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!

September 19, 2014

Giving Thanks (a)

[If you're looking for my NBUS Challenge, click here.]

Greetings Fellow Whooshers!

Another Friday. They come through here like cars trying to get the pole position at the big race. Whoosh.

I've been so busy. If you just give me a minute, I'm sure I'll be able to think doing what. 

It certainly wasn't working on cards. All I have to show you since you were here last is a QACAS Thanksgiving card. It came about because I saw a couple of challenges ... you know how it goes.
I had prezackly three of the skeleton leaves left in my stash that I must've purchased around ten years ago from SU. I took my inks in the requested colors and sponged them over the ecru colored leaves. It worked a treat. That red leaf above looks like it was inked with a distinct area of darker and lighter, but that is just a shadow through the leaf from taking the picture in the sunshine.

The sediment is from Hero Arts, heat embossed in Imprintz e/p. I have to say, I think I need to get some new white e/p. I tried three times (never more) to get a clean emboss against the black and this was the best I could do. I think the powder gets old? Or no? Operator error?

The paper is PTI true black with a PTI white liner and the leaf is from Dress It Up. Shazambam, Sam!

Luckily three leaves is all I needed for the color challenge at The Card Concept, which are red, yellow, and lime (plus white). The leaves are sorta layered, but I think we have to call my style for this EZPZ card "Clean and Simple."

The other challenges that worked:

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New Friends Corner

Liz McQuire of Buttons for Brains. Love that fun banner name! Liz has been blogging since 2008! If you've been following my New Friends Corner for any time at all, you know that I'm uber impressed by anyone who has been blogging that long. Really, nothing more needs to be said because you all know that there will be kazillions of inspirational cards awaiting your visit to Liz! Personally, I want to CASE every one of her adorable cards!

Jenny H. of Jenfa Cards. Jenny is an an Australian who has been blogging since 2011. She is a prolific and excellent designer, challenge participant and challenge winner. You will love Jenny's beautiful cards and how she gets right to the point, listing her ingredients and her challenge links!

Julie C. of Cherry Wings. You've hit the jackpot with your visit today as Julie, too, has been blogging since 2008! She may not post as often as others, but when she does, her cards are a total inspiration in terms of design, color, and execution. Her paper-piecing is phenominal!

Zan of Zanste Scrappin'. Zan has been blogging since 2011. She begin her scrapbooking journey by scrapping four years' worth of photos taken while traveling throughout Australia.  She also makes lovely cards, but we need to visit and convince her to post more often and show us close-ups of those cards so we can gain inspiration from her! I'm sure she has loads to offer!

Mary of Very Inky Fingers. Mary has been blogging since 2007 - yes 2007!! Unfortunately, she doesn't blog often, but she's is one of the original blog stalkers and I give her lots of credit for even knowing blogs existed way back then, certainly way before I did! I think you will love her thoughtful cards and ATCs!

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


Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)~~~

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90 comments:

Kathyk said...

FAB make, Darnell and WELL DONE on finally using up those pesky skeleton leaves - they look great but HOW TRICKY!?!?!?!

Have a fab weekend .... how's the Sam's Plank Disco e-mail doing?

Kathyk

Marisa said...

Those leaves are STUNNING against the black! GORGEOUS card!

Viv said...

Wow loving the look of the leaves Dee ...and card of course!I have some lurking around somewhere too ...note to self "must use them".Have a luverly weekend my friend ;) hugs Vee xx

Sarah said...

What a gorgeous card Darnell, great colours!! I've been having a little giggle to myself...my Mum used to have the Jane Fonda workout video, and my sister and I used to peep through the door and have a good old snigger!! Thanks for the memory!! xx

Becca Cruger said...

Very, very delicate and pretty. Those leaves are just stunning.

Becca Cruger said...

Very, very delicate and pretty. Those leaves are just stunning.

Mrs A. said...

Perfect leaf card. Don't up pose you'd care to pick up the pile that have already fallen in our garden? Naw. Didn't think so. Hugs Mrs A.

Sue said...

Had to smile at your typo...sediment:)

Loving the card.

Hope you have a nice weekend.

Stamps and Paper said...

Love the delicate leaves Darnell and gorgeous colours

Anne

Julie C. said...

I have some of those skeleton leaves left too! Yes, and I must use them soon again! I love your vibrant colours against the black card. Brilliant!!
Thanks for introducing me in your "New Friends Corner". Blogging more often is my new year's resolution every year and I do believe that I am getting better!! ^_^

Carole Z said...

Gorgeous card Darnell, I have some of these leaves still in my stash and often pick them up and think about using them, hugs Carole Z X

Sue said...

