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August 28, 2015

Posies and Plaid

Greetings!

We've whooshed through another week to another Friday! In fact, it's the last Friday of another month down the drain! Slurp!

But never mind about that. It is my pleasure to help you halt time for a few minutes while you are here enjoying this reminder: we are halfway through the current challenge at UnikoIt is an honor for me to be co-chairing the podium as Guest Designer with the sensational Wiebke! 

Are you playing along yet? The challenge is "SUMMER" and, as a twist, you have the option of using this fun photo inspiration:
Last week a lot of you wondered what the story was on this charming house. Do fairies live here? Ganomes? Ginger cookies dressed up as human boys and girls?

No, none of those things. This sweet home^ is in the town of Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. The home was originally built in 1922 by the mayor, Rutherford Harvey, for his bride. Rutherford was lucky enough to marry one of the daughters of Edward Valentine, the town's founding father. Her name was Lacey.

The Harvey-Valentines were well-loved by the citizens of Valentine. Together they had five children: Lavender, Lilac, Persimmon, Rose, and Pepperoni. All of the adult children and their children currently live in other fairy tale houses on the 750-acre homestead. This main home is the residence of Lavender and Lilac, both widowed. Once a year, the entire family opens their hearts and homes (and homes with hearts) to the public to celebrate "SUMMER" from August 21-September 4! Here at Uniko, and we hope in all of Blogland, we are celebrating right along with them!

My cousin Eunice happens to be the Foyer Florist for Rose (who, if you can believe it, married Stephen Bush!). I made this card as an inspiration for Eunice and to inspire you to play in the challenge.
I used a white base and a green marbled mat from an ancient set of blank cards that I've had forever. The flower box was made with a Poppystamps die "Grand Window Box." The pretty posies are from the Uniko set "Beautiful Blooms II" and the white heat-embossed kite-tail leaves are from the Uniko set "Natures Treasures I."

I do hope you will join in the fun at Uniko! I know there are tons of details in the photo that you can draw inspiration from. Or just make a card with flip-flops or sunshine or anything that makes you think of summer!
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Today's Twofer

I've made a QACAS Christmas Card.
The papers are a garden green from SU and a lovely light green unknown textured paper from my stash. The red and green plaid is also from GKW. The NBUS "Season's Greetings" die and holly are from Avery Elle. I added some red gems to plump up the berries and that's it, friends. This was so simps considering the festive result! And it's easy to mail!

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^Everything regarding the home is a total lie. I'd love to hear what you think the story is!

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75 comments:

Kathyk said...

Two fab makes - LOVING your second plaid card

Happy Friday

Kathyk

Rahmat said...

beautiful cards Darnell, I simply adore the second one!

Sammy said...

Gorgeous cards both, and I NEEEEEEED a house like that. As a craft studio! :-D x

Barb said...

Two lovely cards Darnell. I particularly like the window box with those lovely big flowers. Barbxx

Maxine D said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, and thanks for the back story to the house. That Christmas card is a stunner, and the floral on puts me in mind of my (late) mother, who loved floral art.
Blessings
Maxine

Suze Bain said...

I picked the right day to pop in and see you Darnell. What a lovely story, they sound like a wonderful family. I'm guessing Pepperoni is also a flower and not, you know!? My middle name is Violet, I've never liked it but it's after my aunt, so I guess it has special meaning. Have a lovely weekend. Xx

Redanne said...

I am so glad that you told us the history behind the house, it is such a lovely story (although I am not sure about calling a child Pepperoni...). I love your first card, the background really sets the flowers off beautifully.

The second card is a stunner, I may have to 'borrow' your idea for some Christmas cards this year, I just love how the plaid looks when it has been die cut. Hope you have a great weekend. Hugs, Annie xxx

Craft-E-Place said...

Fabulous cards, both simply delightful.
I love, love, love reading your blog! You never cease to make me smile and inform me - a great read to start the day.
Take super care and have a great weekend!
Elaine
PS. Can't wait for your new challenge to start!!

Manuela said...

two pretty cards, the background looks like green marble, cool effect! What a cute house, a dream of many little girls :-)

Aileen (mum) said...

Beeeutiful cards, must give the uniko challenge a gooooo. You had me till you gave the final name 'Pepperoni'. Then doubts flooded in lol. As usual a very enjoyable read. My eldest was visiting for a couple of weeks so I got her to read your posts, she thinks your wonderful, your wit, your writing skills, your spelling skills and the fact that you got me motivated to start a blog. She is amazed that I talk about all these wonderful people I know through blog land as though they are long time friends. Names, shared moments etc

Carole said...

