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 4, 2014

Celebrate From the Sublime to the Ridiculous!

Hi there!

I had to take some time and create something to share in the celebration at Less Is More, where we are fortunate to have the 200th challenge to play in! You know it's one of my favorite (and first) challenges and I wanted to play to thank Chrissie, Mandi, Jen, Sarah, and Anne for all their hard work week-after-week bringing us fun challenges, making visits, and commenting on our entries! 

Naturally, Chrissie has chosen "Celebration" as this week's theme and, naturally, I'm always up for a celebration!

First up, a streamlined CAS sub lime card:
I have this fun striped Washi tape in red and white and in green and white, so I laid one strip of each side-by-side and then I cut out the word celebrate. I made a card background using the Sissix snow e/f and attached a stitched NBUS hill by Paper Smooches. Then I attached the letters of celebrate and had them march across the snowy hill like a choo-choo train. Of course, the North Star lights the way.

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And then this happened:
You're thinking, whoa, what? Okay, so it's really kinova funny story. A week ago Tuesday, I was jogging along my normal route which takes me past the Granada Shopping Center. Now I've jogged past Lou's Lounge and Billiards, next to the Lucky Grocery, about I don't know how many times, but it's always been closed because they don't open until 2 p.m. 

Imagine my surprise then when the door opened as I ran past, almost cold-cocking me right in the kisser! I stumbled backwards into the row of grocery carts. Ouch, right?! Well, Pete, who turned out to be the owner (Lou is his wife), felt horrible and insisted that I come inside and take a load off. 

"Hey," I said, "I resemble that remark!" Pete laughed at my badinage and poured me a tall one. I felt it was only polite to accept.

As it happens, Pete was opening early because it was the day of the Lounge Christmas party and that's how I came to have my picture taken with a Santa hat on! Fortunately, I keep my lipstick (which doubles as emergency rouge) in my sock coz a girl never knows when she might run smack into a party! 

Here's to Less Is More and the next 200 challenges! Thank you so much, ladies! And, Sarah, thank you especially for the beautiful written tribute to Chrissie! 

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There are other challenges that are also apropopo for my cards:
  • CASology, where the cue card is "Old." I'm pretty sure you weren't thinking ME and you're right. I know they don't look it, but my Christmas socks and sneakers are at least 15 years old.
  • Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the theme is "Christmas/Holidays."
  • The Paper Players, where Jaydee has a Bingo theme for us. I chose bottom left to upper right: star, embossing, white.
  • Words 2 Scrap By, where the challenge is "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry."


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The links will take you to the challenges where you will find information on the rules, sponsors, and prizes.

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84 comments:

Liz said...

When I saw the first card, I thought 'what an elegant, classy card. I love the simplicity of the design - just beautiful'. ..... And then I scrolled down, reading your post, and the second card was revealed. What a contrast, it actually made me laugh out loud! What a super, fun image. A brilliant card - and a great story to go with it! Thanks for making a great start to my day! (It's early morning here in the UK) xx

Sindhu said...

Your stories are always the best Darnell! Super elegant first card and what a fun card the second one is! Love that image! Hugs...

Viv's Visuals said...

Fun post as always Darnell! Love the LIM card... and for a minute there I thought you'd popped across the pond and taken a pic of ME................

Lynn said...

I think that second girl resembles me...there is a gravity problem when we get older!! And...really, we need a picture of you at the lounge party! Do you have a copy?! Two fabulous cards Darnell and a big thank you for always making me smile!

Stamps and Paper said...

Two great cards Darnell and your posts always make me smile...love the humorous card...

ANne

Ros Crawford said...

You look gorgeous in your jogging gear!! Fabulous cards once again and another wonderful post!

Sue said...

Fab cards. I love the second one:)

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Sue said...

Thanks for cheering me up Darnell! Your first card is stunning and the second card is so much fun!
hugs Sue xx

Pat said...

Two great cards Darnell. The first is so elegant and love the multi coloured letters riding up and down that stitched hill, and the second, well - it sure made me laugh as did your funny story! No-one tells it like you! x

adele holcomb said...

I love, love, love your Celebrate card -- the white on white textures and the washi tape alphas (genius!). As to the other card, you have a gift for a funny story! Thanks for both inspiration and a smile today.

Lisa said...

Love your colorful flowing celebrate sentiment!! And I don't know what was a better way to start my day, your FUNNY fun fun card or the story behind it!!! Thanks of starting my day off with a good laugh, you're the best ;)

Jeanne said...

Fabulous! Each card is fabulous in its own way. And your storytelling skills are as wonderful as ever. Thanks for the eye candy (questionable on the second card) and the laughs!

OH Babs said...

