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 29, 2014

QACAS Mocha Latte Coffee Madness!

Well, hello!

I didn't expect to be here today. There I was just enjoying my morning coffee, basking in the glow of a warm and well-received NBUS Challenge when I received a deluge of blog post notices regarding a Coffee Lovers Bloghop taking place today on National Coffee Lovers Day! Perhaps the tea lovers have their own day? I hope so!

Well, shucks, I sputtered. I had totally forgotten that a friend had sent me an invitation to join this hop several days ago via Facebook. I woke up the hamster, which is always risky. I won't go into it, but it's not pretty, especially after he was up late two nights in a row working with the Randoms. Talk about coffee drinkers, those two people must have it running through their veins!!

In any revent, me and Hammy are never ones to shrink from a challenge, so we quickly made this:
And I mean quickly! I took a fresh piece of linen PTI paper from the hall linen cabinet and made a card base. I took a fresh piece of vellum from the curtain cabinet and embossed it with a NBUS Sizzix e/f after inking it with SU "close to cocoa" ink. The inking didn't really work so I then colored the vellum on the back with a Memento "desert sand" marker. I added a NBUS sediment from PTI "Scentimentals" and the coffee beans stamp is from Stamps by Judith.

Okay, kids, it's a hop, so hop along. Here don't forget to take a biscuit . . . ! 
CoffeeLoversBloghopBadge
There are lots of prizes so run and make your own QACAS card!!
~~~

I think my card quantifies for the current Less Is More challenge of "Mostly Words."

And thanks to a kindly whisper in my ear from a friend, I'm also entering this in the Inkspirational challenge where the theme is "Beverages/Drinks."

~~~

Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS!* 

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower! Please let me know you came by, so I can be sure and return the flavor!
  
 
*Life Is Too Short!

To open the pop-up comment box that let's you jump to the end w/o scrolling:
Click CTL + Home. 
Click the Home tab under my blog banner which resets the post.
Click Page Down to reach the end of the post.
Click Comments and the pop-up box opens.
Click Jump to Comment Form; no more car pool tunnel!
Mwah!

96 comments:

*Vicki* said...

Yummy! Yes, I do love the coffee!! This looks fabulous Darnell!! Love the flourish cafe design on it!! :)

You and Hammy did good!! LOL!! HUGS

oldpunca said...

This is simply fabulous card for coffee friends. I like your ideas. And I like your writing :-) It makes me smile. :-))
Hugs, Sonja

Lori Kobular said...

I think this card is wonderful!! I love the soft color of it!

Deepti said...

I like the warm n subtle embossed look on vellum :) A fun quick but awesome card !

Jean Straw said...

A super quick card, I love the sentiment.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Fabulous make to say it was unexpected, it would have taken me all day to get an idea, let alone make the card.
The image looks brilliant on the velum.

Kath x

Julia Aston said...

What a great fast card you and the hamster whipped up Darnell! The inking and vellum look marvelous!

Monika Reeck said...

Yeah I am not more than number 10 this time ..your blog always full with loves from many ladies and now I am under from number 10 ok I will write it faster, I love the soft look at your card the add of the coffee bean there and all design looks adorable and elegant Darnell so happy you are joining there too...I join too the Bloghop...if you wanna look at my card dear Darnell...it is # 46 on the linky party...would be glad if you could visiting me back...A very happy National Coffee Day for you too :)

Anita in France said...

Delicious, elegant and oh so tasty, Darnell ... give the hamster a coffee! Thanks for the biscuit ... those crumbs just get everywhere! Hugs, Anita :)

Happy Dance said...

Yay!!! You and Hammy really did a great job with this beauty!! Makes me want to pour the water down the drain and grab another cuppa. But I'll drink the water...dr. says... Love this card, Miss D. Soft, subtle colors and a great design. As Geri G. says; WWCD! Bev

Brenda said...

Oh how I wish I liked coffee! I love this sweet card Auntie Darnell! It's the sentiment that is just so dang cute and I just love that coffee cup with the flourishes. I don't think I could pull something like this together in such a short time even if I had my own Hammy. lol Hugs, Brenda

Charlene said...

I didn't hear around this hop? I must be on another planet lol! LOVE your card Darnell and happy Monday!

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Darnell, I never would have known it was a 'quick' card! I love the way you have used the vellum and the sentiment is fabulous.
hugs Sue xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Yes they are, beautiful design and so perfect for the hop Darnell. Thank you so much for your email, it means so so much to me my friend! xoxo

Laura Norris said...

Perfect card for the hop!! Never would have guessed that it was done last minute!

Valerie Nolan said...

