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February 12, 2014

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Hey there!

As you might have been fortunate enough to notice throughout Blogland, the 7th birthday party continues at Papertrey Ink {capture the moment}!
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The challenge today was to make a card celebrating stripes, using at least one PTI product. 

Stripes is just what I had in mind when I saw the current schweet design sketch at Retro Sketches:
In my giant stash of heart/Valentine goodies, I have some beautiful SU patterned papers from last year or the year before which made terrific stripes of LOVE across my card:
The PTI product used is the Soft Stone card base. The rest of the papers and the brad are all SU. It's kinda like I'm tricking you with a subterranian and limnal message. Do you LOVE it? Tee-hee.

Because of the design elephants, I'm required under Ordinance 439 of the Challenge Laws to hook my card up again with Addicted to CAS because the code word is LOVE!
And with City Crafters Challenge where the theme is "love bug" and we are to make a card with the word LOVE on it!
Take it, it's yours
I'm just sayin'.

I know you will also LOVE joining in the fun! The links will take you to the challenge blogs where you will find wonderful Design Team inspiration cards (thank you DTs!) and details on rules, sponsors, and prizes.

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New Friends Corner:

I have even more LOVE in store for you as you meet these three new friends:
Shelia of Ink, Paper, Scissors. Shelia is a card designer who has been blogging since 2011. She is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother in addition to being a paper-crafter whose cards I find to be cheerful and uplifting.
Angie of I would rather be stamping. Angie has also been blogging since 2011 and she is a very good friend of another friend of ours, Janeen. You will find yourself drawn to Angie's clean and marvelous cards!
Stephanie Keats of Steph's Shoebox. Steph is brand-spankin-new to blogging, so please leave her a little bit of extra love and encouragement when you stop by for a visit. She is multi-talented and I'll bet we are in for some good times as she continues her journey! 

Welcome, ladies, and thank you so much for joining us!!

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I hope your plans for Valentine's Day are going smoothly.

This seems like a good time to ask if anyone else is bothered by a TV commercial that ends with a couple lounging in separate bathtubs on the edge of a cliff. I mean, is it just me, or doesn't that seem to reflect that the product isn't working?

And anyway, who's going to schlep the hot water from the house to the tubs?

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64 comments:

Hannelie said...

A beautiful card Darnell, so fresh and clean. Love it!

Sharron said...

Wow, fabulous paper--so great for your stripes. Love the soft colors and that little brad with a heart. And BIG congrats on your PTI win. I'm so happy you won!

Vanessa said...

Oh, LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your card :)
So soft and beautiful!
Vanessa x

Lindsey said...

Love it, and love that you won! Woo Hoo! I was so excited to see your smiling face on the winner poll. Happy dancing for you!

Shona Chambers said...

Really love the card, especially the colours. Very simple yet stunning. I also wanted to thank you so much for leaving a wonderful comment on my blog 'Twine Around' recently regarding my CAS(E) card. It was my first ever challenge and I couldn't believe I got an honourable mention! Love the look of your Playhouse, wish I had somewhere like that to craft. Have subscribed to your blog too so I don't miss out on any of your new and wonderful designs.

Sammy said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Fab design, and I adore that paper. Such beautiful colours. x

Ros Crawford said...

So lovely!! Wonderful design ...Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

Redanne said...

I too, LOVE your gorgeous card Darnell! I also love the new photo, had not noticed it until today - great choice. Hugs, Annie xx

Gerrina said...

Love the card! Think that those colours match so well and even let eachother "shine" more, if you get what I mean? Have a fun day, Gerrina

Pat said...

I love your LOVE card Darnell with this beautiful soft pink paper and it lends itself perfectly to this diagonal design and such a pretty little heart brad too. Congrats from me too on your great win! x

Irene said...

A beautiful card Darnell so soft and gentle. I love this sketch and may have to have a little play.
luv
irene
xxxx

JD/ Jill said...

I LOVE your card too! Very nice.

Carole said...

