A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

May 20, 2015

They Call Me Mellow Yellow (Quite Rightly)

Well, yello!

I hope your week is going swell!

I am still walking around a bit beduffled adjusting to the time difference. I was up for 19 hours straight and then I slept for most of the next 19 hours. When I was awake, Hammy was shoving papers and sketching ideas as fast as I could work. He is atingle with creativity after resting on his laurels for over a week. (Reminds me, I need to get him new laurels to replace his worn-out ones.)

What got him started were the pretty yellow and gray colors at the Fusion Challenge, which we ended up missing! We've made a couple four cards and I'm splitting them up due to Blog Regulation 238 as it retains to over whelming.

Whelming, you know, is a tradition that started with the invention of the first wheel. To "whelm" was to pound and chisel your stone into a circular shape. When one of the wheel contestants was showing off and being a superachiever, making three wheels in the span of time that it usually took to make one wheel, he was considered to be "over" whelming.*

Thus, I will post only two cards today so as not to be an over whelmer. My cards are thank you cards.
The lovely NBUS floral die is from Memory Box, "Frangia Bouquet," and the NBUS stitched tag is from an MFT Dienamics set, "Stitched Tag STAX," both gifts from the lovely Mary H. I used SRM stickers for the sediments. QACAS!

*A total lie.

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I'm delighted to welcome:

Hélène Huber of Lotsa Scrap from 2am ScrapperHélène started blogging in 2009; she has been making cards since 2006! She is on design teams and loves entering challenges, where her cards are often recognized as winning entries. You can also find Hélène's mixed media and altered art masterpieces in several publications!

Chana of Redora Lee Designs. Chana has been blogging since 2011. She is retired and loving it! She is on several design teams and enjoys entering and being recognized by challenges. Not only are her cards and 3D creations extraordinary, you will find valuable tips and tutorials on Redora's site as well.

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91 comments:

Becca Cruger said...

Ok. So I had to look up the origin of overwhelming now. Your story is far more entertaining! haha.
Such pretty spring blooms you've attached to your card. I'm glad that you're adjusting to the time difference!

AJ Bodine said...

Beautiful projects, what nice gifts from Mary :) That flower die is a must have. Well, I've seen your lovely cards and learned something new today. I'll think of you every time I use the word overwhelmed!

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Kathyk said...

Very flower power! We'll be melding your name with Donovan - Darnovan!

Lovely make it is too

Kathyk

Christine Harrop said...

Two very pretty thank you cards Darnell. The blue and yellow look great and I like the ribbed card on the second one. Christine x

Tanja said...

yello Darnell, you created two lovely cards - love the stitching detail

Krisha said...

Well, ya dunnit again Darnell.....two outstanding cards. Love the new dies.

Leslee said...

Lovely, lovely!!! That's all I can say. Except, I love MB dies!!!

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Jane Willis said...

I'm just coming to the end of an utterly rubbish, rotten, stressful day and your post has made me smile for the first time today - thank you! Your cards, as always, are wonderful, your words are even wonderfuller. I'm off to go and whelm a few wheels now, it might work off a bit of the stress.

sandie said...

Isn't grey and yellow a delight! Love the subtle embossed texture here and naturally adore these enamel dots. Thanks for joining Uniko

Taunya Butler said...

Well - even though there are ONLY 2 cards here - they are marvelous and have got me a shopping for some new dies so you could say I am a teensy weensy bit overwhelmed!! The cards are super well done and I love the color scheme - I LOVE yellow!! I will be going to take a look at all the fun challenges you mentioned!!! Have a GLORIOUS day!!!

Leslie Hanna said...

EAR WORM!!!! And I'm whelmed on a regular basis.

Lisa said...

A pair of lovelies Darnell!! I think I like the second one best ~ go figure since I'm a polka dot fanatic!! But either or, they are both fabulous!

conil said...

Love anything yellow and these two certainly fit the bill. Grey and yellow make me atingle just like your Hammie.

Sue said...

Loving the cards. The colours go well together.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Carole Z said...

Two fab cards Darnell, love the colour combos, hugs Carole Z xx

Pat said...

Two great cards Darnell and that MB die and stitched tag work wonderfully together on this first card and the second card has those little added dots which add lots of interest and the pretty flower centres that you have added on both cards finish the flowers so prettily. x

Julie B said...

Love that MB die, but them I could buy them all. Is there a MBdieaolics anonymouse anywhere?
A fab pair of thank you cards. :)

Pat said...

I meant to say that your whelming versus over whelming although not true was very plausible and a great story. You and Hammy never fail to make us chuckle! x

Sarah said...

You are a veritable hive of information young lady...gold star for you today...overwhelming brilliance methinks!! Great cards too!! xx

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so gorgeous!! I love the flowers!! So pretty!! And ha...I didn't know about Blog Regulation 238 ;) Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

jimlynn said...

Love the gray and yellow together!!! Beautiful cards too.
Lynn

Betty Keefe said...

i did the same - procrastinated too long for Fusion but entered in "the Challenge" and Paper Players "thank you" - anyway your cards are wonderful and always enjoy reading your "aside" comments.

