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

MUSE #14 ~ Yes, Virginia ...

And we're back around to Friday, whoosh!
 
Not really, it's Thursday night here, but it will be Friday by the time most of you see this.
 
This week's MUSE Card Club Guest Designer is one of my favorite ladies, Virginia Lu, of Yes, Virginia . . .  Virginia made this delightful card for Mother's Day:
 
Happy Mother's Day
 
I made this CASE of Virginia's card to play along in the challenge:
 

I wanted to just turn Virginia's card inside out so that where she has the blank circle, surrounded by flowers, I was going to have a big colorful blossom surrounded by white space.  This rarely happens to me, but it was just too meh with all that white space, so I added a couple of little blossoms.  Then a couple more and a couple three more and before I knew it, I was off to the blossom races, but I only went once around the track.
 
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I'm going to bed early for me.  I've been having a round of just routine blood work and appointments taken care of due to one of my physicians jumping insurance groups.  Today the flea bottomist took nine vials of blood from me.  Oh.Kay.  She was supposed to take two more, but she couldn't because they misplaced a standing order.  Hee! Hee!  So you see, once again, it coulda been worse! 
 
And anyway, I gotta rest up because tomorrow night the Mister is taking me on a hot date to a Lettermen concert.  Yes, they're still alive!  It should be a hoot with a houseful of our geezer peers getting all jiggy with us!
 
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Before I go, it is a pleasure to welcome and introduce you to Lisa Haines of The Purple Place.  Lisa is a seasoned card artist and blogger and she is an enormous wealth of inspiration for all of us!  Thank you, Lisa, for joining the party!!
 
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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! 
 
For my family and friends in the Midwest still (frown) being snowed on. 
 
*Life Is Too Short!
 
Paper:  PTI white
Stamps:  Hero Arts alphabet and flower
  from Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Ink:  SU!
Die:  Spellbinders Dahlia
Bling:  SU! and stash
Corner Chomper
 

43 comments:

Sue - bearhouse said...

Such a wonderful card to CASE and yours is goregous Darnell. I love the big colourful flower and the frame of tiny blossoms look so pretty.
Sue xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous card for mum,
hugs Tamara
have a lovely weekend

karen m said...

I really love your take on the challenge this week - your card is fabulous! Love all those pretty flowers - hugs xx

Redanne said...

Oooh that's a lovely big blossom and love the little ones too, a great take on the CAS card Darnell and so cheery for a dull day (hail stones here but I guess it is April and we should expect lots of showers). Hope you enjoy the concert and get a bit of a rest before. Hugs, Annie xx

Sue - said...

Lovely bright colours on both cards. Reminds me of summer! Hope we get one this year!

Jamie Martin said...

I like your CASE, I like all of the colorful layers. Have fun at the concert!

joy said...

Great CAS card and wonderful reverse of Virginia's! I'd love to see The Lettermen - enjoy!!!

Sharyn Polesel said...

Very pretty card. I love your giant flower, and the great colors! Well done!

Tracey McNeely said...

Wow Darnell this is so fun and vibrant. I love how you were inspired by Virginia's card!

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Beautiful & Bright cards... Mxx

jimlynn said...

Pretty, pretty flower!! So fresh and just delightful! Bright and beautiful.
Lynn

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

I love this nested take on this week's Muse - thanks so much for playing along!

Joyce said...

Inside out beauty--love this one. It is so--you--a creative approach to cards and life.

shirley-bee said...

Clever reversal of Virginia's card! Enjoy your concert!

Cheryl said...

I love the nested flower, and it's such a happy card! Can I tell you that your blog brightens my day? You crack me up.

Lisa said...

Love your take on Virginia's card with your colorful layers bloom! Have fun gettin jiggy with it ;)

Geri said...

Once around the track was the perfect way to color up the white space! I'm thinking that the gorgeous nested blossom needed a few wee guys to offer some support....cuz hey, it's lonely at the top!!!

What is that gorgeous fuchsia pink flower? It almost looks like a type of morning glory, although the leaves look at bit like nemisia???

Geri said...

BTW...zippo from Mr/Ms Mailperson...not even a bill!

MagsB said...

What glorious bright colours on both cards! I love how your tiny flower border echoes the gorgeous big flower!

