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Runs with Scissors

September 8, 2018

Welcome, Penny Black Friends to another edition of Runs with Scissors. My thanks to Cooper for making sure Runs with Scissors happened while Mr. RWS and I made the trip to Wisconsin to spend time with family and friends. Cooper was on his own doggie vacay while we were away and maybe someday he will share his own vacation stories. Weren’t we lucky to rescue a dog that knows how to use a computer?

It is good to leave home now and then to spend time with people you love in places where so many of your memories were created. But as every traveler knows, it is good to return home to savor the new memories and sleep in your own bed.

It was also a joy to be back in Penny Black’s studio, playing with the new releases, Fall 2018 and Christmas 2018. This week I made a variety of cards for each of the upcoming holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The transparent set Halloween Gathering includes a great assortment of spooky images that can be combined in many different ways. For this card I’ve used the tree and the witch on her broom, stamped directly onto a background I created using Distress Oxide inks. I added black embossing powder to make the images pop against that spooky sky.

These images are also from the Halloween Gathering transparent set and created a card with an entirely different mood. I used Copic markers to make the sky and color the whacky house. That little black cat is keeping an eye on those bats. The house is a fun image to color and would look very different using a variety of color combinations.

This card was made using the Abundance mini stamp set. I think I used twenty different Copic markers coloring the cornucopia and its contents. I fussy cut the image and mounted it on the layers created with the Stitched Stackers die set. The upcoming holidays are a chance to bring out those gold, silver, red and green sheets of cardstock.

Family Time at Lake Wisconsin

“Don’t be sad it’s over, smile that it happened at all”. It’s rumored that Dr. Seuss is the author of this bit of wisdom, but even if his authorship can’t be proven, it’s good advice.

Those are the words that ran through my head as I tearfully hugged my kids and grandkids goodbye at the end of our week’s visit at the lake in Wisconsin. It doesn’t matter how determined I am to say good-bye with a smile, those tears come down my cheeks, a mixture of sadness because I have to leave and happiness because we were together.

Much of my joy came from traveling successfully, making it through airports to change planes and keeping up with the family’s activities. I almost forgot my diagnosis and was thrilled to feel so well. I made pancakes for the group, just like I always do when we gather. It’s a family memory; mom at the stove trying to make crepes as fast as the kids and grandkids can eat them.

Mr. RWS and I spent half a day visiting dear friends from the days we lived in the Lake Wisconsin area. Dinner with one couple and just a brief “drop in” with another. Just long enough for hugs and a quick check in.

The story of my adopted son connecting with his biological family came full circle when we spent an hour with his 95 year old biological grandmother. There are no words to describe that experience. I am grateful that we met and were able to fill in details about the journey each of us took in order for my son to join our family. I love a story with a happy ending, and this, indeed, was one of those.

There is a ferry that transports vehicle and pedestrian traffic from one side of Lake Wisconsin to the other. It is one of only two remaining free ferries in the country, I believe. How fun it was to see my adult son with his two little ones recreating the memories we made when he was a little boy. The ice cream stands at each side of the lake are still there, and yet another generation of families are stopping for a treat after disembarking the ferry.

We spent time each day boating on the lake, pulling the little ones behind the boat on a luxury “tube”. I couldn’t help but smile to my self remembering the newborn days of being careful how we held them, being certain to support their little heads and now they are zooming across the wake, arms waving to signal, “faster, faster”!

These two are happiest on the boat, riding the tube and swimming in the lake.

I have decided to wear sunglasses for the rest of my life! And spend more time boating.

Evenings were campfires and S’Mores and gorgeous sunsets that gave the lake house it’s name: Sunset Bay.

Jack and Evelyn are at a great age to play board games and work jigsaw puzzles, both of which we did. It is so hard to see little ones learning the hard lesson that there can only be one winner.

Now that Labor Day is behind us, Evelyn has gone off to kindergarten and Jack is finishing his last year in the Child Development Center that he has attended since an infant. If this trip has taught me anything, it’s taught me how quickly the early years of a child go by. I am grateful for the time we spent together and I am grateful for the family who set aside their daily lives and work in order to make it happen. We are already discussing Thanksgiving … not if, but where! Watch out airports, this grandma is a traveler once again.

I used the Fall Wreath die set, running it through my die cutting machine twice: once with gold cardstock that I colored by blending Distress Oxide inks and the next time using plain gold cardstock. I layered the extra leaves to create more dimension. The circle cut from the Stitched Square and Circle dies was the perfect background from my Fall Wreath.

Oh, how I love that Birches cling stamp! My head wants to spin when I think of the possibilities. This time, I went easy peasy and used the image by itself with the addition of three pops of red. This stamp is a wonderful addition to your Penny Black collection as it can be used for so many occasions just by changing the embellishments or backgrounds.

