April 24, 2014

Splats of Spring ~ NBUS #123

Hello Again!

Continuing from where I left off yesterday, here is my second card for Nicole's Make It Monday challenge which is "Watercolor Splats." I hope you get a chance to play, too. The only requirement is that you use at least one Papertrey Ink (PTI) product.


The fireworks flowers are NBUS from the PTI "Meadow Greens" set and the sediment is from SU. I watercolored the background using a child's watercolor paint set and added water splats with my brush. The ribbon is Michael's and the two little daisy-covered clothes pins are recycled from an ages-old store-bought birthday tag.

I'm also entering this card in these challenges:


Please click on the links provided if you would like to play along and/or find out about the rules, sponsors, and prizes!

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New Friends Corner

I'm thrilled to welcome these new friends today!

Tracey T. of Cranberry Cards. Tracey has been blogging since 2010. She is a mom, a teacher, a designer, and an award-winning card artist. Her cards are always colorful, feminine, and impeccably constructed. You will be uber inspired when you check out almost four years of consistent craftivity by Tracey!

Susan Zuzarte of Imagine. Create. Express. Susan has been blogging since 2009. Another fabulous designer, Susan has won many awards for her works of art. If you think I enter a lot of challenges, wait until you see the long list that Susan manages to combine! I love her clean and simple card art and I know you will, too!

Eve of The Purple Paper Puncher. Eve has been blogging since 2013. She lives in the UK and is already an award-winning card artist. I know she would appreciate your visit and your encouragement by following her. In turn, you will appreciate the inspiration she provides, so it's a win-win!

Helen of Molecraft. Helen starting making card art in 2007 and has been blogging since 2010. Another team designer and award-winner, Helen's cards are CASlicious, adorable, and inspirational and, boy, I wish I'd found her back in 2010!

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

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Friends and Twins Card Art

In addition to your wonderful comments, I was very fortunate to receive Easter cards from a lot of you! I have updated the "Happy Mail" tab at the top of my blog, if you would like to see the newest additions.

I have to take a moment to share with you that the postal services around the world really outdid themselves with this holiday. Not only did the majority of the cards which I sent very late make it to their destinations before Easter, but I received a couple of cards that I can only assume arrived here via the Miracle Express Mail! Check out these cards that traveled from the UK to the USA:

First up is a card where the large and beautiful bling erupted from the envelope in such a way that part of the address was torn. Nevertheless, it arrived safely with bling intact!

Second came this beautiful card that arrived with THREE SIDES COMPLETELY OPEN! 

Not only was the card unharmed, but inside the card was a small gift of a clear stamp set. STILL INSIDE, people! How is that even possible?? I usually have rants in my pants about the mail disservice, but I have to give credit where credit is due, so MWAH to the postal peeps this time!

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Finally, with a grandma's pride, here are cards that Adam and Henry made on Sunday. I'm so happy they still love the Playhouse and making cards! (And my Washi tape! Do you think I should enter their cards in the current challenge at The Paper Players?! LOL!)

Adam made a card for his Mama ~ note the prodigal dolphin stamp:

And Henry made a card for his Bama (me):
In the interests of full disclosure, I will tell you that I made the big yellow blossom a long time ago and Henry found it in my stash. All the other elements and design are his work.  I consider it a compliment that Henry often writes on the inside, "I love you. I like you." There are times we don't much like the people we love, so to be loved AND liked is the bestest!

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April 23, 2014

Memories ~ NBUS #122

Hello Everyone!

My post today is gimongous, so pull up a chair.That's meant for those of you on your phones. Your feet will get tired if you don't wait until you're somewhere comfy.

Let's start with a card since I know some of you are only here for card talk and that's dandy. For you, I have two cards.

Coloring with water continues to be the rage throughout Blogland and I couldn't be happier. On Monday, Nicole posted the Papertrey Ink (PTI) Make It Monday video and challenge which is "Watercolor Splats."

Her cards are so fun! I didn't have a rounded brush handy, so my dots aren't as artistic, but I had fun making them anyway.

