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 7, 2016

NBUS Challenge #6 ~ Day Seven!

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Greetings!

Aah, there's nothing like the fresh clean scent of a new Monday! What adventures await you this week?

I've only got one card to share today and it involves the adventure of camping!
This adorable NBUS stamp set is by Bo Bunny called "Roughin It." One of my dear bloggie friends sent it to me a long time ago and it is finally getting some love. And it's platinum love, no less, all colored in with water paints.
The toadstools and the little car are from Paper Smooches and the sediment is from the "Fillable Frames #8" set by Papertrey Ink.

This card was inspired by my friend Kim. She is the featured member of the Design Team this month for the "Case the Designer Series" at Happy Little Stampers. She made an adorable scenic back-to-school block card. The NBUS die I used for the stitched panels is Die-namics from My Favorite Things called "Strip Dies-Horizontal Panel."

I'm also entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is "Touchy Feely" and the featured manufacturer is My Favorite Things.
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Memory Lane

We camped for many years, three decades plus, camping out of the car, sleeping in sleeping bags on top of picnic tables, then out of the back of the pickup. Next we upgraded to tents, then Volkswagon Vanagons, and then a pop-up tent trailer.

Now the only camping we do includes room service, but the camping memories I treasure most are from the times when we were poorest. Funny how life works that way. The fun we had and the majestic vistas we saw were well worth those nights when the tent and everything in it were drenched with rain, and those dusky evenings trying to put up a tent (legally) in a city park while my poor Mister was sneezing his head off from hay fever.

A favorite memory is more because of a great photo we captured than the camping itself. After our son was born, we kept on camping as usual, filling half the back of the pickup with a portacrib and a stroller and other babyphenalia. In June of 1978 we took Dan on his first trip to Death Valley when he was seven months old. Well, it gets hot in Death Valley in June backpacking on Daddy's back, so we did what any responsible parents would do:

We made him a sun screen out of one of his diapers and called him "Dan of Arabia!"

Isn't that a fantastic photo? Just look at that drool all over the rim from his teething! Goodness, it makes me laugh out loud every time! We bought that Gerry baby backpack secondhand, so I have no idea when it was first made and I've only just noticed those pink gingham curtains I made for the truck shell so we could block out the early sunrises and have some privacy. 

Here's that same boy all these years later with that same winning smile. Somehow he grew up to be a well-respected top-notch lawyer and we think he is still just as cute and sweet as ever. And now he enjoys camping with his own twin boys!
Oh, wait, no, that's prolly not the description he wants to present to opposing counsel, so I take that back. He's not the least bit sweet. I meant to say he's tough, he's very, very tough!

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68 comments:

Rahmat said...

Hahaa, I really like reading your posts,laughing at the "not sweet but tough part" Your card is perfect for the HLS, I cannot think of anything for it as of now. Always a pleasure to stop bu here.

Kath said...

A great card and reminded me of our camping memories too. Happy Days, but we prefer a bit more luxury now our bones are a lot older!
Kath x

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Fab card.

Love the two photos of your son. To think that little cutie grew up into that handsome young man.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Mimi said...

I knew there'd be a story once I saw the card! I love your story-times! Neat to stamp this in platinum-- I thought of a rad airstream or silver streak (I love those things, but we LOVE our pop-up trailer :-))

Gerrina said...

Thanks for sharing some fun memories with this card! Love the watercolouring! And I get in a vacation mood and campingmemories at the same time :) Hugs, Gerrina

Barb said...

I love your camping car Darnell. I know a few camping fans who'd love a card like that.

That's the sweetest photo of your baby son who'd have thought he'd end grow up to be so 'tough'! Barbxx

Redanne said...

Dan was indeed a beautiful baby and now he is an extremely handsome young man, I can feel your pride as you write about him .... if I ever need a lawyer... just saying!

I love your card, it evokes memories of camping for me too, but my foray into camping was not good as your experiences, so it only happened once....in the Girl Guides.. did someone say stay clear of the Poison Ivy... oops!!

Hugs, Annie xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ooo-errr, totally agree Darnell, utterly cutesy your little guy, we camped too, for five to six weeks every summer for 21 years, only ever in tent though, pretty comfy in the old style, not the modern sort. They were much roomier and yes open to the air, loved sticking my head out under the bottom of the tent to look up at the stars at night.
Those were the days, son is very handsome indeed understand your pride in him.

Great card, have admired that stamp set enforce somewhere, you're doing incredibly well posting so regularly, dear friend.
Shaz in Ozx.

Cara said...

You do make me giggle with your posts! Brilliant card, the little caravan stamp is too cute. Have a great day, Cara x

Lynn said...

