March 30, 2012

Cathy Fong *Day 2*

I have to admit that this next inspiration card by Cathy is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever laid eyes on.  I love everything about it!
And here's my oh-so-humble take:
All stamps by Penny Black: 40-109 Allover Pattern, 4242K Flower Garden
The background was stamped with VersaMark Ink and embossed using clear powder.  Next, I applied Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, and Tea Dye Distress Ink over the embossing.  To create the main panel, the image was stamped using Gray Flannel Memento Ink onto the Spellbinders die.  The background was inked with Broken China, Scattered Straw, and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I also stamped the main image onto white cardstock, colored the flowers with Copics, cut out, and adhered with dimensional adhesive onto the main panel.

Thanks for your visits and sweet comments this week!
 See you on Monday with a new PB&J Video...

March 28, 2012

Inspired by...Cathy Fong

I'm thrilled to announce that our next featured artist is Cathy Fong.  If you haven't already been to Cathy's blog, be sure to check it out!  All of her work oozes with stamping talent.  Here's a look at a pair of bookmarks she created. I love her color choices and the glow Cathy always creates when coloring:
And here's my take:
The images (Penny Black 4257K Shop & Tweet, 4259J Tour De Fun) were stamped with Memento Expresso Truffle ink and colored with copics.  The paper was distressed with Antique Linen and Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  Sentiments by Penny Black, 30-097 Hello Gorgeous.

Thanks for popping by! See you soon with our next inspiration card by Cathy.  Prepare yourself, it's a TOTAL stunner. I can't wait to share it here!

March 26, 2012

PB&J Video

This week's PB&J Video tutorial features a fun layering technique using Spellbinder Nestabilities dies. Click HERE to head over to the Penny Black BLOG to watch the video.
Thanks so much for visiting!
See you soon with a new featured artist... :)

March 23, 2012

Craftin' with Family

So last weekend myself, mom, 11-year-old niece, and my sister-in-law got together to be creative and stamp. I was so impressed by their creations, that I snuck a picture of them to share here:
We played with embossing, Faber-Castell Gelatos, Distress Inks, and of course Penny Black stamps!
Inspired by their creativity, here's what I created:
I began by stamping Penny Black 40-107 Posies with VersaMark Ink onto white cardstock and embossing with white embossing powder.  Next I colored with Faber-Castell Gelatos on the background, working in small sections and blending with my fingertip as I went.  I wiped off the background with a damp baby wipe, blending the colors and also removing the Gelato from the white embossed areas.  Once dry, I added a touch of Distress Ink over the flowers (Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint). Finally I stamped Penny Black 1999L Letter Background using Distress Ink, added ribbon, twine, and sentiments by SRM Stickers, 51015 Shine Your Light. Card shape cut with Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles.

Thanks so much for your visits this week. I hope you have a creative weekend, maybe even some time to be creative with family or friends! I know I am counting my blessings to finally be living near my family and spending lots of time with them. :) See you on Monday with my next PB&J video. HUGS!

March 21, 2012

Inspired by...Gina *Day 4*

I love Gina's cards so much I just had to sneak in another one this week. :)  Check out this beautiful creation of hers:
I was especially inspired by her earthy colors and the addition of that pretty doily!
Here's my take:
The flower and butterflies (Penny Black 30-095 Flower Festival) were stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  They were then colored with Copics.  The backgrounds were inked with the following Distress Inks: Tea Dye, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, and Gathered Twigs. Sentiment by Penny Black 30-105 Gratitude.

See you soon- I've got some beautiful projects created by my niece, mom, and sister-in-law to share in my next post. :)

March 19, 2012


Yay! I'm super excited to announce that my PB&J feature with Penny Black is back.  I'm set up in my temporary craft space and ready to share more videos with you each Monday. :)  Here's a look at today's cards:
Be sure to head over to the Penny Black BLOG to check out the VIDEO.
I loved this color combo so much that I decided to share a bonus card using these colors:
All Stamps by Penny Black: 30-105 Gratitude, 1999L Letter Background, 40-103 Delicate Florals
Seriously, aren't these colors just plain ol' happy? :)

I also wanted share a link to my inspiration for the first card of this set (first photo, top left) which is available in THIS post (about halfway down).
Thanks again for visiting--see ya soon! HUGS!

