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DREAMING of Charm and Whimsy

August 5, 2019

Hedgies, bears, and flowers all filled with bright colors and whimsical layouts… hold onto your hats, stamping friends, today we welcome the talented Mayline Jung to our blog and she’s brought with her loads if inspiration!

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30-403 Delicate Garden
30-587 Birthday BFF
30-557 Lovely Birthday

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30-553 It’s Your Day
51-537 Your Day Cut Out
30-569 Pawsome Present
51-539 …Present Cut Out
30-556 Love and Cuddles
51-542 Love & Cuddles Cut Out
30-550 Beautiful Heart

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51-492 Hearts Galore
30-540 Ballet Beauty
30-550 Beautiful Heart

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30-589 Hedgie Harmony
30-588 Huggable

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30-573 A Present
51-544 A Present Cut Out
30-572 Tea Party
30-550 Beautiful Heart
30-588 Huggable

DREAMING of PAWsome Creativity

August 2, 2019

It’s almost the weekend! And today’s post is filled with PAWsome creativity from the talented, Milla!

Why PAWsome? Because Milla has featured two of our newest adorable teddy bears on her pair of clean and simple creations.

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30-580 A Big Hug
51-546 A Big Hug Cut Out
51-548 String of Stars
30-550 Beautiful Heart
51-531 Just a Note
30-588 Huggable
51-552 Leaf Stitched Frames

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30-569 Pawsome Present
30-550 Beautiful Heart

VIDEO! Gimme 5: Critter Shaker Cards

July 31, 2019

This month Therese Calvird is shaking things up with her next GIMME 5 video as she shares five “same but different” cards each featuring a fun critter shaker element!

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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30-580 A Big Hug
51-546 A Big Hug Cut Out
51-551 Stitched Circles
30-588 Huggable
80-016 Summertime

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30-556 Love & Cuddles
51-542 Love & Cuddles Cut Out
51-551 Stitched Circles

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30-553 It’s Your Day
51-537 …Your Day Cut Out
30-541 Good Wishes
80-017 Festive and Frosty

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30-553 It’s Your Day
51-537 …Your Day Cut Out
30-413 Birthday Love

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30-553 It’s Your Day
51-537 …Your Day Cut Out
30-550 Beautiful Heart
80-017 Festive & Frosty

DREAMING of Amazing Scenery

July 29, 2019

Our newest collection of stamps and dies, Dreaming, includes a variety of unique scenic stamps. And who better to bring them to life and add her artistic touches than Mimi?!

Let the creative travel begin as you head from the countryside to a moonlit beach.

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40-696 Homeward

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40-692 Destination Sentiments
40-692 Escape

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40-693 Calm Water
40-636 Birches

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40-690 Sweet Sails

Learning through Inspiration with Joan Bardee

July 25, 2019

Welcome back to another edition of my Learning Through Inspiration series here on the Penny Black blog. This series is all about improving my cardmaking through studying other designers’ cards and I hope you enjoy it.

Today I’m concluding my study of the talented Peet Roeven. You can find her gorgeous cards at her blog and her IG account.

PEET’S CARDS

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT PEET’S CARDS

*As I mentioned in my earlier post on Peet, her signature style includes hand or die cutting. These cards are perfect examples.

*In her first card, the stamped black foliage background offsets the beautiful flowers, without detracting from them. And I love how the flowers and the die cut frame are popped up above the background. Peet’s use of dimension is fantastic.

*Peet included a lot of detail – the die cut frame, cut out flowers, clear sequins, watercolored background, black mat, sewed frame, etc.

*Even though it’s full of details, the entire card looks cohesive. It’s like a beautifully decorated living room. You walk in and are delighted, but it’s only when you sit down and relax that you notice the pretty lamp, the stunning artwork, and the gorgeous fireplace mantle. If you are making a card, or decorating a room, you don’t want a beautiful rug sitting under an ugly or clashing sofa. You want the whole room to be beautiful. And that’s what I like about Peet’s cards. They are like a beautiful living room, with each piece supporting the whole card.

*The second card is so clever. Those flowers are on one sheet of cardstock! Peet hand cut the space for the sentiment. LOVE this. One of these days I’ll have the nerve to try this! And I love how she placed the paintbrushes. They support the sentiment, both in content and style, without distracting from the beauty of the flowers. She’s so talented!

MY CARD

WHAT I LEARNED

*It is possible to hand cut all sorts of flowers and stems and images; just go slowly and then edge with a black marker for a more finished look. I also learned that the beauty of Peet’s cards relies, not only on her great techniques, but on her eye for fantastic layouts. I can practice technique, but a good layout (like a well designed living room) takes talent and/or a lot of trial and error!

