Runs with Scissors
Hello, again! Here we are at the end of another month: September which brings along the end of summer. Is it just me or do summer months speed by more quickly than those of winter? Finally, in all parts of the United States the children will be back to school. The children of Alabama have been at their school desks since the first week of August; schools further north follow the more traditional start date of after Labor Day, probably because summer is shorter and more treasured “up north”.
Actually, it’s amazing that I know what month it is or what month is coming next. It has not been an easy re-entry to my life and routine after our time spent traveling and being with family in Wisconsin.
The Autumn Splendor transparent set includes this happy scarecrow image. For some reason, I love coloring pumpkins and this set has pumpkins aplenty. As much as I love summer and her bright colors, I am ready for the more subdued colors of autumn. I’ve colored with Copics, fussy cut the scarecrow and mounted him on the face of the card with dimensional tape. I am dipping my toes slowly into the holiday season card making.
The Spooky Fun transparent set has a great assortment of Halloween images, including this large billboard stamp. I stamped it with black Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The raven and bat are cut using the Halloween Creatures die set. Halloween is a good time to use up your spooky-colored patterned paper. Between the Spooky Fun transparent stamp set and the Halloween Creatures die set, you have enough spooky images to make Halloween cards for everyone on your list.
What would Halloween be without a black cat and a few bats? And all the better if they are hanging out in the forest. The cats and bats are from the Spooky Fun set and I have changed the Wintery Trail serene snow scene into the perfect spooky hangout. I don’t think this is what Penny Black had in mind for this stamp, but that’s what happens when you run with scissors.
As I mentioned earlier, re-entry to “normal” life has not been easy. You can hear the quiet in every room of our house. There are no little people running circles from the living room, through the kitchen, the playroom, down the hall and back again. There are no lap-sitters to keep this grandma anchored; no little eyes to see the world through; no cute little voices calling “PopPop”; no happy faces enjoying an ice pop treat. Ah, and we won’t be going to the zoo tomorrow or the State Fair the next day. No corn dogs and French fries for lunch at our favorite frozen custard restaurant. Yes, I don’t have to share my IPad anymore, but I would happily give it up for more time with the grandbabies.
Yes, it is true. Evelyn, at age 3, knows how to operate my IPad. I am only allowed to enter the passcode and she does all the rest. She knows how to access the TV shows and movies available through Amazon Prime and clicks on her favorites. My time on the IPad was after the little ones’ bedtime and I didn’t dare forget to charge the battery overnight.
I don’t think I really “got it” how much my IPad became Evelyn’s until I found an email from the folks at Amazon themselves after we arrived home. The email said, “Based on my previous viewing habits Amazon Prime recommends ‘Dora the Explorer’”.
And as if that was not enough, they also sent me an email requesting I provide a review of “Go Diego Go”. Sigh.
We have now been home two full weeks and I seem to have adjusted. After having been gone from our home for about 12 days, I saw things differently upon our return. Everything looked so uninterestingly the same: same old couches, same old carpet, same old paint colors, same old stuff. We have lived in this house for almost 11 years and I realized the furniture and accessories and pictures are all in the same place we put them the week we moved in. Poor Mr. RWS was very concerned when I declared we were going to get rid of everything and buy all new stuff! Well, it’s been two weeks now and so far I have replaced two worn out wastebaskets. It’s a start!
Mr. RWS is fervently praying it’s just a phase I am going through.
Last week I used the Berry Delight pear Stickeroo to make a Christmas card. This week I have used the Perfect Pear cling stamp to make a Thanksgiving card. I used Tombow markers and colored directly on the stamp. I see no reason to limit this image to the holiday season. I know I will be trying other methods to color the pear and will be using it for many different occasions.
When I began working with the incredible Rendezvous stamp, I had no intention of making a Christmas card. But I was inspired by Jill Foster’s use of non-traditional colors for Christmas cards and thought, “Why not?” And this is what happened. The Bird Amidst the Holly die creates an adorable bird and he was just the right element to make this image into a Christmas card. I created the background by blending Luxe inks, drying well, and then overstamping the tree image with VersaMark ink and embossing with white. This is a great year round image for any occasion. The men in your life will love it on the cards you make for them.
This is scary to put into writing, but I have decided to include one Snowy card in each of my posts until Christmas. That sounds more difficult than it is; there are only about 13 more blog posts until Christmas! Now, that’s scary!! Anyway, here he is, my favorite Penny Black stamp of all time. I colored him with Copics and then put some of the blender solution onto a textured cloth and tapped it gently onto the scarf and hat area. I like the textured look that created. And this time, silver glittery trim, some snowballs and a few glittery embellishments behind the acrylic circle to make it a shaker card. What do you think? Can I come up with 13 more ideas for this cute little guy?
This is Cooper with his BFF, Deuce. Deuce is the resident dog at the home where we leave him when we travel. He is Cooper’s first doggie friend and it is so fun to see them together. Sadly, I don’t think Cooper has adapted to being home either. He has gone from having three doggie playmates who love to jump and wrestle and chase to living with two senior citizens who no longer do any of those things. I try to console him with a daily walk to the park and playtime with blankie and toys in the evening. I don’t think he was meant to be an “only dog”.
Not only is it the end of August, it is now the end of my time on the Penny Black blog for today. The tiny vacuum has cleared up all the tiny bits of diecuts. I’ve cleaned and repackaged the stamps so everything is in good order for Monday, when the work begins here at Penny Black. When I get home I plan to spend more time with Jill’s videos showing the Top Three Holiday Stamping Techniques with the MISTI. If you missed that video and all the others this past week, they are there forever so you can catch up quickly. If you learn like I do, watching a video is better than reading instructions.
Scissors stowed: check. Mess cleaned up: check. Vacuum put away: check. Nothing left to say except I will be visiting the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to see your amazing Penny Black creations. See you in September!
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Card No. 1: 30-372 Autumn Splendor