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!

May 2, 2014

Grungilicious! NBUS #127

Hi everyone!

Well, we've whooshed around to another Friday and another month! Welcome to May!! Yah-ikes!

We've had company and the Mister and I took off for a few days of MS and R&R. We went over to the coast and were blessed with the most gorgeous warm weather and clear views. I haven't had a chance to upload (download?) my photos yet, but I'll share them next time. I've managed to upload some laundry, does that count for anything?

As great as it was to be disconnected and rejuveniled, I was happy to get back to the Playhouse and make a card for a few challenges!

Here is a nongrunger's silly attempt at grunge:
My card is "soft grunge," G-rated, gentle, and domesticated. I promise it is grunge, because the NBUS stamp set from SU is called "So Grunge!" So there. Oh, no, wait a sec, sorry, it's called "Gorgeous Grunge." It looks so tame against the amazing art you expert grungologists create!

The SU stamp set came just in time for me to play in one of my favorite challenges:

Addicted to CAS
I also noticed that Wida Miller, one of my favorite card artists, is being featured at CASE Study! This is her inspiration card for us to CASE (copy and share everything).
Over at the Fusion Card Challenge, this is the fun inspiration and sketch:
If you look closely at the panel on my card, you will see embossed chevron bits. I just followed the sketch this time.

And Pals Paper Arts provided me with just the right colors for my grunge attempt:
PPA202 May 1


If you click on the challenge links, you will find all the details on rules, sponsors, and prizes. Join in!!

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I have to scoot for now, but I'll leave you with this sensational (if I do say so myself) photo I took:
California Poppies overlooking the Northern California Coast

I had to get down on my belly like a snake to take this,
which must have been quite amusing to the cars passing by!
Actually, watching me get up would be the amusing part!!
I am sorry that I haven't been around to see you for several days. I hope to have some time this weekend to visit. And I hope you have been enjoying your days! Enjoy this 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!

Project Details
PaperPTI white
Stamps    Stampin Up' for grunge and sediment; Lawn Fawn "Interlocking Backdrops" arrow
 InkSU crumb cake, Bermuda bay, real red
AccessoriesSew Easy floss; unknown twine

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68 comments:

Happy Dance said...

Totally love your gorgeous grunge card, Miss D.!! Those colors together just call my name - might have to pull them out. That heart makes me happy with all its little splatters behind the sentiment! I noticed the chevvies right away, and love how you've got your twine right in line (poet, poet, poet..!) over a row of those sweet chevvies. Great card, my friend!! Bev

Happy Dance said...

Whoopsie! I almost forgot... Your photograph is gorgeous!!!! Are those poppies? Well, whatever they are, they are so beautiful tucked among the grasses. Well done! bkb

Craftychris said...

I would call your card 'Gorgeous Grunge'! It's fabulous! So is your photo! xx

Lisa said...

You rocked the grunge look Darnell, love all the little splatters!! Your flower photo is beautiful...I want to go there!

Petra Swart said...

Gorgeous grunge for sure, Darnell!! Love the little bits of red. Perfect for all 4 challenges!!
Love your photo - are those Californian poppies?? Had them in my garden in Cape Town!!!
Greetings from Africa!!

Sue said...

I love your 'soft grunge'card Darnell. The design and colours are fabulous and you are so clever at combining challenge.
I am pleased you had a good time and that you enjoyed some lovely weather.
Your photo is stunning.
I hope you have a good weekend.
hugs Sue xx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
I'll make a wish. . . . . .I wish I could make a grunge card that looked as neat as this lol!
Great photo of the flowers.
Have a great weekend.
Ang x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Hi Darnell
sometimes is really so easy
we must only make a wish
gorgeous card
have a lovely weekend
hugs Tamara

Redanne said...

Gorgeous grunge is every bit as good as grungey grunge - your card is fantastic, I really love the splattered background too. As for the photo - wow, wow, wow, are you sure you are not a professional photographer?? Beautiful work! Hugs, Anne xx

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

Your time away sounds like it was lovely .. .. and a special time.

Always good to get back to the old crafty environment though isn't it. I hate it when I'm not making things.

Loving your card very much. Fabby background.

Have a lovely weekend.

Love Jules xx

Susanne Vargas said...

That is a gorgeous photo that you took! I absolutely love California Poppies - oh, the color! Can't wait to see more photos of your trip!
As for your grungy card - I think you nailed this style, too! It looks fabulous! Will we be seeing more of it?

Alanna said...

Such a fun card Darnell. I'm glad you were able to get away for a bit.

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous card, love the way you have combined the challenges, great colours too.

Kath x

Benzi said...

Fabulous card, Darnell. I love those wonderful colors together.

Thanks for sharing your photo. You are a real expert.

Cathy said...

Great grungy card Darnell, and excellent take on the other challenges too. Glad you had a lovely break, Cathy x

Valerie Nolan said...

Love the colours Darnell and the coloured twine, very gorgeous grunge! Your photo is stunning glad you had a great break!
Val x

Shirley said...

Love all the little splatters, the grunge, and all of it!

