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

May 20, 2016

Pretty Pink Poppies

Hi there!

How's it going? Did your week whoosh by? Did you get a chance to uncover and set up the patio furniture? Change the filter on the air conditioner? Finish up your spring cleaning? Or did you put your prior itties in the proper order and get crafty instead?

I went with the ladder and got crafty! My ittie today is to remind you that there is still a fun challenge going on over at Tag You're It!, in which I am happily guest designing. I made you this mid-challenge tag:

I'm showcasing a NBUS "Perky Poppy" die from Memory Box. The e/f is "Poppy Field" by Darice and the snippet of DSP is vintage from SU. Using a Thinlits die from SU, I made the fishtail banners from the remaining snippet of e/f paper and a snippet of text DSP from my stash. A piece of twine and ombre heart Washi tape round out the ingredients.

Here is the challenge inspiration made for you by the uber-talented TYI Designer Jeanne Jachna:
Pixies Crafty Workshop
There aren't many tags in the gallery yet. Jeanne has given you many ways you can go with your interpretation, so I hope you will be able to play with us before the challenge closes!

I'm also sharing my tag with my friends at Pixie's Snippets Playground where the only rule is you have to use your snippets!

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The pretty pink posie paper and personable perky poppy still wanted to play, so Hammy and I prepared a couppla other popular polar opposite negative/positive cards. (If I had to pay $5 for every pee, that sentence would've cost me $105. That's your math for today. Don't come here looking for classes on English or your Grammar because you will be Miss Lead.)
The NBUS giant hugs is from Casual Fridays Stamps "Mwah" set.

Challenges

Sediment is from Your Next Stamp. The border snippet is made from the reverse side of the floral paper. Go me for using pp!

Challenges
Grab Our Badge!
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Bloggie Friend (BF): You always make me laugh, Darnell. What makes you laugh?
Me:
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New Friends Corner

I am pickled tink to welcome another five new friends today and I hope you will be able to visit them soon and introduce yourself!

Janet of Stamping with "MOO". Janet started her blog in 2007. In 2008 she discovered challenges. She posts intermittently as she works full-time and also enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, hot-rodding, and motorcycling! It's wonderful that she enjoys so many hobbies and makes such delightful cards for our inspiration!

Glennis F. of Creating Cards. Glennis began blogging in 2010. Unlike me, Glennis is a woman of few words, but that's okay. Her wonderful gallery-style of blogging allows us to scroll along the page and see lots and lots of extraordinary cards. You'll also notice that she is regularly recognized by challenges for her beautiful designs!

Cara Gregory of Crafting Bunnies. Cara started blogging March 2015. Happy belated blog birthaversary, Cara! As her blog name suggests, Cara has two crafty bunnies ~ real critters, not imaginary like my Hammy! Cara started blogging in order to join in challenges and it's been a treat to get to know her and enjoy her delightful card art!

Lisa Tilson of My Card Trip. Lisa only started blogging in February of this year, so please make an extra special effort to click over and welcome Lisa to our wonderful community in Blogland! After making cards for years following in her mother's footsteps, Lisa started stalking blogs (especially Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner) and taking card classes to learn new techniques. Then, lucky for us, she started her own blog!

Heidi Stamps of My Little Stamping Blog. Heidi started blogging in 2014, but she has really gotten passionate about it this year. Her card art has received recognition in challenges and I think you will be delighted and inspired by her cards, which I find to be uplifting and cheerful! 

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83 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are gorgeous! LOVING all the PINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia Aston said...

Loving the pink and white - the lovely embedded die cuts and embossed background! so springy and uplifting! have a great weekend Sis! Julia xx

Jane Willis said...

Beautiful! How the heck did you have that gorgeous poppy die in your NBUS? I'd have been ripping the packaging off it the second I brought it into the house, it's far too lovely not to use
Jane

cm said...

Your pretty pink posie paper and personable perky poppy tag/cards are nothing short of stellar, my friend! I'm going to see your $105 pee-tally and raise it another $5 with: PERFECT! Love these! Heading back for some close-up induced swooning...
Hugs~c

TK said...

Beautiful, Darnell! Love both the tag and the cards with that beautiful die! Did I hear you say 'thou must not lust after your neighbor's stuff?' Arrgh!

Deepti Aggarwal said...

WOW!!! Beautiful cards and tag..love your poppy die too much...so beautiful..

Loll said...

Three fantastic designs using the poppy die. LOVE IT! Great job using some patterned paper too. :) Hope you are feeling well. xx

A splash of color said...

Great cards.. love the poppy..love the technique.. LOVE the cartoon.. my husband tried having blood taken .. after the third try the gal said "I guess I need to go get my glasses" Youza..

conil said...

