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April 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink April 2014 Blog Hop ~ NBUS #124

Happy Friday!!

Thank you for whooshing through the week to get here! I have been rather piggy with your time this week as I posted nearly every day. 

Today I have made two cards for the Papertrey Ink April 2014 Blog Hop. The photo inspiration board is bedeckled with lots of beautiful embroidered images for our challenge.
April-Blog-Hop-Inspiration 
Here is my first card:
I used my NBUS "Lace Bouquet" by PTI. I colored the image with my SU markers in the colors of the current Colour Me ...! challenge: Bermuda bay, coastal cabana, Pacific point, and tempting turquoise.
I "fauxbroidered" my image with a white Signo pen. The image is stamped on PTI white and attached to a SU coastal cabana card base. On a piece of confetti vellum I embossed the sediment (PTI "Think Big Favorites #24) in Zing aqua embossing powder and overlaid it on the image, punctuating it with some sequints by Darice.

I'm also playing in the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday, where there is no "topping," so Anything Goes!

Addicted to Stamps and More, where the brief is "Make Your Mark."
GRAB OUR BADGE!

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My second card:
This is a super easy QACAS card. I used a PTI white card base and covered it with a piece of patterned vellum from my old Hot Off The Press stash. For the popped-up oval, I used a NBUS PTI "Limitless Layers Oval" die, cut from PTI white card. The birthday sediment is from PTI "Birthday Bash Sentiments" stamped in TH faded denim distress ink. The seed pearls are from SU and the shiny metallic butterflies are sequints from Darice.

I am also entering these challenges:

Butterfly Challenge hosted by the inimitable Mrs. A. The brief is to use glam butterflies that glitter and sparkle and shine and tingle.
Grab My Button.
Keep it Simple!, where the brief is "Bright Spark," using bright colors and/or sparkly things.
Seize the Birthday, where there is no "topping," so Anything Goes!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is "Keep It Clean and Simple."
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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Hammy says I've worked him to death this week so he's taking time off to go see Ms. Thing. While he's away I'll be gardening and hopefully catching up on my visits to you!




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95 comments:

Linda said...

Both cards are beautiful, but I really love the second one. That patterned vellum is stunning.

~amy~ said...

Both are fantastic!!!!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Beautiful cards! Great use of vellum! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

Inkyfingers said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell. I particularly love the first one - just gorgeous. Enjoy your gardening.
Hugs
Carol x

Lindsey said...

Darnell, these are beautiful!!! I'm smiling huge now after seeing your cards.

Alanna said...

WOW Darnell, these are two fabulous cards. I love how you colored that beautiful image on the first one. And the second card is just so pretty.

Rosemary said...

lovely set of cards, darnell!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are both lovely, Darnell! You have me regretting selling my Lace Bouquet set....

jimlynn said...

Both are simply gorgeous! Lovely set of cards.
Lynn

Diane said...

Wonderful designs Darnell, the embossed sediment adds a nice touch to the design.

Hugs Diane

Gay Peplow said...

Two fab cards Darnell, I can't believe how you made that flowers card just like it's embroidered, clever you :D Have a fun weekend, hugs Gay x

Tracey McNeely said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell! I hope you a wonderful weekend in the garden. Mr. Wind is clearing the leaves from the beds for us this week so that we can collect them and pick them out of all the shrubs. LOL Have a good weekend! xoxo

Casandra Bennett said...

Beautiful cards, my crafty friend. Love the embossing, the vellum, it's all good!

Kim Heggins said...

Both cards are just beautiful, I just love those colors, in fact they remind me of all those gorgeous handbags in the Kate Spade store. Enjoy your weekend!

artful-notions said...

Darnell, always love your work, but especially your sweet dialogue along the way! You always make me enjoy the postings!

Valerie Nolan said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell but I luuurve... the 2nd one:) That vellum is gorgeous!
Val x

Laura Sterckx said...

These cards are gorgeous. Love the colors on the cards! The sequins on the first card are the perfect finishing touches. The butterflies are gorgeous on the second card! :) Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Craft-E-Place said...

