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!

May 7, 2015

Geometricomical

Greetings Scrampers!

I hope you're having a good week! Perchance you celebrated "May the Fourth Be With You?" "Cinco de Mayo?" "Six On a Match?"

I grew up in the middle of the country when there weren't many Spanish-speakers, so I didn't really understand what Cinco de Mayo meant until I moved to California. Before then, I just thought it was super cool that there was a celebration for mayonnaise! Unfortunately for my hip muscles, I love mayo!

Remember last week when I cut a half-inch off the right side of my card front? I did the same thing for my card today, only I kicked it up a notch (oh, ha ha "notch!") in order to use my fun NBUS die from Pretty Pink Posh called "Pocket Border."

Using it with an old stamp that nestled in the curve, I made a surprise (sh!) party invitation card:
Okay, so that was a total lie. I did not make my card for a surprise party invitation. But I could've done.

Usually I have a reason for a card and then I check out the challenges, but this time I made a card pacifically to play in this week's CASology challenge, which is "shape." As usual, when it comes to these off-the-wall designs, you can thank Hammy. He remembered that we had the old stamp of the gorilla in the rubber tire swing and I remembered I had the NBUS pocket die and we were off and rolling.

Here's a close-up: 

Raise your hand if you got that this is a Rebus or "word picture." (I know you got it, Michele!)

The "sh" could mean "please keep quiet," but in this case it just means s-h. 

And the picture word is "ape."

sh + ape = shape!

I admit, we karacked ourselves up over our figurative and literal interpretation all in one card!

And lest you think I'm so frivolush as to waste a card, don't worry. I intend to put the "w-i" back together with the "s-h," so that the front will say "I wish" and inside there will be a birthday greeting. BTW, the fun NBUS die used for the left-hand perforated border is "Dots and Dashes" from Paper Smooches.

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While I was at it, I made a second "shape" card. There are no hidden meanings in this one!
This card came about because I had the die out on my desk. It is a Papertrey Ink die called "Four Square." It cuts a square with a circle inside. It can be used in a million ways, but you can see that I visualized a lamp when I saw it. Before I made it, I looked at the current color challenges and saw that corals are all the rage right now. Even though the photo looks orangeish, I used SU crispy can't elope cardstock.

Having a hole in my lampshade showing just the white card behind it seemed odd even to me, so I took the poppurtunity to use a NBUS light bulb stamp I had from the The Alley Way Stamps set, "Lighter Than Air." I should have stamped it lower. Owell. Consider it a rare sighting of an original David Copperfield floating light bulb.

For the pull, I used a portion of a chain from some old costume jewelry I have. I should have attached it higher. Owell. Consider it a boo-boo. The sediment is NBUS from the Avery Elle set, "Simply Labels: Hello Friend."

Challenges for one or the other card:

The links will provide you with  tons of inspiration and details on the rules, sponsors, and prizes!

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My friend Mamie sent me an ad from a magazine with this squirrel chair contraption:
Are the squirrels overtaking your birdfeeders? Supply them their own retro chair squirrel feeder. New arrival and only $12.99.
treehousegiftandhome.com
Do any of you have one? I'm curious if it works to keep the squirrels busy and out of the bird feeders? Honestly, who thinks of these things? And why is it never me? Although, can you imagine the process of trying to find a manufacturer for this? 

Thanks, Mamie!

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94 comments:

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous card
and stunning foto
hugs Tamara

Sue said...

Love the cards.

I think so long as the Squirrel has food, they don't mind where they sit:)

Hope you have good day. Sue

Aileen (mum) said...

Ohhh Darnell you do crack me up. Both cards are so cool, just love the ape in the tyre. Your play on words always brings a smile to my dial. Another enjoysble visit. Another critter that doesnt live in Australia.

Lizzy Hill said...

OK. I didn't get it. And then I had to think about it! But my brain is not a lateral thinker in any SHAPE or form....but I HAD to get that one in! Love the 'sh', actually. Wish I had a surprise party to organise now!!! And the light bulb card is really ummmm.....hot???!!! Going now..... ;)

Hussena said...

OMG !! totally love both your cards ..So clever both of them !! What a fabulous and creative use of die's and stamps !!

