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SIMPLICITY Inspiration with Kay: Day 3

June 24, 2015

As the temps outside begin to rise, here on the blog we have also been heating things up with designer inspiration. Over the past several weeks our designers have brought you design ideas featuring their trademark styles and products from our new collection, Sunshine and Smiles. This week we welcome a special guest, Kay Miller! Kay is a Penny Black Simplicity Sister who also regularly shares her clean and simple card designs on our SIMPLICITY site.

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Today Kay shows us that SIMPLE loose watercoloring looks beautiful even when coupled with the detailed floral designs from our transparent set, 30-299 Florets.

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Don’t you just love this artsy design?

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SIMPLICITY Inspiration with Kay: Day 2

June 23, 2015

Click HERE to view today’s new SIMPLICITY creation.

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And now scroll down for even more clean and simple stamping!

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As the temps outside begin to rise, here on the blog we have also been heating things up with designer inspiration. Over the past several weeks our designers have brought you design ideas featuring their trademark styles and products from our new collection, Sunshine and Smiles. This week we welcome a special guest, Kay Miller! Kay is a Penny Black Simplicity Sister who also regularly shares her clean and simple card designs on our SIMPLICITY site.

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Kay’s next gorgeous and SIMPLE design features our Creative Die, 51-139 Butterflies.

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And wouldn’t Kay’s technique also be striking with our Creative Dies 51-143 Mountains and 51-145 feLINE?

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SIMPLICITY Inspiration with Kay: Day 1

June 22, 2015

As the temps outside begin to rise, here on the blog we have also been heating things up with designer inspiration. Over the past several weeks our designers have brought you design ideas featuring their trademark styles and products from our new collection, Sunshine and Smiles. This week we welcome a special guest, Kay Miller! Kay is a Penny Black Simplicity Sister who also regularly shares her clean and simple card designs on our SIMPLICITY site.

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To go along with Kay’s SIMPLY sweet watercolor designs this week, she has also used our newest sentiment set, 30-280 A Sweet Day.

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And to create the light and airy floral design on her card, Kay colored onto her floral image, 30-298 Enamor, using Distress markers. She misted the stamp with water and pressed it onto her watercolor paper. Then she also went back, using a paintbrush, and applied water around the edges of the flowers and stems. How easily one can achieve the look of a hand-painted card!

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Gold Emboss & Watercolor

June 21, 2015
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black products. Today, I would like to share a simple tutorial to make a birthday cards (stamp used is a Wish #40-386) with gold embossed lettering and a soft watercolor background. I hope you’ll join me over at art scrap & more.

Runs with SMILEY Scissors

June 20, 2015

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(Singing cheerily): “Hello, hello, hello. What a wonderful word, hello.”  Does anyone else remember Don McNeil’s Breakfast Club? It was a radio and then TV show that ran through the 60’s.   This is the first line of their cheery opening theme song. My mom was a faithful listener while she stood at her ironing board, doing the weekly ironing. That little opening ditty still rattles around in my head. Mr. RWS is always amazed at the number of theme songs and commercial jingles that I have stored in my brain. And one never knows when they might burst forth.

This week Cathy Andronicou has shared her amazing work using the Sunshine and Smiles release. Of course, I want to play, too. This time, I focused mainly on the “Smile” in the Sunshine and Smile.

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When I send a hand made card my hope is that it brings a smile to the recipient. The images in the transparent set Smile All Day are sure to do that. I’ve colored the hedgie and his butterfly helpers with Copics and added a background of designer papers from Penny Black.

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Sunshine and Smiles and fun! Whether it’s a swimming pool, lawn sprinkler, water balloons or gynormous squirt guns, summer is more fun for kids when water is involved. The boys and girls in the transparent set Wet and Wild know how to have summer fun. I’ve colored this feisty young lady with Copics and fussy cut the image and mounted her on a background created with the slapstick Circles and Lines background stamp.

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Somehow when I choose colors for a sports-themed card the uniforms end up green and gold. You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take Wisconsin (and the Green Bay Packers) out of the girl! More Copic coloring of the little dudes from the Wet and Wild transparent set.

I was always an Erma Bombeck fan. She had a way of stating some of life’s truths in a very humorous way. I sometimes wondered if she was looking over my shoulder as I made my way through the child raising years. Here is a quote I came across that reminded me of what it was like to have kids home for the summer while I was a working mom.

“Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.” ~Erma Bombeck

When I was raising my family of five, we lived in a small town. I did not have to spend time driving kids anywhere; they were in biking distance of everything they needed. I worked three blocks from home so I was able to be home at lunch time to check on everyone and to make sure morning chores were finished before they could go to the swimming pool. And I could be home quickly in case of a real emergency.

It was the “not so real” emergencies that resulted in the kids’ calling multiple times daily. Most often it was a sibling squabble that I was expected to referee from my desk at work. And so many of the calls began with, “There’s nothing to eeeeeeeeeeeeat here”: this meant the frozen pizza supply was depleted. My favorite was, “I can’t find my _____fill in the blank). Or, “What did you do with my ____fill in the blank).

One day I was called into my employer’s office to discuss the frequent personal telephone calls she had noticed. (Do I need to mention she had no children?) This conversation resulted in new rules for my kids. No one was to call me at work unless there was a puddle of blood or bones sticking out.

Certainly the phone calls did not end, but raising kids by telephone became a bit easier.

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I have so many favorite Penny Black Stamps. This older slapstick stamp called Furry Affection is among them. And I remember when the Brick Wall stamp was released how quickly I ordered it. I Copic colored and fussy cut the kitties. The bricks are colored with a combination of Distress inks and Copic markers. Glossy Accents made the umbrella shiny.

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I haven’t forgotten Father’s Day. In our house, father equals golfer. I’ve used the golfer image from the slapstick set Above Par, and added an appropriate sentiment. Of course, the clouds have to be a friendly blue as it never rains on the golf course.

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Cooper has had a few summer vacations, too. We have found a wonderful couple who live in a gorgeous lake front home who treat Cooper like family when we leave him there. He and the resident dog, Deuce, play almost nonstop until Mama Vicki makes them take a nap. Here Cooper is sleeping on the dog-o-pedic mattress we bought for him that he has nothing to do with at home. Go figure!

Tomorrow in the United States we celebrate Fathers’ Day. I tip my scissors to all men who are fathers, fathers-to-be, step-fathers, grandfathers, and those filling the role of father in someone’s life. Parenting is some of the hardest work there is and it’s good to have the men doing some of the heavy lifting.

We may be in the lazy, hazy days of summer, but that does not mean I can ignore the clock. I’ve holstered the scissors (I have a permit); cleaned up my mess and put away the fun Penny Black stamps. I hope your summer is including sunshine, smiles and fun. And if the kids in your family have become bored at this point in their summer break, do what my mom used to do: put them to work. An afternoon of washing windows with vinegar water and drying them with newsprint cured our boredom. We never whined twice.

Thank you for sharing your time with me, and listening to my stories. And if you want to challenge my knowledge of commercial jingles, that’s ok, too. Just make sure it’s nothing current: I fast forward through commercials nowadays. I hope you are enjoying the beautiful artwork in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. I would love to see your cards there.

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Designer Inspiration with Cathy: Day 5

June 19, 2015

As the temps outside begin to rise, here on the blog we are also heating up with designer inspiration! Over the next several weeks our designers will be bringing you inspiration and design ideas featuring their trademark styles and products from our new collection, Sunshine and Smiles. This week Cathy Andronicou joins us with her elegant designs!

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It’s Friday and Cathy’s creation has us ready to flutter and fly into the weekend! She’s used our Creative Die, 51-139 Butterflies.

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To embellish her card, Cathy used the small butterflies from our Creative Die set, 51-132 Flights of Fancy. By coloring them with similar colors, Cathy has made them look like a natural extension of the rectangular butterfly piece.

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Up, up, and away!

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And remember, TGIF!

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Designer Inspiration with Cathy: Day 4

June 18, 2015

Click HERE to view today’s new SIMPLICITY creation.

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And don’t forget to scroll down for more designer fun…

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As the temps outside begin to rise, here on the blog we are also heating up with designer inspiration! Over the next several weeks our designers will be bringing you inspiration and design ideas featuring their trademark styles and products from our new collection, Sunshine and Smiles. This week Cathy Andronicou joins us with her elegant designs!

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What do you get when you combine three very detailed and intricate Creative Dies?

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51-141 Vintage Birdcages

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51-029 Interlocking

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You get one incredible card!!

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Because Cathy simply cut each die from white cardstock and layered onto ivory cardstock, she allowed the details to show without being overwhelming. It’s almost as if you are looking at lovely lace!

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And Cathy didn’t forget anything. Here’s a look at the inside of her creation…

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