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Rosy Red Sunshine

May 18, 2016

Why wait for for special events, birthdays, and holidays? We can send sunshine anytime with a little piece of handcrafted happy mail for friends and family. Our new collection, A Little Bit of Sunshine, is full of new stamps and dies that are perfect for creating that special card that will surely brighten someone’s day.

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Peet brings us rosy red sunshine today. How did she achieve this stunning layered look? Here’s a look at her creative process, beginning by white heat embossing our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-428 Scented Beauty, and then painting it with watercolors.

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Are you sending sunshine, too? We’d love to see your Penny Black stamped and die cut creations. Share your sunshine with us by posting your card to our Facebook page or in our Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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Poppy Polaroids

May 17, 2016

Click HERE to to see what’s happening on our SIMPLICITY site.

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Why wait for for special events, birthdays, and holidays? We can send sunshine anytime with a little piece of handcrafted happy mail for friends and family. Our new collection, A Little Bit of Sunshine, is full of new stamps and dies that are perfect for creating that special card that will surely brighten someone’s day.

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Jill is sending “picture perfect” (or should we say “polaroid perfect”) sunshine using our Creative Die, 51-236 Coy.

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Painted, inked, and layered Creative Dies are the stars of the show in this new video.

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Oh, and did we mention some sunshine-y shimmer, too?

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Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

And when you find a card design you like, why not try it in a variety of color schemes?

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Are you sending sunshine, too? We’d love to see your Penny Black stamped and die cut creations. Share your sunshine with us by posting your card to our Facebook page or in our Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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Let’s Send Sunshine!

May 16, 2016

If you are just arriving here for the first time today, be sure to scroll down or click HERE for a fun announcement, video, and giveaway!


Why wait for for special events, birthdays, and holidays? We can send sunshine anytime with a little piece of handcrafted happy mail for friends and family. Our new collection,
A Little Bit of Sunshine, is full of new stamps and dies that are perfect for creating that special card that will surely brighten someone’s day.

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The feathered friends on Heather’s card must certainly be tweeting a lovely song about friendship.

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To give her card a unique look, Heather has stamped and painted our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-439 Good Neighbors, in a beautiful monochromatic color scheme.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Are you sending sunshine, too? We’d love to see your Penny Black stamped and die cut creations. Share your sunshine with us by posting your card to our Facebook page or in our Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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New Monthly Video Series!

May 16, 2016

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If you love stamping, painting, VIDEOS, and all things that shimmer and shine, then we think you will be very excited about today’s announcement of a new monthly video series.

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What is this series all about? Watch and see…

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Here’s another look at those cards…

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featuring Slapstick/Cling stamp 40-447 Poppy Gems

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featuring Slapstick/Cling stamp 40-440 Elegance in Motion

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featuring Slapstick/Cling stamp 40-437 Flower Gala

In kicking off this new monthly feature, we, along with the good folks at Shimmerz, want to SIMPLY giveaway some stamps and paint!

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Here’s how to enter for a chance to win a set of Gold Inklings and two Penny Black Slapstick/Cling stamps:

*Subscribe to both the Penny Black YouTube Channel and Shimmerz YouTube Channel.

*Leave a comment on this post letting us know that you’ve subscribed.

*And for an extra entry, “like” both the Penny Black Facebook page and Shimmerz Facebook page and leave us a comment there. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. Winner to be announced on Facebook. (Note: Even if you are not on Facebook, you can still view and enjoy our Facebook posts by clicking on the link above.)

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking -Stamping with Softscrub!

May 15, 2016
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. Like so many of you, I have stamped using liquid bleach before and although I love the “batik” effect it produces, I’ve always found the liquid bleach a little too …hmmm..how shall I say, “toxic”, “radical” and frankly too “liquidy”. Wouldn’t be nice if there were a product that would produce the same effect  on colored papers but would be a bit more pasty and less scary for our rubber stamps? Hey how about using Softscrub?! Digging in the wonderful new collection called a Little Bit of Sunshine, I have found the perfect background slapstick/Cling stamp for this technique: Flower Box #40-445… I hope you’ll join me at art scrap & more for all the details! Thank You!

Runs with Scissors Returns

May 14, 2016

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Hello, Penny Black friends. I’m happy to be back to share what I’ve created using the new Penny Black release A Little Bit of Sunshine. There’s more than a little bit of May sunshine in the Penny Black studio today. This release is an awesome assortment of dies and stamps.

And don’t forget Stickeroos! What a great week this has been for Stickeroo inspiration! If you haven’t used them in the past, now is the time to add the use of Stickeroos to your card making techniques.   Making a gorgeous card is pure fun and no stress when the main image is taken care of for you.

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The first thing to do when you use a Stickeroo is peel the image from the backing. Then stick it onto cardstock and cut it to size. This gives your image some body and makes it easy to work with. Also, it is best to order two identical sheets of Stickeroos so you can use one sheet to cut out elements of the image to pop up in places on the original image. That’s what I’ve done to make this scrumptious poppy image look more lifelike. Three of the flowers are double layered with a bit of dimensional tape. I also added a few enamel dots. And who doesn’t love a black, white and red color scheme with polka dots for a background?

The sentiment on this card is from the Happy Snippets sentiment set and I can’t say enough good things about Happy Snippets. There are at least three dozen different sentiments in an incredible variety of fonts in this transparent set. They are just the right size to add to a card without the sentiment being the focus. It is a must have, indeed.

