December 27, 2012


No need to decide if a stamp is best suited for a simple design or something elaborate.  Have fun exploring the possibilities of both less and more!

Heart and Card 2 

Penny Black’s beautiful background, Bed of Roses, illustrates how one design can offer a range of variations.

Bed of Roses 

A white Les Petites card creates the base for this elevated platform of roses stamped in London Fog Memento ink on white cardstock.


A small heart punch offers a view of sparkly red micro-fine glitter placed behind the cut out.  Pearl beads tinted with Metallic Gold StazOn and edging done in Delicata Golden Glitz add touches of gilding. 

Mixed Media Heart

This miniature mixed media heart is constructed from shaped layers cut from a recycled cereal box. 


Fussy cutting a random assortment of roses from the background pattern provided a colorful applique for the design.  Interference Red and Sparkle Gold Jewelz Watercolors from USArtQuest give the flowers a dazzling iridescent flair.

Have a fabulous day,

Penny Black Stamps: Bed of Roses 40-190
Penny Black Les Petites 90-001
Copic Markers
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: London Sky Memento, Onyx Black VersaFine, Jet Black StazOn, Clear Embossing Powder
Fiskars: Shape Template – Hearts 1
Offray: Ribbon
USArtQuest: Jewelz Watercolor Palette
Other: Acrylic Paints, Gesso, Crystal Glitter, Recycled Cereal Box

December 21, 2012

Yuletide Wishes (Mini Mixed Media)


Mimi and Friend

Wishing you a Christmas filled with 
love, joy and peace!

A Mini Mimi Size: 1-3/8 x 3 x 3-3/8

Holly-Jolly Hugs,

Copic Markers
Wood Block: 1-3/8 x 3 x 3-3/8
Other: Acrylic Paints, Gesso, Mod Podge, Crystal Glitter 

December 17, 2012

A Thank You With "Sweet Buds"

Even though Valentine’s is celebrated for just one day, bunches of love sprinkled with red and pink hearts can be shared each and every day!

Thank You  
As with these “Sweet Buds” from Penny Black’s new Valentine collection, I saw so many ways to use this image during the year.  This “thank you” sentiment from Flower Gallery is a classic and one of my favorites.


TIP/HINT:  Using a colored ink for stamping flowers gives a softer alternative to the traditional black ink.  In this sample, the flowers were stamped with Lilac Posies Memento and then colored in a similar hue.

You can also see daily "thank you" inspiration all this week on the Penny Black Blog.

May love fill your heart each and every day!


Penny Black Mix and Match Cardstock: Grand Canyon 03-001, Blue Lagoon 09-001
Copic Markers
Dimensional Foam: 3M Scotch
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Bahama Blue Memento, Lilac Posies Memento, Teal Zeal Memento, Sponge Dauber, Clear Embossing Powder
Offray: Organza Ribbon

December 14, 2012

Mixed Media Mash Up II

Jill Foster (Inspired By) and I had such a fun time with our first Mixed Media Mash Up challenge that we couldn’t resist teaming up for another installment!
Mixed Media Mash Up II

As before, we selected common elements that would be used by each of us for the challenge.

The elements for this challenge are:
  • A 4 ¼ x 5 ½ canvas or wood base
  • Any stamp from the new 2013 Penny Black Valentine Collection
  • A hand-drawn border


From this side view, you can see that I set up my design on a wood base with a vertical presentation.  Butterfly Symphony was the new Penny Black Valentine stamp selected for the second challenge element.  Coloring with Copics added the intense, vibrant colors.  

I loved working with this size board/canvas as it inspired me to take an idea I might use for a greeting card and translate it into mixed media. 


The design was “mixed” and “mashed” with another Penny Black favorite called Free Flight.  The sentiment combined with the postage made a nice collage element along with some text (beautiful) cut from an old book.


A hand-painted border in black and white adds a transitional framing layer.  Additional layers of stamping, inks and paints add great depth too.  Here you can see glimpses of All Over Pattern, Puzzle Parts and Scroll Script.