Have a fabulous time at the concert! Rock on, baby!

love Mags B x

Vickie Z said...

Your card is fun!! Loving the flower story but, only once around the track!! Have fun getting jiggy!!

Bobby said...

What a lovely Mom blossom. I'm surprised you have any blood left after that vampiress got through with you. Please rest up and let me know how the concert goes. I loved the Lettermen but haven't heard them in a while, even on the oldies station I listen to.

Virginia L. said...

I love your gorgeous rendition, Darnell! The Large Bloom works so beautifully in this! The added flower around the edges are simply delightful! So glad to see your lovely entry in this challenge! It makes my day:)

Carol L said...

I like your reverse interpretation of the MUSE card! The colors are so pretty and colorful!! Have a great weekend and enjoy the concert :)

Nan G said...

Nice reverse interpretation. Great bright cheerful colors.

JD said...

I like your happy card! Congrats on your dynamic duo win...I knew that card was a winner when I first saw it.
One complaint with your blog...You often have so many neat links to look at...that I wander off then forget to come back and comment on your beautiful cards...smile...

Darnell J Knauss said...

REPLY: That's okay, Jill! That's why I put the links on there. Enjoy! Thank you for the congrats and kind words! xxoo Darnell

Greta said...

You are so creative--love your take on the Muse inspiration! Enjoy the concert!

Sian Ridley said...

Firstly...congratulations on your dynamic duos shout out! It's nice to be able to say that! (wish I'd seen it before I commented on your DD post mind you...that would've been better!)

Secondly...loving this inverted take on the muse card! I'm struggling a bit with this one this week (don't know why, maybe I exhausted my mojo for now?!) but you make it look so easy! Love it!

Have a wonderful time at the concert and enjoy a restful weekend, it sounds like you deserve it ;)

lucyscraftycards said...

Fabulous card! I love the reverse interpretation and the colours are beautifully vibrant!

Lucy :-)

Neets B said...

Love your interpretation, Darnell. I love reading your blog posts, take care of yourself and have a restful weekend :)

Brandi said...

This is so cute! Love the bright spring flower!

Happy Dance said...

As Bob Cratchit once said, "I'm behind my times"... So much going on, but wanted you to know how much your card brightened my morning. Cheerful and happy--just like you my friend. Bev

Carole said...

Well you do turn thinks inside out.. very nicely I would say. Bright and cheerful. Congratulations on another well deserved win. Have a happy trip down memory lane with the Lettermen.

mypapercraftworld said...

What a fun and vibrant inside out card, Darnell, so happy and bright! Anita :)

The Crafty Laydee said...

This is such a happy card Darnell-big bright,beautiful bloom-perfect :)
Hugs,Nessa xx

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card Darnell and love your take on the Muse card. Your flower is so pretty and so perfect for Mother's Day. Hope you are feeling well and enjoyed your concert...so much fun!

Carole Z said...

Hi Darnell, first of all thanks for dropping by my WOYWW desk this week, I just had a peek at yours, which looks far more organised! I love today's card..so bright and cheerful! Happy crafting, Carole Z X

Tracy said...

This is lovely Darnell! I like how you made the card your own by changing the circle up and bringing the flower shape into it. I'm horrible at casing cards. Mine would be a carbon copy. LOL Sorry it's taken me so long to come visit. Been going through some health issues myself. Thanks for following me! Hugs!

Sue said...

Your nested flower surrounded by white space looks lovely, Darnell and great idea to put the little flowers round the edge. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, much appreciated! Sue x

Bonnie said...

I love how you turned the Muse card inside out! It turned out really fun with the flower border!

Barb Murphy said...

i love that big bloom!!! and the real one in the sign off...nicotiana?

maria f. said...

Not usually in my vocab, but "adorbs" comes to mind on this one. And I am so absolutely sure that Yes, Virginia will love this one.

cm said...

Bright, bold Mom's day, Darnell - and a wonderful 're-vision' of the MUSE inspiration! I'm with you re: white space...empty and blank is kind of scary, so your flower border is perfect! Hope the concert was fun and that you're feeling re-energized after the blood work (speaking of 'scary'...).
Have a great weekend; I have some His and Her homework to catch up on!
c