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Simply Cute and Vintage

July 19, 2019

Today Bigit Edblom joins us again and she’s keeping things simple with cute and vintage card designs with the newest character and critter stamps from our Dreaming collection.

Soft watercolor with touches of browns give these cards a classic, timeless look!

Featuring 30-540 Ballet Beauty

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30-540 Ballet Beauty


Featuring 30-578 Beat Cuddle and 51-552 Leaf Stitched Frames

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30-578 Bear Cuddle
51-552 Leaf Stitched Frames


Featuring 30-591 Hedgie Presents

along with 51-551 Stitched Circles and 51-549 Garden Edgers

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51-551 Stitched Circles
51-549 Garden Edgers
30-591 Hedgie Presents
51-173 In the Winter

Learning through Inspiration with Joan Bardee

July 18, 2019

So happy to be back sharing my Learning Through Inspiration series here on the Penny Black blog. This series is all about improving my cardmaking through studying other designers’ cards.

Today I’m beginning my study of the amazing Peet Roeven. Please take a few minutes to look through her blog and/or IG account. What are the common elements in each of her cards that make them so beautiful? It’s those common elements that allow us to recognize a “Peet” card right away. When I look at Peet’s cards, I see precision, sewed or die cut frames, crisp white bases, bright, clean colors, die or hand cut images, and a layered diorama-like effect. Wow!

Let’s see how my first attempts went!



*They’re beautiful! Who wouldn’t be thrilled to open an envelope and see these beauties?

*Peet has mad fussy cutting skills. Check out the balloon strings on the first card. So professionally done! This precision really sets her apart.

*And speaking of those balloon strings, Peet didn’t cover them in black. She left a little white showing. Very nice detail.

*Peet makes the best use of die cut frames of any cardmaker I’ve seen. In her second card, Peet nestled that bird inside the frame and then added a touch of a pink border to help tie in all the pink in the card. Gorgeous.

*Peet often adds images behind or adjacent to her focal image. This is so clever. I chose to study these particular two cards because Peet added the same flower image next to a cute teddy bear and next to an elegant bird, and both look amazing.

*These cards are filled with details, yet are cohesive and retain the clean look that I love.



*One of the reasons I don’t do cute is that I never know what to do with animals – but seeing Peet’s cards gave me the idea to use a frame die to anchor those adorable bears. Now I want all the cute stamps and all the frame dies!

*Adding the right image behind a focal image is harder than it looks.

*In my first card, I adhered the beautiful floral image behind the bear, but it looked empty, so I added the die cut leaves. It still looks a little empty or forced, or perhaps the flowers should be under the bear a bit, or maybe that particular bunch of flowers doesn’t work with that bear, or maybe the bear, with open arms, isn’t the right image for this technique? Or, as my mom used to say, maybe I just think too much…

*Peet’s cards are much more complicated in structure than my cards. I should have planned out my cards before I adhered any of the elements. The first card had flower issues and the second card had the box and a bit of the bear hanging in the air! I originally adhered the red box about a ¼ inch above the frame. It was only after I looked at a photo of that card that I realized that there was a gap between the bottom of the gift box and the top of the frame. Luckily, I was able to lift off the image and shift it down. It made a big difference. Next time I’ll lay out everything, take a photo, and then check before adhering.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Fascinated by Peet’s structural approach to cardmaking. It opens up a whole new area for me to explore. She gets gorgeous results so I’m not giving up!

Thanks again to Jill Foster and Penny Black for providing me with some gorgeous stamps and dies, and the opportunity to share here on the Penny Black blog. And thank you to Peet for your talent and inspiration.

for the PENNY BLACK products featured on Joan’s cards above

Card One Supplies: A Big Hug, 30-580; Huggable, 30-588; Flower Fantasy, 30-565, Peaceful Time Cut Out; 51-532; Leaf Stitched Frames; 51-552; alcohol markers, foam tape; Memento Tuxedo ink, Neenah Solar White cardstock; vellum, blender brushes, Distress Oxide Inks; exacto knife; twine.

Card Two Supplies: A Present; 30-573; Leaf Stitched Frames; 51-552; Good Wishes; 30-541; Memento Tuxedo ink; alcohol markers; foam tape; assorted sequins and beads; acetate for the shaker window; Neenah Solar White cardstock; crystal glaze.

