May 25, 2016

Platinum Snowflakes

Hi there!

I've a penchant for metals this week, didja notice? 

Don't you find penchant to be a funny-sounding word for what it means? It means the same as desire, but somehow desire holds much more promise. And then there is predilection, which also means the same thing, but somehow sounds like a felony. I can see it now on page three of the Tribune: Mr. Samuel P. Henbinevert was charged yesterday with three counts of predilection. A raiment will be held on Friday the 27th.

Today's card features a raiment of pearl pastels and sumptuous platinum:

While fun to make, this OLC was, by far, the hardest card I've ever photographed. Platinum and pastels are persnickity! This photo was the best of the 38 I took, but it doesn't do justice to the real life shiny appearance. The snowflakes are from Papertrey Ink's "Friendship Jar Fillers," embossed with liquid platinum from Ranger. The embossed sediment is also from PTI, but I don't have the name of the set.

I was inspired by this very awesome photo challenge for the Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop:
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I picked up on the pastel watercolors. Instead of words, I used an overlay of snowflakes. This is an all-day event if you'd like to be quick like silver (keeping with my theme) and join in today!

I'm also entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is anything goes and the "Clean and Simple" category at The Card Concept Sweet Tea (photo) challenge, which is lovely pastels and metallics.

And because I finally made a Christmas card, I'm also joining the Rudolph Days Challenge over at Scrappy Mo's. If you're helping me keep track, I'm minus 73 where I wanted to be in the finished Christmas card department for this year. It occurs to Hammy and me that perhaps we were a bit hasty in adopting out all our furry helpers. Smack!
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Windows 10

I'm hoping this doesn't jinx something, but I have to tell you that upgrading to 10 was a breeze. The Mister said it was the easiest upgrade he's ever done. Like ten minutes easy. It went out and found drivers for all our schtuff and everything works, even our six-year-old printer! The photo process did change, but I quickly saw how to tell it where to file my downloads and from there I did edits like normal using Picasa. I'm guessing they got a lot of bugs out of the earlier versions which had people tearing their hair out. 

I wanted to share that good news ~ she says, ginfers crossed!

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New Friends Corner

Once again, I'm delighted to introduce you to five new friends!

Emily Shroom of Pen and Paperie. Emily is from Australia and she has been blogging since 2012. Emily is a Tim enthusiast and does amazing art with his techniques and with digi stamps. She has a long and impressive list of challenges she enters and awards she has won. You'll find lovely inspiration throughout her blog!

Swapna Patel of The Dream Pages. Swapna is from India and she became active on her blog in 2015. Swapna has a huge range of artistic talent when it comes to paper crafting. You will notice that she, too, loves to enter challenges where she has been recognized many times. You will be inspired by everything Swapna makes, from stunning sponged one-layered cards to incredible 3D projects!

Shell of My Time. Shell is from New Zealand and she has been blogging since 2007! How had we not met before now? Shell has embraced my NBUS idea wholeheartedly, which I love. I also love how happy and colorful (and beautifully watercolored) her card art is and the way she shows you her process along the way!

Frau Nicole Vögeli of Frau Vögeli (Mrs. Birdie). Nicole has been blogging since June of 2015, so she'll soon be celebrating her first blog birthaversary! Congratulations, Nicole! You may already be familiar with Nicole, either on design teams, or as a guest designer, or as an award winner. If not, you are in for a treat as you discover her wonderfully crisp and clean card art!

Carol H. of Crafting By Carol. Carol started blogging in 2015 as a way to have a photo journal of her card art and to enter challenges. The mother of two daughters, Carol started out making Christmas cards ten years ago with a light box, brass stencils, and a stylus. Remember those days! That was a lot of work! About five years ago, Carol started checking out card blogs and joining in online classes. Her cards are really sensational and show the extensive talent Carol has honed over the years!

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

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May 23, 2016

Gold Beachiness

Greetings, stamplings!

There really is a Gold Beach. Well, come to think of it, there are prolly a lot of Gold Beaches in the world. The one I'm referring to is in the state of Oregon. We've enjoyed ourselves there many times. Our young son gathered up a lot of the beach in his swimwear and let me tell you, I didn't find any gold when I swept it out of the door of the camper!

If it were gold, I think it might look something like this:
A simple shaker made with circle dies and gold and coral sandals. All the dies are from Lil' Inkers. The gold-embossed NBUS sediment is from Technique Tuesday's "Summer" stamp set. The gold fragments are from a kit that Papertrey Ink sold a few years back. The day was overcoast (haha, my typos karack me up), but just as I was taking my pictures, the sun broke through the clouds, reflecting off the acetate. It's the little things.

