Saturday, August 30, 2014

SENTIMENTal with Penny Black

It's a Run with Scissors day!!

But before you head over to the Penny Black Blog, enjoy this card including that lovely sentiment.

Love these tree-trimming little mice from Penny Black's transparent set Beauty of the Season. Sometimes the sentiment takes center stage.
30-264 Jolly Critters;  302-254  Beauty of the Season
The theme on the Penny Black blog this week has been sentiments.  To see the cards I've made  with Penny Black stamps and dies, join me as I run around with my scissors on the Penny Black blog.  Who knows?  There might be a sentimental story!   


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tiny Wishes

I find myself choosing colors more reminiscent of Fall than summer these days.  It is so hot here today Cooper refused to go to the park.  How can a dog refuse, you say?  Try stiffening your entire body and planting feet firmly into ground!  Well, I insisted and we made it to the park, but it appeared he was saying "you can make me come to the park, you can't make me play."  So, I got the message and we returned home to our beloved air conditioning.

30-026 tiny wishes; 51-026 love expressions;51-055 shades; 51-033 silver linings

This is one of my all time favorite Penny Black images.  I love paper piecing her little outfit.  I added clouds and the little house using Penny Black creative dies.  I love that I finally bought the right brand of white pen .. it never fails!! (Signo)

Hope your day is filled with love and air conditioning if you need it!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Penny Black Trick or Treat

The weather has turned a little cooler this week and my thoughts turned towards Autumn.  And from there they wandered to Hallowe'en.
30-185  Halloween Critters
This is a scene I created using stamps from the Halloween Critters transparent set by Penny Black.  Simple stamping and embossing and coloring with Copic markers.  I stitched the white cardstock to matts I put together using Graphic 45 papers.

I just noticed it's been awhile since I posted to my blog.  I've been busy "crashing" the Penny Black blog lately and haven't been home much!

I'll be running with scissors  again this Saturday the 30th.  Things may get a bit "sentimental". 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

It's Christmas on the Penny Black Blog!

The full Penny Black Christmas release "Season's Greetings" is now available in the shop.  I hope you've had a chance to see the full reveal this past week.  The stamps, dies, stencils and stickers offer an incredible variety of styles!  The Penny Black designers outdid themselves with amazing inspiration cards.   Here's the first card I made with the new release stamps.
30-258 Prancers;  51-060 Exultations
 I used the Transparent Set "Prancers" and the Creative Die set "Exultations".  I simply stamped one extra tree, fussy cut it and pop dotted it onto the card base.  Those die cut sentiments save tons of time and prevent last minute errors and smudges that can ruin your Christmas spirit.

And since it's Saturday I hope you will come see more of what my scissors and I have done with the new Penny Black Christmas stamps and dies:  classic, elegant and cute .. I had fun with them all.   I love sneaking onto the Penny Black blog and playing with all their stuff!  Just click here to read all about it!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Season's Greetings from Penny Black!

August 11th is finally here and that means the new Christmas stamps, dies and stencils from Penny Black are now available.  You can shop for the new release Season's Greetings here:
40-352 Festive Florals; 30-240 Textures; 51-067 World of Wishes
This card was inspired by Peet Roeven's amazing card here, using a stamp from last year.  I loved the plaid and ribbon!

The poinsettia image is from the new cling set Festive Flowers.  I've stamped, embossed and fussy cut three layers of the flower.  I colored the entire image with Copics and mounted it on a panel created with a stamp from the transparent set Textures.  I used the diecut Polaroid made from glossy gold paper as the frame for the floral display.  Sentiments are so easy when you use a diecut, this one from Penny Black's creative die set World of Wishes.

And since I believe everything is better with a touch of gingham, I added a bow tied to the Polaroid frame.  And of course some stitching to hold things together.

This is the first photo I've taken with the new camera I received in June for our anniversary.  I have been too frightened to take it out of the box and figure out how it works.  My Easy Share camera did everything automatically for me; just uploaded to the editing software automatically.  Much to my surprise, once I took the camera out of the box and just went step by baby step, I figured the process out!  I feel rather adult!!  And embarrassed that I procrastinated for two months!!

Hope your day is going well and all the technology in your life is working as it should!! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


I love the assortment of stamps that can be used to create backgrounds in Penny Black's transparent set Footnotes.

51-041 Friends Frame; 51-002 Leaves; 30-238 Footnotes

I've stamped and embossed with white the text stamp and then distressed the whole card front with Distress inks.  I simply added a sentiment and some leaves, using Penny Black dies.  From the looks of it, I was in the mood for bright colors.  I am trying to remember to use up some of my sequins, too.

