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September 13, 2012

LIM Week 84 ~ One Layer Card With Foliage; and One Layer Wednesday 105 ~ Autumn; Gratitude Campaign 2012

 Hey, Hey,

I'm playing in Mandi's and Chrissie's Less Is More challenge, which is a one-layer card featuring foliage.  I'm combining it with this week's One Layer Wednesday (OLW), which features both Susan's Gratitude Campaign 2012 and Cheryl's fun theme this week, Autumn.

So up my alley.  So the wrong time for Moe Joe to leave the Playhouse.  Actually, I think he's still here, he's just wasted.  I finally broke down and went to the doctor this morning about my flipping flipped-out back.  He prescribed pain pills and muscle relaxers.  Said to come back in two weeks if it isn't any better.  I'm so sure.  Dude, I'll be seeing a different doctor if it isn't any better long before that!

Here's my entry.

I'm feeling negative about it, which I'll blame on the meds and behinds which, I don't like it when other artists are negative about their cards.  So instead I'm going to say, what a doggone cute embellishment that is!


I have been wanting to share this with you for a few days: 

Some of you know that I subscribe to Dictionary.com's "Word of the Day," even though lots of days I forget to look at it on my home page.  Well, last week my eyes were drawn to it and they couldn't believe what they were seeing.  Turns out there is a real word in the Dictionary that describes my "special" way with words!  I know!  Can you believe it?!  I'm totally not even making this up - you can check it out yourself.

Word of the Day
Wednesday September 5, 2012

cacology \ka-KOL-uh-jee\ , noun:
Defectively produced speech; socially unacceptable diction.

"As to prose, I don't know Addison's from Johnson's; but I will try to mend my cacology."
Lord Byron, The Works and Letters of Lord Byron
"Such cacology drives some people to distraction."
Linton Weeks, "R Grammar Gaffes Ruining the Language? Maybe Not", NPR

Cacology comes from the root caco- meaning "bad."  I beg your pardon?  That seems awfully similar to the word "cacao" and we all know THAT does not mean "bad!"

But it does make sense when you think of the word cacophony, which means "a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds."  Discordant means that annoying sound corduroy makes when your knees rub together.  I'm just kidding about that, but this word thing can be a full-time hobby.  When you look up one word, the description often contains another word you have to look up.  At my age, by the time I've ridden that word merry-go-round to completion, I've forgotten what the original word was that I was looking up!

Cacophony is pronounced Ka-cough-o-ny.  I always read it as Cack O. Phony first, then stop, remember, and read it the correct way.  Talk about annoying.  I also have trouble with the name "Penelope," which, you guessed it, I always want to pronounce Pen Ah. Lope, like it's a member of one of the hundreds of subspecies of antelope.


As ca-ca as my blitherings may sometimes be, I delighted to report that I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Shirley-Bee.   Thank you so much, Shirley!


Okay, that's enough interdiction for today.  I hope you're having a great day whatever you're doing, or sleep well, if it's night time where you are!  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
Stamps:  Clear Stamps "Botanicals"
  SU sentiment
Ink:  Color Box Tuscany; Judi Kins
  embossing powder, Metallic Bronze
Embellie:  Boutique Trims, Inc.
Corner Chomper



Hi Darnell - this is a fabulous CAS card. Love the classy "off the edge" stamping, and you are so right - that leaf embellishment is dang-gone cute!!!
Sylvia xx
PS: Hope your back problem improves very soon.

Bernie said...

Hi Darnell
I love your card and that dang- gone cute embellishment is perfect. Love the scoring. Very classy all around.
I thought I was the only one who rode the dictionary merry-go-round. You do find some interesting words that way though.

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, your card is f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s, I love it and the cute embellishment too - so there! Thank you too for the English lesson, I enjoyed it and look forward to more.....nighty night! Crafty hugs, Anne xx

Bonnie said...

However you want to say it, Darnell, this card is amazing! Those shiny little leaves and pretty charm fit for 4 challenges! I'm very impressed!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell this rocks all four challenges! A beautiful card. I agree cacao is NOT bad as I sit here munching M&Ms. LOL

Di said...

Love your card Darnell - and hope those pills work before you go back and strangle the doc!! Hugs, Di xx

Marybeth said...

Hi , I just posted one for this challenge and I saw your beautiful card. Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I do love your little cute embellishment. Gorgeous gold card, love it! I hope you back gets better soon. I hate to be on any kind of med.

Irene said...

A beautiful card Darnell, a simple design but such a stunning effect.

Mandi said...

Oh you have mnade me chuickle as usual hehe
Brill post

Superb card, LOVE that leaf branch, the addition of the charm in the corner finishes it off perfectly!

Super stuff

Thanks very much
"Less is More"

Linda said...

Lovely card as always Darnell. Really pretty leaf stamp and looks so good embossed. Loving the cute charm too.
Hope you back gets better soon, or the doc had better watch out! xxx

Kathyk said...

We are always our own worst critics - it's really a fabulous card and you're not wrong that IS a cute embellishment.

Hope you Flippin' back starts to improve real soon


shirley-bee said...

Now, see, this is why I nominated you for the Leibster award! Not only do we get to see your lovely cards, we are entertained and educated to boot! Anyone who isn't following you is simply missing out.

(And you're still in my 5, in case you didn't see my response to your comment.)

Ardyth said...

All I can say is that its my thighs rubbing together (not my knees) that make the cacophony. And I'm with you on pen a lope. Don't forget a post strof.

I like your olw card - yes, that is a cute embellishment, but I also loved the idea of putting your sentiment between two scored lines!

have a great weekend!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Very pretty Fall card~

Kara Lynne said...

"Take 2 aspirins and call me in the morning" is definitely not worth my $40 co-pay! You are right, that is a cute embellie! Beautiful card too! I knew there was a name for people like you! I'm not sure about "cacologist", more like "laughoutloudagist".

Jenni's Jems said...

Danggone cute embellishment AND card and think its great that you even attempted it with a bad back!!! Hope it gets better soon x

Kim S said...

OK - I'm laughing aloud at 4:30 a.m. in the morning. Cacology - who knew??

I'm so sorry about your back - you can't get away from back pain. Then it spreads because you're walking funny and sleeping oddly. I hope the meds help and you forgive your doctor!

Cheryl said...

Hi Darnell, Hope you are feeling better! Love the embossed leaves. Cute embellishment too.