Oh Darnell...seems like you are on the tease today! but I love your cards and that QACAS 2nd one is a real winner! You are always full of ideas and inspiration!

Sue said...

Lovely card.

That's so interesting about the house. I feel for the kid called Pepperoni and had to smile at Rose Bush:)

Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

Dotty Jo x said...

I always love a little history! Great cards and a super fun post, thanks, Darnell, Jo x

!neke said...

Great history of the fancy house !
Love your Christmas card !
And of course the lovely flowers !

Ineke x

Leslie Hanna said...

LIES! ALL LIES! It's a cool house, though, especially if you want to make a statement.

LOVE that marbled background you your flower card. Now I feel compelled to replicate it somehow. Hmmm ....

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What a great story about that house!!! Except, trying to figure out how poor Pepperoni got his/her name! LOL!! Love love love your cards!! Gorgeous colors!!!!!

Jeanne said...

Two great cards, Darnell! The flowers are lovely and colorful and I adore the font on the second card. I was wondering about your house story. Definitely suspicious when I saw the name Pepperoni. Liked how you snuck in your fess up. ;) Love your humor and creativity! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

Julia Aston said...

What a fun post to read this morning! What an interesting history for that wonderful fantasy playhouse! Love poth of your cards - the plaid die cut sentiment is super!! have a great weekend Darnell! Julia xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, both cards are fantastic, the first is quite beautiful with the pretty flowers that compliment the inspiration photo so well. (That looks like a Disney house, someone lives there?) Love the CAS style of your Christmas design. Have a wonderful weekend, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Happy Dance said...

Hi Pookie. Have returned to blogland after my family's visit. Will have to tell you all about it!! Anyhoo.... What a sweet flower box card. Love how those blossoms pop against the marble background. Must make the card heavy though, haha. Great whimsical leaves too. And your plaid card is wonderful! Love the plaid sentiment; that was a brilliant idea! You're so darn clever. Off to see what else I've missed in blogland. hugs n smooches. Bev

scrAPpamondo said...

Thanks Darnell for the story on this so lovely house!! Before, I thought that was a cartoon hose :D I just adore it!!
And the names of the childs Valentine are stunning! This is all so romantic! :)
Both your cards are beautiful, love the Beautiful Blooms II on the green marbled mat, and the second one is really elegant, so festive!

I Card Everyone said...

You know, D... I just don't know if I believe this story ... Pepperoni? Pahleez! But I do love your cards - totally unbelievable!
=]M

Bobby said...

Lacey gave you away, Darnell, but you are quite the story teller. ;) Your window box of blooms is lovely and they really pop on that marbled background. That holiday day is fabulous and out of piaid? Even more so.

Krisha said...

Great story......LOL
If I could have a stand alone creative space I would want it to look like the picture....*grin*

Both of your cards are spectacular.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Colleen said...

Wonderful story, Darnell. Sure love that house and your two cards are awesome as usual!!

Pat said...

These two cards are beautiful Darnell and the flowers are so pretty against the green marbled background in those wonderful colours, and the large die cut sentiment in that wonderful plaid paper is gorgeous, and the holly and berries that comes with it would work on lots of cards. x

Susan said...

Two FABULOUS cards, Darnell! I REALLY love that Season's Greetings card...if I wasn't on a spending freeze, I'd order that sentiment in a heartbeat! Sometimes it stinks to be on a tight budget!! :)

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous!! I love how the flowers pop against the green marbled background on the first!! The plaid season's greetings is beautiful on the second!! You did a fabulous job with both! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Deborah Frings said...

Darnell - love your beautiful flowers and that marble background really makes the stand out beautifully! Thanks so much for the story about the house - so romantic.

And thanks so much for being our Guest Designer - you're an inspiration! xx

KandA said...

Two super cards Darnell and a fabulous story. I do love the thought of the name Rose Bush xx

conil said...

Love it when you share stories, i.e., the Valentine clan. Also delighted that you have a cousin named Eunice, which was my Mother's name (a bit unusual). As for the cards...that first one is really lovely. The Malachite-y (new word) background makes your window box sing. And I smell a winner with your christmas card. Bet you have a nice supply of them, by now.

Birgit said...

