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November 2, 2015

Are You Up For The Challenge?

Greetings! It's all about fall / autumn here today as we welcome November 2015 into the world!

I won a recent challenge at The Challenge and I'm honored that the prize is Guest Designing for this week's challenge!

And this week's challenge is a fun sketch!
Here is my take to inspire you:
I stitched the paper layers with Lil' Inker's stitched rectangle and circle dies. The lovely plaid DSP from GKW is so thin it looks like real fabric in the photo graph. The thinness is emphasized by the fact that the stripes line up. In hindsight, I've got a big hindie. Wait. What? I meant to say, I should have attached my DSP to a piece of cardstock to give it a little heft before attaching it to the pumpkin pie panel. Note to self.

The three little tiny flags are made out of orange vellum using the tiniest die in my NBUS Avery Elle Dotted Die die. The sediment is from PTI's Scent-imentals set.

I hope you will join in the fun sketch challenge this week at The Challenge! There is no limit to the types of cards you can make with this sketch!

Today's Twofer;
Continuing with the fall / autumn season, this yum-yums card is made with a fine linen card base from PTI and a mat of always artichoke from SU. The plaid DSP is also from PTI. I slit a split in the plaid panel using a border die from Lil' Inker. I intended to have a wider opening in my paper "river" of added interest, but when I was playing around with it, Hammy ran across the layout and pushed the two sections together. I liked it that way so I left it.

Nextly, I adorned the split with leaf buttons after removing their shanks. (It's a grueling surgery, but really, we must cut back on the button population, so it had to be done.) The sweet little tag was cut using my NBUS "Stitched Main Street Tags" from Poppystamps. The sediment is from Creative Time's "Teeny Tag Greetings."

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I hope you've enjoyed today's fall/autumn cards. I had the chance to do some blog-hopping yesterday and I was delighted to see fall challenges and so many beautiful warm fall cards! This time of year ~ and Thanksgiving in America ~ are often overlooked between Halloween and Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I'll be doing Christmas this month, too, because heck, there's not much time, but it's nice not to ignore fall and Thanksgiving in the all together.

FYI: I want to let you know that my friend Susan Raihala always gives Thanksgiving the attention it deserves with her wonderful Thanksgiving Crusade Challenge tab at her Simplicity blog. If you do make a Thanksgiving card, I hope you will link it up there! And for those of you who love one-layer cards, her One-Layer Simplicity Challenge blog for November has a theme of "thank you/gratitude" cards for any purpose or occasion, not just Thanksgiving!

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I will leave you with this great photo!
Adam and Henry Halloween 2015

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79 comments:

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Congratulations on the GDT spot, your design is beautiful. Great match to the sketch and the stitching is perfect with the plaid papers in the autumn colours. Love the leaves on the 2nd beauty and your grandsons are awesome for halloween :) Hugs xx

SARN said...

A great twofer today Darnell. Fab card from the sketch and a pretty autumnal one afterwards.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Happy Dance said...

Etch A Sketch...pure briliance! And being guarded by a soldier so he won't get stolen, more brilliance. Two cuties! Love seeing kids in costume. Your Fall cards are so pretty. Love your plaid papers on each card, and can't decide which one I like more. Congrats on your GD gig over at The Challenge too; well deserved my friend. Absolutely love both of your cards. You so rock! True story. Miss you tons. xoxo Bev

Kathyk said...

CONGRATS on your win, Darnell, lovely make with the sketch too.

Love the etchasketch pic too mate

Happy November

Kathyk

Colleen said...

Hi Darnell!! Okay those two grandsons in costume are just too cute! They probably wouldn't like to hear that, right? How about this: those costumes are the BEST! Etch a Sketch? who would have thought? Congrats on your win and for another inspiring card! You never cease to amaze me with your creations! Have a happy week, and how is The Mister?

cards said...

Both the cards and the costumes are delightful. I especially like the split panel with leaves. I have wanted to feature a split like that on a card but have not come up with a successful design. Thanks for the lovely inspiration.
Heather T

Lesley said...

Good morning! Absolutely thrilled to have you as our guest this week. Love your plaid infused card. It's very cozy and pretty! I'm happy you enjoyed the sketch. Thanks for joining us this week! Hugs!

Leslee said...

Hi there to a new week and a month of being Thankful! Love your cards! They are delightful! And your grandson's Etch a Sktech costume is awesome! Have an terrific week!

Marianne said...

Congrats on you GD spot. Love the pretty autumn colours and the way your leaves follow the 'river'.

Susan said...

