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August 17, 2019

As Deep as the Ocean

Hello Stamplings,

I've got the vapors here. Our temps have been 105F, 106F, 103F, but we are getting a break today down to 100F! When I feel very whiny about it, I think of the generations of females who lived in the time before air conditioning with layers upon layers upon layers of clothing. And it wasn't ladylike to sweat! And ice cubes hadn't been invented so they couldn't even tuck a coupla cubes in their bahzooms! Now those ladies had the vapors!

To help, my cards today are cool and refreshing:
Showing twofers together signifies these are reminders of our current Twofer Card Challenge where the code word is 🌊NAUTICAL🌊. The swordfish is the stamp my cards have in common this time. It's from Gerda Steiner's Catch a Wave set.
Onefer
A very QACAS card for my first design. I had Hammy stand on the snout of my swordfish to bend it a little bit so he could look right into the periscope. The swordfish, not Hammy. I didn't color my images because I didn't want to detract from that gorgeous fishy pp on the bottom panel under the perfect match of SU ribbon I found to separate the panels per the sketch. Uff. I think there should've been a comma somewhere in that last sentence. 

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Twofer
More pp for the background of my second design. I believe the paper is from Our Daily Bread which is now called Divinity Designs. All the ocean critters and sediment are from the same Gerda Steiner set. 

I drew the fishing line. A simple line which makes a few scattered pieces come together to tell a story of friendship. And it's a true representation, at least in my experience. Every time I get together with four girlfriends in a restaurant, there's always that one that's looking out the window, listening to a different drummer up in her head. 

I heard that. So what if it is me?

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Sea how easy it is to make two different designs just by using the same fish? I hope you can join us ~ and thank you if you already have ~ for this wonderful beach-y summertime 🌊NAUTICAL🌊 challenge

Pull out that fish, anchor, boat, sea gull, palm tree, wave, pier, whale, jelly fish, mermaid, pirate, submarine, octopus, flip flops, sunset-over-the-water, etc. non-digi stamps, dies, or stencils and join in the fun over at the Twofer Card Challenge! There is still a full week left to join us and we'd love to see your Twofer designs!
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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August 15, 2019

The Back Story ~ Debra

When she agreed to be on top as the lookout, Debra didn't realize there would be such a strong breeze that day. She hated having her ears blown back, especially since she had just been to the salon.

Now that she had managed to climb to the top of this pack of imbeciles, Debra realized that she could spin any kind of yarn she wanted to about what was happening on the other side of the fence. How would the other three know what was true?

In that moment, Debra fully understood the meaning of faith.

She had faith that Louie, Bruce, and Herbert would not let her fall and they, in turn, had faith that she would tell the truth about what she saw.

As she stared at the neighbor’s house, suddenly a shadow stepped into the light from the porch.


Darnell J. Knauss, Author
Cornelia Wenoker, Illustrator
©08/15/2019
Vol. 1 Ep. 10
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August 13, 2019

Going 'Round in Circles

Hello Stamplings!

I'm dashing in quick to get this posted because it's going to be a windwhirler of a day. I noticed one of my favorite challenges is celebrating their 500th challenge and I didn't want to miss that milestone event! It's Just Us Girls (JUGS) and the brief is Trend Week (circles). Here is my card:
I made this circle patterned paper a few years ago when I was taking an online course and I never made it into a card. Below is a photo of the store-bought paper on the left and my handmade panel made into the completed card on the right using various circle stamps I have.

Here is the challenge photo inspiration:
I swear these inanimate crafty objects have a mind of their own sometimes and they speak to us when the perfect occasion finally arises for them to be made into card art! At least, that's what Hammy says and I figure if a hamster can talk, then why can't paper?

Congratulations and thank you to everyone at JUGS for all the hard work involved in putting 500 challenges together for us! Putting together 300, 400, or 500 challenges just bobbles my mind!

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What did the triangle say to the circle? You're life is pointless.

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

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August 10, 2019

Surf's Up, Little Duck Dude!

Hello Stamplings!

Oh, my, what a busy summer this is turning out to be! We have the unexpected pleasure of spending the weekend with the grandtwins again so we're all smiles! We'll be staying close to home this time so they can see a lot of their friends before school starts again on Monday. That summer holiday sure whooshed by! Seems like only a coupla weeks ago we attended their 8th-grade graduation.

