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!

September 30, 2016

Enjoy Life ~ With Coffee

Greetings, drinkers!

Thanks in part to the coffee and tea industries we have whooshed around to another Friday! Do you know after today there are only TWELVE more Fridays until Christmas!

I'm sorry! Please get up slowly. I don't think your knee is meant to be bent that way, sweetie.

Here, have a cuppa:
 
A QACAS OLC full of cuteness and mischief. I don't drink a lot of coffee or have a lot of coffee stamps so I am very grateful to Hammy for coming up with this fun design! 

The NBUS grinning Cheshire is from the "Joy to the World" stamp set by Penny Black. In the set, kitty is holding a Christmas present. I surgically removed the gift and now a NBUS coffee cup from "Hot Concoctions" by Paper Smooches is teetering in his hands. The sediment is from GKW. The Washi tape was applied twice as a border and then a wee piece of it was placed on the take-out coffee cup protection band. The schmear of ink covering the sediment is a NBUS stamp from "Jumbo Abstract Art" by MFT.

(I'm sitting here chuckling at that border. I simply laid down the first border strip near the card edge and then laid down the second strip without even trying to line up the pattern so I'm pretty chuffed that that happened!)

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And I'm Off!

As a lot of you know, I get together with my sisters for a few days every year, so I'm flying off again to do that. This year I am traveling to the lakes of Minnesota to enjoy their company and see other relatives and friends. I'll be gone for a coupla weeks, so please let me know if you live in the MSP area and would like to meet!

Sadly this means my visits to you will not be happening again for a while. I feel like I've been such a bad bloggie friend this whole year and I'm very sorry about that. My hope is that next year I will be able to get back into my routine. I truly miss my visits and commenting. Thank you to all of you who have stayed steadfast and continue to visit me and leave me some love!

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91 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

Darnell this is so cute. Adore the little critter and the blue and white colouring. This will also be perfect for one entry as an anything goes creation for our challenge below.
Hugs
Desíre
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Sue said...

Darnell, Love the card.

Have a wonderful time with your sister. Sue

Ruth said...

I never use Washi tape as inventively as you do! Have a fabulous time with your sisters. Enjoy your break - and you haven't been a bad blogive friend at all! Xx

Aileen Ryan said...

Well what a blinder of a card. Love it, the coffee cup balanced like that is perfect and the finishing touch of the washi tape, brilliant. Don't worry about being a slack year, everyone has one of those and we all love you too much to worry about that. Catch up when you can.

Stamps and Paper said...

Great card Darnell and enjoy your trip as you say life is too short

Anne

Maxine D said...

Oh what a fabulous card Darnell - love your surgical implant of the coffee cup :-) And don't you love those 'appy accidents when schtuff works out way better than if you had planned it!
Enjoy your time with your sisters and make lots of memories
Blessings
Maxine

Pollard Carole said...

Your card its so lovely what a great design Sorry not been around for a few weeks been on holiday and no reliable wifi. You have made some amazing things while I've been away. Enjoy your visit to your sister Love and hugs Carole x

Wendy Johnson said...

Oh how cute Darnell and I can't even see the scar where you performed surgery! Have a super duper whale of a time with your sisters. I've only known you a very short time but I will miss your witty ramblings as they always give me a good larff!! Hugs, Wendy x

Sammy said...

You HAD to say it, didn't you? You're just trying to make me feel guilty about not having started my Christmas shopping yet, and being WAY behind on making cards... ;-)

Speaking of cards. I ADORE yours. Your surgery was a 100% success, and I now feel I need both those stamps to be able to replicate this brilliant image.

Have a fantastic trip. x

Pat said...

What a cute PB Kitty Darnell and very clever surgery removing the parcel and inserting the coffee cup instead. I love your washi tape border and matching band on the cup. A fabulous card. Have a great time in Minnesota with your sisters and hope you manage to meet some bloggy friends whilst you are there too. x

Barb said...

