When you enjoy using a stamp set as much as I do, I could be getting into a rut . . . or I’m looking for reasons to use it . . . or I just like it . . . a lot.

Goodness!! We had a bit of a cloud burst last night.

I suppose it is true . . . “April showers bring May flowers”.

So, of course I had to bring out the Beautiful You Stamp Set and my “umbrella girl.”

Now, this one is just a little bit different. I was playing with colors.

I believe the color choice does give a totally different feel to this card. What do you think?

I do like the “grunge” look and feel to the card . . . The red of the card base . . . the red in the umbrella . . . the background of a letter . . . The satin ribbon doesn’t take away the gloominess . . . or that ominous sense of doom . . . 

A bit over dramatic?

Perhaps . . . but I’m creeping myself out . . . just a bit . . .

It reminds me of an old urban legend . . . That’s right I have an urban legend coming on . . . It’s one of those you may have heard . . . and it seems to come to mind from time to time . . . Such a time as now . . .

It’s about a girl in a red cape — not holding a red umbrella — but close enough for my mind to have made such a connection . . . 

This is a “babysitting” urban legend — perhaps not the one you may be thinking about . . . It’s not about “the man upstairs” . . . but a bit of a variation  . . .

Allison came highly recommended as the chosen babysitter for all the neighborhood children. So when the Graham’s needed a babysitter for their 4-year-old daughter, Holly, Allison was called.

Mrs. Graham explained how they would be gone for a couple of hours to a business dinner. Holly already ate her dinner, but if she wanted ice cream before bedtime, that was all right — Holly would tell her where everything was located.

The Graham’s left. Allison and Holly played a board game, “Chutes and Ladders”.

After the game was finished and Allison prepared Holly for bed . . . Holly asked for a bowl of ice cream.

“Of course,” Allison answered. “I’ll go to the kitchen and get it.”

“The ice cream is in the freezer in the basement,” Holly explained. “The nuts, sprinkles, cherries and stuff are in the small refrigerator next to the freezer.”

“Got it, I’ll be right back!”

Allison went down into the basement, found the ice cream in the freezer . . . Outside the basement window she saw a young girl wearing a red cape — Allison thought it strange for someone to be standing out in the cold . . . and wearing a red cape seemed odd to her . . . She knew most of the residents in the neighborhood and didn’t recognize her . . . perhaps she was visiting someone. Allison shrugged it off as she scooped out the ice cream into a bowl. 

Holly looked up from the picture she was coloring when Allison returned with the bowl of vanilla ice cream.

“May I please have chocolate syrup on it . . . with nuts?”

“Be right back!”

Back down into the basement Allison went. She found the chocolate syrup, squeezed some on top making a nice drizzly design. She was heading back upstairs when she remembered Holly wanted nuts . . . She also noticed the girl outside holding something shiny in her hand . . . It looked like a knife!!

Allison ran up the basement stairs . . . holding Holly’s bowl of ice cream . . . and checked the front and back doors to make sure they were locked. She was scared. What on earth was going on . . . she wondered.

She decided to call the police after giving Holly her ice cream . . . but needed to calm down as to not alarm her . . .

“Oh!” Holly exclaimed. “May I please have a cherry on top?”

“A cherry, huh? No sprinkles?”

“No sprinkles, just a cherry please.”

Back down to the basement Allison went . . . she wasn’t going to look out the window . . . just get a cherry out of the jar, put it on top of the ice cream . . . make sure Holly was safe and call the police . . . Her hands were shaking . . . she was having difficulty getting a cherry out of the jar. She took a deep breath to calm down . . .

Something did catch her eye from just outside the basement window . . . the girl in the red cape was holding the knife . . . and it seemed to be covered in blood! 

Forgetting about the ice cream and the jar of cherries . . . Allison ran up the basement stairs . . . and into Holly’s room . . .

Holly was dead . . . a pool of blood soaking the covers and dripping to the floor . . .

Allison locked herself in the bathroom, dialed 911 . . . the Graham’s . . . and her mother . . .

When the police arrived, Allison was crying . . . her mother was holding her . . . The Graham’s arrived . . . Everyone wanted to know what happened . . .

Through her tears, Allison explained how she saw a girl in a red cape holding a knife outside the basement window . . .

Mr. Graham said, “We – We don’t have any basement windows, only mirrors . . . ”

Oh my goodness!! I have chills!!

If the card didn’t creep you out . . . I’m sure the story did . . .

Well . . . I still love this stamp set . . . and I hope I made my point with how the different elements you select for your greeting card can and does create a “mood” for your card . . . and it does tell a story . . . or reminds you of one . . .

Thanks for stopping by!

Sharon