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!

April 7, 2013

A ProFusion of Chevrons and Flowers

Happy Sunday Funday Everyone!
I mentioned a few days ago that we have a brand new challenge exploding onto the card landscape!  Called Fusion Card Challenge, it is the hypo of the sis, no, wait, the hippopotomoose, no . . .  here, I'll let Jackie Rockwell explain it in an articulate and professional manner:
THIS WEEK'S HYPOTHESIS: 
 

What will generate the most successful card for the week; the sketch or the inspiration photo or the two combined? 
 
PROCEDURES:

1. Play with just Jackie's sketch challenge.
2. Play with just Lesley's inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5. Please read the other considerations on the 
Experiment Page before playing along.

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The sensational Design Team and Guest Designers have made cards that are unbelievably George S. and already there have been stunning entries in the linksters.  I have a feeling it's going to get all our inks juicy and that many of us will do two or three cards!  I hope you check it out and play along!   

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Co-Inky-Dinkally, this week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays (CFC97) is "Chevrons and Flowers!"  I know, right?!   


There is an awesome sponsor this week:

Here is my card.


This time I fused the sketch and the photo.  My chevron image is from the Lawn Fawn set "Interlocking Backdrops," the one where the bricks are laid out in a chevron pattern.  For my flowers, I used Rubber Stamp Tapestry in the new SU! colors.  I withheld a sediment until I find an owner; other than for a guy card, it's all-purpoise for the mo.

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The kids and twins stopped by late yesterday afternoon to pick up the granddog, Duke.  We have had him for the last week.  I'd like to tell them that he missed them terribly and would sit, pining, by the front door.  In truth, just before they got here, I found him thusly in the computer/ guest room: 


I had to be sneaky while taking the picture because he had his ear cocked.  You may have heard of "tree-huggers."  Duke's a wall-hugger.

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I'm assuming, I'm hoping, I'm praying that if you are normally supposed to be experiencing Spring where you are, that you are.  Because I want to post this sweet boutique of lilacs I picked and I don't want you hating me for it.  (Not that you would, really.)


A boutique of lilacs, no less!  Did you notice that?  Oh, heavenly bananas, wouldn't that be a glorious thing?!  I'm also specially posting this for my sisters who share my love of lilacs.

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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:  SU! Primrose Petals; PTI white
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn, "Interlocking Backdrops";
  Rubber Stamp Tapestry; SU! ivy
Inks:  SU! inks and chalk; Prismacolor
  colored pencils
Die:  Cuttlebug chevron
Corner Chomper

72 comments:

~amy~ said...

wall hugger...that made me chuckle.

Your stamping is fantabulous...love what you've done and the colors are perfect,

BTW, your Playhouse is MAGNIFICENT....

Thanks for playing with us at Fusion!

Marybeth said...

This is gorgeous! Wow what a beautiful job of stamping. It looks like it was fun to make and stamp! Love the lilacs too! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

shirley-bee said...

Darnell, you've disappeared! Well, not you, but this post. You're still in my blog list, and I can see all your previous posts there, but this post never showed up (I just happened to see it on CAS-ual Fridays) and no amount of refreshing is bringing the post up. Dunno if it's the same for anyone else.

Anyway, gorgeous card. I like the trailing leaves. I hate the lilac. We still haven't got spring. We're still waiting for the daffodils to bloom.

Virginia L. said...

What.a.beauty! So classy and perfect for the challenge! Love it, Darnell!

shirley-bee said...

Scrap that - you're back! Must be the time delay over the pond...

Lesley said...

Very pretty card Darnell...love the mix of flowers!!

Sue - said...

That is a gorgeous card-love the bright flowers. Almost spring like today sunny but chilly. Lilac only just in bud-the leaves that is here. But I did cut the grass this afternoon first time this year!

Rosemary said...

that is one fabulous take on the fusion challenge, darnell! love the photo of the grand-dog! that looks like something my big girl, jezebel, would do! i have found her in some pretty funny sleeping positions!! the lilacs are gorgeous!

Colleen said...

I love your card, Darnell..this is really stunning...the cluster of flowers over "wall" is superb! Gorgeous!

Katina said...

FABULOUS card Darnell! Love the way you fused the sketch and the colours and even threw in a third challenge for good measure!

