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Blog Hop: Day 1 with Elizabeth

September 22, 2014

We’re hopping this week, blog hopping that is, with the talented folks at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Join us for Christmas inspiration and giveaways!


Today Elizabeth shares how she used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares to create her Penny Black chipboard-esque elements and add elevated dimension to this modern “collage-style” holiday greeting.


Using an Adhesive Transfer Sheet allowed Elizabeth to create a crushed velvet flocked snowflake with our Crystal Trio Creative Die. Don’t these remind you of warm, soft wool mittens on a crisp winter’s day?


To give her elements from Joy Filled and Picture This an extra thick chipboard feel, Elizabeth stamped and die cut several of the same designs and then layered them atop one another with E-Z Dots Permanent Adhesive.


Extra depth and dimension was achieved when the finished Penny Black elements were layered with 3D Foam Squares. The two thicknesses offered by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L gave the design varied height throughout the card.


Even though you can’t see them, the thin 3D Foam Squares give this decorated panel, dry embossed with our Dotlets stencil, a slight bit of elevation from the card base too.


And don’t miss all the extra little details for making the crushed velvet snowflake sparkle and using our new Oh Christmas Tree Slapstick/Cling stamp to make fancy background designs on small die cut elements.


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Christmas will be coming early for one lucky winner! Leave a comment on each blog post this week for a chance to win $25 in Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesives and 2 T for Transparent Penny Black stamps sets. Entries through 11:59 PM PST Saturday 9-26-14.

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Club Member Christmas

September 21, 2014

We are sooo excited to announce an upcoming event exclusively for our Club Members!


If you haven’t signed up to be a Penny Black Club Member, just sign up HERE (it’s free!), and beginning on Sept. 24 and throughout the month of October, you will receive 4 exclusive emails featuring our stamps and Creative Dies along with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos, Gesso, Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, and more. Within each email our designer, Jill Foster, will explore topics such as achieving beautiful mixed media collage, stamping techniques, ATC designs, and scenic painting…



And with all of this Christmas excitement, we are also offering a special prize for a NEW Club Member. After signing up for the free club HERE, just pop by and “like” the Penny Black Facebook page and leave us a comment that you’ve signed up for the Club Member Christmas event. One lucky winner will receive a prize pack of 3 featured stamps. (Giveaway closes September 24, 11:59 PM PST. Not on Facebook? Just leave a comment here to enter the giveaway.)

alexandra’sSunday scrapbooking – Fabric & Creative Dies

September 21, 2014
Hello dear Friends and welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. Today, I thought we would look at how we can cut fabric with Penny Black’s Creative Dies. I have a series of cards and a tip I’d like to share with you… I hope you’ll join me over at art scrap & more. Thank You!

Runs with LEAFY Scissors

September 20, 2014

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Well, as they say here in the South, “Happy Fall, y’all”! I had so much fun in Penny Black’s front yard today. Someone very efficiently raked all the leaves into great big piles, just perfect for jumping in, and so I did! I’m sure it won’t take long for someone to realize that anyone who runs with scissors probably jumps in leaf piles, too.

And speaking of leaves and Fall, have you put together your wish list of Penny Black’s Fall 2014 stamps and dies?   There are leaf stamps, leaf dies and dies for seasonal sentiments, as well as Halloween stamps for any style.   It’s been such fun seeing what the Penny Black artists and designers have created with the new release.   I’ve been inspired by each creation, as well as by the cooler temperatures and Mother Nature’s leafy displays.

So today, it is all about leaves.


Obviously Jill Foster’s tags inspired me. I love how she ties the ribbon together with a little bow. Jill uses twine but I chose gold ribbon to match the elements in my tag. I made the tag using Penny Black’s creative die Tagged and stamped it using Textures. I then overstamped it with leaves from the Fall Flutters cling set using Delicata gold ink. I added the house from Shades creative die set and the picket fence from the new Haunted Hollow die set. I stacked two diecuts of “Thankful” from Words of Gratitude and attached them to the tag.

Obviously, I am thankful for my home that never has and never will travel down a highway at 65 miles per hour!


These leaves have been stamped with the Filigree Foliage images, using various colors of Distress inks. I fussy cut them and mounted them to a circle using dimensional tape. I tucked a few twigs among the leaves, using the tree included in the Haunted Hollow Creative Die set. I added the stamped sentiment from Fall Flutters.


No stamping on this card at all. It’s a stenciled background (Zigs & Zags) with various diecuts for the layers and leaves die cut using the creative die set Autumn Jewels. I really enjoy having diecut sentiments!! They make a statement and never smudge!

