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Tropical botanicals from Alexandra

Here are two very similar cards Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod whipped up after a trip to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami. She used “every happiness” (#40-198) + four different shades of inkpads + clear embossing powder to make these glossy beauties.

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PB_cards2013_fern7Thanks for stopping by today - if you’re looking for more inspiration, please visit our gallery on Flickr and at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find us on Facebook, and on Twitter, too! See you again soon – we have an exciting announcement to share tomorrow! – Jenn


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Using Scraperboard with your stamps – a video tutorial

Penny Black designer Cathy Andronicou used Black Scraperboard (also known as scratchboard or Claybord, it’s available in art stores such as Blicks) to create this card using Penny Black cling stamp Longing 40-196, transparent stamp Love Assortment 30-090, as well as Spellbinders Grand Ovals and Floral Ovals.

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Want to see how she achieved this effect? Check out the video!

Cathy has two more projects on her blog today, and here is a sneak peek. Click the image to see the bonus projects!

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Thanks for stopping by today - if you’re looking for more inspiration, please visit our gallery on Flickr and at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find us on Facebook, and on Twitter, too! See you again soon, Jenn


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Hello, PB&J! – ATCs featuring Penny Black backgrounds

Talented Penny Black designer Jill Foster created this set of ATC’s featuring new Penny Black backgrounds (40-203 Peacock Feather, 40-204 Fleur De Lys, 40-201 Roman Surround, 40-202 Indian Wheel, 40-206 Glory of Modesty), the cute Transparent set  30-110 Bugsy and Owly, Mix and Match Cardstock, and Tsukineko inks.  She also used 3859H Corner Piece and 3860J Pointille. . . .and lucky for us, she videoed her process. Look below for today’s PB&J Card Class!

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Thanks for stopping by today - if you’re looking for more inspiration, please visit our gallery on Flickr and at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find us on Facebook, and on Twitter, too! See you again soon, Jenn


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Happy Monday from Penny Circle

It’s been a little while since we’ve shared some of our recent favorites from Penny Circle (and there have been SO many pretty creations uploaded by you all!), so we’re back to share a trio
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Annie Rose won this sweet Scooter Mimi stamp in a recent giveaway. She watercolored her with distress inks on watercolor paper and shared more details here. The layers and piercing and bright colors just made us go, “Ooooooooh! How CUUUUUUTTEEE!!” when we saw it.

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Nina Brackett is designed all the stamps used on this pretty card, including Petal Party. The colors and textures and layers and die cuts work so well together; she blogged about her work here.

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Kim Hamilton visited her local scrapbook store recently, and brought Blooming Garden home with her, and we couldn’t be more pleased with her pretty poppies! She shared details about her stunningly simple card here.

We’re sure you’re all sitting on the edges of your seats, waiting to find out who the lucky winner of our TAKE FLIGHT TWENTY prize package is. . .

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Congratulations! We’ll email you this morning with instructions on how to claim twenty new stamps from Penny Black’s Take Flight catalog. 

ENJOY your new stamps and thank you EVERYONE for your sweet comments and participation. We’ll be back soon with more good things from Penny Black!


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Alexandra’s Sunday Scrapbook: A road book

Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod revisits a previous technique to make a little on-the-road scrapbook from ephemera and pictures of her recent trip to Florida. She stamped with gesso (for the cover) and used a lot of scraps of papers. The stamps she used for this project are: Kate’s alphabet #30-168 ; Roman Surround #40-201 ; A day in Paris. See how she pulled it all together here!

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Take Flight 20 – Day 20, an espresso break

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What better way to close out our twenty days of inspiration than with a cup of espresso? Grab one (or a cup of anything, really!) and look back over the last many pages of projects, and get stamping! We’d love to see what you’ve created with your new Penny Black stamps!

Here is a card Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod made using “espresso break” and Madison paper pad. The sweet image was colored with watercolor pencils. We adore the combination of pretty colors, polkadots, and kraft, don’t you?
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THANK YOU for joining us every day!

Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!  See you tomorrow with our regular Scrapbooking Sunday post, and we’ll announce the big winner on Monday!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 19 A sweet tutu-torial

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Today, Penny Black designer Cathy Andronicou has a terrific video to share today showing how she colors with Copics, and how to make the sweet tutu, too!

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Materials used: Penny Black “Madison” paper pad 80-001 and “Tutu Sweet” 30-154

For a little bonus project from Cathy, click on the tutu cute image below!

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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!  See you tomorrow!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 18 Clean and simple Bed of Roses card

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Karen Dunbrook‘s clean, simple and very striking card was made by stamping Bed of Roses in Memento black then cutting it into three strips.  She stamped the background again and cut out and coloured just one of the roses with Copic markers.  A sentiment from Edge to Edge was stamped on a hand-cut banner, and the rose and banner were adhered with foam tape. Simple beauty!

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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!  See you tomorrow!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 17, Tree-mendous trio

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Stephanie Wincott is back again today with three cards featuring Tree-mendous & Eloquence and the Madison Paper pad. It’s super easy to stamp a bunch in different colors (with all different sentiments for all different occasions) to have on hand, or to package up and give as a gift. The little pink bird, scalloped strip peeking out, and bakers twine tie everything together beautifully.

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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!  See you tomorrow!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 16, Fantastic florals

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Stephanie Wincott’s designs are clean, elegant, and always pack a punch! These designs feature bright colors, touchable texture, glitter, bakers twine, and sweet scallops peeking out from below the main images – what’s not to love?

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Stamps: Every Happiness, Dahlias & Friendship stephanie_everyhappiness

Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!  See you tomorrow!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 15, Fairy sweet

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Penny Black designer Angela Kennedy is back today with two fairy sweet cards created with 30-151 Fairy Sweet. Both were colored with Pebbles chalks and accented with lots of glittery goodness. Aren’t they just darling?!

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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!  See you tomorrow!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 14, Scrapbooking with bleached batik

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Hello Friends! This week-end, Alexandra is using slapstick Penny Black Inc.#40-201 “roman surround“ and bleach to create a faux-Batik effect paper.
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Join her on her blog to see how she did it and how she used that fun effect to create two scrapbook pages…

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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 13, Fresh and clean Spring card

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Karen Dunbrook is here today and sharing a neat way to use solid background stamps to create a focal image. She said, “I wanted to show how to use this stamp for more then just a background.  First, I stamped the main panel with Pear Tart Memento ink.  After cleaning my stamp, I applied Versamark and white embossing powder and heated with my heat tool.  I punched a circle out from the white embossed piece, then using the green ink again and a water pen, I coloured the leaves in to give a reverse of the flowers on the background. The fresh feel of the green really makes me want for Spring!”
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Take Flight 20 – Day 12, HOO-ray for Graduation!

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Penny Black designer Elizabeth Allan is back today with a hand-made and stamped vellum envelope. What a festive holder for a gift card or money for the celebrating graduate!  Check out her tutorial below:
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Instructions:

Stamp “Very Wise” on watercolor paper in Onyx Black VersaFine and heat emboss with clear powder.
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Watercolor the image and then trim.  Set aside.
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Create an envelope from vellum and stamp “Indian Wheel” in Wheat VersaMagic.
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Before gluing the sides, punch two small holes in the bottom flap and thread a piece of gold twine through the back.
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Create two matching holes in the top flap.  Insert the note, gift card or money and thread the ends through the holes in the top flap and tie in a bow.
Tip/Hint: Nail polish applied to the cut ends of the twine will help prevent raveling.
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Stamp the banner from “Embellishments” in Delicata Golden Gliztz ink on White and Blue Skies cardstocks.  Trim the banners.
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Spell “HOORAY” using Kate’s Alphabet in Onyx Black VersaFine. Add random glitter dots with a sparkle gel pen.
Design Option:  Add “faux” stitches with a black pen  around the border of the blue banner. Layer the blue banner on top of the white banner using dimensional foam.
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Attach the banners to the front of the envelope with adhesive.  Add the “fussy-cut” owl with dimensional foam.
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Finished size:  2-1/2 x 3-5/8
Supplies:
Penny Black Stamps: Very Wise 4321F, Embellishments 30-161, Kate’s Alphabet 30-168, Indian Wheel 40-202
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Storm (White) 01-001, Clear Skies (Blue) 10-002
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Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Wheat VersaMagic, Delicata Golden Glitz, Clear Embossing Powder
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Other: Watercolor Paper, Vellum, Silver Sparkle Gel Pen, Black Micron Pen

Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 11, Clean, simple, mailable cards

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Designer Heather Telford has two cards to share today that she created with Penny Black’s new silhouette stamps. The green one is clean and simple, and the orange is a little busier, but still one layer. Read on and get some insight into how she layers stamps and Memento ink to create depth.
I masked the card base with post-it notes and brayered the panel with the lightest green and stamped a few leaves using the new wood mounted stamp Verdant. I then sponged a darker green and again stamped some leaves. I used three greens, Memento New Sprout, Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves. Then I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment from the transparent set, Friendship and some final leaves in Versafine Olympia Green.

I used some of the same techniques to create the orange card but covered the whole card base with colour and splattered masking fluid before each colour application.

I splattered masking fluid on the white card base with a toothbrush and when it was dry sponged and stamped the silhouette stamps from the Slapstick Cling set, Longing, in Memento Dandelion ink.
I splattered another lot of masking fluid before stamping and sponging in Memento Canteloupe and again before adding Memento Tangelo. When I had finished the stamping and sponging in those three colours I positioned a rectangular post-it mask in the centre of the card base and sponged a border in Versafine Habanero Ink, removed the mask and added the final flower flourishes and a sentiment from the transparent set, Love Chapter.

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Take Flight 20 – Day 10, Coloring stamped images with watercolor pencils

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Penny Black designer Jill Foster has a new Penny Black & Jill (PB&J) card class for day 10 of Take Flight 20 – grab a cuppa something hot, and see what fabulous things Jill does with watercolor paper and pencils, and the following stamps: 40-209 Giggles, 40-214 Flower Charm, 30-155 Blooming Garden, 30-160 Friendship, 30-156 Tweet Tweet, Mix and Match Cardstock . . . and then let YOUR creativity take flight. Share a link – we’d love to see what you do with your stamps and watercolors!
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Take Flight 20 – Day 9

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Peet Roeven‘s taken Becky Fleck’s adorable T for Transparent April Showers set, stamped and embossed in white, and combined the images with pretty patterns from the  Madison paper pad, 05-003, 01-001 & 14-003 Mix & Match Paper. . .

TF20-Peet Roeven-!Put all of those together with some tiny green pearls and some perfect machine stitching, and you have this card!

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Take Flight 20 – Day 8, A pair of blushing beauties

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Penny Black designer Angela Kennedy is an absolutely phenomenal mixed media artist, and she’s equally talented in the cardmaking arena! It’s amazing what she can do with some chalks and colored pencils . . . take a peek!

Angela used 40-214 Flower charm, 40-198 Every Happiness (sentiment) and then colored with Pebbles chalks and colored pencils.

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Here, she stamped 30-154 Tutu sweet, then colored with Pebbles chalks and colored pencils.

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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!  See you tomorrow!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 7, An instant mini book for Valentine’s Day

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Join Penny Black designer Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod as she shares a sweet project idea and tutorial – a mini scrapbook made with stamps from our Take Flight catalog. Read for more!

“Hello Friends! Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make it for a loved one and use some stamps from Penny Black Inc’s new collection.”

