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Sneak Peek Week!

December 11, 2017

Join us this week here on our blog, Facebook page, and on Instagram as we share sneak peeks of our upcoming love-themed collection, Love & Roses.

For our first sneak peek we spot some LOVEly elegant stamping…

Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for more sneak peeks all week long. (And don’t worry, if you do not use Facebook or Instagram, we will share a collection of all of the sneak peeks here on our blog next Monday. We don’t want to leave anyone out!)

NOTE: Our new collection, Love & Roses, will be available in our online store beginning Tuesday, December 19.


alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Heat-Emboss + Watercolor Wash

December 9, 2017
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. We have had our first flurries here in the Midwest and one of the magical aspects of the season is the quietness of a landscape when it is Dressed in Snow … I hope you’ll join me over @ art scrap & more. Thank You!


Runs with Scissors

December 9, 2017


Oh, my! The Penny Black studio is ablaze with Christmas lights! As you might imagine the tree is covered, top to bottom, with works of art from Jill, Mimi, Cathy, Heather, Elizabeth, Alexandra, Peet, Birgit and Angela. Oh, and I snuck one of my cards in there, too!   How awesome the different styles look on display. If the tree wasn’t so full I would add cards from the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. Maybe next year!

I have six more cards and tags to share with you today. Again, I kept things simple in case you are challenged for time. I find it very helpful if the cards fit into an envelope and don’t require massive postage, too.

I realized, as I browsed through the stamps and dies from the Be Merry and Peaceful Winter releases that I haven’t paid much attention to the Do Not Open die set. Once I started playing with it, I couldn’t stop. That set will not be filed away with Christmas dies. It is versatile enough to use year around. Here I’ve used the pup from the Christmas Hugs set, added a snowflake from the Hedgy Joy die set and a sentiment from the Peaceful Winter stamp set. I couldn’t resist the plaid ribbon!

This tag will replace one of the neon pink PostIt notes Mr. RWS used for gift tags on the presents he wrapped.

Using the same stamps and dies, I just changed the pup and background color and now it is death to one more gaudy PostIt note!

Here I have used the message insert instead of adding any other image. This one will go on the package with the PostIt note that says “To Mr. RWS from Mr. RWS”. Evidently he didn’t trust Santa to come through!

Thanksgiving in Minneapolis

If I had planned the perfect visit with three of my adult children and the two youngest grandchildren, Evelyn age 4 and Jack age 3, it would have looked exactly like the visit we had. Mr. RWS did not accompany me to Minneapolis and Evelyn and Jack’s mom was unable to take extra days from her retail related work to spend Thanksgiving with us.

Mr. RWS and I enjoyed a pre Thanksgiving dinner with the Atlanta family at our house before I left so he didn’t feel left out and loved the leftovers.

While we missed the spouses, we enjoyed each others’ company and didn’t have to worry about boring anyone with our inside jokes, our loud voices and trips down memory lane. For me, it was a brief return to the days when we lived in the same house: me the mom and all of them my kids. It is what I miss and sometimes am homesick for. Interestingly, they now do a bit of parenting of me instead of the other way around. I was cared for and about and enjoyed hearing their version of many of our life’s experiences. We had enough time to talk about their professional lives, too, stories I don’t often hear.

This Grandma was able to greet Evelyn and Jack as they woke each morning, dress them for the day and do the best she could with pony tails. I experienced Jack’s delight in being able to dress himself and Evelyn’s sweet, sweet nature and awesome imagination.

I was able, once again, to share a kitchen with my daughter as we prepared our traditional Thanksgiving meal. It was good to have a second opinion on the seasonings for the stuffing. Everything is easier and more enjoyable when you do it with someone you love.

The holiday was a success as certified by three year old Jack when I asked him what he liked best about Thanksgiving. Forget swimming in the hotel pool, the trip to the zoo, eating in a restaurant, making cookies, grandma’s pancakes or even the turkey. Jack’s favorite part of Thanksgiving was the GRAVY! How fun to see the world through a child’s eyes!

The cookie baking was a huge success. The other adults left grandma home with the kids while they attended the super important Minnesota vs. Wisconsin football game. Those littles took the whole process very seriously and did an awesome job of decorating the cookies after they baked. Here they are watching the cut outs puff up as they baked. We spent about two hours baking and decorating and they never wavered in their attention and enjoyment.

When it was time to go home, no one was eager for the visit to end. Once again I quoted my Busia: “All good things must come to an end.” Winnie the Pooh says, “Don’t be sad when it is over. Be glad that it happened at all.”

Here is one more use for that Do Not Open tag die. This time providing a perch for Hedgy, from the Hedgy Joy stamp set and Hedgy Joy Cut Out die. He’s surrounded by holly jolly designer paper from the Festive and Frosty paper pack. See what I mean by being a versatile die set?

Penny Black dies make it easy to create elegance in a hurry. I cut the Christmas Elegance image into the green paper and layered it over white cardstock. The Joy is cut using the Greetings die set. I added some red dots for color and moved the card into the “done” pile! You could do multiples of this card in assembly line fashion giving you a card anyone would love to receive.

And with this final card, I am announcing I have just made my last Christmas card for Christmas 2017! And what better fellow to close out this project than my friend Snowy! Snowy is enjoying the outdoors with trees cut from the Evergreen Tree die set and one big snowflake from the Snowflakes die set. That pretty background paper is from the Holiday Trimmings paper pack.

I almost have no words for this “Christmas photo gone bad.” Cooper really hates dressing up. Santa is taking note of this behavior!

