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October 5, 2016

Hi Drangea!

Happy October!

And Happy World Card Making Day! I know it was October 1st, but I think we should celebrate it every day, don't you? We are part of a era from yesteryear continuing to carry on our hobby so peoples find Happy real Mail in their mailboxes now and then! Pat yourself on the back! And if you can do that, then going to that yoga class is paying off!

I scheduled this post so I could make sure and take part in two new challenges that I'm becited about in Blogland. Here is my card:
I very lightly embossed the card with We R Memory Keepers Next Level quilted e/f. The hydrangea from Essentials by Ellen was cut from a snippet of watercolor background I made from Brushos and stamped in black Versafine ink. The sediment is a gold peel-off. I added a gold organza ribbon and shazambam a lovely fall birthday card done!

Oh, and I lightly sprayed some Perfect Pearl Mist "biscotti" over the the flower for a little schparkle.
So let me tell you about the new challenges:
  • CAS Watercolour Challenge. My friends Loll Thompson and Bonnie Klass already have a card challenge we love called "CAS Mix-Up." They have now started another monthly challenge with an emphasis on watercolour ~ and a theme. The first challenge is to make a CAS (clean and simple) card with an autumn theme. There is also a DT call. I hope you can join in!
  • The Flower Challenge. My friend Aileen Ryan has also just started a new challenge and, as you can tell from the title, the brief is all about flowers! The first challenge is "Anything Goes." I hope you can join in!
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Speaking of flowers, I totally forgot to share these sunflowers photos with my sunflower card post the other day. Total senior moment as I rushed around getting ready for my travels. I didn't even know you could buy sunflowers in pots with multiple heads. Maybe it's an ornamental sunflower plant, but that's okay, it was so cheery with lots of baby buds!
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71 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Lovely card.

I love the Sunflowers.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A beautiful card Darnell, I love the use of the brushos paper. Gorgeous sunflowers.

Sue xx

Jane Willis said...

Gorgeous card Darnell, and perfect for the two new challenges, both of which I'm looking forward to playing along with
Jane

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Darnell, such awesome colours from the brushos. Love these sunflowers too, they are such a happy cheery flower! Cathy x

Sammy said...

Such a gorgeous card. Love the touch of sparkle!
And those sunflowers are gorgeous too. My favourite flower! x

Deepti Aggarwal said...

This is si beautiful Darnell..love those sparkles..

Linda said...

What a beautiful hydrangea ..... I love the added sparkle.
Gorgeous sunflowers too .... they're such a happy flower, they always make me smile :) Must admit, I've never seen them in pots either. enjoy the rest of your week xx

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful card!! Love that hydrangea and your sunflowers are so pretty! PS ... My Aunt thanks you for her card ... she was really happy to receive it!

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautiful card Darnell one of my favourites from mums garden. She grew some amazing colours. Love the sparkle on yours and that little bit of ribbon. Thank you so much for finding the time to enter our first ever challenege, so very appreciated.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Lurve your hi drangea, Darnell, so nice to pop over and say hi, even when I shouldn't even be on here. Chevrolet use of watercolour and brushos.
Have you tried them on gloss card?. They're awesome on gloss card! Hugs Shaz in Oz.x

Marilyn said...

Cute card!! Love the sunflowers!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the surprise visit, Darnell! And the extra smiles. Your card is lovely. I'm so glad you got to play. Those sunflowers are delightful. I didn't know you could buy them in pots, either. What happy flowers. Hope you are having a blast on your trip. Big hugs. :)

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous card! Wonderful colours and love the added shimmer! Love those sunflowers too! Hope your trip is fabulous! xxx

Pat said...

This is a beautiful coloured hydrangea Darnell and love the way you have cut it from a piece you had made with brushos. The gold ribbon is a really pretty embellishment too. That pot of sunflowers is gorgeous and keeps Summer with us a bit longer. Hope you are having a great time! x

Barb said...

A fabulous card Darnell. I love the way you've done your hydrangea. What a lovely stamp. The bow looks really pretty. Barbxx

Ruth said...

Thank you so much for joining in our new challenge - it's exciting to be part of it and have such gorgeous cards to look at - although how we'll ever choose a winner I'll never know! Beautiful - love the sparkle. Xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Fun title for your blog post :D and lovely hidrangea flowers, your brushos snippet are just perfect for them! Love the sparklingand the gold bow! Beautiful shots of your sunflowers, they look really gorgous!

Krisha said...

