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!

June 23, 2017

Hi there! Waving Hello!

Lovely to see you! How has your week gone?

I'm doing fine, considering, and happy to be a member of the Hyster Sisters now. Thank you all for your lovely get well messages and cards! With so many kind-hearted friends and family pulling for me and praying for me, I know my recovery will be smoof. And Doc assured us that nothing else will try to fall out of me in the future!

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On Monday, once the underwear drawer was organized, I had some playtime with Hammy. BTW, do you organize your knickers drawer before you go in the hospital? You know, Justin Case you don't come back? 

Anyway, I had a lot of nervous engerny, so I passed the time of day fondling, spindling, and die-cutting paper.

This is a fun NBUS die from Winnie & Walter that makes QACAS cards even more QACAS than usual! Cut some of your prettiest pp with it, pop into a negative opening in matching colored card (bonus) and you'll be reaching for an antelope. I mean envelope. It's that easy. For this design, I checked my "words, misc." stamp case and sure enough, there was a there there!

Just so you know, as soon as this photo was taken I turned that butterfly in the bottom right slightly so it angled the other way. I can tell it bugged you, too, so I wanted you to know I fixed it.

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I seriously can't remember the last time I saw someone use a stamp on a card and five minutes later, the stamp set was purchased and on its way to my house, but that's what happened with this new Wave set from The Ton. The card artist was LauraJane. Be prepared to be blown away by what she did!

It's one of those stamps (like, say, a pineapple stamp) that might be trendy and then fade away. I am usually able to resist those, but there is so much cool movement in this wave and I love the sea, so I think I will use it a lot. It's a great stamp for either gender, too, especially for those elusive guy designs.

For my card, I smooched DIs on my craft mat and spritzed them with water and then one-by-one I applied each part of the three-part stamps to my card. Then I white heat-embossed the first part stamp again to make the foam stand out and give the card some texture. I think I have both blue and aqua e/p so next time I will try heat-embossing all the layers for even more texture.

Next, I watercolored the sunsetty sky using my Ziggies and attached the panel to a colored card base that I embossed with a stitch die.

I wanted a sediment that was larger than the ones that come in the set, so I looked in my nautical stamps and immediately saw this fun and perfect NBUS sediment from the "Wicked Nautical" set by Paper Smooches.

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While we were pawing through the nautical stamps, Hammy grabbed the beach ball from the Summer stamp set by Technique Tuesday and, while bouncing it off my elbow, reminded me that I had also recently purchased a coupla Purple Onion nautical stamps that were still NBUS ... 

I loosely watercolored a piece of mixed media paper with ocean shades. I painted in the bottom portion with my sand-colored Ziggie, spritzed the panel with a few drops of water, stamped the NBUS ocean waves from Purple Onion, and that was the card base. I had an already-cut MFT stitched frame on my desk, so I played around with various stamps from the TT set and the scene was born. 

The large NBUS sediment, also from the same set, was stamped on sunshine yellow vellum. When I finally got it away from the hamster, I glossed up the beach ball so it would be shiny like the real plastic beach balls we used to blow up and play with ... I wonder if they still make those.

Challenge:
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Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy!  LITS!* I'll be back as soon as I can stay upright longer than ten minutes.

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June 18, 2017

We're Sizzlin'

We're having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave!
The temperature's rising, it isn't surprising,
She started a heatwave by letting her seat wave!

Snort! No, really, those are the actual lyrics!

I'm here today going all tropical since the temperatures truly are beastly, forecast to be between 100-106 for at least the next five days! 

Here we go.
I made this card for my friend Liz who came to visit the Playhouse a while back. I made it to thank her for the beautiful hummer filigreed die from Sweet Dixie! You can see I used more of one of my Brusho backgrounds for the hummer. What you may not be able to see is his black jewelled eye. The Thanks sediment die is from Impression Obsession.

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I don't think I've shared this tropically-colored wonky card yet. The whimsical cake is inset inside a wonky rectangle opening made with a die from Spellbinders. The border was completed with wonky stitches from MFT. 

