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Runs with MOTHERLY Scissors

April 4, 2015


Holy sunshiney Saturday, Batman! I know April showers bring May flowers, but this sunshine on the weekends is so much better … gives the umbrellas a chance to dry off, too.

It’s all about Mother’s Day this week. It’s a great chance to use our pinks, purples, pastels, and pretty papers. And the great products from the Bring on the Happy and Time to Celebrate releases.

This is a day to recognize many kinds of mothers:

  • Grandmothers
  • Mothers-in-Law
  • Godmothers
  • Stepmothers
  • Moms to be
  • Foster mothers
  • Birth mothers
  • Adoptive mothers

If there has been a woman in your life who has been “like a mother” to you, this is the time to honor her, too.


This background was made using a floral stamp from the Efflorescence transparent set, embossed with white and then applying Distress inks with the blender tool. I love that the large sentiment from the Kind Words transparent set can take center stage.

Definition: Efflorescence: The period when a flower bursts (effloresces) into bloom. (Now you know!)


I began by stamping the Divine flower onto cardstock, then carefully taping the stencil over the image. I then used Distress inks and the blending tool to color the flowers. I fussy cut the flower and mounted to the Petals die cut background, layered over white and then purple cardstock. The Word Express transparent set has more than thirty titles of relatives and friends; including “dude” and “buddy” for those in a more informal relationship.


The pink designer paper from the Painted Blooms paper pad was perfect to add shading to the Rose diecut. The background paper is from the Gentle Whisper pad. This is a good way to send Mom a rose that will bloom forever.


After several unsuccessful attempts at watercoloring this beautiful flower from the Come Rain or Come Shine transparent set, I fell back to my comfort zone of emboss resist.   After much indecision about which designer paper I should use to matt my floral image, I chose to use them both; and a touch of black is always a good thing.


Oh, oh; I see a pattern here. More emboss resist. Love these blooms from the cling stamp Effulgence. Notice the raised circle sentiment? Originally I had stamped the Happy Mother’s Day directly onto the card stock. It wasn’t quite straight and I didn’t want to start over because of a crooked sentiment. So, I used a circle die and cut the sentiment out and put it back a bit cocked using dimensional tape. I like this look better than the original plan. Did you notice the “love” diecut as a stem for the flower?

Definition: Effulgent: Shining forth brilliantly. (Another word added to my vocabulary!)

I must say, this post is the first (and probably the only) time I have been able to use the words “efflorescence” and “effulgent” in the same narrative. Thanks, Penny Black, for the opportunity.


Recently, I’ve had a vision of bright flowers set against a dark background. While this card isn’t the picture I had in my head, I am happy with the result. I stamped the Centerpiece image and embossed it with white embossing powder. I colored the flowers and vase using Prismacolor pencils, blended with Gamsol. I went over the flowers and vase with a touch of white pencil to provide some shading. The white butterfly and “You” sentiment really pop against the black background. This cling stamp is so perfect for so many occasions and such fun to color in any medium. Honestly, nobody does flowers like Penny Black!

In my Runs with Scissors blog post on January 24th I shared with you that my adopted son had received word from his birth mother that she would be open to contact if he so chose. Over a period of a month or so, letters and emails were exchanged and I was blessed to be able to put together a packet of thirty photos along with a seven page letter in which I shared from my heart the story of his growing up. For both my son and I it was an amazing experience. For me, it was an answer to prayer to be able to thank the woman for the gift of my son.

This will be the first Mother’s Day that my joy of being my adopted son’s mother isn’t lessened by knowing there was a woman out there who didn’t know what became of the child she gave up for adoption. This Mother’s Day her heart is at peace. And so is mine.

Be sure to honor the special women in your life with a card this Mother’s Day. You can never say thank you too often. Also, the two recent Penny Black releases (Bring on the Happy and Time to Celebrate) have everything you need to remember birthdays, give encouragement and honor special occasions. Just add ink, paper and bling.


Cooper and I wish all of you a Happy Easter!   Our plan is to enjoy our ham dinner on the patio with jelly beans for dessert.

Since I found Penny Black’s studio all neat and tidy when I arrived, I’ve made sure it looks that way when I leave. (Thanks, Mom, for teaching me that). The scissors are safely stowed and I need to get home before the rain starts again. I can’t wait to see the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery filled with Mother’s Day cards. Thank you for your visit and thank you for your comments.

By the way: no Peeps were harmed in the shooting of the Cooper photo. (No guarantees for their future, though.)

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. dawnnz permalink
    April 4, 2015 1:44 am

    Awesome cards Judy. I must make a start with some Mother’s Day cards. You have given me some great ideas. Your story about your son is also very moving. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Diane J permalink
    April 4, 2015 3:51 am

    These cards are beautiful. They are the colors we are waiting for after winter. I love the little stories that you have to tells us. Some of them give me a good chuckle!

  3. Dianne Crowe permalink
    April 4, 2015 4:00 am

    Your cards are beautiful as always Judy. Your son must be proud of you to welcome his birth mother into your lives, it doesn’t always turn out so well. I hope Cooper was rewarded with the beef-flavoured ones, he looks as if he is waiting patiently for you to give the OK. Happy Easter.

