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Hello, I Love You

Hi Everyone,

Does this ever happen to you? You have ideas flowing through your mind on how to use a particular stamp but when you sit down to turn them into reality, you just cannot get them to work? It happened to me yesterday/today. I just couldn’t get the ideas in my head to work out on paper. I tried a few times and eventually decided it was time to walk away and try something else. Will tackle the project another day.

On my desk I still had one stamped and coloured image of the hedgehog from the “Paint the Town” set by Penny Black, Thought I might as well make it into a finished card and let me tell you, I *love* how this card, and the following one, turned out. A great feeling after my earlier creative issues. lol I had recently purchased the Love Quarters template from KaiserCraft and had been dying to use them. Seemed like the perfect time to do so.

Here’s the card…

I Love You Materials used: Stamps - Paint the Town (Penny Black), The Big, The Bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter); Cardstock - American Craft; Knighst Smooth; Stencil - KaiserCraft; Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things); Copic Markers, Hero Arts Shadow Inks; Mr Huey's Colour Mist - Shine and Wink of Stella.

I Love You
Materials used: Stamps – Paint the Town (Penny Black), The Big, The Bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter); Cardstock – American Craft; Knighst Smooth; Stencil – KaiserCraft; Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things); Copic Markers, Hero Arts Shadow Inks; Mr Huey’s Colour Mist – Shine and Wink of Stella.

As I wasn’t really sure of my colour choices I ended up making another card at the same time but this time I kept it even more simple using word stamps from Winnie & Walter.

Here’s the card…

Hello I Love You Materials used: Stamps - The Big, The Bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter);  Cardstock - American Crafts, Doodlebug Design, Knights Smooth; Stencil - KaiserCraft; Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things); Copic Markers, Hero Arts Shadow Inks, Sprinkles Shapes - Hearts (Doodlebug Design), Rhinestones - Silver (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

Hello I Love You
Materials used: Stamps – The Big, The Bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter); Cardstock – American Crafts, Doodlebug Design, Knights Smooth; Stencil – KaiserCraft; Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things); Copic Markers, Hero Arts Shadow Inks, Sprinkles Shapes – Hearts (Doodlebug Design), Rhinestones – Silver (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

I really want to keep playing with that template – how pretty are those flowers! Imagine the colours you could use. So fun!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are having a great weekend!

Happy Stamping!

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Thinking of You (Penny Black)

Hi Everyone,

Something different for you today – more Penny Black cards! lol I don’t think I will ever tire of creating of creating with these gorgeous images. First up today is my attempt at a CAS card. It’s a one layer card and I rarely make them so it still feels a little unfinished but I forced myself to walk away. lol I did have to make this card twice. The first time I added some of my own handwriting and it looked a little…not good. lol I also somehow managed to sponge blue across the poor little hedgehog’s face – he looked a little unwell. Poor thing!

Here’s the card…

Thinking of You! Materials used: Stamps - Paint the Town, Salutations (Penny Black); Distress Ink, Copic Markers, and Wink of Stella.

Thinking of You!
Materials used: Stamps – Paint the Town, Salutations (Penny Black); Distress Ink, Copic Markers, and Wink of Stella.

The idea for my second card came about when I was thinking how cute it would be to have the hedgehog lying on a hill, or in a big field of green grass and flowers. I think it would also be super cute if the hedgehog was lying in a bed of autumn leaves. I really wish I had popped the sentiment but aside from that I totally love this card.

Here’s the card…

Thinking About You Materials used: Stamps - Paint the Town (Penny Black), #Awesome, Scripty Sayings (Lawn Fawn); Distress Ink, Copic Markers, Die - Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things) and Wink of Stella.

Thinking About You
Materials used: Stamps – Paint the Town (Penny Black), #Awesome, Scripty Sayings (Lawn Fawn); Distress Ink, Copic Markers, Die – Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things) and Wink of Stella.

I thought I’d finish of my post by sharing a little bit of the aftermath of creating the above cards. I’d also like to challenge YOU to post a photo of your space after a craft session.

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping!

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So Nice! (Penny Black)

Hi Everyone,

My super sweet, generous and talented friend Emily sent me a couple of gorgeous stamp sets for my birthday and I just couldn’t wait to start using them. One of the sets she chose was “Paint the Town” from Penny Black (she knows me too well!). Soooo cute! (Oh no, I cannot find this set on their site! Such a shame if they have discontinued it!) The little hedgehog lying on his back immediately called out to be stamped. As is my want, I went with a super simple design.

Here’s the card…

So Nice! Materials used: Stamps - Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn), Paint the Town (Penny Black); Cardstock - Unknown; Designer Paper - Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); Copic Makers; Distress Inks; Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things); Wink of Stella, and Thread.

So Nice!
Materials used: Stamps – Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn), Paint the Town (Penny Black); Cardstock – Unknown; Designer Paper – Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); Copic Makers; Distress Inks; Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things); Wink of Stella, and Thread.

