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March 29, 2015

High Style and New Friends Corner

Hey there!

I wasn't going to play in this week's CASology challenge, where the cue card word is "Style," because heaven knows I don't have time, but then I read today's paper and when I saw an ad for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection ~ well, I had absolutely NO choice but to take ten minutes and make this stylin' card:
 Here is the original ad I saw in the paper:
I just cropped the ad to fit a square card. I had to put a fold in it like I was a famous dress designer in order to fit part of the dress onto my card. Then I matted it and added some appropopo diamonds. QACAS! 

I wouldn't have done it if I didn't have a friend who is all up in style.

Um.
Wait.
Yes, I would have.
How could I not?

Before I send my card, I'll put a banner sediment over the "Brooklyn" part that says Happy Birthday.
Melissa, I know it's too busy to be CAS, but I trust you'll appreciate that I entered it at CASology just for fun to show again how card inspiration can come from anywhere, at any time!

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New Friends Corner

As long as I'm here, there are several new Playhouse friends waiting to meet you, so please allow me the pleasure of introducing these five:

Olga Bester of Elephant Fairies. Olga started blogging in 2010. She is the sister-in-law of another card artist familiar to you: Hannelie Bester of Desert Diva! Originally from South Africa, Olga has been living in France for over a decade and is a SAHM to two boys, 11 and 12. Olga loves entering challenges and she has won several awards. You'll understand why when you visit!

Rebecca Gillard of Cards Made by Beckie. Beckie has only been blogging since January of this year!! She has started out very enthusiastically and has several posts on her site for you to enjoy. Beckie's card style runs from the most elegant to the most whimsical, so there is inspiration for everyone! Please take a few minutes to pop over to follow Beckie and welcome her to our wonderful stamping community in Blogland!

Tanja of Little Art CottageTanja is from Germany and she has been blogging since January 2014. You'll enjoy meeting Tanja's own in-house furry creative team consisting of Tapldi, Cookie, Finnja and Simba! Tanja loves challenges and serves on the Design Team for Colour Me...! This girl knows a thing or two about color and I know you'll be inspired by her works of art!

Patricia "Pinky" O'Hagan of Pinky's World. Pinky is from Ireland and she has been blogging since 2008! You'll need your comfy pants because you'll lose all track of time sitting at your computer enjoying Pinky's hugely fun and brilliantly colored cards. Pinky loves challenges and challenges love Pinky! I think you will love her, too!

Susan of Scrap a Thousand Words. Susan has been blogging since 2012. She is a scrapbooker and a card artist. You may be familiar with her as she is a mega-challenge participant. Her dimensional card creations are really fabulous and filled with a great sense of fun!

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


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63 comments:

Rahmat said...

Hahaa nice Darnell, totally innovative take on the challenge, and it looks fantastic.

Becca Cruger said...

Fab-ooooooo! That is one bright red pop of stylish goodness! Love that you look for inspiration in every place.

Carol L said...

You've got style, and so does your fun card Darnell! I love the fold-to fit idea, and the bling to distract from the seam! Take your bow now :)

Lisa said...

Well just how clever are you!! This is terrific Darnell!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Clever indeed and I am inspired by ads all the time, but to actually crop it and make a card from it--brilliant! Thank you for sharing at CASology my friend!

Cheryl W. said...

Love your stylish card, Darnell. Your friend will love it, too!

Joyce said...

Such a fun way to make a card. So very stylish, too. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Vanessa said...

It is perfectly CAS and very stylish, Darnell! Love your clever card!

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Darnell, such a great idea and I love the added bling!
hugs Sue xx

Maxine D said...

Love your style there Darnell!!
Blessings
Maxine

hellerlittle said...

oh Darnell... it´s not realy CAS but very clever...
what a great inspiration to use other STUFF than we almost get.
CU hellerlittle

Gerrina said...

A strong card and so stylisch! Can see why you wanted to make it... Hugs, Gerrina

Liz said...

Very clever. I love it! xx

Dotty Jo x said...

Very stylish indeed! Jo x

shirley-bee said...

So stylishly clever, Darnell!

Redanne said...

That is such a clever idea Darnell! Love that gorgeous gown (I used to have an emerald green on in that style...) and love that you turned it into a card for your stylish friend too! Hugs, Annie xx

Lizzy Hill said...

Very very stylish & clever clogs to boot!

Giorgia Rossini said...

I always love meeting new friends here, thanks!

Pollard Carole said...

Such a classy style its just fab and more interesting followers today Have a good week Love and hugs Carole x

Happy Dance said...

I pulled something out of the NYT fashiony mag yesterday. Hundreds of pages, but only one caught my eye. Love how you got inspiration from a paper too! Does that mean we're twins???!!! Won't your boys be thrilled?! (lol) Love this idea. Love your style. And yes, you do have style...it's called Classy Sass. It fits you to a "t." Have a good week sweet friend. Miss you tons. Bev

Carol said...

Love your "style" Darnell,I'm sure your friend will love this too. Carol x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a super clever idea Darnell! That ad makes a terrific card, I know your friend will LOVE it! Have a nice week! Hazel xx

Pat said...

What a fabulous idea to use this ad Darnell and the finished card is perfect! x

Ros Crawford said...

