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!

November 30, 2011

Thankful for Background Papers; Loving Thoughts

I remember when I started stamping, I only used solid colored paper and if I wanted a background, I stamped it.  (Did that make me a "purist?")  Phoey.  I have now evolved into a believer in using the beautiful background papers that are out there!  God bless you, K&Company!

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November 22, 2011

Christmas Candy Canes

Love using the old-fashioned images on Christmas cards:  candy canes, jingle bells, and the like.  This card uses Stampin' Up! En Francais for the script background and an old SU stamp for the candy cane (masked); I have no idea what set it originally belonged with.


November 21, 2011

Tribute to Gabby Giffords

The inspiration for this card came from Nancy Riley (here).  When I was making my own, I was watching the 20/20 special on the Giffords and thinking that this card would be perfect for Gabby.  She is, in a word, amazing.


November 15, 2011

Christmas Wren

As soon often happens, I got the inspiration for this card from an online source, but I'm sorry to say I didn't make a note of the artist so I can't give the proper credit.  If anyone recognizes it, feel free to post the credit in comments.

It doesn't show up, unfortunately, but the bird's eye is a colored stone and the berries are glitter.  It's quite festive in person.


November 5, 2011

Windy Day

It has been windy and chilly here in Northern California.  A little late for dandelions, but what the heck.  The image is Penny Black "sparklers." The sentiment is SU "Teeny Tiny Wishes." Simple and sweet. 


November 4, 2011

Christmas Floral Story

I used Penny Black Floral Story for this card.  The sentiment is from Endless Creations.  The image was colored with colored pencils, Marvy markers, and Tim Holtz distress inks.


November 2, 2011

On a Breeze

The idea for this card came from Shari Carroll created for Hero Arts. I can't find it on either Shari's website or Hero Art's website to give you a link. Shari called the grass stamp "Silhouette Grass," but the one I found at Michael's (just like it) is called "Tall Wheat."  I clear-embossed the stamped image, sponged on distress inks, and then overstamped with en Francois SU stamp.  There are many beautiful card images on Hero Arts and in other galleries on the web using this grass stamp, but you may need to search under both stamp names.