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!

May 21, 2020

Hey There, With Loving Thoughts

Hello Stamplings!

Welcome! I hope you are holding up okay as you marched up and over another hump day! Remember when weekends were so beciting? What's happening to me is that I keep waking up on Tuesdays thinking it's Saturday. It's happened three weeks in a row. What can it mean? I put in a full week's work on Mondays? Or I'm ready to drink again?🍹

My two gratitudes today are laundry soup pods and the Misti. How disgusting would laundry soup be? You gotta love typos.

My cards today:

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My card was inspired by Lolly's card. When I saw it, I was reminded of this adorable NBUS stamp. These birds are from Cottage Cutz, but ornithetically they can only be found off the island of Ithaca. Because it is the smallest of the Greek Isles, these wee birds are also teeny, not much bigger than a hummingbird. They are bright yellow from all the sunshine and they always travel in threes, in order to have eyeballs on their predators at all times. Scientists presume they also have eyes in the back of their heads, you know, to watch that side, but that's never been proven.

I colored the image with my Ziggies and Hammy winked the birdies and glossified the berries. The embossing folder doesn't have a manufacturer's name on it. 

It was windy when I was taking the photo, so this happened:
This was too fun not to share because their faces make me giggle. It's as if they are looking down in terror at the table as they are falling! Aack!

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SPREAD THE MERRY LITTLE LOVE AND GRAB A BADGE!

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For this QACAS note card I white heat-embossed an ancient wooden stamp from Rubber Stampede called "Large Feather" which has not been stamped since Y2K. The sediment die is from Concord & 9th and the scalloped frame is from PTI. That's it. Wonderfully simples.

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Nellie

I feel like you haven't seen our Nellie in a while.
She loves to burrow into her blankie. We walked into the room and she'd gotten herself all wrapped up! Doesn't she look a bit like Paddington Bear?

And how scruffy is she?! We couldn't care less about our own hair, but we sure missed the dog groomer during the quarantine. Praise be, they just opened and today Nellie is getting a long overdue haircut after missing two appointments! More photos to follow ...

I also wanted to share this:
This little African violet is blooming for the first time in five or six years! I've never changed the location or watering schedule. That's the definition of hope and never giving up!

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy ~  and remember to stay in whenever possible! 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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May 17, 2020

. . . Bring May Flowers II

Hello Stamplings! 

I hope you're having a good day! I've decided to start each post during the pandemic with something I'm grateful for. It's just too easy to list all the things I'm missing, which is depressing, so I'm going to turn that on its head. I want to think of the little everyday things you don't usually give a second thought to, you know, rather than the big things like dishwashers, friends, and being alive. 

I'll think of one tiny noncraft item and one tiny craft item. It really does take a minute. So today I'm grateful for corn tortillas. (Of course, my mind went straight to food.) And Connect Glue by Gina K. (She didn't pay me to say that.) What two little things are you grateful for?

While you think about that, I'll share my reminder cards for this month's Twofer Card Challenge where the prompt is FLOWERS. One is a birthday card, the other is a get well card.
The NBUS stamp that both my cards have in common is Spring Flowers by Simon Says Stamp.

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I used three of the four blooms from the stamp and die set for this design. First, the card base was sprayed with gold shimmer spray. Then I colored the flowers with my Ziggies and Hammy winked them. Lastly, we planted them in a striped Washi tape planter box and added a sediment from SSS. Easy as cake. I say that because I think making pie is hard.

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Because of the way the stamps from this set are laid out on the acetate backing, this particular bloom reminded me of a winged insect. So, what the heck, thought I, why not make it a bug and put it in a jar from PTI cut from vellum and adhered to a bit of bespeckled navy card you've been hoarding in your stash? (I think to myself in run-on sentences.) So, being a good listener of myself, that's what I did. Then I used white ink from Color Box to add the NBUS sediment from "Call the Doctor" by Your Next Stamp. Do you see a bug? No, I mean there. On your shoulder!

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I hope my cards have inspired you to share your two floral designs at Twofer Card Challenge #27!
Please remember that even though Hammy and I get a big kick out of using the prompt element in an unconventional way on one of our designs, you don't have to, as the brilliant Guest Designer and Design Team show you on the main post for Twofer Card Challenge #27!

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Speaking of inspirational, I was inspired by my friend Brenda to make the grandtwins these fun mask Miss Your Face cards. Brenda was inspired by the Card Cut Ups video on You Tube.
I made the sediment with my tiny alphabet stamps and freehanded the whimsical border.

