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 9, 2013

Jingle Bells in July ~ MM; OLW #147; PP #153; CASOS #12

Happy to have you visit today, looking so fine!

Did you think I'd be too busy with work to be back already?  Me, too, but just watch, I'll prolly end up making more cards and doing more posts while working than I normally do when I'm home all day long sitting on my lapmaker! 
 
I wouldn't be too impressed if I were you, howsoever, because all the cards I make will no doubt be QACAS, like the one I have for you today.  It's a wee Christmas card using one of my oldest and most-beloved stamps from Great Impressions.  I implied some Atyou Sparkle pens and a whole lot of glossy accents and that's it, Wallah!
 
Perhaps one day I'll start a QACAS challenge and/or a five-ingredient~or less~challenge!  I'm deft at being laa(yawn)zzee!

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The more smarter card artists among you make your Christmas cards all year long.  (If I were more smarter, I'd have listened to my grammar.)  Although well-intended, I didn't start making mine until June, which was a whole lot sooner than last year, so squee for me.  Now this week I'm seeing several "Christmas in July" challenges popping up in Blog Land and I'm entering my card in a few.  I hope you get a chance to join in all the fun and get a start on your holiday cards, if you haven't already!
  • A long-standing and fun all-year-long Christmas card challenge is Merry Monday.  For July, instead of a weekly challenge, Merry Monday is having a month-long "Anything Goes" challenge, which means, yippee, any Christmas card you make is welcome there!  In addition to the usual spectacular Design Team, this week Lesley is showcasing two fantastic guest designers, Rose Miller and Danni Bindel!  
  •  Finally, at CAS on Sundays, the theme is (say it with me) "Christmas in July!"
CAS On Sunday Challenge
 
I'm sure there are more, but that's good for me.  My sharp-eyed regular friends will note the absence of NBUS for the first time in twenty posts.  S'okay, no worries, it will return because I really enjoy using my unloved schtuff and I really enjoy seeing NBUS on your blogs, too!
 
If it's hot where you are, I hope my sparkly little Jingle in July card cools you off!  No matter what, enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS*! 
 
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!
 
*Life Is Too Short!  
 
 

42 comments:

Kathyk said...

Cool cards and well done on getting the jump on Christmas!

Happy Tuesday to you

Kathyk

Cathy said...

Gorgeous sparkly card Darnell. Great time management too to fit card making in while working :) Cathy x

Karin said...

Beautiful Christmas card! I LOVE your QACAS cards,I didn't know the word, but I like it very much!
Karin x

Michelle said...

I love this card, Darnell! Big, bold, beautiful stamp! I don't have so much of a problem making my Christmas cards... my big problem is writing in them and actually POSTING them before Christmas, LOL!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Gorgeous card Darnell. I love the image and the festive sparkle looks perfect.
Sue xx

stampwithsandy said...

An awesome card, Darnell, great for all the challenges! Love the big jingle bell and how you colored and blinged it. So mailable, too.

nmnastali said...

Very blingy ~~ love it!! I wonder if I should challenge myself to use minimal items for your bday card...? Under 5 things....wow, I am already panicking!! Tee hee!!! Do my markers count as 1 thing?

Kara Lynne said...

I love the bold, shiny bells! QACASAMAB (and merry and bright)!

Happy Dance said...

I love the one layer! And in my world, anything with jingle bells is a winner! Sparkly too-yum! Very merrily Christmasy. Just wonderful. And yes, you should consider running a QACAS challenge! Sincerely! Bev

Barb Murphy said...

*thud!*

perfectly CAS!!! I love the subtle shimmer, bit o'gloss and that sweet image...it's just perfect! no wonder it's your fave :)

Redanne said...

I am not at all surprised it is your favourite stamp, it is a real beauty and makes a great CAS card. Loving the great sparkle too. Smacked wrists for me because I have not done one single Christmas card yet......I really should get started. Hugs, Annie xx

Susan Raihala said...

What a fabulous Christmas sparkler!!!! Wonderful card and so festive and fun with all that sparkle!

Lynne in NI said...

Fab CAS card, LOVE your sparkly baubles!!
Oh and thanks for the heads up that I was one of the lucky Mojo winners :)

Marybeth said...

Love these bells and the CAS look of them! What a great Christmas card and fun too!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell thisi is so fabulous--LOVE it!

Tracey McNeely said...

Sorry for my typo!

