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February 7, 2014

DJKASE #6 ~ Just Ducky!

Hi there! Here we are again, whooshed around to another Friday in the blink of an eye!

Ah me, I've decided I should make Valentines all year long like I'm doing with Christmas cards. There are just so many cute products and not enough time between Christmas and Valentine's Day to play with them all! Of course, I wouldn't use the Happy Valentine's Day sediments, but love goes with any sediment, right? Who wouldn't want a hearty card any time of the year?

Having said that, however, I'm here with a birthday card for Friday's DJKASE! Sorry for any confuzzlement.

The card artist and follower that I'm copylimenting today is the brilliant Karen Mead of Made by Meadie. Karen is from Tasmania Australia. She has been blogging since August 2011 and her work is consistently fabulous and clean and simple (CAS)! It was very difficult to narrow the choices down to one. 

Then, yay, the decision was made easier for me when I saw that Papertrey Ink {capture the moment} has a challenge going on to celebrate their 7th birthday! Happy Birthday, PTI! Thank you for the free color and sketch downloads and the opportunity to win prizes!


I was delighted to see that the layout of one of my favorite Karen M. cards was pretty close to this PTI challenge sketch:
And I was inspired by these PTI challenge colors:

Here is the card made by Karen that I chose to DJKASE. Karen posted this card on her blog on May 11, 2013:
Karen's card
Isn't it adorable?!

Changing Karen's layout a bit to work with the PTI sketch, I made this:
Darnell's card

Karen's duck, Gerome, and my duck, Gunther, are cousins. Gerome's grandmother and Gunther's grandmother are brothers. Unfortunately, Gunther's family's line is endangered given that he is from a closed stamp company. In addition, the line is very well known by Ornithologists all over the world, not to mention dental hygienists, because if you look closely you will see that Gunther has a full set of teeth. Other ducks peck at seed corn with their beaks, but not Gunther. No. Gunther can eat his corn straight off the cob! Dude!

(Psst, I realize that Gerome is a duck and Gunther is a goose, but Gunther doesn't know he was adopted, and he for sure doesn't know he's a goose, so please don't say anything about that. Also, some people use geese as watch dogs and I know Gunny looks a bit menacing with those eyes and those teeth, but he's really gentle as a duck.)

Thank you, Karen, for all your wonderful support and inspiration! I hope you are pleased!


I forgot when I was posting this to add that I used all kinda snippets on my ducky goose card, so I'm going to take it over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to show the other girls. Di has ducks there, so Gunther will feel right at home. I think I'll get through the gates in time for my second visit this week.
Pixies Crafty Workshop
And because the sediment is definitely over the edge, I'm popping this entry in the "Over the Edge" challenge happening at CAS-ual Fridays.

In my New Friends Corner I'm delighted to introduce you to Rebecca Luminarias of thurston post. Rebecca has been blogging since February 2011. (Happy 2nd Blogoversary, Rebecca, and many, many more!!) I find Rebecca's blog and creations to be fresh and wonderful. Like a lot of you, she makes beautiful layered works of art that leave me in awe!

Welcome, Rebecca, and thank you for joining us!


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

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Project Details
PaperPTI white, Hawaiian shores, raspberry fizz; 
SU daffodil delight; unknown pp
Stamps    Gunther (619-S6) Mostly Animals;
HB 2 U from PTI "Birthday Bash Sentiments"
 InkAncient Page Bordeaux; SU daffodil delight; Versafine onyx black
AccessoriesDies: Spellbinders classic circle and SSS sports and banners
Baker's twine: DIY shop
Googly eyes from stash


I noticed something in the PTI challenge instructions that I didn't notice until after I posted my card: we were to use one of the designer's free printable art designs on our card. I linked my card and then I modified it to follow the PTI rules. I printed the superb circular HB design by Lizzie Jones, cut it out, and popped it on my card to link this version.

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Sue - said...

Super card Darnell - Gunther is such fun! Hugs Sue x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

So sweet duck
love your card
wish you great weekend
hugs Tamara

Viv said...

Fab duckie Darnell - although the googly eyed one has a bit of a 'I'm comin' to getcha' look about him!

Jessi Fogan said...

Bahahahahaha - duck/goose, don't tell Gunther...dying here. Dying. Lol!
I can't love Gunther's demented face enough - and those googly eyes just cement the deal. LOVE it!!!

Gerrina said...

Fub cards both! Cannot stop smiling... Have a creative weekend, Gerrina

Inkyfingers said...

We have to do all we can to protect endangered species so I commend your important work here Darnell. This is such a great CASE and I like how you switched out the sentiment to fit with the rules. Have a great weekend.
Carol x

Diane said...

