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May 14, 2012

Less Is More Week 67 One Layer - Gone Fishing! and Color Throwdown #191

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day in the USA!
I am playing today in two challenges.  Unlike the majority of you talented crafters, I'm incapitated of making one card for many challenges, as a rule.  Two seems to be my max, but this time, these two particular challenges were in combat able, so I had to separate them.
First, I played in the Simply Less Is More Week 67, One Layer challenge:
This time we have the stipulation to
not four, not two... but 3!
I made this card:
Three stamps, wallah!  It is representative of me going on vacation for the next ten days, and a favorite philiosophy of mine.  The "Gone Fishing" is not part of the challenge, just to be clear. I wanted to put it in the title in case someone wanders onto my site and wonders why I haven't posted in a while.  Wandering and wondering.  I feel a song coming on . . .
(BTW, thank you for your supportive comments/emails re my last post.  I am pretty amazing!  Just kidding, I am not!  What I have learned as I've been on my personal carnie ride through life is that my story pales in comparison to sooo many others!  No one gets out alive without carrying crosses of their own and most of them are way heavier than mine have been!)
My second post, just in the nicature of time, is for Color Throwdown #191:
You know I can't resist these deluscious colors.  This challenge closes in about no time, so here is what I made:

Once again, it is my enormous pleasure to welcome a new follower:  Loll Thompson of Stamping With Loll.  Loll's work is, well, she leaves me speechless on a regular basis.  Recently, when I could find words, I left this comment on one of her posts:  "I hate you."  Really, she is THAT good and I have a great big fat head now that she has chosen to join me. Schweet!
We had a great weekend.  The twins played baseball at a.m. 9 o'clock, which was wonderful because it wasn't hot for them or their speculators.  They played so well!  Back in the 1900s when our son played, I remember the players were a lot less focused on the game and more focused on the how the blades of grass made dancing shadows on their cleats.  Or maybe that was me?  We came back home and made Mother's Day cards for their mom and made origami boats by the ream.  Adam had made 29 at last count.  Here they are trying to see how long they would float on water.

That bucket looks like the boys should have been in Hazmat suits, but no worries, it's just an old deck paint bucket.

This morning when I was taking the card pictures, I noticed one of the California lilac bushes was attracting bees.  I took a couple of pictures.  I apologize for the blur, but he was zooming as bees are wont to do.  I wanted to get an adequate shot of the pollen sack he was lugging around with him.  (Aren't worker bees boys?)  I wonder if that sack o' pollen would be akin to me trying to carry . . . nevermind, that kind of math hurts my brain sack.

Please enjoy ~ and, as always, thank you for stopping by to visit.   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!  You can talk about me while I'm gone, but don't forget about me, please.

Dysfunctional Fishing
Paper:  PTI rustic cream
Stamps: Impression Obsession, Inc.:
  Ice Fishing Martini #2295; cherry:
  Stamps by Judith: Sentiment, unknown foam
Ink:  SU night of navy, Marvy cherry, Su green
Marvy corner punch

Gathering of Friends
Paper:  SU certainly celery, pool party,
  tempting turquoise, elegant eggplant
Stamp: Penny Black sparklers 4040K
Ink:  SU elegant eggplant
Accessories:  Pacific Point brads;
  K & Company dimensionals;
  Fiskars paper edger;  pop dots


Lynne said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous day sunday.
Your cards are terrific, love the LiM one, so funny. Enjoy your break, how could we forget about you?
Lynne xxx

Ardyth said...

Ok, we've never met, but I feel like I know you well enough to say "leave it to you to have that dysfunctional sentiment"! I laughed out loud!
And I love the colours on your throwdown card - so peaceful. The glitter is so pretty and I love how your 'scene' continues at the bottom of the card! Have fun on your vacation - I'm sure you'll have some great stories when you return!

Redanne said...

Love both cards but the first one has to win as it gave me a lol moment, it is so funny. Anne x

Vicky Hayes said...

Fab cards Darnell! I love the fun of the first and I adore the colours of the second and the touch of glitter you've used. Enjoy your holiday! Vicky x

Jeanne H said...

Your Color Throwdown card is absolutely beautiful! Have a great vacation. Thanks for sharing your story the other day. Heart warming and wrenching at the same time. Funny you note Loll joined you. I found you both at about the same time. Not sure who came first! LOL

Marybeth said...

Love both cards, the first one is a good lol. and the second one is beautiful. Have a good time!

Chrissie said...

Great cards Darnell, I hope you have a fabulous vacation. We'll miss you next week!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Bonnie said...

The "Gone Fishing" card is so fun! Hope you and your sisters have a great time together. The second card is really pretty! I love those colors and you truly are gathering friends. Amazing bee pics.

Deanna said...

Great gone fishing Card!- Deanna
I love your playhouse!!!!

Inkyfingers said...

I love your fun gone fishing card- such great idea!I laughed at the sentiment and hope you have a great holiday. The colour throwdown challenge card is just beautiful and they are my favourite colours too!

Mandi said...

Super post, super card Darnell
Hope you have a brilliant vacation
you will be missed
Thank you very much
"Less is More"

Scrapmate said...

Great sentiment and what a fun card.

Kara Lynne said...

How you managed those Color Throwdown colors is beyond me! You really put them together perfectly. I also enjoyed the three stamp one-layer, so "fun"!

kingstonmama said...

Two fab cards, Darnell. Enjoy your break. Ann Y.

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor said...

Fun cards, Darnell! I'm so glad you linked your blog up to the Moxie Fab World Blogroll. It will be great to stop by and say "hello" from time to time! :)

Teresa Kline said...

these are both sweet CAS cards, adorable! I luv your playhouse, oh my, a girls dream come true...teehehehe...hope you have a wonderful week!

enjoy *~*

Susan said...

Darnell...you always make me laugh! If we ever met in person, I KNOW we'd have a blast! Your card is so darn cute! That fishing pole was absolutely perfect!

Diane said...

Lovely cards and the fishing card is such fun!

Zippy said...

Lovely cards and gorgeous colours! xxx