The celebrate card is genius and I love the washi tape technique - you did good. I like to start my day with a chuckle and your story and picture taken at the bar is hilarious. Funny girl.

Meghan said...

This card is fun and sassy just like you Darnell! So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

Linda said...

You are so funny Darnell ...... I love your blog posts, and your cards of course! These 2 are fab and soooo different. Love the first one, great CAS design, and the second one .... well that just made me giggle!! Lots of hugs Linda xx

Cat Craig said...

Fantastic, love the cards and the stories. Great start to my day.

Loll Thompson said...

LOVE your CAS design for the LIM's 200th challenge celebration. Using the striped washi tape for your letters is fabulous and creative!!

And so nice the Pete was able to take a picture of you in all your glory :) Looks like your cheeks were pink from running ... or is that from all the alcohol??!! :) Lolly xx

Sharon Underwood said...

Love that Celebrate card! So elegant! Your second card is hilarious. You're a hoot!

Jacee said...

Fabulous design Darnell, love the second one in particular, such fun
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Joyce said...

Super love your CASology card. Who is that old bat anyway? Not you!! Very funny story. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Patti said...

You are such a hoot! and you have THE cutest knees! giggles seems like all that jogging is paying off!

Patti

Susanne Vargas said...

Gorgeous CAS card for "Less is More".
Thanks for another very flattering picture of you! Good to hear that you are always prepared for everything (lipstick)!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
2 very different cards, and both great designs.
Love the words cut out of the washi tape.
My I didn't know someone had drawn a picture of me jogging, and then having a rest. lol.
Seriously this looks just how tired I feel after my walks trying to get fit again. lol.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

frommycraftroom said...

Fab cards. What a great way to start my day with such a fun story you out jogging with your lippy.

Bonnie said...

I like a gal who knows how to celebrate! And you can do it in spades! Great cards!

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, I'm amazed about your cards! What a wonderful idea putting letters as a choo-choo train :-) Simply perfect!
I have to smile about your funny lady in the pub and a story. :-) Super colouring of the motiv.
Hugs, Sonja

Pia S said...

I have so many gorgeous washi tapes that I don't know quite how to use, so I appreciate every tip I can get! I think the way you used them for the sentiment is both clever and decorative! And that woman hanging in the bar? Hilarious!!!

Geri said...

Okay...so I'm at work right now and am at risk of blowing my brains out of my ears cuz I am trying really, REALLY hard to supress a huge, snorting laugh! The lipstick/rouge part nearly sent me scurrying to the bathroom in an awkward knees pressed tight kind of gait!

Love how you change gears pal! From sweet & simply snowy (love the gold star) to sultry, saucy, and spirited (as in booze).

Thanks for my daily snort-out-loud laugh!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I just love how you can go from elegant and gorgeous to so fun and cheery and pull them both off so wonderfully! You are an amazingly talented lady! Love your work!

Becca Cruger said...

You always run in to the greatest situations! I love your first design with all its sweeping lines, and the second just cracked me up!

Marybeth said...

OHHHH you always having me talking and laughing to myself. Love them BOTH! The CAS first card is gorgeous! I really love the second one with the story to go with it. Although you need an elegant slim lady on the card.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

love 'em BOTH darnell! Loved the story behind the second one too . . . really made me giggle! Hazel x

Peggy in Mentone said...

Hey there!

Two GREAT cards today...GENIUS use of the WASHI tape for cutting out the celebrate..... LOVE the originality of this beautiful elegant CAS card. The second card brought a snort of laughter from me as I scrolled down to it...love the way you colored the too funny image. Your blog is always a delight to receive.

Hugs!
Peggy

Victoria H. said...

Oh my goodness, you are always inspiring and creative; but you also can make a girl wear her diet Pepsi and laughter! Thanks so much for the beautiful cards and fun blog post!

Redanne said...

Oh I do love your first card and your second one is just hilarious - I LOVE it!! You always make me smile... big. Hugs, Annie xxx

Barb Ghig said...

Two fabulous cards, Darnell! I love how you played with your Washi tape on the first one...such a great CAS design, too! Your 2nd card TOO FUNNY! And, your jogging story is even funnier! You surely do know how to keep us laughing and smiling through your posts...thanks! Hugs to you, Barb xx

Pollard Carole said...

Great card and a fab post such fun Love and hugs Carole x

Kathleen said...

Well to quote an expression that I actually hate is that I am 'Gob smacked' what a total and utterly difference in images and how fabulous they both are, the first one is so classy and I love it, the second one is just so funny and I love it and I can't stop giggling, imagining your daily jog, I just love that image, can't see what you say it is, but I have a new computer and to be honest, I am struggling with it.

Kath x

laurie said...

