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!

October 4, 2014

2014 World Cardmaking Day!

Let's celebrate!!

Did you know we card artists have Our Own Day?!! In spite of modern technology and instant messaging and video chats and so many people thinking they don't have time to bother with sending cards in the mail any more, cardmaking is a maxibillion dollar industry and we have Our Own Day!! Just imagine if word of this spreads and people once again start to eagerly anticipate their daily mail delivery, hoping someone sent them a card?! It could resolutionize the world!

Here is the celebratory card I made:
That happiest of sunflowers was created with a NBUS die and stamp set by My Favorite Things and they are all glittered up with WOS. The pretty paper is by SU.

Challenges
  • I was invited by my sweet and talented friend Lyndal to join in a wonderful day of celebration and prizes being hosted by the amazing Winnie & Walter. For this special event, you are not required to use W&W products, which is very cool because I haven't yet ordered any of their items on my wish list what with my NBUS Mountain and all. If you'd like to join in, you will find a link and a gallery for your beautiful cards on their site. Thank you to W&W!!  ETA: I didn't know there were going to be specific themes when the invite went up on Facebook, so since my card doesn't work for any of the themes and I don't have time to make another, I won't be entering, but I sure hope you can click over and get the directions and join in!
  • Fusion Card Challenge fans will (hopefully) recognize that my card today was inspired by their current photo/sketch inspiration. It's been a while since I made a full fusion creation using both sides of the coin!
  • Since lots of snippets of scraps went into my card, I'm delighted to have just gotten my foot in the door to join my playmates at Pixie's Snippets Playground before the gate closed!
  • And over at Addicted to Stamps and More I'm joining another fall photo inspiration party!
WCMDinsta-banner  
Pixies Crafty Workshop
Each of these challenge links will provide you with detailed information about the challenge rules, sponsors, and prizes.

As I mentioned in my last post, my future posts will be scheduled for a few weeks and I won't be able to play / link to challenges or visit as much as I normally do. I didn't mean to confuse you; I wasn't planning on doing this post, but I couldn't turn down Lyndal's invitation to celebrate WORLD CARDMAKING DAY!! I hope wherever you are, you are celebrating, too!

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New Friends Corner

As promised, here are five more talented and inspiring card artists who have been waiting patiently to meet you! It is my extreme pleasure to introduce you to:

Ann Tuck of Cardmaking 101. Ann is a doting grandmother of six who has been blogging since 2012. She has been loving paper crafting for about four years and she enjoys playing in the challenges. Her enthusiasm for this hobby emanates from her blog and I know you'll love her very creative and happy cards!

Sam of The Crafting Garden. Sam has been blogging since 2007!!! You know how I get really becited about our friends who have been blogging for so long because it means there is SO much wisdom and inspiration available to all of us! I spent quite a good long while over at Sam's relaxing and enjoying myself completely and I know you will, too!

Cindy van Oorschot of Creating with Cindy. Cindy is taking a break now, but there is still plenty of card art inspiration for you to enjoy and we hope Cindy will be back to blogging soon!

Darcy Schroeder of Crafting With Darcy. Darcy has been blogging since January of 2013. She is a life-long crafter who has been scrapbooking and making cards for the last twenty plus years. Darcy is a published card designer and award-winner. You will find oodles of goodies and inspiration in the pages of Darcy's blog!

Ingrid Kristina V. of Ingrid's Crafts Corner. Ingrid has been blogging since January of this year. She is also a published card artist, designer, and challenge award winner. Her cards are always bright, colorful, and stunning. She is currently making the most amazing cards using Brushos, all under the watchful eyes of a one-year-old!

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

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88 comments:

Neets B said...

What a gorgeous big bloom, this is a stunner. It's 7am in my world and I'm in bed listening to the rain so I'll definitely be crafting on our special day! Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM too, Anita x

Milka Gubo said...

Hello Darnell :-D
Happy World Cardmaking Day :-D I agree with you: people should send more REAL MAIL. I do send, but not receive :-D LOL
Your card is very beautiful. I love sunflowers... no, I love all plants :-D
Have a lovely weekend :-D (hugs)
Milka

Sarah said...

I shall be certainly joining in with World cardmaking day and getting busy with some more makes!! Your sunflower is gorgeous Darnell, they really are the jolliest flowers xx

Vanessa said...

Happy World Card Making Day to you, Darnell!! Your card is gorgeous!!!

Jessi Fogan said...