March 16, 2012

Gina *Day 3*

Happy Friday, my friends! Here is our next inspiration card by Gina:
I just love Gina's coloring on this (isn't the blue glow behind the flower just stunning?) and her overall layout is beautiful, too!  Here's my take:
All stamps by Penny Black: 4233K Butterfly Kiss, 1999L Letter Background
Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend!
I'm excited to announce that I will be resuming my PB&J videos on Monday, so I hope you'll stop by. :)

March 14, 2012

Gina *Day 2*

Here's our next inspiration card by Gina:
I LUV Gina's beautiful color scheme combined with the white embossing.  It's so fresh and springy.  Here's my take using her colors with white embossing:

I began by stamping Penny Black 40-101 Mosaic with VersaMark Ink and embossing with white embossing powder.  Next, I inked this piece with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  This made it easy to see where the flowers were when I colored them using Prismacolor Pencils.  This piece was trimmed and mounted onto white and brown cardstock.  Sentiment, Penny Black 30-105 Gratitude, was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink.
Thanks for peeking! HUGS!

March 12, 2012

Inspired by...Gina A.

I'm so thrilled to announce that this week's featured artist is Gina Alferez.  Gina makes beautiful cards and I was lucky enough to meet her in person at CHA this year, and let me tell you, she's as sweet as pie! 
Here is today's inspiration card from Gina.  I love that she used a Penny Black Christmas stamp, Poinsettia Script, to create a gorgeous sunflower background. So clever!
And here's my take:
I began by stamping Penny Black 4236K Sunburst onto white cardstock using VersaFine Vintage Sepia Ink.  I heat embossed the flowers using clear embossing powder and then colored them with Copics.  Next, I inked the background using Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Ink.  Penny Black 2025M Music Note Background was stamped with Peeled Paint Distress Ink, removing some ink with a baby wipe before stamping.  The sentiment, Penny Black Sweet Wishes, was stamped onto Spellbinders Labels 7 using VersaFine Vintage Sepia Ink.  The Labels 7 dies were inked with Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Thanks for stopping by! See ya on Wednesday with another FAB card by Gina!

March 9, 2012

Flower Fun *Day 5*

Our last card for our week of flower fun was stamped using 4241K Lace Flower by Penny Black:
Sentiment by Penny Black, 30-105 Gratitude.

Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you're inspired to get out your favorite flower stamps this weekend and get creative! 

I am happy to say that I am now finishing up all of my unpacking here in South Dakota and am looking forward to resuming my regular "Inspired by..." posts with a new featured artist next week.  I appreciate your patience as I know that many of these posts have been pretty short over the last couple of weeks!

BIG hugs!

March 8, 2012

Flower Fun *Day 4*

It's day four of my week sharing cards featuring one of my favorite kinds of images to stamp and color- flowers. Here we go...
All stamps by Penny Black 4233K Butterfly Kiss and 30-105 Gratitude.
Thanks for peeking- hope you're having a wonderful week!

March 7, 2012

Flower Fun *Day 3*

Today's floral card features this new stamp by Penny Black (4237K Awakening):
Thanks again for your visits! HUGS!

March 6, 2012

Flower Fun *Day 2*

It's day two of cards feauturing flowers from the Penny Black Full of Surprises catalog.  Today's card features 30-095 Flower Festival and 30-104 Sweet Wishes):
See ya tomorrow!

March 5, 2012

Flower Fun *Day 1*

Hi, my friends! This week I'll be sharing some cards I made for the Penny Black catalog, all featuring one of my favorite kinds of images to stamp and color... FLOWERS! I have a new post for you each day this week so I hope you'll tune in. :)
All stamps by Penny Black (30-095 Flower Festival, 1999L Letter Background, 30-105 Gratitude).
See ya tomorrow with more flower fun!

March 2, 2012

Sweet Wishes

Here's our last card of the week featuring Penny Black 40-125 Sweet Day:
Sentiment by Penny Black 30-104 Sweet Wishes. Die by Spellbinders.

Hope you have an awesome and creative weekend!