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May 10, 2017

Wildflowers in the Wind - y Birthday

Hello there, wee stamplings!

I hope your spring (or fall, depending) is going well! I have always gotten such a kick out of the names for those two seasons. Right after winter, there is a "spring" in our step and then just before winter we "fall" prostrate in anticipation of the cold days to come! 

Thank you for your words of encouragement and advice on my last post about my marathon reorg. I enjoyed reading all your thoughts and I'm enjoying my uncluttered and clean space.

Today I've got a card with happy springtime colors for you.
The flowers are being blown by a warm spring breeze. It's been very windy here after our very rainy winter. I love it, but I've had to put Hammy on a leash when we go outside.

I remember when we ladies had big ratted hair held together with tons and tons of hairspray. God help the boyfriend or husband who happened to roll down the car window driving down the road. "My hair! My hair!" 

The NBUS wildflower stamp is by Rubbernecker and I've had it for ages. I was delighted to finally give it a whirl, coloring it with my Ziggies and then spritzing and stamping it. Looking at the photo now, the design seems to be crying out for a butterfly, don't you think? Yes, I think I'll add one.

And speaking of butterflies, those pretty purple bits look like our butterfly bushes which are just starting to bloom!

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104 comments:

Jane Willis said...

Beautiful card Darnell - sorry I've not been commenting for a while but I'm just home from some of my travels and taking a little breather before the next
Jane

Desire Fourie said...

Darnell this is beautifully designed and I love your creative flair.
This will also be perfect for one entry as an anything goes creation for our challenge below.
Hugs
Desíre
{ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous card Darnell and your look like they are swaying in the breeze....you've bought back memories of the early 60's when I used to have a 'beehive' hairstyle lots of back combing, hairspray and pins...wasn't a good style to have as my boyfriend had a motor bike and the two did certainly didn't go together!!! ....but happy memories

Anne

Lia said...

Wow Darnell, I love this!! The bright colours, the design: everything is so nice.
Lia xx

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Wow this is gorgeous!!! I haven't used that technique in years. Hmmm, just might have to give it a go again. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I love the card.

My dad had several Butterfly bushes in his garden. He found it was when the flowers started to die off, that was when the butterflies seemed more interested.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Renata said...

Krasna voščilnica. Zelo mi je všeč.

Anne said...

Hello Darnell. What a gorgeous card!!! Anne x

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Carole said...

Simply beautiful Darnell...I will share my day with you...xx

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautiful card Darnell, love the colours and the just cottage garden look of this card. Now let me tell you something that I find rather embarryissing, I was reading your comment about how you coloured the stamp with your Zigs then sprayed with water before stsmping. And its like a light went on ohhh my god I am reading peoples comments how they use the distress ink markers to colour stamp then wet and I'm like 'such a shame I dont have those Distress Ink Markers, its so hard to use ink pads for same look' and yes I never ever thought to use my Zigs. Sometimes I think my blonde wig is just too tight, you know what I mean!!!!!

Birgit said...

What lovely wild flowers Darnell! Love your sweet, simple card! So glad you're enjoying your new space.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

LOVE those pretty, spring flowers Darnell and the way you stamped them is so artistic! I love the texture of the card too it looks like a watercolour painting! I'm glad that you are enjoying your newly reorganised craft space. I find, since I reorganised mine, that I am now spending far more time crafting than looking for things! I also enjoy seeing all the lovely things you have in your garden . . . beautiful! Have a wonderful day my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Leigh Penner said...

Beautiful take on the sketch!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!!

Pat said...

What a gorgeous stamp and the colours are so fresh and pretty Darnell, and I love the sentiment and soft splatters too. A fabulous card. x

Jeanne said...

Beautiful card, Darnell. I really like the simple design. Giggled at your windy stories!

Brenda in IN said...

Coloring on the stamp and spritzing made this card so beautiful. It is realistic looking swaying in the wind. Oh the wind! We have had it too and so strong. It makes it seems twice as cool or cold depending on the temp. I bet Hammy just doesn't understand why he has that thing around his neck while trying to walk. Boy did you bring back memories of hair. I used to roll my hair up in huge rollers, spray it with beer and sleep on them. Then tease it within an inch of its life and smooth it over. Added three inches to my height!

Heidi Stamps said...

Very pretty card! My grandmother had some kind of plastic thing she wore over her hair in the wind. I wonder if she still ever uses it...

Nonni said...

"watercolor stamping" is one of my favorite techniques, I really love it! It is the only "watercoloring" I think is not scary! :) Your card is beautiful, I love the layout and the CAS look.

LauraJane:) said...

Maybe one tiny butterfly! However I can almost feel the breeze! GORGEOUS stamping:))

Craft-E-Place said...

