Saturday, March 2, 2024

Penny Black Guest Designer

Hello my friends and welcome to my Guest Designer post for Penny Black Saturday Challenges! Penny Black is one of my absolute favorite stamp companies and I love the opportunity to go through my Penny Black stash and create...in this case I made multiple cards.  The theme for this challenge which begins Saturday, March 2, 2024 is Anything Goes with Optional Easter.
I needed some anniversary cards and thought the Spring Tulips and the love theme would be perfect! 
I used 3 main Penny Black Die Cuts products for my cards today: The TULIPS #51-430, were cut out of Ranger Ink Distress Tim Holtz Water Color Card Stock, the YOU #51-760 and IMMENSE LOVE #51-760 were cut from Bristol Smooth Card Stock. All were cut three times each and layer together with Bearly Arts Glue for nice dimension.
Penny Black's Creative Dies set called CROSS STITCH BORDERS was used for the background for this card. I ran the largest die 3 times through the front of the card to create texture and movement. 
The card below uses Penny Black's Creative Die DAINTY DASHES STACKERS for the edges which I personally love.
Here's a close up of the water coloring on all the tulips using Mungyo's Professional Half Pan Watercolors. Most of the sentiments come from Waffle Flower's Happy Anniversary stamp set.  
Here are all 3 shown together: The large die cut words were ink blended with Ranger Ink's Distress Inks: blues were Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon. The Purples were Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Villianous Potion. 
Penny Black's products are all high quality and well designed. They are so much fun to take a day or two and just mix and match and create! Thank you for joining me today and I'm looking forward to seeing your work at the challenge
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Purple February Flowers

Welcome to The Beautiful Blossoms Challenge for Feb. 2024! For me, this challenge was all about the purple. I saw the image below, 2nd down from the right, and I knew I had the perfect digital stamp to watercolor!
I watercolored the Varada Sharma Flower Arrangement 2 digital stamp that I have used many times before. Here is a blog I did from June 2022 with the same digital stamp, but with text in the background and another card has it on top with gold for a different look.
The color is not coming out quite right in the photos. The card is a true purple but translating into a more lilac color in these shots.
What did I use to make this card?
5) Spellbinders Small Die of the Month May 2020 -discontinued (die cut at bottom);
8) Honey Bee Stamps Snarky Sentiments Honey Cut.
I love a Clean and Simple "ish" card and this one is perfect for purple lovers. Remember to "Always Leave White" in your coloring for movement and sparkle. Thanks for joining me today and I hope to see your "Beautiful Blossoms" at the Challenge!
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Newton's Nook for Paper Funday

Welcome all to the February 2024 challenge for The Paper Funday where Anything Goes. This is a monthly challenge which begins on the first Weds. of each month. We have sponsors for our challenges and this month I created a baby card with Newton's Nook Designs.
I am big fan of supporting small businesses and here is a short clip from Newton's Nook "About" page on their website:
"Newton's Nook Designs is made up of a husband and wife team located in Southern Wisconsin (Go Packers!) Our goal is to provide you with unique and whimsical stamp designs that are fun to use and make you smile!"
I often create CAS"ish" cards (Clean and Simple) for I find I am most happy with the design when it has plenty of white space.  I used Newton's Nook Designs Bitty Bibs and the coordinating die called Baby Bibs for this card - Just love all the images and sentiments!
The simple ink blended background is from MFT Stamps called Cable Knit Sweater which seems to be discontinued, but really any design would do in the background. The background panel was cut with Spellbinders Postage Edge Rectangles. The beautiful blue hearts are from Trinity Stamps - Berry Blue Mix Jelly Drop Hearts. Perfect for it has various sizes in the mix.
Is this just the cutest set? Thank so much for joining me and let's see what you create...just enter in The Paper Funday Challenge!

I will also be submitting to NBUS Challenge for I've never used this set before!
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.



