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Runs with Scissors

May 25, 2019

Happy beautiful day in May! Spring is in full bloom in my corner of the world. So appropriate for Penny Black’s latest release: Full Bloom. Here’s what I did lately with a mixture of Penny Black stamps and dies, most are new and a few are favorites from earlier releases.

I love taking inexpensive gift bags and making them special by using Penny Black dies. These bags contain door prizes to be given at our next senior citizens lunch. This is the Floral Arrangement die, one of my favorite dies of all time. It looks spectacular on these purple bags.

Speaking of purple, I’ve used purple as the background for these teddies from the Love and Cuddles stamp set. I am becoming spoiled having dies to cut out cute critters like I did here. The images in this set all have a matching die to make it easy to design your cards. That Diamond Cut die and Lovely Border frame add interest and texture. The Love and Cuddles set also includes that sentiment banner … perfect!

I am enamored with the Be Happy set and its animal planters. It’s so easy to make a dramatic looking card with each of the images. This time it’s the leggy giraffe’s turn with just the right sentiment to finish things off. I think this is one of the most versatile sets ever!

The End

“Don’t cry because it is over; smile because it happened at all”, said Dr. Seuss in The Cat in the Hat.

Dear Readers, it is time for us to smile because Runs with Scissors happened at all. Here it is 179 stories, 1,060 cards and five years later. Runs with Scissors has been a labor of love, as they say, but like all good things, was destined to end some day. I have told all the stories I can think of and fear if I continue any longer, it will be equivalent to showing vacation photos or photos of kids and grandkids to an uninterested captive audience. You all deserve better than that!

Finding the email from Penny Black in January of 2014 asking me to continue with posting on their blog after serving six months on the Penny Black Stamp Squad was a squeal-of-delight experience. It was the start of a wonderful relationship with Penny Black Headquarters and Jill Foster, Penny Black’s Social Media Director.

I have had the best “job” in the world. Penny Black has been generous with supplying me with their latest stamps and dies. I have had the flexibility to work around the events in my life and the creative freedom to combine stamps and dies in a way that makes my heart happy. They gave me a platform to share my stories and indulge my passion for writing.

I have always wanted Runs with Scissors to be a happy place. So many of you mentioned how you begin Saturday mornings with Runs with Scissors and that it is a good way to start your weekend.   That has always made me happy, as I wasn’t sure if a Saturday blog post would have an audience.

Being able to tell my stories and share my life experiences and the family events that brought joy has been an awesome opportunity. I loved recording much of my life’s story; each story like a patch which when joined together creates a colorful quilt. I have a printed copy of all my blog posts and hope some day my kids and grandkids can learn to know me better by reading all 179 stories.

I am most grateful to all of you who read Runs with Scissors every week and said nice things about my cards and took the time to comment and share your own stories. I have read every comment, sometimes with teary eyes, sometimes with a big smile and sometimes in amazement. In return, I hope I was able to convey to all of you my love for Penny Black products, no matter what style you prefer! I have always said there is something for everyone in each Penny Black release.

Whenever you find yourself doing something “for the last time”, it is with mixed emotions. There is a sadness knowing you won’t be doing this same thing again, but there is happiness knowing that you gave it 100% and wouldn’t change a thing. If ever I was going to stop writing Runs with Scissors, I wanted to be sure I would leave knowing I gave it my best. Now is that time.

So, dear friends, “so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good-bye”. For some reason, my vision is blurry and my cheeks are damp.

And we all lived happily ever after.

The End

I think these birthday mice from the It’s Your Day set needed a party background, so I taped off white spaces and then blended Luxe inks to make a colorful striped pattern. Again, there is a matching die set for these stamps, making cut outs easy peasy. Love the font on that sentiment … so happy.

I’ve used the fourth birthday mouse from the It’s Your Day stamp set to be the focal point of this card. The little bee is from the Special Ride set. They are both surrounded by the Flower Circle die cut. I loved that Love You sentiment so much, I had to use it again. Can’t have enough “love you” cards, I say.

I had to say “thank you” one more time to Penny Black, Jill Foster and all of you. I created a background with the Youthful cling stamp and stamped the sentiment on top of it using the Special Sentiments set.

I also want to thank all of you that post your work to the Penny Black Flickr Circle. I am always amazed at the creativity and beauty I find there. So often I say, “why didn’t I think of that?’

Mr. RWS has been supportive of all my Runs with Scissors efforts. Sometimes it meant our skipping a movie or a shopping trip or helping with his jig saw puzzle endeavors. I’m not sure he totally “gets” card making and stamping, but he knows it is important to me and that was good enough for him.

Dear, dear Cooper. It doesn’t even hurt my feelings when I read in the comments that my cards are nice, but the real reason for your visit is Cooper. Cooper has been such a good sport of all the photo taking, the time spent typing instead of playing with him, and having to spend so much time under my desk while I put together yet another Runs with Scissors. I love this dog so much and don’t even mind that Mr. RWS is number one in his life. Being second in Cooper’s life is good enough for me. Thank you all for loving Cooper, too.

