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Runs with Scissors

February 10, 2018

The anniversary celebration is over and Cooper and I thank all of you for the lovely comments you left last week. I’ve taken down the decorations, poured out the leftover champagne and sharpened my scissors. I am thankful that Penny Black allows me to use the studio when a celebration is in order.

Speaking of celebrations: next week is Valentine’s Day. I saw a quote once that said, “Without Valentine’s Day, February would be … well, January.”

While living up North I always made it through February by reminding myself it is a “short” month. Having a holiday devoted to love in the middle really does help. And you know what else helps? Making cards for those we love and love us in return.

I’ve kept it simple this week in order to leave time for addressing and mailing those cards we’ve lovingly made.

The Love and Roses release included “fan favorites” from previous releases. What fun it was to ink up this Love Antennae woodblock stamp again. A lady bug outfit has to be red with black dots, of course. I cut red hearts using the Hearts in Circle die and added them to her antennae. I used my Nuvo crystal drops on her antennae as well as the little dots on her outfit. I treasure my woodblock stamps and forgive them for taking up so much space.

If one hug is good, three must be much better. I am so happy to have Mimi make an appearance during this release. This image is from the Mimi’s Love transparent set. Following Jill Foster’s inspiration, I’ve added yellow to several of my Valentines lately. One layer cards (and a frame) are quick to make, fun to color and easy to mail. It would be fun for next time to stamp, color and cut out another envelope and pop dot it onto the stamped envelope image. I didn’t think of it at the time, but feel free to use that idea as you are making your Valentines. There are so many ideas packed into one package of stamps.

Follow your heart … on a bicycle built for two using the I Heart You transparent set. Who knows? Maybe Mimi and her friend will end up following their heart with an RV some day. It’s happened before!

Valentine Smorgasbord

There are so many poems written and quotes quoted about the power and benefits of love that I would be foolish to try to improve on any of them. Love is a universal human need, not only yearning to be loved but yearning to share that love. We begin with the love our parents have for us and then suddenly, we are sharing love with our own children. We increase that circle of love to include our friends and if we are really lucky, our pets.

Here are quotes from people who explain love better than I ever could:

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” Franklin P. Jones

“There are never enough I Love You’s.” Lenny Bruce

“Your flaws are perfect for the heart that’s meant to love you.” Trent Shelton

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles Schulz

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” Linda Grayson

“A friend is what the heart needs all the time.” Henry Van Dyke

“Friends are medicine for a wounded heart, and vitamins for a hopeful soul.” Steve Maraboli

“Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.” James Thurber

And there is even some disagreement about love:

“Love is metaphysical gravity.” R. Buckminster Fuller

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” Albert Einstein

There you have it: a smorgasbord of love.

And now for an update of the million little pieces at our home.

Unlike Humpty Dumpty our oven was put back together again. The appliance repair person discovered that the metal frame the glass panel sits in has openings for five screws, of which two were empty. His theory is that the glass was unstable and when Mr. RWS went to put the handle back in place, something shifted and the safety glass blew. Just to be safe, Cooper and I watched from afar as the glass door was installed with all five screws in place. All’s well that ends well.

The puzzle is not as put together again as the oven door. Mr. RWS has persevered and makes some progress each day. He does take time occasionally to golf. I think the puzzle is now at the two week mark. Oh, and I think I described the puzzle as being about different colored doors. My mistake: it’s all about windows!

I have promised Mr. RWS never, ever to bring home a 2,000 piece puzzle unless I also bring home a crew to help assemble it. That is true love.

The Jumbo Love transparent set has adorable elephant images that make me smile big. They’re easy to color using light grey markers. This is a pink version of a card suitable for Valentine’s Day or a little one’s birthday or welcome baby. I think I know a little girl who would love to find this card in her mailbox.

And here is the blue version of the sweet elephant card. And I have a little boy in mind to send it to. The Jumbo Love set is a great one if there are little people in your life to celebrate.

What better way to end a Valentine post than with a card that says “You are my happy ending”. I used colored pencils on kraft to color the little mice from the Share a Hug transparent set. This is the card I will give to Mr. RWS. He is my happy ending.

