May 25, 2015

May 2015 PTI Blog Hop Challenge

Hello, Stampers,

Happy Monday! Happy Memorial Day! Blessings and gratitude to all those who serve and have served our great country in the military!

It is time for the monthly Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge at Nichole Heady's blog {capture the moment}.

I made this:
This was our inspiration photo:
Blog Hop Inspiration
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The card base is PTI hibiscus burst with a mat of select white. The rainbow blocks on my card were made by inking and spritzing PTI inks using a Hero Arts stamp "Row of Squares." The inks used were pure poppy, hibiscus burst, summer sunrise, new leaf, and Hawaiian shores. Each color was then liberally winked with Stella. Sadly, my card did not photograph well (it was even worse inside). It's very sheeny-shiney and pretty IRL.
The blog hop is open all day long if you would like to be quick like a bunny and link a card!

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Magnet PSA

I used my MISTI to place the sediments (from PTI "Birthday Bash" set, some NBUS) in between the layered rainbow boxes. The MISTI is a remarkable tool for placement of images on your card, expecially if you're doing many cards of the same design, but you do need to be very careful when you use the magnets.

Not only are the magnets strong enough to injure your fingers if you aren't careful, I learned they can pose a danger for people, such as myself, who have pacemakers or defibrillators. When I queried Ilana, she said she honestly didn't know if there would be a problem using the magnets. On my request, she gave me the name of the company that manufacturers the magnets she sells and this is the response I received:
Hi Darnell,...I would say do not use one piece of  # ND007000N within 12" of the pacemaker just to be safe. Best Regards, John Nellessen (www.ALLMagnetics.com).[Emphasis his.]
Needless to say, I'm not using the magnets because it's impossible for me not to lean in very close when I'm setting up and stamping my card. I'm pleased to say that I am still able to use the MISTI with a sticky-note to keep my card in place instead of the magnets.

PLEASE share this important information with any stamping friends who have a pacemaker or ICD. Thank you! Mwah!
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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May 21, 2015

Encore Mellow Yellow

Hey Gang!

Sorry, I meant to come back a little earlier and play cards with you. What happened was my neighbor needed me to help her with something and in the process, the back door fell off, crashing through the plate glass living room window, sending the other neighbor's dog out into the street and across two other backyards and out of sight, so she took off after him and I went in search of a deep bowl to rescue the goldfish that were now lying somewhere under the living room couch.

Hmm, no, actually I just went out to a lunch that ran longer than I expected. You know how rowdy and long-winded six blue-haired old ladies can get! 

So, without further a dew:

Here is the first card, which I made for the "Hello, Sunshine" theme at the always-fabulous Less Is More challenge.
This card has three stamps applied to glossy paper: a NBUS corner sun ray from PTI "Shakers and Sprinkles," a NBUS sediment from SU "Faith in Nature," and sandals from Technique Tuesday "Sunshine."

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Next, while I had my SRM thank you stickers on my desk, I made another thank you card. This one was inspired by the The Card Concept "Frilly and Fabulous" challenge. In addition to the sticker sediment, I used: a NBUS woodgrain stamp from Altenew "Wood Pallet Background," a "Folded Banner" die from Simon Says Stamp, a store-bought blossom from Jessica Swift, a piece of v.o. mesh, and two enamel dots.
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Wait, hold up. We have a bonus card today!

The Mister's gym shorts needed an iron-on patch on the left thigh, just above the hem. (Ancient unsolved mystery: Why is it that all men's shorts rip horizontally right there?) At first, I laughed hysterically when he pointed it out to me, with a fond far-away look in his eyes, as if remembering the early days of our marriage when I did such a thing.

Then he went out of town for a couple of days and I don't know, I must have mist him because I thought I would shock his biscuit by patching them while he was away. So I got into my sewing basket (after taking a few icky minutes to remove all the spider webs) to see if I still had some antique iron-on patches and just look what I found under the bottom tray:
 
It's a plastic bag which once contained a pair of lady's gloves. Now the package image is yellow, so you might think the bag once contained those heavy rubber washing gloves, but it dinnit because it's a small narrow bag, only large enough to have held a pair of for-real lady's gloves. 