A lovely card Darnell. It's great fun and very clever masking. A super idea. Enjoy your time in Minnesota with your sister. Barbxx

Sandra H said...

Morning Darnell, Ooh l do like the use of washi tape put's a lovely edge to the card and so cute is your image too! don't ever feel your a bad blogger your always there when commitments don't get in the way and enjoy your time with your sister sending lots of love xx

Marilyn said...

Cute card!! Have a great time visiting your sister!

Sheila H said...

Enjoy your visit! Your mono tone card really packs a punch. I love how you stretched your critter stamp by "removing the present."

Jeanne said...

Not a huge fan of coffee, other than the aroma, but am a fan of super cute cards and this is indeed a super cute card. That kitty makes me wanna smile big! I can imagine what Kitty is holding is a big cup of hot chocolate. That will make me go yum and enjoy life! :) Yay for lining things up on the first go round. I also really like the bit of the tape you added to the cup. Wonderful colors! I hope you have a fantastic time with your sisters! Big hugs to you!!

Glennis said...

Super card Darnell, have a lovely holiday

Joan said...

Love your card!!! Great use of the washi tape! Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday.

Shelly said...

Darnell, this is super duper CUTE!! Love it!

Brenda in IN said...

Surgery! I know you're not a real doctor - you only play one on your blog! This is a cute card and I love how you used that washi tape for a border and on the coffee cup to tie it altogether. You have had an exceptionally busy year and I think you kept up pretty well with comments. Enjoy the time spent with your sisters and friends. We'll be here anxiously waiting for you to return!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Not only is your card super fun, so is your post! You sound like a hoot to hang out with! lol Happy & safe travels.

Teri Wilde said...

How adorable is this!

Redanne said...

That was a great bit of surgery you did and I love how he is balancing that coffee cup. Love the border too, it is so pretty!

I hope you have a wonderful visit with your Sisters and family and I, for one, will be waiting patiently for your return! Big hugs, Annie xxxx

Jacquie Southas said...

Adorable card, Darnell! Love the bright blue washi and brush stroke highlighting the sentiment - great details! The star, of course, is the cute critter and that CAS cup of coffee. Lucky you heading to Minnesota and getting to experience a little fall. Enjoy the sister time!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love that you matched the cozy to the side border. Fun card

Irish Cherokee said...

Love my JOE black, thank you. Great card Darnell. Enjoy your visit with your sisters and relatives. Life waits for no-one.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,
Jim

Ceal said...

awesome card!

Bad Kitty (Fiki) said...

so cute!
Fiki

Ericka Strange said...

So cute. Love the blue.

Happy Dance said...

I love this card!!!! That washi tape as the border is fabulous, but as the expertly place coffee sleeve it is just brilliant. Love that kitty image, and I sure could use a cup o' joe that big this morning! Have a wonderful time in MN, and I just know you'll enjoy every single second! Missing you already... Bev

conil said...

Are you taking this card with you, or are your sisters non-coffee drinkers, as well? Actually love that you've used blue on your card. Been inundated lately with orange and brown and this color seems so much more restful. Apparently, you have a great eye for getting things strait. No amount of rulers or grid paper is ever going to work for me, so I admire your skill, greatly. Have a wonderful time on your visit...we'll be here when you return.

Joyce said...

This is certainly cute. Love how you've got that giant coffee cup balanced on your cute critter's head. Enjoy your travels. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Donna said...

Well, most importantly of all, who's in charge while you are on your travels? Lol!!!
Have a fantastic time away, Darnell. Your card is fabulous as always...
and clever you with that Washi tape! X

Em Louise Fairley said...

Darnell this is gorgeous! I can't function without my coffee in the morning, although I'm not a big tea drinker.
Hugs,
Em xxx

Jean said...

Super fun card!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love it. Hammy and you did great! Have fun with your sisters too!

OH Babs said...

Bonjour what an adorable card. 🙃 Barb

Cat Craig said...

I love all the blues in this card. Fabulous design. Have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.

Hetty said...

Totally adorable cat/coffee card and I love your use of washi tape!

