A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!
February 29, 2012
Today in honor of LEAP DAY, I made a ... ta dum ... froggie card! So original, right? I'm curious how many other crafters are doing that today. It also makes me happy to do a frog card since we got some rain! Happy-Leaping-Lord-Do-We-Ever-Need-Rain-Dance! This whole country, with the except of the Northwest, is so dry this winter. We aren't going to get much, but it's something, and all the little buds and bulbs and worms and frogs and birds ..., okay, enough already. Here's the inner playhouse with the luscious wet and gray behind the window:
And here's the froggie card:
He looks like he sat on my hat pin, doesn't he?
Please welcome my new follower Norma from Pink Bling Crafter. Thank you so much for joining! And thank you all for stopping by today and for your comments. You make my day!! Have a great time popping in to all the other workdesks through here.
Paper: SU Old Olive, Vanilla, Night of Navy
Stamp: Penny Black 2621F "Green Gargoy!"
Ink: Marvy Markers
Ribbon: SU Mistletoe
Hole Poking: SU Mat Pack, hat pin
Cuttlebug: Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
February 27, 2012
Until next time, be well, and if you have a sec to leave me a note, I thank you!
Paper: SU Whisper White, Stampland Glossy, Other
Stamp: Papertrey Ink Birthday Bash Sentiments
Ink: Papertrey Ink
Flowers: Recollections Floral Embellishments
Leaves: Cuttlebug Leaf die and embossing folder
Various pop-ups, drugstore ribbon
February 26, 2012
Now that I've poked all the way through my scrap bin, I've found some marvelous papers that I've forgotten about and I will enjoy using them again. If I can only remember tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that ...
For some other really great ideas, head over to Less Is More, check it out, and join the fun!
Paper: SU Whisper White, and I think SU DSP
Stamps: Mostly Animals "Bushel Basket; ASX Grass
Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper
It's silly, I know, but I got a kick out of it. I do thank Chrissie and Mandi for the challenge as it does remind me to be more environmentally aware and use my bits and pieces more often.
Please welcome my new follower, Jean Berling! Have a great Sunday everyone! I can't wait to see what you all put together for this challenge!
Paper: SU Whisper White, Old Olive, and DSP
Stamp: Hero Arts E2094
Ink: Papertrey Ink, and Marvy Markers
February 24, 2012
You know how I love CAS cards and this sentiment always cracks me up because it is one of those that takes a second. Ba, dum! I'm off to start my world-wild tour ... with a duster ... from one end of the house to the other. It's a small house, not much bigger than my playhouse, but it does need some attention now and then. Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!
Paper: SU White
Stamps: River City Rubber Works
Ink: ColorBox Rouge, Marvy Jungle Green
February 23, 2012
Oy, yoy, yoy!
I'd like to thank my new followers for joining my site. I'm so pleased to have you! Please visit my new friends: Joanna King (aka Asia K) and May and Chris and Anne. (I hope I haven't missed any new peeps.) Have a great day everyone and thanks, as always for stopping and leaving me a note!
Paper: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Michael's WS-095 550
Stamp City X2696
Penny Black 3657C Wishes
Ink and Markers: Marvy Violet and Turquoise
February 22, 2012
... as far as I know, my husband does not read my blog. Ahem.
(I just noticed that the picture shows two cards on the windowsill that the grandboys made while they were just here. I wish you could see, in person, the two of them working away so happily. I suppose they will outgrow it soon, but I'm cherishing it while it lasts!)
Okay, I've got ladies lunch today, but I hope to be back later with my other favorite Wednesday challenge, maybe, hopefully, using some of my new toys. Please do check out the Stamping Ground site! And, as always, thanks for stopping by! Leave a note so I know you were here if you have a minute.
February 21, 2012
And here they are six years later:
And here is my card for this challenge:
I wish Julee and her family all the best of good health and happiness as their two blessings arrive! Thanks for visiting and your comments!
Paper: SU white base, others unknown company
Stamp: All Night Media 995G07
Ribbon SU Blue
Embossing Powder for booties: Judi-Kins Metallic Bronze
February 19, 2012
Thanks for visiting me! Head over to see what others have created for this fun challenge at LIM.
Paper: SU Whisper White
Ink: SU Bordering Blue, Vivid grey
Stamps: SU (unknown set)
Accessories: Nestabilities Lacey Circle and Cirle dies,
Cuttlebug, We R Memory Keepers ribbon
February 18, 2012
The family is off to the snow at a friend's cabin in the Sierra's; hopefully it hasn't melted in the last couple of days! Thanks for stopping by!
