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Spooky Sequel: Day 5

October 31, 2014

There’s still time to create spooktacular paper crafts before Halloween arrives on Friday… and because we loved last year’s guest designer Jean Manis’ Halloween inspiration so much, we’ve invited her back this week for a spooky sequel. Join us for 5 days of “eek,” “boo,” and stamping fun! (And if you missed this event last year, you can check it out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.)

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Today is all about the treats, not the tricks!

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Using the two largest circles in our Creative Die set, 51-074 Encircled, Jean layered the other more decorative circles on top to create multiple designs.

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The treat toppers are sized 2.5 inches x 5 inches so that, once scored and folded, the size on the front and back is 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches.

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For extra spooky style, Jean added elements from 51-075 Boo Crew, 30-249 Spooky Spheres, and 51-076 Spider’s Internet.

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Thanks so much to Jean for a fabulous week of inspiration!!

And don’t forget… TGIF!

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Spooky Sequel: Day 4

October 30, 2014

There’s still time to create spooktacular paper crafts before Halloween arrives on Friday… and because we loved last year’s guest designer Jean Manis’ Halloween inspiration so much, we’ve invited her back this week for a spooky sequel. Join us for 5 days of “eek,” “boo,” and stamping fun! (And if you missed this event last year, you can check it out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.)

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Get out your witchy shoes (40-333 Spooky Wishes)…

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Then grab your sentiment (51-077 Eeek!)…

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and put on your hat (30-249 Spooky Spheres)…

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And what do you get?

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These three fun elements were layered onto our notebook page Creative Die, 51-053 A Pocket Full, creating a one-of-a-kind card. Have you been creating Halloween themed Penny Black projects? We’d love to see! Share them on our Facebook page and/or Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.

Spooky Sequel: Day 3

October 29, 2014

There’s still time to create spooktacular paper crafts before Halloween arrives on Friday… and because we loved last year’s guest designer Jean Manis’ Halloween inspiration so much, we’ve invited her back this week for a spooky sequel. Join us for 5 days of “eek,” “boo,” and stamping fun! (And if you missed this event last year, you can check it out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.)

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Today Jean has created an eye-catching scene using our Creative Die set, 51-073 Haunted Hollow.

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By cutting her house and fence from lighter cardstock, and layering the tree and hill in front in darker black cardstock, Jean has achieved depth and dimension on her card. What a fabulous technique for Creative Dies, no matter what the scene or season!

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Spooky Sequel: Day 2

October 28, 2014

There’s still time to create spooktacular paper crafts before Halloween arrives on Friday… and because we loved last year’s guest designer Jean Manis’ Halloween inspiration so much, we’ve invited her back this week for a spooky sequel. Join us for 5 days of “eek,” “boo,” and stamping fun! (And if you missed this event last year, you can check it out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.)

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Shaker cards are all the rage and we love how Jean has used Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-334 Pumpkin Tree, for her background.

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A simple sentiment, Creative Die 51-077 Eeek!, is the finishing touch for this interactive card. A coating of Glossy Accents gives the die extra dimension and shine.

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Spooky Sequel: Day 1

October 27, 2014

There’s still time to create spooktacular paper crafts before Halloween arrives on Friday… and because we loved last year’s guest designer Jean Manis’ Halloween inspiration so much, we’ve invited her back this week for a spooky sequel. Join us for 5 days of “eek,” “boo,” and stamping fun! (And if you missed this event last year, you can check it out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.)

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So what happens when Frankenstein poses for his picture?

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You will also find yourself smiling, too!

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Jean stamped 40-333 Spooky Wishes in black ink onto colored cardstock and cut out her images. Don’t they look cute tucked into our Creative Die, 51-057 Polaroid? And who can resist those googly eyes?!

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Watercolor Effect with Distress Inks

October 26, 2014
Hello dear Friends and welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black’s products. In this post, I made a card using Penny Black’s Golden Harvest with Distress Inks to achieve a watercolor look. Earlier this month, I used Ode to Christmas with those same water-based inks to give that sweet bird a delicate look. Today, I’m using another Penny Black stamp with the Distress Inks but I’m going for a much more “saturated look”. Think of old German Christmas cards with lots of faded tones and burst of pastel colors… I hope you’ll join me at art scrap & more. Thank You!

Runs with Scissors and Thank You Notes

October 25, 2014

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Here I am again, playing with scissors, stamps and dies on the Penny Black blog while everyone else is gone for the weekend. I’m so glad to have your company. There’s a puddle here and there from all the watercoloring, but at Penny Black even the puddles are gorgeous!

