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 25, 2013

You're Sweet ' July 2013 Papertrey Ink (PTI) Blog Hop; NBUS #27

How's Thursday treating you?
 
I'm popping in with a little card I made for the July 2013 Papertrey Ink Blog Hop hosted by the talented Nichole Heady on her {capture the moment} website. 
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For July, we were given five incredibly fruity and delicious inspiration boards to choose from, or we could make cards using all the color scheams, I mean schemes. 
 
I chose the citrus photo which I think is quite adorable.  A lovely summer portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Citrus and their kids, Leah Mon, Lii May, and Quince LeRoy.
Fruits-of-Summer-5 
Here is my card:


Every element of my card today is NBUS  (never-before-used schtuff)!! 
 
The image is from the SU! set "Studio Sketches" that I'm embarrassed to say I've had for as long as ever.  The sentiment is from PTI's "Stamping Simply" set designed by the incredible Maile Belles. 
 
I wanted to add a juicy drop to punctuate the scene.  Since I was too nervous to mess up my card by hand-drawing it, I used the candle flame from the candle that is part of PTI's "Birthday Bash Sentiments" set.  I was quite pickled and relieved that it worked!

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Don't you think it's interesting that the artist put a pair of pears next to the pitcher for the pitchur, since pear juice isn't that common?  Perhaps the pitcher contains pear vodka lemonade?  That sounds so refreshing, but am I the only one leaving here today with a craving for a green Granny Smith apple with a side of grass?

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

As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower!
 
 
*Life Is Too Short!  

Paper:  Biggie Jr. watercolor
Stamps:  see above
Ink:  PTI orange zest; SU! markers;
  Prismacolor pencils; waterbrush

52 comments:

Happy Dance said...

Pear-fect card, Darnell! The little splash...darn brilliant! If alcohol in all its forms didn't give me migraines, I'd be having a vodka lemonade (or gin) in a heartbeat! Great coloring too, and I love the orange sentiment. You're a sweet cardmaker! Lalalove this. Bev

Sue said...

Beautiful card, Darnell! Fabulous colouring on the image, loving the summery colours.

Denise Price said...

That citrus picture is so cool, and I love your take on it. Good idea to use the candle flame as the drop of juice!

Colleen said...

Fabulous coloring and fabulous card, Darnell! I just think the pears were added for the look of cool and refreshing!!

Rhonda said...

So very pretty. Clever to use the flame as a drop.

Deepti said...

Love your card and the coloring :)

janelle said...

Wowed by your coloring skills! Beautiful card :)

Lisa said...

Very pretty summer card Darnell, the coloring on your pitcher and fruit is lovely! I like the little drop you added!!

Mrs A. said...

Methinks it might be pear cider in that there pitcher. In which case I'm coming straight over!! Hugs Mrs a.
Erm when's the next flight!!?,

Leigh Penner said...

Lovely card!

Joyce said...

This is so pretty. I love the sentiment in Orange--it actually looks very refreshing.

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Linda Nicholson said...

Lovely watercoloring! Those bright pops of color are just perfects against all the white space!

Linda

Linda Nicholson said...

Lovely watercoloring! Those bright pops of color are just perfects against all the white space!

Linda

Viv said...

Oh yes! Dr Arnell's Pear vodka lemonade...pour me as glass right now please!....fabulous card as always, love the colours and pretty stamping.I am sooo thirsty now, boiling here atm in the UK too and humid! :)hugs Viv xx

victoria h said...

fab card - it looks hand sketched.

Carol L said...

Yes please - I'd love a refill of that fruity pear vodka drink! YUM!
Sweet card, and that little drop of juice is perfection! Great card!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Verry beautiful card
hugs Tamara

Basement Stamper said...

superb card, I love your coloring of the pitcher and pears and I think some vodka would be great with it :-)

Loll Thompson said...

Sweet is right! Love the picture and pears ... very creative and "artsy". The flame makes the perfect juicy drop - way to think outside the box. Lolly xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Fabulous fruity card Darnell. I love the image, wonderful colours and the perfect sentiment. The juicy drop made from a flame stamp is the perfect finishing touch.
Sue xx

Bonnie said...

I wondered why there were pears next to what looked like a pitcher of lemonade but I figured the lemons were all in the lemonade. Love the little drop over the sentiment. A perfect summer card!

Geri said...

...Mr & Mrs. Citrus and their kids....thanks for a good afternoon chuckle!

