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Runs with Scissors

January 13, 2018

Woof and hello, everyone. It’s Cooper here, filling in for That Woman today. I really couldn’t say no when she asked me to fill in for her. Poor thing, with all that sneezing and those watery eyes… When That Woman gets a cold, she is downright miserable … and between you and me, she can make Mr. RWS and me a little miserable, too.

That Woman finished her cards this week and the comments for each one before she, as Southern women in distress do, took to her bed, a wad of tissues in hand.

I have to say, even though I am not very knowledgeable about card making, I like the work That Woman did this week. I think the ones with the cats, however, were not necessary.

After watching Jill Foster’s recent videos demonstrating the Love and Roses new release, I was inspired to use a yellow Distress Oxide inks background. Jill also inspired the use of dark brown ink for the sentiment, fussy cutting the focal image and coloring with Copic markers quickly and without stressing over light direction and precise shading. This image reminds me of a tomboy sort of girl who is ready to deliver the Valentines she made. She is from the Heart You mini transparent set. The sentiment from the Smitten transparent set has been altered to separate the envelopes from the words. The Heart Drop die is almost mandatory for making Valentines, or any love themed card.

Ahh, true love. Jack and Ginger are headed to the park to spend some time in the sun. Ginger has no idea that Jack has flowers for her. Again, this card is heavily influenced by Jill Foster’s unique and amazing colorful style. I so love these senior images! I can see myself in every one.



Cooper Jung

I have had a lot to learn about humans and their habits. For instance, I’ve learned that a suitcase coming down from the attic means someone is going to be gone for awhile.   What I haven’t learned is when are they leaving and how long it will be before they return.

I’ve calculated when mealtimes are and luckily haven’t missed any since I’ve lived here. Sometimes I become a little nervous when That Woman doesn’t start making cooking noises in the food room when I think she should.

There are times when That Woman makes a lot of cleaning noises and the house smells different after she rubs water on the floors with that stick with strings on the end. Oh, and that loud machine she pushes around. I like the light on the front, but the noise … not so much. Sometimes if she does this a lot, it means more humans are coming to our house.

Also I’ve noticed, after the air outside gets cold, and it gets dark early, one day Mr. RWS and That Woman will bring in that great big green thing from the garage. That Woman then puts sparkly stuff on it. My humans say it is the start of the holiday season.

My favorite part of the big green thing sparkly process is the little red things made out of foam. That Woman scolds me every time I start chewing on one, but that’s not so bad. She always gives me one of my chewies instead.

This holiday season was not the same as some we’ve had. Mostly, after that big green thing shows up in the living room, life stays pretty much the same. This time, it seemed to attract other humans to come to our house. And, some of them didn’t leave for a long time. And they slept in that bed that’s usually just all by itself in that sleeping room. I didn’t think it was such a good idea to let different humans sleep in our sleeping room. I was just glad no one took my bed.

I have to admit, once I gave everyone a good sniff and realized Mr. RWS and That Woman wanted these other humans in the house, I relaxed and just kept my eye on things. I hoped the extra humans would be careless while eating their meals and I would have more tidbits to enjoy under the table. Sadly, that didn’t happen very much.

Some of those humans have been in our house before, like Auntie Marge and Cousin Dan. My human sister Kathy has been here before, too, but for some reason I am not allowed to sniff her or sit by her. That Woman used the word “allergic” and I guess that means “no dogs allowed”. Kathy stayed for what seemed a very long time, but Auntie Marge and Cousin Dan just came for what they called “Christmas Breakfast” and then left. I was disappointed they didn’t bring me a treat; sometimes Auntie Marge has one in her pocket.

I got very upset one day when a great big truck drove into our driveway and two big men humans, who I had never seen before, got out. They had this enormous white thing on the truck and tried to bring it into our kitchen! I saved the whole family by barking as loud as I could and whirling and twirling and jumping so I could look bigger. That Woman explained that these big men were bringing us a new dryer. Maybe they were part of this Santa Claus thing I’ve heard about. After all, it was Christmas Eve. That Woman was very happy with her new big white thing. I learned that if Mr. RWS or That Woman let someone into the house, it’s supposed to be alright with me.   I don’t think they understand that my job is to keep us all safe. I take that very seriously.

Mr. RWS and That Woman were very happy while Kathy was in our house. They laughed a lot and spent time in the food room. Kathy likes playing that game where you take a picture and turn it into tiny little pieces and then spend lots of time trying to put it all back together again. All I know is the humans spent so much time doing that that they sometimes forgot my hour of playtime in the evening. That’s when I get my toothpaste and That Woman combs my hair and pets me. We also play tug of war with my blanket and fetch with my “froggies”. (Those humans still call all my toys “froggies” but I really know the difference between the frog, squirrel, the rabbit and the Santa). I finally just took myself to bed when I got tired. Staring at them and sending mental messages didn’t work so I had to adapt and hope that Kathy human wasn’t going to stay forever. She had a suitcase so I knew she was going some place, but like I said, I’ve never figured out when or for how long.

