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 26, 2015

Thank you for being a friend.

Hello, there!

Here's the thank you card I made you for yesterday's post. 
The base card is white. I die cut two flag banners using my MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags die. One banner was cut using a snippet of ancient black and white polka-dottie patterned paper and the other was cut from a snippet of clear and black polka-dottie acetate. I believe the acetate is from SU.

The image is by Stamping Bella "Bench Buddies." After stamping I used a stitched circle die from Li'l Inkers to cut out the focus pocus. I also cut one in black and offset it behind the white to create a shadow. The sediment is masked from an ancient Diamonds "Girl Friends" image and stamped in SU Bermuda Bay. The bling is from Queen & Co.

Challenges

Not only was the theme inspired by my appreciation for your participation in regulation NBUS deeply felt upon the cessation and followed by the inhalation of libation ~ SLAP! Sorry. Hammy was running on his wheel.

Like I was saying, I was inspired by:
  1. The sketch at Less Is More (below).
  2. The cue card word at CASology which is "Friend."
  3. The theme at Pixie's Snippets Playground which is to use your "Snippets."
  4. The theme at Shopping Our Stash which is "Not Your Normal Paper." (Dotted acetate.)
  5. The theme at Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge which is "Take a Stamp."
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New Friends Corner

It's lovely to introduce more new friends to you today! I hope you'll visit them, introduce yourself, and continue the circle of friendship across Blogland!

Richard Breaks of That's MISTER Cardmaker, to you! Richard started blogging in 2011. It's always a joy to see what Richard has created. His works of art are no doubt familiar to you as Richard enters challenges, wins recognition, and serves on design teams throughout Blogland. He recently posted a couple of 2015 calendars that literally will make you gasp!

Pooja of Reusing Cards & Quilling. Pooja has been blogging since 2012. She lives in India and is a software engineer. As you can tell from the title, in her spare time Pooja makes cards and quills. The best way to get to know her is to click on the "About Me" tab where she does a great introduction of herself and her love of reusing/recycling, which is very inspirational. And you won't believe the 3D projects and fold cards she makes, often with very detailed photos and instructions!

Donna of Design by Donna. Donna has been blogging since 2010. Her profile simply says, "Loving retirement, it gives me more time to craft." Amen, sister! Donna is a familiar figure in many of the challenges that I frequent, especially sketch challenges. I always love her interpretations and the way she inspires me to stay alert to my surroundings for design ideas!

Christine Hyde of CndnStamper on Splitcoast Stampers. Cindy has had a gallery at Splitcoast since 2008 and she has 1267 posts for you to click through and be utterly inspired by! You might want to put a visit to Christine on the top of your "To Do" list for the next rainy day!

Melissa Lane of honeybeelane. Melissa has one of those blogs that you open and your jaw hits the keyboard. You just have to see it and her outstanding works of art! She is another brand-spanking-new blogger who started blogging just this month! You would never know it from her professionalism, her style, her incredibly beautiful cards, and those awards already flanking her side bar! Please do yourself a favor and go meet Melissa. Show her what a wonderful and supportive community we are!

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


IMPORTANT NOTE:

I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that because of my NBUS challenge, I have gotten dreadfully far behind in my normal visiting and commenting on your blogs. I feel badly about that because returning a visit or commenting is not a chore or a job for me. Some of you kindly tell me I don't need to return a comment, but that's just not how I roll. I think of making cards and writing my posts as two legs of my blog journey stool and visiting/commenting is the third leg. For me, that makes it equally important and necessary. And joyful!

However, at this moment, in order for me to keep from burning out, which I'm sure you don't want, I realize that I need to simply file my inbox of hundreds of comments awaiting replies. Sometimes you just have to start over from scratch, right? Today, I'm starting over from scratch.

So ...
  • If you left me a comment and I have not responded, please comment here.
  • If you asked me a question and I did not answer, please ask me again.
  • If there is a particular past blog post or creation of yours that you wanted me to see, please let me know.  (darnell dot knauss at gmail dot com.)
Otherwise, I'm going to assume you understand and I appreciate that! Remember, if you ever feel like I haven't visited you in quite a while, all you need to do is leave me a comment and I'll return the flavor.

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

And thank you for being a friend!
  
 
*Life Is Too Short!

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103 comments:

wienerhoneymooners said...

