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Runs with Scissors

May 12, 2018

Good May morning to all of you. I hope you can hear the birds singing where you are. Right now I am hearing the sound of lawn mowers as our neighbors experience the consequences of fertilizing and watering their lawns. The sound of lawn mowers in the spring is more easily tolerated than the sound of snowblowers in the winter! As a retiree, Mr. RWS does the lawn mowing during the week when our employed neighbors are not at home.

In the United States, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day tomorrow. The women with the hardest job in the world deserve the entire weekend, I think. So all of you mothers, step-mothers, adoptive mothers, single mothers, mothers to be, and anyone who has filled the role of mother, and especially those of you who are a mother to an angel baby, celebrate this weekend and your special place in life.

Spring, with its beauty and energy and new life is the perfect time to celebrate motherhood. I hope my cards this week express the joy of this amazing season.

This sweet bird image is one of four stamps included in the transparent set Ebullient. The other three images are floral and are about the same size. I’ve made a standard sized card with this image, but their size would be perfect for smaller note cards, too. I admit to having to look up the definition of “ebullient” and learned the word means cheerful and full of energy; lively; happy. Because spring can be all of these things, these spring related images are indeed ebullient.   I created the white circular frame by “nesting” two of the circle dies from the Stitched Square and Circles die set.

The Radiant transparent set includes this single flower stamp that is fun to color and makes a bold statement. I stamped, colored and fussy cut a “batch” of flowers and used five of them on this card. I used the Curved Stitch die to create the black space between the two portions of the card. I think it is safe to say this card is “ebullient”, too.

The fashionista from the All Fours cling set is enjoying a spring day walking her pups in the park, the Metropolitan skyline in the distance. When I realized my design left no room for a sentiment, I made a little tag using the Gift Card Pocket die set and tucked it between the grassy “hills”. There is always room for a hug!


However did I manage without the word “ebullient” in my vocabulary? The word goes beyond meaning “happy”. Ebullience implies a very energetic happiness, a life force that rejuvenates our spirit after a long and sometimes dreary winter.

The month of May, with its ebullient spirit, is the perfect month to celebrate mothers, graduates and newlyweds. Perhaps ebullient is the antonym for hibernation, a time of avoiding life rather than celebrating it.

Spring is nature’s gift, an apology for the misbehavior of a winter that hung around far too long. We can grudgingly forgive and hopefully forget those long, cold months as we notice nature’s art all around us. More anticipated than even Christmas or a birthday, spring is the reward we hoped for during the dreary winter.

Mother’s Day is a day when I am especially grateful for my family who will send cards and make much appreciated phone calls. It is a day I am grateful also for the mothers of my grandchildren who amaze me with the great job they do as moms while holding down very responsible full time jobs. I love watching this next generation grow into the amazing humans that they are, thanks to the love and hard work of their parents.

I am grateful for the people in my life who mentored me as a new mother or just listened to my fears and whining as I spent six years as a single mom. Some days I wonder how I managed and every day I know I didn’t do it without help. I believe experienced moms can play a big role in a new mom’s life by being supportive and encouraging. Moms need to be reassured that their instincts are valuable and there isn’t only one right way to be a good mother.

For those of us who have become grandmothers, Mother’s Day has even more meaning. I treasure my grandchildren, even though we live far apart. I am thankful for today’s technology that allows for sharing of photos and videos and real time video phone calls. Travel by air shrinks the distance between us and the visits are precious and never routine.

Welcome, beloved May with your ebullience and celebrations. Thank you, Mother Nature for your art that nourishes our spirit. Thank you, mothers, for doing the hardest and most selfless job in the world.

As I said earlier, I created a batch of flowers using the Radiant set and had two left over after making the birthday card above. Since I wasn’t very pleased with my coloring of the flowers in the Rose Bowl image, I added my fussy cut flowers to the bouquet, blocking the not so successful coloring. I think the images from the Cup of Tea transparent set bring calm to the ebullient floral arrangement.

