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July 26, 2014


Well, was that not a magical week of gloriously beautiful art by Jacqueline? I feel like I’ve been on a trip to the South of France, visiting gardens and walking through sunshine. If Jacqueline’s art is music, we’ve just experienced a week-long concert. There is harmony, soft tones, and an occasional trill of flutes. She is a maestro composing lovely pieces that express nature’s beauty.

I have admired Jacqueline’s work since I first met her in a Flickr group more than five years ago. Her work has been recognized and honored in many ways. She is a true artist and I have put her in a class all her own.

Jacqueline’s art reflects a very gentle, lovely spirit. I have spent hours going through her Flickr photostream and I will share some of what I learned.

Blossoms, butterflies and birds gather on beautiful patterned papers. Jacqueline uses grids, tags, inchies and solid images of flowers to make her magic. She assembles beautiful collages and often has a large sentiment as the focal point. Here’s my first attempt at a Jacqueline-style card:


As you can see, my love for deep darker colors came through, but I did use inchies in a grid pattern.

I haven’t made a card with inchies for several years, ever since the tragic event involving the image of a very large owl that I cut into 20 pieces not very successfully. Bad idea, bad result. Actually, I think there is an ordinance somewhere forbidding me to use inchies!


For this card, I made the beautiful patterned paper the focal point and embellished with stamped images. I created the background using the Floral Tapestry background stamp embossed with liquid platinum embossing powder. The butterfly was made the same way. This card includes the birds, blossoms and butterfly so often found in Jacqueline’s work.


Jacqueline often uses collections of small butterflies, artfully arranged on a card. She perfectly mixes patterned papers so that each butterfly is different, but they blend into a cohesive display. I tried that and realized my pattern mixing skills are limited so I used only white butterflies displayed in grid fashion on patterned paper. The fun part of this card is that the “frame” is made from the negative die cut of the notebook sheet in the Creative Die set A Pocket Full.


I admire what Jacqueline creates using tags. Sometimes it is a single tag, filled with lovely details and sometimes it is a grouping of tags on a card. I used the stamp set Blooming Tags to create three tags which I tucked into the library pocket diecut . As you can see, my attachment to stronger colors prevailed, yet Jacqueline’s influence remains.

When I first saw the A Pocketful die set, it brought back memories of my high school years when I volunteered in the school library. I used to love putting those little cards into the machine that made that gentle clunking sound as it bit off a bit of the card when the book was checked out.


Noble is one of my favorite floral images by Penny Black. Here I simply stamped the image on patterned paper and embossed it with the liquid platinum embossing powder.

And now I have this fun photo to share with you:


This is one of Jacqueline’s secret weapons for creating beautiful art. It is the small drawer unit where she stores her supply of inchies and butterflies that she makes up in advance. Here is what she has to say about it:

In the top drawer I have butterflies, then the next three drawers have square inchies in three different sizes and the fifth drawer has banners and strips of patterned paper which I could use on any card or project that needs it.

Jacqueline also shares that when she is away from her crafting space, she takes along butterfly images stamped on patterned paper and she “can cut out butterflies for hours”.

Because of where she lives, Jacqueline has limited access to crafting supplies and doesn’t discard the smallest scraps. She has a “scrap basket” that she reaches into frequently and makes magic with the pieces she pulls out. It is a testament to her artistic vision that she sees such potential in her scraps.

Well, we cannot stay in beautiful gardens forever. During our RV traveling years when Mr. Runs with Scissors and I were traveling with his brother and his wife in our separate RV’s, we spent days and days in beautiful surroundings: waterfalls, lakes, trees, mountains and incredible vistas. One day, after weeks of enjoying Mother Nature’s treasures my sister-in-law and I approached our husbands, hands on hips, a tone of desperation in our words and declared, “We have seen enough beauty! We want to find a shopping mall.” Happily the men then planned our next destination to include a quilt store for Shar and a stamping store for me. Happy wife, happy life!

Speaking of beautiful things, Cooper has not been looking very lovely lately. And as much as he hates it, it was time for a bath. The first step in the bath-for-Cooper process is coaxing him from under the bed because whenever he hears bath water run, he hides.


It’s time to put the scissors away for today and gather my scraps for my newly purchased scrap basket.

Thank you, Jacqueline for the week of inspiration. Your art does make my heart smile. And thanks everyone for spending time with me today on the Penny Black blog; that also makes my heart smile.

