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!

March 28, 2015

A Sponger Gone Mad!

If you are looking for my NBUS Challenge #4, click HERE
March 21-March 31, 2015
Thank you to everyone who has already played!

Hi Gang!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! We are having more gorgeous weather here. We skipped right over spring and went to summer, which could be very ominous for future temps and the drought, but right now with everything blooming and the hills still green, we are enjoying it to the max, Max.

So. Now I'm a sponging maniac. No, not really. But I have had this fun NBUS paper from SU on my desk to use for a couple three months. It's got emboss resist built right into it, so it's made for sponging. And there are a couple of Christmas challenges I want to enter, so I sponged a Christmas tree on it.
I learned from other blogs and the Online Stretch Your Dies class that you can use your dies to make your own stencils. I cut a die using my PTI christmas tree die and then used the negative to sponge the tree in SU wild wasabi and TH evergreen bough inks. 

The sediment is from My Sentiments Exactly (DD302) and I inked it with red Stazon, hoping it won't schmear. I haven't tested it yet. I guess if it does schmear, someone will end up getting a Christmas card that says H li  y  ap  nes  t   ou!

Challenges
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Of course, I made a second card while I was at it. I tried to make another Christmas card using a wreath negative, but on the emboss resist paper there was too little of it that took ink so the image looked like a bed raggled I-don't-know-what.

I started over and made a birthday card. Remember I showed you those ancient stencils I found:
I sponged the balloon in the upper left of the above photo:
I used one of the other stencils to make the "string." Different, huh? The sediment is from PTI "Bigger Blooms."

As I was taking the photo, the breeze blew over my card and I thought, "Well, would you look at that?" You look. If I used this same balloon and string, only upside down, I could make a card that looked like one of those old-fashioned cartoon bombs! 
You'd have to flip your sediment, too, of course. Do you see it? Or am I a sponger gone mad?

This post amuses me because there are some readers who just look at the pictures (no judgment) and if you came here today and just looked at the pictures, what must you think?

Here are closeups of the cards where the sunlight captured the sheen of the emboss resist leaf pattern built into the paper. It's very pretty IRL.
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Stamping Friends

I forgot to share this photo from my recent outing with Kim and Harriet. Here we are in front of a bouquet I made up to give to Kim for her birthday.
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Reminder

My NBUS Challenge No. 4 is ending Tuesday, March 31st, at 11:55 pm PST!

Once again, I am overwhelmed by the number of entries in the gallery! MWAH!


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103 comments:

Linda said...

Fabulous cards Darnell using the lovely embossed card. Enjoy the nice warm weather.

Carol said...

These are fabulous Darnell, that paper looks great. I see what you mean about the bomb lol Carol x

MaryH said...

Yay for you! Great use of your resist paper on this nifty tree. I'm reading that so many of you enjoyed that class and wishing I had decided to take it. (I'm homework challenged, and we've been sorta busy is why I didn't). Your tree is delightful,ditto your ornament & the bomb. I look at the pictures, but I get just as big a kick out of reading the post as seeing the pics! Love the way you are gung ho on these stencils (now don't take that the wrong way. Ya know whadImean, yeah?) Delightful cards, great post. Big hugs. TFS

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Darnell, your cards are amazing! Wow - I really love the technique you used and will definitely have to try that!! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Merry Monday!

adele holcomb said...

I love the way these turned out -- the photo showing the overall pattern sheen is lovely. I took the same OCC class and learned so much (as I do every time in these classes). And the bomb is too funny.

Bonnie said...

What a cool tree and balloon aka cartoon bomb! Sponging is fun once you get the hang of it!

Becca Cruger said...

OOooo! Cardstock that has embossing built right in? I'm intrigued! Sponge on, you crafty genius! I'm sure you will have lots of fun creating that bomb card at some point.

Lee Ann Barrett said...

You just keep right on sponging, Darnell, because these are fantastic! Love, love, love that Christmas tree! Awesome idea to use the pre-embossed paper. You are 'the Bomb'! ;) Lee Ann

joy said...

Hi, Darnell! I always get to giggle when I visit your blog. The bomb is too funny. I can see you are having a lot of fun sponging on the resist papers. Love the Christmas tree!!

Deepti said...

