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January 14, 2013

STB #1!, Pixie's #55 ~ A Birthday Girl!

Hi There!

I hope you had an exceedingly lovely weekend!

We have another brand new challenge here in CMBL (Card Making Blog Land)!  If you've been blogging your cards for a while, or even just surfing cardmaking sites, you are no doubt familiar with Lesley Croghan and her amazing site Always Playing With Paper.  Well, Lesley, discovering that she still had eleven minutes left on Tuesday evenings around 10:40 with nothing to do, decided to introduce a new challenge to all of us.  A new challenge with a fantastic Design Team!  A new challenge that allows us to build up our stash of birthday cards!  As cardmakers and senders, this is something we all need.

So without further adoseydo, the new challenge and link are here:  Seize the Birthday.  You can find all the exciting deets on the site.  This challenge is being sponsored by Whimsy and Stars Studio!!! For challenge #1, we've been given a terrific sketch to use to make a feminine  birthday card.  Here is the sketch:

and here is my card:

I really like this sketch and have a feeling it will become a favorite, even though it's more layers than I usually do.  I wish I had more of the patterned paper left and I'll be buying more if I can find it, but any patterned paper could work for this sketch.  And since I did use the last scraps, I am going to link my card to the fun use-your-snippets challenge always going on at the Playground at Ms. Di's Pixie's Crafty Workshop

I hope you'll find some craft time today to hitch up to this fun and practical new birthday card challenge and use up some snipperts so you can join in the fun at Pixie's!


I turned around yesterday after welcoming Maureen to our party and just about missed Ms. Hannelie of Desert Diva.  Once again you are in for a treat, ladies!  Please go visit Hannelie and you'll be amazed by her wonderful creations!  Welcome, Hannelie, and thank you for joining us!!


I'm feeling a little puckish today, so I'm over and out.  You'd think the meaning of that word was along the lines of suffering from the flu and TMI.  NOT.  Puckish actually means playful, full of mischief!  I know, right?  Try using it on your coworkers or family in the next half hour.

Along those puckish lines, I will leave you with a picture that I came across on my friend Victoria's blog and, honestly, I can't stop looking at it.  I guess it is reaching my inner 7-year-old self because I giggle like one every time I see it.  I WANT this dog!!  I know the other girls on the Playground have prolly already seen "Jeff," but for the rest of you, allow me:

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

As always, thank you so much for stopping by to visit the Playhouse.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!

Paper:  SU! sahara sand,
  poppy parade; DCWV pp
Stamp:  Hero Arts F456
Ink:  SU! poppy parade
Cuttlebug Leaf and Bird Swirl
Bling: Colorbok
Corner Chomper


Tracey McNeely said...

Laughing laughing at your post and Jeff! Well Darnell what a sweet girlie birthday card, love that patterned paper.

Happy Dance said...

First of all Darnell, I love that card! Layers on this card seem to be just about right-not too much, no froo-froo, juuussst right. Perfect blings. Second, I laughed until I coughed when I saw Jeff. Yep, I'm 7 too. You're the bomb. Bev

Kathyk said...

FAB card - I've saved STB as a fave and will be checking it out again too.

LOVE your farty dog funny too!


Unknown said...

Gorgeous papers and a really pretty card. Must try and join in with challenge too.

Great picture of the dog.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous papers and a really pretty card. Must try and join in with challenge too.

Great picture of the dog.

Ardyth said...

The twins must love you - in my experience, boys (maybe girls too?) never outgrow loving toilet humour! I love that butterfly dp - and how you have two (maybe two sides?) that match but are different. I also love how you balanced your sentiment with the two little gems!

laurie said...

very pretty card...and I enjoyed reading your post!

Loll said...

Hi Dolly. Firstly, about your puckishness ...I love the look on Jeff's face - hilarious!! (OK, do I get points for using the word so quickly??!!).

Great card ... love the layered DP. I have so much DP, but rarely use it on my cards. I just keep collecting it :)

I might have to join you for this fabulous new challenge blog ... you can never have enough birthday cards. Thanks for letting us know about it! Lolly xx

Unknown said...

Your card is quite a treat! I love the bling you used on your sentiment (so creative!) and your DSP and embossed background are beautiful. I never have enough birthday cards, so the challenge sounds like a good one to try soon. Thanks for the laugh with that sweet doggie...I needed that!

stampwithsandy said...

