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!

August 25, 2015

It's the 25th ~ Time for PTI and Rudolph!

Happy 25th Day of August 2015!

I hope you're having a great day! When I can, I like to play in two challenges that occur on the 25th of every month, so that makes it an automatic twofer day!

First up:
After masking the top of the card base at an angle, I first heat-embossed the NBUS PTI outline "Vintage Linens" stamps in black. Then, using the PTI photo inspiration below as, well, inspiration, I stamped the solid stamps in PTI inks: orange zest, scarlet jewel, raspberry fizz, and spring moss. The sediment is SU. 

When I removed the mask, I was horrified to find the scarlet jewel ink had bleed through my mask onto the white card base. That little booboo was quickly fixed by adding the PTI classic kraft ribbon and a swirly paperclip. Truth be told, it was another one of those happy accidents as it looks so much better dressed! (Don't we all, really?)

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Today's Twofer

Switching gears to Christmas I made this:
This OLC is adorned with NBUS Technique Tuesday "Chickadees" stamps which I purchased over a year ago. (Slap!) I'm not sure if I have used the "Jolly" die from Lil Inkers before, but I can tell you that the gold lamé paper from Tim Holtz is NBUS and I had a heck of a time cutting it. The red sparkly side embellies are Washi tape. The sweet little santa hats are from Memory Box. I drew a bit of ground for the Santabirds to stand on and then enhanced their beaks and feet with a gold At you Spica pen.

After making this card, and enjoying a minute of Hammy doing a dozen summer salts to signify his pleasure, I took some photos.

When the above photo appeared on the monitor, however, I sat with my head leaning over my left shoulder. To me, Mr. Santabird and Mrs. Santabird look adorable in their cute santa hats. Fine. But doesn't it seem like Mrs. Santabird is looking at something that isn't there?

Well, I thought so, too, so I gave them some privacy for a brief 30-minute gestation period and now they are a family!! This time even I did a couple three summer salts!
Ah. That's better!

I know there is a baby bird in the Chickadee set, but I wanted a baby who was returning mama's gaze, so I used this cutie-patootie stamp from Paper Smooches "My Peeps" set.

(That explains why the Missus has a "Well, who are YOU?!" look on her face. We won't mention that the Mister simply looks clueless.)

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114 comments:

Birgit said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell! I just love the vintage linen flowers at an angle like that and no one would be the wiser that there was a happy accident going on there. You covered it beautifully!! ;0)

Barb said...

Darnell there's so much to say about this fantastic post. It really did make me laugh and what a great surprise at the end to see that sweet little cutie looking up at his mummy.

Your first card is lovely. The colours are striking and I'd never have known that the ribbon wasn't there at the start. It looks great with the swirly clip on. I have some which are NBUS.

Your Christmas birds card is absolutely adorable, really so so cute.
And yes, I for one do certainly look better dressed!

Thank you for your lovely shoutout. Lots of your friends visited my blog and Saturday was a record "hits" day. Thank you so much. Hugs, Barbxx

Carole said...

OMG...two FAB-ulous cards Darnell and you really made me smile with your second card. Love the addition of baby bird.........way too cute. Clever cover up on the first card....no-one will ever know!

artful-notions said...

Quickly posting a comment, can't believe I'm in the top 20! OK, PTI's blog hop card, gorgeous. Now why tell us there's a boo hiding under that rich ribbon! Love the little clip too! And the birdie card is a fav! Lovely to have added the glitter sides. Just darling!

Colleen said...

You are a hoot and the added chick is just perfect!! Love your Vintage Linen card for the blog Hop!!

Marcia HIll said...

Don't you just LOVE that Vintage Linens set?!!! And what a happy accident with the smudge, as that ribbon and clip look just like they were meant to be there!! :0) And I love your Christmas chickadee card...they are just too cute! Great job on both cards Darnell, and have fun hopping!

Patti J said...

