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!

October 1, 2013

WOYWW #226; LIM #139; ATCAS #23

Hi Every Body!  I'm so happy to see you!

Today I've got my desk on display for the current What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW), hosted by our dear Julia.  She can tell you all about it, if you're unfamiliar.  All you have to do is click on her.  She's easy like that.

After last week's revamp, all heck broke loose in the Playhouse in a flurry of autumn.
I'm working on the card you'll see below and a couple of others, so strewn about are all the requisite card-making tools.  And, of course, my tall glass of wodka.  I was going to ask you if you find that you are misplacing the caps to your tools more often?  I mean you just take the cap off a marker and color one little tiny bit and then when you go to replace the top, what?  Where?  How is that even possible?  But now that I've mentioned the wodka, you'll prolly just say, "Well, no, but I can venture a guess why'st that might be happening to you!" 

On the feature wall this week, I'm happy to show you this close-up:
I was thrilled to receive my own original ICAD work of art from my sweet friend, Redanne.  You can find more information here.  It's so beautiful!  The adorable friend card with the two little girls on the front came from another dear friend, Susan.  Thank you, Annie and Susan!
 
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Here is a close-up of the card I made today for Addicted to CAS where the code word is "Autumn/Fall."  I'm also entering it in the current sketch challenge at Less Is More.  To keep this shorter, please click on the links provided for the details.  Here is my card:
 
The fun die-cut sediment came as happy mail from another friend, Geri.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I had just the image to go along with it.  (Sadly, it came from a stamp company that is no longer in business.)  Thank you, Geri!

You can't really tell, but I put Dimensional Magic on the punkin and the paper is glossy, so it's a really fun shiny card IRL.  The base is embossed with Sizzix "Honeycomb" EF.
 
I know Halloween is not a huge holiday in some parts of the world, but if you are looking for inspiration, I did several other cards in the post below this one and there are great links for even more ideas. 
 
For those of you who asked about the bat poop card from that post, the circle image is backed with mulberry paper, the poop splatter is made from a Paper Smooches stamp set called "I Heart Art," and the poop on the table is actually chocolate-covered sunflower seeds.  (And, ps, they are delicious!!)
 
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Some of you may remember that last March I traveled to one of my sister's homes to help her stage her house for sale.  I'm delighted to report that her house has sold!  I'll be leaving Saturday for about a week to go back and help her pack up for her move to the home of another sister, so I will miss next week's WOYWW.
 
Enjoy today's hop and next week's, too, and I'll see you when I get back.  Since I am not leaving until the weekend, I will be visiting as many of you as I can before I go.  If you stop by, please leave a comment and let me know your number, so I can be sure and return the flavor!!
 
Mwah!

 
*Life Is Too Short!

76 comments:

Nicole N. (Nicole's Craft Nook) said...

Oh my goodness, Darnell !!!
I saw an open ink case on your desk...!!! Eeek! Aren't you afraid it will dry out...!?! Lol !!

Your desk still has order to it even while you are working!! ;)) :))
I'm excited to see what you are creating this week!!

Your mouse card is adorable ---!!!!! & here's what I love --- the eyes, the colors, & the cute image!! :)) :))

Ha!! How many times did you say poop in this post... Lol !!!! ;)
;) xo

Nan G said...

Oooh Darnell! You have me LOLing so loud the girls came out to check on their crazy mom! :)) Bat poop! Fabulous mess on desk! Love the mouse too. Have fun packing with your sis. Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #8 ps...thanks for the info email about the mulberry paper. I wondered if it was but couldn't tell for sure. Hugs x2

Regina Hamilton said...

There's a lot of crafting happening on your desk. Love those large leaves.

Those cards in the window are beautiful. I just love the Halloween cards. The mouse card is just too cute. Happy crafting #4

Greta said...

Darling & fun card! Have a safe trip!

Monica said...

That is a funny card. Bat poop!

MaryH said...

