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!

June 21, 2015

Splish Splashing

Hello, gals and guys!

Guys are being celebrated big time today in several countries, so Happy Father's Day to all of you and God bless you for all you do! 

The Mister and I are celebrating today with our son and his sons, and of course, our DDIL, so I will be quick, although my card making wasn't that quick. I started off trying to combine a "splash" challenge with a "kids" challenge only I watercolored my kid card forgetting that it wasn't on watercolor paper so the next thing I knew my kid looked 7D as she rippled and warped unpleasantly.

So no kiddo kard, but starting over I made two kritter kards:
We'll start with one of Hammy's little playmates, a NBUS tweety bird from the Paper Smooches set, "My Peeps." Tweety is having a fun ol' time hopping up and down in the water in the gutter in the street in the neighborhood in the tow ... oh, sorry, I got stuck there for a second. The splash is a PSX stamp (E-1567) and the arched sediment is from SU. QACAS! Of course, I had to wink it and give it googly eyes!
Challenges
 GRAB OUR BADGE!
My twofer:
Still thinking splash, I remembered this other old stamp I had. It's a dozen years old and from an out-of-business company, but it's just as cute today as it was back then. The inks used were SU pink passion, basic grey, and tempting turkoize. The next step was thinking of a design. Flipping through my dies, I came across my NBUS photo frame die which was perfect. (I think it's from PTI.) 

For my card base I laid down strips of rain-droppish Washi tape as shown, covered the raggedy bits with a double horizontal strip of two gray patterned Washi tapes, and bottomed it off with a pretty dotted Swiss to complete the dotty theme. The sediment is from Penny Black. After assemblage, everything was winked and properly beaded.
Challenges
Pixies Crafty Workshop
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88 comments:

Milka Gubo said...

Awwww!!! These two are adorable, Darnell! Love the bird! :-D
hugs

Hussena said...

Both your cards are absolutely adorable. So in love with your first card. :D

Redanne said...

Both cards made me smile Darnell, I love the whimsical images and your colour choices are superb, I just love how the little bunny 'twinkles'. Hope you have a lovely family day today! Hugs, Annie xx

Liz said...

Two cute, adorable cards! I love the addition of the googly eyes on the first one. That little bird looks like he's having so much fun! xx

Margreet said...

Love both your splash cards!
xxx Margreet

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
super creations.
Love the splashes they do look so good.
Fab critters cards also.
your designing sure is brill.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Aileen (mum) said...

Looovly sparkly cards, love a good splash. Wish I had seen your 7D girl!!!

Rita said...

Love your Splash cards Darnell, so cute too. Hope you enjoy a lovely day. Hugs Rita xx

Marilyn said...

Both cards are so adorable!!

Inkyfingers said...

Lovely cards Darnell and the first one cracks me up with those amazing googly eyes!
Have a great celebration with the family.
Hugs
Carol x

Jeanne said...

Terrific cards, Darnell. They are both so fun and whimsical. That first one looks to be a bit of a rascal there! You are able to get quite the sparkle out of your WOS brush. :) Have a lovely day celebrating with your family.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Aw how kewl are they, Darnell,??? Mm, think like first one best, but second one reminds me of a big footed bunny image I used to get the kids to colour when teaching little ones way back when!! Cute!
Thanks for sharing,
Shaz in Oz.x
{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Linda said...

Two adorable little cards Darnell ..... love that splashing bird. Enjoy your day with the family. Hugs .... Linda xx

cuilliesocks said...

Just adorable cards Darnell, love the images they are such fun, have a great day with your family, hugs Kate x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Fantastic adorable designs Darnell. I love the little birdy's googly eyes. Have a great Father's Day. Hugs, Shirleyxx

jimlynn said...

BOTH are delightful and fun - and cute too! Love the first one and wish I was in the gutter having fun with him splashing away.
Hope y'all have a wonderful Father's Day and just a beautiful day all the way around.
Lynn

Colleen said...

I love the bird splashing in the water! And that cute little bunn...You are always so very clever! Have a great day with your "boys"...!

Loll said...

Hi Dolly. Both your kritters are so adorable!! And they look like they are having a blast, splashing in the puddles. LOVE the CAS design with all the white space that really focuses on your sweet little bird. And love the background you've created with the strips of washi tape --- so creative and fun! Happy Father's Day to the Mister and your son ... have a wonderful day with the family!! Lolly xx

conil said...

Aaaaaw, so adorable...both sparkly and embellished critters. Hope you both have a truly special day with your family.

Birgit said...

Both cards are great. I love the first one because it is mostly white. I always think of making a card like this and then I can't stop covering the white. I think the 2nd card is so cute and sweet. love the sparkle as always.

Broni said...

These are both such cute and fun cards!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown this week!

sandie said...

Love the wild card, spooky, fun and glossy eyes...love them. Have a good day and thanks for joining Ink x

Sharon Underwood said...

What cute cards! Love the critters, the colors and the polaroid die cut. Fun! Have a wonderful time with your family!

