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Fun Friday: Lovely Layer Lady Emilia

February 16, 2018

This month, Lovely Layer Lady, Emilia Sieradzan, AKA Lady E., is sharing a pair of vintage and romantic tags that have us swooning.

How did her gorgeous layers come together?
Watch Emilia work her magic…

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

We certainly {heart} everything about these!

One more thing… TGIF!

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

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

51-397 Antique Frame
51-287 Filled with Love
51-207 Layered Flower
51-322 Vine Borders
51-002 Leaves
51-009 Dots
30-163 Love Chapter

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A Closer Look: Cute and Fashionable

February 15, 2018

It’s time to get inspired with our new collection, SWEET SPRING! Join us this week as we take a closer look at our newest stamps and dies. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, February 16 when we will also be sharing the full reveal of the complete catalog.

If it’s cute, fashionable, and fun… you’re bound to spot it today as we take closer look at more new stamps.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Introducing 30-463 Good Times!

Card above features 51-412, 30-463, 30-476, 51-108

Introducing 30-471 Sweet You!

Card above features 51-420, 30-471, 51-424, 51-050, 51-008

Introducing 30-479 Happy Critters

Card above features 30-479, 51-431, 51-416, 51-004

Introducing 40-608 Parisian Stroll

Card above features 40-608, 30-470

Introducing 40-607 Birthday Balloons

Card above features 30-464, 40-607, 40-191

Introducing 30-475 Cup of Java

Card above features 30-475, 30-472, 51-410, 51-441, 51-281, 30-275

Introducing 30-473 Breathe

Card above features 30-473, 30-467, 30-421

Introducing 30-468 Let’s Play

Card above features 30-470, 30-468, 51-416, 51-430

Introducing 40-603 The Bunch!

Card above features 40-603, 51-422, 51-198, 51-043

Introducing 40-604 Wiz

Card above features 51-412, 40-604, 51-353, 51-423, 51-409

So how could Spring be any sweeter? How about with 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 on this SWEET SPRING post.
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, February 18, 2018, 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.

A Closer Look: Sentiment Sets

February 14, 2018

It’s time to get inspired with our new collection, SWEET SPRING! Join us this week as we take a closer look at our newest stamps and dies. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, February 16 when we will also be sharing the full reveal of the complete catalog.

A sweet and beautiful sentiment can elevate any card design. Today we take a closer look at our new sentiment sets filled with uplifting, inspiring, as well as practical verbiage.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Introducing 30-480 Artful

Card above features 40-607, 30-480, 51-410, 30-275

Introducing 30-461 Smile Today!

Card above features 40-609, 30-461, 51-397, 30-274

Introducing 30-460 Perspective

Card above features 30-463, 30-460, 51-437, 25-014

Introducing 30-464 Choose Happy

Card above features 30-464, 30-475, 30-275, 51-095

Introducing 30-467 Grateful Heart

Card above features 30-473, 30-467, 30-421

Introducing 30-470 Just Believe

Card above features 30-470, 30-478, 51-411, 51-007

So how could Spring be any sweeter? How about with 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 on this SWEET SPRING post.
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, February 18, 2018, 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.

 

A Closer Look: Colorful Blooms

February 13, 2018

It’s time to get inspired with our new collection, SWEET SPRING! Join us this week as we take a closer look at our newest stamps and dies. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, February 16 when we will also be sharing the full reveal of the complete catalog.

Grab your colored pencils, markers, paints, and inks… today we’re taking a look at more sweet spring blossoms, perfect for beginner to advanced colorists ready to bring some sweet spring to their craft room.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Introducing 40-616 Floral Medley

