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May 20, 2019

Dabbing With Baby Wipes

Hello Stamplings,

I hope this finds you doing great! Hammy and I are still playing with our friends at the retreat, so needless to say, we're delirious and our fingers and paws are very inky and happy.

Today I have a scheduled post with some cards I made using a baby wipe method. There are many ways to use a baby wipe on your card; they aren't just for cleaning your stamps. If you go to the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge, you will find links for videos on the technique and there are prolly more you can find via the you tube.

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What happened was, I white heat-embossed my full-size MFT Floral Fantasy Background and proceeded to color it in with my Arteza fine-line colored pens. I wish I had taken a photo of it pre-baby wipe to show you how very vibrant it was. We're talking VIBRANT and for me, it was way too-too, especially with such a busy Zentangle-ish image. 

So for the first time ever, I took a baby wipe and dabbed across the panel and by golly, it worked like magic at removing just enough color to make me love it! You can see where I dabbed away with a lighter hand in certain places to leave the card with some dementia.

I popped the colored panel up on a scalloped (PTI) turkoyce fun foam panel and I used a vellum strip for the sticker sediment so as not to block much of the image.

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I used the rest of the dabbed colored image to make two QACAS designs. The sediments are from Simon Says Stamp. I used a PTI impression plate for the kindness card and an embossing folder for the praying for you card. 
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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May 17, 2019

TCC Reminder ~ Things With Wheels

Hello Stamplings!

ZOOM, ZOOM, I'm popping in today from up in the Vancouver area where I am happily crafting at my second retreat with Loll and friends. If you missed it, you can find last year's recap here. It's such a great time because these ladies are very fun and very talented when it comes to mixed media, so it's a blast to stretch my style horizons with them!

I'll have more to report on that later, but for now I have a coupla more inspiration cards for you as a reminder that we are halfway through our May Twofer Card Challenge #16 where the brief is THINGS WITH WH⎈⎈LS!
I used a little toy airplane stamp for my two wh⎈⎈l designs. I have no idea who the manufacturer is of this super cute trio of toy vehicles. I thought it might be Paper Smooches or Lawn Fawn, but I've searched there and generally on Google, SU, and Pinterest and confound it, I'm at a loss.

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Isn't this one wheelie fun? It's for a youngster's birthday. Or it could be for an oldster's birthday since I'm convinced after age 60 we start regressing in a positive way and becoming more child-like. I'm not talking about mental deterioration, which is sad and not positive. Rather, I mean in the way we recapture our zest for the little things in life. We stop and look at bugs or at the clouds passing overhead. Or we play with the grandchildren's toys even when they aren't visiting!

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This is a wheelie QACAS card if ever there was one. I'm going to use it as a Thinking of You card. I stamped the airplane on SU pp and added a foam SWAK from my NBUS "Filled With Love" die set by Penny Black.

In case you are unfamiliar with the expression, SWAK stands for "sealed with a kiss." And here is some interesting information I found when I searched the etymology of the expression:

attested from 1911, in a legal publication quoting a letter from 1909:
"... Well Kid I don't know nothing else to say only that I hope to see your sweet face Sat. Good by from your Dear Husban to his sweet little wife. P. S. excuse bad writing and mispelled words take all mistakes as kisses. S.W.A.K. * * *" This letter was postmarked at Des Moines October 20, 1909, addressed to Carrie Sprague at Jefferson, Iowa, and reached the latter place October 21, 1909. [State v. Manning (a conspiracy-to-lure-women-to-prostitution case), Supreme Court of Iowa, Nov. 16, 1910, reported in "Northwestern Reporter," Volume 128, 1911]
Popularized in soldiers' letters home in World War I. It probably is meant also to echo the sound of a kiss. 

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I hope I've inspired you to both kiss someone and play along in our May Twofer Card Challenge! Thank you if you've already played with your wh⎈⎈ls! The challenge closes at the end of day on May 24, 2019.
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Enjoy your day! No, wheelie, enjoy! LITS!*

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May 15, 2019

The Back Story ~ Pierce

In a stroke of genius, Frank had chosen Pierce to be the new mascot in order to make the public less afraid of the police. They were used to seeing big German Shepherds as dogs used in police work, but never a dog like Pierce. 

What was so genius is that no one suspected Pierce was actually a formidable secret asset to the department. 

For instance:
  • There were the ears permanently cocked and ready to eavesdrop on criminal conversations.
  • There were the wide-set bulging eyes that never missed a movement and could look left and right at the same time.
  • There were the protruding bottom teeth, excellent for picking locks.
  • There was the stubble on the chin, the roly-poly neck, and the pork-pie hat. Actually, they had no special qualities other than to disarm the public.
  • But the flat feet were an absolute necessity for any good detective and that curly-q tail of Pierce’s could snake through even the smallest hole with a remote camera.
Yes, indeed, genius!


Darnell J. Knauss, Author
Cornelia Wenokor, Illustrator
©05/15/2019
Vol. 1, Ep. 4
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May 10, 2019

This Is Wheelie Gonna Be Fun!

Hello Stamplings,

How are you this fine May day? When you walk around my neighborhood, the homes on every street are just bursting with flowers and so colorful. The lawns are all thick and green and manicured. Manicured is a funny looking word, isn't it? Mani was really ill with fingernail blight, but now he's cured. Possibly. Turns out the English word comes from the French manucure, which in turn originates from the Latin words "manus" for hand and "cura" for care. That makes sense now.

