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!

November 30, 2014

I'm Present to Present you with Presents!

Hey, Everyone!

I hope Thanksgiving was a blessed day of thanks and giving for all those who celebrated! We had a picture-perfect day in every way: family, friends, weather, and food! It's normal for something to go a rye, but not this time! And since I was smart and took my sister Diana's advice to set my scale back 20 pounds, I didn't even gain any weight!

So let's get on with Christmas!
I had my PTI "Make a Wish" dies out the other day to make a present, and I have lots and lots of scrappy snippets, so I rolled out a few more while I was at it. Aren't they festive?! And so tis the starlit background paper, which is also by PTI. To crown the glory, I used my NBUS word die of the same name from Memory box, cut out of SU shimmer paper. 

EZPZ QACAS. Again. Also addictive. Once you start diggin' all the ways you can lay your presents out on a card and all the patterns you can use for your gift wrap and bows, you've made a dozen cards in no time! "You" being the operative word.

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New Friends Corner:

Please help me welcome these new friends!

Loli Juan of Workshop of Memories. Loli, mother of one son, is from Palma and she has been blogging since 2009. She discovered card artistry in 2006 and she also loves scrapbooking. Her impeccable CAS cards always have a little something extra that will take your breath away!

Cheryl Taylor of The Craft Nut @32. Cheryl is a busy mother of three sons and she has been making cards and blogging since 2011. She shares her cards on her YouTube channel. Cheryl is very enthusiastic about this fun hobby and loves that there are other nuts in the world who share - no, wait, that's not right. She is happy that there are others who are just as nuts about crafting!

Sybrina K. of There's Always the Other Side. (Love the name!) Sybrina started blogging in 2011. She is a retired educator and co-owner of a fun challenge called "Words 2 Scrap By." Sybrina loves making cards for family, friends, and Operation Write Home. As she says, there is nothing more satisfying than sending cheer, hope, and encouragement one card at a time!

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

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I leave you with a couple of photos from Thanksgiving.
I know you love seeing my hunk o' hunk o' Mister man! Here is he washing up after covering the turkey with bacon following his mother's tradition. It's a neat trick we've been using for years. By doing so, we've never needed to cover or baste the turkey and we've always gotten a moist and beautifully brown bird! Sorry, there were too many hungry peoples hanging around it when it was done for me to take an "after" photo.
And here are Henry, Adam, and Duke on a day-after hike in the hills. You can see they were up above the fog line blanketing the valley. Didn't Papa take a cool photo catching the sun rays on their heads?!

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92 comments:

Julie B said...

I use the streaky bacon fat trick too but I spread softened butter over the thighs too ala Delia Smith, works a treat every time!
Great use of snippets on your card! :)

Rahmat said...

What a great way to use pp snippets, it's colorful and festive, and I like the post title very much. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.

Kathyk said...

A fabulous snippet-y card and some super Thanksgiving pix too ... thanks for the tip about the scales Darnell, will deploy those on our turkey day .... on December 25th!

Happy Sunday

Kathyk

Anita in France said...

Now who wouldn't want to get a wonderful stack of gifts like these under the Christmas tree, Darnell ... they're all so beautifully packaged and festive! Are you sure that's a turkey next to your dishy Mister ... I was thinking maybe an ostrich or p'raps an emu ... it's huge!! Lovely twin/grand-dog photo ... and a stunning view! Hugs, Anita :)

Sue said...

Such a fabulous card Darnell. I love the colourful presents.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.
hugs Sue xx

Sue said...

By heck that was one large bird:)

Love the card.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Redanne said...

The photos are wonderful and how fabulous to catch the sun rays like that - it looks amazing. Speaking of amazing - that turkey looks very plump indeed. I use the bacon trick too, as you say, it works every time.

Your card is so happy and festive, I love all the beautiful parcels! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Pollard Carole said...

So glad you had a great thanksgiving the turkey looks amazing and I always do the bacon on top on my Christmas Turkey maybe she got the idea from England.!! Your card is fab as always and delightful pictures of your grandsons .Hubby did a great weekend turkey and photos Love and hugs Carole x

Inkyfingers said...

Yup - I do the bacon thing too but take it off for the last 20 minutes so the turkey can brown and my hungry hordes eat the bacon while they are waiting for the dinner to finish. I hope you've got some good leftovers recipes Darnell cos it looks like you'll need them!
Love your bright and festive card - that gift die is so useful isn't it?
So glad you had a good day.
Hugs
Carol x

oldpunca said...

What a wonderful card, dear Darnell! Thank you for the idea. I also have a lot of NBUS stamps and there is also one gift box. I have to make it a no-NBUS as soon as possible. :-) I know, I'm saying always the same, but I really enjoy reading your posts. :-) Thank you for the wonderful photos and the advice about the weight scale. :-))
Hugs, Sonja

Gerrina said...