Oh my !! These are so pretty... Love them

Lisa said...

Oh my, these are absolutely gorgeous!! I love the designs!! And ha, the bomb...so fun!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! Love your inking! And I got a chuckle from your little bomb hehe! I will look in my stash for some of this emboss-resist paper - don't know if I have any but I'm going to look! It really looks amazing!

Jean said...

Gorgeous cards! Great idea about the upside down:) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Happy Dance said...

You're the BOMB!!! I have to address that first, cuz I'm still smiling and chuckling about that. What a fun idea. Love it! I'd definitely use it as a bomb. And your sponging...dynamic, cool, fun, and gorgeous. Love how you've stretched your dies and imagination. Really wonderful. Love these dear friend. And for reals, you are the bomb!! Bev

Lisa said...

How pretty is your Christmas tree, love this Darnell!! Fabulous balloon too. And no you're not a sponger gone mad, KaBoom...I see it!!

Leslee said...

Very cool! I like your sponging. And I love your cards! I see it has been quite warm down there in your neck of the woods. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Susanne Vargas said...

Oh, what a gorgeous Christmas tree! And the birthday balloon! That paper is fabulous and looks awesome with sponged shapes! And no, you are not mad, it does look like a bomb although I prefer the balloon!

Loll said...

Very cool paper! Love both your tree and balloon cards. And even the bomb one is adorable, although I'd have to stand on my head to read the sediment. :) You are a sponger gone mad ... so happy to see you enjoying this technique! Lolly xx

Donna Nuce said...

Beautiful cards Darnell. I was trying to think of a great sentiment for the "bomb" that you could use in a future creation. "You're the bomb" is the only one that comes to mind but it would be kinda fun! Have a great day Darnell.

Robyn Oliver said...

Darnell....this technique looks fabulous - the leaves stand out beautifully and simple sponging through a stencil and wellla a love card.

Cheryl W. said...

I really like these cards. Don't have that paper, but I guess I could emboss some foliage images on my CS first and then sponge on top of that. Thanks for the inspiration!

aileen (mum) said...

Darnell love this resist paper, just bew teeful. Ahh you make me laugh, love your balloon, bomb just perfect.

wienerhoneymooners said...

Brilliant for sponging, I just got my SU papers last night, and you BLEW my socks off!!! Love this tree! I was sponging too today, so glad you are getting crafth too!!!!

Carole Z said...

Wow you have gotten into sponging...and these cards are stunning, fab-u-lous! Hugs Carole Z X

Stamps and Paper said...

Two gorgeous cards Darnell and such a great technique

Anne

Sue said...

Loving the cards. Nice to see the stamp used for two different occasions.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

!neke said...

Beautiful creations Darnell !
Have a nice Sunday, here storm and rain !
I am going in to the town The Hague, shopping with my youngest and her dochter !

Inkyfingers said...

What a lovely pair if cards Darnell, and such a fab use for that gorgeous paper.
Hugs
Carol x

Milka Gubo said...

LOVE these cards!!! Excellent sponging, Darnell. :o)
hugs
Milka

Milka Gubo said...

LOVE these cards!!! Excellent sponging, Darnell. :o)
hugs
Milka

Craftychris said...

Both cards are fabulous! Love that resist paper and your inking is fabulous! You are fast becoming the inking queen! I can see the cartoon bomb image! xxx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Hehe, visitors that only look at the pictures will certainly wonder Darnell, but the bomb would be perfect for a guy or boy.

The sponging is gorgeous, I need to try that technique too, it's very clever way to stretch the dies.

Enjoy the weather sweetie, we're having gale force winds and rain today!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Pollard Carole said...

Gorgeous stencilling today and fab cards.I love the balloon /bomb. I also thought it could pass a Christmas bauble!!
Really jealous about your weather Its freezing cold here and very windy but that's the UK for you. Enjoy your weekend love and hugs Carole

Ros Crawford said...

OMG what fabulous cards!! I'm so glad you got those last shots to show the embossing .. it's absolutely gorgeous!
It's pouring with rain here ... probably about 8C ... not even a hint of spring let alone summer!

Hettie said...

these are both incwedibly bootiful Darnell. You are such a clever tart!
Hugs
xx

Hettie said...

these are both incwedibly bootiful Darnell. You are such a clever tart!
Hugs
xx

Sarah Gray said...

