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March 1, 2015

If You're Happy and You Know It ...

Hello and Happy Funday!

And welcome to the newest line of 2015 calendar months called March! When you step into the car, make sure your back is against the cushion and the bar is closed and locked firmly into place. Whooshing will commence immediately.

And I mean immediately with me whooshing in and out of this post, highly unusual for me, but needs must today.

Over at Less Is More this week, the team wants to know what makes us happy. That's presents a broad expanse of creative possiblez. Aside from family and friends and good health and good weather and a lot of money, two things immediately came to mind in equal proportions.

First, of course, is chocolate.
Enough said! So, okay, I'm on restriction at the mo, but it still makes me happy! I was going to choose wodka, but that would be unseemly.

Next, or rather, equal to, of course, is making cards.
Enough said!

Two more for my Twofer Campaign. 
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Ingredients:
Paper: PTI white, spring rain, and dark chocolate
Ink: PTI spring rain and dark chocolate; colored pencils
Stamps: Large heart chocolate kiss from PTI Scent-imentals, small from Stamps by Judith; 
square partial frame from Endless Creations; "Happy" from Avery Elle "Fanfare"; 
"I Made This" from Rubberstamp Avenue; Mad Stamper from Uptown Design Company; 
shadow from Paper Smooches
Dies: Lil' Inker rectangle; NBUS Lawn Fawn converations border

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93 comments:

Pawsitively Creative said...

Chocolate is a fave of mine as well and your card is perfect! What a way to start out March! Time sure is flying by quickly for 2015! You are such a talent, keep the ideas coming! Carpe Diem! Hugzzzzz! ~Niki

Yolanda Garrido said...

Jajajajajajajajajajaja mine too!!!! This card is completely awesome outside and inside!!!! It is muy favourite from this challenges! Good luck!!!

Kathyk said...

Loving both of your awesome TWOFER's!!!

How are you getting on with those brusho's? I was at a brusho workshop yesterday and it reminded me to ask you.

Happy March, Darnell

Kathyk

Lynne said...

Must admit chocolate is almost top of my great love list. Both of your cards are really super as always Darnell. Happy March to you.
Lynne xxx

Liz said...

What fun cards! Chocolate and cardmaking......a match made in heaven! xx

Sue said...

Loving the cards.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Inkyfingers said...

Great cards Darnell and Happy start of March to you - spring must be on its way now. Love these Cas designs.
Hugs
Carol x

Marianne said...

I'm so with you on the chocolate addiction ... ehm ... love of chocolate and I can relate to the joy of card making as well. Your second card made me laugh out loud. When my DH wanted to know the cause of my laughter, I showed him both cards after which he started laughing too. Gotta love a man who shares his wife's sense of humour (and indulges her love of card making and resulting shopping sprees). Have a wonderful Sunday!
Marianne x

Lizzy Hill said...

Life certainly IS too short. March already? Easter eggs in the shops. Hot cross buns in the bakery. YEEEEEK!!! Anyways..... adoring your less is more. Although I must dispute this assertion as far as chocolate goes!!! Love the card [s] though:):) Fabulous!

Sue said...

Fabulous cards Darnell such great images and your CAS designs are perfection.
I hope you are having a good weekend.
hugs Sue xx

SARN said...

Well I find myself in TOTAL agreement with all the thing that make you happy Darnell . . . they also make me happy!

Chocolate may not be good for the hips . . . but it sure is good for the SOUL! My first blog was called "Chocolate is not JUST for Breakfast"!!!!!!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Jessi Fogan said...

Oh yeah, these are some definite happy things!! Although I will admit I might give chips a slight edge over chocolate (gasp!)

Sarah Gray said...

Love your cards, Darnell - they are both things that make me happy too! I ate some of the kids Christmas chocs yesterday with the logic that they would get more for easter....bad mother :)I also love the little crafting lady - what a great stamp!

vic said...

Love your cards the chocolate one is lovely and I adore that stamp what a great creation
Have a good weekend
Hugs
Vic xx

Marilyn said...

OMG!! I love your second card!!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

I love how you can use similar supplies and get completely different cards - I always love to see posts like this!

