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August 8, 2017

More Finished UCBs

Happy Day, Stamplings!

I hope all is well with you, wherever you are!

We are having a wonderful and busy time, but I did manage a bit of craftiness to put the finishing touches on a few more EZPZ cards from the Unfinished Card Bits (UCB) box. 

I have to keep Hammy from going into complete withdrawal mode, you know. Left to his own devices he'd be sunbathing in the hammock with a pitcher of Tequila Sunrises! Oh, wait, no, that'd be me.

Onefers
These lacy cream-colored card bases are ancient; I think they came from SU. I adhered a strip of Brusho snippets behind the lacy opening and then attached a panel of colored card behind that. 

I'm entering the top lemon and lime concoction in the current challenge at Less Is More, where they want to see the colors of tropical fruits. I'm entering the bottom card in the "Pastel Pencils" Fusion Card Challenge, where I'm playing with just the inspiration photo.

Twofers
 
This selection of happy cards is pretty self-exploratory. The Hooray bases are by Clearly Besotted and they were given to me by my friend Greta a very long time ago. It felt good to make them into cards! Thank you, Greta! The top two backgrounds were made with alcoholic inks on glossy paper and the bottom two backgrounds were made with Brushos. The sediment is from the "Sweet Wishes" set by Penny Black.

I'm entering the top left-side card in the new CAS Mix Up Card Challenge. I've used the required stamping, plus alcoholic inks, plus die-cutting.

Threefer
Again, very simple. I used an MFT stitched circle for the aperture. The tiny bird and bird cage have been in my stash since the cows came home. I attached it and a snippet of pink ribbon to the card with a brad. I'm entering the current "Happy Birthday" Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the "Pretty in Pink" challenge at City Crafter.

Okay, I must dash waddle off! It's been fun reducing the UCB box, increasing my stash, and keeping Hammy happy!


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76 comments:

Loll said...

Great post with lots of amazing cards, Dolly!! Love them all!! And bonus that you used up several things from your UCB!! I need to do that too. It's gotten so bad that I started filing more unfinished project pieces in other areas. Maybe trying to hide the shame from myself?? They are taking over.

Love the lacy card with the Brushos background. Such pretty colours and a perfect CAS design. Also love your four Hooray cards ... again, beautiful colours for your circle backdrops. And that bird in the cage is just so sweet!

Your mojo is on fire right now. Could you send any extra up my way??!! :) Lolly xx

Loll said...

Oops ... thanks for sharing your AI card with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Maria Illsley said...

You have been busy, they are all great cards xx

Stamps and Paper said...

great selection of cards Darnell and some gorgeous backgrounds...love the lacy ones particularly....you have reminded me that I haven't used my Brusho for a very long time so I'll blow the dust off and have a play!

Anne

Aquarius said...

You have been busy and the results are great as ever. I'm glad I'm not the only one trying to use things from my UCB's and other places like card scraps boxes - ?CSB's (have loads of those) and as for 'stuff' from way back, don't ask.

Lia said...

Wow, this is a range of gorgeous cards and I can't say which one I like the best!
Lia xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving cards. The first ones are so pretty. I'll have to try that.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow, how busy have you been. I love all of these fantastic cards I can't make up my mind which one I like the best.

Sue xx

Redanne said...

Oh how I love visiting to see what beauties you have created in the Playhouse and you never disappoint! I really love the first ones, the die cut edges are gorgeous and then the rainbow of beautiful colours in the next ones - so cheery.. and another great die! The bird in the cage is delightful!

A real feast for the eyes today, glad Hammy is keeping you busy using up the stash box but I hope you both find time for a Tequila Sunrise too! Hugs, Annie xxx

Kathyk said...

As always, a smashing array of work from you, Darnell. I popped across from the LIM blog to admire your entry only to find all this fabulousness.

Happy Tuesday

Kathyk

Ros Crawford said...

Oh my you are on a roll! What a fabulous display of cards Darnell ... I love each and every one and the fact that they were all made from UCB's is even better. Congrats on your GD spot and I hope to find time to play along.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards Darnell!! Especially like the lacy onesn

Pat said...

Wow, you have bee busy Darnell and some very creative uses for your UCB's. The lacy cards are so pretty using your brusho bits, and the sentiment frames with more beautiful AI and brusho backgrounds in such gorgeous coliurs, and then that sweet birdcage with another wknderful background. I have so many odd bits which I should utilise so thank you for showing us how to make the most of them. x

Cara said...

