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!

February 14, 2016

Birthday Balloons!

Hello, my dearies!

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you know you are loved. That's the underlying noncommercial message intended for you by the beloved arrow-toting Q. Ped.

I'm celebrating by posting two birthday cards for you with no hearts on them!
You might have seen my last post with a sketch inspiration from Stamping Smiles Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. I liked the layout so much that I used it again for this birthday card using a snippet of older DSP from SU. I really like this paper with the layers of ombre rainbow-hued balloons.

After adhering the paper diagonally on the card, I used my rectangle stitched dies from Lil' Inker to cut a double frame. The sediment is from Avery Elle's "Fanfare" set. The balloon strings die is also from Lil' Inker. The balloons themselves are NBUS from "Celebration Balloons" by Poppystamps.

Challenges
Pixies Crafty Workshop
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Well, course, I was left with this marvy panel of positive balloons so the law required that I make this:

I used the "party" word die again from Winnie & Walter. I triple-layered it, which is a fun technique and gorgeous IRL, but I like to slightly offset the layers, so that always makes my photos look a bit blurfy.

Once again, I used the stitched rectangle dies from Lil' Inker. I honestly tried not to have stitched edges because I feel like I'm using them too much, but dangalanga, those stitches add so much interest, don't they? I'd say stitched dies were the most purchased and popular dies of 2015. (It was just last year, right, or am I behind the trends again?)

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Meet Karen

I met a new friend last week at the Playhouse! Her name is Karen Ladd and you may have seen her in challenge galleries. She doesn't have a blog I can link, but she posts her beautiful cards to Flickr here. We decided that although we weren't too happy with our selfie, we were very happy to meet each other in real life!
Thank you for the visit, Karen!

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Purge Update

I've talked to a couple of you before about this, erm, situation, but I was reminded of it when I was opening cupboards in the Playhouse to show Karen. There in the nether regions of one I noticed my stash of paper cutters. You know what I'm talkin' bout, Wilson, those cutters you decide you no longer like for one reason or another, but you keep them "just in case." 

Even though this wasn't the next thing I wanted to tackle, the minute Karen left, I took them down and took this photo for you:
And if that pile isn't bad enough, you should know that the little Tonic cutter I use all the time got left out! (Hammy was using it for teaching his little ones who are now old enough to be trusted with it.) So that makes an even TEN paper cutters for little old me! Color me ashamed! Since eight of them have been up in the cupboard for several months years, I will now find new homes for them with local organizations. (By way of excuse, these have been accumulating since 2002, so that's quite a long time.)

Am I alone in this irrational fear that two paper cutters aren't enough and that one cold, dark, and stormy night, I will need to climb up on a step-stool and get one of the paper cutters from the back of the cupboard that hasn't been used since the end of the last century?!

So that's the latest. One more shelf emptied and one less chance of granny falling!

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90 comments:

Ruth said...

Happy V Day to you and Mister and Hammy and he Hammettes! Love love love your balloon cards and I love how you always get two out hing most of the time. I've been inspired to do the same. I'm impressed with your stash of paper trimmers - that is a lot! I currently have one, but have been thinking about getting another one..... Is this just the start? Have a good one!! Xx

Tanja said...

love those shades of teal

Jane Willis said...

Oh what a treat so see a blog that isn't full of hearts and soppiness today, yet is still packed with fun and happiness. Lovely bright cards to cheer up anyone's day!
I've not tried double layering yet and here you are triple layering and it looks wonderful!
jane

Sue said...

Loving the cards, especially the lovely colours on the second one.

I have two paper cutters, but as I prefer one, the other hardly ever get's a look in.

Hope you have a lovely day.

Hugs
Sue

Kath said...

Two fabulous cards - I love the stitched rectangle dies, so please keep using them! Paper cutters, wow, I have two and my trusty craft knife!
Kath x

Aileen Ryan said...