Love the fun scene you've created on your card. So adorable! And the memories...make my heart smile! Your son is very handsome!! :)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Great scene on your card here Darnell! I LOVED hearing about your camping trips and that truly sweet photo of your son and that same smile on that adults face! That sweet child grew into a very handsome man! Thank you for sharing part of your life with us! have a very lovely week! Hazel xx
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Ros Crawford said...

What a super card and lovely memories for you ... You have a very handsome son and it's easy to see who his Mama is ... he is so like you!

Marilyn said...

Cute card!!

Jeanne said...

Great use of your NBUS, Darnell. Adore the card! And the memories you shared. My experiences camping include backpacking in the Sierras with my dad, best friend and some Boy Scouts. Ohhhh, some days were hard, but in the end loads of fun. And the waterfalls...those were my favorites. Thanks for sharing your adorable albeit tough son! :) Have a great week!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Adorable card and loving the camping story!

Linda said...

Love this card Darnell and what a fab post! Great photos too xx

cm said...

Ahhh...your card, which is sheer delight and wonderfully clever with the stitched strips, sparks many camping memories. The first four years of my life, we lived in 'camps' as my dad was a geodetic surveyor. One episode I recall: I was told that the wood burning stove inside the tent (seriously!) was very hot and I ought not to touch it. I did. I'm sure my howling woke up every living beast in a radius of 20 miles. Lesson learned...the hard way! What a handsome son you have, both as Dan of Arabia and Dan of Tough Lawyer, Inc.! Thanks for a smile-making Monday morning post...
Hugs~c

Susanne Vargas said...

What a sweet scene you created there! We go camping on an island without cars every summer. It's gorgeous and peaceful there. The boys love it so I do it for them but I am not a camper at heart - I would prefer to sleep in a bed with a bathroom close by...
Thanks for sharing that adorable photo of "Dan of Arabia". It makes me smile!

scrAPpamondo said...

Your positive feel is contagious... thanks very much for your verve and to have remember me that Monday isn't only "return to work" :D
Your card is very original and love very much the smiling photo of your little son with his sun-repair... ah ah :D he seems really Lorence of Arabia, so "Dan of Arabia" is just perfect! :D
And you are right, his smile is just the same even years later! (and he looks a lot like you)

Shelly said...

Such a wonderful card, Darnell! Love it!
And what great memories...oh, how I can relate. ;) Love the pics!

artful-notions said...

So glad I popped by this morning to enjoy your post! Always good to start the day with a smile, and you gave me one! Posting an entry soon, and just enjoying the other beauties in the lineup! So glad my NBUS PTI order came! Blessings dear Darnell!

Audrey Pettit said...

You are adorable, Darnell! My first time visiting here. I love your blog! Love what you do!

Jen W. said...

I love the way you used those MFT dies here, Darnell. I don't know why but it gives your card a fun storybook feel. :) And I love the camping stories and the adorable picture of Dan - such a cheeky little grin! :)

designbydonna said...

I love the scene on your card and the memories it brings back. We too were campers when the kids were young. What fun. And they both camp with their families now. So I guess we did something right. :)

TK said...

Your card is sweet and wonderful, better yet because it brings back memories! We too are campers, however we've traded our mini van filled with "kid stuff" to motorcycle saddlebags filled with necessities! Love the photo!

Helen F. said...

Darnell, your card is so fun (reminds me to pull out a similar stamp set under a mound of NBUS)
Love the photos of drooling Dan of Arabia AND the adult version of "tough, very tough" Dan :-) Great save, Mom!!

Charlene said...

We had some wonderful camping trips too! The last one was tent, I I heard a creature outside making num num, num and thought, I don't want to get eaten lol. So now, its hotels :-) Wonderful card, and your son looks like a sweetie.....oops I mean tough!

conil said...

Such a darling card...reminiscent of camping, you do come up with the best themes. I saw Kim's card, as well, and after steadying myself in the chair, tried to come up with something that would do it justice. No luck. But you did it so well. Love the platinum embossing with that lovely soft looking watercolor.
Hope you doing well and that you had to water issues this last weekend. Wasn't that enough rain to keep the hills green at least until St. Pat's Day.? (You're right, golden...blech!)

Greta said...

What a wonderful camping story & picture, Darnell! By the time we got married we were both past tents, but we started in the back of a van trying to stay dry cooking under the raised back door & after we added a puppy to the family we moved to trailers/motor homes starting very little. Now we have a nice trailer that makes it comfortable for the 3 of us & I do love enjoying the beautiful scenery in comfort! Oh what a terrific card--wonderfully crafted scene, my friend!

Lisa said...

