Runs with Scissors, Sunshine, and Smiles
It’s official: Memorial Day has come and gone and now it’s summer. At our house, it is also “cooking on the grill” season. This has not always been a good thing. Mr. RWS, who is usually very precise and methodical in all areas, has had a very different approach to grilling. He seems to have an attitude of indifference while the food is cooking. Sometimes he uses his level of hunger as the indicator when the meat is done. If he isn’t too hungry, the food tends to be overdone; if he is ravenous, you can be sure the meat will be undercooked.
Well, this past Memorial Day weekend the brats, steaks and burgers were all cooked to perfection! It was so noticeable and so amazing that I had to ask him what made the difference. His answer was priceless: “I realized I needed to pay attention,” he said. After more than thirty years of marriage, he got it! Better late than never, I say.
Here on the Penny Black blog summer has been celebrated all week long with the new stamps and dies from the Sunshine and Smiles release. How fun to come to the Penny Black studio and see the new collection. Lucky me to be able to play with them. After seeing Jill Foster’s and Heather Telford’s work with this new release, I am eager to see what I can do.
Penny Black’s collage stamps are some of my favorites. The design work is done and all that’s left is coloring and adding details. The Collage of Wishes Slapstick/Cling set even includes a variety of sentiments and a place on the card where they fit perfectly. This set will work for some of the most popular greeting card occasions. I’ve colored the images with Copics. The lattice detail on the bottom of the card was created with two rows of the Diamond Border Creative Die. Summer sunshine, indeed!
The big and bold A Wish sentiment is a great background for a birthday shaker card. I just colored the lettering with a bright pink Copic marker, added some party-colored sequins and topped the card with happy striped designer paper from the Beau Jardin collection. I call shaker cards “a party in a card” because they are just so darned fun.
Penny Black’s flowers may be the sunshine of summer, but if you want smiles, here’s Mimi. Why she chose to sit in a tea cup is beyond me, but if I can run with scissors she can sit in a teacup. I’ve layered Penny Black designer paper from the Beau Jardin paper pad and colored the image with Copics. I’ve added Glossy Accents and a 3D headband. I love the little Flower Tags to add sentiments that can be tucked in.
Recently David Letterman retired from his Tonight Show hosting job. The older I’ve become the less I’ve watched late night TV. But David Letterman was an icon, as was Johnny Carson before him. Sometimes I would watch his show just long enough to see the Top Ten segment. Well, inspired by Dave, here’s my Top Ten list of reasons why I love my stamping hobby:
- I’m allowed to run with scissors.
- I can spend as much on my hobby as Mr. RWS spends on golf.
- All the scraps and bits on the craft room floor make it worthwhile to vacuum.
- I am boosting the economy by making craft-related purchases.
- No need for therapy, stamping relieves my stress.
- I whiz through housework so I can spend hours playing.
- I’ve become really good at crock pot cooking.
- It makes shopping for me easy: anything ink, paper, stamps will do.
- “A happy wife is a happy life.”
And here it is: the number one reason why I love stamping …
- I save a lot of money by making my own greeting cards instead of buying them.
And there you have it!
I love playing with new stamps and dies, but with each new release the number of “older” stamps relegated to lonesomeness and disuse increases. Starting now, I will make a card or two with stamps from previous releases just to let them know they are still loved. These delicate blossoms from the Flower Festival transparent set seemed perfectly suited for a sympathy card. And I’ve added a butterfly from the Flicker and Flutter die set. As a symbol of hope, butterflies are always a fitting addition to a sympathy card.
This sweet image may be more spring-themed than summer, but she is definitely a smile inducer. As you can see, I’ve been enjoying combining the designer papers from Penny Black’s Beau Jardin 6×6 pad. They mix and match perfectly. This little missy is colored in Copics and there are Glossy Accent details on her watering can, boots and the tulip.
I thought I was finished making cards for today, but this wonderful Gothic Gate die from the new release was on the desk and I couldn’t resist. I trimmed designer paper from the Painted Blooms paper pad to fit behind the die cut. The gate is closed here, but could be glued so that it opens. There is so much potential for stamping or decorating behind that gate. I’ve added dry and heat embossing and some butterflies from the Tagged die set. The opening gate reminds me of the Secret Garden story, where the world is very plain until you open the gate to the garden and the world is in full glorious color.
Cooper has grown to love the blanket he received from a friend at Christmas. It’s just the right size for him to carry in his mouth to anyone who may be convinced to play with him. He loves to growl fiercely and issue a challenge for a game of tug of war. But when he is done, he is done. He determines when the game is over. Here he is resting, his blanket left where it ended up. Gotta love that dog!
Well, it’s time to clean up my mess. Another Penny Black designer will be here all next week, using her unique style to bring you inspiration and design ideas using the Sunshine and Smiles new release. It would be rude of me to leave things in a mess.
The scissors are safely stowed. The tiny vacuum has sucked up the tiny scraps. I have washed the inky stamps and filed away the dies. It’s almost like I wasn’t here at all. I don’t think anyone spotted me running down the halls; sometimes I just can’t help myself.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 40-358 Collage of Wishes, 40-386 A Wish, 4386H Sitting Pretty, 30-106 Word Express, 30-095 Flower Festival, 30-162 Eloquence, 40-299 April, 30-279 Missing You, 30-286 Heartfelt
- Creative Dies: 51-140 Diamond Border, 51-124 Flower Tags, 51-110 Flicker and Flutter, 51-007 Tagged, 51-146 Gothic Gate
- Designer Paper: Beau Jardin, Painted Blooms
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