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September 21, 2014

Stacked Holiday

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Happy Funday!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend wherever you are on this rotating star called Earth!

Can I just say that I love seeing Christmas cards again this year that are not in the traditional colors. Don't get me wrong, I do still love a traditional and classic CC in red, green, white, silver, and gold, but I also swoon my cocoon over the other colors that are being sued. Okay, well, that's a little harsh. I don't think anybody needs to go hiring an attorney over it. Why don't we just say "used," instead of "sued." Thank you. That's better.

Today my ever-changing favorite CC colors happen to be pink and white and gold. I'm honestly not that into pinks as a go-to color for my cards, but I think that is going to change as a theme for Christmas this year at the Knauss Hauss.

Here is my card:
Then I thought maybe a few sequints might be in order so here is the edit.
I used a PTI die ("Wonderful Words Christmas") and cut the holiday out of a piece of gold foil striped vellum paper. The paper came from a pad of DCWV foiled vellum that I received as a gift from my friend Greta. I call her Great because every time I go to type her name, my ginfers type the word Great instead. She has kindly saved me lots of backing up and retyping by letting me change her name. I mean, who does that? A good friend.

Here is a close-up.
I think everything is pretty self-exploratory. The pretty ribbon is just Offray from the 2for$1 bin. 

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The party welcoming new friends is still in full force in the Playhouse! Here are five more talented ladies you will want to get to know!

Jacki Daniels of Crafting in My Kitchen. Jacki has only been blogging since June, so please make a special effort to go welcome Jacki to Blogland! We all remember what it was like when we started our blogs and began to share our cards. You will be delighted and inspired by Jacki's cards which are full of life and exquisite details!

Sonja of Old Girl. Sonja is a very talented card artist who started blogging in October 2011. Her blog is enthusiastic and filled with photos as well as her cards. And her cards, oh, my goodness, Sonja does some amazing things with her cards in terms of design and embellishments!

Julie of Julie's Journal. Julie has also been blogging since 2011. She is a scrapbooker and a card artist. Her cards are CAS and so impeccably made. I love seeing them in the galleries of some of the challenges I visit. And Julie is a thorough card artist who always beautifully decorates the envelopes and the insides of her cards!

Susie Stacey of My Little Sanctuary. Susie has been blogging since 2010. She is on design teams and loves playing in challenges where she has won many awards. Her cards are always darling and completed with care and attention to detail. Susie makes the kinds of cards that I always feel are gifts in and of themselves!

Lee Ann Barrett of Greyt Paper Crafts. (Greyt name!) Lee Ann has been blogging since 2011. She, too, serves on many design teams and has received much recognition for her card art. Many of you are already familiar with Lee Ann, but if you haven't had the pleasure, I know you will enjoy visiting her and becoming a follower!

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

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I highly recommend the movie I saw Friday called "This is Where I Leave You." I sniggered so hard into my sweater sleeve at times that I missed the next bit, so I'll have to see it again! In short, the family in this movie successfully put the fun back in dysfunctional!!


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84 comments:

Hannelie said...

I LOVE the touch of gold Darnell!
Have a happy day!

Jacquie Southas said...

eek - am I first ?! I'll type fast. Love the card - the gold foil is gorgeous behind the diecut! So happ y you enojoyed the movie - I just finished the book and hoping the movie is better :( how sad is tha? I never like a movie more than the book, but think this might be the one, There is a perfect Jane Fonda moment in the book that I wonder if it makes it into the movie,

Jacquie Southas said...

LOL - I didn't type fast enough :)

Julie Beech said...

I agree, love to see the non- traditional colours on Christmas cards. Love the soft pink you chose here, perfect for the FF challenge. :)

Carole Z said...

Gosh I'm not usually near the top of the list of comments! lol...love this Darnell, great shade of pink card, very muted and soft, love the glimpse of gold too, hugs Carole Z X

Sammy said...

Such a fab card Darnell! And the close-up really shows how shiny and festive it is. Love it!
And thanks for the reminder. I've just entered my NBUS card... almost forgot! x

Kathyk said...

Smashing card matey

Happy Sunday

Kathyk

Sue said...