Two beautiful cards. The turquoise one is my most favourite - I love Bermuda bay it is such a beautiful rich colour. I've made a couple of cards recently using turquoise it is such a fresh clean colour. As always I love to read your posts!
Take care
Elaine

JD/ Jill said...

Two pretty cards...but I really love that second one...and guess what? You have reminded me that I still have some vellum from that same Hot off the Press stash...need to go find it...smile...

Diane Jaquay said...

These are beautiful, Darnell! I especially love the 2nd one, the intricate detail on the bottom of the card is gorgeous!

Martha said...

Darnell, these are simply beautiful!
Well done!

Redanne said...

Your cards are so very beautiful Darnell, love the fauxbroidery on the first one and that vellum on the second one is gorgeous! Love the pic of Hammy, hope he enjoys his trip away from home.... Hugs, Annie xx

Bobby said...

Wow. Two cards for the Blog Hop and I can't even get one done. The blue outline on the first one reminds me of the stamping that we used to embroider. The vellum on the second is stunning. You did good, Darnell.

Kim M said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell! I especially like the second one. That vellum is gorgeous! Hugs! :-)

Michelle said...

Wow.... TWO beautiful cards with amazing color and detail!

Patti said...

Darnell... um... a contest to see who has bigger boobs? You are going to get a reputation in blogland!! LOL OH!that's right you already have one! a reputation for being loads of fun!! AND tremendously talented paper crafter! You go girl!! these cards are over the top great : )

Patti

p.s. I e-mailed you... did you get it?

Carol L said...

These cards have combined challenges to the top of the charts! I LOVE the way you used the vellum on both!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the image & colors on the first card and what a great piece of vellum on the second!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Poor over-worked Hammy! And poor over-worked you! How long did it take you to "stitch" your fauxbroidered card? It looks like fabric or ribbon, definitely textured. You've done a fab job faking up the embroidery. Your second card is very nice too, a touch of elegance. I'm not sure about tingling butterflies though....

Sue said...

You have been busy Darnell.
The image on your first card is beautiful, initially I thought it was a piece of embroidery, the added white pen looks so effective and I love the embossed sentiment on vellum.
Your second card is gorgeous too, I love the colours and pretty butterflies.
I hope you have a good weekend.
hugs Sue xx

Donna Nuce said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! I love the blue butterfly one with that gorgeous lace on the bottom! Have a great day!

Sherrie M. said...

Fabulous cards Darnell! They really look embroidered....genius.

Sharyn Polesel said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell! I love that gorgeous font on the vellum....so pretty! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous creations and gorgeous colours and great images.

KAth x

Patti said...

Hi again : )

Got your message and that was the e-mail addy I sent to.

I just re-sent my note. Maybe your SPAM filter decided I'd be trouble! heehee

If you cant find it you can e-mail me Patti at neckstyles dot... you know : )

Verna Angerhofer said...

Two gorgeous cards but my favorite is the second one. That is so very pretty and love the color of it.

KayM said...

Wowza!! These are both stunning! The first one for the blog hop is just lovely with the beautiful mix of blues and the vellum overlay, and the second one is gorgeous!! I love the lace and that beautiful shade of purple!

Aileen said...

Love your use of vellum on your cards. Very pretty and feminine. x

Deepti said...

Beautiful cards and colors, looks like blue was the color for the day :) I love the sentiment on vellum on ur first card a lot :) Thank you for sharing with ATSM!

Joyce said...

Both of your cards are so very pretty. Especially love the colors in the first one. I am thinking you have a lot of NBUS!!

Jeanne said...

Love, love, love your blue cards. All blue shades and hues are my favorites, although I don't have all the ones you listed. Oh, well. tfs :-)

Shannon J said...

Two absolute stunners, Darnell!! Please tell Hammy that Miss Thing is at the spa getting all ready for his arrival!! And tell him not to forget his passport - those border guards will shoo him right back home, and all of your gardening plans will be ruined!! ha ha!!! AND, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the sweet Easter card - we (me and Miss Thing) just got it in the mail yesterday and we were over the moon!! That was so sweet of you (and Hammy!). Miss Thing has not let it out of her sight. I think she's forgiven Hammy for his "indiscretions" with the other girl hamsters!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell!
Love all the layerings ;)

craftmates said...