Fantastic card! Love the watercolouring it works so well for wild flowers - a match made in heaven!
Elaine

Colleen said...

Fabulous card, sure does look like it is 'blowing in the wind' love it Darnell! I have some rubber stamps that I must give this technique a try with the zigs!! Heart Hugs, friend!

conil said...

My butterfly bushes are beginning to bloom, as well, and, because of all the rain, methinks this is going to be a good year for them. Aren't you glad you found this little jewel of a stamp. Looks lovely colored with your zigs...and I like the sentiment, too.

Ros Crawford said...

It's absolutely lovely! Our buddleia hasn't flowered yet... they usually flower within the next few months. Have a beautiful day!

Geri said...

STUNNING COLORS! STUNNING DESIGN! Ya think that my clean and simple lovin' heart raced when I saw this? Yep, sure did!

The sprinkling of splatters are perfect. Love where you placed the sentiment too :)

Hope all is going well :)

Geri said...

WHOOPS! Forgot to say "beautiful picture of the butterfly plant! The blossoms are SO vibrant!"

AJ Bodine said...

I'm in love with this card, I had to stare at it a long while. Wildflowers blowing in the gentle spring breeze, sigh! I think I'm going to have to dig out my old Rubbernecker and see what I can come up with.

Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous card!! The flowers are so beautiful!! I love the colors!! It's stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Linda said...

Beautiful card Darnell. Love that type of watercolored look. I never thought of using my Ziggs to color on a stamp. Have a great day.

Bonnie said...

Our butterfly bush is beginning to bloom too and I've been seeing lots of butterflies flying into the gum trees. I believe that's where they like to lay their eggs. To bad the caterpillars done eat gumballs instead of leaves!

Love, love, love you windswept wildflowers! I think you need to use them lots and this technique is perfect for them. A butterfly would be nice but not necessary. Thanks so much for creating a card for CAS Watercolour and CAS Mix Up! I hope you and Hammy enjoy that spring in your step!

I Card Everyone said...

I've been out of the loop, D. but had to say: this is my favorite of all your fabulous creations [to date!]. LOve the water-colored feel, the yearning for that butterfly, and oh yes, that gorgeous dark purple of your butterfly bush!
=] M

JoAnn said...

Love your beautiful wildflowers blowing in the wind. So pretty. TFS

Bożena Adamusińska said...

I love the "wind" in this card. He is amazing I love the colors of ZIG beautifully mixed, watercolor is unusual. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. And delicate violet dots perfectly filled the composition.
Hugs,
BożenA

Sarah said...

Such a beautiful card Darnell, glorious colours xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love your beautiful water colored floral image with those pretty colors you chose. So fantastic looking they are and a great spring design. And, I never looked at the names of the season in the way you did before. LOL That is clever and maybe more true then we know. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and talents today.

Nan G said...

This colorful beauty definitely needs a butterfly. ;) Enjoy your Spring weather. We jumped right into summer back in March and are now in fire season. :( cough cough hack hack thenGrils and I are tucked inside with a/c filtering the air while they sleep I'm trying to paint. Hugs

Michele K. Henderson said...

Ooooh, I really like this one! It looks like a watercolor painting, very Monet-esque! Love that pink!

Cara said...

Oh wow, this is just gorgeous, I love it (with or without a butterfly!). Hmm, maybe you need to keep Hammie in a leash indoors too! Nah, that'd be cruel, and who would you blame things on then?! Cara x

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

Love the softness of your stamped images and yes, a butterfly would finish it nicely!

Redanne said...

Wow, I just love the delicacy of those flowers blowing in the Spring breeze (and I do remember those hairspray days!!). Your Butterfly bush looks amazing, ours is just coming into bud with all the sunshine we have been having (more than a whole week!). Keep Hammy safe in all those winds! Hugs, Annie xxx

Liz said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell. The flowers are really beautiful. xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Amazing frilli look for your flowers, this card is so bright and happy!
I'm glad you enjoy your new space and organization! I will do something too, this summer! Lovely photo, and these blooms really need a butterfly :D
Hugs

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card Darnell. Love the look of the flowers. The butterfly bushes look beautiful. That'll definitely make a beautiful stamp!

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous wildflowers, Darnell! I love how you stamped them to create an airy movement on this card...so pretty! So, Hammy is on a leash now? You are too funny! So glad your reorg project went well, and that your butterfly bushes are starting to bloom...they're beautiful!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Such pretty Springtime colors!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my, that's such a pretty stamp and a delightfully clean and fresh card! I love seeing your NBUS while I work my way through my own Mt. NBUS at the same time. Looks like the Zigs worked beautifully for this technique and you did such a good job of it. We had a couple of very windy days here, too, but chilly - brrrr! My butterfly bush is nowhere near close to blooming, but I sure look forward to it when it does.