This scene of Mr. RWS and Cooper resting along the banks of the nearby Tennessee River makes me yearn to join them for a “river walk” once again. My goal is to create a new photo with the three of us enjoying the sunshine and watching the river flow by. I’d better get to working on that.

Love and hugs to all of you, Judy

We just have to take a moment to extend the biggest thanks AND biggest hugs to our dear Judy. Thank you for all of the inspiration, insights, and heart you have shared with us over the years as you Run with Scissors. It has been an honor to share your cardmaking and writing here on our blog. We wish you all the best in health, creativity, and in enjoying that “river walk” in the sunshine. Love, Your Penny Black Family (Always!)

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 51-428 Floral Arrangement

Card No. 2: 51-484 Lovely Border, 51-499 Diamond Cut, 30-556 Love and Cuddles

Card No. 3: 30-583 Be Happy

Card No. 4: 51-537 It’s Your Day Cut Out, 51-535 Stitched Nested Frames, 30-553 It’s Your Day

Card No. 5: 51-416 Stitched Stacker, 51-505 Flower Circle, 51-537 It’s Your Day Cut Out, 30-553 It’s Your Day, 30-551 Special Ride

Card No. 6: 30-574 Special Sentiments, 40-684 Youthful

104 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    May 25, 2019 12:20 am

    Dear Judy,
    I am so sad that I won’t be sharing my Saturday mornings with you again but I wish you every happiness in whatever you do. Much health and kind thoughts to you and your family and I hope you get to take those walks along the Tennessee river – those are special times to cherish,
    I hope you pop in from time to time, you will be most welcome, I know
    Diane ❤️

  2. Donna Sicafuse permalink
    May 25, 2019 12:41 am

    Is a sad but happy day as you are following another path and never know where will take you but know you will be missed so much, loved your cards, stories, hubby and of course Cooper—wishing all of you the best there is for your future, Hugs and Love, Donna S

  3. May 25, 2019 1:09 am

    Thanks for not only so much inspiration, but mostly for all the posts that you wrote and I read with so much pleasure! It is so good to read posts from someone who can write and make you smile, remember things from your own life and shows how life can be beautiful in all little things! So thanks, thanks! Enjoy life and never forget to look at it in the way you showed us here! Gerrina

  4. May 25, 2019 1:27 am

    Thank you Judy for all your lovely posts. Wishing you all the best for the future in all aspects of your life.

  5. Ruth Gibbs permalink
    May 25, 2019 3:33 am

    Judy, New beginnings are always hard, and this is a new beginning for you and your family. I have enjoyed reading your stories these past few years, and your pictures and stories of Cooper always brought a smile. I own an aging Cotton de Tulear (the breed is a cousin of the bichon and looks similar to Cooper), which has made your stories very relatable. Thank you for sharing your life and your positive insights with us. I wish you many happy experiences in the days ahead. Take care of yourself, Mr RWS, and Cooper, you will be missed. Ruth

  6. Dory Hwnnihan permalink
    May 25, 2019 3:54 am

    You will be missed, I do look forward to my Saturday mornings being started with a cup of coffee and RWS !!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  7. Katia permalink
    May 25, 2019 4:07 am

    I have always looked forward to reading your Saturday posts full of inspiration, sharing the stories of your life, Mr. RWS and of course Cooper! You will be dearly missed…know that you are wished only the best of all the rest that is to come!
    Thank you from my heart for all of the smiles,
    Katia 💕

  8. Janice Pignanelli permalink
    May 25, 2019 4:11 am

    Oh, Judy, you will be missed but certainly not forgotten! I, too, start my Saturday enjoying the inspiration from your skill and stories. You’re such a love with a kind and gentle spirit! (This weeks batch of cards are great…the stripe really caught my eye.) Enjoy your Penny Black retirement with good health and blessings! 👏👏👏🙋‍♀️💜

  9. Andrea Hastilow permalink
    May 25, 2019 4:22 am

    This is a mixed emotions day for all.of us. It’s fabulous that you are moving on & having time for Mr RWS & Cooper & yourself, everyone deserves that out of life. But it’s sad that our Saturday morning update has come to an end, I haven’t been a fan for a long time but since discovering your site I have checked in constantly enjoying hearing what you’ve done & admiring all your gorgeous, inspirational cards. I’m at the other end of the journey , starting to create cards & layouts at home but with little confidence to share my work with others yet. Your cards today are as fantastic as always, today’s favourite is the purple with bears, awesome. I wish you , Mr RWS & Cooper all the very best for the future whatever you do & I will miss the stories & cards. Andrea x

  10. Roxanne Wall permalink
    May 25, 2019 4:30 am

    Aah Judy, this makes my heart sad. Good luck and know you will be missed by many. Perhaps you will occassionally stay in touch and give us an update of your new adventures.

