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Elegant Christmas & Guest Designer

August 22, 2011

We’re moving through our new Christmas 2011 Catalog with special features each week. This week is all about celebrating the elegance of the holiday season with brand new Penny Black stamps. Jill Foster is here today with a PB&J tutorial video on creating this classic, all-occasion greeting card;

Jill used our new “Floral Story” mounted stamp and applied her amazing coloring talent. You can purchase this stamp as well as all of our Christmas and Halloween 2011 stamps at our ONLINE STORE. To view Jill’s video in HD directly at YouTube, click HERE.


We are thrilled to introduce you to Virginia Lu. Many of you may know Virginia as she’s an accomplished card maker. We asked Virginia to work with some of our stamps and she graciously agreed to be a Guest on our Blog today. Welcome, Virginia!

Hi, I’m Virginia Lu from Canada. I’m blessed with two wonderful children and a loving and supportive husband. In my little world, I help manage my hubby’s medical office. When NOT working, I love creating cards and making yummy food. I fell in love with stamping and card-making over 16 years ago. However, I only became active and passionate about my hobby in Fall 2008. I haven’t stopped since! I love working with all kinds of stamps, inks, digital images, embellishments and stickers! My favorite style is leaning toward Clean and Simple. I like to add a “wow” factor to my cards as it gives the receivers a lasting impression and a sense of delight and charm. Currently I design for SRM Stickers and CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog. You can also find my work in the upcoming Paper Crafts Magazine (A Card a Day 2012 and Jan/Feb 2012 issue).

My experience with Penny Black Stamps has been most positive! PB Stamps are so versatile. The images range from classy, stylish, fun and whimsical. Any stamper can easily find a stamp that suits their personal style and need. I also love the Mix and Match Paper. This heavy-duty cardstock is top-notch in terms of colors and thickness. It’s perfect for distressing and layering. I’d like to thank Penny Black for inviting me to share my work here. It is such a tremendous honor. I hope to continue to share the love of stamping in Penny Circle.

You can view more of Virginia’s work at her BLOG.

Thank you for joining us, Virginia! We’re back tomorrow and all week long with more elegant inspiration. Finally, here are the details of this week’s card challenge!

Create a *new* Penny Black stamped card in an elegant style. Upload your entry into our Gallery by Midnight Sunday night, PST. Be sure to tag your elegant card with “pennyblackelegant”. A random winner will be chosen to win Penny Black stamps and announced in next Tuesday’s post! Good luck!

63 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2011 12:35 am

    Virginia! You’ve outdone yourself! I love your work with Penny Black stamps and am so excited to see you here guest designing. A big “wow” for all of your cards!

  2. August 22, 2011 1:01 am

    loved the video today Jill and happy to see Virginia here as a guest designer. Love all your cards Virginia.

  3. August 22, 2011 1:34 am

    I love your Virginias cards! What a good choice for a guest designer!

  4. August 22, 2011 1:45 am

    Thanks for the informative video Jill. YAY!!! Congrats Virginia…Its a wonderful feeling to see you as guest designer here and your cards are truly stunning.

  5. August 22, 2011 1:51 am

    Virginia, these are beautiful! The first card is my fave…it’s perfect!

  6. August 22, 2011 2:11 am

    Yay, Virginia! What a wonderful assortment of styles–love them all! And I love Jill’s video. A truly elegant card with all that distressing!

  7. August 22, 2011 3:36 am

    Beautiful card and video Jill. You always treat us to a “double scoop” of your talent on Mondays!

  8. August 22, 2011 3:39 am

    What a treat to have Virginia as a guest designer. Her style and color combinations are fabulous. Beautiful cards!!

  9. Cathy A permalink
    August 22, 2011 3:54 am

    Lovely card Jill, your colouring of the flowers is perfect!

    Congratulations Virginia on being a guest designer today, your cards are beautiful, i particularly like the thinking of you card, the flowers and bird really stand out against the white background.

  10. Michel E permalink
    August 22, 2011 4:26 am

    Great cards. Love the flower one.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  11. Glowest permalink
    August 22, 2011 4:31 am

    WOW, what beautiful cards
    club member

  12. August 22, 2011 4:39 am

    Virginia – I love these cards you have made! Such happy colors and full of fun! Congrats on being a guest designer here on the PB blog! Now, I’m off to see Jill’s video.

