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Runs with Scissors

March 4, 2017


Hello, Penny Black friends. Together, we have said farewell to February and now we welcome March. Where I live, it is full blown spring. The forsythia is almost finished blooming, the daffodils are drooping, but the Bradford pear trees are in full bloom and the rest of the trees are rapidly leafing out. After so many years of living in Wisconsin and enduring winters that lasted well into April, I fully appreciate the short winters and early springs of northern Alabama.

I’ve always known that “bliss” is a good thing, but this week I looked up the definition: “perfect happiness, great joy, such that it causes one to be oblivious of everything else.” I can vouch for the oblivious part. When I am inking and stamping and die cutting, I am oblivious to life around me. Being worry-free and doing what I love is my definition of bliss.


There are many lovely flower stamps and dies in the Bliss collection and many ways to color them. This time I used the embossed resist technique to add color to the Stitched Flowers image. These flowers will be a delight to color with markers or pencils, too. I really wanted to showcase the sentiment from the Happy Thoughts set by stamping it in black on the white portion of the cardstock. I love that little key from the Cog Wheels die set and was happy to find a place for it on this card.


I decided the large flower from the Pop Out Rose die needed a large sentiment as a partner. I paired these two on a background of bold colored designer paper from the Golden Moment paper pack. The rose has been cut from white cardstock that I colored using blended Luxe inks. I gave the rose some dimension by gently bending up sections of the flower. I like stitching around the edges of my layers and don’t always take the time to do that.


When the Bliss release first came out, I mentioned there was something for everyone, including Steam Punk. Here is my first card using the gears included in the Cog Wheels set. I think they will make great textured backgrounds, using all or just a few. Using wheels and gears is a great substitute for flowers and butterflies for our masculine themed cards. The Away We Go die set includes auto, plane, bike and camper options. For this Bon Voyage card I chose the airplane. Love how it is a forward facing silhouette.

Love Story (continued)

Click for PART 1, PART 2, and PART 3

I ended last week’s chapter of how Mr. RWS and I met with him standing on the porch, shocked to learn I was the mother of five, not just the two he knew about.   I was standing there mentally switching my plans from going on a date to being home with my two sons and daughter. I was hoping that the Voice would at least consider letting me introduce him to some of my single co-workers now that he was frightened off by the size of my family.

What a surprise to hear him say, “Let’s go talk about this over coffee” instead of “It was nice to meet you, but this is more than I bargained for.”

After I explained about my several experiences at singles functions, when having five children was an instant deal breaker, the Voice seemed to understand that my intentions were not malicious. I told him how certain I was that there would be no second date so it seemed pointless to discuss my family situation any further. I had just enjoyed our first date and had no expectations of future dates.

We did attend church in the tiny chapel as planned and all hard feelings were abolished when the pastor asked everyone to hold hands during the Lord’s prayer. Even after so many years, holding hands during the Lord’s prayer at church on Sundays is always a reminder of that first time attending church together.

Afterwards, breakfast in what used to be the city jail and then off to Devil’s Lake State Park, a favorite place of mine, to enjoy the sunny March afternoon. I assumed our visit to the park would consist of the drive there, maybe stand by the water a bit, maybe sit at a picnic table and talk. No way. Mr. Physically Fit noticed the bluffs surrounding the lake, complete with trail markers and decided we should go hiking.

Mr. Physically Fit was dressed for church, as was I, but his footwear was a pair of sturdy oxfords while I had some pretty strappy, low heeled shoes complete with nylons and a two piece suit. But after that scare in the morning, I wasn’t going to do anything more to jeopardize this budding relationship. And so I climbed the bluff, one stone step at a time, even managing the downward trip without my feet sliding out from me.

We still talk about that hike up the bluffs in our Sunday finery. I don’t remember if my shoes survived that hike, but I do remember the soft, squishy muddy ground working its way into my open toed footwear, through my nylons and settling in between my toes.

Mid-week brought another note and another drawing. There could be no plans for the coming weekend as he was spending it with his daughters, ages 3 and 8, in a city about two hours from my home. His 8 year old daughter was selling Girl Scout Cookies and he had promised to buy cookies from her. By this time I had learned his little girls were a priority in his life and were the reason he had given up his job as a Wilderness Specialist for the Federal government out west. I was delighted he was a good Dad and knew seeing his girls was more important than another weekend date for the two of us.

