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!

April 7, 2014

Are We There Yet? Found the Stamp! NBUS #120

Hello, my friends!

I'm going to show you my card right off the bat today just to shock your croissants!


I purchased this fun street corner stamp several weeks ago and I'm excited to finally use one of the NBUS stamps from the set called "On the Corner Of," made by Neat and Tangled. They have a challenge blog called Little Tangles. This week's challenge is masking, which I didn't do so I can't enter, but I wanted to pass on the information to you anywhiffle.

The other NBUS on my card today is the turkoys car from The Alley Way Stamps set "Priceless Joy." I had to put some Dimensional Magic on the car windows, tres fersure.
And where did that well-known sediment come from? My own little right-hand man, Hammy the Hamster, drew it!!

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Challenges

The foundation of my card came from two related challenges on the challenge board this week. Over at One-Layer Simplicity Challenge, the brief is "Road Trip." Check.
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Over at Addicted to CAS, the code word is "Wheels." Check.
And it was fun just using a pop of color on my card, which I pulled from Less Is More, where the brief is the color turkoys. Check.
PLEASE NOTE: Less Is More is holding a call for a new Design Team member. If you wish to be considered, there is a separate post and linkie for you to use. Good luck!
My little vehicle off in the distance is a NBUS stamp from the Paper Smooches set "Metropolis," so I'm joining in the fun at the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge. They are holding everyone's favorite "Anything Goes" challenge this week! Check.

And finally (thank you, Greta), I am also entering the "Journey" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Simon Monday Challenge Blog
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All of the details regarding rules, sponsors, and prizes can be found by click on the challenge links. I hope you can join in the fun provided to us by the challenge owners and their very talented design teams!!

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JUST AS YOU PREDICTED!

So this isn't videotaped or audiotaped or lie-detector-taped, but this is what happened, just as you said it would. We discovered on Saturday, March 29th that grandson Adam's favorite stamp was missing. After looking everywhere I keep stamps, I made a plea to you for help identifying the missing stamp:
My friend Bobby did better than that. She found the stamp on eBay! I made a bid and then waited five days for it to end, which it did on April 5th. I WON!!

Late in the afternoon on THE SAME DAY, I went out to the Playhouse. The light from the sun threw a long shaft of light from the west window and across the floor to the other side. As I leaned over from my chair to get something in the wooden file cabinet, my eyes fell upon an object way in the back between the desk and the cabinet.  Wait. What?

Here I'll pull it out so you can see for yourself. I said to meself, "Hmmmmm, that's an odd place for it to have ended up seeing as how my stamps are not usually over in that area." Followed by the realization that the twins may have been good-naturedly messing with each other and Henry tossed Adam's stamp off to the side, not even noticing where it went. Then they were called in to dinner. Then they went home and by the time they came back two weeks later, they were clueless. Call me Dee Tective.
Naturally today, April 7th, the new stamp arrived in the mail!

It happened just like you said it would! As soon as I bought a replacement, the old one turned up! I mean, the same day! The replacement stamp was only .99 cents and having a happy grandson was more than worth it! Thank you, Bobby, and thank you to all of you who prayed to St. Anthony!

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New Friends Corner

Today I'm delighted to welcome Christine of Crea Christine. Christine is joining us from Belgium. She has been blogging since 2011. Besides making fantastic cards, Christine loves maps and lives on a farm with goats, chickens, and four dogs! How fun! I love her CAS style of card art and I know you will, too!

Thank you for joining, Christine, and welcome aboard!!

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82 comments:

ike said...

Well - my goodness.... isn't that just Sod's Law ???!!! LoL The good thing is though that you can have one spare just in case it goes walkabout again :-) Or better yet - Grandson can have one in each hand and do 'stereo stamping' hahaha :-D
Have a great day
Hugz
IKE in Greece xxx

Lauren- SAHM I am said...

At least now you have a backup stamp in case it goes missing again!

Sue said...

Your card is fabulous Darnell. I love your design and great sediment!
So typical for you to find the stamp after you ordered a replacement!
I hope you have a good week.
hugs Sue xx

Di said...

Great card Darnell! The sentiment reminds me of Donkey whining in the film Shrek :-)

So funny about the stamp. I spotted your replacement on eBay too and
thought about bidding to see if I could surprise you. Sheesh, we might have ended up bidding against one another and paying gazillions!!