I may have spent more time on this card than the others combined. Actually, this Apples card didn’t take long after I found the technique that worked for me. I tried watercoloring; I tried using Tombow markers directly onto the stamp; I tried applying ink onto the stamp with a dauber. What I learned from my failed attempts is to use a light touch so you don’t lose the detail built into the Apples stamp. Also, this pale green cardstock has a shimmery, not very absorbent surface which helped. I applied my ink lightly to the image with a dauber and did not press down very hard with my MISTI. I was ebullient with the result! I truly felt like an artist after my accomplishment and only a sentiment from the Artful transparent set would do.

Mom is all about love, so I reached into my Valentine collection of dies and created the heart cut out using the Butterfly Heart Popout die. The bouquet of roses was made using the Love and Roses die set and I added a butterfly from the Flutters die set. Hearts, flowers, sweet words and a butterfly: perfect recipe for a Mother’s Day card.

Cooper loves to smell the roses. Cooper may not know what ebullient means, but he lives it every day. At the age of 8 ½ there is still a lot of playful puppy in him which adds to our ebullience daily.

Indulge this grandmother, please, by letting her post photos of the two littlest.

Evelyn is taking Irish dance lessons and recently had her first recital.

Jack is now sporting a big boy haircut since he goes to the Barber Shop with Daddy.

Now it is time to stow the scissors, tidy the studio and head to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to comment on your art. Hopefully when I get home the new gazebo will be sporting the replacement canopy sent by the manufacturer. Sadly, Mr. RWS did not notice the ten defective areas on the original canopy until after he had installed it and the sun shone through the bare spots. He deserves extra husband points for the perseverance he has shown putting together and installing gazebo number four as well as several replacement canopies over the years. We could not use our patio without a source of shade so the gazebo is our friend. My thanks to Penny Black for the addition of “ebullient” to my vocabulary and for the life lessons learned from the various sentiment and verse sets. For all of you mothers who spend time with me each week, I wish you the love of family, the ebullience of spring, and the joy of knowing how important you are.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-434 Ebullient, 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles, 51-433 Believe in Your Dreams

Card No. 2: 30-461 Smile Today, 30-481 Radiant, 51-435 Curved Stitch

Card No. 3: 30-358 Happy Snippets, 40-606 All Fours, 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-167 Metroopolitan, 51-191 Gift Card Pocket, 51-411 Rows of Stitches, 51- 418 Wavy Stitch Edger

Card No. 4: 30-481 Radiant, 30-482 Cup of Tea, 40-618 Rose Bowl

Card No. 5: 30-480 Artful, 40-619 Apples, 51-397 Antique Frame

Card No. 6: 30-106 Word Express, 51-006 Flutters, 51-291 Butterfly Heart Popout, 51-405 Love and Roses

27 Comments leave one →
  1. Brechtje permalink
    May 12, 2018 12:32 am

    Every saturdaymorning i read your blog and love your humour and nice writing style. Even we live far from each other , i live in the Netherlands , your stories are so familiar. Thank you and enjoy your motherday.

  2. May 12, 2018 1:00 am

    Wow, I didn’t know the word “ebullient” either, so special and meaningful ! In Antwerp (Belgium), we have 2 Mother’s Days, one tomorrow (the International Day) and another on August 15th (Assomption). You can’t celebrate mothers enough, they deserve our gratitude every day ! Your cards are beautiful and very inspiring, and Cooper looks gorgeous as always. Lovely pictures from your grandchildren, enjoy your Mother’s Day tomorrow ! Enny

  3. Jan Pignanelli permalink
    May 12, 2018 2:37 am

    Judy, your cards are definitely ebullient! I especially like the All Fours one because of the way you kept the colors simple, right down to the walker’s fashionable grey hair. Also, thanks for the tip on the Apples coloring which applies to a different new one I purchased. Finally, mothers : a dear friend named Fran was my mentor, full of wisdom and faith, and believed in me. She changed my life. ..that’s what mothers do! An ebullient Mother’s Day to you , Judy, and to all who are changing lives for the better!

