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!

September 2, 2014

Cheering You On, Marie!

Hi Gang! Welcome to September!! Hey, don't look at me! I told you it was coming!

We are back from our long weekend holiday with the twinz and The Grand Duke. We had a terrific time and I hope you all had a great weekend, too! It feels like a Monday to me, so I'll be more off-center this week than I normally am. Which means I'll be flat on my side.

Today I have a special card to share for a very special lady. Her name is Marie Papadopolou and her incredible blog is baileyrosy. I first "met" Marie on July 8, 2012, when she came to visit the Playhouse and started following me. (I just got a visual of Marie actually following me like a stalker and it made me giggle.) I happily returned the flavor and we've been amusing each other ever since. If you don't know Marie, you are missing out on some of Blogland's most sensational works of art and fun posts! Her designs are insanely creative!

The reason Marie is being showcased on my blog today is because she has been dealing with severe leg pain and put on bed rest. She is unable to sit or lie in one place for too long and she has been told by the bone doctor that it can take up to one year to recover. So Kylie, the owner of Addicted to Stamps and More (ATSM), and bosoom buddies with Marie, has dedicated the current "Anything Goes" challenge to our friend Marie to let her know we are thinking about her and sending her our best get well wishes!! 

Since Marie is a hoot, I've made her this get well card:
The pretty watercolor background is DSP from SU. The image is another fun one that was stamped off for me by my friend Gay. I colored it to match the paper. I glazed and drew on the note that the drinkie poo is gin, which is Marie's booze of choice. I'm a wodka girl myself, so when Marie and I do get together someday IRL, we won't have to deal with liquor piflering. Piflering has broken up lots of griendships, I can tell you. 
Your card will be winging it's way to you tomorrow, my friend. I am thinking of you often and praying that you are not in too much pain as you make your way through this rough patch. Mwah!

It would be wonderful if you got a chance to make a card for Marie and link it over at ATSM. I know it will cheer her up and be appreciated! Thank you, my friends!

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I'm also linking up to Pixie's Snippets Playground (use a snippet) and a second entry in the current "Anything Goes" at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Pixies Crafty WorkshopSimon Wednesday Challenge Blog
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Head's Up TH Fans! Fab Prize!

Because I'm not sure I'm going to get a chance to play, I want to take a minute to let you know about another challenge that you might be interested in. It is the current Words 2 Scrap By challenge and the theme is "To Everything There is a Season." Here is the unique part of this challenge: the prize is a Tim Holtz assemblage clock, autographed by Himself Tim Holtz! I know a lot of you are Timmy fans, so I wanted to pass that along. Click on the link for all the details!

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New Friends Corner

I'm excited to share two new friends that I'd like you to meet today:

Doreen of Doreen's Dream. I am just going to let Doreen's statistics speak for me: She has been blogging since 2009. In 2010 she posted 492 posts. (Hint, there are only 352 days in a year.) She has, as we speak 999 followers. (I was a little bit disappointed that I joined her blog a while back because I wanted to be that 1,000 follower! What a thrill!) Yes, in fact, I think we have found the Queen of Card Blogland!!  Are you in a creative slump? Go here! Doreen will fix you right up with inspiration!

Jacee of Simply Paper Card Design. Jacee has been blogging since 2010, so she, too, has loads of wonderful card inspiration for you! Jacee makes gorgeous layered works of art. You know, those layers that look perfect together, the kind I have trouble doing? Well, Jacee makes them look easy. She is also a doting grandmother and an exceptional flower gardener!

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

Computer Update

At this point in the post, I was going to share a photo collage from our fun weekend with the boys, but as I was uploading them to Flickr, the computer crashed again. The new one is here, but it's sitting in its box because of having the little ones two weekends in a row. We were still able to use the old computer as long as we didn't turn it off. Well, the Mister doesn't know it yet because he is at work, but the damn thing just now turned itself off so I think it has goosed its own cook. 

