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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Witchy Cards

October 14, 2017
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. Today, I thought I would share two “witchy” cards for Halloween. I’ve used: Witchy #40-553Chubby Witch # 40-555 and one of my all time favorite sets of sentiments: Eloquence #30-162I hope you’ll join me over @ art scrap & more. Thank You!

 

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Runs with Scissors

October 14, 2017

Welcome! If this is Saturday it must be time to run with scissors! I’ve been busy in the studio this morning and have some cards to share using Penny Black’s newest release, Peaceful Winter. Finally, all the sneak peeks are done and you can shop for the Peaceful Winter items in the Penny Black shop today.

But I am not ready to be done with Halloween or the celebration of autumn so today’s post also includes projects made with the Be Merry release.

Part of my duties as a Kitchen Angel at our church is to provide three door prizes for the monthly senior citizens luncheon we angels prepare. I have a $5.00 limit per gift so I like to add value with decorated bags. It was easy making spooky Halloween bags using the Witches Duo die along with the Serenity die. All that was needed then were a couple of bats from the Halloween Creatures set. Those die cuts always receive a lot of attention from the seniors and a lot of wondering, “How’d she do that?”

Ta da! This is my first card using the new Peaceful Winter release. A polar bear and penguin from the Star Gazing Friends set, and the Santa’s Sleigh die… what more could a girl want? Originally, this card was just black and white and then this scrap of shiny red paper showed up on my desk … perfect! On Dasher, on Dancer …. I know there are more, but no time to Google!

I have a sister and this image could be the two of us, except for the light colored hair. I have provided these little girls the scene from the Restful cling stamp, part of the Peaceful Winter release, for their running and playing. When my sister and I were this age we lived on a rather bleak government base and I don’t think there were any trees or autumn leaves. I love combining images from different stamp sets and the scenic stamps from Penny Black offer many options.

Gratitude 4

Remission: Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I decided this was an especially good time to express my gratitude for my 21 years of being in remission from breast cancer. I have celebrated twenty-one birthdays that I might not have had. Before my cancer diagnosis I considered birthdays in a negative light – leaving youth for old age. Now, I look at becoming older as a very good thing! I welcome birthdays with open arms and a grateful heart.

Those twenty-one years have allowed me to achieve my college graduation and see my kids graduate from college and grad school. I’ve been to their weddings and celebrated the births of their children, my grandchildren. I’ve watched my children build their own interesting and successful lives.

I’ve visited countries I might not have seen. I’ve traveled the United States during three years of full time RV’ing.

Mr. RWS and I have enjoyed a long retirement, in spite of my pessimistic outlook for our future. We have added an entire chapter to our life here in Alabama away from the challenging winters of Wisconsin.

I’ve never been comfortable with the term “survivor” or “fighter” or “brave” in relation to my experience with cancer. Perhaps that’s why I don’t wear a pink ribbon. Dealing with my diagnosis was less about fighting and more about giving up control of my life to the doctors and specialists involved in my treatment. I showed up for every procedure and appointment and did as I was told in between. I managed to keep up with my college studies and job even though some days it seemed like too much work to make a meal or do the dishes. I kept going not because I was fearless, but because I was too afraid to stop.

I ended up being a “survivor” because I discovered my lump early. A stroke of luck, really, as it was very small. And a fighter would not whine as much as I whined during treatment. A fighter might have become an advocate for other women, or gone out and raised funds for research because that’s what fighters do.

And I was angry at first: so angry that I threw a very heavy glass at the wall, wanting to hear the sound of breaking glass. Well, all I had to show for that tantrum was an intact glass and a large hole in the drywall. So much for fighting back.   And so much for having a positive attitude!

I am grateful for the lessons I learned while trying to live well in a sick body: humility, patience, perseverance, tolerance, acceptance and, eventually, gratitude.

Remission is among my favorite words now. Enough time has passed that cancer is only a small part of my life story. I no longer panic with every headache or cough or joint pain as I did early in my cancer story. I’ve learned not every ache and pain is cancer!