That emboss resist paper is really cool! Love the sponged negatives - such a clever way to create a focal point. The cartoon bomb is definitely the way to go though....it blew me away :)

Marianne said...

Oh, I love these, Darnell, and you have just giving me a brainwave on how to get even more out of my tree dies. I have already created some cards using the negative space of my die (will be posting them soon and link to your NBUS challenge as well), but of course I could also use it as a stencil on top of a different stencil. Wish there were more hours in a day, sigh.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Marianne x

Monika Reeck said...

Oh wooow Lady SPONGING MANIAC
me tooo now I am like you love to sponging
it is easy you dont need time to coloring image and you made a lovely card Am I right hehehe
Love all your sponging result Darnell
hope you like to see my entry #2 at NBUS
see you soon at my blog dear Sponging Maniac Lady hehehe (Joke)
hugs, Monika

Gerrina said...

What a great idea to sponge over resist paper! Like all three cards and glad that you won't be over the sponge-viris for a while; like your ideas! Here it is wet, grey and chilly at the moment, so if you could spare some sunshine? It will be greated here with great pleasure :)! Hugs, Gerrina

Regina said...

your cards look amazing!
That paper has magic! Only with sponge and a matrizen - the results are fantastic!
Regina*

Carole said...

stunningly simple yet it sparkles so sassy...I do see the carton bomb but I think I'm dyslectic...I have a problem with left and right too! Seriously the cards are WOW Hugs C

oldpunca said...

I can understand your enthusiasm for sponging. :-) I like this technique too. You have created two wonderful cards. The turned up balloon likes really like a bomb. But a sweet bomb! :-))
Have a nice Sunday, Sonja

I Card Everyone said...

I love these, D... that emboss/resist paper has intrigued me. You wouldn't happen to have a Wiley Coyote stamp, now would you? 'cuz the bomb is DA BOMB!
=] M

Jeanne said...

Excellent work, Ms. Darnell! I am happy to see all the spongework. That paper looks really neat, too. Glad you captured the sheen. I'm also glad you got to showcase your amazing humor in the card that is "the bomb." Have a wonderful Sunday. I hope the poppies are still blooming and not burned up in the heat!

Nan G said...

Very pretty in blog-o-vision too, Darnell.! You're too funny....cartoon bombs away....oh I showing my age with you. Tehe If you're still concerned about the StazOn schmearing just heat for a sec with the heat gun. Enjoy your sunshine. Hugs

Nan G said...

p.s. I pinned your 'bomb'. ;)

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love the paper and what you've done with them! I've kept some of it, so will try this later in the year :) xxx

Maura R said...

That SU! embossed paper is calling my name!! Love your sponged cards - especially the tree one! Just lovely.

Karen B said...

Oh Dippy, you've totally inspired me AGAIN!!! I won a pack of this very same cardstock at our recent Stampin Up Extravaganza day and it's been sitting on my desk waiting for inspiration. Well, now I've got no excuses! Your Christmas tree negative looks fab, as does your balloon.........but I equally, if not more, love your cartoon bomb - only you!

Love.

Karendipity xxx

Mary-Anne V said...

What a great sponged look...very pretty.

LauraJane:) said...

SUPER sponging!!! LOVE the shapes you achieved:))

jimlynn said...

Pretty and fun cards Darnell!
Lynn

Linda said...

What great cards and technique, Darnell. Lovely

Birgit said...

But Where is the earth shattering kaboom?? Wily E Super Genius. OK I totally saw the cartoon bomb and thought of Marvin and Wily E. The sponging looks so great and it's wonderful to re-find things one always had and never used. These are great!

conil said...

Haven't tried this Stretch Your Dies technique...clearly I have to. Like this resist paper, too. Looks lovely even in the pics. Guess you could call your 2d card a "photo bomb". (Sorry, I couldn't resist. Get it!) Enough of that. Seriously, I love the way both cards look. You've inspired me today. Thanks.

Diane said...

Morning Darnell, your sponged holiday designs are wonderful. I have no talent using ink, it usually looks like something a 3 year old did.

