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!

August 21, 2012

PDCC #145; LIM WEEK #81; PCSC #34

Hi Everyone!

This is going to be a hit-and-miss card-making and blogging week, so I have a few minutes this morning to jot a few things down that are happening.  Can I get you a coffee?  No, goodness, it's not that it's too early for the other, it's just that we have to go to the store and buy some more.

I'll play cards, first, in case you have to run along about your business.  I've got three challenges I'm playing along with.

My color choices for my card come from this week's The Play Date Cafe challenge:

 Burnt Sienna, Mustard, Slate

My theme choice for my card comes from this week's Less Is More challenge, which is "tearing." 

My friend Carmia thought they meant "crying" and emailed me a picture of her card of a beautiful woman's face with a few tiny rhinestone tears coming down her cheek.  Well, shoot, that got me to crying because I didn't want to tell her that's not what they meant, so I phoned another friend, who started to RALPH. 

I mean, no, that's not right.  What is the term?  ROLF?  ROFL?  I don't like using that acronym for "rolling on the floor laughing" because to me it reads like throw up, which is the exact opposite of laughing.  Even if you laugh really hard and roll on the floor, three things might happen:  you might start crying from laughing so hard, you might start peeing, and you might pick up pet hairs on your clothes.  But not rolfing, I hope.

Now, let's see.  Is it still my deal?

The next challenge is Pixie's Crafty Snippets, which I get to play in because I used, ta da, snippets!  Large snippets.

I remembered I had gotten some really awesome brads that I wanted to use on a card during these last Hal C. Awn days of summer and, so, here you go:

Isn't that the coolest brad?  It's a miracle I didn't forget all about it until December!  (Sorry, my slate paper cardstock looks very pale and unslatey in the bright sunshine.) 

That's the end of playing cards for today.  For those of you who have to leave, please roll down to leave a comment, and don't forget to grab your sweater on your way out, if you left one in the guest room.


In other news, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of the comic pioneer, Phyllis Diller, at age 95.  She's been out of the business a very long time, so a lot of you may not know who she is, but for those of us who remember her, she was like nobody else!  An example of her machine gun wit:  "I once wore a peek-a-boo blouse.  People peeked and then booed!"


I know you're sick of my tomato bragging, but seriously, you have to see what happened when I didn't pick for three days!  There were so many that Mister helped me and we had to quit when we were stooped out, leaving more on the vines!

You can see straight through from the kitchen sink, through the family room, to the door of my Playhouse.  Mister sits on that couch and we can wave at each other when I look up from my desk and out the window in the Playhouse door.  Aw shucks.

We take a lot of tomatoes and basil to work and the Mister eats plate after plate of them with feta or mozerella cheese.

I promise, no matter what, no more tomato pictures this year month!


Real quick, I thought you might also like to see this photo of one of my ferns popping beautiful new babies way up above the window sill. 


I'd like you all to welcome Kym Keeley as our 125th follower!! I can't click on your site, Kym, if you have one, to share with everyone.  Let me know if you do have one to share and thank you very much for joining!

Did you ever notice that follower contains the word "flower"?!  Cool, huh?  If you live in the southern region of the U.S., you could use all the letters in an Anna Gram, something like,  "That ol' flower sure looks purdy."  Leastwise, that's how my Auntie Clara Bell would say it.

Enjoy your day and make it special!   One of my besties is arriving from Denver in a couple of hours for a visit for a few days.  You may see her here, live, tomorrow!  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:  Bazzill slate; SU mustard, and
  really rust
Stamp:  Hero Arts
Ink:  SU really rust
Brad:  Christine Adolph


Connie Mercer said...

yes it is a cool brad!! Thanks for palying with us at the PDCC!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Oh I like that brad Darnell and such a cute card! I remember Phyllis Diller, I can't believe 95--what a life. Shows you that laughter is good for the soul.

Gillian R said...

Lovely card Darnell

Jessi Fogan said...

Oh, Darnell, you make me laugh, but not ROFL. I sense you'll appreciate that I was laying down for a nap, and woke up to the dog throwing up under the blanket (unfortunately reacting by flinging the blanket & more around the bed). Dangerous things happen when ROLF gets involved.
Unless it's Rowlf from the Muppets. He's quite the dog.
Love this card - and that brad! It's definitely a 'treasure' :)

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I love your card, so sunny and bright and great brad too. I have serious envy over your tomatoes though, we cannot even grow them in the first year never mind the second........too much rain, not enough sun I guess. I enjoyed today's post...a lot. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Redanne said...

