March 28, 2015

A Sponger Gone Mad!

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March 21-March 31, 2015
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Hi Gang!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! We are having more gorgeous weather here. We skipped right over spring and went to summer, which could be very ominous for future temps and the drought, but right now with everything blooming and the hills still green, we are enjoying it to the max, Max.

So. Now I'm a sponging maniac. No, not really. But I have had this fun NBUS paper from SU on my desk to use for a couple three months. It's got emboss resist built right into it, so it's made for sponging. And there are a couple of Christmas challenges I want to enter, so I sponged a Christmas tree on it.
I learned from other blogs and the Online Stretch Your Dies class that you can use your dies to make your own stencils. I cut a die using my PTI christmas tree die and then used the negative to sponge the tree in SU wild wasabi and TH evergreen bough inks. 

The sediment is from My Sentiments Exactly (DD302) and I inked it with red Stazon, hoping it won't schmear. I haven't tested it yet. I guess if it does schmear, someone will end up getting a Christmas card that says H li  y  ap  nes  t   ou!

Challenges
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Of course, I made a second card while I was at it. I tried to make another Christmas card using a wreath negative, but on the emboss resist paper there was too little of it that took ink so the image looked like a bed raggled I-don't-know-what.

I started over and made a birthday card. Remember I showed you those ancient stencils I found:
I sponged the balloon in the upper left of the above photo:
I used one of the other stencils to make the "string." Different, huh? The sediment is from PTI "Bigger Blooms."

As I was taking the photo, the breeze blew over my card and I thought, "Well, would you look at that?" You look. If I used this same balloon and string, only upside down, I could make a card that looked like one of those old-fashioned cartoon bombs! 
You'd have to flip your sediment, too, of course. Do you see it? Or am I a sponger gone mad?

This post amuses me because there are some readers who just look at the pictures (no judgment) and if you came here today and just looked at the pictures, what must you think?

Here are closeups of the cards where the sunlight captured the sheen of the emboss resist leaf pattern built into the paper. It's very pretty IRL.
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Stamping Friends

I forgot to share this photo from my recent outing with Kim and Harriet. Here we are in front of a bouquet I made up to give to Kim for her birthday.
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Reminder

My NBUS Challenge No. 4 is ending Tuesday, March 31st, at 11:55 pm PST!

Once again, I am overwhelmed by the number of entries in the gallery! MWAH!


Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)
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March 26, 2015

Look! I Sponged! With A Stencil!

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Hello, my friends!

I want to take a moment to acknowledge my sympathy for the families of all those lost in the tragic Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. It is horrible for everyone involved and particularly unbearable to think of the pain happening in Haltern, Germany, where sixteen students and two teachers were from. We are reminded again of how precious and uncertain life is.

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Away in my crafty world, I needed a couple of "new home" cards for friends, so I went to play.
First of all, a lot of you may recognize that the design of my card is a direct take-off of the adorable card that Karolyn Loncon showed us how to do in the "Stretch Your Dies" class. Thank you, Karolyn, this was a lot more work than I normally put into a card, but it was worth it!

[I just noticed that the little guy is slacking his hold on those balloons and all the orange color has drained from his chicken fingers. It's not his fault. I took about 23 photos, so it's no wonder he's losing his grip.]

So Proud!

What is astounding about my cards today is that I sponged!

Now, to be honest, I have tried many times to sponge in the past. (Not counting the kitchen counter and the bathrooms.) I bought into the whole Distress Ink groovement and purchased the adorable little wooden sponge handles and, yes, even the carousel. I mean, c'mon it's a carousel!

Then I tried to use the dang things. And failed. Way more times than I care to think about.

The best I could do was schmear some ink onto the paper, along with irritating and unacceptable lines from the rectangle sponges! No, seriously, I watched the videos and I really tried to get up a good swirl from off to the right before I hit my actual card paper, but that never worked for me either, despite the experts' assurances.

I tried from a few inches away to several feet away. I tried a light hand. I tried a heavy hand. I tried a slow swirl. I tried a fast swirl. I tried counterwise and clockwise. I tried tiptoeing as I approached the paper, hoping the surprise of the sponge softly hitting the paper wouldn't leave a mark. It did.

In the end, I declared defeat. The sponges won. I put the torture turning device away in a cupboard filled with its cute little ink-stained deelybobs. It was all good. I don't expect to be interested in or talented in all things card art.

And then ...

Months later, I watched with awe during the BABES Lake House adventure as Ardyth sponged like an angel. Then Kim did it. I'm pretty sure everyone there could do it. I looked down ashamed, but not before I made a mental note that Ardyth was using a new-fangled round sponge blending tool. Ah, hello? Finally.

