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January 28, 2017


Hello, Penny Black friends. Here we are, only three days left in the month of January.   Poor Ms. January is going to be in serious trouble at the end of the year when Mother Nature hands out report cards. Here in Alabama Ms. January behaved like Ms. April or May for most of her days on the calendar. I don’t think one light dusting of snow makes up for the 60 and even 70 degree days that hung out in January. Mr. RWS compromised some days and wore long sleeved sweatshirts with his golf shorts. As a wife who is concerned with appearances, I did put my foot down when he attempted to visit the “store that sells everything” in one of those outfits. I live in fear that he will become the star of an unkind meme on Facebook.

This week here on the blog I decided to focus on the awesome sentiments available in the Follow Your Heart release and along the way I made some cards with a more masculine theme.


Ahhh, romance. I love this romantic, poetic sentiment from the Forever and Always set. It deserves to be the focus on a Valentine card, but would be at home on an anniversary card as well. The Line of Hearts die adds dimension and even more romance.


Here is another lovely, poetic sentiment which expresses a universal truth. This sentiment is also part of the Forever and Always set and would make a beautiful focus for a friendship or thank you card, too. The Forever and Always set contains seven beautiful sentiments, enough for thoughtful cards all year long.


Red and white and a touch of gingham: Valentine perfection. This is an easy card to make and not too girly to send to an important male in your life. This sentiment is from another transparent set called Friendship and Love, a collection of seven more versatile sentiments.


Pretty pitiful, huh? No, this photo was not taken at a Goodwill store, or a yard sale, or the city dump. This suitcase lives in our attic and was photographed before we put it away after our most recent trip.

This suitcase is one half of a matched pair. Yes, we own two of these beauties. And in their day, they were quite elegant and we called them our “good” luggage. I remember seeing them in a fancy department store one day, on sale, and resolving that we would purchase them for an upcoming overseas trip. First I had to convince Mr. RWS that our daughter would be embarrassed if we showed up at her home in Amsterdam with our old beat up mismatched luggage. Besides, these suitcases had wheels attached and a pull out handle, making carrying heavy suitcases a thing of the past. What luxury!

The year was 1991 and Kathleen had been assigned to Amsterdam by her company to assist in organizing and refining the financial system of a company newly acquired. Her assignment was drawing to an end and we realized it was “now or never” if we wanted to visit her and do some touring through Europe.

I remember each suitcase cost $50, and Mr. RWS thought maybe one would be enough: he was willing to use the old luggage. Thank goodness I insisted as these ugly green tapestry suitcases have served us well for many reasons.

First of all, I have never had to tie a ribbon of any color onto these bags. Any of their kindred luggage has long since disappeared from the baggage carousels around the world and our bags are easily spotted.

No one has ever taken our suitcases by mistake. On this last trip to Milwaukee, we made restroom stops before going to the baggage claim area and everyone else had left the area with their luggage and there was our big green suitcase going around and around on the carousel. I imagine its beat up appearance did not tempt anyone and it could have safely ridden the carousel indefinitely.

Also, the interior of these suitcases is outfitted with multiple ways to keep your dresses and suits wrinkle free while packed in their own section. There is a section for dirty laundry and space for damp items. Sturdy straps and buckles hold everything in place during their long and bumpy rides from airport to planes and back.

Best of all, their simple rectangular construction is the best for maximum capacity. We have since bought a new suitcase or two, but the more recent luggage does not have the capacity these green veterans do. The only thing limiting how much we can take with us nowadays is weight. This feature has become more important to us since airlines began charging a fee for checked baggage. For a short trip, I can fit enough clothes for both of us into one bag. If I calculate how many times I have saved a $50 round trip fee for a second bag, this luggage has more than paid for itself.

Looking back, I realize these suitcases would be covered in stickers if there were one for each place visited. The original trip for which they were purchased began in Amsterdam, and then went on to Belgium, Germany (including newly reunited East and West Berlin), Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland. Later, they went to England, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Alaska and all across the continental United States.