Remission is a favorite word of my oncologist, too. He did not share my enthusiastic reaction to the five year mark in my remission. It was only at the ten year mark that he considered me one of his successes. And oncologists love to celebrate successes. I am grateful that I am a bright spot in his career.

I am grateful to be in remission.

Sometimes we need one good card design for making Christmas cards in quantity. Using designer paper for a background and die cuts for the focal point speeds up the card making process and the result is one you can be proud of. For this card, I “unhoarded” my shiny red and green paper and used the Holly and Berry Branch die and the Sending Wishes die along with a designer paper background from the Wintertime collection. The card is flat enough for mailing, something else to consider. Ford had a great idea with his assembly line innovation for getting things done quickly. It can apply to card making, too.

I wasn’t quite finished using the stamps in the Be Merry release, so I played with the Under the Trees set this week. The MISTI stamp positioner makes it easy to stamp and color many of the Penny Black scenic stamps. My coloring is a mix of Tombow markers directly onto the stamp along with Copic markers to color details and Luxe inks to blend for the sky. I can’t let a week go by without using the Antique Frame set, either.

It was necessary to connect with my inner Mimi Jourdain in order to make this card! I have combined two new winter scene sets, Peaceful Winter and Snowy Village to create this snowy scene. I love that it is hard to tell where each set begins and ends. I added snow to the roof tops with my Nuvo crystal drops. I don’t think Mimi has anything to worry about, but I loved the process.

Cooper had a birthday last week. He is now eight years old! That means he has brought us six years of fun, joy, love and laughs. He is a committee of one in charge of making our home a better place to be. He has come so far from the terrified little guy we brought home from the Tennessee organization that rescued him from a breeder situation. He has learned the meaning of many words and developed his own routines. He trusts us and seems to have forgiven us for that time we dropped him off at an Atlanta boarding kennel after a miserable four hour drive. He remains, however, convinced that the letter carrier is the enemy. And the squirrels that run along the top of the backyard fence are there to taunt him. Happy Birthday, dear Cooper!

Once again, my time for running with scissors is up. Nowhere does time go faster than here on the Penny Black blog. All that’s left to do is stow the scissors and clean up my mess. Oh, and one more thing: to say Thank you Dear Readers for spending time here each week and especially for the kind messages you leave. Cooper and I read every one and as one reader said last week, “They happy my heart.”

Cooper refuses to take off his birthday hat and bow, so he will just have to join me dressed as he is to visit the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. We love that you take time to post your Penny Black art where we can all enjoy your talent!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Gift Bags 1: 51-226 Serenity, 51-245 Halloween Creatures, 51-361 Witches Duo

Card No. 2: 40-567 Restful, 40-552 Same Tree, 51-033 Silver Linings

Card No. 3: 30-451 Star Gazing, 51-401 Santa’s Sleigh

Card No. 4: 30-452 Sending Wishes, 51-404 Holly and Berry Branch, 80-012 Wintertime

Card No. 5: 40-566 Under the Tree, 51-397 Antique Frame

Card No. 6: 30-453 Love and Peace, 30-450 Peaceful Winter, 40-558 Snowy Village

PEACEFUL WINTER NOW AVAILABLE!

October 13, 2017

We’re excited to announce that our new holiday collection, Peaceful Winter, is now available in our online store- click HERE to shop!

If you’re ready for some frosty fun then grab your pen and paper and start that wishlist. You can view the complete Peaceful Winter catalog by clicking HERE

And why not use your new goodies to enter our current “Holiday Head Start” challenge? There’s a BIG PRIZE! Get the details HERE.

One more thing… TGIF!

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

 

Peaceful Winter Teaser #8: VIDEO Recap

October 12, 2017

Snowy scenes, peaceful pals, beautiful berries, and a winter wardrobe… all of these winter-themed stamps and dies are a part of our newest collection, Peaceful Winter. This next release will give you even more options for your holiday and Christmas cards but also provide you with versatile products which will have you crafting as the snow falls, well into the New Year! All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, October 13.

As we near the end of our sneak peek and teaser excitement, Jill is here to give us a video recap of all of the newest dies.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

See you tomorrow when our new collection and catalog will be available!

