Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Where Flowers Bloom

Pennywise Arts is so blessed to have many very talented designers creating just to inspire you!  This month we’ll be featuring the artwork of Yvonne Grimes and Jean Sunderman. 

 Yvonne head shot2


jean sunderman



Yvonne will start us off with a fun technique she calls “Beaded Paper Lace”.  She wrote excellent instructions to go along – so grab your supplies and give it a try!


Beaded “Paper Lace” Card By Yvonne Grimes


· “Paper Lace” - Scrapbook paper that has a die-cut design with open spaces

· Contrasting paper for background

· Coordinating papers for stamped sentiment, matting, and A2 card blank

· Rubber Stamp with quote, sentiment, or other focal point

· O’So Sticky Tape Sheets

· Clear Mini Micro Beads

· Foam tape or squares

· Embellishments such as rhinestones, pearls, paper flowers, etc…

1. Cut the background piece of paper to 3-3/4”x5”. For best results choose a paper that contrasts with your “lace” paper as it will be covered with beads.

2. Cut a piece of O’So Sticky tape to 3-3/4”x5” and cover the background paper with it, but leave the red liner on for now.

3. Cut a piece of lace paper so it is just a little smaller than the background, and figure out your placement before removing the red liner and attaching the lace paper to the background. Use the red liner over the whole piece to press the lace paper down well.

4. Remove red liner and dip the whole piece in clear Mini Micro Beads. Press the beads in well with either a brayer or your fingers.

5. Attach the beaded piece to a coordinating paper layer cut to 4”x5-1/4”, and then attach to the cardstock blank.

6. Create the stamped image, layer with coordinating papers and attach to the beaded background with foam tape.

7. Embellish as desired.


Here’s another variation Yvonne did using the same technique:

beaded paper lace card 2


Won’t you share YOUR Beaded Paper Lace creation with us???

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Java Jolt Fat Book Swap

Coffee Book Logo

There is no better way to get back into the swing of things than with a swap full of delicious art!  Before you read another word go grab a cup of coffee, flavored or not, just the way you like it best.  Then sit back with this post and sip it slow.  Take in the aroma of creativity that will swirl in the air as you drink in the artwork of these talented ladies from our Pennywise Arts Yahoo Group.


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Our first cuppa comes from Cathy Varner. The brew in the top of her cup is a mix of brown, copper and silver opaque micro beads. 

Catrhy Varner


I love the little details that Cathy incorporated in her page.  The wild morning hair and fuzzy slippers add great fun to this design.

Cathy Detail



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Eunice Creswell is “Saving the world one cup of coffee at a time” with her earth friendly cup.

Eunoce Creswell

Eunice Detail

Eunice created the steam using white cardstock between two pieces of O’So Sticky Tape with clear micro beads over all to create the fun illusion of hot steam rising.  It might look fragile, but the curling steam has amazing durability due to the O’So Sticky.



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Jean Sunderman’s “Early Bird” definitely gets the freshest cup of coffee in the morning.

Jean Sunderman


Her micro beaded birdie is such a royal treat, second only to the crystal fun sugar cubes!

Jean Detail



steam cup

This stack of mugs reminds me of my cupboard!  Julie Imsland created her page of java by punching 9 coffee cups from decorative paper.  Each cup is covered with O’So Sticky Tape and micro beads.  Folks, at 10 players/pages that adds up to 90 beaded coffee cups!  Wow!     Julie Imsland Don’t miss the detail of the little wooden shelf that they all sit on!



steam cup



Karen Slusher expected to see lots of players shaking it up with shaker bead designs and was pleasantly surprised to learn that she was the only one. 

Karen Slusher Her cup features a unique shaker window featuring mocha (brown opaque) micro beads.  “No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.”  Ah, yesssssss!


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Next is Kathi Hall’s claim that “her coffee is so good, she even drinks it herself”!  So many collage items add interest and discovery here.

Kathi Hall

Kathi Detail Kathi Back

Her big daisy features PWA’s newest bead baby, Iridescent Bubble Beads.  The back of  Kathi’s page is thickly embossed creating amazing texture!


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This yummy design was swirled up by Kelli Green.  Her java sports micro beaded brew with a scrumptious crema twirl.

Kelly Green


Kelli Detail

While they are hiding in the picture above I don’t want you to miss the darling dangling shrink plastic tags that Kelli attached to the handles of the cups.




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In case of a cafe emergency Lynn Lake has included a Starbucks Via as part of the “fat” in her design.  Suede paper forms the liquid in the cup.

Lynn Lake

On the back Lynn wrote:  “Great friends and a good cup of coffee.  Enjoy both as frequently as possible.”  I do agree!



steam cup


Michele Aiello-Zendejas experimented with coffee grounds and embossing powder to create the coffee in her cup.  The texture is awesome though sadly the embossing powder covered up the rich aroma of fresh ground coffee.  Take a whiff of your own coffee now to simulate the effect.

Michele Aiello Zendejas 



Sweet detail is exhibited in Michele’s Bubble Bead accents on the spoon and on the lip of the cup.

Michele Detail




steam cup


Yes, you can almost feel the coffee jitters setting in with this great page by Sally Bowman.  I love the effect that double stamping has here – it so clearly communicates the underlying intent. 

Sally Detail

Sally Bowen 


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And last but not least is my design which really represents the efforts of many.  Due to my continued struggle with TOS I needed lots of extra help to pull this off.  Thanks to all who helped inspire, loaned stamps, glued and tied – you know who you are and love and appreciate each of you so much.

  Suzanne Glazier

What started out as an eight page book of it’s own quickly shrunk as time ran out.  Eight down to three with a lot of goodness within.  Cups were cut with SCAL and my Cricut which was a huge part of the work.  The cover was stained with Tim’s Distress Ink and a watermark “spill” stamp.  Sealing them with embossing powder helped make them durable and shiny.

Suzanne Detail


I love this element of heart shaped steam rising from the cup ‘o love.  Red micro beads are held with Glossy Accents. 

Inside pages were distressed with different colors of Tim’s ink and crackle stamped.  (Credit Hampton Art Stamps)

Suzanne Inside

A hidden pocket holds a narrow tag.  Look how just crimping the background layers adds incredible depth and texture!

Suzanne More Inside


I’m always so pleased with the collaborative effort that everyone puts into our quarterly fat book swap!  Our Beadie Buddy artists are the best!  If you are interested in joining any of our ongoing swaps, be sure to join us in our little Yahoo coffee house community for all the details!


steam cup