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February 12, 2013

WOYWW and Three Others ~ A Final Valentine

Whacky Wednezday WOYWW greetings!

I pulled it all together for one final Valentine befitting WOYWW and three other challenges, which makes four, which might be a record for me.  I'm posting my card challenge details* at the end. 
 
But first, you might be here to see my desk, which I've decked out in St. Val's holiday finery for you!  If you're new to What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW), please click over and our beloved Julia will host you through the basics and get you aquaintiated with how it works.

Here's mine:
I've heard that Valentine's Day is not celebrated to the full in the UK like it is here in the USA, but I'm sending you (and everywhere else in the world) a Valentine anyway and a desk full of goodies!  Dig in!  We have lovely cool colorful drinks (cranberry apple cider for those who prefer), some delishilish chocco toffees, and a cupcake in a jar!  Um, num nums. (More treats are behind the camera, plenty for everyone!)  Oh, and there are a few card- making supplies, too, but it's a love fest primarily.
 
Thank you for stopping along the WOYWW tour!  Let me know you were here and I'll return the flavor, gator!
 
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Just to prove I can make a card, however, I made you one of those, too. A simple one-layer easy-to-mail Valentine:
 
 
In order to keep it one layer for LIM (link below), I masked the SU! musical background stamp with a punched-out heart and stamped it in red onto my card base.  I then drew the outline of the negative from the punched heart with a red marker and ran the card base through my Cuttlebug sheet music embossing folder.  I finished it off with a trio of red gems and a couple of corner chomps and now I send it to you through cyberspace with a big juicy mwah!!
 
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Just in time for treats day, please make room for our newest friends!  I'm thrilled to introduce you to Squirrel of Squirrel's Nuts (honest, not making that up!) and Yuki of xiumaiyuki.  These crafters have super blogs with more wonderful ideas and inspiration for you to browse through!  Thank you ladies and welcome!
 
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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!
 
*I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
 
Less Is More (Week 106) ~ one layer card with a music theme
CASology (Week 31) ~ cue card: red
 
The first two are self-explanatory, the third you might wonder about.  Which love song does the sheet music image refer to?  It's the "The Art of the Fugue" by Johann Sebastian (Jo S.) Bach.  It's an unfinished work believed to have been started by Bach in 1745.  Few but the most enlightened music historians know that Jo S. began this series of fugues (and two canons) as a love song in memory of his beloved first wife Maria Barbara.  The work was interrupted in 1747 when Bach got side-tracked by the novelty of a pianoforte owned by King Frederick of Prussian.  I mean, who wouldn't? 
 
 

63 comments:

Chrissie said...

Thanks for the Valentine Greeting Darnell and likewise to you!
Your LIM card is fabbo... I love that background stamp!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, thank you for inviting us to join your Valentine party! Can't quite reach the goodies though..... but love your beautiful card. You would never guess by the shops over here that Valentine's Day is not celebrated in the same way - we celebrate it in our house anyway. Happy WOYWw, Hugs, Annie xx #37

Helen said...

Happy Valentines Day to you too, thank you for the greeting! Your desk and the photos are great. Helen, 2

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Thanks for your Valentines greeting-happy and lovely Vaentines day to you too,
another gorgeous card and so fab photos,
hugs Tamara

Sue - bearhouse said...

Love the yummy treats on your desk Darnell.
Your card is gorgeous. I love the musical background stamp.
Such a sweet photo to finish with too.
Sue xx

Kathyk said...

The excuse of "you had to decorate in St Val's finery" would work for me too! Cheers!!!

Fab cards too

Happy Valentines Day for tomorrow

Kathyk

Heather Alger said...

Happy Valentines,
lots of lovely things on your blog x
Happy WOYWW Heather # 62

Ria Gall said...

Thank you so much for the valentines wishes and goodies how lovely. I feel cheated that it is not as good as this in the UK but as I no longer have anyone in my life I will accept yours as a special on for me
Happy WOYWW I hope you have a great day
Ria #47

Eliza said...

Valentines greetings to you too. We dont really celebrate it much here in australia either, but I will for you.

Love the card, sweet, simple yet elegant.

Happy WOYWW
Eliza

Carole said...

You're always so prepared. Happy Valentines day to you too! Your card is singing it's heart out. So pretty.

CraftygasheadZo said...

So organised! Lovely treats, pics and goodies! Enjoy your week, take care Zo xx 93

Marit said...

We don't celebrate Valentine (much) in Holland either, but I would love to sit at your desk, talk and laugh and create and having a sip of that apple cider and eating a toffee! Sounds good! Enjoy your day, Marit #89

Happy Dance said...

Since DH isn't getting me that 3 karat diamond ring, I don't have high hopes for much fun on VD. This card, however is cause for celebration. Wonderful way of capturing that 'red' theme! Love it! Simple and sweet. You are a treat, my dear! Bev

Karen B said...

