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Runs with Scissors

February 3, 2018

Hello, friends.  Glad you are here to celebrate a special anniversary with me. It was four years ago yesterday that I began this journey known as Runs with Scissors.

I had just completed a several months term as a member of Penny Black’s Stamp Squad when I received an email inviting me to “take over” the Penny Black blog on a weekly basis. I confess to wondering if there would be any interest in a Saturday blog post. Who knew it would become my favorite day of the week.

An anniversary is the perfect time to thank the people who make this entire experience possible. So thank you Penny Black headquarters and the awesome people who work there. Thanks to Jill Foster who inspires me and keeps me on schedule and out of trouble. I think she was responsible for leaving that studio door open four years ago. And a very special thanks to whoever it is that keeps the candy dish filled.

And of course, thank you to all of you who read my stories and say nice things about my cards. (I have to smile at the fact I just used the words “nice” and “things” in something I’ve written. I had an amazing English teacher in high school who forbade the use of either word. “You can always do better”, she would say.)

In case you missed it, here is my first Runs with Scissors post:

And now let’s also celebrate the end of January by enjoying the cute, sweet, elegant and romantic cards I made this week using the stamps and dies from the Love and Roses Release.

This card is an example of a technique I used last year. The look is accomplished by stamping the background in light colored ink and coloring with pastels. Once that is done, the background is over stamped with the sentiment, using a dark ink. Here I’ve used the Tree Heart stamp for the background, which I colored lightly with a Copic marker. Using my stamp positioner, I then stamped the beautiful sentiment from the Forever and Always transparent set several times using VersaFine black ink. This technique satisfies my need for white space while still providing an interesting background. I cut those tiny hearts using the Hearts in Circle die then added a silver bow topped by a tiny butterfly from the Flights of Fancy die set. Valentines are the perfect opportunity to express your romantic side, so go for it.

I’ve hoarded this wood grain cardstock long enough. Here I simply blended green and blue Distress oxide inks to create a background. After coloring and fussy cutting this sweet pair from the Summer Love cling stamp, I simply mounted them onto the background with mounting tape. The Line of Hearts diecut adds the touch of white that makes the other colors pop. Penny Black’s endearing images of children (and older folks) are a delight to work with. How can you not smile at these two buddies and their ice cream cones?

And here are the older folks. Love knows no age. Again, I used the negative from the Butterfly Heart Pop Out to showcase my senior love birds. I love stamps and dies with a dual purpose! I saw a quote the other day from a Joseph Campbell: “Love is friendship set to music”. That inspired me to add the Love Notes diecut as a banner across the heart. To provide them a base to stand on, I scored the bottom of the card and added a few score lines to the top for balance. Thank you, Penny Black for showcasing Seniors, too.

Puzzles and Pieces

 I’m sure I’ve mentioned that Mr. RWS is an avid jigsaw puzzle solver. Since our January was extremely cold this year, Mr. RWS was home more than he was out on the golf course. All those hours indoors created a need for an astoundingly large number of jigsaw puzzles.

Is it only in my house that jigsaw puzzles tend to breed and increase in number? It’s even worse than the accumulation of wire coat hangers. I find them in every closet, sometimes stacked neatly and sometimes hanging over the edge of the shelf, ready to fall any minute. Mr. RWS has worked many of them more than once, but like us stampers, it doesn’t matter how many you already have, buying a new one is always exciting.

Mr. RWS prefers 500 piece puzzles, but he works them so quickly that I finally began buying 750 and 1,000 piece puzzles. Even those were not challenge enough to take more than a few days. So one day I discovered this 2,000 piece puzzle, featuring different colored doors, and set aside any qualms of conscience I might have had and brought it home.

The sheer size of the finished puzzle required extending the dining room table, thus putting it out of use for anything connected with eating. I actually felt a bit guilty when I saw how long it took for Mr. RWS to find the “straight edge” pieces and create the border. Putting together jigsaw puzzles makes my brain hurt and my skin itch, so I’ve not been any help at all with this Goliath. This photo was taken after the second day and I can only guess how many weeks it will take to finish. I am thinking perhaps I overdid it!

Well, things have a way of coming around after they have gone around. And Karma always has her say, too. Maybe I deserved having my own bazillion piece puzzle. And this is what Ms. Karma brought me:

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put this oven door together again. And there are way more than 2,000 pieces!

