Blooming Garden – Poppies

I’m participating in the pre-class color challenge for the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2, which starts on July 7. I can’t wait for class to start!

The challenge’s color combo of peachy pink, light blue, light gray, dark gray and white was difficult for me, as I usually create in stronger, brighter colors. But that’s what I like about these challenges – they force you to consider combinations you’ve never tried. You’re allowed to craft a card with just four of the colors, so I eliminated the light blue.


I’ve got several more ideas, both on paper and in my head, for the Penny Black Blooming Garden stamp set, which includes five different flowers. I really like the poppies white embossed on the peach cardstock.


Remember when I mentioned in this post that I wanted to create a similar card using an anchor charm and white cord? Well, that’s what I did on this card using the Penny Black Roman Surround background stamp paired with a sentiment from the Friendship set and a die cut anchor.


This card is somewhat unusually sized – it’s 4 1/2 inches wide by 5 1/4″ tall. I’m still practicing my nautical knots and would like to learn some fancier ones for card making. Nylon rope has a tendency to unravel and it loosens easily, so for this card I simply tied a knot! I stapled the cord at the two sides with a Tim Holtz mini attacher.

A Bear of All Trades

I couldn’t wait to play with the Penny Black A Bear of All Trades stamp set full of such cute images. It’s a terrific set for Father’s Day cards, and I made a Father’s Day card for my husband, who happens to be a software programmer.


I colored the bear with Primacolor colored pencils over a Copic base at the recommendation of Elizabeth AllanI first colored the bear without the Copic underlayer, and the Copics give the image a decidedly more finished look. I also used a Prismacolor blending pencil, which is like magic!

Sweet as Honey

Today I’m sharing a card stamped with the Penny Black Sweet as Honey set paired with the Letter Background for a subtle background.


I stamped and embossed the rose twice and was able to punch it into three distinct sections. I love the combination of pink and green, and the silver embossing adds a bit of elegance.

Don’t forget to head over to the Penny Black blog to see this past week’s wonderful inspiration for the new release! I’ve got more than one set on my “must buy” list!

Painted Penny Black Flowers

Today I’m sharing card made with some Penny Black wood mounted rubber stamps – Blush and Iris.

These “brush stroke” stamp designs work beautifully with the distress paints. For the card I made with the Blush stamp, which is a coneflower, I paired bright colors with a neutral background and a sentiment from the Friendship stamp. I stamped the olive green panel with the Penny Black Letter Background stamp using Versamark ink for a hint of texture.


 I created a similarly designed card with the Iris stamp. I love irises of all colors, and they’re certainly in bloom around here right now! The dark blue ones have always been my favorite. For this image, I paired Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire distress paints for the flower’s petals. The Salty Ocean lifted the darker sapphire color just a bit. I dry embossed olive cardstock for the card base.



Have you checked out the new collection being featured this week on the Penny Black blog? The “elegant and cute” new release stamps are available for purchase Friday, May 31.

Supplies: Penny Black Iris, Blush and Letter Background stamps; Stampin’ Up cardstock

Penny Black Indian Wheel Background Stamp

I recently got my hands on the Penny Black Indian Wheel background stamp and wanted to create some simple cards pairing the stunning background with sentiments from the Friendship set.

For the first card, I stayed with a neutral color palette.


I tried several different inks on the kraft paper before choosing Toffee Crunch. I dyed the ribbon with a Distress Ink pad. I have most of the ink pads but not all of the stains. While I love this color, and the ability to custom match ribbon color, I’m not sure I recommend using the pads, as the ribbon took a long time to dry. Going forward, I’ll purchase stains for the colors I most want to create. (More on this later as I’m investigating the differences in the formulations of the stains vs. the pads.)

For the second card I used one of my favorite color combinations – red, white, and blue – and heat embossed the sentiment. I’d like to try this card with a rope “ribbon” or white ribbon for even more of a nautical look, maybe even a little anchor charm :-)!


Penny Black Hedgie

The hedgehog is one of the first images I came to associate with Penny Black stamps. And there just happens to be a hedgehog in the Garden Critters set!


I colored the hedgehog and flowers with watercolor pencils and combined them with a sentiment from the Friendship set.

I purchased some more Penny Blacks sets that I plan to ink up tomorrow, including some images suitable for Father’s Day cards.

Another Garden Critter

I got the opportunity over the weekend to continue playing with the watercolor pencils and the Penny Black Garden Critters stamp set.


I watched Jill Foster’s PB & J video several more times, and learned a bit more about how to use the pencils. I also switched watercolor papers to a heavier paper that is preferred by Jennifer McGuire. Additionally, I used my water brush pen as a brush dipping it into the water. Filled with water, the brush was putting too much water on my image. I don’t have any Penny Black sentiments, yet, so I added one of my most used sentiments from the Hero Arts Essential Messages set to finish off the card.

Happy Monday!

A Rabbit “Hello”

I bought some Derwent Inktense watercolors pencils on Sunday (my Mother’s Day gift to me, ha ha) and spent most of Sunday afternoon and into the week coloring the critters from the Penny Black Garden Critters stamp set.

I’ve watched Jill Foster’s PB & J video several times, and I am in total awe of her skills! If you’re interested in trying out watercolor pencils, her video would be an excellent place to begin.PennyBlackRabbit-web

Garden Critter

Have you heard? Ellen Hutson is now carrying Penny Black stamp sets! I inked up a cute stamp from Garden Critters (my first ever Penny Black set). The set is part of the Margaret Sherry Collection; she is also the illustrator of the adorable Penny Black hedgehog.


I followed the same design of Kristina Werner’s that I used to make this card during the Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 2 course.

I colored the image with Copic markers, deciding, as I often do, that there are Copics I don’t own which would have been better color choices (I could own all of the E’s for example)! I spent a good deal of the weekend researching coloring techniques and combinations, as well as reading the blogs of talented artists including Kathy Racoosin, Elizabeth Allan and Jill Foster. I’m looking forward to trying out watercolor pencils as a next step!

Copics: N1, BG72 (shovel); YG03, YG17 (leaves); R12, R24 (boots); E000, E31, E35 (mouse); RV10, RV23 (flower, pink on mouse); YR31, Y11 (flower center); B21, B23 (butterfly)