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October 21, 2016

Autumnal Coffee

Hi there!

Here we are whooshed around to another Friday! Why don't we change Fridays to Frydays with mandatory free french fries delivered to our homes once a day? You think I'm kiddink, but I'm not. You'll have to check out the picture at the end of this post to see the glass cozy I bought while I was in Minnesota!

Hammy and I are cozily back into a routine in the Playhouse, happy as pigs in ice cream. Here we go!
While I was at the Lake House, I showed some of the other BABES what Kylie taught me at the Happy Little Stampers retreat in England about working with Brushos and Ardyth showed us a comparison using Color Burst. It was great fun! Using one of my Tim Holtz stencils, I made this topper with Brushos and finished the card off at home with score lines and a sediment from My Favorite Things poppies stamp set. You might see some schparkle from dew drops cuz I like to photograph my cards outside.

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A simple and dirty card. The wee stain is from Waltzingmouse. All the other ingradients on my card are NBUS. The word die is from Verve, the rings are from Precious Remembrance "Positive Thoughts," and the sediment is from Concord & 9th's "You're My Person." 

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87 comments:

Ruth said...

I love the idea of Fridays coming round with free French fries! I adore your Brusho panel. I've not yet tried this fascinating medium, but it looks so amazing out in the sunshine. Have a very fabulous weekend my friend - your new mug warmer is hilarious. Xx

Maxine D said...

Love that mug Darnell - and your cards are amazing - the brusho's stencil is gorgeous, especially with the dew drops sparking. As for that coffee card - I think like that too!
Blessings
Maxine

Christine Harrop said...

I'm all for for more Fench fries (or chips, as we call them), especially if they are free. Your mug really brought a smile to my face - your exercise mug I mean, not your face, although that would make me smile too! I love Friday because it is fish and chips for lunch day!! Hugs Christine xx

Christine Harrop said...

I got so carried away salivating over my fish and chips that I forgot to salivate about your card! (I almost said "over" your card but that would not be pleasant.) I love autumnal colours and love to see the trees changing colour, so your card hits the spot for me. Christine xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Fab cards.

Can't say I have ever heard of a 'Glass Cozy'.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Have a fab Friday. Sue

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Two lovely cards, your Autumnal themed leafy card is gorgeous, those rich warm colours from the Brushos really do look like real Autumn leaves.
Lorraine

Kylie said...

How awesome to be teaching the stencil technique yourself!! Go you! Sounds like you had such fun. The colours you achieved for your leaves is amazing. Great work, my friend! xx

Jane Willis said...

I have jut GOT to get some brushos to play with after seeing your gorgeous card! And I'm definitely more of an extra fries than an exercise fan!
Jane

Craftychris said...

Your Brusho card is glorious, love the effect and the colours are wonderful! Your coffee card is fabulous too and the sentiment is so lovely! Chips on a Friday, definitely sounds good to me and your glass cozy just says it all, perfect! xxx

Julie B said...

Glad to see you are spreading the Brusho love Darnell. I first started using it with my 7 yr olds making autumn leaves. Their little faces were a sight to behold when they saw the magic happen. It never ceases to amaze me every time I use them even now. Di has been added to our stash by visiting the local art shop, but I'm still trying to discover what OST stands for! :)

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell, I love the gorgeous colours on the brusho card and the great sentiment too. Love the cup.

Sue xx

Julie B said...

Oops. I meant to say ADDING!

Carole said...

Thank you for making me smile Darnell...love your post and your mug! I'm definitely the extra fries girl!! Love the brushos card...mine are sadly still awaiting playtime. Have a good weekend. xx

Birgit said...

What gorgeous coloring on those leaves!! Darnell, this card is beautiful! So, is there a big difference between brushos and color burst powders?? Your coffee card is as sweet as can be too!! So glad your back at home enjoying some crafty time with hammy.

Pat said...

Your time at the lake was very productive Darnell and these Brusho stencilled leaves are just gorgeous, and love your fun CAS coffee card too. It's definitely fries for me...love that cozy! x

Sheila H said...

I love the cards and the drink cozy!!

Marilyn said...

Both of your cards are beautiful!! Never used the Brusho yet. Love the saying on your cozy

Heidi Stamps said...

It looks like the brusho powders were made specifically to make gorgeous fall leaves. SO pretty! I would take a coffee and french fry delivery service. :)

Jeanne said...

That first card is gorgeous, Darnell. Those brushos can make some beautiful color combinations. Wow! The second card is fun. Why would you put a wet coffee cup onto a card though? (LOL) Great cup cozy! Have a great weekend! So happy you are home and playing again. :)

Brenda in IN said...

