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April 14, 2018

Welcome, dear Readers. I am wondering if April has stopped having her tantrums in your part of the world.   Ms. April has been exhibiting very feisty behavior here in northern Alabama and I’ve been reading of her bad behavior throughout the United States. There will be no more talk of spring or the weather from me until she starts behaving herself.

I have been behaving here in the Penny Black studio and have found even more ways to use the stamps and dies in the Sweet Spring collection. Also, I discovered the newest Penny Black release, Nature’s Art, sitting on the counter. It was like discovering a box of chocolates, amazing in its variety: butterflies, flowers and toddlers, oh my! There are bonus cards this week, thanks to Penny Black’s leaving the new release where I could find it!

Why I waited so long to use this stamp from the Sublime clear set, I don’t know. I used a light touch with my Copic markers and before I knew it, the image was colored. I trimmed my cardstock using the Ribbon Stackers die and the sentiment is stamped on a smaller die from that set which is large enough for some of the medium sentiments, always a good thing. Since we are creative people expressing ourselves in art, we can color any bird any colors we choose. No stress, just joy.

Here she is – our yoga woman from the Breathe set and this time her little pup is showing some interest. Perhaps he’s heard about the “extended puppy” pose or the “downward facing dog” pose. Ms. Yoga is sitting on the Wood Floor in front of the “window” created with the Ribbon Stackers die. She is taking the New You sentiment from the New Year New You die set to heart.

The little bow from the Bow Set is right at home on the Spontaneous Joy flower. There are so many ways to color these brush stroke stamps. For this card, I applied ink directly from the ink pad onto the stamp and using my MISTI stamp positioner stamped several layers of color. I filled in the background using a light Copic marker. The gorgeous Penny Black floral stamps are perfect for any occasion.

Blog Topics

Dear Readers, in an effort to keep things interesting during the narrative portion of my Runs with Scissors posts, I “Googled” the words “Blog Topics” and found some interesting suggestions. My original idea for this week was to share with you how annoying and irritating I find Robocalls to be. However, I realized this would do nothing to brighten your day. So instead, here I go with a few of the topics suggested for making a blog post interesting. My tongue is firmly planted in my check as I write this!

Outfit of the Day: I admit to being a bit confused by this topic. Why in the world would anyone be interested in what I am wearing? By “of the day” do they mean just today or is it more helpful to post an entire week’s worth of outfits? I will just describe what I am wearing today and if there is further interest, I would be happy to describe a week’s worth of outfits for any of you who struggle deciding what to wear.

Today I am wearing a pair of “mom” jeans and a deep rose colored sweatshirt adorned with three large stylistic cats in bright blue, yellow and orange. And because I was chilly I added my well worn and well loved button down the front pink sweatshirt embellished with stitched flowers. It is almost old enough to be classified as “vintage”. If I were to post a week’s worth of outfits they would mostly be a variation of this theme.

I trust this has been helpful.

My Photo Collection: I have photos: lots and lots and lots of photos. I even have some photos that have been put in albums, documenting special trips, such as Yellowstone, England and a memorable wilderness camping trip to Lake Wabakimi in Canada. Otherwise, I have a large plastic tote stored in the bedroom closet filled with old photos. Two years ago I did sort through them and delivered to each of our seven children the photos pertaining to them and their childhood. My original intention of making everyone an album was declared “mission impossible”. Oh, and there is a cardboard box filled with photos taken with my Advantix camera during the years 1998 through 2000 and optimistically labeled “Photos Needing Albums”. These are stored in their original envelopes and dated. This system worked well for me at the time. Part of my plan is to do to my children what my mother did to me: leave a large collection of undated and unexplained photos for the next generation to deal with.

I hope there is something useful here to assist you in managing your own photo collections. Feel free to include “good intentions” as part of your system.

Share Morning Routine: For those of you who have no morning routine, I am happy to share with you how I begin my day. Mr. RWS is a very early riser and is always up before I am. Once he notices the light is on in the bedroom, he brings me a toasted French Swirl bagel and orange juice, along with the daily pages that pass as a newspaper lately. Cooper joins me on the bed and stares at me while I eat. He prefers banana muffins to bagels, but he still stares.

Once I have eaten my bagel and spent time with my electronic tablet catching up on the latest on Facebook I look up, shocked at how much time has passed since I woke up. Social media can be so time consuming.

Next, I shoo Cooper off the bed and quickly make it. My bed is always made immediately after I vacate it. The next half hour or so is spent guiltily beginning my daily chores: empty wastebaskets, start a load of laundry, and open the front door so Cooper can check out who is visiting the post supporting his mailbox. Sometimes I start the dishwasher, too. And then, while my machines are working, I get showered and dressed for the day.   See above.

