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!

July 13, 2013

I Miss You ~ CASology #52; CFC #109; CTD #250; MUSE #25; NBUS #21

Hello Friends!

I have a fun, fun card for you today.  It is not my usual QACAS, in that it took some time to do it, but it is still CAS.  And it happily fits in several challenges!
 
It all started because of these two challenges:
 
MUSE Card Club.  I'm a big fan to Therese Calvird, our MUSE for this week's challenge.  Here is her delightful inspiration card:
 
I was drawn to the bright colors Therese used and the "Miss You" sediment.  I used those elements on my card and flipped the image to the left and the sediment to the right.  You'll see how I created my "story" in the different colors of my straws, as Therese did with her fab flamingos!
 
Colour Throwdown.  I noticed the colors of this week's challenge were right in line with the MUSE colors that Therese used.  I haven't played at CTD for quite a while, so I'm excited to be back!  Congratulations, ladies, on your FIFTH anniversary!  Talk about being leaders!  And thank you for the opportunity to win spectacular prizes from tons of awesome companies!  Here are the colors:
 
Again, such a great summery feel which I tried to capture on my card. 

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Then I took a look at this week's CASology challenge where "NEON" is the cue card word!  I have to agree with Ardyth that the MUSE colors are not only summery, they are quite neon, so I decided to include my card there, as well. 
 

I hope you see all the inspirations I used from these challenges to make my card:
 

Normally I would insert a lighter color of paper in those two cutouts the designer provided at the side and along the bottom of the glass, in order to artistically show the sunshine bouncing off the glass.  I decided not to do that for this card because when I tried it, I found it distracted the eye from the fallen straw which is making a statement.  Pretty deep, huh?

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And then, after I completed my card last night, I saw that this week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to use polka dots!  That couldn't have been more timely, so I'm also joining their new fun challenge.  Serena Dipity visits again, yippee!!
 
cfc109
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As usual, I have listed my ingredients at the end of the post, but I'd like to distinguish the NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) on my card.  This time the NBUS are the shadow stamp from Paper Smooches and the lemonade die from Memory Box.  Yippee!
 
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You will be happy to hear that we have just had two new friends join us at the Playhouse.  The first is our Mystery Guest, Paula.  As you know, we have several Mystery Guests, which I think any good Playhouse should have and we love them all!  Second, we have Deepti Stephens of Catchy Crafts.  Deepti is amazingly talented and has tons of inspiration waiting for you to soak up when you go visit her!  Welcome, Paula and Deepti, and thank you!!

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Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS*!  I hope you have a lovely weekend and manage some crafty time!

Thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower!  I'm off to make some raspberry lemonade!!
 
*Life Is Too Short!  

Paper:  SU! DSP, Bermuda bay, melon mambo,
  so saffron, and crumb cake; PTI white
Stamp:  CAS-ual Fridays "Calm and Gentle"
  sentiment; "Shadow" is Paper Smooches
Die:  Memory Box "Summer Lemonade"
Glossy Accents
Corner Chomper

50 comments:

Happy Dance said...

Howdy Neighbor! We're right next to each other on the CTD!! Your card looks like the kind of drink I need right now...pink lemonade. I got the statement with the fallen straw, too. Clever girl. Love your polkie dots. Way to jump on all those challenges girl. Have a good weekend. Bev

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Fun!! Fabulous design with the fallen straw ... :) Love the bright colors and the polka-dot background is so cute! Lolly xx

Linda said...

Darnell, you are so clever. Glad you pointed out the fallen straw, cause I missed that. duh... Very cute.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Don't you love it when a card comes together and fits into challenges :) -- Fun drink card!

Deepti Stephens said...

That's really a pretty cool card!
Thank you so much for the mention. :)

jimlynn said...

I just finished my card for the Color Throwdown and hope to get it up in the morning. Like you, I love those bright and fun colors! Love what you did with this and the straw. SO FUN and cute! Love it.
Lynn

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Wow! Great combination of these challenges. Love the bright colours! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

Jenny said...

Now there's been some deep thought gone into your card and I love the long shadow.... The perfect time of day for refreshment :0)
Love the fallen straw to illustrate the sentiment too :0)
Jenny x

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

...and Muse - I love how you've flipped the sketch!

Wendy AppleApricot said...

What a happy yummie card Darnell! Can I have a sip? :) Beautiful card and design! Hugs, Wendy

Sue - bearhouse said...

Totally fabulous Darnell. I love the design using the fallen straw, so clever! The colours are wonderful.
Sue xx

Gay Peplow said...

I love visiting you Darnell, it's always so much fun and crafting too, It doesn't get much better !! Fab cards again today, I just love the bright and zingy colours, the fallen straw is a subtle touch, impressive!! :D Gay x

Cathy said...

Great card Darnell and how clever to fit in so many challenges :) Cathy x

Jacquie Southas said...

Love it when a card can truly work for so many challenges - the shadow and fallen straw speak volumes in adding to the story - fabulus!

Laurie Unger said...

I totally get the straw and I agree with you not punching out the highlighted areas on the die! Great card!

Lisa said...

