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August 15, 2015

Wait. What?

Hello! Happy Sunday Funday!

I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

I managed to make a card yesterday, but only the one I'm afraid. And it didn't prezackly turn out the way I contended.

Let's start with what did work.
I used a very pretty textured paper for my balloons, winked, of course. And the backing mat paper is a stunning linen paper that I picked up on a Paper Source outing with Kim and Harriet. It is paper thin (oh, haha, I just realized what a funny thing that is to say about paper!) and the shiny creamy graphic lines are somehow woven flat into the threads of the paper. It's the kind of paper that you hoard use for special occasions.

When I saw the Tag You're It Challenge with a darling tag made by Jen Mitchell, I decided their 100th challenge was a perfect special occasion.
The card base is black. The tag is made with a bookmark die from PTI, the sheep is from Paper Smooches, the fishtail banner is from My Favorite Things, the balloons and string are from Lil Inker, and the sediment is from PTI.

At the very last minute, I decided to wink my sheep's nose with a black WOS pen, as one does. Fine. But then as I gathered my card to go and take a photo, I noticed that shaking my WOS pen had caused a couple of splatters to land on my pretty paper. Bleep.

Oh, well. I just took my WOS and added more splatters like I meant to do that. But, honestly, it looked better without the splatters, if I'm honest. Honest.

But that's not as bad as what I noticed just now sitting here looking at my card.

You see, Jen's tag has a darling bear holding balloons. So instead of a bear, I used a jumping sheep and I thought it would look cute to have the balloon strings "tied" around one of his hind legs.

Only, I mean, that's not really what it looks like, does it?
No. In fact, what it looks like is the balloons are coming out of his butt! 

Well, we've all heard of that idyllic Pretend World where bunnies fart rainbows. Now, ladies and gentlemen, I present you with a sheep farting balloons! And from the look on his face, I'd say he is quite enjoying the flatulation!

You're welcome.

I'm blaming it on the meds.

Pixies Crafty WorkshopWhat do you think, shall I enter the TYI challenge anyway? Mmm, perhaps not, but I know a couple of 10-year-old boys who will think this card rocks! And I know my friends over at Pixie's Snippets Playground will also get a chortle out of it!

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New Friends Corner

Today I'm delighted to introduce you to Linda of Crafty Distraction. Linda is from the UK. She has been blogging off and on for a few years, but she really just started blogging on a regular basis this past April of 2015. Linda is a Stampin' Up demonstrator who enjoys entering challenges. I know Linda would love to have you pop in to see her and I know you will enjoy the wonderful card art you will see during your visit!

Thank you for joining me, Linda, and welcome to the Playhouse!


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93 comments:

Hannelie said...

Oh you just made me laugh out loud here by my lonesome self!
Thanks for that Darnell. Beautiful texture and I love the colors! Oh and I know that feeling when you added something and know it was better without it. I love the splatters though!

Kylie said...

You can't take sheep anywhere, can you?? Crazy animal. LOVE this card Darnell. May I ask where you got your enamel dots from? Homemade? I really love the splatters, by the way! xx

Kathyk said...

Some day ALL sheep will fart balloons!!! How you made me chuckle this morning, Darnell. Your farty sheep card is just LUSH!

Happy Sunday and ..... watch out for those sheep!

Kathyk

Cathy said...

I'm enjoying the flatulation as well Darnell, gives the look on the sheep's face an entirely different meaning! Such a fun card, Cathy x

Renata said...

Darnell, krasna voščilnica.

Sue said...

I think the windy sheep card should definitely be entered:)

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Redanne said...

Well, as one who loves splatters, I love yours too and that sheep is just too cute for words (even with flatulence). Your card is just brilliant and you made me smile big today - thank you my dear friend! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Maxine D said...

Love your super paper, and if you had not said how the splats got onto it, we would never have known they were not on it originally! As for that gassy sheep.... well, I just hope the balloons don't pop....
Blessings
Maxine

Sammy said...

Love it, love it, love it! Not only a gorgeous card, but one with a giggle attached too. what more could one want? x

Stamps and Paper said...

Your card really made me smile Darnell and just love those 'gas' filled balloons...