Kate said...

Great card - love the colours, the textures and the GRUNGE. What a great photo you took - not just the poppies but that coastal view WOW!!! Being away from the sea is the hardest thing about living in Luxembourg. Not that I'm a real beach person, but I do miss the sea air and the ocean. Your photo is like a breath of fresh sea air. Thank you

Dawn Tidd said...

I'm going to call your card "grungeous"! It's just right. The arrow across the bottom was the perfect Crumb Cake touch. Thanks for joining us at the Pals Paper Arts this week!

jimlynn said...

Looks grungy to me! In fact, you really don't want it to look dirty so think this is perfect!! The twine tells it all.
Great picture of the poppies and coast line! So pretty. I can usually get down easy.....the getting up is um.....not going to set any speed records for sure!
Lynn

Wida said...

EEK! You played along!! I love the artistic scrapbook inspired soft grunge look, especially the splatter! you are making me look trendy and awesome, thanks Darnell!

Greta said...

Wowzer--that photo should be in a CA travel book! I love your version of grunge, Darnell--it's really not my thing, but I do like creations using splats & swishes & the like! Your card is beautiful!

MaryH said...

I don't 'do grunge', but I appreciate the grungy art that others do. Now this one is definitely MY style of grunge. I could do this kind! It's pretty (sorry, just hadda say that!) Like the clean lines, the colors, and yes, I know the stamp was gorgeous grunge. It is too! Rest up and glad you had some fun time. Enjoyed the bright orange poppies too. You're a good photographer. Glad you're back on base camp once more. TFS, Hugs & Happy wkend.

Lynn said...

First things first...we need to talk about your picture. Holy cow Darnell. That is beautiful. The poppies are amazing. Wow.

Now onto your great card. I love your grunge style. I'm all for CAS grunge and it's perfect in my book. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fusion!

Mrs A. said...

Whatever it says on thee tin is good enough for me! Hugs Mrs A.

Irish Cherokee said...

CAS grunge. Now I have seen most of it. LOL. Nicely done Darnell. Not a large grunge fan but Cherokee is. Says to you "UGH". Not sure what that means but I'm sure it is good. LOL.

Blessings
Jim

Cindy Brumbaugh said...

Oh, you rocked all the challenges. You grunged it up quite nicely, Darnell!

Gerrina said...

Great how you take so many challenges intgo one card! Love what you made of it; it all works so great! Have a fun weekend, Gerrina

Bobby said...

I think you do grunge very well. I've seen that stamp set a lot lately and I want it so much. I love your photo of the poppies and I bet you could make a card that looks just like that.

Susan said...

Great job on the "grunge" card....it is a very understated "grunge"....but you did it!

Linda Callahan said...

Ohhhh a little grunge can go a long way! Adorable!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

You done good!!!! I just love your pretty grunge card, especially the little splatters in the heart!
And your photo is so beautiful!

Carol L said...

Great grunge card and a fantastic photo as well! So glad you and the Mr enjoyed a nice getaway with a spectacular view! TFS!

Barb Ghig said...

OMGosh, Darnell...I'm not finished reading your 1st paragraph, and I'm choking with laughter...thank you!

I think your card is really fabulous! Grunge is not easy for us CAS girls, and I think you did an amazing job! And the best part is, that you were able to tie it in with other challenges...A+++ for you!

Thanks so much for your willingness to humiliate yourself next to a highway to get this gorgeous shot for us :-) And, I'm so glad you had a great time, too!

sandie said...

Hi Darnell, I love your G rated grunge, pretty grunge is what I went for also, shows us we can adapt to any style...hehe, so we think!!

Inkyfingers said...

Darnell , I'm so with you on grunge - it frightens me to death so I really admire you for jumping in and coming up with such a great card! Glad your time away was enjoyable and it was worth it just for that photo which should be framed and put on your wall IMHO!
Hugs
Carol x

Anita in France said...

Such a fabulous combination, Darnell ... pretty colours, gorgeous grunge and delicious CAS ... you so nailed it! Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS! Anita :)

Oh, a what a stunning photo ... love those California poppies!

vic said...

Hi Darnell wow your card is super sweet! I'm
Loving the stamp too just beautiful!
Have a great weekend
Vic x

Ros Crawford said...

Now that's my type of grunge ... Tame! Super card and great photo ... Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Karen M said...

I love your gorgeous grunge Darnell - such a fun card:) hugs xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell your photo is gorgeous, love those California Poppies, I grew them in a previous garden. Your light grunge card is also beautiful, love the heart and the colour combo. The image at the bottom is quite funky, I think I 'need' that one :) Have a great weekend, Shirleyxx

Sheila H said...

Love the gorgeous grunge - it really is pretty. Your photo is awesome - makes me miss California!

Brenda said...

How wonderful that you got out to the coastline! Sounds like fun. Loving that picture you took and trust me I look way funnier than you would getting up. lol I am so loving your card. I don't do grunge-wouldn't even know how to start doing grunge! lol I love the beautiful colors on this card and love, love that heart with the sentiment. Of course the splats are just fabulous and I love the washi tape look at the bottom. And how fabulous is that twine?!! Love that you put natural twine with the colored twine. The embossing is awesome too. Yes, I do love your grunge!! Hugs

Chris D. said...

