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Thank you, Heather Hoffman!

July 24, 2015

Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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Heather, Heather, Heather, we’ve LOVED having you here with us this week! Many thanks for sharing your inspiring designs and talents. Speaking of inspiring designs… we end the week with two more from Heather!

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Look closely at this adorable card… you’ll spy dimensional snowflakes created with our Stencil Design, 25-009 Snow Dance.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

And for her final card this week, Heather reminds us that the holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year (especially with Heather’s card ideas and inspiration).

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Heather created this eye-catching design by stamping and embossing the large sentiment from our transparent set, 30-259 Wonderful & Jolly. We love that she stamped on vellum!

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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And remember, TGIF!

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Classic Christmas with Heather Hoffman

July 23, 2015

Click HERE to view today’s new SIMPLICITY creation.

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And don’t forget to scroll down for Christmas inspiration!

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Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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Heather’s cards today bring to mind classic Christmas with a pretty poinsettia and wintertime scenery.

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Heather embossed our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-338 Sparkler, and then painted it with watercolors.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

For her next card, Heather first embossed our detailed stamp, 40-339 Winter Song.

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She then applied Distress Inks over the embossing, giving her card a frosty, vintage effect.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Christmas Trees with Heather Hoffman

July 22, 2015

Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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Heather’s next card has an earthy, homespun quality which is perfect for Christmas.

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Her festive tree, Creative Die 51-088 Tiny Tree, looks lovely when lightly inked and then layered on vellum.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

And speaking of trees…

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Heather created this watercolor effect with our transparent set, 30-258 Prancers, stamping her trees with Distress Ink and then misting lightly with water.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Creative Die Inspiration with Heather Hoffman

July 21, 2015

Click HERE to view today’s new SIMPLICITY creation.

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And now scroll down for more from our guest designer, Heather!

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Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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Holiday happiness abounds on Heather’s next two creations!

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This clean and simple design can easily be mass-produced using our Creative Die, 51-066 Crystal Trio.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Simple white die cutting also takes center stage on Heather’s next card. She’s used our Creative Die, 51-059 Joyful.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Welcome Heather Hoffman!

July 20, 2015

Throughout the month of July, we’ve invited some fabulous guest designers to visit here on our blog. They are sure to inspire us all to get a jumpstart on our Christmas creations. Join us over the next several weeks as these wonderful guests feature our classic Christmas stamps and dies. And just when your Christmas crafting mojo is kicking in, we will be here in August to share with you all of our NEW Christmas products!

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Our guest designer extravanganza continues this week with the awe-inspiring work of the incredible Heather Hoffman!

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My name is Heather, and I blog over at Houses Built of Cards. I have been married for 15 years to the man of my dreams, and have two sweet daughters age 12 and 10 that I homeschool – which keeps me busier than you would imagine!  I absolutely LOVE making cards – and also enjoy scrapbooking memories of my family. I jokingly tell my husband that it is cheaper than therapy (although I’m not actually sure if that is true – but I definitely think it is more FUN!) If you aren’t familiar with my blog name, then let me explain a little! When I started card making, I quickly found that I was making WAY more cards than I could possibly use. Thanks in part to my young daughters and something they both cared deeply for, I decided to direct all the proceeds from the sales of my cards to the building of houses for widows and their children in Burundi, Africa, through a ministry called Sister Connection. Building one house is amazingly just $600!!! If you are interested, you can read more about that HERE. I have so thoroughly enjoyed playing with Penny Black products for this week – and confess to doing more than a little humming (or singing!) of Christmas carols as I worked on my cards! I was very impressed each stamp, die, and stencil – beautiful images and sentiments, crisp dies, and super clear stencils – LOVE them all!

For Heather’s first card, she has used our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-352 Festive Florals, in a unique way-embossing it in white on vellum.

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It is truly an elegant and lacy design.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

And how lucky are we? Heather has for us TWO cards each day this week! Yep, that’s right, double the inspiration, double the fun.

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Heather used stitching and gems to adorn our Creative Die, 51-087 Crystal Chain.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

See you tomorrow with 2 more awesome cards from Heather!

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Stamping & Watercolor

July 19, 2015
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black products. This week-end, I’m using my beloved Distress Markers and Inks to watercolor the beautiful Gentle Whisper #40-331 and use it as the main focus of my layout… I hope you’ll join me over at art scrap & more. Thank You!

Runs with Hot and Humid Scissors!

July 18, 2015

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Hello, hello Penny Black friends. How glad I am to come in out of the hot and humid Alabama weather. To quote a friend, “We have the muggies.”