I really love the idea of adding just a strip of patterned paper then die cutting with stitched die. You can never have too many stitched die cut layers, I totally agre with you they really finish the card off perfectly and I reckon the same. They were the most popular purchases last year. Lucky there is that law to use the inside of the die cut as well cause it gave you two perfect cards.

So good to see Valentine posts have finished hey!! What a big pile of paper cutters, I can be smuge cause I only have three.....no I forgot ohh bugger I have five, thats bad. gOing to put them in the Salvo's pile soon as I finish here.

Nice to see you caught up with a new friend. Take care

Sarah Gray said...

Love these bright birthday themed cards, Darnell! That patterned paper is gorgeous and the law is right when it requires you to use both pieces :) I only have one paper trimmer so now you have got me worried that I should have a back up or 8 in my stash!!

Ros Crawford said...

Happy Valentines to you! I love your cards! Superb designs and I am so guilty of using those stitched borders too much ... they are fast becoming my trade mark... I figure that as each card goes to a different person ... well they don't know I've used those dies each time... Have a wonderful day filled with love!

Stamps and Paper said...

Love your balloon themed cards Darnell....I must admit I dont have as many cutters as you but I have got 4! I have a very large sturdy cutter that I've had for 15 years its self sharpening and will cut through mount board...I have my SU cutter, my 'take it along' to club cutter, and another one lurking in my cupboard..but I must admist I have also just sold one....I expect we are not the only 'cutter/paper trimmer hoarders'..lOl..lOl.


Anne

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous ballon card
have a lovely Valentines day
hugs Tamara

Shelly said...

Two super fun and fabulous cards!!
Oh, I used to be a hoarder of paper cutters too! lol I did get rid of all them, except the one I currently use. Though, my daughter does have my 'backup' one. lol ;)
Happy Valentine's day!
Hugs
Also, the pic looks great! :)

scrAPpamondo said...

You used very well the balloon paper in these two fun cards, great inspiration! Love expecially the second one, it's so happy with that party word, it make me smile!
I have three paper cutter, and they all aren't good, but I just make it up. Sooner or later I will buy one more professional and precise...
Happy valenyine day!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These cards are gorgeous! LOVING the balloons!! Happy <3 Day!!!!!!!

Nan G said...

Cool cards Darnell.! Oh yes, cutter mania here too. And I am on the same path...purge them. Mine will be going to the local Outreach Ctr thrift shop. Have a wonderful week. Hugs

Kris B said...

Always so fun to read your blogs! Cute birthday cards! Love the off-set party die! I am on a craft buying freeze, until I purge or use what I have, no more shopping! (until the next big sale I just can't pass up!)

jimlynn said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and the Mister! Hope you have a beautiful day.
Love both of these fun and cute birthday/party cards. Don't think you can even use the stitched dies too much though. They're great!
Lynn

Karen B said...

Happy Valentine's Day Dippy. Two gorgeous cards - just love that DSP from SU with the gorgeous balloons and the way you have used them differently on both cards - perfect. Had to laugh at your photo of paper cutters........think it must be a crafting obsession as my cupboard looks exactly the same (although I haven't counted them.......don't dare!!!).

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Linda said...

Happy Valentine's to you ...... two gorgeous balloon cards, I love how you always make use of the positives and the negatives of your die cuts.
Impressive stash of cutters too ..... I thought I was bad with 4, no wait 5 .... 3 of which never get used anymore but I can't get rid of them just in case! Well you never know ...... I might just need them xx

Linda said...

Love your two fun birthday cards, Darnell. So cute. Happy Valentine's Day my friend.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Great, fun and colourful cards Darnell! I hear you with the cutters, I think if I counted them (if I could find them all in the chaos that is my craft room . . . what am I saying, I can't even find the floor!!) I'd have around fifteen (counting in my head) . . . now, I'm ashamed! I hope you are having a lovely weekend and Valentine! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Valerie Nolan said...

Lovely balloon cards Darnell colours are great on that dp. I'm with you on the cutter front. I have several, bought having seen them being given used on demos but they never seem to cut as well as my guillotine!
Val x

Birgit said...

