22 May 2017

Penny Black Simplicity – Bye bye Penny Black Simplicity! Hello new release features!

Hello everyone! One year ago, I joined the Penny Black Simplicity design team. Today is my last Simplicity post because I decided to step down after my term. I had a FANTASTIC year in this team of talented ladies! But… I don’t really leave the Penny Black family! LOL! From now on (and as I already did the past three months), I’ll share a few cards each month featuring the newest release collection! YAY! Thanks SO much for this fabulous opportunity! I’m thrilled and excited to play with the new stuff!

For my last Simplicity project, I decided to feature the 40-476 Energized stamp and the 51-340 Dream Big creative die set. Here is what I came up with:





This die is so versatile. You can use it as a die-cut onto a bold background as I did last month (check the card HERE) or you can play with the camouflage die cutting technique as I did for this card. I first stamped the sun (40-476 Energized stamp) to the panel with black ink. Next, I masked the rays and blended some inks in the center. I die cut the 51-340 Dream Big die from the sponged panel, then put tape on the back, inlaid a white foam die-cut into the space before placing the original die-cut on top. 






This is the 51-340 Dream Big creative die I used: 





For more inspiration each week, don’t forget to check the Penny Black blog and the Penny Black Simplicity blog




Thanks for visiting today and see you soon with more Penny Black projects!

Francine

19 May 2017

Penny Black | Celebrate 2017 Collection | Spotlight 4

Hello everyone! This week, I’m back with more cards for Penny Black featuring stamps and dies from their newest CELEBRATE 2017 catalog. This release is filled with amazing stuff and a fabulous tag die!   

Here is my last project for this spotlight week. Today, I’m showcasing the 51-354 Gift Tag creative die set:




I used lots of new products to create this tag. The patterned paper is from the 80-016 Summertime paper pad. It’s my favorite from the pack! It’s so super sweet! The stamped sentiment is from the newest 30-423 Banner Sentiments set. The YOU was die cut from the 51-284 Filled with love creative die set. This is a formerly released die. The adorable hedgehog is from the 30-430 Best Friends stamp. The small flowers and leaves are from the 51-354 Gift Tag creative die set too. I hope you like the design of this tag.


Here are the Penny Black products I used (click to enlarge):


  






For more inspiration, don’t forget to check the Penny Black blog and the Penny Black Simplicity blog



Thanks for visiting my blog! 

Francine 

18 May 2017

Penny Black Simplicity – Have a great day!

Hello everyone! Today, I have a card up on the Penny Black Simplicity at its best blog. This time, I decided to feature the beautiful 30-370 Adventures set. Here is a sneak peek:





If you would like to see the whole card and read the step-by-step instructions, head over to the Penny Black Simplicity blog.




Thanks for visiting today!

Francine

17 May 2017

Penny Black | Celebrate 2017 Collection | Spotlight 3

Hello everyone! This week, I’m back with more cards for Penny Black featuring stamps and dies from their newest CELEBRATE 2017 catalog. This release has a lot of cool images and new sentiment sets!    

Here is my third card for this spotlight week. Today, I’m showcasing the 30-422 Happy Times stamp set:





I went for a clean and simple design with a main focal point on the right! I stamped the image in black ink, colored it with Copic markers and cut it out with scissors. Next, I created a top-folded card base and blended some light blue ink on the right side over the front panel. I then adhered the cool skateboarding cat with foam pads. I placed the image off-center for more interest and a special effect. I trimmed the excess that extended over the sides of the card. The sentiment is from the 30-423 Banner Sentiments set. I stamped it in black ink and cut around it with scissors to create a banner. I adhered the banner with foam pads to the background and added the hemp cord. It looks like the funny cat rides outside the card!

Below are the Penny Black products I used (I didn’t use the 51-352 Birds and Banners dies for my project but I show them here so you know that you can get them too): 


 



For more inspiration, don’t forget to check the Penny Black blog and the Penny Black Simplicity blog. 


That’s all for me today! Tomorrow, I’m back with a card for the Penny Black Simplicity blog. See you Friday for another new release spotlight.  

Francine 


16 May 2017

Penny Black | Celebrate 2017 Collection | Spotlight 2

Hello everyone! This week, I’m back with more cards for Penny Black featuring stamps and dies from their newest CELEBRATE 2017 catalog. The new images are so cool!   

