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!

February 20, 2019

Stenciling Brushos and Glittering Peace

Hello Stamplings!

I'm so nervous about the way this month is whooshing by just like January did. You guys, this has to stop. There are just way too many techniques I still have to try in my nine-inch-wide Techniques to Try binder, not to mention Mt. NBUS, which has now become Mt. NBUS I and II for reasons I'm sure I don't understand, seeing as how I resolved not to let that happen. Where's that rascal hamster?! I knew once I taught him glossification, he would soon finger out how to push that Paypal button!

But I digest. Let's move on to Show and Tell. Time's a flying.
I made this for the CAS Stencil Challenge: Powdered inks. The right side of the piece was created by sprinkling Brushos through the openings of a diamond/argyle stencil, followed by a light spray of water to activate the powdered ink. Using his nose and a nontoxic glue made from flour and water, Hammy ran a thin bead of glue along the seam and I applied a strip of colored card to finish the edge.

To keep the design clean and simple and to further enhance the movement and the diamond design, the left side was stamped diagonally with a crayon from "Smarty Pants" by Paper Smooches, which was watercoloured with Ziggies. Flowing from the crayon is a sediment from "Worm Wishes" by Reverse Confetti, stamped with a Kaleidicolor ink pad. Which magically never runs dry!

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Yay, a Christmas card! (See opening paragraph!) This design was created by smooching Oxi ink onto the corner of the card and immediately pressing glittery foil over the damp ink with an acrylic block. Harriet and I decided to try this and it was seriously that simple. The PEACE sediment is from Winnie & Walter. It was cut from fun foam and backed with silver paper. The silver looks white in the light, but the glitter foil, stars, and sediment shadow are all schparkly silver.

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This picture was taken at our neighborhood supermarket. The blue bins are receptacles for donating used books. We came out of the store during one of our recent rainstorms to see the rain run-off from the roof pouring onto the top of one of the book bins! By the time we took the photo, the force of the water had slowed, but I'm telling you when we first saw it, the water was just gushing out of the hole. I know we don't get a lot of rain in California and hopefully the book bins are sealed tightly, but still ...! There seems to be plenty of room to move the bins a skosh out of the way of the water. 🤷

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February 17, 2019

The Stars Come Out for Twofer and CAS WCCC!

Hello Stamplings!

I've made you a coupla reminder challenge cards for the blog today and I thought while I was at it, I'd remind you that you're low on Almond Milk. Oh, wait. I don't think we're sposed to call it that anymore since it's not really milk, you know, from mammals. So please make sure you pick up JOAN (Juice of Almond Nuts) for breakfast tomorrow.

Ready? Here we go! 
I used a Sizzix large star die on both designs and went unconventional for one of them for the Twofer Card Challenge. Conventional or unconventional, I would so love to see your two designs for two different occasions using the same STAR stamp, die, or stencil over at Twofer Card Challenge #13! You have until the end of day on February 24, 2019 to play.

Here's a closeup of my unconventional baby card:
Well, the baby card isn't unconventional, but the use of the STAR die is. I've had this adorable little baby shoe sticker in my stash since I first started stamping and the star pp is also ancient from my stash. The card is pretty self-exploratory. I used one leg of the star die for the window latch and a sweet covered dot for the knob. When the little window is opened ...
... you see a cute stamp from Papertrey Ink. Thaz it. QACAS and a little something different.

My Twofer:
My twofer design uses all the legs of the star die as well as the body, as nature intended. And since this post is also a reminder to you of the ongoing CAS Watercolour Card Challenge, I used red and pink to watercolor the white heat-embossed NBUS stamp from MFT called, "Floral Fantasy Background." I believe the die I used for my hidden letters spelling FRIEND is also from MFT. The striped paper is from my stash and the sediment is from WPlus9's "Birthday Wishes" set.

I'd like to thank the entire Design Team at CAS Watercolour Card Challenge for having me as a Guest Designer for February! I'm loving all the wonderful red and pink designs in the gallery and I hope you can join in before the challenge closes on February 24th!
 
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Epilog

I find these full frontal background stamps fascinating to heat emboss on colored card, so while I had the Floral Fantasy stamp out, I had fun embossing it in gold, silver, and platinum e/p onto various colored card. Here's a collage of some of the cards I made from my play.
You have to admit, it's very versa tile for coming up with lots of design ideas. I tried to turn each card into the light to show you the magnificent shine. These designs also allowed me to use several NBUS stamps and dies. Whoop!

