucson during his professional career.   He later taught art at Pima Community College in Tucson and then went on to share his art with the stamping community, and in many of Arizona's local galleries.

First I stamped Flower Teddy on Neenah Solar White #80 lb card stock in a good quality black ink.  I have a photo for you showing the process from beginning to end.


Lay down your color gently at first, then begin building the color up.  Doing this helps the color to fill in the tooth of the paper and provides a smooth surface.   Continue adding color for shadows, and remember to leave your highlights.  You can use your eraser to help if you get a little heavy handed.  Using your good eraser is a great way to provide highlights as well.

Once I felt Flower Teddy was finished, I trimmed him out (fussy cut) so I could pop him up with adhesive squares and provide dimension on this card.    Before I started working on the Timeless release I went through all my patterned paper and picked out those papers I felt would be complimentary.  I needed to "ground" my Teddy so I used some blue plank patterned paper in the background (you can choose your favorite paper), and cut out a frame with Swirly Stitches #51-502 (love that frame set!).   For my sentiment I used an older die-cut set from Penny Black called, Doodles #51-128    I cut it twice and stacked it.  I also cut the word down a bit to fit the space.  To finish the card I added some Tonic Nuvo drops in white.

My second card is going through the mail with one (1) stamp!  I know that's important to many of you so I wanted to mention it.  I did pop the panel up with some soft fun foam but it is still very light for mailing.

Products used:  A Floral Twist #40-676; Textures #30-240; and Grateful Sentiments #30-547
I used my Misti to gradually moved my stamp from the Textures #30-240 downward, then I colored A Floral Twist #40-676 with Tombows and stamped over the textures background.  I did that a couple of times to make sure I got good coverage.   Once I was done I used some gold Fine Tec paint for splatters.  I also backed the green card stock with some crumbled gold cotton paper (I love the texture it has) and embossed the sentiment, Thank You, from the Grateful Sentiments #30-547 set.  I finished the card with some flat enamel dots.  It has a very open air breezing feeling to me and is reminds me of the wild flowers that grow along the grasses in the dunes here in South Carolina.

Have a wonderful crafty weekend friends!



Irish Luck | Penny Black | Happy St. Patrick's Day


Irish Luck

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my Irish friends and Penny Black fans today!   I have a quick post for you today with one of Penny's newest Teddy Bears from the 2019 Timeless release of stamps, coordinating dies, and  creative die cuts.

What do you do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  What are your special traditions?  Do you make a special meal, decorate, go to an Irish Day parade, wear the green?

I'm Irish on my mother's side (Elizabeth June Riley) and my youngest has a wee bit o' red in her hair and freckles across her face.   My DIL's mother is also Irish - we've got this holiday covered (she laughs!)   And because of this I never want to forget our Irish heritage, and my dear friends who love this holiday.    This sweet Teddy is perfect for your St. Patrick's Day cards, and I know I'm going to use him many times over.

Products used:  Floral Silhouette #30-563; Swirly Stitches #51-502; Irish Luck #30-538; and Irish Luck Cut Out #51-524
I started this card by stamping some background sprig o' green (that's what I call them) from the perfect, Floral Silhouette 30-563 stamp set, using some green ink and cutting the panel with the new Swirly Stitches 51-502 creative die-cut and trimmed the edges with some gold leaf pen.   On another piece of Neenah Solar White I stamped my Teddy from the Irish Luck 30-538 stamp set.  This is a three (3) piece set which includes the Teddy, sentiment, and banner.  The lucky thing about this set is the coordinating Irish Luck Cut Out 51-524  Yay! 

This card came together quickly (pure coloring fun!) - I've added a few gold sequins and lots of good luck wishes.  Have a wonderful day and I hope you'll share a few of your special traditions with me.

Garden Party | Penny Black


Special Friends and A Garden

Hey there Penny Black fans!   Are you tired of bunnies?  Nah, I didn't think so (she smiles).  I'm back today to share another sweet springtime card created with several new creative dies and one of my favorite stamp sets.   It's a garden party with pretty pink gingham, springtime green, and the cutest tiny watering can.  All we need are our gloves and hat!

Penny Black products used:  Special Friends #30-561, Floral Silhouette #30-563, A Garden #51-510, Swirly Stitches #51-502, and Hello Frame #51-040
First, don't you just love those tiny flowers and watering can?!  Am I the only one that thinks all the little wee ones come out to play at twilight in the garden?  Do you talk to your plants and flowers?  I confess, I do (she laughs).

The first thing I did when I pulled out my creative dies and stamp set was to pick my checked patterned paper for the background and a smaller check for the small table cloth.  I also wanted to emboss (again) that sweet bunny from the Special Friends set.  But this time I used a pretty rose gold embossing powder - oh I wish you could see this in real time.  Once I embossed and let it cool, I used just a touch of Copic color to the bunny.   Next, I die cut a pretty frame and small panel using the newest Swirly Stitches dies, and trimmed them both with my gold leaf pen.   Then I used my Zigs (a pretty spring green) again on one of the pretty solid transparent stamps in the Floral Silhouette set and stamped on the smallest panel.   Add a little water from a water pen or small brush and you get a beautiful soft, out-of-focus appearance that projects a peek into my secret garden.   I popped up the bunny with adhesive dimensional squares.   Now you have a bit of depth and perspective to the window.   A Garden provides just the perfect size garden elements for this garden party.  The little watering can, tiny flowers, and leaves are so sweet. 