Those present look so real! Love the fun DP you used and the layout is beautiful! Hope you enjoy the weekend, Gerrina

Carol L said...

That's such a cute card with all those pretty paper presents! Your photos are great too, and I never thought to cover a turkey with bacon, but everything's better with bacon, right? Glad you had a nice thanksgiving :)

~amy~ said...

What a fun Christmas card, love all the gifts!

What a great pics and idea with the bacon!

Nan G said...

What a fab stack of prezzies! So cheerful and sparkly. You mean 'you' aren't done with your Christmas cards?! ;) Cool trick with the turkey! Hugs

Marilyn said...

Cute card!! Neat trick for the turkey.

Christine Harrop said...

I'd like one of those beautifully wrapped gifts .. lol! I do the bacon trick too. And what a terrific picture of the boys - with the sun shining on the righteous!! Hugs Christine xx

Pat said...

Glad you enjoyed Thanksgiving Darnell and the photos are great with hubby sorting the turkey and those lovely grandsons of yours. What a great CAS card you have made I adore the pretty parcels and what a wonderful way to use up your snippety bits and a nice large sentimenttoo. x

Jeanne said...

Delicious Thanksgiving photo and what a spectacular one of your grandsons. Kudos to the mister. The card is wonderfully festive! So glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving, Darnell.

Rita said...

Fabulous cards Darnell. Love your post as always. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Lynn said...

I'm going to have to show Collin the picture of the turkey. He LOVES bacon and turkey so that would be a match made in heaven for him. Your pictures of your Mr. and the twins are gorgeous. Love your card too Darnell xoxo!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, love your post title, you are too funny. Your card is beautiful the little presents are fantastic. And yes your man is a hunk of hunk :) Thanks for the bacon tip! I hope you are doing well too,have a wonderful day, Hugs, Shirleyxx

icardeveryone01 said...

That bacon-wrapped number trumps my feathered friends, Darnell... yummy!!
=] M

Kristie Goulet said...

Fab card, Darnell!
Oh MY that bacon "wrapped" turkey looks amazing! Going to have to try that on our next turkey feast. We have 2 in our freezer for one of these cold winter days. :)

adele holcomb said...

Present/present/present -- it's a wonder anyone ever learns English as a second language, or even wants to!

Your array of presents...uh...gifts makes a darling card!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a lovely, cheerful looking card Darnell! I love, love, love it! Your Thanksgiving looks like a blast! Hazel x

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your present card Darnell lovely birght colours....Wow that turkey looks good, its making me feel hungry

Anne

Marybeth said...

Bacon over turkey! That looks delicious have to try that next year. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing pictures with us I love the one with the boys in the hills gorgeous picture,and of course your handsome husband.

Karen D. said...

great card mf....
Great photos too...always awesome to see the men in the kitchen!

Cat Craig said...

Great card, never heard of bacon over turkey...must try!

conil said...

I'm going to have to try that bacon thing, too. That way everyone else cao have the turkey, I'll keep the bacon fo myself. I'm sure it won't affect my cholestral a bit. Those little presents on your card are adorable. What a brilliant idea.

Craft-E-Place said...

Beautiful cards, I hope you get some presses like these. That Turkey is enormous ! Hope there was room in your plate for all the trimmings!
Belated Happy Thanksgiving!
Elaine

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the festive stack of presents, Darnell! Your hike photo is stunning - sounds like a wonderful holiday weekend!

Valerie Nolan said...

Fab card Darnell, great way of using up all those bits we hoard! Love the scales tip, must use that this year!!
Val x

Bonnie said...

Love this passel of pretty presents, Darnell! And the Christmas die cut is the perfect topping! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Buttons said...

Loving the pile of pressies on your card and the insight into Thanksgiving at your place Darnell. And yes, Papa took a superb photo of the boys and that dramatic background. Apologies for the lack of visits - it's SO busy here. Hugs, Jenny x

Sheila H said...

I'm glad you and the family had a wonderful holiday. I bet that turkey was delicious! Love your card.

Sybrina K said...

Darnell,

Thanks for the sweet shout out. Hope you enjoy the merriest Christmas season ever!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Terrific card. I may need to try this as I love the 3D pressies.
What a big turkey. . . . . . that is in no way a reference to Mr K.
Folks tend to cover their Christmas turkeys in bacon here in the UK too.
Hope the eyes are good.
Ang x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Beautiful card! Handsome hubby with the turkey! Gorgeous photos of the young ones on their hike!

Kathleen said...