Ooooooh, Dippy can I come and um num num with you please? Your goodies look gorgeous as does your fabulous card. Hope you and Mister have an absolutely wonderful Valentine's Day and you get lots of mwahssssssss!!! lol

Hugs.

Karen xxx

Deb said...

enjoy your Valentines Day treats! your desk looks fabulous! Gorgeous card, fabulous stamping and embossing!
Debxx

Tracey McNeely said...

Your desk looks like such a wonderland of Valentine fun Darnell. Why do you live so far away! Is it really your last Valentine card???? Love the musical background and that one layer beauty! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at CASology!

Hammers said...

Yum! Cupcake in a jar...I can taste it through the screen I am sure...Love the musical note Valentine. Loving musical notes right now. Cx #108

Fandhmum said...

I love your desk - crafting and chocs. - oh yes.

Have a fun week,

Rosie x

Jackie said...

How organised you are with your beautiful desk all laid out ready!!!
Hope you have a lovely day tomorrow your card is lovely
Jackie 3

lisa said...

Well, how lovely to be invited to a Valentine's party, that's very generous of you. Cheers, those goodies are delish.
Hope you have a very happy day and Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #66

Gibby Frogett said...

Great desk - love your valentines cards. Happy WOYWW Gill #64

Kristie Goulet said...

Happy Valentine's day to you too Darnell! What a lovely spread on your desk! Sure wish I could be there with you! :)

Love your music card!

Bobby said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you! Cranberry Apple Cider is my fav, although I prefer it hot.

Beanie said...

Thank you for 'sharing' your goodies with us Darnell. I've just been out shopping and there were lots of men wandering around buying cards & flowers so these Welsh guys are romantic. I saw an elderly couple (must have been in there 80's), walking jhand in hand and it brought a tear to my eyes...

sandee said...

Love your card Darnell, and thanks for the chocolate, taking some to go! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and say hi, it's always appreciated! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Daniella said...

Hi Darnell!! I haven't visited you in forever!!
Thank you for the lovely Valentine! I love the cupcake in a jar!!
Have a lovely Valentines Day!
xxDaniella#132

Almo said...

Hi Darnell, Thanks for the choccies and card they look so good I can Almost taste them. Hugs Mo x

scrappymo! said...

Wish I could be right over! The shed looks well prepared for a party and maybe even a little romance later...Yes I spied those champagne glasses!!!

Have fun and Happy Valentines Day!
PS may have to steal the idea of the red musical notes for the background on the grandkids cards...just love this look!

Julia Dunnit said...

Thank you *gentle burp* for the drink and the cupcake in a jar..what a fab idea. I'll save on chocolate to share with my true love. Oh really, I'm kidding, eaten already. Love the card, the masking bit is a great idea.

Susan said...

Happy Valentine's day to you! And just look at you go with one card for THREE challenges! I'm impressed (of course, I'm easy to impress! LOL) The cupcake in a jar look tasty;..but definitely more work than I want to do! I keep saying I'm going to join in to the WOYWW but I'm such a "neat" freak, my craft table is always cleaned off! not much fun in that!

Ali H said...

Hi Thanks for the Valentine's themed welcome to the playhouse this week ! We were having the "do you celebrate" debate at scrap club tonight - my DH & I do - cards & gifts given ! A couple didn't at all and the others gave a card only - so the verdict from the UK is - some do some don't !! Love your card too ! Take care Ali #23

mypapercraftworld said...

Thanks for the yummy Valentine spead, Darnell ... you always do such wonderful parties! Beautiful card in perfectly valentine-y hearts and red ... lovely! Anita :)

Karen said...

The playhouse looks so much fun!!! Thanks for the Valentine wishes, returned to you. Happy WOYWW! Karen x

Linda said...

Hi Darnell, and a happy Valentine's Day to you too. Thank you for the card and sharing your goodies - nom nom!
Love your LIM Valentines card, the embossing is a nice touch. Have a great day xx

Amy V. said...

Oh Darnell, I just adore this card! As a musician, I love it when someone combines two of my passions (stamping and music) and you've done it so beautifully here! Your design with the masked heart is spectacular! I'll be a little bit sad when Valentine's Day is over...it's one of my favorite crafting holidays! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card. It's such a perfect card for Valentine's Day!

StampinCarol said...

What a fun desk!! Cranberry Apple cider is something I'm needing to find! Sounds yummy! And your card is just too cute! Happy WOYWW!
Carol N #102

Dianne said...

Thank you Darnell for the visit, I look at all your cards at smugmug, such a wonderful variety of them your photos are fabulous and the cupcake in a jar look yummy to me, and I was a cook for a living..

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Thanks for all the V-Day treats!! Especially love the delicious looking cranberry apple cider - yum! (and, of course, your fabulous cupcake in a jar that you made!).

Love your card. Great design with stamping the music around the heart focal point. Great bling with the rhinestones. Lolly xx

fatmonica said...

It's great.I absolutely love the background stamp and the big white heart you made.

