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March 17, 2019

Happy St. Pat's, a Balloon Bunny, and a Rad Dad!

Hello Stamplings!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! We always celebrate this holiday because my sainted MIL, Genevieve, was a hundred percent Irish, making the Mister fifty percent Irish, our son a quarter, and so on. I'm Irish by marriage. Plus, we all love corned beef dinner.

Time for my annual soda bread story: It became painful obvious early on that I was only Irish by marriage because of how my Irish Soda Bread turned out. One could use it to build a stone wall around the premises that would last for centuries. Everyone was too polite to tell me and then one year we went to my SIL's for Irish dinner and I was enlightened when she served beautiful tender soda bread. "Me, lass," I cried, "how does thee make this heavenly confection?" And, thus, I learned my recipe was wrong and it's not sposed to bake for hours and hours. Is there a dish you found out years later that you had been making wrong?

I don't always make St. Patty's cards, but yesterday I found I had the prettiest shamrock Washi tape so I had to make this:
Since it was too late to add my one Happy St. Patrick's Day sediment, I added a simple strip of a minty green sediment Washi tape which says, "Make today awesome." Now I can use this card for any March occasion. That's a Brusho background from my stash behind the sweet NBUS flower from "Floral Squares" by Pink Fresh. You might notice I'm trying to use my stash of Brusho makes, as well as my pp. I feel like I should use up what I have before I have another play with Brushos.

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Now we will return to our regularly scheduled program which was to remind you that we are at the halfway point over at Twofer Card Challenge #14 where the brief is BALLOONS.
 The balloon my reminder cards have in common is a die from MFT.

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I've used more of the beautiful DSP from Our Daily Bread, and a sediment from Paper Smooches. I used the balloon to create the body of my bunny. The head, ears, and feet are from a PTI die. The tail was shaped by Hammy. As you can see from the size of the irises, my bunny is just a wee thing.

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Using the same balloon and some cool DSP from the pad "Hey Mister" by My Mind's Eye, I created my second design for Father's Day. The metallics look like gold and copper, but in real life it's all copper. Very QACAS and, well, RAD!

[As you can tell, I'm trying to tackle PP Mountain. Hammy and I are really chuffed whenever we manage to use something from NBUS Mountain and PP Mountain on the same card! I still get requests from some of you to start up my NBUS challenge again. I could do a NBUS/PP/LOAF Challenge. That last one is a new one I thought of and it stands for, "Loved Once and Forgotten." How often have you done that?! Wait. What? Yes, I see that: if I do a LOAF challenge, then I'll simply have to change NBUS to BUNS. I mean, right?! What would that stand for? How about, "Beautiful Unused New Schtuff?" Hmmm, ... .]

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I would love to see your two designs using the same BALLOON stamp, die, or stencil over at Twofer Card Challenge #14. You have until the end of day on March 24, 2019 to play.
Please do not be put off by the new Inlinkz sign-in requirement when you go to link your cards. You will only have to do that one time and you'll be set for all future Twofer challenges. I don't know why they had to "fix" a format that I thought worked beautifully, but I must have been gone the day they called to ask my opinion. Don't you hate it when that happens!

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Triplets now!
Both mom and dad tend the nest and feed the babies. I always thought birds regurgitated the food for the babies, but eagles just tear off a hunk of fish and give these tiny birds big pieces! That littlest guy has some catching up to do and it's hard to watch sometimes when he/she gets overlooked during feeding. But this pair at Fraser Point successfully fledged three babies in 2017 and again in 2018, so we have to trust they know what they're doing.

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Thank you if you made it to the end! This was epic, even for me! Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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March 14, 2019

Shiny Teacups and Baby Love x 2

Hello Stamplings!

How are you doing? I hope you're having a great week. Thank you for all your well-wishes following my last post. I am feeling a bit better and I appreciate your kind best wishes. It's a process, but it will all work out in the end.

Like so many of you, when I'm feeling meh and low on mojo juice, I turn to my favorite challenges to light a fire under my assets. There are so many challenges that spark me and Loll and Bonnie's series of CAS challenges are among them. I set to work and, sure enough, they dialed in my focus, which is just what I needed. I have one to share today.

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This design is for CAS Mix Up Card Challenge where the brief is to make a faux stained glass design. Here's a close-up so you can see the faux better:
I have to say I love the die I picked for this technique, which is Teacup Stack by Poppystamps. The bottom layer of teacups was die-cut from a Brusho background. Then the cups was die-cut another three times in white. Two white die-cuts were glued to form a stack and then I applied Glossy Accents, with Hammy's help in the tight spaces. After that dried the final white die cut was glued to the top of the stack. In one of her posts, Loll shared the tip of saving the top die cut until after you spread the gloss. That lets you get messy with glopping the gloss because then you can cover it with the top layer and everything looks crisp and clean.

