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!

January 29, 2015

Joy to the World!

Welcome to Christmas All Year Long!

Unfortunately, it has taken me until almost the last day of January (already it's nearly the last day of January!) to make a Christmas card. At this rate, I'll have eleven cards made by December. Big whoop. But that's okay, next week starts another month and I'll try to do more better.

What counts is that I made one, right?! And here tis:
I had a go at this week's Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge. The theme is "Carolers/Music." I don't have any carolers, as such. I first tried to use a critter and Hammy tried to manipulate him into singing "Joy to the World." Sadly, the critter ended up looking like he was about to be ill, so I abandoned all hope for him. At which point, the hamster critter went off in a sulk. 

(Did you know that sulks are making a comeback now that so many taxi companies are going out of business?)

So instead of a critter, I found an old wooden stamp by All Night Media with an adorable elf standing amid a pile of packages he's been wrapping. He looks as if he is saying, "Wah-Lah!" as the last gift is wrapped. I stamped him, colored him with colored pencils, and then painted him all over with WOS. He giggled like a school girl. He was then given a singing mouth, a fussy cut, and popped up on the world, whee! The world is an MFT die given to me by a bloggie friend. I cut it out in blue and white and conjoined them. The sediment is by Denami Design, heat embossed with ruby red Stampendous e/p.

Wah-Lah!

I'm also entering my card in:
  • "Randolph Day" ~ oh, how funny, can you imagine a "Randolph" day?! I mean "Rudolph Day," silly me. Rudolph Day, as you may have guessed, is a Christmas card challenge. The reins of Rudolph Day have been passed this year from Sarn to Maureen over at Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo. The challenge only runs from the 25th day of each month to the last day of each month. I hope you check it out.
  • Addicted to CAS is back from holiday break (YAY!) with a new code word: "WORLD."
  • Christmas Card Challenges, where the theme is "Anything Goes"
  • Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is "Anything Goes."

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
If you click on the challenge links, you will find the details on rules, sponsors, and prizes. And don't forget you'll find tons of inspiration provided to you by the Design Teams and Guest Designers!

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New Friends Corner

Please help me welcome five more new friends to the Playhouse!

Ruby of Welcome to Ribenaruby's Blog! Ruby has been blogging since 2008! Ruby's love for paper started when she was a little girl living next door to a paper factory and she and her friend used to collect off-cuts of paper from there. Lucky girl! Words aren't really necessary when someone has had a creative blog as long as Ruby has! You know that you will find hours and hours and hours of fantastic inspiration when you visit!

Susangail Powell of Creating With Susan. Susan has been blogging since the very end of December 2013. She loves to enter challenges and she's received some well-deserved awards in return. In addition to cards, Susan enjoys making 3D projects, scrapbooks, and mini-albums. I love Susan's design process with her very CAS style and her wonderful execution!

Sandy Allnock of Sandy Allnock. You are getting a wealth of knowledge and inspiration in the New Friends Corner today as Sandy is another long-time blogger since 2007! I'm sure most of you are already familiar with Sandy through her beautiful works of art, her classes, and her own digital stamp designs!

Nelleke of Farmer Blog. Nelleke has been blogging since 2012. She is the mother of five and grandmother of three boys. As the grandmother of two boys, I know how much fun that is! Nelleke loves having her own craft room to make her wonderful creations. She also loves playing in challenges for inspiration and she has received many well-deserved honors.

Yolanda Garrido of Scrapping Time. Yolanda has only been blogging since 2013, but you would think she had been doing it for years longer. She is a multi-award winner in challenges and she is on several design teams. You will find no end of inspiration from Yolanda's spectacular works of art and tutorials!

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

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105 comments:

Karen said...

Darnell, this is fabulous! I too have a lofty Christmas card goal this year... hopefully we'll both do better before long. ;) I love your old stamp and the vintage-traditional colors you gave him! The world itself is spectacular and I love the pretty sentiment! The red atop the white base is lovely. Gorgeous work as always, my kind and marvelous friend! It will bring much joy to the recipient. Have a sparkly happy day. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Inkyfingers said...

