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Introducing POETIC: Summer Fun

May 26, 2017

One definition of ‘poetic’ is as follows: having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression. That description is perfect for the stamps and dies which are part of our brand new collection, Poetic! Join us this week as we take a closer look at all of the new products, share inspiring tutorials, and host a giveaway, too. View the complete collection by taking a peek at the catalog. All Poetic stamps and dies are also available in our online store.

Summer fun.
Bright and happy.
Today let’s take a closer look at new stamps and dies which are essentials as the temps begin to rise.

Introducing 51-356 Summer Goodies

stamps and dies used on card shown above: 51-356, 30-419, 51-353, 51-354, 30-227

Introducing 51-306 Butterfly Trio

stamps and dies used on card shown above: 51-306, 40-521, 51-014, 51-242, 30-404, 51-354

Introducing 40-522 Happy Birthday

stamps and dies used on card shown above: 40-522, 51-353, 51-354

If you’re looking for a bold card design that can be made using only one stamp, here’s a fun card idea for you.

stamps used on card shown above: 40-522, 51-353

Jill began by adding faux stitched lines to her watercolor paper using our Creative Die, 51-353 Cut Out Borders.

Next she stamped the new Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-522 Happy Birthday, using waterproof ink.

She painted her image and background using Distress Reinkers used as watercolors.

Then to give this one layer card extra dimension without any bulk, she added shadows to the letters. To begin, she colored with a Tombow Dual Brush Pen on the right-hand side of the letters.

Using a paintbrush and water, she blended the marker to give a softer appearance to the shadows.

And finally, she used the bullet nib of the marker to add dots on the shadows to coordinate with the playful style of the stamp.

That’s it… an easy-peasy one-layer birthday card ready for any summer soiree.

We want YOU to share in the excitement of all things elegant and poetic, so how about a giveaway? We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms! THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during this week of poetic posts.
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

All new Poetic products are currently available in our online store. Click HERE to shop or click any of the product numbers and/or names within the post above to view that specific product in our online store.

One more thing… TGIF!

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

Introducing POETIC: Versatile Creative Dies

May 25, 2017

One definition of ‘poetic’ is as follows: having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression. That description is perfect for the stamps and dies which are part of our brand new collection, Poetic! Join us this week as we take a closer look at all of the new products, share inspiring tutorials, and host a giveaway, too. View the complete collection by taking a peek at the catalog. All Poetic stamps and dies are also available in our online store.

If you are looking to give dimension and a finished look to your card designs, then these new Creative Dies are just for you. They offer versatility and can be used on many styles of cards, no matter the theme or season.

Introducing Creative Die 51-322 Vine Borders

stamps and dies used on card shown above: 51-322, 40-546, 30-419, 51-132

Introducing Creative Die 51-346 Thank You Squares

stamps and dies used on card shown above: 51-346, 51-354, 30-423, 51-352, 51-308, 40-519

Introducing 51-351 Pop Up Floral Corner

stamps and dies used on card shown above: 51-351, 40-546, 51-132, 51-164, 40-470, 51-354

So how can you achieve an inlay effect with our new border die, 51-322 Vine Borders?

Begin by placing the die onto the edge of the main panel of the card. Use a temporary adhesive, such as painter’s tape, to hold it in place. Then run it through your die cutting machine.

Once the cutting is complete, your panel will look like this.

Adhere it to your notecard as is.

Die cut the border from inked or colored cardstock. Adhere it to your project. It will fit like a puzzle piece into the previously die cut panel.

We want YOU to share in the excitement of all things elegant and poetic, so how about a giveaway? We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms! THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during this week of poetic posts.
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

All new Poetic products are currently available in our online store. Click HERE to shop or click any of the product numbers and/or names within the post above to view that specific product in our online store.

And before you go, don’t miss the new creation on our Simplicity Site today… click HERE to check it out!

Introducing POETIC: Floral Brushstrokes

May 24, 2017

One definition of ‘poetic’ is as follows: having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression. That description is perfect for the stamps and dies which are part of our brand new collection, Poetic! Join us this week as we take a closer look at all of the new products, share inspiring tutorials, and host a giveaway, too. View the complete collection by taking a peek at the catalog. All Poetic stamps and dies are also available in our online store.

Today is all about the beautiful floral brushstroke stamps which are part of this new collection. So let’s get going… elegant stamping awaits!

