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November 21, 2014

I Can't See The Forest For the Trees!

Welcome!

And thank you for whooshing around to another Friday!

I am dashing in quick to try and link up with this week's Less Is More (LIM) challenge of "More Than One Tree." 

If you are a long-time friend of this blog, you know how much I love entering the LIM challenges. So it's been a busy week, what with one thing and another, but never far from my thoughts this refrain kept repeating over and over: morethanonetree, morethanonetree, morethanonetree.

Well, about ten minutes ago Hammy must have tuned into what I was thinking. (We're like an old married couple, you know, and we're often "spousal-deaf" and "can't hear" what the other one is saying!) 

"HELLO!" he bellowed. "Did you or did you not make a morethanonetree card when you were in Minnesota with the BABES? Has it or has it not been sitting right there on your desk waiting to be blogged? If it had teeth, would it or would it not have bitten you on the nose?!"

Don't ever get old.

Thanking the hamster, I present my morethanonetree card:
 
Two is more than one. I didn't want to get too carried away. The SU tree was doubly colored with markers and spritzed with water and stamped onto watercolor paper. The NBUS sediment is unknown since I borrowed it from one of the BABES at the Lake House. BABES?

Here is a close-up to show the sparkly snow that I applied to my trees:
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Since I used markers, I am also linking up with the current "Make Your Mark" challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

And Festive Friday has just posted their new photo inspiration challenge which  features a beautiful evergreen tree (mirrored in the mirror) with lots of colors~lots of rosy pinks!

The links to the challenges will provide you with information on rules, sponsors, and prizes.
GRAB OUR BADGE!
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My card is actually another DJKASE. My inspiration for this card came from this absolutely stunning card made by Maarit of Violet's Corner:
I was not even close to achieving the watercolor effect that Maarit so brilliantly managed above, but she was the inspiration for my card. Thank you, Maarit!!

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102 comments:

Kim M said...

Beautiful card, Darnell! I think you did a fantastic job CASEing Maarit's card. Love it! :-)

LauraJane:) said...

BEE-U-T-FUL morethanonetree!

Jacee said...

Fabulous designs Darnell!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Liz said...

Gorgeous card! I love the different colours on the trees. xx

oldpunca said...

Dear Darnell, your morethanonetree card is morethanbeautiful. :-)) I like your colouring. You have found a superb inspiration.
Hugs, Sonja

Alanna said...

This is beautiful Darnell. Your trees are just gorgeous with the multi colors.

Lisa said...

Those are some SNAZZY trees and thank goodness Hammy didn't forget about them!!

kanda said...

This is gorgous Darnell and I love the colours of the trees xx

Craft-E-Place said...

Beautiful card, fabulous choice of colours - love it!
Elaine

Sue said...

Loving the card.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue

Becca Cruger said...

I'm not sure that hamsters talk, Darnell. Unless - Do you live in a Stuart Little spinoff?!?!

Love the multi-colored stamping job done here! It's so fun seeing your BABES creations.

Sharon Underwood said...

Darnell, your trees are BEAUTIFUL! I like the different colors, and the effect after spritzing.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Beautiful- very much like the trees at the lake (not now, I bet all the leaves are gone and it's all under snow!) Not my sentiment, but I like the swoopy font!

sandie said...

Thank you for my Friday night giggle! The changing colours of the trees look just like the ones I saw today on my walk! Of for a Friday Martini!

Caz said...

This is lovely! I am very happy I actually have one of your cards in my house :-P

Caz said...

Also, did you ever get the note I sent? x

Jean said...

I'm loving your multicoloured trees.
Beautiful.
Jean x

Pat said...

These multi-coloured trees are beautiful Darnell and the range of colours make it look like one summer and one autumn tree. x

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love your multi-coloured trees on your morethanonetree card, Darnell!!!! The sparkly snow looks great - can just imagine how nice it looks IRL!!!!
Love the red borders on the sides and the red sentiment!! Great DJKASE of Maarit's card!!!

Have a fab Friday!!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love your mini forest card. Very festive and a perfect CAS design!

Rita said...

Fabulous card Darnell. Love those trees. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

Sheri said...

Love love love it! Gotta give it a try!

Happy Dance said...

I remember that card!!!! It's as gorgeous as when I first saw it! And I wish I could tell you that the stamp was mine...it isn't. The two trees are just the right amount. More and I think your card might be too busy. I like it just the way it is. And those colors.....delicious. Have a great weekend! Bev

Veerle said...

Very beautiful Darnell, I like the multi color trees a lot. Hugs, Veerle xx

Claire said...

Don't husbands come in handy sometimes? This is absolutely beautiful Darnell...a perfect CASE!

Viv's Visuals said...

terrific card Darnell!

conil said...

Aren't you glad the hamster was right. It's a wonderful card...

Christine said...

Beautiful colors for the trees Darnell! Great work!
Christine

Kathleen said...

Just gorgeous and the colours are divine.

Kath x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

This is so pretty Darnell. Love the variated colours! So elegant and simple. Stunning! Hazel xx

Sue said...