Monday, January 15, 2024

Happy Birthday Beautiful Blossoms

Happy happy 1st Birthday to the Beautiful Blossoms Challenge! We are 1 year old! To celebrate we have 5 prizes, so we will have 5 randomly drawn winners.
This was such a fun card to make. I used 2 retired sets: The pitcher and flowers are from Gina K's Life with Zest and the balloons are from Honey Bee Stamps Celebration Box.
The images were stamped on Ranger Ink Tim Holtz's Watercolor Card Stock with Altenew's Obsidian Black Pigment Ink and sprinkled with Altenew's Crystal Clear Embossing Powder before the pigment ink had a chance to dry.
Once heat embossed, I watercolored with Mungyo Professional Half Pan Watercolors. Just lovely lovely colors!
The background was a watercolored panel I had in my stash. I "audition" panels I have made previously to find just the perfect match. I liked this one with green, blue and yellow with gold splatters. 
The Happy Birthday die cut comes from Pink and Main Stamp and Dies set called Surprise. One of those really good basic sets you can use for multiple occasions.
Happy 1st Birthday, Beautiful Blossoms Challenge! Come join us and play along!
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Jan 2024 Blue Challenge

Hello my friends and welcome to January 2024 Beautiful Blossoms Challenge where Anything Goes as long as a floral image is the main focus.
We have a blue theme with our inspiration photo:
I started with Penny Black's Florescence stamp. I love this image! It's simple and yet easily takes up most of the real estate on an A2 card.
I stamped the image with Altenew's Obsidian Black Pigment Ink and sprinkled Altenew's Crystal Clear Embossing Powder immediately on it. Obsidian Black Ink stays wet for a period of time, so if I am not not heat embossing over it, I just let it sit for about 15 minutes. When I'm crafting, I am not usually in such a hurray that I can't wait for the ink to dry.
For this card I used Acquarello Watercolor Paper - Artistico Extra White 100% Cotton Hot Pressed 140 lbs. Hot Pressed has a nice smooth finish and it is very good for stamping images.
To watercolor I used Mungyo Professional Half Pan Watercolors for the blue background and Distress Watercolor Pencils for the leaves and the dark blue colors. A little splatter with a gold is from Kuretake - Gansai Tambi Starry Colors helped to break up the background. The sentiments are from Hero Arts - CM136 Birthday Messages Clear. This one is a keeper - it seems to be discontinued on the Hero Arts site, but I did find it several places including Walmart.com.
Thank you for joining me today and I look forward to seeing all the beautiful flowers at the challenge!
I will also be submitting to NBUS Challenge, for this is the first time for this Penny Black Stamp and the Distress Watercolor Pencils!
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.




Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Angie Blom for Paper Funday

Welcome to the first Paper Funday Challenge for 2024! Another year...more opportunities to create, create, create!!!
The sponsor I choose this month was Angie Blom Digital Designs. I was in a Valentine's Day mood and wanted to work with her image called Sprinkle Love SK-200. If you love digital stamps, check out this shop. The downloads include a pre-formatted set of 4 images. You just print them off, cut apart and you have 4 cards! This is what I did with this set of 4:
If you follow me, you know I print the images with a laser printer and Ranger Ink's Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. To paint I only use one brush - #8 Silver Black Velvet. It holds a lot of paint and comes to a very tiny point, so I don't need various sizes of brushes.
Today's cards were watercolored with Mungyo Professional Half Pan WatercolorsI watercolor at lunchtime at work...I do get quite a bit done every day in only 1/2 hour. I always look forward to my coloring time!
I like to add some extra details to a simple image on my card. Besides Glossy Accents on the hearts, I've used Penny Black's Creative Dies - Textural on the card above and the cut out border on the card below is from Spellbinder's Winter Border Etched Dies from the Tinsel Time Collection:
You can see the Glossy Accents better here. I bought the smallest bottle - .5 oz., for I found it has a tinier tip and works better for me than the larger bottle - 2 oz.
This heart border on the card below is from a retired company called W Plus 9, Heart Border Die. Also, the stitched lines on the bottom of the cards is from the Spellbinders Winter Border Etched Dies from the Tinsel Time Collection run through my Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine 3 times. I like that texture on my cards.
Thank you for joining me today and come join us this month at The Paper Funday Challenge - Anything Goes!
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

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