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Focus on Fall

Welcome back! We’re showcasing a collection of brand new cards by our Designers – all about Fall. Enjoy! Be sure to visit our online store to see everything new!  Thanks for stopping by yesterday to meet Stephanie, we’re exicited to showcase more of her work in the coming months.

by Jill Foster;

SUPPLIES:  30-138 Foliage Fancy, Madison Designer Paper Pad.

by Cathy Andronicou;

SUPPLIES:  Foliage Fancy’ 30-138, ‘Autumn Time’ 40-149 (extra leaves), ‘Pumpkins’ 40-145, ‘Fern Green’ 05-002 & ‘Storm’ 01-001 Mix and Match Cardstock. Pumpkins stamped,trimmed and coloured with Copics, additional leaves stamped, trimmed and coloured with various Memento Inks. Leaves and pumpkins mounted onto main card using foam pads and dimensional glue.

by Karen Dunbrook;

SUPPLIES:  foliage fancy-Product #30-138/ friendshipProduct #4176H I.  Stamped the leaf details and embossing with white. Inked the solid leaf with Distress ink and sprayed with water before stamping over the white emboss.

Have a wonderful weekend – happy stamping!


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Introducing NEW Penny Black Designer, Stephanie Wincott

Welcome everyone! We are thrilled to introduce the fabulous and talented Stephanie Wincott to the Penny Black family of Designers. We think you’ll love her work as much as we do! Scroll down to see Stephanie’s amazing work and read about our Giveaway…

Hello, my name is Stephanie & I’m a 30-something crafter from the United Kingdom. I am a full time Mother of 2 & married 9 years to the most wonderful man in the world. I started crafting about seven years ago after I stumbled upon a home shopping channel demonstrating the Quickcutz die cutting machine (remember them?). I was instantly hooked & haven’t looked back since! My style has evolved over time & right now I would describe it as clean & simple. I am so incredibly excited to be joining the Penny Black Design Team, I am a huge fan of their products & am thrilled (not to mention nervous) to be working alongside such a talented & inspiring team of ladies.

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We’d like to celebrate Stephanie’s arrival with a giveaway! One lucky comment author will receive 2 transparent sets, two slapstick stamps, and our new paper pad, Madison! Make sure you’re on our mailing list first by clicking on the “Membership” button. The winner will be announced on Tuesday. Good luck…and welcome Stephanie!


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Contributor Spotlight; Karen Dunbrook

Karen Dunbrook

How/when did you begin stamping? I am not really sure when I first started stamping but I did get into it more seriously around 2007. I play along in challenges and I started a blog this past February.  I’ve always loved crafts as a child and stamping was one of a favourites at craft times.

What is your favorite technique/style? I have to say that my favourite style is CAS; clean and simple. I love to sponge, mask and especially watercolour with markers onto my stamps. I do love many other styles as well but always seem to come back to CAS.

Which Penny Black product are you most drawn to? There are so many and there is such a wonderful variety for any style of creating. I especially love the florals.

What do you do when you’re in a stamping ‘slump’? When I hit a slump or lose my ‘mojo’, I head to Pinterest or blogland. So much inspiration here too, from the talented Designers.

How would you describe your craft space in three words? Although my space is a little hole in the wall it is….MY HAPPY PLACE!

What would be your advice to beginner stampers? My advice would be to start simple using good quality ink and paper. I love using black Memento ink. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to make a mistake.

Do you have any questions for our readers? I would love to know what style of card you enjoy creating.

SUPPLIES: A Splash of Winter 4272K and Christmas Cheer 30-140.


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Contributor Spotlight; Kathy Racoosin

Kathy Racoosin

How/when did you begin stamping? I purchased a few stamps for my kids when they were little, but it never stuck. Seven years ago a friend introduced me to wet embossing and I couldn’t get the craft store fast enough.

What is your favorite technique/style? When time permits I love to create little scenes…full of colored images that are cut out.

Which Penny Black product are you most drawn to? Ah…that is so difficult, they are so wonderful! If I was forced to choose, I would say people, flower, and butterfly stamps.

What do you do when you’re in a stamping ‘slump’? Moving outdoors or just out of my house will usually do the trick. I always find some inspiration when shopping, but finding the time to implement ideas is more of the challenge for me.

What would be your advice to beginner stampers? To enjoy the process and don’t be hard on yourself. Most “mistakes” can be turned into something pretty.

How would you describe your craft space in three words? The three “C’s” Colorful, Cozy & Crafty.

Do you have any questions for our readers? How long does it take to make your average card?

Stay tuned for one more spotlight tomorrow then a special introduction on Thursday!


