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!

August 26, 2014

Mum's the Word ~ NBUS #149

Good Moftering!

That's my new word melding morning, afternoon, and evening. You know, because it's all kinds of different times of the day around the world when you read this. It might even be night, in which case you should be sleeping.

Like a lot of you, I have a challenge list as long as your leg that I want to play in each week and only so many days in said week. But then every once in a while a challenge will enter your visersphere and you'll not be able to get it out of your head, no matter what else you have goinon.

That happened to me this week with the inspiration photo from The Card Concept. I'm Frank Lee Surprised that there aren't 1312 entries in the gallery. Afraid I'd miss it, I hung up on my sister and left the potatoes boiling on the stove to make this hot little clean and layered number:
I adore that sediment font. It's from SU "Word Play." The blossoms are both NBUS. They are from Memory Box. The big one is "Prized Chrysanthemum Outline" and the small one is a double bloom made from one of the flowers in the "Glorious Gerber Daises" and one of the flowers in the "Fancy Potted Flower." The tiny flower embellie and flower centers are from SU. The double framed white PTI card was die-cut with "Stitched Rectangles" from Lil' Inkers.

Here is the inspiration photo:
All that white space, that headboard, the beautiful starfruit color. Yummo. But, okay, there's just, if I can just ask you, is it just me and the hamster, or do you want to flip those pillows on the right side of the bed so that the room is more balanced? Coz me and the hamster were sitting here drooling over the photo and then I glanced over at him and his head was cocked over his left shoulder as if the room were leaning and then later he looked over at me and I was doing the same thing. And Hammy wouldn't mind a matching nightstand on the right, too, please. Don't get us wrong, it's still gorge and it inspired me to make one of my favorite cards.

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Challenges

In addition, I'm playing over at:

The Cutting Edge, where the amazing Kay Miller is our Muse inspiration.

Simply Create Too, where the theme is "Monochromatic."

Pixie's Snippets Playground, where the brief is simply to use snippets or scraps.

Grab Our Badge!Pixies Crafty Workshop

To join in the fun and find out the details on rules, sponsors, and prizes, just click on the links.

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New Friends Corner

I'd love for you to meet new friend Patti Corrier of What Are You Inking? (Love the name!) Patti has been blogging since 2010. She is an Independent Stampin' Up demonstrator and her card art is always bright and exceptionally executed. You'll find oodles of design ideas when you visit! Thank you for joining, Patti, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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Blessings

Here are the cards the boys made us this weekend. (Papa put his back out, so that's the reason for the get well card.)
They do love that Washi tape!

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93 comments:

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love how the centres look in the die cuts - very, very pretty interpretation of the inspiration! So glad you joined us at The Card Concept! (love the precious cards from the twins, too - 'Henry Post'- so cute!)

conil said...

You're righton about the inspiration piece...seems HEAVY on the left... clearly needs you as designer. But, didn't you fix that right up with your card. That MUM is MUMerable(sorry, got a little ahead of myself, there).

Irish Cherokee said...

Stunning card in its simplicity. A good representation of the picture. I agree that the picture is lucky to be right side up it is so out of balance. Tell Hammy I said nice job of keeping it from falling over until you posted it. LOL. Precious cards the two little ones. Hope Papa Is better. Will pray for him. - Jim

Rita said...

Beautiful clean and simple card Darnell. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Hi Darnell ...I love the simplicity of your gorgeous card and love the centres...
Your grandchildren's cards are lovely...obviously they get their talent from their clever granny....

Anne

Sharon Fontenot said...

Thanks for showing interest in my blog. I have signed up for yours as well. BTW: I love the shadows on your card. I have a thing about that! Makes for texture and depth. Love it. . . -sharon

Sue said...

Stunning card Darnell!!! huggles Sue xx

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love this Darnell! You chose just the right dies for this challenge! You captured the edges of the bed too with your cut off petals on the left and right upper corner and even the stitching! The little embellishment is a match too ;). One of my favourite cards of yours too!
My Lil Inkers stitched dies are arriving this afternoon...I finally caught them in stock!
Have a great day.

Tracey said...

