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April 27, 2019

Happy spring! My sympathies to you if there is still snow on the ground where you live. Certainly by now Ms. April has claimed her month and put into action her spring magic. How precious these sunny and warm days are after a long, cold winter. Here in Alabama we are rewarded with a beautiful spring season even though we did not deal with the harsh winter of our northern friends. The azaleas bloomed for Easter, in spite of a cold and rainy weekend.

Full Bloom is the title of Penny Black’s newest release and that’s the perfect title for a collection of beautiful flowers and adorable critters. There’s a touch of traditional and contemporary and images in between. The full release is now on sale in the Penny Black store.

Most of my cards today are from the Timeless release, but the last card of today is from Full Bloom and it is a stamp I will use a LOT. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

I have so many supplies for watercoloring and don’t often use them. This image, Bouquet Ballet, seemed just right for watercoloring. I love the brightness and the boldness. I used Arteza Markers which gave me more control than using pan watercolors and a brush. When I grow up, I want to be skilled at water coloring.

The branches and blossoms on this Delicate Beauty card were colored with pencils. The bird was stamped on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I fussy cut the bird and placed it on a branch. This image is versatile enough to use the entire image as I did here, or to die cut using a circle die and use only part of the branches. This image symbolizes early spring, when buds are just beginning and the birds are finding their way back home.

Gold mirrored paper seemed just right for this 50th anniversary/birthday card. Unfortunately, it is difficult to photograph. The combination of the Numbers set and the Poppy Edger die creates a perfect design for the celebration of a 50th. I added a few gold sequins to complete the design. This is indeed, Timeless.


You can vacuum the crumbs, change the sheets, toss the leftovers, replace the towels, but you can’t alter the memories. Time with family adds to the “happy” file in our brains and stays there forever.

My daughter Kathy (Kathleen, but destined to be Kathy even into adulthood) flew in from Minneapolis to escape the frigid weather and bask in our spring temperatures. Sadly, Ms. April played her April Fool’s day trick over Easter weekend and my daughter missed beautiful sunny 70 degree days in Minneapolis and endured rainy cool 40 degree weather here. Plans for time spent on the patio changed to jigsaw puzzle marathons in the dining room.

And because the puzzle occupied the dining room table, dinner was served in the kitchen.

My sister is famous among our family for her yummy Chicken Kiev which she serves for very special occasions. Since our dinner was for three and not ten or more, I decided I would make this special meal for our Easter dinner. First, I borrowed my sister’s very heavy Turkish “meat pounder” which I used to pound the boneless, skinless chicken breasts to about ¼ inch thickness. I Googled further directions and for once followed them exactly and voila, Chicken Kiev. The best part is cutting into the meat and being squirted with the butter tucked inside.

We totally completed the first 1,000 piece puzzle and moved onto the second one, which sadly, we did not complete. I use the word “we” very loosely as Mr. RWS and Kathy are the real puzzle experts. I was reminded of myself as a young child who, not liking veggies very much, would just move them around on my plate hoping I convinced my parents I was making progress eating them. I pushed a lot of puzzle pieces around while the others put the picture together! And when I was successful at putting a piece or two together, I expected applause and praise. I detected a few rolled eyeballs at times.

Time flew and before we knew it, our long weekend together came to a close. I have learned to ignore the signs of Kathy packing her suitcase and the dreaded sound of the zipper closing. The visit was over and the trip to the airport was eminent.

I think the drop off lane at the airport should post signs declaring “tears permitted”, “cry if you must”, and “good-byes aren’t forever”. Maybe a big smiley face would help us remember to focus on the good times, not the drop off.

Now it is time to think about the summer visit to Lake Wisconsin with the little grandkids and their parents. We visited with them via Facetime over the weekend and delighted in their beautiful colored eggs and Easter basket treats. Next thing we know, we will be zooming along in the speed boat while they bounce in their very fancy inner tube.

I hope you have “after” memories stored in your happy file. They are there to relive on a challenging or even a hum drum day. They are the zing in our life’s story and the zest in our day to day.

