Runs with Scissors
June has arrived and has brought my birthday with it. It is very neat and tidy to have a birthday on the first day of the month, but that often results in fewer or belated birthday cards because it sneaks up on the family. And sometimes the Memorial Day Monday with no mail delivery adds to the problem. It’s a problem easily solved: I celebrate a birthday week. Happy to me!
With the exception of the graduation card, all of this week’s cards include designer paper. I have so much paper hoarded that I will never use it up in my lifetime. It is with great satisfaction that I announce I used a total of eleven sheets of designer paper this week.
This Graduate Mimi woodblock stamp is one of my favorites (have I mentioned favorites before?). This card will be going out to a special young lady whom I have had the honor of watching grow up. I know they take a lot of space, but I treasure my Penny Black woodblock stamps. I’ve used the perfect sentiment for a graduate from the transparent set Soar and included her graduation announcement inside the card. The most difficult part of this card was making that silver tassel. I am very familiar with the colors of her high school as it is the same school from which my own children graduated.
The last time I used the Folk Flower die I cut it from white cardstock. This time I wanted those flowers to bloom in color. I prepared a sheet of white cardstock by blending various Luxe inks and then cut the Folk Flower from the multi colored cardstock. The strip bearing the sentiment is left over from the multi colored cardstock that I created. The background is designer paper with a subtle pattern that does not show up on camera.
Father’s Day is this month and I’ve made a card suitable for multiple occasions for a man in your life, but would make a great Father’s Day card. The tree is cut from the Serenity die and the sentiment is from the Eloquence transparent set of sentiments. Designer paper is a great way to call attention to your diecuts and stamped images. It can be a timesaver when you don’t have time to create a background of your own.
I confess that I spend more time on Facebook than I “should”. Of course I follow the posts of the Penny Black designers and Penny Black resident artist Jill Foster. And now and then a cute photo of grandchildren pops up. What kind of grandmother would I be not to “like” and “comment” on family photos?
The other day, I came across a photo of three lovely young ladies along with this saying:
Once in awhile
You need to pack
A bag, get the girls
And go on a
Well, that is one box I can check off on my Bucket List.
This is a photo of two of my friends and me in the London train station. From left to right is Judy, Judy and Anne. Here is how it happened that we took one of the greatest Road Trips ever:
It was an ordinary work day. We found ourselves having lunch at the same time, at the same cafeteria table, sharing the same newspaper. Yes, it was so long ago that there was still a daily newspaper. I happened to have the travel section and was reading a huge ad placed by an airline offering low cost fares to Europe.
I was reading the ad out loud to everyone at the table, remarking on the low fares to Paris and London. We began fantasizing about lunching in Paris or London instead of our government gray surroundings. This went on for a few minutes and then I finally said, “I don’t think I’m kidding anymore. I would like to take a trip to Europe.” My single friend Anne said, “If you choose London, I will go with you.” Married Judy said, “I’m in, but I have to call my husband first.”
The deals were only good for a day or two and limited in quantity so there was a need to decide quickly and purchase the tickets immediately.
This may sound prehistoric, but this was before cell phones so we married women had to call the spouses to let them know what we were planning. Notice I did not say “ask”! Married Judy knew her husband was out of town on business and could not be reached immediately so she made the decision to book the flight and let him know later. Anne was single and didn’t need to check with anyone.
Mr. RWS answered his work phone so I was able to tell him about our impromptu decision to take the ultimate road trip. Mr. RWS had been to London during his Air Force days and also was obliged to remain at home to tend to the last resident teenager in our home so his going along was not an option. (No one takes their husband on a Girls’ Road Trip anyway).
Mr. RWS was still expressing some hesitancy about my plan until I played the Beanie Baby card. We had joined the craze and had a very large collection of Beanie Babies, but were missing the Princess Diana Beanie. This had become our Holy Grail. I offered up to Mr. RWS that it would be an excellent chance to purchase the Princess Diana Beanie Baby and if possible buy several extra to sell for more than the $300 air fare. That sealed the deal.
Within an hour of reading that ad, we had set the dates and booked our flights. We would be gone for ten days in February, leaving on the 13th.
Judy and I were delighted to be going to London with Anne, a veteran of two previous London trips. Anne expressed delight and willingness to show us around the city. We also decided that our trip was long enough to allow a trip on the high speed train to the city of York where we would stay for two days.
We did our research on the computer and booked a room for three in reasonably priced hotels in each of the cities. It all fell together quickly and with ease.
Anne, the veteran European traveler, advised each of us to pack efficiently so as not to be burdened with heavy luggage that we would have to lug ourselves. Remember, this was all before limits on how much your suitcase could weigh and long before security checkpoints; in other words, when travel was easier.
The day finally came and the three of us met at the airport and stood in line together to check in. Judy’s suitcase was checked in first: no problem. My overstuffed suitcase, wobbling on its suitcase dolly, was next: no problem. And then it was Anne’s turn. Judy and I had stared in amazement at the giant sized suitcase Anne was wheeling when we met at the check in counter. We each had struggled with Anne’s directive “to keep it simple” and worried she might be upset with us because we knew we had packed enough clothes to handle any weather situation we might encounter in London in February.
Anne had trouble lifting her giant suitcase onto the scale so Judy and I helped her. The ticketing agent’s expression went a bit serious as she reached for a large roll of orange stickers. She ripped a sticker from the roll, slapped it onto Anne’s suitcase and Anne’s face turned as red as her hair. The sticker said, “HEAVY”. You can be sure we did not let Anne off lightly after all her admonishing us to travel light.
Finally, we were on our way!
Judy and I in our seats. Did I mention we traveled Economy Class?
I think I was feeling a little guilty for being away from Mr. RWS for Valentine’s Day.
To be continued
Coloring on kraft with Prismacolors is relaxing and yields a fun effect. I first embossed the image from the Cheery Chirps cling stamp and then colored with the pencils. I like the homespun look of the tiny gingham patterned paper. I couldn’t stop myself and added the silver string and pearl heart. I will put my sentiment inside the card this time. This cheerful image can be used for any happy occasion and colored with various mediums.
The cats in the transparent set Jazzy Cats are quickly colored and are the start of any fun card. Again, I had the men in our lives in mind with this card. It has earned extra points because there are two different designer papers here. I love this happy and enthusiastic cat and feel very trendy using the OMG sentiment from the Happy Snippets transparent set.
I have several pads of designer paper that include some beautiful dark colors. As I was taking the papers out of their packet I liked the combinations that settled next to each other and found a way to use them as I paper pieced this card. The cling stamp I used is called Mermaid Bath and the sentiment is from Happy Snippets. Those Snippet transparent sets are indispensable for smaller sentiments to fit on your cards. The Dew Drops that I’ve attached to the bubbles in the image must be at least ten years old. Now I own seven less; way to go, Mrs. RWS!
Cooper caught a mouse early one morning last week. Since Mr. RWS and Cooper were out and about at 6:00 am, I was still relaxing in bed when Mr. RWS came to tell me Cooper’s news. Cooper was bursting with excitement when Mr. RWS lifted him up to put him on the bed. “Stop”, I cried. “I can smell his mouse breath from here.” I guess it’s a guy thing …they were both so proud. He spent a good part of his day begging to go back outside for further mouse duty. When not allowed, he kept vigil at the window.
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