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!

April 25, 2018

WILD About You!

Hello Stamplings!

How are you? I hope you were finally able to get the grill and chaise lounge out of winter hibernation and pack up your sweaters! I'm always a little conflicted about putting the sweaters away because it immediately becomes evident to everyone how many chockie bars I ate over the winter! Cough.

I'm also a little hesitant to toot my horn, but I have to say I'm really chuffed to have won the 4th Birthday Celebration over at TIME OUT challenges this past March where there were lots and lots of outstanding entries! As a result, I have the honor of being the Guest Designer for the next challenge!

For this challenge TIME OUT wants you to interpret the word WILD! Here is my one-layer card to inspire you:
Of course, "wild" is very tongue-in-cheek for these babies who don't look the least bit wild, do they? They all look like sad little orphans you just want to hug. The wild animal stamp is ancient, heat-embossed in black and colored with my Ziggies. I'd be lion if I told you I could bear to part with it.

I masked the critters and stamped the bamboo. The "wild" sediment is from SU and the "welcome" sediment is NBUS from "If Animals Could Talk" by Elizabeth Craft Designs. The corner was chomped by a Cropadile and a smidge of a score line was added under the sediment because, Frankly, the whole shebang was sitting a little too high up on the card to satisfy my symmetrical sensibilities.
I'm sure you can think of several designs for this fun challenge and I can't wait to see what you make! The Design Team has amazing interpretations to inspire you at TIME OUT Challenges. And we are so lucky to have this challenge sponsored by Winnie & Walter!  

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And a super QACAS to share:
This single blossom and sediment are NBUS from Gina K; sad you can't see the pretty winking. That furry panel is old-timey mulberry paper which was very popular near the turn of the century when I first started this beloved hobby. There was (is) something therapeutic about wetting the edge and pulling it like cotton candy being careful not to get that bit that tore off a huge chunk!

What can I say about that floating flower? It looks ridiculous floating in space, so I feel like you might be cocking your head and wondering why I did that. What happened was, I wanted the design to reflect that the person sending the card feels adrift, uprooted, leafless, and blue.

Aha! Well done, except is leafless a thing in a human? Yes, it's like lifeless, only not quite so dramatic.

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  • Addicted to Stamps and More: Clean and simple
  • Back to Basics and Beyond: This is a new challenge with a focus on helping newbies! How cool is that? But everyone is welcome! The first brief is "Matting and Layering." I did the "matting" part. Welcome to Blogland! (They are having a DT Call!)
  • Less Is More: My original impetus, the brief is "Bring Something Back!" (Mulberry paper.)
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April 21, 2018

It's a Party!

Happy weekend greetings, Stamplings!

We have a busy weekend lined up, so I'll get right to my cards. I find the "lined up" expression humorous, as in: "All right, everybody, let's line up! Saturday, you go stand over here and then Sunday, you stand behind Saturday and don't pull her pigtails this time!"

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How about that for Miss QACAS stepping outside the box? That's a lotta texture and color and detailing for me and, boy, did Hammy have fun with all those glitters and sprinkles and winking! The cone is from SU, the sediment is from Paper Smooches, and the cupcake is from Serendipity Stamps.

I'm hosting the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge which runs for the next two weeks and which features my friend Cat Craig. Here is the photo I selected to inspire you this time:
Isn't that such a fun party cake in lovely spring colors loaded with so many little things to inspire you?! Cat and the Design Team have lots of beautiful interpretations of the photo to also inspire you! I hope you get a chance to play along!

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The background on this little musical number was made by smooching spring-colored inks with a piece of acetate and then smooching the acetate onto the linen card. After wards, the whole thing was given a good splattering. I was splattered as a kid and it never hurt me, so I think it's okay. The NBUS scalloped die is from MFT and the words are from "Life is a Song" by Uniko, which was gifted to me by my friend Andrea. The clever ampersand is cut from the poppystamps die, "Elegant Musical Staff."

Looking at the card, you might think I was on the wodka when I stamped it all crookedy, but I meant to have the "music" and "you" offset a little so the "c" in music and the "y" in you could cuddle around the treble. I went to a lot of treble to get that just right.

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

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April 17, 2018

Wintry Critters

Hello Stamplings!

I hope this finds you well!

We had a beautiful weekend, but now rain and hail are falling again, which is unusually late in the year for us. Since winter seems to be hanging on and spewing snow in a lot of areas this spring, I went winter all the way with my cards today! And critters all the way, too, although they are not identical.