Another fun post, Darnell! That Hammy is certainly getting his exercise! Beautiful first card! I'm pretty sur that ribbon, sequins, flowers, etc., we're all made to hide our OOPS spots! You hid yours and dressed up your card...great job! I nearly spit my Gaorade on the screen when I read about a thirty minute gestation period! You always make me happy! The card looks so much more complete and balanced with that baby bird - great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Jane Willis said...

Two superb rescues there, especially on the second one, where the addition of the chick has transformed the card from very good to truly great!

Jane

Gina said...

I love your take on the PTI inspiration. So smart to cover the Scarlet Jewel smudge with the ribbon - and bring in the brown from the photo. It looks fantastic! And your Christmas card is so much fun...as is your description of how you arrived at your final destination with it. I laughed so hard!!! Love it!

Carol Didier said...

Your PTI blog hop card is beautiful - I love CAS style, and you've nailed it, then dressed it up a bit!

The story of the second card is wonderful. I love the chick addition. And Papa does indeed look clueless. Tee-hee!

Kara said...

pretty cards!

designbydonna said...

Your PTI card is beautiful. I love the colors. If you hadn't confessed,we would not now about the accident. And the chicks in their Santa hats are absolutely adorable. But I must stop drinking coffee while reading your blog. Bursting out laughing and spitting coffee on the screen really is not good for it.

Marybeth said...

Love your happy accident and fun way to use some of that ribbon we all have. The Christmas card is too darn cute!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the beautiful PTI Hop card, but OMG those little Santa chickadees have stolen my heart!!! The second one is genius <3

conil said...

I'm still laughing my head off...and admiring your ingenuity. Mr. Clueless Chickadee just struck me funny...and the who are you Mrs...well, that's how I felt about my kids when they reached puberty. Seriously though, your happy accidents always turn out well. Your PTI card proves it. The bird card, well those creatures have been calling my name for a year now. Don't know why I never purchased them. Fun cards...see a winner in your future. And thank you so much for continually being supportive of my feeble efforts. It means a lot.

Julie B said...

Red is a little naughty in the bleeding area, but you are right about the ribbon and the same goes for my little bleed through on my berry card.
Love those fun little birdies as well. :)

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so fabulous!! The first on is so gorgeous!! I love the design!! The second is so cute!! I love the adorable birdies!! Awesome job on both!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Julia Aston said...

Two great cards Darnell - love the cute little addition to the Santa birds!! (you crack me up!) Julia xx

Krisha said...

HAHAHAHA! Your posts always brighten my day.

Sue said...

Fab cards. I love it when we have to cover up a problem and think the card looks better for it.

Hope you've had a good day. Sue

Kim M said...

Fantastic cards, Darnell! Love your Santa bird family! Loving the sparkly washi and die cut. Super cute! So happy to see you over at OLCCC. Hope you'll join us again! :-)

Linda said...

Beautiful card for the Blog Hop. I must admit, I wasn't inspired too much by this picture. I know I should have gone with the colors but just didn't get one done. And those Santa chicks are so adorable.

scrAPpamondo said...

Ha ha ha!! You made me laught with the story of the mom's bird gestation in 30 minuts... :D How sweet and fun is your card! These birdies are supercute!
And on the first card I say that your happy accident is as that mine with the embossing/debossing :D Your lace with the clip looks great!

Pia S said...

Your Christmas card is the cutest. Love these funny looking long legged birds and their little one, all dressed up in matching hats for the occasion... Very elegant first card too

Loll said...

Two awesome cards, Dolly!! Love your beautiful blooms, and the ribbon and clip really add a bit of glam ... it's just a bonus that it covers up a little bleed! Great job with that!

And the santa birds are adorable ... especially the baby! :) Great addition. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. Lolly xx

Craft-E-Place said...

Two fabulous cards. Your first card is stunning and as others have said the ribbon looks as if it should always have been there! And as for baby Santa - so cute!
Elaine

JoAnn said...

