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Video! Timeless Top Ten #6

March 17, 2019

Jill has not one, but two, card ideas for us today. Let’s join her and do the twist… the Floral Twist!

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40-676 Floral Twist
30-544 Sentiments
51-515 Butterfly & Leaves
51-528 Butterfly Garden Cut Out

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40-676 Floral Twist
30-544 Sentiments

Runs with Scissors

March 16, 2019

With the Ides of March behind us, St. Patrick’s day in front of us, and Daylight Savings Time a part of us, I say, “Hello, Penny Black friends”. I am reluctant to mention that spring has arrived where I live because I know many of you are enduring more snow and cold. Somewhere, too, summer is causing its own discomfort.

We stampers are a hearty bunch and know what to do when the weather is acting up. We seek comfort in our crafting space and seek joy in our stamps and dies and paper crafting projects. While our temperatures have been moderate, our rainfall has been almost continuous, putting me in the perfect mood for being creative.

Penny Black’s newest release, Timeless, brightens the gloomiest, coldest, and hottest days with its assortment of cute, elegant, floral and charming stamps and dies. Here’s what I did with some of them this week:

Here is a sweet Irish teddy from the mini set Irish Luck just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve colored him with Copic markers and added a few floral sprigs from the Poppy Edger die and combined the Square Frames and Diamond Cut dies for the background. If, as they say, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s day, it must hold true for teddy bears, too.  Oh, and there is a die to cut out that Irish teddy, Irish Luck Cut Out, but I had cut him out by hand before I remembered that.  I just hate when I do that! Matching dies are fun to use and ensure no tragic cutting accidents.

“Go big or go home” we are often told. I have boldly colored this big and bold butterfly from the Butterfly Garden stamp set and this time I used the matching die to cut it out. I mounted the butterfly along with the sentiment from the Awesome die set onto an oblong matt cut using the Swirly Stitches frame die set. And since I am still in my polka dot phase, I used the Drotlets stencil to create the background, again using that Swirly Stitches die.

I think these “Three Kind Mice” from the Critter Celebration set are so adorable perched on their floral pedestals. Again, I colored with Copics, fussy cut the images, and used dimensional tape to place them on their polka dotted Dotlets background. Oh, and I used the Burlap Edge die to create the “fence”. I can’t even promise this is the last polka dot background of the day.

Where Do I Begin?

It has not been an uneventful couple of weeks since the last issue of Runs with Scissors. If you promise not to tell the children, I will share the latest installment of our ongoing issues with appliances and all things with moving parts at our home.

“Where Do I Begin” is the title of a love song made famous by Andy Williams years ago. You may wonder how the death of two appliances turned into a love story. Bear with me, please.

A couple of weekends ago, in my need to feed my prednisone beast, I took a container of salted caramel ice cream from the freezer section of our thirteen year old refrigerator. I did notice a layer of frosted crystals on the frozen food, but didn’t become too concerned until I opened the ice cream container. The ice cream had turned into a thick liquid. I talked myself into believing that perhaps we had left the freezer drawer open at one time and proceeded to spoon that liquid yumminess into my mouth.

By the next day there was no denying our refrigerator was in its death throes, the only appliance we hadn’t replaced in the last few years. Thankfully, we had a smaller refrigerator in our garage into which we transferred the food that was still frozen. That evening I made the largest meatloaf ever from the thawed ground beef.

After visiting the big box store we were excited to choose one of the beautiful French door, stainless steel works of art now labeled a refrigerator, only to discover it is ¼ inch too wide for our space. Sigh. It was difficult to settle for a second choice. Kind of like being hungry for the restaurant’s prime rib special only to learn they had just served the last piece to someone else. The sirloin special just isn’t the same.

But choose we did and the store was able to deliver the new refrigerator the next day. As the delivery men were rolling the new appliance into the front door, I looked up at my recently deceased refrigerator and noticed the plastic container of the chips and pretzels still on its top. I quickly grabbed the dishpan-like container and wanting to hurriedly get it out of the way of the delivery men, without adding to the clutter in the kitchen, I stuck it into the empty oven space. To my credit, I did note to myself that this could be a bad idea.

All was well until that Sunday when it was time to make dinner. Mr. RWS noticed I was engrossed in a book and offered to preheat the oven for our pot pie Sunday dinner. Oh, dear Reader, so many if only’s … if only I had remembered the plastic pan in the oven. If only I hadn’t put it there in the first place. If only the refrigerator hadn’t died. If only I had gotten up to heat the oven. But life does not offer “do over’s”. You suffer the consequences of your stupid actions.

