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March 24, 2015

City Crafter Challenge Guest Star ~ Go Ombré and DJKASEing Sarah

Hello and Happy Twosday! I hope you had a lovely weekend and I hope your week delights you!

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Today it is my pleasure to be Guest Starring for another week at the City Crafter Challenge Blog! For this week's challenge, we are celebrating ombré! You may use any color of the rainbow for your ombré range.

Because I can't seem to get enough of turkoyce and teal and aqua, that was the range I chose for my inspiration cards for you.
Darnell's card
For my first card, I used some of Anita's paper and did a watercolor ombré wash using my water brush and markers and set it aside to dry. On my card front, I cut an oval using my Sizzix die and once my painted paper was dry, I cut an oval from it and inlaid it into the oval card opening. Over that I adhered the die-cut "Prim Poppy" from Memory Box and topped it off with an oval die-cut frame. The sediment is from SU. I cut it in half to be able to place one word over the other. It was inked with Kaleidacolor blue breeze.

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DJKASE of Sarah

Over at Less Is More this week, the brief is to CASE one of the DT's cards. (Of course, I want to add it to my DJKASE tab at the top, so I'll call it a DJKASE.) I chose Sazzle Dazzle Sarah's card design, which is below. I hope you can see the inspiration in both of my cards today!
Sarah's card
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For my second card (for Easter), I did make a shaker:
In order to accommodate my shaker, my oval sits on top on this card. The fun bead shakers are from Pretty Pink Posh. Even though it looks like I glued all those loose beads in a funky row, I dinnit. They just hung there like that for the picture, all orderly and patient. Except for that one guy. There's one in every crowd, isn't there?

The ingredients for this card are the same as for my first card, except for the sediment which is from the NBUS Waltzingmouse set, "Compact Sentiments."

Thank you, Sarah, for the privilege of DJKASEing one of your excellent works of card art ~ twice!!

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100 comments:

Becca Cruger said...

BEAUTIMOUS! I love how the texture of that fab-o paper really brings out the ombre. That sweet shaker is so sparkly and gorgeous! Sending you lots of crafty hugs to get you through your NBUS commenting! :)

Greta said...

Oh wow--your cards are gorgeous, Darnell!

Čarovnije z male kmetije said...

Both stuning but first card is beautifuly beautiful! Colours and composition are amazing. My favorite.

wienerhoneymooners said...

TOTALLY amazeballs gorgeous ombre!!!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Beautiful work Darnell, once again, thank you so much for being our special guest star this month!

Inkyfingers said...

Lovely cards Darnell. Like you I love turquoise and seeing it in this ombré form reminds me of the blue skies of spring that are definitely starting to appear around here at last. I really like your ombré sentiments and the textured paper adds something special.
Hugs
Carol x

Christine Blain said...

Blues and white ... just beautiful. Love the serenity of your sympathy card, and the beauty (errant beads and all) of your Easter card. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week, Darnell. :)

Irish Cherokee said...

Two excellent card Darnell. Both are jenyouwine works of art. - Jim

Linda said...

Beautiful cards Darnell ..... great colour choice! I love those die cut poppies on the first one .... they look so delicate. Lovely Easter card too .... all that sparkle, just gorgeous!! Hugs ... Linda xx

Nelleke said...

Geweldige kaarten en wat een leuk idee. Daar krijg je inspiratie van! Groetjes, Nelleke

Maxine D said...

Wonderful cards Darnell - love your ombre effects, they are stunning.
Blessings
Maxine

Carole Z said...

Beautiful cards Darnell, love the beads in your shaker Easter card and your Sympathy card is so peaceful, hugs Carole Z X

Sue said...

Stunning cards Darnell, I love your designs, the white poppies are so pretty and delicate. Your shaker card is wonderful and the colours are gorgeous.
hugs Sue xx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Yippee! Darnell I'm thrilled you chose my card to CASE! Love your take on it... It's perfect. Funnily enough when I had a little day trip with the LIM ladies on Saturday I bought that very memory box die you've used so I'm on the look out for inspiration too. Great work and thanks as always for playing along. Sarah xx

Kathyk said...