Lovely cards Darnell. I especially like the first one with the pretty flowers. I have received my PTI Vintage Linen stamps but have not got to use them yet. Maybe I will save them for your "NBUS" challenge. :)

jimlynn said...

I've looked at my children many a time thinking - who are you!!! Still do in fact!
Love both of these! The first is so pretty and what a great idea to cover the boo-boo with the ribbon. Looks like it belongs there! Love the addition of the clip too.
The Santa family is outstanding! Love those long legs - and wish I had them!
Great cards!
Lynn

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful cards and I like the use of the ribbon to cover up a slight flaw. We have to be sneaky sometimes to give the illusion of perfection. LOL

Jacee said...

Two beauties Darnell!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Lynn said...

Don't you just love when the mistake makes the end result better....love the touch of ribbon and those deep rich colors. And the family...swoon...perfection Darnell!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love both cards, Darnell. Happy accidents are the best kinda accidents. Grin
Hugs,
Em xxx

Carol said...

Two fab cards Darnell...great happy accident and love that little birdie family. Thanks for stopping by at HLS Christmas challenge too, loving all your sparkle. Carol x

Irene Grau said...

This has got to be one of the funniest posts I've ever read! Baby bird is the milkman's? So funny. Thanks for the chuckle!

Kathyk said...

Two perfectly diddlyscrumptious makes today Darnell, a lovely twofer!

Happy Rudolph Day

Kathyk

Silke Ledlow said...

Great "CAS" cards!

Rema said...

Fabulous cards! Love the second one although I'm not ready for winter yet...

Diana K said...

Love your gorgeous card for PTI's Blog Hop, but I am especially fond of the second one, despite the clueless look of Mister Chicakdee :)

Sharon Underwood said...

Love both cards, Darnell--what else can I say? The flowers are so pretty, and I like how you put them on an angle. The Santas cracked me up! You've inspired me, yet again. :)

Karen C. said...

Your Blog Hop card is so pretty. I still have Vintage Linens on my long wish list. Love seeing everyone's designs using it!! I haven't started Christmas cards yet, but your Santa Birds have me thinking I should!! The wee bird was a perfect addition to the family!!

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell. I love those pretty flowers on the first and the kraft colour ribbon goes beautifully, then the birds with baby bird completes the family look on the card so cleverly and love the red glitter card down the sides and the gold glittery sentiment. x

Redanne said...

I have to agree, I think most of us probably look better with them on.... and the card does look wonderful 'dressed'. I really love the second one too, I thought they were looking down at the snow but they do look so cute looking down on that little character - perfect choice, beautifully executed! Hugs, Annie xxx

Lynn Put said...

Fantastic cards! Love your bold floral card, great design and your Christmas card is too cute.

Nora N. said...

What lovely cards you created Darnell. I love the "happy accident" that you made on the first card. The ribbon looks perfect!! The second card is just to cute. Great design!

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell and especially love the bird one, even mores with the addition to the Family.

Kath x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Simply EYE-POPPINGLY gorgeous Darnell!
Both fantastic cards, love the striking colours of the first and fabulous use of the LIM sketch but those chickadees steal the show! Such adorable and fun little stamps and accessorised brilliantly.
Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

Linby said...

Two wonderful cards and your little commentary had me laughing out loud here!

Sue Rose said...

Happy mistakes always make my heart sing. You covered the oops very well! The chickadees are so cute. Good call on adding the baby chick, too! Too cute.

April Story said...

Nice save on the first card. And the Santa chicks are adorable!
April

Maria A. said...

Ha, ha, Darnell, this is one hilarious post. Love the chickie card, so sweet and fun, I love "happy accidents",LOL!!
Thank you for the laugh and for sharing this two beautiful cards.

Hettie said...

Do you think it was the coalman's then?
Pfffwrt!! You are so funny Darnell.
Liking the lopsided first card too. Like a bit of lopsyness!!
Hugs
xx

Betty Neville said...

Two wonderful cards! The ribbon and clip are a nice touch - love it when I am able to fix boo boos! Love your birdie card - the baby bird is the perfect addition!

