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Runs with Scissors and Season’s Greetings!

August 16, 2014


Ho, Ho, Ho and Merry Christmas! Here I am among the glitter and glue and glossy bits left from a very busy week at Penny Black! The elves have been busy playing working with the new Christmas release of Penny Black stamps, dies and stencils. I can just imagine they are still finding traces of glitter and ink in places where such things don’t belong.

Are you on your best behavior? Have you smashed your piggy bank? Have you made your wish list? As always, Penny Black’s Christmas release has something for everyone’s style. Your Christmas cards can be traditional, sweet, elegant, elaborate or clean and simple. The beautiful Creative Dies make it so easy to produce multiple cards of the same design. You will be so pleased with the detail in these dies.

Warning: once I began making Christmas cards with the new release I had trouble stopping. This will be a photo heavy Runs with Scissors.

I began by using the new Creative Dies.



Christmas card making is no time to be conservative! Bring on the glitter and gloss, I say. This gorgeous, substantial die is called The Gift. I just flipped my paper over to create the mirror image.


This die is Leap of Joy and I love how large it is. I was happy to rediscover my hoard supply of long-ago-purchased rich glossy card stock. The gold, silver, red and glitter papers add so much to the classic designs. This card would be perfect for making in quantity and is flat for mailing.


How about a change from the glitter and gloss traditional designs? For this card, I’ve used the negative diecut from the largest Crystal Trio die. I mounted it with dimensionals and love the shadow pattern this created.

This snowflake card was the result of a day of desperately trying to photograph a different card I made with silver glitter snowflakes against a white background. No matter where or how I photographed that card, I could not capture the sparkle, which left the card looking boring in the photo. A good night’s sleep brought me to my senses and I made this card instead.

We are at the halfway point in the card sharing and I think an INTERMISSION is appropriate. Refreshments are available in the lobby.

If you are up for it, I will tell a true story while you sip your drinks.

At one point in our marriage we were finally down to one child at home. I was determined that our mini-family needed to establish new Christmas traditions, just for us. I thought that joining a Christmas Light Tour offered by a local tour bus company would be something we could do together to jostle our Christmas Spirit. Not so little Miss Thirteen. If it involved being seen with her parents, she was not interested; more like stubbornly opposed. I was not to be deterred. It wasn’t quite “over the river and through the woods’, but being December in Wisconsin it was over icy streets to the other side of town to board the bus. Expensive tickets in hand, we got on board and sat back as the bus carefully made its way to the chosen decorated neighborhood. My husband and I began sharing questioning looks as we started to figure out where the bus was headed. Even Ms. 13 unfolded the arms she had kept close to her chest as she, too, realized the impossible truth.

Yes, it really did happen. The bus was driving through our very neighborhood, on our very street, right past our very house – which unfortunately was in total darkness because I forgot to turn on the Christmas lights before we left. Perhaps a traditional approach to Christmas is over-rated anyway.

I am blinking the house lights now: intermission is over.


I stamped and embossed the lovely poinsettia image Sparkler onto ivory textured cardstock (channeling my inner Birgit) and colored it with Copics. It seemed to be lacking something. I then stamped the flower again and embossed with white and colored it using distress inks. I cut out the flower and mounted it onto the original poinsettia using dimensionals. See how the darker flower peeks from underneath: a happy accident.


And here she is .. one of the loves of my life – Mimi in her cute ear muffs and scarf with her Winter Friends. You can be sure she lives where winter is serious and she has dressed for the weather. I left her little legs bare as she protested wearing snow pants this early! She’s stamped and cut out and placed on embossed paper that is at least 15 years old! When I hoard, I do it well!


And my final card: relating to my personal belief of what the Christmas holiday means. These three wise men (We Three Kings) are great to color: rich jewel tones seemed appropriate. I fussy cut the image and mounted it on the blue circle background which was placed on an embossed starry sky. I added one glittery star to guide their journey.

What fun it has been sharing my cards and story with you. My hope is that you find some ideas and inspiration for making your own cards. I am so happy to have access to the Penny Black workshop and the goodies stored here. I don’t even mind that the leftover glitter and embossing powder finds its way into my hair and clothes. I am sure that happens in your craft room, too.

I brought Cooper along with me today, hoping he would just lie at my feet adoringly while I played with scissors and stamps. I know there are dogs out in blogland that do that. Well, I guess it’s only fair if I am allowed to run with scissors that Cooper can be mischievous, too.

judy7“I was only trying to help.”

I guess the only way to avoid further trouble is to put away the scissors, clean up the sparkly stuff, turn out the lights and call it a wrap! I’m happy you stopped by and love reading your comments. I’m always sure to answer your questions in the comments, too, so don’t forget to check back for my reply.

As I said at the start: Ho, Ho, Ho and Merry Christmas!!


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47 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2014 12:28 am

    Wonderful collection of Christmas cards. Love them all.

    I am one of those lucky people who has a dog that is happy to curl up and sleep while I craft but he also has a very very busy nose and spends much time sniffing every tread of carpet in case there is a hidden treat somewhere. He often wanders out with a bit of stickystuff, glitter, cut paper stuck on him from his investigations.

