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April 23, 2015

Day Four - Stamplorations Spotlight Week!

Oh, you look so fine today! Thank you for stopping in for a visit!

I'm honored to be here on Day Four guesting for Stamp Spotlight Week at STAMPlorations along with Shery and her outstanding DesignTeam!

Here is a look at all the magnificent stamps in the new release:

Today, our spotlight is on HEAVEN SENT:
HeavenSent-preview
Once again, a very sweet set of baby stamps and sediments! 

After yesterday's wild foray into nonCASicity, the hamster and I went very CAS for our inspiration card today:
This card is pretty self-exploratory. I love the old-fashioned pram and so I used an old-fashioned ribbon treatment some of you might remember from the last century. Using the oval was intended to be provocative of old-fashioned portraits that hung in old-fashioned parlors. 

OTOH, I am hoping that keeping it minimal with lots of white space still gives it a fresh feeling. To that end, I will use one of the precious sediments on the inside.

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And that's it, Bob's your Aunt, and Shery is generously offering PRIZES for this Release Week! For a chance to win one of the prizes, make sure you leave a comment here and on the blog posts of the fabulous Design Team members listed below. Each has made you stunning inspiration using "HEAVEN SENT."

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New Friends Corner

I'm pickled tink to introduce you to these new friends:

Shirley Wilkie of Greeting Card Heaven. What a wonderful name! Shirley is from South Carolina and she has been making greeting cards for about four years. She had a former blog, but this new blog has only been open since February of this year. I know you will fall in love with Shirley's dynamic card art!

Mayoori Jain of Butterflies and Buttons, Mayoori has been blogging since April 2014. (Happy First Blog Birthaversary!) Mayoori is a designer, an award-winner, and active in challenges. You will find beautiful scrapbook layouts, altered art, 3D projects, and cards on Mayoori's vibrant blog!

Dana of Crafty Couple. Dana is just starting her blog, but I think you will be seeing more of her as she settles in and plays in challenges. She is one-half of the Crafty Couple; her husband Glenn is an artist and woodworker. Dana loves handcrafts, especially quilting and making cards. Her cards are always on point and you can tell a lot of thought and care goes into each one. Here's another lady that I hope you will be able to visit and welcome to our wonderful stamping community!

Ilse of Greeting Cards and So. Ilse is from Wilrijk (near Antwerp). A wife and mother, Ilse has been blogging since 2011. Ilse makes such pretty cards. They are always fresh and CAS and very pleasing to the eye. You may have seen Ilse's lovely cards in challenges and I know you'll enjoy visiting her blog for a closer look!

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



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107 comments:

Veerle said...

Love you CAS cards with that old pram Darnell. It does speak for itself ;-)
See you
Veerle x

Julie B said...

Love this simple treatment of the pram image Darnell. The oval frame is reminiscent of old photo frames. :)

Kim M said...

I was so happy to see you guest designing for STAMPlorations this week, Darnell! Congrats! You've really been knocking the cards out of the park! They have all been fabulous! I especially like today's, the baby pram one, as it is CASilicious! I love the way you framed the pram with the oval and the ribbon and curly-cue is an awesome finishing touch. It's a beautiful card. Looking forward to what you come up with tomorrow! Hugs! :-)

Jerrie said...

I just love the sweetness of your card. I like how you have the stitched oval and the ribbon and eyelets on the bottom.

designbydonna said...

Sweet card. The pram is so cute and I like how it is framed with the oval. Loving that ribbon treatment too.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Beautiful, vintage-feeling card! Love the pretty ribbon and clip - very inventive!

Sarah said...

You have actually scared me Darnell when I realized that I CAN remember the last century!! Anyway what a fab bit of CAS and I love the oval xx

maria f. said...

This is so classy, lady. I'm thrilled to be parking next to you at SSS.

Redanne said...

I agree with Maria, above, it is a very classy card. You have coloured the pram beautifully and I love the die cut oval with the lovely 'stitch' detail. I keep seeing these and really must invest in one (or two)... Hugs, Annie xx

conil said...

