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Welcome Winter with Nature-Themed Scenes

October 30, 2018

Whether you are working on your Christmas cards, holiday tags and décor, everyday winter greetings, or masculine designs… our newest release, Welcome Winter, has something for everyone! Join us over the next few weeks as we take a closer look at the new stamps and dies included in this collection. All new products are now available in our online store!

Let’s take a closer look at two new transparent stamp sets that are fantastic for creating winter-themed scenes that can be used for holiday cards and tags as well as non-holiday cards, too.

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-517 Winter Days

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 30-513 Winter Sentiments, 30-517 Winter Days, 30-514 Season’s Marvel

Design Details: Onto Canson 140 Lb. Cold-Press Watercolor Paper, stamp village scene, inking stamp with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and using a stamp positioning tool (MISTI) in order to stamp image repeatedly. With water and a paintbrush, blend stamped impression and also add additional shading using Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. Stamp snowflakes in sky using Memento Ink (Summer Sky), stamping with a stamp positioning tool (MISTI) in order to stamp them repeatedly and darken the color. Add Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) around the perimeter of the upper portion of the card using an ink blending tool and foam pad. Sentiment stamped with Ranger Archival Ink (Potting Soil).

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-505 Sparkling…

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 30-505 Sparkling…, 30-507 Sparkling Bright

Design details: Onto Canson 140 Lb. Cold-Press Watercolor Paper, with the ground masked, ink sky with Memento Inks (Toffee Crunch, Summer Sky, and Danube Blue) using an ink blending tool and foam pads. Stamp berries with Ranger Archival Ink (Acorn). Remove mask for ground and stamp bird slightly lower and onto a separate piece of watercolor paper. Paint all images and shadows on the ground with Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. Fussy cut bird and add to scene. Sentiment stamped with Ranger Archival Ink (Potting Soil).

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Welcome Winter with Nature’s Best

October 29, 2018

Whether you are working on your Christmas cards, holiday tags and décor, everyday winter greetings, or masculine designs… our newest release, Welcome Winter, has something for everyone! Join us over the next few weeks as we take a closer look at the new stamps and dies included in this collection. All new products are now available in our online store!

Today’s cards feature our new transparent stamp set, 30-497 Joyful Holiday, which combines the beauty of nature along with a touch of whimsy.

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 30-516 Smile All Season, 30-497 Joyful Holiday

Design details: Stamp deer onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color with Copic markers. Fussy cut image and layer onto background inked with Memento Inks (Lilac Posies, Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk) using an ink blending tool and foam pad. Sentiment stamped with Ranger Archival Ink (Potting Soil) and snowflakes added to sky with a white gel pen.

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 30-516 Smile All Season, 30-497 Joyful Holiday, 51-440 Elegant Stitching, 40-637 Winter Branches

Design details: Stamp focal point images onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color with Copic markers. Fussy cut images and layer onto background inked with Memento Inks (Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Nautical Blue) using an ink blending tool and foam pad. Once background inks are completely dry, stamp and heat emboss sentiment with white embossing powder. Stamp branches onto inked background using Memento Ink (Nautical Blue).

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Runs with Scissors

October 27, 2018

Wow! How can two weeks go by so quickly? We are just about turning the calendar to November, the start of cold and snow and blustery winds. Well, maybe not here in Alabama, but my brain still remembers the Wisconsin winters and sends anxiety throughout my cold-hating body. Hopefully, you who live in wintry climates have your scarves, mittens and down jackets at the ready. Oh, and don’t forget the snow shovels and salt for the icy sidewalks. A supply of hot chocolate fixings, including mini-marshmallows, always made me feel better about the cold winter evening.

My weeks go by quickly because I lose track of time while stamping and creating in my creative space. I have been happily combining stamps and dies from the Winter 2018 and the Welcome Winter releases to make a mixture of classic, elegant and cute cards for the holiday season.

Once again the releases provide something for everyone. Now that these cards are ready for sharing, I am excited to start working on my next Runs with Scissors’ cards.

It is simply lovely, this classic Christmas tree from the Season’s Marvel set. So easy to make pretty Christmas cards using just one stamp when you have an image like this. I enjoyed layering the matting and just so the card wasn’t too plain, adding the gold Noel cut from the Exultations die set. I used gold Nuvo drops to put a little sparkle on the tree. Just switch out matting colors if you are unable to make the same color themed card too many times!

Next, I played with these adorable bears from the Nose to Nose mini transparent set. I used the snowflake stamp included in the Christmas Bunch set and the sentiment from the Christmas Sentiments set. Having several stamp sets from these releases is like ordering from a menu … and the choices are endless! I am excited about playing with more cute creatures as the holiday season grows closer. I just love “cute”. And if it isn’t snowmen, cute bears will do nicely.

