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Runs with Scissors

December 22, 2018

Hello, dear Penny Black friends!  As you read this issue of Runs with Scissors, Mr. RWS, Cooper and I are literally driving over the river and through the woods to Atlanta to spend Christmas with the Atlanta son and his wife and the two teen-aged grandkids.  The Minneapolis daughter will fly in for a few days and we will eat, drink and be merry.  Our Atlanta hosts are magnificent chefs and this Grandma will bring treats and a few presents.  How wonderful to have this time with family.

Speaking of wonderful, even though it is almost Christmas, it is time to share cards made with the newest Penny Black release, Happy Heart Day. The really good news is that this release is now available in the Penny Black store!  No more waiting.

I love “cute” and this release allows me to overdose on cute if I so wish.

I started out with a more male-themed Valentine using the Love Train die set.  The letters spelling LOVE are part of the set and fit perfectly on the little train cars. The Hearts Galore die fills the sky with red hearts, a few of which I added to fall into the center of the “O”.  I know a little boy who will love this Love Train Valentine.

To create this double border, I stacked the two larger Lovely Border dies and then ran the cardstock and dies through my die cutting machine.  I stamped the little sweet bee from the Fairy Love set on separate cardstock, colored her with Copics and then fussy cut the image and placed it onto the card stock.  The background was made by blending Distress Oxide ink.  The flowers are part of the Lovable mini stamp set and I used the matching die to cut them out.  Yellow was just the right color for this Bee Mine valentine.

I liked that double border so much, I used it here, too.  The “Love” sentiment is part of the Lovely Border set and fits nicely in the center of my card.  The Teddy is the little guy sitting on the moon in the Space Reserved transparent set.  Versatility is a good thing!

Christmases Past 

I hope no one minds my posting snippets from Christmases Past that I’ve shared with you previously. And a few “bursts of brilliance” that have occurred to me while writing about Christmas.  First is from Christmas 2014, the story of the Christmas Lights Bus Tour:

At one point in our marriage we were finally down to one child at home.  I was determined that our mini-family needed to establish new Christmas traditions, just for us. I thought that joining a Christmas Light Tour offered by a local tour bus company would be something we could do together to jostle our Christmas Spirit.  Not so little Miss Thirteen.  If it involved being seen with her parents, she was not interested; more like stubbornly opposed.  I was not to be deterred.  It wasn’t quite “over the river and through the woods’, but being December in Wisconsin it was over icy streets to the other side of town to board the bus. Expensive tickets in hand, we got on board and sat back as the bus carefully made its way to the chosen decorated neighborhood.  My husband and I began sharing questioning looks as we started to figure out where the bus was headed.  Even Ms. 13 unfolded the arms she had kept close to her chest as she, too, realized the impossible truth.

Yes, it really did happen.  The bus was driving through our very neighborhood, on our very street, right past our very house – which unfortunately was in total darkness because I forgot to turn on the Christmas lights before we left.  Perhaps a traditional approach to Christmas is over-rated anyway.

Ah yes, Christmastime. As I said, it is a time of memories. I can close my eyes and it’s like a film of Christmases Past plays in my head.  I recall vividlyA Special Christmasthat took place when I was about six years old.

My Dad enlisted in the Army when I was about five years old.  As it turned out, this was the start of his 30 year military career.  I remember clearly the dark early morning he left our house for basic training.  From there he was assigned to Oak Ridge, Tennessee as a member of the Military Police.

 While we were able to join him there eventually, that first Christmas he was away from us was a very sad time for my mom.  But that Christmas eve, she dressed my sister and I in our Christmas dresses (along with the dreaded long cotton stockings hooked to our mini garter belts) and we ventured to my grandmother’s home where my mother’s siblings and my cousins all gathered for Christmas Eve.  It was not easy for my mom to display any Christmas spirit knowing her husband was so far away.  My sister and I had been wishing for months that Santa Claus could bring my father home so that our mother wouldn’t be sad at Christmas.

 Just before it was time to gather at the table for the Christmas Eve meal, we kids sensed something was happening.  The grown ups were whispering to each other and my grandparents were speaking loudly in Polish, something they did when they didn’t want the kids to know what was going on.  There was a feeling of electricity in the air.  Suddenly, we heard loud thumping on the steps leading to the second story duplex where we were.  Then there was pounding on the kitchen door.  My sister, our cousins and I were all wondering if this could be Santa … and then, finally, the door flew open and there he was … my Dad!!