What a sweet card Darnell!!!! Thanks for joining CASology, and the NBUS was great FUN!!!!! You are a GEM!!!

Kathyk said...

Another fab card missus and always loving reading your posts!

Happy Monday

Kathyk

Milka Gubo said...

Hi Darnell. Your card is soooo pretty. :-D Great design, lovely image, beautiful polka dots papers, embellishments... Everything is so nice! (I love black/white color combination.)

You don´t have to return favor for my comments. I comment on your posts when I have time. ;-) I understand that you are very busy. Sometimes I also get soooo busy and I just can´t find the time to comment on every post of my blog friends. If I would comment on everything I see, then I wouldn´t have time to create anything. LOL :-D

As you know, I send you an e-mail if I have a question for you. :-D

Big hugs from Cavtat

Milka xx

Sue - said...

Another gorgeous card Darnell. I do like black and white.

Rema said...

Very sweet Darnell! Love black and white cards...

Kath said...

A fabulous card - I love the black and white with just a splash of colour for the sentiment.
Kath x

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a gorgeous and card Darnell

Anne

Lucy Woods said...

Love this Darnell! The bold simple design is fab I'm a big fan of these uptown girl stamps!!
Lucy x

Sue said...

Loving the stamp and sentiment.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Sue said...

Such a gorgeous card Darnell. I love the image and stylish design.
I am pleased your last NBUS challenge was so successful.
Please don't feel that you have to return any comments to me. I visit your blog when I have time because I love reading your posts and seeing your fabulous creations.
hugs Sue xx

Linda said...

I LOVE black and white cards .... and this one is gorgeous (love the stamped image!) Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge .... good luck hun! Now go and put your feet up, you deserve it! Linda xx

Jen W. said...

That image is adorable, Darnell! I love the tiny pops of Bermuda Bay (my favourite colour ever of course!) and those Queen & Co striped gems are so much fun! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

richardbreaks said...

Darnell, how sweet of you to give me that lovely introduction to all your friends! Two ladies have already stopped by and said hello, and I was so tickled to get their nice comments.
Love your card. The black and white really works.

designbydonna said...

Cute, cute image. I love black and white cards but don't seem to use it much. Will have to work on that.

I Card Everyone said...

Love the black and white! and those little girls are just too cute! Darling card...
=] M

Carole Z said...

Such a sweet card Darnell, love the monotone and the cute image! Hugs Carole Z X

Sheila H said...

I love the sweet simplicity of your card. The image is darling. Your colors are awesome. It's easy to understand your "starting over." Just keep posting!

honeybeelane said...

Hey Darnell!! Thanks so much for introducing me on you blog. I'm humbled be your super kind words. What a nice surprise. I really like you sweet black and white card. The image of the 2 ladies is lovely. Friends are an awesome gift, right?

Shelly said...

Super sweet card, Darnell!

Krisha said...

I Love black and white cards and am a sucker for polka dots. How did you know??

Brenda in IN said...

I love this friend image and the black and white card. You deserve a break and to take some time off. I imagine your eyes are so tired! Plus, I'm sure hammy needs to rest as well.

JD/ Jill said...

Adorable card, Darnell.
I still don't know how you do all that you do. I would certainly understand if you needed some time to catch up. Don't want you to get carpal tunnel. smile. Hope you have a good week.
PS. Can I send you some of our snow?

Lisa said...

I love this card!! The image is beautiful!! The black and white polka dot banners are awesome!! Love, love this!! I completely understand filing all of your inbox comments...what an overwhelming task. It is best just to start over!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Joyce said...

Wonderful friend card. Such a sweet image, and I like the black and white. Have fun recovering from your NBUS challenge. I'd say it was a roaring success, and you are probably the most visited gal in blogland this month. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love the way the two banners play together! Great combination of these challenges! Thanks for joining us at CASology this week!

Brenda said...

Awww, this is an adorable card! I love that sweet image-just perfect for friendships, your flags are fabulous and I am loving the black and white color combo with your sentiment stamped in blue, so pretty! I think it is a great idea to start over fresh, I've had to do that myself a time or two. So yes, I totally understand!! Hugs, Brenda

Cheryl W. said...

Love your card - especially the sentiment in a brightly colored ink - the perfect touch!

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell your friend card is sweet and nice. :-) I like the image.
Hugs, Sonja

Jacee said...

