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September 20, 2012

CASology #11 ~ White; and Pixie's Snippets

Mornin' Peepers!

This week (#11) at CASology, we are challenged with the cue card word WHITE:


I LOVE white-on-white cards, but I don't usually make them because they never look as pure-and-snowy-white, whipped-cream-white, freshly-made-frosting-white as the cards I see on other blogs.  But I put all that anxiety at the doorstep to the Playhouse and went for it anyway.  It helped me immensely to CASE this stunning card by the extraordinary Loll Thompson.  Loll's card has color, which mine doesn't, but I followed her design layout. 
 
I decided to go really wild and use non-matching embossing folders for the three layers, trying to add interest and texture.  I think it's cool one minute and too chaotic the next, not unusual considering the conflicting personalities up on here in my head. 
 

Thank you, Loll, for the inspiration!
 
I was able to use some snippets for this card, so I'm also linking to Pixie's Crafty Workshop  Challenge 38.  Lots of goofy great fun over there and it's so easy to join us just by using a snippet of paper or ribbon to make your card!
 
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I'm going to get all thoughtful and serious and mushy here for a few minutes.  Today I had the pleasure of having a dear online friend, Redanne, dedicate her blog to me!  Picture me humble and delighted!  Thank you so much for the honor, Annie, you made my day by making a beautiful plaque for your daughter in a style you knew I would like.
 
I find this online stamping community to be so warm, supportive, and nonjudgmental.  There are more woman than men in this community and it's awesome to see women commingle inside monitors without rancor.  Too often, in real life, we women do not support each other's talents, or looks, or styles, or viewpoints.  That's rarely the case with this group.  It's a wonderful "happy place" to escape the petty bickering, the ungrateful whininess, the political bullarky in the news ... all of it so stupid and exhausting.
 
If there is any complaining done in this community, it's about not having enough time in a day to visit each other's fab blogs and leave encouraging comments.  Now don't get me wrong, there are blogs that we might only visit once because we find them way too far afield from what we like, but more often than not, I find stamping bloggers to be a lot like me and Annie.  She follows me and enjoys my blog, even though her style leans toward grunge, and I follow her and enjoy her blog, even though my style leans toward clean and simple.  We can still appreciate each other's talent and recognize Art when we see him!
 
Right, ladies?!  We're good people who are good to each other!  Pat yourself on the back.  The rest of you, too.  I never understood why only Pat was allowed to do that.  Anywiddle, that's my Waffle, and here's my Bottom Line:  Too bad we aren't a model for our world leaders to follow!
 
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Now about this grunge business.  I'm going to have to see how this got started and how it went from being something unsavory on the bottom of a shoe to an art form.  I do like Pink and her new single, Blow Me (a kiss).  Is she grunge?  I'll have to go look it up.  We never stop learning if we take the time to have a cup of coffee with Mrs. Google. 
 
Now in my day, girls and boys, we had to walk, or hop on our bikes, and go to a place called a "library."   . . .
 
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Enjoy your day, both inside and outside your monitor!   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
Cuttlebug EFs: Branches; Dotted
  Swiss;  2011 Heirloom Ornaments
Ribbon:  Mostly Animals sheer white
Pop Dots
 

36 comments:

Kathyk said...

Crafters sure are a friendly bunch aren't they?

LOVE your white on white Darnell - now I'm off to check out your pal's blog too

Kathyk

Carole said...

Like magnets paper passion attracts people that are passionate about paper. Your card is so wonderfully white with excellent embossed layers, so lovely.

shirley-bee said...

Love the white on white and clashing embossing (but it works because you've got two big patterns separated by the neat polka dot pattern. Love it.

I totally agree with you about the blogging community, there are some very nice people in there and it's a very nice place to "be".

Off to Annie's for a nosey.

Karen said...

Oh gosh Dippy, I just love what you have done with this card - it's gorgeous! I've been on a bit of a trip since first landing with you as I just had to see what Annie had produced and then wondered to another blog or ten before I took myself in check and landed back home with you. I so agree with all you've said about the crafting community and their generosity of spirit - if I had 10 more hours in the day I might be able to visit all those blogs I want and leave comments expressing appreciation but heyho we have to go with what we've got eh? Still, on a positive vibe........I love your bottom line! lol

Hugs.

Karen xxx

Kim S said...

Oooh...you were so "wild" with your three embossing folders...you crazy lady!!

Amen to your comments re the cardmaking world we live in. My husband told me that the blog world was my Facebook. I said "absolutely not!". By its very nature, Facebook is a very self-centered place..."I ate at this restaurant...I ran out of Cheerios!!?".

The world of cardmaking blogs is so supportive, kind and caring. It's not just all of the positive comments about a card...but also that people worry about you if you miss a few days and they take time to respond if you share any life concerns. I love this world we live in!!!

Deb said...

This is so beautiful, I love your white on white, the embossing is fabulous as are the layers!
Debxx

Bonnie said...

Amen, Darnell, Amen! And I love your white on white! All the embossing is making me drool! Oh, wait, that's Jack's drool.

Kim said...

Simply Stunning!!! Just love the look of white and white and you did an incredible job of it! Now on to everything else you had to share...I agree with 100% of what you had to say and have made so many wonderful friends in the online stamping community and fee so blessed! I think the world problems would less if all the world leaders would stamp. As for grunge, that is one of my favorite genre of music starting with Nirvana and there are so many more. Enjoy your coffee and Mrs. Google too.