Speaking of trial and error…

*Over 3 days, I stamped and fussy cut and colored a pile of birds and flowers. I stamped backgrounds, and die cut frames. I watercolored birds, broke colored pencils, and dried out a Copic marker. Little pieces of cut up cardstock littered my table and floor.

In the midst of my “design work,” a friend of mine came over to stamp. Pam is an interior designer — she knows what she is doing — so I was anxious for her advice. Pam saw my piles and heard my whining. She recommended I use the bird I had colored with red Copics (I had colored around the bird with a blue/green Copic). She suggested I frame it with some of the cut out flowers in my pile. By the time Pam left, I was optimistic.

*The next day, my optimism turned to frustration. I couldn’t fit the flowers around the bird. They didn’t look balanced and they didn’t leave room for a sentiment. And the right side of the card, above and below the bird, looked empty. Finally, I gave up. I drafted an email to Jill Foster, explaining that I had hit a block and this card would have to wait until after I returned from vacation. In the middle of my draft email, I got distracted, and eventually went in to clean up my craft room.

But instead of cleaning, I reached for the panel with the red bird and stamped the sentiment. Then I placed the flowers around it. This time, rather than giving up, I cut out some leaves to fill in the blanks but didn’t pop them up so that they would be more like Peet’s stamped background. To balance the bottom right of the card, I cut out the berries and leaves under the bird (I had so many already colored!!), and popped them up, and finished the card in 30 minutes.

*I was so relieved to finish the card and thought about how much effort went into it. I realized that I stamp the same way I write. My first draft of this blog post was twice as long, rambling, unorganized, and full of typos and poor grammar. Then, I edited it many times until I was happy. It’s easy to do that with a laptop and word processing – typing and deleting are free! And, frankly, for me, writing is a lot easier than stamping.

But that process is relevant to my stamping. I learned that, after a decade of stamping, sometimes I need a few first drafts before the card comes together. I need time to fail before I can succeed. The 3 days I spent making one card weren’t a waste of time. I was editing my first draft, but didn’t know it. In the future, I’ll be more patient.

MOOD WHEN DONE: I’m happy with this card. Would I change a few things if I had more time? Yes, but I will send this someone, and that’s my ultimate test. Studying Peet’s work and trying to learn from it has changed my attitude towards my cardmaking process and I’m very grateful for that. Gosh, I love this hobby!

Thanks again to Jill Foster and Penny Black for providing me with some gorgeous stamps and dies, and the opportunity to share here on the Penny Black blog. And thank you to Peet for your talent and inspiration.

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Dreaming 40-673; Bouquet Ballet 40-674; Huggable 30-588; Copic Markers; Memento Tuxedo ink; Versamark; white embossing powder; white gel pen; detail scissors; Exacto knife; Neenah solar white and black cardstocks; foam tape.

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DREAMING of Simple Die Cutting Fun

July 24, 2019

Today, the talented Julia is keeping things simple with stamps and dies from our newest collection, Dreaming. Her first card demonstrates her modern approach to cuteness as she features both of our Creative Dies, 51-548 String of Stars and 51-551 Stitched Circles, and of course the cuties from our stamp set, 30-587 Birthday BFF.

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30-587 Birthday BFF
51-548 String of Stars
51-551 Stitched Circles

 

On her next card, Julia has perfectly layered the the green grasses of summer as she features our Creative Die set, 51-549 Garden Edgers.

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30-590 Destination Sentiments
51-549 Garden Edgers

DREAMING of Flowers

July 22, 2019

Our newest collection of stamps and dies, Dreaming, contains elegant floral designs and who better to bring them to life than the talented, Loll Thompson!

To begin, Loll has several cards to share with us highlighting the versatility of our transparent stamp set, 30-575 Flower Collection, and Creative Die set, 51-552 Leaf Stitched Frames.

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30-575 Flower Collection
30-574 Special Sentiments

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30-575 Flower Collection
30-555 Family Sentiments

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30-575 Flower Collection
51-552 Leaf Stitched Frames

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30-575 Flower Collection
30-358 Snippets
51-397 Antique Frame

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30-575 Flower Collection
51-552 Leaf Stitched Frame
30-548 Happy Heights

 

Next take a look at this dynamic duo of floral delights featuring our cling stamp, 40-667 Bliss.

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40-667 Bliss
30-588 Huggable

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40-667 Bliss
51-552 Leaf Stitched Frame
30-548 Happy Heights