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 3, 2013

DD; MUSE; LIM ~ Scallops With a Side of Lucky Dip!

Happy late Wednesday, early Thursday whichever it is, wherever you are!
 
I was doing some filing at work today and my mind wandered to this week's MUSE challenge.  I wonder where I filed what at work when my mind was not focused on filing.  Hmmm?  Sshh.
 
The MUSE this week is none other than the seriously talented Laurie Willison of Soapbox Creations.  Laurie is a rather hum-drum (NOT!) woman who is a wife and mother and card maker and scrapper and photographer and die maker and MUSE.  There is a lot of mentoring and musing to be found at her site.
 
(Yes, I said "die maker!"  I just purchased her card hanger die and can't wait to try it.  You can find out about it here.  It sells out, but keep checking, she keeps restocking them!)
 
Here is the cool card she prepared for our inspiration:
 
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And here's my CASE:

 
The top of Laurie's sentiment panel reminded me of a file folder, so I made a file folder card.  Just to be clear, I didn't use a file folder and make a card.  I took a normal A2 card size and just off-cut the front to make it look like a file folder tab. The text I stamped on the inside edge.  Gratitude remained the theme.
 
Instead of twine, I used a scallop stamp, scallops being the theme in this week's Lucky Dip challenge over at Less Is More, hosted by the dynamic duo of Chrissie and Jen! 
 
 
Speaking of dynamic duos, along with Laurie's color, I used Primrose Petals which is the primary color choice in challenge #46 at Dynamic Duos!  I colored my clear rhinestones with a Primrose Petal marker.
 
 
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The thought processes involved were a bit convulse diluted, but that's pretty normal for me.  I've told you before it's like a hamster wheel up in there and it's pretty entertaining watching the ideas go round and round.
 
I have to say, howsoever, now that I look at this card on the computer, I wish I would have let the wheel go a couple more rotations before I stopped.  That thank you panel is going to need to be swapped out for a bigger one, one that doesn't look like a tiny life raft out in the middle of the ocean!  Silly me. 
 
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Another super talented and seasoned blogger has joined us!  Please help me welcome Vickie Zimmer of For the Love of All Things Stampin!  Thank you, Vickie, make yourself at home!
 
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Enjoy your evening / day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS*!
 
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48 comments:

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card Darnell...I love your scallops dotted with the pink bling, a wonderful touch to a very sweet card. See you tomorrow.

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell what a great card, I love how you added the clip on top of the file folder.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Amazing card, love that with small dots, the second.wauuu
Hugs Tamara

Chrissie said...

Love your card Darnell, the idea of the file card is really innovative and the scallops look super.
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Karen B said...

Super card Dippy - love that scallop stamp and love the way you've made a file folder card. Thanks for the link to Laurie's blog......what an ingenious idea!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

The Crafty Laydee said...

A file folder card-what a clever idea Darnell,could use that for any occasion couldn't you ?(makes note to self! )
I expect we all put up our pictures and then want to "tweak" things-that's the crafter inside you tee hee !
Hugs,Nessa xx

Redanne said...

That file folder top is such a darn genius idea Darnell (you must definitely been in work mode to think of that) - very clever and I love how you toned in the clip at the top too. Had a look at the hanger too - what an interesting die that is! Oh yes, love the scallops on your card too. Hugs, Annie x

Di said...

So, so clever Darnell! Love the addition of the file kit.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who daydreams about card making whilst doing mundane tasks. We had origami folded lettuce in the salad last week!

Hugs, Di xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Such a Fab card design Darnell, it works so well. I love the colour scheme too.
Sue xx

Janelle said...

I too like the file card. What you wrote about your tag being like a raft stuck in the middle of the ocean reminded me of a joke, but I'll leave that for another time. :-D The scallops work well.

Beanie said...

Lovely card Darnell; your comments made me smile snd I fo so look forward to reading your blog as guaranteed to brighten my day. X

Jackie Rockwell said...

What a clever take on Laurie's card Darnell! The file folder is adorable with the tiny clip at the top. Great card! Glad your hamster wheel brain decided to play along in this week's Muse challenge! ;)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Gorgeous work and great post Darnell popped across to peek at the sold out die what a great idea! Shaz in oz.x

mypapercraftworld said...

Awesomely clever 'file' card, Darnell, fantastic take on Laurie's muse ... those dotty scallops with the bling are just delicious! Anita :)

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

That's a lot of challenges, my friend! I love the idea of the file - very clever and a great take on Laurie's Muse card. So glad you played along!

