Runs with Scissors… and Laundry!
Hello, Penny Black friends. I’m so glad you popped in for a visit to the blog today. I’ve been here for a little while and have my cards ready to share with you.
In spite of the mid-summer-like heat where I live, I am going forward with my fall-themed and Christmas holiday cards using stamps and dies from the Autumn Wishes and Magic of the Season releases. Thankfully, the heat and muggies have not crept into the Penny Black studio and I am enjoying the virtual change of seasons.
As I’ve said before, I love coloring pumpkins. This time I tried something different using the pumpkin stamp from the Autumn Splendor transparent set. I stamped the image directly onto gingham designer paper and then added color to the pumpkins. I think it’s fun that the pattern shows on the pumpkins. I have certainly enjoyed using that Polaroid die! Once again it adds some interest to my image and gives me a place to stamp my sentiment. And how cute is the mix of polka dots and gingham?
I almost hope Penny Black doesn’t notice how I’ve used the lamppost from the Cone and Berries cling set. It’s certainly not decked out for Christmas. I love it when a stamp is versatile enough to use in different ways. I added some shiny enamel details to the lamppost and the spider, just to make things spookier. That Brick Wall background stamp, like the Polaroid die, is one of my go-to Penny Black items. It is never packed away.
Well, are these little dudes birds? The die is called Silly Birds, so it must be so. When I look at them, though, I see little ghosts. Perhaps Mama Bird dressed them as ghosts for Halloween. And that little guy that is upside down? I think he was running with scissors. Wait until Mama Bird finds out. I’ve combined die cuts from three different die sets for this card: Silly Birds, Beneath the Birches, and Halloween Creatures. I added some glittery night sky paper and a big harvest moon.
This week: a Queen
Last week I announced I officially reached Angel status. This week I will share with you a title I earned and was awarded years ago: Queen, as in Laundry Queen.
I have always loved doing laundry. And that’s a very good thing, being the mother of a large family. There is satisfaction to be had from turning the chaos of a pile of dirty clothes into neatly organized stacks of sweet smelling, fresh-from-the-dryer clothes.
I didn’t realize when my children were little that they had any idea where their clean clothes came from. That is until the Mother’s Day card I received one year from my elementary school aged daughter that depicted stick-figure-me sitting on our large sectional couch surrounded by folded laundry, sorted by child. The details even included the stacks balanced on the couch back, mostly kitchen towels and dish cloths.
Mr. RWS used to brag about the “magic laundry chute” in our home. He was in awe of how his dirty clothes went down the chute and somehow showed up neatly folded and on hangers, day after day. He even pointed out that feature to potential buyers when we put the house up for sale.
However, I was not awarded the Laundry Queen title officially until the week I shared with family at my sister’s Timeshare in the Carolina mountains. The unit came complete with a mini-sized stackable washer and dryer. Since we were a large group and clean towels were at a premium, I appointed myself in charge of ensuring everyone had clean towels when needed.
We might be playing cards, watching TV, or having refreshments. It didn’t matter. The buzzer on the dryer signaling yet another dry load was my “call of the wild”. Ahhh, the comfort of warm towels, fresh and clean and ready to be folded and stacked. Just like having money in the bank.
Perhaps the ultimate proof of my love of laundry came when I was completing my college degree as an adult. A Communications Class assignment was to deliver a demonstration speech. Suggestions were offered as to what to demonstrate, including perhaps your hobby. Since this was taking place before I had been introduced to stamping, and while I was still busy being a mom to a teenager, I had no hobbies. And then I remembered how I was always jokingly referring to doing laundry as my hobby.
Yes, I really did it. I took a clothes basket full of clean laundry in need of folding to my class. I stood before my classmates and demonstrated the fine art of folding laundry. They were not impressed with my tri-folded dish towels, the neatly folded squares of wash cloths nor the folded upon themselves socks. It wasn’t until I demonstrated how to fold a T-shirt so that it became a neat, tight oblong brick that they gave me their full attention. My Navy son, who shared a cramped bunk on the USS Abraham Lincoln, taught me how they folded their clothes so they took up as little space as possible. It is a skill I practice each day, even now.
My speech was well received and might have won “best in class” had it not been followed by a young woman who demonstrated how to make ice cream sundaes and proceeded to pass them out to the class.
Did I mention that Brick Wall stamp is a favorite? Here I masked off part of the stamp and hung my Christmas Stockings on the pretend fireplace mantel. I think Jill Foster’s love of teal for Christmas is rubbing off. The Christmas Stocking die set provides several variations for putting together the stockings. The holly trim is from the Bird Amidst Holly die.
Penny Black has offered several full-card-sized dies in their collection. This is one of the most intricate and beautiful, I think. When I am using a die this large and this intricate, I use a metal shim to make sure all the little pieces are cut through. A layer or maybe two of cardstock would do the trick, also. I always practice on a scrap sheet of cardstock to make sure I have the right combination of shims. For this card, I’ve used my last sheet of shiny red cardstock to cut out both the background and the circle for the Manger diecut. Once again, I used the little tag die from the Gift Card die set and stamped it with a tiny sentiment from the Holiday Snippet set.
Last, but not least, here is Snowy and this time he brought his friend along to be part of the fun. The blue background was created with Distress inks blended and then spritzed with a bit of water. The Snowies are wearing scarves and hats paper pieced with paper from Penny Black paper packs. I do love paper piecing; fool proof and fun. Those little hearts in the birch branches … could it be that love is in the air?
We made it to the groomer’s!! Cooper is finally fluffy and smelling gorgeous. Kind of like a batch of clean and folded laundry. I took many photos of Cooper when we got home and some show off his new hairdo better than this one, but I could not resist sharing this “Cooper with an attitude” photo. I think he enjoys being all cleaned up!
And now it is time to create order out of the chaos here in the Penny Black studio. Try as I might, I am a messy stamper. By the time I have finished with a project I have about ten square inches of space that isn’t piled high with stamps, dies, makers, tape and ink pads. I am, however, unable to leave it that way. Everything has a place and everything is put back into that place. Maybe that’s the reason I am invited back each week.
Thank you for sharing part of your day with me. I am off to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to admire and comment on your beautiful work.
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