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Running with Scissors and… Bread Crumbs!

December 13, 2014


As they say in Australia, “Oh, my giddy aunt!” I’m so happy to be here today. But it wasn’t easy. Since it’s been a while, I got lost on my way here and spent some time wandering aimlessly in blogland. Luckily my GPS (Geographic Personal Servant) came to my rescue and here I am. However, no worries about finding my way home; I left a trail of bread crumbs, just in case.

It’s all about love and friendship this week, a theme dear to the heart of card makers. I love the new Valentine release but I’m not quite ready to put away some of my favorite Penny Black stamps. So here’s what happened when I gave them one more inking and a chance to show what they can do.


I used my shimmery watercolor paints to create the background on this card and then stamped the Softly image onto it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.

I love the sentiment and for this card I would modify it to say, “A friend is one who notices the sentiment is slightly crooked but doesn’t mention it.”

Speaking of giddy aunts, they were on hand for the grand opening of the new Penny Black site SIMPLICITY at its Best, featuring the CAS (Clean and Simple) designs of the new group of talented paper artists, Penny Black’s Simplicity Sisters. I am so excited that Penny Black has provided a source of inspiration for the clean and simple style. You will find me hanging out there on Tuesdays and Thursdays when new posts are published. I will be wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

May Sukyong Park was first to share her work on the new site and she inspired me to give clean and simple a try. This is her card and this is my CASE on it:


May’s card is one-layer but I had to fussy cut my little kitty friend and pop him up with foam tape. I love the crisp look of the masking technique May used. I stamped and white embossed the chalk board sentiment onto the masked off card base and then used my distressing tool to apply Luxe inks. Without May’s inspiration, I would not have come up with this idea. You will note: there are no sequins, glitter or gems.


I am so in love with penguins this year. I see no reason to put these little guys away with the Christmas stamps! They probably would sneak out of the box anyway, relying on their cuteness to keep them out of trouble.

I was still thinking about CAS while making this card, but maybe adding the little sticker hearts disqualifies it. I’ve used an embossing folder for the background and stamped the penguins with black VersaFine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I love that multiple small images lend themselves so well to the CAS style.

So much has happened in the RWS family lately! Let me bring you up to date.

First of all, that intricate little project I talked about last month arrived on November 18th, weighing 8 lbs. 1 oz. Welcome to the world Jack Lincoln!


Big sister Evelyn Rose, 17 months old, has no idea how much her life has changed and her initial reaction to becoming a big sister was to ignore the whole situation! Things are much better now as she learns to love baby Jack.

For our Thanksgiving, we were thrilled to have daughter Kathy fly in from Minneapolis to help make the stuffing and share in the Thanksgiving meal.


As one would expect from someone who runs with scissors, I changed Thanksgiving from Thursday to Wednesday so Kathy would be here to help consume leftovers. She was flying out Friday morning and I was terrified Mr. RWS and I would be eating turkey for weeks without her help (I only know how to cook Thanksgiving dinner for a large crowd, so I always buy a 20 lb. turkey).

Also joining us was Mr. RWS’s golf partner, Tom, who at the age of 82 walks 18 holes of golf three times a week while carrying his own clubs. Tom is very obviously very Irish and we enjoyed his story-telling. We sent him home with a generous supply of leftovers for his Thursday Thanksgiving meal.

In order to ensure everything was ready for dishing up dinner, Kathy and I had the serving dishes set out on the countertop and spilling over onto the surface of my smooth top stove. Suddenly, we heard a very loud crash/explosion behind us. (Never a good sound in the kitchen). Much to our dismay we discovered my more-than-75 year old antique footed dish had exploded. Somehow the rear burner of the stove had been turned on beneath the dish causing it to explode.

This depression-glass, footed dish has been the serving bowl for what our family calls “green stuff” (Watergate salad) for all the years we’ve been a family. It was handed down from the kids’ paternal grandmother and I treasured it. A few Thanksgivings ago it survived a surprise trip, flying off the refrigerator shelf, landing on its “feet” and sliding halfway across the kitchen, spewing “green stuff” everywhere! The shelf had been overloaded, the door shut in spite of the overload and the pent up energy from being stuffed into the fridge exploded when the door was opened.   Thanksgiving just won’t be the same without a “green stuff” story.


I’ve wanted to use this ice skater image from Snow Dancer for awhile, but could not come up with an idea for a background. When I spotted the Winter Song cling stamp on my desk, I found myself wondering if …

And so I covered the bird sitting on the branch with a circle of silvery glitter paper to provide the “pond” for the skater to dance on. You may have noticed this card does not fit the theme of love and friendship, but every now and then you just have to let the muse have its way!! I enjoy taking advantage of Penny Black’s permission to “do my thing”.


This image, illustrated by Mo Manning, evokes very strong emotions every time I see it. To me, it speaks eloquently of a lifetime love: solid, enduring, and comfortable. Mr. RWS and I could easily be the Tom and Tilly in this card, especially since I seem to be working on acquiring that rear view of Tilly’s!

I paper-pieced this card, fussy cut the image and used foam tape to add it to the circle. Paper piecing is a technique I love. Selecting the papers and the cutting and pasting is pure relaxation. As the image comes to life, I find myself smiling.

So there we have it: love and friendship. Life would be an empty shell without the people in our lives who matter. I enjoyed using some favorite stamps before moving on to new ones and the best part has been sharing with you.

My hope is that you have been following the Penny Black blog these past weeks and didn’t miss the special events. There was a week featuring Art Squares; a week featuring work done by Penny Black fans; a week of demonstrating many uses of the Oh, Tannenbaum stamp; and of course the grand opening of the Simplicity at its Best special site.