By this time, Dear Reader, I was not feeling very generous about introducing the Voice to anyone else. We had made a connection and I was happily looking forward to seeing where this relationship might go.

I spent that weekend as I usually did in those years: cleaning house, catching up on laundry, and preparing food for the coming week. On that late Sunday afternoon, I was sweeping off the front porch when, to my surprise, the big gray Pontiac pulled up in front of my house. Out stepped the Voice, several boxes of Girl Scout cookies in his hands. As I looked on in surprise, he tossed the boxes in the air and came hurrying up to the front porch. He had missed seeing me and decided to stop by for a short visit and a hug or two before going home.

This was the start of our very brief courtship as it was only three weeks later that we were back on top of Ferry Bluff where Mr. RWS proposed and we sipped champagne as we watched the sun set.

To be continued


Instead of having this doggie from the Doggie Treat set begging for a treat (I see too much of that at home), I decided to have him checking out the butterfly that just landed on his nose. I cut down one of the small butterflies from the Flights of Fancy die set. In its original size, it overwhelmed the little pooch’s face. I colored with Copics, using a stock photo of a French Bulldog for an example.


This Purr-Fect image just makes my heart melt! I don’t know who is happier, the cat or the darling little boy. I used Birgit’s idea to draw in a floor for these little buddies to sit on. As if the image wasn’t cute enough, I used a piece of red gingham paper to make things even more loveable. Your kitty-loving friends would be happy to find this card in their mailbox. If there are any little people on your mailing list, wouldn’t they love a kitty card all their own?



Here are two more pages of simple stamping and coloring in my Journaling Bible, using stamps from the Bliss collection. Ecclesiastes is known for it’s passage that says “..for everything there is a season”, so I wanted to illustrate that section with visions of spring and summer, birds and flowers. Hopefully, the bright and sunny illustrations using the Garden Charmers set and the Happy Bliss stamp will balance out the negativity of the “everything is useless” message that the book begins with. Who knew where Bible Journaling would take me? Next week: Gesso!


Here’s Cooper, happily enjoying some time in the sunshine. Vicki took this photo during one of Cooper’s stays at their home. Cooper is going to the groomer’s this week and is just too shaggy to appear in public, therefore I am posting an older photo. I am going to miss the wonderful photos Vicki took almost as much as I will miss her and Dave. On a happier note, last week Vicki emailed me to let me know one of her clients, a retired couple, are considering taking over Vicki’s DogVayCay business. They live in the same community and have a beagle named Beasley that Cooper has met and played with at Vicki’s house. I am hoping with all my heart that this happens and once again we can leave Cooper with a peaceful mind.

Well, after the photo of Cooper, comes the good-bye until next week. I realized just now that I have taken three weeks so far to tell the Love Story which is as long as we dated before becoming engaged! I don’t think I realized it at the time, but that is a very short courtship. As I told my family, there was no reason for us to wait until we got older! Nowadays I can spend longer than that trying to decide on what I want for my birthday.

The scissors are stowed; time to turn off the lights and head to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to admire your work. I’ve enjoyed spending time with all of you and I thank you for your delightful comments. I treasure them.


Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-416 Happy Thoughts, 30-418 Stitched Flowers, 51-311 Cog Wheels

Card No. 2: 30-417 Delicate Silhouettes, 51-304 Pop Out Rose, 80-015 Golden Moment

Card No. 3: 51-331 Nature Borders, 51-224 Love to Travel, 51-311 Cog Wheels, 51-312 Away We Go

Card No. 4: 40-527 Purr-Fect

Card No. 5: 30-412 Doggie Treat, 51-038 Hooray, 51-132 Flights of Fancy

Bible Pages: 40-512 Happy Bliss, 30-415 Garden Charmers, 30-403 Delicate Garden, 30-409 Faith

26 Comments leave one →
  1. val jones permalink
    March 4, 2017 1:19 am

    Lovely cards as usual and a very cute Cooper smiling at me. Just love the latest episode of your romance. I think it could be made into a film but Judy who would you like to play the leading roles?
    Have a lovely week.
    Val in Spain xxx

  2. Marliese permalink
    March 4, 2017 3:56 am

    When I scrolled down and got to “Doggie Treats” i decided that was my favorite, but then I got to “Purr-Fect” and changed my mind. Now I’m conflicted. Oh well, love them all and also the conclusion of your courtship story. Looking forward to next week. What will you come up with?

