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 15, 2013

FMS#73; MUSE #4 ~ A Zest for Life!

And we're back around to Friday ~ whoosh!  I sure hope everyone had a Happy Valentine's Day yesterday!
 
The time is running out on this week's MUSE Card Club challenge.  The Design Team Muse for our crafting pleasure this week is the terrific Therese Calvird of Lost In Paper.  This is her brilliant card:
 
Half Full
 
Yummo!  The colors are so vital and so fun, perfect for the image.  And isn't that another great philosophy?  We should always live half full!
 
(Personally, I live all the way full, as evinced by my waistline.)
 
While CASEing Therese's card, I used this cool sketch by Jen B. over at Freshly Made Sketches:
We are free to draw our inspiration from any of the elements of Therese's card. For example, design/layout, color combination, pattern, texture, image, style, embellishment, and/or technique.  I used generally the same colors as Therese and the same theme.  
 

 
That big circle you see is supposed to be a slice of lime.  I drew it by hand, so that explains why it looks more like a blood-shot eyeball after too many of those little Lime Mickeys!
 
This card reminds me of that game where you make a new word by changing only one letter of the current word:  If you liKe, add a little liMe to your liFe for a zesty way to liVe! 
 
~~~
 
This post may seem a little heavy on the corny "enjoy life" sayings, even for me.  It's because my sister Donna's husband passed away yesterday.  He'd been ill off and on for a very long time, but still, it's a life over and it's very sad. 
 
Enjoy your day!   No, seriously, enjoy your day.   LITS!

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Paper:  Bazzill lilac;
  SU! certainly celery
Stamps:  Hero Arts CL387;
  InkaDinkaDo 96632 - L
Ink:  SU! lovely lilac; Marvy
  markers; Sakura pens
Die: Spellbinders Circle
Punch:  SU! circle

40 comments:

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

I'm sorry about your sister's husband. You are absolutely right in your philosophy of life - it's too short to waste! (like my life may be too short to ever finish reading Anna Karenina for book club - ugh!) Love the purple and all the sparkly green, and I love the word zest. Somehow the z words have so much zing!

Hannelie said...

Great minds think alike... I also wanted to do this, but didn't have a stamp that could work.
Still used the sketch with the same color combo!
Sorry to hear about your sister's loss
xxx

Happy Dance said...

So sorry about your bil. It's a hard thing to go through, but with a sister like you, she'll have great help and comfort.
Your card is waaay fun. Love your lime, but would rather have the drinky-pooh. ;) Great sentiment, something we should all do more of. Gotta love that green and purple. Bev

Emily Keaton said...

Great take on the inspiration, Darnell! Your card is totally fun. :-)

Unknown said...

As always, you have me smiling with your verbage!
{{HUGS}} to your sister and family
LuC

Allisa said...

Love the color combo! Sorry for the loss in your family.

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to you, your family, and especially Donna. Hugs to you all.

You always live life to the fullest - that's for sure. And your card shows it. Love the fact that you drew the lime yourself - so awesome! Great layout and design and love your sentiment. Everything is perfect. Lolly xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Oh Darnell. I'm sorry to hear about your sister's husband. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Your card is wonderful, such a well thought out design and fabulous colours.

Take care and I hope you have a good weekend
Sue xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Wauuu
lovely card, love the colors,
have a nice weekend
Tamara

Kristen said...

So sorry for your family's loss. I always enjoy reading your blog and your cards are beautiful and an inspiration to me. Take care.

Geri said...

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your brother-in-law. Truly, live each day...with zest!

Fabulous creation you artsy little chica!

Your lime really does look like a lime, not an eye affected with Conjuctivitis (googled the medical term for blood shot eyes!)

Tough day for you guys. Hang in there and hug your Mister tightly!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I am so sorry to hear of your Brother-in-Law's death, how very sad for your Sister and the family. My sympathies to all of you.

Your card is so beautiful and does not look like blood-shot eyes at all - well maybe just a wee bit........

I am sure you will be a great help to your Sister. Big hugs, Annie xx

Rosemary said...

your card is so fun, darnell... i didn't immediately think "bloodshot eyeball" when i saw your hand-drawn lime, but it works for me!! so sorry to hear about your BIL...

Craftychris said...

Sorry about your sister's husband, its so sad. Love the cards, both yours and Theresa's. The upbeat sentiments are wonderful. xx

stampwithsandy said...

Sorry about your brother in law, Darnell. Both cards are great, but I really love your first "drinkie" card. Great colors and what a great sentiment.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I'm sorry to read about your brother-in-law, that is so sad especially on Valentines day. And you are right life is for the living and we should live with our glass half full or completely full, so enjoy those martini's. Love your card including the giant lime:) Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

