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!

July 15, 2014

WOYWW #267

Greetings! I'm back!!

I've had a lovely bloggie break, but I missed you all! I'm coming back today with a What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday (WOYWW) post because it's always fun to share the kind of covering that I have all over my desk today: beautiful birthday cards from so many of you!!
Thank you so much! More are still popping into my letter box every day which means I am continuing to celebrate! These four arrived after I had taken the above photo:
I want to again thank Ardyth for hosting a surprise linky birthday party for me and Bev for providing all the virtual refreshments and good food and decorations, and all of you that joined in! I have made a Pinterest board for all the gallery cards and the cards I have received in the mail. The cards that have been sent have also been added to my Happy Mail tab above. You have more than spoilted me this year! Mwah!!

While I'm never one to pick favorites and equally adore every card and gift I've received, I do want to share a close-up of the two magnificent ATC booklets made for me by the enormously talented Dianne of Magpiedi-Magpiedi:
Aren't they fantastic?! You can find a video on how to make them via the above link to Dianne's site. Thank you, again, Dianne!!

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I'm very behind on introducing new friends to you, so I can't miss this opportunity to welcome five more! 

New Friends Corner

Marilyn S. of One Stamping Fool. Marilyn has been blogging since 2009 and I guarantee you will find her cards sparkly and full of life, just like she is! She is a designer and award-winner and brilliant colorist. You will stop in for a minute and just keep on reversing back through her posts for hours and hours!

Vickiebryn (hamptongal) of Vickie's Scrappings. Vickie is a mother of three and grandmother of six and she has been blogging since 2011. She doesn't post as often as we'd like, but you are bound to find something to inspire you from her wonderful cards, projects, and scrapbook layouts!

Glenda Marklew of My Paper Cat. Glenda lives in South Africa and she is a primary school teacher. She has only just started her blog last month, so I know you will all make a special effort to visit her, welcome her to Blogland, and leave her some encouragement! Glenda's card art is unique and amazing in that there is normally incredible stitching of some kind on her cards. They are breathtaking!

Lisa of Lisa's Creative Niche. Lisa has been blogging since 2010. She is a SAHM to two beautiful young children and fortunately for us, she shares her scrapbook layouts of them! She is a designer, award winner, and published card artist ... I think that says it all!

Margaret Rorie of Island Scraps. Like Glenda, Margaret is also a newcomer to Blogland, having started her blog in March in order to play in challenges. She is retired and she is a great challenge player. I'm sure her card art will be featured often in the future! Her CAS cards are impeccably made and beautifully designed!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse! Thank you, too, to my many newcomers who are subscribing! I know you are there, even if I can't see you to introduce you!

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I also received several store-bought cards from non-stamping friends and family:

A few of them bear closer inspection to leave you with some chuggles and gickles!
Inside: "You're not old until having a happy birthday 
requires an underwear change."
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Inside: "Getting older is fun if you do it with the right people."
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Inside: "Going over the hill is more fun when you go with friends!"
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Inside: "So get out there and show off your favorite package!"
Oh.

My.

I hope to see you on the WOYWW hop! If you want information regarding WOYWW, the above link will take you to the wonderful blog of Ms. Julia Dunnit, Headminister of Desk Affairs.

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I'll be back soon with a handmade card of my own. I've missed making them and playing in the challenges!

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80 comments:

Sarah said...

There's nothing like a giggle to start the day!! Priceless!! xx

Carole Z said...

Glad you had a fab break, loving all these wonderful cards on your desk! Haven't got round to photographing mine yet this week! Hugs Carole Z X

Helen said...

Oooh!! What a fabulous haul of cards - belated happy birthday! Helen 4

Angie said...

First your craft room is soooo pretty! Second, So many wonderful cards and Third, HILARIOUS!!!!! Happy WOYWW! Angie #28

Anne said...

Hi. What a collection! Sorry there's not one from me! Belated greetings. Enjoyed giggling at those you showed close up!!! Happy WOYWW Anne x # 20

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Belated Happy Birthday Darnell...that's a whole heap of cards! The ones at the end made me laugh a lot! That's the sort of card I head for at the shops...Julia and I often snigger very loudly when we're choosing ones like those!
hugs, LLJ 15 xx

Rahmat said...