Wow, a wonderful set of cards, all of them are gorgeous. I think the Hooray die may have been ab Cleatly Besotted one, not that it matters in the slightest! Hope you (and Hammy) are finding some time to relax in the hammock with a large glass of something cold x

Birgit said...

Good golly, you've been one busy gal! These are all fabulous! You deserve another sunrise. ;0)

cuilliesocks said...

You've been a busy lass Darnell, beautifully designed and coloured cards, been years since I've had a Tequila Sunrise, sounds good, Kate x

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Loved how you have put the brusho bits to use .I often struggle while using such colorful bgs.. wonderful cards :)

Carole said...

Well you have been a busy bee Darnell and your cards are all lovely. Wish i had your imagination...mines lacking at present...post holiday blues I think and its wet , wet, wet here in West Yorkshire....so my brain hurts!!!!!...along with all my joints...lol!! Hugs xx

Gerrina said...

Wow a delicate colourful post! Love the slegance and CAS first two cards, but I do favorite the backgrounds that you made for the others! So much fun to make and so good of you to finish them; they are beautiful! Hope there is enough time to enjoy the summer and perhaps the tequilas:)! Hugs, Gerrina

Karen Knott said...

Wow Darnell lots of gorgeous cards :) Love the top ones with the lacy panels and the coloured backgrounds on all the cards are fab. I'm in LOVE with the sentiment font on the last card !
Hugs Kaz xx

conil said...

I'm shocked that your UCB's haven't all been used by now. You keep crankin' these sweet little numbers out, right and left. Don't know which me eyes should land first...but think that "til the cows come home" caged bird has my heart. I do have an affinity for birds. Hope your vacation is all it's cracked up to be and the weather cooperates fully. Have a drink on me...it's getting dry around here.

Linda said...

Darnell, what a great bunch of cards. I really love that first two with that lovely, delicate die and the pretty Brusho snippets behind it. The others are fabulous too. You have been busy.

LesleyG said...

WOW you sure have done a fabulous job with your UCB's ! xxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
sometimes I get a bit confused as I don't understand some of abbreviations on items used.
I suppose it's just my fuddled old brain.
Your cards are very beautiful and gorgeous as usual.
Their designs are so wonderful, and so very different from anything I have seen before.
Love the super lacy edged ones the most.
Love and big crafty hugs from my houe to yours. Jenny L.

Leslie Miller said...

I'm overwhelmed with your creativity and productivity, Darnell! Those lacy edged cards are so pretty and make me think they might be a good way to use some backgrounds that didn't come out quite right. I mean, your backgrounds look gorgeous and probably don't need to be covered, but I've made some horrendous ones. I love those hooray cards, too! The way you've arranged the stars and sentiment -- brilliant! The colors of the bottom two are my faves. And then there's that cutest birdie in a bird cage ever! Totally adorable and another pretty background! You continually inspire me!

Bunny said...

Lots of pretty things to look at. I especially love those lacy things from SU that can probably be never found again. Oh those are lovely cards.

When the cows come home at my house all they ever bring is milk. Which is fine, but I like chocolate milk.

Olga Fink said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell! As always so inspiring!
xoxo Olga

Trina P. said...

You've been super busy making these super fabulous cards, Darnell. Love them all, especially your set of hooray cards. Great job dwindling down your pile of UCBs too. Have a wonderful day. �� Trina xx

JoAnn said...

What a lovely array of cards. Love them all, especially the ones with the lacey die cut edges - so pretty. Glad you are able to complete these lovelies from you Unfinished Card Bits. I need to do this also.

Kathleen said...

A fabulous batch of cards with some super background colours and lovely designs.

Kath x

Verna Angerhofer said...

You certainly have some beautiful cards there. And, keep on inspiring me as I don't have time or energy to make any right now. I am in a pickle....beet and cuke kind. LOL

Carol L said...

You've been busy making a whole lotta purty cards I see! I love the you-neekness of each one and the birthday sentiment is the most fabulous one I've seen yet! Love them all!!

Jean said...

BEautiful cards!!!

HJ said...

Everyone of these cards is beautiful!! Love it when 1) you get twofers and 2) you can use some UCB's. So it's a win-win for everyone. I need to finish some of the cards in my UCB stash. Thanks for the reminder. Have a wonderful day!

