Happy New Year! Fun Cards to Ring in 2014

2014 is here and Pinned & Penned is back!


I took a bit of an online hiatus–longer than anticipated!  However, I have been quite busy paper and fabric crafting over the last 3 weeks and am excited to share some of my latest creations!

Some New Year’s are full of glitz, other are quiet times of solitary reflection.  This year, I planned on the former, but experienced the latter, which was actually just what I needed, in the end.  My double, however, celebrated in style donning the very outfit I had planned to wear!  (The dress form is a much appreciated Christmas present!)

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Having taken almost a week off work, I’ve been able to lose myself in creative projects and enjoy the flow without worry of time & place demands.  I hope, my fellow crafters, you have experienced some of this as well!   I had hoped to greet everyone with these cards yesterday, but I just couldn’t pull myself away from the craft table (and floor, and desk….)!

So without further ado, let us bid adieu to 2013!

The above image (and card below), was a sketch I had hanging on my idea board for two months, but never made into a holiday card!  I have more of these sketches on my idea board and holiday stamps that DIDN’T make it into cards than I wish to mention!!  Did this happen to anyone else??

So I pulled it down, added some Thickers, and voila, a sparkly New Years greeting.  The sentiment is from Amuse Studio’s “Hello December” set; the ornaments are from Penny Black, I believe, and they were stamped in Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copics, and filled in with Glossy Accents and silver Stickles.


Next up: City Scene


Using my Seattle skyline die and some Basic Grey New Year’s Stamps, I had fun creating some simple, color & shape driven cards.  I created this card before I received my shipment of new Papertrey Ink products.  Once I did, this was the result:


Using Papertrey’s Movers and Shakers die, I was able to create the ball drop I had envisioned with the first card.  I really like the way this die and the gem embellishments create a tuxedo-like image.

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The number stamps are from Papertrey Ink’s Movers and Shakers sentiments set, stamped in Brilliance Black and embossed.


The inside uses the same number stamps as well as a sentiment from Paper Smooches.


For the next card, I used a cream and black combo:

It’s a bit difficult to see, but there are some glittery-embossed fireworks behind the Space Needle!


These little cards are headed over to the CAS-ology contest, which is still running until Sunday!  Count on some inspiring work from the ladies of over there!

I hope you have a movin’ and shakin’ New Year!  I am working on being more timely in all my ventures, but alas I have started off 2014 with a backlog of writing and crafting!  Such is the life a creative person, right?

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to connecting with you in 2014!