Saturday, December 19, 2009

Marvelous Mittens

On the Pennywise Arts Yahoo Group we just completed another fat book swap.  The theme was “Holiday” and we all used precut chipboards from Michael’s craft stores found country wide.  There were several different shapes available to choose from and we let each player decide which shape they would use.  One of the most popular was the mitten.  Who could resist a fun shape that calls to be warmed up with all sorts of wintery designs?

This gorgeous one was created by Bonnie Slipper, a long time member and friend to PWA. 

Bonnie Slipper Bonnie hosted one of the very early PWA shoebox parties and I’ve had the opportunity to meet this kind lady.  Her mitten design truly reflects the classy warmth that is so Bonnie.

The background is made of red and white cardstocks that have been Cuttlebug embossed with two different designs.  Layered on that is the sentiment, felt holly with red pom pom berries and a fun corsage of candy, red and white striped ribbon, green paper curls and white pipe cleaners – Wow!!   And that’s not all…  What totally makes this design for me is the light feathery boa with the iridescent fibers running through.  It simply calls to be touched.

Not shown in this photo are the gold micro beads which are bordering the bottom edge and the back which has been covered with patterned paper and had a foam reindeer complete with a poinsettia and a red nose.  Bravo Bonnie!

Dear Readers, Be sure to leave comments on our Holiday Fat Book designs because once they’ve all been posted we’re planning some more fun prize drawings!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Winter Wonderland

No matter how big I make this photo, or what angle I take the picture at, this blog will not be able to accurately showcase how amazing this gorgeous and sparkly card is!

CJ Christmas Card

Long time PWA friend, CJ Mueller made this beautiful card.  I am guessing that she used a stencil, but I could be wrong.  The background is a yummy rich blue foil and the trees in the foreground are completely made up of micro beads.

Thanks so much CJ, for the friendship, fun memories, swaps and of course for this lovely Christmas card!

Hugs, Suzanne

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Keepin’ Score

I have always been a “game person”.  I love to play games and I especially look forward to the holidays when my family and friends gather around the table to PLAY!  (Okay, we eat first but as soon as the dishes are cleared the games come out!)

I am especially fond of this fun score pad by PWA designer of the month, Dee Moran.  It’s a fun, compact notepad with pen attached for quick and easy score keeping.  And the bright ribbons will insure that I will always be able to spot it in my game drawer!


Here is what it looks like on the inside….


Wanna know how she did it??  If you’ve been around the block with PWA for awhile when I say “four slot slide mailer” you’ll go “Ahh Ha!!”  You’ll definitely want to dig yours out (you know you have some you haven’t done a doggone thing with!)

Dee took a 4 slot slide mailer (something we used to sell at PWA ages ago) and cut it in half.  Then she cut out the “bars” on the inside where the slides would normally go.  She covered the outsides with napkins and Modge Podge and embellished with gold micro beads, letters, and fun oval shaped playing cards.  Finally she drilled two holes in the top to bind with red binder rings which were spruced up with lots of ribbon.  Did you even know that we sell ribbon at Pennywise? 

Sorry girls, this one won’t be raffled off in our blog give away but you still have time to win any of the three previous projects just by leaving a comment on the one you’d like to receive.

And remember, you can always click on the photos in this blog to get a closer look!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Got Nestabilities?

Here’s another cute elfish idea from PWA designer, Dee Moran.  Dee used her Nestabilities die cuts to create this fancy beaded window frame.  It almost looks like frosty snow!


We recommend using PWA O’So Sticky Paperback Tape sheets when using die cuts, punches and digital cutters.

Be sure to leave a comment for Dee – you might just win this darling card in our drawing!