Thinking the card might be a little too plain, I attempted the design again but added a couple of extra die cut shapes from the Die-namics Blueprints 8 set from My Favourite Things. I have a couple of the Blueprints die sets but really haven’t used them other than for basic outlines such as the stitched square. I think it is time to step up my usage as they have so many different dies you can use. A side effect of this is that I now have a few more Blueprints dies on my wishlist. Uh oh! lol

Here’s the second card…

So Nice! Materials used: Stamps - Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn), Paint the Town (Penny Black); Cardstock - Unknown; Designer Paper - Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); Copic Makers; Distress Inks; Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things); and Wink of Stella.

So Nice!
Materials used: Stamps – Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn), Paint the Town (Penny Black); Cardstock – Unknown; Designer Paper – Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); Copic Makers; Distress Inks; Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 8 (My Favourite Things); and Wink of Stella.

It will come as no surprise to you to find out I have another couple of cards in the making using the same stamp. Love this little guy!

I couldn’t finish this post without telling you a little bit about the gorgeous items Emily makes. Emily runs an Etsy shop called Chloe Jane Handmade and makes the most wonderful things including ADORABLE personalised tooth fairy pillows as well as bibs and blankets. She’s amazing!

So, I’m off to play with this stamp set some more as I still have ideas for this cutie and I haven’t even started to use the other gorgeous images in the set.

Hope you are all having a fantastic day!

Happy Stamping!

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You’re Retro! (Penny Black)

Hi Everyone,

Here are the last two cards from my colour practice session from the weekend (refer here for details). Once again, I have used images from the super cute set “You’re Retro!” from Penny Black. The last critter image from this set is the bike riding cat. Talk about cute – and versatile too – would be great for masculine cards. Having said that, I’ve stayed with the same colour palette for these cards as I had used for the earlier cards. I’m kinda loving these colours. The cards are very simple but I quite like them.

The first card is my favourite of the two. I love the map pattern on the orange paper. Here’s the card…

Let the Good Times Roll Materials used:  Stamps - You're Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock - Doodlebug Design, Unknown; Designer Paper - Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); and Copic Markers.

Let the Good Times Roll
Materials used: Stamps – You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock – Doodlebug Design, Unknown; Designer Paper – Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); and Copic Markers.

The second card features the other half of my (somewhat failed) experiment with embossing paste (this post shows the first half). To achieve the effect I simply pressed the original work using embossing paste/distress spray against a clean sheet of cardstock. It doesn’t have the texture of the original but it certainly has the appearance of having texture which is almost as fun!

Here’s the card…

Live Life in the Fast Lane Materials used:  Stamps - You're Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock - Unknown; Designer Paper - Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); Copic Markers; Embossing Paste - Wendy Vecchi; Distress Spray - Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz/Ranger).

Live Life in the Fast Lane
Materials used: Stamps – You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock – Unknown; Designer Paper – Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); Copic Markers; Embossing Paste – Wendy Vecchi; Distress Spray – Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz/Ranger).

Thank you for joining me on my attempt to make my colouring practices into finished cards. Tomorrow I have a couple of new cards featuring more Penny Black stamps.

Happy Stamping!

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Shop ’til you drop (Penny Black)

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a couple more cards from my colouring practice session from the weekend (refer to yesterday’s post for more information). The cards both feature stamps from the super cute stamp set “You’re Retro!” from Penny Black. The images are so fun to colour. I stayed pretty true to the sample on the packaging but really you could colour the image to suit any patterned paper. And how cute are those shoes! lol

Here’s the card…

Shop 'til you drop Materials used:  Stamps - You're Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock - Unknown; Designer Paper - Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); and Copic Markers.

Shop ’til you drop
Materials used: Stamps – You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock – Unknown; Designer Paper – Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); and Copic Markers.

The second card is pretty similar to the first although I had reversed the positions of the cat and the sentiment.

Here’s the card…

Shop 'til you drop Materials used:  Stamps - You're Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock - Unknown; Designer Paper - Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); and Copic Markers.

Shop ’til you drop
Materials used: Stamps – You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock – Unknown; Designer Paper – Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); and Copic Markers.

Stop by tomorrow for the last two cards from my colouring practice session.

Hope you all have a great day!

Happy stamping!

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Live Life in the Fast Lane (Penny Black)

Hi Everyone,

As mentioned in my post yesterday, the break from creating has left me a little rusty in some areas so I decided to just sit down and colour (using Copics). I stamped up the images from the You’re Retro! stamp set by Penny Black – such a great set (great for masculine cards too!). After I had coloured in all the images I decided that I was quite happy with what I had done and I would make them into cards. I must confess a few of the sentiments are not perfectly aligned as I hadn’t originally planned to make the images into finished cards.

