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 13, 2013

CTS #10, DD#35 ~ Spoil Yourself!

Sunny Sunday Hello!

We are having unusually freezing temps here in Northern California and we are losing lots of plants, despite covering them.  It's going to be a happy spring for the garden centers and nurseries, but I do feel sorry for all the birds and critters, like Hitler, our resident hummingbird.  This morning his sugar water was frozen solid, which we didn't think would happen.

Fortunately, my little Playhouse has a little heater so I don't freeze.  Today I've brought you a cakey little card made for two favorite challenges.

Back out on tour after a Christmas holiday break, doors are open for Show No. 10 at CAS(E) this Sketch!  Today's headliner is the fabulous Ms. Lisa Arana!!


The colorists brought in for the show today are the outstanding team of So Saffron and Certainly Celery from the Dynamic Duos! 


My entry, made for a sweet friend who has a sweet tooth:


I put sparkled frosting on the cake and paws, but even close-up, it's hard to see.  Cake and paws.  Boy, what shall I do with that, doya spose?

There's my friend LuC's grandpa, old Clarence Cakenpaws, yonder in his rocker.  He fell off the porch once craning his neck to look at young Jenny and ever since people been sayin he's "off his rocker."

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Talking about headliners, girls, we have a treat today with the arrival at the Playhouse of Ms. Maureen Merritt!  You are going to be very inspired when you visit her website Mama Mo Stamps to welcome her!  Thank you so much, Maureen, for joining us!

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YOLO is an acronym you might have heard being used nowadays. It means, "You only live once!"  I like it. But some people don't think that's true, you know.  They believe in reincarceration.  So I made up this acronym, instead:

LITS! 

While appropriate, it doesn't mean having one too many adult beverages.  It means, "Life is too short!"  You might have noticed I'm sort of a nag about that.  So while I'm not sure someone hasn't already acronymized it, I've never seen it, so I'm going to claim it until I'm told elsewise.  And I'm going to add it from now on to my usual sign off. 

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Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy your day.  LITS!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by to visit the Playhouse.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!


Paper:   Stampland glossy; SU! certainly
  celery and so saffron
Stamps:  Uptown Designs, "Chocolate
  Heaven" 113024; Penny Black 2176F
Ink:  Memento black; SU! markers
SU! Scallop punch
Corner Chomper
 

45 comments:

Jackie said...

Darnell perfectly combined challenges! The image of the mouse is so darn cute, love it! So glad you joined us over at CTS!!!

Daniella said...

I love the card! I'm with you, who would have thought saffron and celery would look soooooo awesome together!!

And, your new acronym is great!! I asked my 13 year old, and he hasn't heard of it, so maybe you did make it up!! The 13 year old is all about the text talk. I LOVE it. LITS for sure!!
xxD

Gillian said...

Fabulous card! The colours are so fresh

Carol L said...

What a fun image and sentiment, but those 2-sided borders look fabulous! A beautiful CAS card for both challenges, and thanks for all you do! I really appreciate your help in putting me in touch with the right people :) LITS - good one!!

Kathyk said...

LOVE your cutie of a card, Darnell.

Know what you mean about the temperatures too - here in Bristol (England) we've gone from -1°c to the balmy heights of +2°c (that's 2°F to 36°f)

Stay warm!

Kathyk

Marlou McAlees said...

your card is adorable!! :)

Katina said...

Perfect card Darnell and perfect for both challenges - love it!
xx

mypapercraftworld said...

Ooh, isn't he a cutie ... I love the way you've done the edging too, brings out the colour in the image beautifully! It is ... LITS that is! Anita :)

Linda said...

Such a sweet image and such a clean and crisp card with nice Spring colours - oh roll on Spring!

It has turned colder here today too, but at least there was sunshine instead of rain today. We were able to get out for a nice walk with the dog today - as you say LITS so we needed to make the most of the dry weather.

Ardyth said...

I love the way you've mounted this on the fresh green and yellow, Darnell! And you're right - LITS, so enjoy!

Ardyth said...

Oops - and thanks for playing along with us this week at CAS(E) This Sketch!

Happy Dance said...

Love the little schmousie. We should all be enjoying cake as much as he seems to be! What a happy card! Your cards do that, you know... they make us all smile. Thanks! : ) LITS, Bev

kingstonmama said...

Ooh, adorable image and fabulous sentiment. I love it in these colors. Wonderful card, Darnell.

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, it is a wonderful bright and happy card, I love it. I have not heard either acronym, so I would claim the credit for the LITS, definately! Cold here today, no rain but lots of snow.....I feel sorry for the little birdies too. Hugs, Anne x

Harriet Skelly said...

I love your card! Yes it is freezing here - we've been walking at Lake Chabot in 39 - 45 degree weather these past few days! Glad you have a heater in the playhouse! I'm snuggling up with the cats!

Victoria said...

Stunning! Love the layout - might nab this idea!

sandee said...

