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!

June 23, 2017

Hi there! Waving Hello!

Lovely to see you! How has your week gone?

I'm doing fine, considering, and happy to be a member of the Hyster Sisters now. Thank you all for your lovely get well messages and cards! With so many kind-hearted friends and family pulling for me and praying for me, I know my recovery will be smoof. And Doc assured us that nothing else will try to fall out of me in the future!


On Monday, once the underwear drawer was organized, I had some playtime with Hammy. BTW, do you organize your knickers drawer before you go in the hospital? You know, Justin Case you don't come back? 

Anyway, I had a lot of nervous engerny, so I passed the time of day fondling, spindling, and die-cutting paper.

This is a fun NBUS die from Winnie & Walter that makes QACAS cards even more QACAS than usual! Cut some of your prettiest pp with it, pop into a negative opening in matching colored card (bonus) and you'll be reaching for an antelope. I mean envelope. It's that easy. For this design, I checked my "words, misc." stamp case and sure enough, there was a there there!

Just so you know, as soon as this photo was taken I turned that butterfly in the bottom right slightly so it angled the other way. I can tell it bugged you, too, so I wanted you to know I fixed it.

I seriously can't remember the last time I saw someone use a stamp on a card and five minutes later, the stamp set was purchased and on its way to my house, but that's what happened with this new Wave set from The Ton. The card artist was LauraJane. Be prepared to be blown away by what she did!

It's one of those stamps (like, say, a pineapple stamp) that might be trendy and then fade away. I am usually able to resist those, but there is so much cool movement in this wave and I love the sea, so I think I will use it a lot. It's a great stamp for either gender, too, especially for those elusive guy designs.

For my card, I smooched DIs on my craft mat and spritzed them with water and then one-by-one I applied each part of the three-part stamps to my card. Then I white heat-embossed the first part stamp again to make the foam stand out and give the card some texture. I think I have both blue and aqua e/p so next time I will try heat-embossing all the layers for even more texture.

Next, I watercolored the sunsetty sky using my Ziggies and attached the panel to a colored card base that I embossed with a stitch die.

I wanted a sediment that was larger than the ones that come in the set, so I looked in my nautical stamps and immediately saw this fun and perfect NBUS sediment from the "Wicked Nautical" set by Paper Smooches.

While we were pawing through the nautical stamps, Hammy grabbed the beach ball from the Summer stamp set by Technique Tuesday and, while bouncing it off my elbow, reminded me that I had also recently purchased a coupla Purple Onion nautical stamps that were still NBUS ... 

I loosely watercolored a piece of mixed media paper with ocean shades. I painted in the bottom portion with my sand-colored Ziggie, spritzed the panel with a few drops of water, stamped the NBUS ocean waves from Purple Onion, and that was the card base. I had an already-cut MFT stitched frame on my desk, so I played around with various stamps from the TT set and the scene was born. 

The large NBUS sediment, also from the same set, was stamped on sunshine yellow vellum. When I finally got it away from the hamster, I glossed up the beach ball so it would be shiny like the real plastic beach balls we used to blow up and play with ... I wonder if they still make those.

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