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!

August 8, 2022

A Range and A Ramble

Hello Stamplings!

I hope this finds you well or on your way there! 

We saw the grandtwins yesterday and heard all about their college tours, so that was fun! In between doing summery things and a newly discovered project, I made a coupla four cards for challenges. During the summer, the participation in challenges is naturally lower because people are off stuck in airports on vacation, so I like to make a point of playing when I can. Grab a drinkiepoo. ☕🍹

Onefer and Twofer
You can prolly tell that these two cards were created from one large poinsettia stamped image from Waltzingmouse. I white heat-embossed it which created an emboss-resist, so I could paint it with watercolor brushes and stay within the pretty lines. After wards, I cut the image in half to make two cards. Hammy had a blast creating matching red and gold schplatters on each. 

  • CAS Mix Up: My friend Brenda is the Guest Designer this month and my friend Nancy is the hostess. The prompt is Emboss Resist. Besides embossing, my designs included stamping, die-cutting, watercoloring, and splattering.
  • SSS Monday: Spritz and Splatter.
  • SSS Wednesday: Emboss It.

This W-O-W design is pretty self-exploratory, although I don't know why one pine cone looks yellowish. The background evergreen embossing folder is from Sizzix. The die cut branches and pine cones were in my bits box so I'm not sure who makes them. The sediment is from Winnie & Walter. 


This QACAS design features an old NBUS butterfly from Butterfly Trio by Penny Black. You can't tell, but the card base is glossy. I wanted to see if it would work if I colored the butterfly directly with markers and stamped it. I liked how ethereal it turned out. I added the sediment from Concord & 9th and a thin black frame.



My New Project

Remember back in the spring of 2021 when the word went out that Feedburner was closing and they would no longer be handling blog subscriptions? A lot of us added Bloglovin' or Follow It or other third-parties to our side bars to replace Feedburner. But in reality, I continued to receive notices when people published their posts. Life went on pretty much as usual.

That all changed on August 1, 2022, when I opened my laptop and crickets jumped out. Instead of waking up to a daily average of between 50-100 emails, there were less than a dozen! Where did everybody go? I was shocked and I am continuing to be shocked every day since then. It's like most of the neighborhood moved out in the middle of the night and left me.

If you're using WordPress, or a mail service like Bloglovin', I still get your publication notices. If you're not, I can still find you again ~ that sounded stalky, lol! I just need to go back to my Reading List, but the problem is, my Reading List is not up-to-date. (Your Reading List contains those blogs you have followed using the blue Followers button. You can find your Reading List in the left-hand column of your Dashboard.) 

Because I was 
very good about following blogs and making friends over the last ten plus years, my Reading List contains 2,262 blogs!! I had no idea! Of course, a bunch of those blogs are prolly inactive now, so the list needs to be cleaned out. I really miss not getting your posts, so this is going to be a priority for me now. It will no doubt take me quite a while. BTW, I need to clean my list up regardless, but if there is something else going on, please let me know. 

I'll be back and until then, enjoy your days! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!*

*Life is too short!

August 1, 2022

Flowers and Friends

Hello Stamplings!

Welcome and Happy August! Of all the names of months which people give to their children, August is one of my favorites. Doesn't it sound distinguished? A boy would hate it, but you just know he is going to grow up professor smart, smoking a pipe, and wearing a sportcoat with leather elbows. Of course, rightly so, nobody is smoking a pipe anymore (nor blazers like that), but I always liked the look. Okay, Boomer.

(The Mister was trying to be hip and used that expression yesterday, but it came out, "Okay, Beemer." I mean, honestly, how perfect that a Boomer messed that up? We're both still giggling about it.)

Onefer Trois

For today's presentation, I am back in my NBUS flower box. Are you ashamed that you have stamps from years ago that have never been inked? Don't be! NBUS is the support group for all of us. We don't judge here.

Thank goodness, because the set I used for my cards today is from 2016, small cough. It's from the Butterfly Kisses set by Mama Elephant:
I stamped and die-cut three images which I watercolored with my Ziggies in different color families and then Hammy winked them to high heaven. I went uber clean and simple for the peachy tones and then rummaged in my backgrounds box for the other two designs: inky schplatters and borders of Washi for the blue, and a blended debossed e/f for the orange.

The flowers on this card are from "Oh Happy Day" by Taylored Expressions. The sediment set was borrowed from a friend in Oregon and because I don't have it, I think I either gave that cute frame die away or it was a long-ago gift from another friend.

With this card I am joining fellow bloggers in a tribute to Lindsey Martin-Penny who passed away recently after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Her blog was Bashful Blogging and we became friends in 2014. Lindsey served on the design teams of several of my favorite challenges and she left the best comments and emails! She was a hoot with a wonderful sense of humor and she will be terribly missed. 

Color Hues and Seize the Birthday are joining together for this tribute. They would like you to share your Lindsey-inspired designs using her favorite blue and purple colors. Thank you to both teams.


I have to share this gorgeous young Cooper's Hawk who landed in the garden last week. I was so happy that he stayed there for a few minutes while I grabbed my phone!

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

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse, being a follower, and leaving me some love! Remember that Thursday is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! 🍪🍪🍪

*Life is too short!

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