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 25, 2016

Platinum Snowflakes

Hi there!

I've a penchant for metals this week, didja notice? 

Don't you find penchant to be a funny-sounding word for what it means? It means the same as desire, but somehow desire holds much more promise. And then there is predilection, which also means the same thing, but somehow sounds like a felony. I can see it now on page three of the Tribune: Mr. Samuel P. Henbinevert was charged yesterday with three counts of predilection. A raiment will be held on Friday the 27th.

Today's card features a raiment of pearl pastels and sumptuous platinum:

While fun to make, this OLC was, by far, the hardest card I've ever photographed. Platinum and pastels are persnickity! This photo was the best of the 38 I took, but it doesn't do justice to the real life shiny appearance. The snowflakes are from Papertrey Ink's "Friendship Jar Fillers," embossed with liquid platinum from Ranger. The embossed sediment is also from PTI, but I don't have the name of the set.

I was inspired by this very awesome photo challenge for the Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop:
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I picked up on the pastel watercolors. Instead of words, I used an overlay of snowflakes. This is an all-day event if you'd like to be quick like silver (keeping with my theme) and join in today!

I'm also entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is anything goes and the "Clean and Simple" category at The Card Concept Sweet Tea (photo) challenge, which is lovely pastels and metallics.

And because I finally made a Christmas card, I'm also joining the Rudolph Days Challenge over at Scrappy Mo's. If you're helping me keep track, I'm minus 73 where I wanted to be in the finished Christmas card department for this year. It occurs to Hammy and me that perhaps we were a bit hasty in adopting out all our furry helpers. Smack!
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
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Windows 10

I'm hoping this doesn't jinx something, but I have to tell you that upgrading to 10 was a breeze. The Mister said it was the easiest upgrade he's ever done. Like ten minutes easy. It went out and found drivers for all our schtuff and everything works, even our six-year-old printer! The photo process did change, but I quickly saw how to tell it where to file my downloads and from there I did edits like normal using Picasa. I'm guessing they got a lot of bugs out of the earlier versions which had people tearing their hair out. 

I wanted to share that good news ~ she says, ginfers crossed!

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New Friends Corner

Once again, I'm delighted to introduce you to five new friends!

Emily Shroom of Pen and Paperie. Emily is from Australia and she has been blogging since 2012. Emily is a Tim enthusiast and does amazing art with his techniques and with digi stamps. She has a long and impressive list of challenges she enters and awards she has won. You'll find lovely inspiration throughout her blog!

Swapna Patel of The Dream Pages. Swapna is from India and she became active on her blog in 2015. Swapna has a huge range of artistic talent when it comes to paper crafting. You will notice that she, too, loves to enter challenges where she has been recognized many times. You will be inspired by everything Swapna makes, from stunning sponged one-layered cards to incredible 3D projects!

Shell of My Time. Shell is from New Zealand and she has been blogging since 2007! How had we not met before now? Shell has embraced my NBUS idea wholeheartedly, which I love. I also love how happy and colorful (and beautifully watercolored) her card art is and the way she shows you her process along the way!

Frau Nicole Vögeli of Frau Vögeli (Mrs. Birdie). Nicole has been blogging since June of 2015, so she'll soon be celebrating her first blog birthaversary! Congratulations, Nicole! You may already be familiar with Nicole, either on design teams, or as a guest designer, or as an award winner. If not, you are in for a treat as you discover her wonderfully crisp and clean card art!

Carol H. of Crafting By Carol. Carol started blogging in 2015 as a way to have a photo journal of her card art and to enter challenges. The mother of two daughters, Carol started out making Christmas cards ten years ago with a light box, brass stencils, and a stylus. Remember those days! That was a lot of work! About five years ago, Carol started checking out card blogs and joining in online classes. Her cards are really sensational and show the extensive talent Carol has honed over the years!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse! 

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145 comments:

Kath said...

A beautiful card - I love the shimmer on your snowflakes.

My fingers are still crossed that Windows 10 will be okay - I haven't found any glitches yet - it did seem to upgrade a little too smoothly!

