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Runs with Scissors

January 21, 2017


“Honey, I’m home!” is what Mr. RWS calls out as he comes into the kitchen from the garage. It is a welcome sound knowing he is safely home. Today I am calling out, “Honey I’m home” to all of you. We have returned safely from our trip to Wisconsin. Cooper is also safely home after his amazing stay with Vicki, Dave and Deuce. Thank you, Cooper, for doing Runs with Scissors last week before you left town.

I had to double check the calendar this morning to make sure this is still January. After experiencing temperatures in the single digits in Wisconsin, we returned home to temperatures approaching 70. Mr. RWS is doing yard work and I struggle with how to dress for winter when we have almost summer temperatures.


This card is the result of a New Year’s resolution to be bold with color. I connected with my inner Jill Foster to make this card. The mice are from the Furry Hugs transparent set and go perfectly with the sentiment from the Forever and Always set. After making the two blended ink backgrounds for the layers, I opted to use designer paper from the Golden Moment paper pad for the base background. Thank you, Jill, for the inspiration.


I was tempted to use the Heart Drops die for every card this week, but I limited myself to just this one. I blended several shades of my Luxe inks on my cardstock before running it through my die cutting machine and attaching it to white cardstock. The Tree Hug die combined with sweet butterflies from the Flights of Fancy die set finishes the design. Have I mentioned how indispensable the Snippets transparent set of sentiments is? This could be a Valentine, Thinking of You or Encouragement card. I am loving the Follow Your Heart release because of its versatility.


Another New Year’s resolution is to be less predictable in my card making. So this time the stripes are going horizontally and the sentiment is at an angle. It is so easy to put together a lovely card with this gorgeous giant Hearts Butterfly. The world cannot have too many butterflies, I say. I have also resolved to use my sewing machine more for extra detail. I am learning much from studying Jill Foster’s work; details matter.

Ahhhh, January. Janus, in ancient Roman religion and myth, is the god of doors, representing all beginnings with an ability to see all things past and future. Our month of January is appropriately named after him. January is a good time to take stock of the year just completed while looking forward to the year ahead.

I had some significant January moments during my visit with family recently. Spending time with some of my kids, a daughter in law and two of my grandchildren as well as my brother and his wife was not only a chance to savor being with them, but also a time to do the Janus thing – looking back on the times we spent together over the years.

I have come to realize, at my age, that my past years certainly outnumber my future years. I treasure the memories of raising my kids, seeing them reach adulthood, going on to further education and their careers. There were graduations, weddings, promotions, new babies, new homes and other achievements to celebrate.

I couldn’t help remembering how my beloved Polish grandmother, Busia, would sit on the sidelines of the large family gatherings we had when I was a child. The noise would prompt her to remove her hearing aids and that, along with her limited English, made her more observer than participant. I believe she was having those January moments also.

While physically I was participating in our family’s game playing, eating and talking during our visit, mentally and emotionally I was on the sidelines of the group, remembering how things used to be; how we all used to look; and how I used to be the host, not the guest.

I am wise enough to know that it is fine to visit the past, but one must not stay there. What counts is now. Share your feelings, give those hugs, and say those words of praise and encouragement.

Those January moments for me included looking to the future. Nowhere is the future more visible than in the sweet grandchildren, Evelyn and Jack.

I am certain I am not the only grandmother who wonders what those precious children will be and do when they are grown. If I were to guess based on what they enjoy now, I would predict Evelyn will be a strong leader, possibly a star of stage and screen. Hopefully she will find a career that encourages one hand on your hip while pointing with the other hand and giving instructions. Her love of fashion will assure she is always dressed for success.

Jack being more laid back and practical, until he begins a career in law will continue his interest in all things cleaning related. He has his own Shark hand vacuum, green broom and dustpan, regular vacuum and an assortment of “cleaning products” in their own carrier. Between cleaning projects, he will continue his love of pushing a grocery cart and filling it with all things interesting, especially things colored green and his treasured “R is for Rhino” puzzle piece .

Evelyn and Jack have a great start in preparing for their future. Besides their many educational toys, their parents provide many learning opportunities. Their child care center provides computer classes as well as athletic opportunities at the tender ages of

3 ½ and two. Both Evelyn and Jack have their own IPads and are fully independent in using them.

My life span stretches from manual typewriters to computers; seven inch TV screens to 60 inch; wringer washers to automatic; reheating dinners on the stove to the miracle of microwaves. My children’s first video game was Atari’s Pong; the calculator was an expensive modern wonder; and a minivan was a new car style, replacing their dreaded “woody wagon”.

When I contemplate my grandchildren’s future, I can’t even imagine what it will include. Certainly there will be driverless automobiles; possibly speech driven computing; and maybe the end of brick and mortar shopping centers.