There is something about the combination of navy blue and silver that pleases my eye and goes well with the holiday season. I decorated the Sleigh diecut with white Novu drops, tucked a couple of silver Evergreen Trees into my diecut snow bank, and filled the navy sky with the Holiday Hello greeting. No stamping involved … which means no inky smudges to slow down your card making.

Food

How have I not written about food before this? Certainly it is one of my very favorite things. At least, it has been in the past. I have confessed to being a very picky eater, but that has not diminished my love for eating over the years.

We all know there is food and then there is food. Broccoli is a food and cream puffs are a food. See what I mean? My food preferences would be ranked as:

  1. Snacks
  2. Desserts
  3. Meals

I could probably give up meals if I were allowed to snack all day. Unfortunately, as the mother and wife of our family I was obligated to conform to a more traditional schedule of providing food for our family.

Over the past few months, whether due to medications or just plain being tired of cooking, I have been only minimally interested in meal preparation. Unfortunately, Mr. RWS is not having the same experience. His fondness of home cooked meals remains high although he has altered his expectations a bit during this recent phase of mine.

My appetite may have diminished, however the hunger pains have not. I am sure hunger pains are a built in survival mechanism that forces one to prepare meals even though there is little enthusiasm for it.

Lately, I am thankful for noodles.

Maybe it’s because noodles are easy to swallow. Or maybe noodles are easier to prepare than potatoes or rice. Or maybe noodles are great comfort food. When I think back to the meals I have prepared in the past few weeks, I realize they include “oodles of noodles”.

I have made chicken soup with noodles, chili with noodles, tuna casserole with noodles, meatballs served over noodles, chicken and gravy over noodles, and even our Chinese take out was Lo Mein. Mr. RWS has not complained and is grateful when any dinner appears on the table in the evening. He especially enjoyed that large batch of chili, made with a new recipe. I actually feel guilty when I see how appreciative he is when I cook. Cooper recognizes the word “noodles” now and comes running when he hears it.

Dessert at our house has become mostly chocolate pudding purchased in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, topped with canned whipped cream. What an easy and satisfying dessert. Why didn’t I discover this years ago?

I have given up my very favorite snack, orange cheesy salted puffs of deliciousness and orange powder. I was consuming them at an astounding rate and the number on the scale was becoming frightening. When I crave a snack lately, I limit myself to one or two of each gummy bear vitamin I take daily. Sometimes I go to bed early just to avoid snacking in the evening. However, my rule is that it must be dark outside when I retire.

You may remember that I am a member of the Kitchen Angels at our church. We plan and cook a meal each month for the seniors in our congregation. We Angels rotate hosting duties which makes us responsible for planning the menu for each luncheon. Needless to say, my co-hostesses don’t get much help in this department from me. I would eliminate any dish that includes odd spices, mayonnaise, mustard, catsup, cheese sauces, cooked cabbage, sour cream, or cottage cheese. Mr. RWS loves to eat at our monthly lunch where he enjoys foods containing any and all of these ingredients.

Mr. RWS returned from the warehouse store this morning and I think he is making a statement. Included in his purchases is a package of enough sirloin steak for three meals. And not one single package of noodles. I can take a hint!

This Cut Out Wreath die is my favorite wreath of all times! Just run it through your machine and mount the negative space over your favorite holiday color …green is a great choice, but red and silver works, too. That sweet bow just adds the finishing touch to another no stamping Christmas card. I added white Novu drops for some accents and texture on the wreath and bow. This is another design that would work for making multiple cards and because the surface is flat, easy to mail, too.

And now back to stamping! Loved coloring this traditional style image from the Christmas Bunch set with my Copic markers and adding Novu drops snow to the tree. A little glitter here and there and a traditional matting using designer paper finished off my card. Designer paper is our friend for providing quick and effective backgrounds. It’s been a good week .. cute bears and a snowman. Life is good.

I gave Cooper the assignment this week of checking on Daylight Saving Time. After doing his research, he informed me that Benjamin Franklin, back in 1784 was the first person to suggest adjusting the time to create more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings. But it wasn’t until 1966 that the Uniform Time Act was passed so most states changed their clocks on the same date. However, Hawaii and Arizona don’t participate in Daylight Saving Time. Cooper thinks perhaps they have enough daylight mornings and evenings so that no adjustment is necessary.

Here is Cooper with a reminder to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 4th this year. Cooper will be delighted when he is fed one hour earlier all winter.