  11. SarahC permalink
    May 25, 2019 4:49 am

    Sorry to see this end but wishing you the best in the future. Enjoy your time with Mr RWS and Cooper. Thank you for all the joy you have given me. God bless.

  12. Debbie P permalink
    May 25, 2019 5:10 am

    Judy we are sorry to see you go,but happy for you . Enjoy your family and friends and life. Thank you for all your beautiful cards,and all your fantastic stories.

  13. Micheline Jourdain permalink
    May 25, 2019 5:13 am

    Au revoir Judy. C’était un moment magnifique chaque samedi avec tes histoires et tes cartes. Ça va me manquer. Bonne chance dans tes projets et longue vie à vous trois, you, Mr RWS and Cooper ! Love you !

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 25, 2019 1:32 pm

      Mimi, I can almost make out what you are saying and I thank you for your good wishes. I am a true fan of your beautiful work. I leave Penny Black with gratitude for being in such good company. Love you, too.

  14. Eloise Luyk permalink
    May 25, 2019 5:21 am

    Oh Judy…so sad to have this portion of the blog end. You introduced me to the love of the Penny Black stamps and dies and through your stories, I made lovely cards for my family and friends. You are very creative in card making and telling stories..a gift. Wishing you the best with your next adventure and thanking you for sharing your talents with us. You will be missed…Mr. RWS and Cooper too.

  15. May 25, 2019 5:47 am

    So sorry to hear this but know you will love being able to enjoy your family time more. There comes a time when all good things must come to an end. I will miss my Saturday morning reading very much.
    I feel like I came late to this party so am wondering if there is a place I can find all of your stories to make sure I didn’t miss any of them. Or maybe you should publish them because you have a gift that should be shared.
    Good Luck and enjoy your family because family comes first!!

    • Sherry permalink
      May 25, 2019 6:33 am

      I second the idea of publishing those stories- perhaps through Penny Black?

  16. Deanna F Morgan permalink
    May 25, 2019 5:52 am

    Dearest Judy, Mr. RWS, and sweet Cooper. I will miss you all so very much. I love you and wish you the very best, Judy. You have filled my life with joy,

  17. Lindarub permalink
    May 25, 2019 5:59 am

    Sorry, to hear I loved reading your stories every Saturday and will miss them. Good luck in whatever you do.

  18. Karen B permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:09 am

    I will so miss sharing my Saturday mornings with you. Loved your cards, your stories, and that you shared your life. Good luck with health and future creativity.

  19. May 25, 2019 6:19 am

    I know that I am but one of many who will miss your inspiration both in your beautiful cards and your wonderful stories. I can not help but think of what a gift you have shared with us but also what a treasure these stories of your life’s journey are for your wonderful family. I wish you all God’s blessings in the future. Thanks so much!

  20. Susan permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:19 am

    Dearest Judy,
    I can’t even remember how or why I stumbled on your blog a few years ago, but it has been the thing I have looked forward to on Saturday mornings. Loved your cards and loved your sharing stories of your life experiences. I will miss you very much but I wish you the best in whatever direction your life takes you.

  21. Gayle Lindsay permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:26 am

    Hello Judy and Cooper I have to say that I am going to miss your Saturday morning stories and seeing what Cooper has been up to during the week, he is such a precious wee soul. I wish you many river walks and great adventures With fondness Gayle Lindsay

    Sent from my iPad


  22. AdrianeC permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:29 am

    Judy I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your stories, your art and of course Copper. I wish you nothing but the best as you go forward.

    Be Well,


  23. Sherry permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:29 am

    With tears running down my cheeks, I send you a big, but gentle hug for sharing your life’s experiences and beautiful cards with us. Thank you for your.inspiration. Wishing you as much joy and happiness as you have given us.

  24. susannev2014 permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:32 am

    I also will miss reading your beautifully written life stories! So sad but I understand. Good luck and best wishes for what’s next in your life!

  25. creatingincolors permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:45 am

    What a day of mixed emotions. Saturday mornings won’t be the same without your beautiful cards, stories of life, and inspiration….. but as you say, smile because it happened, and that’s what I will do. I loved your blog posts. You are real. So as you move on to the next chapter in life, I wish you well in all you do. (P.S. I’m sure no one would be opposed to periodic guest appearances down the road just to catch up.) Be well and be happy.

  26. May 25, 2019 6:48 am

    You will be missed for sure. Give Mr.RWS and Cooper a big hug from me.

  27. jillianfoster82 permalink*
    May 25, 2019 6:52 am

    Words seem inadequate to express how loved and cherished you are! Thanks for all you have shared– cardmaking, life, and humor! BIG hugs!!

