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SIMPLICITY Sneak Peek

January 29, 2019

Click HERE for the full reveal and to visit our clean and simple site!

Easy and Elegant Valentines

January 28, 2019

If you are looking for easy and elegant Valentine ideas (which would also be great for wedding and anniversary cards, too!), look no further than today’s inspiration with Sherry Hester.

Sherry’s grey and white color scheme gives a modern look to these designs. This scheme is also great for masculine cards, too.

Design details: Adhere Antique Gray card stock cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″ to card base. White emboss background stamp on white card stock, die cut using large heart, and sponge Hickory Smoke over top. Adhere to card with foam tape. Add small red heart to heart locket and adhere to large heart. Add a red twine bow. Ink sentiment in Versafine Crimson Red and stamp. Add small hearts

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51-493 Heart Balloons
51-489 Heart Charms
30-532 Love Sentiments
40-489 Elaborate

Design details: Adhere red card stock cut to 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ onto white card base. Add sheer silver ribbon strips to Antique Gray card stock cut slightly narrower, and glue to card front. Place heart frame and large heart together and die cut together. Sponge Hickory Smoke in center of heart. Die cut locket heart from white and heavily sponge with Hickory Smoke, add small locket heart, and adhere to large heart. Die cut Script Love from white, and just the heart from red. Add red heart over corresponding white heart and adhere to front of card. Add small red hearts.

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51-485 Hearts Around
51-489 Heart Charms
51-493 Heart Balloons
51-494 Love & Miss You

Design details: White emboss background stamp onto Antique Gray card stock cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″, sponge open areas with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. Adhere to card base. Cut letters, script “you” and heart locket from red card stock and adhere to front. Add small hearts.

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51-487 Love Train
51-494 Love & Miss You
51-489 Heart Charms
40-290 Poppy Pattern

Design details: Ink floral heart with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and stamp onto 2-1/2 X 5-1/2″ Neenah Antique Gray card stock, adhere to white card base. Score double lines on either side. White emboss sentiment onto vellum cut slightly narrower than gray card stock. Add hearts and glue to front using small dots of glue behind white letters and large heart. 

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30-525 Words Sweet
51-485 Hearts Around
30-522 Love In Bloom

Many thanks to Sherry for highlighting the stamps and dies from our Happy Heart Day collection with this unique set of cards.

And before you go, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for even more inspiration.

 

Let’s Get Social: New Videos!

January 25, 2019

Did you know we frequently share new videos on our YouTube channel? Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the inspiration we share… including this new video from Jill Foster featuring our Creative Die, 51-458 Paper Scroll.


Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Here’s another look at each of these gorgeous cards, each featuring sentiments from our newest collection, Happy Heart Day.

30-532 Love Sentiments

30-528 Kisses & Wishes

30-525 Words Sweet

And in addition to “getting social” with us on our YouTube channel, you can also find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

51-458 Paper Scroll
40-592 Lilacs
40-597 Spontaneous Joy
40-598 Becoming
30-525 Words Sweet
30-532 Love Sentiments
30-528 Kisses & Wishes

Keep it Simple: Pastel Pretties with Patti

January 23, 2019

Our Happy Heart Day collection is in the spotlight again today…

…and Patti Kehl is wowing us with her pretty pastel creations.

For her first card, she’s featured the ‘love’ sentiment from our Creative Die set, 51-487 Love Train, along with the ‘you’ from 51-339 You Enjoy.

Next, her soft and sweet coloring and background sponging adds even more cuteness to the love birds from our miniature 3 x 4 inch transparent stamp set, 30-524 Happy Hugs.

And how sweet does the key and heart locket from our Creative Die set, 51-495 Key… Cut Out, look when cut from silver cardstock? Perfection! (Exact match stamps and coordinating sentiment from 30-523 Key to My Heart.)

Finally, we just adore Patti’s soft coloring of our miniature transparent set, 30-530 Fairy Love, along with the whimsical stenciled dots (25-007 Dotlets) in the background.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card One: 51-487 Love Train, 51-339 You Enjoy

Card Two: 30-524 Happy Hugs, 30-534 All My Love

Card Three: 30-523 Key to My Heart, 51-495 Key… Cut Out

Card Four: 30-530 Fairy Love, 30-523 Key To My Heart, 25-007 Dotlets

SIMPLICITY Sneak Peek

January 22, 2019

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Inspire and Explore: Virginia’s Valentines

January 21, 2019

So who is here to inspire us with cards featuring the newest stamps and dies from our Happy Heart Day collection?

It’s the talented Virginia Lu!

Her first card is has a bright color scheme and a modern vibe as she features our Creative Die, 51-496 Strings of Hearts.

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51-496 Strings of Hearts
30-523 Key to My Heart

Next, she’s given our Creative Die set, 51-484 Lovely Border, a new use by embossing her background using each die in the set.

