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NEW! A Closer Look: So SENTIMENTal

August 3, 2018

This week we will be taking a closer look at all of the new stamps included in our newest collection, Christmas 2018. All of these new stamps (and the new Creative Dies, too) will be available in our online store beginning August 16. So over the next couple of weeks we invite you to enjoy the inspiration, hum some holiday tunes, work on your wishlist, and be sure to enter our GIVEAWAY (see below)!

What can we say… today’s post has us feeling SENTIMENTal!

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-510 Snowflake Sentiments

Card above features 30-510, 40-653

Introducing Transparent Stamp Sets 30-512 Joyful Sentiments

Card above features 30-512, 40-627

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-504 Christmas Sentiments

Card above features 30-504, 40-624

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-498 Peaceful Season

Card above features 30-498, 40-622, 40-640

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-508 Christmas and Love

Card above features 30-508, 30-499, 40-644, 51-435

Introducing Miniature 3 x 4 Inch Transparent Stamp Set including Creative Die ‘mountain’
30-506 He Is Born

Card above features 30-506, 51-440, 30-496

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-496 Lighting the Way
and Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-633 Nativity

Grab your stocking… we want to fill it up! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a shopping spree to our online store. We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms. THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during the next three weeks of “Closer Look” posts. (July 30-August 17)
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, August 19, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

One more thing… TGIF!

“Like” our page on Facebook for exclusive inspiration by Birgit Edblom!

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NEW! A Closer Look: Classic and Colorful

August 2, 2018

This week we will be taking a closer look at all of the new stamps included in our newest collection, Christmas 2018. All of these new stamps (and the new Creative Dies, too) will be available in our online store beginning August 16. So over the next couple of weeks we invite you to enjoy the inspiration, hum some holiday tunes, work on your wishlist, and be sure to enter our GIVEAWAY (see below)!

Two words to describe today’s new stamps…
classic and colorful!

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-642 Cheerful Christmas

Card above features 40-642, 30-504

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-646 Christmas Arrangement

Card above features 40-646, 30-507

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-648 Poinsettia Spiral

Card above features 40-648, 30-512

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-649 Christmas Poinsettia

Card above features 40-649, 30-498

Introducing Creative Die Set 51-474 Xmas Poinsettia Cut Out
(exact match die for 40-649 Christmas Poinsettia, shown above)

Card above features 51-474, 40-649, 51-451, 30-512, 51-409

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-645 Winter Chirps

Card above features 40-645, 30-512, 30-238, 51-398

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-647 Robin’s Christmas

Card above features 30-498, 40-647, 40-470, 51-373, 51-274, 51-397

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-500 Pine & Poinsettia

Card above features 30-512, 30-500

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-507 Sparkling Bright

Card above features 30-508, 40-628, 51-440, 30-507, 51-018

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-499 Hometown Christmas

Card above features 30-499, 30-507, 51-088

Grab your stocking… we want to fill it up! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a shopping spree to our online store. We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms. THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during the next three weeks of “Closer Look” posts. (July 30-August 17)
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, August 19, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

 

 

NEW! A Closer Look: Christmas Cuteness

August 1, 2018

This week we will be taking a closer look at all of the new stamps included in our newest collection, Christmas 2018. All of these new stamps (and the new Creative Dies, too) will be available in our online store beginning August 16. So over the next couple of weeks we invite you to enjoy the inspiration, hum some holiday tunes, work on your wishlist, and be sure to enter our GIVEAWAY (see below)!

Who’s ready for some Christmas cuteness?

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-644 Dancing & Prancing

Card above features 40-644, 30-504, 30-514

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-657 Holly Jolly Critters

Card above features 51-440, 30-489, 40-657, 51-474, 51-277, 51-412, 51-177, 51-369

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-651 Christmas Wishes

Card above features 30-510, 40-651, 51-422, 51-015, 51-369

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-656 Skate All The Way

Card above features 30-510, 40-656, 51-369, 51-416

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-509 Christmas Fun

Card above features 30-508, 51-440, 30-509, 51-152

Introducing Miniature 3 x 4 Inch Transparent Stamp Set 30-502 St. Nick

Tag above features 30-502, 30-507, 51-354

Grab your stocking… we want to fill it up! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a shopping spree to our online store. We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms. THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during the next three weeks of “Closer Look” posts. (July 30-August 17)
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, August 19, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

