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September 26, 2018

Bye to Bodie and Snowflake Joy

Hello Stamplings!

I hope this finds you doing well as you climb Mount Wednesday and start the downhill journey into the weekend! Be careful you don't get going so fast that you miss the awesomeness Thursday and Friday have in store for you!

Today we begin with this Onefer:
I mean, how cute is that dog?! Our dear and long-time local friends said goodbye to their beloved Basset Hound "Bodie" recently and I made this sweet card for them. The basset stamp is from a great group of dog stamps by Katzelkraft. The sediment is by PTI. The background was lightly painted with my Ziggies.

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Twofer
It's time for another Rudolph Days Challenge and this is my entry. The pretty snowflake-JOY die is NBUS from Poppystamps, cut from an old scrap of blue textured pp. I lined the tag from behind with a snippet of smooched ink. Then I attached a pretty pink bow to pick up the pink in the background. I attached all that to a snowflake-embossed card base. This one will go in the "Hand-Deliver" stash box.

Challenges

Snippets Playground Badge09-18 copy
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I thought you might be amused by this:
Didn't I do a marvelous job applying my little round foam glue dots to make sure my tag would adhere to the card base and not be uneven? Phew! That took a while!

When I was finished, I proudly held it up for Hammy to see. In that droll way of his, he smirked and asked, "And on your finished card, will the recipient know what YOJ means? In fact, what does YOJ mean?"

I whipped my head around and said, "Wha - !" Fortunately, with a little patience and a mug of wodka, I was able to unstick all of the dots and restick them on the reverse. Never a dull moment when you craft while old and distracted!

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I was delighted last Thursday to welcome a visitor to the Playhouse who came from very far away!
This is my friend Sonja all the way from Slovenia! Her blog is Old Punca and we have been online friends since September 2014, when we first commented on each other's blog! It was a pleasure to meet her and her husband Silvo in real life and enjoy lunch and a few hours getting to know each other better! Thank you, Sonja, for making a visit to see Hammy and the Playhouse a part of your San Francisco holiday!!

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

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69 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Love the Yoj embellishment:) LOL

The card for your friends is perfect.

Have a lovely time away. Sue

Jane Willis said...

See, I get home form my trip, all ready to get chatty and start joining in stuff again and you go flouncing off with nary a backward glance!
Anyway, I did have a chuckle at your YOJ incident - we need another blooper challenge

Maxine D said...

What a wonderful pair of cards Darnell - and i am sooooo glad that Hammy alerted you to the yoj oops... he's good value that little critter!!... and also glad the the wodka helped remove those pesky dots with no trauma to the card....
Blessings
Maxine

Gerrina said...

That is one of the dogs I like most of the Katzelkraftset... And so great that you had a vist from a blogfriend from so far! (Sometimes the world looks like a small place for a few hours...) Enjoy your week! Hugs, Gerrina

Sandra H said...

Morning Darnell, Both cards are perfect and what an adorable image sorry to read your friend lost her dog she would just welcome your card with open arms and the snowflake joy die is perfect too for the challenge hope you enjoyed your time with your blogging friend and you too enjoy your day take care x

Pollard Carole said...

Two great cards your neighbours will really appreciate that doggie card so thoughtful Loved the fun bit glad i'm not the only one who does this type of thing !! What a great experience to meet your blog friend happy memories I'm sure Love and hugs Carole x

Cat Craig said...

Those pet sympathy cards are important and how lucky you were able to personalize it. Your joy card is fabulous. THat is a wonderful die. I love the bit of pink blush brought out by that gorgeous bow. So good you had the vodka nearby...lol. Have safe travels and a good visit. How wonderful to meet an online friend. Hugs.

Stamps and Paper said...

Love the card you’ve made fir your friend Darnell ...your JOY card is so pretty....we all have happy accident whilst crafting and it did make me smile....how lovely to have your visitor from far away I expect you had lots to talk about and lots to share

Anne x

Marilyn said...