Well, long story long, I bought a couple after the Lake House and yesterday I SPONGED with the NBUS things!! I not only sponged, I made clouds with a stencil!

WHAT??

Me, a stencil? As far as I knew, I only had a couple of tiny brass stencils and I wasn't going to buy any more, nor the embossing paste. I just couldn't see investing in another new groovement when I have too much NBUS and too many techniques on my to-do list to justify adding one nother thing.

So, then, where did the clouds come from?

Hammy, of course. He earned his oats and carrots for another day as he piped up while I was staring at Karolyn's card with its pretty sponged grass and sky. "Don't you have a binder somewhere from like twelve years ago with those things that had shapes? You could trace them and then cut them out? You know. Stencils."

I sat up with a start and sloshed wodka on my shirt. Naturally he was right. In the second place I looked, I found this old thing filled with stencils!
As we were leafing through the binder, I saw all the fun shapes, but Hammy pointed out that the edges on some of the sheets also had shapes and you can see on the one above that there is a cloud border. "Well, I'll be darned," I mumbled as I creaked to my feet, "I'll give it a shot."

And it worked!

I didn't have room on the front of my card to put the rest of the sediment, so I decorated the inside. The balloons are winked, of course.
 Here is my second card:
I used a ten y/o NBUS Hero Arts stamp called "Row of Squares" to make my little neighborhood. I inked the boxes and then I used my markers to add the rooves to each little "house."

I had so much fun, I made a third card to welcome spring:
 This time, here is a close-up so you can see all the shiny bits.
Yippie Skippie, I did it! (Ardyth and Lolly, look at me!) And I even sponged HILLS! My sponging is still novice, of course, so I know you'll be kind. I have to admit, it was hecka fun!

Since I waffled on, I'll skip the ingredients bit, but if you have any questions, lemmeno.

Challenges
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March 24, 2015

City Crafter Challenge Guest Star ~ Go Ombré and DJKASEing Sarah

Hello and Happy Twosday! I hope you had a lovely weekend and I hope your week delights you!

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Today it is my pleasure to be Guest Starring for another week at the City Crafter Challenge Blog! For this week's challenge, we are celebrating ombré! You may use any color of the rainbow for your ombré range.

Because I can't seem to get enough of turkoyce and teal and aqua, that was the range I chose for my inspiration cards for you.
Darnell's card
For my first card, I used some of Anita's paper and did a watercolor ombré wash using my water brush and markers and set it aside to dry. On my card front, I cut an oval using my Sizzix die and once my painted paper was dry, I cut an oval from it and inlaid it into the oval card opening. Over that I adhered the die-cut "Prim Poppy" from Memory Box and topped it off with an oval die-cut frame. The sediment is from SU. I cut it in half to be able to place one word over the other. It was inked with Kaleidacolor blue breeze.

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I hope you will be able to join in this week at City Crafter! We'd love to see you there!
Take it, it's yours
And, remember, 
if you use any never-before-used schtuffs,
 you can also enter your card in my NBUS Challenge #4! 
Have fun!
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DJKASE of Sarah

Over at Less Is More this week, the brief is to CASE one of the DT's cards. (Of course, I want to add it to my DJKASE tab at the top, so I'll call it a DJKASE.) I chose Sazzle Dazzle Sarah's card design, which is below. I hope you can see the inspiration in both of my cards today!
Sarah's card
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For my second card (for Easter), I did make a shaker:
In order to accommodate my shaker, my oval sits on top on this card. The fun bead shakers are from Pretty Pink Posh. Even though it looks like I glued all those loose beads in a funky row, I dinnit. They just hung there like that for the picture, all orderly and patient. Except for that one guy. There's one in every crowd, isn't there?

The ingredients for this card are the same as for my first card, except for the sediment which is from the NBUS Waltzingmouse set, "Compact Sentiments."

Thank you, Sarah, for the privilege of DJKASEing one of your excellent works of card art ~ twice!!

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March 21, 2015

NBUS Challenge #4! Here We Go!



Greetings and Welcome!!
◊ Head Quarters

Inlinkz button below.

◊ Back Ground

For those of you who have joined recently, NBUS stands for "never-before-used schtuff." I found I was purchasing product at a faster rate than I was using it, so every time I used something new, I called it NBUS and I told you about it. That, and the fact that you also embraced using the acronym, encouraged us all to shop our stashes and use our schtuff

Rather than traditional blog candy, I wanted a way to thank you all for joining as followers and being so supportive with your encouraging comments, so I started a challenge and began to give you prizes for using your NBUS!

What?! 

Yup. It's my little way to help you turn your NBUS into ABUS (already-used-schtuff!)! And it's also my way to thank you! 