Card above features 40-616, 30-467

Introducing 40-614 Exquisite

Card above features 40-614, 51-198, 30-215, 51-296

Introducing 40-596 Dainty Whispers

Card above features 40-596, 51-041, 30-215

Introducing 40-590 Aviary

Card above features 40-590, 51-164

Introducing 40-615 Melody Makers

Card above features 40-615, 51-422, 1999L, 30-283, 51-352

Introducing 30-465 Happy Together

Card above features 30-462, 30-467, 30-465

Introducing 30-478 Sublime

Card above features 30-462, 30-480, 30-478, 30-238

Introducing 40-613 Parade of Flowers

Card above features 40-613, 30-464

Introducing 40-612 Tulip Bouquet

Card above features 30-464, 51-434, 40-612, 51-435, 40-470

Introducing 40-605 Vase Garden

Card above features 51-409, 51-416, 40-605

So how could Spring be any sweeter? How about with 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 on this SWEET SPRING post.
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, February 18, 2018, 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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Closer Look: Brushstroke Beauty

February 12, 2018

It’s time to get inspired with our new collection, SWEET SPRING! Join us this week as we take a closer look at our newest stamps and dies. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, February 16 when we will also be sharing the full reveal of the complete catalog.

With our new brushstroke and silhouette-style stamps, you can achieve an inky springtime garden on all of your papercraft creations.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Introducing 40-598 Becoming

Card above features 40-598, 40-489, 51-038

Introducing 40-597 Spontaneous Joy

Card above features 40-597, 30-470

Introducing 40-601 Flower Pageant

Card above features 40-601, 30-461, 51-397, 40-563

Introducing 40-592 Lilacs

Card above features 40-592, 30-497

Introducing 40-588 Blossom Branch

Card above features 40-588, 30-464, 40-203, 51-397, 51-132

Introducing 40-600 Blissful Blossoms

Card above features 40-600, 51-436, 30-238

Introducing 40-595 Belle and exact match Creative Die 51-415 Belle Cut Out

Card above features 51-416, 51-415, 40-595, 51-552, 30-423

Introducing 40-617 Melange

Card above features 51-416, 40-617, 51-397, 51-002, 30-345

Introducing 30-472 Serene

Card above features 40-595, 51-409, 51-423, 30-472

Introducing 30-462 Flourish Borders

Card above features 30-462, 30-470, 40-612

So how could Spring be any sweeter? How about with 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 on this SWEET SPRING post.
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, February 18, 2018, 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.

alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Thank You!

February 10, 2018
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. Today, I’d like to share a card using: Garden Charmers and Banner Sentiments. I hope you’ll join me over @ art scrap & more. Thank You!

 

Runs with Scissors

February 10, 2018

The anniversary celebration is over and Cooper and I thank all of you for the lovely comments you left last week. I’ve taken down the decorations, poured out the leftover champagne and sharpened my scissors. I am thankful that Penny Black allows me to use the studio when a celebration is in order.

Speaking of celebrations: next week is Valentine’s Day. I saw a quote once that said, “Without Valentine’s Day, February would be … well, January.”

While living up North I always made it through February by reminding myself it is a “short” month. Having a holiday devoted to love in the middle really does help. And you know what else helps? Making cards for those we love and love us in return.

I’ve kept it simple this week in order to leave time for addressing and mailing those cards we’ve lovingly made.

The Love and Roses release included “fan favorites” from previous releases. What fun it was to ink up this Love Antennae woodblock stamp again. A lady bug outfit has to be red with black dots, of course. I cut red hearts using the Hearts in Circle die and added them to her antennae. I used my Nuvo crystal drops on her antennae as well as the little dots on her outfit. I treasure my woodblock stamps and forgive them for taking up so much space.

If one hug is good, three must be much better. I am so happy to have Mimi make an appearance during this release. This image is from the Mimi’s Love transparent set. Following Jill Foster’s inspiration, I’ve added yellow to several of my Valentines lately. One layer cards (and a frame) are quick to make, fun to color and easy to mail. It would be fun for next time to stamp, color and cut out another envelope and pop dot it onto the stamped envelope image. I didn’t think of it at the time, but feel free to use that idea as you are making your Valentines. There are so many ideas packed into one package of stamps.

Follow your heart … on a bicycle built for two using the I Heart You transparent set. Who knows? Maybe Mimi and her friend will end up following their heart with an RV some day. It’s happened before!

