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 20, 2013

You're Swell ~ CCIC; PSS; SSS; NBUS #23

Happy Saturday Hello!

My little work project ended up almost giving me a heart attack when the 66-slide Power Point presentation, which I had been dutifully saving after every slide, was nowhere on the system.  Fortunately, after much work, our IT guy was able to recover it.  He's in his twenties and luckily for him, he wasn't where I was because had he been, I would have kissed him right on the mouth.  Mwah!
 
So that took a few years off the old life-complexity, lemme tell ya.  These computers are great until they aren't.  For instance, as I type this, Blogger keeps popping up the dreaded washed-out red banner telling me an error has occurred in trying to publish my blog, even though I'm not even close to trying to publish my blog. 
 
And, AACCKK,  what about what Gmail has done with your inbox?  Oy.  Like you want some corporation deciding whether or not the emails you receive are "primary," "social," or "promotional!"  I'm so sure.  You can return it to the old setting, if you don't like it neither.  You can Google for help or let me know and I'll email you. 
 
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On the home front, it looks like we might finally get the new sprinklers, weed mat, and rocks laid in the backyard hill-side planter today.  None of the workers have showed up yet, but the rock arrived yesterday in our driveway and it's all set to be wheel-barrowed to its new home by folks much younger than ourselves.  I will post pics when it's done.
 
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Well, that was all pretty boring, sorry.  I hope my card won't be.  Needless to say, it was with immense pleasure that I escaped to my Playhouse last night and made a fun card for these three challenges:
 
Curtain Call
 
I'm sure a lot of you have heard that there is resurrected challenge back on the boards called Curtain Call.  The first challenge is "Feeling Nautical."  Here is the IB:
 
 
Simon Says Stamp
 
Coinkydinkly, Simon Says Stamp (which has moved to Wordpress and is now known as "Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog" (a mouthful!), has a current challenge called "By the Sea!"  Cool, or what?  Here is the IB:
 
Paper Smooches
 
And in a further freakish alignment of the challengetary stars, Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog is having a "Cool Shades" challenge with these nautical colors:

Kraft, Navy, Red, Cream/White

The colors don't represent too well on the monitor.  In the fine print it says "Kraft, Navy, Red, Cream/White."

As always, there are some extraordinary challenge sponsors and prizes!  Please click on the links for all the details.

Here is my card:

I cut several waves from the Memory Box "Oceana Border" die.  The sediment is from Paper Smooches "Surf and Turf" set and it's NBUS (never-before-used schtuff).  The enamel embellies are from My Mind's Eye.  If I were to do this card again, I would heat-emboss the sediment in navy EP to give it more weight, but otherwise, I'm pickled at how this turned out.
 
New Friend
 
In my new friend introductions today, we have another Mystery Guest!  I'd like to welcome Sharon!  Thank you for joining our party!  If you have a blog you'd like me to share with everyone, please let me know.
 
Rockwell Designs
 
I also wanted to tell you that our friend Jackie Rockwell has a new challenge on her blog, Rockwell Designs, where the prize is a free blog header!  Jackie is a very talented blog designer and has designed many of the blogs you see around Blogglevania.  If you would like a blog make-over, head over and join in the challenge!
 
Mia Gulpa

I want to close with an apology to you if I have not been around to visit this week.  It's been cray-cray around here, but I think I'll have a quiet couple of days to catch up with you.  Also, I'm sorry that I don't know how to use my camera and I keep putting off reading the manual.  If I knew what I were doing, my cards wouldn't look like half-deflated balloons.  Maybe I'll take some time to figure that out, too, although I'd rather visit you!

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Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS*!
 
As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower!
 
 
*Life Is Too Short!  

55 comments:

Danni said...

What a great card!! Love all the waves...neat design!!

Kim M said...

Love this card Darnell! Great design. :-)

Kim S said...

Your card IS swell and YOU are creative! I love it! I'm so glad you played along with the first Curtain Call in this providential alignment of the stars!!!

Gillian R said...

Fab card Darnell. It certainly sounds like you have been busy lately

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

LOVE this graphic card! Such a great use of those colours!

Kathyk said...

Fabulous card, Dahlink!!

You know you can't just go round kissing IT guys on the mouth! I CAN because my I.T. guy is my husband!!!

Kathyk

Marybeth said...

Oh my gosh I love the waves! What a great design Darnell! Love this! I almost used that very same sentiment, but my waves didn't swell as much! Have a good one!

Mrs A. said...