Fab card Darnell!! have a great weekend huggles Sue xx

jimlynn said...

Shazambam is right! GORGEOUS!
Lynn

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love the leaves against that background. Very stylish and perfect colors for Autumn.

Janis said...

GORGEOUS!!! I love the look of the skeleton leaves and you've done these up to perfection!!

You have such a gift on the CAS to make it look spectacular. I fear I am one of those cardmakers that has to keep adding stuff.....kinda like someone who talks too much to make up for having nothing of value to say!!! :D
<3 J

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HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

conil said...

Oooooh, look at that! Lovely card...& you got 3 challenges done. How you manage that is beyond me. The best I can do is 2, if I meet the deadline. I do think E.P., especially white, does get clumpy cuz mine's doing the same thing & it's maybe 4 years old. Could it be humidity? Have no idea why. Hope you enjoy the flick, it's one I intend to see, too.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Happy Friday Darnell!
Those skeleton leaves are beautifully inked! I had some of these too and loved and hoarded and nowhere to be found...darn. I would love to ink them up like you. Love your card, the white embossing and the teeny maple leaf!
Hope you have enjoyed the Jane Fonda movie.
Hugs-Chriss

Bonnie said...

This reminds me that I bought some of these leaves a while back. Hmmm! I never thought about coloring them. Actually, I guess I didn't think about them again after I put them on the shelf! Your gorgeous card reminds me. Now if I can just remember long enough to get to the craft room.....Have a great weekend.

stampwithsandy said...

Stunning card, Darnell! Those leaves are gorgeous!

Shelly said...

Such a pretty card!!! Love the leaves! Happy Friday! :)

Diane MoneyGoolsby said...

Darnell: I knew I'd love your Thanksgiving card--so so so pretty! Thank you for joining in the fun at Simply Create Too's "Fall Challenge #70.

Diane
Simply Create Too Design Team Member
http://DianesDigitalDesigns.blogspot.com

Pia S said...

These skeleton leaves brighten up this black background, which really make them stand out. A brilliant simple design!

Jasleen said...

Darnell, your card is jaw-dropping GORGEOUS!! Great take on all the above mentioned challenges. Your heat embossing looks good to me, mine turns out really bad.I need to learn the correct way to do it.

Cazzy said...

I've just slept my Friday away getting rid of a migraine!
I have packets of at least 10 year old leaves somewhere, they must have been a fad! Yours look good on a card!
As for the aging embossing powder - it could explain my latest (not yet blogged) results, or it could be all of the ink is drying at the same time!

Cazzy x

Vicki Dutcher said...

These leaves are just gorgeous! Thankfully Friday came around quickly -- it's been a heck of a week!

Leigh Penner said...

I remember having leaves like that.... I used them on some scrapbooking layouts, so I guess that means I still have them. LOL!
I love your pretty fall card and how you used the CTS Sketch!

Cat Craig said...

So beautiful! Love the colors on the black background. Fab card.

Jean Straw said...

Your card is absolutely stunning in it's colour style and simplicity. I love it. Wish I could do CAS well.
Jean x

Deepti said...

I love those leaves on black base, Very pretty card :)

Kathleen said...

Simple and stunning, this week has been the same for me I have no idea what I have done but have done nothing that I intended to.

KAth x

Kristie Goulet said...

Very pretty leaves, Darnell! Stunning! Hugs!

Loll Thompson said...

Gorgeous Thanksgiving card Dolly! LOVE those skeleton leaves! Lolly xx

Redanne said...

I really love what you did with those skeleton leaves, you did a great job colouring them without them ripping up! Love the dark background too, it makes the white sentiment stand out so beautifully. I am not sure where the time has gone this week either..... have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Annie xxx

Kylie said...

Those leaves are amazing. I bought a pack myself a few weeks ago and am yet to use them. They are white but hadn't thought about changing the colour with ink or markers. I will give that a go. Thanks for the inspiration and for playing along at ATSM xx

Linda said...

Beautiful leaves Darnell. Lovely card.

Maura R said...

So pretty, Darnell! Those leaves are so delicate and lovely. And aren't you glad you finally got to use them?
Beesmom at splitcoast

Colleen Dietrich said...

I didn't know SU made those leaves at one time, Darnell. They sure are pretty! They make a fabulous focal point on the dark background.

Had to laugh when you said, "I've been busy. If you give me a moment, I can think of what it was" (maybe I didn't get that quote just right). I do that ALL THE TIME!! LOL

Karen Mead said...

Love Love Love this card Darnell - those feathers look amazing! Hugs xx

MaryH said...

