Monday, July 7, 2014

I'm Late to the Party (As Usual!)

Imagine my horror when I sat down yesterday and caught up on almost a week's worth of blogs to discover that the wonderful Darnell had a birthday.  This is compounded by the fact that Darnell had personally asked me for my birth date and had actually sent a card.  She's like that.  Besides running a popular and side-splittingly funny blog, she always gives warm welcomes to any new followers and she remembers birthdays! She is not someone whose birthday I should have missed.

Darnell is also the creator of the acronym NBUS - Never-Before-Used Schtuff.  She makes a public effort to use all of those supplies that are purchased and then often put away without ever being used and challenges us to do the same. She recently held a NBUS challenge on her blog and wrapped it up by proclaiming that after commenting on and being inspired by the 281 entries, she has lots of new NBUS stuff in her own personal pile (now named Mt. NBUS!).  Of course, I had to raid my NBUS stash for her card.

Happy Belated Birthday Darnell!

Birthday Shaker Tag

The NBUS on this card is just the tag die and the hint of zig-zag border die.  Both are the first two dies created by Pretty Pink Posh.  The tag is nice with its stitching and the center "window" is a second die so you could cut a solid tag too.  (The sequins and ribbon are also from Pretty Pink Posh.  The die and sentiment are from Simon Says. The sun and cloud are Lil' Inkers.)

I ended up making two birthday cards because I wanted to show you that those center rectangles are a die on its own and cute little stitched rectangles!

Birthday Squares

So the little rectangles are from the Pretty Pink Posh tag.  The sentiment is from Simon Says.  The bigger dies are Mama Elephant.)

I made the first shaker card because of the Simon Says Shake It challenge.

The layout on the second card comes from Iwona's current Sketchbook Saturday.


Happy Belated Birthday Darnell!!! 

15 comments:

Marjolein said...

I can sooo relate to your story! I'm really no good in remembering birthdays or other special occasions/ days. :-(
Well as for your cards, just love the shakercard/ tag, great find and extra festive!
And your second card,Love the sketch and enamel dots.
the stitched shapes and frame, wow, your big frame is gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing and inspiring ( as always! )
Bye,

Marjolein

Marjolein said...
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Marjolein said...

I can sooo relate to your story! I'm really no good in remembering birthdays or other special occasions/ days. :-(
Well as for your cards, just love the shakercard/ tag, great find and extra festive!
And your second card,Love the sketch and enamel dots.
the stitched shapes and frame, wow, your big frame is gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing and inspiring ( as always! )
Bye,

Marjolein

Lisa said...

A perfectly fabulous pair of cards Kim! Darnell will love the shaker, such a cute window scene!

snappy scrappy said...

So super cute!!! LOVE IT!

Jingle said...

These are great! Way to use up those rectangles for another awesome card! I super love your little window scene! Thanks so much for playing along with the Shake It! Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thank you, Kims! I love having one of those first-of-the-month birthdays that people are blindsided by when they turn over the calendar (and other people with early-in-the-month birthdays always blindside me, too!) because that way my birthday just goes on and on! This blog party that Ardyth set up for two whole weeks is a great way to extend o' the good times, too!

BOTH of these birthday cards are, as always, sensational! You've showcased the PP dies magnificently with that window tag/shaker card complete with a full scene through the window! Hello! That must have taken a very long time to make. I can't stop staring at all the details! Even so, I love the simple kraft card with the sweet rectangles, too!

Thank you for joining the party and for your sweet compliments in your dedicated birthday post! Mwah!! Darnell

Heather said...

Both fabulous cards Kim, I just loved your 'window' tab - a great design and colour scheme. The elements and sequins full of the shaker are stunning!!

Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,
hugs
Heather xx

Nora N. said...

How adorable!! I love both the cards. The shaker one is so cute with that window cut out of the tag.

I LOVE the fun layering and how you used the squares on the second card. I could see me making a ton of these and putting them away. Beautiful designs!!

Deepti said...

More beauty and perfection!

Anita in France said...

Wow, such a delicious shaker card, Kim ... love all the special NBUS detailing for Darnell! What a fun squares card ... the movement of those graphic shapes is fab! Anita :)

Happy Dance said...

I'm really late, Kim!! Won't even offer an excuse, but sooooo glad you could link up TWO fantastic cards. That shaker is amazing...I've been eyeing that die for a bit now, too. Thanks so much for partying along with us as we celebrated Darnell, it wouldn't have been a party without you! Bev

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

WOW Kim, they're both AMAZEBALLS!!! Holy die-cutting goodness!

cm said...

Your being late to Darnell's party is fine - because look how late I am in commenting on your fabulous cards! Yeesh on my part! Your card for Darnell: gorgeous! Your second card: amazing! I'm smitten with Paulina's tag die...and after seeing the magic you've worked with it, I'm feeling a nudge. Must. exercise. restraint...maybe.
~c

andreawalford said...

I just wanted to let you know that we loved your project and we gave it a shout out on the Paper Crafter's Library Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/papercrafterslibrary