Feb 18, 2017

Penny Black and More - February Midmonth reminder

 Did you get a chance yet to play along in this month's Penny Black and More challenge? Still a little time to join in if you haven't already and don't forget you can enter up to 3 times. As always we have several great prizes to give away. Our theme is easy, just use your favorite stamp.

As I said before, it's really hard for me to choose Penny Black favorites because there are so many that I love! For my first DT card for the February challenge I used one of the very first PB stamps I purchased, and for the mid-month post I am using the most recent Penny Black stamp I purchased (Sweet Talk). This stamp is really old but it is new to me, I  found the wood mount version on ebay. Penny Black re-released this stamp in one of their clear sets at a smaller scale. (Sorry but I don't know the name of the clear set). 


Image has been heat embossed on Bristol Vellum cardstock and Zig clean color brush pens have been used for coloring. Isn't the bunny adorable!!!
The sentiment is from a set by Crafter's Companion, also heat embossed. Patterned paper is from my stash. The card has been kept pretty CAS, but I decided to add a little yellow butterfly with some rhinestones to bring in a little more color.
 (Silly me - I forgot to color parts of the flowers but that will be taken care of. Didn't notice until writing up this post. )

It's really hard to tell, but I used Wink of Stella on all the roses and butterfly. They are really sparkly in real life.
 
If you're interested in purchasing this card, you can find it in my Etsy shop along with some others and some stamps as well. (US shipping)

I am also playing along here:
Crafting By Designs - Polka Dots 

  • Crafty Creations -  Always Anything Goes 
  • Crafty Gals Corner -   Use Your Favorite Things (critter stamp, polka dots, wink of stella) 
  • Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes 
  • Little Red Wagon -  Use your Favorite Company or Companies  (Penny Black stamps)
    Crafting-With-Friends  Anything Goes
  • Thanks so much for visiting!
    Have a great day!

    Feb 14, 2017

    I Carry Your Heart...

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    I have one more Valentine's card to share with you, I made this one for my husband. The image is so delicate, so I decided to use watercolors for coloring and I kept the card clean and simple.


    It's been stamped onto Bristol Vellum card stock using versafine onyx ink. The stamp is from the set All Abloom by Penny Black, available HERE. I paired it with a sentiment from the set So Very Much, also by Penny Black. It's actually one large sentiment, I just stamped part of it on top and the other half on the bottom. 
     
    Wink of Stella was applied to the image, you can see the sparkle in the close up below.


    Striped paper is by My Minds Eye and card base is Island Indigo by SU. 

    This week I am playing along at Allsorts with the theme of Heart and/or Flowers. Cards in Envy wants to see Valentine Cards so I am entering there too. Anything goes at Crafting from the Heart.  
     
    And that is all for this year's Valentine's cards.
    If you missed the two I made for the kids and would like to see them, you can find them by clicking HERE and HERE
     
    Have a great day filled with lots of love💗

    Feb 7, 2017

    Happy Heart Day

    One of the New Year's resolutions I made this year was to use more of my old stamps and quit buying new. It's really hard when you get all the pretty new releases in the inbox, but I have been good so far and haven't bought new stamps yet this year (besides one old PSX stamp from ebay - couldn't resist!)

    So for today's card I used a stamp from the old Stampin Up set "Happy Heart Day". I thought this cute mouse would work well for a masculine card. I plan on giving this one to my son for Valentines Day. Hope he doesn't mind the Wink of Stella shimmer I added to the heart 😀. 


    The mouse was heat embossed on Bristol Vellum card then colored using Zig Clean Color brush pens. I tried to keep the card simple, but I did use an embossing folder for the background to add a little bit of interest. Eyelets are another one of my crafty things that I don't use often, but I thought they were perfect for this card sketch. Sentiment is from the set "So Very Much" by Penny Black. I used a few candy dots by Stampin up to add some color to the sentiment. 

     A little close up above. The heart is covered in Wink of Stella, but it's really hard to see in the photos. The image panel has been popped up on dimensionals.

    I am playing along here:
    Stamping Sensations - Animal Magic
    Cards und More - Pets and other Furry Friends
    Cardz 4 Guyz - Love You
    Cute Card Thursday - Be My Valentine 
    Have a great day!!

    Feb 5, 2017

    Penny Black and More - February Challenge

    A  new month already...I was supposed to be back with the linky parties, but unfortunately they are still on hold and I am not sure when I'll bring them back. While I do love hosting them and visiting all the blogs, commenting does takes up so much time, and I just don't feel like I have the time right now.

    But luckily I am still able to make some cards and today I am sharing a card made for the new Penny Black and More challenge. This month we're wanting to see you use your favorite stamp. I have lots of favorite Penny Black stamps, so I decided to go with one of my first Penny Black stamps called Guess What. 

    I heat embossed the image before coloring with Zig Clean Color brush pens on Winsor & Newton watercolor marker paper. The patterned paper is from my stash, probably My Minds Eye. I used a butterfly border die from Whimsy stamps and added some Wink of Stella glitter to make it sparkle. A button and some twine finishes off the card. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set "All Abloom", also heat embossed.

    Closeup below...