Introducing 40-546 Dancing Daisies

stamps used on card shown above: 40-546, 30-429

Introducing 40-547 Flower Lanterns

stamps used on card shown above: 40-547, 30-432

Introducing 40-545 Lustrous

stamps used on card shown above: 40-545, 30-432, 40-169

Introducing 40-544 Poetic

stamps used on card shown above: 40-544, 30-419

Micheline “Mimi’s” painting techniques are the perfect match with these beautiful brushstroke stamps. Today she walks us through the creation of these vintage blooms.

stamps used on card shown above: 40-546, 30-429

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

And if you are pining for more color, just follow Micheline “Mimi’s” techniques but substitute more traditional floral colors in place of the browns shown above.

stamps used on card shown above: 40-546, 30-429, 40-169

We want YOU to share in the excitement of all things elegant and poetic, so how about a giveaway? We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms! THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during this week of poetic posts.
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

All new Poetic products are currently available in our online store. Click HERE to shop or click any of the product numbers and/or names within the post above to view that specific product in our online store.

Introducing POETIC: Fresh Faces

May 23, 2017

One definition of ‘poetic’ is as follows: having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression. That description is perfect for the stamps and dies which are part of our brand new collection, Poetic! Join us this week as we take a closer look at all of the new products, share inspiring tutorials, and host a giveaway, too. View the complete collection by taking a peek at the catalog. All Poetic stamps and dies are also available in our online store.

Today we take a closer look at some fresh faces. These gorgeous gals are perfectly suited for many types of projects like art journaling, mixed media, décor, and cards, too.

Introducing 40-550 Angelette

stamps used on project shown above: 40-550, 30-433, 30-431

Introducing 40-551 Charlotte

stamps used on project shown above: 40-551, 30-431, 30-116

Introducing 3 x 4 Inch Miniature Transparent Set 30-433 Be…

stamps used on project shown above: 30-433, 40-549

Introducing 40-549 Isabelle

stamps and dies used on project shown above: 40-549, 40-464, 51-132, 30-404, 51-352, 51-353, 51-119

Introducing 40-548 Grace

stamps and dies used on project shown above: 40-548, 30-283, 51-326, 51-353, 51-026

If you’re interested in creating an elegant beauty, then today’s tutorial is just for you! Designer Angela Kennedy walks us through her process in designing this masterpiece.

Angela began by stamping her design onto watercolor paper.

For her flowers and face stamping she used Pumice Stone Distress Ink. This is a water-soluble ink which allows for a no-line watercolor effect once she added her paints. For the sentiment she used StazOn ink because it is a permanent ink and would not bleed when water was added on top.

Angela painted her project using Jane Davenport watercolors and gesso. (For more in-depth shading instruction and art journaling tips and ideas, don’t miss THIS VIDEO

Once dry, a very fine tipped marker can be used to add details to the face and hair, such as eyelashes.

And for a bonus project, using the same techniques, Angela explores a completely different creative direction with the new stamp, 40-551 Charlotte. The possibilities are truly endless with these fresh faces.

stamps used on project shown above: 40-551, 30-431

We want YOU to share in the excitement of all things elegant and poetic, so how about a giveaway? We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms! THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during this week of poetic posts.
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

All new Poetic products are currently available in our online store. Click HERE to shop or click any of the product numbers and/or names within the post above to view that specific product in our online store.

Before you go, one more thing– don’t miss the new creation on our Simplicity Site today… click HERE to check it out!

New Release and a GIVEAWAY

May 22, 2017

One definition of ‘poetic’ is as follows: having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression. That description is perfect for the stamps and dies which are part of our brand new collection, Poetic!

With this new release of elegant stamps and dies, we aren’t even going to tease you… you can view the complete catalog TODAY! Just click HERE to take a peek at the poetic pages.

Once you’ve made your wishlist, you can head on over to our online store and shop.
All new products are NOW AVAILABLE!