Hugs

Di
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Suze Bain said...

Great fun card Darnell, how many times have we had that question ringing in our ear! As for the stamp, someone up high was having a laugh at your expense! Lol xx

Michelle said...

I love your card, Darnell! I also love your story of the missing/found stamp. :-) Now put one of them somewhere safe. ;-)

Lynn said...

Ahhh...how awesome that you found your grandson's stamp and even better that you have a back up now! Love this adorable street scene Darnell...and the extra shimmer on the window is perfection.

Redanne said...

Oh how I remember that sentiment being uttered..... I think it will recall memories for lots of parents!

I am glad you found the stamp, now you can put one in a 'safe place' just in case.....but wait, if you were me, you would forget where that safe place was -- so maybe not such a great idea after all! Hugs, Annie xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah must say love the card Darnell ..... wonderful post as usual..glad the fav. stamp was found and now have twice.... better than still being lost :) Shaz in Oz.x

stampwithsandy said...

Oh how funny, but I knew you would find that darn stamp eventually. Now you have a backup, yay! Adorable card, too.

Marilyn said...

Cute card!! Boy do I remember that saying .Glad you found your stamp

Benzi said...

That's just the way it happens. Just the same, glad you now have your original stamp and a back-up.

I love your sweet card. Yes, I have heard that a few times. Hammie does such good work. :-)

Deepti said...

Love your fun card!! And I think Adam would adore you for giving him a double treat of his fav stamp :)
Thank you for playing along with ATCAS !!

cm said...

Years ago, I lost an incredibly beautiful necklace, given to me by someone special. Prayed and prayed to St. Anthony, and searched and searched, to no avail. I wound up buying a new one, just as you did with the stamp. The evening of my purchase, I stepped out of my garage (I lived in the 'big city' at the time), and the streetlight caught a glint of something in the grass. You know the rest of the story; original necklace found (with much joy!) and the 'new one' returned. I'm soooo glad you found the stamp; St. Anthony works miracles of all shapes and sizes. This I believe! Your card: love it! Fabulous post; mega-watt smiling! Hugs~c

Angela said...

Darnell, I love your spelling and your cute card! That's me driving in circles by the way.

baileyrosy.com said...

This always happens to me Im such an untidy crafter and most of my have things disappear only to re appear once a replacement has been purchased. Fab and fun card Darnell such a cutie and the sediment reminds me of our family outings. Thanks so much for your continued support at ATCAS and good luck.

Marie

Nan G said...

Prezackly! Is that how you would say it?! Love your sense of humor and goofy spelling. Oh...love the card too.
Big hugs and and a gi-nor-muss Thank You! for my fabby birthday card!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Fantastic road-trip card - everyone has heard that from the backseat on a road trip! I remember the day when my kids said it (we so clearly weren't anywhere near 'there' yet) and I stopped the card and said "yes - get out". The looks on their faces were priceless and now that's the family joke when we're driving. So glad you joined us at OLS!

jimlynn said...

Cute, cute, cute!! Great little card and so creative. I just wonder how many times my children said that 'are we there yet' to us! Um....I still say the same thing to Jim all the time. Love it.
Lynn

Roxie said...

A delightful card that brings back memories and I've always wondered why they asked 'are we there yet' because if we were - would we still be driving!
Thanks for all the challenge links, I need to participate more in them.

Chrissie said...

What a cutie... I've heard this phrase a few times recently as I'm looking after my 5 year old granddaughter for the first part of her Easter break!
Today we have managed to do a swim, be ladies wot lunch and this afternoon visited a castle... so much excitement!
Love your card Darnell!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Pat said...

A really unusual stamp again Darnell and so appropriate for the challenge, especially with that children's favourite phrase when travelling, usually uttered when about five minutes from home with most of the journey left to do ..lol. Love that sweet little car too. x

Hammers said...

Hey Darnell, it's been too long. Love that card. I had to laugh at the missing stamp turning up after a new one was ordered...I have had a similar thing happen to me. Here's a funny thing I just discovered the very talented Marion Vagg, only to see you and her are friends...it's a small world! Cx

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the "at the corner of" stamp and your personalized sentiment! Too funny the dolphin stamp showed up the day you ordered the replacement - now you need to find a secure, safe place to hid the spare :)

Patti said...

