August 20, 2014

WOYWW #272

Happy Wednezday, Crafters!

Welcome to What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW) whereas the magnetic Ms. Julia Dunn hostesses our hop and wherein we show off our deskesses. It's fun and addicting and I hope you can join in!

So everyone knows about Spring Cleaning, of course. Of course! In the Olden Days it was a Big Production as the furniture was moved out to the lawn so the carpets could be rolled up and taken outdoors to be beaten. Little Pomeranian dogs had to be kept indoors because of their weak lung capacities. Servants were warned not to confuse them with dusters. People also had their annual baths and before the sun was even warm on your back, you were already chopping wood for the next winter. 

Over time, modern appliances brought more relaxing springtimes for womens and a lot of us turned our attention to the drinks trolly. Oh, settle down. I'm only kidding. Have a drink. We do still continue the tradition of Spring Cleaning to this day, only it's a Smaller Production without the need of neighbors eyeballing our furniture on the lawn.

Which brings me to how time is flying this year. Ern?

Although the calendar says August, I pretended it said April and got up to some Playhouse Spring Cleaning these few days passed. You may remember how dirty my TV and windows were, so those got a wash. And instead of wood, I axed a bunch of paper.

So this is what I'm currently working on at my desk:
 
It was nice to move everything out on the lawn and make the desk spiffy clean. I didn't find any money, but I did find enough dust to make a bunny and a cup and a half of sequins.

(The sharp-eyed will notice that I was obviously the victim of a robbery since you were last here. I mean, obviously. It's the only pliable explanation.)

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Some of you may remember how happy I was when I got my new drawers last September. Fresh elastic will do that to a girl. But the truth was, while I was happy about the new drawers, I had squalms. I mean the papers all fit and I certainly liked them better corralled in the drawers rather than achoo and scrunched in the trays, but, well, it wasn't all that user-friendly.

With weak and thin-skinned granny hands and a bad back, how stoopid was I to establish a system where I had to bend over and lift up and leaf through 500 sheets of paper to find the one I wanted?! And, people, I have several drawers of the schtuff collected since the last century.
Not any more.

The cool thing about joining in the WOYWW hop is that it is so nonjudgmental when it comes to our craft spaces. We are sometimes horrified in equal parts by how messy / neat we keep the areas where we all do our crafty magic. But we understand that all of us are creative, no matter the condition of our desks!

Personally, the hamster and I have so much clutter and chaos happening up in the party in our head, that we work best under Neat and Orderly conditions. Thus, here now are my patterned papers cut into either 6x6 or 6x12 sheets, sorted, and tabbed.  
One hopes that now that I can flip through and easily find revelant patterns, I will actually use my pretty papers. I'm sure this was the reasoning behind the invention of the 6x6 pads that you can pop in a drawer upside down for easy leafing.

I even made a card in celebration: 
I really like this card because it's multinational and involves friend ships. I made it for my friend Kim as a thank you card for driving to Hero Arts recently. And the pp is from the factory store we visited. The sediment and image are from American Art Stamps, but they came to me in the mail from the United Kingdom, stamped off by my friend Gay, so all I had to do was color and mat them. Gay gets the award this week for BEF: Best Enabler Friend, because I've since purchased this stamp and a few (cough) others from AAS.

So that's the news from around the Playhouse. How you doin? 

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August 15, 2014

What Do You See? ~ NBUS #147

Hallow, boys and girls!

I have a quickie for you.

When I saw the challenge over at CAS(E) This Sketch, I could not get it out of my mind. I was amazed and impressed by the beautiful DT inspirations and the cards showing up in the gallery, so I thought I'd give it a go and I made this QACAS card:
Here is the sketch:
That's a challenge, huh? The embossing folder is Darice "Multi Circle," the NBUS sediment is from "Journey" by Tim Holtz, and the wood veneer time pieces are from Prima Marketing.

I sponged the colors onto the clocks using the colors from the current Pals Paper Arts challenge:
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After I sponged the black on the largest clock, the numbers were oblivious so I drew them on with my white gel pen.

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Okay, now I'll tell you the truth. The truth is that when I look at that sketch, THIS is what first pops into my brain:
Remember, my brain has a hamster living in it, so you can understand how this happened. I'll tell you what, when I glance over and catch a glimpse of it, that face looks like a zebra puppy with its inquisitive nose smooshed up against the camera lens!

Out of respect for the challenge, I made the first serious card, too, because I dinnit want the superbly talented Donna to get the wrong impression and think I was making fun of her sketch. I just see the silly in things, I guess.