I finish my mixed media pieces with a "signature" which is a little "e" hidden somewhere in the design.  

Jill's Sneak Peek

This sneak peek from Jill’s canvas only shows a fraction of the colorful creativity packed into her design!  Click “here” to see the full reveal!

You can also revisit our first installment of Mixed Media Mash Up “here”.

Thank you for visiting,

Copic Markers
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Memento Markers, Memento Ink Pads, StazOn Ink Pads, Clear Embossing Powder
Other: Text Paper, Gesso, Acrylic Paints, Mod Podge

December 12, 2012

With Love

Love Flourish - Another heart-stopping stamp design from Penny Black’s new Valentine collection!  

With Love

Love Flourish was stamped on white cardstock with VersaMark Watermark ink and heat embossed with white powder.  Random hues of Dandelion, Cantaloupe and Lilac Posies Memento inks were sponged on the image and then the heart was trimmed by hand.   

The next layer is a (2 5/8 x 3 ½) piece of Blue Lagoon cardstock stamped with Inspiring in Teal Zeal Memento.  This was then matted with black cardstock edged in Delicata Golden Glitz ink.  The white cardstock (2 ¾ x 5 1/8) was dry embossed and then stamped with the sentiment from Gratitude.  The card base was created from Fuchsia Fantasies cardstock.  For added dimension, foam tape was used between the heart and the teal strip as well as between the teal strip and the front of the card.

I have "mixed" news!!!  This Friday I am teaming up with Jill Foster to share a new Mixed Media Mash Up!

See you soon, 

Penny Black Mix and Match Cardstock: Storm 01-001 & 01-003, Blue Lagoon 09-002, Fuchsia Fantasies 13-002  
3M Scotch: Dimensional Foam
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Dandelion Memento, Cantaloupe Memento, Lilac Posies Memento, Teal Zeal Memento, Delicate Golden Glitz, VersaMark Watermark Ink, Sponge Daubers, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder
Provo Craft: Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder
Other: Crystal Gem 

December 10, 2012

Just My Type

Love is in the air with Penny Black's new Valentine release!  Check out all the fabulous designs in their new catalog "here".  

There are so many wonderful possibilities to use this vintage typewriter called My Type throughout the year.

Just My Type  

This card was created from Penny Black’s adorable little Les Petites cards and Coral Reef Mix and Match Cardstock.


For the message, a small slit was cut in the typewriter to hold the paper page.  The one-line sentiment was stamped in stages so it could be stacked into a smaller area.

Here is a look at the whole set…

My Type (40-189)

Think of all the fun things you can "type" into this design!

Be back soon with another new design...


Penny Black Stamps: My Type 40-189  
Penny Black Les Petites 90-001
Penny Black Mix and Match Cardstock: Coral Reef 15-003
Dimensional Foam: 3M Scotch, EK Success
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Satin Red VersaFine, London Fog Memento, Memento Markers 

December 7, 2012

Snowy Holiday Greetings

Returning today with sparkly snowflakes…..

Happy Holidays

This swirling collection of wintry delight is from Penny Black's A Bright Tomorrow.  The snowflakes were stamped in VersaMark Watermark ink on a Labels Seventeen die cut from white cardstock and heat embossed with white powder. 

Nautical Blue Memento ink was sponged on top.  The excess ink resisted by the heat embossing was wiped away with a soft cloth.  The sentiment from Hello Winter was stamped with Satin Red VersaFine on a Ribbon Tag.

The snowflake panel was elevated on top of another Labels Seventeen die cut which was accented with paper piercing.  After the card was assembled, the snowflakes were accented with glitter.

Have fun collecting your snowflakes for snowballs, snowmen and holiday greeting cards!


