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April 13, 2019

“April in Paris”, “April Showers Bring May Flowers”, “Oh, to be in London now that April’s there”: these are songs and poems about the lovely month of April. I don’t recall poems or songs about February and March; I guess slush and ice don’t inspire poetry.

We have been free of rain lately and because of our very wet winter, Mother Nature has put on a show of blooming Dogwood and Redbud trees and Azalea bushes. I wish those blooms could last all summer but their short blooming times make it more urgent to be out and about to admire the splendor. It won’t be long before I buy a few hanging baskets for the back yard that I can admire from my kitchen and patio. Spring is always the reward for making it through winter. Dear Readers, we have made it!

In spite of the beautiful weather, I spent time indoors once again making cards using the Timeless release of Penny Black stamps and dies along with a few “encore” items tucked in.

Black and white and red all over … no, not a newspaper, but this Asian themed card I made using the flowers and vase image included in the From the Garden stamp set and the matching From the Garden Cut Out die set. For my encore die this week, I’ve used one of the circular diecuts from the Geometrics die set. So many elements of this card make me happy; the colors, the polka dots, and the geometric design.

The Critter Celebration set includes this sweet dandelion-blowing mouse perched on a mushroom. I’ve added half of the Picket Fence diecut and a little cloud to create this scene. I used masking tape to create the white border around the image. Why don’t I remember to do that more often? I had a moment or two of wondering whether or not to add a pop of a brighter color, but decided I liked the almost monochromatic, neutral look of this card.

The Butterfly Garden stamp set has three gorgeous butterflies in three different sizes. This is the middle sized butterfly that I stamped and cut out using the Butterfly Garden Cut Out die set. I situated that butterfly on the At Grace floral background. I picked up the copper color of the butterfly in the copper cardstock base. What better image to say “congratulations” than a butterfly that has completed the journey from humble caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.

Time Flies

Nothing illustrates how quickly time passes better than watching your children or grandchildren grow. Days pass quickly, and suddenly it’s months and then it’s years. My life and routine don’t vary too much anymore, but those children move quickly from one stage or activity to another.

School years are like a notch in a belt; they accumulate and suddenly the first grader is graduating from high school, the second grader is asking a date to the Junior Prom and the littlest are now riding behind a speed boat in a rubber raft. Sometimes I feel like Rip Van Winkle; they used to be toddlers and now they are people with accomplishments and plans of their own.

Last week the mail carrier delivered an invitation to our Atlanta granddaughter’s high school graduation. I knew this was going to happen, but seeing it in formal gold print made it more real. Lauren, the wise and verbal toddler has finished her high school years and will be off to the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) in the fall. I still have her photo from her first day of second grade on my refrigerator! My denial runs deep.

Lauren’s brother, Andrew, is a junior in high school this year and has asked a young lady to be his date to their prom. He is also in that refrigerator photo as an adorable first grader.

Evelyn has moved from daycare to kindergarten at St. Mary’s school, near her home. She takes karate lessons and plays a form of indoor soccer which her daddy coaches. She happily Facetimes me after the games to share the good news of their victory. Daddy says he has to be careful not to give Ev more playing time than the other kids.

Jack isn’t a toddler anymore, but he is still, and will always be, the youngest grandchild. He is smart, cute, and funny and doesn’t let being the youngest slow him down.

The two oldest grandsons in Wisconsin are now young men, in school and working toward their life’s goals. In my mind, they are still the sweet boys who lived with us for awhile during some family difficulties. I like to believe they learned a lot from us. I know they brought us joy and purpose.

Years ago, when Lauren was about five, we were browsing through a magazine and came across a picture of a bride. Lauren started talking about brides and weddings and I asked her if I could come to her wedding some day. She looked at me and with the honesty of an innocent child said, “Sure, Grandma, if you are still alive.” Well, Lauren, I’ve made it this far and can’t wait to be part of your future.

I hope you will forgive me for taking advantage of all of you to share photos of some of my favorite people. Our moving away has altered my dream of Sunday dinners with kids and grandkids; spontaneous drop-in visits and occasional overnights at Grandma’s house. What we do have is much anticipated gatherings for some holidays, special occasions and summer vacations. We pack in activities, focus on being together and make the most of every minute. Our memories have to last until we gather again.

