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.

To a Special Friend


Today, I’m sharing my last card showcasing products from Penny Black’s latest release, Sweet Spring.

SUPPLIES: Stamps: good times! (30-463); Grateful Heart (30-467) Dies: Shades (51-055) Color: Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Kuretake); Black Ink, Black Hybrid Ink Other: Woodgrain Cardstock (Ranger); Gentle Whisper Patterned Paper (80-008); Foam Adhesive

I’m quite partial to the dog stamps and had to have good times! (30-463).  For this card, I stamped a image from this set and colored this little guy with watercolor markers.  Once colored and dried, I fussy cut the image and set aside.

To create interest and texture to the card, I decided to use Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain paper as my panel.  I used the largest die from Shades (51-055) to create a window.  I adhered the stamped image at the window bottom.

I stamped a sentiment from Grateful Heart (30-467) in the center of patterned paper from the set Gentle Whisper (80-008).  The patterned paper was adhered to my card based.  I added foam tape and centered and adhered my panel to the card base to complete the card.

That’s all for now….

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!


Happy Holidays

Hi There,

I’m sharing another card today.

I’m going to focus on Christmas cards for a while.  Here’s a simple card I made using a few oldies but goodies.

SUPPLIES Stamps: Love at Xmas (30-187);  Joy-Filled (30-257) Color: Inktense Colored Pencils (Derwent); Black Licorice Hybrid; Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)


I stamped the image from Love at Xmas (30-187) with black hybrid ink on my card panel and colored it with watercolor pencils.  I stamped the sentiment from Joy-Filled (30-257) with Black Onyx Versafine and added clear embossing powder.  The panel was adhered to the card base with foam tape and voila!

Here is a peak of another card I created earlier for the  Simplicity Sister blog.

You can see the full card here.

Until next time….





School’s is finally out and we all can breathe a sigh a relief.  I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to summer as much as this year.  I guess it’s because my kids are now both taking finals and that added stress at the end of the year can feel never ending.

Today I’m sharing a card using the very cute Penny Black Especially Micey (30-410) clear set.

This cute little image was colored with watercolor markers and the fussy cut.  I adhered this little guy with foam tape to a card base covered with patterned paper from the Painted Blooms collection (80-009).  The sentiment is from Happy Snippets (30-358).  I added black paper sequins to finish the card off.

I also have a card on the Simplicity blog that was showcased a few weeks ago.  Here is a sneak peak.

For more details on this card, click here.


Happy Birthday



Today I have a birthday card to share.  My dear friend (and soon to be sister-in-law) celebrated her birthday this week.  I wanted to make something pretty and something to invoke her upcoming nuptials with my brother this summer.


SUPPLIES  Stamps: (All Penny Black) Reflection (40-218); Snippets (20-283) Dies: Deco Frame (51-125) Color:  Inktense Watercolor Pencil (Derwent); Koi Water Color Field Sketch Travel Kit (Sakura); Tattered Rose, Antique Linen; Pumic Stone; Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger); Archival Black Ink (Ranger) Other: Tinsel Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Patterned Paper (Studio Calico); Versamark Ink (Tsukineko); Zing White EP (American Crafts); Arcrylic Paper (Strathmore); Bristol Paper (Strathmore)

SUPPLIES Stamps: (All Penny Black) Reflection (40-218); Snippets (20-283) Dies: Deco Frame (51-125) Color: Inktense Watercolor Pencil (Derwent); Koi Water Color Field Sketch Travel Kit (Sakura); Tattered Rose, Antique Linen; Pumic Stone; Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger); Archival Black Ink (Ranger) Other: Tinsel Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Patterned Paper (Studio Calico); Versamark Ink (Tsukineko); Zing White EP (American Crafts); Arcrylic Paper (Strathmore); Bristol Paper (Strathmore)

I LOVE the stamp Reflection (40-218).  It is so elegant and I wanted to color and cut.  The image was stamped on Bristol paper and then watercolored with Inktense Watercolor Pencils.  I fussy cut the image and trimmed it to size.  The Deco Frame (51-125) die was cut from patterned paper.  I die cut 2 more and adhered them behind the patterned paper cut to create thickness.  The sentiment from Snippets (20-283) was stamped with Versamark ink on black cardstock and embossed with white EP.   I set these pieces aside while I created the panel.

I wanted texture and decided to use Arcrylic paper as my panel.  I lightly colored and blended Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I then splattered water on the panel and splattered silver color spray.  Once dried, I adhered the frame, stamped image and sentiment.  I then added the panel using foam tape to a card base.

I’ve added this to the SSS Work it Wednesday January 2016 challenge.   The Deco Frame die has its debut on this card.


Until next time!






your Dreams…




I can’t believe January is at an end.  It’s been a frantic month with home renovations that I have very little time to get crafty.  I made quick card using a new watercolor set, Gansai Tambi, that I happily purchased for myself.


So far I’m very happy with the set.  I decided to use flowers from Pretty Petals (30-288) as my focal point for the card.  The image was stamped on Bristol Paper.  I know that watercolor paper is the better choice but I personally don’t like the thickness.  I use that paper over watercolor if I know that i will be water coloring lightly.  I stamped the image three times starting at the center and then to the left and right.  I watercolored the flowers starting from light to dark.  A blue watercolor border was added around the panel. To add more depth I rubbed Antique Linen and Spun Sugar Distress Ink in the background.  To complete the card I mounted the panel on a larger arcrylic paper panel and then added jute twine.  The panel was finally mounted on a green card base. 


SUPPLIES Stamps: Pretty Petals (30-288); Snippets (30-283) Color: Gansai Tambai Watercolor (Kuretake); Spun Sugar, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger); Black Archival Ink (Ranger); Black Licorice Midtone (MFT) Other: Jute (May Arts); Bristol Paper (Strathmore); Arcrylic Paper (Strathmore)

I am participating in Simon Says Work It Wednesday.  The current challenge is to use something new in the card.  There are 2 things that are new – Pretty Petals – it’s the first time I used the set and my new watercolor Gansai Tambi set.   I am also participating in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes.

Enjoy the rest of the week!