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!

September 9, 2013

Monday, Monday ~ Merry #74 and Mojo #310

Hi Peepers!

My card today is about as wild and crazy as I get with cards.  What happened was that about a year ago, I bought this beautiful embossed green paper with a fantastic embroideryish loop border all the way around.  I bought it online and I bought cough sheets of it.  The problem is, unless you make a card that's 11x11, you have to cut it, which breaks up the awesome border and, I don't know, I wasn't very keen on it after I cut it. 
 
Today I found a way around that problem and it came about after I saw the current Merry Monday Christmas Card Club challenge, which is to use green and white with woodgrain.
I used to dislike green after being saturated with olive shag carpets and appliances in the 70s, but green is my most popular color in the Playhouse; more paper, more ribbon, more markers.  I didn't consciously think about how much green I was accumulating over the years, it just happened.  Turns out I love green, and I fell hard in love with that inspiration photo, so I knew I had to play.
 
For my sketch, I turned to a renown sketch challenge, Mojo Monday.  I haven't played there for a while and it's nice to be back.  The current sketch is one I will use again in the future.
Thus armed, I made this:
 
No, no, it's not an 11x11 card.  Who would you give an 11x11 card to, do you spose?  Santa Baby for sure.  The Jolly Green Giant, of course.  Paul Bunyan.  King Kong.  That robot in The Day the Earth Stood Still (Klackto?).
 
To "shrink" my beautiful paper, I cut it into fourths.  Then I cut each quarter down to 2.25 inches and I taped them back together on the back.  I did it pretty seamlessly, too, if I may crow, which ended up being for naught because I immediately thereafter realized that I needed to cover it.  Sadly, putting on the white top layer also covered up the pretty embossing, but it was necessary for this design.  The process was a bit fussy, but I was happy to do it in order to use the paper.
 
(I think there are edge and corner punches that can be used to walk all the way around any size of card, but you know I was prolly at the wrong depot the day that train came by.)
 
Even tho I squared my card, I hope you can still see the original sketch inspiration.  I attached the green to a PTI white card base, so at a glance, it looks like white stitching all the way around.
 
~~~
 
We had a lovely time Sunday taking the tour of the twins' new rooms replete with loft beds with awesome desks, yellow for Henry, blue for Adam, and chairs that fold out into beds for sleepovers.   We went out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants, reminiscent of a supper club, where we were entertained by a pianist while we dined on scrumdiddlyicious food. 
 
The quality of this photo leaves a lot to be desired, but here we are, happy as clams:
Dan, Mister, Henry, Me, Adam, Rachel
 ~~~
 
I hope you're as happy as a clam wherever you are!  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:  unknown
Stamp:  Papertrey Ink, "Think Big
  Favorites #9' pine needles by SU!
Ink:  Marvy old olive; SU! markers
The knothole EF was run off by a friend,
  so I don't know the manufacturer
 
 

60 comments:

Sammy said...

Oh that is lovely Darnell! And I can totally understand both why you had to have the paper, and why you struggled to use it until now!
I have similar issues with stunningly beautiful paper pads that unfortunately are distressed around the edges and just look wrong all cut up. Doesn't stop me for just looking at the pretty though, lol. x

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Darnell, love your design and the way you managed to cut the paper and keep the border is genius! Lovely family pic too :) Cathy x

Kathyk said...

Nice to see you, Darnell, looks like a nice event too.

Love your card, such pretty colours too.

I remember Klaatu from the Day the earth stood still - with Michael Rennie, the remake was RUBBISH by comparison!

Kathyk

Di said...

Hi Darnell! Clever way to use that paper, I just found this tip a few days ago as well. You did it beautifully. And a great card as a result too.

Oh yes, Mizz Martha Stewart makes punch around the page sets, and I have a few. And there are clever weaselly ways to fathom out how to use them right down to one repetition of the smallest bit of the pattern rather than the wider 'chunks' which come with the set instructions. But hey, as you say, LITS and mostly I don't do PATP :(

Love the family photo - a happy and cosy gathering.

Hugs, Di xx

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, what an absolutely brilliant interpretation of the sketch!! Love the tree and love the border around the card even more. You have done an excellent (gold star for you!) job on the joining up. Well done for cutting into the paper too. Gorgeous card.

Love the photo too, what a beautiful family you are. Hugs, Annie xx

Sue said...