The card ingredients for this QACAS card are PTI vintage cream for the base, ancient zebra paper and nose paper from GKW, and the "hi" sediment is a NBUS Framelits "Bitty Banners" die, which was cut using SU poppy parade textured paper.

Since this is also coinkydinkily perfect for the challenge at The Sisterhood of Snark Stampers, where I am guest designing, I'm going to link up there just for fun. 
You can click on the links for all the details on rules, sponsors, and prizes. I hope you can play, too!

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Gottago! Mister needs to get on here again to figure out what Comp O' Nuts to order for the new computer. (Thanks for all the offers of temporary housing!!)

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August 14, 2014

Foliage in the Shrubbery

Greetings!

I hope you feel better than you did yesterday. I mean, even if you felt great yesterday, I hope you feel even more better today, but if you didn't feel great, then for sure I hope you're better now.

There is something about all the sunshine of summer that gets in my eyes and has me missing the deadlines of a lot of favorite challenges. That's a poetic way of saying, holy crap I'm too late, again

Well, not this time, not with Less Is More. No Siree, Chrissie, I made it this time with this card:
For foliage I turned to this wonderful SU "My Friend" stamp with matching sediment. I just love the serenity of the design. I tried adding sequints or enamel dots to juzz it up a bit, but I found them too distracting and cluttery. I stamped the image away for the edge and then stamped the sediment crosswise. I drew lines on each side of the sediment to give it some faux panel dementia. 

The coloring was done by markers directly to the stamp, which I then lightly spritzed with water before stamping. Because the paper is not watercolor paper and because it has a slight shiny coat, the colors have a muted effect. To bring back the depth, I outlined the image with a fine-point Sharpie.

I love doing "All-Purpose" cards like this that I can turn into any conceivable need for a card. For a friend, of course, seeing as how that's what it says. 

You still have a bit of time to join in the fun at Less Is More
I'm also linking up with this color scheme over at One-Layer Simplicity Challenge "Shades of Summer."
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You can click on the links to find the details about rules, sponsors, and prizes.

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In honor of foliage, I thought I would share how my Succulent Garden Wall is growing:
April 2014
August 2014
It was so easy to do and it's been easy to care for in our severe drought conditions.

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My Life With the Mister:

I hope you are able to read it when you click on it and enlarge it. I couldn't get it to expand any further. 

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I should just warn you that our trusty computer is crashing quite a bit and my in-home IT guy says it's time for a new one. So two things: a) I may be on less because I have trouble with car pool tunnel when I use the laptop too much; and b) can I come and stay with you for a few days during installation? I think you know what I mean. The Playhouse is not far enough away.

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August 12, 2014

The Lows and Highs of a Day ~ NBUS 146

How's it going?

I hated making the card I have to share today. It's for a very sweet couple from our blogging community. Never having children of their own, they doted on their beloved pooch. A few days ago, their pampered pooch was in her own backyard, minding her own business, when two hulking dogs broke in with murder in their hearts. It doesn't bear thinking about.

While it pales in comparison to human tragedies, of course, it is so very heartbreaking for this wonderful couple. I made them a card of sympathy.

I used the "Shades of Summer" color challenge from the August One-Layer Simplicity Challenge. I called it up on my laptop in the Playhouse last night and on the laptop the colors appear to be shades of blues and grays. Now that it is the next morning and I'm on the pc, the colors look to be lovely teals and tans. Oh, swell. I'm going to go ahead and enter my card anyway under the "A for Affort" category and to remind you about the challenge. I hope you get a chance to play!

And I made a Note to Self about the color deception between various devices.

The circular sediment stamp is from Stamps of Life "Four Circles." The daisy petals are trimmed from a NBUS Close to My Heart "Sunsational Flower" stamp which I've had forlikever. The tear drop is a rain drop cut from the Designs by Ryn "Raindrops" stamp and glossed with Dimensional Magic. The inks were a combination of PTI and SU inks.

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I'd like to turn to happier news. I got together with my blogging friends Kim and Harriet yesterday for a field trip to the Hero Arts Factory Store! I must say the location was a bit underwhelming. Here is entrance:
The inside was, well, also a bit underwhelming. A couple of tables and behind the door was a very tiny room open to the public. The products available were all fabulous, so that was good, and our husbands were happy to learn there was only a small supply of them.
The nice lady cashier got up from her desk and let us get behind there so she could take our picture! 
Harriet, Kim, Darnell
The good news about visiting a small factory store is that it allowed us time to have a leisurely lunch and continue to get to know each other. We'll be getting together next time at the Playhouse to work on holiday cards.