Splendid love-erly card.
I receive the sub-terranian message.
Those bath tubs weigh a ton...why? Makes no sense to me.

Alanna said...

Love your card Darnell. The pink and grey look so good together.

And of course I had to laugh about Ordinance 439. :)

I also wanted to congratulate you on your PTI win. How fun for you!

PiecesByEmily said...

Yay congrats on winning over at PTI... so happy that you are one of the winner. This card is beautiful... love the color combo you chose here.

Linda said...

Congrats on your PTI win. Your Love card is so pretty. Love the colors.

Karen Petitt said...

So very pretty and a wonderful and different take on the sketch xx

Shannon J said...

Ohhhhh, I love the soft pink and grey together! And way to go PTI winner!!!

Irish Cherokee said...

Ah LOVE! It is understated and under rated. BUT NOT ON THIS CARD!!!! Great job. Do I like it? NAH! I love it.

Sheila H said...

The soft, muted colors are so pretty. I love the graphic design.

jimlynn said...

Love is the correct word here......LOVE your card!!! So pretty.

I'm glad it wasn't just me thinking the same thing about the couple in separate tubs! Too funny!

Lynn

Greta said...

Oh yah--who came up with that stupid commercial?! Love your stripes card, Darnell--perfect use of that paper!

Mrs A. said...

Pink and grey look so cool together. Yup. I luvs it. Hugs Mrs A.

Vicki Dutcher said...

You've been busy, busy this week! Lovely card today - great "stripes" -- Thanks for joining in at ATCAS - again :)

Janeen said...

what a great card and I am so gonna have to CASE this one with same named sketch!! it's great. (can you believe i forgot to make a valentine for my sweet adult daughter) yikes!

Anita in France said...

Gorgeous delicate pink and grey, Darnell ... just love-ly! Hugs, Anita :)

Barb Ghig said...

I love the soft pink and gray, and how you interpreted the sketch...Such a sweet brad, too! Beautiful card, Darnell!

Kristie Goulet said...

Love this, Darnell! Great take on the sketch!

Bobby said...

What a good way to make use of that paper.

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

Love the soft colors & super modern design of this one, sweetie !!
It's beautiful !!!
Plus, I am a super huge fan of gray !! :))
Love your card to bits !! Xo

Hammers said...

Love the card Darnell, that paper is gorgeous. Thanks for your visit..I am busy and loving it and I think you are quite right I am Happy with a touch of unhappy :) Cx

Bonnie said...

I've got to get some PTI stuff so I can play next year! Love, love, love this! I think that there are quite a few senseless commercials on tv. Imagine that people get paid to come up with that stuff!

Karen B said...

Gorgeous card Dippy. Just adore those colours (and elephants). Just what we need at the moment.....LOVE not RAIN! RAIN! WIND! RAIN........but LOVE! Thanks so much for playing along with us at ATCAS.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Umm.... what? Ordinance 439?! Crud! I just can't keep up.

Okay, what is the psychological difference over if you notice the gray LOVE first and then the pink one? Vice versa?

Separate baths on the edge of a cliff...... mosquitoes anyone???!

Kathleen said...

In the words of Tina Turner, what's love got to do with it, it's just a second hand emotion, or is it.. I want you, I need you, my hearts on fire??!!
Fab card.

Kath x

Meg said...

fantastic card today Darnell! Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog - they are truly appreciated.

OH Babs said...

That is a neat card and I too have the paper and used it this year. I wanted to tell you that your new blog photo is ever so cute.

Inkyfingers said...

What a lovely card Darnell. I really like the graphic feel it has.
A bathtub on a cliff is not for me either - I like a warm, private place if I' m going to have a soak. Being vertically challenged, my feet don' t reach the end of the tub so when I try to lie back I tend to go under and that's not very relaxing:)
Hugs
Carol x

Stephanie Keats said...

Oh Darnell! Thanks for all the "LOVE" today!! I appreciate your wonderful comments on my blog and appreciate your followers who have dropped by to say hi! I also love your card - you are so very talented!! Looking forward to continuing to follow you and to be inspired by your work!

