Runs with First Class Scissors
Welcome, and please excuse the disarray! It appears there was quite a Halloween party here at the Penny Black blog last night. Lucky for me the little trick-or-treaters left some goodies behind. That’s the good news: the bad news is none of it is chocolate.
It has been a “good news, bad news” kind of a week. Certainly Jean Manis’ spooktacular stamping projects are part of the good news. The multiple Frankensteins card is pure genius! I love her creative, clean and simple style. The bad news is, clean and simple isn’t easy for me.
More good news: recently I spent four days at a stamping retreat with a special group of creative, bright, fun and funny women. Mojo and talent were everywhere and the cards I’m sharing with you today are some of the fifteen cards I made over that long weekend. I knew if I needed inspiration for a CAS card, I was in the right place at the right time.
Simple white-on-white layering is the base for some banner and circle shapes, topped by a diecut sentiment from the Creative Die set Exultations. I was inspired to use the non-traditional colors by my stamping neighbor at the retreat.
Once I got started, clean and simple came more easily. Here I’ve used the banner from the Creative Die set Shades as the background for the diecut poinsettia Glorious. Again, I used the pink, green and silver color combination. The sentiment is from Joyous Wishes Creative Die set.
I loved my original CAS design so much, that I did a variation for a Thanksgiving card, this time using an autumn color palette and the sentiment from the Creative Die set Words of Gratitude.
As I said in the beginning, it’s been a good news, bad news kind of a week. First, the bad news:
This was, indeed a bad news day. The SUV was our last remaining car after a similar experience exactly one year ago, when a driver pulled out from a strip mall and “didn’t see” our car. Mr. Runs With Scissors thinks we may be part of the government’s Stealth program, involving invisible means of transportation.
The good news: just bumps, bruises, stiffness and soreness. And a swollen knee that needs more care. We are grateful the impact was not to the driver’s door.
After two weeks of driving a rental car and waiting for the insurance companies to declare that yes, indeed, Mr. RWS had every right to occupy his share of the road without being slammed into by a pick up truck, we now have a new car.
The good news is this is a brand new 2013 car. It’s hard to believe the dealership “lost” this vehicle in its inventory and the car waited for two years and TWO accidents for us to show up in time to negotiate a great deal (and I thought losing the keys to a car was a problem. I never lost the whole car).
As I said, Mojo was everywhere at the retreat. One of the women was creating some stunning backgrounds using Distress Inks. She achieved the look of the Northern Lights and used that as the base for her Christmas cards. I tried to imitate that look, but wasn’t successful. I was disappointed in my background until I overstamped it with the slapstick stamp Woodland Wonder embossed in white. It was still missing something so I added the tiny birds from the slapstick stamp Nature’s Friends. Love how it all came together.
This slapstick image Winter Song is one of my favorites from the new release. I gently colored it with Copics using the aptly named “Gray Sky” marker (BG90) to create the wintry sky. The stamp is rectangular in shape, but as you can see, it adapts well to being circular.
So many of the Winter Wonderland stamps and dies are suitable for both holiday and non-holiday cards. They will also work for birthdays, get well wishes, thinking of you, and thank you cards. A set of note cards made with any of the nature-themed images would make a perfect Christmas gift.
As I said in the beginning, it has been a good news, bad news kind of a week. However, if I put on my gratitude glasses I see only the good news.
On the way home from the stamping retreat my flight to Atlanta was delayed, causing me to miss my connection to Huntsville. This resulted in arriving home three hours later, at 10:00 pm. I first learned there was something wrong when I tried to check in at curbside and was referred to the “problem” counter. (They sure had me pegged, didn’t they?) The dear older woman behind the counter seemed reluctant to tell me the bad news. I imagine she bears the brunt of many a passenger’s frustration! I chose to “go with the flow”, probably due to the “high” caused by such a fantastic experience at the retreat. Instead of being upset, I engaged the dear woman in humorous conversation and we enjoyed our time together. In return, she bumped me to first class on the last leg of my trip and didn’t charge me the $25 baggage fee.
I spent the next half hour at the airport in the ladies’ room, fixing my hair and makeup and practicing my “first class” persona! And while waiting for my delayed flight, I had a lovely visit with a woman who had just returned from two weeks in Italy. I had to leave her when they announced boarding for first class passengers. I had a few moments of trepidation, waiting for someone to call out, “Imposter!”
But all is well that ends well.
Look who loves the new car! I hope he’s on his way to the groomer’s! So much time spent on car shopping and insurance paperwork resulted in less time for pampering Cooper.
And now the bad news is it’s past time for me to put the scissors away and throw out the candy wrappers. The good news is, I will see you again next week.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 30-261 Nature’s Friends, 40-356 Woodland Wonder, 40-339 Winter Song
- Dies: 51-060 Exultations, 51-058 Joyous Wishes, 51-068 Glorious, 51-055 Shades, 51-066 Crystal Trio, 51-084 Jingle, 51-071 Words of Gratitude
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