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!

January 19, 2022

Krafty Chicks ~ CAS (Clean and Simple)

Hello Stamplings!

I hope this finds you keeping safe and feeling well. We had a great anniversary weekend with blue sunny skies and warm temps for January. We'd rather have rain this time of year, but it's hard to complain when so many of you were/are blanketed with ice and snow.

Thank you to everyone who played in the Krafty Chicks "Christmas" challenge last week! I'm enjoying being the Guest Designer for this month. It is the third Thursday of January which means that this week our theme is "CAS" ~ clean and simple. Here is my card to inspire you:
This card could not be more QACAS. I embossed the front panel using the Subtle e/f from SU. Then, using an unmarked NBUS stencil with various sizes of circles, I blended rainbow colors using CP inks and my makeup brushes. (Once again, I had to hunt down the brush I use for red ink because a certain adorable hamster was using it to put a little blush on his cheeks.) 

The largest circle was blended using Brilliance gold ink which made it very schimmery so, natch, Hammy applied his winker to the other circles to make them shine, too. I added highlights with my white gel pen. The sediment is one of those plastic die cuts that came in a pack of balloons, confetti, etc. And that's it, uber CAS!

I look forward to seeing your creations! You can find all the details and the linky tool on the Krafty Chicks blog. 
I'm also playing in these challenges:
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I've made a second CAS design. For this one, I overlayed a die-cut rectangle as a stencil and brushed a background using CP shades of purple. Over that I placed one bud from MFT's Buildable Bouquet set, colored to match by me, glossified to high heaven by Hammy. I added a teeny sediment with love.

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy and please be 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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January 12, 2022

Krafty Chicks ~ Christmas

Hello Stamplings!

I hope this finds you doing well. If not, hang in there! I have a coupla friends who don't like the expression "hang in there," so I try not to use it much, but sometimes, really, it's the best thing to say. I looked up some alternatives because you can Googlify anything and sure enough, here are some options:

Grin and bear it ~ seems harsher than hang in there. Snap out of it ~ definitely harsher. Soldier on, see it through, keep at it ~ that's all fine, if it's a marathon you're training for, or boxed furniture you are putting together, but when something is out of your control and you just need to be patient and hope for the best? Then we just have to hug ourselves and hang in there.

And, if we're lucky, get crafty!

Thank you to everyone who played in the Krafty Chicks "Stamp Act" challenge last week! It is the second Thursday of January and this week the theme is "Christmas." Here is my card to inspire you:
This beautiful forest is part of the exclusive Simon Says Stamptember 2021 set by Tim Holtz which my friend Harriet kindly let me borrow. It is one of those images which works beautifully using the direct-to-stamp technique for a wonderful loose watercolored look. The sediment is heat-embossed in platinum and the frame is from Pink & Main.

I look forward to seeing your stamped creations! You can find all the details and the linky tool on the Krafty Chicks blog. 

I'm also playing in these challenges:
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The holly leaves are NBUS from the Simon Says set called "The Magic of Christmas." The NBUS sediment from Gerda Steiner's "Balancing Mouse" was heat-embossed in silver. Hammy had a field day with the schplatters. 

Well, with the gold schplatters anyway. We have a gold spray, but not a silver one, so Hammy thought we could make one out of water and Nuvo glitter drops. It was a clever idea until this happened:
Tip: If it seems like it just needs a little encouragement to come out, don't squeeze the life out of it or you'll squeeze the literal life out of it! Geezopeezo. Did it all land on the desk, you ask? No, of course not, silly. It went all over the floor and all over me ~ somehow missing the critters ~ but I'm now the proud owner of a glitter-schplattered navy sweatshirt, so score!

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πŸ₯‚In other happy news, The Mister and I are celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary this weekend! We won't be going anywhere right now, but hopefully we can get away to celebrate 50 and 51 ... before 52 rolls around!πŸΎπŸ’• But no matter, every day we are here and together with loved ones is a cause for celebration, especially in these trying times.

[🀫I now know the secret to those marriages that last over 50 years. After 50 years, one or both of you starts to instantly forget what the other one did to tick us off!🀣]

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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, 2022

Krafty Chicks ~ Stamp Act

Hello Stamplings!

How are you? Thank you for taking a break to click open my bloggeroo today! You deserve a break and a favorite beverage. And sure, I support having a little sweet, too, while you're at it.

Just as I was looking for some renewed schpark to light up my get-up-and-go in the new year, I was asked by the Krafty Chicks to be their Guest Designer for January. What an honor and what perfick timing!

The Krafty Chicks post challenges once a week on Thursdays and for Week 1, the prompt is "Stamp Act." Here is my card to inspire you:
Zany the zebra is part of a NBUS stamp set called "Savanne1" from Craft Emotions, simply stamped in black and white. The sediment is from Dylusions. The double-stitched die is from MFT. And, of course, Hammy brought the zebra to life by adding googly eyes.

Don't you wonder what mischief lies unseen in front of Zany? I'm sure there is a group of her zebra friends gathering in the distance, but what are they up to? Oh, the imagination stirs ~ or maybe the memories! Why, it reminds me of that time back in 1973 when a group of us girls drove into Los Angeles from the sub-Urbs and Cheryl suggested that we ...