I'm just praying that it didn't goose all of our fabulous vacation photos because I delete them from the camera after downloading. (Insert frownie face.) We won't even talk about the fact that there were 324 photos in the set and that I had spent over three hours today culling them and cropping them.

This means the Mister is going to have to bite the bullet and deal with installing the new computer. And his back is still killing him. He was a real trooper on the long weekend playing with the boys and driving all over, but he mentioned this morning that he is finally going to go to the doctor about it. I kept my nagging mouth shut, but it was very hard not to remind him that I suggested he do that three weeks ago and every other day since. Men like to come up with ideas on their own sweet time, doncha know. Cough.

Luckily I had not yet put Marie's card in an envelope and sent it off because the photo of her card was in that set. So I took some new photos and was able to download them to the laptop for this post. Phew. Thank goodness for multiple devices, eh?

Now where is that wodka . .. 

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74 comments:

Liz said...

What a fabulous card! I love the stamp. I'm sure Marie will love this fun card. x

Stephanie K said...

Oh Darnell, fantastic as always! xo

Kylie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Marie is going to love it too! LOL, Darnell. I know first hand what her drinking habits are like and she drank me under the table. I have photographic evidence too!! Thanks so much for inspiring this linky for Marie. I hope she gets a kick out of it (with her good leg, that is) xx

Sue Rose said...

Love this card and I'm sure Marie will too! I hope she finds relief soon and that the bone doc is wrong!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Pretty card...and funny:)). Just the thing for Marie to open and get a big smile!
I hope the Mister can install the computer without suffering any more pain and I hope the doctor has a good remedy. I know what you mean about how they like to get their own ideas!

Kim Heggins said...

Such a sweet card and I love your adorable little lady. So happy to hear you had a wonderful time with the twins and Duke.

Lisa said...

HA this card is a hoot!! Your friend will love it Darnell. Holiday weekends always throw me off, I wake up wondering what day it is and what I have to do!! Course that happens from time to time without the holidays!!

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

What a great card I am sure she will get a laugh out of it and that sure is the best of medicine <3

aileen (mum) said...

Brilliant card, I love this artist as I already bored you with before :) dont have thisstamp either, obviously I missed out on many many wonderful stamps by entering the game late in the day. Hope the photos can be recovered. My husband also has bad back, carpenter so everyday is ohhhh my back blah blah blah, but no dont need to go to the doctor mmmmm.
Anyway..... Love your card and enjoyed visiting your followers. Actually signed up to flicker the other day, havent uploaded anything yet but the idea is formulating. Could be a great way to show my cards without having to worry about blogging which I worry I will start then not have the time for.

Joyce said...

What a fun card--sure to raise Marie's spirits.

Greta said...

Marie will really love this adorable yet beautiful card! Another fabulous creation, Darnell! Just entered my card at W2SB thanks to your info, my friend!

Sue from Oregon said...

This is certain to be a real day brightener for your friend!

scrappymo! said...

This is a hilarious card. Too, too funny!!!
She is going to love it...hard to stay on bed rest though. I hope she has someone to run her crafting supplies to her! teehee

Jacee said...

Fabulous card Darnell, I love the colour and the layout, and the sentiment is so cool, a great creation.
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Petra Swart said...

Oh boy, I DO love that sentiment on Marie's card, Darnell - LOL!!!
Such a cute card is surely going to make her day!!!
Glad you had a lovely time with the twins and I hope you got your photo's back, Darnell!!! I couldn't help by LOL as I read your story - so brilliantly written!!! Your blog is surely the best tonic to brighten any day!!!

Have a supa dupa day!!!

Nonni said...

Such a great, fun card -this will cheer up Marie for sure. I love the color palette also. xxx

sandie said...

So funny, this will make Marie giggle for sure and that background is just yummy, have a good day x

debby4000 said...

Fabulous get well card, love those colours.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Luv
Debby

Gerrina said...