Moftering to you too Darnell (love that word)! Your card is gorgeous :o)
Have a wonderful week.
Hugs
Tracey
xx

Carole said...

Ah Darnell you have clearly convinced your audience...the balance is in your favor. Great card...it's hard to believe you had that die and didn't use it right away...gorgeous. I love to see the distinct differences in the twins art...both so well done. Hugs C

Jasleen said...

It's always a pleasure visiting your blog. I always leave smiling. What a gorgeous interpretation of the inspiration picture!Beautifully CAS and happy card. I love that font too, love the way 'the' is cozily nestled in 'G'.
So glad to see two precious and very, very creative cards from your grand sons. Hope all is well now.

Mrs.B said...

That's a stunning card Darnell and a perfect take on the inspirational photo. So glad you make the challenge.
Avril xx

Sarah Gray said...

Good Moftering to you too! I know what you mean about the inspiration photo - it is absolutely gorgeous and I have been itching to play along all weekend :) Your card is fabulous - that die is just perfect and I love the sentiment too. Love the cards from the boys - they can have my washi tape, I'm not using it!

Sue - said...

Gorgeous card! And yes the pillows definitely need turning - Hammy was right. Love the boys two cards as well!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love that beautiful die you used for the mums. Your card is wonderful! And, mums are a favorite autumn flower of mine. I always tried to grow them and hoped they would survive the winters here and come back in the spring but was never successful. But for years I persisted in trying. Now it is easier to do them on paper and it can be done any time of the year.

LauraJane:) said...

Well Darnell, Hammy is correct...pillows need to be flipped. I really like your take on the photo..you can never go wrong with MUMS! Great texture:)
Honored to have you joined us at The Card Concept Challenge!

Kathleen said...

This is absolutely stunning and a fantastic take on the challenge.

Kath x

adele holcomb said...

Very pretty and I love the layered stitched rectangles.

Jenni's Jems said...

Beautiful card Darnell, and loving the twinks cards just makes your heart melt ....and hope Mister gets better soon too !x

LesleyG said...

Good Moftering! Love your sense of humour. Fab card, love the grandchildrens ones too, and the room? just let it go! Thanks for your lovely comments xxx

Sharon Underwood said...

BEAUTIFUL card, Darnell! I love it! Thank you for the links to the challenges, too. I always take a look and jump in to join some of them, too.

Pat said...

I love these flower dies Darnell, and the centres are so pretty. Think the stitched rectangles look extremely smart too. Ditto the sentiment. I love the cards the boys made, so sweet. x

Jean Straw said...

What a fabulous card, great interpretation of the inspiration photo, and a perfect example of CAS style.
I would like to see the pillows flipped over too.
Jean x

Patti said...

It's all in how you look at it Darell. If a big guy named Bubba was lounging on the right side of the bed it would look much more balanced! Especially if he had on a Chartreuse shirt or if, say, the majority of his tattoos were shades of green : )

See it now Hammy? heehee

Love! your card!! LOVE those dies cuts and the sentiment and I am on a waiting list for the Lil Inkers rectangle stitched dies.. LOVE your card : )

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Patti said...

ooops... forgot to add - Hats off! to Adam and Henry I feel better just looking at those cards and my back is fine! : )

Kathyk said...

Super yummy lime/white challenge make Darnell

Kathyk

Greta said...

Super neat card, Darnell--love it! Looks like the twinks had fun!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Darnell, Hammy is very astute with his observations! I want to play in this challenge too as I love the image, just time to do it is the problem. Hope hubby feels better soon, Cathy x

Leslie Hanna said...

I might have a challenge list to rival yours. When the pile of printed challenges starts interfering with my paper trimmer's ability to close, I toss the bottom inch or two of the pile. Yes, it's that bad.

I love your card - it's a perfect interpretation (in my opinion) of the inspiration photo, and yes, those pillows should be flipped over.

Pollard Carole said...

Stunning card today love those flowers and you are so right that font is a stunner another lovely post love and Happy Crafting hugs Carole x

Inkyfingers said...

This is just stunning Darnell - perfect cas and a certain winner in my book! I agree with you about the pillows and the single side table would have to be on my side of the bed until we could get another. But then John would bring in any old junk to be on his side and spoil the look so on second thoughts I'd better let him have the nice one.
Hugs
Carol x

Lynn said...

