Runs with Scissors
Well, I noticed as I was heading for the Penny Black blog this week that the merry month of May is packing its bags and making room for June to bust out all over. Maybe it’s because I run with scissors a lot, but the months don’t seem to be hanging around very long. Here on the blog, however, it’s all about A Little Bit of Sunshine, no matter the month.
Emboss resist is my friend. I stamped and embossed the Sunbursts stamp on white cardstock and then used my blending tool to blend my Memento Luxe inks. I made the card front more interesting by cutting an inch off the embossed image and stitching the yellow dotted paper to the card front. You will love this classic and happy Sunburst floral image, so right for so many occasions. Here I’ve made a birthday card, but that patterned paper panel would accommodate any sentiment.
How fun it is to color this summer garden image called Good Neighbors. Here I’ve used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and painted quickly for a very casual watercolor look. The image includes flowers, birds and birdhouses and I’ve added butterflies and a garden fence. There’s more than a little bit of sunshine in this garden scene and add any sentiment you like, from Happy Birthday to encouragement to thank you.
Coloring the Scented Beauty rose is made easier by the “built in” shading. For this sympathy card I wanted to feature the sentiment more than the flower, so I placed a layer of vellum over the image and layered the sentiment on the vellum. That sweet square is from the Gift Card Pocket die set and is the perfect size for the Happy Snippets sentiment. The variety of fonts and the number of sentiments in the Happy Snippets set is amazing.
Part Two: Cooper Comes Home (Part One HERE)
I wouldn’t call it a successful Meet and Greet. It’s a wonder Shawn let us take Cooper home! When she handed him to us, we turned into babbling idiots, repeating over and over “He’s so big!” And finally, “He’s so beautiful!” We were still trying to figure out how a Poodle/Bichon mix dog turned out to be so much larger than we imagined.
Cooper mostly ignored us while we tried to connect. Any attempts to pet him or get close were not successful. I believe Shawn finally realized any placement for Cooper was going to be difficult for him and at least we were providing a quiet home. So finally we got into our car and Shawn put Cooper on my lap and off we went for the two hour drive home.
Poor Cooper! He was very unhappy on my lap so we put him on the middle seat of our mini van from which he promptly jumped down onto the floor and curled himself up as small as he could. We later learned he had no experience in car travel. He looked absolutely miserable and terrified and car sick.
I realized how frightened he had been when we let him off his leash upon arriving inside the house and he took off like a flash and instinctively found a hiding place under our bed. There went our visions of one big happy family.
He really seemed lost and confused.
When outside, he kept checking to make sure we were still around.
Cooper had been owned by a breeder, not socialized to being part of a family or attached to a human. He was a few days short of being two years old when we adopted him so he had missed out on learning many things as a puppy. He had been confined indoors with limited exposure to people or the world.
Cars terrified him, either being in one or having one pass us by as we walked. It was heartbreaking to watch him cringe and cower and try to escape as a car drove by. He was frightened of people out for a walk, anyone on a bicycle, and worst of all a pickup truck pulling a trailer.
Cooper lived for feeding time. Food was the way to his heart, for sure. Cooper’s begging for food and gulping it ravenously concerned me enough that I contacted Shawn for more information about his life before being rescued. While Cooper had been fed and wasn’t starved, he was fed the minimum possible in order for the breeder to profit.
Like many rescue dogs, what Cooper needed was time to develop trust. We were encouraged to just push Cooper through the things that frightened him. Eventually he learned how the world worked. I think we suffered right along with him as he coped with new experiences. I admit to courting his favor with the use of Cheetos.
It was not all without humor, though. One day I dug through the coat closet to bring forth my ironing board. I must have been doing some hemming or emergency pressing that did not respond to “throw it into the dryer for a few minutes”. Cooper was in the room where I was setting up the board and went into full attack mode: barking fiercely, feet firmly planted, ready to pounce on this scary invader. It was hysterical and I assured Cooper I felt the same way about ironing boards!