I will be trying my Brushos later today because I love your card. I did it once and it was a blob so perseverance will pay off! I love the coffee rings since that is always what happens. The cozy is just a fun one. I'm on board with the fries on Fryday. Could we have sundaes on Sunday too?

Carol L said...

Fabulous cards today (as I sit here sipping my autumn cuppa java) and enjoy your post! I just love those autumn leaves and I may be the only person on this earth who hasn't tried brushos yet! LOL Have a great autumn day ;)

Sandy said...

Love the leaf card -- the stencil brushos are so pretty, and really reflect the beauty of fall. The scoring and sentiment are the perfect finishing touches.
And free fries -- you could get elected on that platform!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful cards, I love the leaves on the top one :) Hmmm french fries... we only eat them when we've had a healthy cycle ride, defeats the purpose I suppose but they are so good. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Shirleyxx

Loll said...

Hi Dolly. Your coffee card is CAS-a-licious!! And your brushos card is so pretty with all those gorgeous watercoloured leaves in autumn colours. Your leaf card fits the CAS Watercolour challenge perfectly and would love to see you there. Lolly xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely creations Darnell..just love the Autumn colours on your first card and your second card is very clever...


Anne

Donna Ellis said...

Looks like you had a great time in Minnesota, Darnell!

Today's cards are lovely - the dancing, lively Autumn leaves with than touch of dry embossing, and the fabulous coffee card, are both wonderful creations! Thanks for sharing! hugs, de

stampwithsandy said...

Your brusho'd leaves are gorgeous, Darnell! That is a product I have never used but would love to try. Coffee cup card is adorable too, but your cozy steals the show! Hysterical! So glad you joined us this week at The Paper Players AND Stamp Ink Paper!

Redanne said...

The glass cozy is such fun Darnell!

Both cards are beautiful, I really love the Brusho leaves on the first one, the tones are just perfect for Autumn. The second one made me smile as poor David is always spilling his coffee.... Hugs, Annie xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautiful both your cards, and the first one is really stunning! Great work with brushos and stencils!

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Darnell! I am all for French Fries delivered on Fridays! Love the cozy you got - fits my sediments exactly! The leaves card is beautiful. Have not worked much with Brushos or Color Bursts but they do make very pretty cards. Have a great day!

Misty Elam said...

Hahaha, LOVE your Koozie!!! Well, we call them koozies, but your cozy. Love your cards too!! I haven't had time to do any fall ones yet so I'm really loving that top one.

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Darnell, both of your cards are stunning!! The leaves look amazing!! What gorgeous colors!! The coffee stain card is fabulous!! I almost spit water on my computer screen when I saw the cozy!! Ha!!

I have a question for you...was the issue fixed where you couldn't follow blogs? I know another person who had the problem and they can now, but I still can't follow blogs. It's so frustrating. Thanks!! Oh, my email is: indymermaid at gmail dot com. Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jean said...

So pretty!

Bad Kitty (Fiki) said...

beautiful card!
hugs

Linda Harris said...

Fabulous cards Darnell. Hope you had a great time while you were away, but it's nice to see you crafting again. xxx

Bobby said...

This turned out great, Darnell. I think I need some Brusho lessons.

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous colours and a great design, love it. Also love the great little pot at the end, fabulous sentiment, I shall use that next time my Hubby say I need some exercise.
Have a lovely weekend.

Kath x

Sharon Underwood said...

Hi Darnell! Love your cards! The one with the coffee stain is so CAS -- exactly my style! The leaves on the other one are so pretty, I just love all the colors. Have a wonderful day!

Barb said...

Sorry Darnell but frydays wouldn't work for me at the moment - I'd have to eat them!

I love your coffee ring card. It's a really fun idea. Might have to use that one and the autumn leaves look beautiful. The brushos work so well for leaves. Such lovely autumn colours. Barbxx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Awesome cards. I especially love the pretty leaves one but the coffee ring one is super great too.

Ardyth said...

This is so pretty, Darnell! Love the effects of the Brushos through the stencil - gorgeous fall colours! And your coffee card sentiment made me smile. So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

Karen P said...

Two beautiful cards Missy D! Love the autumn feel to the first and the lovely rich colour of the second. Hope you and Mr are keeping well sweetie xx

MaryH said...

