22 July 2017

Penny Black | Poetic 2017 Collection | Spotlight 3

Hello everyone! This month, I’m back with more cards for Penny Black featuring stamps and dies from their newest Poetic 2017 catalog. The mixed media portrait stamps are AMAZING and so versatile!

Here is my third spotlight and I’m showcasing the 40-551 Charlotte cling stamp:  





I really LOVE the Penny Black portrait stamps. They can be embellished as you like and no other crafter will achieve the same result. I went for a fashion portrait with lots of texture and dimension. I stamped the image in light ink onto white cardstock and used the no-line coloring technique. I colored the fashionista with Copics, pencils and even pan pastels. Next, I cut out the image using scissors as well as a hat shape from black cardstock. I mixed texture paste with black ink and covered the hat with this paste using a palette knife. The paste adds a lot of fun texture and it looks so real. Once it was dry, I fixed black tull on it. I adhered the image with foam pads to a top-folded card base that I splattered with black ink. I stamped the Party sentiment from the 30-358 Happy Snippets sentiment set in black ink. To finish off my creation, I added Diamond Stickles to the eyes and Black Diamond Stickles to the clothing/dress. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t show how much it sparkles. The Black Diamond Stickles has black, clear and blue glitter and it just looks AMAZING! 

Here are the stamps I used for this card (click to the images to enlarge):


   



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




To see more cards I’ve made for Penny Black, you can also follow me on Instagram! Thanks for visiting my blog…

Francine

21 July 2017

Stamping Bella | Danielle’s Swatch Kit | Spotlight 1

Hi crafters! I’m back with a new card I’ve made for Stamping Bella

A few weeks ago, I got the FABULOUS Danielle’s Swatch Kit (by Danielle Donaldson) in the mailbox. This kit includes 15 sets (large and mini stamps). Here is what I came up with:




I decided to create a card using the the Kit Post it/Thumbnail stamp (standard size – there is a mini size as well). This image is SO versatile. You can use it on cards, art journal or mixed media layouts but the fun part of this stamp is that it can be used to swatch your stash!!!  You can swatch all your watercolors (or other mediums – paint, pencils, Copic markers, etc.), add the name of the color as well as the brand and a little note. But you can also experiment by mixing colors together as I did on my card. I really enjoyed playing with this image. The scene I created looks like my craft desk when I’m swatching. The paintbrush and the pencil are from the Marking Tools (Large) stamp set. This set is part of the collection too. I didn’t add a sentiment. This card can be great for any occasion or just to write a little note to someone (lady or guy)!

You can get the Danielle’s Swatch Kit – I want it all! including all 15 mini and large size sets HERE. But you can also order the sets separately HERE. This is a peek of the images you will find in the collection, two of each image in large and mini size (aren’t these images not inspiring and so fun to play with?!): 





I’ll soon share another project that I made using this amazing kit! Remember to visit the Stamping Bella blog for more inspiration! Oh and by the way… Did you see the newest release featuring the LITTLES stamp line and the 4 new backdrop rubber stamps? Love, love, love!!! I can tell you, you’ll not be able to resist! Happy shopping ladies LOL!




Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me and see you soon!

Francine

19 July 2017

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #342

Hi everyone! Welcome to this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge! Here is what I came up with: 





I turned the sketch upside down. I created a hill using a border from the Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics set that I die cut from Sour Apple cardstock. I replaced the rectangle from the sketch with clouds. The clouds are from the Puffy Clouds die set. The fence is from the Spring Scene Builder set and was die cut from Natural cardstock. I sponged the sky with Distress inks using a blending tool. I stamped the sentiments in Black Licorice dye ink using the Misti stamping tool. The Happy Birthday is from the BB Up in the Air set and the Hey, Chick! from the BB The Whole Herd set. The cow is from the The Whole Herd set from Birdie Brown. I stamped it using Black Licorice hybrid ink, colored it with Copic markers  (YAY, they carry Copics now) and cut it out with scissors, as well as the other images. The sweet little bird is from the BB Happy Hippos set. I fixed the images, the fence and the clouds with foam pads for more dimension.

Here is the sketch #342 for this week’s challenge:




Head over to the MFT Challenge blog for more details if you’d like to play along and to check out what the other design team members have created with this sketch! 



Don’t forget to check my MFT Gallery on Pinterest for more inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Francine

18 July 2017

My Favorite Things – July Release Replay

Hi everyone! It’s time for the July 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 Jungle Gym stamp set:





I created a clean and simple scene using the trees from the Fierce Friends as branches with leaves. The background sky was sponged with Distress ink using the newest Mini Cloud Edges stencil. The roar is from the Fierce Friends set too. I cut a fancy speech bubble around the sentiment with scissors. I used hemp cord for the string swing. I stamped the character and the trees/leaves with Black Licorice hybrid ink, colored them with Copic markers and adhered them with foam pads to the card front. This card could be for any occasion as the roar can mean anything (I love you, hello, happy birthday, etc.). It could be a great masculine card too.


