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Runs with Scissors

May 19, 2018

Hello, Penny Black friends. I hope it is a sunny May morning wherever you are.

This week in the studio I worked on “easy peasy” or “quick and easy”. One of the luxuries of being creative is allowing the spirit to take charge and lead the journey.

I have a throw pillow on our bed that is a light tan in color with white embroidery and beads embellishing the surface. I delight in that pillow and its color combination so today it is the inspiration for my cards. I also want to encourage stampers at any level of expertise to create! Combine stamps and dies and colors or no color at all and just make something that makes you happy and encourages you to create more.

Card making does not have to be complicated or difficult. Sometimes just holding the diecuts and moving them around on paper can inspire you. If you feel you can’t color outline stamps well enough, heat emboss them and let them go “naked”.   Play with your designs until you are pleased with the symmetry or the combinations or the colors.

I hope you don’t get too bored with all the kraft today … once I got started, the muse would not let me quit.

The detailed Sing Song image is beautiful when colored, but is also readily heat embossed with white on kraft. I made the card more interesting by using the Curved Stitch die to trim off one end of the kraft, leaving white space enough to stamp a larger sentiment. The versatility of the transparent stamps makes it possible for all stampers, with any level of skill, to enjoy and use them. Sometimes simple makes it possible!

For this card, I have applied ink directly to the cling stamp Summer Dream and stamped it onto the kraft cardstock. I made a little tag using the Gift Card die set to contain the tiny sentiment. Because I wanted to keep things simple this week, I added no further detail to the brush stroke stamp other than adding tiny Nuvo drops here and there. Of course, the Stitched Stackers border adds interest and a finished look. Those brush stroke stamps make your cards look like you spent a lot of time on them but once you learn not to apply too much color directly onto the stamp, they are not difficult to do. And Jill Foster has many videos available for more ways to make the brushstroke stamps add a professional look to your cards.

The Floral Arrangement die is one of my all time favorites and I was excited to cut it out of white cardstock and attach it to a kraft card base. You could create your own colored card base using ink and a blending tool, but the kraft and white combination is always pleasing to the eye. I put tiny drops of Nuvo drops on the white flowers to add some depth. This is a very easy, but elegant card that would be suitable for many occasions.

An Intermission

It was on August 16th, 2014 when I first began including a story in the middle of posting the six cards I make for the weekly Running with Scissors. I called it an “intermission” and told the story of my efforts to establish a new Christmas tradition for the sullen teen step daughter that had come to live with us. You can find that story here.

This “Intermission” is the 142nd story I’ve written since then. I have shared with you stories about my kids and grandkids; our family traditions; my travels; our dilemmas; my Bucket List; my Gratitude list; my friendships; some love stories; and sometimes I’ve embarrassed myself by sharing my most embarrassing moments. I know I have made you laugh at times and shed tears at times. I know by your comments that we have discovered how much we have in common as you share your experiences with my subject that week.

Cooper has been an important partner while I run with scissors. He made his debut on the blog on February 15, 2014 and has patiently posed for photos ever since. There must be almost 150 photos of Cooper. Some of you, Dear Readers, have made it very clear that Cooper is the real star of Runs with Scissors!

Since I became a part of the Penny Black family my youngest grandchildren, Evelyn and Jack have gone from infants to and Irish dancer off to school in August and a T Ball player! Lauren and Andrew, the Atlanta grandchildren, are a Junior and Sophmore in high school. The two oldest Milwaukee grandchildren are officially adults and on their own.

The little shoebox that used to hold my Penny Black wood block stamps has blossomed into a closet full of stamps and dies. I am on the third binder of my printed Runs with Scissors blog posts.

Here comes the “Intermission” part. Cooper and I are inserting an intermission between the past Runs with Scissors and the future Runs with Scissors. We won’t be gone too long, just enough to hit the restroom and snack bar before the next act begins. This week’s Runs with Scissors will be our last until July sometime. I am blessed to have the best “job” in the stamping world with the most flexibility possible. I plan to return with new ebullience and bodacious ideas. Who knows? By that time Cooper may be begging to have his photo taken again.

For those of you who would still like to start your Saturday mornings with Runs with Scissors, they are all archived on the Penny Black blog. Just enter “runs with scissors” into the little search window on the right side of the blog and a whole list will come up. Click on any of them and voila! Saturday won’t change much.

