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Runs with Scissors… and Omelet

May 21, 2016

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Oh, my word! I have to stop to catch my breath. Running with Scissors can be pretty strenuous exercise. But I wouldn’t change a thing since I always end up at the Penny Black blog to play with the newest stamps and dies. I have been making cards as fast as I am able, but still haven’t used everything in the A Little Bit of Sunshine release. So, let’s take care of some of that right now.

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What better way to begin than with a “hello” card. This gorgeous Scroll Hello die fills most of a card front and is adaptable to feminine or masculine cards. I’ve stacked three of the diecuts to add dimension but if you need an impressive card in a hurry, one diecut will do just fine. My background is once again, Luxe inks applied with a blending tool.

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One of my friends asked me why I don’t make more masculine cards. Well, I have no more excuses now that the Out to Sea die is part of the A Little Bit of Sunshine release. I created the background by blending Distress inks on white cardstock and then cut it to fit the diecut. I stacked two diecuts again for dimension. No need to limit the background to blues; picture sunrise and sunset, too.

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Did someone say masculine? The Swirl Squares die set is another set that adapts well to masculine. Here I was thinking anniversary, but with a different color scheme, this could make an elegant wedding card. Sometimes a girl just wants to go geometric!

Cooper’s Story

Here on the Penny Black blog I have been delighted to share photos and little snippets of information about the RWS family dog, Cooper. I love how you love him. I thought today I would share the story of how he came to be part of our family.

It all began because I was watching a program on the Animal Planet channel and a commercial popped up for Petfinder.com. I hadn’t heard of that site before and was curious to check it out.

Mr. RWS and I had years before enjoyed the love and companionship of a small 12 lb. white poodle that we rescued from an abusive family who lived to be 19 years old. When he died, we decided to wait six months before we adopted another dog. “Jobi” was much loved and in our eyes had been the perfect dog. He helped us raise the kids and we enjoyed his company after everyone left home.

Well the six months turned into years as we realized we weren’t home much during the day and we now had the freedom to come and go as we pleased with no obligation to hurry home to take care of the dog. And of course, we retired and took to the road in our RV. These seemed to be acceptable reasons to remain dogless.

Once we settled down and bought a home with the perfect fenced in backyard the idea of adopting a dog occurred to both of us, but there was no agreement about what kind. We knew we couldn’t replace Jobi, but another 12 lb. dog would be the right size, I thought. Mr. RWS had been talking about a Bichon Frisse for a while but I thought a little black poodle would be just right.

I was fascinated to explore the Petfinder.com website. Imagine: so many dogs needing homes. The Internet is indeed, a marvelous thing! I entered our zip code, type of pet preferred, breed and then amazingly a photo appeared of what looked like a tiny Bichon Frisse. Mr. RWS was in the other room and I called him to the computer to see the photo. We decided we were ready to let a dog own us again and I proceeded to fill out the application, a first step to finding out more about this little dog named “Omelet”.

Omelet was in a rescue called Snooty Giggles located in Thompson Station, Tennessee which is about 30 miles south of Nashville and 100 miles from our home. Many of the rescues would not allow out of state adoptions, but Snooty Giggles did not mention that in their website, so I was hopeful.

Because I was ignorant about how rescue operations place their animals, I assumed the first people applying for a specific dog would be the ones to whom the dog was given. Once we had committed to Omelet in our hearts, we became anxious about others also applying and maybe having completed their application before we did.

Thankfully, that is not how homes are chosen for the rescued dogs. Snooty Giggles wants every adoption to be a successful adoption so applicants and dogs are very carefully matched. Because I had been through the process of adopting a baby many years before, I can say the adoption process for Cooper was almost as careful and time consuming. We had to have the name of three veterinarians who could vouch for us as well as several personal references. Usually a home study is done, but because of the distance, photos of our home and fenced in yard were acceptable.

And then we waited. And waited. All this time “Meet and Greets” were carried on between Omelet and prospective adopters. His photo and information created a lot of interest and weeks were passing by. I occasionally emailed Shawn, the head of the rescue, to make sure Omelet was still available. Meanwhile, they were busy checking our references, especially the veterinarians. Since it had been such a long time since we had a dog, it wasn’t easy tracking down the veterinarians in our life.