Sarah said...

You are such a great start to the day, Darnell...every home should have one!! These are brilliant cards, you are on a roll girl!! xx

Inkyfingers said...

You crack me up Darnell with your quirky view of materials and your various 'light bulb moments' These cards are such fun and are sure to be winners in my book!
Hugs
Carol x

Linda said...

I love your creativity and your posts always make me laugh x

Redanne said...

Wow, I am early! I need a distraction from the General Election here in the UK and what better way than to spend time looking at your fantastic post! I just love the 'shape' card - you are so, so clever thinking that one up! I love the borders too, so clean and crisp looking...

The light bulb moment one is very clever too, love how you came up with that one. As for the squirrel, I have never seen one of those chairs but if it works it is a genius idea! Big hugs, Annie xxx

hellerlittle said...

lol lol lol such funn your SH-Card !!!
have to smile about the (wrong) reason ;o)

two very stunning cas ccards --- TFS
CU hellerlittle

Julie B said...

Two fun cards Darnell! Love the border die. :)

Kylie said...

Great cards! I love your use of the shapes and the incorporation of your dies. (I'm a mayo lover too and none of that fat free crap!). Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers too! xx

Jane said...

Super cards and I love your lightbulb moment! That squirrel chair gave me a chuckle, cute critter but such a nuisance. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
oh these are both fab cards.
Wonderful designing as always.
You do make me laugh with your really super post, as I can always say I have a little chuckle at your wonderful wording.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Ros Crawford said...

Oh that REBUS is sooooo clever!! A winner for sure! Great cards Darnell and a chair for a squirrel???? I need to get a few of these .... The squirrels are regular visitors!

Helen Frolova said...

I admire, very creative!!!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

I just LOVE your innovative cards Darnell . . . you are brilliant with words! Both cards are beautifully CAS too! Oh, and that squirrel on that little chair really made me smile!! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx

Jeanne said...

Thanks for sharing your fabulous cards and wonderful wit with us, Darnell. Made me smile which is a great way to start the day. Um, that chair for the squirrel looks interesting...it would be interesting to see if it worked in the manner in which it is intended. Have a terrific day. :)

I Card Everyone said...

While I love that you're so sure of me - you totally stumped me on this one, D... and then I LOL! Just love it!
=] Michele

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your cards Darnell and that squirrel contraption is brilliants...all he needs now are his slippers and a pipe..lOl...lOl.

Anne

Vicki Dutcher said...

LOL great "shape" card - Did Hammy come up with that idea? :)
Thanks for playing in AAA too.

ps I did stop by just because I haven't [my bad] in like forever- I just happened to get lucky you played in one of my challenges~

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Full of fun and inspiration, as always! Love the use of the shaped cardfront - so glad you joined us at CASology this week!

Joyce said...

These are both just perfect for the CASology challenge, Darnell. Thanks so much for playing along times two this week.

Krisha said...

CUTE cards Darnell, what great ideas for the shape card challenges.

LOVE the reference to Mayonnaise, a food group that is close to my heart.....LOL

Thanks for visiting my blog the other day, always a pleasure to read your comments.

Caz said...

Lovely cards as always :-) I really like the shine one!! Very sweet! I don't think us British celebrate enough days :-P I also want a pinnate :-P

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the punny shape cards, Darnell! The squirrel chair made me LOL and seriously, why can't I come up with ideas like that? I doubt it will keep squirrels out of your bird feeders though, just give them a place to relax and hang out with their full bellies. We hung supposedly "squirrel proof" bird feeders on planter hanger poles and those clever squirrels took a week to figure out how to shimmy up the poles and hang upside down to get the seeds out.

Gerrina said...

I love the way you used the cueword shape! The lamp-shape is such an original one! And the first card is so perfectly CAS! Allways a pleasure to come visit you here and allways inspiring me to think out of the box! Hugs, Gerrina

Viv said...

Two great cards here Dee, how clever you are to use the stamps and dies like that! love the squirrel chair too....nope don't have one myself ;) hugs Vee xx

Shannon McComb said...

Lovely cards Darnell!

conil said...