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

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February 12, 2019

Random Act of Kindness for W2CB and Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello Stamplings!

My sympathy to all of you who are having to celebrate Valentine's Day in the middle of raging snowstorms and dangerous ice storms. I mean, on the other hand, it could be very romantic if you're snowed in and have a fireplace, maybe a hot toddy, or a little bubbly ... 💓

Today's post is all about kindness, friendship, and love. You know, like normal.

I'm delighted to be this month's Guest Designer for Words 2 Craft By (W2CB). The current challenge words are inspired by "Random Act of Kindness Day," which is celebrated annually on February 17th. They come from A. A. Milne:

   Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh," he whispered.

   "Yes, Piglet?" Pooh replied.

   "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."

When I want to make a card about friendship, I often reach for my vintage stamp, "Belinda and Bernadette the Bench Buddies" (EB224) from Stamping Bella. For the sediment, I used my NBUS stamp set, "Kind Words" from Altenew. I think both the image and the sediment are beautiful. I watercolored the card with my Ziggies.

What part did Hammy play, you ask? Sometimes he has the day off from helping with a card, but even then he is my proofreader. In this case, I turned the blog over for his review and in about one second, he piped up and asked me why I hadn't colored the butterfly? Oops. By then it was pouring down rain so I couldn't retake the photo, but I was able to color in the butterfly before I mailed it off. Thank you, Ham.

I hope you have a chance to play in this month's W2CB challenge! There are lots of options for creations that evoke kindness and/or friendship! The challenge is open from February 13 to March 6. I'll be back with a mid-challenge reminder on February 23rd.
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Here's my VD card for you! A plain white base with a schparkly silver panel topped with another white panel with Happy Valentine's Day embossed in silver. The focus pocus is a scalloped heart from PTI cut from an alcoholic Yupo paper which has been shot through with silver foil. Harriet and I made a bunch of these delicious backgrounds in different colored AIs on a recent play date. You'll be seeing the rest of them showcased in a future post.

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Here are some other QACAS VD cards I made. I made still more, but I sent them off without photographing them.
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Update on the Mister: After taking an ambulance to the emergency room yesterday and spending all day there, Kevin is doing much, much better! They pumped him full of pain medication and steroids to the point where the sharp agonizing pain was diminished and he could stand and take steps with the aid of a walker. Hurray! That means the surgery can be postponed yet again, but we will be following up with a specialist. Thank you all for your kind comments, prayers, and positive thoughts! They mean so much to us!

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

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February 10, 2019

Oh, My Stars!

Hello, Stamplings!

I hope this finds you doing well and if you aren't doing well, I hope you're at least fair to piddling. That's spose to be fair to middling, which means slightly above average. My middle school friend's mother always said fair to piddling and we would burst into giggles.

That reminds me of my Aunt Alzada. I think I might have told you this before. We would write letters over the years and one time she wrote, "Well, after all, he has a hard roll to hold." The expression is "a hard row to hoe," but that's not the way my Aunt heard it all her life. I loved her way of saying it! Makes me wonder what old idioms I have misheard and misuse!

Here are my Twofers today to inspire you for February's challenge:
Oh, my stars, that's right, the prompt word is:
My onefer ...
The star of the show (you'll pardon the pun) is the galaxy-ish alcoholic Yupo paper in shades of blues and purples peeking out through the stars of my NBUS stitched Star Panel die from Your Next Stamp. The sediment is from an old PTI set called "Glory Be," and it's heat-embossed in purple e/p, as is the schprinkling of stars. I'm going to use this card as a birthday card with a sassy, "You're HOW old?" on the inside!

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And my Twofer ...
For my second design, I took the stars that fell out of the die cut in my first design, colored them for Hammy to glossify, and arranged them as a rainbow galaxy. The moon is one of my favorite old wooden stamps, unmarked. Of course, he had to be glossied up, too! The encouraging sediment is from Dylusions Quintessential Quotes. I inset the front panel in order to show you a bit of the lavender base petticoat on both sides. I am sending this to a young woman bravely fighting cancer for the second time.

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How will you play with your STAR stamp, stencil, or die to make two different cards for two different occasions? I can't wait to see!! Please check out the Twofer Card Challenge blog for all the details and to see the fantastic double designs created by the talented Design Team and our two amazing Guest Designers this month: Barb and Cat! Thank you!
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

And if you're still here, I'd love it if you could send prayers and positive thoughts for the Mister. He has a back condition that has always made his back a bit dicey. The last time it went out, the doc said it was just a matter of time before he would need to have surgery. 


