Runs with SPRINGTIME Scissors
Oh, how I hope spring is springing where you live! I have the windows open here at the Penny Black studio and the fresh air is dancing all around. Of course, that means the glitter is being stirred up, too. But that’s what vacuum cleaners are for.
I never dealt with glitter when raising my family, but I do remember thinking that there were two “vacuuming seasons” of life: one was Christmas when I dealt with scattered bits of tinsel until the second vacuuming season, Easter and Easter basket grass. Glitter, however, knows no season and fears no vacuum cleaner.
The Tandem cling set includes this great sentiment. If you feel a little intimidated by coloring images, do what I did here: paper piece. Just stamp and emboss the image on the different designer papers you choose and then cut and paste. Embossing makes it easier to cut out the pieces. The time I spent cutting and pasting this image was relaxing and I am especially proud of that strawberry.
When I saw the Pillow Box die set I thought, “How fun!” I liked being able to make pillow boxes to hold treats or gift cards but I was also excited to use that cute ice cream cone die. The set includes the die for the buttons, too. It is an easy peasy way to make a birthday card for any age or gender.
Easter doesn’t have to be limited to chicks and bunnies. I love this floral arrangement from the Perfect Pairing transparent set. I colored the flowers with Copic markers, but paper piecing would work well, too. The Half Circle diecut adds a lacy background, perfect for hanging a Circle Tag with the Easter greeting.
This is the time of year I bring out the Easter decorations. This large ceramic bunny has been part of my life since 1973. It is one of the few items in our home from that era that survived the selling of our possessions when we became full time RV’ers. I stored it with the Christmas ornaments and china that my brother so kindly kept for us.
This bunny may not look like much, but I would estimate it cost several hundred dollars to make. Let me explain.
In the early 1970’s I lived in a small community and I was a young mom busy raising five children. My hobby at that time was folding laundry, I’m sure, but I yearned for something more creative. And I yearned for the company of adult women – well, actually anyone more than 48 inches tall would do.
There was a local small business that sold ceramic “greenware” (unfired ceramics) and offered evening classes. I’m pretty sure I was more excited about the chance to have an evening out of the house than I was about ceramics.
Those ceramic classes were the answer to “social media” for the moms in our town. Instead of Facebook we women were face to face, our hands busy scraping, sanding and painting while we “tweeted” to each other back and forth across the table sharing the stories of our lives. There was no 140 word limit imposed on our conversations.
Like any hobby, there are start up costs involved when taking up ceramics. One needs brushes, sponges, sandpaper, scraping tools and, of course, the special paints and glazes. Then there is the cost of the weekly lessons, the use of the kiln and of course, the greenware. When those costs are spread over time and many ceramic items, the average cost per item decreases. But the original start up cost is high for the first few items.
When the teacher demonstrated the new glaze available that would resemble bunny fur when fired, I was hooked. (It was similar to seeing heat embossing for the first time!)
It took several weeks to prepare the greenware by scraping seams and sanding the surfaces until perfectly smooth. Finally, the week came when I applied the glaze and left the rabbit to be fired in the kiln. I admit to having had help from the instructor who painted the eyes. (I was never very good at ceramics).
In earlier years, the bunny sported a big pink bow which did not survive over the years. He is not the thing of beauty I used to think he was, but he is a connection to the part of my life that was spent raising my family. He always sat in the middle of the dining room table where the Easter baskets were lined up for Easter morning discovery. One by one the children left home, my five and Mr. RWS’s two, but the bunny remained. I know his future is secure for a very long time as my daughter has declared when the time comes to divide my earthly possessions, the item she covets is this bunny.
Images from nature are so versatile for card making. Here I’ve used all three trees included in the Trio of Trees die set, some raised, one flat. After the card was finished and the pearls added I felt it still needed something, so I added the white butterfly. I am so glad to add a “get well” die to my collection from the Feel Better die set.
I had to have at least one “bunny and chick” Easter card and these two plus their butterfly friend are from the Easter Parade transparent set. It’ a great Easter card but it could be a new baby card or a birthday card for a little one. I am so happy to have that Bow Set die for making sweet bows.
The Gentle Day transparent set includes this beautiful collage stamp. I turned the square image into a circular one by tucking it behind the circle cutout. I fussy cut the image to allow the leaves to hang over the edge and I pop dotted a second bird over the original to give the image some depth. This is another versatile image that will be at home on a card for many occasions and for either gender.
Here’s the newly groomed Cooper checking to see if there are still jelly beans in the bunny dish. They don’t hold his attention for very long; he prefers meaty treats to jelly beans.
For those you who celebrate Easter, I hope you are able to enjoy the preparations. I’m sure those of you who fill Easter baskets have more options to surprise the little ones than we used to. It was pretty standard fare at our house: jelly beans, Peeps, and chocolate marshmallow eggs. And magically, the eggs we dyed the day before showed up in just the right kids’ basket. Oh, the fun we had dying eggs: the females striving for beauty, the boys having a contest to determine who created the “grodiest” egg. One year someone actually created a plaid egg, a feat never again equaled.
Thank you for stopping by today. I know it’s not possible for us to sit around a table sharing our stories while we share our stamping hobby. But sharing with all of you on the Penny Black blog is the next best thing. I hope you will share your work in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery so we can all be delighted and amazed.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 40-454 Tandem, 30-345 Perfect Pairing, 30-334 Easter Parade, 30-340 Gentle Day
- Dies: 51-210 Pillow Box, 51-204 Circle Tags, 51-027 Triple Banner, 51-006 Flutters, 51-213 Half Circle, 51-132 Flights of Fancy, 51-221 Feel Better, 51-208 Trio of Trees, 51-212 Bow Set, 51-220 Party for You
- Designer Paper: 80-012 Wintertime