You + Me


Today I’m sharing a anniversary card I made for my husband.



SUPPLIES (All stamp & die products are from Penny-Black) Stamps: Critter Love (30-331); You + Me (30-285) Dies: Flower Portrait (51-114) Color: Versafine Clair (Tsukineko); Tombow Watercolor Markers; Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: Brown Cardstock, Wink of Stella Glitter Pen

This was such a busy month that I really didn’t have time to “think” about the card.  So, I made something simple.  I love owls and colored and fussy cut this cute couple owl from Critter Love (30-331) with watercolor markers.  I die cut and adhered the frame from  Flower Portrait (51-114) several times to create dimension.  I shaded the area on the card base with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink where I wanted to place my frame.  I then adhered the frame and stamped image.  The sentiment from You + Me (30-285) was stamped with black ink.


Hope you enjoy the week.


Sweet Wish

Hi there!

I’m squeezing one more card before May comes around.  That was fast!

I love making little scenes.  So I couldn’t help create a water scene with this scuba diving Mimi…

SUPPLIES Stamps: Adventures (30-370); Happy Snippets (30-358) Dies: Antique Frame (51-397) Stencil: Dotlets (25-007) Color:  Distress Oxide Ink (Ranger); Clean Color Brush Markers (Zig-Kuretake); Versafine Claire Nocturne (Tsukineko) Other:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger) Versamark (Tsukineko), White Embossing Powder (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Spray (Ranger), Bristol Paper


How cute is this Mimi swimming with her fish friends?  Here is how I made my card:

  • On Bristol paper, stamp scuba Mimi image from clear set Adventures (30-370) with black Versafine ink.  Add clear embossing powder.  Head to set.
  • Color Mimi and the 3 fish with watercolor markers.  Fussy cut the images and set aside.
  • On a Bristol paper panel, slowly add and blend hues of blue Distress Oxide Ink with a ink blending tool.  For this card I used Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers.
  • Using a brush applicator, add small circles of darker blue using the Dotlets stencil (25-007) over the panel.
  • Splatter water using a wet med. size paint brush.  Once that was dry, lightly spray the entire panel with clear Perfect Pearls.
  • Die cut the panel using the 2nd. die from the set, Antique Frame (51-397).
  • On a black cardstock strip, stamp the sentiment from Happy Snippets (30-358) with Versamark Ink and white embossing powder.
  • Assemble the card.  Add Mimi to the panel using dimensional foam tape.  Randomly add the fish directly adhering them to the panel.  Do the same with the sentiment strip adding towards the bottom right.
  • Adhere the panel to the card base using foam tape.

Until next month!





Best Wishes…


I’m sharing today another card featuring products from the Penny Black’s Sweet Spring Collection.

Thought I’d add another spring card with a few bold colors…

SUPPLIES: Stamps: Lilacs (40-592); Grateful Heart (30-467) Dies: Antique Frame (51-397) Color: Dual Brush Water Based Markers (Tom-Bow); Black Ink Other: Stamp Positioner, Foam Tape, Fun Foam

It’s a clean and simple card with added dimension.  The colors are a little unorthodox but it’s so bright and happy that I went for it.

A stamp positioner such as a Misti would greatly facilitate the coloring of this card.  Position and secure (with magnets) the card panel in the stamp positioner.  Place and align the cling stamp Lilacs (40-592) on the the clear side of the positioner.  Begin adding color directly on the stamp using water based markers.  Lightly spray the stamp with water each time you add color to the stamp.  For this card, I used hues of pinks and purples for the flowers.

Center the largest die from the set Antique Frame (51-397) on the card panel.  Die cut the panel and save both negative and positive cuts.  Stamp the sentiment from Grateful Heart (30-467) onto the bottom left of the positive cut.  Center and adhere the negative cut of the panel onto the card base with foam tape.  Adhere fun foam to the positive cut of the panel and then add foam tape (for further dimension).  Adhere to the the center of the card base to finish the card.

Until next time!



Christmas Greetings

Hi there!

Thanksgiving is close at hand and I’m starting to gather all my ingredients for our dinner feast.


I’m sharing today’s Christmas card using Penny Black products.

SUPPLIES Stamps: Christmas Circle (4343K); Festive Snippets (30-387) Dies: Whirl Wreath (51-151) Color: Green Hybrid Ink; Versafine Black Onyx Ink (Tsukineko); Brilliance Galaxy Gold (Tsukineko) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Clear Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir); Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (Tonic Studios); Patterned Kraft Fold Paper

I made a very simple card this time.

On my card panel, using my stamp positioning tool, I partially stamped several times with green ink, the simple yet elegant Christmas Circle (4343K).  I then stamped and embossed a greeting from the clear set Festive Snippets (30-387) on the bottom corner of the panel.

Using red cardstock, I die cut several time the bow from the die set Whirl Wreath (51-151).  I then adhered them all together.  I added glitter using my sparkle pen as well as some shine using Glossy Accents.  Once it was dry, I adhered it on the wreath image on the card panel.

To add a little elegance to this card, I added foil pressed kraft paper to my card base.  I then adhered my panel to complete the card.

Hope you all have a wonderful week and a wonderful holiday!





…through the Snow

Hi there!

Here’s a simple and cute card.

I stamped this image from Avery Elle’s Dashing clear set a year ago.  By the time I finished watercoloring and die cutting the image, the holidays were over.  And to be honest, I wasn’t up to making another holiday card.  I set it aside in my little bowl of “images to be used later” (creative, huh?).  So finally last month I decided to use it.

To create my background, I adhered blue striped patterned paper onto my card base.  I then die cut my snowy bank using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills.  I trimmed and adhered it over my patterned paper background.  I stamped and embossed a sentiment on the top corner of the based.  I then adhered my car/tree image using dimensional foam tape.  Finally I added sequined stars to complete the scene.

More to come!



Joyful Tidings


Today I’m sharing the last of my cards using Hero Arts clear set Holly Days.  The images may not be the focal point of my cards but they certainly add a dramatic touch.

I thought I’d add a little gold to the last of my cards.  Using gold Delicata ink, I stamped the 2 pinecones in the set interchanging each image on my card base.  On a black card stock oval die cut,  I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder a sentiment from Hero Arts Under the Mistletoe.  The die cut oval was adhered to the card base with foam tape.  I then added a watercolored berry image from Holly Days above the oval.  Finally, I added a few clear sequins for interest.

I’ve got a number of Christmas cards to share in the following weeks.  Until then.




Peace & Love


I’m sharing a more classical style of Christmas card.  Again, I’ve been highlighting the images from the Hero Arts clear set, Holly Days.

I decided to pull out a old (and I believe retired) Hero Arts cling – Magical Background.  I stamped the image on my card panel.  On a stitched die cut circle, I stamped a sentiment from Holly Days and adhered a watercolored image of a holly branch.  I added red cardstock to fit the card base and then attached my card panel.  Finally, I added green sequins to finish the card.

Until tomorrow.







Holiday Cheer

Hi there!

I am continuing to showcase the very versatile set, Holly Days, by Hero Arts.  As mentioned in my previous post, I stamped, watercolored and die cut several of the holly and berry images to create several clean and simple cards.

For this card, I decided to add texture to my card panel.   One of my favorite ways is to use impression plates as they give just a subtle texture to the paper.  For this card, I used one of my favorites, Papertrey Ink’s Aida Impression Plate.  I simply LOVE it!

I then die cut an oval from black cardstock using (no longer available) Avery Elle’s Modern Leaves die set.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts Under the Mistletoe using gold EP.

I added a holly cluster image from Holly Days on the top pointed side of my die cut and then added red sequins to finish it off.  The panel was then attached to my card base.

Until next time!



Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Here’s one of 4 Christmas cards I plan to share over the course of the week.

I love simple designs.  No need to overthink and how to color them.  And, Voila!, you have a pretty card.

I plan on highlighting Hero ArtsHolly Days Stamp (and dies) set which was released last year.  I stamped several the holly and berry images and watercolored them with Kuretake Clean Color Waterbrush Markers as well as Derwent Inktense Pencils.  I then die cut all the images and set the aside.

A few years ago, Amber had released the very lovely Christmas sentiment set, Over the Edge: Joy.  It’s one of my favorite holiday sets.

The image Joy was used as my focal point.  On my card panel, I stamped the image with Versamark and then heat embossed with gold glitter EP.  I then added a secondary sentiment and then adhered one of the Hero Arts berry images on the top of the panel with dimensional tape.  To finish the card, I added red enamel dots and adhered the panel to my card base.

I’ll be sharing another Christmas card tomorrow!









Hey there!

Continuing on with my Christmas cards, I have another simple and cute card to share featuring Penny Black.

SUPPLIES Stamps: Wintertime Cheer (30-386); Season’s Gifts (30-316); Holiday Snippets (30-307) Dies: Winter Cheer (51-255); Hello Frame (51-040) Color: Inktense Watercolor Pencils (Derwent); Chipped Sapphire; Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink (Ranger); Brilliance Moonlight White (Tsukineko); Black Hybrid Ink) Other: Bristol Paper (Strathmore), Clear Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir); Glossy Accents (Ranger)

I love all the Christmas critters especially the ones that Margaret Sherry creates for Penny Black.  This little dog is no exception.

The image from Wintertime Cheer (30-386) was colored with watercolor pencils and then fussy cut.  The blue background that is behind the white card panel was colored with dark blue Distress Inks.  I stamped several snowflakes from the sets Holiday Snippets (30-307) and Season’s Gifts (30-316) on the blue background white ink.  I cut a frame using the Hello Frame (51-040) on the card panel.  I die cut Joy from the Winter Cheer set (51-255) several times to create my sentiment.  Clear sparkle was added as well as Glossy Accents to the die cut.

To assemble the card, I adhered my blue background behind the frame.  The dog image was adhered to the bottom of the frame on the card panel with dimensional tape.  I added my die cut sentiment and finally adhered the panel to my card base.

Also, take a look at another card I created for the Simplicity Sister blog.  Here’s a sneak peak.  Or you can click here.

Enjoy the rest of the week!