Giving Thanks with Mrs. Runs with Scissors
Hello, again! This week is all about being thankful and I am thankful for the chance to share time with you on the Penny Black blog.
When asked what else I am all thankful for, my easy answer is family and friends. Of course I am grateful for Mr. Runs with Scissors, my adult children, their spouses, their children and the times we are able to spend together. However, sometimes I need to look further and deeper than the obvious. Here are some things I truly appreciate in my life:
- A shower, with hot running water at just the twist of a faucet;
- Skype, that enables me to “visit” with Evelyn Rose;
- The grocery store, a wonderland of food options;
- Airplanes that make visiting and vacationing away from home possible.
My list of “little” things to be thankful for could take up pages and includes pull tab can openers, businesses that answer the phone in person, wash and wear clothes, and the spray hose on my kitchen faucet. I am surrounded by gadgets and inventions that make my life easier and more interesting. I am thankful!
My cards this week are a mixture of Thanksgiving and fall-themed cards.
Once again I’ve called on the large deer from the Together creative die set to be the focal image. I created the background using the Zigs & Zags stencil and Distress ink. The sentiment is from the Fall Flutters slapstick set and the heart from Shades creative die set.
The slapstick stamp set Crystal Frame includes a snowflake image to be showcased within the frame. I chose, instead, to use a leaf from the Fall Flutters set. I used the background to showcase three leaves cut from the Autumn Jewels creative die set which were given a layer of Distress Stickles for some added texture.
A quick and easy card for Thanksgiving and many other fall occasions is this one using the slapstick stamp Woodland Wonder to stamp and white emboss on patterned paper. I added two diecut Autumn Jewels just for interest. They’ve been given a thin coat of Distress Stickles, too.
Years ago, when my kids were all at home, we lived in a small town in Wisconsin where deer hunting was very close to a religion! Deer hunting season opened the week before Thanksgiving and many Thanksgiving celebrations hinged on when or if the deer hunting party bagged their deer. It was possible to be done with the hunt and be home for Thanksgiving dinner, but often the celebration was postponed until the hunters either came home with the deer they caught late in the ten-day season or, worst of all, came home empty-handed.
It was traditional for fathers to include their teen sons in the hunting trips, in order to pass on the skills and traditions related to deer hunting. We had friends whose teen-aged son was included in the hunting party that was going “up north” to more rural Wisconsin where the deer were more plentiful. Sadly, the twelve year old son, who had passed his Hunter Safety class, didn’t need a permit, and was counting on making the trip, was excluded from that year’s trip having been told he was “too young”.
It was hard for the Mom to see her son so disappointed, so after the rest of the family left for the long ride north to hunt deer and sleep in a primitive cabin, she agreed to take the twelve year old hunting on nearby farmland. As the deer-hunting-gods would have it, the boy spotted a large buck, took aim, fired and successfully brought down his first deer!
While excited for her son, Mom knew they had work ahead of them; dressing the deer and hauling it to their vehicle. The smiling gods sent fellow hunters to their aid and before it was late afternoon, there was a dressed deer hanging trophy-like from the large tree in their front yard (a common sight during deer season, as all of Wisconsin becomes a refrigerator in November).
Eventually, the totally unsuccessful hunting party from up north returned home disappointed and frustrated with the results of their trip. Imagine their further embarrassment when they learned that Mom and the twelve year old had been successful within a few miles of home and were able to sleep in their warm and comfy beds after it was over.
I’ve been using Distress inks to create backgrounds and love the effect. This card using Etched Branches reminds me of a late fall afternoon. I added two birds diecut from In a Row and one stamped and embossed using a stamp from Nature’s Friend.
When I studied the finished card I realized my deer looked like they were floating in orange space. In order to ground the deer, I used a fine black pen to add “grass” at their feet. I made this card at the stamping retreat and I was sitting at my craft table, friends nearby, and in my excitement over the success of my effort called out, “I did grass!” Well, it became rather quiet until I quickly explained I meant I “added grass” to my card!
Speaking of friends, Cooper has a grill friend. No, that isn’t a typo! Somehow Cooper has developed a serious attachment to and excitement over our gas grill. We haven’t determined if there is a delicious scent of some sort or if he misunderstood the talk we had with him about girls! Cooper asks to visit his grill friend at least ten times daily and spends his visits sniffing and leaping, as if to invite his grill to dance with him. We are hoping the fascination (or the scent) wears off soon and Cooper can accept his bachelorhood once again.
I know I said it in the beginning, but I need to say it again: I am grateful to Penny Black for the opportunity to share time with you on their blog. I appreciate that they allow me to run with my scissors and don’t put me in a “time out” for breaking rules. I know Mr. Runs with Scissors is grateful that I have an outlet for my stories so that he doesn’t have to hear them all … again.
I’ve left things pretty tidy today as I made these cards at the retreat and didn’t get into very much here. I’m sure the Penny Black designers appreciate finding things as they left them. The scissors are stowed, time to turn out the lights and say good-bye.
PS: Mrs. RWS, we are so GRATEFUL for YOU! Love, Penny Black
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black Supplies:
- Stamps: 40-335 Fall Flutters, 40-355 Crystal Frame, 40-356 Woodland Wonder, 40-340 Etched Branches, 30-261 Nature’s Friend
- Creative Dies: 51-069 Together, 51-055 Shades, 51-072 Autumn Jewels, 51-031 Branching Out, 51-071 Words of Gratitude, 51-001 In a Row
- Stencil Design: 25-010 Zigs & Zags