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!

March 30, 2013

aMUSEing Ardyth; ColourQ #182 ~ Reminders re Ugliest and Fusionest!

I think I missed a whoosh in there and that will never do!!  Whoosh it's Saturday!

As the craft wheel turns ~
 
I made a card for week number 10 of the fantastic MUSE challenge, just in the nick of time.  I think I've only missed one while I was out of town and since this week the MUSE is a very good friend of mine, I had to play along!  Our MUSE is one of the Queens of the Clean and Simple (CAS) card:  Ardyth of MASKerade.  Here is Ardyth's inspirational card:
 
 
It is, of course, the epitome of a bright and brilliant "Ardyth card."  How wonderful to be reowned like that!  Wait.  What?  Not reowned, definitely renowned! 
 
MUSE is the brainchild of the uber talented designer, Jackie Rockwell, the Design Team ladies are awesome card artists, and you folks enter stunning cards!  This week was no exception and as time was running out, my head was spinning.
 
I saw this really fun idea over at Pinterest all about making circles with the ends of paper towel or t.p. tubes.  Then I realized I didn't have any empties ~ when you don't want one, they're all empty! 

So I wondered, as I was fixing dinner last night, what could I use instead that would be fun and different?  How about one of the potatoes I was about to peel?  Do you member doing that in Arts and Crafts?  Or was that only at my Camp for Wayward Children?  And what kinda word is "wayward," anyway?  Nevermind.  Not now.  Move along.
 
Very well, then, potato stamping, but what inks shall I use?  Well, why not the excellent colors on the inspiration board over at ColourQ #182?  Why not indeed.  Here they are:
 

So I took my potato and I inked and stamped, like so:
 
 
 

(Parenpathetically, I have to confess that was a little bit hard for me to do because I'm sorta known in the family as Mrs. Potato Head because there are few no foods I like better than potatoes.  I grim aced and stamped with it, but don't think right afterwards I didn't cut off the inked part and eat the rest!)

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After trimming my Designer Potato-Patterned Paper, I put together this card: 
 

I hope you like it, Ardyth!  It was a fun card to make!

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Reminders:
 
I know it's Easter and Passover and all, but please allow me a minute to remind you about two quickly-upcoming dealie-bobbers of fun:
 
1.  April 1st ~ April Fool's Day:
 
Suzanne Dahlberg, of the card yard is hosting the Ugliest Card Ever Blog Hop on her blog to celebrate all our crafty regrets from prior work. Please click over to Suzanne's blog to read more details and I hope you will be able to join in the hop.  You don't have to write a whole new post, just link up an old post to your ugliest card.  It'll be a hoot, nanny!
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2.  April 5th ~ Fusion Card Challenge:
 
The mentioned afore Jackie Rockwell has dreamed up another dynamite challenge for all of us that is premiering on Friday the 5th.  This sounds like a ton of fun and she, along with the sensational Lesley of Always Playing With Paper, have gathered Design Teams of some really genius card artists!  Please click over to Jackie's blog for all the details and do join in!
 
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Okay, bye, bye, enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy!  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
Stamps:  Mrs. Grossman's sticker
Ink:  SU! pool party, wisteria wonder,
  and always artichoke
Brads from stash

 

42 comments:

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous cards, and great tutorial-work with patatoe is funny,
hugs my dear and HAPPY EASTER
Tamara :)

Gillian said...

So inventive Darnell and I just LOVE the end result

shirley-bee said...

Ha, that brings back memories! With poster paints. Looks much better with stamping inks, very artistic!

Sian Ridley said...

Awesome! Your card is gorgeous - those colours are just perfect :) I remember doing that as a kid and cutting different shapes into the potatoes :) your card turned out much classier than anything I ever made with a potato mind you! :)

Happy Easter :)

stempelomi said...

Oh yes...I did it at little girl...stamping with potatos! How lovely is it!!
Great card and take on the inspirationcard!

Hugs,Beate

Barb M said...

I love it! awesome creativity and so aPEELing! this is one instance where i know carbs are good for me! i'm off to find my ugliest card...so..many..to..choose..from! ;)

Meg said...

First it was the spirograph and now potatoes - I think there should be a childhood techniques blog and you should host! This is great - just reading about your "Designer Potato-Patterned Paper" makes my Irish heart giggle! Love it!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Such a fabulous card Darnell. Looks like it was fun to make.
I love the colours and the layout too.
Sue xx

mypapercraftworld said...

A.stonishing, Darnell, who'd've thought that the humble potato could be used to create something as beautiful as this ... YOU ... with your amazingly creative and talented brain! This brought back so many very happy memories ... thank you! Anita :)

Jackie Rockwell said...

Darnell I always enjoy reading your posts! They remind me to slow down and take the time to learn something new. Your posts always entertain me and make me giggle. Thank you for that my friend!

Thanks for the shout out about Fusion! Lesley and I had so much fun creating it. We can't wait for the first challenge to finally arrive! Thanks for the reminder about Suzanne's challenge. I have plenty of UGLY cards, I'm sure I can scrounge one up to share.

Sooo funny when you said you LOVE potatoes because I LOVE them too! Your card is really innovative, I adore abstract patterns so your potato stamped background is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Sue - said...

Ooooh I remember potato printing! It never looked as good as your card though. Hope you cooked that potato before you ate it!

Kim S said...

