Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Penny Black Pretty Flowers

How is your new year going?  I am not one for making New Years resolutions.  However, there is something about this time of year that makes me feel like organizing, cleaning, simplifying.  For a week now I have been on a sorting and purging frenzy.  I am finding things I'd forgotten I had, passing on things I haven't used in ages, and organizing what is left.  It is amazing how much "stuff" two people can accumulate in 37 years of marriage.  Of course, some of it is dd's, and is gradually finding its way to her house.
I've been going since 4:30 this morning, but a couple of hours ago I decided I needed a creativity break.  So up to my craft room I went.  
I made this card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for their Anything Goes challenge .  
I started with ivory linen texture card stock.  I sponged tea dye distress ink along one side, then stamped a word background stamp, inking up only portions of the stamp with brushed corduroy ink.  Then I stamped Penny Black's cling stamp (Softly 40-319) in India Ink Black ink over the background, and again on another piece of the same textured card stock.  I colored the flowers and leaves on the separate piece of card stock with distress markers in fired brick, ripe persimmon, worn lipstick, abandoned coral, crushed olive, and forest moss.  Then I cut them out and attached them with dimensional foam tape to the card front.  I attached the panel to a piece of craft foam to give it dimension and then to a slightly larger panel.  Then I attached that to another piece of craft foam and onto the card front.  I like the way the colorful blooms pop on the card.  
I'm glad I got my stamping 'fix' in today...even if it is late.  I always feel so much better when I've created something.  
Thank you for stopping in.  Check out the great design team cards and submissions on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge above.
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  1. Beautiful work I would like to follow your work.

  2. this is so stunning - I am like Linda, I'm going to start following your work.

  3. Lovely card! I love the soft techniques that you used.

  4. Your flowers really stand out beautifully from the lovely subtle background you created. What a lot of fiddly cutting out to do! Very effective though. Lou x

  5. Hi
    Fabulous card....
    Thanks for joining us at PBSC
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  6. This is just stunning!!! I love the antique vintage feel with the pop of red!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

    ♥ Sue Kment

  7. Beautiful card - love how you fussy cut the flowers!
    Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to check out our next fun challenge, and see if you're a lucky winner!
    Helen x


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