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VIDEO: To the moon and back!

January 9, 2018

Let’s fill 2018 with LOVE! Join us over the next several weeks as our designers and crafty friends showcase stamps and dies from our newest collection, Love & Roses.

How much do we LOVE this card by Jill? To the moon and back!

Using the sweet pair from our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-584 In Love, Jill gave these two a lovely sunset and starry sky to gaze upon.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

40-584 In Love
51-097 Ardor
30-411 Birthday, Baby!
51-090 Little Ornaments



VIDEO: Take a walk with Jack and Ginger

January 8, 2018

Let’s fill 2018 with LOVE! Join us over the next several weeks as our designers and crafty friends showcase stamps and dies from our newest collection, Love & Roses.

This week we are pleased to announce Jill Foster joins us with 5 new PB&J (Penny Black & Jill) videos!

We begin by putting on our walking shoes and heading out with the adorable couple from our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-585 Jack and Ginger.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

40-585 Jack and Ginger
30-393 A Rose
51-050 Tweet Things
51-199 Flower Bunch
51-270 Beneath the Birches


Runs with Scissors

January 6, 2018

Hello! Is anyone out there? It’s me, Judy, running with my scissors. Cooper and I are back from our holiday break, happy to be snug and warm again in the Penny Black studio. I see that the Christmas tree is gone and all the decorations have been packed away. I do spot a little confetti, however. Penny Black always throws an awesome New Years’ Party! Sorry I missed it this year.

It is my joy to be back and welcoming not only a New Year, but a new Penny Black release, Love and Roses. What makes this release extra special is the inclusion of many Penny Black fan favorites, including some of the woodblock stamps. I’ve used a mix of the brand new and encore items today.

Let’s see if I still know how to do this!

Mimi’s Heart woodblock stamp has been included in the Love and Roses release. I am so happy to see favorite Penny Black stamps again, especially Mimi.   I used the emboss resist technique with the Brick Wall stamp for a background. The Pinwheel die cut my scalloped circle to allow the sentiment from the new Smitten transparent set to show through. I tucked a Soft Caress diecut behind Mimi to add more detail. I love mixing the older stamps and dies with the brand new release!

The Crimson Blush cling stamp is a great addition to the Penny Black collection of beautiful flowers. This one is a very satisfying coloring project, no matter which medium you use. I’ve used Copic markers to color the rose and then fussy cut it. The background is trips of shiny embossed brown cardstock added to the white base. The rose has been placed onto the background with dimensional tape. I used a Circle Tag to add the sentiment, topped with a silver cord bow.

The Love and Roses die is bold and beautiful and big! This die set includes the roses and leaves and is all you need to create a Valentine that makes a statement. This die set will be perfect for wedding and anniversary cards, too. Those diecut roses will be a perfect addition to birthday, thinking of you, and encouragement cards.

The Perfect Gift

In previous Runs with Scissors editions, I’ve mentioned the reputation I have in my family of being the worst gift buyer ever. The Christmas of leather western belts from Mexico comes to mind. I wasn’t sure anyone was going to speak to me again after that. And then there was the year of shirts, identical except for color: I mean, someone had to get the orange one!

I had these failures in mind when Grandson Jack’s third birthday was approaching last November. Happily, there was no need to guess what the Alabama Grandma and Grandpa should send Jack for his birthday. I could just ask him. In keeping with his passion for the color green, Jack shared that he would like a “green ‘dozer”. Translated by Mom and Dad, that is a green bulldozer. I assured my son and his wife that I would be sending the requested gift in time to arrive for his birthday party in mid November. For once, I would be giving the perfect gift.

Well it turned out that green ‘dozers were not so easy to find online. There were green farm sets, green construction sets, and various other green wheeled toys. After a stressful session at the computer I was beginning to question my ability to find Jack a green ‘dozer. Finally, after much browsing and clicking and searching, there it was: a green ‘dozer. The only problem was that it was being shipped from Japan and would not arrive until mid December.