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
2 super creations today.
Wonderful colour choices, and beautiful designs.
Love the sentiments too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jean said...

Two pretty cards, I love the colour combos and the fabulous MB die. I like the spotted background on the first card and stitched tag looks great.
Jean x

JoAnn said...

Pretty cards. I love the yellow and gray color combo.

maria f. said...

The combo gray and yellow never goes out of style! Classy cards.

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Darnell, what beautiful cards, the floral dies are so lovely and it's a gorgeous colour pallet you've used, hugs Kate x

Bonnie said...

What a pretty die and I'm drooling over the stitched tag! A stax you say? Gotta take a look. Love that textured paper!

Margreet said...

Great CAS cards in beautiful colors!
xxx Margreet

Monica Maier said...

Love the cards Darnell! Yellow and gray make such a pretty color combo.I wanted to play along with that challenge to, but time got away from me.... maybe next time! ;-)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful cards and I love the colors of each the way you used them.

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Beautiful cards Darnell-Love that colour combo and that die is gorgeous!
Hope the overactive Hammy settles down soon!!
Hugs,
Nessa xxx

SARN said...

Well aren't they just the cutest frangia cards ever? Lovely xxx

Kathleen said...

Love the yellow and grey, see your little trip has awakened your play with words and I believe you thousands wouldn't. lol
Great cards.

Kath x

Sue said...

Darnelle, you are a brave lady to meddle with yellow! I am hopeless with yellow and give it a wide berth...your cards are absolutely beautiful...xxx

Sharon Underwood said...

Love the "overwhelming" description! Your cards are so pretty! I really like yellow and grey together.

Beverley said...

I love reading your posts, they do make me smile, as much as seeing your beautiful creations :) So lovely to see you joining in on the Uniko Studio Challenge. Hugs Bev x

Shelly said...

Two beautiful and ever so sweet cards! Love them!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Beautiful cards! I love them a delicacy. I really like the combination of colors - yellow great enlivens the elegant gray color. Thank you for the inspiration!
Regards,
Bozena

Carol said...

These are so pretty Darnell and your post did make me laugh. Carol x

Vicki Dutcher said...

LOVE that flower die -- looks fabulous on your cards :)

Sally H said...

two wonderful cards, Darnell! I love them both. You do make me laugh with your stories, Thank you xxx

Gerrina said...

Great to see some cards from you already! This colorcombi is a beautiful one and both your cards look so fine! Hugs, Gerrina

oldpunca said...

Hammy has great ideas. :-)) You have to thank him for choosing yellow. :-)) Both cards are awesome. I like the flower.
Hugs, Sonja

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous colour combo for these two fabulous cards. I love that die! Your post had me giggling! xxx

Aileen (mum) said...

Darnell, love these grey and yellow cards. I was thinking of going into this challenge too but spent too much time thinking and not enough moving.
Glad to see you have Hammy up and moving again. Your posts always give me a cackle.

Brenda said...

Ahhh, it's always a joy come over to your blog Auntie, you always keep me entertained! lol I hope you are recovering more from the time difference. I've never been more than an hour ahead of my own time, so I can't even begin to imagine! Your beautiful cards match my spare bedroom perfectly! Especially my comforter on the spare bed. lol I love grey and yellow together, it just a classy color combo to me. Loving those flowers and that stitched tag, that Momma Mary is so generous isn't she?!! Love, love, love! Hugs, Brenda

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

grey and yellow - such a beautiful color combination! The fist car I like a tad better - the neon-y yellow really make this card shine!

OH Babs said...

Great colors. Love the flower die.

Bobby said...

I'm sorry you missed the Fusion challenge but you've found other challenges that these lovely gray and yellow cards fit. I love that new flower die.

Tenia Nelson said...

Lovin' that you are using SRM!!!! Awesome cards, Miss Lady!!

Brenda in IN said...

I love that flower die and the polka dot paper. Then I really like the little dots you added to the second card. If you are under whelmed does that mean your wheel was square or you just didn't finish in the alloted time?

Ruby N said...

Lol @ over whelming. You are quite a hoot! I feel like you'd be so fun to hang out with! Maybe someday at a crafting event! Hope you're doing well <3

Donna Nuce said...

You had me at the title! Started singing it the minute I saw it! Love the yellow and gray combo! Hope you are recovered now. Have a great day Darnell!

Maxine D said...

Hammy was right to get you going on grey and yellow - thay are fabulous together and you have really made them sing with these over-wheeling cards Darnell.
Blessings
Maxine

Lindsey said...

Your sister's retreat sounds wonderful. I love the pictures you've been sharing. And how fun you got to meet up with some crafty friends as well. Hope your body can adjust back quickly. The lack of sleep certainly does not seem to be affecting the quality or fabulousness of your card making. These are fantastic!

Alanna said...

These are gorgeous. I love the grey and yellow together.

Greta said...

You always make me laugh, Darnell! So fun to see how different the die cut looks in 2 different shades. Glad you're getting adjusted back to the West Coast!

Pollard Carole said...

Enjoyed your post today and glad you've got your sleep pattern back I love these cards and such a pretty die they are just perfect cards love and hugs Carole e

Kath said...