Congrats on your GD with The Challenge! What fun! Love the Autumn cards...I love that crispness in the air (that we sometimes get here in Florida!) Maybe I'll have time to play in the challenge this week!

Using the buttons on the second card is a great idea! I have such a HUGE stash of buttons...maybe I even have a few leaf buttons! :)

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous Fall cards, Darnell! I love the plaids in those Fall colors and how the first looks like a swatch of fabric all sewn up! The Etch a Sketch costume is so very creative! Looks like they had fun!

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Beautiful Fall cards Darnell! Such wonderful designs! Very pretty!

And those costumes are fabulous! They look so cute!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

hugs...
Melissa

Pat said...

Congratulations on your GD spot Darnell and what a gorgeous card you made. The autumnal plaid is beautiful and your second card with yet another wonderful plaid and those adorable leaf buttons is fantastic too. I love the little gap you have made and the use of lots of pretty stitched dies on both. x

alexandra s.m. said...

Beautiful cards and I love the costumes!
I see creativity runs in the family ;)
Thanks Darnell~

Pat said...

Sorry, I meant to say what great outfits Adam and Henry have on, looks like they had a fun Halloween! x

!neke said...

Congrats on your GD !
Great card !
Great outfits for the twins !

greetings from Ineke

Marisa said...

Fabulous use of the sketch and oh how I love those little leaves!!! Great fall coloured cards. Adore the etch a sketch costume too -- total memory rush LOL!

Greta said...

Looks like your weather cooperated for Halloween & those 2 kids are adorable! It poured here & I do mean poured! Love your Fall cards--we're kindred spirits again--Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays & I hate that it is practically ignored now days. Big congrats for the win! I love both your cards--plaid always appeals to me & these are both beautiful!

TK Watson said...

Your "fall" cards are wonderful, I just love the plaids! Nice photo of the boys in their costumes.

Becca Cruger said...

Goodness - it looks like your grandkids sure got in on the crafting fun for Halloween! :) That Etch-a-sketch is brill!

And scrolling through your cards just made me want to cuddle up under a blanket with a good ol' sweatshirt on and sip a cup of pumpkin spice latte. They sure are autumnal in all the right ways. The dusty shading on the first card just captured my heart.

conil said...

Many congrats on your Guest Designing spot. To me plaid equals autumn. That's the first thing that comes to mind and you really did it up right. Hammie was right about the split on the second card and those buttoms. Awesome, orginally thought they were felt. The colors...warm, cozy and delicious. Reminds one of food. Apparently, everything does these days. Do you have any fail-safe recipes for the Thanksgiving table? I'd be interested...please.

Lisa said...

Congratulations on your GD spot!! Your card is beautiful!! Perfect take on the sketch!! And I love your second card - those button leaves are gorgeous!! What a fun Halloween pic, too!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sue said...

Fab cards. I love the colours. Sue

designbydonna said...

Great autumnish cards. I like that river of green go give anchor to your leaves. Your grands look cute in their costumes.

Liz said...

Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot. Love your card - a great take on the sketch challenge. How cute are those buttons on the second card! I love how you've used the split in the patterned paper with the leaves along it. Very clever! xx

sandie said...

congrats on your GD and gorgeous Autumn cards. Fun photo. Have a good week x

OH Babs said...

Hey how did you do the great water/leave picture? Both cards are lovely and it is a good thing when you listen to Hammy, a good decision. Love the plaid papers it is seasonal and nice to see.
The boys are cutey pies and I love the Etch a Sketch, who's brilliant idea was this? Later, BBB

Milka Gubo said...

Congratulations on your GDT spot, Darnell!!! Your both cards are GORGEOUS!!! :o) And... Oh so fun costumes wearing your grandsons. :-D
hugs xx

Geri said...

Congrats on GD over at The Challenge! Your card is AMAZING!!! The whisp of plaid paper...well, my goodness girl...it's fabulous! Love, love, love this card!

Second card....more delightful plaid - love it too! Really cool idea to split the panel...almost looks like a pretty leaf garland. You know, sometime's a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do and that includes de-shanking buttons for the sake of a fabulous design...and for saving the world from being over populated by shanked buttons! Someday, someone will thank you :)

Geri said...

Oh dear me...I forgot to say that the twinks look amazing! Who though of the Etch-a-Sketch? I'm actually surprised that they knew what it was!!!

LOVE THE RAINDROP FEATURE!!! Where in the world did you find that?

Pia S said...

You made a great card for your GDT spot, Darnell. Just a little sentiment and a piece of patterned paper and you've achieved a beautiful simple card with plenty of fall feel. I also like how you split the DP on your second card into two pieces, a simple and yet very effective design detail.

