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Runs with Scissors with Judy

February 7, 2015


Swoooosh! I think that was January that just whizzed by. Welcome to February everyone and to the Penny Black blog. I’ve been looking through Penny Black’s cupboards and drawers today and found some favorite stamps to play with.

Not only am I using some favorite stamps, but I’ve decided I need to use up some of the 1,462 pads of designer paper that I have been hoarding collecting. That number is probably a slight exaggeration, but if I continue collecting the way I have been, eventually it won’t be too inaccurate.


The Simplicity Sisters at Penny Black have inspired me to try doing more Clean and Simple style cards. Here I’ve created a suede-look background for the tree with Distress inks and then heat embossed with white.   In the botanical world, maybe flowers are for the ladies and trees are for the men in our lives. This tree is from the transparent set Enjoy Life.


I was inspired by a recent post of Alexandra’s to use the Distress ink color Weathered Wood. I love the soft tone it provides as a background for another botanical image from the Enjoy Life set. And I’ve added my favorite butterfly of all time from the Flutters die set. It always adds just the right touch and often balances out a design (not to mention covering an occasional oops).


I have a new toy! Actually it’s been in the craft room for a couple of months and I finally decided to play. It’s my set of Koi watercolors. What an awesome surprise to discover the high quality of these paints. There is just no comparison to the inexpensive watercolors I’ve used in the past. The colors react with the water immediately and create creamy, intense color. As you will see, once I started playing with them, I couldn’t put them away.

This vase of flowers image is from the Garden Blooms transparent set. I painted the flowers and jar with watercolors and added a banner sentiment. Once again, adding designer paper to the card base, then layered with diecut mats.


Another favorite floral is this collage cling stamp Botanical Notes. I’ve water colored the image, added an extra butterfly with dimensional tape and used designer paper to add a “frame”.

With February, comes thoughts of Valentine’s Day and the different types of love we celebrate that day. Of course, our families are a source of a unique love, which fills a huge space in our hearts.

Almost as important, is the love we share with friends. I was raised as an Army “brat” and learned to make friends quickly and to accept that these friendships would be interrupted when somebody’s father was transferred. We learned to warmly welcome the new kids to our school because we knew eventually we would be that new kid looking for a friendly face.

I’ve been fortunate to stay in touch with my best friend from 5th and 6th grades and several of my high school classmates. These are treasured relationships because these friends so completely understand what life as a child in a military family is like. We are fiercely proud of the way we grew up and wouldn’t trade that experience for a more traditional childhood.

I treasure my women friends. We share our stories; we encourage each other; we listen to each other, knowing we are not expected to solve each other’s problems. We can be apart for years and pick up where we left off when we are reunited.

Many of us have formed friendships with the women who share this hobby by way of our blogs and social media. We share our knowledge, teach each other and work cooperatively with little competition.   There are even random acts of kindness, with little packages showing up now and then, “just because” we like to share. Indeed, a good kind of love to celebrate.


Everyone loves poppies! This image from the transparent set Blooming Garden is a joy to color! Happily, I used my Koi watercolors and added some designer paper for accent. I told you once I got started I couldn’t stop.


Can you tell how much fun I was having with my water colors? This background is lots of water brushed onto the paper and then placing the brush loaded with color into the puddled water. How fun to watch the color find its way around. The bird image is from the woodblock stamp Ode to Christmas, which isn’t just for Christmas any more.


We are celebrating friendship with a Swedish meatball dinner at our house on Valentine’s Day. The invitations are going to friends who spent every Wednesday evening at our home for two years, for what was mainly a study group, but often just became good fellowship.   We used to joke that it was the food we shared that kept us together. Yes, we enjoyed the food but it really was the laughter and tears and sharing our stories that cemented our relationships. (If everyone can make it, there will be 16 of us. That is a lot of meatballs!)

There is another special kind of love that needs celebrating: Grandchildren love!


Here’s the latest photo of Evelyn who is now almost 20 months old and Jack who is now almost 3 months old. Evelyn does without her pacifier all day at child care but Daddy says she is desperate to have it the minute she gets into the car for the ride home!

Ev and Jack’s parents keep me involved with them by way of Facetime or Skype. I am so grateful for the visits and love singing and chatting with Ev and gushing over baby Jack. However, I do wish it was possible to have advanced warning. More times than not I am caught with my “scary hair” and in my pajamas. Poor grandkids have no idea that sometimes Grandma wears makeup and curls her hair.