Fabulous card Darnell. I love the stylish layered design and the gold striped vellum sentiment looks so effective.
I hope you are having a good weekend.
hugs Sue xx

Sue said...

Fabby card.

Hope you have a nice day.

Rita said...

Good Morning Darnell. I love your card, it looks so rich and fab. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
I'm loving the texture on the pink card; I would want to stroke it (steady!!!)
Love non traditional!
Have a great Sunday.
Ang x

Kim M said...

Love this, Darnell! I too am not a big fan of the pink but for Christmas cards I do love the combo. You've made me want to go make one right now! LOL. :-)

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

I love how you've captured the shimmer and shine of the inspiration photo! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

love the card and I have the paper too:)
hugs bibiana

Happy Dance said...

This one's a real stunner, dear Miss D.! There's just something rather sophisticated about your color combination, and this design is pretty high class too. Me likey. It's a Mary Poppins card ..."practically perfect in every way!!!" Really, really like this one! Hope you have a great Sunday. Bev

Alanna said...

What a great Christmas card. I love the layers and the touch of gold.

adele holcomb said...

I love this stacked look and your card. Like you, I am enjoying some of the non-traditional colors I'm seeing this year.

cm said...

Ooh la la...stunning card with the pink and touch of gold! And I agree: Great is great isn't she, in going along with letting us change her name! You've showcased her lovely paper gift to you in most elegant form!
Hugs~c

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, your stacked design is gorgeous, love it. I hope you have a happy Sunday. Hugs, Shirleyx

Redanne said...

I am not really a pink person either but I think you might have persuaded me with this beautiful card, to use pink for Christmas too..... or should I stick to blue and white... tough one! Love your card, the stacking is so clever. Hugs, Annie xxx

Pia S said...

This looks really festive even though there are lots of pink. The die cut sentiment, gold and sequins take care of that! I think it's a brilliant different Christmas design.

Becca Cruger said...

There you go using that great negative space in a cool way again! Very creative, Darnell!
We just watched "This is Where I Leave You" last night and it was so poignantly good.

Nancy Thomas said...

I love seeing the non-traditional colors on Christmas cards too. Beautifully done!

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, you made my day perfect with this fabolous card. It is awesome with or without sequins. :-)
I have to thank you for introducing my blog by you. I'm happy reading such a nice words about my creations. :-) The google translator can not see into my head (yet) to translate my name. :-)) It means Old girl.....
Hugs, Sonja

Linda said...

Such a pretty in pink Christmas card. Very elegant.

Carol L said...

This is elegant, and simply stunning - with or without the sequins! BTW, thanks for allowing me to expand my vocabulary ten-fold since I first found your blog! I love learning all the new words I find in your happy posts!! :)

conil said...

Pink & gold...intriguing. Wish I'd thought of it. Such a lovely card...the layering is awesome. And, yes, the sequins do add some pizzazz. Isn't that what Christmas is about. I think it puts the P in pizzazz. (I digress, or digest, hmmmm) Your card looks like a winner to me.

Susanne Vargas said...

Love your pink and gold Christmas card! And the added sequins are just the ticket!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love Xmas cards in non-traditional colours, but I have never thought of doing one a soft pink!!! Your card looks great, Darnell - the gold compliments the pink so nicely - I'll have to give this colour combo a go!!!! Love your beautiful ribbon and the striped vellum!! Lovely card!!!

Have a super week!!!

Ros Crawford said...

oooh! I'm loving the pink and gold Christmas!!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
my this is a superb design card.
I love it and it's my fave colour pink.
Very clever designing.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Donna said...

Beautiful card, like the colors and dimension! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog, I am now your newest follow. Glad a friend told me about your NBUS challenge, great idea and I will be back as I work my way through my yet to be inked stamps!

Lindsey said...

Hmm, speaking of sued, I may have to steal that corner ribbon idea... you won't mind, will you? :D Pink and gold looks great here!

Janis said...

Oh, the sequins were a nice touch for your lovely pink card.

LOL @ Great Greta. At least a third of the time that I type my own name, I rechristen myself as Jansi. Sounds European to me. Do you think maybe I should cut down on the Swiss Miss cocoa?? :D
<3 J

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HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Anita in France said...