Jean said...

Congratulations on you GDT spot. I love both of your autumnal cards.The little leafy buttons on the second card are so cute.
Jean x

Jean said...

Congrats! You rock!

Super cute costumes!

Hettie said...

Well done on your win. You are a clever tart!! I like the card you have made.
Your boys look great. Love the etch a sketch, but I bet it is tricky to drive in that one!!
Hugs
xx

Sarah said...

Great seasonal twofers Darnell, your wonderful cards and Grandsons!! xx

Redanne said...

Congratulations on your win and how lovely to be asked to be GD - I just love the gorgeous Autumn colours on your first card and the design is lovely. Thank goodness for Hammy, he has a perfect eye and your second card is just beautiful, a perfect balance of wonderful colours and I love the little leaves!

Gosh, the twins are growing up so fast, they sure look like they are having lots of fun! Big hugs, Annie xxx

scrAPpamondo said...

You have two fabulous gransons, Darnell! Their smiles are so sweet!
Congrats for your win, well deserved!
Love both your cards, the first one is so warm and elegant, and the second one is just fabulous, Hammy have made a great job with his ran across the layout! :D

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are both so beautiful! Lovely fall arrangements. And, your kiddies look so cute in their costumes too!

Pollard Carole said...

These are wonderful Autumn cards fabulous designs the papers are so pretty I'm loving those cute leaf buttons great idea love and hugs Carole x

Gerrina said...

Congratulations on winning and the GDT-spot! Plaid-patterns alqays look so cozy to me and so do both your cards! Love those Autumncolours! Have a colourful week! Hugs, Gerrina

Birgit said...

Love both cards and the one does look like fabric-I thought it was! Love the 2nd card as well-I feel like having something with cinnamon. Your grandkids look great and very unique etch-a-sketch

Craftychris said...

Congratulations being guest designer! Two really lovely cards today - I love autumnal colours. The leaf buttons on the second one are so cute! Love the photo of Adam and Henry in the Halloween gear - they look so cool! xxx

Ren L said...

Hi Darnell,

Well use of the colors! Thank you for joining us at Colour Me! :)

Linda said...

Congratulations on your GD spot. Love your take on the sketch .... the colours are perfect for this time of year and I love the stitched edges .... very pretty.
Gorgeous twofer too. Hammy did a great job .... love those buttons!
The twins look fab in their Halloween costumes .... just love the Etch-a-Sketch. Have a great week xx

Pam said...

Congrats on your guest spot. You deserve it - errr - you & Hammy deserve it. I love the card you created for it. Those colors are delightful. Love your second card, too!

Susanne Vargas said...

Congratulations on your GD spot! They are very lucky to have you guest design! Lots of plaid fabulousness in your post today! Also love the twins' costumes!

Bobby said...

Love those plaid papers, Ms. Design Guest. What creative costumes those two handsome boys are wearing.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Soooooooo gorgeous!!! LOVING those little leaves!!! And LOVING their costumes!!!!!!!!!

Lisa said...

YIPPEE~ Congrats on guesting Darnell!! Love the soft warm plaid on your first card and the second has a brighter more playful feel to it with those little scattered leaves! The boys look great in their costumes!!!

JoAnn said...

Very nice fall cards.

Maxine D said...

As usual these are beautiful cards Darnell
Poor Hammy, fancy getting the blame for changing you card ideas...;-( give him a cuddle of appreciation from me please.
Blessings
Maxine

Joyce said...

Congratulations on being the GD at The Challenge. I love both of the cards you made--fun plaids and beautiful fall colors.

Dana & Glen said...

Terrific cards Darnell! I love the soft autumnal color pallet of the first card. Congratulations on the post of Guest Designer!

Lizzy Hill said...

It still seems weird to me with your 'fall' and leaves and oranges when we are heading into blue and yellow and warmth.....but hey ho, it's a big world!!! LOOOVE the 'plaid' look here....VERY appropriate:):)

Ros Crawford said...

Congrats on your win and your GD spot! Fabulous cards and lovely colours ... Love the photo of the boys and I love the virtual rain on the leaves!

Juhi said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, the colors on both of them are lovely. Love how you used the buttons on the second one. Congratulations on your GD spot. Love your kids' costumes :)
PS:Thanks for stopping by and leaving some love at my blog

wienerhoneymooners said...

We are the honored ones to have you joining us as the Guest Desinger this week!!!!

Totally loving the fall inspiration and warm cozy plaid!! All I need is some cocoa and I am in heaven...well and if I did not have to rush to work soon..LOL!!