Here is the card I am entering:
The paper and the NBUS "Memories" die cut sediment are by PTI. The stitched circle is by Lil' Inkers. I loved the way my splatted water drops looked like clouds and that reminded me of the current challenge code word at Addicted to CAS, which is "Far Away."
My card can either evoke memories of someone who has passed away or of someone who has moved away. Or the design might represent looking out the window of a plane on the way home from a place where new memories were created.

Random Useless Information. Have you noticed that because they have moved all the rows around in planes to provide "more leg room" (for more money) in part of coach, none of the rows are lined up with the windows any more? You have to peek under the arm of the person in front of you or crack your neck like a chicken looking under your own arm out the window over your shoulder. 

I used snippets of white and turkoice for my die cut, so I'm taking my cloud card over to show my friends at Pixie's Snippets Playground. I even have some chocolate to share, but more on that later.
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Since I did not use a stamped or digi image on my card, I am also playing in Simply Create Too.
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I hope you can join in these wonderful challenges! Just click on the links for all the details on rules, sponsors, and prizes!

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For my second water-colored and water-splatted card, you'll have to check the next post. After I finished this opus, I realized it was just too much tome for one post, so I split them up. It was Ami Cable.

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Easter Memories

We had a beautiful Easter Sunday with friends and family. I've made a collage of the traditional Easter egg hunt enjoyed by the twins while mom and dad provided hints and encouragement from the speculators area. Duke managed to photobomb a couple of shots.
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Friends and Chocolate Research

On Monday, I had a fun-filled few hours with Kim and Harriet at a local outlet mall.  I had just been telling them about an article in our local newspaper about a scientific study which made a coral lation between low blood sugar (specifically lack of chocolate) and grabbiness in woman. I mean crabbiness in woman. And about how the article had been cut out, circled, and pointed out to me by the Mister. He was just sayin'. Carefully.

See, the thing is, we both went on diets the middle of January and cut out sweets, which, for me, meant chocolate. After which the entire chocolate industry experienced a huge drop in profits the first quarter of this year. And after which the Mister noticed a huge increase in, erm, witchiness on and about my person. Well, for one thing, who wouldn't be a tad ticked if they cut out all that chocolate and only lost two pounds in three months while a certain Mister lost 18 pounds!! It's so not fair.

So, anywaffle, blah, blah, there we were at the mall talking about chocolate and suddenly right in front of us was a Ghiradelli Chocolate store!! An hour later we had finished shopping, I was beaming from rear-to-rear, and the nice cashier lady, her pockets bulging from the commission, took our photo:
Harriet, Darnell, Kim
Three little stampers went for chocolate.
One little stamper had some.
One little stamper had none.
And one little stamper went wee, wee, wee all the way home!

Kim is so funny. She had me hold her bag so she wouldn't look like the greedy pig! Just kidding. That's all mine and don't even think about touching it!

Here's the Mister's reaction upon seeing the huge bag on the table:
I'm happy to report that immediately afterwards, he looked up with a huge grin on his face as it dawned on him that before long peace and harmony would once again prevail in the Land of Matrimony!

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I have new friends for you to meet, but I'll do that in the next post as well. You're so supportive making it to the end of the post and I appreciate it!!

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

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April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014 ~ NBUS #121

Hello Earthlings!

Today is Earth Day 2014 and how silly, really, that every day isn't Earth day!
sustainable transportation for green cities

I started a different card than the one I'm showing today. I know this happens to you, too, as you start with a vague idea of what you want to do and then the hamster in your head starts to get into it and you feel like your fingers are simply working a Ouija Board. The goal then is just to be pleasantly surprised and happy with the result! You look around the room in a little disbelief and seeing no one else there, you think, "Hey, I made that!"

For my Earth Day card, Hammy's friend Que Squirrel is the featured star. He hearts you from under a tree filled with diamond flowers: 
Love the Earth. It feeds and houses you.

It's another really simple card using only three stamps. It was a OLC until the very last minute when a pink card base seemed to be needed, one embossed with a Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder. I don't know the manufacture of the little squirrel stamp (NBUS) or the grass stamp. As you can see, the diamonds are quite ripe and ready for picking. I picked one of them already.