Such pretty papers and beautiful embossing. I really love this one, Darnell.

Carol L said...

That dog is flippin' hilarious, and so is the caption! LMAO!! I love your card and that dsp really is pretty with those delicate flutterbys! The rounded corners look great!
I now have a drop-down window for the labels on my blog thanks to you and Di! I just LOVE it - I'm giddy :) Thanks and (hugs) :)

Lesley said...

So there I was, at the local coffee shop sipping my tea today after work and I went on to read your post. Luckily I had just swallowed the tea and so did not spit it out across the room. Yes, it was 10:40pm and I did have an extra 11 minutes, so I filled it up! LOL! You crack me up and the you have created a wonderful card Darnell.

Hannelie said...

Hi Darnell... and thanks for the warm welcome!
Love your take on the sketch... and that doggie made my day!

Kelly Latevola said...

Darnell your card is beautiful, I love that pop of coral :) and Jeff is too funny hehehe

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Great card - love colours - and Puck of course for Midsummer's night dream that is why it means that!! and yes that dog is definitely called Puck :D Shaz in oz.x

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I can't stop giggling at Jeff........your card is beautiful, you should layer more often, it is really, really lovely and I love those papers too - great butterflies. Hugs, Annie xx

Vicky Hayes said...

What a pretty mix of patterns on your card today Darnell and I love the gem placements. Had a bit of a laugh over Jeff thanks to your puckishness! Vicky x

Di said...

Brilliant card Darnell! Super take on the sketch.

And isn't that Jeff just something else - too funny :))

Hugs, Di xx

Sarn said...

Another great card here Darnell. I like that sketch a lot too.

Hilarous dog piccie.

Happy Tuesday.

Sarn xxx

Kim S said...

Actually I don't think Lesley could have had more than 6 minutes on that Tuesday night. She does so much and does it all well!!

I wouldn't know about the "casual" face - I live in a household of men and they are all quite proud of their bodily functions.

Love your use of the sketch - the bright colors on the neutral background is lovely!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful take on the sketch Darnell, the papers are pretty. If I was lucky and lived in your part of the world, you would be welcome to use some of the papers that I never seem to get to ! The dog's face is funny... have a great day, Shirleyx

Emily Keaton said...

Super sweet card, Darnell!

Deborah Frings said...

Such a lovely card. I do like the embossed background and pretty papers. Fab sentiment too.

That photo of the dog's face is just brilliant - the guilt!!! It really made me chuckle!

Bonnie said...

Phfew! He he! Love this card and see why you want more of that paper!

Victoria said...

Jeff is doing the rounds!! He's so funny. Sam sent me so many hilarious pictures that I'm in danger of running out of photos this year!
Gorgeous card. The embossing is so beautiful against the bright colours.

Jen Nelson said...

just fab darnell... love your posts they always make me smile

Thanks for playing along at this weeks Seize the Birthday!!
Jen xx

Geri said...

Love your card! The embossing is gorgeous (is that an embossing folder?). Butterfly paper is beautiful. The layers look really, really good!

Now, about Jeff - I howled. I'm quite sure that 99% of us who are commenting are also 7 years old!

MaryH said...

Well, #1. Loved your card, great job on it - and I gotta start going with sketches more. So thanks for that one. #2. Loved Jeff too. He's been making the rounds in email as well. I hafta laugh each time I see this goofy look. TFS card & Jeff & sketch & challenge link. Hugs

Chrissie said...

This is terrific Darnell and that dog made me hoot!
A little bird told me it was your anniversary..many congrats, have a wonderful day.
Chrissie x

Kim Heggins said...

This is just too darn funny!!! This is the way my little ones at school act, just so proud of themselves when this happens! Your card is so pretty too, I love your choice of patterned paper, I am sure that must be from your incredible stash of paper that I saw in your playhouse.

Sue said...

Hello, just hoped over from Anne's blog and I am so glad I did!
Your blog is wonderful and full of inspiring ideas.
Your card today is gorgeous the colour are beautiful and I love the sentiment.
Sue xx

Jean said...

A great feminine card ~ love the patterned paper and great "sediment."