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September 9, 2016

Good Intentions (Hiccup!)

Hello, my stampling dumplings!

I feel like there is a bit of a hush around. Have you noticed?

It's the quiet of waiting for the season to change its outfit, depending on where in the world you live.

It's the quiet between the loud happy screams of summer and the somber soberness of school starting and homework.

It's the hush of expectancy in Blogland as new companies pop up, challenges restart, and transitions happen within design teams.

It's the holding our breaths while squinting at the calendar, unready to accept that Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are very nearly rear-ending us.

Such deep thoughts and the hush of everyone sleeping has left me thus:
Yup, bubbles and booze, baby. Throw in a crown and a magic wand and what more does a girl need? If that were me lounging in a martini glass, however, my heels would have been kicked off. But hey, good for her for keeping her's on!

The swirlie-girlie is "Stella With an Olive on Top" from Stamping Bella and the NBUS sediment is "Meant to Behave" from Impression Obsession. I colored with my Ziggies, embossed with my Cuttlebug bubble e/f, and backed the whole thing up with a piece of peacock-colored PP.

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See No Evil ...

I have to share this incredible photo:
When the kids were picking up new puppy Jack, our son Dan walked around the place giving some love to the other puppies and taking photos. He happened to grab this shot (that's his hand in the foreground) which has not been photo-shopped in any way. I mean, what are the chances that these puppies would get themselves configured in such a way that the puppies on each side had a paw over the eyes of the middle puppy, just as Dan snapped the photo?! Amazing and soooo funny!

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90 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Lovely card.

I'm still hoping summer will continue to at least November....well I can hope:)

Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

Kathyk said...

FABULOUS card and colours Darnell and LOVING the puppy pix too

Happy Friday

Kathyk

Sheila H said...

The puppies are so cute! They made me smile. I love your funny card. The sentiment cracks me up!

Maxine D said...

Roll on spring and summer - I am more than ready for it :-)
Love your card Darnell - I think I need to be in that glass with those words beside me - I have currently had it with being good ;-(.
Love that photo of the pups - beautiful.
Blessings
Maxine

Colleen said...

Absolutely fun card, Darnell..love that sentiment! OMG when I saw the pups with the middle ones' eyes all covered I couldn't believe it! What a great photo shot!! Another puppy in the family, huh? My grandkids keep trying to talk me into getting a puppy, I tell them I LOVE loving on theirs!!

Jane Willis said...

I love that card, the sentiment is just perfect!
Jane

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Just how I feel after I've been and bought some more crafty stash that I really didn't need but had to have. Such a great card.

Sue xx

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Such a cute card..Love it totally..

Pat said...

Hi Darnell. Hopefully there will be a bit more summer weather here before Autumn hoves into view. I love Stella coloured so prettily and the bubbles go beautifully with the theme, and a great sentiment too, really made me smile. What a great photo Dan took of the puppies, he captured that moment so perfectly, what are the chances? x

Wendy Johnson said...

I'm with you Darnell - shoes off in the glass which by the way would be empty - I never refuse luvvly bubbly!! x

frommycraftroom said...

Oh I love this card! My heels would be off too!
I am taking a deep breath cause I know what is bound for me from now until the end (dare I say) of the year! I feel I just started this one :)

Marilyn said...

YEP!! That's me in that martini glass!! Cute card!! cute picture of the pups

Bunny said...

Such a cute card. Love all those bubbles. The sentiment is funny.

When I first glanced at the puppies photo I thought it was another dog sticking his nose in the cage because the first quick glance looked like the shape of a dog's head and snout from the group. Pretty funny photo of them covering their mates eyes.

Jeanne said...

Great card, Darnell! She's quite the talented gal to end up in the glass with her shoes still on. Ha, ha! That photo is fantastic! I thought there was a dog looking through to the other dogs for a split second. Then I read what you wrote and realized it was a hand. Too funny. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend. Hugs!

Sue Walsh said...

What a fun card and that photo is amazing :)

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Such fun ... that's me!

Gerrina said...

Not only a fun card, but what a fun and special photo aswell!
Hope that the changing of seasons takes a long time this year; spring and summer were late here, so would be nice if the colder months woukd be late also :) At the moment we still have sunny days and up to 31degrees, so I feel happy!
Have an relaxing and good weekend!

scrAPpamondo said...

For me no quiet, I'm just return to work and the days are crazy!!! :(
Lovely card, so fun!!
Hugs, I'm in hurry...

