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December Christmas Card Club

The last CCC of 2021 will meet on Friday, December 10th, from 5-9pm. We’ll be making this beautiful botanical card, with a heat-embossed woodgrain background, that’s painted with Indigo Blu’s Luscious Pigment Powder! Penny Black’s Bountiful Berries, Joy (technically it’s called “MIrthful”) and Pines Dies, a pretty border from Tim Holtz’s Ornate Trims Cling Stamp Set, and Glossy Accents on the berries add even more texture and interest. Each participant will make five cards of this design and dinner is included. Cost is $25. Please email elisabeth@paperanthology.com to reserve your place.

PS: The Christmas Card Swap deadline is upon us, so if you have not yet dropped off your cards, please do so ASAP!

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TWO New Penny Black Christmas Classes

Join Elisabeth for your choice of two different four-card classes, featuring Penny Black’s newest release:  “Masterpieces Made Simple”, a set of gorgeous images printed on premium cardstock. Choose from “Snowfall Serenity” (photo above) or “Pinecones and Peace” (photo below). Similar to the Penny Black sticker classes from years past, all the images come fully colored, they’re ready to add to your card and embellish. They make a striking, quick and easy card, but it looks like you fussed over it for hours! Please note that spots for this class are very limited, so email elisabeth@paperanthology.com ASAP to reserve your place!


A Penny Black Christmas I:  Snowfall Serenity (cards pictured above) Dates available: Thursday, October 28th from 6 to 9 pm; or Saturday, November 13th from 12 to 3 pm.


A Penny Black Christmas II: Pinecones And Peace (cards pictured below) Dates Available: Thursday, November 4th from 6 to 9 pm; or Saturday, December 4th from 12 to 3 pm.

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July Christmas Card Club

When: Friday, July 23, 2021, 5-9pm

Where: Paper Anthology (yes, in person!)

Who: The first six fully vaccinated Paper Anthologists who reserve their spots by EMAILING elisabeth@paperanthology.com AND including a photo of their vaccination card. (Please note that ONLY email requests will be taken; no phone calls, FB messages, etc. for this event.)

Why: Because making holiday cards in December, all by yourself, is so much less fun!

Please read all the details, below:

We’ll each be making five cards of one design (pictured above) featuring Hero Arts’ “Holly Berries” stamps and dies from the new ShopBox release; and Penny Black’s awesome “Stitches of Love” dies. The price will be $25 and includes dinner.

As mentioned above, we’ll be keeping the size small, with just six fully vaccinated participants. To reserve your place,  EMAIL elisabeth@paperanthology.com AND include a photo of your vaccination card. Please note that all Paper Anthology staff members are fully vaccinated and we’re taking care to keep surfaces and hands extra clean. If you’d like to wear a mask during class you’re very welcome, but be aware that your (fully vaccinated) fellow participants will not be.

If you can’t make the date, or you’re not vaccinated yet, or you aren’t one of the first six to email Elisabeth, there will be some kits available at a later date, to purchase and make at home; stay tuned for details on those!

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Happy Easter

This beautiful card features an image, sentiment and die from Taylored Expressions Cottontail Wishes Stamp and Die Combo, which cleverly includes five other, non-seasonal greetings (Miss You, Happy Everything, Hello There, Celebrating You and Welcome Little One) so that you can use it all through the year, for everything from birthdays to babies to “just because” cards! The sweet bunny was stamped on Northwoods Watercolor Paper (not available online, but there’s plenty in stock!) and watercolored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens (we’ve got 101 colors!). The sentiment was stamped separately and diecut with Penny Black Ribbon Stackers.

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Flowers in February

We won’t be seeing flowers in our gardens for a bit yet, alas, but we can see them in our craft rooms right now! Thanks to Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Florals Stamps and Dies.

These cards were made by stamping the Sketchbook Florals on Northwoods Watercolor Paper, then colored using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a waterbrush to get the soft, ethereal look of a watercolor painting.

The Sketchbook Florals set has useful sentiments in typewriter + script fonts, which work beautifully on their own; but also pair well with Taylored Expressions Field Notes Stamp Set, which contains the dotted grid and interlocking diamonds. Other items featured here include Taylored Expressions’ Gingham Check Background and Rough Draft graph, as well as Penny Black’s super-useful Antique Frame nested die set.

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Holiday Card Swap Reveal

The annual Paper Anthology Christmas Card Swap is always a lot of fun, as well as an amazing source of inspiration. Still working on your own cards? Here are some awesome ideas to spur you on! Cards are in displayed in alphabetical order because there’s no way anyone could choose a “favorite”! ♥ (PS: Want to participate in next year’s swap? Subscribe to the newsletter so you’ll see the sign up –and all other special events– the minute they’re announced!)

Betty’s Card featuring Tim Holtz’s Snarky Cat Christmas

Duke’s Card
Elisabeth’s Card featuring Penny Black Artful Evergreens, Christmas Feeling and Vintage Postcard
Gail’s Card featuring Taylored Expressions’ Frosty Background Cling and Clear Combo and Winter Wishes Sentiments
June’s Card
Linda S’s Card featuring Spellbinders Cinch and Go Poinsettias
Sam’s Card
Wendy’s Card
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There’s Not a Bad Penny in the Bunch!

Just arrived at Paper Anthology, an amazing selection of Penny Black products to inspire your winter and holiday creations! Seasonal stamps such as Artful Evergreens, {Heart} Christmas, and Cozy Cabin; lovely dies like Holly Branches and Mirthful; beautiful and practical clear stamp sentiments like Christmas Moments, Christmas Feeling, Promise of Hope; winter foliage and snowflakes, cute characters in Jingle Friends, Sing Joy and Scarved Sweeties; gorgeous Script and Vintage Postcard “Slapstick” rubber cling stamps; super-useful Stitched Nested Frames, Stitches of Love, Graceful Stackers and more. There really is something to suit every taste!

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Coming Soon!

The Collins Virtual Show was a delightful and inspiring blur, full of new ideas, products and projects. Orders have been placed with Hero Arts, LDRS Designs, Graphic 45, Picket Fence Studios, Impression Obsession, Concord & 9th, Lawn Fawn, Penny Black, PhotoPlay and Dare 2B Artzy; stay tuned for sneak peeks of all the goodness coming soon to Paper Anthology!