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!

January 31, 2014

DJKASE #4/#5; CCMC #5; cQc #226; CSC #176; MSGB "CASE"; NBUS #99

Welcome! I'm happy you whooshed through your week and stopped by! 
Friday is the day of the week I try to copyliment one or more of my beloved followers by DJKASEing one of their cards. This week the hamster rode his wheel of names around and landed on Karen B of Serendipity Dragonfly. Karen and I share mutual admiration, as well as cards, and she is very generous with her encouragement. I call her Karendipity (naturally) and she calls me Dippy (naturally). 

Karen has been blogging since 2009, so it was not easy trying to decide which one of her hundreds of beautiful cards to CASE! She is uber-talented with a wide range of cardability, from very CAS cards to very UNCAS cards layered and flourished and delish. Oh, and she also makes fabric boxes, embossing machine canvases, and other fabulous creations!

Because I am a bit under par, I hope Karen doesn't mind that I took the easy way and chose one of her lovely CAS cards, posted on June 1, 2013:
Karen's card

and here is my DJKASE:
Darnell's card
I have a fondness for a simple paneled card like this. The sediment stickers are from Mrs. Grossman and the lovely puffy dragon fly embellie is by K and Company. It is, of course, in honor of Karen's Serendipity Dragonfly blog banner!

I'm entering my card in the current challenge at Colour Me ...!
It's a color "Anything Goes" challenge where we get to apply up to five colors of our choice, plus neutrals. My colors are turquoise and pear and kraft and there are two tones of violet on the embellish mint. It's a stretch, but the challenge does say "up to" five colors.

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I'm not promising I'll be DJKASEing two followers every Friday, but I think I will do so when I'm able, so I can get to more of you. Sometimes there are special circumstances that will determine a second DJKASE and sometimes the hamster will just wheel around to another name. 

Today the choice was obvious because my friend Karen happens to have a talented sister who also makes cards and blogs and who is also a follower and friend! So my second copyliment goes to Valerie Nolan of Canonbury Creations. Val has been blogging since 2010.

Like her sister, Val is very talented and choosing a card to CASE wasn't easy, but I settled on this lovely card posted April 4, 2013:
Val's card

and here is my DJKASE:
Darnell's card

It's been many years since I've used a doily on a card (if I ever did; the package was open so I either used one under a cake or on a card), but that's what sprang to mind when I decided on Val's card. I used a cotton ball to pounce on the different shades of pink from my chalks and added the NBUS silk pink and pearl flowerettes from SU. (How long have I had those?!) The NBUS sediment is from Avery Elle, "Oh Happy Day."

I made the colors all pinky shades in order to play in the fun current challenge at ColourQ:

While my circle is off-set in the corner, I think my card will work in the current CASE Study Challenge, where the card to case is by the incredibly talented Donna Mikasa:
And I'm going to link my cards to a new-to-me challenge called Mod Squad Challenge where coinkydinkily the challenge is for you to CASE another designer! Perfect timing!

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Please join in the fun at these challenge blogs. The links will provide you with all the challenges details regarding rules, sponsors, and prizes.
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Thank you Karen and Val for your continued support and friendship! I hope you are pleased!

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In Our New Friends Corner, I am delighted to have you meet:

Kate Temple of Cards on the Fly.  Kate is the mother of three boys who has been blogging since 2011. She makes the prettiest CAS cards, often for the monthly Papertrey Ink (PTI) blog hop, which is where I met her. You will enjoy seeing her card art, especially now that her son Jake has joined in the fun!

Welcome Kate and thank you for joining us!

(Georgia G. thank you for you sweet comment! I hope this year is everything last year wasn't!)

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76 comments:

vicki said...

Hi Hun love the cards and well done using a doily it looks great! I think it's super sweet picking a followers card :)

Have a lovely day
Hugs
Vic x

Sammy said...

Oh, those are both just lovely Darnell! And the dragonfly is such a sweet touch. x

Cathy said...

Lovely CASE's Darnell, Cathy x

Sue - said...

Two gorgeous case's Darnell. Love the colours of the first one.

Kathyk said...