So as this new release has us walking in a winter wonderland, we decided we’d warm things up just a bit 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 during the next two weeks of Peaceful Winter posts.
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, October 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

Peaceful Winter Teaser #7: Christmas Classics

October 11, 2017

Snowy scenes, peaceful pals, beautiful berries, and a winter wardrobe… all of these winter-themed stamps and dies are a part of our newest collection, Peaceful Winter. This next release will give you even more options for your holiday and Christmas cards but also provide you with versatile products which will have you crafting as the snow falls, well into the New Year! All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, October 13.

Now, it wouldn’t be a peaceful winter without a few Christmas classics; right?

Introducing Creative Die 51-401 Santa’s Sleigh

Card above also features 30-307, 30-379

Introducing Creative Die 51-404 Holly & Berry Branch

Card above also features 51-402, 30-453, 40-474

Introducing Creative Die Set 51-402 Do Not Open…

Card above also features 30-453, 40-474

Introducing Creative Die 51-403 We Wish You A…

Card above also features 51-404, 30-450, 51-090, 51-136, 30-238

These next two dies may look familiar; we shared them with you yesterday along with some adorable critters. Today we’ve given them a more classic look.

Introducing Creative Dies 51-398 Wreath and Bow and 51-399 Holly Wreath

Card above also features 30-316, 51-378, 51-373

NOTE: These dies (51-398 Wreath and Bow and 51-399 Holly Wreath) are the same size, making them perfect for layering if you like the look of a full wreath as shown below.

Card above also features 51-398, 1999L, 30-444, 51-353, 51-397

So as this new release has us walking in a winter wonderland, we decided we’d warm things up just a bit 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 during the next two weeks of Peaceful Winter posts.
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, October 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

Peaceful Winter Teaser #6: Bundle Up

October 10, 2017

Snowy scenes, peaceful pals, beautiful berries, and a winter wardrobe… all of these winter-themed stamps and dies are a part of our newest collection, Peaceful Winter. This next release will give you even more options for your holiday and Christmas cards but also provide you with versatile products which will have you crafting as the snow falls, well into the New Year! All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, October 13.

Today is all about bundling up as well as enjoying the light-hearted side of our new collection.

Introducing Creative Die Set 51-394 Winter Wardrobe

Card above also features 30-445, 51-375, 30-257

Introducing Creative Die 51-399 Holly Wreath

Card above also features 51-353, 30-443, 51-095, 30-307

Introducing Creative Die Set 51-398 Wreath and Bow

Card above also features 30-445, 30-307, 40-137

Introducing Creative Die Set 51-383 Snowflakes

Card above also features 30-452, 30-453, 51-397

So as this new release has us walking in a winter wonderland, we decided we’d warm things up just a bit 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 during the next two weeks of Peaceful Winter posts.
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, October 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

And before you go, don’t miss this week’s card on our SIMPLICITY site…

 

 

Peaceful Winter Teaser #5: Creative Dies

October 9, 2017

Snowy scenes, peaceful pals, beautiful berries, and a winter wardrobe… all of these winter-themed stamps and dies are a part of our newest collection, Peaceful Winter. This next release will give you even more options for your holiday and Christmas cards but also provide you with versatile products which will have you crafting as the snow falls, well into the New Year! All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, October 13.

Our new collection certainly lives up to its name, Peaceful Winter, with these new Creative Dies.

Introducing Creative Die 51-392 Peace

Card above also features 51-171, 51-273, 30-446, 30-238, 51-268

Introducing Creative Die 51-393 Polar Bears

Card above also features 30-453, 51-298, 30-251

Introducing Creative Die Set 51-384 Evergreen Tree

Card above also features 30-437, 30-453

Introducing Creative Die Set 51-396 Winter Village

 

Card above also features 51-088, 51-271, 51-273, 30-257

Introducing Creative Die 51-391 Christmas Elegance

Card above also features 51-066, 30-380, 51-400, 51-397

 

So as this new release has us walking in a winter wonderland, we decided we’d warm things up just a bit 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 during the next two weeks of Peaceful Winter posts.
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, October 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.