Finally That Woman, Mr. RWS, Kathy and the suitcase all got into the car and called out, “Good-bye Cooper”, “See you later Cooper”, and “Be a good boy, Cooper” and I was home alone. I don’t know much about that thing called “time”, but when everyone is gone, “time” feels like “forever”. Finally all that staring at the door paid off and my favorite humans came home. That Kathy human wasn’t with them, so my suitcase theory worked.

And then it was over. We are back to just us. And once That Woman quits whining about having a cold and spends time in the food room again, we will be back to normal. I don’t mind helping out with That Woman’s Runs with Scissors project occasionally, but I am a slow typist and prefer snoozing all day.

Oh, to feel this joyful! This sweetie is from another mini transparent set, Love You. I thought about fussy cutting out this image to create a little scene, but when I surveyed that curly hair, I decided to enjoy her in one less dimension! This image is guaranteed to make you smile and is so fun to color.

These kitties from the Kitty Love die seem to be studying the information embossed on the heart from the So Very Much transparent set. They may be wondering why humans have only one day to celebrate love when kitties do it every day.

I learned from Jill Foster’s work that Valentines and even hearts can be non-traditional colors. Sunny yellow is in charge of this card using the boy and girl from the In Love cling set. The original image includes two balloons, but I’ve deleted the balloons and have the pair gazing at the yellow hearts instead. If you’ve watched Jill’s videos you will be able to pick out the several ideas of hers that I’ve incorporated into this card. Thanks, Jill, for the inspiration.

We must remember the male recipients of our Valentines, too. Here I’ve used more masculine colors of red, black and kraft. I’ve placed the kitty from the So Loved transparent set beneath the musical staff from the mini Hearty Note set. The pile of red hearts were cut using the Hearts in Circle die set. Easy Peasy: one pass through of the die cutting machine with the Hearts and Circle dies and you have your own pile of little hearts.

Well, a dog’s work is never done. Mr. RWS thought it only fair if I helped That Woman with Runs with Scissors I should help him with his latest jigsaw puzzle. Just between us, I don’t see much point in cutting up a picture, putting it back together and then taking it all apart again. And they wonder about a dog’s IQ?

Hi, Penny friends. This is Judy. A big thank you to Cooper for helping out when I needed him. From the sounds of the story he told about our Christmas holiday, it seems I need to spend time explaining to him the concept of “family”, “company”, “visitors”, “delivery people”, and “change in routine”. I appreciate Cooper painstakingly typing up his story using his hunt and paw technique. I admit to being whiney while dealing with this cold and apologize to the people I share my home with.

Right now, it’s a quick stop at the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery and then it’s back to bed for me.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-455 Smitten, 30-458 Heart You, 51-178 Berry Branches, 51-298 Heart Drops

Card No. 2: 40-585 Jack and Ginger, 51-298 Heart Drops, 51-327 Picket Fence

Card No. 3: 30-207 From the Heart, 30-459 Love You, 51-099 Hugs and Kisses, 51-397 Antique Frame

Card No. 4: 30-269 So Very Much, 51-375 Snowflake Stitch Frames, 51-407 Kitty Love

Photo No. 5: 30-207 From the Heart, 40-584 In Love, 51-022 Heart String

Card No. 6: 30-454 Hearty Note, 30-457 So Loved, 51-095 Hearts in Circle


39 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2018 1:28 am

    This was hilarious and so clever. Hope you feel better soon. The cards rock!!!!

  2. creatingincolors permalink
    January 13, 2018 4:44 am

    Well, Cooper, you are an amazing writer and so kind to help out That Woman while she is not feeling well. I learned a lot hearing about life from your point of view. Tell That Woman her cards are beautiful, and I send her get well wishes. Judy – once again, you started my Saturday by making me smile!

  3. Patti J. permalink
    January 13, 2018 4:49 am

    I’m smiling out loud! Cooper, you did an amazing job with your hunt and paw technique, and you are a wonderful story teller. Please give That Woman you live with a big hug, and tell her to get better soon! Happy Saturday!

  4. Nan permalink
    January 13, 2018 4:54 am

    Such an enjoyable read every Saturday morning! I too love love watching Jill’s videos. I’ve learned so much from her. Hope your cold is better.

  5. Jan Pignanelli permalink
    January 13, 2018 4:58 am

    Cooper, you are doing a good job and I bet when That Woman gets up and walks to the kitchen that she will find you a treat. And you look sharp in those red glasses! Judy, you made great cards! my favorite is the musical kitty. Feel better soon!

