February 7, 2016

A Pocket Full of Love and XXOOs

Hi there and Happy Sunday Funday!

I've got a lotter pictures and since it's Sunday, the side show attractions have been given the day off so we can get right to the main infraction.

First off, direct from their sold-out show in Lost Wages, please give a warm welcome to A Pocket Full of Love!
Two different embossing folders are performing here. The background folder is "Wire Fence" by Darice, who has been entertaining creative minds prolifically for many years. The folder used to wrap the pocket is 3D "Quilt" from We R Memory Keepers. The marquee shouting LOVE is from Paper Smooches. The hearts (designed by Cuttlebug), are dressed in low-cut glitter foam, sparkling provokingly in the stage floodlights.

Following tonight's performance, this feature production will move on to the following challenge venues: CASology's "Glitter" and Less Is More's "White on White."

Happy 5th Birthday to LIM and thank you for all you've done to inspire me since my very early days of blogging! Cheers to many more happy years!

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Next, I am pleased to present a three-part harmony presentation featuring the NBUS border die "Hugs and Kisses" from Memory Box.
This little ditty is festooned with chipboard hearts from my stash. The sediment is from Hero Arts (A2917).
This lovely number is made from an ancient strip of sparkly red paper and a scripty love die cut designed by the renowned duo of Winnie and Walter. You can also catch this performance over at the Addicted to Stamps and More show, "Clean and Simple (CAS)" and the "Inspired by Words" presentation at the TIME OUT Challenge (featuring "Mind Games" by John Lennon). 
In the final scene, the chorus sediment is NBUS from Happy Little Stampers, "Everyday Sentiments." Here you will see firsthand how performers can appear on stage dressed in the die cut cast-offs from other numbers. Nothing goes to waste in the paper-crafting industry! As such, we are proud to also be appearing in the "Snippets" production over at Pixie's Snippets Playground and in the word production at Just Us Girls where the star of the show is "Valentine."

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for attending this performance! I have been asked to apologize on behalf of the Stage Director for the gap in the dancers (downstage left) in the last performance. One of the XO duets became enthusiastically entangled in each other and missed last call for curtain. Please accept our complimentary and celibatory wine now available in the Auntie Chamber!

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FYI, the current GIVEAWAY ends at noon on Tuesday.

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February 4, 2016

Love and Baboons

Hello Createers!

I hope your week is going well!

We are over the crest of the week and whooshing downhill to the weekend! Whee! Here in America it is all about Super Bowl Frenzy, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area where the Big Event will take place on Sunday. I hope your favorite team wins, whichever one that is!

Here on the blog, I'm working hard with Hammy and The Hammettes to escalate Mt. NBUS. Today we are playing with hearts and balloons. Oh, did I say baboons in the title? Sorry if you got all becited about seeing baboons instead of balloons.

We'll start with love in honor of the season.
The NBUS dies on this card are the Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banners from My Favorite Things and the Light Ray Heart from Simon Says Stamp. The stitched rectangle is from Lil' Inker and the love word is from Paper Smooches. A shiny cool card that a even a guy person would like.

Challenges

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
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Next, I wanted to use the balloon snippets that came from the corner die I used in my last post. I knew if I put them in my bits and boobs ~ oops, darn these ginfers ~ bobs schtuff (BABS), they would likely die of old age before I got back to them. So I made another shaker card, using another NBUS item.
Isn't that a fun design with the jar tilted to one side and the balloons and sequints escapading out the top? You're thinking I'm a genius, I'll bet, but the truth is the darn die moved during production. I was disgrunt led and reached for another piece of card stock and then I thought, well,  that's wasteful, so I just went with it like I meant for it to be that way. To make it even crazier, I stamped the stamps cattywampus, too!

If you look up the definition of cattywampus (spelled other ways), you will find the synonyms "askew" and "awry." It's like a gift from the dictionary gods where the defining words are just as silly-sounding and wonderful as the word you were looking up!

And, yes, I tend to overfill my shaker pockets just like I do my belly.

The jar is from Paper Smooches and the NBUS stamps are from the Smirthday set by Technique Tuesday.

Challenges
Take it, it's yoursPixies Crafty Workshop
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Don't forget the GIVEAWAYS Page at the top of the blog!

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February 1, 2016

I Love a Pear and a Party!

Oh, hi! Don't you just love waking up on a Monday morning and starting a brand new week filled with who-knows-what fantastic adventures? And double-delight, it's also the start of a brand-new month! Let's hit it!

I can tell you my week is starting out great as I'm honored to be the Guest Designer for Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog! It's a pleasure to use Mary's stamps. They are deeply-etched red rubber and stamp like a dream! I know a lot of your prefer the clear stamps, but with a Misti or a Stamp-a-ma-jig, the process is EZPZ.

The dies are also fun and well made and that's what I am using to inspire you today. For this first card, I'm using an older pear die, which I thought I had used before because I've had it quite a while. (Slap!) However, I can't find it on my blog or Pinterest board, so I guess it's NBUS and that's cool because I'm on a NBUS mission.
It may look like I cut the pear from gold paper, but I dinnit. I smooched alcohol inks and blender onto glossy card so the whole thing is pearish and glossy. Yes, I know I've made that sound like a blended pear Marga Rita and now your mouth is salervating. Mine, too. The pear underwear is cut from a piece of watercolor smooching.
I used this pear for my color inspiration!

