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September 26, 2012

WOYWW 173 ~ For Annie

Hi Gang!
 
We're WOYWWing here again, being Wednesday.  This will be quick, for me, because it's quite late and I'm having to type very quietly so's not to wake up Mister.  It slows me down.
 
Last Thursday my friend Annie, known to most of you as Redanne, dedicated her blog to me and it was a huge honor!  I'm returning the favor today and in doing so, I'm also sending her all the best wishes in the WOYWWing World because she's been run over by a truck.  Not literally, I mean, figuratively, in a manner of speaking.
 
I tend to favor clean and simple cards and crafting, less is more, one layer, that type of thing.  But I colored outside the lines for Annie and got down and dirty.  I dropped some blotches of ink on a piece of glossy cardstock, then some drops of blender, then I rolled the drops around and felt a little like I did in the 60s, man, like dude, man, look at it, man, then I smooched it all together with a rag, then I dumped clear embossing powder on it and shot it with my heat gun, and that was so fun, I did it again with purple embossing powder, and then I cut the sheet into two tags and put this and that and the other little thing on them.
 
Here is a quick photo journey of my journey, man.
 
 

 



I'm pretty sure this isn't grunge, even though my desk got pretty grungy in the process. I think grunge is just not in my wheelhouse, outhouse, or Playhouse, so I will leave that to other talented artists.  However, I can see where the Layerers get addicted.  I had trouble stopping myself from adding another one of these and another one of those, once I got started!
 
So Annie, this is for you! I hope you like what I made when I got all "inky" for you.  I expecially hope that you feel better soon!!
 
Enjoy the WOYWW tour at Julia's What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday! ~ or your day, whatever you're doing!  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!
 

40 comments:

Redanne said...

Oh Darnell, thank you so much! I love both tags, they are gorgeous and you have added butterflies and dragonflies too - wow! You are a very kind and generous friend and I thank you very much.

And I bet you had so much fun you will try it again........it is so much fun getting inky...Happy WOYWW, Anne x #65

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Happy WOYWW. Beautiful tags. Love the colours. I like to get inky sometimes, but really into digital crafting at the moment. Ali x #62

CraftygasheadZo said...

Such fab tags, looks great! Take care Zo xx 73

Helen said...

You got inky with very pretty results Darnell - I am with you...... you can get messy without having a grungy result. Love the yummy purple backgrounds you achieved and the tags look fab. Well done to Anne for shoving you out of your comfort zone!!! WOYWW Hugs from Helen 82

Kim S said...

Amazingly, it all worked! Not at all amazing that YOU made it work...but I know if I dropped some ink and then rolled and smooched and embossed - I would get a muddy puddle of goo - on my paper, on me and on my desk!!

The-crafty-corner said...

Wow !! I love these ! I must admit for a moment there i was wondering what on earth you were going to create -tee hee !! you should get down more often "man" these are just fabby !! :) x

Ardyth said...

I admit I had to look twice - I couldn't believe that was on your workdesk! But what stunning results! It takes a lot of faith to indulge in those messy techniques, I think - you never know what you're going to end up with - but wow, these are amazing!

Sandy said...

Looks like you got inky and had lots of fun.. Always a bit of fun to go out of the comfort zone of what we like to do.. What an amazing result you had too, fabulous tags my favourites butterlies dragonflies and mauve color too.. Sandy :) #104

Darla said...

I love them! Good thoughts for Annie!! #109

sandee said...

Considering how well your inky play turned out ( as the tags are gorgeous ), I can expect you to be trying this technique out again! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Eliza said...

wow that is so clever and turned out so well I am sure Annie will love it IRL. I think they are both really beautiful.


Eliza

Bernie said...

WOW OH WOW these are amazing Darnell. LOVE the colors and of course the butterflies and dragonflies. Wishing Annie well.
Hug
Bernie

shirley-bee said...

These are beautiful, Darnell, clever you. Careful, you might get hooked on getting messy!

butlersabroad said...

You had me worried there for a moment, I thought something had happened t Annie!! Love the tripped out tags, amazing what that grungy looking mess turned into! That stash has cheered me up no end but I won't be able to get in to my room until after the weekend.

Hugs
Brenda 1

butlersabroad said...

You had me worried there for a moment, I thought something had happened t Annie!! Love the tripped out tags, amazing what that grungy looking mess turned into! That stash has cheered me up no end but I won't be able to get in to my room until after the weekend.

Hugs
Brenda 1

Sandy Leigh said...