Fabulous card Darnell........of course who doesn't like hydrangeas and those sunflowers....wooah...gorgeous!!

Heidi Stamps said...

What a pretty card and cute name for your blog post. I like the colors you use for the hydrangea. I had not heard of the flower challenge yet, so thanks for sharing. Your sunflowers are lovely!

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what a very super card, and I love your Hydrainger.
It's very wonderful.
Your sunflowers are gorgeous also.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

nancy littrell said...

Aaahhh...Sunflowers, my favorite Fall flowers that we have growing in our veggie garden. They are the TAll variety that reseed each year and are loved by all the tweety birds :-) I LOVE yours in pots too.
Love your gorgeous watercolored hydrangea too Darnell. Beautiful muted Fall colors with a bit of shimmer. TFS all your flowers my friend. Hugs, Nancy

Viv said...

Hi Dee, wow I was so happy to see your lovely card over at the new challenge blog.You always make such super cards and this is no exception.Such a pretty flower and beautiful colouring.Just love the sunflowers too, such a happy looking flower I always think.Thank you so much for playing along at The Flower Challenge and we hope to see you again very soon ;)hugs Viv (Vee) xx

Linda said...

Beautiful Darnell. Thanks for the heads up on the new Flower Challenge. Already knew about The Watercolor one. And where are you going now? I think I knew at one time, but have forgotten.

Loll said...

Gorgeous watercoloured bloom Darnell. Love the colours and that little bit of schparkle!! :) Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour. xx

Jan Clothier said...

Your hydrangea is awesome! The shimmery spritz is just the clinching detail!

Brenda in IN said...

Beautiful sparkly card and the I love the sentiment in gold. Those sunflowers are just gorgeous. I didn't know about getting them in pots either. Very quick way to have them.

Susan said...

Darnell, what a perfect autumn card for Loll and Bonnie's new challenge! I have hydrangeas in my garden that look just like that as the colour fades out! Great use of a piece of Brushos background!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I really like your High Drangeas. They are so pretty and make a great focal point. I'm totally all for a World Card Making Day do-over. That one was a bust. I had me cold.

Jean said...

BEautiful!

conil said...

Those Brushos really worked well for you and the additional glimmer makes your Hydrangea fairly dance off the card. What a way to clear up a lot of challenges in one fell swoop.The card, it goes without saying...or maybe not, is stunning.

HJ said...

What a beautifully watercolored hydrangea. I love the sentiment peel-off you added to it and the beautiful gold ribbon. So pretty. TFS

JoAnn said...

Yes, it is a lovely card. Love how you used the snippet of a watercolor piece for the pretty flower. The gold ribbon and gold sentiment are great touches.

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love the Hydrangea card you made with such gorgeous colors. And, I love the photos of the sunflowers too! They are always so pretty.

Redanne said...

A very happy Fall to you too! Hope you are having a lovely time.

The Hydrangea is truly beautiful and the colours are so wonderfully realistic! Sunflowers always make me smile, they have such lovely cheery faces - great pics of yours... I know I am a bit early but have a lovely weekend my sweet friend.... Hugs, Annie xxx

Sarah said...

BEautiful hydrangea card Darnell. They are such beautiful blooms. I had some in the garden at our previous home that were blue in colour. Sadly the soil here isn't suitable and I have failed at growing the in pots. Love your sunny, happy sunflowers xx

oldpunca said...

Wonderful colouring of the hydrangea, dear Darnell. Amazing card. For me is everyday a World Card Making Day. :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Maria A. said...

Hello Darnell and thank you so much for taking part on our very first Flower Challenge. As always,your card is beautiful, Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful flowers I have in my garden, purple is my favorite color.
Awesome golden sentiment and the sparkle on the flowers really looks amazing.
Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, hope you come back and play again next time.
Big Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.DT

Barb Ghig said...

Hi Darnell ~ Thanks for reminding us what a wonderful hobby this is...I'm honored to be part of it! Hope you had a lovely vacay with your sisters :)

Your hydrangea is absolutely gorgeous! Don't ya just love the effects of Brushos? I do, and I really love how you added a touch of Perfect Pearls to give the petals some sparkle...so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful Brusho piece and so perfect for a hydrangea! Love the elegance of the gold with it! Love those real sunflowers too! So happy looking! Hope you're having a fantastic time with family and friends. Thanks so much for taking time to share with us at CAS Watercolour!

Rose said...

I so love this hydrangea & the colours are gorgeous! Love the soft quilted background too, very nice.

Maxine D said...