It's the 10th of the month, so that means a new Twofer Card Challenge is starting up and I'd like to share my Twofers with you to get you all becited to play along! 

The prompt for August is 🌊NAUTICAL🌊.
The stamp my Twofers have in common is the NBUS surfing duck from Gerda Steiner Designs set called "Catch a Wave." I saw the duck on Trina's blog and had to get myself one asap!

Onefer
Here I gave the surfer rose-colored shades, which Hammy glossified, along with his surfboard. Little Duck Dude is walking on the sandy portion of a rainbow-colored pp panel. It's unclear if he'll have a siesta under that amazing paper-pieced Purple Onion palm tree or simply head for those blue ocean waves. 

The sediment is from the same set. This birthday card is intended for a male friend who has an August birthday in a place where August is hot, hot, hot. Here is the inside with a cute swordfish that is also part of the same set:
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Twofer
For my second design, I made a square card with rounded upper corners. I cut the aperture using my NBUS Rolling Wave Collage die from Memory Box and then I placed a piece of stylized ombre colored ocean pp behind the opening. 

I stamped and die-cut Little Duck Dude and then Hammy and I donned our surgical gear and removed his surfboard. There was a small "enhancement" during the process. Cough. While I covered up the boo-boo with a pair of gingham paper-pieced swimming trunks, Hammy glossified his sunglasses and soon the little guy was enjoying himself body-surfing the waves. His straight-forward look seemed perfect for this simple sediment from GKW.

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I hope you'll join our linky party at Twofer Card Challenge #19 with your two sea-worthy cards following the rules. The talented Design Team and our Guest Designer Natalie have made super cool 🌊NAUTICAL🌊 Twofers to inspire you!
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I'll leave you with this photo of one of the grandtwins from our recent beach trip. Who is it? I'm glad I forgot to share it with you the other day because it's perfect for this post!
Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

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August 5, 2019

Bleached by the Summer Sun

Hello Stamplings!

I hope you've had a fine fresh start to this first full week of August! Is it the Dog Days of Summer yet?  Let me go look that up for us because I know you're curious now, too. Well, yes, it appears those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are in the middle of the Dog Days, which are hysterically considered to be the hottest, driest days of summer from 3 July to 15 August. There is a ton of information online about the term, mostly having to do with Sirius. The star, not the radio station.

It's been a busy time again with friends and traveling, but I have a quick card epitomizing the colors of August for you. Not that the card was quick, but this post will be uncharacteristically quick, so no need to make a Sam itch and put your feet up.
This is another card front I made at the 2019 ESCR, this time using the Bleach Technique taught by Susan. It's another technique that I have tried in the past without much success, but this time it worked so much better and I love the result. Susan provided us with splashless bleach which had only a very faint smell of bleach, so it was very user-friendly. You want to use an inexpensive small paint brush to apply the bleach and remove the color.

The background was made by first smooching Brushos and letting it dry. The Harmony stamp from Penny Black was borrowed from Lolly. I added the MFT sediment and matting back at the Playhouse where Hammy could help with the choice of sediment and the color of the matting.

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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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August 1, 2019

The Back Story ~ Petey

It was fortunate for Petey that Cassie’s mom was a romantic or he would have been tarred and feathered that day. Thankfully she understood that Petey was a good guy, even if he was a bit single-minded at times, often to the point of danger.

On this particular sunny Saturday, Petey came calling, bringing a sweet bouquet of posies for Cassie. Her mom sent Petey to the backyard where Cassie was sunning herself by the pool.

Just as Petey approached Cassie with his eyes zeroed in on her face, his foot caught on the edge of her towel. As Petey started falling, he grabbed the towel without thinking, sending Cassie somersaulting into the pool with him!

Now here they were, drying themselves off on a line Cassie’s mom had put up for them. Petey, still clutching the posies, could feel the warm sun on his back. He shyly glanced over at Cassie, who was hanging so close to him there was a ripple of static between their fur. 

He saw a promising smile touch Cassie’s lips, and he’d never been happier in his life.




Darnell J. Knauss, Author
 Cornelia Wenokor, Illustrator
©08/01/2019
Vol. 1 Ep. 8
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