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!

January 27, 2013

ATCASE #5; CAS(E) #12; CASology #28; Pixie's #57 ~ A Heart Martini

Happy Funday!

Thank you for taking a break from whatever you were doing and stopping in!  We got a last-minute call that the twins are feeling better, so we're heading out to meet the family for lunch.  Yippee! 
For my card today, I used this delightful sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:

And thanks to the great ladies who bring us these fun challenges to fuel our imaginations, I am also playing in this week's CASology, where the cue card is "DRINK," and Addicted to CAS: ATCAS #5, where the code word is "HEARTS."  Thanks to Di and her encouragement to use up my scraps, I am joining the girls on the snowy playground at Pixie's Crafty Snippets.  I hope you get a chance to check out these great challenges!

Walla:

I turned the olive cocktail pick into a heart cocktail pick for you to stir your martini, baby, made extra icey cold so's not to melt your hearts too soon.  Slurp. 

Oh, and I used a marker to ink up my martini stamp, so I could leave part of the stem uninked in order to lay my sentiment in the middle of it.  Then, after stamping the sentiment, I just sketched in the stem by hand, so it ended up looking like one big image, instead of two.  Did I fool ya?
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Speaking of parties, please help me welcome more new friends!  Today we have:
Maria of Crafty Cre8tions.  If you like dogs, her banner will have you kissing your monitor!
Diane McVey (let me know if you have a blog, Diane, so I can mention it)
Welcome, ladies, and thank you so much!!

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Just real quick, for those of  you who have been praying for, or sending positive thoughts to, my blog friend, Bernie, I want you to know her bowl of onions is not quite as big as she feared, but she still does need us to help her get through her fight with cancer.  You do make a huge difference and she is so appreciative and so am I.  Thank you! 
You're the best!  In fact, here's a favorite song of mine, all about peeps helping peeps!  Bill Withers, singing "Lean on Me," here.

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Okay, gotta dash for a twin fix!  You enjoy your day today, too!  No, seriously, enjoy your day.  LITS! 
Thank you so much for stopping by the Playhouse.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower!
Paper:  PTI white; unknown ancient
  heart paper from stash; SU! real red
Stamps:  Mostly Animals, "Martini" 1199-S7;
  sentiment: The Rubbernecker Stamp Co.
Ink:  Marvy marker; Copics outliner;
  SU! real red; Sakura pens (turquoise)
Corner Chomper

70 comments:

Jessi Fogan said...

Now that idea for leaving out part of the stamped image, is genius! You definitely had me fooled. Don't get too excited, though, because that doesn't tend to be hard to do exactly ;)
YAY! for twink recovery. I have a single sicko at home and am waiting for the rest of us to fall like dominoes. Again.

Deanna Jean said...

Well now itsn't that just a clever little idea..and darn right cute!

Bernie said...

You are so sweet Dranell. Thanks for the link, loved the song, I am leaning on you and lots of others. Fantastic card! You must have a steady hand, can't tell where the stamp stopped and you took over. Fabulous!
Love & Hugs
Bernie

Linda said...

Beautiful Valentines card. Enjoy your time with the twinks.

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is fabulous Darnell. I love the way you have added the hearts and the way you have placed the sentiment.
I wish your friend Bernie all the best with her fight with cancer and send more positive thougnts her way.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the day
Sue

Hannelie said...

This is a job WELL DONE, Darnell!
Awesome take on the sketch!

Beth said...

Aww thanks so much for the welcome! I just popped to see your gorgeous cARd and saw my name! :-)
I love this stamp - perfect for so many cards - or maybe that just shows the calibur of my friends! ;-)

Love Beth xx

P.S. Thanks for the blog tips, can't get the widths to do anything so I may enlist further help!!

Jen W. said...

Okay, Darnell, this may be my new favourite of yours! Love the hearts instead of olives and the sentiment placement is fabulous!! Hope you had a lovely lunch with the twinks and thanks for playing along with CASology and CAS(E) This Sketch this week!

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous card, Darnell. If I was poured a cocktail garnished with hearts, I might actually be persuaded to drink alcohol :) Elizabeth xx

PS: love that Bill Withers number :))

donna mikasa said...

