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January 18, 2017

Color is Cool

Hi there,

I hope your week is going well! If you came by looking for NBUS Challenge #8, you'll find it here.

I had some time while it poured down rain yesterday to play in a couple of challenges that Hammy put up on the Inspiration Board for this week.

Onefer

First, we have this colorful number:
The background here is the result of a play I had with Alcoholic Inks and Blending Solution on glossy paper. That part was easy, but then I spent a lot of time moving that die cut around this way and that to find the best place to put it so it didn't cover up too much of the background coolness factor.

The die is "Grand Thank You" from Memory Box. The "(kindness matters)" is NBUS from the set by the same name by Neat and Tangled. And for old time's sake, Hammy wanted to use some flower brads to attach the die-cut panel. (It's nice to have a hamster I can blame for certain questionable design features.😉)

Challenges
Twofer

So, okay. What happened was I saw this Michael's (art supply store) advertisement just before Christmas:
The advertisement was intended to sell the frame. Naturally, what caught my eye was not the frame, but the reindeer art inside the frame. I thought it was so striking and I wanted to see if I could make something like it. This is what I came up with:
It was a bit fussy, but the die is so small that it didn't too long to draw on some triangles and then color them with my markers. It took more time to come up with a design for showcasing it!

The reindeer die and the NBUS stamp "JOY" are from WPlus9 and the stitched snow hills are from "Stitched Landscapes" by Poppystamps.

Challenges
RRCB 54
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104 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

These two cards look fabulous, Darnell!! Amazing play with the glossy paper and alcohol inks, your background is adorable! And that colourful mosaic reindeer is so clever!! Great works!

Loll said...

LOVE your play with AIs and blending solution. The colours are so gorgeous on your background. And perfect with the die-cut sentiment border. Great design Dolly!! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

And LOVE that colourful reindeer. It's awesome! You just never know what's going to inspire. Lolly xx

PS ... I put a (C) after my name in my entry into NBUS #8 ... I hope that let's you know that if my name comes up in the draw, I would like the Clarity brushes. Thanks so much for this fun challenge and for your generosity with the prizes.

Marianne said...

Love those yummy colours of your AI panel and your fabulous coloured die cut. I often struggle with putting a design together after playing around with some fun techniques or colouring.
Marianne x

Maxine D said...

What great cards Darnell - love your vibrant reindeer, and you have showed him off to perfection, and Hammy is not to blame for those gorgeous flower brads!!
Blessings
Maxine

Lia said...

Two cards and both are beautiful in their own way. Great job Darnell!!
Lia xx

Redanne said...

Oh I do love that alcohol ink background you created, the colours are gorgeous and I think the overlay looks beautiful with the little flower brads too!

You really were inspired by that photo frame advert, your deer is stunning - it must have taken a great deal of patience to colour all those little trianges but it was so worth it for such a beautiful result! Big hugs, Annie xx

Gerrina said...

I love both your colourfull cards! And great to see that you also get inspired by so many things that just seem to come on your path! Hugs, Gerrina

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two fantastic cards Darnell, I love the top card and the wonderful colourful background that you've achieved. And wow, wow, wow what a gorgeous stag, I love all of the different colours you've used in this.

Sue xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I am loving both cards. The deer will come in handy at Christmas.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Milka Gubo said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell! Love love love what you've done with the reindeer!!! All those triangles... AMAZING!! :o) xx

Barb said...

Two really beautiful cards Darnell. The alcohol ink background looks great and I love the backing colours too. It's a real stand out card. Your wonderful leaping deer looks lovely on that background and I think the sentiment fits so well with his lovely bright colours. Barbxx

Maria A. said...

WOW!! Darnell, this Reindeer is amazing, how creative of you to draw all of those teeny, tiny triangles and then painstakingly color them, one by one. When I saw the picture I thought you died cut the Reindeer out of some pattern paper but, as I read on I was totally amazed.
Beautiful landscape for your beautiful image, thank you so much for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER, we always love to see you in the gallery.
Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.

Ruth said...

Hahahah! Alcoholic inks. That's me when I've been crafting after having a bottle of beer! It's a gorgeous panel, but I most especially love the rainbow reindeer. Colouring in triangles is so therapeutic! Have you find Krumspring Stamps? They are all based around triangles and they are brilliant. I have some Kraft, I have some NBUS, and I'm ready to play :) xx

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Beautiful Cards... first one..Background is super cool..love the way it came out and second one..That Reindeer is simply wow..Hugs xx Deepti

Bunny said...