Here is my second card for this spotlight week. Today, I’m showcasing the 30-428 Grad! stamp set:




I love this lady! She looks so great and happy. I went again for a clean and simple design. She is my focal point. I colored her with Copic markers with lots of shading and cut her out with scissors. I then created a top-folded card base and grounded the card with a strip of patterned paper from the newest 80-016 Summertime paper pad. The sentiment that I stamped in black ink is from the 30-358 Happy Snippets stamp set. To finish off my card, I adhered the image with foam pads to the background for more dimension and I added a lot of tiny red stars. The happy lady pops against the clean background and the stars are a festive touch.   

Below are the Penny Black products I used (click to enlarge):  


  



For more inspiration, don’t forget to check the Penny Black blog and the Penny Black Simplicity blog




That’s all for me today! See you tomorrow for more spotlights. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Francine 

15 May 2017

Penny Black | Celebrate 2017 Collection | Spotlight 1

Hello everyone! This week, I’m back with more cards for Penny Black featuring stamps and dies from their newest CELEBRATE 2017 catalog. There are lots of new stamps and fabulous dies, too!  

Here is my first project for this spotlight week. Today, I’m showcasing the 30-422 Happy Times stamp set:





For this card, I went for a CAS and an out of the box design LOL! Initially, the cute mouse holds an umbrella but I only used the mouse and masked the umbrella. Now, it looks like the mouse is tearing the paper. The sentiment is from the 30-422 Happy Times stamp set too. Did you see that Penny Black released a new paper pack? The patterned paper I used in the background is from that newest 80-016 Summertime designer paper pad. All papers are so fresh and colorful! You will love them!

Below are the Penny Black products I used (click to enlarge):  

  


For more inspiration, don’t forget to check the Penny Black blog and the Penny Black Simplicity blog




That’s all for me today! See you tomorrow for more spotlights. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. 

Francine

09 May 2017

My Favorite Things – May Release Replay

Hi everyone! It’s time for the May My Favorite Things release replay! Today, the MFT design team is taking a fresh look at the most recent release.

My project is a card featuring the newest Mermazing stamp set from Birdie Brown:





Most of the supplies I used for this project are linked in the link-up tool at the bottom of this post. I created a background using my alcohol inks. I thought it worked well with the underwater theme. I colored the mermaid with Copic markers, cut her out, fixed her to the background with foam pads for more dimension and added Stickles on her tail and bikini top. To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment in black and added a lot of sequins. They look like bubbles.

Be sure to check the MFT blog for more inspiration from the design team!  




For more inspiration, you can also check my MFT Gallery on Pinterest!

Thanks for visiting my blog…

Francine


Supplies:

08 May 2017

Whimsy Stamps Special Guest Spot + BIG Celebration

Hi everyone! I’m so thrilled to be guesting for Whimsy Stamps in May, June and July. Thanks so much for having me!

For today’s card, I used the Flower Fairies stamp set from Sylvia Zet. Here is what I came up with:





I went for a clean and simple design. I used a stencil that I lightly sponged with Distress inks over the background. This color combination of light green and aqua blue and light teal is so fresh! The sentiment I used is from Whimsy Stamps too. It’s from the Everyday Mini Sentiments set.



***MAY MADNESS CELEBRATION***
Whimsy Stamps is having a BIG May Madness celebration starting May 5th thru the end of the month. Don’t forget to visit the Whimsy blog for more information about the special events. Today, they have EXCITING NEWS: they are introducing a NEW Customer Appreciation Stamp set program!!! Read more HERE!




Thanks for visiting my blog....

Francine

03 May 2017

MFT May Product Launch

Hi everyone! Yay! It’s time for the My Favorite Things May product launch! Today, you can see all new products and they are available right now on the MFT online store!

Here is my card featuring the newest Giraffing Me Crazy stamp and die sets as well as the Safari Tree Die-namics




Most of the supplies I used for this project are linked in the link-up tool at the bottom of this post. I die cut the Safari Tree from Jellybean Green and Milk Chocolate cardstock. I colored one bunch of leaves with a darker green Copic marker to get more depth. I fixed the tree to the background using foam pads for more dimension. I created the sky using the (FABULOUS) new Cloud stencil, blue Distress inks and a blending tool.

Be sure to check out the MFT blog to see what my amazing teamies made with all the fantastic new release! And don't forget to comment to win one of two $100 gift vouchers!




For more inspiration, you can also check my MFT Gallery on Pinterest!

See you soon and have a wonderful day!

Francine


Supplies:


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