Oooh, pink and gold, Darnell, how non traditionally gorgeous ... I'm thinking sunrise over a frosty landscape ... crisp lines with the glinting gold of the striped vellum! Yummy! Hugs, Anita :)

Bobby said...

I'm not a pink person either but it's beginning to grow on me. Your card, with all the stacking, looks fabulous.

Karren said...

Ooh, the pink and gold look fabulous together - especially since the pink is textured! Gorgeous card, Darnell! Thanks so much for joining in my challenge at Merry Monday.

Kristie Goulet said...

So beautiful, Darnell! The pink and gold are perfect! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Darnell,

I do like your pink Christmas card! I love all the layering and stitchery along the edges. Like you, I do enjoy the traditional Christmas cards, especially with the vintage images but they can get, well, boring. Your card definitely came out nicely and has a bit of your personality!!

Hugs,
Kay

PS That movie hasn't made it to my little town yet but I'd like to see it. Yesterday I saw Magic in the Moonlight and really enjoyed it. I'm NOT a Woody Allen fan (and I usually avoid his films) but am glad I went to this one. Colin Firth is a dream.....

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous!!!!

Debbie Henderson said...

I LOVE the pink Darnell. I am a fan of non-traditional colors also and this is so pretty! Thanks for playing Merry Monday with us!

Gerrina said...

Sorry, but I am so not a pink girl... And still it is something amd it looks fresh with the diecut! Hugs, Gerrina

Kathleen said...

What a totally gorgeous different Christmas card, love it.
Better not check out my next couple of entries in the Rudolph Day challenges as you will be so disappointed.

Kath x

Bonnie said...

Love the soft pink textured paper and the foil striped in the out cuts! Hope you're having a greta weekend!

Pat said...

Unusual colours and so pretty Darnell. The striped vellum is gorgeous too, and the gold edged ribbon and sequins wonderful accessories. I am back now and just getting into the swing of things and have now linked up my card to your challenge. Thank you for your lovely comment and for suggesting I do so. x

Hettie said...

Anyfink goes in my book matey! This is pretty in pink and I am sure our mutual buttie will like it being pink.
Hugs
xx

Maria said...

Gorgeous Christmas card in pink and gold! Love the foil stripes and holiday die cut...so pretty!

Laurie Unger said...

Love this - specifically the touch of gold!

Greta said...

So glad you found a use for that vellum, Darnell! Maybe I've rubbed off on you as pink & gold is one of my favorite combos for any occasion! Glorious card!

Lorraine said...

I love the gold striping in your sentiment. It give it such a pop.

Joyce said...

Fabulous design for a Christmas card, and I love the gold with the pale pink.

Sheila H said...

Love your color combo - gold and pink are quite striking. I love the stacked stitched rectangles and the word die. Your design and composition rock :)

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love the pink and gold and touch of vellum, truly elegant combination with your stacked and stitched edge rectangles :). I will have to try this beautiful combo too!

Shona Chambers said...

'Great' sounds like the most amazing friend. I wonder if she has a nickname for you?? I love xmas cards in new colours and this pink is super sweet. Vellum comes in so many different ways now and LOVE the gold stripe. I can actually see this card as a set in different colours. I haven't made any yet, trying to make myself believe that its ages till Xmas...I'm losing my battle....

JD/ Jill said...

Since pink is my favorite color...you KNOW that I really like this very elegant card. So nicely done!

Lisa said...

Pink and gold always look so pretty together! Love the shimmery gold in your letters and your layered stitched mats! TERRIFIC card Darnell!

Barb Ghig said...

I really love that you chose non-traditional colors for this card...it's so beautiful, Darnell! Your gold striped vellum background is perfect, and I love the sequins! Love how you added the ribbon, too!

Thanks so much for the heads up on a good movie! And, of course for always making me smile when I read your posts!!!

Hussena said...

What a beautiful card darnell ..absolutely love the diecut letters with the the golden stripes in the background peeking through!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me some love ..really appreciate it :)

sandie said...

