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!

November 3, 2013

Fireworks, Chloe in Black ~ CASology; CFC #119; LIM #144; MIM #138; NBUS #68; PSP #97

Hi There!

I'm popping in (no pun intended) with another quickie post because the gates are closing on a couple of challenges.
 
This card was created in one of those unexpected enchanting moments that happens in the Playhouse and, I'm sure, wherever you create.  I was flipping through my dies looking for something else entirely when I passed by my Memory Box Chloe Stem and it flashed through the air filter that used to be my brain that it might be awesome to have it explode with bits of rainbow colors in the circles.  Not my brain, the die.  Thus:
 
I die cut the Chloe die in the black card base and then inlaid it with a scrap of green for the stem and enamel dots for the bursts of color.  The bright blue dots were beige dots that I colored with a blue Sharpie because I didn't have any dots in that color.  The sediment is NBUS and it was inlaid with red after being die cut into the black card base.
 
The enamel dots reminded me of Skittles and M&Ms which I happen to have left over from Halloween, so at the end is a photo with candies in the foreground.   For fun.

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I am entering my card in the following challenges:
  • CASology where the cue card word is BLACK.  ETA:  Ooops, too late.

  • Make It Monday, where the challenge is Inlaid Dies.
  • I might as well enter one more time in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Anything Goes) since I used an SSS die.
  • My green and red inlaid bits were made from snippets, so I'm also hopping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground in my willies.  When you type wellies, the spell checker dude automatically changes it to willies.  That karacks me up every time!
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That's it for me.  It's cocktail time and I also still have lots of cake and cards to enjoy from Tracey's party.  Whatever you are doing, enjoy!  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!  Please let me know you came by, so I can be sure and return the flavor! 
 
*Life Is Too Short! 
 
Paper:  PTI true black; SU! garden green, real red
Dies:  Memory Box Chloe Stem; Simon Says
  Stamp "Oh Happy Day"
Enamel dots:  My Mind's Eye

86 comments:

Cathy said...

Hi Darnell, love this card! I have this die on my wishlist, it looks fantastic with the pops of colour, Cathy x

Bobby said...

I just posted my Tracey card at MIM and your card popped out at me. (Sounds like a lot of popping going on around here lol) Anyway, I think it is fabulous. I love the idea of enamel dots for the buds.

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

FABULOUS, Darnell !!! :) :)
Love those awesome pops of color!!! :) :)
I can't wait to see what other awesomeness is over @ Make It Monday this week !! Woot!! Woot!!!
Hope you had a fun and fab Halloween !!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Sorry you missed CASology - this is such a fun way to capture that inspiration photo! Love the ceramic dots and how they pop off the black!

pinnednpenned said...

I love this card! Way to use those enamel dots! Very eye catching!

pinnednpenned said...

I love this card! Way to use those enamel dots! Very eye catching!

Lisa said...

Skittles...you are so FUN Darnell and I now have the commercial "Skittle taste a rainbow" in my head LOL!!! This die makes a great fireworks card, just terrific!

Greta said...

Absolutely inspired & oh so wonderful! LOVE this card!

Annette Allen said...

wow this is amazing.. i love how you added the enamel dots.. such a clever design...

jimlynn said...

Super creative!!!! Amazing a so pretty. Love all the different colors of the dots - yep, time for a Skittles break now!
Lynn

Martha said...

OH my, what a DARLING card!
Well done!

Jean said...

I love everything that you have made with the Chloe die, and this one is no exception ~ the rainbow is so very fun!

Lyndal said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE - I thought this was a MUSE card too LOL!!!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Fabulous card Darnell, love how it just pops of the page. Gorgeous. X

Sue said...

WOW! I LOVE this Darnell. The rainbow of enamel dots look amazing on the black background and I love how you have used the MB die.
I hope you have a good week
hugs Sue xx

The Crafty Laydee said...

FAB-ulous! Love that colour pop against the black Darnell-what a great idea to embellish that fabby die like that!
Hugs,Nessa xxx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Oh you have such great ideas
this card ia GORGEOUS
love colour pearls on it
hugs Tamara

Shannon J said...

Whoa what a FAB idea, Darnell! And an even more FAB result!!! Send some of that creative genius over this way will you...I'm in need of some serious replenishing!!!

Kimbo said...

FAB-U-LOUS Darnell - just stunning x

Di said...

Totally stunning card Darnell! I love those enamel dots, will be looking for some when Mrs A and I hit the NEC show this coming weekend :)

My vote is for yours to win over at LIM, it's perfect!!