Oh what a GORGEOUS hyde-ranger flower Darnell - love the depth of colour and shparkle,
Blessings
Maxine

Cheryl W. said...

I do love flowers - in vases, in pots, in gardens and on cards! Your "Hi Drangea" is beautiful, and it will be much appreciated by the recipient of your card.

Susan said...

Darnell, you created a card with my favorite flower. Just perfect!

Harriet Skelly said...

Your hydrangea is gorgeous Darnell and those sunflowers are awesome! Hugs, Harriet

shirley-bee said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell, and perfect for those two new challenges! I love the colours on the hydrangea and that extra little shimmer.

KandA said...

Fabulous card Darnell, I love Hydrangeas as they remind me of my childhood (yes I can just about remember that far back) we had a lovely big one in the garden xx

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous Hydrangeas.

Wendy Johnson said...

Fabby High Dranger card Darnell. I didn't know about the new watercolour challenge so thank you for letting us know. xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous subtle hydrangea, Darnell. Those sunflowers sure to brighten a dull fall day, as do you, my sweet friend.
Hugs,
Em xxx

stampwithsandy said...

Hi Darnell! Wow, this is a real CAS beauty. Love the brusho coloring and the pretty gold bow. Even the background of your photo is beautiful.
Thanks for introducing me to two new challenges, too! The Flower Challenge is right up my alley!

Di said...

Fabulous card Darnell - and I've got my eye on those two new challenges as well!

Lovely to see you in the Playground.

Hugs

Di xx

maria f. said...

Wonder why God didn't put Perfect Pearl mist on hydrangeas??? Lovely. As I hope your Babes getaway will be too. I'm with you in spirit. Whether you want me or not ;)

Sandra H said...

Ooooh wow this is another adorable card and your colouring is so beautiful! your sun flowers are lovely too! x

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, Those brusho flowers are gorgeous, and I really love that ribbon accent. So pretty!

artful-notions said...

Gorgeous hydrangea, Darnell. All sparkly and tied with a bow! Perfect! And your pix of sunflowers are just, WOW! Need me a trip to the nursery!

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous and perfect for these challenges!
Love the shimmer yu sprayed over your beautiful flowers.

Sheila H said...

The stamping over the water coloring is a great technique. I've got to try that. Love the hydrangea stamp :)

Gerrina said...

The flower on your card looks just like the flowers on one of our hydrageneas! So clever and beautifully done!
Those sunflowers are the sunny parts in the garden even if the sun is hiding... Have a good weekend!

Sheri Gilson said...

Beautiful card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Retro Sketches!

Kara Lynne said...

Your hydrangea is a beauty! I love the coloring you achieved with the Brusho powders. Gorgeous sunflowers too, Darnell. Happy fall!

Greta said...

Beautiful hydrangea!

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Darnell. I love how you've added the bow to the flowers. Gorgeous photos of the sunflowers. xx

Lisa Tilson said...

This is beautiful Darnell, I love the brusho hydrangea, it's so super pretty and I think the way the brusho works to mimic the changes in colours on the leaves, it just gorgeous. The PP biscotti gives such a lovely shimmer - I have this and never use it, I will now! And you tie bows so well - the perfect finishing touch. Thank you so much for joining us in the challenge! Lisa xx

Jen W. said...

Gorgeous colours and sparkle on your flower, Darnell, and I love that fabulous gold ribbon! Definitely going to check out the CAS Watercolor challenge!

Sue - said...

Love your sparkly hydrangea Darnell - just so pretty. Beautiful sunflowers too.

Shona Chambers said...

You've just reminded me to buy some sunflower seeds as will need to plant some soon, yours look so very happy!! Thank you so much for joining us at our new Flower challenge, your card is beautiful and I love the water colour effect. How fabulous that you could combine for both the new challenges, genius!!!

Lisa said...

This is beautiful Darnell!! The delicate gold ribbon is the perfect touch of elegance!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Aw, one of my favourite flowers (I have a white hydrangea in my garden) and a gorgeous card. Love your cheery sunflowers. Our neighbours sunflowers grew to about 7ft this year.
Hope you're behaving on your travels.
Ang x

Bobby said...

Lovely hydrangea, Darnell. I just transplanted the ones from my parent's house (it now has new owners) to mine and I hope they make it through the trauma.

Zelda C said...

I love this Darnell! Your hydrangea is just fab-u-lous!!

Cat Craig said...

Oh this is wonderful Darnell, the colors are perfection. Thanks too for posting the sunflowers...love them.