The double stitched oval is from MFT and the borders are Washie tape. In order for the tape not to detract the eye from the focus pocus teacups, I folded it over the edge of the panel so only two narrow stripes are showing.

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For years now, another favorite challenge of mine is Less is More. The current challenge is "Horoscopes." I chose Gemini so I could make a twin baby card. Did you know Gemini is represented by the twins Castor and Pollux (known as Dioscuri) who were granted shared half-immortality after the death of the mortal brother, Castor. Okay then.

The little twin onesies are from Stamplorations, paper-pieced with ancient pp. The sediment is also ancient from Paper Smooches. The hem-stitch border die is NBUS from Spellbinders. Everything is popped up with butter and salt.

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Speaking of twins:
Every year I get completely addicted to watching various live cams provided for free at explore.org. I am particularly thrilled with the bald eagle hatches and I just found out today there are also owl cams! There are cameras at several eagle nests on The Channel Islands, California, and another nest in Decorah, Iowa. I highly recommend checking out explore.com unless, of course, you want to get anything else done!

By the way, the above nest has one more egg which might be hatching as we speak so there will be triplets in this one! (Fraser Point nest.)

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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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March 10, 2019

Full of Hot Air

Hello Stamplings!

Sorry to be away so long. I'd like to tell you that Hammy and I were in Hawaii for a week, but no. I've had a change in medications and I haven't felt like myself. I haven't named my new self, because I'm hoping she won't get comfortable and stay around. She's a bit slow and she eats and sleeps a lot. I like the old me better. Although the new me is ordering a lot of new fun toys, so maybe she's not so bad ...! 👥

But nothing can keep me for sharing what I made for this month's Twofer Card Challenge. The prompt this month is BABOONS!

Wait. What? Sorry, sorry. I meant to say BALLOONS!! I went with the hot air kind:
The hot air balloon that both cards share is a Bright Balloon Stripes die from Memory Box. It comes in two parts. The card on the left uses both can o' peas, the one on the right uses just the top can.

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The double-stitched NBUS scalloped border die from Poppystamps and the hot air balloon from Memory Box were cut from DSP from Our Daily Bread. I did a light rainbow watercolor wash for the center panel. The birthday girl sediment is from PTI's Road Trip set and the polkie-dotted basket is also from an old PTI set. Using a tiny dauber attached to his nose, Hammy pounced out the ropes. (Please, Maxine, don't get after me for giving him hard labor; he thinks up these stunts all on his own! 🐹)

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Aaaaahhh, with winter still being deeply felt in many areas of many countries, doesn't this card make you hug yourself as if you could feel the warmth of that sun on your skin?! This gorgeous inviting landscape is also DSP from ODB, which I now have a ton of, thanks to Leslie. Some people think that stamping directly onto beautifully patterned paper is a bit of a cheat. Except for having to die cut a sun, I don't see how it's any different than if I stamped the images onto a white or solid color background. She says, shrugging a question with her shoulders. 

I stamped the deck chair, umbrella pole, and Sun & Sand sediment from Technique Tuesday's "Summer" set. I had to mask the shadows that came with the chair and pole images before I stamped them because they were shading the wrong direction. I used a pen to ink them back in on the right side of the law. The bottom sediment is NBUS from Simon's "Messages For Everyday." The hot air umbrella and matted panel are cut from very ancient pp.

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I can't wait to see your amazing Twofer creations this month over at the Twofer Challenge blog. Our talented Guest Designers Julie and Lucy and our clever Team have amazing inspiration for you! Thank you!
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Sorry to do this to an already long post, but real quick, with all the funny sediments I have, I just had to play along in the current Seize the Birthday challenge which ends soon.
I'm not sure who makes the conversation edge die because it's not in its original packaging. MFT? The sediment karacks me up. It is NBUS from Impression Obsession. The quote marks from Paper Smooches are also NBUS. I've had them since the last half of the last century and I just love how cute and plump they are. The photograph of me in my housecoat was taken by Stamps by Judith.

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  • Day of the Month: This is a brand new fun challenge in Blogland! The first brief is, "I Want You To Be Happy Day." I hope my card has made you laugh and made you happy!
  • Seize the Birthday: Toppings: Make us laugh. See above!
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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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