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. Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

October 20, 2018

For Melissa

Hello Stamplings!

I'm slowly getting back to my routine after dealing with unpacking two suitcases and climbing Mt. Laundry. Unloading my "craft suitcase" and putting everything away took the longest, especially since I stopped with most items and enjoyed the memory of my time at the lake house.

I'll have more photos and fun to share another time, but today I wanted to share a card I made in honor of my friend, Melissa Lane, who passed away suddenly on October 2nd at the age of 47. You can read a very beautiful tribute to her by Shery on the STAMPlorations blog. Thank you, Shery, for putting this link up for us to contribute in memory of Melissa.

Here is my card.
The flowers are "Fancy Flowers" from MFT and the sediment is from "You're My Person" by Concord & 9th. I used my Clarity Brushes to color a stencil by Kaiser Craft (a gift from Lolly) for the background panel, which I stitched with a Paper Smooches die and backed with an aqua panel. I used my Ziggies to color the pretty flowers and Hammy wanted to join in, too, with his winking speshceeality!
I first met Melissa online in January 2015 when she joined in one of my NBUS challenges and then I had the absolute pleasure of meeting her, her husband Chris, and their four wonderful children in person at the Swindon Retreat in the UK in 2016. Of course, I had to make an entrance the first night by coming into the hotel dining room decked out in a Miss USA sash, white gloves, and a tiara! All the ladies took turns wearing the tiara for photos, but Melissa wore the whole package because she was a fellow American who loved having fun!
Rest in peace, my friend. You will be greatly missed. You have a lot of Blogland keeping your grieving family in their thoughts and prayers. 💖

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* Tell your family and friends how much they are loved.

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower! Please let me know you came by so I can be sure and return the flavor!

*Life is too short!

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October 17, 2018

Reminder ~ Twofer Card Challenge #10 ~ HARVEST

Hello Stamplings!

I'm coming to you today from the beautiful green state of Indiana USA where I've been staying with my friend Brenda and having a ball! In a little bit Hammy and I'll be flying home to a very lonely Mister. In spite of the fun I've been having, I've missed him, too, and it will be nice to be back home!

Before I left on my adventure, I made reminder cards for you for Twofer Card Challenge #10 where the prompt is HARVEST! 
The stamp I am featuring on my reminder cards is the "Tall Wheat" stamp from Hero Arts.

Onefer
I used a pretty textured paper from my friend Barb as my card base and attached a copper-embossed and copper-matted panel, tied in a coppery ribbon. The PTI (?) sediment is also copper-embossed. 
Challenges
  • CAS Mix Up: Metal, plus stamping, plus wet embossing.
  • Retro Rubber: Tic-Tac-Toe. Row one across. The tall wheat stamp is from 2010, and the paper, sediment, and ribbon are all a few years old, too!
  • STAMPlorations: Theme and Sketch: Stamps and autumn.
RRCB 97

Twofer
This QACAS OLC (quick and clean and simple one-layer card) is pretty self-exploratory. I used my Clarity Brushes and Oxies to make a sun. Or is it a moon? Was I driving?*

Challenges
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I am looking forward to seeing what you create for this month's Twofer Card Challenge! It's wonderful to see you so enthusiastically supporting my little challenging challenge. Mwah!!
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I'll leave you with this photo from the last leg of my journey!
From left to right: Brenda (Inkspired to Stamp), Sharyn (My Crafty Place), Sharon (Brenda's SIL), me, and Donna (Design by Donna). Thank you, ladies, for meeting me and Brenda for a fun day shopping and lunching and getting to know each other!

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

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower! Please let me know you came by so I can be sure and return the flavor!

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*When we were at the lake house in Wisconsin, Michele told a joke that still has me in stitches. I have used the punch line repeatedly ever since she told it and I hope she doesn't mind if I tell you:

Two mature ladies were going out shopping. As they were driving along, Ruth turned to Eleanor and said, "You know you blew through that stop sign." Eleanor looked over at Ruth and replied, "Was I driving?"

*Life is too short!

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October 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #10 ~ HARVEST

Hello Stamplings!

It's me. Do you remember me? I don't think in over six years I've ever been away for so long and I do miss you. As it happens, I'm still away and having an absolute blast, photo below.

But first, you came to see my Twofer October cards, so here they are!
The prompt word this month is HARVEST!

Wait. What? What the heck stamp do I use for harvest you might well ask. I know it is a bit general, but that can be a good thing because you have a lot of leeway this month as long as you use the same prompt word stamp or die on both cards. I used a bushel basket of apples and you'll see other wonderful examples from the talented Team and Guest Designers at the Twofer Card Challenge. Remember if you have any questions about the challenge or the prompt, you can contact me via email or the box on the side bar.
Onefer
The frame was made with a cover plate that has this pattern on one side and a woodgrain pattern on the other side. I believe it is from PTI, but I no longer see it on their website. The bushel basket is a wooden stamp from an OOB company. The apples and "Harvest" are from Technique Tuesday's "Fall" set.

Here's a closeup of the apples which were both Hammified (winked) and glossified.
Challenges


Twofer
For my second design, I used the same bushel basket but switched up my red apples for green ones and changed my design. The pretty rainbow plaid paper was die-cut from an MFT "Stitched Strips" die. The NBUS sediment from Altenew was die cut from white and purple fun foam and stacked.

Again, Hammy winked and glossified the apples:
It's so interesting how the red apple photograph shows off the gloss better, while the green apple photograph shows off the winking better. It's all good, lots of schparkle either way you look at them!

