Penny Black And More July – Dies And Punches

it’s the first sunday of july already and time for a new penny black and more challenge theme; this month, we’re challenging you to use those dies and punches. as always, you can use any company’s stamped image as your focal point, just no digis. there are some fabulous prizes on offer from some generous sponsors so i hope to see you join in. visit the blog to view some beautiful creations by my team mates and to find complete details.

penny black and more strawberry mice

i watercoloured this sweet image from the Penny Black homemade clear set with distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os. i used a couple of die cuts on this card: the Marianne Design button flower, cut with chipboard and white card stock; My Favorite Things Die-namics banners; nestabilities squares for the image and mat and i used an EK Success eyelet punch for the borders. i created the tablecloth with a stencil and a paintbrush.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
addicted to stamps – #102 make your mark

thanks for popping by.


this feels like the longest winter and it seems to be taking forever for spring blossoms to appear, so i decided to colour my own flowers while i’m waiting.

card with pink magnolias, green leaves and pink and green paper with two lacy punched borders
i coloured the flourishes magnolia image with twinkling H2Os in my favourite pink/green combo; i also punched some eyelet borders with my favourite ek success punch and added a 1/8″ green ribbon next to it. i’m playing along with the moxie fab world tuesday trigger, which provided an inspiration photo of magnolias. i’m also submitting this to the pretty little ribbon challenge – spring is in the air and the papercraft star challenge to use a stamp.

ETA: i’m also submitting this to the moxie fab world wonder of watercolor challenge. thanks for popping by.

Spring Is Here!

spring card with hedgehog peeking out of the ground and looking up at a tiny bee
welcome to my newest follower, jennifer! this is my march DT card for papercraft cafe; marie, the owner, has been patiently waiting for spring and we got snow today – luckily, it didn’t stay and i was able to make it to the store for some new goodies. i coloured this penny black image with distress ink pads and added stickles to the flower centres and bee.

i’m submitting this to these challenges:

ladybug crafts – spring ends march 24
without wordsends march 27
word play saturday – springtime ends april 11
der challenge blog vom kreativeinkauf ends april 13

A Mice Valentine

valentine card in pink, purple and yellow with two mice hugging under a daisy
this is my january DT card for papercraft cafe; store owner marie wanted to see some valentine themed cards so i thought these penny black hugging mice were perfect. i coloured with distress ink pads, as usual, and used plenty of stickles on the flower centre and around the edge of the image. i followed deconstructed sketch #83 by the talented jen shults, who is also having a DT call that ends tomorrow, and i’m submitting this to the really reasonable ribbon challenge of love and ribbon. thanks for popping by.

Pink Daisies For Class

this is the other card that i taught yesterday in my watercolouring with distress inks class at papercraft cafe.  i only had two participants this time, but it allowed for more individual attention.  it was a lot of fun; the ladies were so enthusiastic and it was nice to see how happy they were with their cards. the impression obsession daisies were over stamped with the penny black text background and the punched border is made with my new ek success punch; i love it.  thanks for popping by.