Lisa said...

They are both so absolutely adorable!! The birdie is too cute!! I love the sparkle you added!! The bunny is fabulous, too!! You did such an awesome job on both - love them!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Lisa said...

They are both so absolutely adorable!! The birdie is too cute!! I love the sparkle you added!! The bunny is fabulous, too!! You did such an awesome job on both - love them!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Cat Craig said...

Both are fabulously fun cards, and I do think of splashing around when I look at them.

Kim Heggins said...

Wishing you a fabulous day with your family. Your cards are just so adorable, I love that sweet little birthday bird splashing in the water, so fun.

JoAnn said...

Such darling cards. Love the cute images.

Sue said...

Fab cards.

Hope you've had a lovely Fathers Day with your kids. Sue

OH Babs said...

Two cute and whimsical kid-type cards. Enjoy the days with all your boys.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Super cute! Those eyes put it over the top fun! Thanks for joining in at ATCAS

Verna Angerhofer said...

Such cute card designs. I love the splashing in the rain one. I used to do that myself as a kid and believe me that was a long, long time ago. I bet it is still a fun thing.

Bonnie said...

Both of these are adorable, Darnell! I think either or both would be perfect for a kid! Who better to understand the fun of jumping in a puddle? Hope you enjoy your day with all the men and your DDIL. Happy FD to Kevin!

Kathleen said...

These are just stunning, love both of them, fabulous fun images.

Kath x

Bonnie said...

Oops! Thanks for sharing with us at ATCAS. (And I'm hoping for a photo of all your guys.)

oldpunca said...

Your jumping tweety is so sweet! Amazing CAS. I'm impressed. :-)
Have a nice week,
Sonja

Lynne in NI said...

Awww these are gorgeous Darnell! I'm loving your sparkly bunny ... is that a Wink of Stella pen? Might have to get one of those ;)

Sarah Gray said...

Love these splashing critters, Darnell! Both cards are so fun and cheeky - just like their creator :) I hope you had a wonderful day with your family!

Pam said...

Adorable splashing cards! Love those googly eyes.

Deepti said...

Adorable splash cards :) thank you for sharing with ATCAS !

Greta said...

You 2 girls enjoy your day with all the menfolk! As you must know by now, I'm not much on cute, but how I love these cards, Darnell! The googly eyes on that adorable birdie--a perfect card! The second one is Washi?! LOVE the look of that card & the embossed dots put it over the top!

Alanna said...

What fun cards. I love the googly eyes on the first one.

Lizzy Hill said...

Gorgeous! Love those EYES in the top one and the glitter in the second one!!! And both are super cute:) We don't have dad's day 'til September in OZ....and even then, my Dad's dead....so it doesn't have the same importance anymore.....them's the breaks, eh?? :))

Shannon McComb said...

Your cards are ohh sooo cute!! I love those little googly eyes on your first card!! stinkin cute!!
I want to thank you for your beyond kind comments on my blog!! Your comments always make me smile!!
Thanks Darnell!!
xox

Sarah Mabery said...

Both of those images are too stinkin cute. I love the sparkle, especially on the bunny. And you can never go wrong with googly eyes. Cool idea of using the washi tape to create a background.

I hope Mister had a good Father's Day.

MaryH said...

As always, I leave here with a big smile. Tonight is no exception. Both these are darling as can be. The googly eyes on the splasher was a brilliant addition. Gotta love those PSX stamps. Love the design on #2 and clever use of the washi tape as stripes of rain on this lil' critter. You are so smart to be making 2 cards....what a stash you must have built up. Hope all is well. TFS & Big hugs..Hey to Hammie.

Cathy said...

Such fun cute cards Darnell! Love the googly eyes. Have a great Father's Day, Cathy x

Maxine D said...

Oh Darnell I do so love your splashy cards - they are so darn CUTE!!! The wink on them is fabulous
Blessings
Maxine

Lisa said...

Cute little critter cards today Darnell!! I've made that watercolor mistake too, not pretty!!

Claire said...

These are so sweet Darnell - absolutely LOVE the first one. It's just gorgeous...that stamped splash is wonderful!

Brenda said...

What fun and cute cards Auntie! I love that splashing puddle in the first card. That bird is just too cute too, love his googly eyes. I love the way you used your washi tape in the second card, another really cute one. I need to put images in the Polaroid frame more often, this little fella really looks cute in there! Hugs, Brenda

Happy Dance said...

Awww! Sweet little splashy critters today! Are they doing a rain dance for all the folks in California? I'll see if we can send you a couple of our rainy days....LOVE the googly eyes on your little bird! And what a perfect puddle too! And I like all the papers and dimension on your sweet little umbrella card too. The blues are matchy-matchy with your puddle - perfect! So darn cute! But the pink really makes your card pop; it just works! Dang girl, two great cards!! Love them! Miss you! Bev

Pollard Carole said...

