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May 25, 2013

May 2013 PTI Blog Hop; MIM #117; Case Study #142

Happy, Happy Saturday to you!

This is a long Memorial Day holiday weekend in America.  I hope everyone enjoys the holiday, stays safe, and takes some time to remember the hard work and sacrifices of our service men and women.
 
We've got motorcycle riding (me) and card making (Mister) and a wedding (Sunday) and a lunch date with the kids (Monday), all under cool and comfortable temperatures and bright blue skies.  No complaints from here.  Of course I performed a sleight of type trick in those first parens just to see if you were paying attention.

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I'm playing in TWO PTI challenges today!  The first is Make It Monday #117 from the incredible Nichole Heady's "Capture The Moment" website.  The video and art work were made by the charming and talented Melissa Phillips on "paper piecing" wherein she paper-patched a flower.  She cut her blossom pieces out with scissors and I used a die for mine.
 
The second PTI challenge is today's May 2013 Papertrey Blog Hop, also on Nichole's site.  This month our challenge is to make a floral card based on six different photo inspirations of beautiful bouquets.  I chose the red oranges:


The truth is I chose the purple photo first.  I always lean towards the blues and lilacs and greens.  I pretty much hate oranges and melons.  Colors, I mean, not the fruits.  Why are ink and paper colors so often named after foods?  All it does is make me a hungry crafter.  (As one of my bloggie friends once said, "You say that like that's a bad thing!") 
 
So, anyway, there I was attempting my fifth card from inside my comfort zone and, uncharacteristically, I was very uncomfortable with the hot messes coming from up in there.
 
So I stepped out.  That's right.  Just got up and stepped over the line!  I thought of my beautiful DIL who adores orange, and I pulled out all the papers in my new PTI "Text-style in bloom" paper pack in clays and oranges and melons and I got to work.  I wouldn't say that Rachel has converted me to orange, but I'm no longer repulsed because of how great she makes it look in her home and on her person.
 
And, thirdly, yes, yippee, thirdly, I noticed the new Case Study May Muse photo inspiration was up.  It is another magnificent card by the beloved Maile Belles:
 
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Ready?  I stamped and die cut and pieced and made this:


I have to admit it is really lovely IRL and perhaps my DIL won't see this post, because if she does, she'll be looking at her birthday card, even though her birthday isn't until October.  It has her name written all over it and hopefully by October, she'll forget she ever saw it.
 
I do love the design of the card (thank you, Maile) and I will definitely be using this format again.  The execution is pretty self-explanatory.  CASEing Maile's card, I started by stamping the leaves and coloring them.  I die cut the blossom using the PTI "Frilly Flowers" die and glued the petals in place, curling the ends of some with my fingers.  I die cut the leaves (Sizzlets) and attached them with brads and I added the little dahlia embellie to the center.  I chomped the one corner to mimic the blossom petals and popped the whole shebang to the card base with pop dots.  The full list of ingredients is below my signature at the bottom of the post.

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I'm so pleased to introduce you today to three new friends who have joined us at the Playhouse!  Please join me in welcoming:

Anne J. Williams of Copper Beach Crafts
Karen Petitt of Stamping in Pink
Yolanda of A Moment of Time

Thank you so much for your support, ladies!  You have tons of inspiration on your beautiful sites to share with all of us!

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I thought I'd leave you today with this humorous picture of my hydrangea bushes.  I love hydrangeas, second to lilacs, and my bushes are called Nikko BLUE.  You can't fail to notice that the bush at the top did not get the memo, hence the humor!  In the prior two years I've had them, I've shared how they always start out pink, so I had to add pneumonia, or something like that, after which they magically turned blue.  Last year I must have overdosed the one that sprang forth in blue from the start this year!  I've decided to just let the pinky/ lavender one be.  I am loving the sorbet affect.  Ah, gee, I attach food descriptors to everything, too!!


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

Thank you so much for stopping by the Playhouse and for all your comforting words yesterday over the loss of The Nest.  I really appreciated that.  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, "Text-Style In Bloom"; SU! always artichoke
Stamps:  We R Memory Keepers "Botanicals"; SU! sediment
Ink:  PTI true black; Prismacolor pencils
Dies:  PTI "Frilly Flowers"; Sizzlits "Flowers, Branches & Leaves"
Flower Center:  SU! Dahlia
Corner Chomper and Pop Dots

62 comments:

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

You are buisy,
take time for rest too-ok?
Gorgeous cards,
hugs Tamara :)

Happy Dance said...

Your DIL will love this card. It's gorgeous Darnell! I'll have to pull out my orange papers, especially after seeing what you've made. And the sweet dahlia in the center...yum! Looks good enough to eat! (lol)I'd be that odd-man-out hydrangea..I'm guessing it just wanted to stand out this year! Gorgeous, btw. Bev

Joyce said...

