Penny Black's NEW Background Stamps

Hello Friends, Are you still recovering from watching the Super Bowl? I didn't really see any stand out commercials but, I didn't get to watch it all. We had a small crowd for soup, chili and toasted cornbread. What did you all of you state side do tonight?

If you haven't see the NEW 2011 Spring Penny Black Catalog you can see it on line now. Here is the link. If you have then you must be aware of some big news....Penny Black now has dyed paper with a slight texture look to it. It looks sort of like suede does with an ever so subtle texture look. I Love the colors and I can't wait to get my hands on some more.
Just a quick mention....all of these stamps and papers are NOT in the stores quite yet. Keep your eyes on Shopatron because now you can get all things Penny Black from Shopatron!! Here is that link.

This paisley background is my hands down favorite and I find myself reaching for it constantly. IF you take a closer look at the cover of the new catalog you will find each of these new background stamps. I would love to know if you spotted them :)

As for this flower I used the new PB paper but, if you are into distressing here is another one of these flowers that I cut more fringe and inked it up instead.

These turquoise paper are my favorites and I could use them everyday just like I could eat pizza everyday! (I don't though :( ) This card is super simple for me but, I wanted to showcase the background stamp. Again you will see the same stamp on the cover of the catalog. I threw on a antique pin cause I didn't know what else to do. I need my colored images ya' know.
Have a great night and thanks so much for stopping by to see what's up. Hugs, Kathy

P.S. Only ONE day left to put your name on the list for my blog candy if you haven't yet. Here is the link and best of luck. I have some more stamps to give away real soon.


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Hello Friends and happy Friday to you, I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend?

I'm not sure if you know this..... If you are a "Club Member" of Penny Black you are privy to peeks of new stamps before anyone else! You will also get emails of project cards, videos and other inspiration FIRST. How great is that :) If you would like you can click here to join The Penny Black Club. I bring this up because today.... if you are a member...... you received from the club an email with a card I created and I can't share it with you for a few weeks and that is going to be hard.
Will you be my...
You might recognize this little cutie because I recently used him on a card here. Why again so soon you ask? I received an email from a wonderful lady who has taken my classes at my LLS. She asked me if I would consider making a card using him on a Valentine themed card. I was thrilled to get this request and was more than happy to ink him up again.

Will you be my...
The sentiments are from SRM stickers & you can purchase them here.

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You might be asking what did I color this adorable hedgehog with? I used Copic markers (E33, E50, E30 & RV10) then, I used a few prismacolor pencils to add so extra shading. Did you notice the widows peak I shaded on his face? If any of you have a stamp that you need a little jump start with just send me an email to see if I have it. I would love to help. For all of you that live in the states enjoy Super Bowl Sunday! Hugs, Kathy


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello Friends, I am editing this to add some news. I  forgot to tell you that over at the Penny Black blog you will find weekly challenges here. I hope you have a chance to play along and prizes are involved too.

Have you ever had chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal? So delish. You can see the recipe here on my new cooking blog that's under construction. I am waiting for Kristina from
to add her creative touch to it. In the meantime you can find my recipe for the cookies.

Last week when my daughter was sick I purchased these crackers for her and loved the boxes. I thought these were perfect to fill with cookies to send for my son at college.

Once the cookies were safely tucked inside I could decorate the boxes for my son's Birthday package. Hopefully he will wonder why I am sending him "crackers" and will be in for a

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I used Prisma colored pencils because all of my copic and tombo markers are still packed. Whenever I travel I am sure to have a bag filled with something to color with.

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I fringed the ends of the ribbon on this one. All of the stamps are from Penny Black and the paper is Basic Grey.
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I hope to show you some of the new stamps soon! Hugs, Kathy


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Hello Friends, As this posts I will be in sunny L.A. at CHA! Attending CHA was always a dream of mine and to be here is such an honor and something that I don't take for granted. CHA also brings back memories of being at trade shows. I used to go to the furniture markets to buy accessories and things to fill your home with warmth & love. I was the buyer and manager for a  retail store called "The Class Act". That was years ago but, I will always be sales girl at heart.  Ok....that's enough about me :)

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This Valentine stamp from Penny Black doubles as a Birthday stamp. My daughter loves to buy her brother boxers for every occasion and since his Birthday is around the corner  this card should be perfect for him.

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The background was created with distress inks and you can see the layering of colors below. Most of you know that I have a post with layering colors but, just in case you don't here here is that link again. The texture on the boxers was created by wetting a towel with some nap to it with Copic's blending solution and holding the towel on the boxer for a quick second. (First color the boxers with Copic markers and cut a small corner from a towel.)

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I wrapped the string around his little leg that's attached to the balloon but, it's hard to see in this photo. Thanks for visiting  me and have a great week. Hugs, Kathy
Oh I almost forgot to say thanks to Jennifer McGuire for the inspiration!!  I watched her braid a dog collar for a card this fall and filed that awesome idea away for today. Thanks Jennifer :)



day TWO

Hello, Me again :)
I totally forgot to post my "day two" of the four cards that I created with ONE stamp. Here is day ONE with the first two cards that I posted last week.

Happy Day
Lots of fun inking here. I stamped one of the branches in red and cut it out leaving a white boarder. Sentiment is from SRM stickers.


The distress inks are listed below.

For this card I off stamped the right and left side. On the center branch I added little lines inside each leaf , outlined the branch and added Glossy Accents to highlight it. In the supply list you can see the marker that makes making fine lines a snap.

Make a wish

A light Copic marker (B00)  adds a nice highlight around it too.  Have an awesome weekend.
Hugs, Kathy

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