I love the bow underneath the centre! That's gorgeous :) And Happy WCMD!!!

Sue said...

Beautiful card.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Sue said...

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Such a beautiful, cheerful card, I love all the added texture.
I hope you have a wonderful vacation with your sisters and friends.
hugs Sue xx

Sammy said...

Happy cardmaking day Darnell!

This card is stunning. *stunning*! I do adore sunflowers. x

sandie said...

Gorgeous bloom Darnell, love the centre, the texture is fab, have a good day x

Julie Beech said...

What a fab sunflower Darnell. Unfortunately any around here will be drooping with the weight of water as its raining. Still who needs an excuse to get in the craft room on this special day!x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous sun flower
hugs Tamara

Sue - said...

What a gorgeous sunny card with that beautiful sunflower. Just what's needed this morning as its very dark and wet here!

Di said...

Oh this really is blooming loverly Darnell! Happy World Card Making Day to you - have fun on your 'jollies' :)

Hugs

Di xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful sunflower card Darnell

Anne

Liz said...

Great news to find out that there is a Word Cardmaking Day! Good excuse to leave the household chores until tomorrow! ;-).

Absolutely love your card. Stunning! x

Di said...

Pssst, just found you comment about waffles and quail eggs! How did you know I've been experimenting with quail eggs recently? Been peeking through the kitchen windows huh?!

Hugs, Di xx

Sam said...

First off what a wonderful card you've made, I absolutely adore sunflowers and most years grow a few against a sunny fence in the garden. I love your brick background and the rustic twine, I can almost smell summer with this card!

And secondly thank you so much for 'introducing' me .. have I really been blogging since 2007?! I did take a 3ish year hiatus so I guess it doesn't feel that long to me and I've only recently started up again (inspired by blogs such as yours to create something for challenges again!)

And finally oh my gosh I love your craft room ~ I'm soooo going to insist on having my own chocolate drawer from now on!

Thank you again, so happy to a part of your sweet and generous world :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow! Beautiful card, Darnell! Happy World Card Making Day to you!

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Darnell wouldn't it be a wonderful world if that would happen and you are celebrating this special day in style, your card is GORGEOUSSSS, beautiful background and that sunflower is fantastic, I looooooove the curly cues that's a brilliant addition to the card, thanks for sharing hope you have a wonderful weekend..

Lynn said...

Oh wow! Your card is fabulous Darnell. You knocked the fusion inspiration out of the park!

Sheila H said...

That is one fantastic sunflower - your card is breathtaking, Darnell! Happy World Cardmaking Day :). Safe travels, and have tons of fun!

Happy Dance said...

Dear friend, you've inspired me to get my chores done early, and hopefully find time to join in WCMD. Beautiful card. Your sunflower is amazing; just like you!! I'm glad you'll have some scheduled posts going up while you're away, and hope you have a marvelous and happy time with your family and friends! Enjoy your time away, and I know we'll "see" you again real soon. Bev

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, your sunflower & card is gorgeous! I hope you are doing well, we are busy here with family visiting. Hugs, Shirleyxx

Susanne Vargas said...

Your happy sunflower card brightened up this grey and rainy morning here! Thank you! Enjoy every minute of your time with your family and friends! Safe travels!

stampwithsandy said...

This is GORGEOUS, Darnell! What a beautiful sunflower and I love the loopy twine. Happy WCMD!

Planetsusie said...

This is sooooo pretty Darrrrrnell! I love sunflowers because they are so cheerful and you can't help but smile when you see them. Thank you for the comments on my Japanese card by the way - think you are right about my retired Geisha status!!!!!

Lots of hugs to you Sue Pxxx (aka Soupie) xxxxxxx

Lisa said...

OMGOODNESS Darnell this is beautiful!! LOVE LOVE your big sunflower and that brick background!! I see a winning card here :)

kanda said...

Love your gorgous sunflower Darnell - so bright and cheery xx

ionabunny said...

Fab card. Bright and cheery. Happy WCD to you too. Do you know, well, you don't but you will, every time I use NBUS now I want to label it such and think of you. It does make me realise just how much NBUS I got!! Is that naughty? Or nice? LOL HUgz

Julia Aston said...

what a gorgeous layered sunflower Darnell! and such bright sunshine lighting it up! a beautiful happy card! Thanks for joining in the Fusion Challenge!

Redanne said...