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First up is a NBUS chicken that just karacks me up! She reminds me of Jackie Gleason. Now some of you are prolly too young to remember who Jackie Gleason was, but he was a really funny man who had his own TV show back in the middle of the last century. He was a large man, but quite light on his feet. If you want to see a video of him dancing with his pal Art Carney, go here.

But I digest. Jackie Chickie is from Stampingbella. The oval vellum ice is from Sizzix and the NBUS "Oh Joy" is from Mama Elephant. She is watercolored with my Ziggies, winked all over, and her Santa hat fur is glitterized.

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I managed to pull Hammy away from all the becitement happening over at the Twofer challenge,  but he wants me to remind you that there is only one more week to play! I got his attention once I explained that he would once again star in his own segment on the blog. I think I have created a (ham)monster.
This adorable heat-embossed stamp is from Whimsy Stamps, colored with my Ziggies. From the look on his face, you might think Hammy was a little nervous up there riding on the ornament but he was only saying how chilly he was. That's why I sewed long sleeves and pants into his jacket. The NBUS Merry Christmas die is from MFT and the border is Washi.

Of course, as always, everything is winked, glittered, and glossified! You can see it better here when I turn the card to capture the sunlight.
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In spite of my cards, it IS spring, so I'll leave you with a photo of my rain-drenched irises. They came up strong and proud in spite of all the hard knocks Mother Nature put them through!

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

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April 13, 2018

Rubber Bands and a Rainy Silhouette

Hello Stamplings!

How was your week? High tens to you if you had a healthy and productive week and big hugs if you didn't and life conspired against you.

The good news is that today is a new day! I love that every 24 hours we are given the opportunity to shake it off and start again! Still, I'm getting too old to shake it off effectively so I really should break down and buy some towels.

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Since I saw you last I tried a new-to-me technique of wrapping a couple three rubber bands around an acrylic block and stamping with it. Cool.
I happen to have a chair whose fabric looks like it was stamped with rubber bands, so I was trying to recreate these colors:
I stamped my rubber band block and I thought it looked like modern art waves on the ocean. The sailboat and sediment are from Paper Smooches.

Here is a closeup of the little glossy sailboat. 
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This NBUS little girl is from Flourishes. She is supposed to be blowing a dandelion, but I had to perform emergency surgery so she could hold an umbrella to keep her pretty frock dry when a sudden rain shower appeared overhead. The umbrella and sediment are from Stamps of Life. The rain is an ancient SU stamp. 

The inside says, "... you are a friend of mine." Those are May flowers, come early, but they are holding off showing their colors until May out of respect for those folks who are still getting April snow! Also because Hammy usually colors small areas, but I can't tear him away from seeing who comes to play in his Twofer PET challenge!

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

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April 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #4 - Pets

Hi Stamplings!

There is no point in having a cup of coffee with you today because a certain little furball is beyond becited for me to show you the cards we made for the new challenge at Twofer Card Challenge where the prompt word is PETS!

I'm sure this comes as no surprise to you ...
The coordinating stamp and die I used is from "Hammie Coffee and Tea" from Your Next Stamp. It might look like I used two different hamsters from the set, but no, I used the same one, honest. The stamp artist gave him two deliriously happy closed eyes (as one does when eating a cookie!) and I covered them with googly eyes for the Christmas card, where I also covered the cookie with a Christmas light bulb.

Here are the individual cards:

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Other than Hammy and the "Happy Birthday" sediment, all the fun elements on this birthday card are from a NBUS Technique Tuesday set. I'm sorry you can't see all the winking and gloss on those bright red old-fashioned whisk handles and blender parts, but I think you can see the schparkle on the Mix Things Up sediment.

Next to helping out in the Playhouse, Hammy loves helping out in the kitchen best, especially when he gets to pick the schprinkles for the cookies!

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Here Hammy is showcased in the center of an MFT Peek-a-Boo die. I'm not gonna lie, he is loving the limelight ... er, the orange light! The string of Christmas lights and the sediment are also from Your Next Stamp. Just like the birthday card, both strings of light are winked and glossified.

Here is a close-up of the larger string which was embossed in platinum:
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The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge
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I hope you like the PETS prompt and you'll play along with us at Twofer Card Challenge #4! It's a rare household that doesn't have or hasn't had a pet of some kind! (Husbands don't count even if you do call him "Pet!" 😄)

I would love it if you shared a photo of your pet in your post! Of course, I had to share mine or there would be no living with him!!
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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