I didn’t notice until I began writing card descriptions that this week I used the Antique Frame die set on Every. Single. Card. It was not planned, but it does demonstrate how indispensable that die has become! If you look at each card, I’ve used the same die, but in several different ways. Versatile is good.

Cooper wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. No chocolate for this guy, and he doesn’t care much for flowers, but he knows there is some chicken jerky in that food room

“Just when I thought I was too old to fall in love again I became a grandparent.”

Last week I posted a link to my first ever Runs with Scissors post. Included in that post was a photo of my granddaughter Evelyn taken at Christmas when she was six months old. Recently, Evelyn’s mom and dad registered her for kindergarten. This is Evelyn, enjoying her most recent Christmas.

And now it is time to put away the scissors, finish decorating the studio, and breaking out the bags of chocolate. I want to surprise the Penny Black designers and company when they come to work on Monday. I am off to browse the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery, something I love to do.

I wish all of you a Valentine’s day filled with love. If someone you loved the most is not here in person, I wish for you happy memories of special love.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 4119J Love Antennae, 51-025 Love Expressions, 51-397 Antique Frame

Card No. 2: 30-270 Mimi’s Love, 51-387 Antique Frame

Card No. 3: 30-272 I Heart You, 30-399 Friendship and Love, 51-387 Antique Frame

Card No. 4: 30-209 Jumbo Love, 51-022 Heart String, 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-387 Antique Frame

Card No 5: 30-209 Jumbo Love, 51-022 Heart String, 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-387 Antique Frame

Card No. 6: 30-271 Share a Hug, 30-401 Forever and Always, 51-095 Hearts in Circle, 51-387 Antique Frame


11 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan Pignanelli permalink
    February 10, 2018 3:55 am

    All of these are sweet Valentine’s , especially your beautiful granddaughter (and Cooper) ! Hard to pick a favorite but I really like the surprise of a darker red card stock and the gingham greeting with Love Antennae. Thanks for the inspiration, Judy!

  2. mjmarmo permalink
    February 10, 2018 5:07 am

    Such beautiful cards! Glad the oven door is fixed. I am afraid a puzzle like that would never get completed at our house. .

  3. jane harrah permalink
    February 10, 2018 7:17 am

    Loved the cards and particularly the last one! You have a beautiful granddaughter. And to add to your collection of love things, Love is hot chocolate on a cold day and when it’s really perfect, it has marshmallows!

  4. Marliese permalink
    February 10, 2018 7:34 am

    As always, great commentary and awesome Valentine cards. I always look forward to Saturday’s Runs With Scissors. You never disappoint.

  5. Jan Castle permalink
    February 10, 2018 10:17 am

    LOL…I noticed you were using the ‘Antique Frame’ a lot before I read that you noticed it too. Good choice – I REALLY like that die! Your cards are perfect to share love…so want you to know that you are loved and so is your blog! Thank you Judy for sharing with us your talent! Happy Valentines Day to you and yours…Cooper too!
    Paper Hugs,

  6. Noreen permalink
    February 10, 2018 2:05 pm

    Love the cards, love the blog! I look forward to seeing your art and reading your stories. I have just finished a challenging puzzle myself. Not as many pieces, but, all I can say is thank goodness for the many shades of blue or it would still be unfinished.

  7. DebbieP permalink
    February 10, 2018 2:26 pm

    Love the love edition! Happy Valentines and thanks for the inspiration. Glad to see your oven is back in order and the puzzle is well on it’s way to completion. Mr. RWS really needs to look into digital puzzle-ing! It eliminates the need to turn all the pieces right side up! Give Cooper a hug!

  8. alexandra s.m. permalink
    February 10, 2018 7:03 pm

    Love your cards dear Judy!
    Thanks for another wonderful post 😉

  9. dawnnz permalink
    February 10, 2018 9:03 pm

    gorgeous cards and that die certainly is versatile

  10. February 11, 2018 6:50 am

    Wow, lovely cards, and that die is really great ! I’m so glad, that your oven is safe again. Cooper looks adorable, I think my little Flo would fall in love with him ! :o) I wish you and your family a very happy Valentine ! Greetings, Enny

  11. Sammi Houp permalink
    February 11, 2018 2:38 pm

    Beautiful cards! Love them all!

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