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StampNation Guests: Welcome Iwona!

May 12, 2014

We love discovering places for stampers to play, find inspiration, and learn. If you haven’t heard of StampNation be sure you check out their amazing community.  StampNation members have access to over 400 videos, a classroom, fun challenges, gallery, message boards, and more! And as we mentioned last week, Penny Black is proudly sponsoring one of their challenges as we speak.  Lucky for us we can get a taste of their designers’ talent here on our blog as we have 6 very special guests joining us this week!  Let’s check out who’s up today…


Iwona is a card maker with passion but not enough hours in the day. Stamps and dies are what she reaches for most of the time, and Penny Black ones are among her favorites. When she’s not creating, she loves spending time with her kiddos! You can find Iwona on her blog, Random Acts of Creativity.

Well, we are sure glad you had time to create this beauty, Iwona!


Iwona has used our SlapStick/Cling background 40-190 Bed of Roses as a soft layer in her background by coloring around the roses using a Copic marker.


She also used roses from 40-190 Bed of Roses for her focal point, too.


And just to tease you a little bit J, here’s a peek at another Penny Black creation by Iwonathat we snuck over from the StampNation site.  (Sssh!! Don’t tell!)



Want to give StampNation a try? We have 2 one-month subscriptions to giveaway! Simply leave a comment on this post to be entered to win.

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61 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2014 12:12 am

    Gorgeous work! Love the background stamp xx

  2. May 12, 2014 12:38 am

    I love Iwona ‘s work n I am Happy to see her as GD here..loved the way she has created that soft bg and beautiful card !!

  3. isha2014 permalink
    May 12, 2014 12:55 am

    Love Iwona’s work. She has created beautiful cards. I am loving PB stamps more and more everyday 🙂

  4. Carol Sanford permalink
    May 12, 2014 1:01 am

    Oh my goodness I love those cards!! that’s rose background is lovely and I’m going to get one:) Iwonas cards are very lovely. She has great talent and I can not wait to see more!

  5. Di Brown permalink
    May 12, 2014 1:44 am

    I love the Bed of Roses stamp, Iwona used it beautifully. The rose was lovely too

  6. May 12, 2014 1:55 am

    I absolutely love Iwona’s work. I love browsing through the latest creations on her blog. I’d love to give stamp nation a try and learn for her and other fantastic artists.

  7. cathyaa permalink
    May 12, 2014 3:07 am

    Lovely card iwona

  8. May 12, 2014 3:16 am

    I love that background stamp. Gorgeous designs & such fabulous cards! I would love to win to see what Stamp Nation is all about.

  9. May 12, 2014 4:18 am

    Such beautiful cards! Wow!

  10. Susie permalink
    May 12, 2014 4:38 am

    Just beautiful flowers and what a better way to celebrate spring after our long winter. Penny Black stamps rock!

  11. judka permalink
    May 12, 2014 4:43 am

    Iwona has brought that yellow rose to life!! Stunning!! And thanks for sneaking in the second card .. can’t have too much of a good thing!!

  12. Marliese Zimmerman permalink
    May 12, 2014 4:52 am

    i’m familiar with Iwona’s creations and love every one of them. She uses Penny Black stamps in such an imaginative way. She has me beginning to think out of the box.

  13. Barb P. permalink
    May 12, 2014 5:03 am

    Beautiful cards; especially the sneak peak – love to use the colour orange. Sounds like StampNation is the place to go; would love to win one of the give-aways.

  14. May 12, 2014 5:23 am

    Beautiful work of art, Iwona is an incredible artist in creating gorgeous beauties !

  15. Debi permalink
    May 12, 2014 5:39 am

    Really liked the idea of coloring around the image for the soft background……what a clever idea. Both of her cards are beautiful. thanks for the chance to win a free month to StampNation

  16. May 12, 2014 5:39 am

    Your cards are just lovely! Thanks so much for the chance to win a spot!!!

  17. May 12, 2014 6:07 am

    I am a bug fan of Iwona! And what an awesome giveaway!

  18. Leanne S permalink
    May 12, 2014 6:11 am

    Love the background stamp.

  19. JoAnne Pitre permalink
    May 12, 2014 6:31 am

    Clever, turned out beautifully. Love the new technique of coloring the background stamped image. Looking forward to seeing more.

  20. May 12, 2014 6:43 am

    Beautiful Card! I love how Iwona colored the background stamp… just beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win. AJ@queenofmynest

  21. sschmitz1618 permalink
    May 12, 2014 6:50 am

    I love the green colored in background . Such beautiful cards.

  22. Carol Jones permalink
    May 12, 2014 7:05 am

    Such a talented lady! Beautiful cards, and thanks for the chance to win.

  23. May 12, 2014 7:06 am

    absolutely stunning!!!! just amazing.

  24. May 12, 2014 8:42 am

    love the way she stamped the background first. Beautiful card.
    I’d love to join Stamp Nation.

  25. May 12, 2014 8:57 am

    OMG!! What gorgeous and stunning cards!!!