I love your Birthday cards-bright and happy! I think having the stitch is great and keep doing what you like. I only have 2 cutters which I do use. Which one do you use now and why do you prefer this one over the others?

conil said...

I only have 5 paper cutters, thus far, but as luck would have it, I was eyeing a new one just yesterday. Let's just say I'm out of control and leave it at that. You have, however, enabled me, yet again with this Lil Inker stitched rectangle. Now, I NEED it. I bet it's sold out everywhere, though. Loving the results of it on your cards. Aren't you glad you had the Snippet of SU paper, as well. That's one I missed in the blogosphere. Anyway, love that you chose Valentine's Day to produce Happy cards. They look terrific. Say HI to Hammie & company for me.

sandie said...

I love the pop balloons for Ink, that paper looks like felt. And I love the off set dies in your second card. I like to do it like this as I am so bad at getting them to line up straight. I only have one paper cutter!! Any advice on the best one you have used? Thank for joining Ink.

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Darnell, two wonderful card, I love the balloons and your fabulous designs, hope you had a super Valentine's Day, kate x

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so gorgeous!! I love the strips of balloon papers!! So fun!! The designs are fabulous!! I, too, have an embarrassing amount of paper cutters. I think the count is around 6 or 7. I'm trying to clean out my craft room so I'll finally donate a few :) Happy Valentine's Day my friend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Migdalia said...

I absolutely love your gorgeous cards!!Love the super cute balloons!
I own only 2, the Cricut and Friskars. I really like the Friskars but lately I am noticing my papers are not coming out with clean cuts. Maybe I need to change the blade. Happy Valentine's Day!!
Have a blessed day,
Migdalia
Crafting With Creative M

Barb said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and the Mister Darnell. I love both your balloon cards and the stitched rectangles are perfect. A lovely photo of you and Karen. It's nice that she was able to visit. Barbxx

Susanne Vargas said...

It seems like your post is the only one I have seen today that doesn't feature hearts and such - how refreshing! Your cards are fun and colorful! Love that balloon paper!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Happy ♥ day to YOU! Love the dp corners on your fist card -- the subtle addition of color looks quite fabulous :)

designbydonna said...

Love the balloon paper and cards. Pretty colors. I have such a tiny space to work in that I have to purge every couple of years. I donate to the Children's ministry at my church.

Karenladd said...

I don't care what anyone says, those stitched dies are here to stay!! I have to say that I've never thought to stack them one-on-top-of-another (I guess I'm creatively challenged because why not???), but they look even cuter that way. Your happy balloon cards are just the way to brighten this Sunday and let us move on from hearts and flowers. Hee hee, that stack of paper trimmers looks even more hoardish all scattered about on the floor of the Playhouse. They didn't look as bad up in your cupboard, did they?

It was wonderful meeting you and being able to see the darling Playhouse and your intimidatingly organized stash. Gulp! All those clear plastic sleeves and neatly labeled containers gave me goose pimples, but in a good way. I may have to tackle my own die collection yet!

Ahhhh, selfies....yeah. My daughter says I just need to practice more so that my head doesn't come out twice as large as everyone else's and I don't look like I got surprised by a ghost! Still, it proves that I actually met you so it serves its purpose, right?!

Happy Valentines Day to you and the Mister Darnell!!

Janis said...

Hooray!! I love the photo of you and Karen...AND that other one, too. You KNOW the one I am talking about! Ha. So glad you two got to meet. Her enchanting description of your little Playhouse made me feel like I was right there with you!

Love your cards. The pretty balloons really look great in the border or in the background...and I love the stitched dies, too!

That's totally hilarious about all your cutters. I might have 8 different kinds of silver embossing powder, but I only have one craft cutter! Ha. I do see them second-hand, occasionally, and wonder what is wrong with them. So far I have only bought one of them at my local thrift store and turned it into a scorer, instead of a cutter. Love that!