I ordered it anyway, but also ordered several other construction vehicle sets so there would be birthday presents for Jack to open at his party. I knew the green ‘dozer would be welcomed whenever it arrived.

Well, maybe not! I was innocently watching a bit of TV one evening the week before Christmas, when my IPad signaled that a Facetime call was on its way. Happily, I swiped the icon, expecting to see Evelyn and Jack and looking forward to spending some time with them.

Instead, there was son Scott, and the first thing he said to me was, “Mom, are you in a good mood?” “Why,” I said, “Are you about to ruin it?”

And he was!

In his hand he held what looked like a tiny packing box, not even as large as his hand. “This”, he said, “is the packaging for the present you sent Jack.” It took a minute or so for me to comprehend what he was saying. I realized that the green ‘dozer must have arrived, as promised, in mid December. The packaging, though, was a mystery.

And then Scott held up the ‘dozer: The itsy bitsy, teeny weenie, tiny, mini, miniscule ‘dozer. Yes, it was green. Yes, it was a bulldozer. And yes, it was dwarfed by my son’s hand.

Memories of being teased over the years about my gift buying mistakes flooded over me! I had done it again! I began laughing so hard I could not catch my breath. I realized what happened as soon as I saw the tiny vehicle. The description of the bulldozer from Japan included the words “N Scale bulldozer”. I was so excited to find a green bulldozer that I ignored that crucial description. This ‘dozer was meant to be part of an N scale train layout! I mistakenly thought the $14.41 price tag guaranteed a bulldozer of some size.

While we were talking about what had happened, Jack wandered into the kitchen and became part of the conversation.   I asked him if he liked the green ‘dozer Grandma and Grandpa had sent. His answer: “No. It is too small.” I could not disagree with that.

As embarrassed as I was, I couldn’t help but be thankful that the package had not arrived in time to be opened in front of the friends and family attending Jack’s birthday party. The grandparents and aunts and uncles from the other side of the family are always very generous and ingenious when giving gifts to Evelyn and Jack. I always make sure to include a check for the college fund with any gift I give, to make up for my poor gift buying skills.

I do know that this story will live on long after I am gone, along with the stories they already tell about my fast gift failures. I just hope the family remembers that I meant well.

This cling stamp is titled Young Love, but I think late in life, enduring love is sweeter and more treasured. Actually, love has no age. This is another image that is fun to color. This time I used watercolor brush pens. I am learning that I manage watercoloring better if I dilute the colors to softer shades. These two love birds make me smile!

This happy pup is from the new So Loved transparent set. Again, I used my watercolor brush pens, this time going a bit darker.   I added some flowers from the Flower Bunch die set and tucked in a few red hearts. I really like the finished edge that the Cut Out Borders dies create.

Sometimes a girl craves white space! After all, one layer stamping is how we all started. Coloring this image from the From Me to You transparent set was fun and relaxing. Penny Black critters always make me smile and I am happy to see these two again. The new Penny Black sentiments are as at home with the older images as they are with the new images in the Love and Roses release.

Cooper’s winter wardrobe has expanded to include a down vest, thanks to a thoughtful Santa Claus. Don’t you think purple is just the right color for him?   One of Cooper’s favorite Christmas presents is this stuffed Santa, which came complete with a “duck call” noise maker inside its fat tummy.

Once again, it is time to stow the scissors and clean up my mess. I will even vacuum up the last of the confetti from the New Years’ party. I am looking forward to staying inside until this cold snap is over. There is nothing like new stamps and dies to keep a crafter occupied while confined to the indoors.

While I enjoyed my winter break, I am glad to be back with the Penny Black family again. The designers’ work was an inspiration while I was gone. Jill’s amazing videos are inspirational and motivational and a real treat to watch.