OK, Darnell-0-your card has taken my breath away, and now that I have caught my breath, I am pinning it to make one myself, and also calling you a crafty floral genius.

The Crafty Laydee said...

I was paying attention Miss Darnell - and was thinking of you with your Biker Goggles on.....and Mr with his inky fingers tee hee !!
Gorgeous card-i love how you made theose blooms-and that curly sentiment is perfect :0)
Enjoy your long weekend-its Bank Holiday for us here in the UK so an extra day to play with the neddies and cards hooray !
Nessa xxx

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow, these colors really pop.

Leigh said...

Lovely card, Darnell! I love how you worked so many colours into your bloom!

Diana K said...

Love your card and how you created it from patterned paper!

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, this is simply stunning!!! What a wonderful card for you DIL, I am sure she will swoon over it. Now I want to see photos on your next post of you on the motorcycle and Mister all inky, you are so funny and I am looking forward to seeing Mister's card creation. Have a fabulous and safe holiday weekend!

Inkyfingers said...

What a great mix of techniques on your lovely card Darnelle and even if the colours are not you favourites, you have to admit they are stunning together. I did a double take when you said you were motorcycling! You got me!!!

Shannon J said...

I love the colours you used on this card!!! You have taken Maile's card and amped it up - not an easy feat!!! Beautiful work!!! And I agree with Kim above, I would love to see those pictures of you on your m/c and Mister's masterpiece!!

Redanne said...

You really can't tease us like that Darnell - we need to see you in biker leathers now! And we need to see Mister all inky....... We are enjoying what they call a Bank Holiday weekend too - great for the workers to get Monday off.

Your card is stunning, I am not really into orange either but I think you have converted me too....love that chomped corner.

I don't know much about hydrangeas, other than I seem to kill them, but yours look amazing - loving the sorbet one. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, sounds like a busy one. Hugs, Annie xx

Linda said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful. Think you did a great job with the oranges and your DIL will love it. So, so pretty.

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! This is a real stunner for sure Darnell. I love how you have made the flower, wonderful sunny colours and gorgeous sediment.
I love hydrangeas too, the colours are so pretty.
Enjoy your motorcycle ride then!
Sue xx

Kara said...

gorgoeus Darnell and I love your hydrangeas!!

Lisa said...

WOW Darnell this is beautiful!! Love the color ;)

Mrs A. said...

I love your beautiful card a d if you want blue flowers try a handful of nails in the soil!!! Hugs mrs a.

mypapercraftworld said...

Stunning, gasp-generating stunning, Darnell ... completely love all the different shades of orange! Lovely colours in your hydrangeas ... the odd one out is just being creative! Anita :)

Cassandra said...

WOW, such impact Darnell! Really stunning and lucky recipient.

Bobby said...

Red and coral are my favorites so I'm loving this card. The greens really set it off. I knew you were teasing. I could have been a proof reader, I catch everything like that. ;)

Kate said...

Oh this is beautiful Darnell i just love it :)
Kate x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Well done! You do good out of your zone ;)

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful card!

Michelle said...

Darnell,you should step over that line more often! This card is stunning!

I love your hydrangeas! I love that you gave your blue one extra pneumonia last year. I wonder if you fertilise the pink one at the end of the season and don't fertilise the blue one, if they'll swap colours at the beginning of next year? Science experiments in Darnell's garden! :-)

Enjoy that motorbike ride! ;-)

Tracy Ercole said...

What a beautiful flower, love your technique and colours :)

Michelle said...

pretty fabulous! Love what you created!

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

Wow, what a fabulous bloom you've created! TFS!

Jacquie Southas said...

Stunning, gorgeous blossom just brimming with joy! Does your Mister get the Playhouse when you are off on the motorcycle?

Jacquie Southas said...

Stunning, gorgeous blossom just brimming with joy! Does your Mister get the Playhouse when you are off on the motorcycle?

Greta said...

Oh you always make me chuckle, Darnell! Your hydrangeas are beautiful--both colors! I'm terrified of changing mine, so I never give it any food. Guess it isn't needed since I get more flowers every year. Your card is a jaw dropper! Boy do I wish my attempts outside my comfort zone would turn out like this. I'm not a lover of orange either, but I'm pinning this beauty! PS--Yes I did change the profile photo since I cut my hair & now I've changed it again--woman's prerogative, right?! Enjoy your w/e!

Carol L said...

I was paying attention, and was about to ask you when the mister took over your craft house! LOL Your card is BEEEEEUtiful!!!!! And so are those hydrangeas!! They remind me of fruit sherbet! Hmmmm......