Haha good to see you back Darnell, and I did chuckle more than once reading through!

Belinda Basson said...

Those cards are hilarious! Glad to have you back. Great workspace you have there. #27

Sammy said...

I can't believe I missed your birthday! Hope you had a most splendid day, and what a great haul of gorgeous cards you have there! I think that should be a good indication of the amount of people whose days you brighten in blogland, no? :-) x

Stamps and Paper said...

What a fabulous collection of cards Darnell loved the funnies.....also welcome back

Anne

Kathyk said...

Good to see you back matey. Even better to hear you had a lovely birthday - love the humour of some of your friends with their cards! FAB selection of both hand made and shop bought cards - you are blessed to have so many kind friends

Happy WOYWW

Kathyk

Lucy Woods said...

Wow look at all those beautiful cards!! Lucky you! Hope you had a fab birthday!x

Sue said...

Fab variety of cards.

Love the ATC books.

Happy WOYWW Sue 36

Cathy said...

Hilarious! Glad you had a lovely break and welcome back :) Cathy x

Neet said...

First welcome back - second, fab display of cards.
Now what was I going to say on here? Can't remember as I got carried away laughing at those cards at the end.
Hugs to you
Neet xx 29

Inkyfingers said...

So glad you enjoyed your break and its good to have you back. Loved those fun cards but the one about peeing and farting might be getting a little too close for comfort!!!!!

Lynn said...

Seriously cracking up at the sentiments on the store bought cards. Hilarious!

Julie Beech said...

I wondered where you'd been I'd missed reading your posts! What a fab array of cards, you have some great friends. :)

SARN said...

WOW - what a birthday haul of cards to treasure there Darnell. Just shows how wunnerful you are and that the Law of Attraction is working just fine.

Good to see you back.

Was having a gickle at the humorous shop cards and inside sentiments!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Glad to see your birthday was a happy one ... till next time eh... doesn't take long and there it is again!! Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz x#3

Pollard Carole said...

you've made me smile those fun cards are brilliant and all those handmade cards just amazing I do love those ATC booklets though just so clever. Fabulous post and so glad you enjoyed your holiday Love and Happy Crafting Hugs Carole x

Pollard Carole said...

you've made me smile those fun cards are brilliant and all those handmade cards just amazing I do love those ATC booklets though just so clever. Fabulous post and so glad you enjoyed your holiday Love and Happy Crafting Hugs Carole x

Kim M said...

Glad you had a great birthday and time away from the blog. You've been missed! I didn't see my card I sent you on your table. Shoot. I was hoping it would have gotten there by now. It's been over a week. But it can take awhile. Well, hopefully it's there now or will be soon. :-). Looking forward to your regular post again! :-). Hugs!

Carol L said...

WB from your bloggie break, and golly it's good to hear from you again! I missed my daily chuckles ;) These cards are hilarious! ROFL!

Karen B said...

We've missed you Dippy!!! Glad you had such a good time and that you've received all these fabulous cards with more on the way. What a great array - loved the funnies, how well do people know you eh? lol

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Hettie said...

Tee Hee! Missed ya!
xx

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Darnell, happy WOYWW; what a wonderful collections of cards - you're a well loved lady. And your ATC booklets are gorgeous. Hugs and have a wonderful week crafting RobynO#41

Susanne Vargas said...

So glad you are back, Darnell! Blogland is just not the same without your posts! Thanks for sharing your birthday cards! Those funny sayings were hilarious!

Brenda said...

Looks like you got many cards Darnell! And I love that you are still getting more in the mail to keep the celebration going. I think we should have birthday months instead of birth DAYS. lol I loved the store bought funny cards-they cracked me up! So happy that you had a great birthday month, keep celebrating!! Hugs, Brenda

Chris D. said...

You are much loved, Darnell! Happy belated Birthday to you, my dear! Your collection of cards is fabulous!

Casandra Bennett said...

Chuggles and gickles, indeed! I laughed so hard...not sure much oxygen was getting to the brain, but it's all good. ;) I have been busy cleaning my craft room and finally have some new craftiness out on my desk. Yay!

glitterandglue said...