Cooper loves toothpaste! Notice I did not say he loves having his teeth brushed, just the tooth paste. After the trauma of having his teeth cleaned by the vet, I decided to keep up with Cooper’s dental hygiene. He is willing, bless his heart, but he loves the beef flavored toothpaste so much he keeps licking at the toothbrush and I can’t reach his teeth.

Well, I see it’s time to put the stamps and dies back in their neatly labeled cupboards and drawers. I wonder who keeps this studio so organized? And I wonder if they do house calls. For now, I’ve tidied my mess, holstered the scissors and packed up my watercolors.

I’ve enjoyed our visit and I certainly enjoyed and treasure the lovely comments you left on my “love letter” issue of Runs with Scissors two weeks ago. Comments are another form of love! See you next time, on the big day itself.


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33 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2015 12:44 am

    Really lovely variety of cards and cute photos too. Always enjoy your posts.

  2. February 7, 2015 1:57 am

    Your cards are beautiful, Judy! And the photos are so so adorable!!

  3. February 7, 2015 2:03 am

    I love all of your beautiful cards, Judy! And, as always, I loved reading your delightful post. Those two little ones are just too cute. How quickly they grow up!

  4. Dianne Crowe permalink
    February 7, 2015 3:30 am

    Love your cards Judy and thanks for sharing you photos with us. So nice to keep in touch with the grandchildren. They are adorable. Glad Cooper enjoys the flavour of his toothpaste. Enjoy your company and meatballs for Valentines Day.

  5. pwilley21 permalink
    February 7, 2015 3:36 am

    What a pleasure to read your post today! I have enjoyed your tour of watercoloring and certainly understand your need to insert designer paper as I too, have too many stacks that are hard to finish up! I hope you’ll enjoy your Sweedish Meatball event on the 14th! Let’s hope they also give a hand with the dishes!

  6. Ruth G permalink
    February 7, 2015 4:02 am

    I chuckle every time I read your posts.. I relate so totally to the absurd collection of patterned papers and cardstock that I seldom use, but still keep buying!! It’s always fun when I start my Saturday morning with you.

  7. Sue C permalink
    February 7, 2015 5:02 am

    Your posts always bring a smile to start my day. Thank you for sharing your work and your stories.

  8. Diane t permalink
    February 7, 2015 5:32 am

    Loved your post. Thanks for sharing your life with us, especially those beautiful grandchildren.

  9. quilterlin permalink
    February 7, 2015 5:44 am

    What a wonderful assortment of cards today, Judy! My favorite is the lovely Garden Blooms! And such a sweet picture of Evie and Jack – thanks so much for sharing! Sending along hugs to you!

  10. Kay Miller permalink
    February 7, 2015 6:26 am

    Such beautiful cards Judy! I’m wanting to get that Koi watercolor set too! Your watercoloring looks amazing! You have some precious grandchildren there and the little pup is darling too!

  11. mjmarmo permalink
    February 7, 2015 6:31 am

    Wow- those cards are beautiful!! Love your watercoloring!

  12. D.AnnC permalink
    February 7, 2015 7:00 am

    Goodness! They’re all gorgeous!! I especially find the first two extra lovely!

  13. February 7, 2015 7:10 am

    Oh, I got here too early…Scott has not made a comment yet…those are fun to read. Anyway….I think you have this watercolor thing down pat…super gorgeous cards today. And you paired them with pattern paper…aren’t you just too smart. I have plenty of pattern paper when you run out…just sayin’. I so enjoy coming to the PB blog on Saturdays…your column always gives my day a great start. The babies are getting big, but it is time to lose the binkie (pacifier)…snip off a little each day until she can no longer hold it in her mouth. 🙂 hugs & love my friend, P

  14. February 7, 2015 7:13 am

    YOU have been busy Judy… Beautiful cards! I always enjoy your fun posts! Xo

  15. Debbie Lou permalink
    February 7, 2015 7:31 am

    Wow — you certainly are one talented woman! Lots of beautiful cards and I love your style of writing. It’s so much fun to read Runs With Scissors!

  16. Linda Baker permalink
    February 7, 2015 8:02 am

    Love the watercolor cards! Gorgeous!

