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!

November 15, 2013

Autumn Birthday Redux ~ ColourQ #215; STB

Hi, Wonderful Whooshers!  TGIF!

I have to start today by clarifying my last post about being crowned.  I seemed to have confuzzled some of you.  I was talking about going to the dentist and having one of my teeth crowned.  The drug I mentioned was the Novocain shot I was given to numb the tooth area.  I was just having a little fun with a very unfun event!
 
But yesterday there were only fun events happening here.  Included was a lovely lunch with the ladies where we talked about the vagaries of our husbands.  Isn't 'vagaries' a great word?  It means:
 
1.
an unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behavior, "the vagaries of the weather"
 

synonyms:
change, fluctuation, variation, quirk, peculiarity, oddity, eccentricity, unpredictability, caprice, foible, whim, whimsy
 
I love the word, but I rarely remember to use it.  If husbands aren't quirky, I don't know who is.  I've been known to use less quaint words to describe my Mister.  Cough.
 
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I'm still switching between autumn and Christmas cards and today I am back with two more autumnal birthday cards.  One is for our favorite son, whose birthday is Sunday, and one is for one of my besties, Nancy, whose birthday is also Sunday.

My first card is very similar to a card I made a few weeks back.  Here is the outside:

And here is the inside:
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For my second card, I used the great fall/autumn colors of the current challenge at ColourQ:
And I'll enter it in the current Seize the Birthday "with texture" challenge.
I sure hope you get a chance to join in these fun challenges!  The links provided will give you all the fine print and the generous prize and sponsor details.
 
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My card:
I hope you can see that cool wood grain frame impression plate from Lil' Inkers.  The leaves were from the Dollar store.  I added some drops of Dimensional Magic.
 
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Today I am delighted to have you meet our newest friend, Kathleen of Plain & Simple.  Kath has been blogging her cards for a couple of years.  She has great style and a whole lotta humor shows in her card art.  I know you'll enjoy going to meet her and seeing her wonderful creations!  Welcome, Kath, and thank you for joining the party!
 
The fun photo is of an onion from her garden in the shape of a bird!  Ah, the vagaries of onions!
 
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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!  Please let me know you came by, so I can be sure and return the flavor! 

  
 
*Life Is Too Short! 

Please let me know if you would like
the ingredients for today's cards.

54 comments:

Sue said...

Such beautiful cards Darnell. I love the sunburst and gorgeous colours on your first card The beautiful leaves look wonderful on the yellow wood grain frame.
I hope you have a good weekend
hugs Sue xx

Redanne said...

Ooh I love the shading on the first card Darnell and the leaves on the second one are stunning with the little droplets on them. Hope your tooth is OK today and hope you have a lovely weekend too. Hugs, Annie xx

Hettie said...

Ah the vagaries on your blog posts! Tee Hee!
Lovely cards there. Dunno which I like more!
Hugs
xx

Brenda in IN said...

Both of your cards are lovely. The leaves are so pretty and I love those little raindrops. Hope you are healing.

Viv said...

Wow what beautiful sunny colours you used on these beautiful cards Dr. Arnell, all so fabulous too. Vagaries...oh yes a very good word to use for husbands he he :) Viv xx

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Darnell, Looks like you've been having more Autumn fun with your cards, really beautiful :D
Hope you've recovered from the rotten Dental treatment :( I wouldn't mind but the charge you for the experience too, how cheeky is that??? Vagaries is a totally delish word, I love using it too, thanks for the smiles, I love visiting you, hugs Gay xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell both are so fantastic! What you did with the sun dies is so brilliant! Thank you so much for joining us this week at the colourQ!

MagsB said...

What beautiful cards, the colours are just gorgeous! I especially love the bright and cheerful sunburst!

love Mags B x

Lori said...

Both of your cards are wonderful! Love the fall colors shaded on the first - just gorgeous!

Viv's Visuals said...

Two lovely cards Darnell - and I couldn't choose a favourite between them!

Karen B said...