Brilliant, Darnell. Where do people find them!!??!! Sounds like you have had a fabulous birthday. Congratulations.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #13

Charlene said...

SO glad that you had a wonderful break, but glad that your back :-) I love when the birthday celebrations keep on going lol!

Laura Norris said...

Thanks for the chuckles this morning! Those cards are too funny!

Lisa said...

I LOVE seeing all of your pretty birthday cards lined up, but the store bought cards are a HOOT!!!

Gillian Pearce said...

What a wonderful collection of birthday cards. I don't think I've seen so many sent to an adult. They'l be a fantastic inspiration to you in the days to come.
Have a lovely week
Gillian #50

1CardCreator said...

Wow, so many beautiful cards and the books from Dianne are stunning. I loved the messages on the store bought ones too, so funny. Glad you had such a great birthday. ~Diane

Marybeth said...

Welcome back! You are loved!

Donna Nuce said...

Nice to see some cards with such a wicked sense of humor! Loved them and thanks for sharing Darnell! Have a great day!
Donna

Vicki Dutcher said...

How fun for you -- what a month of super celebration!! Going to the mailbox had to be really fun!! :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

SQUEE!!!!! All those cards! Such fun! You just keep on celebrating until the next one comes along! I love the store bought cards, such fun. There are some real gems out there. I'll have to spend some time perusing your happy mail gallery.

Gay Peplow said...

Great to see you back, well Darnell what a lot of cards you got on your birthday, some really quite funny :D TFS Have a wonderful week, hot and sticky here, phew !! :D xx

KayM said...

Oh my!! Some of those are just hilarious!!! What fun it must be to get so many fabulous cards!! Keep on celebrating!! ((Hugs))

Alycia said...

Laughing so hard!! Love your cards. :)

Planetsusie said...

Your Burpday was as good as mine by the sounds of it Daaar-nell! Glad you are back to crafting, although it means I shall have to get cracking again. I ammm sooooo slooooow!

Hugs to you Soupie xxx

conil said...

Well, some of those cards made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants. Welcome back...I've needed a good laugh lately. But I have to go now to change my undies.

Helen F. said...

What fun, Darnell! All the Birthday cards and happy wishes make getting older a little bit easier, eh?
Happy you enjoyed your break, nice to have you back :-)

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Those cards are simply a hoot! I'm still laughing... Such amazing friend to send all those cards. Diane #78

Redanne said...

Thanks for the giggles!! What a fabulous bunch of cards you got from crafty and non-crafty friends, you are one popular lady - and rightly so! Big hugs, Annie xx

Angela Radford said...

That's a great collection of cards Darnell.
Pleased you are back with us.
Happy crafting and have a great week, Angela x #42

Pat said...

Welcome back Darnell and so pleased you have had a good break. There are a whole lotta cards there, and some really funny ones too. You always ensure we have a good laugh when we come to call. x

Barb Ghig said...

OMGosh, Darnell...you're killing me over here! I just fell off my chair laughing at the cards, especially the last one :-)

I'm so glad everyone sent you such beautiful and fun birthday wishes....you are so deserving with all the happiness you bring to us! I hope your week is going well, and I can't wait to see some creations from you ~ Hugs, Barb

Krisha said...

Best laugh I've had all day, Belated wishes kid-o!

Luuuuv the wine cards....why yes it does appear to be that time of day......gotta go
No # this week didn't link up.....long story :o)

Taunya Butler said...

So very glad that you are back!! And I am so impressed with the way you were showered with so much love and cards for your birthday!! It is so well deserved because you leave sparkle wherever you go and make impressions on people's hearts that can never be erased!! Have a beautiful day!!

Bobby said...

Welcome back, Darnell. While I love homemade cards, there something to be said for the silly ones that you buy, and that you posted.

Nora N. said...

Bwwaaaa!!! Those cards are too funny!!! I am glad you had a fantastic birthday Darnell and you got such lovely cards. Thank you for making me laugh tonight!! I love coming here because not only will I get a chuckle but I always get to check out some new blogs. Have a fabulous night!!

Sharon Madson said...

What a collection of cards! Wow! I think you must have had a lovely birthday! :) Love your little house! Welcome back, too. #34

Greta said...

