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May 25, 2015

May 2015 PTI Blog Hop Challenge

Hello, Stampers,

Happy Monday! Happy Memorial Day! Blessings and gratitude to all those who serve and have served our great country in the military!

It is time for the monthly Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge at Nichole Heady's blog {capture the moment}.

I made this:
This was our inspiration photo:
Blog Hop Inspiration
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The card base is PTI hibiscus burst with a mat of select white. The rainbow blocks on my card were made by inking and spritzing PTI inks using a Hero Arts stamp "Row of Squares." The inks used were pure poppy, hibiscus burst, summer sunrise, new leaf, and Hawaiian shores. Each color was then liberally winked with Stella. Sadly, my card did not photograph well (it was even worse inside). It's very sheeny-shiney and pretty IRL.
The blog hop is open all day long if you would like to be quick like a bunny and link a card!

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Magnet PSA

I used my MISTI to place the sediments (from PTI "Birthday Bash" set, some NBUS) in between the layered rainbow boxes. The MISTI is a remarkable tool for placement of images on your card, expecially if you're doing many cards of the same design, but you do need to be very careful when you use the magnets.

Not only are the magnets strong enough to injure your fingers if you aren't careful, I learned they can pose a danger for people, such as myself, who have pacemakers or defibrillators. When I queried Ilana, she said she honestly didn't know if there would be a problem using the magnets. On my request, she gave me the name of the company that manufacturers the magnets she sells and this is the response I received:
Hi Darnell,...I would say do not use one piece of  # ND007000N within 12" of the pacemaker just to be safe. Best Regards, John Nellessen (www.ALLMagnetics.com).[Emphasis his.]
Needless to say, I'm not using the magnets because it's impossible for me not to lean in very close when I'm setting up and stamping my card. I'm pleased to say that I am still able to use the MISTI with a sticky-note to keep my card in place instead of the magnets.

PLEASE share this important information with any stamping friends who have a pacemaker or ICD. Thank you! Mwah!
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Why, YES, that is a new signature and watermark you see. To have one made especially for you, contact the talented Kylie Purtell at kyliepurtell@gmail.com. Little Hammy and I are quite becited about our new look!

115 comments:

DIANA L. said...

Great card Darnell, I love how you slanted the boxes and the sentiment is perfect.

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, your card is so fun! I love how you broke up the sentiments around the blocks!

conil said...

Good to know about the MISTI...and really great you even thought of it. We'll be careful. I think the card is terrific and really fun. Rainbow colors always make me happy (Do I hear a John Denver song in the background). It certainly meets the inspiration criteria. Also, really enjoyed your comment on my RIC blogpost...you're quite the lady, you know.

Tanja said...

love that graphic look

Inkyfingers said...

I love your take on the inspiration photo Darnell and it certainly is a very happy card. Glad you are enjoying your Misti - I think it is the best thing since sliced bread but I'm glad to see your warning about the magnets. My peski ones keep wandering away and getting stuck to scissors, dies or anything metal within a 25 yard vicinity lol!
Hugs
Carol x

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

You nailed this one, my friend! Love the way you've divided up the sentiments and all the bright colours!

artful-notions said...

Completely Darnell fun going on here! It's going in my files. Love the joy just looking at the layout! And of course reading all the quips. Didn't know you wore a pacemaker. Bet it's a hoot going through detectors at an airport! Seriously, you amaze every time I visit! Hugs!

Maura R said...

Such a great take on the inspiration photo, Darnell! And I love that the sentiment(s) are sprinkled throughout the card! Good research on the magnets- and good to share with others.

Nancy said...

How FUN is this! Such a creative card! Love it, and also your wacky cartoon! Always a joy to visit your blog!

Carol L said...

What a clever take on the challenge! Color blocks just make me happy......and so does your new watermark! Cute!! Happy Memorial Day!

Linda said...

Cute Darnell and love your little cartoon. Too funny....

victoria h said...

great mix of sentiments.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Just LOVE your take on the inspiration photo Darnell! Colourful and fun! Brilliant! Hazel xx

Kathryn A said...