I have no idea why I would have this bag in my sewing box as, certainly, the only gloves I've ever worn are the washing-up kind. I can only guess that a couple 30 years ago I heard a tiny voice in my head telling me to keep it for the future when the older, more robust, me would turn it into a shaker card. 

I know. Spooky. Who knew there was a hamster up there all those years ago?!
So, naturally, I slid two pieces of acetate into the bag, filled it with sequints, sealed off the top, attached it to a white card, and gave it a matching yellow paper frame. This will go very nicely in The Paper Players CAS Challenge: "Girly Thanks," even though I haven't fingered out yet to whom it will go.

Oh. And those gym shorts? The patch was loving applied after an additional three hours spent looking for my iron. The Mister came home the next day. He wore them that day. And the next day. And the next day. Finally, on day four, I pointed at his leg and made a snarky sweet comment.

"Oh, would you look at that?" he marveled.

Whereupon, I gave him something else to marvel about.

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Speaking of rejoinders, you all made some great comments to the last post. In fact, I was over whelmed by them! I've decided to give a spontaneous little somethin-somethin prize to Brenda of Inkspired to Stamp, who said:
"If you are under whelmed, does that mean your wheel was square or you just didn't finish in the alloted time?"

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!*  For those of you in the U.S. of A., be safe if you're traveling on this long Memorial Day weekend. Take a pause to remember with thanks all those who serve our country in the military, past and present.

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May 20, 2015

They Call Me Mellow Yellow (Quite Rightly)

Well, yello!

I hope your week is going swell!

I am still walking around a bit beduffled adjusting to the time difference. I was up for 19 hours straight and then I slept for most of the next 19 hours. When I was awake, Hammy was shoving papers and sketching ideas as fast as I could work. He is atingle with creativity after resting on his laurels for over a week. (Reminds me, I need to get him new laurels to replace his worn-out ones.)

What got him started were the pretty yellow and gray colors at the Fusion Challenge, which we ended up missing! We've made a couple four cards and I'm splitting them up due to Blog Regulation 238 as it retains to over whelming.

Whelming, you know, is a tradition that started with the invention of the first wheel. To "whelm" was to pound and chisel your stone into a circular shape. When one of the wheel contestants was showing off and being a superachiever, making three wheels in the span of time that it usually took to make one wheel, he was considered to be "over" whelming.*

Thus, I will post only two cards today so as not to be an over whelmer. My cards are thank you cards.
The lovely NBUS floral die is from Memory Box, "Frangia Bouquet," and the NBUS stitched tag is from an MFT Dienamics set, "Stitched Tag STAX," both gifts from the lovely Mary H. I used SRM stickers for the sediments. QACAS!

*A total lie.

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New Friends Corner

I'm delighted to welcome:

Hélène Huber of Lotsa Scrap from 2am ScrapperHélène started blogging in 2009; she has been making cards since 2006! She is on design teams and loves entering challenges, where her cards are often recognized as winning entries. You can also find Hélène's mixed media and altered art masterpieces in several publications!

Chana of Redora Lee Designs. Chana has been blogging since 2011. She is retired and loving it! She is on several design teams and enjoys entering and being recognized by challenges. Not only are her cards and 3D creations extraordinary, you will find valuable tips and tutorials on Redora's site as well.

Thank you for joining me, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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

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May 18, 2015

Sarntangle Spring Birthday

Good Day!

I am home with my body clock all out of whack, but it was worth it! I had such a fun time with my sisters and, as you saw earlier, meeting Mary and Bonnie!

Now it's home again, home again, jiggidy jig!

Before I tackle Mount Laundry, I wanted to share a card I made earlier this spring for my friend Sarn of Stamping For Pleasure that I remembered was in my "not yet blogged" (NYB) folder:
A simple watercolor smooshed background stamped with one of Sarn's limited edition "Sarntangle" stamps and a v.o. stamp from Hero Arts.  The square stitched dies are from Lil' Inker.

