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Fly Away with this Butterfly Trio

June 20, 2017

It’s time for a poetic party and you’re invited! This week join Peet Roeven as she explores the range of possibilities available with our newest collection, Poetic.

One can’t help but think happy thoughts when they gaze upon this card from Peet. She’s combined our Creative Die, 51-306 Butterfly Trio, with flowers from our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-518 Potted Flowers.

Because the details of the wings on this Creative Die are open, it’s perfect for layering over a stamped and colored design. It’s such fun to see the brightly colored flowers peeking through the wings!

Peet began by creating her background with Distress Oxide ink.

Next, Peet die cut 51-306 Butterfly Trio from white cardstock. She also stamped, colored, and cut out her flowers and butterflies. By fussy cutting the flowers right out of their pots, she’s stretched this stamp and given it a whole new look.

Peet added her sentiment (30-416 Happy Thoughts), flowers, and trademark stitching before layering her main panel onto metallic paper.

You can see how her last step of adding 51-306 Butterfly Trio balanced out the entire design.

And don’t forget, it’s Tuesday and that means…


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51-306 Butterfly Trio
30-416 Happy Thoughts
40-518 Potted Flowers


Birthday Hoopla with Peet

June 19, 2017

It’s time for a poetic party and you’re invited! This week join Peet Roeven as she explores the range of possibilities available with our newest collection, Poetic.

When Peet is getting crafty, the results are nothing short of amazing, just take a peek at today’s birthday creation.

Peet has featured our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-522 Birthday Hoopla, demonstrating how easy it is to achieve a complete design with just one stamp.

She began by creating her background with Distress Oxide ink misted with water.

Next she stamped 40-522 Birthday Hoopla in Versamark ink, sprinkled with black embossing powder, and heat to set.

To take her design to the next level, she added hand stitching and embellished the top and bottom of her card with our Creative Die, 51-322 Vine Borders.

For added dimension, she stamped and fussy cut extra butterfly wings and adhered them with dimensional adhesive.

And finally a sprinkling of sequins is the perfect finishing touch!

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40-522 Birthday Hoopla
51-322 Vine Borders


New Video Series with Therese Calvird

June 18, 2017

Hi everyone! We’re popping in today with some exciting news… the talented Therese Calvird is making an appearance on our YouTube channel in a new series called Gimme 5!

gimme five graphic

Join Therese as she creates FIVE “same but different” cards sure to leave you inspired.  Today she’s featuring fun summertime critters.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

And don’t forget to be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on future GIMME 5 videos from Therese!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

30-426 Cheerful Critters
30-422 Happy Times
30-410 Especially Micey
30-283 Snippets
51-333 Awesome
51-003 Chat Bubbles
51-284 Filled with Love
80-016 Summertime Designer Paper Pad

alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – a Postcard with Mice

June 17, 2017
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. Today, I thought I would share a simple homemade postcard using: Frame and PatternSew Much Fun and Delicate Flowers. I hope you’ll join me over @ art scrap & more. Thank You!

Runs with Scissors

June 17, 2017

Oh, hello! Sometimes Saturdays take me by surprise, and this is one of those. Has it really been seven days since I ran with my scissors? This last birthday seems to have plunked me right into the “getting older” crowd. Mealtime and bedtime are coming earlier and earlier along with rising and shining. I was at the Penny Black studio this morning as the birds were waking up and will probably need a nap when I return home.

Tomorrow is Father’s Day here in the United States. Poor dads, they don’t get the hoopla and celebration accorded to Mother’s Day. If they are anything like Mr. RWS that’s ok, though. He is content with time to watch a golf tournament, a home cooked meal and phone calls from the kids. He is excused from chores, most of which will wait until Monday anyway.

It’s time to share this Saturday’s achievements.

The Poetic leaf is as versatile as it is awesome. Once again I have lightly padded Distress inks directly onto the stamp which I mounted onto my MISTI. I use the mini pads as they are easier to control and I stamp several layers, varying the colors. All that was left to do was add a beautiful verse from the All Great Things transparent set. I even managed to wind a new bobbin for the stitching around the card.

Here the Dancing Daisies have gathered to create the setting for another beautiful sentiment, this time from the Hope Shines set. I stamped the image several times onto watercolor paper, using layers of Distress inks. This time I went over the petals and leaves with a wet paint brush, filling in the white spaces of each bloom. Of course, once the flowers were on the paper, two of the butterflies from the Butterfly Trio die set perched among the daisies. There are many ways to use these brushstroke stamps ranging from simple to more complex.

I had thank you notes to write to family and friends who generously remembered my birthday. I cut the “thank you” from white cardstock using the Thank You Squares die set and placed it over a colored note card. I added a color coordinated bird to each using the Finches die set. Easy peasy, leaving more time for writing a note inside.

Father Knows Best

This handsome man is my Dad when he was about thirty years old. For some reason, our family consisting of Mom, Dad, my sister who was about five years old, and me at the age of three went to a professional photographer and had photos taken. That was the only time our family did that and it was quite a luxury. I never asked my parents the story behind that trip to the photographer. They didn’t even have professional wedding photos taken so this was a departure from the norm.

Many years ago there was a television show titled “Father Knows Best”, starring an actor named Robert Young. The theme of each segment was everyone’s benefiting from the wisdom and guidance of the star. No matter the problem, everything was resolved within the 30 minute show.

Well, in our family it truly was “father knows best”. I don’t think anyone ever said it out loud, but we all knew who was the head of our family. My father entered the military when I was about five years old and for all the years I lived in my family, it was understood he was the decision maker. Many of those decisions were related to his career and the transfers from one duty station to the next.

