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 10, 2014

Keeping in Touch With Friends, Part 2 ~ ATCAS #29; NBUS #90; TCC #1

Hello Again!

My second card for The Card Concept challenge is being entered in the style category called Clean and Layered.  At least I hope it fits that category.  As I mentioned in my prior post, the concept behind this challenge is a new one and they describe it way better than I ever could, so please click on the link for all the details and to join in.  (Since I realized Mr. Linky may not let me link up two cards with one post, this is my second post for today.)

Here is the inspiration board for this first challenge, which is a color challenge:
And here tis my second entry, this time in the Clean and Layered (CAL) category.  (DT, if my card better fits another category, please let me know and I'll edit my post.  Thank you.)
As you can see, I applied a VERY literal interpretation of the inspiration photo to my card. I used a NBUS die from Memory Box called "Cityscape Nightmare."  Oh, for goodness grapes, I need my eyes ezamined. It's called "Cityscape Nightline."

I die cut the image in kraft, espresso, and pretty in pink paper.  Honest, it is PTI kraft card stock; I don't know why it looks like a shade of kackacki green on the screen. Not only that, but the clouds are not black. Honest honest, I followed the color palette. In IRL, the espresso brown and pink and kraft look really pretty together.  Ya gotta love trying to post photos on blogs!

The die cut is horizontal, like this:
*Memory Box CITYSCAPE NIGHTLINE Craft DIE 98398
In order to make my cityscape vertical, I cut all my cuts (what?) into lots of little pieces and then I stacked them up on double-sided tape.  Neat, huh? Then I adhered my city to a vanilla card, added the sediment (CTMH), and some "Puffy Clouds" also by Memory Box.

Because I used die cuts, I'm also entering my card in the current Addicted to CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge where the fabulous Loll has chosen the code word of "Die Cuts." 
I realized that other partipants might use their cityscape stamps or dies because of the photo inspiration, so before I published this, I popped over to The Card Concept to take a look to see if anyone had done it yet, and sure enough, there is a beautiful card entered by Joyce of Cards-By-The-Sea!  You could say I CASEd her! I love how she layered her die cut skyline in the different colors of paper!

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In Our New Friends Corner, I am so pleased to introduce you to Maria of Maria's Merry Makings!  The name tells you how much happiness will be found on her site!  Maria is a very experienced card artist who has been blogging since 2010.  Her cards are visions of loveliness!!  Thank you, Maria, for joining our merriment at the Playhouse!!

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A lot of you really resembled my remarks about living with retired hubbies! There are several ladies interested in starting a think tank to come up with "Hobbies for Hubbies" as brilliantly suggested by Colleen!  One comment in particular really had me choking on my laughter:
. . . My mom said to my dad on their 25th wedding anniversary, "If I'd killed you the first time I thought about it, I'd be out of jail by now."
Alycia, I love your mom!  That sounds just like something I would say to the Mister!  

Thank you to all of you for your supportive and entertaining comments!

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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!  Please let me know you came by, so I can be sure and return the flavor! 
  
 
*Life Is Too Short!

67 comments:

The Crafty Laydee said...

Morning Darnell :)
What a great card! Love how you chopped and layered up your skyscrapers-this is such a fabulous take on the inspiration piccy-and the sentiment is beautiful.
Have a great day,hugs,Nessa xx

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Oh wow I totally love this card and being in Australia but from New Zealand I could just love the sentiment. Fab card Darnell

Sue said...

Fabulous card Darnell. I really love the way you have used that die and another beautiful sentiment. Your cards are always so inspiring.
hugs Sue xx

Buttons said...

Oh I do love this one Darnell. the way you have layered up and staggered those buildings is superb and the sentiment such a great one. I hope you have a really creative and positive 2014. Jenny xxx

sandie said...

Fab cityscape, I do love cityscape cards and great sentiment Darnell. I do like the Hobbies for hubbies idea although marrying late the quote from Alycia unfortunately wouldn't work for me x

Sue - said...

Oh I do love this one!

Kathyk said...

Oh this worked just great too Darnell,

Have a fab weekend

Kathyk

Irene said...

A totally fabulous card Darnell, - Love it.
luv
irene
xxxx

Lisa said...

WHat a fun city THIS would be to live in!! Love your colorful buildings Darnell, super cute card!

Alanna said...

What a great card and I love how you stacked all the die cuts.

Nan G said...

Love your stacked city! Colors are pretty cool too. Hugs

Anita in France said...

Love how you've constructed these buildings into a cityscape, Darnell ... and what another delightful sentiment ... gorgeous! Anita :)

Kim M said...

LOVE this card! Fantastic take on the challenge. :-)

Radhika said...

love the card and the die is lovely :)

Chris D. said...

What a fantastic take on this challenge, Darnell!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love how you've stacked the nightmares to take advantage of that vertical sentiment! Thanks for joining us at the Card Concept!

cards said...