WoW! I am loving these leaves. Never saw them - but I was buying fabric back in those days. Made a wonderfully simple but so very effective card. Don't know if the EP gets old, but I know that the large bottles of Glossy Accents will turn yellow as it gets old. I've learned to buy just the smaller bottles and use it faster, so that as it dries, it doesn't leave splotches. Your EP looked fine to me. Hero Arts makes a nice white EP. I really like the Ranger fine details, and especially the Queen's gold. Happy wkend, Hugs & TFS. Whooshies.

Lindsey said...

LOVE the skeleton leaves -- I do believe that's before I knew SU existed? I agree that ep does get old, or at least that it's the perfect excuse. You don't appear to have speckles, so there's that! Beautiful card.

Sheila H said...

Those leaves are just gorgeous, like none other I've ever seen before. Happy Friday to you - have a happy crafting weekend :)

Bobby said...

Those leaves are beautiful colored like that, Darnell. I guess it does pay to save some things. ;)

Patti J said...

What a great idea! Now...where are my skeleton leaves? Darnell, this is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

JD/ Jill said...

Great job with all the challenges!
with this cute card.
And thank you for the nice visit to both my blog and my hubby..

Tenia Nelson said...

Very pretty!!

Michelle said...

Such a beautiful card! Those leaves look real! I thought you'd gone and collected leaves from your yard. I love this QACAS card, Darnell!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah what clever idea.. might have to try and member that Darnell for using up my NBUS think I need a NBUS pin-board on pinterest. :D thanks for sharing Shaz in Oz.x

sandie said...

Great idea to ink the feathers and how fab to use up the stash. I like how you have grounded them with the little leaf. Have a fun weekend hon x

Gerrina said...

Super colours and I still think those leaves are beautiful... Love the little leaf; it fits perfect! A real fall card! Enjoy the weekend, hugs, Gerrina

LesleyG said...

Fab idea, I now need to find mine, I know I've got some somewhere! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to think about what I've been busy doing, and prezackly is going to be my word of the week! Thanks for making us laugh, you are such good medicine xxx

Anita in France said...

Wow, beautiful, Darnell ... those delicate, richly coloured leaves are so striking against the black! Whooshed round to Friday (or Saturday now!) is so right ... no, where did I put that pause button?! Hugs, Anita :)

Eve Maynard said...

Hi Darnell,
well after seeing this stunning card pop up on my blog list I just had to leave a comment - Wow!
Fantastic idea to colour the leaves with inks and it looks very dramatic on the black background.
Well done you!!
xx

Kelly Latevola said...

Your leaves look beautiful! I think I still have a few of those from back in the day too!! I love how you took something older and refurbished it with ink to make it totally relevant!!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful leaves on that card. Everything comes round again in what is in "vogue." Maybe you'll start the skeleton leaves craze again! Have a fabulous weekend!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love skeleton leaves and I never thought of colouring them!! They look beautiful in their autumn colours, Darnell!! Your black bg is perfect to have the leaves look their best and your white embossing looks great!! Lovely card!!!

Hope you enjoyed your lunch and movie!!

Have a super weekend!!!

sue t. said...

This is simply stunning! I had some of those skeleton leaves but they went about 4 purges ago! Thanks for joining us at the Card Concept!

Ros Crawford said...

Gorgeous card!! Enjoy your lunch!

OH Babs said...

Well this is lovely. I love the shearness of the leaves and coloring them is ingenious. My best, Barb

Krisha said...

Wonderful card. I finally ran through my stash of skeleton leaves form years ago. They were so popular back then and I love to use them. I still have the skeleton leaf stamps, but they are quite the same.
Anyway, well done, the card is beautiful.

Monika Reeck said...

love your trick to colore the skeleton leaves...great color combo and great card with that black background card base..BEAUTIFULLY done dear Darnell....see you again on your next post :)

Julia Aston said...

Gorgeous skeleton leaves Darnell!! I have several of those in the depths of a drawer in my craft room - but none so brilliantly colored - a beautiful fall card!

Kim M said...

This is a simply lovely card! Love how you treated the skeleton leaves! I think that e/p can get clumpy but not sure if that's due to age or humidity. Is it clumpy or are you referring to extra white around the stamped part even where you haven't stamped? Do you have one of those embossing buddy bags? The ones that have a powdery substance in them? If not get one. If you rub it across your paper first then stamp and emboss it will help prevent the powder from sticking to the paper giving a cleaner look. If that's not the problem I'd get some new powder. :-). Hugs!

Angela said...

