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 and you can find my NBUS Challenge online. I hope you'll join in the fun there! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

November 21, 2020

I Tip My Hat and Thank You

Hello Stamplings!

How's your day going? I hope you have/had a Sunday Funday! We're all fine, grateful to make it through another week in good health when so many haven't. Thank you for your good wishes about my mystery allergy attack last week. I'm all better now and still have no idea what set it off. 

I'm plugging along with my Christmas cards. In a year where I've basically been a shut-in, you'd think I would have had my 223 cards done by August! Hammy and I talked about it and he reminded me of all the days I sat numbly staring at the TV nursing a wodka. Oh. That explains it.

Kidding, just ki(hic)dding! These are the jokes, fokes.

Onefer
I made this card using a Sizzix embossing folder made for Tim Holtz's Alterations line. After embossing, I painted the snowman using my Sparks "Mermaid Sparkle" paint. Then I lightly stenciled a coupla snowflakes in the corners using my Pebbles Pearlescent Chaking Set that hasn't seen the light of day since the turn of the century.

I used aqua fun foam as a mat behind the snowman panel and purple fun foam to die-cut the joy sediment from Lil' Inker. The whole shebang was adhered to a card base and another card got its wings. Sorry. Wrong story.

Challenges

Twofer
This month's Zoom craft session with Lolly and friends focused on using our powdered inks. One of the videos Lolly recommended was this one by Dina Kowal: Watercolour Powder Techniques. After Zooming with my friends, I tried one of Dina's techniques which involved taking an e/f and then scribbling over the raised portion with a white crayon. Then when you apply your Brushos (or other brand), the wax from the white crayon acts as a resist.😲I really love how QACAS and effective this simple technique is! 

Hammy added more interest with some schplatters of POSCA white paint and wallah, stop the clock, another card got its wings. Sorry. Can't help it. 

Challenges

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My fun and lovely DIL Rachel sent me a coupla 2020 funnies. Enjoy!

And my favorite:

I've given up drinking 'til Christmas.
Bad punctuation.
I've given up. Drinking 'til Christmas.
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Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans!πŸ¦ƒI have many things to be thankful for and one of them is your friendship and encouragement. Mwah! πŸ’‹

Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy, but keep safe! LITS!*


*Life is too short!

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November 17, 2020

Seeing Stars Again!

Hello Stamplings!

Well, that week went by fast! 

Dang, I promised myself I wasn't going to say that again in 2020. As horrible as the year has been, we want it to go by fast, and yet we complain about how fast it's whooshing by. What are we, teenagers? πŸ˜‚

Speaking of whooshing, I'm stopping in quickly today because I am blown up by some allergy and I'm miserable. Although I suffer from seasonal migraines, I don't usually have problems with allergies. The Mister, however, occasionally suffers, so I asked for one of his nonprescription allergy pills. Instead of helping for eight hours, it only helped for about 45 minutes. Dismayed, I asked, "Hon, what's the expiration date on those allergy pills?" 

"1998."

Geez. Old people. Ya gotta love us!

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Circling back to the opening line, I can't believe the current Twofer Card Challenge has only one week left for you to play! It's our last challenge of 2020 and the prompt is STARS. This month there is a TWIST and there are fabulous PRIZES to be won, so check it out! 

Here are my reminder cards to inspire you:
The stamp both my designs have in common is the MFT Shooting Star. I made two different occasion cards, rather than two holiday cards. The card on the left uses a panel of pp in silver and Char Truce. Each of the tiny stars inside the circles schparkles! The stitched scallop die is also from MFT and the sediment is from GKW. The large shining star is cut from silver fun foam. It is the inset star you get when you cut the shooting star. 

(I wish you could see Hammy looking at himself in his mirror, turning this way and that while wearing the outline silver shooting star around his shoulders with it trailing down his back like a cape!)

