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!

April 25, 2013

CASology 41; Dynamic Duos 49; Paper Players 142; Update on Google Reader After Math

Hi There!  I hope Thursday is treating you well!
 
I came temporaneously out from under my closet/drawer cleaning to run up the back end of several challenges.  It's so funny to me because IRL, I'm never, ever late to anything.  Then again, in my real life, I don't have competing appointments or close calls for my attention, so it's not a good comparison.
 
In my Blogger Life, in alpahant order, I'm playing with:
 
Casology #41 ~ Giggle
 
Well, right off the bat, who's not gonna like that?  I have lots of stamps that make me giggle, but only one that's a stand out in the field.  When it learns how to behave, it can come back in.  What?
 
I hope you get a chance to click on the link and join in the giggly fun!
 
Dynamic Duos #49 ~ Basic Black and Basic Gray (w/ a manly dessert option)
 
I'm not sure my card is entitled to dessert.  It's gender neutral.  You can find some sensational masculine and elegant cards here to dog-ear for future inspirations.
 
The Paper Players #142 ~ One Layer Card (OLC)
 
Here is the link to awemazing ideas for those always-challenging OLCs.
 
Jaydee is the host for this challenge and I think, once you see the cards, you will agree that these OLCs are NOT boring!

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Here is my card:
 
 
I hope my card made you giggle!  It was really hard not to color him, but the more I looked at him, the more I liked him in black and white and gray, like a vintage pen and ink cartoon.
 
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Update on Google Reader Changes
 
My go-to girl for all this HulaHoopToDo over blog followers and blog readers, Kim S. of Joyful Creations With Kim has written an update.  She reiterates that you just leave your Blogger "Follow" button as it is; your followers aren't going anywhere. 

There are people, who may or may not be followers, who use "readers" to access your blog through smart phones and crack pads, I mean iPads, and Notebooks and whatnot.  They "read" or bring your blog front and center, easy to locate and easy to read from those devices.  Google made a "reader" that is shutting down in July.  People need to switch to Bloglovin or Feedly for this service on their devices.

Again, nothing to do with following.

To make it easier for your fans who use "readers" to find you, Kim gives clear instructions on how you can add both Bloglovin and Feedly buttons to your side bar.  I followed her easy directions and you can see the new buttons installed on my salad bar, located directly under the staying-put Follow button.  Thank you, Kims!
 
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Speaking of followers, we have three new friends and I'm tickled for you to meet them!  Please welcome:

Valliam from n.i.f.t.y c.r.a.f.t.y

Dottielottie from Lottie Luvs Lilac

Maudieroff from Roffey's Creations

Thank you so much, ladies, for joining the party!  It's wonderful to have your fun and talented blogs to inspire us!
 
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Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  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!  And remember, spit happens.  No use getting your diaper in a wad.
 
 
*Life Is Too Short!
 
Paper:  PTI white
Stamps:  Mo Manning MO155 image and sentiment from
  Stamping Bella;  starbursts from Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black; SU! markers
Bling and eyeballs from stash
Corner Chomper
 

Now, does anybody know why all of sudden signature blocks have a frame around them and the deets look double-spaced after they are published, even though they are single-spaced in draft and preview formats??  And how to fix it?  Thank you!

58 comments:

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

So sweet, love the eyes,
hugs Tamara

stempelomi said...

oh,what a stunning card! I love it without coloring! And...... it makes me giggle!!

hugs,Beate

Di said...

Super card! I almost joined in and spat out my morning cup of tea laughing here :)

Hugs, Di xx

Skye said...

A great card. It made me giggle. Love it being black and white.

Sue - said...

A great card definitely cartoonish!

Suze Bain said...

Lordy, how cute is that bubba. A fabbie card Darnell. As for your boxes and deets, I have no idea,blogger has a mind of it's own! Xx

Jessi Fogan said...

OMG, I nearly spit my coffee out :) I LOVE THAT CARD! The rounded corners are perfect, and so is the black/white/grey - what a cutie!!!
About Blogger - if only I could tell you. I think they like to change stuff up just to watch us freak out over it, like Facebook.