Love your martini of hearts, Darnell, and the way you sketched in the stem of the glass around the sentiment--genius!

shirley-bee said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell! The heart stirrer is genius, and I love the sentiment font. Enjoy your twinkie fix.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell !!!!! I've missed quite a few of your posts, can't keep up :) Love your valentine martini with the clever stamping. My favorite of your recent posts is the black & white one on the previous, gorgeous ! Also like your pretty bright flower card in the previous to the previous post (how is that for memory and weird English?)

I hope all is well, congrats on 200 plus followers ! Happy Sunday, Shirleyx

Barb Ghig said...

I love all your details on this card...so pretty!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell I think you I need to meet for martini's one day my friend. Love your card, the pick is totally creative and love your interpretation of the sketch. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at CASology!

Katina said...

Love the way you did this Darnell - very clever! A fabulous card!
xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Na zdravje-cheers
I love it. Gorgeous card.
Hugs Tamara

alexandra s.m. said...

I love it too!

Gorgeous card Darnell

Thank you so much for sharing your art and good humor with us~

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the way your sentiment fits in the stem - terrific result!

Kristie Goulet said...

Very clever!!! Love the hearts in the glass!!!

Ardyth said...

Love how you inserted the sentiment into the stem - I figured you had masked it. Love the idea of it being so cold so that the hearts don't melt! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week, Darnell!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, love your card, that is a great tip about the stem too. Good to hear that the Twinks are feeling better and also that Bernie is OK too. Take care and have fun with the Twinks. Hugs, Annie xx

Leigh said...

Oooh, great take on the sketch!

mypapercraftworld said...

Hey, Darnell ... sat and looked at your glass stem/sentiment combo for ages before reading how you did it ... thanks for switching on the lightbulb ... amazing artistry! Thanks for the song link ... an all time fave and sooo true :) Hope you had a fun lunch ... Anita :)

Karen B said...

Gosh Dippy, this makes me thirsty. Brilliant image and love the hearts swizzler! So clever how you did the sentiment. Hope you got your twinkie fix! Glad they're feeling better. Thanks for joining us at A2CAS this week.

Karen x

Rosemary said...

fabulous card, darnell... a very, very clever take on the sketch!! so glad you played along with CASology, too!!!

lostinpaper said...

Uber fun take on the challenges! I adore those sweet hearts... or maybe it's the martini lol!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!

karen m said...

Love your card Darnell - those hearts make it so pretty - hugs xx

Carole said...

You are down right amazing...so diverse and talented. You continue to surprise and amuse me. Hugs

Bobby said...

Love how you CASed that sketch. I would never have thought of something like that in a kazillion years.

Meghan said...

WOW! Love everything about this card! Thanks for joining in on the fun at CASology!

stampwithsandy said...

Boy, you fooled me, Darnell. I had to stare at your martini glass for a while before I figured out how it was done. GREAT card, love the little hearts on the pick and your expertly stamped greeting. And you already know how I feel about martinis...

Kim Heggins said...

This is too darn cute! So creative to use the hearts for your olive and I bet they taste better too.

Jean said...

Love what you make the martini glasses ~ your Christmas cards were fantastic, but I think this one for Valentine's Day one is even better!!! You are rocking ~ four challenges in one card! Glad to hear the twinks are better ~ hope you enjoyed your lunch!

Deborah Frings said...

Super card! Love the hearts on the cocktail stick!

Bonnie said...

Aren't you clever to get that martini glass perfectly around the sentiment! I love the hearts instead of olives and some more pretty ribbon!

Carol L said...

This might be one of the most clever stamping tricks I've seen yet! I LOVE how it turned out, and way to combine all those challenges into one fabby card! You rock :)

Melissa said...

Clever as ever! You are always full of surprises, so it shouldn't be a surprise at all how you figured out a way to get that sentiment so perfectly centered in the middle of that glass stem!! :) Love this CAS beauty! All the hearts just make me smile! Thanks for joining us again at CASology!

Judy1223 said...

Darnell, I can always count on inspiration and a chuckle when I visit your blog! Your card is amazing...the hearts with the olive stick? Oh MY, how clever! The stem masked and hand-drawn in? AMAZING. Thanks for joining us at CASology again...always a pleasure to see your cards!

Emily Keaton said...