So for now, I wish you all a happy spring. I am counting on you to stay well and stay creative. We know Penny Black will be releasing even more beautiful stamps and dies and before we know it, it will be time for Christmas images!! I may have to spend time searching for my Snowy stamp before long.

Thank you for your faithful readership! I will see you before too long. Big hugs, Judy

My paper “stash” includes a variety of kraft cardstock. The difference is not only the color, but some of the paper has a “softer” finish to it than others. I’ve used the harder surfaced cardstock for the white die and kraft combination cards, but because I knew I would be coloring this Flower Perch image with colored pencils, I chose a “softer” surfaced paper. When I color, no matter the medium, I find myself totally focused on my coloring and the rest of the world drops away. This image offers flowers, leaves, branches and a bird … an invitation to use spring colors and dwell on the beauty of this season. I cut a corner off the kraft cardstock using the Curved Stitch die to provide room for a small sentiment from the Snippets set.

Penny Black has given us another vocabulary word to investigate this week. “Bodacious” is a word formed by combining “bold” with “audacious” and has some bold and audacious meanings. “ Excellent”, “admirable”, “impressive”, “awesome” and “attractive” are a few of its meanings.   I have mounted the Bodacious die cut onto kraft paper that has been texturized using the Rows of Stitches die and the Stitched Stackers border. A tag with a sentiment could easily be attached.

I could have made one more kraft and white card very easily using the Flowing Butterflies die, but I think by now you’ve gotten the point: white diecuts on kraft paper make a lovely, not too difficult card. So I used a strip of patterned paper from the Golden Moment paper pack as the background for the butterflies. This left enough room for one of the large sentiments from the Hope Shines transparent set.

I know Cooper has his own followers that will be missing him in the coming weeks. Since I totally understand that connection, I have gathered some of my favorite photos of him for you to enjoy today and look back onto when you need a “Cooper fix”. I am blessed to have his company, his loyalty, and his love as part of my daily life. I love that you love him, too.

I won’t be stowing the scissors today. I am taking them for a good sharpening; they have earned it. Like you, I will be checking the Penny Black blog daily for inspiration and education. I will continue to visit the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to keep up with the work you post there. I won’t say good bye this week; just “see you later”.

While we know this isn’t good bye, dear Judy, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for each and every card, story, and smile you’ve so generously shared with us. We wish you a wonderful “intermission” filled with Cooper snuggles, inky fun, and gazebo relaxation. With heaps of love and appreciation, the Penny Black Family

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-350 Sentiment Collection, 40-611 Sing Song, 51-435 Curved Stitch

Card No. 2: 30-283 Snippets, 40-493 Summer Dream, 51-191 Gift Card Pocket, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 3: 30-476 Branch of Love, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-428 Floral Arrangements

Card No. 4: 30-283 Snippets, 40-490 Flower Perch, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 5: 51-411 Rows of Stitches, 51-413 Bodacious, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 6: 30-432 Hope Shines, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 51-444 Flowing Butterflies, 80-015 Golden Moment


41 Comments leave one →
  1. Cheryl Robertson permalink
    May 19, 2018 12:58 am

    Everyone needs a break now and then and I hope you enjoy yours! I will take this time to go back in the Archives to see what I have missed. Happy Summer and we’ll see you soon!

  2. donna mikasa permalink
    May 19, 2018 2:12 am

    Well, dear Judy, I hope you enjoy every minute of your well deserved “intermission”! Have a wonderful summer with Mr RWS and Cooper, and we’ll both be looking for our Snowy stamps! See you in a few months!

  3. May 19, 2018 2:31 am

    beautiful cards. I hope you enjoy your break and that it is full of good things.

  4. dawnnz permalink
    May 19, 2018 2:41 am

    Enjoy your break! Well deserved. I’m just imaging how many cards you have made over the years. Looking forward to catching up later in the year.

  5. Deb L permalink
    May 19, 2018 4:52 am

    I look forward to your Saturday morning posts but understand fully for the break. As much as we enjoy our hobbies sometimes when it becomes too much like a job it loses something. Thanks for all the lovely stories and enjoy your intermission and return refreshed.

