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!

October 19, 2017

Ornaments and Elephants Are Playing in the Band

Hello, Stamplings!

I hope this finds you well. My thoughts and prayers are with my friends in the UK in the wake of Hurricane Ophelia. I hope everyone is okay.

I want to apologize for not being around to visit you as much as I'd like. I seem to be having an allergic reaction to the smoke in the air from the fires or from something blooming which is making my eyes watery and painful. It makes squinting at the computer no fun. We are miles from the areas that are still burning, so I can't even imagine what it must be like for those who are right in the thick of it.

I am still making cards however, in between resting with a cool wodka-soaked washcloth over my eyes. (Don't be silly. I wouldn't waste wodka like that.)
Oopzees, I seemed to have dropped an ornament in my drinkie poo. On a watercolor card base, I heat-embossed this fun image from Stamping Bella in gold and painted it with my Ziggies. The delish beverage is properly Winked. The NBUS gold-embossed sediment is from Sunny Studio stamps. The border paper next to the strip of glossy gold is also glossy. The pink finish has a gold-embossed pattern. Definitely a card for the supper club set.

Challenges.
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Speaking of sorry, I'm sorry that the angle of the dangle doesn't really show the textured panel on my card cuz it kinda looks like elephant skin. This sad and sorry Ellie is NBUS from Katzelkraft. I just drew the sun in the corner to add some extra interest and maintain the "rule of threes" to balance out the scene. You know, like I know what I'm talking about.

I used watercolor pencils for this one, just to be different. My corner chomper chomped one corner. Ellie was liberally Winked. I'm sorry you can't see it.

I'm also sorry to say splatters weren't originally part of the design. What happened was Hammy sneezed with a snootful of pomegranate juice. You should've seen it before I blotted it with a tissue. It looked like a crime scene. If I hadn't blotted it, you would've thought Ellie was sorry for the fact that she just murdered her cousin Eugenia after Eugenia got into Ellie's secret stash of bamboo leaves even though she looked Ellie straight in the eyes and promised she wouldn't go around behind the shed.

I'm entering this in the current CASology challenge: Sorry. I mean, I'm not sorry I'm entering; "sorry" is the cue card this week.

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October 16, 2017

Stenciled QACAS Stars

Hello, Stamplings!

Welcome to a wonderful new week! How are you? I hope you're fine and you had a fun weekend! 

Are you enjoying fall? Have you noticed how things seem to quiet down once school starts again and the days are shorter and darker? Critters migrate and we don't blame them. We pull out our winter clothes and start nesting for the colder months. 

For card artists, thoughts turn slowly towards Christmas ... okay, knock off the poetry! Let's face it: our thoughts don't turn all gentle and zen-like towards Christmas. More like our heads whip around like Regan in The Exorcist when we realize it's only (cough) short weeks until our cards need to be in the mail! I know you know what I mean. I can see the sweat beading on your upper lip.

Well, never fear. Hammy is here with a QACAS OLC that you may steal CASE for batch-making!

QACAS=quick and clean and simple; OLC=one-layer card; CASE=copy and share everything.

All you need is a stencil, some ink, some finger daubers, a mask, and a Christmas sediment. It's better if the mask is some type of something to cover an area of your card that you don't want inked, but if you want to wear your Minnie Mouse mask while you're stamping, I'm okay with that.

I laid down a strip of painter's tape where I wanted my sediment to be, then I used my finger daubers to bounce the inks through a star stencil. I used a stencil that was a gift from Lolly. I used Oxie inks in nontraditional colors of broken china and wilted violet and faded denim. The sediment is, I believe, from MFT. The lines were drawn with my faded denim DI marker.

And thazit. I made several others using different ink colors and also a different design where I masked off a portion of the stars in a diagonal pattern with a diagonal Christmas sediment.

It's an easy way to make a colorful and mailable card with minimal effort. When you have lots of Ccs to make, that's the name of the game!


Challenges.

  • Inkspirational: Designers Choice: one-layer card.
  • Less Is More: One-layer card/stars. I hope there is an acceptable amount of white or "empty" space. I mean, if you narrow your eyes and let those smaller stars recede into the background, you'll remember that in space there are bazillions of light years of depth in between stars. That's a LOT of empty space, right?! 
  • The Merry Christmas Challenge: Anything goes.
Grab It
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Just a QACAS quickie post for me this time! Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* 

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October 12, 2017

Fallish Into Fall

Hello, Stamplings!

I want to let you know that I, The Mister, and Hammy, and the rest of the family, are all fine and not involved in the devastating fires happening very near us in northern California. We are only being impacted by the terrible smell and smoky haze. Thank you for your emails expressing your concern.