Our glass oven door is the most recent appliance disaster. It seemed like a simple task to screw the oven door handle back on after one end came loose. Helpfully, I lifted the end of the handle up for Mr. RWS so he could attach it to the screw still in the oven door and tighten it. There was something about the “tighten” that really irritated that glass door and BOOM! There was an incredibly loud noise along with the sound of glass shattering and hitting the surrounding solid surfaces. It happened so quickly and so surprisingly that after the loud boom, there was only silence. We looked at each other as if to ask, “Did that just happen?”

Thankfully, there were no injuries. Cooper had been out of the range of the flying glass, but at the sound of the explosion, he headed for the back door.

I’m sure we will be finding tiny shards of safety glass for weeks to come. We did the best we could at the time!

On Valentine’s Day, the stars turn to hearts and our little mice take a ride on the crescent moon. I’ve colored the mice with colored pencils and stamped and embossed the sentiment we all know and love … and use. The mice are from the Critter Love transparent set, and those heart shaped stars are cut using the Heart Drops die.

So irresistible: red, white and kraft for the guys in your life. I’ve colored the kitties from the Purrfectly Sweet mini set with colored pencils and added the rose images that are included in the set. I couldn’t seem to color the letters and heart dark enough to suit me, so I stamped the image again on dark red cardstock and cut out the letters. There – just the look I wanted. Some days my work is more the result of perspiration instead of inspiration!

After seeing Heather Telford’s awesome card using black cardstock as the base, I was inspired to try my own black cardstock creation. Here I’ve used the Blooming Hearts cling stamp to stamp with VersaMark ink and heat emboss with gold. I colored the hearts with my colored pencil and added white dots with my Novu Crystal Drops. I double matted the card with gold and red and stamped “I Love You” using a stamp found in the From the Heart transparent set. Simply elegant, I say.

Here is Cooper being a good boy for Christina who has been grooming Cooper for more than six years. Finally, Cooper wags his tail when he sees Christina but still bolts for the door as soon as she hands his leash to us.

Since it is a day of celebration, here is a bonus photo of Cooper, my sidekick in this adventure for the past four years.

Now that Cooper is clean and fluffy, he happily posed for a photo. That is one of his two “blankies” which were a gift from our friend Sally. I wish I could tell you he enjoys cuddling under them, but when Cooper brings you his “blankie”, it’s an invitation to play tug of war. Sally has cats that cuddle their blankets and probably expected Cooper to do the same. Is that one of the differences between cats and dogs?

Once again, my studio time is up. I’ve been cleaning and putting things away as I go, so there is no big clean up necessary today. The scissors are safely returned to their spot in the cupboard.   Mr. RWS tells me the appliance repair man is at the house, so hopefully the exploding oven door will become a faded memory soon. I wish you all a week free of exploding anything! Be sure to spend time viewing the sneak peeks of the upcoming new release Sweet Spring, going on sale in the Penny Black store on February 16th.

I am off to visit the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to ooh and ahh over the lovely art I find there. Thank you for joining me on so many Saturdays and for the kind words you share.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-401 Forever and Always, 40-505 Tree Heart, 51-095 Hearts in Circle, 51-132 Flights of Fancy

Card No. 2: 30-207 From the Heart, 30-228 Summer Love, 51-285 Line of Hearts

Card No. 3: 30-395 Kisses For my Sweet, 51-291 Butterfly Heart Pop Out, 51-406 Love Notes

Card No. 4: 30-269 So Very Much, 30-331 Critter Love, 51-298 Heart Drops

Card No. 5: 30-298 Purrfectly Sweet

Card No. 6: 30-207 From the Heart, 40-504 Blooming Hearts


45 Comments leave one →
  1. dawnnz permalink
    February 3, 2018 1:02 am

    Great cards Judy. What a shame about your oven door… I bet you got a fright, Cooper looks so sweet, all clean and tidy. Have a great week and I look forward to next week’s episode.

