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!

March 18, 2014

Anita, This One's For You! A Surprise Belated Birthday Party!! (NBUS #115; DJKASE #13)

Hello Everyone!

An extremely talented bloggie friend, Anita from France (My Papercraft World), had a birthday on February 18th and she kept it under her sunbonnet until after it was over. Like that was going to keep us from throwing a birthday party for her! NOT!! SURPRISE!! SURPRISE!!


The credit for this surprise party goes to the delightful Bev of Happy Dance! I had an InLinkz button, which you can find at the end of this post, so I offered to host the party for all of Anita's friends to link their cards.

I hope you will join in and make a card to link for Anita! The link-up will remain open for two weeks until April 1st. Even if you don't get the chance to join in with your card, I do hope you will click on the thumbnails in the gallery and stop in to visit the other card artists! They are each and everyone so inspiring! Thank you, dear Bev, for the idea to have this surprise party for our sweet friend, Anita!!

I decided to take the opportunity to DJKASE one of Anita's brilliant cards. If you don't already swoon over Anita's works of art, you soon will be when you visit her blog! It was terribly hard to settle on one of her cards to copyliment!! I finally decided on the card below, which you can find on Anita's blog here.

Anita
Anita's card

~ And here is mine. This one is for you Anita, made with love and best wishes!!
The image is NBUS by Crafy Individuals. I colored the image with my markers directly onto the stamp, spritzed, and applied. Then I embossed the image with copper embossing powder by Stampa Rosa and overcolored it with Wink of Stella. The sediment is from PTI's "Birthday Bash Sentiments," punctuated with a tiny star sequint.
It looks like sparkly embroidery IRL. 

I'm linking it with the new "Clean-and-Simple Spring" challenge by Jaydee at The Paper Players.

I am editing this to also play again in the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge since I colored and then spritzed my stamp. These are both fun challenges and I hope to see you there!
OLS
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Anita, each of your friends is going to post their birthday card for you on their blogs and then link it up to the gallery below, just like for a challenge. The InLinkz button will remain open for two weeks so your other friends who are just hearing about this today can join in the fun!! You will always have this gallery of your birthday cards to look back on in one place. Cool, huh? Just like you!!

Enjoy!! And may you have many, many more wonderful birthdays!! Mwah!

 
*Life Is Too Short!


76 comments:

Karen B said...

Hi Dippy, not sure if there is a problem with the link up but it says it opens in 11 hrs 51 mins and it won't allow me to post my card.......

Hugs.

Karendipity

PS this is my link if you can post it:http://serendipitydragonfly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/anitas-surprise-birthday-hop.html

sandie said...

Fab CASE and love how you added the copper embossing x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Wauuuu fantastic
so colourfull
hugs Tamara

wienerhoneymooners said...

Thanks Darnell!!!!

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous CASE of Anita's card, Darnell! Your flowers are so pretty, and I love all the sparkle!

Thanks so much to you and Bev for helping all of us out with this wonderful birthday party...I'm sure Anita will be surprised and delighted!

vicki said...

Beautiful!!!! I'm sure Anita will love this :)
Vic x

debby4000 said...

Beautiful card.
luv
Debby

Sue - said...

Gorgeous card Darnell. I'm sure Anita will be blown away by this card and party! Happy birthday Anita. Not sure whether I will get time to join in - life is taking over at the moment and crafting time is limited!

Gerrina said...

A good way to surprise her! And I love the card (do believe that's one of my NBUS). Seeing this I should use it.... Hope you're having a fun week, Gerrina

Lynn Mangan said...

Um hello...picking my jaw up off the floor at your incredible coloring Darnell. This card is amazing and I'm sure that Anita will love it!

Diane said...

Awww...you are the "niciest" friend to do this...and a wonderful card, too...love all the sparkle and it does look like embroidery, too..pretty~pretty!!

Irene said...

A beautiful and stunning card Darnell. The sparkle is brilliant.
luv
irene
xxxx

Craftychris said...

ooh the effect is gorgeous! A stunning card that Anita will love. The stamp is fabulous! I have linked mine, thank you for arranging this with Bev! I am sure Anita will be so happy - and she deserves it! xx

Jill Norwood said...

Beautiful birthday card! :)

Casandra Bennett said...

Pretty card. Happy Birthday to your friend.

Benzi said...

Your card is beautiful and so sparkly. I see the embroidery look.
Anita will love you for this.

Cornelia W said...

Thanks Darnell for organizing this - love your card - great idea to CASE one of Anita's!

Petra Swart said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful, Darnell and what a clever idea to CASE one of Anita's cards!! Anita is going to love it!!!
Thank you soooo much of organizing this belated birthday party for Anita!! I think everybody appreciates what you've done!! You're a star!!
Greetings form Africa!!

Geri said...

Stunning creation! The bronze ep looks amazing, especially winking with a bit of Stella!

Thanks again for hosting such a fun party!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Wow - love the depth and richness of the colours! Thanks for hosting!