What were you doing feeding the 5000!
Glad you had a good dy.

Just love this card, fabulous papers and love that present die, not seen it before.

Kath x

Lori said...

Love this little stack of "pressies" Darnell! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week xoxox

susiestacey said...

lovely quick christmas card - very striking. Lovely family pics too x Susan x

MaryH said...

A great Present card. Love it! Love that die & how versatile it will be for you. The bright wrappings against that white embossing - um Yum! Great Snippet card, which is where I saw it. Enjoyed the pictures too. We have plenty of left over turkey and you're still making me hungry talking 'bout that bacon wrap. Good idea. Enjoyed seeing the Hunk too. Great picture of the young men as well. You can see they were having fun, and someone is a terrific photographer. Glad to learn you folks had a wonderful holiday & could share it with your loved ones (along with some good grub too!) Big Hugs & TFS

Susanne Vargas said...

Your presents look so festive with the shimmering sentiment - I wonder what's in them?

Karenladd said...

Oooh, I love this card design! A great way to use up scraps and simple enough to mass produce! I have to say that every time I log on to your blog and see that photo of your cute little Playhouse, I am green with envy...

Linda said...

I love your card Darnell ... so festive, and the added sparkle is just perfect.
Nice to see the OH in the kitchen too! Big hugs .... Linda xx

Monika/Buzsy said...

Cute card Darnell. Love the row of presents with the different patterns.

aileen (mum) said...

Love that card. Want that die cut but it will have to wait for another year. How many peoples do you feed with that monster turkey , wow, what a beauty.
Just a comment, dont know if anyone else mentioned but the first link takes us to a you tube clip, not a fan!!!!

Bobby said...

I love your gaily wrapped presents and your bacon wrapped turkey, Darnell. Where has this idea been all my life? I'm usually a turkey-in-a-bag kind of person. Glad you had a wonderful holiday weekend.

Cathy said...

Gorgeous snippets card Darnell, great way to use up lots of colourful scraps! Great pics too :) Cathy x

Virginia Lu said...

That is some serious bacon-covered turkey (and your hunk)-WINK!! Love your festive design with the PTI die, Darnell! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

Brenda said...

I love your festive present card Auntie! Great way to use up those snippets for sure! I love the pic of hubby and the turkey, a trick I will have to try next Thanksgiving. So the bacon burn while baking the turkey or do you take it off after a while? I love, love the picture of the twins, the sunlight beams is amazing over their heads and the view is simply gorgeous. I think I want to move to CA! lol Hugs, Brenda

Taunya Butler said...

Every time I visit your blog I am utterly delighted!! YOu are so awesome - I love your humor and the things you share - such as the fun pic of your man and the amazingly wonderful pic of the twins!! I love this card and the way you used pattern paper scraps to make those gifts - Whoa, I am going to have to add that die to my NEVERENDING wish list!! Have a super day!!

Lisa said...

CUTE card Darnell and I might just have to try that bacon tip next year!!

frommycraftroom said...

What a great tip about the scales :)
Fab card.
Thanks for sharing your pics.

Milka Gubo said...

What a cool card, Darnell :-D

Hettie said...

Beautiful card there Darnell. I will have the middle one please!
We always use bacon on our turkey but it is minute compared to yours. I am not a turkey lover so we only have a crown!
Hugs
xx

Ros Crawford said...

Oh your sister is such a clever lady ... Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving ... Fabulous card!!

Lee-Anne said...

Darnell, your perfectly wrapped gift design is sure to please the recipient! Love the fun colors and patterns! How fun to see your man in the kitchen and that is one awesome picture of the boys! So happy you could join us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

Loll Thompson said...

Sweet card Dolly. Love the mix of bright and fun patterned papers ... and that starlight background is soooo pretty!!

Bacon wrapped turkey ... who knew??!! Everything tastes better with bacon! :) Glad you had such a lovely Thanksgiving. Lolly xx

Shelly said...

Such a fun and festive card, Darnell! Love it! And YUM! for bacon on turkey! ;)

Mrs A. said...

Now before you shout I tied em all up titkey boo again so you'd not know I opened em. (O'oops did I just say tha? Darn.) Gosh I didn't realise I had such an effect on peeps. Lol. Thankyou for your lovely comments.
Hugs Mrs A.

Katie Melhus said...

This Christmas creation is just lovely, that delicate die cut sentiment divine! So glad you had what looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving - that hiking photo is fantabulous! Smooches! Katie

Deepti said...

Cute cards love those gift boxes on the card

Charlene said...

My niece made a bacon wrapped Turkey and said it was wonderful...but I will never know as I'm allergic to poultry! I'm glad you had a fabulous Thanksgiving !!! Love your card, so bright and pretty!!