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Tilting at Windmills
I must dash today. I am doing an expozay about the newspaper empire in my local community, so I have a letter to write and exhibits to put together. I uncovered some funky rate practices during an innocent chat with friends about the minutia of life when I asked, innocently, "Hey, Sue, how much do you guys pay for the newspaper?"

Sometimes innocent comments uncover rampant unfairness. We discovered that the annual rates we pay for the same exact newspaper, subscribed to for the same length of time (over 35 years), vary from $96 a year to $465 a year! So far I've asked seven people and all seven of us pay different rates.

Does that seem right to you? Me neither. I think we Baby Boomers need to keep our consumer activism wits sharpened and ready for protesting inequities and inequalities like we did Back In The Day, so I'm putting some razor-sharp words where my mouth is. Wish me luck!

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August 9, 2014

Sage & Snarky Woof Wisdom ~ NBUS #145

Hello Card and Critter and Snark Lovers!

I am delirious to be here today as the Guest Designer for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. Doncha just love that challenge name? Some very talented and irreverent stamper gals got together and started this fun challenge. I was awarded this gig after being declared the Queen of Snark last challenge.


Yup, that's me! Notice the chocolate crown, the droopy bosooms, the ample midriff developed entirely of chocolates and kept inflated for emergencies? All mine and I must insist that you courtesy the next time you come by!

A lot of you might not know that you don't HAVE to make a snarky card to play in this challenge. Not at all! Everyone is welcome as long as you follow the theme.

The new theme is "Z is for ZOO." And just to show you how loose-goosey the rules are, I used a domestipated dawg for my zoo critter! So there you go. Have at it! Who among us doesn't have at least one zoo or critter image or piece of critter paper in our stash? Hmm?

I mean, when you think about it, don't you have a newspaper in the recycle bin or wrapped around that hideous vase of gramma's in that box in the back of the hall closet? Am I right? Well, papers are used to potty train dogs, so there you go! You have critter paper! (Pssst, I'm only the GD, not really a judge, but the judges drink a lot so I think you can pull off that convulsive line of ration Al thinking.)

For my card, I made two cards coz I love my doggie stamp so much. 
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I colored the images with Marvy Tombow markers. The cute dawg and dots stamps are from Stamps by Judith. The WOOF is by Great Impressions. The glossy white mats were cut with a Li'l Inker stitched rectangle die. The papers are from my stash.
Insides:
"Learn a lesson from your dog. No matter what life brings you, kick some grass over that crap and move on."

What a profound message! It's a NBUS stamp and one of many fun sediment stamps available from Riley & Company's "Funny Bones" stamps. The bloodhound dog is an unmarked UM colored with Prismacolor pencils. 

I hope you will check out the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and join us for this lighthearted Z is for Zoo challenge! 

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I'm also entering my second card in the sketch challenge at STAMPlorations Bi-Weekly Challenge.
And I'm entering a card in the "Make Your Mark" challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More,
GRAB OUR BADGE!
and the other one in the "Designer's Choice ~ Use Markers or Pencils" challenge at Inkspirational.
The links above will give you all the details on the rules, sponsors, and prizes!

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New Friends Corner

Our introductions continue today with three more new friends for you to meet! I'm so grateful for each and every one!

Liz of Crafty Sunflower. Liz started her blog in 2012, but she's only just added the blue "Join This Site" follow button to her side bar, so it would be great if you gave her a boost by joining as a follower! As you  might have guessed, Liz loves sunflowers and for the last 13 years she has been collecting anything sunflower-related. Liz's cards are colorful, often shaped, and always impeccably made!

Veerle of Veerle: Her Little Card Corner. Veerle caught the card-making bug two years ago and has been blogging since August 2013. She is an award-winning challenge participant and snippets user, so you might see her over at Pixie's Playground. Her cards are always full of life and color and she is great at explaining her process!

Lesley Gillett of Lesley's Craft Room. Lesley is from the "Garden of England" section of Kent in the UK and she loves both her hobbies of gardening and crafts. She is an Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator and she started her blog in 2011. Lesley is also a Pixie's playmate, which is where we met. She is a very excellent and prolific card artist with a clean and sharp style that I love!

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

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And now, just because I think it bears repeating, I'm leaving you with this sage sedimental advice:

"Learn a lesson from your dog. No matter what life brings you, kick some grass over that crap and move on."


It's what Duke would tell you! Here he is today, thinking it! He's been loyally keeping me company in the Playhouse while his family is on holiday in Hawaii (where last we heard, they are fine!).
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August 8, 2014

Whoosh! It's Fliday

Hello There!