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The stamps used for today’s project are: slapstick/cling “fleur de Lys” #40-204; love chapter #30-163; uptown #40-191

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For a complete tutorial on how to make the structure of the mini, how to decorate the cover and the inside pages, please join Alexandra at  http://www.artscrapandmore.com/2013/02/alexandras-sunday-scrapbook-how-to-make_9.html

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Take Flight 20 – Day 6, Notelet Gift Set

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Penny Black designer Cathy Andronicou is ever-so-clever! She recycled the packaging from one of her Slapstick cling stamps to create ta wallet for her sweet little notes and envelopes.  Check out her video for a how-to, and have a happy Saturday. We’ll see you back here tomorrow for another day of Take Flight Twenty!

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Edited to add: we’ll get the video set to “public” ASAP! Thanks for your patience!

Here are some pictures of each card – definitely covered for many occasions!

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Materials used:
Penny Black - Blissful 40-205, Edge to Edge 30-164, Tree-mendous 30-165, Friendship 30-160, Embellishments 30-161, To You 30-067, Mix and Match Cardstock - Fern Green 05-001, 05-003, Summer Sun 17-003, Clear Skies 10-003 and Fuchsia Fantasies 13-002.Other: Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Versamark Ink, Various colours of Memento Ink, Clear and White Embossing Powder, Spellbinders Labels 20, Alcohol Pens, Envelopes, Vellum and White cardstock.

Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 5, An Elegant Note Box

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For the last four days, we’ve featured creations from some of our talented designers, and today is no different.  .  . today we have quite a treat from Elizabeth Allan – a very detailed step-by-step tutorial for this gorgeous notepaper box made from materials you most likely have in your paper crafting arsenal. Amazing!
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Instructions
Cut 2 pieces of mat board for the front and back covers of the box and one for the spine.
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Stamp Glory of Modesty on cream cardstock with Crimson Pearlescent Brilliance ink.  Spray with Gold Psst Sheer Shimmer Spritz to add glitzy glimmer.
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Position, center and adhere the mat boards to the back of the stamped paper leaving 1/8″ between the covers and the spine.  Wrap the cardstock around the edges of the mat board to create a finished edge.
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To finish the inside, stamp Indian Wheel in Wheat VersaMagic on cream cardstock and adhere to the mat boards covering the raw edges wrapped around from the previous step.
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Create an open-faced box from recycled cardboard.  Prime the surface with Gesso and then paint with gold metallic acrylic paint.
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Adhere the finished box to the inside right panel of the book and fill with note paper.
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Stamp Love Chapter in Smokey Gray VersaFine across the bottom of a small piece of white cardstock.  Ink the edges with Peanut Brittle Memento ink.  Adhere to a slightly larger piece of mat board edged with Crimson Pearlescent Brilliance ink.  Attach to the front of the note box with Power Adhesive Tabs.
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Stamp Kisses in the Sun on white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and heat emboss with clear powder.  Color and trim the image.  Attach with dimensional foam tape.  Accent the butterfly and flowers with Star Dust Stickles.
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Finished size:  5/8 x 3 ½ x 4
Supplies:
Penny Black StampsKisses in the Sun 4306L, Glory of Modesty 40-206, Indian Wheel 40-202, Love Chapter 30-163
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Storm 01-001 (White), Sticks & Stones 02-001 (Cream)
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3M Scotch: Dimensional Foam Tape
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Smokey Gray VersaFine, Crimson Pearlescent Brilliance, Wheat VersaMagic, Peanut Brittle Memento, Gold Psst Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Jumbo Sponge Dauber
Tombow: Power Adhesive Tabs
Ranger: Star Dust Stickles

Other: Mat Board, Recycled Cardboard, Gesso, Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint, Mod Podge (used as an adhesive)

Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 4, Ladybug, ladybug fly away home!

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Sometimes, a theme comes around that begs to be taken literally, and with this most recent release from Penny Black, there are plenty of opportunities! Here,  Peet Roeven has stamped, colored, and fussy cut the sweet baby fairy with a ladybug from the Fairy Sweet 30-151 T for Transparent set (six super sweet winged illustrations from Mo Manning are included) and paired it with the raindrops & kisses (sentiment) and Madison Paper Pad, Fern Green 05-003 Mix & Match Paper, and Rosebud White Embossed Paper.  What a darling combination, don’t you think?
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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 3, PB & J is back again!

