July 3, 2015

Explosive Celebrations and Heartfelt Thanks!

Hello, Friends! TGIF! Thank you for whooshing through another week!

Thank you all for the birthday love you left me yesterday or sent to my email and/or snail mail boxes, whether on time or yet to come! You make me feel very loved and I appreciate each and every one of you! I'm still sending thank you emails and as soon as possible, I will get all the sensational cards I have received photographed and uploaded to my Happy Mail tab at the top. MWAH!!

I also heard from several friends I've made who don't comment and don't have blogs, but who enjoy reading my blog and visiting other blogs in our community. I want to thank all of you who are silently watching and applauding and supporting me! I appreciate each and every one of you, too! MWAH!

And now we turn our attention to the birthday celebrations of America happening tomorrow! Since that's not a person, I made my cards without an actual "Happy 4th" sediment. That way I can use them for summer birthday cards or. or. well, I'm not sure about how I could use the twofer card, but first let's look at the onefer card:
I started out wanting to use the sketch from the Less Is More challenge. Then I got to stenciling the Flash stencil from Winnie & Walter onto my card using ink and my daubers and one thing led to another until pretty soon my "less is more" turned into "more is more." I was pretty happy that I hadn't messed up the pattern by having the same two colors touch each other (euu!), so I went ahead and made it into a card anymorgan.

The sediment is from the The Alley Way Stamps "Ka-Pow" set. My two panels were made using Lil Inkers stitched dies. The sediment was colored with markers, topped with a white WOS, and covered in Mod Podge. The panels were popped up and Pretty Pink Posh sequints were added. Bam.

Challenges
GRAB OUR BADGE!
SIP Color Challenge 3
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Starting over, having quieted the hamster, I made this CASier twofer:
Same paper, same stamp set. Same sediment treatment using white WOS topped off with Mod Podge. Removing a diamond in the sky from Lucy, I adhered it to the large splat. Bam!

Occasions for sending this card to someone? A broken bone? A goal accomplished? An invitation to a game of paint ball? A counting of chickens before they are hatched? Someone shot their eye out? ???

Challenges

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO MY AMERICAN FRIENDS! Be safe out there!

Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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July 1, 2015

Sweet Card Pals

Happy 1st of July and Happy Canada Day! Welcome to the second half of the play known as "The Year 2015!" That first half whooshed by and it wasn't the least bit boring, so I'm looking forward to the second half. I hope you are, too!

Appearing on stage today is a card I made (and a card I received) as part of a fun card chain called Society of Stampaholics. Each month our energetic and talented hostess, Deborah, provides us with a Card Chain Challenge with options for colors, sketch, and theme.

Here were our guidelines for June:
2015-06
2015-06
Friendship/Bling
The little rodent and I were slapping each other paw-to-hand when we hit all the guidelines on the nose with this card which I made and sent to Chris in Texas:
Hmmm. Oops. Mayhaps we were celebrating too early, now I see the card on the Big Screen. It would appear that some little fella swapped out the neon lime enamel dots for turkoyce. Well. Nevermind. Move along.

The fishtail banner die is from My Favorite Things. The embossing folder used on the card base is from Cuttlebug. The circle die is from Nestabilities and it is embossed with a Darice e/f. The NBUS "Sweet" word die is from Serendipity Stamps.

You might remember a while back I took the Online Card Class "Maskerade" and on day four I ended up with a watercolored background sporting a failed masking attempt of a word die (here).
I was pleased that it worked perfectly for the negative banner space and matching "sweet" word of my SOS card, with some left over!

And here is the adorable card that I received from Christy in California. Thank you, again, Christy!
June SOS card chain mail sent to me by Christy at Flickr
If you want to participate in any month, you simply sign up that month and then you send a card to the person in front of you on the list and the person behind you on the list sends you a card. Simples and an easy and fun way to get some Happy Mail. If you would like to join in for July, the deadline to sign up here is July 6th or you can bookmark it to join in for a future month(s).


