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Runs with Scissors

April 21, 2018

Hello, hello, hello! Is anybody there? I’m a bit worried that many of you may have gone into hibernation until feisty Ms. April left town. Here in Alabama those April showers (thunderstorms) have brought us blooming dogwood trees and azaleas. The combination of pinks and whites against the green grass is breathtaking after all the cold and rainy weather. My Wisconsin and Minnesota family members have every right to be sick of their six month long winter. Before I thought about what I was saying, I mentioned to my Minneapolis daughter during our last phone call that my rose bushes were in bloom. Ooops!

This week I have spent the rainy days playing working with Penny Black’s newest release, Nature’s Art. This release will bring spring to your crafting space, no matter the weather outside. Mother Nature truly is an artist: birds, butterflies and blossoms – and darling toddlers and a fashionista or two.

The Leaf Pattern die is just the right size to cover the top half of a vertical card. I love the texture it provides and how it complements the CAS design of the lower half. The flower is from the Radiant stamp set and is fun to color and easy to fussy cut. It is the smaller stamp in that set and looks great on its own or can be used to create a bouquet. This design can be adapted to celebrate or acknowledge any occasion.

This sweetie is from the Good Friend mini stamp set. I just want to squeeze those sweet cheeks. I think of granddaughter Evelyn who is taking Irish Dancing lessons when I see this little girl. I couldn’t resist using up a few of my bazillion sequins. No need to wait until St. Patrick’s day to use this stamp. The sentiment also makes it perfect for a friendship card.

None of us like to make sympathy cards, but sometimes we must. I prefer very simple stamping and designs for this type of card.   I’ve used the Ravishing brush stroke stamp for my background, stamping it in Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink.   The meaningful sentiment is from the Heartfelt stamp set and says just enough. I love the font.


Before there was Cooper …

… there was a little white poodle named Jobi.

Back in “the olden days”, while living in the small town where I raised my family, I worked in the community hospital as a Medical Records Transcriptionist (boy, can I type fast!) My three older children had left the nest for college and my two youngest sons were in middle school. Like most working moms, I dealt with pangs of guilt that my boys came home to an empty house and were by themselves until I arrived from work a couple of hours later. I had, at times, wondered if a dog might be a good addition to our mini-family but had not taken the time to explore that option or even discuss it with my sons. I thought the house would seem more welcoming and less lonesome if the boys were greeted by a tail wagging companion.

And then, as it sometimes happens, the Universe took care of the matter.

It was early on a Monday morning at work and I was starting on the weekend’s dictation when one of the nursing assistants came into our room, appearing a bit distressed and anxious. She asked, in a voice devoid of hope, if any of us would be interested in having a dog. To sweeten the offer, the dog came with food bowls, collar, leash, and a supply of dog food.

Had I kept on typing (on my IBM Selectric with the automatic correction key) and ignored her plea, our family would have missed out on all the joy that 12 lb., five year old white miniature poodle brought to our family.

The nursing assistant had been given the dog by her good friend to take to the vet to be put down. The friend’s husband and teen aged boys did not like him and wanted him replaced with a “real” guy kind of dog. Poor Jobi had been kicked, had the door closed on him as he was going in or out, and was generally mistreated by the males in the house. The final straw was when Jobi’s habit of chewing paper involved a twenty dollar bill. Jobi had sealed his fate and the woman who owned him had no choice. She surrendered Jobi to her nursing assistant friend as she did not have the heart to take him to the vet herself. Heartbroken herself, the nursing assistant was making one last effort to find Jobi a new home.

This was one of those decisions that had to be made quickly as our department was the last to be visited and offered the dog. I’m still not sure that it really was my voice that spoke up and said, “I’ll take him.” At lunch time, the transfer of ownership was made and I took the little dog to our house and left a note on the kitchen table announcing to my sons that we now owned a dog and his name was Jobi.

The boys were not only thrilled, they were astounded that I thought a dog was a good idea. Of course, like any parent who agrees to a pet, I discussed with them the responsibility involved. It would be up to them to walk the dog after school as well as play with him and make sure he received daily attention.