And two Beeeee-ooooo-tiful cards they are too, Darnell

Kathyk

Julie B said...

Two fab cards Darnell, love the little water droplets on The poppy one. :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Two great cards Darnell...

Anne

Shona Chambers said...

So exciting to see you at Just Add Ink!! Both of your cards are so beautiful, I'm a big turkoyce fan too, so your card totally caught my eye. Gorgeous ombre look and love those sea beads. I didn't know the beads were so well behaved and followed instruction, will have to have a talk to some of mine.........

Sue said...

Beautiful cards.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Shannon McComb said...

Gorgeous, the ombre affect is so pretty and I love the texture of the paper, it looks like material. Lovely cards:)

Ros Crawford said...

Such Bootiful cards Darnell!! Loving the ombre sentiment too ... Oh and so glad Hammy likes the look of Monique she will be heading for the airport sometime today!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

FAB-YOU-LOUD Darnell! So beautifully CAS and pretty, pretty colours! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx

Carol L said...

What a gorjuss pair of cards in a soothing blue color! Let's call that one lone bead Mister Static - he obviously doesn't go along with the crowd :)

aufspapiergebracht said...

I love your cards ;))!!!
Thank you for joining simplycreatetoo #81 Elisabeth

Georgie C said...

I love the spring-sky light blue background you've created. Great cards xx

Susanne Vargas said...

How fascinating that the same color combo (which I love btw) and layout can look serene as a sympathy card and fun as a Easter card! Beautiful!

Donna said...

These are absolutely gorgeous Darnell!!

Jeanne said...

That first card is stunning, Darnell. I adore the colors you chose and the ombre effect you achieved. It works perfectly with that flower and sentiment. It's indeed so comforting for the type of card you made. The shaker card is very fun too, but I was really struck by that first card. Excellent work!

designbydonna said...

Love your blue ombre coloring. The sympathy card is just the right elegance. Your shaker card is so bright and cheerful. Interesting how the same colors can have such different effects.

Shelly said...

These are so pretty, Darnell!

Cheryl W. said...

Love this design for a sympathy card. It has a lovely and peaceful aura - perfect for those sad occasions.

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell these are so stunning! Your ombre sympathy card is so beautiful my friend!

hellerlittle said...

What a beautiful two projects, both cards radiate happiness for me in just one color !!!
TFS --- CU hellerlittle

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are absolutely gorgeous!! I love the ombre effect!! The colors are gorgeous!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Maria said...

Your cards are so pretty! Love the blue colors with the ombre effect!

Sue said...

Stunning cards Darnell!! huggles Sue xx

conil said...

So fresh and lovely. Love the colors you chose. (Yes I know that these were necessary.) You're and ace at ombre.

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Darnell, beautiful Sympathy card, so elegant and just perfect for such an occasion.
Love your beautiful shaker card too, hugs Kate x

Neets B said...

Ooh, these are deelish! I love your choice of colours for the ombre effect, teals and turquoises are my fave right now. And the textured card is perfect for these two beauties. Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM again this week, Anita x

*Vicki* said...

Really gorgeous here Darnell!! Love the ombre blues and your flowers look so elegant against it!! Just brilliant! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Addicted to Stamps & More! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

Birgit said...

I love both of these cards-The first is so sweet and such a gentle colour. The 2nd I just love-the shaker card looks so glittery and fantastic. I have never made one and would love to

Barb Ghig said...

GORGEOUS cards, Darnell! Your water colored backgrounds are just beautiful...love this color combo, too! Fabulous CASE of Sarah's card, and your Easter card is perfect as a shaker...LOVE!!!

Ruby N said...

LOVE your shaker card!!! <3

Brenda said...

Wow Auntie, both cards are just beautiful! I love your watercoloring, the colors are just stunning. The flower die on your first card is so pretty, I was just looking at it last night thinking I wanted to order it. lol I love your shaker card, and how fun that the beads stayed up like that when taking the picture. lol As always you have wowed me. Hugs, Brenda

Carol said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell, loving the ombré colours and the gorgeous MB die. Carol x

Krisha said...