The brusho fall leaves are just bloomin' gorgeous! You've put your UK classes to fantastic use with superb results. And love your dewdrops too! It's a lovely design. Also like the dirty circles card! Great design with the coffee word! Glad you had a good time on your last jaunt, and hope you're all rested up once again. And many thanks for the prayers! Prayers are powerful! Big hugs and have a great wkend. TFS

Lindsey said...

I'd like to say I taught Ardyth everything she knows about w/c powders, but it wouldn't be true. I did, however, encourage her to buy them. :P Gorgeous cards!

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, The CAS coffee card is wonderful, but that first fall leaf card... Well, that is gorgous! Those colors are so rich, so pretty. :)

Cheryl W. said...

Looks like you were well and truly inspired by some pretty autumn leaves during your trip to Minnesota. We have a big Maple tree in front of our house, and its leaves turn a lovely red every fall. Love your coffee card, too. I can't seem to drink a cup of the stuff without leaving a ring of the stuff somewhere!

LesleyG said...

Two of my favorites, coffee and autumn leaves, gorgeous cards Darnell, those brushOs are awesome xxx

Linda said...

Two fabulous cards, love the autumn colours on the first one and the CAS design on the second is right up my street. Enjoy the weekend my friend xx

Tina Z. said...

wow, amazing cards - I love autumnal leaves and I love coffee - both cards are just perfect.
and I love your idea of Fridays :))
hugs xx

Isabelle Siry said...

I didn't wait friday to eat some french fries, I hate them on Wednesday ! ;-)) I love your mug, it is so funny !
Those Brushos definitely make gorgeous cards ! I really love those mixed colors, your autumn leave are so stunning with Brushos !
And this coffee card is super ! I'm sure you had a lot of those coffee stains during your wonderful week to be able to make all the cards you have made !
Thanks for sharing.
Izzy Scrap

Bonnie said...

LOL! That's the way I feel about exercise! Love your beautiful leaves! Great colors and the score lines are a great accent! Your coffee card is perfectly CAS with a perfect sediment! Hope you have a great weekend!

Nan G said...

My my you are a traveling about woman! Love the cards and wholeheartedly agree with the extra fries!! I've been playing with Color Bursts... sorry haven posted much. It's very difficult to type with one finger. I am on Facebook tho. I post my paintings there. Hugs

sandie said...

Love, love, love the way you used the score lines, never thought of using them in this position....fab design. The card has such an arty feel, adore it.
Have a fun weekend x

Valerie Nolan said...

Love that autumnal card Darnell, and your coffee card is such fun!
Val x

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous CAS cards, Darnell. Love them and coffee. Grin.
Hugs,
Em xxx

Maura R said...

Love the leaf card, Darnell! I haven't used brushos with a stencil yet and I need to give that a try - the embossed lines really take the card up a couple notches too!! Great CAS coffee card, too. Glad you had such a great time in MN - as I have lived in MN my whole life, I'm a bit partial!

Di said...

LOVED reading your posts and am so glad you had such a lovely time Darnell! It's lovely to have you back with us blogging. And showing your lovely cards and photos of course.

You'll have to tell the secret of using the Misti without magnets - I swear those things will nip one of my finger ends off one day!!

Oh - and how about 'Snowdrop'?

Hugs

Di xx

TK said...

Love your quick and dirty; however your Brusho through stencil made my heart flutter! Great cards!

Lisa said...

Another fabulous pair of cards Darnell!!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Brilliant duo of cards but the Autumn leaves really jumps out at me as the colours are wonderful.
Love the glass cosy (did wonder what one was until I saw it lol!) Only you could have something as funny as this lol!
Ang x

Jacquie Southas said...

I came for a closer look at the terrific coffee card (and chuckled at the perfect sentiment), but have to say the autumn leaves card is just stunning!!! So glad you played along with us at CASology this week, Darnell!

oldpunca said...

Love both of your cards. Wonderful autumn colours. The leafs are just great. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

JD/ Jill said...

Your cards are great! And so is that Mug!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

LOVE those colourful leaves on your first card Darnell and the score lines frame them beautifully! I also love the simplicity of your second card! I know you said not to bother with a return visit, but how could I not? Thank you for your visit to my blog today, it is so appreciated, especially at the moment when I feel so low! Have a wonderful weekend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Darnell for president! Taking America's vote on the French Fry platform! Woo!

Pretty artsy leaves but that stained coffee card is a scream! And go dew drops! I take my card photos outside too. The camera barely works inside.

Barb Ghig said...

Extra fries? You're a riot, Darnell! Beautiful watercoloring on your first card...I love the rich autumn color palette, and your coffee stain on your 2nd card is perfect! Such a pretty sentiment, too! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS! We always enjoy seeing your creations in the gallery :)

Greta said...

