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!*

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower! Please let me know you came by, so I can be sure and return the flavor!

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?!
Pixies Crafty Workshop
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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

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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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April 11, 2014

Happy Easter Tag ~ DJKASE #18

Happy Friday Folks!

We have whooshed around ~ mmm, no, I don't think we made any turns around anything on our way here this week. This week we whooshed straight to Friday! I'm parched we went so fast that time!

I am here with another Friday DJKASE for your reading and inspirational pleasure! I'm not gonna lie, I was really anxious about the day when this card artist's name came up in the draw, but I admire her too much not to try my hand at copylimenting her.

I'm speaking of the brilliantly talented Ms. Anne Redfern of Redanne. Anne has been blogging since 2012. She is an award-winning designer. She is known far and wide for her meticulous and outstanding creations and her love for Tim Holtz and All Things Tim. If you ask me, Mr. Tim should be PAYING Anne for her enthusiastic promotion of everything Timish. Distressing, embossing, masking, cutting, wiring, painting, spraying, dieing, stenciling, pasting, alcohol inking ~ wait, what? I don't think there is a technique alive that Anne can't acomplish precisely and perfectly.

Here is a photo of the lovely lass.
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She is every bit as sweet and kind and generous as that pretty smiling face would indicate! It has been a true pleasure becoming her friend in Blogland.

Anne is first and foremost a Tag Maker Extraordinaire as you will see when you go for a visit. But does she only make tags? Oh, bwahahaha! Pahleese! Take a look at this little darling:
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No, seriously, take a look in detail on Anne's blog when you get a chance via the link under the photo. Each of those compartments and the drawer are extraordinary works of art in themselves. Then there's the top and the sides. And the back. Sigh. (So you unnerstand why I gulped and considered accidentally tossing Anne's name in Hammy's cage!)

But you know me, I love a challenge and luckily for me, there are a few of Anne's works of art that are within the limits of my capabilities. I chose this tag of Anne's to DJKASE, which also happens to be perfect for this time of year. Anne posted it about a year ago on March 28, 2013
Anne's tag
I think it is so fun for spring! 
Here is my DJKASE:
Darnell's tag
I don't have a bunny die or punch, so I used a label die to make the center tag and then I ran it back through my BS using another small label die to make the opening for my Easter-basket-pink grass. I covered the openings with clear acetate and glued the two cut labels together on three sides. Then I stuffed the grass through the opening and glued it shut. That label was then attached to the pretty pink and shimmery tag and the rest is pretty self-exploratory. All the ingredients are listed below. The ribbon is a white ribbon that I swiped with a turquoise ink pad.

Annie, my friend, I know it's not inky or Timspired, but I do hope you are pleased with my DJKASE tribute! [I just noticed that I forgot to add a lovely pearl or charm like you so often do. Shuckiedarn! I did mean to add one, but it's dark o'clock now so it's too late for this post.] Thank you so much for following me, for your friendship, and for your consistent encouragement through your sweet comments! I appreciate you very much!! Mwah!

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I'm entering my tag in the following challenges:
 
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

  • The always fun Pixie's Snippets Playground where the only requirement for joining is that you use a snippet (scrap) on your creation! Playing at Pixie's has been a wonderful reminder and has helped me form the habit of checking my scraps first. Besides, all the people who enter the Playground are ungrown adults and those are my kinda peeps.
Pixies Crafty Workshop
As always, just click on the links of any of the challenges to find out the details about rules, sponsors, and prizes.

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New Friends Corner

Besides introducing you to the amazing Anne, if you haven't already had the pleasure of meeting her, I'm tickled to introduce you to these new friends. I give you fair warning to stop now and refill your beverage!

Donna of Indiana Inking. Donna has been blogging since 2008! Every time I find someone who has been blogging that long, I think HOW did I not know about Blogland and this wonderful stamping community back then?? I had no idea all that inspiration was out there! It's okay, there is no time like the present. You will love visiting Donna and catching up with her!

Manuela of Elasdistrict. Manuela is from Germany and she has been blogging since 2010. She didn't blog often until this year and it's been wonderful to see more of her delightful posts and cards. Besides making cards, Manuela enjoys baking and gardening and she is a frequent contributor to many card challenges.

Susanne of Snaps and Snippets. Susanne is another blogger from Indiana who has also been blogging since 2008. (Do Donna and Susanne already know each other?!) Make sure you check out her "Studio" tab! Susanne is a crafter after my own heart with her amazing space and organizational skills. I think she also has my version of OCD: Organized Crafting Disorder! You will find tons of inspiration and thoughtful advice awaiting you here.

Shirley of Card Art, Etc. Shirley is another card artist who has been blogging since 2008! Shirley's blog is a wealth of information and inspiration as she shares all her knowledge with her readers through her posts and tabs. You will find Shirley's card art is impeccably designed and executed, outside and in!

Leslee of Canadian in Montana. Leslee has been blogging since ~ say it with me ~ 2008! (I sorta feel like I'm being punked! jk) Leslee's blog is a fun reflection of her life with her family. She is an avid scrapper, family photographer, and card artist. Given her location, Leslee's fantastic cards are often beautifully scenic. Once again, loads of inspiration!

Thank you so much for joining, ladies! Welcome to the Playhouse!

