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!

October 8, 2012

C4E ~ Anything Goes; Dynamic Duos ~ Colors; Pixie's Snippets 41; and Pumpkin Patch Funday!

Good Monday Morning,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We had it all here, beautiful weather, family time, photo ops, and corn in our underpants . . .
 
First, a card.  A card that turned on me, like a pet alligator.  That happens.  I'm rushed and a bit unsettled.  I start a work project tomorrow that will last until the first part of November.  I will stop in here when I can, but I know it will mostly affect my visits to your blogs and my comments and I'm sorry about that.  I like coming to see you and I'll miss it, but I'll be back to visiting you before you know it!
 
I'm entering three wonderful challenge sites in Bloggerlonia today.  In Alfa Betty order, one is called Challenges 4 Everybody.  Don't you just love that name?!  I do.  Everyone is welcome at any time, no matter what, nor who you are, nor what you've created.  Mwah!  They are sponsored by Digi Darla.
 
The second is the fun Dynamic Duos, where this week they are searching for Design Team members, so especially get in there and get (l)inked up if you are interested, although you're welcome to just come in and play with the colors:
 
 
I love and use a lot of old olive, but not too many tango tangerines are in my craft bag.  I was happy to find a half a sheet and a scrap of it, however, yippee, which meant I could also link up to Pixie's Crafty Snippets challenge 41!  I hope you use snippets and join in!

My card:
 
 
and a close-up of the dahlia's you can see in the background.  So perfect for Autumn.

 
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And now for a photo journey of our weekend for those interested.  Grab a beverage if you're coming along . . .
 
After the soccer game, we provided snacks:

Mister wouldn't let me use this table for obvious reasons!  I didn't have the heart to tell him he shouldn't be sitting there either!
 
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An aside.  We only had one child, a son, and he only has twin sons.  As a result, I know nothing about little girls, but I took this picture for those of you who do.  I don't believe it needs a caption, but I do believe that's a delightful girl child.  And there were other princesses to be found on this weekend . . . stay tuned. 

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Below you can see why Henry was elected President of the local chapter of the "Dirty Bug Club."  Here, he displays how a boy should properly look after eating a small chocolate ice cream on a stick.  His brother Adam's face was clean as a whistle.  Apparently cleanliness is not one of the strands found in the identical twin genome!
 

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Now we have some fun photos of our visit to the Pumpkin Patch yesterday.  Although all these hundreds of pumpkins all looked alike, each and every one was considered in the search to find perfection!
 

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Below is Mister (Papa).  It's like one of those photos you find in magazines where there is a contest and you win a prize for the the best caption!  You can pick a caption or make up one of your own!
 
"I think Aunt Sylvia is trying to reach me on the psychic phone!"
"Don't tell me I could have parked right there!"
"Do I smell a sausage sandwich?"
"If that's your wagon, where's mine?"

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Next, we visited the SCARY display inside the barn.  Well, okay, not so scary, but sorta fun because when you clapped, lots of eyeballs started moving, spiders started crawling, bats began to fly, and skeletons started reaching out for you!
 
 
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Then, off to the tractor-go-cart track! 
 
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And, look here, what did I find?  Another little princess right in the middle of the hay and corn!!  Was this "Dress-Up-Like-A-Princess" weekend for little girls?  Too funny!
 
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Next, more fun was to be had in the giant raw corn kernel play box!  (You thought I was kidding when I said there was corn in the underpants, dinja?!)

 
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Last, but not least, a pony ride!


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That's me (Bama) with the boys:
 

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And here are some artsy-fartsy photos d' artiste:
 
 
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Back home, we washed off the dirt and corn dust with super-sonic squirt guns!

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While we were having this fun-filled weekend, their parents were having a memorable time away, so it was all good, all the way around! 

Oh, and we can't forget Duke in our digital album!

"Please don't let them squirt me!"

Enjoy!  Enjoy!  Enjoy!  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:  SU! tangerine tango and
  old olive; Stampland glossy
Stamp:  SU! mini sentiments;
  and maple leaf, set unknown
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black; and
  SU! old olive sponged on white
Ribbon:  SU! scrap
Bling: Memory Box jewel stickers

25 comments:

Bobby said...

I don't know where you live but it sure wasn't warm enough where I live to use squirt guns. It looks like you all had a lot of fun, though.

And the little girl in the pink tutu? I have a picture similar to that of one of my granddaughter Kjerstin when she was 5 or so. Having 5 granddaughters, I can tell you they always want to dress as princesses.

Jean said...

Great card for the challenges! Looks like you had a great weekend with your twinks! Most people I know wouldn't be able to sit at the nut free table:)!

Bernie said...

Looks like you had a fabulous weekend with the boys! Most people I know wouldn't be able to sit at the nut free table either. I enjoyed you pix so much I nearly forgot about your card. :) I love those leaves, great colors.
Hugs
Bernie

MaryH said...

