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January 2, 2013

Retrosketch Challenge #44 and CASology Cue #25 New Year! New Friends!

It's the second day of two thousand and thirteen, how are we doing on our new year's resolutions, hmmm?  I've done three things already:

1.  Wrote a list of goals and objections for 2013. 
2.  Reviewed the definitions of objections and objectives. 
3.  Objected to any list that didn't say "Craft Supply Wish List" on the top.

That was easy.


New Year!  New Friends!

During this past year of blogging, I've developed some really wonderful online friendships.  As a lot of us get to know each other, we sometimes find out where we live in the world and we discover that we live near each other!
That happened to me and Kim Heggins of Cupcakes, Cards and Kim and Harriet Skelly of Allycat Cards.  Both of these wonderfully talented stampers came over to the Playhouse today in person!  IRL!!   
Kim Heggins ~ Harriet Skelly

Turns out we had one of those "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" small-world moments when Kim and Harriet discovered that they know some of the same people and their daughters attend the same college!

Thank you, Kim and Harriet, for driving out to see my Playhouse and oohing and aahing over all my little nooklets and cubbers.  It was so fun spending time with you and getting to know you better and I hope we can do it again soon! 

Of course I wanted to make a card to commensurate the occasion, so I used one of my favorite sketch challenges, Retrosketches, for inspiration.  This sketch was designed by the uber-gifted Arielle, who recently had a birthday.  (I hope it was a great one, Arielle, and many more!!  The outside of my card represents your DT friendships and thanks to a head's up from them, I've stamped "Happy Birthday" on the inside in your honor!)

And yippee, there is a new fun cue card up at CASology!

Putting them together, I made this:

This image is thimbolic of great girlfriendships all over the world!
Which brings me to even more friends for you to meet!  Yes!  We are starting out the new year at the Playhouse welcoming four more new friends!  How cool is that?  Please go over and introduce yourselves to these immensely talented ladies, if you haven't met them already. 
Sharron of On Papillon Wings
Thank you all SO much for joining our little party!! 

There is much inspiration to be found in all of the above linkies today!  I hope you get a chance to check them all out.
Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy your day.

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 pp
Stamp:  stampingbella EB224;
  HB, Penny Black 4071F
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black;
  Marvy and SU! markers
Button:  from stash
Ribbon:  SU! Ice Cream Parlor
Corner Chomper


Sandy said...

Isnt it fun when we meet people who share the same passion.. Looks like good fun.. I so would love to come peek at the playhouse.. Bit to far for me to come though. :( Retro sketches is one of my favourites to play along with too, l Love your take on the sketch and fits so well with the word..
Sandy :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Oh you had your meet up! I am so glad that you have fun Darnell, Kim is such a sweetheart. I hope you do it again, it is fun to meet friends from blogland. Your card for RS is so cute, I love that image, you always have such cute images.

None None said...

What a great card, Darnell! I love the colors and how you incorporated the word. I guess I better think about a word for 2013 as I haven't really sat down to think of a defining word yet. Looking forward to more of your "kreations" in 2013!

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, your card is just as sweet as you are. It was so much fun to finally meet you in person and Harriet too. It is always a treat to get to meet up with blogland people. I look forward to doing this again, thank you again for the fabulous time!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I agree, what a sweet card ! And it's wonderful that you meet two bloggers who came to the playhouse, not just on the PC screen but in 'real' ! How fun is that ! Cheers, Shirleyx

Mrs A. said...

What a truly sweet image. Just how friends should be. Hugs Mrs A.

Kim S said...

Oooooh...how fun!! I love both of those ladies!! You must have had a wonderful time!

Kelly Griglione said...

Now how cool is that, you had fellow bloggers in your playhouse?! What a hoot that must have been. And your card could not be more appropriate for the occasion!

Unknown said...

What fun to meet your crafty friends IRL! And I love your resolutions. I have resolved to tear up my lists this year. So far, I've torn up my shopping list (and therefore forgot half of what I needed at the store) and my to-do list (which is why nothing is getting done around here). But at least I'm sticking with my resolution! Thanks for always making me smile when I read your blog posts!

scrappymo! said...

What fun...you are a lucky girl!

I bet they had fun checking out the playhouse!

your card is lovely...perfect image to commemorate this day.

Irene said...

A gorgeous card Darnell, that image is sooooo cute. It's brilliant to meet up with crafty pals.

Di said...

Such a fun day, and I do adore that image Darnell! Hugs, Di xx

Di said...

Meant to say, one of my fave sentiments for such a card is 'You'll always be my friend............you know too much' :))

Hugs, Di xx

Anonymous said...

Love this card! Such an adorable image and lovely sentiment.

I am constantly amazed by coincidences like those you've written about - the world is a small place!

Happy New Year new blog friend!

The-crafty-corner said...

What a lovely card Darnell :) and how nice for you to meet your crafting buddies"in the flesh" !I am glad you all had a fabby time together-crafters are such nice,easy to get on with people don't you think ? Hugs Nessa:) xx

Ardyth said...