You're completely hilarious! Admittedly, I didn't initially get the rebus but when I did, I fell off my chair. Don't worry, didn't hurt myself (too much padding). In any case (pun intended), both cards are awesome. Love the lamp... If you find out where to purchase the squirred La-Z-Boy, please let us know.

Tanis Scott said...

I love your lamp. What a "bright" idea!

Loll said...

Only you would come up with the sh + ape card :) I love how your mind works! When a cool die for the card front. And the light bulb in the lamp with the pull cord ... cute!! Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. xx

Sharon Underwood said...

What neat cards! I particularly like the lamp one with the pull chain. How creative!And, btw, nothing needs to be raised or lowered. Everything looks good just the way it is!

Jacee said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, great ideas, lovely!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Charlene said...

You are to much lol!!!!! Great cards!!!

Cheryl W. said...

Your mind really does work in wondrous ways, Darnell. So glad I get to read your blog, see your beautiful cards and have my day brightened by your humor. Your cards today are so creative and fun. Love them!

Jan Frances said...

Love your Sh ape card, how original. Great pic of the hungry squirrel! xxx Jan xx

Lisa said...

Haha, Sh-ape!! I love it!! What a fabulous card!! I love the die you used and that adorable swinging primate :) The second card is fabulous with the chain pull!! You always make me smile!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Em Louise Fairley said...

Super cute cards! I love them both and yep, the sh-ape cracked me up too. Grin

Pam said...

Really?!? sh & ape?!? That's brilliant! Great shape cards, my friend.

oldpunca said...

It is always a pleasure to visit your blog, dear Darnell. :-) Wonderful and innovative cards, a super fun for reading and superb photos. Love your "sh" card and the explanation about it. Your coral colour card is the best of the best idea!
Hugs, Sonja

maria f. said...

Why do I feel one needs a doctorate to read today's post?!?!? Til I get to the squirrel chair and it reminds me of the contraption my dad has on his birdfeeder (think chalet with spikes) to keep those stinkers off of it. Doesn't work. They drop (yes, drop) down out of the tree above it. Maybe I should get him one of these chairs for shits and giggles. Which brings us to your first card. Which had me looking for an "it" ´, as in i-t, meaning in that circle somehow. What's that say about me? And your lamp, too cool. There's something so Bauhaus about it. Hugs to you and Hammy. You be on a roll.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh these are so super cute!!! Love the Mayo Holiday reference, cracked me up.

Kathleen said...

Oh gosh what will you come up with next, two great ideas and two great cards.

Kath x

Sue - said...

Love your she+ape card! So clever!

Pat said...

I love these two cards Darnell and the play on words on the first card is so clever and such fun and it is a great shape too. The second is also a clever design and the light bulb works fabulously with the word 'shine' and the coral is such a pretty colour. I love the squirrel chair but I think the food is the deciding factor as to whether the squirrel uses the seat or not. x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Sh. . . .uper shape! Great fun card and the one with, what I thought at first glance, was a toilet with the old fashioned pull chain lol!
Is Cinco de Mayo five lots of mayonnaise? And love the fact the squirrel is sat high up in the chair to accommodate its nuts. . . . .
Ang x

Shelly said...

Well, I'll admit...took me a minute to figure out your first card. ;)
Both cards are fun and very clever!

Nelleke said...

gaaf! Hier hou ik wel van: mooi door de eenvoud. groetjes, Nelleke

Dena J said...

All your posts are creative, inspirational, fun....but today it was all that and hilarious!! What a blessing to open your email each day. Thanks, Darnell, for 'karacking' me up :-)

Geri said...

Seriously...a gorilla in a rubber tire? And a wee chair for a squirrel? Your posts always make me smile!

Love how you think! Thanks for 'splainin' your Rebus thought process, otherwise I would have been studying this puzzle till next Wednesday.

Fabulous card - I love how dotted border balances the cutaway edge.

Your creativity "SHINES" with thhe lamp card! Sooooooo clever and such an awesome spot for the sentiment! Winner, Winner!

Carol L said...

OHhh, look at these fun cards you've made today! Talk about having a serious light bulb moment!!! LOL I'm dying with laughter over the squirrel chair! Hilarious little corn shucker he is!

frommycraftroom said...

