Saturday, July 18, 2015

Penny Black Christmas in July

It's been a week of Christmas in July on the Penny Black blog.  I know I've said it before, but this time I really mean it .. this is my favorite snowman of all time .. it's Penny Black's Snowy, a woodblock stamp from 2002! 

2521 K Snowy; 51-058 joyous wishes; 51-066 crystal trio

I've used Penny Black Creative Dies for the snowflakes and sentiment.  I added texture to the scarf and hat by going over the Copic coloring with the blender pen.  Since it's been in the 90's here in Alabama, it was a relief to think about snowflakes and the holidays.

I am back from my nine days in Wisconsin where I spent my days taking care of baby Jack who needed to stay home for one more week after his surgery.  I am delighted to report his recovery is complete and could not have gone better  He is a delightful baby and has an amazing big sister in Evelyn.  Leaving was difficult after spending so much time with the grandbabies. 

It's Saturday and once again you can find me on the Penny Black blog
If you would like to see photos of the adorable little ones, just click here and you will be transported to my Runs with Scissors column, where I have happily posted pictures.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Winged Beauty by Penny Black

Oh, my!  I have sadly neglected my blog lately.  I blame it on the fact I've not been "Livin' the Dream" lately.  For some reason, this spring saw several members of our family dealing with surgeries, not to mention my two month bout with shingles!  But that's all behind us and it's time to get back into the craft room and stamp the stress away.

40-376 Winged Beauty; 40-385 Collage of Wishes; 51-140 Diamond Border; 51-027 Triple Banner
The bird and branches images are from Penny Black's slapstick set "Winged Beauty".  I've tried stamping them in various colors, but I always go back to neutral tones.  I am amazed at the amount of detail in these small stamps.  I seemed to lose some of the detail when I colored the images. 

I am sending this card to my much younger brother for his birthday in a couple of weeks.  I'm  not sure what he thinks of my hand made cards, but I know his wife appreciates them!

I've added Liquid Pearls opal accents to the branches and the Diamond Border diecut.  I like the texture it adds and it is not too "blingy" for a guy!

I am flying to Wisconsin tomorrow to take care of baby Jack so Mom can go back to work after being with him for two weeks post surgery.  It was pretty serious surgery, but Jack came through like Superman and isn't even holding a grudge!!  We are so grateful that all is well.  And I am grateful and thrilled to be able to spend a week spoiling him (shhhh, don't tell Mom and Dad).

It's been tough on my mojo lately, but once I spend time with Jack and Ev and other family in Wisconsin, I know I will come back renewed, refreshed and lonesome!

Tomorrow I will be running with scissors on the Penny Black blog ... I think there will be some red, white and blue for the holiday!!  Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a fun and safe Independence Day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tic Tac Toe Challenge

There is a new challenge up at the Hero Arts Blog.  Some of the Hostess alumni are joining in for this month long challenge.  Of course, there are prizes!


This hydrangea stamp is one of my all time Hero Arts images.  And of course, it is a wood block stamp which makes it more special. 

My three in a row choices are heat embossing, birthday theme and watercoloring.  The Hydrangea was stamped with black VersaFine ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder, water colored using my new Zig Clean Color brush marker, and then fussy cut to place it on the La Letter background.  I added some white enamel dots to give the flower some dimension.

You have until the end of June to enter the Hero Arts Tic Tac Toe challenge.  You can pick any three options in a row to create your card using Hero Arts stamps, dies and stencils.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope your summer is off to a good start. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sunshine and Smiles

Hello again!  I have finally joined the human race after a lengthy and painful bout of shingles.  My advice:  if you are in the recommended group for a shingles vaccine, run don't walk to receive it.  I lost more than two months of my life, had to cancel two planned trips by air and then had to cope with learning to live without pain meds.

But that's all over now and thankfully I was able to spend some time stamping and keeping up with my visits to the Penny Black blog.

Penny Black has been celebrating a new release called Sunshine and Smiles for the past couple of weeks.  My Runs with Scissors column today includes cards made with the new release as well as a card or two using some of my older Penny Black stamps.

This Penny Black image from the transparent set I Heart You is very much about Sunshine and Smiles, even though it is from a previous release.  Just a fun image to color.

 Hope you'll stop by the Penny Black blog ... Cooper's hanging out there, too.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

May Flowers by Penny Black

We've had the April showers; time to share some gorgeous May flowers.  Cooper is checking out the petunias; hope you will visit the Penny Black blog to see the cards I've made using some beautiful Penny Black stamps.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you at the Penny Black blog where I am running with my scissors.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Time to Smell the Roses

I'm running with scissors today on the Penny Black blog.  And Cooper is smelling the roses.

Hope you'll stop by for a visit.  Click here.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Masculine Cards with Penny Black

With Fathers' Day coming up as well as the need for cards for the men in our life, it's time to make some masculine cards. 

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I'm running with my scissors on the Penny Black blog today.  For more masculine card ideas be sure to stop by.  Just click here.