Kath x

Jane Willis said...

Beautiful card - and yes, I found changing to Windows 10 a breeze too. I did it last year and it took me a while to get used to the different photo handling but once I was used to it, I found it a lot better - especially the way it interacts with my camera when I'm transferring pics
Jane

Ruth said...

Gorgeous card - getting started on Christmas cards! Yay! I confess we didn't upgrade, we bought a new computer. We had an old machine running Vista (yes Vista!!!!!) and it was needing replaced, the old machine is still going though. My sister has it and although a bit slow, it does the job. Xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I love the card. I'd never think of using pastel colours on a Christmas card, but it is fab.

I upgraded to Windows 10 a few months ago now. I don't mind it, but since upgrading I have had various niggly problems with the PC. Also my WiFi plays up at times, which it didn't with Windows 8.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Julie B said...

So pretty Darnell, love the soft pastel background to your snowflakes! :)

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautiful card Darnell, love those silver snowflakes on the soft pastel colours. Went and checked out new friends, cant remember her name properly Vogel I think the link is going nowhere. Just so you know. All the best

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Well its a super photo as you can really pick up the sheen on this festive beauty.
You could also have a leaning ....... makes you imagine folk strolling along tilted to one side lol!
Have a great day.
Ang x

Maxine D said...

What a gorgeous card - love the shimmer and shine you have going there Darnell, and against the pastels the platinum is stunning.
I have not got Windows 10 going yet - waiting on son in law to do it for me :-) I'm wimping out :-).
Blessings
Maxine

cuilliesocks said...

Loving your gorgeous card Darnell, the silver and pastel shades are so pretty, super design too. Pleased to hear you managed windows 10, I had to uninstall it and then reinstall, but okay now, but it did give lots of people headaches, Kate x

Carole said...

I love your Christmas card Darnell with those lovely ice cream colours.....and your platinum snowflakes.....very pretty. Sounds like the card got it's punishment...38 of them!...but it looks fine to me! xx

Lynn said...

well...we're in the same boat when it comes to Christmas cards. Yikes! But this is an absolutely beauty...ABSOLUTE BEAUTY! I love, love, love it Darnell.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

One of the prettiest Christmas cards I have ever seen Darnell ... no, THE prettiest! I love those soft pastel colours with that lovely, warm platinum embossing! Just beautiful! have a very lovely day! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Emily Shroom said...

Thanks for the lovely welcome, time doesn't always allow commenting but I do have a chuckle at your posts, now I've discovered them and you. Glad you're feeling better and Windows 10 is playing nice! Gorgeous Christmas card, you may be in the minuses against your planned number of them but you're definitely in positive territory compared to mine for the year!

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous!! Love those snowflakes

Pat said...

How shimmery and pretty Darnell and the mix of colours in the background are beautiful. Glad your Windows 10 download was relatively easy, we had no problems either when we upgraded. x

Betty Keefe said...

really gorgeous Darnell - love those colors with the shimmer snowflakes!

Ros Crawford said...

Oh...My...Word!! This is stunning!! Absolutely gorgeous!! As for photographing ... I've been tearing my hair out with a DT card ... Made the same card 3 times and still it won't photograph decently ... Given up going to make something else!

Carol H. said...

I really love your snowflake card! Seriously, I would've never thought to do pastels and snowflakes! Your card is so pretty and the photo turned out nice too!

Thank you for the sweet intro! I look forward to checking out the other bloggers and learning from them too as I feel in "high company". (Is that a Texas expression or do y'all know it too?). LOL!

Glad your Windows install went ok. The hubs only allows Macs in this house. Haha!

designbydonna said...

Lovely card The pastel colors are so pretty with the platinum.I'm glad your Windows 10 went so well. I had so much trouble, I scrapped it and went back to 8.

Nan G said...

A fab card Darnell. Shimmery and shine perfect for the holiday. Hugs

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous! LOVING the snowflakes and the stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

scrAPpamondo said...

Awwww.... This card is a delight!! So sweet and elegant! Great choice of embossing powder with these soft ice-cream colours!! Amazing CAS!!