I love that you put your playhouse picture back on the front of your blog.

The first card is so pretty. I love the mixture of the alcohol inks. I will say that I laughed because you described the inks as being alchoholic. Not that being an alcoholic is funny. Trust me, I know as my beautiful and wonderful Mother in law was addicted. But she quit. Praise the Lord! So, don't anyone take offense as it wasn't meant to be offensive.

Great second card. A lot of work. Love the mosaic look.

Jeanne said...

Oh be still my happy color loving heart! That first card is amazing with all those beautiful colors blending so wonderfully together! Wonderful showcase of the beauty! And that second card...Wow! I am so very impressed. It's a glorious mosaic of color. When you are inspired, you are inspired! That deer is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, Darnell. Thrilled to see your happy place up top again! :) Hugs!!

Carole said...

Two great cards Darnell (sorry works of art).........love the colours and effect you have achieved with the alcohol inks and love your patterned deer....very clever!.....but you are of course....a very clever lady. Hugs xx

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Darnell, love them both, brilliantly designed and coloured, Kate x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful cards, love the alcohol inky watery background in the top one and the snow mounds and colourful reindeer in the second. Have a great day xxx

Sandy said...

Love that alcohol ink background, and you were right to leave as much exposed as possible.
As for the reindeer, how cute is that. (and yes, my eyes immediately went to the reindeer in the ad, too.)

Bonnie said...

Your alcohol ink piece is GORGEOUS, my friend! I'd say you found the perfect spot to place the Grand Thank You! I like the brads too so pat Hammie on the back. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

And your reindeer is AMAZING! All those little triangles and beautiful colors! A very creative and artsy reindeer for sure!

Happy Dance said...

The background of your thank you card is so cool, and you've picked the exact right spot for your die cut. It reminds me of the rainbows you find when you look into bubbles. I like this one!! But your reindeer...Wowzers! Now that's a whole lot of brilliance, both in the colors, but more so in your idea! So fabulous. You can bet your boots, or your booty, if you so prefer, that there's going to be a world of CASEing of this card; a whole blogworld of it. Dang girl!! Truly amazing. Just like you. Missing you like crazy, my friend and still wishing we were neighbors... xoxo Bev

Fiki said...

wonderful cards!
hugs, Ŧĭƙĭ
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Linda said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell. Love your bg with the Al inks. So pretty. And that reindeer is so awesome. Great job. I forgot to put a C after my name, but I may try to make another card for your challenge.
Have a great day. Another soggy day today.

Linda said...

Oh and thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Petra Swart said...

Oh, your AI bg looks great, Darnell and although your sentiment die is quite big you managed to not cover up too much of the loveliness of the bg!!!!!! The colours are simply beautiful!!!! ...and as for Hammy and the flower brads ...maybe you should just ignore Hammy sometimes!!!!! LOL!!!!! Love the matting to really have your bg pop!!!!!
And your colourful reindeer is just stunning, Darnell!!!!! I can imagine that it must have been fun to colour it!!!! And you've showcased him perfectly with the snow hills and vellum!!!!! A very unique and such a fabulous card, Darnell!!!!!
Have a great day!!!!!
Hugz

Birgit said...

Both are great looking cards! First i love the alcohol inks but how did you place it on the cardstock? I am trying to visualize it so I can try. I love the deer and the colours of the deer. I love what inspired you and the boldness of it. Great works!

Kath said...

Fabulous card and love the colourful reindeer!
Kath x

Lisa said...

Wow, both cards are stunning!! The colors are amazing on the first!! The deer is spectacular on the second!! I love, love them!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

KandA said...

Both brilliant cards. Love those colours on the first and the fabulous design on the reindeer xx

ionabunny said...

Your very cool deer caught my eye. Love it. Hugz

Mrs A. said...

Now just you tell Hammy from me that I like his idea of using the blue flower brads very much. It's good to see him bringing out his innner self. Love, love, love your harlequin deer. hugs Mrs A.

Heather Hopson said...

Wow, Wow, Wow! You have done it Girl! love your card.

Anne said...

Always love what you create Darnell. thanks so much for the kind comments you put on my blog. Anne x ( Copper Beech Crafts )

Jean said...

Beautiful cards!!

Jan Clothier said...

Darnell, there's such joy in this leaping stag! You chose the perfect sentiment. His bold, cubist patterning is so lovely! He must have been fun to create. I like the clever way you've incorporated the snow in your scene with the dotty embossing and the stitched hills. Thanks so much for joining us at Retro Rubber this week.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just adore your mosaic reindeer, Darnell - so unique and I love how you were inspired!! That alcohol ink thank you card looks amazing too!!