Great card! Super take on the inspiration photo! (And yeah, those magnets once squished my finger to the point of bleeding!)

Jane Willis said...

Great card plus your info about the Misti and pacemakers could be a lifesaver.

Thanks for the response about the sushi captcha. Yes, I can usually ignore the captcha and submit anyway, but occasionally it has a stroppy day and insists on being filled in, and that was one of it's sulky teenager days!

Jane

honeybeelane said...

Super fun, happy and graphic! I really like this Darnell. :)

jimlynn said...

Great take on the inspiration photo! Love your cute card and all the squares. Shiny!!!
Good to know that about the pacemaker and magnets! Also loved to toon! LOL!
Lynn

Jessi Fogan said...

You know how sometimes you see a card and you instantly know who made it? That totally happened with this one - so bright and cheery and Darnelly. That new signature is too fun - Hammy! Immortalized!

3kidmama said...

I love your card today!

I've had a pacemaker for 20 yrs now, and am always just careful to keep magnets away from it. I do use magnets with my MISTI, but I don't let the left side of my chest with it's pacemaker close to them. :)

Glad you've figured out a way to use your MISTI without the magnet! Isn't it a great tool? I"m loving mine even more than I thought I would.

Pat said...

This is really pretty Darnell and I love your interpretation of the challenge, and the words in between each of the lines looks great. You can actually see the lovely shimmer too. x

sarah.boirin said...

beautiful card, and wow never thought of that about the MISTI magnets, thanks for taking the time to post that too, love sarah.x

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

What a fantastic take on the inspiration photo! You are amazing, Darnell. Sorry I have been scarce!

Becca Cruger said...

Well if you did use your pacemaker you might literally put a little bit of your heart in the card. :D This is such a great way to get all those cool sentiments on one card without it being overwhelming! Rainbow brightness!

Connie MacFarlane said...

What a fun card Darnell! Love your take on the challenge.

Jerrie said...

This is fantastic...a winner in my book. Love how it matches the challenge you have put it in. I like how it is so unique and I have never seen a design like this before!!

Diana K said...

Love the design of this very happy birthday card, Darnell! It looks totally fabulous. My camera also had a very hard time handling the riot of colours.

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous card!! It's a perfect take on the inspiration photo!! The colors and design are just fabulous!! Love it!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Kelly Szafron said...

Fun card, great design.

Ros Crawford said...

What a terrific card!! Love it! I love the MISTI and I didn't get the magnets (they didn't have any at the time) but I've no problem using it without magnets. Take care...

Sue said...

Loving this bright card.

Hope you've had a fab day. Sue

Carol said...

What a fabulous fun card Darnell. Love your new signature too. Carol x

Kathy Mc said...

What a fun and colorful birthday card, Darnell. Love that the rows of blocks direct you through your message. Thanks for the reminder to use WOS. Yes, keep those magnets away from you!

designbydonna said...

Love all those different color blocks. Great way to do the sentiments also. Just a very cute card. I'm glad you discovered the info about the magnets before they caused an incident.

Aileen (mum) said...

Darnell I love this card wil have to CASE. Now I love the joke you shared for the replacement of the 30 minute jog each day.
Your new signature and Hammie are perfect, totally.
Off to see what I have in PTI to see if I can join in this challenge. Mind you I need to have a nannie nap first. Its 3:30 in the morning here and I couldnt sleep for Johns snoring.

Stella said...

Darnell I in awe of the way you used the colors and the blocks. This is a jaw dropper. And I lvoe the sentments you added. Brilliant design!

Cheryl W. said...

You are an amazing woman, Darnell! I love following your blog and learning a little more about you with each post. I really like all the messaging on your card today. Makes it so much more interesting. I'm coveting the MISTIs that I see and hear about in blogland. Hope to have one in the future. I imagine you could use a piece of Washi tape to hold your paper in place, too.

Joyce said...

This is a wonderful card. Love the colors and those fun little blocks.

Donna Phelan said...

That is a FUN and FABULOUS card.....love it!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

HOW FABULOUS!!!

Jacquie Southas said...

LOVE the new signature! The card is great fun and I can picture the WOS shimmer (and have contorted myself & my cards into some interesting positions trying to capture it in a photo). Happy hopping today :)

Milka Gubo said...

