Runs with Scissors
Hey, there, Penny Black friends! I’m happy you could stop by again this week to see what I have been up to. The good news is that here in the United States the election is behind us and we can return to ordinary life. I admit to watching way too much election-related television lately.
As I mentioned last week, I have been watching Jill Foster’s how to videos that Penny Black club members received by email recently. This week I want to share with you what I learned about making gift card holders topped with various images and diecuts from the Festive Wishes and Magic of the Season releases. If you haven’t already joined the Penny Black Club, be sure to click on the “Join the Club” choice at the top of the blog (or click HERE). It’s easy, free and fun and ensures you will receive all the latest Penny Black news, technique videos and early peeks at the latest releases.
My first tag is a duplicate of the gift card holder that Jill made with one exception. After unsuccessfully trying to watercolor the adorable pup from the Snow Much Fun stamp set, I surrendered and colored the images with Copic markers. Jill makes it look easy and I’m sure I make it more difficult than it should be. But I loved the idea of making gift card holders and adding decorations. The little birdie in boots is from the same set. And the third card holder is topped with the diecut Xmas Tree, trimmed with red enamel dots. The possibilities are endless. I realized it doesn’t matter which designer paper you choose from the Holiday Trimmings paper pad, every pattern looks great as a gift card holder. I hated having to resort to giving gift cards for Christmas, but as the people in my family grew more sophisticated and the grandkids grew older, my chances of successful gift choices grew pretty slim. Better safe than sorry I say.
It took me awhile to decide how to use this great prancing reindeer from the Merry Jingles set. I knew he needed to be airborne. I’ve placed one of the Chapels amid some snow hills for the deer to leap over. The snow bank made a great place to stamp that Merry Christmas sentiment. The white and gold color theme adds some elegance, don’t you think?
I must share with you, Dear Readers, that sometimes I worry that I’ve run out of stories to share with you. I’ve come close sometimes; the cockroach and carrot stories come to mind. And sometimes something happens in my life that just demands to be shared. This past week provided one of those happenings.
Now I’m sure many of you will relate when I tell you that I prefer to be the one to bring the mail in from the street side mail box. This just prevents having to explain the little packages that sometimes arrive for me. Sometimes Mr. RWS becomes puzzled when he sees more “stuff” arriving after having listened to me complain about how much “stuff” has taken over the craft room.
Well, last week Mr. RWS was watching from the door as I walked back to the house from the mailbox. As I was walking, I was trying to remember what I could possibly have ordered that would fit in the three rather small white boxes that were part of the mail that day. How could I explain that I didn’t even remember ordering anything, much less anything that would come in three small white boxes.
Mr. RWS’s face lit up when he saw the packages. “They are for you”, he exclaimed. Oh, I thought, how sweet. Last week it was flowers from the youngest son; this week who knows what fun little gifts Mr. RWS had ordered for me.
As Mr. RWS stood watching, I cut through the tape and opened the first box to find a jar of eye crème. The second box contained anti-aging crème and the third box held ageless facial serum.
There stood Mr. RWS, face beaming, an expectant expression on his face. And there I sat, speechless. This could have been a turning point in our marriage. Words matter, I remembered. I filtered out most of what first came to my mind and finally said, “Tell me about this.”
It seems Mr. RWS saw an ad on television for the eye crème offering a free jar “just pay $5.00 shipping and handling”. I can hear it now, “But wait, there is more! Act now and we will include the anti-aging crème and the ageless facial serum, just pay the extra shipping and handling.” It seems Mr. RWS, sometimes known as “darling”, remembered my mentioning (only occasionally) the bags under my eyes. He was thrilled to have been able to solve my problem for a mere $15.00.
Dear Reader, he sincerely thought he was doing a nice thing. But I put this in the same dangerous territory of answering the question “Does this outfit make me look fat?” Sometimes one should be aware of where the land mines are.
We are still married, so I think I navigated this event successfully. However, I have two concerns. First, the print on the jars is so tiny there is no way that anyone with any wrinkles can read the directions; thus I am doomed to failure. My second concern is that these free items may be the beginning of some sort of subscription and because the word “cream” has been spelled “crème”, I do believe they will be expensive.
Is anyone keeping count of the number of times I’ve mentioned the awesome assortment of sentiments that Penny Black has provided us with the new releases? This time I have taken my trusty scissors and cut the large sentiment from Holy Night in half in order to put the Manger diecut between the sentiment’s message. This card may be a bit geometrical, but I think this sentiment and the Manger diecut are a perfect pair.
People who live where the winters are fierce either learn to enjoy the cold outdoors or stay cooped up for half the year. These cute little mice from the Santa’s Helper stamp set have bundled up and gone out to play. While I did do some sledding while growing up, I never ice skated enough to become good at it. It looks like these mice are young enough to learn quickly how to sled and skate. I am having a lot of fun this year mixing and matching Penny Black stamps and dies to make little winter scenes. As you know, I love “cute”.
As promised, here is Snowy with his lovely family. At last, they are reunited after Mama Alma along with Lucas and Elsa were finally granted visas. I’m sure there is a story behind how this family came to be and I plan to check with my friend Birgit who first leaked the news about Snowy having a family in Sweden. In the meantime, this looks like a very happy snowperson family. The tree you see in the photo is from the stamp Tranquil. I was able to stamp the tree image with the help of my MISTI and my Tombow markers. Stay tuned for the rest of the story and my ongoing marathon of Snowy cards.
I have permission from Evelyn and Jack’s parents to share this adorable photo of them in their Halloween costumes. The family has annual passes to the zoo and it is a favorite place for Ev and Jack to visit. They each are dressed as their favorite zoo animal. Shockingly, they are now 3 and 2 years old. Forgive this grandma for believing these are among the cutest little kids ever!
This picture will give you some idea of the mild non autumn weather we’ve been having here in northern Alabama. This is the beautiful Tennessee River, about two miles from my home. Cooper loves it when we visit this area and he’s allowed to roam and sniff to his heart’s content. In the distant background you can see the mountains I’ve described that surround our city. The trees have barely begun to turn and the temperatures are still very warm.
Oh my, I do believe I am still feeling the effects of the change to Daylight Savings Time. I have lost track of my day and I’m worried I may have missed a meal or two in the confusion. I’d better clean up and pack up before I wear out my welcome here on the blog. And it must be time to apply my eye crème, or is it time for the anti-aging crème? Then there is the ageless facial serum … oh, my! I’m worried that the one extra hour of daylight in the morning is not going to be enough for my new beauty routine. Please, somebody, take away my scissors before I hurt myself! See you in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. I hope you still recognize me without the baggy eyes and all the wrinkles.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies
- Card No. 1 Tag Trio: 30-388 Snow Much Fun, 30-386 Wintertime Cheer, 30-307 Holiday Snippets, 51-191 Gift Card, 51-261 Xmas Tree, 80-013 Holiday Trimmings
- Card No. 4: 30-385 Santa’s Helper, 30-387 Festive Snippets, 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-270 Beneath the Birches
- Card No. 5: 40-502 Tranquil, 2521K Snowy, 2526K Snowy Family, 51-266 Frosty/Snow Match, 51-248 Merry Christmas