You are awesome, Darnell! I love that you've used all the wonderful colors in the inspiration photo. What a fresh and hip Thanksgiving card!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

The leaves look fantastic against the black - very dramatic! So glad you joined us at The Card Concept, Darnell!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
oh my you have worked wonders inking those leaves, as they are so fragile.
Great designed card.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Marybeth said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the 10 year old leaves...and you are brilliant to color them .....I don't think I would have thought do that! Hugs!

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, I like your thanksgiving card. The colours of the leaves are awesome. I don't see any mistake by embossing . :-) It seams perfect!
I like your way of writing. :-) You made me laugh. And you are right about the running of the weeks. It is too fast. :-)
Have a nice Sunday. Hugs, Sonja

Liz McGuire, said...

Cool card, thanks for the write up,

Liz x

Susanne Vargas said...

Those three leaves look fabulous on the black card! Love how you dyed them! Thanks for reminding me that I also have some of those leaves somewhere! Now to find them...

Helen F. said...

Love your Thanksgiving card, Darnell. Thanks for the reminder~I have had those same leaves for at least 10 years too! Mine are are shaped a little different than yours, but I think I can still CASE this card and use some of em up :-)

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...you are so ahead of the game here with Thanksgiving already??? So beautiful and those leaves are just amazing. Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Card Concept.

Greta said...

I never have used my skeleton leaves--not eve sure where they are! You make me want to find them, though--love this card, Darnell!

Lesley Croghan said...

Stunning use of colour and texture! Love the way you interpreted the sketch, Darnell. This is a knockout! Thanks for joining us at Case this Sketch!

Barb Ghig said...

Talk about a great find from your old SU stash...This is absolutely GORGEOUS, Darnell! I love the autumn color palette and your CAS design is just perfect! I love how they pop against the black background, too! Stunning card!!!

Janelle said...

i LOVE THAT SOMETHING SIMPLE CAN HAVE SUCH A BIG IMPACT! (wOOPS! i PUSHED THE WRONG BUTTON - OH WELL!) cHEERS, jANELLE.

Daen'Ys said...

What a wonderful autumn card Darnell!! Love this simple style!
Thanks so much for joining us at Simply Create Too.
Rosi x

cm said...

Wow...skeleton leaves having new life breathed into them on your stunning card! Utterly gorgeous!!
Hugs~c

Donna said...

Beautiful card, those leaves are stunning!

LauraJane:) said...

Way to use up that Stash! Perfect fit for the inspiration photo. Thanks for joining in on the fun at The Card Concept!

Shona Chambers said...

Don't you just love it when you have an immediate idea for a challenge and know exactly what to use?? Those leaves look divine and are perfect with their fall colours. I have similar problems with white embossing on black, I can never get it looking crisp and clean. Even when I use my static bag, the powder sticks everywhere. I think I have too much natural static in my body!

Sue said...

The beautiful skeleton leaves make a lovely autumn card. I have some in my stash which I have yet to use. You've coloured them beautifully. Thank you for joining us at ATSM.

Geri said...

... I think that your embossed sentiment looks great! "Does ep get old?" Good question!

Gorgeous sponged leaves, stunning against the dark background. The small (but mighty) rusty colored leaf really does a great job anchoring the larger leaves!

Geri said...

... I think that your embossed sentiment looks great! "Does ep get old?" Good question!

Gorgeous sponged leaves, stunning against the dark background. The small (but mighty) rusty colored leaf really does a great job anchoring the larger leaves!

Brenda in IN said...

Gorgeous leaves on this black ground. The little added leaf on the bottom draws the look together. Sometimes my embossing powder clumps for no reason that I can see. It must be having a bad day!

Kristie Larsen said...

Hey Darnell! I too have some of those leaves in my stash and I always wonder what I will do with them. Never even thought of inking them up. Duh! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for playing at The Card Concept!

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous card, love the leaves too! ~Diane

Chark said...

love this!

maria f. said...

So purty. I'm gettin' a graphic turkey on this one even... Call me crazy. Never thought about inking those skeleton leaves. Great idea. Thanks for joining the Simply Create Too fun!

Taunya Butler said...

This is lovely and I love those leaves!! So cool the way you sponged color onto them!! I think embossing powder does get old cuz I have had trouble with some of mine recently and it is old!! Thanks for all you do here at your blag and how it always brings a smile to my face!!

Brenda said...

Wow, this card is stunning Auntie Darnell! I love those leaves, never owned any, but always loved them. I never knew you could ink over them, but why wouldn't you be able to?! Love, love the colors and the little leaf. I have no idea if embossing powders go bad, but I would assume so after a while. Wouldn't you think the powder would break down after a while and not melt as well??? Humm, that is such a good question! Hugs, Brenda