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 16, 2014

Spring Rain and Shamrocks ~ NBUS #114

Hello on this Sunday Funday!

I am here with part two of yesterday's post. I hope you had a lovely sleep in between. Sometimes Blogger doesn't publish to my subscribers until 24 hours later, so maybe some of you will get two in one day. The other day one of my posts never reached my subscribers. Never mind, enough of them do!

My card today was also the result of watercoloring efforts for Virginia's View Challenge which I'm entering again.
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I am also entering my card in another BRAND NEW challenge started by incredible card artists that you are all prolly familiar with. The challenge is called Time Out Challenge.
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The brief for the first challenge is:

This fortnight we want you to be...

Inspired by words:
This is the challenge where we give you a quote, a popular saying or inspirational sentence to inspire you to create. And this week we have this very popular saying for you:

Dancing in the Rain
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And if you look closely at my card closeup below, you will see that I hand drew two little 4-leaf clovers for you because tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and there is a Happy St. Patrick's day sediment on the inside. It also happens to work for the newest challenge from Addicted to CAS:
Where I come from four-leaf clovers represent good luck!!

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I hope you will have some time to join in and support the challenges that I give you links for! The Design Teams work very, very hard to bring us these ideas to spark your own creativity and they provide all of us with amazing works of inspiration, as well! Just click on any of the links to find information regarding the rules, sponsors, and prizes.

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And so, my card:
The image was watercolored using my SU watercolor pencils and Koss watercolor chalk with an aqua brush. It is much more subtle than the spritzing and splatting that results from using the acrylic block.

The "Toadstool" is a NBUS stamp by Purple Onion Designs (Stacey Yacula) and the sediment is from a NBUS set I got at the Expo called "Umbrella4you" by Stamps for Life. The "Raindrops" are by Designs by Ryn. The waters splats on the toadstool are from a NBUS set called "Splat That" by Waltzingmouse Stamps. Wink of Stella was applied liberally.
That took care of using up three more NBUS stamps and I love that SEVEN different company products were used in this simple one-layer card!

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New Friend Corner

My PhotoI'm xtatic to welcome a new friend! Please meet Becky S. of Stamping and Scrapping. Becky is a North Carolina gal who has been blogging since 2008! As you know, that means you are in for a ton of wonderful card art inspiration!! I love Becky's style of CAS cards. They are always well-designed and well-executed. You will enjoy your visit to her!

Welcome, Becky, and thank you for joining us!!

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I made you a St. Patrick's Day card a few days ago for a challenge and I told you about the time I was driving around in my unnerwear ... well, my little friend PJ of Blog This! could not believe that I hadn't made a card with another well-known Irish blessing having to do with frogs and unnerpants to punctuate that story! I totally agree. Wazzup with that?! I have no scuse zept for I'm like gettin' old!

So, thanks to PJ looking out for me, I'm happy to leave you today with this sweet Irish blessing to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, whether you're Irish or not!

Irish Blessing-may you never find frogs in your underpants!  Lol!
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75 comments:

Cornelia W said...

Great - always love those water droplets. And the sentiment is really nice, too!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Fantastic card
love the rain drops
great effect
hugs Tamara

sandie said...

so pleased you joined us at TIME OUT and ATCAS!! Thise raindrops are fab especially the glossy ones and you know I love to see a few splatters about the place x

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Darnell :D Great card, love that sentiment sorry sediment! Have a wonderful week :D Gay x

Sue said...

Hi Darnell fab card! fab sentiment and lots of huggles have a great week Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tracey McNeely said...

I keep meaning to order those water droplets every time I see you use them. Darnell this is such a sweet sweet card, dropping by to visit you always makes me happy!

Virginia Lu said...

Your DETAILED water-coloring is awesome, Darnell! I can see the little strokes and details ...truly lovely! Thanks SO much for linking to Virginia's View Challenge!

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful toadstool! It looks like it's swaying to the music! Great job on the watercolor!

Pat said...

This looks like a really groovy toadstool Darnell, and love the water droplets and great colouring too. x

Sue said...