I have combined the old and the new for this Easter card. I’ve used the Bunny Rabbit die as another encore die along with the new Poppy Edger die. No stamping needed as I’ve used the “love” sentiment from the Sending Love die set. I added white Novu drops for a bit of texture and pop of white. Oh, and did you notice that cotton ball tail? Just for fun!

This is an experiment stamping an image on patterned paper. Gingham says “spring” and is a good background for the Daisies stamp. I added the Square Frame and several little butterflies from the Butterfly Garden Cut Out die set. If you choose to try this technique, you could try adding color to the petals with colored pencils. I decided I like this result right after I added the butterflies and stopped there.

Look who is going for a Balloon Ride! Little Teddy is floating high about the clouds with his bouquet of balloons. To color the balloons, I colored white cardstock with an assortment of Distress Oxide inks and stamped the balloons where I captured several colors. I added just a slash of white ink to add dimension to his balloons. The Just For You sentiment fit perfectly in the remaining white space.

Cooper would never be interested in jellybeans on his own. I had to pose him for this photo and he really didn’t think much of the jellybeans. Now, if it had been chicken jerky or some other doggie treat, he would have helped himself, knowing that it was meant for him. I sometimes ponder on how fortunate we have been that Cooper does not destroy or get into things that are not his. He is always eager to please and if he should slip up and chew on a pen or marker that he finds on the floor, he hates when he is scolded. He quickly seeks forgiveness and in his own way, says “I’m sorry”. Cooper, maybe the Easter Bunny knows the right kind of treat to bring you.

Since Cooper and I won’t be seeing you until after Easter, we will take this time to wish you happy Easter if it is a holiday you celebrate. Mr. RWS, Cooper and I will be hosting my daughter who lives in Minneapolis. It is a time for me to cook family favorites and enjoy catching up with Kathy. I found myself browsing in a department store a week or so ago, seeking a new Easter outfit. Suddenly I came to my senses and realized I have more clothes than Marie Kondo would deem necessary and will enjoy wearing an outfit that gave me joy when I bought it. And will bring me joy again when I discover that it fits!

Thank you for spending time with me again. Thank you for your comments and thank you for sharing your work in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. I am inspired by your ideas and your lovely cards.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 51-130 Geometrics, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 30-560 From the Garden

Card No. 2: 51-033 Silver Lining, 51-327 Picket Fence, 30-542 Critter Celebration

Card No. 3: 51-375 Snowflake Stitch Frame, 40-680 At Grace, 30-546 Smiling, 30-548 Butterfly Garden

Card No. 4:  51-216 Sending Love, 51-343 Bunny Rabbit, 51-507 Poppy Edger

Card No. 5: 51-517 Square Frames, 51-528 Butterfly Garden Cut Out, 40-665 Daisies, 30-543 Flower Teddy

Card No. 6: 51-033 Silver Linings, 51-292 Just for You, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 30-545 Balloon Ride

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie P permalink
    April 13, 2019 1:42 am

    Love your cards. Happy Easter to you and your family.

  2. Andrea Hastilow permalink
    April 13, 2019 2:58 am

    Your cards are a gorgeous breath of fresh air. I’m glad you shared your photographs & thoughts & I admit you’ve got me thinking about the speed my own children are growing up around me while my days seen to be exactly the same these days. Have a marvellous Easter & family time x

  3. Nan permalink
    April 13, 2019 3:47 am

    Happy Easter to you! We had fleeting spring for a few days here in Minnesota. This past week brought a blizzard. Such is life here. My grands are 26,22,18 & 13. Where did the time go? Blessed that they’re all happy, healthy & busy.

  4. Diane T permalink
    April 13, 2019 4:36 am

    As always, I enjoyed your post. Time passing and children growing makes me cry. Thank you for sharing your beautiful grandchildren. Enjoy your Easter holiday and good health to you.

  5. Dory Hennihan permalink
    April 13, 2019 5:46 am

    Happy Easter to you. ♡ my 9 grands are 21 mo. to 13 yrs. each one is different and amazing. ♡ I so look forward to your posts.

  6. mjmarmo permalink
    April 13, 2019 6:19 am

    Such stunning cards! Love hearing about the grandchildren. We have a 2 year old granddaughter and the changes in just two years are amazing. They do grow so quickly.

    I just realized i have no longer been receiving these emails. I have missed them. Off to find out why! I happened to see a post on FB from Penny Black and that reminded me.

