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 9, 2013

RIC #31 Genny Loves Kate Spade!

Yo, it's a Saturday!

I'm so happy for those of you who work all week long and now get to spend some time snug in your craftroom!  Oh, wait, was that "MOOOMM!" I just heard?  You go ahead and take care of it.  We'll wait.

While we wait, you may be wondering why I'm here.  So many of you left me bonnie voyage messages.  (Thank you!)  I'm still leaving tomorrow (Sunday) as planned, it's just that my more recent posts made it sound like I wouldn't have time to talk to you again before I left.  Turns out I do.  I started to pack way too early and so now I'm all packed up with nowhere to go.  Not one to twiddle when my thumbs could be making cards, I'm making cards to pass the time today.
 
Okay, so last week I entered my first Runway Inspired challenge.  Turns out a lot of us are scared to death of that challenge.  Like the clothes, the cards are SO well-designed and intimidating.  But, you know what, go ahead, and make a card for it.  If I can do it, you can do it!  All the Designer Team members are so kind and friendly. 
 
I suspect the same can be said of this week's designer, Kate Spade.  My DIL once gave me a Kate Spade black tote purse all covered in cherries.  She found it at a thrift store and it was adorable.  I carried that thing for ten years until I competently wore it out.  Everyone loved it.  Once at a bar someone accidentally dumped their entire beer into it.  No worries.  I took the purse home, gave it a bath, and carried it for three more years.  So I love her stuff and just had to play.
 
Here's the fun inspiration!
 

Now, maybe it's just me, but is that young lady ten feet tall?  Those legs go on for miles!  So what did I naturally think of? 


 
 
A giraffe, naturally.  Inspired by the model's tee, I created a cyclops giraffe with yellow eye shadow, on trend, and up town.  Oh, snap.
 
 
I gotta say, I love Genny Giraffe rocking Kate Spade! 
 
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I am so delighted to introduce you to two more new friends this weekend!  Please help me welcome Sian Ridley of Handmade by Sian and Bobbi of Out of the Box with Bobbi.  You will totally love their work!  Thank you, ladies, and welcome!!

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I thought you might also enjoy this artsy-fartsy picture I took of an escaping globule of Glossy Accents. 

Adhesive Reflections

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FYI, I am taking my laptop to my sister's so I can try and keep up with your posts.  I might even be able to do a post while she's at work, so I may pop in here next week.  You never know. 

In any case, you make sure you have fun and enjoy the week ~ and remember 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.  Mwah!  You're a doll!!
 
*Life Is Too Short!

Paper:  PTI white; SU! yellow
Stamp:  SU! "Wild About You" (?);
  PTI, "Glory Be"
Ink:  Marvy black
Die: Sizzex Textured Expressions,
  "Square Lattice"
Eyeball and bling from stash

46 comments:

Kathyk said...

Love your g'raffe card. Have a great trip too.

Kathyk

505whimsygirl said...

Haaa. Lovin' the giraffe card! I've missed a few of your posts so din't know you where heading off somewhere. I hope you have a nice time at your sister's!

I finished one more canvas and am going to go to card mode this afternoon! Can't wait to use my little crow stamp!!!

Peace,
Kay

maria f. said...

Um, hello. You nailed the "fun" factor here. I love his eye and the bling. Vacay, eh? Sounds good. As for the Mooommmm - yep. Once taxi to the train station and 11 p.m. pick him up at friend's house... Ce la vie.

Rosemary said...

What a fab take on the challenge, Darnell... Yep those legs goonfor miles so I can totally see how you ended up with a giraffe on your card (or maybe not, hee hee!) Whatever the case, it works!

judkajudi said...

Oh, stop the challenge and just award you the prize!! Your card is amazing!! It's more than amazing, it is perfect! I love your blog. Have a good visit!!

Suze Bain said...

Lol, that giraffe jumper is fab! Have a great trip! Xx

Aileen said...

What a brill take on the photo. Love your trendy giraffe. Hope you have a good trip. x

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, nothing like going off with a bang!! Genny giraffe is just fabulous, love her natty jumper (sweater) and her well made up eye! Our D1 is over 6 ft tall and adores giraffes, so I am going to save a pic to show her. It really is fabulous! Safe journey tomorrow.... Big hugs, Annie xxx

Bobby said...

That giraffe is so cute with her pencil legs and whirligig tail. Two thumbs up!

Marlena M. said...

This immediately caught my eye~too cute!!!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Oh you really have make me smile Darnell!! I love your trendy giraffe with her wonderful yellow eye shadow and cool clothing.
Safe journey tomorrow.
Sue xx

Samantha Elliott said...

Oh Darnell, this card has really made me LOL!!
Love it!
xx

Kristie Goulet said...

This has got to be the best card I have seen in a long time. WOW!!! Your giraffe is stylin'!!! LOVE it!

butlersabroad said...

Totally rocking the challenge DJ, I much prefer your leggy giraffe to the leggy model anyway! I too hope you have a Bonnie Voyage (sounds like you're heading to Scotland, lol) hope you miss the mess of that storm system in the mid west right now too. Have a wonderful sisterly week. Chin, chin!

Hugs
Brenda

carol (krillsister) said...

Awesome card. Great take on the challenge.