Nora N. said...

Darnell!! Thank you for the love and for the early Happy Birthday!!

I LOVE (no pun intended) your card. The way you used the word in a stripe is SOOOO CLEVER!! I really like how it is on a diagonal like that too.

I also have never seen that commercial but will have to watch for it. I am off to follow you too!! You make me laugh!

Susanne Vargas said...

What a LOVEly card and clever use of stripes! Also love your new profile picture! And I was so excited to see that you won over at PTI! Congratulations!
Hugs!

Dana said...

Oh wow!!! I love how you used the pattern paper awesome card!!

April Story said...

Love your love card. My hubby and I are going to Las Vegas for Valentines day. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Work has been getting in my way - I'm sure you've already forgotten about that. ;-) Your sense of humor cracks me up - I agree on the separate tubs. LOL
April

laurie said...

Another great card.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the card & yes, I do wonder why they need two bathtubs - I have a feeling no women were consulted when creating that ad :)

Lisa said...

Darnell you ROCKED this sketch!! I love your design and the soft colors, this is marvelous!! It's also one of those "to be a Valentine or not to be a Valentine" cards LOL!!!

Charlene said...

FABULOUS Darnell!!!! I love,love,love it!!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, you totally nailed this one! I love the colors and what a fabulous design too. Amazing card sweetie!

Jingle said...

Your card is very sweet!

Happy Dance said...

Already pinned this beauty. Hope you don't mind. I just couldn't help it - such a pretty card. LOVE this. And yeah...have the makers of Cialis or Viagra ever asked the WIVES if they wanted their men to use this???!!! And those tubs...must cold in there awfully fast, shriveling things up even faster! You crack me up girl. Email coming today. Bev

Jaydee said...

Great use of the DSP darnell and it works beautifully with the soft stone. Love the heart brad anchoring the sentiment. So glad you shared it with us at ATCAS this week
Jaydee

Valerie Nolan said...

Fab colours Darnell and I love the clean graphic design. Cute little brad:)
Val x

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous card Darnell, I love the clean lines and lovely soft colours.
Pauline
x

MaryH said...

Liked the way you've used this word dp on the diagonal to meet your challenges. Way to go! Crafty even. Didn't know about all those Orni-dances..so thanks for sharing that bit of info. I will watch out for it. Meant to say, love the new piccie of you...don't remember if I did. (sr. moment & all). Will check out some of the new friends as soon as I catch up my behinds again. TFS & for the smile I'm leaving here wearing. Hugs

Dianne said...

Yes I love it and love love love you Miss Darnell, you made my whole week, I just opened the gorgeous card you so kindly sent me,I'll be sending you some love back very soon. Well Cheers to the Challenge Queen, I hope you have a FABULOUS weekend filled with love, shesh its a LOVE fest around here :O), off to visit you new friends..(((( HUGS HUGS ))))

Meg said...

Hey Darnell congrats - just saw that your name was drawn for one of the PTI prizes!

Jeanne J said...

The pink and grey together? YUM! Great combination for a super card!

Laurie Unger said...

Love, love, Love, all you need is love! Congrats on winning a prize at PTI! WooHoo!

Joyce said...

Love your stripes of Love. This is so clever.

Geri said...

Fabulously clean & simple!!! I am totally calling winner, winner with this beauty!!!

carol (krillsister) said...

Beautiful card. Love the softness of those colors.

baileyrosy.com said...

So glad to see you are a law abiding blog citizen otherwise I might just have to come all that way over to the good ole U.S. of A to arrest you ( break the law so I can come please ) Gorgeous and very dynamic card Darnell but with lovely soft pastelly colors. Thanks so much for abiding by the law and for joining us at ATCAS.

Marie

Shana Gaff said...

I love all this LOVE! :) The one banner at the top was a great idea. Really cute! Thanks for playing along at ATCAS. :)

Sid said...

What a gorgeous looking card !!