I am entering my card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Summer" because the colors are evocative of the Popsicle colors of my youthfulness, and because I used snippets, I'm taking my card over to Pixie's Snippets Playground.
Pixies Crafty Workshop
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New Friends Corner

Continuing my last post, here are four more new friends for you to meet, who would love to meet you, in turn! When we visit, follow, and comment on our peers' blogs, we make them feel just as special as we feel when someone takes the time to do that for us!

Sandma of Sandma's Handmade Cards. Sandma is one of our newest neighbors in our wonderful community in Blogland! She just started her blog in April of this year! She is getting the hang of blogging and entering (and winning!) challenges, but her cards themselves are not beginner level. They are magnificent and you won't be sorry you stopped in to welcome her and show her some love!

Julie Tucker-Wolek of The Tucker-Wolek Clan. Julie is a card artist and scrapper who has been blogging her beautiful work since 2007!! If you want inspiration for warm and wonderful scrapbook layouts or cards or 3D projects, you will find it on Julie's fun and impressive blog!

Rose of Elegant Simplicity. Rose is from Brisbane, Australia. She just started her blog in January of this year, although she has been making card art since 1993. She loves all card styles from CAS to shabby chic and vintage. Again, please do take a minute and welcome and follow Rose to encourage her. Her latest card literally took my breath away!

Tina Riddle of Tina's Crop Shop. Tina blogged just a few times in 2013 and 2014, but this year she has really taken off and been productive on her blog, so you could say that she is also a newbie to the community. Your VFC (visit/follow/comment) would be a source of great encouragement. Her cards are beautiful, thoughtful, and executed with precision!

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

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And thank you all for your wonderful concerns, positive energy, and advice about my knee/calf/ankle/foot debacle! It's much better!

Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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June 28, 2015

Standing in the Corner and New Friends

No, wait. I meant to say, "Stamping" in the Corner! 

Hello and Happy Sunday to all of you, wherever you may be!

I don't usually talk about health schtuff, but since this is rather more amusing than not, I wanted to share.

I've had an on-again/off-again relationship with my right knee for a couple of years. Sometimes (like my back) it up and goes out on me without so much as an argument first. I've seen a specialist and when it happens I wear a brace, and go to physical therapy.

So a few days ago my knee went out again. On Friday I had the brace on (not too tight) and spent a quiet day catching up with visits and comments and as I sat at the computer I noticed my right foot was suddenly freezing cold and it hurt like several bones in the foot and ankle had spontaneously broken. I could hardly put any of my considerable weight on it without excruciating pain.

There was swelling, but not a lot. I applied the heating pad (to no avail) and took to my fainting couch whereupon the Mister took advantage of me. By that I mean he snuck off to the kitchen and ate a bunch of junk.

By the time I went to bed a few hours later the pain had started to subside and I could slightly rotate my ankle. We're thinking maybe it was some kind of a bug bite? I mean, I don't live in the Amazonian jungle, but what else? Medic?

And now for the part that gets so absurd it's funny. At 5 o'clock Saturday morning I shot straight out of bed with a severe leg cramp! Guess where? In my right calf! Yes, that's right. Picture me trying to hop off a leg cramp with a bum knee and a bad foot, nightie in a twist, and my hair standing on end as I careened into furniture because I didn't have my glasses on! Oy!

I was reminded of my sister Diana who just last week had a wasp fly into her blouse and sting the geewillikers out of her as she hopped and swatted and knocked the window blinds clean off her window!

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But that's not why you called. In between practicing pratfalls, I saw the current sketch at the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge, charmingly designed by my very talented friend Michelle Williams:
Oh, as they say, imagine the possibilities! Hammy and I found at least two:

Onefer:
For this card, I used my super cute NBUS chickie stamp from Great Impressions, which I purchased from a small stamp shop in Minnesota last year while on the BABES adventure. The sediment is from Diamonds. And that's it. QACAS at its best and all heat-embossed for a little added uumph and innerest.

Chickie Boom-Boom felt a little robbed having only part of her boom-boom self stamped in the corner, so here she is on the inside in all her glory. The beautiful NBUS sediment is from PTI's "Hello Sunshine."
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Twofer:
For this QACAS embossed card, I used a very old (v.o.) stamp from the Hero Arts set, "Needles and Cones." The vertical sediment is from Paper Inspirations, also heat embossed. A few teeny baubles and one more for the stash, in a dash.