  28. Pat Gasko permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:56 am

    It’s with tears in my eyes and a sad heart because I will miss you, Mr RWS and Cooper so much. It’s with a smile and many wishes for future joys and happiness for you and yours in the coming years in whatever you do. Your stories and cards have brightened my Saturdays all week long for years and I will continue to carry thoughts of you for many years to come. I won’t say Good Bye Judy I will just wish you the Best of Everything. Hugs to a special person.

  29. May 25, 2019 6:59 am

    Hugs to you Judy! I will miss your Saturday writing and stamping! You are such a talented writer. I have enjoyed hearing about your life and sharing your love of card making and stamping.

  30. Beth permalink
    May 25, 2019 7:00 am

    Saturday mornings were chocolate with coffee…….and Judy. It was my little happy spot.
    I wish all the best for you, Cooper, and Mr. RWS. Yes, my eyes watered.

  31. Kathleen Schmidlkofer permalink
    May 25, 2019 7:27 am

    Mom – What a beautiful tribute to your love of stamping, working with Penny Black and how much this blog meant to you. We have all enjoyed your blog and am so proud of you! You are an inspiration to our family and glad that you have found so much joy in finding this wonderful creative expression. Congratulations on all your success and more importantly all the friendships you have made. Love you tremendously!

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 25, 2019 8:21 am

      And I love you more, beautiful daughter! You are my sunshine….

  32. Julie L permalink
    May 25, 2019 7:40 am

    Your daughter’s reply says it all—thanks for 5 years of Saturday “letters”; I felt like I was catching up with a friend. Your RV and retirement stories would make an interesting memoir or column in a magazine. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful adventures.

  33. papermorepaper permalink
    May 25, 2019 7:47 am

    Judy, lofty Intentions of leaving a fitting thank you for all you have given us…..beautiful cards and sweet puppy pictures, life stories that somehow seemed to parallel our own, inspiration in times of adversity, the special treat of reading fine writing, a jump start for Saturday morning like no other…….proves impossible with watery eyes. Simply know we all love Cooper, Mr. RWS and you beyond measure and and wish all you many days on the sunny river.

  34. Carla Hundley permalink
    May 25, 2019 8:20 am

    Oh so sad! Love your stories
    and writing style. But so happy
    to have had you for so long.
    Enjoy your new time to do
    more of what makes you
    Carla from Utah

  35. Sharon Brand permalink
    May 25, 2019 8:22 am

    I’m not really at a loss for words. my feelings are incorporated in all of the above
    very eloquent remarks. Thank you for everything and good luck for the future
    with Mr RWS and Cooper, and of course your family.

  36. Maureen E. Chandler permalink
    May 25, 2019 8:23 am

    All the very best to you Judy!! Thank you so much for all the years of beautiful cards and stories – you will be missed! Hugs to you and your family and sweet Cooper!!! XOXO

  37. Pat permalink
    May 25, 2019 8:27 am

    I have so enjoyed your stories and cards over the years and saddened that I won’t be starting my Saturday mornings reading your article. Cooper is so sweet and I loved hearing about his antics as it reminded me so much of my Bichon, Bailey. I wish all the best to you and your family and many relaxing days watching the Tennessee River flow by.

  38. May 25, 2019 8:57 am

    Oh dear Judy, this was not what I expected to read this morning but although I am sad, I knew this day would eventually come. It has been such a joy to spend Saturday mornings with you, hearing about your and Mr RWS’s exploits (as Cooper mastered his writing skills), to enjoy your beautiful creations and to be jealous of your weather, which was always so much better than ours LOL. Judy, you are a real treasure. Wishing you all the very best with your wonderful family and friends who are very lucky to have you in their lives. We were blessed to have you in ours and you will always be in our hearts.

  39. Julie Anne permalink
    May 25, 2019 8:58 am

    Thanks for all the wonderful stories and great card inspiration!!!! Good luck to you….

  40. May 25, 2019 9:28 am

    Judy, I will miss you tremendously! Your posts have been like a letter from an old friend catching up on life. I’ve been wanting to go back and read your older posts as I started following you about 3 years ago. I guess now is the time to do so. Hopefully I can find them. Best wishes and I hope we hear from you now and then. Much love 💕

  41. mckcampbell permalink
    May 25, 2019 9:31 am

    I too am sad that Saturday morning won’t have you and Cooper with my morning coffee. I do wish you great time and great days a head with your new found adventures. May you be as Blessed for the coming years as we have been with you in our lives!

  42. May 25, 2019 9:35 am

    So so sorry to know I can never read or see some cards again. I work on Saturdays so I would wait for a peaceful time to indulge myself with your posts. You are a fabulous storyteller and artist. I will miss the runs with scissors post. I wish you the best and pray for many long river walks. Give Cooper a hug from me. Many well wishes

  43. Jan Castle permalink
    May 25, 2019 9:48 am

    Is it really April 1st….and this is an April Fool joke?????