Wonderful card Darnell :-D

Bobby said...

Well isn't this a happy little card, Darnell. The colors are perfect and the sentiments in between are a great idea.

Kristie Goulet said...

Very fun and happy card, Darnell! Love the sentiments in between the blocks. Great job.

Manuela said...

Hi Darnell, thank you for your kind birthday wishes :-)
your card looks super cool! love the mix of sentiments with the blocks between!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Super fun card but your NEW signature got me!! I LOVE IT!

Sarah Gray said...

Love your fresh and fun design, Darnell - a perfect take on the inspiration photo! Love the way you have placed the sentiments between the rainbow blocks :)

Redanne said...

Whew! I am so glad you are not using the magnets! I love your card, it is so clever the way you constructed it.

I love that joke too, very funny indeed. Hugs, Annie xx

Rema said...

Awesome job Darnell! You nailed it....

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...this is just so fabulous, what a wonderful birthday card!

Em Louise Fairley said...

You definitely nailed the brief for the card, Darnell. It's gorgeous and I love it.

I hope you're having a blessed Memorial Day.

Hugs,
Em xxx

KandA said...

Hi Darnell. I'm here to play catch up on your posts. I love this super card - it's such a fun design and a great take on the inspiration photo. Off now to have a nosey at what else you've been up to. Have a good week xx

oldpunca said...

Wonderful take on inspiration photo. Fabulous card, dear Darnell!
Hugs, Sonja

Kathleen said...

Brilliant card, love the gorgeous colours.

Kath x

Laura Norris said...

Love your colorful squares! Perfect take on the photo. Good thing you checked about the magnets! Who woulda thunk?

Donna Nuce said...

I love this cute colorful card! Perfect take on the inspiration photo. Cut cartoon -- I could use a pacemaker that would do that LOL! Glad you are now being safe with your MISTI. Have a great day Darnell.

Pam said...

Very fun card, Darnell. Love the blocks of color and sentiments. I love my MISTI, too.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Cute and clever and bright and cheery. Sure to bring smiles.

nwilliams6 said...

How fun - you so captured the inspiration picture and this card is soooo fun! Love the comic too. Your posts are always special! Hugz

Betty Wright said...

Totally fun and fabulous! Love how you did the sentiment along with the colored squares!

Sharon Underwood said...

What a fun card! Love the bright, happy colors. So glad you brought the magnet/defibrillator issue to our attention. You may have saved somebody just by doing that. God Bless You, Darnell!

Irish Cherokee said...

Beautifully done Darnell. Love the sediment.

Love, Hugs and Blessings
Jim

Jean said...

A fabulous fun card Darnell, and a super interpretation of the inspiration photo.
Jean x

Vikki Hein, southern Oregon said...

lots of fun in your card which reflects your personality! thanks for the tip on the Misti too.

Brenda said...

What a fun card Auntie! I love all the beautiful colors and all that sparkle and shine, so much so I had to grab my sunglasses just to view this card! lol I am so glad that you asked about the magnets, because I never even thought about pacemakers and such! I guess if you don't have one you don't think about it. It is good to know and get the info out there. I didn't get the magnets for my MISTI right away and I still used my MISTI just fine too. One doesn't really have to have those magnets. I am loving your new signature and watermark!!! You and Hammy should be very excited, it looks fabulous! Oh and I love the joke too. lol Hugs, Brenda

Brenda in IN said...

I am so glad you checked about the magnets before using them. I love this colorful, fun card with all the sentiments. It really catches the eye. Love the font in your new signature. Cute cartoon and that would be me if I had one!

Nora N. said...

What a great card Darnell!! I noticed the sparkle right away on the first photo and LOVED the look. The way you used the sentiments on this is so fresh too!!

Thank you for the info about the magnets. I have already broken one and I have NOT EVEN USED my Misti yet. I am so bad!! I really need to play with it. (But first I need to clean off my desk once again!!)

I LOVE that new watermark and signature. I noticed your signature immediately and wondered if you were delving into a new venture. It is adorable!! Thank you for sharing!!