For the encouragement card, I cut the star from the card front once and from a piece of black card once. I inlaid both pieces back into the card front as shown. Then I used my markers to color the rainbow and I used a little itty-bitty star in my stash to stamp inside the star in matching rainbow inks. That was a bit nerve wracking. I mean racking. Did you know that the correct spelling, according to publishers and purists, does not have the w? You learn something wnew every day.

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I hope you will get a chance to use your ⭐★🌟STARS🌟★⭐ and play along with TCC #33! There's a ton of sensational inspiration on the blog from our talented Guest Designers, Design Team, and awesome gallery!
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy, but keep safe! 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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November 13, 2020

A Puppy and QACAS Christmas

Hello, my dear Stamplings!

I hope that you are having (or had) (or are about to have) a great day whatever you do (or did). Can you imagine how irritating it would be if I did my whole post that way? I won't. But I'm tempted.

The reason I'm tempted is because I'm really, really punchy right now. The Mister and I have been kept up every night for four nights by a rotten critter under our house. It's a small house so every scratch and movement of a pebble sounds like a monster is about to burst through the floorboards and devour us in our sleep. (Gee, sorry if you are reading this at bedtime!) The soonest exterminator we could find isn't available until Monday.😫

Always something! But, never mind. A card will take your mind off that.
I used one of my many Nestability label dies for the aperture on this cute card done up in black on a pink card base. Gosh and golly, I think I have every size of those labels and I never think to use them. (Slap!) I heat-embossed the sediment (from PTI) using SU's blushing bride e/p. The little dog is an ancient button I've had in my stash for years. Hammy added the little bone from Doodle Bug . . . 

Challenges


. . . There is a story behind this card. One of my nieces recently lost her beloved Chesapeake Bay Retriever and to help fill the loss, she got this darling little dog:
She's a Havanese and her name is Mimi. She only weighs four pounds now, but she'll get to seven or eight pounds. Quite a change from an 80 pound dog, eh? Can you believe those eyebrows? They karack me up! 

Here's a closeup of the button:
You'll see that I colored the tan button with my black marker, except for the snout, eyebrows, and paws to make the button look as much like Mims as I could make it, if you ignore the ears. I had a lot of fun creating this card to make it personal for Katherine.

So now we have three Bichons in the family: our Nellie, my niece's Mimi, and her mom's dog, Cisco. We safely got together with them last week for a quick visit and photo op!
Stop it! How cute is that? They are bred to dance on their back feet, even as puppies! You're entirely welcome! You can come back and look at it anytime you get out of shorts.

Twofer
This very QACAS Christmas card was created using Altenew's Vibrant Spray Die Cut Tape! It's a Washi tape in sticker form. I ordered it after seeing my friend Di make a beautiful batch of cards using it. It comes in a wide large roll. I laid a strip of it down the center of a heavy 8.5 by 11 white card and then I cut that down the middle of the tape to get two front panels. I was able to make 64 Christmas cards with one roll of tape!

I know there are roses on the design, but I  thought it would work just fine for a Christmas design because the colors are Christmassy. The sediment is from Happy Little Stampers. And you know who πŸΉ has spent the last several weeks carefully placing three little sequints on each card, bless his crafty little heart!

Challenges
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Enjoy your day and have a great weekend! No, seriously, enjoy, but be safe! LITS!*

Can someone please tell me when the Medicare commercials will STOP???!


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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November 10, 2020

Seeing Stars!

Hello Stamplings!

I'm out of my bubble! Yay! But don't worry, I'm not seeing STARS because I bumped my head on the way out!πŸ™†I'm seeing stars because this month the prompt for the Twofer Card Challenge is STARS!
The star stamp my cards have in common is an unmarked stamp that I've had for ages.
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Onefer
Here you can see my OLC detective card design, the two masks I made so I could blend the colors, and the star stamp I used. Seeing it now on my monitor, I'm karacking up that the detective mask is inspecting the star stamp through his magnifying glass. 

I stamped the Katzelkraft detective and the sediment (Paw-some by Taylored Expressions) and applied the masks over them. I used Tim's inks to blend the background and then I gold-embossed the stars across the sky. I decided not to color the detective because he would just compete with the background and possibly be invisible.πŸ”ŽThen again, for a detective, being invisible would be a very good thing, so maybe I made the wrong call there. 