Diane said...

These two cards look fabulous, Darnell and the Alcoholic Ink background is really pretty.

Hugs Diane

Donna said...

Your alcohol ink background is stunning and the card is beautiful, and the reindeer is fabulous, I like the multicolored look, I think you will get a lot of use out of that die!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love these cards. Cool color indeed and your cards as a result are down right purty too! Thanks for sharing. That reindeer one you really captured the inspirational photo with your colorful design. I thought I was the only one who got inspired by ads, even those I see on TV sometimes.

Susan said...

Wow! Lots of vibrant colour today - very cheery for me to look at as it's a grey day here! I'm so impressed that you drew all those tiny triangles and then coloured them - beautiful!!

Jeanne H said...

Oh Darnell! I just love both your cards. So colorful and fun!

graham Brand said...

Gorgeous cards! That reindeer is fantastic, practically a replica of the Michael's ad!

Debbie Mageed said...

I always love coming to your blog to see what you have made for us at Retro Rubber. This card is genius! I love everything about it. I do want to ask if you want to be considered as one of our Top Picks to add how long you have had the stamp you used. This is something we look for when choosing our winners. Thank you for playing along with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will be back in our gallery again soon.

conil said...

First of all, don't you just love alcohol inks...they make such beautiful backgrounds...as evidenced by that stunning card. Lucky me, I got stunned again by that deer you doodled and colored. You certainly got terrific mileage from Michael's ade.

PJ said...

Both of your cards are fabulous, and I must say you did a wonderful job re-creating that reindeer. The detailing in the colors are spectacular.

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Happy New Year Darnell! I'm finally catching up with all my pals. So out of touch after a big break last year. LOVE that delicious inky rainbow treat and that fabulous patchwork deer! You know how to roll out the treats hunny! Gorgeous creations both. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Jane said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell...love the reindeer especially. I popped back with a second comment on your giveaway post re those scrummy prizes as I got my card made...whoop Whoop xx

Kathleen said...

Two wonderful creation and the background on the first card is stunning and such a fabulous take on the original image on the second card. Totally love these two cards.

Kath x

Greta said...

That reindeer is totally amazing, my friend--wowzer! Love the alcohol ink background--such beautiful colors & works great with that big die cut! Glad CA has gotten some rain, but scary for mudslides & flooding. We've got a break from rain today & almost feels like Spring after being in the 20s for so long! Hugs, Greta

oldpunca said...

I agree! Color is cool. :-) Both cards are fabulous.
Have a great weekend,
Sonja

Linda said...

Stunning cards my friend. The AI background looks fab .... gorgeous colours and the deer well, what can I say ..... he looks amazing. Someone's got patience xx

Sharon Underwood said...

Hi Darnell! Isn't it fun to create neat backgrounds on glossy paper with alcohol inks? That was one of my first experiments while learning to papercraft. Love the reindeer! You have more patience than I! Sorry I've been absent for a while -- been dealing with a virus of some sort.

Pat said...

Two fabulous cards Darnell and I love the beautiful mixture of colours against the white sentiment layer and your little brads are cute. The second card is wonderful with your multi coloured deer and the neutral background allows it to take centre stage. This must have taken you a while to colour in with all those triangles but it was definitely worth it. x

Carol L said...

what a perfect pair of cards! The colors on the first card are calling my name - it's gorgeous! And then there's that one of a kind reindeer you colored! Simply fabulous!!

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - I love both cards! Your first is super cool with that fab bg, but that deer steals the show. What a great idea and super way to get inspired!!! Love it. Hugz

Bobby said...

If only I had alcohol inks. That is such a cool background, Darnell. And that deer. I'd say you recreated it beautifully.

Cheryl W. said...

Your creativity knows no bounds, Darnell! Both your cards today are beautiful and unique.

Trina P. said...

Love both your cards. So stunning and eye-catching. The colours of your alcohol background is beautiful and I love the colourful deer. Just awesome. 😘👏

Sue from Oregon said...

Well you are crafty and your creation so colorful. That is very eye catching and oh so cool!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous alcohol ink background for your new die cut sentiment. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up my friend.

Wow...stunning triangle designed coloring or your reindeer too. Your design was perfect...letting your reindeer take center stage. BTW...loved the photo of you and MISTER :-) Hugs, Nancy


SHartl said...