  2. August 16, 2014 12:57 am

    Gorgeous cards and a sparkly Cooper looks adorable! xx

  3. Darlyne Wagner permalink
    August 16, 2014 1:13 am

    There is nothing like a pup at one’s feet, whether stamping or just reading, and Cooper is among the best. Love these cards, especially the three wise men and the leaping deer. Nicely done, as always, Judy.

  4. dawnnz permalink
    August 16, 2014 3:14 am

    As usual my day has been made reading your post Judy… you have a way with words as well as making amazing cards. All are as stunning as on another. Poor Cooper… he does seem to get himself into mischief when you two head into the PB Studio!

  5. Ruth permalink
    August 16, 2014 3:34 am

    Judy, your posts delight me every time! Such fun… Love the cards, and as an owner of a spoiled white Coton de Tulear, adore the Cooper stories

  6. August 16, 2014 3:41 am

    :Love your beautiful cards, Judy! And, as always, your post made me giggle – especially the story about your festival of lights tour!! LOL

  7. Ellen L permalink
    August 16, 2014 3:43 am

    Love these cards….great ideas, and Cooper, oh my goodness what a cutie!!

  8. Dianne Crowe permalink
    August 16, 2014 4:13 am

    What beautiful Christmas cards Judy, love to see your work. Special treat to see Cooper at the end. My little dog won’t come near my little craft room, too much going on and if something is dropped she knows it was aimed at her and is long gone. Love our little dog.

  9. Marliese Zimmerman permalink
    August 16, 2014 4:44 am

    Judy, as always I love your beautiful cards and your posts are delightful. Thanks for sharing..

  10. Marlene Howell permalink
    August 16, 2014 4:53 am

    Cooper looks adorable! I must share a bit of wisdom that I acquired when one of my cats jumped up on my craft desk when I was using glitter. YOU CANNOT BRUSH GLITTER OFF A CAT! The more you brush, the more static you create, and the more the glitter clings!

  11. Carmen Weatherbie permalink
    August 16, 2014 5:20 am

    Judy, I always enjoy your dialog, detailed, practical crafting advice and littel doggie! Thank you!

  12. Linda Baker permalink
    August 16, 2014 5:22 am

    beautiful cards as always! Great story too!

  13. August 16, 2014 5:49 am

    Okay, don’t fall over – Larry, quick, get the smelling salts – it’s too much of a shock to her system! Se never thought I’d make t over here! Well, when you come to, Judy, you can read my comment about how lovely I think your cards are and how much I snickered at your Christmas Story!!!

    • judka permalink
      August 16, 2014 5:51 am

      Welcome, Deborah!! I am upright now and happy you visited!!

  14. Susan S. permalink
    August 16, 2014 6:06 am

    Great cards, Mimi is adorable, and that is a great Christmas Story. That’s a story she’ll love to tell … eventually!

  15. August 16, 2014 6:13 am

    Such beautiful Christmas cards and a darling picture of your dog!!

  16. Carol Jones permalink
    August 16, 2014 7:13 am

    Your cards are always beautiful and inspiring, and I love, love, love your commentary and the adorable photos of Cooper! Thanks for brightening my day 🙂

  17. susanbri permalink
    August 16, 2014 7:26 am

    I’ve already put in one order for things from the Penny Black Christmas release but I think I’ll have to put in another after seeing the beautiful dove die used in your first card – it’s gorgeous. I love the reindeer too!

  18. Donna Whitten permalink
    August 16, 2014 7:47 am

    I have loved our fun-filled visit, as usual!!! Your cards are lovely, especially the 3 kings! Cooper looks like he has the Christmas spirit also. Thanks for sharing!!!

  19. knurse22 permalink
    August 16, 2014 8:31 am

    Lovely lovely work, Judy! And great story on the Christmas memory!!! Love it when Cooper makes an appearance, too!

  20. August 16, 2014 8:33 am

    Judy, your work is beautiful, your family stories most touching, and I absolutely love Cooper. What a precious boy. Thanks for all you do.

  21. bdengler4 permalink
    August 16, 2014 8:45 am

    Still giggling at that story, Judy! Such a fun post! Love all your gorgeous cards and that photo of Cooper sure did brighten my morning! ♥

  22. August 16, 2014 10:04 am

    Loved that story. Sounds like something that would happen to me. I bet your daughter, now grown, still remembers the “newer tradition” with a smile. Your cards as always are lovely and festive. Incidentally, Cooper is not the only fur baby that won’t lie at one’s feet and stare up adoringly…I’ve got one just like him named Beau. He may not be Cooper’s spitting image, but he does act like him.

  23. Kathi permalink
    August 16, 2014 10:05 am

    Love all the new offerings from Penny Black – can’t believe Christmas is upon us so quickly. Time flies when you’re making cards!

  24. alexandra s.m. permalink
    August 16, 2014 11:22 am

    Dear Judy,

    I’m almost ready to bid summer farewell when I see your beautiful cards!
    They’re beautiful and thank You for the inspiration!
    I especially like your attention to details, such as the glitter here and there…

  25. August 16, 2014 11:30 am

    What a great to read your narrative on the lovely cards. So happy Cooper is a ‘help’!