Great card Darnell, I love your design
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Tracey said...

Fabulous card Darnell & stunning in black & white :o)
Hugs
Tracey
xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love this all in black and white with just the pop of color in the sentiment. Really love that image you used too.

Donna said...

I love your card! So cute in black and white (mostly). That pop of color is fun. Sometimes we don;t have to color up everything to have a stunning card! Thanks for the smile today!

Ruby N said...

Such a cute card! <3 You are so sweet - that's totally understandable. I had to figure out a way to organize all the awesome blogs I was subscribed to [thank God for bloglovin and blogger feeds!] but I love being able to catch up when I have the time. :) You have nothing to worry about because my posts from today will be e-mailed to you tomorrow sooooo you can totally check those out if you have the time! :D Hope you have a fabulous day!!!

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE your black and white with a tiny pop of blue! So perfect!

Shona Chambers said...

I wouldn't worry about your comments at the moment Darnell, everyone knows you've been flat out with the NBUS challenge (and what a HUGE hit that was again!!). I'm sure everyone will understand. Love your card by the way, that stamp is so sweet!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love your darling card, Darnell!!!! Love the colour of the sentiment and the little bit of colour in her hair!!! Such a sweet image and a lovely sentiment to go with it!!!!
Please make sure that you don't burn out, Darnell!!! I'm sure everybody understands that you have been very busy running the NBUS challenge and surely nobody would blame you for not visiting for a while!!! Good idea to start from scratch!!!
Have a super week!!!!

Bonnie said...

Love the simple design in black and white! Hats off to you for using the dreaded acetate!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! xxx

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous Darnell. Love the banners. The acetate banner is unusual and lovely. Love that little touch of black around the circle. Hugz

Veerle said...

Gorgeous, sweet and pretty card Darnell. I have been over to all of your new followers and left them some love. Hugs, Veerle xxx

Jerrie said...

I love this black and white friend card. Your NBUS challenge was fun too. Congrats on the number of linky's you had. What an awesome turn out!!

Hettie said...

Lovely card there Honeybun.
Don't you worry about visiting or not visiting. We are not all strapped to the puter 24/7!!
Hugs
xx

Jean said...

Wow Darnell this is a fabulous card. I love the simplicity of the design, the dotty flags and the gorgeous stamp. The offset circles make a great effect too.
Jean x

Redanne said...

Your card today is beautiful Darnell, I just love that wonderful image - such a great card for a friend! Hugs, Annie xx

Karen B said...

Absolutely love your take on the LIM sketch Dippy. The black and white is stunning with the pop of colour from the sentiment. Fab use of the dropped shadow on the circle. Of course we understand.......we all know you're Superwoman but to expect you to comment on 600 odd Linky posts, plus all the comments on your everyday posts would try the patience of a saint.....and I'm sure Mister would have something to say about that!!!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx 💕

Sarah Gray said...

Super sweet card, Darnell! Love that image and the fishtail banners :). You must have smoke coming off your keyboard after all of that NBUS commenting!

Deepti said...

Such a sweet card! I like the black and white color scheme

Taunya Butler said...

Thank YOU for your friendship!!! You are a jewel and I am totally willing to give you a start over!! I am just so impressed with all the truly positive and pleasant vibes you put out there in blogland - YOU are a hero to me - in many ways!! Love your very clever and cute card - I especially love the second circle of black to add a shadow- never would have thought of doing that!! You have a most beautiful day and take a deep breath and realize we all LOVE YOU!!!

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

Your friend card is so cute Darnell! I love how you did the black and white with just a splash of color with that delicious teal (my favorite color!) :)
Thanks for sharing... can't wait to play along in your next NBUS challenge. I had so much fun during the last one! When will the next one be?
Thanks again!
XO, Nina-Marie :)

Karen said...

Darnell, you are sweeter than pie! :o) You are a treasure to us all and we know how hard you worked for NBUS! I'm glad you made the choice to start from scratch because otherwise you would be perpetually behind! We all know you love us, regardless of a missed comment or two. :o) Always remember that!

As for your card, it is fabulous! I love the acetate, especially with sweet polka dots! The image is filled with warm fuzzies and I love the splash of color with the sentiment! Beautifully designed as always, my friend! Have a blessed and sparkly night!

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Kara Lynne said...

