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Christmas in July featuring Penny Black Stamps and Dies

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Most of the stamps and dies that we use for holiday cards can also be used to make quick and easy gifts.  Today I want to share a holiday card and a holiday gift created using the same Penny Black stamp and die sets.

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The stamp set that I used is Happy Holly, and both the “merry” and “joy” sentiment dies are a part of the set called Love and Joy.  For both of these projects I used a very simple water coloring technique to create the holly.  I love how they both turned out!

I used the same process to create both sets of holly.  I began by stamping the design in black VersaFine ink on watercolor paper.  There are many different types of watercolor paper — some is heavy-weight, some is very textured, etc.    The watercolor paper that I like to use is inexpensive and light-weight, only about 90 lbs.  It also has a smooth surface that is easy to stamp on.  In this really icky-sticky weather, I’ve been allowing a little extra time for my VersaFine inks to dry to avoid smudging, etc.

Once the ink is dry, I simply used a water-based marker to color in the holly and the berries.  For the card version, I used Tim Holtz Distress markers.  I colored the berries with Fired Brick and the leaves with Peeled Paint.  I added a little Forest Moss down the center of each leaf (following the line already in place from stamping) so that when I add water I can blend the colors a little more.  For the gift version, I used Zig Clean Color II Pens, Carmine Red (22) for the berries and Olive Green (43) for the leaves.  Color each leaf and each berry before moving on.  Don’t worry so much about your coloring being perfect — it will all blend in the next step.

Once the holly and berries are colored, use a brush and plain water or a water brush (I used the Tim Holtz detail brush) to add water to the holly and berries.  This will re-activate the marker and will blend it.  In some cases the water will push the color through the watercolor paper, and create some lighter spots.  The water may also cause the color to spread a little outside the line — don’t worry about this.  That look is normal for a watercolored item.  Take your time with this process and do each leaf and each berry individually.

Once your watercolors have dried, you can do the last step which is adding the gold droplets.  To do this I mixed Peerless watercolor paint, Transparent metallic Gold, with some water to create a mixture.  You can simply fling the mixture onto the watercolored images using a paint brush, or you can place the mixture in a spray bottle.  I chose the spray bottle technique for my projects.  Note that you don’t want the neat, controlled Ranger spray bottles (Mister and Mini Mister) because they are too fine of a spray.  The big blogs of color mixed with smaller drips is what I wanted.  Be sure to let these gold accents dry fully too before moving to the assembly phase.  Here are close-up photos of each of the finished holly panels —

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The card is a 5×7 card, so the card base is 7″ x 10″.  I cut the green base layer 5″x7″, and then a red layer 4.75″x6.75″.  The gold layer was cut 4.5″ x 6.5″.  I assembled the layers using Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive.  I fussy cut the holly, and then attached it to the card layers using the Angel Craft Adhesive.  I added the “Joy” sentiment to the top (cut from the same red paper as in the layer using the Penny Black Love and Joy die set).  My last step was to attach the ribbon and bow — all very easy.

For the gift item, I began with a 8″x8″ artist canvas.  It happened to be gold, so there was no need to paint it (although I could have painted it with no problem).  My watercolor panel was already on 6″ x 6″ paper, so I decided to leave that as it was.  I cut the gold layer behind it 6.5″ x 6.5″, and the red layer behind that 7″ x 7″.  I attached the layers together using Angel Craft Adhesives I used my Copic marker to custom color a white ribbon to match the red in the berries.  I attached the bow with Angel Craft Adhesive.  My last step was to cut the sentiment, “Merry” from the red metallic paper using the Penny Black Love and Joy die set.

Please be sure to watch my short video to get additional information about the projects, and to obtain further information on how to do this very simple watercolor technique.

I hope that you’ll try this very easy technique.  It is a simple way to change-up the look of your stamped designs.

Supplies from Cut@Home:

Penny Black Happy Holly stamp set (SKU 40-336); Love and Joy die set (SKU 51-021)

Tim Holtz Distress Markers Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint — these should all be in the 49-package of markers (SKU TDMK39082)

Angel Craft 1/4″ Adhesive (SKU ACT1414)

Supplies from my stash:  gold canvas 8″x8″; metallic layering paper; assorted cardstock; Zig Clean Color II markers; Peerless Watercolor transparent metallic gold; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Penny Black Dreamy Cards

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Penny Black always has the most fabulous stamps and this past year many have been flowers that are just so so pretty.  Today I’ve chosen one of her collection to share with you in several different ways.