New Friends is the best part of this hobby and I'm happy to count you as one of mine (although I'm sad to say that I won't be popping over to the playhouse anytime soon!) Love this image and the airiness of the card! Thanks so much for playing along with CASology this week, Darnell!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, how lovely to meet up with crafty friends like that and so many coincidences too. Hope you had a really fun day. Love your card, that image is gorgeous. I have a craft/blog friend coming round next week so I had better get tidying! Hugs, Anne x

MaryH said...

Lucky ladies to get to meet finally & enjoy an afternoon crafting in your gorgeous playhouse. Bet you had so much fun. Wish I could have been a little bug on the wall, listening in to the conversations. Did you get a lot of cards made? If you're like MY group, we do more yakking than crafting! (we borrow a lot of supplies from each other too!). So happy ya'll got to meet in person, now you can plan 'searching expeditions' and have fun together. Lovely card too, BTW. TFS

Carole said...

Happy days at the play house! Sweet card

Anonymous said...

How lovely to meet people Darnell, amazing that they live so close to you. I love my bloggy friends but will happily admit to being a bit of a loner in real life, I've always been happy with my own company and it never bothers me to be on my own (as in when Andrew went to England for a month). Sweet little card though, hope you made two, one for each of them!


PS. Happy 2013! I like your resolutions!!

~ Ali Robertson ~ said...

Fab creation and fabulous sentiment. Love it

Thanks for stopping by my blog

Ali x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Lovely card and super sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by my blog
and THANKS for all loveley words in this post. I am new in this play ground company-but I feel fine.
Thanks to all.
Hugs Tamara

Craftychris said...

Happy New Year! Your card is fab, perfect for friends. How nice to meet your blog friends - it sounds like you had a cool day! xx

Maureen Merritt said...

What a great story! I have had the pleasure of meeting a few blogging friends and it's always been amazing :)

Your card is perfect, I especially love your sentiment! Thanks for playing along at CASology.

Carol L said...

How fun to have 2 stampers stop by the playhouse! I used to be on the same DT with Harriet, and I'm glad you got to meet her and Kim in person! I'm east coast, so that won't be happening any time soon! LOL Great card for the new year too!

Marybeth said...

How fun that you got to meet! I missed out on meeting Kim this summer because of my vacation. Oh I bet the girls loved your playhouse . Your cards is just adorable for meeting new friends. Thanks for sharing !

Judy1223 said...

Darnell, I always enjoy your posts! I'm still smiling at your list of New Year's resolutions (I particularly chuckled at #2!). So glad you got to meet and play with some crafty friends...what great fun! Your card is adorable...thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

Suzanne said...

It makes me so happy (and jealous) to see that you were able to meet Kim. How fun!! This is a great post, Darnell! Happy New Year!

Harriet Skelly said...

Oh Darnell I love this Friends card!! Thank you again for such a wonderful day yesterday! I so enjoyed meeting you and Kim, the tour of the awesome Playhouse and a very nice lunch! But the conversation and meeting you in person was the best and I can't wait to meet again!! And thanks for introducing me to Kim as well - another sweetheart! Hugs, Harriet

Geri said...

Oh, you lucky, lucky ladies! That must have been absolutely amazing! I'm sure the girls were totally drooling over your wee hide-out. You really do have a magnetic personality - people are drawn to you like gin to tonic!

Love your card! Especially stamping the sentiment on the different ribbons that you used!

Jen W. said...

Happy New Year to you, Darnell! Love your take on New Year's Resolutions - you're a girl after my own heart! LOL!
How fun to have a visit with Kim and Harriet! One of these days I hope to make it to you playhouse for a visit (and to see if I can cram it into my suitcase and bring it home with me!)
Loving the bright, happy colours on your sweet card - such a great image! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Unknown said...

Happy New Year Dippy - hope it is a peaceful and happy one for you and the family.

I am SOOOO jealous of Kim and Harriet that they got to come over to your playhouse. It still looks so pristine. You'll be glad to hear that my new space is very nearly ready and most of my stuff has been moved in. Just waiting for Tony to do a few more things, waiting on my A1 plan chest to arrive and we should be moving my table in over the weekend.........yippee!!! Will post photos when it's all done.

Just love your card. That is the cutest image representing friendship and love the colours you've used.


Karen x

Rosemary said...

it is so fun when you get to meet IRL crafters you "met" online! sounds like you had a wonderful time with kim & harriet... love your card.. great take on the sketch and the cue word!! so glad to see you playing along with us at CASology!

Bonnie said...

What a sweet card and what a special day to meet these friends in person!

Anonymous said...

What a fun day you all had, Darnell ... it's such a joy to find new friends in blogland, and then to be able to meet them IRL as well is awesome! Lovely card, perfect image and colours ... you're such a sweetie! Anita :)

Jean said...

Thanks for the great advice on my New Year's resolutions! Love this very sweet friend card! I'm so happy for you that you the three of you had such a great visit!

kingstonmama said...

Oh, what a wonderful image. It makes me think of old childhood friendships and my own two sweet girls. Sniff, sniff. Love your colors. ann