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. Note: my Privacy Policy can be found at a tab below and you can find my NBUS Challenge online. I hope you'll join in the fun there! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

July 3, 2012

WOYWW 161 and Less Is More 74 ~ Lucky Dip!

Happy 4th of July in America or it will be when some of you read this.  For the others, it's one day early, but I won't be on tomorrow to say it then.  Please, everyone be cool in the terrible heat wave across this country and be safe with the festivities as the conditions are ripe for fires.

This week's Less Is More challenge was posted on Saturday, June 30, which was a fifth Saturday, which means it's a "Lucky Dip."  Honestly, I didn't make that up, even though most of what I write I do make up.  Chrissie and Mandi are the hosts and they made it up, so you just take your questions right on over there.  They're standing by.

All I know is that they asked the super talented Kim of Joyful Creations with Kim to be the guest designer.  I also know that Kim just threw me for a fruit-loop when I went over to her blog to copy her urinal, I mean URL, because she has a new profile picture and I wasn't expecting that.  It's a great one, Kim, but now I have to sit at the station for a second until I can get back on my Train of Thought.

Oh, yes, anyway, Kim's card is excellent and so are the hostessess's cards and so are the participants' cards, all of whom used the Less is More beautiful logo for inspiration.

To me, however, this turned out to be a diabolical challenge and more of an Unlucky Upheaval than a Lucky Dip.  For some reason, I had the whillickers of a time.  I ended up with a card, but three cards passed away in the process.  Homicide, no question about it. And it left a crime scene on my workdesk.

Which brings me to Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday challenge.  It's a whacky Wednesday wisit we all make to each other's blogs to see woz up!  If you takepar, you're supposed to be brief because there are a lot of ladies and gentlemen in the queue and Wisiting Hours are limited.  Some of us have a hard time with that.  Like me, for instance, in case you didn't notice.  But I'm okay with you stopping by to let me know you just looked at the pictures and didn't read my wattle.

Here's the crime scene:

It's not a mess to some peep's way of thinking, but it's a mess to me which I'll need to clear up before I can start something new.  It's just the Playhouse way of it.

And here, when all was said and done, is the card I finally completed for Less Is More:

I had to take the picture inside because Mr. Sun shone rays through the acetate "love" and made double ovals and dots.  (Trust me, if you hadn't yet drunk a double, you would have thought so.)  I like the "LOVE" because Mandie and Chrissie always welcome players with love and always leave comments on our cards and always do so with love.

Please join me in welcoming Carole of Brum!  Not only does she have excellent information about blogging, but she is very talented with Copics coloring on her wonderful cards and she is very generous with her time giving helpful Copics coloring instructions!

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!

Paper:  PTI white, unknown linen
Stamp:  Penny Black, Butterfly Suite 4182K
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Butterfly: K&Company; Love unknown
Bling:  Crystal Stickers Elements


okienurse said...

Great looking desk and I really like your less is more card! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #36

Sandy said...

Love your messy desk,looks like you have had some fun. Your card is lovely the background musical stamp you have used is one I will have to keep an eye out for, its so pretty. Sandy :) #44

Amanda said...

Had to have a proper look around the "playhouse" kinda a before and after view and wow what a great space you have. I was looking on your desk for a chalk outline but couldn't ind one lol. Oh and love the lim card too. Hugs, Amanda x

Neil said...

Hi there. Nice to pop in and see your creative world this week. I won't stay long; don't want to give you my cold! Hope you have a good creative week though.
Neil # 33

Inkypinkycraft said...

A great crafty space and the card is beautiful! Trace. X 52

Redanne said...

Oh how I love reading your posts Darnell, and happy 4th July to you! Loving your card, the butterfly is gorgeous. No, your desk is not messy, just creative. Crafty hugs, Anne x #49

Maribel said...


Julia Dunnit said...

D, just a rush not, I'll be back later, properly...
No problem combining your WOYWW post with another.. I meant that it's hard to find if WOYWW isn't in the title and people shouldn't bother linking up if it's not a WOYWW based post..please don't think this post is a rule breaker!

Anonymous said...

Lovely card. Seems to be a lot of them on desks this week. Mine too!

Happy 4th

MA (1)

Sarn said...

I love your happy and funny posts Darnell. You sound like a lot of fun.

I wanna come play in your playhouse, but I'd need to tidy just a little bit . . . being a neat freak n all!

Your LIM card is BEAUTIFUL . . . only sorry you committed 3 homicides in the process!!!!
Sarn xxx

Victoria said...

Completely agree - this week's LiM challenge was really hard! I would like to come to Playhouse to play too. Wouldn't it be fun? I always say if I became a millionaire, I would buy the entire SU catalogue and then go on a round the world trip and visit lots of blogland friends! I'm taking part in WOYWW for the first time this week!
Victoria #94

Hazel said...

