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!

April 24, 2014

Splats of Spring ~ NBUS #123

Hello Again!

Continuing from where I left off yesterday, here is my second card for Nicole's Make It Monday challenge which is "Watercolor Splats." I hope you get a chance to play, too. The only requirement is that you use at least one Papertrey Ink (PTI) product.


The fireworks flowers are NBUS from the PTI "Meadow Greens" set and the sediment is from SU. I watercolored the background using a child's watercolor paint set and added water splats with my brush. The ribbon is Michael's and the two little daisy-covered clothes pins are recycled from an ages-old store-bought birthday tag.

I'm also entering this card in these challenges:


Please click on the links provided if you would like to play along and/or find out about the rules, sponsors, and prizes!

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New Friends Corner

I'm thrilled to welcome these new friends today!

Tracey T. of Cranberry Cards. Tracey has been blogging since 2010. She is a mom, a teacher, a designer, and an award-winning card artist. Her cards are always colorful, feminine, and impeccably constructed. You will be uber inspired when you check out almost four years of consistent craftivity by Tracey!

Susan Zuzarte of Imagine. Create. Express. Susan has been blogging since 2009. Another fabulous designer, Susan has won many awards for her works of art. If you think I enter a lot of challenges, wait until you see the long list that Susan manages to combine! I love her clean and simple card art and I know you will, too!

Eve of The Purple Paper Puncher. Eve has been blogging since 2013. She lives in the UK and is already an award-winning card artist. I know she would appreciate your visit and your encouragement by following her. In turn, you will appreciate the inspiration she provides, so it's a win-win!

Helen of Molecraft. Helen starting making card art in 2007 and has been blogging since 2010. Another team designer and award-winner, Helen's cards are CASlicious, adorable, and inspirational and, boy, I wish I'd found her back in 2010!

Thank you, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!!

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Friends and Twins Card Art

In addition to your wonderful comments, I was very fortunate to receive Easter cards from a lot of you! I have updated the "Happy Mail" tab at the top of my blog, if you would like to see the newest additions.

I have to take a moment to share with you that the postal services around the world really outdid themselves with this holiday. Not only did the majority of the cards which I sent very late make it to their destinations before Easter, but I received a couple of cards that I can only assume arrived here via the Miracle Express Mail! Check out these cards that traveled from the UK to the USA:

First up is a card where the large and beautiful bling erupted from the envelope in such a way that part of the address was torn. Nevertheless, it arrived safely with bling intact!

Second came this beautiful card that arrived with THREE SIDES COMPLETELY OPEN! 

Not only was the card unharmed, but inside the card was a small gift of a clear stamp set. STILL INSIDE, people! How is that even possible?? I usually have rants in my pants about the mail disservice, but I have to give credit where credit is due, so MWAH to the postal peeps this time!

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Finally, with a grandma's pride, here are cards that Adam and Henry made on Sunday. I'm so happy they still love the Playhouse and making cards! (And my Washi tape! Do you think I should enter their cards in the current challenge at The Paper Players?! LOL!)

Adam made a card for his Mama ~ note the prodigal dolphin stamp:

And Henry made a card for his Bama (me):
In the interests of full disclosure, I will tell you that I made the big yellow blossom a long time ago and Henry found it in my stash. All the other elements and design are his work.  I consider it a compliment that Henry often writes on the inside, "I love you. I like you." There are times we don't much like the people we love, so to be loved AND liked is the bestest!

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65 comments:

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This is so pretty!

Irene said...

Darnell, your card is beautiful, I love how you have achieved the bckground, it's so vibrant, and the flower images are placed just perfectly.
luv
irene
xxxx

Cathy said...

Love this colourful card Darnell, feels like a spring garden! Cathy x

Manuela said...

lovely card, the flower looks like a flower firework

Ros Crawford said...

Wow!! What a great card for the challenges ... Just gorgeous! I'm amazed by your story of your post ... Fancy the stamp set still being inside ... That was lucky!
Love the kiddies cards too ... how sweet of them.
Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB and have a great day!

Redanne said...

Wow Darnell, that is one gorgeous card! I love the colours and those bursting flowers are an absolute delight!

The postal service really have outdone themselves, but it is a shame about all those rips.... a certain card arrived in the UK this morning and is a joy to behold! Big hugs, Annie xx

Redanne said...

P.S. Adam and Henry have obviously picked up your card making talent... A xx

Lynn said...

Your card is gorgeous and oh my do the cards from your grandsons melt my heart. I especially love the I love you, I like you. Beyond precious.

Hannelie said...

I linked up at RS right behind you Darnell... and this beauty immediately caught my attention!
WOW! One of your favorite cards for me ... definitely!

Linda said...

Love the bright colours of your card.

The postal service really did a good job getting those cards to you intact.

Your grandchildren's cards are adorable.

Viv's Visuals said...

