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Welcome Back Runs with Scissors

August 20, 2016


Clunk, clunk, clunk … could someone hold that door open, please? Oh, thanks! I need to plop these suitcases down … and the toiletry bag … and the book bag … oh, and the snack bag! Finally, home again! I will be with you as soon as I throw in a load of laundry. Whew! Memories and laundry, that’s what we brought home from our almost two week trip to visit friends and family in Wisconsin.

Mr. RWS is busy cleaning up the car. Unfortunately many insects were harmed in the course of our road trip north and currently decorate the bumper and mirrors. I wonder what happened to all the little yellow butterflies that used to clog our car’s radiator “back in the old days”. Perhaps they evolved enough to stay clear of the Interstates!

We had a safe and comfortable trip, dividing the 750 miles each way into one long day and one short day so as to arrive early morning at the home of the two youngest grandchildren and their parents. We began each day of driving at 4:00 am and enjoyed having the road to ourselves for a few hours.

Thanks to the wonder of WiFi I was able to keep an eye on the Penny Black blog and the sneak peaks of the newest releases, Autumn Wishes and Magic of the Season. Be. Still. My. Heart. I don’t know which is more amazing; the stamps and dies or the artistry of the Penny Black designers who debut them.

And here I am back at the Penny Black blog, ready to play. However, I am not quite ready to give up on summer, so I’ve made a few more non-holiday cards before I jump into the holiday season. Mr. RWS has kindly taken over the laundry and unpacking, so I am free to share my latest work.


Mimi riding the dolphin from the Adventures transparent set is the image I hadn’t used yet. I colored her with Copics, created some dimension with the cut out circles and topped it all off with the gorgeous paper from the Golden Moment designer paper pad. I wish the sparkly and dimensional embellishments would be more visible in the photos, but they are there and in real life, add texture.


The Sweet Perfume slapstick stamp is very large and contains many floral images. I decided that one large flower would make a great focal point for one of the thank you cards I need to send to those who hosted us during our trip. I love when a stamp can be used in several different ways. I’m not the only one using only part of the floral stamps; I noticed several Penny Black designers doing this, also.


I’ve been keeping in mind a comment one of my friends made recently that she doesn’t see many cards suitable for males. So here is a card suitable for any of the men in your life, using only dies; no stamping required. Again, there are bits of glittery dots in the tree branches and the bunnies are “sparkle plenty”. I anticipate using the Into the Woods die year around, including for some holiday cards: think white and glittery.


I have taken a page from Jill Foster’s book by using color, color, color. I’ve colored the Trio of Trees by blending Luxe inks onto watercolor paper and then cutting, placing the dies onto the various splashes of color. Jill’s use of color is inspirational, and reminds me that trees can be any color we make them.

And now I begin my adventure into the holiday stamps.


Have you taken advantage of Penny Black’s Stickeroos yet? This gorgeous pear is one of the images on the newly released sheet of Stickeroos called Berry Delights. I thank the artist who originally colored this gorgeous pear, leaving me to enjoy the process of embellishing and matting, to make a card I will be proud to send. A reminder: the first thing you do when using Stickeroos is remove them from their backing and stick them onto cardstock, then trim around the sticker. It is so much easier to handle the stickers after they’ve been mounted to cardstock.


It’s a happy reunion with one of my very favorite stamps of all time. In the year 2002, Penny Black made the cutest snowman stamp ever. He is called “Snowy” and is a woodblock stamp. I was excited to see that this Magic of the Season release includes a die to cut this sweet image out. I may have to make at least one snowman card a week in order to satisfy my snowman craving. I’ve added glittery snow and glittery trim on his hat. I think Penny Black herself is in love with this little guy and thought of him when planning the dies for this release. Yay, and thank you, Penny Black!!


Here they are, the two youngest grandchildren in the RWS family, Evelyn and Jack. We took many candid shots of these beautiful children, but nothing compared to this portrait that we were presented by their parents, Scott and Sara. I am in love with the little red tennis shoes; and the adoring look Ev is giving her brother.   How blessed are we?