Well, it's Saturday and I am running with scissors on the Penny Black blog today.  I would love a visit!  Just click here to be transported!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bon Voyage!

I love to travel.  And I love to fly.  There was a time I couldn't say that about flying!  I used to be terrified.  I don't know when that changed for me; perhaps it was when I realized that airplanes were the only way I could travel to visit family, friends and foreign countries.  I know that flying has become a bit more stressful with security checks and safety concerns, but that isn't enough to make me change my mind about flying.

30-224 Bon Voyage; 51-053 A Pocketful;  51-033 Silver Linings

I love the Bon Voyage transparent set by Penny Black.  I've used the airplane stamp for the main image and mounted it on the notecard cut with the die in A Pocketful Creative Die set.  The pocket for the card comes with the same set.  Both were sewn onto the base card.  Wish I had more of that map paper!

A few weeks ago I booked a flight for October to Cincinnati to attend the next gathering of the stamping retreat I went to last April.  It's a 5 day event where I am privileged to be with very talented and lovely ladies to share this hobby of ours.  I was feeling proud of myself to have booked early at a lower price.  Well, due to a mistake on the part of the hotel in Cincinnati, the event will be starting a day later this year, on Friday instead of Thursday.   Oooops, I was booked to leave early Sunday morning, making my stay only two days, a huge disappointment.  In desperation I called Delta airlines, knowing there is a $200 fee to make a change to my ticket.  I wanted to extend my stay to Monday to make up for the lost Thursday but didn't want to pay another $200.

To my huge surprise, very early in the conversation the Delta agent told me he would waive the $200 fee!  Not reduce it, but waive it!  And thankfully the ticket price hadn't increased since I booked the flight!  I did not think it possible that this could happen!  I was over the moon happy to know that I would now have more time at the retreat!

So here's a shout out to Delta Airlines for empowering their agents to make such great customer friendly decisions!  And to the agent who made me a very happy traveler.  I promise not to complain about the $25 fee for taking a suitcase along on my trip!!

Hope your day includes someone that surprises you with a good thing!!  And your visit is a very good thing in my day!

Monday, August 4, 2014

CASE Study Challenge #202

Today is Shari Carroll's last day as the muse on CASE Study Challenge blog.  I am delighted to CASE her lovely card.

Penny Black:  30-238 Footnotes; 30-117 Free Flight; 51-002 Leaves; 51-051 Tags and Toggles

The dies and stamps are all Penny Black.  Simple white embossing of the musical background onto kraft cardstock.  I colored the butterfly with Copics and placed it onto the diecut leaves.  Added the sentiment onto a diecut banner.
I am enjoying doing the CASE Study challenge each week.  I'm still being too literal in CASEing the muse's design, but it's good practice.
We are in the depths of our hot and muggies here in Alabama!  The kids return to school later this week.  Thankfully, the schools are air conditioned.
As always at this time of year, I will say "where did the summer go?"  Enjoy these last weeks before Fall arrives.  Thanks for your visit!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Little Birdie by Penny Black

A sassy sense of humor runs in our family, so this card would be appreciated and enjoyed by several people in my birthday book!
40-327 A little Birdie
I stamped and embossed the image and colored it with Copics.  I made a second bird cage and pop-dotted it above the first, just for fun.  Black and white gingham makes me smile, so I've used it for matting and the ribbon. 

I love these krafty katz images by Penny Black.  There is a possibility I am having too much fun lately! 

The weekend is over.  Other than discovering that my washing machine needs a visit from a repair man, it's been a good weekend.  We went for lunch with church friends and ate so much that a bowl of popcorn was enough for supper.  I love days like that.

Hope your week gets off to a good start tomorrow.  Take time for fun!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

It's a Running with Scissors Kind of a Day!

I am having fun on the Penny Black blog today!  Hope you'll come for a visit; just click here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's All About Fun!!

I love coloring with PrismaColor pencils on kraft.  The Penny Black krazy katz images add fun to the experience.

51-038 Hooray;  4389K Furry Florist
When I color with PrismaColor pencils on kraft, I first color the entire image with a neutral color such as cream.  I then go over the image several times with the final color. This technique seems to give more depth to each color.

I'm all about having fun while stamping lately.  If you want to see more of what happens when I run with scissors, be sure to check the Penny Black blog tomorrow!  Clue:  it will be fun!!