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April 21, 2015

Day Two - Stamplorations Spotlight Week!

Greetings!

Well, now, Monday wasn't so hard was it? I love to see you greeting Tuesday with a smile!

I am thrilled to be joining the talented Design Team at Stamplorations for Day Two of Stamp Spotlight Week!

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

The new release contains several stamps celebrating pregnancy and parenthood. Today, our spotlight is on The Bee's Knees "BABY BUMP."
BabyBump-preview
I just love the sweet little onesie and cardigan/jacket so I used them and paired them with both the "Congratulations" and the "so happy for you" sediments from the new set.
A friend recently gave me the sweet e/f from Darice, which I thought was perfect to use with the adorable baby outfits. I had some OAD pp with little baby-related pictures, so I stamped the baby clothes over the pictures and then fussy-cut them.

The upper left-hand corner was bugging the hamster, so we sat there stumped for a bit, staring at it. I walked the card across the room like I like to do because sometimes having a long view will spark an idea. 

Sure enough, we thought, why not just cut off the offending bit in a swoop to mimic the line of the clothes line, which is a line I've never used in my whole adult life because we lived in apartments for many years so I got in the habit of using the dryer and then when we moved here, there really wasn't a place to put up a clothes line. But I hung a lot of clothes on the line in my childhood and a part of me misses that old-timey chore and the smell of those sun-dried clothes. Especially baby clothes.

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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 The Bee's Knees "BABY BUMP."

Wei Wei

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New Friends Corner

I'm going to introduce a few new friends here so they don't have to be kept waiting in the wings any longer. Please join me in welcoming:

Rupa S. of Together for Arts. Rupa is from Bangalore and she has been blogging since July of 2013. Rupa is a scrapper and a card artist. She is also an expert in altered art and mixed media and her 3D projects are mind-blowing and inspirational. Rupa loves challenges and has she has won many awards for her art. Prepare to be amazed!

Nessa of Nessa's Crafty Place. Nessa makes extraordinary card designs. She became familiar to a lot of us a couple of years ago with her blog and through playing in challenges. Unfortunately, she had to back away for a bit and close down her blog. Just a couple of months ago Nessa came back to blogging and sharing her works of art! If you've missed her, you'll be happy she is back and if you didn't know her, you will be happy to know her now. Either way, please visit and re-welcome her!

Sofia Andersson of The Eternal Phoenix. Sofia is a young woman from Finland who also just started blogging a couple of months ago. She has been making cards since Easter of 2013. Sofia is venturing into the world of challenges and sharing her cards and I know she would be over-the-moon happy if you stopped in to follow her and welcome her to our wonderful community in Blogland!

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

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90 comments:

2amscrapper said...

love the card shape and e/f with these stamps!

Vicki Dutcher said...

So cute! The little touch of color is fun

Jerrie said...

What a sweet baby card. I love just the little pop of green. The embossed line in the back rocks!

shirley-bee said...

Just fabulous! The baby clothes look straight out of an exclusive baby boutique, they're so trendy! And I love the embossed washing line. Thank you so much for playing with my stamps ;)

Jacquie Southas said...

Love the way you stamped the outfits, especially the frog onesie, and oh my the swoop edge at the top of the card is delightful!!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

So cute, those little outfits and brilliant idea to cut off the corner! Hurra for Hammy!

vinita jain said...

This is absolutely darling!! I love it all - especially the little froggy on onesie clothes with lovely sentiments!

Susanne Vargas said...

Very sweet card! And how you solved the "problem" of the upper right corner was very creative!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a darling card you made with that cute set. I love it!

Ксения Phedra Ли said...

Oh, Darnell! How sweet the card looks! I like white on white outfits of the suits! It makes your card outstanding!

KandA said...

Fabulous card Darnell. I like the way you shaped it and the embossing folder is perfect with those super stamps xx

Colleen said...

Wow, that is amazing, at first I thought you were doing an MIM card along with the Stamploration! I had no idea there was a cool e/f that would make a line of clothes! Delightful card, Darnell! Hugs, Colleen

Sue said...

Cute card.

Hope you've had a good day. Sue

JD/ Jill said...

Adorable card! Great job with the design.

I still hang out my clothes...if fact, I might hang some out today.
I actually met one of my special long time friends that way, she was renting a place right next to us, and we both started talking over the fence when we were hanging out laundry.

D.Ann said...

The paper pieced onesie with the frog is perf!! Like the cutoff top for added interest!

Monika Skinner said...

Oh, Darnell, this is so sweet! Love how your card shape follows the washing line. Perfect baby card! Hugs xxx

conil said...

Completely adorable and the the E/F is almost the same size as the onesie and jacket.Think your choice to elimnate the corner with a swoop is genius.

Carol said...

Gorgeous make Darnell, so cute..and I love the swoop! Carol x

OH Babs said...

Very clever. Love the stamps and what a great EF.

Redanne said...

First up, congratulations on your GDT spot. Your card is so cute and wow, what a clever idea for the top, it looks so effective and completely fabulous!

