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May 13, 2017

Once again, here we are Penny Black friends. The lovely month of May is flying by more quickly than January or February even tried. Here in the United States tomorrow is Mothers Day. There is no more difficult nor more important job. To every mother out there I say, “Enjoy this special day. You have earned it.”

While I am thankful for the privilege of being a mother, I have learned to accept and appreciate the slower pace and lowered responsibility of my life as a retiree. There is no way I could be sneaking out of the house to spend Saturdays on the Penny Black blog if my children were still at home. If I remember correctly, it wasn’t easy carving out time for an occasional bubble bath.

Here is what I’ve done with my free time this morning:

Therese Calvird did a video, watch HERE, demonstrating the technique I’ve used on this card. Those incredible sentiment sets that Penny Black has included in the past two releases, Bliss and Celebrate, are worthy of being the focus of the card. Therese demonstrated a great technique that allows for the large sentiment as well as an image to fit on the same card. Using the MISTI, I stamped the large sentiment with black Memento ink. I left the sentiment stamp in place on the MISTI and then using soft grey Memento ink, I stamped the Cheerful floral image on top of the sentiment. I then loosely and lightly colored the flowers and butterflies with Copic markers. The next step was to put the card back into the MISTI, reink the sentiment with VersaFine black ink and stamp the verse again. It was pretty quick and easy and the technique would work with many combinations of sentiment and image stamps.   It is true that moms “do many small things with great love” in addition to all the big things they do.

I am finding many ways to use that Stencil Cut set of dies. Not only can you use them for great backgrounds, they can be the focal point, too. For this card I just cut the opening three times and placed a layer of designer paper from the Summertime paper pad between the openings and the card base.   Any sentiment would work, but this sentiment from the Especially Micely set makes the card appropriate for any mother.

Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy coloring with Prismacolors on kraft cardstock. Here is the sweet Sunflower Baby ready for summer in her sun suit and sandals. It looks like she got a little sun while picking sunflowers in her garden. I am so proud of myself for remembering to “ground” her by drawing those black lines!

My mom has been gone a long time. She did not live long enough for her hair to turn the silver that she so hoped for. There have been many times I wished she was here to see my children as adults and most of all, to meet my grandchildren. She did not live long enough to meet Mr. RWS or to know that I am not growing old alone.

The mothers I admire most at this stage of my life are the wives of my sons. They work at very demanding jobs and then devote their evenings and weekends to ensuring my grandchildren are able to participate in many enrichment activities and sporting opportunities. I am sure there are many weekends they would prefer to sleep late or spend the day in their pajamas relaxing.

My hat is off to them and to all of you whether you are empty nesters who are missing the everyday routine of raising your children or moms who are in the thick of it all.

Hats off to Grandmothers, too, whether you are blessed to be a hands-on Grandma or, like me, have to be content with Facetime and occasional visits via airplane.

As an adoptive Mom, I have a special place in my heart for those moms who loved their babies enough to place them for adoption. I have written the story here of my adopted son’s birth mother letting him know she was open to being contacted. This is the first Mothers Day my heart is at peace for her because finally she was able to share her story and enjoy the photos and letters that were exchanged. What I haven’t shared is that within a few months after making that connection, the metastatic cancer that made her search so urgent finally claimed her life.   I am grateful that I was finally able to thank her for that most precious gift.

Because I was raised as an “Army Brat” I must salute the military wives and mothers who, though married, often function as a single parent while their spouse is deployed to places families are not allowed. And even though the next duty station may allow wives and children to accompany their military husband and dad, there are sacrifices involved. Most military wives cannot pursue a career of their own as the frequent moves prohibit them from making long term employment commitments.   As mothers, they watch their children make and leave friends; leave a school they have been successful and comfortable in; and give up extra curricular activities that they may have excelled in. And it is the Mom’s job to create a home for the family at the next stop in the military career. Every military wife and mom knows that her family’s acceptance of the new surroundings depends on how accepting she is.

Several years ago I gave up planting flowers around our house and in the backyard. I claimed the reason was that I was “all nurtured out”. That must not have been totally true as soon after I gave up raising flowers, we adopted Cooper. There must still be a little nurturing gene left.

