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Runs with… Designer Paper!

February 21, 2015


Welcome, and be careful where you step today. Lots of itty bitty pieces scattered all over the floor and one never knows what may be crushed that shouldn’t be crushed. The scissors have been working overtime today because today’s cards are all about paper piecing.

I was so excited to see 6×6 paper pads in the new Penny Black release. I have a drawer full of paper pads, most of them with only a few sheets used because those are the designs I liked in that pad and the rest didn’t inspire me. Not so with the Penny Black designer papers!   The designs are perfectly sized for card making and would enhance any scrapbook layout. The designs and colors work well with each other which allows for easy mixing and matching. I won’t be hoarding these paper pads; they are way too much fun to use.

If you are struggling with coloring some of your images, give this technique a try. It is a very relaxing and almost fool proof technique for “filling in the blanks” on your stamped images. I’ve used only two of the pads today, Gentle Whisper and Painted Blooms. I’ve also used some of my very favorite Penny Black stamps which made it a double win for me today.

The sentiment on each of my cards is a sticker from the new sticker sheet Sentiments. What a relief to know that I can’t ruin a finished card by adding a crooked or smeared sentiment. Thanks, Penny Black!


By this time in February, we are all weary of winter and yearn for spring. I can’t do anything about the weather, but I hope this explosion of flowers helps. I die cut a sheet of designer paper using the Petals die, cut it in half and applied it to the right side of the designer paper on my card base. I stamped, embossed and fussy cut an assortment of flowers and leaves from the Petal Party transparent set and attached them to the card base. I added white dots using my white Irresistible Pico Embellisher. It’s one of my newest favorite things and you will see it on all of today’s cards.


I stamped the brick background stamp with gray ink onto dotted designer paper. Hung a banner and attached some clouds to create a space for Miss Hedgie from Tiny Wishes to hang out. Did you notice the image was first stamped on dotted grey paper? Miss Hedgie is pleased with her freckled look.

Well, the Valentine dinner was a happy success.


Because my dining table only seats eight and we had thirteen for dinner, I set up an extra table for five in the living room. The smaller table was dubbed “the kids’ table” and we assigned those seats to the younger guests and they were happy with that distinction. (Note: I sat at the larger table).


One of my guests so enjoyed the decorations and the meal that she took photos and emailed them to me the next day. I made the Swedish meatballs and another guest brought the Asian coleslaw. We had home made dinner rolls and a scrumptious chocolate cake for dessert.

After dinner we pushed the tables together so we could all be involved in the same conversations. It was all happy talk with much laughter and I’m sure some good ideas for saving the world.

I shared my roses and sent each lady home with a couple of blooms.


This is another example of an image, Bunny Kisses, that is perfect for the paper piecing technique. I especially love how the Easter basket turned out when stamped on colorful designer paper. I couldn’t have colored that basket as well.


This Tweet Talk stamp is the same image I used for the baby card I sent to welcome granddaughter Evelyn Rose into the world. I will save it and send this version to her for her second birthday this summer.

While the human beings all enjoyed the Valentine dinner party, the furry member of our family was not too pleased.

7Runs with… Designer Paper

Here he is all spiffed up and freshly groomed for the party; and hiding out in the craft room. Sadly, the large crowd and all the noise was more than he could handle. He tried, but for a shy dog used to living in a very quiet house it was just too much. After greeting the first few people at the door, he spent some time hiding behind my legs before I finally settled him with his bed and some peace and quiet. We’ll try again next time!

We are slowly working our way through February. The best thing about this month of the year is that it only has 28 days. Someone somewhere wisely decided that was about all we could stand of this cold and snowy, sometimes dreary month.

What I would like to know is why February was chosen to receive the extra day during a leap year. Wouldn’t we rather have an extra day in beautiful June instead?

Well, it’s time to take out the vacuum and put away my poor exhausted scissors. There will be no more running with scissors today. Hmmm… perhaps napping with scissors is on the agenda.

I love seeing your cards in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery and look forward to seeing what you do with the new 6×6 Designer Paper Pads. Thank you so much for the time you spend with me here on Penny Black’s blog.


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25 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2015 1:06 am

    Really love your stamped and die cut flowers from the patterned paper. Pinned that card!
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  2. quilterlin permalink
    February 21, 2015 5:30 am

    Wonderful paper-piecing today, Judy – love every single one of your cards! I’m due to receive that pretty pad of Painted Blooms today, and can’t wait to play with it, now that I’ve seen your examples! And I so agree with you about February; except for Valentine’s Day, I think this is a month that we just need to get through………

  3. February 21, 2015 5:59 am

    Love all the paper piecing!!! I love that technique! And your Valentines table looks fabulous too! It is dreary here too….sleet on top of snow today. But, we must remember if we don’t like bugs, this cold spell will help do the trick of ridding us of those pesky, nasty creatures! LOL

  4. Marliese permalink
    February 21, 2015 6:22 am

    As always loved your cards and your commentary.

  5. mjmarmo permalink
    February 21, 2015 7:41 am

    Just amazing cards! You are right – why don’t we have the extra day in the summer?!?

  6. ThePurplePlace permalink
    February 21, 2015 7:46 am

    Beautiful Dinner Table…sounds like you had a great evening….! Loving the wonderful paper-pieced cards too…they are ALL so well done~ PS: I have shy dogs too, so I can totally relate to Cooper! 🙂

  7. Linda Baker permalink
    February 21, 2015 7:54 am

    Looks like a fun party! Love your cards!

  8. barbara lassiter permalink
    February 21, 2015 8:01 am

    Paper-piecing is something I want to try to do more often. Your cards are all beautifully created and are a great inspiration. Lovely table and the party sounds wonderful.

