A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

March 19, 2018

Jelly Beans and a Hummer in the Garden

Hello Stamplings!

Welcome to the fresh unblemished start of a brand new week! Yay!

I hope you enjoyed your St. Paddy's celebration, whether you're Irish or not! We enjoyed having the boys. They have been too big to make cards with Bama for a while now, sob, but they joined me on Saturday to make get well cards for their mom and it was so much fun! I hope the memories of all the times they have spent in the Playhouse making cards (along with their mom and dad's excellent parenting) will make them empathetic and caring adult men.

It's been a while since I made a shaker card and soon into it I remembered why. I have such problems with building them! I did buy one of those fuse tools a coupla years ago which makes making them a lot easier, but I already had a lot of schtuff on my desk and the fuse tool was across the room in one of those drawers and even if I did get off my assets to go get it, I would then have to find the extension cord because I don't have an available outlet under my feet, and ... oh, heck, just forget it, I'll just whip one up without all that. 

Egads, it took three tries! If I were smart, I would make 30 or 40 shaker cards at a time because I don't get the hang of it until around card 24! It didn't help that Hammy kept sneaking over to steal jelly beans while I was concentrating. He doesn't try to eat them, he just likes to arrange them on his bed as pillows.

Here's a photo of my shaker laying down so all the jelly beans aren't clumped in one spot:
The jelly beans were made with a stamp from Stamps by Judith. They were stamped onto a piece of paper I watercolored and then they were fussy-cut and glossified. I didn't have a Happy Easter sediment that fit in the space on the panel of vellum, so I used the Hello stamp.

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Loll's watercolor challenge for March is "garden," so what better stamp to use than "Corner Garden" by SU? I find this image so relaxing and fun to paint with my Ziggies. It could use a coupla more layers of paint, but I'm not that patient.

Using this stamp also gave me the perfect opportunity to use my NBUS and adorable hummingbird stamp from Pretty Pink Posh. I really didn't "need" another hummer stamp, but I just couldn't resist him! I copied Gemma's color scheme for the little guy. His tail (which I curved for dementia) is in the shadow from being popped up on foam tape, but in the light it glimmers and schparkles in pretty winked purples and blues.

The sediment is from Concord & 9th's "You're My Person" stamp set.

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