Nothing Can Dim the Light…

Spring has sprung!

I’m sharing a card using products from the latest Penny Black release.  There were a few products that I absolutely had to have such as the Starry Die (51-412) and the Margaret Sherry clear set Sweet You! (30-471).  They simply put a smile to my face.

SUPPLIES: Stamps: Sweet You! (30-471), Just Believe (30-470) Dies: Stary (51-412) Color: Black Soot, Squeezed Lemonade, Blue Print Sketch, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves Distress Inks (Ranger), Copic Markers, Black Hybrid Ink; Antique Brass Distress Strain Spray (Ranger) Other: Versamark (Tsukineko), White Embossing Powder, Gold Foil Paper, Glitter Gold Paper


For this card, I started out creating the midnight sky.  I combined various dark blue, purple and yellow Distress Inks to create my background.  I then added Antique Brass Distress Spray Stain by removing the top of the bottle and gently tapping the straw to create a even splatter.  I set that aside to dry.

I colored with Copics the little hedgie on the skateboard from Sweet You! (30-471).  Once colored I carefully fussy cut the image.

Once my midnight sky card panel was dry, I die cut Starry (51-412)  slightly on a angle towards the bottom of the panel.  I measured and cut white card stock to match the dimensions of my panel.  I then added wide Scor-Tape along the card stock and adhered it to my panel.  That way, I would have exposed adhesive behind my die cut.

I then die cut the Starry die again on gold foil paper and gold glitter paper.  I popped the stars out and randomly added the stars to my panel.

The final steps were to white heat emboss my sentiment from Just Believe (30-470) on my panel.  The panel was adhered to a white card base using foam adhesive.  I adhered my hedgie image to the panel on top of the die cut.  I then added a few stars as well to the panel.

I’ll be honest, it was a little tedious to add back all the stars into the die.  But I simply love the effect.

Until another time!



Celebrating You

Hi there!

I’m sharing another card using products from the new Penny Black release, Sweet Spring.  I always look forward to the critter stamp sets in each new release – especially the cute images created by Margaret Sherry.  So here’s a card using her very cute cat images.

SUPPLIES Stamps: sweet you! (30-471); good times! (30-463) Dies: Stitched Squares & Circles (51-422) Color: Copic Markers; Prismacolor Pencils; Broken China, Tumbled Glass  & Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks (Ranger); Black Hybrid Ink

How cute is this cat image sitting in his boat without a care in the world.  This image is from the clear set sweet you! (30-471).  I stamped this guy with black ink and colored him with Copic markers.  I then fussy cut the cat and set him aside.

I wanted to put this cat in an ocean scene.  From blue card stock, I die cut 3 small circles using the die set Stitched Squares and Circles (51-422).  I set this aside and worked on the rest of the components of my card.

I colored a separate piece of card stock using blue distress ink to create a ombre effect.  A circle frame was cut from this using the largest circle from the same die set.   Using the 2nd largest circular die, I cut a circle at thee top center of my card panel.    I adhered the circular ombre frame over the cut circle.

I adhered my stamped image with the smaller blue circles.  i arranged them in such a way where the circles looked like waves.   I fussy cut the cat’s arm from the boat and was able to tuck the circle waves between the boat and the circle.  Once I was happy with my arrangement, I adhered the image with glue.

On my card based I lightly colored the area with blue Distress ink where the circle would be positioned.  I also stamped my sentiment from good times (30-463) on my card panel.  I assembled the card by positioning and then adhering my stamp image behind the card panel.  I then added foam tape to secure the panel to my card base.

I hope you enjoy your week!




…the World to Me

Hi there!

It’s a gray day here in these parts.  And I’m hoping to add a little warmth and color to part of your day with a floral card.  Today, I’m sharing a card using products from the new Penny Black release, Sweet Spring.

SUPPLIES: Stamps: Exquisite (40-614); Heartful (30-286) Color: Dual Brush Pens (Tombow); Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set (Kuretake); Pumice Stone and Picket Fence Distress Ink (Ranger); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other: Versamark Ink (Tsukineko) Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); White Embossing Powder (Ranger); Bristol Paper; Vellum Paper; Clear Dew Drops

I really love the floral stamps from this new release and chose the appropriately named flower image, Exquisite (40-614).  I stamped the image on a panel of Bristol paper using Versafine ink and white embossing powder.  I then colored the image with my dual brush bens using hues of  pinks and purples.  I would add a small dab of ink towards the center of each petal and then dragged the color with a waterbrush pen.  I did the same using yellow hues for the center of each flower.

I didn’t want my background to be completely white and decided to add a little blue around the flowers.  I mixed the lightest blue and white from my Gansai Tambi watercolor set to create a lighter blue.  I carefully added water to the panel and then added the color.  I allowed it dry and found that it was a little too light for me.  So, I then added a mixture of Pumice Stone and Picket Fence Distress Ink and water around the petals.

To complete the card, I added a sentiment from Heartfelt (30-286) to a vellum strip.  The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Ink and then clear embossed.  I attached the vellum strip to my panel and then attached the panel to my card base.  I added clear dew drop embelleshmints to complete the card.

