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January 17, 2020

TCC Reminder ~ 2nd Blogaversary Prizes!

Hello Stamplings,

Welcome! You have whooshed through the second full week of 2020! I just noticed how much lighter it is outside at 5 p.m. It surprises me every year how fast that happens. Anybody working on Easter cards? Settle down. I'm joking! I'm sorry you schputtered coffee on your screen.

I'm still into hearts and love here, what with today being a reminder that there is only one week left in the current Twofer Card Challenge #23 where the prompt is πŸ’ŸHEARTSπŸ’Ÿ and where ~ psst ~ there are prizes to be had in celebration of our 2nd Blogaversary!! 🎁

Here are my two cards together:
The heart prompt my two cards have in common is the NBUS heart from the "Heart Smile" set by Concord & 9th. 

Onefer
For this card, I off-set stamped the NBUS scribbled line wreath from "Love You, Mean It" by Concord & 9th. Then I stamped the two halves of the arrow 'almost' perfickly. Next the sediment, also from "Heart Smile," was stamped in red. And lastly, using the matching dies from that set, I added three die-cut hearts to the wreath. QACAS!

This card went to the Mister yesterday on the happy occasion of our 49th wedding anniversary! πŸ’‹

When I first started blogging, we were married 41 years so some of you have been with us on this journey for a number of years! πŸ’‹ to you, too, for your long friendship and support!

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Twofer
🎡"First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage."🎡Remember that old rhyme? Now it's an ear worm. You're welcome. 

For this design, I used every one of the five heart stamps that came with the Heart Smile set to make my own DSP. Then I used the same die to cut two hearts, stamped them with love, and had Hammy pop them up with dimensionals. I used a ribbon to transition to the white panel where I stamped a sediment from Ranger called, "Letter It - Baby." 

I remember someone (Oprah?) (Ellen?) giving etiquette advice on situations where you are at a loss as to what to say when you want to be nice and you don't want to lie. For instance, when you meet someone whose baby is, um, well ... you just say, "Oooh, look! It's a BABY!!"

I'm linking this card to Happy House: Celebrating new birth.
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I hope you'll take some time to whip up a couple of HEARTfelt designs for the Twofer Card Challenge! Click over to see the fabulous prizes being offered and the incredible inspiration cards made for you by the talented Guest Designers and Design Team!
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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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January 15, 2020

A Coupla CAS EKGs

Hello Stamplings!

Is anybody else having trouble putting the MO in their JO this week? My mojo juices are running low. Is this like my hormones or does it happen to you young ladies, too? With a sidekick like Hammy, with the emphasis on KICK, I'm usually good, but I guess even the little guy is slowing down now that we aren't eating copious amounts of holiday sugar in one form or nother.

Then yesterday at lunch we were watching giraffe videos when we decided to look at the weather forecast. We have more rain coming and because I like to take my card photos outside (especially sheeny-shiny cards like these), we got busy!

Onefer
I love this NBUS Reverse Confetti "Falling Hearts" frame and decided to go white-on-white with it. I used some beautifully textured cardstock with a lovely sheen that I've had since the last century. (Did I say that right? Does it sound like the paper has a lovely sheen or I do?) I'm down to only a couple of sheets because it's so delicious, but why hoard it any longer?! I die-cut it once and then used less dear paper under it in four layers to create lots of dementia. 

Then what happened was what usually happens when I try to do a W-O-W card: Hammy wants to add some color and I always agree with him! Instead of a sediment, I used an ancient but awesome heartbeat die from does-anyone-know? I don't have the packaging and it must be so old that Dr. Google nor Pinterest can find it. It's meant to cut through paper, as in the Twofer below, but I made it into a sort of ribbon by cutting it once and then taping it back down just above the first cut and running it through again. 

ETA: Thanks to Michele, I can tell you that the manufacturer is Paper Smooches and the die is called Borders 1 and it IS still available!

Challenges

Twofer
For this design, I first attached a panel of red glossy paper to the bottom of a card base. Then, using the same pretty paper, I made the die cut. I separated the two halves a bit so the shiny red could, well, shine through and then I attached the sediment from Winnie & Walter, also cut from the same glossy red. QACAS and sexy, just as a Valentine should be. I mean, unless you make one for your neighbor or the local vicar. Be careful there.

Challenges

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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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January 10, 2020

TCC 2nd Blogaversary ~ ❤❤ and Prizes!

Hello Stamplings,

It's here! Twofer Card Challenge is back! I know I usually have a bit of a chat with you, but today I hope you'll forgive me for getting right toit. The reason is, I would love it if you popped over to the Twofer challenge blog which is epic in length, but it's all good information.

As you prolly figured out from the title, the prompt for January is ❤❤and here are my inspiration cards:
I have a LOT of heart stamps. For these cards, I grabbed one from my miscellaneous hearts, so I'm sorry that I have no idea who makes it. It is shown as the collar around Nellie's neck in my first design and as the candle flames and the "a" in birthday on my second design.

Onefer
The LOVE die is "Embossed Love" from Poppystamps. NBUS "Nellie" was a gift to me from Brenda while I was in Indiana. It is from a set called "Birthday for Cookie" by The Stamps of Life.

