Embrace Happiness


Hi bloggers! Happy Saturday to you! We’re pleased to bring you TWO lovely cards featuring Penny Black stamps from Lin Brandyberry who happens to also be a Design Team member on our Wednesday challenge blog! Be sure to check out her fabulous work every week!

SSS Stamptember, Sept 7

When I hear September, I go into instant autumn mode, thinking of the beautiful fall colors that I see at this time of year!  So when I was asked to make something for Simon’s STAMPtember® event, it was an easy choice, and I made 2 cards for you!   For my first card, I chose my favorite Penny Black flower stamp set, Petal Party, and did it up in fall colors.  I stamped the beautiful flower twice, coloring them with markers, and then carefully cut them out.  I love the look of text on a card, so I used this delicate script as my background for them, framing it with some paper lace.  I chose my sentiment from the So Blessed cling stamp set; don’t you love the beautiful mixed font?  I mounted it with some foam squares to raise it a bit, as I did the gold flower head.   And to finish I added a twine bow and colored pearls.
A hint I’d like to share for both coloring and fussy-cutting is to heat emboss the image after stamping it. First, the embossing helps you to stay in the lines when coloring small areas, and secondly, when cutting out the image, the embossed line gives you a little  hard edge to cut beside.


Stamptember Sept 7, Embrace Happiness

I went in a whole different direction with my 2nd card, using a very simple design.  I chose a favorite cling called Floral Thread as my main focus, and stamped and heat embossed it on white cardstock, then used distress inks to sponge in the background with more autumn shades.  These colors makes me think of looking up through the branches of a maple tree and seeing some patches of that clear blue sky we get in the fall.  I trimmed this into a panel, framed it with a solid paper, and then added it to my white card base along with a sentiment from the Friendship clear set and some enamel dots to mimic the colors in my panel.


Thanks for reading today & thanks to Lin for the gorgeous inspiration!


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  1. Such beautiful cards Lin. I just love that cling Floral Threads with all the beautiful distress inks you used. So gorgeous but then your cards always go together effortlessly.

  2. Two gorgeous cards Lin. The colors on the first do feel like fall is coming and I just love the text behind those flowers! It’s no surpise to methat you could do two very, different style cards and that each would be as nice as the other. Marvelous work!

  3. Wow! Fabulous cards! I love the color combos! Super duper great stamps! Thanks so much for sharing! Stamps… Into my cart!

  4. I’m an email subscriber, but I hate that I get the update the next day, I feel like I’m a dy behind on all the news.

    Love this set, what an exciting month!

  5. I love Lin’s card – everything about it – but I especially love the placement of the pearls. The pearls are perfect for this card!

  6. Love the fall colors…it is still hot here in Florida but that made me think fondly of cool Fall weather and the changing of the leaves. Thanks!

  7. Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing your technique. The tip about embossing the stamp before coloring and cutting was great!

  8. Lin’s cards are absolutely gorgeous! It’s such a treat to see her work being featured here!!!

  9. I love your beautiful cards and colors. The second card does look like the view when you look up at a maple tree.

  10. Gorgeous cards and such fun details and techniques. I can see myself CASE’g the floral and sponged distress ink card many times over. Thanks for the tip on embossing if fussy cutting in involved. Why did that never occur to me? ;-)

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