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!

March 20, 2015

First Day of Spring and a Birthday!

Hello there!

Thank you for whooshing your way here to Friday where this part of the world is celebrating the First Day of Spring! It's a pretty day here today, but I know the East Coast is getting snow again! Oof!! Hang in there, people, it will be spring soon because the calendar says it's so.  I mean, right?

BTW, in additional to the spring equinox, today also brings us a solar eclipse, and a super moon!

And if that weren't enough, it is also the birthday of my friend and fellow BABE, Kim Heggins of Cupcakes, Cards, and Kim!! I sent Kim one of my Hammy cards, but I thought she might like this cyber card today.
The NBUS embossed side panel which says, "On Your Special Day" is from Darice. The little NBUS vase is Poppy Stamps "Round Vase." And the little heart blossoms are from Impression Obsession "Die 053-M." Oh, and the shadow is from Paper Smooches "Shadows," inked with SU going gray. Very, very CAS and very sweet and purdy in real life, just like Kim!

Kim, I hope you enjoy your special day!! I'm looking forward to spending time with you and Harriet on Sunday to continue your celebration! But today, today we all need to head over to our friend Bev's Happy Dance. Bev is Blogland's "Hostess with the Mostess" and she is throwing an outrageously fun party for Kim!

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For my second card, I went even more CASerer! 
Here you have a NBUS vase cut from the Paper Smooches die "Crystal Clear 3." The sediment is from Hero Arts "Lots of Hugs." This time I did the shadow myself with a gray colored pencil. Swish, swish, done! QACAS!

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New Friends Corner

I'm pickled tink to introduce you to these new friends!

Violetta of Violetta's Crafts, "Something Old, Something New." Violetta is from Bulgaria and she has been blogging since 2011. Her 3D cards and exemplary projects will amaze you!

Regina of The Creative Corner. Regina has been blogging since 2008! WOW! Regina also makes fun 3D projects and such pretty card art! I really love her passion for this fun hobby!
Barb of The Buzz. Barb has been blogging since 2007 from The Hive! After scrapbooking since junior high, Barb started making card art. One thing you'll notice about Barb's cards is that none of them leave The Hive without bling! Barb's wonderful cards range from CAS to multilayered and everything in between, so there is something for everyone! 

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

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Hammy wants me to thank all of you for your compliments and enthusiasm about his appearance on the last cards! You guys are the BEST!!

Oh, and now he wants a cape! Lawn Fawn, are you listening? You had a sharp uptick in the sales of your hamster set after my post, so how about making Hammy a cape?! We thank you in advance! (Or, I could make one with scissors. Gasp.)

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88 comments:

Maxine D said...

Darnell these are fabulous - love the stunning elegance you have achieved in the simplicity of these cards - so often those are the most difficult to make, but you seem to do it with such ease! It must be Hammy's influence!
Blessings
Maxine

Sarah said...

These are brill Darnell, gorgeous colours. Look forward to seeing Hammy's cape...he deserves it!! xx

Caz said...

You make the most lovely cards! They are so simple but make me feel so happy :-P I'm hoping to see the eclipse today, it's supposed to be most visible here at 9:32 am! Fingers crossed!

Carole Z said...

Two stunning CAS cards Darnell! Hugs Carole Z xx

Redanne said...

I love the delightful picture of Hammy, he is so sweet... Your cards are fab-u-lous! Hugs, Annie xx

Rita said...

Love your CAS cards Darnell. Wish I was better at making them though. Love the picture of sweet Hammy the Hamster. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Pollard Carole said...

Another gorgeous set of cards today so lovely. Just watched the solar eclipse although its slightly cloudy we still got a good view. Love the Hammy picture as well .Enjoy your weekend love an hugs Carole x

kbrandy4 said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! Really love the embossed sentiment!
Hugs, Hazel x

Carol said...

Another gorgeous duo Darnell, pretty colours and fab NBUS. Brilliant sunshine here today as I sat through the eclipse. Carol x

Petra Swart said...

WOW, what a beautiful embossed sentiment, Darnell - love it!! And your fun heart shaped flowers in the lovely vase - so cute!!! I love that small little shadow on the side!!! This is such a stunning CAS card, Darnell and surely your friend is going to love it as much as I do!!!!
The second card is as stunning as the first!!! Love the strip on the side and that elegant vase with the one blossom!!! Love the sentiment you've chosen for your card!!! And that swish, swish shadow is perfect!!!
Both lovely creations, Darnell!!!
Have a great day!!!

Ros Crawford said...

Happy friday!! Great cards for your friend ... The embossing is lovely!! Super photo of Hammy too ... Have a lovely day and a super weekend!