Anxious to see more? We’re pleased as punch to announce that our designers will be with us, beginning tomorrow, with tutorials featuring these new goodies. But until then, we invite you to join our designer, Jill Foster, as she shares what she’s created with this new collection.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

And wait, the good news continues… we want YOU to share in the excitement of all things elegant and poetic, so how about a giveaway? We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms! THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during this week of poetic posts.
3: Follow us on Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Cute Postcards w. a Photo

May 21, 2017
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. Today, I thought I would combine three things I really like: stamping, postcards, photos and make cute postcards to send to family or friends over the summer. The Creative dies and Slapstick/Stamps used are: Frame and Pattern Cheerful Critters Especially Micey and Posted with Love. I hope you’ll join me over @ art scrap & more. Thank You!

Runs with Scissors

May 20, 2017

Hello, Dear Reader! I am happy you could stop by. I am still being inspired by the Celebrate release so here are more cards using those stamps and dies. As I review the work I’ve done this morning, I notice I made only one “cute” themed card, usually my favorite: proof that we just go where the muse takes us.

Today it is about flowers, sentiments, a graduate and teddy bears.

I thought this casual sketchy flower from the Flower Medley set was just right for some casual Copic coloring. The colors on the designer paper from the Summertime paper pad were the perfect match. Our cards don’t have to be elaborate or tricky; sometimes clean and simple is best. The Flower Medley set is perfect for making quick and easy cards that you can be proud to send.

Once again, I am using Therese Calvird’s technique by lightly stamping and coloring the Grad! image and then overstamping a bold and beautiful sentiment. The key seems to be keeping the image fairly light and the sentiment very dark. Using the MISTI is very helpful to ensure that sentiment is dark enough. I think this message is just the right advice for any graduate. Love pairing up an image with just the right sentiment.

And here is Aunt Helen, enjoying her simple pleasure of feeding the birds in the park. I was wondering if there was a limit to the type of image that would work for this overstamping technique, and was happy to see even this amusing scene lends itself well. The secret is to stamp the image in a lighter ink and color it in using light pastels. This is a great technique to use with those oversized sentiments that might not otherwise fit on your card after you’ve stamped the main image.

Righteous Indignation

Our “new” car is now two years old and lately I noticed that the cloth front seats were a bit dingy with a few unwelcome spots. I mentioned to Mr. RWS that the seats needed shampooing. A side note: It has been long established that the maintenance and cleaning of the car was Mr. RWS’s responsibility. I did not want to interfere with that good policy. I suggested he take the car to have the interior “detailed”.

Mr. RWS was not eager to spend the money involved and declared he would use the attachment that came with our carpet shampooer and clean the upholstery himself. Well, as a lot of DIY projects go, this one did not start well. Our carpet shampooer is at least 17 years old. It has been a good and faithful servant for handling emergency carpet issues.

Mr. RWS’s first need was the owner’s manual for the shampooer so he could figure out how to attach the upholstery gadget. We have a portable file, a left over from the RV’ing days, where I file owners’ manuals for the appliances we purchase. I flipped through the impressive stack and found manuals for the pressure washer, the generator, the hot water heater, the alarm system, the griddle, the washer and dryer, microwave and range hood, the coffee pot … well, you get the idea. No owner’s manual for the shampooer.

I certainly could have Googled my carpet shampooer and perhaps found the correct manual, but a glance at the kitchen countertop convinced me that it was time to call in the pro’s.

Mr. RWS had added the cleaning liquid to the water in the shampooer’s tank. I was stunned to see that he had used the hardwood floor cleaner instead of the carpet and upholstery shampoo. He explained that he couldn’t find the right cleaner and didn’t believe it would make a difference to use the floor cleaner instead of upholstery cleaner.

So, off he went in our one and only car to have the interior cleaned. He learned it would be a four hour process so he wore his hiking boots, took along a book and planned to hike to the area mall for lunch.

Later that day after he had been home a while, I went out to the car to admire the spanking clean upholstery. And it was not even close to spanking clean. Actually, it looked like it hadn’t been cleaned at all. I was indignant that after the long wait and the total inconvenience, someone had not done a good job.

After a phone call to the car wash place, we arranged to go back the next day for a “redo”. I thought it only fair that I go along to make sure the people involved realized what an inconvenience this was for us. Also, how incompetent someone had been to do such a poor job. I was not looking forward to the four hour wait, either.

Upon arrival at the Car Wash/Detail facility, we were directed to park the car next to the space where the man responsible for cleaning our car was working. Imagine my shock when we pointed out the remaining grime, that he grabbed a can of spray foam and a white cloth and proceeded to spray and rub the upholstery.