I love the washi tape letters..such a fun card for the celebration! Thanks for joining us this week The Paper Players!

Carol L said...

Fun story again, and a flippin hilarious card to boot! I love the washi tape trick - gonna have to remember that one!

KayM said...

Oh Darnell! It is always so fun to come to your blog! Your story is HILARIOUS!! I'm still laughing as I type! Too funny! Your first card is gorgeous! Love the embossed snowflakes and the neat washi tape technique! The second card... simply hilarious!! ((Hugs)) my friend!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell it is fun to visit your blog. Your first card is so elegant and perfect for the 200th post for LIM. And then boom the second card is revealed and what a difference. Your story is funny but I don't think I believe every work :) and I sure don't think that is how you looked in the store. Take good care, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I mean I don't believe every word, I should proof read BEFORE I hit publish :) xx

Kristie Goulet said...

haha Two great cards and fun post, Darnell! Hugs!

BobbisTreasure said...

That story (and subsequent card) about your job is hilarious!!! The way you colored the image and added the Santa hat makes the card. Great job!!!

Brenda said...

I am loving the first card Auntie! I love the way you did the washi tape on this one, never thought to use it that way! Love the curves in this one too. Now the second card, well that just cracks me up! Your story is so funny and I wish I had your imagination! It was way to good!!! lol Hugs, Brenda

wienerhoneymooners said...

I am sick today, but this still got me laughing out loud... Thanks for joining us at CASology!!! If I was feeling better, I might have a beer... LOL

Nan G said...

I love the first card! Now back to ROFLOLing !

Greta said...

Your CAS card is brilliant, Darnell & of course the other one cracked me up as did your story!

scrappymo! said...

Your CAS card is wonderful but i am still roaring with laughter over the other...Brilliant work!

Anne said...

Darnell I have not had a good week. But this morning I am sitting laughing and laughing at your misfortune and Stella the dog thinks I have finally lost it!
Oh, the first card is really classy, love it too but not as much as the laughs
x
Thank you for joining our 200th challenge celebrations at Less is More
Anne
Less is More Designer

sandie said...

Darnell your first card is a stunner, I was wondering how you did the words! And such a fun second card and the little ditty made me giggle, good on you, you are such a ray of sunshine xx

crashyourstash said...

Beautiful card, Darnell.

crashyourstash said...

Beautiful card, Darnell.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Darnell your posts are so amazingly funny ... just had to pick myself up off the floor laughing! Will have to remember that lipstick trick!!!
Onto your cards one of which is equally hilarious and completely fun and apt for the challenge. The Christmas one - loving the simplicity and a superb technique described with the washi tape. Love both cards equally.
Thanks so much for your kind words about LIM and for joining our special 200th challenge this week and for your continued support.
Sarah xx
Less is More

Carole said...

This delightfully simple card looks splendid and is only enhanced by your description.

It's obvious that you enjoy writing and sharing your stories as you craft...you're charming and talented... a little wacky and totally fun!

Thanks for the visit Darnell it's always a pleasure to hear from you. I'm hoping your well and thriving. Hugs Carole

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love your washi tape die cut Celebrate!
Your jogging gear makes for an elegant photo. I am not surprised that Pete took the pic. I will have to remember the rouge trick, although the jogging in Austin on most days, well, the lipstick would probably be quite the sloppy mess!
Thanks for sharing your story. It sure put a smile on my face friend 😄. Hugs to you!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love your washi tape die cut Celebrate!
Your jogging gear makes for an elegant photo. I am not surprised that Pete took the pic. I will have to remember the rouge trick, although the jogging in Austin on most days, well, the lipstick would probably be quite the sloppy mess!
Thanks for sharing your story. It sure put a smile on my face friend 😄. Hugs to you!

Bobby said...

You are such a riot, Darnell. I don't know which I disbelieve more, the jogging or the beer in the morning. ;-)
The card of you is darn cute though. And the celebrate card is fantastic. I have some NBUS letter dies and will be CAS(E)ing this idea.

Sandy said...

Both cards are outstanding! How did you know I like beer!!!
Sandy xx

Happy Dance said...

Sublime, indeed. Gorgeous, in fact. Totally love this beautiful Christmas card. Then there's the card with my image on it. No. Not you. It's definitely me. Only taller. And I can't drink beer. I laughed my big ol' hinder off!! You make the most beautiful and the most fun cards ever! Love this ?pair?!!!! Always great to visit here. Missing you like crazy! Bev

Krisha said...

LOL! Lipstick in your sock???

Your celebrate card is fantastic, good use of some Washi tape too. I need to start using the hoards of it, that I THOUGHT I HAD to have.......grin

Viv said...