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30-523 Key to My Heart
51-495 Key…Cut Out
51-484 Lovely Border

It would be impossible for us to love this sweet card even more than we already do. That rainbow background puts it over the top!

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30-529 Lovable
51-491 Lovable Cut Out
51-484 Lovely Border
51-485 Hearts Around
30-523 Key to My Heart

In addition to fun techniques and backgrounds filled with interest, Virginia also demonstrates her clean and simple stylings on this bear-y cute card featuring our miniature transparent set, 30-534 All My Love.

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30-534 All My Love
51-484 Lovely Border

We’re not quite done yet, here’s one more Valentine from Virginia that as us smiling. Her artsy background is such fun!

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30-523 Key to My Heart
51-492 Hearts Galore
30-529 Lovable
51-491 Lovable Cut Out

Runs with Scissors

January 19, 2019

Hello, hello and hello! Here we are in the depths of January, with its cold and snow. However, along with that January brings us extra minutes of daylight each day. Who doesn’t love extra daylight?

Oh, how much fun I have had with the Happy Heart Day release. I almost feel guilty for enjoying the cuteness so much. Now that I’ve made a big batch of Valentines, the next step will be to put them in the mail. There were many friends who didn’t receive a Christmas card from me and my plan is to surprise them with a Valentine instead.

If you’ve not sent thank you notes for your Christmas gifts, these delightful images and loving sentiments combined would make great thank you cards.

I chuckled to myself when I added the fluffy clouds from the Silver Linings die set to my card. Of course there would be clouds on the way to the moon! This sweet Teddy from the Space Reserved set was fun to color with Copic markers. I added a Lovely Border and pretty backing paper to finish the card. Mr. Teddy looks right at home sitting on the edge of the moon holding his glittery heart.

This cloud from the Bee Mine mini set is raining hearts onto the awesome sentiment from the Kisses and Wishes mini set. That stitched row of tiny hearts from the Stitched XOXO set adds the finishing touch. How fun to make a sunny yellow, touch of glitter Valentine.

Be still my heart! Could this be cuteness overload? This hedgie from the Loveable mini set is the perfect messenger to deliver this BIG love message from the Lovely Border die set. Just stamp and color the hedgie and run it through your die cutting machine using the matching Loveable Cut-Out. Those cut out dies make life easier and add such a perfect look.

Left Overs

By Cooper

Well, everyone, she’s done it again. That Woman has been whining and complaining about what to write for Runs with Scissors this week. I just couldn’t take it anymore so I volunteered to step in again. She did leave me a few scribbled notes and told me to do my best to put together a blog post.

To be fair, it has been five years of almost weekly posting, a story almost every time, so maybe it’s appropriate to give That Woman a break. When I look at the Table of Contents for the more than 150 blog posts she’s written, I understand why finding a new idea for a story could be a challenge.

The list begins with the story of the Christmas Light Tour and then includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, February Love Stories, Mothers’ Day, Fortune Cookies, Grandkids, Spam, a Weeping Driveway, RV’ing years, Ethiopia Mission, Laundry, Trips, Weddings, Funeral, Friendships, Bucket Lists, and back to Christmas again.

I am wondering if I help That Woman out again if she would consider changing the name of her posts from Runs with Scissors to Runs with Canines or something similar. Or maybe “Runs with Cooper’s Scissors”. On second thought, I would rather have treats than naming rights.

So, I am looking at the notes That Woman gave me and the first one says “Write about what you know”. Well, what I know is That Woman finally came through with my very late Christmas presents last week. I did enjoy the farmyard animals and their exclusive sound when squeezed (or in my case, bitten). I was pretty tired of the same old squeaker sound in my old toys. But why she thought it necessary to bring a puppy into the house, I don’t know. That little guy is one noisy, busy, flipping little puppy. He ignores my attempts to make him stop the frantic yipping and flipping. That Woman is able, however, to make him stop. I think she rubs his belly.

That Woman’s notes mention “cleaning up” the rest of 2018 events. Well, I agree. January is a good time for “cleaning up”, but I would think That Woman would focus more on her bulging closet than last year’s events. But, here goes:

That Woman parted with two very favorite, well worn items last month. First, it was her terry cloth bathrobe that was at least 15 years old. That robe snuggled her after every shower for all those years. It hung on a hook in at least four different bathrooms, including the RV, always there to take away the chill and absorb the extra water. It seems that one day That Woman realized she could see light through what used to be the thick terry cloth and even noticed little black spots (mold?) that no longer disappeared after washing. The new terry robe is now hanging on the hook in the bathroom, bright white and unstained and even a bit longer. I did notice, however, she was unable to throw out the old robe and it is on a shelf in the closet. She does get a bit sentimental over her belongings.