Parts of the metal frame are working their way through the tapestry fabric, but the zippers have endured. Sometimes I wonder how as most often the bags are packed to their limit. They used to have cute little padlocks and we were actually encouraged to lock our bags when traveling.

Now that I think of it, we purchased these suitcases in order to avoid embarrassing our kids by showing up with our old beat up luggage. We have now gone full circle by showing up with these more than 25 year old bags which are definitely an embarrassment.


Valentines’ Day is not only for the young, but for the young at heart. I’ve used the image from the mini transparent set Kisses for my Sweet, by stamping it on a circle and left room for another poetic sentiment, this one from the Forever and Always set. I used kraft paper and a twine bow so as to make the card more masculine.


I don’t know why our masculine friends and relatives prefer darker colors over pinks and purples. But if they prefer kraft and dark crimson, I can make cards using kraft and dark crimson. The heart image is part of the All About Love transparent set and the script background is made from the Letter Background wood block stamp.


I have no idea if owls mate for life or not, but why ruin a cute idea? I stamped the owls from the Hearts Aplenty set onto kraft cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. I kept the color palette simple so as to be pleasing to our male friends and family. I enjoy the various scripts Penny Black uses for the sentiment dies. There is a great variety making it easier to match a font with an image.


The only sign of winter this entire month of January was the light snowfall that occurred where Cooper was staying while we were in Wisconsin. Cooper has been in snow before, but either forgot about it or was welcoming it back as seen in this photo. By the time we picked Cooper up, the temperatures were back into the 60’s and low 70’s.

Dear friends, I hear footsteps on the hall. Someone must have reserved the studio for the rest of the day. It’s time for me to clean up my mess, put away the scissors and get out that tiny vacuum for the itty bitty diecut scraps that have fallen to the floor. I hope you are able to find time to make Valentines for the people in your life this week. Emails are efficient, social media is quick, but nothing takes the place of receiving a handmade card in the mailbox. I have cards from friends posted in my work area and they bring me joy every day.

Speaking of joy, I am off to visit the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to see the lovely work posted there. Thank you for your visit and especially for taking the time to comment. I read and treasure them all.

Epilogue: Dear Readers, as I was trying to get a good photo of the suitcase, the irony of what I was doing occurred to me. My story is about the ugly worn out suitcase and I was working very hard to take a photo that would make the suitcase look less embarrassing. Now that I’ve shared the secret of the ugly luggage, the lean green luggage machine has been taken back to the attic where all scary things belong. And I don’t think I will be critical of what Mr. RWS wears to the “store that sells everything” anymore. I have proven I have no pride.


Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies


Card No. 1: 30-401 Forever and Always, 51-285 Line of Hearts

Card No. 2: 30-401 Forever and Always, 30-398 Purrfectly Sweet

Card No. 3: 30-399 Friendship and Love, 51-299 Heart Bow

Card No. 4: 30-395 Kisses for My Sweet, 30-401 Forever and Always

Card No. 5: 1999 L Letter Background, 30-391 All About Love, 51-042 Petals

Card No. 6: 30-400 Hearts Aplenty, 1999L Letter Background, 51-286 Soul Mates

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Tami permalink
    January 28, 2017 3:57 am

    Awesome post! 😁

  2. Sue CD permalink
    January 28, 2017 4:57 am

    Old suitcases are the best for holding a lot if going by car, but seem to add too many extra pounds for airline travel. They are heavy even with nothing in them. I have some that are as old as yours and I will not stop using them until they fall apart! I especially like your owl card.

  3. creatingincolors permalink
    January 28, 2017 6:08 am

    Once again, thanks for the Saturday smiles and beautiful cards! You really need to compile your stories into a book!

  4. hobbitnoll permalink
    January 28, 2017 6:59 am

    Oh I love your story about the luggage!! Your cards are STUNNING!!

