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!

June 13, 2021

Your Email/Follow Choices

Hello Stamplings!

In case you missed my note back in April, effective next month there will be a change in the service that notifies subscribers via email when I publish a post. If you have been receiving such notice in your inbox, this service will be changing over to Bloglovin only. Bloglovin has been a subscription service choice that I’ve had on my sidebar for years, so if you are already a subscriber via Bloglovin, there is nothing for you to do. 
If not:

  • If you wish to continue receiving my posts via email, you will see a gadget on my right side bar directing you to enter your email address. This will take you to my Bloglovin page where you will see a blue outlined FOLLOW button in the top center of the screen. Click that and you should be good to go.
  • Additionally, if you have a blog, you can choose to receive notification through your dashboard reading list by clicking the blue FOLLOW button to the right on the side bar under all the lovely faces.
  • If you don’t have a blog and you don’t wish to subscribe or follow, you can simply bookmark this site and check in occasionally.

If you have any problems or questions, let me know. (darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com.) And if I have any problems with Bloglovin that I'm not aware of at the moment, I will make another change, but I'm hoping all will be well. 

Thank you for being a follower and/or subscriber and, especially, for being a dear friend to me and Hammy. It is very much appreciated and we 💕 you back! Mwah!

June 10, 2021

Sunshine Came Softly . . .

Hello Stamplings!

I had a tough time choosing a sunshine song lyric to start my post. I googled it and was amazed how many songs there are about sunshine. But that's a good thing, right? 

It's already the 10th and that means time for the next Twofer Card Challenge! June is a wonderful time to choose 🌞SUNSHINE!🌞 as the prompt and here are my two cards to inspire you.
The sun die I chose as my prompt product is from Lil' Inkers. As you can see, I gave myself an extra personal challenge to see if I could also incorporate that awesome lighthouse die from Memory Box into both my designs. The lighthouse die came out in 2013 and the stitched sun dies are prolly the same vintage and I still love using them. 

Onefer
This card design is all about die cuts and Hammy even used an old circle punch for the small suns to give them more girth around the middle. I thought as long as I was using some old-timey products, I would use some old-timey speech. Because when was the last time (only time?) you've used girth in a sentence? Maybe it will come back into favor because of Covid and how we all added to our girth as a means of self-soothing during the long isolation.

But I digest. The background is a piece of pp. The white slated die panel (Watercolor Stripes Cover Die from Altenew) was a gift from my friend Betty. I used pp for the large sun and for the lighthouse and there were yellow vellum stitched suns used as well. The vertical birthday sediment is from Stamps by Judith.

Challenges
Twofer
The beautiful blue foil you see was actually the spark of both of my sunshine designs. The color just screams ocean and if you look closely, you can see there is a water bubble pattern in it, so everything took off from there. The e/f is called Branches, but I think the lines also look like waves, and the sediment is from Paper Smooches. Hammy added some glossification to the middle of the sun.

Challenges
The Deets
You can use either a SUN or SUNRAYS.
I am looking forward to seeing your sunny designs! We are fortunate to have Veana and Daphne as our Guest Designers this month. Their sunny designs, and those of the talented Team, will be sure to inspire you over at the Twofer Card Challenge!

~~~

Fun With Letters

My sister Diana shared this fun brain teaser with me quite a while ago and I finally remembered to share it with you.

What's a nine-letter word you can turn into eight other words by simply removing one letter at a time?

STARTING
Remove the T = Staring
Remove the A = String
Remove the R = Sting
Remove the T = Sing
Remove the G = Sin
Remove the S = In
Remove the N = I

Of course, I had to take it one step further by starting to turn it into a story. It happened because I found myself staring out the garden window at a string that was out of place next to the butterfly bush. I stared at it for so long my eyes began to sting. As I sat there blinking to moisten them, I overheard my neighbor (the one with the collie who jumps on the fence) sing a song to her small daughter about the wages of sin. How odd, I thought, but I don't try to judge others too harshly when I'm in the process of eavesdropping. Wait. What? Eavesdropping? Not I.

I hope you have fun with your friends and family with this little brain teaser and 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!

To open the pop-up comment box that let's you jump to the end w/o scrollingClick CTL + Home. Click the Home tab under my blog banner which resets the post. Click Page Down to reach the end of the post. Click Comments and a pop-up box opens. Click "Jump to Comment Form" and wallah, no more car pool tunnel! Mwah! (p.s. If you ask me a question in your comment, please remember to leave me your email address so I can respond. Thank you!)

June 4, 2021

Buzzing By ~

Hello Stamplings!

Happy June! And Emily, Hazel, Robin, and Shayna! I did that because it's easier than accepting the fact that we are in the sixth month of 2021. That's just crazy! I hope you are doing well and you are enjoying a great weekend!

Things are sunny and busy here, so I will keep this uncharacteristically short.😁 

Onefer
For this OLC (no-layer) design, I cut a homemade stencil from the NBUS "Honeycomb Curve" die by poppystamps.
The two buzzing bees sharing gossip are from Crystal Clear Impressions (out of business) and the sediment is from Paper Smooches. Hammy winked the wings. This card was uber QACAS, just like we like 'em.

Challenges
Twofer
This birthday design was cobbled together from bits a while back and never blogged. The butterfly die is from Alexandra Renke, which I swiped with my Ziggies. The background brownish schplats and dots are actually shiny gold and the sediment was die-cut from a Brusho panel. 

Challenges
~~~

