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!

July 14, 2013

A Special Day ~ ABNH #27, STB; DD #61; FMS #94; MFW; SSS

Hi!  Howdy!  Hello!

Aaaccckkk!  Until about an hour ago, I had totally forgotten that I wanted to make sure I played in the current A Blog Named Hero (ABNH) challenge where the challenge is to use a favorite Hero Arts stamp.  I have so many, but this is my all-time favorite! 
 
So there will be no NBUS on this post today, because both my stamps are old-timers and well-loved!  Sort of like me. 
 
Here we go:
 
Since my card is a birthday card, I'm also entering it in the current Seize The Birthday (STB) challenge where the theme is "Anything Goes!"
 
 
 
 
 
For my colors I am using the current Dynamic Duos (DD) challenge, where the colors are pink pirouette and sahara sand. 
 
 
For my sketch, I am using the current Freshly Made Sketches (FMS) challenge. 
 
 
For my finishing touches, I am using the current Simon Says Stamp (SSS) challenge where the theme is "Pin It!"
 
As always many of these challenges have fantastic sponsors and prizes.  To shorten my post, I ask that you visit the links for all the details and to join in the fun!!
 
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Wiping my brow, I give you my card:
 
 
I know so many of you have loved and used this hydrangea stamp which in my world will never go out of style!  Using black embossing powder, I heat embossed the image onto vellum.  The vellum was colored on the back side using SU! markers and attached to the pink pirouette mat, which was then attached to the sahara sand card base.  I added glitter accents to the blossom centers, which are hard to see.
 
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Chow for now!  Someone check the book and see if this is my shortest post EVER!  Gotta dash!  Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS*!
 
Thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower! 

ETA:  Since I rarely link more than two or three challenges, and I was in a hurry, I didn't check the challenge rules before I published.  I am not eligible for any recognition at Freshly Made Sketches, because entries are only allowed to link up to three other challenges.
 
*Life Is Too Short!  
 
Paper:  SU! pink pirouette and sahara sand;
  unknown vellum
Stamps:  Hero Arts H2121 and C2926
Ink:  Black EP; SU! sahara sand
Embellies:  SU! clips; unknown brads
 



 

58 comments:

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Hi Darnell - such subtle colouring and the hydrangea is a beautiful flower... to have so many blogs to "guide" you amazing - I usually make a card then look for the blogs to match... have a great week Mxx

Karen Petitt said...

Beautiful Darnell, such suble colouring, almost ethereal! I have hydrangea stamp, different brand, that I loves to ink and colour! Never tried it with such soft colours though - may have to have a play! Karen x

Happy Dance said...

Simply gorgeous, Darnell. I can see why that's your favorite stamp. It's beautiful, and your card is as well. I love that you heat embossed and colored on the reverse...I always forget about doing that. You've combined challenges perfectly with this winner card. Totally love it. Bev

Tracey McNeely said...

Absolutely stunning Darnell, I love that image and all the clips and hardware! The embossing technique you used is brilliant. Lovely my friend. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Dynamic Duos!

The Crafty Laydee said...

Great stamp choice Darnell-it's a beautiful card and i love how you have attatched the sentiment :)
Nessa xxx

Lisa said...

Now that is one QUICK and FABULOUS creation Darnell!!! Gorgeous card, love the image, love the do dads!!

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Darnell, love your layout and the gorgeous soft colours :) Cathy x

Kathyk said...

Darnell, I suspect you are right that this will NEVER go out of style. Your card is splendid and I love your little clips.

Have a good week

Kathyk

Linda said...

Beautiful card, love hydrangeas - I have two of them in my garden, one pink and one blue and they give such beautiful blooms every year.

Craftychris said...

ooh this is gorgeous! The hydrangea stamp is fabulous and your delicate colouring is yummy! xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning card Darnell. I can see why you love that stamp so much it's gorgeous. Beautiful colouring, so delicate and pretty.
Sue xx

Karen B said...

Oh Dippy this is SO beautiful! That gorgeous stamp on the soft vellum on the gorgeous pink mat...........stunning is the only word for it. Hope you managed to find the e pony mouse blog - interesting hey? lol

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Darnell, WOW I agree with you fab stamp but I just love how you used it!! On vellum, perfect, subtle colouring and a great C&S design!! Top marks :D Gay x

Valerie said...

Beautiful colour combo to highlight that gorgeous hydrangea Darnell! Looks so delicate on the vellum.
Val x

Hettie said...

Wassamarru? Cat got your tongue?
Fabulous car there Darnell. I have a similar stamp and love it. Haven't thought of doing it on velum and colouring it on the reverse so tanku for that!
Hugs
xx

jimlynn said...

That's a load of challenge and I see a winner with this card! So beautiful and love the stamping on vellum. Cool way to color behind it to give it that "oh so delicate look". Beautiful!
Lynn

Denise Price said...

I am swooning over that pretty color combo and the gorgeous image. This is one great card!

Carol L said...

I'm amazed that you're able to combine so many challenges into one CAS card so well!! This is simply gorgeous and I love those little clips!!

stampwithsandy said...

Wow, Darnell, this card is a knockout! Love that hydrangea stamp and the embossed vellum is gorgeous!

Benzi said...

Ooh, this is beautiful and the hydrangea on vellum is another plus. It looks awesome. I like the idea of your clips to hold the sentiment. Very sweet.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Gorgeous delicate colouring and wonderful use of the hardware! Thanks for sharing with us at A Blog Named Hero!