The honeycomb background on this card was created using the Honeycomb stencil and a mix of Luxe inks. I stamped the sentiment from the Sentiments set onto the stenciled background and then cut out a portion of that layer. I stamped and colored the vase and flower image that are included in the From the Garden set and used the matching die to cut it out. I placed it on the card using mounting tape and am happy with the finished design. Backgrounds are fun to create and make an amazing difference.

I could squeeze this teddy all day! Instead I placed him in the middle of the Cut and Stitch Circle diecut after coloring him with Copics. On this card, he is sending Love created with the Texting die, but he could send birthday wishes, too. So much fun combining the new stamps and dies with the not so new ones.

I know for certain this birthday cake and Teddy from the It’s Your Day stamp set will be a long time favorite. It is from the new Full Bloom release. The Happy Birthday message is from the Stitched Sentiment die. I snipped off the box enclosing the message so the message blends better with the image. I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering for cake.

Here is Cooper wearing the dreaded bunny ears. Bless his heart (as they say in Alabama) he tolerates his humans and their silly ideas. Cooper was a very good boy and accepted that his normal routine was interrupted because we had company. He is happy we are back to the routine and once again, he is the star of this show!

And just like that, it is time to say good bye until next time. April will have taken her dogwood blossoms and azalea petals with her as she steps aside for Ms. May. We will have the Full Bloom release to honor this special time of the year that includes graduations, weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and weddings. Your stamping talents will be put to good use as you honor the special occasions in life. You will send comfort to those who grieve, encouragement to those who struggle, and joy to those who celebrate. How awesome is that?

Cooper and I are thankful for you and for the encouraging comments you leave for us. I have stowed the scissors until next time and can’t wait to play with the Full Bloom stamps and dies. Until next time, we will see you in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-558 Butterfly Garden, 40-674 Bouquet Ballet

Card No. 2: 30-559 Delicate Beauty, 40-681 Spring is Here, 51-397 Antique Frame

Card No. 3: 51-239 Numbers, 51-507 Poppy Edger

Card No. 4: 30-504 Sentiments, 30-560 From the Garden, 25-012 Honeycomb

Card No. 5: 30-546 Smiling, 51-052 Texting, 51-508 Cut and Stitch Circles

Card No. 6: 30-553 It’s Your Day, 51-509 Stitched Sentiment


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23 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane Tignor permalink
    April 27, 2019 3:40 am

    As always, thank you for your perspective about life which you state so eloquently. Wishing you all the best.

  2. Peg Klitch permalink
    April 27, 2019 4:51 am

    Great cards this week along with commentary. What a handsome boy Cooper is even with the dreaded bunny ears! They wouldn’t last 5 seconds on my dachshund!

  3. Sharon Brand permalink
    April 27, 2019 5:15 am

    Love your blog, always look forward to it! Your cards are awesome too!
    And I do like the photos of Cooper!

  4. Carol permalink
    April 27, 2019 5:21 am

    Judy, Each and every one of your cards were special this time. Top notch 2 were the bird in the branches and the 50th anniversary. You pull it off every time, you’re the best!!

  5. creatingincolors permalink
    April 27, 2019 5:43 am

    These last two PB releases have been outstanding, and I love what you’ve created. You are always so inspiring, whether it’s talking about precious time with family, faithful adorable Cooper, or your beautiful cards. I always enjoy your posts.

  6. Nance Mehl permalink
    April 27, 2019 6:10 am

    Ah, friend Judy……your cardmaking talents are outshone only by your storytelling capabilities…your post is the first thing I read every Saturday morning, flanked by my Labradors, while dispensing morning biscuits… always bring a smile to my face, and, sometimes, a tear to my eye…….Bless you, dear lady, and thank you!