Well done you to adapt your stamps so beautifully to meet the challenges. Your jolly elf looks like being on top of the world is just where he belongs. Love that sediment too.
Hugs
Carol x

lostinpaper said...

Another fun design Darnell, he really looks like he has the 'whole world in his hands'. Well done on the Christmas card front, you are already one card ahead of me lol.

Lyn said...

Love your card, I too made a Christmas card the other day only because it was for the Newtons Nook challenge and I only have one set and it is a Christmas one :)

Lizzy Hill said...

Aaaah! I'm glad I'm not alone in the starting of the Chrissy cards - & yours is fabbo. I think that Elf was up to mischief making sure you didn't use up anyone else 'til his turn came! He looks perfect for your card! And my aim is to do 56 cards. And since that's around 1 a week....well, you can do the math. So far I've done 1. But at least I've started, too;)!!!

Caz said...

What a fun card!! Having 11 cards by Christmas is better than having none I say :-) I would like to make my own this year, I wanted to this year but it all went out the windows when I realised how many I had to do :-P

Sarah said...

What a brilliant card Darnell, your interpretation, as ever, is "spot on"!! xx

Marianne said...

Such a fun card, Darnell, and I love that world die. I intend to make more Christmas cards this year than I did last year. I'm also considering making multiples (2-4) if the design of my card allows it. It sure beats having to make multiples of 10 or more in November.
Marianne x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Fantastic card Darnell
love it
hugs Tamara

wienerhoneymooners said...

Awesome work, how fun is this!?!!! WOW love the inlaid...I need to do some of that, INSPIRING!!!! Have a great day Darnell!!!

Diane said...

You always come up with the best ideas!! My goodness, ,how perfect is this...love your "world"...that sounds funny...teehee!!

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

I think your card turned out great Darnell! Its so cute, and the elf does look like he is singing!
Thanks for sharing!
Nina-Marie :)

Sue said...

Fab card. I love the little elf.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

Marilyn said...

Cute card!! Love your Elf

Joanna Harty said...

How fun is that little elf singing Joy to the world?! Great card! I must say, I got curious how that little critter who turned ill looked like...cracks me up only thinking about it! LOL! Thanks for sharing over ATCAS Darnell! Hugs Joanna

Pat said...

I love your singing elf Darnell and the globe looks perfect with the inlayed pieces and great colours and colouring too. x

ionabunny said...

Hi Darnell, another fun post. Ohh, I love WOS. I usually use Wink but see another Darnellism entering the vocablulary. Hammy must be all worn out with all that creative output. Thanks for the reminder about the rudolf challenge. I usually arrive too late. Story of my life..... Hugz

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love this fun card! The guy is very cute -- thanks for joining in at ATCAS!!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Well Darnell, eleven is better than none, right? I am very glad that Hammy led you to this adorable elf. You must use it more often, as it is Stinkin cute!

jimlynn said...

He's fabulous - and as far as I'm concerned, would make a great caroler! Cute, cute card!
Lynn

Becca Cruger said...

He looks so cheerful! Maybe it's because he's singing, and maybe it's because he is trying to conquer the world! Who knows with those tricksy elves?! :)

Valerie Nolan said...

I like your cheeky elf Darnell and what a great sentiment, if only!
Val x

conil said...

Clever girl. That elf looks like he's singing to me.

Brenda said...

How cute is this Christmas card?!! I love it!! It's perfect in every way Auntie! I would have never know you gave this sweet little elf a singing mouth cause it looks like that is how he was made. Me, I would have made a hot mess trying to make a singing mouth. lol I love that world die too, I think everyone needs a world to work with, so I think I need to get me a new NBUS! lol You are an enabler!! 11 Christmas cards for this month?!!! You are doing great! I've managed two, but it is two more than I had at this time last year! Hugs, Brenda

Lin said...

I love the way your mind worked for this fun card, Darnell! Very original! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Jacee said...

Brilliant card Darlene, love the sentiment.
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Lisa said...

This is absolutely fabulous, Darnell!! That little guy is adorable!! I love the world in the background!! Beautiful Christmas card!! I need to start on mine, too...I never get them done before Christmas and end up having to (gasp) buy cards!! Love this!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Kara Lynne said...

