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Yesterday, I retired from a job that I’ve held for the past thirty-seven years. Like any job, there were days when it just drove me crazy — the commute, the hours, the seemingly endless workload, the stress — you name it! But it was also a place where I worked with a special group of people and made many lasting friendships that I will always hold dear even though I’m not with them every day.

I decided to make a few cards to give to some of my co-workers (because when you’re a card maker that’s what you do!). This is one of the last that I made, but I hope that the message is clear no matter how simple the design.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Midnight Blue Dots from the Micro Dot Collection by Authentique
Stamps: Hugs! by Penny Black; Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: C1, C4, C6, E30, RV10 (cat) YG06, YG17 (grass)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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Especially Micey!

I’m over on the Passionate Paper Creations blog today with a card using one of the adorable critters from Penny Black stamp set Especially Micey teamed with Creative Basics dies.

I stamped the image on a piece of Copic X-Press It Blending Card that I cut using the second largest die in the Basic Stitched Flag Die Set. I colored the image with Copic markers using the colors listed below. Afterwards I used the remaining die sets to cut shapes from various design papers which I layered on my card base using thin foam squares. I love how cleanly these dies cut the paper and the stitching adds texture and interest. Hope this project gives you some crafty inspiration!

See you over at the Passionate Paper Creations & Friends Facebook Group!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Jessica from the Perfectly Plaid Collection by Lawn Fawn; Wild Flower Polka from the Let’s Polka in the Meadow Collection by Lawn Fawn; Core’dinations card stock in Powder Blue.
Stamps: Especially Micey by Penny Black
DiesFancy Rectangles & Layers Die Set (*), Fancy Circles Die Set (*), Basic Stitched Flags (*) all by Creative Basics
Copics: B0000, B000, BG10, BV00 (envelope); C0, C1, C3, C5 (mouse); RV00, RV04, Y15, Y19

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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Photo Scraps June Demo Day!

Come join me at Photo Scraps this Saturday for their monthly Demo Day. There’s always a variety of cards and layouts for you to create. I’ve got two cards this month both featuring older Penny Black stamps sets from the 2014 Happy Everything release that have been hiding in my stash waiting for the perfect opportunity to be highlighted in a card. Both stamps are larger Slapstick/Cling stamps and because of their size, they do not easily fit on an A2 sized card. However I saw a card on the Penny Black blog by Judy Jung of Runs With Scissors which emboldened me to the unthinkable – I took a big pair of kitchen shears and cut the stamp in half (gasp)! But the result was two stamps that readily fit in the allotted space.

For my first card, I pretty much CASEd Judy’s card as my inspiration, substituting Nuvo Drops for the enamel dots shown on the original card. I used sentiments from the Sprinkles and Smiles stamp set by Penny Black.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Softly by Penny Black Rowhouse Greetings | Delightful by Penny Black

For the second card, I arched the two segments of the stamp which gave me the perfect focal point for a larger sentiment. I used a sentiment from the Happy Thoughts stamp set by Penny Black.

I’ll be with the Photo Scraps gang from 11AM until 4PM – be sure you stop by and join in on the fun! Don’t forget to bring your tape runner and scissors!

Supplies

CARD 1
Paper: Neenah Solar White #80; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Naptime (*) from the About a Little Boy Collection by Photoplay
Stamps: Softly by Penny Black; Sprinkles and Smiles by Penny Black
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine  in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic in Apple Green and English Mustard
Copics: G20, G21, Y32, Y35, Y38, R21, R22, R24

CARD 2
Paper: Neenah Solar White #80; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Gummy Bears (*) from the Perfectly Plaid Collection by Lawn Fawn
Stamps: Delightful (*) by Penny Black; Happy Thoughts by Penny Black
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine  in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic in Apple Green, English Mustard, and Ripened Pumpkin (*)
Copics: YG01, YG03, YG13, YG17, Y02, Y15, Y19, YR16, R21, R22, R24

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Felt with the Heart

Everytime I go to a scrapbook store, I come home with more paper. Beautiful florals, petite polka dots, plaids — you name it and it’s probably in my stash. Some of it is so pretty that I almost hate to cut it. But the advantage of accumulating so much paper is that you have more opportunities for mixing and matching colors and patterns across different companies. Here I managed to match paper from Lawn Fawn, Echo Park Paper Company, and Core’dination and while I’m sad to use up some familiar papers, I now have room to spare for some new favorites.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Wild Flower Line Dance from the Let’s Polka in the Meadow Collection by Lawn Fawn; Mom Words from the Beautiful Mom Collection by Echo Park Paper Co.; Core’dinations card stock in Powder Blue
Stamp: Forever & Always by Penny Black
Dies: Fancy Rectangles & Layers Die Set (*) by Creative Basics; Fancy Squares & Little Things Die Set (*) by Creative Basics; Grace Build-A-Card Die Set (*) by Creative Basics

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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Penny Black Critters

Just a quick update! I’m going to be at Photo Scraps tomorrow demonstrating Copic coloring on two cards featuring Penny Black stamps.

Supplies

CARD 1
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Snake Skin (*) from the Zoo Crew Collection by Belle Blvd; Progressive (*) from the Homestead Collection by Authentique; Bazzill Basics in Whirlpool (*)
Stamp: Bubbly by Penny Black
Dies: Tagged by Penny Black
Copics: C0, C1, C6, E02, E93 (cat); B0000, B000, B00, BV00 (bathtub); B000, B00, BV000, RV10, BG10 (bubbles); E30, E31, RV10 (mouse)

CARD 2
Paper
: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Little Chickadee (*) from the Celebrate Easter collection by Echo Park Paper Co.; American Crafts cardstock in Grass(*)
Stamp: Critter Time by Penny Black; Sprinkles and Smiles by Penny Black
Dies: Fancy Rectangles and Squares Die Set (*) by Creative Basics
Copics: C0, C1, C6, E02, E93 (cat); YG06, YG09, RV52, RV55, Y06, R05 (flowers)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.