Why is it my attempt at 'splats' look just that - Splatty awful things - and yours look fabulous????? terrific card Darnell. x

Jasleen said...

Such a beautiful card, Darnell. So colourful and vibrant.I love the BG so much. Gotta love your little grandsons for making such adorable cards. Way to go!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous cardS Darnell
love the colours of rainbow
hugs Tamara

Lisa said...

Love your pretty rainbow of colors and those happy flowers! Cute card Darnell. That's some serious stuff happening with your mail, can't believe the stamps were still inside!! CUTE CUTE work by your grandsons ;)

Alexandra Grape said...

What an awesome colored card ... I'm really flashed - great kombination, love it.
Greetings from Hamburg!
Alexandra

Eve said...

Hi Darnell,
WOW! what a bright and cheerful card - I love it!

I have a serious case of playhouse envy!! As I craft on my dinning room table the annoying thing is the packing away. Hopefully one day I will have a playhouse and it will be the untidiest in the world!! Bliss!

Thank you for the mention and sending me blog love. xx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!!! love the colors

Colleen said...

Awesome card, Darnell!! so bright and colorful, love those flowers from that stamp set. What a sweet set of boys you have there!! Yesterday my 6 year old grandson came over with a bag of small "lego's" and we followed the directions to put some warrior and the machine together. I am the "go to" for leggos!! But his thankfulness at the end is what touches my heart!

SARN said...

Loving this bold bright and beautiful card Darnell. WOW - amazing service from the postal peeps. xxx

Krisha said...

Your card barely makes first place, next to the ones that shine with LOVE! Adam and Henry are quite the artists, so much fun to watch the grandies play with your stash and see what their wondrous minds come up with.
Your happy mail is really happy mail to even have arrived at all....LOL

S said...

Love your card for the retrosketch challenge - so colorful and springy!

Carol L said...

You most definitely received the miracle mailing of the century with the card and clear stamp set still inside! Kudos to your USPS (unlike the carrier who failed to deliver 45,000 pieces of mail in another state! Love the card with those pretty flowers and great background! well done!

Anne said...

Hi Darnell your card is gorgeous. Love the ones your grandsons made. Al four of our grandchildren like to create. Great for grandma. Love Anne x

shirley-bee said...

Love the rainbow background on your card, Darnell (I see you pinched the idea from trendsetters Henry and Adam). Aren't they the sweetest?

Barb Ghig said...

LOVE your card, Darnell! I'm so impressed that you used a child's watercolor paint set, too...it's so pretty, and your bow is just beautiful!

I think it's so sweet that the twins still love to play inside your Playhouse! How lucky they are to have such a fun and crafty gran like you! And, how sweet is Henry to say that he likes you and loves you...you put a lump in my throat on that one!

Thanks so much for another enjoyable post..you ROCK!!! Off to check out your 'Happy Mail'!

Diane Jaquay said...

What a fabulous burst of color on your card, Darnell, I love it!

cm said...

Your card is stunning, and the two by your grandsons nearly had me fall off my chair with how awesome they are (I was doing a close up on the screen and leaned a little too far over...). How awesome that your love for card-making has inspired them; how awesome that all of you LOVE x LOVE one another so deeply! Fabulous post, adding mega-sparkle to my day! Hugs~c

Emily Keaton said...

Your watercoloring is gorgeous, Darnell! And your splats are so artful. Love 'em!

Patti said...

Beautiful I wanna be just like you when I grow up!! (Don't look for that happening anytime soon though) eeek! The colors are outstanding. I guess I will have to give this challenge a try...stay tuned.

BIG (((Hugs)))
Patti

JD/ Jill said...

Your card is so pretty! And what treasures you received from your grandsons! I like the idea of a tab up top for your Happy Mail...must give that a try. (Get so many great ideas from you) I felt so honored to see my card there too...smile!
Now off to visit with your friends...(Now I know why I save your blog for last...I always spend so much time here...

Bobby said...

So many things to comment on here. First off, I'm sorry I didn't sent you an Easter card. I got so caught up in making for our 13 homebound people that I neglected everyone else. Second, you have a couple of special grandsons, but then you already know that. Third, you are lucky you got that mail. My postmaster wouldn't even let me send one that had bling that would poke through. And last but not least, your NBUS creation is great, although I'm not sure you can mail that one either. ;)

Verna Angerhofer said...

You and your grandsons made such beautiful cards. I love all of them. You are training them up right Grandma!

Monika Reeck said...

Darnell you are lucky that the inside of the cars still there and the clear stamp is inside the post...lucky Girl you are...and I wanna say your card for CASology is awesome love the full color on the panel and lovely Purple ribbon and bow..you know what I really looove Purple...also this card is mine (LOL...Joke) great take on the cue card Darnell...hope you like to hop to my Blog today....I made Garden card too...big hugs, Monika

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful watercolour background, it's amazing what you can do with inexpensive paints. Your grandson's card are fabulous. Take good care, Shirleyx

Kathleen said...

