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!

May 9, 2013

MUSE For the Teacher and Happy 100 CFC!

Hello!  I know it's only Thursday, but we'll whoosh today, since I won't be on tomorrow.  Mr. Week went by SO fast this time!
 
In keeping with my recent online card class on making His & Hers cards, I made two cards. 

I saw this week's MUSE Card Club card, designed by the sensational Laurie Willison and knew I wanted to play in order to use up some fun virginal Washi tape from Freckled Fawn that I've had a few months.  It's called "Decorative Tape Numbers."  Here's Laurie's card for us to CASE:
 
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Isn't it perfecto for a teacher?!

Here is my card, which is a "Hers" card for a lady teacher:

 
I flipped Laurie's card and made mine horizontal.  I made a blackboard out of strips of Washi tape applied in an off-set pattern onto gray metallic paper.  I used a wood grain embossing folder and note-paper punch on the mat.  I used another strip of Washi tape to make my ruler, onto which I stamped "thank you." 

Lastly, I fussy-cut my apple (an ancient stamp from "A Stamp in the Hand"), applied Glossy Accents, and finished it off with diamond bling be fitting a lady.  The glossiness doesn't show up in the long shot, so here is a close-up.


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My second card, the "His" version, works for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge where we are lucky to have a two-week tic-tac-toe chart!  (How can you pass this up?) 
 
 
Happy 2nd birthday, Michele, and congratulations on 100 challenges!  Thank you for all you do to make this hobby so fun!!

From the chart I used the middle vertical column for my guy card:  Kraft paper, dry embossed wood grain, and Glossy Accents on the apple for the bling.  And the metallic gray paper is a manly bling, too.


During the class the brillius teachers gave us their own checklists for embellies and ideas, one column for the ladies, one column for the gents, and encouraged us to make up our own lists.  Did any of you write down "worms" in your guy column?  I didn't have a teensy-weensy worm handy, so I snipped one.
 
There you go, thank you card inspiration for both teacher genders!

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I'm so happy to introduce you to another new friend to the Playhouse and new blogger to this community, Sarah Platt, of Sazzle Dazzle Crafts.  I met Sarah through the abnormal delightful group over at Pixie's.  Please stop in and welcome Sarah and make her feel at home.  You know you're going to like her just by that blog banner name!  Thank you, Sarah, and welcome!

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I've been meaning to take a minute to let you know that I don't belong to Google +.  It's just a personal  thing having to do with the terms and conditions one must sign with regard to Picasa Web Album access and the whole "circle" thing.  Unfortunately, sometimes that means I can't reach you when I click on your name in my follower list or in my comments.  Instead, I am directed to your Google + Profile Page where I am not allowed further entry because I'm not in your circles.  I just wanted to share that with you here in case you ever wondered why I didn't know your blog information, or I have not returned your com(pli)ments to me.

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And this, also, I wanted to share with you:


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Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy your day.  LITS*!  

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*Life Is Too Short!

40 comments:

Mrs Harry said...

I love the glossy apples Darnell. And the warning on the bottle of wine is great too.

karen m said...

I love both versions of your card Darnell - they are both fabulous! Your glossy apple looks good enough to eat:) hugs xx

Michelle said...

Great cards, I love both versions and that apple is great with the glossy accents. I wanted to say thank you for the lovely comment your left on my blog the other day, that was really sweet of you! I am off now to look in your playhouse! Oh and I loved that last pic ... very good point!! Have a great day! x

Marybeth said...

I love how you made a chalkboard out of the washi tape! Brilliant! Love both cards and the glossy apple! I think I might just have a worm in my stash too, going to go look for him.

Sue - bearhouse said...

Fabulous cards Darnell. I love the glossy apple and the way you have mad the blackboard out of Washi tape looks so effective
Sue xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Haha ,I really must remember to edit my comment before pressing enter. I don't think that it can be possible to make a blackboard mad!!

Sue xx

shirley-bee said...

Top of the class, Darnell! Brilliant cards, love the washi and the his & hers accents on the apples. Fabulous health warning on the wine bottle!

Tracey McNeely said...

Both wonderful cards Darnell, love the Glossy Accents on the apples and the washi tape is perfection. LOVE!

Benzi said...

Great teacher cards. Wow! That apple really is glossy..glad you showed the close-up. Good use of the Washi tape.

Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a nice comment. It is truly appreciated.

jimlynn said...

Great guy and gal cards! Love the addition of the little worm too!
Lynn

Linda said...

Great cards for his and her teachers. You are so creative and hilarious. Thank you so much for all of your kind comments on my blog. BTW, I did set up Follow me on email on my sidebar as requested. In case you didn't see it.

