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!

March 2, 2013

Last-Minute Lucy and Awesome Friends!

Hey Peoples!

I've missed you.  I've been whooshing away working, and cleaning house, and planting all those flowers you saw the other day, and hosting a card party!

After the party this afternoon, I made a really quick card as a tribute to my friends and to play in a couple of challenges.  Challenges which are almost over, hence the "last-minute Lucy."

Over at 10 Minute Craft Dash for challenge #12, Paulina has given us bright and cheery colors:
CD_12

On my monitor the banner looks like lime, but the DT cards look like aqua, so I went with aqua mist, and early espresso, and melon mambo.  Because of the heat embossing, I took 9 minutes and 13 seconds to put my card together.

To help me with the design layout, I used the current (also, almost ended) challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This is challenge #75 and the outstanding Tui gave us an uber CAS sketch to play with:


I eLongated the sketch and made this card:
I'm also going to enter my card at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is "Anything Goes!"

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Our fun get-together was ... well, here's a photo to show you.

from bottom left going around the table:
Gladys, Harriet, Cindy, Donna, Kim, Nancy

Sorry for the poor quality ~ lots of light coming in the windows.  We are long-time stamping friends and brand-new stamping friends.  It was fun to get better acquainted and/or meet each for the first time.  Thank you, ladies, for a great stampganza!!
 
I made a little baggie of tags for each of the ladies as a take-home thank you.
 
 
Someone at my grocery store made the little cake pop with a shamrock and a green ribbon.  I just attached my little tag bag.
 
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Oh, I wanted to ask you.  Is anyone else getting this annoying message every time they go into their "design" feature on their Blogger blogs?
 
 
It has been popping up for over a week now.  I just hit "close," and everything operates fine, so I don't know why they're sorry.  They seem to be able to complete my request, except for falsely popping up to tell me they can't.  I would go and report it to Blogger Support, would I could find such a thing.  The Help Group appears to be less a Help Group than other bloggers whining about issues.  So do you know what the deal is?  And what website I can visit to successfully report this annoying popup?  Thank you so much!
 
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Hope your weekend is going well.  Take a moment to reflect and enjoy!  No, seriously, enjoy!  LITS*!

*Life Is Too Short!
 
Paper:  SU! melon mambo, early espresso;
  PTI aqua mist
Stamps:  Hero Arts K5517 "Tall Wheat"; SU!
  "My Friend"
Ink:  SU! early espresso; dark brown EP
Die:  My Favorite Things "Fishtail Flags"
Honey Bee from stash
 
 
 
 

56 comments:

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, I had a fabulous time at your beautiful home and meeting new friends. I am looking forward to putting to use some of the new techniques that I learned today. Your card is just so beautiful too and that little bee is so sweet. Thank you again for a wonderful day!

Happy Dance said...

Your party looks like it was fun! If I ever win the lottery, there will be a plane full of us partying/crafting at least for a whole weekend somewhere nice...and near craft stores. Your card for the craft dash is gorgeous. Love the embossing (you brave girl), and how the whole card is anchored with your pink flag. Great sentiment stamp too. Have a wonderful Sunday. Bev

aworkofheart said...

Oh how I would love to be one of the women sitting at your beautiful table however I will have to settle for being beside your card in of couple of the challenges! LOL! I just finished an 8 hour day at a Breat Cancer Awareness scrap booking day. Meeting new people, learning new techniques, and generally just having a great time. Went to post my card and there you were, thought I would drop you a note because I love, love , love your card. That embossed wheat/grass is fabulous and I can't believe you can do it so quickly!! That is a technique I will have to learn. Looks like you had a great week, I know nothing about your blog problem,...will try to figure out the new stuff you sent me while on vacation this week. I do so love your blog, have a great rest of the weekend.

Lin said...

I LOVE this, Darnell - what a wonderful color combination!

cardz said...

Flowers and friends; it all looks lovely. We don't even think about planting here for another 2-3 months!
I love your simple elegant paired with the bright colour scheme.
Heather T

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful card Darnell, and I am so glad you all had a wonderful day. Kim sent me the hug from you. Haven't had that Blogger problem before. Plenty of others, but not that one and I could never find support other than forums.

Rosemary said...

beautiful card, darnell...love the little bee. it is the perfect finishing touch!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Love your card Darnell! You did a wonderful job and so fast, it would take me forever. TFS

scrappymo! said...

