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Fashionable Graduate

May 7, 2018

Over the next several weeks our designers and crafty friends will be joining us to share their creations featuring our newest collection of stamps and Creative Dies, Nature’s Art.

This week we will be sharing beautiful and playful card designs by Peet Roeven.

We begin with this fun graduation card.

Peet used our designer paper pad, 80-016 Summertime, to paper piece the outfit on the fashionista from our 3 x 4 inch transparent set, 30-487 Balancing Act.

Instead of using the cat which is included in the image, Peet substituted Creative Dies from our die set, 51-348 The Graduate. What a clever idea to get even more mileage from this stamp set!

She layered her fussy cut and die cut elements with a frame cut from our Creative Die set, 51-416 Stitched Stackers.

With a touch of watercoloring behind her frame, and a few sequins and stitching, Peet’s card is complete and full of congratulatory style.

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30-487 Balancing Act
51-416 Stitched Stackers
51-348 The Graduate
80-016 Summertime



Runs with Scissors

May 5, 2018

We did it!!  We outlasted April with its fickle and merciless weather.  It is time to enjoy May with its sunshine and flowers.  When we speak of Nature’s Art, we are often speaking of May, nature’s busiest and most productive artist.

Speaking of productive artists, I hope you have been following Jill Foster’s amazing videos as well as the Penny Black designers’ work.  There are so many ways to use and enjoy the stamps and dies in the Nature’s Art release.

I, too, have been using and enjoying the Nature’s Art release and have more cards to share with you today.

Here I’ve used the Ravishing brushstroke stamp, inking it with Memento inks applied with a dauber directly onto the stamp.  Because I used my MISTI stamp positioner I could stamp each section of the flower as often or as little as I chose.  I have the most success with the brushstroke stamps using this “ink directly onto the stamp” technique.  Each of those brushstroke stamps gives the impression of having been watercolored and along with the lack of black outlining, yields a professional look.

This scene using the Gentle Thoughts stamp set was created in layers.  First I colored the base using Summer Sky Memento ink applied with a blending tool.  Next, I stamped the Tranquil Buds image using green Memento ink.  The “grass” is created using the Wavy Stitched Edges die, cutting through cardstock inked with Distress Oxide ink.  I don’t have to see the little girl’s face to know she is happily enjoying her dog’s company on a sunny breezy day.  The dog’s body language tells me he is content being with his little companion.

Oh, how I loved coloring the mini Appreciation stamped image.  There are so many ways to use that square after it’s been colored. Here I’ve made it into a standard sized card by mounting it onto a base cut from the Stitched Stackers die.  I added a bold sentiment and a pretty pink bow from the Bow Set die.  This pretty floral image does not require a huge investment of time to color, but certainly sends a cheerful message.

Spring Fever

Glorious spring!! Indeed, the showers of April have brought us the flowers of May.  My yard only contributes the deep magenta colors of our Knockout rose bushes, but my more ambitious and garden-loving neighbors add the purples of Iris, the yellows of Marigolds and the pink and white of Sweet Alyssum and Sweet Williams. Here in Alabama we enjoy flowers at least a month ahead of our northern neighbors.  This year, with the late snow storms they’ve experienced, spring and summer flowers may be delayed.

The blooming tress and bushes where I live are now dressed in their wardrobe of green leaves which they will wear until they change into the golden and red colors of fall.

Along with the arrival of blooms and butterflies and children coming out to play, we experience the arrival of that phenomenon of Spring Fever.  If the epidemic hasn’t yet arrived where you live, you can be sure it’s on the way.

I’ve told you before about the vast research I do for my Runs with Scissors posts.  This week has been no different.  I have spent at least thirty minutes with the experts on Google and have interesting information to share.

Who knew there was such a word as “contranym”?  Spring Fever is such an item!  In other words, Spring Fever is its own antonym, capable of meaning either invigoration or listlessness.  Even that well-respected magazine, Scientific American, deals with the reality of Spring Fever: “Spring Fever edges away from science fiction even if it is not quite scientific fact.”  That’s factual enough for me.

Those who catch the invigorating form of this disease are the ones who tackle the crowded closets, the over stocked craft room, and the catch all spaces, whether that be the attic or garage.  Bless them, for when their fever breaks, they will reap the reward of a clutter free living space.