Lisa said...

Darnell these a SUPER! I'm going to have to look into this Washi, our DIL is a teacher!

Emily Keaton said...

Totally teacher-ific, Darnell! Love those Glossy Accents :)

Redanne said...

Really loving the idea of the apple for the teacher idea Darnell. Love the blackboard you created - how creative are you! Also love the little worm....I am probably in a minority but I love worms!! Love the words on the bottle too.... Hugs, Annie xx

Bobby said...

Isn't it fun to be able to make two cards at once, with just a little change so they can be either His or Hers? You only have to think once. ;)

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Love your cards,
gorgeous design
great idea,
hugs Tamara

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Love your cards,
gorgeous design
great idea,
hugs Tamara

The Crafty Laydee said...

Love these Teacher cards Darnell-really clever -i love making Teacher cards,they are such fun(always worries me a bit tho-'cos i wonder if they write on them in red pen after we have handed them over LOL !! I think you will be getting an A+ for these delights :)
That poor wine-just makes you want to drink it ,i mean save it !!
Hugs,Nessa xx

Carole said...

Boy you know all the tricks. Warming up to the teacher too! Cute cards.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

These cards are both fantastic takes on Laurie's Muse card! Thanks so much for playing along!

Happy Dance said...

Seriously great cards! Love the little wormy fella in the manly one. Your cards are always a delight and these are no exceptions. If I could drink wine, I prolly wouldn't need the label, as I'm pretty sure all my exes are in the Witness Protection Program! hahaha. Bev

lucyscraftycards said...

Great cards! I LOVE the washi tape and the glossy apple!

Bonnie said...

LOL, I'm glad the worm is on the male teacher's card! And ROTFL, I've never taken the time to read the label on the wine bottle. I'm too busy trying to get it open! I'm on Google. Are you having problems reaching me? I'm getting your comments so I guess not.

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, I am so honored to be blog challenge buddies, sitting right next to you making sure you behave! Both of your cards are fabulous and I love the glossy accents on your apple, looks good enough to eat, that is until it was meant for Snow White, then I will pass. Great cards!

Brenda said...

STUNNING! Love the his and her takes on the MUSE card. I took some time to work my way backwards through your blog. You have wonderful, engaging posts and incredible talent! I really get a sense that you are a happy, energetic person and love crafting. The crafting community is fortunate to have you!I'm your newest follower.Thanks for your visits to my blog and for your lovely comments!

Joyce said...

Two fabulous Muse cards. What a great idea to do a he and she card. And, I learned something from reading your explanation about the google circles--I have the same problem, and always feel bad when I cannot return the comment. And, that GG Bridge die is from Memory Box--I left my heart there, so had to have the die. Send me your addy, and I'll cut you a few--I didn't save the return address from your beautiful birthday card, silly me.

Jacquie Southas said...

Darnell - your comments made my day this morning :) thanks! I have to give you credit for the little strip of blue alpha washi on my Muse card - when I saw your tape I remembered mine LOL Love both of these cards - definitely capture the blackboard & classroom feel!

mypapercraftworld said...

Amazing cards, Darnell ... yummy crunchy, shiney apples and I love your very manly worm! Anita :)

Denise Price said...

I love how you used the tape to make the chalkboards on both cards. I love the worm too. :)

alexandra s.m. said...

Thank You for this great, rich and fun post Darnell!
I love both of your cards and that shiny apple steals the show! (I too really appreciated the comment you left on my blog ;-)
Thank You~

cindyleebeedesigns.com said...

Oh sweet Darnell- giver of cheerful encouragements- you dazzle again with shiny apples and worms to boot! Love the washi tape blackboard;)

Tanis Scott said...

Awesome card, that washi is really cool!

Karen B. said...

The glossy accents on the apples are a great touch! Love the his/hers aspect too.

Jennifer said...

Darnell, these cards are perfect! The apples are truly great! :) And I ADORE (!) that wine bottle label! Have pinned! :)

Jean said...

Love both the his and hers versions of the Muse challenge. We used the same column for tic-tac-toe (now I just have to post mine).

Michelle said...

Darnell, your his and hers teacher cards are gorgeous! The wine label at the end has me laughing out loud! :-)

maria f. said...

Prost!

Jingle said...

Very cute card! Thanks so much for joining us over at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog!

Kelly Griglione said...

You made a chalkboard out of washi!! That is so fabulous. Love your bling vs. worm difference for the gals vs. guys ... hahaha! So glad you joined the big celebration at CAS-ual Fridays, Darnell!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Darnell, my IT Techie son has just discovered your post which mentions me. I hadn't even realised that was there but thank you so much for the mention. Sazzle x