How wonderful to have new and old friends together to make cards. I love th cake pop/tag giveaway you did...so pretty.

Your card looks great. That bee is so precious!

Greta said...

Great card using one of my favorite HA stamps!

Neets B said...

Lovely card Darnell, there's no way I could make it that fast! Never seen that error message before so can't help I'm afraid. Looks like you ladies had a lovely time x

Tanis Scott said...

Lovely card. I have been eyeing up that stamp. I think you've sold me!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Gorgeous card Darnell, I love the colours.
Fabulous photo, it's clear to see that everyone had a lovely time.
Sorry can't help with the error message, I hope you get it sorted.
Sue xx

Sue - said...

Great card love the embossing. Your party looks like fun, wish I could have been there although I had a good day as well went to a local crafting show and got my new sewing machine!! Not had that problem with blogger although something similar popped up the other day and went away when I ignored it.

Di said...

Fabby card Darnell and what a fun group of friends there! Thought you were quiet - and now I know why :))

Re. the error code - are you running Windows Explorer as your browser? It seems to be a known issue, which will be fixed - but who knows when :( Meanwhile you could try Google Chrome as your browser.

I run on Linux here, along with Firefox as my browser - never one to do things the standard way :))

Hugs, Di xx

Di said...

Just found this link Darnell - kinda written proof :(

http://knownissues.blogspot.nl/2013/02/some-ie9-users-are-reporting-bx-lcbzu1.html

xx

Sandy said...

Oh looks like there is lots of smiles all around, so good times crafting.. Don't know about the pop up sorry..
!0 minute card you romped that in well with the embossing looks fab too love the little bee.
Sandy :)

stampwithsandy said...

Really like your Last Minute Lucy card, Darnell! The color combo is fantastic and the black embossing really pops. Looks like you had a great evening, too! Sorry I haven't been by to visit in a while. Been kind of busy... Hugs, Sandy

mypapercraftworld said...

What a lovely day that must've been ... friends and crafting ... and in person too! Your little thank you's are splendid and are such a sweet idea. Splendid card ... the bee is so cute and if only I could emboss like that in under 10 minutes! Anita :)

Carol L said...

Your party looked like so much fun, and I wish I could have joined you! Your card is so pretty with those great colors and the little bee accent is adorable!
Whenever I get an error like that, I copy/paste the code error and copy it into a google search. You'll find more information that way about others who may also encounter it, and also what to do to resolve it. Good luck!

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous card!!

barbles said...

I've missed you too!!!! I was worried...since housework can be harmful to health 'n all. That's why I never do mine ;)

Love this card Darnell. You obviously work well under pressure! lol It's a great sketch but your take made it even better! The sentiment is so pretty and the bee is adorable.

Yes, blogger is being a brat to me too, but only when I use internet explorer. I do believe it is google's way of forcing it's blogger population to use google chrome instead! I also have a LOT of trouble when trying to leave comments on Blogger blogs when using IE...it just freezes, tells me 'nice try lady' and bombs. How rude! I don't like to be forced to into things, but chrome seems to magically fix that little error message. The buggers.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

O some girls had fun....gorgeous to spend time with friends.
And stunning card you show us in this post.
Hugs Tamara

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I wish I had been one of the ladies at your table......love your card, great embossing, it looks so effective. Very pretty little bags for your lovely friends too.

I did get a similar message but changed to Google Chrome and all is well again although I do sometimes get error messages when I leave comments and then they are lost in oblivion - quite a nuisance. Hugs, Annie xx

Bonnie said...

I think this card is a winner, Darnell! It's GORGEOUS! Looks like a fun time with stamping friends.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card Darnell, I love the pink/blue/brown combo. Looks like a great group of ladies having a fun crafty time. Have a great week, Shirleyx

Marybeth said...

Love your card,OMGosh ten minutes wow! Love this one! Looks like a very fun group of girls. How sweet of you to have that little card party! Did you play Texas Holdem after!

Kristie Goulet said...

Love your fantastic card Darnell! So beautiful! Love getting together with friends, old and new, to stamp together. So fun!

Katina said...

Beautiful card Darnell and I can't believe you made it in such a short time!!

Your party looks like it was a lot of fun.
xx

butlersabroad said...

Real life craft friends, how wonderful! Looks like they kept you out of mischief at least!! Love the card and the little gift too.

