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!

February 18, 2013

CFC#90; DD#40; LIM#107 ~ Up, Up and Away!

Happy Monday!

I'm looking forward to a fresh new week.  Last week wasn't so the best, it was more valleys than peaks, but today we start anew.
 
I spent some time yesterday taggling the project of reorganizing my clear stamps by theme, as I've done all along with my woodens.  Enough clears have been purchased now to make it necessary for me to organize them according to the mash ignations of my brain.  Otherwise, I can't find or remember all the parts and pieces of most of the sets.  More on that in a later post with toast.
 
But first, the stars lined up at some of my favorite challenges, so I was able to make one card do the work of three.  Yippee!
 
In alpharrangement, I have for your viewing pleasure:
 
CAS-ual Fridays ~ Black and White Plus One


 Dynamic Duos ~ Tempting Turquoise and Basic Black

Less Is More ~ Up In The Air

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And the result:


 
 
I die-cut the balloons from some cool dotted acrylic paper that I believe came from SU! back aways.  The Dynamic Duos challenge gives extra credit if you also use clouds.  I tried, especially since it's all up in the air and all, but it got too messy and too busy and to unCAS, so I went back to a cloudless sky.
 
The sediment is from Wilson Designs.  I placed a PTI Framed stamp around the words to stimulate a hot air balloon basket.  Of course, you'd really need about 10,389 more balloons to lift off IRL, but this is CASL, where we make believe it can be done with only three.
 
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I have our newest friend for you to meet!  The Ava Tar is "mmcgarry5."  Unfortunately, I can't find any other information other than that for now.  I'll edit this if I get more information.  Welcome, "mmcgarry5," and thank you for joining us!!
 
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The latest valley in my week came with the news that my dear friend Verna, who I've talked about before, fell and broke her back.  Verna is an inspiration to me and still a working girl at age 89.  Yup!  It breaks my heart to see her in so much pain, but on the flip side, if anyone at that age can bounce back from this sort of thing, it will be Verna!
 
I met Verna 34 years ago when I was hired as a young legal secretary in the same office.  Not only my office mentor and dear friend, she filled the role of mother to me many times when I needed one.  She has helped me in ways she doesn't even know about and it will be my great pleasure to return her past kindnesses in the weeks to come.
 
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OTOH, the latest peak in my week came with the arrival of the sweet little Girl Scouts selling Thin Mints cookies!  Naturally, I only eat them (frozen, half a box at a sitting) because it's for a good cause.  Naturally.
 
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Stay on your feet and enjoy your day!   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:  SU! basic black and
  tempting turquoise; PTI white
Stamps:  Sent.: Wison Designs;
  PTI Framed Vol. 4, No. 77;
  Strings: SU! Moving Forward
Ink:  Ancient Page black
Die:  Simon Says Stamp Balloons
Bling from stash
Corner Chomper
 

46 comments:

Mrs A. said...

Clever you to get those three challenges to knit in with one another. Looking forward to some toast. just so long as it hasn't got mustard and honey on it like those boys in the park dosed our sandwiches with last week. Hugs Mrs A.

Linda said...

Wow, Darnell, love your card. So clean and simple, but stunning.

Vicky Hayes said...

I do love your dotty balloons Darnell and the colours are great too. So sorry to hear that your friend has broken her back, which sounds incredibly painful. Love the silver lining that it will give you great pleasure to help her out while she's ill. Vicky x

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Awesome design. I love those clear, patterned balloons!! Loll xx

Happy Dance said...

Sweet ballooms! Anything polkie dotty is a winner with me. Gorgeous blue and delishus font too. Hmmm....not seeing any thin mint smudges though.lol. Have a better week my friend. Prayers your way. Bev

Rosemary said...

really fun card, darnell.. the balloons cut from the acetate are fabby!! so sorry to hear about your friend! she sounds like a truly amazing person!

mypapercraftworld said...

Fabulous fun and so creative, Darnell ... love the polka dots! Sorry to hear about your friend ... sending thoughts and prayers for her recovery. Hope your week is turning out to be one of the delicious variety (bit like the mint thins!) Anita :)

PS I think your new friend in the playhouse might be Meg from megacraftycreations.blogspot.ca

Linda said...

Wishing Verna a speedy recovery. Fantastic card as always and well done for making it fit three challenges. Here's hoping this week is a good one for you.

Sian Ridley said...

I love this card - those balloons are sooo cute!

I'm sorry to hear about your friend, although I'm sure she'll feel better soon with a friend like you around to look after her :)

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment - and for letting me know that I was an HM at CASology - you've made my day!! :)

laurie said...

Those balloons are so cool! Very creative!

Allisa said...

Great job combining the challenges, love those clear balloons! The wonderful memories of Thin Mints.....I used to always keep them stashed in the freezer as well. I have not seen a Girl Scout in years and I am not going looking for one either! :)

Harriet Skelly said...

Love those balloons Darnell! I was inspired by these 3 challenges as well. Sending healing prayers for your friend Verna! Eat some Thin Mints for me! I cannot be near them or they vanish, an entire box at a time!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, so sorry to hear about your lovely friend, cannot imagine how painful that must be. I truly hope she recovers quickly from this. Such awful news on top of that last week too.

