Saturday, October 25, 2014

Watercolor Backgrounds with Penny Black

It's been all about watercolored backgrounds on the Penny Black blog this week.  I love the freedom that working with water colors allows.  I used my set of Peerless watercolors and an unusual color mix to create the background for the Penny Black slapstick Woodland Wonder.  Honestly, after painting the background I wasn't very happy with it, but once I stamped and embossed the Woodland Wonder image and added the diecut birds from In a Row, I was pleased!

40-356 Woodland Wonder; 51-001 In a Row
And today is a Run with Scissors day at the Penny Black blog.  Hope to see you there .. it's all about three little words!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's Saturday Morning!!

And I am running with my scissors on the Penny Black blog today!!

But before I go, here's an easy peasy Halloween card I made using only Penny Black dies and a bit of patterned paper!  What did we do before we had so many wonderful dies??

I've used three different die sets:  Haunted Hollow 51-073; Eek 51-077; Boo Crew 51-075.

As you read this, I am traveling from Huntsville to Cincinnati, Ohio for a stamping retreat with just a few of my close stamping friends!   Five days spent with forty fun, funny, creative and caring women! 

It's been a crazy couple of weeks at our house, culminating with a car accident last Saturday which totaled our one remaining car!  Again, a distracted driver "didn't see" Larry in his red SUV and crunched right into him!  No serious injuries, just a lot of inconvenience and worry. 

We are enjoying some cooler temperatures.  I think Fall is making its arrival!!   See you next week!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mimi's Heart

Different things give me ideas.  Today it was this red snowflake paper lying on my desk.  I knew I wanted to work with red.  This Mimi can be used for more than Valentine's day.  Let's call it a winter friendship card.

4118H  Mimi's Heart

I'm taking the Online Card Class Copic Coloring for Cardmakers, but as you can see, I haven't practiced enough!!  I was coloring the heart to indicate the light was coming from the upper left, which means that shadow at Mimi's feet should be going in the opposite direction!!  Oh, well!  Two weeks ago I would not have noticed!  It's an awesome class and a great value for the price.

Hope to see you at the Penny Black blog today.  I am running with my scissors!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Page Maps

Recently the design team from Penny Black was invited to participate in Page Maps.  I was delighted to be invited, also.  We were each given a sketch to follow and this is my sketch and the card I made.

Check out the other page maps and cards here:

30-200 build-a-snowman
Ahhh .. love is in the air!!  I used Penny Black's Build a Snowman transparent set.  No reason there can't be a lady snow person!!

Too hot for snowpeople here in Alabama.  The air conditioner is still running.  Winter will come soon enough, I suppose.  We are in the midst of planning Christmas travel ... how can this be??

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bountiful by Penny Black

Well, I've taken five days of classes at the Online Card Classes "Copics for Cardmaking".  I haven't done much practicing on the balloons, umbrellas and boxes, but today I decided to pull out a favorite Penny Black image and practice what I've learned about lighting, shading and blending.

4065K Bountiful
Obviously, I have a lot to learn, but one of the messages from the instructors has been to do what works best for you!  I do wish I had known more about the numbering system before I bought my Copic markers.  But I did what worked best for me and most of my color combinations are not from the same number family.

I did enjoy coloring this Bountiful image from Penny Black.  It's a woodblock stamp so will be in my collection forever!

Enjoy your Sunday!  I heartily recommend the class!  You can start anytime and you will have the entire class stored on your computer permanently.  I am counting on being able to go back many times.  The work sheets and handouts are well worth the price of the class.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Watercolor Mimi

Mimi is enjoying the snowfall in this image from Penny Black's T for Transparent set "Frosty Fun".  I had fun trying out my new Peerless watercolors.  How can one resist using a blue that's called "Butterfly Wing Blue"?

30-256  Frosty Fun
Things got pretty tricky when I tried doing the face and hair with Copic markers.  I used a black ink that is not compatible with the alcohol in the markers. 

I was very impressed with the intensity of the color that I was able to achieve with the Peerless watercolors.  I'm intrigued by little strips of paper that hold all that color!!  Lots of fun, but I am not precise enough to watercolor small images!!  Things can only improve!!

It's a Run with Scissors Saturday at the Penny Black blog!  I think Spooktacular is the word for it this week.  Just click here to be transported ... or, there's free parking for those who ride their broom!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thankful for Dies!

Metal dies have made it possible to make beautiful cards quickly, with no smudges from inky fingers!  I've used Penny Black's creative die set Autumn Jewels for the leaves and the Words of Gratitude set for the sentiment.  I cut two of the leaves using gold glitter paper which I distressed a bit with red brick distress ink.

51-071 Words of Gratitude;  51-072 Autumn Jewels
How could it have been two weeks since I posted to my blog?  I apologize for the neglect!  I have been busy, though, making Fall-themed cards.  It's been delightful lately to turn off the air conditioning and open all the windows.  Cooper and I have spent some time in the park; neither of us like to go out in the hot muggy weather. 

Oh, and I have been very busy over on the Penny Black blog.  Come stop by and see what I've been up to.