Cute cards Darnell!! Can't tell you how many times I have made the same mistakes!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hahahahaha!! Oh Darnell, thank goodness for Hammy, he really gets his owner out of some sticky situations for sure. Been there, done that my dear, unfortunately, I don't have a Hammy to point out my boo-boos.
Anywho, love both cards, your friends who lost their beloved doggie, will treasure this beautiful card, I have that set and all of these images are versatile as well as adorable.
Thank you for sharing.
Sending love and hugs.
Maria.

Jeanne said...

That basset card is so sweet. I'm sure your friends appreciated your thoughtfulness. The joy card is beautiful and I'm sure the yoj would have been too. Might have been a fun time to give it to someone and see their reaction. Glad I'm not the only one who has done something like that. ;) How wonderful for you and your new friend to be able to meet in person. The www is truly far reaching!Safe travels and have a wonderful time on your trip. Hugs!

Bunny said...

Sorry to hear about your friend's dog. What a nice card you made for them. The 2nd card is joyful indeed. Love that snowflake in the middle.

As for YOJ I think it stands for You've Only Just.................and then we get to interpret it. My first thoughts are the (was it the Carpenters) You've Only Just Begun to live, white lace and promises or something like that. [Bunny]

Susan said...

Still laughing at your YOJ incident - absolutely something I've done in the past. But once corrected, you ended up with a lovely card!

And the first card tugged at my heartstrings as it's still so recent that my dear old Will died so I know how sad your friends must be. Such a cute basset on their card - I'm sure it brought them some comfort.

Brenda in IN said...

It is so hard to lose a family pet and I know they will appreciate that you took the time to acknowledge their loss with that sweet card. Boy Hammy sure took the joy out of the card for a minute, didn't he? All those perfectly placed dots - we've all been there! How wonderful to meet a friend from Slovenia in person. I love that.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards. I'm sure the first will bring comfort. As for the foam pad blooper, we've all done it!
Hugs,
Em xoxo

Vicki Dutcher said...

Cute Basset card for your friend-- the perfect image. So fun you get visitors from EVERYWHERE! ☺

Linby said...

YOJ brilliant, so pleased you had a mug of vodka to sort it out LOL!
Your finished card is however so pretty - I too have a hand deliver box!
The sympathy card is so sweet and I am sure will be appreciated, that dog is just so lovely.

conil said...

I love that pup and think your sympathy card (always hard for me) is perfect for the loss of a sweet family member.
Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, I'm still giggling over your careful placement of adhesive...now let's see who does that remind me of, hmmmm? Anyway the card and that perfectly tied bow is very pretty.
Lovely that you got to meet Sonja, all the way from the other side of the world, WOW!

Bonnie said...

Your sympathy card couldn't be a more perfect match for Bodie, Dolly! and your YOJ, I mean JOY card is beautiful with the big pink bow! I try to make cards flat but bulky is so much more fun! Glad you got all the dimensionals off the front side. Sometimes that doesn't work too well. Ask me how I know!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Your sympathy card is so cute, I am sorry for their loss!

Your Christmas JOY card is pretty. Applying those foam pieces can take time!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darling stamp of the Bassett Hound and your snowflake tag is very sweet--and flat and even!! Have a great time with your sisters!!

Loll said...

Very sweet sympathy card for Bodie's parents, which I'm sure they loved. Your joy card is beautiful Dolly! LOVE the design and colours you've used. So funny about the pop dots on the wrong side. That's something I would do! :) Lolly xx

Leslie Miller said...

Hello, Darnell! I'm having a nice visit here today at long last. Seems like it's been forever! I'm so ready to plant my feet in one spot for a while. Your sympathy card is very thoughtful and sweet. I know Brodie's people were as saddened by his loss as for any family member, and your card probably made them smile with happy memories. You made ME smile with your pretty Joy card! The things we do when stamping, sheesh! I'm glad you were able to salvage it.

nancy littrell said...

