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!

January 30, 2013

Clean & Simple Card Making 2 ~ Homework Day 3

I'm doing a Post Drip today.

I'm no longer in detention at school.  I caught up on my homework.  Yahoo!
 
One time when I was prolly about ten years old, I reached across the space between desks for something on someone else's desk that wasn't mine, and I tipped my desk over.  Instead of sending me to the Principal's office, the teacher made me go sit in the Kindergarten class with the five-year-olds. 
 
It was all I could do to squeeze into the little baby desk.  I can still feel my cheeks burning when I remember all those innocent round-eyed faces staring at me in disbelief.  Actually, I'm the one that was staring in disbelief, they were staring in amusement!  It was such a genius punishment because it was extremely effective.  I'll bet you have a similar grade-school experience to share, hmmm?  No?  Oh.
 
The fun thing about taking an online card class is that it is self-paced.  I'm only kidding about being in detention.  It's just easier to keep up and do "funwork" the same day.  I have a better chance of remembering it if I stay on pace.
 
So without further achoo, here is my card with an off-set opening:
 
 
Today's class videos were again excellent!  Thank you, ladies!  I chose to CASE Jennifer McQuire's technique on gradient stamping.  I didn't have the best possible stamp for the technique, but I enjoyed employing it with what I had.  It's brilliant for making a few inks look like more!
 
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Today I'm thrilled to introduce you to Colleen from One Smile Lifts A Spirit!  Isn't that a wonderful banner name?  I like the entire phrase on her banner, which I'll share here:

One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!
 True that!  Thank you, Colleen, and welcome!

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I hope you've been seriously enjoying your day!  See you tomorrow!
 
LITS!

 
Paper:  PTI Hawaiian Shores, white;
  SU! Certainly Celery
Stamps:  Unmarked clouds;
  sentiment: JRL Design Co. T122
Inks:  SU! certainly celery, Bermuda
  bay; PTI hawaiian shores
  Imprintz white embossing powder
Die:  Lil Inker Bow
Punches: EK Success little heart;
  Corner Chomper
 

39 comments:

Carol L said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this card!! Love the colors, clouds, cool fold and sentiment! Awesome!!!

Colleen said...

OMG...what a surprise to see my NAME and the link to my blog...you are so SWEET! Thank you for sharing that and I am glad that you like my banner name! I noticed you posted just after my card...I love your clouds...how clever...I am struggling finding something that will work with the gradient theme!
Good job on the cards...isn't the class FUN?!

Happy Dance said...

This is cute as all get out! Love the bright colors, the clouds, sentiment, bow...well, ok, everything! Nicely, nicely. Bev : )

Rosemary said...

cute and clever card, darnell... love the little bow!

Bobby said...

I love this offset style. I've saved a card I received with this style for years, thinking I'd CASE it. Now I'll definitely have to do it.

Ardyth said...

I LOVE this - the use of the colours and still all that white space - gorgeous, modern and clean! Great job on your homework, you can go sit with the 'big' kids!

Barb Ghig said...

This is so pretty! I love how you made it your 'own', and the colors look beautiful! LOVE your bow, too!

Michelle said...

Beautiful card! Darnell, I think making you sit with the 5 year olds was a bit mean! When I was 10, I had just moved from a school where it was okay to enter a classroom at lunchtime to grab a pencil or piece of paper from your desk. I did just this in my new school and ended up sitting OUTSIDE the classroom when everyone else went inside. I still think it was harsh punishment when a few quiet words would have worked just as well. :-(

Kristie Goulet said...

Love this Darnell!! The bow is perfect!!

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...sorry to hear you had detention, I imagine that if I get any more demerits I may have to serve detention too. Your card is amazing and I just love your creativity with those clouds, so clever. Be on time tomorrow...

Lisa Lara said...

So awesome Darnell. Love how you did your sentiment.

Joyce said...

What a funny story. Your cloud gradients are just perfect. What a fun stamp to use for this technique. Isn't it great to be a grown up now, and only do the homework we want to do. Of course, there is always house work, but that can always wait.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

What a story about school days.
Lovely card-love the clouds, bow and sentiment is gorgeous.
Have a nice day,
Hugs Tamara

Loly Borda-Towery said...