The tree is a Hero Arts stamp called Slanted Tree (K5094) and because it is a BIG stamp, I am entering my card in the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, where BIG stamp is the brief.
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And over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, the theme is "Animal Antics," so I'm also linking there.
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I'm also entering Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is the beloved "Anything Goes."
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And the current theme at another favorite challenge, Less Is More, is "Makes Me Smile." Anything with squirrels makes me smile (don't tell the hamster dude) and the beauty of our great Earth makes me smile.
Please make sure you click on the links to the challenges for all the details on rules, sponsors, and prizes. 

Because one of these challenges is closing in 22 minutes, I am going to post this and I'll be back later today or tomorrow with some family and friend photos to share.

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April 18, 2014

Happy Spring!

Good Friday Greetings!

Thank you for whooshing through your week and arriving here today!

I'm sorry there is no DJKASE for you, but I was able to grab a few minutes to make a card. I've been wanting to play in a new challenge I learned about a couple of weeks ago. It is a challenge based on words and it's called Words 2 Scrap By. Even though the word "scrap" is in the challenge title, card artists are welcome to play along!

The current challenge is "Shine Bright Like a Diamond." You are free to interpret that however you want.
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Words 2 Scrap By is a new challenge in Blogland that just started up this year. I hope you will check them out and join in when you can to show your support of the terrific team that is bringing you this fun new challenge!

So I wanted make you a Happy Spring card to wish you a Happy Easter or Passover or however you celebrate this religious holiday ~ or simply to wish you a happy spring if you live where it's springtime! (Sorry that some of you have snow on top of your daffy dills!)

The thing was, I was a bit stumped figuring out how to bring springtime and diamonds together on my card. As I made my way through the part of the Playhouse known as Mt. Paper, Hammy was trying to help with all sorts of ideas: springtime diamond ring engagements, springtime baseball diamonds, diamonds in the sky like Lucy, no, Lucy in the sky ... mercifully, I came across a wonderful SU floral paper which has pretty blossoms in a diamond pattern. Yay!

Next I checked the various sketch challenges for inspiration and I found this sketch from the wonderfully talented Jen B. at Freshly Made Sketches:
And here is my card:

I used a Penny Black Stickeroo for the sweet vase of flowers, so I'm linking up with the Penny Black and More April challenge which is "Blossoms and Blooms."
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And, as luck would have it, the fun Mod Squad Challenge is have a "Spring Color Challenge" where you are to incorporate at least three of the photo colors. I think I'm good to go.
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If you would like more information about these challenges, the links will take you to the websites where you will find details on rules, sponsors, and prizes. I'm sorry I haven't had the time to make more cards incorporating bunnies, eggs, butterflies, wet watercoloring, or froggies in order to participate in some of my other favorite challenges, but I hope to be back to playing in them soon. 

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New Friends Corner

I'm delighted to welcome Tracy of Tracy's Treasures. Tracy has been blogging since 2010. She is a wife and SAHM of three beautiful daughters. She loves to dabble in all types of crafts (including making yummy candy eggs!) and right now she is hooked on scrapping and cards. She is very productive and very entertaining and I know you'll be inspired again and again as you get to know her blog!

Thank you, Tracy, and welcome to the Playhouse!!

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As I was watering my hanging plants yesterday, I was nearly decapitated by a house finch that flew out of one. Naturally I stuck my camera overhead and clicked a pic. There is an egg hiding behind that frond, so there are four of them. I'm not going to get invested like I did last year and risk another broken heart, but I won't be able to help keeping a hopeful eye on the incubation. I sure do want these birdies to make it!

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

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I'll see you in a few days. I'll be the one with chocolate all over my face.
  
 
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Project Details
Paper PTI white; SU DSP; Bazzill blue snippet
Stamps    Simon Says Stamps
 InkSU melon mambo 
AccessoriesPenny Black Stickeroo; 
Ribbon SU melon mambo

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April 14, 2014

Meet Rugs Bunny

Helloooo! Hope you are doing well!

Sorry I haven't been around for a few days. I've been making Easter and spring cards for mailing. Once again, I forgot that they need many days for delivery. Slap. 