He has been diligently doing exercises every morning for three years to help keep the area stable, which it has done. Then suddenly it wasn't enough and he's been flat on his back for two days. Hopefully he will be able to get in to see the doctor early this week and get the surgery scheduled. Thank you! If it ain't one thing, ... 🙈!

And, 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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February 6, 2019

Sweet Wishes and an Ode to Jessi

Hello Stamplings,

I hope you are enjoying this week as you climb up and slide down the hump today. Reading your blogs, it seems we all agree that January snuck away in the night when we weren't looking!

I had to stop with that sentence and look up "snuck" versus "sneaked" because Mr. Blogger underlined snuck as if it were wrong. (How dare he!) Apparently it's okay to use either word, but snuck is considered an old-fashioned use of the word and sneaked is more modern. I use both, being the fence-sitter that I am. I find it amusing that I would normally use the words thusly: "He snuck out of the house to see his girlfriend," whereas, "She sneaked back into the house after seeing her boyfriend."

Words, you gotta love 'em! A friend and I had a similar convo last week about "sped" versus "speeded." But I see that my time is up for today's etymology class. Please close your books and adjourn to the art room where you'll find today's Onefer:
Like a smarty-pants I combined the hugs and kisses usually used on Valentine cards with the sweet wishes and cupcakes usually used on birthday cards because I have a need for birthday cards on or near Valentine's Day. To add some zhoosh, I made the hugs and kisses rainbow colored. Also because The Card Concept had a rainbow-colored cupcake challenge, but sadly I see it has closed. Don't you hate that?

Since I love puzzles, I had a blast piecing the colored bits into the white die cut border. Thankfully Hammy helped so it took half the time. The hugs and kisses die is from Memory Box and the cupcake and sediment stamps are from Penny Black's Sweet Wishes stamp set. I cut strips of matching snippets to add to the bottom and border of the card while Hammy winked the cupcake and glossified the cherry on top.

And then, rather than toss the die cut snippets in the BOB (box of bits), I made the rest of the cards I needed to mail:
Sorry about the shadow. It was late on a rainy day when the sun came out long enough to grab a shot. What's that you ask? What am I going to do with the dozens of left-over little colored hugs and kisses? Let's just say that if you receive one of these cards in the mail, you might want to open it over something other than your lunchtime soup bowl.

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I have another snarky stamp to share, which I know just about everybody enjoys. And don't you love that pp? It reminds me of looking through a kaleidoscope. Sadly, I only had the one snippet, so I don't know the manufacturer. The ladies are Emerson stamps and the NBUS sediment is from Rubber Dance Stamps.

I made the above card because Shopping Our Stash is having an "Ode to Jessi" tribute. Jessi passed away in December at the age of 42. She was a talented friend and a member of the Design Team for SOS. Jessi and I met online very soon after I started blogging and we soon realized we shared the same wicked sense of humor! To honor Jessi, SOS is asking us to CASE one of Jessi's cards from her blog. I had trouble accessing her blog this week, so I pulled up my folder of cards I've received from friends. This is the card I am CASEing, which Jessi sent to me for Christmas 2016:
The sediment says, "Oh, holy crap, they had an open bar!" For my CASE, I used a full panel pp for my background, a circle stage, and a cute image with a snarky comment. I know Jessi would approve! RIP, Jessi. You will be missed.

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Blogger Issues ~ Again

Many of us who receive notification of our friends' blog posts via our mail inboxes are once again having problems receiving them. Many more of us are finding that we have been reverted back to being "no-reply bloggers" after fixing our settings to change that. It's so frustrating!

You have prolly noticed that Blogger is doing away with Google+. I'm not sure if that's why things are getting discombobulated, but the only thing I can suggest you do is what I did: go back into your settings and remove your email address from the appropriate places, click save settings, and exit. Then go back to your dashboard again, re-enter your email address in the appropriate places, and click save settings again.

This fix hasn't worked for all who have tried it, but it has worked for many others, so you have nothing to lose by trying it. Please don't ask me why it works for some and not others. I'm guessing it depends on what's the third from the last letter of the middle name of your grandfather's first cousin on his second cousin's side.

I'm not setting out the full instructions here, but if you need help with where the appropriate place is for post notifications via email, let me know via my email which is listed on my profile page. Or you can use the Contact Me form in the salad bar on the right. If you need help with where the appropriate place is for correcting your no-reply blogger setting, you can click on the red Are You a No-Reply Blogger? label in the salad bar on the right.

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