It doesn't come more stylish than this ... Isn't that dress gorgeous!! Clever work my friend!

Karen B said...

Now that's what I call serendipity Dippy. Must have been fate seeing the ad in the newspaper...perfect timing and a perfect card for your friend.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Karen B said...

Now that's what I call serendipity Dippy. Must have been fate seeing the ad in the newspaper...perfect timing and a perfect card for your friend.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Very creative design Darnell, it's beautiful as well. I see your challenge is another huge success, congratulations (which must keep you busy!) Hugs, Shirleyxx

Marilyn said...

Awesome idea!! Love the card!

Sue said...

Loving the card.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

I Card Everyone said...

D... I couldn't love this more... seriously cool!
=] M

conil said...

Well of course you had to make this card. What cardmaker wouldn't? And the resulting card is tres chic. Inspiration bombards us daily...I love that you take the Bull (so to speak) by the horns and make something beautiful.

Carole Z said...

This is such a cool card Darnell...love it! Hugs Carole Z X

Birgit said...

Great fashion card and love your style:) My style is retro sweats:)

Greta said...

Oh how fun, Darnell! I love using things around us for inspiration & this is really clever! Problem is, I usually don't follow through & make the card. Thanks for the inspiration, my friend!

designbydonna said...

fantastoc card whether it fits the challenge or not. Way to go being inspired by everyday things.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Fabulous!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
fab card, and very high style, that's for sure.
Love that fab dress, and what a great figure you would have to have to fill that one, if you could afford it.lol.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

oldpunca said...

You are right! :-) Sometimes there is only a little thought and a card is done. And sometimes it takes a lot of time to get an idea. I haven't got any idea for this challenge. It seems I have to read papers in the future. :-)) I really like your card. It is nice and simple. :-)
Have a great day, Sonja

JoAnn said...

Creative idea and cute card.

Helen F. said...

High Style, indeed! Love your creativity here on your fabulous card, Darnell!
PS: and this is why I save almost all of my junk mail~you never know when you need 'something' for a card ;-)

Deepti said...

This indeed is stylish :)

Taunya Butler said...

Leave it to awesomely creative you to come up with such inspiration from an ad!! I am in love with your ingenuity and your sparkle!! Wow - can I just say you are amazing!!!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I have (or had) a stamp that says "I base my fashion sense on what doesn't itch." That's it for me and style.

Great card, brilliant idea!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love your style too! That is an awesome way to repurpose an ad for another great use.

Brenda said...

I would say that your card is high in style for sure Auntie! I love that this ad inspired you to make this card. I wish I could find some style in anything. lol I have no style in clothing or anything else, and I doubt I ever will at this age! But I sure do love to look at other people's styles and Auntie you sure do have style in everything! Hugs, Brenda

frommycraftroom said...

Such a great idea. Very stylish.

Ruby N said...

wow that's a really cool card :)

Bonnie said...

This is a beautifully stylish card, Darnell!

Lindsey said...

High style indeed! Love the inspiration and how you've used it. Pfft, it's CAS enough to me! :D

Sandy said...

You are so smart! Your stylish card put a big smile on my face!!
Sandy xx

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...seriously, is there anything you can not do??? This is one fabulous card, cas or not! I love this dress, I would be happy to make you one and then you will be in high style! This is one fabulous card!

Eliza said...

I hate reading newspapers, the smell, the filth that comes of on your hands and where they have been before you get them. I know negative all the way to the newsagent. But this card is brilliant, I love it, the style and the simplicity of it, thanks for sharing it has made me look in places I would never have thought about before. LOL

Hugs Eliza & Yoda

Jen W. said...

Cool and classy - much like the fabulous card designer! :D Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Pam said...

Pure Genius! Why didn't I ever think of that?

Geri said...

Ditto on Kim's comments! This is brilliant! Personally, I don't think it's too busy at all for CAS-ology. It's all about creativity...and you nailed that!

MaryH said...

Oh you are just the cleverest thing to see this ad and then (DH was better next day). Weather has been lovely,except for one rainy afternoon. In fact today it got quite hot, and since a local buddy told me we had a freeze Sat nite, I'm enjoying the lovely temps. Take care, TFS & Hugs too.

sandie said...

Well I could do with a dress like that!! Well done for getting a card made with all you NBUS commenting xx

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Darnell-you are sooo inventive!What a fabulous card :)
Perfect for the theme!
Nessa XXX

Anita in France said...

More geniusity, Darnell ... how creatively brilliant ... and how stunning is that dress! So is it posh frock time next time we meet?! Hugs to you, my friend, bisous, bisous, Anita :)

~Rasz~ said...

Since I am not a card maker, I have to ask if you really made that card in 10 minutes? It's beautiful and I love how you used an ad to create such a beautiful card. Thank you for introducing your new friends. I will have to go out and visit them this week some time. Still trying to catch up visiting with all my blogging friends - like YOU! Hugs!

JD/ Jill said...

This cards fits the word style to a T. Very Stylish...(Just like you!)

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Tries chic Mon petit pois.
A super setting for a beautiful dress.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Bobby said...

When I first opened the post I thought you actually had a partial dress stamp. lol I wouldn't put it past you but what you did is so clever. It DOES go to show that inspiration is everywhere. Happy Easter, Darnell.