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What do you get when you combine 40-205 Blissful, 30-164 Edge to Edge (new stamps from our TAKE FLIGHT catalog), some gesso, and some Distress Inks with the super-talented brain and hands of Jill Foster?  A new Penny Black & Jill (PB&J) video for day 3 of Take Flight 20 . . . and some jaw-droppingly gorgeous cards created with the gesso resist technique. Want to see how these cards were made? Check out this week’s video class!
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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 2, Clean and Simple Stamping

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Penny Black designer Heather Telford elevates her clean and simple designs (here, two cards using Every Happiness) with beautiful and oh-so-easy techniques like emboss resist and watercoloring with markers. What’s your favorite?

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Heather says, “The red toned card is a one layer card with the blossom image embossed three times in a row and then masked as shown. I sponged Memento inks Angel Pink, Lady Bug and Rhubarb Stalk over the embossed images and then removed the post-it notes and added the sentiment.”
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“The green toned card features three panels inked first with Memento New Sprout ink to which I added Memento Pear Tart and Memento Bamboo Leaves using markers. I then spritzed the stamp with water before stamping on white card. The three panels are popped up on dimensional tape.”
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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!


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Take Flight 20 – Day 1, Dreams Come True

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To kick off Penny Black’s 20 days of stamping inspiration, Therese has made a card using various techniques.  She says, “For this card, I used the background stamp Trailing Beauty (40-207), Fancy Flowers (30-123), and Friendship (30-160).  I have a step-by-step tutorial of how I created this card.”
therese_dreamscometrue1On black card stock, I stamped the background stamp, Friendship, with Versamark Ink.  The image was then heat embossed with clear powder.
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Using Spellbinders dies (Labels 8), I created a frame from the embossed image.

I stamped an image from Fancy Flowers with Onyx Black Versafine ink  on watercolor paper (smooth side).  The image was then heat embossed with clear powder.  I colored the image using watercolor pencils and a watercolor brush.  Because the flowers were quite small, I picked up the color directly from the pencils with my watercolor brush and painted them directly.

therese_dreamscometrue3 I fussy cut the stamped image.

I forgot to take a picture of the next step where I stamped the sentiment.  I cut white card stock with the larger of the 2 dies to create the base for my frame.  I then aligned the black frame on the white card stock and lightly traced the inside part of the frame (top part only) with a pencil.  This way, I can get a better sense on how to center the sentiment inside the frame. I stamped the sentiment from the clear set, Friendship, on the top half of the cards tock and erased the pencil lines.  I distressed the edges of the white card stock with gray ink.  I then adhered the black frame to the white card stock.
I wanted to place the frame on a patterned paper card panel.  I adhered the patterned paper with white cardstock that I colored with gray ink matching the color of the patterned paper.
therese_dreamscometrue4Once this was all completed, I adhere the frame on a slant and added the flowers and cart image below the sentiment.  Both frame and stamped image were adhered with dimensional foam tape.  Finally, I added colored pearls for added dimension.

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Remember as part of Take Flight TWENTY, one lucky stamper will receive TWENTY new stamps from the new catalog!  To be eligible, just leave a comment on any Take Flight Twenty Post, either here on the blog OR on our Facebook page.  Each comment is an entry for the random giveaway, so the more your comment, the more chances you have to win!


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Alexandra’s Sunday Scrapbook: How to Make a Booklet Using Background Stamps

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Hello! Today, Alexandra’s using a background stamp (Penny Black Inc.#40-201 Roman Surround) to create the cover of a mini book and a stamp from the “Friendship” T for Transparent set (#30-160) to decorate it.