Love your water colour card, great colours and looks really cool but not as cool as the boys cards, now they are really cool. (well don't they all say cool these days)
Love it when my boys play in my craftroom.

Kath x

Ileana A. said...

Gorgeous!Colors choice and coloring are wonderful!I love this layout!
Ileanaxxxx

Anita in France said...

Such wonderful watercolour deliciousness, Darnell ... vibrant, fresh and sooo pretty! Adam and Henry certainly know how to touch hearts ... aren't they the sweetest? Anita :)

Sue said...

Your card is so pretty Darnell and so glad your cards arrived safely..lots of huggles Sue xxx

Pat said...

I love this card Darnell, and these watercolour stripes work beautifully with the pretty overstamping. It's great those cards arrived safely if a little ragged, and the cards your grandsons made are just great, they have obviously inherited your talent. x

Helen F. said...

Darnell, your card is so bright and cheerful! I love how
the flowers pop right off!
PS: Wonderful postal story and great cards from the grands too :-)

Lindsey said...

Totally loving your card with the ink spats and the boys' cards are too cute! I think you should enter them. I think they are so fun.

Brenda said...

Well here I am behind again! I don't know why you don't show up in my list of followers like you should, but it keeps happening. lol And I get behinder (yes, I know, not a word, but I'm making it one now! lol) I love the beautiful colors on this card, and I love those fabulous flowers!! Can't believe your little stamp in that card was still in the card with the envie being torn on 3 sides, so that was pretty dang awesome! And so is the other one that the bling came through on your name. Sometimes the postal people get it right, like this time! I don't think the apple falls far from the tree-your grandsons are excellent card makers like their grandmother! Got much more catching up to do on your blog, so off I go to the next one. lol Hugs

MichelleZ said...

So pretty! I love the watercolor. I also loved seeing those darling cards made by your little budding artists. So sweet! Made my day.

Greta said...

Oh my--love & like--out of the mouth of babes--you are blessed for sure! Your card is beautiful & how fun to see what the boys made & it IS wonderful they like to make cards, too! Cannot believe those packages--Miracle Mail indeed!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Beautiful card! Love all the fun colors! Great cards by your Grandsons too! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

Karen M said...

Your card is so pretty Darnell - I love the beautiful colours and stamping:) The boys also did an amazing job with their cards - so very sweet:) Hugs xx

sandie said...

I adore the colours you have used and those firework flowers are fab. Hope you are doing good Darnell x

onelayercards said...

Wonderful cards all around, Darnell! Your grandsons are so sweet and they obviously got their card-making talent from you! I am still amazed that that last card you got in the mail survived despite being torn open on 3 sides!

Hugs,
Shery

Lee-Anne said...

Love the watercolored background Darnell! Your color choices are wonderfully vibrant and fun!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love the colourblocks of watercolour - there's so much interest in this simple square of colour! So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

Brenda in IN said...

Love your colorful card today. I love that your grands still want to make you cards. Both of their cards are cute. Three cheers for the post office!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Loved AND liked, you really rank. I mean seriously, who did you pay off at the post office to still receive your mail intact after all that?!

Very pretty card, bright happy colors.

Charlene said...

I LOVE this Darnell!! And was so excited to see your face at CCCB :-)!! Do you need my address :-) :-) Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

Aileen said...

Love your bold colours. So bright and cheerful. x

Bonnie said...

Love the bright, beautiful colors on this card! I have that same NBUS set! Need to get it inky! The boys have outdone themselves with their cards! How fun that they still enjoy creating with you.

Craftychris said...

Lovely bright card! Love the flowers, they look like sparklers! xx

Jean said...

This is gorgeous ~ love the colors you chose. Beautiful cards from the boys too ~ Henry's could be a CASE of yours with the color blocking!

Joyce said...

Love your card, and also the ones the boys made. We need more boy card-makers, don't you think?

~amy~ said...

Your card is so very springy! The colors are magnificent!
Super fun happy mail!
Thanks for joining us at Curtain Call - Confetti Crush!

OH Babs said...

Colorful spring cards made by grandma and her boys. The saying goes something like "grandkids are so much fun I wish I had them first."

Geri said...

...another post that never made it through...grrrrr

You must have rocked watercolor painting in grade school! That background is fabulous! Gorgeous PTI image! Love the inked edges and the two wee clothes pins - sweet touch!

A big hooray for the postal peeps and a HUGE HOORAY for the twinks and their creations! Great way to use up that washi stash!

Leslee said...

I love all the colors in your card. Your grandsons did a great job, too! My little granddaughter made me a card too! Washi tapes seems very popular with the young at heart!

Anna Rogalska said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I'm loving the lovely bright bg for the fun fireworks flowers, Darnell!! Lovely card!!
Your grandsons have surely inherited Gamma's creative genes!!
Greetings from Africa and happy crafting!!

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