Anne

Tracey said...

So funny Darnell......I thought the sheep was kicking the sentiment! What ever it's doing your card is super sweet😄

Lynn said...

Ha....I think the splatters look awesome..never would have known they are unintended. And as for the balloons...the sheep looks VERY happy! You most definitely should enter. :)

Carole said...

Oh you do make me laugh! Splatters...menat to be there, sheep? well what can I say!!

Carol L said...

That's the best explanation ever for the balloons coming from the sheep's butt! I thought he was kicking up his heels and giving flight to them, but your version sounds much more reasonable........and flippin' funny! I love the color combo too. I leave you with a hearty BAAAAAAHHHHHHHHAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH-poof!

Pat said...

This is a lovely fun card Darnell and you do make me laugh! The unintended spatters and the flatulent sheep are elements to the card that I would never have questioned had you not pointed it out but anyway have given us all a Sunday morning snigger. Joking apart, this is a super card and definitely merits an entry over at TYI. x

Marilyn said...

OMG!! Had to put down my cup of coffee before it went everywhere!! You are too funny Darnell. Love the card

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable fun card!! The splatter gives a pretty touch to the background! Love the balloons!

Barb said...

A great card and again the wink of stella works so well. I love your 'windy' sheep. His eyes look very expressive! The splats work well. I'd never have know. Barbxx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I think the splatters look placed intentionally!! LOL!! I loveeeeeeeee it!! I think the sheep is adorable!!!!!!!

Gerrina said...

It is a card that gives a smile by seeing it and what is more beautiful than give away a smile? Enjoy the sunday! Hugs, Gerrina

Jeanne said...

Cue the music that they play in the old cartoons where all is serene and beautiful then....scraaatch, it changes to fart sounds! LOL Thanks for the giggles Darnell! I do like all your sparkly goodness. I'm sure your grandsons will hoot and holler. Aside from that little bit, the rest of the card is absolutely charming! Hugs!

Karen B said...

Must admit to wondering what you thought the balloons were tied to for a minute Dippy............but I'm glad the excess air was pumping up the balloons rather than floating off into the ether! lol Fab card and if you hadn't fessed up about the splatters I would have thought it was just your wonderful artistic self coming to the fore. Definitely enter it.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Casandra Bennett said...

That little sheep is so cute. He is either kicking up his heels or has them caught in the balloon strings. P.S. Love the textured paper on this card, too.

Diane said...

Morning Darnell, what fun balloons and texture for your design.

Hugs Diane

Ксения Phedra Ли said...

Darnell, you made my day!!!! And this card is super fun)))

Kristi said...

Oh you HAVE to enter your card now! I hadn't even thought of him looking like he was tooting balloons but now that's all I can see and he does look very happy about it! Thanks for the out loud giggle this morning. :)

stampwithsandy said...

OMG Darnell you crack me up! Your sheep farting balloons is both hysterical and adorable! Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning!

conil said...

Why not? Sheep farting balloons is no stranger than what's currently going on in the world right now. Only this is cute and clever. Personally, I like the splatters, too. Actually, like the whole card and most definitely should be shared with TYI.

Birgit said...

I am in so much pain today I can't think straight but you made me laugh and I so thank you for that. I love Farty sheep and at least his farts give off balloons which I love with the glitter on them-way ta go Sparkly farty! Now if only my Wallace could fart sparkly balloons that would be great but, alas, my doggie just farts and makes the paint melt. I love this card-It is frolicsome and the splatter looks like you meant it

Birgit said...

Oh heavens! Thank you for the place to find that stamp!

Brenda in IN said...

I do love that linen paper and the dots matching the balloons. Cute card. I believe the sheeps eyes are bugging out because of farting out balloons. I also believe that perhaps you should cut the dosage of your meds!

!neke said...

You made a super funny card !
Love that sheep !!!
Ineke says hello to you !

Susanne Vargas said...

