Same Stamp Challenge: All Fours with Jill

One stamp, one Studio, two designers, two cards... what will two friends create when they both reach for the beautiful Penny Black stamp, 40-606 All Fours?

My favorite thing about this stamp?  The cute heart details on each of the doggies!
And, as with all of the Penny Black fashion girls, I love the variety of ways their fun outfits can be colored.  On this card, I colored the girl and dogs with Copic markers and fussy cut them.  They were then added to a die cut and inked scene which also included a few flowers which I colored with Copic markers.  

I can't wait to see what Elizabeth has in store for us with this fun stamp... stay tuned!

All stamps and dies by Penny Black: 40-606, 51-418, 51-050


A "Resuscitation" Card with Jill

Ever have a card that turned into a disaster?  Yes?  Us too!  We will share our cards that were destined for the trash and were "resuscitated" with new life.
Sometimes when I start with creating a card, I don't have any idea in my head what the finished card will be. This is usually when I am just in the mood to color so I will stamp several images and paint them.  Then comes the challenge... hhmmm, how shall I put these on a card?   

For today's card, I had stamped the flowers and birds from Penny Black's beautiful transparent set, 30-478 Sublime, and painted them with Distress Reinkers used as watercolors.  Because of how I had stamped/positioned them on my paper, I struggled with how to add them to a card and where to add the sentiment.  I had set them aside thinking perhaps they would just fall into the category of relaxing coloring...

But then came the resuscitation! Heehee!


I pulled out my Penny Black die set, 51-410 Frames, and cut out portions of my paintings to add within the cute frames.  Now I knew exactly how I could add these images to my card. I love how this layout turned out and can definitely see turning to it again and again.

Penny Black Supplies: 51-411 Rows of Stitches, 30-478 Sublime, 51-410 Frames, 30-283 Snippets  


A "Resuscitation" Card with Elizabeth

Ever have a card that turned into a disaster?  Yes?  Us too!  We will share our cards that were destined for the trash and were "resuscitated" with new life.

All I needed to do to finish my card, so I thought, was to add a shadow around the Blissful Blossoms.  That's when everything went south.  
The shadow was too dark and looked awful.

Frustrated and discouraged, I decided to see if I could "resuscitate" the card.


I covered the original design with white gesso, re-positioned the cardstock in my MISTI stamping tool and started the process over again by repeatedly stamping the blossoms using Memento Markers as my ink source.

This time instead of adding a shadow, I lightly stamped Letter Background using Peanut Brittle Memento Ink.  

The Stitched Stacker frame was edged in Delicata Golden Glitz and elevated over the artwork with dimensional foam tape.

I fell in love with the soft look of the design and now have a go-to "emergency" technique to revive other cards  

Stayed tuned to hear about Jill's card "resuscitation".  

Supplies by Penny Black Blissful Blossoms 40-600, Stitched Stackers 51-416, 


Out and About with Jill

Hi everyone! I'm popping in really quick today to let you know that I'm...
... on the Simon Says Stamp blog featuring some of my favorite Penny Black stamps and dies!

For supplies and instructions, click HERE.

Floral Happiness with Jill

There all kinds of floral ideas blooming in the Studio.  Join us as we share our bouquets of colorful happiness.


When I think of floral happiness, the first thing that comes to my mind is Penny Black's brushstroke stamps. I recently made a series of videos featuring techniques with these gorgeous stamps, and I am excited to share them all here in one place for you today.



Floral Happiness with Elizabeth

There all kinds of floral ideas blooming in the Studio.  Join us as we share our bouquets of colorful happiness.


My floral journey started here:

This was a gift given to me and my husband at Christmas.  This canvas bag contained a cellophane wrapped package of delicious pistachios.  The bag was fabulously constructed and I couldn't part with it after removing the nuts.  I instantly thought it could be art-cycled!!!  The reverse side had nutritional and manufacturing information so both sides needed a makeover.

Which lead to this:
Side A
Side B
The majority of colorful mediums I used included lots of white and clear Gesso, acrylic paints mixed with a textile medium, VersaCraft Inks, VersaMagic Inks, StazOn Inks, Faber-Castell PITT Big Brush Pens, a white paint pen and a heat tool.

Some images might not be overly visible, but they added immense depth and texture to the overall design.  Other images were used as a base to do some freestyle painting.

These are some of the Penny Black stamps and stencils you might spot throughout the design.


Get your vases ready.  Jill will be sharing her beautiful bouquets next.


Same Stamp Challenge: Cup of Java with Elizabeth

One stamp, one Studio, two designers, two cards... what will two friends create when they both reach for the beautiful Penny Black stamp, 30-475 Cup of Java?


This cup of java is perfect for a tag!


The tag was created by sandwiching the die cut present bow between two stitched rectangles.

Cup of Java was stamped on watercolor paper in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Grumbacher watercolors.  After fussy cutting the design it was glued to the front of the tag.  The sentiment was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine.  A few twinkling dots were added with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Here is a snapshot of the Penny Black supplies used:

The die cut bow not only makes a cute topper for the tag, but it also allows a string or ribbon to be looped through it which makes attaching it to a gift a snap.