Oh I love your card...it is phenomenal. Hope about that? :) And...when I read your posts, I feel like I'm sitting in the room with you having a conversation, laughing my head off. Oh how I appreciate you Darnell.

Barb Ghig said...

Another great post, Darnell! I'm serious...you make my day every, single time I read your blog!!!

This is one GORGEOUS card! I love how you placed the blossoms and the font on the sentiment is just beautiful! Love it to pieces!

Two quick things: YES, they need to flip the pillows and add a nightstand on the other side of the bed...lack of balance drives me insane! But, it really is a stunning photo!
And...Those grandsons of yours are so sweet! I love how they sign their names, too...from: Henry and from: Adam ~ too CUTE!!!

Mau xx said...

What a gorgeous Sunshiny card Darnell, its Beautiful! and talking of Sunshine, you certainly Brighten our days...well so to speak! as its almost midnight here...lol Love your new Melding! and Yes I agree Hammy...flip those pillows!!!
Well done Boys xx
hugs Mau xx

mamapez5 said...

I wonder whether you were born in 0ctober. I am a Libran and I like a room, or anything else for that matter, to be balanced and symmetrical, so i would flip the pillows too! That said, a great card which is a perfect response to the inspiration picture. Kate x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Great, smashing, super and spot on for the challenge. Sunshine on a card.
The first thing I thought when I looked at the pic was " I don't like how they've done those pillows" so I'm on the same wavelength as you and Hammy. . . . . . . I'm checking into rehab first thing!
Ang x

Jen said...

Oh my goodness this is brilliant. I love the open work of those die cuts. So light and airy and an all around fabulous take on the inspiration photo!

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

Hi Darnell. Thank you for the lovely comment at mine. I am glad I stopped by, as this is a beautiful card. I am following :)

dottielottie said...

Your card is a floral delight Darnell
Those nested stitched die backgrounds make a lovely base for your beautiful flowers and sentiment.
Love this card! I couldn't agree more on the bed pic. I love symmetry, and HAVE to have things symmetrical in my world. I often hear my family muttering the words OCD.Oh dear! Hugs Lottie x

dottielottie said...

Ooo, how could I forget to mention the other two little beauties, and their cards are beauties too!
Must be in the genes x

Nora N. said...

I LOVE your card Darnell!! Those flowers are so fabulous-I might have to buy some for myself! Really like the white space and you are totally right about that sentiment. FABULOUS!!

I saw this challenge this weekend but never got around to it because I was too busy using "the mess on my desk" to try to get it cleaned up. I vowed I had to use it up before I could play with my new stuff!!

Angela said...

Darnell, you dropped everything to whip up this sweet card! You have really made a clean and totally fresh beauty for The Card Concept. The gallery is made more beautiful and we appreciate it!

Toni said...

Now my head is leaning too! Love your take on the inspiration pic!

Bobby said...

Those flowers are gorgeoshus, Darnell, and I love the sentiment font, too. I have to keep going back to look at the card with all it's loveliness. Yay! for the boys are their creative talent.

Jacquie Southas said...

That flower die is perfect! Lovely, layered flowers and fun sentiment make for a great design. Hope everyone is feeling better.

Taunya Butler said...

Frankly, my dear, this card is genuinely gorgeous and so inspiring!! Love the way you nailed the photo - Bet it is a winner!! You just made something truly marvelous so who cares about the potatoes boiling on the stove!! And the sweet cards from the littles - so precious and so sweet!! I have a few drawings that my girlies have sent me that have a prominent place on my magnet wall in my kitchen!! Lucky you to be so loved by them and so many, many more!!!

Donna Nuce said...

Your grandson's cards are so cute. Your card is totally gorgeous. I love that NBUS die of the mum. So delicate! Have a great day Darnell!

Gerrina said...

What a super card you made! Great how you did two flowers and let them both go of the beautiful frame-pieces! I saw this challenge too, but haven't found any time for it jet... Enjoy your day, Gerrina

sandie said...

