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Holiday Traditions with Therese

September 2, 2014

We invite you to join us this week as we share more inspiration featuring products from our new release, Season’s Greetings, and as our designers share some of their favorite holiday traditions and memories.

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“I have a large family and we celebrate Christmas on the 24th at my parents’ house.  Everybody comes.  The house is crowded with all my cousins, aunts and uncles.  Around midnight we distribute the 100s (literally) of gifts to everyone.  It’s a late night but always memorable.”
–Therese Schaffer

Sounds like lots of bright and happy memories!
And speaking of bright and happy, check out Therese’s card using Our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-338 Sparkler.

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40-338 Sparkler has plenty of open space in the petals and leaf, great for embossing and watercoloring.

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Holiday Traditions with Cathy

September 1, 2014

We invite you to join us this week as we share more inspiration featuring products from our new release, Season’s Greetings, and as our designers share some of their favorite holiday traditions and memories.

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“When I was little I would always wake up on Christmas morning and find my main present in my bedroom, leading up to Christmas my Nan would say if you are naughty you won’t get any presents!  One year I woke up to an empty bedroom and was so upset that I had no presents because I had not behaved, however I later discovered that my present was too big for my bedroom…..It was a pony!  The best present I have ever had, thank you Dad :) .”
–Cathy Andronicou

Today’s card by Cathy isn’t quite a pony but a beautiful leaping deer using Creative Die, 51-062 Leap of Joy.

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Cathy’s lovely background was created by applying texture paste through our stencil, 25-009 Snow Dance, over her watercolored background.

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Even the inside of her card is beautiful!

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Sweet&Easy Holiday Cards

August 31, 2014

Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. Today, I’d like to imagine yourself on cold day in the middle of December. You still have so many Holiday Cards to make and you’re running out of time. You need a card that would be both quick to make and yet still “artsy” and unique. Well, hopefully, I have a solution for you!

I hope you’ll join me @ art scrap & more.

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Joy Filled #30-257

The Gift #51-070

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Runs with Scissors and… Sentiments!

August 30, 2014

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What an amazing week this has been! What an amazing release “Season’s Greetings” is. I love coming into the Penny Black workshop after everyone’s been busy all week.   There are sketches and notes and partially finished projects all around. There’s mojo in every corner and Christmas spirit everywhere. (Not to mention paint spatters, ink smudges and embossing paste!) Looks like everyone took sentiments pretty seriously!

And no wonder! The sentiment on your card gives it meaning. It is the messenger for the wishes you have for the people you care about. A sentiment can say a lot in a single word or even a small cluster of words.

The beautiful creative die sets have made it easy to add the perfect sentiment to our cards. I have had so many dreadful experiences of ruining my card with a crookedly stamped sentiment! Or one that is poorly inked. Or just doesn’t look right where I’ve placed it. The diecut sentiments also add a bit of texture and a classic look.

And there is no shortage of sentiment stamps in the new release! Many are included with the Slapstick stamps and there are several T for Transparent sets that are exclusively sentiments!

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If one joy is good at Christmas, three joys are that much better. The photo makes it seem there is no stamping on this card. But look closer:

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The white on white musical notes honor the place music has in holiday celebrations!

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Love that Tree Lined background! I stacked several leaping reindeer for some depth and sprinkled a few sequins: and of course the sentiment to add the perfect finish.

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These Winter Friends stopped playing long enough to pose for their Polaroid photo!! You had to know I would add some “cute” to my stash of cards!! And they are using the perfect sentiment to send their “love”.

We interrupt the card sharing for a little story:

Christmas isn’t only about sentiments… it’s about being sentimental too! Every Christmas evokes memories of past Christmases for me. My dad was in the military and of course we moved around a lot! Not very many Christmases were spent in the same place in the same way. (Sometimes that was a good thing!)

Our most unsentimental Christmas took place the year we accompanied my dad to his new duty station in Italy. Our main shipment of household goods had not yet arrived and we were making do with the immediate housekeeping necessities that had accompanied us on our journey by ship. (Think indoor camping!) Well, back in that day, my mom’s ironing board was an immediate necessity. She loved to iron and ironed everything! Thankfully that isn’t genetic! Well, that ironing board served as our dining table that year. We stood around it in our otherwise unfurnished home, eating the ham slices instead of the traditional turkey dinner.

