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!

April 10, 2021

Leaves of Many Colors

Hello Stamplings!

How are you on this fine weekend, already ten days into April? I used to say we whooshed from one date to another, but that word seems inadequate nowadays, doesn't it?

Then I went to my The Saurus and found out that it really is the best word after all, although I do love the sound of velocious and I think we should bring it back into popular usage. Then again, it does sound an awful lot like ferocious, so maybe that's why it went into obsolation.

I'm looking out my window on a beautiful day in awe of the giant Japanese Maple tree fully festooned with new leaves. The green hue is almost neon bright and I'm not sure if the photo can capture it. Lots of plants are breaking out in many shades of fresh green and they are just lovely, but that towering maple green grabs all the attention. And I'm sure on the other side of the world you are equally in awe as you enjoy your leaves turning all the warm colors of fall!

Why all this talk about ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿleaves๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ? 

You guessed it, that's the prompt word for this month's Twofer Card Challenge! And here are my makes to inspire you:
The leaf stem my card designs have in common is from Paper Smooches.

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For my thinking of you design, I used a background I made during a crafty Zoom session with friends. This technique is called "faded water stenciling." It's a fun and easy technique which you can see demonstrated in a Splitcoast video by Dina Kowal. I've removed the sediment from the packaging so I can't tell you who makes it, but perhaps some kind reader will know. 

As you can tell by the rather plump glossifying, Hammy is home again!๐Ÿน Because of the delay, he and Fitzwilliam๐Ÿธmissed a fun tour of the Greek islands, but they were more than ready to be home! 

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Haha, look at that winking! You should see it in real life! Even as tired as he was, he still kept a steady hand, bless him. I gold-embossed the sediment and decided a bit of beautiful leafy Washi tape was just the bit of sumpin' sumpin' the design needed.

Thank you

I hope you'll be able to join in with your leafy creations! We are delighted to have Guest Designers Alison and Natalie with us this month! You will be inspired by their designs, as well as the designs of the entire DT! I do appreciate all your support of the Twofer Card Challenge and I hope you have fun while increasing your stash!
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I will leave you with a few more funnies from Mamie:
  • My wife asked me to take her to one of those restaurants where they make the food right in front of you. I took her to Subway and that's how the fight started.
  • During the Middle Ages they celebrated the end of the plague with wine and orgies. Does anyone know if there is anything planned when this one ends?
  • I see articles about people my age mountain climbing. I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance.
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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* Keep safe!

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse, especially since I've been slow with my return visits because of my back. Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower!

*Life is too short!

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April 6, 2021

Your Special Day and Christmas Rainbows!

Hello Stamplings!

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend, although by the time I get this posted, it will no doubt be mid-week. That seems to be my new normal now as I start something and then a warm breeze blows through my meager thoughts, scattering them like moths under the street lamp. Then I'm off to gather them up, or head off in an entirely new direction! 

Eventually I wend my way back to creating and sharing. It may take me longer, but I get there in the end and here are my latest makes.

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Most of you will prolly remember this stamp from the cute Penny Black set called "critter celebration." It was very popular, just as the fabulous Anita Jeram stamps are now, and eventually I succumbed to buying the set. And then it sat because by that time I thought the interwebs had been saturated with the sweet critters. Now, with Hammy gone, I went looking for another critter to play with so this NBUS set is finally getting some love.

Using some pretty pp from SU, I paper-pieced the flower, stem, and mouse. I think I've mentioned before that paper-piecing is one of my all-time favorite techniques. I think it's because it reminds me of playing with paper dolls. I remember having lots of fun making more clothes out of magazine pictures. The sediment might also be from Penny Black. Some matching mouse-colored schplattering and a wee butterfly finished the scene.

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This is thinking outside the Christmas box of decorations, isn't it? It's like bleu cheese. You're either gonna like it or you're gonna hate it. Either way, this was a fun and QACAS OLC design that took only minutes to make. I used the "poinsettia row" stamp from STAMPlorations, colored with markers and spritzed. Hammy would love winking all those colors, so I left them for him to do when he gets back. (They are on the move again, so that's good!)

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A First

Normally, I put the laundry away right after folding, but the other day, I left it for a few minutes and when I came back into the room and glanced at the basket, I cocked my head to the side wondering when we acquired a sheep-skin rug.
Wait. What?
It was just the little diva, Nellie! You will notice that she, too, needs to be laundered and thankfully she sees the groomer tomorrow! 

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

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse, especially since I've been slow with my return visits, and special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower! See on Saturday with April's Twofer Challenge!

*Life is too short!

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March 29, 2021

Out Like a Lamb ~ Happy Easter!

Hello Stamplings!

I hope you are well! 

Don't tell March since she still has a coupla days to wreck havoc on us, but it's looking like (if she's not aggravated) she might tiptoe quietly out like a lamb and allow April to bestow us with her abundant blue skies, budding bulbs, green trees, and the smell of fresh-mown grass. Sssh.

