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Winter Watercolor with Elizabeth

October 20, 2014

It’s time to pick up your stamps, dies, paintbrushes and watercolors. Join us this week for watercolor techniques and inspiration featuring our new collection Winter Wonderland. Want to join in on the fun? Just upload your project to our Penny Circle Flickr Gallery and/or Facebook page—we love seeing your Penny Black creations!

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Elizabeth has taken inspiration for her winter watercolor from the gentle snowflakes that adorn nature with a soft white blanket as seen at sunset.

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A tiny bit of ribbon and a small antique button make these snow-covered branches dance with delight.

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This is a great technique to use with all the images included in the Nature’s Gifts transparent set!

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – For the Love of Branches…

October 18, 2014
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black. It is no scoop, I love branches, leaves…I love the movement they instantly create, love the way they draw you in…so today, I’d like to share three projects made using these two different Creative Dies from Penny Black.

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Dancing Leaves #51-016

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Hodgepodge!

October 18, 2014

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Hello, friends! Things are pretty busy here at the Penny Black blog. This past week has been all about the new Winter Wonderland release, but we who run with scissors are not yet ready to put away the Fall 2014 release! And who is going to argue with a woman foolish enough to break the scissors rule?

At our house, when there is a variety of food choices in the refrigerator and the cook (that would be me) wants a night off, we declare the dinner menu to be “hodgepodge”. In other words, each of us is on our own and we each have a different meal. We finish up what’s left from previous meals before a new meal is prepared.

Well, today is the hodgepodge version of Runs with Scissors. I had some perfectly good ideas I wanted to try using the Fall 2014 stamps and dies before I opened my box of Winter Wonderland goodies. So here goes:

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I used the Autumn Jewels Creative Die set to cut an assortment of leaves from gold foil paper and previously watercolored paper. I mounted them on woodgrain paper and matted with more gold foil. The sentiment is stamped with Delicata gold ink. There’s gold Wink of Stella on the watercolored leaves to add a bit of bling.

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The Filigree Foliage set includes six different leaves. I’ve only used three of them on this second Thanksgiving card. I created the background using the filigreed leaves embossed in white and then distressed using a variety of colors. I’ve placed the stacked die cut sentiment on a strip of vellum. I love using stitching to attach vellum to my cards.

Before I leave Thanksgiving and go on to Christmas, I have a little story that may illustrate how hodgepodge sometimes creeps into my life unexpectedly. There are times I am not able to finish one project before another pops up, causing a bit of hodgepodge in my brain.

The other day I was spending more time than it should have taken to arrange for flights to Milwaukee for Christmas. I had reward miles on my credit card that I wanted to use and hadn’t been able to find flights online for which they would apply. I called the telephone number on the back of my credit card, but before I could be connected to an agent, I was instructed to first answer questions presented to me by an automated voice (in order to serve me better) and then endured twenty minutes on hold before at last reaching a real human. I was finally and gratefully talking with the agent, discussing dates of travel and our need for times that would accommodate our two hour drive to Nashville in order to fly on their airline. From the corner of my eye I noticed my husband waving at me, trying to attract my attention and interrupt my conversation. I tried to ignore him, but he was getting a bit frantic, so I handed him an envelope and pen that was handy so he could write down what was so urgent. This is the message he slipped across the desk:

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Well, the temptation was to ask the agent to “please hold, our customer is busy assisting others at the moment”, but I managed to signal to Mr. Runs with Scissors that as much as I would have liked to assist with his dilemma, I could only manage the task at hand and he was on his own! I am really quite talented at body language!

I would like to tell you this story has a happy ending, but after further review the agent and I discovered their airline had no rewards seats available for the dates I needed them, and even worse, does not have a route that flies into Milwaukee!

Mr. Runs with Scissors and I don’t drink, but some days it seems like a good idea.

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The We Three Kings cling stamp is one of the reasons I wanted to work with the Fall 2014 release a bit more. I painted the smooth side of water color paper using distress inks and water and allowed it to try before stamping the three kings image. I let the background colors determine the color of their robes, but wanted the beards and inner garment to be white. I used my trusty Signo white pen to color those areas. My gold Wink of Stella pen added a touch of glitter to their crowns and the gifts they hold.

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The transparent set Frosty Fun has five adorable images and I had only used one. I couldn’t resist this little mouse and it was a perfect opportunity to use my Copic markers. The sentiment is part of the Joyous Wishes Creative Die set and as always, adds the perfect detail.

