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!

May 20, 2013

CAS(E) This Sketch With a Birthday Card and a First-Time Case Study

Ah, the smell of a Monday and a whole new week!
 
I had the juices flowing yesterday and made two cards for unconnected challenges so this will be, I guess, a two-part postie.
 
Part One:
 
For my first card, I'm playing in two of my favorite challenges.  First, we have the challenge at  CAS(E) This Sketch where this week's sketch is fun and fetching and designed by one of my card-making faves, N@Ali.
 
 
Talk about a keeper sketch!  It just bubbles over with happiness!
 
I'm also entering my first card in the current challenge at Addicted to CAS (ATCAS) where the code word is "birthday."
 
The sponsor for this challenge is the ever poplar:
 
 
We always need those birthday cards in our stash.  I hope you get a chance to go over and play along.  Don't forget to bookmark this one, too ~ you'll find an endless supply of birthday card inspiration for future use!!
 
And this is my first card:
 
  
I know and you prolly know that I already have quite a few fun drinkie-poo stamps, but c'mon, I just had to get this one from Impression Obsession with the candle and the itty-bitty cakes instead of olives! 
 
I spruced up the birthtini even further with Glossy Accents.  The enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye.

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Part Two:
 
My second card was made for a challenge that I've admired for a very long time.  I'm thrilled to bits to finally have made a card to enter the Case Study Challenge #141 .  The artist this week is the exceptionally talented Maile Belles, and this is her inspiration card:
 
Isn't that a cool card?  She's a phenom nom nom!
 
Here is my take on Maile's card:

 
Did you notice that those little circles are actually diamond rings?  They were made with an old SU! stamp I used as a backdrop for the "love" word, which is a Paper Smooches "wise die."  I popped up and paper-pieced the "love" and attached a SU! heart charm with a short piece of Doodle Time twine.  The diamonds were supplied via a Sakura Gelly Roll clear star pen.
 
I hope to be able to play in this challenge again soon and I hope to see you there as well!
 
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We have two new friends joining our party today!  I'm delighted to welcome Sue from Sue's Stamping Stuff and Trisha Theophilopoulos.  We are happy to have you along and I appreciate the support very much!
 
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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!
 

43 comments:

Redanne said...

Wow Darnell, two absolutely wonderful cards today - what a treat for us! I love the drink one and those coloured dots are gorgeous. Very clever idea for the second card making the circles into diamond rings - really love the paper pieced word love too. Two stunning makes - I really love the colours you have used. Big hugs, Annie xx

Sue - said...

Two wonderful cards Darnell - think the second one is my fave - love the rings, only noticed the diamonds when I looked closely!!

Mrs Harry said...

I love both of these cards Darnell, you are so talented. And I agree with you about that sketch, so maany possibilities.

Aileen said...

Great interpretation of your challenges. Love your cocktail glass. I would only see the heart, and the rings with love is a fab combination. x

Meg said...

Both these cards are great - fabulous job.

Sue - bearhouse said...

Wonderful cards Darnell. The image on the first card is fabulous and I love the enamel dots.
Your second card is brilliant too. The design and colours work so well and the heart charm hanging from the sentiment is a great touch.
Sue xx

Maureen Merritt said...

Your CASE card is seriously awesome!

stampwithsandy said...

Wow, Darnell, both these cards are amazing!

The Crafty Laydee said...

Wowser Darnell-You are on top form for a Monday my friend :)Fabulous cards-both really clever takes on the sketch.How cute are those floating cuppycakes ! Wine and cake-sounds like the perfect Birthday to me LOL !!
Have a happy week.
Hugs,Nessa xx

Lisa said...

The candle stir stick the olivey cupcakes...come on, what's not to like! Very fun card Darnell! And your second is as cute as can be, love the colors and happy design!

lostinpaper said...

Such fun cards Darnell! Love those little floating cupcakes and the coloured rings are fab.
Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!

Kylie said...

Hi Darnell, great drinking (I mean birthday) card!! I have a martini christmas glass from bugaboo which is very cheeky but I love it. I love both your cards!! Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

You have such great ideas-from one sketch you did so many differet gorgeous cards-
hugs Tamara

Joyce said...

You were on a roll yesterday. I just love both of these, and cannot pick a favorite. You've got me wanting to dig through my stamps, though...I'm pretty sure I have that first stamp, or something like it. I forgot how fun it was.

cm said...

Wow, Darnell - my face almost hurts from the massive smile spilling across it, in discovering your fantastic cards. LOVE them both; clever, delightful, charming! Your creativity is impressive; always a 'fresh' take on the challenges. Soooo glad to be a follower and a fan!! Hope your Monday is excellent.
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Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell you totally rock martini's my friend and your CASE of Maile is brilliant! Winner.