Before we finally settled in Alabama, we lived in Arizona for a few winters. Somehow we never managed to head North soon enough to totally avoid some really high temperatures. But, you might say, “it was a dry heat”.   Well, dear friends, so is sticking your head in a heated oven! Sunshine is a good thing, but when that Arizona sun is turned up to “high” and is unrelenting in its fierceness, one can wish for a cloudy day.

Fortunately, the air conditioning in the Penny Black studio is set to “high” and I have had a great time playing with the Sunshine and Smiles release.

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The Gothic Gate die is so intricate and delicate, including the little keyholes in the gate. You can leave it shut or open it to reveal what is behind the gate. This time I’ve stamped, embossed, colored and cut out the flowers from the Collage of Wishes stamp, even rearranging the flowers. The flowers are mounted on silvery designer paper from the Beau Jardin paper pad with a strip of the same paper added to the front. The butterflies couldn’t resist the pretty flowers and just showed up.

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Mr. Fox from the Smile all Day transparent set is enjoying a visit from a butterfly friend. He’s colored with Copics and having a super smiley day.

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These bird images from the Floral and Feathers transparent set may be miniature in size, but the detail is amazing. I stamped and colored the images with Copics and mounted them on circles backed with designer paper from the Painted Blooms paper pad.

Hmmmm… I just reread my opening paragraphs and realize I sound pretty whiney about the weather! I don’t like dry heat, I don’t like humidity …maybe July brings out the whiney in me.

Speaking of whining: one of my sons as a toddler had me reaching for my Dr. Spock “how to” book more often than the other children did. He seemed to be following the book perfectly as he walked as predicted, talked on schedule, hit the terrible two’s right on time and then nearing the age of three, as predicted, developed the habit of whining.

No sentence was spoken in a normal or upbeat tone. No question was asked in a hopeful manner. No request was issued enthusiastically. Every communication was done in a most magnificent whine. No amount of discussion or correction changed his whining. This went on for several months and one day, probably a hot and muggy day in July when I felt whiney myself, I had listened to one whine too many. I turned to this adorable, big-eyed, shaggy haired little tyke in his cute little summer sunsuit and in a stern tone said to him, “Why don’t you just go fly a kite!”

He didn’t miss a beat … he didn’t think about it … he just … in his well-practiced, very drawn out whiney tone replied, “ I DON’T EVEN HAVE A Kiiiii—iiiii—ite”. What’s a hot and muggy mother to do? Laugh out loud and learn to live with it until the next phase took over.

Many years later when given an opportunity to speak at his wedding reception I told the “I don’t even have a kite” story and presented him with … you guessed it … his very own kite. Karma.

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Well, here it is again, the Gothic Gate die, this time with a sweetie from the Wet and Wild set resting on a wall in the garden. Perhaps she’s waiting for her friends to come over to run through her sprinkler. She’s simply colored with Copics and placed behind the gate.

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I keep this By the Numbers die from a previous Penny Black release handy. It’s the perfect die for birthday or anniversary cards. For this card, I’ve added white dots and some cheerful designer paper from the Painted Blooms paper pad. Easy peasy and fun, too. Sometimes I just cut a number or two from the diecut and use them on a card.

Cooper never whines; never. If he needs to go outside to the back yard, he will quietly sit by the door until someone notices him. The same when he wants to come back into the house. If I set out with him for a walk, he makes no sound, but just plants his feet firmly and refuses to move if I am going in any direction but that of the park. If he wants food, there is no whining: he just sits in front of me and stares. If I don’t catch on right away or try to ignore him, he will just move closer and stare harder. I have decided that is his version of shouting.

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This is Cooper looking as shocked as I was to discover the pitiful condition of my $10 pot of petunias. I knew these petunias were doomed from the day I brought them home, but at the challenge from a friend I gave growing flowers one more try. Honestly, I only forgot to water them once. Good thing I take better care of Cooper than I do petunias.

Speaking of Sunshine and Smiles, it’s been a while since I shared photos of the two youngest grandchildren:

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Evelyn Rose is now two years old and this photo was taken at her first (of many, I’m sure) Brewers baseball game in Milwaukee.

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And this is baby Jack Lincoln, 7 months old in this photo, who chose to play with his rubber duckie in the shade instead of the kiddy pool at daycare.

Oh dear, it looks like my time is up for today. I’d better stow my scissors and put the stamps, dies and paper back where I found them. The Penny Black studio will be a busy place next week, I’m sure.

Oh, and one more little story: when Mr. RWS read the first few paragraphs where I am complaining whining about dry heat and hot and humid weather, he mentioned I also don’t care much for wet, cold and icy either. Doesn’t he think he’s smart?

Hope the rest of your summer is filled with Sunshine and Smiles. No whining allowed.

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