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March 12, 2014

Everybody Needs a Jar of Happy ~ or Confetti Collection Day!

And Happy Hump Day!

A quick post today. Stop laughing. It really is this time!

I have about six challenges that I want to play in this week, lots of one layers, waters being colored, and Christmas stashes being grown and not enough days in the week, so I was trying to decide which way to go when I saw the Make It Monday challenge and video arrive in my inbox. 
This week it's all about confetti. Squee! Hammy loves confetti! I have tons and tons of it from using dies and punches, as I imagine so do you, and about a year ago I started putting mine on the floor of Hammy's cage. I venture to say he has the stylinest cage in all of Hamsterdam! 

Settle down. Let's get back to Make It Monday. I haven't either had the capability and/or the time to play for quite a while, but I do always watch the excellent videos on Nicole's site. I really wanted to play last week, but that's water over the damn or under the bridge, depending on the vocabulism of your region. When I saw this week's video, which was delightfully made by Danielle, showing us how to use the leftover die confetti on our cards, everything else got swept off my desk and I made this:


For my card I used the Papertrey Ink One-Liner Happy die:
Papertrey Ink - One Liners: Happy Die
My confetti is made from the popout letters from the happy flag part of the die, including the poput pieces from inside the Ayes and Peas.

I also used this jar die from Paper Smooches called Crystal Clear 1:
For the colors, I chose the current challenge at The Paper Players. Here are the fun colors chosen by the talented Anne Marie:
The gold vellum I used for my jar is from a Grafix vellum pack, which perfectly matches the SU crushed curry paper. To make the jar I put a snippet of vellum on a wide piece of double-side tape before die-cutting. When I peeled off the backing, I stuck some of the confetti to the tape "inside" the jar before adhering it to my PTI white card base. The other pieces were glued invididually.

Speaking of snippets, my confetti was all made from snippets of paper in the challenge colors, so I'm also taking my card to show my friends at Pixie's Snippets Playground.
Pixies Crafty Workshop

Just click on any of the challenge links to find the details regarding rules, sponsors, and prizes!

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While the idea for this card appeared on the Hammy retina, I do feel like I've seen it done before. Maybe I even did it before. Right this minute I can't put my finger on where I might have seen it, so if you have made this card design before, or know someone who has, please let me know so I can give proper credit. Thank you. At my age, the seed could have been planted somewhere up there by any one of you and today it dropped neatly into the slot where I keep my own imagination.

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87 comments:

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Darnell this card is awesome I love everything about it.....We need more happy in the world.

Dragon said...

Great idea, and so beautifully crafted.

sandie said...

Lobe it Darnell, such fun, I need to watch this video...there are so many things we want to do in the crafty world!!

Vanessa said...

This card is so fun, Darnell! Love it!!! I need to work on combining challenges like you, there are so many I want to participate in...

Meg said...

I love this card - so clever. I think Hammy needs a promotion or a raise - the ideas just keep getting better and better.

Kathyk said...

Fab card and a great way to use up snippets too - see you in the playground then, Darnell!

Kathyk

Sue - said...

Great card Darnell and great way to use up snippets. Dare I say it - I don't keep spare letters that I've die cut - I sweep them all into the bin!

Gerrina said...

Great quick to read post! and super card! Love the festiuve feeling! Have a good day, Gerrina

Ros Crawford said...

What a fab card!! That hamster is soooo clever!

Mrs Harry said...

Such a happy card Darnell, we all feel cheered up just seeing it,even if we didn't need cheering up.

Pat K said...

Fabulous card Darnell with such a clever design...it really made me smile. hugs, Pat K x

Sheila H said...

This is so clever and cute! It's bright and happy and makes me smile :)

SARN said...

Hi Darnell . . . fabulous use of snippets on this card. Congrats.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Marcia HIll said...

Great card Darnell...love it! :0)

Lisa said...

CUTE idea Darnell, great card!!

Valerie Nolan said...

Fab card Darnell, just realised i could CASE this as I have a mason jar stamp :0)Great card design!
Val x

Sue Rose said...

Love it, Darnell. Very cute card using the confetti effect.

Benzi said...

This is the coolest card and very cheerful. Why didn't I think of this? Love it!!!

Deepti said...

Amazing card, love the idea of happy coming off the jar :) I so agree that there are so many challenges we want to play along n time is so less.

Pat said...

