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 30, 2013

His and Hers ~ Fusion ~ Dynamic Duos

Hi there!

I've a busy day today with appointments about This and phone calls about That.  You know how it goes.  So, banterless, we begin:

Yesterday I started taking another of the delightful classes given by Online Card Classes (OCC).  This time the class is about making "His & Hers" cards, a similar idea you can find via the sketch challenge Seize the Birthday (STB) .  With STB, one week you use a sketch for a lady and the next week you use the same sketch and make a card for a gent.  With OCC, there are lots of terrific trips and tricks and techniques via excellent videos. 
 
Well, there aren't so many trips actually, unless you count going back and forth to your closets, drawers, and shelves.  I meant to say "tips," of course.  Anyway, it would sure be nice if I could get in the habit of killing both sexes with one card, as it were, making two each time.  One can hope.

Online Card Classes Pattern Play
If you'd like to take the class, I believe the above link will give you the info.  If not, lemeno.
 
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For my two cards today, I'm playing in the Fusion Card Challenge. The Fusion hypothesis this week is:
 
For the first time, I did not "fuse" my cards!  This week I chose to use only Jackie's fun sketch challenge for both my cards.
 
For the feminine version, I also used the warm colors of this week's Dynamic Duos. 


The DD DT have made all their inspiration cards birthday cards in honor of Vicki Burdick!  I made a birthday card for Vicki here for Lesley's personal blog hop, so my cards for this post are "thinking of you," per the OCC.

As well, my cards are Quick And Clean And Simple, a new category we shall call QACAS.  That just sounds wrong.

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Firstly, my Lady Card:

 
I love that sparkly and fun button paper, from either K&Company or DCWV.  I just punched the buttons out of the sheet and then applied the third adorable button (shankless) from GKW.
 
Secondly, my Gent Card:

 

The kraft paper is heat embossed with white embossing powder using a mesh background stamp from SU!.  The gentlemanly burlap bow tie is from Dear Lizzy.
 
I have to admit it felt really good to use the same sketch and create a second card, this time for a man.
 
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Before I go, there is always time to have you meet two new friends!  Today I'd love to introduce you to Marie of Ink'd Wings and Chris of Pear Shaped Crafting.  I always adore the blog names you crafters come up with!  Thank you for joining us, ladies, and providing us with your amazing inspiration!
 
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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:  PTI white and kraft; SU! blushing bride;
  Bazzill textured tan; unknown DP
Stamps:  SU! Mesh Background; unknown
  sentiment stamps
Ink:  Memento and Ancient Page blacks;
  WOW white embossing powder
Bow Tie:  Dear Lizzy
Button from stash
 
 

48 comments:

shirley-bee said...

QACAS. Love it!! Love both the cards, too, especially the male card, it's genius! Pinning, case-ing (copying your homework!! I'll get into trouble with Teach!). See you in class.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

orgeous CAS cards, love the bow on the second card-fab,
hugs Tamara

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

Two beautiful cards.

Love the bow tie on the male version.

Hope you have a good day.

Love Jules xx

Sian Ridley said...

These are awesome! I don't know about you, but I always struggle with masculine cards...having said that, you clearly don't 'cause this is too cool! :) I am loving the idea of QACAS, although I'm pretty sure 'quick' is a word that will never be used to describe the speed at which I am able to create...maybe one day :)

I'm glad you're enjoying your class...I can't wait to see what else you come up with ;)

Cathy said...

Fantastic! love these cards. I've always wanted to do an online class but haven't as yet, thanks for the insight :) Cathy

Jessi Fogan said...

Can we call it "quack-ass" when we say it out loud? PLEASE? :)
Awesome paper buttons (score! on the perfect patterned paper)and that bow tie? OH EM GEE! Plus the mesh background...awesome :)

Michelle said...

I love both hers and his cards, Darnell! Beautiful work!

Redanne said...

QACAS - love it, if you say it fast enough is sounds like 'crackers'....
Both cards are fabulous, love the gorgeous buttons and the brilliant embossing on the man card. Two triumphs I would say!! Hugs, Annie xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Great job on your first homework assignment your cards are both fantastic Darnell!

Sue - bearhouse said...

Wonderful cards Darnell. I love the sunny colours on your first card and the bow and stamped background on your second card look fabulous
Sue xx

Craftychris said...

Love these QACAS cards - both are very cool, so is the name! I specially love the burlap tie! I hope you have a good day too! xx

Kristie Goulet said...

GREAT cards, Darnell! I need to get crackin' on my day one homework. :)

Jean said...

Both are great ~ Love the masculine one with the fun tie!

Happy Dance said...

Wowzers!! These are totally amazing cards. You have rocked the his and hers. Perfect use of the DD colors, and that bow tie on the "his" card is fab. Way cool. (or 'coo-ah' as my little ones used to say...)Bev

Lisa said...

Love them both Darnell, that bow tie is awesome ~ must remember that one!

mypapercraftworld said...