For those of you with no routine, this one works for me, especially the toasted bagel part.

Bacon: Yes, this was listed as a blog topic my readers might be interested in. So let me tell you about the role bacon plays in my life. Mr. RWS is a heart patient and we have no business having bacon anywhere near our home, much less in our refrigerator or freezer. I probably should end this right here, but in the interest of full disclosure, we do eat bacon.

I cook my bacon on an electric griddle until it is crisp. The last time we ate breakfast in a diner, the bacon was served limp. That is abominable. Bacon should not wave at you as you lift it to your mouth.

In the summer, we make bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches and often after church we have a brunch of bacon and eggs. This is off topic, but we like our eggs over medium.

I am not known for doing anything fancy with bacon, but I did notice in the grocery store last week that there is bacon flavored pancake syrup! Perhaps that is helpful information for you, too. However, if your interest in bacon runs deeper than I’ve explored, feel free to Google bacon recipes.

I have not run out of topics but I do not want to overwhelm you with too much educational and interesting material all at one time. I will keep my notes and use the information for a future Runs with Scissors.

Please do provide feedback about how I’ve helped you or changed your life with these blog topics. The article was pretty certain my readers would be interested in what I had to say on these subjects. I certainly hope so.

The Stitched Gift Box has opened up to let the Numbers inside pop out to acknowledge a golden wedding anniversary. The Stitched Gift Box is from the Sweet Spring release, but the Numbers and Love dies are favorites from previous releases. The borders on the white cardstock are from the Stitched Square and Circles die set and the Stitched Stackers die set. They work well together and provide a nicely finished edge to the cardstock.

I am always happy to come up with a design for more masculine cards. Starting out with kraft cardstock is a good first step. Next, I used the Starry die to swoosh stars across the top of the card. I mounted the kraft face onto black cardstock and added the Happy Birthday sentiment using the Your Day die. The little pup is from the Good Times stamp set and he is enjoying his cupcake as any pup would.

The Belle cling stamp has a matching die which makes cutting out the image super easy. I created a base for the flower using the Stitched Stackers die to cut out the white cardstock and then used the Wonky Squares die to cut out the green “trellis”. The little tag for the sentiment is made using the smallest die in the Stitched Stackers die set. It is just the right size for many of the sentiments in the Happy Snippets stamp set, another old favorite.

Nature’s Art Release:

In spite of the cool temperatures, the iris are blooming here in Alabama. I love blending the various shades of purple to bring the flowers to life. This image is Summer Glow, a cling stamp. I plan to try my hand at watercoloring these flowers next time. The Nature’s Art release contains many gorgeous floral stamps, some brushstroke, some line drawings. Flowers really are nature’s art.

Flowing Butterflies is the name of the butterfly die from the Nature’s Art release. This is the most delicate butterfly die ever! I have glued it down only intermittently so you can see how beautiful and flowing this set of butterflies is. I picture this butterfly die gracing many of my summer cards.

Here is comfy Cooper, just before I evict him from the bed. I know – it isn’t easy.

Once again, it is time to stow the scissors. There is nowhere else where time flies like it does here on the Penny Black blog. I want you to know on Saturdays my morning routine involves frequent checking of my Runs with Scissors posts to read your encouraging comments that often include how what I write connects with your lives, too. I value every comment and thank you for including Runs with Scissors in your morning routine. For now, I am going to be stopping by the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to see what’s being shared. The new release Nature’s Art is now available at the Penny Black store. Happy shopping!

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-478 Sublime, 30-461 Smile Today, 51-409 Ribbon Stackers

Card No. 2: 30-473 Breathe, 30-468 Let’s Play, 51-409 Ribbon Stacker, 51-429 New Year New You, 51-434 Little Branch, 51-441 Wood Floor

Card No. 3: 30-468 Let’s Play, 40-597 Spontaneous Joy, 51-212 Bow Set, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 4: 51-239 Numbers, 51-296 Love, 51-414 Stitched Gift Box, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles

Card No. 5: 30-463 Good Times, 51-412 Starry, 51-431 Your Day

Card No. 6: 30-358 Happy Snippets, 40-595 Belle, 51-415 Belle Cut Out, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-424 Wonky Squares

Card No. 7: 30-464 Choose Happy, 40-610 Summer Glow, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 8: 30-419 Happy Wishes, 51-411 Rows of Stitches, 51-444 Flowing Butterflies

36 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol Cooney permalink
    April 14, 2018 3:46 am

    I loved each and every one of your cards this Saturday!!! Sorry about the blog, ugh. That’s probably because I’m not a big fan of social media.
    Love your work tho and your normal newsy letters.