Hugs
Brenda - from sunny but freezing Michigan who isn't planting out flowers!!!!!

Carole said...

Such a lovely (lucky) group of friends. Under 14 minutes to make a card? Amazing and beautiful results.

Sian Ridley said...

It looks like you and your friends had a fantabulous time at your craft party! :)

This card is stunning - I love the colours! I can't believe it took less than 10 minutes to make?! Amazing :) I have thought about having a go at a 10 minute card, I fear that I'd fail - miserably! Maybe when I feel a bit braver I'll have a crack at it...maybe :)

Emily Keaton said...

Darnell, your card is so classy and stunning! What a beautiful design, and I adore that unexpected color combo. Looks like your card party was a lot of fun!!!

KayM said...

Your card is fabulous Darnell! I can't believe you made that beauty in less than 10 minutes! It takes me that long to find my stuff to use! haha! Looks like you had a fun time with your stampy friends!!

Deborah Frings said...

Clean, simple and stunning! This is just fabulous - I do like the stamp and that sweet bee is so cute.

Looks like you've all had a great time at your card party!

Bobby said...

How fun to get together for a stamping party. I love the card and the added wispy wheat on the sentiment tops it off.

Lyndal said...

LOVE, LOVE your card Darnell, looks like a fabulously crafty time was had by all!
So glad you joined in the fun at the 10 Minute Craft Challenge, hope to see you again soon :)

Jen Brum said...

Love your card Darnell! I love how you've turned the sketch! That image is fabulous!!! Love that pink! It just jumps off the page! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

JD said...

Your card is lovely...Looks like you and your friends had a great craft day!

Paulina said...

This card is so beautiful! I love how you kept it CAS- it really allows the stamp and colors to take the spotlight.

Thank you for joining in the 10 Minute Craft Dash, Darnell. I hope you can join in the next challenge!

Jean said...

FANTASTIC take on the colors and sketch ~ and under 10 minutes!!! The bee is the perfect finishing touch for the beautiful wheat stamp! Happy to hear you had a fun get together!

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Oh, I think it's just lovely! I love the design, I love the images you chose, and I think the whole thing is just gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining us at the Craft Dash!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Darnell . . . looks like a fun party . . . love your little take home goody.

Your FAB card is brilliant for the challenges.

Happy Monday.

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Tui Nathan said...

This is such a great card Darnell ... such pretty colours, and that image is showcased beautifully here!
Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly made Sketches!!!

Linda Callahan said...

Your card is just lovely ..........and about that get-together! Looks like such fun!

Linda Callahan said...

Your card is just lovely ..........and about that get-together! Looks like such fun!

Geri said...

Oh, how I yearn to be one of those lucky ladies that get to hang out with you in real life! But, as soon as the lottery win happens....

Your card is gorgeous - seriously awesome job embossing that image. And no powder shrapnel to be seen! Well done! Beautiful colors!

Yep, blogger is being a bugger! I think Barb has it right - they are forcing us to dance with that new guy in town, Mr. Google Chrome. I reported the 'error message', but 'they' must be taking a longer than normal lunch because no one has replied.

Juls said...

great card, very stylish!! Loving the colour combo!! Hugs Juls

Erin Schulte said...

Darnell you are awesome!! Thanks so much for every songle comment you leave on my blog. They're always so thoughtful and nice!! I look forward to reading them.*Ü* Gorgeous cards and it looks like you have a fab bunch of ladies to craft with!

Sindhu said...

This is a beautiful card. Love the CAS look of it..
Thanks so much for playing along 10 min craft dash! Do join us in our future challenges too..

Happy Dance said...

Congrats on being named as one of the FMS princesses! Well done, and well deserved. Big smiles!!! Bev

Kim S said...

Hey - a Freshly Made shout out!!! Congrats! Love the bold colors and stamp!

stampwithsandy said...

Congrats on your FMS win, Darnell! I knew this card was a winner!

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Wow! What a fabulous card!! Just gorgeous!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

Hugs...
Melissa

Lyndal said...

Huge CONGRATS on your 10 Minute Craft Dash Favorite Darnell :)

Kelly Griglione said...

You totally ROCK, Darnell ... you know that, right?! Congrats on your 10 minute mention for such a fab card! And how fun you had a stamp party!! Wish I lived nearby : )