FUN with Scissors!
Oh, hi there!! Once again I’ve got my head into a big book I found here at the Penny Black Blog. This time it’s a dictionary. I know, I know, I could Google instead, but there’s something awesome about paging through an unabridged dictionary. You not only see the word on a page that you are looking for, but you can check out the neighboring words, too.
The word I am looking up is “fun”. Because I run with scissors and sometimes make my own rules I wanted to be sure that today’s post fit the official definition of “fun”.
Here’s what I learned: according to Miriam Webster fun means “enjoyment’, “amusement”, “light-hearted pleasure”. Wikipedia says it a little differently (I think Wikipedia sometimes runs with scissors). Fun is the enjoyment of pleasure, particularly in leisure activities. Not cerebral, generally purposeless.
Well, my cards for today are the result of a light-hearted mood. I made them purely for my enjoyment and amusement. For sure, they are not “cerebral” but I disagree that they are purposeless.
Seriously, I just gathered the new stamps and dies from the Pocket Treasures release and promised myself that I would just have fun; nothing too cerebral!! I stamped and ran dies through my die cutting machine and then just had fun assembling and rearranging as the mood directed. No over thinking, I just let it happen.
This card is the result of paper left on my desk after making cards inspired by Jacqueline last week. That library pocket is so versatile. This time it’s made of patterned paper and holds the notepaper die cut bearing the message “Hugs”. How fun is that?
This card is mostly die cuts with a stamped and fussy cut sun. It says “home is where the heart is” but it could just as easily say “fun in the sun”. And isn’t Glossy Accents a fun way to add shine and dimension to your cards?
Who has more fun than those Krafty Katz? I just picked up, put down, rearranged and added and subtracted diecuts until they pleased my eye. I then stamped and embossed the biker and colored him with Copics. The biker kat is having fun on his motorcycle and I had a great big smile when the card was finished. I think amusement is the word that describes the process of making this card!
Well, I have left the realm of fun and branched out into funny! I love that die cut of eyeglasses (shades). I had no idea what to do with my polka dotted spectacles until I looked over at the gaggle of eyeglasses sitting on my desk. Truly, I would be lost without them.
About two years ago I had eye surgery that changed my near-sightedness to far-sightedness. The good news is that I no longer need to wear glasses full time. I had graduated to just needing “readers”. How fun, I thought! I can buy a pair of cute, inexpensive glasses and just whip them on when I want to read.
Not so well thought out after all. Reading doesn’t only mean as in reading a book. There is also reading when you need to read labels in the kitchen or bathroom. Or the tags in your clothing; or when writing checks; or checking the meat thermometer; or the thermostat for the air conditioning. These are all activities that take you to various parts of the home. Because I vowed never to be one of those ladies that wear glasses on a chain around my neck, I often find myself stranded without my “readers”.
Oh, and using the computer requires different glasses than the readers. And even though I only use those glasses for the computer, they often ride out of the craft room perched on my head where I push them out of my way.
Compounding the problem is that I have at least six pair with identical frames but different lenses, the result of Mr. Runs with Scissors thinking that my problems would be solved if I just had MORE glasses. He bought them at a big warehouse store that sells only in quantity.
Cooper decided he likes the red ones best; fashion over function!
So there you have it. I had fun with scissors and the Pocket Treasures stamps and dies. I hope you can treat yourself to fun in your craft room or corner of the dining room or on the kitchen counter, wherever you create. It is so easy to turn our hobbies into another place to strive for perfection or to become frustrated because our work didn’t turn out like that card on Pinterest, or to become filled with self-doubt when you compare your work to others.
If you had fun doing it, it is not purposeless!
Well, the scissors are safely put away, I’ve scooped up my glasses and it’s time to turn out the lights. Thanks for hanging out with me on the Penny Black blog. Have fun making cards with your Penny Black stamps and dies and be sure to post them in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery for everyone’s enjoyment. Oh, by the way, for you numbers people, there are 19 pairs of glasses in that photo (and I had one pair perched on my head). What is the probability of my selecting the right pair when I need it?
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black Supplies:
- Stamps: 30-241 Good Day, 30-170 Sweet Home, 30-074 Fun in the Sun, 30-248 Lost Without You
- Creative Dies: 51-053 A Pocketful, 51-025 Love Expressions, 51-006 Flutters, 51-051 Tags and Toggles, 51-054 By the Numbers, 51-055 Shades, 51-033 Silver Linings
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