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!

January 28, 2013

LIM #104 ~ Sketch; DD #37 ~ Soft and Crumby

High!  High!

I love making muffins or cookies and then saying to my family, "Eat that with a plate under it, it's really crumby." 

Seriously, why put silent letters in words anyway?  I have this picture of the Alphabet Team sitting around the conference boulder getting ready to close up for the day.  As they're putting all the letters away for the night, Pete yells, "Hold up, people, there's an extra B here again!"
I took my crumb cake and a piece of soft suede from this week's challenge at Dynamic Duos,
and Chrissie and Jen's sketch challenge from this week's Less Is More,

and I made a quick passionate CAS card:

I used the textured version of the SU! colors, which I like because it gives the card, um, some texture, which seems fitting if you're going to live with passion.  I took some neutral flowers from a Hot Off The Press package of flowers and inked the middle one with crumb cake so it would look like a matching decorabre on a wonderful expensive jacket.


I am pickled tink today for a few reasons.  I woke up this morning to learn my card yesterday was this week's winner at CASology!  I did a little happy dance, imitating Tiny Tim Tiptoeing Through The Tulips, until one of the pictures fell off the wall in the hallway.  I'm thrilled to receive the honor!

And I'm thrilled to let you know that Tenia Nelson of Jazzy Paper Designs has joined us. Tenia is a crafter and, whoot, a jazz pianist!  We'll be really rocking the cards in the Playhouse, now!  Welcome, Tenia, and thank you!

Next, I am so happy to have Stephanie Lanzalotto of My Ink Well join us!  You'll see that Stephanie has a stunning heart card of her own when you pop over to welcome her.  Thank you so much, Stephanie!


We had a wonderful decadent fattening lunch and a fun time with the twins and DS and DDIL yesterday.  The pub had a shuffleboard table, which was a whole new experience for the twins and kept them happily entertained.  Of course, who didn't take any pictures?  None of us.  I mean, all of us.  Didn't.


But I did remember that I had a couple of pictures on my cell phone that I'd taken at an old-fashioned candy store (of all places!) a few weeks back.  Here's one that I thought you might enjoy:

Mister commented at the time that I could probably teach a class on motivational speaking. Wasn't that the sweetest thing to say?  I smiled, thinking it was a compliment.  You know those compliments that hit you the next day when you are alone and you whip around and say to the air, "Wait.  What did he mean by that?!"


Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy your day. LITS! 

Thank you so much for stopping by the Playhouse. Special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower!

Paper:  SU! soft suede and
  crumb cake; PTI vintage cream
Stamps:  SU! unknown set
Ink:  SU! crumb cake and soft
Flowers:  Hot Off The Press, Inc.


alexandra s.m. said...

Hello Darnell

Love your card it is so serene and timeless ;-)
Thank YOu~

Kathyk said...

LOVE your card, well done on your win and your "Mister" likes living dangerously, doesn't he?!??!??!


Rosemary said...

fabby card, darnell... a lovely take on both challenges! i, too, often wonder why we have all these darn silent letters in words... good to know someone else thinks the same thing!!

Emily Keaton said...

Thanks for the chuckle, Durnell! That photo sure is funny :-). Love your CAS card – those are great colors. Congrats again!

Carol L said...

Congrats on your win - I knew that card was a total winner as soon as I saw it! Today's card is equally a winner with those soft colors! Keep smiling :)

Gillian R said...

Simply perfect Darnell. Congrats on your win at CASology

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

So great CAS card, love the sentiment is so true.
Hugs Tamara

Judy1223 said...

Again, Darnell, I'm laughing out loud (Hold up, people...!) I really do love visiting, I must say! And, of course, then there is your FABULOUS card. YUM! Great colors, great sketch interpretation. So glad to see your card chosen this week at CASology, too...yay!

Loll said...

Hi Dolly. LOVE this PERFECT CAS card! Will have to show my hubby your picture of the poster. I'm sure he'll say the same as your mister and suggest I give a class because I'm an "expert" at motivational speaking :)

Now we need to come up with a similar poster for our sweeties ... I have lots of ideas :) Lolly xx

shirley-bee said...

Gorgeous card Darnell - I like how you coloured the middle flower to match. And congrats on the well-deserved win at CASology.

And remember: a little motivation goes a long way!

Lynne said...

Love your card Darnell,very classy.
Congrats on your win too.
Lynne xxx

Joyce said...

Congrats on your CASology win!! Your card today is really beautiful. Love your bold sentiment and your beautiful flower.

Sue said...

A perfect CAS card. I totally love the colours and fabulous sentiment.
Well done on your win at CASololgy, it was certainly well deserved.
Sue xx

Redanne said...

Well done my friend on winning! Congratulations and celebrations all round (I had a little win too). Today's card is amazing, loving that base card and the gorgeous flower. Surely hubby meant it in a good way..... Hugs, Annie x

Marybeth said...

A big congrats on your win over a CASology! Love the card you made today it's so clean and elegant . Just love the clean look of this one.

Anonymous said...