Vicky Hayes said...

Kim might be your go-to girl for blog reader advice Darnell but you are my go-to girl for giggles! Love the card and the way it looks like a vintage Shirley Hughes drawing. A border round my signature annoyed me for nearly 3 years and I finally spent a (whole) day trying to follow someone's tutorial about how to get rid of it. Sadly I can't remember which one I went with - I tried five or six of them! Vicky x

Kylie said...

OMG, Darnell! Those googly eyes on that baby are the cherry on top of a perfect giggle card! xx

Kylie said...

OMG, Darnell! Those googly eyes on that baby are the cherry on top of a perfect giggle card! xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Yes, certainly made me giggle Darnell. Such a wonderful image and I love those googly eyes!
Sue xx

Happy Dance said...

Snort, chuckle, chortle, giggle! What a babe!! This little fella is about as cute as it gets! Perfect card Darnell! He's perfect in B&W. Reminds me of those long ago days when my little stinkers got me up to the sounds of "mama, want to play"! Googly eyes...snort, giggle!...Bev

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell you make me laugh every day! This is fantastic and yes spit does happen! Thank you for sharing with us this week at CASology!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Darnell this deserves much more than a Giggle - this is definitely deserving of a big belly-laugh (as we would say in Yorkshire)! I am standing well away from the 'puter, as I sense a huge spit is imminent!
Love love love those eyeballs!!!

Sorry I can't help with the frames and double-spacing issues. Hope someone else has the answers.
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

I love the baby in black and (grey and) white, it's the googly eyes that made me giggle, especially because they're not looking the same way in the photo. That's how I feel most of the time these days! lol! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

Valerie said...

What a great image Darnell and those eyes look to me as if something other than formula is in that bottle!!
Val x

shirley-bee said...

Brilliant, love it! And it's perfect in black and white.

And thanks for the giggle you gave me with your serial comment!

jimlynn said...

Yep, it made me giggle - and smile all over! Precious! Love that you didn't color it too!
Lynn

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, thank you so much for the giggle - that is one great image on your beautiful card!

Thanks for the 'following' info too, will go over and have a look. Big hugs, Annie xx

Jen W. said...

I would not begin to know how to colour the baby and I think you made the right move - he looks perfect in black/white/grey. and the sentiment is genius! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Lisa said...

Tee Hee...this is worth a good giggle! Super cute Darnell and what a fun sentiment!

Craftychris said...

A definite giggle from me! I think it looks perfect in black, white and grey. Thank you for the blogging tips too. I am always pretty clueless! Everyone loves the card you sent me! Thank you again! xx

laughadaisy said...

Huge giggle. ;-) Fantastic job on ALL the challenges you fulfilled here. It's just a perfect little card, with awesome image and sentiment. Love it! Thank you so much for joining us again at Dynamic Duos. ;-)

Bobby said...

You always have just the right stamp for every occasion. This little fella is perfect for a giggle. In fact, I can almost hear him giggle as he spits. I wish I even knew how to do a signature let alone eliminate a frame around it.

wienerhoneymooners said...

Darnell, you are a kick! Don't ever stop.

Cute card!!!! Googly giggles!


Thanks so much for stopping by and always cheering me on - and UP!

Kelly Griglione said...

Indeed, this is so sweet in black, white and gray! Then you have the funny sentiment and that takes all the focus. Well designed, Darnell!

Allisa said...

Love this stamp set...I loved the time you made her with chicken pox!

Geri said...

You always have the most amazing images...this one is no exception! Great call on the B/W & grey...no color needed here!

Funny thing is, this could be/might already be us in a few years!!! Those sharts sure can surprise you :)

Chrissie said...

This did make me giggle Darnell!
What a cutie!
Chrissie

Carole said...

The eyes..had me giggling just imagining your giggles whilst applying them. Super cute and giggly.

Maureen Merritt said...

Oh, I love that baby in black & white. What a sweet sentiment and oh so true! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

Nance Leedy said...

Oh my goodness! The eyes sure had me giggling but so does the expression on the baby's face..."Who, me?!" Adorable card Darnell...so glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

Carol L said...