Hammy came through after wards to make the water spots using a syringe which he uses like a pogo stick. He also put a layer of gloss on top of the frosting on the cupcake I added. (The little dog is part of the stamp, but the cupcake is snot.) 

Challenges

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Twofer
This simple Christmas design packs alotsa schparkle! I stamped and gold-embossed the same star stamp I used in my Onefer onto pretty linen paper. From that I die-cut the ornaments from Nestabilities. The sediment (from Stamping All Day) was also gold-embossed. The front panel was attached to a shimmery gold paper mat. Wallah wallah ding dong done.

Challenges
Join Us!

This is our last Twofer Card Challenge of 2020 and I look forward to seeing your festive designs using ⭐★🌟STARS🌟★⭐in the gallery this month!
Pop over to the Twofer Card Challenge where you'll find the Team has made beautiful inspiration star cards for you! We are also fortunate to have the lovely and talented stars Pia and Liz as our Guest Designers this month! 

AND ... πŸ“£

I. This month we have added the same TWIST we did in November last year, which is that you can make two holiday card designs instead of two different occasion card designs!! All the other rules apply.

II. Wait. There's more! Because this is the last challenge of 2020, I want to end it on a positive and joyful note, so there are a few PRIZE$ on offer!! Have fun!

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy, but please be careful. Covid didn't just go away on November 3rd as a part of some giant conspiracy. It's deadly serious and you need to be a star and take care of yourself and those around you. Mwah!

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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November 4, 2020

Autumn Leaves

Hello Stamplings!

How are you? I mean, besides being on the edge of your seat? I put myself in a media blackout bubble on election day and made a coupla cards to ease the torture. It's more than 24 hours later and it's getting hard to breath up inside this bubble, but I gotta stay in here or lose my mind. 

Given that we have whooshed into November and mails are taking longer because of the damnepic, I have to get going full speed with Christmas cards. Still, I feel a bit sorry for autumn. It always gets the bum's rush squished in between Halloween and Christmas in this country. And with Thanksgiving cancelled for many of us, I wanted to make a coupla more cards honoring the wonderful colored leaves Mother Nature bestows on us each year.

Onefer
I'm so pickled tink to have used this NBUS stencil before it got tossed on NBUS Mountain. It's called Four Layer Leaves Stencil by Spellbinders. I blended the leaves using Tim's inks, added the leafy panel to a glittery gold panel, and then added all that to a glittery plum panel. The scalloped stitched oval is from Cottage Cutz and the blessings sediment is from Hero Arts. For a bit of bling-a-ding-ding, Hammy opted for a triplet of ancient flat breads from SU. I mean brads. Flat brads.

Challenges

Twofer
My twofer today is truly an off-shoot of my onefer. After I blended the maple leaves, I spritzed the stencil and laid a piece of white card over the inked stencil. The aperture background above is the result. I think you can just make out the imprint of the leaves. Cool, huh? I always forget to do that because I always forget to even use my stencils. So much schtuff, so little brain cells left!

The inverted stitched scallop frame is from Pink & Main, the watercolored leafy stem is from Memory Box, and the sediment is from SU. This time the little furball chose plain gold sequints from the antique drawer for the bling. 

Challenges
  • CAS Mix Up: November watercolor theme: Off the edge. I've stamped, die-cut, watercolored, monoprinted, and stenciled on my card.
  • Little Red Wagon: Colour me happy. (Use coloring on your card.)
  • Pixie's Snippets Playground: A/G using your snippets. The background, leafy stem, and scallop frame are all snippets.

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, stay safe and 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 forgive me for not commenting as much as I once did. I have had a lot of anxiety for a while and these last few months of chaotic politics, coupled with Covid, have been very trying. Hopefully the political part will end soon. Thank you for understanding and remaining friends with me. I so appreciate your visits and comments. Mwah!

*Life is too short!

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