Suze Bain said...

Oh yes, me likie! Fabulous interpretations and I love the bright colours. Two happy cards! xx

Carol L said...

Great challenge cards for these challenges! I love the dangling charm and especially those tiny cakes in the martini glass! CA-UTE!!

JD/ Jill said...

Great job with all the challenges...so cute and creative...especially the "RINGS"

mypapercraftworld said...

A perfect birthday drinky-poo ... something yummy in a glass and cupcakes too ... fabulous! Your CASE card is inspired, Darnell ... brilliant diamonds on all those colourful rings and such a cute little charm! Anita :)

Bobby said...

My first thought, before I read your commentary, was "hmmm how many drink stamps does Darnell have?" But I can see why you added this one, with it's candle swizzle stick and cupcake olives. You are such a clever girl. Your second card is no slouch either. I love the way your mind works.

Cathy said...

2 great cards Darnell, clever take on both challenges :) Cathy x

Carole said...

Sparkling with effervescence and brilliant details, the mini-cupcakes are too sweet...love the emerald dots. @ really great cards.

Karen B said...

Two brilliant cards Dippy. Love the cupcakes and those gorgeous enamelled dots on the first card. The way you paper pieced your die cut word is genious and the colourway is lovely. Thanks so much for joining the fun at A2CAS.

Karendipity x

Lisa Arana said...

oh my gosh, TWO fabulous cards! i love the little cupcake martini stamp, that is awesome. and your LOVE card is amazing. beautifully done.

Shannon J said...

I LOVE your LOVE card Darnell! You've studied the Case perfectly - I give you an A+++!! Love the martini card too - I'll drink to that!!

Jen said...

A delightful cupcake martini! I had no idea that such a thing existed but I'm glad you showed me the way! The dots are very cool. I must get some of those.

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, both of your cards are just too cute! I love the martini birthday stamp and I am so excited that I happen to have that very stamp, bought it 100 years ago and only used it once, now time to pull it back out! Thank you for the inspiration, you are awesome! Your second card it fabulous too, I am love all the rings, just so sweet!

Sue from Oregon said...

That was a hard sketch, but your martini card is perfect! Oh so creative. the ring card is just right for the wedding season too!

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

Two fabulous cards . .. . I love them both!

Mega impressed with the diamond rings on the second one though. What a brilliant idea for an engagement card!

Hope you have a good day.

Love Jules xx

shirley-bee said...

Both cards are fabulous, Darnell! That birthday cake martini is such a fun image, and I love those trendy enamel dots. And your case of Maile's card is a winner! A girl can never have too many diamond rings :)

Bonnie said...

Not one, but two bubbly, terrific cards! Love the bright, fun colors on both! Great job on both sketches!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Both are fabulous cards! I adore the birthini! :) Thanks for joining in with ATCas!

Jeanne J said...

EEEK!!! I don't know which one I love more - the martini? (I do love me a martini) and oh my gosh - talk about making it all your own - the rings with the "love" and the bitty charm? Just brilliant!

Geri said...

Love how your mind works! You're on fire girl! Seriously, your clever and creative approaches to these challenges are second to none! "Brilliant" idea to use the diamond ring (actually beyond clever) and snapping up this martini stamp was another slam dunk...but coloring the image like you did (glossy accents included) is what puts your cards over the top every single time.

Creativity lives at this blog!

Maureen said...

oh, my! lOVE the inspired elements and that sweet little heart! Thanks for sharing with us over on CASE Study :)

Gayatri said...

OMG love both the card, Darnell! Love your take on Mailie's card. Perfect.
And all those enamel dots on the first card is awesome. Love your take on the sketch. Thanks for playing along with us @ CAS(E) this Sketch!

maria f. said...

Eeek. These are both so right-up-my-alley. That "birthtini" stamp is outta this world. Could just stamp it and call it good to go - so clever. Love how you minimally colored it. And the "rings" - genius at work my friend. I know it's hard to go wrong with Maile B. as a muse, but still!

Quip1320 said...

These are both adorable, Darnell! Your cards always make me want to come meet you. They are so fun so you must be a hoot to hang out with! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS(E) this Sketch.

wienerhoneymooners said...

Darnell, this was my ABSOLUTE favorite. So clean and crisp and lovely colors, perfect!

Barb Murphy said...

ok, well i just love how you used a candle and cupcakes as alcohol fodder. loves!

the second card is my fave. i love the diecut with the holes filled in all pastel like...you're great at this CASEing thing...me, not so much :S

Anastasia (Νατάσα) said...

All three cards are wonderful - I just love the colour burst against the white background! Thank you for sharing with us at Addicted to CAS!

Patrice said...

Great card - I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week!

http://www.oldbackporch.com/2013/05/52-card-pickup-221.html