Linda said...

What a stunning collection today Darnell .... and using up all those unfinished bits too, great job! My box just keeps getting bigger!
Those pretty lace borders are gorgeous and I love the die cut circles (great background colours on those) but the cute little birdie is my favourite .... so sweet!
I think you deserve that tequilla sunrise my friend ..... cheers! xx

Ruth said...

They are all fabulous! Isn't it a good thing we keep all this stuff just in case we find we need it some day in the future? The colourways with the first set are lovely and fruity. The second set of cards use a Clearly Besotted shaker Die which I have and have only used once. For shame. I shall have to get it out again won't I! Keep on crafting! Xx

Craftychris said...

A wonderful array of colourful and gorgeous backgrounds for these cards! Each one is a pure delight! Enjoy your tequila sunrise, hammy too of course! Hugs xxxxxxxx

Sheila H said...

You've been quite busy, Darnell. Your cards are all so fresh and colorful. I'm feeling the urge to CASE them.

frommycraftroom said...

WOW you and hammy have been productive. Must delve into my UCB too boy it piles up fast!

nancy littrell said...

So many beautiful CAS beauties my friend. I can not possibly pick a favorite and am so happy you shared them all. Also thank you for sharing you Alcohol Ink circle background card. Love to see you play in our challenges. Hugs..

Susan said...

The hammock and the pitcher of cold drinks sounds great - I'm exhausted from trying to do lots of DTGD challenges! Love your two lacy cards - such pretty colours on both of them. And your Hooray cards look like a perfect design for a batch production. You sure did get a lot out of your UCB box!

Claire said...

Looks like you've had a productive, creative run Darnell. What a great way to use those pretty, lacy card bases. You've combined old fashioned lace with modern colours and it totally works...so pretty! Loving the simple die cuts in the next cards too. Thanks for playing along at Fusion this week!

Lisa Elton said...

What a treat for the eyes Darnell! Those lemon lime lacy numbers are extra fancy and feminine. And that delicate little bird cage is swoon worthy!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! I love the first set of cards. The lacy look is so pretty. The bird in the cage is so cute :)

Cheryl W. said...

Wow! It looks like you turned your cardmaking machine into high gear. Of course, I'm aware that Hammy probably did the heavy lifting, but that's still an awesome pile of cards.

Chrissie said...

Gorgeous stuff kiddo and how great to have used up lots of UCBs. If I ever manage to get into my craft room again I must try to do likewise!
Almost finished the looking after the grandkids bit... just until the weekend and then a week in Spain later in the month and then we're done for these summer holidays. Phew!
Your pretty cards keep me going!

Izzy Scrap said...

You've been a busy bee doing all these fabulous cards! I love them all! What an amazing take on our challenge with your lace card and its stunning background! You always do wonders with Brushos! These colours are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More!

Anita in France said...

Goodness, that's more than a bit of craftiness, Darnell ... that's a veritable feast ... what a treat! Those delicate lacy borders are so pretty ... put me in mind of lace edged embroidered tray cloths my grandmother and her friends used to serve tea on! Cool, crisp, graphic brusho cards, the contrast between the vibrant colour and the white die cut is delicious ... and that little chick swinging merrily on it's perch is such a sweetie, so cute! LYAMYHMAEATWB! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Em Louise Fairley said...

Stunning cards, Darnell
Hugs,
Em xoxox

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous compilation, darnell! Love so mauch those lacy opening of the two first cards and the brushos under their aperture!

Donna said...

These are all absolutely gorgeous Darnell, lovely designs!

Brenda in IN said...

What a plethora of wonderful creations. I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself. I seem wordy this morning. I love the lacy cards but I also love the ones you used the alcohol inks and brushos on. That is a great design you used with them. The bird in the cage is so cute hanging on the ribbon. I tried to enter the challenge you guested on but I couldn't resize and believe me, I tried hard.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow you sure are productive and you are making my brain work trying to remember them all ! I love how you use multi colour in the background behind the die cuts of your beautiful cards. I hope you are doing well, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Becca Cruger said...

Looks like you've been having some fun getting messy, and then CASing it up! You know I'm all about a good splashy vibrant background, so these cards all make my mess-loving heart happy! Now go enjoy those Tequila Sunrises already.