Back to the card, I'm using another NBUS Serendipity Stamps die for the sediment, die cut from the same sheet of blended glossy card. To make the Sweet word even sweeter and glossier, I layered on some Modpodge Dimensional Magic. The other bonusi are that I used some of my ribbon and pp (otherwise known as DSP to some of you) stashes!

I gave myself a pat on the back and now my arm hangs funny.

I hope you'll join in the challenge which lasts the entire month of February! The theme is Anything Goes, which we all love!
P.S. The 50% off stamp of the month for February is this awesome tandem bike stamp! You can order the stamp here.
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I made a second card:

The NBUS corner balloon die was just released last month from Serendipity Stamps. Using my We R Memory Keepers fuse tool, I turned the die into a fun party shaker card. The paper (soft stone and hibiscus burst) and shaker sprinkles are from PTI. The party sediment is from Winnie & Walter. You might be able to spy the silver linings behind both the die openings and the party word die-cut.

Challenges
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
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It's not you, it's me. One more quick comment about Blogger. I have noticed my inbox notifications of your posts have dropped significantly, so I don't know when some of you have updated your blogs. I DO have a Google account, so I wasn't expecting this to happen, but apparently there is some monkey-business happening even if you already have a Google account. If you haven't heard from me for a while and suspect that I've been dropped from your followers, please let me know so I can come and refollow/ resubscribe. 
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Head's up, a new 3-part item has been added to my GIVEAWAY page!
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January 28, 2016

Hearts and Flowers

Hey, there! I hope your week is rolling along smoothly for you!

I wonder why roller blades went out of fashion so quickly. I've said before how I used to love roller skating as a kid. I was too old for roller blades when they became popular, but I would think the young'ns would love them and still use them. Instead, they have hoverboards that don't even hover except when they're bursting into flames.

Okay, then.

I have two items on the menu to share today.

First up is a card for this week's "Adore" challenge at CASology:
The stitched rectangle is by Lil' Inker. The clear heart bling is from SU. The NBUS sediment is unmarked. The stitched capital I is from my alphabet stash, which container is as big and as unused as my heart container was, sooo ... anyone in need of some alphabet letters?

Gosh, I spose you could say I adore you so much that my hearts bleed for you. Eu! No! That's a bit violent, Shirley. How about instead we describe it as hearts flowing down a river of watercolored cotton candy punctuated with sugary splatters? Yummo!

I'm also playing with:
SIP Tic Tac Toe 32 800

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The other challenge that spoke to me yesterday was the Muse Challenge. Not only is it challenge #150, but my sweet Scottish friend Jenni Murray has joined the Design Team, which means her card is up for CASEing this week.
The e/f is Cross-Stitch Frame Borders by Memory Box. The silver embossed French script stamp is En Francois by SU. The NBUS sediment is Inkadinkado from my friend Brenda. The flower stamp and die are Vintage Linens by PTI. The flower centers are Liquid Pearls, which are partially smashed because the card fell over on its face during the windy photoshoot. Oops.

Here is Jenni's beautiful card:
I loved Jenni's design so much that I pretty much did a complete DJKASE copy of it using different products. I followed Jenni's panel design, watercolor washing my embossed script panel, and I topped that off with a floral sprig and white-on-black sediment layer. I would recommend a crisp chardonnay with that.

Congratulations on the DT appointment, Jenni!

I'm also playing in the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
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RE: REfollowing

I spoke too soon about the loss of followers not being too bad. After several days of up and down ticks of only four-five followers, I lost 33 overnight! (Wish that were pounds!) You can read about what's happening here.

Please NOTE something I forgot to tell you when we talked about this last time. There is a second action you must take in order to make it go back to how it was. In addition to signing up for a free Google account, you also have to REclick to join as a follower because you have been dropped by Blogger. You can rejoin using the blue button on the side bar that says "Join This Site." Thank you! Every time I visit a blog by Blogger now, I click the "Join" blue button to double-check that I'm still hooked up with you. It's a bit of a nuisance, but there you have it.

Great Minds

You know how sometimes we feel like we are so unique artistically, but then we hear that it's hard to put a copyright on creativity because what we might think up could just as easily be thought up by someone else's hamster?

And you know how I posted just such a cool and unusual card in my last post with the double-die-cityscape cut-out? Well, you have to check out this card by my friend Ros of Mikey's Mom! On the very same day, she also posted a card using a double-die-cityscape cut-out on her card!!

You have to admit, that's goose-pimply.

A Discount!

I'm so happy to announce that my friend and teacher, Deepti Malik, is offering all of my followers a 50% discount off the price of her excellent watercolor class! To sign up, click Watercolor Cards Class at Craftsy.com. Thank you for your generosity, Dee!!

Giveaways!

Don't forget the GIVEAWAYS page at the top of my blog home page! 
This one closes at noon PST tomorrow, FRIDAY the 29th!

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