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Silver Festivities

December 8, 2016

Don’t miss the new creation on our Simplicity Site today… click HERE to check it out!

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And now scroll down for more inspiration with Vicky.

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If you haven’t yet made your holiday cards, never fear! This week we welcome the talented Vicky Papaioannou as she shares with us holiday card ideas featuring stamps and dies from our Magic of the Season collection.

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The details of our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-486 Festive, look lovely when stamped and embossed in silver.

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Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

We just can’t get over all of Vicky’s silvery creativity!

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We’d like to offer a special thanks to Vicky for all of the wonderful videos and cards this week. We certainly had fun and got inspired!

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Hang Your Stocking

December 7, 2016

If you haven’t yet made your holiday cards, never fear! This week we welcome the talented Vicky Papaioannou as she shares with us holiday card ideas featuring stamps and dies from our Magic of the Season collection.

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It’s time to hang your stocking… at least your Creative Die stocking, that is! (51-252 Christmas Stockings)

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Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

You just can’t beat this classic design and color combo by Vicky… and of course that holiday sparkle!

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30-375 Merry Jingle

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Starring Sentiments

December 6, 2016

Don’t miss the new creation on our Simplicity Site today… click HERE to check it out!

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And now scroll down for more video fun with Vicky!

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If you haven’t yet made your holiday cards, never fear! This week we welcome the talented Vicky Papaioannou as she shares with us holiday card ideas featuring stamps and dies from our Magic of the Season collection.

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Vicky’s beautiful card today features our sentiment set, 30-382 Yuletide Wishes, as the star of the show.

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Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Vicky expertly embellished her sentiment with the ornaments from our transparent set, 30-375 Merry Jingle.

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This card design is simply elegant and a great layout for any large greeting.

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Sneak Peek Excitement and a Video from Vicky

December 5, 2016

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We’re so excited about our next new release, we are thrilled to be sharing some sneak peeks this week! Where can YOU join in on the sneak peek excitement and be the FIRST to see what’s new?

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We will be sharing exclusive peeks on our Instagram page! (Yes, we’re on Instagram! YAY!) Follow us on our official page HERE.

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We will also be more sharing peeks on our Facebook page, too. “Like” us HERE.

And if you are not an Instagram or Facebook user, we don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun… we will share a recap of ALL of the sneak peeks here on our blog on Friday.

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Besides today’s happy sneak peek news, we are also honored to announce this week’s blog feature…

This week we welcome the talented Vicky Papaioannou as she shares with us holiday card ideas featuring stamps and dies from our Magic of the Season collection.

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Vicky’s first card has a gorgeous vintage look and features the poinsettia from our transparent stamp set, 30-374 Winter Joy.

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Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Don’t you just love the subtle text stamping Vicky used on her background? (40-470 Script)

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And the dimension on her poinsettia is incredible!

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Clean & Simple Christmas’Wishes

December 4, 2016
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. Today, I’m going back to the basics to make a one-layer Holiday card. The idea is simple enough: choose a Penny Black stamp with few lines, stamp it in black on heavy white cardstock and add a touch of color with your favorite color pencils. If you’d like to see more, please click on art scrap & more. Thank You!

Runs with Scissors

December 3, 2016

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I am back! I missed being with you last week. Mr. RWS and I once again joined family at the home of the Atlanta son and his family for the granddaughter’s Confirmation. Since it was Lauren’s big day, she chose to forego the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and opted for a Mexican fiesta for about thirty friends and family.

It was a lovely ceremony, a lovely fiesta and perfect fall weather for the ride to and from.

Once we returned home, there was enough time to shop for and prepare our traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Although it was just the two of us, I set a pretty table complete with candles. It was relaxing and we were thankful.

Now, back to working on Christmas cards. Since it is now too late to be early getting those cards made, I hope there are a few quick and easy ideas here to help you.

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The Winter Joy transparent set includes this lovely poinsettia image which I’ve stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with gold. Christmas is a time to take advantage of using classic colors of gold, red and green. The Winter Joy set also includes a lovely bird on a branch image and a classic sentiment. You could make a variety of Christmas cards using just this set; oh, and of course a die for your sentiment.

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It seems there is no end to the possible ways to use the O Holy Night die. Here I’ve combined it with a Chapel and added stars that I cut using the tiny die in the Pillow Box die set. That die is a little treasure! Dies are awesome for making quick but lovely cards.

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The Snow Much Fun transparent set is more than snowmen. This little fox with the birdie on his tail is part of that set. He and his birdie friend are enjoying some time in the woods together.

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Snowy’s Story or There’s no Business Like Snow Business (Continued)
See Part One HERE

When we left Snowy, it was the middle of the night in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden and he was making his way to the harbor, hoping to catch a freighter to the United States where he hoped to make something of himself before returning to claim Alma’s heart and hand.

The night was cold, the moon was bright and the streets were icy; perfect conditions for Snowy to slide his way to the harbor. Snowy hadn’t spent much time near the harbor and was amazed at the sight of the huge ships docked there. The enormity of his undertaking began to sink in and in spite of the cold, he broke out into a sweat.

Oh, no! Sweating is dangerous when you are a snowman! Snowy quickly calmed down and began the task of seeking work on one of the mammoth ships.

One by one, he was refused employment on each ship he approached. There was no work available for a snowman. Finally, tired and discouraged, he made one last effort. Much to his surprise the Captain of that freighter knew Snowy’s father; he had hired him as a decoration for the freighter’s company Christmas party one year. He told Snowy he could join his crew working in the kitchen’s walk in freezer, stacking and organizing provisions. Snowy would be allowed to sleep there, too, assuring he would reach the United States, safe and sound.