  4. dawnnz permalink
    May 12, 2018 3:02 am

    As usual Judy your post is wonderful. I look forward to it each weekend. I can relate to your experiences as a long distance Grandmother…. this Nanny is also very appreciative of the instant photos that come through on Facebook Messanger and the video phone calls. I’m glad spring has sprung in your part of the world…. Autumn is in full swing here in New Zealand. We too are celebrating Mother’s Day… a touch sad for me as this is the first one without my Mum, but I’ll celebrate with my son and his partner Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  5. Pat Gasko permalink
    May 12, 2018 3:40 am

    Judy, your cards are definitely ebullient! Jan took the words right out of my mouth or should I say “out of my fingers” since I’m typing these words. I had to read my Runs with Scissors email before leaving on my vacation to TN and AL. Cooper is the cutest with his sunglasses and smelling the roses. Your grandkids are precious. I think it would be ebullient to spend the day with you sometimes just reading your Saturday email isn’t enough you leave us wanting more I’m sure. Wishing you the Happiest Mother’s Day.

  6. Carol Cooney permalink
    May 12, 2018 4:03 am

    Hi Judy, You must have been a writer in your first life, you have such a wonderful way with words. To me, this is the best part, and I hungrily await your column every Sat. You have touched my heart with your words. Your cards are amazing also, each one, a work of art.
    RWS is my favourite Saturday morning go to.

  7. mjmarmo permalink
    May 12, 2018 5:46 am

    Such lovely cards! Love the new word! Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all!

  8. Ginger permalink
    May 12, 2018 5:49 am

    Your “letter” is always the first I open. It is filled with beauty and heart –food for the soul. Thank you .

  9. May 12, 2018 5:52 am

    Saturdays are always fun with you and Cooper. I love the Radiant stamp..may have to “need” this one. I also,as the mother of 4 sons…all grown up,love big boy hair cuts. I could always tell when mine needed one. Their whole “look on life” changed. Thanks for running today.

  10. Fran Gumprecht! permalink
    May 12, 2018 6:04 am

    Happy Mothers Day! Your cards are beautiful! Love your column every Saturday! Your grands are precious! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Jane Harrah permalink
    May 12, 2018 6:27 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and thank you once again for sharing time and tea with me. I look forward to it every week-end. Love the cards and hope you have a wonderful gazebo kind of day.

  12. barbara lassiter permalink
    May 12, 2018 7:42 am

    Being a Mother and a Grammy are fabulous jobs and so fulfilling! Thanks for extolling all that a Mother or a Grandmother might mean to someone, too! It’s a never ending circle of love. Love all your cards, but the apple card is my favorite. Cooper is so cherished and he deserves it! Happy Mother’s Day and thanks for brightening out day!

  13. Harriet permalink
    May 12, 2018 8:39 am

    Happy Mother’s Day, Judy. Your cards are wonderful especially colorful too!

  14. mckcampbell permalink
    May 12, 2018 9:30 am

    Have a very Blessed Mother’s Day yourself!

  15. DIANA Barnes permalink
    May 12, 2018 11:46 am

    Thank you, Judy, especially for the final line of this blog! Happy Mother’s Day to you, too! I look forward to hearing from you each week!

  16. Jan Castle permalink
    May 12, 2018 12:08 pm

    Tears as I read your post today…remembering my two Mothers – one birth and one adoptive. Have no fear, they are HAPPY TEARS! I am Mom to a special needs son and he calls me 3-4 times every day…a bit much, but I love hearing from him even when I have nothing new to share since his last call – LOL!!! His long distance voice is the first I hear in the morning and the last I hear before going to bed – so thankful for cell phones!
    Your Radiant cards are beautiful, especially the one with the ‘Curved Stitch’ die – I just received mine and now, thanks to your inspiration, I have an idea to use it – thank you Judy!!!!
    Paper Hugs and Happy Mother’s Day,

    • judka permalink
      May 12, 2018 1:52 pm

      You are a very special Mom, Jan! I treasure the phone calls from the kids … you are blessed to have so many! Happy Mother’s Day!

