Be Yourself

This is the last of the three cards from the class I taught at The Queen’s Ink. I loved the juxtaposition of this batty girl with the sentiment. Here’s a young lady definitely willing to be herself!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Classic Blue by Bazzill; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: ZA02 (*) by elenazinski from Paper Artsy; Happy Thoughts by Penny Black
Copics: E000, E00, E02 (face); E000, E02 (hands and legs); R20, R22 (hair); B000, B01, B04, B06 (dress); Y02, Y15, Y19, R22 (wings); B06 (shoes)

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

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Joy to the World by Penny Black

As hard as it is to believe that summer is actually over, it’s even harder to believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. I swore that I would start making holiday cards earlier in the year so that it wouldn’t feel like such a rush as the days grew near, but here I am – October – and I’m just now focusing on it. Luckily, I have a stash of stamps (from all the holiday cards I didn’t have time to make last year) to help get me started.

Living in a household of cats, it seems only natural that I gravitate towards the adorable felines from Penny Black. Although we currently have a clowder of tuxedo cats, I find that I often color the Penny Black cats as calicos. The images reminded me of a fluffy calico named Emma who adopted me many years ago. And although she’s long since passed on, I’m reminded of her good-natured, quirky spirit and outgoing personality when I color these stamps.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics; Devil Red by Bazzill; Vintage Christmas Four (*) by Authentique
Stamps: Joy to the World by Penny Black; Believe by Penny Black; Joyful Wishes (*) by Penny Black
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A by Spellbinders; A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Copics: E00, E02, C3, C5, RV10 (cat); R35, R46, R59, YG03, YG67 (gift); E30, E31 (shadow)

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

October Demo Day at Photo Scraps featuring MFT Stamps and Avery Elle

I’m at Photo Scraps today from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM for their monthly Demo Day with three cards featuring stamps and dies from My Favorite Things and Avery Elle. Stop by and join in on the fun!

CARD 1
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Patina (*)
Stamps: Magical Dragons by MFT Stamps; Cakes & Candles by Avery Elle
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Magical Dragons Coordinating Dies by MFT Stamps; Diagonal Stripes Elle-Ments by Avery Elle; Simple Puffy Cloud Frames by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: B000, B00, B01, B02, BG10, B04, V04, C0, C1, C3 (dragon); B0000, B00 (clouds)

CARD 2
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Smoke (*)
Stamps: Magical Dragons by MFT Stamps; Handwritten Happiness by MFT Stamps
Dies: Magical Dragons Coordinating Dies by MFT Stamps; Horizontal Stripes Elle-Ments by Avery Elle; Simple Puffy Cloud Frames by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Festival of Lights (stars & sequins) by 28 Lilac Lane; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67, Y02, Y15, Y19 (dragon); B0000, B00 (clouds)

CARD 3
Paper:
 Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Boardwalk Seaside (*) by Bo Bunny; Bazzill Basics in Admiral (*)
Stamps: Magical Dragons by MFT Stamps; Sentiment Stampler by Paper Smooches; Cakes & Candles by Avery Elle
Dies: Magical Dragons Coordinating Dies by MFT Stamps; Simple Puffy Cloud Frames by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, Y02, Y15, Y19 (dragon); B0000, B00 (clouds)

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

Cozy Cupfuls by Power Poppy

Welcome back to Rowhouse Greetings! Today I have another holiday card featuring the Cozy Cupfuls stamp set from Power Poppy. I’ll admit that I looked at that tree and my initial urge was to color those sprigs individually. Crazy, right? So I decided that the better course of action was to dab different shades of green following the lines of branches and the shape of the tree to achieve some depth and variation. I used my current favorite red combo (R35, R46, R59) to get a lush Christmas red for the ornaments and used the same combo (adding R32 as a highlight) for the ribbon. If you forget to leave a highlight on the ornaments, you can always add it afterwards with a white gel pen.

Rowhouse Greetings | Cozy Cupfuls by Power Poppy Rowhouse Greetings | Festive Cheer by Penny Black

The sentiment on the front of my card is included included with the Power Poppy stamp set (and look at that lovely script!), but for the inside, I decided to add one of the sentiments from the Penny Black Festive Cheer stamp set to capture the feeling I wanted for the completed card.  I used two of the designs from the Vintage Christmas Collection by Authentique because I thought that the colors and the vintage feel would be the perfect complement for this image.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Vintage Christmas Three (*) and Vintage Christmas Seven (*) by Authentique
Stamps: Cozy Cupfuls (*) by Power Poppy; Festive Cheer (*) by Penny Black
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko (image); Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko (sentiment)
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A by Spellbinders; A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Copics: R35, R46, R59 (ornaments); R32, R35, R46, R59 (ribbon); YG01, YG03, G21, G24, G28 (tree); G21, G24, R30, R32, E41, E42, E43, C1 (teacup); BV20 (shadow)

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

More Fancy Wreaths by Power Poppy

I’m slowly working my way through my stash of Power Poppy clear stamp sets and since most of them are holiday themed, this seemed like the perfect time of year to start getting some cards ready for the season. This card features the smaller wreath from the Wreaths Plain and Fancy stamp set (I featured the larger wreath a few days ago). Much simpler to color – only requires a few shades of green and red. I colored the ribbon in shades of yellow to make it stand out and added a little pointillism for a simple, but effective background.

The Peace sentiment is included in the stamps set. I paired the image with papers from the Vintage Christmas Collection from Authentique.

Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you think!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Vintage Christmas Three and Vintage Christmas Six by Authentique; Bazzill Basics in Devil Red
Stamps: Wreaths Plain and Fancy (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Circles by Simon Says Stamp; Royal Circle Die Set by Spellbinders
Copics:  Y02, Y15, Y19 (ribbon); G43, G46, G29 (greenery); R21, R24, R39 (berries)

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