Many parents say they bring a pet into the home to teach their children responsibility. My theory is the responsible child will become more responsible and the child who needs to learn responsibility lets the other kid be in charge.

And that’s what happened. While both boys loved the dog and played with him after school, it was John who became the primary caretaker of Jobi. I can still see him on his bike, Jobi under one arm, on the way to the vet’s office for his heartworm pills or updating his vaccinations. While even I would forget or minimize the importance of such things, John would faithfully take care of it.

Eventually, we all considered Jobi to be John’s dog.

I am forever grateful for Jobi’s loyalty to my boys and his protective nature. All night long Jobi slept outside the boys’ bedroom door. He did not leave his post until the last child had come downstairs. Because of his past abuse, Jobi still cowered every time we opened the door to let him in or out. He never came into the kitchen while we were eating and when it was his mealtime, he would carry his little dish in his mouth to the safety he found under the dining room table. Not once did he ever eat any food left within his reach or crumbs that had fallen to the floor.

I could not have asked for a more perfect dog for my boys.

I have more to share about Jobi and his life with us. Enough to fill another edition of Runs with Scissors. And some confessions about my shortcomings as a first time dog owner.

This fashionista’s Balancing Act allows her to spend time with her kitty while lost in her daydreams. The Believe in Dreams die set is the source for the Dream sentiment. The designer paper base is from a winter paper pack titled Holiday Trimmings. I like the colors and don’t think the poinsettias are too noticeable.

I say it every time I do an all white card: “Why did you do an all white card?” They are hard to photograph and never look as pretty as they are in real life. The Floral Half along with the Wishes sentiment just say “wedding card” to me. My next use of this die will be to add color, but for now I am enjoying the pure vanilla card.

This little mouse from the Birthday Critters set is enjoying pushing off from the Congratulation die cut, heading for the clouds. Kraft paper is a good starting point for the masculine cards we have to make. It’s fun to use colored pencils on kraft and the pop of white adds brightness. That Congratulation die will be put to good use during graduation and wedding season this year.

I am so grateful that Mr. RWS is in charge of Cooper’s walks. He doesn’t seem to mind walking Cooper even when it is raining. Cooper, on the other hand, hates getting wet and sometimes just plants all four feet and refuses to walk in the rain. We have had so much rain lately, for days at a time, that Cooper has had to overcome his objections to being wet and just get down to business! Maybe we need a doggie raincoat.

And here we are again, at the end of another Runs with Scissors. I enjoyed all the comments last week and was thankful that my fashion advice and organizational ideas were helpful. It seems we all agree, too, that bacon should be crisp, not soggy. If I awarded a prize for the outstanding comment of the week, it would have to go to the reader who sympathized with my aggravation with pesky robocalls by sharing that she received a robocall from a carpet cleaning company WHILE IN LABOR. Dear Reader, I am thankful the only phone call I received while in labor was from a nosy sister-in-law who, after sixteen hours, wanted to know why I hadn’t had the baby yet!

On that note, I am off to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. I leave you with the reminder that the Nature’s Art release is now available in the Penny Black store.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-353 Words of Kindness, 30-481 Radiant, 51-432 Leaf Pattern

Card No. 2: 30-486 A Good Friend, 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles

Card No. 3: 30-286 Heartfelt, 40-589 Ravishing, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 4: 30-487 Balancing Act, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-433 Believe in Dreams, 80-013 Holiday Trimmings

Card No. 5: 51-036 Wishes, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-445 Floral Half

Card No. 6: 30-466 Birthday Critters, 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-439 Congratulation

27 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2018 1:31 am

    Oh my, but Jobi was so lucky to find your family and your family was lucky to find Jobi, what a lovely story, Big hugs, Therese x ps as usual your cards are amazing!

  2. dawnnz permalink
    April 21, 2018 2:26 am

    Beautiful cards as is usual. Great story about Jobi. You were so kind to take him on.