Happy Valentine's Day!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Kim M said...

I just love your balloon card! It's a great layout! So happy to see you over at Inkspirational! :-)

Jean said...

BEautiful cards. Think I have 4 or 5 cutters.

KandA said...

Both gorgous cards Darnell.

Hmm, paper cutters, it's so hard to find the perfect one isn't it xx

Geri said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the teal/aqua balloons! The colors are gorgeous! Especially with the SU dp matchy-matchy shades in the to right corner!

Really cool effect with the offset diecut letters on your second card and more of that sa-weet dp!

Personally, I think it's a great picture of you & Karen. So cool that you got to meet her!

As for paper cutters...I have 3...that is after I gave 2 away to my nieces! You never know when one or ten of them will suddenly become dull! Right?

Kathleen said...

Happy Valentines Day, Darnell.
Two fabulous designs, both are great and the balloon paper is brilliant.
I only have two paper cutters, one that cuts 12 x 12 card and a little one that only cut 4 x 6", oh and then another one that I only use for scoring, oh and then there is my old one that I have kept Justin Case.

Kath x

Cat Craig said...

I love both your cards, the stitched rectangles are just such fun. That SU paper is fabulous and works so well for celebratory cards. As for your paper trimmer situation...you are not alone. I have 1 big one to cut card fronts, sharp sharp sharp blade looks like the one on the bottom of your pile. I have the fiskars 12" for scrapbooking because it travels well. I have 3 smaller ones for card making...the small tonic was my favorite until I just got the tim holtz tonic...purely because of the 6" base makes those 5.5 inch cuts so much more uniform. Now I know I need to get rid of a couple...but wahhhhhh I might NEED one of the others...lol. And I haven't got them hidden in a cabinet...they are right out in the open for all to see!

Sharon Underwood said...

Love all the balloons! Very happy cards! And yes, you're in good company with all of your trimmers. I had to pull an old one out just last week, so thank goodness I had an extra (or two, three, whatever).

frommycraftroom said...

Two gorgeous cards. Love the die cut frames.
Confession time I have a few paper trimmers too, mine are on my bench top not in a cupboard. Ms 11 uses them although Santa got her own last Christmas. If I divide by the number of people in my house it isn't even one each.

Harriet Skelly said...

I really love that layout on the balloon card! It was great to see you and Kim today and thank you again for those stamps - love them!! Hugs, Harriet

Bonnie said...

You just never know when you'll need that spare paper cutter, but 1 may be enough. And then you have to remember where it is if and when you need it! Love your birthday cards! They're fun and festive! Happy V. Day!

Sue D said...

Festive cards and I have a pile of paper cutters too. I plan on letting my grandchildren use them.

Pam said...

Fab birthday cards! Balloons always make me happy.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Such fun balloon cards! Love the great designs! How fun to have met Karen! She enters my challenges with her fabulous projects! LOL with your paper cutters! When I find one I love, I go out and buy the same one. I have several duplicates and have never opened many of them! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

Susan said...

Two great birthday cards! I have to laugh about your paper trimmers...mostly because I have multiple trimmers...not 10...but I do have 5!!! Can't bear to dispose of them...keep thinking I'll find some paper crafters around her that I can share with!

Jinny Newlin said...

Super cute! Love the bold, bright, happy colors; and those rectangle, stitched dies add such great texture! Thanks so much for stopping by neck of the woods! Hugs!

Lisa said...

These are both perfectly fun and festive Darnell!!

Rose said...

Love your balloon cards, both bright & happy. I love offset layering of die-cuts too. I currently have 4 trimmers, 3 of which I use regularly. One for all my main cutting into card bases & large pieces, one for trimming off bits under 2 inches & my mini guillotine for shaving off those uneven edges. I have yet to find one that a can successfully do all 3!

Jeanne H said...

Happy VD...wait, that's Valentine's Day. Tee hee. I've the balloon paper too. Love the aqua blue balloons. I have 2 trimmers and a third one I know is somewhere, I started with a large wooden one like they used in the teacher's lounge back in the old days. Wish I still had it.