Happy Dance said...

There is a hush. My hush is one of anticipation, and if I open my mouth, I'll scream a scream that could be heard 'round the world. A good scream, though. Looking forward to family and friends later on! Anyhoo... Love the image of Stella in the martini glass, and what a perfect sentiment!!! That's how big I want my next margarita to be, lol! What a fantastic card, my friend. And I think that should be our motto, in addition to being a fantastic sentiment. Have a marvelous weekend sweetie pie!! Bev

Krisha said...

OMGOSH Darnell, I nearly had coffee spewing from my nose, when I read the sentiment on your card! LOVE it.

The Hush around here is almost deafening.....the wait is on....but yes, those holidays are already starting to clamor for attention.

What a perfect photo of the dogs, and what good timing on your son's part to get THAT photo!

Have a super great weekend!

shirley-bee said...

Bubbles on a Friday - perfect! No better way to misbehave ;) Love the puppy pic, it's priceless!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Oh just LOVE this one Darnell, super fun post, awesome cute and funny image and sentiment atop your card and the cutest and most adorable photo! Puppies are ACE! Thanks for sharing with us at Less is More this week - adorable use of those peacock colours. Sarah x

Joan said...

Ha ha, love your card and the sentiment, fun girls night out, remember them well !

Joan

KT Fit Kitty said...

Such a fun and funny card! I can remember some nights like that hehe, but that's when I was much younger! Love your puppy photo - sooooo cute!

Linda said...

Hey! This was me last night .... unfortunately!!
Fabulous card and I love the sentiment.
I know exactly what you mean waiting for the change in the seasons .... it's started already over here .... the leaves are starting to fall and the weather is definitely changing.
Great picture of the dogs too ..... that really made me smile. Enjoy the weekend my friend xx

Patti said...

Wow that is an incredible picture!! Those dogs are so cute how could they pick just one!?! LOL

Your card made me laugh, as usual!! I love all the "bubbles"!!

BIG((( Hugs)))
Patti

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Ooops! I meant to say what a brilliant CASE of Anita's Muse card too. Love the bubbled BG and superb use of the colours. xx

A splash of color said...

What a cute card and I love the sentiment.. it is hard to be good isn't it :) And the dogs.. Oh how funny..

sandie said...

Oh how I would love to feel like this again! Adore all those bubbles xx

Lisa said...

Haha!! Your card made me laugh out loud!! I love it!! And oh my gosh, that is the most adorable picture of the puppies!! I want all of them!! So sweet!! What perfect timing by your son!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

conil said...

Dear me...definitely no heels. Think this gal's balance is commendable considering she's probably half in the bag. I know I would be. The card, of course, is stinkin' cute. And the colors....well, perfect.

Esther said...

I love this card Darnell! So fun and it really made me giggle... it's the perfect sentiment for several of my naughty friends! Great way to use the peacock colours of our challenge too. Thanks for playing with us at Less is More :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Great observation and so true, the quiet hush! When I was slugging my garbage cans back down the lane today I noticed that the top of my 200' trees are starting to turn--fall is coming! Your card is so fun and bubbly, with I could join you!

Inkyfingers said...

Well what he heck - it is Friday so if you want to swim in cocktails, go ahead I say! Perhaps the craw and wand should be left to one side though - you don't want to get them wet. I love this fun card Darnell and the sentiment cracks me up. I'll have to remember it for when I next forget to act my age. Dan really snapped a winner with that photo - it would be perfect for a caption competition.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs
Carol x

Jerrie said...

Now your good intentions is halarious! I laughed so hard when I saw it!! I love your textured background and your whole darn card!!

Catchy Sketch said...

'Stampling dumplings' is so fun! Love it!
And your card is very nice and fun! It made me laugh!
And these puppies are so cute! It's impossible to pick only one...
Thanks for this fun,
Regina

Donna said...

Love your bubbly background... just perfect for this stamp. I can just imagine the bubbles fizzing up her nose!
As for the dog photo... fabulous. Thanks for sharing. X

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a cool card and that sentiment sure had me chuckling!

Karenladd said...

Well that bubbly boozy fairy princess has more energy than me, that's certain! If it were I in the martini glass I would have my shoes off, wand on the floor, and head hanging over the edge with lots of zzzzzz's on the menu. What fun to emboss the image with all those dimensional fizzies to add to the celebration too.
My youngest granddaughter was born on Halloween so the upcoming months promise to be full of parties and craft inspiration. No hush around here!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Getting philosophic, my friend, although your sentiment is just outright hilarious! Just up my alley!

