March 30, 2011

Dimensional Daisy Thank You

A friend recently surprised me with a small box of art supplies.  I hope my thank you expresses how special and thoughtful she is.

Before attaching the light tan cardstock to the square white card base, I distressed the lower third with Vintage Photo Ink and stamped the Paisley Outline over the top using the same ink color.  I also added a piece of brown satin ribbon with polka dots.  The sentiment and flowers were stamped on white cardstock with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder which was then matted with dark brown.  Brads were inserted in the top two corners then the piece was mounted to the front of the card with dimensional foam. 

For the Daisies, I used the top portion of Garden Poems....

After making the initial stamped impression on the card, several more impressions were made on watercolor paper so multiple layers for each flower could be created.  

Since the card was being mailed and I didn't want the daisies to become flattened, I inserted the card into an acrylic box before placing it into a manila envelope.  These clear boxes make beautiful packaging for gift sets with multiple cards and envelopes or for cards with dimensional layers. 

You can see how the additional room keeps the artwork from being pressed.

I found these boxes along with clear envelope sleeves here at ClearBags.  There is a tremendous selection of sizes and styles to choose from.

Thank you for your time to visit.


Penny Black "Mix & Match" Cardstock:  Sticks & Stones 02-002 & 02-003
Tsukineko: Onyx Black Versafine, Clear Embossing Powder
Tombow: Dual Brush Pens, Stamp Runner Permanent Adhesive
3M Scotch:  Dimensional Foam Tape
Ranger: Yellow, Orange Peel, Fruit Punch Stickles; Glossy Accents; Vintage Photo Distress Ink 
American Crafts:  Brown Satin Ribbon with White Polka Dots
Gold Mini Brads
Corner Rounder

March 28, 2011


This is a little surprise that I made for my husband. 

Instead of a card, I created a small piece of “framed” art with a square Spellbinder’s Nestability.   A piece of chipboard on the base of this 3 ½ square plaque keeps the piece sturdy which also allows it to be propped up easily.

For depth, several layers of dimensional foam were used.  The sentiment and stars were the only images stamped directly on the background which was highlighted with Distress Inks.  The brush tip of the Mono Aqua Liquid Glue made it quick to coat the chipboard and attach the white cardstock base.

The boat and water are separate pieces and were water colored before trimming.  The “water” is a randomly cut piece of watercolor paper.

To keep both feelings of warm tropic sand and masculinity, the frame was distressed with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain inks before the Paisley Outline was stamped in Vintage Photo. 

This “Dreamboat” would also be fun with a bon voyage greeting.

Have a dreamy day,

Penny Black “Mix & Match” Cardstock:  Sticks & Stones 02-002
Canson:  Watercolor Paper
Tsukineko:  Onyx Black VersaFine, Clear Embossing Powder, Sponge Daubers
Ranger:  Mustard Seed Distress Ink, Dried Marigold Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Tombow: Permanent Stamp Runner Adhesive, Mono Aqua Liquid Glue, Dual Brush Pens (026, 055, 515, 535, 725, 856, 985)
3M Scotch:  Dimensional Foam Tape
Spellbinders:  Small Classic Squares Nestabilities (2 ¾)
Chipboard (3 ½” square)

March 25, 2011

Happy Birthday

This birthday card started out with inspiration from the artwork on the Penny Black Blog header along with...

....this week's challenge of backgrounds.

I began by randomly stamping Butterfly Suite on white cardstock with Bamboo Leaves ink.  Over the stamped design, I rubbed in Mustard Seed and Broken China Distress inks.

Before proceeding to the next step which involved heat embossing, I dusted the cardstock with an anti-static pouch so the embossing powders would release cleanly.  To test that the static had been removed, I poured embossing powder on top of the cardstock and tapped it off.  There was a tiny bit that was still clinging to the paper which I wiped off and then dusted the cardstock again with the anti-static pouch.

Special Time (birthday sentiment) was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

Lace-Edged was stamped with VersaMark Watermark ink and heat embossed with white powder.  At the end of the project, Crystal Stickles were added.

The butterfly was stamped twice on watercolor paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  The images were water colored and then trimmed.

The smaller wing is positioned on top of the full image and glued in just a few places.  This allowed room to insert a small stylus and plump up the image.  Only the antennae of the butterfly were stamped on the base of the card.  

I added a small purple strip under the left side of the matted image which was stamped with the music notes from Butterfly Suite with Grape Jelly ink.  Not much shows, but it adds a nice bit of visual interest.

I had a bit of distressed cardstock left after trimming my original design, so I made this little embellishment for the inside of the card.

For other background design ideas, you can see Denise's fabulous work on the Penny Black Blog here.  She was the creative hostess for this week's background challenge.  

