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 1, 2013

Case Study #147; CFC #107; NBUS #15 ~ Arrowhead Triangles

We say hello to July and a new week!

While this is a fresh start to a new week and a new month, today I enter it with a heavy heart for the families of the 19 firefighters killed in the line of duty in Arizona.  This summer is starting ominously for half of the United States in drought conditions.  The record-breaking and long-lasting heat that continues to bake these regions is nothing short of scary, considering the impact on crops and the livelihoods of many, and the loss of lives and property due to the inevitable resulting fires.
A few weeks ago, there was another horrible tornado.  Last week, floods wrecked havoc on many.  Mother Nature is very often a B word.  All we can do is keep those affected in our thoughts and prayers, make appropriate donations, and count our own blessings.
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As the temperatures hit 108 in our backyard yesterday, I was blessed with electricity to run the air conditioner in the Playhouse where I went on a mission to make cards with arrowhead/triangle images.  My creativity was launched by this week's Case Study challenge, created for us by this wonderful inspiration card by the sensationally talented Lisa Spangler:
Here is the card I'm entering:


That is not a background paper, it's Washi tape again.  Yup.  I was slow getting into it and most of it I only have because I won it, but every time the twins come over and make the bestest cards using it, I want to join in the fun.  So I was very pleased when I saw the Case Study photo and I remembered I had this NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) tape.


I simply taped it in rows, trimmed the panel, and attached it to a white card base.  Can you say QACAS?!  To pop it up a notch, I made my hello from Beadie Beads (Joann's).

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So, then, I discovered I had a second NBUS in this theme:  a "Linear" embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts, which is in the shape of triangles/ arrowheads.  And I went to town, you might say.

First, I embossed a white card with the Linear EF.  Then I painted each triangle with SU! ink pads and my water brush, to try and emu late Lisa's design. 
It was tedious, but I don't mind artsy tediousness.  Up to a point.  About a third of the way through the panel, I gave up.  I just wasn't feelin' it, so I stopped.  Besides, I also noticed that my intended ROYGBIV design was RYO-only one green-no-blue-IV.  What the heck kind of rainbow is that??  Ardyth, I'm sorry.  I can only tell you again, chin on chest, that I'm heavily mendicated.  Of course, my chin is naturally on my chest, so I walk around looking ashamed pretty much all the time.
Even though I wasn't feelin' it, I wasn't going to toss all that work, so I sliced off the third I didn't water color and I used the rest.  I ran an ink border around it, attached it to a white card base, added my sediment (outlined in black), and some homemade arrowhead triangles for embellies.  Walla:
If you scroll your mouse wheel up and down over the above cards it looks like the triangles are rolling off the card.  Should I be worried that I know that?
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Next ~ just like Joyce who almost always has an array of cards for our viewing pleasure! ~ I went graphic and precise and rainbowy (ala Ardyth).  After writing ROYGBIV on a sheet of paper a hunnert and two times, I used another NBUS to make my next card.  The next NBUS was a wee teeny stamp** that comes as one of those "extras" you get in a clear stamp set; in this case it came in the "Mad Gab" set from The Alley Way stamp set:
You can see the image I'm talking about sort of in the middle between "kisses" and "flow" and right above "just."  Since I was only interested in one tiny arrowhead triangle, I cut the stamp in half,

and used the top half to stamp out my arrowhead traingals ONE BY ONE onto a card.  Yes, that's right ladies and gentlemen, my lint was free of navels, so that's what I did.
I stamped it in the colors of the rainbow, one color at a time, stamping it once on the ink pad, stamping it off once on scratch paper, and then stamping it onto the card.  It became a sort of "ward-off-Alzheimer's" game to see if I could concentrate and make it through all 323 stampings without forgetting to first stamp it off.  Was I ever proud that I made it!  (I don't acutely know for sure how many there are; I didn't count them.  Shall we have a contest, like they do for jelly beans in a jar?)

