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!

February 27, 2013

CASology Circles, Pixie Snips, and a MUSE CASE

Happy, happy day!

A realy quicky post today as I find myself acting like a headless chicken.  It's an unusual state for my normal slothy existence.

I made a card for these challenges:

CASology Week 33 where the cue card is "Circles."
 
 
Pixie's Crafty Snippets Week 61 because I used snips of scraps.  Now how easy can a challenge be?! 

MUSE Card Club Challenge 6, where our Muse for this week is the extraordinary Deanna Jean from Kloset Kreations.  Here is Deanna's beautiful card for us to CASE:
 
 
I loved using her colors to make my own background paper using various circle and flower-center stamps I have.  I CASEd her boxed-in sentiment by using a stitched mat die from Lil' Inkers and drawing a line over the stitches to connect them.  So my card looks like this:
 
 
 

I know backgrounds can be distracting, but I had to include the full shot of my card with these adorable little flowers.  They are the only living flowers in all my pots because we had so many frostful nights for our area so everything else died.  If you know the name of this flower, please let me know.  I want to remember them for next fall in order to have color throughout the winter.
 
(Don't hate on me if you live in those parts of the country ~Kansas City~ where you are breaking snowfall records.  Heavy, wet snowfall records.  Spring will be here soon, I promise!)
 
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It is my enormous pleasure today to welcome a new friend to the Playhouse!  Please take some time to visit Erin at CreatErin.  You will be happy you did!  Erin has been blogging for almost a year and she is an excellent card crafter.  Thank you, Erin, and welcome!!
 
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Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy your day. LITS*!

*Life Is Too Short!
 
 
Paper:  SU! lucky limeaid; PTI white; unknown white
Stamps:  PTI "Think Big Favorites #2;" SU! "Mixed
  Bunch" and "Posy Punch;" RS Tapestry
Inks:  SU! regal rose, rose red, real red, and cherry
  cobbler; PTI black
Die:  Lil' Inker "Stitched Mat Collections Rectangle"
Copics Outliner pen
Bling from stash
 




38 comments:

Happy Dance said...

We're neighbors on Muse! How fun is that? How fun is your card?! Sweet and bright with a great sentiment! Perfect bling accents too. You always delight me with your creations. Bev

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, love your card and also those beautiful flowers, they must be tough to survive like that. They look like they might belong to the Gerbera family but I am not sure really - but I love them! Hugs, Annie xx

Kristie Goulet said...

I love your take on Deanna's card! So pretty, along with the flowers. I am so ready for spring and it is snowing here today. :(

Geri said...

Love your bright, almost spring feeling card! We are still under at least 3 feet of snow here, so the planting will likely have to wait...for a bit at least. I adore the PTI sentiments!

I'm also thinking that the flowers could be Gerbera daisies. If so, they are prolific bloomers that LOVE the sun.

Carol L said...

Your card is lovely, and so are those flowers! Could they be zinnias?

Michelle said...

Beautiful card! Great CASE. :-)

The flowers - they don't look like gerberas or zinnias to me, although they're close to gerberas, so perhaps they're a hybrid or a relative of those? I'll keep thinking!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

It's like Kansas here in Toronto today - even the snow plows are having a hard time with the heavy snow! But your card makes me think of spring - love the rich green card base! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

Gillian said...

Fabulous card Darnell and way to go combing so many challenges, never an easy thing to do

Sue - bearhouse said...

Gorgeous card Darnell. The colours are wonderful and I love the stitched mat die you have used.
Not sure what the flowers are called, they are beautiful so I hope you find out.
Sue xx

KayM said...

Oh what a fabulous card Darnell! You did a wonderful job on combining all of those challenges! I don't know what kind of flower that is , but it sure is pretty. I'm just a few hours from Kansas City and we still have snow on the ground. It's okay though, it's cozy inside :)

Juls said...

So very stylish!! Love it!! HUgs Juls

laughadaisy said...

Beautiful flowers! I'll try not to hate you because of all the snow in my backyard. ;-)

Your card is adorable and makes me think of Spring. Of course, just about everything these days makes me think of Spring. I love the colors you chose and that perfect sentiment. Nicely done! ;-)

Colleen said...

Great card, Darnell! Way to go getting so many challenges done with one card...I am not that talented! The leaves are NOT Gerbera I don't think, but I am wondering if it is some kind of Aster? Just a guess!

