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Runs with Scissors

March 16, 2019

With the Ides of March behind us, St. Patrick’s day in front of us, and Daylight Savings Time a part of us, I say, “Hello, Penny Black friends”. I am reluctant to mention that spring has arrived where I live because I know many of you are enduring more snow and cold. Somewhere, too, summer is causing its own discomfort.

We stampers are a hearty bunch and know what to do when the weather is acting up. We seek comfort in our crafting space and seek joy in our stamps and dies and paper crafting projects. While our temperatures have been moderate, our rainfall has been almost continuous, putting me in the perfect mood for being creative.

Penny Black’s newest release, Timeless, brightens the gloomiest, coldest, and hottest days with its assortment of cute, elegant, floral and charming stamps and dies. Here’s what I did with some of them this week:

Here is a sweet Irish teddy from the mini set Irish Luck just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve colored him with Copic markers and added a few floral sprigs from the Poppy Edger die and combined the Square Frames and Diamond Cut dies for the background. If, as they say, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s day, it must hold true for teddy bears, too.  Oh, and there is a die to cut out that Irish teddy, Irish Luck Cut Out, but I had cut him out by hand before I remembered that.  I just hate when I do that! Matching dies are fun to use and ensure no tragic cutting accidents.

“Go big or go home” we are often told. I have boldly colored this big and bold butterfly from the Butterfly Garden stamp set and this time I used the matching die to cut it out. I mounted the butterfly along with the sentiment from the Awesome die set onto an oblong matt cut using the Swirly Stitches frame die set. And since I am still in my polka dot phase, I used the Drotlets stencil to create the background, again using that Swirly Stitches die.

I think these “Three Kind Mice” from the Critter Celebration set are so adorable perched on their floral pedestals. Again, I colored with Copics, fussy cut the images, and used dimensional tape to place them on their polka dotted Dotlets background. Oh, and I used the Burlap Edge die to create the “fence”. I can’t even promise this is the last polka dot background of the day.

Where Do I Begin?

It has not been an uneventful couple of weeks since the last issue of Runs with Scissors. If you promise not to tell the children, I will share the latest installment of our ongoing issues with appliances and all things with moving parts at our home.

“Where Do I Begin” is the title of a love song made famous by Andy Williams years ago. You may wonder how the death of two appliances turned into a love story. Bear with me, please.

A couple of weekends ago, in my need to feed my prednisone beast, I took a container of salted caramel ice cream from the freezer section of our thirteen year old refrigerator. I did notice a layer of frosted crystals on the frozen food, but didn’t become too concerned until I opened the ice cream container. The ice cream had turned into a thick liquid. I talked myself into believing that perhaps we had left the freezer drawer open at one time and proceeded to spoon that liquid yumminess into my mouth.

By the next day there was no denying our refrigerator was in its death throes, the only appliance we hadn’t replaced in the last few years. Thankfully, we had a smaller refrigerator in our garage into which we transferred the food that was still frozen. That evening I made the largest meatloaf ever from the thawed ground beef.

After visiting the big box store we were excited to choose one of the beautiful French door, stainless steel works of art now labeled a refrigerator, only to discover it is ¼ inch too wide for our space. Sigh. It was difficult to settle for a second choice. Kind of like being hungry for the restaurant’s prime rib special only to learn they had just served the last piece to someone else. The sirloin special just isn’t the same.

But choose we did and the store was able to deliver the new refrigerator the next day. As the delivery men were rolling the new appliance into the front door, I looked up at my recently deceased refrigerator and noticed the plastic container of the chips and pretzels still on its top. I quickly grabbed the dishpan-like container and wanting to hurriedly get it out of the way of the delivery men, without adding to the clutter in the kitchen, I stuck it into the empty oven space. To my credit, I did note to myself that this could be a bad idea.

All was well until that Sunday when it was time to make dinner. Mr. RWS noticed I was engrossed in a book and offered to preheat the oven for our pot pie Sunday dinner. Oh, dear Reader, so many if only’s … if only I had remembered the plastic pan in the oven. If only I hadn’t put it there in the first place. If only the refrigerator hadn’t died. If only I had gotten up to heat the oven. But life does not offer “do over’s”. You suffer the consequences of your stupid actions.

After about ten minutes, Mr. RWS rushed down the hall to tell me something was wrong with the oven. I immediately remembered the plastic pan and the chips. I couldn’t get to the kitchen fast enough. Mr. RWS got there first and quickly opened the oven door, which caused the smoky smoldering mess to burst into flames that leaped from the oven.

Closing the door contained the flames, but not the smoke pouring from the stove. Thankfully, it headed directly out the open kitchen window, not into the rest of the house.