  13. August 22, 2011 4:47 am

    Love that new floral stamp and Jill’s coloring is amazing! Congrats Virginia on being a guest designer.

  14. August 22, 2011 5:33 am

    t a way to showcase PB stamps! Virginia;s cars are great. Love her use of color.

  15. August 22, 2011 6:24 am

    Fantastic cards! I love the variety of styles showcased. Congrats, Virginia!

  16. August 22, 2011 6:30 am

    Yeah! Two of my favorite designers on the blog today!!! Love your card Jill, another piece of art. Now about Virginia, she is amazing! I love her style and her cards are always so happy, colorful and pretty! Congrats Virginia on your guest spot. Your cards are so inspiring and beautiful as always!!! hugs!

  17. August 22, 2011 6:40 am

    Congrats Virginia! You’re just amazing! I love your cards!
    and thank for the video Jill!
    Both of you are amazing artist!

  18. August 22, 2011 6:40 am

    Wow, Virginia, you have been busy! Love them all, but the first one represents you the best, in my opinion, anyway! Congratulations, my friend!

  19. Rosemary D permalink
    August 22, 2011 7:12 am

    wow… jill’s card is absolutely stunning! that stamp is definitely a must have. virginia created a lovely group of cards…. (i’m a club member)

  20. August 22, 2011 7:37 am

    Great classical X’mas card, Jill!

    Congrats, Virginia! Love all your cards!

  21. August 22, 2011 8:43 am

    Love all of the cards! That first one with the little girl is just amazing, looks like it should be sold at a stationary store!!

  22. August 22, 2011 9:40 am

    Love all the cards, Virginia.

  23. August 22, 2011 10:17 am

    Such beautiful cards……all of them!!

  24. August 22, 2011 10:18 am

    Wow love Virgini’s cards and thanks for the great tips on the video, going to try wiping off some unk for a distressed look.

    ** Kate **

  25. August 22, 2011 10:19 am

    great video jill for a stunning card and woohoo how great to see virginia here as GD….hugs kath xxx

  26. August 22, 2011 10:36 am

    Virginia is one of my favorite card makers! And she’s such a sweet person too! Love all the cards today!

  27. August 22, 2011 11:13 am

    Virginia is SOOOO talented – I love her creations! Fabulous GD for PB!

    And another beauty from Jill – amazing!

    I’m a happy club member. πŸ™‚

  28. August 22, 2011 11:30 am

    Gorgeous cards by Virginia! I love them all, but I think my favourite (by a little bit) is the second card, with the sweet bird and beautiful red flowers.

  29. August 22, 2011 12:07 pm

    I love todays card! Elegant doesn’t have to be always white, colourful goes just as well πŸ™‚ Virginias cards are so sweet, thanks for showing them.

    Club Member Haisku
    alias Sinihilkka.

  30. Kimberli Sarsfield permalink
    August 22, 2011 1:19 pm

    OMG! Jill Foster’s card and tutotial are absolutely stunning!

  31. August 22, 2011 1:41 pm

    I love todays video. Superb coloring and a marvellous card.
    And I really like Virginia’s work.

  32. August 22, 2011 2:08 pm

    How fun to have 2 sweet friends featured here today! Loving all the great inspiration from Jill and Virginia, you are both so talented!

  33. August 22, 2011 3:33 pm

    Another fabulous card from Jill- love the new stamp! How exciting to see Virginai os a guest designer- love her fresh designs and fabulous colors!

  34. August 22, 2011 3:44 pm

    Always Love your Video’s Jill and am Happy to see Virginia as Guest Designer…Her cards are super sweet!!

  35. Pai permalink
    August 22, 2011 4:39 pm

    how awesome! Beautiful cards!

  36. janet Wilson permalink
    August 22, 2011 4:40 pm

    Gorgeous stamp, and stunning Card, Jill.

    Lovely surprise to see you here, guest designing, Virginia – absolutely beautiful work :o)

  37. pattisj permalink
    August 22, 2011 5:16 pm

    Love those tattered edges on the first card. You’ve found so much talent. PB club member

  38. August 22, 2011 5:25 pm

    Oh so happy to see Virginia here on your blog! She is one talented card maker and today she did not disappoint! What lovely cards! :>

  39. August 22, 2011 7:53 pm

    Way to go Virginia! Lucky Penny Black to have you as a guest designer! Love all your cards – such a nice style! Great job!

