Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mimi's Big Day by Penny Black

Now that she's graduated, Mimi is celebrating the next big step ... a wedding!!  
4249K Mimi's Big Day;  30-014 Salutations
 
I love this adorable image of Mimi and her love on their big day!  The image included confetti and tiny hearts raining down on the happy couple.  I decided that this would make a great shaker card.

I colored the image with Copics and then stitched a sheet of acrylic over it on three sides.  I then put a mix of sequins into that "pouch" and a couple of wooden shapes to provide space for the sequins to move about.  After stitching up the fourth side, I went around the edges with Washi tape and then stitched around the edges again for a decorative look.

Shaker cards are easy and fun to make using this method.  And the sequins don't get caught in the edges and become immobile.

I'm so glad to be revisiting some of the classic Penny Black stamps.  They remind me of why I fell in love with Penny Black!

Sunny, but not much warmer today.  A bride would be wearing a warm jacket if she were being married here today.  Even the beautiful blooming dogwood trees are shivering. 

Thanks for stopping by .. be sure to grab a piece of wedding cake before you go! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Graduate Mimi by Penny Black

 I am going through my Penny Black collection to revisit favorite stamps and came across Graduate Miimi.  Graduation time is quickly approaching and I thought this stamp was timely, indeed.


4264J Graduate Mimi: 40-137 Brick Wall; 30-176 Sentimental; 51-027 Triple Banner
I stamped and embossed Mimi and colored her with Copics.  I then fussy cut the image and used dimensionals to attach her to the Brick Wall background.  I die cut the banner for the sentiment and punched out a few stars, for of course the graduate is the star of that big day!!

I wish the Wink of Stella showed up better on photos!  It adds just the right touch of twinkle to the pink stars.

It's a "turn the heat pump back on " kind of day here.  What is up with this weather??

Thanks for stopping by ... sorry you caught me in my pajamas!!





Monday, April 14, 2014

Penny Black Moody Monday

Well, it is a moody (and muddy) Monday today.  April showers and all that.  And how did I spend this day?  Challenging myself!  I've had this Penny Black stamp "Sparkle" for several years and after only one unsuccessful attempt at using it, put it back in the box.  Knowing that I still loved the image, I decided to spend some time working with it.
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Sparkle 4183K    Love Expressions 51-025

For this card, I stamped the image in a very light colored Memento ink and then colored it.  I kept the stamp in front of me while I worked to reinforce where the lines on the stamp were as they tended to disappear with the light colored ink.  I then used a fine line black pen to draw in the petals.  I fussy cut the flower and mounted it on Penny Black's diecut "Interlocking, which was then placed over dotted patterned paper.  The sentiment is Penny Black's creative die "Love Expressions". 
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Sparkle 4183K   Leaves 51-002

This is another venture into coloring with Copics and using a Penny Black diecut "Leaves" instead of the leaves that are included in the stamp.  A little patterned paper, and a little stitching and my latest favorite thing enamel brads.  I went to Michael's for enamel brads over the weekend and my bill was $50.00!!  How does that happen?
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Sparkle  4183K   wishes  51-036  Leaves 51-002

Last, and not least, is my watercolored version.  I stamped the image with Distress ink, Brown Corduroy and used my Inktense colored pencils to watercolor the image.  The brown from the Distress ink blended a bit with my pink pencil, so I ended up with my own custom color!!  I highlighted the petals by going over the lines with the Inktense pencil.  Once again, I added a diecut from "Leaves" and a sentiment from " Wishes".

So there you have it!  Glad I didn't back down from the challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by on this moody Monday!  Why not take the challenge and pick up that stamp that has been neglected for awhile and see what happens!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


I'm not home today ... but you can find me at the Penny Black blog.

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

I Have Retreated

I arrived home from the crafty retreat in Cincinnati on Monday evening and I am still trying to recover!  Many late nights (early mornings) in a row and long treks through airports have taken their toll! 

The craft room was filled with 38 amazingly creative and very hard working women, some of whom are in this photo:



Because I wasn't very good at being a part of the pyramid, this is how I spent my days:



I had an incredible time and it seemed surreal at the time and even more so now that I am home. 

Can't wait to do it all over again!!  I will share more next week when I've recovered.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Saturday!!


I'm not home today ... but you can find me at the Penny Black blog.

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Memory Box Die

Oh, oh.  I don't remember the name of this new Memory Box die and it is packed for the trip to Cincinnati!  But I do know I love it and will enjoy using it. (Edited to add:  Joyful Bouquet).  Thanks, Sally.
 
The background is made of Distress inks blended with a blending tool.  I overstamped that background with a rain drop stamp and then added the diecut.  A little "hello" and a few enamel dots finish it all off.
 
Guess I should have written this post before I packed!!  If you need further info on the die and the rain drop stamp, let me know.  
 
 I'm all set to catch my plane tomorrow morning.  Imagine: four day with no responsibilities and friends to stamp with all day!
 
We had temperatures in the 80's yesterday.  Mother Nature seems to be trying to make up for the long cold winter.  Hope the warming trend is in your part of the country, too. 
 
I will be back Monday evening.  I will be Running with Scissors on the Penny Black blog on Saturday.  Hope to see you there!