It has been heart-wrenching to see the destruction and loss of life. I know your praying knees are getting worn out with all the natural disasters of late, but if you can manage it, please pray for (or send positive thoughts to) those families who have been impacted and for the legions of fire-fighters working tirelessly to stop the inferno. Thank you.

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I've gone a little fallish with my first card today. The flower and butterfly have warm orange and brown tones, but I kept it light by cutting the frame from the opposite side of the color wheel:
I've used this stamp from Rubbernecker before and even used very similar colors because I love the look. I used my Ziggies to ink directly to the stamp before spritzing and stamping onto watercolor paper. The NBUS square stitched frame die is from MFT and the stitched border is from Lil Inkers. The Monarch butterfly is from my garden.

Stop it. It's a 3D sticker.

Challenges

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My twofer went all the way fall ... and we all fall down. Now you have a "Ring Around the Rosie" earworm. Sorry.
This is another favorite stamp of mine which I paint every year. It's rewarding to see how my skills have evolved. The stamp is "Fall Leaves" from Stamps Happen. The NBUS sediment stamp is "Scripty Holiday Greetings" from The Ton.

Before painting with my Ziggies, I heat-embossed the image in platinum.
This season is brief, but it certainly is colorful!

ETA: Reader and friend Lu C is very sharp-eyed! She left me a comment noticing that there is no "s" in the the word Thanksgiving on my card! Sure enough! I never even noticed! The plastic covering that comes with the stamps shows the word with an "s," so I was confounded until The Mister told me to look at the stamp itself. D'oh! When I held the stamp up to the light, I could see that the "s" is missing! I alerted The Ton and they immediately apologized and are sending a new set without the boo-boo. Thank you to them and thank you, Lu C!! 

Challenges
Share Our Badge!
Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Day 2017
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October 9, 2017

WINNERS!! NBUS CHALLENGE #12

Hello, Stamplings and NBUS Players!

I usually make you a thank you card, but let's be honest, you just want to know if your name is below, haha, so I won't take up your time with a card! Of course, I wish I could give you all a prize, in addition to the pat-on-your-back-prize for using your NBUS! You make me proud!

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1. $25 Gift Certificate to US company
Scraps of Life By Scrappymo

2. $25 Gift Certificate to US company
#83 Leslie
Running With Scissors

3. $25 Gift Certificate to US company
#100 Carol
Just Me: c

4. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#71 Lynn
The Mango Boys and Me

5. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#24 Angie
Cimbacreativefun

6. SU Build A Blossom stamp set:
#7 Alice
Scrap & C

7. MB Circle Burst die:
#154 Liz
Crafty Sunflower

8. MB Fringed Circle die:
#66 Cathy
Cathy's Card Spot

9. HA Elegant Weeds:
#30 Loll
Stamping With Loll

10. SU Madison Avenue stamp set:
#222 Vicki
frommycraftroom

11. Distress Oxides ink, set of five:
#313 Sandi
Slightly Off Center ~ Life At The Beach

12. Altenew, Shadow Play stamp set:
#51 Valerija
My Joy

13. Skipping Stones, Uplift stamp set:
#109 Mrs. A
Valery Anne Designs

14. SU, Tasty Trucks stamp set:
#64 Ina
Little Bits of Craft

15. Lawn Fawn, Wish You Were Here stamp set:
#150 Tina
Treebug

16. SU, Tin of Cards sentiment stamp set:
#299 Sandie
London Days

17. WPlus9, Borders and Backgrounds stamp set:
#132 Shirley
Shirley-Bee's Stampin Stuff

18. PTI, Holiday Greens stamp and die set:
#15 Bunny
Bunny's Cards

(Five more gift cards added on Day 10.)

19. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#281 Anita
Neet & Crafty

20. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#130 Kara Lynne
Kara Lynne's Craft Designs

21. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#294 Lynette
My Stamping Addiction

22. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#122 Jane
Onions and Paper

23. $25 Gift Certificate to US company:
#166 Diane
Nellie's Nest

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24. And the recipient of a $25 gift card for "Hammy's Favorite Comment" was Lucy of "Little Scraps of Lucy."




Congratulations to all the winners!!
I will be in touch soon to collect your prize delivery information.

Thank you so much for your support of my NBUS Challenge
and for the wonderful inspiration 
we all received from your beautiful creations!
Click here for links to all prior galleries and winners.
Click here for Pinterest NBUS #12 board.

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I would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Random Org and Hammy for the hours they spent on the drawing! As always, following a challenge, I will purchase a new wheel for Hammy, who has adjourned to a spa for a complete restorative treatment of his poor tired legs. And, of course, the Doc and his wife are just happy to be paid with a case of vino.

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

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