    I WILL MISS YOU SOOOOO MUCH JUDY – you have helped get me through a tough time when Jim slipped to Heaven – you have given me so much incentive and FUN with your stories and cards – you have been and will continue to be a BLESSING to my SOUL as I remember all you have done with Runs With Scissors….a job WELL DONE! You truly are a TREASURE! I pray you will now find the extra time to enjoy the river walks with Mr. RSW and Cooper…will miss hearing about them too! We ALL LOVE YOU….do hope you will put in an occasional appearance on PB.
    May the Lord continue to bless you and yours…
    Paper Hugs ,

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 25, 2019 1:29 pm

      Jan, I was honored to hear your story and peek into your new life. You are an inspiration to me!! Hugs.

  44. May 25, 2019 9:52 am

    I just discovered your Runs With Scissors posts about a year ago, so I’m a little bummed for me that my Saturday mornings will be missing something, but am happy for you Judy that you are taking time to enjoy all the little things in life that so many of us take for granted! EnJOY those river walks, time playing with Cooper, and time spent with Mr. RWS and your family…all precious gifts meant to be enjoyed!! Hugs and blessings! :0)

  45. barbara lassiter permalink
    May 25, 2019 9:52 am

    They say that all good things must come to an end and this was a good thing. I believe it was Carol Burnette who signed off her show with “I’m so glad we had this time together” and that expresses my feelings about RWS so well. Thanks so much for sharing and spending time with us and best wishes to you, Mr. RWS, your family and of course, Cooper. It’s been a blast! 🙂

  46. May 25, 2019 10:06 am

    Oh Judy… when I read this blog post I have to say I shed a tear or two. I have loved sharing my Saturday mornings with you and Penny Black! I have thoroughly enjoyed your life and family stories, the adorable photos of your grandkids and Cooper and hearing about the loving support of Mr. RWS. You definitely deserve to have more time to walk in the sunshine and enjoy life outside of the craft room. I do hope you will pop in from time to time as a guest to give us updates. I truly feel like I am losing a good friend! Sending hugs and best wishes always! ❤️

  47. Jane permalink
    May 25, 2019 11:00 am

    Love and hugs to you, and Cooper, and Mr. RWS. Your words have brightened many a Saturday morning in my home. Wishing you all the best, Jane

  48. renee milner permalink
    May 25, 2019 11:11 am

    I sure have enjoyed your blog stories, creations, and photos of sweet Cooper–am sorry to read that this is your last post! I wish y’all much happiness and R&R. 🙂

  49. Vicky Schmidt permalink
    May 25, 2019 11:11 am

    Dear Judy, with tears running down my cheeks I wish you the best of everything. Your blog on Saturday was a bright spot in my day. If it was a bad day I know I had you to turn too.
    Your cards always gave me inspiration to create something. I know all things must come to an end. I wish you happiness with Mr RWS & with sweet Cooper.I hope you get that river walk in soon. With appreciation of all your time spend with us. With love, Vicky .

  50. Vicky Schmidt permalink
    May 25, 2019 11:20 am

    Judy, I forgot to tell you something. I am going to put all your posts in a folder & on Saturday morning I am going to put one up & reread it & smile especially on hard days.
    With love Vicky Schmidt

    • Debbie Gaetz permalink
      May 25, 2019 11:45 am

      that’s a wonderful idea . . .

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 25, 2019 1:27 pm

      All the Runs with Scissors posts are in the Penny Black archives, too. I send you big hugs.

  51. Debbie Gaetz permalink
    May 25, 2019 11:48 am

    Oh my! Mixed emotions and mixed levels of happiness . . . so happy you’ll be devoting more time to Mr. RWS and Cooper, especially Cooper. Since losing our little Hannah, also a bichon, I’ve grown far more attached to the Cooper postings. You’ve been such an inspiration and a blessing to my weekly reads. Sending endless good wishes and blessings with many, many thank you’s.

  52. Donna A Taylor permalink
    May 25, 2019 12:41 pm

    Thank you for your generous posts and glimpses into your life, your loves and funny stories, you are truly a Gem and will truly be missed!!!

  53. DebbieP permalink
    May 25, 2019 12:49 pm

    Thank you Judy for all the wonderful stories, cards, and inspiration. From Hawaii – Aloha Nui Loa…

  54. Jane Somerville permalink
    May 25, 2019 12:55 pm

    Thank you Judy for sharing your stories and family with us all. I too have enjoyed starting my Saturday mornings with you. I am happy and sad all at once.

  55. ginger na permalink
    May 25, 2019 1:14 pm

    You will be greatly missed! I have worked with MG patients and have seen their struggles. Thank you for continuing for the last year+. We are so very grateful to Mr. RWS and Cooper for sharing you with us. Please do drop by and post your creations from time to time. Take good care. Vaya con Dios.

