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Celebrate Mom with Jill

March 31, 2015

Don’t miss today’s fun on our new site!

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And now let’s celebrate mom…

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Join us this week as we celebrate Mom and all the special women in our lives with femine card designs sure to inspire. With Mother’s day around the corner, it’s not too soon to prepare. And don’t forget grandma, sister, auntie, friends… the list goes on and on.

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If you love flowers and love to color, then Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-388 Centerpiece, should definitely find its way to your craft room.

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For a personalized sentiment, Jill combined our Creative Die, 51-109 Many Thanks, with the stamped word “mom” from the miniature transparent set, 30-294 The Sweetest… versatile for Mother’s Day or anytime you want to tell mom thanks!

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Celebrate Mom with Elizabeth

March 30, 2015

Join us this week as we celebrate Mom and all the special women in our lives with femine card designs sure to inspire. With Mother’s day around the corner, it’s not too soon to prepare. And don’t forget grandma, sister, auntie, friends… the list goes on and on.

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Elizabeth used our new miniature transparent set, 30-294 The Sweetest … and sometimes “the sweetest” things can be found in the tiniest of gifts.

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Elizabeth created this small card with a miniature stamped watercolor painting. Measuring only 2 x 4 ½ inches, this little floral contains a lot of happy love.

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Elizabeth creatively used the lower half of the die cut, 51-124 Flower Tags, to create a personalized tab. Personalize your own tab to send a bouquet of good wishes to all the sweet friends and family in your life!

Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Creative Die Inspiration

March 29, 2015

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Birgit Edblom and Jill Foster join us today with some of our most popular Creative Dies! After seeing Birgit’s amazing cards, Jill was inspired to make her own “versions” using similar layouts and designs.

Featuring 51-112 Poppy Pair and 51-132 Flights of Fancy:

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Featuring 51-116 Framed Flowers and 51-115 Framed Fern:

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Featuring 51-092 Soft Caress and 51-120 Lively:

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Featuring 51-129 Leaflets and 51-119 Flower Frolic:

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Featuring 51-112 Poppy Pair and 51-121 Sun Fire:

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

How will you interpret Birgit’s inspiration? We’d LOVE to see your Creative Die cards in our Penny Circle Flickr Gallery and posted to our Facebook page!

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Stamping with Masking Fluid

March 29, 2015
Hello Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black products. Today, I’d like to share a layout and a card made using the technique of stamping with masking fluid and coloring with watercolor inks such as Ecolines. I hope you’ll enjoy the full TUTORIAL on my blog art scrap & more.

Runs with Springtime Scissors

March 28, 2015

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Whoa! Be careful where you step. It seems like yesterday I was worried about slipping on melting snow and today the floors are littered with petals from the blooming Bradford pear trees. Lady Spring has indeed arrived.

And look what I found! Here’s Mimi’s Masterpiece created for her tutorial last week. She does amazing art with Penny Black stamps. I’m sure she meant to take this with her but until she does, I will enjoy it.

How perfect that Penny Black has surprised us with the Time to Celebrate mini release just in time to celebrate the many spring holidays; Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations. And many of the stamps and dies will work for birthday, get well and thinking of you cards, also. It may be a mini release but it has maximum potential!

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I stamped and embossed the Centerpiece slapstick stamp and relaxed while coloring the flowers with my Copic markers. When I began, I envisioned a bouquet of dark flowers with a deep colored background and look what happened: pastels on a white base. Sometimes the muses just take over. I paper pieced the vase with designer paper from the Gentle Whispers paper pad.   I am going to experiment stamping these flowers with various embossing powders; gold, silver, platinum, and even white on kraft paper.

Mother’s Day happens at such a lovely time of the year. Spring is a time of abundance and optimism.

Those words clearly define my Mother’s Day attitude. I make the trip to the mailbox each year with great optimism … surely I will find an abundance of cards from my abundance of children! Especially since a few years ago when there was not 100% participation in the card-sending activity and I had to explain that numbers do matter. The following Mother’s Day there was an over abundance of cards, with some of the offspring sending as many as ten cards each. That was a very good year.

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Not all fathers wear a suit and tie to work and I am glad Penny Black thought of the hard working dads who farm for a living. When my kids were growing up, we lived in a small town surrounded by large family farms. There was no shortage of the bright green John Deere tractors with their distinctive yellow trim. Of course, the farmer’s cap had to match! If the farmer Dad had his fields planted by Father’s Day he could take time to celebrate; if not, dinner would be taken to him in the fields to be eaten “on the go”.

While I respect and admire farmers and the work they do, I have always been grateful for my urban way of life.   I have great admiration for a friend of mine whose husband was a school teacher when they were first married and later followed his dream of owning a pig farm. She pitched right in as all farmers’ wives must: monitoring the births, caring for the piglets, cleaning the barns, and assisting in taking the pigs to market. It certainly made me grateful that my husband’s dream didn’t involve live animals and strong odors! A home on wheels wasn’t so bad after all.

