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Guest Designer Extravaganza

December 15, 2014

Ho, ho, ho! Santa dropped by early this year with an awesome line-up of guest designers here on our blog. Join us over the next several weeks as we “unwrap” the talents under our stamping tree!

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Who’s first in this Guest Designer Extravaganza? None other than the talented Vicky Papaioannou!

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Hi everyone, it’s Vicky Papaioannou here and I am really honored to be guest designing for Penny Black for a whole week! I love cardmaking and I have been sharing my cards among other craft projects on my blog and YouTube channel for years. I live in Greece with my husband, our two kids and Ginger, our cat.  I have been using and loving Penny Black stamps for years. What I really love about Penny Black stamps is their exceptional quality and their amazing designs. They have something for everyone, any style and any technique! To top this up they also release creative dies that add the perfect finishing touch on a card. This week I’ll be sharing five cards along with daily how-to videos using stamps and dies from the latest release and I hope I’ll inspire you!  

Today Vicky is shaking things up, literally, and will demonstrate how to create this trendy shaker card.

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Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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If you’ve already finished your holiday cards and have moved onto Valentine’s designs, this technique would work great with any of the cute images from our newest collection, Love & Friendship. You can view the entire catalog HERE.

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alexandra’s Sunday Scrapbooking – How to Make a quick & easy December Daily

December 14, 2014

Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black products. This week, I was going through the various December Dailies I’ve made over the years and I felt a little nostalgic thinking about the fact that I wasn’t keeping a diary of our Advent for the second year in a row.  So I made a 5×5″ mini album in a jiffy and in it I’ll be adding the most precious MOMENTS of our Holidays. I hope you’ll come and visit me at art scrap & more for a complete tutorial! Thank You!

Running with Scissors and… Bread Crumbs!

December 13, 2014

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As they say in Australia, “Oh, my giddy aunt!” I’m so happy to be here today. But it wasn’t easy. Since it’s been a while, I got lost on my way here and spent some time wandering aimlessly in blogland. Luckily my GPS (Geographic Personal Servant) came to my rescue and here I am. However, no worries about finding my way home; I left a trail of bread crumbs, just in case.

It’s all about love and friendship this week, a theme dear to the heart of card makers. I love the new Valentine release but I’m not quite ready to put away some of my favorite Penny Black stamps. So here’s what happened when I gave them one more inking and a chance to show what they can do.

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I used my shimmery watercolor paints to create the background on this card and then stamped the Softly image onto it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.

I love the sentiment and for this card I would modify it to say, “A friend is one who notices the sentiment is slightly crooked but doesn’t mention it.”

Speaking of giddy aunts, they were on hand for the grand opening of the new Penny Black site SIMPLICITY at its Best, featuring the CAS (Clean and Simple) designs of the new group of talented paper artists, Penny Black’s Simplicity Sisters. I am so excited that Penny Black has provided a source of inspiration for the clean and simple style. You will find me hanging out there on Tuesdays and Thursdays when new posts are published. I will be wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

May Sukyong Park was first to share her work on the new site and she inspired me to give clean and simple a try. This is her card and this is my CASE on it:

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May’s card is one-layer but I had to fussy cut my little kitty friend and pop him up with foam tape. I love the crisp look of the masking technique May used. I stamped and white embossed the chalk board sentiment onto the masked off card base and then used my distressing tool to apply Luxe inks. Without May’s inspiration, I would not have come up with this idea. You will note: there are no sequins, glitter or gems.

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I am so in love with penguins this year. I see no reason to put these little guys away with the Christmas stamps! They probably would sneak out of the box anyway, relying on their cuteness to keep them out of trouble.

I was still thinking about CAS while making this card, but maybe adding the little sticker hearts disqualifies it. I’ve used an embossing folder for the background and stamped the penguins with black VersaFine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I love that multiple small images lend themselves so well to the CAS style.

So much has happened in the RWS family lately! Let me bring you up to date.

First of all, that intricate little project I talked about last month arrived on November 18th, weighing 8 lbs. 1 oz. Welcome to the world Jack Lincoln!

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Big sister Evelyn Rose, 17 months old, has no idea how much her life has changed and her initial reaction to becoming a big sister was to ignore the whole situation! Things are much better now as she learns to love baby Jack.

For our Thanksgiving, we were thrilled to have daughter Kathy fly in from Minneapolis to help make the stuffing and share in the Thanksgiving meal.