I've got just the hushed design for the occasion:
This design came as a surprise, but not really a surprise, because what happens is, every time I get in the area of my pp drawers (๐Ÿ˜†) that contain my handmade and mulberry papers, I HAVE to pull them all out and swear an oath that I will make cards from every last slip of them until they are gone.

Of course, because I'm a big fat liar, I don't keep my promises, even to myself, and so back they went into my drawers, but not before I made this fresh spring number. It is QACAS to the max. All I needed was a colored card base for the background, a ribbon to tie it down, a simple sediment from PTI, and a NBUS unmarked pair of die-cut sweet tulips as a focus-pocus. (Although if you're like me, you're eyeing every inch of that beautiful paper!)

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I won't be back with a post on Sunday, so I want to wish those who celebrate a very Happy Easter! 
This black and white CAS design is unusual for an Easter card, but I made it last week when working on other b/w designs and I like the look of it. The beautiful cross stamp has built-in shading. It's a NBUS stamp called Easter Blessings from Fun Stamps Journey. Both the cross and the sediment were stamped with Color Box white ink and then heat-embossed.

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We went for a visit with Nellie to see the grandtwins over the weekend. Having both vaccines made it possible and it was great fun being just the four of us for the first time since Christmas of 2019!
Henry is on the left, Adam on the right. Or is it the other way around?! And when I say "just the four of us," I mean just the seven of us ~ Duke and Jack are just out of sight.

And Hammy? Hammy has been away since last week with his friend Fitzwilliam. Cruises are dirt-cheap right now, so they booked a spontaneous trip sailing from Greece to Dubai through the Suez Canal. Oops. There's been a considerable delay, so I'll have to do all my own work for a while. I miss him!๐Ÿ˜ข

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Enjoy your day and have a blessed weekend! 

More mirth from Mamie:
  • Chocolate is God's way of telling us he likes us a little bit chubby.
  • It's probably my age that tricks people into thinking I'm an adult.
  • Marriage counselor to husband: "Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true?" Husband: "To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers."


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March 22, 2021

Succulent Evergreen and Naughty Bunny

Hello Stamplings!

How are you? I hope you are doing well and I'm here for hugs if you're not. 

I had to hustle my bustle to get this loaded up after I realized a coupla challenges are about to close. That happens when you get your days of the week missed up. 

So here we go ~
Is it just me or are more of us keepin' on keepin' on with making Christmas cards as 2021 drops her pages like a loose girl dropping her hanky? Haha, how many of you have even heard the expression "loose girl" or remember what a "hanky" is? Sometimes I love being old and speaking a secret language known only to my peers.

Anywaffle, I recently purchased a gorgeous stamp called Glorious Gatherings from the Tim Collection at Stampers Anonymous. When it arrived in the mail, I was surprised to find out it's as big as a dinner plate. I normally make cards the size of appetizer napkins, so I was a bit stumped what to do with it until I remembered last year's technique of making four cards from one stamp. (Split Four Technique) 

Here is the whole stamp on a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 kraft paper before I cut it into fours. Isn't it a cool Christmas centerpiece image using succulents instead of the usual poinsettias?
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Just FYI, I also stamped the image on white paper and made four cards. Sorry for the bad photo.
They were stamped totally in red, uber QACAS, and this time the sediment was heat-embossed in clear.
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Another QACAS design, this time an OLC. This funny bunny has long been a favorite. Sadly, it's from an OOB company. Usually I stamp a jar of jelly beans (nearly empty) next to him. As you can see from his tummy, he clearly over-indulged! Or sometimes I stamp him with a drinkie poo, but I used a drinkie poo last post, so this time I used a fun sediment that stuck me as a perfect fit. (It's unmarked, but it might be from River City Rubber Stamps.) Both stamps were heat-embossed in white.

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๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ My friend Mamie sent me a list of funnies to share with you. I'll just leave you with a couple three today:
  • Having plans sounds like a good idea until you have to put on clothes and leave the house. 
  • It’s weird being the same age as old people.
  • Life is like a helicopter. I don’t know how to operate a helicopter.
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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! (Hammy says HI! He is still resting from the last post when he got too much of a head rush from all that glossifying!)

As for me, I'm still having ups and downs as the meds do their thing, but during the ups I'm grabbing crafty time. Thank you for your patience and your beautiful and thoughtful cards!

*Life is too short!

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March 17, 2021

Fruit Cocktail, Anyone?

Hello Stamplings!

How are you? Happy St. Patrick's Day! Mother Nature is putting on her usual March theatrical productions across the universe. I hope she sits down and has a Guinness so everyone can get a break!

I was hoping to start posting more often, but now that I'm fully vaccinated, I am catching up on appointments that I have had to put off for a year. Doctors and dentists are going to be swarmed with appointments.