Well, you did it again and made me laugh with your post and your card! I think the splatters look good and wouldn't have known that they started out as a mistake! And about the sheep farting balloons - do you think that maybe you were staring at the card for TOO long??? I wouldn't have noticed it but, of course, now that you mentioned it... I focused more on the fun googly eyes!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, I almost sprayed water across my screen when I read this!! (Note to self...don't take a drink before reading Darnell's posts ;) Haha, I love your farting sheep!! So cute!! The papers are beautiful!! What a fun and fabulous card this is!! I love it!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Pia S said...

Since none of us have seen your card without splatters we all think 'what a great idea' about the splatters. And since the banner splits up the sheep and balloons you don't have to worry about farting either:) it's adorably cute and fun!

KandA said...

Brilliant Darnell. Love your sheep and what a perfect way to inflate a balloon! As for the splatters, well they look as if they were meant to be there xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Super cute card Darnell
love it
hugs Tamara

Ink Stained Roni said...

OMG - this made me laugh and laugh...not the card but your telling about making it. Too funny, thanks for brightening my day with balloon farting sheep. I'll never look at sheep without thinking about this card.

Sarah said...

OMG...balloons out of his butt...you are a scream!! Love this card!! xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

I got such a chuckle reading your post and how the end results of your card came about. I still love it and think it is cute with balloons coming out of the sheep's butt. LOL

Maria A. said...

Hello Darnell and thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog.
I too love the Tag You're It Challenge and I can't wait to play. You had me rolling with laughter reading about how you came out with this adorable design and about the way this balloons are just in the right place, this little sheep looks like she is just about to take flight.
I think the card looks fabulous with the accidental splatters, I think that, in card making there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.
Thank you for sharing.
Many hugs
Maria Rodriguez.
www.swimbikerunandstamp.blogspot.com

Carol said...

Just as well I'd finished my cup of tea before reading this Darnell...irreparable damage could have been inflicted on the puter otherwise! Love the card and thanks for the laugh! Carol x

OH Babs said...

Silly girl you are so funny. My grandsons would have a hey day talking about farting balloons. They do fart talk all the time. I once said fart to my granddaughter who was 3 or 4 and she said "fart was a bad word," and I told her not at our house (with two sons). My boys were in stitches when they found out we had an Uncle Dick - if you know what I mean. Play the card is a keeper and so delightful.

Sharon Underwood said...

Cute card! Love those textured balloons and the background. You're so funny about the your little, innocent animal farting balloons!!! Poor thing--that must hurt!

Janeen said...

oh yikes, i just had to pop over after seeing this in my e-mail and tell you i laughed my head off. this is just waaaaayyyy too funny!!! bwhhhaaa haaa haaa...oh no, i'm gonna pee my pants funny. love those googly eyes on the dear sheep!

Lucy said...

I think your card looks fantastic!
I was thinking that the balloons were lifting
the sheep off of the ground, you know, as
a celebration!

Anita in France said...

Do enter it, Darnell ... the more chortling people the merrier, my friend ... you just had us both in stitches! That paper thin paper is gorgeous and I'd never have known the splatters weren't completely intentional! The yummy balloons have a wonderful texture and shine ... is that in spite of or because of the sheeply flatulence, I wonder!! Big hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
I'm guessing that's what inflated the balloons. Sheep guff is the eco friendly way rather than helium. Certainly,I wouldn't recommend inhaling it, as you would with helium as you would get more than a high pitched voice lol!
Great card.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Chriss Blagrave said...

Well, I think your card rocks too!love the sheen, intended or not, and I think you could duplicate this and have "hang in there" or even "celebrate each and every day, no matter what" !
You had me chortling too :))). You made an awesome card !

Sue - said...

A fun card - the splatters look like they're meant to be there and as for your sheep.....really made me giggle! Hugsxx

Cat Craig said...

Oh Darnell, laughing laughing laughing here. I kinda like the splatters a lot. So your opportunity...was a win in my eyes...balloon farting sheep...oh my word...still giggling.

Donna Nuce said...

Ok you had me laughing like crazy about the sheep with the balloons coming out of its rear end!!! The card is darling! Have a great day Darnell!

ionabunny said...

OMG, OMG, wait, I gotta just stop laughing. So the picture of the card came up and, I gotta admit, I did wonder what the doo dah are you doing to that sheep! Then you started talking about butts and flatulence and well........ I do like the idea of rabbits and rainbows although I can assure you that I've never found one there. Hugz

Linda said...

