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 25, 2013

Papertrey February 2013 Blog Hop Challenge; Dynamic Duos #41 ~ Teals

And we're blessed with another new week!  Happy Monday!
 
Being the 25th, it's time for the monthly {capture the moment} Papertrey Ink February 2013 blog hop.  This month the challenge is to use a monogram in some way.  I bought a "d" monogram in the $1 bin at our local craft store way last summer and have never used it, so it was fun to finally ink it up!  
  
 
My monogram reminds me of a big fat flower, so I combined it with the fantastic flower stem from PTI's "Rosie Posie" set.

And since I love making cards with only two colors, especially when it's mono chrome, I used this week's colors from the dynamic Dynamic Duos in shades of teal:  island indigo and pool party. 

For added character and more tealy goodness, I stacked the two colors to make a stripey background paper and then, with a child's Fiskars sciskors, I scalloped the edges on the right- and left-hand sides to mimic the scalloped rim of the flower, except not perfectly like Mother Nature would have done it.  That's the endearing qualitivity between handmade cards and computermade or store-bought cards, though, right?  Well, that's my excusoning.

Finally, I added some sparkly pen highlights to the flower, stem, and leaves. 
 

Wouldn't it be amazing to see a whole hillside of alphabet flowers, all in different hues?!

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I am thrilled to introduce you to three new friends who came by over the weekend!  Please visit and introduce yourselves to these talented crafters who have lots of inspiration to share!
 
Anita from Neet & Crafty
Nina from Notes by Nina
 
Thank you so much, ladies, for joining in the impish ant inks at the Playhouse!!
 
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Just for more fun:
 
 
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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!


*Life Is Too Short!
 
Paper:  PTI white; SU! pool party and island indigo
Stamps:  Monograms by Studio G; PTI Rosie Posie
Inks:  SU! pool party and island indigo
Fiskars scallop scissors
Sakura Gelly Roll "Clear Star"
Corner Chomper
 

35 comments:

Happy Dance said...

I can just picture a sunny hillside filled with your lovely little monogrammed flowers. All colors, all letters. This is so sweet Darnell. Love those colors! The little sparklies you've added. Great card. Bev

Marybeth said...

Gorgeous Darnell! Love the flower but even more I like what you did behind it, with the strips of paper! the sparkle is perfect!

Redanne said...

You really are the Queen of monochrome Darnell and I am sitting here thinking about seeing a whole hillside of beautiful blooms in the full alphabet now...... Gorgeous card! Hugs, Annie xx

laughadaisy said...

Oh, fantastic job with the scallop scissors! I could never pull that off - border punches and dies are life savers for me. Otherwise we'd never see cute little borders on my cards! ;-) I love the Rosie Posie with your monogram, and especially in these colors. Teal is my second favorite color, so I just melt every time I see something with it. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos this week. ;-) Loved that cartoon, too!

victoria h said...

Fab idea to use the monogram as the centre of a flower.

Sue - bearhouse said...

Happy Monday Darnell.
Your card is gorgeous. I love the flower design, beautiful colours and the touches of sparkle look wonderful.
Your scalloped edges look great too!
Sue xx

Kelly Griglione said...

Oooh, love those fat stripes behind your blue "d" ... and great idea to pair it with a flower base! Such a fun grounding element. Beautiful card, Darnell!

Leigh said...

Okay, that comic strip is too funny! LOL!
And your card is great, too! I love how you used the Rosie Posie set with the monogram!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell what a fun flower and I love how you created the two tone decorative stripes behind your panel! Thanks for the laugh too.

Katina said...

Such fun Darnell - a lovely, cheery card!
xx

Kristie Goulet said...

Very fun card Darnell! Love the scallop edges and the glitter on the flower.
The comic strip is too funny!

Geri said...

You're totally right! The monogram stamp is PERFECT for the center of the flower. This is exactly what 'being creative' is all about girl! Then to add the scalloped panels along the sides (which are ridiculously perfectly matched and cut out with none other than scissors!!!) is over the top vavoom wow!

Joyce said...

What an incredible idea to use the monogram as a flower. I love that! Your border with the dd colors is so cool. And, I chuckled at your comic.

mypapercraftworld said...

Love your fat flower, Darnell, with it's wonderful glisteny effect and silver sparkley detail! This is how Mother Nature creates ... naturally! Anita :)

Amy V. said...

What a beautiful way to combine these colors! I love the sparkle, too!

Sue Lelli said...

Darnell, LOVE the colors and how you made it intoa flower! Clever!

Jean said...

Love your flower monogram ~ fantastic card. Thanks for the laugh too!

Emily Keaton said...

This is so fantastic, Darnell! I lovethose colors, and the sparkly bits really make everything stand out. :)

Carol L said...

Your card is lovely in those teal colors, and I'm chuckling myself silly over your cartoon :) I just came from my friend Lynn's blog and nearly fell on the floor laughing over her card! Check it out.....

http://creativecraftsbylynn.blogspot.com/2013/02/wanna-make-some-whoopie.html

Sharron said...

Fabulous idea to create a flower and I love the colors! And your background is so cool. Love the stripe pattern with the scalloped border!

Linda said...

Cute, cute card.

Deanna Jean said...

What a fun way to use a mongram..love it! You even managed to get a challenge out of it :) Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos.

Kristii said...

Way fun!! Love the colors and the scalloped border!

Jacquie Southas said...

What a fun card - I love the big scalloped stripes peeking through on the sides!

Rema said...

Awesome! Love the scalloped backing....

Vicky Hayes said...

I love your monogrammed flower Darnell and your remark about mother nature is certainly thought provoking (I've been looking for a good excuse!) Vicky x

lostinpaper said...

So elegant and WOW, I just love those colours together!

Bonnie said...

Love the striped background! A fun monogram type card!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, Beautiful, love the colours of your card and the monogram in the centre is perfect! Using the scissors for the edging is such a great idea, but I sold all mine in a yard sale. Have a great day, Shirleyx

cindyleebee said...

As a retired homeschool mom, I could definitely see a field of alphabet letters- they often adorned the walls of our bathroom when we were learning something new;) Thanks for taking me back to some fun memories!

Shay said...

I love how you created a monogrammed flower. The colors are lovely and the strips of colors in the background is lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, this is just so stinking sweet! I love all the blue and you are just so clever to use the stem from Rosie Posie, love it!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

awesome card, Darnell love the extra touches! Shaz.x

Mrs A. said...

Love your D. Daisy card. The colours are perfectum. Hugs Mrs A.

Christina Barnes said...

I love the scalloped background, and the flower is just too cute! Thank you for sharing your card with us at Dynamic Duos.