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June 21, 2012

Freshly Made Sketches #40; Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippets Challenge #25; and The Play Date Cafe Color Splash

How's Thursday treating you?

Today my card was made with three challenges in mind and one sister.  In no particular order.  Wait, in alpha order:

Freshly Made Sketches is always a great sketch challenge.  This week the sketch was designed by the inestimable artist, Lesley, and her sketch is:

(Okay, first, let's please have a round of applause for me because I flipped that sketch, baby, my first time evah!!  Thank you.  I'm so proud!)

Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippets Challenge #25.  This challenge is making me remember to USE my Leftover Landfill of bits and pieces!

The Play Date Cafe has a "Color Splash" (and a design call - check it!), thus:

This week, we are asking you to create using

Black ... White ... Blue

So what happened was, I knew I wanted to make a card this week using the sketch, but what card I did not know until I saw the Color Splash colors. 

As it turns out, I was going to tell you today anyway about my Iowa sister, Donna - and now I've made a card for her as well.  You see, Donna fell into a creek (and I'm not even kidding, she IS my sister!) which was hysterically funny because her butt plopped right in the water!  Then it just as quickly was not funny when it became apparent that she had badly hurt her right shoulder.  (The MRI shows several torn muscles and we find out on Monday if she will need surgery.  Now Donna is what you'd call a Real Trooper, but if she does need surgery, I may be flying out to Iowa to help her out for a bit.)

Some of you may remember that I took a fall a couple of weeks ago and that after I stopped rolling and landed on my back, for some inexspitable reason, I straightened my legs so my feet were up in the air, like a dead cow.  You guessed it!  Donna tells me she did the exact same thing!  Whoa!

So when I saw the colors of the PDCC, of course I saw them as black and blue.  I thought of our falls, which left us black and blue, and of our tendency to imitate dead cows after we fall.  Now what stamp would portray that effectively?  Well, of course:  "Toby is TWO," by the extraordinary artist Mo Manning!

I hope that Mo will forgive the artistic license I took when I altered her image and gave Toby paper-pieced boobs and a scarf so that now he looks just like my sister (or me)!!

Thanks for sitting through that, if you did.  Thankfully, it takes less time to read it than it did to type it!  And thank you for any positive vibes you float off to Donna!

It's time once again to introduce you to some new visitors in the auditorium.  Please join me in welcoming the very talented Tracey McNeely of In My Creative Opinion and Mary H. of Carolina Cards by Mary H.  Thank you so much for joining us!

Enjoy!   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!

(Oh, real quick, I'm sorry to tell you that no one won the $10,000 prize I was planning to give out yesterday to the first person who made a crack comment about me being married to a relative of the frankfurter.)

Paper:  PTI white; SU DSP blue;
  unknown houndstooth; Stampland glossy
Stamps:  Mo Manning's "Toby is Two" MO104;
  Hero Arts "Life is Not Perfect" CL387
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black; Marvy markers
Crystal Stickers black beads; pop dots


Di said...

Ouch, poor Donna. Hopefully she has your sense of humour and will at least see the funny side of it. Great card Darnell, it made me smile and yup, you can play 'snippets' as many times a week as you like in the playground.

Di xx

Bonnie said...

I hope it doesn't hurt Donna to giggle, cause she's gonna when she gets this card! I hope she doesn't need surgery and the healing is quick and complete.

Unknown said...

Hi Darnell, gosh I missed out on the $10,000 - I nearly made a crack about it but thought better of it ha ha ha.
Hope your sis pulls through ok and doesn't need surgery.

Love the image on your card.

Jen Brum said...

Your sister is going to LOVE this card! Very nicely done! I do hope your poor sister doesn't need surgery. Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Kara Lynne said...

Almost too hard to type this while I'm laughing so hard! You must both have some genetic nerve condition with your legs. Just can't get over your alterations on that image, priceless!

Tui Nathan said...

lol .... love this card!!!! The paper piecing is awesome as is your colouring ... and that sentiment is oh so perfect!
Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Linda Suarez said...

Hi Darnell! Oh my gosh that image is fantastic! And matches your story perfectly. I hope your sister heals quickly! Thanks for sharing at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

Your poor Sister .. .. I hope she gets on OK. How lovely she has you to come to her rescue though!

Your image really made me smile .. and the sentiment too. All the details just perfect for your story.

Fabulous use of your snippets too.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

Sandy said...

Congratulations that you got to the 100 followers isn't that exciting. Love your card so cute. Woot that you tipped it isn't it fun to look at sketches in a whole new way when you just rotate them, they can look so different its surprising. Sandy :)

Victoria said...

Oh dear, sending get well wishes to your sister! Love little Toby as a paper-pierced girl!

Redanne said...

Oh poor Donna, hope she is OK after all that! Love your card, very appropriate under the circumstances. Anne x

shirley-bee said...

Love it Darnell, it's so appropriate. I did go off to sneak a look at Toby without boobs - you did a great job there.

Allisa said...

Wow, a whole new take on Toby! I have Toby just waiting to be inked up......Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches! Best wishes to your sister in hopes she does not need surgery.

Ardyth said...

I've somehow missed a few of your posts and am just now catching up. I love your customized two year old and definitely have to go back to find out about that 'frankfurter' comment!

Susan said...

Oh my goodness you are hysterical! I really enjoyed reading your post. I'm sorry for Donna, but she is very lucky to have such a wonderful sister as you. Your card really cracked me up! I love the story behind it! Too funny!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Sorry to hear that Donna may need surgery, but that card is just too funny! As always I have to check your blog out for not just your cards but for your funny stories, they just crack me up most of the time!

Sarn said...

Wishing your Sis a speedy recovery. xxx

Cindy Hall said...

Oh my gosh! What a great card! Love the story, and I love the coloring and paper piecing on the tantrum child! LOL! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Amanda said...

I hope your sister is better soon and doesn't need surgery although it would mean she would get to see you. It would seem I am not alone in the falling over stakes although I didn't stick my legs in the air and I landed on my nose lol. Hugs, Amanda x

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I hope you feel better soon from your fall! What a funny image of the little one throwing a tantrum! THANKS so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the PDCC:)