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A Closer Look: Sweet Sentiments

February 8, 2018

It’s time to get inspired with our new collection, SWEET SPRING! Join us over the next two weeks as we take a closer look at our newest stamps and dies. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, February 16 when we will also be sharing the full reveal of the complete catalog.

Creative Die sentiments are a great way to finish off any card design, from cute to elegant. Today we share with you a closer look at our newest sweet sentiments!

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Introducing 51-417 BF

Card above features 30-471, 51-435, 51-417

Introducing 51-429 New Year New You

Card above features 51-435, 51-429, 30-471, 51-050, 51-122

Introducing 51-431 Your Day

Card above features 30-479, 51-431, 51-416, 51-004

Introducing 51-438 Sweet Wishing

Card above features 30-473, 51-438, 51-441, 51-402

Introducing 51-425 Thankful Heart

Card above features 51-425, 40-600, 51-095, 30-238

Introducing 51-436 So Many Thanks

Card above features 51-436, 51-413, 51-422, 51-050, 51-002

Introducing 51-420 Bloom Magical

Card above features 51-436, 51-413, 51-422, 51-050, 51-002

So how could Spring be any sweeter? How about with a giveaway! We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms! THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during the next two weeks of SWEET SPRING posts.
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

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A Closer Look: Must-Have Basics

February 7, 2018

It’s time to get inspired with our new collection, SWEET SPRING! Join us over the next two weeks as we take a closer look at our newest stamps and dies. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, February 16 when we will also be sharing the full reveal of the complete catalog.

Today’s new Creative Dies are great “basics” to have in your stash as they wonderfully accent any style of stamp or die. They are great for scene-building and can give you even more design options for your favorite stamps and dies.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Introducing 51-441 Wood Floors

Card above features 30-467, 30-479, 51-441, 51-414, 51-422

Introducing 51-410 Frames

Card above features 51-411, 30-478, 51-410, 30-283

Introducing 51-409 Ribbon Stackers

Card above features 40-595, 51-409, 51-423, 30-472

Introducing 51-424 Wonky Squares

Card above features 51-420, 30-471, 51-424, 51-050, 51-008

Introducing 51-432 Leaf Pattern

Card above features 30-464, 51-432, 51-416, 51-050, 51-026

So how could Spring be any sweeter? How about with a giveaway! We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms! THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during the next two weeks of SWEET SPRING posts.
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

 

A Closer Look: Sweet Stitches

February 6, 2018

It’s time to get inspired with our new collection, SWEET SPRING! Join us over the next two weeks as we take a closer look at our newest stamps and dies. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, February 16 when we will also be sharing the full reveal of the complete catalog.

Today we take a closer look at sweet stitches, stackers, and more!

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Introducing 51-411 Rows of Stitches

Card above features 30-470, 30-478, 51-411, 51-007

Introducing 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card above features 30-473, 30-465, 51-416, 30-302

Introducing 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles

Card above features 40-613, 51-422

Introducing 51-435 Curved Stitch

Card above features 30-480, 51-423, 51-413, 51-435, 51-198

So how could Spring be any sweeter? How about with a giveaway! We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms! THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during the next two weeks of SWEET SPRING posts.
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

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

 

 

A Closer Look: Floral Creative Dies

February 5, 2018

It’s time to get inspired with our new collection, SWEET SPRING! Join us over the next two weeks as we take a closer look at our newest stamps and dies. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, February 16 when we will also be sharing the full reveal of the complete catalog.

We begin today with a closer look at just some of our new Creative Dies. You can almost smell the scent of sweet springtime blooms as we check out these floral die cuts.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Introducing 51-428 Floral Arrangement

Card above features 30-470, 51-422, 51-428, 51-423, 51-354, 30-247

Introducing 51-430 Tulips

Card above features 30-470, 51-410, 51-430, 51-132

Introducing 51-419 Cherry Blossom

Card above features 51-416, 51-409, 51-419, 51-411, 30-247

Introducing 51-423 Airy

Card above features 30-480, 51-416, 51-423, 51-026, 51-053

Introducing 51-413 Bodacious

Card above features 30-463, 51-413, 51-432, 30-283

Introducing 51-421 Flower Flourish

Card above features 51-416, 51-421, 30-462, 30-464, 51-007, 51-198

Introducing 51-434 Little Branch

Card above features 51-422, 51-434, 51-410, 30-461, 30-478

So how could spring be any sweeter? How about with a giveaway! We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms! THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during the next two weeks of SWEET SPRING posts.
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Ombré Sentiments

February 3, 2018
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black inc. products. Today, I’d like to share a series of cards on which the main element is an Ombré sentiment. I’ve used many Creative Dies such as: Love  ; Filled with Love and Your Day among others. I hope you’ll join me over @ art scrap & more. Thank You!