Birgit said...

Oh I love what you did with the first card in that photo challenge. I am also happy when I can make a boo-boo disappear. I love the 2nd one! It is so cute with the clueless husband and mama making sure baby is aok. It is just perfecto:)

Chrissie said...

Two great cards Darnell, I love those chickadees ( I have them too) and they look great in Santa hats!
The bold flowers in the other card look so vibrant too!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

OH Babs said...

I love the Santa Birds and love that stamp set. Did not realize the bird was adopted. You fooled me.

Pollard Carole said...

Just perfect loving the cards as always especially that Santa family aren't they just the cutest Santa family loving them so much love and hugs Carole x

Lizzy Hill said...

Your interpretation of the Christmas Story had me snorting in my early cuppa tea. Pretty much what Mary and Joseph woulda been thinking, I'd reckon!!! ANyways....LOVE it. Loved it at first for the red glittery tape. then the birds, then the 3some. SO poor first card gets completely overlooked.....!! GREAT save on it,I must say.....love that you got to use...that stuff that breeds here and ne'r sees the light of day....OH! That's its name...RIBBON!!!!!!!!

Lizzy Hill said...

Oh dear! I hope I didn't stand on any toes with my comment. I AM a Christian....I just like to have fun with the Big Dude and His family at times. Anyways, Jesus had a great sense of humour, so I'm sure He'd be chuckling alongside me.....hoping;)!!!

Craftychris said...

Your flower card is so pretty! Fab colours and you would never know the ribbon wasn't the original plan! Your second card is sooooooo cute! The expressions are so fabulous! xxx

Carol L said...

You're too sharp with the details, but OH MY CHICKADEE, that baby chick is just what that card needed! I LOVE it!!! Those Santa hats are da bomb!! I love the red glittered sides, and those colorful flowers are gor-juss too! Atta girl :)

Leigh Penner said...

Your first card is so pretty, Darnell! And your second one is super sweet!

Kathy Mc said...

Had to laugh reading your post. If you hadn't told us about your happy accident, we never would have known. You disguised it beautifully. And in your second card, Mr. and Mrs. Santabirds are just precious looking down at little Santa birdie. So sweet, Darnell!

Janeen said...

OMGosh. adorable how you "fixed" these. indeed both fixes look better. happy medicine for sure. I am so going to make a card with that simple sketch.

Tenia Nelson said...

Awesome cards!!

Lindsey said...

the first card is gorgeous, but EEK!!! how I love the second one!!!

maryrose said...

Love them both! I think your happy accident really finished off that top card!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love these!! Those birdies are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!

JD/ Jill said...

Two lovely cards from you. I especially like your Christmas birdies, and the cute story to go along with the card!

Geri said...

I LOVE the ribbon & and the sproinky! I noticed the wee pop of "glam" before I even read your post...and loved the result! Nice fit with the gorgeous colors you used for the flowers!

The chickadees and the santa hats....soooo cute! The red & gold glam adds a nice bit of holiday sparkle to the card!

Helen F. said...

Hey Darnell, I am just getting back from a week's vaca! I was happy to make it home in time to enter in the PTI Aug BH. You have two fabulous cards here, Vintage Linens is movin' on up the wish list more quickly now~your design is simply beautiful! And the Christmas card is too darn cute~of course your observation of Mrs and Mr adds to the smiles and F-U-N :-)

Lisa said...

Your PTI card is just lovely Darnell!! Love the coloring on your flowers. And those long legged birds are just too much fun!! Another fabulous pair! Thanks for your congrats comment today. So nice of you to stop back by :)

Larissa Heskett said...

WOWOWOWOWOW!! I LOVE BOTH of these!! Your PTI Card makes me HAPPY!! Great Take on the Photo!! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE those Santa Birds!! HOW FUN!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

frommycraftroom said...

OMG the santa birds are amazing and so is the way you shared your creation. Fabulous you always bring a smile :)

Sandi said...