Kay Miller said...

38 photos!! Haha! That sounds like me!! Your card is absolutely stunning! I love the platinum and pretty pastels! So fun to see you turn a rather summertime inspiration photo into a gorgeous winter wonderland! Love it to pieces!!

artful-notions said...

Having a 'penchant' for this card! So beautiful! What made you think of Friendship Jar Fillers!!! Gorgeous in platinum. so Casing this one. Did I mention, amazing bg? Kinda 'bokeh'? LOVE!!!

Birgit said...

Your card is a dreamy, winter delight Darnell! I love that you've completely changed up the season so flawlessly!!

Kathyk said...

Didn't I tell you about Windows 10 being easy, mate? So pleased it's working really well for you.

Your card is lovely, Darnel, beautiful pastel shades - thanks so much for entering over at the Rudolph Day challenge

Kathyk
GDTM - Rudolph Day

Wanda Cullen said...

What a gorgeous watercolor BG to these snowflakes! This is a genius take on the inspiration photo!

stampwithsandy said...

Oh Darnell I think your photo is just fine this is absolutely gorgeous! I love non-traditional colors for holiday cards.

Marcia HIll said...

LOVE your dreamy pastel snowflake card...SOOOO pretty! And glad you're liking Windows 10. I didn't at first, but now that I am slowly learning my way through the photo process, I'm feeling much better about it! :0)

Nancy said...

Such a stunning and creative Christmas card. Love this!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! I love your wonderful take on the inspiration photo!

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous contemporary Christmas card Darnell. I love the pastel shimmer and it was worth the time spent on the photos. Glad your windows 10 update went well. Mine - not so much. For some reason Chrome doesn't like to play with Mr 10 and has caused no end of headaches.
Hugs
Carol x

TK said...

Superb card, Darnell! I can see your sparkly ep, but I also love that soft-colored backdrop!

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Darnell, this is one of your prettiest cards evah!! The background is stunning and your sentiment balances the design well! We've had our desktop on Windows 10 for a few months and I like it. Of course, my computer is a MacBook so I'm not on the PC that often.

Rema said...

Darnell this card is beyond stunning! Jaw dropping beautiful!!! I have to agree with Vikki that this is one of your best cards.

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
Happy Rudolf Day.
your card is fantastic as usual.
Love your really great and fab design.
The info about window 10 sounds good.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Bonnie said...

Beautiful Christmas card - and I love the use of platinum - great way to mimic the inspiration photo!

Sharon Underwood said...

What a beautiful card! Love the silver shimmer. Your photography was excellent. Windows 10 has yet to be downloaded on my computer, & I'm glad. Yours is the first positive I've heard about it. Hope you're doing well!

conil said...

Wow...dreamy, ethereal and all those other words that mean pretty. Has the perfect icy quality to it. LOVE the painterly background. This is such an outstanding Christmas card. You should be patting yourself on the back...not smacking yourself.

jimlynn said...

Total beauty!!!! Yummy looking too with those soft colors. A gorgeous card Darnell!
Lynn

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful card, Darnell. As for Windows 10, I agree it's quite easy. My "upgrade" was forced on me due to my 6 year old Windows7 laptop crashing. I'd put off the upgrade of that machine due to all the horror stories I'd heard, but when it crashed I had no choice. Thankfully I was able to recover precious files and pix from it. And despite my fears, I'm loving the new machine.
Hugs,
Em x

Julia Aston said...

what a beautiful creative design for the challenge Sis! love the silver embossed snow over the colorful background!

Marybeth said...

Absoultly stunning Colors for a Christmas card, love this, Darnell!

Pam said...

Stunning card! I love those beautiful snowflakes.

Donna said...

Seriously quite a beautiful card, my lovely.
Glad to hear I'm not the only one who takes LOTS of photo's some days!

Bonnie said...

Love the watery pastel shades behind your silvery snowflakes! This is a perfect Christmas card to enjoy on a very warm day! We switched to Windows 10 a while back and it was the easiest adjustment Windows has had. Fingers crossed they keep it up!