I’ll be sharing a few more cards from this release in the next few weeks.   So stay tuned!




Hey You!


SUPPLIES: Dies: Stellar (51-078); You Enjoy (51-339) Color: Alcohol Inks (Ranger) Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger); Alcohol Blending Solution (Ranger); Clear Gems; Black Cardstock

I thought I’d play again with my alcohol inks.  This time I just added various hues of purples and blue alcohol inks to my applicator as well as a generous amount of blending solution.  I swiped the applicator on glossy paper going left and right until the glossy paper panel was colored.

Once the paper was dried, I made a die cut from the intricate die, Stellar (51-078).  Once carefully cut – I ran it through my Big Shot several times – I adhered it (by adding small dots of glue to the body and frame) over black card stock.

I then die cut a sentiment from the die set You Enjoy (51-339) several times from white card stock.  I adhered the sentiment together and then placed towards the center of my panel.  I used foam tape to secure my panel to my card base.  I then added glossy accents to the sentiment and a few gems to finish off the card.

Until next time!

p.s.  I am on the Simplicity Sister blog this week.  Here’s a quick peek!  Or you can check out the card here.


Have a Norse Day

Hi there!

My daughter loves Norse (and Greek) mythology.  And what better way to celebrate her birthday by creating a card using Birdie Brown’s Viking.  What perfect timing!


SUPPLIES Stamps: BB Viking (MFT); Birthday Stamp Set (Ali Edwards) Dies: Rectangle Frames (MFT) Color: Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Dual Brush Pens (Tombow): Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other: Wooden Star Embelisshments (Studio Calico); Arcrylic Paper (Strathmore); Clear EP (Ranger); Glossy Paper (Ranger)

I first create the background using some old glossy paper by Ranger.  Thought I’d get on the alcohol background coloring bandwagon and pulled out my colored bottles that have been left untouched for a number of years.  I just added the colored alcohol (blues) on the paper and dropped blending solution directly on the paper.  I trimmed the glossy paper and then created a frame using Arcrylic paper.  I love the subtle texture of Arcyrlic paper and thought it would be a nice contrast to the smooth glossy and card base.

I watercolored the Viking image using Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  The image was fussy cut and then adhered to the frame.  I attached the completed panel to my white card base.  The sentiment from a Ali Edwards Birthday stamp set was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx and clear embssed.  Finally, I added wooden star embellishments to complete the look.

My daughter loved it.  She’s into puns and she loved the inside Viking sentiment which was “Have a Norse Day”.


I Heart You

Hi there!

I’m sharing a Valentine’s Day card today….

SUPPLIES: Stamps: So Loved (30-457); I Heart You (30-272) Stencil: Patina (25-018) Dies: Hearts in Circle (51-095) Color: Prismacolor Pencils; Distress Ink (Ranger); Black Hybrid Ink; Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Glitter Pen (Spectrum Noir)

As you may know, I LOVE the images Margaret Sherry creates for Penny Black.  So, of course I couldn’t help but stamp one of her more iconic images, the hedgehog.

I created a Valentines card using the latest set, So Loved (30-457).  I stamped and fussy cut this hedgehog image coloring him with Prismacolor pencils.

I cut out a hill stencil from scrap paper and used the negative image to color the hill with green Distress Inks.  I covered the hill with my stencil and used the Patina (25-018) stencil to create a sunburst using yellow Distress Inks.

To finish out the card, I die cut several hearts using the Hearts Circle (51-095) Die.  I colored each heart with Prismacolor Pencils.  I also added clear glitter on each heart as well as the hearts on the hedgehog.  The hedgehog was adhered with foam tape.  Finally, a sentiment from I Heart You (30-272) clear set was stamped and clear embossed to complete the card.

Until Next time!



Smiles and Hugs

Happy New Year!

I’m ending the year with a whimsical and bright card.

SUPPLIES Stamps: Woodland Friends (30-278), Banner Sentiments (30-423) Dies: Triple Banner (51-027) Color: Copic Markers; Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger); Black Licorice Hybrid Ink Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger); Versamark Ink (Tsukineko); White Embossing Powder; Shimmer Pen (Spectrum Noir)

On white cardstock, I stamped the bunny image from the clear set, Woodland Friends (30-278).  I colored the bunnies with Copic markers and fussy cut the images.

On my card panel, I stamped the bunny image again at the top center.  I then colored the entire panel with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink using a round sponge applicator.  After, I colored the stamped image with Copic markers.  I added the cut out images over the bunny images and adhered them with foam tap.  I added a little shimmer to the bunnies’ ears and added Glossy Accents to the hearts.

I then worked on my sentiment.  Using black cardstock I cut out a banner from the Triple Banner (51-027) die set.  I stamped a sentiment from Banner Sentiments using Versamark ink and White EP.  The banner was adhered with foam tape at the bottom of the stamped image on my panel.

Finally, I added the panel to a yellow cardstock card base using foam tape.

And here’s a sneak peak of my card posted on the Simplicity Sister blog.  You can find the post here.

Until next year!