If the card is standing upright, the gold looks like sand particles. Hopefully. Maybe. I also added a little bit of fine glitter.
It looks like I did something really spongey and artistic with the shaker background, but before you give me all kina kudos for it, let me admit that it is just a snippet of pretty sunset pp I've had in my stash since the last century. 

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Schtuff 'n Such

Thank you to all of you who have asked how I'm doing in your comments. I'm feeling much better, but still wasting a big chunk of each afternoon napping, so I'm sorry if I haven't gotten back to you individually. And not only that, what happened was the Mister turned on the PC and walked away for a minute and Windows 10 was downloaded before he could click an emphatic NO. He's my IT guy and he's been busy, but it will get sorted in a few days. (I'm not as nimble and quick on these here other deVices.) I appreciate those of you who have remained constant the last many months as it's been one thing after tother. Mwah!

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New Friends Corner

It gives me great joy to welcome these new friends and I'd like you to welcome them, too!

Michelle Gleeson of Stampin' Mojo. Michelle began blogging in August 2013. She is an independent Stampin' Up demonstrator who showcases the product beautifully with her pretty cards and she's on the Design Team for Pals Paper Arts. In addition to her cards, Michelle does a marvelous job of capturing her memories in Project Life posts!

K. Ritter of The Kitchen Table Crafter. Kathryn started her blog in 2008, but she only posted sporadically and then took a break from 2013 until a couple of months ago. Now she is posting often and entering challenges. You'll enjoy the read as well as the art! (BTW, she has a generous blog candy offer going on!)

Lynn B. of My Cards n Stuff. Lynn started blogging in 2010. She is a creative designer whose works of card art are often seen in challenge galleries. She also serves on design teams. I think her cards are so inspiring with their bright colors and happy images!
Esther of Siesta Scrap (see Esther scrap!). Esther is from New Zealand and she started her blog in 2009. She doesn't post very often, but when she does, her work is a treat for the eyes. You will find cards, tags, scrapbook layouts, and some truly sensational 3D art projects that you just have to see to believe!

Mouni Koneru of Craft Drama. Mounika has been blogging since June 2015. She is from Bangalore and a microbiologist by trade. Mounika has been paper crafting since 2013 and her beautiful and colorful cards have been rightly recognized in challenges. Her other hobbies include scrapbooking, fabric painting, recycling, and garment designing!  

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

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May 20, 2016

Pretty Pink Poppies

Hi there!

How's it going? Did your week whoosh by? Did you get a chance to uncover and set up the patio furniture? Change the filter on the air conditioner? Finish up your spring cleaning? Or did you put your prior itties in the proper order and get crafty instead?

I went with the ladder and got crafty! My ittie today is to remind you that there is still a fun challenge going on over at Tag You're It!, in which I am happily guest designing. I made you this mid-challenge tag:

I'm showcasing a NBUS "Perky Poppy" die from Memory Box. The e/f is "Poppy Field" by Darice and the snippet of DSP is vintage from SU. Using a Thinlits die from SU, I made the fishtail banners from the remaining snippet of e/f paper and a snippet of text DSP from my stash. A piece of twine and ombre heart Washi tape round out the ingredients.

Here is the challenge inspiration made for you by the uber-talented TYI Designer Jeanne Jachna:
Pixies Crafty Workshop
There aren't many tags in the gallery yet. Jeanne has given you many ways you can go with your interpretation, so I hope you will be able to play with us before the challenge closes!

I'm also sharing my tag with my friends at Pixie's Snippets Playground where the only rule is you have to use your snippets!

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The pretty pink posie paper and personable perky poppy still wanted to play, so Hammy and I prepared a couppla other popular polar opposite negative/positive cards. (If I had to pay $5 for every pee, that sentence would've cost me $105. That's your math for today. Don't come here looking for classes on English or your Grammar because you will be Miss Lead.)
The NBUS giant hugs is from Casual Fridays Stamps "Mwah" set.

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Sediment is from Your Next Stamp. The border snippet is made from the reverse side of the floral paper. Go me for using pp!

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Bloggie Friend (BF): You always make me laugh, Darnell. What makes you laugh?
Me:
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New Friends Corner

I am pickled tink to welcome another five new friends today and I hope you will be able to visit them soon and introduce yourself!

Janet of Stamping with "MOO". Janet started her blog in 2007. In 2008 she discovered challenges. She posts intermittently as she works full-time and also enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, hot-rodding, and motorcycling! It's wonderful that she enjoys so many hobbies and makes such delightful cards for our inspiration!

