A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

April 5, 2012

Make It Monday #60 and Hero Arts April "Sunshine & Showers" Contest

Happy Thursday!

I thought the Hero Arts April contest said "Sunshine & Flowers."  I think my pea brain is used to those two words together.  If I'd paid attention, I'd have made a rainbow card 'cause that's what happens when you stir sunshine with showers!  My card contains sunshine, so I'm still going to link it. 

I'm also going to link it with Nichole Heady's PTI Capture The Moment Make It Monday #60, which theme is "Generational Stamping."  I learned that technique at a Stampin' Up! workshop, only they called it "stamping off."  When I saw the headline "generational stamping," I wondered if I had a stamp that depicted a baby, a mommy, a gramma, and a great-granny.  Then I saw the video and I was relieved about that.  Actually "stamping off" is a little bit confusing, too.  I thought that was something you did when you didn't get your own way.  (BTW, I can't think of a better name than either one of those two, so I'm not criticizing, just conversing.)

Here is the banner for the April Hero Arts contest:

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This month you have so many options there is no excuse not to enter the contest!  You must use one Hero Arts product.  I won't repeat all the other information as it's quite lengthy and I have to save room to ramble.  Click on the link above for all the details.

The Make It Monday challenge blog contains a video explaining the technique to be used, so click the link to check it out.  You must use one PTI product. 

After all that ado, here's my card:


I have another first in my yard this spring, which was my personal inspiration photo for my card:


Mother Nature may be producing odd-ball weather everywhere this year, but she sure is producing beautiful flowers as well!

And I also noticed bees around the Meyer Lemon tree I showed you a few days ago.  What a relief!  All the beautiful blossoms need the bees and it's so great to see them buzzing around the blooms! 


Finally, since he will be going back home in a few days, I couldn't resist one more picture of the grand-Duke.  He came and laid down practically on top of me while I was trying to photograph my card. 


I came in to post, but he stayed outside in the sunshine on the deck doing his award-winning interpretation of a dead dog.

It is my great pleasure to welcome two new followers!  Say hello to Kim and Karen, both of whom have wonderful blogs for your inspiration!

Please enjoy ~ and, as always, thank you for stopping by!   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave me a comment!
Paper:  PTI white; SU Daffadil Delight; Bazzill
Stamps:  Hero Arts "Long Irises" (F682);
  Papertrey Ink "Birthday Bash Sentiments"
Ink:  Marvy pad and markers
Cuttlebug and Nesties circles
Pop-Dots

8 comments:

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, your card is beautiful and the flower pictures are stunning - love the bee! The dog is pretty cute too.

PatQ's Cards said...

Hi Darnell,
Love your card--it's beautiful. I am jealous beyond belief of your play house. What a fun place you have to get crafty.

kingstonmama said...

Gorgeous card and gorgeous iris. I love the cut-out with the yellow behind it. Very fun. Ann Y.

Jen W. said...

Your card is stunning! I love the circle cut-out for the sun and your stamping off (snickering as I picture a temper tantrum!) is gorgeous. :)
Duke is gorgeous too! What kind of dog is he? My Jem likes to play dead in the sun too. He comes in hot to the touch!

Sheree said...

Gorgeous Darnell! I love the iris as well and have a few different kinds in my gardens! I onkly wish the blooms lasted longer!
You have captured the colours of the iris and I love your design as well!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend and thanks for your lovely comment on my blog and... by the way I am soooo jealous of your playhouse!
Hugs,
Sheree

Lesley said...

What a pretty card Darnell! I love stamping off technique and always forget to use it! Thanks for the inspiration and for stopping by my blog.
Smiles,
Lesley

Craftychris said...

Such a pretty card, lovely flower photo's and a very gorgeous grand Duke xx

Ardyth said...

LOVE those irises! And how you cut out the sun! Enjoy the weekend!