Smiley Cooper, just glad to be home. Cooper was spoiled by his caretakers while we were away, but agrees there is no place like home. It had been a couple of years since we left him for a week and it took a few days for him to realize the suitcases were gone and his folks weren’t going anywhere for awhile.

Speaking of suitcases, I successfully packed a week’s clothes for two people into one large suitcase that we checked. I suffer enough paying for one suitcase per trip and I think paying for two would be more than I could bear. I think overpacking is why suitcases have wheels now. After advice from my world traveled daughter regarding the cooler temps in Wisconsin, especially in the evenings, we added a carry on for jeans and sweatshirts. It was impossible for me to think about cooler temps when our air conditioning had been out for the days before we left. But that’s a story for another day!

It’s now time for another good-bye. How quickly these posts go. It’s always good to spend time with you and I will be back soon. I am still learning how to manage my myasthenia gravis symptoms in order to have the energy to do the things I must as well as the things I love.

The scissors are stowed, my scraps and bits vacuumed, the stamps all accounted for. I have spent far too much time searching for clear stamps that I’ve carelessly set aside instead of returning to their packaging. I am trainable!

Until next time, I hope to see your work in the Penny Circle Flicker Gallery. And as they say here in Alabama, “Happy Fall, Y’all”.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-490 Halloween Gathering, 40-433 Spooky Wishes, 51-397 Antique Frame

Card No. 2: 30-490 Halloween Gathering, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 3: 30-491 Abundance, 51-416 Stitched Stackers

Card No. 4: 51-422 Stitched Square and Circles, 51-478 Give Thanks, 51-479 Fall Wreath

Card No. 5: 40-636 Birches, 51-031 Perched, 51-174 Greetings

30 Comments leave one →
  1. Gina permalink
    September 8, 2018 12:57 am

    Thank you for your posts, if I had to wait months between posts it would not matter you make my Saturday morning. Take care and keep well, including Cooper and Mr RWS

  2. mjmarmo permalink
    September 8, 2018 2:57 am

    Looks like it was a wonderful trip. It is so difficult having grown children with their own children living far away. My daughter, her husband and 17 ,month old granddaughter are in Phoenix. A long ways form Michigan. THank goodness for facetime but they do grow so quickly! I hate to miss any of it. Your cards are wonderful!

    • judka permalink
      September 8, 2018 1:06 pm

      I feel guilty for not being closer. We do the best we can!

  3. Debbie P permalink
    September 8, 2018 4:27 am

    Love your cards. Soglad you had a great time with your grandkids. You are right. They grow so fast.

  4. Dory Hennihan permalink
    September 8, 2018 5:06 am

    So glad you are feeling well, I look forward to your posts…gotta love family vacas and Cooper did well but dowplay it so he doesn’t become cocky. ♡

  5. Deanna Morgan permalink
    September 8, 2018 5:31 am

    Just want to send love and hugs to you! I miss you when you are “gone,” yet understand why you are not here as often. May God remember you with his strength, healing and peace.

  6. Fran Gumprecht! permalink
    September 8, 2018 6:06 am

    Thanks for sharing your vacation and beautiful cards! Sounds like a good time was had by all! Precious grands!

  7. Jane Harrah permalink
    September 8, 2018 6:26 am

    Glad you had a good trip. The cards are lovely. Your medical condition sounds quite scary and I am glad you are doing okay with it. You are much missed when away for any time! I love your posts always. They make me smile.

    • judka permalink
      September 8, 2018 1:05 pm

      Thanks, Jane. The scary part was n ot knowing what was wrong … now it is manageable. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  8. September 8, 2018 6:27 am

    Lovely trip and Cooper is such a trooper to let you go.

  9. Beth permalink
    September 8, 2018 6:30 am

    Oh the stories with clear stamps. I should learn not to do anything with clear stamps over the kitchen sink! I lost one and gave up the search. Then I took a peek down the garbage disposal…..alas. It had been whirling around in there for several days completely unscathed. Little guys are tough.

  10. Ginger permalink
    September 8, 2018 7:39 am

    Glad to see you back. I’m blessed by your cards and sharing. Take good care.

  11. Mitzi Manthey permalink
    September 8, 2018 7:52 am

    You were in a beautiful area of WI. I live about 40 miles from there. But, alas, so much of WI is now flooded. Are you related to the Jungs of the Randolph area? I love your cards… even the one with the creepy Halloween background. God’s blessing on dealing with your ailment.

    • judka permalink
      September 8, 2018 1:04 pm

      No, Mitzi, those Jungs’ are not relatives (I wish). I agree … the Lake Wisconsin area is a beautiful area and one that we love visiting! It was h ome for a long time.