Glennis F. of Creating Cards. Glennis began blogging in 2010. Unlike me, Glennis is a woman of few words, but that's okay. Her wonderful gallery-style of blogging allows us to scroll along the page and see lots and lots of extraordinary cards. You'll also notice that she is regularly recognized by challenges for her beautiful designs!

Cara Gregory of Crafting Bunnies. Cara started blogging March 2015. Happy belated blog birthaversary, Cara! As her blog name suggests, Cara has two crafty bunnies ~ real critters, not imaginary like my Hammy! Cara started blogging in order to join in challenges and it's been a treat to get to know her and enjoy her delightful card art!

Lisa Tilson of My Card Trip. Lisa only started blogging in February of this year, so please make an extra special effort to click over and welcome Lisa to our wonderful community in Blogland! After making cards for years following in her mother's footsteps, Lisa started stalking blogs (especially Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner) and taking card classes to learn new techniques. Then, lucky for us, she started her own blog!

Heidi Stamps of My Little Stamping Blog. Heidi started blogging in 2014, but she has really gotten passionate about it this year. Her card art has received recognition in challenges and I think you will be delighted and inspired by her cards, which I find to be uplifting and cheerful! 

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May 16, 2016

SCUBA Birthday Dude

Greetings, stampers!

Happy middle of May! I'm not even going to talk about it. Instead, we'll just think of today as the start of another fabulous week stretching before us with limitless possibilities!

Wellllllll, not prezackly "stretching" before us. More like whooshing by us! Does that mean we have limited possibilities? No, of course not. We just have to be quick, that's all. Like the lizards I'm going to be sharing with you today.

But, first, for those of you who just stopped by to play cards, I've got one of those, too.
This NBUS SCUBA dude with the googley eyes is a stamp sent to me by my friend Lottie ages ago. It's from Stampendous. It gives me the giggles because that's either a little baby or a balding grandpa! But then I lay my head on my right shoulder and ponder, is that a tail? And, if so, is it a monkey^ with a human head? Has growing up in the 60s caught up with me? No matter what he is, he's having fun! The fishie, wave, and bubbles came from Paper Smooches "Surf and Turf" set. The sediment is from MFT "Framed Greetings."

^ETA: Thank you to my friend TK who let me know that it is indeed a monkey: Changito The Monkey! Apparently, there are a whole series of Changito stamps from Stempendous. So about the face. Let's just say Changito is sunburned!

This was a super QACAS card, put together for a few challenges and to spread the word that today is the 50th birthday of a special friend to a lot of us: Sandie Munroe of London Days! Happy Birthday, Sandie! This is not the card I sent to Sandie, but she has a great sense of humor and she would have liked this one all the same.

Sandie's DT over at TIME OUT are hosting an extra special challenge to celebrate Sandie and over on Kylie's blog you can also find a linky tool (open for a coupla weeks) to add your birthday card to Sandie's greetings!

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Hammy forgot to remind me that there is also a sediment stamp that says, "s.c.u.b.a.: super creative unexpected birthday acknowledgement," which is right up my aackronym alley. But that's okay, I let it go. Hammy is still not himself.

Lizziezzzzzzz

While Hammy's busy looking at scrapbook photos of his furballs, I'll sneak in some overdue lizard photos. (I told you I was a 12-year-old boy half the time and I know lizards aren't for everyone, so it's okay if you skip to the end.)

Here in California, we have tiny little lizards called "fence lizards," because they climb our yard fences and dash across the top. I think that fact makes them one of the less intelligent critters in the kingdom, considering we also have a substantial population of hawks with eagle eyes and eagles with hawk eyes.

Long-time readers have met several generations of "Lizzie." We seem to have more than usual this year. Every time they appear I am mesmerized all over again. As you know, it doesn't take much to mesmerize me!

For scale, you can see that they are quite tiny and not the least bit scary.
Can you see it?

How about now:
Then there was the time the Mister came to show me the surprise he got when he went to get the pail:
Now how the heck did it get in there? You'll really scratch your head when you see where that pail is kept in the garage!
We never know where we're going to see them:
or their toys:
But we do know where they come from. One day I saw this guy in an uncharacteristic huff. Check out the beautiful color of his belly:
Then I noticed that his huffiness wasn't directed at me:
And things progressed as these things tend to do:
Can't find what I'm talking about? 

Can you see the itty-bitty baby now?
This time of year when I'm taking card photos, I usually have nearby company:
We all share the yard very amicably.

The end.

Because lizards took up so much space here today, the "New Friends Corner" will return in the next post. Thank you.

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