Shell said...

I laughed so hard when I read what you'd written about 'penchant', 'desire' and 'predilection'... and you're so right about 'predilection' sounding like a felony!!! LOVE your card with the gorgeous soft colours and the platinum embossing... super gorgeous. Also, thanks so much for the shout out... I have no idea how we've not 'met' before either... but so glad we have now :)

Anita in France said...

Oh my, this is heavenly, Darnell ... all the splendid shimmer from the liquid platinum is delicious enough ... with those shimmery pastels tinkling behind the snowflakes, it's truly magical! Thank you for taking all those photo's (tee hee!) to bring us this one beauty! Missing you tons, mon amie! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Karenladd said...

I love using silvery embossing powder but don't often combine it with pastels. However, after seeing this confection, I'll have to remember to try it. The pastels give such a brightness to your design and looks absolutely magical! I share your pain about the difficulty of photographing shininess so that you get the full effect. Glitter and I have that love/hate photography relationship..,.mostly on the hate side.

Connie MacFarlane said...

Beautiful Darnell! Love the platinum with the soft pastels.

Jean said...

Such a gorgeous card!!

Bobby said...

Thanks for reminding me of that snowflake stamp, Darnell. I haven't used it but you can be sure I will, now that I've seen your beautiful design.

Joyce Casaldi said...

What a fun card for the hop, just gorgeous!

Verna Angerhofer said...

It's beautiful with the platinum against those soft colors.

Kathy Mc said...

Your posts always crack me up, and your creations are fabulous. The platinum with the pastels is a match made in heaven, Darnell. This is an awesome Christmas card!

Susan said...

So beautiful - love those pastel colours and the way you did them!

Melissa L. said...

Ummmmm, can you say GOR-GEEEEE-US-NESS?! ;) Thanks for always being such an encourager, Darnell. You card is truly lovely and I CAN'T WAIT to meet the lovely lady behind the creation and give her a big 'ol hug! :) 60-something days?!

Diana K said...

So stunning, Darnell! You love how you ran with the frosty inspiration!

Linda said...

Wow, Darnell, this is absolutely gorgeous. Love the embossed snowflakes and the colors you used.

A splash of color said...

Beautiful.. love the pastels with the Christmas theme.. and the sparkle.. great touch.

Kathleen said...

Totally gorgeous creation, love the subtle colours and the lovely snowflakes.
Been away, so wasn't ignoring you.

Kath x

Redanne said...

Well that is just THE most beautiful 'a raiment' I have ever seen! The platinum snowflakes are just gorgeous! Love the background too, love it all!

Tonight is the night that Windows 10 is going to be 'automatically' updated on my laptop.... we shall see! Glad yours is OK, that's a good omen - I hope! Hugs, Annie xx

A Cup of Cold Water said...

Oh my goodness, Darnell!
This card is stunning!!!
Your photography looks great to me.

Martha said...

OH MY, Darnell, this is simply beautiful! Fabulous design! Beautifully done! I love it!

oldpunca said...

O my god, what a delicate and wonderful card! Pastel background is fabulous. :-) Don't remind me on christmas cards. I'm also in a big minus. :-))
Hugs, Sonja

Greta said...

Oh wow--I think your mind was several steps above mine for this card, Darnell! Stunning, classy, modern--my FAVORITE!

Craftychris said...

Love the gorgeous shimmery snowflakes! Stunning colours making a wonderful Christmas card. I like Windows 10 too. I agree the upgrade was so smooth and I also have my fingers crossed it stays ok!!! xxxxx

Loll said...

LOVE this card. Liquid platinum is my favourite colour for heat embossing. It looks amazing on your card. And I love the bokeh? of pastels. Gorgeous Dolly!!

I have been reluctant to install Windows 10 ... I also heard bad things. Thanks for your take on it. Lolly xx

Donna Phelan said...

LOVE your background and the metallic embossing! This is so pretty!

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous card Darnell! You did a darned good job photographing it. I see the pastels and the shimmer of metallic's.

Colleen said...

