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.


Penny Black Classroom Valentines

Today, I’m sharing a project combining the adorable elephant from Penny Black’s  jumbo love  [#30-209] stamp set with classroom Valentine cards I created on my computer.


For my first classroom Valentine, I stamped and fussy cut the elephant on gray cardstock. The cards measure 3″ wide by 4″ tall – I designed the cards to fit into a Project Life page.

PinkElephantValentineI thought it would be fun to try the elephant in pink as well!

If you’re interested, I created a pdf download with the classroom Valentines (four to the page, two in each color). All you have to do is stamp the elephant! (Click on the link and select “download.” For some reason, the preview does not accurately depict the download and it will appear wonky. I don’t know why, but I’ve tested the download and it’s correct. 🙂 )

Happy Monday!

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.

Penny Black “Jumbo Love”

Today, I’m sharing a Penny Black Valentine combining an image from the Penny Black jumbo love  [30-209] stamp set (an adorable set!) with a from the heart  [30-207] set sentiment.

JumboLoveI stamped the elephant on gray cardstock (Penny Black “mix & match” paper) with Versafine ink and heat-embossed it with clear powder, and then fussy-cut it. I stamped and heat-embossed the sentiment and die cut it with a circle shape to resemble a ball, as you would find at the circus. I also stamped the elephant on a background (also Penny Black “mix & match” paper) as it’s difficult to fussy-cut the tail. The elephant is adhered with dimensional foam. I finished the card with some die cut hearts.

Penny Black Valentine’s Day Card

There’s been some wonderful inspiration over on the Penny Black Blog using the latest release Sending Hugs. In fact, Penny Black is holding a Sending Hugs challenge – read all about it here.

Today, I’m sharing a card using three stamp sets from the release – ooh la la [30-210], from the heart [30-207] and rose edging [30-206].


I stamped one of the images from  rose edging twice on the card base. On a rectangular panel, I stamped and Copic-colored an image from ooh la la, combining it with a die-cut heart which was heat embossed with a sentiment from the from the heart set. I finished the card off with a white ribbon bow.