Your lilacs are beautiful!
xx

Happy Dance said...

Your card is awesome, possum! Love how it looks like a wall with flowers just cascading over it. Very springy! Love the lilacs--I've got crocus' in bloom, with daffys and twolips not far behind! Duke...must love having sleepovers at gramma's house. Have a good Sunday. Bev

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell, your card is absolutely gorgeous and your stamping is so amazing! You tackled this challenge head of and I love it! Your wall huger is the sweetest! Thank you so much for joining us for the first Fusion Hypothesis!

fun stamping said...

Such a pretty card - all those flowers are just gorgeous!

Bobby said...

I love your profusion of flowers over a bricked wall. Wouldn't mind have this in my "not yet spring" yard. I transplanted a lilac bush several years ago (actually took it from someone's yard, sh don't tell) and can't wait for it to bloom. The smell is glorious. Or should I say Glory Us!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Beautiful fusion - I love the flowers tumbling over the wall in a very English Country Garden fashion. And now I'll be singing that all afternoon!

The Crafty Laydee said...

Hi Darnell-Such a pretty card you have created here-love your stamping :)
I will certainly be tiddling off to have a play in the new challenge-thanks for sharing that-And i love,love love Lilacs-we have a huge one in the garden(but it is so huge i would need stilts to pick some)so i admire it from afar !
Hugs,Nessa xx

xiumaiyuki said...

This is stunning! Love your stamping. I agree with ^^ that it reminds me of flowers on a wall. So pretty! You nailed this challenge.

P.S. Duke is adorable! One of my cat is like that. :)

jimlynn said...

Beautiful lilacs, beautiful card, and such a handsome (and CUTE) Duke!!
Love your card and the way you incorporated the chevrons and flowers.
Lynn

Marlena M. said...

BEAUTIFUL card Darnell! Adorable wall hugger too~ ;)

PapierGirl said...

Darnell - thanks for stopping by! Your card is absolutely gorgeous - the flowers and ivy cascading down is just divine and yes....I am envious of your bouquet of lilacs! :)

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Beautiful
love it,
hugs Tamara

Sadie said...

Your card is beautiful! Love what you did with it and your touch of chevron. Yes I am jealous of those beautiful lilacs :( We just got a fresh layer of snow this morning. Our temps are way below normal, whatever that is?! Thanks for your comments on my blog and nice meeting you too. Love your playhouse!

Sue - bearhouse said...

I love the sound of the new challenge and your entry is wonderful Darnell. I love the interlocking backdrops and the way you have added the flowers and leaves looks gorgeous.
Your bouquet of lilacs look glorious.
Sue xx

Karen B said...

Think you've got "chevronitus" Dippy...maybe time to consult a physician! Love the way you've created this hard line with the chevron style bricks but then softened it with those gorgeous flowers. You've totally smashed this challenge! Love the wall-hugging pooch - as long as he's got a handy wall he's obviously happy. Don't hate you at all Dippy......you're just not my fave person at the minute..........Spring - what is it? We are in April and have arctic winds, snow, gales and nothing spring-like apart from a few brave daffodils! I can almost smell those gorgeous lilacs from here - can I come visit?

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Darnell, I love the brick chevron and the beautiful cascade of flowers. Yummy colours :) Cathy x

Harriet Skelly said...

Oh wow is this card ever gorgeous! I know your garden was your inspiration in addition to the fusion challenge!! Can't wait to see what else you make!

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I love the interlocking backdrops with the lovely flowers. Duke looks very relaxed! I do like lilacs too, wish we had them but the cold weather has stunted most things here including the Spring daffodils...... LITS to you too. Hugs, Annie xx

laughadaisy said...

Very pretty, Darnell. ;-) I love how you incorporated the chevrons, and your lovely line of beautiful blooms. Great idea to wait for the sentiment - I should do that more often.

Beautiful bouquet of lilacs, too! Wow. Thank you so much for joining our first Fusion challenge. ;-)

Annette said...

hehe your dog is too funny...great picture.. love your card the layered stamping is gorgeous..

Jackie Rockwell said...

You sure have a way with words Darnell! You've captured both the sketch and inspiration photo wonderfully! The flowers are beautiful and stamped perfectly! So HAPPY you played along in Lesley's and my challenge!!! :)

Michelle said...