Aw shucks, this was a fun post to read. You got some little cuties at your house - well the Mister is pretty cute too! Cuteness gene must run in the family, huh????I'm like Bernie, got so engrossed in reading about the wkend adventures, had to go back to remember what the card was. Needless to say, it was beau-ti-ful...great job on the leaves. Will miss you whilst you are busy, come visiting when you can. Thanks for the challenge links. I'll chk 'em out. Hugs til you return to blogland. oh yes, forgot Little Duke, he's awful cute too!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, fabulous post today, that was an action packed weekend, I bet the Twinks just love to visit you! Love your card, great colours. So.....you might be missing for a while then, I will miss you but will keep an eye out..... not sure what I will do for my daily dose of entertainment now.....don't be gone too long and have fun with whatever it is you are doing. Lots of crafty hugs, Annie x

Redanne said...

How could I forget Duke?? He is a gorgeous little doggie! A

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Thanks Darnell. I enjoyed my visit to you today. Wonderful pictures and a fun post (as always).

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, thank you for the photo journey of your weekend. Looks like it was great fun and you reminded me of when our granddaughters were younger and we would take them to the pumpkin patch. They didn't dress up like princess's, but they are sweet like them. (still sweet as young teens, I was a young "Oma")

Your artsy photos are beautiful as well and so is your card ! Love the leaves, pefect for this time of year, at least around here. It was surreal to see your grandsons in bathing suits cleaning off the corn ! We had frost here the last two mornings ! Yikes !

I did think you were joking about corn in the pants :) Good Luck with the work and I'll miss your posts if you don't have much time for them. Have fun, Shirleyx ps.. are you writing a book?

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, thank you for the photo journey of your weekend. Looks like it was great fun and you reminded me of when our granddaughters were younger and we would take them to the pumpkin patch. They didn't dress up like princess's, but they are sweet like them. (still sweet as young teens, I was a young "Oma")

Your artsy photos are beautiful as well and so is your card ! Love the leaves, pefect for this time of year, at least around here. It was surreal to see your grandsons in bathing suits cleaning off the corn ! We had frost here the last two mornings ! Yikes !

I did think you were joking about corn in the pants :) Good Luck with the work and I'll miss your posts if you don't have much time for them. Have fun, Shirleyx ps.. are you writing a book?

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I hate it when comments go thru twice !!!!

Carole said...

How fun, fantastic memories. Thanks for sharing. Oh yea your card is gorgeous.

Tracey McNeely said...

What a fabulous card Darnell and I LOVE your family post!

Karen said...

OMG Dippy - don't quite know why you posted the card........pales into insignificance when you look at the rest of the post! Sorry about that but what with the twinks, dirty bug club, pumpkin patches, Mister and the nut free zone (!), princesses - more princesses, super sonic squirters, the wonderful Bama and really not to be forgotten the absolutely adorable Duke, well I mean to say - think you have missed a trick here.....your gorgeous family are the absolute stars of your blog!!! You've cheered up my evening no end.

Hugs.

Karen xxx

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Your card is lovely - the colors are beautiful! I loved the photos - it is fun to read about everyone. The photos of the girl children are so cute! As a mother of 3 boys I used to 'borrow' my friend's girls so I could do girl things and I learned early on that the difference between raising boys and girls is huge - and from the start! Boys are 'what you see is what you get' compared to the female traits that little girls acquire already while in the infant stage! Wishing you a happy day! I hope Duke feels better!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Bonnie said...

This is a beautiful card, Darnell! Glad you found some Tangerine scraps. Thanks for sharing your fun day at the Pumpkin Patch! I really enjoyed the tour!

kingstonmama said...

Fabulous card, Darnell. It looks like you had a wonderful weekend. So many memories. I have not just one delightful girl child, but two, and they have often been seen prancing about town in princess gear! :) ann

Kim said...

Beautiful card and love all of your other photos too, looks like you all had a wonderful time together and I have to admit I laughed out loud when I read the part about corn kernels in your underpants...looks like so much fun!

Di said...

Brilliant card Darnell - love those colours and leaves.

Super photos too - I also laughed about corn kernels in your underpants :)

Hugs, Di xx

Di said...

Err, not literally YOUR underpants you understand - I'm so goofy at times :( Di xx

Kim S said...

I'm not too thrilled with those "tango tangerines" either!! But you HAVE used them effectively!!! So glad to see you at Dynamic Duos. (Don't be gone too long with work commitments, I'll miss you!)

Melissa said...

Love your pretty autumn leaf card and that dahlia is a stunner! Wow!

Your weekend of fun reminds me of a pumpkin patch we used to have here just outside of town. We'd visit it every year and it had so many of the things you've captured on your photos! The boys loved it...then, it closed down. :( We haven't found one like it since!

Looks like you had a ball! :)

Alison Barclay said...

Great card - the two tone leaves are a wonderful idea! Love the photos too! Thanks for playing with us at Dynamic Duos this week! :)

Sandy said...

Your card is so pretty, love the leaves. Look at all those pumpkins, I have never seen so many. Have never seen a corn kernel play box before, what fun. Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody. Good luck! Sandy :)

Ardyth said...

OK, by the time I got to the end of the post, I forgot what the card looked like, so give me a minute. (Great fun at the pumpkin patch, though!) Oh yes, olive and tangerine! Love how they fit into the whole backdrop you've set up! I can't figure out how you've coloured the leaves, but they're fun!

maria f. said...

Bet the pony ride with corn in the pants was a lotta fun!