  3. Jane Harrah permalink
    April 21, 2018 5:23 am

    Love the cards and particularly the die cuts! Gorgeous as always. Lucky Jobi and lucky boys to have a mom like you. The right solution to each problem as it arises. Once Again, thanks for sharing.

  4. creatingincolors permalink
    April 21, 2018 5:43 am

    So sad that Jobi was abused. You are so kind and generous. I love how you didn’t “overthink” the decision to take him, and just did it. Looking forward to hearing more about Jobi because surely you had ups and downs! I’m loving all of the cards made from the Nature’s Art collection. I want it all!

  5. barbara lassiter permalink
    April 21, 2018 7:22 am

    I love your cards created from the Nature’s Art collection. The whole collection is amazing. I look forward to hearing more about dear Jobi and it seems a win-win situation for you and your family and Jobi. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Crystal Muirhead permalink
    April 21, 2018 7:28 am

    Every Saturday morning, I wake up, let my girls out, get there food ready while they’re out and the coffee is brewing. Once I let them back in and stand over them like prison guards I grab my tablet to read your column. Two of my girls are rescues, one from the side of the road after being hit by a car and the other from a puppy mill. One is fun the pound and the oldest was gifted to me by a neighbor. Dogs are great! Every one, young or old, needs on. I’m so glad you rescued Joni and then adopted Cooper. TFS the story. BTW, I don’t just read your column for your great stories; I love your cards as well and they are usually a jumping off point for my creativity the next week!

    • judka permalink
      April 21, 2018 1:59 pm

      Crystal, your comment made my day! I love that Runs with Scissors is part of your Saturday. Hugs, Judy

  7. April 21, 2018 8:43 am

    I don’t ever remember hearing about Jobi–what a story, Judy! How wonderful that Jobi got to experience love after such a horrible environment. Gotta wonder why that woman didn’t take Jobi & leave the cruel men of her family. Speaking of raincoats–Fritz has practically worn out the one my sis made him several years ago. I’ve been debating trying to make him a new one, but I’m no seamstress. Loving the cards–beginning with the first one! That die across the top is fabulous! Love the all white card–haven’t done one in ages, but you’ve inspired me! The little girl is so cute & how clever to use a sequin on the hat band! Always love seeing what you come up with! Hope you have a lovely week with less rain!

    • judka permalink
      April 21, 2018 1:58 pm

      Hi, Greta. I just realized lately that I have never talked about our first dog, Jobi. He added so much to our lives. I love all white cards but can never get a decent photo! Hugs, Judy

  8. Kathy b permalink
    April 21, 2018 9:15 am

    Your little Irish girl and the Ravishing card are my faves this week. I so love Saturdays. Checking my mail for your post is most enjoyable. As far as raincoats go, my rescue Geena loves hers, especially since she has a more hairlike coat and gets drenched to the skin immediately. My boy Sammie, another rescue, on the other hand, would not take a step when we put any kind of clothing on him. It has definitely been a wet year, as we had more rainfall in Arkansas in February 2018 than ever recorded historically. So that raincoat has gotten a lot of use.
    Thank you for saving Jobi and providing him with a wonderful home. Does John still have dogs?
    Until we meet again next week, thanks for giving us another enjoyable read!

    • judka permalink
      April 21, 2018 11:42 am

      Hi, Kathy. Thanks for sharing about your dogs and how they manage rainy days! John has an adorable dog named Spencer who is part King Charles Cavalier and part miniature poodle. John shares him with his family, but he is John’s buddy. When the family moved from Michigan to Atlanta, the rest of the family flew and John drove with Spencer as his copilot.

  9. April 21, 2018 9:40 am

    Awesome cards every one!! I just love your creativity!! Have a wonderful weekend.