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Contributor Spotlight, Peet Roeven

Peet Roeven

How/when did you begin stamping? Many years ago - I remember the first Penny Black stamp I purchased. It was that sweet stamp with two hedgehogs hanging on heart balloons (at that time it was woodmounted now it is available in slapstick/cling) – Hedgehog Kisses.

What is your favorite technique/style? Paper Piecings and Wet Embossing (with a lot of layering and hand-stitching).

Which Penny Black product are you most drawn to? It is hard to choose just one. I love that Penny Black has so much variety. Sometime I like nature and other times I like cute stamps.

What do you do when you’re in a stamping ‘slump’? I start paper piecing an image, then the idea mostly will come itself .  Or, I visit blogs or pinterest.

What would be your advice to beginner stampers? For cutting/trimming a stamped image I always use Pergamano scissors.

How would you describe your craft space? The kitchen is my craft space.

Do you have any questions for our readers? What is/are your favorite Penny Black stamp(s)?

SUPPLIES: Joyful Birds & Madison Paper Pad.


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Designer Spotlight; Cathy Andronicou

Cathy Andronicou

How/when did you begin stamping? When I was a child, I went to a county show. They were demonstrating stamping and embossing and I had to get one to have a go. It was before the days of heat guns and they used a toaster to melt the embossing powder! I wouldn’t recommend you try this now, though!

What is your favorite technique/style? I love experimenting with new techniques and stretching my stamps. (There is a bonus project on my blog today showing just that.)

Which Penny Black product are you most drawn to? It is hard to pick just one product, I love playing with them all, I do find it relaxing just sitting and colouring flowers.

What do you do when you’re in a stamping ‘slump’? I have an inspiration scrapbook, with torn-out pages from magazines, to give me colour ideas, and I also put a few stamps on my desk and just look at them to see what comes to mind.

How would you describe your craft space in three words? A Creative MESS!

What would be your advice to beginner stampers? Don’t waste money on cheap stamps. It is better to spend a bit more and get a quality stamp, that way you will always get a good impression.

Do you have any questions for our readers? What craft tool could you not live without? I have a pair of detail scissors that I just can’t work without!

SUPPLIES: ‘Critter Fright’ 30-142, ‘Crystal Pattern’ 40-162, ‘Hoot of a Time’ 40-152, ‘Haunted House’ 40-146. Other: Distress Inks; Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Stormy Sky & Dusty Concord, Memento Tuxedo Black & Elderberry, Copic Markers and Spellbinders Tags.

You can visit Cathy’s Pinterest page HERE and her YouTube site, HERE.


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Designer Spotlight; Cathy Fong

Cathy Fong

How/when did you begin stamping? I first fell in love with Hedgie and Friends at the end of 2010 and started stamping.

What is your favorite technique/style? Distressing and coloring - I’m a very colorful person.

Which Penny Black product are you most drawn to? I’m more into cute images and Penny Black has them all!

What do you do when you’re in a stamping ‘slump’? I will go blog browsing, read magazines, or visit Pinterest because they have so many inspiring and beautiful projects. (You can visit Cathy’s Pinterest Boards HERE.)

How would you describe your craft space in three words? Happy creative place.

What would be your advice to beginner stampers? Get a couple of good clear stamp sets and an acrylic block to start with. Clear stamps have so many images and coordinating sentiments, and they are easy to position on the card. Choose a universal theme that works for many occasions.

Do you have any questions for our readers? What kind of inspiration do you like most? Layout or color techniques?

SUPPLIES: Hello Winter, Mimi Winter Friends, and Mix and Match cardstock.


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Designer Spotlight; Jill Foster

How/when did you begin stamping? Several years ago, a co-worker first introduced me to stamping when she shared her hand-stamped Christmas cards. I stamped time to time after that but really began stamping on a more consistent basis in 2009 when I started my blog.

What is your favorite technique/style? I love anything with lots of ink and coloring. Often, I like to start my cards with completely white cardstock and build up the colors, backgrounds, and main elements myself, using lots of different techniques.

Which Penny Black products are you most drawn to? I can’t pick! And I love that with Penny Black. I don’t have to. When I’m in the mood for something cute I can reach for Mimi or a Hedgie, and if I want something elegant or natural, Penny Black has that, too! Currently I am really drawn to the new Madison Designer Paper Pad and can’t wait to step outside of my box and use more patterned paper in my creations.

What do you do when you’re in a stamping ‘slump’? Lately, when I’m in a slump I turn to Pinterest for inspiration. I just have to be careful not to spend too much time there, it’s sooo addictive. :) (To take a peek at Jill’s Pinterest Boards, click HERE.)

How would you describe your craft space in three words? Organized, colorful, and cozy.

