November 25, 2014

PTI November 2014 Hop; Stamp Repurposing Part B

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today it's snowin' all up in my corner of Blogland!  I'll get right to it before it melts!

I present my card:
Do you like my polka dotty penguin all winked with black Stella, which you can only see IRL? He came from a NBUS Hero Arts set (see below). My papers are PTI white and black. The sediment is heat embossed in black. It is from PTI's "Think Big Favorites #9 Mini." Here is how the sediment set looks when it comes from the company:
Think Big Favorites #9 Mini Stamp Set
You've seen me repurpose a sediment stamp before by cutting the words apart and rearranging them to fit my design, which I needed to do with "celebrate the season" on this card. I love the font used in these stamps and enjoy using them, so I made it work. Don't be afraid.

A lot of you are here to hop the Papertrey Ink November 2014 Blog Hop monthly challenge, where the theme this month is "SNOW." If you need to just leave a comment and hop along, I understand. Thank you for your visit!
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For those of you who have another few minutes, this is Part B of my stamp repurposing. Like Sunday's card, the idea for this card also came about because of the Craft Stamper's challenge this month to use non-holiday stamps for a holiday card.

One of the very talented Design Team members is my friend Chrissie and Chrissie made this breathtaking card:
Chrissie's card
Isn't it extraordinary? Just in overall design, it's magnificent, but what makes it even more extraordinary is that Chrissie's beautifully stylized bird is made from a leaf! Wait. What? Yes, no, you heard me right!

So I had the nerve to DJKASE Chrissie! My creation is not as innovative as Chrissie's in that I only transformed one bird into another bird, but the inspiration started with her. Here is how the bird looked before I turned him into a penguin:
Hero Arts CL337
Once again I performed a bit of surgery, but this time it was to my paper and not my stamp. I simply fussy-cut the doodled bird, removed his tail and headdress and then added a penguin beak and penguin feet. Not a drastic change, but still a lesson in how you can "find" stamps you didn't even know you had in your stash. Like a penguin. A little imagination and shazambam!

Thank you, Chrissie, for the inspiration!

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There smores. As it happens, Mr. Doodled Bird had me and the hamster giggling all over ourselves, so I made another snowy Christmas card using the stamp just as the artist created it. For this card, he became a Christmas Doodled Bird:
Hammy was beside himself over the sparkly red tail feathers. He thinks it's a riot that it looks like the silly bird is standing on top of a roaring campfire! But bird doesn't care, he has a big present to open! His present is made with PTI's "Make a Wish" die. Those snowflakes are white metal brads from SU onto which I glued minischool stars.

The snow on my cards today was created with a NBUS jar of "Aleene's snow." It was fun!
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November 23, 2014

Christmas From a Repurposed Stamp, Part A

Hello, Stampers!

Welcome! This date brings us to a point on the calendar where we are literally down to a month of Sundays before Christmas!  

I have been itching to make this card since I saw my friend Shirley post about the Craft Stamper magazine's "Make It Take It" November challenge, which is to use a "non-Christmas stamp to create a Christmas-themed image."

This is my entry:
I'll bet there are a lot of you SU fans who instantly recognized where my sweet filigree "ornaments" came from, yes? Without further a dew, here is the non-Christmas stamp I used:
This Allium flower stamp came as part of a three-stamp set, whose name I've forgotten. I have to say I'm quite pickled at how well it doubled as a Christmas stamp! I found the little ribbon in my "Bows" stamp container. It is unmarked, but I think it might have started life as a SU image, as well.

The awesome sediment is a NBUS Penny Black stamp which made a perfect shelf for hanging my "ornaments." Every part of the design was heat embossed and the bows were given an additional coating of Wink of Stella sparkle.
There are a couple of days left in this challenge, if you want to join in the fun! The link will take you to the post with all the details. The sponsor is The Artistic Stamper.
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I had fun repurposing another stamp, too, so I'll be back with Part B in a separate post in a couple of days. As you all know, I never seem to have enough time to use up my stamps for what they are intended, let alone for what they aren't intended, but I recommend trying this exercise. I think you'll have fun looking around to see how you might stretch your stamps this way!

