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



CAS Mix Up Challenge: Flight

Hey, there!  It's a watercolor challenge this month at CAS Mix Up, and our host, Viv, has given us the prompt of "flight".  So... show us your watercolor of any kind as long as your card illustrates flight somehow.

I reached into the oldies for a bird in flight by Inkadinkado and watercolored with Tombow markers.  Sometimes my efforts at clean and simple leave me feeling my card is lacking something.  Seems like there should be another bird, a birdhouse, flowers... something.  Maybe just a bigger sentiment.  I could go on.  Maybe you're familiar with that feeling?




 

The background piece is one I made a while back, just goofing around with no technique in particular, but I'll bet there is a name for it.  I had stamped some leaves on cardstock, but felt they were too dark so I sprayed with water and then blotted with another piece of cardstock.  This is that piece.  I'd like to do it again because it's a nice effect.  I think you could call the background a watercolor of sorts, too.

A closer look...  I love this pretty bird.  Very fun to color any which way.  Dots of Stickles Stardust glitter glue appear almost like tiny gems on the bird's body.




By all means, have a look at the gorgeous card samples by the CAS Mix Up team and our lovely guest designer, Joyce (Cards-by-the-Sea).  I know I'm going to enjoy seeing everyone's entries.  Watercolor has always had my heart.  See you again soon!  Take good care.


Stamps:  Inkadinkado Patterned Birds and Bugs, Lawn Fawn, Wavy Sayings, unknown leaf stamp  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White card base, Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor  Ink:  Various greens, Palette Noir, Tombow markers for watercolor  Other:  Spellbinders Scored and Pierced Rectangles, sequins, Stickles Stardust and Black Diamond Stickles

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Please Disregard My Previous Post


Well so much for that!  I tried Sendinblue email subscription service, but it turns out it is not ideal for me and I do not recommend it for your average, everyday stamping blogger!
Please bear with me while I try to figure this out.  Thank you!




A Message to My Subscribers

Hello stamping friends!  I'm writing this note to test a new email subscription service.  Many of you probably realize Feedburner will no longer work as of July 1st, so we bloggers are scrambling to figure out how we can continue to serve our valued email subscribers.  There's a chance you may receive this message in two emails from Running with Scissors -- the current provider and the new trial -- and, as I write this, I have no idea what the new email will look like, or if I even set it up correctly.

Honestly, Feedburner was so easy.  I hope I can learn to love something new.  Change is hard!

When I signed up for the new service I imported all my current subscribers, so if you were receiving emails before, you should continue to receive them.  We'll see what happens when I click "publish".

If you're reading this on my blog, you may notice the new Subscribe by Email form in my sidebar.  The service I'm testing out is Sendinblue.

Thank you so much for your patience during this transition.  If you have questions:







Saturday, May 29, 2021

Rainbow Leopard Jungle

Welcome to the jungle!  I know ... what kind of jungle is this?  Well, between me playing with stencils and rainbow colors, and Laurel Burch's fantastical artwork, this is the jungle that came out of my stamp room.  Color overdrive!




I colored the stamp with Tombow markers and blender, then cut out the whole thing.  Die cut and colored a grassy knoll and assembled the works against my insanely colorful sunray background.  Maybe we can imagine it's the very edge of the jungle and the leopards are stepping out into the light.

Just having fun.  I hope you're having a good day, too, and will be able to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend with family and/or friends if desired.  Keep it safe.  Hugs!


Stamps:  Stampendous Laurel Burch Leopard Jungle  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot press watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White ll0 lb card base  Ink:  Various Stampin' Up colors for background  Coloring:  Tombow markers and blender  Other:  MFT Ray of Light stencil, Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes


Monday, May 24, 2021

Blossoms in Bloom

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope this finds you well and ready for a brand new week.  We continue to carry on here with the work around the house, checking things off the list.  I'm ready for the day everything returns to normal routine.  Before I temporarily lose my stamp room I'm getting a few cards done and some posts written up.  I would not want to lose touch with you all!