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As one would expect from someone who runs with scissors, I changed Thanksgiving from Thursday to Wednesday so Kathy would be here to help consume leftovers. She was flying out Friday morning and I was terrified Mr. RWS and I would be eating turkey for weeks without her help (I only know how to cook Thanksgiving dinner for a large crowd, so I always buy a 20 lb. turkey).

Also joining us was Mr. RWS’s golf partner, Tom, who at the age of 82 walks 18 holes of golf three times a week while carrying his own clubs. Tom is very obviously very Irish and we enjoyed his story-telling. We sent him home with a generous supply of leftovers for his Thursday Thanksgiving meal.

In order to ensure everything was ready for dishing up dinner, Kathy and I had the serving dishes set out on the countertop and spilling over onto the surface of my smooth top stove. Suddenly, we heard a very loud crash/explosion behind us. (Never a good sound in the kitchen). Much to our dismay we discovered my more-than-75 year old antique footed dish had exploded. Somehow the rear burner of the stove had been turned on beneath the dish causing it to explode.

This depression-glass, footed dish has been the serving bowl for what our family calls “green stuff” (Watergate salad) for all the years we’ve been a family. It was handed down from the kids’ paternal grandmother and I treasured it. A few Thanksgivings ago it survived a surprise trip, flying off the refrigerator shelf, landing on its “feet” and sliding halfway across the kitchen, spewing “green stuff” everywhere! The shelf had been overloaded, the door shut in spite of the overload and the pent up energy from being stuffed into the fridge exploded when the door was opened.   Thanksgiving just won’t be the same without a “green stuff” story.

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I’ve wanted to use this ice skater image from Snow Dancer for awhile, but could not come up with an idea for a background. When I spotted the Winter Song cling stamp on my desk, I found myself wondering if …

And so I covered the bird sitting on the branch with a circle of silvery glitter paper to provide the “pond” for the skater to dance on. You may have noticed this card does not fit the theme of love and friendship, but every now and then you just have to let the muse have its way!! I enjoy taking advantage of Penny Black’s permission to “do my thing”.

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This image, illustrated by Mo Manning, evokes very strong emotions every time I see it. To me, it speaks eloquently of a lifetime love: solid, enduring, and comfortable. Mr. RWS and I could easily be the Tom and Tilly in this card, especially since I seem to be working on acquiring that rear view of Tilly’s!

I paper-pieced this card, fussy cut the image and used foam tape to add it to the circle. Paper piecing is a technique I love. Selecting the papers and the cutting and pasting is pure relaxation. As the image comes to life, I find myself smiling.

So there we have it: love and friendship. Life would be an empty shell without the people in our lives who matter. I enjoyed using some favorite stamps before moving on to new ones and the best part has been sharing with you.

My hope is that you have been following the Penny Black blog these past weeks and didn’t miss the special events. There was a week featuring Art Squares; a week featuring work done by Penny Black fans; a week of demonstrating many uses of the Oh, Tannenbaum stamp; and of course the grand opening of the Simplicity at its Best special site.

Just when you think things can’t get any better, Penny Black proves they can!

Everyone appreciated Cooper showing up for dinner in his best shirt and tie. However, this looks says, “Don’t make me do this again.”

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The giddy aunts are hovering; it must be time to go. It’s been great to spend time with you again. For now, I’ve stowed the scissors and put away the paper, stamps and dies.   It’s time for those giddy aunts and me to follow the bread crumb trail that will lead us safely home.

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NEW: Creative Dies

December 12, 2014

Hugs, kisses, smooches, friendship, love, and happy thoughts…it’s time for a new release! Join us this week as we share sneak peeks and card ideas featuring our newest collection, Love and Friendship. You can view the complete catalog HERE. All products will be available in our online store TODAY!

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Today’s Creative Dies will add a fresh, whimsical style to your papercrafts.

Introducing Creative Die 51-098 Cupid’s Wish:

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card design shown above also features 30-272 I Heart You, 51-002 Leaves

Introducing Creative Die 51-099 Hugs & Kisses:

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card design shown above also features 30-273 Furry Affection

Introducing Creative Die 51-100 Tree of Love:

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card design shown above also features 30-269 So Very Much, 51-027 Triple Banner

Introducing Creative Die 51-101 Hidden Hearts:

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card design shown above also features 30-271 Share a Hug, 30-270 Mimi’s Love

Today’s the day… all new products are available in our online store. Which ones are on your wishlist?