After about ten minutes, Mr. RWS rushed down the hall to tell me something was wrong with the oven. I immediately remembered the plastic pan and the chips. I couldn’t get to the kitchen fast enough. Mr. RWS got there first and quickly opened the oven door, which caused the smoky smoldering mess to burst into flames that leaped from the oven.

Closing the door contained the flames, but not the smoke pouring from the stove. Thankfully, it headed directly out the open kitchen window, not into the rest of the house.

Interestingly, we discussed rationally what to do next. Keeping the door closed kept us from a spreading inferno, but we realized the smoldering and smoke could go on for a long time. And of course, I was concerned about the next door neighbors who must have noticed the smoke and odor and the screaming smoke alarm. They probably thought I was just cooking again!

So, rationally, I told Mr. RWS that we needed a fire extinguisher and he needed to go to the nearest store and purchase one. Never mind that this trip would take at least twenty minutes from parking lot to store to fire extinguisher section to check out register and to home again.

I admit to considering calling the fire department while he was gone but was fearful of the mess they would make with their hoses and axes and fire deterrents. So, I waited and watched out the window anxiously for Mr. RWS and that fire extinguisher to arrive.

Finally, there it was … our car, turning into the driveway. I greeted Mr. RWS as my knight in shining armor, and looking at the bag with the fire extinguisher I noticed something else in his hands. He was carrying a bouquet of red roses!

I was speechless and couldn’t move for a moment, frozen with the idea that in the midst of this crisis, which I had caused by a stupid decision, Mr. RWS realized how badly I was going to feel and grabbed the flowers on the way to the checkout.

The fire extinguisher quickly extinguished the flames and smoke. The flowers went a long way to know I was forgiven and loved.

Now, if that’s not a love story worthy of a love song, what is?

These flowers are the Daisies from the cling set of the same title. I used the Honeycomb stencil to divide my card face in half, hiding the stems of the flowers. The Honeycomb background was the perfect place for the sentiment from the Awesome die set and the smallest butterfly from the Butterfly Garden Cut Out. Stencils have been a large help to me lately for creating backgrounds.

This is one of the images from the Cheering Critters stamp set and is perfect for celebrating life’s achievements. Again, I used the Dotlets stencil for the polka dot background and added a layer of cardstock framed with the Snowflake Stitches Frame die set and the sentiment from the same Cheering Critters stamp set. That stamp set has multiple critter images in celebratory mode to mark special occasions and achievements in the life of friends or family.


More than one comment has been left at the end of Runs with Scissors suggesting I occasionally include a card made with one of the older Penny Black stamps. I love that idea as I have many favorite “golden oldies” Penny Black stamps. This image is called Garden of Love and is a treat to color. I’ve framed her with the Lovely Border frame and   I hope you can feel encouraged to use some of your older stamps, too, and update them with new Penny Black sentiments or frames.

Voting Results

The votes are in and counted regarding Cooper’s ears. I was amazed that 95 of you commented and 92 voted. Here are the results of the voting:

For Long Ears: 36 votes. For Short Ears: 39 votes. There were 14 diplomats who suggested “both” via various methods. The other comments offered helpful advice about how bichons should be groomed.

Cooper is a mix of standard poodle and bichon. When we first adopted him, we had him groomed with the full bichon cut, round face, fluffy legs and all. We soon discovered that his curly poodle hair quickly took over and that bichon cut disappeared too soon. Being groomed was pretty traumatic for Cooper at first, so we simplified the cut as much as we could, being happy with clean and neat. The ears are the only variable now. It is interesting that Cooper can appear to be more poodle than bichon and vice versa depending on his haircut.

Cooper, Mr. RWS and I thank you for taking the time to vote. I think we will take the suggestion to alternate short and long. We love him either way.

I thought this would be the time to show the photo of the day we adopted Cooper, short ears and all. That is Shawn, the woman who founded and runs the Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue in Franklin, Tennessee, handing Cooper over to me that day in September of 2011. He was a month shy of two years old and terrified of most everything.