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

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Project Details
PaperK and Company metallic DSP; unknown PP for grass; PTI kraft
Stamps    Hero Arts A2152
 InkSU tempting turquoise
AccessoriesDies: My Favorite Things "Tag You're It" and "Well-Worn Greetings"; Simon Says Stamp "Folded Banner"; Poppy "Grassland Border"
Flower: Iva Nova Chest
Stickers: Mrs. Grossman
Ribbon: a-muse studio vanilla silky crush

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April 8, 2014

WOYWW #253

Hello Deskers!

I'm sorry I haven't been around for ever so long to the fabsational Ms. Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW). It's been a busy year so far and, for the most part, my desk is SOSO and not all that ravishing. I had, however, hoped to at least have a showing once a month and then I turned around and APRIL smackered me right in the face! I mean, April? How did that happen? The last time I looked up it was January twentieenth!

But today, today I have something to show! Behold a Washi Tape storage rack!


This ingenious rack is made by Mr. Butler, husband of none other than our own desker, Brenda B. of Butler's Abroad! They are called Giraffe Storage System and you can find them via Brenda's link. I would give the direct link, but I'm not sure if that's permitted. Mr. B. makes ribbon racks in all sizes and these new tape racks. I have used my tape rack for some of my Washi tapes and some of my larger/wider ribbons that don't fit in their assigned seating in their cabinets. So it's very Versa Tile. Thank you, Mr. B!

For cards and other news, please scroll around and make yourself at home. I've missed so many of you that only visit on Wednesday WOYWWs and it's a delight to pop back in to say hello. Hello! I am hoping to do it again more often and participate in the 5th anniversary (congratulations Julia!!) ATC swap coming up in only seven weeks.

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

Happy Spring!
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April 7, 2014

Are We There Yet? Found the Stamp! NBUS #120

Hello, my friends!

I'm going to show you my card right off the bat today just to shock your croissants!


I purchased this fun street corner stamp several weeks ago and I'm excited to finally use one of the NBUS stamps from the set called "On the Corner Of," made by Neat and Tangled. They have a challenge blog called Little Tangles. This week's challenge is masking, which I didn't do so I can't enter, but I wanted to pass on the information to you anywhiffle.

The other NBUS on my card today is the turkoys car from The Alley Way Stamps set "Priceless Joy." I had to put some Dimensional Magic on the car windows, tres fersure.
And where did that well-known sediment come from? My own little right-hand man, Hammie the Hamster, drew it!!

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Challenges

The foundation of my card came from two related challenges on the challenge board this week. Over at One-Layer Simplicity Challenge, the brief is "Road Trip." Check.
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Over at Addicted to CAS, the code word is "Wheels." Check.
And it was fun just using a pop of color on my card, which I pulled from Less Is More, where the brief is the color turkoys. Check.
PLEASE NOTE: Less Is More is holding a call for a new Design Team member. If you wish to be considered, there is a separate post and linkie for you to use. Good luck!
My little vehicle off in the distance is a NBUS stamp from the Paper Smooches set "Metropolis," so I'm joining in the fun at the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge. They are holding everyone's favorite "Anything Goes" challenge this week! Check.

And finally (thank you, Greta), I am also entering the "Journey" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Simon Monday Challenge Blog
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All of the details regarding rules, sponsors, and prizes can be found by click on the challenge links. I hope you can join in the fun provided to us by the challenge owners and their very talented design teams!!

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JUST AS YOU PREDICTED!

So this isn't videotaped or audiotaped or lie-detector-taped, but this is what happened, just as you said it would. We discovered on Saturday, March 29th that grandson Adam's favorite stamp was missing. After looking everywhere I keep stamps, I made a plea to you for help identifying the missing stamp:
My friend Bobby did better than that. She found the stamp on eBay! I made a bid and then waited five days for it to end, which it did on April 5th. I WON!!

Late in the afternoon on THE SAME DAY, I went out to the Playhouse. The light from the sun threw a long shaft of light from the west window and across the floor to the other side. As I leaned over from my chair to get something in the wooden file cabinet, my eyes fell upon an object way in the back between the desk and the cabinet.  Wait. What?

Here I'll pull it out so you can see for yourself. I said to meself, "Hmmmmm, that's an odd place for it to have ended up seeing as how my stamps are not usually over in that area." Followed by the realization that the twins may have been good-naturedly messing with each other and Henry tossed Adam's stamp off to the side, not even noticing where it went. Then they were called in to dinner. Then they went home and by the time they came back two weeks later, they were clueless. Call me Dee Tective.
Naturally today, April 7th, the new stamp arrived in the mail!

It happened just like you said it would! As soon as I bought a replacement, the old one turned up! I mean, the same day! The replacement stamp was only .99 cents and having a happy grandson was more than worth it! Thank you, Bobby, and thank you to all of you who prayed to St. Anthony!

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New Friends Corner

Today I'm delighted to welcome Christine of Crea Christine. Christine is joining us from Belgium. She has been blogging since 2011. Besides making fantastic cards, Christine loves maps and lives on a farm with goats, chickens, and four dogs! How fun! I love her CAS style of card art and I know you will, too!

Thank you for joining, Christine, and welcome aboard!!

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WE'RE THERE! Here's your stop. Thank you for riding along and please, enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy. LITS!* 

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower! Please let me know you came by, so I can be sure and return the flavor! 
  
 
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