A Galaxy Background Card

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Nov 232018
 

Galaxy backgrounds are both super fun to make and incredibly nerve-wracking. They look a hot mess until suddenly, they don’t.

Exhibit A:

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Pretty ugly, right?

But then you add black, and a smattering of stars (in this case, white paint) and suddenly, you have a cool galaxy background. Who knew!

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For this card, I wanted to make a holiday card with a non-holiday set by Kindred Stamps, a challenge set by the Kindred Stamps Facebook group! Here’s what I can’t up with:

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This is the Space Western set. I used the new Tim Holtz for Sizzix star dies with glitter cardstock underneath for a bit of sparkle & movement!

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For the sentiment I used a Lawn Fawn stamp plus “Shiny” from the Space Western set.

I absolutely love how this turned out. So much fun!

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7 years later!

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Nov 232018
 

The blog has been abandoned for a very long time! Craft-wise, I’ve shifted focus over the years. I still knit. These days, however, more often than not I am papercrafting. I have fallen in love with coloring stamped images, and what better way to share those images than sending cards to people I love? Cards are fun to make and fun to send! So it’s a win-win!

I still knit. I still sew. I see more than I knit actually! But papercrafting is really where my heart lies these days!

Remembering Stan Lee

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Nov 152018
 


Like most of us, I grew up hearing the voice of Stan Lee, usually associated with Marvel’s spate of Saturday morning cartoons in the 1990s (including the much beloved, and somewhat obscure “Pryde of the X-Men” standalone episode). And now, sadly, that voice is silenced.
Stan Lee died Monday at 95. I’m certainly not the only geek/nerd/aficionado to eulogize him this week, nor likely the most eloquent. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him, after all.
The battle for Lee’s cultural legacy began almost the instant the news of his passing hit the internet. Was he a bombastic, effusive creative genius, or did he play the comics industry’s self-aggrandizing Edison to Kirby and Ditko’s Tesla? That’s a debate for better (or worse) minds than mine. I only admired him from afar.
You absolutely couldn’t mistake Lee’s presence. He had a trademark look - mustache, big glasses, salt and pepper hair, and a constant, toothy grin - than transcended the eras and the changes in fashion. No matter the photo you see of him, no matter the decade, you know immediately that it’s Stan Lee.
What makes him important for me, I think, is this major point: Stan Lee made it OK to be a geek. In a culture now where “geek” is a term whose possession is fought over by all kinds of groups, and where so-called “geek culture” is ubiquitous, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when liking comic books, when talking about superheroes, was something for nerds and outcasts. It got you laughed at, not applauded. I remember those days vividly.
But Stan Lee was an adult who was out there, talking about comic books. He MADE comic books, created the heroes that we loved. Smiling, excited, bright-eyed behind the glasses, Lee personified the kind of ebullience we all felt inside about our nascent, hidden nerdy passions, but he had the courage to let it out. And so could we. Stan Lee made it OK to be a geek.
Without him, literally, the “geek industrial complex” that exists now would never have come into being. Unlike Scott McCloud, comics’ modern apologist, who has tried to argue why the medium should be looked at from an artistic perspective, Lee knew that comics and superheroes were fun. They were entertaining. And they were nothing to be ashamed of.
Stan Lee made it OK to be a geek.
So unfurl that geek flag, today, folks. Do something nerdy for ol’ Stan. It’s what he would have wanted.

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More Nonsense

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Nov 082018
 
More Nonsense

Today in The Cube:Here’s this week’s roundup of pop culture nonsense:• The CBC’s “Schitt’s Creek” had its fourth season drop on Netflix, and my wife and I gobbled up its 12 episodes like fun-size Snickers. The show follows the Roses, a wealth…

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Halloween Wrap-Up!

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Nov 012018
 
Halloween Wrap-Up!

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Power, Privilege, and Popular Entertainment 2018-03-23 16:39:00

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Mar 232018
 
Power, Privilege, and Popular Entertainment 2018-03-23 16:39:00

So, following in the steps of several historic developments (*rumps disasterous election, the rise of the far right in the US and Europe, my book release) I decided to spend the Spring of 2017 teaching a class on Comparative Genocide. What can I say? I…

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Vacation

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Jan 282018
 

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new music update

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Jan 112018
 

I’ve got two upcoming shows and news on the next album in the latest TheMikeDuBose news letter. Sign up via the link on the right!

Find Me Here

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Jan 102018
 

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holiday depression songs!

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Nov 302017
 

It’s officially the holiday season. Well, if you believe your local big box store, that probably started immediately after Halloween. But we won’t think of them, because it’s almost December…so it’s safe to display and decorate your holiday shrubbery…