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!

June 15, 2019

The Back Story ~ George


Everyone was gathering in the conference room to celebrate the boss’s birthday so George and Winnie walked down the hall together from the lab where they were assigned. 

George was busy looking over his shoulder at 3-year-old Winnie who had just let go of the party balloon, so he didn’t notice the pileup in front of him until after he turned the corner.

Before he could stop himself, George stepped on Imogene’s tail which made Imogene howl and fall into the wall. 

This allowed George a clear look ahead where he saw that Everett was lying flat out, his terrified eyes pinned on the tiniest mouse George had ever seen. Not even in the secret high-security lab.

George knew that Everett was frozen in fear and the only way to clear the hall would require him to step into Everett’s line of sight.

Slinking around Imogene’s wide hips and Everett’s flattened ears, George locked eyes with the tiny mouse. And froze.

Darnell J. Knauss, Author
Cornelia Wenokor, Illustrator
©06/15/2019
Vol. 1 Ep. 6
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June 14, 2019

A Sort of Blues Brothers

Hello Stamplings!

Annnnnnd here we are, swooshed right into Friday! Oh, my gosh, my hair's an absolute mess from the hot wind blowing me in here. And, poor Hammy, when I opened the door it blew him right underneath the bookcase and into the corner! It's a very easy way to gather the dust bunnies so I don't have to get down on my hands and knees, but bless him, it does make him sneeze. 

Okay, so. I was going through my Blue Phase when I made my cards today. 

Wait. What? What does that mean? I have no idea, but I've read of people going through this phase or that phase, so I thought I'd try it. It just sounds pretentious. If I ever do a Memwaar, these would be my phases: chocolate, hippie jeans, candy, the Beatles, wallpaper, chocolate, wine spritzers, candy, stretch pants, cross-stitch, choc ... slap! Oof, thank you for stopping me! That was only one decade.

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What happened was, I asked Hammy to open the tab for challenges and read me what was happening, au currantly, while I was cleaning out my Christmas stamps drawer. Well, I wasn't listening very well and when he got to Less Is More, I thought he said "blue duck egg, plum, and white." I immediately thought of Gunther, who IS going through his blue phase, so naturally the egg he laid is blue. (Thankfully the bird kingdom is way more advanced than humans and the males of the blue duck genus are the egg layers.)

Googly-eyes help Gunther see better and, although it's hard to tell from the photo, he is heat-embossed in black. Speaking of the photo, I'm sorry about the unfortunate angle.

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit, imagine my surprise when I just now went to link to the challenges and I discovered that LIM does NOT actually want blue duck eggs, they are merely looking for the color of "duck egg blue." 

It does, however, beg the question. I mean, why name a color "duck egg blue," if there wasn't such a thing as blue duck eggs? She asks, cocking her head. So I'm entering anyway.

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I think I made Harry the Stuffie correctly. He was made specifically for Bonnie's "Something Blue" brief over at the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge. He's verwee verwee blue. I used my Koi Watercolors to paint him. And didn't Hammy do a brilliant job winking every crevice? The stamp and sediment are from Stampingbella. Again, googly-eyes completed the picture.
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June 10, 2019

Please Bee Aware

Hello Stamplings!

How are you on this fresh new Monday?! I hope you had a great weekend! As always so much of our enjoyment depends on Mom Nature who is always wrecking havoc somewhere, whether by heat or cold or floods or storms. For us, it's extremely high heat right now, so we're all nervous about another year of bad fires. I hope you are safe and comfortable wherever you are!

It's the 10th of the month which means today's twofer was made to encourage you to join in the actual Twofer Card Challenge. This month the prompt is BEES! EZ-BEES-E, right?!
The stamp that I used in common on both my designs is the beautiful Big Bee stamp from Hero Arts.

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This design started with the cool bee patterned paper on the right. How could I not use it? I've had it (and the bee stamp) since the last half of the last century so it's from GKW. The panel to the left has a subtle honeycomb pattern; it's the reverse side of the bee pp. I heat-embossed the big bee in black and added the stamped trail to direct your eyes to the die-cut birthday sediment from PTI. 

And, natch, the bee had to be glossified. I whistled Hammy over to work his magic bringing the bee to life, but he was having too much fun using his drinking water as a pool to cool off (lucky guy), so I did it myself.
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I really like how this design turned out. To create the hive, I used a NBUS hexagon die from SU as a stencil and sponged the background. I stamped the bee in black, colored it with my Ziggies, and then fussy-cut it. Next, I stamped the bee onto vellum, colored the wings from the reverse, fussy-cut them, and popped them onto the body of the bee with a foam dot. 

The hello sediment is from Stampin' Up. To finish the card I stamped a few worker bees busy in the hive and added a frame. Here is a closeup showing the pretty vellum detail:
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I hope you'll be able to take a break from your summertime activities to whip up a coupla different bee designs (for different occasions) and join us over at the Twofer Card Challenge! We are delighted to welcome the very talented Coni (Which Craft?) as our guest designer! The amazing ladies of the Design Team have also created sensational designs to inspire you! AND, check it out, we have a surprise prize this month!
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I'm sure you've all heard the devastating news that bees are diminishing at an alarming rate. If you would like to read more about it, including how you might help, please check out the valuable information in this link: Bees Are In Trouble. Thank you.