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy ~  and remember to stay in whenever possible! LITS!*
  • I finally got eight hours of sleep. It took me three days, but whatever.
  • I hate when a couple argues in public, and I missed the beginning so I don’t know whose side I’m on.
  • Don’t bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That’ll freak you right out.
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May 14, 2020

Double Star Stencil and Gesso Resist

Hello Stamplings!

How's it going where you are? I'm finding this next phase of reopening so confusing. Please take care and continue to stay safe!

Here in the Playhouse, I'm staying put, but the fun and the distractions continue. Thank goodness. I know I would be as loony as a loony bird without it! Wait. What dya mean, how would you know the difference?!

Let's see what I have to share today.

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The brief for the stencil challenge is to make something by layering two or more stencils. Well, I'm pretty new to stencils and I'm not in the habit of thinking of them when I plan my design. Yet. So now I found out that you can actually add more fun and interest by layering another stencil image over the top of the first one, and so on, ad infinity! Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit, of course you can do that! 

So I dumped all my few stencils out on my desk and let Hammy rifle through them while I leaned back and waited for something to catch my eye. When I saw how the packet of stars was layered inside their clear envelope, it was a no-brainer. 

I've no idea who makes the stars, but I think the big one came from an ancient sheet of "cut out" shapes. We called them cut outs in those days. (I wish the manufacturers would all put their names directly on their stencils.) I blended DOxie inks, Hammy winked the little stars, and then I fussy cut the big star in order to pop it onto the star-embossed background. A bottom border was added for a bit more color and another card was done and dusted.

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The next thing I tackled was another new technique, this time for the CAS Mix Up where the brief is Gesso Resist. I love the look! You have to try it. I made two cards. For this one, I painted the gesso through a NBUS fern stencil from The Crafters Workshop called "Mini Ferns." Once it was dried, I sponged on DOxies in my fave colors. I stamped the "many" from my container of miscellaneous stamps and die-cut the Concord & 9th "thanks" from a snippet of glossy paper colored with alcoholic inks.

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This second one I did is much fainter, but I hope you can still make out the dragonfly shape. For this one, I painted gesso directly onto the stamp (from Carabelle Studio) and stamped it on the paper. Once it was dry, I sponged over it, and then I added the gold-embossed sediment, stitched frame, and Hammy chose a few clear sequints for the embellies.

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Enjoy your day, but please remember to continue to take care and keep your distance! 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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May 10, 2020

. . . Bring May Flowers I

Hello Stamplings!

Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate! So many of us have been unable to see our children or our mothers since the isolation to protect against Covid-19 began 3,248 weeks ago. This is very sad for everyone, but I think a lot of us are willing to put up with not being together for Mother's Day this year as opposed to, you know, being dead from the virus because we weren't careful. 

Today I've made two cards with flowers because, in addition to Mother's Day, it's the 10th of the month and the new Twofer Card Challenge starts today with FL🏵W🌹RS as the prompt! Here are my cards to inspire you:
The NBUS stamp that both my card designs have in common is the Banners & Blooms stamp from Concord & 9th.

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For my first design, I masked off a side panel and platinum heat-embossed the stamp twice vertically. I watercolored the image with my Ziggies and Hammy winked them, as per usual. He's such a great little helper! To make a clean border, I added a strip of platinum trim Washi tape from Altenew. The sediment was in my stash from GKW. 

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For my second design, I white heat-embossed the bouquet and Hammy and I again colored and winked with relish. Well, not literally with relish, although I'll bet somewhere there's an artist who has tried painting with relish. 

Sorry. I digest. Next I die cut the window box from Poppystamps out of a snippet of woodgrain paper. I also cut it four times from black paper and offset those layers to give it shadow dementia on one side. The box and flowers were popped onto a NBUS lattice frame die from WPlus9 and a stamped Hello sediment, also from WPlus9, was added.
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I would love for you to play with us and enter your beautiful flower designs in the gallery at TCC! As you can see above, there are several other flower challenges happening right now you can also play in!

Please remember that you can make two conventional designs or one conventional design and one unconventional design using flowers. We have winners for both categories. Today the Team and our talented Guest Designer Cindy Beach made conventional designs to inspire you over at the Twofer Card Challenge! Mwah!

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My friend Ros thought of another quip to add to the ones from Mamie in my last post:
  • Never in a million years did I think I would walk into a bank wearing a mask and ask for money!
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Enjoy your day! 
No, seriously, enjoy ~  and remember to stay in whenever possible! LITS!* If this is an especially sad day for you because your mother or child has passed, I send you extra hugs.

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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