We are fortunate to have a great place to leave Cooper when we travel. He stays with a retired law enforcement couple who have a beautiful home situated high above an amazing lake view. He becomes part of their family and loves the companionship of the resident dog, Deuce, and any other dogs that they are caring for. Vicki and Dave took Cooper for us in spite of having already booked two other dogs (They love Cooper and he was their first boarder), one being a standard poodle named Jackson. Cooper had no idea Jackson was a BIG dog and invited play as often as allowed. Vicki sends daily photos of Cooper while we are away and this is one of my favorites.

Of course, Cooper was happy to see us, but when it was time to get into the car for the trip home, he turned to return to the house where he had been having so much fun. It was kind of like picking up your child from summer camp; he wasn’t really ready to go back to the quiet life of being an only dog.

Like Cooper, we enjoyed being among friends and family. I especially enjoy being among people who talk with the same Midwestern accent I do. When we cross the state line into Wisconsin I always remark that finally, the people talk like me! We accomplished our entire agenda, including a reunion with friends from thirty years ago. Mr. RWS and I spent time in the town where we met and married; took photos of our more than 100 year old former home; and ate at the café where my sons worked during high school. My former neighbor and dearest friend and I picked up the conversation where we left off, as if no time had passed at all. It was what my spirit had been yearning for; the homesickness fell away.

On our last day in Milwaukee we attended the Wisconsin State Fair with the family and enjoyed their world famous cream puffs, pork chop sandwiches and deep fried Oreos. The grandkids did the pony ride, the foolish adults went down the super slide and we toured all the animal barns.

With those memories etched in our mind, we kissed the nap-ready babies good bye and got into our car for the trek home. Oh, but first Mr. RWS had to pull the car over a block from the house to comfort me as I sobbed. Good-bye was so hard and I didn’t want to break down in front of the family.

The trip home was pretty uneventful until we drove through downtown Nashville along with traffic from the two other Interstates that merged along with multiple lane closures. First I screamed and then I couldn’t breathe. Mr. RWS was much happier with the not able to breathe stage! Why he doesn’t just open the door and tell me to get out, I don’t know.

So that’s how I spent my summer vacation. I missed all of you and I’m glad to be back on the Penny Black blog. Hope you have been able to carve out time for friends and family this summer and nurtured your spirit with their love.

Now it is time for me to stow the scissors and get caught up on visiting the Penny Black Circle Flickr Gallery where I so enjoy seeing the wonderful art you post there.

shopShop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-370 Adventures, 51-237 You’re Sweet, 80-015 Golden Moment

Card No. 2: 40-464 Sweet Perfume, 30-283 Snippets

Card No. 3: 51-171 Nature’s Beauty, 51-036 Wishes, 51-161 Into the Woods

Card No. 4: 51-208 Trio of Trees, 51-109 Many Thanks

Card No. 5: 10-232 Berry Delight (Stickeroo), 51-174 Greetings

Card No. 6: 2521K Snowy, 51-266 Frosty/Snow Match, 30-382 Yuletide Wishes



27 Comments leave one →
  1. aliselle permalink
    August 20, 2016 12:13 am

    J’aime beaucoup la carte dorée et celle avec les arbres…. Elles sont magnifiques!

  2. donna mikasa permalink
    August 20, 2016 1:01 am

    Welcome back, Judy! So happy to hear you had a wonderful summer vacation, and Cooper did, too! And your cards are just as wonderful as always, and it’s good to see them again!

  3. Sue CD permalink
    August 20, 2016 4:25 am

    So glad you had a fulfilling trip. It sounds like many happy memories were made. On a personal note, I missed you! Saturdays just didn’t seem quite right without runs with scissors. Love your cards this time. My wallet is cringing at all the new and beautiful stamps and I love those stickers. They are terrific for a quick card. Cooper as always is adorable!