I'm editing my post to enter this card in the One-Layer Christmas Card Challenge with an optional twist of green.

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New Friends Corner

I want to borrow a bit more of your time while I introduce some new friends who have come to join us in the Playhouse recently. Thank you for meeting them and visiting them, if you can!

Jo Herbert of Show Me The Love. Jo is the mother of three and she has been blogging since 2011. She is an Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator, design team member, and a participate in challenges. She has a wonderful YouTube feature called, "Thank Card It's Friday" and she holds classes in her home for adults and especially for children after seeing how much her daughter, Skye, loved creating cards with her. I know you'll be inspired by her beautiful card art!

Beverly G. of Gott Heart Art. Beverly has been blogging since 2008! She has had her works of art published many times, is a design team member, challenge player, and multi-award winner! In addition to paper crafting, Beverly loves reading, floral design, ceramics, painting, and yarn crafts. She also has a special love of zentangling and an interest in altered art and mixed media. There is something for all of you at Beverly's blog!

Wanda of Wanderful Creations. Wanda is the mother of two who has been blogging since 2010. Her cards are always well thought out and, like so many of us, they are often inspired by challenges. I know you'll love giving some love to Wanda for her terrific cards!

Gail of Lacey Lassy. Gail has been blogging since 2011. She is mom to an adult daughter, two beagles, and three cats. When she isn't working as a legal secretary, she enjoys gardening and stained glass, in addition to paper crafting and scrapbooking. Gail is on design teams, loves entering challenges, and has been widely recognized for her sensational card art!

Kristina Beagle of Live Love Laugh Scrap. Kristina is a young lady who started blogging in 2011. When she isn't making spectacular cards and inspiring us through design teams, Kristina is a real estate agent. In addition, she also loves cooking and music and nail polish! Her blog and her card art are simply delightful!

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

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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June 25, 2015

June 2015 PTI Blog Hop and Rudolph Day

Happy 25th of the Month of June in 2015!

In my creative world, if I have my batter in the pan, the 25th of each month means it's time for another fun hop celebrating Papertrey Ink over at Nichole Heady's website and it's time for entering a Christmas card in the Rudolph Day Challenge.

First up is my PTI Hop card:
I covered a white PTI card base with a piece of charcoal gray and white striped vellum from a DCWV foiled vellum pack. Over that I attached another narrower piece of white card. The NBUS flowers, which I've had for well over a year and never used [slap], are from the PTI "Cutting Garden" stamp and die set. I colored them direct to the stamps with my DI markers. The leaves were stamped with PTI pine feather green ink cube. The sediment is from the PTI "Birthday Bash Sentiments" set.

Everything was bewinked and bejewelled.
Here is the darling inspiration photo:
Blog hop inspirationBlog-hop-logo
I'm also entering my card in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, "Anything Goes."
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
If you are hopping off here, please let me know you were here, enjoy the day, and enjoy the hop! Thank you for stopping by!

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For my Christmas card for the Rudolph Day Challenge, I made this guy:
I sponged the ColourQ blues onto the card base from light to dark. Percival Penguin is made from a Stamps of Life penguin die and a stamp set called, "More Penguins to Love." The warm knit hat is from a Technique Tuesday set called, "Winter" and the sediment is from a Paper Smooches set called, "Swanky Snowdudes." Every item is NBUS. Goodness, me. The frame was made by cutting out a rectangle mat and then embossing the frame with a Sizzix snowfall e/f.

BTW, here in the States today is the Hallmark holiday, "Leon Day," celebrating that we are prezackly half-way through the year until Christmas! (Leon is Noel spelled backwards.) You're welcome!

The only criteria for Rudolph Day is that you make a Christmas creation, so I used these challenges as my inspiration:
 
And, yes ... since the larger photo doesn't show it, Percival would like for you to see his schparkle:
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Here are some other handsome guys whose Father's Day photo I forgot to show you last time! 
Papa, Adam, Henry, Dan
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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