Such a sweet doggie sympathy card for your friend and pretty and filled with Joy Christmas card, Dolly. That is a LOT of dots to adhere and NOT figure out you were on the wrong side until ALL done, but heh, just think how much easier and more careful you will be the next time...maybe..lol!!
Wonderful photo of you and Sonja too...She gets the prize for the farthest away visitor to your play house..right?!? What a special few hours. TFS Hugs..

JoAnn said...

Love both of your cards. That is a cute basset hound and I love the joy tag with that pretty pink bow. When I saw the photo I had to wonder if you put the foam dots on the wrong side. I got a chuckle reading your comment.
So nice to get to meet blogging friends in person.
Have a wonderful day.

sandie said...

I adore your Xmas card, what a pretty die and looks stunning with that bow....hope this is being hand delivered to the happy recipient! And your tag little re-do did make me giggle....I am always doing crazy things like this but I never have the patience to re-do anything! Wonderful you met Sonja....such a joy to meet crafty friends. I met Cornelia last Sunday in London for a coffee and lots of crafty chat-wonderful morning xx

Trina P. said...

You never cease to make me smile when I read your posts. The yoj Christmas tag save was awesome! I’m usually not so lucky and would have to start agin. Your sympathy card in honour of Bodie is sweet and perfect. xx

scrappymo! said...

Your Rudolph card is great! I loved the idea of the misty sky behind the YOJ, or wait, I meant behind the JOY!

I have done that so many times too. Thank goodness pop dots are a bit less tacky than double sided tape, so they usually release OK! I stress on usually...ahahaha!

Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

Jean said...

Wonderful cards! How fun to have a visitor!

Carol L said...

That really is a wonderful pet sympathy card, and unlike the sadness most contain, this brings a smile into a sad occasion. Adorable! And so is the Joy card - OMG I cannot stop laughing at you putting the foam dots on the wrong side! Been there/done that so welcome to my world! My specialty is putting card fronts on the card base upside down! LOL How wonderful to meet your friend from Slovenia, that's just awesome!

Anita in France said...

What a shame your dear friends lost Bodie, Darnell ... this sweet basset card is sure to bring them comfort. Gorgeous, joyful snowflake card ... all texture-y and dimensional and luscious with that bow ... and with the foam dots on the right side (tee hee)! Loved the tale of Hammy upbraiding you for doing it differently to begin with ... he's so smug sometimes! How fun you got to meet up with another crafty buddy ... hope you keep a visitors book at the Play House! LYAMYHMA ... HTSYS! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Glittered Paws said...

You made my day when I saw your first card as I recently made a pet sympathy card and the dog was smiling with his tongue out but that was the way I meant for the pet mom and dad to remember their beloved pet As for the JOY - love this style - I have done this once but need to do it more. Love both of your cards.

Redanne said...

Oh, how sad that your friends dog Bodie, it is always so sad to lose an animal... but your card is fabulous, I am sure it made them smile. Your Christmas card is beautiful, even with the unfortunate mishap, I am not smiling - really!! If I had a penny for every time I did that - lol...

How lovely to have a friend from overseas to visit you, I envy her spending time with you in the Playhouse! I too, think you should have a visitors book! Hugs, Annie xxx

Christi Conley said...

Beautiful cards Darnell!! I have those Kazelcraft cat stamps and I use them all the time (ok, not nearly enough, but I love them anyway!) - how sweet to send your friends a sympathy card for Bodie. If I had a penny for every time I either put adhesive on the wrong side or stuck something on the wrong side (yanno, not the side that opens) I could come visit you for a week! How nice to have a visitor from so far away -
Have the greatest week ~
Hugs,
Christi

Mac Mable said...

Such a cute dogie card but sorry for the very sad occasion x. Your Joy card is fabulous and so very beautiful and what a great save. Hammy is so helpful x Great photo of you and Sonja and glad you had such a lovely time x. Enjoy your time away with friends and Sisters, have fun and make memories x.

shirley-bee said...

