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July 27, 2012

Clean And Simple Cards. CASology #3 ~ Fruit; and One Layer Wednesday #98 ~ Summer!

And back around again to Friday!

I love me some CAS cards and really enjoy that now I have two wonderful challenges to play in featuring clean and simple cards.  This week, it so happens, I could join the two and make one card to fit each. 

First, we have the creative CASology challenge where this week the DT has this inspirational cue word:


And, secondly, Cheryl is hosting this week's One Layer Wednesday (OLW) challenge where the inspiration is to make a one-layer card with a summer theme!

I made a one-layer card of blackberries, mmm, or maybe purplish raspberries, up to you.  Raspberries used to grow wild along the east property line at Grandpa's during the early part of summer.  Uncle Shike, who lived with Grandpa, would pay us with a pack of Black Jack gum if we picked a whole bowl.  That was very hard to do, even as much as we loved that gum, because our little hands would not stop popping the berries in our mouths instead of our bowls!


I used my Versamark embossing pen for the first time, that I can remember, even though I've had it for years.  I first embossed the leaves and then the fruit.  And then I did the fruit again with a glitter embossing powder.  The image part of the card, I have to say, I am really happy with.

You just concentrate on that and not on the scoring.  Dang.  Notice how I hid the card in the flowers?  I shall be practicing my scoring and planning better so that the next time I want to score, especially score a frame or multi-layer frame like some people (Bonnie!) are able to do, I will do the scoring first.  That way if the score tool pops out of its groove and goes awe rye, I don't have a panic attack and keep making more lines and then more lines and then stop cold in a flop sweat because I don't want to completely ruin what is otherwise a really nice card, punctuating the whole scene with a naughty word, even if the Playhouse windows are wide open, I don't care.  Phew!  Lean on back, can you feel it?  That was a close one.

But it's all good.  It's all good.  The focal pocus of the card is what matters.

Enjoy your day!  Have a wonderful weekend if I don't see you around!  As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!


Paper:  PTI white
Stamps:  Image and sentiment
  are both SU, unknown sets
Ink:  Versamark pen; Marvy markers;
  Gelly Roll markers: #522, #530
Embossing Powders:  Embossing
  Arts Co. very violet; SU olive; and
  Creations Unlimited, fairy magic

25 comments:

Kara Lynne said...

Those are gorgeous berries! You added so much depth to them with your embossing. The card looks beautiful in your flowers, no matter what the reason!

Carole said...

Fantastic flowers displaying a lovely card.
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Victoria said...

Fruity!! I'm sure there'll be no stopping you now with your VersaMarker.. I love mine to bits and it's really handy to help layer stamps more. Have fun scoring!

Gillian said...

Lovely card. Your embossing looks great.

onecraftymama said...

Bahaha! We craft the same way :) lol
I love the embossing, especially the glittery berries. Gorgeous :)

Bonnie said...

My stylus keeps jumping the track too, Darnell! I'm getting good at smoothing it down from the other side with a bone folder. And hiding the boo boos with a handy dandy editing tool! Have a great weekend.

scrappymo! said...

Ohhh, I have one of those pens and have never used it.
I love blogging...you learn and remember so much...teheehee
Stunning card.

Bonnie said...

Oh, and thanks for the shout out. I was too busy trying to remember if I had any chocolate kisses stashed anywhere.

Ardyth said...

As always, I'm smiling by the end of your post. I so identify. Wait til you see my card tomorrow. It's so simple that you'll have no idea that it took 12 tries to get it right. Well, actually, I guess you will have an idea, since I just told you. I hate it when things go awe rye (and I love that you're improving my vocabulary!)

Your card is beautiful - I love the sparkle on the berries. I also have a versamark pen - I've used it maybe 3 times - thank goodness they never seem to dry out (although now that I've said that out loud...)

Thanks so much for joining us again at CASology!

stampwithsandy said...

What beautiful berries, and I love how you photograph your cards in your garden. And don't feel bad, my scoring goes "awe rye" sometimes, too!

Redanne said...

Those berries look wonderful, you should use that embossing pen more! Love the colour and the composition of your card too. A x

Melissa said...

Wow! Look at those berries...so lifelike! As for the scoring, I'd have never noticed. :) Glad I'm not the only one that has those moments...
So glad to see you at CASology again this week! Thanks for all the laughs! :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell I am in love with your sparkly fruit. Those berries are so lovely. Thank you for joining us at CASology this week.

shirley-bee said...

Love those sparkly berries, and the sentiment. I also love my Versamark pen. Wouldn't be without it. Not used it yet...

Berni Cuttino said...

Fabulous, ready for some dessert. Thanks for the sweet luv. Hugs

Meadie said...

I love your card with the sparkly fruit - it looks fab, hugs x x

Carol L said...

You photographed your card beautifully in those fabulous flowers! Wow! What gorgeous color! I like how you scored your card in spite of the mishaps. Keep at it :)

Kim said...

So beautiful! Your sweet berries look so real on your amazing card. Your scoring is so perfect too!

Rosemary said...

you are so funny, darnell!! your blackberries look absolutely good enough to eat and your card is wonderful... so glad you are playing along with CASology this week!!

Rosemary said...

you are so funny, darnell!! your blackberries look absolutely good enough to eat and your card is wonderful... so glad you are playing along with CASology this week!!

scrappymo! said...

Thanks for the kind comments about DH. He is getting better but sometimes gets frustrated that it is taking so long to get his old routines back.
I found those sunrays easily cuz I have the 3 drawer units from Michaels...each drawer is a theme that matches the themes for my PP. That sun was in the drawer named Water. I know you are probably thinking but a sun isn't water...but everything that has to do with boating, swimming, pools, lakes, etc go in that drawer...so you wouldn't be in the pool if the sun wasn't shining so there are sunrays and suns in that drawer. bwahahahaha Good thing my filing only needs to work for me!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Berries = the perfect summer card~ :)

Deanna said...

Fabulous Card! Those berries look scrumptious! Cool idea to emboss them.You have inspired me to try my versa mark pen. Thank You for your lovely comment Have an awesome weekend~hugs Deanna

Jean said...

I love the sweet sentiment and the absolutely yummy looking fruit (whatever the final decision is)!

Cheryl said...

Darnell, Your raspberries look yummy! And such a pretty picture in the flowers.