Ok Miss D, I'm following behind you, from Joanne's Blog (CHNC guest designer). Just had to pop over & say Hey. Love your mouse card (and so will DH). Gotta find out what this dimensional magic stuff is. You find the neatest schtuff. Now I'm not a wodka person, but I do like a nice glass of vino - occasionally. I don't need anything alcoholic to lose stuff from minute to minute. Maybe it's attention deficit in my case. (Or CRS ..which I'm suspecting I have had for quite a while. Or could be disorganization!). Congrats to your sis for her house sale. In today's environment, that is truly a blessing to hear such good news. Enjoy the packing up. Loved your card too! Prob'ly forgot to say that, cuz I had a glass of some nice stuff out by the pool, in a lovely breeze after a blisteringly hot day in So. Fla. TFS & Hugs

jimlynn said...

Too cute to spook is right!!!! CUTE image and love the shine!
Hope you have a safe and fun trip even though that does sound like a little work!
Lynn

April Story said...

I think the mouse on your cute card took the cap to your marker. ;-)
April #17

Annette Allen said...

Fun post..beautiful cards

Cathy said...

Hahaha, glad it's not just me that is losing caps and lids! Have a great trip :) Cathy x

Kim Ferguson said...

Cute card and as always jealous of the craft cottage. Kim #22

Lynn McAuley said...

Too cute to spook, indeed!! I love it!!

I throw the caps away immediately so I don't have to be bothered with searching for them! Ha!

Happy Wednesday!

Lynn #19

Nikki C said...

LOL Bat poop and Wodka what a mix happy WOYWW Nikki 21

Hammers said...

Hey Darnell - thanks for swinging by later last week to wish me happy birthday, it was happy..complete with Wodka :) Love the cards that you were sent. Jealous of your craft chaos..I have guests aka no crafting for me. Your Halloween card is great fun..my wedding Anniversary is Oct 31st..our first one in USA so should be interesting or spooky! I too lose bits of my tools - mainly the lids to my inks! Cx #32

Peg Robinson said...

Your cards are great. What a lot of fun going on. Peg R. #29

Helen said...

What a wonderful desk today! Hope you have another productive week. Helen 14

Andrea said...

morning Darnell I just had to visit before work as you've made the top 10 ! well done you. loving your post Wodka and bat poops..in one post where will it go from heere !!LOL
like the idea of chocolate seeds though! I know what you mean about lids they have a life of there own!... loving your cards especially that cute mouse...fab "sediment" too. good luck helping your sister with the move and have a safe journey there and back take care hugs Andreax

Sue said...

Hi Darnell.
Fabulous card, I love that cute image with his fun googly eyes and the sentiment is wonderful.
Pleased to hear that your Sister has sold her house, I hope the move goes okay
hugs Sue xx

Jackie said...

That only seems five mins ago that you went to your sisters house to stage it for her! .... Well done on such a quick sale
Love the card and the little mouse ... Those little eyes you put on the mouse are cute and make him look like he's had a sip of your 'special' drink the wodka !!!!
Jackie 40
Scrapbangwallop

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hi Darnell - Yes I've noticed I'm losing stuff on my desk that I had in my hand a second ago - today you will say I'm not surprised - what a mess, but this is happening every time I craft - and it drives me MAD! Fab cards on display today - too cute to spook- so true. Congrats to sis on the house sale and good luck to her in her new home. Be happy and enjoy your time together. MMx #47

The Crafty Laydee said...

Too cute Darnell! GORG-eous card-oh,I just love that little guy-and look at his eyes(has he been on the Wodka I wonder ??)LOL!
Have a good trip :)
Hugs,Nessa xxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Ooh, how I love that little mouse! I must say I'm not a fan of really spooky Halloween creations, but looking around the desks there are some really sweet and cool creations with colours that focus on the season and clever ideas that don't dwell on horror, but on fun! Well done on 'staging' your sister's house successfully! My mum's house just sold too, so leave that Vodka for now, and join me in a glass of champagne in the Magpie's nest, Darnell! Cheers! Julie Ann xx #56

Eliza said...

