Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Tool Time

Hi, friends!  I'm late for the date, but still wanted to share the Father's Day card I made for Rich.  Ordinarily I make him a card that's essentially from Wally and LuLu, but he's been working so hard trying to get our south deck built (despite other distractions) that this is the first thing that came to mind.  I've used the Tutti Designs Tool Frame die (current) with a favorite old Nailed It stamp set from Our Craft Lounge (out of business).



The frame is layered for dimension, and the top layer has two coats of silver embossing.  I glued the Tool Frame to a narrow black frame then popped it up on the card front after I stamped the sentiment.  Stamps are colored with Copics, cut out and positioned inside the frame.

The inside has a Hero Arts sentiment with more stamping and wood grain paper.



It's not flowers or cute critters or anything brand new, but it was a fun card to make.  I love working with frames.

Take good care of yourselves and we'll get together again soon!


Stamps:  Our Craft Lounge 'You Nailed It' (out of business), Hero Arts Father's Day sentiment  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 & 110 lb, black, Ms Sparkle & Co wood grain designer paper with extra lines drawn with marker to make narrower boards  Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, dark gray Tombow marker  Coloring:  Copics  Other:  Silver embossing powder, Spellbinders square dies to make black frame, Tutti Designs Tool Frame, Scotch brand foam mounting tape to pop up frame


Monday, June 21, 2021

Merry Snowflakes

It was hard to put my mind to it, but I made a small batch of Christmas cards.  I believe I made these in May.  I looked at some of the oldest Christmas paper in my collection and decided I would make an effort to use it.  One 6x6 sheet made four cards, not that I'm trying to stretch it, but that's the way it worked out with this design.  The white snowflakes are layered onto an old CTMH color -- Green Chiffon -- which I'm loving all over again.  It's kind of a minty green.




Inside was super easy because I used a digital sentiment which my friend, Donna Ellis, designed and offered as a freebie on her blog here (scroll down).  I printed up a bunch of these for future use.  It really helps.  Thanks, Donna!




Four cards closer to being done, but I have quite a way to go yet.




Moving along...  They're coming to lay new flooring in our whole house the week of July 12, so I'm doing what I can in my stamp room until then.  I'll have to take everything out of the cabinets and find someplace to put it.  What a jumbled mess that will be!  Cannot move the furniture without removing items because it will all be too heavy and awkward.  I'm sure you can imagine.  They'll do the bare floors in two days, then the livingroom carpet another day.  I'm keeping my eye on the prize, but not looking forward to the process.

Take good care till we meet again.


Stamps:  Inside sentiment free digital from DE - see above  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, SU Purely Pomegranate, CTMH Green Chiffon, Webster's Pages Christmas designer paper (old)  Ink:  Printer for inside sentiment  Other:  Memory Box Merry Cursive and Bauble Snowflakes

Friday, June 18, 2021

Sunflowers and Butterflies

Hi!  I stamped sunflowers on a rainy day.  We've been extra busy here for the last few months so it was nice to simply give myself a day off.  The Stampendous sunflowers on my card are one of my more recent purchases, which means they've been in the not-yet-used basket fewer months than most of the others.

I sat down one afternoon and stamped out multiple images from the set, all on watercolor paper with Versamark ink, and embossed with Ranger Princess Gold EP.  The next day I watercolored all of them with SU inks -- dropped reinker into the lid of the stamp pad and used it like a palette.  I didn't mix or layer colors.  Just kept it simple and fun.  I'd planned to set most of the pieces aside, but nope, I made them all into cards.  Hey, I was having a day off.  I'm sharing just one of the cards today.



The card measures 3 1/2" x 6".  Sentiment on this card is from another Stampendous set.

The name of this set is specifically Pop Sunflower Set.  "Pop" refers to a pop out die you can use with it, but I do not have the die.  I've linked to 1-2-3 Stitch where I love to shop for stamps and dies.  Good variety, good prices, low shipping rate in the US.  I don't know about international.  Super fun to search stamps by every which way imaginable.  Just sayin'... if you're a stampaholic...

A quick update on LuLu:


Her condition is much improved.  She's walking on her own, but with limitations on endurance and agility.  We do hold her back so as not to overdo it.  Outside is easy, but her affected leg (right hind) won't bear much weight and her foot turns and slips on our bare floors.  She goes down and can't get back up.  After trying a few different ideas we laid down carpet strips so she can walk all the way from the livingroom to the water bowl in the kitchen.  That made her so happy!  She sticks to her little runway and avoids the bare floors.  I ordered a set of dog grippy shoes and socks from Chewy and hoping that will enable us to lift the carpet.  When you love someone you'll do anything for them.