Interestingly, we discussed rationally what to do next. Keeping the door closed kept us from a spreading inferno, but we realized the smoldering and smoke could go on for a long time. And of course, I was concerned about the next door neighbors who must have noticed the smoke and odor and the screaming smoke alarm. They probably thought I was just cooking again!

So, rationally, I told Mr. RWS that we needed a fire extinguisher and he needed to go to the nearest store and purchase one. Never mind that this trip would take at least twenty minutes from parking lot to store to fire extinguisher section to check out register and to home again.

I admit to considering calling the fire department while he was gone but was fearful of the mess they would make with their hoses and axes and fire deterrents. So, I waited and watched out the window anxiously for Mr. RWS and that fire extinguisher to arrive.

Finally, there it was … our car, turning into the driveway. I greeted Mr. RWS as my knight in shining armor, and looking at the bag with the fire extinguisher I noticed something else in his hands. He was carrying a bouquet of red roses!

I was speechless and couldn’t move for a moment, frozen with the idea that in the midst of this crisis, which I had caused by a stupid decision, Mr. RWS realized how badly I was going to feel and grabbed the flowers on the way to the checkout.

The fire extinguisher quickly extinguished the flames and smoke. The flowers went a long way to know I was forgiven and loved.

Now, if that’s not a love story worthy of a love song, what is?

These flowers are the Daisies from the cling set of the same title. I used the Honeycomb stencil to divide my card face in half, hiding the stems of the flowers. The Honeycomb background was the perfect place for the sentiment from the Awesome die set and the smallest butterfly from the Butterfly Garden Cut Out. Stencils have been a large help to me lately for creating backgrounds.

This is one of the images from the Cheering Critters stamp set and is perfect for celebrating life’s achievements. Again, I used the Dotlets stencil for the polka dot background and added a layer of cardstock framed with the Snowflake Stitches Frame die set and the sentiment from the same Cheering Critters stamp set. That stamp set has multiple critter images in celebratory mode to mark special occasions and achievements in the life of friends or family.


More than one comment has been left at the end of Runs with Scissors suggesting I occasionally include a card made with one of the older Penny Black stamps. I love that idea as I have many favorite “golden oldies” Penny Black stamps. This image is called Garden of Love and is a treat to color. I’ve framed her with the Lovely Border frame and   I hope you can feel encouraged to use some of your older stamps, too, and update them with new Penny Black sentiments or frames.

Voting Results

The votes are in and counted regarding Cooper’s ears. I was amazed that 95 of you commented and 92 voted. Here are the results of the voting:

For Long Ears: 36 votes. For Short Ears: 39 votes. There were 14 diplomats who suggested “both” via various methods. The other comments offered helpful advice about how bichons should be groomed.

Cooper is a mix of standard poodle and bichon. When we first adopted him, we had him groomed with the full bichon cut, round face, fluffy legs and all. We soon discovered that his curly poodle hair quickly took over and that bichon cut disappeared too soon. Being groomed was pretty traumatic for Cooper at first, so we simplified the cut as much as we could, being happy with clean and neat. The ears are the only variable now. It is interesting that Cooper can appear to be more poodle than bichon and vice versa depending on his haircut.

Cooper, Mr. RWS and I thank you for taking the time to vote. I think we will take the suggestion to alternate short and long. We love him either way.

I thought this would be the time to show the photo of the day we adopted Cooper, short ears and all. That is Shawn, the woman who founded and runs the Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue in Franklin, Tennessee, handing Cooper over to me that day in September of 2011. He was a month shy of two years old and terrified of most everything.

Enough chatting for now. The scissors are stowed. See you next time! Don’t forget about the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-538 Irish Luck, 51-499 Diamond Cut, 51-507 Poppy Edger, 51-517 Square Frames

Card No. 2: 25-007 Dotlets, 30-538 Butterfly Garden, 51-333 Awesome, 51-528 Butterfly Garden Cut Out, 51-502 Swirly Stitches

Card No. 3: 30-542 Critter Celebration, 30-239 You’re Retro, 51-504 Burlap Edge, 25-007 Dotlets

Card No. 4: 25-012 Honeycomb, 40-665 Daisies, 51-333 Awesome, 51-528 Butterfly Garden Cut Out

Card No. 5: 30-549 Cheering Critters, 51-375 Snowflake Stitches Frame, 25-007 Dotlets

Card No. 6: 40-271 Garden of Love, 51-484 Lovely Border

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie P permalink
    March 16, 2019 3:29 am

    Love your cards. You hav the sweet husband.