  3. Bonnie permalink
    March 4, 2017 5:15 am

    Don’t stop your weekly reports. Love your artwork and cards. And thanks for sharing your personal life experiences. You are a joy!

  4. Mary B. permalink
    March 4, 2017 5:45 am

    Well another Saturday has started here in Minnesota. I have my cup of coffee, there’s a tick, tick, tick of the kitchen clock and I have your wonderful stories to read. Thank you! You are the perfect start to my day.

  5. Patti J. permalink
    March 4, 2017 6:02 am

    Love reading your posts Your cards are all so beautifully done…thanks for sharing! We had our first date mid December 1972, and we’re married the first weekend in April, 1973! Wish we had a wonderful place for our Sophie to vay-cay. I always feel so guilty when we take her to the kennels. Judy, I’d love to know what Bible you use. Love that the journaling areas are unlined. Hope you can follow up with that info. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to every Saturday morning!

    • Judy Jung permalink
      March 4, 2017 6:24 am

      Patti, thanks so much for sharing your comment .. I purchased a journaling Bible called “Journal the Word” Bible (Zondervan) Large print, NIV translation. The wide margins are very lightly lined, however .. enough for any writing you may do, but light enough that the lines tend to “disappear” if you stamp in that area. The paper is a bit heavier than some Bibles, but very silky. Paper is a creamy color rather than stark white… Hope that helps.

  6. mjmarmo permalink
    March 4, 2017 6:10 am

    Wow – love this story! And your beautiful cards!

  7. DebbieP permalink
    March 4, 2017 6:33 am

    I love starting my day with your blog. I always find a card or two to inspire my creative side, and your stories either make me laugh out loud or make me teary-eyed, sometimes both! And Cooper ALWAYS brings a smile to my face. Thank you!

  8. Paula in GA permalink
    March 4, 2017 6:44 am

    Your blog is one of my very favorites. I love Penny Black, but I really enjoy your stories. It’s like a little peak into your life. My hubby and I were married after three month so I can empathize. 44 years for us in May. Thank you for sharing your life.

  9. Harriet permalink
    March 4, 2017 6:50 am

    Your romance warms my heart. Your cards simply feed my eyes, especially “Bon Voyrage” such imagination.

  10. March 4, 2017 7:00 am

    What a pleasant read .I agree it should be a video movie. Some day I may need to sneak across the state line and meet you and Cooper for coffee

  11. knurse22 permalink
    March 4, 2017 7:15 am

    I am on vacation 3000 miles from home, but I had to make time to continue reading the love story. What a great way to start this day, when I will be hiking among desert wildflowers! Your journaled bible is so beautiful, and love your card creations. When I get home, I am going to try that resist technique! Can’t wait for the next installment of your love story, either!

  12. Cathy P in AZ permalink
    March 4, 2017 7:47 am

    Another Saturday has arrived with more lovelies from Judy – both in art and written form! Love all of your creations including the beauties in your Bible, but the little boy and his kitty stole my heart! Adorable! Loving the direction your love story is going – even though we know it ends happily, what a fun story of how you arrived at your Happily Ever After with Mr. RWS! LOVED the part where he threw the cookies in the air and rushed to be with you! ❤

  13. March 4, 2017 9:07 am

    Hi Judy…thank you for sharing – it always brightens my day while hearing from a friend…and I do consider you my friend – you are so kind and thoughtful, and I appreciate your words of encouragement!
    Jim and I met at my Mother’s yard sale while he was out campaigning for a public office…he thought it was a block yard sale (my Mom was quite the collector), and I was minding the store. We too had a brief courtship where at first I ran in the other direction and when I became interested, then he ran in the other direction until he wound up in the hospital and there proposed July 13th…we married Sept. 1st and I had the pleasure of his company for 32+ years until Oct. 26, 2016 when he slipped to Heaven. Know your Mr. RWS is a treasure – just like my Jim! Enjoy your years together!!!!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  14. March 4, 2017 10:49 am

