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.


Today I'm enjoying some summer fun with 4 new "friends,"  Penny Black's newest portrait stamps: 40-551 Charlotte, 40-550 Angelette, 40-549 Isabelle, and 40-548 Grace


Penny Black supplies: 40-551, 51-118, 51-132, 1999L, 30-420, 30-238, 40-473

Penny Black supplies: 40-550, 40-510, 51-106, 51-236, 30-238, 40-473
Penny Black supplies: 40-549, 40-464, 51-132, 30-404, 51-352, 51-353, 51-119

Penny Black supplies: 40-548, 30-283, 51-326, 51-353, 51-026

And stay tuned, a fifth beautiful friend, Elizabeth, will be back soon with even MORE fun in the sun. 


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.



Whee...Happy Thoughts!

Be sure to fly by for more colorful fun from Jill.


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.



Nothing says summer to me more than golden yellow sunflowers. 

I think they are just the happiest flower!

Penny Black supplies: 51-346, 51-354, 30-423, 51-352, 51-308, 40-519

Keep thinking those summer fun thoughts... Elizabeth will be back soon with more inspiring creativity.


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.


Hello summer!!!


This window greeting was created with a tri-fold card.



This allowed the window element to have a white backdrop while a message could be written under the inside flap.



A piece of acetate between the card and decorative paper provided the base to give the illusion that the sentiment is floating inside the window.

Supplies:  Penny Black 51-350 Hello Framed, 80-016 Summertime Designer Paper Pad

Stay tuned for more summer fun from Jill.


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...