Runs with Spooktacular Scissors
Boo! Or hello! Pardon me while I brush the cobwebs from my hair. It is pretty spooky here at the Penny Black studio. Awesomely spooktacular decorating has been done this year. I am delighted, too, that the bowls of candy are all set for the Trick or Treaters’ arrival. I’m sure the little ghosts and goblins won’t miss a candy bar or two. It seems I am more creative when munching.
The slapstick stamp Twilight makes a perfect background for many fall-themed cards. Here I’ve stamped it in black and added the little mice from the Bewitched transparent set and the sentiment from Little Witchy to create a spooky Halloween card. This Especially for You release contains several of the nature-themed stamps that Penny Black does so perfectly. I really appreciate that they can be used year around.
.Did you ever show up for an exam in school and after reviewing the questions wonder where you had been while everyone else was in class? Early on in my education I learned the hard way that “suggested reading” means “this will be on the exam”.
Well, it’s happened to me today, right now. Just as I was preparing to reveal the cards I made today I decided to check the memo telling me what the theme is this week. Hmmm, looks like everyone else is doing snowflakes! “Projects are to feature snow or snowflakes within the design”, says the memo.
Quick check: not a snowflake in sight! Sorry, Penny Black … But I promise to pay better attention next time.
Somehow when the woodblock stamp Letter Background was released five years ago, I missed it. I am happy to say I have taken care of that mistake and have used it for the background on this card. I stamped it using VersaMark ink and silver embossing powder and added the sentiment from Wonder and Joy and those great branches from Into the Woods.
This card makes me smile. I’ve used the Polaroid frame to surround the little mouse from Deck the Halls and Ms. Rudolph-Wannabe from Twinkle and Wish. The candy striped paper is from the Wintertime designer paper pack.
I wish I had incorporated a few snowflakes on this card, but polar bears and stars will have to do. The Artic Antics transparent set includes four adorable polar bear images suitable for holiday cards as well as winter birthdays. For this holiday card I used the creative die set Celebrations for the sentiment.
I’m so glad I have occasions to travel, especially by plane. There’s always a story or two to share once I return home.
Earlier this month I spent a week visiting Evelyn and Jack, the youngest grandchildren. When I know I have to book a flight, I always make my decision based on lowest cost. Lately I’ve learned I need to take a few other variables into consideration, such as length of layover, size of plane, and previous experiences with a particular airline.
I returned home from Wisconsin on a small airplane. How small was it? Well, too small to allow the Jetway to fit against the plane so we loaded and unloaded out on the tarmac. This included waiting for our carry-on bags to be unloaded from the hold as the overhead compartments were way too small to fit carry-ons.
But my story involves the inside of the plane this time. My seatmate and I were absorbed with our reading material, pretending in spite of the cramped space that we were unaware of each other (airplane etiquette, I guess, which is similar to elevator etiquette) when a loud sound and a flash of motion caught our attention. We realized that a four or five foot piece of trim had come loose from most of its screws and was hanging at an angle from the top of the window. My seatmate tried to wrest the piece from its last screw, with no luck.
The flight attendant was nearby serving beverages and noticed the problem. She put her cart away and asked us both to vacate our seats while she repaired the trim. Of course, there isn’t much going on during a flight and this was a welcomed distraction for all the passengers, especially those who had heard the noise but couldn’t see what had happened. And the next thing they knew, two passengers were asked to leave their seats. I did my best to look dignified as well as innocent while standing in the aisle.
My seatmate and I had a clear view of the flight attendant’s trip down the aisle to access the in-flight toolbox. We watched as she struggled a bit to unpack the contents searching for what we thought would be the perfect wrench or screw driver or drill to make the repair. Imagine our surprise and shock when she stood up with a SUPER sized roll of duct tape! Yep, the kind my kids used to mend their socks and that we have all used for repairs in an emergency. And everyone around us noticed it too. There was one large round of chuckles as she marched up the aisle, duct tape to the rescue. And a round of applause when she had finished her repair job.
The best part of this story is this all occurred on the first leg of my flight home and I had to leave that plane and wait in the airport for my connecting flight. Well, not unusually, shortly before boarding time there was an announcement that the next flight would be experiencing a short delay due to the need for “minor repairs”. As I boarded the plane, I looked up and there was the same flight attendant, greeting us as we boarded. I realized that we were flying home on the same plane we had just vacated. As I approached the flight attendant I only had to give her a quizzical look and she nodded. The minor repair, indeed, had been to reinstall the trim. I think I will skip this airline next time and opt for one with a real tool box.
No stamping here at all. I made the background using Distress Inks and mounted the Sending Joy diecut as well as the sentiment from Wonder and Joy. This die is so versatile: to color or not to color the bird on the branch. And no need to put this die away after the holidays. Enjoy it for holiday cards, but also use it year around for many occasions, using varied techniques.
I love little boy images. This little guy is a slapstick image, Pine Sprite. I created a background for him using the Tall Timbers image, another very versatile stamp. This little guy looks so pleased to be bringing home some Christmas trimmings.
Well, that brings me to the end of my fun at the Penny Black studio. Well, not quite. While you were busy reading the story of my airline woes, I quickly made a snowflake card. It’s easily done with so many Penny Black goodies around.
Just like school days, I’m sure my grade on this card will be lowered due to its being tardy and the assignment really is incomplete.
Last time I was here I promised an update on Cooper’s pending surgery. On Tuesday the 13th of October Mr. RWS and I took Cooper to the vet hospital very early in the morning. I will share with you that one of us was crying pretty steadily (hint: not Mr. RWS). We went home to await the call from the doctor that surgery was over. Well, at about the time surgery was scheduled to begin, we received a call from the hospital and I was almost too frightened to answer it. The doctor had examined Cooper’s injured leg very carefully and observed him walking on leash and off and had come to the conclusion that our months of restricted activity along with his medications had healed the leg enough that surgery was no longer indicated!
We didn’t break any laws, but we didn’t waste any time going to pick Cooper up, either. It was what we had been hoping and praying for even while we were exposing him to the crate that was to have been his “home” for two months of healing after surgery.
After that super good news, I haven’t much more to say except I’ve enjoyed our visit and I love reading your comments. Don’t forget to share your cards in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.
From Penny Black to Judy: Snowflakes or not, you make the “rules” on Saturday and we always love it. Keep on running with those scissors, girl!
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black Supplies:
- Stamps: 1999L Letter Background, 30-317 Deck the Halls, 30-313 Twinkle and Wish, 30-314 Artic Antics, 40-421 Tall Timbers, 40-424 Pine Sprite, 40-404 Twilight, 30-318 Bewitched, 40-402 Little Witchy
- Dies: 51-160 Wonder and Joy, 51-161 Into the Woods, 51-037 Polaroid, 51-028 Celebrations, 51-172 Sending Joy, 51-021 Love & Joy, 51-163 No Peeking
- Designer Paper: Wintertime
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