Your cards are fabulous again today, Darnell. Blogger appears to be censoring my comments on your blog as it's taken me five goes at leaving a comment!!! BUT I wouldn't let naughty blogger win!

Happy Friday

Kathyk

Redanne said...

We really do meet the most wonderful friends through blogging and I think it is a great compliment that you are CASEing cards like this Darnell. Both cards are a wonderful tribute, I particularly love the added dragonfly on the first and the lovely doily on the second. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Annie xx

Diane said...

Pretty cards and a great job of casing...I find it hard to do that, and you rocked it!! I never would of known that was a sticker either..pretty "neat-o"!!!

Sheila H said...

Your CASE cards are lovely. You chose beautiful colors and patterns.

Sue said...

You choose 2 gorgeous cards and your DJKASE of each is wonderful. I really love the colours you have used.
I hope you have a good weekend.
hugs Sue

Benzi said...

You cased some awesome cards today and you made them proud by doing a beautiful job on each one. I know they will be delighted to see what you've done.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sherrie M. said...

Great CASE'd cards this week Darnell. You managed to bring your own special spin to the inspiration. And special thanks for all your kind words on my blog. You are too sweet! xoxo

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both of your DJKase designs are gorgeous. I love the colours and images on the green/blue design and the texture & flowers on the 2nd one. Take good care and enjoy the weekend, Shirleyxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

ps.. I love your dragonfly on the tile... gorgeous!!!!

cm said...

Your DJKase cards are stunning; compliments indeed to the ladies who inspired you as well as more evidence of your remarkable Darnell-flair to make them all your own! GORGEOUS, both! I'm swooning over the dragonfly, which is totally weird since real ones make me jumpy (school girl squealy, to be honest), zipping around willy-nilly as they do. Off to work, smiling, in having stopped by for a wonderful visit!! Hugs~c

Pat said...

Two lovely original cards and two very inventive DJKases. I love the coloured swirly circles, and the very pretty dragonfly on the first, and the second with the very pretty pink of the doilies and flowers, and especially like that very nice banner standing away from the card. Have a lovely weekend Darnell. x

Irish Cherokee said...

That dragonfly card stopped me in my tracks.Beautiful. Perfect case for Karen's card. Beautiful case of val's card as well. Boy, if I had to pick any one of the 4 cards I'd take them all.

Alanna said...

Your cards are gorgeous as always Darnell and I think this is such a neat feature that you are doing on your blog.

jimlynn said...

WOW!!! You know I just had to PIN that first one! CAS and awesome! Love the dragonfly with the circle/swirls! Beautiful. The second is just as lovely! Gorgeous cards!
Lynn

Charlene said...

Fabulous Case's!!!! That is a wonderful idea and makes everyone feel loved :-) Have a great weekend Darnell:-)

Sylvia said...

Love your cards as always, Darnell and your cheery post as well. Love, love the colourQ card, thanks for playing with us!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Karen's card is fun with its cut out holes to the next layer. Your take on it is excellent. I'm loving the puffy dragonfly and the gorgeous colors. I think Val's card and your take on it are nice and elegant, but too much white space for the likes of me. They are still nice though. Good job with your copyliments!

JD/ Jill said...

The cards that inspired you are beautifully done, and you made some beautiful cards in return...I'm sure they will be pleased! Hope you have a great weekend!

Lisa said...

Perfect job CASEing both of these beauties Darnell, your cards are marvelous!!

Lisa said...

oops almost forgot...thanks for joining us at the ColourQ!

shirley-bee said...

Love your CASEs, Darnell! The dragonfly tile is fabulous.

Viv said...

Firstly thankyou for leaving me such sweet comments....a girl's head could swell lol ! Secondly amazing DJKasing fabulous cards...I also love Karen and Val's cards.Thirdly I am just so delighted to visit you once again as you always make me smile....Happy Weekend my lovely friend...I do hope you are feeling better now too :)hugs Viv xx

Jill Norwood said...

Beautiful CASE's of these two beautiful cards! Love how you spotlight others on your blog! Such a fun way to meet new people and enjoy cards that I may have missed seeing! :)

Shannon J said...