Oh how I love purple. Those tags are beautiful!! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh at #11

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh, Darnell - those tags are utterly, completely, amazingly GORGEOUS!! I love 'em - the layers, the purple, the insects..fabulous :) What a fab thing to send Anne - they can't have failed to cheer her up!
Hugs, LLJ #59 xx

Deb said...

wow, they are both beautiful, so love your background, I am inspired to have a play now! It is always good to try something new, I am always looking for new ideas!
Debxx

Karen B. said...

I think it is a sign of creativity! Wow, those tags are so beautiful! Purple is an intimidating color for me to work with so seeing other people make such wonderful projects with the combo really inspires me, thank you!

Brenda Brown said...

Your tags are fabulous, those colours are stunning and definitely grungy in a modern way. Anne deserves the mention.
Thanks for sharing your workspace.
Happy WOYWW and have a creative end to the week.
hugs {brenda} xox

Karen said...

I know this so isn't your style Dippy - but wow you've certainly got into the groove man! These tags are gorgeous and Anne has already shown her appreciation and now it's our turn. Thanks for msking uour desk dirty/grungy - it was well worth it!

Hugs.

Karen xxx

MiniOwner said...

Oh what beautiful tags! I've enjoyed visiting your desk, thank you for dropping by mine.
Sue x (MiniOwner #72)

Vicky Hayes said...

My goodness Darnell, you are astonishing! And your tags are pretty astonishing too - especially that butterfly one. Why did you stop speaking like you did in the sixties? It sounds fun - in fact I might speak like that tomorrow and see if anyone notices. Like er man. Vicky x

Carol L said...

Whoa! These tags are incredible - just STUNNING! One of these days I've gotta get inky and create something like this! They're beautiful!

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous...I think you have found a new crafty talent!!! teehee
Thanks for the kind words...I hope I can at least leave comment soon.
I was too busy cleaning and organizing to have created ahead for scheduled posts during my absence!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell ! WOW I'm glad I'm stopped in to see what's on your desk today ! I LOVE your gorgeous tags. As you know I love colour, lots of it along with decoupage etc. I also think that clean & simple could be addicting, I enjoy the elegance & challenge (which you are so good at!) You are also talented when taking a 'walk on the wild side' :) Thanks for the surprise ! Shirleyx

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell both of your tags are so gorgeous! Love the purples.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the pretty purple tags! I love the grunge look myself but don't ask to make any of it. I'll just admire. I like what you've done in the pursuit of grunge. Layers can be addicting, so what out! Although I know several women who say once you think you are done--add one more thing. EEK!

Amanda said...

Gorgeous tags, being a clean and simple kinda gal myself I struggled with inking for quite a while but now am getting to really enjoy it, hope you do too. Hugs, Amanda x

kingstonmama said...

Oh my. These are absolutely beautiful. Love them both! ann Y.

May said...

WOW,WOW,WOW, Two Gorgeous tags... I adore that Dragonfly.. is he a stamp?
Beautiful work and who better to make them for than the lovely Anne.. Hugs May x x x#52

RosC said...

Hi Darnell,
these are lovely tags. One says 'Beautiful' and that's just the word. I looked and looked at them. Clever you and lucky Anne.
I'm not particularly good at the smooching either but it does work when I do it - oh me of little faith!
Thanks for sharing your process which is what makes WOYWW so different and interesting.
Warm wishes,
Ros. #31

lisa said...

What a great post and I love the fact that you stepped out your comfort zone for a fellow crafter. Those tags are stunning, Annie is a lucky lady, although you worried me when I read your post header, I thought something had happened to her!!!!
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #80

Morti said...

The second tag tells it like it is - beautiful! There's something very satisfying about creating your own background paper, and you've come up trumps with that one. The tags are G-orgeous...

Thanks for stopping by!

Allisa said...

Your tags turned out fabulous! Love them!

Bonnie said...

WOW! These are gorgeous, Darnell! Check over at SCS. I think they might be doing tags today.

Marybeth said...

OH my gosh these tags are gorgeous! Look like a lot of work.

Jean said...

They are GORGEOUS! Love the dragonfly and butterfly accents, and purple is my favorite color (although you would never know it from the colors I choose for my cards).

Carole said...

Wow they are all that and more. I have become "acostumed" to your wonderful cards but boy when you step out....you're over the top.
Oh so pretty. I could find a spot in my space... within my vision to hang one of them, to delight myself every time I look at it.

Meadie said...

I love your tags Darnell - I think they are both stunning:) Hugs x x