I’ll be sharing four cards today all with the focal point from Penny Black‘s Dreamy stamp.  It’s always amazing how you can take one stamp and change it up in so many ways.  I’ve used Strathmore Water Color paper for the primary mat of all four cards.  The base and other mats are Spellbinders Celebra’tions Solids.  There are numerous Tim Holtz Distress inks involved including three of the brand new colors, Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber.


This first card uses WOW embossing powder in Persian Indigo to create this luscious purple.  I choose a Hero Arts sentiment for the inside so I could make this into a Sympathy card.  The butterfly is from JustRite Stampers Floral Baskets clear stamps. This is an A2 size card.


The second card is a little larger 5″ x 6″ and incorporates Tim Holtz Distress inks in Twisted Citron, Spun Sugar, and Squeezed Lemonade.  I’ve used another JustRite Stampers stamp collection called Black Eyed Susan for the sentiment and those darling bumble bees.  To bring the mats together I’ve used the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Linen Thread in cream and green.


I’m so happy with the results of this Dreamy flower.  I used a green embossing powder for the stems and the lower part of the flower.  For the top of the flower I used a clear powder and then tipped the ends with Stickles.  The inside sentiment on this card was stamped with a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Handwritten Thoughts stamp.


This last card will be made on camera with you to share how I used the Tim Holtz Distress inks to color the mats, the stamping and sentiment selection.  I hope you’ll come join me so I can share with you.  The sentiment on the inside is another from the JustRite Stampers Black Eyed Susan.  If you’re someone who likes to do batches of cards I think this Penny Black Dreamy stamp is the perfect choice, you could make any type of card necessary or leave the insides blank so they’d fit whenever and whatever need arose.

So I’ll be waiting on the video to share with you.  I’ll list all the supplies I’ve used today directly below the video.

Thanks and Happy Craftin’!

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Supplies from the Store:
40-102: Penny Black Dreamy stamp
CR-04835: JustRite Stampers Black-Eyed Susan stamp collection
CR-02129: JustRite Stampers Floral Basket stamps
CMS218: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Handwritten Thoughts
ACT1214: Angel Craft Tape 1/4″
SCI-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black Ink
SCT-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Linen Thread
SCP-017: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solids
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar

Make a Wish Penny Black Greeting Card!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Hello & thanks for stopping by. Today on the blog, I’m sharing a sweet little card that can be used for many occasions.

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I’m playing with an adorable Penny Black stamp called Make a Wish.


I stamped the image on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and colored it in with my favorite Tim Holtz Distress Markers…colors I’ve used are listed below.

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For her skirt, I stamped the image again on pink polka dot patterned paper, and fussy-cut it out.


Using my Black Soot Distress Marker, I ran it around the edges of my fussy-cut piece to give it a perfectly clean look. I then used my Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen & used it on the Dandelion flowers, along with the little heart on her shirt.

Using my Sizzix Big Shot Machine, and the Spellbinders Thirty-Nine dies, I choose to use the largest one to cut out my image.


I then used the largest die, along with the second largest and cut out a frame from a yellow patterned paper to go around the edge of my image.


My card base was cut from white cardstock to 5 1/2 x 11 & scored in half at 5 1/2…giving me a square card. Using My Minds Eye Adventure patterned paper, I cut two mats for the front of my card. The first one I cut at 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 & the next was 5×5. Using Angel Craft Tape in the 1/4″ I adhered my first mat to my card base. Before adhering the second mat, I first used the Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit & using the stylus from it, I ran it over my score board right around the edges, giving it a little dimension.

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Before adhering down the second mat, I distressed & folded up the edges slightly. I did not want that layer to lay completely flat. I then adhered that down. I added chipboard behind my stamped image to give it dimension & adhered that to the front of my card.

Using the Envision Die from Penny Black, I cut out the word Imagine. It cut’s out so beautifully and I absolutely love the font!!

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I finished my card off by adding a little flower cluster in the top left, and bottom right of my image.

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I sure hope you’ve enjoyed today’s greeting card. I will leave the inside of my card blank, until I’m ready to give it to a special friend. I will then add my sentiment to the inside of my card.

If you’d like to see a process video on this card, please click on the video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Products used:
Tim Holtz:
Distress Markers: SKU:TDMK39082
Festive Berries Distress Ink: SKU:TIM32861
Mini-Ink Blending Tool: SKU:IBT40965
Labels Thirty-Nine Dies: SKU:S4-462
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900
Colored Cutting Pads: SKU: 660522
Penny Black:
Make a Wish Stamp: SKU:40-368
Envision Die set: SKU:51-108
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″: SKU:ACT1414

Distress Markers used:
Word Imagine: Antique Linen
Hair: Old Paper, Gathered Twigs
Skin: Antique Linen
Shirt: Picket Fence, Milled Lavender, Spun Sugar
Shoes: Spun Sugar
Skirt: Black Soot & paper used Simple Stories Snap
Dandelions: Tattered Rose

Products from my stash: Uniball Signo White Gel pen, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen, patterned paper, flowers, white cardstock, black ink, chipboard.