Happy WC Day Darnell! Love your gorgeous happy sunflower and your clever use of the twine. I wish I could make a dent in my NBUS mountain, you seem to be doing a fabulous job with yours! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Marisa said...

Gorgeous sunflower and adore the wooden center!!

Pia S said...

You have lots of beautiful NBUS, Darnell! Fabulous color and love what you did to the flower's centre!

Jacee said...

Gorgeous Darnell, what a beautiful flower, a truly lovely creation.
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, your sunflower card is amazing. I did not know that the card making day exists. :-) I have to remember this and join this event next year.
Hugs, Sonja

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Love your sunflower and all of the texture, Darnell!

Charlene said...

Goegeous card Darnell! I will be making my W&W card tonight! Happy WCMD!

Kristie Goulet said...

Happy WCMD to you, Darnell! Love your big bloom!!!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Happy WCMD Darnell and have a happy holiday if you are there, or traveling to your destination!
I love your fusion card, beautiful bloom, colours and shimmer on that center and leaves!
Hugs, Chriss

Pat said...

I adore this sunflower Darnell, and the pretty backing paper and the brick EF too. I love the way you have added the twine behind the flower centre. Lovely. x

Kathleen said...

What a great big flower and it looks fabulous, great card.

Kath x

Sheri said...

Your card is AMAZING! Love the bricks background

Bobby said...

Happy WCMD! Love that giant sunflower.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Awesome sunflower card. I love all the little extras you added. Especially the fiber in that area under the center of the sunflower.

Bonnie said...

I'm glad you were able to jump in and celebrate WCMD! And what a pretty celebratory card this is! I celebrated with a family visit and haven't been near the craft room except to bring down extra chairs for dinner. Hope to have a late celebration tomorrow! Hope all is well with you.

Janeen said...

what a GORGEOUS card. I try to send out at least three cards per week to give people happy mail. I had to work today, got home at three and cranked out four cards then spent the rest of this FABULOUS day for we cardmakers posting cards on my blog, like lots and lots of posts. I was so behind. :D

Sue Rose said...

This card is gorgeous! I love it. It may not have worked for W&W, but it was perfect for your other challenges!

Becca Cruger said...

I like how the paper extends beyond the stamp. It creates a really unique effect. I really wish I was at my own house with my crafting room at my disposal so I could participate in WCMD! All of the creations being shown off are just spectacular.

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous sunflower, Darnell! I love how you created all that wonderful dimension and texture...Such a beautiful fall card!

So glad you joined us at ATSM this week!

Inkyfingers said...

What a happy and beautiful card for WCMD! Sadly I didn't get to make a card on the day because I was at a Happy Stampers Show, stocking up with more items for my NBUS pile! Have a great break my friend.
Hugs
Carol x

Ros Crawford said...

Yikes this is one glorious sunflower!! Stunning card my friend ...

Carol L said...

That giant sunflower is so pretty with the twine and big shiny center! Again, wishing you fun and memorable travels while you're visiting your sister(s)!

Anita in France said...

Glorious, Darnell ... just the happiest of sparkly sunflowers! Safe travelling, my friend ... have an outstanding time! Anita :)

Sue said...

What a stunning sunflower Darnell!!! its a gorgeous card..lots of huggles Sue xxx

Loll Thompson said...

Beautiful sunflower Dolly. Love the texture from your embossed brick background and the addition of the looped twine. Fabulous design.

Have a wonderful time off, hanging with your sisters ... and most likely getting into trouble :) Lolly xx

Geri said...

Card Artist Extraordinaire...yep, that's you! This card is mouth agape stunning! The sproinky twine and the wood button center are the perfect rustic/outdoorsy embellies for your cool sunflower! Great card pal.

Happy travels! :) :) :)

Petra Swart said...

Hope your WCMD was a lovely day, Darnell!!! Your sunflower is beautiful!!! and ooohhhh I love that stunning button and the lovely twine bow!!! Love that EF you used as a bg!! Beautiful card, Darnell!!

Pollard Carole said...

Hi Darnell just back from holiday and catching up on posts you have been creating some great things while I've been away especially love that praying for you card wonderful. Love this post and the card is so special Love and Hugs Carole x

Cris G said...

Beautiful sunflower, Darnell. What would be better to celebrate WCMD? Probably many other stamps... :). Hope you had a wonderful crafty day, and thank you for the tip about W&W.

Taunya Butler said...

Darnell - I think your sunflower card is beautiful!! Love the color and the way the leaves look and that sunflower center looks so awesome and real!! Love the twine and the brick embossed background!! Awesome details that sum up to this rocking card!! Have a glorious time!!