Your card yesterday was very cool an dwell deserving. I went to look at the drinks challenge but it closed too quickly for me to get something together for it. That's a very muted colour palette for you today! Love the sentiment though and how true.


Carole said...

Congratulations Darnell...you see I'm not the only one ...you continue to amaze and amuse. I thought that card was special. Giggly and chuckles were heard reading about the compliment. You are a HOOT

Kristie Goulet said...

Congratulations on your much deserved win over at CASology! Love today's card too!!!

Karren said...

This card is so beautiful in its simplicity. Such a peaceful card. Love that sign! I buy a "B*tch" calendar every year which I hang in my stamp room. It is very similar to that sign and makes me laugh every time.

None None said...

Beautiful card, Darnell! I love the serene colors. And congrats on your win over at CASology!

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on your well deserved win, Darnell! I predicted it was a winner! Love this card with it's textured neutrals and flowers. You are a motivational speaker. You just type your words instead of speaking.

Tracey McNeely said...

Your CASology win is no surprise with that fun card you made. Today's card is beyond beautiful Darnell, hope you have a great week!

Unknown said...

CAS perfection! Love the neutral tones and the inspiring sentiment. And congrats on your win...your cards are always winners in my book!

Unknown said...

Hi Dippy - what a wonderful, passionate, CAS card. Absolutely love it. On the matter of you being pickled tink I would suggest it's probably due to the fact you drank your own cocktail that just won over at CASeology - I'd stick to the gin if I were you!!! lol Glad you had such a good time with the twinks - sounds wonderful. I love the photo you took in the candy store. I had a few wonderful moments imagining how absolutely amazing it would be if we could all morph through cyberspace and meet up for a mass "motivate-in" - boy would we show Mister...........!


Karen xxx

Tenia Nelson said...

Hey Miss Lady!!

Thanks for the AWESOME welcome and I just LOVE this card!! Hope all is well...

Deborah Frings said...

HI Darnell - I do enjoy reading your posts! Love the card and congrats on the top honours at CASology!

Hannelie said...

Hi Darnell...Congratulations on the win!
I think this card tells the way you live, with passion!
Thanks for your inspiring comment on my doodling! OOh!!! a stamp designer,just imagine me becoming famous :D

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, congrats on your CASology win! It was a fabulous card. But then so is this one, love the clean look to it and that flower, just the perfect touch! I love that sign too, so funny!

Kylie said...

Love this, Darnell! I hope you picked up your picture from the hallway floor... Congrats on your win too xx

Di said...

Wow, stunning card there Darnell! Ha, I keep seeing tutes and reading blogs with folk using 'crumb cake' and for some reason it really grates on me! Perhaps it's the spelling?

Well done on the win - really deserved.

Mister does like to live dangerously doesn't he - does he have a Death Wish perhaps?

Hugs, Di xx

Jen Nelson said...

love it!!!! and i want some cookies now :-(

Thanks for Joining us this week
Jen xx
"Less Is More"

Jessi Fogan said...

I should know by now to put down my coffee when I come to read your posts, but NO, every time. *splutter* Motivational speaking lessons, huh? Mister lives about as dangerously as my hubby. Also, I'm pretty sure I could teach those lessons myself ;)
I was STOKED to see you won at CASology - your card was stunning! WOOT!
About the extra letters - for crumby in particular, I always pronounce the B. It makes the kids laugh. They're an easy crowd.
AND after all that, I LOVE your card! THat layered flower is so pretty & perfect with all that pretty textured kraft! (CrumB cake, whatever, lol)

Bobby said...

I raise my glass to the martini winner. I guess drinking can pay off. ;)

Karin said...

Thanks for your comment. I saw you won the CASology challenge: congratulations! This card is great and the flower is very beautiful!

Anonymous said...

That photo is hilarious! I guess I think of it as motivational speaking, too. (hee hee!)

Your card is fantastically clean and simple. And I love it in these colors. Beautiful job! And thank you for joining us at Dynamic Duos. ;-)

Unknown said...

Congrats on the win!! Glad to see I'm not the only one who does the happy dance :) Doesn't it just make you feel good? You have created a beautiful CAS card by the way. Love this layout. Thanks for joining us this week at the Dynamic Duos.

Chrissie said...

Darnell, this one is completely stunning!
Love it!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Aileen said...

Love the chic simplicity Darnell. Congrats on your win. x

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell, simple yet very elegant. Thanks for sharing it with us at Dynamic Duos. And thanks for the giggle! :)

Linda said...

Hi Darnell,
I'm a bit late with this challenge this week, but I made it!
Stunning card, looks very elegant. I love the crumb cake cardstock, it always looks good.
Congrats on your win too, it was well deserved. enjoy the weekend. xx

Viv said...

What a fabulous card Darnell :) Viv xx

Jean said...

This is an absolute perfect CAS take on the two challenges ~ a classic.

A Consuming Passion said...

BEAUTIFUL, elegant card Darnell...........love it!

JD/ Jill said...

Congrats on your win! Your card is very nicely done!