Glad you're back, Darnell! Hope you had a great time with your friend!

Nikki C said...

Wow Darnell that is one large collection of cards you received. How exciting to have been getting all that happy mail have a wonderful day hugs Nikki 7

Ros Crawford said...

What a fabulous array of cards and gifts ... Some of the shop bought ones really gave me a chuckle! Have a lovely day!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Now I see what Carol means by "Daily Chuckles". OMGosh, my sides are splittling! Welcome back.

Shoshi said...

What a great collection of cards, Darnell! Happy belated birthday, and happy belated WOYWW too!
Shoshi #30

Hammers said...

Awesome! Love the store bought cards..there is a place for them :)
Cx

Shoshi said...

Thanks for your return visit, Darnell, and for your wonderfully encouraging comment!

Shoshi #30

Happy Dance said...

You know...someone, and it wasn't me, wrote on their birthday post to you that she was sure glad there was a "jump to comment box" button. Amen to that!! So many people adore you, and adore your blog. Easy to see why. You're da bomb. Laughed at the pees farts both card! Can't wait to tell my sister!! Bev

Loll Thompson said...

Glad you had a good break, but happy to see you back Dolly. Look at all the LOVE on your work desk!! :) Thanks for sharing some of the funny cards - so hilarious (but true!). :) Lolly xx

Diane said...

What a wonderful array of cards and the funny ones are great, and dang it if they aren't so true, too!! Glad you had a great birthday!!

Brenda in IN said...

I'm so happy you enjoyed your birthday and got lots of love from all your friends. I hope you had a great time with your friend. I'm glad you're back with us and giving us our dose of humor. Your funny cards are great, love them all.

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Darnell,

What a GREAT selection of birthday cards!! Now, when is your birthday exactly?!?

Don't you love the cards with the vintage images and great sayings. You have to enjoy a friend with a sense of humor.

I read the post about and really enjoyed the story of the spider in the bathtub. Very clever!!

Happy WOYWW and Happy belated birthday.

Hugs,
Kay (22)

MaryH said...

Wowsers, did you get a lot of cards! Deserved every one of 'em too! Enjoyed seeing the store bought ones - they were a hoot. I'm envious of how tidy that workspace is. Do you make housecalls? Could I afford your per-hour charge? Maybe Hammy could fly over and help? Are his rates a bit less? Whatever! TFS & Hugs. Glad you're still enjoying the birthday!

Anita in France said...

Welcome home, Darnell ... so great to have you back! Reading your post (and those hilarious cards) is such a fantastic way to start Saturday (ok, I admit it, I'm behind)! Hugs, Anita :)

OH Babs said...

Dear I.I.,
First when are you publishing your fist children's book? Hope you had a wonderful girl time. After you read all your emails and look at all your cards you will need another vacation. I love the last card, the swimming suit one, now that is funny. Hugs, Barb
P.S. Your cards were nice, too.

Kim Heggins said...

I am still laughing and having difficulty typing at the same time. These cards are just too darn funny, I love them all.

nwilliams6 said...

Some totally wonderful birthday cards - lucky you! Happy late BD! Hugz!

Marilyn said...

Happy belated birthday greetings! What a great post... fun, fun, fun! Also, thanks for the shout-out about me and my blog.

JD/ Jill said...

What a great collection of cards you received there...and thanks for sharing the pics so we could enjoy them too.

LauraJane:) said...

Before the kiddos I would spend hours in the card stores..just enjoying them. Thanks for the close-up of the fun quirky ones. I don't see that too much in the handmade card world.

cm said...

Okay, nearly spilled my coffee, laughing over these cards, and that would not be a good thing, as the vacation rental owners would be unimpressed! Anyway, I've recomposed myself somewhat; down to snickering only. Welcome home, Darnell! Wonderful to have you back! Your post and photos - a fantastic Monday morning treat!
Hugs~c

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Darnell all those cards on your desk show how loved you are, you are easy to love,you deserve it all.. Your ATCs look fab in the booklets, I looooooved making them for you, thanks for sharing and being one of the sweetest Ladies I know..

Cris G said...

Great collection of cards, you have lots of friends! And some really fun cards, too... I'm crying with so much laughter.