You might have noticed on occasion that I have inside access to lesser known people, animals, and cartoon characters who have famous relatives. The archives holding this treasured information are located deep underground and they can only be accessed through the bottom of Hammy's cage. 

So, for instance, last month you learned about St. Patrick's lesser known Uncle Patrick. Today, you are going to meet Bugs Bunny's lesser known grandfather, "Rugs Bunny." When the staff at the Leon Schlesinger Studios first brought the anthropomorphic figure to life, they were making a takeoff of the father hare created by Cal Dalton in 1938.

Most people don't realize this earlier edition also had a cartoon father dating back to '02 and he is the subject of today's class. His name was "Rugs Bunny" and he proved to be incapable of withstanding the fame associated with being a popular cartoon figure.

Rugs, lacking in self-discipline, was both a heavy drinker and a candy thief. Horrified that children would have their Easter candy stolen by the sweet-toothed sot, the film studio quickly and secretly put Rugs under wraps. {bahdumchuk.}

Here, in a rare photo taken before his commitment, we see Rugs with his tummy fully distended and his jelly bean crack half gone from the jar.


I'm sorry you had to see that, but I have decided that part of my legacy as a blogger is to bring you the true history of these images. We have previously talked about how every family has "that" relative and how we all like to pretend that we aren't really related to them. But, in fact, we are.

As we've heard in Dr. Phil Osophy's class, we wouldn't be where we are today without navigating those painful ruts in the road we've encountered and peeling the stinky onions we've been handed. Along the same molar plane, I believe that all of our ancestors played a role in shaping who we are today.

I should write that down.

My card consists of four stamps, a bit of fussy cutting, and a bit of coloring and glossing.

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Challenges
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  • Pixie's Snippets Playground where all you need to enter is the use of snippets on your card. I stamped my two images on scraps and then fussy cut them. And what's this I hear about a platypus?!
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I hope you'll be able to join in one or all of these fun challenges! Even if you aren't able to join, click on the links for tons of Design Team inspiration made just for you! The links will also provide you with all the details on rules, sponsors, and prizes.

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New Friends Corner

We have four new friends today!  I'm so happy they have joined us! Please meet:

Chrysalis of Teddy Wares and Flutterbies. As the name of her blog suggests, Chris loves teddy bears and butterflies. She also loves all things crafty, DIY projects, and gardening and she flits from one to the other like a butterfly. Blogging since 2010, Chris has lots of creations, inky and otherwise, waiting to inspire you!

Stephanie Poteet of Urban Cream Pie. Stephanie is brand new to blogging and I'd love for you to visit and welcome her to Blogland! I am not a Google+ member, so I can't follow her back or comment, but maybe she won't mind adding the blogger button for those of us who prefer to follow that way. Stephanie, will you please email me; my address is on my profile page. Thank you!

Mrs. Duck of The Duck's Doodahs (tales from a happy crafter). Do you get the feeling Mrs. Duck might be related to me? In a good way, I mean, not like one of those relatives! Mrs. Duck has been making cards since 2012 and blogging since 2013, which can't be easy without fingers. You would never know it, judging by her beautiful cards! She has just posted a wonderful array of her favorite cards from her first year of blogging, so you will have a lovely lineup when you click over for a visit!

Rachel of My Crafty Life. Rachel has been blogging since 2010 and making cards since 2004 when someone showed her how to heat emboss. I agree with you, Rachel, it is magic! Like so many of you, Rachel also makes jewelry, knits, and crochets, but her first love is rubber stamping! She is very talented and her CAS cards will dazzle you!

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

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I may not be posting much for the next several days before and after Easter, depending on how things go. Like so many of you, we have company coming for Easter and the weather is sweet. I am throwing open the sashes, getting in the corners, and under the beds. And that's just playtime. After that I'll tackle deep cleaning and plant some spring bloomage. I love this time of year!

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Project Details
PaperPTI white; Life Style Crafts watercolor
Stamps    Bunny and jar by OOB Mostly Animals;
sediment by Hero Arts; 
jelly bean by "Stamps by Judith"
 InkSU markers; WOS
AccessoriesCorner Chomper

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