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 5, 2016

NBUS Challenge #6 ~ Day Five!

Greetings!

Can you believe we are halfway through NBUS #6 already? Yup, flies time when you're having fun! If you want to link up, the tool is below. (Using the Page Down key will save some wear and tear on mouse wheels and fingers.) There are a few rules, so make sure you check those out to be in the drawing. Thank you so much to everyone participlaying!

It's the weak end, so do you have crafty plans? We are in for a rainy weekend, which we all love cuz we need more of it. So far this year, the El Nino weather forecast has been El Stinko.

But it's not about Spanish today, it's about Irish. Today I'm presenting three St. Patty's Day cards. We celebrate here because the Mister is half Irish from his dearly departed mother, Genevieve. Even though it's not until the 17th, my mouth is already watering just thinking about corned beef and cabbage with carrots and potatoes and Irish soda bread, all washed down by a lovely dark Guinness for the Mister, a wee dram of Jameson's finest for me, and some Red Lemonade for my furry sidekicks.

Do you need to go get a snack and a beverage now? Go ahead, I'll wait ...

Okay, up first:
I've used white glossy card stock and snippets of stripey green. The NBUS is the awesome Layered Banner die by Papertrey Ink, as is the "Celebrate" sediment from the matching stamp set heat-embossed in platinum. The shamrock and greeting are ancient, from Stampin' Up. IRL, the greens match better than they appear on film. No Academy Award then for this card for cinematopography.

Challenges
  • Curtain Call: Anything goes, with optional Key Lime photo inspiration.
  • The Card Concept where my friend Ardyth is the Guest Designer: Shamrocks, patterns and greens. And, gah, I need those cookies! My card style is CAS - clean and simple.
Up second:
A lovely Irish blessing that sees ink every year. Nothing NBUS here, but the laws of Generational Ireland require the annual making of a card using this blessing. The background is smooched and the ancient greeting is from Personal Stamp Exchange.

Up third, with two men on and nobody out, we have another annual crowd favorite, which, you know, knowing me, I have to make:

I'm sorry. Any monitor cleaning bills can be forwarded to the main office.

It will come as no surprise that this greeting is from River City Rubber Works. The fancy ankle-breakers are from All Night Media.

Challenges
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61 comments:

Rahmat said...

Both are lovely Darnell, but the banner on the first one is just so eye catching, I simply love that banner die.

Redanne said...

Three more wonderful cards, I just love the words of the Irish Blessing and the third one just cracked me up!! We had our first real snowfall yesterday!! Hope the rain doesn't spoil your day. Hugs, Annie xx

Barb said...

Three great cards Darnell. I've never seen that banner before. It's fantastic. The Irish prayer is a real old favourite and the last - well it's great. The 'black stuff' is my favourite tipple. Have a lovely day. Barbxx

Sue said...

Lovely cards Darnell.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Carol L said...

These cards are such fun, but I especially like the Irish saying with the turned ankles! Those little high-heeled shoes are enough to make the ankles turn without having a hateful heart! LOL

Cara said...

Loving the cards, the last sentiment indeed left me needing to wipe the iPad! Thank you for your very kind words on my blog. Just wondering if you've tried chocolate Guinness cake? Google Nigella Lawson chocolate Guinness cake, it's divine. A friend of mine insists I've got to make her one for her wedding cake when if she gets married! There's no calories in it, honest. Have a great day, Cara x

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!! Love the Sentiment on your last one

Ros Crawford said...

Haha! They make sentiments like that? What a hoot ... Fabulous cards Darnell and so glad you could play along at Double D challenges too!

Inkyfingers said...

My monitor cleaning bill is on the way Darnell - that is just so funny and to be sure there was I expecting it to be another blessing!!!
Gorgeous cards today and I especially love the Irish blessing one.Hope you enjoy your corned beef hash as we call it when the day comes. No hand slipping when you pour your whiskey now!

Hugs
carol x

Diane said...

Fabulous cards...I love each and every one of them...how fun they are!! Thank you for joining our Double D 'Feeling Green' challenge!
Diane DD DT

Lisa Kind said...

Your cards are fabulous, but the greeting on the third one...OMGosh how funny! Love it!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

LOVE that big banner on the first card Darnell, and love, love LOVE that last sentiment (thanks for making me laugh out loud ... literally). Have a lovely St. Patrick's Day and weekend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

PS Just got a new package of NBUS through the door, so might have to upload another here! xx

Pat said...