Both stunning cards!

Bonnie said...

A beautiful bouquet and the sentiment on the vellum is perfect! Love that patterned vellum on the second card and pretty butterflies! I didn't know they made sequin butterflies! Learn somethin new every day!

Jenni's Jems said...

Stunning cards Darnell!,You are definitely on a roll!! Xxx

Irish Cherokee said...

Holy Shamoly girl. You need to cool the jets or you are going to burn up on re-entry. I can smell the smoke here. Hammy has a few scorch marks too. Two great cards. I favor the second one slightly because of the lacy look. Then again the first one is colored to perfection. The heck with it. Tie score. both are winners.

Gerrina said...

Two beautiful cards! Favorite is the blue one; like the lace-stamp and the butterflies... Have a sunny weekend, Gerrina

Lee-Anne said...

Oh my...two gorgeous designs, Darnell! Love the embossed vellum on the first and the stunning lace on the second! Have a fantabulous weekend!

Marybeth said...

Both are gorgeous Darnell! I had to zoom in on my iPad to see if you stitched the first card ,then I had to read because I could not tell.
Beautiful work ! Hope you have a great weekend.

Lisa said...

Oh here I am right after SWEET Marybeth!! Love BOTH of these Darnell, you are the bomb girl!! The last card with that lace is amazing!!! Enjoy your gardening ;)

Craftychris said...

Both these are gorgeous! Love the vellum overlay on the first one xx

Jean said...

They are both beautiful ~ but I really love the first one!

Happy Dance said...

I'm calling winner, winner for the PTI hop. You've made two really lovely cards, and I'll admit that I'm rather enamored of your second card. My dining room is just a shade lighter than your card's periwinkle. And those butterflies are stunning. The pearls are perfect as are the teeny-weeny scallops on the oval. Great cards, Miss mine-are-bigger-than-your-are-Harriet! Kim was funny to narc on the two of you! Have a GREAT weekend. Bev

Michelle said...

Gorgeous cards, Darnell!

Skye said...

Two beautiful cards. I like the way you coloured the first one to give the appearance of embroidery and the for the second on I love the colour scheme and delicate lace.

carol (krillsister) said...

Darnelle,
Two beautiful cards. Love the faux embroidery on the first card. How creative. Love the pattern vellum on the 2nd card.

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! These are both so BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE your Designs!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

scrappymo! said...

Wow'. Two fabulous cards...I think my fave is the second. I am looking for card inspiration for using vellum and you certainly delivered.
Yep great cards!

sandie said...

I love the embossing on the forst card Darnell and the colour is just gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous cards!!!

Jonah Freeman said...

Both are beautiful, Darnell! LOVE the colors on the first...especially with the vellum strip on top...and love how you've used the little butterflies on the second to accent your sentiment! Refreshingly pretty my dear!

Geri said...

Oh, these critters of mine, Darnell...that really wasn't 'jonah' up there...it was me, Geri!!!

cotnob said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, such pretty colours and I love the sentiment stamped and embossed on vellum.
Pauline
x

Anita in France said...

Stunners, Darnell ... in the most gorgeous colours! Love how you 'hand stitched' the embroidery, it looks so impressive and texture-y. Boobs v chocolate ... wonder which won in the popularity stakes??? Hugs, Anita :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Very beautiful designs, the colours are fabulous. I especially like the blue one, the lacey image really catches my eye. Have a wonderful weekend, Shirleyx

Marianne said...

beautiful cards, thanks for following my blog.

Kim S said...

I like your faux embroidery - both cards are so sweet!

Helen F. said...

Two awesome cards, Darnell! LOVE the lacy vellum card and the "Embroided" look of the Lace Bouquet stamp.

Meg said...

Absolutely Fabulous! Love them both - love the use of vellum.

Mrs A. said...

Your butterflies most certainly do tingle in all the right ways. Super duper card for them to rest their wings on too. Thank you for following the butterly trail. Hugs Mrs A.

vic said...

Hi Darnell oohh these cards are so lovely and i really like the vellum butterflies. The blue card is gorgeous :)

Have a lovely weekend

hugs

vic x

laurie said...

Great cards...that first one is gorgeous....I love those colors together!

