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Shake it up with Torico

July 30, 2015

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And don’t forget to scroll down for more from our guest, Torico!

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Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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Torico’s card today is an elegant version of a shaker card and features our Creative Die set, 51-080 Around Town.

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Torico even used the snowflakes from the Creative Die set, along with sequins and beads, inside the shaker portion of her card. So clever!

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Adorable Snowfall with Torico

July 29, 2015

Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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Torico’s talents continue to amaze us as she demonstrates the no-line coloring technique with our transparent set, 30-252 Winter Friends.

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Cuteness with Torico

July 28, 2015

Click HERE to view today’s new SIMPLICITY creation.

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And now scroll down for more Christmas in July!

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Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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What has our guest Torico cooked up for us using our transparent set, 30-265 Winter Play?

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Her card is definitely cute and definitely playful!

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Welcome Torico!

July 27, 2015

Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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Thank goodness we have one more week of July because we wouldn’t want to miss out on the diverse, eye-catching cards of our next guest designer… Torico!

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Hello, I’m Yoshie Nakagaki, aka Torico in the cardmaking world, from Japan. When I started cardmaking in 2009, I couldn’t get much information about it because it was not so popular in Japan. So I decided to jump into the English blogging world. I’ve learned so many techniques, have found fabulous stamps and supplies, and have met many many fantastic international friends through the cardmaking world. I spend most of my free time in my craft room. I even think that I can’t live without stamps and inks! From elegant & chic to cute & whimsical, to clean & simple, I like making cards in various styles. But I prefer clean style to many layers. I’m really looking forward to sharing my cards with you featuring fabulous Penny Black products and some of my favorite techniques! The most favorite part of Penny Black for me is that there are various types of stamps to choose from. I especially love the stamps featuring cute little critters!

Torico begins the week with an absolutely stunning and elegant card featuring our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-352 Festive Florals, and Creative Die sentiment, 51-058 Joyous Wishes!

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Her beautiful floral embellishment was created by stamping and embossing her image in gold and then painting with watercolors.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

What will Torico have for us tomorrow? Perhaps something cute?

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Make your own background paper

July 26, 2015
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black products. This week-end, I’m using Allover-Pattern #40-109 with white heat-emboss and watercolor to create my own background. I used this technique to illustrate a week of our life… I hope you’ll join me @ art scrap & more. Thank You!

Masterpieces with Mimi: Seashore Scene

July 25, 2015

Happy Saturday! Welcome to our next edition of “Masterpieces with Mimi.” Join us once a month as the talented Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain shares a beautiful card along with her creative process.

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Today Mimi shares with us how she created this beautiful summertime seashore scene.

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MATERIALS NEEDED: Penny Black Stamps (4365K Delicate Branches, 40-289 Soft Whisper, 40-376 Winged Beauty), Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers (Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire), Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (Black Soot), Tombow Dual Brush Pens (N25, N57, N79, N15), Fine Point Pen (Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V7), Fabriana Watercolor Cardstock (100% Cotton, 140 Lbs., Hot Pressed)

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STEP 1: Using N79, ink a tree stump. Make sure you do not touch the branches with the pen. Spray with water and stamp. Repeat using N57, overlapping and off setting. Repeat technique with N25. This will give the illusion of an old fence stump.

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Step 1 Note: Here are the three prints with the various colors mentioned above. If you print the three left prints close together, side by side, you will obtain the stump on the right.

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STEP 2: Repeat the above technique for the other two stumps. Keep in mind that they are further away, thus getting smaller. Color the last one to appear weather beaten.

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STEP 3: Wet the water area, and, using Distress Ink Reinkers (Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, and Peeled Paint), add paint color as shown. Use Antique Linen Reinker to make the shore line and blend a little with the blue. This will give the illusion of water over sand. Let dry. Once dry, with a wet paintbrush, go over the stumps to smooth the contours.

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STEP 4: Masking the card as shown, stamp the bird and the vine giving the illusion of a climbing vine. Use Black Soot Distress Ink for both.

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STEP 5: Wet the cardstock at the stumps’ base. Using Antique Linen Reinker, paint the sand in that area. While the cardstock is wet, using Black Soot Distress Ink (HIGHLY diluted with water) to create shadows on top of the Antique Linen sand area. Stamp the top part of Delicate Branches using Black Soot Distress Ink pad, creating the twigs in the sand.

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STEP 6: Using the fine tip black pen, draw the barbed wire fence.

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STEP 7: To create the light effect/reflection in the water, use the tip of an Exacto knife to scratch the paint off. This same technique was used for the waves over the sand.

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STEP 8: Trim watercolor panel and mount to card. Et Viola!

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Thank you, Heather Hoffman!

July 24, 2015

Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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Heather, Heather, Heather, we’ve LOVED having you here with us this week! Many thanks for sharing your inspiring designs and talents. Speaking of inspiring designs… we end the week with two more from Heather!

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Look closely at this adorable card… you’ll spy dimensional snowflakes created with our Stencil Design, 25-009 Snow Dance.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

And for her final card this week, Heather reminds us that the holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year (especially with Heather’s card ideas and inspiration).

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Heather created this eye-catching design by stamping and embossing the large sentiment from our transparent set, 30-259 Wonderful & Jolly. We love that she stamped on vellum!

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And remember, TGIF!

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