Wonderful card Darnell. I love tree and fabulous frame around it.
Such a gorgeous family photo, you all look so happy!
hugs Sue xx

Aileen said...

Love the border on your card. It was worth the effort and I did think you had stitching on it. Super pic of your family too. x

Marcia said...

I love your border on this card Darnell, and it was definitely worth the time it took to achieve this look...just perfect! And your stamping's beautiful too. Lovely, lovely card! :0)

Kim M said...

Oh wow! Darnell, your card is fantastic! I love everything about it! This is a winner for sure. :-)

Jackie said...

The texture on the trunk of the tree is fantastic. The delicate pine needles look wonderful too!

Such a great family photo! You all look so happy.

Irene said...

Stunning and beautiful Darnell, I love the tree, and beautiful border.
luvirene
xxxx

Lisa said...

I think we've all been there Darnell, bought something then thought now what do I do with it LOL! You triumphed though and come out on the other end with a pretty card!! Love the family photo too ;)

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Perfect use of that fancy card - it feels festive yet peaceful - perfect for Christmas! And a great photo of your clam-family!

Nicole N. (Nicole's Craft Nook) said...

Holy wow, Darnell !!!!! That's fantabulous!!!
The details & "stitching" are exquisite -- & I can still see areas peeking out !!
Green is one of my faves, too!! :))
Hope you are continuing to recover nicely -- so glad you were able to enjoy some quality time with the fam!
Looks like a great night of fun!!
:)) xo

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, great idea to cut up the paper and piece it together. You did a good job. Love the branches. What a nice family you have.

Jacquie Southas said...

I think all paper crafters have a collection of paper that we just cannot cut into - excellent job bringing yours down to size and using it!

Jacquie Southas said...

I think all paper crafters have a collection of paper that we just cannot cut into - excellent job bringing yours down to size and using it!

Karen Petitt said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Darnell, love the paper! Glad you had a good and happy time with the twinks! Karen x

Mrs Harry said...

So bold of you to actually use that special paper. I have loads that I shall probably never use because no one else would really appreciate it quite as much as me.
Your family look really fun.

Colleen said...

Beautiful card...and another great story...loved the pic with you and the family! Memories to share and cherish!!

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous card, it was worth all the work! The photo is lovely too! xx

jimlynn said...

Beautiful card and fun times with family - you just can't beat it!!!
Lynn

Shannon J said...

You worked wonders "downsizing" the scalloped paper - there is not a single sign of "altering"!!! And the stamping is gorgeous (as is the pic of your beautiful family!).

Bobby said...

I do see the sketch and I love the tree. The border is beautiful and I'm glad it worked out cutting it up. I never buy those things for the very reason it's difficult to work with in a smaller format.

cm said...

What a relief to know I'm not alone in buying *cough* sheets of paper where one feature has caught my eye (like the 12 X 12 sheets with ONE bike on ONE corner!). You have worked magic with your special paper; your card is a gorgeous take on the challenge! And speaking of gorgeous - you and your family, for sure!! What a fabulous photo!!
c

Carole said...

Pretty card. Clever girl...I can never get the punch around the page right, so that's why I don't use them. I had to look twice to see you among the kids, you look so young and petite...like a kid yourself:)
Be well C

mypapercraftworld said...

Ooh, this is so serene, Darnell ... wonderful colours and the texture on the tree trunk is fantastic! Lovely picture of you all enjoying being together! Anita :)

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Gorgeous card! Love your tree and pine branches - beautiful! Amazing work at piecing together your fancy frame for the card ... it really is seamless - you did good!! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday! Lolly xx

SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

Darnell- this is fabulous!! I love how you used the MM sketch and that paper - so perfectly seamless and stunning!

JD/ Jill said...

Darnell, Your are a card maker, extraordinar!!!!!!! You always seem to go above and beyond with your creativy...One of kind cards!!!
(that is meant in a GOOD way...smile)
Do your remember my hairdresser card...the one you helped me with the inside wording? My hairdresser's birthday was yesterday and I gave her my card. She loved it, but I think she liked "Your" inside words even more!!! Thanks again.

Carol L said...

You are simply too clever in the way you think to use your stash! I just love the edges of this card and how the white peeks through the holes! I thought at first it was stitching too! Gorgeous creation, and a fabulous, fun photo of happy people :) I likey :)

OH Babs said...

