Runs with Scissors
Hello, my Penny Black friends. I am happy to see you all, but I ask that you don’t get too close. I have a cold, complete with a nose that won’t stop dripping. While I am willing to share everything I own, I am not so willing to pass this cold along.
In spite of having one hand busy tending to the drippy nose, I have succeeded in making an assortment of cards using the new release Festive Wishes. Actually, I believe anyone can make cards one-handed with these beautiful stamps and dies.
I hope Penny Black will forgive me for turning this beautiful On the Lake landscape into a spooky Halloween card. I love the idea that there are scary little critters hanging out in the trees and bushes. I created the background using alcohol inks and once I saw how the colors combined, I decided it looked more spooky than lovely.
The Skyward cling stamp is tall enough to make larger cards, but for this card I used only the upper branches. I blended Luxe inks for the background and then stamped and embossed the tree and birds images. Skyward will be a great stamp to use for winter cards, also.
Penny Black has released several amazing holiday sentiment sets and I wanted to feature some of them this week. The dove that is the Peaceful Wishes die is perfect for adding dimension to this classic Christmas quote from the Holy Night transparent set. I chose navy blue and gold for this card, but the color combinations are almost endless. I stacked three dove diecuts for dimension.
At long last, autumn is finding her way to northern Alabama. Our city is nestled in a “bowl”, surrounded by tree covered mountains. Well, in a lot of places they might be called “hills” but here they are called mountains. The highest in our city is Monte Sano at 1,600 ft. which can be enough elevation to make the difference between clear roads and icy roads. Our mountains are the foothills of the Appalachians, although the Appalachian Trail begins in Georgia, our neighbor.
Many of our citizens travel “over the mountain” daily getting to and from work. During this time of the year, the view is spectacular as Mother Nature displays her beautiful tapestry of glowing autumn colors. When the sun is shining brightly on this awesome array, there are hardly words to describe it. Drivers often pull over to the lookouts in order to spend time taking it all in.
Mr. RWS and I had an autumn ritual during the years we lived in Wisconsin. I would put on a pot of vegetable beef soup on low simmer, put a few apples in our jacket pockets and head to the Horicon Marsh, a fifty mile drive. We would join visitors from all over the country to hike the boardwalk trail through the marsh and experience the arrival of tens of thousands Canadian Geese who stop over on their journey to southern Illinois where they winter. If you marvel at the sound of one goose honking, try to imagine thousands of them flying noisily overhead. We happily munched our apples and experienced the flora and fauna of the marsh. With rosy cheeks and toes nipped by the cold, we were happy after our long hike to turn up the heat in our car and head home. Vegetable soup and a good thick slice of French bread never tasted so good.
Autumn in Wisconsin was not all happy news. The coming of October and early November always reminded me that the fierce Wisconsin winter was not far away. I wasn’t always able to enjoy all the beauty of autumn due to my dreading of winter. It was the same feeling one has while on vacation; yes, each vacation day is wonderful, but each day means you are one day closer to it being over.
Autumn in Alabama is not all about beauty, either. The cooler days mean there is no longer a good excuse to avoid household chores. Mr. RWS and I had good intentions last spring of purging and cleaning the garage and attic. The plan was to purge as if we would be moving and would be charged by the pound for whatever we took with us. In my mind, that meant 50% or more of what we stored in the garage and attic had to be thrown out or donated.
Somehow we let those beautiful spring days go by without tackling the great purge. Not this time, though. On the morning of the first cool day, we dressed in our best garage cleaning finery, brought the big mean green trash container into the garage and began.
Dear Reader, it did not go well.
If you are not really moving in a week or two, the penalty of paying per pound for what you keep is not real. Sentiment rushes in where good decisions should reside. Almost everything was “too good” to get rid of. And, “we might need that someday” cropped up often. I did manage to pry the cardboard box of miscellaneous cables and cords from Mr. RWS’ grip and convince him that if we ever did need a cable or cord, we would not know which of this tangled mess was what we needed. The oscillating table fan that has stood sentry over the garage from its top shelf for at least nine years was declared a necessity in case Mr. RWS decided to work on his stained glass hobby in the garage during the hot summer. Never, ever has happened; never ever will happen. But there it remains.
We did fill up the mean green trash can and one big black garbage bag. Did not get to the wall of shelves that hold the charcoal grill we never use, the croquet set that hasn’t been out of its zipper bag in at least nine years and the blanket the movers left behind eleven years ago when we moved into this house. And since we didn’t know which Saturday is the one to take the old paint cans to the hazardous waste site, they are still perched under the work bench.
Some memories and traditions of autumn are better than others, I say. I do know we have moved many times in our marriage and when the time comes, we do purge furiously. All I have to do is remind myself that we managed a move from our 3,000 square foot home into our 400 square foot RV. For now, I will be content that we tidied up the garage, even finding a home for the golf caps and the umbrellas. The battery assortment is enjoying its own cubby and the attic contents have heaved a sigh of relief.
Snowman Joy is the perfect name for this delightful die. With his big smile and upward thrust arms, his joy is unmistakable. I’ve paired him with the Snowy Layered Tree and a cold winter sun. I will be making more snowman cards with this happy fellow, for sure.
After seeing Jill Foster’s use of pink in this lovely card I was inspired to use pink myself. This is another of the beautiful sentiments from the Yuletide Wishes transparent set. The wonder of a child at Christmas is indeed part of the miracle.
Ta-Da! Here is Snowy #9 in the Snowy Challenge. This time he is wearing his tan plaid vest with complementary brown scarf and hat. He is enjoying his time in the woods but enjoys being near the Mini Community in the background. We are halfway through the challenge … only 9 more Snowy’s ‘til Christmas.
Mr. RWS decided this morning that he and Cooper would take a LONG walk. Long, as in I almost got in the car, drippy nose and all, to go look for them. Cooper hasn’t been the same since they got back. For one, he is really annoyed and it looks like he is trying to let me know. Right after the photo, he went to lie down on the cool ceramic tiled floor in the bathroom. He wanted nothing more to do with the humans who manage his life.
And there we have it. One box of tissues later we have arrived at the end of another Runs with Scissors post. I have sanitized the dies and stamps I played with and stashed the scissors until next time. I am hoping Mr. RWS has hot tea and cinnamon toast waiting for me at home, just like my mother used to do for me when I sick in bed as a child.
Thank you for leaving such lovely comments. They really do brighten my day and keep me motivated. I am planning to visit the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to see your lovely art … right after my nap.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies
- Card No. 1: 40-501 On the Lake, 51-245 Halloween Creatures
- Card No. 2: 30-320 Spread Cheer, 40-500 Skyward, 51-072 Autumn Jewels, 51-071 Words of Gratitude
- Card No. 3: 30-383 Holy Night, 51-278 Peaceful Wishes
- Card No. 4: 30-387 Festive Snippets, 51-272 Snowman Joy, 51-277 Snowy Layered Tree, 51-246 Silly Birds
- Card No. 5: 30-389 Sharing a Song, 30-382 Yuletide Wishes
- Card No. 6: 2521K Snowy, 51-266 Frosty/Snow Match, 51-229 Mini Community, 51-171 Nature’s Beauty, 30-307 Holiday Snippets