  2. Patricia Gasko permalink
    February 3, 2018 2:22 am

    Love all your cards. Happy 4th Anniversary. So glad you are around on Saturdays’. Ooooh what a shock that oven door must have been, the loud BOOM plus all that glass flying. Cooper looks adorable. That puzzle should keep Mr RWS busy for awhile. My Hubby loves puzzles too and just started on the one he got for Christmas. Puzzles keep the Misters out of trouble. LOL

  3. Sue CD permalink
    February 3, 2018 4:01 am

    Thank you for the years of smiles and laughs on Saturdays. What a joyful way to start the day. Good luck to Mr. RWS – that puzzle picture made me want to break out in hives. I don’t have the patience for that many pieces. Loved the mice and kittens cards and of course, Cooper’s pics. Wow, that oven door shattering – I can’t imagine. Hope you have a calmer week ahead.

  4. Vicky S. permalink
    February 3, 2018 4:02 am

    What great cards. I needed ideas for valentine cards. Boy that oven door was a scare. I look forward every week to your blog. Cooper is so cute He remind me of our first dog.
    I almost forgot Happy 4th anniversary. Read your first blog. I enjoyed it too.

  5. February 3, 2018 4:32 am

    I only recently discovered your blog, but enjoy your stories and cards very much ! So sorry about your oven door, luckily, Cooper wasn’t near. He looks so adorable, I too have a little dog, an Australian terrier, she’s lovely. Congratulations with your 4th anniversary, and have a nice weekend ! Enny (Antwerp, Belgium)

  6. Kathy permalink
    February 3, 2018 4:52 am

    Happy 4th, Judy. I discovered your blog less than 2 yrs ago so I’ve missed much. But my Saturday mornings have never been the same since then. Thank you for sharing your creativity and your life stories.
    I’m also a jigsaw puzzle junkie but have resorted to doing them on an app that doesn’t require the internet once you download them. It’s not the same as a boxed puzzle but it keeps the table open for my art supplies!

  7. creatingincolors permalink
    February 3, 2018 5:27 am

    Well, Cooper is looking quite handsome today. So are all of your cards. I especially like the Blooming Hearts – stunning! But that oven door – OMG that is scary. I’m so glad no one was hurt.

  8. Kay Boone permalink
    February 3, 2018 5:32 am

    as always—love your Saturday morning words. The cards you made are great, and Cooper looks pretty dashing with his new haircut—thanks for what you do

  9. Renee Milner permalink
    February 3, 2018 5:42 am

    Oh, don’t get me started on appliances! It’s always something (although your door incident is a new one). Last night I put a load of clothes in the washer and the next thing you know there was water all over the floor.

    Cooper looks very handsome. Congratulations on your anniversary!

  10. Trish Gutuskey permalink
    February 3, 2018 5:59 am

    Happy Aniversary. I’m so glad I found your blog to follow about a year ago. I enjoy your work, love your anecdotes and Cooper is a gem. I look forward to you post every Sat morning with my coffee.
    Good lunch with your oven door. 🙂

  11. February 3, 2018 6:42 am

    Happy Anniversary, Judy! As always, I thoroughly enjoyed your post today – I foresee a hundred and 4 years of this column! So sorry to see the oven explosion pics – that must have been really scary! Hopefully you can replace just the door and not the whole thing. And, I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles also – would love to come and help Mr. RWS on this gigundous one! Sending you hugs, Judy!

    • judka permalink
      February 3, 2018 9:45 am

      Lin, good to see you!! I am not sure I have another 100 years of stories to tell!! We did replace the door only … successfully and expensively! Thanks for stopping by.

  12. DebbieP permalink
    February 3, 2018 7:00 am

    Happy Anniversary! So glad I found you and Penny Black a few years back, and now I start my Saturday with your blog and cards. This weeks cards are all lovely. I love the wood grain paper – is that from a embossing folder? And the addition of a few lines at the top and bottom of a card adds just the right touch – copying that idea very soon! Tell Mr. RWS to stop with the physical jigsaw puzzles and go to the computer version. I am addicted to them. Exploding oven doors? Hope I never experience that…have a great week, and congrats again on 4 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • judka permalink
      February 3, 2018 9:46 am

      Hi, Debbie. Thanks for commenting! The wood grain on that card is cardstock that came that way, but an embossing folder would do, too! I have had that one piece for years and it finally found its way onto a card. I need to “unheard” more often.

      • judka permalink
        February 3, 2018 9:47 am

        Sorry .. “unhoard”!