Wow Darnell, I'm not sure which card impresses me more because they're both so creative and full of color! Drawing triangles on that little deer die cut and then coloring them doesn't sound very easy to me but you rocked it!

Linby said...

I withdrew my card from NBUS as I realised that doh! I had not coloured on kraft - but I see you are now saying that is optional. So I will reinstate my original post which linked up.
Love the first card-I too don't like colouring up the cool backgrounds we create. Now the second card, wow that is a fabulous effect and one I now want to try out.....

Kathyk said...

Love your alcoholic card! and your Michaels inspired reindeer make is fabulous too. It's always so much fun visiting your blog, Darnell

Happy Friday

Kathyk

Whisper said...

Both of your cards are stunning hun - oooo what a great idea for the Thank You card and i'm loving your funky reindeer too.

I am following you hun, and your blog comes up on my reading list, but just doesn't show up on my front page, sorry about that i will try and sort it out, but i'm not very tech friendly !

Luv Sam x

Lisa Tilson said...

Both cards are gorgeous Darnell. I don't own any alcohol inks or glossy paper to play with them on, so this is fascinating to me to see how it works, and boy they look fabulous together! Such a stunning, slightly northern lights-esque feel to the first card, really beautiful colours and I am glad you managed to keep most of them in view - more things for my list.
And the trend for triangles continues, I love how you created your own triangle reindeer, and its perfect against the white background as it pops beautifully. I own a few stamps with the triangles, but have yet to actually use mine in this way. Will give that a try soon :)....hugs, Lisa xx

Jo Manna said...

I love both cards :D That reindeer reminds me of Gaudi's lizard (Spain) http://sceptreblog.com/destinations/spain/all-about-antoni-gaudi/
Now back to your first card. Love your choice of colours for the clean AI background, just perfectly blended! Good job in the design too, well balanced.
Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Two gorgeous cards, Darnell. Love the soft colors of the first and the brads add an extra pop of color.
Hugs,
Em xxx

JoAnn said...

Love both your cards, especially the cool background on your first card.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

WOW Darnell! Those colours ARE cool! That reindeer is just fabulous!!! So clever to think of drawing the triangles and colouring them to mimic that art perfectly!! Have a wonderful day! Hazel xx

Marybeth said...

I so love the way your background turned out Darnell! It looks amazing! Thankful for all the rain, can't remember having so much each week.

Brenda in IN said...

That alcohol ink card is just beautiful with its mix of colors. I love the kindness matters best. Then that reindeer - oh Darnell it is just stunning. What a clever idea to draw the triangles and the colors are beautiful. I thought it was pieced at first. Great job on it.

Barb Ghig said...

I don't know how you do it, Darnell...running another fabulous challenge, and creating such beautiful cards to share with us! Your watercolored background on the first card is so pretty, and I love how you used the negative for your design! Your 2nd card is so awesome, too...I love how you created the stained glass effect on the deer and that you added texture to the snow hills...so pretty!

Nora N. said...

Oh I am LOVING that background on the first card!! It looks STUNNING!! I also like how you added the kindness matters on it. That second card, though is AMAZING!!! I LOVE that fun reindeer you created. Your inspiration ROCKS!!

Lisa Elton said...

Marvelous pair of cards Darnell!! Your watercolored background on the first is incredible and that psychedelic deer rocks!!

Susanne Vargas said...

Your colorful cards are both a feast for the eyes! Love the background on the first one and that you pulled out the flower brads! And the artistic and colorful deer jumping through the snowy hills is so fun!
Also wanted to compliment you on the blog makeover! Absolutely love the header with your own stunning background and that beautiful tree (isn't Loll the best?)!
Hugs,
Susanne

Michelle said...

I love your cards, Darnell, especially that amazing reindeer! Happy 46th wedding anniversary! What a fabulous milestone. :-)

lilian said...

Great cards Stunning reindeer Darnell .

Lilian xx

Ros Crawford said...

Oh that reindeer is amazing!! How clever! And of course I love that inky card ... Wonderful BG and love how you did that sentiment. Wishing you a lovely weekend...

Birgit said...

Wow Darnell~ Two fabulous cards!! I love the background colors you achieved on the first card and the deer on the second card....... Amazing!!! Totally in love with both of them!

Brenda said...