Swarm is one of those words that sounds like what it does, huh? Still, you can't help but think it might have been used for a situation like a fierce workout where you end up all sweaty and warm. "How are you?" asks your friend. "Swarm!" you reply. 

In my case, I'd be all sweaty and HOT, so I guess my reply would be "Shot!"

Okay, okay, moving on, I've got two fruity cards for you today:
There is only one week left in the current Twofer Card Challenge where the prompt is YOUR CHOICE! I know, right? So if you are making a card for something else, you can make two and play in Twofer! Win-win! You can use any stamp, stencil, or die you want; you just have to use it on both cards and make them distinctly different design layouts for different occasions. 

For my Twofer reminder inspiration for you, I am using an awesome NBUS set of stamps called, "Layered Citrus." They were designed for STAMPlorations by my friend Shirley Bee. I had to have the set the minute I saw it, but then you know how it goes ... it got put away and ingored.

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Slurp! For this birthday card, I used an old cocktail glass from a company no longer in business. While Hammy glossified the drinkie poo and the juicy slab of lemon, I die cut the enjoy die from Penny Black several times and glued the stack together. Passing that to his nibs to be glossified, I stamped a shadow and adhered the linen panel (embossed with wonky stitches from MFT) onto a shiny gold mat. The design was finished by attaching the glass, wedge of lemon, and sediment.

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Doesn't this look refreshing? I think this will bring a smile and much-needed hugs to a dear friend. The shadowed hugs die is from PTI. I used the remaining slices in Shirley's set for this design. I stamped the outline, then overstamped the insides in various citrus colors and then fussy-cut them. After they were dry from Hammy's glossifying, I adhered them to a scored snippet of linen card to make the second design cohesivate with the first design. 

Hic. Sorry, my typing is slurring from just looking at card number one!

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I can't wait to see which stamp, die, or stencil you choose for your prompt and the two distinctly different designs you create with it for two different occasions. You can find a list of occasions on the challenge side bar.
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Enjoy your day! 
No, seriously, enjoy and stay 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!
*Life is too short!

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March 10, 2021

Dragonfly Celebration!

Hello Stamplings!

How are you on this fine hump day? I want to thank you for your well wishes about my struggle to adjust to new medicines. I just keep telling myself how blessed I am that there are medicines created to fix me up and low engerny is a small price to pay in the short run.๐Ÿ›

Wake up! It's the Twofer day of the month, otherwise known as the 10th! I know I usually do a twofer in my posts anyway, but once a month it becomes Oh-fficial and this month I'm becited to have thought of a new and fun way to challenge you to stretch those design skills, expecially if you've been running low on those mojo juices . . .

This month the prompt is ... drum๐Ÿฅroll ... UP TO YOU

That's right, it's Your Choice
Angel, bunny, cat, dog, elephant, flower, gnome, ... the options are only limited by your stash and your imagination. Please note that only the prompt is "anything goes" ~ all the other rules of the challenge apply.

Just start by picking the stamp, die, or stencil you want to play with and make a card in any style whatsoever! One card done. ๐Ÿ—น

Then, move that same stamp, die, or stencil around on another panel to form a different design for your second card. (The more different your two layouts are, the better.) Don't forget to also put your sediment in a different area on your card front and make it for a different occasion. Two cards done. ๐Ÿ—น

Take a photo of both cards together and link up! That's it! ๐Ÿ—น

It's so easy, but yet it's challenging enough that you feel like a designer rock star when you're done!

My Prompt: Dragonfly

I know a lot of folks aren't crazy about dragon flies, but I love the mystical little beings that suddenly appear in the yard in all different colors after the temperatures climb to 90°+. And then just as quickly as they appear, they disappear. Thankfully, rubber stamp companies create them so they last forever!
The dragonfly I used on both my designs is a very old stamp from SU.

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Don't you just love that spotlight background in pretty pastel colors? It is a straight-line blending technique that Loll introduced us to at a recent Zoom session. We followed the fabulous Eileen Godwin's YouTube video here. It's super easy and super fun. (Ever notice how that's my favorite type of card-making style?๐Ÿ˜„) You basically hold a ruler or straight-edge of some kind and then blend on the ink by sliding your blending tool off the edge.

After making the background, Hammy chose the lacy-winged dragonfly. He glossified the body while I dotted the eyes. Haha, you see what I did there?

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For my second design, I fussy-cut three of the stamped dragonflies and Hammy glossified their entire everythings this time, although it doesn't show very well. The background pp also has a lovely shine. The celebrate die cut was a sweet gift from a friend. It's one intact die that makes a frame around the word. I used a marker to color the word to make it mwah.

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No excuse this month for not having the prompt! I can't wait to see which stamp, die, or stencil you choose for your prompt and the two designs you create with it!
Nancy and Klara are the two incredible Guest Designers who are joining the Design Team this month to help inspire you. Click over to the Twofer Card Challenge and see what prompts everyone has chosen and the amazing card designs they made!
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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!

*Life is too short!

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