Such fun cards and post. Amazing ideas.

Thanks for the explanation - I think it would have taken me awhile for some reason I was thinking monkey not ape! :)

Carol said...

I have that pocket die lying on my desk waiting to be used...you've put it to very good use Darnell. Love your second card too. Carol x

Kim Heggins said...

As always....you are too funny! And I love your sweet gorilla, just so cute and your sweet little squirrel friend is so adorable sitting eating her corn, so fun. And your sweet lamp card is so creative and fun and as clever as can be!

Lindsey said...

You and Hammy really outdid yourselves with the pun fun on the first card! And you realize only you really notice any alleged flaws in the second. Also, I may need a squirrel chair or three now. :D

OH Babs said...

Well pretty dog gone clever missy.
Congrats on your recent acknowledgement for some card you made somewhere this week. Dang you are difficult to keep up with.

Birgit said...

I am ape over your first card! (nyuck, nyuck)I love the gorilla in the tire-so cute. Love the lightbulb and the set up with the cord. Perfecto! The squirrel is not quite sitting as he should be but he is a cutie

Lisa said...

What a FUN pair of cards!! Great ideas for the shape challenge Darnell. But the squirrel on the chair gets the prize today, cracked me up!!

nwilliams6 said...

Hey there Darnell, I have missed your fun humor! What fab cards, stories, and pictures (especially the cute squirrel). Loved your comments on the Mayo festival -my husband thinks Mayo is one of the major food groups! hugz

Sue from Oregon said...

I have to admit...I got it as soon as you told me! DUHHHH! lol Very fun cards...love reading the process you go through girlie! ♥ Sue K

Bobby said...

You're better than watching Jimmy Kimmel, Darnell. I can always count on you for a laugh. I have that NBUS pocket die and wasn't sure what to do with it. You used it in an unexpected way.

Maxine D said...

LOOOOVE your cards Darnell, particularly the first one, and the rhsbus cintained within it - at first glance the lightbulb one made me think of an old style chain pull flush toilet (sorry);-)
Blessings
Maxine

cuilliesocks said...

Brilliant cards Darnell, super designs, hugs Kate x

Linda said...

OMG! You're so clever Darnell ..... I must admit it took me a while with the sh ..... card but I got there in the end. Well it was early when I read it! And the lamp card is just genius!!! Have a lovely day .... Linda xxx

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

What fabby shape cards Darnell-clever :)
That Squirrel "self service" is a hoot-he would be such a cute friend for Hammy wouldn't he!!
have a good day,
Hugs,Nessa xxx

SARN said...

Yep . . . these cards sure are FUN with a capital F.

Brilliant.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Hettie said...

Great cards Mrs and love that curvy wurvy one!!
As for the squirrel seat, keep schtum or my Girls will want one each!!
Hugs
xx

Brenda in IN said...

That squirrel in the lawn chair just cracked me up. Thanks for sharing that pix. That Hammy, how he remembers all those stamps you have amazes me! The cards are so fun. I love the round edge. That is great.

Georgie C said...

Ahh I just love your CAS cards, it's so lovely and refreshing to see something clean and elegant. It's soooo refreshing for a mixed media headed person lol xx

Karen said...

Darnell, you are always so clever! Both of your cards are fantastic! The 'shape' cracked me up... I just love how your mind works! :o) It will transform beautifully into a birthday card! Your use of the die to form a lamp is brilliant. You are amazing, my friend! Wishing you a beautifully bright and sunshiny weekend. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Bonnie said...

LOL, I though it said sho and I thought, sho what? Sho thing? Then I saw the light. But that squirrel chair is amazing. I doubt it would keep them out of the birdseed, but a shepherds hook coated with Vaseline will. Love to watch those pesky squirrels sliding down the pole! Have a fun weekend!

Nora N. said...

Ohhh!! I love the fun shape cards on these. The first card with the black is awesome. I LOVE the second card with the light bulb. FABULOUS design!!

sofia andersson said...

Love your cards yet again! I realised instantly that it must be a rebus, but then went like: sh-monkey, no, sh-gorilla, wait what? I blame the fact that I'm still in the middle of my morning coffee :) and the squirrel cracked me up! Had to show it to my son too - he loves squirrels, and they have tons at his daycare.. I suppose I'll hear the ladies complaining next week when my son starts chasing the cuties with a chair :S

Shona Chambers said...