      • Jan Castle permalink
        May 12, 2018 6:29 pm

        Thank you Judy!!!! Forgot to say how cute, cute, cute your grandkids are!!!! And I forgot to mention Cooper smelling the roses – how SWEET – he is definitely ‘stopping to smell the roses’! Love it!!!! Give him a treat for me please!

  17. cmt permalink
    May 12, 2018 9:42 pm

    Love the Ebullient stamp set. My favorite card is the birthday card. Bright and cheerful. Thanks for sharing grandchildren smiles; always the best. Evelyn’s dress is lovely.

  18. Crystal Muirhead permalink
    May 13, 2018 6:08 am

    Judy, yesterday was the first Saturday that I’ve missed reading your column in a long, long time. We’ve been on a motorcycle trip. Your grandchildren are beautiful and Cooper is so cool in his shades. I love your Saturday morning posts but this is a sad day for me. I was never able to have children. My mother, step mother and mother in law have all passed I have my fur babies but they are lousy about sending cards! So I’m going to pretend that the one you made is from them. Sadly I didn’t even go to church this morning because of mother’s day; I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold back the tears as they recognized all the mother’s. Thank you for sharing part of your life and your wonderful cards with us all. BTW, if y’all need some spare pocket change, get Mr RWS on that mower and he can start doing yards in the neighborhood to free those young families up on the weekends!!

    • judka permalink
      May 13, 2018 10:15 am

      Crystal, I am sorry for the sadness that today brings. This day is not only for those who became mothers, but for everyone that had a mother. I hope you can one day look upon the day as a day to honor the mothers in your life. If not, you have absolute permission to get through the day any way that works for you. We all need to be sensitive on every holiday to those who may be hurting or grieving. Enjoy the sunshine and your fur babies .. and for sure that Mother’s Day card is yours! Big hugs.

  19. Noreen permalink
    May 13, 2018 11:01 am

    Thank you. For everything! I look forward to the cards, your words, and the sharing of your family. Have a most wonderful Mother’s Day. ❤

  20. Debbie L. permalink
    May 14, 2018 2:45 pm

    Love your cards, especially the curved edges with the brilliant flowers and the green fashionista with the hugs tucked away. What a cute way to include a sentiment. I will try to remember that trick in the future. And, today, I will use the word “ebullient”. Hope your day is that and more.

  21. Vicky S. permalink
    May 16, 2018 7:56 am

    Judy today is my first change to read your article. I love the cards. I am going to try to co them for some friends. I had a special blessing this mother’s day. My13th year old granddaughter bought me 10 pink roses with her money. They were a little brown.but who cares. That was so sweet of her to spend her money on me. Hope your mother’s day was as happy as mine was.

  22. May 19, 2018 5:21 am

    Hi Judy,
    Trying to catch up with some mail and for some reason I have missed this post (shame on me) Lol I just love all your cards and it is a joy to go back at times to look and read your posts again and again. Also love seeing Cooper, he is such a charmer. Been to the post office today to send my mum her card for it is Mother’s day in Sweden the 27th, always have to make sure it is in my diary as I live in the UK and Mothers day already been here.
    The Royal wedding is on today so will watch that later on Tv but also sitting in the garden ,listening to the birds singing their little hearts out while catching some sunshine. It’s a Beautiful day ! xx

  23. Kathy H permalink
    May 19, 2018 1:18 pm

    Wonderful cards! Evelyn and Jack are growing so fast! Cooper is the coolest dog ever!

  24. July 29, 2018 10:14 am

    Oh those kiddos are so darn cute! Love all your cards, but the gal walking the dogs is my favorite!

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