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!

May 18, 2014

Springtime Birthday Splash

Hey there! How zit goin'?

I have a QACAS post for you. We have had a super fun, but super busy weekend. I only had a few minutes in the Playhouse to make a card for a youngster person, so I decided to bring out The Three Frogs for your card listening pleasure. Seeing as how it's springtime, they are croaking for all they're worth, trying to attract them lady froggers. If you open the card, you'll find one of those advanced doohinkies which plays Hoppy Birthday, croaked by The Three Frogs. The Mister heard it and said it sounds just like when I sing Happy Birthday.

I said, "What did you just say?" and shot him a look.

I love doing that. I'm always surprised by how fast he can still run at his age.

Here are The Three Frogs doing what they do best:
I have way more than three frogs, of course, but these are the only ones who are tenors. They are lovingly made by Penny Black. The splashes are made by a PSX stamp. The coloring and watercoloring and winking of Stella was done by me. The flowers were made by K and Company.

Besides my need for a birthday card, I made this card to remind you that there is still time to play in the Addicted to CAS (ATCAS) challenge where I am honored to be Guest Designer for May. The current challenge is Off the Edge and I'd love to see your card in the gallery! Here is the link.
 
And the idea for my card came from the current challenge at CASology, which is another favorite challenge of mine. This week the code word word is SPLASH!
Both of these challenges are really fun and even if you don't participate, you would be doing yourself a favor if you hop over and check out the sensational DT cards each week!

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Janie Printz of Janie's Creative Corner. Janie has been blogging since 2009! She has more product than she knows what to do with, but she still keeps doing her best to keep the crafting businesses in business. We can relate! (See below!) Besides her beautiful cards, Janie makes other sensational creative projects!

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65 comments:

Cathy said...

What a fun card Darnell, and a fun story to boot! Cathy x

Irish Cherokee said...

GOOD GRIEF CHARLEY BROWN! I can hear crickets and not the stampede of thunderous multitudes proceeding before me. I think I'm going to faint. LOL...I think. Beautiful and very cute card Darnell.I have to sit. Only one person commented before me. Holy Moly.

Lisa said...

They sure look hoppy, I mean happy!! Super cute card Darnell. I thought I saw lightening earlier, but not a cloud in the sky. Must have been that "lightening fast" hubby of yours ;)

Neet said...

Love those frogs!
Hugs, Neet xx

Joyce said...

Oh, this is such a cute card, and those frogs are just darling. Thank you so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Patti said...

Great card!! who would not love three tenor frogs, expertly colored, holding flowers and singing?

Well done!

Patti

Petra Swart said...

Oh, this card is just so much fun, Darnell!!! Hope Hammy didn't have the chopped off head of the 3rd frog for breakfast - he might end up with an upset tummy!!!
Love your card!!

Have a super week!!
Greetings from SA!

Barb Ghig said...

What a fun card, Darnell! Your froggies are too CUTE, and I love that you used your 'Watercoloring Expertise' in the process!
So happy to know that you can still intimidate the Mister after all these years...you go, girl! Oh, and thanks for the reminder to get my card finished for the ATCAS challenge :-)

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Cute card ... those frogs will make anyone smile! :) Love that you've watercolored them and the splashes of water. Getting good use out of the classes! Lolly xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

So sweet and funny card with frogs and flowers
great start in new week
hugs Tamara

Sue said...

Fabulous fun card Darnell. I love those frogs and the water splashes look wonderful with the added sparkle.
hugs Sue xx

Kathyk said...

What a FROGtastic card, Darnell.

Off the Edge ... I must be able to find something suitable to have a go myself .......

Kathyk

Gerrina said...

Such a fun card!Have a fun week, Gerrina

Sue - said...

Great fun card Darnell. Love those froggies! Maybe they could jump over to my pond, as I had no frog spawn this year and no frogs to be seen!! hugs Sue x

Redanne said...