A squirrel chair??? Who comes up with these ideas. Its brilliant!! I'll be honest, I thought it said 'show (thought it was a letter 'o' from an alphabet with animals on the letters....). Its a brilliant idea for the CASology challenge and I definitely think a winner! And your lamp, blimey, thats spectacular!!

Anita in France said...

Having had some sleep before getting here, Darnell, I'm delighted to say I got it (yay!) ... fun, fab, clever, creative and of course, genius cards, my friend ... you and Hammy make such a great team! Snowflake's cousin looks as though he's enjoying his meal, all comfy and about as laid back as a squizzle gets! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

pinky said...

I love the cool shape of your first card Darnell, so eye catching (luckily I don't like mayonnaise but do love May)lol. The second one is a real light bulb moment lol, very inspiring. I have never seen a chair for a squirrel, how cool would that be! Have a great weekend.

Michelle De Rooy said...

I love your gorilla stamped card best out of the two though both are lovely. Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so sorry it has taken me so long to come back to visit your blog. I am sure you'll forgive when you read why!

Julia Wilson said...

Great cards! Your lamp is very creative. I love the little pull you created with chain. Thanks so much for sharing at the Colour Me! challenge this week :)

Jerrie said...

Sh ape and Sh ine. You are on a Sh trend!! I love your cards!!

Michelle said...

I have really been drawn to shapes lately, so I was instantly attracted to these lovely cards of yours. You have a wonderful eye for design. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

~Michelle

http://www.michellezerull.blogspot.com

Marilyn said...

Both of these cards are fabulous but the monkey one is my fave... my gosh, that is creative and I just love it.

Ann said...

Such creative cards Darnell. And I love mayo too. Your a very funny gal. You know, I think that little chair that squirrel is on is a little home decor piece and they might have driven a nail through it to hold a piece of corn and then hung it on the tree. I see people alter little things around here in my neck of the woods like that. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Michelle De Rooy said...

I love your gorilla stamped card best out of the two though both are lovely. Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so sorry it has taken me so long to come back to visit your blog. I am sure you'll forgive when you read why!

hazelspaperdesigns said...

Heavens! You stumped me on sh-ape! I am so annoyed I didn't get it first up, because now I can't see it any other way!! LOVE that ape in the tyre. Love it! Love it! Love it!!! And your lamp card is shape perfection also!! Love how your mind works lady! You are ingenious! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!!!2hazelspaper

Justine Hovey said...

Cute lamps card, the chain to pull is adorable! Thanks for playing over at AAA Cards! Justine

wienerhoneymooners said...

Clever, clever, clever!!! Love the SHAPE and AAA CASness!!! FUN!!! Great idea!!

I hope you join in for MANY chances to WIN prizes on the AAA Birthday BASH - Right NOW!!
Thanks for joining us!
HUGS Darnell!
-Kimberly

Jen W. said...

These are both brilliant, Darnell! The second one caught my eye immediately in the CASology gallery but the first one is super adorable and clever too! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Greta said...

Very creative--2 wonderful cards, Darnell!

stampwithsandy said...

Darnell, I love both of your cards but rhe lamp card is adorable! Love how you used the negative cut for the lampshade. So creative! Very happy to see you this week at Colour Me!

JD/ Jill said...

Oh Wow! What fun (creative) cards!
Like some others have said before me...You continue to crack me up!
I love how you came up with the Sh APE card!!! A+

wienerhoneymooners said...

You are a very clever card maker, love the gorilla in the tire swing..wow LOVE it.. I love clever images that are so memorable!!! This ine is memorable. In fact MOST of your cards are so memorable!! Thanks for joining us this week !! Your such s sweet heart!!
-HUGS
Kimberly!

Petra Swart said...

Brilliant creativity on the sh-ape card, Darnell!! ...and the lamp one, too!!! Both of these are winners!!!! Talking of winners - congrats on the top 3 at ATCAS, hey!!!!!

Helen F. said...

Two oh so clever sh-ape cards, Darnell! You are too funny :-)