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 11, 2013

ATCAS #10; SSS ~ Friends and Spring Flowers

Happy Day!
 
Hope your day is going well.  If you want it to go even better you can add an "s" to it and turn "well" into "swell."  Isn't that an easy way to turn an adequate day into a fantastic day?!
 
Because I'm addicted to it, and rightly so given the name, I'm playing in the current challenge (#10) at Addicted to CAS (ATCAS) where the wonderful cue word is "friend."  The word "friend" was chosen by the hostess for this challenge, the amazing Natasha!
And the generous sponsor again this week is:
 
 
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I'm also entering my card in the always-popular Simon Says Stamp challenge, where the theme is "April Showers and/or Spring Flowers!"
 
As always Heidi will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!
 
And here is my card:
 
 
I started with a white card base.  I heat embossed the stamped word "friends" in black embossing powder.  Over that I laid this beautiful painted vellum paper, which I've been hoarding for years.  You see how well I'm doing at using up my goodies this year?! 

Oh, thank you.  I've always wanted a gold star licked and smack-dabbed in the middle of my forehead!

Where's Wellum?

Years ago I bought a pad of these beautiful painted vellum papers. I can no longer remember where I bought it and I only have a few loose stragglers left.  I've Googled it and rode the Intertube from one end tother, to no avail.  If anyone knows if this beautiful painted vellum (pansies and roses and tulips, etc.) is still made, I would appreciate the details.  All I have found is vellum with borders of metallic gold or silver.

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I had the thrill of finding out that my little Playhouse was featured in Craft Storage Ideas, an online source for all things craft organizational!  I want to thank Hazel, from South Africa, for writing her excellent article.  Hazel has her own blog at Play as U go.

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Thank you to everyone for their wonderful comments on my cookbook yesterday and to those of you who have contacted me about a receiving a thank you card.  The offer stands forever!  For those of you who are raising a glass with me instead, "Cheers!" and thank you for that! 

I will try not to get confused and start raising my glass before I make my cards, rather than after.  If I accidentally do that and then make you a card, I spolgaize in vadance for any crookedyness.

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

(It seems like there was something else I wanted to tell you . . . it will come back to me another time.  I call those Little Sheba Thoughts.)

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; unknown vellum
Stamp:  My Sentiments Exactly M347

40 comments:

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

So pretty - a wonderful classic image with lovely spring colours (2" of snow in Toronto so far today, sigh!) Your very simple treatment of it is perfect!

Happy Dance said...

My jaw hit the edge of my desk again! What a gorgeous card. Such a springful card. (That definitely should be a word!) It just makes me smile. We'll be getting rain/snow mix later today...your card really helps me feel like spring really is on the way. Sweet. Bev

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is gorgeous Darnell. I don't think I have ever seen such beautiful painted vellum before and you have used it perfectly.
Sue xx

Sue - said...

Gorgeous spring card Darnell. Can't say I've ever seen vellum like that before.

Katina said...

So beautiful Darnell!
x

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell what a beautiful springtime card! Love it.

Kristie Goulet said...

Darnell, this is just gorgeous! I have never seen vellum that beautiful before. We seem to be on the same page lately, I just posted my recent Trends article on StampNation and guess what I featured? Vellum! ;) I have seen it popping up more and more lately.

Harriet Skelly said...

I'm with everyone else - never saw painted vellum like that - wow is that ever gorgeous! I love the lattice work and that awesome Friends sentiment!
And a comment from my other self: Thanks for playing with us at ATCAS!

Marybeth said...

What a beautiful way to use up some old painted vellum! This is gorgeous! Love the stamped sentiment!

Kim Heggins said...

Lovely card Darnell. Amazing piece of vellum too. Congrats on having your fabulous playhouse featured. So much fun!!!

Lisa Lara said...

Absolutely gorgeous Darnell.

Gillian said...

Such a pretty card Darnell

Geri said...

Oh, to have this beautiful bucket of bountiful blooming botany gracing our backyard would be a joy. Sigh....more snow headed our way again!

I have NEVER seen these stunning vellum prints! Some crafty type company sure needs to pick up on this idea though!