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. Darlyne Wagner permalink
    July 26, 2014 2:04 am

    Your takes on Jacqueline’s work are just lovely, so just enjoy how you do your art and leave it at that. And my oh my, the “after” Cooper is quite the handsome boy, all decked out. As always, I love your musings.

  2. July 26, 2014 2:33 am

    All is so wonderful and inspires me to craft! Cooper is a handsome boy! xx

  3. Dianne Crowe permalink
    July 26, 2014 4:03 am

    Glad to see you try the inchies again, very pretty. The card with the birds and butterflies is one of the best. But as always I love to see your work. Thanks so much for sharing. Keep the pictures of Cooper and his antics coming, love him.

  4. July 26, 2014 4:37 am

    Good morning, Judy! I know I say this all the time but I love this post! It’s such a treat to read what you write, no matter what the subject! It definitely was a special week with Jacqueline, and you’ve done her proud with your beautiful cards! Give Cooper a hug for me! ♥

  5. Scott schmidlkofer permalink
    July 26, 2014 5:34 am


    How do you create so many wonderful cards in such a little time? amazing! Evelyn loved the cards, I know cause she drooled on them. Keep up the great work.

    Your son,

  6. Linda Baker permalink
    July 26, 2014 8:09 am

    Beautiful cards inspired by Jacqueline! Love you both!

  7. July 26, 2014 8:15 am

    Oh Judy…How absolutely gorgeous your cards are!!!! I am sure Jacqueline is thrilled to be your muse this week…I am sure you made her proud!!! Another wonderful post today from you our wonderful Mrs. RWS! And who knew that a drowned rat could turn into a Prince with a blow dryer…Cooper is so cute!

  8. July 26, 2014 8:39 am

    What a lovely tour of the garden. I believe you’ve done Jacqueline proud. Amongst all that craft busy-ness you’ve even managed Cooper’s bath…you deserve major kudos. So….kudos to you, majorly.

  9. July 26, 2014 8:39 am

    I thought some of them were hers and some were yours, so you did a fine job!

  10. Cheryl Robertson permalink
    July 26, 2014 8:57 am

    Wonderful cards! You inspire me. I was wondering though, where do you find the liquid platinum embossing powder? I’ve never heard of it.

  11. Laura Jane permalink
    July 26, 2014 10:08 am

    Judy you did a great job on your ode to Jacqueline. I have been a fan of her cards for several years. Your inchies are a true testament to your study of her work.
    Cooper looks very well…even lighter when he is wet.

  12. alexandra s.m. permalink
    July 26, 2014 11:59 am


    Your cards are as beautiful as your thoughts and prose!
    What a beautiful tribute you have paid to Jacqueline and how inspiring you are to me!
    Thank You!!

  13. July 26, 2014 12:03 pm

    Beautifully inspired! Excellent cards, Judy! Your Saturday post is always so fun and sweet!

  14. Linda S. in NE permalink
    July 26, 2014 12:39 pm

    In that first picture of Cooper, he looks like he is about to give you a “woof”, and then the shake of his life. Tell him the trouble was all worth it to be able to look so dapper.

  15. Julie permalink
    July 26, 2014 12:48 pm

    I, too, have followed her blog for several years and have been inspired by her cards and her gentle wisdom. I loved your take on her cards today–very creative and inspiring. I plan to use several of your ideas today.

  16. Dawn Turley permalink
    July 26, 2014 2:16 pm

    So loved ready this post Judy. I sat my tablet on the window sill at our motel reading while cooking toast for 11 people. Jacequline’s influence shows through beautifully with a real Judy touch. Cooper really does look dapper.

  17. quilterlin permalink
    July 27, 2014 6:47 am

    What a wonderful tribute to one of my favorite card makers! Jacqueline truly has her own beautiful style…… Love your cards today, as always!

  18. knurse22 permalink
    July 27, 2014 9:27 am

    Always love Judy’s cards! So elegant! I especially LOVE that tag card!~

  19. July 27, 2014 9:25 pm

    Wonderful cards, Judy! Jacqueline is inspiring, but wow–you did her proud!

  20. July 28, 2014 7:35 am

    I cannot thank you enough Judy, for this honoring post.. but most of all, you made the most stunning cards and made your own music through them for us to enjoy!!

    • July 28, 2014 6:37 pm

      Jacqueline, it was my pleasure … your work is inspirational, to me and to many others. Thanks for your kind words. Many hugs.

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