As Army kids, we were taught that our behavior could affect our Dad’s military reputation. It was assumed that an Army officer would have his family life well organized and his children well behaved.

My Dad was not “warm and fuzzy”, but he worked hard, studied hard and took every opportunity to better the life he provided for our family. He expected to come home to an orderly house, orderly children and supper simmering on the stove. My Mom did not work outside the home and was a poster child for a good Army wife.

When the military issued orders for a new duty station, there was no discussion or consideration of how this might affect the children. Should someone stay behind so they could finish the school year or graduate with their class? Never even mentioned. As soon as my Dad received his orders, the purging and preparing for the move began.

We never assumed our family life was a democracy. There were parents and then there were the children. We knew the hierarchy and understood the rules.

The Army life benefited us in so many ways. We learned very early the world was a very large place. Not every state looked like Wisconsin, or Texas, or Virginia, or Washington, D.C. or Alabama or Tennessee. And when you drove cross country in an old car packed with six people, you realized how far Alabama was from Texas. You experienced the joy of jumping into a motel swimming pool after a long day traveling in a non-airconditioned car.

And Italy was not like the United States. We were privileged to travel, to meet people from all walks of life, and to experience a culture very different from our own.

I am sure my parents discussed my Dad’s decision to enlist in the Army, but I am certain my Dad made that final decision. And as it turned out, he really did know best.

Some days I just want to “do cute”. The Celebrate release included the Especially Micey set where I found this little critter. The Stencil Cut die provided the background which reminds me of floating bubbles. Everything about this card makes me smile.

This Celebration Song card will probably be for Mr. RWS’s Father’s Day. Music is an important part of his life and the message is just right for his special day. I colored the happy little mice with watercolors, even painting the background a light grey. These cuties did not intimidate me at all and were great practice.

Simple masking. What could go wrong? The intent was to have Angelette and Charlotte side by side. By stamping the wrong one first, the result was a bit creepy! My apologies to Angela Kennedy and Penny Black.

And here they are, Angelette and Charlotte the way I intended! I enjoyed the hours I spent putting together this design and finally coloring it. The flowers from the Flower Cascade set were colored with my new Faber Castelle colored pencils. The dresses are paper pieced, with embellishment provided by the Vine Border diecut and a flower from the Flower Cascade bouquet. I confess to total intimidation by these beautiful faces but as I said last week, I did everything on a trial image first. I bought a fine line art pen for adding eyelashes and smiles. I let everything dry before going on to another area or color. I added some detail to their hair with my colored pencils. I was tempted to do a color wash for the background, but made the decision to be done while I still liked my work. It is a joy to see each person’s interpretation of these stamps. Oh how I wanted to add freckles to little Charlotte a la Jill Foster, but feared I might create a measles outbreak. Love between a mother and her daughter seemed the right message for this painting.

Here is Cooper with his “dad”, Mr. RWS enjoying a view of the Tennessee River. There is a lovely park/campground/marina a short distance from our home. Cooper loves going there for a walk, quickly going from shady spot to shady spot. Here he is taking a break under a large tree with his favorite person in the whole world. The feeling is mutual.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-409 All Great Things, 40-544 Poetic

Card No. 2: 30-432 Hope Shines, 40-546 Dancing Daisies, 51-306 Butterfly Trio

Cards No. 3: 51-346 Thank You Squares, 51-345 Finches

Card No. 4: 30-410 Especially Micey, 30-358 Happy Snippets, 51-349 Stencil Cut

Card No. 5: 40-534 Celebration Song

Card No. 6: 40-550 Angelette, 40-551 Charlotte, 40-466 Flower Cascade, 51-296 Love, 51-322 Vine Border


Fun Friday with the Lovely Layers Ladies

June 16, 2017

Are you in the mood for layers? Flowers? And stunning card creations? Then you are in the right place. Today we welcome back two very talented card-makers, the Penny Black Lovely Layers Ladies!

Yenni Natalia joins us first with layered blooms that are both bright and happy.

There are so many details to take in on this textural creation, but Yenni’s strong focal point of the three flowers keeps this garden of delights looking balanced and pleasing to the eye.

Next, join us in welcoming Emilia Sieradzan, AKA Lady E.

Her card features our die cut sentiment as the focal point along with a soft and feminine color scheme.

Creative Dies and our Stencil Design make for the perfect embellishments, complementing her shabby chic style.

One more thing… TGIF!

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


Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card 1: 51-334 Butterfly Border, 51-325 Leaf Edger, 51-333 Awesome, 51-330 Beautiful Blossom, 51-207 Layered Flower
Card 2: 51-330 Beautiful Blossom, 51-300 Light as a Feather, 51-340 Dream Big, 51-195 Bookmark, 51-085 Gossamer, 51-007 Tagged, 25-019 Leaf Frolic, 30-238 Footnotes


Aglow with Beauty

June 15, 2017

It’s time for a poetic party and you’re invited! This week join Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain as she explores the range of possibilities available with our newest collection, Poetic.

Our next brushstroke stamp, 40-547 Flower Lanterns, is perfect for adding rich golds, yellows, and oranges to your card-making garden.

Not only does Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain’s trademark stamping and painting bring an elegance to this stamp, but so does her sentiment choice from our transparent set, 30-419 Happy Wishes. By selectively inking the sentiment and stamping it in two locations, she was able to fit it perfectly with her floral design.

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40-547 Flower Lanterns
30-419 Happy Wishes