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VIDEO! Vintage Village with Heather

August 20, 2018

Turn up the Christmas tunes, put out the twinkling lights in the craft room, and get ready to tackle your holiday crafting to-do list with loads of inspiration from our designers and artsy friends as they feature the new stamps and dies from our Christmas 2018 collection!

This week we welcome Heather Telford as she shares with us how to achieve a vintage village scene featuring our detailed cling stamps.

In today’s video, Heather features our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-654 Tranquil Hamlet.


Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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40-654 Tranquil Hamlet

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Three New Videos!

August 19, 2018

Who’s ready for some brand new PB&J technique videos? To start off the holiday inspiration, Jill has created three new videos featuring layered scenic stamping. Take a look at what’s in store…

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Want to get inky with Jill? Shop now for the Penny Black supplies she will be using in these videos.

40-655 Snow Trails, 40-624 Winter Solace, 40-629 Winter Tree

30-498 Peaceful Season, 30-512 Joyful Sentiments, 30-514 Season’s Marvel

See more stamps and dies from our newest collections!

Click HERE to view the Christmas 2018 catalog.
Click HERE to view the Fall 2018 catalog.

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And while you’re waiting for these new videos, why not head on over to our YouTube channel and get inspired right now.

Runs with Scissors

August 18, 2018

Hello, Penny Black friends. Cooper here. That Woman left for a trip to Wisconsin with Mr. RWS and asked me to finish this issue of Runs with Scissors for her. That Woman spent so much time packing, unpacking and repacking that thing they call a “suitcase” she didn’t finish her Runs with Scissors post before she left. I think she would have missed the plane if Mr. RWS hadn’t finally put that suitcase thing out of her reach into the back of the car. Sometimes I am extra glad I am a dog with no wardrobe worries.

Since I only appreciate dog themed cards, I made sure That Woman did the commentary on the cards she made this week. I know she was excited to use some of her favorites from the Nature’s Art release before enjoying some Halloween images from the Fall 2018 release. Enjoy the art and descriptions and I will meet you in the middle for this week’s story.

When I Googled images of Iris, I was amazed at the variety and combination of colors they come in. For this Summer Glow image I used traditional light colored purples. I fussy cut the flower and attached it with dimensional foam to my card base. Penny Black’s large sentiments go beautifully with so many stamped images. Sometimes all I need is a few minutes gazing at the intricacy of a flower to remind me how beautiful and complex nature is. I used tiny dots of black Nuvo drops at the center of the Iris to coordinate with the black inked sentiment. Penny Black’s floral stamps are unbeatable.

I have previously used the Floral Half and Flowing Butterflies diecuts in white but this time I wanted color. I applied Distress Oxide inks to white cardstock using a blending tool and then cut my butterflies and flowers with the dies. I love the informal and cheerful look. The more ways we can discover to use our dies and stamps, the more creative satisfaction, I say. The colors I’ve used remind me of the hanging plant I have managed to keep alive all summer.

After I stamped and colored the Dainty Whispers image onto my white cardstock, it had an unfinished look. Using my MISTI stamp positioner, I added the bird and branch from the Branch of Love set. That bird looked like he belonged there! Sometimes I have so much fun stamping that it should be illegal!

Doggie Summer Camp

I hope you aren’t wondering if my family left me home alone. While I think I might manage pretty well, I haven’t learned to turn door knobs yet so getting to the backyard would be a serious problem. Mr. and Mrs. RWS found a lovely couple with a tiny dog of their own who agreed to let me stay with them for the week my family is gone. I don’t mind missing the plane trip: I have trouble enough traveling in the car; I can’t imagine zooming into the sky in a silver tube.

Ms. Carolee is taking good care of me. I am getting my three meals a day (I know, I am spoiled) and she even allows treats now and then. Ms. Gigi, the dog that lives here, is really quite small and not too interested in vigorous play. Ms. Carolee’s home is lovely and the backyard is fenced in. I have a screened in porch to enjoy and my own bed to sleep in. My family and I had a “meet and greet” to make sure my visit worked out for everyone. I am happy to have a nice quiet place to stay for the week. I’m not sure I would know what to do with little kids or kitties.