It amuses me that when we were in Home Ec class, we would have failed had we turned in wonky stitching like this. "What are you? Four?" Mrs. Mary Lou Cole would have asked, needles and pins perched precariously in the corner of her down-turned mouth, definitely NOT amused. Now here we are decorating our cards with wonky stitches and I like it!

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This QACAS card was made from a single sheet of tiled text pp, over which I applied a wonkily worded and stitched Happy Birthday frame die with the positive and negative bits made matchy-matchy with the back ground.

Challenges
 
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In Other News

OO, I'm having an OOphorectomy! 

You may remember that I had abdominal surgery the end of January to perk up my bladder which had decided to stop fighting with gravity and tried to escape out my hoohaw. That all went exceedingly well and I couldn't be more pleased.

Well. Except for one small problem. What happened was, lifting the bladder back where it belonged resulted in my uterus seeing an opening so it, too, took a dive and made an attempt to escape. Oy!

Which means that on Tuesday I'm again having abdominal surgery, this time to remove my baby basket and assorted lady bits which, after all, were last used going on 40 years ago. It's time they got the ol' heave ho-ho! 

I'll do anything to get out of this heat.

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Now you be jolly while I'm gone and enjoy the days ahead!  No, seriously, enjoy!  LITS!* 

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June 15, 2017

You're My Person and Spring Vacay

Hello, my Stamplings!

How's it going? You doing okay?

I am sorry to be away so long. We spent five amazing days with the grandtwins (photos below) and I planned to be back right after that except that a Migraine Train came roaring through here and knocked me for a loop for the last two days. I'm praying it's gone now for a long time, but if not, I appreciate the reprieve! So does Hammy. He's tired of trying to keep a cool cloth on my forehead while I'm rolling around moaning like a pig in a cactus patch.

I was delighted to notice that my dear friend Bev (Happy Dance) is a guest designer at The Heart Desires and I simply had to play with her! So I used the colors from the photo inspiration at The Heart Desires, the sketch over at CAS Colours & Sketches, and a Brusho (or the like) theme from Just Us Girls Trend Week to make this little number:
I followed Bev's lead and used the floral inspiration. The NBUS blossoms came from the MFT stamp and die set, "Large Desert Bouquet." I cut them from a Brusho background I made. The stamps are solid and I didn't want to cover up all the background so I very lightly stamped them and then ran around the edge of each petal with my mint green Ziggie. It was a bit fussy to do, but I like the definition it gave the petals. 

The NBUS sediment is from Concord & 9th's set, "You're My Person." A Washi tape border and some triple red blingaling completed the ensemble.

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Spring Vacation

Papa and I took these two handsome and interesting 12-year-old characters away for five days to a lake near Mt. Lassen in northern California while their mom and dad had a nice long weekend in New Orleans.
Henry on the left, Adam on the right.
Short sleeves in the snow? Why not? Shoes untied? Well, of course!
The first photo in the above collage is the view of the lake from the deck of the house we rented. There was a small private dock for the boys to fish and swim from. It was a boys' paradise and we loved it, too.
A day trip to Mt. Lassen was foiled by a road closure due to the heavy snowfall this year, but it was open far enough up to play for a while.
Papa rented a fishing boat, but try as they might both on the dock and on the boat, their faces in the upper right photo tell the story: NO FISH anywhere! Hecka fun driving the boat though!
Tired of drowning worms? No problem, how about a trainyard and museum? 

We camped on this same lake and took their father to this same railroad museum 30 years ago, so it was really special to bring his sons to the same places!

Thanks for letting me share our great times with you!

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

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June 8, 2017

Happy Happy Good Times!

Hello, my Stamplings!

I hope your week is whooshing by in ways that make you happy! And I hope you have ink on your fingers or glitter in your hair to prove it!

For my Onefer today, you might say that I let the good times roll!
I've been hitting the alcoholic inks again! Hic! No, actually, this pretty little background was inked some time ago and I recently found it in my box of UCBs or UFOs, or whatever you call your "Oh,-shoot,-it's-time-to-(_____),-so-I'll-put-this-in-here-and-finish-it-later" box. 