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It’s a good thing I lost my pride many years ago because I have to confess; when I cut the two dies that come in the Layered Scene die set I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I tried putting them on the card vertically, then horizontally and it just didn’t look right either way. And one had the birds and the other, nothing. Finally it dawned on me – “layered means layered”! When I stacked the two diecuts it finally made sense and created a great multi-dimensional image. I chose to stack them so the birds are in front of the tree branches, but it also looks great to have the birds tucked behind the branches. It’s a plus to have diecuts and stamps that make masculine cards. Just change the color theme and, presto, a pretty feminine card, too.

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Here’s Mimi, having a creative day. She is one of four Mimi’s in the transparent set titled The Best. Mimi’s are great for coloring with any medium. Here I’ve done simple Copic coloring, added a large sentiment and some bling and I have a friendship card ready to go.

Just like everyone else, my days are made up of events large and small that when pieced together make up this thing we call “life”. It’s not all about trips to faraway places, graduations, or other life changing events. Sometimes the highlight of a day can be catching up on the laundry or a note from a friend or just wearing your new shirt.

One recent Saturday, Mr. RWS and I decided to treat ourselves to breakfast out. I had recently purchased some casual shirts and for once, finding something to wear was easy. I was feeling pretty confident in my pretty new polo shirt with its cheerful floral pattern

We went to the new branch of a local diner that had recently opened on our side of town. We checked in with the hostess, happy to learn that we had managed to arrive about three minutes before breakfast service was over.   The day was perfect, so far.

We followed the hostess from the lobby, through the busy main dining area, through a smaller full dining area and finally were seated in a rather crowded area at the back of the restaurant, at a table for two.   I had enjoyed noticing the different diners, smiled when there was eye contact, said good morning to a few and appreciated how friendly people were.   I was getting a lot of smiles as I walked by which made me believe a lot of people liked my new shirt, too.

We hadn’t been seated very long when suddenly there was a woman’s head right up next to mine. I couldn’t see her very well as she was very close and I had to twist away a bit in order to check if it was someone I knew. Finally, I realized she was trying to tell me something.

The restaurant was a bit noisy with people chatting and silverware clattering, but eventually I realized she was telling me something about my shirt. Oh, my new shirt … and then I caught what she was telling me.

I had failed to take off the strip of tape applied by the manufacturer that runs down the front of casual knit shirts and repeats the size as it goes down. I had walked through three sections of this restaurant, nodding and smiling at people as I went along without realizing I had this long strip going down my shirt advertising that I was “X-Large”.

My cheeks were flaming, remembering all the smiles as I passed by, but I thanked her profusely for telling me. It took me a few moments to regain my composure and remove the offending tape (during which I mentioned to Mr. RWS that it would have been helpful had he noticed my fashion error) and then I turned to the helpful lady who was seated near by.

“Thank you again for telling me”, I said. And then I added, “If the strip had said ‘Petite Small’ I probably would have left it there.”

I’m sure that lovely woman turned to her husband and like any well bred Southern lady muttered “Bless her heart”.

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It’s time for some elegance and no better way than to combine the Border Edgers diecut with the Scented Beauty rose. The stamp itself indicates where to add deeper color for dimension, simplifying coloring. A rose can deliver so many messages: weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, encouragement and sympathy. If you have the Border Edgers die along with this rose image and a few sentiments you are ready for many occasions.

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This awesome tree die titled Serenity creates a tree big and bold enough to fill a card front and is fun to embellish with a few birds. This is another excellent image for masculine cards. And how fun would it be to add red hearts for “love” occasions such as Valentine’s Day or an anniversary.   White on white would be beautiful for weddings. It’s good to add versatile images to your collection. You know they will be used, not stored away.

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This image from the mini transparent set Bye Bye is just right to be the final card for today. And wouldn’t it make a great farewell or retirement card? This cutie is fun to color and there is the added fun of a cute teddy bear. If you like coloring and working with images of children, the A Little Bit of Sunshine release is the place to look. There are seven different mini sets with some of the cutest tykes ever!

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Cooper recently spent a day and night with the family that cares for him so we could go on a day tour of several Alabama landmarks. I am always excited for him when we drop him off as he loves playing with the resident dog. The lady of the house not only does an amazing job caring for Cooper, she also sends photos of Cooper enjoying his visit. Cooper is used to having a camera aimed at him and cooperates fully with the process. I am tempted to have this portrait that Vicki took enlarged and hung in our home.

The scissors are stowed, the mess is cleaned up, and now the lights are out. It is time to say “Bye Bye” for now. I’ll be looking for you in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.

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Card No. 1: 10-231 Touched by Love, 30-358 Happy Snippets, 51-027 Triple Banner

Card No. 2: 51-232 Layered Scene, 51-194 Believe II

Card No.3: 30-355 The Best

Card No.4: 30-350 Sentiment Collection, 40-428 Scented Beauty, 51-231 Border Edgers, 80-011 Beau Jardin Paper Pack

Card No. 5: 30-283 Snippets, 51-001 In a Row, 51-226 Serenity

Card No. 6: 30-226 Kind Words, 30-363 Bye Bye, 51-027 Triple Banner

 

Fun Friday with the Lovely Layer Ladies

May 13, 2016

It’s time for Friday fun and this week we welcome back the Lovely Layers Ladies. (Say that five times fast. Haha!)

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Let’s begin this “Fun Friday” with Lovely Layers Lady, Emilia Sieradzana, a.k.a. Lady E.

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Emilia’s romantic style includes not only layers this week, but watercoloring, too!

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Watch in awe as her creation comes to life…

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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Next stop on this layered ride… the stunning stylings of Emma Williams.

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Is there such thing as elegant grunge? Why yes, we think so! Just check this out for proof.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

And now bring on the happy smiles with Yenni Natalia.

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You’re smiling right? That cute kitty along with Yenni’s balanced background layers and embellishments is certain to turn any frown upside down.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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And even more Friday fun is happening…

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