I’ve been thinking a lot about “three little words” that are very important for the holiday season. No, not “I love you” which knows no season. The three little words I am thinking of are “thank you notes”. After the hurry scurry of the holiday, it is good to relish the calm days of early winter. The Penny Black Winter Wonderland release has so many lovely, contemplative images and intricate dies to make beautiful thank you cards that are fun and easy to create.

I have selected three more words to guide my card making today: “keep it simple”. I have chosen to make my cards using only die cuts, with an occasional stamped sentiment. Most of my designs can be easily made in multiples, leaving more time for writing a thoughtful thank you message.

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Speaking of three words, “big”, “gorgeous” and “intricate” are the best adjectives to describe this A2 sized die. I always add an extra piece of card stock to my die cutting sandwich when working with a die of this size with this many cuts. It amazes me how perfectly this die cut all those tiny details. The Stellar diecut looks gorgeous cut in any color, mounted on the colored note card of your choice. Here I’ve used teal foil paper mounted on white so that the details of the design show up clearly. A single pearl finished the card.

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I’ve been hoarding a sheet of red velvet paper for more than 10 years and when I saw the Twirl Tree die I knew what I wanted to do with it. I cut the tree twice, once from sparkly gold paper and once from smooth gold paper. I stacked them so just a tiny bit of the sparkly shows through from the bottom layer. The red velvet is perfect for the gold tree. I went for a classic elegant color combination along with a classic design. This intricate die deserved no less! I know the photo is at an odd angle, but it is the only way I could photo the gold foil paper without too much glare.

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I love the Norwegian sweater theme of this patterned paper and it seemed just right for showcasing the pair of deer from the die set Together. I know this set will be used year around, especially for masculine cards. The possibilities are endless, but for my “keep it simple” theme, I’ve stuck to basics. I love stacking diecuts, as in this case the large deer. They stack perfectly and easily.

I am a lucky grandma. The mother of my two Atlanta grandchildren has always seen to it that grandma gets a thank you note for every gift. It not only makes grandma feel good, it starts a life-long habit of saying thank you. The two older Wisconsin grandsons always call with their thanks, and grandma enjoys that too. Little Evelyn Rose just says thank you by Skyping grandma when she is riding her butterfly rocking horse. I’m sure some day she, too, will learn the etiquette of thank you notes.

While we all enjoy the convenience of electronic communication, hand written notes are a joy to find in the mailbox. I remember years ago when two of my sons spent a week at summer camp. On Wednesdays they had to write a letter home and the rule was “no letter, no supper”. One of my sons sent the following letter home to his anxious Mom:

Dear Mom:

We had cabin inspection today. Our cabin won “dump of the day”.

Sincerely,

Your son xxxx

Priceless!

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I love these itty bitty buildings and all the included extras in the die set Around Town. I cut the buildings from silver paper and added a snow flake from the Crystal Trio set along with a few pearls. Of course, there’s no need to add the gems if you are concerned about mailing.

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Oh, my! This Branching Out tree is not going to be put away with my holiday stamps and dies. The possibilities are endless for this amazing die. This time I’ve perched a little bird and added some red pearls. And a diecut sentiment is the perfect balance for that tree image. I’ve stacked multiple diecuts, but if you are making cards in quantity, one will do.

And there you have my “keep it simple” “thank you cards”. I hope you find some ideas here that will inspire you to get those after-holiday notes written. The Winter Wonderland release can be used to make great cards for winter birthdays, anniversaries, friendship and thinking of you cards, too.

Well, Cooper does not share my enthusiasm for writing thank you notes. However, he did get quite excited when my rolling backpack was brought down from the attic for a little trip I’m taking. I assumed he was realizing that when this gadget shows up, something fun is happening. Wrong. His excitement was so intense and unwavering I had to step in to see what was going on. It seems the backpack was visited by an attic resident who most rudely marked its territory. Cooper, the mighty hunter dog, was on the scent! He followed Larry and the backpack on the trip to the trash can and didn’t seem to understand why anyone would discard such a treasure.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a photo of Evelyn Rose who turned one year old this summer. How quickly the year has gone and how beautifully Ev has grown. Her Daddy Skypes regularly and we have such a good time during our visits. She toddles all through the house as Daddy follows her with the tablet. She checks every now and then to make sure I’m still there as she goes from room to room. She’s busy getting ready to be a big sister in just a few weeks.

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Lots of little bitty pieces from the intricate diecuts this week! They clean up quick as a wink with the little bitty vacuum cleaner here at the blog. I like to leave things tidy so the Monday morning crew can get right to work. So many Penny Black opportunities!

It’s time to stow the scissors, turn out the lights and close the door behind me. Have a happy stamping week. I leave you with three more little words: “Life is good.”

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