 

 

NEW! A Closer Look: Brushstroke Stamping

July 31, 2018

This week we will be taking a closer look at all of the new stamps included in our newest collection, Christmas 2018. All of these new stamps (and the new Creative Dies, too) will be available in our online store beginning August 16. So over the next couple of weeks we invite you to enjoy the inspiration, hum some holiday tunes, work on your wishlist, and be sure to enter our GIVEAWAY (see below)!

Get ready to deck the halls with our newest brushstroke stamps!

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-627 Christmas Glow

Card above features 40-627, 30-498

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-631 A Berry Branch

Card above features 40-631, 30-504

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-622 Christmas Red

Card above features 40-622, 30-498

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-626 Christmas Berries

Card above features 40-626, 30-512

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-659 Jingle Bells Trio

Card above features 40-659, 30-498

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-662 Elf Stocking

Card above features 40-662, 30-515

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-658 Winter Still

Card above features 40-658

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-628 Xmas Sprig

Card above features 30-514, 30-504

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-653 Bundled Up

Card above features 51-452, 30-504, 30-511, 40-653, 51-387

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp Set 40-638 Pine Forest

Card above features 40-638, 51-265, 51-368, 51-422

Grab your stocking… we want to fill it up! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a shopping spree to our online store. We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms. THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during the next three weeks of “Closer Look” posts. (July 30-August 17)
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, August 19, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

And before you go, don’t miss this week’s card on our SIMPLICITY site…

 

 

NEW! A Closer Look: Scenic Serenity

July 30, 2018

This week we will be taking a closer look at all of the new stamps included in our newest collection, Christmas 2018. All of these new stamps (and the new Creative Dies, too) will be available in our online store beginning August 16. So over the next couple of weeks we invite you to enjoy the inspiration, hum some holiday tunes, work on your wishlist, and be sure to enter our GIVEAWAY (see below)!

From cozy cabins to snow covered mountains, today we take a closer look at stamps that are perfect for creating scenic serenity on your holiday and winter-themed cards.

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-624 Winter Solace

Card above features 40-624, 30-508

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-655 Snow Trails

Card above features 40-655, 30-514, 30-498

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-636 Birches

Card above features 40-637, 30-498, 30-511, 40-636

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-629 Winter Tree

Card above features 30-504, 40-637, 30-514, 40-629

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-637 Winter Branches

Card above features 30-514, 30-504, 40-637

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-640 Snowflake Medley

Card above features 30-510, 40-640, 51-422

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-641 All Lit Up

Card above features 40-641, 30-514, 51-377

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-635 Peaceful Village

Card above features 40-635, 51-060, 51-422

Introducing Slapstick/Cling Stamp 40-654 Tranquil Hamlet

Card above features 40-654, 30-504, 51-352, 51-422

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-515 Snowy Cottage

Card above features 30-512, 30-515, 30-446, 51-397

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-511 Peaceful

Card above features 30-498, 30-511, 51-369, 51-397

Introducing Transparent Stamp Set 30-514 Season’s Marvel

Card above features 30-514, 30-504

Grab your stocking… we want to fill it up! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a shopping spree to our online store. We have for you THREE WAYS TO WIN… pick which works best for you, or enter on all three social media platforms. THREE happy stampers will win a $25 shopping spree to our online store. Here’s how to enter:

1: “Like” our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.
2: Leave a comment here on the blog during the next three weeks of “Closer Look” posts. (July 30-August 17)
3: Follow us on 
Instagram and leave us a comment there.

Note: You don’t need to do all three to qualify, please pick whatever works best for you, although we’d certainly love to connect with you in all three places. We will be choosing one winner from the Facebook entries, one from the blog entries, and one from the Instagram entries so the more ways you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Giveaway closes Sunday, August 19, at 11:59 PM PST.

And never fear, even though we do not have tutorials or supplies/instructions for each card shown today, our designers and crafty friends will be joining us very soon sharing tutorials, card details, and videos, too! In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our current videos on our YouTube channel as many of those techniques work great with these new stamps and dies.

