Colored Pencil Flowers

Today, I’m sharing a “Thank You” card created with two Penny Black stamp sets.

I stamped and heat-embossed one of the images from 30-288 Pretty Petals onto kraft cardstock and colored the flowers with several different colored pencils. Coloring on the kraft means you have to work a little harder to get color down, especially with the yellow. To finish off the card, I stamped and heat-embossed a die-cut circle with a sentiment from 30-281 Flower Sparks attaching it to the kraft panel with dimensional adhesive.

Stretch Your Dies Day 3

Today I’m sharing a card inspired by one that Karolyn Loncon showed in the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class. Karolyn had a different set of dies and stamps than mine, but the main idea was using a die to dry emboss the cardstock after masking the card off with the same shape.


I masked off a rectangular shape and applied Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry – to the heavyweight cardstock card front. I then stamped the rectangle with Penny Black’s 40-379 Applause inked with Picked Raspberry and Barn Door Distress Inks. After inking and stamping, I removed the mask and dry embossed with the same rectangle die (there’s a stitched edge that may or may not be visible). To finish the card, I added a sentiment die cut with the 51-038 Hooray set. I will definitely be using this technique again. I’m really enjoying some time to work through the class lessons!


Penny Black Watercolored Flowers

Today, I’m sharing watercolored flowers paired with a fun sentiment that makes a great card to send “just because” or as a thank you.


I stamped and heat-embossed one of the images from the Penny Black 30-282 Efflorescence set and colored it with Peerless watercolors and Distress Inks. I stamped the sentiment and heat-embossed with 30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles.

Hope you’re having a great day!

Perfect Pair with Penny Black

Today, I’m sharing a CAS card crafted with supplies from the Penny Black Bring on the Happy releaseI was inspired by the color inspiration on the Penny Black blog featuring green.

I used the 30-285 You & Me stamp set to stamp the pears with two shades of green on cardstock that I cut with the small tag die in the 51-007 Tagged set. I heat embossed the sentiment from the same set. The papers are from the 80-011 Beau Jardins paper pad.


I popped up the sentiment on the lower portion of the tag and the tag itself on the patterned paper with dimensional adhesive.

Conversation Birds

Today, I’m sharing a CAS Valentine’s Day card created with Penny Black stamps and die cuts.


I used the Penny Black 30-207 From the Heart set for the heat-embossed sentiments, 51-094 Tweets die set for the birds and two of the 50-003 Chat Bubbles dies.

I’m playing along with the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #255.

Colour Me #56 Playful

Today, I’m sharing a card made for the Colour Me Challenge with Penny Black supplies.

I went back and forth on the colors, trying to decided which element should be which color, especially the yellow and orange. Although the elements are well-suited for Valentine’s Day, they’d work for any season! In this case I was thinking about spring.

I used Penny Black’s 51-100 Tree of Love as a branch on which to place the bird, cut with the 51-094 Tweets die. The frame was created with the 51-057 Polaroid die onto which I heat embossed a sentiment from 30-269 So Very Much.


Penny Black Simplicity – Love Balloons

Today, I’m sharing a Valentine’s card created with two Penny Black dies – 51-052 texting and 51-004 uplifting.

I cut various shades of pink and red cardstock with the heart die from the 51-004 uplifting set. I cut white cardstock with the love die, in the 51-052 texting set, twice. I attached white thread to the back of the heart die cuts with double-sided tape, leaving the covering on the top until I had the die cuts laid out on the panel in the desired design. Hearts on the top of a cluster were attached with dimensional adhesive for depth. When the hearts had been attached, I gathered the thread and bundled them with another thread. I glued the bundle together with Glossy Accents. Once dry, I attached the love sentiment over the knot and thread bundle.


Penny Black Hooray Skyline

headerToday I’m sharing a card made entirely with Penny Black dies that would be appropriate to celebrate a variety of events such as a birthday or a promotion.


For the background, I made a stencil with the smaller cloud in the Penny Black 51-033 Silver Linings set. I used a sponge dauber to apply white pigment ink through the stencil onto blue cardstock.

I created the skyline with the 51-017 Downtown die. I backed the die cut with white cardstock.

I cut the balloons with the Penny Black 51-004 Uplifting die set. I cut each color twice (for extra depth) and attached thread to their backs. I taped the threads to the blue panel and then attached the skyline over them.

I cut the sentiment twice using 51-038 Hooray. After adhering the sentiment to the skyline, I added some Wink of Stella for a bit of shimmer.


Penny Black Simplicity Sister

Happy December! I am thrilled to announce that I am one of the new Simplicity Sisters for Penny Black!! There is a new blog dedicated to using Penny Black stamps and creative dies in a clean and simple way. Head over to SIMPLICITY at its best to meet the rest of the team.

ReindeerCASTo celebrate I created a CAS holiday card in one of my favorite color schemes with the 51-062 Leap of Joy die cut taking center stage. I stamped the background with a sentiment from 30-132 Yuletide Greetings.