The elf's expression says it all! Just remember, you have more cards ready for Christmas than most people!

Gunsan said...

Finally got around to adding a "comebefriendme"-button. Welcome back!

Sue said...

A fabulous and fun Christmas card, Darnell! A brilliant combination of the challenges x

mamapez5 said...

Definitely a singing elf! And I love that bright red embossing powder. happy Rudolph Day. I have only managed two cards this month so extra work for me next month if I am to reach my goal of a dozen a month! Kate x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Another beautiful card. Another does not have to be beautiful, because this is wonderful. I love the world die, elf is very funny, and your story about the formation of cards is complemented happiness of visitors to your blog.
hugs,
Bozena

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Another beautiful card. Another does not have to be beautiful, because this is wonderful. I love the world die, elf is very funny, and your story about the formation of cards is complemented happiness of visitors to your blog.
hugs,
Bozena

Jan Frances said...

Great card Darnell xx Thank you for your kind comments on my card too xx 1 card down 10 to go!

Ruby N said...

it's ok!! better late than never ;) great card!!
I love Sandy, her coloring is amazing! <3
another Ruby!!! :D

Carol L said...

Congratulations! You and I both have a total of ONE Christmas card finished for 2015! LOL I'll do "more better" too in the coming months! Joy to the world is such a cute card! It just makes me smile:)

Harriet Skelly said...

What a fabulous die Darnell! I also love the font on the sentiment! Thanks for joining us at ATCAS!

Lisa said...

He's on top of the world cuz he's on this super duper cute card of yours!! I love your red embossed sentiment. This is fun Darnell ;)

Deepti said...

This card is so sweet !! Thank you for sharing with ATCAS and I am sure u will soon catch up on Christmas cards soon :D

scrappymo! said...

Cute little elf fellow...and love your Round the world theme!

Thanks for taking part in my first Rudolph Days challenge and hope to see you back again!

Georgie C said...

Cute image!! Such a lovely card ready for next year!! You're making me feel as if I should be doing some Christmas cards, but I like to be in the Christmas spirit... Perhaps I can put the tree back up in Feb?!! ;)
Hugs
Georgie

oldpunca said...

Cute card, dear Darnell. :-) I like the idea. As much as i know myself, I will make christmas cards in december. :-))
Hugs, Sonja

Sylvia said...

Cute card Darnell, it looks like you have had a bright beginning to your 2015 year! Happy Thursday and blessing for the weekend!

Gerrina said...

What a beautiful world and the elf is a cutie! Great those fresh colours and I am sure this is the start of a lot more beautiful christmascards! Hugs, Gerrina

~Tammy~ said...

Well, I think your card is a big whoop! Love it! So stinkin' cute! You are beating me if that makes you feel better! :-)

frommycraftroom said...

What a great start to your Christmas card stash.
Great new friends thanks :)

Chriss Blagrave said...

That darling little elf looks to be singing with all his heart! I like how you gave him a round choir-like mouth.
I have a world die like this too, but it is an MFT. I need to start using in creative ways too :)
Hugs XOX

Taunya Butler said...

This card made me smile BIG!!! And made me think I should get out my Christmas stamps and play along too!! But most of all I was just impressed by this happy card you have made!! So in love with that world die and that elf is seriously cute!!! I hope you have an amazing day!!!

Hettie said...

Oy! Elfie! Move over... you are covering up UK and my house!!
Great card other than the slight thing of missing the UK off!
Hugs
xx

Bonnie said...

This little guy is way cuter than a singing critter! He looks like he's really getting into singing! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday and I'm glad you got into ATCAS too!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Terrific, fun card, Darnell.
Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog. Made my day xxx
Caroline

Yolanda Garrido said...

Jajajaja that story about your critter is so much fun!!!!! Oh, my God!! I am here, in your post!! Glup, glup... Mode Happy On to go to sleep!! Good night from Spain!! Thanks a lot Darnell! You are so sweeet!

Shelly said...

Such a fun Christmas card! Love the world die!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Cute Rudolph Day card, Darnell! Love the elf and his little present! The world die is great too - I haven't seen that one before!