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 25, 2019 1:26 pm

      Thank you for this! Much love.

  56. May 25, 2019 1:48 pm

    Didn’t see this coming. I’m sad as I love your columns. I hope you are well and enjoying life. Hugs

    • Judy Jung permalink
      May 25, 2019 2:04 pm

      Thank you,, Joan! Big hugs.

  57. karen roberts permalink
    May 25, 2019 2:00 pm

    Wishing you nothing but the best in your life Judy. You are my favorite blogger and I’m so sad to hear you are not doing RWS any longer. Thank you for sharing your life and wonderful talent with us. Take care of yourself ❤️

  58. Chris Campbell permalink
    May 25, 2019 2:57 pm

    I will miss you on Saturday mornings but wish you all the best blessings God can give you. Your creativity, heartfelt stories, and wise words have always touched my heart.

  59. Diane Tignor permalink
    May 25, 2019 3:44 pm

    Goodbye, Judy. Thank you for sharing so much with us all. I will miss you. Sending happy thoughts and best wishes. Enjoy your husband and pup in the sunshine. love, Diane

  60. Sheri K permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:15 pm

    Oh Judy, we will so sadly miss you and of course Cooper–your cards are always so cute or so pretty–of course Penny Black stamps are the star! I understand how difficult things can get as darn it, we get a bit older, end up with some sort of “condition” and have to change up what we do on a day to day basis. I totally understand, as I just celebrated my 40th year of being a PT, yes, the “torturist” kind. It is who I am, what I do and I’m trying to figure out if it’s “time” or not, but I know that in my heart, that is who I will always be. We’re sad that you are stepping down but hopefully you can continue crafting and just maybe pop in once in awhile, especially with some photo’s or news of dear Cooper! Wishing you health and much happiness and time to enjoy those smart grand kids!

  61. Tina Murphy permalink
    May 25, 2019 6:29 pm

    Judy, I will miss our time together on Saturdays, yours is like my “other” family. But most of all THANK YOU for sharing your stories and your time spent making those terrific cards. I know it must have been difficult writing a weekly, but you made it seem like we were talking on the phone and catching up. Give Cooper lots of snuggles and thanks to Mr RWS for sharing you with our PB stamping community. tina

  62. May 25, 2019 7:17 pm

    Say it isn’t so……We will miss your love of PB, your stories, Mr. RWS and Cooper. Your posts have always started my weekends on a great note. New adventures ahead for you my friend. Big hugs!!!!!

  63. Scott Schmidlkofer permalink
    May 25, 2019 8:51 pm

    I love you mom, you are amazing! I just want to say thank you to penny black and anyone who had read my Mother’s blog how much she has enjoyed this. I love you mom!

  64. Kim Anning permalink
    May 26, 2019 1:10 am

    Thank you for sharing so much with us, it is always a delight to see your email but I appreciate that it is time for you to take the next step of your journey. Good luck with all your future brings. X

  65. May 26, 2019 1:10 am

    You will be missed, Judy. Thank you for all the wonderful stories and cards! Big hugs!!

  66. Janine B permalink
    May 26, 2019 1:27 am

    Thank you for all the time you have given, all the projects and stories you have shared. I will miss you. Good luck with everything and hugs to all including Cooper.

  67. Debbie Peysen permalink
    May 26, 2019 2:23 am

    Thank you for your Saturday morning emails and pictures. Your talent is awesome.You will be missed.

  68. dawnnz permalink
    May 26, 2019 3:13 am

    Judy – I will sorely miss my Sunday morning fix (we are ahead of your here in NZ) i can’t believe it’s been so long that I’ve been following RWS. I have loved every minute spent with you. I feel like I know you so well and if I could pop over to meet you, I know we would jus
    t sit down and have a cuppa together. keep well my friend, and have fun with Cooper and Mr RWS. Keep enjoying your creating. hugs

  69. CAROL W BLAISDELL permalink
    May 26, 2019 5:28 am

    I have SO enjoyed your Saturday morning musings. God bless!!!

  70. cathy t permalink
    May 26, 2019 5:39 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your life stories with us. They’ve been so much fun to read, and so poignant at moments. My inbox has way too many posts to ever read them all, but your posts always popped out as must reads. The mix of cards and stories was a great idea, somehow so appropriate to be making handmade cards to reach out to people and the sharing that was a theme in your life. You’re quite a remarkable lady. Enjoy your sweet husband and Cooper.

  71. Carol Jones permalink
    May 26, 2019 8:45 am

    Oh my, Saturday mornings will never be the same again. You and Cooper have been an important part of my weekends for such a long time! Your creativeness has been a wonderful inspiration, and Cooper has made me smile–I think I love him almost as much as you do. I’ll miss you very much, and perhaps some weekend in the future you’ll post an update for us. In the meantime, thanks so much for all the enjoyment, and I wish you health and happiness with your beautiful family in that beautiful place. God bless.