Judy1223 said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell...a great CASE of Anita's pretty card! Thanks for hosting the birthday hop...Anita is lucky to have bloggy friends like you and Bev!

cm said...

Anita is going to be tickled pink with this lovely case of her card AND the awesome party! Fabulousness happening in every direction here! So delighted to be a part of this special *sneaky* celebration! Hugs~c

Kristie Goulet said...

Lovely CASE of Anita's card, Darnell! What a sweet thing to do for our sweet bloggy friend Anita!!! She is going to love it!

Happy Dance said...

Well, my friend, WE did it! Yep, the whole group of us managed to get this surprise party up and running without the birthday girl finding out!! Your DJKase of her card is brilliant!!!!! So, so beautiful, and she'll be absolutely thrilled to see it! A big thanks to you for hosting the linky party too. You're the best. Still drooling over your card. It's just beautiful. Gotta go look and more now, will try to get an em out yet today. Big, giant, squeezy hugs. Bev

Jenny said...

Wow your card is just a.maz.ing Darnell... I love the colours and design :0)
Thanks for hosting this birthday bash xx

Shannon J said...

Total thud on this card, Darnell!! Even Miss Thing was squealing when she saw this!! SO sweet of you and Bev to head this up!! Anita is going to be over the moon - with the party, and the card!!

Jaydee said...

Darnell, now that is a picture of spring wonderfulness! beautifully colored and what a great CASE of Anita's original card. I know she will love it
So glad you joined the Paper Players this week
Jaydee

Karen Petitt said...

Wow - that really looks like it has been stitched/embroidered. A stunning card - will try to pop over and check this ladies cards out as well the linked ones! Beautiful stamping and colouring sweetie xx

Loll Thompson said...

Beautiful CASE of Anita's card Dolly. Thanks to you and Bev for organizing this special party for Anita! Lolly xx

Lindsey said...

Gorgeous! It does look like a beautiful embroidery. I'm so glad you shared how you achieved the look. Thanks again for organizing this!!!

Lisa said...

STUNNING floral card Darnell!! You REALLY outdid yourself here ~ love it!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love your botanical card! I feel like I'm in the meadow with them right now.

Happy BEElated to Anita. How fun to spring this surprise on her.

Nonni said...

Wow Darnell, your card is stunning! I have to go through my floral stamps and think about which ones I could stamp and emboss in this way... Thank you for the inspiration! The gallery looks amazing. I'm sure Anita will be thrilled!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful garden! Such bright and pretty flowers that do look like embroidery!

Anita in France said...

SURPRISED? STUNNED? SHOCKED? DELIGHTED? Yes, all these and sooooo much more, Darnell ... THANK YOU SO MUCH! My whelms are very close to being well and truly overed! You've truly touched my heart with your lovely wishes and this splendid linky party! I love your card ... yes, it is like a wonderful tapestry, all shimmery and rich and gorgeous ... and what an enormous compliment, being DJKASE'd .. I'm sooo honoured, dear friend! Big hugs, Anita :)

Joyce said...

Your card is absolutely stunning. I just love it. What a brilliant idea to CASE Anita. Gosh, I wish I had thought of that. Thanks so much for organizing and hosting this party and for including me.

shirley-bee said...

Ooh, Darnell, your card is fabulous! It really does look like embroidery. Now that you're retired, you could take up party planning in your spare time :)

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Darnell, I loooooove your card, the water color effect is gorgeous then all that coppery glitter fabulous, how sweet of you to through this party, the cards are all wonderful. Have a wonderful week you Sweet woman... ((( BIG HUGS)))...

Jacquie Southas said...

Beautiful card Darnell & great party!!! I hope I made it before the candles are lit and birthday song is sung :)

baileyrosy.com said...

You are some special friend Darnell blogging has never been the same since I discovered you. You are such a generous and talented crafter. I don't know how you find the time in your day to visit us all and leave your wonderful pearls of wisdom . Thanks so much for inviting me along to the party as through your blog I was introduced to Anita , a beautiful kindhearted and very talented lady.You cased her card perfectly and it does indeed look like a tapestry so rich and spring like . Well done to you and Bev for organizing this wonderful party.

Marie

Redanne said...

Your DJKASE card is fabulous and I can see that Anita was absolutely thrilled with it and the other cards. Baileyrosy (above) says it all really - you are a beautiful kind hearted and very talented lady!! So glad to call you a friend. Big Hugs, Annie xxx

Harriet Skelly said...

Wow Darnell your card is gorgeous!! What a fun BD party for Anita! Thanks for hosting!

Karen M said...

Love your gorgeous card Darnell - a perfect djcase of one of Anitas beauties:) You girls are so awesome to organise this for anitas birthday & I hope she loves it:) It's so fun to join in and celebrate our lovely friend and all the cards in the gallery look amazing:) Hugs xx

Wendy AppleApricot said...

Beautiful cards, both of them! I love your CASE one, such beautiful flowers and colouring.
Wishing you a happy week! Hugs

Alanna said...

What a gorgeous card. It's so beautiful.