Enjoy using backgrounds to set the stage for your designs.  


Penny Black Stamps:  Butterfly Suite 4182K, Lace-Edged 4154K, Special Time 4174H, To You 30-067, Flower Amongst Flowers 4155L
Penny Black "Mix & Match" Cardstock:  Storm 01-003, Sea Breeze 08-001, Fuchsia Fantasies 13-003
Canson:  Watercolor Paper
Tsukineko:  Onyx Black VersaFine, VersaMark Watermark, Grape Jelly Memento, Bamboo Leaves Memento, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Jumbo Sponge Daubers
Ranger:  Broken China Distress, Mustard Seed Distress, Crystal Stickles
Tombow: Permanent Stamp Runner Adhesive, Dual Brush Pens
3M Scotch:  Dimensional Foam Tape

March 23, 2011

A Little "Wish Big"

A little miniature ...

This tiny card measures a mere 1.5 x 3 inches.  The colorful base is Penny Black's Clear Skies "Mix & Match" cardstock.

After "fussy" cutting the image, dimensional foam tape was used to attach the artwork.

I liked the simplicity of the design and didn't want to add any other colors but wanted something at the bottom to "anchor" the design.  A few pierced holes seemed to be the perfect solution.  The finishing touch was crystal stickles on the candle flames.

Here are a few closer views to see some of the added details....

Polka dots on the cake were added with a white gel pen.

A black Micron pen was used to create the stripes on the candles.


I hope you enjoyed today's "tiny" post.


Penny Black Stamps:  Paint the Town 30-070, Micey Day 30-028
Penny Black "Mix & Match" Cardstock:  Clear Skies 10-002
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine
Copic Markers
Ranger:  Crystal Stickles
3M Scotch:  Dimensional Foam Tape
Sakura:  White Gel Pen, Black Micron Pen
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Tool

March 21, 2011

Fabric Stamping Video

As you can tell from many of my posts, I enjoy using my rubber stamps in all kinds of different ways. 

Today's project features stamping on fabric.  

I found these wonderful flour sack dish towels at the Dollar Store.  Not only are they great gifts, but they make wonderful wrappings for home baked treats. 

Here is a short video showing how quick and easy these are to make with transparent stamps from Penny Black.

Tip:  To clean the transparent stamp between colors or immediately at the end of the project, simply rinse under water.

While the Adirondack acrylic paint requires heat setting for permanency, Fabrico markers do not.   

Try stamping on clothing and pillowcases too!  You'll love the look.

In case you missed these other stamped home decor projects using Penny Black stamps, you can click here to view a lotion/soap dispenser and here for a summery lampshade.

Have a great day,

Penny Black Stamps:  30-068 Trims
Ranger:  Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers (Citrus, Raspberry)
Tsukineko: Fabrico Markers (Lemon Yellow, Tangerine)

March 18, 2011

Easter Joy

This week’s challenge on the Penny Black Blog is all about “glitter”.    

This is my sparkly interpretation---- 

The base of the card was created from Fern Green cardstock and stamped with Majestic Composition in Pear Tart Memento ink.  I love these large background stamps.  They add such a nice textural design.

Butterfly Suite and Sparkle were stamped twice on watercolor paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  I wanted double impressions so I could have an extra set of butterflies and the center of the flower for layering.

After water coloring the images, I cut a small opening in the music collage and popped it up on foam tape to create a window to view the sentiment.

Here comes the “glittery” part of the challenge……

Wonder Tape was used around the edge of the white cardstock to hold the ultra-fine crystal glitter.  Before attaching the flower and butterflies to the card they were sprayed with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

To bedazzle the center of the flower, I applied Yellow, Fruit Punch and Lavender Stickles.

If you have a “glittery” greeting, be sure to enter the challenge – there are great prizes!!

Have a sparkle-filled day,

Penny Black “Mix & Match” Cardstock:  Rose Garden 14-001, 14-002; Fern Green 05-001
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Pear Tart Memento, Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz
Tombow: Dual Brush Markers
Suze Weinberg:  Wonder Tape
Ranger: Yellow, Fruit Punch & Lavender Stickles
Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter: Ultra Fine Crystal
3M Scotch:  Dimensional Foam Tape
Clear Embossing Powder

March 16, 2011

So Nice!

Today's card is a mixture of cute and elegant Penny Black stamps. 

"Dancing Flowers"

 Paisley Outline and Feathers were mixed with the flower from Mimi in Paris and the sentiment from Paint the Town.  I love that rubber stamping has no limits and anything goes.

Have you heard that Tsukineko has a new product called GooseBumps?  It is a clear liquid spray that adds texture to all kinds of surfaces: paper, glass, acetate..... 