Stunning card, Darnell!! Love how you used that little stamp from the Friendship Jar collection!!

DIANA L. said...

beautiful card great combo of pastel and gold embossing

Betty Wright said...

Gorgeous, Darnell! Pure JOY! Wonderful Christmas card design!

Pon Malar said...

Oh wow, this is too pretty :) lovely embossing & subtle colors :)

Helen F. said...

Oh Myyyy, Darnell! this is such a gorgeous Christmas card! I am all about the non-traditional colors and your card is simply perfect :-)

Susanne Vargas said...

WOW! Your pastel background is absolutely stunning with the platinum snowflakes! You rocked this inspiration picture!

Lisa said...

Yes...this is my new favorite card from you Darnell, what a LOOKER!!!

Claire said...

How funny Darnell - we really did have exactly the same idea! And I like yours so much better lol. What a great idea to emboss the snowflakes...why didn't I think of that?!

cards by cara said...

38 photos!! WOW!! I love this card you made - simply stunning!

Maybe I should get started on holiday cards ... :)

A Crafty Person said...

Darnell, Your card is breath-takingly stunning!! Very beautiful.

Sherrie M. said...

Absolutely fabulous card Darnell!! Your silvery snowflakes look great against the pastel background. What an amazing twist on holiday.

Karen B. said...

Such a stunner! I really enjoy your mix of metallics and pastels.

Jacquie Southas said...

Wow, wow, wow!! Gorgeous is the first word that comes to mind!

Sadie said...

Oh my! This card is absolutely so pretty! Just love those platinum snowflakes on that pastel background! The photo really captures the shine. I Love it!

Jane Willis said...

And exqweez me for commenting twice, but I'm back with my Rudolph Days hat on (you can tell by the bells and antlers) - many thanks for joining in the May challenge
Jane
DT

jen said...

This is really beautiful! Love the watercolor softness with that pretty metallic embossing! Your post cracked me up!! Thank you for your persistence to capture the beauty!!😜 Glad Windows 10 worked out for you!!

Cheryl W. said...

It's always fun to receive a Christmas card made with non-traditional colors. This one's a beauty!

Gerrina said...

You still surprise me! This time it is the unusual combination of pastels and platinum that looks so good on your card, but I never would have thought to use them together! Great card! Hope you have a fun week!

Linda said...

This is just beautiful Darnell, I love the platinum with the pastel shades ...... soooo pretty. This is the second post I've seen this morning using that yummy embossing powder and now I have to have it!!! Guess what my first job is today! xx

Lisa Tilson said...

This is such a beautiful contemporary Christmas card, I really love the mix of colours and the Ranger Platinum embossing powder is probably my favourite powder, it works perfectly with these colours. Gorgeous Darnell!

TesaB said...

Total gorgeousness! Beautiful stamping with layers.

Janelle said...

How great is that!!! Loverly!!!

Secondly, Windows 10 sucked big time when I upgraded. Talk about needing a time machine or a large window - I couldn't decide which one I needed most. Hahaha! Glad yours worked well. MMMwah!

The Paper Toile said...

Beautiful layering! Love that platinum embossing!

bjmartin said...

This is gorgeous Darnell! I love the pastels with the platinum embossing powder! And snowflakes! I thought about snowflakes for the blog hop too but ended up going in a different direction. Love this!

Tina Z. said...

wow, such a beautiful card - I love the shimmer and colours of your snowflakes, they are magical ...

I hope that Windows 10 will stay okay, mine are doing fine so far.

Barb said...

Wow Darnell, what a beautiful card. I love the pastel colours with the embossed snowflakes.

Windows 10 seems to be fine. Hubby got it about 18 months ago and had all sorts of problems including losing all email access. They do seem to have ironed out the problems now. Barbxx

Sue said...

Darnell - this is a beautiful card. I love your pastel background with gorgeous shimmery snowflakes - I;m very glad you called this an overlay because i have to do a DT card soon where the theme is overlay and I wasn't absolutely certain what that was - you have inspired me!
Sue...xxx

Marlena M. said...