Three wonderful St Pat's cards Darnell and I love the large sentiment and the bold green stripe, and then the two with the great words and such pretty smooshed backgrounds work fabulously. x

stampwithsandy said...

Eek! Already up to day five of NBUS? I had better get moving! Love all your St Patty's day creations Darnell, and the sentiment on the last one cracks me up! Where do you find these things?!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
oh these cards re so super and very lovely.
Great St Pats designs, and wonderful use of super crafty items.
I have a Grandson who has a Birthday on St pats day, and my Grandparents came from Ireland, and I don't make these type of cards, but I must have a go this year.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Lisa said...

They are all so gorgeous, Darnell!! That sentiment on the last one made me laugh out loud!! Love them all!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

designbydonna said...

Cute, fun cards. I am so loving that layered banner on the first one.

Darlene said...

OMG Darnell ... you always give me a chuckle! Your cards are awesome and I just LOVE the sentiment on the card you did for our challenge! I need to find that stamp! LOL! Great job on all!
Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Feeling GREEN’ Challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

Darlene
DOUBLE D
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

Linda said...

Darnell, you know you are the favorite blogger friend, with your humor and kind comments. Pretty St. Patrick Day cards. Love all the green.

Patti said...

Top O' the Morning to ya Darlin' and such fine cards you be creatin'!!!

heehee I'm pretty much a Mutt so I can pretend I'm Irish LOL

Have a great weekend! hope your Playhouse has a secure roof to keep you dry! : )

(((Hugs)))
Patti

conil said...

Why is it that everytime I visit here, I find another item that "I-HAVE-TO-HAVE". The Hubby had his DNA analyzed because his sister is a genealogist and insisted. It came back that he's 95% if Irish descent. (Apparently, that high a percentage is very unusual.) I feel fortunate that the entire house hasn't been changed to green. Being mostly Irish is his excuse for everything. Anyway, I need the Irish Blessing (because it's a favorite of mine) and the one by River City (I fell off my chair laughing when I saw it).
That being said, I feel that you've created some winners in this very green post.

Joyce said...

Love all the beautiful green on this post, Darnell. I am hoping we get some rain down here, too. We are in need of more rain to cause more green.

Maura R said...

Hi Darnell!! I finally got a chance to link up - thanks so much for sponsoring this challenge! I always look forward to it. Love your St. Pat's cards - the sentiment banner on the first one is amazing, and being Irish myself, the quote on the second one always has a special place in my heart. Congrats on being featured on Leslie's It's the Little Things blog!!!

jimlynn said...

Fantastic St. Paddy Day's cards!!!
Lynn

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Brilliant cards as usual Darnell I just want to thank you for your visit, you are such a dear encourager, you bless my heart. I do lve the Irish blessing too, praying for you and mister and dear gang, hugs Shaz.x

JD/ Jill said...

All great cards! We try and celebrate St Patty's day here too. Jim is part Irish (from his father's side of the family, and his wonderful grandmother from his Mother's side had been born on St Patty's day (but she wasn't Irish!}
Hope you have a wonderful weekend...
Jill<<<< ----- who has a headache, and I think it's because it's after lunch and I just realized that I didn't drink a cup of caffeine yet! I'm now logging off to get a cup of coffee! Maybe I'll have some Irish coffee!

Carole said...

Three wonderful cards Darnell...I am green with envy at your veritable artistic talents. Love your blessings...had a mouthful of tea when I read the last one...so...cleaning bill on way!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

All of the cards are so fantastic and perfect for St. Patrick's Day giving. And, those inspirational photos have my mouth watering too! Yummy!

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautiful cards for the S.Patrick celebration, love these green tones!! Great works!

KandA said...

Gorgous cards Darnell, especally the first with that super banner die.
Great turnout for the NBUS challenge - just managed to get my card made to join in the fun xx

Julia Aston said...

what a fun bunch of St. Pats day beauty and humor Darnell!! Thanks for joining us in the Fusion Challenge with your witty third one!!! Julia xx (I'll be back tomorrow with a NBUS to share!!!)

HJ said...

Love the cards and the sayings, especially the last one, which is new to me. I had to laugh out loud. All the cards submitted to the challenge are wonderful. There is a lot of amazing crafty talent out there. TFS

Sharon said...

What a terrific selection of St Pats day cards. Each is fab so cannot choose a favourite.
My hubby is half Irish too. Will get him playing the penny whistle on St Pats Day I hope.
Hugs,
Sharon xx

Kay Wallace said...