Clunk ... double clunk ... sound of chin hitting desk ... completely stunning QACAS cards, Darlene, awesome sparkley buttons on her's, and that bow tie and background on his ... WOW ... LOVE it! Anita :)

scrappymo! said...

What a great idea! I love them both but especially the guy card...the sparkly buttons are so cute but that burlap bow is a hit for sure!!!

donna mikasa said...

Oh, I LOVE the bowtie on your manly card! CAS at its best!

Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments on my blog! Enjoy your day! :)

Linda said...

What two wonderful CAS cards. Love both of them.

Geri said...

BSOLUTELY amazing! The button card is so sweetly color coordinated and stunning in its simplicity. The guy card....well is just totally stylin' with the sweet bow tie and the amazing embossed background!

Yep, I'm smelling a chicken cooking... as in winner, winner, chicken dinner!

joy said...

Ditto to all the above comments!! LOVE that bow tie; so very masculine and CAS. The glittery button is adorable too.

Geri said...

I love both of these Darnell, but that first one with those sweet buttons...cutie-patootie!!! (The other Geri;)

MagsB said...

Fabulous CAS cards! I love the cute bow tie!

love Mags B x

Kim Heggins said...

I love it when you can get so many challenges out of just a few cards. Both of your cards are just perfect for this class! Looking forward to seeing more of your homework!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Both cards are truly special , but I think I'm loving that gent card the most! I adore that Bow Tie!! So southern , and that's what I am!

Kristine Chubb said...

You inspire me. Both in card making and Life.
Thanks.

Barb King said...

Such different looks from the same sketch. I should take that class, I've done some of the others, they are always good. The bow tie reminds me of the good ole days with my husband. I found a photo of us at a college dance and he had on a huge bow tie (and hair down to his shoulders!) Ahh, the '70's.

Jamie Martin said...

Both of your cards are wonderful! I didn't play in the Dynamic Duo challenge, I was worried about the colors but you did a fabulous job! :)

Denise Price said...

I love both your cards, but I especially love the bow tie card. Now I think I definitely need to make my husband a bow tie card. :)

cm said...

Hi Darnell - I've been admiring your posts (so engaging!) and cards for a while and today, discovering we're classmates, well...I had to comment. Your Fusion His & Hers cards are awesome; QACAS - in the most wonderful of ways!! Thank you, too, for commenting on my "first" assignment Birthday Cards I share this morning, along with my babbly post. You definitely added another ray of sunshine to my day! Off to try to figure out my assignment, and hopefully a FUSION connection as well. Thanks for all the inspiration!!
c

Carole said...

Jaw dropping amazing. Darnell not only do you have an amazing ability to capture our attention with your delightful stories,but you have an ability to create an abundant array of amazing cards. So good!

Alison Barclay said...

Those cards are spectacular!!!!

WOW!!!

...and thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. :)

xxxx

Carol L said...

You never cease to amaze me with the fantastic way you combine multiple challenges into one fabulous CAS card creation! Rock on my friend - I learn from you every day!

~amy~ said...

Love the his and hers cards! how fun!!!! Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love all the white for the Fusion and what a fun bow tie! Great gent card :)

JD said...

Both great cards!

Joyce said...

2 great cards. Very fun to see the same sketch used for both genders.

Deanna Dean said...

Both of these are great. Love the big buttons..how fun. And that bow tie is great! Glad you joined us this week at Dynamic Duos and Fusion!!

Marie said...

Great interpretation of the sketch. Love how you incorporated both colors.

mypapercraftworld said...

Darnell, I have an apology to make ... last night (well it was probably closer to early morning), I couldn't resist checking out your post on my reader rather than going to bed ... and just had to leave a comment. Just this minute I was about to make a comment on your His&Hers post when it hit me what I did last night ... and now I'm a delicate shade of beetroot red with embarrassment and have come back to beg forgiveness ... who is Darlene anyway? Please excuse such an awful faux pas ... Anita :)

janelle said...

Hi! First time visiting your blog. Great cards and love your 'playhouse'!

laughadaisy said...

Fantastic pair of his and her cards, Darnell. LOVE that little bow tie for the guys, and your ladies' card is just so clean and simple and pretty (and quick, too! *wink*)

I am also just 'tickled pink' that I can say... Thank you so much for joining us at Dynamic Duos AND for joining us at Fusion! ;-)

Bonnie said...

I'm pretty sure you got an A+ on these! Do you get graded? They are both wonderful, CAS cards!

Aileen said...

Two super cards Darnell and they look so different. Love them both. x

Barb Murphy said...

a bow-tie bow??? how genius!

Janelle said...

A couple of fantastic cards, Darnell! Such creativity, yet they look so effortlessly simple - pure genius!

Lyndal said...

LOVE your sparkly buttons Darnell, but that hession bow tie takes the cake!!
So glad you joined in experimenting @ FUSION this week - hope to see you again soon :)

Kelly Griglione said...

Wanted to officially let you know that I'm glad you joined the Fusion party, and that you just used the sketch : ) Again, I'm drawn to your masculine card! That embossing on the whole background is amazing ... looks just like a fabric.