WOW! Wonderful card Darnell. I love the image, fabulous colouring and the water droplets look so effective.
Thanks for making me smile by sharing the fun Irish Blessing!
Hugs Sue

Cathy said...

This is such a fun card Darnell, love the watercoloring. Love the Irish blessing too!LOL, Cathy x

Redanne said...

Both cards are wonderful, I love the colouring on the first one and the raindrops are fantastic. The second one is brilliant, what a fabulous Irish blessing - love it!! Hugs, Annie xx

Happy St Pat's day for tomorrow too.

Shana Gaff said...

What an adorable cards! The water droplets make a wonderful backdrop for your adorable toadstool and I LOVE that sentiment! Thanks for playing along at ATCAS. :)

Gerrina said...

Love the toadstool and the scene you made for it!Those drops are perfect!
Thanks for playing with us at Time Out Challenges! Have a good week, Gerrina

Karen B said...

Hi Dippy.....what a fabulous card encompassing three challenges. Love that cool toadstool and, of course, you've got me with Rynn's water droplets! Great sentiment for Paddy's Day.......happiness to everyone who celebrates it. I've often wondered why blogger doesn't send me stuff until a day after posting.....not good eh? See you soon (wink, wink!!!)

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Geri said...

This stamp is awesome. Great job water coloring the image! Beautiful subtle raindrops in the background!

BTW, if some of my words happen to have multiple letters likeee thiiis...well, blame it on this new 'very sensitive' keyboard!

Anxious to see what you bought at the Expo?

Lee-Anne said...

Darnell, I love how your mind works :) What a fabulous combination of stamps to make one awesome design! Your coloring is impeccable!

Kathleen said...

This card is fabulous, and funnily enough this post wasn't here 10 minutes ago and a few others that were there this morning weren't showing either, don't comment in a morning as I haven't woken up enough.
Hope you had a good weekend and thanks for the all the broad smiles your blog gives me.

Kath x

Kathleen said...

This card is fabulous, and funnily enough this post wasn't here 10 minutes ago and a few others that were there this morning weren't showing either, don't comment in a morning as I haven't woken up enough.
Hope you had a good weekend and thanks for the all the broad smiles your blog gives me.

Kath x

Barb Ghig said...

Such a sweet card, Darnell! I love your hand drawn shamrocks so much...thank you! Such a charming sentiment, too...and those 'funky' raindrops are to die for! What a great St. Patrick's Day card! Speaking of which...I can't thank you enough for the Irish Blessing! My 7 year old granddaughter is going to LOVE it!!!

Dianne said...

Eeeekkkksss dancing in the rain, now you singing my song, I'm a rain baby,I love, love, love those raindropssss, that toadstool is so kool, you have colored it beautifully, I thought the sentiment went with that stamp, thanks for sharing all the wonderful card makers, have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS))))...

Bobby said...

I love the sentiment on your card. It used to be on my FB page until they put so much other stuff on there it disappeared. Anyway, it looks great with your toadstool and little shamrocks and those wonderful raindrops. I LOVE that stamp. The frog poem is a hoot and would have been perfect with the story.

Carol Cel said...

Hi Darnell, Love the cards - and thanks so much for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog. Today was corned beef and cabbage and some family day -- hope you had a nice family day too.

Susanne Vargas said...

What an adorable card! Love that saying, too! Good for you to be able to use three NBUSs!
Btw, I first read that you had hand "drilled" the four leaf clovers and looked really closely wondering how you did that! Then I went back and read more carefully... Guess I shouldn't have had all this Guiness before wandering through blogland - it's not even St. Patrick's Day yet! ;)

Tenia Nelson said...

Awesome card!!

MaryH said...

Oh, OH I get a gold star! I noticed the Ryn stamp RIGHT off! Had a laugh at you calling her PJ, I do too! She's a PJ kinda person, yes? So funny. Ya'll related! Thx too, for the NC link. Gotta be a neighbor. Now onto the card: That's a new product to me (Koss chalk). I know Pebbles & a few others. You done real good with that 'shroom. I like it - lots! Never heard that Irish lyric either. Will have to copy & paste that'n for next year. Oh what a bright spot you were to a very dreary, rainy day. A lovely way to end my Sunday pc time. Well, right after I go look at a few more posties. Hugs, Blessings & TFS.