Darnell, you are just too funny and I laugh everytime I read your posts. However I think I might just be missing something as I cannot find where you mentioned what company sells/created the chicks stamp. I am referencing the "momma and Pappa" ones as I saw the little one was PS. Thanks for your great posts, and I would love to know who makes those chick stamps! TIA, Sandi Kuhlman

sandie said...

We all love an admitted cover up and you are right, it does look good with this ribbon. And what adorable chicks and their new one x

Sarah Gray said...

Good catch with covering up the ink bleed, Darnell - happens to me all the time! I love the way you have used the LIM sketch - the white space balances out those bold blooms nicely. I adore your little chick family - putting the baby chick in was just inspired and made me laugh :) Have a great day x

Linda said...

Two fabulous cards ...... Love those little Santa birds ...... their hats are just too cute! And what a nice surprise ..... the tiny addition is perfect. Great job on the cover up too xx

Aileen (mum) said...

Another brilliant save by Darnell. Though I have to say that little chickie looks like it might be a ring in. I ould be asking for a DNA test if I was the mister. Love both your cards.

Maxine D said...

Darnell I love visiting you and seeing your cards, particularly the Christmas one this time, but even more I enjoy your commentary, it always brings a smile to my face. So glad Hammy enjoys summer salts :-)
Blessings
Maxine

Gerrina said...

Still smiling while typing this; you really know how to write a post! Love the story about the X-mascard! And it is a funnyone! Love the flowercard and glad the bleeding did make a better card :) Have a fun day!

SARN said...

Super cards Darnell. . . watch out for those Hammy somersaults!!!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what super cards.
great designing of them both.
I love a bit of glitter on Christmas cards too.
Wonderful stamped images on them both too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

MiamiKel said...

Absolutely beautiful card love the bright rich colors! Wonderful!

Jeanne said...

Great opportunity to embellish on the first lovely card, Darnell. No one will be the wiser! And the second card...well that one just got me giggling! You are so clever and funny in your explanation. True all of that! Thanks for sharing. You are amazing! Have a great day! :)

Luanne said...

I love that you used a swirl paper clip! It's so fun to pull out an older embellishment and see it in a new fresh way. Love your inspiring card Darnell!

LesLee said...

Darnell... you aways crack me up... I always enJOY reading your blog... This bird card is fabulous... I really like that you gave them some private time... not all crafters are that considerate... being a crafter myself I would have wanted in on the craftiness... but I can see how polite you are.. and I will take a lesson in this and that sometimes creators need their privacy...hum thinking ... maybe I shouldn't have glass doors on my craft room...... anyway. Thanks so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge xx

I Card Everyone said...

I LOve it when you give me my favorite birds!!!
=] M

bjmartin said...

Your card using Vintage Linens is so pretty - never would have guessed about the little accident! Love the way you finished the Santa birds - perfect addition --

!neke said...

Hi there Darnell!
Two great cards !!!!!!
Love the second one !!!!!
And I love the sun !!!!!!!
No much of sun here !!!!!

Ineke xx

Helen said...

Oh...how cute is your little doodled chick!? Love all the sparkle too!
Thanks for joining in the Rudolph Day fun!
Helen x
(Guest Designer)

Taunya Butler said...

Wonderful cards - the first is so lovely and fresh and full of pretty blooms!! The second - delightful and fun and what a cute Christmas card!! So sweet and I love the little festive family!! Hope you are doing well and feeling happy!!

Neets B said...

Oh, Darnell, you do make me chuckle. Fabulous addition to your little bird family, such a cute card. And great save on your first one with the ribbon and embellie.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, I have to tell you, that I have done a couple of saltos of joy when I saw your little Santa Chicken family. :-) It is such a sweet idea! Very well done. Also your first card is fabolous. The small accident happened with the reason. :-))
Hugs, Sonja

Sharron said...

They say everything happens for a reason so the pretty ribbon was just meant to be there all along! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your sweet chickadee family! And thanks for the smiles you caused with your little story. Visiting here is always like a ray of sunshine in my day!