  6. mjmarmo permalink
    May 19, 2018 5:30 am

    BEautiful cards! Enjoy your intermission!

  7. Fran Gumprecht! permalink
    May 19, 2018 6:23 am

    Enjoy your summer! We will miss you, your beautiful creations and stories! Oh, and Cooper!

  8. Jan Pignanelli permalink
    May 19, 2018 6:29 am

    We are counting on you, dear generous Judy, to be well, and to be as creative as you wish during your break. Cooper will enjoy the extra time and attention. But—WE will miss you! (Lovely cards, thanks for the tip on inking Ravishing) Blessings!

  9. Michel Espey permalink
    May 19, 2018 6:57 am

    Enjoy your intermission. Can’t wait for you to come back. Enjoy your stories and projects.

  10. creatingincolors permalink
    May 19, 2018 7:30 am

    I love the look of cards made with kraft cardstock. I’ll admit “Flower Perch” is my favorite with your pretty coloring. Great choice of colors. I must say my Saturday mornings won’t be the same without Running with Scissors and coffee, but I’ll be patiently waiting for you to return after your intermission. It’s okay. 🙂

  11. Bonnie Kasper permalink
    May 19, 2018 7:41 am

    Thank you for your wonderful cards and sharing family life. You deserve a well earned rest and break. Well all miss you and look forward to your return. B

  12. plrbar permalink
    May 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Hope this is a restful, but fun intermission and that all is ok. You’ll be missed!

  13. Jane Harrah permalink
    May 19, 2018 8:31 am

    No No No, I can’t handle this I know you must need a break but seriously,NO! Love the cards and need my weekly fix. LOL. ?Enjoy and see you in July. You better be back!

  14. Jan permalink
    May 19, 2018 8:53 am

    Enjoy your break but please come back as soon as possible. I will miss your wonderful and funny stories and, of course, Cooper.

  15. Angie Antrim permalink
    May 19, 2018 8:56 am

    I will be missing you and Cooper. Thanks for the beautiful cards but especially your stories, you’re a great writer. Thank you, I’ll be looking forward to your coming back.

  16. DebbieP permalink
    May 19, 2018 8:58 am

    As always, your cards are a great inspiration and get me motivated to make my own cards. Have a fun break!

  17. Jan Castle permalink
    May 19, 2018 9:29 am

    I am so thankful for you Judy – how you share, inspire, and make me smile! My time with you via your blog has helped adjust to a new normal after my husband slipped to Heaven, selling my home and tree farm, and moving into an independent living residential continuing care facility. It has been 1 1/2 years and you encouraged with me every step of the way – THANK YOU! Enjoy your INTERMISSION…love your family (including Cooper) with all your heart, time, and energy.
    Happy to know about the Archives…will make use of them while you are on R&R.
    Gratefully yours with Paper Hugs,

  18. May 19, 2018 9:38 am

    How will I know it is Saturday, if you don’t post Runs with Scissors? Enjoy your intermission.

  19. Marilyn S permalink
    May 19, 2018 10:00 am

    Thank you for your inspiration, your wonderful stories. You make us feel like part of your family. Enjoy your time off wishing good health and a wonderful spring.

  20. Debbie L. permalink
    May 19, 2018 12:49 pm

    Judy, I too will miss you. But I hope you have a bodacious intermission!

  21. Peg permalink
    May 19, 2018 4:52 pm

    Oh no Judy, there will be a big hole left in Saturday mornings without your Running With Scissors. I am one of those who love, love, love Cooper and the stories you enhance about him. Please come back as soon as you are able. Rest in the meantime.

  22. May 19, 2018 5:00 pm

    I do hope you and Cooper are off on an adventure. Take care so you can return fresh and rearing to go.

  23. barbara lassiter permalink
    May 19, 2018 6:22 pm

    Who was it that said….”you deserve a break today”…..You will be missed and I hope this “intermission” is for fun and relaxation only. I hope to hear from you, Mr. RWS and sweet Cooper soon. Have a great summer! 🙂 God bless and Penny Black is so blessed to have you on the team!

  24. Kathy H permalink
    May 19, 2018 6:39 pm

    Wishing you and Cooper the best! I will miss you both!

