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 25, 2013

PTI January 2013 Blog Hop Challenge; Retrosketches #47

And we're back around to Friday.  Whoosh!
Nichole Heady's {capture the moment} January PTI blog hop challenge for today is to use PTI true black (or smokey shadow) as a background or card base. I chose to make a card using true black card stock while wearing smokey shadow on my eyes. I think that counts double.
To make my black background card, I used sketch #47 at Retrosketches, which is is based on a card designed by the sensational card artist, Jen Mitchell.
My take on the challenge, using PTI's Harvest Berries stamp:

The sentiment looks like it might also be from PTI, but I'm not sure.  As so often happens, I chose my image and my sentiment chooses me.  Sometimes it's the other way around.  Does that happen to you?  In this case, I ended up loving how the berry stem appears to flow right through the "r" in "here."

I think you can see in the picture that I embossed the sentiment onto the card base, then embossed the berries on a separate sheet of card stock, cut it and trimmed it to line up above and below the sentiment (an introverted band) to reflect the sketch.  I don't make a lot of black cards, but I love the true black with the white embossing powder, so I'll be creating with this idea again.

Black does seem to be trending in cards.  That may or may not be true, I just always wanted to write a sentence like that.  What IS true is that there are a lot of cards being made with the "blackboard" technique, which makes your card front really look like a blackboard!  Well it might make YOUR card look that way.  I tried the technique, but I discovered it just wasn't for me.  What happened was, I kept getting carried away 'erasing' and before I knew it, I had removed my entire focus pocus.   Wouldn't it be funny if I submitted a card like that to a challenge with the front of it looking simply like an erased blackboard?   Like the janitor came in and erased my picture when I stepped out to go to the bathroom?
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I'm so delighted to have you all meet our latest new friend!  Her name is Viv and her blog is Daizy-Mae's Crafty Blog!  Viv is talented in card and  jewelry making and like a lot of us, enjoys "all things crafty!"  Welcome to the Playhouse, Viv, where you can get as cray-cray crafty as your heart desires!!
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Have a contented weekend, pups, wherever you are, hot or cold, in or out, up or down, far and wide, dru -- okay, okay.  It's supposed to be a rainy weekend here, so I'll be happily crafting Valentine cards.  And hopefully seeing the twins.

Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy your day.  LITS!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Playhouse.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower!




Paper:  PTI true black
Stamps:  PTI Harvest Berries;
  unknown sentiment
Ink:  Imprintz white EP
Bling:  from stash

70 comments:

Emily Keaton said...

Darnell, this card is 100% stunning!! Everything worked out perfectly here, and I love how the R flows with the stem, too. Gorgeous!

Kelly Griglione said...

Oh YAY, I'm right next-door to you in the blog hop!!! Wish that were the case IRL : ) Darnell, you're card looks so great! I totally picked up on the line of the branch going right through the italicized "here" before you told me. Such great design, I love it!!

Marybeth said...

Stunning Darnell!!!!! Oh how I love your very elegant card in black and white. You nailed this blog hop! ( what ever that means …. lol)

Di said...

Totally brilliant Darnell! Oh I do love to read your posts - they always make me smile :)) Hugs, Di xx

Kristie Goulet said...

Your card is stunning Darnell!! I am so happy I found you, love reading your posts. :)

shirley-bee said...

I love black cards, and this one is stunning! Very clever alignment of the stem and the "r". And the red berries really pop. Fabulous!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Stunning!!!!
Super work,
Hugs Tamara

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I lurve this card...white on black is seriously fab and the pop of red just sets it off. I also love the way one stem stops, carries on throught the r and then starts again. Very satisfying ;)
LLJ xx

Elena said...

wow, what an elegant card - those harvest berries emboss so beautifully!

Leigh said...

This is so beautiful, Darnell-- I love it! So elegant and lovely!

andrea smith. said...

yes, this is definitely a gorgeous card! i love that added bit of bling with the red berries...a stunner, for sure!

Redanne said...

Gorgeous, wonderful, beautiful card Darnell using my favourite leaf of all time - the ginkgo! I love it in white on the black background especially. Sadly my ginkgo tree died last year after 30 years of nurturing....... thanks for the smiles. Hugs, Annie x

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Gorgeous!!!!!! LOVE this PTI stamp! I have it out on my desk to use it next!!

Really love the added gems too!!

Thanks for your blog visit :)

Irene said...

Absolutely brilliant and gorgeous Darnell.
luv
irene
xxxx

Marlena M. said...

This is amazing....so light and airy!

stampwithsandy said...

Darnell this is perfect and amazing! LOVE the white embossed on black, and your take on the sketch couldn't have been better.

Allisa said...

Stunning card! You rocked both challenges!

Laurie said...

OH my! This is amazing!! Glad you playing along with us at Retro Sketches!

Harriet Skelly said...

Darnell this is gorgeous - it just pops out from all of the entries on Nicole's blog - definitely my favorite entry - and I'm not just saying that! I hope it is okay to case this!

Kristen said...

Stunning!

Chris D. said...

This. Is. STUNNING! Your card is so beautiful! TFS!

Karen said...

Simply STUNNING!!!

Amy V. said...
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Amy V. said...

What a striking work of art! This whole card just flows with beauty!

Tracey McNeely said...