I am not sure I would want to be name Pepperoni:) I have to say thank you for telling us where this house is. This is great and I wonder what the inside looks like. I love your inspiration card-it is perfect for Rose Bush(really??) I also love the Christmas one-it is effective and great with that lettering

Sandy said...

Wonderful cards Sugar!
I would really like to visit that house - thanks for the story behind it. Very interesting!! I could have sworn Minnie Mouse lived there!!
Sandy xx

Loll said...

Two fabulous cards Dolly! And I love the history of the Valentine house and family. Those family names are so fun. Have a great weekend. Lolly xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is a beautiful posies card but what really caught my eye was the use of the plaid to make the sentiment on that card. I love that look!

Geri said...

... you are better for the soul than Chicken Soup dear friend! Pepperoni!!! OMG - I totally lost it at that point. GREAT story! So, I really need to know...do you laugh out loud as you are writing your posts?

Two fab cards pal! I love the marble mat - perfect backdrop for the gorgeous, beautifully blended flowers.

Totally swooning over the plaid greetings! I love the holly leaves and bedazzled berries! Love the small-ish size of the die.

Sue said...

Both cards are gorgeous Darnell. Your designs are wonderful and I love the colours.
Sorry I have missed commenting on so many of your fabulous cards. I hope all is well with you.
Sending hugs Sue xx

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous makes and I really love the colourful Seasons Greeting.
Mega excited today as I have finally found the way to put challenge banners on my blog, only taken me 8 months lol.
Have a great weekend.

Kath x

Jean said...

Both fabulous cards Darnell, I love the pretty colours of the flowers against the dark green background in the first one, and the CAS design of the second one is wonderful. That die cut greeting looks great cut from the plaid paper.
Jean x

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That sounds like a fun challenge, and what a sweet card!

Donna said...

Gorgeous plaid design. Love the colour scheme :)

ionabunny said...

Lovely story behind that pretty house. I assume Pepperoni is a boy. Hugz

Liz said...

Two fabulous cards. I especially love the CAS second one - very clever to use die cut the sentiment using plaid patterned paper, looks great against the cream background. xx

Susan said...

That's exactly the type of house I wanted to live in when I was a little girl! Great card inspired by it! Love the Christmas one too.

Brenda in IN said...

I love the marble background on your first card. The Christmas card is really eye catching. That is a fairy princess house for sure.

Lisa said...

Pepperoni, now that's a name for ya!! Your card is terrific, so lush with those deep with colors! I like your plaid season's greetings too, very cute!

Cheryl W. said...

Great cards today, Darnell! Those blooms are lush and lovely. QACAS cards, like your Season's Greetings creation, are perfect to have in mind when Christmas suddenly knocks at the door. So fun to read the details about the Valentine house, too. Thanks for sharing them.

Pollard Carole said...

Love this blog post what a delightful story and so wonderful you have a family connection with your cousin. The card is just perfect love those beautiful flowers also a great traditional christmas card as well perfect Love and hugs Caorle x

Linda said...

Beautiful cards Darnell ..... love the die cut idea on the Christmas one, looks so festive!
Have a fabulous weekend! Big hugs ....... Linda xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Fabulous Darnell
hugs Tamara

frommycraftroom said...

Fabulous cards.
Thank you for the details on the Valentine house - amazing story and sound like wonderful happy people.

Ros Crawford said...

Wonderful cards once again my friend ... Have a beautiful weekend!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Darnell,
I must admit I struggle to believe that someone really would call their child Pepperoni, I just might have been heard to utter, .."only in America".. I guess it takes all kinds and Pepperoni is really a nice person,.. And the house well that is something else.too.

Now love both your cards, the first is certainly lovely, bright and cheery, but the QACAS is also great, love the tartan on it...
Have sent you an email, to your gmail addy I thought. But maybe I have the wrong address. Would you please email me by hitting on this comment reply as I have my email on blogger,, if you haven't had the other one.
Many thanks,
Shaz in Oz.x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Darnell, two gorgeous cards, lovely colours and designs, hugs Kate x

Pia S said...

What a house, what a story, what wonderful names, do fairytale like!
Your first card is a beautiful version of the photo, really like the color combo and elements.
Your second card is wonderfully Christmasy and ultra CAS, a lovely combo.

OH Babs said...

The house is really cute but I don't think I want it across the street from me. Both cards are lovely BUT I really like your Christmas card and the plaid paper and the textured background paper.

Maria A. said...

