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!

February 17, 2018

Ace of Hearts & Flowers

Hello, Stamplings!

I hope you are having a great weekend wherever you are! Papa and I are having fun with the grandtwins over the long President's Day weekend! The weather will be beautiful so we'll be walking on the beach, fishing along the river, and hiking among the redwoods, making memories!

Beforehand I made a coupla more Twofer cards for you. I mean, I can't very well ask you to keep making heart cards until February 24th for the Twofer Card Challenge if I don't stretch myself, too! I'm enjoying finding ways my heart stamps and dies can be used other than once a year for Valentines!

Onefer.
I bought this NBUS stamp and die set (cough) years ago from CAS-ual Fridays because my sisters and I love playing cards when we get together, but I put the set away and completely forgot about it! And it's such a cute set! The border is Washi tape from Mike's and I've glossified the small hearts to make them look like enamel embellies.

BTW, the set comes with lots of sediments! This sediment, "You're Aces" can be used for a graduation or any type of celebratory occasion card, or a thank you card, or an encouragement card, etc. ~ and it works for both gals and guys.

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Twofer.
Using the same exact hearts, I made fragile long-stemmed flowers for this airy birthday card. The stems and leaves are from MFT's "Build-able Bouqet." Simply adding some matching matting, doing some winking, and adding a butterfly 3D sticker finishes this pretty card!

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HEARTfelt thanks to all of you who have already played in Twofer Card Challenge #2!! If you haven't played yet (or you want to play again), I hope I have inspired you! Mwah!
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My little heart flowers remind me of these sweet bulbs blooming again in the back yard, so here are my annual photos for you!

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

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February 13, 2018

Musical Birthdays and Heartfelt Hugs

Hello, Stamplings!

Are you finding it difficult to step away from the Olympics and do anything else? I love the skating in particular and can watch it hour after hour! I think I must have been part of an Olympic ice-dancing couple in a former life. Oh, hahahaha, the very idea!

I did roller skate as a kid for a short time, but I never ice-skated. Poor Mister tried to teach me to ice skate back in the glory days of our dating. Back when he didn't have to worry about a hernia from picking me up when I fell. And fall I did, again and again! I'm not saying I did it on purpose to have him put his arms around me to help me up. Okay, yes, I'm saying it.

Thanks to a reminder from Hammy, I did tear myself away from the TV to make this ...
Using an MFT die, I cut a rectangle frame from a stamped musical background stamp from SU. The NBUS "Elegant Musical Staff" is from Poppystamps. This QACAS design was specifically made to help Less is More celebrate their 7th birthaversary!! Congratulations, ladies, and here's to many more!!

Coinkadinkily, a tweak of the design ...
made this card perfect for the photo inspiration at TIME OUT Challenges!

Thirdly, another heart design ...
A deep red coral embossed panel made a fun background for the splattered (but intact) heart from Concord & 9th. A simple card filled with love and hugs! Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!!

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

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*Life is too short!
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February 10, 2018

My Hearts for Twofer Card Challenge #2

Hello, Stamplings!

Happy 10th of February already! I thought it would take ages between one Twofer Card Challenge ending and a new one beginning, but the time whooshed by and here we are again! I do hope you aren't sick of making cards with hearts! 

Here is my duet to inspire you:
Onefer. Wedding card.
This multi-layered card is for a summer wedding of a dear family friend. I don't know yet what their colors are so I went with a shimmery neutral theme. The paper is a beautiful specialty paper. If you click to enlarge, maybe you can see that it is a silky linen shot through with creamy white embossed lines. Too bad there isn't "feel-avision" on our blogs!

I filled my design landscape with the gorgeous and intricut NBUS heart. It is an M&C Boutique die that I received quite a while back from my friend Ros. The pattern is roses and butterflies. I kept the bits in place and popped the heart on foam. I tied it to the card with a creamy velvet ribbon to symbolize two souls uniting as one. In case that was too subtle, I added layered sediment dies to let them know they are now together forever! Or forever together!

It just occurs to me that when I find out what the wedding colors are, I can replace the ribbon with one of a different color which will make it more personalized without changing my design. Whoop!