Hugs diane

hellerlittle said...

wonderful cards and the idea with the bomb agrees strikingly --- who else knows the old comics, which is also seen.
Welcome to the club of "sponger"
LG hellerlittle

Laura Norris said...

Love your cards Darnell! That paper is so cool! You did a great job on sponging! Once you get the hang of it, it's kinda fun, isn't it? The bomb is hilarious. You need to make a card using it, and come up with a great sediment for it too! And I admit, I often only look at the pictures on some blogs, but I always read yours! You are too witty and clever not to read!! I know I will always leave smiling when I come to visit you! Today is no exception!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Beautiful card and unusual idea of a perfect Christmas card. I really like the idea, I hope that you will not be angry if ever I'll face him and try to perform my version of your wonderful card.
Regards,
Bozena

Heather Hotchkiss said...

You are so funny! I really love that birthday card, and you could certainly use that image upside down to tell someone that they are da bomb!

Keep up the great work!

designbydonna said...

Those are both really cute cards. I have some of those old stencils. Guess I'll drag them out and give stenciling a try.

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love the cards you made with the negatives as stencils. It looks like it was fun. And, yup! That does look like the old fashioned bomb! LOL

Redanne said...

Oh yes, I love the bouquet you made up for Kim - tee hee! Your cards are both absolutely gorgeous and yes, the second one would look great as a cartoon bomb! Clever you seeing that... am doing my best to join in your NBUS challenge but it will likely be last minute.... Hugs, Annie xx

Harriet Skelly said...

And you weren't going to get into stenciling!!! Great work on both of these cards!!

OH Babs said...

Lovely. I see a Christmas ornament, right off the bat. Strange saying. How's my one finger typing? Arghh!

Sandy said...

Wnderful sponging!! One day ---
Sandy xx

Jan Frances said...

Im in love with this gorgeous paper, it is sooo effective and easy to get such great effects. What a brilliant way to put it to use on these lovely cards xxxx

Anita in France said...

More gorgeous sponging and stencilling, Darnell ... go you! These are outstanding examples of your ability to turn your hand to any technique ... even upside down! I saw Christmas bauble there, BTW ... but your idea sure works!! You did a great job hauling that floral arrangement to the restaurant ... lucky Kim, hauling it home!! Hugs & Bisous, Anita :)

Kathleen said...

Just fabulous Darnell.

Kath x

frommycraftroom said...

You have taken to the stenciling. Fabulous. So clever to emboss on the resist paper. I still have to dig out my stencils - I know they are here somewhere!
Love your flower arrangement bet you all had a fab time :)

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Wow! These turned out so pretty!!! I love them both!!!

Kara Lynne said...

Hee Hee, I'd love to see what you would do the DA BOMB! Beautiful sponged images, I love that built-in resist!

Tenia Nelson said...

Awesome cards, dearie!! :)

Liz said...

Great cards - always like to find out about different techniques, so thank you. :-) xx

Jerrie said...

Your card is gorgeous! I just got to play with a piece of that paper and it is wonderful!! Two thumbs up.

Carol Cel said...

I love the tree! I knew you wouldn't stop sponging!
Very Pretty.

Pat said...

These two cards are both so pretty Darnell and what a great idea to ink with a stencil over this resist leaf pattern which works beautifully. x

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful cards Darnell, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Sheila H said...

Your sponging is fabulous! I love the colors, too.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Oh, what a fun post! The sponging gal emerges with a bang :)
Love your stenciled shapes over the emboss resist! Your tree is so very elegant and your bomb...I should say birthday balloon is terrific! They turned out so beautifully stenciled . So very clever Darnell to use the stencils over that ER. What great vision!
I have some old stencils that I must look at more closely. I know my husband had and old stencil out the other week from computer flow chart days and I said, wow, where did you get that? He told me it was an antique and I shouldn't have any "paint" ideas for it...I thought it had some pretty neato shapes on it :)
I love Kim's arrangement and that colour theme of red, black and blue would make for a great challenge.

Brenda said...