    You and Mr.RWS courtship is just delightful reading! Can’t wait until the next installment, as much fun as the two of you traveling around the country in the RV. The lovely cards you created this week is an added bonus. So happy you have found some new good people to care for your Cooper when the two of you travel. Good news all around! Hope you have a beautiful week-end Judy! Hugs to all!!!

  15. Verna Angerhofer permalink
    March 4, 2017 11:29 am

    I love all the beautiful artwork you have done as each is just so well planned and gorgeous. I agree with you that bliss is working on my card making as well. I am so enjoying the story of your courtship with Mr. RWS and I will look forward to the next chapter too. I am so happy you found each other. And, Cooper is looking as darling as ever.

  16. jane harrah permalink
    March 4, 2017 5:06 pm

    You always leave us wanting more. More great cards and more great stories. that is what a good crafter does, right?

  17. ncbev permalink
    March 4, 2017 7:06 pm

    I am not sure if I’ve ever told you how much I love your cards. I love the butterfly on the nose this week. Love your love story even more:). Just keep showing your cards, telling your love story and, of course, post picture and stories of Cooper. I love to read your blog!

  18. cmt permalink
    March 4, 2017 9:28 pm

    Love your weekly combo of cards and stories. Three weeks. Obviously was meant to be. Such a sweet story. It got me to thinking that so many people these days create entertainment, whether on tv, in movies or books, where the emphasis is on a blunt description of casual sex to grab attention. Even the clothes women wear these days, especially pop icons, is what I consider vulgar. And there you are with your simple love story with the guy who invited you to a date at church. It does the heart good to know there are decent, thoughtful men who treat women with kindness and respect, and women who can woo a man with their good personal qualities rather than their cleavage. And of course I want to see a picture of this knight in shining armor. And about those cards, love the resist technique with card #1. The cat slays me. I’m a cat person through and through. Sorry Cooper.

  19. Linda F permalink
    March 5, 2017 4:13 am

    Great cards – love that doggie treat – so adorable. I don’t mind the begging so much it is when the drooling starts. Lucky we have timber floors easy to mop up the doggie drool and sweep up the doggie hair of which there is mountains. Thank you for sharing your love story, I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

  20. March 5, 2017 8:26 am

    I look forward every Sunday to reading your stories and seeing your beautiful creations. Your love story is very similar to mine – in it’s brevity. Second marriage for us too, and we married in less than 3 months from the day we laid eyes on each other, and that was nearly 46 years ago. Can’t wait to read “the rest of the story”! My favorite card is the kitty one. I’m a cat lady and that is absolutely adorable! Thanks for all your sharing.

  21. March 5, 2017 8:46 am

    Truly a fairy tale story–clearly you 2 were meant for each other! Hoping the people do take over the DogVayCay business. Wonderful cards & your journaling is beautiful, Judy!

  22. alexandra s.m. permalink
    March 5, 2017 9:27 am

    Dear Judy,
    Your story is so beautiful and you writes so well.
    It is a real pleasure to read it and learn a little bit more each Saturday.
    Thank you for sharing it with us!
    Your cards are delightful and the coloring always spot on.
    I also admire the way you have illustrated your Bible.
    Big hugs & Gratitude

  23. donna mikasa permalink
    March 5, 2017 7:25 pm

    Oh, I love your love story, Judy! And what a quick courtship it was. I guess L knew a good thing when he met you! And I’m loving your cards and your illustrated Bible–you’re so creative! Here’s to a great month!

  24. March 5, 2017 7:30 pm

    I’m always looking forward to Saturdays to read your post. I like the Bible part & butterfly that landed on the nose. Thanks for sharing your stories, love them all. Pictures of Cooper, always make me smile.

  25. March 6, 2017 3:10 am

    I’m so enjoying your love story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. By the way, that pup with the butterfly is beyond adorable!

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