KandA said...

BRILLIANT cards. Mine's definitely chocolate too xx

JD/ Jill said...

Like others have said in comments above mine. "I so agree with you!" those two would be two of my happiest things too. Your cards are just so adorable and well done!

ionabunny said...

Mmmmmm, chocolate. Love the I amde this. I'm leaving my typo cos I no ewe love em. Hugz

Patti J said...

Both cards are 'delicious'! Love chocolate....but OMG, that second card made me smile out loud, Darnell! Great job on both - thanks for the inspiration!

Jasleen said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell and those same two things make me happy as well :) Great take on both the challenges.

Sue said...

Mmmm choccy love it LOL!! fab cards Darnell and lots of huggles Sue xx

Irene said...

Absolutely brilliant Darnell.

luv
irene
xxxx

Carol L said...

Clap Clap! One for each amazing and fun card!! Great colors on the first and a hilarious and fun image on the 2nd. Winner Winner - chicken dinner!

jimlynn said...

Two cute, cute cards - and happy March 1st to you!
Lynn

Chrissie said...

Great cards Darnell, two of my faves too... what is it about chocolate?!
Thanks so very much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Shelly said...

HAha! These are too cute! And don't those chocolate kisses fit you, along with stamping?!!...;) Totally fun cards, Darnell! Happy Sunday, enjoy!

Viv's Visuals said...

Great fun cards Darnell!

Anita in France said...

Sharing your happy things, Darnell ... in spirit anyway, they're so fun! It's Lent, so no chocolate ... and the time gobbling monster is back so almost no card making either ... good thing I have sweet friends to keep me laughing out loud ... that 'person' is a riot! Bon dimanche, mon amie ... bisous, bisous, Anita :)

oldpunca said...

Nice to know, what makes you happy, dear Darnell. :-) Your cards are wonderful and positive, just like your post.
Have a nice first week of March, Sonja

Monika Reeck said...

Hallo Darnell..long time no see...first one I love that cute Image and that Happy sentiment
really MINI clever made Darnell
I love the cute sentiment on the second one too and cute image hihi it makes me smile and nice add of that dots..if it is enamel dot you can join HOUSE OF CARDS for this month we have theme ENAME DOTS..
hugs, Monika from Germany

Pat said...

Two lovely cards Darnell, and surprise, surprise, thsee are two of my favourite things as well..lol. Your lady made me laugh too. x

I Card Everyone said...

Yep... clapping!!
=] M

conil said...

I believe yo've won both challenges although, personally, I would have chosen WODKA!

Susanne Vargas said...

I share your love of chocolate and card making (of course)! The first card is very sweet and I like the photo on the second card that Mister must have taken after you made the first card...! Thanks for putting a big grin on my face!

ńĆarovnije z male kmetije said...

Hahaha, Darnell,this lady on the second card is sooo fun, the card is great, it realy meakes me smile. Super cute and perfect composition.

Cat Craig said...

Ha! Clapping and typing do not work together. Love the lighthearted cards. Your stamping gal is a hoot!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Thanks for putting that earworm in my head. . . . . .can't get rid of that pesky song now!
Thank you for your kind comment on my last offering.
Your cards are always a delight and these are no exception with an injection of your amazing sense of humour.
Have a great week.
Ang x

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

I agree...can't get much better than chocolate and stamping...EXCEPT...doing both at the same time!!!!!
Love both cards!!!

JoAnn said...

These are adorable and I agree with you whole-heartedly on the chocolate and making cards. :)

Christi Conley said...

Dark Chocolate - that's all I have to say :) xo

Carol said...

Chocolate and cardmaking...you can't really go wrong can you? Two great makes Darnell. Carol x

Leslee said...

Too cute for words, Darnell!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your posts always make me smile and I so love the cards you created too. Thanks for bringing me some laughs!

Kara Lynne said...

Chocolate is my frienemy! I love seeing the excitement on that second card!

Kathleen said...

Both, cute, funny and brilliant.

Kath x

Birgit said...

You're funny and I would pick Vodka:) and Chocolate. Animals are another. Your chocolate card is great and I love the other card with the gal-very funny and love the colour combo:) Have a great day

Bobby said...