Rosemary said...

what a clever idea to stamp the music background and then emboss the card base so that the embossing stands out in the heart! happy valentine's day, darnell and thanks for playing along with CASology!

April Story said...

Very nice Valentine's cards. Thanks for the chocolate. :-) April #119

okienurse said...

awww....Thank you Darnell! That will probably be the only card and chocolates I get this Valentines. It is extra special! Love the card. very CAS. Have a great week and thanks for sharing. Vickie #17

Nan G said...

Aren't you sweet, throwing a cyber Valentine's party for us all! The treats and drinks look so yummy! I just loved the post with the cakes in a jar! I've forwarded that my baking friend. Hope she'll try 'em and I'll get a taste. Happy WOYWW! Nan 5

Bonnie said...

WOW!

Barb King said...

Well, you've set out a nice little treat! Cupcake in a jar, that's a new one for me. How are they? Barb #101

MaryH said...

Thanks for all the deleesh treats. They were delightful, as well as so pretty. Loved all your Valentine decs on the so-neat desk, and your one-layer card is a treat as well. Inspired idea to mask off the heart, stamp the music score, then use the C/B music folder. It's lovely. Will visit your new friends, and leave some love. TFS Mary H. #136

Susan Joyce said...

Happy Valentine's Day Darnell!!

Meg said...

I LOVE this card - it is just fantastic.

MrsC.x said...

love that card :) Happy Valentines and a Happy belated WOYWW tfs Mrs.C #54
www.craftylittlemoos.blogspot.com

Jenni's Jems said...

Well I certainly celebrate Valentines Day ...just not too sure my husband is quite so keen ,by the lack of even a card this morning ...think he needs a gentle reminder hee he.Love your card x

Geri said...

Happy Valentine's Day Darnell! Love this card! The embossing looks so cool on the masked white heart - great idea to emboss once the images were stamped!

Thanks for the party - great food, great refreshments, lovely decor and met a lot of new people :)

Julia Aston said...

What a 'sweet' work table!! love your musical red Valentine!

Kelly Griglione said...

Hi Darnell! Love how the playhouse always gets decked out for the holidays. How fun is that?! AND, your one-layer card is a WOW one! The white embossing showing through the masked heart is just perfect! What a great idea : )

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Wonderful card, as always - love the embossing in the white heart and the little red blings! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

Jean said...

Happy Valentine's Day! This is a gorgeous one layer card ~ masking is one of those stamping tricks that add so much to a card and I rarely remember ~ thanks for reminding me!

Melissa said...

As I wipe the drool from my mouth, I'm scrolling on down to the photo of your card...

Could you have gotten any more creative?! LOVE that masked heart in the center of all the glorious red music notes!!! The trio of gemstones is just another touch of perfection!

Thanks for joining us again over at CASology! :)

BJ said...

Sorry to be late popping over to your desk but I was struck down with the dreaded lurgy on Wednesday and really was quite poorly, in fact I only managed to reply to those who visited me and didn't visit anyone first iyswim. Adore your single layer card. Yes we have to pay more for thicker cards so this is a great way of reducing mailing costs. Thanks for visiting me and cheering me up BJ #36

BJ said...

Sorry to be late popping over to your desk but I was struck down with the dreaded lurgy on Wednesday and really was quite poorly, in fact I only managed to reply to those who visited me and didn't visit anyone first iyswim. Adore your single layer card. Yes we have to pay more for thicker cards so this is a great way of reducing mailing costs. Thanks for visiting me and cheering me up BJ #36

RosC said...

Hi Darnell,

I'm late,
I'm late
For a very important date.

I'm so love your St Val's desk and having it in a Playhouse takes the cake!!! The card is great too, thank you :-) I'm about to put up a post of the card I made for St V's Day too.

Thanks for your comment and question... about the reinking, I can't claim to be any expert at all. My DI ink pads were fairly dry so they took quite a lot of ink. I put it on in close zigzags running in opposite directions. With the die inks, the pads are usually felt and you can see the ink soaking down the sides. With pigments, I just guess when it's juicy/sticky enough. Then as you said, I stamp off the excess if it's a bit much but that's uncommon. Hope this helps a bit.

Hugs,
Ros. #154

Maureen Merritt said...

Awesome Darnell! You always bring it :) Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

lucyscraftycards said...

this card is stunning - wish I could think up such designs! love your blog!

Jen W. said...

Fabulous! Love the masking and that cool embossing. And thanks for the Valentine's treats! :) Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Queen Lightwell said...

Hey Darnell, have you heard of embedded embossing? I'm wondering if that would still qualify for the one layer cards, since the embossing makes the whole thing one piece, after all...well, I don't celebrate the V day but that cupcake in a jar looked very yummy! Did you make it or buy it or just receive and devour it? :) I'm going to try out the embedded embossing this week and put it in my WOYWW if you don't know what I'm talking about and want to check it out. :) Deeyll(don't worry about visiting me back if you don't have time, I know the next one is starting up later today)#142