  9. February 21, 2015 8:23 am

    You and your scissors appear to be one as evidenced by all this amazing paper piecing. Have to say the new paper pads lend themselves well to the techniques. Your dining table looks lovely…I’m sure your guests all felt honored to be invited. Sorry Cooper couldn’t join in with the festivities.

  10. Jean Bullock permalink
    February 21, 2015 10:41 am

    the cards are wonderful. The dinner looked awesome and your doggy is so cute. Enjoyed reading today’s post.

  11. Kathy Schmidlkofer permalink
    February 21, 2015 11:41 am

    Mom – Wonderful post today. I miss your meatballs, yum! Have a great weekend!

  12. Kay Miller permalink
    February 21, 2015 12:05 pm

    Your cards are amazing!!! I love all the paper piecing! That first one with the flowers is just stunning! Your dinner looks delicious!!

  13. February 21, 2015 4:49 pm

    Gorgeous cards Judy! LOVE your paper-piecing. I have started using that technique a little more recently as I had completely forgotten about it. Just love how it looks. I also used it to “save” some flowers that I had coloured but wasn’t happy with how they looked as I had “fiddled” too much and the watercolor paper had started to pill – so I paper-pieced the petals instead – otherwise I would have tossed the image out and started my colouring again.

    Your Valentine’s Day table looks amazing and your dinner looks yum! And of course, your furry friend looks so sweet and adorable 🙂

  14. L Haff permalink
    February 21, 2015 5:14 pm

    Hi Judy love your ideas for those gorgeous new papers from Penny Black. I’ll have to purchase those, I’m always on the look out for pretty papers. A Beagle won the Westminster dog show this year, any thoughts from Cooper on that choice! Your Swedish meatballs look yummy!, wish I could sample them 🙂 , love your weekly blog on the PB site.

  15. alexandra s.m. permalink
    February 21, 2015 6:41 pm

    Hello dear Judy,

    Thank You for this great post.
    You are so right February is brutal!
    Thank Goodness, we have your gorgeous cards to put a smile back on our face!
    You are the Queen of paper piecing!! AMAZING!
    and I’ll come over for dinner any time for you seem to be quite the cook as well! ;o)

  16. February 21, 2015 7:22 pm

    Great job of paper piecing, Judy–you’ve inspired me to use some of my papers laying in the drawer–LOL! Love the new sentiment stickers–putting that onto my wishlist! Can’t believe you’ll soon need a Happy Second Birthday card for Evie–adorable & perfect for her collection! Poor Cooper–he looks ready for the party, but I can understand it being a bit much for the guy. Your table & dinner look wonderful–what a fun evening it must have been. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Linda S. in NE permalink
    February 21, 2015 8:47 pm

    Hi Judy, I hope I am giving you a compliment when I tell you that it took me several looks to realize that your cards were paper pieced. The shading on all of them was just perfect.
    I was a little surprised to hear that Cooper was “undone” by having a house full of people. I do realize however that dogs do get used to their quiet homes with only one or two of their favorite people around. I for one would love to hear the story of how Cooper came to live with you and Mr. RWS. If you have written about it before, perhaps you could direct me to that post. Take care.

  18. February 21, 2015 9:44 pm

    Beautiful paper piecing cards today, Judy! Each one is delightful, and I’m so happy PB now has sentiment stickers. The new papers are definitely on my wish list. Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques since I tend to be “coloring” challenged! Your Valentine table is beautiful with the favors for everyone. And how touching and thoughtful that you sent roses home with all the ladies! So typically you! Poor Cooper, so glad he was able to retreat to a place where he felt safe from a little too much company. He looks so handsome in his photo!

  19. February 22, 2015 2:01 am

    It is so great to read your post every sunday! I enjoy all the crafting goodies you make, but more still the way you write about even the little daily things in such a fun and easy-to-read way! Thanks for both the inspiration and the great reading I can do here! Inky greetings, Gerrina

  20. Maria permalink
    February 22, 2015 4:33 am

    Hi Judy and a happy Sunday because what else can you be when seeing your
    amazing cards !Paper piercing is something I have not made much before but after seeing your cards today I might give it a go . I smiled when seeing Cooper so handsome,bless him being a bit viery with so many people around, huge hug to him ! Your dinner table is laid beautifully with a lovely colour and oh Swedish meatballs, something I make regularly as I’m from Sweden , wonder how you made yours ? Love reading your post and follow what amazing crafting items you are making so thank you for sharing your life with us.
    Maria x

  21. February 22, 2015 12:31 pm

    I’m not much for fussy cutting so paper piecing is not my thing but those flower have inspired me.

  22. Dianne Crowe permalink
    February 22, 2015 5:02 pm

    What lovely cards, thanks for sharing. Glad Cooper is not too shy to share his pictures with us.

  23. dawnnz permalink
    February 22, 2015 6:06 pm

    Fabulous post as usual Miz Judy. Love all your bright cheerful cards. Your dinner setting and food look awesome and I’m sure in his own way Cooper enjoyed the evening. Thanks for making me need the PB pads!

  24. February 23, 2015 12:42 pm

    OH MY – these are wonderful ~ I am LOVING your card with the PETAL stamps and die!

  25. February 24, 2015 5:07 am

    Ok…really late to this party, but I had to go strawberry picking on Saturday, then busy, busy ever since. Soooooooo glad I did swing by as that first card with the Petal Party (one of my all time favorites) is beyond GORGEOUS!!!! I am going to give this designer paper piecing a try. Sounds like your V-Day party was a huge success. You know you are doing something right when the guests are taking pictures. Yay you!!! Have a wonderful week! hugs, 🙂

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