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!

To open the pop-up comment box that let's you jump to the end w/o scrollingClick CTL + Home. Click the Home tab under my blog banner which resets the post. Click Page Down to reach the end of the post. Click Comments and a pop-up box opens. Click "Jump to Comment Form" and wallah, no more car pool tunnel! Mwah! (p.s. If you ask me a question in your comment, please remember to leave me your email address so I can respond. Thank you!)

May 27, 2021

Colorful Thursday!

Hello Stamplings!

How was your week? Did you see the Super Flower Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse? Easy for me to say. It was awe-mazing! 

In this country, we are whooshing headlong into a holiday weekend. I hope you stay safe out there on the roads if you go out adventuring. No matter what, enjoy this last weekend in May because that's June standing over there on the Tuesday calendar square!

I've missed a few of my favorite challenges recently, so I'm pickled tink to be able to join today with these cards.

Onefer
It all started with the current Color Hues challenge where the colors are purple and teal. Teal is one of my all-time favorite colors. Purple not so much, but they do look cool together, especially with a touch of green. This card features a NBUS stamp from Cottage Cutz called, "Chrysanthemum Flower November" which I colored with Ziggies and Hammy winked. The scalloped die is from PTI.

The above card has too much green for the Color Hues challenge so I am entering this card instead:
For this QACAS design, I used ancient Bissell paper for the card base and the inset panel is a scrap of Brusho background in purple and teal, with a hint of lemon, which I hope is okay. The die is "Garden Poppy Stitched Frame" from poppystamps and the sediment is from SSS. 

Challenges

Twofer
And this card started out being for the Rudolph Days challenge which runs from the 25th to the last day of the month. It's a wonderful way to build your stash throughout the year. The design spark came from a scrap of rainbow foil I wanted to use up. I paired it with the black framed evergreen trees ("Sloping Hillside" from poppystamps) and I love the nighttime Northern Lights feel that happened.  

The Joy sediment die is from Winnie & Walter and although the photo doesn't show it, even the bling gems are rainbow-colored.

Challenges
~~~

The Hamster Wheel of Life

My friend Susan shared this quote with me and I wanted to share it with you. It was written by her friend Gerry Trentham:
"June last year was pushed to this year, this year it's pushed to next year, next year may never come, what never comes might show up tomorrow, and tomorrow is, of course, only an idea and never a reality until it is today and then it's too late to do anything about it other than that which you are already doing."
I couldn't have said it better!

~~~

So live in the moment and 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. I'm still having pain when I type, so it will be slow-going on the return visits for a while longer. It means a lot that you keep coming by and leaving me love even when I can't make it by your place. Mwah!

*Life is too short!

To open the pop-up comment box that let's you jump to the end w/o scrollingClick CTL + Home. Click the Home tab under my blog banner which resets the post. Click Page Down to reach the end of the post. Click Comments and a pop-up box opens. Click "Jump to Comment Form" and wallah, no more car pool tunnel! Mwah! (p.s. If you ask me a question in your comment, please remember to leave me your email address so I can respond. Thank you!)

May 21, 2021

I Like to Party!

Hello Stamplings,

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week! I just heard on the news this morning that hotels, airlines, and rental cars are all booking up through Labor Day weekend in September because people are so excited to be able to travel again. They don't even care where they go, they just want to go! 

I'm not quite confident enough to be traveling yet, nor partying for that matter. So why did I title my post, "I Like to Party?"  

