Saturday, March 28, 2015

Time to Celebrate from Penny Black

Now that spring is officially here, we can look forward to spring celebrations:  graduations, Mothers Day and Fathers Day.

30-294 The Sweetest

Penny Black's Time to Celebrate mini release has stamps and dies for the spring celebrations that are coming up.  And of course, they work for birthdays, too.  It's a mini release with maximum potential.

I'm sharing cards I've made using this release on the Penny Black blog today.  I would love for you to visit.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Running Cutely with Scissors
I am very late posting my invitation to join me on the Penny Black blog today.  But it's all bout cute and adorable; my favorite !!
Hope you'll stop by for a visit ... I love cute and adorable!!   Just click here to be transported. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Think Spring!

30-282 Efflorescence

It isn't easy to think Spring when the roads are closed or impassable due to freezing rain!  But I gave it my best shot today on the Penny Black blog where I am running with my scissors.

Penny Black has added 6x6 Designer Paper pads to their collection.  I've used paper from the Gentle Whisper pad for this background.  The rose is a stamp included in the transparent set Efflorescence.  I've been meaning to look up that word but for now it means four gorgeous floral stamps in one set.

It's been some seriously awful winter weather the past few weeks.  The school kids have missed so many days they may have to forfeit their entire summer break.

I was delighted to ignore the icy white conditions outside while I made spring happen in my craft room.  Well, there was a little whining involved, too.

Hope to see you on the Penny Black blog.  Just click here.  And thanks for your visit!

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.

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:

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.

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!