Hugs, Di xx

Jessi Fogan said...

I might be willing to forget that I used to have a brain if it had exploded in rainbow style....it just slipped away and so it wasn't very dramatic. lol This card is too fun - love the 'oh' sentiment too!

Marybeth said...

OH!!!!!!!!!!!i love it!

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Wow I really love this card, I have been enjoying your blog since discovering it via the paper smooches challenge and want to say your so inspiring

Valerie said...

Pure genius Darnell, love it:) the enamel dots are so vibrant.
Val x

Anna-Karin said...

Fabulous card!! Love those enamel dots! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!!

Brenda in IN said...

Darnell you have done it again! I love those dots. That is the cutest card and the sentiment - Oh. So cute. Made me smile out loud!

Hettie said...

This is fabulous Darnell. Mmmmn. I fancy some Skittles now!
Hugs
xx

Pat said...

Fab card. Love the bright shiny enamel dots which do look good enough to eat but I'm not sure they would taste as good as they look. lol!

Sue said...

Wow Darnell love the way you have done this card! huggles Sue xx

nancy jane said...

This card is a celebration. So much fun! And those dots do look like Skittles.

Suze Bain said...

Ha, funny you should mention the sweets, that was my first thought too. Looks fab! Xx

Craft-E-Place said...

Brilliant, bright and beautiful - I love it!!
Elaine

FojAga said...

Beautiful card!

shirley-bee said...

Love this yummy Chloe card, Darnell!

cm said...

Well, I'm glad your brain "popped" with this idea for the die, because it's absolutely stunning and incredibly brilliant! And the fit to the multiple challenges: how cool clever is that! You've worked your Darnell magic once again! I'm now off to find some M&Ms, since you mentioned them...Hugs!
c

mypapercraftworld said...

OH! OH! OH! Well, that sediment is so perfect for your delicious colour-popping chloe, Darnell ... it's what I've been saying to myself whilst admiring it for the last five minutes! Oh, and there were a few wows too ... so wow! Anita :)

OH Babs said...

You have missed the deadline for CASology but this is perfect for the other challenges.

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell using the enamel dots over the embossed die cut is absolutely brilliant! Love this card and thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology! ~hugs

~Rasz~ said...

Awesome cute and fun card!!! Hugs, Rasz

Chrissie said...

My goodness Darnell, I'm seeing that die in a completely different light. Quite an amazing card!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Karen B said...

Don't you just love it when serendipity happens Dippy? A totally inspired card. Love it.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

MaryH said...

Aw, I don't think I've ever seen this Chloe die used so well as you've done it on this pretty card. Your choice of the bright rainbow colors really was eyepopping, and what a perfect die to use for this. And I noticed the oh die from that set! Well done, You! TFS & Hugs (and watch out, cause if I don't forget this will definitely get CASEd!)

butlersabroad said...

Stupendous my lovely! Absolutely stunning. I don't think the little girls at the Playground need any willies, I won't be allowed to come and play if there are any! Reminds me of the time spell check changed my sisters name from Jackie to Jackass.... and I didn't spot it before I hit send! She said it was a good thing I was 3.5 thousand miles away!!

Hugs
Brenda

Carole said...

Wow...you must have been delighted with the results of this charming and brilliant card...you never stop amazing me...

Carol L said...

Those enamel dots look fabulous the way you used them! The pops of vivid color on the black are such a great contrast! NJ!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous!! At first I thought you used m & m's :) -- awesome creation~

PiecesByEmily said...

oh i love those enamel dots on Chloe. Very pretty, Darnell!

Susanne Vargas said...

This is a fun card and perfect for all the challenges (even the one you missed). Love those colorful enamel dots!

Deborah Frings said...

Oh my goodness! This is absolutely S T U N N I N G!!! I love the smooth shine of the enamel dots, and the way the colours move in rainbow pattern! The inlaid dies looks super. I love this!

Darnell - than you so much for the lovely comment on my firework card - I was thrilled to bits to see that Ardyth picked my card as an Honourable Mention - always so exciting!!

Kim Heggins said...

too funny! The first thing that popped into my head with I saw your card was "did she really use m&m's on her card?" Well then I thought, sure, why not, Darnell is just crazy enough to make it work too! But crazy in a good way. Love it.

Geri said...