I wanted the background to take center stage, so I stamped a sediment onto vellum and then used another NBUS as embellie attachments, which came from the MFT Dienamics die set "Feathers."  The center "o" in "of" and "your" I made sparkly with my gel pen and the silver sea quint sort of put a period to it.
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I don't know about you, but I'm going to take a break and grab a cool beverage.  Be right back.  Aaaah. 
Okay, where were we?  At that point, I had one more card in me.  I noticed that one of the triangles in the Washi tape still sitting in front of me was very like the color of SU!'s "night of navy," so I used the EF to make another card using that paper.  I attached a piece of the Washi tape, followed that by a panel of white holding my SU! "Friendly Phrases" sediment, and I finished it off with SU! calypso coral ribbon and a flower brad.  Walla: 
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One of my friends pointed out that my arrowhead cards should be perfect for this week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays so I'm adding a link there.  I'll use the above card as it is the most CAS and I love the way the arrow points are so distinct in the embossed card front.

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My hat goes off to you ladies who put lots of your cards into one post.  It's a lot of work!  But this was definitely a theme-based post and there is only one challenge involved, so while your attention may no longer be rapt, I appreciate that you made it to the end!

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I've got online classes starting up today so I'd better get to it.  After I go clean up the enormous mess on my desk!

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!
*Life Is Too Short!  
**It may be due to CRS, but I never would find these miscellaneous images if I wasn't in the habit of breaking my stamp sets up into "themes."  I'd like to know how you remember you have these little stamps in your collections. 


46 comments:

Deepti said...

Wow, your journey through the triangles took a lot of turns with each turn ending into beautiful creativity. I must say you have a lot of patience in coloring those tiny triangles :) and not to mention, i love reading ur blog post

Craftychris said...

What fabulous and colourful cards! You have so much patience and talent! My hearts go out to those fire fighters too. Some things are so unfair! xx

nmnastali said...

I cannot believe that first card is WASHI!! You clever crafter!! :) :) :) My heart is heavy, too ~~ my brother in law is a firefighter, so it hits home.

Nan G said...

Holy cow! Patience for sure! No Alzheimer's present in your brain girl. To get all those triangles stamped and in a fairly straight row!?! Jeez, not something I could do or attempt to do. Your rocked them! Even the washi tape, no gaps! Enjoy your cold beverage you deserve it. ....... Being a Colo. girl my thoughts have been out West and I ache over the recent loss of life.

Sue - bearhouse said...

My goodness Darnell, a wonderful selection of cards today. I love the way you have used the washi tape and the coloured triangles looks fabulous. Yes they do look like they are rolling off the card!
Take care in all that heat.
Sue xx

Cathy said...

Hi Darnell, fabulous and fabulouser!! An amazing array of cards, very clever designs all of them!
I'm sending prayers to the firefighters families too, such a terrible tragedy. Cathy x

Sue from Oregon said...

Very craftilicious cards today!!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

What a great idea about the washi tape, your comment on my blog made me smile

Carol L said...

Way to save that hand-colored portion from the waste can! They're all great cards, but I love the navy version with the contrast of dark color! I think you deserve to go lie down in a dark room like DI after this creating fest!

Denise Price said...

Wow, so many cards! I love the geometric theme that you've got going on.

Jen W. said...

If you're not completely cross eyed by now then I applaud you! That is some serious stamping dedication!! They're all awesome - I can't even begin to pick a favourite out of the bunch. Serious coolness.

Lisa said...

WOWZERS Darnell you have got some major creativity going on here!! Thanks for telling us about moving the mouse over your card for the tumbling triangles ~ FUN!!!

Kara Lynne said...

Amazing patience and massive amounts of creativity going on in that playhouse of yours! Great cards, Darnell!

Sharron said...

WOW, I think that second card goes to YOU! These are incredible!! You really spent the day with your creative hat on. SUPER job!!!

Mary H. said...

Wow,do I admire your patience, right along with your designing skills. These cards were great. Even the one you were not 'feelin it', turned out great. I always enjoy a good 'save', and this was one of 'em. Each one (aside from the washi, and even it did too, placing those rows!), must have taken so much painstaking time to create. You can just go have a nice restup of the eyes! And to answer your question about how to remember little stamps? Usually I don't! Til I see 'em used on 'nother card and I say "Oh I think I have that one...somewhere!". Did not get my chores attended to, so it is on my TODO when I get back home. Never fear...shall be done! Hugs & stay cool. Amen on the weather disasters. so much tragedy all around us. Makes one stop to think-about philosophy & things such as that. (without getting too specific here! LOL)

Greta said...