  6. January 13, 2018 5:10 am

    Give Cooper a big hug for helping out this week and hope you feel better soon Judy! Glad you were still able to get your cards made…they are all FABULOUS!! :0)

  7. Kay Boone permalink
    January 13, 2018 5:27 am

    I think Cooper might have a new career as a writer!!!! Loved this. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  8. Paula permalink
    January 13, 2018 5:27 am

    Cooper did an amazing job telling the Christmas story and showcasing your amazing cards. A fun read. Feel better soon.

  9. January 13, 2018 5:41 am

    Cooper to the rescue! Bless his heart…..and he did really well.
    PennyBlacks new release is great. thanks.

  10. Paula D Vescovo permalink
    January 13, 2018 5:52 am

    I love your posts and art. Hope you are feeling better and Cooper is getting the proper attention he deserves.

  11. DebbieP permalink
    January 13, 2018 7:29 am

    Thanks for starting my day with a smile! Hope you feel better soon! Tell Cooper he did a great job filling in for you….

  12. Beth semke permalink
    January 13, 2018 7:29 am

    Funniest dog post ever!

  13. Diane F permalink
    January 13, 2018 8:14 am

    Dear Cooper, thank you so much for taking over today. You did a great job and your story is really funny. Perhaps your humans will let you write the column again ?? Please tell Judy how much I love her creations and that I hope she gets better soon. Hopefully she hasn’t caught the dreaded Australian flu which has been doing its rounds in the UK. Then you would have to take over the running of the house for at least a couple of weeks. Your humans are very fortunate to have such a talented and clever lad to help them.

  14. Jan Castle permalink
    January 13, 2018 9:14 am

    What delightful cards Judy…good job! So sorry you are icky sicky with a cold – will be praying the cold is on its way out the door and you will soon be A-OKAY again!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

    • Jan Castle permalink
      January 13, 2018 9:15 am

      Oh yes….thank you Cooper for the monologue – HUGS AND GOODIES TO YOU!!!

  15. January 13, 2018 9:17 am

    What lovely cards that you created!! Thank you Cooper for writing the post. I hope your human is feeling better!!!

  16. Patti O permalink
    January 13, 2018 9:19 am

    Dear Cooper. This is Freddie the cocker spaniel taking over for my human woman. She showed me your post and I have to agree with everything you said about the humans coming to stay in the extra sleeping room in your house. The same thing happened in my house after the green sparkly thing was put up in the house, except my human sister brought her two canine kids with her. These were supposed to be my niece and nephew or some such strange words, but to me they were misery and agony. First of all, they came from a place called Florida which I hear is warm and sunny, and I live in Minneapolis. I know That Woman you live with knows where my city is. It is cold and snowy and the strange dogs did not like it. Then the boy dog took my toys and ruined 3 of them! I have never broken a toy in my life. He did not even know what to do when my human said sit, down, no, or stay! I don’t think he ever went to school! But they finally went away and life is quiet and my human lady is happy. We can go back to the basement where we go and she makes cards while I snooze in my furry bed. I hope you write again soon. It makes my human laugh and then she reads it to me. I hope your Woman is feeling better soon. Freddie

    • judka permalink
      January 13, 2018 10:14 am

      Oh, Freddie! Florida dogs in Minneapolis? Broken toys? No education? I guess things weren’t that bad at my house after all. I am glad you are back in your furry bed helping your human lady make cards. That Woman seems to be over her cold at my house. She was in the food room yesterday making good things happen. There were even cookies that tasted like peanut butter. Your friend, Cooper

    • Jan Castle permalink
      January 13, 2018 10:28 am

      Thank you Pattie O for adding Freddie’s post…so enjoyed it! Know Cooper did too and wishes a well-behaved canine like you had come to visit instead!!!
      Hugs to you Freddie and also to Cooper!

  17. Linda Page permalink
    January 13, 2018 9:33 am

    I always love it when Cooper comes to your rescue. I am so glad his household is back to “normal” after such a whirlwind Christmas. Thanks, Cooper, for writing such a great story. I’m sure you are ready for a nap, so Sweet Dreams!!

  18. mjmarmo permalink
    January 13, 2018 9:40 am

    Cooper – Great job filling in! Thanks for the update! Lovely cards as always!

  19. Verna Angerhofer permalink
    January 13, 2018 10:08 am

    You did a great job Cooper and I sure hope That Woman is feeling much better really soon. I am sure you will be happy too! That means more kitchen activity and that is always a good thing, right?

  20. alexandra s.m. permalink
    January 13, 2018 10:25 am

    OH dear Judy! I hope you feel much better very soon!
    Thank you for an hilarious post! Your colorful Valentines are fantastic!
    Take Care!

  21. jane harrah permalink
    January 13, 2018 10:30 am

    You and Cooper need to put out a book. I love your writing. I also happen to love your cards.
    You are very persuasive as is Cooper on some stamps I just MUST have. Happy New Year, good bye cold!

