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. Note: my Privacy Policy can be found at a tab below and you can find my NBUS Challenge online. I hope you'll join in the fun there! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

October 14, 2021

This'n That

Hello Stamplings!

It feels like forever since we saw each other and I hope you are doing great! I have been making cards using my schtuff and building my schtash. Not much NBUS schtuff, in spite of my best-laid plans, but I am using a lot of BOB schtuff. Sometimes I think Hammy is up all night making more backgrounds and die-cuts cuz BOB (box o' bits) never seems to get any thinner!

I needed to take a break from that, however, so I made a couple of challenge cards.


The CAS Mix Up Challenge is all about making prints with botanicals. There are lots of ways to do that, fun ways that I want to try, but for this session I simply picked some botanicals from the yard and ran them through my Gemini Jr. I had a fail using lantana, fared a little better with a germanium leaf, but the one that worked best was a spring I cut from my huge asparagus fern. (That's what I call it; I'm not sure if that's correct.) Here's the actual plant:
The red bits on the card are from little white flowers on the plant. Pressing it left a bit of liquid smudge, but nothing as bad as the lantana which oozed green goo everywhere ~ thankfully, not inside my Gemini! I immediately thought the fern print looked like an evergreen tree branch so I adorned it with the "Merry Ornament" die from poppystamps and made it a Christmas card. Hammy added schparkle with his winker.


I've made a huge stack of cards using the metallic 3D images which I became addicted to making a few weeks ago. I'm sure you'll see more in future posts. This metallic plum color is NOT ombre, but I just love how the sunlight turned it that way! The NBUS e/f is "Art Deco" from Sizzix and the stacked sediment is from STAMPlorations. QACAS at its best!



I want to apologize for my lack of visits and comments. This whole year has been weird in so many ways. It's gone by quickly, but it's still been a drag not getting back to normal like we all had hoped. Plus, lately we've had a lot going on with home projects and health problems and doing some purging. 

As I mentioned, I am making cards when I can, but I haven't had the time or energy to blog them and that's unusual for me. I think this will be the case for a while as I continue to work on Christmas cards, go to appointments, etc., but I do hope to pop back now and then if I happen to see a challenge that I can't resist. (I don't want Hammy to be so bored that he blogs without me, offering up his services. I know you would grab him up in a sec!)

Years ago I was a bit of a collector and I had tons of fun visiting antique stores and jumbles on our vacations. I collected really old books and salt and pepper shakers and high-end depression glass called Heisey. Now I'm purging a lot of that kind of schtuff and I'm wondering if any of you would be interested in salt and pepper shakers? A lot of them are collectible Shawnee shakers. 

Here's a photo that's not the best. I'll try and get a better one and drop it in here if I do, but I think you get the idea:
I see there is a large cat creamer in there, too. If you are interested in anything, drop me an email at darnell dot knauss at g mail dot com.

Needless to say, I'm keeping these cute hamster ones, which I didn't even realize I had. Slap! They are now in the Playhouse and Hammy chatters away to them like they are real! Wonder who he gets that from?!
Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

Thank you for your patience and for continuing to visit me and leave me your love and your prayers. As Aahnald would say, "I'll be back!"

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