Runs with Scissors…and Cheetos!
Welcome to this beautiful day in May on the Penny Black blog. I’ve opened all the windows in the studio to let in the sunshine and fresh air. This is the perfect week to showcase some of the many incredible floral images included in the last two Penny Black releases: Bring on the Happy and Time to Celebrate. Those April showers have, indeed, brought us May flowers.
Here in the United States, tomorrow is the day we celebrate Mother’s Day. All of the cards I am sharing today could be a Mother’s Day card just by changing the sentiment. I often leave the sentiment off my completed cards and just add one as the need arises.
If I were forced to pick only one favorite from the latest releases, this Slapstick/Cling Centerpiece stamp would be it. The flowers are a delight to color using any medium, including paper piecing. Here I’ve colored with pastel Copic markers; on another day I might use bolder colors. I was just having a pastel kind of a day! I love the detail that the little Flower Tags die adds. That silver striped paper is from the Beau Jardin designer paper pad.
I’ve used the Interlocking creative die to emboss the background for this card and added a die cut Deco Frame to support the flowers from Efflorescence. I’ve stamped, colored and fussy cut the “MOM” using the transparent set A to Z.
My wish for all mothers, mothers-to-be, step mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and those who fill a mother’s role in someone’s life is that you have a very special day. I hope just for today you can spend time doing what you enjoy instead of taking care of everyone else. And if things are going really well, I hope someone else does the cooking. Later today I will be doing my annual race to the mailbox, wheelbarrow in tow, to collect all the Mother’s Day cards I find there.
This slapstick stamp really is as Divine as its name. I’ve colored it with Distress markers and then spritzed with water to further blend the colors. I’ve mounted it on vellum layered over silver paper, finally mounted everything on black card stock. I’ve cut three layers of “celebrate” from the Doodles die set and stacked them for dimension.
Here’s a photo that shows the sparkle thanks to spraying with Glimmer Mist gold.
I want to introduce you to my new best friends, Cheetos Crunchy and Cheetos Puffs:
Cheetos came into my life recently after my having been cursed diagnosed with shingles. It was a pretty dramatic diagnosis which took place in the hospital Emergency Room shortly after my 911 call for an ambulance ride to the hospital. Imagine how foolish I felt to learn I had called 911 for a shingles outbreak. I could not believe those tiny little spots were the cause of my great big pain.
During the long days of healing, food did not appeal to me but I developed a craving for Cheetos. Notice I have the Party Size; very appropriate for my “pity party” days. When Mr. RWS was sent to the store for Cheetos, he didn’t even ask which kind I would prefer, crunchy or puffs. He wisely brought both kinds. Mr. RWS is a very smart man. Do not annoy a woman with shingles!
A card in the mail can be a real boost when someone is not feeling well or going through a difficult time. The transparent set Pretty Petals has some sweet floral images that are just perfect for a quick card. Keep the colors bright and add the perfect sentiment. I have water colored the flowers with my Peerless watercolors. I am fascinated with these sheets of paper that hold so much color. The designer paper for this card is from the Gentle Whisper paper pad.
The Pretty Petals set also includes this cluster of poppies. Once again I water colored them using various shades of my Peerless watercolors. I’ve mounted the image onto layered design paper from the Painted Blooms paper pad.
I finally tackled the chore of rethreading my sewing machine so I could add the stitched detail. Threading the sewing machine is right up there with ironing and cleaning the oven as tasks to be avoided or, at least, postponed.
I have seen so many beautiful cards made with this Pop Pop Poppy slapstick stamp. I especially love the water colored versions. Here I’ve used various shades of the Peerless watercolors, including a bright pink. I love the combination of the pinks, reds and oranges. My original plan was to do a watercolor wash for the background, but decided to quit while I was ahead. Instead, I added some black dots for interest. That curved Best Wishes sentiment from the Come Rain or Come Shine transparent set fits perfectly in the corner of this card.
Oh, my! I’ve lost track of time again. I have had a very creative day making cards with Penny Black’s gorgeous floral stamps. I have Celebrated and I really did Bring on the Happy using Copics, Distress markers and watercolors.
I’ve mopped up my watercolor splashes; swept up the tiny paper cuttings; and put away the stamps and dies. My scissors are holstered and I’ve washed off the golden Cheetos dust from all surfaces. But before I leave, here’s a photo of Cooper enjoying some May flowers.
I have to admit I was shamed into buying this gorgeous pot of petunias. I have a friend who spends hours each day working on her lovely yard and flowers. She has pots of annuals arranged with gorgeous color assortments as well as perennials situated just perfectly in her yard. Well, maybe not perfectly. It seems she is always moving them around! She has shade beds and sun beds and when a shade bed becomes sunny due to the loss of a tree, then the shade plants must be moved, as in a wheelbarrow full. When I shared with her that I no longer plant annuals because I don’t care to nurture them, she was quite taken aback. When I admitted that I almost purchased a pot of petunias but changed my mind, she challenged me with, “Well, surely, you can manage to take care of one pot of flowers!”
So, dear friend, these buds are for you!
I’ve enjoyed our visit and can’t wait to see your flower-themed cards in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. And I promise not to smudge any of them with my golden Cheetos fingers.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 40-380 Centerpiece, 30-294 The Sweetest, 30-288 Pretty Petals, 40-372 Divine, 30-283 Snippets, 40-330 Pop Pop Poppy, 30-282 Efflorescence, 30-287 A to Z, 30-236 Come Rain or Come Shine
- Dies: 51-124 Flower Tags, 51-128 Doodles, 51-125 Deco Frame, 51-029 Interlocking
- Designer Paper: Beau Jardins, Painted Blooms, Gentle Whisper
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