Two beautiful cards Dippy - both gorgeous! Congratulations on being showcased over on Less is More for your fireworks card......well deserved.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

shirley-bee said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell! I love the two-tone sun, and the droplets on the leaves. Congrats on your LIM showcase for your chloe card too!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH GOOOOOOOOODNESS, Darnell! I hope you are doing better-- sorry to hear that you had to get crowned!

LOOOOOOOOOK at that gorgeous first card! AMAZING-- I love the inked edges and inside! LOVE the enamel dots too! FAB!

And that second card...... OH MY! I love the water drops and the embossing... LOVE LOVE LOVE it all! You make me miss Fall/Autumn! <3

Shannon J said...

Ha ha!! I had to go back to my comment to see if it sounded like I was confused!! Phew...I think I'm safe! I totally got that it was in reference to a trip to the dentist, and I thought it was HILARIOUS!!! (And told in perfect Darnell style!!!). Today's cards are gorgeous (as always!). I especially know your 'favourite' son is going to love his mama's creation!!

Valerie Nolan said...

Fabulous autumnal cards Darnell and an educational post too:) Loved the definition, not so sure about the unexpected but definitely plenty of inexplicable!
Val x

Carol L said...

Your card is gorgeous with those beautiful autumn leaves! I'm glad your dentist visit is behind you, and thanks too for the vocabulary lesson! I never hoid the woid vagaries until I came here! LOL

Geri said...

... I figured dentist right off the hop...

Gorgeous colors and inking technique on your first card. Beautifully balanced with the swell stitched sun, the sentiment and the perfectly placed enamel dots. Stunning HB varicolored image! Your son is gonna love this one!

Awesome leaves on the second card - seriously a dollar store find? Love the water droplets and REALLY LOVE the wee green sproinkies on the tag!

Karen Petitt said...

Both are wonderful Darnell and brilliant. I especially love the leaves, a weekness for me as you can do so much with a leaf stamp/image/embellishment.
I wasn't sure what you were talking about yesterday but knew if I waited you would end up clarifying the situation and you do make me laugh - with your wonderful way with words. It's just that some days my brain doesn't fire too well lol! Have a lovely weekend x

Sue said...

Love these cards really gorgeous and your post made me chuckle lol have a great weekend huggles Sue xxx

Lisa said...

These are both oozing with fall prettiness Darnell!! Thanks so much for joining us at the ColourQ!

Susanne Vargas said...

Not only did you inspire me with two gorgeous cards today but your post was also very educational and taught me a new word! Thanks so much!

Kathleen said...

It seems that we could have a very similar sense of humour, I really was a tad confused over yesterday's post and would never have guessed what it was all about. Brilliant post.
Two fabulous cards posted today and adore the colours.

Well I certainly wasn't expecting such an introduction, or to see my little birdie on the post.
Thank you so much.

Kath x

mypapercraftworld said...

I'm guessing it was those vagaries that got you moved to a table at the back yesterday, Darnell, they can have that effect!

Two stunning cards with gorgeous rich colours ... completely yummy sun burst (or should that be son burst?) and amazing texture-y dew dropped leaves ... awesome!

Anita :)

Bobby said...

I love the inking on the first card and yes, I did notice the woodgrain frame on the second. I first noticed the mitered corners and new it wasn't just a regular embossing folder. The Dimensional Magic really adds to the leaves.

Marybeth said...

So funny … I knew you were talking about a crown tooth! Not fun!
Oh my gosh I love the texture and color on this gorgeous card . Thanks for the tip I did add my BD card. Hope you have a wonderful weekend !

Dana said...

Lovely cards!! Really love the woodgrain background!!

Sylvia said...

Love all the chatter, Darnell, your right about quirky husbands, or husbands being quirky! In any case, I enjoyed your post and the cards are lovely. Love your leaves and tell your friend that the onion is awesome! thanks for sharing with us at the colourQ and thanks for playing!

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

Ahhhhh!!! So it was the dentist...!! Good!!! I'm glad I'm not a total wackadoo these days...!!!
Great cards -- the sentiment on the 2nd card reminds me of my fave part in Alice in wonderland -- "a very happy unbirthday! To you" /// lol !!
Hope they both love your fab cards -- did you see the DT call at lil inkers...?!!
I'm not sure that I make any cards without their awesomeness!!! Love their stuff!! Enjoy the weekend!! Xo

Cheryl said...