I think we should start a campaign to change the name Friday to Fliday because of the way it flies through the week and shows up every five minutes.

I am bringing you a card today that, well, I think maybe I was unclear on the concept behind it. So what happened was, I was really intrigued by Monday's Make It Monday hosted by Nichole Heady over at her {capture the moment} site. The theme is "creative card borders using nonborder dies." Doesn't that sound ultratriguing?! I watched the brilliant video by the equally brilliant Danielle and then I went through my PTI dies and did some heavy thinking.

Finally, since I like to break down the box on occasion, I chose "Harvest Berries" and made this:
which was really hard to photograph outside in the sun, and not that easy inside either, for that matter.
I really like how it turned out but I had to pull a lot of teeth to get there, unnecessary teeth, I think. I started by running my die through a scrap and laying it out to see if it would work. Good.
But once I went to lay the die on my card to do a partial die cut off the edge of the paper, per the video, I went into a tizzy. I spent several minutes in a paragram universe trying to find that top part of the vine. You see those three leaves at the top above? Well the dies in the package look like this:
But neither of those pieces was that top piece and I couldn't find where it slithered off to (where it off to slithered). I woke the hamster, even though he's a total grump when I do that. We bobbed up and down and around and under the desk to the point where I got a migraine, which didn't help the sittiation, which word might or might not be missing an h.

Well, Dawn dawned, as she does and Hammy noticed that actually the die on the right is not laid out end to end, but in two pieces widthwise on the same die, you nitwit. Wait. What?

Well, slap my noodle, what was I going to do now?! Thankfully, the Mister happened to be home so naturally I asked him to separate the die. He and his girlfriend Dremel handled it very nicely for me.
Now I could lay them lengthwise with the help of a bit of Washi tape and run it halfway through the BS. That's either design dedication or just plain silly! 

While I like how my card turned out, in this case it would have been a lot quicker if I had just stamped the image and then cut around the leaves! But I do love the idea of this technique, however, and I will definitely be trying it again with some of my other dies. If the process is confusing as I've tried to explain it, please do pop over and see Danielle's video via the link above; it isn't in the least bit confusing!

Besides the Make It Monday challenge,
I chose my colors from the current challenge at the always-fun ColourQ. Here is the fabulous inspiration photo:
I'm also joining in the fun at Pixie's Snippets Playground, where the brief is simply to use up those scraps!
Pixies Crafty Workshop
The challenge links will take you to the details regarding rules, sponsors, and prizes.

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New Friends Corner

I'm as happy as lark on a lark to introduce you to five more new friends today! Please meet:

Beverley Daw. As near as I can tell, Bev, you haven't an active blog. If that's not right, please let me know so I can share the information here.

Wendy Nicola Jackson of Crafty Kiwi Mama. Wends lives in New Zealand and she has been blogging since 2009. She is a designer who loves entering her sensational card art in challenges and she has tons of awards as a result. Each card, or bag, or treat box is a gift unto itself. You'll be raring to go after a visit to Wends!

Cara Malmrose of My Creative Chaos. Cara's enthusiasm just leaps off the pages of her blog. She has been blogging since 2013. Although sight-impaired, Cara loves crocheting, reading, hiking, and shooting, in addition to making her fantastic cards. She is a designer, challenge participant, and award-winner!

Vicki Robertson of He'art'ful Validation of Vicki. Vicki has been a designer since 2005! She is a well-published, award-winning card artist whose works of art range from scrapbooking to altered art. I met Vicki through The Creative Blog Hop and this post will give you a terrific bio of Vicki and her art!

Annie C. of Arty Farty Annie. Annie has been blogging since 2012 and her blog is chock full of everything from home and garden to family life and from altered art to zentangle! She is a truly well-rounded artist who is happy to share with you through her posts and her tabs on ideas, challenges, tips, techniques, and tutorials!

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

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I'm sending out extra prayers for the people of Hawaii during this unprecedented hurricane/ tropical storm landfall. As it happens Dan and Rachel and the twins are there on vacation so, of course, it's a bit of a personal worry for us.

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Here's a little funny for you which sooner or later, isn't so funny any more. Ask me how I know!
Thanks, Mary!
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Project Details
PaperPTI white; SU island indigo, tempting turquoise, and summer starfruit
Stamps    PTI "Harvest Berries"; Technique Tuesday sediment
 InkSU tempting turquoise, summer starfruit
AccessoriesMy Mind's Eye enamel dots

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