Challenges
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Travel Update

I had a special time with two of my sisters for a week in Iowa and now I'm over in Wisconsin enjoying a crafty week on a lake! Here I am with card-making sisters from Wisconsin, Michigan, and France!
Top Row: Sue of Sue's Stamping Station and Kara of Bright Hope Creations.

Middle Row: Me; Bobby of Bits & Pieces; Michele of I Card Everyone; Marcia of Marcia's Stampin' Pad; and Bev of Happy Dance.

Bottom Row: Kelly of Notable Nest; and Anita of My Papercraft World.

As always, everyone is just as you would expect them to be: warm, friendly, and loads of fun! What a blessing and a pleasure to meet them!

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

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower! Please let me know you came by so I can be sure and return the flavor!

*Life is too short!

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September 26, 2018

Bye to Bodie and Snowflake Joy

Hello Stamplings!

I hope this finds you doing well as you climb Mount Wednesday and start the downhill journey into the weekend! Be careful you don't get going so fast that you miss the awesomeness Thursday and Friday have in store for you!

Today we begin with this Onefer:
I mean, how cute is that dog?! Our dear and long-time local friends said goodbye to their beloved Basset Hound "Bodie" recently and I made this sweet card for them. The basset stamp is from a great group of dog stamps by Katzelkraft. The sediment is by PTI. The background was lightly painted with my Ziggies.

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Twofer
It's time for another Rudolph Days Challenge and this is my entry. The pretty snowflake-JOY die is NBUS from Poppystamps, cut from an old scrap of blue textured pp. I lined the tag from behind with a snippet of smooched ink. Then I attached a pretty pink bow to pick up the pink in the background. I attached all that to a snowflake-embossed card base. This one will go in the "Hand-Deliver" stash box.

Challenges

Snippets Playground Badge09-18 copy
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I thought you might be amused by this:
Didn't I do a marvelous job applying my little round foam glue dots to make sure my tag would adhere to the card base and not be uneven? Phew! That took a while!

When I was finished, I proudly held it up for Hammy to see. In that droll way of his, he smirked and asked, "And on your finished card, will the recipient know what YOJ means? In fact, what does YOJ mean?"

I whipped my head around and said, "Wha - !" Fortunately, with a little patience and a mug of wodka, I was able to unstick all of the dots and restick them on the reverse. Never a dull moment when you craft while old and distracted!

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I was delighted last Thursday to welcome a visitor to the Playhouse who came from very far away!
This is my friend Sonja all the way from Slovenia! Her blog is Old Punca and we have been online friends since September 2014, when we first commented on each other's blog! It was a pleasure to meet her and her husband Silvo in real life and enjoy lunch and a few hours getting to know each other better! Thank you, Sonja, for making a visit to see Hammy and the Playhouse a part of your San Francisco holiday!!

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

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower! Please let me know you came by so I can be sure and return the flavor, although I'm not sure when that will be right now! I'm taking off on Thursday on an extended vacation to visit my sisters and friends, leaving the Mister here to keep the home fires burning. I've got my October Twofers scheduled so my blog won't be completely dark and I just might pop in now and then to surprise you!

*Life is too short!

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September 20, 2018

Lovely Shenanigans and Glory Hallelujah!

Hello Stamplings!

Greetings on this last week of summer 2018! How's it going?

I'm really sorry I missed your call yesterday. Michael's (I call him Mike) is having his "lowest prices of the season" sale so I ran over there just to take a peek. You know, in case they got in something new since I was there last week. They didn't, but it would have been rude not to buy something(s)!

Why do I always fall for that "lowest prices of the season" line, anyway? We all know the calendar has four seasons in a year and yet businesses have 32 of them!!

Onefer
Hammy and I have sadly not been able to mesh our creative juices with the cue cards of one of our favorite challenges for months. That changed this week, YAY! CASology's cue card for this week's challenge is DRESS and we immediately thought of this sweet dress and hanger from Memory Box.

I cut the dress from a bit of left-over stencil monoprint background from my stash and just love the fun "fabric" it made. I outlined the dress with a black marker for some definition and that's why it looks like it was cut from something thicker than plain white paper.

The panels for the dress were cut in pink and black using a Lawn Fawn zigzag die and they were offset because they created a cool diamond border. The sediment is from Concord & 9th. Since I was making fabric and making a dress, I finished off the card by cutting a border on the right with my rarely used pinking shears.

Twofer
From sweet and ladylike to rakish and rowdy, here's a card for kicks and giggles! (Management's Legal Department has issued the following warning: engagement in activities depicted above by two consulting adult pumpkins may result in a baby pumpkin.) The pumpkins are very old wooden stamps that still know how to amuse a card recipient! The fun sediment is from Riley & Company and the angled frame die is from PTI. 

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Thank you!

I am thrilled to give you an update on our grandson Adam following his shallow river dive in July. This week the neurologist declared that Adam's C1 neck break had healed sufficiently, so the neck and body braces were removed and there shouldn't be a need for surgery! Adam still has to be very careful, however. He can't ride his bike for a while yet and he isn't sposed to roughhouse with Henry until after Christmas! Obviously the doctor doesn't have teenage sons because, bwahahahaha, that's not gonna happen!

We feel very blessed and are very appreciative. Everyone in the family would like to thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers! Mwah!

From this,

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

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower! Please let me know you came by so I can be sure and return the flavor!

*Life is too short!

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