Saturday, August 16, 2014

It's Christmas on the Penny Black Blog!

The full Penny Black Christmas release "Season's Greetings" is now available in the shop.  I hope you've had a chance to see the full reveal this past week.  The stamps, dies, stencils and stickers offer an incredible variety of styles!  The Penny Black designers outdid themselves with amazing inspiration cards.   Here's the first card I made with the new release stamps.
30-258 Prancers;  51-060 Exultations
 I used the Transparent Set "Prancers" and the Creative Die set "Exultations".  I simply stamped one extra tree, fussy cut it and pop dotted it onto the card base.  Those die cut sentiments save tons of time and prevent last minute errors and smudges that can ruin your Christmas spirit.

And since it's Saturday I hope you will come see more of what my scissors and I have done with the new Penny Black Christmas stamps and dies:  classic, elegant and cute .. I had fun with them all.   I love sneaking onto the Penny Black blog and playing with all their stuff!  Just click here to read all about it!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Season's Greetings from Penny Black!

August 11th is finally here and that means the new Christmas stamps, dies and stencils from Penny Black are now available.  You can shop for the new release Season's Greetings here:
40-352 Festive Florals; 30-240 Textures; 51-067 World of Wishes
This card was inspired by Peet Roeven's amazing card here, using a stamp from last year.  I loved the plaid and ribbon!

The poinsettia image is from the new cling set Festive Flowers.  I've stamped, embossed and fussy cut three layers of the flower.  I colored the entire image with Copics and mounted it on a panel created with a stamp from the transparent set Textures.  I used the diecut Polaroid made from glossy gold paper as the frame for the floral display.  Sentiments are so easy when you use a diecut, this one from Penny Black's creative die set World of Wishes.

And since I believe everything is better with a touch of gingham, I added a bow tied to the Polaroid frame.  And of course some stitching to hold things together.

This is the first photo I've taken with the new camera I received in June for our anniversary.  I have been too frightened to take it out of the box and figure out how it works.  My Easy Share camera did everything automatically for me; just uploaded to the editing software automatically.  Much to my surprise, once I took the camera out of the box and just went step by baby step, I figured the process out!  I feel rather adult!!  And embarrassed that I procrastinated for two months!!

Hope your day is going well and all the technology in your life is working as it should!! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


I love the assortment of stamps that can be used to create backgrounds in Penny Black's transparent set Footnotes.

51-041 Friends Frame; 51-002 Leaves; 30-238 Footnotes

I've stamped and embossed with white the text stamp and then distressed the whole card front with Distress inks.  I simply added a sentiment and some leaves, using Penny Black dies.  From the looks of it, I was in the mood for bright colors.  I am trying to remember to use up some of my sequins, too.

Well, it's Saturday and I am running with scissors on the Penny Black blog today.  I would love a visit!  Just click here to be transported!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bon Voyage!

I love to travel.  And I love to fly.  There was a time I couldn't say that about flying!  I used to be terrified.  I don't know when that changed for me; perhaps it was when I realized that airplanes were the only way I could travel to visit family, friends and foreign countries.  I know that flying has become a bit more stressful with security checks and safety concerns, but that isn't enough to make me change my mind about flying.

30-224 Bon Voyage; 51-053 A Pocketful;  51-033 Silver Linings

I love the Bon Voyage transparent set by Penny Black.  I've used the airplane stamp for the main image and mounted it on the notecard cut with the die in A Pocketful Creative Die set.  The pocket for the card comes with the same set.  Both were sewn onto the base card.  Wish I had more of that map paper!

A few weeks ago I booked a flight for October to Cincinnati to attend the next gathering of the stamping retreat I went to last April.  It's a 5 day event where I am privileged to be with very talented and lovely ladies to share this hobby of ours.  I was feeling proud of myself to have booked early at a lower price.  Well, due to a mistake on the part of the hotel in Cincinnati, the event will be starting a day later this year, on Friday instead of Thursday.   Oooops, I was booked to leave early Sunday morning, making my stay only two days, a huge disappointment.  In desperation I called Delta airlines, knowing there is a $200 fee to make a change to my ticket.  I wanted to extend my stay to Monday to make up for the lost Thursday but didn't want to pay another $200.

To my huge surprise, very early in the conversation the Delta agent told me he would waive the $200 fee!  Not reduce it, but waive it!  And thankfully the ticket price hadn't increased since I booked the flight!  I did not think it possible that this could happen!  I was over the moon happy to know that I would now have more time at the retreat!

So here's a shout out to Delta Airlines for empowering their agents to make such great customer friendly decisions!  And to the agent who made me a very happy traveler.  I promise not to complain about the $25 fee for taking a suitcase along on my trip!!

Hope your day includes someone that surprises you with a good thing!!  And your visit is a very good thing in my day!

Monday, August 4, 2014

CASE Study Challenge #202

Today is Shari Carroll's last day as the muse on CASE Study Challenge blog.  I am delighted to CASE her lovely card.

Penny Black:  30-238 Footnotes; 30-117 Free Flight; 51-002 Leaves; 51-051 Tags and Toggles

The dies and stamps are all Penny Black.  Simple white embossing of the musical background onto kraft cardstock.  I colored the butterfly with Copics and placed it onto the diecut leaves.  Added the sentiment onto a diecut banner.
I am enjoying doing the CASE Study challenge each week.  I'm still being too literal in CASEing the muse's design, but it's good practice.
We are in the depths of our hot and muggies here in Alabama!  The kids return to school later this week.  Thankfully, the schools are air conditioned.
As always at this time of year, I will say "where did the summer go?"  Enjoy these last weeks before Fall arrives.  Thanks for your visit!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Little Birdie by Penny Black

A sassy sense of humor runs in our family, so this card would be appreciated and enjoyed by several people in my birthday book!
40-327 A little Birdie
I stamped and embossed the image and colored it with Copics.  I made a second bird cage and pop-dotted it above the first, just for fun.  Black and white gingham makes me smile, so I've used it for matting and the ribbon. 

I love these krafty katz images by Penny Black.  There is a possibility I am having too much fun lately! 

The weekend is over.  Other than discovering that my washing machine needs a visit from a repair man, it's been a good weekend.  We went for lunch with church friends and ate so much that a bowl of popcorn was enough for supper.  I love days like that.

Hope your week gets off to a good start tomorrow.  Take time for fun!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

It's a Running with Scissors Kind of a Day!

I am having fun on the Penny Black blog today!  Hope you'll come for a visit; just click here.