Instead of spraying the whole flower, I applied the liquid directly from the bottle to a little scrap of paper then coated the centers of the flowers.  Such a pretty shine!

It is SO NICE that you come to visit - thank you!


Penny Black “Mix & Match” Cardstock: Sticks & Stones 02-003, Sea Breeze 08-001, Fuchsia Fantasies 13-003 
(All these Penny Black stamps and "Mix & Match" Cardstocks are available at the Penny Black Online Store)
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Spanish Moss VersaFine (for paisley background), GooseBumps Texture Spray
3M Scotch: Dimensional Foam Tape
Copic Markers
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Tool

March 14, 2011

Home Decor - Daisy Lampshade

This is another home decor project that I created last summer. 

Published in Crafts 'n Things - June 2010

I found a "Ready-to-Cover" template at JoAnn's which took all the guesswork out of calculating the cone shape for this 4 1/2-inch lampshade.

After stamping and coloring the daisies, pom-pom fringe was attached around the bottom.

Yellow silk piping added a nice finish to the top.

I think these are a fun way to change the look of a lamp and they can be interchanged throughout the year with other personalized designs and themes.

Have a fabulous week,

Penny Black Stamps:  3950K Sun-Kisssed
Hollywood Lights:  Ready-to-Cover Lampshade
Tsukineko: Habanero VersaFine, Dandelion Memento Marker
Green Decorator Chalk

March 11, 2011

Home Decor - Lotion/Soap Dispenser

I found this plain lotion/soap dispenser at my local Dollar Store.  As soon as I saw that it had flat sides, I immediately thought of stamping possibilities.

Published in Crafts 'n Things - October 2010

This Penny Black stamp called “Daisy Fields” was quick and easy to color with Copic markers.  The ink was “re-activated” with a spray of Colorless Blending Solution prior to stamping.

A little piece of American Crafts ribbon was the finishing touch.

"Blah to Beautiful" in just minutes!!

All next week on the Penny Black Blog Easter cards will be featured.  Be sure to hop over to see all the "glittery" greetings.

Have a fun weekend….

March 9, 2011

Framed Card Art

This was a project I created last fall for a submission.  I got to wear my "number crunching" hat while I developed and calculated all the dimensions and folds.  I was very excited about how it turned out.

Published in Scrap & Stamp Arts - September 2010

This was the most challenging part - an inset window.

I also attached a collapsible easel....

To accent the sentiment, a button was tinted with Alcohol Ink and green holographic thread was wrapped through the holes.

After stamping the background pattern in New Sprout Ink, Pear Tart Ink was blended on top.   Before assembling, the box was sprayed with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  The decorative band was also stamped with VersaMark Watermark Ink and then pounced with Gold Perfect Pearls Powder.  Lots of shimmer throughout!

Stamped segments of the flower were layered for dimension.

The flower segments were colored with Tombow Markers (DTP/direct-to-paper) and then pounced and "smooshed" with a sponge dauber and Tangelo Ink.  The segments were then sprayed with Copper Sheer Shimmer Spritz and soft bends were added.

Thank you for stopping by.  Your visits are greatly appreciated.

Enjoy your day,

Penny Black Stamps:  4041J Purple Folds, 4069F Celebrate Life, 30-048 Illuminations, 30-009 Clearly in Love
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine; New Sprout, Pear Tart, Tangelo Memento Inks; VersaMark Watermark Ink; Gold and Copper Sheer Shimmer Spritz; Clear Embossing Powder; Sponge Dauber
Tombow: Dual Brush Tip Markers, Adhesive
Suze Weinberg: Wonder Tape
3M Scotch: Dimensional Foam Tape
Ranger: Crystal Stickles, Gold Perfect Pearls Powder, Terra Cotta Adirondack Alcohol Ink
Sulky: Green Holographic Thread

March 7, 2011

Random Acts of Bookmark Art

Our local library always offers unique and interesting events throughout the year and this one is no exception.  Currently they are asking patrons to submit artfully made bookmarks that will be randomly hidden in books during the summer.  Readers who find the bookmarks will either be “gifted” the art or they can choose to leave it in the book for someone else to discover.  I envision scenes similar to Charlie finding a golden ticket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

After reading the guidelines about appropriate size and book-friendly mediums, I created this 3 x 5 ¼ bookmark.  While working on my project, I had so much fun wondering where it might be placed (maybe in the children’s section?), who would find it, and if I might come across one myself!

What a great way to create enthusiasm for reading in children.  And, as an adult, who wouldn't enjoy a "Golden Ticket" moment themselves?!  

Off to create a few more....