MaryH said...

I'm wearing my HLS Christmas Hat, but I saw this one, and just had to scamper over for a closer look. You are way too funny with Mrs. S, but yeah, she did look puzzled. Now I know why. This has got to be the cutest thing. And love the side bar sparkling paper too! So glad you joined in with the HLS Christmas Sparkle Challenge. TFS & Big hugs.

Cheryl W. said...

I know I do. Look better clothed, that is. Love both your cards, and I really appreciate how you didn't notice the look on mama bird's face until you looked at the photo. That happens to me All. The. Time. Problem is, I've usually mailed off the card by then, so there's no chance to fix it. You found the perfect way to give mama bird something to look at and make the card even merrier.

Greta said...

Oh my goodness--LOVE your adorable Christmas card, Darnell! The little guy is so perfect! Your first card is beautiful & I do love the ribbon & clip!

Anita in France said...

Gorgeous blooms, Darnell ... so beautifully dressed in their ribbon and 'brooch'! Your Santa chickadees ... completely adorable and so fun ... you've made mama and papa so happy with their little addition ... still chuckling! Hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Jenni's Jems said...

As usual two great cards but have to say that until you pointed it out never would have noticed mamma bird gazing at fresh air,but wow did the addition of the baby bird turn this beauty into a stunner!!!!x

Ros Crawford said...

Fabulous cards!! I think the addition of baby bird is a genius move ... Completely transforms that card ... It's spectacular!

Brenda in IN said...

I love how you "fixed" the first card with ribbon and a clip. It just added to the pretty card. The bird card is adorable. I love the addition of a baby to the family even tho mama is somewhat stunned at the results. Not all babies look like their parents at first, so I think she'll come around.

Sally H said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell! LOVE the bird family and the flowers are so elegant! A perfect amount of sparkle!

Susanne Vargas said...

First I swooned over the beautiful flower card (love the ribbon and paper clip), then I awwwwed over how cute those birds look with their Santa hats, but when you added the little baby bird I melted into a puddle! How adorable, oh my!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Fabulous cards, Darnell! I LOVE the chickadees and their Christmas fashion statement! I too have the chicks and have yet to use them...maybe for your next NBUS challenge. :)

MaryH said...

I was so taken with your amusing Rudy Day card, I didn't comment on this pretty #1. I am loving this asymmetrical design that I'm seeing on so many blogs. It's really stunning with these bright flowers that you've outlined with the black. Love the way your beige ribbon hides the join, and I like that you have the main image on the bottom edge. Very striking modern art element to shine a bit of silvery shine. Love it! TFS & Hugs

Marisa said...

Beautifully coloured flowers and alove the spiral clip. ADORE the Christmas birds!!!

meg said...

Fantastic cards

shirley-bee said...

Hehe. love your chickadee family!

Cat Craig said...

So lovin those cute birdies. Love the story behind the evolution of the card. Have a wonderful weekend Darnell.

Pat Jandacek said...

You sure know how to tell a good story - still think you'd make a great stand-up comedienne, but so glad you enjoy stamping and blogging and spreading your cheer throughout stampland. I'm amazed at how much that baby bird added to the card, not just the story, but the card itself. This post is a wonderful lesson on how to improve things when something doesn't look just right.

Bobby said...

I just ordered that Vintage Flowers set and I love what you've done with it, Darnell. Who would have ever thought to put Santa hats on the chickadees? You and Hammy, of course. So cute.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Very elegant Christmas birds :-) great used sweet stamps, great composition and color of the card. Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers.
hugs,
Bozena DT HLSCC

Ingrid said...

Great card Darnell! I just love those little chickadees. Simple and sweet. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers! :)

Petra Swart said...

Your dressed up card looks wonderful, Darnell!!! Love the pretty polka dot ribbon and the swirly clip!!! The flowers are beautiful!!!
And the bird card and your story is just so cute and had me haha, as always when I visit here!!!