One Saturday afternoon I was excited and a little nervous to see an email in my inbox from Shawn. By this time I was pretty certain Omelet had been placed in his forever home and Shawn was letting us know.

What a happy surprise to read that after all these weeks Shawn had made an “executive decision” to cancel any more Meet and Greets for Omelet and place him in our quiet home.   Every encounter with families with children or other dogs left Omelet frightened and withdrawn. Families were disappointed that he didn’t warm up to the children and changed their minds, too.

It was late in the afternoon when I received that email and as much as we wanted to jump in the car and bring him home that day, we agreed to drive to Tennessee the next morning, arriving about noon. Shawn suggested we do a Meet and Greet with him, then go home and think before making our decision. In return, I wrote her that our hearts were already committed to Omelet and we could not imagine leaving without him.

We quickly went shopping for this tiny dog we believed we were bringing home. We bought a cute little bed, sweet little collar, tiny dishes for food and water and a little green frog toy. As it turned out, the only item that was the right size was the little green frog.

Shawn and her husband Patrick (yes, Shawn turned out to be a female with a male name, thanks to her dad who wanted a boy) have this lovely home attached to a barn which serves as her art studio and shelter for the dogs labeled “forever Snooties” because they are unadoptable, usually due to significant health or physical issues.

Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy claimed the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm as his home. Here is a photo of Cooper’s home at Snooty Giggles:

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Shawn creates and paints adorable furniture pieces which she sells to help fund their rescue operation. Most dogs are in foster homes so there is no one place where you go to visit all the dogs and make a selection. But Omelet had been rescued from a breeder and Shawn had begun to become attached to him enough to consider keeping him as a family pet. She already owned at least three large Newfoundlands and maybe several others that even her husband didn’t know about. She has a heart as big as the state of Texas for dogs that need rescuing. We are forever grateful she made the decisions she did that cleared the way for Omelet to become part of our family.

I was a bit uncertain once we learned Omelet was ours but felt I needed to be truthful so I let Shawn know we would be changing Omelet’s name. Shawn laughed and told me she expected that. Evidently Petfinder.com’s rule is that each dog listed must have a unique name and she found it easier to just pick a word from the dictionary when placing a dog on Petfinder.

Finally it was Sunday morning and we were on our way to Thompson Station, Tennessee to bring home the little guy who has brought us such joy and changed our lives for the better.

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And this is the moment we realized we weren’t adopting a tiny dog!

To be continued

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I haven’t used the Bow Set die often enough. I placed the bow portion onto the corner of this thank you card that features a flower from the Elegance in Motion transparent set. I colored the flowers with my Zig brush pens. I realized after I made the card that my eye travels nicely from upper left to lower right because of the three elements that make up the card. Well done, Mrs. RWS. It is good to pay attention in design class.

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This Flower Pop Outs die partially cuts the petals and leaves which allows you to pop them up for texture. I used a tag from the Circle Tags die set to add the “love” sentiment. If you left the sentiment off this would make a great note card set in varying color combinations.

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And last, but not at all least, here are Andrea and Raul from the mini transparent set Andrea and Raul (clever, yes?) I’ve placed them on the walkway of the Terraced Lane image. Looks like they are having a fun day in the park. The Terraced Lane stamp makes a great background as well as a main image for a card.

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Since today’s story is all about Cooper, I thought I would share this photo of Mr. RWS who has caught the coloring bug! That’s what happens when you take your spouse with you to The Craft Store.

And suddenly I have arrived at the bottom of the page. It’s time to stow the scissors, put away the stamps and dies and vacuum the itty bitty scraps with the teeny tiny vacuum. I enjoyed our visit and can’t wait to stop by the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to see your beautiful work.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black Supplies:

Card No. 1:  51-228 Scroll Hello, 51-132 Flights of Fancy

Card No. 2:  51-225 Out to Sea, 30-283 Snippets

Card No. 3:  51-235 Swirl Squares, 51-181 Love is Growing, 51-187 Triple Love

Card No. 4:  51-212 Bow Set, 30-350 Sentiment Collection, 40-440 Elegance in Motion

Card No. 5:  51-204 Circle Tags, 51-230 Flower Pop Outs

Card No. 6:  40-448 Terraced Lane, 30-362 Andrea and Raul

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. donna mikasa permalink
    May 21, 2016 1:08 am

    Oh, I loved reading how Cooper became a member of the Jung family. Cooper is such a lucky dog! And the photo of L coloring is priceless–and he’s using Copics! Love it!