Karen B said...

Totally gorgeous card Dippy. It looks so intricate as if you've embroidered it. Thanks so much for hosting this surprise for Anita - you're a star!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Dana said...

Awesome card! I LOVE your take on Anita's card!!!

SchnauzerCrafts Creations/Christy Q said...

Darnell - this is awesome!! I love how you colored the stamp and it still looks so crisp. I have to try misting the stamp with water instead of huffing on it. Misting really seems to make all the difference. I think this card is a winner as it really makes me think of spring and it is so delightfully CAS with the sweet frame.

Susanne Vargas said...

Thank you so much again, Darnell, for all the work you did setting up the linky thingy and giving us such detailed instructions!
Another beautiful DJKASE! I would have never thought of using copper embossing powder! It does look like embroidered - fabulous!

Carol L said...

What a lovely way to celebrate a birthday! Anita must be so pleased with all these beautiful cards, including your great CASE of her card!

Kelly Griglione said...

Wonderful card, wonderful party, wonderful YOU! Really love your sparkly needlework, and how you DJCASEd Anita's equally beautiful card. Your star sequin is just the right touch, like a signature on your art : ) Thanks for organizing, Darnell!!

Daen'Ys said...

Thank you Darnell , for the nice coment you left about the light bulb card. Unfortunately, I did not win elsewhere, but be in the top 3 at Shopping our Stash is already very good!
A wonderful initiative for Anita and ...your card is just gorgeous !
I wish you a nice day
Rosi x

Ros Crawford said...

What a fabulous card for your friend ... Love that colouring and I really love the previous card ...

Brenda said...

What a beautiful birthday card Darnell! It's so colorful, so springy, so perfect! lol I love how happy your card feels. Now looks like I need to go visit Anita and then after I get back home I will make a birthday card to link up. How fun to have a party!! Hugs

jimlynn said...

GORGEOUS!!!
Lynn

Sharon Underwood said...

What a beautiful card, Darnell! I absolutely LOVE that copper embossing. And, what an awesome idea to have a Birthday Party full of awesome cards for your friend in France. Way to go!

alexandra s.m. said...

what a sweet idea indeed Darnell and I love the cards ;)
Thank You!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell what a fabulous card that you made for Anita, I know she will love it! The scoring is the perfect addition!

Charlene said...

I don't know Anita, but Happy Borthday to her!!! What a bunch of great friend to put on a bithday party!!!! I love your card, it looks gorgeous!!

Diane said...

Gorgeous card Darnell what pretty flowers you have created.

Hugs diane

Mau xx said...

What a Pretty card Darnell, It looks like a piece of my embroidery :o)
I love the copper detail on it.
What a lovely idea for sweet Anita, I will do my best to join in soon.
Thank you for birthday wishes for my daughter (46) and my baby...Goodness where did those years go!
Hugs Mau xx

Bobby said...

A birthday party - how fun! Your card is a lovely tribute to Anita. It does look like embroidery. I hope I'll have some time Friday to get a card made.

Pat said...

A lovely flowery card Darnell, so pretty, and what a great idea to host a party for Anita and DJKASE her wonderful card, so Happy Birthday Anita. xx

MaryH said...

WOW! That is some NBUS, Lady!I'm loving what you did with the markers, and would never think of embossing over that. It really sent this pretty floral into overdrive! Will see if I can get a card ready to wish Anita a Big Happy. Don't think I 'know' her, so will have to check out that link. Well done, Our Darnell! TFS & as always, big hugs.

Ann Schach said...

Absolutely stunning, Darnell! Thanks for sharing it with The Paper Players this week!

Susan Raihala said...

Darnell, what a fun and special way to honor an amazing stamper! I love Anita's card, and I love yours, too!

dottielottie said...

Stunning DJKSED card Darnell, I bet it looks even better in real life. A fantastic take on Anita's beautiful card.
Hugs Lottie x

Jill said...

What a sweet idea! Darnell, your card is spectacular! My favorite of yours to date! So lovely, and the copper embossing powder is a WOW!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Such a pretty card, Darnell! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...finally getting caught up on comments. Thank you so much for all you have done to make Anita's birthday party so much fun! It was such a fun treat to be part of it. And your card is amazing, fabulous and sweet flowers and it looks just like something Anita will love!

Greta said...

I know Anita loves your CASE--really does look like embroidery!

Sheila H said...

Your card looks like a painting!

JD/ Jill said...

Happy belated birthday to your friend, and it is so nice of you to do this for your friend.
Your card is fabulous! It really does look like you spent hours and hours stitching the flowers!

Chris said...

Darnell - thank you for visiting my blog today, and I wanted to let you know how beautiful your card is. The colors are perfect and the two scored squares adds just the right amount of interest! :)

Anita in France said...

Now I'm even more honoured (if that's possible) to call this 'my card', Darnell ... it's been highlighted at One Layer Simplicity ... yay, sooo well deserved ... congratulations! Hugs, Anita :)

LynB said...

Congratulations on your One-Layer Card recognition Darnell!