You continually amaze me with your fun creativity!! But I think I might actually like potatoes more than you do because I would NEVER EVER have ruined even a small part of a perfectly good potato!!!

maria f. said...

Nifty spifty and I definitely want to go play with some potatoes! Hope the Easter bunny's good to ya.

Lin said...

I LOVE your card, Darnell; the colors are gorgeous together and I can't believe you achieved that look with a potato! Well done!

Violets Corner said...

Clever inking with the potato Darnell, the card is absolutely gorgeous.

Happy Easter sweetie!

Love
Maarit

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

You sacrificed a potato (at least part of one) for little ol' me?! I'm honoured! And I love what you did with this - great colour combination and I love the brads (I think I may still have some of those around somewhere!) I'm so glad you played along!

Joyce said...

Who needs stamps anymore. You are going to put PTI and SU out of business. There will be a run on potatoes when the world gets a look at your potato card. It's just brilliant, pretty, and probably delicious, too.

Jean said...

This is FANTASTIC!!! Had you not shown your work ~ I would have thought that this was patterned paper. I love how you did this, and you made a great choice of colors. Oh, and what's not to love about potatoes?

wienerhoneymooners said...

Oh lovely spud! Ha this post was great! Way to go Darnell!

Thanks for your comments om my blog, you are so inspirational, full of wit and wisdom and so supportive with ideas and niceties!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, Ardyth's card is very pretty and colourful but I really love your potato card - brilliant choice of colours and the stamping reminds me of Easter eggs.... I wonder why? Hugs, Annie xx

Susan said...

For Ms Potato-head....you did a right good job on dis card!

Greta said...

Brilliant! I adore your card & reading your posts always give me a chuckle! Happy Easter!

Kim Heggins said...

Amazing card Darnell, you are so crafty and very creative. I love what you did with that potato, have you tried celery too? I used that for my class at school to make Valentine's Day card, cut the bottom off about 4 inches up and dip it in red paper and you have a beautiful flower, so if you have celery laying around give it a try. I have no problem using celery since I don't like it. Are you just so excited for this new challenge and the ugly card post too, so much fun to be had here is blogland.

Allisa said...

Great card! Love the texture from your potato stamps! If I recall correctly, you can also crave designs into them to make your own pattern stamps as well!

Jen said...

I once did a painting technique on a wooden frame using a potato and some glaze. That frame is not nearly as colorful as this, but I love it just the same! Thanks for joining us at colourQ with your very unique card!

Carol L said...

I think those potato-stamped images looked exactly like donuts or bagels in their original form! What fun, great card! Happy Easter!

Bonnie said...

Who needs patterned paper when you have potatoes? Awesome!

Nan G said...

Ah yes, potato art from the 3rd grade....but nothing as lovely as this came from my childhood potato smashing! Your posts are always entertaining, Darnell! Thanks for the memories and a chuckle or two or three! Happy Easter to you and family.

carol (krillsister) said...

Wow! What a stunning card. Would never have guessed you stamped it with potatoes!

Karren said...

Gorgeous card - who would have thunk it came from a humble (but delicious) potato?

Rosemary said...

never would have thought you used a potato to create that beautiful stamped piece... so clever!!

scrappymo! said...

Love the sort of texture from the potato stamps!
Two great cards. Thanks for the heads up about the April 5 fusion thingy...i will check that out!

Karen B said...

It need someone with a certain type of imagination to think of using a potato Dippy.....how uber-inventive was that! lol it's turned out amazing and the colours are gorgeous. I used to have a set called the potato head family where you stuck elements onto potatoes to turn thrm into Mr Potato Head, his wife and two children - kept me aMUSEd for hours........

Happy Easter to you and your wonderful family.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Janelle said...

A humble potato was sacrificed for the greater good - a great card, in fact. Really nice work and so original. Well done, Darnell.

Jenny said...

What a great way to make an abstract pattern!! and a real blast from the past..... the primitive way to stamp :0)
Hope you have a lovely Easter weekend Darnel :0)
Jenny x

Jessi Fogan said...

Darnell, I read almost the entire post out loud to my husband. He thinks you & I should be committed to the loony bin (with plenty of potatoes and wayward children). Doesn't that sound nice? :)
This is just too fun - I too would have to eat the rest of the potato. I'd have ink marks around my mouth.

Sharron said...

Wow, aren't you clever! Who would ever think your gorgeous card started with a potato!! Very cool!

Suzanne said...

Your potato stamping is AWESOME, Darnell! I love this - one of my faves of yours ever.

And thanks for posting the reminder! :)

Geri said...

This is soooo cool! The stamped potato panel is like a piece of modern art! Love these colors.

Kelly Griglione said...

ACK!!! Darnell! I so love your potatoes!! Don't worry, I don't want your specific potatoes, just really am in love with the work your potatoes did. So very abstract and, well, interesting! Thanks for the shout-out on Jackie and Leslie's Fusion challenge on Friday too ... I'll be looking for you there : )

Sylvia said...

Such a fun use of a potato, Darnell, no calories involved here! I think your design is great and the card although unique for sure it is lovely! Really love it! So happy you joined us at the colourQ!

walchowDesign said...

I love how your potatoes stamping turned. This is just creative and simply artistic! It reminded me of my school days when we had to craft the potatoes to make stamp as well.

Thank you for your sweet and encouragement!