    You can find this card in my Etsy shop, along with the stamps I used today (brand new), if you're interested. (US shipping) 

    Also playing along here:
    Art Impression Stamp Challenge - Lots of Love
    Stamping Sensations - Animal Magic

    Stampaive and More - Animals


    I hope you'll come join us at Penny Black and More this month. As always we have some great prizes to give away, this month from Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix and Stamp Addicts - lots of chances to win!

     

    And that would be all for today.

    Thanks so much for visiting!! 


    Jan 18, 2017

    You Make my Heart Smile

    Hi everyone, hope you're all doing good! Sorry for the lack of posts, but I have been busy moving some stamping stuff around...I decided that I don't want to create upstairs any more, and prefer to take over the kitchen instead :-) This means I had to switch out all the stuff from the hallway closet with my crafty things from upstairs and at the same time trying to de-clutter. It's not easy when you're holding on to all kinds of things...the hoarders out there will understand :-)

     I did manage to make a card for this month's Penny Black and More challenge reminder post. Anything goes this month, don't miss your chance to link up with us for a chance to win one of the great prizes.

    For today I used one of the cute "Mimi" stamps from the PB set Mimi's Love. 

     Mimi  has been stamped onto copic xpress it card, then colored with copic markers. I used a wink of stella glitter brush on the umbrella, shoes and hearts. Designer papers are from my stash, and I used some twine to tie a bow. Sentiment is from the PB set "So Very Much".

    A little closeup below...
    I made this card for my daughter for Valentine's day, she loves the Mimi stamps 😊. I plan on making a card for my son too which I hope to be sharing soon!

    Thanks so much for visiting!!

    Jan 7, 2017

    Blue and Yellow One Layer Card


    Last night I actually managed to make a card!!! I came across a beautiful card by Kay, and wanted to give the design a try.  I don't have the products Kay used, so I used what I had instead. I also wanted to play along in the Blue and Yellow Flower challenge, so I switched up the colors. The flowers on Kay's card made me think of the really old Stampin up set "In Full Bloom" which sadly had been sitting on my shelf for many years unused. One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to use more of my older stamps, there is a reason why I don't  part with some of these old sets, and that is because I love them. This was the perfect chance for me to ink up the pretty flower from the set.


    I started out by masking off the top and bottom border of the Neenah linen card base using washi tape. Then I used Mustard distress ink and Apricot SU ink for sponging and stenciling. Sorry, but I threw away the stencil packaging so I have no idea what brand they are. 
    The blooms were stamped onto xpress it blending card, colored with copic markers and then fussy cut before adhering to the card. Flower stems are from the SU set "Both Way Blossoms", another really old set, and the leaves are from the set "Roses in Winter", also old.
    Sentiment is by Penny Black (Sprinkles and Smiles). I thought the card needed something black on the bottom, so I used the little "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the PB set Snippets across the bottom border.

    As mentioned above, the colors were inspired by the  Flower Challenge  so I am entering my card there.


    Also playing along here:
    Brown Sugar –  Anything Goes
    Crafting-With-Friends  Anything Goes
    Creative Corner -   Anything Goes
    Catch The Bug  -Anything Goes


    And that is all for now. Hope you all have a great weekend!


    PS: If you're interested in some Elisabeth Bell Whimsy stamps, I have several listed on ebay - sorry but US shipping only.

    Jan 3, 2017

    A Year in Review 2016 (and Used Stamps for Sale)

     Today I want to share a few of my favorite cards I made during last year. I didn't make as many cards last year as I did in the previous years, but wanted to take a look back anyway. And once again I have to say that I cannot choose between cute and non-cute stamps/cards. What can I say, I like them all! And I always have a hard time choosing favorites,  so I picked one from each month to make it easier.

    I love the gray and peach color combo and it's one of my favorite girly fashion stamps.

    I really like how my water coloring turned out.

    What can I say...this cat card is just too cute!!

    Love the card design here and of course who can resist this cute bunny!

     
    More water coloring fun using the Zig Clean Color brush pens.

     
    Just a fun floral design and I got to play with my Pan Pastels.
    (I really need to get them out more!!)
     A cute Christmas in July card I made (Couldn't resist the new image by Mo Manning!) and my card was chosen as one of the top 3.

    Love how my coloring here turned out following a colored pencil tutorial I purchased. Sadly it takes a really long time to do this coloring technique, so I wasn't able to color much more following this tutorial. Maybe this year I'll find more time...

    I really like colors I used on this baby card.

     
     Some layered stamping fun on this floral card!

     Love the winter scene and the Penny Black snowman is just perfect for it. Had lots of fun playing with masking fluid!

     
    A fun to make CAS card using wet embossing on linen card stock.

    I am hoping to be able to make more cards in 2017. One of my New Year's resolutions is to quit being such a messy crafter, and one thing that will help with that is clearing out some of my stash. I started going through some stamps that I hate to part with, but I think they will be more used in another home, so I have listed some already on Ebay if anyone is interested. Unfortunately I can only ship to the United States as I want to use tracking and it is just too expensive to ship overseas. More to come as I get time.

    Below is a photo of the stamps I have currently listed:
     These are all by Whimsy Stamps (Elisabeth Bell designs), but I am hoping to list some sentiments stamps too.

    Have a great day everyone!
    Happy Crafting!!