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!

November 20, 2017

A Case of CASEing

Greetings, Stamplings!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your plans for this week are shaping up well. We had a beautiful fall weekend. Crisp and clear with bright blue skies after our rainy week and Thursday looks like it will be sunny and dry for our Thanksgiving pig-out feast. That's always nice so the kids and dogs can play outside.

I'm getting inspiration from several challenges for my Christmas cards. What would we do without our challenges? They are all definitely on my Thanksgiving gratitude list!

Here are a few cards Hammy and I made this weekend.
The inspiration for this card came from the TIME OUT challenge where we are to CASE (copy and share everything) the talented Michele Ferguson with our own little twist. My twist is that I made my CASE of Michele's thank you card into a Christmas card. There is a slight shadow from the sun on the bottom half of the word "Noel," but looking at it straight on, the word is completely hidden! This was fun to make and used a lot of my Christmas pp, so I made several!

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This card was an absolute bugger to photograph between the dark navy card base and the gold-embossed sediment. The view below shows a bit better how the entire card background is splattered in fine gold, but it still doesn't do justice to his golden Winked tunic.
Many of you will recognize that this little elf was inspired by the current Less Is More challenge where we are celebrating DT member Susan's birthday and CASEing her adorable Christmas card. My NBUS elf is from The North Pole Hero Arts and so is the sediment.

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Finally, here's another example of how pretty a tag can look just popped onto a card base. This was the little reindeer tag I posted not too long ago. I thought the woodgrain pp made a lovely backdrop for the dear little deer!
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I'll be offline for a few days (except to pop back with a Thanksgiving card on Thursday) for the happy reason that the twins have this entire week off so Papa and I get to have them to ourselves for a while starting tomorrow! Yippee!!

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

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November 17, 2017

Tag Time III and a Card, Too!

Hello, Stamplings!

Welcome to another Friday which whooshed in here like a ..., as fast as a ...! Oh, dear, I can think of a lot of words and expressions, but this is a family blog (mostly) so none of them are suitable! I'll let you fill in the blank with your own expression in your comment, which will tell me how stressed out you are!

Today I'm up with my reminder tag as Guest Designer at Tag You're It!

Over on the challenge blog, the very talented Hazel is the featured artist with an adorable baby tag.
I mentioned last week that you did not need to make a baby gift tag, unless you needed one. I know a lot of you are making Christmas tags, but I only see one in the TYI gallery yet, so maybe you didn't believe me cuz I'm such a kidder. But it's true, honest!

So to inspire you, for my reminder tag I changed the theme to a Christmas tag, but kept to the main elements of Hazel's adorable design: I was inspired by Hazel's embossed background, pink color, main focal image, and die-cut sediment.

I used a snowfall e/f for the background, the adorable penguins are from Stamps of Life, and the joy die is from Lawn Fawn.

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Are you thinking, "Good to know, but I only make cards."

Aha! Did you know that you can also enter cards at Tag You're It? I didn't know that for a long time, but you absolutely can! So I turned my tag into a usable card to inspire you:
Your card has to have a tag layer, of course, and we still need to see how the Featured Artist inspired you, but other than that, you are free to design in the way that makes you happy!

I'd love to see your tag/card linked! You have five more days before the linky closes!

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

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November 15, 2017

Tag Time II

Hello, Stamplings!

Another quick post from me today. I think that's going to be the case until all the cards I need get made and sent. Wait. What? Do I hear a lot of you breathing a sign of relief that my posts aren't going to be "two coffees" long?!! 😇

First up, I'm delighted to be asked by my dear and very talented friend Loll to be her Guest Designer for Day Ten of her Twelve Tags of Christmas event!

Here is my tag:
The base of my tag is a piece of glossy paper covered in bold and vibrant alcoholic inks. The die allows all those jewel-toned colors to peek through the openings. The PTI greeting was embossed in platinum on vellum.

If you haven't already, I hope you'll be able to join Loll's fun and inspirational event. In addition to tag inspiration, I get a lot of design ideas for making cards from the tags that are made by Loll, her guest designers, and the fabulous gallery! The details can be found on Loll's blog: Stamping With Loll.

Thank you, Lolly, for the pleasure of being a guest designer!
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Of course, when you're in Tag Mode, you gotta make more tags, so I also made this one:
My inspiration for this tag came from Debby Yates on Day One of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event where the featured sponsor was Simon Says Stamp. The little NBUS reindeer is from SSS. 

The tag itself was made from a page in a paper pad from My Mind's Eye. I just cut it like a bookmark and chomped the corners. I know, right? I didn't even use a die, gasp! (I did cut a second layer to adhere to the back for my stability. I mean for more stability.)

You can't really tell in the photo, but I happily had some old ribbon in my stash that was perfect: it is the same color of coral, edged in gold. 

I liked this little reindeer so much that I made several cards with him, but I'll save those for another day.

I'm also entering the BOW challenge at Addicted to CAS.

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Real quick. I have to share this with you! Last week my friend Brenda sent me an email telling me she had received my postcard from Wales and how surprised she was that I had gone back to the UK and why hadn't I told her I was going? Wait. What? 

I was as amazed as she was since I hadn't just been to Wales ... but I was there over a year ago, which meant she just now received the postcard I mailed to her in July of 2016! I know Indiana is a long way from Conwy, but that's ridiculous!

She said it wasn't the least bit bedraggled, which makes me want to launch into a whole lie story about how bed raggling used to be a thing, but I promised I wouldn't keep you, so off you go!

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Enjoy the Hops and enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* 

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November 12, 2017

Tis The Season

Hello, Stamplings!