  2. Patti J. permalink
    April 14, 2018 4:43 am

    I look forward to every Saturday morning! When you’re on a ‘break’, I’m happy for you, but sad for all of us that read your blog! Thanks for another great post – I enjoy your writing, your wonderful creations, and Cooper! Hugs!

  3. Peg permalink
    April 14, 2018 4:57 am

    Good Morning Judy! As you await comments on Saturday mornings I look at your entry first thing on Saturday mornings. This week your cards are especially right up my alley, as they say. I loved them. My favorite part though is about Cooper. I noticed the last two weeks there was very little.I hope that won’t always be the case because he is such a delight. Keep up the great commentaries Judy, they are so fun to read. Hugs, Peg

  4. Linda permalink
    April 14, 2018 5:35 am

    You MAKE my Saturday morning with your humorous stories. I laugh out loud and hubby will just look at me like I have lost it….

  5. April 14, 2018 6:25 am

    totally belly laughs all day long on your “Blog Ideas and Comments”…big smiles to last all day. In northern Wisconsin today a foot of snow so far and still coming down. UGH. That is why they make Penny Black products, paper, ink, scissors, markers — for a snow day! cards were awesome. today is a good day to purchase some new products from Penny Black!!!!

  6. April 14, 2018 7:12 am

    I don’t know how “helpful” todays blog topics were, but they sure were entertaining and I loved them! I always look forward to my Saturday mornings with you and today definitely didn’t disappoint!! And your cards were FABULOUS as always!! And Spring isn’t cooperating up here in Michigan either…I am so tired of Winter and ready for some color!! Glad we can at least find color in our inks!! Have a great weekend Judy! :0)

  7. Lydia permalink
    April 14, 2018 7:44 am

    Your stories make me laugh and especially the photos cause my mom did the same thing to us, which reminds me I really need to take some time and at least sort them. Thank goodness we have your blog to start off our Saturday with a smile.

  8. Judy permalink
    April 14, 2018 7:59 am

    Love the cards today, as usual. You have a great talent!
    As far as bacon goes, we eat turkey bacon and I put it in the microwave on a special tray, so all the grease drips out. Much healthier!
    I guess I’d rather you come up with your own topics. They are always so entertaining, why change it? And Cooper is always a cute addition to your blog. Keep it up!
    So many pretty new stamps and dies from PB. Can’t wait for my friend and I to take our trip to the nearest stamp shop. Our local one has closed, which makes me sad, so we have to travel to get to the next one. Will be worth it to get my hands on these items!

  9. April 14, 2018 8:07 am

    Oh what a kick–pertinent blog topics for sure–haha! Ah yes–the unlabeled photos! My mom actually did have a rule about putting the date on the back but that apparently didn’t apply to the grandparents of hubby’s side of the family. All wonderful cards, Judy! That die for the window is brilliant, love the new butterflies die & oh wow–the purple flowers are so gorgeous! Fritz waits impatiently for the bed to be made so he can jump up in his favorite spot while we get ready & becomes deaf when you say it’s time to go out of the bedroom. They do have the “boy am I cute” look down pat, huh?!

  10. Mary Smith permalink
    April 14, 2018 8:10 am

    I am sure it is hard to come up with blog topics! I thoroughly enjoyed them today. Who says they always have to be serious! The butterfly card is my favorite. I love cards that feature good quotes!

  11. Karry permalink
    April 14, 2018 8:26 am

    I have to say, I have found myself interested in what you have written every Saturday morning. I love to to see what cards you have made for the week. I always get such inspiration from your cards. And not to mention Cooper is so adorable! So keep up with the interesting subjects ( not really interested in the outfit of the day), even if it is just about bacon. I can certainly relate to all the unlabeled photos that were to be scrapbooked but are still sitting in drawers.

  12. April 14, 2018 8:38 am

    Oh my gosh–your blog topics have changed my life!! ha ha 😉 I’m glad to see that your leisure outfits are similar to mine 😀 and of course the bacon must be crisp or even to the point of shattering or it’s simply not done! Great cards, thanks for the inspiration and morning laugh. 🙂

  13. Carol Jones permalink
    April 14, 2018 9:24 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your morning routine, and the very educational blog posts — I completely agree about the bacon, and your outfit sounds perfect — I’m into comfy these days and dress similarly. Your cards are gorgeous as usual, and part of my Saturday morning routine always includes sipping my coffee while enjoying your RWS post. Cooper warms my heart and brightens my day — it isn’t Saturday without him, and you. Penny Black fills a large part of my craft room, and a majority of my cards contain at least one PB product. I find inspiration from you regularly–thanks so much! Oh, and the photos — so glad I’m not the only one, lol. Please continue this lovely routine for a long time to come.