Barb said...

What a great fun card. I love that sentiment. Let's hope we have a few more fine weeks before autumn arrives. What an adorable photo of the puppies. He might not be able to see but his tongue is working fine. Barbxx

Flo said...

That's a cute card, and I just love the sentiment. 😊👍

Aileen Ryan said...

great photo, poor puppy lol. I love your card Darnell, she says it all hic. Its funny as Autumn starts over there and things quiet down of course spring has hit here and already theres no need for the fire at night or cardigans during the day. Only wish I parents could understand that they don't need to heat the house so much, when Im there I have to go out on the balcony every 1/2 hour to cool down. I walk around in summer PJs just to stay cool (yes I change when I go out into the public arena) and mum keeps saying, are you warm enough.

Now Im keen as to do summer and spring cards and all I am seeing is Autumn. Take care Hugs Aileen

Susanne Vargas said...

Yes, I've noticed the hush, too but I couldn't have described it as well as you did! The card is loads of fun from the image to the sentiment! And that bubbly embossing folder is very fitting!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh what a fun post!! Your card is a HOOT and those pups are too cute for their own good!!

Bobby said...

What a hoot, Darnell. Love the image and the sentiment and your wonderful Ziggy coloring. Cheers!

Jean said...

Great photo!

nancy littrell said...

What a funny puppy photo and wildly crazy card :-) TFS both my friend. Hugs, Nancy

Susan said...

Darnell this card is so cute...love that martini!

Geri said...

Fabulous card...but gotta be honest...the puppies stole the show in this post with their 'see no evil' pose!

Stella is apparently having one heck of a great time! Love the bubble ef - perfect backdrop for Stella's "booze tub"!

Funny thing - my sister's nickname (from her Gabore Girls Club) is Stella and she honestly wears heels to work almost every day! She's a bit of a teetotaler though, so it would have to be Pepsi in the glass!

Neets B said...

I think you're hiding something from us.....there is actually a big martini glass in the corner of your playhouse and this is you in between creating...yes?! This is such a fun card, Darnell, and I adore that sentiment, it's hilarious. Great use of the peacock colours and I feel honoured that you've interpreted my Muse card in such a fabulous way!
Thanks so much for playing along at LIM and Muse. Mwah xx

Di said...

Such a fun card Darnell! She looks a very happy lady and the sentiment is such fun! Yup, it does feel almost like Nature is waiting for Autumn at the moment. It'll be here before we know it I guess,

Lovely to see you playing along at CB Mania too!

Hugs

Di xx

jimlynn said...

What could be more fun than bubbles and booze! Love your darling card Darnell. So cute! Cheers!
Lynn

Isabelle Siry said...

Such a funny card Darnell ! I love the sentiment, it fits so well with the image ! For sure, for me it would also be heels kicked off and with tousled hair ! ;-)) Thanks for sharing. Izzy Scrap

Bonnie said...

Love this card and agree about the heels! Not good to get tipsy in! Love the puppy shot! It's amazing!

Linda said...

Perfect card from you, Darnell. So stinkin cute.

Maura Hibbitts said...

Darnell, what a fun and crazy kind of card - love how you added the bubbles to a fun image!! So glad you joined us in our Stamp It challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog! xx Maura

Cara said...

Fabulous card. Love the sentiment! Just been catching up on all your recent posts. NBUS was a great success, a real triumph. Sending hugs, Cara x

Cat Craig said...

I too would have kicked off the shoes! What a fun card, love the sentiment, its how it all should be.

Celeste Goff said...

What a fun and adorable card Darnell!!!

Brenda said...

This post is just too cute! Your card made me LOL...that sentiment is the best (and the card it great, too). Those pups left a smile on my face that is still there. Thanks!

Trina P. said...

Cute card, Darnell. Love the colors and the background.

cm said...

With my husband away in Easter Canada being Mr. Bike Racing Official (on the back of a BMW motorbike, BTW) and having barely survived the first four full days of back-to-work, that gal on your card could easily have been me last night! And it may have...no one will ever know *grin* Wands, crowns, booze and bubbles: love that combination! The trio of puppies...be still my want-a-puppy-loving heart! The paws covering poor middle guy's eyes makes for adorable; apparently, he still knew someone fabulous was taking his photo! Nothing like a puppy kiss! Hmmmm...wouldn't it be cool if, after one of his bike-racing or bike-trekking episodes (one is on his radar for next week - Tues thru Sunday), my husband came home and SURPRISE! Puppy in the house! Perhaps I'll put that on my shopping list...one mini schnauzer, salt-and-pepper...
Hugs~c

Neet said...