Birgit said...

Great card and you really did a great job because it looks like he is singing! I remember singing Randolph the bald headed cowboy, who have a very shiny gun...:)

Barb King said...

Cute card, and I love that die cut of the world, there are so many things that you could do with that. I am so impressed with all the followers you have now! Congrats on all of your hard work blogging consistently like you do. Well done!

Bobby said...

I can just imagine that little elf voice singing "Joy to the world, all the boys and girls." That is the "Joy to the World" you meant, right? ;-) Love the card and Hanmy can sulk all he wants. You did good without him.

Denise Price said...

Merry Christmas! :)

Love how you put together the different elements to compose this card. Everything looks great.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Hello Darnell! I am loving your elf card! You did a great job on the coloring! Tell Hammy to quit being such a Whiney Butt!!!!

Marsha J Reed said...

Cute little elf, Darnell! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha DT @ SCCC.

Lori said...

Oh, Darnell, I totally LOVE reading your blog posts...they are SUCH fun! Your card is absolutely AWESOME for my challenge this week over at Merry Monday - you rocked it! Thanks for playing with us, and yes, you are right - one card made in January is better than NONE...you rock! xoxoxo

Greta said...

Very creative & cute!

Karen B said...

One down Dippy.........99 to go!!!😜 . How lucky to find your elf stamp buried under a myriad of others....bet he was glad to get out in the fresh air. Love how you've colored and fussy cut him. Actually I thought he was being you saying "ta day" my first Christmas card!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Borqna said...

Hello dear Darnell!
What a wonderful blog you have - congratulations.
Fantastic card - love it!
/ Thank you very much for comment in my blog!/
Hugs

Kate said...

Brilliant Darnell !!! It's hard to get into the Christmas spirit in January isn't it, but you've managed it brilliantly and ticked off a few challenges at the same time !!!

Kate said...

Brilliant Darnell !!! It's hard to get into the Christmas spirit in January isn't it, but you've managed it brilliantly and ticked off a few challenges at the same time !!!

Willeke said...

Hi Darnell,
what a lovey card !
Greetings from Willeke

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a cute little fella Darnell! A really happy and jolly card! Hazel xx

Marybeth said...

You are one up on me! I have not made one Christmas card yet. Love the singing elf you found and the globe is perfect ! Darling card!

Carole Z said...

Super cute card Darnell! Hugs Carole Z X

Carole Z said...

Super cute card Darnell! Hugs Carole Z X

SARN said...

A very joyous card indeed Darnell.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Brenda in IN said...

I laughed so hard about the sulks and the taxis going out of business. No one but you would think of that!! It really cracked me up first thing this morning. The singing elf is perfect for the sentiment and is embracing the whole world. Now you have a Christmas card made! It is a start and you have a little time to make a few more before the season comes around.

MaryH said...

Firstly, thanks for joining in 2015's #1 Rudy Day. And this one is astonishing & just the perfect card for this ole world...we could surely use some Joy..All over! Love this little cute-ster, and he does indeed look like Wal-LA. I hope Hammy has gotten over the sulks, as I can't bear that thought. Sweeten him up however it takes. And thanks for giving me a big smile with my morning coffee! TFS & Happy wkend too. Hugs

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell that world die cut is fantastic, love how you inside the pieces! Awesome caroler!

kanda said...

What a jolly old elf he is and I love your card design. Have a fun weekend xx

Carol said...

Thank you for dropping by my blog - this little chappy is cute! Love your Playhouse and you never know Randolph Day may catch on LOL Have a lovely weekend :)

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
this is a fab card.
Love the great designing of this.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Benzi said...

I LOVE your elf, Darnell. He is just awesome and he really does have a singing mouth. What a great die from your friend, too.
Awesome creation!!!

Donna B. said...

Very cute Christmas Card. What a fun elf! Thanks for playing at CCC this week!!

Redanne said...

I so envy you having done one card already....and what a card it is! I love the globe and the little guy is fantastic. Love, love, love this gorgeous card Darnell! Hugs, Annie xx

cotnob said...