Darnell, your card is spectacular! Wow!!

And Duke must be related to my Coco - this is one of the crazy poses she strikes on a regular basis. ;-)

JD said...

Beautiful card! Great job with that challenge! The lilacs are pretty.

I like lilacs too but they don't last very long. You made me walk out in my back yard to look at my lilac bush to see if it was blooming yet...not yet...but I see some buds on the bush so it won't be much longer...

Geri said...

... I can almost smell the lilacs! Sadly, we are getting even more snow here today so our lilacs won't be appearing for a while yet!

But your card definitely has be dreamin' of beautiful blossoms cascading over the flower pot and onto the cobble stone patio! Beautiful colors and beautifully stamped and colored.

Duke rocks!

Geri said...

... I can almost smell the lilacs! Sadly, we are getting even more snow here today so our lilacs won't be appearing for a while yet!

But your card definitely has be dreamin' of beautiful blossoms cascading over the flower pot and onto the cobble stone patio! Beautiful colors and beautifully stamped and colored.

Duke rocks!

KayM said...

Oh my goodness!! You did a lovely job on the Fusion challenge!! I love all those fabulous flowers! I really love the Granddog wall hugger though! hahaha!! That is too cute! The lilacs are gorgeous! And no I wouldn't hate yo u even if it was still winter here, but we have had three wonderfully warm spring days here!!

Lin said...

What a fantastic post today, Darnell - your card is amazing! The new Fusion challenge is going to be lots of fun, I can tell already!!

And then to see your lilac bouquet at the end.......you have no idea how that picture lifted my spirits! Thank you! I equate lilacs with home and spring and Mom. Hugs to you!

Carol L said...

I'm completely floored with your gorgeous card today!! Oh My goodness, I don't know which flowers I like more - those on your card or those lilacs! Awesomeness!!

Lyndal said...

FABULOUS walled garden Darnell!
So glad you joined in the fun for the first FUSION hypothesis :) :)

Lisa said...

Darnell Darnell...this is over the top fabulous! I love the flowers and vines trailing over your brick wall, great idea!

And be still my little beating heart...I absolutely ADORE lilacs!!! I'm jealous ;)

Joyce said...

Oh, Darnell--this is just gorgeous. your chevron is one of a kind, and those flowers just scream out springtime.

Viv said...

Such a beautiful card Darnell!, love that cute pic of the doggie too. Our Lilac's are still hiding from the horrid winter, I just love the smell of them. Thankyou so much for the lovely comment on my card, soooo very sweet of you:) Viv xx

loulou said...

Hello from a random card challenge web surfer. I just had to drop into to say I think your card is totally stunning. Glad I did as I got to have a little giggle over your kids dog. We had a dog that lay in random uncomfortable looking positions and places too. cheers Linda

Aileen said...

Hi Darnell.

Love your fusion of the two images. Your border of flowers is so pretty.

Cute photo of wall hugger and your lilacs are beautiful. No spring here yet and as I look outside it's snowing once again!

x

Marion said...

AWESOME card Darnell! Love it.

cindyleebeedesigns.com said...

Oh my gosh, Darnell. I can smell those flowers and hear the bees buzzing around them through my computer!! This is absolutely amazing- what a perfect fusion of the challenge and altogether perfect card!!! I am in awe;)

Geri said...

What a lovely design!!!

Kanan Pandya said...

This is so gorgeous, love your stamping, so clever and beautiful. Pretty card. :-)

Jenny said...

Beautiful card Darnell, it reminds me of a garden path alongside a pretty,colourful flower bed!
Jenny x

Julia Aston said...

An absolutely beautiful creation combining the challenges! I can't believe you have lilacs already!!! My lilac bushes here in MA are still stark naked bark!

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a delight to pop into your blog today! I'm a newbie here. :) I laughed over Duke. A wall-hugger, how funny! That's just adorable.

Love those lilacs you showed! Ooooh. They make me swoon. Also loving the bountiful, flower-ful entry you showed us at Fusion! It is so pretty. Thanks for playing along with our first experiment at Fusion!

Diane said...

A gorgeous card...it caught my eye right away at the Fusion challenge..stunning!! And I am jealous of the lilacs..I live in Michigan.."nuff" said!!

Sonia Y said...