And speaking of time … time to stow the scissors, clean up and pack up. It’s been great visiting with all of you and sharing what can be done with Penny Black’s stamps and dies for the winter and holiday seasons. It is also time to say thank you for all your good wishes for my health. I am happy to report I am doing well. I am grateful for the medications that restore energy to my muscles. There are still days when certain muscle groups decide to act up, which makes life more interesting than impossible. Mr. RWS and I enjoy a laugh when my shoulders decide they can’t bear the weight of my elbows, and the elbows decide they can’t bear the weight of my wrists, and the wrists complain about my fingers, and the fingers just have to grin and bear it, as there is no one to complain to.

As I shared in my story today, I have no idea which part of the brain is acting up and causing havoc with meal planning in our home. Perhaps this is not caused at all by my MG diagnosis, but is rather just this wife and mother being weary of the decades of being in charge of cooking at our house.

Until next time, if we haven’t faded away from nutritional deficiencies, Cooper and I will see you here at the Penny Black blog. Sadly, we haven’t been spending as much time as we would like at the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery lately, but I will talk to the muscle groups in charge and see what we can manage.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

 

Card No. 1: 30-514 Season’s Marvel, 51-060 Exultations, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 2: 30-521 Nose to Nose, 30-504 Christmas Sentiments, 30-520 Christmas Bunch, 51-418 Wavy Stitch Edges

Card No. 3: 51-384 Evergreen Tree, 51-418 Wavy Stitch Edges, 51-416 Sleigh, 51-460 Holiday Hello

Card No. 4: 51-021 Love and Joy, 51-410 Cut Out Wreath

Card No. 5: 30-504 Christmas Sentiments, 30-520 Christmas Bunch, 51-027 Triple Banner, 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles, 80-012 Wintertime

Creative Christmas Challenge Winner

October 26, 2018

We’re so excited to announce the second winner of our current challenge. So without further ado…

Congrats to “jenmar59”!

Jen shared several cards and we just couldn’t get enough of her happy holly, beautiful berries, and feathered friends!

Card originally posted HERE.

Card originally posted HERE.

Card originally posted HERE.

Jenmar59, you have won a $25 shopping spree to our online store. To claim your prize, send your selections to info@pennyblackinc.com with “Attn Susan: Challenge Winner #2” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your shipping information as well.

We want to see what YOU are creating! The challenge continues, there is still time to enter, more prizes to giveaway, including a $100 shopping spree to our online store. Get all of the details HERE.

TGIF! Don’t miss this…

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Celebrate Winter with a Smile All Season

October 25, 2018

Whether you are working on your Christmas cards, holiday tags and décor, everyday winter greetings, or masculine designs… our newest release, Welcome Winter, has something for everyone! Join us over the next few weeks as we take a closer look at the new stamps and dies included in this collection. All new products are now available in our online store!

We have one more new sentiment set to take a closer look at today. This set offers a great variety of styles and sayings which can be used for winter-themed cards during the holidays and into the new year.

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-516 Smile All Season

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 30-516 Smile All Season, 40-654 Tranquil Hamlet, 51-397 Antique Frame

Design details: Stamp village scene onto Canson 140 Lb. Cold-Press Watercolor Paper using Ranger Archival Ink (Acorn). Paint with Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. Once dry, add inking around the outer edges with Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs) using an ink blending tool and foam pads. Stamp sentiment with Ranger Archival Ink (Acorn).

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 30-516 Smile All Season, 40-635 Peaceful Village, 51-397 Antique Frame

Design details: Stamp village scene onto Canson 140 Lb. Cold-Press Watercolor paper using Ranger Archival Ink (Acorn). Paint with Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. Once dry, add inking around the outer edges with Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs) using an ink blending tool and foam pads. Stamp sentiment with Ranger Archival Ink (Acorn).

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Welcome Winter with Sweet Sentiments

October 24, 2018

Whether you are working on your Christmas cards, holiday tags and décor, everyday winter greetings, or masculine designs… our newest release, Welcome Winter, has something for everyone! Join us over the next few weeks as we take a closer look at the new stamps and dies included in this collection. All new products are now available in our online store!

A beautiful sentiment with “just right” fonts and style can complement and even elevate the look of your card designs. Here is a closer look at three new sentiment sets perfect for the holidays and beyond.

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-501 Joy & Merriment

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 30-501 Joy & Merriment, 40-633 Nativity, 51-412 Starry, 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles

Design details: Using a stamp positioning tool (MISTI), stamp focal point image onto white cardstock, selectively inking stamp with a mix of Tombow Dual Brush Pens and Mini Ranger Archival Inks (Orange Blossom, Potting Soil, Fern Green). Color base of scene (hill) with a dark brown Tombow Dual Brush Pen and apply Memento Inks (Pistachio, Bamboo Leaves) and Distress Inks (Gathered Twigs) to the sky using an ink blending tool and foam pads. Sentiment stamped with Ranger Archival Ink (Potting Soil). Embellish with die cut stars.