Penny Black "Mix & Match" Cardstock:  Summer Sun 17-003, Clear Skies 10-002
Tsukineko:  Onyx Black VersaFine, Habenero VersaFine, Majestic Blue VersaFine
Ranger:  Glossy Accents (used as an adhesive)
Copic Markers
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Tool

March 4, 2011

Celebrate Today... (With a Card & Video)

This is a card that I designed for a Penny Black make-n-take at the CHA Winter Convention and demonstrated in England at the CHSI Convention.

Lots of color without coloring!

Here is a short video I made to accompany the instructions below. 

  • Stamp flowers with black dye ink on colored cardstocks and trim.
  • Edge each flower with a black marker and highlight the center of the small flower with a pink marker.
  • Spray the flower with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and create soft bends.
  • Stamp the green strip with Spanish Moss and the wave pattern.
  • Stamp the orange cardstock with the hatch pattern and Persimmon ink.
  • Assemble with dimensional foam under the strip, flowers and sentiment.
  • Accent the flower with a stamped button and twine.

I really like this sentiment.  It reminds me that each day is a celebration……

Thank you for visiting and viewing.

Enjoy your weekend,


Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock:  Spring Meadows 06-001, Rose Garden 14-001, 14-002, Summer Sun 17-002
Tsukineko:  Onyx Black VersaFine, Spanish Moss VersaFine, Tuxedo Black Memento, Persimmon VersaMagic, Memento Markers: PM900 Tuxedo Black, PM404 Angel Pink, Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz
Ranger:  Glossy Accents (used as an adhesive between the flowers, button and twine)
3M Scotch: Foam Mounting Tape
Tombow:  Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner

March 2, 2011


And the lucky winner of the "sticky giveaway" is.....

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…..Bumblebee Creations!  "Bumblebee" was the twelfth comment entered in the giveaway.  Please contact me at with your mailing information and I will get these "sticky" goodies posted to you without delay.

For this congratulatory card for Bumblee Creations, I combined a few different techniques while creating the flower and background design.

The base of the card is a 3 5/8 x 10-inch piece of dark Spring Meadow cardstock folded in half.  The decorative mat is a 3 ½ x 4 7/8-inch piece of medium Spring Meadow cardstock that was stamped with the Paisley Outline in VersaMark Watermark ink and heat embossed with white.  To create a softer, slightly worn look, I held a Stone Gray StazOn ink pad parallel to the top of the embossed powder and just barely “kissed” the embossed design then quickly buffed the ink with a paper towel.

Green and gold metallic rub-ons were then applied across the stamped image.  I worked in the colors with my finger so I could fill all the tiny areas and occasionally buffed the design with a clean paper towel. 

For the dimensional flower, I stamped Star-Inspired twice.  Once on watercolor paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder and a second time with black ink on the white side of a dark piece of Fuchsia Fantasies cardstock and skipped the embossing.

I water colored the flower stamped on watercolor paper and then added small accent dots with a black Micron pen.  To subdue the colors, a quick pouncing of Vintage Photo Linen Distress ink was applied. After trimming the flower, I sprayed it with Copper Sheer Shimmer Spritz and while wet incorporated soft bends and folds.

While the first flower was drying, I trimmed the second flower on the purple cardstock.  The reason for stamping the flower on the white side of the purple cardstock was to have the purple portion facing toward the back of card which would be pretty if viewed from behind and so I could have a white contrast reflected from the interior of the flower.  I also stamped the purple side with the Paisley Outline in Grape Jelly Memento.

To assemble the flower, the purple flower was placed face down (so the white side was facing up) and then the sentiment banner and twisted florist wire were added.  The banner was stamped with a portion of the sentiment from the Cute As A Button slapstick set then pounced with Antique Linen Distress ink and Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

After the wire and banner were secured to the base of the flower, adhesive was applied to the tips of the petals and the center of the flower.  The water colored flower was then aligned on top.  

A little bit of lime green stickles was added to the wire and a very tiny bit of orange peel stickles to the center of the flower.

These flowers are great for bouquets too.  Instead of attaching them to a card, create long stems with florist wire.  With the decorative backside, they are pretty from any angle.

Enjoy your day,

Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstocks:  Spring Meadows 06-001, 06-003, Fuchsia Fantasies 13-003
Canson:  Watercolor Paper
Tsukineko:  Onyx Black VersaFine, Grape Jelly Memento, Stone Gray StazOn
Ranger:  Antique Linen Distress, Vintage Photo Distress, Lime Green Stickles, Orange Peel Stickles, Glossy Accents (adhesive for flower and sentiment)
Staedtler-Mars Ltd.: Marsgraphic Duo Watercolor Markers
Craf-T Products: Metallic Rub-Ons (Color Kit #1)
Mark Richards: Amber Sticker Elements
Clear Embossing Powder
Green Wire