Cute card!! I really love the simplicity.

So glad you found your stamp(s) these kinds of things stay in their little hearts until they are grandparents!!

You are a sweet grandma!

Patti
p.s. my BLOG CANDY is finally going! come on! you could at least use a great scarf! right?! : ) heehee

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Darnell! Love your cute little cars and sentiment. You could always sell the second stamp on ebay again for some other Grandma looking for a missing stamp! Life is funny sometimes isn't it?

Susanne Vargas said...

Great lost and found story! How doubly lucky you are for finding the same stamp on ebay, winning the bid without paying a lot of money and then finding the original stamp again! The same thing happened to me years ago when I couldn't find my only watch. I looked everywhere, waited a few weeks and finally ordered a new one. Before it arrived my son found my watch in the back of a drawer!
Your card is adorable and every parent can relate to the sentiment...

Verna Angerhofer said...

Cute, cute card. And, glad you found the missing stamp. At least you did not lose it for three years like I did with one of mine. LOL

Diane Jaquay said...

Love the simplicity of your card!

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card Darnell and those cars are just too cute! That is always the way it works, you will never find what is missing until you replace...just the way it works! Now each of the twins will have there very own stamp!

Jessi Fogan said...

Now just make sure to store these stamps in separate locations, and all will be well. lol! My favourite 'lost until I bought another' was my marriage certificate...which was *ahem* under my desk in its plastic wallet holder thingy. $27 later I now have 2 :) Just in case, you know.
I love the turkoys car, and I also love spelling it turkoys.

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a fun card! Love your tiny cars! thanks for joining in at ATCAS

ps - Glad you found the stamp! :)

Sue said...

Great card and love that sediment Darnell! Your blog always cheers me up I must admit I've been having little naps every now and then over this passed week when hubby has been ill just so I could try and be sane!! LOL huggles Sue xx

pinnednpenned said...

Super cute, Darnell!! Like how you wrote in the sentiment!! What did you use for the windows?? That looks like it would be good for a mirror idea I have..... xo

Pia S said...

Now you've at least hot a back up in case this favorite stamp gets lost again. You never know, it might come in handy after all!
I like your fun little one one layer scene!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Isn't that just the way it always happens. Sometimes I just rush out and buy the replacement so the original will show up--you know get the cycle over and done with.

This is a grate card and would suit me well since I'm always asking if I'm there yet. I'm not sure where "there" is but darn it all, I want to know when I get there.

Just 4 Challenges said...

What a fun little card Darnell-so cute!
And what a sneaky little Dolphin hiding down there-now he has a friend to keep him company LOL!
Hugs,Nessa xx

Geri said...

Hammy is sooooo clever and sooooo creative! These buggies are absolutely fun, fun, fun! Love the bright blue bug!

Great story about the missing stamp! Don't you just love double happy endings!

Kathleen said...

This sentiment must be utter by nearly every child after about 10 minutes setting off from home. We have all been there but only you would think of it.
When we were very young, only my Grandad had a car so we weren't really used to travelling in one and my Sister always fell asleep, so after 10 minutes my Grandad would always look in the mirror and say "are you asleep yet".
You see you have brought back memories.

Kath x

Brenda in IN said...

Your cute card brings back many memories of traveling with the kids. Also my son is getting paid back with his kids saying the same thing. I'm so glad you have your stamps both home and safe! I've been humming "Reunited" ever since you told us it went missing.

Karen B said...

Well Dippy, I just can't resist!!! WE TOLD YOU SO!!! Right, now I've got that off my chest I'll move right on to your card.......which is gorgeous, and cute, and.....,.well, you know. Love the toytown cars and the great street sign......and just how many challenges did you manage to fit in? Wow.....clever you. Thanks so much for playing along with ATCAS. Keep your eye out, you never know what'll turn up unexpectedly......

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Chris D. said...

Is that karma? Or Murphy's law? Don't know. Regardless, glad you now have back up for when the boys decide to throw the stamps all over your playhouse! As for your card, absotively brilliant, Darnell! Hand drawn?! I thought that was stamped! You are a Jedi Master!

Karin said...