ÅsaJ said...

Oh, what beautiful cards!!! Just love them!

!neke said...

Brilliant CAS cards Darnell !

PiecesByEmily said...

Beautiful CAS cards, Darnell! LOVE LOVE the embossed sentiment!

Deepti said...

These are lovely, beautiful colors ! I love the embossed sentiment on your first card :)

Kim M said...

Fantastic CAS cards, Darnell!! Love the colours and all that yummy white space. :-)

I Card Everyone said...

Just CASabulous, D!
=] M

Sue said...

Loving these cards.

We have a lovely sunny day, after a cloudy start. Cloud meant we didn't see the partial eclipse, but it went dark and the birds fell silent. Very eerie.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Marika said...

Love the embossed texh and those bold colours look very good on white!

Susanne Vargas said...

Fabulous QACAS cards, Darnell! And thanks for sharing this adorable photo of Hammy! He is so cuddly!
Have a great weekend!

Hettie said...

Simples them cards are...simples! (Think meercats - maybe only UK peeps will get that joke!)
Love them though.
Love that picture of Hammy. Are you referreeing to me about Lawn Fawn's sales? Tee hee! I still blame YOU! If I blame myself then Hubby will tell me off!
Hugs and Happy Friday.
xx

Viv said...

Two beautiful cards again Dee, all that fabulous CASness and a pretty vase and flowers too!.... and I do love that cute photo of Hammy ;) hugs Vee xx

Marybeth said...

Aww, how fun that you get to have a birthday lunch with Kim! Enjoy!
Your card is simply elegant and gorgeous! Love the embossed sentiment!

ionabunny said...

Great cards. Love the hamster. He's full of good ideas. Great to hear there was a run on those wheels. ROFL. Isn't that CASier, or maybe CASierer. Whatever, another one for the dictionary a la Darnell. Came over to get the link on the NBUS#4 challenge cos I am sure we can top 700 in 10 days if we put our minds to it!! Hugz

Regina said...

Hi, Darnell
gorgeous cards! Sometimes I feel that the simple cards are the most effective! And for the Spring begin perfect!
Your friend will be delighted with this!

sending sunshine greetings over the ocean
Regina*

Gerrina said...

Great CAS cards, thought after seeing the first that it couldn't more "CASsier", but the second is as beautiful! Have a good weekend, Gerrina

Brenda in IN said...

Hammy is a handsome little guy! Looks like he is full of mischief! Your cards for Kim are so cute. I will pop over and tell her Happy Birthday.

Jacquie Southas said...

Perfect CAS cards - love them!

Lisa said...

What pretty little floral cards today Darnell!! I'll bet Kim was tickled pink to receive her Hammy card! Speaking of Hammy, what a great shot of the cute little fella!! Enjoy your weekend outing with the girls ~ HUGS to all!!

Inkyfingers said...

Fabulously CAS cards today Darnell and I think the shadows were the perfect finishing touch.
Happy birthday to Kim and hope you all have a great time on Sunday.
Hugs
Carol x

Sandy said...

Wonderful! I do love both of you classy cards. I have always been drawn to clean and simple. Great style!
Sandy xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love those beautiful CAS card designs and adore the beautiful spring colors. Happy Spring to you too!

sandie said...

This will make you smile...when I saw your second card I said out loud...'oh my goodness that is gorgeous'..I know I am going crazy-not because of your card but because I now seem to talk to myself! I truly do think they are both fab but the second one I say is a CAS beauty, all that white space and pops of colour. It would be great for our CAS challenge at Time Out and our AG at Uniko-hope to see you there. Have a good weekend x

Brenda said...

Both of your cards are so pretty Auntie. I love the sentiment embossed on the side of the card like that and I love those flower vases too. Hugs, Brenda

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so beautiful!! I love the embossing on the first one!! CAS and gorgeous!! Happy Spring and have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Gerrina said...

And I forgot to thank you for joining in at Time Out!

Christine said...

Beautiful CAS-cards! It's an idea to keep in my mind!
Christine

Taunya Butler said...

Both of these cards prove my theory that simplicity can be BEAUTIFUL!! These cards are elegant and stunning and just so lovely!! Love them both and am thrilled to see them - I struggle because my cards always seem plain but you have reminded me how amazing simplicity looks!! So excited for KIM's birthday - love her and think she is so sweet!! I am off to join the celebration - I wish you a fabulous weekend!!!

Anita in France said...