Hammy saves the day!!! He's such an observant little critter :)
Pets are much more than just animals, so your friends will really appreciate your lovely, thoughtful sympathy card.
You're becoming quite the tourist attraction now, top of the list in the stamping world. Enjoy your break with your sisters and friends, we'll still be here when you get back :)

Kathleen said...

Great doggie image and love the design. Lovely EF and a great joy die. Glad there is someone as daft as me, I could easily have done that.

Kath x

laurie said...

Great cards! I LOVE that joy die...awesome holiday card Darnell! Hope you are having a great day!

Pat said...

What a great card for someone who has just lost their beloved pet, and I'm sure even in their sadness it will make them smil, and gorgeous colouring too, and the 'whoops' moment with the sticky dots on the wrong side of that pretty panel which you very neatly put right Darnell to make this beautiful Christmas card. I love the photo of you with Sonja too, and looks as though she was having a really enjoyed her time visiting your playhouse, and have a wonderful time with your sisters and friends. x

Celeste Goff said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell! I know your friend is going to appreciate your kind words on losing their four legged baby. And how cool that you got to meet a fellow crafty friend from half way around the world!!!

SmilynStef said...

Love that die cut, especially on the textured cardstock ... oh so pretty ... so very glad you shared your SNOW with us at Jingle Belles.

Lisa Elton said...

Your Basset Hound card is darling. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend's pet, that's never easy. Oh goodness to the dots escapades! It was worth your effort, it look terrific and your bow is simply marvelous! Have a wonderful visit with your sisters, safe travels!

Christine Alexander said...

I'm sure your friend will love that sweet doggy sympathy card and Darnell your escapades with glue dots and die cuts amaze me :)

oldpunca said...

I am so happy to let you know in real life! 😀 Thank you for taking time for us two and to let me see your playhouse. It was amazing. ❤️
You are lucky to have Hammy. Otherwise we all would be confused about YOJ. 😀 I like both of your cards. A dog is coloured perfectly.
Hugs, Sonja

frommycraftroom said...

Such a lovely card for your local friends on the loss of their dog.

Love the "Joy" card - thanks for sharing your 'oops' we are all human.

What a special afternoon with your most recent guest to the playhouse.

Patti said...

It is always such fun to visit your blog Darnell! Inspired by your sweet cards and your ability to laugh at your mistakes!

Congratulations on getting to visit with Sonja!! It is always amazing to me how small the world has gotten thanks to blogland!

BIG (((Hugs)))

Wiebke Kommerell said...

Darnell, your post made me sad in the first moment (cause of the reason for the dog card) but your funny description of the YOJ layer made my day!
Often I scroll quickly through a page, just to get a first information about pictures and lenght. I saw your cards and then the layer picture beside the challenge pictures... So I thought, "Wow great luck for Darnell, she has the same dies like they used for the inspiration picture!" ;-) (Don't ask, why I hadn't seen all the dots around...)

Wish you a smooth journey and can't wait for the next twofer-challenge!

Greetings from Wiebke (komma-designed) in Germany

Cheryl W. said...

Well, I would NEVER put glue dots on the front of an image (she says with a sly grin on her face, 'cuz she knows she's lying). Your card turned out perfectly, even with that rough start. he he. Your sympathy card is perfect, too. We all want to remember our beloved pets as the happy family members they were.

Ros Crawford said...

So sorry about your friend's dog... I'm sure that lovely card will be much appreciated. Great Christmas card and I did laugh about your dots on the wrong side... Glad you were able to remove them! Lovely photo! What a joy to have visited the playhouse!
Enjoy your day!

Deb said...

Beautiful creations, I am sure the first card will bring a lot of comfort to your friend. I did find your story about the tag rather amusing, something we have all done from time to time!
Debxx

Linda said...

Oh Darnell ..... we've all done it. Put stuff on the wrong side that is. Great save though. Love the little pooch too.
Have a great trip my friend .... can't wait to hear all about it. Safe journey xx

pam said...

Two fantastic cards, how cute is that dog!, love how you made your tag card.
Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamp challenge blog .
Pam x

Jeanne J. said...

