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Pocket Treasures with Jill

July 17, 2014

Our newest release, Pocket Treasures, is super versatile and super fun! Join our designers this week as they share both memory-keeping and card making ideas. You just might find yourself excited to try something new!

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Furry friends and a PB&J video… it’s a busy day with Jill!

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Download complete scrapbook page supplies and instructions HERE.

Jill layered several Creative Dies in addition to background stamping using our new T for Transparent stamps, 30-240 Textures and 30-238 Footnotes, when designing her 8.5” x 11” scrapbook page. As a design alternative, Jill’s quadrant of die cuts could also be added to a pocket memory-keeping page.

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Using the same die cutting and stamping techniques, Jill created a card with this color scheme.

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Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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Pocket Treasures with Heather

July 16, 2014

Our newest release, Pocket Treasures, is super versatile and super fun! Join our designers this week as they share both memory-keeping and card making ideas. You just might find yourself excited to try something new!

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Heather’s scrapbook page is a stunning example of her watercolor style.

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Download complete scrapbook page supplies and instructions HERE.

If you look closely you’ll spy how Heather has used our new Pocket Treasures T for Transparent sets to stamp her background. And her use of the Creative Die 51-053 A Pocket Full and coordinating stamp 30-247 Life’s Journals created the perfect place to add her journaling.

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For Heather’s card, she achieved a hip “grungy” look by layering lots of background stamping and inking and then adding a bright pop of color with Creative Die 51-054 By the Numbers.

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Download complete card supplies and instructions HERE

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Pocket Treasures with Therese

July 15, 2014

Our newest release, Pocket Treasures, is super versatile and super fun! Join our designers this week as they share both memory-keeping and card making ideas. You just might find yourself excited to try something new!

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Two very special events take center stage on Therese’s creations today! We begin with her scrapbook page commemorating her grandmother’s 100 birthday that occurred last year.  Therese said, “This is one of my favorite pictures that I took of her. We had a huge birthday bash. And in this picture, my Mom is helping my Grandmother dance.” So touching and now this memory is forever preserved on Therese’s page!

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Therese has embellished her page using our new Pocket Treasures Creative Dies (51-052 Texting, 51-053 A Pocket Full, and 51-056 Picture This) and also flowers from our T for Transparent set, 30-225 Petal Power.

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Next, Therese created a personalized card for her son who is turning ten… TODAY! Happy Birthday, Joe!

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Download complete card supplies and instructions HERE.

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Pocket Treasures with Elizabeth

July 14, 2014

Our newest release, Pocket Treasures, is super versatile and super fun! Join our designers this week as they share both memory-keeping and card making ideas. You just might find yourself excited to try something new!

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Today Elizabeth joins us and she has taken her trademark eye for details and captured treasured memories with a scrapbook page!

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She took things one step further and created framed wall décor using her page. Such a fun idea to try if you are looking to try stamping and memory-keeping, but aren’t planning to create an entire album. Wouldn’t this make a personalized and heartfelt gift?

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Just look at all the embellishments and textures Elizabeth used to accent her page!

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And lucky us… she shares ALL her techniques, including heat embossing, watercoloring, and melted crayon coating. Download complete scrapbook page supplies and instructions HERE.

While she was working with her photos, she also created this card.

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Her background paper was created by stamping and masking with our T for Transparent set 30-237 Dazzlers. Here’s a closer look at her card elements…

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All of those pretty accents can be found in our new release!

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Pocket Treasures & Project Life

July 13, 2014
Hello Friends and welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black Inc. I’m so excited to share my first PROJECT LIFE layout with Penny Black’s Pocket Treasures! If you haven’t checked out this brand new collection, click on Introducing Pocket Treasures
I hope you’ll join me at art scrap & more to see all the details…Thank You!

Runs with…Polaroids!

July 12, 2014

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Hi, it’s me with my scissors again. I must explain that I came to the Penny Black blog today with great intentions of playing with the stamps and dies from the new release Pocket Treasures. Instead, I became distracted when I came across a photo album. It’s what happens to me at home every time I clean closets! Who can resist browsing through photo albums?

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Hmmm… someone’s taken a plane trip to some far off destination. Great shot of the plane! Polaroid photos were so fun… instant gratification before the day of digital cameras.

 Love the image and the sentiment: so right for graduations, promotions and the start of any new adventure.