Oozing with summer Darnell!! Cute card ;)

Rosemary said...

darn fun take on all the challenges, darnell... your drink looks absolutely yummy! thanks so much for playing along with CASology!

Di said...

Great card Darnell - love the bright colours. And the 'sediment' is pretty deep with the fallen straw :)

Now I need to run and get a glass of ice cold lime and soda - you made me thirsty!

Hugs, Di xx

donna mikasa said...

That fallen straw.....is genius! And I love the cast shadow, especially since you used a NBUS and reminded me that I, too, have not used that set! Happy weekend!

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, this is one amazing take on all of these challenges...don't you love it when all the planets are in alignment?

Joyce said...

Super card, and great job of combining all those challenges. I so love it when that happens. I could go with a glass of that lemonade right about now.

Barb Ghig said...

This is such a FUN card, Darnell! I love the 'fallen' straw and the bold bright colors...great use of the shadow stamp, too!

Lori said...

What a fun, summery card! Love the shadow and the fallen straw--just perfect with your sentiment. Thanks for joining us for the CTD's anniversary celebration!

JD/ Jill said...

Wonderful card! And Congrats to checking off the boxes with it fitting all those challenges! Great job!

Renee said...

What a fabulous take on the challenge...
that glass of lemonade looks absolutely yummy for a hot summer day! :)

Karen M said...

I love your fun card Darnell and well done on combining all those challenges! Hugs xx

Judy1223 said...

Good heavens, you even have shadows on this awesome card! Wonderful neon colors, great textures...awesome for all challenges! Thanks for joining us at CASology this week!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I am always SO impressed that you can think about three challenges at once and make a card to fit them all! This one is a stunner, love that drop shadow - very clever... love it!! Hugs, Annie xx

wienerhoneymooners said...

I am in agreement too! Neon lemonade! (Making me thirsty!)

SerenaDipity !! Heehaw.. Love it. Perfect Polkas for sure, and the lonely straw.. yes, deep. Love the shine on the lemon too!

Love that you linked up with CASology! Thanks for playing this week!

-Kimberly

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell fabulous card, great way to combine challenges. Love the neon lemonade. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at CASology!

Karen B said...

Great card Dippy - love that lemonade glass and the dropped straw. I never fail to be amazed at how your mind works!!! lol

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

mypapercraftworld said...

Inspired, Darnell ... not only stupendous challenge combining, but a clever, clever take with the fallen straw lying in the shadows! The pink neon lemonade is awesome! Anita :)

Jackie said...

Ahhh so refreshing! The glossy lemon is cool. So sad how the straw doesn't have a friend anymore. :(

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Darnell,

Thanks for the explanation of bloglovin. I think I'm ok as I can still see the blogs that I follow and hopefully those that follow me can still come and visit!

Your card is great; do I get points for noticing the straw out of the glass before you mention it? tee hee

I'm planning to join in WOYWW this week - wish me luck!

Hugs,
Kay

Deni(se) said...

Dropping in from Muse ... your card is so FRESH and perfect for summer. You did an amazing job with the dropped straw and the shadow!

shirley-bee said...

I wouldn't sleep for a week after a neon drink like that! But I would enjoy drinking it first! Love the slice of lemon. And that shadow - cool!

Craftychris said...

Lovely card! Really summery, I could do with a cold drink its so hot here at the moment! The fallen straw to go with the 'miss you' sentiment is genius! xx

Bonnie said...

Mmmm, that looks good!

Suzanne said...

I love those flamingos!!! Darnell, I love visiting your blog! I love that "NBUS" - you are too cute and talented!

Meg said...

Fabulous - I love your card. I can't believe all of the challenges you met with this one - Well done.

Geri said...

First of all, I absolutely love your representation of the sentiment! Who else but cleverly creative you would think of this!

Awesome colors, awesome dies and AWESOME job matching the colors of your card elements to the wee polka dots!

One card - FIVE challenges - wowzers....this card is definitely going to be bringing home some hardware!

Kate said...

Awesome card - love the colours and that fallen straw !

lostinpaper said...

What a fabulous card Darnell, the fallen straw is genius. Well done on combining these fun challenges.

Joan Ervin said...

How cute...I'm lovin that big pink glass of lemonade!!!! Thanks for helping us celebrate the Color Throwdown's 5th Anniversary!!!!

Barb Murphy said...

love it...the straw on the table...genius!

Lyndal said...

CONGRATS on your Color Throwdown win too :)

Hammers said...

OMG I love Flamingoes this card is awesome Darnell. I posted my entry and saw yours - which I also love. Cx

nmnastali said...

CONGRATS ON SOME NICE NEW GOODIES FROM THE COLOR THROWDOWN!!! Couldn't have been for a nicer person!! Paper Smooches, too?!! Woot!! Woot!!

Yapha said...

Congratulations on your Color Throwdown win! Love your cards, they are so fun and happy!

Kelly Griglione said...

What wonderful colors you've chosen, Darnell! And having the lemonade on that polka dot paper almost makes it look 3Dish. I hear congratulations are in order ... well done!! So glad you joined the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!