OMGoodness, I just learn of the NBUS challenge the other day from another blogger. So glad my computer is back up and running so I can play along. Will have to get on it after my granddaughter leaves later today! Also glad I'm ahead of you in time so I can still play along. lol I'm in awe of the background you created with the alcohol inks on the glossy paper, it looks very cool! I love too, how you kept the card simple so the focus is on the background. Love the thank you die too and the little flower brads! OMGoodness, look at that deer! Love the design you put on him, love the inspiration pic too. What a grand Christmas card this makes Auntie! Hugs, Brenda

LucieG said...

I loved your reindeer card in the Merry Monday Challenge gallery and it was great to read about your inspiration! Gorgeous multi colour reindeer!!!

Cris G said...

Two happy cards, Darnell. The colorful reindeer is just FABulous... love how you drew the lines and colored the little guy!

Krisha said...

OOOOOOH, I love inky things and this is GORGEOUS!

That's a very colorful reindeer and it isn't even Rudolph! Job well done on casing the ad.

laurie said...

Great cards! That deer is really awesome..so creative Darnell!

maria f. said...

Ah gads - I missed your anniversary, didn't I? Big hugs to you and the Mister. And whoa on that mosaiced (probably not a word. don't care) reindeer. That is so very cool! Thanks mucho for the novel over on my blog. I really appreciate your taking the time to spell it all out. I'm beginning to feel like my mom who got all bent out of shape when PCs first came into the office she worked at - "oh no, change". Anyhoo, I'll be seeing ya around in blogland, I hope for a long time to come :)
Sooner than you think, actually. I see you've got a NBUS happening. I just played with some NBUS!

Zelda C said...

Stunning cards! I'm swooning over the first one with all the gorgeous color, just love it! And how creative are you with the second.... wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration.

Liz said...

Two stunning cards, Darnell. Love the colours on the first one and the reindeer on the second is just amazing! xx

Claire Grantham said...

Darnell, so glad you played along with us at Retro Rubber, your Reindeer is stunning!! Perfect match for the challenge and I saw the NBUS announcement, so I'm playing along..Clairex

Colleen said...

Darnell, you just amaze me...that reindeer is fantastic! OMG...I need to start opening my eyes and looking at the world and bring it into the craft room! Your card is so cool. Thank you for sharing it at Merry Monday! And WOW your background on the first card is so pretty too...love your color choices and those cool flower brads!! Have a great week! Caught a nasty cold on top of a sore toe...still wobbling around and keeping it above my heart! My backside is getting pretty darn sore!!

Anita in France said...

That swirly AI background is gorgeous, Darnell ... such yummy colours behind the crisp white ... and sweet Hammy flower brads! Oh my goodness, your reindeer ... so cool, so artistic, so stunning against all the white ... really, it's awesome! LYAMYHASWMCA! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Notes by Nina said...

Both cards are fantastic Darnell, I love that multi-coloured deer. So glad you played along with us for Merry Monday.

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your beautiful card! The colors on reindeer are fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

scrappymo! said...

Your background is superb! Great card, Darnell.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Love that snazzy background. I have alcohol inks (nearest I get to alcohol these days lol!) and gloss paper so may have to have a try at this.
And as for Joseph and his amazing Technicolor rein(deer)coat. .... fantastic!
Take care.
Ang x

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Dear sweet friend Darnell,
I'm just loving the colours in that first card no wonder you didn't want to cover it up, and the second is just so curve well done you,
And you're indefatigable blogging is amazing, thank you for your very special and personal comment, you really are amazing yo make it around to comment on all of them. You're inspiring indeed.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration, and your love too dear friend!!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Julia Aston said...

What a pretty AI background you created Sis - thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up challenge - and what a fun deer you created inspired by the Michaels Ad!! There is inspiration everywhere!! we just have to notice it! well done! Julia xx

Jane Knudsen said...

Hi Darnell! What a lovely set of cards! But I really adore that coat of many colors deer! Don't you just love when you try something and it totally works! Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber! As I sign off, know I am singing the Coat of Many Colors song! Happy January!

Susan said...

Your alkeyhall blending is just fab! Outstanding card! And what can I say about the reindeer...LOVE it!

Donna Idlet said...

Darnell, love both of your cards, I especially love the deer with all the colors! Thanks you for playing along with Retro Rubber!

Sheila H said...

Amazing!

Neva Cole said...

Darnell, I am always looking around for inspiration, and you did a lovely job with the transformation of your reindeer! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber, come again soon!

Christine Traversa said...

Gorgeous! So inspiring! Thank you so much for doing the RR challenge!❤️❤️

Paru Mahtani said...

This is stunning Darnell!!! Thanks so much for playing Paru’s Card Making Challenges