I love your card, very cute! Sorry to hear about the cold temps you're getting, we are the opposite with above normal highs, in the 70's...wish your hummer was over here, we only get them for a short time...you are taing good care of him I hope? He needs that extra food with the cold temps! LITS is so true! ♥ waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell love the card you shared today perfect for both challenges! A sweet little critter. I had to re-read your post a couple times thinking Maureen actually came to visit--ha ha, but wouldn't that be fun? So if we decide to jump ship in March and head to Myrtle Beach or Florida you want get a visitor at the Playhouse.

Susan said...

Our temps are just the opposite! It's been 70-73° here in Florida...we've flipped back and forth from the heat to the air conditioning for the past month. The low that we've had has been in the 30's! No wonder everyone is sick!

LOVE your card. That color combination is fabulous and the image is just adorable!

I couldn't have said it better myself...LITS!!

lostinpaper said...

So totally sweet Darnell! makes me want to eat some cake... and I happen to know where the Christmas cake is hiding lol!
Thanks so much for sharing at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!

stampwithsandy said...

What a sweet image, Darnell. That looks like me left alone in a room with chocolate!

So it's been crazy cold by you? It's crazy warm in NY and we have been enveloped in thick fog for days.

Regardless, LITS! Enjoy whatever Mother Nature has for you today! Hugs :)

Emily Keaton said...

Okay, Darnell, that's about cutest thing I've seen all day :-) great job with the colors and sketch. That Mousie is just adorable!

Bobby said...

Love the border you added to your stamped image. Take good care of Hitler. That's one thing I miss about being away from home for 2 months - no bird feeding and watching. Unless you call seagulls birds. I call them noisy.

Geri said...

The sweet yellow border is definitely a hit with pretty much everyone, inlcuding me! It just seems the perfect fit with that sweet image! Yep, LITS....so eat chocolate whenever you want to :)

Kim Heggins said...

Just so adorable...love that little guy making a pig out of himself with all that cake! I love this weeks colors for Dynamic Duos too, so pretty and it reminds me of spring. I pray that this cold weather ends sooner than later, I just hate leaving home where it is nice and warm with a roaring fire.

Joyce said...

Oh, this is so cute. And, what a great sentiment--so true. And, what does 'thud' mean?

Patty Gorka said...

How pretty, love how you combined the challenges! I really like that sketch, too!

It's unseasonable here in PA....weird weather we're having anymore.

Patty Gorka said...

oops....I meant to say that it's unseasonable WARM here in PA. It was 60 degrees here this weekend and all our snow has melted.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Cold and a titchy bit snowy here today too.

Love your cakey/mousey card xxx

Jen W. said...

That looks like me when I get my hands on a cake! LOL! Hope your plants hang in there and that Hitler doesn't abandon you for warmer climates! It's chilly here too - in the mid 60s! Brrr!
Thanks for playing along with CAS(E) This Sketch this week!

Kim S said...

Oh so sweet! That spoiled little guy is absolutely charming. Perfect colors and such a fantastic use of the sketch. So glad to see you at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Kelly Griglione said...

So I guess the theme of your post is, "LITS, so spoil yourself silly!" OK, I can do that : ) Fun card, Darnell, love how you have matted it flush with the corner. Just a little different!

Allisa said...

Such a cute image! I am sure my temps here will warm you up......31 below zero this morning! Now, you probably think you are having a heat wave!

Bonnie said...

That little critter looks like he/she is really enjoying that cake! I love the way you did the edges! And yes, LITS!

Karen Day said...

Such a sweet card, Darnell! Glad to have you join us at Dynamic Duos this week :o)

Dayna Sabrina said...

Love this card. So very, very cute an the coloring is fantastic!

Deborah Frings said...

Just so cute!

Sharron said...

Love your new acronym--the perfect reason to 'spoil yourself silly'! Your mousie friend is just TOO CUTE! Can't help but love those little Penny Black critters. And what could be better than cake--chocolate at that--YUM!!

Marybeth said...

Do you know how far down I had to go just to make a comment ....far! :) love your take on the photo and the adorable little mouse stamp you used. Your card is cute and elegant at the same time.
Our water fountain froze a bit on the top, never thought to check the hummingbird feeder.duh! Now I will. Thanks !

MaryH said...

Aw, cutest little stamp...and you made an adorable card with it too. Love the colors. Thanks for the new acronyms. Will have to remember both of them, you clever boots! Heard it's been pretty cold down around San Diego too. My bro lives there, and keeps us updated on the weather. Brrrr...& kind of unusual for them I think. Have a great day. TFS

Vicki B. said...

super sweet image, love this!! Thanks for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos!!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Too cute, Darnell! The sparkly frosting is the perfect touch. Thanks so much for joining us at Dynamic Duos! :)

Quip1320 said...

Great job combining the challenges! I love that cute little mouse. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Rosemary said...

super sweet card, darnell... a wonderful take on the sketch!

Jean said...

Love your added twist on the sketch ~ looks fantastic with the layered scallped border and the mouse image is super sweet! Love your new LITS acronym ~ I'll definitely be borrowing it!