Penny Black Mix and Match Cardstock: Storm 01-001
Dimensional Foam
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Satin Red VersaFine, VersaMark Watermark Ink, Delicata Golden Glitz, Nautical Blue Memento, White Embossing Powder, Jumbo Sponge Dauber
Spellbinders: Ribbon Tag Trio (S4-323), Labels Seventeen (S5-025)
Other: Crystal Glitter

December 5, 2012

Holiday Greetings

Today’s holiday cards share similar color palettes of rich reds, warms yellows and hues of green.

Joy To The World

With the fantastic elements in Penny Black’s A Wish for Peace transparent set, a festive holly wreath was stamped, colored and trimmed for a dimensional element over the sentiment.

The top of the card is a portion of a Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Two which was distressed with Peanut Brittle Memento and stamped with second impressions of the dotted twigs in Pistachio and Peanut Brittle Memento inks. 

Diamond Pattern stamped on Rose Garden Cardstock in Crimson Red VersaFine creates the base of the card.  A Black Gaze Pen is wonderful for accenting tiny dots throughout the pattern. 

This next design combines Penny Black’s Christmas Cheer and A Wish for Peace transparent sets.

Sending Christmas Cheer

A Reverse Wonky Rectangle die cut adds a fun shape to the design of the card.


Separate ornaments were stamped, colored, fussy cut and attached with dimensional foam.

Background stamping

The background design was obtained by inking a white piece of cardstock with Peanut Brittle Memento ink.  The holly was stamped twice in Pistachio Memento.  TIP/HINT: Using both the first and second impressions of the image adds depth to the design.  Copic markers were used to color the leaves and then  highlights were added with a white gel pen. 

Have a festive day,

Joy To The World Supplies:
Penny Black Mix and Match Cardstock: Storm 01-001, Rose Garden 14-003
Copic Markers
Dimensional Foam
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Crimson Red VersaFine, Peanut Brittle Memento, Pistachio Memento, Delicata Golden Glitz, Sponge Daubers, Clear Embossing Powder
Sakura: Black Glaze Pen
Spellbinders: Labels Twenty-Two (S4-346)

Sending Christmas Cheer Supplies:
Penny Black Mix and Match Cardstock: Storm 01-001, Sticks & Stones 02-002, Spring Meadow 06-003, Rose Garden 14-03
Copic Markers
Dimensional Foam
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Love Letter Memento, Peanut Brittle Memento, Pistachio Memento
Sakura: White Gel Pen
Spellbinders: Reverse Wonky Rectangles (S4-307)

December 3, 2012

Snowflake Charms (Tutorial)

Here is a way to capture beautiful, wintry snowflakes without them melting!

Snowflake Charms

These little charms are made from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko’s Sheet Metal Circles and Penny Black’s All is Bright transparent stamps.

They are “charming” for holiday ornaments, card embellishments, decorative gift bag tags and jewelry adornments!


Step 1 
Apply a few drops of Matte GlazOn to a Sheet Metal tag
and spread to cover with a mini squeegee.  Let dry.

Step 2 
Place a few drops of Cotton White Opaque StazOn on 
an InkBlusher and lightly dab the tag to cover.  Let dry.

 Step 3
Apply a few drop of Matte StazOn to a clean InkBlusher 
and dab over the Cotton White StazOn Ink.  Let dry.

Step 4
Slightly distress the edges of the tag with an InkBlusher and Hydrangea Blue StazOn.  
Stamp snowflake design in the same color ink.  Let dry.

 Step 5

Spray with GooseBumps Clear Texture Spray and let dry.  
Remove protective backing and accent with ribbon.

Special Event News….. Starting today, Penny Black is having an exciting sneak peek week on their blog of their new Valentine designs.  Stop by for DAILY fun and giveaways!


Penny Black Stamps: All is Bright 30-137
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:  Sheet Metal Circles, Hydrangea Blue StazOn, Cotton White StazOn Opaque, Matte GlazOn, GooseBumps Clear Texture Spray, Mini Squeegee, InkBlushers  

November 30, 2012

Peace and Joy (Gift Box: Same Pattern With New Design)

Using the same box pattern/instructions (slightly enlarged) from the previous post “here”, a whole new design was created!