Darnell, I love your stack of sky scrapers. Even though I make nature themed cards all the time I love a pretty city scape and yours is very pretty. Thank you for sending anniversary wishes; it was very sweet of you to remember.
Heather T

Viv's Visuals said...

U clever little ******** !!!!! LOL Love this Darnell... but not as much as the previosu one which I think is AMAZING! x

jimlynn said...

Love it!! Also love the previous post too.....a couple of wonderful card!
Love the way you did the die on this card. Fantastic!
Lynn

Alycia said...

Love, love, love. And that's all I have to say about that. :)

cm said...

Laughter + a dazzling card: couldn't ask for anything more - and you ALWAYS deliver both! LOVE your card (Cityscape Nightmare...too funny...but one of the reasons I'm glad to live in a small town!) and your verticalizing of the horizontal die is sheer brilliance. The clouds and the sentiment: perfect! Calling winner on this one!! Hugs~c

Shannon J said...

I wish Mr. Linky would let you add multiple cards from one post - I learned my lesson on that the hard way!! LOVE your card! That cluster of buildings is perfectly put together!

Susanne Vargas said...

Oh, what a brilliant idea to cut the diecuts apart and layer them like this! This card is so going into my inspiration folder! But I don't think you CASE'd Joyce's card, you just used the same die to make very different cards - both beautiful!

Kristie Goulet said...

EEEK! I love this skyline card too! I need that die now. Pinning!! :)

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Wauuu
fantastic card
how gorgeous idea with this die
love it
hugs Tamara

Redanne said...

I did love No. 1 but this cityscape nightmares is sensational! Wow, what a fantastic card Darnell, I love your layering, the sentiment and the fabulous cards. This is a definite winner in my eyes! Hugs, Annie xx

Geri said...

AWESOME COLOR COMBO! This is one seriously fabulous card! The pop of black is stunning with the ligther colors! Clean & layered - absolutely! The "sidelong" sentiment was made for your cityscape (channellling you with that word!) Nice touch with the clouds too!

Thanks for sharing your amazing card with us at the first ever CCC!

Diane said...

Wowzers this is a great card...love the idea..will have to check out the challenge..my mind is going already..lol...I love coming toyur blog, always makes me laugh and smile....and after the last two days of blogger issues, I need all of that I can get!

Bobby said...

I love your layered nightmare, I mean nightline. It comes across as pink and green on my screen but if you say it is kraft, it must be so.

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the stacked cityscape & I just might borrow Alycia's mom's comment. I know my dear husband would love it and quickly turn around and use it on me :)

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the stacked cityscape & I just might borrow Alycia's mom's comment. I know my dear husband would love it and quickly turn around and use it on me :)

Barb Ghig said...

I love how you layered the buildings on this card, Darnell! The vertical design is perfect, too...very cool idea and great color combo!

Thanks, as always for making me smile each and every time I visit your blog! Colleen's suggestion is fabulous, and Alycia's mom is 'My kind of gal'!!!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

What a brilliant way to display the cityscape Darnell - love the tall and narrow design. The sentiment is wonderful and the cute little clouds complete the scene perfectly!

Thank you so much for joining us again at ATCAS - Sylvia xx

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Wow! This cityscape is some serious eye candy, Darnell! Love those stacked buildings and that sentiment was made for this card! Thanks again for joining us at The Card Concept.

Karen D said...

WOW! How fabulous to cut up the die cut to make the side panel Darnell.
I love how you have staggered the buildings and the colours. Another gorgeous take on the TCC challenge.
Thanks so much for joining us.

Teresa Kline said...

another fabby card!

sparkle & shine *~*

Loll Thompson said...

Awesome card Dolly!! Love the way you've changed the die-cut to go vertically - very creative! Love the sentiment - just perfect. I have to say that those black clouds look ominous! :)

I love the idea of a support group ... and Alycia's mom is hilarious!! :)

I'm one lucky girl because hubby doesn't get in my way very often. Here's the trick ... each have a hobby that puts you in different areas of the house! :) I spend a lot of my time in my studio (upstairs) ... and hubby is in his man cave (downstairs). Works great! :)

Michelle said...

Love, love, love the city you built! We are going to have some fun with the new challenge blogs this new year!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hello Darnell, what a fabulous design, I love it. Only you could figure out a way to layer layers by cutting cuts. It's maddening photographing some colours isn't it? Have a fabulous weekend, Shirleyx

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell pretty pretty card, I love how you were able to manipulate the die cut cityscape to perfect proportions! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the first challenge at the Card Concept!

Happy Dance said...

Love this. The skyscrapers, clouds and the sentiment are all wonderful. You've knocked this one out of the park. As usual. I'd say this was perfectly "Clean and Layered". Bev

Deanna Dean said...

Girl this is beyond amazing!! I love everything about it. I just might have to add this die to my collection:) So glad you joined us for our first challenge..I alway love seeing your creations.

Greta said...

Super creative--fabulous card, Darnell!

baileyrosy.com said...

