Summer Fun: Jill

Friendship * Sunshine * Critters * Flowers
Join us over the next several weeks as we share cards that draw inspiration from the happiness of summer fun.


Bright and happy blooms always make me think summer thoughts.  Here are some just for you!
This card features stamps and dies from Penny Black's brand spankin' new collection, POETIC. Oh, how I love this new release.
I hope you'll join me and watch THIS VIDEO as I give you a peek at the entire new release,what I've been making with it, and some tips and techniques I've used on my projects.

Penny Black supplies: 51-322, 40-546, 30-419, 51-132

Summer Fun: Elizabeth

Friendship * Sunshine * Critters * Flowers
Join us over the next several weeks as we share cards that draw inspiration from the happiness of summer fun.


It's that time of year for "pomp and circumstance"...



... and lots of happy congrats!

Supplies:  Penny Black 51-348 Congrats, 80-015 Golden Moment Designer Paper Pad

Put on your sunglasses because Jill will infuse you with her stellar colors next.


Same Stamp Challenge 2 of 2: Jill

One stamp, one Studio, two designers, two cards... what will two friends create when they both reach for the beautiful Penny Black stamp, 30-418 Stitched Flowers?

This stamp is such a JOY to color. So for my card I went with a very simple design.  I first stamped the flowers along one side of my card, stamping with VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto Strathmore 140 lb. hot-press watercolor paper.  Next, I painted the flowers and background using Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors.  My sentiment (Penny Black 30-406 All Great Things) was also stamped using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Thanks for joining us for this same stamp challenge... we hope we've brought a little springtime sunshine to your studio! 

Same Stamp Challenge 1 of 2: Elizabeth

One stamp, one Studio, two designers, two cards... what will two friends create when they both reach for the beautiful Penny Black stamp, 30-418 Stitched Flowers?


What I noticed as I looked at this set was that not only were flowers beautiful as groupings, but they could also be used separately.  

(Penny Black: Stitched Flowers 30-418, Birthday Love 30-413, Golden Moment Paper Pad 80-015)

For this greeting, a single stitched flower becomes a beautiful embellishment.

After the flower was stamped in tuxedo black Memento ink on white cardstock it was colored with Copic markers and fussy cut.  It was then attached to a larger piece of white cardstock with dimensional foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped underneath the flower in onyx black VersaFine and the edges of the cardstock were inked with a Marvy Premium Gold Ink Pen.

Lately, I find myself reaching for small elements of patterned paper to complement my designs.  This flowery piece of paper applied to the card base created a nice echo of flowers behind the main flower embellishment. 

Stay tuned to see how Jill creatively "stitches" her flowers.


Featuring Chameleon Pens 2 of 2: Elizabeth

It's always fun to give a new medium a try... join us as we combine Penny Black stamps with Chameleon pens for some creative coloring.


New Markers + Penny Black Stamps = Coloring Fun


Now that is the kind of math that I like!

I thought with all this coloring excitement about to take place it would be appropriate to reach for Penny Black's "Fun Times" stamp.

The Chameleon pens give you so many color tones within one marker not to mention that overlaying colors gives you an even larger palette.

To read more about this card, view instructions and receive a coloring key guide, please visit the Penny Black Blog HERE.  (P.S. There is also a prize giveaway.  Giveaway closes 4/29/17 at 11:29 PM PST.) 




Featuring Chameleon Pens 1 of 2: Jill

It's always fun to give a new medium a try... join us as we combine Penny Black stamps with Chameleon pens for some creative coloring.


So when I knew I had new markers to try, I first had to get out my current favorite floral stamp by Penny Black, 40-508 Gladsome. 



For this card I primarily followed the simple Chameleon Color Tones process of using one marker to shade from light to dark.

And then I went a little crazy creating my dotty background. That was seriously too much fun.

With dots on the brain, I continued onto my second card.

I got braver for this one, mixing and matching a several of the pens for my flowers, leaves, and butterflies.

I love the touch of the tangled thread under the butterflies for a little extra texture.

FOR FULL DETAILS ON EACH OF THESE CARDS, PLEASE VISIT THE PENNY BLACK BLOG HERE.


Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 8 of 8: Elizabeth

It's all about those cute and adorable critters that make us go "Aww".


I have something that has neither feathers, fur nor fins so it is perfect for the "more" portion of of this series.


How about a cute, pink elephant?!

I used the same building structure format to create this dimensional box using a Polaroid die cut as outlined in this post HERE.  The only difference is that I fabricated my open-faced box to be deeper.

The extra depth gave me plenty of room to decorate with garlands of die cut hearts, plant pretty flowers, stamp a sentiment and embellish with lots patterned papers.

All the fun elements of this 3D creation can be found with these links at Penny Black, Inc.:


We hope you enjoyed our Feathers, Fur, Fins & More series!



Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 7 of 8: Jill

It's all about those cute and adorable critters that make us go "Aww".


So what adorable critters make me go "aww?"  All of those included in Penny Black's transparent set, 30-414 Time to Celebrate, certainly do!  Today I have for you two cards, both featuring images from this happy stamp set.

Card above features Penny Black stamps and dies: 30-413 Birthday Love, 30-414 Time to Celebrate, 51-129 Leaflets, 51-285 Line of Hearts

Card above features Penny Black stamps and dies: 51-338 ... Birthday, 30-414 Time to Celebrate, 51-119 Flower Frolic

See you soon with even more critters from Elizabeth...


Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 6 of 8: Elizabeth

It's all about those cute and adorable critters that make us go "Aww".


I am "hopping" by today with an Easter place setting idea that could easily be used for a spring party, birthday celebration or a "just because" gift.  


