Friday, August 12, 2011

Penny Black: Fetching Slippers - a masculine card

Hi blogging friends Free Smiley Courtesy of   Long time no post!  I received a phone call from one of my closest friends late last week to let me know that their father had passed away.  I worked with my friend and their father for many years in their family business and although it wasn't unexpected, it is still a shock when it actually happens.   The funeral was last Wednesday (2 days ago) and the weather was really terrible:  wet, freezing cold and miserable - most of us still got wet under our umbrellas because the wind was blowing it under.   It was like the angels in heaven were crying along with the rest of us.

I started this card last week but only got as far as colouring the image before the phone call so I put it aside and only finished the remainder of the card in a bit of a rush last night as I had to pop it in the mail today.  Hopefully my BIL should get it in time for his birthday this coming Monday.

The adorable image is by Penny Black - a stamp which I bought very recently from PB Stamps in the USA.  Dick Robinson, who runs the on-line store, has all the current PB stamps as well as many retired ones that you can't get at other stores.  When I saw this image on someone's card a few months ago, I just HAD to get it - I LOVE it and it makes me happy to look at it Free Smiley Courtesy of  Check out those cat slippers!!  Cute as a button!! 

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper and coloured it with a mix of Faber-Castell and Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils and a small #2 round paintbrush.  You can't see in the photo, but I added some clear Sakura glaze pen to the dog's collar.  Here is a wee close-up:-

I wish I knew who made the designer paper.  It is a fairly recent purchase but there is no name on the back which is rather unusual for dp's these days.  If you know, please leave me a comment or drop me an email, and I will update this post.  Plus I would LOVE to know so I can get some more of it:  I do really like it as it is so perfect for masculine cards IMHO.

The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley (UK) and is from their circular sentiments set:  For you.  I stamped it with Indigo pigment ink, poured on some clear embossing powder and heat-set it  The sentiment originally had flowers where the sparkly red star brads are, but I couldn't have flowers on a man's card, so searched through my stash to find something I could pop over the top to hide them.  Here is a close-up so you can see:

Both the main panel and sentiment panel are up on dimensionals.


I am entering this card into the Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge #14 of Spots and Dots.  I tried to use as many dots and spots as I could:  my dp, embossed dot red cardstock panel across the centre and the dots on the border punched panels.

I am also popping this card into the Stampalot August Challenge of "Anything goes".

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a fab weekend!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black Fetching Slippers 2085F, Lili of the Valley (UK) Circular sentiments - For you (set of 7 stamps)

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black, Artnic Indigo pigment

Designer paper:  I haven't a clue!

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Crafts Too dots square 5" x 5" embossing folder, Spellbinder - rectangle, circle and scalloped circle nestabilities, 140lb Watercolour paper, #2 round paintbrush, Faber-Castell and Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, red sparkly star brads by Making Memories - Stars in Bloom - shimmer, navy blue ribbon, Sakura clear glaze pen, heat-gun, clear embossing powder, cardstock: navy blue, red

Punches:  Fiskars threading water 


ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Superb job there, Jobear!! and must be following you for a year now as I remember last year when you did your BIL card - very new to blogging and and a lot of terms threw me at first!! sorry to hear of a friend's loss no matter how expected it is always very sad.... however this card is a cracker.
I love the layout, some clever uses of dies and I cracked up when I saw the dog in cat slippers what a contradiction, huh? - any self respecting dog wouldn't be seen dead in them, but love it soo much too! God bless, Shaz in Oz.x

brenda said...

A really cute creation Jocelyn.

Thank you so much for joining us at Stampalot Challenge this month and good luck.

B x

Anonymous said...

i'm sorry for your loss; i'm sure your friend appreciated your support during this difficult time. glad you were able to finish this card; it's so cute and comical, jocelyn, and i think it works perfectly for the challenges.

pinky said...

Lol I love this card, what a cute little image. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

Merry said...

What a fun card...I so love the slippers. Take care....that was certainly sad news for you.

Sally H said...

Just fabulous! What a super cute image! I love it. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is so cute Jocelyn. I love the kitty slippers!
Thank you for sharing with us at Sir Stampalot.
Clare x

debby4000 said...

Fabulous card Jocelyn, love the cute image and perfect colours for a chap.

Tracy said...

Fab Entry, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Suzie McFloozy said...

Great card Jocelyn love that super cute image, which you've coloured perfectly, and the sentiment with the stars look great too x
Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog and for playing along with us at stampin' for the weekend - good luck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Francesca said...

Beautiful Creation

Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot challenge this month and good luck!


Jackie said...

Fantastic man card, it makes a refreshing change from the usual sports/booze cards :o)
Jackie xx

Michelle said...

Love it Jocelyn! I'm a huge Penny Black fan too & have ordered many times from Dick - he's the best! I really need some of those LOTV sentiments - I say that every time I see them on someone's card but I still haven't ordered! Too many things I want, lol!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your loss...

Your card is fabulous! The Penny Black dog is adorable and your coloring is fantastic. Great choice of dp too.

Tracey said...

LOL this made me smile :D - wonderful card!
Thanks for joining us at SFTW this week & Good Luck.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Jocelyn you have mastered those Inktense pencils. Wonderfully festive patterned papers too!

Marion said...

Love it Jocelyn! Those cat slippers make me smile! Sorry for your loss.

Taylor U. said...

This is DARLING!!! Love those slippers :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You won last week's blog candy - come check out the details!

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Another GORGEOUS creation.

Hugs, Sandra

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