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August 17, 2018

My Reminder Cards for TCC #8!

Hello Stamplings!

Happy to see you whooshing in here on Friday, where I'm reminding you that we are halfway through the current Geometric challenge at Twofer Card Challenge. You have until the end of day on August 24th to play in this super fun and super challenging way to stretch your design skills!

This time I used a triangle stamp as a petticoat for a rhinoceros! Stop it, no, I didn't. (Although ...!)

This time I wanted to show you that you don't need to make your stamp or die do things you never dreamed your stamp or die could do in order to play in Twofer, so I used a triangle stamp as a - gasp - triangle stamp for both my CAS designs!
The triangle used on both cards is from PTI's Sketched Shapes.

Onefer
I needed a masculine Thinking of You card for a friend who is under the weather, so poor Hammy had to sit this one out to keep the foo-foo to a minimum. I strategically placed the triangle to represent an arrow pointing to the sediment. I underscored the sediment and added an arrow from the same stamp set to point to the YOU. A colorful plaid mat adds some cheer-up coloring.

Challenges
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Twofer
For my second design, I kept things rainbow colored and marched my triangle across the OLC using an acrylic block, first in one direction and then back the other way, alternating colors as I went. In order to cover up the not-so-neat edges of the stamped horizontal panel, I thinly cut and added two slices of black mirri card to either side.

Using the same shiny black, I die-cut and added the "enjoy" sediment from Penny Black and topped it off with a cupcake and candle from GKW. I also gave Hammy his own cupcake since he didn't get to go all winky on these cards.
Challenges

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If you haven't played in the current Geometric challenge at Twofer Card Challenge, I hope you'll get a chance because we'd love to see what you create! Thank you!
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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August 14, 2018

Stencil Monoprint Tipple

Hello Stamplings!

Happy Toozday! Thank you all for your kind support and prayers for our little Adam. And for me, too. We are both doing fine, considering. Now hows about you? How are you doing? I am keeping up with all your wonderful comments, which are so appreciated, but it seems like ages since I've visited and I hope to get back with everyone soon. I especially wonder how you are doing if you are in PA and points east due to the rain and flooding.

As the title suggests, ... wait. What? That title is definitely not right! It should say Stencil Monoprint TRIple which is what I achieved when I tried my hand at stencil monoprinting for the current CAS Mix Up Card Challenge. I first tried this technique at the Retreat in Vancouver and if you want to learn more about how it works, there is a list of great videos on the current CAS Mix Up blog. I didn't have a lot of success with multiple inkings at the Retreat, but this time I was able to extract three monoprints!

Here is my onefer stencil print:
For my stencil, I used a NBUS MFT Mix-Ables stencil. I inked it in the colors shown using Distress Oxides and once dry I embellished the panel with an Impression Obsession 6-n-1 scalloped frame and a NBUS Thinking of You die from Concord & 9th. Remember "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" story from your toddlerhood? Well, this monoprint is too busy to be CAS, so it's no good for the CAS Mix Up Challenge. Also, there is no stamping on it, but it is good for these fun challenges:

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Let's look at my twofer stencil printing:
To design a card with my second printing and to compliment the background, I used my NBUS Altenew "Dearest Friend" stamps and die, a NBUS MFT hello die, and a NBUS "there" stamp from WPlus9. The flowers were colored in pastel shades with my Ziggies and popped up in your face.

There is stamping on this card, and die-cutting, and it is less busy, but is it less busy enough to be properly CAS? Nope. But it is good for these challenges:
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And, lastly, here is my threefer printing:
To showcase this subtle background, I used a stamped and clear-embossed cone flower silhouette stamp from SU. The black is very schparkly in real life. A little love note border of Washi tape balances the design and stands in as a sediment.

There is quite a bit of white space and simplicity with this design because, remember, black or colored space can be "white," too. As long as it is free or uncluttered space, it can be any color. So, yes, this is Clean And Simple. And there is stamping. And I have a third required element of heat embossing. So this card is just right! Thank you, Goldilocks © 2018.