What a great imagination you have Darnell and this idea makes a great card. The sticky sheets are such a good idea with vellum. x

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Oh, clever! Love that you used the little cut out bits as extra confetti!

Lee-Anne said...

Adorable card, Darnell...what a great way to use up little bits and pieces of card stock! And, way to make it fit so many challenges...you go girl!!!

Di said...

So, so clever Darnell! I LOVE this idea! Clever little sausage that you are :)

Hugs

Di
xx

Linda said...

Very creative Darnell. I was kind of stumped for the MIM this week. So cute.

Deborah Frings said...

What a fun jar of happy! Great take on the challenges!

A Cup of Cold Water said...

FABULOUS take on the challenge!!!
I am such a literalist when doing a challenge...
You OBVIOUSLY had more fun!!!
Thanks for sharing
Susan

Irene said...

Darnell your card is brilliant, love it.
luv
irene
xxxx

Sharon Underwood said...

What a great idea! Love the way the HAPPY letters fall into the jar full of more letters. You can tell right away it spells Happy Birthday. Love it!

jimlynn said...

Super cute and a great way to use the letters!
Lynn

Unknown said...

What a delightful card! Always on the lookout for ideas for 'anytime' cards to send to my grandson away at college. With a slight change in colors and perhaps a different vessel..wagh la!
Lu C

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wow! So cute! I love your happy, happy card.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Super fun confetti card!!

Redanne said...

Now I am singing 'Happy', the song the American team took to the Olympics - I Love It!! Love your card too, it reminds me of those magnetic words people have on their fridges to help the children learn to spell....... Hugs, Annie xxx

Kay said...

The most awesome use of letter confetti- love how it's "flying" out of the jar- this is great!

Tracey McNeely said...

Yup that is really the MOST fun confetti filled jar eva!! You are so brilliant!

Tracey McNeely said...

...Ii have been saving those happy's and now i know what to do with them.

Sue said...

Awesome card Darnell!!! love everything about it huggles Sue xxx

Helen F. said...

Oh Darnell, your card is so FUN! I love this idea of the 'happy' letters spilling from the mason jar!

Suze Bain said...

Hi Darnell, love your jar full of happiness! Xx

cm said...

First, I've not seen this card made before, so I'm proclaiming YOU as originator of the whole shebang; consider yourself as having exclusive 'cas-ing' rights *grin*. Second: awesome x amazing! Brilliant use of 'confetti' (my bits most often serve as snacks for my recycle bin's never-ending appetite) and the happy jar is simply...well, happy-making! LOVE this!! Hugs~c

Susanne Vargas said...

Love your idea and the card, Darnell! Brilliant and cheerful! Just what I needed while watching the blizzard outside...

Barb Ghig said...

Such a fun card, Darnell! And, what a great way to use up all those little tidbits! Great job on Danielle's technique video...a real 'Happy' card, for sure :-)

Bonnie said...

What fun to see all that happy spilling out of the jar! I know what you mean about the seeds getting planted in our imaginations! Sometimes it's hard to know where my creativity leaves off and uses someone elses!

vicki said...

Darnell this is just stunning! I love how you used your confetti it looks gorgeous on your card :)
Hugs
Vic x

Kathleen said...

Very clever card indeed, love all the colourful Happy's.
Have a good week

Kath x

Teresa said...

Can't wait to lift your idea and make a birthday card. Just wonderful!

Inkyfingers said...

What a great idea Darnell. Such a cheery card and a great way to use snippets.
Hugs
Carol x

Carol L said...

This is such a creative use for those dies, and one I never could have imagined in my mind! Great take on the challenge with this super fun jar of happy!!

Shannon J said...

I LOVE this!! And I don't remember seeing it before myself...and even if it has been "out there", this is your very own version of it! And what a fabulous version it is! btw, did you check the confetti from the bottom of Hammy's cage to make sure it was...um...clean before you used it?!! ;)

Jeanne said...

Hi!! Your happy card is adorable and love the texture and lilac color of the other one. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Bobby said...

I love the tumbling letters on your card. I do believe I've seen something like this before but with all the pinning and CASEing who ever knows where it came from. You made it different by using happy letters and a yellow jar.

MaryH said...

Hammy is a good helper. I'm sure this is the result of some of his input. That's why you prolly think you saw it somewhere else. But it's really clever whoever thought it up, and you carried out your own unique version of it. I LOVES it! Chuck Hammie under the chin a couple times for me. I added a page for new blog acroyisms...you air on it! Hugs & TFS - off to enjoy some more here.

