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Runs with Scissors and Valentines

January 10, 2015


Welcome! Let me turn up the heat a bit. It was a bit chilly when I arrived at the Penny Black blog today. My friends “down under” may be enjoying some summer sunshine, but the rest of us are currently being reminded of last winter’s “arctic vortex”.

Well, it’s been another week of “Guest Designer Extravaganza” here on the blog. Micheline Jourdain’s works of art capped off an amazing week of inspiration. It’s amazing what Micheline can accomplish with a few stamps, some paper and inks.

One thing to love about January – Valentine’s Day is approaching. What fun it’s been making Valentines using the stamps and dies from Penny Black’s Love and Friendship release. Who doesn’t love surprising a friend or loved one with a handmade card?


Stamping is not always necessary; sometimes the dies have it! I love that large Cupid’s Wish die for many reasons; one is that the apostrophe and period remain attached when you remove the diecut from the die. No more trying to keep track of an itty bitty speck of white! Thanks, Penny Black! The little birds from the Tweets set add another level of cute and balance out that large message.


While I love cute and girlie, I had to remember that there are guys in my life, too. I’ve stamped the hedgie image from Furry Affection three times directly onto patterned paper. I trimmed with very skinny Washi tape and added a die cut sentiment from the Heartfelt die set. (Hooray for using Washi tape!)


Of course, we all need ideas for masculine cards. By using khaki woodgrain paper and a more graphic design, the result is a card the fellows can enjoy. I’ve used the stamps from So Very Much and added arrows from the A Pocketful die set. The little hearts add a punch of color.

Mr. RWS is not the most romantic husband in the world, but every now and then he gets it just right. When we first moved into this home, the laundry closet was an eyesore. The builder had left bare drywall, choosing to save the probable $7.00 it might have cost to add some paint. I really, really wanted those walls painted as I knew the laundry area would be a significant part of my life. Mr. RWS didn’t think it necessary as the walls functioned perfectly just as they were.   And in all fairness, he had spent days painting the main living areas, trying to cover the lipstick red walls with a more civilized neutral color. I lived with those bare, scuffed walls for more than a year, trying to be a good sport about it. (Meaning I didn’t whine more than three times a day).

Well, what I found one day upon returning home from a visit to Wisconsin was the best out-of-season Valentine ever!


Mr. RWS had definitely painted the walls of the laundry, and added a surprise in the corner where two walls met. Using a small amount of paint from every can we used to paint the interior of the house, and some copper glaze left from our previous home, he created this tree. The best and most romatic part is the initials “carved” into the trunk. I smile every time I see it, especially knowing he didn’t think it necessary to paint at all. I worry about how we will take it with us should we move!


Who doesn’t love Mimi? This Love and Friendship release includes enough Mimi’s to satisfy my craving … for now. I colored the image with Copics and then cut it out and attached it to my card front. I stamped the bow image a second time to add dimension. After cutting the banners from the Hugs and Kisses die set, I gathered the little letters that had punched out and added them to appear as if they had fallen from the banner. Just ‘cause!


As if having a choice of Mimi’s isn’t enough, this release includes many adorable “Furry Affectionate” critters! Combine these cuddly little mice with red gingham and a bed of hearts and what could be cuter??


Childhood Valentine memories include lace doilies as a mandatory part of making Valentines. I’ve used the Stellar intricate die to provide a lacy background for this sweet image from the Mimi’s Love set. It is too beautiful to be put away with the Christmas supplies. I’ve left off a sentiment as this could be a welcome baby card, as easily as a Valentine for a little baby boy (I happen to know just the one!). The hardest part of making this card was deciding which pastel note card to use as the background. I tried pink, yellow, bright green, lavender and even white … each more lovely than the last.

My heart is smiling from my cute and lovely card making today! The bright reds, the darling images, and the thought of bringing a smile to the recipient of these cards … priceless!


And why is there a photo of an IPad here? It is to announce that I have joined the 21st Century, thanks to this lovely gift from the Wisconsin Christmas kids. I have wanted one ever since I saw my techy kids using theirs; yet, I was dreading having to learn any more new technology.

