Welcome Back Runs with Scissors
Clunk, clunk, clunk … could someone hold that door open, please? Oh, thanks! I need to plop these suitcases down … and the toiletry bag … and the book bag … oh, and the snack bag! Finally, home again! I will be with you as soon as I throw in a load of laundry. Whew! Memories and laundry, that’s what we brought home from our almost two week trip to visit friends and family in Wisconsin.
Mr. RWS is busy cleaning up the car. Unfortunately many insects were harmed in the course of our road trip north and currently decorate the bumper and mirrors. I wonder what happened to all the little yellow butterflies that used to clog our car’s radiator “back in the old days”. Perhaps they evolved enough to stay clear of the Interstates!
We had a safe and comfortable trip, dividing the 750 miles each way into one long day and one short day so as to arrive early morning at the home of the two youngest grandchildren and their parents. We began each day of driving at 4:00 am and enjoyed having the road to ourselves for a few hours.
Thanks to the wonder of WiFi I was able to keep an eye on the Penny Black blog and the sneak peaks of the newest releases, Autumn Wishes and Magic of the Season. Be. Still. My. Heart. I don’t know which is more amazing; the stamps and dies or the artistry of the Penny Black designers who debut them.
And here I am back at the Penny Black blog, ready to play. However, I am not quite ready to give up on summer, so I’ve made a few more non-holiday cards before I jump into the holiday season. Mr. RWS has kindly taken over the laundry and unpacking, so I am free to share my latest work.
Mimi riding the dolphin from the Adventures transparent set is the image I hadn’t used yet. I colored her with Copics, created some dimension with the cut out circles and topped it all off with the gorgeous paper from the Golden Moment designer paper pad. I wish the sparkly and dimensional embellishments would be more visible in the photos, but they are there and in real life, add texture.
The Sweet Perfume slapstick stamp is very large and contains many floral images. I decided that one large flower would make a great focal point for one of the thank you cards I need to send to those who hosted us during our trip. I love when a stamp can be used in several different ways. I’m not the only one using only part of the floral stamps; I noticed several Penny Black designers doing this, also.
I’ve been keeping in mind a comment one of my friends made recently that she doesn’t see many cards suitable for males. So here is a card suitable for any of the men in your life, using only dies; no stamping required. Again, there are bits of glittery dots in the tree branches and the bunnies are “sparkle plenty”. I anticipate using the Into the Woods die year around, including for some holiday cards: think white and glittery.
I have taken a page from Jill Foster’s book by using color, color, color. I’ve colored the Trio of Trees by blending Luxe inks onto watercolor paper and then cutting, placing the dies onto the various splashes of color. Jill’s use of color is inspirational, and reminds me that trees can be any color we make them.
And now I begin my adventure into the holiday stamps.
Have you taken advantage of Penny Black’s Stickeroos yet? This gorgeous pear is one of the images on the newly released sheet of Stickeroos called Berry Delights. I thank the artist who originally colored this gorgeous pear, leaving me to enjoy the process of embellishing and matting, to make a card I will be proud to send. A reminder: the first thing you do when using Stickeroos is remove them from their backing and stick them onto cardstock, then trim around the sticker. It is so much easier to handle the stickers after they’ve been mounted to cardstock.
It’s a happy reunion with one of my very favorite stamps of all time. In the year 2002, Penny Black made the cutest snowman stamp ever. He is called “Snowy” and is a woodblock stamp. I was excited to see that this Magic of the Season release includes a die to cut this sweet image out. I may have to make at least one snowman card a week in order to satisfy my snowman craving. I’ve added glittery snow and glittery trim on his hat. I think Penny Black herself is in love with this little guy and thought of him when planning the dies for this release. Yay, and thank you, Penny Black!!
Here they are, the two youngest grandchildren in the RWS family, Evelyn and Jack. We took many candid shots of these beautiful children, but nothing compared to this portrait that we were presented by their parents, Scott and Sara. I am in love with the little red tennis shoes; and the adoring look Ev is giving her brother. How blessed are we?
We are fortunate to have a great place to leave Cooper when we travel. He stays with a retired law enforcement couple who have a beautiful home situated high above an amazing lake view. He becomes part of their family and loves the companionship of the resident dog, Deuce, and any other dogs that they are caring for. Vicki and Dave took Cooper for us in spite of having already booked two other dogs (They love Cooper and he was their first boarder), one being a standard poodle named Jackson. Cooper had no idea Jackson was a BIG dog and invited play as often as allowed. Vicki sends daily photos of Cooper while we are away and this is one of my favorites.
Of course, Cooper was happy to see us, but when it was time to get into the car for the trip home, he turned to return to the house where he had been having so much fun. It was kind of like picking up your child from summer camp; he wasn’t really ready to go back to the quiet life of being an only dog.
Like Cooper, we enjoyed being among friends and family. I especially enjoy being among people who talk with the same Midwestern accent I do. When we cross the state line into Wisconsin I always remark that finally, the people talk like me! We accomplished our entire agenda, including a reunion with friends from thirty years ago. Mr. RWS and I spent time in the town where we met and married; took photos of our more than 100 year old former home; and ate at the café where my sons worked during high school. My former neighbor and dearest friend and I picked up the conversation where we left off, as if no time had passed at all. It was what my spirit had been yearning for; the homesickness fell away.
On our last day in Milwaukee we attended the Wisconsin State Fair with the family and enjoyed their world famous cream puffs, pork chop sandwiches and deep fried Oreos. The grandkids did the pony ride, the foolish adults went down the super slide and we toured all the animal barns.
With those memories etched in our mind, we kissed the nap-ready babies good bye and got into our car for the trek home. Oh, but first Mr. RWS had to pull the car over a block from the house to comfort me as I sobbed. Good-bye was so hard and I didn’t want to break down in front of the family.
The trip home was pretty uneventful until we drove through downtown Nashville along with traffic from the two other Interstates that merged along with multiple lane closures. First I screamed and then I couldn’t breathe. Mr. RWS was much happier with the not able to breathe stage! Why he doesn’t just open the door and tell me to get out, I don’t know.
So that’s how I spent my summer vacation. I missed all of you and I’m glad to be back on the Penny Black blog. Hope you have been able to carve out time for friends and family this summer and nurtured your spirit with their love.
Now it is time for me to stow the scissors and get caught up on visiting the Penny Black Circle Flickr Gallery where I so enjoy seeing the wonderful art you post there.