  13. Shirley Kramer permalink
    February 3, 2018 7:13 am

    I love your blog I and the wonderful stories you tell!! Sorry about the oven door but glad that no one was hurt including that sweet dog.

  14. jane harrah permalink
    February 3, 2018 7:17 am

    Four years! Wow. That is amazing and your writing is still so fresh and fun. The oven door is a riot but I am sure was not funny at the time. Love the heart cards and the couple and the kids and all the cards and the little girl on your post 4 years ago is to die for! They need to return her. Wishing you much better days ahead.

  15. February 3, 2018 7:18 am

    Cooper looks ready to help you celebrate.
    My fav. is the mice on the moon. Just too cute.
    Once at a young adult party in Atlanta the glass door on the fire place exploded and yes it was frightening. Have a good week and see you next weekend.

  16. jane harrah permalink
    February 3, 2018 7:18 am

    Four years! Wow. That is amazing and your writing is still so fresh and fun. The oven door is a riot but I am sure was not funny at the time. Love the heart cards and the couple and the kids and all the cards and the little girl on your post 4 years ago is to die for! They need to return her. Wishing you much better days ahead. Oh yeah, and I think your hubs will LOVE the puzzle. Any new challenge is good.

  17. Kathy Serrahn permalink
    February 3, 2018 7:21 am

    Awesome cards, do puzzles on my tablet daily.

  18. karenajo permalink
    February 3, 2018 7:43 am

    Always love your column and I took a look at your first one too ! Fantastic cards this week – am in need of some valentine ideas. Puzzles are so much fun and my family usually puts one together when we all meet. 2000 pieces is a lot ! Hope the oven door is fine now – what a scare that was ! Cooper is such a sweet looking boy, but ‘tug of war’ is such good exercise ! Congratulations on four years and hope you have many more !

  19. February 3, 2018 8:10 am

    Has it been 4 years!!?? Time flies when WE are having fun! Judy, your cards and posts are pure delight! Thank you for sharing your art and heart!!

    • judka permalink
      February 3, 2018 9:48 am

      Virginia, thanks for coming to the party! We really are having fun!!

  20. jillianfoster82 permalink*
    February 3, 2018 8:15 am

    Happy Anniversary!! What a blessing to have you as part of the Penny Black family. BIG hugs!

    • judka permalink
      February 3, 2018 9:49 am

      Thank you, Jill. I am blessed to be allowed and encouraged!! Thank you.

  21. mjmarmo permalink
    February 3, 2018 8:37 am

    More darling cards. My family does puzzles but I have never been a fan. Wow – can’t believe the door shattered like that. Glad no one was hurt! Cooper looks wonderful!

  22. alexandra s.m. permalink
    February 3, 2018 8:47 am

    Happy Anniversary dear Judy!
    Thank you for a great post and beautiful cards!
    So sorry about the oven door ;(

    Big Hugs~

  23. Jan Castle permalink
    February 3, 2018 9:40 am

    Happy Anniversary Judy – WOW 4 years – time really flies! Your cards are always a delight…especially like your tree of hearts card – it really pops! Hopefully Mr. RWS will get to finish his big puzzle so you can enjoy serving meals on your table again!!! I’m with you…let’s create in the studio; sometimes puzzle enough for me!!! Cooper looks so handsome… certainly ready for a photo shoot! Happy no injuries from the shattering over door, but what a mess that must have been to clean up – no bare feet for a bit!!!
    Paper Hugs,

    • judka permalink
      February 3, 2018 9:51 am

      Jan, that puzzle is still in progress. I almost feel badly for buying it. Not badly enough to help, though! Thanks for being part of the party!!

  24. Linda S in NE permalink
    February 3, 2018 10:09 am

    So glad no one was injured in the oven door explosion. Years ago I had one implode while baking something. Thank goodness someone invented safety glass. I need Mr. RWS to stop by my house for a couple of minutes. I am currently working on a jigsaw puzzle that features a large black dog and a gazillion flowering bushes. I am stuck, and need his help! I would like to sit in on one of his working sessions, just to see his process. Cooper looks adorable and I am glad he tolerates his groomer. She does a beautiful job.

    • judka permalink
      February 3, 2018 10:30 am

      Linda, Mr. RWS usually sorts painstakingly by color and then by piece shape.. but this puzzle is so overwhelming, I think he is just doing the best he can!