Craftychris said...

Love your take on the theme, brilliant! Your arty photo is cool and have a good journey tomorrow xx

xiumaiyuki said...

This has got to be THE best take on that inspiration photo!! I predict a winner!

Mrs A. said...

Have a great trip . Your giraffe rocks. Hugs Mrs a.

Jenny said...

Now that is one cool looking giraffe, seriously trendy knitwear and leg-warm ears too!!
Brilliant take on the photo :0)
Jenny x

Michelle said...

GORGEOUS!!! I love Genny Giraffe in her awesome outfit! So cool!

I also love your artsy fartsy photo, great capture!

Enjoy your time at your sister's place!

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell this is amazing and so fun. I am in love with Genny Giaffe and that Kate Spade outfit too. Have a fabulous trip and hope all goes well with the move.

Bonnie said...

This is PERFECT, Darnell! Just perfect! Have a wonderful time with your sisters!

Di said...

Only you would come up with such a fabby card Darnell!! LOVE the giraffe :)

Safe travels, hugs, Di xx

JD said...

I don't think that your card could be any cuter! So fun, and adorable...great job with the challenge!

Sandy said...

Oh that is just so cute I love your giraffe made me laugh.. Hubby had to come see what I was chuckling at so he had a peek too and thought it was great as well.. you should have had a quess what this is photo comp with you glob of glue.. Great photo..
Sandy :)

Emily Keaton said...

Gosh, Darnell, you totally NAILED that inspiration photo with your FUN giraffe--it's so perfect!! Have a great visit your sis!

Kelly Griglione said...

Fantastic card, Darnell, truly a great interpretation of the photo. Your cyclops giraffe is just about a charming as YOU are! Just love it. And, I recently got that embossing folder too ... love the tight texture. Have a fantastic time with your "D" sisters (right? I think I remember a post WAAAY back when before I knew you when you said they were all Ds)

Lizzy C said...

Oh, this is too funny!! Love the seriously tall giraffe and the cyclops eye! On trend, indeed!

baileyrosy.com said...

How clever you are !!! what a great take on the photo really amazing love how your mind works. Thanks so much for offering to make the sacrifice to start drinking gin instead of vodka but I couldnt possiblly accept just the fact that you offered to drink double to help out is more than enough ! Enjoy where ever you are going am working backwards with your post so hope you have a super time.

Marie

Sue - said...

A real fun card.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

GENIUS take on that challenge! Have fun with your sisters (having 3 of them myself, I can imagine what you'll get up to!)

Jenni's Jems said...

Love the giraffe all wrapped up in his stripy jumper! need one like that to cover my bum over here ...it's freezing and snowing AGAIN!!! Enjoy your hols only two weeks til the schools break up here yay ! x

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

You are so funny! I adore your giraffe! He is rocking' that Kate Spade! Love the eyeball! How'd you do dat???

Violets Corner said...

Hehe,fab take on the inspirational pic! Love it!

Warm hugs
Maarit

Karen B said...

Oh so absolutely PERFECT Dippy my friend. You never fail to amaze me with your talent - this is just soooooooo good and also made me chuckle. I'm not supposed to be here as my Mister and I are away for a long weekend (should that be weak end?? as Tony is gently snoozing by my side after a fun packed day......). So just had to have a peak at what's going on whilst I am sipping my glass of wine! Hope you have safe journey to see your sister and don't work too hard.....

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Joyce said...

Your card made me smile. It's the best.

Sian Ridley said...

Ha ha! This card is so cool! Your 'on-trend' giraffe made me chuckle ;)

Thank you so much for the shout out, I feel so special! ;)

Haw a super time away, I hope you get a chance to get your blog fix in between having a great time with your family :)

Geri said...

Darnell, you have definitely created on of THE absolute most creative interpretations of any sketch ever posted in the whole crafting universe! I love how you think girl! I will eat eat crow if you don't win this challenge!

REALLY REALLY cool picture! How did you create the reflections? I am sending your pic to my daughter who is really into taking cool pics - she is going to love it!

Enjoy your time hanging out with your sisters!

Sharron said...

Wow, this is just about the coolest card ever! And how charming is that giraffe. Well, is a cyclops giraffe charming? In this case, I think so! And also a definite winner!!!

scrappymo! said...

Lovin your Kate Spade inspired giraffe! It is so sweet!

Have fun on your trip...just got home tonight around 10 pm and have to be up at 6am to get ready for the school walking gig...off to bed soon, I think!

karen m said...

Your card is just perfect for the challenge and it really made me laugh - its so darn cute!!!! I hope you have a great trip - hugs xx

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous card, Darnell! I predict a winner! I love her matching socks - a very well-dressed giraffe. Enjoy your sister-time.

lostinpaper said...

Your giraffe is totally rocking that fab outfit, love the splash of pink and that fab googly eye! Have a fab holiday!

Marybeth said...

Love your most adorable card ever!!!!! Perfect for the challenge . now I want to see that purse !

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Cute, whimsical, and fun! I love it. Thanks so much for joining us on the Runway :)

Wida said...

I love the huge eyeball and lashes on the giraffe! perfect for my daughter who loves them. I wouldn't mind a skinny neck, well actually a skinny anything! Thanks for hitting the runway!