And "fresh" is the word I'd use, too. It is evocative of a former time but that's because the buggy is. You don't need anything else but the image, the frame and the ribbon. It's just right.

Birgit said...

This is a lovely card and when I saw the oval I thought it was perfect. I did think of old framed photos. I love the touch of yellow also. They should bring back prams-the kids can stretch out and sleep. they can be propped up with pillows and play and the mom will not get Arnold Schwarzenegger Arm by having to lift the seat everywhere. Besides the kids don't look all that comfy in them

Taunya Butler said...

I am in love with this card AND not just because that baby buggy is yellow =] I love all the ways you made it look old fashioned and vintage!! It really is a most excellent card and I happen to love that ribbon treatment! Such a clever idea - I just might have to give that a whirl soon!! Thanks for always inspiring and making me chuckle!! You really are amazing!!

Sue said...

Lovely image and a perfect card.

Hope you've had a good day. Sue

Craft-E-Place said...

Another simply stunning card. Everything about if is just lovely.
Elaine

Christine Kiehl said...

Oh this is a very classy card! Sending it off to Prince William and Kate?

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Lovely card !

Dotty Jo x said...

This is lovely, Darnell! Jo x

Karen said...

Sweet friend, all of your cards are always so lovely... and this is no exception! The pram is beautiful and I love your color choice. Babies are a burst of sunshine, after all! :o) Love the window style and ribbon treatment... just gorgeous as ever. Wishing you a day as lovely as you are, Darnell! :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Greta said...

Perfect vintage look to this CAS card, Darnell! They're lucky to have you helping showcase the new release!

Charlene said...

Fabulous simplicity, I love it!!!!

Ксения Phedra Ли said...

It is so cute! The card is still cas even with a vintage mai

Ксения Phedra Ли said...

Main object!

Carol L said...

This is just precious and so clean and simple! I love the use of the clip with the ribbon, and that stitched oval is to die for!! Well done!

cm said...

CASilicious in every way, Darnell! My sister and I (long ago) had a baby pram similar to this on my grandparents' farm to cart around our dolls. We didn't, however. Instead, we carted around puppies, kittens and, even piglets...why go with dolls when you have 'real' babies to play with. Anyway, that's my 'vintage memory...thanks for sparking it!
Hugs~c

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

So elegant - love the ribbon at the bottom and the stitched frame. Out of synch today - lets see what tomorrow brings...BTW - I am just at 200 followers - working on getting to the next 100...

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Beautiful and sweet card. Now, these prams no ... but they had your climate. The card is beautifully composed. Everything in it alludes to what was ...
Regards,
Bozena

shirley-bee said...

Darnell, you've perfected the combination of vintage and CAS! Yes, it evokes the nostalgic feel of vintage portraits, but at the same time, it's so clean and crisp. A masterpiece. (Do you remember twin prams - a hood at either end?)

Becca Cruger said...

If that's an old-fashioned ribbon treatment, then it deserves a big comeback. I haven't seen it before, but it's super cute. And the whole design definitely looks old fashioned in a good way!

Viv said...

Loving your beautiful CAS card Dee ! such a classy card too. Yes you are right I did pinch your 'Enjoy your day'tag line for my card title he he ;) hugs Vee xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is such a sweet baby card and perfect for any gender too.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

A very nice minimal card! The yellow pram is wonderful-so old fashioned (yet in fashion).

jimlynn said...

CAS and adorable plus!!!
Lynn

Monica Maier said...

Love this CAS card Darnell and that is a sweet little buggy!!!

Shirley said...

Your card is so elegant! Love the simplicity and how just the two colors really makes the focus on the image!!

Brenda said...

Oh my, what an elegant looking baby card Auntie! I love your oval the way you did it, it does look like a portrait that would hang on the wall. I also love the ribbon treatment, didn't know that these metal things were ribbon treatments. lol I need to get with the program. I love the simplicity of this ward, it is just stunning! Hugs, Brenda

Dana & Glen said...

I love the vintage feel you created while keeping the card CAS!

