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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking -White Resist Emboss & Zig Markers

August 21, 2016
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. Today, I’d like to share a card using the stamps Flowerets #40-468 with the white-resist emboss technique… I hope you’ll join me over @ art scrap & more

Welcome Back Runs with Scissors

August 20, 2016

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Clunk, clunk, clunk … could someone hold that door open, please? Oh, thanks! I need to plop these suitcases down … and the toiletry bag … and the book bag … oh, and the snack bag! Finally, home again! I will be with you as soon as I throw in a load of laundry. Whew! Memories and laundry, that’s what we brought home from our almost two week trip to visit friends and family in Wisconsin.

Mr. RWS is busy cleaning up the car. Unfortunately many insects were harmed in the course of our road trip north and currently decorate the bumper and mirrors. I wonder what happened to all the little yellow butterflies that used to clog our car’s radiator “back in the old days”. Perhaps they evolved enough to stay clear of the Interstates!

We had a safe and comfortable trip, dividing the 750 miles each way into one long day and one short day so as to arrive early morning at the home of the two youngest grandchildren and their parents. We began each day of driving at 4:00 am and enjoyed having the road to ourselves for a few hours.

Thanks to the wonder of WiFi I was able to keep an eye on the Penny Black blog and the sneak peaks of the newest releases, Autumn Wishes and Magic of the Season. Be. Still. My. Heart. I don’t know which is more amazing; the stamps and dies or the artistry of the Penny Black designers who debut them.

And here I am back at the Penny Black blog, ready to play. However, I am not quite ready to give up on summer, so I’ve made a few more non-holiday cards before I jump into the holiday season. Mr. RWS has kindly taken over the laundry and unpacking, so I am free to share my latest work.

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Mimi riding the dolphin from the Adventures transparent set is the image I hadn’t used yet. I colored her with Copics, created some dimension with the cut out circles and topped it all off with the gorgeous paper from the Golden Moment designer paper pad. I wish the sparkly and dimensional embellishments would be more visible in the photos, but they are there and in real life, add texture.

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The Sweet Perfume slapstick stamp is very large and contains many floral images. I decided that one large flower would make a great focal point for one of the thank you cards I need to send to those who hosted us during our trip. I love when a stamp can be used in several different ways. I’m not the only one using only part of the floral stamps; I noticed several Penny Black designers doing this, also.

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I’ve been keeping in mind a comment one of my friends made recently that she doesn’t see many cards suitable for males. So here is a card suitable for any of the men in your life, using only dies; no stamping required. Again, there are bits of glittery dots in the tree branches and the bunnies are “sparkle plenty”. I anticipate using the Into the Woods die year around, including for some holiday cards: think white and glittery.

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I have taken a page from Jill Foster’s book by using color, color, color. I’ve colored the Trio of Trees by blending Luxe inks onto watercolor paper and then cutting, placing the dies onto the various splashes of color. Jill’s use of color is inspirational, and reminds me that trees can be any color we make them.

And now I begin my adventure into the holiday stamps.

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Have you taken advantage of Penny Black’s Stickeroos yet? This gorgeous pear is one of the images on the newly released sheet of Stickeroos called Berry Delights. I thank the artist who originally colored this gorgeous pear, leaving me to enjoy the process of embellishing and matting, to make a card I will be proud to send. A reminder: the first thing you do when using Stickeroos is remove them from their backing and stick them onto cardstock, then trim around the sticker. It is so much easier to handle the stickers after they’ve been mounted to cardstock.

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It’s a happy reunion with one of my very favorite stamps of all time. In the year 2002, Penny Black made the cutest snowman stamp ever. He is called “Snowy” and is a woodblock stamp. I was excited to see that this Magic of the Season release includes a die to cut this sweet image out. I may have to make at least one snowman card a week in order to satisfy my snowman craving. I’ve added glittery snow and glittery trim on his hat. I think Penny Black herself is in love with this little guy and thought of him when planning the dies for this release. Yay, and thank you, Penny Black!!

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Here they are, the two youngest grandchildren in the RWS family, Evelyn and Jack. We took many candid shots of these beautiful children, but nothing compared to this portrait that we were presented by their parents, Scott and Sara. I am in love with the little red tennis shoes; and the adoring look Ev is giving her brother.   How blessed are we?

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We are fortunate to have a great place to leave Cooper when we travel. He stays with a retired law enforcement couple who have a beautiful home situated high above an amazing lake view. He becomes part of their family and loves the companionship of the resident dog, Deuce, and any other dogs that they are caring for. Vicki and Dave took Cooper for us in spite of having already booked two other dogs (They love Cooper and he was their first boarder), one being a standard poodle named Jackson. Cooper had no idea Jackson was a BIG dog and invited play as often as allowed. Vicki sends daily photos of Cooper while we are away and this is one of my favorites.

Of course, Cooper was happy to see us, but when it was time to get into the car for the trip home, he turned to return to the house where he had been having so much fun. It was kind of like picking up your child from summer camp; he wasn’t really ready to go back to the quiet life of being an only dog.