Look, I even made you a thank you card! I'm entering it in the current Happy Little Stampers Sketch Challenge, the Just Us Girls challenge, the CASology challenge, and the TIME OUT Challenge. Of course, it's made with a NBUS stamp. The manufacturer is Crafty Individuals (CI-385). The embossed die is "Stitched Rectangles" from Lil' Inker Designs.

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Let's get started!

 Reqire Mints
  • Use your virginal NBUS on a new creation and tell us what it is. Yes, it can be brand-spanking-new schtuff or as old-as-the-hills schtuff.
  • The theme is "Anything Goes." You can just play here or if you play in other Blogland challenges using your NBUS, you can also link here!
  • Cut and paste the NBUS button above into your post. Include a link back to the challenge post. 
  • Please enter only four other challenges, in addition to this one, for a total of five.
  • You may enter up to three times. I was going to limit it to one, but that sorta counters my urging you to use up that NBUS, huh? I may only comment on one, if I run out of time.
  • Link up your creation using the InLinkz button at the bottom of this post in the usual way.
  • HAVE FUN!!

Con Tact/ Tabs

If you need instructions on how to do any of the above or have any other questions, please email me at darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com. 

There are also tabs at the top of my home page for quick access to both the "Rules" and former "NBUS Challenges" galleries. 

If you haven't played before, please do check the Rules tab for further info on commenting and about how to link if you don't have a blog.

 Prizes

Five (5) $25 gift cards from any US company of the winner's choice will be awarded.

Because you are all my friends, I could never select one of you over another as a winner, so I will use Dr. Random and Mrs. Dot Org, Mr. Hammy Hamster, Mr. Mister, or Mr. Random Stranger off the street to pick the winners. 

 Dates

Please note, this challenge will only run for ten (10) days. It will close at the end of the day (nearly midnight at 11:55 [23:55]) PST, March 31, 2015

I will announce the winners on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

 Gopher It!

I hope you'll join in and link up! I can't wait to see what you make with your NBUS!

Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!* Mwah!!
  
 
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March 20, 2015

First Day of Spring and a Birthday!

Hello there!

Thank you for whooshing your way here to Friday where this part of the world is celebrating the First Day of Spring! It's a pretty day here today, but I know the East Coast is getting snow again! Oof!! Hang in there, people, it will be spring soon because the calendar says it's so.  I mean, right?

BTW, in additional to the spring equinox, today also brings us a solar eclipse, and a super moon!

And if that weren't enough, it is also the birthday of my friend and fellow BABE, Kim Heggins of Cupcakes, Cards, and Kim!! I sent Kim one of my Hammy cards, but I thought she might like this cyber card today.
The NBUS embossed side panel which says, "On Your Special Day" is from Darice. The little NBUS vase is Poppy Stamps "Round Vase." And the little heart blossoms are from Impression Obsession "Die 053-M." Oh, and the shadow is from Paper Smooches "Shadows," inked with SU going gray. Very, very CAS and very sweet and purdy in real life, just like Kim!

Kim, I hope you enjoy your special day!! I'm looking forward to spending time with you and Harriet on Sunday to continue your celebration! But today, today we all need to head over to our friend Bev's Happy Dance. Bev is Blogland's "Hostess with the Mostess" and she is throwing an outrageously fun party for Kim!

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For my second card, I went even more CASerer! 
Here you have a NBUS vase cut from the Paper Smooches die "Crystal Clear 3." The sediment is from Hero Arts "Lots of Hugs." This time I did the shadow myself with a gray colored pencil. Swish, swish, done! QACAS!

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Challenges. One or the other of my cards will play in:
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New Friends Corner

I'm pickled tink to introduce you to these new friends!

Violetta of Violetta's Crafts, "Something Old, Something New." Violetta is from Bulgaria and she has been blogging since 2011. Her 3D cards and exemplary projects will amaze you!

Regina of The Creative Corner. Regina has been blogging since 2008! WOW! Regina also makes fun 3D projects and such pretty card art! I really love her passion for this fun hobby!
Barb of The Buzz. Barb has been blogging since 2007 from The Hive! After scrapbooking since junior high, Barb started making card art. One thing you'll notice about Barb's cards is that none of them leave The Hive without bling! Barb's wonderful cards range from CAS to multilayered and everything in between, so there is something for everyone! 

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

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Hammy wants me to thank all of you for your compliments and enthusiasm about his appearance on the last cards! You guys are the BEST!!

Oh, and now he wants a cape! Lawn Fawn, are you listening? You had a sharp uptick in the sales of your hamster set after my post, so how about making Hammy a cape?! We thank you in advance! (Or, I could make one with scissors. Gasp.)

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I'll be back tomorrow with NBUS Challenge #4! In the meantime, enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!* 

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