Gaspingly gorgeous, Darnell ... both so crisp and so deliciously CAS ... love the perfect detailing of the embossed sentiment on the first and that vibrant, slender pink strip on the second! Always happy to have you play along with us at Time Out! Hugs & Bisous, Anita :)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Oh WOW Darnell! So super CAS, one to CASE methinks! Have a lovely evening Hazel xx

Shelly said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell! Happy Friday and Spring! :) Have a great weekend!

Valerie Nolan said...

Wow Darnell these are so simple but what an impact!! Love the pop of colour on the white card. Hammy is verrrry cute:)
Val x

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love both of these, but that vertical embossing is really special! So great to see you at CASology this week, my friend!

Barb Ghig said...

Yes, we got snow today...and quite a bit! But, spring is on it's way, right?
I LOVE both of your cards, Darnell! Such a classic CAS design and I really love the embossed sentiment on the first one...so pretty, and I'm sure Kim is going to love it, too! Enjoy your celebration with the 'BABES' :)

oldpunca said...

Dear Dranell, I like CAS and I love your cards. :-)) Divine design. And this little shadow is just great.
Hugs, Sonja

Lesley said...

Clean and simple perfection, Darnell. Love the way you used the colours! Thanks for the anniversary wishes too! Hugs!

Jean said...

Very stylish CAS cards, I love the embossed sentiment on the first one, and the the bright colours really stand out against the white cards.
The little hammy cards in your last post are really cute, I missed that one somehow.
Jean x

Mrs A. said...

Well that kerlipsie thing was a complete damp squib from where we were in little old England. An I got off me sick bed to go and see it too!
Lovley to see a piccy of Hammy though so it kinda made up for it.
Super ickle flowers and I love your shaddows. hugs Mrs A.

Lizzy Hill said...

Absolutely simply stunning cards. Seriously IMPRESSIVE!!! I hope your GF has a fabulous weekend birthday time, too:):)

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frommycraftroom said...

Beautiful CAS cards. Have a great time celebrating :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Is CASier a real word? Of course it is! I saw it on the internet! I like both your CAS and CASer cards. Very nifty! Fun dies 'n stuff.

And yes, we'll do an email/write in campaign (champagne?) to Lawn Fawn to get Hammy a cape.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Terrific cards but love the embossing on the first.
NBUS challenge 4. . . . .will hold back some of my new craft show purchases to join in.
Have a great weekend.
Ang x

Sue - said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell. Very cars and elegant with it. Couldn't see the eclipse here thick cloud so it just got dark! Of course the cloud lifted but much too late!

Carol L said...

You do CAS beautifully - that's all there is to it! You're my CASQUEENIE!!

Happy Dance said...

Hey BABE. I know for certain that our Miss Kim loved all the cards you've made in honor of her birthday. Today's cards are yummy delish CAS perfection. LOVE those vases and the colors you've used for your cards. And that embossing folder is to die for! LOVE it! Pretty sure you're right, too....LF should make a cape and maybe even some new accessories for Hammie. Love his photo; cracked me up this morning. Have a great time out with the ladies, and give them my regards. Miss you. Happy Spring. Bev

wienerhoneymooners said...

Even though it is Friday, and I am now finally sitting on my keister at home, all by myself in the quiet that will not last long as the boy and the Mister will be coming back from Karate all riled up soon..... well, This post made me even HAPPIER... if that is possible.. the UBER clean lovely cards, sparkling white and so divinely emboessed... and SQUEEEEEEL to my delight, TWO of my challenges!!!! .....to top it off was when I saw little hammy's thumbs up, I squacked out loud in an embarrasing laugh if anyone one was around to hear it that is....almost beed my pritches! HUGS to YOU lady!!!! PS I adore Kim Heggins too...!!!!!!!

Shari Trumbull said...

Fab CAS cards, Darnell! Very happy and sweet with those darling heart blooms :) And you don't need a stamp for your shadows! You can pencil in for yourself, just like you did on your second card! :) You can do it!! :) Happy 1st Day of Spring!! XOXO-Shari

Helen F. said...

Your two CAS card designs are fabulous, Darnell! Have a fun
B-Day lunch with Kim!
PS: Next trip to Hobby Lobby, I am looking for that Darice EF!

Kim Heggins said...

Miss Darnell...or should I call your Hammy's mom??? You are so sweet and so stinkin' funny too. Your cyber card is just beautiful. Love that pretty vase with the heart posies, just so sweet. And I hear that Hammy needs a cape, I should finish up the wedding dress tomorrow and I will make one for him, just let me know what color he would like. See you real soon.

nancy littrell said...

AAAAHHHH, Nothing finer than CAS Perfection! Both your cards Darnell are so sweet and Springtime Beautiful. CAN'T wait until tomorrow...NBUS #4 :-) TFS my friend.