Cooper and I send wishes to all of you for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Now it’s time to catch up on browsing the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. See you there!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 40-137 Brick Wall, 51-026 Pinwheel, 51-092 Soft Caress, 4118H Mimi’s Heart

Card No. 2: 40-511 Crimson Blush, 51-204 Circle Tags

Card No. 3: 51-405 Love and Roses

Card No. 4: 30-455 Smitten, 40-587 Young Love

Card No. 5: 30-457 So Loved, 51-133 Cut Out Borders, 51-199 Flower Bunch

Card No. 6: 30-207 From the Heart, 40-276 From Me to You


Love & Roses: VIDEOS

January 5, 2018

Are you a subscriber to our YouTube channel? If not, you may have missed out on these four fabulous videos from Jill featuring our new Love & Roses collection!

Her first video features our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-587 Young Love.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Next, Jill is coloring our miniature 3 x 4 inch transparent stamp, 30-459 Love You, and getting inky for her background design.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Smooch! Jill created this layered scene with our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-586 Kissing Frogs.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

And finally, if you love elegant watercolor creations, Jill’s technique with our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-511 Crimson Blush, is sure to inspire.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

One more thing… TGIF!

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Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card 1:
40-587 Young Love, 51-169 Metropolitan, 51-024 Love Buds, 51-050 Tweet Things

Card 2: 30-459 Love You, 51-127 Illuminate, 51-002 Leaves, 51-187 Triple Love, 40-563 Mosaic Pattern

Card 3: 40-586 Kissing Frogs, 51-178 Berry Branches, 40-093 …In the Air, 51-095 Hearts in Circle, 51-397 Antique Frame, 51-043 Dainty

Card 4: 40-511 Crimson Blush, 30-401 Forever & Always

Red Blush

January 4, 2018

The talented Peet Roeven joins us this week and is kicking off 2018 with amazing cards featuring our newest collection, Love & Roses.

Peet’s pretty cards this week have certainly stole our hearts, and this is no exception!

The star of the show on this dazzling design is our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-506 Red Blush.

Peet began by stamping her rose and coloring it with Inktense colored pencils blended with water. She then fussy cut her bloom.

Next, she created her background by coloring onto paper with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and misting with water.

She added hand stitching to her colorful background panel and layered each element onto sparkling glitter paper.

This was then mounted to her cardbase with dimensional adhesive and embellished with sequins and gems.

What’s not to LOVE?!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

40-506 Red Blush
30-399 Friendship & Love


Medley of Flowers and Hearts

January 3, 2018

The talented Peet Roeven joins us this week and is kicking off 2018 with amazing cards featuring our newest collection, Love & Roses.

Our Creative Die, 51-298 Heart Drops, makes an elegant background for the whimsical flowers from our transparent set, 30-421 Flower Medley, on today’s card from Peet.

Peet began by stamping her flowers and coloring them with Inktense pencils blended with water.

Next she die cut her Heart Drops background.

The flowers were fussy cut and the die cut background layered with a bold red papers.

The hearts then became windows to the red cardbase behind.

A few perfectly placed sequins finish off this fresh and fanciful design.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

51-298 Heart Drops
30-421 Flower Medley
30-401 Forever & Always


Happy Hug Day

January 2, 2018

The talented Peet Roeven joins us this week and is kicking off 2018 with amazing cards featuring our newest collection, Love & Roses.

To start her week of inspiration off with a smile, Peet has reached for our transparent set, 30-402 Furry Hugs.

She began by stamping these sweet cats and coloring them with watercolor pencils blended with water.

Next she fussy cut the image.

Her background layers were cut using our Creative Die set, 51-397 Antique Frame, and designer paper pad, 80-017 Festive & Frosty.

Some stitching, a stamped sentiment (30-401 Forever & Always), and some sequins finish off this adorable card.


What a sweet way to send a hug to a friend, no matter the time of year.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

30-402 Furry Hugs
30-401 Forever & Always
51-397 Antique Frame
80-017 Festive & Frosty