Two awesome cards here, Darnell! I am just LOVING this feature of yours! I think it's extra cool that you incorporated a dragonfly into the DJKASE of Karen's card representative of her blog name! FAB! Love what you did with Val's card too - so pretty! Oh how I wish my sister was a crafter too!

Crafty Kate said...

Darnell, I am so flattered that you included me in your post today! What a delightful surprise! You made my day...no, make that my MONTH! I love both of your cards today. I'll have to remember your technique of coloring the doilies. I think I may have to CASE that myself! :) Have a great weekend and thanks again!

Vicky Hayes said...

I love your CASEing idea Darnell and how lovely to see our favourite crafting sisters being featured in the Playhouse today! Both cards are gorgeous and I loved your description of 'pouncing' on the doily, just as if you were a kitten! Vicky x

Casandra Bennett said...

I love that dragonfly card. I am a big geek for dragonflies, haha. My little girl has a green, pink and white room with the PBK Lily Dragonfly theme, complete with lamp shade and nightlight. At age 4, she went through a fear of dragonflies, or as she called them "buggies" until I told her that dragonflies are our friends. Now, she digs them like I do. :)

Deepti said...

Wow Darnell, lovely creations !! I so enjoy ur DJkase concept :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome CASEs! Love the dragon fly card - perfect for the guy in your life!

Harriet Skelly said...

Oh I absolutely love the card with the dragonfly! Love those colors!

Julia Aston said...

You did your friends proud with your lovely cases of their lovely cards Darnell! have a great weekend!

cotnob said...

Your cards are beautiful Darnell, I especially love the first one - this is a favourite CAS design of mine as well.
Pauline
x

Dana said...

Awesome card!! I love love the dragon fly!!

lostinpaper said...

Both your cards are fabulous Darnell, but it's the dragonfly panel that I can't stop looking at, WOW!

Kathleen said...

Great cased cards Darnell, both very complimentary to the originals.
Have a fabulous weekend.

Kath x

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Darnell, your little hamster is brilliant, your words are out of this world :O, wonderful card makers your showcasing, and how lovely to have a DS to craft with, I absolutely adore both those cards, gorgeous dragonfly and paper, the other wow loving the texture with those beautiful flowers and Dollie all pounced up with color, brilliant job on your cards, thanks for sharing your kind heart, have a wonderful weekend, hope your feeling better..

Sharon Underwood said...

So glad to see you at Mod Squad!!!! You've done an excellent job CASing! I love your extra special pieces you've added. Lovely!

Karen B said...

Oh wow Dippy - I couldn't believe my eyes......I'm so delighted you have chosen the Robinson girls (as we were many years ago!!!!) to DJKase. Love the KASE of my card and am presuming the lovely dragonfly is in honour of my blog's name. Your take on Val's card is so pretty and I'm wondering if Mister is going to be receiving this any time soon? You've totally made my weekend dear friend so huge hugs and mwahs are flying your way.

Karendipity xxxxx

scrappymo! said...

There are some great cards here...both yours and the ones you are highlighting from other blogs.

What a lovely idea this is.

Great cards, Darnell!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Such a pretty card and a great use of a doily too.

Hettie said...

Lovely cards there Dippy! Well cased. Now I hope that you are not working that hamster too hard. Hamsters have feelings you know.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs
xx

Carol L said...

Look at you doing two CASES in one day! Even lawyers can't handle that! LOL NJ on both cards, and a sincere compliment to the original designer for sure! Enjoy your weekend!

Lee said...

Well....WOW!!! LOVE the CASEing you did....you put your own gorgeous twist! We are sooooo happy you found our Mod Squad Challenge blog and that you played along!! Thank you for sharing your two-fer CASE cards today!! =)

Mrs A. said...

Two beautifully cased cards. Your using a doily has reminded me of a hilarious doily story I'm gonna have to come clean about! Hugs Mrs A.

dottielottie said...

What a lovely idea to case your blogger friends cards. I love both Karen and Val's cards and you have done an excellent job Darnell. Love the retro look you gave Karens and the pretty feminine look to Val's. Hope you're feeling a bit better.
Hugs Lottie x

Jen said...

