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 20, 2021

For YOU, My Monkeys

Hello Stamplings!

To those of you celebrating today, Happy Father's Day! We will be going over to our son's later this afternoon. The twins have jobs for the summer now, but they will end their shifts in time to join us for dinner. I know. I can't believe they are 16 either! I'll try to remember to get a photo.

And speaking of trying to remember, I'm going make an effort to create with my flower images more often. I think I've told you before, I buy a lot of floral stamps, dies, and stencils, and when I pin, bookmark, or file someone's image to CASE later, ninety percent of the time it's a floral card. Yet, slap my biscuit, I rarely reach for flowers when I get an idea for a card; it's usually critters! (Possibly I'm being influenced by a certain hamster?)

So yesterday, I made TWO flower cards! Gome!

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Not only that, but it's a NBUS set! This sweet set is called Magnolia and it's by Craft Emotions. I'll be using the other beautiful images soon and coloring them in the more traditional pink hues, but it was fun painting this one in blue and yellow. I used my Ziggies and Hammy added just a light touch of winking so the blue and yellow didn't mix to make green. The sediment is from Verve and the frame is Pointed Rectangle Frames by poppystamps.

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This was really fun. It is also NBUS, this time by Crafter's Companion for Gemini. The package contains an embossing folder and stencils. You emboss first and then there are two stencils so you can place them over the embossing and color some or all of the dandelions. So there is wonderful texture from the e/f and the stencils make it very easy (although not perfect, lol) to blend color on the puff balls. I used my blending brushes and CP inks.

The sediment is from Tim Holtz's Snarky Small Talk booklet. I don't know how I've missed these, but better late than never. There are dozens of really funny sticker sediments, so prepare yourself for seeing a lot of them since they are right up my sarcastic alley! Especially now that I'm of a certain age where what little filter I used to have is starting to fray away completely. Oh, dear!

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REMINDER: The June Twofer Card Challenge ends on the 24th, so there is still time to play! The prompt is 🌞SUNSHINE!🌞 so if you're making a sunny summer card, why not make two and join in? I'd love to see you there!

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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! Please let me know you came by so I can be sure and return the flavor!

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June 14, 2021

A Colorful Bird-day and a Turkoyce Snowman

Hello Stamplings,

How are you? Are you away from your devices now because we are free to move about the country / school is out / summer is almost here? I don't blame you. 

However, in this neck of the woods, we went from really beautiful spring weather to burn-your-backside-if-you-sit-on-the-step red hot sizzling summer weather. I'm not ready for it, so I'm inside and back to my old vices, on my devices, which is to say I'm bringing you a coupla cards. 

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I had fun painting these birds. Because we make handmade cards, we can color them howsoever whichway we want to color them. I love that about this hobby. 

The birds who are celebrating pride month on my card above are from a NBUS set from Your Next Stamp called "Happy Bird-day." The little musical notes and the sediment are from the same set. The framing dies are from MFT. Every feather has been winked by Hammy and is a schparkly delight.

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I have this cool Tim Holtz snowman in an e/f and a stamp and today I used the stamp. I heat-embossed my snow gentleman using Tim's Broken China Embossing Glaze. I had a heck of a time trying to get a closeup of the wonderful shine from the glaze:
The "Snowflake Marquee" die is from Memory Box and the sediment is from GKW. Hammy did a great job (his first time) adding a faint grounding shadow and I munched the corners. That is to say, Hammy did offer to munch the corners and I said sure, but thankfully, I turned back around in time to save the card before he had eaten too much. I couldn't get upset because, I mean, he was munching it after all!
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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 or subscriber! Please let me know you came by so I can be sure and return the flavor!

*Life is too short!

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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 notices in your inbox, you will need to choose another service, such as Bloglovin or Feedly, etc. 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 or Feedly, or the like, there is nothing for you to do. 

If not:

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If you have any problems or questions, let me know. (darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com.) Please email me rather than leave a comment so that I will have a way to respond to you. 

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.😁 

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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.

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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. 

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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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