After two weeks of hard work and some seasickness issues, Snowy landed in the United States. At last! The Captain put Snowy in touch with the management of Rockefeller Center in New York City who hired Snowy to make the children laugh and play while skating in that magnificent skating rink.

Well, one thing led to another as they often do, and soon Snowy was a very popular and loved feature at Rockefeller Center. However, in New York City winter does not last forever and Snowy wondered what he would do after the rink closed.

Snowy had become so popular and well known that he was approached by an agent who assured Snowy that he cold find him work in the entertainment industry. And so began Snowy’s career in snow business. After a couple of years in the movie industry, advising and consulting with Frosty the Snowman, Snowy realized it was time to think about winding down his career in the United States and returning to Ornskoldsvik and lovely Alma.

But it seemed Snowy had received one more offer of employment that he accepted, thinking it would be short term, lasting until winter arrived in Ornskoldsvik and it would be safe to return home.   His employer? Penny Black, Inc. It seems the Penny Black Stamp Company was looking for the perfect model for a woodblock snowman stamp. They had interviewed hundreds of snowmen for the position, but their standards were very high and no snowman was cute enough or appealing enough to be part of the Penny Black stamp collection. That is, until Snowy’s agent sent them Snowy’s photo.

After his two years of work at Rockefeller Center and another year in the film industry as snowman consultant, it was his work at Penny Black that made Snowy the most famous and provided him with the most satisfaction. His image became very popular at Penny Black and Snowy was delighted to see that woodblock stamp being used to make Christmas and winter time cards that would be sent all over the world, bringing smiles to every recipient. Indeed, this was noble work.

Finally, and at last, Snowy returned to Ornskoldvik, head held high, proud of his accomplishments and proud that he had brought such fun and joy to so many.

After a quick visit with his parents and reassurance that Alma still lived next door and was not promised to anyone, Snowy went to Alma’s home. His heart was pounding in his frosty little chest, his button eyes were wide with excitement, and his scarf was in disarray as he knocked on Alma’s door.

To his shock and dismay, it was Alma’s father who answered the door and he did not look happy. It seems his plans for Alma’s future still included a snow doctor or snow lawyer; members of a noble profession.

Snowy could see Alma, standing a bit behind her father and his determination became even stronger. He began to explain to Alma’s father about the work he had done in the United States. He told him how he made the children laugh and play. He told him how his image was on thousands and thousands of cards that brought smiles to the people who received them. He told him how he was now a member of the Penny Black family in the United States.

There was silence. And then Alma’s father broke into a huge smile and welcomed Snowy into the house. “Snowy”, he said, “I can think of no more noble work than bringing happiness and joy and smiles into the lives of others. You are more than worthy to marry my daughter, Alma”.

And so they were married. Alma and Snowy returned to the United States where he continues his career with Penny Black. They have been blessed with a son Lucas and a daughter Elsa.

And how did Birgit come to do their family portrait? Well, each winter Snowy and his family return to Ornskoldvik to visit family. One day this winter Alma took the children to Birgit’s home (Birgit is famous for her amazing art) and they posed for the portrait that we saw on Facebook. It is to be a surprise for Snowy’s Christmas.

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And that, dear Readers, is the story of Snowy and his family and how Birgit had a portrait of Alma and the children even as we all thought Snowy was a bachelor. And they all lived happily ever after.

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How fun to include a bookmark with your Christmas wishes. Here I’ve decorated the Bookmark with the ornaments from the Merry Jingle transparent set. I added Glossy Accents for shine. Untie that bow and the bookmark sports streamers to help mark your place. I could not have made it through the Christmas card making season without the many sentiments found in the Holiday Snippets transparent set. It is a lifetime keeper.

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This sweet snoozing canine is an image from the Wintertime Cheer transparent set. He is staking out his place near the Xmas Tree, stocking at the ready. I really enjoy combining images and dies to create happy little scenes.

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And here is Snowy, posing for his Snowman Hall of Fame portrait! Snowy has been recognized for his work with Frosty the Snowman, bringing laughter and joy to children of all ages over many years. Frosty could not be Frosty without Snowy’s faithful devotion and assistance. If I have counted correctly, this is Snowy number 14, only a few more to go. Checking my records, I discovered I made the first Snowy card this year on August 20th and made the “Snowy every week” promise on August 27th.

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This is Cooper at Lake Guntersville courtesy of the family we board him with while we are out of town. This helps explain why he did not want to get in the car and go home with us. He kept tugging on his leash to go back inside the home where he stays!

And now a quick good-by and assurances I have safely stowed the scissors. Please share your Penny Black work in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery for all of us to admire. Thank you sincerely for the kind comments and encouragement you leave each week.

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Fun Friday: Links we Love

December 2, 2016

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Today we’re sharing a few links we love. Happy Friday and happy clicking…

Micheline “Mimi” is going monochoromatic on this set of beautiful cards.

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This scrapbooking idea by Alexandra has us ready to dig out our photos.

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We adore the vintage style of this card by Heather.

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Whooooo else is swooning over this card by Peet?

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We’re rejoicing that Jill shared a video for this shimmering beauty.

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This gorgeous card by Cathy has a stunning modern color palette.

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Leave it to Elizabeth to design a beautiful clean and simple card that can be used year round.

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And don’t forget to watch Angela’s mixed media masterpieces come to life!

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It’s Friday and that also means…

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“Like” our page on Facebook for exclusive inspiration by Birgit Edblom!

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