  26. Diane permalink
    May 12, 2014 9:01 am

    beautiful designing. would love to win a spot in Stamp Nation!

  27. May 12, 2014 9:56 am

    An amazing designer and amazing stamps! OOOH what a combo!

  28. Xiomara permalink
    May 12, 2014 10:16 am

    Hi! So beautiful cards.

  29. May 12, 2014 10:17 am

    Really beautiful card. The background is lovely and the yellow touches are perfect.

  30. Carol permalink
    May 12, 2014 10:59 am

    Lovely cards and a reminder to use little embellishments not oly to enter flowers, but to carry color around the card. Love the vellum overlay!

  31. Sue D permalink
    May 12, 2014 11:45 am

    Gorgeous cards and would love to try StampNation.

  32. May 12, 2014 11:48 am

    Fabulous cards and would love to give StampNation a try. There are so many wonderful techniques and so little time!

  33. Sharon Salerno permalink
    May 12, 2014 12:15 pm

    Chupa it is gorgeous as everything you do is!

  34. May 12, 2014 12:17 pm

    wowzers!!! From the background to the yellow flower, this is stunning!!!

  35. Stephanie Johnson permalink
    May 12, 2014 1:23 pm

    Beautiful! I’d love a membership!!!!

  36. Stephanie Johnson permalink
    May 12, 2014 1:24 pm


  37. grayja2014 permalink
    May 12, 2014 1:40 pm

    Beautiful card! I would love to try out Stamp Nation for a month.

  38. May 12, 2014 1:57 pm

    Iwona’s cards are lovely! Stamp Nation is doing quite well, would love a free month

  39. Angelique Vela permalink
    May 12, 2014 3:14 pm

    Gorgeous cards, as usual. Iwona is so talented.

  40. Denise Bryant permalink
    May 12, 2014 3:59 pm

    Delightful cards! I love the background stamp and how Iwona colored around the roses with a Copic marker…. scrumptious!

  41. marge permalink
    May 12, 2014 4:25 pm

    oh how awesome thanks

  42. Patt H. permalink
    May 12, 2014 4:58 pm

    Stunning cards! I love the way she colored the roses background.

  43. Kelly Flaherty permalink
    May 12, 2014 8:06 pm

    I am trying so hard to learn some of the techniques that produce such beautiful cards (the second card you’ve shown here) but all it does it make a mess on the white embossing. So I really, really need to win a subscription to StampNation! I really need the help! Thank you so much for giving us a chance to win such a terrific prize.

  44. Melissa Friedrich permalink
    May 12, 2014 11:26 pm

    Love the roses background stamp! Beautiful and elegant cards !

  45. May 13, 2014 12:34 am

    Lovely card and Penny Black stamps. Thanks for a chance to win!

  46. May 13, 2014 12:44 am

    Lovely cards – would never have thought of doing that for a background!

  47. Thordis permalink
    May 13, 2014 1:22 am

    Amazing card… LOVE the background and the vibrant colors 🙂

  48. May 13, 2014 3:05 am

    This is a wonderful example of how to use a background stamp for that plus the focal image – not something I’d thought of in quite this way. I particularly like the way the yellow ribbon forms a line leading the eye from left to right just into that focal flower which is the same colour. The blue of the sentiment is arresting & then I realised why – Colour Theory: with the blue & yellow mixing to make green! Especially effective with the brilliant bright yellow & the muted pastel pale blue.
    Paula (PEP)

  49. May 13, 2014 4:29 am

    A very stunning card and such a good use of the stamps.

  50. calamityjane permalink
    May 13, 2014 8:19 am

    I love Iwona’s work!! All of her cards are pieces of art and offers up such beautiful inspiration! Winning a month of StampNation would just be great!! Thanks for sharing!

  51. May 13, 2014 5:34 pm

    I am almost speechless – both cards are stunning.

  52. lolyborda43 permalink
    May 14, 2014 12:23 am

    I absolutely love Chupa’s work and she did an awesome job with those roses. TFS

  53. marcia m permalink
    May 14, 2014 9:34 pm

    What bfantastic work! I’m very impressed!

  54. May 15, 2014 1:45 am

    AMAZING Designs as usual!! LOVING these and I’d LOVE to win!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  55. May 15, 2014 7:51 am

    The yellow flower looks like you could pluck it off the page and put it in a vase.
    Beautiful card.

  56. Carla Hundley permalink
    May 15, 2014 10:21 am

    Very pretty and love
    all the layers to it.
    Carla from Utah

  57. mikeslittlesis permalink
    May 16, 2014 3:35 am

    Fantastic cards! I love the florals.

  58. May 17, 2014 9:37 am

    Beautiful cards!

  59. May 18, 2014 8:26 am

    Iwona, your cards are always such a work of art!!! They should be framed and hung on a wall!!

  60. Roxanne Stoouffer permalink
    May 21, 2014 1:49 pm

    Again the stamps are fabulous and the color is so brilliant. Love them.

  61. Lynda permalink
    May 23, 2014 3:54 pm

    I’ve visited Iwona’s blog before. She has some real talent for making cards that deserve a second look!

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