Jumped into your fray from Tag Your It!. Couldn't wait to tell you how sweet you mid-term tag was then got hit between the eyes with these two lovely cards. Looks like the patio furniture and window cleaning will have to wait at your house for a while because you're on a roll. And using DP, too. So ashamed, my stash hasn't dwindled much. So today, I'm saying you're the Princess of Pretty Pink Paper...and, oh yes, diecuts.

Mrs A. said...

Two gorgeous cards and tag. I do like to see poppies on a card. We don't cover up our garden furniture as it is wrought iron but The Doc does set the fountains up each year. We have 4 of them in the garden an himpessive loins head one, a kaskadin urn, a birdie bath style and a leaky tap that pours into a leaky bucket. (They work on solar power do as long as the sun shines they sprinkle. ) just spent the last week planting up a 20ft long herbaceous border. It does have poppies in it too. Anyways I have not been in my craft room so will have to make do with oldies. Hugs Mrs A.

Pat said...

Georgeous creations Darnell, my, you have been busy! I love your GD tag and that pretty poppy and paper certainly deserve to be featured on these three beautiful makes. I especially love the way you have inlaid the poppy and your lovely choice of sentiments, and the embossing works perfectly in the background of the tag, and the heart washy tape and the little fishtail banners and sentiment are great finishing touches. x

Brenda in IN said...

Beautiful tag and I'm loving those cards. The paper is just beautiful. I laughed out loud at the cartoon! I'm glad to see you do have your priorities straight. Housework and yardwork are overrated anyhow.

Barb said...

Congratulations on your Guest Design Team Darnell and the tag is a little beauty. I really love your Twofers . They're both absolutely gorgeous and look so diffferent. Thanks for popping by earlier. Barbxx

Redanne said...

Sadly, I have been trying to do a bit of painting whilst DH is away for a few days.... wish I had been making cards like you Darnell, your tag is beautiful and these cards are simply gorgeous - I think I am beginning to like pink! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Annie xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Loving all this pinknessssss, Darnelle, your tag and cards are gorgeous, an the poppy die is so pretty, fabulous work, Kate x

Patti said...

Wow!! I love that delicate Poppy die!! your tag and each card are so beautiful! It is great to see you back in the Playhouse friend!!

BIG (((Hugs)))
Patti

jimlynn said...

Poppies, poppies everywhere - and ALL so beautiful! You've been as busy as a bee and I love all of them.
(cute toon too. I love it when the doctor tells you 'this is going to sting a little bit.' That means to hang for dear life cause it's going to hurt like the dickens! LOL!)!
Lynn

Linda said...

Great makes ... and what a gorgeous poppy die. I do love how you use the positive and the negative of your die cuts .... very clever. And I love all the pink!!! so pretty. Have a fabulous weekend hun xx

Ruth said...

Me, I've been ignoring the ironing and making cards and reading! I love all of these. That poppy die is gorgeous and pairs beautifully with that paper. Always love how you get more than one card out of die cuts. Thank you for introducing Lisa on your blog. She's a lovely person and makes beautiful cards. Xx

Viv said...

You just knew I would LOVE all this pinkness didnt you DEE!gorgeous cards again my friend.Still got about 101 jobs to do before I can make a card arghhh! seriously there just aren't enough hours in the day lol! enjoy your weekend my luverly friend ;) hugs Vee xx

Nonni said...

Wow Darnell, so beautiful makes! I love your color palette in all of these and the inlaid die in your TO card looks just stunning. I also like the added white stripes. Very stylish. Thanks for taking TIME OUT and playing along in our challenge!

Linda said...

Darnell, those pretty pink posies are so beautiful. Love both cards and tag.

Bonnie said...

Perfectly, pretty, pink poppies, my friend!

Lisa said...

All of your projects are so beautiful!! I love the pretty flowers and the designs!! They look amazing!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Bobby said...

You got your money's worth out of the DP, Darnell. Wonderful cards with that poppy die. And tag. I can't forget the tag and thanks for promoting Tag You're It!

Tracey McNeely said...

Perky Poppy is a fabulous die Darnell. I love your tag especially with the poppy e/f background. The cards that you and Hammy made are equally amazing! We were so happy to have you as our guest this challenge! Have a great weekend!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love all of your pink poppy creations and I got a good chuckle from your cartoon you posted. LOL

Jane said...

Love these pink poppy creations. Thanks for linking up with one of them at AAA Cards.

scrAPpamondo said...

I'm in love with all these tags, the poppie die is fabulous an the pink makes them so sweet!! The first one is my favourite, with this wonderful embossing and the sentiment

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE all the pink! You CCCB card with the pink BG is stunning!

Carol L said...

What a wonderful collection of cards and a pretty tag too! That's one gorgeous die, and I love how you used it on all of these wonderful creations! Thx for the chuckles with the cartoon too :) Happy weekend!

