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. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

August 31, 2012

CASology Week #8 - Relax Already!

And we're back around to Friday!  (And, geez, the last day of August!)

I had a great time visiting my friend's cabin yesterday.  It was a beautiful day and it was a beautiful, cozy cabin.  I wish I had pictures to show you, but my friend is in the Witness Protection Program and I didn't want to blow her cover.  Also, I forgot to bring my camera.

I still got in some crafty card time last night.  I do adore Melissa's CASology challenges. The premises are surrounded by an electrical ... no, wait, I mean the premise is a single "cue card" word and you then run with it.  Each week the winner gets to be the guest designer for the next week. 

At first glance, you might think, what the heck am I going to do with that?  But that's exactly the fun of it.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!  Well, and don't forget the "ology" part:  Clean And Simple.

This week there is a sponsor: the outstanding Cindy from Cindy Coutts Designs!  Check it.  And this week the guest designer is the wonderful Karen from Karen's Nuts.  I know you think I made up that name, but I did not neither!  Karen is brand new to Blogland, so please pay her a visit.  How cool for her to be recognized right from the start! 

Here is this week's cue word:


Cindy covered drinking, so my card tells the story of another of my favorite relaxing activities:


Not the best photo because the skies here are cast over today.  Fun card, though, huh?  One of my little sisters loves puzzles even more than I do, so I will send this card to her, along with the rest of the beautiful puzzle.
 
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I mentioned the other day that my DDIL, Rachel, was away visiting her sick auntie. She flew home via United and emailed me this:

"I wanted to mention that the pilot of the flight from Chicago to SFO was a lady who sounded exactly like you over the speaker. She was funny and even made up words to better describe situations. I was dumbfounded and actually thought to myself: does Mom have a secret life?"

How fun is that?! Do you think I might have a twin gerbil out there?
 
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Enjoy!  It's a long holiday weekend here in the States, the last hoo-haa of summer, so please be safe wherever you are!  As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!
 
Paper:  PTI rustic white
Stamp:  Hero Arts
Ink:  Marvy jungle green;
  Gelly Roll pen
Puzzle:  Susan Bourdet 2009,
  Karmin Int., "Spring Garden"

29 comments:

Suze Bain said...

I LOVE this Darnell, the brightly coloured puzzle pieces look fab against the white. Have a great holiday weekend, the weather has turned very cool here in the UK. xx

Tracey McNeely said...

To sit and work on a puzzle is relaxing Darnell, great take on the cue word. Thank you so much for joining us at CASology this week!

Redanne said...

They do say we all have a doppleganger - so maybe there is another you out there! How fun would that be........ Love your card, it has beautiful colours in it. Good luck with the challenge. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Allisa said...

This is such a cool card, I love it! What a great idea! I used to do puzzles..........long ago! Now, there is never enough quite time, let alone the space to leave a puzzle untouched and to still have all the pieces when I come back!

Karen Nutkins said...

Hi Darnell, thank you for the lovely mention in your post, and for following my blog.
I am loving the CASology challenges, too. I agree, when you first see the cue card, you think, "WHAT am I going to do with that?"
Love your playhouse - could do with one myself!

Carole said...

I'm puzzled...did you use tack it over and over, or another removable adhesive? Oh so clever and creative.

Karen said...

Hi Darnell - just love your puzzle card and I'm sure your sister will be thrilled. Haven't managed to join in these CASology challenges yet but do know Karen (cool name eh?) of Karen's Nuts from the LIM challenges.....it was what I was going to call my blog but she got there first! lol Definitely not a twin gerbil - you are UNIQUE!

Hugs.

Karen x

Victoria said...

A beautiful CAS card. The pieces look marvellous against the white card.

Jenni's Jems said...

Brilliant interpretation (is that how you spell it?? - what the heck you know what I mean!)x

Ardyth said...

Two Darnells in the world? Are we ready for that? lol! Love your card - what a fantastic idea! We do one 1000 piece puzzle a year - Santa brings it and we all put it together on the dining room table between Christmas and back to school. I'd completely forgotten how much I enjoy doing a puzzle - thanks for reminding me and playing along with CASology this week!

Rosemary said...

oh you are a clever one, miss darnell! what a fantastic card!! thanks so much for playing with CASology each week!

Berni Cuttino said...

Fun and whimical. love it. Thanks for your visit and leaving the luv. Hugs.

Carol L said...

I LOVE your take on the challenge, and I LOVE doing puzzles! I recently stumbled upon a card-maker's blog who also happens to be an airline pilot - I wonder if that was the same pilot your DDIL had?! I wish I could remember who she was now.....sigh

Jean said...

Yes, it is QUITE fun! What a great idea to use an actual puzzle!

Kim said...

Now this is relaxing...what a beautiful puzzle too. Sounds like you had a great trip to the cabin too but no pictures, I was really looking forward to some but I do understand. Another great story too, how fun to have a twin somewhere in the world and yours is a pilot.

Kara Lynne said...

Your card is clever and gorgeous! Puzzles are anything but relaxing to me, I don't want to quit until I finish them. I'm like a dog with a bone!

shirley-bee said...

What a great card idea, Darnell! And beautifully executed, of course.

On one flight we were on, the captain announced, "Cabin crew, prepare doors for landing". We were still on the ground, waiting to set off. Worrying...

Jen W. said...

This rocks, Darnell! Such a fun take on the cue work and gorgeously executed! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

Kim S said...

OMGsh!! What an amazing idea!! I may have to steal it!

kingstonmama said...

Now that's clever. I love the idea of not just using puzzle pieces on a card, but having them be part of a puzzle gift. Brilliant thinking and so much fun. ann

CarolCel said...

Love the puzzle idea!! gives me the idea to use it for my youngest niece on her birthday card!
Where can we get the puzzle pieces?

Susan said...

I haven't put together a jigsaw puzzle in years...maybe I need to pull out some of my old puzzles and give it another try. I really used to love putting together puzzles. THanks for the reminder. Hope your sister can get these puzzle pieces off the card! LOL! Fabulous card...and great job think outside the box (pun intended!)

Bonnie said...

I used to love to do puzzles and remember my grandma always having one going at her house. What a wonderful idea for a card, Darnell! Fantastic job on this challenge!

judkajudi said...

Congratulations on your honorable mention at CASology! There is always a puzzle in progress at our house! Took the tour of your playhouse ... incredible!!

shirley-bee said...

Hey, congrats on the CASology honourable mention! Those girls know a good card when they see one ;)

Lyndal said...

FAB, FAB card Darnell & a well deserved CASology HM :)

Deanna said...

WOW this is such an awesome card love the puzzle theme! Congrats for HM on CASology this is really neat:)

Kelly Griglione said...

So excited to see you honored for the CASology challenge, what a cool card! Reminds me of the puzzle picture frames that were a popular craft many years ago. Just goes to show how things can be resurrected and done in a contemporary way! Congrats, Darnell!

Allisa said...

Congrats on your Honorable Mention at CASology! Truly a great card!