Congrats on the playhouse shoutout! It really is the playhouse of our childhood dreams...except with big people cutters, glue, scissors, paper etc.

The Crafty Laydee said...

Gor-juss card Darnell ! What a beautiful vellum(no wonder you were hoarding it!)and you have used it to brilliant effect here :)
Hugs,Nessa xx

Kim M said...

What a beautiful card, Darnell! Love that vellum paper. I've never seen anything quite like it. What friend wouldn't like to get this card? :-). BTW, thanks for your congrats you left on my blog. Very nice of you and I appreciated it.

Craftychris said...

What an absolutely gorgeous card! That velum is fabulous. xx

Jeanne J said...

Gorgeous Darnell!

Cathy said...

Beautiful Darnell, the vellum is gorgeous! Cathy x

Carole said...

I don't know anyone able to spell out drunken spediments better than u
Beautiful card.

Loll Thompson said...

Gorgeous card Dolly!! I've never seen painted vellum before and I think you're making that up!!! :) Seriously, beautiful image and I like how you've placed it. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS, my friend! Lolly xx

Bonnie said...

This is amazing! If I ever see any of these, I'll grab some. Some for me and some for you! Cheers, my friend!

Bobby said...

A wheelbarrow full of spring. How gorgeous! It was a great article about your playhouse. You'll be receiving more visitors soon I'm sure.

Carol L said...

What a gorgeous piece of vellum you chose to make this card! WOW!! I love it!!

jimlynn said...

I would have hoarded this too!!! Awesome card and of course the vellum is just gorgeous!
Lynn

Mrs A. said...

This is pretty. Love the bright cheerful colours. Have given you a gold star. Erm does anyone know how to get a stuck down gold star off me computer screen?!!
Hugs Mrs a.

mjbest said...

Love your card. So beautiful. The snow is just starting to melt. I am so ready for spring and flowers just like your beautiful card.
Thanks for sharing.
Martina

Karen B said...

Gorgeous card Dippy. Love that vellum. I've had a bit of a look round but can't find anything like this but what you could do is to either print your own scenes onto vellum or you could also photocopy the vellum you have (with white paper behind) onto plain vellum.........might be worth a try! Thanks so much for joining the fun at A2CAS.

Karendipity x

shirley-bee said...

Oh, fabulous!!

Jocelyn Olson said...

So gorgeous! I have never seen painted vellum, but it is so pretty!

JD said...

Beautiful card!

Aileen said...

Your painted vellum fairly packs a punch Darnell. Gorgeous image for a friends card. x

Suze Bain said...

Well, I've never seen vellum like this before - absolutely gor-juss and your cookbook from yesterday gave me a tear in my eye. So lovely. xx

cindyleebeedesigns.com said...

You inspire me to put to use all my fun, pretty things I pick up to make cards. I have some sweet vellum quotes I must dig up. Such a lovely card...my mom would love it!!

Barb Murphy said...

My goodness this is goodness in paper form! Vellum form too...I am loving this design. the printed/painted vellum is so soft. I love it.

mypapercraftworld said...

Just lovely! Congratulations on having your utterly splendid Playhouse featured ... I had a lovely time having another visit! Anita :)

cheiron said...

That painted vellum is perfect with these gorgeous flowers!! Fabulous card. Thanks for joining us and playing along with the April Showers/Spring Flowers challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

Anastasia (Νατάσα) said...

Gorgeous card!!! The painted vellum is absolutely amazing! Thank you for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS! Hugs, Natasha

baileyrosy.com said...

Now I know why my cards are always rubbish I should be raising my glass after I finish my cards and not before and during !!! Love this beauty Darnell the vellum is perfect. Have you tried printing onto vellum from your copier. I do that alot if I like something or even better a favourite picture onto transparency film as the colours are just amazing that way. Any road up thanks so much for joining us again at ATCAS and the best of luck to you !
Marie

baileyrosy.com said...

Forgot to say congrats on being featured am not surprised though the playhouse is just a little slice of crafty heaven.

Marie

Marion said...

This is simply fabulous! Such a pretty scene :)