What a sweet picture of Dan of Arabia!! That smile is priceless!! And I'm a camper so I love, love the card!! It's so fabulous!! Love the colors and scene you've created!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
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Marybeth said...

Your tough guy is adorable , you must be so proud! Beautiful card and I can’t believe its day seven already. Life is busy for sure!

nancy littrell said...

LOVE your camping card. I am ready to camp anytime :-) My card for your day 7 challenge links you to my day 1 and very 1st ever blog! Loll made me do it and with her help I did!!! Your #6 challenge is awesome Darnell. TFS

OH Babs said...

Oh Darnell I love this story it has similarities to our lives 40+ years ago. We started sleeping in the bow of a boat, then a camper and now Hiltons and cruises. Our early years of camping bring our whole family happy memories. While our camping friends had fancy motor homes we still had the truck and used camper. The camper was sold but both boys used the truck in high school and college. Oh the mister wishes he still had the 64 Chevy. The card is charming because it comes with a story. Thank you. Hugs, Barb

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

This brought back many happy memories of our camping adventures when our children were little, and also of the time we came close to divorce while trying to put up a frame tent in driving rain! :) On the plus side, despite the driving rain, there's nothing better than having a full English breakfast cooked outdoors by my wonderful Hubby so we're still happily married and now have a smaller tent for just the two of us. X

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is a really great and fun card showing camper fun!

Pia S said...

I wish I could share your enthusiasm about Mondays. Life coaches say it's all about the attitude. But I stick to Garfield's opinion when it comes to this day of week.
Cute baby turned into handsome man. Great card. I like how the scene is cut into sections, great detail!

Diane said...

Super fun card and stamp set!! Another fun post to read...oh yes, I can remember some great camping days with my kids myself...I miss those days!!

Julia Aston said...

What a fun camping card Darnell! Great design stamping over the cover plate die cut - we always camped growing up - and we did it for a while after marriage and baby - but give me the hotel now with the soft bed! That is a wonderful photo of you son on his first camping trip - cracked me right up - could anyone look more happy??!!

Jean said...

So very cute! Love the photo and I am sure your son is very tough:)

Ruth said...

Darnell, I love your posts, every single one of them makes me smile and this is no exception. I adore your little Dan of Arabia and look at him now, not much younger than me, and all growed up for proud Momma.

Your card is pretty awesome too, but the memories you share, make it all the more memorable. xx

patrap777 said...

Hi Darnell,
I love your card and your story. I agree, somehow our poorest times are the most happily remembered!
God Bless,
Pat

Cazzy said...

Will he read your blog though? You could be in trouble, he might sue! We used to go camping too, and we have just had some of our old slides made into digi photos so the memories are flooding back!

I only just woke up and smelt the paper, and found out this was on! So I will try and enter, better find out what is going on first!

Carol x

Kathleen said...

Well I can see he has your good look Darnell, oh and a tad of the Mister as well, don't want to get in his bad books.
Great card once again, totally love the design, brilliant.

Kath x

Sharon said...

Had a right old giggle today. Your handsome son must lurvee his yummy mummy for showing the head nappy photo. Ha ha.
Another brilliant card again today. Your stamp is fabulous.
Sharon xx

Karenladd said...

Oh my gosh, I am loving this post and that photo of your cute little canyon trekker! How great that you provide the comparison, and proof that he made it out alive, ha! My parents used to take all 4 of us camping at the beach way back when there weren't even any bathrooms, or even running water there (and my youngest sister was still in diapers...cloth ones at that). Those heavy old canvas tents and wooden tentpoles are something I still remember. We owned a business during our own kid's childhoods so didn't get away much at all but managed to do some backyard camping, which was much much easier.
Those stitched panel dies give just the perfect bit of texture to your scene and make me think of an embroidered piece mounted on a cabin wall!

Carol L said...

Oh gosh, your son is one handsome dude and he was one adorable baby too! I loved reading about your camping adventures, because we were campers when our children were small too! Those were the best days of our lives - roasting marshmallows over an open fire! Oh, by the way - your camping card is cute too and I love the stitched panels!! Sorry, I may have gotten lost in some memories there for a second :)

Pat said...

I think your panelled watercolored camping themed card is great Darnell. I also love that photo of your son as a little one, and he still looks rather cute now if I might say so ..lol. I have slept in a frame tent a few times and it is great in the good weather but here in the UK we do get an excessive amount of rain and it can be rather chilly at night, even in summer. These days we don't rough it any more but it is fun when you are young to camp out under the stars. Thanks it is lovely to hear your reminiscences. x

Tracey McNeely said...

You must be careful, I enjoyed your story so much I almost forgot to comment on your fabulous card! Camping memories are wonderful memories and I could not agree more. The fun times and memories from we were the poorest! I want to get my albums out and look and camping photos again. Oh the card--delightful!

