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!

June 15, 2014

Happy Dad's Day, Dan! ~ NBUS #137

Happy Sunday Funday to all! Happy Father's Day to those celebrating today! A special hug for you if this is a bittersweet day for you.

I mentioned a couple of days ago that we have our twin grandsons for a few days over this weekend. Their dad (our son, Dan) is unfortunately out of town on business, so the boys and I made a card for him to share this morning via Bama's blog!
Happy Dad's Day!
With love from Adam and Henry 
This photo was captured quickly just after the basics were finished. They were very becited with their accomplishment! Afterwards they did a bit of coloring and then I took over to finish it. The sediment is ancient from Inspirations H3538.

Why a butterfly for a Father's Day card? For some reason, I've had NBUS on my mind a lot (bwahaha) and when we were searching through the stamp cabinet, I spied this NBUS SU swallowtail stamp that I HAD to have back {cough} months ago and then never inked! More importantly, Dan loves butterflies and large exotic moths. I asked the boys what they thought of the idea and they gave it a thumb's up!

(In case you are wondering, their mom Rachel flew across country to join Dan for a long weekend getaway!)

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Here is Dan's card with the coloring and (unseen) winking completed:

I'm entering these challenges:

Grab My Button.
I have a butterfly, of course, and gems and then inside is a design using an SU gear punch (also NBUS!):
  • Tuesday Throwdown where the theme is "Special Man." We all agree Dan is a very special man! This is my first time playing in this wonderful challenge!
Grab Our Button

  • The Male Room where (besides the obvious) the theme is "Father's Day." This is also my first time playing in this fun challenge!
Grab our button for your blog

Just click on the links provided to get to the individual challenges for all the details on rules, sponsors, and prizes! You will also find lots of Design Team and Guest Designer inspiration!!

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New Friends Corner

I'm delighted to introduce you to the next group of five new friends, some of whom have ridden over to the Playhouse on the NBUS!

Theresa Pollack of Theresa's Studio. Theresa is a prolific card artist who has been blogging since 2009! You are going to want to create a Pinterest board devoted to cards of hers you want to save for inspiration and when you visit, bring an entire bottle of your favorite beverage and have your meals brought in!

Diane of 1 Card Creator. Diane has also been blogging since 2009! Again, seriously, you won't believe the works of art, and years of them, that await you here! Diane is well-published and award-winning and she has served on many design teams. This is the home of a pro!

Sarah Gray of Funky Fossil Designs. Sarah is a newcomer to blogging, starting this past March, but she has already made a name for herself with her beautiful cards through challenges and awards. Please make a special effort to visit Sarah and leave her a comment! It is a scary thing, starting a blog, and it's the support and encouragement of commenting visitors that keeps us putting one blog in front of another!

Nancy Penir of Artful Notions. Nancy has been blogging a little over a year (Happy Blogaversary!!) and she makes the most amazing layered creations with every detail looking like it is meant to be there! I love following her works of art in the various PTI challenges and as a member of the Paper Sweeties Design Team!

Sandy John of Adventures of a Stamping Writer. Sandy has also been blogging since 2009! She is a freelance writer and a long-time crafter. Her cards are always a treat for the eyes and she is another card artist who loves challenges and has won many awards!

Thank you so much for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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66 comments:

Sue said...

Your grandsons are going to be heartbreakers:)

Fab card.

Hope you have a lovely Sunday.

Mrs.B said...

Hi Darnell, I know you are going o have a GREAT Sunday with those two adorable boys. Enjoy!
Tell them it's a great card too.
Avril xx

Mrs A. said...

Bootiful just bootiful. . Love the butterfly . Love that tee shirt too!! (Ask Miss Di. ) thankyou for a fluttering by on this lovely day. Hugs Mrs A. (Butterfly challenge).

Sally H said...

A gorgeous card, Darnell. I can see the boys are uber talented like their Gran. Hope you are having a good weekend. I must try and join in with your NBUS challenge - I've got loads!

SARN said...

Fabulous card Darnell. Mind that *cough* now!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Redanne said...

Love the photo of Adam and Henry, they look very pleased with the card and they have done a wonderful job colouring that gorgeous swallowtail butterfly. Their Dad will love this, I am sure! Hugs, Annie xx

Valerie Nolan said...

Grat teamwork Darnell, love the card and those boys are very handsome!
Val x

Jeanne said...

What a great card the twins made for their dad. He'll love it! The coloring is terrific. How can you go wrong with butterflies? They are magnificent!

JD/ Jill said...

Great card,,,I can see that they are talented just like GrandMom! Hope you all have a very special weekend. I know we will our daughter is coming to visit her Dad today.

Sue said...

Hi Darnell gorgeous card they made and such beautiful boys they are too!! lots of huggles Sue xxx

Carole said...