You made me giggle about the pillows as I am a bit of a freak about this kind of think, I had to go and look at the photo and decide what I think would be best....I think if I had made it I would have put them the other side as you say, but look at it again....I think they rocked it, it does look fab the way they have it...now the weird bit is out of the way..your card! I love those blooms so elegant. I really have to try to enter this challenge x

Linda said...

Hi Darnell, just wanted to say that this card is GORGEOUS!!! The colour is yummy and I love those die cut blooms.
I'm right with you by the way on how they've made the bed ...... those pillows need a good flippin'!
Have a great day...... hugs Linda xx

Sue said...

Lovely card.

The kids did well with theirs.

It really annoys me when you get patterned pillowcases, but they all go the same way. It doesn't look right on the bed.

Redanne said...

The pillows definitely need a flip but the inspiration is wonderful and your card is fabulous! Love, LOVE that sentiment and your gorgeous flowers, this card really has the WOW factor!

Lover the cards by the twins too, they are very talented! Hope Mister's back is improving. Hugs, Annie xx

Carol L said...

This really is a BU-TEE of a card! I love those flowers on the stitched rectangles! Adorable cards from the boys too - they already have such different creative styles :)

Ros Crawford said...

Your card is stunning!! Oh I love that green and I'm sure I see a winner ... Beautiful cards from the boys ... Awww!

Viv's Visuals said...

Am back in Internet Access Land finally and having a quick catch up - Great card Darnell... now I NEED those dies too! x

Di said...

Wow Darnell - this is truly fabulous! It always amazes me, and I'm sure I say it often, how perfectly you manage to echo a photo inspiration right down to colours, shapes etc. etc.

I'm with you and Hammy - I'd flip those pillow on the right and also add a night stand - who want to clamber over the lucky person on the outside all the time. Don't answer that! I'm sure you know what I mean :)

Hope Mr K is feeling better - love the boys' cards!

Hugs, Di xx

Karen M said...

Stunning card Darnell - I love all those beautiful blooms and what a gorgeous sentiment:) The cards from the boys are precious too - hugs xx

Lisa said...

Love the sweet cards the boys made, bet they made Papa feel better!! And you my sweet friend have simply knocked my socks off. This is ONE GORGEOUS card ~ SWOON!!! My fave from you ever, hands down, seriously LOVE THIS!!!

icardeveryone01 said...

NBUS???? I might have worn the cutting edge right down on this die, D. LOVE IT, and your gorgeous card...
=] Michele

Leslee said...

I love how your card is simply elegant. I do love the colour you used! Also love that memory box die!

Nan G said...

Moftering to you, Darnell! Love your word combos. :) fabulous absolutely fabulous card! Oh, and I thought the inspiration pic was perfectly balanced. ;) Guess I'm a little off centered myself. Hugs...and guess what! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #53

Carole Z said...

A beautiful card Darnell, I love those colours and what a fab die...very elegant, hugs Carole Z X

OH Babs said...

Great die cuts and clever card. Hope the mister is on the mend and how sweet the boys made you cards.

Petra Swart said...

Oh, Darnell, I can just imagine what a great time your friends and family must have with you around!! Smiles and laughter all the way!!! I just love your great sense of humour and I always leave here with a great big smile on my face!!
...and yes I do agree with you and Hammy on the unbalanced room!!
...and I do love your beautiful card!! Those flowers are so pretty and I love the 'stitching' round the edges. Lovely sentiment!! I think this card is one of my favs from you!!

Have a super day!!

Susanne Vargas said...

I just adore your gorgeous card! Those embellies are perfect on there! Truly awesome take on the inspiration picture!

Bonnie said...

Love this challenge card and yes, I'd flip one of the pillows to center them. Patti is from "What are you inking". And you have such sweet boys! Hope K is feeling better.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Amazing card Darnell, it's fantastic, and I would also like the flip the pillows.

Warm hugs
Maarit

cotnob said...

Such a stunning card Darnell, your sentiment font is fabulous.
Cute cards from the boys as well - looks like you have some competition in the making.
Pauline
x

Jean said...

What a wonderful combination! Thanks for linking up to The Cutting Edge Challenge!

Mrs A. said...