This is such a terrific and fun card, it really did make me smile (thank you!). I love the frogs - they look like they have already found Mrs Froggie... As for the singing, if Mister heard mine he would definitely think it was a croaking frog.... Hugs, Annie xx

SARN said...

WOW - that card is FAB Darnell. I just love it. HOPPY Birthday indeed!

Hugs, from Sun Hat Sarn! xxx

Valerie Nolan said...

Such a fun card Darnell, love those splashes as well, so realistic!
Val x

Valerie Nolan said...

Such a fun card Darnell, love those splashes as well, so realistic!
Val x

Suze Bain said...

These are certainly happy chappies! Love their googlie eyes! Xx

Nan G said...

A splash-tastic card! Love those frogs!

Hettie said...

Great hippetty hoppetty card there Darnell. How do you know they are tenors? Jumping that high I would have thought they were sopranos!
Hugs
xx

Susanne Vargas said...

Those frogs are so adorable! Love how much they are splashing around and also that you gave them flowers to hold!

Diane Jaquay said...

Super cute card, Darnell! Love the adorable frogs jumping "off the edge" of your card!

Pat said...

The frogs are so cute Darnell, and your watercolouring is great. I love those pretty flowers too. x

Benzi said...

Such an adorable card, Darnell. I really love that splashing water.

Cute funny about someone telling me I don't need anymore crafting supplies. HHAHA

Linda said...

Such a cute card Darnell. And I love your saying regarding Craft Supplies. Too funny but true...

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love the images (frogs and splashes) and of course the back story - (especially where Mister has to run - I'm always amazed at what comes out of the mouths of men, it's like they have no survival instinct! lol) So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

Karen B said...

Such a fab card Dippy - love those boingey frogs doing what they do best.......boing, boing, etc etc!!! lol Love to see that look you give Mister! Glad you had such a good weekend - we've just got back from a weekend away seeing one of Tony's best friends get married; it was a lovely time and great catching up with everyone.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Charlene said...

What a fun card!! She will love it! I had a very restful weekend and loved every minute of it lol!

OH Babs said...

Darnell what a happy, splashy birthday card. Love them froggies.

Vicky Hayes said...

Your cards are always so happy Darnell - I have been immediately cheered up by your singing frogs and your sprinting Mister! Hugs, Vicky x

Chris D. said...

LOL! Darnell, think of "the look" as encouraging the Mister to do some cardio when he runs in terror! Love your card! Those froggies are adorable and love how you made them all hopping and splashing in the water!

Pia S said...

Love these little fun frogs, and one was so happy and eager to hop around that he jumped right off the edge! Clever take on the theme!

Happy Dance said...

Yay!!! I'm not #66 today!!!!! I know I'm behind in commenting, but am really trying to catch up! Grandson Carter is a big fan of frogs. So for me, anything that trips their triggers, make me smile. And this frolicking frog card certainly did that! Splashes and sparkles...don't they just go together??!! Laughed about the Mister's ability to run...my DH just plays deafer.. Gotta love 'em, don't we?!! Have a great week dear friend. Bev

Gillian R said...

Hi Darnell, hope you are well. Love your happy and cheery card. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology

Anita in France said...

Just brilliant, Darnell ... your splashy happy chorus of tenor frogs and your post ... hope the mister didn't do himself an injury with his quick-off-the-mark running! Anita :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a fun and "hoppy" card you created. So glad you shared it. I am not getting very creative either but am getting my spring plants out now that it is no longer freezing. That is a good project too!

Molecraft said...

Such a fab, fun make!
Helen x

Kathleen said...

Stunning gorgeous Cas card and I love it to bits.

Kath x

Pollard Carole said...

Fabulous card I just love your frogs and flowers just perfect love and Happy Crafting Hugs Carole x

Bonnie said...

QACASAF (add and fun)! The splashes are almost as fun as the frogs! And what a great idea to have a doohinky that plays hoppy birthday! Super QACASAF!

crashyourstash said...

QACAS? What is QACAS? Something Clean and Simple, I guess, but what?

Karen Petitt said...