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Father’s Day Cards featuring Penny Black

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Today I want to share some Father’s Day cards made using Penny Black stamps and dies.  Penny Black stamps and dies are great quality and easy-to-use.  You just can’t go wrong.

lookin good  brown car

black car  blue car


There are just so many cute stamp and die sets to choose from, it was difficult to decide what to use.  I thought it would be fun to use the stamp set “Lost Without You” to create the first card.  This one is perfect for a son or daughter to give to their father.  There is a cute inside sentiment that says “Thank you fo passing on those good looking genes”.  The card itself was simple to make — I just stamped the suit, and then the two sentiments (“Good looking” and “Dad”).  I trimmed that panel and then added the layers.  I finished the card with a little twine tied at the side.

The car cards were also fun and easy to make.  I used the stamp set “Hot Rod” for those.  The black and brown cars were stamped with Hero Arts ombre ink.  I think the brown turned out really nice, however the black maybe just looks like I didn’t stamp it too well.  It is fine, but I probably wouldn’t do such a large stamp with the black ombre ink again.  My favorite of the three was the blue card.  It was very simple to stamp the pieces, then cut them apart.   I trimmed the car image so that there was approximately 1/4″ margin around all sides of the car.  Then I measured the panel from side to side, and divided that result by 3.  That is the measurement you want to use for cutting.  I cut the front and back ends of the car approximately 1-3/8″.  The center panel was slightly larger, but that is not a problem.   You have some flexibility in cutting, so that it is not necessary to cut to the 1/16 inch, etc.  Just do what makes sense and it will work out.  This is a great way to stretch your stamp — a fresh look for an old standby.  When I mounted the pieces, I used dimensional adhesive to further enhance the process.  You could also mount them flat.

My last card is the tweet card.  This card uses a combination of Penny Black stamps and dies.  The featured stamp set is ‘Tweet, Tweet”, the bird is cut from a die in the set called “Tweet”, and the cell phone is from a die set called texting.  Once again, assembly was super easy.  When using the tweet stamp from the “Tweet, Tweet” stamp set, I needed to trim the bird from the words.  I wanted to use the die cut bird instead, so need to trim this off.  It is very easily done with a pair of sharp scissors, although you just need to be careful to not damage the words or the bird.  You can still use the two parts of the stamp together if you want (the cut line serves as a guide for how to place them).

Please see the short video for a closer look at the cards, and the stamps and dies used to create them.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home —

Penny BlackTweet Tweet stamp set (SKU 30-156); Texting die set (SKU 51-052); Tweet die set (SKU 51-094); Hot Rod stamp set (SKU 40-224); Lost Without You stamp set (SKU 30-248)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (ACT1414)

Supplies from my stash:  assorted cardstock, assorted twine, eyeglasses die by Taylored Expressions, dimensional adhesive, Hero Arts ombre inks (brown, black), Versafine majestic blue ink and black onyx ink

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Shaker Birthday Card with Penny Black!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Hello! I’m so happy you stopped by today! I’m sharing a shaker card today using a darling stamp set by Penny Black. This shaker card is not a dimensional card, but rather a flat card, which works great for sending through the mail.

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I started my card with a white card base cutting it to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scoring it at 4 1/4″ giving me a standard A2 sized card. I then used the beautiful Spellbinders Labels Seventeen die for the front window on my card.


I choose the second from the largest die, and centered it on the front of my card, using a piece of tape to hold it in place.

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I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot Machine. I used a piece of transparency paper (from my local office store) and using Angel Craft Tape, I adhered that directly behind my decorative window on the front of my card.
On the same white cardstock, I stamped my Penny Black image, Cake and Wishes (currently on sale) using Tuxedo Black by Memento.
I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color in my image (colors listed below).