Twofer. Valentine card.
For my second design, I used pops of color and left a lot of white space by setting the same heart die off the edge of the card. Here you can see the pattern of the die a little better and again I used a pretty linen card base. I like that there are only three elements to the design: the heart, the butterfly, and the sediment. With the help of my MISTI, I could stamp the sediment in colored ink repeatedly for complete coverage. Can you see that the little heart is wearing a bit of gloss?

The butterfly was made by running the same heart through the cutter with a piece of pp. I then freed the butterfly to use it to punctuate the message of the sediment. You might notice the bottom wings appear differently on the "freed" butterfly. What happened was I wasn't paying attention and I accidentally cut through the left dealie-bobber on the bottom of the butterfly's wings when I was freeing her from the die-cut. Oops. It seemed only right to amputate the other one for balance purposes.

This Valentine card is really a love note. It's the perfect size to slip into the Mister's motorcycle tank bag so he finds it when he goes on a ride tomorrow!

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Here is the official prompt badge for February



Head over to the Twofer Card Challenge to see the amazing Twofer designs the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration!

I can't wait to see what Twofer designs you create for two separate occasions! (At least you won't have to go digging around for your heart stamps and dies like you did for your feathers!!😊 Mwah!)

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

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February 5, 2018

Swirl!

Hello, Stamplings!

I hope you've had a marvelous weekend! Wasn't that Super Bowl beciting no matter who you were rooting for?! I mean, well, no, I guess it wasn't if you are a Patriots fan, sorry, but that was some good football!

Unlike a lot of the country, we are having some amazing unseasonably warm weather. The bulbs are opening, the birds are singing, the mowers are starting up, and the neighborhood kids are kathunk-kathunking their basketballs in the street. We need lots more rain though, so we hope it's just temporary.

Meanwhile, in the Playhouse, Hammy can be found reading conversation candy hearts aloud. He reads the words, makes up a quick love story, announces, "The End," and then eats the candy. It's so cute! If there were a video, it would break the Internetting, I'm sure!

When the game was over, we worked on our February love mood board and made this:
This little QACAS number showcases a beautiful NBUS wreath of hearts die that came in my Christmas card from Bozena. Thank you, my friend! The sediment is from Avery Elle.

Is it me or is that last score line crooked? I shouldn't have said anything because now you looked. It does make me wonder how many times I've done that and not noticed! Of course, the little hearts had to be painted and winked!

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What about if I covered the hearts with snowflakes and made a Christmas card with the wreath?
The NBUS snowflakes are from the Poppystamps "Polar Bear Fun" stamp and die set. I did a watercolor teal wash in the middle of the wreath of snowflakes and then added a few more snowflakes as embellies and a coupla straight score lines. The sediment is from "Scripty Holiday Greetings" from The Ton.

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

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February 1, 2018

Swoon!

Hello, Stamplings!

Well, that's January done then, 31 days whooshed by in the blink of an eye. Wish I'd stay on that diet 29 days ago, but that's wodka under the bridge now. What's done is done. Have a chocolate kiss.

We can't dwell on any kind of negativity while there are lovelorn frogs in the world! Do you see how he is looking at you?
How about now? Can you see how he is still looking at you? 
His eyes are following you around the room because he woves you. Not woves you like a blanket, wuves you like a puppy. He is, of course, a colored and winked Purple Onion frog, sitting on a PTI oval, and encased in an MFT stitched heart. He wanted the heart cut from the pretty green paper because it looks so good with his skin color. His swoon was made, letter-by-letter, using Concord & 9th's Sophisticated Script, which I'm an idiot for not using more often.

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My Froggie all aswoon was created especially because CASology has such a fun and perfect cue card: SWOON! I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I didn't use a rectangle, but I think that's okay. And I'm entering CAS on Friday: Color Me Pretty.
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Wait. What? One card? Is Hammy okay? Yes, he's fine! He's letting me slow down a little while I patiently wait for new glasses, but I can see his little wheel spinning feverishly as he thinks up lots of future ideas!








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