There is a belief that Charles Duelle, the Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office back in 1899, said that everything that could be invented already was. Well, my research revealed that was part of a joke published in a comedy magazine and what he actually said was, “In my opinion, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold.” I wholeheartedly agree, Mr. Duelle, and I am happy my grandchildren will benefit from all the new wonders the world is preparing for them.


Grandma said, “Say ‘cheese’”, and they did! Had to catch these two as they ran circles through their conveniently arranged “race track” home! For some reason Evelyn included the colorful hangers in their playtime, despite several million dollars’ (estimated) worth of awesome toys.


Perhaps one day I will actually color this Red Blush image red. But for today, I have used the embossed resist technique to highlight the detail of the rose. I used soft pastels, suitable for making a sympathy card. The Flower Tag diecut and the Snippets sentiment are a perfect pair. It’s been a long time since I made a shape card and I like the effect. One more point scored for variety.


Red, white and a touch of black: be still my heart. I used the Tree Heart stamp upside down and right side up to help create a background, adding the clouds from the With Affection set to create a scene. Who can resist red gingham bunnies with fluffy tails and heart balloons? I don’t think I will ever put away the Bunny Love dies. Could they be my new Snowy?


The Follow Your Heart release is following my heart into spring. How irresistible is this birdies and bird house image from the With Affection transparent set? I did some masking, colored with Copics and added some flowers using the Flower Bunch die set. As I mentioned above: details matter. I am enjoying the primary colors and clean graphics of this card. Wouldn’t this work well for an anniversary?


Just before we left to take Cooper to his “home away from home”, I received an email from Vicki reminding me to pack a sweater for Cooper as the temperatures were predicted to fall into the thirties. Sweater? Was I supposed to be putting a sweater on Cooper when it got cold? Mr. RWS and I quickly ventured to the nearby “sells everything” store and I ran in to purchase a doggie sweater. Remembering how Cooper hated the Christmas collar I wasn’t too hopeful. As you can see from the photo, Cooper happily wore his new sweater and looked awesome in blue. Seriously, he would do anything to please Vicki!

And so again it is time to put the scissors away, clean up the spattered ink and glue, and restore order to the stamps and dies.   Because the Penny Black studio is always clean and tidy when I arrive, I do my best to leave it that way when I leave. Perhaps you have been having some January moments of your own. Thank you for letting me share so much of my looking backward, and sometimes forward, with all of you.

I am on my way to visit the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to catch up on what’s happened since I’ve been gone. Thanks for stopping by and saying nice things. I shared last week’s comments with Cooper that suggested he write more blog posts. He sends a great big tail wag to all of you but he is not certain he wants to commit to such things as editing and deadlines. I’m concerned if Cooper frees up my time by taking over the blog posts, I will have too much time for housework.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies


Card No. 1: 30-401 Forever and Always, 30-402 Furry Hugs, 51-053 A Pocketful, 80-015 Golden Moments

Card No. 2: 51-295 Tree Hug, 51-132 Flights of Fancy, 51-298 Heart Drops, 30-283 Snippets

Card No. 3: 51-297 Hearts Butterfly, 51-296 Love

Card No. 4: 30-283 Snippets, 40-506 Red Blush, 51-124 Flower Tags

Card No. 5: 30-392 With Affection, 40-505 True Heart, 51-289 Bunny Love

Card No. 6: 30-392 With Affection, 51-199 Flower Bunch

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol Cooney permalink
    January 21, 2017 4:24 am

    I have to say how much I look forward to your cards every Saturday. Most of all tho I love all your stories. I think I am a bit older that you, but this Saturdays bit of wisdom really hit home. You have a delightful way of writing. I do appreciate both forms of your talent. I feel like you are my friend. Thank you so much for everything you do. Carol

  2. creatingincolors permalink
    January 21, 2017 5:26 am

    I do have “January moments”, but your words said it all better than anything I could have written.

  3. January 21, 2017 6:26 am

    Don’t know who’s cuter, the kids or the dog. But love all the cards too. I have so many of your stamps and use them a lot. Like getting new ideas for them. Edna

  4. January 21, 2017 8:11 am

    You truly are a great FRIEND, Mom, Grandmother, and for sharing your lovely cards, memories, and wisdom with us…we THANK YOU JUDY!
    Paper Hugs,
    P.S. the move is only 18 days away!!!

    • Judy Jung permalink
      January 21, 2017 8:47 am

      Happy for you, Jan, and the new chapter in your life!! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. DebbieP permalink
    January 21, 2017 10:24 am

    Thanks again for getting my Saturday off to a good start. I think my husband and you may have been talking, because he recently pointed out that he too has more days behind him than in front. I guess January does get us thinking about the past and future. Love the cards this week and the bold and daring resolutions. Look forward to seeing that. Your grandbabies are adorable, as is Cooper in his pretty blue sweater. Have a great week and see you next Saturday!