Julia Aston said...

Two wonderful cas designs Darnell! love the little heart on the long stem and the cute vases! and how sweet it Hammy with his 'thumbs up'!

Stamps and Paper said...

Two fabulous CAS cards Darnell

Anne

Barb said...

Your CAS cards are wonderful. I love the embossing up the side of the first one. And the trio of red accents on your second card is very eye catching.

Thank you for sharing my blog with your readers. I appreciate that.

And lastly, I agree that Hammy needs a cape!

Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Barb :D

Shona Chambers said...

Both of your cards are CAS perfection and I'm so excited to see you at ATSM this week! I totally agree about the cape for Hammy, how fantastic would it be if they actually created one!

sandie said...

Thanks for linking up hon xx

Craftychris said...

These are CAS perfection! I love them! xxx

Linda said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell ..... I love how you do CAS! Great picture of Hammy too! Enjoy the weekend my friend .... I'd better go grab some NBUS before it all gets packed!!! Big hugs .... Linda xx

Pam said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell! CAS perfection. I think I need to do some CASeing. :) Happy Spring! Yes, it's snowing in NY.

Karen B said...

Two fabulous cards Dippy, love your new embossing folder, such a handy one for all kinds of occasions. Hope Hammy gets his cape.....either from LF or your own hands!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

OH Babs said...

Lovely card for your dear friend Kim. I love the EF. Pray for rain, but enjoy spring.

Deborah Frings said...

Both your cards are perfectly CAS, perfectly lovely! I really like the colours and the embossed sentiment is super. Thanks so much for playing along with Uniko Studio Challenge this month!

Have a great weekend! xx

Pia S said...

Oh, CAS perfection!! A little dash of red and green and plenty of white, what a great color recipe!

Joyce said...

These are both wonderful. Love the first--so much to say, and no stamping. What a feat. The second one is very pretty also. Great use of die cuts and embossing overall. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology X2 this week.

Geri said...

You're so funny! Yes, a cape for Hammie would rock...he'd look sooooo cool and heroic! Love the thumbs-up in the photo!

Two GORGEOUS cards! Ya think my I gasped out loud when I spied these two stunning, clean and simple beauties? Yep, I did! I also had no idea that there actually is a 'shadow stamp'. Sure would relieve a whole lot of stress adding a shadow once a card in complete (just in case of a mess-up!)

Greta said...

Great CAS cards, Darnell! I really love the look of that first vase--so cool!

Pat said...

Two smashing cards Darnell with the pretty different shaped vases, and I so adore that large embossed sentiment down the side of the first card. I think hammy would look great with a cape, you could then call him 'Superham'! x

Cat Craig said...

Wonderful CAS cards, I especially love the sentiment dry embossing on the second one - very subtle touch!

Judy1223 said...

Hi Darnell! So glad to see three cards in the CASology pool this week...all wonderfully CAS! I love these die cuts, and that vertical embossing folder is very cool...love all that lovely white space! Thanks for playing along with us at CASology!

Jen W. said...

Loving both of these, Darnell! I keep flicking between them trying to choose a favourite but am having trouble. I like the embossed sentiment on the first card but also the tiny perfectly placed sentiment on the second card. I'm also diggin' your perfectly placed little shadows. :) Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!
Big hugs to you!

pinky said...

Hi Darnell, I had to stop by after your visit to my blog and I am so glad I did. You sound like such a lovely character! I have only been here a few minutes but long enough to have a gander at your gorgeous playhouse, (much relieved to see the messy table lol) and read a few of your posts! What a lady you are. I am going to have to come back daily as I feel you are going to be making my day on a regular basis!! Hugs from your new blog friend Pinky over here in Ireland :)

Melissa said...

Darnell, I'm lovin' this!!! That embossed sentiment has me swooning! :)
Thanks for joining us again over at CASology!!!

Cheryl W. said...

These cards may be CAS, but they pack a big punch. Love 'em!

Beverley said...

Happy Spring! What beauties you have created and I love the embossed sentiment. Thanks for linking up at Uniko Studio. Hugs Bev x

Justine Hovey said...

Pretty CAS card! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards Challenges! Justine

Lee Ann Barrett said...

I don't know how you do it Darnell, but you get incredibly CAS cards to turn out beautifully. It is truly an art! These colors worked perfectly for your designs. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Challenge! :) Lee Ann

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gosh the amounts of comments you get is so amazing! So is your card ba bam in the simplicity ! thanks for joining in at AAA twice

Jenny Colacicco said...

Fabulously CAS! Thanks for joining AAA Jenny x