Wonderful cards, Darnell--love those leaves & makes me want to use my Color Burst powders!

Anita in France said...

Oh pook, blogger is making me verify my comments, Darnell ... and has disappeared the witty (IMHO!) words I wrote! Ho hum! I do recall that fun coffee stain ... it's as fab here as it was at the Lake House! Don't know where I was when you were creating those splendid leaves ... how did I miss them? P'raps my attention was taken with your brilliant Brusho teach in ... or with experimenting afterwards. Either way, I'm sorry not to have seen this card IRL in all it's autumnal, dewy glory ... it's a stunner! LYASMYMA! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Gerrina said...

Love the colours on your leavecard! And I am no fan of coffee at all, so no fan of coffeecards eather, but this one I really like! Think you can put that energy from the babes-time in your cards for a long time! I just enjoy them...enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Ros Crawford said...

I love those pretty leaves! Beautiful card! And I Love the coffee card...the sentiment is so perfect! Have a great sunday!

Deborah Frings said...

Love the simplicity of the coffee card, and the wonderful colours on the autumnal leaves! xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what a very super card and I love those wonderful Brusho leaves.
The colours are so amazing and vibrant.
Brilliant coffee card also.
I too love my chips as we call them here in the UK, but I do know that you call then fries in the US and chips are what we here in the UK cals crisps.
My DH says I like my chips too much.
There was an advert on the TV for frozen chips, and they used to say on it Daddy or Chips to the little girl, and she would answer Chips.
My DH and I quite often quote that phrase.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Judy1223 said...

Well, say no more...I'm so IN on the idea of FRYdays. Now I'm hungry, too. Your two cards are both fabulous...lovely colors achieved on that first card (wow!), and I love the simplicity of your coffee card. Thanks for taking the time to join in the fun at CASology this week!

Jen W. said...

Yes yes YES to Friday Frydays!!! I am all over that - ketchup and mayo at the ready! Or malt vinegar for big steak fries. Yummy! Drooling now and it's only Monday. :(

Anyway as for your cards your Brusho stenciling is gorgeous! I remember you showing this before and I really must try it.

And the coffee card rock. A good one for me as I only discovered coffee a few years ago. How did I get through life that long in such a caffeine deprived fog?

Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Cat Craig said...

I agree...I just added some of those dry watercolor bits (I can't remember which ones and am too lazy to go look.) I think they make fantastic backgrounds...especially this time of year for leaves.

Both cards are wonderful and I am glad you are back in the swing of things.

Geri said...

Two more awesome creations! Love the scored lines between the HB sentiment and the GORGEOUS leaves - seems to really draw the eye down to the beautiful fall colors!

Your second card looks like my work desk, my craft room table, my kitchen counter, my bathroom vanity...you get the picture and you KNOW that I don't go anywhere without my coffee cup...so totally love this card!!!

Extra Fries versus Exercise...sure do know what I'd pick...cuz eating fries doesn't make yo sweat...and I don't do sweat now that I'm old!

Joyce said...

Love your gorgeous leaves, and your perfectly CAS coffee card. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Deepti said...

These are fabulous :) I love the simplicity and perfection in your coffee card. Thank you for sharing with ATCAS

Broni said...

What great cards!! LOVE those leaves! Thanks so much for joining us at The Color Throwdown this week!

Lisa Lara said...

Beautiful card Darnell!

SARN said...

Simply FABULOUS xxx

Jenni's Jems said...

You have been busy,and what an array of cards love them all.... but your bird one is a heart stealer and that sentiment- wow !!! Xx

Jenni's Jems said...

You have been busy,and what an array of cards love them all.... but your bird one is a heart stealer and that sentiment- wow !!! Xx

cm said...

Brushos, Colour Bursts and Frydays...what choices you've delivered unto us with this post! Completely in love with your leaves! I've not played with either of the 'bursting' colour products..yet! On the wish list. Coffee: yes please! Frydays: I'll take that, too!
Hugs~c

shirley-bee said...

Your Brusho leaves are as good as the real thing, Darnell! Autumn is being splendiferous over here, and we've had some lovely warm weather to go with those gorgeous colours. Love the coffee card too :)

Michelle said...

The leaves look so real. Great how you made the card.
Thanks for playing with us at HLS Mixed Media Challenge Good luck!! Michelle(DT)

Helen Gullett said...

Darnell, your fall leaves card is gorgeous! I love the various patterns on rach of the leaf.
Thank you for playing along with HLS October Mixed Media Challenge.