For most of our pre-retirement years we hosted Thanksgiving dinners at our house. There would be at least 20 people gathered around our table(s). It was a happy mix of kids, their spouses, siblings, grandkids and in-laws. Sometimes I would take the day before Thanksgiving off from work in order to prepare the food. There was always a huge turkey, stuffing, vegetable platter, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, fruit salad, dinner rolls, and relishes. Of course appetizers and beverages were part of the feast. Dessert was often provided by the daughters-in-law who made it a friendly competition. I loved sending leftovers home with the single adult kids and enjoyed knowing that I had made everyone happy with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I was certain everyone in the family treasured the day as much as I did!


Our first Thanksgiving after retirement found us far from Wisconsin, traveling in our RV, and missing family and the traditional Thanksgiving feast. I placed a call to my son and daughter-in-law, knowing that the siblings had all gathered at their house. I was feeling guilty and sad that I hadn’t been there to provide the turkey dinner and all the trimmings. Imagine my shock when I was told that they were so glad not to have to eat turkey that year and instead were enjoying Sue’s home made lasagna! It seems they never liked having to sit down to the formal dinner table, sharing what they were most grateful for and would have preferred a more casual occasion. My response: “Why didn’t someone tell me?” I thought about all the time and effort I spent preparing and cleaning up after those big dinners while they were all too polite to say anything!


Again, I stamped my tag with a Textures stamp and overstamped the bird from Ode to Christmas. I tied leaves made with Autumn Jewels with twine and attached them to the tag. I then added the sentiment cut from glossy gold paper.


While I love the entire Fall 2014 release, I believe this background stamp Autumn Dance is my favorite! I stamped the outline leaves and embossed them with sparkly gold. I then used the embossed resist technique with various distress inks. I thought about a layer of vellum but decided I didn’t want to hide the sparkle. I added a leaf and sentiment diecut to finish the card.

This new release has changed my relationship with leaves to a positive one. Our home in Wisconsin was situated on a very large, multi-leveled, hilly, wooded lot. There were dozens of huge oak trees which were lovely with the leaves attached. I found it hard to enjoy them, however, knowing that the Autumn day would come when those leaves would let go of their branches and require long hours of raking and bagging. The oak trees lost some of their leaves in the Fall and the rest in Spring. So after a long winter of shoveling snow, we found ourselves raking the Spring crop of fallen leaves. While one can enjoy gazing at a single autumn-colored leaf, a half acre of them ceases to be lovely. It is not coincidental that our current home occupies a treeless lot!

The Fall 2014 release definitely makes it easier to create Fall and holiday cards. And many of the non-holiday stamps and dies from previous releases can be used to create layers and embellishments. Although my cards today are appropriate for Thanksgiving, they can easily be “thinking of you”, “happy birthday” or “friendship” cards by using a different sentiment. It’s amazing how the mojo takes over when you play with a new collection. I have many more ideas that I want to try with this new release, but I had to stop somewhere in order to have time for leaf-pile-jumping!


And look who’s ready for Fall! Cooper should get the “good sport” award for allowing me to put his head through this leafy wreath! Do you think he’s learned there is always a treat after the photos are taken?

I would love to see what you create using the Fall 2014 release. Be sure to upload your cards to the Penny Black blog Flickr gallery so everyone can be inspired.

Well, I hear upset voices outside the Penny Black studio. Sounds like a discussion about leaf piles … or former leaf piles. I guess I’ll quickly clean up and trade my scissors for a rake. I’ve enjoyed spending time with you and remember: Happy Fall, y’all!

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Lovely Leaves with Peet

September 19, 2014

This week our designers are getting in the mood for fall, stamping with the theme Lovely Leaves! And if you haven’t already, be sure to take a peek at all of our newest autumn stamps… you just might find some lovely leaves for your next project!


Peet shows us today that lovely autumn leaves can come from any of our beautiful floral stamp sets, hers are from 30-230 Sunny Hello!


Peet embossed her leaves and butterfly, 30-116 Social Butterfly, using glitter gold and then colored them with Distress Inks. Finally, she added a layer of Glossy Accents on top.


And don’t forget, TGIF!


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Lovely Leaves with Heather

September 18, 2014

This week our designers are getting in the mood for fall, stamping with the theme Lovely Leaves! And if you haven’t already, be sure to take a peek at all of our newest autumn stamps… you just might find some lovely leaves for your next project!


Our T for Transparent set, 30-263 Lush & Lavish, has an artsy, brushstroke style… perfect for achieving a watercolor effect as Heather has done today.



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Lovely Leaves with Jill

September 17, 2014

This week our designers are getting in the mood for fall, stamping with the theme Lovely Leaves! And if you haven’t already, be sure to take a peek at all of our newest autumn stamps… you just might find some lovely leaves for your next project!


Distress Paints and Markers give this card by Jill an earthy feel!


And by using our stamp set, 30-263 Lush & Lavish, and matching Creative Dies, 51-072 Autumn Jewels, she was able to achieve lots of dimension with her leaves…with no fussy cutting!


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