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!

August 16, 2017

Schparkle and Sunshine

A happy mid-week hello, Stamplings!

How's everyone doing today? I hope you're basking in your own little happy glow, but if you're not, I have lots of schparkle and sunshine to share with you!

First up is a card I made for our local jewelry store. They plan to make into an advertising poster.

That's actually not true, but it could have been, considering all the gold and platinum and silver schparkliness!

What we have here is glittery dark gray card base covered in a glittery light gray panel. How many of you still hoard have some of that paper in your stash?

It was hard for me to use it, too, but I done did it and I'm going to keep going through this schtuff. I think it's like spring cleaning, once you clean that first shelf . . .

And how did I make that delicate gold and gray dragonfly by Clearly Besotted? Why by cutting it from a piece of neglected and ancient gold-embossed pp.
Yes, I put Hammy to work cutting out more dragonflies, so we didn't waste a single bit. He managed to get six more cut and, yes, they've actually been made into six more cards! Sorry. Too smug? I'll knock it off. But it is a super easy design that would work with butterflies and noodles of sediments.

The pretty one I used is from Concord & 9th's "Happy Day" set, embossed in platinum. The dragonfly was attached with old-timey brads.

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And now here's something for the kids!
This is an adorable LOTV image my friend Di stamped off and sent to me ages ago. She sent me several various fun antics that this little girl got into. (What shall we call her? I'll bet the artist gave her a name and someone will share it.) I've colored and carded quite a few of these little girls in the past and this week, I finally finished the rest! Thank you again, Di!

After Zig-coloring her and her little dog, too, I stamped the sediment from Technique Tuesday, added some Winking, and wrapped around a vellum sun cut from a Lil Inkers die. Then the whole business was matted in black and based in yellow.

Honest, there really is schparkle in those overalls, which she got all over the tree branch when she climbed up there! I'm surprised her little dog isn't covered in it!
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Why all the emphasis on schparkle and shine? Why that's my way of remindink you that I'm guesting this month at Just Us Girls and this week the Trend Week word is SHINE! I'd love to see your schparkly creations there! Thank you!!


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August 14, 2017

A Retirement Safari

Hello, my Stamplings!

I hope your week has started off beautifully! If not, remember there's another day rolling towards you so you can start afresh then! 

Wait. What? Who decided to put the letter "a" in front of words that are perfectly fine and mean the same thing without the added "a?" Perhaps someone was misheard when all he said was, "Maude, let's start out, ah, fresh in the morning after we've had our coffee."

My share today is a Happy Retirement card for a couple who are all aquiver about going on an African safari.

I took my own safari back to the last century for the products used on this card. The heat-embossed mama and baby elephant stamp came in a set of black-foam-backed red rubber stamps. Remember those inexpensive sets? 

The DSP is from SU, as is the sediment, which I'm pretty sure is NBUS. To make my circle, I taped down a circle die, masked the image, and using a stipple brush, I brushed on the colors from my old set of SU chalks. Four more cards with this design were made (with different sediments) once we discovered that Hammy could apply the color faster using his elbows.

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I wanted to share this amazing photo my DIL Rachel captured!
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August 12, 2017

JUGS GD #406 ~ Shine!

Hi there, Stamplings!

Some of you from other continents have already seen my card today. Oops! My friend Cat thought it was odd that I posted a "naked" post with no words (you think?!) and Maxine figured (correctly) that Hammy pushed the publish button 24 hours early. What can I say? We've been out of town for a few days and you know how that goes, it takes a while to figure out what day it is when you get home!

Anywaddle, I'm back posting on the right day and I'm delighted to be guest designing again for Just Us Girls ~ or JUGS for short! This week is Trend Week and we want you to "Bring on the SHINE!"

Here is my inspiration card for you:
I gold-embossed the Helenium flower stamp from designer Shery Russ of STAMPlorations. It was a gift from Loll ~ thank you again, Lolly! I watercolored with my Ziggies. The cross-stitched borders are from Memory Box.

You might wonder what the deal is with all those score lines. So what happened was I used some Washi tape to attach the cross-stitch die to my watercolor paper before running it through the Big Shot. Mind you, I did this AFTER the embossing and painting! You can imagine my horror when I removed the panel from the BS and saw that the two pieces of tape had left visible marks on my super clean white panel!

Swear words ensued. (I have to say, if you've never seen a hamster swearing, it is a pretty funny sight. I have a hard time staying angry for too long.) Once the outburst died down, Hammy looked at me and I looked at him and we both looked down at the panel in disrepair. Minutes passed. Then we did the only thing we could do when it's too early in the day for wodka. We took a nap. 

Score pad to the rescue! I mean, score pads were created in part for covering up boo-boos, right?! The bottom lines looked like they were meant to be there, but putting lines in the upper left corner? I wasn't sure it would work, but at that point I had nothing to lose and, heck, trends get started this way, right?

Here is a closeup to see all the shimmery shine!
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The Design Team ladies have created more inspiration to get your mojo juices flowing, so please check them out at Just Us Girls!!

