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Runs with Scissors….and Meatballs!

February 14, 2015


Oh, hello there! Hope you don’t mind the yummy smells wafting throughout Penny Black’s blog today. I’ve got the crock pots going with the Swedish meatballs for my dinner this evening. There are thirteen friends coming over to share Valentine’s Day. For one couple, it is the 43rd anniversary of their engagement; how romantic is that?

I set the tables last night and brought the meatballs along so I could still run with my scissors and share some last minute Valentines.


I’ve just combined the delightful banners with the flirting owls from Furry Affection. I opened Ms. Owl’s eyes so she can return Mr. Owl’s coy looks. The hearts are the punch outs from the Hearts in Circle die, covered in Glossy Accents.


Speaking of the Hearts in Circle die, here it is providing a background for the two little mice from the Furry Affection clear set. Valentine’s Day is such a great chance for me to use red and white polka dot papers (one of my favorite things).


I think the Rose die is perfect for making Valentines. Here I’ve combined it with the Cupid’s Wish die and a tiny sticker heart to cover the junction of the two diecuts.   Pink and white dotted paper is almost as good as red and white!

I have a story to tell on myself and I hope my adult kids are not reading this; it could cause them worry and me a new address at an assisted living residence.

Last Sunday as I was getting ready for church, I went into the kitchen for some reason (I think I knew why at the time, but don’t remember now) and my husband saw my incomplete outfit of black slacks and a black shell and commented, “Oh, the Johnny Cash look”. And he hadn’t even seen the black and white jacket I was going to wear over the shell. He made a valid point and it made me rethink my outfit for the day. After all, it was Valentine season and maybe what I needed was something brighter to better suit the coming holiday.

I went into my cavernous adequate walk-in closet where a large percentage of the clothes were some combination of black and white (I do have some gray outfits) in search of something colorful. Way in the back, the last item on the rod, I spotted a clear plastic garment bag. That bag has been hanging in that spot for a very long time. It has survived multiple purges because I thought it contained the red jacket dress I wore for a significant birthday years ago. I knew it no longer fit and should have been donated, but I could not part with it because of the memories attached to it.

Thinking that perhaps the jacket might work with my black pants and shell, I took the plastic bag off the hanger and reacted with confusion and surprise. There on the hanger was not the sentimental red dress, but a lovely raspberry colored jacket dress, with delicate same-color embroidery on the dress top and the jacket front. AND THE TAGS WERE STILL ON IT! Obviously, I had never worn it and absolutely had no memory of buying it. It must have been a super sale (I would not have paid the price on the tag) and evidently I didn’t buy it for a specific occasion. It must have been one of my “just in case” purchases.

Now, the name of the department store on the bag is a store that is here in Alabama, but not in Wisconsin so that means the dress is no more than nine years old. (Thank goodness the price was not in Roman numerals, but for all I remember, it could be that old). I tried on the jacket and was happy to see that it fit; unhappy to see that the jacket was made with shoulder pads attached, another clue as to the age of the dress.

Well, I snipped those shoulder pads out and stood in front of the full length mirror and decided the burst of color was just what I needed. No more “Johnny Cash goes to church” for me. I just hoped I didn’t look like a bright raspberry tulip bursting through a black asphalt parking lot!


And I wonder what I did with that special red dress? That may be a story for another day.


Here is a CAS card using the Triple Banner die with the white embossed sentiment from the I Heart You clear set. Notice I used up a little designer paper.


I colored this image with Copics and used a paper towel moistened in blender solution to pat the cap and dress to add a textured look; a fun technique. Looks like Mimi and her friend are having fun on their bicycle built for two.

My husband and I have been in that “built for two” situation a couple of times. We’ve been sea kayaking and canoeing where I took the back seat position and he the front. I thought it was a good idea to sit where he couldn’t see that my pitiful paddling wasn’t adding much to the effort. Somehow, I think he knew that anyway.


Speaking of special friends, a package arrived last week from a stamping friend with a “non-Christmas” present for me and another for Cooper. Sally shares her home with Abbey and Spirit, her much loved cats. Abbey and Spirit love cuddling in their fleece blankets and wanted Cooper to have one, too. Cooper immediately displayed how dogs are different than cats by rough housing with his new “blankie” and insisting on a game of tug of war. I guess he believes “real dogs don’t cuddle with blankets”.

Well, it’s time to unplug the crockpots, put away the scissors and get home to my dinner preparations. I have Amish noodles to boil and dinner rolls to bake. Cooper loves it when people come to visit; it almost makes the trip to the groomer’s worthwhile.

Thank you for your visit. I wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day!


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22 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2015 1:33 am

    Thanks for your inspiring, funny, uplifting blog. Your designs have inspired me and Cooper is so sweet and I love your news on what he is up to. You have beome a friend even though we have never met. Bless you and yours.xxxxx

  2. Dianne Crowe permalink
    February 14, 2015 2:48 am

    Lovely cards for Valentines Day. I especially like the 2 little mice in the heart circle. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a Happy Valentines Day along with Cooper.

