Hugs & Kisses, 3 of 3: Jill

Here in the Studio we're kicking off 2017 with happiness, love, and hugs & kisses!  
Okay, I just can't tell you how much fun I had painting this sweet kitty! I can't wait to have some time to try different color schemes with her adorable hoodie.
I stamped this furry friend using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink onto Canson 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper. I then used Distress Ink Reinkers as watercolors to paint her. Once dry I fussy cut her out.  The "ground" on the card was also painted in this way so the colors coordinated with her jacket.  The die cut background was inked with Wild Honey and Broken China Distress Inks along with Peanut Brittle Memento Ink using ink blending tools with foam pads.  I stamped my sentiment onto the background with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  Finally, using foam squares for extra dimension, I adhered the kitty and the die cut heart branch to my notecard. All stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-298, 30-396, 51-097, 30-358. 
Meow! We hope you've enjoyed this trio of XOXO posts from the Studio. And happy Valentine's Day from our hearts to yours. 

Out and About with Jill

Hi all! I'm just popping in to let you know that I'm...
...as a guest on the Simon Says Stamp blog today sharing a card made with Penny Black's Follow Your Heart release.


Click HERE for the full reveal.

Hugs & Kisses, 2 of 3: Elizabeth

Here in the Studio we're kicking off 2017 with happiness, love, and hugs & kisses!  


Hugs and kisses are just too sweet not to share with friends!

(Filled with Love 51-284 by Penny Black)

These X's and O's are perfect for making Valentine party invitations.

A small rectangle die cut from the front of a white card base and edged with gold makes a great window for these rich, red letters.

The letters were die cut twice from red cardstock and then glued together for extra thickness.

Simply elegant yet easy to create multiples.

Wishing you a day filled with love.




Hugs & Kisses, 1 of 3: Jill

Here in the Studio we're kicking off 2017 with happiness, love, and hugs & kisses!  
Lately I've really been enjoying making cutesy critter cards.  And I have one to share with you today that is filled with hedgie hugs and kisses...
I began by inking my background with Salty Ocean Distress Ink and Danube Blue Memento Ink using  ink blending tools with foam pads.  I then cut two pieces of white cardstock and inked them with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, Pistacho Memento Ink, and Fern Green Archival Ink.  The lighter piece was trimmed into the shape of a hill. I stamped the darker piece with the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I mounted the "ground" and "hill" to my notecard, using foam squares for the hill.  Next I inked up the house die cuts with Majestic Blue Versafine Ink, pressing the ink pad directly to the die cut pieces. Once dry, I glued them to my scene.  I saved one small heart to paint and adhere to the house.  The hedgies, die cut balloon, and the small heart were painted using Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. I then fussy cut the hedgies and added all of the elements to my notecard. All stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-293, 51-289, 30-402, 30-399.
Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see what Elizabeth has in store for us next. I'm sure it's something I'll LOVE. :) 

Double the Fun: What's In Jill's Cup?

It's double the designing fun as we reveal two cards featuring the same Penny Black Creative Die set; 51-281 What's In Your Cup?.


Well, what's in MY cup today? A little bit of everything! LOL
To color my die cut cups, I first painted them with Sakura Koi Field Sketch Box watercolors.  Once dry, I added a bit of Distress Ink to each.  I love the combo of watercolors and inks!  The background and "table" were also inked with Distress and Memento inks using an ink blending tool and a foam pad.  All stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-281 What's In Your Cup, 51-170 Warmest Wishes, 30-380 Nature's Silhouettes

 I love this Creative Die set soooo much, I also recently featured it in a couple of videos on the Penny Black YouTube Channel. These cups and embellishments included with this set of dies are PERFECT for the inlaid die cutting technique.

Watch video on YouTube HERE.
All stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-281 What's In Your Cup, 30-329 Woodland Beauty, 25-014 Oscillations, 30-375 Merry Jingle, 30-376 Snowbursts

For this third card, I used the die cut cup as a stencil.

Watch video on YouTube HERE.
All stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-281 What's In Your Cup, 30-379 Woodland Beauty, 30-287 Festive Snippets

And what's in my cup, for real, you ask?  
Coffee. 
Lots of Coffee. 
Oh how I love you, Coffee.

Double the Fun: What's In Elizabeth's Cup?

It's double the designing fun as we reveal two cards featuring the same Penny Black Creative Die set; 51-281 What's In Your Cup?.


Today my cup is filled with Christmas cheer.

Penny Black: What's in Your Cup (51-281), Festive Snippets (30-387), Golden Moment (80-015)
I made several of these cards to use as invitations.

After die cutting the mug from patterned paper, the steam was accented with Crystal Stickles and the snowflakes with puff paint and red pepper dimensional pearls.

A light highlight of Peanut Brittle Memento ink gives the background a warm glow.

Two different sentiments from "Festive Snippets" were spliced together to create the greeting.

Wishing you all "Christmas Cheer"!