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Scenic Stamping with Birgit

July 17, 2019

Our new collection, Dreaming, includes beautiful scenic stamps. Today we’re thrilled to share the beautiful stamping and painting of Birgit Edblom as she takes us away to enjoy these exceptional views!

For her first card, Birgit stamped our cling stamp, 40-693 Calm Waters, using green and brown inks. She then painted her scene using watercolors.

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40-693 Calm Waters
30-588 Huggable

Next Birgit stamped our cling stamp, 40-692 Escape, using black ink and then painted her scene using watercolors. We love the white space she left for the clouds in the sky!

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40-692 Escape
30-588 Huggable

Finally, let’s set sail with Birgit! Here she’s stamped the cling stamp, 40-690 Sweet Sails, in waterproof brown ink and then painted her scene with watercolors.

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40-690 Sweet Sails
30-590 Destination Sentiments

VIDEO! Gimme 5 with Therese Calvird

July 16, 2019

We’re excited to welcome back Therese Calvird with her next GIMME 5 video.

Today she is five “same but different” cards featuring our elegant floral stamps with her colored pencils. So soft, so pretty!

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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30-562 Golden Dance
51-533 Golden Dance Cut Out
51-517 Square Frames
30-560 From the Garden


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30-570 Bunches for You
51-191 Gift Card Pocket
30-283 Snippets


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30-564 Blushing
51-536 Blushing Cut Out
30-298 Enamor


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40-685 Love’s Glow
30-283 Snippets


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40-677 Dreams of Love
51-529 Dreams… Cut Out
30-422 Happy Times


DREAMING Giveaway Winners

July 15, 2019

Thanks to all who entered our giveaway celebrating our new release, Dreaming! We truly appreciate all of your awesome feedback and enthusiasm.

So without further ado, here are the winners…
Blog Winner: Teri (Dragonbee CREATIONS)
Instagram Winner: Meghan Kennihan (MadeByMeghanK)
Facebook Winner: Gail Muntz Hill

Teri, Meghan, and Gail you each have won a $50 shopping spree to our online store. To claim your prize, send your specific product selections to with “Attn Susan: Dreaming Giveaway Winner” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your shipping information as well.


Bible Journaling with Penny Ward

July 12, 2019

Once a month, Penny Ward joins us with her inspiring and gorgeous Bible journaling pages featuring our products! You can read more about Penny and her Bible journaling tips HERE. We love her approach to Bible journaling: “I journal in a Bible to show my love of God and particular scripture most of the time. God gave me the crafty gene and I am showing him what He gave me. I am sure He loves it in His book no less. I also have a second Bible for reading.” So whether you are new to Bible journaling or a card-maker looking for stamping ideas and techniques, we welcome both you and Penny as we celebrate another EXTRA fun Friday with our fabulous friend.

This month Penny’s Bible journaling page is both beautiful and charming.

She’s used a combination of stamping and die cutting, featuring our cling stamp, 40-684 Youthful, with our Creative Die set, 51-503 Rustic Birdhouse.

To finish off her design, Penny stamped a sentiment from our transparent stamp set, 30-582 Sympathy Sentiments.

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40-684 Youthful
51-503 Rustic Birdhouse
30-582 Sympathy Sentiments

Keep it Simple with One Layer Creations

July 11, 2019

Today we are featuring our newest release of stamps and dies, Dreaming, with a collection of clean and simple cards. These are one-layer designs which keep the focus on one primary stamped focal point.

To create each card, stamp your image onto watercolor paper with waterproof ink such as VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Paint your image using your favorite watercolors. For these cards, Jill has used Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors, featuring similar painting techniques as shown in THIS VIDEO. Next, stamp your sentiment, and using a ruler and a fine tip black pen, simply draw an outline around the image and sentiment. To give the illusion of depth and dimension, have part of your outline go behind your stamped image.

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40-673 Dreaming
30-586 Strength

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30-575 Flower Collection
30-588 Huggable

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30-578 Bear Cuddle

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30-580 A Big Hug
30-588 Huggable

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30-587 Birthday BFF
30-548 Happy Heights