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!

December 6, 2014

A Just Ducky Christmas!

Happy Weekend Hello!

I whooshed right past Friday and into Saturday! How's it coming for you? How's it going? That busy, huh? Me, too, so I'll be short and ducky today.
This is another card born at the Lake House so I don't have the NBUS ingredients. I do know, however, that the adorable duckie started life holding something else. I can't remember what it was, but I think it was a flower. In order to turn her into a Christmas card duckie, I masked her little, um, ginfers to have her hold a sprig of festive evergreen. Pretty ducky idea, if I do say so myself.

I made this card more than five minutes ago so I can't remember where I got the layout inspiration from, but I know I CASEd it from someone. Please let me know if it's you, so I can give you proper credit!

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Challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges
Simon Monday Challenge Blog
The challenge links will provide you with information on the rules, sponsors, and prizes.

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I'm also entering my card in a new challenge that our friend Kylie has put together to spread the word about her new watermark design business. The theme is "Christmas Cards" and the winner will receive a free watermark and a free signature design!! Thank you for the fun challenge and the opportunity to win your generous prize, Kylie!
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90 comments:

Di said...

Bwahahaha! Too cute and funny Darnell :-) Great card.

Hugs

Di xx

Jasleen said...

Such a cute and adorable Christmas card!

Loll Thompson said...

Adorable!! LOVE the expression on his face :) Cute Christmas card Dolly ... thanks for joining us at ATCAS. Lolly xx

Ingrid Kristina V said...

How adorable! Love the duckie, very sweet card! Xx

Charlene said...

When a ducky card Darnell so adorable I hope you have a great weekend!!

Sue - said...

A super SCCAS (so cute clean and simple) card!

MRS DUCK said...

Well Darnell, if it this was ducky, I would've been holding either a pack of cheese snacks or glass of wine in my ginfers, lol!
Of course I love the card but then it does look like my Aunt Edna!
Have a great day.
Ang x

Julie B said...

What a fab image Darnell, To me he looks a little suprized, perhaps he woke up and wondered where the greenery had come from!

Suze Bain said...

Love everything about this card Darnell, what a great expression ducky has and the placement of the dots is perfection! Xx

Kylie said...

So very clever! Love how you transformed your stamp to reflect the festive season! Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS and in my Christmas Card Challenge! xx

Inkyfingers said...

So cute Darnell! I wonder if he is softening you up so he doesn't end up on the Christmas dinner table. Bringing me flowers would do it for me!
Hugs
Carol
x

Sue said...

Fab card.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue

Pollard Carole said...

Brilliant card today he's just so cute love and hugs Carole x

Lynn said...

Clean, crisp stamping and a whole lot of white space....my kind of card!

Carol L said...

Super cute and fun CAS card, and I'm glad to know ducks have ginfers :)

Shirley-Anne Barber said...

Darnell, always a fun read and a super card to share . Great alternative use for this cute image .Thanks for sharing on Christmas card Challenge Blog

Jeanne said...

Great card design, Darnell. I like the look of the thirds. Fun image with a cute expression. Very clever to mask off what you didn't want to add the sprigs. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Great card and layout! The ducky makes me smile. Have a great weeekend, Shirleyxx

Hussena said...

Absolutely adorable card. Love that you made the duckie hold the evergreen sprig instead of the flowers. Awesome masking :)

Donna said...

What a great idea and so adorable!

~amy~ said...

Such a fun card..love it.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Lovely clean layout and a great example of how to stretch your stamps! Love those red dots, too - whose idea were they? lol!

Brenda in IN said...

Cute as can be and a fun card. I love the split look you did and the red pop of color.

Linda said...

This is just soooo cute!!! Great job with the masking, I love it when stamps can be used for just about anything. Have a great weekend hun ...... Linda xx

cm said...

Your sentiment pairs perfectly with the expression on the duck's face! Totally delightful! My apologies for falling behind in commenting, but do know that I have gazed at, admired, drooled over, and all around LOVED all your recent creations! As for you posts, well, you already know how much I adore those!
Hugs~c

Sarah said...