At the time, we were grateful that my mom could not do without her ironing board and insisted it make the trip with us! Believe me, if I had to define immediate housekeeping necessities, an ironing board would NOT be on the list!!

Cooper feels the same way I do about ironing boards. He hadn’t been part of our family for very long when I took my ironing board out from waaaaaay back in the closet. I must’ve had to do something with an “iron on”. Cooper reacted in absolute terror! He backed into the corner of the room, barking and growling ferociously. I told him I totally understood how he felt!

So, sentimentally speaking, any Christmas that doesn’t involve an ironing board is a great Christmas.

Back to the business at hand: sharing cards!

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I wish I would remember when I am making cards how difficult it is to get a decent photo of glitter!! I used glittery silver embossing powder to stamp the tree from The Beauty of the Season, added sparkly ribbon and shiny stars. Christmas cards are a great place to use up the shiny stuff in your stash!

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Again, I have stacked at least five of the dove diecuts. It doesn’t show in the photo, but the dove is also stamped with the white on white musical notes.   In the spirit of sparing you from too many photos, just trust me … it’s there! “Christmas” adds the perfect border.

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And last, but not least (of course you feel least if you are chosen last! Remember gym class?) This is a one layer card using the birds on a branch from the Holly Scroll transparent set. I went with non-traditional bright purple instead of red for the berries. I love the beautiful font of that sentiment! It makes the card complete and ready for mailing!

Mr. RWS and I have celebrated Christmas with our children and now we are enjoying Christmas with the grandchildren when we can. We have adapted to the current life situations of our adult children who thankfully, have a more predictable life schedule than the years they were in college, working part time jobs with crazy and inconvenient times to work. I remember one year we celebrated Christmas at least five times, hosting the kids who couldn’t make it on the 25th of December on an alternate day that worked for them. I’m grateful those days are over!

Oh, my giddy aunt! (I love that down under expression!) Look at the clock. I’ve been so busy waxing sentimental, I lost track of the time. Easy enough to do when you’re surrounded by Penny Black’s Christmas splendor.

Before I go, Cooper has asked that he not be involved in the Christmas card making this week. He is a bit nervous about being around all the glitter and sequins after what happened the last time he was “helping” in the craft room and ended up dusted with sequins!.

So, here he is just being his happy dog self … notice we’ve even added a sentiment to Cooper’s photo.

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I hope you’ve been inspired by all the Penny Black goodies in the Season’s Greetings release. I know my heart has been singing all week after enjoying the amazing art of the Penny Black designers!

Once again, thanks for sharing your time with me. I’ve tidied the studio, vacuumed the glitter, and most importantly, put away the scissors until next time. The lights are out and so am I!

 

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SENTIMENTal Holidays with Cathy and Therese

August 29, 2014

Looking for just the right sentiment for your holiday cards? Look no further! Join us this week as our designers share cards featuring the sentiments from our new release, Season’s Greetings.
It’s a week of… SENTIMENTal holidays!

Today, Cathy and Therese are featuring stamped sentiments. Cathy is using the T for Transparent set, 30-254 Beauty of the Season.

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Many of our T for Transparent sets have beautiful sentiments included with the images. Therese’s card uses the “Merry Christmas” from 30-258 Prancers.

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And who could forget?? It’s Friday!

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SENTIMENTal Holidays with Heather

August 28, 2014

Looking for just the right sentiment for your holiday cards? Look no further! Join us this week as our designers share cards featuring the sentiments from our new release, Season’s Greetings.
It’s a week of… SENTIMENTal holidays!

Today Heather features the Creative Die sentiment set, 51-058 Joyous Wishes.

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Heather added an extra elegant touch to her sentiment by heat embossing it in gold.

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SENTIMENTal Holidays with Elizabeth

August 27, 2014

Looking for just the right sentiment for your holiday cards? Look no further! Join us this week as our designers share cards featuring the sentiments from our new release, Season’s Greetings.
It’s a week of… SENTIMENTal holidays!

Today Elizabeth shows us that you can get even more use from your sentiments by mixing and matching them as she has done here with Creative Die 51-067 World of Wishes and T for Transparent set 30-257 Joy Filled.

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And here’s another fun twist… our die cuts work fabulously together to create the look of faux laser cut images. “Sandwiching” 51-062 A Leap of Joy between two Polaroid frames creates a deceptively intricate design which can be achieved in a matter of minutes!

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