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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Partially-cut Background

April 23, 2017
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. Today, I’m partially-cutting a background stamp (Felicity) so that it becomes the main focus of my card… I hope you’ll join me over @ art scrap & more. Thank You!

Runs with Scissors

April 22, 2017

Welcome, Penny Black friends! It’s a good day to play with the new Penny Black stamps and dies from the Celebrate release.   Spring has settled in over most of the country and the eggs and chocolate rabbits have been consumed.

Here’s what I’ve been up to today:

“Hello” is a good way to begin sharing the cards I made this week. I began this card by blending several shades of Distress Oxide inks on white cardstock and then I placed a dies from the Stencil Cut die set at random places on the cardstock and ran it through my machine each time. After I had created that design, I layered the cardstock over a lighter colored cardstock to create the tone on tone effect. I cut the Hello Framed diecut from gold cardstock and attached it to the front of the card. I thought I was done and was happy to have created a masculine card when I noticed the Ballerina diecut, also done in gold, lying on my desk, hoping for a home. I love the combination of dies, but this is no longer a masculine card.

When I read this sentiment, I think of the scene in “Cinderella” where the birds and creatures are helping Cinderella. I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the Felicity cling stamp on one half of my card, and used the embossed resist technique for color. I like the contrast between the delicate flower and the bold sentiment. This card reminds me of summer with the soft colors and delicate flowers.

I am so happy to have another new 6×6 pad of paper for the summer. This sweet print is from the Summertime paper pad, part of the Celebrate release. The hedgie and mouse from the Best Friends transparent set seem to be sharing their mail while the little ladybug observes. And oh, how I love how the Birds and Banners die set goes perfectly with the Banner Sentiments.  Once again there are more awesome fonts for more awesome sentiments.

This is a far cry from the tables for twenty or more I used to set. But a table for three is just as precious and worthy of decoration. We had our traditional turkey dinner, with no favorites eliminated. Might I add, there are leftovers? Lots of leftovers.


There is a song made popular by Simon and Garfunkel called “The Sound of Silence” that kept playing in my head when my daughter left after her Easter visit.

Mr. RWS and I live a fairly quiet life. I don’t have the television on during the day just for background noise. The stereo died a few years ago and we haven’t replaced it. The phone doesn’t ring very often. Sometimes Cooper barks when something unusual happens in front of our house (like a neighbor dog sniffing our mailbox pole). But there are a few sounds: washing machine running, microwave beeping, an occasional door opening and closing. Someone might run water. Silence, but not profound silence, such as takes over your home after your company leaves.

Our house came alive, it seemed, while Kathy was here. We had so much to talk about and catch up on. Hearing work stories that she might not remember to talk about over the phone; swapping news about her brothers or her nieces and nephews. There were phone calls from the missing family members, some Facetime with the youngest grandkids. There were the many footsteps and showers running as we prepared for church.   Coffee maker going, doors opening and closing, Cooper’s nails clicking on the hardwood floors: the sounds of family life.

And of course there was the clatter of pots and pans, the clinking of plates and platters, the jangle of the silverware drawer as we prepared meals and set the Easter table.

There was the sound the screen door made as it slid back and forth as we went in and out to enjoy time on the patio, soaking up sunshine. The scraping of the patio chairs as we got comfortable, the clicking of the dominoes as our hands were busy while we chatted. Of course, the sound of the Scrabble letters as we shook them in their container and set them on the board, carrying on the Scrabble competition that has become tradition in our family. And we flipped through the many score sheets in the box, some dating as far back as ten years, all dated and some with comments (“awful game”).

The worst sound was of the zipper as Kathy zipped her suitcase when it was time to leave for the airport.

I cannot bear to watch my company pack their bags when it is time to leave. I start blinking tears at the first sign of packing. I get sad just thinking about those last words, those last big hugs that have to last for such a long time.

I do my best to be cheerful on the thirty minute ride to the airport, acting as if this is just an ordinary errand like so many we run.

But there it is: the slamming of the trunk when the suitcase is removed, the handle pulled up and there is no stopping the process. Kathy is leaving. We went home to our very quiet house.

And the sound of silence.

Are you noticing the faux stitching around the pink square background of this card? That has been done with one of the dies included in the Cut Out Borders die set. There are two other fun patterns that you can use to create your own borders on any size base. I stamped the Flower Embrace image on white cardstock and then cut it out using a circle die.   That left just the right amount of space for stamping that awesome sentiment from the Gifts from Above transparent set.

I took a page out of Jill Foster’s book by stamping the little mice from the Especially Micey transparent set on the postcard image that is made by using the woodblock stamp Postcard. I loved the little finch I created using the Finches die set and since his color fit in well with the mice image, I attached him to the front of the postcard. Love how the sentiment from the Happy Wishes set fit perfectly onto the lined front. I just might start putting sweet little finches anywhere I find a space.

This cool cat from the Happy Times set is skateboarding on the hill I created using designer paper from the new Summertime paper pad bordered with some Washi tape. Again, I used my new Distress Oxide inks to create that blue sky. Background creating has never been so fun! I have lost track of how many times I have used that Silver Linings die set to create clouds. I would be lost without it.

Cooper had a tough weekend dealing with the disruption of his quiet predictable routine because there was company in the house. That Woman was in the kitchen a lot making sounds like there might be food preparation. So there was even more begging than usual. Seriously, I lost track most days of when he had last been fed and just fed him again when we ate. This week will be hard on him getting back to his three small portions a day. The good news was the long walk around the lake on Green Mountain and two long trips in the car that did not end at the vet’s office or the groomer’s.