Cute card! Your lost stamp story made me laugh, but now you can sleep on both ears because you have a spare stamp!
Karin x

Bobby said...

I love your little scene, and Hammie's handwriting is great. Instead of "are we there yet?" my brother used to sit in the back seat, bang his head on the seat back and start singing "When we gonna get there?". Sometimes before we even got out of the driveway.

I'm glad you got the bid on the stamp. That assured you finding the other one. ;)

Barb Ghig said...

Love this fun card, Darnell! That adorable turquoise car is fabulous with your street sign and hammy written sentiment...Love it!

I'm so glad you found the stamp! It's always good to have a spare though, especially since it means so much to your grandson! I 'Knew' St. Anthony would come through...he always does! Best of luck in all of the challenges...and, thanks for the update!

Bonnie said...

How often do I find myself at the intersection of Are We and There Yet wondering where I'm going! So glad you found the stamp. Now you have a spare just in case one gets lost again.

dottielottie said...

Oh yes! I certainly remember those words being repeated many times on long journeys, and even short ones lol. Lovely cute card Darnell, don't know how you manage to always be able to "check" all the right boxes for your challenges? clever you.Glad you found the stamp, Naughty hamster playing tricks on you like that lol.
Hugs Lottie x

Carol L said...

OH Darnell, this card takes me back to those road trip vacation days when the kids were little! Cute card! I'm so glad you now have two of the much-loved stamps! How awesome is that!? :)

Irish Cherokee said...

LIKE THE STAMP. Great Cas its a card.

JD/ Jill said...

Really cute and creative card, as always.
Great story with the stamp. I thinks we have ALL had that happen to us. I was upset last year because after I took everything out of my craft room to put down and new floor and paint...so many items became "Lost" it took two years for me to find my Stampin' Up stamp that was my very first stamp set. I was upset that I lost it...and excited when it finally showed up...and would you believe...I still haven't used it yet since it's been refound! LOL

OH Babs said...

Oh happy day you now have two stamps.
Cutesy card and clever idea.

Cornelia W said...

Hi Darnell, its just always delightful to read your blog! Now you have two of those stamps, in case one goes astray again...And your card - precious! Hugs, Cornelia

Greta said...

Oh how funny! You are top grandma, for sure! Your card is so creative, Darnell--love it! Might want to add it to SSS journey challenge, too. Hugs, Greta

Loll Thompson said...

Fun card Dolly! I know I heard that question many times on our road trips when my boys were young :) Love your sweet little cards ... and congrats on covering off so many challenges with one card!! Lolly xx

alexandra s.m. said...

Hahaha..."Murphy's Law" right?!
Thanks for the giggle and i love your card Darnell ;)

Sheila H said...

Love the sentiment on your street signs - we hear it when our grandson visits - LOL! Your card is perfect - the cute card, great color and bit of sparkle. It's funny how lost items turn up as soon as you replace them. Keep the backup in a safe place :)

Angie Tieman said...

LOL about your missing stamp! Too funny! Love your CAS one layer card! Your little cars paired up with the sign stamp are perfect!

Anne said...

Darnell what a cute card!
Thanks so much for playing along at Less is More this week
Anne
LIM Designer

Ros Crawford said...

Doesn't that always happen! Well good that you got the stamps now ... I lost a few of mine and yesterday I was 'forced' to do a little tidying ... yep they turned up too ... Love your fun card Darnell ...

Kim M said...

That always happens to me! I lose something get it replaced and then find the original! LOL! Like you said though, your grandson will be happy regardless. Love the card. I have that stamp set from Neat and Tangled. In fact, it was used on one of my cards that recently got picked up for publication. It's an awesome stamp set. I want the extension set of words that they now have too. :-). Hugs!

Gerrina said...

Was fun to read your post again! Love the blue and windows of your card and the sentiment too! Have a fun day, Gerrina

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Such a cute CAS card Darnell - love those little motors and the hammy sentiment!
Thanks so much for joining in the fun again at ATCAS - it's always a pleasure to see you!

PS: Can you please find my hubby's "lost" walking books - he's been searching for them for months!
Sylvia xx

maria f. said...

Lost... much better story than my latest. Bought marzipan figures for my kids for New Years. New Years 2013. Hid them so well I just found them this past summer. Uh oh.
As for this card - I love that set. The perspective is just so cool and I totally dig how you freehanded the street names. Great job.