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While the Fall 2014 release features dies and stamps for Halloween and Thanksgiving, they also offer opportunities to make cards for other occasions, too. I’ve used the Fall Flutters cling set to create a background on linen textured paper. I stitched a plain white panel across the middle, added one more stamped leaf and the deer from the creative die set Leap of Joy. I used a birthday sentiment this time.   The leaves and the deer can be used all year long to make masculine themed cards, so no need to pack them away with your holiday stamps.

That birthday card reminds me that someone in our family had a birthday last week!

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Poor Cooper! He just didn’t want anything to do with posing with his birthday cupcake and candle! I didn’t think he should be unhappy on his birthday so I edited this photo of Cooper and his blankie. Every evening at six Cooper brings me his blanket for a game of tug of war or “wave the blanket all around so I can chase it”. It’s uncanny how he knows when it is six o’clock

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I gave up on a posed photo and just let Cooper enjoy licking the frosting for a bit. We substituted the cupcake for one of his doggie treats and called it a wrap!

Well, now that I have enjoyed my Fall 2014 stamps and dies one more time I will be ready to play with the new Winter Wonderland release next time. The inspiration projects this past week have been amazing. All of the new stamps and dies are available in the Penny Black store as of yesterday. This new release has something for everyone .. again!

I am so happy to share the Penny Black blog with you! Cooper and I love reading your comments. But now it’s time to tidy up and put things away. The scissors are stowed, the floors are swept, and cleanliness reigns once more. Many years ago I saw a sign hanging in a workplace that said “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Someone added their own bit of wisdom by hand writing “But around here it is next to impossible”. On that note, I will leave you.

Hope you have just enough hodgepodge in your life this week to make things interesting, but not impossible.

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Winter Thank You’s with Peet

October 17, 2014

You can never have too many thank you cards on hand during the upcoming holiday season, so this week our designers are bringing you winter-themed thank you inspiration featuring our new collection, Winter Wonderland. (View the complete collection HERE.)

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Peet’s neutral color palette is the perfect way to show off the intricacy of our newest Creative Dies.

51-069 Together, 51-081 Branching Out, 51-074 Encircled

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Here is a look at each piece before assembly.

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There are so many creative ways these pieces can be arranged!

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Winter Thank You’s with Elizabeth

October 16, 2014

You can never have too many thank you cards on hand during the upcoming holiday season, so this week our designers are bringing you winter-themed thank you inspiration featuring our new collection, Winter Wonderland. (View the complete collection HERE.)

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Elizabeth’s winter thank you inspiration was taken from the festive reds and golds that fill the holiday season.

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Our holiday design, 40-355 Crystal Frame, has been transformed into an everyday design.

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And by embossing her frame in gold, sponging with rich red ink, and layering in two sections, Elizabeth’s “heartfelt thanks” has gilded dimension!

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And speaking of translating holiday images into versatile, year round go-to stamps, did you spy what Elizabeth has done with, 40-344 Oh Christmas Tree?

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By stamping in light gray ink on soft gray cardstock, she created the perfect tone-on-tone accompaniment for the red medallion.

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Winter Thank You’s with Therese

October 15, 2014

You can never have too many thank you cards on hand during the upcoming holiday season, so this week our designers are bringing you winter-themed thank you inspiration featuring our new collection, Winter Wonderland. (View the complete collection HERE.)

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Therese’s thank you card is both wintery and cheery!

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Want your next card to look like you’ve hand painted a little bird (4396J Ode to Christmas)?

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Just color your stamp with Distress Markers, lightly mist with water, and stamp. It’s that easy!

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Winter Thank You’s with Jill

October 14, 2014

You can never have too many thank you cards on hand during the upcoming holiday season, so this week our designers are bringing you winter-themed thank you inspiration featuring our new collection, Winter Wonderland. (View the complete collection HERE.)

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A serene winter scene plus a stamped thank you sentiment makes for a beautiful set of cards, ready at a moment’s notice or to give the set of cards as a gift in itself.   All you need are a few artistic stamps you’re your favorite watercolor paints.

30-251 Nature’s Gifts, 40-340 Etched Branches, 30-261 Nature’s Friends

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Jill will walk you through the creation of all 4 cards in today’s PB&J (Penny Black & Jill) video.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Do you have a favorite?

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