  2. Andrea Hastilow permalink
    March 16, 2019 3:48 am

    Fantastic news, your hubby sounds a proper knight in shinning armour to bring you roses. My x husband would have brought me oven cleaner & air freshener then moaned that the meal was late, I did say x ! Your cards are all stunning, love the happy colours & cheery faces as I look out my window in UK to blustery winds & horizontal rain, again. Have a fabulous weekend x

  3. Nan permalink
    March 16, 2019 5:05 am

    OH my gosh! Was the oven salvageable? I had a friend who stored her Tupperware in her oven! Lovely cards as always.

  4. Jan Pignanelli permalink
    March 16, 2019 5:09 am

    Oh the joys of being a homeowner! Cute, cute cards! Really like what you did with the little mice . I can tell you had a lot of fun making them!

  5. Patti J. permalink
    March 16, 2019 6:17 am

    Your cards are wonderful, as always! Oh my goodness, you had an eventful week! It seems like you only replaced that oven a short time ago! Bless your heart, and what a keeper Mr. RWS is! Thanks for sharing!

  6. March 16, 2019 6:29 am

    When the cleaning crew is coming, I, too, store all the odds and ends in the oven and live in fear they will poke the clean oven button or that I will forget and preheat. You’ve made me rethink. Thank you for that and thank you for all of your wonderful cards and stories. I always enjoy you so much! (And that last sentence was exactly what I intended to type. You have many talents.)

  7. Fran Gumprecnt permalink
    March 16, 2019 6:44 am

    Mr. RWS is a keeper! Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards and wonderful stories! Hope your oven still works!

  8. Verna Angerhofer permalink
    March 16, 2019 7:13 am

    I love all your cards and I also liked the love story. What a sweet man!

  9. Carolyn Picken permalink
    March 16, 2019 7:52 am

    Judy, I did the same thing, oven full of bread and other items. The nay I was 30 and pregnant. I turned the oven on to warm for the pizza my husband went to pick up.
    I didn’t get red roses, just a big shiny red fire truck. 42 years later, and the good news is
    I haven’t repeated it. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

  10. March 16, 2019 8:04 am

    wow what an adventure. your husband is a keeper!! and the cards rock!!

  11. March 16, 2019 9:13 am

    Love, love, love the Happy Everything card!

  12. March 16, 2019 9:23 am

    These things usually come in three’s. Careful!
    Cooper will be cute and a very handsome chap how ever the scissors snip.

  13. Jan Castle permalink
    March 16, 2019 10:00 am

    Mr. RWS is a KEEPER!!!! Sorry about the oven episode…reminds me of one of the residents here who stores her sweaters in her oven! Every time I think about that I cringe at what could happen if someone turns on the oven – you can relate now I’m sure!!!!
    You have to know we all love Cooper – such a cutie long or short hair!
    Great art pieces today Judy….TFS!
    Paper Hugs,

  14. caminogrammy permalink
    March 16, 2019 11:12 am

    What an awesome and loving husband! When I was living at home my Mom would store her skillets in the oven. So, when we needed to use the oven we would always have to check it for the skillets. Now, to this day, 40+ years later, I still check the oven every time before I start heating it. There is never anything in there but you know!

  15. clrwaddell permalink
    March 16, 2019 1:17 pm

    What a wonderful love story indeed. Give your husband an extra hug from me for being so kind and charming.

  16. Kathy Harrison permalink
    March 16, 2019 2:10 pm

    In sure that all this was very stressful for you but it actually turned out to be a wonderful story and you are actually a very lucky lady!

  17. cmt permalink
    March 16, 2019 3:28 pm

    We have an old stove with a permanently lit pilot light. We stuff things in the oven all the time as a way to dry them off. I can see this happening to us so easily. Frightening to read about the flames, and a good reminder to get a new, reliable fire extinguisher. I’m so impressed Darling Husband not only bought roses, but didn’t point the finger of blame at you. So glad it all worked out ok.

  18. Marilyn Silverstein permalink
    March 16, 2019 6:48 pm

    Your husband is a prince. It made me tear up. He’s definitely a keeper.

  19. creatingincolors permalink
    March 17, 2019 4:42 am

    Who would have thought of roses in a frantic time of crisis like that….. Mr. RWS is amazing. What a guy.

  20. Jane Harrah permalink
    March 17, 2019 6:06 am

    And yet again you have captured me with your enjoyable tail. Your cards are wonderful and your stories are great. Thank you!

  21. March 18, 2019 9:06 am

    Oh my gosh–you did find a gem in Mr RWS! At least it all had a happy ending & hopefully you’re done buying appliances for awhile, as it’s so much more fun to buy crafting goodies–haha! Such a happy selection of cards, Judy–all made me smile! Gotta say–I absolutely love the last card! Your coloring is wonderful & the frame with the little hearts is on my wishlist! Sending hugs, Greta

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