What a great idea about changing the Xmas theme this year. I made quite a few pink Xmas cards last week and loved them!! And your card today is a gem. At first I thought it was shadows behind the die but no...genius to add gold foil xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card Darnell and like the non traditional colours...

Anne

Nikki said...

Fabulous choice of colours for your gorgeous card Darnell! xxx

Karen B said...

Fabulous card Dippy.......love the stitched rectangles and the way you've used the negative of the die cut. Gorgeous foiled vellum.....what a nice friend!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Claire said...

Love all the dimension on this Darnell - I'd never have thought of these colours for Christmas..might have to play around with them for my own Christmas cards!

Geri said...

This really is a cool Christmas card! Love the striped velum and how well you 'got it to shine' in the third photo! Great call with adding the sequins!

KayM said...

Well Darnell, that card is just lovely! Pink is one of my very favorite Christmas colors... oh wait, it's my very favorite color period! haha! Seriously though, I do love it for Christmas and your card with the pink and gold is just magnificent!! Brilliant design too!

Charlene said...

LOVE the touch of gold with the pink, a fabulous card! Have a great week!!

Donna Ellis said...

How happy and pretty, Darnell! Love those layers and the pretty cut out in the middle. Great card! hugs, de

Brenda in IN said...

I love unconventional Christmas colors and you nailed it! This is so pretty and the soft pink and bright gold. Love how you did the corner ribbon.

Sally H said...

What a wonderful card. So elegant and differently beautiful x

Peggy in Mentone said...

LOVE the layered pink rectangles! AWESOME ribbon treatment...and I LOVE those dies with the stitching and ALL of them have been on my wish list! Your random sequins ROCK and your cut out HOLIDAY makes for the perfect non-traditional color Christmas card...Just delicious!

Marie B. said...

Very pretty in pink and gold, Darnell! :)

Karen Petitt said...

So stunning and so blooming clever and all in my favourite colour too! A fab take on the challenge Darnell - the sketch for this challenge totally threw me so because of that and other stuff I decided not to take part at the moment. Lovely photo's of the Mister and grand's above - they will be heart breakers soon. I hope you have a lovely week hun and I will try and get back soon Karen x

frommycraftroom said...

Hi Darnell. Love this colour combo and the die cut - very effective.

Thanks for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment on my blog. I started following through my blog reader and email but will head over to google connect too just to make sure I don't miss any of your creations :) Thanks again.

debby4000 said...

What an absolutely brilliant card and I love it.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Luv
Debby

Zw@@n said...

Although I am not a 'pink' girl I really love this pink with gold card! Thank you for joining us at CAS on Sunday. Luv, Wilma

Kelly Latevola said...

Absolutely love that striped vellum! I'm with you on the non-traditional colors. There is only so much red and green I can take :)

OH Babs said...

I absolutely, positively, am 100% sure I commented on this card. Where did it go? The reason I remember is because it is my very utmost favorite of all your cards ever made by you. Really. The pink is refreshing, the sequins perfect, and oh how we love those pierced mats. Love it!

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful card and I too love the break from traditional colors. ~Diane

Miriam Prantner said...

I love this unexpected CC color combo! The pink and gold is so pretty, but really, what isn't pretty with gold?

Jen W. said...

I'm digging non-traditional Christmas colours too. i can only take so much red and green before I turn into a Scroogey Grinch.
Your pink and gold combo is awesome and I love the stripy sentiment!

Taunya Butler said...

Lovely card and the way you did the ribbon off the corner is so genius and inspired!! I am in awe of how good a holiday card looks in pink, gold, and white!! Awesomely done!!

Kim Heggins said...

Sweet pair of holiday cards...I love those gold stripes, so festive.

Brenda said...

Oh I do love this color combo Auntie Darnell! I have always loved pink at Christmas for some reason, even though I too love the traditional colors. This is a beautiful card for sure and looks like it was quick and simple to do. Love cards like that but still look elegant too like this one. What a great friend you have in Greta to let you change her name to Great! Yep, that is a great friend indeed. lol Hugs, Brenda

Kim S said...

LOVE your layers! And you were absolutely right to use pink!