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Cooper Runs with Scissors

January 14, 2017



Woof! I mean, hello! As you can see by the photo, it’s Cooper here. Mrs. RWS, or as I refer to her “That Woman” (as in “when is That Woman going to feed me? Why isn’t That Woman in the kitchen making food? That Woman gave me a bath again) is off on a trip somewhere. Their trip has to do with something called grandchildren. I wonder if “grandchildren” means those little humans who make lots of noise when they call us using a thing Mr. RWS calls Facetime. Mr. RWS always picks me up and turns me just so when the little humans shout, “Cooper, Cooper!” It kind of makes me nervous, but it makes the little humans happy.

That Woman showed me how to find my way to the Penny Black blog and asked me to see to it that the cards she made before she left were posted. This is the first time I’ve had to help out with any projects around our house, so I agreed. It helped a lot that treats were involved.

I’ve seen these cards before because some days if I want to see That Woman at all, I have to hang out where she is busy doing things with stuff I don’t understand. She uses words like “stamps” and “scissors”. Personally, if you can’t eat it I am not very interested.


The Sweetheart wreath is pretty enough to suit our girly personality but when combined with kraft, masculine enough to be pleasing to our sweetheart. I just had to have some bright pink in there; maybe the guys won’t notice! The center of the wreath is the perfect place to stamp your sentiment. “I Love Us” from the Forever and Always transparent set says it all.


My intent when I saw the Heartlets, was to create a flower, but once I started putting elements together, this is what happened. And I like it. I’ve used the only the bow from the Heart Bow die and the sentiment is from the Filled with Love die set. By using less Valentine-related pinks and reds, this would be a good design for a birthday card, or anniversary card. Messages of love never go out of season.


If you run with scissors, you are allowed to color a Red Blush rose yellow! Penny Black designs some incredible flower stamps and this is one more to add to the collection. As I finished coloring this red rose yellow, I realized the color was brighter than I liked, so covering the image with vellum toned down the brightness. Stitching works so well when attaching vellum to a card. I used yet another strip of vellum to add the sentiment from the Friendship and Love transparent set.

That Woman did not leave behind a story to tell so I think I will tell a story of my own. The biggest story in my seven years is the story of how I became adopted by my beloved Mr. RWS and That Woman.

I am a child of the South. I was born in Tennessee and was a member of a group of dogs that were owned by an older person who used all of us to keep making more and more dogs. It was noisy, there was only one meal a day, and we only knew the space we were kept in. This could have been the only story of my life except one day the older person could no longer take care of so many dogs and she “gave us up”. I didn’t know what that meant until I found myself in an even noisier place which wasn’t a friendly place to be.

I wasn’t there very long when a very nice lady named Shawn from a place called Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue showed up and took me and my brother Graham away from all the noise and scariness. My name at the time was Omelet. Little did Graham and I know how much our lives were about to change.

Shawn took us to her beautiful home with an enormous converted barn attached. Graham and I joined at least ten other dogs, some of whom were great big New Foundlands who called Shawn La Mere. Oh, Readers, what a heavenly place we landed in. Great big windows, sunshine, good food, an acre or more of grass to run around on, even a pond!

There were dog beds and pillows and doggie furniture and doggy toys everywhere. Of course, I didn’t know what any of those things was so I had to learn by watching the other dogs. My favorite thing to do while at Snooty Giggles was to stand up on my hind legs, front paws on the window sill and watch what Ms. Shawn told me were birds. I had never seen such a sight! I didn’t know if they were a good thing or a bad thing, so I just watched and watched trying to figure it all out.

Well, after being at Snooty Giggles for awhile, learning a bit more about life and humans and playing and riding in a car and getting haircuts and baths, Ms. Shawn told me I was ready to be adopted. Graham had already left for his forever home. She told me while they loved having me at Snooty Giggles I was adorable and sweet enough to deserve a forever home of my own.

And one day it happened. Mr. RWS and That Woman came to Snooty Giggles to take me to their home in Alabama. I did not have any idea what an Alabama was, but Ms. Shawn explained to me that Mr. RWS and That Woman had asked to adopt me the first day my picture was posted on But Ms. Shawn wanted to make sure I went to the best home possible for a shy and skittish dog like me.