Lisa said...

Cute little cars on your adorable card Darnell! Funny happenings with Adam's stamp(s)! I think one of them deserves a place of honor in the playhouse...the stamp, not the twins!!

Kristie Goulet said...

Great card, Darnell! Yay, for finding the missing stamp. Doesn't hurt to have an extra. ;)

Donna said...

St Anthony always does wonders, doesn't he? I can't tell you how often I say, Please St Anthony help me now. Something's lost and can't be found. A little prayer my MOM taught me as a child. Cute stamp. I can see why it's your grandson's favorite. Love your card! Awesome one layer. Those are difficult for me. Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I've returned the favor. Have a wonderful day!

Sharon Underwood said...

LOVE this card! Oh, how many times have we heard that "Are we there yet?" Wonderful for travel scrapbook pages! Anyway, I'm so glad you found your stamp for your grandson--and got two, at that! Way to go!

Anita in France said...

What a fun card, Darnell ... love your 'doodled' signs! Yay for St Anthony ... knew he'd respond ... and now you have a stamp for each twin! Hugs, Anita :)

Gay Peplow said...

Fabulous clean little travel card Darnell, I love that :D Famous saying too :D So glad the stamp turned up, what a coincidence!! TFS Hugs Gay x

KayM said...

OH that is too funny about the missing stamp! Well, at least now you have an extra incase it goes missing again :) Your card is darling!! I adore that cute little card! Fabulous work Darnell!! :)

Angie said...

Your card is adorable!!! Love that little blue car! Oh! love your cute story about the lost and found stamp! Glad the replacement was only 99cents! My Storm cat is the one who tosses my things! She's such a rascal!

Jaya Christina said...

lol... that was a funny story - the case of the missing stamp. Usually I am the own who misses things :D

Pretty pretty card there :)


PSsst: Saw your card on OLS4
Jaya, India

Sue Rose said...

Too funny! I pray to St. Anthony A LOT and he always comes through! Now you have a back up in case it happens again...lol!

Shirley said...

So glad you found the stamp and now more than one!! LOL Your card is just too much fun!! TFS where you found the stamp too!!

Anna-Karin said...

That's a funny story with the stamps. Something similar recently happened to me, I ordered a new one of a missing favourite stamp, same day as I found the stamp. Such a fun card!! Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

Linda said...

You've done it again Darnell .... another fabulous LIM card. I love the signpost and what a fabulous sentiment too .... how many times have we heard that!!
So glad you found the missing stamp .... now you have one to use and one to keep .... just like all those scrapbooking papers we buy!
Have a lovely weekend ..... hugs Linda xx

Brenda said...

Love, love the card Miss Darnell! So cute is the road sign and cars. St. Anthony never fails!! Yay, so glad you found the original stamp and happy you won the ebay back up stamp. Now you will have a back up in case this happens again. lol Of course you will know where to look now. Hugs

Petra Swart said...

Your card is super cute, Darnell!! Loving the little turquoise car and the sentiment reminding me of us travelling to our holiday destination when I was small!!
...and you found the lost stamp!!! Yeh!!! (why does it always work out like that!!!??) At least next time you loose a stamp you will know where to look first!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Great combo of companies/stamps for this scenic card! YOU ROCK:) THANKS so much for joining in the fun with the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge;)

Hope you play along with us this week for our Picture Perfect challenge <3

Alrik Gerlach said...

It's a nice project. The style is beautiful.

Kim S said...

That's life! I had a very expensive die set and had lost one small die - but a die that was fundamental to the entire set. I loved the set - and figured that tiny little thing had fallen off into the garbage. I had just reordered the set, when my cat wandered into the craft area with something dangling from her mouth - the die! Luckily I was able to cancel the big order. I only recently got smart enough to put a small vanity size tray on my craft desk. It is simply to hold the parts and pieces of any card that I am currently working on - so if I pull out a die, it goes there - or if I pull a clear stamp off of a block, because I need the block for something else (and I'm not smart enough to immediately put the extra stamp back into its packaging), I have a handy-dandy tray to keep the stamp safe!

Clare said...

Such a cute card! I love that sentiment! ;)