WOW...!! I love this card Darnell!! The stamping is amazing!! Fantastic job.
Duke is such a cutie!!

Nancy Guse said...

Your card is beautiful Darnell, I love how the flowers are cascading over the wall!!!

mjbest said...

Your card is GORGEOUS!! I love everything about it.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

It's a good thing you add your card again at the bottom of the post as I forget about it as your posts are so entertaining:) Your granddog is adorable, what a wall hugger!!! I'm very envious of the lilacs, we normally don't seem them blooming until May but with the way this year is going it might be October. We STILL HAVE SNOW in a few spots in our yard. I've been gardening with snow flurries... and nothing is up yet, it's very late. Whine whine ... Your card is gorgeous, love the fusion of chevrons & flowers. Cheers, Shirleyx

carol (krillsister) said...

Beautiful card. I love how you did those chevrons to make it look like the flowers were climbing a wall.

Greta said...

Oh thank you for sharing Duke's picture! Love puppy dog pictures--always brings a smile! My lilacs are barely starting--love that bouquet! My mom always sent me back to college from Spring Break with a big bouquet--can't see them without remembering her. Your card is incredible--perfectly stamped!

Kim Heggins said...

Beautiful card Darnell and you stories as always bring a smile to my face. You are so creative and an amazing story teller, I always look forward to your posts.

Sylvia Blum said...

cute dog and story ("awww" for wall hugger :) )

and an adorable card! :)

Thanks for joining the CAS-ual Fridays challenge :)
Sylvia xx

Tasnim said...

This is so beautiful! Your stamping is amazing; the flowers look almost real hanging over a wall in a garden.

Mrs Harry said...

Those lilacs are gorgeous, and I really like yoru card too.

Barb Murphy said...

Yes, I love this card! Your stamping and execution are perfect as usual. The fence is the perfect chevron...Duke is adorable too :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Great fusion card! I truly had no idea how to combine those two into something... anything and you nailed it. I have a cat who is a wall hugger like that. He likes to crash down near the wall and then put his legs out.

donna mikasa said...

Absolutely gorgeous fusion, Darnell, and apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so--I had to scroll down forever to leave a comment! Love your wall hugger, too.

Jean said...

OMG ~ this is just beautiful what a fantastic fusion! I am so jealous of your lovely lilacs (my favorite fragrant flower of spring).

Zippy said...

Absolutely beautiful card, stunning! Love your 'wall hugger' what a sweetie and those flowers are just gorgeous! xxx

Bonnie said...

Your card is GORGEOUS! Love the colors and the way you've place them! It should be a winner! And I love lilacs. When I was growing up everyone had lilac bushes and the scent was divine! I've tried several times to grow them in the South, but never could keep one alive more than a few years. I miss them and so enjoyed your photo. Wish you could get the scent on the puter too!

Janice said...

Such a lovely blog and card, Jx

Kelly Griglione said...

OK, so at "Person Number Sixty Nine" I guess I AM a little late to the party!!! Good golly, what was I just telling you?!? First of all, I do feel like I'm in the middle of the town square with all of your helpful info here. Secondly, your card is AH-mazing! LOVE your flowers on the chevron bricks (which I have, but have never inked up yet ... always go for the chevron lines)and how you have one lone vine trailing down for interest. Super job! Third, I am indeed jealous of your lilacs, and that it would be warm enough by you to grow them (we don't even have GRASS yet!!) but totally won't hold it against you. Fourth, so glad to see you at the CASual Fridays challenge! Fifth, really appreciate your presence at the Fusion Challenge! Sixth, ... nah, just kidding, I'll stop at five : )

karen m said...

Gorgeous card - I love all the pretty flowers! Hugs xx

Janelle said...

Wow, what amazing stamping, Darnell! You've made it look so easy on a very complicated design. My luck I generally spill something over it as I am just finishing! PS Love the lilacs. Don't see them in sunny Queensland, Australia - mid-April, autumn and still not wearing jumpers, only turned off the air-conditioners last week - go figure!

Kim S said...

I am absolutely in awe (as are the 71(!) people who commented before me!) You have made us so happy with that profusion of spring loveliness! Personally I was looking out the window at a blizzard when I first saw your card so I just sat back and stared for awhile. It is truly lovely!