Maxine D said...

Love your fabulous balloons Darnell. I have only one cutter, so I cannot understand your fear ;-)... but when it comes to it, I do hope my Cuttlebug never dies!!
Blessings
Maxine

Dana & Glen said...

Fabulous birthday cards Darnell! Stitched dies are one of my weaknesses, I don't think I've met a card with them that I haven't liked. Ah paper cutters... I don't think I'm quite to 10 yet, but pretty close. Can't seem to let them go.

TK said...

Fun, Festive! Love the diagonal background strip...

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are wonderful. I only have two cutters, but use mostly one all the time. But I do have other things of multiples which take space so I understand completely.

SARN said...

Love your pretty cards Darnell. Lovely beaming faces at your meet up with Karen too, bet you had fun.

I have one guillotine . . . feeling hard done by now! LOL!

Thanks for joining in at the Snippets Playground. See you on the swings.
xxx

Petra Swart said...

Love all the happy balloons and the beautiful colours, Darnell!!! Two lovely and cheerful birthday cards!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful ballooncards.Love the bright colors.
Gr, Elly

Gerrina said...

The colours of the balloons on your first card are so great; love them! And the sentiment looks great a little of (I am doing that myself most of the time)
Glad to say I have only 2 trimmers; one small and one normal; the small to take with me and use the most...
I really have to set myself to work through all the photo's I still have in boxes instead of in albums; the paper and them take most of my space in my little craftroom; would be nice if they where to be seen by looking in an album...
Have a fun and colourfull week!

Kim Heggins said...

Sweet pair of cards Miss Darnell...just love those wonderful balloons. Love your pile of trimmers too. I have to be honest with you, this has never happened to me, LOL. If one trimmer dies, I buy a new one. I am not much of a hoarder or saver so I just toss what I don't like or give it away. But now if I had your fabulous little play house it may be a different story! So nice meeting up with you and Harriet again yesterday...I always have so much fun. Hoping you are feeling better.

Claire Grantham said...

Happy President's Day Darnell. I've been a bit of a stranger to your blog...I am so glad I swung by today, I LOL at your paper cutter stash. It is the ONE and ONLY craft thing that I have only 2 of - one large Dahle one (life time guarantee..8 years and counting) and a small travel one. I loved the no heart cards..I keep considering a balloon die... Nice to see you had a visitor to the playhouse, I bet that was fun. Cx

Loll said...

Fantastic two-fers today Dolly! Fun design! I have four cutters, but then I haven't been card making as long as you! :) Three of them are never used. But I keep them "just in case" my everyday cutter doesn't work. We do love to have "back-ups". :) I should get rid of at least two of them, right?? You're inspiring me to do a clean-out! xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, your two cards are gorgeous, I love the bright pop of colours and the angled layers. How wonderful that you met another one of your gazillion blog friends :) I have the MB die on the left, I just used it for the first time (sitting in my stash for two years), it's quite pretty. I'm working on a mini album with numerous fold out pages, it's taking all my creative time and I'm not sure I can photograph it. Have a wonderful week, Hugs, Shirleyxx

oldpunca said...

Super nice balloon cards! I like them both. :-)
Have a nice week,
Sonja

Gay Peplow said...

Fabulous cards again Darnell, love that balloon paper, very cool :D I have 3 trimmers too, can't seem to keep them sharp! Wonder where they go when they're all done? How would you recycle them? I'll have to find out when mine give up the ghost completely! Sorry for my tardy appearance, always late recently and I have missed loads, I hope all is well with you? :D xx

Brenda said...