Most of us add some shine to all our creations these days whether it be sequints, or glossy accents, or winking with Stella, or enamel dots, or Nuvo drops, or gems ... somebody slap me! You get the idea. There's no excuse not to play this week and I can't wait to see your beautiful entry! 

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August 8, 2017

More Finished UCBs

Happy Day, Stamplings!

I hope all is well with you, wherever you are!

We are having a wonderful and busy time, but I did manage a bit of craftiness to put the finishing touches on a few more EZPZ cards from the Unfinished Card Bits (UCB) box. 

I have to keep Hammy from going into complete withdrawal mode, you know. Left to his own devices he'd be sunbathing in the hammock with a pitcher of Tequila Sunrises! Oh, wait, no, that'd be me.

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These lacy cream-colored card bases are ancient; I think they came from SU. I adhered a strip of Brusho snippets behind the lacy opening and then attached a panel of colored card behind that. 

I'm entering the top lemon and lime concoction in the current challenge at Less Is More, where they want to see the colors of tropical fruits. I'm entering the bottom card in the "Pastel Pencils" Fusion Card Challenge, where I'm playing with just the inspiration photo.

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This selection of happy cards is pretty self-exploratory. The Hooray bases are by Clearly Besotted and they were given to me by my friend Greta a very long time ago. It felt good to make them into cards! Thank you, Greta! The top two backgrounds were made with alcoholic inks on glossy paper and the bottom two backgrounds were made with Brushos. The sediment is from the "Sweet Wishes" set by Penny Black.

I'm entering the top left-side card in the new CAS Mix Up Card Challenge. I've used the required stamping, plus alcoholic inks, plus die-cutting.

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Again, very simple. I used an MFT stitched circle for the aperture. The tiny bird and bird cage have been in my stash since the cows came home. I attached it and a snippet of pink ribbon to the card with a brad. I'm entering the current "Happy Birthday" Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the "Pretty in Pink" challenge at City Crafter.

Okay, I must dash waddle off! It's been fun reducing the UCB box, increasing my stash, and keeping Hammy happy!


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August 5, 2017

JUGS GD #405 "Shower"

Hi there!

I'm absolutely pickled tink to be here today as the August Guest Designer for the very fun challenge Just Us Girls! (JUGS)! I hope you will join me for the four August challenges lined up for your summertime inspiration!

The current challenge #405 is a Word Week and the word is SHOWER.
I went with rain shower and used a darling ancient critter stamp and NBUS raindrops and sediment:
I went wonky wild using my MFT and Spellbinders wonky dies. The happy little bunny splashing in the rain is from a company that is no longer in business. The sediment and raindrops are from The Stamps of Life.

Here is a closeup so you can see the glossing and winking and (maybe) his little black jeweled eyes:
...and the inside with the rest of the sweet sediment and a Petite Umbrella from Memory Box: 
Whether baby, bridal, rain, bathroom, meteor, or whatever unique way you can conjure up the word SHOWER, we'd love to see your work of art! For more inspiration, please check out the wonderful creations by the Design Team at Just Us Girls!

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August 1, 2017

Mono Chrome Thank You and Christmas Bauble

Hello, my stampling friends! Happy August 1st!! 

I hope you had a great weekend and your week is off to a fantastic start! Mine is going to be very busy with appointments and friends, so forgive me for being laconic in the next few posts, which is so hard for me to do. I'm usually blahblahconic!

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As I mentioned the other day, my bloggie friend Coni came to visit. She was kind enough to gift me a stamp set which I used for this thank you card for her. The "Say It With Flowers" set is from Pink Fresh Studio. It comes with a die as well as the flowers and several sediments. Thank you again, Coni! 

You might notice the "rustic" edges of the die-cut flower panel. That's because I really biffed the stamping at first, but rather than throw it away, I turned it over and used the other side. The pretty ridged aqua paper has been in my stash since well into the last century. The silvery tone on the aqua flowers is caused by a thick winking with a fresh WOS pen. The sediment is from PTI's "Bold and Beautiful" set. 

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Another Christmas card for the ol' Stasharoo. I took my cue from Less Is More where the brief is to pierce our project. 

I pierced my card with a needle and silver thread to make the ornament hanger. As I pulled the thread through, I called up a memory of a thousand years ago and made French knots. It turned out pretty cool in real life, if you don't mind me saying so. 

Here's the messy and lumpy reverse side, which is why I popped up the front panel with foam tape. 
The Mod Ornament die is from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut it in silver, removed the inner bits, and stuck it to the card under the knotty silver hanger. Then I painted those inner bits in monochrome blues with my Kuretake GT paints and followed that with winkling. The sediment is heat-embossed.

Here's a closeup of all the shiny schparkle!
Not my usual easy-to-mail card, but it's going in Hammy's basket of cards which he will paw-carry at Christmas time to people like his hula-hoop trainer, his organic carrot supplier, and the vet who removed the bone spur from his elbow. You know, as a result of the hula-hoop lessons. 

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