I hope this finds you well!

I've been making a lot of cards, but I've only gotten one photographed so far. I decided to do a quick post so I didn't miss the challenges.
The pretty holly garland and bold sediment are both NBUS from the "Fa La La" set by Avery Elle. The red is Washi tape. The textured card is linen from Handy Hippo.

And here is the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch! that inspired me:
Other Challenges

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I thought I would show you some yard art by Mother Nature. It's lovely to see a bit of color this time of year. This is an annual that has burst to life this fall:
I think it's a type of Phlox? Aren't the teeny-tiny buds within the sphere of flowers so fascinating? They are like little pillows.

Maybe not so cute, but equally fascinating, is this leaf bug:
Can you see it? I'm pretty sure I've shown you one of these before, but it's been ages since we've seen one. That's a good thing because I think they are pests and bad for the trees if you get an infectation of them. The leaf pattern on the body really mesmerizes me, though. Its official name is Katydid (Leaf Bug).

Oops, a certain little hamster is squeaking at me. I forgot I left him holding down a section of ribbon so I could finish tying a bow!

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

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November 10, 2017

TAG Time I

Hello, Stamplings!

Happy FriYAY!! Once again our hair is all mussed up from the whooshing this week did as it flew by us!

We are all enjoying the many tags that are flooding the galleries across Blogland right now. We all need them for our holiday gifting and every year the designs just get better and better!

I won a challenge at Tag You're It! a few weeks ago, so I have the honor of being the current Guest Designer. The challenge is to CASE the Featured Artist or use his or her tag design to inspire you to create a design of your own.

This challenge's Featured Artist is my very talented friend, Hazel Kinvig-Paul (My Card Attic). Hazel has designed a baby gift tag for us, which I was happy about because I happen to need a baby girl gift tag. (Babies, like our twin grandsons, have a way of arriving even during the holidays!)

Here's my inspiration for you:
It was overcast all day so the photo doesn't reflect the true colors of my tag which is flustruating. I know you can imagine it matching up better in real life because if anyone has a great imagination, it's you!!

Here is Hazel's darling tag:
How will you be inspired? You can create a tag for any type of gift as long as we can see how you were inspired by Hazel's precious design! I hope to see you there.
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Twofer.

Next up is a holiday tag:
Again, sorry for the poor lighting. In person, this tag is pure gloshiness from one end to the other! The paper is glossy, and both the stamped mistletoe and the sediment are heat-embossed to make them beautifully glossy. Both stamped elements are from CAS-ual Friday's cute "Merry Kiss-mas" set.

I didn't have any solid red twine so I took my cream-colored twine and colored it using a red ink cube. I let it dry overnight and wallah!

I am playing in Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event, pacifically Day Three where the guest designers are from CAS-ual Fridays. I was inspired by Shona Chambers sweet mistletoe tag.
And since it fits these challenges, I'm also linking my tag to:
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I have a few more tags to make and then sleighfuls of cards! Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy!  LITS!* 

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November 8, 2017

All That Glittery Gold

Hello, Stamplings!

I hope your week is going well! You'll be happy to know that I've spent the last three days doing online research and even offline research (remember libraries?) to find out which department handles how many days there are in the month of November. 

What happened was Hammy and I have NOT been kanuckling down like we promised. In fact, we've been fiffing and faffing (we hope those aren't dirty words somewhere cuz that's happened before on this blog) and now we find ourselves short of time.

So. We knew it was too much to ask for another month to be inserted between November and December, although that's really what we need. Instead, we started a petition to add just one day. After all, most of the other months have 31 days, so it's not like it's a big deal. It's not like stars and moons and ocean currents and things have to be involved. Or do they?

Well, anyway, that's what's been happening. If you'd like to sign the petition, please let me know. All signatures need to be received at the Post Office address by yesterday at 4:30. Thank you!

Now, how about some shiny gold, so shiny it will blow your spectators right off your face!
I have kept this one last sheet of this gorgeous gold-embossed vellum paper in my stash waiting for the right design. Recently, I was at Mike's and I found this sweet set of pine cone and holly stamps from Inkadinkado and shazambam! The sediment from PTI is stamped in Brilliance galaxy gold and the little pine cone and evergreen stamp was embossed in glitter gold.

Here's another view of the shine, which is hard to capture.
Challenges
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I was also going to enter the above card in the CAS Mix-Up November Challenge, but then I realized, can I though? Where is the white space required to make a card CAS (clean and simple)?

So I made this second card using the little piece of vellum that I cut off the original 6x6 paper. I stamped and glittered and die-cutted and heat-embossed.
I forgot to tell you that I ran the galaxy gold ink pad all around the deckled edges of the die cut panels to add even more shiny gold. You know, because there wasn't enough. That's my last sheet of pine cone vellum, but I do have other sheets with stripes and dots and chevrons, so I'll be making more of these in both gold and silver.
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Real quick. The other day I posted a pretty card for the We Love You Dawn hop. Here is another card I made for Dawn, this time using one of the fabulous sets she has designed. Dawn is all about bold colors and flowers and the Hop is filled with magnificent bouquets for Dawn! Leave it to me, I went simpler and less colorful because I've always loved this sweet little "Whale Wishes" set she designed back in 2011! To me it's a classic that will never go out of style!
The whale and sediment and little hearts and drops are all from Dawn's set. The blue waves were cut from a NBUS "Breezy Waves" die by Memory Box. After wards, I ran it through the BS using a Cuttlebug e/f. I think it's called "Branches," but it does a good job impersonating waves.

I hope your recovery is moving forward smoothly, Dawn!

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


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