I, however, am more prone to the listless form of Spring Fever.  Yes, I notice the over stuffed closet; the messy, crowded craft closet; and the clutter that has taken over much of our garage.  The only reason that the attic remains empty is the memory of those stairs clunking me on the head before we had them replaced.  We have made the decision (supported by the kids) to stay off the ladder and out of the attic.  It has remained the only empty square footage in our home.

Since the demise of our gazebo during one of our many spring rain storms, there is no retreating and relaxing on our sunny patio.  Delivery of the new gazebo is eminent, however, so there is hope that the outdoor experience will soon be available.  This will depend on Mr. RWS’s form of Spring Fever.  Hopefully, he is feeling invigorated.

In the meantime, I relax in my chair, windows and doors open, sounds of birds chirping filling the silence we usually experience in our home.  I love watching the curtains flutter and even the sound of the blinds bumping into the woodwork is welcomed.  Good bye stale winter air and welcome fragrant spring!

But why must we wait for official spring to experience the invigoration or listlissness that the change of seasons often brings?  Lilly Pulitzer (she of the bright pink and green, eternally spring, clothing line) has said, “Despite the forecast, live like it is spring.”  If you choose purging closets over resting in your favorite chair, be it the middle of winter, go for it!  And if winter leaves you weary of the chores that life presents on a daily basis, by all means welcome the listlessness.  Sometimes a nap is all it takes to renew our spirit and make a day feel like spring.

I wish you happy spring, Penny Black friends, wherever and however you experience it.

This card began with my stamping the Flower Field stamp with blue Brilliance ink onto black cardstock.  I used the MISTI in order to do several layers of ink.  After I stamped with the blue, I overstamped using white Brilliance ink in order to have a more visible contrast between the ink and cardstock.  I emphasized the blue tones by adding a blue ribbon and a blue tag with my Mother’s Day message.  The “I am so blessed” message from the So Blessed set would be appropriate for thank you cards or just appreciation cards.  This image can take on many different moods depending on the technique you use.

May is graduation month in many parts of the world.  Here I’ve used the Congratulations die and the Graduate die to create the focus of my card.  I used the black and white color combo, adding a touch of gold for the tassel.  This would be a great opportunity to use the graduate’s school colors.  There is room to add “18” up in the corner but I didn’t think of that when making the card.  Good to have options!

Speaking of coloring: this Radiant image is one to color when you have time to get in your “zone” and to color the many flowers and leaves.  I deliberately situated my flowers in the upper right in order to have room on the lower left for a sentiment.  The black centers on the flower are stamped separately from the main part of the flower so you can make them any color you wish.  The centers come in two sizes and one is meant for the larger flowers and one for the smaller flower.  Too bad I didn’t notice that until I used the big center on my little flower!  This was a fun image to color and I am happy with the cheerful color choices I made.

Cooper is so fun to photograph!  When I first place him where I want him to be for the picture, he is very uninterested. He will sit there, but I get no eye contact and he is restless.  However, the minute I remind him there will be a “treat” if he cooperates, I get this great big smile.  Sadly, he is sitting in front of what is left of our patio gazebo.  We had some pretty high winds during some major rain storms and the gazebo just couldn’t survive.  This is not the first gazebo we have lost in high winds, but this one did last about five years and made it possible for us to sit outside on our patio in the very sunny days we experience here.  A new gazebo which will be 10’ x 12’ when assembled is on its way in its 12 inch by 12 ft. carton:  complete with instructions which make my brain hurt.  Thankfully, Mr. RWS has assembled all of the previous gazebos and may not even need the instructions.  Sometimes I help by just staying out of the way and sometimes I help by finding the lost screw or washer that has disappeared into the surrounding grass. And I provide refreshment, too.

Another edition of Runs with Scissors is “done and dusted” as friends from across the Pond like to say. I do try to tidy up before I leave the studio.   I am a messy card maker but never procrastinate cleaning up my mess.  When the creative muse inspires me I want to be able to create, not clean.  How do you manage your craft space?  Always tidy?  Never tidy?  Messy while working, but cleaned up when done?  Do you purge your craft area regularly?  Not at all?  Sometimes? Or is it a matter of, “I would purge if I knew what to do with the excess.”?  I admit to being neater and more organized when I am at the Penny Black studio than I am at home.