  26. karenladd permalink
    August 16, 2014 11:31 am

    Christmas cards, funny story, and Cooper at the end….what perfection! I have a white malti-poo, Toby, who naps on the guest room bed while I craft at my craft table, and thereby stays out of the range of glitter, sequins and other sparkly stuff!! Your wise men card is gorgeous…love the color and the embossed background! You’ve (almost) inspired me to start on my own Christmas cards early for a change! Thank you for a wonderful post!

  27. donna mikasa permalink
    August 16, 2014 11:37 am

    A post with an intermission? LOVE it!! And you could have spread out your wonderful assortment of Christmas cards–this was too much awesomeness for one day! And the best photo is a sequinned Cooper! He is such a good sport!

  28. ThePurplePlace permalink
    August 16, 2014 12:01 pm

    I loved your wonderful little “Christmas Story” — even if not intended,it turned out to be something you’ll always remember!! You always have such a fun way of sharing some personal touches to each of the posts and to me, that makes them even better!! Thank YOU!!

    I am also loving the fabulous inspiration you shared with us today! I’m so excited about much of the wonderful new Christmas release and can’t wait to play with my new goodies! You must have been super busy to accomplish all this in such a short time frame — Way to go!!

    PS: Cooper looks quite Labrador with his sequins….he’s such and good sport and oh so handsome!!

  29. August 16, 2014 12:05 pm

    Your best post ever, Judy! I so laughed at the intermission story–thanks for sharing! I am hoping to win the lottery so I can buy the entire new release–LOL! I truly think it’s the best one ever & you’ve moved items to the top of my wishlist with your totally enchanting cards!

  30. birgited permalink
    August 16, 2014 12:41 pm

    Beautiful Cards Judy!!

  31. August 16, 2014 8:01 pm

    Such wonderful cards, you really are talented!

  32. August 17, 2014 12:58 am

    What a lovey amusing post and such amazingly beautiful cards! I love the styalised three kings, (even though we do not know how many there really were), it’s an image that cannot offend a non-believer but it still speaks out the Truth. So out of the two of you, who had the most crafty fun? :O)

  33. Lynda permalink
    August 17, 2014 8:19 am

    Beautiful cards – as usual! I laughed out loud at your Christmas story. The fact that you forgot to turn on your own lights just tops it off!

  34. Michelle permalink
    August 17, 2014 8:41 am

    You are a delight to read, and your cards are just gorgeous!! I love every one of them!! You have talent in designing cards, and writing your post!! Thank you for sharing!!

  35. sharon c. permalink
    August 17, 2014 9:51 am

    I always enjoy seeing your cards and hearing about the adventures of Cooper.

  36. Parker O permalink
    August 17, 2014 1:42 pm

    As usual, the cards are fantastic. My fave is the 3 wise men. Thanks for inserting humor into your blog. It’s always a joy to read.

  37. mjmarmo permalink
    August 17, 2014 4:28 pm

    Haha — could so see doing that! Loving all the cards!!

  38. sherry butcher permalink
    August 17, 2014 7:09 pm

    Wonderful! TFS.

  39. August 17, 2014 8:10 pm

    Oh, I wish I could get going on my Christmas projects. Keep insisting, Judy, with your great cards! We all need to start now and avoid the crunch. LOL Love your inspirations, Cooper’s too!

  40. Alo permalink
    August 18, 2014 9:04 am

    I enjoyed your cards miss judy, but what made ROFL was your story, keep them coming.
    I’m always happy when you are here blogging with Penny B.

  41. Julieann permalink
    August 18, 2014 10:10 am

    Love all of the samples. The deer card is beaitiful. The flower card is amazing and the 3 Kings abre amazing also. Cooper is the cutest though.

  42. August 18, 2014 7:47 pm

    Awesome cards! I love them all esp. the dove one. I laughed my head off at your Christmas story – that’s so funny! Love the picture of Cooper helping out 🙂 I can’t let my cat into my craft room as she eats anything that has dropped on the floor – anything from bits of ribbon/twine to fluff – and yesterday, she found a small piece of foam that had been packed in with a stamp set that came in the mail which I accidentally dropped on the floor. I heard this chewing sound and she had eaten half of it! She is a shocker :-O

  43. August 19, 2014 2:24 am

    what a great set of cards- love the snowflake would like to have seen the previous option even though it didn’t work in your eyes- gives others(like me) an idea of what not to do :). love your assistant too- so cute and helpful

  44. Denise Bryant permalink
    August 21, 2014 9:26 am

    Beautiful cards!

  45. August 23, 2014 12:14 pm

    WOW!!! Amazing Creations Judy…so many fun new stamps and you made them shine!! xoxoxo

  46. Kathy b permalink
    September 18, 2014 12:21 pm

    Your cards are beautiful and your commentary is hilarious. I always love it when I see something from you in my box. Sammie and Geena Bea love hearing about Cooper’s adventures, as well.

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