Fall into Fall: Jill

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.


I'm popping in today with a quick post and a fun little tag design. 
Stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-245, 3719C, 30-238

I can't wait to see what Elizabeth will be sharing next... stay tuned!


Fall into Fall: Elizabeth

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.

Halloween designs are a brewin' on my art table.

For me, this design was all about the journey.  My approach for this card was to play with different mediums, colors and layers without having a specific card layout in mind.  When it comes to Halloween, I tend to shift from clean and simple white space to full on color.

To begin, I stamped "Witchy" on white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I colored the image with Copic markers and fussy cut the image.


I knew I wanted some sort of sentiment, but not as a separate stand alone element so I incorporated my greeting into her broomstick.  The sentiment from "Best Witches" was stamped on white cardstock and cut by hand into a shape that would work with the handle of the broom.  I wasn't too particular on the coloring.  I used the same colors I used in her dress, but mottled the colors when applying them.


The background is where most of my journey occurred.  Other than knowing what color tones I wanted, I had no expectations of how I wanted the finished piece to turn out.  With that being said, I grabbed a rectangular piece of white cardstock and started covering it with clear gesso.  To quicken the process, I dried the gesso with my heat gun.  Then I started splashing Grumbacher watercolors all over the piece.  It was fun not worrying about being precise or the fear of muddy colors.  I just went for it.  There was a certain point that the colors "spoke" to me and I knew it was time for a background pattern.  After seeing how the colors turned out, I knew the perfect backdrop would be "Parade of Squares" which was stamped in Midnight Blue StazOn.  I loved the effect.  Almost like she was standing in front of a wrought iron gate.  One final layer of matte gel medium sealed the colors and allowed me to distort some of the stamping.


To finish the card base, I figured if she was standing in front of a gate then there should be some trees in the distance.  Black cardstock stamped with Peaceful Moment in Onyx Black VersaFine and heat embossed with clear powder gave that effect.  To make it even more mystical and to add a touch of fog, I randomly rubbed Wedding Dress Memento Luxe ink over the embossing.

The layering is pretty straightforward and you will be able to tell from the picture how I matted the pieces.  There is 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape beneath the witch and the white cardstock mat.

Oh, and for her magical locket a tiny spot of Crystal Stickles.


Penny Black Supplies:  Witchy 40-553 (by Mo Manning), Parade of Squares 40-568, Peaceful Moment 40-569, Best Witches 30-131

Stayed tuned to find out if Jill's next design is filled with fall foliage or Halloween magic.


Fall into Fall: Jill

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.
I had such fun creating this spooky scene using Penny Black Creative Dies.
All of my die cut pieces were painted with Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors and then, once dry, Distress Ink was added using an ink blending tool and foam pads to give the pieces extra dimension.  The hand trimmed hills and the moon were cut from white paper and inked with ink blending tools and foam pads.  The sky was first painted with Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. Once dry I added a heavy layer of inks on top using an ink blending tool and a foam pads.  I wanted a smooth look and this helped even out the brushstrokes left from my painting.  

Stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-361, 51-360, 51-327, 51-247, 30-249


Fall into Fall: Elizabeth

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.

It's official --- fall has arrived!

However, what is one to do when you have so many favorite stamps to choose from to create a card?
Since I can't pick just one, I "mash them up"!!


This autumnal greeting was created by "mashing" these two Penny Black stamps together.  I circled the images in red that I used from each set.


The girl and extra leaf were colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and then set aside.  



The corner piece started as a white cardstock square and then was die cut with a circle to create the arc.  The piece was coated with white gesso and then randomly watercolored with Grumbacher hues of orange, red and a hint of green.  The small leaf was stamped in Spiced Chai StazOn.  The finished piece was covered in gel medium.

The colored arc was attached to a white cardstock square with 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  After the sentiment was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine, the girl and extra leaf were attached.  Black pen dots were added by hand to create a border along the left and bottom portions of the square.

To keep the balance of the design, it was matted with black cardstock on two sides and then a ribbon tab was added.  

A white card base was matted with a piece of Madison Designer Paper antiqued with Peanut Brittle Memento Ink.  The finished artwork was then attached to the front of the card with 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  

I just had to use the other adorable little girl in Hello Autumn and made this second card.

40-554 Hello Autumn, 40-054 Sweet Home
Happy Fall!

Penny Black Supplies:  Same Tree 40-552 (by Mo Manning),  Hello Autumn 40-554 (by Mo Manning), Madison Designer Paper Pad 80-001


Fall into Fall: Jill

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons (except for the fact that the next season is winter... ew!) and I'm excited to share some autumnal card designs with you.  My first card features this cute cat, flying in on a falling leaf. 
To create this card, all of my die cuts were painted with Distress Reinkers used as watercolors. Once dry, I added some Distress Inks using an ink blending tool and foam pad for extra dimension.  The blue blackground was inked using an ink blending tool and a foam pad as was the hand trimmed hill and die cut frame.

All stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-397, 51-360, 30-414, 30-404, 51-033


Summer Fun: Jill

Friendship * Sunshine * Critters * Flowers 
Join us over the next several weeks as we share cards that draw inspiration from the happiness of summer fun.



To create this summer beauty I stamped my portrait stamp from Penny Black onto watercolor paper.  I then sketched in her dress and painted her with Sakura Koi Field Sketch Box watercolors.  Next, I masked her face and body and added subtle tone-on-tone stamping to the background.
I sure hope this summer has been filled with beauty and bold adventures in your studio.  Or at the very least, lots of relaxation! 

Penny Black supplies: 30-433 Be..., 40-548 Grace

Summer Fun: Elizabeth

Friendship * Sunshine * Critters * Flowers 
Join us over the next several weeks as we share cards that draw inspiration from the happiness of summer fun.



A bouquet of birthday wishes...


I wanted today's card to mimic a snapshot so I made a variation of a polaroid.  Instead of having the majority of the solid portion of the photograph at the bottom of the picture, I stretched it along the left side of the artwork.

After stamping the girl in Tuxedo Black Memento, she was colored with Copics and then the space around her was filled in using sponge daubers inked with various colors of Memento inks.

The artwork was matted with black cardstock and then with a small strip of patterned paper from Beau Jardins designer paper pad.

Supplies:  Penny Black - Bon Vivant 30-214, Beau Jardins Designer Paper Pad 80-011


Happy Labor Day!