Here are my three printings together with the stencil.
This was truly fun! I don't often get all inky and, of course, you know Hammy loves it when I do. He will take any opportunity to color his fur, especially since the Oxies came out. The softer shades really go with his natural coloring and if I don't remember to clean him off before he goes back in his cage, he has the prettiest bedding in Hamsterdam!

Challenges:
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August 10, 2018

My Cards for Twofer Card Challenge #8

Hello Stamplings!

It's lovely to see you! I've missed everyone! I want to thank you very much for your well wishes, prayers, and all the cards that are pouring in! My surgery went well and my recovery is going smoothly, although we have had some unexpected stress which I will tell you about below.

But first, you came for cards and this is that fun day of the month when the new Twofer challenge starts, so here are my inspiration cards which I made for you a coupla weeks ago:
Hmmm, what stamp or die is the same on both cards? What is the prompt?
For the prompt word this month, I chose to use the circle frame from the "Highlight Frames" dies by Simon Says Stamp:
This die does three things, or possibly four or five. It cuts a slit and circle in the paper, or if the paper is shorter than the die, it cuts the paper in two with half-circles on either side. From that you can extract a double-line border around a circle, with a small circle cut-out. You can also put the frame back together like I did for my Sending Hugs card or even insert the entire cut-out back into the opening for a cool design feature. In other worms, it's very Versa Tile.

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For my onefer, I cut the antennas off the circle frame, spread the legs, and made myself a chickadee Santa to join Technique Tuesday's "Chickadees" stamp set!
The Santa hat (from the Tim Holtz "Bird Crazy" accessory set) is made from fun foam, and the sediment is from Paper Inspirations. Hammy drew on the feet and the face and regaled me with his imaginings of the conversation Santa is having with Mama Chickadee. You'll enjoy making up your own story about what's going on in this picture and the conversation they are having! I know I shouldn't generalize, but don't the artist's images on the left look like your typical curious 3-year-old, clueless 10-year-old, and dazed dad in between?!

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For my twofer, I cut the circle border frame from blue fun foam and left it as one piece.
The front panel has a narrow blue matching paper mat and I added an interesting geometric Washi tape border. The pretty die-cut sediment is from PTI. I couldn't believe my luck when the beautiful blue butterfly landed on the circle just as I was taking the photo! I'm lying, but it could've done.

And that's it, an EZPZ QACAS TWOFER to inspire you!! I'm sure you don't even realize how many geometric stamps and dies you belong to until you start looking around! I hope you are intrigued and able to play along this month! For a chart of geometric shapes and an array of sensational cards from Cheryl and Brenda, our two talented Guest Designers, and from the entire DT, please click over to the Twofer Card Challenge. Mwah!

A Close Call

Adam, of the famous Adam and Henry grandtwins, had a shallow dive accident while away at adventure camp last week. He hit his head on a jagged rock, sustaining a large gash, a concussion, and three cervical and thoracic bone fractures. Fortunately, he was able to be transported two hours away to Seattle where he could receive excellent imaging and care.
He has to wear the neck/chest brace for six weeks in the hopes that the scary cervical break can grow back together, which will avoid major neck surgery. He starts 8th grade next week. He's being a real trooper about the situation and he learned a valuable life lesson. We are beyond grateful that his injuries weren't more severe and permanent, as is often the case with diving head injuries, but he's not out of the woods yet.

I wanted to share because the more prayers and positive thoughts that can be sent to Adam and his parents, the better. Thank you! This has been a rough medical year for our little family. On the plus side, Henry stayed at camp and had a fantastic time!

Please remind your kids and grandkids that before they dive, they should always walk into the lake and swim below the water in the area where they are planning to dive to make sure it is deep enough and there are no big rocks. Better to be safe than sorry!

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July 31, 2018

Simple and Fun

Hello Stamplings!