Hah Hah! I've seen that sentiment on a baby bib, but this is the first I've seen it on a card, and I L.O.V.E. it! I wish I could help you with your siggy problem, but I'm as clueless as a wall! LOL

Sharron said...

Aw, so adorable--and perfect in black & white! Love the eyes and the sentiment--so true!

Joyce said...

This is a sure winner in my book. Just too cute.

Jules said...

Well I hope there is no spitting around me Darnell .. .. I hate spitting with a passion LOL!!!

Your card is fabby and I love the fact that he isn't coloured in. Great finished look!!!

Hope you have had a good week.

Love Jules xx

Kim Heggins said...

I agree with Joyce, this is a sure winner in my book! That baby is just the sweetest thing ever. I have to second what you said about Kim, after reading her several posts, it made it so easy to understand...she is wonderful.

The Crafty Laydee said...

Another coffee spitting giggler! here ! Darnell-what a hoot,and googly eyes-just too funny :) !!
Hugs,Nessa xx

Karren said...

Too cute and funny! Love the black, white and gray. Perfect!

Nan G said...

Oh love the giggly eyes! He's adorable!

Harriet Skelly said...

Yay Darnell you won another HM - this time from Dynamic Duos - congratulations!!

stampwithsandy said...

Darnell, you did it again! What a simply adorable card, and you've certainly mastered the art of combining challenges. Congrats on your win at Dynamic Duos and thanks for sharing your creation with The Paper Players, too! Hugs :) Sandy

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, this is becoming a habit!!! Congrats on your HM with Dynamic Duo's, it is an amazing card.

Mary said...

Hi Darnell
so pleased to see you got an award at DD. Your card certainly made me giggle - I love it. Thanks for your message too.
Mary

Marie said...

Love this little guy and yes he made me giggle!

Sharyn Polesel said...

This is such a cute card. I love that little baby stamp.....made me laugh.

Sian Ridley said...

This card certainly relieved a chuckle from me! Isn't he the cutest?!! I think he looks fab in black, white and grey :) my brother is visiting this weekend (which is awesome!) so it means no time at my desk until next week...I think I may get withdrawal!

Thank you for letting me know about my shout out once again! I'll be honest my darling, I'm hoping to keep you in work!! He he! ;) I'll try not to disappoint ;)

Christina Barnes said...

That is hilarious Darnell, and just too cute for words!! Yes it looks just like one of those pen and ink cartoons :) Thank you for sharing your card with us this week at Dynamic Duos.

Beanie said...

What a cutie, it made me smile!
Sorry I haven't popped over for ages; work is hectic and have five nights away from home, so way behind on 'blog land'. xx

stempelomi said...

congrats for honorable mention at DD!It's your week! ;))

Hugs,Beate

Bonnie said...

This is a wonderful, fun card! I am giggling. Congrats on your mention at DD! I predict this fun little one will be showing up in the kudos of all the other challenges as well!

cindyleebeedesigns.com said...

I was coming to comment on your ultra fabulous baby card that really is the bomb when I saw you were picked at Dynamic Duos- no surprise to me. I love it, Darnell- you never cease to amaze me;)

mypapercraftworld said...

Tee hee, love those googly eyes, Darnell and that perfect sentiment! And congratulations on the DD shoutout! Anita :)

Jenny said...

It was the googly eyes that first made me chuckle!! what a great addition to a fun image and love how you shaded him in monochrome style... as you say, just like a pencil sketch :0)
Jenny x

Judy1223 said...

Indeed, spit does happen. At least the babies doing the spitting are cute! (Good thing!) Your card definitely made me giggle...I think the googly eyes pushed it into a laugh, to be honest! Thanks for playing along so faithfully at CASology each week!

Barb Murphy said...

i adore this card@!!!! what a sweet image...and perfect to be left uncolored!

Aileen said...

Smiling! Too cute to spit! And those googly eyes just say giggles! x

maria f. said...

Geesh - can't believe you have a cool image like that! That sentiment... suffice it to say I've given baby bibs as gifts with that embroidered on! I am a total believer in that sentiment as well as its big brother ;)