  7. Andrea Hastilow permalink
    April 27, 2019 7:53 am

    Hi Judy, I look forward to a quiet moment on busy family weekends to grab five minutes to read your post & drool over the array of stunning cards you treat us to every time, thank you so much. While here in the UK we are under attack from Storm Hannah at times at other times April has released so many blooms from the soil in my garden I look forward to seeing the changes daily. Although I have done no crafting in April due to extreme bad health I have managed to spend quality time with my youngest son helping with research on assignments. Thank you for your always uplifting post, look forward to reading the next. X

  8. jillianfoster82 permalink*
    April 27, 2019 8:56 am

    Thanks for starting my Saturday with such fabulous inspiration and wonderful reading! HUGS!

  9. Jan Castle permalink
    April 27, 2019 9:21 am

    As always…a GREAT READ JUDY!!! You add such joy with your writing and inspiration with your cards. You make my day beginning it with FUN! THANK YOU JUDY!
    Hopefully I will be able to ‘send comfort to those who grieve, encouragement to those who struggle, and joy to those who celebrate’…that really will be AWESOME!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  10. SarahC permalink
    April 27, 2019 9:22 am

    So glad to read your message since it always makes me smile. It’s like reading the next chapter in a book by your favorite author. Thanks so much for sharing your story and your art.

  11. barbara lassiter permalink
    April 27, 2019 9:25 am

    Thanks for sharing your creativity in both your card making and story telling.

  12. mjmarmo permalink
    April 27, 2019 12:30 pm

    Such beautiful cards. Sounds like a wonderful weekend with your daughter. Sadly April is messing with us in Michagn as we are supposed to have 2-4 inches of snow tonight.

  13. Marisela Delgado permalink
    April 27, 2019 12:57 pm

    I wish I could hug Cooper. He is so CUTE!

  14. mckcampbell permalink
    April 27, 2019 1:31 pm

    I so look forward to you on Saturdays. I love your way with words, and who couldn’t love your precious Cooper. Happy April to you.

  15. dawnnz permalink
    April 27, 2019 1:51 pm

    Once again Judy you’ve made my Sunday morning a pleasure. Love your cards and always enjoy your “stories “. My daughter and family are coming to visit early June and I know the farewell when they go will be the same. Won’t be long till you catch up with the grand kids so enjoy. Hugs

  16. Jane Harrah permalink
    April 27, 2019 4:01 pm

    facing some hip surgery soon so will be “off” for a bit but will think of yo and Cooper and your wonderful stories and beautiful cards! Hugs.

  17. April 27, 2019 9:46 pm

    So glad you had a good time with Kathy–in spite of the weather! I like your idea about signs at the airport & you’re right about memories in our “happy files!” Wonderful cards, Judy–especially the beautifully colored bird & the teddy in the gorgeous Cut & Stitch circle! Cooper is a good sport to pose for his Easter puppy picture!

  18. Patricia Gasko permalink
    April 28, 2019 4:54 am

    Thanks for your wonderful cards and added Easter story loved reading very word. Cooper looks so cute in his Bunny ears. Hugs

  19. Janine B permalink
    April 28, 2019 9:21 am

    Sweet cards, especially the teddy ones and Cooper looks very cute.

  20. April 28, 2019 1:10 pm

    love reading your stories. it is hard to say goodbye isn’t it? and your cards are fantastic as always. My faves this time around are the gold 50th and the amazing cake card at the end. WOW!

  21. DebbieP permalink
    April 28, 2019 1:15 pm

    Fantastic cards,love Copper ears, great release.

  22. Virginia L. permalink
    April 28, 2019 2:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing your art and this is such a fun read! This post totally makes me smile. You are a treasure, Judy!

  23. April 28, 2019 10:07 pm

    Your stories make me smile and pull at my heartstrings. Especially as I will have a May filled with both grieving and celebration as my 18 year old baby (the one and only) will be graduating high school. Life is about to change around here and I’m not sure if I’m crying in joy or sorrow… but crying I am! Most other mothers somehow survive this stage, but in the event that I crack, hopefully they will have arts & crafts time at whatever institution I get admitted to!

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