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!

July 8, 2024

I.D.E.A.S. Die-Cut Day!

Hello Stamplings!

Welcome and good day to ya! I'm feeling okay and I'll feel even better once I get off the shingles meds. Thank you for all your wonderful birthday and get well wishes and prayers! You're the best!❤

I have my usual twofer for you. One is a card I made a coupla weeks ago and one I managed during the week.

The beautiful vellum butterfly image is from a company called Stamp On It. I attached it to a stitched and scalloped pink square and then attached that to a sheet of vellum, which was attached to the card front with a fold over the top. I then added the die-cut thanks from poppystamps and the sequints.

Before I added the vellum to the card base, I thought a layer of text on the card front would look lovely under the vellum crinoline, so I used my old SU En Francais stamp:
A simple W-O-W Christmas card on hammered cardstock to kick-start what will hopefully be weekly Christmas card makes from now on. Tick-tock, tick-tock! I love pure white-on-white cards, but when I go to make them, I usually end up adding a bit of color, a touch of gold embossing, a little bling, something. I'm pickled tink that I managed to restrain myself for once! (It helped that the lads are away at summer camp right now!)

The corner die is actually NBUS and it's from 2015. I mean, seriously? I really am a bad offender of not using my schtuff, aren't I?! And I have a set of these, Christmas and non-Christmas dies. Slap! Never mind, better late than never as I always tell you with your NBUS!

Sorry, I digested. The ornament is ancient (but often used) from Spellbinders, called, "2011 Heirloom Ornaments." The sediment has escaped its packaging. I'm imagining you imagining the die ripping apart the thin cellophane envelope and flinging itself into the drawer. 


The Mails and The Mister

I have one of those first-of-the-month birthdays that are a surprise when you turn the calendar, so I'm fortunate to get cards for many days after wards. I have to say that this year the mails have been extraordinary! I have received many cards from England and Canada in less than a week! Bravo!!

But then, this:
It is so sad to see a lovely handmade card mangled, especially when there was nothing on the card which should have caught in machinery.😢 On a positive note, I am happy that the mail personnel didn't just throw it away! 


Per tradition, The Mister made me a copier paper handmade birthday card, which I treasure each year. He is not usually one for quips, but he really made me laugh out loud when he wrote this in the card:

Happy 75th Birthday!
If you were a building,
this would be quite
an accomplishment.

And you still have all your shingles!

Enjoy your week! 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! 

*Life is too short!
Triple B: July 
Peace On Earth: A/G Christmas.

July 1, 2024

Birdies Welcome July

Hello Stamplings!

I hope you are doing great as we turn another page on the calendar!  

Remember those desk calendars that were loose-leaf and held in a plastic caddy with loops? Then you'll remember how in July there were more used days of the year than unused days of the year. 

The moral of the story? Whatever you meant to do in 2024, better get out there and get it done! 

At the ol' Playhouse, the lads and I are starting a whole new month of I.D.E.A.S. I went with QACAS and OLC for this Inky first week!

I used these stylized birds on a card not too long ago and I had so much fun, I brought them out to play again. I painted them with my Ziggies, Hammy put on his new blade runners and expertly added the score lines, while the little wonder Stanley tried his luck with schplattering more than one color! 

These birdhouses are from an ancient wooden stamp from Hooks, Lines & Inkers dated 1993! Haha, some of you weren't even born then! Cough. More on that in a minute. 

I painted, added a little blue blush to the edges, and finished it off with another old wooden stamp of dots from Stamps by Judith. The sediment is from another old stamp (not wooden) from Technique Tuesday called, "Chicadees."

Happy Inking! I hope you'll join me and my big I.D.E.A.S. this week!
Speaking of Old

Tomorrow I turn 57, if you don't mind me transposing the numbers. I was feeling pretty smug about making it to such a really big number, what with one thing and another. So smug in fact, on Saturday the Bluebird of Irony shite on my face with a case of shingles! 

Happy Birthday to me!

I'm praying and 
doing my best to keep it from spreading to my eye.🫣 Hopefully, the shingles vaccine will lessen the severity. Plans with family and friends have been canc postponed. And the cover on my birthday cake? A heat dome of temps forecast to reach 90-110 for several days!

But it's all good! This, too, shall pass and lots of folks can't say that. It's hard to get me down because it's still my Diamond Jubilee and I'm happy to be here for it! And I've got dozens and dozens of beautiful cards to open tomorrow! Mwah!


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

Happy 4th of July if you live in America, where we have celebrated our independence and our precious democracy since 1776!

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!
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