Hi Darnell,

You have one amazing bunch of cards on your window sill and I love them all but most of all I love the pumpkin and the bat droppings, yep sick mind LOL

Good to hear all your work paid off with selling your sister house. Congratualtions

Happy WOYWW
Eliza & Yoda 20

Neet said...

Oh Darnell - I love that sentiment on your mouse card. The best I have seen - ever! I thought it was a die cut.
Lovely cards you have received - the two children one is so striking in colour.
Good luck with the packing - not an easy job but I am sure there will be lots of chat between the two of you making it easier.
Hugs, Neet 23 xx

Sammy said...

Such an adorable card Darnell!
And I loves Wodka, but am not allowed any right now. I'd suggest you have my share, but maybe you already did and that's why you keep losing things? ;-) x

Donna Wheat said...

love the mouse card, and the rose card you received is fab, thanks for sharing, Donna #47

Redanne said...

He really is too cute to spook and I just adore his googly eyes! So glad you liked your ICAD too. The little girls card is beautiful. Take care! Hugs, Annie xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Always lovely to visit your desk, so much to see and I love your makes. Take care Zo xx 65

Anne said...

Mouse card is great. Love your busy, productive looking desk. Glad your sister sold her house. Hope packing up is not too arduous. Anne x #61

shirley-bee said...

Fun card! I love how he's teetering on top of the sediment. And judging by his expression, he's as partial to wodka as you are!

RosA said...

Gorgeous (three) cards you have received! I wonder what the two little girls stamp is? (Would really like to know.)
Hope your pens aren't drying out :)
RosA # 28

Kate Hadfield said...

Oh I LOVE the Bat Poop card, it made me laugh out loud! My son would love it too! Thanks for sharing!
Kate #51

Carole said...

Your desk is a mess but your cards are ridiculous fun...google eye mouse and the bat splat...clever you.
Carole #79

Valerie said...

Definitely too cute to spook! He's gorgeous Darnell and what a crafty quince-i-dence that you had the stamp to match the diecut:)
Val x

Kim S said...

Yes, he's too cute to spook. Yes, things disappear (even without vodka) - I use Zip-Dry Liquid glue and that cap disappears daily - then the glue dries out. And since I love autumn colors, I love the splash of autumn leaves and colors across your desk!

Dianne said...

Hello Darnell, your desk looks lovely with those beautiful leaves,I'm forever losing well everything LOL. I recognized Annie work, gorgeous, and the other card is beautiful , the coloring is fabulous, your Mouse card is fantastic.. I hope you have a wonderful time with your dear sister, well miss you, big hugs..

Elizabeth said...

Hi Darnell, so nice to be able to visit your crafty playhouse this week - as you will very soon find out there's not much down time when you are packing to move house! Love your Halloween card - the sentiment is brilliant. And the cards on your wall are gorgeous. I hope that you and your sister have fun packing up her stuff for the move ... any excuse to visit with your sister is a good one :) Thanks for sharing. Elizabeth x #49

Joyce said...

Wow--what a desk. I'm speechless. So much crafty chaos. Super cute card today.

Brenda in IN said...

Oh what a cute mouse card. Love that mulberry paper. I have a few sheets saved because you don't see it anymore. I can lose a cap on my desk with only paper and an ink pad on it. Right in front of me and I don't see it. Happy for your sister's sale. Have a safe trip out and back. Had to laugh about your comment being noon and still not dressed because it was 11:30 am when I read it and I was in my nitegown!

Brenda in IN said...

Also meant to tell you I will never look at chocolate covered sunflower seeds the same way again!

Sharon Underwood said...

You're incredible! Bat poop! Who thinks of that? Love your cards!

cm said...