LOVE those costumes, CLEVER!!! TFS!
Have a great day!!!!

HUGS Darnell!
-Kimberly

I Card Everyone said...

D it is so fun having you on the team this week ... LOve your carling card, and the plaids ... that river is perfect jumping width for me!
What a treat that little puddle is!
=] M

Diane said...

Morning Darnell, congratulations on your guest design spot, wonderful Autumn designs and what a cute picture of the grandkids.

Hugs Diane

Mary-Anne V said...

Great fall cards...love those colours.

Tracey said...

Fabulous cards Darnell and I love the photo 😊
Hugs
Tracey
Xx

Kim Heggins said...

Great photo...love those costumes! Your card is fabulous and I am just so excited that you and I are on the same team and Miss Geri too! It does not get much better than that!

Karen B said...

Such a wonderful pair of autumnal cards Dippy. Especially love the first one for the challenge (BTW congrats on your GDT). That plaid paper is so pretty, love the banners and sentiment. Gorgeousness...... as are your two handsome boys - love the Etch a Sketch outfit!

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Marybeth said...

Such pretty fall cards and I love the plaid! I love the twinks and their homemade adorable costumes! Hugs to you !

Kristie Goulet said...

Congratulations on your Guest Design spot! Your cards are so lovely!
Great costumes too! Etch a sketch sure does bring back some lovely memories of my child hood. :)

Cheryl W. said...

Beautiful, warm-colored cards. I do make 12-15 Thanksgiving cards so I'll have to give the Simplicity site a look-see. Thanks for mentioning it. Loved the Halloween costumes. Looks like they inherited your creativity!

maria f. said...

What a fun post. Congrats on your GDT - your Autumn card is so serene and cozy at the same time. Love those stitched edges. Your string of leaves is such fun blowing in the wind. And those boys! I must say the Etch-a-Sketch is brilliant! I'm probaby prejudiced cuz I always loved that toy.

Carol said...

Fabulous twofer Darnell, love the colours. Congrats on the GD spot too. Love the fancy dress outfits. Carol x

artful-notions said...

Look at you, with all these challenges, and 2 beauties. Love the plaid and the sweet leaf banner. congrats on your designership with 'the Challenge'. And that plaid does look like real fabric! Lovely cards (as usual!) and love the photo of Adam and Henry! Darnell, I love also, that you promote everyone of your bold challenge friends who host special challenge blogs. I will definitely check out the Simplicity Blog!

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Anita in France said...

What brilliant costumes the twins had for halloween, Darnell ... they're so cool ... great photo! Gorgeous autumn cards ... those teeny flags are wonderful with that delicate and delicious plaid paper ... and those fluttering (surgically altered!) leaves cascading down that narrow split are just lovely! Congratulations on being an awesome (as always!) GD at The Challenge! Miss you, mon amie! Hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Petra Swart said...

Love the beautiful plaid papers on both your cards, Darnell!!! The little leaves are so cute and I love the narrow split!!! Two lovely fall cards!!! Congrats on the GD spot!!!!
What a fun photo of the twins!!! Love their outfits!!!!
Hugz

Brenda in IN said...

Those twins are the best. I love the etch-a-sketch costume. Did you make that? Both of your cards are just perfect fall cards. Love that plaid and the buttons are just a great touch. Hammy was right to push the paper together. It looks just fine. Hope Mister is getting along with his recovery. I think that pond with the gorgeous fall leaves and raindrops is just beautiful.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic cards Darnell. Love the plaid stitched panel on the first one and the full background on the second. Those leaves are so pretty on the second. Thank you for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge. Fun and creative costumes!

Jen Mitchell said...

Congratulations on the GD spot over at The Challenge. I love your plaid cards - I love plaid and autumn themes together!

Nance E Salkeld said...

Late in my congrats, Darnell! So glad you won our challenge and guested with us this past week! Love your cards this week. They're so full of warm fall colors! Hope you had fun! Hugs!

cm said...

Congratulations on your GD role! Both cards: autumn awesome! I love Thanksgiving and fall, but Thanksgiving comes so early and fall stays for such a short time that I don't get done all I'd like to do to honour the season/celebration. Net result: overload on Halloween and Christmas. Being better organized (that fascinating concept called: get ahead, for instance) would help! The twins costumes: excellent! Aren't they too young to know what an Etch-a-Sketch is? I played with ours, back-back-back in the day for hours, trying to get curvy lines. My sister made them first try...Older, but slower, that's me!
Hugs~c

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