  6. Shirley Kramer permalink
    January 21, 2017 12:45 pm

    Dear Mrs. Scissors, I just love your stories!!! I can always relate to them. I am probably much, much older (86) but I love the way you express your thoughts so beautifully!! Have you written books? I also love your art. I am a 25+years rubber stamper Cooper is adorable. I am a dog person. I have a diabetic, blind MinPin who is 11. You would love her. Keep writing those wonderful stories, I love every one. Mimi

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. alexandra s.m. permalink
    January 21, 2017 1:04 pm

    Your post is a delight and makes me understand certain things about my personal life better.
    Thank You! And your cards are absolutely beautiful, and adorable and so inspiring so thank you for sharing your art as well as your profound words!

  8. January 21, 2017 1:58 pm

    Glad you’re home safe & sound after what sounds like wonderful family time! Love the picture of the grandkids & can just imagine them in action with your description of their behaviors–so funny! Beautiful cards, but I’m so impressed with your creative use of the tree! Actually thought the love birds was an anniversary card–just perfect! Cooper is too cute in his blue sweater! Only took Fritz a few minutes to get used to his raincoat my sister made for him & we’re glad to be needing it this year as we hope for the end of the drought! Hugs, Greta

  9. Diane permalink
    January 21, 2017 2:56 pm

    Cooper certainly looks handsome in his new coat. Here in England we have some owners match their horse rugs and dog coats – now that is a little over the top ! Dog coats are very popular.

    Your cards, as always, are inspirational, as are your stories. I too remember all the changes we have seen in our lives. Growing up in southern Africa we had no supermarkets when I was younger and no television until the mid 70’s. Educational toys were jigsaw puzzles. Life was a lot simpler, food was seasonal and granny used to cook delicious meals with what was available. We played outside all the time and spent every afternoon after school and weekends playing sport. We were strong, healthy and fit kids. I love all the technology of today but am glad I grew up in a third world country with just the basics. Makes one appreciate what we have today.

  10. Vicky S. permalink
    January 21, 2017 4:04 pm

    Cooper sure looks good in his blue sweater.. I look forward to all of your posts. Most of the time, it bring back some memory. Thanks for sharing. This Sunday I will be at a family gathering probably about 50 of us. I will remember your post. Thanks

  11. Patti J. permalink
    January 21, 2017 6:18 pm

    Where to start? I open my email each Saturday morning, already smiling as I search for your post! Each post leaves me smiling…some leave me laughing out loud. Now and then, you post one like the military post a while back that brings tears. I can relate to every post, especially this one, as we are mid sixties. Love all of your cards today, as always, and Cooper is such a handsome boy in that new sweater! Pleas tell him that I enjoyed HIS post last week! Very well written – I’m sure that you were very proud of him! Thank you for each smile!

  12. mjmarmo permalink
    January 21, 2017 6:23 pm

    Super cute memories and photos! I too watch my adult children and think upon memories of times past. We are expecting our first grandchild in April and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her!

  13. Scott schmidlkofer permalink
    January 21, 2017 7:22 pm

    Mom, stop making me cry! You will always be the host. Those kids have the best of everything because of your efforts with me and my own awesomeness! Every great memory I have is because of you. Thank you for being my mom. Love your favorite son and Jack and Evelyn ‘s Dad

  14. donna mikasa permalink
    January 21, 2017 8:05 pm

    Welcome home, Judy! So happy to hear you had a grand time with your family. Your grandchildren are so adorable and growing way too fast! Love your cards, and that handsome pic of Cooper, too. Great post as always!

  15. Jamie Vanskiver permalink
    January 22, 2017 8:44 am

    Such a wonderful post today! I really enjoyed every bit of it!

  16. January 22, 2017 11:26 am

    Welcome back, Judy! Your cards today are fabulous! Love the new bold colors! And all the layers! And the resist technique on the rose. Heck, I like it all!
    Cooper looks wonderful, as always, He did a great job here while you were away.
    And your grandkids are just the cutest. Glad you had some rejuvenating time with them!

  17. January 23, 2017 1:01 am

    Love your colourful cards and the photos. Your grandchildren look adorable and so does Cooper in his jumper.

  18. karenajo permalink
    January 23, 2017 11:31 am

    Enjoy your posts so much whether they bring a smile, a tear or food for thought ! It is certainly good to stand back sometimes and really take a look at what is going on around us – life goes by much too quickly. Your cards were fabulous, especially liked the beautiful rose and the very cute bunny love ! The pic of the grandkids is adorable – can just see the lovableness in their faces ! Cooper is cute in his coat and did such a great job on the post last week ! Thanks for all you do to bring smiles and inspiration to your readers !

  19. jane harrah permalink
    January 24, 2017 8:41 am

    Is it silly to say I love you and your posts!!

  20. Marisela Delgado permalink
    January 25, 2017 2:53 pm

    Super cute card! Love that flower background. And Cooper is smashing in his sweater. A man about town. SO CUTE!

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