Kylie said...

I love your choice of colours, sentiments and design. Great, fun card! Look at Hammy there on his wheel. Isn't he adorable! Looks great on your blog. Thanks so much for using my services. Hammy was so much fun to work with (as were you ;)) xx

Marcia HIll said...

GREAT card Darnell! Fun, colorful, and love how you broke up all the sediments...really cool looking. You will definitely bring a smile to someone's face with this one! It did mine!! :0)

Birgit said...

I love that cartoon and agree with it:) I had no idea about the magnets but it makes sense. Love your fun card with the blocks and glittered up-fun card

Birgit said...

I love that cartoon and agree with it:) I had no idea about the magnets but it makes sense. Love your fun card with the blocks and glittered up-fun card

Bonnie said...

I'm glad you can use the Misti 'cause you would have had a hard time getting all these sentiments lined up without it. Isn't it the greatest tool? I'm glad you can use sticky notes. I'd had to see a photo of you stuck to the Misti. Love the new watermark! It's so perfect for you. And I do love all those pretty squares in a rows! Gorgeous colors!

Lynn said...

I love, love, love your card. So geometric and oh so cool. And wow! Never would have thought about the magnets, but am so glad it is all working out.

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell I just love your blocks, mixed in with all the birthday sentimnents it is fabulous as always.

Cris G said...

Fun card, Darnell. Love how you said it all in the front of the card, interspersing (courtesy of Google translate) with the colored wood blocks :).
Love the cute Hammy and your new (to me) signature.

Lisa said...

Oh this is seriously FUN Darnell!! Love the colorful blocks and cascading sentiment. Super CUTE! Hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend ;)

Gwen said...

Hey Darnell,
Pleasure to meet you too at this May blog hop! I have been having much trouble posting comments so I hope this one gets posted!
Very fun card and I enjoy your humor!
Gwen

Megan Carroll said...

Cute and creative! Great card!

Marybeth said...

Now this is one creative and fun birthday card Darnell! Love it and I bet you are loving your MISTI too!

Jenelle said...

I love the design of your card, Darnell! The colorful blocks are so fun and I love how you placed the different sentiments in between them! Super cute :)

Larissa Heskett said...

This just BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE this take on the Challenge!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Martha said...

Darnell, what a FUN take on the challenge. It made me smile.

Neha said...

What a fun card, Darnell. Love the winked effect too.

Maxine D said...

Aww Darnell this is fabulous - love your use of colour and placement of the sediments. i saw some of the sparkle in the smaller photograph)
Blessings
Maxine

sandie said...

I love that cartoon, wouldn't that be great!! And good thing you looked into the magnet issue. Your card is fab, I love the touches of WOS, have a fun week x

frommycraftroom said...

A fun bright card.
Thanks for sharing the misti info.
Love hammy at the end :)

pinky said...

I love your take on that challenge Darnell, what a cool, happy card! Thanks for the info about the magnets, who would have thought! I haven't got a Misti yet as they are not for sale in the UK yet but hopefully some day.

Claire said...

What a clever way to use that sentiment set Darnell - must CASE that as I have the same one. Love how you've been inspired by those squares! I imagine they're not straight as you've been hitting the wine too...

Kelly S. said...

This is such a fun design! I love the little colored blocks with the mix of fonts and sentiments! Perfect for any person's birthday...from tall to small :)!

Hettie said...

Great card there Missey. Love the blocks.
Would have never have thought about using magnets and pacemakers. I know they can squish fingers but wow!!
BTW....something on my blog that is entirely YOUR Fault!! Tee Hee!
Hugs
xx

Leslee said...

Very cool card. I love all the brightly coloured boxes. Glad you checked into the magnet status. Don't need any medical emergencies, while you are creating. Hugs! Have a wonderful week, Darnell.

very_inky_fingers said...

Such a great card Darnell and I love your research on the magnet use.

Jenni's Jems said...

What a bright and cheery card Darnell and your cartoon made me laugh ....if only that could happen!! x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Such fun blocks - would be even fun to play with them, not just make a card ;), your card has that playful feel to it! Hilarious joke - I send it to may father in law - he'll love it!