 My sister and I could not believe our eyes.  There was our Dad in his army uniform, which we had not seen before, reaching out to hug and hold my Mom who had totally been taken by surprise and was crying big tears of joy.   I don’t really remember anything more that happened that Christmas.  I do remember being totally amazed that such a big wish could be granted.

 I couldn’t think of any better stories to write than those two.  The funny and the wonderful; Christmas can be the magic it is advertised to be or it can just be one more day when things don’t go as hoped.  It is up to us to choose how to react.

This Christmas Present finds me enjoying my improved ability to do the things I used to do without thinking about it.  I could not have imagined a year ago that I would be feeling this well.  My one wishprayer when I was diagnosed was to be able to travel to see my kids and grandkids.   Like my six year old self, I am totally amazed such a prayer could be answered.

Valentines do not have to be pink and red only!  A little purple is fun, too.  Here I’ve used a single Lovely Border to frame my card.  The Big Love die cut fills the center and the sweet rabbit from the Loveable transparent set is enjoying his view of the world.  I cut the rabbit out using the matching die from the Lovable Cut Out die set.  That little bunny will be happy on future Easter or spring cards, too.

Peek a Boo!  Another sweet teddy, this time starring in the All my Love set.  I colored the image with Copics and added a few punched out hearts.  This would be an easy card to make in multiples! This Happy Heart Day release contains so many images that could be used to make cards for children, anniversaries, birthdays and even new baby cards.  There are so many sweet and cute critters!

If he is nothing else, Cooper is a good sport!  As long as I don’t make him wear some silly Santa hat or other costume, he will pose whenever he is asked.  Cooper adds so much joy to our Christmases and every other day!  He is wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

This Snowy may seem a bit familiar!  This card is one of the fifteen Snowy cards I made last year.  It just seemed appropriate to end my Christmas Runs with Scissors blog post with a Snowy.  We have been through a lot together and he seems like one of the family.

I admit to feeling very sentimental as I write this Christmas blog post.  Christmas is a time that stirs up memories: we remember how things used to be during the various stages of our lives.  There were our own childhood Christmases, the Christmases we were responsible for creating for our own children, and now Christmases created in different homes, with different families, and in different parts of the country.

I previously wrote on this blog:  As a philosopher named Heraclites wisely said back in the fourth century, “There is nothing permanent except change”. Indeed, our Christmases have changed. 

No matter how or where or even when we spend Christmas, we take with us in our hearts those that we loved the most.  We treasure the time we have with those who love us and call us “Mom”, “Dad”, “Grandma”, “Grandpa”, and all the other titles that family members have.  Christmas is memories.

A few years ago I wrote: I saw a “billboard” once on Facebook posted by “Trulife” that stated, “Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes and roll down my cheeks.”  I predict there will be memories rolling down my cheeks this Christmas, too.

And if we don’t have family around, we treasure the friends who love us like family and share their holidays with us.

Cooper and I are privileged to call all of you friends.  Over the past five years we have shared our lives’ ups and downs; the happy and crabby; the past and the present; the ins and the outs.  You have been patient enough to listen and to comment and to share similar experiences in your own lives.  To all of you, and to Penny Black who shares their blog with us, we say “Thank you” from the bottom of our hearts.  We wish you happiness, blessings and good health in the coming New Year.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1:  51-487 Love Train, 51-492 Hearts Galore

Card No. 2:  51-491 Lovable Cut Out, 30-529 Lovable, 30-530 Fairy Love, 51-484 Lovely Border

Card No. 3:  51-484 Lovely Border, 51-491 Lovable Cut Out, 30-535 Space Reserved

Card No. 4:  51-484 Lovely Border, 30-535 Space Reserved

Card No. 5:  51-375 Snowflake Stitch Frame, 30-534 All my Love

Card No. 6:  2521K Snowy

37 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie P permalink
    December 22, 2018 12:21 am

    Your cards are great. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with your family.

  2. dawnnz permalink
    December 22, 2018 1:01 am

    Merry Christmas Judy. A delightful set of cards today and what beautiful Christmas past stories. What memories. Enjoy your family time. Hugs Dawn

  3. Denise M permalink
    December 22, 2018 3:00 am

    Love your cards Judy. My favorite is the Love Train! Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories with us. Merry Christmas.