Welcome to the last day of July! Goodness, I didn't think it would ever get here! NOT! I hope this finds you enjoying summer (or fall) because it's whooshing by!

I want to let you know that we are safe from the terrifying wildfires raging in Northern California. I hope the same is true for the rest of you living near any of the several wildfires burning out of control around the world.

Hammy came back from his adventure raring to go, so we had a lovely crafty weekend with lots to share with you!

Onefer
We broke out the Clarity Stencil Brushes for this QACAS nautical design. I have two left hands when it comes to blending inks with TH doolie-bob blending tools, daubers, and cotton balls. I am better with blending since the Vancouver retreat where I blended with my expert artist friends, but for me the brushes still work better. I used an old unmarked line stencil and an old unmarked rubber stamp for the moon/sun. The sediment is from PTI and the embossing folder is Stately from Craft Concepts.

Challenges
Twofer
For this OLC QACAS design, I used a Tim Holtz stencil number 10, masking a circle and a square for the images from Paper Smooches, "My Peeps." I used an SU Sizzix stripe embossing folder and I colored the cool chick with my Ziggies, giving her some cool chick eyeballs.

I'm linking to Back to Basics and Beyond (use an embossing folder) and Use Your Stuff (free week / color suggestions).
Threefer
This card was made for the current challenge at Inkspirational where the brief is to make a card in ten minutes or less. Using a linen card base, I stamped the Uniko "Beautiful Blooms II" flower and colored it with my Ziggies. I stamped the simple sediment and ran the card front through the BS using the same striped embossing folder I used in the card above. 

This card is so simple, it's silly, but I know the lady who will find it in her mail box will be thrilled to know I was thinking of her. It only took me a little over four minutes to bring someone joy!

Fourfer
Finally, another Christmas card. I'm so far behind I can see my own wide load in front of me! For this card, I used a star stencil and a dauber to daub stars in gold Brilliance ink. Then I spanked splashed the panel in Oxie aqua ink and when dry, I drew panel lines with a gold pen. The gold reindeer is from my stash and I die cut the holiday sediment in silver glitter foam.

I'm entering this card in the current Jingle Belles challenge where the brief is to use the blog banner as inspiration. I'm also playing in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.
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A Break in the Action

I've been having a serious flare of my Crohn's Disease for the last several weeks which is now necessitating bowel resection surgery. Surgery will be on August 2nd, so I'm taking a short break. I'll be back on August 10th with my Twofer Card Challenge inspiration. While I'm gone, please be naughty, have fun, and remember . . .

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

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July 26, 2018

Same Difference

Hello Stamplings!

I hope you are safe and dry wherever you are. And contented.

The Mister and I were discussing current events and at one point I shrugged and said, "Same difference." He knew immediately what my next words were going to be: "Hey! My friends who live in my computer will want to know the etymology of that idiomatic phrase!" And I got right on it.

The term "same difference" doesn't actually make any sense and is not grammatechnically correct. What you're actually saying is that a thing is not the same, that it is different, but that the difference is so slight as to make it not worth noting, hence: same difference. The earliest known use of the oxymoronic phrase in print was in 1945 in a book titled, "I am Gazing Into My 8-Ball," by New York gossip columnist Earl Wilson.

Today my twofers are, in fact, different. 
This is one of my QACAS (quick and clean and simple) cards that are easy to make and easy to mail. In a large mixing bowl combine a colored card base and a freshly washed leaf of white paper pierced with your awl or an Avery Elle Dotted Die. Gently fold in a NBUS "Swirling Cutwork" die from Memory Box, a sediment inked to match the card base, and three itty-bitty blings. 

Twofer
This sunset-colored rose duo is a CASE (copy and share everything) of my friend Lolly's beautiful coral rose card. Please check out Stamping With Loll to see her card and read her post where she explains this fun technique so well! I changed my paint colors slightly, used a different sediment, and splattered my card panel with gold. (Hammy went on a two-day backpacking trip with his cousins who are visiting from New Mexico, so, gasp, this card is not winked!)

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