Peace and Joy Gift Box

While the previous box design captured all the elements of a one-layer concept, today’s feature shows an alternative with added dimension.

Box Opened 

To keep the banner and ornament as focal points, a randomly designed background was created for the box top.  A piece of Sea Breeze (08-001) cardstock was stamped with Diamond Pattern and Winter Berries in Teal Zeal Memento ink with golden highlights added with the dotted scroll from A Wish for Peace stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz.

The sentiment for the banner was stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz and highlighted with Peanut Brittle and Toffee Crunch Memento inks.

Ornament Close Up 

Two impressions of the ornament (Hanging Treasures) were made with Delicata Golden Glitz on white cardstock and heat embossed with clear powder.  After trimming the ornaments, for layering purposes, the elements were colored with Grape Jelly and Teal Zeal Memento markers.  All the layers and attachments to the box were made with dimensional foam.  A small crystal gem and gold glitter were added for sparkly embellishments.

Enjoy letting your favorite box pattern be the platform for endless design possibilities!

Have a beautiful weekend,

Penny Black Mix and Match Cardstock: Sea Breeze 08-001
Dimensional Foam
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Delicata Golden Glitz, Teal Zeal Memento, Peanut Brittle Memento, Toffee Crunch Memento, Memento Markers (Grape Jelly, Teal Zeal), Clear Embossing Powder, Sponge Daubers
Mark Richards: Crystal Gem

November 28, 2012

Crystal Drops...A Card & A Box

One great “recipe/technique” can lead to multiple creative variations!  

Today “Crystal Drops”, Penny Black’s elegant collage stamp, is used with the same masking/stamping technique along with Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko's inks to create a card and a box.

The Most Wonderful Time
Echo/Shadow Stamping:  First Impression - Pistachio Memento; Second Impression - Delicata Golden Glitz
For the card, a small area was masked, inked and stamped.  

TIP/HINT:  For shadow/echo stamping, stamp the image once, clean the stamp, re-ink with a second color, and then stamp over the previous impression.

Circular Close Up

Dimensional embellishing accents were created from the sentiments from Hello Winter.

Using the same techniques, a box was designed to match the card.

Crystal Drops Holiday Box
Echo/Shadow Stamping:  First Impression - Nautical Blue Memento; Second Impression - Delicata Golden Glitz

The top of the box contains the same shading and “echo” stamping.    This time the masks were removed before the collage was stamped so the design could extend beyond the "inked window".

Box (Inside)1 
Here, tucked on the inside, a wintry sentiment was added from Christmas Cheer.

 Box (Bottom)1
To finish, the bottom of the box was stamped with Christmas Story.

TIP/HINT:  Penny Black’s Cardstock is wonderful for creating boxes.  Great weight and the one-sided color makes it easy to create two-tone pieces.  In this sample, Clear Skies cardstock offers a fabulous option for the interior to be white while the outside portion is a beautiful blue.

This box was a make-n-take project I taught at CHA and welcome you enjoy these instructions for creative inspiration. 

Box Instructions

·    Mask the sides of a 4 x 4 piece of white cardstock with 1” strips 
of Eclipse Tape.  Highlight the center with Danube Blue Memento Ink.

·   Remove the masks and stamp Crystal Drops in 
Nautical Blue then again with Delicata Golden Glitz.  
Optional:  Add snowy highlights to the trees with a white gel pen or pencil.
·   Stamp the background (Christmas Story) on a slightly smaller 
square (3 15/16 x 3 15/16) of Clear Skies cardstock with Nautical Blue 
and the sentiment on the reserve side with Majestic Blue. 

·   Add ½” score lines on the sides of the cardstocks. 
Add slits then fold and assemble the box. 