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 30-501 Joy & Merriment, 30-499 Hometown Christmas, 40-629 Winter Tree, 51-095 Hearts In Circle

Design details: Stamp houses onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color with Copic markers. Fussy cut images and layer onto background inked with Memento Inks (Bahama Blue, Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Nautical Blue) using an ink blending tool and foam pads. Using a stamp positioning tool (MISTI) in order to repeatedly stamp and deepen the color, stamp trees using Memento Inks (Danube Blue, Nautical Blue). Stamp sentiment with Ranger Archival Ink (Acorn).

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-513 Winter Sentiments

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 30-513 Winter Sentiments, 40-657 Holly Jolly Critters, 51-376 Stitch a Snowflake, 51-177 Snow Time

Design details: Stamp mouse onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color with Copic markers. Fussy cut image and layer onto background inked with Memento Inks (Pistachio, Bamboo Leaves) using an ink blending tool and foam pads. Stamp background snowflakes with same inks. Lightly ink die cut snowflakes with Pistachio ink and adhere to background. Sentiment stamped with Ranger Archival Ink (Potting Soil).

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 51-455 3 Snowflakes, 30-513 Winter Sentiments, 40-632 Christmas Foliage, 30-446 North Pole, 51-007 Tagged, 51-463 Winter Trees

Design details: Onto white cardstock, stamp tree using Ranger Mini Archival Inks (Leaf Green, Fern Green) and a dark brown Tombow Dual Brush Pen for the trunk. Stamp using a stamp positioning tool (MISTI) so multiple layers of color can be added. Ink background with Memento Inks (Summer Sky, Danube Blue) and Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) using an ink blending tool and foam pads. Stamp snowflakes with Memento Ink (Summer Sky). Add hand trimmed snowbanks with the edges inked with Summer Sky ink. Ink tag and die cut snowflake with Summer Sky ink and stamp sentiment with Ranger Archival Ink (Gathered Twigs). Die cut birds colored with Copic markers.

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Welcome Winter with Versatile Stamp Designs

October 23, 2018

Whether you are working on your Christmas cards, holiday tags and décor, everyday winter greetings, or masculine designs… our newest release, Welcome Winter, has something for everyone! Join us over the next few weeks as we take a closer look at the new stamps and dies included in this collection. All new products are now available in our online store!

These next three stamp designs from our new collection offer loads of versatility… use them to create Christmas and holiday card designs, winter birthdays, winter-themed “just because” cards, and masculine designs, too.

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-630 Tweet Wreath

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 51-455 3 Snowflakes, 30-513 Winter Sentiments, 40-630 Tweet Wreath, 51-387 Merry Delight Cut Out

Design details: Stamp and paint wreath using similar techniques as show in this VIDEO. Paint inside of wreath and outer background with Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. Using bullet nib of Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a white gel pen, add small dots around wreath. Embellish with die cut snowflakes. Sentiment stamped with Ranger Archival Ink (Potting Soil).

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-632 Christmas Foliage

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 40-632 Christmas Foliage, 30-518 Stillness, 40-637 Winter Branches

Design Details: Onto Canson 140 Lb. Cold Press Watercolor Paper, mask snow/ground and moon and ink background using Memento Inks (Danube Blue) and Distress Inks (Broken China, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs) using an ink blending tool and foam pads. Remove moon mask and stamp tree using Tombow Dual Brush Pens, lightly misting the stamp before stamping and also blending the stamped impression with water after stamping. Use a stamp positioning tool (MISTI) in order to stamp the tree repeatedly and add multiple layers of color. Stamp small branches at base of tree with Memento Ink (Nautical Blue). Paint moon using Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. Remove snow/ground mask and lightly paint a shadow using Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. Sentiment stamped with Ranger Archival Ink (Acorn). Snow added to scene using a white gel pen.

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-634 Snow Forest

SHOP for the products featured on the card above: 51-455 3 Snowflakes, 40-634 Snow Forest, 30-513 Winter Sentiments

Design details: Using a stamp positioning tool (MISTI) and multiple impressions, selectively ink tree stamp with Ranger Archival Inks (Orange Blossom, Potting Soil, Acorn). Color shadows at base of trees with a light blue Prismacolor pencil. Stamp sentiment with Ranger Archival Ink (Acorn). Add snowflakes to scene using a white gel pen.

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

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