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

17 July 2017

Born Wild! - Masculine Birthday Card

Hello crafters! I hope you had a great weekend! Today, I have a masculine birthday card to share with you. Here is what I came up with: 






I used the super fun  4127K Born Wild! wood stamp from Penny Black. The motorbike is the perfect image for a man. I colored it with Copic markers. I added Glossy Accents to the glasses and Wink of Stella clear pen to the balloon. The balloon is from another Penny Black stamp called 4059K Hang on Hedge. The sentiment is from the German Doppelt gemoppelt set from Stampin’ Up! I created the sky using the Cloud stencil from MFT. I sponged the stencil with blue Distress ink using a blending tool. The road element is from the Hit the Road Die-namics set (retired) from My Favorite Things, as well as the grassy border (retired). The strip of patterned paper at the bottom is from the 80-016 Summertime paper pack from Penny Black.



If you want to see my inspirations and projects on social media, feel free to follow my Instagram feed!  




Have a wonderful day…

Francine

12 July 2017

MFT July Product Launch

Hi everyone! Yay! It’s time for the My Favorite Things July 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 Big Thanks and the Gift Card Envelope Die-namics:





Most of the supplies I used for this project are linked at the bottom of this post. I created a THANK YOU card that fits in the Gift Card Envelope. I die cut the THANKS in rainbow colors using MFT cardstock. The envelope was die cut from Tropical Teal cardstock. The black and white border is patterned paper from the Dots & Stripes Neutral paper pack. The envelope with the sweet card inside is the perfect note to send with a bunch of flowers or a floral gift. 

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:

11 July 2017

MFT July Release Countdown Day 1

Hi everyone! Today is the last day of the My Favorite Things July release countdown. This release is absolutely fabulous! The new products will officially be available on the MFT online store in a few hours!!! Yay!!!

The new products will officially be available on the MFT online store on July 11th at 9:00 pm EST (= Europe: July 12th at 3:00 am CET).

Today, I’m showcasing the newest Celebrate Die-namics: 





Most of the supplies I used for this project are linked at the bottom of this post. Rainbow alert!!! LOL Yes, I couldn’t resist doing this watercolor background to feature this fabulous word die! I used my Winsor & Newton watercolors and watercolor paper. I then glued the panel to a top-folded card base. Next, I die cut the word celebrate from Black Licorice cardstock, adhered it to the rainbow background with foam pads and added a layer of Glossy Accents on top. To finish off the card, I put some enamel dots.  

For today’s full product reveal, links to other fabulous projects from the MFT design team and AWESOME GIVEAWAYS, be sure to check out the MFT blog

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




Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I’m back in a few hours for the product launch!

Francine

Supplies (some links will not work until the products are released):

10 July 2017

MFT July Release Countdown Day 2

Hi everyone! Today is the fourth day of the My Favorite Things July release countdown. This release is packed with amazing new products! Isn’t it?

The new products will officially be available on the MFT online store on July 11th at 9:00 pm EST (= Europe: July 12th at 3:00 am CET).

Today, I’m showcasing the newest Jungle Gym stamp set:





Most of the supplies I used for this project are linked at the bottom of this post. I love this sweet monkey and I decided to focus on him. I created a scene using the newest Mini Cloud Edges stencil that I sponged with Distress ink. To add more interest to the scene, I put some dotted patterned paper to the background.  

For today’s full product reveal, links to other fabulous projects from the MFT design team and AWESOME GIVEAWAYS, be sure to check out the MFT blog! 

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



Thanks so much for stopping by and see you tomorrow for more countdown fun!

Francine

Supplies (some links will not work until the products are released):

09 July 2017

MFT July Release Countdown Day 3

Hi everyone! Today is the third day of the My FavoriteThings July release countdown. This release is packed with amazing new products and it was so fun to play with all the new stuff! 

The new products will officially be available on the MFT online store on July 11th at 9:00 pm EST (= Europe: July 12th at 3:00 am CET).

Today, I’m showcasing the newest Happy Birthday Circle Frame Die-namics: 





Most of the supplies I used for this project are linked at the bottom of this post. I die cut the Happy Birthday Circle Frame from white cardstock. I then decided to keep just one HAPPY BIRTHDAY around the frame, so I cut the other with scissor. I colored the letters with Copic markers in rainbow colors and left the circle white. I then created a fun background using the ink smooching technique with Distress inks (still the same video tutorial HERE). I fixed the circle on top of the card front using foam pads for more dimension. Next, I stamped the hippo from the newest BB Happy Hippos set in black ink, colored the image and cut it out with scissors. I adhered the hippo with foam squares too. To finish off my card, I added some enamel dots.

For today’s full product reveal, links to other fabulous projects from the MFT design team and AWESOME GIVEAWAYS, be sure to check out the MFT blog

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




Thanks so much for stopping by and see you tomorrow for more countdown fun!

Francine

Supplies (some links will not work until the products are released):

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