What would be your advice to beginner stampers? If you enjoy sharing your work, I recommend starting a blog. I think having an outlet to share my work motivated me to stamp on a more regular basis and develop my skills. And if you’re looking to learn new techniques, check out YouTube for lots of ideas- it’s like taking a mini class.

Do you have any questions for our readers?  I’d love to see what you’ve been creating with Penny Black stamps, where do you share your work?

SUPPLIES: 4266L Christmas Music, 30-139 Mouse Deco, 2025 M Music Note Background.

Jill is the genius behind our popular PB&J tutorial vidoes (Penny Black & Jill)…  You can view her (amazing!) videos HERE.  Stay tuned for another Designer Spotlight!


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Designer Spotlight; Heather Telford

Heather Telford

How/when did you begin stamping? I started stamp as a teenager because I loved making my own cards. I got back into it as an adult about 10 years ago.

What is your favorite technique/style? My favourite technique is to mask an area on my cards and complete my stamping inside the mask, usually using sponging to define the edges.

What Penny Black product are you most drawn to? I am drawn to silhouette stamps, particularly nature ones because they are perfect for creating landscapes.

What do you do when you’re in a stamping ‘slump’? When I am in a stamping slump, I browse other people’s creations, on their blogs, in galleries and on Pinterest.

How would you describe your craft space in three words? My creative retreat.

What would be your advice to beginner stampers? Buy 1 set of sentiments, one set of images, white cardstock and a few colours in both ink and cardstock. It is amazing what you can do with limited supplies. As you start stamping you will work out what you want more of, and what doesn’t appeal at all. Also, browse the blogs for ideas.

Do you have any questions for our readers? Are there any techniques you would like to learn how to do?

SUPPLIES: Winter Berries, A Wish for Peace. Inks: Memento Bahama Blue, Rhubarb Stalk,Tuxedo Black Memento Marker, Versamark, Clear Embossing powder.

You can view more of Heather’s work at her BLOG.


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Designer Spotlight; Elizabeth Allan

Welcome back!  We will be spotlighting our Designers and Contributors during the next few weeks here at the Penny Black Blog. We are thrilled to re-introduce you to our magnificent team of Penny Black artists. We’ll ask a few nosey questions to get to know them better, as well as feature brand new projects using our newest Halloween/Christmas stamps. Feel free to comment with your questions – our Designers will be monitoring the Blog and answering whatever crafty questions you may have for them.

Elizabeth Allan

How/when did you begin stamping? In college with a small set of foam Halloween stamps.

What is your favorite technique/style? Dimensional layering.

What Penny Black product are you most drawn to? It is difficult to pick just one as I love the variety of Penny Black’s products. They offer endless creative possibilities for many styles and techniques.

What do you do when you’re in a stamping ‘slump’? I stamp an image and color without trying to create anything specific or I will experiment with techniques.

How would you describe your craft space in three words? Full of Happiness

What would be your advice to beginner stampers? Have a good black ink pad as a part of your basic tool kit. My favorite is Onyx Black VersaFine by Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko.

Do you have any questions for our readers? What is your favorite holiday/occasion to create cards for?

SUPPLIES: Penny Black Les Petites (90-001), Cat Spell (30-132), Best Witches (30-131) (trick or treat sentiment). INSTRUCTIONS: Cut les petites card base into three sections. Create color blocks with Memento inks. Accent with dimensional stamped elements.


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Introducing Autumn Time

Today’s stamp feature is a sweet Fall slapstick, “Autumm Time”, illustrated by Mo Manning. Cathy Fong used it to create a shaped card, colored with Copic Markers – adorable!

Cathy stamped Autumn Time on a white cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. She then die cut the card using Spellbinders label 17, and while leaving the dies on, she used a blending tool and Distress Inks to treat the edges. Cathy also stamped additional images onto scrap cardstock, trimmed and mounted the leaves along with her sentiment. The sentiment is from “Wishes“.  Please join us for the next few weeks as we spotlight the Penny Black Designers and Contributors. It’s your chance to get to know them a bit better and ask any questions you may have about their style, favorite techniques, etc.

Have a wonderful weekend. Hop over to Moxie Fab World where Penny Black is the featured “Stamp of Approval” and enter the giveaway!  We are thrilled to have some of our most popular stamps in the spotlight!


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Introducing Moonlight Owls

Here’s a fun new stamp, just in time for Halloween! Introducing, “Moonlight Owls”. Peet Roeven shows the versatility of this stamp by using a die cut, ribbon, and her signature hand-stitching to create a lovely little ‘hugs’ owl card.

SUPPLIES: Moonlight Owls, Mimi at Play (sentiment), Paper Pad Madison, Mix & Match Paper; Storm (White).