  72. May 26, 2019 9:53 am

    Thank you Judy for sharing your stories and Penny Black inspiration with us!
    I shall miss your weekly posts, but wish you all the best!
    Helen x

  73. Brenda S. West permalink
    May 26, 2019 3:36 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your stories and cards. I have been blessed to read them (and CASE them, sometimes). God’s special blessings on your retirement . Brenda West

  74. May 26, 2019 4:10 pm

    I will really miss your columns and wish you the best of health in the future.

  75. May 26, 2019 6:05 pm

    I have always enjoyed reading your blog, yet rarely commented. Your sentences: “Whenever you find yourself doing something “for the last time”, it is with mixed emotions. There is a sadness knowing you won’t be doing this same thing again, but there is happiness knowing that you gave it 100% and wouldn’t change a thing.” really resonates with me, as I will be retiring from my teaching career at the end of June. I totally understand the full range of mixed emotions. Enjoy your walks on the river bank. Perhaps we’ll hear from you again in the future. Wishing you all the best.

  76. Careen Porter permalink
    May 26, 2019 6:53 pm

    Runs with Scissors is The One blog I read from beginning to end and I will miss you very much.

  77. Kathy H permalink
    May 26, 2019 8:49 pm

    I found your blog somewhat late but I have enjoyed every one of your stories. You are a model human being and have served me as an example of how to treat other people and how to handle many events in life. I will miss you, Mr. RWS and Cooper so much! My best to all of you! I will always wonder what you are up to.

  78. Joan W permalink
    May 27, 2019 3:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards and wonderful stories. You’ve left quite a legacy. I wish you many happy days with Mr. RWS and Cooper to relax and do all the things you enjoy. I will certainly miss seeing all the cards you made with my favorite stamp – Snowy. My best to you always.

  79. Kristina permalink
    May 27, 2019 4:19 am

    Oh my yes, I’ll miss your blogs so much. There isn’t another one that has captured my heart and mind as much. However, I understand that it’s time for you to move on with the next phase of your life. Hugs and blessings to you and yours, Kristina

  80. SusieQ permalink
    May 27, 2019 7:15 am

    Goodbye and thank you for all the wonderful posts. I don’t know if I enjoyed your posts more or you Cooper stories! Good luck in your ‘retirement’. You will be missed.

  81. Jane Harrah permalink
    May 27, 2019 3:44 pm

    Difficult post for me. I put off reading it all the way through ad had a time getting to the end. Your cards and your words have meant a great deal to me. The sharing of your laughter and your sorrow and your love. I am not sure I understand why you are giving up this post and I hope it is because you want to move on to more in life. I have enjoyed your stories and your dog tails and your creativity with both your craft and your writing. I do suggest you write a book. I am sending love and good wishes and thank you’s for all you have shared…………….no other words………….

  82. Patt H. permalink
    May 28, 2019 2:40 pm

    Dear Judy, I just read your post & am sad to see you are retiring but completely understand & wish you all the best. Your column has been a true joy to me & always brings a smile when I see a post from you waiting online. Your life stories have made me laugh & also get teary eyed at times. Have a wonderful retirement! You will be missed!

  83. Kathleen Barrett permalink
    May 28, 2019 9:07 pm

    Oh Judy, I feel like I’m moving away all over again. Last June I retired from 30 years of medical research at a pediatric hospital then moved 1300 miles from all I knew. Last weekend we finally moved into our forever home, but I only had low speed phone data because I used up my high speed and our new home WiFi wasn’t set up yet so when I tried to read the post, it wouldn’t load. Kinda glad it didn’t because it would have been a bummer of a day. Not knowing many people here yet, you were a stable friend I could rely on each Saturday. I have so enjoyed your cards, but especially your stories. I loved hearing about your family. How will we ever survive not being able to watch Evelyn and Jack grow up? Sharing your personal life with all of us readers was really special. And Cooper, oh Cooper, such a star! Having 2 pups myself, I really enjoyed his adventures. Oh, and the posts he wrote were hilarious! You are an amazing storyteller, Judy.
    We will all miss you so much. I hope you enjoy your retirement as much as I am enjoying mine (surprisingly). I hope the best for you and your health. I will miss hearing about your life with Mr. RWS, Cooper and the rest of your clan the most. I feel like I am losing a friend, but all for the good. You are entering a new stage of your life and I hope it brings all the happiness you deserve!