Lisa said...

I love the way you framed this Darnell and your ribbon treatment is pretty!!

Kathleen said...

Wonderful card, love the cas presentation and fabulous colouring.

Kath x

Kathleen said...

Wonderful card, love the cas presentation and fabulous colouring.

Kath x

Monika Skinner said...

Fresh, modern and far from old fashioned! Love the stylish simplicity of your card, Darnell. The white stitched frame is just perfect for the pram, and your beautifully fastened ribbon ... fabulous! Hugs xxx

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Awwww ... so adorable Darnell! Love it! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Monochromatic’ challenge and please come back again soon!
Darlene
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

Anita in France said...

Simple, crisp, fresh and deliciously nostalgic, Darnell ... and beautifully CAS! You and Hammy are rocking this GD week! Hugs and Bisous Bisous, Anita :)

Liz said...

Gorgeous CAS card with a lovely vintage feel. I love how you've attached the ribbon, a perfect finishing touch. x

Shannon McComb said...

That is seriously gorgeous!! So classic and elegant! Lovely:)

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Sweet card. I like how you set the image in the background of the oval. Cool way to attach the ribbon. TFS

OH Babs said...

CAS, classy and as cute as it can be.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your CAS card is precious! Love how you did the ribbon!

Sarah Gray said...

So gorgeous - love that pram and the lovely white space! I am way behind on my blog visiting so I look forward to catching up on all of your GD creations at the weekend. This looks like a fab release from Shery :)

TangledBlueRose said...

So elegant and beautiful, perfect card!~kim

Carol said...

Another fabulous make Darnell, you're really rocking this spotlight lark! Carol x

Maura R said...

Love the CAS classic look of this card, Darnell! Perfect style with the old fashioned pram!

Nora N. said...

This is so pretty!! I love the light yellow of the old fashioned pram. I also really like how you used the clip at the bottom to hold the ribbon. So fun!!

Gerrina said...

It may be oldfashioned, but I love this kind of prams... And with the oval diecut it looks so perfect: CAS, vintage and fresh, what else could you want for a babycard! Hugs, Gerrina

joy said...

Simplicity at its best!!

Wanda Cullen said...

Love this darling baby card with a vintage feel! Totally forgot about those figure 8 embellishments...must look and see if I can find mine! So happy you joined us at Color Throwdown this week!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Blowing it all away with all the comments you get how fun for you Cute cute card

Shelly said...

Super SWEET, Darnell!

Katie said...

Such a sweet card! Beautifully done.

Lynn said...

So sweet Darnell! Love the white stitched frame and the way you let the stamps do the talking.

Kim Heggins said...

Another sweet baby card...love love the vintage look of your sweet baby carriage...just adorable my sweet friend.

Bonnie said...

What a delightful baby card, Darnell! I love that little yellow pram!

Bobby said...

This is so dainty and sweet, Darnell. The oval is perfect for the vintagey feel and I love that ribbon technique.

D.Ann said...

Love the touch of the ribbon with that fab clip that reflects the buggy wheels... FAB!

Susanne Vargas said...

Very elegant and sweet!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Love, love,love this wonderful card !!!!

Pam said...

Darnell, this is fabulous! Love how you kept this sweet pram CAS.

Michelle said...

This is beautiful! You've created a card so elegant and so lovely that it's certain to be a treasured keepsake.

Lesley said...

Such an adorable baby card! Love the negative space with the baby buggy and the ribbon treatment!

Cheryl W. said...

Love your CAS card! I agree that the white space keeps it looking fresh and brand spankin' new - like a brand new babe.

frommycraftroom said...

This card is perfect. Love the colouring and the old fashion ribbon and the oval too!
Thanks for visiting me recently and leaving a lovely comment :) Have a great weekend.

JD/ Jill said...

How adorable! Really like this!

Pia S said...

Such a soft and beautiful baby card! I really like how you did the die cut frame with stitched details, very pretty!

Kelly Latevola said...

Darnell this card has such a sweet old timey feel. It's beautiful!!

Suchi said...