Oooh Dee you did it again, you made me laugh ...so much my OH thinks I have gone loopy again!Two fabulous cards as ever, I love the great image on the second one esp......hmm it does resemble me on a bad day too he he.Have a great weekend my loverly friend ;) hugs Viv xx

stampwithsandy said...

Darnell, I love how you used washi tape for your letters, so clever and festive! And your second card, hysterical! Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players! Hugs!

Chrissie said...

Love these cards Darnell... the first is so elegant and the second so funny... your story grabbed me too and made me titter!
Thanks so much for your kind words about our challenge and for your continued support! You are a star!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Princess Judy Palmer said...

It's all about you, baby! I love that second card. I needed some ridiculousness in my life today and this fit the bill perfectly. Okay the other card is great too but it's far too serious for Friday.

conil said...

That second card is fall down hilarious. The rouge alone sent my swivel chair into a spin.I LOVE IT!Probably, because, somewhere in my life I've looked like that at a bar. Your first card is just plain elegant...& really clever. BTW, thanks for getting me on the right track (so to speak).

Jacquie Southas said...

Adore the CAS beauty of the Celebrate card, Darnell! I admit you had me with your little story . . . it seemed reasonable enough that you were out for a little jog but now I'm having doubts. I mean, it's been way too cool for a tank top this week :)

Sybrina K said...

Oh my, Darnell... Talk about a contrast in cards -- each perfect in its own way! Not sure what made me smile more: your second card or the story behind it. Either way, we are very glad that you played along with our Eat, Drink, and Be Merry challenge at Words 2 Scrap By. :)

Sheila H said...

The Washi die cut is so striking, and I love the design of your card. Your second card is downright hilarious.

Tracy Ercole said...

Hahahaha, great cards, loved the story with the second one!

Donna said...

Gorgeous elegant card, and fun as always on your blog!

Brenda in IN said...

So clever with the washi tape. That looks great. The lipstick party girl is wonderful. Maybe if you jogged later in the day you could have this fun every day!

Di said...

Almost wet myself here Darnell!! You're soooo funny :)

LOVE your LIM card and of course the second one is a cracker too!!

Hugs

Di xx

MaryH said...

Really liking the way you did CAS#1 with that snowy stitched hill and it's tricolored lettering. That is one clever use of Washi, my girl. Then I get to your Santa story, see that card, and I am ROFL - that is just a big hoot. I'm glad you had that lipstick handy, and that the door didn't damage those pretty new peepers either!!! Happy Saturday. Big Hugs & TFS.

Anita in France said...

You just know I'm going to adore the crisp CASness of your celebration train chugging across the snowy hills, Darnell ... it's whistling such a happy tune (cause that's what steam trains do). I see the 48 inch longs were pressed into service for your jog ... are you sure that flung open door was going for your kisser? Hugs, Anita :)

Monika Reeck said...

I see your lovely card at CASology Darnell and wanna visit you to see it more closer and I adore how you colored the Image and the sentiment is sweet, fun Image and great color combo...I love your interpretation to the OLD challenge...I have other Interpretation maybe if you hop to my blog you can laugh by seeing my OLD card...happy saturday dear Darnell...see you maybe on my blog, hugs, Monika

Tracey McNeely said...

Okay i will let the 25 Days Tag pass but this one Darnell is definitely borderline--TART--ROFLMAO! Love both of your cards and I am definitely laughing mine off right now. Thank you so much for joining at at CASology this week!

hazelspaperdesigns said...

Quite the 'hottie' in your jogging gear there, Darnell! That second card had me in hysterics! You are hilarious and your cards are outstanding! As always! Thanks for the awesome story that went with it. So glad I visited The Playhouse today!!

Gerrina said...

Catching up after christmas-decorating the house a litle bit... Super CAS card to celebrate at LIM!
And you're a great storyteller to introduce your second card like this!So funny! Have a good week, gerrina

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...you just crack me up! This is so funny and I love how you colored her too, so so cute. These stamps are so you and I don't mean that in a bad way at all...they just seem to fit your funny personality...just so much fun. And your celebrate card is just too cute too, I love that you used patterned paper to cut your letters out with. Love it!

Judy1223 said...

Well. What is left to say? I just read every comment left so far and they are all RIGHT ON! The first card is quite sweet. The second? Oh, my. Just TOO FUNNY! Still chuckling here, appreciating your story and your writing ability and your sense of humor AND your card-making abilities! Consider yourself admired. :) Thanks, as always, for joining us at CASology this week!

icardeveryone01 said...

A tall one indeed, my friend.. always such a pleasure stopping by...
=] Michele

Caryn said...

What a great post - and your cards are pretty fab too!!!
Thanks for playing along at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Hugs,
Caryn xxx