Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tutu Sweet

This little cutie is from Penny Black's transparent set Tutu Sweet.  I just love her little hairdo!

I have paper pieced her darling outfit, using the designer papers in Penny Black's newly released 6x6 paper pad Gentle Whisper.  The embossed background was done with the new embossing folder my friend Sally sent me.  I love how it matches the pattern in the paper.



Today is a Run With Scissors Day on the Penny Black blog.  You can see the other cards I made using the paper piecing technique and the new Penny Black designer papers.



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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop


Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop.  My hostess colleagues and I feel privileged and very happy to be together once more to share what we've created with the fabulous stamps from the new Hero Arts 2015 Spring release. 

If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from  Kathy Racoosin's blog!  Awesome, huh?  Kathy has a magic touch!  If you just came for a visit and want to start at the beginning of the hop, just go to the Hero Arts blog where it all began.

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!

If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog. Also, please report broken links to: blog@heroarts.com.

The new stamps are available in the Hero Arts online store as of today.  Just click on the caption under each card for ordering information.


CL833 Stamp Your Own Salad
I created the background for the card base by using the leafy beet top stamp.  Love using my stamps in more than one way.  The beet is colored with Copics, fussy cut and attached to a diecut circle.  I cut the sentiment stamp to change it from a square to a linear stamp.  Love doing that, once I got over the fear!

 
CG662 Triangle Background; DC130 Flowers
I white embossed the Triangle Background stamp and then using my distressing tool, rubbed over the image with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  The sentiment is stamped in soft grey VersaFine ink.  The flowers were heat embossed and fussy cut and arranged onto a circle diecut which was then attached to the rectangle.  This is a stamp and cut set, which included the banner die.



F6069 Thanks for Being You
Don't you love when a sentiment can be the focus of a card? This large woodblock stamp is perfect for conveying your message without distraction.  I stamped and heat embossed with Luxe ink Teal onto a circle diecut which I added to lacy designer paper.  I colored the seam binding with Distress Ink to match the monochromatic color theme.

I hope you can tell how much I've enjoyed being part of the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop and playing with the Spring 2015 stamps.  Thank you for being a part of it all.

It is now my joy to send you to the next stop on the hop, my dear friend and most talented artist Donna Mikasa, who is now part of the Hero Arts family as a designer.  I was certain this would happen when I first saw her work on the Hero Arts blog years ago.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

This little guy represents me, frantically writing out and sending my Valentines!  It seems that once I have them made my brain says "mission accomplished" and the finished cards sit on my desk until I suddenly remember to mail them.  Thankfully, I got all thirteen of them in the mail on time for them to arrive today!
30-273 Furry Affection

This little guy is from Penny Black's transparent set Furry Affection. Just a little Copic coloring and  a background of patterned paper

I'm not hanging out at home this morning, even though I have dinner tonight for thirteen people.  Just had to have some time to Run with Scissors on the Penny Black blog.

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Hope your day is filled with love ... and at least a little chocolate!!  Thanks for your visit.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Watercolor Attempt


After seeing all the gorgeous watercolor creations lately, I had to try!  I love my new Koi watercolors and had lots of fun "playing".  Not happy at all with the result, but here it is!  I can only get better, right?
4233K Butterfly Kiss; 51-025 Love Expressions
After putting my paints away, I picked up my scissors instead .. Come see what it's all about on the Penny Black blog today where I do a better job of running with scissors than I do with a paintbrush!
 
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Purple Procrastination

So, ok, I procrastinated even longer!!  Here are the last two cards I made instead of purging!  I guess I was in my purple mode!

30-026 Tiny Wishes; 30-053 Betsy bluebell
30-123 Fancy Flowers;51-041 Friends Frame; 30-226 Kind Words
 
Now that I've had fun with some of my older Penny Black stamps, I may just continue playing instead of cleaning.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you take time to play ... the cleaning will always wait!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Classic Penny Black


Instead of cleaning, purging and labeling in the craft room, I sat down and made some cards with some of my older Penny Black stamps.  It was a lot more fun than the original plan.

4118H Mimi's Heart; 51-096 BeMine 51-027 Triple Banner

4319J Snap Shot  51-038 Hooray
30-269 So Very Much  4037K Mixed Media

 
For the last card, I was playing with my new Koi water colors.  I am in love with them; so much better than the inexpensive little sets I've owned. 

Thanks for stopping by to see what procrastinating can do!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mimi's Love by Penny Black


There was a surprise in my mailbox this week.  My friend Penny had some "extra" goodies to share and luckily she chose me!

Inside the package were three products in this gorgeous blue.  The blue ink is officially Radiant Neon by Tsukineko; the little blue dots were made using Imagine Crafts Irresistible Neon Pico Embellisher.  Also in the package was a bottle of Irresistible Neon Colored Texture Spray.  This RAK arrived on just the right day at just the right time.  Stamping friends are the best friends!

I'd been dealing very unsuccessfully with the auto insurance company responsible for settling our claim from the October car accident and the stress and frustration had sent my mojo scurrying for cover.  The new products were the motivation I needed. 

30-269 So Very Much; 30-270 Mimi's Love
I stamped the heart image from Penny Black's "So Very Much" transparent set with the Radiant Neon ink "Electric Blue", and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added a few dots of the Neon Pico to make things more interesting.  The four dots on the corners of the red paper are also made from the Pico. 

The cap on the bottle of Irresistibel Pico has a built in "needle" that fits into the tip of the bottle so there is no clogging!  This is a product I want in more colors.  You can make your own enamel dots!

I did try working with the Irresistible Texture Spray, but I think I need some practice!  I plan to check out Penny's  amazing blog Penny Ward Ink to see how she uses it.  My efforts were not worthy of sharing. 

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I am running with my scissors on the Penny Black blog today.  There's a story about a very important love letter that you won't want to miss.