Jean said...

BEautiful card!

Kylie said...

Absolutely stunning, Darnell. Those watercoloured blooms are sensational! xx

Carol L said...

Your flowers look beautiful swaying in the wind! I love the images and the great sentiment! I hope you're enjoying your nice clean work space........I'm housecleaning my kitchen but not because I want to - because the brigade of ants have invaded us once again :(

Lindsey said...

Beautiful! Perfect with the watercolour effect. Make sure that stamp sees some more use, K? :D

Cat Craig said...

I can feel that warm breeze and smell those sweet blooms Darnell. I love this clean gorgeous card.

Brenda said...

Feeling a bit like fall around here Auntie, between the rain and low temps I'm getting confused on what time of year it is! lol Wow, wow, wow! What a stunning card! I love that imagine you used, just gorgeous to me! Might have to look for it as it is just so beautiful and right up my ally. And yes, I think a butterfly would be great on it!! I never thought to use my Ziggies to color a stamp with. Duh! But I'm assuming it works better with rubber stamps than clear ones. But will have to give it a try. Your butterfly bush looks beautiful! Mine died and I so want another one. One day perhaps. Not getting notifications again! I could scream, but that wouldn't help. I thought I had found the problem, but I guess not! I thought by clearing my browsing history it would let the notifications come in, but nope. I give up! So when I'm missing that is why. Or one reason why. lol Hugs, Brenda

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell. I like this soft and subtle look the zigs have given to this card. Spraying them with the water makes all the difference!

Birgit said...

I love this card and I can feel that warm breeze and a butterfly would look great. My mom had a a beehive and it was all held with bobbypins, if one breathed on it it would fall since her hair was so thin

Cheryl W. said...

So pretty, Darnell! Love the blowin'-in-the-wind style of your image. And, yes, I think a butterfly would look great. Have a great rest of the week, my friend.

Linda said...

This looks so pretty and delicate, I love the soft watercoloured look and those splatters give it a real arty feel .... just gorgeous! xx

sandie said...

Gosh I say no butterfly, I love it the way it is. Adore the arty look, hope you are well xx

Anita in France said...

Simply beautiful, Darnell ... beautifully beautiful in fact ... and I love it just as it is, without the butterfly! You took the thoughts right out of my mind ... I was thinking of drifts of wildflowers gently bending in the breeze too! A lovely technique that's on my list of things to try ... never done it! LYAMYAHYHAWW! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Jerrie said...

This is absolutely stunning. Love your colors too!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful card and photo, Darnell.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Bunny said...

There were so many comments I barely found my way to the bottom and now I've forgotten what I wanted to say..............I must be getting old.

I'm sure it was to tell you that your card was beautiful.

Nora N. said...

This is simply stunning!! I LOVE the soft way you stamped these flowers and used that great sketch design. I think this would be a pretty card to frame. Nice reminder for someone to see everyday!!

Sandy said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous and we ALL think so!!
sandy xx

OH Babs said...

I too have a Rubbernecker flower stamp I have not used. You may have inspired me to play with it. I know I saw it demonstrated at a stamp convention and it looked so simple. Happy Mother's Day dear friend and enjoy the day. :) B

Susan said...

Lovely spray of windblown flowers - and beautiful colours! Great use of your Zigs and spraying with water. Loll, Nancy, and I are getting behind on commenting on CAS Watercolour cards because we're all having way too much fun creating together. We'll have to invite you up to join us if we do it again!!

Bobby said...

I'm glad this is one of the stamps you decided to keep, Darnell, because this is a fabulous watercolory wind-in-my-petals kind of card. Yes, a tiny butterfly would look good, or maybe a dragonfly which is what I added to my wildflowers.

KandA said...

Beautiful card Darnell, LOVE the colours and wonderful sentiment. I could just imagine a butterfly settling on those lovely flowers. Take care xx

Tonya Jastad said...

Darnell this is just perfect! Love the colors and it looks great as is but I think it would look good with a butterfly too! Thanks for joining us at THD!

Karenladd said...

Now THIS is an true example of the less-is-more concept. Absolutely gorgeous...and yet so simple. I can't believe this stamp was NBUS, but so glad that you dug it out and shared with us!

Fiki said...

so pretty!

frommycraftroom said...

So pretty! It is beautiful without a butterfly but I can see how it might look with one too :) Have a great weekend.

Happy Dance said...