Cat Craig said...

Looks like you have had a very productive time. wonderful selection of cards. I love those brusho backgrounds they are such a lovely and colorful addition to any card.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
A plethora of perfect, pretty and pulchritudinous creations.
You and the H-Meister have been busy.
Glad all seems to be going well with you.
Will drop you a line at the end of the week.
Ang x

Bonnie said...

I love that lacy die cut with the pretty colors showing through! And your alcohol and Brusho backgrounds are perfect with the circle die! Great job reducing your UCBs. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! We always love to see you there!

JD/ Jill said...

All great cards...but I especially like the "birdie" card! Hope you are having a great week.

Maxine D said...

So glad you biffed Hammy out of the hammock and took over once you had made all these stunners - and well done on not swallowing the alcoholic inks :-)
Blessings
Maxine

Sazzle Dazzle said...

What an inspiration you are Darnell, so many beautiful one-fer, two-fer and even an three-fer! Especially as it's mostly from our UCB stash...never heard that term before but I've certainly got at least one of those boxes!!! The middle ones are CBS dies ... I've a couple of those and they've not nearly been played with enough! Yikes! Love all your bold and fun backgrounds and especially that zesty mix of lemon and lime for Less is More set behind a super elegant die-cut lacy panel. Just stunning throughout and thanks as always for playing along with us. x

Jeanne said...

Such a great post, Darnell! How fun that your UCBs can be utilized so beautifully. Ohhh golly, I just adore those first two with the lacy look on the cards. The backgrounds on the next set are so striking. Love that you can see them through the hooray! Happy for you that you've been so productive and creative and that that makes Hammy and your readers super happy! :)

Mac Mable said...

Such a delicate and pretty first card. Love the CAS second cards, crisp and so elegant. What a cute third card. Such a treat today ...Thank you

Go and enjoy a pitcher of Tequila Sunrise with Hammy!!! x

Sybrina K said...

Okay, Darnell, you are now officially my heroine. Not only did you use up lots of UCBs, but you used them to make some fabulous cards. Woot, woot to you, my friend!

Tracey McNeely said...

These are all beautiful projects made with your UBC's, really you are a rockstar for doing this. My UBC box is shameful there is so much in it! Happy weekend!

Kathleen said...

All cards are fabulous LIM cards, the backgrounds are gorgeous and the lace die is really lovely. Love the little bird cage too.

Kath x

Christine Alexander said...

Great use of all those UCB's we make and putt to one side. Love your little doily cutouts :)

Liz said...

You HAVE been busy, so many gorgeous creations. Well done on reducing your UCB pile. I really need to visit my UCB pile, thanks for the inspiration!

Bobby said...

You must really feel accomplished Darnell, getting all those UCBs turned into wonderful cards. Those lacy cards are lovely with the Brushos peeking through.

Macarena said...

Lovely designs, I like the blended colors and CAS look of all af them. Thank you for celebrating SSS Monday Challenge with us!

Greta said...

Forget to get back to this post yesterday & wanted to be sure & tell you how much I love those first 2 cards! Thinking of how to use some of my dies for a look like those card bases--beautiful! The Hooray cards are neat, too! That die is Clearly Besotted & I sent some of those die cuts to you way back when I won it at The Playground, so you should have some more to play with!

Lisa Tilson said...

I don't think I have come across anyone who can utilise those UCBs as well as you Darnell. I have tons of panels of experiments that really should be turned into cards. You have made 7 gorgeous cards from bits you have created and not left in a humungous folder for "the future". So inspiring! Brusho makes for wonderful backgrounds and I have yet to try alcohol inks, but they are high on my wish list. Maybe next month.... Lisa xx

Lyndal said...

LOVE, LOVE the inky colours Darnell! So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION!

Karren said...

Beautiful selection of cards, Darnell! Those lacy panels look so delicate and pretty and the colors peeking out from behind them are such a fun look. So happy to see you join us at Fusion.

Sue - said...

Wow you have been busy! Great collection of cards. xx

Helen F. said...

So happy you finished these cards, Darnell. Each one is beautiful~what a lovely set you created from your UCB!

Nora N. said...

You have been so busy this summer with all your card making!! I like that you are going through your unfinished stuff. I was just thinking that I need to do that now. I have so many panels of stuff created, colored and never used. You are my inspiration!!