What a funny image and text; that will lighten up her day! Beautiful BG and card! Hugs, Gerrina

Kathyk said...

Definitely a Wodka moment over those photos - hope all is safe when the new 'puter is installed.

Best wishes to Marie too - your card is super fab and it will INEVITABLY result in hearty chuckles upon receipt!

Kathyk

Inkyfingers said...

What a fun card and it's sure to raise a smile. Hope you feel better soon Maria!
Sorry to hear about your computer trouble and hope you get the new one up and running soon.
Hugs
Carol x

Veerle said...

Fabulous card Darnell. I adore it. BTW thanks for sharing I am a huge Timmy fan too. I wish I could craft more like he does, but I use his fabulous products a lot. Have a nice day. Veerle x

http://veerleskaartenhoekje.blogspot.be/

Sue said...

Fab card for your friend.

Hope the new PC is soon up and running.

I always put my photos onto a disc.

Hope you have a lovely day.

Rahmat said...

What a lovely background paper Darnell, I went in for a closer look, I really love it, the blooms are cute and fit so perfectly with the card!

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a fun card for Marie I am sure your card will bring a smile to her face Darnell...just love the image and your gorgeous colours...

Anne

SARN said...

FAB card and absolutely sure to cheer up Marie.

Chin chin!

Hugs, Sarn xx

Irish Cherokee said...

Love your card and your post as usual. Love Marie's site. VERY original cards. Hope your hubby doesn't put off the new computer. The next time it goes may be the last time it fails. After many years of building and repairing these monsters all of the signs are there. Delay and you lose everything. - Jim

Sheila H said...

Your card is a hoot - I'm sure it will do much to cheer up your friend. Good luck with the computer.

Sybrina K said...

Hi, Darnell.

What a fun card for a special friend. Will send a couple of prayers Marie's way.

How sweet of you to mention the Tim Holtz autographed clock up for grabs at Words 2 Scrap By. We were very excited to make it happen. :)

icardeveryone01 said...

Loving this card, D. What a wonderful friend you are - to Marie - hope you feel better soon!!
=] Michele

Susanne Vargas said...

This card is fun and beautiful! Only you can do that! Love the picture at the bottom with the card standing on the word "laugh"!
Hope your computer problems are soon over! Not fun! And of course that Mister's back won't hurt much longer!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Great card :)

Hugs,
Em x
Creative Em

jimlynn said...

Love that beautiful background paper - and of course the image is priceless! Fun and pretty card.
Lynn

Sharon Underwood said...

Fantastic card! Love the sentiment!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
fab card.
I love the background paper, and your stamped image is going to make her laugh so much.
She is bound to feel a little better.
Big get well soon wishes to your friend.
My DH first wife suffered with a similar prob and was told there was nothing they could do for her except give her pain relief in the form of tablets.
She eventually couldn't take the pain anymore and tried Acupuncture and that stopped the pain.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Brenda said...

Poor Marie! That sounds very painful and bed rest is not fun at all. I love your card you made for her Darnell! One of my sayings that I say all the time and boy is it ever true for me. lol I always look behind after a hard days work and wonder why my behind is as big as it was before. Life sure isn't fair. lol I love how you have colored your image, which is fabulous by the way and I love the "gin" reference to the drink in hand. I hope this card put a big smile on Marie's face and helps her to deal with her medical issues. Hugs, Brenda

Redanne said...

Your card for Marie is a stunner. I feel her pain and hope that she gets some relief sooner rather than later!

You are so right about Doreen's cards, she is amazing!

My Mister went to the Doc (finally) yesterday with a bad shoulder, I hope they both feel less pain soon, for both our sakes! Hope the computer did not gobble up all the pictures.....

Hugs, Annie xxx

Ros Crawford said...

What a terrific card for your friend ... I'm sure this will give her giggle and make her feel better ... Sorry about your computer probe ... hope they get sorted soon!

Linda said...