There is a fabulous week-long holiday event underway on the Penny Black Blog.  You can click "here" to see the inspiration, videos and giveaways!


Penny Black Cardstock: Storm 01-001, Clear Skies 10-003, Rose Garden 14-003
Dimensional Foam
Judi Kins: Eclipse Tape
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Danube Blue Memento, Nautical Blue Memento, Majestic Blue VersaFine, Crimson Red VersaFine, Peanut Brittle, Pistachio Memento, Delicata Golden Glitz, Memento Markers (Pear Tart, Danube Blue), Clear Embossing Powder, Jumbo Sponge Dauber

November 26, 2012

"Tagged" (Tutorial)

With the holiday spirit growing and snowflakes falling, tags are wonderful accents to add festive greetings to gifts.

Holiday Penguin Tags
These tiny tags made with Penny Black stamps and Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko's inks were created in 6 holly-jolly steps.  

This was also a make-n-take project I taught at the last CHA convention.

 Step 1
Step 1
Cut a 1 ¼ x 3-inch rectangle from Olive Grove Cardstock.  
Round the top corners and punch a small hole at the top.  
Measure 1 5/8 inches down from the top of the tag and make a 1/8” slit on each side.

Step 2
Step 2
Stamp Crystal Pattern on the tag with Pistachio Memento ink.

Step 3

Step 3
Stamp the circular sentiment from Winter Wishes with Crimson Red VersaFine 
on a circular ring created with Spellbinders Standard Circles.

Step 4

Step 4
Stamp the penguin from A Cool Christmas on white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine 
and heat emboss with clear powder.  Color the image with Memento markers and trim.

Step 5

Step 5
Thread the tag through the ring and secure in the side notches.  
Place a small amount of adhesive under the ring on the back of the tag 
and insert a piece of dimensional foam under the front of the ring.

Holiday Penguin Tag
Step 6
Adhere the trimmed penguin to the tag with dimensional foam and add twine.


Penny Black Stamps: A Cool Christmas 30-128, Winter Magic 30-134, Crystal Pattern 40-162
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Olive Grove 04-001
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Crimson Red VersaFine, Clear Embossing Powder, Pistachio Memento, Memento Markers (Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Summer Sky, Lulu Lavender)
Spellbinders: Standard Circles Small

November 23, 2012

Holiday Stamp Collision - Finale

Time for the holiday stamp collision finale….

It's the Most Wonderful

It was so much fun “colliding” these Penny Black stamps to create this card which can also be a tag.

Winter Berries 4273K
Santa's Hat 4283K
Hello Winter 30-141

Thank you for visiting this week.  Have a wonderful weekend...

Penny Black Stamps: 4283K Santa’s Hat,  Winter Berries 4273K, Hello Winter 30-141   
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Fern Green 05-003, Sea Breeze 08-001, Rose Garden 13-003
American Crafts: Ribbon
Copic Markers
Dimensional Foam
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Peanut Brittle Memento, Teal Zeal Memento, Northern Pine, Delicata Golden Glitz, Sponge Daubers, InkBlushers, Clear Embossing Powder
Judi Kins – Eclipse Tape

November 21, 2012

Holiday Stamp Collision - Continued

Welcome back for another holiday stamp collision…..

These are the Penny Black stamps that “collided” for today’s card….

Christmas View 4274K
Hello Winter 30-141
Joy to the World 30-143
One-Scoop! 4285J

TIP/HINT:  Alter holiday stamps for year-round versatility as seen “here” with Christmas View.

See you on Friday with the finale collision!


Penny Black Stamps: One-Scoop 4285J, Christmas View 4274K, Joy to the World 30-143, Hello Winter 30-141   
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Purple Mountain 12-001
Copic Markers
Dimensional Foam
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Peanut Brittle Memento, Toffee Crunch Memento, Grape Jelly Memento, Spring Pansy VersaMagic, Sponge Daubers, InkBlushers, Clear Embossing Powder
Spellbinders: Standard Circles