G I V E A W A Y

Because this new release is all about love and friendship, leave a comment on today’s post for a chance to win 2 T for Transparent stamp sets, one for you and one for a friend! For an extra entry, “like” our Facebook page (the “like button up at the top) and leave a comment there, too. Giveaway closes 12/12/14 at 11:59 PM PST.

And don’t forget… TGIF!

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NEW: Creative Dies

December 11, 2014

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget… click HERE to view today’s new project.

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And now time for more Love and Friendship!

Hugs, kisses, smooches, friendship, love, and happy thoughts…it’s time for a new release! Join us this week as we share sneak peeks and card ideas featuring our newest collection, Love and Friendship. You can view the complete catalog HERE. All new products will be available in our online store on Friday, December 12.

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Heart flowers, heart circles, and words of love…we’re so excited to share these new Creative Dies.

Introducing Creative Die 51-092 Soft Caress:

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card design shown above also features 30-269 So Very Much, 51-039 Feather & Frames, 30-163 Love Chapter, 51-027 Triple Banner, 51-002 Leaves

Introducing Creative Die 51-095 Hearts in Circle:

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card design shown above also features 30-274 Posted with Love, 51-026 Pinwheel

Introducing Creative Die 51-096 Be Mine:

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card design shown above also features 25-007 Dotlets, 30-145 Sweet as Honey

Introducing Creative Die 51-097 Ardor:

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card design shown above also features 30-269 So Very Much

G I V E A W A Y

Because this new release is all about love and friendship, leave a comment on today’s post for a chance to win 2 T for Transparent stamp sets, one for you and one for a friend! For an extra entry, “like” our Facebook page (the “like button up at the top) and leave a comment there, too. Giveaway closes 12/12/14 at 11:59 PM PST.

 

NEW: LOVEly Elegance

December 10, 2014

Hugs, kisses, smooches, friendship, love, and happy thoughts…it’s time for a new release! Join us this week as we share sneak peeks and card ideas featuring our newest collection, Love and Friendship. You can view the complete catalog HERE. All new products will be available in our online store on Friday, December 12.

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Lets take a peek at the elegant side of love and friendship. This first transparent stamp set and Creative Dies work beautifully together or they can stand alone… so many options!

Introducing T for Transparent set 30-269 So Very Much:

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Introducing Creative Die 51-093 Heartfelt:

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card design shown above also features 30-269 So Very Much, 30-270 Mimi’s Love, 51-027 Triple Banner, 30-114 Puzzle Parts

Introducing Creative Die 51-094 Tweets:

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card design shown above also features 30-274 Posted with Love

Introducing T for Transparent set 30-274 Posted with Love:

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card design shown above also features 51-096 Be Mine, 30-225 Petal Power, 1999L Letter Background

Which products today have your heart going pitter patter?

G I V E A W A Y

Because this new release is all about love and friendship, leave a comment on today’s post for a chance to win 2 T for Transparent stamp sets, one for you and one for a friend! For an extra entry, “like” our Facebook page (the “like button up at the top) and leave a comment there, too. Giveaway closes 12/12/14 at 11:59 PM PST.

NEW: We {heart} Mimi!

December 9, 2014

Before we begin…don’t forget to join us today for fresh CAS card inspiration on our new SIMPLICITY site!

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And now on with the show!

Hugs, kisses, smooches, friendship, love, and happy thoughts…it’s time for a new release! Join us this week as we share sneak peeks and card ideas featuring our newest collection, Love and Friendship. You can view the complete catalog HERE. All new products will be available in our online store on Friday, December 12.

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Mimi and her friends are taking over the blog today…

Introducing T for Transparent set 30-272 I Heart You:

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card design shown above also features 30-173 Charms

Introducing T for Transparent set 30-270 Mimi’s Love:

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card design shown above also features 51-093 Heartfelt, 30-240 Textures, 30-238 Footnotes

Want more Mimi inspiration? Follow us on Facebook for a BONUS card today!

G I V E A W A Y

Because this new release is all about love and friendship, leave a comment on today’s post for a chance to win 2 T for Transparent stamp sets, one for you and one for a friend! For an extra entry, “like” our Facebook page (the “like button up at the top) and leave a comment there, too. Giveaway closes 12/12/14 at 11:59 PM PST.

 

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