I met a lot of humans and especially little humans before I was adopted. But Ms. Shawn saw how frightened I was of all of them. Especially all the noise little humans make. After weeks and weeks of what Ms. Shawn called “meets and greets”, she sent my new family an email that said “Omelette needs a quiet home to live in and people with the time to teach him about life in the world outside of a breeder situation. When can you come to meet him?” Ms. Shawn told me That Woman replied, “We are coming, but not just to meet him. Our hearts are committed; we will be taking him home.”

And they did. I remember that it was a Sunday about lunch time. Ms. Shawn told me they lived about two hours away and that I would have to manage the long car ride. Well, Readers, it was not easy. I hated leaving Snooty Giggles and the birds and Ms.Shawn. I was very frightened of this thing called a “forever home”.   I started out on That Woman’s lap, but ended up lying on the floor of the car. That woman said I was carsick. That was not a good thing.

Thankfully we finally arrived in Alabama. Mr. RWS took my leash off when we entered their house and instinct made me run looking for a place to hide. And there it was … a thing called a bed and I could fit under it. Ahh… dark and cozy and no more car sickness. That Woman finally got me to come out from under the bed by offering Cheetos, one at a time, making me crawl a little closer for each Cheeto.

Oh, Readers, I was so happy when I learned I would no longer be named Omelet (what kind of a name is that for a dog?). I loved my new name Cooper. I think that was the start of feeling a bit more courageous and curious about my new world. I learned that walking around the block was a good thing and that cars whizzing by would not hurt me. It took longer for cars pulling trailers, mail trucks and bicycles. Oh, and the day I first saw that thing called the ironing board, I went a little crazy barking and growling.

Now, after five years of living in this thing called Alabama, I have learned that being cuddled, being petted, going for walks, riding in the car, and eating doggie tooth paste are all good things. I still don’t care much for being wet, but I have learned warm baths are not so bad. I even wag my tail when I see Christina who cuts my hair and makes me look what my family calls “cute”. And the best part: That Woman divides my food into three meals a day. No need to worry about being hungry anymore. And the windows in our house are low enough that I can stand on my hind legs and watch the birds flying above and landing in our yard, just like they did at Snooty Giggles. I am living happily ever after.

The End


These Bunny Love bunnies make my heart sing.   They are sweet and adorable enough for Valentine’s Day, but also think spring and Easter. And wouldn’t they be perfect on a baby card or for a child’s birthday? I’ve used Penny Black designer paper for the background so no stamping necessary for this card.


Red, white and kitty: perfect. This is a card for any age, any gender. Swapping out some of the red for kraft would make it more masculine if you prefer. I’ve altered the A Lot of Love diecut as well as the Heart Dart to make my elements fit. The Heart Drops die will provide great backgrounds for so many other Penny Black images. The punched out hearts are an extra bonus, to be used later.


Is this not the sweetest kitty ever? Who wouldn’t love to find this cutie in their mailbox? She is Purrfect! I’ve dressed her in a paper pieced tiny gingham hoodie. The floating hearts are the punch outs from the Line of Hearts diecut, used here as a border. I think she is standing on a hill of marshmallow fluff, the only thing that might be sweeter than she is.


Now that I have finished my assignment, I have packed my bag and put on my travelin’ hat. I am off to visit my doggie buddy Deuce and spend time with his humans, Vicki and Dave who take care of me when my family leaves town. Deuce and I will have our own doggy park, a gorgeous deck with a view of the lake, and two long walks a day. Ms. Vicki is very strict about meal times, however. There will be no “people” food and no treats. She knows I need to lose a few more pounds and she seems immune to my pitiful stares.

Well, since That Woman stowed the scissors before she left town, all that’s left for me to do is to say good-bye for now. Doing the Runs with Scissors post today was more work than I planned (and why so many cats?). All this time on the computer cut into my nap time as well as the time I spend in the kitchen hoping someone will drop tasty morsels for me to scoop up. That Woman tells me that I should have been named “Hoover”. I don’t know what that means, but that is what she says. Oh, and she asked me to remind you to post your Penny Black art in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. I don’t know what that means either, but if it is like that thing called Alabama, it is all good.

shopShop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-401 Forever and Always, 40-503 Sweetheart