 

Runs with Scissors

February 3, 2018

Hello, friends.  Glad you are here to celebrate a special anniversary with me. It was four years ago yesterday that I began this journey known as Runs with Scissors.

I had just completed a several months term as a member of Penny Black’s Stamp Squad when I received an email inviting me to “take over” the Penny Black blog on a weekly basis. I confess to wondering if there would be any interest in a Saturday blog post. Who knew it would become my favorite day of the week.

An anniversary is the perfect time to thank the people who make this entire experience possible. So thank you Penny Black headquarters and the awesome people who work there. Thanks to Jill Foster who inspires me and keeps me on schedule and out of trouble. I think she was responsible for leaving that studio door open four years ago. And a very special thanks to whoever it is that keeps the candy dish filled.

And of course, thank you to all of you who read my stories and say nice things about my cards. (I have to smile at the fact I just used the words “nice” and “things” in something I’ve written. I had an amazing English teacher in high school who forbade the use of either word. “You can always do better”, she would say.)

In case you missed it, here is my first Runs with Scissors post:

https://pennyblackinc.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/judy-jung-runs-with-scissors/

And now let’s also celebrate the end of January by enjoying the cute, sweet, elegant and romantic cards I made this week using the stamps and dies from the Love and Roses Release.

This card is an example of a technique I used last year. The look is accomplished by stamping the background in light colored ink and coloring with pastels. Once that is done, the background is over stamped with the sentiment, using a dark ink. Here I’ve used the Tree Heart stamp for the background, which I colored lightly with a Copic marker. Using my stamp positioner, I then stamped the beautiful sentiment from the Forever and Always transparent set several times using VersaFine black ink. This technique satisfies my need for white space while still providing an interesting background. I cut those tiny hearts using the Hearts in Circle die then added a silver bow topped by a tiny butterfly from the Flights of Fancy die set. Valentines are the perfect opportunity to express your romantic side, so go for it.

I’ve hoarded this wood grain cardstock long enough. Here I simply blended green and blue Distress oxide inks to create a background. After coloring and fussy cutting this sweet pair from the Summer Love cling stamp, I simply mounted them onto the background with mounting tape. The Line of Hearts diecut adds the touch of white that makes the other colors pop. Penny Black’s endearing images of children (and older folks) are a delight to work with. How can you not smile at these two buddies and their ice cream cones?

And here are the older folks. Love knows no age. Again, I used the negative from the Butterfly Heart Pop Out to showcase my senior love birds. I love stamps and dies with a dual purpose! I saw a quote the other day from a Joseph Campbell: “Love is friendship set to music”. That inspired me to add the Love Notes diecut as a banner across the heart. To provide them a base to stand on, I scored the bottom of the card and added a few score lines to the top for balance. Thank you, Penny Black for showcasing Seniors, too.

Puzzles and Pieces

 I’m sure I’ve mentioned that Mr. RWS is an avid jigsaw puzzle solver. Since our January was extremely cold this year, Mr. RWS was home more than he was out on the golf course. All those hours indoors created a need for an astoundingly large number of jigsaw puzzles.

Is it only in my house that jigsaw puzzles tend to breed and increase in number? It’s even worse than the accumulation of wire coat hangers. I find them in every closet, sometimes stacked neatly and sometimes hanging over the edge of the shelf, ready to fall any minute. Mr. RWS has worked many of them more than once, but like us stampers, it doesn’t matter how many you already have, buying a new one is always exciting.

Mr. RWS prefers 500 piece puzzles, but he works them so quickly that I finally began buying 750 and 1,000 piece puzzles. Even those were not challenge enough to take more than a few days. So one day I discovered this 2,000 piece puzzle, featuring different colored doors, and set aside any qualms of conscience I might have had and brought it home.

The sheer size of the finished puzzle required extending the dining room table, thus putting it out of use for anything connected with eating. I actually felt a bit guilty when I saw how long it took for Mr. RWS to find the “straight edge” pieces and create the border. Putting together jigsaw puzzles makes my brain hurt and my skin itch, so I’ve not been any help at all with this Goliath. This photo was taken after the second day and I can only guess how many weeks it will take to finish. I am thinking perhaps I overdid it!

Well, things have a way of coming around after they have gone around. And Karma always has her say, too. Maybe I deserved having my own bazillion piece puzzle. And this is what Ms. Karma brought me:

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put this oven door together again. And there are way more than 2,000 pieces!

