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!

December 13, 2017

Did Someone Say Schparkle?

Hello, Stamplings!

I hope this finds you well! I know you are busy, busy, busy, so I won't waffle, pancake, and rabbit on.

I see there are a few Schparkle / Christmas challenges happening in Blogland right now and a few of my designs fit the bill:
If you have any questions about the products or process used in any of today's Fourfers, please let me know via the contact form on the side bar.

I'm off to have a Christmas lunch today with my old friend Verna who is still hanging in there at 93 in spite of several more bone fractures and concussions since I last mentioned her. I finally stole her roller skates the last time I went to see her! Just kidding, of course, but I did make you gasp. Sorry if you were eating and some crumbs went up your nose.

Challenges:


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Happy Hanukkah! 

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

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December 10, 2017

Got 'er Done!

Hello, Stamplings!

Did you think I got kidnapped by the Grinch Who Stole Christmas?! Well, yes, I did! I apologize for my appalling lack of visits, but that should change soonish.

I'll be popping in quickly between baking, shopping, and lunches in the next couple of weeks to share some inspiration from my Christmas card-making marathon. Like these:
If you share my love of Penny Black Stickeroos, you'll recognize the images above. I've been collecting them since Time Began and this year I was resolute in using them ALL. It was fun coming up with different designs!

Then I found this pad of SU paper tags from a couple three years ago, so I gussied them up and turned them into cards:
And for the cards below, I used even more of the pp you've seen before and that sweet little deer from Simon Says Stamp:
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Finally, here's Hammy showing off the 253 Christmas cards we prepared to help keep the Unites States Post Office in business and spread joy throughout the world! We are so blessed to have so many friends!
Phew!
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I wanted to let you know that we are not near the fires raging in Southern California, but I have several friends and family in the area. My heart goes out to all the families who have lost their homes and I pray the firemen are able to get the upper hand soon.

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

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December 5, 2017

Cocktails and Christmas Apertures

Hello, Stamplings!

I've got a fourfer forya and a photo to share, so without further a dew, please pour a Cranberry Appletini and grab an aperture. Hammy will be around later with refills. I'm sorry they will be tiny refills, but you know, tiny paws.

Onefer.
I used my NBUS Memory Box "Stitched Snowflake Circle Frame" and more of my ancient pp. I have several of these metal Christmas verses from (I think) Tim Holtz and I have found them difficult to add to my CAS cards because of the weight. But with this circle design and a pretty ribbon, wallah, it's a perfect way to use them.

Linking to: Jingle Belles: Heavy Metal Holiday; Memory Box Challenge: Holiday Greetings.
Challenge icons
Twofer.
Using the circle that was cut out from the pp for the first card, I made this double vanilla textured cone with snowflake toppings. This time I used one of my favorite word Christmas dies from Winnie & Walter.

Linking to: SSS Wed. Challenge: AG; SSS Mon. Challenge: Icy Inspiration.
Threefer.
Next I tried out my NBUS Christmas tree aperture die called "Sloping Hillside" from poppystamps. I added snow-embossed acetate behind the window, but before adhering it, I slipped one of the trees behind the window and placed the other on the card front. The trees are NBUS dies from Taylored Expressions. 

Linking to: Die-Cut Divas: Winter Time; Less Is More: Red and Green.
I'm a Diecut Diva Too
Fourfer.
Here's another rendition using the same die. The red panel is embossed with a dotted die from Avery Elle. The background is another Brusho snippet. I'm not sure it is the right choice now that I see it on the screen. It looks too much like a forest fire, but if you can tear that visual off your retinas and replace it with one of the northern lights around the North Pole, it looks a lot better.

Linking to: Uniko: Christmas; CAS Watercolour December Challenge: AG.
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We were delighted to have the twins back for another visit over the weekend. They are as tall as me now, so they "get" to decorate the tree, haha! I think they do a fine job of it!
I have to tell you that we enjoyed a hysterical car ride with the boys trying to explain the origin of many of the common idioms and phrases that Papa and I grew up with. It started with Papa exclaiming that someone was living the "life of Riley." Henry asked, "Who's Riley?" After we explained, they wanted to hear more such phrases, even though each one was declared to be "cheesy!" 

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

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December 2, 2017

Eek! It's December!!

Hello, Stamplings!

Welcome to the month of December in all its holiday glory! Yup, it's here. Don't look around as if someone is going to make that not true. It's true. 

Let me help. If you need to refill your coffee cup for the 14th time today, please join the line on the right. If you need a 20-minute power nap, there are mats, blankets, and pillows straight ahead through the garland-dressed archway. If you need medication, that's around back in the alley. Just kidding. Settle down.

And if you need inspiration, I hope you always find some here! Let's start with this little blue number:
I have to admit this very clean and simple card brings my CAS-loving heart a lot of joy! To make the pom-poms, I glued a few strands of embroidery thread together and then snipped the ends. The punched star and JOY sediment were heat-embossed in white. That beautiful textured paper is ancient from my hoard stash. Remember the colored corduroy clothes we loved back in the day?

I made this card for the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge where it is my week to be hostess. As hostess, I get to pick a talented card artist to introduce to you and she, in turn, will make you an inspiring work of art! 

For this week, I have chosen my talented friend, Bobby of
 Bits & Pieces! For all the details on the rules and to see what Bobby and the amazing Design Team have created to inspire you, please click over to the Inspired By challenge blog. We all hope you can join us this week with your beautiful holiday makes! 

Challenges
 
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Next up, a starry little number hoping for peace on earth. Amen.
I've used my NBUS "Wrapped Star" from Poppystamps to showcase a Brusho background. The bling is glitter Nuvo drops.

And, of course, I had to use the other half of the die-cut! 

Sorry it's a bit washed out in the sunshine. The zig-zag border die is from Lawn Fawn.

Challenges
For your blog

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

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November 28, 2017

Hanging Round the Christmas Tree

Hello, Stamplings!

What a grand Thanksgiving holiday weekend we had! It's always so nice to see family and friends and carry on timeless traditions!

Now it is full-steam ahead with getting those holiday cards made. Today I'm honored to be the Guest Designer for this week's CASology Challenge #277! This week the cue card word is ROUND and here's my inspiration for you, starring you-know-who:
Nothing says Christmas like a hamster in an ornament!

I watercolored my NBUS ornament from "Hammie Holiday Fun" by Your Next Stamp after heat-embossing it in black. The evergreens were die-cut from blended paper snippets using my NBUS die, also from Your Next Stamp. You can faintly see that I used the negative die cut to stencil a few fronds directly on the card panel for extra depth.

Here is your cue card badge:
I hope you get a chance to play along this week! You can find the linky tool and lots of outstanding inspiration from the Design Team over at CASology!

Challenges

Snippets Playground Badge
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Another "round" design idea using jingle bells:
The background paper is a shiny gold glossy paper and if you look closely, you can see that it is made up of row after row of teeny-tiny jingle bells! The banner is from Simon Says Stamp, the sediment is from The Ton, and the jingle bells are from Lil Inker, cut from gold metallic paper.

Challenges
Share Our Badge!  

I had similar DSP in glossy red, so I made a few more like this:
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Real quick. I forgot to show you this photo last week. 
It was taken on our walk through the park. As I held up the pretty leaf rimmed with ice, the rising sun lit it from behind. I had The Mister take a photo over my shoulder to share with you.

And, of course, I had to share the grandtwins!
You haven't seen them for a while, so that's Henry on the left, Adam on the right. They were not happy to be stopped in their tracks as they were about to dive into a box of See's candy! Check out Adam's itchy finger, primed and ready to pounce!

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

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