JD/ Jill said...

This is so cute! And a great card for this challenge. I don't think I would have time to make a card for this challenge. But I hope I can at a future date...so glad I found out about on your blog. I often make cards using a quote as my inspiration. Hope you had a great weekend... (actually, I think you probably did just like me...going to a stamp show...great fun.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Oh, god, frogs in your underpants...I think I'd die on the spot if that happened to me!! LOL

Love the sentiment on this toadstool card, Darnell. Such good advice. :) Love the way you colored the image, too!

Lisa said...

I love it when you use those raindrops! They look perfect with that big ole toadstool!!

Joyce said...

Fabulous card---so very cute.

Helen F. said...

Your card is so fun, Darnell. Love the mushroom and rain drops ~ the sentiment tops off the perfection :)
Thanks for the links and thanks for the comment on my Blog~I think it would be funny on the inside of that card. LOL

Mrs A. said...

Now that's what I call a toadstool. Erm is it poisonous?
I won't lick the pc screen just in case!!. Hugs Mrs A.

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous card Darnell!
Thank You~

Nonni said...

What a fun card, Darnell! And products from seven different companies -you've had fun going through your stash! The mushroom makes me think of autumn (my favorite time of the year after summer!) and the raindrops really make the card. Thanks for taking the TIME OUT and joining us in the fun. :)

Karen M said...

Love your rainy day card Darnell - all that rain looks amazing & your colouring is fantastic too:)I hope you have a lovely week - hugs xx

Carol L said...

Cute mushroom card with all those raindrops! Way to combine all those products into one card! Love your Irish quote - too funny! Happy Shamrocks day!

Diane said...

I LOVE every single thing about this card right down to the last drop of rain...so dang cute...love...love it!!! I love the challenges put out there for us, and believe me, I know the work that goes into getting them up and going each week...whew!!

Shannon J said...

Top 'o the mornin' to ye!!! And Happy St. Paddy's!!!! I love the proverb - frogs in your underwear!! Reminds me of "I see London, I see France..."!!! ha ha!! Another fab card, Darnell!!! Love the seddy, LOVE those raindrops!!!

vicki said...

I love this toadstool oh it's sooo cute!!! I never thought I would say that haha! What a gorgeous card and beautiful colouring :)
Vic x

Carole said...

A very cute and whimsical card. Good luck with all the challenges. And the rest of the day to you.

Charlene said...

So cute Darnell!!! I love your card and a Happy St. Patricks Day to you!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Look at those GIANT raindrops! That must be an Arizona rainstorm. Great card! I love everything about it, from the offset image and greeting, the greeting's font, and of course the raindrops.

And yipee to the frog and underpants saying! Although, if that rain keeps up who knows.....

Petra Swart said...

This is such a sweet card, Darnell!!! Loving the image and great on the watercolouring!! You did a great job on drawing the little clovers, I would not have been able to do it so neatly!! ...and it looks so nice with the other little 'plants' on the other side!!! This is really a nice looking scene you've created here!!! Great card!!
Hugz

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I love this card! Your coloring is wonderful and I love the sentiment with it!

Chris D. said...

Dang woman, your coloring is phenomenal! What a fabulous card! Happy St. Paddy's Day to you and the Mister!

Nora N. said...

What a cute card!! I love how you created the raindrops at the bottom. This stamp is adorable!!

shirley-bee said...

Fun card, Darnell! Love the hand-drawn four-leaf clovers.

Anita in France said...

That mushroom is awesome, Darnell ... gorgeous colouring and fab detail! Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you! Anita :)

Mau xx said...

Gorgeous colouring Darnell and love the rain-drops.
Thanks for the smiles you always give us :o))
hugs Mau xx

Meg said...

Your card is just gorgeous - I love it! Thank goodness for my Irish heritage - no frogs in my underpants!

Danielle Vincent said...

Amazing OLC Darnell. LOVE those big raindrops.

Danielle Vincent said...

Amazing OLC Darnell. LOVE those big raindrops.

Marybeth said...