Kara Lynne said...

That tag is gorgeous, Darnell!! I love your mix of pink and white with that great border of colorful hearts. Fantastic cards too! Thanks for being our guest designer!

Sue from Oregon said...

I love to see different ways to use tools and goodies...I love that you gave this die a run for it's money in making these gorgeous cards Darnell! ♥ Sue Kment

Cat Craig said...

Love the inlay on the patterned paper what a fabulous idea. Your pinkies are all gorgeous! Hugs!

Cheryl W. said...

OMG - that "little stick" cartoon made me laugh out loud!! Loved it. Loved your cards today, too, Darnell...especially that last one. Simple, but beautiful.

Moosisk said...

Thanks for the shout out! Love your blog and the inspiration I get from your creations. :D

Marina said...

Fabulous use of pink on these crisp, fresh-looking cards - just so pretty. Thanks for joining in at City Crafter. Marina DT

Maxine D said...

Ohhhh Darnell - not only patterned paper but a beautiful die cut as well - what wonderful creations, all three of them.!!
Blessings
Maxine

Di said...

Squeal! PINK!!!!! I love each one of these cards Darnell and of course it's so lovely that you brought on to show us in the Snippets Playground too. I do love that poppy die, ought to get mine out to play more often really.

Have a lovely weekend!

Hugs

Di xx

Lynn said...

Beautiful cards, and I really do like the tag with all of its detail. I shall hop over to the challenge. A bit chilly here in the UK, and I need a squeezy sponge to get all the raindrops off the patio furniture! Have a good weekend. Lynn x

Lynn said...

Oh those dies are so dedicated and beautiful. Love how the embossing mirrors the dies. Stunning!!

Cara said...

Beautiful makes, I'm loving the dies and embossing folder combo. Thank you for introducing me too and saying such lovely things. Cara x

Monika Reeck said...

Pink and white and so beautiful on your card
that DIES is adorable
and your arrangement on your card is sweet
love the card you show at ATSM ...
Happy Saturday my sweet friend Darnell see you around maybe I miss your visit ...
many thanks for joining with us at ATSM this week
hugs
Monika (DT Member)

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Here's some more P's..... pretty perfect picture of poppies!
A beautiful set of cards.
Have a great day.
Ang x

Neets B said...

You really are beautifully bonkers, Darnell! :D
Loving this die and all three creations, it works wonderfully with the EF and the paper. All perfectly pretty in pink.
Thanks for sharing over at HLS and ATSM xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the beautiful cards and the fabby tag. I am really into using tags embellished and then put onto a card at the moment.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful cards Darnell. Love the CAS look.
Hugs,
Em x

Anita in France said...

Pretty in pink, Darnell ... perfectly posed perky poppies, planted pleasingly in pulchritudinous posies ... so poised and palpably praiseworthy! Roughly translated ... j'adore ... a trio of gorgeousness! So delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out, mon amie! MYM ... hugs & mwah, Anita :)

Happy Dance said...

*sigh* Pinks. *sigh* Poppies. You've brightened my day with this lovely trio, sweet Miss D. Each makes my eyes and heart happy to linger upon. And they are equal to each other in beauty. Soft, delicate, pretty, and happy makers. I love these. You just rock, my darling friend. I miss you. Let's chat next week...xoxo Bev

Pia S said...

Love seeing how the same stash can be used for different designs. That poppy open petal die is gorgeous, as are your creations.
Ps: sent you an email regarding windows 10,,,

Sarah said...

Such prettiness Darnell and I love the poppy die xx

OH Babs said...

Happy weekend Irma,
Love your poppy tag (congrats as GD). The hearts are washi tape? Wow guess that is why I love washi tape, how cool. :)BBB

Zelda C said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! Love that poppy die. And thanks for the giggle (as always). Your BF is right, you do make us laugh and I love visiting! xox

Gerrina said...

Great to see so many different poppycards! Think I love the one with the butterfly best :) Enjoy your weekend!

oldpunca said...

Amazing playing with poppy die cuts. :-) All your cards and especially the tag, are fabulous.
Let me tell you, that I have decided for spring cleaning. Not inspired at all... :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...love all your pretty in pink cards, so sweet.

Lindsey said...

Gorgeous cards, all! I can't believe I've been gardening instead of card-making, silly me. :D

Ros Crawford said...

You always make me chuckle... What a fun post and a beautiful array of cards and tag! Loving the pink! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB this week!

Lia said...

I have just noticed that you have become my latest follower and wish you a warm welcome to my blog! I am always so glad when fellow crafters are joining my followerslist! I had a look at your blog too and I like it very much, so I became your follower as well!
Hope we will enjoy each others blogs for a long time to come.
Have a nice sunday,
Lia xx

Donna said...

