Runs with Springtime Scissors
Whoa! Be careful where you step. It seems like yesterday I was worried about slipping on melting snow and today the floors are littered with petals from the blooming Bradford pear trees. Lady Spring has indeed arrived.
And look what I found! Here’s Mimi’s Masterpiece created for her tutorial last week. She does amazing art with Penny Black stamps. I’m sure she meant to take this with her but until she does, I will enjoy it.
How perfect that Penny Black has surprised us with the Time to Celebrate mini release just in time to celebrate the many spring holidays; Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations. And many of the stamps and dies will work for birthday, get well and thinking of you cards, also. It may be a mini release but it has maximum potential!
I stamped and embossed the Centerpiece slapstick stamp and relaxed while coloring the flowers with my Copic markers. When I began, I envisioned a bouquet of dark flowers with a deep colored background and look what happened: pastels on a white base. Sometimes the muses just take over. I paper pieced the vase with designer paper from the Gentle Whispers paper pad. I am going to experiment stamping these flowers with various embossing powders; gold, silver, platinum, and even white on kraft paper.
Mother’s Day happens at such a lovely time of the year. Spring is a time of abundance and optimism.
Those words clearly define my Mother’s Day attitude. I make the trip to the mailbox each year with great optimism … surely I will find an abundance of cards from my abundance of children! Especially since a few years ago when there was not 100% participation in the card-sending activity and I had to explain that numbers do matter. The following Mother’s Day there was an over abundance of cards, with some of the offspring sending as many as ten cards each. That was a very good year.
Not all fathers wear a suit and tie to work and I am glad Penny Black thought of the hard working dads who farm for a living. When my kids were growing up, we lived in a small town surrounded by large family farms. There was no shortage of the bright green John Deere tractors with their distinctive yellow trim. Of course, the farmer’s cap had to match! If the farmer Dad had his fields planted by Father’s Day he could take time to celebrate; if not, dinner would be taken to him in the fields to be eaten “on the go”.
While I respect and admire farmers and the work they do, I have always been grateful for my urban way of life. I have great admiration for a friend of mine whose husband was a school teacher when they were first married and later followed his dream of owning a pig farm. She pitched right in as all farmers’ wives must: monitoring the births, caring for the piglets, cleaning the barns, and assisting in taking the pigs to market. It certainly made me grateful that my husband’s dream didn’t involve live animals and strong odors! A home on wheels wasn’t so bad after all.
Ahhhh, graduations: a huge milestone in anyone’s family. This mini set For the Grad celebrates the graduate’s freedom from tests, tuition, and textbooks. And with that, the freedom to become employed, pay rent, and contribute to society.
Seriously, I have attended many graduation ceremonies in our family. One thing I know for sure, the best commencement speeches are the shortest ones! I have a vivid memory of enduring a thirty minute speech at my youngest son’s law school graduation. The speaker documented in painful detail her thirty years of accomplishments year by year. And when the audience began applauding as a signal she had spoken long enough, she took it as encouragement to speak even longer! We all believed that commencement needed to commence.
Sometimes there are special women who have played a supporting role in our lives. Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to honor those women and say “thank you”. No stamping necessary to make this card; new butterfly dies Flicker and Flutter and a great “hand written” sentiment from the Many Thanks set are all I needed along with designer papers from the Gentle Whispers paper pad.
Well, there is one child in every family that is Not Easy. I was never in serious trouble, but I was aggravating. My sister was the neat and tidy one; my half of the room we shared was a disaster. I never learned to just keep my mouth quiet; I always felt the need to talk back explain. If something was lost in our house, you could be sure I had something to do with it. My chaotic way of life did not fit in with the organized military style preferred by my parents. I’m sure a deep quiet descended upon their home when I left for college. I liked to believe they found it boring.
Like the rest of us, Cooper loves spring. He and Mr. RWS take long walks to check on the neighborhood floral and fauna. Sometimes they drive to scenic hiking trails in town in search of new places to sniff (Cooper) and explore (Mr. RWS). And sometimes Mrs. RWS is invited, if she promises not to whine.
It’s time to finish up, before I hear applause and misunderstand its intention. I’ve stowed the scissors, tidied my messes and put Mimi’s lovely masterpiece on her desk where she is sure to find it. I’ve also reserved my seat in the front row for her next class.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 40-380 Centerpiece, 30-294 The Sweetest, 40-371 Life is Simpler, 30-236 Come Rain or Shine, 30-290 Not Easy, 30-295 For the Grad
- Dies: 51-038 Hooray, 51-109 Many Thanks, 51-110 Flicker and Flutter
- Designer Paper: Gentle Whisper, Painted Blooms
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