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June 6, 2019

A Purrfect Place to Play

Hello Stamplings,

This morning I set my glass of wodka water down on my desk, but the desk wasn't quite as far away as I thought, so it went down with a bang and splashed everywhere. How many times ...?! More on that later. Glad it was just a glass and not my foot. My sister-in-law AND my brother-in-law both did that when coming down a flight of stairs (not at the same time). She shattered an ankle and he crunched a knee. Both needed surgery. Darn diminished depth perception. Watch out for it.

I recently won a challenge at the Day of the Month Card Club, which means I have the honor of being the Guest Designer for the current challenge! You know how there are several "Day of" events happening every day around the world, many of which are obscure and funny? Well, the talented ladies of the Day of the Month challenge want us to celebrate those occasions. So what are we celebrating for the current challenge? 

Why it's "Hug Your Cat Day!"
I don't have many cat stamps because we are a family owned by dogs, but when I found this ancient image, this card design sprang to mind. The stamp is called Play Time Kitty (by Rubber Stampede), but to me that little face looked more wistful than playful. 

I started with a linen card which I scored in an attempt to make it look like the siding on a house. The window is from Poppystamps. I put a very old slip of textured paper inside the window to look like wallpaper behind the cat, who was Ziggified. The NBUS sediment is from Altenew and the shrubbery is from Pink Fresh Studio.

Won't you corral your kitty cat and come and play with us at the Day of the Month Card Club? We'd love to see what you make! You'll find more fabulous inspiration by Gundi, Rosi, and Cornelia over on the challenge blog!
Unser Logo zum Mitnehmen! / Our logo to take away!
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Now I know you know that I know you know that I can't let you go without showing you a Twofer. And what better way to balance out a kitty cat card than with a birdie card? 
Using distress inks and my makeup brushes, I blended two ombre strips in green onto my card front, one wide and one narrow. Remember that spill I talked about when you first came in? Well, most of the spill landed on the wide blended strip. Now, normally, a few water spots on an inky panel are a good thing, but not one big glop right in the middle that ruins your ombre, hombre. So I blended another panel and attached it over the ruined one. Never a dull momo in the Playhouse.

After all that and a large restorative gulp of my wodka water, I diecut the birdie (thank you, Col and Lin!) from a smooched Lindy-Magicals-on-Yupo snippet and perched her on the top ombre strip. The NBUS sediment is from The Ton. Hammy applied a black glass eye and I added the heart punch-outs.

Here's a better view of how glimmery the Magicals are on Yupo:
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June 3, 2019

It's Like a Really Mega Succulent

Hello Stamplings!

Happy first Monday of the month of June in the nineteenth year of the 21st century! Unbeleevable! I hope you had a wonderful weekend welcoming June and letting May go.

I had plans yesterday, but they went out the window when I walked into some computer webs where I found a couple of challenges ... Less Is More wants us to emboss less than a third of our card and the Color Throwdown provided me with not only colors to use, but photo inspiration, as well.
I believe the Altenew Mega Succulent has been around for a while, but they recently had a great sale, so now I own it and I was delighted to have a play with it. I heat-embossed it in black and then watercolored it with my Ziggies. I stitched the kraft panel with an MFT die and then used a Lil Inker diagonal die to cut the succulent panel. The NBUS sediment from "Messages for Everyday" by Simon Says Stamp was also black heat-embossed.

Hammy winked it all over, of course.
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Well, natch, I was left with a beautiful succulent with a giant gaping hole in the middle, so I couldn't let it go to waste now could I?
The NBUS sediment die-cut is from Docrafts, a gift from Lolly. Schplatters from Hammy.

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We had a celebration this weekend as the grandtwins Adam and Henry graduated from 8th grade! Many of you have been following along as these boys have grown from toddlers into young men. You'll know that Henry normally sports longer hair than his brother, but now, due to a botched haircut that required correction, we are back to not being able to tell them apart! Help!!
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June 1, 2019

The Back Story ~ Jeremy

Jeremy heard the key in the front door and thought, “Oh, feathers, I’m in trouble now!”

As his mistress rounded the corner of the kitchen island and looked down at him, Jeremy could see the look of disappointment on her face.

For Jeremy this was worse than anything. He could feel his own eyes begin to well up with tears as he silently telegraphed how sorry he was that he had messed up.

His owner stood there for several long minutes just staring at Jeremy and then suddenly the look of disappointment gave way to amusement and soon she was doubled over in laughter.

Turning on the hot water faucet, she said, “You know, I should just leave you stuck there overnight and maybe you won’t be so curious next time!”

Jeremy sniffed. His butt and tail were already numb. One thing he knew for sure, he’d never go near a bottle of maple syrup again!”

Darnell J. Knauss, Author
Cornelia Wenokor, Illustrator


©06/01/2019
Vol. 1 Ep. 5
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