That Woman calls me on the phone sometimes and I am happy to hear her voice. All I can do is lick the phone and wag my tail; I hope she knows I am happy to hear from her.

It has been a long and hot summer here. I have enjoyed having Mr. RWS home more often. He says it’s too hot to walk the golf course this summer. I agree; when he takes me for a walk during the heat of the day, I just plant my four feet firmly and refuse to go any further. Hasn’t Mr. RWS heard about “mad dogs and Englishmen going out in the midday sun”? I am not a mad dog!

That Woman has been paying a little more attention to me this summer, too. She seems to like just “being” more than “doing” lately. That works well for me! She gives the best back rubs. Sometimes I can even play “toss the froggie” with her. It’s like old times.

I learned two new things this summer: I discovered drinking out of the garden hose is a refreshing treat and I learned that “push it” means I can let myself back into the house when the back door is not shut tight. But, as I feared, once you learn one thing everyone thinks you should learn more. I am trying to figure out what “close it” means when I come back inside. Maybe next summer.

As much as I enjoy these little trips away from home, I am going to be happy to see my family next Saturday. I will give them the full jumping up and down, tail wagging, face kissing greeting that makes them happy. No offense to Ms. Carolee, but there is no place like home.

Thank you everyone that missed me while we took some time off this summer. I missed posing for photos because for every photo I am rewarded with a treat. Has That Woman ever told you I love food .. in any form? Last week That Woman gave me her peas and I loved them. That works out well because That Woman Does. Not. Like. Peas. We are a good pair. She wishes I had been around when she was a child and had to eat her peas. I didn’t mention to her that it is impossible for a dog to live that long!

I was inspired by one of Jill’s cards where she used a floral image to create a border. Once again, I wanted to highlight another of Penny Black’s large sentiments (I think I am a bit “senti-mental”). Jill also mentioned once that she loves to include yellow in her cards. So, thanks to Jill’s inspiration I created this card using a flower from the Ebullient set, stamping it several times to create a “frame” for the sentiment. Wisdom and beauty, and lots of yellow, in the same card: priceless.

I finally allowed myself to begin playing with the new Fall 2018 release. It seems I always have ideas I haven’t used with the previous release when suddenly a new release pops up. The Dark Night stamp covers the entire face of a standard card. I stamped the image with my MISTI stamp positioner so that I could stamp with black ink multiple times. The flying bats are from the Halloween Gathering transparent stamp set. This is a card you could make multiples of just as the stamp is, or add other elements of your choosing. Mr. RWS thought the drips of black hanging down were blood drips, but I think that is a reflection into the scary Halloween lagoon!

I love a cutie witch. This sweetie, the Witching You image, is spending time with her black kitty, perhaps explaining she is about to fly away on her broom into the Halloween sky. This witch on her pumpkin is fun to color and fussy cut. I created a full Halloween moon and a white background circle using the Stitched Square & Circles die set. These fall themed stamps and dies make me hungry for meat loaf and acorn squash.

Cooper has spent time in the backyard this summer chasing the bunnies that chose our yard to raise their family. This nine year old dog can still zoom when he spots a rabbit or squirrel, but he is no match for a young bunny! This is Cooper attempting to cool off after a bunny chase by lying on the brick hearth, seeking shade under the Peace plant! Cooper, we all have to accept our limitations, especially as we grow older. That mother bunny knew her family was safe when she sized you up.

Hello Penny Black friends. This is Judy taking over for Cooper. I could not have left for our visit with Wisconsin family without expressing my deep and sincere thanks and gratitude for the incredibly kind and supportive comments so many of you left on my last Runs with Scissors. Your encouragement, support and generous sharing of your own stories touched my heart and lifted my spirits. I have learned that “we all get something” and we all find our way through the challenges. That journey is so much easier with support and encouragement.

This trip is a milestone in my get well journey. It means I am stable enough to travel. It does not mean I can run through airports, however, and I will accept any means of help the airports have to offer. The goal is to get to Madison, meet up with the kids and spend time together on beautiful Lake Wisconsin, in the area of the state I raised my family. I will also take a day to meet with dear friends and siblings. A highlight is to meet in person my adopted son’s 95 year old biological grandmother. That meeting never made it onto my bucket list, as it seemed so impossible. Who knew life could still hold some amazing surprises?