Rahmat said...

A very bright and cheery card Darnell, I like the background embossing too! Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM!

Lyndal said...

LOVE, LOVE your sunshiny sunflower Darnell! Thanks for the shout out :) I've been off the grid for a couple of days crafting with friends in honour of WCMD & just catching up now. You have til Saturday night to link up with Winnie & Walter celebrations :)

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Hi Darnell! Thank you so much for the mention of me in your post! What a lovely surprise! :)
Your card is amazing and love the way you interpreted the inspirational image. The sunflower is awesome and definitely makes a statement!
Have a fab day! Hugs,
Ingrid xx

Brenda said...

Loving this card Auntie Darnell! The sunflower is amazing-I so love sunflowers. I love the papers you have used on this one too. I did not get any time to make a card on world card making day :-( but I was thinking about it! lol Hugs, Brenda

Shelly said...

Such a pretty card!!! Sounds like you enjoyed WCMD! ;) Enjoy your break!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

gorgeous! Love the texture and papers! Thanks for playing at Fusion!

Buttons said...

That's filled my day with sunshine Darnell! Love it. Jenny x

Greta said...

Oh how beautiful, Darnell! I keep debating whether to order that die & you've just moved it up on my wishlist!

wienerhoneymooners said...

YAY for card making day right!!!! Love thos FUN FABULOUS bloom and green accents!! Thanks for joining us at FUSION, so HAPPY you did Yahoo!

Mau xx said...

Have I missed my visits Darnell, it seems forever since I enjoyed your fun posta :) Love this gorgeous card, the sunflower is glorious, I got a huge bouquet for our Anniversary :)
Catch you soon xxxxxxxxx

Gerrina said...

A super sunflower! Brightens my day while I'm catching up on my bloground on this rainy day here... Hope you are enjoying the week, Gerrina

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful Darnell, such amazing dimension!

DebiJ said...

What a wonderful character you are Darnell!! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog, & wow your blog is so fabulous & your writings amazing!! Enjoy your meetup!!
Cheers, Debi

DebiJ said...

What a wonderful character you are Darnell!! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog, & wow your blog is so fabulous & your writings amazing!! Enjoy your meetup!!
Cheers, Debi

Caz said...

Your sunflower card is beautiful :-) I used to grow sunflowers but they were red!! The flower head wasn't as big as a yellow sunflower but they were my pride and joys as no one had ever seemed to have heard of red sunflowers :-P

Cornelia W said...

Such a cool, sunny sunflower! So perfect for WCMD! Makes everyone smile!

Cornelia W said...

Oops - forgot to say - Thanks for playing with us at ATSM!

Jeanne J said...

Gorgeous card Darnell! I just love that beautiful shiny center!

Helen F. said...

Love your cheerful sunflower card, Darnell! I have this same SU pattern paper pak and have used it with my sunflower stamp too.
What is it they say?
"Great crafty minds..." ;-)

Kelly Griglione said...

Happy belated WCMD, Darnell! I'm so sad that you made this gorgeous card for the W&W celebration and it didn't end up fitting any of the categories! But at least it's a perfect match for the Fusion Challenge! The embossed texture on the center of the sunflower is delicious. So happy that you're getting away for some quality time ... we'll all be happy to welcome you back : )

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...this is just beautiful. I love all your wonderful detail and how fun it is to have a day for all of us card makers, so fun.

scrappymo! said...

Looks wonderful. Love the jute twine behind the flower!

Bobby said...

Congrats on your HM for this card.

Karren said...

Congrats on your HM at Fusion (and thanks for the heads up on mine!). Love the texture and depth you've created on this card.

Joyce said...

Fabulous Sunflower card. So big and bold and happy.

Kelly Latevola said...

Congratulations on your honorable mention at Fusion for this beauty! I love the center of that flower! So gorgeous :)

MaryH said...

AW-Some sunflower. Love that background emboss and great detail to add the twine & pretty button center. (or maybe it was paper that you made look like a button? Whatever, it was purty!) Your scheduled posts read just as much fun as when you're doing the post in the present. Always a joy to read what you write for us! Hugs

Monika Reeck said...

woowww so shiny and I love the middle of the flower..looks like a real one..adorable sunflower card Darnell and I want to say congrats too for HM at FUSION you deserved it Darnell...great really great sunflower you made..hugs, Monika