For today’s post, I am sharing the super cute roller skating kitty cat. Whilst the two cards below are more feminine because of the colours used, I do think you could make this image into a nice card card for a young/teenage boy. Might have to give it a try. So many ideas now. lol

Here’s the card…

Live Life in the Fast Lane Materials used:  Stamps - You're Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock - American Crafts, Unknown; Designer Paper - Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); and Copic Markers.

Live Life in the Fast Lane
Materials used: Stamps – You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock – American Crafts, Unknown; Designer Paper – Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); and Copic Markers.

I then decided to play around with the colour of the cat for the second image. I also played around with embossing paste and spray mist – bit of a way to go with the embossing paste (especially since I forgot to add embossing powder lol)and am looking forward to playing with it again.

Here’s the card…

Live Life in the Fast Lane Materials used:  Stamps - You're Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock - American Crafts, Unknown; Designer Paper - Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); Copic Markers; Embossing Paste - Wendy Vecchi; Distress Spray - Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz/Ranger).

Live Life in the Fast Lane
Materials used: Stamps – You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock – American Crafts, Unknown; Designer Paper – Rise & Shine (Amy Tangerine/American Crafts); Copic Markers; Embossing Paste – Wendy Vecchi; Distress Spray – Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz/Ranger).

Such fun images to create with! Penny Black never ceases to amaze and inspire me with their designs.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Birthday (Penny Black)

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the long blog absence. Lots of things going on…except creating.

When my family got together the other day for my birthday my niece and one of my nephews wanted to see what I had been making. I really didn’t have much to show them as I hadn’t been creating. They both asked if they could play so I set them up with the necessary equipment. They picked out stamps and off they went. Love creating with children as they are so creative. They really experiment with colours and design. At one stage, however, my nephew said to me, “Auntie Kylie, would you please colour my owl as I can’t do it?” I said, “No, buddy, you can do it”. He said, “I can’t do it right though.” I said to him, “There is no right. Play, experiment and see what happens”. He did but he wasn’t happy with his efforts. I pointed out to him that he was using markers he was unfamiliar with, he hadn’t coloured in a long time, and that not every attempt would be a work of art. We need to practice and learn how to use the mediums. At that point, I thought…someone should be listening to her own advice. lol So, I sat down and played. Some of the cards are okay, some are in need of improvement BUT I had fun. I’m out of practice. I’ve forgotten colour combos which I used to use all the time so never thought to write down. It doesn’t matter though. It was wonderful to dip my feet back into the water.

So without further babble, here is what I came up with. For card one, I decided to stamp directly onto patterned paper. I think it is my favourite out of all the cards I made.

Happy Birthday Materials used: Stamps - You're Retro! (Penny Black); Designer Paper - KaiserCraft; Cardstock - American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Copic Markers; Signo Broad - White (uni-ball); and Wink of Stella.

Happy Birthday
Materials used: Stamps – You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Designer Paper – KaiserCraft; Cardstock – American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Copic Markers; Signo Broad – White (uni-ball); and Wink of Stella.

Next up, I wanted to try putting a country scene…had trouble with my greens so it is quite bright. lol

Live Life in the Fast Lane Materials used: Stamps - Let's Play (Lawn Fawn); You're Retro! (Penny Black);  Cardstock - American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Dies - Tim Holtz Alterations - Here & There (Sizzix); Copic Markers; Signo Broad - White (uni-ball); and Wink of Stella.

Live Life in the Fast Lane
Materials used: Stamps – Let’s Play (Lawn Fawn); You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock – American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Dies – Tim Holtz Alterations – Here & There (Sizzix); Copic Markers; Signo Broad – White (uni-ball); and Wink of Stella.

For card three, I decided to stick with the country theme. In order to soften the brightness of the greens, in particular, I went with distress inks for the background. The colours are a bit weird though. lol

Live Life in the Fast Lane Materials used: Stamps -  You're Retro! (Penny Black);  Cardstock - American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Dies - Tim Holtz Alterations - Here & There (Sizzix); Copic Markers; Distress Inks; Signo Broad - White (uni-ball); and Wink of Stella.

Live Life in the Fast Lane
Materials used: Stamps – You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock – American Crafts, Doodlebug Design; Dies – Tim Holtz Alterations – Here & There (Sizzix); Copic Markers; Distress Inks; Signo Broad – White (uni-ball); and Wink of Stella.

I decided to make one more card to try and nail the green. It kind of missed the mark again but it isn’t too bad.

Happy Birthday Materials used: Stamps -  You're Retro! (Penny Black);  Cardstock - Unknown, Doodlebug Design; Copic Markers; Signo Broad - White (uni-ball); and Wink of Stella.

Happy Birthday
Materials used: Stamps – You’re Retro! (Penny Black); Cardstock – Unknown, Doodlebug Design; Copic Markers; Signo Broad – White (uni-ball); and Wink of Stella.

And just like that the drought is broken. :) Lots of practice still to do but it is great to be back at my craft desk creating again.

I hope you are all happy and well…and creating up a storm.

Happy Stamping!