  12. barbara lassiter permalink
    September 8, 2018 7:56 am

    Lovely cards. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂 Happy you’re feeling well enough to travel, to create and to get back to a normal routine. We sometimes forget how important the normal is until we don’t have it! Take care!

  13. September 8, 2018 8:38 am

    So glad you had that wonderful trip, Judy! There’s nothing like days at & on the lake! We finally decided it was time to sell our boat, so the quote you started the post with is just what I need to remember. At least I didn’t cry when hubby left our house with it for the last time.
    Poor Cooper–but sounds like he survived intact. Fritz will never adjust to being left, or at least he wants us to think that! Love your cards with the Fall ones being my absolute favorites! Never thought to add ink to gold cardstock–love it! Hope your air conditioner is back working & that soon your temps are comfortable. Looks like we finally got a few drops of rain last night–such a relief! Sending hugs, Greta

    • judka permalink
      September 8, 2018 1:02 pm

      The air conditioning problems are resolved .. peacefully! Cooper takes a few days to “recover” from being away from home.

  14. Sheri K permalink
    September 8, 2018 9:38 am

    I greatly enjoy your posts, not only are your cards gorgeous but I always look forward to photo’s of Cooper. I was sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but as a PT, I’ve learned and taught many people that these awful things can be manageable, one just needs to be educated and smart! Learning to listen to your body is key, planning your day, saving your energy for tasks you MUST do or enjoy doing–and delegating and allowing others to do some chores too! I work with many women who feel they MUST do certain things because they are the “wife”, but husbands can learn to do household tasks too! (I’m certain Mr. RSW does many tasks, he sounds like that kind of guy)

    • judka permalink
      September 8, 2018 1:00 pm

      Thank you, Sheri, for sharing what I am learning. Mr. RWS has helped not only by taking on more tasks, but by assuring me that my first job is to conserve energy. It’s good to have “permission” to just sit!

  15. Verna Angerhofer permalink
    September 8, 2018 9:59 am

    Your cards are always so gorgeous! I am glad you had a great vacation with family.

  16. Jan Castle permalink
    September 8, 2018 10:44 am

    Your ‘THANKFUL’ card is GORGEOUS Judy!!!! The fussy cutting is wonderful and adds so much to the elegance of the card! Happy you had a great time with family and friends and the travel was not too much for you. Know you are enjoying being home too – you are so right…we all do – LOL!
    Paper Hugs,

  17. dawnnz permalink
    September 8, 2018 1:40 pm

    Good to hear what a fun time with the family and to see your stunning creations, Judy. Time flies by with littlies who all of a sudden aren’t so little anymore. Take care.

  18. Tina Murphy permalink
    September 8, 2018 4:33 pm

    Your cards are wonderful! Just when I think you can’t do anything new with Halloween stamps, along comes Judy. Thanks for sharing your trip and memories. My husband and I have rather dysfunctional families so it is nice to know there is normalcy out there.

  19. Marilyn S permalink
    September 8, 2018 8:27 pm

    Love your posts and inspiration! I have something for you but not sure how to get it to you.
    Should I contact Penny Black office?

  20. DebbieP permalink
    September 8, 2018 11:58 pm

    thanks Judy for sharing your wonderful cards and stories. Really enjoy starting my Saturday with your posts. So happy to hear you had a great time with family and friends. Also good to hear you are working out the routines to work with your new life. My husband and I are learning to live life without our beloved border collie, Chloe. After 14 years, we had to make the heart wrenching decision to put her down. Life without our girl is a huge adjustment. We still cry everyday, even after almost 3 weeks. Enjoy the time you have with your loved ones, be they human or fur babies.

  21. Enny permalink
    September 9, 2018 12:01 am

    I’m so glad, that you had a wonderful time with your family, and that you can manage with your illness, even more to be thankful for ! Love your cards, they are beautiful as ever. And Cooper looks gorgeous, I bet he’s glad to have you back home ! All the best ! Enny

  22. Marliese permalink
    September 9, 2018 4:35 am

    Welcome back! Happy to hear that you had a wonderful time with family and friends.

  23. creatingincolors permalink
    September 9, 2018 5:25 am

    That time with family had to be the best medicine in the world! It warmed my heart just reading about it. I love every one of your cards and gotta believe your peace and happiness from within went into making them. P.S. I will aspire to packing just one suitcase for a week for two people. Haven’t been able to accomplish that yet 🙂 And hugs to Cooper too.

  24. Pat Gasko permalink
    September 9, 2018 12:16 pm

    Love all your cards they’re great, coloring is terrific too. I’m glad to read about your trip and on how well you did and how much joy you had. I have to remember your quote “Don’t be sad it’s over Smile that it happened. . . ” I’ll have to remember that when I go visit loved ones in TN later this month. Hugs to you and Cooper he did a good job. So glad your back.

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