Fall into Fall: Elizabeth

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.

It's official --- fall has arrived!

However, what is one to do when you have so many favorite stamps to choose from to create a card?
Since I can't pick just one, I "mash them up"!!


This autumnal greeting was created by "mashing" these two Penny Black stamps together.  I circled the images in red that I used from each set.


The girl and extra leaf were colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and then set aside.  



The corner piece started as a white cardstock square and then was die cut with a circle to create the arc.  The piece was coated with white gesso and then randomly watercolored with Grumbacher hues of orange, red and a hint of green.  The small leaf was stamped in Spiced Chai StazOn.  The finished piece was covered in gel medium.

The colored arc was attached to a white cardstock square with 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  After the sentiment was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine, the girl and extra leaf were attached.  Black pen dots were added by hand to create a border along the left and bottom portions of the square.

To keep the balance of the design, it was matted with black cardstock on two sides and then a ribbon tab was added.  

A white card base was matted with a piece of Madison Designer Paper antiqued with Peanut Brittle Memento Ink.  The finished artwork was then attached to the front of the card with 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  

I just had to use the other adorable little girl in Hello Autumn and made this second card.

40-554 Hello Autumn, 40-054 Sweet Home
Happy Fall!

Penny Black Supplies:  Same Tree 40-552 (by Mo Manning),  Hello Autumn 40-554 (by Mo Manning), Madison Designer Paper Pad 80-001


Fall into Fall: Jill

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons (except for the fact that the next season is winter... ew!) and I'm excited to share some autumnal card designs with you.  My first card features this cute cat, flying in on a falling leaf. 
To create this card, all of my die cuts were painted with Distress Reinkers used as watercolors. Once dry, I added some Distress Inks using an ink blending tool and foam pad for extra dimension.  The blue blackground was inked using an ink blending tool and a foam pad as was the hand trimmed hill and die cut frame.

All stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-397, 51-360, 30-414, 30-404, 51-033


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.



To create this summer beauty I stamped my portrait stamp from Penny Black onto watercolor paper.  I then sketched in her dress and painted her with Sakura Koi Field Sketch Box watercolors.  Next, I masked her face and body and added subtle tone-on-tone stamping to the background.
I sure hope this summer has been filled with beauty and bold adventures in your studio.  Or at the very least, lots of relaxation! 

Penny Black supplies: 30-433 Be..., 40-548 Grace

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.



A bouquet of birthday wishes...


I wanted today's card to mimic a snapshot so I made a variation of a polaroid.  Instead of having the majority of the solid portion of the photograph at the bottom of the picture, I stretched it along the left side of the artwork.

After stamping the girl in Tuxedo Black Memento, she was colored with Copics and then the space around her was filled in using sponge daubers inked with various colors of Memento inks.

The artwork was matted with black cardstock and then with a small strip of patterned paper from Beau Jardins designer paper pad.

Supplies:  Penny Black - Bon Vivant 30-214, Beau Jardins Designer Paper Pad 80-011


Happy Labor Day!
  


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.



I don't know about you, but I have lots of summer birthdays in my family.  Here's a simple *almost* one-layer design that is handy to have in my stash of completed cards, ready to go when I need a birthday creation.

For an additional card idea and photo tutorial featuring this stamp from Penny Black (40-522 Birthday Hoopla), click HERE.

Penny Black supplies: 40-522, 51-353, 51-354



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 everyone!  Today I have a happy hedgie to share.


This little cutie was first stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then colored with Copics.  This particular transparent stamp by Penny Black has a coordinating die so my "fussy" cutting was easy peasy.  A lightly stenciled background (Patina) in blue adds some visual interest to the interior of the frame and anchors the small sentiment from the Snippets collection.

Supplies:  Penny Black - Just For You 30-424, Critters (Coordinating Die) 51-359, Snippets 30-283, Patina 25-018

More summer fun to come 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.



Every summer I dream of planting a garden full of flowers... but alas, it never seems to get done! Heehee! :)  But at least I have managed to "grow" some blooms in the craft room.

On this card, I've combined Penny Black's beautiful brushstroke stamp, 40-546 Dancing Daisies, with the die cut corner element, 51-351 Pop Up Floral Corner.  The background was painted with watercolors, stamped lightly with a script (PB 40-470), and then I also applied a light layer of gesso to tone down the script stamping and give it a slight white-washed effect.  The edges were inked with Distress Ink using an ink blending tool and a foam pad.  
The main panel was stamped using my MISTI and Tombow Dual Brush Pens, blending the stamped impression with a paintbrush and water.
Stay tuned... Elizabeth will be back soon with more summer fun!

Penny Black supplies: 51-351, 40-546, 51-132, 51-164, 40-470, 51-354