You are amazing! Such neat designs but make me cross-eyed if I look too long--LOL! However, that last card I could look at all day! LOVE it!

Hannelie said...

You were BUSY! Busy making fabulous triangle inspired cards!
Love it Darnell!

Tracy said...

Great cards.
We are visiting our son in Mesa this week, my prayers go out to all involved in the fires and the terrible tragedy.

Joyce said...

Wow--you made a lot of cards, and they all had some sort of triangle. Hat's off to you. I love them all, but I think my favorite might be that first one--I can't believe that is all washi tape. Very cool, and gives me all sorts of ideas about how to create some cool patterns.

Jacquie Southas said...

LOVE the Washi tape - absolutely thought it was a patterned paper card! Can't believe I pulled out the same EF as you today. I really like it partially colored and cut at the angle - the sentiment fits in perfectly. Terrific cards Darnell - we havemanaged without the A/C so far, but it has been hot!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Amazing HELLO card! Wonderful post! Love the Midnight Navy Embossed...so cool!

The Crafty Laydee said...

Ah the wonderful Washi-you were not as slow as i was at discovering it my friend LOL!
Fabby selection of cards-but,phew your patience is admirable Darnell !!
I would have had some sort of nervous breakdown trying to get all those triangles lined up !
Have a great day :)
Nessa xx

Linda said...

Such amazing patience required for your creations - fabulous work Darnell.

Sue - said...

Wow Darnell so many triangles and sooooo much patience! My sympathies also go to the families of those firefighters. Let's hope they soon get the fire under control and there are no more.

Meg said...

Wow - all those cards are stunnng! What a great job!

Redanne said...

Wow Darnell, you have the patience of a Saint - brilliant work, I think I would be cross-eyed after doing all those amazing cards! Clever lady. My heart goes out the families of the firefighters too. So much tragedy.

Greeting from a very cold England, it is about 60F here...... Hugs, Annie xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Love these cool graphic cards Darnell! I am very behind in commenting, such a busy week last week.

Vicky Hayes said...

I think you must have moved into the playhouse Darnell in order to have produced this gallery of beautiful cards! Try as I might, I couldn't get the triangles to roll of the card and meanwhile everyone waited for dinner and we all grew beards... Vicky x

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Yep - I for one made it to the end Darnell! How could anyone resist reading through all your amazingly side-splitting and heart-warming text - I just love it!

BTW - your cards are fabulous - lots of time, love, and work has obviously gone into these beautiful creations, but it has definitely been worth it!

Hugs, Sylvia xx
PS: I do hope the weather in your part of the world will settle down very soon.

Marybeth said...

Wow! Love what you have done on these cards, good for you for being brave enough to break up stamps. Love the washi tape card and the beautiful embossed one. 108 is very warm
My heart just aches for those poor families who lost their loved ones . So very sad! I just keep praying over and over for them. Take care!

Karen B said...

WOW Dippy.......my head is shot through with all these amazing arrows. I think your second card's sentiment says exactly what I think of you! You always totally amaze me. And you did all this in such heat (even allowing for the aircon) ....... words fail me.

Huge hugs.

Karendipity xxx

cm said...

I have the honour to be the 32nd commentor, who just moments before, applauded wildly and enthusiastically, while holding a single-person standing ovation for allllll your gorgeous cards here, and your always engaging, always entertaining, always wonderful posts! Your cards are fabulous; labours of time, energy and passion for the sport! Delightful, each one!!
My heart goes out to the families of the fire-fighters; so much tragedy in a loss of this magnitude.
And while I'm here: 1. congrats on your "bird on wife/wire" MUSE card win! Happy dancing (another feature I added to the ovation! 2. CAS-ual Fridays has Hunger Games challenge, featuring 'at least' one arrow. By my reckoning (a la count the jelly beans in the jar), you must have oh, 500 on tap, every one as eligible as the next. Just a little nudge to share all your pretties with even more lucky folk...Hope the temperatures have cooled, although hmmmm...the air conditioning certainly sparked plenty of creativity...
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MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Good lord! You must have the patience of a saint!!! Your cards are awesome!