Before I could begin using my amazing gift, we needed to have WiFi installed in our home. I delayed calling to set up an install date as I knew once we had WiFi, there were no more excuses; I would have to climb that learning curve! I called, assuming there would be a wait for an appointment, but as fate would have it, they could come the next morning!

The installer kindly showed me a few basics, my daughter had done some things when I was still in Wisconsin, but I realized I needed some serious professional help.

Off I went to my trusty tech friends at the big box office supply store. I fully expected them to duck behind their desk when I showed up, as they were the ones who set up my new computer a year ago and I’m sure they haven’t forgotten me yet!

I was very nervous when I approached the young man behind the counter and my voice trembled as I shared with him how much I wanted the IPad and how frustrated I was not being able to set it up.

Well, not only was this young man very knowledgeable, he was kind and patient! He did everything on my list and showed me how to navigate, how to shop for apps and all the functions everyone else seems to know instinctively.   Of all the functions, I think I am enjoying reading books electronically the best!   I do share with Mr. RWS who uses it to play computer games when it is too cold to golf.


When we adopted Cooper, we purchased a “dog-o-pedic” mattress for him, guaranteed to provide the most comfort anywhere. Cooper was never interested and the only time he slept on it was at his doggy vaycay, otherwise he preferred sleeping on the carpeted floor. Evidently Santa felt sorry for the little guy and brought him a bed this Christmas. Happy to say, he loves it! Guess the “dog-o-pedic” wasn’t cozy enough.

It’s time to set the thermostat back, put away the scissors and scoot on home. I’ve had a great time playing with the “Love and Friendship” stamps and dies and sharing my cards with you. Be sure to share the cards you make by posting them in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. I enjoy them all and love being inspired by your work. Happy stamping!

P.S. And, no, I haven’t started purging and sorting the craft room … too busy on the IPad!

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. Dianne Crowe permalink
    January 10, 2015 3:26 am

    Thanks for the inspiration for Valentine’s. I think I will watch for the “furry affectionate” stamp set, looks just right for a little girl that loves her animals. Beautiful cards, thanks Judy and Cooper. Oh by the way my laundry room walls need paint, I don’t see any chance of a tree, would be so lovely to look at!!!

  2. January 10, 2015 4:15 am

    Great cards today Mrs. RWS!!!!! I really need the So Very Much stamp set…your card sold me on that!!! Cute dog, can’t believe you are actually reading books from an electronic, but the painted tree really made me smile. Mr. RWS was just too sweet to surprise you with that. You should whine more!!!! Hugs!

  3. January 10, 2015 6:04 am

    Looks like Mr. RWS has some talent. Lucky you. I usually do all the painting in our house. I love your vast array of darling valentines. It’s getting me inspired to begin mind.

  4. Susan Roberts permalink
    January 10, 2015 6:27 am

    Thank you for the card inspiration. I really like the one with wood grain. It’s a great sketch idea.
    And the tree in the laundry room is wonderful!

  5. mjmarmo permalink
    January 10, 2015 7:05 am

    Beautiful cards!

  6. Kay Miller permalink
    January 10, 2015 7:15 am

    What beautiful cards!! They are all so amazing! Really love the last one with the little dear 🙂 Congrats on the new iPad! We have two in the house and I can’t imagine life without them! Have fun!

  7. Diane permalink
    January 10, 2015 8:06 am

    Love all your samples! Especially love tree your DH painted for you 😉

  8. Linda Baker permalink
    January 10, 2015 8:29 am

    Love the cards and your hubby is so talented!

  9. alexandra s.m. permalink
    January 10, 2015 9:28 am

    Thank You for this great post and beautiful cards Judy!
    YOu sure know how to celebrate LOVE 😉

  10. Kathy Schmidlkofer permalink
    January 10, 2015 10:20 am

    Mom – love you post and your tribute to Mr. RWS!!!!!