Lovely card, lovely family - you must be proud.

Bonnie said...

Darnell, you have outdone yourself with this one! I love the edge (and reading how you did it). The look of stitching is fantastic and the pine tree is gorgeous! You have captured that beautiful inspiration perfectly! And what a lovely family photo!

Lesley said...

I had a long and serious day at work, Darnell and your post just brought some joy to my soul! Loved reading it through and I could picture you taping those squares together. What a fabby card you have made, love the border and the way you interpreted the MOJO sketch. Just fabulous!
Thanks for brightening my day.
Lesley

Kristie Goulet said...

Look at all these great comments on your inspiring card. Loved reading your post! Thanks for sharing!

KayM said...

OH what a pretty little square card! I love it! And I also have more green than any other color in my room. Just bought three new green Memento pads today. Can't seem to find just the right green! haha! Lovely picture of you all too :)

Kim Heggins said...

Looks like you are all having a fabulous time! What a sweet family. Your card is a stunner...I love green and just about any shade of it but my all time favorite one is lime green. I love your squared card and the scalloped edges so fun and perfect for the holidays.

Geri said...

This really is beautiful paper. Awesome 'cut and paste'...literally! I was sure that you had used some embroidery cotton to create the faux stitching. The font of the sentiment works perfectly with the scalloped edge!

Geri said...

...ooops....fabulous photo! You are truly blessed with a loving family! The twinks are so darn cute!!!

The Crafty Laydee said...

What a great card-and your border sets it off perfectly!
Lovely pic of your lovely family too :)
Have a great day,Nessa xx

Bernadette Bliss said...

I came over from MOJO. This card is stunning! TFS it. Bernadette

alexandra s.m. said...

GORGEOUS FAMILY Darnell!
Love your card!
TFS~

Dianne said...

What a lovely card and I love the colours.

Dianne.

shirley-bee said...

Very neat cutting and pasting, Darnell! Love that you matched the sentiment in green. (I keep waiting for the squirrel from your head to pop onto the branches.)

Sharron said...

Oh, green is a favorite of mine too! Your card is gorgeous! Love how you created that wonderful border, complete with 'white stitching', from your paper. The texture on the tree and the pine needles look fantastic! Great photo too--TFS!

Benzi said...

Outta sight creative and beautiful..wow!

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful card Darnell, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

Linda said...

Lovely card Darnell. Sorry, I haven't been in to make comments recently. My 93 year old dad has been in the hospital and then I have had to stay with him after getting out. Anyway, love what you did with your large paper, so pretty. What a lovely family picture also.

Joyce said...

Such a beautiful card. I love the border on that paper. Nice family pic, too.

Karen Harris said...

Such a pretty card. Love the border!

Wendy said...

Very pretty card, Darnell! Love the border and your tree! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

Karen D said...

I just love the innovative way you have interpreted the challenge. Cutting into your gorgeous paper was totally worth it. Thanks so much for taking part in the Merry Monday Challenge.

Marybeth said...

Love the family picture! Nothing better that being with family and it shows.
Oh my gosh that card is amazing! I have one to post but why …you have the sure winner! wow!

the primitive country bug said...

Your card is amazing!!!

Harriet Skelly said...

I love this card Darnell and love seeing you with the family!!

artful-notions said...

Dear Darnell, at the risk of going unnoticed (who on planet blog gets 55 comments????), just wnt to say this beautiful square card caught my eye for it's warmth, something very evident in the trigger photo. And so expertly done! BTW, your family is another treasure, and thank you for sharing such a warm pix with us!

Lauren- SAHM I am said...

Wow- such a fabulous card and I really admire the work you have put into this. It caught my eye immediately on the Merry Monday link up. That tree is perfect for the challenge. I have lots of green items too, maybe because it's such a calming colour?

Susan Joyce said...

Hi Darnell, Love the story,your tree trunk and the pine needles, lovely Christmas card and family. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.

Marie B. said...

Hi Darnell! I've been meaning to comment on this beauty for awhile now, for some reason , at Dunkin Donuts, your url comes up as being that of site if not-so-good reputation...if you KWIM...Great family pic too...btw...you do all look happy as clams!! :)

wienerhoneymooners said...

Super congrats!!! It does look like stitching!!