You make it all look like a cake walk Darnell, these are fabulous cards.

Julia Aston said...

Two lovely creations in blue Darnell!

Jean said...

I just love both of your cards. Your ombre effect is brilliant and such a gorgeous colour.
Jean x

Benzi said...

What a wonderful wash...love the color, too.
Ooh, those beads are so pretty in the shaker card. Looks like treasure in a chest at the bottom of the ocean. I like that very much.

Gorgeous creations, Darnell.

Stella said...

Darnell it's wonderful to have you with us; you nailed e-v-e-r-y challenge. This card is a gem! So happy to have you with us for the whole month!

oldpunca said...

O, dear Darnell, what a wonderful CASE of Sarah's card! Elegant and simple. Love the poppies and also the shaker variant. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Geri said...
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Geri said...

GD gig k-nocked out of the ballpark! These two cards are stunning! Tow incredible cards that showcase "Anita's paper" beautifully! The flower die looks amazing with the shades of blue - so soothing and so a-pro-pro for a sympathy card. Your shaker card is amazing! Looks like the glass beach in Kauai, complete with the blue ocean in the background. Love the few rebel beads that decided to strike out on their own!

Samra Leshinski said...

Darnell, your cards are simply gorgeous! I have to say that the shaker one absolutely stole my heart! Love it!!! Your cards are always so pretty, stunning! We are so lucky to have you for entire month on CCCB! Hugs my dear :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Every card you make is beautiful and this time they were just as wonderful as always. I love the blue and white sympathy card.

Redanne said...

Oh wow, a real feast for these tired old eyes today! The sympathy card is gorgeous and I love the wire word on the second one - that looks amazing. Love the way that paper takes the colour too with lots of lovely texture. Brilliant cards. Hugs, Annie xx

Kathleen said...

I do so love that Poppy die, I must use mine more, they look fabulous on that background that you have created.
For some reason I can not send out mails so just to say that I am glad the card arrived but I was shocked to find it was so soon. A return card for the Valentine one.

Kath x

Pat said...

Two smashing turquoise cards Darnell, and the ombre effect you have done with the watercolour background and the sentiment is fantastic. I love that poppy die and the white looks great against the blue, and then that shaker card full of delicious glass beads, a wonderful bead avalanche. x

Hettie said...

These are both bootiful Miss Darnell. Great take on a sympathy card. I always find those so hard to make.
Hugs
xx

Sue - said...

Another two gorgeous cards Darnell!

Shari Trumbull said...

Fab cards, Darnell! XOXO-Shari

Bonnie said...

I love the ovals and pretty shades of blue! And the shaker card is delightful! I need to try a shaker card!

Sharon Underwood said...

Love your cards, Darnell! The texture is great; I love the shaker card, too. What fun!

Bobby said...

Two lovelies here, Darnell. And a shaker card. Be still my heart.

Pam said...

Love both of these gorgeous cards! Great case of Sarah's - love your Easter shaker.

Pam said...

Love both of these gorgeous cards! Great case of Sarah's - love your Easter shaker.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Both cards are beautiful Darnell! Really loving your ombré shades and I think the ombré makes for a very peaceful background for the sympathy card. The Easter card with all of those fun shakers ingredients is a fun one! The recipient will have a great time with it :))

Nan G said...

Mmmmwwwwwwaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! Says it all.

Karen Petitt said...

These are absolutely stunning Darnell. The ombre effect in blue is so perfect and so perfectly up my street too.
Then you create and share a shaker card with us. The card style that I rarely ever like but you've done it again - beautiful creations my friend - your talent is boundless! Karen x

Leslee said...

Gorgeous cards! Love your turquoise. Ombre wash and that poppy die looks perfect. So pretty.

JD/ Jill said...

Two great cards! I especially like your shaker card...very creative to make it an Easter egg...might case that...smile... Hope you are having a great week.

Helen F. said...