GASP, GASP, CHOKE, COUGH, GASP again! This is way beyond stunning...I mean universal type of stunning! Your creativity and colorful personality shines in this creation! Giggled when I read Kim's comments because my first reaction was also M & M's (and wondering how you cut them in half so perfectly!).

And that sentiment...OH.. nothing else could possibly work any better than this!

WINNER, WINNER, Chicken Dinner....no wait...gonna make that Turkey Dinner because this card is going to ace each of the challenges that you entered!!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHHHHHH! I love love love this, Darnell! I love the enamel dots and the rainbow design! LOVE the die cut and then the colorful inserts! What a gorgeous card! FAB x100000000:)


ps.... thank you so much for all of your comments on my blog! I've been MIA lately because we've been gone every weekend in October and today we leave for a cruise.... so needless to say-- I'm BEHIND! LOL! Hopefully I will catch up soon:) THANKS for making my day with your love and support <3 HUGS!

Joni nina Andaya said...

So Lovely and Fun!!! Love all the colorful enamel dots :)

scrappymo! said...

Looks wonderful! Loving how you altered the colour of the dots!

Ros Crawford said...

I just love your cards! This is terrific ... sorry you missed the deadline!

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Darnell, I think exploding bits of rainbow colors would be awesome, never mind, I love they way your brain works, like this card sooooo creative, I do love that die cut, it's a brilliant use, you have entered it in ^, count them, brilliant, hope you have a wonderful day.. BIG HUGS...

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

FAB-U-LOUS!
xxx

Laurie Unger said...

What a fun card!

alexandra s.m. said...

such a cool and modern take Darnell!
i love it too ;)
TFS~

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful card! Love the pop of colours on the black bg!

Diane said...

Super creative and fun card!!! Love the "explosion" of colors at the end...clever!!

Alanna said...

What a fantastic card. I love the pops of color with all those enamel dots.

Craftychris said...

What a fabulous way to use the die - those colours look amazing! You are clever. Love the photo with the sweeties added too! xx

Bonnie said...

That was a perfect Aha moment when you thought of this, Darnell! I LOVE it! Those bright pearls against the black just burst with color! I predict a winner here!

GinaA said...

Totally brilliant idea, your Playhouse must be a fun place to be.

KayM said...

Oooh wow!! Darnell that is one fabulous card! Those shiny little enamel dots look wonderful against the dark blue background!

KayM said...

Oooh wow!! Darnell that is one fabulous card! Those shiny little enamel dots look wonderful against the dark blue background!

Joyce said...

This is super. I love the inlaid stem, and those enamel dots are so fun.

Vicky Hayes said...

What a stunner Darnell - I love the inlaid bits and the enamel dots and what a great idea to use this stem like that. Vicky x
PS I'd like to meet that spell checker dude - he has a wicked sense of humour!

Irene said...

Hello Darnell, what an ingenious idea it's stunning especially the enamel dots.
luv
irene
xxxx

Mrs Harry said...

What a lovely bright flower you are, I mean, you made :-)

Michelle said...

Wow! "Oh" is right! This is fantastic, Darnell!

Jenni's Jems said...

Love this it just pops off the page at you ...fabulous! x

Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous Darnell, great for both challenges :D Gay x

Sue - said...

Such a clever card Darnell. My lim card is still in bits on desk as it didn't look quite right, so will be missing again this week!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
such a very fabulous card. Love the splash of colur. Great design.
I tried to comment a couple of days ago but nothing happened when I clicked on the comment button. That is the 2nd time I have had this trouble with yours, and a few others.
Never mind better late than never.lol.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Lots of love. Jenny L.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Test comment.

mypapercraftworld said...

Woo hoo et yippee ... showcased at LIM, Darnell, with your stunning colour popping card ... congratulations! Anita :)

Marie said...

Fantastic card, Darnell. What a great 'explosive' idea.

Pat said...

Great to see this lovely card showcased on LIM. Well deserved!

Lyndal said...

Huge CONGRATS on your well-deserved LIM showcase Darnell :)

Cornelia W said...

Absolutely awesome, Darnell! Congrats on your shout-out at LIM!

Cathy said...

Popped back to say congratulations on your showcase at LIM Darnell, fantastic card :) Cathy x

baileyrosy.com said...

Congratulations on your showcase at LIM how did I miss this fantastic firework display AMAZING This really jumped out at me and gave me a smacker !!!!

Marie

walchowDesign said...

Dropping by to congratulate you on your LIM showcase, Darnell!

Kim S said...

I was thinking that the rainbow brain explosion sounded exciting! But I think the card is extra special too!