  11. jmhave44 permalink
    January 10, 2015 11:31 am

    Enjoyed reading this post today, and loved each card. Especially liked the way you used the dies with the no-stamping card. Of course I love the hedgies as my fav PB image. TFS the laundry room work of love…you’re not the only artist in the family. What a truly sweet thing for him to have done, then to carve initials in the tree. Definitely sounds romantic to me! Good for you on the Ipad. We’re still using very old cell ph., cause we don’t think we’re smart enough to learn how to use the Smart Phone that DD wants to get for us! (and I’ve always felt I was pretty computer savvy, but I get dumber by the year!!!). TFS some pretty cards and a fun post. Hugs

  12. bdengler4 permalink
    January 10, 2015 12:17 pm

    I love all your cards today, Judy! You have really been busy with all the Valentine’s! I think my fave is the woodgrain one – such a unique and beautiful design! And wow, oh, wow! Just love Larry’s tree painting – how special you must have felt when first seeing it! ♥ So glad to know you’re able to feel comfortable now using your ipad too! Hugs! ♥

  13. barbara lassiter permalink
    January 10, 2015 12:38 pm

    I’ve been thinking about Valentine’ Day cards and I loved seeing the ones you created. This will give me some inspiration. I do love that Happy Valentine’s die cut and that might be my next purchase. The tree painting story is fabulous. How I wish that would happen in my “needs a coat of paint” mud room/laundry room! Probably won’t happen. 🙂

  14. January 10, 2015 12:38 pm

    SWEET CREATIONS!!!! DON’T make me pick JUSTONE! LOL I LOOOOVE your story about getting your IPad! I am not that savvy with techy stuff either! LOL So, I UNDERSTAND your reserve! 😉

  15. Jan Castle permalink
    January 10, 2015 7:18 pm

    Keep at it….you will LOVE your i-Pad!!!! TFS your cards with us…we love them all!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  16. January 10, 2015 7:33 pm

    ohmygosh! love these cards!

  17. Linda S. in NE permalink
    January 10, 2015 8:33 pm

    Judy, I was so interested in reading your post about your new IPad. Honestly, I am just plain jealous. I think you are lucky to have children who want to keep you up to speed with the rest of the world. Our local Community College offers a class on “How To Get the Most Out of Your IPad”. Great idea, and something you might look into. Wouldn’t it be neat if you could show your kids a few functions that they never knew existed??!! I was blown out of the water for signing up for the class because, …IPad…gotta bring yours to the class!! Hello,…can we first have a class on how to buy one??? Details, people…details!
    Cooper looks sweet in his new bed. Give him a couple extra scratches behind his ears.

  18. Virginia L. permalink
    January 10, 2015 11:24 pm

    FABULOUS post! Love the cards-each one is a gem! The painting is brilliant! Way to go, Mr RWS! I am sure you are getting the hang of the IPad by now.

  19. January 10, 2015 11:31 pm

    Wonderful collection of cards. Love Mr RWS’s mural – what a lovely surprise. Cooper does look snuggly in his new bed.

  20. Christine Kosmak permalink
    January 11, 2015 3:41 am

    Love these cards and will be starting on some soon. That is after the birthday cards for my youngest brother this month, and one for my mum in Feb. Love the IPad story, and I wish that I had a Mr, that was a little romantic and did things like that for me!! I haven’t got an IPad etc yet, but in the process of thinking about getting one!! Cooper is such a cutie and looks so comfy in his new bed.

  21. Darlyne Wagner permalink
    January 11, 2015 5:04 am

    I am so impressed by how romantic Mr RWS is! He loves you a lot. And your cards reflect the love you receive and then you shower us with your art. Cooper must feel it , too, since he seems quite content.

  22. Debra permalink
    January 11, 2015 9:20 pm

    Always love to read your posts Mrs RWS! You always have great cards to show plus at least one if not two or three interesting stories to share! Loved hearing about your laundry wall as well as your ipad! Hope you get used to using your ipad soon!

  23. January 12, 2015 4:07 pm

    Oh my goodness–he painted that tree including the carved initials?! Those walls would be going with me if I moved–no matter what! Your cards are just wonderful, Judy–you’ve inspired me!

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