Susan said...

The crafting community is a wonderful place. There are times I start talking about someone (my online friends), and my family looks at me like I'm losing it...they're like...WHO? Then I remember....I don't really "know" them, but I feel like I do...know what I mean?

Love your white on white card...you did good incorporating so many layers...I struggle with that....guess I'm just a CAS girl through and through!

Carol L said...

I love your all-white card, as well as your thoughts. I too believe we could all get along far better if we put religion, politics and diverse opinions on the back burner, and just learn to appreciate one another for simply being of the human race! I've made wonderful friends through blogging and I'm so happy for having had that rewarding experience! Here's to friendships of the very best kind :)

CarolCel said...

I totally enjoy reading your blog. I like that your writing style is like you are thinking out loud!! I also love your cards!

stampwithsandy said...

Such a lovely and elegant card, Darnell. I love the "field of white". I am also in total agreement with you, I love my blogging buddies, they are the best! It is totally a happy place for me. Blog on, Girlfriend!

Ellen said...

Beautiful white on white card! Love the different textures you have created! I agree fabulous supportive community and not enough hours in the day to visit!! I love my blogging pals!! They always make my day!

Tracey McNeely said...

Dranell your card is gorgeous! The shite embossed ornament is so beautiful and I love he tulle ribbon!

Ivanka said...

Love your card with the mix of textures. I find it very serene. Loved your comment about leaving your anxieties at the door of your studio!! Totally agree with your comments about crafters/stampers. It's a wonderful community. And I love your writing style, it draws you in and makes you smile. Thanks for the smile. :)

Loll Thompson said...

Lovely and pure card, Darnell. Those white layers are gorgeous ... the layers of embossing add so much texture and interest.

I agree with you ... I have made wonderful friends through the crafting community. Everyone is so kind and supportive.

Di said...

Totally agree about blogging Darnell - what a super bunch of folk!

Love your white on white, the brave embossing works perfectly! One thing that gets me with my snippets - I think I have 101 shades of white in there :(

Hugs, Di xx

Sue said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell, the layers and embossing are lovely. Sue x

Suze Bain said...

Your card is not chaotic Darnell, it's 'full of interest' and very beautiful it is too - just like all the lovely bloggers out there who have become our friends and supporters. Give yourself a big pat in the back too! xx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Fantastic words in your post and I LOVE your white on white card with all the luscious embossing.

Hugs,
Sarn xxx

Karen said...

Hi Dippy - just a quickie.......thanks for the heads up on my blog about the CASology challenge this week - all done! Also sincere apologies (hehe) for my pussy making your mouse purrrrrrrr!!! lol

Hugs.

Karen xxx

Ardyth said...

Gorgeous white card for CASology - thanks for playing along. And spot on about the crafting community - I love being part of it!

Laurie said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the white on white! So pretty with all that gorgeous embossing!

Rosemary said...

what a fabulous white on white card, darnell!! love all the embossing and layers! thanks so much for playing along with CASology each week!

MaryH said...

Beautiful white, gorgeous...gosh, I'm running out of superlatives! Can I just say I like this card????You done good! TFS (oh yes, enjoyed the read too!)

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, this is my most favourite of your cards - EVER! Love, love, love it, love white on white and love the embossing too. Thank you for the shout out, you are very kind and lots have visited me as a result. Blog world is just the best there is and you are the Angel on the top of the tree.........Crafty hugs, Anne x

baileyrosy.com said...

Your white on white is amazing and your choice of three embossing folders is what makes it so ,no chaos here. How lovely for someone to dedicate their blog to you Darnell what an honour. I agree about the blogging community it has changed my life and living in a foreign country where people do not always understand my humour it has been wonderful to meet here in blog land like minded souls. keep up the fab work woman you certainly make my day !

Marie

~Tammy~ said...

Gorgeous!!!!

scrappymo! said...

Your card is so stunning...fabulous job!

I sure agree with you about what a fab group our bloggers are. Love this bloggy world!

Off the check out Redanne's blog...

Sandy said...

Very pretty - I love white on white too.
Sandy

Amanda said...

Simply stunning and looks whiter thn frosting to me, although now I think I need to eat some frosting lol. Love the layers and how it still remains cas too. I agree this online community is fantastic, I have also met in person a few of my online buddies and they are all as fab in person too. I feel so blessed to have discovered the wonderful wold of logging. Hugs, Amanda x

Bernie said...

Your card is brilliant Darnell. LOVE the white on white and varrious EFs. Mine never looks pure white either but to my eye yours does.
I totally agree with you about the blogging community, fabulous caring people. Couldn't ask for better.
Hugs
Bernie

Jen W. said...

Love all the fun textures on your card and how you used them to break up th slayers. So cool! Thanks for playing along at CAsology this week!

And I'm in total agreement with you. I love the supportiveness of our crafty community. It really is a special place. :)

Maureen said...

Really beautiful and elegant - great white card!!

Kelly Griglione said...

Wholeheartedly agree with you Darnell, this is one fantastic community! So glad you're a part of it : ) Love your fresh card too with all the layers!

Jean said...

Love the all white card ~ I think the three embossing folders totally work and love the ornament. Perhaps we bloggers should run the world, it would be a much better place!