Paper: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Papertrey Ink, Marvy marker
Stamp: Penny Black "cheers" 3476H
Accessories: SU ribbon
February 17, 2012
My eight circle stamps came from Stampin' Up!, but I don't know the name of the set. The one little flower stamp is also from some unknown Stampin' Up! set. (I break up my sets to organize my stamps by category.) The one thick line stamp has no company marking on it. The paper and ink are also from SU. (Digression: I notice that my cards tend to look like they are made of cream cardstock when, in fact, they are white. Is this because I don't have a "light box?" It's a bit disconcerting to me that it does this when I upload to the blog. The photo in my pictures file folder looks just fine.) Okay, where was I? Oh, yah, the little buttons just wanted to be in the picture and have nothing to do with the card.
Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks, as always, for stopping by!
February 16, 2012
February 15, 2012
Have fun hopping on to the next desk at WOYWW! As always, thanks to Julia! And thank you for stopping and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it!
Paper: SU Night of Navy and DSP Neutrals
Stamps: Penny Black, "Song Bird" (2827K) and
SU "heartfelt wishes"
Ink: SU Night of Navy; Gelly Roll marker
Accessories: CB circle and scalloped circle die
Papertrey Ink Itty Bitty Dot ribbon
K & Company pearls
February 14, 2012
February 13, 2012
February 12, 2012
Then I went back to CAS-ual Fridays and took a look at the entries. Hmmm. I wasn't seeing a whole lot of punched holes in these cards. I went away for a while. I came back and looked at more entries. No holes that I could see. Finally, I sent off an email to Karolyn, seeing as how she said, "This week’s challenge is one that always makes me happy – paper piecing makes my creative world a breeze!!"
You probably know where this is going. Karolyn very kindly explained that I was putting an R where no R should be. My stars. (For some reason, typing a blog makes me want to sound like my grandmother.) In all fairness to me, my frameless eyeglasses broke completely in half at the bridge Saturday morning. I mean the bridge, or nose, of the glasses; not that I was out standing on some bridge. Luckily, I found a very old pair of glasses to wear, but, unluckily, they do make my vision blurry. Oh, wait. That doesn't explain why I thought it said "piercing" instead of "piecing" on Friday, so I guess we're back to the Old Age Excuse again!
In any case, I pulled my shoulders back up, shook off my embarrassment, and made my first paper-pieced card. And, I agree, it is fun to do!
I origInally posted the following pictures, but on rereading this before heading to bed last night, I noticed there was something wrong with the way gravity was impacting this card. I've had this cute stamp for years and always used it upright, like a hand, but that can't be right if you look closely at the button. Ribbon / thread tails don't fly up! How have I never noticed that before? You see, Karolyn, I really AM a goober! Is there a Stamping Group for Dummies on the Web somewhere? If not, I may start one! Lotsa head shaking going on 'round here!
Thanks so much to the "Girl Fridays" for the challenge and their hard work and beautiful cards of inspiration. If you haven't joined in, hop over there and check it out! As always, TFL and for any comments!
Also, welcome and thank you to Beryl for becoming a follower and commenting!
Paper: Papertrey Ink Cream. Bazzill Dots
(the glove is stamped on old faux quilted paper, unknown)
Stamps: Stampin' Up!
Ink: Papertrey Ink Black
Accessories: Pop-Up Dimensionals
The paper is Papertrey Ink white and both stamps are very old with no markings on the wood indicating the company name. The ink is SU Magenta. Hope you enjoyed looking! Read on for the segment of if-at-first-you-don't-succeed!
I seem to be having a lot of challenges with these new challenges I'm trying. I made a card last night for this week's Less Is More "Stripes" challenge: I took my pictures and just before loading and writing this, I checked to see if anyone had already posted a very similar card. In looking again at the LIM website, I noted that your card is supposed to be one layer. Well, slap your mama. I'm posting this card anyway 'cause it's so cute. I may go make another one or move on to a different challenge I was hoping to get to today. We'll see. In the meantime, here is a CAS card of hearts, using stripes. TFL!!
I'd like to thank Gay (Mustavcoffee) from Crafty Musings for joining my site as a follower. Welcome! I appreciate it!
Paper: Papertrey Ink, white
Designer Paper, SU
Punches: Heart, large, SU
Heart, medium and small, EK Success
Marker: Marvy, around hearts
February 10, 2012
Paper and Stamp and Ink and Punch: SU