The card is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your workspace with us. Hope you have a good week. Hazel WOYWW #20 x

Di said...

Fab LIM card - boy, you cracked it Darnell!

I almost wet myslef laughing at your post :) Di xx

Kim S said...

Thanks for the shout out and so sorry I threw you for a fruit-loop!! But the old picture was 5 years old...it was time to move on. Between your fruit-loop moment and your Unlucky Upheaval, you have me laughing out loud and it's not even 6 a.m. My family is probably dreaming about mom losing it!

About your card....I didn't even look at it cuz I had to comment on the laughter...be right back...

Oooh...I've had that stamp on my wishlist forever! I love the pure, white butterfly you used on it on it and the clear "love" is the PERFECT sentiment for Chrissie and Mandi!!

Joynana said...

Love your desk, so much space to spread out in when creating. And it is not messy. #17

Bonnie said...

I wish I'd thought to take a picture of my work space(s) last night. I'd moved to table 2 and filled it up. Threw out my share of cards I'd murdered too. Hope to get pictures of what survived today.

You did a wonderful job of recreating the Less is More header. I'm impressed that you used acetate! I love the white butterfly. He looks like he's getting ready to fly off the card, or on. Have a great 4th.

MrsC.x said...

love your space while i was here had a proper nose round your play house am green with envy but i couldnt bare to split my SU sets i like them all in their correct clam shells! lol]

TFS Happy WOYWW xx Charlie.xx #72

Ardyth said...

I think you've done a wonderful job on the LIM card! Happy Independence Day! (Just read the whole declaration for the first time ever - how fascinating!)

SandeeNC said...

I have to admit I was a bit dissappointed not to see crime scene taped across your desk, or an outline on your desk of where the murdered card last lay before being moved to the great trash bin in the sky! lol I wouldn't miss a word of what you wrote, it's what I come for! wattle and all! It's suppose to get up to 97 today, no telling what the heat index will be! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina with a hot dog in one hand and a flag in the other! :) #37

Eliza said...

I do have to admit like some others that your desk is just brilliant messy this is a rare moment indeed. Are the tissues there because you had tears after the homicide LOL Maybe murder in the dark could be your next theme LOL No seriously I love your less is more card, it is just perfect it really is.

Hugs Eliza #22
Oh I do hope you had a wonderful 4th of July day

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous card and fab creative space!

Warm hugs

Mandi said...

Love your posts Darnell Top marks for them, always!
"Willickers of a time; made me LOL
Adore your expressions!
As for your card, ista just great! Love the stamping, the butterfly and the sentiment
Happy 4th July too
Keep cool
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Unknown said...

Darnell......can I come live with you in the play house please??? Honestly I would be no troubs - can bring goodies galore??? Pretty please?!!!....... you just crack me up - don't think I'd ever get sad and down with you - anyhoos while I'm waiting with baited breath for your response....Just love your card, it's gorgeous......love the acetate LOVE with the white O and white butterfly .....yummy.


Karen x

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, told you I'd be back...it's a marvellois card, really lovely, but i do understand the whillicker pf the process...happens to me. Alot..i need boundaries!!!

laurie said...

Just beautiful!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, your card is stunning and you have the greatest sense of humour. I tried to do something with the LIM challenge and it ended up in the recycle bin - I give up. Enjoy the rest of the week and heat. It's around 40 here with the humidex, Shirleyx

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, Happy 4th of July! Another wonderful post and beautiful card...your desk looks a little like mine, but I did find time today to clear off and put things where they belong.

Linda said...

Great card Darnell, so sorry to hear about the other two though!
I must say, by the time I'd finished this challenge, my workdesk looked a little like yours - only worse!! Too bad to take a picture in fact.
Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm so pleased you enjoy reading about the island. It's only a little place in the middle of the Irish Sea but it's not bad - the weather could be better though (lol).
Take care and happy crafting! xx

Craftychris said...

Oh your post had me laughing - you do have a way with words! Your craft space is fab and your card is brilliant! Thank you for visiting my desk and for your lovely encouraging comments xx# 104

Anonymous said...

Great post Darnell, very funny! I agree, that desk's a mess get it cleaned up, no excuses! Love the LIM card, great take on it, I have that stamp but have yet to use it. Happy belated birthday too, looks like you had a fantastic party with your family and friends. Hope you had a great 4th too.

Brenda 7

LeAnne said...

Oh my, you are too much and so is your card!! Just beautiful...and I would never post a picture of MY stamping area....as my DGD says, "messy, messy"!

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Darnell,

Late getting around this week. Your desk looks GREAT to me! The card is very nice too.
Hugs, Kay #27

Shoshi said...

It might look messy, Darnell, but I call it creative! Great Less Is More card too.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #25