Graphic 45 Guilded Lily Mixed Media Journal Scrapbook Album

I recently attended the CHA Paper + Arts expo in Shaumberg Illinois just over a week ago as part of the Scrapbooks By Design team. It was a great experience and I got to see a LOT of sneak peaks from brands like Sizzix, Penny Black and Echo Park!

At the expo I had an opportunity to attend a workshop hosted by the Graphic 45 team to create a mixed media album using the Guilded Lily collection.  The workshop kit included everything I needed to make the gorgeous album, and it was surprisingly easy to make too! As my reader know, I tend to lean towards the ‘cuter’ side of things, with Lawn Fawn etc, so I didn’t think I was capable of making something so lovely.  The Graphic 45 design team created a beautiful project, which I created as a Scrapbooks By Design design team member.

Here is a peek at the album cover – if you would like to see the complete project and all pages, click here:  Guilded Lily Album Full Post

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Album Cover by Wendie Bee for Scrapbooks By Design

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Album Cover by Wendie Bee for Scrapbooks By Design

Mother’s Day Card: Banner Greetings & Penny Black

I wanted to make my mom an ‘non traditional’ Mother’s day card this year. Something that did not have flowers and the standard Mother’s day imagery on it.


This is what I came up with:


Banner Greetings Penny Black Mother's Day card

Banner Greetings Penny Black Mother’s Day card

This is the supplies I used:

Paper:  Stampin Up – crumb cake (base), very vanilla (mat)
Stamps:  Stampin Up:  Banner Greetings in 2013-2014 In Colors, Hedgehogs – Penny Black, Cirlces / bubbles from Simon Says Stamp Exclusive set of stamps (designed by Kristina Werner!) “Best Mom Ever”


As always, your comments & feedback are always welcome!


Until next time stampers!



Critter Coloring: Kittehs

So I have been on a crazy coloring binge since I have discovered the blending technique using colored pencils & baby oil from my post here

I fell in love with the critter stamps from Penny Black – the hedgehog, kitties, mice and critters are just about the cutest things EVER and are versatile enough to use for any age & occasion card!
I have found that Simon Says Stamp is the best place to get them online (other than Ebay) – great prices and even BETTER shipping!  Being Canadian I really appreciate when sellers can offer reasonable rates. 

Ok – enough of the hype, here is my latest creation. 


ImageI used only colored pencils & baby oil to color it.  I love that it looks like a cross between watercolor pencils & Copic (or alcohol markers).  Best of both worlds I think!  My boyfriend (yep, he’s *that* awesome) came up with the idea to fussy cut the balloons them pop them up with pop dots. 

The inside has a white matte to cover the ribbon, and I used the “Celebrate” sling mount from the Outlined Occasions set from Stampin Up’s 2011 Sale-A-Bration.


Stamp sets used:  It’s Your Day by Penny Black Inc

Eureka! Alternative to Copic & Alcohol Markers!

WOOOO HOOOOO!! Party in the craft room today!! I *finally* found a method of coloring stamped images that did not require a thousand dollar investment!!

All you need: Standard pencil crayons, baby oil & blender tips (called pen or marker nibs)

Seriously. That’s it.

Thanks to Madame Wong‘s post today on how to blend colored pencils in a similar manner to Copic coloring or alcohol markers in general, I was able to create this card:

Penny Black Its Your Day Cat Balloon Card

Penny Black stamp colored & blended with Crayola Pencil Crayons

My foray into coloring with my new Prismacolor markers wasn’t NEARLY as successful – the set of 48 I got did not have enough shades of one color to allow for a proper gradient blend.

Here is the video that madame Wong posted showing a tutorial on how to blend your pencil crayon coloring:


Here are a few additional tips to coloring & blending your pencil crayon coloring:

  • If you want to show texture (like fur in my example), then be careful not to over blend
  • Use only a pinpoint amount of baby oil – the more oil you have on your tip, the more it will blend your work. go over your colors a few times instead. Better to have not enough, than too much blending. And yes, you can blend too much. Too much blending = smeary, smudgy looking work
  • The better quality pencils you use, the richer your colored image will turn out.
  • I used Whisper White card stock from Stampin Up, but plain old card stock from Michaels also worked when I tested it.


Materials for my card:

STAMP: Penny Black (clear mount) “It’s Your Day”INK: Black Memento Archival Ink
COLOR: Crayola Pencil Crayons
BLENDING: Household standard type Baby Oil & Marker / Pen Nib refills (see video for other types of blenders you can use)
PAPER: Recollections (I don’t know the colors)
EMBOSSING FOLDER: Cuttlebug Spots & Dots


After some requests, here is a picture of the blenders that I use. I am Canadian & got these at my local Michaels. (I looked for the tool that was used in the video but I couldn’t find it.)