Kathleen said...

Great image and love the way you have operated on the present, great shades of blue too.
Enjoy your time with your Sisters.

Kath x

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, Hammy sure came up with a rockin' design! Love the repetition of the blue. :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

You know if you had tried to line up that washi tape border it would have never happened. That is such a happy shade of blue for such a happy card. Of course we're all happy (happy and caffeinated).

Isabelle Siry said...

I love your card Darnell ! This washi tape is just gorgeous ! And what a smart idea what you have done with the kitty stamp ! I have this stamp set and thank you, you showed me exactly what "stretch" means !
Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your time with your family and friends !
Thanks for sharing.
Izzy Scrap

Sue D said...

This is so cute. I slid under the wire with my entry to the blog hop too.

scrAPpamondo said...

Amazing card and fabulius work! Love so much the geometric panel in the first one!
Hgss

Carol L said...

This has to be the best use of Washi tape evah! I love the colors and that cute coffee cup he's holding! Super cute and fun card. Have a great visit with your sisters and family - you're becoming quite the globe trotter this year :)

Bonnie said...

First of all, I think it's amazing that you had a coffee cup stamp that perfectly fit between this kitty's paws! Who would have thought? And your borders are perfect! Have a wonderful trip and a good visit with your sisters and friends!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

I know I said it on facebook but it bears repeating- I love this card! So simple but great impact. BTW, you asked about a Follow by EMail button on my blog; I do have one there. If you can't see it let me know. I am not even close to being tech savvy.

Echo Noble said...

Super cute card! I love it!!

Jen W. said...

Is ti silly that I get excited when I see a washi tape that I have? Silly or not it happened and you've rocked it with that adorable kitty. I can only imagine the insanity that will follow once he finishes that cup that's as big as he is... Have a wonderful wonderful trip!

Susanne Vargas said...

That is a fun card! Love that Washi tape and I, of course, assumed that you lined it up just so intentionally!
Enjoy your time with your loved ones and have a safe trip!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Super cute coffee card and right up my alley! I also include a critter on my coffee cards! Must remember your idea for the next hop! Have fun on your trip!

Lisa said...

I like the pretty blues and chubby little cat on your cute card Darnell! Enjoy your trip! Family time is always the best!!

Loll said...

Sweet card Dolly! Have a wonderful time with your sisters. Lolly xx

Janice said...

Such a cute image Darnell, I love your CAS card.
Have a super time with your sisters.
Janice x

Linda said...

Off on your travels again .... have an amazing time with your family and friends, I can't wait to hear all about it.
And what a fabulous card .... I love how you changed the gift for the coffee cup ... just genius!
Have a safe trip xx

Arianna Barbara said...

Amazing card!!!

Karen B. said...

What a cute arrangement, love the stacking design.

Heidi Stamps said...

Super cute and I love the washi tape you used! Enjoy your trip!

Sue said...

Darnell, this is a super card. I love the blues you have used and I completely forgive you for reminding me how little time there is until the big day! Hope all's well, have a lovely time on your mini break.
Sue...xxx

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, have a nice trip to your sisters and relatives. Enjoy as much as a kitty holding a cup of coffee on your card. I have to laugh about your surgery skills. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

MaryH said...

Someone (don't remember who!) told me you were off on a Sister retreat, so I'm totally happy this is happening again! I well remember the last time you did that on my side of the country! So have a grand time. Loving your card. This is about the only Cat image I like (since I'm allergic to 'em) but this PB cat is one I love! How clever to do your magic with the coffee cup. (I'd never have guessed). So kudos to Hammy for his part in this design. Love your border. Another Cleverness! I've been neglecting you too, so apologies. Only got so many hours in the day (and I'm unorganized with it!). We'll do our best to stay in touch, huh? Big hugs & best wishes to D from us. TFS

Barb Ghig said...