  2. Marliese Zimmerman permalink
    May 21, 2016 4:15 am

    What a lucky dog to have found such a loving family or should I say what a lucky couple to have found Cooper.

  3. Linda Page permalink
    May 21, 2016 4:28 am

    I am in love with all of the dies being introduced by Penny Black. I especially like the one with the sailboat. I have a friend that needs to receive a card made with that die!!! Cooper is a lucky dog. I have had several lucky dogs as all of my dogs were rescue dogs. My best rescue dog, “Natchez”, was found in 1999 wondering the streets of Natchez, MS. I was there on vacation and was packing to leave when I saw a dog trying to cross a busy street and almost got hit several times. I was able to call him to me and he was pitiful. He was a Cocker Spaniel but only weighed 14 lbs, all of his hair was about gone and he was covered in fleas. Plus his hip was damaged, probably by being hit by a car. No collar or anything. Could not find anyone who would claim him. So, into my van he went (after being fed and bathed) and he came back to Texas with me. My vet said he would have been dead within 48 hours due to parasites in his intestines and starvation if I had not picked him up. Had his hip operated on and fixed. Fattened him up to 32 lbs and had him for 15 yrs. He was about 17 years old when he died in Feb of 2014. I still miss my Natchez. Rescue dogs are the best dogs. They love so deeply. So glad Cooper came to live with you as we all love seeing pictures and hearing stories of Cooper!!

  4. karenajo permalink
    May 21, 2016 6:21 am

    Thank you Judy for another column filled with great inspiration for the new PB stamps and dies and another ‘life saga’. I look forward to Saturday mornings just to see what you have in store for us. It is never disappointing ! Cooper is a very lucky dog to have found you and I can’t wait for ‘the rest of the story’. Thanks for the pic of Mr. RWS – I have been eying those coloring books too !

  5. knurse22 permalink
    May 21, 2016 6:47 am

    Another fun post to wake up to on this very rainy day in PA! This release has resulted in some amazing craft works! The ways you have used them have added several more to my ‘want’ list!
    Thanks so much for sharing Cooper’s beginnings with you—-will be hard waiting a week to hear the rest! Rescues ARE wonderful pets!
    And you go, Mr. RWS! And with Copics, no less! Being a man, he no doubt has no knowledge of the costs of ONE of those pens! LOL!

  6. Lindi permalink
    May 21, 2016 7:06 am

    I was really concerned when you started talking about Omelet I’m thinking oh no whats happened to Copper, was very relieved it was Coopers back story. We have petfinder.com here in Australia too. Last year I lost my girl to a bad heart and old age Rainbow Princess lived to the ripe old age of 19 & half years old and she was with me from just 4 weeks of age. I couldn’t get another right away, 16 months since she crossed the Rainbow Bridge and tears are shed, have since got another rescue Girl 4 months with no fur baby was hard, Cuddlz (formerly Remi) was picked I met all the critera and 2 days later went for a 3 hour drive into the country to meet her, this young lady has a horrific past so was and still is very timid and in the 2months she was the rescue home I was only the the 3rd person she had gone too, she clung to me like glue for hours , hence the name Cuddlz, 13 months later she is my constant shadow but now will go to a couple of my friends ……. HonsetlyI don’t know who saved who all I know my depression slowly lifted my health improved and I actually started work 2 weeks ago after nearly 4 years of depression and bad health….. Sorry I have gone on a bit… I love your cards espcially the daisy half cut card.
    Thankyou for sharing your story always love hearing about Cooper…

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 21, 2016 7:27 am

      Lindi, thanks so much for sharing your rescue dog story. So happy to know Cuddlz found you and life became so much better. Amazing, isn’t it? I so appreciate your commenting.