Ria Gall said...

I so love your cards they are so clean and inspiring with lovely soft colours.
Hope nothing important has been wrongly filed at work
Ria

Happy Dance said...

Scallops...yum...oh, I mean scallops! Perfect for the Muse and necessary for LIM. Love the colored up little blingy thingys on the peaks of the scallops. Very sweet. No more rotations needed whatsoever. I love it just the way it are (channeling Billy Joel...) TTFN Bev

Jen said...

darnell... what can i say.. simply stunning and i love the punch shape... can i ask where it's from?

Thanks for joining us this week
Jen
"Less Is More"

Joyce said...

This is such a beautiful take on the muse card. I love your focal point--just perfect.

Virginia L. said...

Beautiful take on Laurie's card, Darnell! I love the clean and crisp look of your design! Fabulous!

Rosemary said...

fun take on the challenges, darnell!

shirley-bee said...

Ooh, I love the file folder card! Clipping text to the inside of the card is a great idea.

Annette said...

now this is just too cute.. great design..

Karen Day said...

So you're filing at work... and you dream up a file folder card?! I love that! Glad you were able to join us this week at Dynamic Duos, Darnell!

Geri said...

Your mind was definitely headed in the right direction while filing away the hours at work...awesome idea! Love the colors, love the clip, love the concept! I really like the size of the 'thank you' element. It seems to fit with the mini clip and the small scallops on the border.

Gay Peplow said...

Hey Darnell, fabulous card there, I love green and pink together, perfect scallops too, have fun, Hugs Gay x

baileyrosy.com said...

Hi there, I think your card is perfectly balanced and your life raft is dinky do ! Clever take on the theme another super dooper creation from you.

Marie

lostinpaper said...

Awesome card Darnell. What a wonderful idea to make a 'file folder' this one is pinned for sure!

Harriet Skelly said...

I thought you made a file folder because you brought your work home with you! I had such a good time with you and Kim at lunch today and am looking forward to the next time together!

Inkyfingers said...

What a creative idea to use a file folder and I love the little clip you have popped on the back. Love the scallop stamping.

Elizabeth said...

Love both cards, Darnell, especially yours with that cute little clip. Elizabeth xx

Carol L said...

The file folder is cute, but that little green clip makes it officially cute!!

Bonnie said...

Love these scallops and the sentiment with the little clip! I hadn't thought of the muse card as a file folder but you're right.

Laurie said...

I love Darnell!! Your card is so fun! i love the file shape and the little clippy! SO cute! Thanks for your sweet words!!

alexandra s.m. said...

I love your card Darnell.
Not only is pretty but it's aslo very soothing ;-)

Thank you~

MaryH said...

Always enjoy reading your post, and leaving with a few smiles at your thoughts. This was a neat card...I liked your ideas a lot. Also appreciate the links and will pop over to visit your newest as well. I agree a larger tag would have more impact, but truthfully, Ihonestly say I ike this one that you used. I thought it was a nifty card...elegant & simple & classy. My style (I WISH!) Hugs & TFS

Jocelyn Olson said...

That is a great idea to make a file folder! What a great way to tuck in a message. I love the scallops and the tag (and no, I don't think it looks like a life raft). It's very elegant!

sandie said...

Love this idea looks great! Great take on the Muse card x

Jean said...

Wow ~ you totally nailed all of the challenges ~ really loving the blingy scallops!

Viv said...

Gorgeous cards again Darnell :) Viv xx

Zippy said...

Gorgeous card, love the scallops xx

landerson213 said...

So cute! Love those scallops! :)

Lauren
http://landersoncraftydesigns.wordpress.com/

Greta said...

Very creative--great job!

cindyleebeedesigns.com said...

Love your take on the MUSE, Darnell. The file folder is so cute;)

cindyleebeedesigns.com said...

Love your take on the MUSE, Darnell. The file folder is so cute;)

Brandi said...

This card is so cute! Love how you added the clip and made it look like a folder! Awesome!

Arlene said...

You made me smile with the note to yourself to change out the panel for one that doesn't look like a tiny life raft in the middle of the ocean. LOL

Love the originality of your card... your thinking just jumped to the file folder tabs and kept on going. I must confess that now that you've said something about the size, it's the only item on your card that I can focus on now.

Bobby said...

I thought file folder, too, but didn't get a chance to make a card for this challenge. You, on the other hand, made it work for several. I don't know how you keep them all straight. Your hamster must have a good filing system of her own.