Speaking of sentimental: That Woman has a special relationship with her shoes. No, not a lot of shoes, just certain ones. That Woman wears only clogs when it is not sandals weather. Sporty clogs during the week, and “dressy” clogs for church and other dressier occasions. The dressy clogs have higher heels, thus making them dressier. Well, two Sundays ago That Woman noticed that the shoes felt “squishier” than usual, actually making them even more comfortable. But that “squish” sound was a bit annoying so she slipped one shoe off and to her shock noticed that the entire heel had burst, like an air filled balloon might. Those shoes were only 13 years old and That Woman was not ready to part with them. In a moment of extreme bravery That Woman threw those shoes away and was happy to find an almost identical pair in time for last Sunday’s church service.

Oh, here’s a note about Christmas Day at church in Atlanta. (honestly, that was weeks ago and I did not go along to church that day so I was glad to read this note).

That Woman noticed that a woman several pews in front of her was using American Sign Language (ASL) to “sing along” with the beautiful Christmas music sung by the church choir. She was fascinated with the beautiful and energetic signing done in time with the choir’s singing. Her arms and hands and fingers changed between delicately and forcefully to sign the words so that even one unfamiliar with ASL could determine what the words might be. The very best part, according to That Woman, was the energetic, spiraling upward, arms outstretched “Allelujah” at the end of the music. It was a goose bumpy, eyes tearing, sacred moment. How beautiful it was to see ASL being used to worship.

Well, that’s it for the notes except for the one saying, “Things I wish I had done…”. Sounds like a future Runs with Scissors post. I just live in the present and don’t concern myself with past or future events.

I think there was a time when we called this “spotlight coloring”.  Maybe not quite, but focal point coloring might be a good name for this technique. The kraft, red and white color combination makes this a good card for the big or little boys in your life. I’ve used the Special Friend mini set for the image and the Love and Miss You die set for the sentiment. I may find it difficult to send these Valentines off in the mail!

This card reminds me of the little Valentines we used to share in elementary school. I made the heart by cutting out the heart created by the Hearts Around die cut and then distressing it with shades of Memento Luxe inks. That cute little bee from the Bee Mine mini set added just the right amount of “cute” to make me smile. My original idea to use that bee was to have two of them on one card, but because they are so identical, it didn’t work too well. So guess what I did? …..

I used that second bee from the Bee Mine mini set on this card! I love that the Strings of Hearts die cut resembles a honeycomb when it is done in yellow. Now that I reflect on my design, I see I could have placed a border around those edges! What is that saying? “Too soon old, too late smart”! Next time for sure.

Poor Cooper! There were no presents under the tree for him at Christmas. How did we let that happen? So we over-compensated and recently ordered six new toys for him. Cooper loves it when packages arrive at the house; he still remembers the one time there was a piece of candy inside the package, even though it was years ago. Five of the toys were farm yard animals that made the appropriate animal sound when squeezed. Interest in each of those was fleeting but the last present he opened revealed an almost life like, battery operated puppy, complete with puppy sounds and actions. This little guy walks while he yips and every few seconds does a backwards flip. Cooper acts like a concerned doggy daddy, trying to quiet the noisy little puppy and make him hold still. He grabs the pup by the nose, leg or tail and shakes him a bit, trying to quiet the noise and stop the action. As soon as a nearby adult turns off the puppy, Cooper settles down and rests, content that the spoiled little puppy is now behaving.   From what we know of Cooper’s first two years, he was around puppies a lot and has not forgotten what they sound or look like. Not sure what kind of parent he would have been, since he does not tolerate puppy sounds well!

Time to stow the scissors and thank Cooper for pitching in this week. Seriously, if anyone has suggestions for story ideas, please mention them in the Comments. The Penny Black stamps and dies are almost magic and practically make cards with no help: the stories, not so much. Every writer dreads facing a blank screen or sheet of paper with not a single idea of what to write about. Mojo is needed for writing as well as art work. Of course, a more exciting or interesting current life would help this writer, too.

I am off to visit the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to view your exciting and interesting Penny Black creations.   Thank you for your visit and especially your comments and ideas. Cooper is taking a bow and looking pretty smug.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-484 Lovely Border, 30-535 Space Reserved

Card No. 2: 51-484 Lovely Border, 51-486 Stitched XOXO, 30-527 Bee Mine, 30-528 Kisses and Wishes

Card No. 3: 51-484 Lovely Border, 51-491 Loveable Cut-Out, 30-529 Loveable

Card No. 4: 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-494 Love and Miss You, 30-531 Special Friend

Card No. 5: 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles, 51-485 Hearts Around, 30-525 Words Sweet, 30-527 Bee Mine

Card No. 6: 51-496 Strings of Hearts, 30-527 Bee Mine, 30-530 Fairy Love