A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

September 6, 2017

From Classic to Ooh-La-La

Hello, Stamplings!

It's so lovely to see you with your bright, shiny faces! And lots of you have inky fingers and glittery bosooms, too!! That's the way we like it!

We had a quiet Labor Day weekend staying inside where it was cool. Our temperatures are finally dropping, but the skies are still really smoky from all the fires blazing throughout the western United States and Canada. It seems ridiculous to ask this, in light of the horrendous rain that fell in Texas and Louisiana (and now with incoming Hurricane Irma), but please pray for rain -without lightening - to fall where the fires are raging.

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This simple classic hydrangea is dressed in a style that could have been made years ago, except for the pierced scallop edging which adds a modern touch. I like how the rounded edging mimics the blossom clusters. It would pair well with a crisp Pinot Grigio.

Challenges
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Hammy has been good at reminding me to use my patterned paper more often and my next set of cards features pp predominately. Ooh-la-way-to-go!
Isn't that a fun pp design! I've had it forever. I think it might be from DCWV. I've also had the NBUS shoe stamp for a long time and I'm happy to finally ink it up. It is from STAMPlorations and it was designed by my friend Shirley Bee (The Bee's Knees). The NBUS sediment is from The Alley Way Stamps. 

It's hard to tell from the photo, but the paper has embedded glitter and the shoe and sediment are stamped and cut from metallic paper. I'm not sure why this happened, but IRL the blue metallic paper is the same color as the blue in the pattern. Promise.

I liked it so much, I made two more.
The above pp showcases bobby pins. Raise your hand if you know what bobby pins are! Oh, good, most of you have at least heard of them! I don't even have any in my junk drawer any more.

The spark for my shoe cards came from seeing that my friend Linda of Lin's Craft Corner is the September GD for Just Us Girls. Congratulations, Lin! This is Word Week and the word is ... shoes! 

I'm also heading over to Pixie's Snippets Playground because I've used lots of snippets like a good girl!
Snippets Playground Badge
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Something New and Different

You might see my mug up on the Inspired By All the Little Things blog today. Most of you know that Blogland's venerable Queen of Challenges, Lesley Croghan, recently had a wee baby girl named Maeley! Lesley would like to spend as much time as possible with Maeley, so she asked me if I would take over her Admin duties for the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge. Always one to recognize how short life is and how fast children grow, I was happy to help a girl out!

As one of the administrators, I will host the challenge one week each month and introduce a guest card artist. (Love this idea of Lesley's!) In addition, Lesley has put together a remarkable Design Team to provide you with fantastic inspiration each week! 

The Inspired By All the Little Things Challenge has been on summer break and will return this Saturday, September 9th. I hope you will come by to see who my guest artist is and play along with the new challenge!
See you on Saturday! Thank you!!

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74 comments:

Hannelie said...

Great minds think alike I see! The 2 of us combined the same 2 challenges to create gorgeous cards!
Love your ooh la la shoes cards too :)
Congrats with the new position at "Inspired"... can't wait to be inspired by you and the team!
Hugs

Birgit said...

You've been busy! I love the hydrangea and the colouring of it...really beautiful. The shoes are the thing and the patterned paper is perfect

Berina RGA said...

Congratulations Darnell! I did see your pic over there. Can't wait to see your new challenge. Your cards are absolutely beautiful! Love them.

Happy Dance said...

Oh Darnell!! This is just beautiful! Really, really beautiful. I've always loved hydrangeas, and I'm pretty sure this has got to be my favorite. You've colored it beautifully, and the rich, blue base really brings the eye right to that incredible bloom. LOVE this. And those shoes... Rather quite sassy! Great patterned paper all sparkled right up!! Very fun cards!! You don't even have to ask if I know what a bobby pin is... but why "bobby?" Why not "Sally," or "Jimmy?" Hmmmm... Somehow you always make me think, lol!! Missing you! xo Bev

Bunny said...