  4. Diane J permalink
    December 22, 2018 4:10 am

    You have also left us with many good memories with your posts. The fact that you take time out of your day to spend with us is wonderful. Your cards are so adorable. I wish you and your family good health and happiness throughout this holiday season and through the new year. Merry Christmas!

  5. Sharon Brand permalink
    December 22, 2018 4:10 am

    Thanks for a wonderful post!
    Wishing you and all your family a very
    Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy
    New Year!

  6. ginger permalink
    December 22, 2018 4:26 am

    I enjoy seeing your creations and sharing your memories. So happy to see our old friend Snowy come by for a visit. Blessing to you and yours and take good care.

  7. SueCD permalink
    December 22, 2018 4:27 am

    Thanks for sharing your memories, your lovely cards, Saturday mornings, and Cooper. I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New year and a safe and enjoyable trip to Atlanta.

  8. creatingincolors permalink
    December 22, 2018 4:50 am

    What a wonderful post – the funny and the wonderful, your love and gratitude – and of course Cooper’s message. Your Valentines are adorable, and I’m glad you included Snowy too! Have a beautiful time at your family gathering. Blessings for Christmas and the New Year.

  9. Sandy permalink
    December 22, 2018 5:35 am

    Thank you for a wonderful blog! I look forward to your weekly writing & lovely inspiring art work! Have a joyful Christmas!

  10. Fran Gumprecht! permalink
    December 22, 2018 5:40 am

    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Thanks for sharing your stories and beautiful creations over the years!

  11. December 22, 2018 6:38 am

    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  12. December 22, 2018 6:52 am

    And a very Merry Christmas to you too Judy!! I loved your Christmas stories…I chuckled at the bus tour in your neighborhood and had my eyes leaking at the story of your dad coming home for Christmas! We are in the process of learning about Christmas being different now that we are empty nesters and trying to gather everyone for one date that works for all…we will adjust out of necessity and learn to be joyful, even though it is hard sometimes! Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family. Blessings and hugs!! :0)

  13. Jane Harrah permalink
    December 22, 2018 7:25 am

    What sweet and adorable cards and of course, Snowy is my very favorite, always. I also happen to have loved him at first sight. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Times change as we do. Christmas is an emotional time of year and can be filled with sadness or happiness. Either way, it is still a wonderful celebration of the birth of Jesus and thus makes us remember to be grateful. I am grateful for your posts and all you share. Merry Christmas and a healthy New year!

  14. December 22, 2018 7:32 am

    Cooper looks to be ready with his red collar. Do have a good safe trip and come back soon to wow us with your creative designs.

  15. barbara lassiter permalink
    December 22, 2018 7:56 am

    Thanks for the joy of life you share and just simply MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  16. Peg permalink
    December 22, 2018 7:59 am

    Thank you for your sharing Judy. Your columns have been fun to read and Cooper has been a delight! Merry Christmas to you and your family and safe travels.

  17. Carol Jones permalink
    December 22, 2018 8:26 am

    Merry Christmas Judy! So glad to hear you are feeling healthier and stronger and planning a fun holiday with your family. Thanks for another year of crafting inspiration — as always, Penny Black is my favorite and your cards are wonderful. Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas and a healthy and happy year to come. And love to Cooper, whose cuteness brightens more lives than he realizes.

  18. Debbie G. permalink
    December 22, 2018 9:45 am

    Enjoy the blessings of Christmas and the blessings that each day brings in the new year! Thanks so much for your year of wonderful and humorous posts, and the photos of Cooper.

  19. Harriet Herrington permalink
    December 22, 2018 10:05 am

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, judy!

    Your cards made me smile!

  20. jillianfoster82 permalink*
    December 22, 2018 10:08 am

    Merry Christmas!! Thanks for another fabulous Saturday of inspiration! Hugs!

  21. Bernice James permalink
    December 22, 2018 10:20 am

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I love to read what you write. Your cards are beautiful as always.

  22. Marilyn "Leap Year Baby" permalink
    December 22, 2018 10:31 am

    So happy that you are doing better this year. It’s always a joy visiting with you through Runs with Scissors. Very happy to see Snowy again he’s my favorite. Puts me in my happy place.
    Wishing you happy holidays and a healthy New Year!