Oh my gosh, that house looks like a little girl's dream doll house, so beautiful and charming, Fairies could live there, I wonder how it looks inside.
Now Darnell, your cards are gorgeous, both so different from one another but lovely non the less.
Love the colors on the first card, so rich and vibrant, the background is gorgeous.
The Christmas card truly is a beauty, very elegant, CAS. (my new favorite style)
Thank you for sharing.

Nancy said...

What a FUN post and lovely cards! When I first saw the photo, I thought maybe you had a new design studio!!

Craftychris said...

Ooh loved hearing about the house! Thank you! Both cards are fabulous! The first one is so pretty! The second one is so classy in its simplicity. I am really looking forward to the NBUS challenge- I had better get cracking and make something! xxx

Leslee said...

Thanks for including the history for that adorable little house. Your cards are great too!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Well never mind the cards Darnell what a brilliant little history lesson there and how fabulous to know it's a 'real' house that belonged to a family ... I thought it was just a gimmick from a fairground! Anyway 2 awesome cards as always and I love your BG on the Uniko one - such deep and rich colour with the gorgeous window box full of blooms in front. Thanks again for joining us at Uniko this month. Sarah x

Anita in France said...

That little house is just the place for a marble topped table in the hallway, Darnell ... and your gorgeous blooms are perfect set atop it in their yummy box! I can just imagine your festive plaid delight sitting on the mantlepiece too as that creatively named family (Pepperoni?) celebrate Christmas!! Brilliant story ... love that you based it on a real town (I checked!!) and then embellished it just a smidgey little bit! Now recovering from a severe case of Sunday morning giggles ... thanks, mon amie! Miss you! Hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Jane said...

Such a striking card with that marbled looking green background. Fabulous!

Shona Chambers said...

What a wonderful story about the house. I would love to have a look inside all of the houses and I bet Phoebe and Max would too. I can imagine its just as magical on the inside as it is outside! Your cards are lovely, those flowers go with the challenge photo perfectly and your plaid Xmas card is perfection. Your 'two-fer' is a 'win-ner'!

Carol said...

Two fab cards Darnell...loving your use of the plaid on the Christmas one. Carol x

Bonnie said...

Your flower box looks so lush and well watered! And I love the Christmas card! It's perfect in it's simplicity and so nice that it can go through the mail easily! I'm glad you shared it at Merry Monday too!

Clare said...

Such a neat story behind the house!! Your take is so colorful and bright! The Christmas card - ah, you just can't go wrong with plaid. ;)

Tracey said...

Oh Darnell....I so enjoyed reading the story of that adorable home. How perfect are the girls names. On my next visit to your country I think I need to take a detour to "Valentine"! Your card is perfect....so bright and colorful! Love the Christmas card too! Is it that time of the year already? The weeks are just whooshing by. Have a great week!

Carole Z said...

Two lovely cards Darnell and loved the story of that adorable house!I'm so sorry to have been 'missing' lately,I've decided to write one post today and then I am taking a month off from blogging, I need to recharge my batteries, so apologies in advance for not commenting much for the next month, I will be back, hugs Carole Z X

Nicki S said...

Very pretty and unique card! I really like the white leaves. Thanks so much for being a guest designer with Uniko this month!

Greta said...

Beautiful summer card, but I really love the Christmas card, Darnell! Wonderful design!

Beverley said...

Hey Darnell! WOW, the history of the house is amazing, thank you for sharing it and what a FABulous card you have created inspired by it. I also LOVE your plaid Christmas card, such a fun technique. THANK YOU so much for being our Guest Designer this month at Uniko :) it has been an honour to have you. Hugs Bev x

cm said...

Pepperoni and Rose Bush..bwahahahahahahhaa! Yet again, another brilliant post! And your cards: only fantastical and magical! Flowers and plaid: love them both!
hugs~c

Taunya Butler said...

Such a blast to see you over at Uniko as a GD - you did a super job and I loved your cards for over there!! Great take on the photo and the colors!! I loved that picture!! So fun! Your cards are delightful, as are you!! Good job on your post today - you are awesome and I hope life is finding you SMILING!!!

Petra Swart said...

Could you maybe manage to find a photo of the sweet Pepporoni, Darnell and while you're at it, maybe Rose Bush, too!!!! (would love to see what they look like!!!)
Your cards are lovely!!! That green bg is simply stunning and the flowers are beautiful!!!!! And the Christmas card with the plaid sentiment - perfect!!!!