Now, if that card creation isn't just the most cleverest, then I just don't know what is!!! So super fun, Darnell :)

Allisa said...

Great card! Awesome job coming all the challenges with a unique take!

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

Fabulous!!!

Love what you have done here very much.

Very clever stamping indeed and you definitely had me fooled.

Hope you had a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

p.s. Found the heart but no olive LOL!!!

Vicky Hayes said...

Hope you had fun with the twinks Darnell. I love your gorgeous Martini of Lurve but I think I'd better stick to coffee this morning! Vicky x

PS I got the nail through the finger 'joke' from a shop called The Works. Don't know if you have that in the states? If not, I think any joke shop will oblige!

Jackie said...

Clever, clever, really this is clever in more than just one way! The hearts instead of olives and the way you left out the part of the stem and then added it back in. Awesome looking card as well! You ROCKED this sketch "baby" ;)

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Darnell

One Martini, 2 martini, 3 Martini FLOOR!

Love your card.

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Bubbles said...

Inking the stamp with pens - great idea... you certainy had me fooled - i DID thin it was one stamp :)
Anyway... I was just popping over from Pixie's Place to say "Hi!"...
Bubbles #19

Di said...

Wow, totally genius Darnell!! And why am I not surprised at your wonderful image? Cheers!! Hugs, Di xx Hic!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Wow Darnell! This is just fabulous. I love your skewered hearts - perfect. Love how you did the sentiment. Makes me thirsty ;-)
Thank you too for your kind comments on my blog!

Happy Dance said...

Wowza!! Congrats on winning CASology! Well done my friend, well done!! Woohoo! : ) Bev

mypapercraftworld said...

Hooray ... congratulations Darnell on your CASology win ... brilliant ... well done! Anita :)

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Oh yes! Congratulations on your CASology win!

MagsB said...

What a fantastic idea for adding your sentiment! This is such a celebratory card, so right for Valentine's Day! Love it!

love Mags B x

JD said...

So creative and well done!

Emily Keaton said...

CONGRATS on your win, Darnell!!!!!!

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Fabulous card. Love those skewered hearts! Great job combining the two stamps into one!! And thanks so much for joining us at Addicted to CAS! Loll xx

Lea L. said...

How FUN is that stamped martini with the heart garnish!! Right up my alley...I love martinis!!

Kelly Griglione said...

Oh YAY, yay, YAY, you're the big winner at CASology! So excited for you, Darnell. What a great card too, how clever to thread your sentiment right through that martini glass stem!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Happy dance for your pick win!
Awesome job!


Thanks for your comments on my blog, it was so very sweet of you!
-Kimberly Anne Wiener "Wienerhoneymooner"

Claire said...

Well done on your Casology win Darnell - fab card and a great interpretation of all the challenges!

Marybeth said...

This is just the best! Love the hearts on the tooth pick .

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

This is just awesome!! What a great idea, and perfectly executed too!

Barb King said...

Very clever, congrats on your win!

Ardyth said...

Going for the double win? lol! I'm sorry I didn't notice earlier that this was for CTS as well as CASology - thanks for playing along this week!

Jeanne said...

Congrats on your CASology win! Love the card and the creative tips. Masking hasn't been easy for me; maybe I can try it agin! Hugs and smiles.

cindyleebee said...

Wow! I mean...Wow! So clean, so crisp, so ingenious with your stamping of the sentiment and the hearts with the glass rim running through them. I love that I found you- you make me smile;)

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Well, Darnell, you've succeeded once again in completely knocking my socks off. I love that you masked part of the martini glass for a space to stamp the sentiment - super clever! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS(E) This Sketch - we're so glad you did!

Anastasia (Νατάσα) said...

So elegant, I'd love to drink this martini full of hearts! Thank you for joining us at ATCAS!

Aileen said...

Very clever with the sentiment going through the stem and I love the hearts in your glass. x

Jean said...

Congratulations on your well deserved win at CASology!

scrappymo! said...

This i s a stunning card...That image just catches your eye! Great job.

stampwithsandy said...

Woo hoo, Darnell! I was just checking out the CASology site and see that your card was a big winner! I'm not surprised, you did a fabulous job and I loved it, too. Well, congrats and you go girl!!!