September 4, 2015

Cupcake Confetti and Christmas Pines

Hey! How's it going?

You know what I'm going to say, doncha? That's right, we've whooshed through another week to Friday! Yay, it's the weekend! Not only that, but it's a long weekend with a Monday holiday for some countries!

And it brings us that much closer to NBUS Challenge #5 coming to a theater near you on Tuesday, September 8th!! Hammy and I have been busy cleaning out the Inlinkz boxes for your upcoming beautiful cards. We've also been lining up lots of prizes, but we took a break yesterday after lunch and before nap to play with a couple of card challenges.

First up:
The e/f is by Darice called "Multi Circles." I supersized my tag and made it with this antique tool I have called "scissors." The stitched circle die is from Lil' Inkers. The cupcake stamp is from SU, however, I wanted the flame to be more prominent, so I used a NBUS raindrop stamp from Paper Smooches "Sunny Side Up" set. The "Sweet" is from Serendipity Stamps and the NBUS confetti is a Cutaway die from Winnie & Walter. 

My friend Carol Mayne (Just Me: c) is the designer being showcased at Tag You're It! Here is her outstanding tag which was my inspiration:

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This Christmas card has a white card base and a copper metallic mat from GKW. The Christmas trees were made with Memory Box dies "Pine Border Background" and "Pine Border Outline." The background was cut from a design I made by playing with alcohol and inks on glossy paper. Wait. What? I meant to say alcohol inks on glossy paper. Here is a close-up:
The copper e/p is very old from Stampa Rosa. The sediment, however, is NBUS from the SU "Ornamental Pines" set.

My inspiration came from Kimberly Wiener (wienerhoneymooners) who is the current MUSE at MUSE: Christmas Visions. Here is Kimberly's extraordinary card:
As you can see, I was inspired by all the copper and embossing, including the sediment. I was also inspired by the colorful and variegated backgrounds of Kimberly's trees. Her little bird on the tree top is represented by a copper star on mine.

With all those triangles and triangles inside of triangles on my card, I am also playing in Virginia's View Challenge: Geometric Patterns.
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Planet Delusional

On the home front, I've got a poorly Mister. Last weekend we went away for four days to a lake with some of his siblings and a cousin and their spouses and we all had a great time. Except for they decided to rent a boat and go water skiing like they used to do when they were kids. I mean it's like riding a bike, right?

Not so much. It turns out 45 years might be too long between lift-offs and the Mister ended up with a severely pulled hamstring at best and at worst, the possibility of needing surgery to fix a detached ligament at his hip. We will find out today. In the meantime, the poor guy literally cannot sit down, so he cannot drive, so he cannot go to work. Pray for me him, please.

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ONLY FOUR MORE DAYS!!
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September 1, 2015

Nautical Martini and August SOS Card Chain Reveal

Greetings!

I'm so glad you stopped by! I have drinkie-poos for everyone today and you can even take a turn at the Inkspray Nozzle!

There is a great photo inspiration challenge over at TIME OUT Challenges that is almost ending. When Hammy and I saw it, we gasped in unisonhood and knew we'd have to play along, thusly:
Here is the photo inspiration:
 
How fun is that?! And, yup, I pretty much straight out copied it! I originally had my little life preserver hanging from the glass just like in the photo, but it took me so long to get a decent photo that consendation appeared on my glass and my little life preserver gave up and slid down. Sorry.

What we have is a martini glass stamp by an out-of-business (OOB) company. After stamping, I took my night of navy marker and colored the blue lines. A little Modpodge and we've got the appearance of vodka. The life preserver is from Technique Tuesday's "R&R" set and the sediment is from Your Next Stamp.

Done! Cheers!

But then I noticed that Less Is More, another favorite challenge of mine, is having a Lucky Dip event with the theme of "Sprays and Mists." Now I'm what you might call a spray novice. But, well, shucks, if I add some watercolor red spray that was a gift from Loll, I can play along there, too! How hard can it be? Said the hamster.

Placing my perfectly clean and crisp white card in a box outside and behind the Playhouse, I aimed the spray bottle and shot. Just the once. Apparently, I hit the life preserver because now my card looks like it has life preserver juice all over it!

Really, is that what you spray artists do? Cuz, wow, you know, you could really mess up a perfectly good card if a big blotch of splat went awe rye. I'm not prezackly loving where my splatters splatted.

Do you spray your blank white card first until you get great splotches and splatters and then stamp and so on, so that you don't ruin all that work? Yeah, that's prolly what I was sposed to do. Said me, shooting a withering look at the hamster.

I tried to make him get in the spray box, but he wasn't born yesterday.
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Since today is the first day of September (eek!), it is time for the reveal of the card I made for the August 2015 Card Chain Challenge at Society of Stampaholics:
Here were the prompts provided to us by our fearless leader Deborah:
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As you can see I used both the colors and the sketch. For my vertical stitched strips, I used a die from MFT Die-Namics. The white panel was stitched with a die from Lil' Inkers. I taped together snippets of the colored paper and cut the friends word using a die from Sizzix.

The little leaf embellishments were cut using a die from Impression Obsession, after which they were glossed and winked. Here is a close-up showing the bejewelling result:
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And before I go, here is the beautiful card that I received in the card chain swap from Marga:
Made by Marga Lopez Barba of My Crafty Inspiration
It is gorgeous! Thank you again, Marga!