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Looks like someone’s been on a sailing adventure! Great shot of the sky blue water and sky.

 This little card would look great attached to a bon voyage bottle of champagne. The cut out from the Polaroid frame is just the right size for stamping the boat.

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Ahhh, now here’s a photo that helps me remember our days as full time RV’ers. We had a fifth wheel trailer pulled by a diesel pick up truck and we lived and traveled in it for almost five years. Looking back, it was probably the next logical step after many years of enjoying camping. However, little did I know that while we were searching for a retirement home in Florida, Mr. RWS was really envying his brother’s RV lifestyle. My retirement home ended up being on wheels without a lanai!

We have traveled a lot. Traveling by planes, ships, automobiles and the RV we have visited thirteen countries and 45 of the United States. I suppose our bucket list should include those states we missed: or maybe someone could just send me a postcard.

Enough procrastination! On with the cards for today.

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Besides the fun images in the Bon Voyage set, the Pocket Treasures release includes the transparent set Let’s Chat that has images just great for using in your pocket album projects. The images are also perfect for making your own embellishments, decorating scrapbook pages or for making hip and trendy cards.  For this card, I created my own background using the circle and heart images. I then stamped, embossed and cut out different elements, added some Creative Dies and then pop dotted them onto the background. It was an “anything goes” technique! I really left my comfort zone.

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I have saved my favorite for last! I just wish you could see the dazzle I applied with my Wink of Stella pen to this awesome blossom made with the transparent Dazzler set! When I first saw this stamp, I knew it had to be made into layers. Here’s the how to:

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First stamp and emboss three images of the large Dazzler stamp. Cut out the first layer along its outer edge. Then cut the second layer as illustrated in the photo, freeing up all the “petals”. The final layer I created by using Penny Black’s die Pinwheel to cut out the center of the third image. I love how the Creative Die imitates the petals on the layer beneath it.

I put the cutouts together using foam tape at the centers and then mounted the resulting “flower” onto a white circle. I had prepared a card base using a Dotted Fusion panel mounted onto cardstock. This would make a great package topper. I can’t wait to try it in other colors, too.

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I’ve had a few inquiries regarding Cooper and how he is spending his summer. Well, Cooper is not one to enjoy swimming pools or any activity involving water. He prefers to keep his curls dry. What he does love is being included at the patio table under the shade of the gazebo for an afternoon glass of lemonade. Coming right up, Cooper!

Whew! Browsing that photo album put me way behind! Glad I finished my card projects using the Pocket Treasures release stamps and dies. There is so much more to this release and I can’t wait to play!

It is time to put the scissors away, clean up my mess and join Cooper on the patio. I think he’s got the right idea: enjoy summer before it’s over. I wish the same for you.

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Pocket Treasures Technique: Background Building

July 11, 2014

Whether you love pocket memory-keeping, traditional scrapbooking, or cardmaking, our newest release is sure to have something for you. And no need to wait to shop, these new goodies are available in our online store NOW!

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One special technique we LOVE with Pocket Treasures is building backgrounds. Some of our favorite stamps for this technique are 30-247 Life’s Journals, 30-238 Footnotes, and 30-240 Textures.

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For this pair of ATCs, a vintage background was created by adding watercolor inks in neutral shades to create the look of old book paper. Stamping with 30-247 Life’s Journals finishes this look perfectly! And why not add some brushstroke botanicals, 4377K Noble and 4383K First Dance, stamped using Distress Paints.

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This dotty background was “built” by stamping 30-240 Textures in alternating colors and then also masking and inking the bottom portion of the background.

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And finally, here we’ve created a TEXTural background for our tulips by stamping and inking 51-051 Tabs & Toggles with 30-238 Footnotes and 30-247 Life’s Journals.

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We have lots more Pocket Treasure fun coming for you next week, but before you go, don’t forget to enter our giveaway.

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Leave a comment on each blog post this week to be entered to win these three fun sets! For a bonus entry, like our Facebook page and leave a comment there each day, too. And finally, tell your friends! Feel free to grab the graphic above (right click and choose ‘save as’) and post it to your blog and/or Facebook page with a link back here. (Giveaway closes 7/13/14, 11:59 PM PST.)

One more thing… TGIF! We will also be featuring the talented Birgit (link to: http://bigganed.blogspot.com/) over on our Facebook page…

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