Today I have a couple of cards made with the SU Blossoms in Bloom set which I received as a very nice gift from a dear friend.  I'm playing around, getting a feel for the stamps and I can see there are a lot of different ways to use them.  The first card is a  4 3/4" square, all filled up with flowers, and just for fun I added a bird from a Spellbinders die set.  It was already made up and set aside so I might as well use it, right?



The next card is fun and simple with only the smaller flowers scattered around.  The letters were cut from a stamped piece left over from the first card.  The scalloped card base is from a full and fabulous package of goodies sent by another friend.  I'm a lucky girl to have such friends.



Colors and other card details are listed below.  We do have fun, don't we?

Seeing as how this is a first time use of Blossoms in Bloom I'm going to share over at Darnell's NBUS Challenge #26.




Thanks for dropping by and I'll see you again soon!


Stamps:  Stampin Up Blossoms in Bloom  Paper:  SU Whisper White, Ballet Blue, other yellow  Ink:  SU Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, So Saffron, Ballet Blue, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Old Olive  Other:  Corner Punch, unknown scallop die for card base, Spellbinders bird from Sweet Birdie Thanks Scene, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Memory Box Wooden Alpha

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Picture Perfect Smiles

Hi, there!  Having fun "just because" with today's cards.  I had an urge to play with designer paper and, in the process, finish something that's been bagged up for a while.  I had all the not yet used stamps from my MFT Picture Perfect set all stamped out and cut into squares, with a few spare parts thrown in the bag for possible use.  Their time had come.  I'm sharing two of them today.

The first card has a frame that was the leftover after cutting a square die.  I covered it with designer paper and sanded the edges.  Die cut the "smile" into the orange strip, then filled it with white letters that were left from something else.  Added a cute floral border and a single flower for embellishment.  The glitter dot in the flower center is a 1/4" punched circle with glitter added, then covered with glossy glaze.




Just scraps of designer paper on the next card, figuring a way to use it without being the same old same old.  The orange smile letters are what popped out of the first card.  I layered over two more spare sets of smile letters.  The card measures 3 1/2" x 6".  All coloring was done with Copics.




This was a lot of fun!  I'm determined to use up this pad of designer paper that I've had for years.  It has been a favorite and it's almost gone.  Being a fan of designer paper and having a vast hoard, it sometimes bothers me that I don't use it more often.

Have a good day and take care till we meet again!


Stamps:  MFT Picture Perfect  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 & 110 lb, SU Bermuda Bay, My Mind's Eye Notable designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copics  Dies:  MFT Die-namics #captions, square die for frame cut out, Poppystamps Floral Dotted Border, Sue Wilson String Flowers, Die-namics Wonky Stitched Squares  Other:  Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue, 1/4" circle punch

Monday, May 17, 2021

Finally Forever Fern

Hello on a Monday!  I hope you're all well.  Even though my posts have been scant, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.  Our home improvement projects are taking up most of my time, but we're currently on somewhat of a break before everything is turned upside down for the floors.  I'm stamping while I can, and trying to get other things done, as well.  Please bear with me, friends!

I finally sat down to play with my Stampin' Up Forever Fern set.  By the time I bought it I'm sure everyone had had enough of looking at it, but that was a long time ago... it's been in my NBUS basket for quite a while.  It really is the most lovely stamp set and I'm glad I took a turn.  I started out with the Split Four Technique, but after the initial stamping I added more here and there.  I needed to enhance my stash of sympathy cards, so each card has a beautiful old SU sentiment on the front with a nice sympathy message inside.



I'm still using my original SU inks, which are listed in the recipe at the end.  To attain a more saturated ink color I re-stamped two or three times using my old Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for assistance.  The cardstock bases are in matching colors.  All bases were embossed with the SU Subtle embossing folder for texture.