Like you, I remember pegging out clothes when I was young, I loved it in the winter because my Dad's long johns would be frozen and I would 'walk' them into the house - great fun - thanks for the memory! Big hugs, Annie xx

Brenda said...

Awww, this card is just darling Auntie! I am loving how you and Hammy came up with the left corner bit, looks really neat! I so love these stamps. I also love to hang clothes out to dry in the sun and breeze. Being out in the country, I have plenty of room to hang out. Love the smell of sun dried clothes! lol Hugs, Brenda

Bobby said...

This is scrumptious, Darnell. I can't believe you had an ef that went so perfectly with the stamp set. And then to use paper with tiny prints for the shirts. Genius, I say!!

joy said...

Clever way to cut the corner, Darnell! This card is just too cute. I love the smell of sun-dried clothes, too.

cm said...

Absolutely adorable on every level, Darnell! Baby stuff...so cute! I miss having a clothes line (another 'something' not encouraged in our small mountain town, but given the size of the ravens, perhaps a good thing) *grin*
Hugs~c

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Wonderful colors, beautifully decorate children's clothes. Unusual and surprisingly successful card shape! Great card for happy mothers.
Regards,
Bozena

Kathleen said...

Great card, brilliant idea about cutting the corner and a lovely embossing folder.
Glad to have you back Darnell.

Kath x

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Super cute. I love the shape of your card. TFS

KT Fit Kitty said...

I like this, Darnell! What a fun way to do the corner - I think you'll be starting a trend! Gorgeous stamps and EF!

Birgit said...

That is a cute card! I love the little clothes liner:) Great for new moms:)

Georgie C said...

Congrats on the GDT and love your card with that unusual corner, never seen one like that before xx

Sue Rose said...

Such a cute card! I love the shape of the card and the EF is adorable! Perfect fit for the stamp set you used. Beyond cute!!! Hugs--Sue

Tracey McNeely said...

Love the embossed clothesline and those images are so perfect for baby outfits.

TangledBlueRose said...

Really love the swope to the top of the card, so dynamic and fun. I adore the clothes line itself! I miss it from my own childhood too! Thanks so much for sharing!~kim

Bonnie said...

What sweet baby clothes, Darnell! You and Hammie did good with that swoop! I believe you've started something and we'll be seeing swoops all over blogland!

Marisa said...

LOVE the embossed onsies! Darling card.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
I am the same as you. I pop my cars down an look at it from a distance. . . . Sometimes' I even go out of the room and come back in again lol!
Wonderful card. Love the shaped top.
Best wishes.
Ang x

MRS DUCK said...

Apologies for the typos but blogger was being a bad boy again!
Ang x

Taunya Butler said...

Super Love this card!! What a fascinating and way cool idea to cut the card along the lines of the clothesline!! GENIUS!!! Adds to the sweet coolness of this awesome baby card!! Love that embossing folder - so cute!! Thanks for the great ideas!! I am thinking of you and wishing you and Hammy well!!!

Ruby N said...

WOW this card is sooo cute!!!!! LOVE IT!!

Nan G said...

Oh whew! When said you were featuring a pregnancy card...well, I thought..... Anyways, a very cute card. Especially like the lopped off corner. Oh yes, hanging out the wash and bringing in frozen sheets and rehanging over the wood burner with mops at the ready....fresh smell? Smelled like sweat. :) :)

Sharon Underwood said...

What an adorable card! I love the little baby outfits and the clothes line! Great ideas here!

Geri said...

Another super GD creation! I adore the 'clothes line swoop' that you and Hammie created! It seems to draw the eye to the sa-weet ef (which I've never seen up until now!). LOVE the softness of the font - so a-pro-pro for welcoming a wee one!

BTW...I'm totally an old fashioned Ukrainian girl...I hang clothes out all the time. Don't have a clothes line, but the frame of the Gazebo works perfectly! Nothing more comforting than snuggling into fresh air dried bedding! Especially in winter!

aileen (mum) said...

Love what you did with the shape of the card, following the line of the clothes line. Great card.
Its pouring down, bucketing down here. My washing that wasnt brought in before the storm started two days ago is just hanging there so heavy with water its a wonder it hasnt pulled down the clothes line all together. My towels are actually touching the ground they are so heavy. Nothing like having to wash everything twice, just need a break in the storms.

Nora N. said...

Your little onesies are adorable with that paper!! I also love how you cut the card to mimic the line of the clothes line. Looks FABULOUS!!! Awesome design!!

Liz said...

What an adorable card. I love the shape and those baby clothes are so cute! xx

Irish Cherokee said...

Really cute Darnell. Unusual shape for a card but it fits perfectly. Nicely done.

Hugs and Blessings
Jim

Pam said...

Seriously? Who else would think to cut the card corner to mimic a clothesline?!? Genius. Love this sweet card, Darnell.

Karen said...