Amy V. said...

So sorry for your loss, Darnell. Your blog gives me many laughs, but I also always leave with the inspiration to live each day fully. What a gift you have for inspiring others!

Your hand-drawn lime is quite impressive! It looks like a lime to me!

Amy V. said...

So sorry for your loss, Darnell. Your blog gives me many laughs, but I also always leave with the inspiration to live each day fully. What a gift you have for inspiring others!

Your hand-drawn lime is quite impressive! It looks like a lime to me!

Carole said...

So fresh and zesty. Sending prayers of peace and love.

Jenni's Jems said...

Sorry about your sisters husband a loss of a loved one is never easy to bear even if in a way it is expected.So your sentiment says it all and I am really loving the colours and the cocktail looks not half bad too ! Great handdrawn lime in fact great card altogether !! & thanks for the suggestion about my card have afew weeks still to tinker about with it so will give it a go,and no I didnt get a card just a cup of coffee from a cup with a heart on it ....aw well there is always next year hee he - sorry for the long reply got carried away ! x

Deborah Frings said...

So sorry to read of your brother-in-law's death - my sympathies to you all. I think the sentiment on your card is something to live by! Hugs xx

Linda Callahan said...

Your cards are fun - and good reminders to enjoy while we can! So sorry for the loss in your family.

Carol L said...

Purple and green is my favorite color combo, so I'm loving both cards! No truer words were spoken about enjoying life, and I'm so sorry to learn of your BIL's passing. Keep smiling!

Jen Brum said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your sister's husband. Such a hard time for a family. I do enjoy your card! Love the comparison to an eyeball! That did make me smile! Great colours and I do love the hand made lime slice! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

lostinpaper said...

Such a fun design and totally lovin' that sentiment too. So sorry to hear about your BIL.
Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us at Muse this week!

Deanna Jean said...

Okay, this is just darn right fun! Love it.

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, I am so sorry to hear about your BIL, I agree it is always sad when you lose a loved one.
Your card is so fun! I knew right away that it was a slice of lime too. So cute! Thank you so much for the beautiful Valentine's Day card too, you are so sweet.

mypapercraftworld said...

Thoughts of comfort to your and your family, Darnell.

Stunning card ... the lime is very limey, not at all like an eyeball ... brilliantly done. Love the sparkle ... adds zest to life! Anita :)

Di said...

Oh Darnell, so sorry to hear about Donna's husband :( I know your support and love will help her through this sad time.

Love your zesty card - and the lime slice should be made into a stamp - it's perfect!

Hugs, Di xx

Tui Nathan said...

Wow ... these colours are just beautiful, love the lime green and purple ...OMG, I just can't pass up the martini, what a fabulous sentiment!
Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

MagsB said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry about your sister's husband. You and your family are in my prayers. *hugs*

The sentiment on your card is just so true!

love Mags B x

Kathyk said...

Fab project Darnel and my thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time

All the best

Kathyk

Bobby said...

My condolences to you sister and the rest of the family. I love the card, eyeball and all, and especially the sentiment. And I love those word change games.

JD said...

So sorry for your loss.

Your sentiment on your card is wonderful, and something to strive for...

landerson213 said...

I love that martini glass, it's a perfect interpretation of the Muse's card. I also want to send my condolences and prayers. So sorry for your family's loss.

Lauren
http://landersoncraftydesigns.wordpress.com/

Mrs A. said...

sorry to hear of your Sister's loss. Even when expected it is still a loss. Have experienced the same in out family. The doc has just lost 2 Uncles within a few weeks of one another. One expected and one not. Hugs Mrs A.

Sian Ridley said...

That is sad news about your Brother-In-Law. I do hope that your sister is doing ok? :(

This is a great card and I totally agree, it's a fantastic sentiment!! We have also lost someone recently and it really makes you appreciate what you have and the opportunities that you must NOT let pass by! :)

Jessi Fogan said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Darnell. It doesn't matter if someone's been ill - it's never easy, is it? Life is too short indeed.
I didn't think it looked like an eyeball until I read your description...and now of course all I can see is that eyeball ;) I love all the corny enjoy life sayings - and I'm sending you & your family hugs & warm thoughts for the tough days ahead. LITS!

Bonnie said...

After giggling through your reference citing about the hummers, I zoomed in on this huge eyeball! My oh my! After all that Nemo Virus, I thought I'd lost it. Or that you'd lost it. I'm so glad it's a slice of lime! And if anyone lives with zest, it's you, my friend!

Jean said...

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your BIL. Love your take on the challenge - fantastic.