Beautiful tag and cards Darnell! Like your soft pinks, the negative and positive and your butterfly! Have a wonderful week!

laurie said...

Cute projects Darnell!I love that pretty die you used. That's a funny joke too!LOL

Julie B said...

Fab pair of cards Darnell, love the poppy ef, must keep a lookout for that one.
So pleased you joined in our CAS challenge this week at ATSM. :0

Melissa L. said...

Oooo, lover-li-ness, Darnell! Beautiful inlaid die cut and the pink an white......ahhhhh. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards and make sure to stop by for our Birthday Blog Hop!

Diane said...

Two really gorgeous card designs Darnell.

Hugs diane

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Lovely projects in pink Darnell, they are wonderful. Your itties seems to better than mine today, although I didn't finish the spring clean, it can wait, there's a lovely sunshine outdoors :)

Love and hugs
Maarit

Greta said...

Hi Darnell--So happy you were able to stop by my blog--you've been on my mind. That tag is so unique & beautiful--love how the e/f goes perfectly with the die cut! You know I love pink & your cards are some of my favorites! Wishing you a great week, my friend!

Marybeth said...

You sure have your creative mind working at full speed! These cards and tag are gorgeous! I am loving all the pink and inlays! My big intentions is sit by the pool and read only after I brush our huge dog..... I keep putting it off. Getting up right now to do it! Have a good one!

Heidi Stamps said...

Hey, thanks for including my blog link in your list! That is so fun! It is true that I got a pretty slow start blogging! I have been trying to post a lot more this year!

I love your poppy cards. I have the Darice Embossing folder, but I love how your poppy die cut looks with that! It adds so much to the design! That is a really nice way to use that folder, even though I love it, I haven't used it so much!

Rose said...

Lovely tag and even lovelier cards. All so gorgeously pink! Your posts always lift my day!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Tag perfection!!!!! Amazing what you packed into that little thing and it still doesn't look overloaded! Pretty cards, too!

Mimi said...

Another cute tag! Hope you're feeling well!

Susanne Vargas said...

Wow, that poppy die got quite the workout! And the results are so pretty!
I am so behind in visits/comments because I had a crazy week and only now start to slowly catch up! Sorry!

Lisa Tilson said...

Oh goodness that die and all that pink - a marriage made in heaven. These are stunning! All of them. you make me want to find ways to use my papers and I love the inlaid die cutting technique. Thanks for much also for the introduction Darnell, I have had some lovely visitors already, so I really appreciate that. Hugs, Lisa

Toni said...

now that's bang for your crafting buck using the diecuts and negative cuts that way--love it, Darnell!

Toni

JoAnn said...

Love your beautiful cards, espcially the pretty "big hugs" one.
Thank you so much for thinking of me.
Hugs, JoAnn

!neke said...

Hi there Darnell , great cards !!!!
I am stil in California, preciseley in Temple City.
Do you live around the corner ??????

Hugs Ineke

Helen F. said...

These are three beauties in pink and white! Love the design of each creation and that Perky Poppy die is lovely, Darnell.

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautiful collection of cards Darnell, love the softness of them.

Shona Chambers said...

Love that comic joke so much, it always feels like a stick that big when I get an injection too!!! So much crafting going on in this post, you've been busy crafting and getting ready for warmer weather. Your TIME OUT card is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly inlaid with that die-cutting and goes so well with that pretty floral paper. Always feels very satisfying to be able to make a card from leftovers, kind of like making a casserole from left-over turkey but a lot more attractive!!! And you know I always love to see you at TIME OUT!!!

Geri said...

... my post disappeared again! Sorry if it shows up later and this is another duplicate!

Stunning creations! The MB die is gorgeous - so dainty! Pink seems to be the color that this die begs for. A subtle way to showcase the die. Love the tag (especially the rows of hearts). Adore the second card - the shimmery butterfly and the hugs sentiment rock. Third card made my heart flutter. Inlaying the diecut into the patterned paper is a match made in floral heaven!

Thanks for my morning giggle - great cartoon!

Nora N. said...

What beautiful creations!! LOVE that tag. So wanted to join this celebration but alas, I am always a day late and a dollar short!! Love your inlaying of that die on the third card too. Looks fabulous with the pink!!

Taunya Butler said...

Well - you certainly have the hang of this inlaid die cutting thing down!! So cool - I am just not catching on, but I will keep trying - you have totally inspired me with these pretty and sweet cards - Your tag was beautiful and I really loved it!!

Creative world said...

Wow...what a stunning card,Darnell...I just LOVE everything about it...the design,the colors,the butterflies...So glad you join us these week at ATSM-AG...hugs...Željka DT