Still chuckling. That crafty lady is a hoot, as are you dear Darnell. And I'll have some of that chocolate, please.

Bonnie said...

Both of these make me happy! Where did February go?

Taunya Butler said...

Life does indeed seem to be whooshing past at warp speed - I can barely keep up!! Lovely, fun, cool cards - the chocolate one has a lovely, cool blue background and the stamping lady is just so funny!!! But that is how I feel - every time I create a card I feel like Happy Dancing and sometimes I do if no on is looking!!! =] Have a wonderful day!!

Lynn B said...

two beautifully CAS cards - love them both.
Linby x

Sandy said...

I may not be commenting but I am watching!! Wonderful cards - I am actually clapping my hands. We are in the mist of packing for a move. It will be a while before I will post again but I will be watching!
Sandy xx

Cheryl W. said...

"Wodka" unseemly? I think not. It can be a very classy libation! Great CAS cards. I, too, am a chocoholic...and it makes me VERY happy. :)

frommycraftroom said...

Fab cards Darnell. I personally love to combine the 2 things which make you happy - eating chocolate whilst card making :) I'd love to add a glass of red - but that doesn't make a good combo.

Pam said...

Seriously love your cards! Chocolate definitely makes me happy, too.

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...you just crack me up! As always I love reading your blog, so funny. And your card is so sweet and the inside is just as fun as the outside.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Loving this twofer format/kick that you have been on. Such a smart gal you are! I think I need to start on that too :). Did you know that when I lived in Canada, a 24, pronounce tofer, is a case of 24 beer. I am not a beer drinker, but I know that expression and thought you might like to learn of it too :).
I love your two favourite favourites and I really understand the love of both! Hope that your weekend has been wonderful and that you got to indulge in your faves;)

Joyce said...

Two fantastic cards, Darnell. I'm with you on the chocolate love, for sure. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

hazelspaperdesigns said...

Yum, yum, yum Darnell! Those little squares of coconut ice look alright also!! You are always such good therapy for me on a Sunday morning!! Thanks for brightening my day with your gorgeous chokkie treat card and awesome humour! Oh, and thanks for joining us at CASology this week! xxx

Hazel Hodgkins said...

Yum, yum, yum Darnell! Those little squares of coconut ice look alright also!! You are always such good therapy for me on a Sunday morning!! Thanks for brightening my day with your gorgeous chokkie treat card and awesome humour! Oh, and thanks for joining us at CASology this week! xxx

Maxine D said...

Fabulous cards Darnell - and I am still giggling at them both!!
Blessings
Maxine

Geri said...

Vodka would have worked! Awesome cards pal! The ca-razy stampin' lady is so cool!

Geri said...

Vodka would have worked! Awesome cards pal! The ca-razy stampin' lady is so cool!

Lisa said...

One can never have enough chocolate, cute card!! Your crazy stamping lady gave me a good giggle, thanks!! What a fun card ;)

Greta said...

Great cards, Darnell--especially love the first one! I'm supposed to be on restriction, too, but I put another bag of the dark chocolate snacking bark on the Costco list & hubby brought it home--off to get a piece!

Anne said...

So glad you liked my new sediment - we felt it was maybe a bit much for some to go on the main blog lol!

You have two awesome cards there, love the simplicity and style of your chocolate creation and the second one is just too funny!
Thank you for joining us at Less is More
Anne
LIM

sandie said...

A little giggle from London as I would have gone with the vodka!! What a fab crafty image on the second card and oh it does make is all so happy. Have a good week xx

Karen B said...

Oooooh Dippy - chocolate and crafting (with a dash of wodka on the side please.....!) - I started clapping my hands immediately (as in "if you're happy and you know it - clap your hands). Love the mad crafter image - fab!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Gillian R said...

Wonderful cards Darnell, so fun and super CAS. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology

Linda said...

Chocolate makes me happy too Darnell ... and vodka - well maybe not vodka so much, but gin certainly does!!! And seeing your cards makes me happy too :)
I love both of these designs ... the second one especially, what a fab little image. Have a great week .... hugs Linda xx

Ros Crawford said...