Valentine Smorgasbord

There are so many poems written and quotes quoted about the power and benefits of love that I would be foolish to try to improve on any of them. Love is a universal human need, not only yearning to be loved but yearning to share that love. We begin with the love our parents have for us and then suddenly, we are sharing love with our own children. We increase that circle of love to include our friends and if we are really lucky, our pets.

Here are quotes from people who explain love better than I ever could:

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” Franklin P. Jones

“There are never enough I Love You’s.” Lenny Bruce

“Your flaws are perfect for the heart that’s meant to love you.” Trent Shelton

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles Schulz

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” Linda Grayson

“A friend is what the heart needs all the time.” Henry Van Dyke

“Friends are medicine for a wounded heart, and vitamins for a hopeful soul.” Steve Maraboli

“Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.” James Thurber

And there is even some disagreement about love:

“Love is metaphysical gravity.” R. Buckminster Fuller

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” Albert Einstein

There you have it: a smorgasbord of love.

And now for an update of the million little pieces at our home.

Unlike Humpty Dumpty our oven was put back together again. The appliance repair person discovered that the metal frame the glass panel sits in has openings for five screws, of which two were empty. His theory is that the glass was unstable and when Mr. RWS went to put the handle back in place, something shifted and the safety glass blew. Just to be safe, Cooper and I watched from afar as the glass door was installed with all five screws in place. All’s well that ends well.

The puzzle is not as put together again as the oven door. Mr. RWS has persevered and makes some progress each day. He does take time occasionally to golf. I think the puzzle is now at the two week mark. Oh, and I think I described the puzzle as being about different colored doors. My mistake: it’s all about windows!

I have promised Mr. RWS never, ever to bring home a 2,000 piece puzzle unless I also bring home a crew to help assemble it. That is true love.

The Jumbo Love transparent set has adorable elephant images that make me smile big. They’re easy to color using light grey markers. This is a pink version of a card suitable for Valentine’s Day or a little one’s birthday or welcome baby. I think I know a little girl who would love to find this card in her mailbox.

And here is the blue version of the sweet elephant card. And I have a little boy in mind to send it to. The Jumbo Love set is a great one if there are little people in your life to celebrate.

What better way to end a Valentine post than with a card that says “You are my happy ending”. I used colored pencils on kraft to color the little mice from the Share a Hug transparent set. This is the card I will give to Mr. RWS. He is my happy ending.

I didn’t notice until I began writing card descriptions that this week I used the Antique Frame die set on Every. Single. Card. It was not planned, but it does demonstrate how indispensable that die has become! If you look at each card, I’ve used the same die, but in several different ways. Versatile is good.

Cooper wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. No chocolate for this guy, and he doesn’t care much for flowers, but he knows there is some chicken jerky in that food room

“Just when I thought I was too old to fall in love again I became a grandparent.”

Last week I posted a link to my first ever Runs with Scissors post. Included in that post was a photo of my granddaughter Evelyn taken at Christmas when she was six months old. Recently, Evelyn’s mom and dad registered her for kindergarten. This is Evelyn, enjoying her most recent Christmas.

And now it is time to put away the scissors, finish decorating the studio, and breaking out the bags of chocolate. I want to surprise the Penny Black designers and company when they come to work on Monday. I am off to browse the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery, something I love to do.

I wish all of you a Valentine’s day filled with love. If someone you loved the most is not here in person, I wish for you happy memories of special love.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 4119J Love Antennae, 51-025 Love Expressions, 51-397 Antique Frame

Card No. 2: 30-270 Mimi’s Love, 51-387 Antique Frame

Card No. 3: 30-272 I Heart You, 30-399 Friendship and Love, 51-387 Antique Frame

Card No. 4: 30-209 Jumbo Love, 51-022 Heart String, 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-387 Antique Frame

Card No 5: 30-209 Jumbo Love, 51-022 Heart String, 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-387 Antique Frame

Card No. 6: 30-271 Share a Hug, 30-401 Forever and Always, 51-095 Hearts in Circle, 51-387 Antique Frame

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