(As you can see, Nellie is featured prominently on this first card, which is a Valentine. Please don't get after me because Hammy is not featured on the second design. I did ask him, but he is very selfless and declined. He's been the cover boy on many of my cards over the years and he wanted Nellie to have her turn in the limelight. What a sweetie!)

Twofer
The heart e/f is from Darice. The sediment is from WPlus9's "Birthday Wishes" and the candles are from Concord & 9th's "Eat Cake & Celebrate" set. The wee heart blings are black metallic. It doesn't show, but Hammy did wink the heck out of the hearts on this card.
 
Prizes

And now here's part of the reason why the challenge blog post is so long!

In honor of our 2nd Blogaversary, there are PRIZES!!! 

Please head over to the Twofer Card Challenge to check out the prizes and see the amazing Twofer cards made to inspire you by our very talented Guest Designers Jane and Jacquie and, of course, the entire fabulous Design Team! This challenge is open until January 24, 2020.

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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!

Challenges:
Onefer:  Poppystamps [From the Heart]; Country View [Love]; and TIME OUT [photo challenge].
Twofer: The Male Room [Anything Masculine Goes]; SSS Monday: [New]; and Atlantic Hearts Sketch.

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January 8, 2020

Color Throwdown 575 GD!

Hello Stamplings!

How are you doing? I hope the new year is starting off on the right foot for you. (You know someone reading this prolly broke their ankle on New Year's Day, right? Isn't that just the way? I'm so sorry if that happened to you.) 

The expression comes from a literal meaning that one should start off on the right foot because starting on the left foot is considered unlucky. History doesn't indicate how many people fall flat on their faces trying to catch themselves after they start off on their left foots, nor the cost involved in the resultant dental surgery.

To avoid all that, I'm staying in today where things are very rosy. I'm pickled tink to share that thanks to a recent win, I am this week's Guest Star Stamper over at the Color Throwdown challenge! If you aren't familiar with this fun color challenge, I hope you'll check it out! 

Here is my card to inspire you:
From the angle below, you can see the glimmer of the gold-embossed sediment. It's long been a favorite of mine and a good one to recall at the start of a new year. Or every morning.
The cattail die is from Memory Box, called "Golden Cattails." I watercolored it with my Ziggies. Simples.

Here are the beautiful colors for the current Color Throwdown challenge:

The colors are kraft, gold, green, and white. The possibilities are endless, and I can't wait to see what you create! The challenge is open until Monday, January 13, 2020.

I'm linking my card to:

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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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January 5, 2020

Happy 2020! (A Little Late)

Hello my dear Stamplings!

Aaahhh. Let's be honest, aren't we a little bit glad that the holidays are behind us and the kids are back in school tomorrow and things can get back to a normal schedule?! Or is it just my age peeking out from the hem of my skit? I mean, skirt. 

I'm sorry to be so late wishing you all the best in 2020. We did have a marvelous Christmas, book-ended on one side by the grandtwins' 15th birthday celebration and on the other by the 40th wedding anniversary of The Mister's sister and her husband, whom I introduced!πŸ₯°

Since then, well, you know, life. Then what happened was, yesterday I finally got back to browsing challenge blogs and I saw something that lit my fire, so I took a photo of me from New Year's Eve and made a card to share with you.
I might have put on a few pounds over the holidays, but I can still whoop like the younguns! But only just the once. It's nothing short of a miracle that I didn't break a hip. I did, however, get a bloody nose when I hit the floor and my 46 DD XLongs rebounded! You'd think I'd know they were there and cross my arms, but no, I never learn.

This happy lady stamp is NBUS from Art Impressions. I bought her at a garage sale in Indiana in October. The sediment is NBUS from Impression Obsession. The bouquet of balloons is from Mama Elephant. Hammy decided to just wink her shoes and her lips. (I think he's still a little hungover and all that schparkle was hurting his eyes.)

Challenges
  • Krafty Chicks: Stamp Act.
  • Little Red Wagon ~ Use your NBUS!!
    This is the challenge I was talking about above. I mean, I HAD to play since I'm the person who invented the NBUS acronym! I'm chuffed that it is now such an integral part of our community's vernacular that it has become a challenge brief and crafters who don't even know me are using the term! It's my little legacy thanks to all of you and I appreciate that!
  • Simon Says Stamp Wednesday:
    Something new.
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Since today is the 5th and not the 1st, I went looking for what holidays or crazy events are being celebrated today. I karacked up when I found these two celebrations, listed one right under the other, thus:
  • National Lose Weight, Feel Great Week ~ January 5-11 (starts first Sunday of January).
  • National Pizza Week ~ January 5-11 (second week of January).
Hysterical oxymoron! πŸ˜‚ 

It reminds me of how ridiculous I sound when talking to Nellie as I'm heading out to the Playhouse and she is across the room watching me. "Do you want to come with me," I ask, "or do you want to stay here?" 

I understand why she cocks her head when I realize that all she heard was, "blah blah COME, blah blah STAY?!" 

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And on a very serious note, my thoughts and prayers are with all the people of Australia suffering from the smoke and fire that is devastating the region.πŸ™

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.

Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* I hope 2020 bring you everything you need!!

*Life is too short!

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