Patti said...

Enjoyed both cards. The blue flowered one is gorgeous. The image is terrific as is the coloring. And I love the overlay sentiment on vellum.

Karen B said...

Hi Dippy - two gorgeous cards, but must admit to having a favourite!!! It's the second one.......that vellum is absolutely gorgeous. Don't apologise for taking up so much of our time (hehe) we love your posts. Hope Hammy has a great time and don't do too much gardening. Strangely a package has arrived at my house..........feels very bulky but I'm not opening it until 2nd. Will be in touch then.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

crashyourstash said...

That vellum piece on the second card looks like a Zentangle. Interesting.

KC

Sue said...

Stunning cards Darnell and love that vellum hope you have a fab weekend huggles Sue xxxxx

Hettie said...

Very pretty cards there Missey. Love the shade of blue on the second one. I don't do blue that often. Note to self...
Hugs
xx

Pat said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell and I love the vellum you have used on both cards. The large sentiment in that lovely turquoise EP looks great on the first, and the pretty patterned vellum on the second is so pretty. Hope you are having a good weekend. x

cm said...

Post away as often as you want, because you brighten our days with your eloquence, hilarity and, of course, gorgeous creations. Speaking of which: your cards are a duo of beauty here! WOW and WOW! Lacy, pretty, soft...all around stunning. Both cards are tied as far as favourites to, but those butterflies...oh my oh my oh my! They are eye-catching pretties of mega proportions! LOVE them...and your cards...and your Hammy and his "friend" Hammy photos...Hugs~c

Greta said...

Oh my goodness, Darnell! You were really rolling with these--love them! I can't believe that's a piece of printed vellum--gorgeous & I've never seen any like that!

nightingalehoop said...

So pretty...the elements of your card are just awesome!

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Ros Crawford said...

Gorgeous cards!! So very elegant ... Hope that the Hamster has a good break!

MaryH said...

Playing just a bit of 'catchup' in my visiting. What treats have I had here. I am so loving the bright colors on these 2 beauties. And definitely loving that velum touch...especially that lace on #2. Really took that beautiful look right into plumb gorgeous! TFS & Hugs

Geri said...

Wow! Two stunning creations! Your faux embroidery is amazing! What a fabulous effect! Of course, these colors are gorgeous together!

Second card...wow again! I'm obviously not alone when it comes to swooning over the patterned velum. You've done a marvelous job showcasing it! The sequin butterflies are sooooo pretty! And how cool is it that you 'captured' two wee sunlight sparkles on the top flutterby!

Hayley Kew said...

Darnell this is just so FABulous!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at both Colour Me...! and Addicted to Stamps and More, we sure hope to have you back again soon!

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS cards, Darnell! I love how you fauxbroidered the first one...what a lovely detail, and the lace on the 2nd card is stunning! You have really out-done yourself this time!!!

Leslee said...

Beautiful birthday cards. My week has whooshed right by too! Sure not ready to be starting another new month.

Alrik Gerlach said...

Wow! This is awesome! Love the coloring and the beautiful details.
What a wonderful project, all of the details are stunning!It's very inspiring.

shirley-bee said...

Love your fauxbroidering, Darnell! And the vellum on your QACAS card is just gorgeous - I like how you added the seed pearls into the lace pattern. And thanks so much for entering both of them into Seize The Birthday :)

Susie Wittwer said...

Both cards are SO pretty! Love the patterned vellum...gorgeous!
Thank you for joining us at Seize The Birthday. :)

Brenda said...

Oh my both of these birthday cards are beautiful Darnell! Don't ask me how I tend to get so far behind, but I do!! lol And spring make me get behind even more. Oh well that's life I guess. Hope you are having fun in the garden!! Hugs

Petra Swart said...

Oh, the colours of both these cards are so yummy, Darnell!!! Love the vellum and 'embroidery' done on the first one and the lovely lacy border and sweet butterflies on the second. Both beautiful!!

Buttons said...

So delicate and beautiful Darnell. Love the lace feel to the second one and the vellum overlay on the first one. Jenny x

Lynn said...

A gorgeous card. I really like the vellum and those little butterflies are super-shiny. Lynn x