Just when you think things can’t get any better, Penny Black proves they can!

Everyone appreciated Cooper showing up for dinner in his best shirt and tie. However, this looks says, “Don’t make me do this again.”


The giddy aunts are hovering; it must be time to go. It’s been great to spend time with you again. For now, I’ve stowed the scissors and put away the paper, stamps and dies.   It’s time for those giddy aunts and me to follow the bread crumb trail that will lead us safely home.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2014 1:34 am

    Hi, Judy! I have missed seeing your RWS posts! Today’s post is fab – love the cards and the stories you’ve shared. (I gasped when I read about your “green stuff” antique dish!!) I’m still in the Christmas mode here, so there won’t be any “lovey” cards till after the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  2. Sue Bridges permalink
    December 13, 2014 3:00 am

    Oh my goodness- I thought my mother was the only one who made Watergate Salad. Good grief where did they come up with that name? Very much enjoy your posts, and your creations. Thank you so much for sharing.Merry Christmas!

  3. Marliese permalink
    December 13, 2014 4:25 am

    Judy, I now only love your cards, but I enjoy the stories that go with them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Susan Roberts permalink
    December 13, 2014 6:15 am

    Congratulations to you and your family on the new addition.The cards are wonderful as usual. I really like the background you created for the skater.

  5. Scott schmidlkofer permalink
    December 13, 2014 7:31 am


    Thanksgiving on a Wednesday so you can enjoy the leftovers longer? Genius! The cards are mice too.

    Your son,


  6. donna mikasa permalink
    December 13, 2014 8:09 am

    Wonderful post, Judy! It’s so good to see you again and your cards are wonderful as always! I love the CAS CASE of May’s card, but my fave has to be Tom & Tilly–that image gets me every time! Congrats to all on the arrival of baby Jack, and the expression on Cooper’s face is priceless! Thanks for a great start to the weekend!

  7. bdengler4 permalink
    December 13, 2014 8:40 am

    Baby Jack is so sweet, Judy! Congrats on being a grandma again! Love tour cards today – beautiful work as always! I enjoyed reading your post and have missed them lately! Sending hugs to you! ♥

  8. Julie permalink
    December 13, 2014 9:45 am

    Love the penguin card and the background you created for the skater. Sorry to hear about the dish explosion but glad no one was injured!

  9. Carol beck permalink
    December 13, 2014 11:11 am

    Your posts are a breath of fresh air, sunshine and laughter. I adore your cardmaking and Cooper as well.

  10. December 13, 2014 11:18 am

    What a terrific post. The cards the sweet adorable baby boy and, to top it off, Cooper. Hope to hear form you again and that your holiday is very merry.

  11. alexandra s.m. permalink
    December 13, 2014 2:18 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your post tremendously Judy!!
    Thank You so much!

  12. Dianne Crowe permalink
    December 13, 2014 3:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing you beautiful cards with us. Welcome adorable little baby Jack. I agree Cooper doesn’t look to happy in his shirt and tie, maybe Christmas will be more his style. Love to read you little stories, always so interesting and look forward to your next posting.

  13. December 13, 2014 5:44 pm

    Congrats on your sweet new grandbaby! Loved reading your post today. Great cards, as always!

  14. December 13, 2014 8:05 pm

    Such a precious new baby in your family, Judy & glad to hear sister is learning to love him. So sad about your treasured dish, but lots of happy memories & knowing you, it will be taken in stride. The people in your life are clearly the priority & I wish you & them a blessed holiday season. Adorable picture of Cooper!

  15. Linda S. in NE permalink
    December 14, 2014 1:10 am

    Hi Judy and Cooper. First of all Congratulations on your brand new grandson! There is nothing sweeter than the smell and feel of a newborn. He looks so cute.
    And, yes, I have been following the Penny Black blog. Did you see that I was the lucky winner of a $25 gift certificate for stamps of my choice during the Art Squares event? I was so tickled, and because I do dog/house sitting, I chose two stamps with dog images in them!! Tell Mr. Cooper that he looks most dapper in his shirt and tie. Plaids are the rage this fall and winter. I was sorry to hear of the destruction of your antique dish, but so glad to know neither you nor your daughter were impaled by flying glass. Take care.

  16. Marilyn Valadez permalink
    December 15, 2014 11:59 am

    Congrats to the new parents and to you and Mr RWS on the birth of the new baby in the family! A fun Christmas for all! I brought one home from the hospital on Christmas Day, a little hectic, but fun and joy none the less
    I see you use the blue speckled enameled roasting pan for your turkey too . It bakes so much quicker and browns beautifully, doesn’t it. My mother put me on to this roaster many years ago and I wouldn’t think of using anything else. It always makes me think of my Mom and her great cooking!
    Sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving with your daughter visiting. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful New Year, Judy! Always love your very creative cards, and most of all your great stories of home life with your family! Your commentary always brings a smile! Hug Mr. Cooper for me!! 🙂

    • judka permalink
      December 15, 2014 1:30 pm

      Oh, Marilyn! I tried making a turkey dinner a couple of years ago at my son’s home and we had no gravy! Those enameled roasters are the best!! Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!!

  17. December 16, 2014 10:18 am

    Very late to this party but it has been one of those weeks. I do consider myself your friend, so I won’t mention that your sentiment is crooked on one of your cards. 🙂 I too hate putting away the Christmas stamps…always trying to figure out a way to work them into the rest of the year cards. Your artwork today was lovely! Such humor in your columns…does this stuff really happen to you? Cute baby Jack and cute Cooper…you always make my day!

  18. December 19, 2014 8:17 am

    adorable pics!

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