These cards just may be two of my all time faves of yours, Darnell! Love the beautiful ombre blues and white flower on the first ~ the Easter Egg shaker is so pretty too.

Lisa said...

You're more than a guest for them Darnell, you ARE a star!! Your sympathy card is peaceful and just lovely. And that shaker ~ swoon, pretty colors. Aren't those seed beads great!!

Sabrina Sulaiman said...

Hello Darnell! Your cards are ultra pretty! Love the fact that your work is always neat :)

Tracey said...

My favorite colour....2 really pretty cards! The shaker is fabulous :)

frommycraftroom said...

Fab cards. Love the water colour ombre colouring. One of my fav colours at the moment too.

Diane said...

Wow Darnell, bot cards are stunning...I love shaker cards and yours is beau-ti-ful!! Love the first card, too..I might have to get that die...wait I might already have it..I haven't a clue!! Anywho...both are gorgeous!!

Jan said...

These are both gorgeous Darnell! Beautiful ombre effect and I love the clean look of the sympathy card and the fun of the shaker too! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

Karen B said...

Two beautiful cards Dippy - love the colours.......amongst my favourites. See how influential you are.......even your shaker pieces sit up and take notice!!! lol

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Chrissie said...

Oh my Darnell, those backgrounds are simply divine, the colours are gorgeous and the transition through them is fab!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Cat Craig said...

fab fab fab

Pia S said...

Beautiful ombré cards, Darnell. So elegant, and the designs suit any occasion, it's all up to your choice of sentiment.

KandA said...

Stunning card Darnell. Pure elegance, beautiful colours and design xx

Anne said...

Perfick colours Darnell, they are my favourites and I LOVE your shaker CASE of Sarah's card
Thanks so much for your entry
Anne
Less is More

laurie said...

GORgeous!!! I love that ombre card!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Both cards are stunning. The colour wash isso ssoo effective.
Hope to join Nbus 4 soon.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Both cards are very beautiful, I love the colours. I hope you are doing well, Shirleyxx

dottielottie said...

Darnell I love your sympathy card. It is just so perfect in it's simplicity. Your Easter card is equally gorgeous, love those beads!
Hugs Lottie x

Sheila H said...

Your cards are so beautiful. I love the designs and colors.

Craftychris said...

Both your cards are awesome! The watercolour backgrounds are gorgeous and I love the ombré sentiments too! xxx

Karen Mead said...

Love your beautiful cards Darnell - such pretty designs:) Hugs xx

Gerrina said...

Great watercolour and oh what a great tint of blue! I just love blue!!
And I really admire your second card; such a clever idea to make a shakercard for the case-card!! Hugs, Gerrina

vilini said...

You colored so beautifully!I love blue!!

Viv said...

Gorgeous gorgeous cards again Dee, love them both equally. Loving that delicate & beautiful blue colour too ;) hugs Vee xx

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the ombre & that prim poppy is such a lovely die to use on a sympathy card.

My Paper Epiphany said...

I saw your card at City Crafter and had to come over to say I love it!

Anita in France said...

So sorry I'm so late in coming by to enjoy this wonderful treat, Darnell ... those aqua and turkoyce ombrés are delicious on that yummy texture-y card! The delicate poppy with the dew drops is so serene and gentle ... lovely for a sympathy card. Such well behaved (and pretty) beads in your delightful Easter shaker ... love how they shimmer and shine! Miss you, my friend! Hugs & Bisous, Anita :)

Taunya Butler said...

Such loveliness and beautiful ombre-ness in one post!! I am just floored by the beauty and serenity of your sympathy card!! Well done on that - it would calm any grieving heart and fill them with hope!! As for your other Happy Easter shaker card - it is fun, pleasing, and just so well done!! Hope you are having a beautiful day!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Turkoyce... you crack me up. I like your clean and elegant sympathy card. I have yet to try one of these new fangled shaker cards.... one of these days!

Kim Heggins said...

Stunning...just stunning. And your inking is so beautiful and it really looks fabulous on Anita's paper. Sweet pair of cards!