Just out of hospital - needed a smile and I certainly got one when I saw your card. Love the way you have made it bubbled. Perfect!
Hugs, Neet xx

Cheryl W. said...

Awwww...those puppies are so cute. And your card is a stitch! That could have been my motto about 45 years ago. he he

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card...just love your sweet little lady!

Tanja said...

oh Darnell, this card is so adorable and fun - love that sentiment - thanks for sharing your project at Addicted to Stamps and More

Cathy said...

Such a fun card Darnell, cute puppy pics too! Have a great weekend, Cathy x

Kath Stewart said...

such a fun adorable card Darnell and that pup pic is just hilarious...a once in a lifetime shot...thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...enjoy what's left of your weekend...hugs kath xxx

Pia S said...

What a fun card you've made! Great idea to stamp and color and then dry emboss the whole thing.

Sandra H said...

Awww the puppies are just so cute!d your card Darnell is just the best l love the fun image and the embossed backing ....l hope your enjoying your weekend take care xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what a super ,super, and amazing card.
I love how you have created this superb card.
It looks fantastic.
Great photos of the puppies also.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Shelly said...

Oh, FABulous card, Darnell!! Love it!
And yes, what an amazing photo! :)

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
This is so you lol! Love the bubble embossing and the sentiment is hilarious.
And as for the pups, so funny!
Best wishes.
Ang x

Ardyth said...

Fun image and colours and great dimension! So glad you joined us at Muse this week!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, as always Darnell. I've been creating more cards for my Christmas card mountain today, so could use that drink. Grin.
Hugs,
Em

Carol L said...

Your card is so much fun and I just love that comical sentiment! What blew me away is the picture of the dogs! LOL It looks as if the 2 dogs are hiding the middle dog's eyes while he does a taste test of Dan's finger! That is just too too too cute :)

Creative world said...

What a fun and awesome take on photo inspiration.LOVE IT...And the sentiment is fabulous...Thank you Darnell for joining us at ATSM these week...hugs Željka DT

Sharon Underwood said...

What a great card! I'm with you -- my shoes would've been off! Love the dog photo. How cute!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

The problem with behaving is that it is the boringest of all the options. Fun card! I can't say I'm all a'titter for the upcoming holidays but I am surely anticipating lunch! Signed, the hungry hungry heifer

maria f. said...

New puppy Jack? What happened to the big guy?!?! That photo is incredible. Speak no and hear no must have been out for a potty break. Um, I was actually here to marvel at your bubbly card. I wanna be her! A crown even. Geesh. How fabulous! Have a good one, girlfriend.

laurie said...

LOL! What a fun card! You always make me laugh:) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

oldpunca said...

What a funny bubble card! I'm admiring your stamping and colouring over the embossed background. Cute photo of little puppies. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Marilyn said...

Fun, fun card, Darnell. Perfect colors. Always enjoy your posts.
Hugs, Marilyn

AJ Bodine said...

Funny sentiment, love the card!! And that puppy pic, what a hoot!

Ros Crawford said...

Hee hee, Both that photo and your card had me smiling!How on earth does one pick a single pup?

Birgit said...

Your card is fun and so playful. I like how the bubbles are all over the card including the image. The doggies are very cute and a perfect picture.

Anita in France said...

Very prosaic, Darnell ... I'm wondering if all the calm is just a forerunner to more excitement to come!! I fell about at your card ... love that bubbly background to go with the bubbly 'girl' and glass ... and oh my, that sentiment ... d'you think it could have been written for you?!! LYAMYSMMAJTWTG! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Marlena M. said...

Such fun "bubbles" and that photo is priceless!!! Too too cute~

Lisa Tilson said...

Oh this is so fun Darnell! The sediment is wonderful, I love that bubble embossing folder - not seen it before and may have to get it and of course perfect for the bubbles in the glass! Gorgeous.
And that picture at the end, I have to say I first thought the paws on the middle pup were his own lol, which would have been REALLY clever! Such a great shot, what are the chances ha ha. Lisa xx