A brilliant Christmas card Darnell, such a jolly elf and fabulous clean design.
Pauline
x

Helen F. said...

Your little singing 'Joy To The World' elf is adorable, Darnell! PS: Don't be discouraged you only have one 2015 card completed, I admit you beat me so far :-o
Here's hoping the Christmas spirit will bite us both and we will end up with more than 11

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Darnell, That elf is brilliant, you used him well, Christmas in Jan is a bit challenging but I know where you're coming from, sometimnes you just have to do it LOL HUgs Gay x

Liz said...

Love that little elf. Looks like he's singing his heart out! I've only managed one Christmas card in January too. I need to do better next month! xx

Happy Dance said...

I'm late to your elf party, Miss D. Life has gotten in my way again. And how dare it, when I have cards to make and blogs to visit?!! Anyhoo... I did want to stop in and tell you just how cute this is! That elf is something else!!! And you put him on the world...brilliant idea. Totally love this sweet and fun card!! Well done, my friend, well done!!! Bev

Kim Heggins said...

What a fabulous Christmas card...love your amazing caroler too (the cutest little elf ever) and your coloring is so perfect.

Karen Mead said...

Your card looks fabulous Darnell and I love the cute elf:)I hope your having a great week - hugs xx

Mynn xx said...

Super darling, Darnell!!! LOVE the fun colors you used and that image is so cute! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Maxine D said...
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Maxine D said...

What a cute image, beautifully coloured and presented - love the clean, crisp lines of this car Darnell.
Blessings
Maxine

Rema said...

Darnell, what a fun card! That's some pretty nifty coloring with just pencils. I can't get my images to look like that with just pencils. You might want to consider doing a video or giving a few tips on how you achieved that look. Awesome...

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love that cute little guy, Darnell!!! And you have really coloured him so beautifully!! All the red is so fabulous and really pops!!!! Your combination of colours is great!!! The is such a lovely X-mas card, Darnell, I like it a LOT!!!!
Yeah for starting on X-mas cards in January, hey ...think me has to do that, too!!!
Have a great weekend!!!

Linda said...

What a fabulous take on this weeks MM challenge. I love the little elf .... I need someone like him to help me do all my Christmas wrapping ..... he's coloured beautifully by the way too.
Enjoy the weekend hun! xx

Scrapbook Lynne said...

I JUST Love opening up my in box in the morning and seeing another blog post from you... (I subscribe by e-mail). It is always a wonderful start to my morning... Thanks again for sharing a small piece of your world with all of us!

Ros Crawford said...

Super duper card!! That little elf is so cute!! Have a brilliant weekend!

laurie said...

What a great card for the challenge! I couldn't come up with anything, no carolers to be found. You are so clever!

OH Babs said...

Nice Christmas card and the die is amazing. Not into Christmas cards and won't be for six more months. Have a good one.

Craftychris said...

Such a fun card, the little feller looks like he is singing his heart out very happily indeed! xxx

Anita in France said...

You must've had that wee elf rehearsing and rehearsing, Darnell ... he's singing so joyfully ... and adorably! LOVE that world ... another potential NBUS for the list(book!)! Hugs, Anita :)

Susangail Powell said...

That elf is perfect! He looks like he's belting out a tune for everyone to hear. I LOVE it!!
Thank you for the mention in your blog. What a nice thing for you to do. I'm going to be checking out some of the other ladies that I've never 'met' before. :)

maria f. said...

OMG - this is out of this world fabulous. So dang clever. So happy. And so perfectly designed with that splash of color on Mr. Elf.

Joyce said...

Love how you have a die cut world and a singing elf. If you only had time to make one Christmas card this month, at least it is a really good one.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

oh this is so super cute!!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Happy Belated Randolph Day to you! Since we have a Randolph Zoo and a Randolph Park I'm surprised we don't have a Randolph. And no I don't know who he/she is and why he/she gets a Zoo and a Park (which actually have both been renamed so apparently whatever he/she did was overshadowed by whatever nefarious thing he/she did later to get the naming revoked).

Oh. And fun card. Clever way to figure out how to join the challenge.