Love that black and white card! That acetate is a great touch. Take a well deserved break, you are loved and appreciated!

Patti J said...

Darnell, your card is adorable! Loving the black and white...so crisp and clean feeling. Glad Richard found his way here. He's a delightful blogging friend, and you will enjoy him! I think we've all had to start over. This should be fun, not stressful, so we all understand! You are amazing, my friend...hugs!

MaryH said...

Do I ever understand! You just delete it all & start over. I can't imagine how you keep up with it all anyway, and still enter all these challenges. I am admiring the way you did this super looking card. Interested to read that the black was acetate. Never saw any black acetate..now I'll be on the hunt. You had just THE right button to make these dotty fishtails look perfect, and I like the shadow circle. Hmmm...you know I'll borrow that idea (if I can remember it long enuff!). Best to Hammy, and I hope the libation was something I would like! Rest up. No burnout wanted. Soon as I catch up, I'll try to visit some of your new friends. I'll prolly like 'em too! TFS & Hugs.

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell this card is darling, I love the black and white and that image is so sweet! Lots of challenges nailed here, for me Shppping my Stash is pretty much a NBUS challenge--LOL Oh I need to stop "stacking my stash"! You are welcome and have a wonderful wee. Thank you for sharing with us at CASology!

Susanne Vargas said...

Very sweet black and white card! Love the acetate banners - never saw polka dotted acetate!
Rest up and recover! You have been very busy!

Jen Mitchell said...

Well, isn't this just the sweetest thing! I love the black and white colors and the best of friends image. I bet the gal with the straight hair envies the gal with the cork screw curls and vice versa! (I don't know anyone that likes the hair they got stuck with)! And as for your design I can only say that you must be a teeny bit psychic. If you come and visit us at Freshly Made Sketches on Wednesday you'll see what I mean!

frommycraftroom said...

What a lovely card. And thank you.

Besides NBUS stuff shopping my stash is my next fav :) My stuff seems to multiply exponentially! My Ms 19 has decided to take up scrapbooking so fingers crossed she likes some of my stash and between us and Ms 9 we can make room for some more NBUS.

frommycraftroom said...

Oh that should be Miss 10 forgot for a minute she had a birthday

Geri said...

So happy to hear that you've realized that commenting on a kazillion cards would take a year of Sundays!

Amazing card! Clear & black polka dot acetate...somebody out in the crafting business seriously needs to pick this ball up and run with it cuz it is awesome! Fabulous image! Love the pop of Bermuda Bay and the striped brad!

Now breathe and relax!

Pia S said...

There are many things I like about your card. First that acetate vith dots, what a great detail. The little pop of color from the sentiment and the tiny colored detail on the image. The shade of black circle. I think it's a really cute card for a friend.

Anita in France said...

Wonderful, Darnell ... the classic black and white is so stylish, especially the blend of polka dotties and stripes ... and what a sweet image ... the little coloured hair ribbon/sentiment is a brilliant design detail! Enjoy your breathing time! Hugs, Anita :)

sandie said...

The bench buddies are adorable, love that image and huge congrats on so many entries to NBUS x

SARN said...

Aww . . .what a lovely card you've made here Darnell.

Hugs going your way,

Sarn xx

Gillian R said...

Such a sweet card Darnell, love how you left the image uncoloured. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology

Di said...

Fabulous card Darnell! I have a lovely card with that same image on, made for me by Mrs A :) Great idea to leave it uncoloured - I think I need to do that more often here!

Hugs

Di xx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

There is nothing like a well done B&W card. Look at all of the new friends! I have seen Richards work on Stamp TV... brilliant. I do so love the dotted acetate you used.

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous card! Black and white always look good! xxx

alexandra s.m. said...

What a great card and that little bit of green is such the perfect "pop" of color!
Thanks Darnell

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what a very super card.
Love the black and white, and your fab design as always.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

OH Babs said...

Love the card. I like black and white movies and I like black and white cards. I have that polka dot acetate paper guess I will take it out of the box and give it a try. No reply necessary. Hugs, B

Becca Cruger said...

The tireless inspiration is truly the causation of my endless fascination with your beautiful creations.

And of course we all understand, you crazy goon! You commented on every one of those 597 entries!

Willeke said...