  3. Marliese permalink
    February 14, 2015 4:53 am

    I’m always happy to see your name at the top of the Penny Black blog because I love all your cards and enjoy reading your comments. Now I’m off to make swedish meatballs. You reminded me that they haven’t appeared on my menus for a very long time.

  4. February 14, 2015 6:21 am

    Sent from Pam’s iPad

  5. Kay Miller permalink
    February 14, 2015 6:43 am

    What a great story! Love that raspberry jacket! Your cards are all absolutely darling and so is that little dog 🙂

  6. February 14, 2015 7:07 am

    You are a true inspiration…cooking for that many people on this day of LOVE! Give me a steak dinner (at a restaurant), chocolates in a box (not a bag), flowers that have been delivered (not made by me)….and you show us all up by cooking Swedish meatballs, homemade noodles and rolls. Thanks a lot friend!
    Gorgeous cards, but the one with the die cut flower needs to be framed…just beautiful.
    What are Roman numerals?…hehehe
    Thanks for another wonderful start to my day. Valentines hugs to you, Mr. RWS and Cooper of course.

  7. Paula Meuschke permalink
    February 14, 2015 7:14 am

    Are you sure you bought that top? Maybe your hubby bought it as a gift, hinted you should wear something other than black, hoping you would go into your closet & find the top. Just sayin’. I do love all your cards.

  8. mjmarmo permalink
    February 14, 2015 7:49 am

    Love the story of that top! Such beautiful cards! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  9. Marti_L permalink
    February 14, 2015 8:05 am

    Funny story about the forgotten find in your closet! Happy Valentines Day to you, have a fun get-together with your friends!

  10. February 14, 2015 8:49 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too. It’s obvious by your cards that you’re ready to celebrate. Hope you dinner party is a smashing success…I’m sure the food will be. As for your mystery purchase…first, it’s lovely; second, you’re not the only one with surprise garments showing up in the closet. Just sayin’.

  11. ThePurplePlace permalink
    February 14, 2015 10:09 am

    Wonderful Cards (as always Judy), but a great post too….make me smile! Love the Raspberry jacket, it’s gorgeous color.

    PS: Enjoy your lovely plans — unfortunately, we’re having ANOTHER Blizzard here is MA, so going OUT is not in the cards for us…! I ONLY hope the snow will eventually END and that SPRING will get here soon…..we’ve been hit way too hard! Lastly, asking for PRAYERS that we do not power —with temps below zero…that would be horrific….

    Hugs and Happy thoughts to you…..LOVE “Cooper’s” SNuggle sack…my pups have them and LOVE them!

    • judka permalink
      February 14, 2015 11:24 am

      OH, Lisa, I think of everyone in the New England area … I remember dreadful winters in Wisconsin with snow banks so high there was no longer any place to put the new snow. Stay safe; I hope your power stays on … hard to think spring in the middle of a blizzard!

  12. barbara lassiter permalink
    February 14, 2015 10:14 am

    Love the cards and your story and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your friends.

  13. February 14, 2015 11:11 am

    I can smell those meatballs….YUM! Great Valentine’s cards…thanks for the inspiration!
    Have a wonderful dinner and a Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Paper Hugs,

  14. Darlene Renshaw permalink
    February 14, 2015 12:24 pm

    Your valentine cards are very nice. Oh, also Happy Valentines Day:)

  15. February 14, 2015 12:32 pm

    Love your description as you went along — also the short story that so many of us are able to relate to. Thanks for sharing and have a Very Happy Valentines Day

  16. alexandra s.m. permalink
    February 14, 2015 2:38 pm

    Lovely post Judy!
    I love all of your cards and you special way of combining patterned paper with stamps and creative dies!
    Thank You and Happy St Valentine’s Day to you as well ♥

  17. dawnnz permalink
    February 14, 2015 3:51 pm

    As usual you’ve made my day reading this Judy, Your cards are all simply amazing and I hope you Valentine’s dinner went well. The menu sounded great and I only wish we had smell a blog as I can imagine an amazing aroma from the meatballs cooking. Happy Valentines

  18. February 14, 2015 7:16 pm

    As usual, Saturdays are much better once I read your wonderful post. The adorable cards are very inspiring. I just love your cards. I just love your stories. And how appropriate on Valentine’s day!! Hugs to Cooper. Tell him that he does an expert job of looking cute!!

  19. February 15, 2015 10:58 pm

    Read this yesterday on my phone & forgot to leave a comment when I got home (can’t do it on the phone–always gets messed up–LOL!) Hope you had a lovely time with your friends–what a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day! Your cards are all great, Judy, but the rose stole my heart–love it! Pat on the head for dapper Cooper!

  20. February 16, 2015 8:50 am

    I love the dress story. I had one I put away and still can’t find it. All your cards are so wonderful. Love the owls, because I’m an owl freak, but they are not “Furry Friends”. 😦

  21. Sandra permalink
    February 16, 2015 6:26 pm

    Great cards – hope you had a fantastic dinner. Love the jacket story – perhaps a little familiar…..

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