A very long time ago, one of the Traceys...either Mc. or Rockwell, said that they were so glad that there was a "jump to comment form" button on blogger. It cracked me up back then, and I totally understood why they said that! It was worth it to scroll through all those lovely comments, though, and see what everyone had to say about this GORGEOUS card, and ratted hair. I'm in awe of this card. The colors, your design, and that perfectly placed sentiment make this on helluva stunner. I love this card. No. I LOVE THIS CARD. True story! Really really really beautiful. Glad the reorg is going well, and when you're done, can you come to my house for a week or so and help me??? Please?!! Oh now, wouldn't that just be fun?!! Missing you. xo Bev

Janelle said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell. I love the colours and the stamp - simply lovely. I hope everything is going well for you and your family . Big HUGS from me. 😚

Izzy Scrap said...

WOW ! It is absolutely STUNNING Darnell ! I LOVE it ! I've never tried this technique but here it intensifies the effect of wild flowers! Wonderful ! It reminds me a field of wild flowers I took a picture of in Canada, exactly the same colours ! For me, I will not add any butterfly, it is just a wonder like it, the focus is really on the flowers ! It's a winner for me ! thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring ! Hugs xx

Andrea said...

what a really beautiful card Darnell I love it.your colour choices are fab looks delicate and stunning thanks for sharing it with us
Andrea x

Marybeth said...

These flowers looks as though they were blowing in a soft wind! What an elegant and gorgeous card, Darnell!

Mac Mable said...

Hold the butterfly your card is perfect as it is x

Craftychris said...

This is absolutely beautiful and looks fabulous with or without a butterfly! The colours are stunning! Hugs xxxxxxx

AlisonC said...

I love this stamp and the colours you've used. Very summery. We used to have an old Landrover and Mr C was always keen to take the lid off on a warm day. I'd always arrive looking like a witch. Happy days!

oldpunca said...

Oh, is already here, a new card from you! :-) Wonderful motiv and fabulous colouring.
Have a great weekend,
Sonja

Regine Karpel said...

Beautiful.

Sue said...

This is so pretty Darnell:)) gorgeous card huggles Sue xx

Greta said...

Oh my goodness, Darnell--one of my all-time favorite cards! That is the perfect stamp to use for that technique! Happy Mother's Day, my friend!

Loll said...

LOVE your watercoloured spring time card ... just a beautiful design and mix of colours. Lots the splatters too. I think it's just perfect the way it is. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour! Lolly xx

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty card! Glad you managed to get your craft room finished. I'm still working on mine...WHAT A JOB!!!

Carol Hintermeier said...

What a beautiful card! Love how you watercolored those pretty flowers! Such a spring time card--our's is rapidly disappearing with temps around 90º!!! We have had a milder spring though, by Texas standards, so can't really complain! Glad you've gotten your space all cleaned up and organized! That is such a good feeling!! Hugs!!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
What a beautiful card. Looks just like a watercolour painting.
Our buddleia doesn't flower until mid Summer but the butterflies love it.
Nevermind the window down, it's worse with a convertible ...... the wind in your hair and the bugs in your teeth, happy days lol!
Ang x

Zelda C said...

Oh gosh - just love this card! Such pretty colors and I love the artsy look about it. Fabulous!

~amy~ said...

Oh my, this is a beauty! Such perfect stamping and your color choices are lovely!
Thanks for joining us for The Heart Desires Challenge #12!

Susanne Vargas said...

These wildflowers are so pretty - they look like painted! Love the concentration in one corner and the splatters! It's fabulous as it is but an added butterfly would be lovely, too!

Julia Aston said...

what a perfect CAS design Sis! LOVE the watercolor look of the wild flowers and pretty splatter! Thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up challenge! Julia xx

Marcus Barrett said...

excellent card, now i have an Idea to create my own Cards, adding custom stickers would make it stunning.

jen said...

This is so lovely- such fun texture created when zigs are used that way! Glad you have a leash for Hammy! Thanks for joining us at The Heart Desires Challenge!

Sue - said...

Hi Darnell, love your wind swept flowers, so pretty.

shirley-bee said...

Beautiful splattery colouring, Darnell!

Eliz Stewart said...

Fabulous use of NBUS!

Shona Chambers said...

Love this card so much, it has a real artistic flow about it, like it should be framed and on a wall. Just beautiful!!

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Trina P. said...

Posted too soon. Congratulations on getting outstanding designs for both CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour this month. 👏🎉🎉 Gorgeous card and so well deserved. Have a great rest of your weekend.

Trina xx

Greta said...

Congrats on the HM at CAS Mix Up! What a gorgeous card, Darnell!

Greta said...

And congrats on CAS Watercolor shout out!

Juhi said...

This is oh so pretty!!!Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along at The Heart Desires Challenge! Hope to see you again next month!