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Here are more photos to share of my holiday. The first is of me with my sisters and the second is a collage of mostly lily pad flowers which I don't remember ever seeing before. I was as enchanted by them as I am of my sissies.
Donna, Diana, Doris (Dood), and Darnell
It was a precious time for all of us, blessed by good weather, and lots of laughter. Knock wood, we have managed to meet annually for fourteen years with everyone arriving and departing safely with no loss of luggage. Well, there was that one time in New Mexico when the airline had to deliver Diana's "misplaced" bag, but still, that's pretty awesome!

Okay, off I go before the hamper explodes! The hamster is also nearly exploding with happiness to have me back in the Playhouse again, not to mention the Mister!

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May 15, 2015

Peek-a-Boo and Happy Birthday, Sandie!


Hello and welcome to a SURPRISE birthday party!!

Today we are celebrating Sandie Munroe of London Days as she turns another year older and better than ever! Sandie is well-known and well-loved throughout the towns, valleys, and villages in Blogland! She plays in challenges, owns challenges, designs for challenges, and leaves wonderful comments of support and encouragement!!

I'll cut the chatter today so you can hop around the gallery and go make a card and join in the linky party over on Kylie's Addicted to Stamps blog

As you no doubt know, Sandie loves purple, so this first card is the card that I made and sent off to her:
When she opens up the peek-a-boo opening, she will find a friend who wants to party with her on her special day!
I had to lay the card flat to remove the shadows so you could see him. The "Peek-a-Boo" die is from Pretty Pink Posh. The partying frog is from an OOB company. The "Let's Party" NBUS sediment is from Paper Smooches "Word Salad." 

And that's not dandruff on the card. I shook my Wink of Stella too hard and ended up with a puddle in the lid, so I whacked it with a pencil to shower the card with teeny winkles. Here is a close-up of the second card I made in white. Perhaps you can see the sparkly WOS glittering up the party animal!

Happy Birthday, Sandie, and many, many more! MWAH!!
London Days

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Look Away!

Okay, so head's up. The next card I made contains a naughty word. You should click off now if you think you might be offended and think less of me in the morning. 

I don't mean to offend anyone, but I got this stamp set from "Funny Bones" by Riley & Company that just karacks me up. It's an expression we use here in America. I mean, of course, if we're naughty. The modern day version with no naughty word is, "Thank you, Captain Obvious!" 

Anywize, the hamster and I have been trying to figure out a way to design a card for it and we think this peek-a-boo die is the perfect vehicle:
Sherlock
I'm so bad!

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May 12, 2015

A Fusha Cupcake and a Meeting With Friends

Hi! How's it go'N? 

I think one of the brightest flowers and, hence, one of the brightest manmade colors is fuchsia. And BTW, am I the only one who spells that word wrong every.single.time? Good. So you'll understand when you see that I spell it fusha from now on.

Which brings me straight to the two fusha cards I have for you today. These cards were speciphysically made for the Happy First Blog Birthaversary over at AAA Cards! Thank you, ladies, for a year of fun-filled and challenging challenges!! 

My cards for you:
The flourish embossing folder by Darice is one you've seen before. It has an adorable owl sitting underneath that cupcake. It just seemed to make a perfect embossed corner for my fun foam cupcake and I don't think he'll mind. I mean, if I was going to be sat on by something I sure wouldn't mind if it was a cupcake!

The candle and cupcake dies are by Serendipity Stamps and the NBUS sediment die is by Winnie & Walter.

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And my inside-out twofer: 

A close-up of Martha's glitter:
 

Here is the photo inspiration for the birthday linky party and hop! I hope to see you there!
I'm also entering the Just Us Girls trend week challenge "Embossing" and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Let's Get Sentimental."
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Speaking of fusha, it's time we had an update on the garden wall:
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Meeting with Mary and Bonnie!

I saved the best for last! I have been secretly planning for months to meet up with two of my long-time beloved bloggie friends during my trip back east to see my sisters and we finally got together today! Here I am with Mary of Carolina Cards by Mary H and Bonnie of Stamping With Klass:
Mary, Bonnie, Darnell
Aren't we cute as buttons? They certainly are and they are every bit as sweet and fun as you imagine they would be!! Thank you, ladies (and your charming husbands!), for driving so far to meet me! It was a such a pleasure to meet you in real life!

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