  14. Patricia Olson permalink
    April 14, 2018 10:15 am

    Thank you so much for the very timely blog post. If I could post a picture here, you would see I recently (6 weeks ago) gathered all the photos from all corners of the house onto my dining room table with the intent of organizing and down-sizing them. Really, who thought it was a good idea to get two prints of EVERY photo every time? I will put your category of “Good Intentions” to good use. Can it apply to all? Anyway, since Ms. Spring has decided to bless us with a blizzard here in Minneapolis, this would be a good project for this weekend while I await the delivery of my Nature’s Art order. As always, you have made my day.

    • judka permalink
      April 14, 2018 10:35 am

      Patricia, my daughter called from Minneapolis and gave me the weather report for your city .. I almost didn’t have the heart to tell her my rose bushes are blooming. And it doesn’t sound as if winter is in any hurry to leave your city!! Hang in there. Thanks for sharing your photo blues, too!!

  15. Deanna Morgan permalink
    April 14, 2018 10:24 am

    I must say, you could write about anything and I’d love your wonderful insights into your world. I had several good laughs as I read today’s entries. Your daily wear sounds so much like mine, we could be twins who love to dress alike. My problems with clothing comes when I’m invited out to a “nice” dinner or a wedding (let’s say). I feel so inadequate with my closet contents at those times. And those old photos? Yup! I made one nice scrapbook for my older son, and two for my youngest grandson (son of my younger son) and not long ago handed over all the photos related to my younger son in a box (with no dates or identification notes on the back). Talk about feeling guilt! I love all your cards, but the one what really caught my eye today was the yellow/white one with butterflies. It’s so cheerful and made my Wisconsin-rainy, cold day bright. (So far we in SE Wisconsin haven’t had the awful amount of snow of those up north.) Wishing you a wonderful day, just as you made mine, Judy.

    • judka permalink
      April 14, 2018 10:36 am

      Deanna, can we say, “Guilt shared is guilt lessened”?? Thanks .. and I share your thoughts on needing something to wear for special occasions, even with a closet full of clothes!

  16. Eleanor Jenkins permalink
    April 14, 2018 11:13 am

    Loved your article plus the bird on the branch is such a beautiful stamp. Am moving in two weeks so will place my order after that. In the moving process I have given away so many stamps and embellishments. We are getting a smaller place to live out our final years so can’t take too much.

  17. April 14, 2018 11:40 am

    Some people just have it all!! amazing talent to transform paper into mini works of art and delightful humor!! LOVE reading your fun posts. I’m off to have some bacon : ) Thank you for enabling and for the great eye candy!!


  18. April 14, 2018 12:03 pm

    Well…I just wrote a whole blog in answer to your blog but it just left without saying good by. I may try again. Saturday wouldn’t be Saturday without you running around with scissors so in the mean time keep up the good work.

  19. creatingincolors permalink
    April 14, 2018 1:41 pm

    You made me laugh with every blog topic! Other than getting the orange juice and a bagel delivered (that Mr RWS is sure nice), I can relate. Thanks for making me laugh at myself. The best – or is it the worst? – is the photographs. I’m in the same situation. I even took the step of leaving out a few bins in my craft space thinking it might get me moving on them. Nope, I easily walk past them every day. Every now and then I’ll dust the tops of the bins. As always, I enjoy your cards and inspiration. I especially love the first one. I downloaded the Nature’s Art catalog, and it could possibly put a strain on my budget!

  20. Susan permalink
    April 14, 2018 2:15 pm

    I so look forward to your Saturday blog. Love your cards and insights. I live in the Allentown PA area. With the history of steel here, the local AAA baseball team is named the Iron Pigs. We get plenty of bacon references at the games, and bacon is a key ingredient in many ballpark offerings. It is all cooked crisp!

  21. April 14, 2018 3:33 pm

    Just love your blogs. They are so full of great designs and a certain amount of whimsy which is very refreshing. Love Cooper and all the stories you share. Keep up the GREAT stories.

  22. Jill Groom permalink
    April 14, 2018 6:14 pm

    Love your posts Judy – for me it is Sunday morning when I get them as we live in the future here in Australia. Also nice to see what your ‘6 months out’ weather is doing – we are just into a perfect autumn here. Your ‘bacon’ bits were spot-on .. my son and I had just had hickory-smoked bacon on pancakes with maple syrup for our breakfast. My Mr has gone paddling with his kayak club so he missed out. Of your cards, my favourite this week is the one with the bow and the Spontaneous Joy stamp. Our Rhodesian Ridgebacks suggested they might like to try banana muffins, but were pretty happy with the bacon fat scraps. A friend of mine went one better with the photos – she found some at the tip and inserted them into the un-labelled family photos she gave to her sister after a disagreement!