What a great design for the sentiment. Love the curves on the waves. Like babies kiss curls. Did you know that Miss is getting us a Trampoline for the playground??? Yay and I think I've finally seen the parrot oft.
Hugs Mrs A.
The A Team.

Deepti said...

Lovely card :) great idea of waves, look forward to see ur new backyard soon :)

Stacey Schafer said...

what a fabulous card with those layers of waves! thanks so much for playing along at the Curtain Call!

Lisa said...

LOVE LOVE the waves Darnell!!! The colors are perfect and your design fabulous. SO HAPPY your hard work was recovered and that you DON'T have to do the hard work of moving all of that gravel!!

Sammy said...
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Sammy said...

Ohhh, thanks for the heads-up on the nautical themes! I just bought the Papermania Ahoy There paper pack today, so this will give me an excuse to play with it! :-)

Lovely card too! Love the waves and the colours you used!

Cathy said...

Great card Darnell, love your design, perfect for those nautical themes :) Cathy x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous card,
you had a tricky day with so many thing going on,
I wish you easy day tommorow
hugs Tamara

Sue - bearhouse said...

Fabulous card Darnell, I love the way you have lined up the waves and the colours look great together.
Sue xx

Hettie said...

Swell card there Darnell! Schuper take on the challenges.
I wholeheartedly agree with you on Google mail! WTF?? I have no idea where my schtuff is being filed...I have blogger comments in all three headings!!!! Grrrrr!
BTW I don't live in a castle! I live in a 16th century cottage with a bit of an extension, but all the windows bar the bay window and our bedroom window are 6" square ones. The porch alone has 88 of the pesky bughars!!!
xx

Jackie said...

Awesome job combining all three challenges Darnell! Love the bold graphic design!!!

Thanks so much for the shout out about my mini challenge my friend! You're the sweetest! :)

Hope the rest of your weekend is relaxing.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Darnell, I loved your post! I feel like we just had a real live visit together. I was also surprised as you were about Google changing the email inbox with tabs. Not sure if I will keep the change or revert it. I will give it time.

Love your playhouse. I took a little tour before checking your post today. It looks awesome! So tidy, too, with a home for every little thing. My kind of gal.

Your card is so cute! The sentiment is perfect of course with those waves. The pearls look like ocean spray. You are a clever one!

Thank you SO much for your visit the other day. I was so happy to see you!

JD/ Jill said...

What a fantastic card! great job with all the challenges!

Carol L said...

What a fantastic card! You really do nail these challenges you play along with and This is such a great take on the nautical theme! Love the colors too!

Bobby said...

I think your card is.....wait for it.....swell, Darnell. lol And I like the play on words.

I wouldn't mind the gmail sorting so much if they'd put things in the right place. Maybe after I keep moving them, they'll get the hint. hahahahaha

Sue from Oregon said...

Love this-that die is very cool! Great design and thanks for all the wonderful scoop...like one stop shopping today!

Jen W. said...

This is my new favourite card of yours, Darnell! Love those fun waves and the sweet enamel dots!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell this is just fantastic, I LOVE your waves and the enamel dots? Thank you so much for sharing with us for the first Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

Greta said...

Love your card, Darnell!

Karen M said...

Another fabulous card Darnell - I love all those waves! Have a great week - hugs xx

The Crafty Laydee said...

Coooo-It's all happening in the huse(and garden!)of Darnell! Busy,busy arn't you ?
Yes-computers are the most wonderful things and we love them....and then they conk and we hate them with a passion !! Sounds like your IT guy got away lightly there LOL!
Lovely card-the sentiment is fabby and your rows of waves are awesome :)
Have a great day,Hugs,Nessa xxxx

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Love this colour combination - very masculine... your card looks fab and is it just my eyes or does your card actually swell a bit??
Have a great week... oh and congrats on your win in the colour throwdown challenge draw... Mxx

Heather said...

A stunning card, I love your CAS style and such a fabulous design and colour scheme - a fun sentiment!!

Thanks so much for joining with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge
hugs
Heather xx

Benzi said...

Darnell, great ocean waves and I see little water bubbles coming up around your sentiment. Just so creative and cute.
Hope the guys showed up to do your work and things are looking beautiful by now. Have a great Sunday.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, your card is beautiful and great way to combine many challenges. The 'waves' are awesome. Happy Sunday, Shirleyxx ps.. good idea to get younger workers to slug the stones, hope it's all moved soon :)

Sandy said...

How clever to combine all the challenges and such a lovely cheerful card I love the sea.. I found with blogger it only flashes red at me if I don't put in a title first.. I suppose it just does not like when I just go ahead willy nilly and type without giving it some idea of what I am going to tell it about today..
Have a great day.
Sandy :)

Happy Dance said...