Oh Brilliant!!! I love chocolate and I love your cards and that image of the lady with the stamps is priceless! I can't stop laughing!

Carole Z said...

Fab cards Darnell, a lot of fun...sorry I've been missing this past week, I've had flu :( Been looking at the great creations I miss, love the tissue box..should have had one like it last week to cheer me up! hugs Carole Z X

Kristie Goulet said...

Two great cards! LOVE the chocolate one and that image on the second one brought a smile to my face. :)

Charlene said...

I miss chocolate! Your cards cracked me up!!!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Thanks for another super duper fun post Darnell ... oh and 2 wonderful cards.
Great take on the challenge as always and thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

OH Babs said...

These truly are adorable cards. You must be in a blue mood - lots of blue on the cards. Is it because of the sugar? Yesterday I had 1/2 of a Snickers and it was too sweet. :)

Gay Peplow said...

Ab Fab cards, I love these Darnell :D Sorry for my absence :D xx

Pia S said...

Two brilliant CAS designs! The chocolate one so classy, the girly one too fun, I think those are two things that make me really happy as well, along with traveling and holidays:)

Nora N. said...

These cards are so fun. I love the fun chocolate card with the blue that you used. Blue and brown are a great color combo. The second card is totally adorable. Such a fun image!!

laurie said...

So funny! those are my two favorites that make me happy too!

Gerrina said...

Love your perfect CAS cards!
Your cards have the same happy-modus-things as I have! Chocolat is the one thing I eat every evening a little piece of (you now the darker and bitter sort where you can tast it still half an hour later...) And making cards, stamp or getting inky fingers is something that has to be done at least every four days, otherwise the head gets to full of ideas...
Make it a good week, hugs, Gerrina

Brenda in IN said...

I wake up happy every day, then my feet hit the floor. No, seriously I am a happy person most of the time. Things are what they are and we need to roll with it. Your cards are great. Love the chocolate one and that second one is just how I feel and how I look when I make a card!

Jerrie said...

Love love love your kiss card. It bring back memories of visiting the Hershey Plant and my son had a face full of chocolate and I will always love kisses!!

Petra Swart said...

Love both these super fun and cute cards, Darnell!!! What a great happy lady she is, hey!!! And I love the chocolate one, too!! The blue is lovely to go with the brown!!!

Craftychris said...

Loving these cards! Chocolate is always good and your second one made me hoot with laughter! That image is the funniest ever and the words perfect! xxx

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Darnell! I am loving both cards. I gave up chocolate for lent so your card reminded me of what I am missing! Look out on Easter! Love that second card - so cute. Have a great day.

Shona Chambers said...

I won't tell you that I'm eating chocolate while catching up on my commenting.....I love your 'I made it'card, its hilarious and that image just makes me smile everytime I see it. The coolest card ever!!!!

Viv said...

Two fabulous cards again Dee, I also love chocolate....oh yes!! Is that you in the second card lol ??.... I know I feel just like that if I make a card I know is great....not that it happens often though he he ! hugs Vee xx

Sue - said...

Two great cards Darnell! Love the pale blue with the chocolate colour combo. And your other image is such fun!

Joan said...

Fabulous cards, love the chocolate one but the second one really made me laugh, just love it!

Joan

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I love the "I made this card." It made me laugh. From my friend's estate I got a stamp for the back of the card that says "I worked hard to make this card." That first card though I have to admit that I thought was poo, but poo with a heart... yeah, I've been cleaning up too much cat puke lately.

Brenda said...

Oh my both of these cards are fabulous Auntie! I love those chocolates sitting in the square, looking so delicious and cute. But the next card has me totally cracking up! It is so stinkin' cute! Love the stamp and how appropriate for so many! These are great ones Auntie! Gosh how did we woosh into March already?!! Although I am so ready for spring, but then time can stand still when it gets here. lol Hugs, Brenda

cm said...

Hahahahahaha...love these...hahahahaha Whoops, nearly fell on the floor, laughing so hard! The image of the woman...hahahahahaha!
Hugs~c