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Introducing Winter Ledge

A Designer favorite from our new collection is this beautiful landscape wood-mounted stamp, Winter Ledge. Heather Telford did an amazing job using a masking technique and Winter Ledge;

Heather stamped and embossed Winter Ledge then positioned a moon mask and hill mask made from post-it notes. She sponged the sky with Memento inks then created snow drifts with hill shaped masks. The greeting is from Christmas Fashion.


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Introducing Gift Giving

Here’s a slapstick set, Gift Giving. If you like to color your Penny Black images, this is a must-have for holiday cards and gift tags!

by Jill Foster;

Gift Giving was colored with copics and then trimmed and layered onto a Spellbinders Oval die. The sentiment was embossed and then the background was inked with Distress Ink (Festive Berries and Fired Brick). The red background was stamped with  Winter Berries using Crimson Red VersaFine Ink.


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Introducing …The Night Before

Here’s a fun folded Mimi card by Cathy Andronicou using a new wood-mounted Mimi stamp, …The Night Before;

Folding instructions for “Z fold” card and specific Copic Marker colours can be found at Cathy’s Blog by clicking on one of her photographs. Cathy stamped …The Night Before twice onto cardstock (only partially inking certain areas to give both ends of the headboard) and hand-drew the woodgrain design onto the footboard with a fine liner pen.  She coloured the image with Copic Markers and trimmed. Cathy mounted the image onto a Z card and added the stamped sentiment.


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Introducing Pumpkins

I can just imagine all of the uses for this wonderful new slapstick stamp, “Pumpkins”! Take a look at Heather Telford’s watercolored card – gorgeous!

SUPPLIES and INSTRUCTIONS: Heather stamped the image in orange on wet watercolour paper then coloured it with watercolour pencils while it was wet. When the paper dried sh restamped the image in brown and sponged in the blue background before matting and sponging the edges of the designer paper base. Heather also used a greeting from Foliage Fancy.


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Introducing Best Witches

Here’s a fun new transparent set for all of your Holloween card making needs — “Best Witches”!

Peet Roeven created a spooky card using patterned paper, hand stitching, fussy-cut images, and a bit of ribbon to create a one-of-a-kind Halloween greeting card;

Join us tomorrow for a beautiful Fall card by Heather, you’ll love how she colored our new “Pumpkins”!


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Introducing Christmas Kiss

Our cute new slapstick stamp, “Christmas Kiss” (illustrated by Mo Manning), is a fanciful way to decorate your holiday projects!  Elizabeth Allan created a perfectly colored Christmas Kiss card…

SUPPLIES: Christmas Kiss 40-175, Christmas Fashion 30-127 (sentiment), Madison Designer Paper Pad 80-001, Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock.


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Introducing Christmas Fashion

Although our new transparent set, “Christmas Fashion” is quite fun and whimsical, Cathy Andronicou created an elegant, sophisticated holiday card.

Cathy also used our new “Christmas Cheer” transparent set, with nine holiday greetings! We have more reveals all week long, don’t miss a post!


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Introducing …in the snow & Extravaganza Winner

…in the snow if a new slapstick stamp (illustrated by Mo Manning) that will surely make holiday card making fun!

Jill Foster colored the image with Copic Markers and for a finishing touch, the background and sentiment banner were lightly distressed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

We’d also like to give a shout-out to Jennie Harper. Jennie won our recent Art Extravaganza contest with this wonderfully altered and stamped clock! 

Congratulations, Jennie!


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Introducing Foliage Fancy

We have several newly released transparent sets and we’re pleased to show “Foliage Fancy” to you today along with a lovely card by Heather Telford.

Technique: Heather embossed the outline leaves in clear then inked the solid leaves in three memento colours and stamped them over the outline leaves before sponging.

Join us all next week for more stamp reveals!


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Introducing Joy to the World

For the next few weeks we’ll be showing off our brand new collection, just released at the Chicago CHA show! You can take a peek at our newest catalogs; HALLOWEEN and CHRISTMAS. Be sure to stop by every day for fresh new designs! First up is Peet Roeven with a holiday card using a new transparent set, “Joy to the World”;

Peet also used our new Designer Paper Pad, Madison! All of the new product is available NOW in our online store.


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Bountiful Hedgie by Cathy

Here’s Cathy Fong with a fun hedgie card!

SUPPLIES and INSTRUCTIONS: Cathy cut and folded distressed patterned paper, mounted it to her card then tucked the image inside. Cathy stamped the sentiment inside the folded panel as well as on a tag. Penny Black stamps: Bountiful and Tiny Wishes. Image coloured with Copic Markers and distress inks.


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