Hey lady Harvest Berries embossed in white is to stunning and I am sure that you perfectly placed the stem so it would flow with the r. LOVE LOVE LOVE this Darnell!

Cassandra said...

This is just beautiful Darnell. One of my favourite stamp sets used so cleanly. Definitely file this idea away.

Carole said...

Yes it's all been said...stunning, absolutely sensational. Love it:)

Michelle said...

Darnell, this card took my breath away! It's stunning! Wow!

Rhonda said...

A beautiful card. LOVE the pop of red.

Claire said...

Darnell, this is absolutely stunning (looking at all your comments I should have tried to think of another adjective, just for a bit of variety!) Love the way the image just kind of flows through the sentiment...fantastic!

Renee said...

Simply gorgeous!!
Love the white embossed on black...
and the way the stem flows through the sentiment...
I couldn't have done that if I had actually TRIED to do it!! :)

Victoria said...

Breathtaking! Just been admiring this on pinterest. Consider yourself pinned!

Deborah Frings said...

Wow! This is absolutely stunning! Clean, simple and just lovely!

Tasnim said...

This card is so beautiful! Love the white embossed leaves, it looks so striking. The red stones are the perfect touch!

Annheidel said...

Striking card! I really love the red berry rhinestones.

Vicki Dutcher said...

GORGEOUSNESS! Amazing white against the black. I love popping by and seeing your playhouse! I smile every time I see that cute space!

Carol L said...

Your card is just simply stunning!!! The POP of bright white on a black base is perfection and those little red "berries" of bling add just the right amount of color! Beautiful!!!

Rosemary said...

stunning card, darnell!!

Bonnie said...

Darnell, you have outdone yourself this time! I love how you cut it up and put it back together better than before! The white on the black is gorgeous and I don't see any embossing speckles that usually stay behind on mine! Pat yourself on the back.

Joyce said...

This is just amazing. I love how you image just flows right through your sentiment at the right point. I agree with your assessment that sometimes our sentiments just choose us.

Jen said...

Absolutely stunning Darnell! I have GOT to get that stamp set!

Sandy Ang said...

what a stunning card in red and black

Bobby said...

What a stand out! Gorgeous.

Cristina said...

Total and complete perfection.

JD said...

What s "Stunning" card! I know that's been said before...but I'm not good with words like you are...smile..and it really is stunning. Every visit to your blog is pure joy...puts a smile on my face.

Sharron said...

Wow--AMAZING! Harvest Berries looks so awesome in black & white and the berries are the perfect accent. Love, love, love your card and your always enjoyable posts!!

Angela Branon said...

The black and white look fabulous with just the pop of red.

Karren said...

Oh wow! This card just hits you in the face - in the nicest possible way of course! Such a stunning creation.

Loll Thompson said...

I love your card Dolly. That black and white with the small red berries is absolutely stunning! I love how the image lined up with the sentiment - don't you love when that happens??!!

Have been MIA for a while, but hoping to get back to checking out my favorite blogs - and yours is at the top of my list. Loll xx

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, first thank you for your sweet comments, I can finally breath and have some play time! Now on to your card, this is just so classy. I have resisted this set for sometime now but after seeing your card, I think I am hooked. Such a stunning look you achieved with all the white and those sweet little red berries, just fabulous!

cindyleebee said...

Oh my, Darnell...this is an absolutely perfect card..I am gonna get me my white embossing powder out pronto!!! (grammar pun intended)

Beth said...

Such a beautiful card! The little pops of red are perfect! Have a lovely weekend! :-)

Love Beth xx

victoria h said...

Fab card.

maria f. said...

Absolutely, totally, GOR-GEE-US.

Linda said...

Gorgeous card, classy and very striking. I've yet to try the chalkboard effect but think I might well have the same outcome as yourself though!

Jacquie Southas said...

I Love the way your image flows through the sentiment - flawless design & balance results in a truly stunning card!

Karen B said...

Simply BEAUTIFUL! Your white embossing on the black card is stupendous - and that pop of red is stunning. Obviously clearing your clutter worked marvels. Love the PTI stamp but wish they'd be a bit more friendly to us Brits.......,

Hugs.

Karen xxx

Tonya Jastad said...

Very beautiful!

Beate said...

Your card is gorgeous. So very striking!
Hugs and smiles

karen m said...

Darnell your card is stunning! I love the little pops of red against the black and white:) Hugs xx

Cheryl said...

Love this card! Simple, elegant, and it packs quite a punch!

Karen B. said...

Wow. One word. Stunning.
And, those red berries just pop!

Kim S said...

I am in awe!

And I think by virtue of the fact that I am your 63rd comment, the entire cardmaking community is in awe!!

Jodi_E said...

Wow I love your card.

Brandi said...

This card is gorgeous!

alexandra s.m. said...

STUNNING!!
Wow!

TFS Darnell~

mypapercraftworld said...

S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!!! I guess you heard that all the way across the Atlantic and over most of the USA! Anita :)

Jean said...

OMG!!! Your embossing is absolutely perfect! Yes, the placement of the vine is perfect with the "r." The sentiment is from PTI ~ its one of the think big favorites ` a very elegant and stunning card!!!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Absolutely stunning!! I love how you cut your leaves panel and split it on the card base - very clever!! Perfect minimal pop of red with the berries. This card is awesome!!

carol (krillsister) said...

Gorgeous card.
Love the white embossed ginko leaves against the black.