Oh, this is perfection Darnell~shimmery goodness! You make me laugh & manage to help me too, all in one post! I've been avoiding the update, but you've given me the nudge~

Jean said...

Just lovely! Very unique and captures winter so well. I love the word "penchant" and try to use it as often as possible!

Sheila H said...

Beautifully done - love how it sparkles.

6th Street Sundries said...

What a lovely and unique take on the inspiration photo! Thank you for following me, and now that I've discovered you, I have reciprocated! I can't wait to see your projects in my email! 😊

Sandra H said...

Wow 38 takes that's a lot of snapping!....lol and it's absolutely beautiful xx

Gina said...

A most beautiful card! Love your take on the inspiration.

Michele Henderson said...

Wow! Darnell, this is gorgeous! I love the pastel colors, the embossing, the colors--everything is just gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us over at The Card Concept!
Take care!
Michele

Sue - said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Darnell! I upgraded to 10 a while ago and had to change photo editing software as it didn't like my very old programme I used. So far though it seems OK otherwise but I still prefer 7.

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

This is a such stunning card Darnell. I love how you've used the delicate pastel colours behind your silver embossed snowflakes, it's absolutely beautiful. Crafty hugs, Sandra X

Patti said...

Oh Darnell! this card is one of my favorites you have ever made! LOVE the pastel with the silver As they say in the Midwest "Holy buckets"!!

You did an outstanding job photographing it! I had the same struggles capturing mine on "film"?? oh my but you did it and wowser!

So interested to hear the Windows10 was a success for you! my poor husband has nearly lost sleep over the impending change that he is putting off as long as he can! LOL

Hope your week is going well! So glad to see you out and about : )

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love the snowflakes stamps you've used for this and the wonderful pastel shades too.

Sue xx

Joyously Noelle said...

What a lovely, festive, and non traditional card!

Joyce said...

This is lovely, Darnell. Way to pull out the oldies but goodies and use them in a totally different way. Those snowflakes were one of my very first PTI purchases, and still an old favorite. I believe the sentiment is one of the Think Big Favorites, but I don't remember which one.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wow wow wow! What a stunner!!! I LOVE the embossed snowflakes!

Kim Heggins said...

Love your beautiful card Darnell...your snowflakes are fabulous! Thanks for the news on Windows 10 updates, that is good to know.

Cris G said...

I just love your considerations on wording, please don't change :).
Your card looks gorgeous despite the difficulty in photographing, love the design and pastel colors, but what I love the most is how you interpreted the ice cream inspiration piece, very clever!
Thank you for the feedback about Windows 10, and great to know that you are happy with the upgrading.

scrappymo! said...

Ohhhh...I love the arty look of this lovely card. The inky background is fab and looks perfect with these snowflakes!

Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Days Challenge.

Planetsusie said...

Oh my word this is such a beeeeautiful card Darnell! I love the colours underneath the snowflakeys! Absolutely brilliant. Am just orf to email you about your visit to the UK. Woo hoo!

Big hugs to you Soupie xxxx

Linby said...

oh I LOVE it - what unusual colours to use, but they work so well - great inspiration.

Leanne said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Love your card. It's gorgeous! Am your newest follower.

Geri said...

...my first comment seems to have disappeared so sorry if this is a duplicate! Plus some of your photos don't show up. Windows 10? Or my slow poke computer ???

THIS IS STUNNING!!! GORGEOUS!!! AWESOME!!! INCREDIBLE! TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL!!!

Your inked background blows me away! 'Metal' away dear friend cuz you and metal play very nicely together :)

My new #1 Favorite Darnell card!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my goodness, this is beautiful! Love the fresh colors for a Christmas card. You are a fabulous and prolific stamper!

Heidi Stamps said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! I know, it is so hard to photograph certain cards, such a pain, but I am glad you got a photo that worked because I like it!

Jen W. said...

So annoying when a gorgeous card will not cooperate with the camera! Sometimes, no matter how beautiful something is, it;s just not meant to be a model!
And I totally agree with you about "predilection"! Ha ha!

Alanna said...