Cris G said...

What a cute and dear card, Darnell! I love camping too, still do it almost every year... it is so peaceful and magnificent to lie down looking at a starry night, makes me feel so small and yet so quiet.
Your photo of "Dan of Arabia" is priceless, what a sweet baby... melts my heart just looking at him! Of course tough Dan is completely different! :)

Nora N. said...

This is an adorable card!! I love at the inking. I love your story!! Such fabulous memories. I ABHOR camping and so glad that I married a man that feels the same. I will take a hotel room any day!!

Kim Heggins said...

Simply fabulous card Darnell and I love your post today. I had to chuckle at you camping stories, so sweet. My camping has always included a place where I can call for room service...see you soon.

Lisa said...

What a cute little camping scene!! But your tiny Dan of Arabia steals the show here today!!

Maxine D said...

With a smile like that of course he is one tough lawyer, Darnell, and he would make all the opposition women swoon too! Double edged sword :-).
Love your card - what a perty scene and wonderful memories
Blessings
Maxine

Cheryl W. said...

What a handsome son you have - then and now! Fun card today, too. We have a tiny RV that we go camping in. We love it and spend weeks at a time traveling in it, even though it is very, very small.

Dana & Glen said...

Fabulous card to honor fabulous memories Darnell! Your sweet Dan looks like he enjoying camping - diaper or not on his head :)

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell. Dan was and if I might be so bold to say, still is, a cutie. He surely can't prosecute us for that? Grin
Hugs,
Em xxx

Olga Fink said...

Beatiful card! And some great memories you shared with us! Your son is still cute, sorry tough! Lol all this reminds me of my childhood when my parents were going camping with me in the back of my dad. Mine was blue though and it was 1973! Lots of good memories! Thank you for sharing!
Xoxo Olga

Brenda said...

What a cute card Auntie and you have brought back many camping memories for me as well!! I love seeing the picture of your infant son, smiling ear to ear. Too cute he is with his sun screen hat on. lol I love how clever you were with making it! And now look at him, wow! You must be ever so proud of this handsome man!!! We have a lot of camping memories too. One being that we had to take 2 vehicles because their was 8 of us, and then all the baby stuff that had to go too. Yeah, look like we were moving, just to go camping. But our camping memories are my favorite. It was cheap to camp and we had a ball doing it. We tented it as hubby said you "ain't" camping unless you are in a tent. That was ok unless you are pregnant, but I lived through it and enjoyed every second! Thanks for the memories today Auntie!! Hugs, Brenda

JD/ Jill said...

Great card...(with great stories to go along with it)
The pics are wonderful...thanks so much for sharing.

Bobby said...

Oh the long ago, younger days of camping. So many memories, Darnell. And that handsome man doesn't look tough at all, but those are the kind you have to watch out for. ;)

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, I enjoy reading your memories. I can feel how proud mother you are . You've created super nice card. I think, we can share memories. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

maria f. said...

So glad to have caught this post. I CANNOT believe you slept in a sleeping bag on a park picnic table. The bugs! The creatures! The racoon poop dropping into your face from the tree limbs above you! You are one tough cookie. And what a looker that little one of yours is ;) Oh yeah, there was a card here too wasn't there? I did not give that design of Kim's a go but it sure is a great one. Love your interpretation.

Cat Craig said...

Those were different days. I remember camping out in college at Parker Dam in AZ. My idea of camping now is a hotel without room service. Your card sparked wonderful memories of more innocent times. thank you for that dear Darnell.

Anita in France said...

Ah yes, camping in Death Valley in the summer heat ... happy days for me too, Darnell ... thanks for the memories! Sweet card ... even sweeter little Dan ... who has grown up to be just as dishy as the Mister! Miss you heaps! Hugs & bisous, mon amie, Anita :)

Inkyfingers said...

What a great card Darnell and such a great CASE of Kim's card. Dan of Arabia is utterly gorgeous and your reminiscences brought back some memories for me too. Camping in a two man tent in the pouring rain and trying to cook on a tiny primus stove while the wind howled comes to mind first, but later trips to camp in France with the children where the tent had been set up for us with many mod cons, was more my style.You might think that the ready availability of wine and fresh croissants had something to do with this, but I couldn't possibly comment!
Hugs
Carol x

scrAPpamondo said...

How many entries! Congrats!! :)
Fun card and fun story! :D

Caryn said...

So pretty.
Thanks for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Hugs,
Caryn xxx

D.Ann C said...

I bet your blog is making the rounds at the law firm. lol! I have fond memories of camping, too, and love your shiny card!