Since my sunflowers are NBUS I'll link up today at Darnell's NBUS Challenge.  It's fun to see what everyone's putting to use for the first time.



I'll wrap this up now.  You've all been so kind with your outpouring of concern and support for LuLu and I appreciate it more than I can express.  Hugs back to all of you!


Stamps:  Stampendous Pop Sunflower, Stampendous Bird Frame (sentiment)  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor, vanilla card base, green Swiss dot, scrap designer paper  Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, various SU inks for watercolor  Other:  Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder, oval die (name unknown), Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

CAS Mix Up Challenge Reminder: Flight

It's CAS Mix Up reminder time!  It's a watercolor challenge this month and our host, Viv, has chosen the theme, "Flight".  Whichever way you choose to represent the theme, just remember to make it watercolor.  We're only at the halfway point, so you still have until the 24th to link up your card.

I pulled out an old Hambo stamp for my main image.  I do have a lot of birds and butterflies and all manner of winged things, but challenges are a good opportunity to revisit the old stuff and I do love this cute little stamp.  The honeycomb on the card base is a stamp from a retired Power Poppy set.  I wish I'd stamped it in a lighter ink, but nevermind that now.





I watercolored the image with Tombow markers, scribbled on a palette and picked up with a brush.  The smile frame was also watercolored.  Pictured below is a glimpse at the card's inside.  Also a Hambo stamp.  I always use the two of these together.



The team has an inspiring selection of flight samples at the CAS Mix Up Challenge.  Now show us yours!  Have a happy day!


Stamps:  Hambo hive and sentiment, Power Poppy Bee Kind honeycomb  Paper:  Arches 140 lb cold press watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 110 lb card base  Ink:  Palette Noir, SU More Mustard, Tombow markers for watercolor  Other:  Taylored Expressions Picture Perfect - Smile/Hello frame

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Bee-Day Wishes

Hi, everyone!  I made a brand new card while LuLu was taking her afternoon nap.  We do our best to manage our new normal, but it's a big change.  Still hoping for improvement.  As I write this I'm waiting for a call from the vet to discuss her progress.

I had my card all laid out before LuLu's incident.  It's for Double D's BEE Inspired challenge.  Did you know they post their next two inspiration boards in the blog sidebar?  It's nice for people like me who want to play, but always seem to be running behind.  Anyway, here's my card using a retired and sold out Power Poppy stamp set called Bee Kind Toile.



Using a die as a guide, I pencil-traced a circle onto which I designed my wreath.  There are multiple small stamps at work here.  The wreath started out with a leaf/flower swag in the bottom center, then I stamped one tiny leaf sprig repeatedly along the remainder of the wreath, and inserted a tiny flower stamp here and there.  The rest of the composition came after that, including the honeycomb stamped lightly around the edges.  The sentiment banner is popped up.

I nested dies to make the scalloped frame and then fit the stamped frame inside.  It's just a way to avoid an extra layer and keep the weight under one ounce.  Easy to mail, less than an ounce cards are my personal challenge.

Pictured below is the inside of the card.  No color, but pretty stamps.



Just a note... we've been taking LuLu for rides in the garden wagon and then letting her out when we get to our destination.  We pulled her to a friend's house at the end of the street to visit with him and his two dogs.  She's not crazy about the wagon, but she sure enjoyed the visit.  It's important to keep up the routine as much as possible to avoid depression.  Wally thinks it's great fun to run alongside.  



We're pictured here in our backyard with my garden clothes and wild hair.  I don't know why my hair looks so white, but nevermind me...  Isn't LuLu adorable?  


Double D BEE Inspired Challenge



Wishing you a beautiful day!


Stamps:  Power Poppy Bee Kind Toile (retired)  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor, SU Close to Cocoa, BoBunny Very Vintage Double Dot designer paper  Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron  Coloring:  Copics  Other:  Spica Chocolate glitter pen, Scotch brand foam mounting tape, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stackables, Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets





Sunday, June 6, 2021

Picture Perfect Hello

Hello, lovely friends.  First of all, I want to thank all of you for your concern for LuLu and for my family while she, hopefully, recovers from her stroke caused by the fibrocartilaginous embolism.  It has been a trying time and this emotional roller coaster is a crazy ride.