  84. Rose Murphy permalink
    May 28, 2019 11:51 pm

    I’m afraid I am not much of a commenter-but I do want to wish you well. It’s hard to give up the things we love to do. I made cards for my church for almost 20 years and finally had to give it up this year. I’m getting older and the stress of getting them done on time and making them look extra special for our homebound and older members was stressing me out!! I still make a lot of cards-I have a huge family and friends that I still keep up with! I have enjoyed reading your posts every week and hearing about your family and Cooper and Mr RWS! I hope you will have more time to spend with them now. Thank you for sharing your life with us! Sending prayers that your health will stay good!!

  85. Mel H permalink
    May 29, 2019 12:25 pm

    So sad to see you leaving, but we have really enjoyed your talents and sharing Mr RWS and Cooper with us. Good luck and more river walks…..

  86. karenajo permalink
    May 29, 2019 6:47 pm

    Very sad to see you are leaving. Thank you for brightening so many lives with your wonderful cards, stories and sharing Cooper ! You will be missed ! Wishing you all the best in the future and many peaceful river walks !

  87. Sue CD permalink
    May 31, 2019 3:25 pm

    Your cards, stories and Cooper have been a Saturday highlight for years. I will greatly miss you but wish you all good things in the future. Thanks for sharing your talents with so many

  88. donna mikasa permalink
    June 1, 2019 9:25 am

    Dear Judy, five years sure whizzed by, didn’t it? Thank YOU for sharing your wit, humor, and of course your cards with us. While I’m sad that RWS is over, I’m happy that you’ll spend more time with L and Cooper–they deserve your full attention and now is the time to share those river walks. I’m blessed in knowing that I can pick up the phone and call you whenever I want (keeping daylight savings in mind!) and I hope to be doing it more often. Take good care, Judy, and don’t ever put those scissors away.

  89. June 1, 2019 5:05 pm

    I so enjoyed your creations and stories and love Cooper! Blessings on your future endeavors!

  90. June 2, 2019 7:35 am

    Oh dear–I wasn’t expecting this, Judy. Of course nothing lasts forever, but I guess I forgot that as I did expect RWS would always be here. I have blurry eyes, too. You always inspire me with your projects (LOVE the die cuts on the purple bags), but the stories/writings were really a blessing. Thank you so much for sharing yourself–making me laugh, cry, think. And Cooper–what can I say?! Bless Mr RWS for supporting you taking time for all of us. Sending love & hugs from Oregon & wishing you only the best, Greta

  91. Marilyn Valadez permalink
    June 2, 2019 7:51 pm

    Oh My, Dear friend, I sit here in total shock, sadness, and tears, running down my face! To say I’m going to miss you, Mr.RWS and the ever delightful Cooper is an understatement, hope I will be able to see some of your posts on Facebook from time to time or some of your lovely work on Flicker. I have been a fan and I hope a friend for so long now, first it was on the Hero Arts site, the first place I met you, and enjoyed your art work, and the pictures you posted of your’s and Mr. RWS trip to Ireland, seems like yesterday, the time flies, doesn’t it dear friend?

    Your Saturday morning commentary was so delightful and wonderful, a cup of coffee and off to the computer I would go, to sit and read about your happenings of the past week, and about your life, and it was such a fun visit, sometimes I would laugh out loud at the funny stories you would tell, and the tales of your growing up military, as I could relate, or at least my grown children could! Not only are you a wonderful artist, but a most talented writer, and teller of beautiful stories, I’m going to miss you, girl!!! Take care Judy and enjoy your’s and your family walks along the river with your husband, and that ever wonderful pup of your’s, Cooper! Our Scooby is just like Cooper in that he absolutely loves my husband, yes he loves me too, but his Dad is very special to him, and I too, will take the second in line for his love!

    Not going to say goodby, as I hope to see you from time to time on FB and the Penny Black Flickr page…I will be looking for you dear friend! Again take care Judy! Lots of love and hugs to you and your’s!

  92. colettestevens permalink
    June 28, 2019 3:00 pm

    I just love your stamp sets, so inspiring!

  93. July 28, 2019 7:43 pm

    I have so enjoyed your wonderful storytelling and will truly miss it along with the inspiration of your cardmaking. You are so gifted and creative and have brought many moments of escape to many of us who read this blog. Best wishes to you wherever life may take you!

  94. Lori King permalink
    November 16, 2019 9:39 pm

    I miss your Saturday blog posts! I had to search why I wasn’t getting them anymore and found this post. I had forgotten you had said goodbye. I wish you could do an occasional guest post! I miss your cards and stories! I just bought Snowy for Christmas cards this year because of your cards. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of PB stamps but just hadn’t gotten him before and saw one of your cards and got nostalgic. I hope your walks with Cooper and Mr. RWS have been delightful. Consider a post this Christmas to us? Thank you.
    Lori K.

  95. creatingincolors permalink
    November 17, 2019 4:41 am

    I second Lori’s suggestion. It would be wonderful to hear from you! My Saturday mornings aren’t the same without your posts ❤️ Hope you, Mr RWS, and Cooper are all doing well and enjoying those river walks. Blessings.

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