We all know you are busy getting all dirty in the garden, no worries! What a fabulous card and kudos for linking it up to a bunch of challenges! Your poppy picture is amazing and it was a good thing I wasn't drinking anything when I read about you on your belly to get it! LOL! Well done, my friend!

Diane Jaquay said...

Why yes, your card is definitely "grungilicious" lol! Love the splatter background and that cool arrow across the bottom, great work, Darnell!

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Darnell, Well I reckon your card is grungy, soft grungy is right but I love it all the same! Pretty poppies and a wonderful photo of the fab coastline, lucky you, Gay xx

shirley-bee said...

Love your G-rated Grunge, Darnell! And your fabulous photography - looking forward to the rest of the snaps.

Pat said...

This is such sweet grunge Darnell. I love the big blue splats in the background and then the teeny ones in the heart. The three types of twine go really well. I'm glad you had a nice break away and those poppies are so lovely. x

Kristie Goulet said...

Gorgeous photo Darnell and great grunge card! Thank you for sharing!

Kim Heggins said...

You always manage to make me laugh...soft grunge, g-rated...just too funny! I love your card, so fun and so very grungy too. Sounds like you had a fabulous trip and I am looking forward to seeing your photos. Enjoy your weekend!

JoAnn said...

Love your pretty card Darnell. I wanted to thank you for the beautiful cards you have sent me and remembering me in your thoughts and prayers.
JoAnn

Brenda in IN said...

I'm so glad you and hubby had a nice "get away" trip. Your photo of the poppies is so pretty. "My wish" would be to have paramedics standing by if I were to get down on the ground like that! Your grunge is great. That look is starting to grow on me.

Cindy Hall said...

I think you did a fabulous job with the grunge-look. You are an inspiration to us true non-grungers! Thanks for sharing with us at Pals Paper Arts this week!

KayM said...

I'm a nongrunger too Darnell! haha! Love your card though! It's just perfect! Not too grungy :) Love the background splatters and the three types of string add the perfect touch! Happy Sunday! :)

Andrea said...

pleased to hear you and hubby had a lovely time away together Darnell. Love the stunning photo you took and your description of how you took it made me LOL. As for your gorgeous grunge this could be the next new best thing you could be teh forefront of a new genre .... teh queen of gorgeous grunging ... have fab week and looking forward to seeing your photos hugs Andrea x

Julia Aston said...

This is a lovely soft grunge card Darnell! there's splatter - I see it - and that is definately grunge.... ! your poppy pic is marvelous! what a gorgeous shot! How nice to have some R&R in a beautiful spot!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Just the right amount of grunge if you ask me! A great case of Wida's card too!

Leslee said...

Great card. I really like the colors you chose. Love your photo-poppies are one of my favorites!

Loll Thompson said...

Great grunge card Dolly ... you nailed the challenge :)

Beautiful poppies ... looks like you has spectacular weather. Glad you got a couple of days of R&R. Lolly xx

OH Babs said...

Your soft grunge card is sweet - like you. Play with the stamps I think it must be like finger painting but no yucky fingers. I think it is addicting but not fattening like a bag of potato chips. The photo is perfect. I am on vacation for a few days.

Michelle said...

Seriously, Darnell, you make me giggle every time I visit! I love your G-rated soft grunge card! I also adore your amazing photograph, wow! As for the uploaded laundry... perhaps you'll come and do something about my laundry pile when you're done? I'll make you a cup of tea and cake as payment. ;-) Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

cm said...

Your 'soft-grunge, G-rated' card is grunge-ilicious! I've not tried such a technique (is that what it is? or style?) because I don't know what it means, but after seeing yours, I may have try, even though splatters and 'randomness' kind of freak me out! I believe this little number qualifies you entry into the realm of grungologists. Truly, a delightful, fun, super cool card! Hugs~c

cm said...

Ooops...forgot to comment on your gorgeous photo of flowers. Beautiful! Maybe we'll see flowers here...in July, maybe August *grin*...Hugs~c

Susan Itell said...

I want to come and play in your "play house" - it is just adorable and it must be fabulous to have a space that you can go off to and create! Your card is super...just like I like my cards...clean and simple! Thanks for playing with the PALS and sharing your talent!

Jeanne J said...

Wonderful! I love the trendy look and perfectly placed splashes and spots - I know that's harder than it sounds :)

baileyrosy.com said...

Gorgeously grungy and totally fab. Love your grunge and it's pretty too. Thanks Darnell for taking the time out to join us once again at ATCAS it's always a treat to pass by. The photo is sensational !!!!

Marie

wienerhoneymooners said...

I think it is adorable!

Thanks for joining us at FUSION!!!

Michelle Lupton said...

From one lady who doesn't "do" grunge to another - I think your card is fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up your card to our Grunge challenge at ATCAS ;)