It's so great being around youngsters...all they need is your undivided attention and they thrive. Great card for Dad. Be well C

Krisha said...

Having craft time with grandkids is always a winner, and so is their/your beautiful card.

The twins are quite handsome, love their smiles.

Aileen said...

Wonderful work, you three!!! x

Victoria Lavender said...

Adorable! (not a word boys like much). They are so cute! I have twin grandsons too, about the same age. They've made a great card. Happy Fathers Day to all your loved ones, hugs- Victoria Lavender

Pat said...

What a fantastic threesome you make, and you produced a lovely card. That butterfly is delightful, and I love the colouring. I'm sure your son will admire it greatly. x

Gerrina said...

They (and you) made a great card! Enjoy their stay! Hugs, Gerrina

Debbie Rock said...

What gorgeous young men and it is clear to see from whom they get those stunning smiles! Such a treat to see them crafting and love their creation! I just this week ordered that very same stamp and can't wait for it to arrive ... I have such plans for it. Love Debbie xXx

Dana said...

Cute boys!! And an awesome card!! I'm sure their dad will love it!!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great job! Love the butterfly! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

Irish Cherokee said...

Beautifully colored butterfly card. Excellent.

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell Adam and Henry are so adorable, love the butterfly card too!

Lynn said...

Love the picture of your handsome grandsons. So sweet and their card is perfect!

jimlynn said...

A beautiful card - as always! Love the colors you used on that gorgeous butterfly.
Your grands are so precious too.
Hope all the guys in your family have a wonderful Father's Day!
Lynn

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fun times with the grand kids -- super fun card too - Thanks for joining in at The Make Room~

Bobby said...

You three make a great team. That is one gorgeous butterfly. I don't know how you have time to find more challenges. I'm up to my ears in the ones I do. ;)

dottielottie said...

What better way to spend the day than with your grandsons, crafting. What a handsome pair they are and talented too, the butterfly card made for their dad is beautiful and expertly coloured, I'm sure dad will be over the moon with it. Happy Sunday to you all.
Hugs Lottie x

OH Babs said...

Dan will be proud and happy with this gorgeous card. Enjoy your grandson time I know you do.

Bonnie said...

These lovely boys take after their Bama in the artistry and smile departments! I have one of these in my NBUS box too.

Carol L said...

It appears that you're all having a grand time together this weekend, and the card you made together for Dan is fantastic! I'm sure he'll love it when he returns! Way to keep using that NBUS! You've got me on a roll too, and I'm uncovering things I didn't realize I even had!! Thanks!!

Anita in France said...

What a handsome butterfly, Darnell ... he goes so beautifully with those handsome grandsons ... so stunningly coloured too ... rather breathtaking! Hugs, Anita :)

Debi said...

What a gorgeous butterfly. Love the coloring. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Hope you make a habit of joining us and add our challenge to your favorites page. Good luck.
Debi TT DT

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Debi said...

I stopped by your blog to leave a quick comment and have been here half an hour. Love your playhouse and how it is organized. Congrats on hitting 500 followers. Add me to the list. I'll try to come back with a card for your challenge. You have a wonderful knack of writing your blog posts that is truly enjoyable to read. Thank you.
Debi
Thatmightlookgoodonacard.blogspot.com

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

They are so adorable!!!! They did a splendid job with that card!!!

Geri said...

Those two young men have got to be THE cutest twins EVER! I can well imagine the young girls that will swooning over these two some day soon!

Wow - life cannot get any better than this....spending time in the Playhouse making cards with these two little sweeties! Awesome card...I love the gears on the inside!

Joyce said...

Your grandsons are so very handsome, and have wonderful smiles. And, they are awesome card makers, too.

Monika Reeck said...

may I tell you Darnell...the boys has the smile like yours in their face, amazing..cute boys and cute dad card...are you coloring it or the bosy..great colored and the Mom Rachel...yes she can enjoy her Husband to long weekend beside that the sons at your home...its a nice in family...my Mom is far away in Indonesia (huhuhu cry a bit) also my two sons always be beside me if my husband has a business trip...its hard but I can managed it...also I wanna say..Lovely Dad car...and kiss for the cute boys ...Aunty, Monika

Ros Crawford said...

What lovely boys and their card is beautiful!

BobbisTreasure said...

Sharing creativity with the next generation!! Love it!

Sharon Underwood said...

How wonderful to create with your adorable grandsons! So glad you had some time with them. I love that huge butterfly stamp. Thank you for sharing the links for all the challenges. I'm trying some of them out!

Patti said...

In Grandma heaven! card making with the kids : ) what could be better!??! Beautiful card and outstanding coloring job! : )

Patti

Taunya Butler said...