Love the raindrops and your NBUB Purple Onion stamp.This is perfect and I love it! happy Saint Patricks Day to you!

Karen D said...

Hi Darnell!! How wonderfully supportive you are of so many people, you make the world a happier place. :-) and I am here for my weekly fix of Darnellisms and Darnellart. Just love your mushy! The pencil colouring gives the surface a lovely texture. I also love the raindrops and the two 'splats' on the mushroom.

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

Just love that toadstool, so quirky and it works so well with those fab raindrops :) Such a lovely CAS scene, beautifully coloured too - thanks for playing at Time Out!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, I love your whimsical mushroom in the rain, the sentiment is perfect with it. Hugs, Shirleyx

Karen Petitt said...

This one sent me off in a hurry trying to find a supplier of that gorgeous toadstool stamp in the UK.
I know I'm odd but I love that image lol! I've visions of faeries dancing underneath it in the rain with lots of grass and foliage all around. I love how you have used Rynn's droplets stamp too - another two stamps for my wish list lol! xx

Viv said...

Wow Dee what a super duper card this is.Isn't that new challenge site just fabulous too, I just had to join in :) hugs Viv xx

cm said...

Fabulous card for the challenges, especially Time Out! Love your 'dancing' mushroom, and the raindrops...so realistic! As for the poem...hilarious! Another visit = another batch o'sparkles added to my day!
c

SchnauzerCrafts Creations/Christy Q said...

Peek-a-boo from Ms. Lexi!!! :)

Darnell, I seriously love this card - the splats are perfection and the Wink of Stella adds such dramatic flair and makes the raindrops look so real. I have yet to order some winks for myself - too many other things on my crafty list. Heck, I haven't even really shopped for stampy stuff in awhile so I need to rectify this ASAP with some winks. ;)

jimlynn said...

Darnell, this is sensational! Love that little toadstool and it's a perfect card with those big raindrops.
Love it!
Lynn

baileyrosy.com said...

Sorry its taken me so long to get here but phew finally made it. Was a super card that toadstool is fabulous and the splatters are splattericious ! Love the winks and the weeny shamrocks. thanks so much for your continued support at ATCAS its always a pleasure to see you there.

Marie

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...just too cute! I love those raindrops on that gorgeous mushroom. I am finally getting my commenting caught up and will have to check out this challenge too, it sounds like fun!

Loll Thompson said...

Great design Dolly. Isn't it amazing how many products we use on a "simple" card??!! Looks like you are burning through your NBUS and will soon just have schuff! :)

Fun design ... love the four leaf clovers! Thanks for joining us at ATCAS. Lolly xx

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

A fun and fabulous creation, as always Darnell - love the huge toadstool and Ryn's amazing water drops! Thank you so much for joining us once again at ATCAS. Sylvia xx

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

A fun and fabulous creation, as always Darnell - love the huge toadstool and Ryn's amazing water drops! Thank you so much for joining us once again at ATCAS. Sylvia xx

Greta said...

What a fun card!

onelayercards said...

I love the rain drops, Darnell! Beautifully colored images and truly inspiring sentiment. Thanks so much for joining us at Time Out!

Hugs,
Shery

GrĂ¡ O'Neill said...

Beautiful card and great sentiment! Haven't heard that blessing before :)

Beverley said...

FUN card & love the large droplets. Beautifully coloured too. Thanks so much for taking the TIME OUT and joining in on the challenge. Hugs Bev x

sandie said...

Check out who got honours at taking TIME OUT, well done Hon xx

poppaeacards said...

Hey Darnell, congrats on your honours for the challenge. Your card is fab, I love the water colouring on the mushroom and I have to get that raindrop stamp, it is beautiful. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my post, your words put a big smile on my face! Cx

Anita in France said...

Congratulations, Darnell on your honours at Time Out ... so happy to be sharing the same space with you! Knew this would be a winner, it's so beautifully coloured and balanced! Hugs, Anita :)

Bobby said...

One of Time Out's first winners. What an honor. Congratulations. It IS such a cute card.

Ellen said...

I love this Darnell! I am a fan of Ryn's raindrops too!