  25. Kathy H permalink
    May 19, 2018 6:39 pm

    Wishing you and Cooper the best! I will miss you both!

  26. Tina Murphy permalink
    May 19, 2018 6:47 pm

    Hi Sat friend. Hope your intermission is fun but if not, then restful and recuperative. Maybe there will be a story or two to share. Will miss your life sharing and really really hope that the hiatus is temporary. Don’t go thinking that we will forget about you! Just because you aren’t getting weekly feedback doesn’t mean you are not in hearts and minds. It is gray and foggy on the Oregon coast, just perfect for coloring and card making! Let Cooper make all the really big decisions and everything will be fine. See ya in July.

  27. dianemdb1985 permalink
    May 19, 2018 7:29 pm

    But why?! You have shared so much of your life, that it is very disconcerting to not have a more complete explanation from you. I hope you and your family are well and look forward to your return.

  28. mckcampbell permalink
    May 19, 2018 8:57 pm

    Enjoy your intermission. I like many (I’m sure) will miss your Saturday stores and beautiful cards. Will be watching for you in July. Make sure Cooper has just as much relaxation or wonderful walks in the park:) Until July

  29. Kathy permalink
    May 19, 2018 9:45 pm

    Thanks for the heads up. I so enjoy your Saturday posts. But, I am glad to know that I won’t be missing anything as I pack up our home and make the 1500mile trek to our new home. By the time you are up and running again, my husband and I will be reunited and I will be unpacking my stamps and setting up a place to create. So I look forward to what July will bring! Have a wonderful break and give Cooper some treats for me!

  30. Sue CD permalink
    May 20, 2018 5:11 am

    All good wishes for whatever your intermission involves. I will miss you and Cooper and of course, the card inspiration.

  31. Deb permalink
    May 20, 2018 7:23 am

    Thanks for sharing not only your skilled card making, but also parts of your past and present life. Hope your time away is for fun things, but I will be looking forward to your return, you definitely make my weekends. Best of all things to you, Cooper and Mr. RWS.

  32. Mac Mable permalink
    May 20, 2018 7:48 am

    Enjoy the break…but you will be sorely missed. Thank you for the amazing inspiration with your wonderful and creative cards. Yes I am a Cooper fan and he will be missed too x

  33. May 20, 2018 8:33 am

    Enjoy your intermission, you have earned it! You will be missed by so many. Thanks for all you share and your inspiration!!

  34. karenajo permalink
    May 21, 2018 6:14 am

    Thanks for all the inspiration you share with your readers – cards and stories! Love all the kraft projects this week and look forward to more ideas after your ‘intermission’. Have a great summer and give Cooper a hug from all of us!

  35. May 21, 2018 3:36 pm

    Enjoy your intermission, thank you for your inspiration, entertainment and encouragement.
    Take care.

  36. Marliese permalink
    May 22, 2018 6:05 am

    Enjoy your intermission. I’ll miss you and Cooper though. Looking forward to your return.

  37. Marisela Delgado permalink
    May 23, 2018 3:43 pm

    You and Cooper and Mr. RWS enjoy your summer and we look forward to hearing from you again. Okay, I can’t wait to see Cooper again. No offense, of course.

  38. May 25, 2018 10:27 am

    Oh, I’m going to miss you and your lovely stories, especially about Cooper ! But you deserve a break and I wish you all the best, until we can enjoy your weekly stories and beautiful cards again ! Enny

  39. Vicky S. permalink
    May 28, 2018 1:38 pm

    Judy, Enjoy your time off.
    Just know that you will be missed by all of us.
    Take care of yourself, cooper & have some good ventures.
    Be looking forward to July. & stories of your ventures
    .I like all of your cards.They have inspire me to look outside of the box.
    Thanks for all the cards & stories/

  40. Marilyn S permalink
    July 23, 2018 8:41 am

    OMG I’m having withdrawals…hoping all is well and you’re having a good summer. Have missed your wonderful stories and pictures of Cooper. Looking forward to more of your art work you always inspire me. Hurry back.

  41. July 29, 2018 10:21 am

    Love all the kraft card & that last one with white butterflies over the printed paper is gorgeous, Judy! Cooper is indeed a star & love seeing those darling pictures! Hope you’ve had a great intermission & now I’m off to read your comeback post!

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