  23. susanbri permalink
    April 14, 2018 7:18 pm

    Great cards, especially the doggie birthday one with that fabulous river of stars! But the cards are taking a backseat to your blog topics. You’ve inspired me to totally revamp my daily wardrobe, to allow Tessa my English Cocker Spaniel to sit on the bed and stare at me while I eat breakfast in bed (that will also be new as I normally eat it at the kitchen table), and to go back to eating bacon even though it gives me canker sores as the thought of that crisp bacon in a BLT has me drooling. I can’t wait for the next set of blog topics – life altering ones as well I hope.

  24. Patt H. permalink
    April 14, 2018 8:03 pm

    I love reading your blogs! Always so interesting, even when you don’t check google for subjects of interest. I agree that bacon should always be crisp, that we should make the bed as soon as we get up, (although it leaves a big lump if hubby is still sleeping!), & your outfit for the day sounds super comfy! Keep up the good work. Your cards are fabulous ,especially the adorable doggie card! The trail of stars is a great touch. Your florals are always so wonderful. LOVE your cards!!

  25. dawnnz permalink
    April 15, 2018 1:13 am

    fabulous cards Judy. And what an eclectic mixture of topics in your post today. Cleverly written!

  26. mjmarmo permalink
    April 15, 2018 6:59 am

    Such lovely cards! Very interesting blog topics! Thanks for sharing:)

  27. cmt permalink
    April 15, 2018 9:54 am

    What I love about your posts is, of course, the creative inspiration (loving all the flowers today); but also the fact that I can relate to your life stories. Today I laughed out loud at your photo management system. Exactly mirrors my own. But every other aspect of your life mirrors my own, save the pet. I admit, I’m a cat person (alas, married to a husband allergic to cats, so no more cat). In spite of being a cat person, I do love the doggy birthday card.
    You can jest about your blogging list being the mundane trivia of life, but somehow I think we all take comfort in reading that there are others whose lives are like our own. So, keep on blogging about your life, and I’ll keep on reading. And drawing inspiration from you. And my robocall rant is that I was in labor in the hospital and got a robocall from Dave’s Carpet Cleaning. Thanks, Dave, I really needed you to reach out to me at that moment. Wish you’d been there to clean up the blood and other messes I made giving birth so the nurses wouldn’t have to.

    • judka permalink
      April 15, 2018 12:10 pm

      I so appreciate your comments, but I have to laugh at your taking a phone call during labor!! I am afraid I wasn’t very sociable during labor myself!

  28. Vicky S. permalink
    April 15, 2018 2:45 pm

    Judy, I laugh out loud when I read the posts about your outfits. They are so much like mine. older & comfy My photos are much like yours. I gave my children there pictures When I had 1 grandchild it looked like that was it so I started a scrapbook for him & guess what more grandchildren came so I stated books for them but I hate scrapbooking so there they seat with photos in piles with dates.I keep thinking someday I will finish but I think I should do like you & give it to them to finish. I enjoy all of your posts & it remind me of things I have done.
    Your cards are great. Thanks for posting.

  29. Karen L Campbell permalink
    April 15, 2018 3:14 pm

    You are such a kick and who wouldn’t love that little dog of yours. I look forward to seeing you in my email. Blessings

  30. Kim Anning permalink
    April 15, 2018 10:27 pm

    I do so enjoy your stories, and always smile a smile soon as I see your email sitting in the inbox, over here in New Zealand it comes late Saturday night. Great cards as always.

  31. April 16, 2018 3:57 am

    Applause applause applause! 👏 I love how you’ve addressed these blog topics. There are some who just take themselves too seriously and in this age of self-publishing we are innundated with such folks’ TMI. Again you’ve managed to brighten my Monday morning and I thank you for accomplishing that difficult task. 😉

  32. April 16, 2018 10:44 am

    Awesome blog post today, laughed out loud and am still smiling. I always look forward to your posts- the crafty goodness and the great stories. Have a great week!

  33. Jane Harrah permalink
    April 17, 2018 7:45 pm

    Late with my comments, Family visiting so I have been crazy busy. They leave tomorrow and I will be sad and happy at the same time. Sad to see them go but happy to have some rest and downtime. Love your words always and your cards too! thanks for sharing

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