Hi Darnell,
I love the way you used the stamped image with no colors and just a touch of green in the hair,
greetings from Willeke

Marisa said...

Love B & W cards and this one is just darling. Adore the girl with the curly hair as she has hair just like mine LOL!

Happy Dance said...

Perfect study in black and white. With a dash of pretty green thrown in for good measure. This is a fantastic, fantastic card. I LOVE THIS!! It's how I feel about you. You're the sweetest most wonderful blogger/friend out there! You so rock. Missing you. Bev

Birgit said...

Thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog so I had to come see what you create and I love it and your writing:) Nothing is better than black and white:)

kanda said...

Really fabulous card Darnell, love everything about it and the b+w with the little splash of colour is perfect. Take care xx

Donna said...

Beautiful card, I've always liked the clean look of black and white!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Darnell you have the most adorable items in your stash and this stamp is gorgeous. Perfect sentiment and I was going to suggest you head over to Uniko again but realised you'd have entered too many challenges for LIM if you did.
Super card though.
Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

Renee said...

Great card! Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge. Best wishes ~ Renee xx

Victoria Lavender said...

Nice card, love that acetate too. It's always a pleasure coming over here and bouncing around your blog. Big hugs- Victoria

Lisa said...

What a perfectly sweet pair of chums they are! Love this done up in black and white Darnell. The tiny pop of color in the one little gal's hair is darling! Super cute card ;)

Irish Cherokee said...

Scrolling down to enter a comment made my ears pop. Lost too much altitude too quickly. Love the card in black and white, except for the touch of green in the blond girl's hair. I do pay attention to the details you know. Excellent. - Jim

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card Miss Darnell...love all the black and white with a touch of teal, so fun. And your sentiment, just so sweet.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Fabulous!!

Bobby said...

Oh, Darnell. We should be sending this card to you. You are such a good friend to all and I don't know how you keep up with commenting even without a recent nBUS challenge. I know I have difficulty and I don't follow as many blogs or challenges as you do. I love that you did this card in black and white. It's perfect for the challenge.

Helen F. said...

Darnell, your card is the sahweetest! I just love the black and white with a touch of Bermuda Bay stuck in. I'm off to check out the challenges you linked up to :-) Have a great day!

shirley-bee said...

You and Hammy are going to need a wheel each at this rate, Darnell! (Or maybe just a large wodka for you :)
Love your sweet b/w card with the touch of colour - that image is fab! Thanks so much for playing along with Craft Stamper Take It Make It, and good luck!

Gerrina said...

Great the way you created a shadow by offsetting the black circle behind the whit stamped one! Love the polkadots! Hugs, Gerrina

Sally H said...

A wonderful card, Darnell and a fabulous sentiment. I love it!

Jackie said...

Black and white looks so stylish a beautiful card you have made ! Thank you for joining us at craft stamper magazine make it take it challenge

Carol said...

A fabulous card Darnell,love the image and the pop of colour on your sentiment. Carol x

Greta said...

Sweet card, Darnell! Love the black & white!

Marybeth said...

Love this black and white card!!!!! Darling image of the two friends reminds me of being a teenager in the 70's. Love that striped dot too!

Chrissie said...

This is so striking in monochrome Darnell. I love that image and left as is, is perfect!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Karen Mead said...

I really love this sweet card Darnell and the black/white theme looks amazing - cute image too:) Hugs xx

Mynn xx said...

Love this fun friendship card!!! I adore the polka dots and your use of the acetate! Perfection! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Anne said...

Love that crisp b&w look Darnell!
Thanks so much for joining us this week, sorry to be late in visiting your blog
Anne
Less is More

Ros Crawford said...

Love the black and white and that lovely image ... Great reading again Darnell!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

I know I am late but ts never late to say THANK you !! Thanks a lot for the mention :D.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh I love this.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What if I didn't ask a question before and want to ask one now? I mean, besides that one there? Well here's my question: WHY?! Feel free to delegate to Hammy. I like the polka dots and recognize right off that the one looked like it was on clear and it was. Too fun!

Kim S said...

As much as I love it when you drop by my blog - if I had a choice between you writing your fabulous posts that totally brighten my day, and seeing a comment - I'd want you to write your posts. Sadly, I've become very sporadic in commenting - but I am still reading and it always brightens my day!

cm said...

Thank YOU for being my friend, Darnell!
Hugs~c