Runs with Scissors

July 28, 2018

Wow! I just grabbed July by the tail as it went flying by. Last May I promised to be back in July and here I am! Summer is in full hot and humid bloom here in Alabama while our friends “down under” are dealing with cold. Don’t we live in an amazing world?

It’s a joy to be back in the Penny Black studio. I found my scissors just where I left them, a bit dusty but sharp and ready to get cutting.

The Nature’s Art release is as inspiring and beautiful as ever and I loved every minute I was playing working with these stamps and dies. Let’s see if I still know how to stamp, color and cut!

One can never go wrong with the emboss resist technique. I stamped the Parade of Flowers image with VersaMark watermark ink and then heat embossed the image in white. The Distress Oxide inks blend like warm butter and I used several orange/yellow tones for my background. The Wavy Stitch Edges die created the space to place the Fantastic die cut. I added enamel dot centers to my flowers in order to balance the black of the sentiment. While we are always happy to learn new techniques, our old techniques, like our old friends, can always be relied upon.

The Cup of Tea sentiment set has a great assortment of “tea themed” sentiments and I was delighted to match one of them up with the puppy image from the Good Times transparent set. That Ribbon Stacker die was a favorite upon first sight. There are so many ways to use it. Sunny yellow is always perfect for a get well or “cheer up” card.

I had a birthday last month and it has been a long-standing tradition between my best friend from 5th and 6th grade to exchange cards for our June birthdays. This year, there was no card for my early June birthday, but I sent a card and a note for her late June birthday. Well, this was the surprise delivered to my door one day; late for my birthday but abundantly beautiful to make up for the delay.

The bouquet in a basket was so overwhelming that saying “I love it’ just once would not have been enough. I used the Blossom Branch image as the background for the perfect sentiment from the Treasured Sentiments set. And now my thank you is later than her birthday greetings! But good friends don’t mind and always understand.

Where Have I Been?

And what was I doing there?

Dear Readers, I have been on a journey. And it has been the most important journey of my life. It was necessary to travel with as little baggage as possible, with no other obligations, and only Mr. RWS to accompany me. Thus, last May I took a leave of absence from Runs with Scissors and most other obligations or schedules in my life.

My journey began about six months before I wrote my last Runs with Scissors in May. I didn’t even know I was going anywhere but things were happening that set the course my life was taking.

I was having some crazy health symptoms that demanded my attention and filled my calendar with appointments to see one medical professional after another.   It all started last October …

… I was hurrying through the Atlanta airport to catch my flight for the last leg of my trip to Milwaukee to visit family when I was stopped in my tracks with the inability to catch my breath and enormous pain in my chest. My first thought was “heart attack” and my second thought was “how embarrassing”! I sat and rested for a few minutes and the symptoms cleared, and I had a lovely visit in Milwaukee.

It was during my Thanksgiving visit in Minneapolis when the same shortness of breath reappeared, despite my having been treated for possible bronchitis before I flew again. This time there were several dramatic instances of losing my breath, witnessed by family, that could not be ignored. I assumed the bronchitis had returned and I would be treated again upon returning home.

I was now firmly on the path of a six month journey to a diagnosis and treatment. The shortness of breath was the first sign of weakening muscles, others followed suit.

I will save you the details of the tests and specialists and waiting and possible diagnoses, some of which were very scary, indeed. It seems being short of breath is not to be ignored or minimized. None of the specialists lost interest or dismissed me, rather they made sure I saw yet another specialist or had yet another test!

The diagnosis, Dear Reader, confirmed by lab work, is a rare neuro muscular disorder called Myasthenia Gravis (MG). MG is an autoimmune disease which causes weakness in the skeletal muscles. My shortness of breath was due to weakened muscles in charge of my breathing. Something I used to take for granted, muscles doing their job, was now not to be taken lightly.

Now, you may think this news would have been devastating, but on the contrary, Mr. RWS and I almost danced in the doctor’s office to learn what I had was a lot better than some of the alternatives. While incurable, myasthenia gravis (MG) is treatable, can go into remission and does not ordinarily shorten one’s life span. I was diagnosed in April and quickly realized I needed to focus all my attention on getting well.