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Ahhhh, graduations: a huge milestone in anyone’s family. This mini set For the Grad celebrates the graduate’s freedom from tests, tuition, and textbooks. And with that, the freedom to become employed, pay rent, and contribute to society.

Seriously, I have attended many graduation ceremonies in our family. One thing I know for sure, the best commencement speeches are the shortest ones! I have a vivid memory of enduring a thirty minute speech at my youngest son’s law school graduation. The speaker documented in painful detail her thirty years of accomplishments year by year. And when the audience began applauding as a signal she had spoken long enough, she took it as encouragement to speak even longer! We all believed that commencement needed to commence.

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Sometimes there are special women who have played a supporting role in our lives. Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to honor those women and say “thank you”. No stamping necessary to make this card; new butterfly dies Flicker and Flutter and a great “hand written” sentiment from the Many Thanks set are all I needed along with designer papers from the Gentle Whispers paper pad.

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Well, there is one child in every family that is Not Easy. I was never in serious trouble, but I was aggravating. My sister was the neat and tidy one; my half of the room we shared was a disaster. I never learned to just keep my mouth quiet; I always felt the need to talk back explain. If something was lost in our house, you could be sure I had something to do with it. My chaotic way of life did not fit in with the organized military style preferred by my parents. I’m sure a deep quiet descended upon their home when I left for college. I liked to believe they found it boring.

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Like the rest of us, Cooper loves spring. He and Mr. RWS take long walks to check on the neighborhood floral and fauna. Sometimes they drive to scenic hiking trails in town in search of new places to sniff (Cooper) and explore (Mr. RWS). And sometimes Mrs. RWS is invited, if she promises not to whine.

It’s time to finish up, before I hear applause and misunderstand its intention. I’ve stowed the scissors, tidied my messes and put Mimi’s lovely masterpiece on her desk where she is sure to find it. I’ve also reserved my seat in the front row for her next class.

Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to seeing your Time to Celebrate cards in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. And your comments brighten my day.

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NEW RELEASE! Slapstick/Cling Stamps

March 27, 2015

With the arrival of spring, we want to make sure we’ve got you covered for upcoming special events… graduations, Mother’s Day, and even Father’s Day, too. That’s why we’re popping in this week with a BRAND NEW mini release bringing you new stamps and Creative Dies! Check out the complete Time to Celebrate catalog HERE and be sure stop by each day this week for card ideas including supplies and instructions. All new products are available in our online store today!

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Love characters? Love elegant? Love both?

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Introducing 40-388 Centerpiece:

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Introducing 40-371 Life is Simpler:

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Thanks so much for joining us this week as we revealed the products that are part of our new mini release, Time to CelebrateAll products are available in our online store today!

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Ready to start celebrating, too? Leave a comment below to be entered to win ALL THREE of our new 3 x 4 inch transparent sets! And for an extra entry, “like” our page on Facebook and leave a comment there, too. Giveaway closes Sunday, March 29, at 11:59 PM PST.

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Be sure to “like” our Facebook page for even more fun today.

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It’s time for Facebook Fridays and exclusive inspiration by Birgit Edblom!

SHOP TODAY FOR OUR “TIME TO CELEBRATE” NEW RELEASE:

  • 30-290 …Not Easy
  • 30-294 the Sweetest
  • 30-295 For the Grad
  • 40-371 Life is Simpler
  • 40-388 Centerpiece
  • 51-103 Good Fortune
  • 51-109 Many Thanks
  • 51-111 Happy News
  • 51-110 Flicker & Flutter
  • And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter!

NEW RELEASE! Creative Dies

March 26, 2015

There’s a new card on our SIMPLICITY site today! 

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And now scroll down for lots of Creative Die inspiration!

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With the arrival of spring, we want to make sure we’ve got you covered for upcoming special events… graduations, Mother’s Day, and even Father’s Day, too. That’s why we’re popping in this week with a BRAND NEW mini release bringing you new stamps and Creative Dies! Check out the complete Time to Celebrate catalog HERE and be sure stop by each day this week for card ideas including supplies and instructions. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, March 27.

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Whether you love feathered friends, fluttering butterflies or unique script sentiments… you are in the right place today!

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Introducing 51-111 Happy News:

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Card design also features 30-294 the Sweetest, 51-057 Polaroid, 51-050 Tweet Things, and 25-010 Zigs & Zags.

Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Introducing 51-110 Flicker & Flutter:

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Card design also features 51-106 Inspire and 30-284 Sprigs.

Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Introducing 51-109 Many Thanks:

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Card design also features 40-372 Divine, 51-002 Leaves, 30-283 Snippets, and 30-238 Footnotes.

Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Introducing 51-103 Good Fortune:

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Card design also features 30-282 Efflorescence, 51-132 Flights of Fancy, 30-274 Posted with Love, and 1999L Letter Background.

Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Ready to start celebrating, too? Leave a comment below to be entered to win ALL THREE of our new 3 x 4 inch transparent sets! And for an extra entry, “like” our page on Facebook and leave a comment there, too. Giveaway closes Sunday, March 29, at 11:59 PM PST.

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