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May 11, 2019

As Robin might say to Batman, “Holy month of May, Batman!” – as in “faster than a speeding bullet”. May is almost half gone – the days whizzing by like no January day ever whizzes. Everyone loves dear May; the month of flowers, sunshine and new growth. May is a time for graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions. The weather is perfect for outdoor celebrations and family gatherings.

May is also the perfect time to use the Full Bloom release by Penny Black to make cards for all the special occasions that May brings. The cards I made this week almost made themselves: so many ideas – so little time.

Seriously, my heart rate went up a bit when I saw the Be Happy transparent set. It is a unique, contemporary collection of plant and animal images that can be used in countless ways. Of course, the zebra appealed to my love of black and white and keeping it simple. The Square Frames die keeps the zebra confined to his space and complements his black and white stripes. I think he really is “Super Magical”.

Like all Penny Black releases, the Full Bloom release includes enough styles to please everyone. I’ve masked the edges of my card and created a small outdoor background for this sweet fairy from the Beautiful Day mini set. I added a fluffy cloud from the Silver Linings die set to create a perfect summer day. I love coloring the sweet feminine fairy images in this release.

Forgive me, but I had to color one more animal image from the Be Happy transparent set. This time it’s a turtle and to keep him from walking off the card, I added the Square Frames border again. That turtle may move slowly, but eventually that Big Hug will reach its intended friend.


May in the South is the month for graduations. Students begin classes here in August and finish the school year in May. This May our Atlanta granddaughter, Lauren, is finishing her high school career and graduates on May 18th . I have found it hard to believe our Lauren is old enough to graduate, but we received the invitation and her Mom sent photos so it must be true.

How quickly the years have gone. I’m not sure I’ve fully processed the fact her Dad, my number 4 child, graduated high school, then college, then an advanced degree! Actually, I think I am still processing my own high school graduation, which took place many years ago.

I have shared with you that my father was in the Army and we were stationed in Vicenza, Italy for the last two years of my high school career. For my Junior year, our school was located in Verona, Italy in a converted shoe factory and we traveled by train back and forth every day. While this may seem exciting or even exotic, it quickly became our routine and the time spent traveling was just more time hanging out with friends.

Our Junior high school class was made up of five of us and our Senior class grew to 17 the next year. The converted shoe factory in Verona (scene of Romeo and Juliet) was replaced by a brand new American school in Vicenza. We did the best with the few students we had to schedule a Home Coming, a Junior and Senior Prom and a Year Book committee. We couldn’t manage a football team, but we played basketball and soccer with enthusiasm.

The invited speaker for our graduation was Clare Boothe Luce, the United States Ambassador to Italy and wife of the publisher of Time Magazine. Up until a few months before graduation I was the Valedictorian of our small class; that is, until a sweet, loveable and very smart girl named Lila became a part of our class and had a higher grade point average than I did. I couldn’t even feel badly about it as she was so kind and fun and humble and truly deserved the honor. And ranking second still qualified me for a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin.

I can close my eyes and picture the auditorium, the chairs filled with friends and family with a section reserved for our school band. The notes of Pomp and Circumstances bounced off those auditorium walls and raised goose bumps under our blue caps and gowns.

“Army Brats” are used to farewells. Parents were transferred frequently and sometimes the good-byes were not so far from the hellos. But this time, the good-byes were different; we wouldn’t be leaving Italy with our parents. Most of us would be traveling on our own back to the United States and the college of our choice. As it turned out, a few of us would either remain in contact or find each other on Facebook many years later.

I remember being very shocked when I saw photos of former classmates that included grey hair, beards or balding heads. I am sure they were just as shocked to see my photos, too. I was not exempt from the aging process! We were never able to put together a reunion as the military would not share contact information or permanent addresses of our classmates’ parents. I like to believe that we all went off into the future and made good lives for ourselves. After all, it’s my daydream and I choose a “happy ever after” for all of us.

Lauren’s high school has a tradition of asking friends and family to write each graduate a letter, not only of congratulations, but sharing wisdom and offering encouragement. It was a joy to write a letter to our beautiful granddaughter. There wasn’t much I could add to the wonderful upbringing she experienced. She has great friends, has been a member of an athletic cheer team for years, has traveled, has learned responsibility and compassion and kindness. Those attributes mean more than a grade point, although she succeeded in that area, too.

I just reminded Lauren to remember her roots as she tests her wings; to know that she has a family that loves her greatly; and to always say “please” and “thank you”.   Oh, yes, and now that she has committed to attending the University of Alabama, she must be prepared to “Roll Tide”!

If you are in the mood for a romantic card, begin with the Golden Dance image, add pink and some hearts from the Lovely Border die set along with the dome from the Lovely Birthday cut out die set. I’m sure these flowers are lovely done in gold tones, but the pink works for me this time.

This time my heart slowly melted when I saw the adorable Mama elephant and her baby from the Love and Cuddles transparent set. What a perfect image for a Mother’s Day card, new baby card or a little one’s birthday card. The elephants are great fun to color and I’ve ordered refills for my grey toned Copics just to make sure I don’t run out of elephant colors!