Surely, I said, they had electric shampooers! No wonder my upholstery didn’t get clean. I was getting more indignant just thinking about the time we were wasting.

And then it happened: this middle aged man, who had left the project he was working on, looked at me and smiled. Oh, no ma’am, he said. If I soaked that foam upholstery it would never dry, you would get mold and ruin it. All the while he was talking, he was vigorously rubbing the light beige, fuzzy fabric of our front seats.

We’ve had cars detailed before and the work always took place in an air conditioned dealer’s facility, behind large glass windows so you could watch. Here in Alabama, at least at this place of business, the people doing the work had a work station outside, at the mercy of the bright and hot sunshine.

As the man looked up from his work, smiling at me, I noticed the rivulets of sweat, unhindered by the bandana around his head, pouring down his deep mahogany face. He continued spraying and wiping while he complimented us on how well we kept the interior of our car. And he really liked the trim. And he was very sorry we had to come back. And then he demonstrated how the fuzzy fabric and the bright sunshine made it almost impossible to see if all the dirt was gone. Only after we had it home for a few hours, parked in the dim interior of our garage, could you see the dirt that remained.

And then, Dear Reader, I noticed his shoes. The tops were almost detached from the soles. They offered very little protection from the water pouring from the hoses he used for detailing the exterior of cars brought to him. They certainly were very little use for walking on the gravel surface that was his work station. And that’s when I felt ashamed.

I had no right being indignant. I was able to pay someone to do work that I absolutely did not want to do. The very idea of leaning over that car interior and scrubbing it made my back hurt. Yet, this man does that work all day every day. And he was treating me with courtesy I did not deserve.

I don’t know the story of any of the people working there that day. They all were outside, under the sun, washing, drying and detailing vehicles that most of them probably could not afford. Perhaps some of them were grateful for the second chance a job at a car wash gave them. And I am sure those working at the detail stations were grateful for the promotion from the car wash line.

We left our car to dry while we ventured out to find lunch. I wondered if that man would be given a lunch break or if he was obligated to have the car he was working on finished within a specific time slot, only to have to go on to the next one. Redoing our car had put him behind, I am sure.

I brought a cookie back from lunch and handed the man the cookie and a generous tip which he accepted graciously. I didn’t tell him how ashamed I was of my righteous indignation when I arrived. I did thank him for his hard work and assured him the seats would be just fine.

And they are.

The first layer of this card was made by blending Distress Oxide inks and then adding an overlay of embossed vellum. The oval diecut was decorated with the emboss resist technique using that same casual flower from the Flower Medley set. This card sat on my desk for two weeks; too much effort expended to throw it away, but not interesting because the colors in the two layers blended and the card was boring. And then I realized it needed some white to break up those layers. I used the Nature Borders for the white strips and added the Ballerina, pearls and all, to the center of the oval. Much more interesting!

Here are more flowers from the Felicity cling stamp that are perfect for covering the center of your card. I colored the flowers with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and enjoyed just letting the colors wander on the petals and finally settle down. Once again, I’ve used the Birds and Banner set and the Banner Sentiments set for my message. The flower placement made it perfect for the banner to be placed in the middle of the card.

I am in love with these Birthday Bears. So fun and easy to color and then cut out using the Party Bears die set. Those little sign boards they are holding are perfect for the tiny words from the Word Express set. Teddy Bears and polka dots and a stitched border – cute as can be!

I am sure I’ve mentioned before that Cooper is very food-focused. Any sound generated in the kitchen brings Cooper from wherever he might have been snoozing. Here he is sitting nicely, waiting for me to let go of the treat I am tempting him with. It is almost pitiful how much he enjoys those little pieces of pretend jerky.

There is only time for a very quick good-bye. I do tend to “talk” a lot. Off I go to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. Hope I see your work there.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-421 Flower Medley, 30-431 Hope Shines, 80-016 Summertime

Card No. 2: 30-419 Happy Wishes, 30-428 Grad

Card No. 3: 30-419 Happy Wishes, 40-525 Aunt Helen

Card No. 4: 30-421 Flower Medley, 51-313 Ballerina, 51-331 Nature Borders

Card No. 5: 30-423 Banner Sentiments, 40-517 Felicity, 51-352 Birds and Banners

Card No. 6: 30-106 Word Express, 30-427 Birthday Bears, 51-355 Party Bears, 51-353 Cut Out Borders

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