What a wonderful memory making experience for you all!! Very great to see such great and creative grandparenting!! Love to you!

Buttons said...

What a fantastic card for Dan! And my don't you have two good looking grandsons. There will be a queue of girls outside the front door for them I'm sure! Jenny x

KayM said...

Oh your grandsons are just darling!! And I can see they got their grandmother's talent when it comes to card making! Wow! They did a lovely job coloring this beautiful butterfly! I'll bet the three of you had a ball in the playhouse!

Hettie said...

Lovely card there Darnell. Liking that flutterby ...ALOT!
I have a nice Norman Nebuliser for that err cough of yours!
Thanks for your comments. Now I don't have any peanut butter cookies but I do have some warm Mary Washington's gingerbread in the kitchen. Wanna slice before I take it in to work for the gannetts?
Hugs
xx

Asha said...

Fabulous work, Bama and her little helpers! I'm sure Dad was thrilled to bit. Thanks for sharing your handsome project in our Special Man challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.
hugs, Asha

Asha said...

Fabulous work, Bama and her little helpers! I'm sure Dad was thrilled to bit. Thanks for sharing your handsome project in our Special Man challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.
hugs, Asha

Miriam Prantner said...

Obviously creativity is hereditary. Love the card the boys made!

Charlene said...

Adorable grandkids Darnell! How fun you make cards with your grandsons like I do with the grandaughters!!

Dianne said...

Hello you Sweet Lady how special to be able to craft with the grand kids and make the gorgeous card, their Dad will love it, I got you gorgeous ATC on Friday and posted it today, you are so special to send this, I have my desk back and will be making you something special, hope you have a wonderful week ((( HUGE HUGS ))) my friend..

Diane Jaquay said...

Your grandsons are so handsome, Darnell! Love the butterfly card :)

Diane said...

Very fun post Darnell, great picture of the boys and their fun card.

Hugs diane

Helen F. said...

How fun to have your handsome twin grands visit AND craft with you, Darnell :-) Love the Butterfly card for your son too!

Amanda said...

Fabulous card the boys made for their Dad, their colouring is fabulous. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog it means a lot as I have never really tried one layer cards before, I think I should have also joined in the nbus fun as that may make me use more stuff I have. Hugs, Amanda x

Linda said...

A beautiful card for your son from the twins. It is a gorgeous stamp and I am happy to report that mine has been used a few times as it's great for any occasion.

Colleen said...

Your grandsons must take after their grandma...very creative and their coloring on the butterfly is beautiful. Great job on the cards for your new challenges...As always your are appreciated and the stories you share warm the heart!

Clare said...

What a cute and great Fathers Day card! Your grandsons looks so sweet! :)

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Rahmat said...

Nice card, and your grandsons are adorable! Thank you for following my blog, I am a new follower of yours now :)

Brenda said...

The boys did a fabulous job coloring their butterfly for their card! I wanted this stamp too, but resisted buying it because I just didn't know if I would use it or give justice to it. lol Glad you got it inky!! Oh and I have to say those boys sure are cutie pies! I love the gears on the inside too Darnell. How fun that mom got to fly to be with dad for a special weekend getaway, good for them!! That's always a nice bonus! Hugs, Brenda

Greta said...

Love that the twins create with you & joined in making the card for their dad! How neat you got time with them & their folks got a short vacation together--perfect Father's Day I imagine!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Double the trouble, that's what you got right there... double the fun too so it should all balance out. There's nothing wrong with a nice colorful manly butterfly for Father's Day, especially when combined with gears! So macho!

Shona Chambers said...

Sorry to be behind with my comments, has been a crazy week! I bet Dad was so happy to get that gorgeous card from the boys. They have the most beautiful eyes, can see they will be popular when they are older....Enjoy your weekend and I wish you lots of sunshine!!!!! Ooh, and thanks so much for your comments about my Fusion card. I was so excited to have a HM, especially with so many fantastic cards. Will have to whip out my punches more often!!!!

Deborah Frings said...

Wow - a stunning butterfly and I'm sure your son is thrilled with it. Thanks so much for playing along with The Male Room!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, your grandson's are so sweet, Darnell!!! (I've got a twin sister but she and her family lives in New Zealand so I don't see her very often - would have loved to have her nearby!!!)
The Father's Day card you guys have made is so lovely - the butterfly is beautiful and so lovely coloured!!!Your son must have appreciated this card so much!!!

cm said...

I'm like eleventy-twelve days behind in my commenting...for shame, for shame! But laces are tied, and I'm journeying to catch up on all the fabulous awesomeness I've missed! What an outstanding starting point this is: a photo of your handsome grandsons and then, the grandma-and-twins work of art! Good heavens, but that card is stunning...and we know my response to butterflies: swooning!! WOW!!
Hugs~c