Love these fun and festive cards Auntie! The balloon paper is just so fun and colorful and I totally fell in love with it on these cards. Yes, I agree the stitched frames give such interest to cards and who can help using them?!!! So use away I say! Love the picture of you and Karen, even though you ladies weren't happy with your selfie, I think it looks fabulous of you both! Sigh-I'm sad to say that I am guilty of the whole paper trimmer thing too. Hanging my head in shame. I did however donate some of mine but have a few more to donate. A paper trimmer is like a purse for me, hard to find one that I truly love. But I think I have, I love my Carl paper cutter I got from Amazon and the Cutter Pro. My problem was I hated having to replace the blades all the time! It would seem like I had just replaced a blade only to need another new one again. So I went with rotary blades that sharpen themselves as you use the cutters. Love them so far! Hugs, Brenda

Pia S said...

Very inspiring to see how two cards can be made using the cuts and leftovers, love this idea and how refreshing to see cards with party themes! Lots of love going around lately.

Pollard Carole said...

Gorgeous cards such lovely designs and fab colours on these as well I thought I was bad with four cutters now I don't feel so bad. Oh forgot the one I gave my friend so admitting to FIVE now !!!! Enjoy your week love and hugs Carole x

dottielottie said...

Hope you had a happy Valentines day with the Mister, Darnell. Loving your duo of birthday cards and I am seriously thinking of a reason to have a party jut so I can ask you to make my party invitations, your party card is F.A.B. I think the selfie pic of you and Karen is lovely. I can proudly say I only have one paper cutter but I have had my eye on the Stampin up trimmer for ages, alas there always seems to be something new at the top of my 'want' list!! Hugs Lottie x

Shona Chambers said...

How did you end up with so many paper cutters???? I only have one but would like another thats like a guillotine but think that would be my limit. So funny that you built up such a collection!! Love your cards, they are so happy and colourful and really like the idea of having that strip of paper on the angle. Always must be nice to meet someone face to face that you've emailed. Oh how I wish I could pop over to the U.S. and Canada to meet everyone there. That would be so much fun!!!!

Tina Z. said...

ooo, I love balloons, great design and so bright colours!

hugs,
tina

Valerija said...

Wonderful balloon cards, love them both!
Hugs Valerija

Anita in France said...

I'm not sure there's anything more birthday celebratory than balloons, Darnell ... both these are just so happy! S'pose champagne might be as celebratory ... but that's got bubbles in too, and they kind of count as tiny rubberless balloons ... don't they?? Miss you heaps! Hugs, Anita :)

Liz said...

Wonderful, bright cards, Darnell. Lovley change from all the hearts around recently.

Just counted up my trimmers/guillotines. I have six and I only ever use three of them! I think a need to take leaf out of your book and find a new home for some of them. :-)

shirley-bee said...

Love your bright and cheery cards, Darnell! Clever way to use the patterned paper on both cards, and I love the offset party diecuts. I'm down to 2 cutters, but I still use my original one. I've only just jumped on the stitched dies bandwagon, but loving them :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Darnell sez: I'm not really a paper cutter addict, I promise. I can quit anytime I want to. I just don't want to.

Seriously, though I did downsize a few paper cutters but still have 5 of them. YES! Some dark and stormy night you might need a spare or two. I replaced my guillotine style Tonic cutter but kept the old one it replaced. I drag that out for big cutting jobs for classes and the like. No sense dulling up the new one right? And my other cutters have different functions. One has a wire so you can tell EXACTLY where your cut will be--good for precision jobs. One cuts and scores and is flat so perfect for the travel bag. I have a bitty one in the desk drawer for those quick snips or to cut a "smidge" off as it is good for smidges (a true unit of measurement).

Anyway.... you've successfully distracted me from those festive balloon cards and I did want to comment on them to say they are fun, fabulous, and festive. Yea!

Jeanne Jachna said...

Darnell - I love love love the balloons - the strip of colorful paper down the center of both is darn clever and adds lots of color. OMG~! Your pile of paper cutters! Laughing so loud here.... you got me beat girl! WOW!! Did my purge a few months back and sometimes I find myself still looking for things I got rid of. They're still there in the back of my mind... These things will haunt you later - mark my words!! LOL!~!