I haven't had time to make cards, but I do have some card photos sitting here on the blog and ready to share.  Hey, I can sit with LuLu and do that at the same time, and the diversion helps keep my mind in a better place.  Besides, it's hard to feel down when looking at this:



These darling little hamsters are from the MFT Picture Perfect set, colored with Copics, and designed on a 4 3/4" square card.  All ingredients are listed below.  It was definitely a fun card to make.

By the way, I need to finish the switch from my Google (Feedburner) email service to the new follow.it service.  I loved the way the blog emails looked up to this point, but I'm not sure if I have the new service set up right for all of you.  So, please, if you get this email (possibly twice) I would love to know what the follow.it email looks like on your end.  Are you getting a full post with photos, or is it just a title that you have to click on to visit the blog?  Thank you so much for your help.  Have a beautiful day!


Stamps:  MFT Picture Perfect  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, SU Bermuda Bay, ribbed white (unknown brand), My Mind's Eye Notable designer paper, Bo Bunny Natural Necessities Double Dot designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copics  Dies:  MFT #captions, Memory Box Jasmine Frame (2012)  Other:  SU Subtle embossing folder

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Your Email Subscription and News About My LuLu

Hello, friends.  I believe all my current subscribers have now been imported to my new subscription service --  follow.it -- and if all goes well you'll be seeing this message in two emails -- one from follow.it and one from Feedburner.  After this test is successfully completed I'll delete Running With Scissors from Feedburner and you'll receive only from follow.it.

You may have been sent a confirmation email which would require a click or two.  With follow.it you, the reader, have options as to how you'd like Running With Scissors delivered.  Click HERE to take advantage of those options if you haven't already done so.  The options that would apply are the Output Channels.  I hope you'll be receiving full articles from me, rather than just headlines, and there should be a clickable link directly to the article on my blog.

Now, for news about my sweet LuLu.



On Tuesday we were all outside working in the garden.  I was watering and tending the flowers and Rich was working on the edge of the woods.  Wally and LuLu went back and forth between us and occasionally they'd go for a little run in the woods.  Routine stuff.  After one such run, LuLu came back with a hurt foot or leg... at least that's what we thought.  She was favoring it, but still walking.  We took her inside to rest.

After a nap she progressed from bad to worse, and couldn't walk at all.  It was as though her right hind leg was completely paralyzed.  Of course, we took her to the vet immediately.  The news is not good.  They suspect a fibrocartilaginous embolism.

A fibrocartilaginous embolism typically occurs during times of activity, such as running or jumping. The majority of dogs will yelp once, or seem painful at first, but later there is typically no pain associated with this disease. The usual signs are a very abrupt loss of function to one limb, both pelvic limbs, one side of the body or all four limbs, depending on what part of the spinal cord is affected. Most often, one half of the body is significantly worse than the other.

Essentially, it's a stroke.  We help her walk with a sling, but mostly she should rest.  She has started a course of Prednisone, but there is mixed information as to whether that is helpful or not.  We're hoping her condition will improve with treatment and therapy, but that's not certain.  As you can imagine, this is heartbreaking for me.  She's my sweetest girl, only 9 years old.  She acts like a puppy, loves to help carry groceries and get silly after dinner.  I've had a lot going on lately with the remodel and this blog subscription business, but nothing is more important than my LuLu.  The vet has already brought up the "quality of life" issue.  I cannot think about that!  I love her too much and I'm falling apart here.

Many of you have been with both Wally and LuLu since puppyhood, so I wanted you to know.  Keep us in your thoughts and/or prayers.  Hugs to you.





Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, June

The Two Old Bats are at it again, challenging us to think outside the season just long enough to get one more Halloween card done.  It's not a chore.  It's just for fun, and I do have fun with it!  Here's our inspiration board this month:




After seeing the board and thinking of my collection of Halloween stamps I decided right away to be inspired by the upper right corner of the board.  I like my Halloween cards to be fun rather than scary, and this one is borderline, but more fun than scary, I think.



I stamped the house first, masked it and added a circle mask for the moon, then stenciled a cartoonish sky.  Splattered a little water on the background.  I enjoyed coloring the house with Copics in shades of gray with some black.  The witch seems out of proportion but, really, does it matter?  The witch and house are from the same Penny Black Haunted Halloween set.

If you ever make Halloween cards at all I'm sure you'd enjoy playing along with us.  Challenge yourself at Two Old Bats.  We'd love to see you there!


Stamps:  Penny Black Haunted Halloween, Whipper Snapper Spooky Expressions  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, CTMH Wild flower, black  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide Black Soot, Dried Marigold, Seedless Preserves  Coloring:  Copics  Other:  Heffy Doodle Cloudy Skies stencil, circle die for moon mask