These are just beautiful! You've got bold & graphic and sweet & elegant! Love!!

Katie Melhus said...

Super cute card, those colors look great! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Colour Me...!

Barb Ghig said...

2 really gorgeous cards, Darnell! I love how you inked the dragonfly, and your doily is a fab take on Val's card! Love how you placed your sentiment, too!

Anita in France said...

You and the hamster have done a fabulous job DJKASEing Karen and Val's cards, Darnell ... especially so as you're still under the weather. These are both lovely! Hope you're feeling sunshiny soon! Hugs, Anita :)

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

What a sweet gesture to pick friends and case their cards! You did a fabulous job! I especially love the first one with the pretty dragonfly!

Bobby said...

I think you did both girls proud and the fact that the cards fit challenges was a bonus.

Virginia L. said...

Beautifully done! I love your cluster of pink with the sentiment, Darnell!The little rosettes are gorgeous additions to your design!

Pia S said...

I'm not familiar with these talented ladies' work, but I think you picked great cards to case, so suitable for your own CAS style!

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...both of your card are fabulous and such a sweet thing to do, case your followers! You are always so clever with your ideas. Love it!

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful CASE of Karen's lovely card! I love that you added a dragonfly. So perfect for her. And your second CASE of Val's sweet card is such a pretty Valentine (or love you card). Love the sponging on the doily which could be very tedious. Love that waving flag too!

Laura Davis said...

Beautiful work!
Laura

Linda Callahan said...

Wow your blog post title is like a military code! But you navigated all of those challenges beautifully! Always fun to visit here!

Tracey McNeely said...

Can I say that they are all so fantastic Darnell? I wish I had your energy, so seriously lacking it these days. Thanks for giving me some inspiration! Thank you so much for joining us this week at the colourQ!

Sharron said...

Great idea and your CASEs look fabulous! Love the dragonfly!

Lindsey said...

Brilliant DJKASEs. I've always wanted to something like this on my blog. I'm always fearful of adopting an idea without giving due credit, but sometimes I'd just love to copy/CASE without restriction. :) This is such a fabulous way to do that.

Jessi Fogan said...

These are stunning, Dippy :) (Couldn't resist - that's just too fun.) I so love dragonflies, and my goodness, I really love doilies. I go through them like crazy!

Mrs.B said...

Two great cards, and a great compliment to 'case' and acknowledge the original.
Like the idea of your NBUS - we all have lots!
Avril xx

Gerrina said...

Love your CAS-cards! Think the circle-one is my fav, ´cause it looks so fresh! Just love it! Have a good week, Gerrina

Karen D said...

Both cards are gorgeous Darnell. I love the panel you have created with the dragonfly on the first card, and the very sweet flowers and wonderful use of doilys in the second. Happy creating.

Karen D said...

Both cards are gorgeous Darnell. I love the panel you have created with the dragonfly on the first card, and the very sweet flowers and wonderful use of doilys in the second. Happy creating.

Geri said...

OMG...these cards are stunning! The dragonfly card is absolutely beautiful - CAS perfection dear friend and a fine, fine tribute to Karen!

Beautiful 'doily' card too! I love all the glorious white space & the soft sponged chalk colors. But that curved banner....oh yeah, beyond awesome!!!

Greta said...

How fun to case 2 sisters! Love both of their cards & your versions are fabulous, Darnell!

catdidit said...

What gorgeous creations! Thanks for playing along in our challenge this week!

donna mikasa said...

YOU are incredibly talented and very generous with your sweet comments, Darnell! I love your take on my card. That touch of doily is perfect and I love the CAS design!

Jeanne J said...

Oh Darnell I love your card with the pink doilies in the corner - I know you are a CAS gal but you totally made the frufru me very happy with this one. The satin pearl center flowers are yummy too!

maria f. said...

Ooohhh, these are so pretty. I love the dragonfly on that blue square contrasting the mod circles. And so much white!

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

What a super fun idea, Darnell !!! :))
These are awesome case cards !!
You rocked them both !!
Xo


Ps --- love your new picture !!!
Gorgeous !