Spent all day yesterday at Scrap & Stamp, but wanted you to know that I saw your card. It's marvelous. I'm calling "winner" on this one, my friend. Hands down. Have a good Sunday. Bev

Nan G said...

Swell card! Love the effect of the alignment of the waves. Carefull kissing IT guys. :) Enjoy watching others schlep the stones around. Thanks for the chuckle today. I needed it. Hugs

cm said...

Way to go, Darnell, with this most excellent card! Love your creativity, and the alignment of the challengetary stars is added bonus! You certainly are immersed in busy-ness! Glad your powerpoint was rescued by the IT-knight. I'd love to be in the audience to witness a Darnell-inspired presentation: information and a heck of a lot of fun, I'm sure! I'm with Nan: rock schlepping is for the young guys, while you watch, or better yet, escape to the playhouse! So thrilled you had a chance to visit my blog: comments from you = a gift! THANK YOU!!
c

Craftychris said...

Fabulous card - the waves and sentiment are brilliant together! I know what you mean about computers - I only like mine when its doing what I want! Good luck with the work xx

Laurie Unger said...

Love the card! I've had a pile of dirt in my driveway for over 3 weeks now! I"m getting extremely irritated with DH since it's taking up my parking spot!!!

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

Stranger alert here!!!!

Trying to have a much needed catch up in blogland .. .. these weddings are certainly keeping me busy at the moment.

You have been posting some lovely makes and I love this one very much. Great colour combo!!

Hope all is good with you and that you have had a nice weekend.

Love Jules xx

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, I love your fabulous card!

MaryH said...

As always enjoyed your post. TFS the pics around the house. If you're out doing yard work, I HOPE it's not so hot where you are. Too hot around here to do anything but let the weeds flourish in the beds. (and I had paid a guy to spray prior to adding mulch. I think the mulch was more like fertilizer!). Ahem. Your card is delightful, and I recognized that punch. Now why didn't I think to use it so creatively? Hmmm??? Great job following your color challenge with such a cool & wavy card, and I liked your red embellies, thought your sediment looked just fine! Hugs & TFS

MaryH said...

PS..forgot to say: I've read the manual (sort of) for our new camera, and still can't get good photos. Believe prolly is OE...I'm challenged that way. Hugs

Harriet Skelly said...

Wow Darnell I love this card - what cool waves!

Kim Heggins said...

Fabby waves card Darnell...and how exciting to have one card for so many challenges! It is just too cute. Good luck with your new sprinklers too, pretty soon you can put your bikini on and run through them on a hot day.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Oh my word! How cute is this card???? Just fabulous! You amaze me how you know about all the challenges and how you find the time and creativity to participate in all of them! Whew!!!

Barb Murphy said...

You rocked these challenges girl! LOVE it when challengtary stars align just so :)

P.S. Please send pics of the younger workers ;)

Marisa said...

Such a fun card! LOVE the waves! Thanks for joining us at the Curtain Call.

Sharron said...

Fabulous!! Love the waves--cool use of the PS colors!

Karen B. said...

This is one majorly cool card.

Barb King said...

Love this card with all the wave layers, I've got to get that die because I make lots of ocean theme cards. Great take on the challenge.

Jessica Kephart said...

So simple yet beautifully executed!! Love it!!

Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

xoxoxox

Jessica Kephart
DT

Cathy Weber said...

I sure wish you could have been here in my craftroom just now, you would have heard me laughing out loud and I really mean that literally. You are the funniest writer and I can totally picture you kissing your IT guy! Been there, done that...only my IT guy is my son and the kiss was definitely not on the mouth! Love all those die cut waves and those little enamel bubbles...genius! Thanks for starting my day off with a good laugh.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOL! I love that you said your "story" was boring-- I LOVE reading stories like this;)

FABBBBBBBBBBBBBULOUS card-- love the different colored waves! CLEVER use of these colors:) Thanks so much for joining in the fun with the Paper Smooches SPARKS team-- hope you play along this week with the Picture Perfect challenge!!!

Bonnie said...

Wow, I thought I was only gone for 4 days (well 5 with going and coming). Can't believe how much I missed! I love these waves and you picked the perfect sentiment! I love those red gems looking like bubbles floating up out of the waves!

Joyce said...

How did I miss this stunner. Love it--and how wonderful that the stars lined up and you were able to complete so many challenges at once. We are packing for Hawaii today, so I think it is fate that I saw your beautiful card with all those ocean waves, doncha think?