Like Cooper, we enjoyed being among friends and family. I especially enjoy being among people who talk with the same Midwestern accent I do. When we cross the state line into Wisconsin I always remark that finally, the people talk like me! We accomplished our entire agenda, including a reunion with friends from thirty years ago. Mr. RWS and I spent time in the town where we met and married; took photos of our more than 100 year old former home; and ate at the café where my sons worked during high school. My former neighbor and dearest friend and I picked up the conversation where we left off, as if no time had passed at all. It was what my spirit had been yearning for; the homesickness fell away.

On our last day in Milwaukee we attended the Wisconsin State Fair with the family and enjoyed their world famous cream puffs, pork chop sandwiches and deep fried Oreos. The grandkids did the pony ride, the foolish adults went down the super slide and we toured all the animal barns.

With those memories etched in our mind, we kissed the nap-ready babies good bye and got into our car for the trek home. Oh, but first Mr. RWS had to pull the car over a block from the house to comfort me as I sobbed. Good-bye was so hard and I didn’t want to break down in front of the family.

The trip home was pretty uneventful until we drove through downtown Nashville along with traffic from the two other Interstates that merged along with multiple lane closures. First I screamed and then I couldn’t breathe. Mr. RWS was much happier with the not able to breathe stage! Why he doesn’t just open the door and tell me to get out, I don’t know.

So that’s how I spent my summer vacation. I missed all of you and I’m glad to be back on the Penny Black blog. Hope you have been able to carve out time for friends and family this summer and nurtured your spirit with their love.

Now it is time for me to stow the scissors and get caught up on visiting the Penny Black Circle Flickr Gallery where I so enjoy seeing the wonderful art you post there.

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Card No. 1: 30-370 Adventures, 51-237 You’re Sweet, 80-015 Golden Moment

Card No. 2: 40-464 Sweet Perfume, 30-283 Snippets

Card No. 3: 51-171 Nature’s Beauty, 51-036 Wishes, 51-161 Into the Woods

Card No. 4: 51-208 Trio of Trees, 51-109 Many Thanks

Card No. 5: 10-232 Berry Delight (Stickeroo), 51-174 Greetings

Card No. 6: 2521K Snowy, 51-266 Frosty/Snow Match, 30-382 Yuletide Wishes

 
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Simply Elegant Autumnal Creations

August 19, 2016

Over the next couple of months, several of our Fun Fridays will have a clean and simple twist as we feature the elegant stamping of Patti Kehl.

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Today Patti explores the CAS possibilities with two of our transparent sets, 30-372 Autumn Splendor and 30-373 Grateful.

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Patti’s first card features the partial-coloring technique. We love how she’s focused her coloring only on the pumpkins. This is a great clean and simple twist for a detailed stamped image.

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Here Patti has left lots of white space around her stamped image. The clear focal point is so pleasing to the eye.

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Want to make your sentiment extra special? Combine a stamped sentiment with a die cut sentiment. Patti’s next card also shows us that the transparent set, 30-373 Grateful, can be used year-round, not just in the autumn months.

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And finally, it wouldn’t be autumn without a few pumpkins…

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Thanks to Patti for making this Friday extra fun! Stay tuned for more CAS card ideas from Patti in the future…

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Don’t forget it’s Friday and that also means…

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

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New Stickers!

August 18, 2016

There’s more beautiful stamping Simplicity site today… click HERE to check it out!

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And don’t forget to scroll down for a look at more NEW transparent stamp sets…

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What’s that we hear? The distant sound of jingle bells? It must be time to start thinking about those Christmas cards! Well, never fear, we’ve got you covered this year with a new collection of stamps, dies, and stickers, sure to get you “ho, ho, ho-ing” in your craft room. Join us over the next three weeks as we take a look at our two new collections: Magic of the Season and Autumn Wishes. All new products are now available in our online store!

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Need to make lots of holiday cards this year? Our stickers will help you do just that, stress –free!

Introducing Stickeroos 10-232 Berry Delight

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If you’ve never used our stickers before, we have lots of ideas for you, just click the links below…

Make a Stickeroo shaker card

Get stylish sticker ideas with Birgit Edblom

Embellish stickers with Creative Dies

Pair stickers with elegant stamps and stencils

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With which stamps do you plan to fill your creative stocking? Let us help you get started with a giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. And for an extra entry, like our Facebook page and leave a comment there, too. (Giveaway closes August 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.)

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We are excited to announce that once we’ve taken a peek at all the new stamps and dies, our designers will be joining us here on the blog, sharing and explaining their techniques with tips, videos, and complete supplies and instructions. So sit back, relax, and create your wishlist now so you can join in on the stamping fun and inspiration to follow. (And there will even be clean and simple cardmaking ideas, too!)
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Christmas Coloring

August 17, 2016

What’s that we hear? The distant sound of jingle bells? It must be time to start thinking about those Christmas cards! Well, never fear, we’ve got you covered this year with a new collection of stamps, dies, and stickers, sure to get you “ho, ho, ho-ing” in your craft room. Join us over the next three weeks as we take a look at our two new collections: Magic of the Season and Autumn Wishes. All new products are now available in our online store!