Our glass oven door is the most recent appliance disaster. It seemed like a simple task to screw the oven door handle back on after one end came loose. Helpfully, I lifted the end of the handle up for Mr. RWS so he could attach it to the screw still in the oven door and tighten it. There was something about the “tighten” that really irritated that glass door and BOOM! There was an incredibly loud noise along with the sound of glass shattering and hitting the surrounding solid surfaces. It happened so quickly and so surprisingly that after the loud boom, there was only silence. We looked at each other as if to ask, “Did that just happen?”

Thankfully, there were no injuries. Cooper had been out of the range of the flying glass, but at the sound of the explosion, he headed for the back door.

I’m sure we will be finding tiny shards of safety glass for weeks to come. We did the best we could at the time!

On Valentine’s Day, the stars turn to hearts and our little mice take a ride on the crescent moon. I’ve colored the mice with colored pencils and stamped and embossed the sentiment we all know and love … and use. The mice are from the Critter Love transparent set, and those heart shaped stars are cut using the Heart Drops die.

So irresistible: red, white and kraft for the guys in your life. I’ve colored the kitties from the Purrfectly Sweet mini set with colored pencils and added the rose images that are included in the set. I couldn’t seem to color the letters and heart dark enough to suit me, so I stamped the image again on dark red cardstock and cut out the letters. There – just the look I wanted. Some days my work is more the result of perspiration instead of inspiration!

After seeing Heather Telford’s awesome card using black cardstock as the base, I was inspired to try my own black cardstock creation. Here I’ve used the Blooming Hearts cling stamp to stamp with VersaMark ink and heat emboss with gold. I colored the hearts with my colored pencil and added white dots with my Novu Crystal Drops. I double matted the card with gold and red and stamped “I Love You” using a stamp found in the From the Heart transparent set. Simply elegant, I say.

Here is Cooper being a good boy for Christina who has been grooming Cooper for more than six years. Finally, Cooper wags his tail when he sees Christina but still bolts for the door as soon as she hands his leash to us.

Since it is a day of celebration, here is a bonus photo of Cooper, my sidekick in this adventure for the past four years.

Now that Cooper is clean and fluffy, he happily posed for a photo. That is one of his two “blankies” which were a gift from our friend Sally. I wish I could tell you he enjoys cuddling under them, but when Cooper brings you his “blankie”, it’s an invitation to play tug of war. Sally has cats that cuddle their blankets and probably expected Cooper to do the same. Is that one of the differences between cats and dogs?

Once again, my studio time is up. I’ve been cleaning and putting things away as I go, so there is no big clean up necessary today. The scissors are safely returned to their spot in the cupboard.   Mr. RWS tells me the appliance repair man is at the house, so hopefully the exploding oven door will become a faded memory soon. I wish you all a week free of exploding anything! Be sure to spend time viewing the sneak peeks of the upcoming new release Sweet Spring, going on sale in the Penny Black store on February 16th.

I am off to visit the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to ooh and ahh over the lovely art I find there. Thank you for joining me on so many Saturdays and for the kind words you share.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-401 Forever and Always, 40-505 Tree Heart, 51-095 Hearts in Circle, 51-132 Flights of Fancy

Card No. 2: 30-207 From the Heart, 30-228 Summer Love, 51-285 Line of Hearts

Card No. 3: 30-395 Kisses For my Sweet, 51-291 Butterfly Heart Pop Out, 51-406 Love Notes

Card No. 4: 30-269 So Very Much, 30-331 Critter Love, 51-298 Heart Drops

Card No. 5: 30-298 Purrfectly Sweet

Card No. 6: 30-207 From the Heart, 40-504 Blooming Hearts

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VIDEO: Gimme 5 with Therese Calvird

February 2, 2018

Before you scroll down to check out Therese Calvird’s next amazing GIMME 5 video, here’s a collection of all of the sneak peeks we’ve been sharing this week here on our blog, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

NOTE: Our new collection, Sweet Spring, will be available in our online store beginning Friday, February 16. Join us here on our blog next week as we take a closer look at all of the new Creative Dies!

And now let the GIMME 5 inspiration begin with the talented Therese Calvird.

Therese has created 5 cards, each featuring our Creative Die, 51-405 Love and Roses, in a unique way.


Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

One more thing… TGIF!

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Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

51-405 Love & Roses
40-584 In Love
30-459 Love You
30-455 Smitten
40-511 Crimson Blush
30-457 So Loved
30-241 Good Day
30-276 Tiny Treats