Runs with (FOURTEEN Pairs) of Scissors
Greetings, Penny Black friends. I have stopped the cleaning and organizing madness for a bit and snuck into the Penny Black studio once again. One can only be so creative with a mop and bucket and paper boxes: the muse was beckoning.
Finally it is late enough in January to justify my cold-blooded killing of the three poinsettia plants that we enjoyed for the holidays. I’m never sure how to handle poinsettias after the holidays. Some years they take care of the problem themselves by just dying slowly over a two week period and then throwing them away is easy.
Some years they are so healthy they remain beautiful long past the holidays. That is when the murder becomes pre-meditated. This year I stopped watering them after Christmas and I tried to avoid looking at them as their leaves curled and the flower petals dropped off. When I found poinsettia leaves on the living room carpet it became self defense. Out they went! I admit I did not look at them directly as I put them in the trash bag. Just quickly tied it and dumped it.
Perhaps someone would like to start a poinsettia rescue to take in unwanted poinsettias and find people willing to watch them grow gangly, sparse and flowerless well into the summer months and perhaps into the next holiday season. Thankfully, I buy inexpensive plants just to add color and there is no great financial loss. One year, however, one of the sons sent a huge, floor-plant-sized poinsettia bush that occupied the entire fireplace hearth. It was a thing of beauty and we enjoyed it so! I do believe that arrangement was allowed to stay through Valentine’s Day but its privileged (expensive) status did not exempt it from the ultimate fate of poinsettias in my home.
Not so sure that story is a good lead in for featuring the new release Love Always, but here goes:
The All Abloom transparent set is all about flowers and a gorgeous heart. For this card I’ve again used the embossed resist technique with Distress inks in soft shades. This would be a great way to use this very detailed stamp that does not involve a lot of coloring. I’m thinking it would be gorgeous stamped and embossed in red on white. Why didn’t I think of that earlier?
Once again, I’ve used the All Abloom transparent set for the heart and flowers. This time I’ve layered and fussy cut and colored with Copics. The sentiment comes in that set, too, and is perfect for any occasion you wish to send love. I think the pair of lovebirds is the perfect touch for this image.
This rose is the other large image in the All Abloom set. Doesn’t it make a great Mother’s Day card? I watercolored the rose and then with a very wet brush pulled some of the paint from the flower to make an irregular background. I do love the look. Next time I will use my Prismacolor pencils to add detail to the flowers and leaves a la Jill Foster’s latest PB&J video. What a great way to add more detail to your watercolored images.
Speaking of love (and weren’t we?) Smart Phones have become the object of affection of most people nowadays. I have one, but it is not very smart. I’m sure that’s my fault, as I have not downloaded any apps. I was a happy flip phone user until grandbaby Evelyn was about to be born and I wanted to receive the text message announcing her arrival along with photos taken immediately.
I’ve had the phone for two and one half years now and at $10 a month, it is finally paid for. It still just makes and receives phone calls. I have taken a few photos with it when I visited the grandchildren but have no idea how to transfer them from the phone to my computer so I use my digital camera for photos. And since I have become semi-literate about Instagram, I take photos with my IPad and share them on Flickr and Facebook. We only use the phone when we travel, so my monthly payment is really a gift to T-Mobile.
Recently, however, a friend wanted to send me some photos to my cell phone and I asked her to wait while I looked for it. (I know, dear reader, this is unheard of). I turned it on (while in charging mode) and noticed a little message on the screen. “No service”. I assumed once I had it in charge mode the little message would disappear. No, it does not work that way. “No service” means no service.
I waited for several hours and then finally called my local T-Mobile store. Our payment is automatically charged to our credit card, so I knew it was not a payment issue. Naively I assumed the technician could check our account and see what the problem was. No, he was not able to do anything over the phone, I would have to come in and show identification (has the TSA diversified its operations?). However, he did suggest that the easiest way for me to be helped was to use my cell phone to call 611.
Dear Reader, I gently reminded him that my cell phone was currently “out of service”.
After calling the 800 number that he finally divulged, my software was updated and I was good to go. My personal opinion is that the software just got up and left after being neglected for so long. Maybe it is a “use it or lose it” kind of thing.
Sometimes I forget how much I love black on kraft. And then when I decided to add the bright pink heart I smiled big. I think the kraft makes this a more masculine Valentine (if there is such a thing!). This heart is from the Love and Hugs transparent set and honestly, the options are endless with this set.
The Love Always release contains so many awesome dies that you could set aside your stamps and inks for a bit and just combine diecuts. Again, I’ve used the kraft background and added mostly white diecuts with just a touch of the bright pink. I read somewhere that all good design includes a touch of black, so I added black gems. I love how you can cut the word “love” in several different font styles from the Triple Love die. I knew it was snippable.
The Love Always release isn’t just for Valentines. This time I’ve used the Flower Heart and Love is Growing dies to make a Golden Wedding anniversary card. It’s a shame that the gold foil paper doesn’t show up as lovely as it is in real life. If you don’t know anyone having a golden anniversary, perhaps someone is turning fifty or is having their golden birthday. Have I mentioned how versatile this Love Always release is?
While purging and organizing in the craft room, it became obvious I have more than several pairs of scissors: fourteen to be exact. And to think I just bought another pair a week ago. Fourteen pairs of scissors seems excessive even if you are prone to running with them. Perhaps one’s speed increases incrementally with each pair you own.
When it’s too cold to play outside or golf, Cooper and Mr. RWS like to assemble jigsaw puzzles. Sometimes Mr. RWS gets bored but Cooper never gives up. I have to confess, Cooper needs Mr. RWS to do the straight edge pieces for the border first. It’s fun to watch them when there are only a few pieces left; each tries to be the one to place the final piece. Sometimes I have to referee and remind them to take turns being the one to finish the puzzle.
Once again it’s time to clean up. There are lots of itty bitty scraps from the die cutting today but the itty bitty vacuum takes care of that quickly. I love coming here and playing with the Penny Black stamps and dies. Everyone here shares well with others. The studio is well organized with just the right amount of everything. No purging needed.
Oh, and for those of you struggling with the poinsettia issue at your house, you have my permission to declare them no longer relevant and dispose of them as you see fit.
Thank you for spending time with me. I hope you will share your Penny Black creations in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. I am amazed at the beauty that gathers there.
I know Penny Black herself has been known to browse through the gallery.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 30-325 All Abloom, 30-106 Word Express, 30-324 Love and Hugs
- Creative Dies: 51-124 Flower Tags, 51-110 Flicker and Flutter, 51-185 Sweet Flight, 51-180 All My Hearts, 51-186 Love Always, 51-187 Triple Love, 51-038 Hooray, 51-188 Flower Heart
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