Hi Darnell, This card is so cute! I loved the color you used on the pram. Thank you so much for finding time (inspite of so many comments :))and stopping by my blog.It is so much appreciated! I am a follower of your gorgeous blog. Thank you again! :)
Hugs,
Suchi xx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Your posts crack me up every time Darnell. Love your card and all the elements. Great showcase of the set.
Sarah x

Ros Crawford said...

This is so beautiful!! I love the ribbon treatment ... Have a wonderful Friday!!

Inkyfingers said...

What a gorgeous image and you framed it perfectly Darnell. Love that ribbon treatment too!
Hugs
carol x

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

This is simply stunning! Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

Lizzy Hill said...

Totally gorgeous CAS....loving the ribbon on the little metal bits. Looks fabulous!!

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

oh this is so cute! I love the clean and simple look, and your use of the color scheme is perfect! Thanks for sharing!! Hugs, Nina :)

Kamila R. said...

Congratulations Darnell!! That is so awesome! Your card is adorable!
hugs,
Kamila

I Card Everyone said...

Okay. Now I have 'rubber baby buggy bumpers' stuck in my brain - ouch! Love it... perfect, pretty, pram-tastic!
=] M

Terri's Cards N' More said...

Beautiful CAS card. The simple design of this card is perfect. Thanks for joining the Sisterhood's "Monochromatic" challenge.

Ann said...

Adorable card. Love the little baby carriage. By the way, I am now followling you through Bloglovin. And thanks for the follow and comment on my blog. Have a great day.

Deepti said...

I love the simplicity of this design and yes!! I am happy to be on the same page as you in coloring the carriage yellow :)

Barb Ghig said...

Such a darling image and I love how you kept your card CAS...so pretty, Darnell!

oldpunca said...

Amazing CAS, dear Darnell. :-)

Pat said...

I love this cute vintage pram Darnell and the colour is so pretty. Such an unusual way to attach the ribbon too. x

Lyndal said...

HUGE CONGRATS on your Guest DT Darnell, been LOVING what you have created with Stamplorations! Always a pleasure stopping by for a visit :)

Brandi R said...

LOVE your design on this darling card! The ribbon on the bottom is just brilliant ♥

Jean said...

Just love this!

Kate said...

Love the CAS design of this card - perfect for the image.

Craftychris said...

So sweet! Gorgeous card! xxx

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

I love that prame, so precious and your card is so adorable Darnell. I am so happy to be in your Playhouse once again. Thank you for visiting my blog recently and leave sweet comment. So glad we are followers of each others' blogs and end up as good friends :) Have a good day {always}.
Hugs xx
Asmah

Sue Rose said...

Doing some catch up Darnell. Great cards for Stamplorations! I love them all! The birds are my favorites, so far!!! Love all the cards you've made!!

Joyce said...

Gorgeous retro baby card.

Marybeth said...

Oh how I love this CAS gorgeous baby card!!!!! Nice work Darnell !

Diane said...

Beautifully created Darnell...wonderful ribbon design, too...congrats on your GD spot...thank you for joining us at "The Sisterhood" for our "Monochromatic" challenge!
Diane TSH DT

Helen F. said...

Love the CAS design and the vintage baby pram! Sweet baby card, Darnell~love the stampset

*Vicki* said...

Very SWEET baby card!! Love that buggie image and how you've framed it!! ;)

ionabunny said...

Sweet set. Love your design. Nice embelie with the ribbon. Hugz

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Darnell,that little lemon buggy is just darling!
Perfect for a new little one :)
Hugs,Nessa xxxx

Sandra said...

Beautiful baby card! Love the stroller! So elegant! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

2amscrapper said...

I love how the oval frame sets off the image

Geri said...

Perfectly CAS...the best way to showcase the sweet pram stamp! Love the 'blast from the past' ribbon treatment!

jenn shurkus said...

such a sweet baby card :) thank you for playing a long with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

Sarah Mabery said...

Lovely card. I think the simplicity of the design really suits the image. I really like that ribbon treatment. I'm going to have to give it a try.