Just fab love that bird card its stunning Hope you enjoyed your family father's Day love and hugs Carole x

Di said...

Two great cards Darnell - do you ever make a bad 'un though?! Love how you used the washi tape for the background on your snippets card - clever!

Hugs

Di xx

Julia Aston said...

Sweet little images on both cards Darnell - love the splash stamp (don't kids just LOVE to jump in puddles) and the google eyes!

Kelly Latevola said...

So cute! I love the glitters on the second one. I hate when I forget I'm not using watercolor paper. Boo :/

Em Louise Fairley said...

Sooo cute! I love them both! Hugs xxx

Karen B said...

Two gorgeous cutie pies Dippy - love your first chickadee with the googly eyes but they are both fab. Aren't you lucky to have two examples of splish splash!!!! I'm just going on a hunt to see what I've got!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

VanessaB said...

sooooooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!

Vickie Z said...

fun cards and sweet images!! thxs for joining us at CTD!!

Carol said...

Two gorgeous splash cards Darnell. Carol x

Marybeth said...

I love your splash cards and boy oh boy did you ever capture the shimmer in your beautiful photos! Hope you all had a wonderful day!

Lindsey said...

These are super splashy cute!

Carol L said...

What a pair of adorable cards, and those older stamps are always goodies, I agree! I hope your Mister had a great father's day, even though I'm a day late (and a dollar short) as always :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Love these two cards Darnell, the birdy splashing in the water is brilliant!

Cheryl W. said...

Wonderful, fun cards! Love the splash stamp and all the twinkle and shine you added.

My Paper Epiphany said...

That is one WILD bird - love it! Also love the sweet bunny and the splashes of water!

Joanna Harty said...

Lovely cards Darnell! Love that you added googly eyes to your bird! Thanks for joning us over at Addicted to CAS!

Sandy said...

These two cards are FANGdangTASTIC!!!!! I love them both.
Sandy xx

laughadaisy said...

Great cards, Darnell. Reminds me of the puddle jumping we used to do as kids! I love the bright, happy colors you used, and the fun images. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on the ol' blog - I appreciate it. ;-)

Becca Cruger said...

I don't know that I've ever used watercolor paper on a card before. I probably should try it out, but going 7D is always good for mixed media. That's why I'm always SOO amazed by you CAS designers who can line things up exactly right (like that awesome background in your 2nd card) or make a card that has a lot of white space without getting it all smudgy with inky fingerprints on accident. These cards are definitely both adorable and GOOGLY EYES!!! You can't go wrong with googly eyes. Thank you for joining us over at STAMPlorations, too!

Linda said...

Darnell, these are just too adorable.

Brenda in IN said...

This tweety bird card is the cutest. Those eyes cracked me up. The bunny is adorable and I love the raindrops. I've been a little scarce buy I'm trying to catch up. I have to tell you the dog cartoon from last week made me laugh out loud. That was the best one I've seen in a long time.

laurie said...

Cute cards! You gotta love googly eyes.... they are so fun!

Have a great day!!

Wanda Cullen said...

Your critter cards are just too cute! Bound to make the recipient break out a big ole smile!

Nonni said...

Two very cute cards! I love all the glitter and your use of washi in your card for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous
hugs Tamara

Kamila R. said...

As always very creative and beautiful cards! I love that splash/paddle! Googly eyes were a great touch!

Shona Chambers said...

What little cuties!! That splash stamp for your first card is brilliant, it has so much detail and Tweety looks like he's having a blast. Love the colours of your second card too and love that the bunny is all sparkly. I always loved jumping in the puddles with the kids when they were younger. We've hardly had any rain this year to go puddle jumping yet, its more like 'frost' jumping at the moment. No where near as much fun!!

Anita in France said...

Splendidly splashy cute critters, Darnell ... those wild googly eyes really show that wee bird is having a grand old time in that puddle! Miss you ... hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Pat said...

Two cute little critters on these two cards Darnell, and I adore the googly eyes on the first and the washi tape like falling rain with the dots ef on the second. x

Wiebke Kommerell said...

Darnell, this bird rocks!

All the things I love on this card are mentioned several times above.

Petra Swart said...

Both of these are sooooo cute, Darnell!!! Love the eyes!!!!

Wei Wei Wang said...
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Wei Wei Wang said...

Both cards are adorable. Love the cute image and the use of washi. Thank you for sharing at STAMPlorations.

Larissa Heskett said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Sweet Card!! Such a FUN Story you made for him too!! SMILE!! =) I LOVE that you added some Shimmer and the Wiggly Eyes they just MAKE him!! =) THANKS SO MUCH for joining us on the Paper Smooches SPARK Challenge Blog and I hope you'll join us again this week!!?? Have FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

Yippee, go for the wild splash....
Thank you for playing with us at INKspirational Challenges. Love to see you again next time :o)
Pia xx

Taunya Butler said...

Cute and very fun cards!! Each one with a very unique style and flavor -they both delight me!! Have a wonderful day!!