Sorry Darnell, meant to say I do remember Phyllis Diller, she was hilarious, I remember her spiked up hair most - she had a good life too I bet, with all that laughter......sad she has now gone. A x

Allisa said...

Love that brad, great job showcasing it! What a haul on the tomatoes!

Bonnie said...

That brad is super cute, Darnell! And I love how you've torn the paper. Awesome card! I wish I could not plant tomatoes like you did! What a bounty! Have fun.

Mandi said...

I do love your posts Darnell!
Your card is terrific. I use flip flops and tear paper, I'd forgotten I do that!
Amazing tomatoes!! My mouth is watering as I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mozzarella, tomato and basil salad!
yum yum
Thanks very much as always

Victoria said...

Like Mandi, my mouth is watering too! I have another blog friend whose garden is just full of tomatoes at the moment and she posts pictures of them all the time. A fab torn card - delightfully simple yet showcasing that rather gorgeous brad. Have fun!

Loll said...

Ah, Darnell ... you always have me laughing!! :) (not rolfing). So funny! Love the torn card with the cool flip-flop brad - adorable! Your tomatoes look delicious ... and that with basil is one of my most favorite summer foods (wish I could come and pick some of your leftovers tomatoes!).

It's sweet that Mister waves at you --- aw shucks is right!

~amy~ said...

Such a fun card...love the brad! fun pics too! thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!!!

Jean said...

Oh, I love this card ~ perfectly CAS ~ LOVE the flip flop brad! Here's one more fun quote from Phyllis Diller: "Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?"

Karen M said...

Gorgeous card - love those cute little thongs, hugs x x

shirley-bee said...

Brilliant card for the three challenges, Darnell! I'm impressed by your multi-tasking. Love the flip flops brad.

Di said...

Wow Darnell, that card is terrific. You do make me laugh - hey, but huh, the comment above talks about thongs?! Where, where, I only saw flip flops?! I hope you aren't posting rude photos for the playground, in the UK, thongs are NOT flip flops - they are itsy bitsy panties that quite frankly wouldn't hold a pantie liner and also your rear end would most likely look like two little boys fighting under a blanket - as my Dad would have said. Probably not even under the blanket.

You have tomatoes to spare? Bring 'em to the playground then :)

Hugs, Di xx

Ardyth said...

Love that card - great colours and the coolest brad. Ever!

Deanna said...

ROFL..to funny the 3 effects.
Was amazing to hear about Phyllis Diller's story off stage.
She was a hoot!
Cute flip flop brad.
Thanks for popping over~hugs Deanna
Great photo of your baby fern.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What a fun take on the color story! I love that brad and the font for that sentiment is perfect! Thanks for playing along with us at PDCC this week!

Aileen said...

So funny. Rofl rofl! Super cas card and what a fab brad. I love it's left to be centre stage. x

Unknown said...

Gorgeous fun card Darnell......but can you hurry up and go to tge store; don't fancy a coffee!

Karen x

Veronica Z said...

Such a cute cute brad, I love it! Thank you for sharing your fantastic card with us! Thank you for playing along with The Play Date Cafe!

Kim Heggins said...

This is too cute and makes me wish I was laying on the beach right now. That brad is just so darling and perfect for this card. Your tomato's are so stunning, you can't have too many of them, right? Have a great week and before I get, I like my coffee black, thanks!

Bobby said...

I'm not ROFL but sure chuckling. Your blog it a hoot. I've visited a few times when one of your cards catches my attention in a challenge but I HAVE to become a follower, just to see what fun you post next.

I loved Phyllis Diller. Such self-deprecating humor, and clean to boot.

Mrs A. said...

Great card but I need a box of tissues and a drink after getting to the end of your blog plus all the comments. hugs Mrs A.

Chrissie said...

Many apologies for the tardiness of my visit this week, a cruise to Norway intervened somewhat!
Thanks for your lovely submission and great pictures!.
"Less is More"

Hettie said...

Yep that is one cool brad and love the card. Hate the fact that you have tomatoes! We have some but they are all green yet the plants are taking over my greenhouse!!
I had to laugh at your waving across the garden from your craft den. Hubby and I text each other. Me being in the loft in my room and Hubby in the old stables, his shed!
Fingers crossed for my tomatoes soon!