Penny Black Hugs

Today I’m sharing two projects featuring the Penny Black “Hugs” die from Love Expressions [#51-025].

On the card, I stamped and fussy-cut hearts from Heart Swatches [#30-204]. I added the “Hugs” sentiment and dragonfly from Flutters [#51-006], both cut out of silver cardstock, to a dry-embossed card base. I wanted to use non-traditional Valentine’s Day colors for a spring-themed friendship card.


For my second project, I added the die cut “Hugs” to a tag cut with the largest tag in the Tagged [#51-007] die cut set. I created the ombré heart pattern using a stamp from the My Type [#40-189] set. I attached the tag to a bag of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.



Who Loves You?

Today, I’m sharing a card created with one of the new stamp sets (and its companion die cut set)  from Paper Smooches.


For the background, I applied Ferro acrylic paint through a Simon Says Stamp star stencil. The Ferro paint was demonstrated during the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. It’s quite thick – as thick as embossing paste. Application was super easy and much easier than coloring embossing paste with a metallic (which I actually haven’t tried, although I have colored the embossing paste with acrylic paint). I also tried heat-embossing white paste (applied through the stencil) with silver powder; another technique demonstrated in the Stenciled class. It worked fine, but I prefer the look that the Ferro provides over the embossing powder technique, which tends to bubble the embossing powder during the heating process.

I colored the owls with Copics, cut them with the Owl Icons die, and attached them to the die cut branch with dimensional adhesive.


Mama Elephant Photo Challenge

I couldn’t resist entering the Mama Elephant Challenge this month. The photo inspiration is yummy with pinks, silver, white and jewels.



I paired the adorable monkey from “Up and Away” with die cuts from “Party Kit.” I covered the white clouds, cut with “Landscape Trio,” with vellum to soften their look. I stamped the monkey, sentiment, and heart with Versamark and heat-embossed using silver powder.



Gray and Pink Valentines

Ever since the beginning of the year, I’ve been thinking a lot about color. I really like gray and pink together. I like gray and red together as well, but while playing with some Paper Smooches stamps and die cuts for Valentine’s Day cards, I preferred the pink to the red.

For my first card, I stamped the Geo-Graphic border with white pigment ink on the charcoal card base and added the frame (the die cuts both a frame and an interior piece) to showcase the stamped heart. The vellum helps accentuate the heart.


For the second card, I used the “hello” from the Quote tag die cut set – really like the font of this sentiment die, as well as the “love” in the stamped heart above. The Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder leaves a wide border for a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card (and the hearts aren’t oriented to do a top-folding card) so I trimmed the embossed panel and adhered it to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base.


There’s a challenge over at the Papers Smooches Sparks site – this week’s theme is “Anything Goes.” I’m entering the second card in the challenge.


Love Struck

Sharing a “just because” Valentine’s Day card today, using some of the recently released Paper Smooches products.


I stamped and colored the “Love Struck” arrows and cut them out with the companion die set. I colored them with Copics using a blue/pink/red color scheme. Honestly, deciding how to color arrows was the most complicated aspect of making this card!


Penny Black Valentines

Happy Monday, everyone! Today, I’m sharing two cards made with the same design, both using the Penny Black Love Expressions die cut “I Love You” [#51-025].


For my first card, I used a heart-embossed white cardstock. I die cut a heart from the front panel and adhered acetate and vellum to the inside. I adhered the “I Love You” sentiment to the front of the acetate panel with Glossy Accents. I stamped the inside of the card with the Daisy Heart [#4291K] stamp. The vellum softens the appearance of the stamped image so that the sentiment takes center stage.

ValentinesILoveYou2For my second card, I dry-embossed a soft gray cardstock. The inside is stamped with with the Letter Background stamp [#1999L]. Because the pattern of the letters offered more white space on the background, I didn’t add the vellum to the front, only the acetate. I also rounded the corners and added a twine bow for additional color.

OCC Stenciled: Day Three

Today’s lesson in the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class focused on using embossing pastes with stencils. I followed one of the cards shown by Debby Hughes.

Day Three

I made several modifications and simplifications on my card. For one, I didn’t use any mist on the card panel like Debby did. I can see how doing so would lend a little more softness and color. Instead I used a colored  card base rather than white. I used vellum, die cut with the Poppystamps Lorelai Leaf, as a substitute for one of the elements Debby used. The “hello” die cut is from Simon Says Stamp. The butterfly is cut with the Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly die cut. Like Debby, I used white embossing paste with the Hero Arts Tweed Pattern stencil.

This class is going by quickly! Right now my goal is to make a card each day and in the next several weeks I’ll revisit the techniques and designs.

OCC Stenciled: Day One Take Two

I couldn’t resist taking another go at the lesson from today’s Online Card Classes Stenciled class. This time I created a card based on the one shown by Julie Ebersole.

Day One-2Julie misted the same stencil for her card. I don’t mist (or more accurately, I’ve tried to mist and it was a mess!). So I inked my card with distress inks instead. And I used a much bolder sentiment – I really like the black with the sunshine ink colors.

I think if I were to redo my earlier card, I’d use darker colors for the inking, so that the white heat-embossed sentiment would be more visible. I’m also beginning to realize that you have to consider how much of the stencil image will show through. For example, this stencil gives a generous amount of background whereas the stencil I used for my earlier card did not. Lots to learn!



After experimenting with the Paper Smooches Quote Tag in this post for Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom, I wanted to try using it on a card. In this case, a colorful card to beat the January blahs (think foggy, overcast days).


I cut the Quote Tag (including the “thanks” sentiment and the quotation panel) twice – once with paper from the Echo Park pad and once with white cardstock. I also cut the large tag by itself to serve as a base for the die cuts. I carefully removed the “thanks” sentiment in blue and replaced it with the one in white, and adhered it to the base tag. I stamped one of the cats from the Nine Lives set and cut it with its companion die set. I stamped the quotation panel with a sentiment from the Fresh Snow set to pair with the “thanks.” I adhered the cat with dimensional adhesive to the quotation panel. Seeing a blank spot to the right of the cat, I added a few die cut flowers.


Revisiting “Tiny Flags”

Happy Monday! I had so much fun using the Tiny Flags background stamp in this post that I decided to make some more cards with it. 🙂

For my first card, I paired a clear-embossed background with a die cut from the My Favorite Things “Celebrate” set for a black-and-white card.


Following the double-stamping technique shown by Jennifer McGuire with the Tiny Flags stamp in this post, I created another card pairing a double-stamped background and another die cut from the MFT set. I used a Stamp-a-ma-Jig to help line up the stamp when I shifted it for the second impression.