  10. April 21, 2018 10:27 am

    Beautiful card Judy…as always. The ‘Ravishing’ is really ‘Summer Dream 40-602’…you ask how do I know this??????????????
    Well, I have Ravishing on my Wish List – as well as Summer Dream – LOL!!!!
    Loved your story about Jobi – what a little treasure….just like Cooper!!!
    Paper Hugs,

    • judka permalink
      April 21, 2018 1:56 pm

      Ooops! Thanks, Jan, for catching my error. That’s what happens when you put your stamp back in the wrong envelope!! You are right: that stamp is Summer Dream 40-602. I look forward to your comments each week. And thank you for keeping me out of too much trouble. Hugs, Judy

      • April 21, 2018 2:14 pm

        Just thought someone might also want to buy one or both!!!!
        HEY…you are never in trouble with us….we love you, your cards, Cooper, your Mr., and all the happenings!!!
        Paper Hugs,

  11. Mary-Jane D. permalink
    April 21, 2018 10:38 am

    Loved hearing about your first dog,anxious to hear more, love your cards!

  12. April 21, 2018 11:11 am

    Your cards are so beautiful, I can’t choose a favourite ! And what a lovely story about Jobi ! I already have the second dog from a dog shelter, and they are so sweet and grateful, we make each other happy ! Hugs, Enny

  13. Linda S in NE permalink
    April 21, 2018 11:43 am

    My heart was lightened today to read your rescue story. I am anxiously awaiting the rest of the story. It is so sad that your little Jobi had to endure what he did during the first part of his life. I really don’t have any respect for his first owner who could/should have stopped that abuse. And then to hand him off to be euthanized, just makes my blood boil. No matter what you write next week, I applaud you for being such a kind person and taking the little fellow in.

  14. Gina Wallace permalink
    April 21, 2018 12:41 pm

    I love your stories, and even though I don’t say much they make my weekend. in fact I save all your e mails, you have your own folder. Keep em coming.

    • judka permalink
      April 21, 2018 1:56 pm

      Gina, thanks for leaving a comment today with such nice words. I love it that I have a folder of my own!! Bless you!!

  15. Kathy H permalink
    April 21, 2018 8:48 pm

    Poor Jobi! Who could do those things to a seeet little doggie! Thank God he came to live with the RWS family. Thank you for your post. I enjoy every one!

  16. April 21, 2018 9:09 pm

    Beautiful cards. How kind of you to rescue Joni. He sounds like a wonderful dog.

  17. Patricia Gasko permalink
    April 21, 2018 11:17 pm

    Oh Judy your cards are Awesome! Loved your heart warming story about Jobi and can hardly wait till I read the rest of the story. Poor Cooper in the rain he’s so precious. LOL My aunt had a mixed breed tan dog (a large dog) who when he had to walk in the rain and you watched him you just knew he was trying to Tip Toe so as not to get wet feet. I treasure my Saturday mornings and RWS emails. Hugs to you.

  18. Marisela Delgado permalink
    April 22, 2018 2:51 pm

    I live in San Antonio, Texas and we have been in full on Spring since probably February. We have already come close to hitting 90*F a few times. I feel bad for all those people up North while we sit in the sun in our shorts and flip flops. =) My beagle Monster also hated rain and getting wet (let’s not mention BATHS) like Cooper. He would hold it until he was close to bursting and then run out as fast as he could. I miss him, though. Enjoy Cooper. At least, Cooper lets you dress him. Monster never even wore a collar (he went limp and refused to eat/move) so we let him go “naked.” ha-ha

  19. dianne mahura permalink
    April 22, 2018 4:08 pm

    Hi! Can you please tell me how the Leaf Pattern die was used so that some parts are cut out, and others aren’t? Thanks! It looks great!
    Dianne Mahura

    Sent from my iPhone

  20. Andrea A permalink
    April 23, 2018 12:14 pm

    I’m a dog lover and your story about Jobi really touched my heart. Thank you for taking him in and being a good family to him.

    The cards are lovely, I always enjoy seeing what you’ve created.
    Andrea Ahlin

  21. April 28, 2018 7:59 am

    Awesome cards and inspiration, I especially love the balloon flying mouse!

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