Enough chatting for now. The scissors are stowed. See you next time! Don’t forget about the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-538 Irish Luck, 51-499 Diamond Cut, 51-507 Poppy Edger, 51-517 Square Frames

Card No. 2: 25-007 Dotlets, 30-538 Butterfly Garden, 51-333 Awesome, 51-528 Butterfly Garden Cut Out, 51-502 Swirly Stitches

Card No. 3: 30-542 Critter Celebration, 30-239 You’re Retro, 51-504 Burlap Edge, 25-007 Dotlets

Card No. 4: 25-012 Honeycomb, 40-665 Daisies, 51-333 Awesome, 51-528 Butterfly Garden Cut Out

Card No. 5: 30-549 Cheering Critters, 51-375 Snowflake Stitches Frame, 25-007 Dotlets

Card No. 6: 40-271 Garden of Love, 51-484 Lovely Border

Bible Journaling with Penny Ward

March 15, 2019

Once a month, Penny Ward joins us with her inspiring and gorgeous Bible journaling pages featuring our products! You can read more about Penny and her Bible journaling tips HERE. We love her approach to Bible journaling: “I journal in a Bible to show my love of God and particular scripture most of the time. God gave me the crafty gene and I am showing him what He gave me. I am sure He loves it in His book no less. I also have a second Bible for reading.” So whether you are new to Bible journaling or a card-maker looking for stamping ideas and techniques, we welcome both you and Penny as we celebrate another EXTRA fun Friday with our fabulous friend.

This month’s Bible journaling page by Penny Ward epitomizes elegance and is truly a treasure.

She’s featured the birds and bow from our transparent set, 30-522 Love in Bloom, as the centerpiece of this page. We love how she simply outlined her stamped images in white to help them stand out and have a greater visual impact.

This neutral color scheme and overall layout would also work beautifully for cardmaking, too. Thanks, Penny, for such versatile inspiration!

30-522 Love in Bloom
30-528 Kisses & Wishes
51-209 Edger

Video! Timeless Top Ten #5

March 14, 2019

Our new cling stamps are perfect for the elegant, no-line watercolor look. Today Jill demonstrates an easy approach to this style.

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40-674 Bouquet Ballet
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

Video! Gimme 5 with Therese Calvird

March 13, 2019

Who’s ready for another video? Today Therese Calvird is here with her next Gimme 5 video where she features the creation of five same but different card designs. This month she’s going “over the top!”

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30-541 Good Wishes
30-559 Delicate Beauty
51-518 Delicate …Cut Out

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30-539 Tea Time
51-521 Tea Time Cut Out
51-441 Wood Floors

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51-511 Monarch
51-132 Flights of Fancy
30-539 Tea Time

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30-542 Critter Celebration
30-541 Good Wishes

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40-679 Rose Garden
30-541 Good Wishes

Video! Timeless Top Ten #4

March 12, 2019

Jill continues to count down her top ten favorite stamps, dies, and techniques featuring our newest collection, Timeless 2019. We’re headed out to the garden today. Grab your Creative Dies and join us!

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51-510 A Garden
51-497 Plant Our Love
30-223 Friendship Flowers


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51-503 Garden Box
51-525 Blooming Boots Cut Out
30-223 Friendship Flowers

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51-501 Hanging Planters
51-502 Swirly Stitches
30-223 Friendship Flowers

And before you go, don’t miss this sweet sneak peek…

Click HERE to visit our clean and simple stamping site for the full reveal, supplies, and instructions.

Boundless Beauty with Birgit

March 11, 2019

Who better to explore the newest stamps and dies from our Timeless 2019 collection than the fabulous Birgit Edblom?!

Today her cards feature springtime blooms and bright watercolor painting which “pops” against neutral and modern grey backgrounds.

Design details for the card above: Stamp 40-666 Blooming Boots with using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Waterford High White watercolor paper and paint with Daniel Smith watercolors. Fussy cut the image and place onto the background on 3D foam adhesive. The background was created with Daniel Smith watercolors and a stencil. Stamp the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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40-666 Blooming Boots
30-547 Grateful Sentiments


Design details for the card above: Add color to the stamp 40-672 Painter´s Vase with Caran d’Ache water color crayons and stamp to Waterford High White watercolor paper. Stamp the vase once more in the same way and cut it out. Place on 3D foam adhesive. Paint the background with Daniel Smith watercolors. Sentiment stamped with Ranger Archival Ink Pad.

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40-672 Painter’s Vase
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

Design details for the card above: Create a background with Daniel Smith watercolors and White Gesso Media by Ranger through a stencil onto Waterford High White watercolor paper. Paint 51-507 Poppy Edger with Daniel Smith watercolors and glue it onto the background. Sentiment stamped with Ranger Archival Ink Pad.

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51-507 Poppy Edger
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

Design details for the card above: Add color to the stamp 40-669 Radiant with Caran d’Ache water color crayons and stamp on Waterford High White watercolor paper twice. Cut into pieces and glue them to dark blue Bazzill cardstock. Place the pieces on the card with 3D foam adhesive and add the die cut sentiment, 51-494 Love & Miss You.

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40-669 Radiant
51-494 Love & Miss You

Love Birgit’s creativity as much as we do? Be sure to follow us on Facebook as we’ll be sharing more of her amazing cards on Friday!