Craft Stamper is allowing participants to enter other challenges, so I'm also linking with:

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New Friends Corner

Here are three more new friends for you to meet! They are happy to provide you with lots of inspiration!

Louise van Vuren of Cats, Cards, and Cupcakes. Louise, mother of three and wife of Tom, has been blogging since 2012. Not surprisingly, she is on several design teams and has won many awards. Louise loves the clean and simple card style and is always enthusiastic about trying her hand at new techniques!

Pat of Stamp, Paper, and Ink. Pat has been blogging since 2008! Needless to say, Pat has won many, many awards and served on numerous design teams. Her cards are uniquely designed, often whimsical, and always impeccably made!

Ellie of My Creative Moments. Ellie is another long-time stamper and blogger. She started stamping over a decade ago and started blogging in 2008! Like Pat and Louise, Ellie has won many awards and often served as a guest designer and design team member. Her talents with layering and coloring will awe you!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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Critter Update

When the Mister was raking yesterday, he reached for some stray leaves along the window ledge and almost gathered up this praying mantis:
It was incredible watching her swivel that E.T.-like head and have those two wide-set pinpoint eyes look right into mine. The design is just fascinating. I took a piece of paper and moved her over to a tree so she wouldn't get scooped up in the leaf cleanup.
Now I wonder if maybe that was a bad place to put her considering birds live up there. Out of the frying pan and into the fire? Shucks. It's not easy being a bug.

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November 21, 2014

I Can't See The Forest For the Trees!

Welcome!

And thank you for whooshing around to another Friday!

I am dashing in quick to try and link up with this week's Less Is More (LIM) challenge of "More Than One Tree." 

If you are a long-time friend of this blog, you know how much I love entering the LIM challenges. So it's been a busy week, what with one thing and another, but never far from my thoughts this refrain kept repeating over and over: morethanonetree, morethanonetree, morethanonetree.

Well, about ten minutes ago Hammy must have tuned into what I was thinking. (We're like an old married couple, you know, and we're often "spousal-deaf" and "can't hear" what the other one is saying!) 

"HELLO!" he bellowed. "Did you or did you not make a morethanonetree card when you were in Minnesota with the BABES? Has it or has it not been sitting right there on your desk waiting to be blogged? If it had teeth, would it or would it not have bitten you on the nose?!"

Don't ever get old.

Thanking the hamster, I present my morethanonetree card:
 
Two is more than one. I didn't want to get too carried away. The SU tree was doubly colored with markers and spritzed with water and stamped onto watercolor paper. The NBUS sediment is unknown since I borrowed it from one of the BABES at the Lake House. BABES?

Here is a close-up to show the sparkly snow that I applied to my trees:
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Since I used markers, I am also linking up with the current "Make Your Mark" challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

And Festive Friday has just posted their new photo inspiration challenge which  features a beautiful evergreen tree (mirrored in the mirror) with lots of colors~lots of rosy pinks!

The links to the challenges will provide you with information on rules, sponsors, and prizes.
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My card is actually another DJKASE. My inspiration for this card came from this absolutely stunning card made by Maarit of Violet's Corner:
I was not even close to achieving the watercolor effect that Maarit so brilliantly managed above, but she was the inspiration for my card. Thank you, Maarit!!

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November 18, 2014

Turkeys and Tales

Hello and Welcome!

It's a cloudy day here which has us all becited for the possibility of rain. We've just about worn out our rain-dancing shoes, so I hope it works this time.

I wasn't planning to make more Thanksgiving cards, but when I was putting some NBUS stamps away where they belong, I came across this set . . . 
"My Peeps"
and I saw a naked bird . . . and a feather . . . and a Pilgrim hat . . . and a sediment . . . and so I made a turkey . . . 
I stamped this one on glossy paper so you can see the cloudy sky reflected. That's not to say I stamped it on glossy paper in order for you to be able to see the cloudy sky reflected, rather that is the reason why you can see the cloudy sky reflected.