  5. DebbieP permalink
    January 28, 2017 7:07 am

    No shame, your suitcase is fine. My husband and I have suitcases that are much older and more “unique”. However, they are very heavy. They probably weigh more than allowed even when they are empty! Your cards are all great this week. I especially love the kraft and blue combination. But I have to ask why Cooper is outside in the snow without his pretty blue sweater on? LOL! Have a great week…

  6. Julie permalink
    January 28, 2017 8:23 am

    Love your cards and the Line of Hearts die is added to my wish list.
    We own the matching carry-on tote to your luggage! The tapestry is still unfaded since it’s never been checked on and thrown around the carousel. It has 5 inner zips and numerous pockets. We’ve even shared it as our sole piece of luggage on weekend trips. The only problem is that there is so much storage that on one trip, even though I was sure I packed husband’s shaver and toiletries, we could not find them, so had to run to a 24-hr market and replace them. As we were packing for our flight home, I found them in one of the zipped dividers.

    • Judy Jung permalink
      January 28, 2017 8:28 am

      Seems like there is a potential for a family reunion! Love your story … we do that kind of thing a lot!! Thanks for sharing .. let me know if you decide to part with your carry-on tote!

  7. January 28, 2017 9:02 am

    Sounds like a wonderful suitcase to me & in the photo it doesn’t look ugly at all! I was thinking how nice that it isn’t solid black or blue! Your cards are great, as always, Judy! I especially love the dark red & kraft one–think I’ll use it for one I still need to make! Cooper is so cute admiring the snow–but I’m sure you aren’t too sad about not getting much this year as you live in Alabama now, not Wisconsin for a reason–haha!

  8. January 28, 2017 9:17 am

    Lovely cards – hope one is for your sweetie – give him a hug for me and tell him I said he has a wonderful wife and to treasure her!!!
    Great story Judy….actually quite a blessing to be able to spot your luggage on a carousel! Certainly no more unusual than the different ways people try to decorate their luggage to be able to recognize it – LOL!
    Paper Hugs,

    • Judy Jung permalink
      January 28, 2017 11:27 am

      Jan, I will pass on your sweet words to Mr. RWS.

  9. Charlotte Bullock permalink
    January 28, 2017 10:06 am

    Oh, oh, oh, please move that wonderful suitcase to a home that will be a lot more appropriate for such an old friend…. Under the bed !! At least you can pull it out and visit it while you remeniss all the wonderful places you have been. Your cards are awesome!!

  10. January 28, 2017 11:34 am

    Oh but think of all the stories your luggage could tell. Cooper is just a delightful addition to RWS.

  11. mjmarmo permalink
    January 28, 2017 12:27 pm

    I think it is such fun that you have this suitcase! I think we were put on earth to embarrass as our kids! Suitcases now a days just don’t hold up. Lovely cards!

    • Judy Jung permalink
      January 28, 2017 2:27 pm

      If our life’s purpose is to embarrass our kids, I am doing a fine job of it.

  12. Diane permalink
    January 28, 2017 1:32 pm

    Love the suitcase. My suitcases are of the more conservative type with the usual bright luggage straps to identify it. I have thing about being stopped by Customs (way to many times) so I changed from a bright red case to more modest ones and it helped with my problem.
    We’re also having a mild winter here in our part of the UK. No snow, little rain and beautiful winter days. I’m sure Cooper is enjoying the milder winter, I know our animals are.
    Great cards – thanks for the inspiration as per usual.

  13. January 28, 2017 2:56 pm

    OMG we will have to co-ordinate travel plans Never want our cases to end up on the same carousal , It is exactly your ugly case and has been to many of the places you mentioned plus USA and Canadian sites. I wouldn’t want to battle with you at an airport over our ugly green print 40 year old cases ……. Lis

    • Judy Jung permalink
      January 28, 2017 4:23 pm

      How funny! I thought for sure by now ours was the only survivor of this tapestry pattern. Who knows? Maybe they’ve been swapped at least once! I don’t think I would fight over the suitcases, just enjoy the coincidence!!

  14. jane harrah permalink
    January 30, 2017 5:53 pm

    Your suitcase looks like it is in pretty good shape. Id on’t travel like you do and mine looks pretty worn. Love the cards and don’t cave on the Mister’s outfits, seriously! thanks once again for all the laughter your posts bring.

    • January 31, 2017 12:43 am

      Loved your blog post. Not only for the gorgeous cards you made but your great story about your suitcases, I love how you write!

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