Bonnie said...

What a lovely hydrangea! The coloring is so soft on the vellum and perfect for these soft, pretty colors!

scrappymo! said...

Very soft and oh so pretty. I can see the sparkle on the centers...it looks great!

Linda Suarez said...

That is a fabulous card! You may not be eligible to be a queen or princess but I am so glad you shared with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Joyce said...

I just love this. I have that stamp (new to me) and have yet to play with it. There were just not enough days in the Hero Arts Playing Favorite challenge for me to get to all my favorite Hero Arts stamps! I'm pinning this one. Brilliant idea to color the back of the vellum. I've never heard of that, and I love the look. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rosemary said...

the hydrangea stamp is one of my all time favorite hero arts stamps, too, and you have created an absolutely lovely card with it!

Janet Zeppa said...

I agree...this image is a keeper and I love how you used it!
Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos this week!

JD/ Jill said...

beautiful image, and great job on all those challenges...

Jean said...

This is just lovely ~ the colors are perfect for this flower.

Geri said...

GASP! Stunning, subtle, beautiful, elegant, creative, perfectly executed, perfectly blinged, and perfectly sweetened up with those cute little bull dog clips (think the little ones need to be called puppy dog clips).

The embossed velum is gorgeous, especially colored from the reverse side!

Yep, winner, winner, chicken dinner! Seriously girl, you are going to need a wagon to pull home the trophies!

Linda said...

I can't believe you can make one card for so many challenges. I have a tough time just making one card for two. Way to go girl. Beautiful card. So elegant. Love it.

nmnastali said...

Simply gorgeous!!! You wouldn't know this one... but hydrangea is my fave plant/flower!! :) :) :) It's a winner in my book. !! :) :)
You might just want to pop by my blog today...there might just be something there with your name on it... but, it's not your card.
xo

yyam said...

Oh wow. What a classy card. Love the embossing on vellum! :)

shirley-bee said...

Love how you've done the card, Darnell! The reverse colouring on the vellum is so soft. And I adore the mini bulldog clips!

Redanne said...

Well if this does not win I will eat my hat.........your card is stunning, really love that beautiful stamp, not surprised it is a favourite. Love how you embossed onto vellum, something I never think to do and those clips are perfect. And yes, I think it comes close to being one of your shortest post - more next time please! Hugs, Annie xx

Hannelie said...

wow! This is so subtle but so striking!

Mrs Harry said...

This hydrangea is just gorgeous, I love the colouring on the vellum, why do I always forget about that? Fab work Darnell. And yes, you are much loved.

Kim S said...

The stamp may be old but it is a classic and you have breathed new life into it with this soft and lovely card!

ThePurplePlace said...

Hi Darnell -- As usual I can see you've been very busy and your cards are all looking fabulous.

I also want to THANK YOU for visiting my blog and always being so kind.

Crafting is my passion and I love it so much...I also love all the new people it's brought into my life....

Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Lisa

Jingle said...

This is beautiful! What a fantastic way to use those clips! Thanks so much for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

Allisa said...

Gorgeous card! I have not stamped on vellum in forever, need to drag some out, as I love your coloring!

Miriam Prantner said...

I LOVE this! The stamping on vellum is fantastic!

Marybeth said...

Gorgeous card! The hydrangea is one of my favorite flowers. Amazing that you were able to inter it into so many challenges.

mypapercraftworld said...

Stunning, Darnell ... delicate and soft and gentle and sooo beautiful ... way to go on your marathon of challenges! Anita :)

~amy~ said...

So pretty...love the hydrangea image....love the sentiment and the clips! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

Jeanne said...

As eveyone has said, your card is gorgeous! Just saying, tho, I have 2 other beautiful hydrangea stamps - Because I Care by SU! and M193 by The Stamp Pad Co. :-)

Barb Murphy said...

beautiful card! the translucent colors are just gorge!!! love the clipped sentiment and corner details. it's lovely!

Jenny said...

True.... It's a timeless image Darnell, I love hydrangeas and only wish they liked our garden more than they do :0(
You picked a perfect colour challenge too, the soft colours look so pretty and love how you attached the sentiment stip too :0)
Jenny x

Michelle said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning, Darnell!! I'm picking myself up off the floor! I love hydrangea stamps too. I have one of my own that deserves more love. I love the effect of the vellum treatment on your card, amazing!

Jo Nevill said...

Such a lovely card, love the image you chose and your sentiment

Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Hugs

Jo x

Tina said...

This is such a gorgeous card! I love the gentle colors and mini clips are so cute. Thanks for joining us at a Blog Named Hero.

Lesley said...

Wow Darnell! This is a lovely card! The image and the colours are pretty and I think would make a perfect birthday card for a special friend! Thanks for playing with us at Seize the Birthday!

Cath said...

Hey Darnell! Thanks for linking this up to the Birthday Card Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin said...

This is awesome! I love the little clips on either end of the banner - and that is one gorgeous flower! Thanks for sharing with us at Dynamic Duos this week!

Rose said...

beautiful :) Thanks for joining us on Seize the Birthday.

Karen said...

so pretty and elegant....

Marcia said...

Wow, you've got some great inspiration here Darnell. I'll make sure I pop back again soon, xx Marcia @ Annabelle Stamps

Daen'Ys said...

Thank you so much Darnell, for this wonderful birthday card. It is absolutely beautiful! What a pleasure to receive it!♥
Hugs Rosi