Card No. 2: 51-299 Heart Bow, 51-294 Heartlets, 51-284 Filled with Love

Card No. 3: 40-506 Red Blush, 30-399 Friendship and Love

Card No. 4: 51-289 Bunny Love, 51-231 Border Edgers, 51-187 Triple Love, 80-008 Gentle Whisper

Card No. 5: 30-400 Hearts Aplenty, 51-298 Heart Drops, 51-290 A Lot of Love, 51-287 Heart Dart

Card No. 6: 30-396 Purrfect, 51-285 Line of Hearts

33 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynn D permalink
    January 14, 2017 2:23 am

    Hello Cooper. I enjoyed reading your story and how you ended up in Alabama. I know that woman mentions you a lot in her stories. I can tell she and Mr. RWS love you a lot. Please let that woman know how much I enjoy her cards (and her stories). I hope you enjoy your little vacation while your mom and dad are away. I look forward to hearing from you or that woman next week.

  2. creatingincolors permalink
    January 14, 2017 5:43 am

    Well, Hello Cooper! What a pleasure it was to read your post today. You did a great job showcasing those beautiful cards for That Woman, and I really enjoyed reading your story. I hope you are enjoying your time away with your doggy buddy Deuce and his humans.

  3. January 14, 2017 5:45 am

    Hi Cooper, you write a very good blog, you have picked up some of the wonderful talents “that Woman” has. What a magical home you have now, I’m so happy for you. Enjoy your holiday with your friends and tell “that Woman” that she can be very proud of you for filling in for her. Please tell her that I love the cards too!

  4. Holly Saveur permalink
    January 14, 2017 5:46 am

    You are so much FUN Cooper!!

  5. Fran Gumprecht permalink
    January 14, 2017 6:29 am

    Enjoyed reading your story, Copper! So happy you have a joyous forever home!

  6. Deanna Morgan permalink
    January 14, 2017 6:30 am

    Awwwwwh. Love “Cooper’s” additions to your blog today. It made me miss my dog so much. Thanks for giving me a pleasant sense of living with a dog again in your blogs! Love it.

  7. Sue CD permalink
    January 14, 2017 6:49 am

    Just loved this whole post. Cooper with glasses is adorable. Great cards and such a heartwarming story.

  8. January 14, 2017 6:55 am

    Cooper should take up writing children’s books. That woman could draw pretty pictures .

  9. January 14, 2017 7:27 am

    Good job Cooper!!! ‘That Woman’ is Judy and you are so fortunate to have her as your Forever Human….give her a WAG/HUG for me!
    Paper Hugs,

  10. barbara lassiter permalink
    January 14, 2017 8:41 am

    Cute…just cute!

  11. Verna Angerhofer permalink
    January 14, 2017 9:20 am

    Well, Cooper you did a fantastic job while that Woman is away! And, she sure left you some gorgeous cards too. I enjoyed your story as well and I am so glad you like living with Mr. RWS and that Woman. It sounds like everyone is happy indeed with the situation!

  12. Ginger permalink
    January 14, 2017 10:15 am

    Cooper , thanks for filling in. Come back again soon. I look forward to the card inspiration, stories and seeing you.

  13. Anita permalink
    January 14, 2017 12:23 pm

    Loved your story, Cooper. Even made my eyes leak some happiness! Great cards were posted as well.

  14. KK Hanson permalink
    January 14, 2017 12:42 pm

    Hi Cooper, I seldom post anything but your story today really made me smile. Your “That Lady” sounds like a super fine doggy mom. I’m from the south too and love my two little doggies. I rescued them when my grand daughter moved into an apartment and couldn’t keep them. One of them is a little red poodle & the other a Maltese/Yorkie. We always had bird dogs & beagles before … but now love our poodle & Morky so much.

  15. jane harrah permalink
    January 14, 2017 1:13 pm

    Cooper, you are quite talented and should consider a book!

  16. January 14, 2017 1:27 pm

    OK, I’m a softie–teary reading your story, Cooper–I already knew it & still cried! Another wonderfully inspiring group of cards–LOVE the bunny card!

  17. January 14, 2017 2:25 pm

    Great cards Judy! Loved how Cooper was in charge today…he did a really beautiful job of telling us some of his life story! Very sad to know he once had to endure a puppy mill! I know he is so happy now in his Alabama home with his forever pet parents! He is so loved and adored by his mom “That Woman and his dad Mr.RWS”. Now living the forever good life, as it should be! Good wishes to Cooper and you and Mr. RWS! Hugs to all!