Craftychris said...

I absolutely adore these fun balloon cards! They make me very happy indeed! The paper in gorgeous and your card designs are just superb! I did laugh when I saw all your trimmers! xxx

alexandra s.m. said...

Too funny! Your two cards are beautiful and reminiscent of the movie Up!
Thanks Darnell

Cheryl W. said...

I'm amazed at your cache of cutters - I only have two, myself. Not particularly fond of either one, though, so who knows - I may begin collecting more... Your diagonal DSP really adds interest to your frame. You are a free-thinker when it comes to card design. Love that about you!

Julie B said...

Seeing all those cutters reminds me that I have my own selection but I bow your your ten as mine are just 8! It's the blades that end up being discontinued! I bought 3 of the brown Fiskars cutters in a sale for a few quid gave one to Mum but even that one has come home now!
Oh, the cards look fab too. :)

Olga Fink said...

A slightly delayed Happy Valentines day to you! both cards are really gorgeous!
Your friend Karen looks lovely and you managed a very nice selfie :-)
wow you have a lot of paper cutters! lol
xoxo Olga

Greta said...

Love the double frame & you're making such incredible use of the sketch, Darnell! How fun meeting another cardmaking friend & I think you 2 look great! I'm so glad someone else has a collection of cutters & would you believe I'm thinking of buying another one?! I will get rid of the ones up in the cupboard, though--thanks for the push I needed!

cm said...

Belated Happy Valentine's Day, my friend! Because we were visiting mom-in-law, the significance of the day just whooshed over our heads...totally forgot! The ailing, but now fixed car, didn't help with creating 'loving feelings'...more like several bouts of grrrr....Maybe I'll treat him with some chocolate cupcakes tomorrow (maybe...) Your teal balloons, frame and sweet little corner treatments: charming! And how fabulous of you to follow 'the law' to design a second gem to bring smiles to our faces! Lucky Karen to meet you IRL and to have a tour of the playhouse. Keeping 'things' in reserve, for those just in case moments? Nothing wrong with that! Indeed, I had a brand new Big Shot squirreled away for TWO years, because I knew that, at some point, my Cuttlebug would cuttle no more! That day happened right before Christmas and what a good thing I had my NBUS BS ready to go *grin* Now, I'm just a weensy bit nervous that if this one goes, I have nothing on hand. Maybe I should stock up (and I won't tell my charming husband...).
Hugs~c

ionabunny said...

Jealous of your paper cutter stash. Especially that one that you could use to lop of a few aristocratic heads. Keep those cute hamster paws away from that one!! Hugz

Bobby said...

That balloon paper makes a great accent for your big balloons, Darnell. I know what you mean about the stitching. I don't use it enough probably but I really like how it looks with the double frame. You really should have done a review on those paper trimmers to stop some of us from making the same mistake. I used to have the gray Fiskars I see in the pile but got rid of it for the larger orange one. It's going bye bye now as it keeps leaving ragged edges. I got the small Tonic but it doesn't have a 5 1/2 mark and that drove me crazy so I recently purchased a 12 x 12 guillotine. I really don't have the room for it but it cuts so beautifully.

Becca Cruger said...

Oh Miss Darnell! You've brightened my day again! Look at all those COLORS! I stared at that first card for a good long time trying to figure out how you got the balloons on the corners. And then I read your description and went AHA! Genius! Thanks for playing along with us at STAMPlorations! We always love to see your designs.

Helen F. said...

Two totally fun filled cards, Darnell! I think Balloons scream "parteee"

Nora N. said...

Oh my!! I am laughing so hard at all those paper cutters. It would NOT be paper cutters I collect but I have other problems!! LOVE the wonderful design of your cards. The balloon paper makes me so happy, as do those colors!!

Yolanda Garrido said...

OMG! Darnell, you should do a review of the different ones! hahaha I need to buy a new one so it would be so useful!! ;) Great to know karen. I will follow her on Flickr! Hugs!