I am grateful that I was able to spend time at the Penny Black blog today and leave the silence that reminds me Kathy has returned to her home and her busy life in Minneapolis. I know it is a parent’s job to raise independent and hopefully successful people. I wonder if I would have aimed for a little less independence if I had realized that meant I wouldn’t see as much of them as I would like. None of them run with scissors like their mother which is a relief.

The scissors are stowed until next week. Thank you for commenting and assuring me that some of what happens in my life happens in yours also. It’s good to know none of us are in this alone!

Time for me to check out the work in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 51-350 Hello Framed, 51-313 Ballerina, 51-349 Stencil Cut

Card No. 2: 30-419 Happy Wishes, 40-517 Felicity, 51-006 Flutters

Card No. 3: 30-423 Banner Sentiments, 30-430 Best Friends, 51-352 Birds and Banners, 80-016 Summertime

Card No. 4: 30-429 Gifts from Above, 40-542 Flower Embrace, 51-353 Cut Out Border

Card No. 5: 1369L Postcard, 30-410 Especially Micey, 30-419 Happy Wishes, 51-345 Finches

Card No. 6: 30-422 Happy Times, 51-033 Silver Linings, 80-016 Summertime

Friend Friday with Chameleon Art Products

April 21, 2017

All through the month of April, we’re excited to announce that not only will our Fridays be FUN, but they will also be “Friend Fridays” with the talented folks from Chameleon Art Products. Each Friday, tune in here on our blog and on the Chameleon Art Products blog for new projects featuring both Penny Black stamps and dies AND Chameleon art products. Oh, and did we mention PRIZES? Scroll to the end of this post for all of the giveaway details.

For Jill’s first card, she’s colored our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-508 Gladsome, with Chameleon Color Tone Pens (RD3, RD5, OR3, Y02, BG4, and BL3).

To create a piece of matching yellow paper, she colored with her markers onto white cardstock and then stamped it with 40-470 Script. Instant color coordination!

And don’t fly away yet, Jill has another card for us!

Jill mixed and matched a variety of Color Tone Pens to color the flowers from our transparent set, 30-415 Garden Charmers.

She also used the Color Tone Pens to color our Creative Die, 51-006 Flutters.

And for both of her cards, Jill easily created a unique background by adding small dots using the bullet nib of the Color Tone Pens.

Are you ready to join in on this stamping and coloring fun? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post for the chance to win a $25 shopping spree to the Penny Black online store! And for a bonus entry, be sure to “like” and leave a comment on the Penny Black Facebook page as well. Giveaway closes April 29, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

Before you go, be sure to head over to the Chameleon blog to check out their inspiring projects and enter their giveaway, too!

One more thing… TGIF!

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

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card One: 30-419 Happy Wishes, 40-508 Gladsome, 40-470 Script
Card Two: 30-403 Delicate Garden, 30-415 Garden Charmers, 51-006 Flutters

Bold Bamboo

April 20, 2017

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


And now scroll down to join in the celebration with Heather.


Our brand new collection, CELEBRATE, is now available in our online store. This week we’re celebrating with the talented Heather Telford as she features our new stamps and dies on her beautiful cards.

As our week of inspiration with Heather comes to a close, she’s brings us one more fun technique with beautiful results. She’s die-cutting today and has reached for 51-318 Bamboo Cut Out.

Her alcohol inked background gives this die a modern artsy flavor.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

51-318 Bamboo Cut Out
51-105 For You


Sweet in Silver

April 19, 2017

Our brand new collection, CELEBRATE, is now available in our online store. This week we’re celebrating with the talented Heather Telford as she features our new stamps and dies on her beautiful cards.

Our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-517 Felicity, looks oh-so-sweet in silver.

By repeatedly stamping and heat embossing with silver embossing powder, Heather covered her entire background in flowers.

Heather’s loose watercolor in oranges and reds is beyond gorgeous. Don’t miss the link to her technique below!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

40-517 Felicity
30-423 Banner Sentiments
51-352 Birds and Banners


Heather’s Flower Medley

April 18, 2017

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

And now scroll down for more from Heather!

Our brand new collection, CELEBRATE, is now available in our online store. This week we’re celebrating with the talented Heather Telford as she features our new stamps and dies on her beautiful cards.

On today’s card, Heather has stamped an entire background with our transparent set, 30-421 Flower Medley.

Her sunny color scheme is both whimsical and elegant.

To finish off her design, she’s reached for our versatile exact match stamps and dies: 30-423 Banner Sentiments and 51-352 Birds and Banners.

By cutting the banner from black cardstock and heat embossing the stamped verbiage, her sentiment coordinates perfectly with her background and pops off the page.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

30-421 Flower Medley
30-423 Banner Sentiments
51-352 Birds and Banners


CELEBRATE with Heather

April 17, 2017

Our brand new collection, CELEBRATE, is now available in our online store. This week we’re celebrating with the talented Heather Telford as she features our new stamps and dies on her beautiful cards.

Heather begins her celebrations this week by reaching for two of our newest elegant stamps, 40-509 Full of Glee and 30-432 Hope Shines.

We love her no-line watercolor technique with this beautiful bouquet. (Be sure to click the link below for instructions!)

And by stamping her florals and a bit of text in the background, her card is blooming with vintage charm.

And before you go, we’re please to announce the winners of our recent “CELEBRATE 2017” giveaway.


Each of the following fans has won a $25 shopping spree to our online store: @christybeanscrafts (Instagram winner), Verna Angerhofer (blog winner), and Linda Kaplan Akin (Facebook winner).  To claim your prize, please email us at your selection of $25 worth of products from our online store.  Be sure to include “CELEBRATE Giveaway Winner” in the subject line of your email and don’t forget to also include your shipping information as well.

Special thanks to ALL who entered and for the amazing comments and support!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

40-509 Full of Glee
30-432 Hope Shines
30-240 Textures