I hate coffee but I love your card Darnell! If you find a tea blog hop let me know:)
Val x

Chrissy Larson said...

Love it, Darnell! You never cease to make me smile!

conil said...

Monkey clapping is happening here. This is really very clever...I'm going to have to try the e/f trick...& soon.

Benzi said...

A great card, Darnell, that you and the hamster worked up....now, we need a Diet Dr. Pepper challenge as I can't take the coffee. But, I do love the smell..mmmmm

Chriss Blagrave said...

Happy Coffee day Darnell!
Love the embossed design and elegance.
Really enjoyed that biscuit too :)
hugs-Chriss

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

So yummy! I love this sentiment! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

Sheila H said...

Great colors and cute sentiment on your quick card, Darnell.

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Love this card Darnell, so understated and elegant. Just my thing! Hugs, Wends x

Indy said...

This is a fabulous coffee card! Hope you have a great day!
Hugs,
Debbie

Bonnie said...

This makes me think of coffee with cream. My favorite way to take it! (Skim milk just isn't the same!)

Tonya Jastad said...

For last minute you rocked this challenge! I love it and where you store your paper too! I'll be sure to send you reminders a couple of days in advance next time because I wouldn't want you to miss out on the fun! ;)

Celeste Goff said...

What a fantastic card!

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Awesome card Darnell, I hope the rest of your day is awesome to :)

Liz said...

Love your card....... and what a great sentiment! xx

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Fabulous card. Love your CAS approach.

Joyce said...

What a fabulous card for Coffee Day.

Carol L said...

And a very happy National Coffee day to you my friend! I'm sitting here plugged into my IV of caffeine to keep the heart beating! LOL Fun card with a great sentiment too! Bottoms up now!

Greta said...

Sometimes quick is best--LOVE this card, Darnell!

KT Fit Kitty said...

I love your coffee card, Darnell! What a great way to use the vellum - I have not tried an embossing folder on vellum with inking - this looks fabulous! Something else I am going to try! Great sentiment too!

Renee said...

Perfect!
Love that sentiment...
in fact it's the reason that set is on my wishlist! :)

Loly Borda-Towery said...

You and Hammy did and awesome job! Love the soft feel of your card, love the sentiment too. TFS and for the sweet words of encouragement you left in my blog. Big hugs!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

wonderful card!

JD/ Jill said...

Great card! Coffee! Now you are talking my lanuage! Love coffee...too much! Hope you are having a good week!

Susanne Vargas said...

Very sweet card! I love my tea (so much that I think I must have been British in a former life). Is there an International Tea Lover Day? Off to google that...

Bobby said...

I love the soft effect of coloring the vellum.

Lynn said...

ah...so glad you did hop along. This is fabulous Darnell.

Tenia Nelson said...

Very cool!!

Lisa said...

FABulous Darnell, love the flourishes!!

Patti J said...

What a yummy card, Darnell! So glad you did this fun hop :-) you and Hammy did a great job! Hugs...

Larissa Heskett said...

WOWOWOWOWOWOW!! LOVING your Card for today's Blog Hop!! =) Such an AWESOME Design!! I LOVE those Flourishes too!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! =)

My Paper Epiphany said...

Lovely! The vellum looks fab!

cm said...

Biscuit in one hand, coffee in the other...crafting typing happening here! Your card: stunning! QACAS splendor, especially the linen closet paper, curtain vellum and perfect 'coffee' coloured inks. Love this, my friend!!
Hugs~c

hellerlittle said...

sitting here with my 2nd coffee and reading all News... what a great fun and exclusiv invation -- thanks for it.
I love your Card it´s stunnig with the swirls
CU hellerlittle

Sid said...

Loving your coffee card Darnell !!

Hussena said...

Your card is just wonderful Darnell ..Its so much fun reading through your post ..Love your sense of humor :)

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous card
hugs Tamara

frommycraftroom said...

What a great card for a list minute effort.

Lyndal said...

Love that you hid your brads in the beans! Fab card!!!

Sue said...

Fab card.

Hope you are having a nice day.

Gerrina said...

Beautiful! And I don't drink coffee! Great that the challenge was such a succes and I see you keep getting on with the NBUS...A good thing; it means we get to see so many different things here! Enjoy the week, Gerrina

Redanne said...

The fresh linen and vellum work beautifully together and your card is just gorgeous. I love that wonderful sentiment too..... even though I only drink tea... Hugs, Annie xx

GrĂ¡ O'Neill said...

Gorgeous card, love seeing the NBUS in action especially with the perfect coffee colour scheme :)

Viv said...