Cooper and I will see you next time. Please continue to post your Penny Black work in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery where others can be inspired. And the new Fall and Winter 2018 releases are now available for your shopping pleasure!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-416 Happy Thoughts, 40-610 Summer Glow, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 2: 30-470 Just Believe, 51-444 Flowing Butterflies, 51-445 Floral Half

Card No. 3: 30-476 Branch of Love, 30-478 Sublime, 40-596 Dainty Whispers

Card No. 4: 30-432 Hope Shines, 30-434 Ebullient, 51-397 Antique Frame

Card No. 5: 30-490 Halloween Gathering, 40-623 Dark Night

Card No. 6: 40-620 Witching You, 51-422 Stitched Square & Circles

One more peek-a-BOO!

August 17, 2018

All this week we’ve been sharing card ideas featuring the new stamps and dies from our Fall 2018 collection. Well, we just had to end the week with one more peek-a-BOO!

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-620 Witching You

Card above features 51-440, 40-620, 51-271, 51-360, 30-249, 51-435

And remember, all of our new stamps and dies are now available in our online store.

SHOP HERE!
View the catalogs: Christmas 2018 & Fall 2018

Grab your stocking… we want to fill it up! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a shopping spree to our online store. 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 the next three weeks of “Closer Look” posts. (July 30-August 17)
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, August 19, at 11:59 PM PST

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

One more thing… TGIF!

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

NOW AVAILABLE

August 16, 2018

We’ve teased you long enough… our two new collections are now available in our online store!

Grab your wishlist and click HERE to begin shopping.

And for even more inspiration, you can also view each complete catalog, too!

 

Click HERE to view our Christmas 2018 catalog.

Click HERE to view our Fall 2018 catalog.

And now that you’ve seen it all… we’d love to know what is at the top of your wishlist? Leave us a comment to enter our giveaway!

Grab your stocking… we want to fill it up! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a shopping spree to our online store. 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 the next three weeks of “Closer Look” posts. (July 30-August 17)
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, August 19, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

 

NEW! A Closer Look: Happy Haunting

August 15, 2018

It’s just a few more days until we reveal our new catalogs and you can begin shopping… but until then, this week we will be taking a closer look at all of the new Autumn and Halloween-themed stamps and dies included in our Fall 2018 collection. All of these new stamps and dies will be available in our online store beginning August 16.

Let the happy haunting begin as we take a closer look at these spooktacular stamps and dies.

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-490 Halloween Gathering

Card above features 30-490

Introducing Miniature 3 x 4 Inch Transparent Stamp Set 30-492 Spider & Bats

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-621 House of Crows and Creative Die Set 51-472 Halloween Trees

Card above features 51-472, 30-490, 40-620, 40-621

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-623 Dark Night

Grab your stocking… we want to fill it up! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a shopping spree to our online store. 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 the next three weeks of “Closer Look” posts. (July 30-August 17)
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, August 19, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

NEW! A Closer Look: Spooky Smiles

August 14, 2018

It’s just a few more days until we reveal our new catalogs and you can begin shopping… but until then, this week we will be taking a closer look at all of the new Autumn and Halloween-themed stamps and dies included in our Fall 2018 collection. All of these new stamps and dies will be available in our online store beginning August 16.

Today is all about smiles, spooky smiles that is!

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-493 Stack O’Lanterns

Card above features 40-620, 40-636, 30-493, 30-249, 51-075, 51-247

Introducing Miniature 3 x 4 Inch Transparent Stamp Set 30-494 Halloween Treat

Card above features 40-637, 30-494, 51-075, 30-249

Introducing Miniature 3 x 4 Inch Transparent Stamp Set 30-495 Frog O’Lantern

Tag above features 30-495, 51-354, 51-077

Grab your stocking… we want to fill it up! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a shopping spree to our online store. 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 the next three weeks of “Closer Look” posts. (July 30-August 17)
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, August 19, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

And before you go, don’t miss this week’s card on our SIMPLICITY site…