Fantastic cards! I especially like the sponging around the edge of the first one--very cool look.

Karen M said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell and I just love the colours! hugs xx

Diane said...

Well, I have to say, having the "warped" sense of humor I have, I understood perfectly about your being "crowned"...scarey isn't it...but there are times people look at me as if I am nuts as I can laugh at the worse times, like when my shoe caught on fire and another time when I ate dog biscuits (not on purpose) and laughed until I cried, (walking thru the mall by myself)...but the white coats haven't come for me yet. Anywho, your two fall cards are very pretty and perfect for this time of the year, your friend and your son will both enjoy them I am sure!!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous cards
I need colours
your are fantastic
hugs Tamara

cm said...

I got the 'crowning' essence quite well, especially since anything even remotely dentist-y gives me the heebie-jeebies! Dentists are nice people, I'm sure. As for husbands-with-vagaries: please add mine to the group. He is quirky; cute, but definitely quirky! LOVE your cards here! Nancy will be thrilled, and your favourite son will be delighted! Does this mean a visit with the grandkids and grand-dog over the weekend? Cake? Treats? Now that you've been crowned with the proper fortifications, you should be good-to-go with indulging in carmely and chocolately confections once again! Happy Saturday! Hugs,
c

Laurie Unger said...

Love both autumn cards! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

Chris D. said...

LOL! I love your sense of humor Darnell! Your cards are stunning! Love the blended colors on the first and the pretty leaves and woodgrain frame on the second! Fabulous!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the wonderful inkiness of the first card and that is one cool woodgrain frame on the second!

Cathy Weber said...

Darnell I always know I am going to first laugh and then ooh and aah when I visit your blog. You always write the funniest stories to go along with your beautiful cards. I love that Lil Inker sun and all the great inking you did inside and out. I did notice the woodgrain frame and I wondered why I don't pull that one out more often. Fabulous!

Joni nina Andaya said...

So Lovely Darnell! Love the first one with Lil Inker :)

Claire said...

What fabulous autumnal cards Darnell...love the simplicity of the first one and all that inking. And what a great buy from the dollar shop....don't you just love the dollar shops eh? Thanks for playing along with Colour Q this week!

Susan (rainy) said...

Beautiful autumn cards!! LOVE the look of the Dimensional Magic on the leaves!

Kelly Griglione said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell! LOVE that you did the inside of your first one ... might as well, right? You've already got all the inks and supplies out. So fun!!

Greta said...

Wow--2 terrific Fall birthday cards--love them!

Gerrina said...

Love the colours! Your cards are all in its own way gorgeous! Inky greetings, Gerrina

Bonnie said...

Such perfect fall birthday cards! I love all that golden yellow and the little tag!

Kim S said...

I actually did understand the drug reference from the previous post (although I had to read it a few times) but now I want to know what vagaries were discussed!? I am loving your fall colors. I need to go through my NBUS stash and create some fall/Thanksgiving cards before the season is over and they have to stay in my NBUS stash for another year!

JD/ Jill said...

Great Autumn cards!

Dianne said...

Loooove the color of both cards,beautiful sun and the inside is beautiful too,love the wood grain and those leaves look fabulous with the Dimensional Magic, thanks for sharing..

Jodene said...

These are great cards Darnell! Love the texture you have added for this week's topping option. Thanks for joining us at Seize The Birthday :)

scrappymo! said...

Two great autumn cards...Love that wodgrain EF.

Miriam Prantner said...

Oh I really love that first card with the stacked suns and the inking!

Craftychris said...

These are both so different and both so cool! I love the autumnal theme and colours xx

maria f. said...

Me gusta mucho numero uno!

Cindy Brumbaugh said...

Wow- the leaves pop off the card so wonderfully. Great use of color!

Kim Heggins said...

Not sure how I missed this one Darnell...trying to get caught up on all older posts...This is just beautiful, love the fall colors and your leaves are so pretty, what a fabulous idea!