Fabulous card; fabulous post; fabulous news on your sister's house sale. Your desk - should you ever want to send it - "mess" and all my way, please do so! I'd love to tidy it up! Your mouse and punkin card = sweet (Geri is a doll!), and your other Halloween creations for the 12 Kits = again, delightful! Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE your posts, your cards, you...
c

lisa said...

Your playhouse looks a lot of fun, Darnell, love the pile of gorgeous leaves. Autumn has definitely arrived.
Your mouse is so cute, what a brilliant card.
Had to laugh at your disappearing tops, I think we must all have a crafty ghost, it's usually scissors that I've just put down that just disappear.
Hope your sister's house move goes smoothly.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #59

Lisa said...

This little mouse with his crazy eyes is so cute!! and I like the bright bold sentiment!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Love your adorable card Darnell!
Thanks for the fun post ;)

mypapercraftworld said...

Your crafty chaos looks so inviting, Darnell ... so much to play with! Love this little cutie on his shiney punkin ... the sediment is so perfect for him! Anita :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Oh my! Where to start? I think that fabulously messy desk is a good place to start. I can tell that you have had lots of fun recently. And bat poop! That is so excellent. It makes me laugh. I will definitely be CASEing your idea as I have to bring something to the ladies this month. Your too cute to spook card with the googlie eyes--that made me laugh. Great cards from your friends too. Happy mail is a good thing!

Bobby said...

A messy desk is the sign of a genius at work. ;) Your card is so cute and I love what you did to the pumpkin. I'm so happy for your sister. Have a safe trip and I'll be looking forward to when you get back.

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell it it getting very tiring to scroll down to the end of your comments to leave you one. You are truly my most popular bloggie friend! I just love your Playhouse, with it's big bright window. Great card today.

Karen B said...

Hi Dippy - loved zooming in on your desk.......what on earth are you going to do with that huge heap of leaves? Loved seeing your cards from Anne &Susan (aren't those two little girls cute....). Well,what can you say about your adorable mouse.......too cute for words! Lovin' that sentiment as well. Can't believe it's so long since you helped your sister to stage her house but glad to hear it's been sold now. Don't overdo things when you help her pack up! Thanks so much for joining us for this challenge at A2CAS.

Karendipity xxx

Bonnie said...

This little guy IS too cute to spook! Love the eyes! Yeah for your sister! Enjoy your time together.

Mrs A. said...

He is sooo sweet. Are you sure he hasn't been at the wodka though! hugs Mrs A.

KayM said...

Your cards are just fabulous Darnell! I love the little mouse with the pumpkin! So cute! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment about my Curtain Call card! Have a great week! :)

~Rasz~ said...

Hi Darnell! You sure are busy and also got some great cards from friends, that is always fun. Sorry you will be missing next week but I bet you will have lots to catch us up on! Have a great week and enjoy spending time with your sisters! Oh and the hardest thing I drink is coffee and I am constantly loosing everything I seem to have just laid down, including tops, bottoms and in-betweens! Have a great week! Hugs, Rasz #89

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...you were busted today! Leaving an open ink pad on your desk, bad, bad, bad! I had to click on your photo to get a closer look and there it was. I always love seeing your desk, creative mess and all! Stunning card too, what a sweet little critter! Have a fabulous trip and you are so sweet to help your sister's.

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

I do so love your work space. The view out of your window is so beautiful.

I live on a main road and to open my window is a complete "no, no". The noise is just too much for my quiet little brain to handle.

Great fun card. Love that little mouse!!!

Hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

It shows my infantile sense of humour that the two things I enjoyed most on your desk this week were the bat poop and the mouse's google eyes!! Yay, I bet you're the first to ever feature those things on a WOYWW desk, lol!
That's the wonderful thing about Julia's creation...you think you've seen it all and then, WHAM, something else turns up to make you do a double take. That's the reason I adore it!
Thanks for visiting and the lovely comments :-). Hope you are fit and well...
Hugs, LLJ 45 xx

Hettie said...