Obviously, I am still thinking polka dots! The middle layer of this card has been stamped using the Dotlets stencil in order to add some fun to this Berry Fairy. I struggled with coloring the fairy’s wings until I realized I could emboss them in gold. It’s been a good week: black and white zebra card and a red and white polka dot fairy card! Have I mentioned this release has something for everyone?

bushes are bursting with blossoms. Cooper doesn’t waste time on worry or regrets. He lives in the now, waking up each morning surprised and excited that he has an entire new day ahead. In his food focused brain, that means three meals and a couple of treats to enjoy. Cooper is a creature of routine. He may not wear a Smart Watch, but he really doesn’t need one. He knows when That Woman should be in the kitchen cooking, when the supper is to take place and when it is finished. After our evening meal, we gather around the television so Mr. RWS and I can watch Jeopardy and Cooper can enjoy his play and cuddling time. Cooper loves to have his hair combed, his teeth brushed (something to do with the chicken flavored toothpaste) and a brief session of Tug O’ War with his favorite toys. He and I snuggle until Jeopardy is over and he then asks to go outside for one more time, laps up a generous amount of water and then puts himself to bed. If we have left out any part of his routine, he will not settle down for his nightly snooze.

Mr. RWS and I will be off to Atlanta next week for granddaughter Lauren’s high school graduation. Atlanta traffic is the stuff to make nightmares, but it would take more than that to keep us away. Like all grandparents, we are proud of our graduate and proud of her parents who did such a great job of parenting. When Lauren goes off to the University of Alabama this fall, her brother Andrew will be entering his senior year of high school and will be the “only child” in residence.

I’ve stowed the scissors, packed up the stamps and dies and cleaned my craft space. I want to leave things tidy in case Joan Bardee returns with another of her “Inspired By” posts. Joan has an amazing eye for details and is brave enough to step out of her comfort zone to emulate the Penny Black designers. She inspires me to do better and to analyze my own work for ways to improve.

Until I see you again, be sure to share your work in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery where it can inspire us all.


Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-544 Sentiments, 30-583 Be Happy, 51-517 Square Frames

Card No. 2: 30-576 Beautiful Day, 51-033 Silver Linings

Card No. 3: 30-574 Special Sentiments, 30-583 Be Happy, 51-517 Square Frames

Card No. 4: 30-562 Golden Dance, 51-484 Lovely Border, 51-519 Lovely Birthday Cutout, 51-533 Golden Dance Cut Out

Card No. 5: 30-556 Love and Cuddles, 30-557 Lovely Birthday, 51-495 Stars and Circles

Card No. 6: 30-567 Berry Fairy, 51-416 Stitched Stackers, 25-007 Dotlets

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Clavell Stutzman permalink
    May 11, 2019 12:20 am

    Apart from the beautiful cards you make, you are a wonderful writer. I always enjoy the re-countings of your Life. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Sandra Womack permalink
    May 11, 2019 6:19 am

    Though not an army brat, I was a Preacher’s Kid and went to 7 schools before graduating high school, even moving my senior year. I have never been back to a reunion either, but also am taken aback when I see photos of former friends and classmates ~ so many wrinkles and sagging skin LOL. Your recollection of moving and high school in Italy brought back many memories and a few tears to my eyes.

  3. May 11, 2019 7:23 am

    You tell the best stories and make amazing cards. I love all of both and am sure that you have many other talents. Thank you!

  4. Vicky S. permalink
    May 11, 2019 8:55 am

    I look forward to your posts. This one remind me of my school years.. Every time my mom wold have a child we would have to move. It made it hard to have friends. we lived in 6 houses & I went to 4 grade schools. The last one was a log cabin before they build a new school. All the classes were together in that small log cabin. I would have had to go to 2 different high schools but I chose to stay at the first one & take 4 buses to get there.
    All of your posts bring back a memory. Thanks for that.

  5. Jane Harrah permalink
    May 11, 2019 11:03 am

    As always iso enjoy your post and love the cards. Enjoy safe travels. I am recuperating from hip surgery.

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 11, 2019 2:11 pm

      Jane, I wish you a speedy recovery! This should be the end of your pain.

  6. Regina DZIAK permalink
    May 11, 2019 12:10 pm

    Very Nice, all of them.

  7. May 11, 2019 2:08 pm

    Thank you Judy for the inspiration you always give to me – I appreciate it and lately need all I can get – LOL!!!!
    Congrats to Lauren as she ventures into her future!!
    Paper Hugs,

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 11, 2019 2:11 pm

      Jan, I hope all is well. And if it isn’t, I hope everything gets better!

  8. mjmarmo permalink
    May 11, 2019 2:34 pm

    Congrats to Lauren!! Our Lauren just turned 2 and her mom just had a baby boy on Monday. Cannot imagine them that old.

  9. Debbie L. permalink
    May 11, 2019 4:05 pm

    Love the cards and your story. So happy for your granddaughter…Roll Tide!

  10. May 11, 2019 8:02 pm

    what a wonderful post. I totally understand the surprise of seeing former classmates get old!! HA. Your cards are special — you clearly love this latest release. I think my favorite of this week’s cards is the top one. So fun!! And thanks for the mention. Very kind of you.

  11. dawnnz permalink
    May 12, 2019 12:33 am

    Such a great post Judy. How exciting to have your granddaughter graduating. My first granddaughter was born this past Friday, so can hardly imagine the time till she is ready to go to University.
    I just adore your elephant card… it makes my heart melt. All your cards are simply gorgeous. It’s Sunday here, so Happy Mother’s Day

  12. Debbie P permalink
    May 13, 2019 2:46 pm

    Fantastic cards. Love them all. Congratulations to your granddaughter.

  13. May 14, 2019 8:37 am

    What a wonderful picture of your gorgeous granddaughter, Judy! Hope you have a great trip to celebrate with Lauren & her family! Your coloring is outstanding–love all your cards!

  14. Andrea Hastilow permalink
    May 25, 2019 4:54 am

    Fantastic cards, loving the elephants, can see that being very versatile & the little fairy reminds me of my grand daughter, so sweet. Congratulations to your grand daughter, may the world be her oyster x Thank you for the cheery post , brightens up my bed rest after a nasty gall bladder operation xxx

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