Fun card. As always love to hear about your adventures...

Brenda in IN said...

I am so sorry to hear of Marie's leg trouble. It is no fun to be in pain as well as unable to get around. I think this cute card will make her laugh. I love that watercolor paper. It makes a great background for this card. I don't know why men will not just go to the doctor when they have something wrong. Strong arming them into it is a wife's duty I guess. I hope he feels better soon. He has to get that new computer up and running. Maybe he can salvage all the pictures so you can share them. I'm glad you had a great time with the twins.

Julie Beech said...

What a fab image and sentiment an all over great card. I'm sure it will bring a smile to Marie's face. you are such a thoughtful person. :)

Harriet Skelly said...

This is a great card for Marie Darnell! She'll love it. Glad you had a great weekend with the Twinks and I hope the Mister gets some relief for his back! Hugs, Harriet

Harriet Skelly said...

This is a great card for Marie Darnell! She'll love it. Glad you had a great weekend with the Twinks and I hope the Mister gets some relief for his back! Hugs, Harriet

Carole Z said...

Glad you had a good weekend Darnell and I am sure your fabulous card will cheer up Marie, hugs Carole Z X

Bonnie said...

This card is just what Marie needs! Hope she doesn't hurt herself laughing and trying to get to the real gin! Hope you will be able to retrieve those photos. I hate when that happens!

poppaeacards said...

This made me giggle, hopefully it will do the same for Marie! Cx

Suze Bain said...

This is perfect for Marie, Darnell, she has a wicked sense of humour. Xx

conil said...

Boy, you do need a drink...if I thought I'd lost any photos, I'd be hanging from the freaking ceiling. But I'm so glad you got one of this gorjuss, if not snarky, card for Marie. Another masterful job masterfully done. Hope she starts feeling better soon, and that goes for your Mister, too. Fingers crossed for your photos.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your friend will love that card. I really think that is a cute saying and it certainly applies to me. LOL

Karen B said...

Great card for Marie Dippy.......she'll love it. Had to laugh about the gin mention - you'll giggle when you see my card, I've been much more subtle!!! hehe

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Jean Straw said...

A great fun card for your friend, I love the backing paper and pretty colours. Great sentiment too,it's sure to make her smile.
Jean x

Pat Jandacek said...

Thanks, Darnell,you're the only one who can relate so many bad/sad stories and still make me laugh out loud. My sympathies and best wishes to Marie, your Mister, and you for your computer woes.

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Darnell, Good to see you having fun again :D Rotten luck for Marie but I'll bet she will be loving your card! Great use of the image, I love your chosen colours, Great job :D
Oh dear, computer woes and ill health, good job you have a sense of humour, hope it all gets better really quickly, Hugs Gay xx

Charlene said...

I'll check out Maries blog! I love the background on your card, beautiful colors!

Barb Ghig said...

I'm so glad you had a fun weekend! Those sweet boys are very lucky to have you in their lives, Darnell...seriously!

I love the card you created for Marie, and I'm sure she's going to get a kick out of it! The sentiment and image are so fun, and your design is fabulous, as always!

I hope the Mister is feeling better soon, and that your new pc gets installed toot sweet!

Thanks so much for yet another wonderful post...I always enjoy visiting!!!

Pat said...

Sorry Marie is having a rough time at present but this fun card is sure to make her laugh. Hope your DH gets the right treatment for his back asap. x

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

I am sure this pretty card will brighten Maria's day!!! Love the colors! And that sentiment!

OH Babs said...

What a fun card - I love the sentiment. Sorry about the computer. Hope the Mister gets better so he can install the new one. Can't tell those men anything, is it because they just don't listen.
Take care II

Hammers said...

Hey Darnell, Great card and really sweet post about Marie. I too am a Gin girl (I'm English, it is in my DNA). I actually have something to send you :) be prepared..I just need it to get cooler...Cx

Taunya Butler said...