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I fussy cut my image out. Using the Black Soot distress marker, I went around the outside of the entire image, after cutting it out. This gives your image a finished look…since you won’t see any of the white from the paper. I finished up the image using a white gel pen & filled in all the polka dots on her dress, and the trim at the bottom of her dress.
I cut out three balloons (design # listed below) from my Silhouette Cameo from green, red, and blue. I used a little crochet twine for the string, adhering them to a piece of patterned paper that will sit inside of my window.
To my transparency window, I used Black Staz-On ink and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the stamp set. Here’s a hint: if you’re not happy with the stamped image, or it get’s smeared, use a little rubbing alcohol, and a paper towel to remove it and start over.
Once I was happy with the placement, I added a little bit of glitter, and colored confetti to the inside of my window, then adhered my patterned paper to the top of that.

I glued down my stamped image to the front of my card.
I decided it needed more color to the front of the card. I again used the Spellbinders Labels Seventeen dies. The largest and second largest, taping them down to my yellow patterned paper, and running it through my Big Shot. This gave me a perfect frame to fit the outside of my window.


I used some wet adhesive to adhere that down. I then cut one more die cut out for the inside of my card, giving me a place for my greeting.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Shaker cards are so much fun to make, and this is not so dimensional that you can’t send it through the mail.
If you’d like to see a full process video on this, please click on the video below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Products used:
Penny Black Stamp Cake and Wishes: SKU:30-235
Spellbinders Labels Seventeen Dies: SKU:S5-025
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″: SKU:ACT1414
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Tim Holtz Distress Markers: SKU:TDMK39082
Tim Holtz Waterbrush fine tip: SKU:TIP33080
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900
Cutting Pads: SKU: 660522

Products from my stash: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, white cardstock, patterned paper, confetti, glitter, Scotch quick dry adhesive, Uniball Signo White Gel pen.

Distress Markers used:
Dress: Barn Door, Mustard Seed.
Hair: Scattered Straw, Walnut Stain.
Skin: Antique Linen.
Present: Broken China, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry.

Silhouette Balloons: Design ID #55816

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Mothers’ Day Card featuring Penny Black Camelia

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

My card today features the Penny Black die, Camelia.  It is such a beautiful die set, and makes an awesome Mothers’ Day card.


The Camelia die is appropriate for most special occasions (such as anniversaries and weddings, etc.) and also for most everyday occasions.  It can be dressed up or dressed down to suit the occasion.  Best of all, it is easy to use.

My card today is a tone-on-tone card.  I love this trend, although I don’t do it often.  I wanted a light, feminine color for the card, so I chose a beautiful light pink.  All of the pieces (except the leaves) are cut from the same color of cardstock.  You do see some color variations, but that is due to some ink I applied.  I began by cutting the card base 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A2-sized).  I embossed it using one of my favorite Sizzix embossing folders (actually a Christmas folder, the Basic Grey Snow and Trees folders).  This embossing folder creates an overall embossed image that I think looks very old-fashioned.  I love to use it behind cards with flowers or baskets, etc.  To emboss I used my Sizzix Texture Boutique “purse”.  It is just so convenient!

Next I cut the elements for the card.  I cut 3 sets of flowers from pink (including the base and the detailed top), 3 sets of leaves from green, and the word “love” from pink (this die is from the Penny Black “Texting” set).  I sponged some Memento Angel Pink ink on the flower bases and the “love” word to add just a little color and to help to distinguish them from other pieces on the card.  I sponged a little Memento Pistachio ink on each leaf to add a little detail.

Once the ink dried on the pieces, I attached the detailed flower to the flower base using glue.  I also added a bling center to each of the flowers.  I created a custom ribbon for the project by using my Angel Pink Memento ink to dye white May Arts ribbon.  As usual it turned out great (see the video for instructions on how to do this).  Once dry, I attached the ribbon to the card front.  I attached the 3 completed flowers using dimensional adhesive — thin dimensional adhesive for the two end flowers, and a standard dimensional adhesive for the one in the corner.  This gives the bouquet a little dimension and makes it look a little more natural.  I used Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive to attach a few of the leaves around the flower arrangement.  I attached the “love” word using glue, and also attached the bow at the bottom.  That’s really all that is necessary — the card was complete with just a few simple steps.  Please see the video for additional information on how I made this card.

This is one of many beautiful die sets by Penny Black.  I’m sure that you can find one that will meet your needs.  This link will take you to the great selection of Penny Black Dies at Cut @ Home.

Supplies from Cut@Home:

Penny Black Dies:  Penny Black Camelia die (SKU 51-133); Texting (SKU 51-052)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (“Purse”) (SKU 656225)

Supplies from my stash:  pink and green cardstock; Angel Pink and Pistachio Memento inks; Queen and Company pink “Bubbles”; May Arts 5/8″ sheer white ribbon; dimensional adhesive; Sizzix Basic Grey Snow and Trees embossing folder set with bonus Sizzlits die

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



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