  4. August 20, 2016 4:49 am

    Soooooo glad you are back. I have missed you! Thrilled that you had a wonderful time with friends, family and babies! Your summer creations are wonderful as always, and I love what you did with the “pear” sticker. (Thanks for the sticker tip). My Penny Black haul arrived yesterday (OMG) so I will be getting inky as soon as my craft room is put back together…that darn flooring/ceiling issue! 🙂 I must say that Mr. RWS is wonderful to take over the laundry so you could shut yourself in the studio and be an artist. Kudos to him!!! And lastly…you selected a great pet sitter for Cooper. Getting pics everyday of your furbaby must make it a little easier to be away from him. Love it! Many hugs my friend!

  5. Marliese Zimmerman permalink
    August 20, 2016 4:51 am

    It’s so good to have you back again. Loved the picture of your beautiful grandchildren and Cooper and your accompanying story. Saturdays weren’t the same without Runs With Scissors even though the Penny Black designers are great. I liked how you used a portion of a large stamp. I will look at my large stamps differently from now on. What a wonderful idea to use those beautiful stickers for a quick card. I agree, the coloring on the pear is fantastic. Again, welcome back.

  6. Diane permalink
    August 20, 2016 6:01 am

    Haaaa ! At last you are back. I have missed you so much ! I love your writing and of course your art. Today I would say my favorite card is the one with the colourful trees. The card with the snowman is also very cute : ). Judy, THANK YOU for your generosity. As mentioned, I love to hear from you and I also appreciate your run with scissors ; ). It’s nice to have you and Cooper back. XO from Québec, Canada

  7. knurse22 permalink
    August 20, 2016 6:30 am

    We missed you, too, Judy—-but oh, the joy on your return! So happy to hear you had a delightful and busy vacation, and love the cards you have shared with us today. Your grands are beautiful, even with all the scrapes and bruises of childhood. I would have cried to leave them, too! Welcome home!

  8. Fran Gumprecht permalink
    August 20, 2016 6:37 am

    So glad you made more happy memories with your loved ones and friends! We missed your wonderful creations and stories! Welcome back!

  9. August 20, 2016 7:51 am

    So happy you and Cooper have returned. I have missed your stories! Your grandchildren are beautiful! You are truly blessed. I love the little scrapped knee on your grandson. And his peaches and cream complexion. I commemed once to my four year old granddaughter how beautiful her peaches and cream complexion was and she said my skin looked like beloney!
    Good to have you back!
    Surf City Ginny

  10. Mary Holshouser permalink
    August 20, 2016 8:41 am

    Love the little bunnies in the snow.
    thanks for sharing.
    Glad you had a wonderful trip.

  11. August 20, 2016 9:47 am

    Glad you are home safe, thanks for showing us your lovely work! Good for you for holding the tears back, when I visited back “home” in MN, tears streamed down my face as I hugged my daughter goodbye. Happy homecoming!

  12. August 20, 2016 9:52 am

    So glad you’re back, Judy! Gotta admit, I cried reading your post. I grew up far away from family & now here I am in the same situation. That portrait is a treasure–wow! Love the picture of Cooper & Jackson & what an incredible family you found to pet sit! I didn’t realize Cooper was their first boarder. As always, your cards are fabulous! I can’t stop looking at the 3 trees thank you & think I’m going to need the birch tree dies! Hugs, Greta

  13. Sue permalink
    August 20, 2016 9:56 am

    So thrilled to see your post this morning! As a transplanted midwesterner, I understand your homesickness, too. Glad you had a wonderful visit. Thanks for sharing a piece of your life with us – oh, and your beautiful cards, too!

  14. DebbieP permalink
    August 20, 2016 11:12 am

    Glad to hear you had a great vacation, Judy. We missed you! Are your vacations like ours, where you need a vacation once you are back home to recuperate and rest up because you tried to fit “everything” into just 2 weeks? The goodbyes are always so hard…I sob like a big baby. I live in Hawaii and my brother is in Michigan. It is a long and expensive trip that I only get to make about every 5 years! Your cards are beautiful as always, but I especially love the snowman. Maybe because it has been so hot and thinking about winter and cooler temperatures. Happy you are running with scissors again!