  4. mjmarmo permalink
    April 4, 2015 6:00 am

    Such beautiful inspiration!

  5. Kay Miller permalink
    April 4, 2015 6:52 am

    Your cards are just beautiful! The colored pencils on the black really look neat! Such a wonderful story of your son and his birth mother. So glad it has worked out so well for all of you! Hope you have a happy Easter! 🙂

  6. April 4, 2015 7:57 am

    BEEE-U-TIFULLLL!!!!! 😉 Hmmm, I’ve got to find out WHERE you get those “Beef flavored Peeps!” LOL 😉 (I too love hearing your the story about your adopted son & his birth mother!) 🙂

  7. Donna Dacy permalink
    April 4, 2015 8:01 am

    Beautiful cards. I love the story…and Love the cards with the white embossed flowers and the colorful backgrounds. You did a great job. TFS

  8. barbara lassiter permalink
    April 4, 2015 8:06 am

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories and have a Happy Easter. The cards are ALL FABULOUS and I agree that Penny Black flowers are some of “the best”.

  9. Julie permalink
    April 4, 2015 9:15 am

    I always look forward to Judy’s posts. Her cards are lovely.

  10. Scott schmidlkofer permalink
    April 4, 2015 9:20 am

    Do I really have to send you a card Mom when you already have so many?

    • jillianfoster82 permalink*
      April 4, 2015 9:28 am

      LOL! You are too funny. And yes, Scott, you do! 🙂

    • judka permalink
      April 4, 2015 10:03 am

      Absolutely, Scott! and the more the merrier!!

    • April 4, 2015 10:39 am

      Scott, yo’re joking, right?

  11. April 4, 2015 10:39 am

    Aaaaw. What a wonderful tribute to those women who gave us so much og themselves. Each card is lovely and inspiring. So glad your son has reached out and touched his birth mother…and what a gift she’s given you and him. Happy Easter.

  12. Sheri K permalink
    April 4, 2015 11:16 am

    Beautiful cards Judy! Love all your inspiration!

  13. alexandra s.m. permalink
    April 4, 2015 2:02 pm

    Thank You for this wonderful, inspiring and funny post dear Judy!
    Love your Mother’s day cards!!

  14. Maria permalink
    April 4, 2015 2:16 pm

    Love,Love all the cards! So many wonderful ones to give
    when do you have mothersday ?
    Happy Easter and cuddles to Cooper !

    • judka permalink
      April 4, 2015 3:18 pm

      Maria, Mother’s Day in the United States is the second Sunday in May … This year, May 10th. Thank you for your visit and your comment!

      • Maria permalink
        April 5, 2015 6:04 am

        Hi Judy, I live in the UK. Mother’s day were 15th of March here but as I’m from Sweden I have to keep an out out so not missing my mum’s on the 31th of May. Oh, I got told off once when I missed my dad’s which is in November and it’s in June in the UK, never do that again hihi
        Take care!

  15. Judy B permalink
    April 4, 2015 2:53 pm

    Your cards are beautiful Judy. Your designs and coloring are fantastic. Thanks for sharing with us.

  16. April 4, 2015 2:53 pm

    Love your sense of humor and your amazing inky creations! Awesomeness!

  17. Gloria permalink
    April 4, 2015 2:56 pm

    Judy, your cards were the ticket for me today, as I already had scheduled a Mother’s Day card-making session!

  18. April 4, 2015 5:39 pm

    Beautiful cards Judy! And thanks for the update on you son’s mother story, love happy endings! TFS and Happy Easter!

  19. April 4, 2015 9:36 pm

    Like a breath of Spring, Judy, these floral cards are all such beauties. Each one is so different – any Mom would be thrilled to receive them! Wonderful inking and color selections! And I love that Cooper has an Easter basket! Do you think he’ll share his Peeps? Happy Easter! Enjoy your dinner on the patio – jelly beans are the perfect dessert!

  20. debbieg2014 permalink
    April 5, 2015 11:03 pm

    as always, your cards are beautiful. and I especially liked Cooper’s wishful thought as he looks into his easter asked . . . so very cute! my little bichon, Hannah, just celebrated her 14th birthday on the 3rd and she still looks like a puppy . . . wish I could age as gracefully!

  21. Chiara Robin permalink
    April 6, 2015 1:30 am

    All great!!!!!!
    But my favorite is the pink one 🙂
    Chiara Robin

  22. Marilyn Valadez permalink
    April 6, 2015 10:55 am

    Beautiful cards, Judy! I know Cooper is going to enjoy his Peeps! Are they doggie Peeps?:))

  23. April 7, 2015 10:34 am

    So, DID you buy the beef flavored ones?! Sweet Cooper is so adorable! Being a lover of emboss resist, this may be my favorite post, Judy! You had me at the first card with the gorgeous color combo–I’ll be casing these for sure! Got a little teary again reading your beautiful words. Happy Spring, Judy!

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