Runs with Scissors… and Shopping Fantasies
Here we are, Penny Black friends, the final days leading up to the BIG day. In my house, if it isn’t done, or at least started, by now most likely it won’t be done by Christmas. I see that the Penny Black designers are not only up to the minute with their Christmas cards, they have their thank you cards finished, too. Ah, yes …you can be sure there is no running with scissors when those ladies are working.
Well, not to be outdone and just in case Santa brings me a present or two, I’ve made a couple of thank you cards, too. The Penny Black releases of this winter include so many stamps and dies that are not strictly Christmas or holiday. For sure they won’t be packed away until next year.
I’ve white embossed the Snowy Grove image onto white cardstock and then used an assortment of Distress Inks to create the background. Proving that the Penny Black dies are versatile and adapt to many occasions, I’ve used the Friends Frame die to cut this scalloped oval and stamped the sentiment from the Kind Words transparent set. All you have to do to use this card for other occasions is change out the sentiment.
Now, if you are part of a family that showers you with presents (lucky you), you may need to make thank you cards that are easily “mass produced”. The Evergreen die cuts all these trees at one time and all that’s left to do is add a stamped sentiment. I’ve stacked several diecuts here, but if you are a really, really lucky person and have to make many, many thank you cards, one layer of trees will still work! The designer paper is from Penny Black’s 6×6 paper pad Holiday Trimmings.
I am so glad to have a brother with a December birthday so I can send him this card. This image from the slapstick stamp set Brush Pines is great to use for winter occasions. The kraft paper gives it a masculine look and the card doesn’t look at all like Christmas.
Sometimes I wonder if I am entirely normal. Or is it that I just don’t learn from previous experience. Last week I had this amazing fantasy going through my head of Mr. RWS and I joining the hustle and bustle among the Christmas shoppers. Having sent off checks, gift cards and a few toys ordered online for the littlest people in our family I felt a bit left out and even a bit guilty that I had not experienced the pushing and shoving excitement of Christmas shopping.
Why in the world I thought it was a good idea to include Mr. RWS in this fantasy, I don’t know. He hates shopping, he hates Christmas shopping even more, and I do believe he is allergic to standing in line. With this knowledge in mind, one would think if I was totally normal I would choose a mildly stimulating shopping experience to share (like the plumbing section at a big box store with a quick sneak peek at the Christmas decorations for me).
In order that you fully get the picture of how much Mr. RWS hates shopping I must explain on the rare occasion that we enter a store together to purchase an object fully agreed upon in advance, I am always instructed that there is to be no “wander shopping”. This means I cannot slow down for anything colorful, floral, or sparkly. I swear, he even knows when I take a quick glance!
So, where did I choose to enjoy this Christmas shopping fantasy? None other than that great big, always-crowded, over-stimulating warehouse store that starts with a capital C and ends with a depleted wallet. And how did I get him to agree to such a shopping trip? I told him we were out of the refrigerated, individually packaged ruby red grapefruit sections that he loves. He also knows I hate driving there and he provides the transportation.
True to form, we entered the jaws of the Capital C store and Mr. RWS instantly disappeared and I knew he was headed to the refrigerated fruit area of the store. And I was on my own to browse the aisles, on my way to join him, remarking to myself over the yummy Christmas treats (a few ended up in my basket: try the cashew clusters), the ribbons, ornaments, gift baskets and decorations – oh, my! And honestly, I was heading back to the refrigerated section (stopping only to put the mango peach salsa in my basket) when a man went by with a cart topped off with the most colorful and beautiful stack of plastic craft “project boxes”, just the perfect size for storing my Penny Black stamps and dies. He was out of sight before I could ask where he’d found them and so I “wandered”. Honestly, I didn’t think it would take very long to catch up to Mr. RWS and fulfill my shopping fantasy. How did I know the Capital C management decided these magnificent craft storage boxes should be stocked in the depths of the office supply section, totally on the opposite side of the store from the grapefruit sections? But there they were, five plastic boxes in a bundle, five different colors: perfect.
Of course, now there was no chance of finding Mr. RWS anywhere near the refrigerated grapefruit. So we spent the next thirty minutes doing a Keystone Cops routine of circling the store and just missing each other. I finally stood still for ten minutes or so near the cash register line (which can only be described as LONG) and we were soon reunited. Because of Mr. RWS’s allergy to waiting in line, I sent him to order a romantic lunch for two from the food counter while I checked out.
At last, time to sit together, discuss Christmas, admire the craft boxes and fulfill my fantasy of a Christmas experience together. Wrong! Mr. RWS’s menu item of choice was the Polish sausage on a bun, topped with mega mustard and onions. Truly, the smell was more than I could bear. Mr. RWS noticed my pale green complexion and kindly moved to another table to eat his sandwich. Ahhhh, true love. And the end of my Christmas shopping fantasy.
Obviously, I need to rethink my plans for next year!
I love many of the Penny Black stamps from a Christmas past. This image is called Winter Swing. Since the temperature is in the 70’s in Alabama this week, this could easily be happening. This is simple Copic coloring with a touch of Glossy Accents and a background of designer paper from the Holiday Trimmings paper pad.
I’m always sure to make a supply of Christmas cards using a nativity scene. This is a woodblock stamp The Manger, also from a Christmas past. I’ve Copic colored and fussy cut the image and mounted it onto woodgrain paper along with Noel from the Exultations die set. A touch of glitter glue for the halos and a few stars for embellishment complete the card.
This card reminds me of New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Back when the kids were little, we would do our best every year to stay awake and watch the ball drop in New York City. Thankfully, it happened at 11:00 pm in Wisconsin and we usually made it! That Happy New Year die is a quick and easy way to make a fun and colorful greeting for the New Year.
While I vowed to keep things simple this Christmas, I didn’t totally neglect decorating. I knew I would miss having a Christmas tree if I didn’t put one up. So I did:
And look who followed me home from my trip to the home improvement store:
Evelyn and Jack are a great age for Christmas this year. They had a great time in the snow.
Cooper has learned this year that packages are fun. He loves to sniff and snoop and as you can see here, he is practicing for the big day.
Mr. RWS, Cooper and I send our very biggest and best wishes to all of you for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This New Year’s Eve marks the second anniversary of the first time I hacked found my way onto the Penny Black blog. I have loved every minute of the two years I’ve spent on the blog with all of you. Your comments, encouragement and kindness mean a lot to me. I am grateful to everyone at Penny Black for allowing me to run with my scissors and occupy this space on Saturdays. And especially to Jill Foster who slips me the keys each week.
May your holiday be filled with everything and everyone that makes your heart happy. I wish for all of us Peace and good will toward men. Love and Merry Christmas, Judy
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black Supplies:
- Stamps: 40-418 Snowy Grove, 30-226 Kind Words, 30-230 Sunny Hello, 3280K The Manger, 40-003 Winter Swing, 40-408 Brush Pines
- Dies: 51-041 Friends Frame, 51-176 Evergreen, 51-060 Exultations, 51-067 World of Wishes, 51-028 Celebration, 51-179 Happy New Year, 51-169 Metropolitan
- Designer Paper: Holiday Trimmings