Pia S said...

I've got tons of scraps and your design is a great tip on how to get some of them to good use!
I'm a terrible cook (really terrible!!) but I sure will pass on that bacon idea to those who cook the wonderful festive meals for me, lol!

Jean said...

Love those patterned paper presents! Your turkey preparation sounds delicious!

JD/ Jill said...

Very cute creative card!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love all of those festive presents, great mix of patterns and traditional colours!
I didn't make a whole turkey this year, just a big breast and for the very first time, covered it in bacon too! It turned out to be delicious and moist :).
The pic of your grands with sunbeams all around is wonderful!

Carole Z said...

Love these patterned paper presents, looks like you had a fab Thanksgiving1 hugs Carole Z X

Di said...

Gorgeous card Darnell - and such lovely snippetty papers too.

Yup, here in the UK we cover our turkey with streaky bacon to keep it moist, And do you have pigs in blankets? Little thin (chipolata sausages_ with bacon wrapped round - yummy!!

Hugs

Di xx

Brenda in IN said...

Great card, I want to open those presents! The sparkle paper for the background is so pretty. Love the bacon on the turkey idea. What a beautiful place you have to hike. I would love to look out at that every day.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Bacon, you say? Everything goes better with bacon! Love all of you're little prezzies on a card. Great Snippet's trick. Christmas is approaching way to quickly, don't you think?

Sue Rose said...

Such a pretty card. I love all the presents! Hmmm never heard of covering the turkey with bacon. May have to try that one. Awesome picture of your grandsons, too!

Aileen said...

Those pressies look fab. Superb paper piecing. x

Laurie Unger said...

Love the presents - might have to think about getting that die set. So many different ways to use it! I'm also going to have to try the bacon on the turkey trick. I saw so many pictures of it this Holiday and people raving about it that it is now a must do! TFS

Miriam Prantner said...

Looks and sounds like a great Thanksgiving! Love this little group of gifts, great paper choices, bring on the Christmas!

Patti said...

Great post as usual, friend! It is fun to see the pics of your family as well as your beautiful card!! I'm loving those sweet - colorful presents.

Patti

Greta said...

Love your festive card, Darnell! Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving & fun picture of the boys & Duke!

Michelle said...

Darnell, that turkey has to be the biggest turkey I've ever seen! (And your mister is still as handsome as ever). I'm going to try the bacon-basting tip the next time I bake a turkey. :-) I did actually come by to say that I love your bunch of presents on your card, but you distracted me, as always. ;-)

sandie said...

I have never seen a Turkey that big!! Goodness we have a big Family but I am sure the turkey is not that big..howver I don't cook it!! Sounds like you had fun, and your pressie look like need to be opened- great presents x

Craftychris said...

Fabulous festive card! The presents are so cool and I love the background paper. I am glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving! You deserve everything nice! xxx

Sandy Dehon said...

Your Christmas card is so perfect for Christmas and so is your turkey!!! I have never tried that but it looks delicious! How big of a turkey and how long in the oven and at what degree? I mean that really looks great and I am a southern lady!!!!
Sandy xx

Karen Mead said...

Love your card Darnell - all those presents look so cute:) Thanks for sharing your photos....there is something very attractive about a man washing up LOL! The boys have grown alot too and I am glad that you all had a wonderful thanksgiving together - hugs xx

monikaskinner said...

Hi Darnell. These presents are fab. Love the use of paper snippets. Thanks for joining us at ATSM this week. Have a lovely day! Monika x

Cupcakes, Cards and Kim said...

Oh my goodness...what a turkey! Was it as good as it looks? I have seen these online and wondered. And your card is just so sweet.

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, I love this!

Geri said...

Awesome pics of the bird, the twinks and our favorite Mister! The sun rays REALLY are cool! Magazine worthy pic!

Kickin' my rear quite hard as soon as I saw your card! Had a similar die on my last SSS order and took it off at the checkout! Yep, bad move! This card is sooooo dang cute! Great 'arrangement' of gifts. What a great way to use up scraps (Bev should be all over this die!).

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Do people then fight over the bits with the bacon on it (as opposed to the bacon bits). That die with the presents and bows.... I can see where it would be addicting and fun to play with. Nifty card!

scrappymo! said...

Mmmmmm good!
I think my invite got lost in the mail...srag I know but maybe next year.

The photo of the boys and the sun rays is fab!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Well the Mr cooks too--he's a keeper Darnell. Your turkey I bet was so delicious with all that yummy bacon of top. So glad that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I love all the presies on your card, with the dp those dies look so diffferent--LOVE!

Tracey McNeely said...

..what a glorious view, how lucky and those boys are getting big!