Running with scissors and spilling the pom poms!
Here we are again! It is officially “Christmas Music in the Stores” season. I am exhausted from last weekend … turning back all the clocks and ripping a sheet off the calendar, all in one day! Each year I am certain that I’ve remembered all the clocks and each year I find one days later that is still one hour off. I’ve been known to adapt by mentally subtracting an hour until the next season of Daylight Savings Time. That’s how we who run with scissors cope with some of life’s smaller details.
Our Halloween was mostly rained out. There were just a few intrepid moms wielding huge umbrellas. Trick or Treating is so different for this generation of kids. When I was growing up and when my kids were growing up, everyone left the house after supper with their pillowcase and didn’t come back for several hours. Now the children have to be escorted or driven. I do believe the next generation will do their trick or treating on line.
Well, live and learn they say: this time I checked the memo and followed the plan. It’s all about “favorite Christmas color combo”. Only one? Not possible. So I’ve made my cards this week using more than one favorite Christmas color combo.
Pink and silver say “delicate” and it seems to be an appropriate color combination for this sweet Puppy Guardian angel. I’ve used the Stellar die as a background and added a snowflake made from the Snow Time die set. That pink strip of color down the right side was inspired by Elizabeth Allan’s series on adding a strip of designer paper to our cards. I appreciate the assortment of image sizes among the Penny Black stamps. Sometimes it’s fun to work with a larger image. This angel could be the focal point with very little embellishing.
Christmas color combination number two is the very traditional red and green. I’ve stamped the wreath image from the Deck the Halls transparent set onto white finely textured paper (I thought if I stamped on textured paper I could become the next Birgit) and trimmed the wreath with various green pearls. That red sentiment in the center of the wreath, a touch of ribbon and a few leaf stick pins and the traditional card is complete. This wreath image makes creating classic Christmas cards easy peasy.
Kraft paper and soft blue make a very pleasing color combination for a more masculine card. I colored the image from the slapstick stamp Pretty Perch with Copic markers. Some of my markers need refilling and the coloring was a bit streaky. Rather than take the time to refill my markers and go over my work, I dampened a Kleenex with rubbing alcohol and patted the damp tissue all over the colored image. The lines smoothed out but subtle shading was left. I decided I like the effect. And this stamp will be a great one to use all year long.
Something interesting and a little scary happened at our house last week. While I was out running errands, Mr. RWS answered the phone and a voice on the phone said, “Hi, Grandpa. This is your oldest grandson. I need help.” Then a man came on the line and told Mr. RWS that he was calling from the Mexican Embassy to let us know that our grandson was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He told a convoluted story about lawyer’s fees, and the grandson’s paying $300, too. In order to keep him out of jail we needed to send a MoneyGram for $1,300 or he would be serving a two week sentence. Oh, and we were not to tell anyone that we were sending the money, as he was doing us a favor and could get in trouble.
Mr. RWS, a trusting soul, told the man he had to wait for his wife to come home with the car before we could get to a place to send a MoneyGram. As I walked in the door the phone was ringing and Mr. RWS was repeating to Mr. Mexican Embassy that we would be sending the money at two o’clock.
Well, when I heard the story bells started ringing and red flags were waving. I had read in the AARP magazine about such a scam. Grandparents are targeted as they are a softer touch than parents and might believe their grandchild was away from home. I was 99% certain we had become a target for this scam.
Just to be sure, I called our oldest grandson and was pleased to learn he was safely in Wisconsin and had never been to Mexico.
Well, when the embassy man called at 2:05 pm to ask why the money had not yet arrived, I told him I had good news. I would be sending him a check instead of a MoneyGram and the amount was large enough that he could not only bail out my grandson, but he could also choose two young people of his choice to release. Here is a photo of the check I sent:
Moral of the story: Don’t mess with this Grandma!
The transparent set Snow Fairies makes my heart happy! There are four snow fairy images and two sentiments in the set. I watched Jill’s video demonstrating her incredible watercolor backgrounds, and then I watched it again and even again. She so clearly demonstrates her technique which works so beautifully on the video. I made a few backgrounds that were not ready for prime time before I made this one that I liked. The color combination of purples and blues has been quite popular in recent years for Christmas décor. I just followed Jill’s instructions for creating the “snow” at the bottom of the card and added the sweet snow fairy that I colored and fussy cut. I totally copied Jill’s use of the silver cord and snowflake for the embellishment.
Navy blue and silver for Christmas has always been a combination that pleased my eye. I’ve used the Gothic Gate die opening up to reveal the animals from the Joy to All transparent set that I stamped and embossed. I find that image a gentle reminder of the Nativity and love the way the gate invites us into the scene.
Those snow fairy images are too cute to just make one card. And one of these little guys wasn’t enough cute to satisfy me so I made three of them. They almost look like “see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil”. I am thinking they are just so happy to have real pom poms on their caps that they can’t help but giggle. The Penny Black designer papers are a great way to choose color combinations for your cards. You can stay with the traditional reds and greens if you choose, but as you can see from this card, less traditional color combinations are fun, too.
Cooper is having a hard time adjusting to the time change. All he knows is that this “thing” had something to do with his meals being served later than he would like. I don’t think he realizes he is going to bed an hour earlier, too.
I hope I am checking with a clock that has been adjusted for the time change because it seems to be clean up time. I have to get out the tiny little vacuum as I just noticed I spilled the bag with the tiny little pom poms. That bag holds a lifetime supply of those fluffy things, and they have certainly enjoyed being released from their tiny cellophane bag. I’ve enjoyed my time in the Penny Black studio and feel confident that this time I’ve completed my Penny Black assignment correctly. I hope you noticed I did add a snowflake or two to today’s cards to make up for last week.
Your comments mean so much to me. I read and savor each one. I hope you are posting your beautiful cards to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. I enjoy seeing what you are making with your Penny Black stamps and dies. And I know Penny Black herself enjoys them, too.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black Products:
- Stamps: 40-423 Puppy Guardian, 30-321 Deck the Halls, 40-427 Pretty Perch, 30-320 Spread Cheer, 30-319 Snow Fairies, 30-322 Joy to All
- Dies: 51-078 Stellar, 51-124 Flower Tags, 51-042 Petals, 51-177 Snow Time, 51-146 Gothic Gate, 51-174 Greetings, 51-058 Joyous Wishes
- Designer Paper: Holiday Trimmings
- And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter!