Runs with Scissors AND… Fortunes
Hello and welcome. The Penny Black studio is filled with Sunshine and Smiles this morning. And as the song says, “June is busting out all over!” Did you know that another line in that classic song from the musical “Carousel” says “May was full of promises but she didn’t keep ‘em quickly enough …”. June is the month for keeping the promises of spring. The trees and flowers are in full bloom. We can count on Mother Nature to moderate the weather and temperatures. And there is sunshine, sunshine, sunshine.
Is it any wonder that June is the month for weddings? Every bride wants sunshine for her wedding day and June is most likely to keep that promise.
Happily, Sunshine and Smiles are busting out all over here at the Penny Black studio. Thankfully, Designer Peet has left the stamps and dies sitting out after her week of posting on the Penny Black blog. But it looks like she took her magic scissors with her. Peet gives new meaning to the term “fussy cutting”. Did you know the stitching on her cards is all done by hand?
Some images seem to demand being watercolored. These poppy-like blooms from the Enamor transparent set are one of those images. I created a bouquet by stamping the flower five times on watercolor paper and then painting it with my Koi watercolors.
I have various sets of watercolors, watercolor pencils and even some new watercolor brush pens. It seems when I want rich, deep color the Koi watercolors deliver. And oh, how I would love to do a scrumptious watercolor wash for the background. Alas, my watercolor backgrounds are not quite ready for prime time. I hide behind the “clean and simple” label on this card.
Sympathy cards are difficult for so many reasons. In the past, I’ve used flowers and butterflies in some combination. But now that I have the Winged Beauty slapstick set, I will reach for one of these bird images when I want a dignified, classic, clean and simple card for sending sympathy. These stamps are not very large, but the detail is amazing. I know by adding color they can be used for more casual or happier occasions.
For a card that needs to happen in a hurry, there’s nothing better than combining dies and eliminating any stamping. This Butterflies die from the Sunshine and Smiles release can be used in an infinite combination of colors and paper. These colorful scraps were sitting on my desk and I decided to go with them. For a more delicate look, pastels would work well. I added some miniature pearl embellishments to add lightness to the diecut.
Ah-h-h, Life: with a capital “L”. There are times when I wonder where the next idea for Runs with Scissors is going to come from. And then Life happens and there is no need to wonder anymore.
This time, Life came in the form of Mr. RWS. He popped into the Penny Black studio where I’ve been busy playing with the Sunshine and Smiles release to bring me the fortune cookies we hadn’t opened after our Chinese takeout lunch (I was too busy stamping to plan lunch, so Mr. RWS took care of it).
Mr. RWS went first. This is the message in his cookie:
I was amazed! Just a few days earlier I had finalized our reservations for a week in a condo on the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama. We had been discussing a possible trip or cruise but we realized what we really needed after our stressful spring was a week of water views, the sound of waves landing on the shore, and sand between our toes. This fortune cookie was right on and I couldn’t wait to see what my cookie had to say.
This is the message in my cookie:
How come Mr. RWS gets a beach vacation and I am commanded to the gym? Who writes these fortunes anyway? And how did they know? I guess I should be grateful they used the term “improving on” when referring to my exercise routine. Just goes to show they don’t know everything!
You don’t suppose Mr. RWS switched the cookies, do you?
It’s time for some smiles and who better than Mimi to make that happen? This stamp from the Happy Days transparent set has her celebrating a birthday with balloons and a cupcake. I love using numbers cut from the By the Numbers diecut on birthday or anniversary cards. Mimi is colored with Copics and the balloons shine with Glossy Accents. Sequins make great birthday confetti.
The Gentle Whisper brushstroke slapstick stamp can be colored using various techniques. I have seen some stunning art work using this stamp. I stamped the image using a grey ink and colored it with Copics. After coloring the flower with pink, I went over it with a light grey Copic marker. I added texture with dry embossing as well as dots created with Irresistibel Pico Embellisher. This stamp is from a previous release and I’ve not played with it nearly enough.
Cooper knows how to enjoy these beautiful June days. Soon enough the humidity will force us indoors, slaves to our air conditioning. For now, Cooper loves taking his “chewie” outside where sometimes he will chew it and sometimes he will bury it. When he returns home without his “chewie” we know it’s been buried to be savored some other day. Of course, his muddy paws and muzzle are important clues.
Once again, it’s time to clear the studio of my clutter and messes. I don’t want the Penny Black Designers wasting any time cleaning up after me. And I certainly want to be invited back.
I’ve holstered the runaway scissors, run the itty bitty vacuum and now it’s time to keep my appointment at the gym. (You think?) I’ll be checking the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery for your lovely work, especially using the new Sunshine and Smiles release. I hope June keeps the promises of May in your corner of the world.
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