  40. August 22, 2011 8:38 pm

    An absolutely gorgeous card from Jill and a huge congratulations to Virginia on being featured here as a guest designer! I love all of Virginia’s cards. WOW!

  41. August 22, 2011 8:42 pm

    Lovely card, Jill, as always! Congrats for being the guest designer, Virginia!

    I’m a club member.

  42. August 22, 2011 9:07 pm

    OH MY, WHERE DO I BEGIN???!! Your cards are AMAZING, Virginia and I can certainly see why you were chosen to be featured using the Penny Black stamp images! You’ve showcased them just BEAUTIFULLY!! I’m wanting to go out and purchase all of them! πŸ™‚ I must say that your “introduction” is really lovely, too. You are SO TALENTED, Virginia and I enjoyed your day as a Guest Designer. Thanks for the inspiration,Virginia. Love, Karen

  43. August 22, 2011 9:33 pm

    I loved the video tutorial – so informative about pencil colouring. And we have two for the price of one post. Thanks for an amazing start to the week.
    Paula (PEP)
    Penny Black Club Member

  44. Tina permalink
    August 22, 2011 10:09 pm

    Virginia, you ROCK!!! I loved to see your creations here. One is more beautifull than the other. You gave PB stamps such a fresh look.

  45. August 22, 2011 11:44 pm

    love love seeing how you coloring up and distress the piece. amazing! love your gorgeous work! and HUGE congrats to Virginia!! your work are always so beautiful and delightful! I am a big fan of your work, girl! you ROCK!! =)

  46. August 23, 2011 5:30 am

    All I can say is WOWZER! WOWZER! WOWZER!
    ALL of your cards are OUTSTANDING!!! They are clean and simple and SCREAMING w/color!!! AWESOME, AWESOME job!!!!

  47. diana permalink
    August 23, 2011 5:35 am

    Another great card & PB stamp. Also, I love Virginia’s cards and her blog is fun to follow, too. πŸ˜‰
    P.S. I’m a club member.

  48. Rachelle F permalink
    August 23, 2011 7:34 am

    Virginia, your cards are beautiful. It’s always so fun to see what you come up with! Glad you were a guest here!

  49. August 23, 2011 8:00 am

    Great new guest designer!! Virginia’s cards are awesome!
    Love the PB stamp featured today. Great work Jill:)

  50. August 23, 2011 8:51 am

    Love all the DT cards!!

    Congrats Virginia! Your cards ALWAYS bring a smile to my face. Beautiful group of cards!

  51. charlene permalink
    August 23, 2011 9:03 am

    Love these!!

  52. Judy permalink
    August 23, 2011 9:51 am

    Congratulations, Virginia on being a guest designer. Your cards are lovely!

  53. August 23, 2011 11:08 am

    Conghrats on beibg a guest designer, Virginia! Awesome cards!

  54. August 23, 2011 2:27 pm

    Fabulous work Virginia! I love all the cards especially the little girl one, it’s so happy!

  55. August 23, 2011 5:20 pm

    Gorgeous card from Jill today! Wow! And what a treat to see Virginia’s work featured! Her cards are all so wonderful! Congrats to you, Virginia! Yippee! πŸ™‚

  56. Sharon D from Canada permalink
    August 23, 2011 6:15 pm

    Jill, your flower card is SO very pretty – beautiful colouring and distressing!
    And big congrats to Virginia on your guest spot – really terrific cards!

  57. August 23, 2011 9:19 pm

    Another great video Jill and loved your card. Thanks for featuring the sweet & talented Virginia. I love her range of style and all the cards that she treated us with today. Very inspiring!! Hugs,Kathy

  58. August 24, 2011 6:35 am

    Love to see Virginias works..she is so talented.. Thanks for sharing.

  59. Susan permalink
    August 24, 2011 10:58 pm

    Another super video. Thanks!
    It was wonderful to read Virginia’s information and to view her fabulous cards. Stunning!

    • Susan permalink
      August 30, 2011 9:46 pm

      Oops! Forgot to say that I am a club member.

  60. August 26, 2011 4:46 pm

    It is so great to see Virginia here. I am such a big fan! Yeah! Thanks!

  61. August 27, 2011 1:02 pm

    Virginia – congrats on your Guest spot – love all your creations on this post, fab work. Hugs to you, Deirdre

  62. June 29, 2015 1:19 am

    Hi Virginia, love all your cards, fantastic designs. Congratulations on being chosen to design for Penny Black.

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