If you are interested in joining in this fun card chain swap for September, there are still a few days to sign up here!

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Only a week away!!

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August 31, 2015

I'm Up at {CASE}ing Genius!

Hi there!

Here we are again, whooshed around to a bright, cleanly-laundered Monday, fresh as a daisy!

Today is a super-duper day for me as I am honored to be up on Kelly Latevola's blog You and Your Big Dreams as her featured genius! Yup, moi! 
Every Monday morning, Kelly publishes her unique {CASE}ing Genius series where she showcases different card artists she admires. It is a HUGE compliment to me that Kelly is interviewing and {CASE}ing me for her latest feature and I hope you will pop over and check it out!

If you haven't already, I have no doubt that you will fall in love with Kelly as I have done! After wards, search "genius" on her blog and the entire series will appear to delight and inspire you!

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As many of you may remember, I previously DJKased Kelly here. Today I thought it would be fun to reciprocate's Kelly's compliment and thank her for including me in her series by doing another DJKase. This time the card I chose from Kelly's varied and plentiful array of card art is this one

And here is my DJKASE:
For this one-layer card, I used leaf stamps from SU. I stamped them with a Kaleidoscope "Autumn Leaves" ink pad. I wasn't happy with how distinct the ink color separations were using the pad, so I used Distress Inks and a water brush to blend (and add to) the colors. Kelly is a huge proponent of using micron pens to outline images, so ala Kelly, I used a Pigma Micron 01 in brown to outline the leaves and the markings. I love the definition it gives! The sediment is from SU.

Thank you again, Kelly, for this enormous honor! I very much appreciate that you do this series which either introduces us to new card artists, or allows us to become better acquainted with fellow artists we have already met in Blogland.

I think the true genius here is YOU!! 

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New Friends Corner

I am so tickled to introduce you to two new friends of the Playhouse:

Kelly of Sandcastle Stamper. Kelly lives in Miami and she has been blogging since 2009. She is the mother of four who began scrapbooking when she was 16 years old.  In addition to paper art, she is an aspiring writer who enjoys reading, writing book reviews, volunteering at her children's schools, and spending time at the beach. She is a card artist who serves on design teams and enjoys entering challenges. I think you will enjoy her fun, sweetly-layered, and colorful cards!

Tina Z. of Treebug. Tina is from Slovenia. She is a  fairly new blogger who just began her blog in April of this year. She makes delightful cards, has a passion for the environment, and loves, loves, loves to enter challenges. It would be so wonderful if you visited, followed, and left some encouraging and supportive words for Tina! (And Kelly!)

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

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August 28, 2015

Posies and Plaid

Greetings!

We've whooshed through another week to another Friday! In fact, it's the last Friday of another month down the drain! Slurp!

But never mind about that. It is my pleasure to help you halt time for a few minutes while you are here enjoying this reminder: we are halfway through the current challenge at UnikoIt is an honor for me to be co-chairing the podium as Guest Designer with the sensational Wiebke! 

Are you playing along yet? The challenge is "SUMMER" and, as a twist, you have the option of using this fun photo inspiration:
Last week a lot of you wondered what the story was on this charming house. Do fairies live here? Ganomes? Ginger cookies dressed up as human boys and girls?

No, none of those things. This sweet home^ is in the town of Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. The home was originally built in 1922 by the mayor, Rutherford Harvey, for his bride. Rutherford was lucky enough to marry one of the daughters of Edward Valentine, the town's founding father. Her name was Lacey.

The Harvey-Valentines were well-loved by the citizens of Valentine. Together they had five children: Lavender, Lilac, Persimmon, Rose, and Pepperoni. All of the adult children and their children currently live in other fairy tale houses on the 750-acre homestead. This main home is the residence of Lavender and Lilac, both widowed. Once a year, the entire family opens their hearts and homes (and homes with hearts) to the public to celebrate "SUMMER" from August 21-September 4! Here at Uniko, and we hope in all of Blogland, we are celebrating right along with them!

My cousin Eunice happens to be the Foyer Florist for Rose (who, if you can believe it, married Stephen Bush!). I made this card as an inspiration for Eunice and to inspire you to play in the challenge.
I used a white base and a green marbled mat from an ancient set of blank cards that I've had forever. The flower box was made with a Poppystamps die "Grand Window Box." The pretty posies are from the Uniko set "Beautiful Blooms II" and the white heat-embossed kite-tail leaves are from the Uniko set "Natures Treasures I."

I do hope you will join in the fun at Uniko! I know there are tons of details in the photo that you can draw inspiration from. Or just make a card with flip-flops or sunshine or anything that makes you think of summer!
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I've made a QACAS Christmas Card.
The papers are a garden green from SU and a lovely light green unknown textured paper from my stash. The red and green plaid is also from GKW. The NBUS "Season's Greetings" die and holly are from Avery Elle. I added some red gems to plump up the berries and that's it, friends. This was so simps considering the festive result! And it's easy to mail!

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Hark!

Time is running out for linking sponsors, so if you are on a DT for a company that you think might want to sponsor this next NBUS Challenge, have them contact me at darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com. Thank you!


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^Everything regarding the home is a total lie. I'd love to hear what you think the story is!

PS to Sandi. I couldn't respond to your no-reply email. It's from Technique Tuesday. Thank you for the head's up so I could edit my post!

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