  23. permalink
    December 22, 2018 11:08 am

    Wishing you, Mr. RWS and of Cooper the best Christmas ever. Love you and cooper writing your stories and look forward to them—–Merry Christmas and a Happy but Safe New Year—see all next hmmmm YEAR!!!!!Hugs, Donna

  24. Andre M. permalink
    December 22, 2018 12:03 pm

    Your cards are lovely and beautifully showcase the new products. Thank you for sharing your life, your stories ring true because they are our stories. Merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year to you.

  25. DebbieP permalink
    December 22, 2018 1:30 pm

    Wow – great post today. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us. Merry Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year.

  26. Marisela Delgado permalink
    December 22, 2018 2:31 pm

    The Lord is faithful, Judy. I have been injured for 5 and a half years now from a freak accident. I cut a varicose vein while shaving my legs. It turned life-threatening and was the catalyst for a multitude of painful injuries and scary complications. Pain medications do NOT work on me and I have been in brutal pain the entire time. I even thought about ending my life because the pain was so bad, but GOD. The Lord is with you. Plus, you have Cooper, who is super CUTE. Feliz Navidad from San Antonio, Texas………….

  27. Karen D. Holmack permalink
    December 22, 2018 3:10 pm

    Happy Holidays to you and your family Judy, especially Cooper! So glad you are feeling better. Safe travels to Atlanta.

  28. Nan permalink
    December 22, 2018 5:05 pm

    A Blessed Christmas to you & safe travels! I look forward each Saturday to you uplifting posts! Always interesting! I know all about memories flowing down my cheeks. I lost my dear mom in Jan 2017 ( she was 98!) & in Nov my dearest husband. So the holidays bring lots of memories. I’m blessed with caring loving kids & grands who will be here with me. Glad you’re feeling so well! Keep on keeping on! 🎄💕🙏🏻

  29. Tracy Steinbach permalink
    December 22, 2018 11:23 pm

    Merry Christmas enjoy your trip and thanks for sharing your wonderful stories! Right now we are waiting for our first grandbaby to come so it’s a flip of the coin who gets here first Santa or the Stork. We are hoping with this new little guy coming next year’s Christmas will be much more then how it has been with our kids grown and having plans of their own with the other famiies. Thanks for sharing your cards are amazing! 😊 Happy Holidays

  30. Sheri Kempke permalink
    December 23, 2018 9:44 am

    Thanks for your lovely stories and gorgeous cards. Thank heavens for Christmas light timers, we would never remember to turn them all on. I married “Santa”, who loves to decorate for Christmas. One holiday season, a gentleman our daughter was dating, remarked as he picked her up, that Christmas had “puked” or something similar on our house! Alas, they were soon no longer dating, she met the man of her dreams and they were married. He has even assisted in putting up all those Christmas decorations!

  31. Vicky S. permalink
    December 23, 2018 1:45 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too. Enjoy your time with your family. I am sitting here waiting for my daughter to arrive from Nashville. Then we start our christmas time.with the rest of the family. Thanks for your lovely cards. I always love the snowy cards.

  32. December 24, 2018 10:20 am

    Oh my goodness these are as sweet as all the fudge in the fridg! : )

    I just love the Lovely double border you created for your cards! Brilliant idea!!

    Merry Christmas and an even happier healthier new year!! Have a blast with your family!!


  33. December 24, 2018 1:45 pm

    Beautiful cards, that heart border is so pretty! Great to see Cooper is as handsome as ever!

  34. karenajo permalink
    December 24, 2018 7:07 pm

    Thank you and Cooper for all the wonderful columns you create. I love to read them and I relate to so many of your stories! Love the card creations this week and thanks for showcasing a previous ‘Snowy’ – loved them all. May you have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2019!

  35. December 24, 2018 9:04 pm

    Wishing you and yours (including Cooper) a Merry Christmas filled with blessings, joy and peace Judy. Snowy is always a welcome sight – LOL
    Paper Hugs,

  36. Patti J. permalink
    December 27, 2018 6:59 am

    Love your cards, the train set is on my wish list! Your post is one that I eagerly await! You write things that touch my heart, and relate to us all. And…that Cooper is the most handsome fur baby ever! Thank you for sharing your creativity, and for your positivity. You are a mentor to us all!

  37. January 1, 2019 9:20 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful family Christmas, Judy! Thanks for sharing those stories! So funny the bus went to your neighborhood & I can’t imagine the joy seeing your soldier daddy come through the door at Christmas! So many darling heart themed cards! Wishing you, Mr RWS & Cooper peace & joy in 2019!

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