Congrats on your MUSE top honor! I was hoping , because I just adored your card!

mypapercraftworld said...

Heavens, Darnell, you're one dedicated triangulator! All these cards are brilliant ... couldn't pick a fave, but this is what I loved about each ... 1) chunky beady sentiment, 2) interactivity (and exercise when scrolling fast enough!), 3) precision, 4) bold colours and texture. Awesome.

Just heard today about the firefighters ... so tragic ... thoughts and prayers for their families and loved ones.

Anita :)

Valerie said...

Good heavens Darnell you must have been cross eyed after all those arrows! Fabulous cards and all so different:) Love the washi tape, so effective, it's not something I've used yet. Thanks for your kind comments on my photos, that's the best thing about digital cameras you just point and shoot!
Val x

Carole said...

I declare you are a pro at arrow head points, these cards are fabulous, frivolous and fun. Your classes are paying off. Happy Holiday and thanks for posting about the loss of our fire fighting hero's. They remain in my prayers, and may their families have the strength to carry on.

Bobby said...

After the first card I was thinking the only thing more difficult than lining up a bunch of triangle stamps would be lining up that washi tape. And then you had to go ahead an line up a bunch of triangles on the third card. You must have been channeling Ardyth on that one. Then individual coloring. I would have given up long before you did. I'm glad you got so many cards done and shared them with us.

Maureen Merritt said...

Holy cow, or I guess I should say, Holy Triangles! What a fun array of cards! I can't believe how perfectly you got that washi tape! Amazing! Thanks for playing along at CASE Study this week!

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jimlynn said...

You've been SUPER busy!!! And coloring all those triangles....Holy Moly!!!! I'd probably go blind!
ALL of these are fantastic!
Lynn

alexandra s.m. said...

I've been loving triangles for a while now and your wonderful post has given me tons of ideas!
Thank You~

Bonnie said...

All of these are amazing! I can't believe you stamped all those little arrows and colored them on another card! Girl, you have way too much free time! LOL! I really like the last one the best. I could maybe do that without getting dizzy!

Barb Murphy said...

#1 - I have no idea what little stamps I have until they bite me...or until Rosie bites through the packaging and I find it stuck in her ample furries. Good thing she's cute.

#2 - These are sooo awesome!!! I love the mini arrowheads card with the TAWS sentiment. It's just awesome :)

Dianne said...

Well Darnell I think they are all brilliant makes. lots of work,but great work, and I think you have too many NBUS LOL, glad you're using them good for you Missy...

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Don't know how I missed this one (these 4?). I'm going to blame the whole Google Reader/Feedly/Bloglovin conversion. And the fact that Kate was at home with me all week, which is great fun, but makes it hard to get around blog-land! Love the colours on that washi (and the baby-necklace beads - we just came across Kate's yesterday while doing some organizing!) I applaud you for painting each and every triangle on that second card - I love how the panel creates a triangle out of the rest of the card (and your black shading on your sentiment - it really makes it pop!) As for the stamping on the final one, I know EXACTLY what would have happened to me, I would have forgotten to stamp off and would have one bright full strength one right in the middle of everything! I do love that all the angles are pointing up and to the right, as I believe that's where the future lies. I've probably missed some of your other posts, so I'll go take a look and get caught up with you! I'm really hoping to be back full strength starting Monday - Kate's going to sleepaway camp tomorrow!

Kelly Griglione said...

Oh wow. I am simply amazed. At your post, your cards, and those 300+ triangles! Holy smokes, that totally rocks! Way to hang in there and stick it out. And I loved your conversation about being tired of coloring the triangles after awhile. That happens to me too, and I need to decide what to do. Love your solution of just chopping it off. Actually, I think I prefer it that way with more of the white space for your sediment!