Great cards--all three, Darnell, but I have to admit being partial to the third 'cause I love those ankle-breakers! Ha! By the way, can you send me your address? I want to come by for a playdate in your Playhouse so I can play with your embossing supplies! ;-) Mwah! Kay

Craftychris said...

All three of these are fabulous! Love the smooshing on the second one and the verse on the third had me giggling lots! xxx

Tracey McNeely said...

Awesome St. Patty's Day cards Darnell, love that Irish blessing no mater how many times I see it. Wonderful smooshing!

Cris G said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell. Love the Irish blessing.
That is a really fun greeting on your third card! If it was real, everyone would have turned ankles. :)

Bobby said...

May I come for dinner, Darnell? I love corned beef (without the cabbage) and potatoes and carrots. I'll wear green. ;) Love all your green cards, especially that layered banner.

Aileen Ryan said...

Wonderful st pats day cards, yes I spat my tea at the screen, now cleaned. Love a good laugh thanks

Maxine D said...

Hmmm - sounds like St Patty's day at your place is well celebrated. Your cards are wonderful - especially the second one - that blessings is one of my favourites
Blessings
Maxine

Cheryl W. said...

I really love an Irish blessing. They're all so musical, and I can't help but say them with my best Irish accent. I love your cards - all of them!

Michelle said...

Love all the green, and love the sayings! You make me laugh. :-)

Lisa said...

What a fun trio of St Patrick's Day cards Darnell, all so PRETTY!!

Susanne Vargas said...

Your fabulous St. Patrick's Day cards put me right in the spirit! I have the saying of the second card and should really use it again - it's so sweet! And I like it on that background. The saying on the last one made me chuckle!
My NBUS card is coming soon!

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous cards Miss Darnell...love all that wonderful green.

Julie Gearinger said...

Both cards are fabulous!! Love the greens and the sentiments- thanks for playing along with us at The Card Concept :-)

cm said...

Bwhahahahahahahahhaha...monitor cleaning bill on its way! Irish ingenious, my friend! A trio of delights!
Hugs~c

Karen B said...

Three great Paddy's Day cards Dippy - especially love the sentiment on the third card........I'm going to have to remember that one!!! lol

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Gerrina said...

Great St. Patrickday-cards! You have some great (and original) text-stamps! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Anita in France said...

A gorgeous greensome threesome, Darnell ... one crisp and CASilicious (to coin a word!) ... and two spectacularly smooshed splendours ... both showcased sentiments are fab! Bon dimanche, my friend! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Shelly said...

Three FABULOUS cards, Darnell!! Love them!

Karenladd said...

Hmmm, is this a bad thing that my favorite card is the last one with that snarky sentiment!? (snicker...) I'm really going to have to try that smoosh technique after seeing these beauties!

SHartl said...

I'm stuck at home with two sick kiddos but my Mom was nice enough to come for the weekend while hubby is away to help out, so I can actually leave a comment for a change! These pretty patterned cards are just about my speed and they look awesome. I need to make a batch of these to have on hand when I don't have time for a lot of fancy cutting and coloring. Thanks for the great idea and for the new prize. I've never even seen Brushos so would love to win a set!

Greta said...

Great green cards, my friend! I love the smooshed backgrounds!

sandie said...

Just spotted your first card in the Card Concept gallery and had to pop over and tell you how fab it is, love that banner and the added tape at the side. Thanks for joining TCC x

Olga Fink said...

Gorgeous cards!
Xoxo Olga

Brenda said...

What fun St. Patty day cards Auntie! I am so loving the last one, that sentiment just cracks me up. Love the banner on the first on and the CAS design of it. The second card is just beautiful, love the sentiment, the smooshing and colors. Wow, look at all the beautiful entries in your NBUS challenge! I'm in awe, but not really because the NBUS sentiment has made it's way around blogland and everyone wants to play along since we are all in the same boat. I think I could play ever day for a year with all my NBUS. lol I need to try harder in using it. Thanks for all your hard work on these challenges, you have really started something here! Hugs, Brenda

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, your cards are so fun, Darnell!

Amelia Breytenbach said...

Such a crisp and beautiful card. Love the sentiment. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenges.
Amelia (DT Double "D" Challenges)

D.Ann C said...

That banner is uber cool... must go add it to my wishlist. I should stop making a wishlist because I have too much NBUS, but I know that will never happen. lol!

Lilian YF said...

Beautiful cards!!!
Thank you for joining us at The Card Concept!
Lilian
The Leaf Studio