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Sweet card. Like the sparkle and glossy accents. Lolly xx

cm said...

Beautiful card (LOVE bells. Good reminder to add 'bell stamps' to my wish book) and clever you are to get a head-start with Christmas! I can see why this is a favourite (perhaps a new category: FUS - favorite used schtuff...). Yes indeed, bells, sparkles, Christmas...you've certainly made my day merry and bright!!
c

Nancy said...

An awesome card you have here Darnell, great for are challenge over at CAS on Sunday! Love the big jingle bell stamp and how you colored and made it shiny. Love visiting your site! Thanks for playing!

Jessi Fogan said...

Something about having less time to spare makes me cram more into the time I do have...go figure :) It's like all that free time I normally have just isn't as inspiring as 'I only have 5 minutes! Let's stamp something!' I love the sparkle & shine - perfect for a Christmas card!
I would suck at the QACAS 5-or-less...I swear, typing up supplies for my CAS cards the list is often twice as long! What is that about?

Vickie Z said...

Love those sparkly jingle bells! Now, I have to admit I don't start Xmas cards until late and last year didn't even get them done soooo's maybe I need to do some of these year round Xmas card challenges!!! Love the NBUS and yes, I peek but, don't always have time to comment....I need to get on the band wagon and use my NBUS too....working on not buying more patterned paper right now...have had to sit on my hands a couple times!!

mypapercraftworld said...

Sparkley and shimmery and yummy, Darnell ... a fabulous QACAS card! Anita :)

Bonnie said...

Oh, I love these sparkly jingle bells! Now I'm going to be singing all evening. Dashing through the snow...

Bobby said...

A Merry QACAS to you! Great card, Darnell.

Kristen said...
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Kristen said...

Love all the glossy accents and I agree with you life is too short - so maybe i should just by the atyou pens after all, lol
xoxo Kristina
www.pearlgateway.com

Laurie Unger said...

Love all the sparkles and the one layer!!!

Carol L said...

I'm jingling all the way! Great sparkly bells and I love the holly too! Stay cool and keep crafting - it's what I'm doing too :)

maria f. said...

Hey, just ran into you over at Christmas in July. As I sit here sweltering in the MI humidity. But believe me I'm thrilled to be here ;) Happy summer to ya.

JD/ Jill said...

Wonderful sparkly Christmas card. I know you noticed on my blog that I have been making Christmas cards too. I am now up to about 40 made...and that is a record for me to have so many done this early!!!
You may have also noticed that I borrowed your NBUS Acronym and used it on my blog...Hope I don't get in trouble for copy right infringement...LOL I did give you credit...You are an inspiration to me..

Dianne said...

Lovely card, lovely stamp. I too have seen those cards around yikes they scare me really I can't face them till it's time, nope can't start early its all a part of that big day so I'll save it for later and just comment like they are just everyday cards LOL. I just can't do it BAD me. Thanks for sharing...

Mrs Harry said...

Fabby card Darnell. Those bells are just great. I really must get on with my Christmas cards, I think I've done about two!

Lesley said...

You should always listen to your "Grammar"! LOL! Love your pretty and sparkly card my friend! Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Joyce said...

This is so perfectly CAS. I love those jingle bells, and the shimmery snowflakes around them. Nice to think a bit about cooler weather now.

Kim M said...

Oh my, I love that stamp!! I want it. :-). Great card!

scrappymo! said...

Very pretty Christmas card. I love to get them finished well before Christmas...it is nice to just enjoy the season instead of rushing through cardmaking to get them done.

Notes by Nina said...

Very pretty card Darnell, I love the added sparkle. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Jen W. said...

Those are some awesome jingle balls - they look huge! What size is that card? Love all the sparkle you added. As for Christmas cards, the one I posted yesterday is my first for the year I think! Yikes!!!!

LeAnne said...

Cute image--love these bells! Thank you for sharing this with us at Merry Monday.

Jenny said...

CAS is fine with me... In fact this card is one I would definitely buy if I saw the design in a shop!! Love love love the huuuuge jingle bells :0)
I really need to jump on the NBUS bus too... I could probably do a three week feature on it, haha :0)
Jenny x

Hazel said...

I saw your lovely Christmas card on Always playing with paper Merry Monday - you might also like to enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July - I'd love to see it there too. x

Susan Joyce said...

Love your Jingle Bells Darnell and the Silver bling. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this month.