And now for my weekly visit to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.  I hope I see Nature’sArt posted there.  Cooper and I thank you for your lovely comments and sharing your life happenings, too.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1:  30-432 Hope Shines, 40-589 Ravishing

Card No. 2:  30-485 Gentle Thoughts, 40-492 Tranquil Buds, 51-033 Silver Lining51-418 Wavy Stitch Edges

Card No. 3:  30-488 Appreciation, 30-464 Tranquility, 51-212 Bow Set, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 4:  40-132 So Blessed, 40-491 Flower Field, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 5:  51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-348 The Graduate, 51-439 Congratulations

Card No.6:  30-467 Grateful Heart, 30-481 Radiant

Fun Friday: Links we Love

May 4, 2018

Today we are so excited to bring you lots of inspiration with some fabulous links we lovefrom our Simplicity Sister, Marion Vagg!  (And if you haven’t heard of our Simplicity Sisters, be sure you check out our clean and simple stamping site HERE for more of their amazing work.)

From wonderful window cards to terrific tags, these ahhh-mazing creations from Marion are sure to make this Friday extra fun and send you into the weekend with loads of inspiration.

Additional details for the card shown above available HERE.

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Additional details for the card shown above available HERE.

Additional details for the card shown above (and a second card idea!) available HERE.

TGIF! Don’t miss this…

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

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card 1: 51-421 Flower Flourish, 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles, 30-350 Sentiment Collection, 25-014 Oscillations

Card 2: 51-419 Cherry Blossom, 30-350 Sentiment Collection

Card 3: 30-479 Happy Critters, 25-010 Zigs and Zags

Card 4: 40-600 Blissful Blossoms, 30-479 Happy Critters, 51-007 Tagged

Card 5: 51-432 Leaf Pattern, 30-423 Banner Sentiments, 51-352 Birds and Banners

Glowing Elegance

May 3, 2018

Over the next several weeks our designers and crafty friends will be joining us to share their creations featuring our newest collection of stamps and Creative Dies, Nature’s Art.

The emboss resist technique never looked as good as it does on this elegant card by Heather Telford.

Before painting her image, Heather stamped and embossed our cling stamp, 40-610 Summer Glow.

To finish off her creation, Heather used portions of our Creative Die, 51-446 Scrolls Half Edger, along the bottom of her card.


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40-610 Summer Glow
51-446 Scrolls Half Edger


Mother’s Day Inspiration

May 2, 2018

Over the next several weeks our designers and crafty friends will be joining us to share their creations featuring our newest collection of stamps and Creative Dies, Nature’s Art.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and Heather Telfordhas for us a lovely card idea for celebrating mom.

On Heather’s card she’s combined our cling stamp, 40-589 Ravishing, with our Creative Die sentiment set, 51-427 Fantastic Thank You.

And who says moms should be celebrated only once of year? This card would make a great encouragement card for a special mom any time of year!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

40-589 Ravishing
51-427 Fantastic Thank You
30-106 Word Express


Colorful Field of Flowers

May 1, 2018

Over the next several weeks our designers and crafty friends will be joining us to share their creations featuring our newest collection of stamps and Creative Dies, Nature’s Art.

Heather Telfordjoins us again today and she has brought with her even more bold blooms.

Heather’s card features our brushstroke stamp, 40-594 Flower Field.

Her colorful flowers “pop” against the black and white elements she’s included in her design.

The embossed sentiment (30-481 Radiant) and stenciled border (25-010 Zigs and Zags) give this brushstroke stamp a modern, eye-catching look.

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

Today we are also very excited to announce the winners of our recent Nature’s Art giveaway! You’ve each won a $25 shopping spree to our online store! To claim your prize, please email your selections and shipping information to  Include “Attn Susan: Nature’s Art Giveaway Winner” in the subject line.

Blog Winner: Marisela Delgado
Facebook Winner: Cynthia Cole
Instagram Winner: loraleeferguson

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

30-481 Radiant
40-594 Flower Field
25-010 Zigs and Zags


Radiant… and amazing!

April 30, 2018

Over the next several weeks our designers and crafty friends will be joining us to share their creations featuring our newest collection of stamps and Creative Dies, Nature’s Art.

This week we welcome Heather Telfordand her amazing stamped artwork.

Speaking of amazing

Heather created this wrap-around card design featuring the largest stamp in our transparent set, 30-481 Radiant.

Heather’s coloring certainly brings this stamp to life!

To finish off her elegant design, Heather used our Creative Die, 51-439 Congratulation. This incredible card is certainly worthy of any very special event such as a wedding or graduation.

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30-481 Radiant
51-439 Congratulation