Brilliant card Darnell!! xx

conil said...

Clever girl... using the Turkey That Survived Thanksgiving. Nice job of masking... The card makes me smile.

Becca Cruger said...

Do you know how I know something is a Darnell card? It just makes my little face unconsciously break into a big giant GRIN! Thanks for sharing your warm spirit, I definitely needed it this week.

Linda Callahan said...

Totally fun.....and adorable!

Krisha said...

Just "ducking" in for a quick view, as GDs are on their way for a "play" weekend with Gma!
Busy?????? I will be shortly....LOL

Lisa said...

Love all of the white space that lets this fun fella have the spotlight!! Super CUTE and perfect for the rainy dreary duck weather we're having!

Marsha J Reed said...

Cute! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha (DT)

Marisa said...

That image is just priceless - thank sfor my morning smile :)

Stamps and Paper said...

A really cute and fun card Darnell

Anne

Jill Vickers said...

Fabulous card!!! The duck is so cute and I love how you made him into a Christmas card - so creative!

oldpunca said...

O, what a cute chicken! :-) I like your card very much, Darnell.
Have a nice weekend, Sonja

MaryH said...

Yet another ROFL card! He's just too darned cute & I'm loving that layout. Glad you have found Kylie, and if I can get my act together anytime soon, I'll jump in the waters too. She is pretty special. TFS & Big hugs.

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is so cute and funny! I am still chuckling!

Pia S said...

Love how you altered the image and left the duck uncolored for an ultra CAS look!

Carole Z said...

Such a fun and cute card Darnell, love it! Hugs Carole Z xx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Clever AND comical . . . just like you darnell! LOVE it, great CAS card! Hazel x

Brenda said...

This duck is just too cute Auntie! I love that he is holding some pine and he looks like he is ready to get his Christmas one. lol And speaking of Christmas, I need to get my butt off of here and work on getting my own Christmas on, or done or whatever! Hugs, Brenda

Nora N. said...

You have the cutest stamps Darnell!! I LOVE that duck. Totally cute!! Great CAS!!!

Kathleen said...

Stunning, cute, funny and a perfect CAS card.

Kath x

Anita in France said...

Dinkie ducky, Darnell ... dashing and dapper! Hmmm, Mmmm ... happy Lake House memories! Bisous, bisous, Anita :)

jimlynn said...

Pretty ducky creative........and a super cute card!
Lynn

Jean said...

I like this quirky and fun christmas card. Clever change of use for the stamp and the red dots add a nice festive look.
Jean x

aileen (mum) said...

Love this critter, the look on his/her face is classic. I dont know how you managed to mask and then add and still keep the stamp looking perfect. Your so clever. Brilliant card

Kristie Goulet said...

This is super cute, Darnell! I love that ducky! Great CAS card design and perfectly placed red enamel dots!!! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

Liz said...

Such a cute duckie! Great idea to mask the bit you didn't need to put something else in his hand. Glad to see you didn't put a bottle in his hand instead. We wouldn't want a drunk duckie! ;-) xx

Pat said...

A cute duck Darnell and such a lovely expression on his face. Clever idea to change what he was holding to make it Christmas themed and achieved so neatly. Such pretty enamel dots too. x

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell your Christmas ducky is just 'ducky'--<3

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

What a fabulous card and an equally entertaining write-up! Being a total lit nerd, don't think I didn't appreciate your literary wit here! Fun to read and fun to look at. I love the simplicity of the color palette, which allows the duck to steal the show. I thought it was so clever of you to change out his handful/wingful of flowers (?) for the festive sprigs instead. I always like to see how clever people re-purpose their stamps. This card made me smile and I'm so glad you shared this fantastic post with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Bobby said...

That bird just makes me giggle. About the layout. No it's not mine but so many people use it anyone could lay claim.