And so that’s where I’ve been and I am happy to be back. My doctor carefully added the medications I needed to become more “normal” and slowly but surely my muscles responded and I have been able to lead a life that is slower, but still a good life.

Now, no moaning or groaning or “poor Judy”, please. I have been grateful since that day when my symptoms had a name and we had a plan in place to get me breathing without difficulty and on my way to life out of my recliner and back into the real world.

So that’s where I’ve been since I was with you last: on my way back.

This issue of Runs with Scissors announces I can now sit at my computer, my fingers are typing again and my creative urge has returned. Having missed all those things just makes me more and more grateful to have them back!

Now that I have shared the diagnosis and the reason for being gone, I hope to share with you in the future about how one can live a good life in a sick body; how one can be grateful for what one has, not what is lost and how one can enjoy life even if it is at a slower pace. Most of all, I have learned how important it is to laugh.

Mr. RWS has been beyond helpful, nurturing and patient. We laugh at our predicament when his bad hand and my bad muscles act up at the same time. Together we get done what must be done with the parts that still work and move on!

As part of keeping myself healthy and using my energy carefully, I will not be able to do a weekly Runs with Scissors. Since I have the best job in the world, I have permission to show up as I am able. Since MG does not let me know in advance which will be a good day and which won’t, we are at its mercy.

Cooper has been my buddy through all the ups and downs of these past months. He doesn’t care that we don’t go to the park anymore or chase around the back yard. He just loves unconditionally and sits nice and close as needed.

It’s good to back!

I was in the mood for the dramatic and also for using some new cardstock I recently purchased. Simple stamping of the Garden Gems stamp in black ink onto the golden cardstock pleased my eye. I loved it even more with the bright white Love die cut.

This birthday card was so fun to make! I used the Art Deco Window, minus the “flaps” to create the frame for the kitty from the Birthday Critters set. I placed a piece of acrylic across the opening to provide an “anchor” for the flying mouse. I put glitter wherever my bottle of Nuvo drops took me. One cannot go wrong adding a touch of gingham now and then, either. When I do a cute little card like this I remember what made me fall in love with this hobby so many years ago.

Thank you, Penny Black for this beautiful sentiment which has become my mantra. This sentiment is from the Grateful Heart transparent set. By coloring and then fussy cutting the bird on a branch from the Singsong cling set, I was able to frame the sentiment with the image. As I used to tell my kids, “Life is choices” and no matter what your day or life brings you, we can choose gratitude.

Here is my team, Mr. RWS and Cooper, hanging out by the hanging plants in the patio area that I can see while sitting at my kitchen table. Those flowers are a symbol of my need to “smell the roses” and a motivation to unwind the hose each evening to keep them watered. Those flowers have been as beneficial to my health as the pills I take each day. Not to mention those two guys in my life!

I have stowed the scissors, put away all the stamps and dies and cleaned up my mess. I use a broom now instead of the vacuum and keep things on lower shelves to conserve my muscle energy. It is good to be in my happy place. See you next time. I will slowly make my way through the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery, where it is always a treat to see your lovely work.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 40-613 Parade of Flowers; 51-418 Wavy Stitch Edges; 51-427 Fantastic Thank You

Card No. 2: 30-463 Good Times!; 30-482 Cup of Tea; 51-409 Ribbon Stackers

Card No. 3: 30-356 Treasured Sentiments; 40-588 Blossom Branch; 51-397 Antique Frame

Card No. 4: 40-489 Garden Gems; 51-296 Love

Card No. 5: 30-466 Birthday Critters; 51-443 Art Deco Window; 80-009 Painted Blooms

Card No. 6: 30-467 Grateful Heart; 40-611 Singsong

Sneak Peek Collection

July 27, 2018

As promised, we’ve collected all of this week’s sneak peeks from Facebook and Instagram so you are sure not to miss a thing! We will be back next week with a closer look at these new collections, more details about when you can add these goodies to your crafty stash, and… a GIVEAWAY!

One more thing… TGIF!

“Like” our page on Facebook for exclusive inspiration by Birgit Edblom!