Joyce said...

This is so fabulous. And, you have one darn smart hamster. Perhaps he would like to meet my pet rat for lunch one day?

Danielle Flanders said...

Well, how creative of you to use the Happy die like that! WOW! I love it!

Petra Swart said...

WOW, this is super fun, Darnell!!! Loving the colours you've chosen and the whole design is just great!!
Greetings from Africa!! And have a lovely day!!

Greta said...

Over the top creative, Darnell! Love it! I'll keep in touch about the puppy--almost here!

Shona Chambers said...

I think this is amazing and a brilliant idea! I've never seen it anywhere before, so I will think of it as 'your lightbulb moment' and a great one at that!

debby4000 said...

Oh what a clever, fabulous card.
luv
Debby

Hamutal Shafrir said...

What a lovely idea! Wonderful card!

Charlene said...

Awesome design Darnell! I thought it was quite ingenious to use the one liners and cute them up!

Geri said...

Wow! You have been on another amazing creative roll while I have been away visiting and during my current 'computerless state' (new one should be ready today...good thing for work computers that don't boot me out for visiting 'off limit' sites!)

Your DJKASE of Shannon's card had me laughing out loud! You seriously cut off the rabbit's ears? Good for you - resulted in an awesome hamster! Love the textured paper on your springtime card...yes, I would love to reach into my monitor to feel the velvet texture!

Hopefully, I will get back on track with my comments now that life resumes its regular day to day routine!

stampwithsandy said...

Oh my gosh Darnell, this card is so super cool! Love all that happiness and confetti spilling into the jar. I'm so glad that you shared it with us at The Paper Players!

Anita in France said...

I'm H.A.P.P.Y, I'm H.A.P.P.Y, I know I am, I'm sure I am I'm H.A.P.P.Y (to be sung in a very loud and jolly voice!) Inspired, creative, and such great fun, Darnell ... is it any coincidence that Hammy's name is so similar to Happy?? Anita :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Oh my goodness! What a fun card! I love the idea behind it and it's execution!

Pia S said...

Great use of vellum and die cut letters! Original and fun clean design!

♥Gemma♥ said...

Wow Darnell, this is fantastic xx

Karen Petitt said...

Absolutely fabulous dahling! I now crave some alphabet spaghetti! Seriously though Darnell, this is fab! xx

Jenni's Jems said...

Awesome card Darnell and yeah I too have wondered what to do with those pesky little dots that seem to just lie about my desk and love this idea ! X

Erica said...

You certainly nailed an adorable use of the confetti. I had it in my head to use that PT set, but alas, the confetti was all jumbled up in my head. Thanks for commenting on my LIM card.

Scrappin4kim(Jennifer) said...

Simply Adorable!!!

~Tammy~ said...

What a fun card! Great design!

LeAnne said...

Oh Darnell....this is sooooo cute, everyone needs a jar of happy! It sure made me smile!! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

artful-notions said...

Super clever to use the happy letters for confetti. Cannot believe the challenges you covered. You're the queen!

Angie Tieman said...

I LOVE your letter confetti!! So clever pairing it with the jar too! The colors and design are just awesome! :)

Brenda in IN said...

Cute, cute, cute. I'm loving the happy in a jar. It's always there for you and you can share it like you share happy with us all the time!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what a super creation. Love this super design idea.
Must bear this in mind for future reference.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Kim Heggins said...

Too, too, cute! I love that all your happy is flowing in/out of that cute jar. So fun and so creative!

Anne Marie Hile said...

What a fun card, Darnell! I love he "alphabet explosion" coming out of the jar. Super cute! Thanks so much for playing along with my colors this week at the Paper Players! :)

Katie Melhus said...

OMG this card just explodes with happy! I luuurrvve eeeettt! Oh, and look at you all fancy using your newfangled die cutting machine.

wienerhoneymooners said...

LOVE, love this card, so much movement!!!!!

Rema said...

What a happy card Darnell! Love it...

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Cathy said...

Brilliant card Darnell, love it :) Cathy x

Linby said...

This is a great idea beautifully executed, I want to do it now. Thanks for the inspiration.
Linby x

Brenda said...

I love this card Darnell! So cute and whimsical and just perfect. I will have to lift this design from you. lol Hugs

Kristii said...

I agree, everyone needs a jar of Happy!!! What a fun design!!! Thanks for the smile!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This card is just too awesome! Everyone needs a jar of happy. *swoon*