Rose gold sequins and a happy Hello finished the card.   I cut the word Hello from the Hello Frame three times from soft grey card stock.   This card has tons of sweet dimension and layers of details.   I'll be back a little later with some more Timeless 2019 creations using the newest release of stamps and creative die-cuts.
Saturday, March 9, 2019

Spellbinders + Fun Stampers Journey | Stamp of the Month

Good Places
CAS Design and Embossing

Welcome back Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey fans!  Today I am sharing two cards using the new March Stamp of the Month release by Fun Stampers Journey called, Good Places.

Do you like club kits?  I think they are a wonderful "Go-to" for crafty friends - value added in my humble opinion. 



Today I have a one layer CAS design and a card using patterned paper - both lend themselves to the lovely Dutch motif of Good Places.


I stamped the lovely windmill in Hero Arts Intense Black Dye ink (one of my favorites).  I stamped several times to achieve good full coverage.   I also stamped one of the three sentiments that is included in this 10 piece stamp set in the same ink.   The wooden shoes are stamped on Bristol Smooth paper using Simon Says Stamp premium dye ink, Fog Grey.  Then I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush set to put down my first color.  When I use my Zigs I color off on a palette and then lift the color with an aqua brush; I can control the color better that way.   I normally let it dry a little before adding more color; a two or three step process.   Once it was done I went back into the negative areas and colored useing my Polychomos pencils to show the design on the shoes.  When I was finished I cut out the shoes using the Good Times coordinating die cut.   I have a set of shoes my grandparents gifted me when I was a little girl and these shoes are very reminiscent of my pair.

My second card pairs patterned paper and embossing with the 2 piece tulip stamp and stem included in the stamp set.


I love the look of the muted blue and grey horizontal stripe paired with the sliver floral patterned paper.  And the white embossing I used on the wooden shoes and rising tulips allow the details to pop!   This is the high quality impression you can achieve when using a good quality red rubber stamp. 

I hope you've enjoyed all the cards I have showcased for the March Stamp of the Month kit.  Be sure to stop by Spellbinders for a look at the newest club offering.   If you have questions about the membership you can find it all right here!

Until next time  I wish you happy crafting!
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Spellbinders + FSJourney | Stamp of the Month Club

Good Places

Have you heard about the Spellbinders + Fun Stampers Journey Stamp of the Month Kits?    The NEW Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Stamp of the Month sets are made in the USA of high quality deeply etched red rubber with cling mount.   This month's "Good Places Stamp" also has a coordinating "Good Places Die Set" (DI-0519)



When asked by Spellbinders if I would like to create with the March kit and share some cards with you I immediately said yes!  I have worked with the club kits before and love them!  You can find out more information on how the club memberships work here!

The inspiration for my card was my paternal grandfather.  He was born and raised in Arnhem, Netherlands.   My favorite stamp in the set are the wooden shoes.  For most children in the Netherlands, December 5th is the day when Sinterklass (St. Nicholas) comes to give presents.   Children put their shoes out to be filled with presents and candy.  My grandparents gifted me a pair of wooden shoes that I sat on their fireplace hearth every Christmas eve waiting to be filled with delights!   I had the opportunity years later to travel to the Netherlands often.  I loved going to the markets on Saturdays where I experienced open air shopping that exhilarated the senses!


For my card today I have used patterned paper that reminds me of the flowered wall papers I saw in some of the homes.  What a perfect backdrop for the windmill, shoes, and little heart.  I stamped the shoes and heart with Papertrey Blueberry Sky ink and the windmill with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink.  I used a combination of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and Polychromos Colored Pencils.   I also stamped that beautiful sentiment in Intense Black Ink.  I love the clean, crisp impression the red rubber stamps provide.

Although I don't speak Dutch, I understood the love of grandparents who did.  There was no silence just a genuine love between generations.

I hope you like the card today and if you aren't a Club Member yet, I hope you'll give it a try!
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Bouquet Ballet | Penny Black


Bouquet Ballet

Hello friends, and welcome back!

I'm here sharing another card created with Penny Black's newest collection of stamps and dies from the Timeless release called, Bouquet Ballet

Penny Black products used:  Bouquet Ballet #40-674; Stitched Square & Circle #51-422; Grateful Sentiments #30-547

This card was created using several techniques;   1)  Copic no-line coloring and,  2) a bit of spotlighting.   I stamped a square 4 x 4 piece of Neenah Solar White card stock with the beautiful line art slapstick/cling stamp, Bouquet Ballet #40-674 across the square, but only colored a corner portion.  The background is colored as well to help pop the spotlight area.   Once the piece was colored I die cut it using the Stitched Square & Circle #51-422 creative die set.   The sentiment, Grateful Sentiments #30-547 is embossed in gold on navy card stock.

As always I appreciate your visits and hope you're enjoying the new Penny Black Timeless release.

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