WOW! I LOVE your colourful trees with the added sparkle. A fabulous sentiment too.
I hope you have a good weekend.
hugs Sue xx

Laura B. said...

Such stunning trees!!!!

Redanne said...

You are not alone dear Darnell, it happens to me all the time!! I love both cards - the second one in particular is stunning! Big hugs, Annie xx

Deepti said...

This is beautiful :) love the color changing trees !

trisha too said...

These are so bright and cheerful, and I'm all about the one layer, easy-to-mail cards, so I'm loving yours, Darnell!

:)trisha

Sarah Gray said...

Love your multi coloured trees, Darnell - a whole forest like this would be great!

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous card and one of my favorite stamps too! ~Diane

adele holcomb said...

The variegated colors in the trees make for a really pretty card!

Shelly said...

Ooooh, so pretty!!!

frommycraftroom said...

Love all the colours on the trees.

Valerie Nolan said...

Fab trees Darnell, so pretty with the different colours.
Val x

Bonnie said...

What pretty trees and I love the sentiment! It looks hand written by someone with really nice handwriting.

Bobby said...

Yay for Hammy. It's great when an already made card fits a new challenge. Love the fallish trees, Darnell.

Donna Nuce said...

HI Darnell! I love your multi-colored trees! Just a hint from someone who watercolors - if you want it to look similar to the card you CASEd - your paper has to be wet so it can wick the color. Just wetting your stamp won't do it! Have a great day and a Happy Thanksgiving if I don't get to your blog next week.
Donna

mamapez5 said...

This is so pretty. I love the variegated colours. Kate x

Linda said...

Love your card Darnell .... the colours are just gorgeous, and yes there is definitely more than one tree :)
Have a lovely weekend ..... hugs Linda xx

OH Babs said...

Oh those are lovely and colorful trees and may have to CASE since I have the stamp set and use it rarely.

Pat (mspfd) said...

Beautiful card and technique.

Lindsey said...

So glad you didn't get carried away, because then it wouldn't be CAS, would it? And it's perfect as it is. :)

Jen said...

Brilliant Darnell! The colors of your trees remind me of the tinsel trees of my youth. At Christmas we set up our silver tinsel tree in the window and pointed a color wheel, that was lit and spun in a circle, at the tree so that its colors would illuminate it. I saw one of those trees at a flea market once and I'm kicking myself I didn't buy it. :( Thanks for the little trip down memory lane!

Susanne Vargas said...

I have never seen this tree inked in all different colors and absolutely love it! Looks like a winner to me! Hope Hammie got an extra treat for reminding you about this card...

Geri said...

I just love those trees, Darnell! They remind me of my grandma's silver tree with the light that shined on it and changed colors! Memories!!!;) It's a fresh, festive and LOVELY card, and we're delighted to have you at Festive Friday!

Lee-Anne said...

Darnell, what absolutely fabulous colors on those trees! Wonderful CASE indeed! So happy you could join us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

Barb Ghig said...

Can you say 'GORGEOUS'? Well, I can...and I just did!!! I really love the colors of your trees...so fresh and so pretty, Darnell! And, how fabulous that you added sparkle to them...Swoon! Hammy is such a great, um...Hammy! How wonderful that he reminded you that you had this card already on your desk! WTG!
Thanks so much for playing along with us at ATSM this week! It's always fun to see your creations! Have a great weekend :)

Sindhu said...

Such a pretty card, Darnell! Love those colourful trees! The way you write your posts always cracks me up my friend! Gorgeous card!

Mynn xx said...

These are both super pretty, girl! LOVE the bright colors you used! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah as you say Darnell, Maarit's card is simply superb but really love your two trees too with their shimmery bits .. good ole hammy eh?? :D
thanks so much for cheering me up and popping over, Shaz in Oz.x

Inkyfingers said...

Two trees are better than one tree as they say, and I love the colour effect - just so pretty!
Great CAS design and thank you for showing Maarit's lovely card too.
Hugs
Carol x

Karen Mead said...

I love your colourful fun christmas trees Darnell - they look so pretty! Hugs xx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Hmmmm a truly yummy card Darnell.
Love how you've inked with multi coloured inks. Pretty cool and may have to CASE that idea.
Thanks as always for taking part and sharing your work.
Sarah
Less is More

Pollard Carole said...

Stunning card today just so love this design fabulous love and hugs Carole x

Anita in France said...

What? I was sitting right next to you, Darnell, and don't recall seeing this card being oh so beautifully and colourfully created at the Lake House ... d'you think Hammy might need to come for a visit?? Anyway, not recalling it simply means I get to see it now as if for the first time ... and gasp at the gorgeousness of the shimmer over those rainbow colours ... delicious! Hugs, Anita :)

Oh, just to add ... not my sentiment (at least I don't recall it!!!)

Deborah Frings said...

Oh I do enjoy reading your posts! I love these pretty trees and that lovely sprinkle of sparkle! Great work. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the giggle and the view of your very pretty trees on your card! Have a wonderful weekend!

Lynn said...