  18. Cheryl L. permalink
    January 14, 2017 2:40 pm

    What a fun post! I love Cooper with his glasses on!

  19. elaine permalink
    January 14, 2017 2:50 pm

    Great job Cooper – hope you write to us again!! Tell “That Woman” her cards are lovely and thank her for letting you visit with us today.

  20. Linda Page permalink
    January 14, 2017 3:06 pm

    Oh, Cooper, what a wonderful job you did today on the RWS post. You are quite talented. I am so glad that you found your forever home in Alabama with Mr. RWS and That Woman. I know they love you just as much as you love them.

  21. January 14, 2017 3:36 pm

    Great job posting the cards today Cooper, and great story too! My wee Ruby had a story much the same – she was born in a bad place called a Puppy Farm but then these nice people came and saved her and lots of other little dogs, and now she lives with me. She’d love to come and play with you except that place called Alabama is just too far away!

  22. DebbieP permalink
    January 14, 2017 3:53 pm

    Well Cooper you did a great job. If one didn’t know, they might think you have done this many times before. Tell your human (That Woman) that she did a great job on her cards and they bunnies are my favorite. Like you, I think there are too many kitties! Your story made me tear up a little but I am very happy you found a great forever home. I know you are loved. Enjoy your time with Deuce and I hope we hear from you again in the near future!

  23. January 14, 2017 4:04 pm

    Oh, Cooper, I think you LIKE when That Woman goes away. Then you get to go and stay with your ‘other’ family and their dogs, which you seem to love so much! But I know that when That Woman and Mr. RWS return, you will be very happy to see them. And we will tell them what a fabulous job you did posting That Woman’s beautiful cards and explaining them all. We have heard your adoption story before, but will never tire of hearing about it. We love you, Cooper!

  24. karenajo permalink
    January 14, 2017 4:04 pm

    Cooper, please tell ‘that woman’ I really enjoyed all of her card creations today. I also loved hearing your story of being rescued – so happy you were ! Cute, cute pictures of you in the glasses and hat !

  25. ncbev permalink
    January 14, 2017 4:52 pm

    Cooper, you definitely have a talent for writing! I have a rescue dog just like you were! His name is Mickey and he is a sweetheart just like you. Love your glasses. I need glasses when I read and write too. What a wonderful rescue story. My Mickey got hit by a car and his owners could not afford vet care so he ended up at a shelter where I found him to be irresistible! You and Mickey are two lucky dogs and mr. And mrs RWS and I are three very lucky humans. I’m looking forward to another Cooper post soon. But in the meantime be sure to have fun, eat good and don’t miss any naps!

  26. Vicky S. permalink
    January 14, 2017 5:15 pm

    I loved this story, & so glad that Cooper is happy to help out with the card & post. Would like for him to post again sometime.

  27. Carla Hundley permalink
    January 14, 2017 6:03 pm

    Oh Cooper, you’re as good a
    story teller as That Woman!
    Love the story.
    Carla from Utah

  28. Diane permalink
    January 15, 2017 1:17 pm

    Well Cooper, I think you have found yourself a new job. Make sure you negotiate a good pay package with plenty of treats !! Enjoyed all the projects you posted for That Woman. Bet you were her inspiration. Enjoy your holiday.

  29. January 15, 2017 3:45 pm

    Enjoy your holiday Cooper while that woman and Mr RWS are away with the grand kids. Love the stories from you and that woman. I do like the projects too!

  30. donna mikasa permalink
    January 15, 2017 5:51 pm

    Love the “blog takeover” by Cooper! Hope you’re enjoying your time with your grandchildren. And your cards are wonderful as always! The kitty in the gingham hoodie is my fave, and Cooper wears a beret so perfectly! Happy New Year!

  31. Kathy H permalink
    January 19, 2017 9:56 pm

    Wonderful story and cards. Many thy to That Woman!

  32. Jani Howe permalink
    January 20, 2017 2:01 pm

    Dear Cooper, How very kind of you to take over for That Woman, you are also a very very talented dog! I hope you will visit us again and show off some more work. Never mind about the cats, I love cats, have had several in my life, and they are welcome companions, as well. I hope to see you again at the ‘helm’, holding the fort for That Woman!

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