Your card is a beauty and well done for doing one that fits all three challenges too. Take care, my lovely friend. Hugs, Annie xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell this is such a fun card. I love your balloons and that sentiment is very very fun! I am so sorry to hear about Verna, I is so hard when we can't take away the pain. Hoping for her full recovery, she sounds like trouper!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Gosh these weeks fly by, it seems like yesterday since you said it's the start of a fresh week.
Your card is wonderful Darnell, I loe the balloons and fabulous sentiment.
So sorry to hear about your dear friend Verna. I hope that she makes a full and speedy recovery, she is lucky to have a friend like you to help her through.
Take care
Sue xx

Michelle said...

I love your spotty balloons, Darnell!

I hope your friend Verna has a speedy recovery to full health. xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card art, love those balloons. Oh dear, your poor friend to break her neck? Horrible. On a happiernote, I can relate to eating half frozen or completely frozen girl guide cookies too! Enjoy, Shirleyx

Christy Q @ SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

Super cute card, Darnell! I love the use of that clear stuff - I think I have it stuck in a drawer as well. Here's wishing a week of lots of peaks for you!

Kristie Goulet said...

I LOVE your dotted balloons! So creative!
So sorry to hear about your friend Verna. I pray she makes a complete recovery!
Take care!
Kristie

Deborah Frings said...

Darnell your dotty balloons are just super! And I love that very elegant sentiment (super font).

Sorry to hear about your friend - I hope she makes a speedy recovery!

Amy V. said...

Look at those fun clear balloons...love 'em! And what a great pop of blue. So sorry to hear about your friend. Will add her to my prayers!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Great card - love the transparent balloons. Very sorry about Verma - you will be a great blessing to her I'm sure! And finally, I do the same with Oreos (frozen, half a box at a time, if I can stop myself!)

Joyce said...

Wonderful card. Love those balloons. I hope your friend Verna has an easy time healing.

Kim Heggins said...

Adorable card Darnell. Those balloons are so fun and that sentiment, just perfect. So sorry to hear about your friend Verna, I pray that she will heal quickly. Too bad about your Thin Mints, only half a box at a time???

Bonnie said...

Love those balloons and if you let go, they go up in the air! I love how they're floating up out of the box!

Emily Keaton said...

CAStastic, Darnell! Frozen Thin Mints are the best :D

Bobby said...

Wonderful three-challenge card! So sorry to hear about your friend, I pray that she recovers from her fall.
I love thin mints. After having a mint moon pie, I decided I need to make smores using them. nom nom

Ellen said...

Love your card! I just love that color combo. The acrylic made beautiful balloons!

KayM said...

Your card is FABULOUS! Love the acrylic balloons! Very creative! And to combine three challenges is quite the challenge! I get confused when I try to do two at once!
I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I hope she bounces back quickly. Oh and enjoy those thin mint cookies! haha!

Geri said...

This is a first - I have never seen acrylic paper with dots. Love anything and everything polka dotted. Best part is the wee bits of bling that you added. This card is destined for glory! The top rounded corner - beyond clever, the sentiment printed on blue (blue sky) and the swirly dashed lines create movement within the card. Spectacular!

I feel so badly for you and your friend Verna. Her injury likely hurts you just as much as she is hurt. I know that you are going to help her through a speedy recovery.

...frozen home made chocolate chip cookies....

maria f. said...

Love this clever card idea. And enjoy those cookies :)

Aileen said...

Love it when you get a card to fit lots of challenges and yours is perfect for all 3. The balloons are so light and airy made with acrylic. x

Ria Gall said...

A great fun card and how clever are you to get it to fit 3 challenges. I do hope your friend is as pain free as possible she has a great nurse in you
Ria

Karen Day said...

Darnell those little clear balloons are SO cutee! Fun idea - glad to have you join us this week at Dynamic Duos :o)

Erna Logtenberg said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining the Dynamic Duos this week!

Suze Bain said...

Loving those acetate balloons and what a fab sentiment. Sending best wishes to your dear friend for a speedy recovery. Xx

Craftychris said...

oh I am so sorry to hear about your friend Verna - I really hope she recovers real soon! I love your card, those balloons are fabulous xx

Linda said...

Fabulous card Darnell, and well done you, 3 challenges in one!
Love the acetate balloons - I go for anything dotty! and great layout too.
So sorry to hear about your friend, it must be so painful. Hoep she recovers quickly, she sounds like a special lady. Take care xx

Jen said...

great card darnell... sorry for the late visit crunching numbers is taking up much of my time this week
Thanks for joining us this week
Jen
"Less Is More"

Chrissie said...

Looks fan-dabby-dozey Darnell!
Love it!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

JD said...

Great job with all three challenges!

Jean said...

Love the ballons - such an uplifting card. I have a friend at work who kindly reminds me that one sleeve of thin mints is a serving - I am doing my very best to support the girl scouts ;).

Deb said...

Darnell, I love your polka dotted balloons! Fabulous card! I am sorry to hear about your friend, Verna. I am glad she is such a source of inspiration to you. Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Vicki B. said...

Amazing, I love those balloons!! Thanks for joining us this week on the Dynamic Duos challenge.

Anne Marie Hile said...

What a fun card, Darnell! I love the clear balloons with the blinged out accent. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos! :)

Barb said...

Such a sweet card. I hope Verna is better soon. Praying for her.