Just a couple of extra pictures...  The gold cord on the card below helps to disguise a stem that was floating in mid-air.  The sentiment on this card may appear black in the picture, but is, in fact, Handsome Hunter.  These old colors still serve a purpose.  I have all the reinkers, too, so I'll be using them until the pads wear out.  In almost 20 years I've had only one pad wear out, and that's because I was abusing it by rubbing it on background stamps.



The next card is the result of dropping a stamp in the middle of the white space, sheesh.  I almost discarded the whole piece, but decided to cover it up instead.  It seemed a bit too busy at first, but it's growing on me.  I quite like it, actually.



So there you have it.  We need to talk about how the current Feedburner email subscription service is going away.  I'm too preoccupied to wrap my head around the issue right now, but I still recommend Feedly for following blogs.  See options in my sidebar.  If there's something I can fix about the emails, I will certainly do that.  July 1st is the deadline.

Lastly, I'm popping my cards over to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #26 (never before used schtuff).  She gets a lot of entries!


Thanks for visiting with me today.  Hugs all around!


Stamps:  SU Forever Fern, SU All Year Cheer (2002)  Paper:  SU Whisper White, Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Soft Sage  Ink:  SU Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Soft Sage, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Handsome Hunter  Other:  Gold Cord, SU Subtle embossing folder for card bases, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Saturday, May 15, 2021

CAS Mix Up Reminder: Rainbow with Stencil

Hello everyone!  It's time for our CAS Mix Up reminder:  Rainbow ink blending or colors, and a stencil must be used on your card.  I honestly never did much with rainbow colors until this challenge, but now...  somebody stop me!

My stylized scene has a blend of water and sky with a setting sun.  Rules out the window.  Imagination required in this fantasy world.  I hope my card imparts a sense of peace and happiness.



Clean and simple is a rule for this challenge.  My card's 3 1/2" width narrows down the available white space, but I would definitely call it CAS.


 


Our team and guest designer, Michele, have a whole new batch of inspiring samples today, and the CAS Mix Up gallery is looking mighty pretty and colorful with all the card submissions.  Have some fun and join us with your card, too!  Don't forget to use a stencil.

Sending happy wishes to all!


Stamps:  Hero Arts Moments sentiment  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 110 lb, SU Real Red, Brilliant Blue & Yoyo Yellow  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore, Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Orchid Opulence  Other:  Echo Park Sail Away Stencil, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Impression Obsession Sailboats


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge: May

Hello, there!  This is one of two posts I have scheduled for today, so you may have to scroll up or down to catch the other one.  Thanks!

It's Halloween in the merry month of May and the Two Old Bats have a very cute inspiration board to go along with this month's challenge:




As always, we can use the board for inspiration, but are not required to do so.  I have the most fun choosing something from my collection of Halloween stamps, digis, dies, and papers that will fit with a corner of the board.  This month I knew I wanted to use the Penny Black dog stamp and the window die, and then the rest of it evolved from there.




The brick wall embossing folder made an easy background.  Some grass in the front and autumn leaves overhead.  The "trick or treat" has a rhinestone for the "i" dot.  I decided there should be a cat in the window so I borrowed one from a Rubbernecker Stamp.  To make it look a little more Halloweeny I added the die cut spider with dots of white acrylic paint for eyes.




All coloring was done with Tombow markers, a blender pen, and lots of smiles.  I hope you'll check out the samples by the team and our awesome guest designer, NanaConnie, on the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge blog, and then share something by YOU.  We'd love to see it!  Thanks so much for your time today.  Enjoy!


Stamps:  Penny Black Beware of Dog, Rubbernecker 3 Cats in Tree  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 110 lb, black, Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb watercolor  Ink:  Palette Noir  Coloring:  Tombow markers and blender  Dies:  Impression Obsession Window with Shutter and Trick or Treat, MFT Die-namics Fresh Cut Grass, Die-namites Leafy Flourish, Poppystamps Spider Banner  Other:  Sizzix Brick Wall embossing folder, rhinestone, Wink of Stella, white acrylic paint