Well thats the best use of that die i have ever see its just amazing I love the colors !!!! I want a pink house she said stamping her feet. Darnell your work just gets better and better is that possible !!!!! Thank you so much for the links, giggles and gossip I love coming by. Oh and thanks for your continued support at ATCAS .

Marie

Pia S said...

Love how you used this die to make a cluster of buildings. This card looks fab!

KayM said...

Your post are always so full of fun stuff Darnell, that I don't know what to comment on first! haha! The card is fabulous!! Definitely clean and layered and how clever that you cut apart the die cut!! I love it!! I even love the khaki buildings and black clouds! haha! Seriously, I know about this, my colors never look the same on screen as they do IRL! So happy you joined us for the first CC challenge!! Have a great weekend!

shirley-bee said...

Oh. Just. Genius.
Pinning. Buying. CASE-ing.

'cept that I've done all my dosh for now, but it's definitely top of my wish list.

Joyce said...

Darnell, this is just fabulous. I really love what you have done with those buildings--and it is way better than mine. I wish I saw yours first. Anyhoo--I'm pinning this one, as I have that Cityscape Nightmare die myself, and am going to try your technique next time.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Okay, so while I just admired cityscape stamps and didn't buy any I did tell my Memory Box connection to get me this die... and that was before I saw your card. Love it! And love your mistake on the name. Whoopsie!

Dana said...

Holy cow!! I love how you used the die cuts!! Amazing card!!

Dawn's Stamping Garden said...

Darnell - I LOVE this stacked city. The effect is FABULOUS! And you made me laugh and wonder what Cityscape Nightmare would look like. Thank you for sharing your lovely sense of humor with us in blogland!
Dawn

Kelly Griglione said...

Oh that is so neat!! It looks like San Francisco with all the steep hills!

Gerrina said...

Great use of the dies! Love both your cards aswell as the different techniques!I read this and the post before. Always great to hear of new challenges, so will check it out. In the maenwhile I hope yoy´re having a great weekend! Hugs, Gerrina

Cat Craig said...

So loving those layered dies, gives great depth to your card.

SARN said...

BRILLIANT use of that fabulous die Darnell. Love this card. x

Jen W. said...

Yup. I'd call this clean and layered. Love the way you stacked up that skyline! It rocks!

And I multi tasked reading that quote from Alycia - totally laughed and peed at the same time!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

I just LOVE your card! I wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your creation as one of my Weekly Picks and linked back to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Kathy at stampsatplay.blogspot.com

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

You are a genius & I say that weft week,
I don't care if I am a broken record -- this memory box die skyline is
Soooooooooooo amazing !!!!!!!!!!!
Love it all !!!
Too bad about the colors -- I hate that !!
One time recently - I kept thinking my pic were blurry (you will probably remember this...) -- & it turns out that
My screen was dirty on the computer w: kid finger smudges -- or adult ones.,, lol !!! ;))

Sharyn Polesel said...

I love your city scape....great color too. Love that sentiment! Well done!

Narelle Farrugia said...

What a fabulous take on the inspiration pic! I love how you've created your city skyline with your diecuts being cut individually. Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept!

Chrissy Larson said...

Wicked cool! I love how you layered and the colors are GREAT!

Karen Haman said...

Awesome card! I totally love the layer upon layer of city dies!!

Anita in France said...

Check it out, Darnell, you're a winner at The Card Concept with this amazing city scene! Congratulations, my friend! Anita :)

Susie said...

Congratulations on your win today, Darnell. Your design was genius, just wonderful. Since I've not ever seen your designs before I went to your blog and found we have a few commonalities. My DIL's name is also Rachel. The biggest thread though is your wonderful playhouse. Here's my story.

My husband and I purchased what we thought would become our retirement home in 2003 in Arizona (where we grew up). Part of that home was a separate house called a "Casita" meaning "small house" in spanish. The size was 247 square feet of sweetness. It had it's own Heating/AC unit, full bathroom and closet. It was pure heaven! We initially used it as a guest house but since we had an inside guest room as well we decided to turn it into my stamping Casita. I LOVED it!

But... in 2012 we became grandparents for the first time - something we didn't think would be part of our story. To our surprise and delight we were about to become Nana and BiBi. After much discussion and some tears too, we sold our home in Arizona and returned to our home in northern Virginia (where we had lived for 26 years); my husband is retired navy. I don't have my little Casita but I do have a beautiful sun room with floor to ceiling windows that allows wonderful light in. If we ever move again you can bet a little house will be on my list of "must have's."

I will certainly visit your lovely blog again. For now, congratulations again on your win.

Sincerely,
Susie Lessard
www.summerwalkdesigns.com
Splitcoaststampers gallery name: paperpunchscissors
Designing for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and, Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen Design Team

My Paper Epiphany said...

Wow, Darnell, it must take you all day and night to read your comments! Thanks for letting me know about my win! Congrats to you too! I absolutely adore your constructed skyline - I think I need that die!
Such a clever design!

Bobby said...

Congratulations on your win.

Kim Heggins said...

Congrats on your shout out...it is one amazing card!