Bonnie said...

Beautiful card and flowers! I don't know what they are (the flowers) but they are definite keepers!

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful card and great CASE Darnell. I haven't had time to play yet at Muse. I think I may miss it again. I love the stamp set you used for your left panel.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah,Darnell think flower looks like an aster .. too, but not sure ... very lovley and great frame for card! Shaz in oz.x (maybe take it to nearby plant nursery and ask them :D)

Mrs A. said...

I would say your flowers are a miniature version of Gerberas. Certainly the right shape and colouring. Your Muse card is spiffing. Hugs Mrs a.

Rosemary said...

lovely take on the MUSE card, as well as the cue word, darnell!! makes me smile!

Emily Keaton said...

I'm living the headless chicken life today, too, Darnell. I just don't know where the day has gone--or what exactly I've accomplished! Looks like you accomplished a lovely CAS card in your playhouse for today. Great work!

Deanna Jean said...

Love this! Great idea using the die and drawing the line to connect them. I'll have to remember that one.

aworkofheart said...

Hi Darnell, Love your pretty card for Muse, the colors are bright and springy...so much like what we are wishing for outside of our doors! I must admit I did see bits of green poking through the snow today... Yahoo!I haven`t been able to get my head around the Muse card this week, but you have done such an awesome job! Thanks for coming to my blog Darnell, I always appreciate the support!

Joyce said...

I love this card. Such a fun pattern of circles, and that stitched mat is just perfect. Clever to connect the stitches.

Sian Ridley said...

The colours in this card make me happy! So bright and full of spring! We've just got over some snow here in the UK, now it's just the usual damp and dreary! Hey ho, the sun should find us soon enough!

Another CAS-ology card and my Muse card are on my list of things to do - hopefully today!

I answer to your question - I have always made CAS cards, I seriously struggle with shabby chic, although I do give it a go from time to time! My style seems to have gone super-CAS lately though, I've been making masculine cards instead of flowery ones! :)

Thank you for the inspiration, as always - I need to get my thinking cap on for this muse challenge - I don't think I'm going to do it justice but I'll have a crack!

Laters :)

Craftychris said...

Fabulous card - I so love pink and green together xx

Jessi Fogan said...

Now I love your take on the MUSE card! Fab use of all those teensy stamps (that I never use, lol). And you have live flowers? Whatever those might be they're very pretty :)
And I'm holding you to that spring promise ;) We're getting more snow tomorrow - no record-breaking at the moment, but there's a bit of winter left in the ol' north it seems.

Di said...

Fabulous card Darnell - you do come up trumps every time!! Extra goes on the swing for you :))

Hugs, Di xx

Marybeth said...

I think your card looks beautiful next to the flowers! This one is perfect for this challenge. I was waiting for a die to come in so I can play.

landerson213 said...

Love that design paper and that the sentiment is front and center! :) Super cute! :)

Lauren
http://landersoncraftydesigns.wordpress.com/

Meghan said...

What a fun, bright card! Beautiful flowers too! It's grey and rainy where I am so I envy you the sunshine in your photo! So glad you joined in on the fun at CASology this week!

Jen W. said...

Love the green card base and the way the reds pop off of it. And the flowers are gorgeous too! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

mypapercraftworld said...

Love the zesty lime green with the pink ... the feature sentiment is fabulous, even more so with the touch of bling! My brain won't access the flower file so can't tell you what these are ... they're beautiful though! Anita :)

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Both cards are just lovely Darnell. Nice to see some sunshine too! Thanks! xxx

Linda said...

Great card and job entering it into so many challenges.

Judy1223 said...

Darnell, your card is amazing! I love the circles for CASology and the MUSE inspiration is obvious, too...so pretty! I thought your flowers were Gerber daisies but the leaves don't look like it, so now I'm curious, too! No snow here in NJ, but it is cold. I was happy to spy my daffodils beginning to emerge through the frozen ground...a hopeful sign for sure! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

Michelle Brinker-Bodley said...

Very nice card! I have that stamp set and all the stamps, so I can't wait to try something like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

scrappymo! said...

The card is striking and i am not sure what the flowers are...They are a puzzle that is for sure!

cindyleebee said...

Your card is bright and cheery to put a smile on anyone who sees it...the photos of your flowers are an added bonus on this post:)

Greta said...

Beautiful card!