A long time ago when the kids were all home and Mothers Day was approaching I would kiddingly ask them “When is the Mothers Day truck coming with all my presents?” When I saw this stamp in the Cheerful Critters stamp set, it brought back the memories of my asking about the Mothers Day, Birthday and Christmas truck! So here is the bright pink mini vehicle stuffed with presents and on its way to deliver them to some very happy moms. I really like those larger sized banners in the Birds and Banners set that accommodate some of the die cut sentiments.

I have said it many times before: the only mice I like are the cute Penny Black mice. These little guys are from the Especially Micey set and are having fun whizzing around and flying their banner. This time I’ve stamped “Life is Great” but you could choose any Happy Snippets sentiment. I am always pleased to use some of my designer paper, this time from the Golden Moment paper pad.

This Birthday Fairy is pure coloring joy. And those wings and crown are a great place to add bling. This card had a mind of its own and it took hours before I finally gave up on my original idea to paper piece a la Peet and colored with Copics instead. Thankfully, there is no sign of the many earlier attempts at stamping my image that ended up in the waste basket. No matter how many times I checked my fingers and the MISTI cover plate, every stamping impression ended up with smudges or blurs. The solution was to walk away for an hour and start over. Thankfully, the smudge gremlins grew tired of waiting for my return and went on to bug some other stamper. My apologies if they found their way to your desk. This card became more clean and simple than I intended. It seemed prudent to quit while I was ahead.

Our weather last week was so beautiful that it was impossible to stay indoors. We put Cooper in the car and drove two miles to Ditto Landing, a park and marina on the Tennessee River. There are walking paths, a camp ground, and the incredible Tennessee River. We put Cooper on his long retractable leash and let him wander and sniff away. Cooper is happiest when he is in shade. Every hike finds us going from shaded spot to shaded spot. I took this photo while Mr. RWS and I were sitting on the picnic table bench in the sun just gazing at the river for a few minutes. Cooper, being the shade seeking canine that he is, spent the time under the bench. I snapped the shot as he decided to check on us, perhaps ready to scurry to the next shade-giving tree along the river bank.

Has anyone seen my itty bitty vacuum? All those little specs from die cutting are scattered everywhere. I hate leaving Penny Black’s studio in a mess and that itty bitty vacuum is easier to handle than the big one. Thankfully, I haven’t misplaced my scissors and I will be running again next week. Thank you for spending time with Cooper and me and thank you for posting your Penny Black creations in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.

Be sure to Celebrate and find time to do something you love this Mothers Day.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-406 All Great Things, 40-514 Cheerful

Card No. 2: 30-410 Especially Micely, 51-349 Stencil Cut, 80-016 Summertime

Card No. 3: 30-423 Banner Sentiments, 40-526 Sunflower Baby, 51-352 Birds and Banners

Card No. 4: 30-426 Cheerful Critters, 51-220 Party for You, 51-352 Birds and Banners

Card No. 5: 30-410 Especially Micely, 30-358 Happy Snippets, 51-359 Critters, 80-015 Golden Moment

Card No. 6: 30-423 Banner Sentiments, 40-524 Fairy Birthday, 51-352 Birds and Banners


25 Comments leave one →
  1. mjmarmo permalink
    May 13, 2017 3:43 am

    Happy Mother’s Day! Such beautiful cards! This is my first Mother’s Day as a grandmother. Although they live far away, I have been able to visit quite a bit. Even after only a few weeks I can see the kind of mom my daughter is going to be! I look forward to sharing this adventure with her!

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 13, 2017 10:23 am

      Nothing like being a grandmother! Congratulations!!

  2. Diane permalink
    May 13, 2017 5:10 am

    ALWAYS love your posts. Wonderful pic of your Mom. And thank you for your heartfelt stories. Love each of your cards too. Hope you have a great Mother’s Day!

  3. creatingincolors permalink
    May 13, 2017 5:34 am

    Your heartfelt stories are beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  4. Debstamps permalink
    May 13, 2017 6:09 am

    Happy Mother’s Day friend! Enjoyed your lovely tribute post–and the candid of Cooper. Thanks for brightening our day.

  5. May 13, 2017 6:38 am

    You are such a good person. Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. May 13, 2017 7:36 am

    Your cards are so beautiful. And, yes, when one is retired and an empty nester we find that we can pursue our hobbies more often. At least I can. And, I wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day too.

  7. DebbieP permalink
    May 13, 2017 7:52 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Ms. Judy! Your cards are beautiful, as always. I love reading your blog and thought your ode to mother’s was great. In my life, my Aunt Judy was the mother who got me through my childhood. My real mother and I did not get along at all, so it was my beloved Aunt who nurtured me and provided the love I so desperately needed. I know I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for her.

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 13, 2017 10:24 am

      Debbie, I am so glad someone took on the role of nurturer for you. Bless those “mom”, too.

  8. May 13, 2017 8:13 am

    Beautifully written post, Judy–Happy, Happy Mother’s Day! The picture of your mom is truly a treasure. Mine has been gone so long & I miss her. We didn’t always agree, but I always knew she loved me dearly. Cooper’s happy face just makes me smile! Wonderful cards–always admire your coloring! The Stencil Cut dies looked odd to me when I first saw them, but what a beautiful card you’ve made!

  9. Debbie Gaetz permalink
    May 13, 2017 8:37 am

    I so love the updates on Cooper, especially since we said goodbye to our little bichon, Hannah, at the end of October. She, too, always seemed shade but never retreated from snow or the freezing cold. Hugs to Cooper!

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 13, 2017 10:26 am

      Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. They leave such an empty space.

  10. Darlene Fellows permalink
    May 13, 2017 9:01 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too! I so enjoy starting my Saturday with my coffee and your column. Just about to dash out the door to my favourite craft shop for a fantastic morning of card classes, then home to finish the special card for my Mom. Thanks for the inspiration from your lovely cards. 🙂

  11. May 13, 2017 9:25 am

    As always, your cards are lovely and heart-felt…what is more, is the heart-felt tribute you made to the great myriad of mother’s out there. Hoping your Mother’s Day makes you feel as special as you are.

  12. Belinda M permalink
    May 13, 2017 9:52 am

    Such a well written tribute to all mothers and a beautiful picture of Cooper! Lovely cards, too. Thanks….

  13. maureenchandler permalink
    May 13, 2017 10:06 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too, and to every mother out there! Thanks so much for your cards and posts – all are wonderful! XO

  14. jane harrah permalink
    May 13, 2017 12:14 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! Love the cards and the tribute was lovely. To all mothers, everywhere, blessings in heaps upon you! I too lost m mother way too young. So sad to think of not getting to know her better.

  15. cmt permalink
    May 13, 2017 7:42 pm

    You always give us something to think about, above and beyond the lovely cards for inspiration. The story of your adopted son’s mother is so moving, and looking at Mother’s Day from the different perspectives you describe is refreshing. I can’t help but think, if only she hadn’t waited so long. But I haven’t walked in her shoes; at least she did reach out to your son in the end. You always seem to be someone with an abundance of love to go around. Since my own mother wasn’t always the kindest person, I kinda like snuggling up near you and soaking up some of the love you so freely share. Thanks. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  16. dawnnz permalink
    May 13, 2017 11:16 pm

    Fabulous cards. Lovely touching story today. Happy Mother’s Day to you Judy.

  17. Kathy b permalink
    May 14, 2017 8:24 am

    Each card is more beautiful than the next. I can’t pick a fave this week. Cooper is adorable. My white dog loves to sunbathe, my black one is the shade hunter! Your tributes to moms is lovely. My mom passed when I was 15, so she wasn’t here for any of my major events. Actually, I’ve been working on my own since my senior year in high school. My teachers are the ones who took me under their wing, which is why I became a teacher. I am thankful for the women in my life that have been influential.i lost my m-i-l almost 9 years ago. I always wished she lived closer to us. Happy Mother’s Day to you. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

    • Kathy b permalink
      May 14, 2017 8:25 am

      That should be “living on my own”, though working is accurate, too!

  18. Kat permalink
    May 14, 2017 11:09 am

    I always enjoy your blog. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  19. May 14, 2017 9:28 pm

    Yet another wonderful post and collection of inspiration! LOVE how you created the subtle flower and butterfly design behind the big bold sentiment, it’s another stunner and I am so happy to have inspired you. Hugs and happy Mother’s Day x

  20. alexandra s.m. permalink
    May 17, 2017 9:44 am

    I hope you had a terrific Mother’s Day dear Judy!
    I’ve enjoyed reading your tribute to your own Mom as well as to all Moms in general!
    Your cards are divine and that coloring of yours: OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!


  21. Norma Cottler permalink
    December 10, 2017 11:35 am

    Sent from my iPad


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