I know! I know! I know! Your pen caps are taken by the Craftlings. They are lickle green buggas with thieving lickle fingerz and they strike just out of your view! They like shiny and sharp stuff!
That mouse card looks so funny with his googley eyes!
Haa Haa!
Hettie
xx

Aileen said...

What a cute card! Love the bright sentiment and cute mouse. x

The Taming of the Glue said...

I always love looking at your desk. Your room looks so light and airy to work in. The cards are gorgeous. Well done on the house sale! Hugs. Pam#41

Kim M said...

Aawwwww, what a cute card! Love that mouse stamp! Hope you have a good trip to your sisters. :-)

Leigh Penner said...

This is so sweet, Darnell!

Victoria said...

That mouse is too cute! I hope your desk is all in order again now.

Geri said...

Hey you! Thanks for the 'splanation of the bat droppings! They sound yummy!

Awesome card! So glad that you could put one of the wee treats to some good use! AMAZING coloring job on the mouse - his fur/hair looks so real! Love the shine too :)

Have a great visit with your dear sis and DO NOT (are you listening to me?)... DO NOT lift anything heavier than a glass of vodka!!!

Lindsey said...

This mouse certainly is too cute. The google eyes are so fun and you did such a great job coloring. (P.S. I'm always misplacing my marker caps...actually lids in general...they always seem to disappear.)

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Very cute Halloween cards - choc covered sunflower seeds - sounds interesting - they can cover anything with chocolate nowadays - coffee beans are nice but I get a bit hyper if I have too many LOL... have a great time with your sister - hugs Thanks for popping over for WOYWW Mxx #33

Diane said...

Well I see you have the perfect craft desk it has to be full of fun stuff how else can you create such a darling little card.

Hugs Diane

Sharon Madson said...

I love your Too Cute to Spook card.
Lovely space. Thanks for the peek.
Sharon #98

Queen Lightwell said...

Well, it may or may not relieve you to know but I had been having that problem myself, no wodka in sight either! Not only lids but scissors and tweezers, too! It got fridiculous fast! lol Now I am the one missing, for so long from WOYWW and mostly from my craft room in general...glad to join up this week and hear from you and see your lovely playhouse again! You're going to miss the reveal next week of what's in the bags...! Lots more stash, and no where's to keeps it...ut oh! :) Hugs dear and thanks for stopping by already! Deeyll

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, toooo cute lol! Love the sweet mouse and sentiment, fab-u-lous. Made me smile today. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Sue x

butlersabroad said...

Yikes look at that desk! Not going to say I told you so, but I did, didn't I, lol!! Love your little mousey card, he reminds me of Scat from Ice Age with that cross eyed, tongue lolling, eyes bigger than his belly look! Have a wonderful time with your sissies! Glad the house sold. Be safe.

Hugs
Brenda

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi Darnell - I have just spent a very happy time, reading your latest posts - you really are an amazing lady - I so enjoy visiting!

Anyhoo, I am also here to say thank you for joining us again at ATCAS - your card is fabulous, and that adorable little mouse is definitely Too Cute to Spook!
Have a very happy weekend - Sylvia xx

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi Darnell - I have just spent a very happy time, reading your latest posts - you really are an amazing lady - I so enjoy visiting!

Anyhoo, I am also here to say thank you for joining us again at ATCAS - your card is fabulous, and that adorable little mouse is definitely Too Cute to Spook!
Have a very happy weekend - Sylvia xx

Chrissie said...

I just love reading your posts Darnell and this is no exception. Your card is ace, the colouring is simply tremendous!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

baileyrosy.com said...

Hi Darnell so lovely to visit you after all this time ! Yes I too lose my caps and pens and all manner of crafting tools but never manage to loose the top of the Gin bottle hows that ! Fabulous card love that impish little creature so beautifully colored. Good luck with the packing. Oh and thanks for joining us at ATCAS we love to see you there.

Take care

Marie

Sue from Oregon said...

oh so cute!!!