Awesome card - love your creative 'candle' splash! Honestly, I have never seen this SU stamp before! Your colors are definitely refreshing and so beautifully colored and blended! The "orange" sentiment rocks!

Rema said...

Beautiful coloring Darnell...

Di said...

Fabulous Darnell - now I'm really thirsty!

Re the watermark - do pick the same one if you love it so much, why ever not? Snigger, just so long as you don't change your name to mine :) I'd be flattered if you really like it so much! The watermark, not the name - oooer, time for bed I think!

Hugs, Di xx

Marybeth said...

Oh my GOSH this is beautiful! I love the watercolor look and the candle flame juice drop… so creative! Gorgeous picture by the way with the polka dot paper… Love!

Greta said...

Beautifully colored & how creative for the drop! Love it!

craftmates said...

Fabulous card. The juice drop is the perfect touch- Irma

Bobby said...

Your card is very sweet, drip and all. If the stamp is THAT old, it might be from when pears were the decorating trend, having nothing to do with juice. lol

Harriet Skelly said...

I thought pearade was rather refreshing sounding! Love your watercoloring!
PS Thanks for your thank you card!!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE this pitcher of pear vodka lemonade! LOL! REALLY pretty card that anyone would love to receive!

Karren said...

Wow, this is one stunning card! Your coloring is superb!

Karen said...

Gorgeous card! The coloring is fabulous, and the sentiment is just right!

Linda said...

Such a cute, cute card. Love the way you used the colors.
BTW - Congrats on being GD on Merry Monday.

JD/ Jill said...

Very nice card. It's making me thirsty for a glass of lemonade/pear Juice.

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, your card is like a breath of fresh air! I love your pitcher of juice, I was going to say limeade but I see that you used pears for you punch/sangria or whatever you have in there...it looks quite delicious!

alexandra s.m. said...

such a refreshing and gorgeous C&S card Darnell!
Love it! I don't think I've ever had "pear juice"
Thank you~

Tracey McNeely said...

Fantastic card Darnell, I love that picture of refreshing juice and great sentiment too!

Unknown said...

I wind down at the end of the day by blog hopping. I always leave yours for last because you always make me smile or giggle or LOL! and lots of times, all three. Your cards are refreshingly OOAK and your verbage is delightful. Do have to admit sometimes I have the strangest dreams.....
Lu C

nmnastali said...

Well being allergic to citrus, which stinks!!!!!, I'm down for whatever yummy pear goodness is in that pitcher !!
Great fresh summer card... I'm thirtsty now... :)) :))

The Crafty Laydee said...

Cheers Darnell-I will take a nice cold glass of your finest from the pretty pitcher :0)
Gorgeous card-fabulous colouring(and your description of the citrus family made me titter !Have a great day.Nessa xx

Neet said...

Love citrus colours like this - and this is coloured to perfection. Wasn't sure what you meant about the candle flame but I see now - pure inspiration. A fabulous card Darnell.

Hugs (was looking for you on WOYWW) Neet xx

Meg said...

Fabulous as always Darnell - Thank you for the kind words on my blog.

Karen B said...

Absolutely fabulous dahling Dippy!!! lol (not sure if you know the show???). Beautiful card and just love those colours. Glad your still on your NBUS quest!

Have a great weekend.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

cardz said...

Beautifully coloured Darnell and the little juicy drop did indeed work perfectly.
Heather T

Lynn's Craft said...

Thank you for leaving some love on my blog. Your cards are stunning. I am a CAS girl and your cards are so right up my alley.

Karen Petitt said...

That is gorgeous Darnell - I love how you've coloured it too! Now craving a fruit juice drink - maybe a tequila with lime lol! Beautiful stamping and a beautiful CAS card - love it! Karen xx

Lindsey said...

If this doesn't capture the feel of summer, I don't know what does? Beautiful coloring. You really made this color combo shine.

Cathy said...

Stunning colouring Darnell, beautiful card :) Cathy x

Kelly Griglione said...

Wonderful, wonderful card for the hop, Darnell! Love how you took the inspiration colors and DIDN'T make a floral card! Your coloring is amazing. And yes, I'm not used to seeing a pair of pears by the picture of the pitcher, but I absolutely love how that sounds!

carol (krillsister) said...

Awesome card. The coloring on the pears and pitcher is so lovely. Love the little squiggle.

Jenny said...

mmm pear juice is such a refreshing thought.... such a great image. the tiny flame makes an excellent juicy droplet too :0)
Jenny x