I love your card Darnell, and it's always a joy to visit your blog, so inspirational. I love your friend's Colleen banner too. I haven't done any card from the class yet... I do need some time to do my 'fun-work'.
Hugs

Angel said...

What a lovely card! I just love every detail, and the sentiment along the side is precious. Thank you for sharing your story and your creative inspiration,

Harriet Skelly said...

Well I think I need to sit in the Kindergarten room as I am two days behind in the homework! I absolutely love your take on today's technique and can't wait to try it myself - I have caught up on all of the videos - just not the homework! Anyway, love your card!

Jean said...

Love your clouds and the bright colors you chose ~ fantastic card! Looks like you are taking a great class. What a mean teacher, I think that punishment was way out of line.

The-crafty-corner said...

Gorgeous card Darnell-such lovely colours.Glad you are enjoying your online class-what a fabby idea ! Ah,that was a very memorable event from your childhood,oh you must have been mortified-thank heavens no one can put us on the naughty step(chair)now we are all grown up tee hee !! Hugs,Nessa xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is fabulous Darnell, the design is really effective and I love the subtle changes in the colours.
I love Colleen phrase on her blog banner, so true.
sue xx

karen m said...

I love your gorgeous card Darnell! I am really enjoying the class too - just haven't had time to try the new ideas yet. I love your take on jennifer's card and it looks so fun to make - hugs xx

Brandi said...

Gorgeous color combo and I just love that sentiment!

Sue - said...

Love the clouds! These classes sound like fun.Will have to check them out when I get home.

Kim S said...

I am so glad you did your homework...this is truly beautiful!!

Jessi Fogan said...

I so relate to your school story! I was sent to sit in the hallway in 7th grade - and didn't EVERY SINGLE TEACHER I EVER HAD have to walk by, and the principal...all in amazement that my honour roll self was plunked down in the hallway. I don't even remember why, but I remember being horrified at the public shaming.
Off-set opening? Love the sentiment tucked on the inside that way :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful, vibrant card Darnell. LOVE the bow! The off-set opening (glad you gave it a name) is awesome. The biggest challenge for me would be getting the words on straight! Have a great day and don't fall of your chair. What a punishment that was? I re-call having to stand in the corner, that was humiliating as well. Cheers, Shirleyx

sherercrew said...

I love the way the front ends short on the right side so the sentiment is still there when the card is opened. Great use of the bow and love the faux stitching! Lovely!

shirley-bee said...

Wow, another great card, Darnell! Those graduated colours are so pleasing to the eye, very calming.

Emily Keaton said...

Your homework is super pretty, Darnell! I love the design and your gradient colors look fabulous :-)

Allisa said...

Love the offset design! Back in my day, they actually still did "paddling" and if you happened to be in shop class, you got the privilege of making your very own paddle, complete with holes. Fairly certain they label this as child abuse now days!

Viv said...

Gorgeous gorgeous card Darnell, love that pretty bow too :) Viv xx

Karen B said...

Love, love, love this card Dippy. Love the gradated colours and that sentiment is perfect. You are definitely persuading me to take this class - I hopped onto another blog last night who was also doing the class. Really impressed with what you've achieved.

Hugs.

Karen xxx

trisha too said...

Darnell, your CAS cards are wonderful!!!

:)

Samantha Elliott said...

Vewy pwetty card there Darnell! Glad they are not the big black clouds we seem to be seeing soooo much of now!
xx

KayM said...

OH my goodness! Wasn't tipping your desk over enough punishment without having to send you to the kindergarten class! I'll bet you never reached across the aisle again! I have stories I could tell too :) Anyway, LOVE your card! The gradient clouds is fabulous and love the sentiment on the side like that! So cute! Still trying to talk hubby into my own playhouse! haha!

Bonnie said...

I love these colors together! To think, when I was a kid, blue and green together were a no no! Look what they were missing! I especially love that skinny sentiment. Just perfect for that space!

Tracey McNeely said...

Ms. Darnell this is gorgeous, I love those colours. Great job--A+

Carole said...

A lovely story to look back on and a fabulous card! It's funny remembering stories from our childhood that shaped us into the adults we became. C x

Deborah Frings said...

This is beautiful. I love the colours and great sentiment too.

I've only just found this on-line class - so I'm very far behind on the homework :)

JD said...

What a great card! Great colors that you used!