Because this:
Haha, that fits most of us gals, doesn't it? I've had that NBUS sediment stamp on my desk for weeks, waiting for the right moment and when I saw the sketch challenge over at Less Is More, the ol' mojo started lighting up. I looked at Hammy and we both ran to the drawer where I keep the stamp of the becited stamping lady and wallah! Well, okay, he ran, and I rolled my chair two feet.

That crazy happy lady is called "Mad Stamper" from The Uptown Design Company and the sediment is from Impression Obsession (B13958). I made several of these as birthday cards for stamping friends.

Challenges
Twofer
This card was prompted by the current CAS Christmas challenge hosted by Christine. She has chosen Foliage and Berries for her prompt. I used a favorite wooden stamp (60-00343) from Inkadinkado. The fancy bordered panel was a gift from a friend. I colored the stamp with the direct-to-stamp technique using markers and Hammy glossified the berries.

That pp with the hollies is prolly a hunnert years old. Okay, not really, but I have had it forever and that little two-inch piece under the card is all I have left. I know there are new beautiful holly pps out there, but I'm sad to see the last of this one. The name in red says The Paper Patch and I googled it to see if it was still around, only to discover that it was a brick and mortar store in Portland, Maine that closed in July 2020 after being open for 51 years. Talk about sad.

Challenges

~~~

I'll leave you with something that will bring your smile back!
This was taken through the Playhouse window, so pardon the reflection. This time every year the succulents in the window box bloom with their trumpet flowers and the wee birds prefer them over their feeder which hangs just above. This little female has been at it a lot, so I'm guessing (I hope) she has babies nearby.


~~~

Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy, but 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!

To open the pop-up comment box that let's you jump to the end w/o scrollingClick CTL + Home. Click the Home tab under my blog banner which resets the post. Click Page Down to reach the end of the post. Click Comments and a pop-up box opens. Click "Jump to Comment Form" and wallah, no more car pool tunnel! Mwah! (p.s. If you ask me a question in your comment, please remember to leave me your email address so I can respond. Thank you!)

May 17, 2021

Oooh, Yummo! More Cake!

Hello Stamplings!

Aaaaand we've whooshed back around to another Monday! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend wherever you are!

Did I tell you we are having a bathroom reno done due to a coupla leaks? It was just remodeled fourteen years ago, but apparently the people I hired cut a few corners and I learned another 'you get what you pay for' lesson.😒This new bathroom will outlive us and never leak!

But that's not why you called. You came to see my reminder inspiration cards for the Twofer Card Challenge where the prompt is 🎂CAKE/CUPCAKE🧁!
Last week I featured cake and today I am featuring cupcakes. The stamp my two designs have in common is a fun and silly caterpillar carrying cupcakes. It's an old wooden stamp from Penny Black.

Onefer
I stamped the cupcake-carrying caterpillar in the center and then off the ends because if one cute caterpillar makes you smile, why not have a choo-choo-train of them? I colored the cupcakes with my Ziggies and did a background wash. Hammy winked the cupcakes and also added dots to the segments on the caterpillar which were blank. The Hooray die is cut from an old glossy alcoholic snippet. This is going to my niece who is taking her medical boards as you read this.🤞

Challenges

Twofer
And this old girl is one of my all-time fav stamps. She is from Stampendous. You can't tell, but her tutu and shoes and the cupcakes are all winked. After stamping and coloring another caterpillar, I fussy-cut the cupcakes off her back and then piled them up for the frog to hold in her outstretched arms. You can just make out some light stenciling on the olive green card base. The vertical sediment is from Stamps by Judith, also ancient. Not Judith, the stamp.

No NBUS was used for my card designs this time.

Instead I used OWLS (Old Well-Loved Schtuff)!🤣🦉🤣

Challenges

Come Play!

I hope you are able to play along this month. Remember cakes and cupcakes are not just for birthdays ... stretch that imagination of yours! I'd love to see what you make and I'd love to know about your favorite cake or cupcake recipe if you want to share!
Recipe

Because I used cupcakes this week, I will share one of my sisters' favorite cupcake recipes. It's called Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes. It's super easy and uses a vanilla wafer cookie in the bottom for the crust. You can find an online version of it here at Plowing Through Life. Enjoy!

~~~

And enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy and 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! 

*Life is too short!

To open the pop-up comment box that let's you jump to the end w/o scrollingClick CTL + Home. Click the Home tab under my blog banner which resets the post. Click Page Down to reach the end of the post. Click Comments and a pop-up box opens. Click "Jump to Comment Form" and wallah, no more car pool tunnel! Mwah! (p.s. If you ask me a question in your comment, please remember to leave me your email address so I can respond. Thank you!)