Really great card, Darnell!! Love the humor and the personality that it has!! Way to go - sure to make Marie smile!! I also sincerely hope you are able to recover things from your old computer!! Good luck - I will be thinking of you and of Marie!! I posted a card in her linkup!!

Cathy said...

This is such a fun card Darnell I'm sure it will cheer your friend up :)
Thanks for your kind words on my blog too, Cathy x

Loll Thompson said...

LOVE your card Dolly. So fun and sure to give Marie a laugh ... something that she can use right now :) Lolly xx

Janelle said...

Great card, Darnelle. It's sure to cheer Marie up. I love the DP.

Carole said...

I love the DP background paper perfect for that stamp...Marie is sure to love it and all the attention she'll receive from your faithful friends. I dread the days of computer issues...I wish for the best outcome and that all pics are recovered. Hugs C

baileyrosy.com said...

My dearest Darnell Im sorry I am late joining my own party but was away at my summer house and without internet so have only just seen this .......and I can't stop crying. I am so touched by this amazing gesture from you and Kylie and for all of the warm thoughts and well wishes not to mention the amazing cards . I really don't know what to say. Im deeply moved by your kindness and for all of the support emails and prayers that I have received from you over the past months you are definitely one in a million ! This week has been very difficult for me and I was really at rom bottom until I saw what you lovely ladies had taken the time to do for me. As for your card FABULOUS it made me laugh I only have one little niggle that gin glass is rather on the small side he he !

I do hope Mister goes to the doctors soon and finds some relief , my own mister has been suffering along side me for two months with bone spurs in his foot and should have been for treatment ages ago, what are they like lol !

I do hope that you're photos are recovered nothing worse is there ( except maybe for a husband who wont go the doctors )

Once again I thank you from the bottom of my heart

Marie

JD/ Jill said...

Cute card with a great sentiment!

Cornelia W said...

Thanks for sending my over to Marie - definitely worth the visit! Great card - I am sure, she will love it!!! And great to see you playing with us at ATSAM again. Come back next time, too! Hugs, Cornelia DT

Di said...

Oh I love this card Darnell! Got the giggles :)

Hugs, Di xx

MaryH said...

Oh dearie me, I'd be laffing at this image if it weren't the durned truth! (Well, I am smiling anyway!). Love the colors you chose, and it is going to cheer Marie E-mensely. I hope she has lots to keep her busy while she is resting...if she has a laptop, she can enjoy lots of surfing time! I liked the pif-lering too. (Fer some reason I couldn't spell it like you did so I hyphenated it to fool this spell check-y thing-a-ma-bog). TFS a big laff on this cute card. Hugs

nwilliams6 said...

Another memorable post Darnell. Sweet of you to be sending so much cheer to Marie and prayers. This card is a riot and just perfect for a cheerful hello from a friend. I can relate to that sentiment unfortunately! This week especially. I have dieted and gained 2 lbs - can't figure that one out! I love the card. Love your two new followers too - they are both talented ladies that I follow as well. Hugz and have a great weekend.

Diane said...

Oh Darnell, fantastic and funny design.

Hugs Diane

cm said...

Love x LOVE this fabulous card for Marie; a mega-watt smile and a toast with gin guaranteed! The image and sentiment: hilarious! I'm feeling for you with the computer malfunction; hopefully the Mister will be okay to get the new one going! Sending positive vibes his way that the sore back heals quickly! I let my husband come up with something on his own twice last week...He was very pleased with himself *ahem* Hugs~c

Debs Willis said...

Hope Mr K feels better soon, and that your new computer is super whizzy!
Thanks for your lovely comments, hope you're breathing again now :-)
Hugs
Debs x

Anita in France said...

Sorry, Darnell, I'm sooooo late commenting ... feeling like the Mad March Hare ... will be back for a few visits! This is hilarious, what a fabulous card to lift Marie's spirits (that was unintentional, but I'm laughing anyway)! Anita :)