Jaw dropping beautiful Darnell! I love the markers...stunning!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous Darnell
hugs Tamara

icardeveryone01 said...

I do believe. I do believe. I do believe in two!
=] M

Leslee said...

Oh, Darnell, I can always be guaranteed of a chuckle when I visit your page! I get the becoming older stuff! Beautiful card! I love your sparkly trees- only 2! Have a super weekend!

Laurie Unger said...

Wonderful! Love how sparkly the trees are! Great case of Maarit's card!

Maura R said...

Beautiful!!! Love your use of color in your cards, and your use of story-telling in your narratives. Always put a smile on my face! Thanks!

Brenda in IN said...

Thank goodness hammy is still aware of what's going on! He was able to get you to post this lovely, colorful card for us. The trees are so sparkly and happy.

Sally H said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Darnell! I love the colours and you know trees are my favourite things! x

Ros Crawford said...

What amazingly fabulous trees!! I love ho you created these and your inspiration card is also a stunner!

Mrs A. said...

A most fabulous, colourfulest duo of trees even if I do say so myself. That hammy needs locking up .Such disrespect. Hide his nuts!! hugs Mrs A.

Carol L said...

Thank goodness your hammy reminded you to post this card! Tis another CAS beauty!

Ellie said...

Just beautiful! Love how you used the different colors on the trees! Such a great idea!

carol (krillsister) said...

Those trees are fabulous. I love the coloring on them. Gorgeous card.

Unknown said...

Love your card! When I squint it reminds me of the Christmas tree of my youth : aluminum tree with a colored wheel at the base that made it change colors. Ah, the good ole days spent in southern Calif. Your trees are much prettier than our tree. :)
Lu C

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great card, Love the colored trees and my favorite sentiment! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

Neets B said...

Wonderful colourful trees, Darnell, and loving the sparkle you added to. Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM this week. So sorry I've been a diabolical commenter lately, I must try harder! Hugs xx

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. Your rainbow-coloured trees are so pretty! Thanks for joining us at ATS&M. Lolly xx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Me likey muchly. I'm a bit of a magpie so I'm instantly attracted to the sparkle.
Love it!
Have a great week.
Ang x

Monika Reeck said...

I never seen tree like this but you made it soo adorable elegant on those colors and so simple too I love your card Darnell...hugs, Monika

Chrissie said...

Just catching up with last week's comments!
This is fab Darnell... I use the words Don't get old SO many times...anyone would think I was old!
Love these trees!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Anne said...

Beautiful rainbow trees Darnell, different from Maarit's stunning card but stands in its own right as another fab creation
Thank you so much for joining us at Less is More
Anne
LIM Designer

Anne said...

Beautiful rainbow trees Darnell, different from Maarit's stunning card but stands in its own right as another fab creation
Thank you so much for joining us at Less is More
Anne
LIM Designer

laurie said...

I love your sparkly trees..so pretty in those colors!

Geri said...

Awwww...read your post and my heart had a little 'missing you all' ache! Your card is just as beautiful posted as it was at the house!

I don't think that this pretty stamp is mine...but who knows...I might be surprised when I unpack my Christmas stamps!

Donna said...

Stunning card, those colors are fabulous!

Brenda said...

Wow, I love this card Darnell! The colors are fabulous and I love the sparkle!! You and hammy and let's not forget the BABES all make a great team! Hugs, Brenda

Greta said...

You cased a gorgeous card, Darnell & I love your take with the colorful evergreens!

Shona Chambers said...

I've never tried doing any stamping like this. Must get over my scaredy-cat-ness and give is a whirl. I did try stamping with Distress Ink for the first time yesterday and love the way it worked. Your tree's are simply stunning and love the way the colours mix together. Extremely clever idea and yay for Hammy!!

Milka Gubo said...

Oh WOW :-D This is sooooooo pretty :-D I like the colors you used :-D

Taunya Butler said...

Darnell - hugs to you on this beautiful card - love the colors and the sparkly snow you added!! You did a lovely job and I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who sometimes forgets what I have already created!! You are amazing and you make my day!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Not sure how I missed this card...it is amazing and I do recall seeing one or two just like this in Minnesota. Your trees are about as beautiful as they can be. And what a card they make.

Patti said...

Oh girl! this is nothing less than stunning! I must CASE this!! Thanks a bunch for sharing : )

Patti

Gerrina said...

So good to see two beautiful cards in these fresh colours, each such a different feeling just by using a different technique...what a great hobby we have ! Hugs, Gerrina

Craftychris said...

Stunning card! I love the colours you have used - just brilliant! xxx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Your card is fabulous Darnell, love the immaculate stamping and the colours, I'm feeling honoured sweetie!

Warm hugs
Maarit

Jessi Fogan said...

Oh my gorgeous! I've never seen this tree used that way - and I have used it a million times I swear. I've got to remember this when I get over to my desk :)

monikaskinner said...

Love the colours and textured card, Darnell! Thanks for joining us at ATSM. Monika

Sandy Dehon said...

Your tress are so beautiful - I can't see the forest either!!!!
Sandy xx