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Whether you love poinsettias, birds, or holly, you can color your way to the Christmas spirit with these new transparent sets.

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-374 Winter Joy

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And how about a triple-take? Here are THREE ways to use the bird from this transparent set.

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Card above also features 40-484 Into the Sky, 30-375 Merry Jingle

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Card above also features 30-382 Yuletide Wishes, 40-346 Berry Merry Christmas

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Card above also features 30-379 Woodland Beauty, 51-255 Winter Cheer

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-375 Merry Jingle

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Tag above also features 30-307 Holiday Snippets, 51-007 Tagged

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-377 Birds & Blooms

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Card above also features 51-263 Joy to the World, 30-238 Footnotes

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With which stamps do you plan to fill your creative stocking? Let us help you get started with a giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. And for an extra entry, like our Facebook page and leave a comment there, too. (Giveaway closes August 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.)

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We are excited to announce that once we’ve taken a peek at all the new stamps and dies, our designers will be joining us here on the blog, sharing and explaining their techniques with tips, videos, and complete supplies and instructions. So sit back, relax, and create your wishlist now so you can join in on the stamping fun and inspiration to follow. (And there will even be clean and simple cardmaking ideas, too!)
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New Collections Are Now Available!

August 16, 2016

Don’t miss the new creation on our Simplicity Site today… click HERE to check it out!

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And now scroll down for more holiday fun…

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Today is the day! Our two newest collections, Magic of the Season and Autumn Wishes, are now available in our online store!

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Click HERE to shop.

And if you’re ready to view the complete catalogs, just click the links below.

MAGIC OF THE SEASON 2016
AUTUMN WISHES 2016

To keep you inspired, today we take a closer look at more of our transparent stamp sets. With beautiful fonts and sayings, what better way to finish your holiday cards and projects than with these standout sentiments.

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-382 Yuletide Wishes

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Card above also features 40-492 Berry Kissed

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-383 Holy Night

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Card above also features 30-375 Merry Jingle, 30-379 Woodland Beauty

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-384 Rejoice with Joy

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Card above also features 30-374 Winter Joy

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-381 Festive Cheer

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Card above also features 51-262 Poinsettia Bough, 40-474 Time, 30-238 Footnotes, 51-151 Whirl Wreath

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Card above also features 51-252 Christmas Stockings, 40-489 Elaborate, 51-007 Tagged, 51-152 Holly Jolly

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With which stamps do you plan to fill your creative stocking? Let us help you get started with a giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. And for an extra entry, like our Facebook page and leave a comment there, too. (Giveaway closes August 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.)

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We are excited to announce that once we’ve taken a peek at all the new stamps and dies, our designers will be joining us here on the blog, sharing and explaining their techniques with tips, videos, and complete supplies and instructions. So sit back, relax, and create your wishlist now so you can join in on the stamping fun and inspiration to follow. (And there will even be clean and simple cardmaking ideas, too!)

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Nature’s Best

August 15, 2016

What’s that we hear? The distant sound of jingle bells? It must be time to start thinking about those Christmas cards! Well, never fear, we’ve got you covered this year with a new collection of stamps, dies, and stickers, sure to get you “ho, ho, ho-ing” in your craft room. Join us over the next three weeks as we take a look at our two new collections: Magic of the Season and Autumn Wishes. A full reveal of the catalogs and all products will be available in our online store beginning Tuesday, 8/16.

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This week we will be taking a peek at the creative possibilties with our newest transparent sets. Let’s begin with some of nature’s best…

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-379 Woodland Beauty

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Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-380 Nature’s Silhouettes

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Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-376 Snowbursts

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Mix and match the images from the stamp sets shown above to create your very own miniature winter watercolor scenes.

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Card above features 30-379 Woodland Beauty

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Card above features 30-380 Nature’s Silhouettes

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Card above features 30-380 Nature’s Silhouettes, 30-376 Snowbursts, 30-375 Merry Jingle

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Card above features 30-380 Nature’s Silhouettes, 40-484 Into the Sky, 51-268 A Blizzard

Or combine the bold images from these transparent sets with our detailed scenic Slapstick/Cling stamps.

Transparent Stamp Set 30-380 Nature’s Silhouettes and Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-497 Wintry Trail

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Card above also features 30-375 Merry Jingle, 40-496 Rendezvous

OR (yes, there’s more!) create traditional and classic watercolor designs.

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Card above features 30-379 Woodland Beauty, 30-380 Nature’s Silhouettes

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Card above features 30-380 Nature’s Silhouettes, 30-382 Yuletide Wishes

The possibilities are endless!

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With which stamps do you plan to fill your creative stocking? Let us help you get started with a giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. And for an extra entry, like our Facebook page and leave a comment there, too. (Giveaway closes August 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.)

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We are excited to announce that once we’ve taken a peek at all the new stamps and dies, our designers will be joining us here on the blog, sharing and explaining their techniques with tips, videos, and complete supplies and instructions. So sit back, relax, and create your wishlist now so you can join in on the stamping fun and inspiration to follow. (And there will even be clean and simple cardmaking ideas, too!)

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