I am kicking myself for not getting some of this paper when I had my party! Your cards are so pretty Auntie! I love the Christmas tree and good for you for thinking back to the class to make your own stencil from your die, it turned out fabulous! I also love the balloon with the string and yes, I am seeing the cartoon bomb too. lol These papers are so beautiful and I'm glad you captured the look of them the way you did in your 4th picture. That's a great picture of you ladies, looks like another great outing! If I send some water your way will you send some warm temps to us?! lol We had snow flurries on Saturday, pretty heavy at times but thankfully it didn't lay. But boy was it cold! Hugs, Brenda

Eliza said...

Hi Darnell,

You seriously do crack me up sometimes and had to let loose with the laughter over the missing letters. As for the balloon upside down it is a Christmas bauble, no question about it and a really good one.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the warmth
Hugs Eliza & Yoda

Greta said...

I have paper like that but I'm afraid of ruining it so still haven't used it--silly! You've inspired me to give it a try. Love how creative your cards are, Darnell--love them all! We're having gorgeous weather, too--enjoy your week!

Sharon Underwood said...

Your cards look fantastic, Darnell! You're a pro at stenciling!

Susan Joyce said...

Love your Merry Monday card Darnell, thanks for sharing with us this week.

Maxine D said...

Love these cards Darnell - and yes, I could see the cartoon bomb :-).
Blessings
Maxine

sandie said...

excellent way to use your dies, I haven't tried that yet, something to add to my list. You guys are looking good x

Brenda in IN said...

I love these cards and it is a great idea to make two at a time. You have really nailed the sponging. I am most impressed with the bouquet you made. Wish I had been there to see you get it in the car to take with you! You always make my day.

Greta said...

Congrats on the HM at MM, Darnell!

Cat Craig said...

wonderful inking Darnell, love that you have embraced this. (bomb...lol you are right)

Kristie Goulet said...

These are all awesome, Darnell! Love that paper that already has the embossed images in them. How cool is that?! Always great having your cards in the Merry Monday gallery! Hugs!

Kristie Goulet said...

These are all awesome, Darnell! Love that paper that already has the embossed images in them. How cool is that?! Always great having your cards in the Merry Monday gallery! Hugs!

Laura said...

Anyone who comes here and just looks at the pictures should have their head examined because your wordplay is so clever and funny -- I always get a smile on my face when I read your posts. Love the Christmas tree on the resist paper -- I may "borrow" that idea, since I have the same PTI tree die and some resist paper that's been resisting being used -- hahahahaha. Happy Monday, Darnell! ~ Laura

Helen F. said...

Oh how I love your two sponged cards, Darnell :-) that color green on white is striking!
Like the bomb idea as well (have a blast on your Birthday ~ could be the sediment ;-)

shirley-bee said...

Love your balloon bomb, Darnell! We might all be chucking our cards up in the air to see what they look like upside down now! Fabulous flower arranging skills ;)

Taunya Butler said...

Super great cards and just way lovely!! That Christmas tree card is amazingly done and I am super impressed with it!! Your fun birthday balloon card is cool and yes, I could see the old fashioned bomb that you could see!! Super fun post and so fun to see you with Harriet and Kim!!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is the second time today I've seen this interesting pre-embossed paper. I can't believe I got left out of that loop. Such fun cards, both of them... I mean all three of them including the cartoon bomb. That cracked me up. Mad sponger indeed! Don't come near me with a sponge or else I might ask you to clean up after the cat hairballs. (Still haven't taught hubby the difference between the kitchen sponge and the 'gross stuff' sponge).

nancy littrell said...

OMG Darnell, so much to LOVE...your die cut stenciled trees, ornament and "bomb", colors, great pic of such good friends..Love it all. TFS my friend. Hugs, nancy

Geri said...

Sponger gone mad? Yep...as is madly creative! I have this paper. Never in a kazillion years would I have thought to use a stencil like you have here! Love the Looney Tunes bomb! Was it the Road Runner and the coyote cartoon?

Kim Heggins said...

Ha ha ha....you are so funny! Love your birthday bomb, just so fun. And so are all the rest of your fabulous stenciled cards. For one that did not want to get on this band wagon, you totally rocked this!

JD/ Jill said...

Great job with the sponging. I am sort of sponging challenged. (I need more practice! You sure have gotten a lot of the class that you are taking.

Bobby said...

First off, if people come to your blog and only look at the pictures, they're missing a great deal of the fun. I love your tree and balloon, and the paper that made them possible.