I liked it so much, I made two more!
I used red, turquoise, and gold for the feathers. Then I overstamped them again with the gold (Brilliance) for a wonderful sheen which only shows up in the close-up.

I used those colors because they are the colors of the current Just Us Girls (JUGS) challenge.
And, of course, I'm playing along with the "Anything Goes" challenge at Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge.


And since my post appeared on the same day so it's not backlinked, I am editing this to add the fun new challenge over at Shopping Our Stash where the theme is "Thankful." They'd love to see a thank you card or grateful project, or a card based on the Thanksgiving theme. (I'm tickled to see that Leslie and I were on the same wave length with our gobblers!!)
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Gosh that was fun!! It was like paper dolls only with stamps and turkey parts! 

I didn't actually think I would ever enjoy handling turkey parts again after the experience I had with them on my very first job. I may have told this story before. I grew up in a small town in central Iowa and the town's main employer was the turkey plant. I lived in town, but turkey farming was big business. I'll bet the majority of the town worked at the turkey plant.

When I got a summer job there it was washing turkey gizzards. (I'm not making this one up.) I had to put on a white lab coat like a scientist, a hard hat like a construction worker, rubber gloves like a bull inspector, huge black rubber wading boots like an allegator farmer, and goggles which made my glasses steam over. Who knew turkey gizzards were that hazardous?

I proceeded out to the assembly line where I was placed at a station and given an enormous and powerful nozzle from which water shot out at what seemed like 500 miles an hour. Was I washing turkey gizzards or elephant ears? That were still attached to elephants.

The water was ice cold. Not icey cold. ICE cold. A loud buzzer sounded that nearly took my head off. The conveyor belt shuddered to life and began rumbling. Everyone around me looked to their left. I looked to my right. I'm just kidding to see if you were paying attention. From the left came the sight of hundreds of turkey gizzards having a gay old time bouncing and skipping down the line. As gizzards zoomed past, I was to grab them off the line with my left hand and shoot ice water at them with my right hand.

Well, first of all, it's awfully hard to grab leaping gizzards when your little tiny hand is inside a huge industrial rubber glove. Second of all, when I did manage to grab a pair and shoot them with a burst of water, the water shot them right out of my hand, across the room, and onto the floor.

Oops.

That happened a few times until I got the hang of it. By then the lady across from me had taken two of  my gizzard shots down the front of her lab coat. And if looks could kill, I wouldn't be writing this.

Oops.

And can we just for a second talk about poultry parts and what happens when the waxy fatty consistency of poultry parts mixes with ice cold water? It congeals, people. It congeals.

The morning ticked on. I got a few gizzards down the front of my own coat. Followed by huge amounts of ice water. It went everywhere. Inside my rubber gloves. Down into my boots. Up the left sleeve of my coat, caroming off my underarm, down my side, and into my underpants.

Four hours later, the ear-splitting horn sounded for lunch, the water turned off, and the conveyer belt skidded to a halt. Gizzards flew backwards and dropped out of the air with a thud and a shudder.

I peeled out of my gear and walked the one block home, water spurting out of my shoes with each step.

I was proud of myself for enduring four hours, but I refused to go back. I was fortunate that I didn't have to go back. 

God bless the people who wash our turkey parts for us. It's a HARD job!!

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New Friends Corner

I'd love to have you meet our new friend Lorraine "Lols" of Lorraine's Loft. Lols has been blogging since May of 2008 and crafting since forever! She is known to most of us through her design team at Simon Says Stamp and many other challenges and she has her own wonderful personal blog, too. Be prepared to be WOWED when you visit and wear your comfortable chair!

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November 17, 2014

We've got Thanks! Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday! And a DJKASE!

Happy New Week Greetings!

I hope this fresh, clean, never-been-used-before Monday is treating you right!