Bonnie said...

Love the layout and the fun little duck! Makes me smile!

Julia Aston said...

Your cute little Christmas duck qwacks me up Darnell!!

Susanne Vargas said...

Your festive duck us so much fun! Great CAS card!

Greta said...

Just adorable, Darnell! This will bring a smile for sure!

Shona Chambers said...

Super cute, super ducky and super sweet!

sandie said...

Such a fun card, so perfectly Cas, have a fun day x

frommycraftroom said...

Super fun card. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Gray said...

Cute card - love your cheeky duck and the little pops of red. Congrats on your LIM win too - your glittery rows of bells were fab :)

Ros Crawford said...

Why can't I make something like this?? It's a fabulous card and more than that it makes me smile!

cotnob said...

A brilliant card Darnell, fabulous CAS design and such a fun image and sentiment - I always know that visiting your blog will bring a smile to my face!
Pauline
x

Viv said...

Aww what a cute duckie Dee, love the whole card too, just fabulous! Up to my neck in Christmas 'stuff' too.I have so many lists made....maybe it's an age thing but my lists are taking over my desk arghhh! have a lovely weekend my luverly friend ;) Vee xx

OH Babs said...

very cute, very clever and a neat layout

Princess Judy Palmer said...

You quack me up! "I made it more than 5 minutes ago so I don't remember who makes what." I'm the same way, so nice to know that I'm in great company. Great, happy card design!

Karen Mead said...

Love your adorable little duck Darnell and you have made such a cute christmas card - love it! Hope you have a great week - hugs xx

Shelly said...

Oh, this is too CUTE!!! Love it!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Such an adorable image, Darnell! Thanks so much for playing with us at Merry Monday this week!

Cheryl said...

Such a cute Christmas card, I love it!!

Sharon Underwood said...

So funny! Love it!

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely, positively ADORABLE card, Darnell! Great masking, and I love your CAS design! Your cards are either gorgeous or fun, so it's always a blast to visit your blog!
Thanks so much for the info about Marie. She will surely be missed, so I'm off to let her know that, and to wish her well...aren't 'Blog Friends' the bestest???
Have a great week, Darnell...Barb xx

Hettie said...

Hmmmn! I guess you have been on the egg nog already then hey!
Great card though Duckey! So is this Dr Mallard out of NCIS then?
Hugs
xx

laurie said...

Your card is just ducky!What a fun card to open for Christmas!

Kim Heggins said...

Sweet sweet card and I love your adorable little birdie...so festive.

aussie aNNie said...

This is a gorgeous card using the most gorgeous of image...x
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Sheila H said...

Sweet little card!

scrappymo! said...

This card is so darn cute!!!

Carole said...

that's very clever masking and switching...a darling duck

Milka Gubo said...

Hahahhahhha :-D Your card is so sweet and fun, Darnell :-D Can´t stop laugh... great job :-D Have a lovely week.
(hugs)
Milka

Cat Craig said...

Adorable!

Donna Nuce said...

How cute to use the duck as a Christmas duck! Very creative as usual Darnell! Have a great day.

Gerrina said...

Not only your post are fun to read; some of your cards are so funny! This is a great one! Hugs, Gerrina

Geri said...

Still in awe of how you turned this lucky 'originally four leave clover holding duck' into a sweet wee deciduous evergreen bearing quacker!

Ah....the memories!

Mrs A. said...

What a quaking card. hugs Mrs A.

Joyce said...

I love what you did with that duck. And the three panels is a great design.

baileyrosy.com said...

Love your ducky and the great expression on its face. Thanks so much Darnell for joining us at ATCAS and i feel sad because is the last time that I will be commenting as DT member for ATCAS. Thank you so much for all of your support and for your beautiful card that I received this week you really lifted my spirits.

Marie

JD/ Jill said...

Too darn cute!!!!

Sandy said...

I know I am a little late but the duck needs to be recognized! So cute, I love him!
Sandy xx