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! I will eat my hat if this card doesn't win on at least one of these challenges, Darnell! Such a clever idea to add the coffee cup, and your patterned paper couldn't be more perfect! LOVE this card!
Have a great time visiting your sisters...You sure deserve it :)

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous! Love the washi tape. You remind me to use some from my stash! Why am I hording it?
And yes thank you I do need to get up off the floor! 12 Fridays gosh.

Lisa said...

Ha! So cute! Love this design and adorable images!

Tonya said...

Too cute!

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday, good luck!!! Amy DT

Julie B said...

Well operated on, Hammy is such a clever little tyke!You never could tell they didn't go together.
Thanks for sharing at STAMPlorations and have a lovely trip. :)

Deanna Anthony said...

Love Love Love your sweet card!!! Hope you're having a wonderful vacation!!!

~amy~ said...

Darnell, we're so glad that you're playing along. This card is so fun! Love how that guy is balancing his huge cup of coffee.
How can there only be 12 more Friday's until Christmas?!!!!

Helen F. said...

Oh how cute is this, Darnell!

Gerrina said...

Here is also one that don't drinks coffe and I would have to dig very deep to see if I have a coffeestamp:)! Love the washi and the fresh feel youir card has trough it! Hope you have a good sunday!

Linda Harris said...

Love your sweet card. Have a wonderful time visiting your family and take care x

Elizabeth said...

Awesome card and great job lining up the border papers!

Judy1223 said...

Darnell, this is so adorable! I love how you switched out the present for a cuppa, and that cat is just so CUTE!!! I love the blues, too...perfectly paired with white! Thanks for joining us at CASology!

Lisa Tilson said...

What a fun card, and I have this stamp actually and never thought to take the present out and replace with something else. I am rubbish at stretching my stamps! And you do make me laugh Darnell... the Christmas countdown ARGGHH. Have a great time in Minnesota :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, Your 'hammie with coffee' card is fantastic and fun. I don't have any coffee stamps either, very creative how you changed up the gift for the cuppa. I quit coffee a long time ago when I was having trouble sleeping (early menopause and stressful job). When quit I realized that I was having caffeine withdrawal headaches every day and not from stress as I thought. Enjoy your vacation! Cheers xxx ps.. I have no idea how you could possibly keep up comments with over a 1,000 followers..

Maura R said...

Love this, Darnell!! The surgical implant of the coffee cup with the paper pieced band is genius and totally makes this card!!! So fun!

Carol Hintermeier said...

Your card is adorable! That border doesn't look like washi tape at all! Have a fantastic time with your sisters--creating memories is what it's all about!!

shirley-bee said...

Love this fun card, Darnell :) Isn't it great when everything lines itself up without us having to try. Have a wonderful time visiting sisters and friends x

Ros Crawford said...

Well I've just come home from a fabulous break and what a fun card you have waiting for me! Love it!1 Have fun with your sisters!

Tracey McNeely said...

Love that cute coffee card, thank you for stressing me out about Christmas and I hope that you have a WONDERFUL time with you sisters! Safe travels!

jenn shurkus said...

super fun card!!! Thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

Craftychris said...

Just gorgeous! The washi tape adds a cool touch of fabulousness! xxx

Rose said...

I needed something far stronger than coffee at your reminder of how long to Christmas! Absolutely love this card Darnell! So, so cute! Love the washi border on the card & cup. I'm a little late I know but I hope your trip was great.

scrappymo! said...

Very fun and cute!!!

Greta said...

So creative--great card, Darnell!

Sian said...

This is a lovely cute card.

Bobby said...

What a great idea to put a cup of coffee in the hands of that kitty, Darnell. Or should I say Hammy. Don't worry about your absence, it makes the heart grow fonder so I'm told. I hope so because I've been a bad bloggie friend too.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Thank goodness you're on your jollys again so I don't feel so bad playing catch up lol!
Love coffee, adore the card.....does it come in decaff? (the coffee, not the Kitty lol!)
Enjoy your meet up with your family.
Ang x

Geri said...

A kitty AND coffee...how could a card possible get any better??? I love the simple color combo and all the white space! Happy, happy, happpy...made me smile!

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