Karen C. said...

Love the way you stamped the blocks of colour. It's such a cheery, happy card for a birthday!

walchowDesign said...

Great design, Darnell! Love the block stamping and how you split up the sentiments!

Karen said...

Darnell, this is such a spectacular take on the inspiration photo! I love your block stamping, the gorgeous colors, and your entire design. The sentiments are fabulous, especially with your placement. :o) Beautifully done, as always! Have a sparkly day. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

*Vicki* said...

This is such a fun and colorful design Darnell!! Love your take on the blocks and how you've added the sentiment between them! :) I have the MISTI, but have yet to do much practicing with it!! Need to catch up with that one! Thanks for the fun stories!! :)

Taunya Butler said...

So glad you pointed that out about the magnets in the Misti!! Something that made me think!! Anywho - I really love the take you had on your card from the inspiration photo - I must say you nailed it and I love the sentiments and the way you placed them - what a genius you are!!! Have a wonderful day!!

Pollard Carole said...

Brilliant post today loved your card its just so different but gorgeous .Sad about the magnets but I totally understand as my hubby has a pacemaker fitted. Have to say he just loves the joke on the cartoon if only he said!!. Keep safe have a great week Love and hugs Carole x

Shelly said...

Such a FUN card, Darnell!
And happy to hear you can still use your Misti! ;)

Helen F. said...

LOVE the card, Darnell! Happy you found out about the magnets~no card is worth your safe being, dear friend (no matter how fabulous MISTI is!

Kelly Latevola said...

Your card is gorgeous and you are one smart cookie. I would never have even thought about that!

Geri said...

Hey there stranger! Sorry - been MIA for a bit...but finally got all the spring yard work & planting done!

AWESOME card - totally fun with your whimsical design! Love the bright pink base!

Thanks for the magnet info! I honestly had no idea that a strong magnet could cause serious rat-a-tat-tat beat mishaps! Great comic! That's something I would ask for!

Geri said...

Ooops! Hit the publish button too quick...

LOVE your new watermark! Kylie rocks!

Craftychris said...

Fabulous card! Your design is mega clever - I love it! I would love a Misti but you can't get them over here yet - hopefully one day! I am glad you are using sticky notes instead of magnets - the magnets don't sound good for you at all! xxx

Greta said...

Such a fun card, Darnell, & I love your new signature/watermark! Just reading about the magnets made me nervous, so not sure I'll get them even if I give in & buy a Misti. So glad you found out the danger before there was a problem!

Carole Z said...

Fab card Darnell, love the colours and great inspiration from the coloured blocks..your watermark is brilliant, hugs Carole Z X

SARN said...

Always a chuckle from you Darnell . . . loving your new signature. Thanks for sharing the important info . . . xxx

Karen Mead said...

Your card is so cool Darnell - I just love it! Hugs xx

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Darnell-What a fun card!And look at little Hammy in your new signature!! what fun :)
Hugs,Nessa xxx

Deepti said...

What a cool take on the inspiration, I like that graphic feel to your card :)

Sharron said...

What a fun design and great take on the challenge photo! Your new signature looks wonderful too! Thanks for your comments about the MISTI magnets. I've had a pacemaker for the past year and a half and wondered about that. I don't have one yet but thought it might be best to not use the magnets. I am doing some volunteer work and they gave me a name tag with a magnet backing. I did call my cardiologist and they said it was okay to use it as long as it was on the opposite side. Of course, I identified with your cartoon--so funny!

Cat Craig said...

You nailed it Darnell.

Sarah Mabery said...

What a cool inspiration image. I love all the colors you used for the blocks and how you interspersed a variety of happy birthday sentiments.

Yikes - I had no idea that magnets could be dangerous from someone with a pacemaker.

Love the new signature. Hammy is too stinkin cute.

Anita in France said...

Your sheeny shiny blocks are very shimmery here, Darnell ... all that yummy energy and movement makes them look as though they're dancing ... so celebratory! LOVE the new Hammy/Darnell signature ... what a partnership! So happy to at last be catching up! Miss you! Hugs & Bisous, Anita :)