Runs with Scissors in 2015
Here we are … the year 2015. I must admit, any year with 2-0 in front of it still looks like science fiction to me. However, I checked the newspaper today and it is not fiction … we have begun the year 2015.
And someone has begun it right, here at the Penny Black blog. Oh, my! I expected to come tip toeing in due to heavy heads from New Year’s partying, along with debris from paper streamers and confetti. “But what to my wondering eyes should appear …but a beautifully organized studio here”.
There’s labels and boxes and drawers and dividers; containers and spinners and cubbies and cubes. It’s sparkly clean and everything is in its place, neatly sorted and labeled. No more time lost searching for anything. Happy New Year’s resolution!
Hopefully, I will be inspired to make this magic happen in my own craft room.
Speaking of inspiration, Therese Calvird’s cards this week have definitely inspired me to try the five techniques she used to make her cards. Her choice of stamps made me smile as they included some of my favorites.
Therese’s use of the words “messy Copic coloring” to describe the technique she used on her poppy card made me laugh. In my world, messy Copic coloring describes what happens when I’ve over-filled my Copic marker or the color bleeds outside the lines.
I decided that Therese means she uses a more relaxed coloring technique, not spending a lot of time on each section of the flower. I colored my poppies quickly and even left some white space. I am happy with the look, especially the light airy feel that captures the spirit of Therese’s card.
Therese’s use of the map paper for the background of the retro motorcycle card is genius. And the speech bubble declaring “epic” really adds to the sense of speed and fun! I borrowed the map paper idea but my krafty kat is moving a bit slower, keeping the pace set by his buddy the snail. Hopefully it maintains the sense of fun. I loved stamping and coloring directly onto the patterned paper with my Prismacolor pencils.
Therese used Distress inks to watercolor her card and so I got out my brushes and inks and colored Mimi from the Frosty Fun set. I created the “ground” by first painting with blue and then adding some “picket fence” gray color. Watercoloring with Distress inks is becoming a comfortable technique for me, thanks to the encouragement and inspiration found on the Penny Black blog.
It is customary at this time of year to be concerned with bringing in the “new” and getting rid of the “old”. And Mr. RWS and I are doing our best around the house to make that happen. We’ve lived in this house for more than nine years and over time have done a lot of “out with the old” and “in with the new”.
We’ve replaced flooring, windows, light fixtures, faucets, window treatments, switch plates, towel racks, shower rods, landscaping, and appliances. Each room has been painted at least twice, and most recently we redecorated the two bathrooms, changing the outdated brass fixtures to more currently stylish brushed nickel.
Silly Mr. RWS thought we were done! I found it necessary to point out to him that the knobs and handles on the cabinets and closet doors throughout the house were shiny gold and needed to be replaced with the brushed nickel. Being male, Mr. RWS did not see the need to replace perfectly functional knobs and handles. And to be fair, I watch a lot more HGTV than he does.
Being a thoughtful and rather wise wife, I let the idea simmer for a week or two before bringing it up again. Since replacing all 47 cabinet handles and 12 closet door knobs at one time would make it a big project, I suggested we start small. We would replace the two handles and two knobs in the most recently repainted bathroom. I knew that once he saw the striking difference it made, he would go along with the plan for full replacement.
We have now replaced the remaining ten knobs on closet doors and have only the 35 kitchen cabinet handles and 12 master bath cabinet handles left to do.
While Mr. RWS thinks this is much ado about nothing, I have pointed out to him that I thoughtfully chose handles that fit exactly the “footprint” of the old ones, thus saving him the sanding and repainting of the cabinets. How smart am I, to make him feel grateful that the project isn’t any bigger than it is. And how wise am I that I did not buy the 47 cabinet handles as his December 26th birthday present.
I’ve blatantly CASED Therese’s design for this card. Her use of the images in the Transparent Let’s Chat set is so perfect I just had to see if I could make it happen. I loved how she used her dies and die cutting machine to shape the patterned papers. I changed up the colors a bit and used different dies for the layering. The two-step stamping was great fun; be sure to watch the video. Because I am challenged in the spatial relations department, this card took longer to make than it should have, but I loved working on it. Therese has shown me the potential within this stamp set.
What a great technique to use Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils when coloring an image. How easy it was to shade. I must admit, adding the black was scary, but since I didn’t add much, I stayed out of trouble. I loved the idea of adding texture to the background. I used an embossing folder instead of Therese’s method of using a die to create texture.
The reason? Somewhere in the clutter that has taken over my craft room my rubber embossing pads have disappeared! Perhaps I should worry less about handles and knobs on cabinets and closets and spend the time organizing their interior!!
Here are a couple of photos of Cooper taken while he was on his “doggie vaycay” during our trip to Wisconsin. His hosts take photos daily and thoughtfully send them by email each day. Cooper loves the time he spends there, especially playing with the resident dog, Deuce. But because he is a really smart dog, he acts delighted to see us when we return.
Thank you, Therese, for the week of education and inspiration. I hope everyone has watched Therese’s videos showing her making these cards. I was not only impressed with her techniques and designs, but also with the absolute pristine condition of her supplies and tools. My acrylic blocks are hiding their heads in shame after seeing Therese’s like-new ones. No smudges, blobs, or spatters; no misplaced stamps or scissors or tweezers. Therese is a real role model for crafters like me who create chaos in the craft room. I am certain she does not run with her scissors.
Well, after spending this time at the neatly organized Penny Black studio, I am inspired to return home and begin my own purging and sorting. I am hoping to find the missing rubber embossing pads and my lost watercolor set. I am not optimistic that the missing clear stamps will show up, but one can always hope.
Thanks for welcoming the New Year with me today. I’ve stowed the scissors, restored order to the craft table and will be on my way. It is time to take my vitamins and get started on my “out with the old” projects at home. Happy New Year, everyone.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 40-311 Poppy Trio, 30-162 Eloquence, 30-239 You’re Retro, 30-256 Frosty Fun, 30-071 Mimi in Paris, 30-244 Let’s Chat, 40-327 A Little Bird
- Dies: 51-057 Polaroid, 51-038 Hooray, 51-025 Love Expressions
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