Goose Duck Goose...lol...loved your post, nothing like a cuppa and coming to your blog in the morning for my days first laugh...very cute card and post!!!! I, agree about the Valentines...and intend to use mine all year long..we'll see !!

Carol L said...

Gunther is the funniest looking "quacker" with those teeth and buggy eyes! Fun card :)

Sue said...

Sooooooooo sweet Darnell love that ducky LOL have a great weekend lots of huggles Sue xxx

Sue said...

Love your fun take on the sketch and your DJKASE is brilliant. The image really made me laugh and I love the cheery colours.
I hope you have a good weekend.
hugs Sue xx

Pat said...

Where do you find these stamps Darnell, this duck is so funny. Did he come with the hat or did you add it on? Anyway a cracking card by Karen in the first place, and a sensational DJKase by you. x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Fabulous - LOVE how you CASed this - those googly eyes on the duck - haha!

Happy Dance said...

This card just quacks me up! (sorry, couldn't help that...) Great CASE of Karen's card. I'm sure she's thrilled that you've done this. Love your bold stripes behind Gunther. He's just ducky...(darn it!, I did it again!) even if he was adopted, and I won't say a word! It's always fun to drop by your blog, D. Have a great weekend. Bev

Deepti said...

This is so fun :) I like those colorful stripes behind the duck

Benzi said...

You've cased a very cute CAS card and you've made yours so pretty and colorful.
Love that Gunther has all those teeth....but, very strange. Ha

Karen P said...

Them there duckies/geese are very cute! You did a wonderful job CASE'ing that card.
Now then Miss D this CASEing malarky must be catching because you inspired me to CASE one of your wonderful CAS cards. Have a lovely weekend huni xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I suspect that Gunther might be on some medication due to that inbreeding (although he's adopted) and I suspect that you've "borrowed" some from him. I'm not judging.... not judging! Medication is good for the soul. I'm sure Gandhi said that.

Your card is so silly! I love the googlie eyes and teeth?!!! oh my.

Irish Cherokee said...

Fun card Darnell. Is it me or is he tipsy. Visiting the punch bowl often I see. Smile. BIG smile.

Redanne said...

This DJKASE is brilliant, even if he does look a bit.....not sure what but those googly eyes are very penetrating! Thanks for making me smile though, I love the back story too...so funny. I like your last minute change too - clever you! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Canonbury creations said...

Such a fun card Darnell, I love Gunther and was delighted to read his little biography! Good job you checked the criteria:) sorry for my lack of comments lately it's been a bit manic here:p
Val x

Canonbury creations said...

Wow Darnell, just seen your comment on my blog and I rushed over to your blog again to thank you so much for your dkase:) such an honour and I love your card, mwah, mwah mwah!
Val x

Kristie Goulet said...

bahahaha! Love this post and your CASE!!! Hugs~!~

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I had to come back to say this duck is still quacking me up.




Alanna said...

First off, your card is just delightful. But what is even more delightful is your writing and the way that I always leave your blog feeling happy. Love the duck story.

Mrs A. said...

Teeth? wot teeth!! I'm too busy looking at those googly eyes that are following me all round the page. Brilliant.


Hugs Mrs A.

Kathleen said...

Super fun card and so was the post, Gunther looks to be a tad older than Gerome, great colours.

Kath x

Anita in France said...

Is red wine good for keyboards? I only ask as I just took a very delicate sip of it as I read your post, Darnell. I should know better than to have anything in or near my laughing gear when visiting ... I'm sure it'll clean up! Anyway, Karen's Gerome was fabulous ... and wild and fiery Gunther is equally so ... even though he may be a tad more unconventional (which is always good)! I'm still laughing so staying away from the red stuff! Anita :)

Laurie Unger said...

Cute - looks like the AFLAC duck!

Unknown said...

F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S Miss Dippy. Love your goosey/ducky critter: especially with those googly eyes! Makes you wonder what's going on behind the scenes!


Karendipity xxx

Meg said...

Duck/Goose - Fabulous card!

Carole said...

Quackin' funtackulous...silly goose. So colorful and silly.

Janeen said...

so very cute both of them.

Karin said...

Hi Darnell, I read your story and the tears ran down my face. You make my day! Gunther looks great, adopted or not!!
Karin x

Claire Grantham said...

Darnell, love your card and Karen's - your post had me cackling with laughter...I too want to make VDay cards all year round..so essentially I do, by making the Anniversary cards :) Cx

Dana said...

Oh my! This is so fun!!! I love the google eyes!!

Chrissy Larson said...

OMG, you have me rolling! I love Gunther...teeth, crazy eyes, and all!

Shannon J said...

You quack me up!!! Awesome card!!!

Karen M said...