The Happy Birthday circular window is a Die-Namics die attached to a stitched card base and Justin Case the recipient wasn't clear on the concept of what a happy birthday entails, I added the NBUS "Good Times" from a clock die by Technique Tuesday. I finished the card by adding three matchy-matchy sequins for a little punch of punctuation. 

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Twofer, Threefer, and Fourfer

A bloggie friend sent me a few cuts she made from this whimsical Happy rounded rectangle die from Papertrey Ink. I liked it so much that I bought my own die and put Hammy to work thumbing pawing through my patterned papers for choices.

He thought these first two circular patterns worked a treat with the die:
I simply added a gold heat-embossed "birthday" word, some bling, and some twine from my stash of a thousand years' worth of neglected twine.
This Fourfer above has pp that is shot through with gold so that it glistens when the light hits it. I think it looks quite rugged and manly, so I'm entering it in these challenges:
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Wait. What? A "Fivefer?"

Yup. School is now out for the summer and we are happily enjoying the company of the grandtwins for several days! I was on a roll in the craftroom waiting for them to arrive, but I didn't have enough time to schedule additional posts, so you get them all today.
I think I've used the Darice e/f before, but the "Graceful Cattails" from Memory Box is NBUS. For a little added interest, I lightly schplattered pink ink behind the cattails. I chose the color scheme especially to play in this week's Less Is More Challenge. It's a colour week and the colors are "Neopolitan." How fun is that?! And since I used snippets, I'm joining in the fun with my Playmaters over at Pixie's Snippets Playground!
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* 


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June 4, 2017

Shaker Butterfly and Surfing Granny (Not Me!)

Hi there, my friends!

Our town was jam-packed with graduation parties over the weekend as both high schools released their Seniors out into the big bold world. I wish them all the best as they embark on the rest of their lives, lives which will be filled with peaks and valleys. The important thing to remember is that valleys are always followed by peaks ~ even though sometimes it's a long hard climb back to the next peak!

Wouldn't that be a good marketing approach for a hiking shoe company?!

I want to share a card I made yesterday to join in the celebration for my friend Ardyth who recently celebrated her milestone 50th birthday! The link will take you to Ardyth's personal blog "Maskerade," but the celebration is being held over at her Muse challenge. 
I used Die-Namics wonky dies and Memory Box butterfly dies. The sediment is NBUS from Rubber Dance Stamp.

Normally the brief at Muse is to CASE (copy and share everything) a specific series of designers, but this week we are to CASE any of Ardyth's own cards. Ardyth and I have known each other since we both started blogging over five years ago, so I have lots and lots of her cards in my to-CASE folder. It was fun searching through the years and in the end, I chose this card which she posted August 4, 2016:
Ardyth usually makes square cards, but I was lazy and made my card an A2 size, so I wouldn't have to make a square envelope. (Obviously, Hammy and I need to have a talk about getting an Old World monkey with opposable thumbs to help us out.)

Happy Birthday, Ardyth! I wish you many, many more!!

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For my Twofer today, I had fun making this:
I used a single NBUS Die-Namics stitched rounded die to cut three appetures this way and that way and then I used the negative openings as a stencil and the positive cuts as a mask to blend the top and bottom rounded rectangles using Distress and Oxide inks. Come again? I mean, I don't know how else to describe it, but it sounds more complicated than it was. 

I used the round blending tool to make my sun by simply inking and pressing the tool into the paper.

Then for the center rectangle, I again used the negative opening as a stencil and I stamped a NBUS Inkadinkado stamp that I received as a gift from my dear friend Brenda quite a long time ago. A very long time ago. Cough. Using inks and my aqua brush I painted the stamp image and the background. After wards, I ran the one-layer panel through the BS using a waves e/f and attached it to a card base.

The sediment is from the Die-Namics "label tape" set of dies and stamps. The inside says, "a Happy Birthday!"

Gotta love a surfin' granny! I noticed that this granny's many curves have turned into just the one circular curve just like mine has done!

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