Laugh ...... I nearly fell off my chair!!!! What a fun card Darnell even with the 'trumpy bum' sheep :) xxx

Christi Conley said...

You mean bunnies don't fart rainbows!?!?! Well, your adorable little sheep poops balloons, so I guess that is just as good ~ HUGS!! <3

frommycraftroom said...

So funny. Very much 10 year old boy humour - and some older folk too :) Thanks for making me smile. Never heard that one about rabbits will keep an eye out now though :)

Joyce said...

This is so adorable. I like how it looks like those balloons are lifting your little sheep up by the rear legs. And, those splatters really look like you meant them to be there all along. We can just pretend, right? Thanks so much for playing along at TYI.

Marilyn said...

hahahahah... this card and your story just cracks me up, it really does. For me, I love the splatter and until you said it, it hadn't occurred to me where the balloons were coming from. But this isn't a bad thing really because after all, what fills balloons but air and air comes out of your butt so in fact, this is a very accurate portrayal of this sheep. ahhahahaa....
Anyway, I do love this, it's a fun, fun card and it made me laugh.

Lisa said...

The splatters look like they were meant to be Darnell!! And I would say the sheep looks pleased!!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Oh my word! You made me laugh out loud!! He does look like he thinks it's funny!
I love your card!!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Fun...fun...fun! I love your sweet critter holding on to those festive balloons! As sweet as can be.

sandie said...

I love the textured card and the balloons and bum thing I wouldn't have picked up on! So funny how you made a cover up, I am a,ways doing that. The other day I made a card that was nearly all white. I had posted it but it was in my desk whilst I was water colouring and ended up with tiny red dots on it, which got covered in gems...looks passable! Have a fun week x

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Its nice fun card !

Pollard Carole said...

You are so funny love your post this Monday morning If you hadn't mentioned the splatters we would have never noticed it all looks brilliant Enjoy your week hope no more blips Love and hugs Carole x

Di said...

Oh Darnell - you do crack me up! What an imagination - everyone knows that sheep pass gas through their ears - or was it Rears, I forget now.

Smashing snippets card and a good laugh - love the expression on the sheep's face :)

No sign of Hammy here - am keeping my eyes peeled though!

Hugs

Di xx

Ros Crawford said...

Well your just one card is terrific!! I love that little lamb! And the splatters looks brilliant! I thought they were meant to be there ... Have a great day!

Bonnie said...

LOL, to me it looks like balloons tied to his leg and lifting him up. But I like your story better! Love the expression on that sheep's face!

Leslie Hanna said...

Bwahahaha, balloons coming out of his butt. AND OF COURSE you meant to do that!

Viv said...

Well no wonder that sheep's eyes are bulging.......now we know why! great card again even if things did go wrong....we would never have known Dee. Hope you are feeling better now too ;)hugs Viv xx

Jacee said...

This is great Darnell, lovely design and I do love your woolly friend!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Elizabeth said...

Hi Darnell, great card and such a funny post. I've never heard of bunnies farting rainbows but it's a super idea and so why not sheep farting balloons :) Love the googly eyes too. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Kara Lynne said...

How could you think of NOT entering this into TYI! It gave me a laugh to hear your interpretation, but when I saw it, I thought it was as intended. Wonderful card, Darnell, and I love that linen paper!

VanessaB said...

haha. that's soooo cute!

Geri said...

You are chicken soup for the souls of all of us out here in blogland! I KNOW that every single person laughed out loud at your sheep farting balloons! I'd say he IS enjoying expelling all that pent up gas!

Seriously though, a fabulous card! Love the glimmer and shine, love the linen paper and honestly, I love the splatters! They really work with the whimsical farting ovine!

Deepti said...

Hahaha this design is hilarious :) made me smile !

Aileen (mum) said...

Great card Darnell, love it and the sheep. Just a wee bit worried your grandsons will pop the balloons and that bad air will get out.

Bobby said...

I love that goofy sheep, Darnell, and if you hadn't mentioned it I wouldn't have caught on to his intestinal problems. You only dislike the spatters because you hadn't intended them but like we said in art class this morning "There are no mistakes. Only happy accidents." I think this is a quote from the late Bob Ross.

