Saturday, September 6, 2014

Case Study #207

Yep!  I have taken over the Penny Black blog again today!  It's all about Christmas traditions.  But before you go, check out my entry for the Case Study Challenge this week.

Debbie Hughes is the muse this month on the Case Study Challenge blog.  I saw this beautiful inspiration photo and knew I had to participate in this week's challenge.

I stamped Penny Black's floral image from the Blooming Garden transparent set on vellum and embossed it with white.  I colored the flowers and leaves from the back.  I placed a strip of white cardstock onto the green notecard and then tacked the vellum overlay to the card base with a few zig-zag stitches.  The sentiment is a diecut from the Love Expressions die set by Penny Black.

51-025 Love Expressions;  30-155 Blooming Garden

I'm liking the pink and green color combo!  Reminds me of the Knock Out roses we have growing in our yard.  By this time of year in Alabama, the flowers are showing signs of stress from the unrelenting sun and heat.  I used to plant tons of annuals to brighten things up around our house, but finally gave up after so many summers of losing the flowers by August. 

Have a great weekend!  Hope you'll drop by the Penny Black blog today to catch the latest edition of Runs with Scissors.  See you there ... if I haven't been put in detention!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Interlocking Background by Penny Black

When I first saw the Creative Die "Interlocking" by Penny Black I knew it would make the perfect background for floral images.  And when I saw the "Pinwheel" Creative Die, I knew it would make a great flower when combined with the "Leaves" Creative Die.  So I finally put the three diecuts together and added a sentiment.  And I love the result!! 

51-029 Interlocking; 51-026 Pinwheel; 51-002 Leaves; 30-207 From the Heart

I was so happy to use some fall colored cardstock!  The hot muggy temperatures we are still having here in Alabama are making me long for cooler fall days.  I added some white pigment ink to the petals and distress ink to the leaves, as well as some Wink of Stella gold.  Couldn't resist adding the little wooden heart to the sentiment banner.

The Interlocking die is quite intricate and I have discovered if I place the die with the cutting edge face up and the cardstock on top of it as it goes through the machine that it cuts perfectly with almost no need to pick out little pieces by hand.  I love time saving tips!!

Hope your Wednesday is going well!  We have been on the "take it easy" bus since we finished painting the living room.  I don't know how long this bus ride will last or where it will take us .. but it beats heavy duty housework!!  Thanks for your visit!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

SENTIMENTal with Penny Black

It's a Run with Scissors day!!

But before you head over to the Penny Black Blog, enjoy this card including that lovely sentiment.

Love these tree-trimming little mice from Penny Black's transparent set Beauty of the Season. Sometimes the sentiment takes center stage.
30-264 Jolly Critters;  302-254  Beauty of the Season
The theme on the Penny Black blog this week has been sentiments.  To see the cards I've made  with Penny Black stamps and dies, join me as I run around with my scissors on the Penny Black blog.  Who knows?  There might be a sentimental story!   


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tiny Wishes

I find myself choosing colors more reminiscent of Fall than summer these days.  It is so hot here today Cooper refused to go to the park.  How can a dog refuse, you say?  Try stiffening your entire body and planting feet firmly into ground!  Well, I insisted and we made it to the park, but it appeared he was saying "you can make me come to the park, you can't make me play."  So, I got the message and we returned home to our beloved air conditioning.

30-026 tiny wishes; 51-026 love expressions;51-055 shades; 51-033 silver linings

This is one of my all time favorite Penny Black images.  I love paper piecing her little outfit.  I added clouds and the little house using Penny Black creative dies.  I love that I finally bought the right brand of white pen .. it never fails!! (Signo)

Hope your day is filled with love and air conditioning if you need it!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Penny Black Trick or Treat

The weather has turned a little cooler this week and my thoughts turned towards Autumn.  And from there they wandered to Hallowe'en.
30-185  Halloween Critters
This is a scene I created using stamps from the Halloween Critters transparent set by Penny Black.  Simple stamping and embossing and coloring with Copic markers.  I stitched the white cardstock to matts I put together using Graphic 45 papers.

I just noticed it's been awhile since I posted to my blog.  I've been busy "crashing" the Penny Black blog lately and haven't been home much!

I'll be running with scissors  again this Saturday the 30th.  Things may get a bit "sentimental". 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

It's Christmas on the Penny Black Blog!

The full Penny Black Christmas release "Season's Greetings" is now available in the shop.  I hope you've had a chance to see the full reveal this past week.  The stamps, dies, stencils and stickers offer an incredible variety of styles!  The Penny Black designers outdid themselves with amazing inspiration cards.   Here's the first card I made with the new release stamps.
30-258 Prancers;  51-060 Exultations
 I used the Transparent Set "Prancers" and the Creative Die set "Exultations".  I simply stamped one extra tree, fussy cut it and pop dotted it onto the card base.  Those die cut sentiments save tons of time and prevent last minute errors and smudges that can ruin your Christmas spirit.

And since it's Saturday I hope you will come see more of what my scissors and I have done with the new Penny Black Christmas stamps and dies:  classic, elegant and cute .. I had fun with them all.   I love sneaking onto the Penny Black blog and playing with all their stuff!  Just click here to read all about it!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Season's Greetings from Penny Black!

August 11th is finally here and that means the new Christmas stamps, dies and stencils from Penny Black are now available.  You can shop for the new release Season's Greetings here:
40-352 Festive Florals; 30-240 Textures; 51-067 World of Wishes
This card was inspired by Peet Roeven's amazing card here, using a stamp from last year.  I loved the plaid and ribbon!

The poinsettia image is from the new cling set Festive Flowers.  I've stamped, embossed and fussy cut three layers of the flower.  I colored the entire image with Copics and mounted it on a panel created with a stamp from the transparent set Textures.  I used the diecut Polaroid made from glossy gold paper as the frame for the floral display.  Sentiments are so easy when you use a diecut, this one from Penny Black's creative die set World of Wishes.

And since I believe everything is better with a touch of gingham, I added a bow tied to the Polaroid frame.  And of course some stitching to hold things together.

This is the first photo I've taken with the new camera I received in June for our anniversary.  I have been too frightened to take it out of the box and figure out how it works.  My Easy Share camera did everything automatically for me; just uploaded to the editing software automatically.  Much to my surprise, once I took the camera out of the box and just went step by baby step, I figured the process out!  I feel rather adult!!  And embarrassed that I procrastinated for two months!!

Hope your day is going well and all the technology in your life is working as it should!! Thanks for stopping by.