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August 30, 2012

Dynamic Duos #17 and Retrosketches #26

Hi there!

I am getting this card posted in the nick of time.  Sometime round about the 1580s the phrase in the nick or in the very nick began to be used for the critical moment, the exact instant, at which something has to take place. Of course, since then, the words "of time" have been added and depending on which country you're in, nick has taken on new meanings.  But back in 1587, when I was a girl, the idea was that a nick was a narrow and precise marker, so that if something was in the nick, it was precisely where it should be. 
Such is my card for the Mono Chrome challenge over at the fab Dynamic Duos where the colors this week are wisteria wonder and concord grape.

So pretty together!

I used the sketch by the darling Danielle over at the Retrosketches challenge:


I love the CASness of the sketch and made a simple CAS monopurples card.


I had to stop for groceries yesterday in a neighborhood store that I don't usually shop in.  I didn't have totes with me, so I asked the young girl bagging the groceries for a paper bag (as opposed to plastic).  I proceeded to focus on the transaction and it wasn't until I had wheeled my cart out of the store that I noticed the girl child had placed all my items in one bag.
Items that were large and bulky and heavy and included melons and apples and bread. Seriously?  Already my mind was computing the various places I could set the bag in the car for the ride home.  All of them involved the bag tipping over and me down on my hands and knees in my driveway with my head pinched under the seat, muscles pulling as I stretched ancient arms into dark gooey recesses to gather up rolling and bruised apples.  Really, where are people's heads these days?
I'll tell you where mine was by the time I got to my car.  Squarely, wisely, on my shoulders. Yes, sir, age does have its advantage.  And having car seats for grandchildren always on hand in the back seat of the car has its advantage, too!

I was so proud of myself on that one!
Enjoy your day!   I'm off to the mountains to see my friend's cabin.  She's been talking about taking me along on a day-trip with her for over 17 years.  Today is the day!

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Paper:  SU concord graph, PTI white
Stamp:  PTI Birthday Bash Sentiments
Ink:  PTI black, SU wisteria wonder
Ribbon:  Wright's Prestige Iris
Nesties die; bling unknown


Kim S said...

I hope you have a wonderful day in the mountains! I'm glad you got to Dynamic Duos in the nick of time!! I love the subtle background and the pretty ribbon!

Ardyth said...

Love the purple and the simplicity of the card (and, of course the bling!) As for people who work in grocery stores.....I try to love them, but it's hard! lol! Heading there right now after a few days away to see my sister ride in a horse show!

Allisa said...

Great use of the carseat! Love your CAS birthday card! Thanks for playing with us at Dynamic Duos!

shirley-bee said...

Great card, Darnell! I love the little pops of wisteria in the sentiment.

I have to pack my own groceries, that's my form of OCD. Even hubby daren't "help". The checkout operators just roll their eyes and say to each other, "she's one of those!".

Enjoy your day in the mountains.

Bonnie said...

I don't know why they think they have to put everything in one paper bag or reusable bag! Then when they use the plastic, they'll put one thing in a bag! Go figure! I love car seats for holding down items (including fussy kids). Love your card and the CASness of it! Hope your day trip was a blast!

Lesley said...

Beautiful card Darnell, the CAS and Monochromatic theme DO go well together. Smart idea with the groceries!!!

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Darnell,

Good for you - to use your child seat for your delicate groceries! I wonder sometimes about the baggers at the grocery. Sometimes they don't have a clue - bread, at the bottom, really???

A cowl is like a scarf, knit in the round so you pull it over you head and it rests around your neck. They are very nice and cozy. I'll have to give a demonstration once the one I'm making is done.


Carole said...

Hey Darnell we grew up together in 1587 I was elevendy-seven then, we had nicks and nacks of time. Too funny, always clever and lovely card.

Victoria said...

Oooo lovely purples and a a fabulous crisp take on the sketch. I really like this one!

Kara Lynne said...

Gorgeous deep purple! Your card is lovely. So, did you also have to "toe the line"? Have fun in the Mountains!

Kim Heggins said...

Another wonderful story...and your really hold your age well, you don't look a day over being born in 1687...sweet birthday card too and your bow is just so perfect. Have a wonderful trip to the mountains, I look forward to your pictures when you get back.

Tracey McNeely said...

Faaabuulous! Your purples are amazing, love that ribbon. How smart to strap your grocery bag in. I hope you enjoyed the mountains.

Susan Joyce said...

Fantastic CAS card Darnell. Hope you enjoy your trip, I have used the seatbelt once or twice too. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos.

Redanne said...

Love your CAS card Darnell, great colours. Love your story too and how you solved the problem - clever girl. Hope you have a wonderful trip, it's been a long time coming so make the most of it! Crafty hugs, Anne x

Craftychris said...

Love the colour and the simplicity of your card - gorgeous! Well thought out idea for your shopping, shame the girl in the shop didn't think of the problem it could cause! I hope you enjoyed your day, it sounds fabulous xx

Anne Marie Hile said...

Such a pretty card, Darnell! Love the wispy ribbon accent and the perfectly placed bling! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos! :)

Mary said...

Darnell, Great little card, I love the color and the layout...oh so sweet! Great use of the child seat! And your groceries were safe and sound! I think your bagger needed a class on packing. Good luck on the drawing.

The-crafty-corner said...

Love this clean and simple card-a lovely take on the sketch.Love your strapped in groceries-hope they had a smooth ride and that you had a lovely day in the mountains(jelous!!) :) x

Anonymous said...

Love your card, such a beautiful shade of purple.

Jean said...

LOVE this CAS card ~ this is the absolutely perfect card (of course, it does help that purple is my favorite color!) Great take on both challenges!