  22. barbara lassiter permalink
    January 13, 2018 10:52 am

    Cooper, that cute Cooper, must be taking lessons from you in writing up blog posts! This is very clever and I hope you’re much better now. I had my cold and was whiny and coughing all over the place before Christmas, resulting in a visit to the doctor. Love your cards! Take care of yourself! 🙂

  23. Donna Sicafuse permalink
    January 13, 2018 11:13 am

    Cooper you did a great job today! Hope THAT WOMAN appreciated what you did—you deserve a treat. Tell THAT WOMAN I said I hope she gets better soon so you can relax again!!!!— love your newsletter——Hugs, Donna

  24. January 13, 2018 11:18 am

    Well, Cooper, you’ve done very well with this narrative. Sounds like you did all your jobs perfectly which makes you, what humans call, a “good dog”. Thank you for sharing your big green thing adventure with us. Hope the Woman gets better soon.

  25. Linda S in NE permalink
    January 13, 2018 11:48 am

    Good job, Cooper!! Hope your Mom feels better soon, and that Mr. RWS doesn’t start sneezing and hacking soon. Such a good boy you are to put up with all the upheaval in your home. (Not to mention adorable in your glasses, and working on the jigsaw puzzle).

  26. Jani Howe permalink
    January 13, 2018 2:59 pm

    Thank you so much, Cooper, for helping out That Woman in such a delightful way! You are a STAR! And keep up the good work! Hope all that card making wasn’t too hard on you. You are probably going to need a good long nap after that effort!

  27. Vicky Price permalink
    January 13, 2018 3:53 pm

    I really enjoy reading your blog posts. Thank you for making the effort – even enlisting family members to help out. I appreciate it…:)

  28. elaine permalink
    January 13, 2018 4:05 pm

    Cooper – thanks so much for keeping us up-to-date with That Woman and Mr RWS. I’m so glad you are such a good protector. Sending you a great big hug!

  29. karenajo permalink
    January 13, 2018 5:54 pm

    Such a wonderful post – Cooper you are amazing. Thanks for sharing your point of view and glad to know you a taking care of things so well. The cards this week are amazing and love the ‘nontraditional colors’ – a pleasant surprise ! Take care of That Woman and hopefully she will be back to her usual self soon !

  30. donna mikasa permalink
    January 13, 2018 9:11 pm

    Feel better soon, Judy! You are SO lucky to have your blog covered in your absence. Cooper is quite the writer and I thoroughly enjoyed this post–oh, and all of your cards, too! Take good care!

  31. cmt permalink
    January 13, 2018 9:12 pm

    Sorry, Cooper, but I loved the cat cards the best. They’re adorable. You did a fine job of typing the story this week. Hope Mrs. RWS is feeling better soon.

  32. kathy h permalink
    January 13, 2018 11:00 pm

    Get well soon Judy but I do love when Cooper sits in!

  33. kathy barrett permalink
    January 14, 2018 5:31 pm

    Cooper, I enjoyed your story so much that I had to share it with Sammie and Geena Bea. They could definitely relate to the deliveryman story. They let me know, 5-6 days a week, when the USPS, FedEx and UPS are nearby. We need to get some carpet installed soon and I am planning a day spa trip for them, because they will not be happy having strange men in our house all day. You are correct, it is your job to protect your home and it sounds like you do a fabulous job. I hope you are keeping your mom (AKA That Woman) company while she recovers. Sammie and Geena Bea said to tell you that’s what they do for me, like week before last when I had surgery. Don’t get too put our with That Woman, being sick is not fun and you canines are better at staying well than humans are. Cooper, you are so adorable. I always enjoy your adventures, but this time I just had to share it with my 4-legged buddies. You did a super job sitting in for That Woman, we all agree!

  34. susanbri permalink
    January 14, 2018 11:37 pm

    Loved reading Cooper’s version of Christmas – made me laugh as I was doing a jigsaw over Christmas and I’m sure my dogs felt exactly the same way as I kept telling them their walk had to wait till I’d finished the section I was working on! Great batch of cards but I especially love the last one with the beautiful valentine cat (don’t ever tell my dogs I said that!),

  35. January 15, 2018 4:20 am

    Beautiful cards and you had me chuckling before my Monday morning coffee so you’re a miracle worker! Thanks to you and Cooper! Hope you feel better soon.

  36. January 15, 2018 9:05 am

    So sorry you caught this cold, too, Judy, & hope you’re soon feeling much better. I’m on the mend–just the nasty cough & lack of energy now. Cooper did great filling in for you–pat on the head from me! Loving your cards–beautifully created with all the different color combos & images! I really love the black, red & kraft one! Better get working on my Valentines–always here before I’m ready!

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