Runs with THANKFUL Scissors
Hello, and happy holiday season. How can it be five days before Thanksgiving? Weren’t we just celebrating Halloween? After Thanksgiving, it’s a mere four weeks until Christmas Eve. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time to panic and finish up my Christmas cards. The Penny Black studio is the perfect place for inspiration and putting ink to paper.
Before I move on to Christmas, here’s a card I made to celebrate Thanksgiving. Poor Thanksgiving can get lost in the shuffle if you let it. However, it is my favorite holiday; family, food, friends and gratitude. We are looking forward to being in Atlanta to share the holiday with our now teenaged grandchildren and their parents.
I’ve used the Snowy Grove slapstick stamp for the background of this Thanksgiving card. It is a perfect setting for the silhouette deer and tree from the Nature’s Beauty die set. The silhouette images from Penny Black can be used in so many ways, for so many occasions. I am most successful creating colorful backgrounds using the emboss resist technique as I’ve done here. I’m sure these deer are thankful that the main course for Thanksgiving dinner is turkey and not venison.
The Penny Black designers have been sharing their amazing scenes involving snow and I’ve been inspired to create a snowy sky as a background for the Metropolitan die. I had great fun flicking my paintbrush loaded with Irresistible Pico Embellisher onto my distressed background to create the snow. Ooops, I should have watched where I was flicking; there is now snow where snow should not be.
Jill Foster’s creative use of the Postcard woodblock stamp was the inspiration for this card. I distressed white cardstock with neutral shades of Distress ink, lightly stamped the Letter Background and then stamped the Holly Tweet image and colored it with Copics. Did you notice the tiny Christmas message? I must admit, the red and green color combination says “classic Christmas” to me.
Mr. RWS and I have much to be thankful for. Kids and grandkids, a home that is not on wheels, good health, and a dog named Cooper. Yes, Cooper is on our Gratitude List. And from the comments that have been left on my RWS posts, he has quite the fan club, too.
Four years ago I was watching television when a commercial popped up for the website “PetFinder.com”. Mr. RWS had been talking for several years about wanting to add a dog to our family. He especially wanted a Bichon Frisse, so that’s what I searched for when I checked out the website.
Lo and behold, there was a photo of a little white Bichon/poodle mix, named Omelette, located at a rescue just south of Nashville, a two hour drive from our home.
In order to receive any information about Omelette it was necessary to fill out an adoption application which started our journey to add Cooper to our family. I might add that the application process was at least as rigorous as the process to adopt my son many years ago.
Weeks passed with no word and we assumed Omelette had found his forever home. Imagine my surprise when one Saturday morning we received an email letting us know the decision had been made to place Omelette in a quiet home such as ours due to his being frightened of too much commotion and the excitement of little kids wanting to play with him during his “meet and greets”. The director offered us an opportunity to meet Cooper and then make a decision. I told her our decision had been made when we filled out the paperwork and that when we drove up to see him we planned to take him home with us; which is what we did.
As predicted, because of his first two years spent as a breeder with little social interaction, he was terrified of the ride home and of being in a strange place. It must have been instinct that told him where safety was and he immediately ran and hid under our bed. It took days before he would come to either of us. We quickly learned that the offer of food was the only thing stronger than his fear.
I look back on the weeks, months and yes, years of sharing the real world with him. He was frightened of cement sidewalks, passing cars, loud noises, little kids playing, and even my ironing board (a fear I totally understood). Eventually we won his trust and he has rewarded us with his unconditional love and loyalty. He chewed on a shoe once; he peed on the rug once; and chewed a Kleenex once. It took only one “no” to any of these occurrences and that was the end. It has been a joy to watch him blossom and learn to trust his world.
While my original intent was to adopt a dog for Mr. RWS, he has also stolen my heart. Mr. RWS is his alpha dog, but he comes to me for food, cuddling and play. His happiest times are sitting between the two of us, on the couch that he does not go on unless invited. We call these times of sharing “family meetings”.