  17. bdengler4 permalink
    February 7, 2015 9:40 am

    Wow, Judy, all your cards are so beautiful! Your love of this hobby shines through in your creations! Love the pic of Evie and Jack too! ♥

  18. barbara lassiter permalink
    February 7, 2015 10:22 am

    I’ve just been working on some cards for friends and you are so right about the importance of friendships. Loved all your beautiful cards featuring favorite older stamps and your watercoloring is beautiful. I agree that using quality watercolors gives the best results. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your gorgeous Evie and Jack and Cooper, too! The beef toothpaste story makes me smile! 🙂

  19. Jamie Vanskiver permalink
    February 7, 2015 11:50 am

    I really look forward to your posts! Your stories always makes me smile! I love love love all your cards today, as always:)

  20. Lisa permalink
    February 7, 2015 11:58 am

    Hi Judy every Saturday I look forward to reading your blog! Your cards are beautiful, love the simple designs

  21. February 7, 2015 12:02 pm

    C’est magnifique Judy. J’aime toutes tes cartes! And I love to see your family’s picture… Hugs!

  22. Cindy Kight permalink
    February 7, 2015 12:21 pm

    Hi Judy. Your designs are always beautiful and they inspire me to get off my lazy bottom and try new stuff. Mostly though, thank you for sharing Cooper with us (my husband even knows Cooper.) We lost our boy back in September and it really makes us smile to see what Cooper has been up to. Here’ a hug. Cindy Kight

    • judka permalink
      February 7, 2015 1:11 pm

      Cindy, thank you for commenting on my post today. I am glad Cooper could make you remember your own dog with a smile! Hugs to you.l

  23. February 7, 2015 1:12 pm

    So glad to have something interesting to read and look at on this grey Saturday. We’re experiencing some desperately needed rain and you’re keeping me company. You’re one woman who really knows how to create a great background. Those 1st two card are lovely. And I’m so glad you cracked open your KOI watercolors and put them to such terrific use. Gorgeous cards.

  24. alexandra s.m. permalink
    February 7, 2015 2:19 pm

    Thank dear Judy!
    Your post is so rich and your cards so inspiring!
    I love how you have combined patterned papers with stamping and I also love Koi watercolors. You have such a way with them!

  25. February 7, 2015 7:47 pm

    Lovely post & beautiful cards, my friend! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your friends! I should be brushing Fritz’ teeth, but just can’t get myself to do it. They do make a plastic thimble looking brush that fits over your finger & can be easier to use than a regular brush.

  26. Linda S. in NE permalink
    February 7, 2015 9:09 pm

    Your watercoloring is beautiful, Judy. I have had my eye on that set of Koi’s for some time. I always feel I am a “don’t go outside the lines” type of person, so the thought of sloshing around with watercolors has always been kind of scary. I think Evie is doing very well in learning that there is life without a pacifier. I know a little boy who is still sucking away at the age of three. I hope little Jack doesn’t taunt poor Evie if he gets a pacifier. Maybe that’s how sibling rivalry gets it’s start! Hugs to little “beef breath” Cooper.

  27. Marti_L permalink
    February 7, 2015 9:51 pm

    I love your blog! You always have a great story to tell, loaded with humor, and your beautiful cards are like illustrations to the story.

  28. dawnnz permalink
    February 7, 2015 10:06 pm

    your watercolouring is completely awesome Judy. As usual I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post. I love the photo of your youngest grand children. And I can see Cooper loves his toothpaste. Have a great week Judy!

  29. February 8, 2015 9:15 am

    Beautiful work Judy–pinned to my cards to CASE board–thanks for the inspiration!

  30. Donna permalink
    February 8, 2015 10:41 am

    I just have to tell you that while I’m not “running with scissors,” I do find myself running to your blog just to see what Cooper is up too! Funny story about the toothpaste and I love it that he’s there to put a smile on my face while I look through all the wonderful Penny Black designs. Thank you for sharing your ideas and your precious Cooper. Keep smiling Cooper! 🙂

  31. February 10, 2015 2:30 pm

    I love your watercoloring, Judy. I couldn’t decide whether to get the Koi paints or not, but after seeing this, I think I’m in the market.

  32. February 14, 2015 1:35 am

    Beautiful and inspiring I want to have a go now!

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