I've got a houseful of cards to share with you today, so let's get started. First up are a couple of thank you cards that just scream thanks!
This QACAS thank you card uses a diagonal banner from Lil' Inkers and a script thanks die from Memory Box. The papers are DSP from SU and the enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye.

I'm linking up this card with a sweet little challenge called Words 2 Scrap By. This month the challenge is all about gratitude and kindness, which is very timely. The words for this month are:

"You cannot do a kindness too soon because
you never know how soon it will be too late."

True that.
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I'm also linking up with the "Game of Thanks" challenge at AAA Cards.
After I made the above card, I went looking for a color challenge and made this one:
The angles on this card came about by pure accident when the two patterned papers and the white diagonal paper were cogitating on my desk. "Whoa, cool!" Hammy yelled from my right shoulder.

Sometimes the little rascal wanders out of his cage and up along my arm when I'm busy concentrating and I don't even notice. Guessing that I'm blissfully unaware, he delights in yelling into my ear. I proceed to jump a foot, which sends him arse over teakettle rolling down my back and over the lip of the chair seat. I swear, one of these days in my startle, I'm going to send that chair rolling and he's gonna be one squished hamster! 

Any whizzle, I loved the angle, so that explains why the design is slightly different. Oh, before I forget, the color challenge I mentioned is from Pals Paper Arts. They are crushed curry, olive green, and pumpkin pie. That's appetizers and dessert taken care of. Throw in a turkey and some veggies and we've got us a Thanksgiving dinner!
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And guess what popped up as Anne's newest challenge over at The Paper Players? A thank you card! Bless my soul, I'm a four-leaf clover!
I'm also linking up with another favorite challenge of mine, Pixie's Snippets Playground, thanks to a reminder from my Playmate, Carol. All you need to do to join in the fun at the Playground is use snippets (scraps) on your card, something I actually did on all my cards today!
Pixies Crafty Workshop
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Next up is a Thanksgiving card using the same pretty color scheme from PPA:
I made this card in honor of the 2nd birthday of Addicted to CAS! Happy Birthday to Kylie and the gang and many, many more! Thank you for two years' worth of fun challenges! This week's challenge is brought to us by uber-designer and my dear friend, Karen. She has chosen a sketch for us, which I took very literally:
The leaves and die are "Fall Leaf Trio" by Memory Box. The background was made by scribbling my SU markers in the challenge colors onto my acrylic block, spritzing them with water, and then slapping that onto a glossy card. Before matting, the panel for the leaves and the card base were embossed with Sizzix "Distressed Stripes" e/f. The sediment stamp, outlined punch, and ribbon are all from SU.

This card is also for the "Thanksgiving/Thank You" challenge over at Simply Create Too.
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Next up is a DJKASE birthday card I made for me-and-the-Mister's one and only son's birthday today! Happy birthday to you, Daniel Jedediah, and many, many more!
Darnell's card
My card is a direct copy of this enchanting 12-Kit card made by my friend Kim of Cupcakes, Cards, and Kim:
Kim's card
Isn't that a great CAS design?! I held off getting that tip top die from PTI for quite a while, thinking, "How hard can it be to cut a piece of paper at an angle?", but it was beautiful cards like Kim's that made me change my mind and I'm glad I did. I think there are going to be lots of fun things I can make with this die (such as in my last post) and it comes with some great "happy" dies. Thank you for the inspiration, Kim!

For my card, I used always artichoke papers and ink from SU and a sediment, DSP, and vintage cream papers from PTI.

This card is being linked with the "Anything Goes Birthday" challenge at Seize the Birthday (where there are also toppings of "orange" if you like):
All the links in this post will take you to the featured challenges where you can find the details about rules, sponsors, and prizes! I hope you can join in!!

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It was so great meeting the kids and kidlets yesterday for a celebratory birthday lunch! It had been a couple of months and that is just too long when we live so close. Rachel took a quick pic of me with Adam and Henry to share with you:
You even get to see my new eyes. That's not eye shadow I'm wearing, but I must say the bruises do make for a lovely smokey look! It's early days, but I swear I can see better! 

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