Those frogs are fabulous Darnell! Love the very cute image and the splashes you have stamped - well the whole thing is fabulous and fun! Hope you have a good week Karen xx

Kristie Goulet said...

Such a fun card, Darnell! Love these adorbs frogs!

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card and I love your trio of froggies...just too cute! I hope they did not make too much of a mess in your fun playhouse. And your comic is so perfect and so so funny!

Jacquie Southas said...

Those froggies have come to party!

Lesley Croghan said...

Thanks for the giggle...I could picture that look you shot to your hubby and how fast he moved. LOL! Adorable card...happy the dohicky thingy worked...sounds very trendy!
Hugs,
LC

Julia Aston said...

What a totally fun card Darnell! love the frogs and I can just imagine how cool they sound when they sing!!

Brenda said...

You are such a hoot Darnell, love that you can still make your husband run!! lol This card cracks me up too, it is so dang cute!!! Love frogs, love hearing the frogs when the windows are open and love, love your frogs! Those splashes are amazing-love it!!! Can't get any better than this. Hugs

Inkyfingers said...

I can hear those frogs singing from here Darnell, and they sure hare having a happy, splashy time. I love how you manage to combine challenges to perfection!
Hugs
Carol x

Eve said...

Fabulous fun card Darnell - love the sparkly splashes.

I have plenty of frogs in my pond but sadly no PB frogs :(
Why oh why are they in such short supply!

LOVE your very funny phrase - I agree entirely!!

Hope you are having a lovely week. xx

Colleen Dietrich said...

So cute! Love how the one frog hopped higher so that his flower extends over the top of the card. :)

And love that meme too, about not needing that kind of negativity in one's life. Seriously!

Geri said...
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Geri said...

...just printed out the sign and hung it on my craft room door!!!

Three frolicking froggies
busy splashing about
Will definitely bring smiles
of that I have no doubt!

The frogs are quite handsome
in their fine suits of green
Jumping & splashing
The best that I've seen

With flowers & sparkles
and water splashes too
Makes me feel a need to
run to the loo!

Yeah, I know...a bit lame but fun!

(messed up on my poem, so had to do a delete comment!)

Pat Jandacek said...

Thank you for my laughs for the day! I love the card and your humor. Must be such fun living near you and Mister. (Geri is quite a poet, too!- yes I enjoy reading the comments.) I don't have a blog but I love perusing others and spend much of my time doing that. I have lots of NBUS that you inspire me to use. Thanks also for other leads you introduce us to. Have a happy day!

Sue said...

Ohhh this made me giggle Darnell! fabulous card love the frogs and love reading your blog LOL always makes me smile..lots of huggles Sue xx

Andrea said...

great card Darnell and super cute froggies...love those splashes too. I hope you are enjoying teh DT spot ...well deserved.
As alwyas you do make me laugh Great quote made me lol..must put it in my craft room..se what hubby makes of it LOL ... you are a ray of sunshine have great week and thanks for bringing us smiles.lots of crafty hugs Andrea xx

Laurie Unger said...

What a fun card - great job on the two challenges with this!

JD/ Jill said...

Great, (and fun) card and wonderful post! (As always) I enjoyed Geri's poem too (In your comments!

Bobby said...

I love your little frogs hippity hopping through the puddles. And I can just see the recipient's face when they hear the 3 tenors sing. :)

Miriam Prantner said...

Love the watercoloring, there is a great movement to this card too, oh and it is pretty darn cute!

Michelle Lupton said...

OMG, Darnell! So awesome!! Loving having you as a guest at ATCAS ;)

cm said...

Oh my...your post is a delight - and Geri's poem is nothing short of brilliant! She's such a poet! Laughed out loud at the 'look that precipitates a run' scene - and yes, I, too, have given said look to my husband. He takes that as a sign to get on his bike...and go. Fast! Your froggie card: love!! Hugs~c

Leslee said...

I love your card! So much fun!

Greta said...

So cute, Darnell! Bet it was a hit!