  15. August 20, 2016 11:56 am

    So happy you had a wonderful visit with your family, and that Cooper had a great time playing with his doggy friends. Have missed your commentary and beautiful card creations! Really enjoyed the photo’s you shared with us this morning.and happy to have you back. I know the feeling when roads get all cluttered with road work and can relate to your panic trying to manage your way through them. I do the same as you, only difference is my hubby has threatened to put me out, or worse, make me drive! LOL Take care and have a beautiful day… glad to have you back!! 🙂

  16. Judy permalink
    August 20, 2016 12:30 pm

    Ah, my Saturday is now complete because I got your blog today! Nice cards, and love reading about your trip and family. CUTE picture! I live in Wisconsin and can only imagine if I had to leave to live somewhere else, and then come back to visit. Doubt I could leave again. After all, this is God’s country, right? Enjoyed your story. HATE big highways, too.

  17. Patricia Gasko permalink
    August 20, 2016 12:33 pm

    Glad you’re back and I have to say I missed you very much. I’m happy you had a wonderful visit with family and friends it does wonders for the soul but the good-byes are hard. love the pictures and reading all about your trip. Enjoyed your cards so much.

  18. Jane permalink
    August 20, 2016 1:43 pm

    So pleased your trip was a great one. Leaving the family when there is a considerable distance is so hard. Thank you for the beautiful cards and so pleased to have you back.

    I looked on the PB website for “Snowy” but could not find him. Do you know if he is still available?

    • judka permalink
      August 20, 2016 5:54 pm

      We are checking on the availability of Snowy. Hopefully they haven’t all melted.

  19. Ginger permalink
    August 20, 2016 3:30 pm

    Happy to see you(Mr RWS and Cooper) back home safe and sound. Enjoyed all your cards, but my favorites were thank you and thinking of you, but the snowman was pretty cute, too.

  20. dawnnz permalink
    August 21, 2016 3:11 am

    Welcome back Judy. Sounds like your summer holiday was perfect. I love the photo of your grandchildren. Haven’t they grown. Your cards today are superb. That little snowman is the cutest ever.

  21. Debra permalink
    August 21, 2016 9:42 am

    So glad you’re back safe and sound and had a great vacation. You are right- your grandchildren are adorable and that picture is priceless!

    It was so fun to see your cards. I think my favorite is the little snowman too. Last night I made my first Christmas card this year. I see you also got a picture in there of Cooper. It is great that you have somewhere to board him when you want to travel but I’m sure he is elated you are back home. Glad you are settling in and back to stamping. Mr RWS is indeed a special guy to tackle the laundry so you can get to card making.

  22. mjmarmo permalink
    August 21, 2016 12:14 pm

    Such lovely cards! Sounds like a wonderful trip! I think the Penny Black Designers are some of the best I have ever seen. I am in awe of their works!

  23. Sandra Andersen permalink
    August 21, 2016 2:15 pm

    Great cards as always. I have been missing your blog while you were gone. Please tell Penny Black to make me a die for my “Skating Snowy”. I love him as it reminds me of my granddaughter’s ice skating shows.

  24. Harriet permalink
    August 21, 2016 3:23 pm

    Welcome back, I missed our Saturday infusion of ‘runs w/scissors’…lovely photos, how could you not cry? Leaving little ones, who are sweet and innocent for such a short time is heart wrenching. Love your cards especially the snowman. I placed my order while you were gone and all ready have received it. However, your mention of the stickers gives me the idea … try them.

  25. August 21, 2016 4:55 pm

    Welcome back, Judy. I smiled the entire time I was reading your post. What a wonderful trip, and you expressed your escapades so brilliantly. Your cards, as usual, are lovely and artistic. I especially enjoy the snowman one. I think I still have that stamp. The grands are adorable…I could relate to the pulling over and sobbing, although mine don’t live nearly as far away as yours. But further than I’d like! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Lowey permalink
    August 27, 2016 1:57 am

    Glad you’re back Judy. I missed your stories as much as your lovely art work. My eyes welled up when I read you were so upset leaving your family. My Daughter and family moved from the UK to Southern Ireland this year. I visited in June but I was tearful for two days before I had to return home!! Glad Cooper had a good time!

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