Thank you, Krafty Chicks for asking me to guest design this month! You can find all the details and the linky tool on their blog and I look forward to seeing your stamped creations! 
I'm also playing in these challenges:
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Another QACAS and NBUS design for you. I've had Tim's Mini Blueprints booze-themed stamp set for (cough) years and I finally broke the seal on that puppy. All of the blueprint images are fantastic! The sediment is from Tim's Big Talk collection. (Hammy scampered up my pant leg just as I was taking a sip, so pardon the spillage.)

Those of you who are eagle-eyed and sober will note that that wine opener would crush that bottle of wine if it was used. Well, you might find, as I did, that if you drink a little wine and then look at it again, the perspective problem goes away! Hic!

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Kudos to the Postal Service

While I had a few cards returned unnecessarily and packages that took forever, I just had to share this positive PO experience. Below is a photo of a card I received from my bloggie friend Aileen in Australia:
Notice anything remarkable? There is NO postage stamp! I've been know to send cards off like that a few times myself, but they've always come back to me. Somehow the post office managed to get this beautiful Christmas card to my mailbox in America and that makes me smile!

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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! And thank you for your positive feedback on my last post regarding Verna and sending cards to seniors.

*Life is too short!

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January 1, 2022

Happy, Happy, Hopeful!

Hello Stamplings!

Happy New Year! I hope this finds you doing well and avoiding Omicron and I hope you enjoyed your holiday! I was so optimistic that 2021 would find us completely back to normal with good times and good health and no more stress and depression. Wrong. My heart goes out to you if you've had illness or death of a loved one this past year.

So now I am heaping even more optimism onto the back of 2022 ~ The Year of High Expectations! I hope it is strong enough to bring us to a place of sanity and a return of human kindness and common sense, which, in turn, will lead to an end to the pandemic and political infighting. Well, I don't know about that last bit, but a girl can dream.

And make you a card:
For the base, you'll see a layer of handmade paper, shot through with gold tinsel. Over the top is a platinum circle of stars which was a gift from a friend; I think it's made by Papertrey. The inner circle is adorned with a NBUS bottle of champagne (vad elsk?) from Cottage Cutz (which I paper-pieced in different appropopo colors of glossy paper) and a NBUS sediment from Hero Arts which was heat-embossed in gold.

Here's a better angle of the schparkliness and color!
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Thank you to ALL the wonderful card challenges in Blogland and their dedicated Design Teams who work to inspire us and schpark our creativity month-after-month!
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In other happy news, this is my 10th blogging anniversary! I actually published my first post in October of 2011, but it was just a coupla practice posts. I didn't really get my feet wet until January of 2012. It's a pretty big deal to have maintained a blog for ten years, especially in the era of Instagram and with all the changes Blogger has made over the years, not all of them good ones. 
The readers play a huge part in the longevity of a blog and I am so thankful for all of you! After all, without you leaving me wonderful comments, I'm not sure I would still be blogging. More importantly, many of your comments have developed into real friendships, both inside the computer and outside in the real world. We blog because we want to share our creations and have a diary of them ~ it's an incredible magical bonus when strong bonds and friendships also develop!

In celebration of my ten years of blogging, I'm hoping to do a sort of restart this year. This pandemic has taken some of the stuffing out of the ol' blog sofa, as it were, and I want to see if I can rekindle my joy of blogging, visiting, and commenting. Know what I mean? I also want to spread more joy around the world cuz the world could use more joy.
So in louie of a blogaversary give-away, here is my plan, complete with preamble:

If you've been a friend for a while now, you've heard me talk about my dear friend Verna. I became friends with Verna in 1978 when we both worked in the same small law firm. That's a long-time friendship. Verna is 97 now and confined to a bed after breaking her neck seven years ago in an accident with her walker and an automatic door. She is an inspiration to me in terms of her stoicism and her spunk. Mentally, she is sharp as a tack in spite of the pain her body is in.

I asked a few years ago if friends would send her cards and many of you do. The joy that Verna feels from getting these cards is hard to put into words. I stand on the porch and visit with her and she shows the cards to me through the window. And her face just lights up! Thank you for that gift for her!

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In turn, I would like to offer that gift to a senior you may know. There are wonderful people who do annual card drives and I have enjoyed taking part in them and also donating cards for seniors in my own community, but I'd like to do more. Two years of off-again/on-again isolation has been hard for everyone, but it is especially hard for seniors.

So if you, or someone you know, would love to receive some old-fashioned love in card form, please use the Contact Me form on the right to let me know and I will get the details from you. (Using the form is more reliable because comments are often un-reply-able.) 

Thank you, everyone! Mwah! And RIP dear Betty White.πŸ˜‡
 
 Enjoy your day and Happy New Year! 
No, seriously, enjoy! Life is too short!

p.s. I was just searching for something on my blog and ran across an old post at the beginning of 2016 that I found both humorous and depressing in that I've not yet reached any of the goals I had high hopes for SIX years ago. Slap! Time doesn't speed up for old people. Old people slow down and resolutions stay the same!πŸ˜„