  7. SarahC permalink
    April 13, 2019 6:21 am

    Love your cards. They are always beautiful, but it is your stories that draw me in. I look forward to your posts. Thanks so much for sharing with such wit and creativity. Have a lovely Easter.

  8. SarahC permalink
    April 13, 2019 6:21 am

    Love your cards. They are always beautiful, but it is your stories that draw me in. I look forward to your posts. Thanks so much for sharing with such wit and creativity. Have a lovely Easter.

  9. Patricia Gasko permalink
    April 13, 2019 6:48 am

    Happy Easter to you and yours. As always I love your cards but Judy I have to say you have out done yourself this time. And with your family memories too don’t ever stop including them in your weekly blogs. If you put bunny ears on Cooper he’d be the perfect Easter Bunny!!! All white and fluffy but I’m sure he would rather just have his own ears. Take Care and enjoy the Easter Holiday visitors. Hugs

  10. papermorepaper permalink
    April 13, 2019 6:51 am

    Dear Judy, this Saturday’s post started the weekend off with a smile: beautiful cards (yes, real paper), wonderful family memories (melted chocolate in Easter grass leaps to mind), and a sweet little dog that doesn’t bolt jelly beans (unlike a certain German Shepherd who shall remain nameless). Love all over the place!
    Thank you once again and Happy Easter to you and your family.

  11. Kay Boone permalink
    April 13, 2019 7:21 am

    love your cards—-and your words! thank you for bringing a bright spot to my morning

  12. April 13, 2019 7:27 am

    Your cards are lovely, but your grandchildren are exceptional.

  13. April 13, 2019 8:05 am

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  14. April 13, 2019 9:51 am

    It’s hard to believe Evelyn & Jack are the kids in that picture! I clearly remember when you were anticipating the birth of Ev! Must say, there was a lot of good in the old days when families lived near each other. Always missed not seeing my grandparents when I was a kid. Sure enough, my sibblings moved away & my nieces & nephews grew up seeing me very little. So good you can do facetime & have regular visits. Enjoy Easter with Kathy! The first card is just stunning & I love the softness of the second one! Lots of inspiration, Judy–thank you!

  15. Sherry permalink
    April 13, 2019 10:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your lovely cards and personal stories with us! I, too, look forward to each post and the mentions of Atlanta and Wisconsin. It seems like yesterday that one granddaughter arrived in Hawaii and now she learning to drive. How come she ages and I don’t? Enjoy Easter with family!

  16. barbara lassiter permalink
    April 13, 2019 2:36 pm

    Loved your cards, especially the make a wish card. Loved seeing your pictures! Did our kids grow up as fast as our grand kids seem to? Just wondering! 🙂

  17. Jan Castle permalink
    April 13, 2019 2:44 pm

    What FUN to see how your kid and grands have blossomed…TFS. AND, for the cute cards – I always enjoy them and your take on them. Easter Blessings Judy to your and yours!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  18. Debbie L. permalink
    April 13, 2019 2:52 pm

    Love your cards and your stories. Your instinct on the mouse and the dandelion was right on. I love the more muted background. Thanks for sharing and I hope you get to continue the blooms of Spring for many months to come.

  19. ginger na permalink
    April 13, 2019 4:27 pm

    Always enjoy seeing Asian themed cards, yours is lovely. I plan to try stamping on patterned paper very soon…never thought to try it. Thanks for more inspiration. Have a Blessed Easter.

  20. dawnnz permalink
    April 13, 2019 5:19 pm

    Fabulous post Judy. The cards are stunning as usual and I so agree with you. Time seems to fly by…. my baby (now 30) is about to become a Dad for the first time and my daughter will be 33 soon and her little boy will be 3 in less than a week. I remember seeing him for the first time as a 3 week old baby..(have that photo scrapbooked and in a frame on my wall) a blink of an eye and he’s 3. Happy Easter to you and your family, Judy. Hugs

  21. creatingincolors permalink
    April 14, 2019 6:06 am

    You say it all so well. It is amazing how quickly the years fly by. We can only do our best, and don’t blink too much! Have a blessed Easter, and enjoy precious time with your daughter.

  22. Jane Harrah permalink
    April 14, 2019 6:42 pm

    Great cards and a lot of fun to see the pictures of the then and now! Love to see how children turn out. Wishing you a Happy Easter, a blessed visit with family and love from all around you. You share so nicely!

  23. April 22, 2019 5:40 pm

    hope you had a wonderful easter. your cards are fantastic!

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