Cooper has a love/hate relationship with the vacuum cleaner. I think he is fascinated by the headlight, but leery of the noise. He hasn’t tired of following me around when I vacuum and it’s been almost five years. He loves it when I take up the area rugs to wash floors. He plants himself firmly in the middle of the rug and takes a “magic carpet” ride as I drag it out of the room.
We delight in all the learning that has occurred in his five years with us. He chewed a shoe only once. He lost his housebroken manners only once. He does not bother anything that is not his, unless it is a Copic marker that has fallen from the desk. There is something about that plastic!
The violent car sickness has ended. He has made a friend and delights in playing with the resident dog where we board him when we travel. He is eager and quick to learn and most of all, he lives to please us. It is heart wrenching to watch him apologize after he’s been scolded (mostly for running after moving objects when unleashed for a quick trip with Mr. RWS to the curbside mailbox).
It’s been a joy sharing the story of how Cooper became a part of the RWS family. Mr. RWS and I don’t think in terms of our having rescued Cooper; we know he has rescued us from our predictable, sometimes boring retirement life. We see life through his eyes. He has made it necessary for us to go walking several times a day. We laugh as we attempt to brush his teeth and he eats the toothpaste. He makes us smile when he brings his blanket for a tug of war or his “froggy” for a game of Keep Away. I say “shoes on” (meaning I have to put my shoes on) and he is leaping for joy because he knows we are going to the park. He watches with a worried look on his face when he sees me curling my hair and putting on makeup; he knows I’m going somewhere. He hides under the bed when we turn the shower on; this time it might be a bath for him.
Cooper, like all dogs, lives for and enjoys each day and provides us with unconditional love. Mr. RWS and I both wish we were worthy of Cooper’s adoration and loyalty. We remain forever thankful that Snooty Giggles’ director, Shawn, made the executive decision to place Cooper with us. Oh, and how did a Bichon Frisse/Poodle mix turn out to be bigger than we imagined? The Poodle part is Standard Poodle!
Who doesn’t love a pun? The Animal Wisdom set has four images and six sentiments which give great options. My grey and black color combination with a touch of red makes this card just right to send to a guy who needs a bit of encouragement. The other images will all adapt well to masculine cards, too, without leaving the ladies out of the fun.
If you are looking for unbridled enthusiasm (pun intended) look no further than Bronco Becky and her trusty rocking horse. Who could hold back a smile if they found this happy card in their mailbox? I love the adorable little tot images in the eight mini transparent sets included in this release.
No stamping at all on this Bon Voyage card. I’ve used the houses and autos from the Mini Community die set and the sentiment and airplane are from the Love to Travel die set. There is something about items in miniature that are so appealing. The Mini Community die set can be used to make great backgrounds for larger images as well as to become part of a scene using the awesome landscape stamps. Those little autos remind me of the old Plymouth that our family traveled in from Alabama to Texas when my Army Dad was transferred. It’s a wonder that car made the trip.
Cooper is used to living a very quiet, calm life. He isn’t crazy about car rides and he definitely dreads baths and grooming appointments. Recently I was unable to get an appointment with his long time groomer and in desperation took him to a Big Box pet store to be groomed.
The resulting haircut was so bad that Mr. RWS took Cooper back two days later to correct some of the worst spots and I think the stress was too much for him. This is the next day, when I was finally able to coax him out of the corner where he was hiding behind a chair. After a lot of cuddling and many apologies he fell asleep. It may have been the stress of it all, or he may have caught a glimpse of his awful haircut in the hall mirror. Thankfully, the next day he was back to normal: the haircut, however, will take some time to grow out.
Time to go! As soon as I find where I left my scissors I will stow them away. I am forever misplacing my possessions and would be worried about the condition of my brain except it’s a situation that has plagued me since childhood. For sure, I do know how to find my way to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery and can’t wait to see the beautiful work you’ve posted there.
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