This is the best we could do. After a little counseling, Cooper agreed to one quick shot without the evil eye look. I think he is ready for a Christmas break. He does, however, approve of the new Christmas tree as it is so much easier for That Woman to decorate.

And this, Dear Readers, is the end of my Runs with Scissors postings until next year. Cooper and I are taking a few weeks off to regenerate our energy and enjoy the events of the Christmas season. The scissors are stowed and I hope I remember where I put them when I return (with hearts and flowers) in January.

No end of year is complete without some data, so here are some 2017 numbers:

Number of Runs with Scissors posts : 42

Number of cards made for RWS:       252

Number of holiday cards:                    96 (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween)

Date began holiday cards:                     July 22

Photos of Cooper:                                 42

Treats for Cooper for posing:                 (confidential information).

My hope is that somewhere in all that data you found some inspiration, some interesting stories and a few chuckles. So many of you have expressed how Runs with Scissors is a part of your Saturday mornings. Please know that you are a part of my Saturday mornings, too. Your comments and the stories you share with me are treasured and appreciated.

I have not met you in person, but I am speaking to each of you as I post my cards and write my stories. How thankful I am to the Penny Black family for sharing their studio and blog with me. I appreciate the work of everyone at Penny Black who makes Runs with Scissors possible. I don’t do this alone!

My heart is filled with wishes for a meaningful Christmas season for you and your families. If your year has included sadness or loss, I pray that next year enables you to find joy. If your Christmas is different than it used to be, I pray you can adapt to the changes. If you are blessed to be surrounded with family and friends I rejoice with you.

Most of all I wish you “wonder and joy” for the Gift that Christmas brings.


Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-441 Christmas Hugs, 30-400 Peaceful Winter, 51-389 Hedgy Joy, 51-402 Do Not Open

Card No. 2: 30-441 Christmas Hugs, 30-400 Peaceful Winter, 51-389 Hedgy Joy, 51-402 Do Not Open

Card No. 3: 51-402 Do Not Open

Card No. 4: 51-402 Do Not Open, 51-389 Hedgy Joy Cut Out, 51-389 Hedgy Joy, 80-017 Festive and Frosty

Card No. 5: 51-174 Greetings, 51-391 Christmas Elegance

Card No. 6: 2521K Snowy, 51-384 Evergreen Tree, 51-389 Hedgy Joy Cut Out, 51-383 Snowflakes, 80-013 Holiday Trimmings

Fun Friday: Gimme 5 VIDEO

December 8, 2017

Happy Friday! Today we are thrilled to welcome back the talented Therese Calvird for her next GIMME 5 video.

Each month she shares with us the creation of five “same but different cards.” This month she calls her video One Die-Five Cards and she has featured our Creative Die set, 51-402 Do Not Open.

We just love her modern and fresh creations with this hot pink and lime green color scheme!

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

One more thing… TGIF!

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

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies
51-402 Do Not Open
30-439 Gather Around
30-450 Peaceful Winter
30-307 Holiday Snippets
30-310 Believe
30-453 Love & Peace
51-396 Winter Village
51-383 Snowflakes
51-401 Santa’s Sleigh

All is Calm

December 7, 2017

Thank you for joining us here on our blog. Scroll down for card ideas, supplies, and instructions with our designers and crafty friends. This week Heather Telford brings us designs with even more of her watercolor magic. You can also view our two newest collections by clicking the following links: Peaceful Winter and Be Merry.

During this busy time of year, we can all use a little reminder of the calm and beauty of the season. Heather has just that for us today…

Heather stamped our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-567 Restful, two times, slightly shifting her paper between impressions. This gives the entire scene a frost-covered look.

Be sure to click the link below for detailed instructions on this frosty-fun stamping technique.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

40-567 Restful
30-387 Festive Snippets


Peace on Earth

December 6, 2017

Thank you for joining us here on our blog. Scroll down for card ideas, supplies, and instructions with our designers and crafty friends. This week Heather Telford brings us designs with even more of her watercolor magic. You can also view our two newest collections by clicking the following links: Peaceful Winter and Be Merry.

Heather created this gorgeous snowy night by combining the village from our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-558 Snowy Village, with the trees and fence from our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-565 Snow Covered.

Heather’s simple hand-drawn mountains in the background add to the magical feel of this scene.

And for a dynamic sentiment, Heather has used our Creative Die, 51-392 Peace, adding it to the sky.

Once again, this is a versatile card design that can be sent either before or after the holidays, to wish your loved ones a peaceful new year.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

40-558 Snowy Village
40-565 Snow Covered
51-392 Peace


Beyond Beautiful

December 5, 2017

Thank you for joining us here on our blog. Scroll down for card ideas, supplies, and instructions with our designers and crafty friends. This week Heather Telford brings us designs with even more of her watercolor magic. You can also view our two newest collections by clicking the following links: Peaceful Winter and Be Merry.

Today Heather has created a card featuring our transparent sets, 30-450 Peaceful Winter and 30-453 Love & Peace.

Heather has combined two images from our Peaceful Winter set. To do this, she lined up the horizon lines of both images for instant perspective, depth, and dimension.

And because of Heather’s sentiment choice, this card design would make a great card to send out after the holidays to wish your family and friends a happy new year. So never fear… if you are running out of time for Christmas card-making, this is a great option.

And we can’t quite let you go yet! Don’t miss this week’s card on our SIMPLICITY site…

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

30-450 Peaceful Winter
30-453 Love and Peace