  7. May 21, 2016 7:50 am

    I always look forward to Saturday and Judy Jung’s blog. Her designs are wonderful and I love the personal stories she shares with us. You brighten my week and I thank you!

  8. DebbieP permalink
    May 21, 2016 8:02 am

    I love starting my Saturday’s with your column. You have the best stories! and the best ideas for using Penny Black stamps and dies. I love, love, love the sailboat and will be getting that die in time for summer cards. I also love that you share Cooper with all of us. I look forward to the rest of his story….

  9. Judy permalink
    May 21, 2016 8:15 am

    I am glad you included a card made with the Elegance In Motion stamp. I just purchased that this week and was looking for card ideas. I’m hoping you will do more with that stamp to give me more ideas to choose from. I was surprised that my stamp is so large and doesn’t fit on an A2 card. Will have to make some adjustments. Love the story of how you found Cooper. In fact, I ALWAYS enjoy your stories about him! Keep the great card ideas and stories coming!

  10. Michel E permalink
    May 21, 2016 8:23 am

    I love your stories and your cards on Saturdays. Thanks for sharing.

  11. May 21, 2016 8:30 am

    Oh wow–good for Mr RWS! My hubby used to browse & suggest stamps for me to buy he went to the LSS with me but doubt he’ll ever do anything crafty. I so love the story about getting Cooper & can’t wait for more! What an amazing place he came from & so wonderful Shawn somehow knew he was meant to be yours! Beautiful cards, as always, Judy–thinking I need to put the pop up flowers die on my wishlist & where the circle tags are waiting for me to get them!

  12. Kathy H permalink
    May 21, 2016 10:07 am

    I so enjoy your stories! They are one of the highlights of my week. I am an animal lover so this one particularly touches my heart. I’d love to hear about your first dog as well. My husband and I have rescued over 20 cats and dogs in our time together.

  13. May 21, 2016 10:54 am

    Oh Judy, you used all the dies that are on my wish list…yay! Loved seeing them in action, so to speak. And, being a dog rescuer, I loved Cooper’s story. Good move changing his name. We did exactly the same thing when we adopted our Beau. Because he has hair and not fur, he was filthym flea-redden and matted when he came to us, a total mess. Scared of everything, especially men, obviously abandoned, mistreated and not tended to properly, prior to that. Since he was the third rescue we’d had, the first order of business was a vet appointment (he wasn’t neutered) then a good groomer. As it turns out, he’s beautiful with big brown adoring eyes and a large vocabulary. Someone had loved him greatly once and, for some reason, couldn’t continue taking card of him. He’s very smart and knew just how to behave. He was chipped but the address was boarded up and the telephone number disconnected. That was 7 years ago and he’s the best, smartest little buddy we’ve ever had. A gift from God. So I know how you must feel about Cooper and your previous furbabies…we treasure ours, too.

  14. Kathy B permalink
    May 21, 2016 6:14 pm

    I love Saturdays, partly because of your posts. I look forward to your tales about Cooper, as we currently have 2 rescue dogs, ourselves. Several others have gone on to the rainbow bridge. Of course, your cards are wonderful and I adore Penny Black stamps. Your blog is so inspiring and entertaining and I look forward to it each week. Thanks for sharing!

  15. May 21, 2016 6:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing JUDY!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

  16. dawnnz permalink
    May 21, 2016 6:54 pm

    Gorgeous cards Judy and loving the start of Cooper’s story.

  17. Patricia Gasko permalink
    May 22, 2016 11:14 am

    Thank You for the beautiful inspirations your cards are fabulous along with all about Cooper and how he became to be. Can hardly wait to hear the rest of the story. Enjoy seeing Mr RWS coloring.Good to see he caught the but.

  18. Di F permalink
    May 25, 2016 7:03 am

    Love all your creations and Cooper’s story. Can’t wait for the next part. It is so fulfilling and rewarding to rescue an animal. I volunteer at a retired rescue horse centre 3 days a week and love every minute of being in the fields with the herds. It is gratifying being amongst animals that feel comfortable and safe enough to be able to trust humans again. The centre does not re home the horses so the oldies get to live out their retirement in peace in the beautiful English countryside.

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