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“This is a very quick mini (3½ x 5″) to make for you or someone else and it could also be a simple notebook with no pictures… I hope you’ll join me at art scrap & more for the complete tutorial…”

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Don’t forget – Take Flight Twenty starts TOMORROW!! Click the graphic for more info!

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We’re baaaack… with an announcement!

Be sure to join us on Monday for the start of an exciting blog event:

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Join us on Monday as we begin 20 consecutive days of inspiration, featuring stamps from the Take Flight catalog!  Our designers and contributors have LOTS in store for you.  And since we’re featuring 20 days of inspiration, we’re also giving away 20 NEW stamps to one lucky reader. 

See ya on Monday with the details.  Get ready for your creativity to TAKE FLIGHT!

 

 


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Happy Friday, stamping friends!

Becky and Alex’s beautiful stamps sure have us thinking about Spring.  We spied some of YOUR beautiful Spring creations in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery and just had to share them here today.

Quilterlin shared this card using Petal Party on her blog. The card says “Life is Beautiful” . . . we say this card is! From the lovely color choices to the use of the vintage-y sheet music and lace to the fussy cutting and perfectly placed pearls, we love it ALL!

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Rosemary D shared this card in Penny Circle, and we were instantly drawn to the gorgeous clean and simple layout and bold color choices, as well as the use of Soft Wings in such a striking red.  The little button with twine tie accents the sentiment flag perfectly!

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Agnes Tan (lordnagnes) has so many beautiful things in her gallery, and this is no exception! The layers, the torn paper, the gorgeous saturated backgrounds with white overstamping . . . just so so so pretty!

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And another lovely card from Agnes Tan (lordnagnes) created with Sweet as Honey . . . and what a perfect use of background stamps. We especially love the colors!lordagnes_bees

And would you just look at this card from shellshaub. . . it’s just ethereal, isn’t it? Love the different shades of purple and the sweet tulle tie.  She blogged about it here.

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Wow, ladies! Your springtime stamping sure makes us smile.  Have YOU uploaded to the Penny Circle gallery?  It’s easy, fun, and you just never know when you might spy your card featured on our blog and on our Facebook page!

Now, you’ve probably been wondering WHEN we’d reveal our winners from our contest last week, huh? Wonder no more! We figured since this post was all about YOU, we’d post the winners here!

Jan. 22, Tuesday (Wood Mount):

Judy Jung

“From the first moment I saw the new release, the Field of Poppies was at the top of my wish list. Honestly, the new stamps make my heart beat faster!! Such a great selection for all styles of stamping!!”

Judy will receive 4302K Mona Lisa, 4308K Field of Poppies, 4314K Bridal March, 4311K Flower Poetry, 4319J Snapshot from Penny Black HQ.
 
Jan. 23, Wednesday (Slapstick/Cling):
Jennie Harper
“Wow, these are gorgeous! LOVE Glory to Modesty…what fun techniques that one will be perfect for!”

Jennie will have 40-198 Every Happiness, 40-193 Wistful, 40-217 Venetian Summer, 40-191 Uptown, and 40-201 Roman Surround in her mailbox soon!

Jan. 24, Thursday (T for Transparent):
Lostinpaper

“My fave is ‘Edge to Edge’, who could resist such a wonderful collection of sentiments! Thanks for the chance to win!”

You won 30-156 Tweet Tweet, 30-164 Edge-to-Edge, 30-165 Tree-mendous, 30-161 Embellishments, and 30-157 A Day in Paris!

Jan. 25, Friday (Mimi & Mindy):
AnnieRose
“I am so excited for this new release! Mindy is adorable and Mimi on the scooter is just too cute! I’ve got to add all of these to my collection. Thanks for the chance to win!”

She’ll get 4330J Mindy, 4325H Cheerleading Mimi, 4329H First Aid Mimi, 4327H Scooter Mimi, and 4331H Gymnast Mimi delivered right to her!

Please check your email for a note from me (Jennifer) – we’ll make sure to have your stamps out to you ASAP so you can make some pretty things and share in Penny Circle! :) Congratulations!



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