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Penny Black Guest Designer Spot!!

Happy Friday All!

Today I am so excited to be a guest designer on the Penny Black blog! All stamps on these cards were made by Penny Black. Please go to their blog site to read more detail and leave a comment!

For the first card, I used the Delicate Florals stamp set with some Prismacolor Colored Pencils. Not sure you can see it, but I also added dots with my white gel pen on each flower. The butterfly was colored using Copic Sketch Markers. I used the Letter Background stamp and Antique Linen for the background.
Penny Black Guest

Penny Black Guest

For the second card, I black embossed the dress from the Lace Delight set on Neenah paper. I then used Melon Mambo and an Aqua Painter to color the dress. It literally took maybe 20 seconds to color – too much water and coloring and you’ll have a mushy piece of paper. I cut slits on either side with an X-Acto knife and slid the ribbon behind. The shapes were cut using the new framelits I used on Wednesday’s video. The background is emboss resist with white embossing powder and Daffodil Delight.
Penny Black Guest

Finally, my favorite card… I love it because first, I love Copics, and second, I’m a dog rescuer. The house is from the Victorian Homes set and the dog is from Critter Party. I used this border die for the side. Other than that, it’s all Copic coloring.
Penny Black Guest

Thanks for checking in with me today – I’ll be back next Wednesday for a new video. Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Brenda B

    These cards are super. I love stopping by and seeing your marvelous creations!

  2. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Elizabeth Allan

    Darlene your cards for the Penny Black Guest Designer are marvelous. I have had a wonderful time browsing through your blog and seeing all your wonderful artwork and terrific videos!

  3. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 10:49 am


    Congrats Darlene, you deserve this. The cards are, as always, spectacular.

  4. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 11:38 am


    Great cards using the PB images!! All so fabulous!!! I liked you for your cards/videos for a while now, but now I like you more because you are a ‘dog rescuer’.

    We do our fair share of rescuing!!!!!! Hard at times, but so fulfilling most of the times!!

    Have a great weekend!

  5. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Loly Borda

    Gorgeous cards as usual Darlene. I love all your creations.
    Loly Borda

  6. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 11:53 am


    Congrats on being a guest designer. These cards are wonderful. It must have been fun, too!

    Have a great and safe weekend – stay cool!

  7. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Barb Ghigliotty

    Hi Darlene ~ Congrats on the Guest DT spot! Off to Penny Black to leave some love there, too!

  8. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 2:59 pm


    Hello Darlene: Well girl, you did it and you deserve it. You have such a gift and the generosity to share it with all of us. Congratulations on getting that spot, my goodness!!!!! you’ve come a long way!!
    I too, am off to Penny Black to post a comment there. You’ve said in the past that you are a perfectionist and it shows. These cards are absolutely lovely.
    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful news.

  9. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 3:01 pm


    PS. I forgot to tell you that the white dots you made with your white gel pen,(which I own thanks to you!!) are totally visible.
    Thanks again.

  10. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Renee VanEpps

    These are all very pretty!! And that last one is my fave too, I’ll definitely have to buy that – my sister is a dog rescuer too 🙂 CONGRATS on the GDT spot, I am not surprised because I really love your work and videos!

  11. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 5:13 pm


    WOW! beautiful cards…I love penny black stamps I have a few wish I had more the blossom is one on my wish list I love how delicate it is!

  12. wrote on June 29th, 2012 at 9:22 pm


    Hi Darlene
    Congrats! As always, your cards are so beautiful. You do have such a gift of creating as a true artist, and your generosity just goes hand in hand with your gift. I’m so happy for you !

  13. wrote on June 30th, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Pam Z

    Well done!! Congrats on the DT spot!! Very happy for you!!! Your cards here are gorgeous..your coloring is gorgeous!! Glad I am a follower now!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us and have fun as the guest designer!!!

  14. wrote on June 30th, 2012 at 2:43 pm


    The puppy card is the most beautiful and perfect card ever!!! Super in love with it, wish there was a video of the making!

  15. wrote on July 1st, 2012 at 9:45 am


    I adore your cards just gorgeous, your truly blessed with talent!

  16. wrote on July 2nd, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Michell B

    I love your cards and you make it look so easy. I’m going to keep watching them over and over until I get the same results. I now have to buy some more copics to blend with the few I already have. Thanks for sharing for beautiful work. Love them all.

  17. wrote on July 2nd, 2012 at 11:24 am


    All three cards are master pieces in their own rights, and the use of both marker and pencils is super.

    I tend to lean towards “fancy” card….but your cards have brought me back to the center isle….where lovely is just that!

    Thank You for sharing and Congrads on being chosen as a guest designer!

  18. wrote on July 2nd, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Kathy Racoosin

    Hi Darlene,
    Sorry I am late to the party but, I wanted to tell you that you really rocked the Penny Black blog. Such a wonderful variety of beautiful designs. I hope to see you visit more.Hugs, Kathy

  19. wrote on July 7th, 2012 at 7:32 am


    Gorgeous cards Darlene. The first one is simply stunning!

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