Gorgeous card. Don't have a problem with the pillows but that duvet is driving me nuts faling off the edge of the bed. I did try straightening it up for you!
Ahem. Do you know who your latest follower but one is? Lets see how your sleuthing does.
hugs Mrs A.

Shelly said...

Such a gorgeous card, Darnell! Love it! And what sweet cards the boys made! <3

Charlene said...

I love the cards the boys made, makes me smile as the girls come over and do the same thing :-) Your CAS card is surely a winner!!!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Beautiful card - I love the centre of the blooms - so pretty.
Caroline xxx

Lynette said...

This card is just totally awesome, Darnell!!! I love everything about it.

artful-notions said...

Who has 76 comments on one card? Darnell of course! Just had to add my 2 cents, cuz it's gorgeous.
Love the layered yumminess, and oh that sentiment! Yes must track that one down.
Darling boys' cards, poor daddy...

Brenda said...

I am in love with this card Darnell! Those flower dies are awesome and I love the little SU flowers in the center and on the card. That sentiment is perfect too, love it. The boys did a great job on making their cards for their papa. I hope your husband's back is better soon. I've had to many times this summer that I put mine out so I know how he feels. Get well wishes from me too. Hugs, Brenda

cm said...

Happy Moftering to you! Stunning flower...and I nearly reached out to touch it, with all that layer-y texture! I'm with you on the bedroom decor...flip the pillows, add another nightstand and I'm ready for a cozy sleep in a most gorgeous, balanced room! Actually, if the blankets on my bed are even a smidge askew, I get vertigo-ish. Yes...OCD! Straight blankets = happy me! Your twins cards: spirit-lifting guaranteed!
hugs~c

Deepti said...

This looks awesome :) beautiful design. And the cards designed by your twins is way too good :)

poppaeacards said...

So pretty and I LOVE that sentiment, Cx

Debs Willis said...

Can see why the challenge appealed! And yes, I want to flip the pillow too!
Lovely card, clean & simple, great use if those dies
Hugs
Debs x

Manuela said...

beautiful card, looks so fresh and happy!

Brenda in IN said...

You nailed this inspiration photo! I love the die cut and the little embellishments. I think that's great that the twins want to make cards too. I hope hubbys back is much better now.

MaryH said...

You'll already know you have lots of things I love on this super card: Stitched dies, MB dies. I like the way you put 'em all together to make a real pretty card. Thanks for sharing the Twinks' cards. They are delightful. Easy to see the craft gene has been handed down. I bet you all had so much fun crafting together. Hope Papa is feeling better, and these cards had to have cheered him up immensely. TFS & Big Hugs.

Anita in France said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful, Darnell ... and the boys' cards are so cute and sweet! I'm thinking ... isn't unbalanced a good thing?! Hugs, Anita :)

Sheila H said...

I love those fabulous flowers!

Sharron said...

Oh, happy day to you, Darnell! You just made my morning as I imagined you and Hammy cocking your heads to view the photo!! LOVE your take--absolutely gorgeous! The flowers and that awesome sentiment are perfect!

sue t. said...

I am sooooo flad you didn't miss the deadline, this CAL card is awesome! Thanks for joining us at the Card Concept!

Kim Heggins said...

Simply stunning my sweet friend! I love those flowers and the centers are amazing, just amazing. Sorry to hear that Mister's back is out, hope he is on the mend. Take care! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Card Concept.

Monika Reeck said...

wooowww I love the center of the flower too wooowww this is stunning this is also romantic and this is ADORABLE..I loove your interpretation Darnell for me this is the winner card and the card from boys ooh soo cuuuteee hihi from Adam is too cute with his handwriting...my son never make cards for me also I made for them but they not for me..hihi (SMILE) hugs, Monika

nwilliams6 said...

Your inspiration card is amazing. Love those flowers and the very positive feel to it. You captured that inspiration picture so beautifully! Wow! Fun cards made by the boys too - super sweet and glad you included them. Hugz!

JD/ Jill said...

This is really beautiful card...and a fantastic job with the challenge!

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful cards, including the ones the Grands made too! ~Diane

Karen Petitt said...

I love this card, the colours are fabulous and the flower is stunning! Great make Missy Karen x