Oooh yes I can smell the coffee from here Dee.Has to be fresh and love all varieties! Yes I love drinking it and even just smelling it....ok I am an addict I admit it!Fabulous card as ever Dee, love all the coffee colouring and fab sediment. I hope Hammy wasn't high on coffee too, can just imagine him going beserk on his little wheel...oh my! enjoy your week my luvverly friend ;) hugs Vee xx

Petra Swart said...

I love coffee, Darnell and I love your lovely coffee card!!!! (too bad, I busy enjoying a cup of tea right now!!! LOL!!!)

Hope you enjoyed the coffee lovers' day!!!!

Kathyk said...

Yummy card (and biscuit!)

Happy Tuesday, Darnell

Kathyk

Sam said...

Wow, love how the colours look like coffee! I hope tea drinkers get their own day too lol

Milka Gubo said...

:-D Lovely card Darnell :-D mmmm coffee... favorite drink :-D

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
I'm a day behind but better latte then never (did you see what I did there, lol?)You always have stash to suit every occasion, you lucky girl.
Super card as usual so all hail to you and Hammy!
Best wishes.
Ang x

acreativeneed said...

Drinking my coffee as I type...wonderful coffee card, Darnell! :)

Shelly said...

Yum! This is so sweet!

Pat said...

It's not fair Darnell, whatever the challenge you always have something to suit. A beautiful elegant card. x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Beautiful design Darnell!

Warm hugs
Maarit

Maria said...

What a wonderful coffee themed card! Coffee and friends is a great combination! Have a great week!:-)

Jean McNulty said...

Beautiful!!!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Way to keep at it until it worked, Darnell! Love the card, but that little coffee bean stamp from Judith is a very favorite of mine. It turns into the cutest critters you have ever seen!

Pat Jandacek said...

Really like the effect vellum had on this card; your creative mind continues to work just great even on lack of sleep. Thanks for the biscuit!

OH Babs said...

Neat card and even neater embossing folder. When are you going to take a break from this mad mad world of blogging?

Peggy in Mentone said...

I am ALWAYS impressed when anyone says they made a "quick" card. Those two words some how got left out of my vocabulary...even supposed quick cards take me FOREVER to make. I love this and had never seen this particular EF and it looks great in vellum! Your sentiment ROCKS!!! with it. Great job my friend...

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Hmmm.... love the scent of coffee in the making! Lovely work!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Hmmm.... love the scent of coffee in the making! Lovely work!

Patti said...

Wow you did this in a flash? beautiful! Your card reminds me of a dreamy mocha latte : ) sounds so inviting and I actually hate coffee! heehee

Patti

Kate said...

Must be the neutrons in your brain rapid firing when you're rushed 'cos this is inspired !!!
I love reading your blog - always brings a smile to my face. I'm still chuckling at the idea of the card stock in the hall linen cabinet and the vellum in the curtain cabinet.

Marianne said...

beautiful card Darnell

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Hmmmm simply yummy and CAS Darnell with a gorgeous little sentiment.
Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

LOL risky to wake the hamster. Funny and such a cute card.

~amy~ said...

What a fun card that you've whipped up! love the vellum and inking!
Thanks for linking up to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop♡

Chrissie said...

...and I could just do with another cup right now... couldn't live without coffee... and with friends... perfect!
Great job Darnell!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Kim M said...

A wonderfully CAS card! Love it! Thanks for playing along with us over at Inkspirational! :-)

Anne said...

Darnell you and hammy really rocked this challenge, I can almost sense the caffeine in your card!
Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More
Anne
LIM Designer

Anne said...

Darnell you and hammy really rocked this challenge, I can almost sense the caffeine in your card!
Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More
Anne
LIM Designer

Marybeth said...

Great card! I felt the same way but never found the time to make one. Yours is gorgeous!

Cazzy said...

I wish I could get down on the floor - it would be too painful for me!
Have a great cavort!

Happy WOYWW, wishing you rainbows.

Cazzy x

Cazzy said...

whoops, forgot #52

Taunya Butler said...

What a super fabulous card - love how quickly it same together too! What a fun technique and such a cool outcome!! Love the swirls they are my favorite!! Have a most awesome day!!

Ruby N said...

such a cute card

Kim Heggins said...

Yes I so agree...coffee and friends are the perfect blend. I love your card, so sweet.

Ros Crawford said...

Super card!! Have a great trip BTW

MariLynn said...

This is a very elegant coffee card.

Geri said...

I LOVE the effect of your double dipped velum images! Looks quite similar to the yummy froth on a fresh brewed latte! Definitely going to score some pretty high marks in the bloghop gallery!

Marina said...

Really pretty and elegant. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

Carole Z said...

Fabulous card Darnell, love that sunflower! Hugs Carole Z X