Darnell, there is so much to love about this precious creation! The card shape is truly inspired and I adore the baby clothes throughout! I just want to hug the froggie onesie! Wonderfully done as always, my dear friend! Have a twinkly night. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Absolutely darling! love the embossing with a spark of color!

Ann said...

Super cute card, love the little frog on the onesie. Such a cute new release.

Lisa said...

I like the interest that the swoop adds!! What a perfect EF for this release. So I spy a little sweet p onsie in there!?! Super cute Darnell...as I knew it would be!

Alanna said...

What a fun card. I love the shape and the embossing.

Elizabeth S. said...

Wow! This is so adorable and love it....perfect baby card.

Cheryl W. said...

Sa-weet card! I like the way you cut off a swoosh of card to mimic your clothesline. And those little baby onesies are just too cute!

Claire Grantham said...

Love this card Darnell, great shape! Thank you so very much for the wonderful card you sent me, you are so thoughtful - I really appreciate it and it has pride of place on my noticeboard :) Cx

ike said...

How lovely - that card is divine and I really like the cropped corner.....brilliant idea !! :-D xoxoxox

Greta said...

Super cute card, Darnell--love the edge trimmed to go with the clothesline--brilliant!

Inkyfingers said...

Suc a fun card Darnell and I love all those curved lines. It looks like a cute set.

Hugs
Carol x

Di said...

Oh what an adorable card Darnell! I love the folder you used plus the darling little fussy cut clothes. And then you went straight out of the box and cut that fabulous curve! Wonderful!

Hugs

Di xx

Gerrina said...

This is such a fresh babycard! Love the way you combined all and the fresh green! Greet stampsets to work with I think! Hugs, Gerrina

frommycraftroom said...

Thanks for the intro to the new friends.
What great idea to use pattern paper and alter the shape of the card.

Lizzy Hill said...

Hah! Totally clever with that corner!!!!

Donna Ellis said...

It doesn't get any sweeter than this, Darnell - love the new stamps, and the sweet embossing! Great detail to shape the card like a clothes line! hugs, de

I Card Everyone said...

That Hammy is so clever... oh such a sweet little card, D. I would hang my sheets on the line, if I had one, and didn't live in the middle of the woods!
=] Michele

Karen B said...

What a cute card Dippy. Love that you used the e/f, it's absolutely perfect with the stamped images and shows them off a treat. Love the swoop on the top of the card - really quirky.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful baby card, love the embossing together with the stamped images. I hope you are doing well. I'm just catching up as I was away, take care, Shirleyxx

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love the 'swoop' shape and the fresh green!

Shelly said...

ADORABLE!

Deepti said...

That folder is a perfect match and I love the pop of green on ur design :)

Pia S said...

The sweetest little baby card, perfect for both boys and girls. Cute!

Craftychris said...

Cute card! Love the embossing it looks fab with those cute images xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the swoop! It is the perfect fix for a hamster in a snit.

Anita in France said...

So delicious, Darnell ... that cute little frogged up onesie and sweet pea jacket are adorable ... and gorgeous with that fab embossing! Have never had a dryer (is that an eek moment to admit that?) ... everything goes on the line ... that way there's no ironing!!! Hugs and Bisous Bisous, Anita :)

maria f. said...

Super sweet. No clotheslines for me. Bird poop.

Becca Cruger said...

Well your angles are certainly unexpected! First the cut off corners and now the swoop-de-loop on this sweet creation. Your mind works in fabulous ways, Ms D.

Maxine D said...

WOW - enuf said - you and Hammy did a stunning job on this card.
I still love bringing in sun dried clothes, and use the line as much as I can.
Blessings
Maxine

Suchi said...

Adorable cuteee card! :)

Chriss Blagrave said...

Cute, cute ! Terrific pairing of the EF with these new sweet stamps and I love the sweet paper you selected to paper piece them with!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

So Cute and what I loved the most is the unique shape of the card !

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell....this is just so adorable! I love your sweet clothes line and those fussy cut images are just so sweet.

Robyn Oliver said...

Just love this sweet card Darnell - I can see you're having fun with the new Stamplorations sets.

scrappymo! said...

This is so darn sweet! Love that EF with these sweet stamps. Wonderful card, Darnell!

Brandi R said...

Precious card! Love ♥

Kate said...

Love the card, the decision to trim the top to mimic the clothes line was inspired !!!

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

That is a pretty shape card and the images are so sweet Darnell. Also loving your outdoor photography :) TFS as always. Hugs xx

Marybeth said...

Darling card and fussy cut images, the shape of the card is very unique ! Love the bit of color and your sweet design , Darnell ! What a sweet stamp set.

Helen F. said...

This baby card is so darn Oh My Gosh Cahute, Darnell! :o)

ionabunny said...

Love the way you cut that corner off. Such a cute card. I often look at my cards in a mirror cos that seems to give a different perspective to see what's missing. Hugz

Sarah Mabery said...

What a neat idea, cutting off that corner with a swoop. That e/f is perfect with that stamp set. I really like the pp you used and green is such a great color for a baby card.

laurie said...

I saw this too..congrats!