  25. kathy h permalink
    February 3, 2018 10:14 am

    Happy anniversary Judy! Thank God no one was hurt in the exploding door incident!

  26. judy g permalink
    February 3, 2018 10:34 am

    Happy Anniversary Judy, I was amazed to hearing your puzzle story I thought you were talking about my husband! I have never had an oven door explode so you have one up on me. Have a quiet week and keep up the wonderful work!
    Judy G

  27. Patty permalink
    February 3, 2018 11:07 am

    Happy Anniversary Judy! I always look forward to Saturday emails because I know that you, (or Cooper), will have an interesting story to tell and beautiful cards to share. Thanks for your inspiration.

  28. Diane F permalink
    February 3, 2018 11:53 am

    Beautiful cards. Love the Valentines Day one for oldies ! Happy Anniversary, time flies when you are creating and having fun.
    I too was a jigsaw lover but when we moved internationally they all had to go. I found a good home for them at the local care centre. I then discovered a jigsaw app on my tablet and am hooked. I can do a couple a day, there is no mess, I earn points which I can swap for new jigsaws and you get one free puzzle a day. Would not go back to the pieces one – just simply do not have the space in these small UK homes.
    Sorry to read about your oven door, been there, done that ! Do hope you find all the glass, it can be a nightmare.
    Cooper looks rather dashing after his haircut, and I think the boy knows it !

  29. barbara lassiter permalink
    February 3, 2018 12:59 pm

    So glad no one was hurt with the exploding oven door. Your cards are wonderful. I especially love the one on the black card stock. Cooper looks very handsome and well groomed and I’m looking forward to more years with Runs With Scissors. Congrats on a job well done. 🙂

  30. bjaneglas permalink
    February 3, 2018 1:24 pm

    I always look forward to your Saturday posts, stories and wonderful cards-keep going

  31. February 3, 2018 1:51 pm

    Love your blog and sharing your life with us 🙂 Cards are just brilliant-tfs

  32. Karen H permalink
    February 3, 2018 5:14 pm

    Congratulations Judy on your 4 year anniversary. Here’s to many more beautiful cards and photos of precious Cooper.

  33. Marliese permalink
    February 4, 2018 4:52 am

    Congratulations! Always look forward to your stories and cards. Thanks for sharing. Tried to
    pick a favorite – chose the “seniors” and then saw the “mice” and the list continued.
    The pictures of groomed Cooper are awesome.

  34. cmt permalink
    February 4, 2018 6:24 am

    Congratulations on your milestone. I always enjoy your posts. As always, I love the kitties and mice the most. Those cards are adorable. I also love the dark colored backgrounds both you and the amazing Heather did. And I love the black and white valentine on your original post. As for the door, you win some, you lose some. When I have these kind of mishaps (aplenty), I just breathe a sigh of relief that no one was hurt. Just like you’re able to run with scissors and get away with it.

  35. plrbar permalink
    February 4, 2018 8:43 am

    Hope that door could be replaced without buying a new stove. Glad no one was hurt. I identify with your English teacher experience and the jigsaw puzzles. Books, puzzles, and stamping supplies are spilling out everywhere waiting for me to retire. I so look forward to your posts and cards every Saturday. Loved the black background card and the old folks card especially. Keep on running!

  36. February 4, 2018 7:29 pm

    Its been a while since I commented probable because so much has been going on in my life that I just haven’t gotten around to blogs like I had been before but I had a bit of time today so thought I would have a read. Lovely cards as always and so sorry to see the oven front exploded, can just imagine that one more twist to tighten the screw!! Thinking on your other halves love of puzzles has he ever tackled a they are a puzzle with a difference never what you are looking at but the future, what next or what they are looking at. Its a real brain teaser and lots of fun. My friends and I do them then swop so we get good use out of them. Just a thought.

  37. February 5, 2018 4:18 pm

    Oh wow–love your cards, Judy! The black one is gorgeous–gotta try that! Can’t imagine having the oven door break like that! Thank goodness Cooper wasn’t close by! Speaking of Cooper–he looks dapper & cute as can be!

    • February 5, 2018 4:19 pm

      And congrats on an absolutely wonderful 4 years of RWS, my friend!

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