Lots of good things happening here.. Sweet of you to make a personal card for your friend who lost her dog. I know she will appreciate seeing this. And the second is so pretty! I love that you got to meet another crafty friend. Jealous that she got to visit the playhouse.. but I'm not giving up yet!

Linda said...

Two fabulous cards, Darnell. I know your friends will appreciate and love the card you sent for the loss of their dog. And that Joy card is so pretty. Have a great weekend and always so fun meeting Crafty friends. Hugs to you.

Viv said...

Two gorgeous cards again Dee, I love the photo too ;) hugs Viv xx

Bobby said...

I thought you were spoofing at first when I saw the foam dots. Removing my foam would have torn the die to bits and pieces - pun intended. ;) I'm glad you salvaged it. This whole post is about NBUS dies and stamps. The playhouse must be getting full.

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

Love the story behind this card Darnell! It is gorgeous

Happy crafting....

June

linda said...

I love how you carried the snowflake from a die cut on the tag to the embossed snowflake background and the pink bow is beautiful!! Thank you so much for playing along with the Rudolph Days Challenge!
Linda
Rudolph Days Challenge DT

Ruth said...

Aww what a great way to remember Bodie in a cute stamp. We said goodbye to Peter the rabbit this week, our next door neighbour's pet. He was buried in the back garden. Our curious 4 year old was desperate to see him in his box, but we advised against! And card making wouldn't be much fun if we didn't do things the wrong way round now and again!
xx

Ne-Ja said...

Hello Darnelll! This is a lovely sympathy card for your friend. The JOY card is so beautiful and the litlle mistake is just one in a million that all crafter's make ;). Sonja told me, that she will visit you and your play house. I'm glad that you like my lace brooch and thank you to stop by at me and leave a lovely comment.

Greetings Jerneja

Di said...

I love both cards Darnell. You reminded me of the down side of having a dog if the time comes for them to go to the Rainbow Bridge.

LOVE your Christmas card and did giggle at the sticky pads being on the wrong side, just the sort of thing I'd do!

Enjoy your break with your sisters!

Hugs

Di xx

nwilliams6 said...

Your posts are always a delight. Love your sympathy card - so full of heart and that image is soooo adorable. Great Christmas card too. The story on your tag had me laughing - I have done so many things like that in the past. So glad you could fix it! Fun, fun, fun. Looks like a wonderful visit with a friend as well. Hugz

Nora N. said...

What lovely cards!! That dog sympathy is so cute. I love his little face!! I cannot believe you actually took the time to take all those dots off like you did!! Kudos to you!! I would have just thrown it away and called it a day. Love the large, pink ribbon with the blue.

So fun that you had company from so far away too!!

lauren bergold said...

such amazingly fun & fab cards! and the "JOY" one is a wonderful addition to our "let it snow" gallery at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

Lisa said...

Your cards are so beautiful!! The puppy is so sweet!! I love the colors!! And the joy tag card is gorgeous!! You have way more patience than me!! I've done the same thing with sticky dots and I just throw it away ;) Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Craftychris said...

The Bassett hound card is fabulous and such a sweet image - and perfect for the occasion. Love the joy card and your mistake made me smile! Well done fixing it. Hugs xxxxxxxxxx

Helen F. said...

Oh what a sweet pet sympathy card! And you made is so very personal for your friend's loss.
Your JOY card is beautiful ~ love the gorgeous pink bow!
So, who out there in CraftLand hasn't made that very same booboo!
Lucky yoj had some Wodka to help ease the pain ;-)

maria f. said...

That dog tho! He's perfect cuz he's not sad! Actually probably begging for another treat. As for the glue dot mishap, no comments from moi. (He who lives in glass house...)

Greta said...

Way behind, but finally getting to your blog. Such a sweet card for your neighbors--perfect way to say you care! So, you're coming my way in December to hand deliver that card?!--hurrah! It's absolutely gorgeous & I'll have to add that die to my wishlist!