Hi Darnell - I absolutely love your gorgeous fun card and I feel so honoured that you picked one of mine to case! It made me laugh to see it again....I think its the ONLY card that I have ever made with vellum on it (vellum and I are not on speaking terms)Thank you for your kind words too - they mean alot to me:) I laughed so hard at your story about our duck and goose cousins....you have made my whole day - hugs xx

Susanne Vargas said...

How do you do it, Darnell? You always make the whole wide blog world laugh and chuckle and cray happy tears! Gunther is hilarious! Very handsome in front of those colorful stripes! Thanks for his background story! Love this DJKASE idea!

Cathy said...

Such a fun card Darnell and a great CASE of Karen's card. Hilarious story! Cathy x

Bobby said...

Goosey, goosey, gander. Where shall I wander? Over to Darnell's blog that every one is fond of. That's includes me. lol
About that change to the printable, unless I'm mistaken, that was a separate challenge. If you left it as it was, you could have entered the challenge at CASual Fridays with it as the sentiment is "over the edge".

MaryH said...

OK...you know I'm laughing at your family story & Gunther is really quite a cute guy. Karen P had cased you, left a link so made it an easy trip to drift over this way. Loved Karen's so adorable card, and really loved your CASE of it as well. Haven't seen either of these birds, but they are totally amusing & cute. Now thanks for the story of Gunther, I promise I won't spill any beans, and will love him like a brother if I see him in the Playground. When I get a chance to visit again. Don't you just love the keys button. Makes it easier to sneak in, I hope! TFS a delightful card & cute story & oh, all of it! Have a great wkend, & hugs. (You're getting famous, you know that? :-})Kin I have your autygraf?

Lisa Elton said...

Gunther looks like a seriously crazed party animal!! Fun story about his background Darnell and a FUN card!

Karren said...

I'm not partial to geese because when I was about 7, a goose chased me and bit me on the bum! However, Gunther doesn't look like the bum-biting goose, despite all those teeth so I'm going to say he's adorable - as is your card.

Rebecca Luminarias said...

You ROCK, Darnell!! Love your little duck and sweet stories and the wonderful, positive spirit here on your blog. Thank you, thank you for being my "new friend"--I look forward to getting to know you! :) ~Rebecca

Barb Ghig said...

You are too FUNNY, Darnell! Thanks so much for an explanation about these 2 boys...WOW!
Your card is over the top adorable! I love your color choices, too...so fun!

Oh, and thank you so much for the heads up on the CFS challenge...and of course for your sweet comments on my blog ~ Hugs back atcha!!!

Pia S said...

So cheerful and fun! A real party card:)

Di said...

Hilarious Darnell! Looks like a reall 'party animal'.

I hate to say though - it looks like there's been some inbreeding with a very unfortunate result. I blame you if we end up with strange looking ducks in the Playground!!



Sarn said...

I am loving the googly eyed duck/goose!

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

JD/ Jill said...

Fun card, Darnell, and a great case!

Chris Dring said...

Absolutely adorable! That is all.

Greta said...

Oh I'm cracking up! Wonderful CASE & perfect challenge entry!

cm said...

Hahahahahahha...LOVE this post, love your card, love the goose, or duck - okay, "fowl" - story. Fabulous and brilliant!!

Kim Heggins said...

LOL...you are so funny! I love your sweet little duck story, just too cute. And what a fabulous little duck at that! Such a fun birthday card and I love those bright and cheerful colors...so darn cute!

Cindy Brumbaugh said...

Darnell, this is so, so cute- just like you! I have been following you with every post and smile everyday. My life has been so hectic that I am behind on catching up on my favorite people! You were and are one of my biggest inspirations! HUGS to you;)

Debs Willis said...

Such a cute card & what a fun post :-)
Debs x

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous case of Karen's card, Darnell! Gunther looks like he's in full party mode!

Bonnie said...

This duck looks like he's been partying big time! LOL! I'll let him keep thinking he's a goose!

Karen Davis said...

Oh!! What a fun image, he is one happy fella!. So much fun Darnell.

Sheila H said...

Duck...goose...your card is great fun!

Anonymous said...

i don't know whats funnier poor old gobbedly goose Gunther or your post. He really is a rather odd looking creature with those crazy eyes and teeth no wonder the stamp company has closed…..although i do love him he made me giggle. You are such a riot Darnell you really must write a book and of course illustrate it.


sandie said...

this made me giggle, the wobble eyes are such fun and I agree Karen is a great inspiration x

Anonymous said...

Fun & silly!! You are a silly goose in fact, but I wouldn't want it any other way!! ;))

Geri said...

Gunther rocks!

And so do you dear friend! Thanks for another entertaining post :)

xx oo