The card and/or name place setting was die cut using Penny Black's Pop On A Fold - Royal Swirl.  I just love how the elegant lines of the die cut just flow off the edge of the card.  A little bit of glitter gives it added sparkle.  A recessed rectangular die cut window edged with a Mary Premium Gold Marker allows a name or sentiment to be showcased.

The little treat box is a simple matchbox that I fabricated from cardstock and patterned paper.  The sentiment "thank you for being a great friend" fit perfectly inside for a surprise greeting.

I couldn't resist using another 3D Animal to make this dimensional bunny covered in ultra fine crystal glitter.

You can see all these stamps, dies and patterned papers linked below on Penny Blacks website.


Stay tuned, Jill will be back with the 7th installment of our Feathers, Fur, Fins and More series!



Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 5 of 8: Jill

It's all about those cute and adorable critters that make us go "Aww".


Okay, I have to admit, I'm not normally a fan of REAL fish (why do they gross me out?!) but I can definitely handle them in paper form.
And I especially like fish when I can color them pink!! Heehee! :)  For this card, all of the background papers and die cuts were inked and stamped with a combination of Ranger Archival inks and Distress Inks.  The fish dies were colored with Copic markers and then adhered to "backing" which was inked with Archival and Distress inks. Stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-314 Fancy Fish, 51-326 Graceful Greenery, 30-417 Delicate Silhouettes, 51-224 Love to Travel

Don't forget to swim on by the Studio soon to see what Elizabeth will be sharing next!

Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 4 of 8: Elizabeth

It's all about those cute and adorable critters that make us go "Aww".


Today it is about feathers and fins.
The fins may be obvious, but can you spot the feathers?


If you guessed the feathers were used for the flowing seaweed, you're right!

A re-purposed ribbon spool was perfect for creating the sturdy circular structure for this underwater scene.

I removed the original top and bottom portions of the spool so I could fashion my own front and back pieces.  While the back piece is a solid circular scallop, the front piece was die cut to have a window opening in which a piece of acetate was hidden between layers of patterned paper and cardstock.

The fish were die cut from white cardstock and hand painted with acrylic paints.

Several portions of a feather were die cut from patterned paper, edged with ink and accented with crystal Stickles.  These segments were then adhered on their sides so the soft edges of the feather would appear as seaweed.

A small label stamped then die cut holds an "inspiring" wish.

Links for all these Penny Black stamps, dies and patterned paper are listed below:

Fancy Fish 51-314 (tiny fish)
Labels 51-344 (matches 30-405)
This Way 30-405 (matches 51-344)

Grab your snorkel because Jill has more underwater beauty coming your way!



Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 3 of 8: Jill

It's all about those cute and adorable critters that make us go "Aww".


Today's feathers find themselves in the form of Penny Black's Creative Die, 51-305 Let's Fly.
My card base was inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using an ink blending tool and a foam pad. I then rounded the corners and stamped the herringbone pattern (Penny Black 30-240 Textures) using Rose Madder Archival Ink.  The flowers (Penny Black 40-543 First Blush) were stamped using Ranger Potting Soil Archival Ink onto Canson 140 Lb. Watercolor Paper, and were painted with Distress Reinkers used as watercolors.  Once dry, Vintage Photo Distress Ink was added to the background with an ink blending tool and foam pad.  The sentiment (Penny Black 30-409 Faith) was also stamped with Potting Soil Archival ink. A small green strip of paper was glued to the painted panel and then the entire panel was mounted to the card with dimensional adhesive.  The bird die (Penny Black 51-305 Let's Fly) was inked with Potting Soil Archival ink. Cardstock inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink was added to the back of the bird before adhering it to the card.

Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 2 of 8: Elizabeth

It's all about those cute and adorable critters that make us go "Aww".


One of my favorite things about creating with paper is dimension.  
So when I saw Penny Black's new 3-D Animals I was excited beyond words!


I made this scene by incorporating several different dimensional ideas.

The layered greeting was created by sandwiching an open-faced box that I hand fabricated between two Polaroid die cuts.  The Polaroid for the back panel was cut without a window.  

Inside the open-faced box, Woodland Scene (some elements were eliminated after die cutting) was layered.

After the fox was assembled, he was hand colored and adhered to the far right edge.

A chat bubble stamped with a sentiment expresses happy wishes.

For easy reference, here is a list of Penny Black stamps, dies and papers that were used for this project:


Did you miss our first post of this series by Jill? 
Simply scroll down to see her amazing artwork.


Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 1 of 8: Jill

It's all about those cute and adorable critters that make us go "Aww".


Okay, if we're talking "feathers, fur, fins, and more," then I just can't resist sharing this card featuring Penny Black's Creative Die set, 51-316 Mommy & Me Owls.
I began by inking my background using Ranger Archival Ink in the color of Fern Green using an ink blending tool and foam pad.  The "you're the best" sentiment (Penny Black 30-283 Snippets) was stamped using Ranger Archival Potting Soil ink.  The background leaves (Penny Black Creative Die 51-326 Graceful Greenery) were inked with both Fern Green Archival Ink and Olive Grove Memento ink and were adhered to the card with liquid glue.  The owls (Penny Black 51-316 Mommy & Me Owls), leaves (Penny Black 51-002 Leaves), and sentiment die (Penny Black 51-339 You Enjoy!) were all inked with Distress Inks using an ink blending tool and foam pads.  White and orange cardstock was added behind the owls' beaks and eyes.  The owls and leaves were added to the card with dimensional adhesive.  Finally, I embellished the design with tiny sequins from my stash.  

I have to admit, I had a smile on my face the whole time I made this card. Those owls are just too adorable.  

I wonder what creatures we will find on Elizabeth's next project... will they have feathers, fins, fur, or something else?! Whooooo knows!