Greta said...

I think the splatters look great, but then, I've never met a splatter I didn't like--LOL. Gorgeous paper I would hoard for sure! No way to gently move the little sheep a bit or add another one on top at a different angle? Then again--the twinks will love it!

Janelle said...

Don't make me laugh - I've started coughing again! I think this is hilarious (I really like your card), but when I showed it to my 12 yo son, he said,"That's just plain disturbing." Love you, Janelle

Elizabeth S. said...

Oh my goodness...this is so darn cute and love it! That paper does have nice texture and perfect for the balloons. Plus those splatters are the perfect touch for this adorable card.

Taunya Butler said...

Darnell - you seriously make me giggle like a schoolgirl!! Sheep with balloons - you crack me up!! This card is well done and I love the shimmer on the balloons!! Fun happy birthday card and that linen paper is very wonderful!! I hope you are well and that you know how loved and admired you are by SO MANY!!! Have a beautiful day!!

Rose said...

The eyes on that sheep just crack me up & so does your post. Thanks for bringing a laugh to my day! Great card!

Shona Chambers said...

All I can say Darnell is that if your going to have a sheep on your card with something coming out of its backside, I'm glad its balloons!!! LOL!!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, my, Darnell, only you would have a sheep having balloons come out of his but, my friend!!!! Those eyes and the expression on his face cracks me up!!! I love this fun card!!!! The papers and colours are lovely!!!! And yeah for adding some extra splatters to have it look like it was intended right from the start!!! The splatters work perfectly with the little holes in the die you've used!!!
Thanks for another wonderful post, Darnell!!! As always, you had me LOL!!!

hazelspaperdesigns said...

Ba ha ha!! Why did I just feel like I was having a conversation with my sons around the breakfast table??? Too funny! Now, I am going to have to show my 10 year old son this card, just to test the theory! I actually think it's a super sweet card, but you know that I can't look at it now with a straight face! Corrupting my innocent mind, Darnell! (Snort!)

cm said...

Bwhahahahahahaha! Your balloon-farting sheep (hmmm...splatters..), with his googly eyes and expression of flatulent-content is hilarious and fabulous! The grand-twins will love it...and so do I, as a matter of fact! Glad you decided to share this at Tag You're It! You've cracked me up I can't write anymore...
Hugs~c

Cheryl W. said...

I've just got round to this post. Better late than never, right? Your balloon-farting sheep gave me a smile...a chortle, really. Must have been a big relief - for the sheep, I mean. I do think this card is a real keeper. It's got fabulous papers. sparkly balloons and a balloon-flatulent sheep. What more could one ever want!!! :)Have a fabulous weekend!

shirley-bee said...

I'm not sure I should be talking about farts and splatters in the same sentence, but I love your sheep farting multi-coloured balloons, and being a splatterer myself (!), I think they add a certain pizzazz to your card :)

Hello From Texas said...

Dearest Darnell, your post should have had a very large warning: Put Down Whatever You Are Drinking!!
Aside from that.... ROFLMAO!!! Great card, and to be honest I didn't really think it looked like the balloons were coming from his behind. But of course, once mentioned it will definitely stick out that way.
Thank you ever so much for the laugh and for sharing your talent.

Hugs,
Carole

Hello From Texas said...

PS forgot to say; I always blame the meds as well. ;)

Nora N. said...

Oh how FUNNY!!! You have me cracking up!! Now if you did not point it out, I don't think that anyone thought the balloons were coming out of its behind. But then you pointed it out....This is adorable!! Love the google eyes and the bit of wink of stella on the balloons. Great take on the challenge!!

Anja Curvers said...

Wow this one really made me laugh how cute is this? That sheep LOL. Glad you joined us over at Tag You're It.

Jen Mitchell said...

Bears holding balloons, sheep farting balloons. It's all good. Especially when WOS is involved. I'm so glad that you played along with my little tag inspiration at Tag You're It. I'm horribly late with my comment, but it's been a long few weeks. Rest assured I'm always grateful and inspired when you play along!