Sorry, just another squirrel in the mental machinations.

On to this month's Twofer Card Challenge!

Our prompt is THINGS WITH WHEELS.
My common WHEEL comes from Lawn Fawn's "Wheelie Like You" set.

I shouldn't tell you this, but I made my Twofer cards for today and my reminder Twofer cards for next week and when I went to write my posts, Hammy was sitting on my shoulder as he likes to do. He was reading along and all of a sudden he ran down my arm and hopped up to the top of the laptop and glared at me, chattering away like a wet hen. I looked back at him in my quizzical way. He then hopped down, ran over to the drawer where I keep my critter stamps and disappeared through the hand hold drawer opening. 

Ah ha! What a bad hamster mommy I am! Of all the wheels all over the Playhouse, it never occurred to me to use a hamster wheel as my inspiration for you! Needless to say, that got remedied immediately, but he is still sulking a bit and I don't blame him.
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For my birthday card, I used a NBUS Poppystamps die called "Pinpoint Rings." I silver embossed the wheel. The hamster and the sediment are NBUS from the brand-new Art Impressions "Hamster Wheel Cubbies." I think the balloon is from PTI.

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For my second design, I made a Christmas card using the hamster wheel as the O in the word JOY. The pp is from PTI and the embossed snow panel was a gift from my friend Chrissie. The little hamster running on the wheel on this card is from the Lawn Fawn set used on my first card and the JOY die is "Seed Snowflake Joy" from Poppystamps.

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SPREAD THE CRAFTY LOVE - grab a badge!Banner to take away
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I hope you'll dig through your stash of cars, planes, trucks, campers, bicycles, tricycles, ambulances, buses, office chairs, wheelbarrows, carts of any kind, trains, wagons, pulleys, roller skates, skateboards, scooters, motorcycles, baby strollers, tractors, Ferris wheels, and luggage, to name a lot! I can't wait to see what you make!! You will find more sensational inspiration on the Twofer blog from our talented Team and Guest Designers, Hilary and Cornelia.
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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May 7, 2019

Birthday Dawg and Christmas Stocking

Hello Stamplings!

Good day! I just ate a fat left-over Easter egg, so pardon me if I get chocolate on your screen. It's been hiding behind a potted plant on the deck for a few weeks, but it was okay to eat, doncha think? Sure.

Thank you for letting me know how much you enjoyed my bunny up a tree in the last post. The world is pretty anxious these days, so it's nice to have little unexpected giggles. I do tend to levitate towards critters when I make my cards (gee, Hammy wonders why!) and I did it again today with this Onefer.
I used a NBUS "Pawsome" set from Taylored Expressions that I've had for a little while years. I don't know why I haven't used it before because it was fun to watercolor with my Ziggies.  I added a few grass clippings and some rainbow-colored party confetti to match the tops of the birdie's party hats. A wonky MFT border seemed appropopo for the frame and it was good to go.

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All Creatures Great and Small: The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet (James Herriot 1) By James Herriot | World of Books

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Here we have a classic Christmas card depicting, "the stockings were hung by the chimney with care." There's only one stocking on this card because it belongs to Emily. She's a young single woman who is celebrating her first Christmas in her new home! I used a Tim Holtz stencil for the chimney. The stocking is from MFT and the sediment is from GKW.

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SPREAD THE MERRY LITTLE LOVE AND GRAB A BADGE!

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Off to play with our company. Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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May 3, 2019

A Rose Bud and a Bunny in a Birch Tree

Hello Stamplings!

How are you? I hope you had a great week! It not only whooshed by, it brought May with it! Remember a time in the last century when May was way more sedentary and if she walked at all, it was more of a saunter? Then she joined the same gym March and April belong to (the one with the giant blow-up monkey in the sign) and the three of them now literally RACE through here like someone at the end of the year is giving away free stamps! It's too much! Slow down!

I've been really busy preparing for May company and travel, but I needed to participate in a coupla challenges.

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I hope you feel the intended quiet hush I envisioned when you look at this one-layer card. I watercolored an old rose bud stamp from a favorite company which is sadly out-of-business. The NBUS sediment is from the "Anemone" set by Flourishes. I used an e/f called "Stately" to provide an embossed frame.

The little guy wanted to help, of course, so he warmed up Stella and schparkled the bud and leaves.
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Grab our badge

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From serene to silly, here we have a 3D glittery bunny from a pack of baby stickers serenading us with his star castanets! He is lounging high up in a beautiful stand of stamped birch trees over an embossed birch background. The NBUS sediment is from "Full of Merriment" by Penny Black.

Yes, since you asked, he has just come from the office Christmas party. I know we've all been there, or at least I have, but fortunately it happened before the days of tweets and twitters, snappy chats, clap backs, and fanny packs. No, no, wait. Not fanny packs. Thank goodness they stayed back in the ol' days.

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Aside: The Mister is beside himself to find out that E.L. James (author of Fifty Shades of Gray) has come out with a new novel called "The Mister." Also, will he get a cut of the profits?

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

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I also want to let all of you in the Midwest and Eastern Canadian know that I am thinking of you and praying for you with all the rain and devastating flooding that's happening there.

*Life is too short!

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