This is so beautiful Darnell. I love the soft colors. And thanks for making me laugh from the first of your post. I can always count on you to make me smile.

Lilian YF said...

Wow! This is gorgeous, Darnell! Love it!
Thank you for joining us at The Card Concept!
Lilian
The Leaf Studio

LesleyG said...

Pastel and platinum beautificacious delightful card, and I too am at least minus 73 on the target! Fingers and toes crossed for your 10 upgrade, I haven't had the courage xxx

Di said...

Wow Darnell - what a pretty pastel Christmas card, I totally love it! Clever you. Gosh it took me forever to scroll down and read all the lovely comments here (I'm nosy like that).

And well done on Windows 10 too, we're both Linux fans but I can see how delighted you must be that it went smoothly after all the initial bad press. Sometimes it pays to wait until Microsoft have 'trialled' a product on an unsuspecting public and then fixed the bugs and complaints fed back to them - that they didn't throw their own internal resources at in the first place:)

Happy weekend!

Hugs

Di xx

Jenni's Jems said...

Oh my this is just GORGEOUS Darnell love those shimmery snowflakes !!!!and glad you are feeling better xxx

Jenni's Jems said...

Oh my this is just GORGEOUS Darnell love those shimmery snowflakes !!!!and glad you are feeling better xxx

Linda Harris said...

Stunning card. Love the 'English' language and how many words can have the same meaning. Thank you so much for my wonderful birthday card - so looking forward to July x

Julie Gearinger said...

Very pretty! Love the snowfakes with the pastels and metallics :-) Thanks for playing along with us at The Card Concept!

Karren said...

This would have to be up there with one of my favorite cards ever of yours, Darnell - and there are a few on my list! Gorgeous, gorgeous card!

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, This is gorgeous.... positively stunning! So glad you took those 38 pics so we could get a hint of its beauty. :)

Bożena Adamusińska said...

I love bubble background which created the beautiful snowflakes. This card reminds me of Christmas morning. Peace and joy ... beautiful inspiration.
hugs,
BozenA

OH Babs said...

One layer of elegance, just gorgeous.
Ten - arghhhhhhh! I tried it several months ago and thought the top of my head was going to explode. Thank goodness I got rid of it quickly. I am too old to play with something new. It did not work for me and I was in a panic and my mister is a MAC snob and knows nothing. My computer kid, in your area, just said "well undo it." Dah. But I am happy for you.
To calm me down your card is probably your best. I am hoping you are feeling better, I am. :) mwah to you

Teddra said...

So pretty! The pastel and shimmer are a great combination.....I simply LOVE this card!

Nora N. said...

This card is so pretty!! I LOVE your take on the challenge. The snowflakes are fabulous and the way you did the background is STUNNING!! Totally fabulous design!!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

So beautiful with pastels and platinum Darnell!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Joan said...

A stunning card ! love the colours and those gorgeous snowflakes, truly splendiferous !

Cara said...

I adore those colours on this card, just wonderful. My word of the week is now persnickity! Love it! Cara x

jenn shurkus said...

this is gorgeous!!! i just love snowflakes and i love the non traditional colors you used :) thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

Andrea said...

Wow Darnell,
You've did it again:-)... what a absolutely sensational card... stunning colours and sparkle,I do love the pastels you've used its so beautiful and makes the card fresh and lively .Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent you are inspirational .
Big hugs and wishing you well Andrea x

P.S 38 photos, I thought I was bad taking 9 or 10 sometimes...what can I say ... awesome !

LauraJane:) said...

How cleaver of you to use the inspiration as a Pastel Christmas card!! Thanks for playing at TCC:)

Karen D said...

My gosh, such a pretty card. I love the soft background colours and the gorgeous embossed hanging snowflakes.

Shelly said...

Absolutely, gorgeous!!

Whisper said...

Simply delightful, am loving the embossing and distress inks, thanks for joining us at May's Rudolph Days Challenge, sorry for the delay only i've been cruising round the Med, Luv Sam x

Mary-Anne V said...

wow what a stunning card! I love the effect of the embossing.