Fabulous cards - I love your Memory Box die and must put that on my wish list!
Kath x

Michelle said...

Hahaha! I was so enjoying your explanation of "over" whelming and then you had to go and ruin it all with that explanation, lol! I immediately recognised the "Fusion" influence and I am sad that these beauties missed the deadline, they're gorgeous! :-)

Valerie Nolan said...

2 wonderful cards Darnell , love those yellow flowers. I love your definition of whelm, so funny! You should write your own book of definitions :o)
Val x

Birgit said...

I did not know that about the word "overwhelming". I learned something new:) Love these 2 cards and the basic colour palette is great. I like grey and yellow together

Renata said...

Krasni voščilnici! Všeč mi je barvna kombinacija.

Jacee said...

Great designs Darnell!
hugs jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Happy Dance said...

I'm personally overwhelmed by the beauty of these two cards. In a good way, of course! LOVE the yellows and grays together. And your designs are simply gorgeous. That tag is cool, and the polkies are totally perfect. You go girl! (and all is good so far here...) Miss you!!! Bev

Cazzy said...

Very pretty cards, whelm done!

Joyce said...

Love your duo of cards today, Darnell. They are both so pretty.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Well, I'm just mad about saffron lol!
Love the grey and yellow combo. Its striking and effective.
Didn't realise your visit entailed jetlag. Always leaves me feeling like a bag of poo. Hope you feel better soon.
Ang x

ionabunny said...

I think this is an underrated colour combo and am overwhelmed by the gorgeousness of these cards. So pretty. Hugz

MaryH said...

Oh pretty, pretty. Lovely to see these goodies put to great use. Am loving the gray & yellow. Not something I would think to do colorwise, but I like it! Enjoyed the vocab lesson too. I will watch out for the whelming henceforth. Don't think I've been guilty of being a whelmer, but now I shall be very careful. TFS & Big hugs. Happy wkend.

Helen F. said...

Really like (mellow) yellow and gray together and must make a note to create more cards with this combo. Your two cards are so pretty, Darnell~that's a great floral NBUS die!

Loll said...

Two beautiful cards Dolly. Yellow and gray are so perfect together. Stay mello yello! Lolly xx

Petra Swart said...

Love your overwhelming story, Darnell!!! ...and love your beautiful cards!!!

Jill Norwood said...

I will never hear the word overwhelmed in the same way again! Lol! Love your post and these sweet fusion inspired cards! As always, each and every time I visit, I am leaving with a big smile!!!!

scrappymo! said...

Great di! No wonder you wanted to make it twice!

Looks wonderful...

Shona Chambers said...

I love it when I can't create fast enough to deal with all the new ideas in my head. It doesn't happen often (and wish it would happen now) but its rather exhilarating (and exhausting....). Love both of these, the flowers are so dainty but quite modern too. And look beautiful in yellow. Hammy must be pretty tired too, hope he gives his wheel a rest for a while.....

LesLee said...

Great CARDS... I love both of them... the yellow and grey are amazing together... I love coming to your blog to visit... and I often go in your playhouse to have a peek around and get ideas for my own.. although my playhouse is right off my kitchen and dining room. I do have two windows and a glass sliding door. I use it to keep everyone else out for a while. I just want to say you always brighten my day. Have a great memorial day

Anita in France said...

Yum ... grey and buttery yellow ... what a gorgeous combination, Darnell ... these are chock a block full of prettiness! Hope you're well and truly back on California time by now, my friend! Hugs & Bisous, Anita :)

Sue - said...

Pretty pretty cards Darnell! I'm very fond of grey and yellow together. Thank you too for your good wishes and prayers, they really are much appreciated. Hugs Sue xx

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Lesley said...

Love that you used some SRM Stickers! Aren't they the best! Your cards are so pretty, sorry you missed the FUSION deadline! Thank you for joining us at The Challenge, Darnell! xo

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful cards! Love the two takes on the pretty flowers! Yellow is such a happy color. Thanks for playing along with us in the "X,Y,C" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Marybeth said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell! I am so loving the yellow and gray! Just beautiful! Hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. Hugs

Marisa said...

Love that flower die. Two wonderful cards using it :)

Geri said...

...'over' whelming...yep, coffee through the nose again!

Fabulous cards! Love the polkie dots paired with the enamel dots! Really cool to see how a bit of texture & subtle colors can change the look & feel (card #2)of a card! I really like the Thank You sentiment box!

Another GREAT post!

cm said...

I'm light years behind in commenting, apparently still overwhelmed with the 'rambunctious' visit to see my family (niece and nephew fully to blame *grin*), but deciding to 'start anew' with this post was, in my considered opinion, a rare stroke of brilliance on my part! A vocab lesson, two GORGEOUS cards, and an ab workout from laughing so hard! You've made my day, my friend!
Hugs galore~c

Cat Craig said...

Love the dots...but wow the second card...that one is the standout to me. Love that textured paper.

Sarah Mabery said...

Your over whelming lie made me smile. As did the lovely pair of sunny cards. I can't decide which I like best. Grey and yellow is such a great color combo.