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

LEG Studios said...

Lovely cards!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell your card is so gorgeous and so are your hydrangea. I didn't play at the hop this month, life has been busy.

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous!!

wienerhoneymooners said...

HEY, you are always right Darnell!

Love that you are playing the PTI hop.. I am thinking about it. Busy weekend with Family and Aunt (our oldest Matriarch) is turning 85 tomorrow - so we ferry away tomorrow to see her.

Have a lovely weekend!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Oh and lovely lovely card!

Kim Hall said...

Just love the striking colours of your card!!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Beautiful card! I'm sure your DIL will treasure it!

Marybeth said...

I love your stamped paper pieced card! Oh my gosh this is gorgeous! Love it!
Beautiful garden flowers too !

scrappymo! said...

i am loving these hot, bright colours. You made a fabulous card that she is going to love!

nmnastali said...

I decided to pop over!!! :) :) SOOOOOOO GORGEOUS!!! I really love this card!! You know bright colors are my thing & this is JUST FABULOUS!!! :) :) :)

Kelly Griglione said...

Darnell, it's SO BEAUTIFUL!! And unfortunately, you will need to prepare yourself for October ... I guarantee your DIL will NOT forget this one! The white embossing is fab. Love that you made one large flower with all the colors, instead of lots of flowers with each color.

karen m said...

Stunning card Darnell! Your flower is beautiful and the whole card looks amazing - hugs xx

Rema said...

You've created a beauty here Darnell! Awesome......

Ria Gall said...

Hi Darnell
what an amazing card the stamped flowers in those beautiful colours really leap off the page, stunning
Ria

Kim S said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!

Jeanne said...

What can I say that others haven't! ;-) Love, love, love your flower(s). I too vote for pics of you on the motorcycle.

Bonnie said...

What a gorgeous card with that orange flower! DIL will love it! I love the hydrangeas! I have a bud on mine. Seems like they'll change color every year. I think it depends what's in the mulch that gets put down under them.

Yolanda said...

Hello Darnell, how nice to have a message from you receive back! Thank you so much that you have become;) follower of my blog and the mention of my name on your blog, I am very honored.
I love this gorgeous card, what a beautiful color combination and layout! Until next time, greetings Yolanda B)

Kara Lynne said...

So beautiful! I love the colors on your bloom (and the ones in your backyard too). Have fun on the bike this weekend, make sure Mister knows to put the stamps back in the right place.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow I love your flower & the colours, it's gorgeous & so vibrant. I was paying attention and noticed that YOU were riding the bike and MISTER is making cards :) Enjoy the long weekend, Shirleyx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

ps.. your hydrangeas are beautiful, I'm envious they are hard to grow where I live

Marion said...

Simple stunning Darnell!

cm said...

WOW Darnell - stunning, gorgeous, beautiful! This flower is an absolute eye-catcher - one that your DIL will LOVE and treasure! Amazing talent happening in that playhouse of yours!
Had a fantastic weekend being "Aunty C" - home feeling sad, but your card and post has gone miles in brightening my mood! Thank you - and hugs!!
c

Geri said...

Darnell, your layers of color here are just so gorgeous!!! That blossoms pops right out of those layers of green leaves just like it's supposed to! Absolutely beautiful!!!

shirley-bee said...

Fab card, Darnell! I like orange and these shades are gorgeous. Love how you've done the leaves and stamped the sentiment over them.

Gay Peplow said...

WOW!! I absolutely love your card Darnell, what fab flower!! Have a wonderful week, hugs Gay !

victoria h said...

pretty card- the colours look fab.

MaryH said...

Your beautiful flower was just exclaiming "Hot summer" right off the white background. Really stunning, and if this is 'out of your comfort zone', Lady, You really nailed it! Especially loved the frilly bit in the very center. Wasn't sure if it was a brad or a pretty button, but it was so effective. Great job! TFS

Jenny said...

What a stunner of a flower Darnell!!! I love the pattern detail on the petals and the composition :0)
Jenny x

Mrs Harry said...

What a great flower. I too am a purple/blue kind of girl so I admire your step of faith and didn't it pay off beautifully? I feel challenged to try an orange flower myself now.
Pat x

Lyndal said...

OK, jaw off the floor now - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Darnell - super fab card :)

Geri said...

Absolutely, without a doubt, this card has sky rocketed to #1 on my "Favorite Cards Crafted by the Talented, Witty & Fun Darnell" list!

Seriously, beyond spectacular. The colors are stunning - love the vibrant green you used in the leaves. The softly curled leaves add so much scrumptious depth and dimension to your card!