Cooper is the definition of unconditional love. He brings out the softer nurturing side of Mr. RWS and I can become teary just thinking about how much he has added to the love, fun and joy in our lives.
Why am I sharing so much about Cooper today? Because we had a scary time with him recently that reminded us how much he means to us and how empty our lives would be without him.
When we picked Cooper up from his last grooming appointment, the groomer pointed out a growth under the skin of Cooper’s rear left thigh. It felt very much like an embedded wooden nickel. She reminded us that it had grown quite a bit since she last saw him and we agreed. We went right to the vet clinic and asked to have him seen.
I was hoping for a quick dismissal and on with our lives. After all, we had just dodged the ACL surgery and were still feeling quite smug about that. Instead, surgery was scheduled within a few days for removal and biopsy of that growth and a little one on a right front paw.
Again, how I hated to leave him there. And oh how anxious I was about the biopsy results. Poor little guy was sent home groggy, frightened and wearing the dreaded “cone of shame”. Within minutes of being in the house he bumped into a doorway and from then on would not move if we put the cone on.
We had been told the cone could come off if we were right there with him. It was imperative he not lick or bother his surgical wounds. So, I just spent the next few days close to him and we didn’t leave him home alone. He wore that cone for a very short time. A few sharp “no’s” if he started licking and he then left his wounds alone, such a good little dog as always.
The best the vet would say about the odds of benign vs. malignant was 50/50. The six days of waiting for biopsy results seemed like six years. We were already bracing ourselves for bad news and discussing the “what if’s”.
When the phone rang that Monday morning my heart fell to my stomach when I realized it was the doctor on the line. In my experience, the good news is always relayed by a nurse or technician; the bad news is delivered by the doctor.
I have no words to describe the relief when she told me the news was all good. Cooper had some kind of hair follicle tumors that were benign.
When I started writing about Cooper, we had not received the biopsy reports so I had no idea how this story would end. Whatever the results, I knew I would be sharing them with you. We, indeed, have one more reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving.
Elizabeth Allen’s choice of orange, teal and pool for a Christmas color combination was my inspiration for this card. Copic coloring, fussy cutting, some dimensional elements along with designer paper from the Holiday Trimmings paper pad is the recipe for this card. Who knew that orange could work so well for a Christmas card? Love all the images in the transparent set Arctic Antics.
Can you tell I’ve indulged my love for cute a bit? The lamppost die from the set The Gathering made my heart beat a bit faster when I first saw it. Here I’ve cut three lampposts and stacked them, adding a bit of yellow paper behind the lantern. I made use of my stack of silver paper again for the lamppost and the “street”. That brick background is perfect for my urban Christmas shopper.
Silver and pool create a gentle color combination for this Christmas card. No electronic game or battery operated toy can cuddle or be cuddled like an old fashioned teddy bear. This is Copic coloring with some metallic hearts and a silver bow. Old fashioned is just what we need sometimes and I’m glad the Penny Black collection includes so many sweet images.
Oh, my! Time for clean up and pack up. Thank you for sharing this time with me. For those who read Run with Scissors for humor and giggles, I apologize. It was just a very serious time at our house and no funny stories came to mind.
Mr. RWS, Cooper and I wish all of you in the United States a Thanksgiving Day that includes whatever makes your heart happy. I’ve packed the scissors safely away until next time. And I will be visiting the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to see the beautiful work you’ve done with the amazing and varied Penny Black stamps and dies.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 40-418 Snowy Grove, 40-405 Holly Tweet, 1999L Letter Background, 1369L Postcard, 30-274 Posted with Love, 30-317 Deck the Halls, 30-314 Arctic Antics, 30-316 Season’s Gifts, 40-137 Brick Wall, 30-313 Twinkle and Wish, 40-425 Beary Merry, 30-312 Regal Reindeer
- Dies: 51-071 Words of Gratitude, 51-171 Nature’s Beauty, 51-169 Metropolitan, 51-174 Greetings, 51-060 Exultations, 51-175 The Gathering
- Designer Paper: Holiday Trimmings
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