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Keep it Simple: Mayline Works her Magic

January 16, 2019

Creating fantastic Valentine and love-themed cards with our Happy Heart Day collection need not be tricky! Today we share with you playful card ideas that also “keep it simple.”

And who better to work her magic with our newest collection than the talented Mayline Jung.

Take a peek at the stamps and dies she will be featuring… can you spot all of the creative ways she’s used them on her cards?

Keep it Simple Tip: If you want to create a card but don’t want to design an intricate scene, don’t be afraid to use just a portion of an image. On this card, Mayline fussy cut the bear from the Space Reserved set, excluding the bench and balloon, but leaving her with a perfectly posed bear to sit within the “frame” of her card.

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30-535 Space Reserved
51-492 Hearts Galore
30-526 So Much Love

Keep it Simple Tip: How to create a magical night sky? Using an ink blending tool and foam pad, blend Distress Inks onto smooth white cardstock using shades of black, blue, and purple. Splatter with water and watered down white acrylic paint. And if your sky isn’t perfect, no worries! By adding die cut stars and a moon-themed image, it will automatically be perceived as sweet starry night.

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30-535 Space Reserved
51-492 Hearts Galore
51-461 Starry Night

Keep it Simple Tip: Use our Strings of Hearts die to create a frame as well as a background. Simply cut the heart design from the center of a white rectangular panel. Use the leftover outer portion as your frame and adhere it to a pink notecard using dimensional adhesive. Then insert the heart die cut piece into the center, adhering it directly to the pink notecard. Tuck a critter or character peeking out from the side and your card has instant charm.

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30-530 Fairy Love
51-496 Strings of Hearts
30-526 So Much Love
51-492 Hearts Galore
30-534 All My Love

Keep it Simple Tip: Mix and match stamps and dies to get even more from your stamping stash. For example, don’t you love how Mayline has added the birds from our 30-524 Happy Hugs set to the pup and his crafty creation (30-531 Special Friend)?

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30-524 Happy Hugs
30-531 Special Friend
51-405 Love and Roses
30-535 Space Reserved

Keep it Simple Tip: Keep your coloring simple with just two or three bold solid colors but give added interest to your background by repeatedly stamping the focal point image in a very pale, light color.

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30-534 All My Love
30-535 Space Reserved

Keep it Simple Tip: Combine our 51-492 Hearts Galore Creative Die with any of our new characters or critters so they look as if they are bursting with heart day happiness. Simply use the die for your background and layer your focal point cutie in front. And don’t forget to sprinkle a few of the hearts at their feet for even more charm as well as to “ground” the image and give your overall design a finished look.

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30-530 Fairy Love
30-532 Love Sentiments
51-492 Hearts Galore

 

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SIMPLICITY Sneak Peek

January 15, 2019

Click HERE for the full reveal and to visit our clean and simple site!

Inspire and Explore: LOVEly Layers with Susie

January 14, 2019

If you love layers, details, and cuteness then you’re in luck as we have a special guest joining us featuring the stamps and dies from our newest collection, Happy Heart Day.

Susie Lessard’s crafty talents bring beauty and cuteness to our blog today!

Here’s a peek at the featured stamps and dies that found their way to her art table…

…and just wait ‘til you see what she’s cooked up! For her first card, Susie features pretty pastels along with the smaller (but oh-so-cute) stamps included in our transparent stamp set, 30-535 Space Reserved.

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(originally posted HERE)

30-535 Space Reserved
51-484 Lovely Border
51-440 Elegant Stitching

Next, this adorable teddy is waiting for his Valentine with a sweet balloon and surely a hug, too.

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(originally posted HERE)

30-535 Space Reserved
51-484 Lovely Border
51-493 Heart Balloons

On her next card, Susie combined paper piecing for the word ‘love’ along with coloring for the sweet bear. We love the look!

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(originally posted HERE)

30-534 All My Love
51-493 Heart Balloons
51-484 Lovely Border

Susie’s next three cards had her using up some of her stash of designer papers as she stamped, die cut, and layered these heart day creations.

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(originally posted HERE)

30-526 So Much Love
51-440 Elegant Stitching
51-055 Shades
30-525 Words Sweet

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(originally posted HERE)

30-531 Special Friend
51-484 Lovely Border
51-440 Elegant Stitching

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(originally posted HERE)

30-524 Happy Hugs
51-422 Stitched Square and Circles
51-440 Elegant Stitching
30-525 Words Sweet

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(originally posted HERE)

30-524 Happy Hugs
51-493 Heart Balloons

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(originally posted HERE)

51-487 Love Train
30-535 Space Reserved
51-493 Heart Balloon
30-525 Words Sweet

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(originally posted HERE)

51-487 Love Train
51-440 Elegant Stitching

Big thanks to Susie for all of the incredible inspiration!

Keep it Simple: LOVEly Frames

January 11, 2019

Looking for “frame-worthy” critter cuteness? We have just that in our newest collection of stamps and dies, Happy Heart Day.

Today Jill Foster joins us with a trio of cards with simple design ideas featuring the use of frames.

For her first card, she’s featured the bear and exact match die from our transparent stamp set, 30-523 Key To My Heart (51-495 Key… Cut Out). This furry friend is perfectly perched within a frame created with our Creative Die set, 51-416 Stitched Stackers.

Next, we certainly have happiness in our heart when we get peek at the sweet little bunny from our miniature transparent set, 30-529 Lovable, and exact match Creative Die, 51-491 Lovable Cut Out.  She looks quite comfy within a frame created using our 51-409 Ribbon Stackers Creative Die set.

For her last card, Jill fussy cut the cute kitty peeking out from the word ‘YOU’ in our transparent stamp set, 30-535 Space Reserved. She then repositioned him within a fun frame (51-410 Frames).

 

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card One: 30-523 Key to my Heart, 51-495 Key… Cut Out, 51-416, 30-525 Words Sweet, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card Two: 30-532 Love Sentiments, 30-529 Lovable, 51-491 Lovable Cut Out, 51-409 Ribbon Stackers, 51-095 Hearts In Circle, 51-440 Elegant Stitching

Card Three: 51-440 Elegant Stitching, 30-535 Space Reserved, 51-410 Frames, 30-525 Words Sweet, 51-095 Hearts In Circle

Keep It Simple: Lots to LOVE with Marion

January 9, 2019

Bright colors with crisp white backgrounds bring out the happy in our newest collection of stamps and dies, Happy Heart Day.

And who better to inspire us with simple style than the talented Marion Vagg!

For her first card, Marion created a one-layer scene featuring our transparent stamp set, 30-535 Space Reserved.

SHOP for the Penny Black products featured above: 30-535 Space Reserved,30-526 So Much Love

For additional details and instructions for the card shown above, visit Marion Vagg’s original blog post HERE

Next, Marion’s straight-forward stamping and coloring of our miniature transparent stamp set, 30-534 All My Love, couldn’t be cuter.

SHOP for the Penny Black products featured above: 30-534 All My Love, 25-014 Oscillations

For additional details and instructions for the card shown above, visit Marion Vagg’s original blog post HERE

Our transparent stamp set, 30-535 Space Reserved, is the star of the show yet again on this next window-style card.

SHOP for the Penny Black products featured above: 30-535 Space Reserved, 51-493 Heart Balloons, 30-528 Kisses and Wishes

To create the window and interior piece Marion used our Creative Die set, 51-493 Heart Balloons.

For additional details and instructions for the card shown above, visit Marion Vagg’s original blog post HERE

Next, Marion takes the inspiration up, up, and away with TWO projects featuring the sweet pup from our miniature 3 x 4 inch transparent stamp, 30-526 So Much Love.

SHOP for the Penny Black products featured above: 30-526 So Much Love, 30-528 Kisses and Wishes

For additional details and instructions for the card shown above, visit Marion Vagg’s original blog post HERE.

Don’t you just love this romantic wine bottle label… what a great design idea for gift giving.

SHOP for the Penny Black products featured above: 30-526 So Much Love, 30-528 Kisses and Wishes

For additional details and instructions for the project shown above, visit Marion Vagg’s original blog post HERE

Say cheese! It looks like Marion has captured the lovebirds from our miniature transparent set, 30-524 Happy Hugs, in a snuggly cuddly Polaroid photo (51-057 Polaroid Creative Die).

SHOP for the Penny Black products featured above: 30-524 Happy Hugs, 30-526 So Much Love, 51-057 Polaroid, 25-014 Oscillations

For additional details and instructions for the card shown above, visit Marion Vagg’s original blog post HERE

And what better way to show our love and care for a friend than a sweet treat and adorable handmade box.  Marion used our Creative Die set, 51-493 Heart Balloons, to create the window on her box design.  Her sentiment was die cut using the word ‘love’ from our Creative Die set, 51-494 Love and Miss You.

SHOP for the Penny Black products featured above: 51-493 Heart Balloons, 51-494 Love and Miss You, 25-014 Oscillations

For additional details and instructions for the project shown above, visit Marion Vagg’s original blog post HERE

SIMPLICITY Sneak Peek

January 8, 2019

Click HERE for the full reveal and to visit our clean and simple site!

Inspire and Explore with Penny Ward

January 7, 2019

The XOXO’s are in the air today… and so are some very cute cards featuring the stamps and dies from our newest collection Happy Heart Day.

Today Penny Ward is joining us and she’s certainly brought along her creativity.

Her first card features our miniature 3 x 4 inch transparent set, 30-534 All My Love.

SHOP for the Penny Black products featured above: 30-534 All My Love, 30-523 Key To My Heart, 51-495 Key To My Heart Cut Out, 51-411 Rows of Stitches

And who better to find a cozy spot on top of the word ‘love’ than the furry friend from our transparent stamp set, 30-523 Key To My Heart, and exact match Creative Die, 51-495 Key To My Heart Cut Out.

For additional details and instructions for the card shown above, visit Penny Ward’s original blog post HERE.

For Penny’s next card, she’s featured our Creative Die set, 51-486 Stitched XOXO.

We just love the way she’s designed the corner of her card to feature her ribbon, die cut stitching, and sentiment.

SHOP for the Penny Black products featured above: 51-486 Stitched XOXO, 30-534 All My Love

For additional details and instructions for the card shown above, visit Penny Ward’s original blog post HERE.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card One: 30-534 All My Love, 30-523 Key To My Heart, 51-495 Key To My Heart Cut Out, 51-411 Rows of Stitches

Card Two: 51-486 Stitched XOXO, 30-534 All My Love