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February 19, 2013

STB#6 and Pixie's #60 ~ The Manly Seahorse

Greetings, cardlings!
You'd think, if you remembered that I made a fishy card for the feminine version of this week's Seize the Birthday sketch, that I made my masculine version at the same time.  Alas, I'm not that thoughtful, as in well-planning, and I only just finished my card in the late hours last night.
If you are new to the concept of Seize the Birthday, it is the brainchild (one of many) of the talented Lesley Croghan.  She provides us with a sketch every two weeks.  The first week, we are to make a "feminine" birthday card, followed the next week by the same sketch, but we are to make a "masculine" birthday card, thereby amassing our stash of bday cards.  So smart!
So this is the sketch:

Last week my feminine card was a googly-eyed fish.  This week it is a purple seahorse, keeping with the whole oceanic thing.
In truth, both my STB cards could be gender-neutral and age-neutral.  But since the fascinating male seahorse carries the offspring to birth, to me he's The Dude and he gets to grace the cover of my man card.

The challenge time is almost up for this sketch at STB, but I hope you will check out the next sketch and play along.  The Design Team is superb!  That's super with a B so you can make a popping noise with your lips at the end, which you wouldn't do with any ordinary super!
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I used some of my burgeoning supply of white card stock snippets for the circle, so I am also playing in week 60 of the delightful Pixie's Crafty Snippets Playground.  We always have such fun on the playground under the watchful eye of our esteemed and beloved head, Miss Di!  Especially when she averts her watchful eye.
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The prodigal son, DDIL, and the twins returneth this evening to retrieve the Dukester.  We've enjoyed having him and he's been no trouble at all.  Today he scared the carp out of a squirrel who is a frequent and fearless visitor to the backyard.  Really fun for Duke, but a total surprise for the squirrel!

Which reminds me:

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An old dog starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he’s lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.  The old dog thinks, “Oh, oh! I’m in deep shizz now!”
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old dog exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder if there are any more around here?”
funny squirrelHearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.  “Whew!,” says the panther, “That was close! That old dog nearly had me!”
Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes.  The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans, and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.
The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!”
Now, the old dog sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, “What am I going to do now?,” but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old dog says ...
“Where’s that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!”
Moral of this story:  Don’t mess with the old dogs!  Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery!
Photo and joke from Motley Dogs.
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Enjoy your day!   No, seriously, enjoy your day.   LITS!

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Paper:  Unknown lavender,
  PTI white
Stamps:  Mostly Animals
Ink:  Marvy lilac and SU!
  ballet blue
Die:  Spellbinders Circle



30 comments:

Gita said...

Fun card, love the seahorse!

Bonnie said...

Love this seahorse, Darnell! Especially love the bubbles and water! Another great job on this sketch. Speaking of superb...

Joyce said...

Love this seahorse card, and am still laughing at your joke. haha

Lynne said...

Great card Darnell, love your seahorse. I`m still chuckling at your dog joke.
Lynne xxx

Allisa said...

Love your card, especially the waves along the bottom. Cute dog joke!

Kristie Goulet said...

Cute seahorse Darnell! Cute joke too. haha

Linda said...

Love your seahorse image and a fun card too. Loved the joke too - it's always such fun visiting your blog.

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, that joke is hilarious, love it. Also love your beautiful card, seahorses are my favourite sea creatures and I love that stamp. It is very clever how you created the water too. Hugs, Annie xx

Jessi Fogan said...

How my Abby-dog would love to have squirrels to chase! As it is she adores getting after the occasional pheasant (or groundhog) that wanders into the yard ;)
Honestly, the male seahorse is indeed the Dude. I love how you've done the fun frame around this guy - and the waves at the bottom!

Carole said...

What a pretty card. The ocean waves are terrific, is that a stamp or a fantastic technique? The bubbles add a special touch.

Sue - bearhouse said...

You always cheer me up Darnell, thank you!
Your card is wonderful. I love the purple seahorse and the way you have added the bubbles ties in so well with the sketch.

Sue xx

mypapercraftworld said...

That sea horse is such a cutie and the waves are frothing magnificently! Thanks for the chuckle ... great joke! Anita :)

Craftychris said...

Loving the joke! Its the way you tell them!! Your card is gorgeous! the bubbles look really cool and I adore the seahorse. You have reminded me I have a seahorse stamp myself and have never used it! Silly me - must rectify that! xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Love the sea horse it remembers me on summer time. Here in my country are sea horses in Piran(they live only there where is clean sea)
Gorgeous card,
hugs Tamara

Tracey McNeely said...

You make me laugh so hard Darnell. Love your seahorse and perfect manly card!

Tenia Nelson said...

Awesome man card!! Hope all is well..

Rose said...

awesome stamping!! btw i peaked in your "crafty" house and i am green with envy :)looks like a wonderful place to spend the day :)
So glad you joined us on Seize the Birthday.

Marybeth said...

Trying to catch up. Love your sea horse with the bubbles and in such a beautiful color. Thanks for the laugh… again. Don't you hate it when the boys have to leave.

Rosemary said...

Your little seahorsey is so sweet, Darnell! Definitely good for a guy or gal!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Super Seahorse card Darnell. And I just LOVED the Old Dog story too. Sage advice! xxx

Di said...

Totally brilliant sea horse card there Darnell. Love the way you interpreted the sketch, the bubbles and sea are super too.

Your tale still has me laughing here :)

Hugs, Di xx

Karen B said...

Great card Dippy - just love that seahorse and the interesting fact about the male of the species!!! Don't cha just wish it happened with humans!!! lol Any idea where the waves stamp came from? A really handy stamp and finishes off your card a treat. Still chuckling about the old dog........

Hugs.

Karen xxx

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card Darnell...I love that sweet sea horse and what you did with the white card stock, just too clever. See you soon and I look forward to chatting about Lucy.

Geri said...

The waves and the bubbles are absolutely perfect! The waves ground the whole image and the bubbles draw the eye to the top of your card! Swell (as in in waves) job Darnell!

Great "tail" (as in tale)....hee hee

KayM said...

Fabulous! Fabulous Darnell!! I love the purple seahorse in keeping with your oceanic theme!! I had to laugh at your comment about the male being the "dude"! haha!! Too funny! And cute story about the squirrel and the panther! I'm a huge dog lover :)

Cathy said...

Fantastic card Darnell, love all of your elements, the waves look amazing. (enjoyed your very funny old dog story!)

Aileen said...

Lovely card Darnell. Love the bubbles and swirl of sea along the bottom.

Enjoyed your story too. x

Jean said...

Love the manly version too - Great waves.

scrappymo! said...

Cute card and cute story...but that picture of the squirrel steals the show!!!

Barb said...

great card. the subtle crashing waves...and the bubbles...perfection! love this!