It's very sweet of you to help out. I know it's much appreciated.

Love your cards, too. Especially the hydrangea.

Send some prayers to Florida, please. We are scared with the way Hurricane Irma is moving towards us. [Bunny]

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Fantastic cards Darnell, I really love the top card and the beautiful hydrangea.

Sue xx

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

Gorgeous cards :)

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

Gorgeous cards :)

Julie B said...

My you have been busy, the heat is usually a good excuse for going indoors and sneaking a bit of crafty me time, 2 foot thick walls keeps out much of the heat so long as I remember to close the curtains and blinds!
Congrats on your appointment, sure you will do a great job. :)

Dr Sonia S V said...

What beautiful cards Darnell and I dont know how you do it ...you always make me smile!!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia

scrAPpamondo said...

Congrats with your new position at "Inspired by all the little things", well deserved!!! Love all your array of cards, they are so creative!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!!

Aquarius said...

The hydrangea is beautifully coloured and is one of my fave flowers. I must say that actual shoes don't really 'do it' for me - odd for a female I suppose but there you go. However you've done a grand job with these shoe themed cards. I do know what bobby pins are although here they were known as kirby grips, can't recall seeing any for ages though.

Pat said...

What a gorgeous hydrangea Darnell and I love the way you have coloured it with several different blues which looks great and love the scalloped mat and dark blue base card. The shoes are very stylish and love the papers you have used for all three of them including the bobby pins aka kirby grips and I still keep a few and I think that you can still buy them at the pharmacy. Lastly congratulations on becoming part of the team over at Inspired By All the Little Things and I am looking forward to seeing what you do on Saturday. x

conil said...

Clearly there is nothing wrong with your mojo. I've alway loved that Hydrangea especially in the color combo you've chosen. The scalloped border IS the perfect touch to set it off.
Shoes and patterned paper...who'd of thought they went together so well. Great way to reduce a stash, as well. Always loved that shoe of Shirley's. Reminds me of Candie's (bet you don't remember them). I haven't seen a bobby pin in ages, now that you mention it.
Congratulations on you administrative gig...just know, with your obvious organization skills, that you'll be a winner at that, too.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Super fun use of "the shoe" -- thanks for joining in at JUGS

Linda said...

Darnell, that hydrangea is gorgeous. And so glad you joined in Jugs this week. What fantastic shoe cards. Thanks for the shout out.
We had ashes falling down yesterday like snowflakes. We all definitely need rain.

Carol L said...

I just LOVE how you've colored that pretty hydrangea! Your shoe cards are quite remarkable and I've never been able to understand how anyone could possibly walk in shoes like that, but they are pretty to look at :) Congrats on your upcoming administrative position! I know you'll do well :) Wishing I could send you some of this rain we've been having all day today..........momma nature has her own plans I suppose.

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

I love reading your posts darnell ! Loved the Beautiful blue hydrangea card simple and uet effective design .And pps well we all want to use them up..they are never ending supplies I guess ;) Your cards with shoes look pretty .will surely check the blog ,congrats !

Sarah said...

How I wish I could grow hydrangeas as beautiful as that!! What a fabulous card Darnell and those snazzy shoes are gorgeous xx

Redanne said...

The hydrangea card is stunning, I just love those colour tones! My, oh my, I cannot imagine wearing shoes like that but they sure look good on on your cards and those design papers are the perfect accompaniment!

Well done for stepping up to the Admin duties, they must be thrilled to have you on board! Hugs, Annie xxx

Heidi Stamps said...

I love the depth of color in your hydrangea. I like all the cards, I have been trying to use more patterned paper too. It can be really fun and it feels great to use up a pad!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the cards.

Sure hope the places that need rain get it, including Australia which is gearing up for a bad and early fire season.

You are a star stepping up to help with the admin duties. Sue

Mac Mable said...

Congratulations Darnell x Loving your selection of cards, especially the hydrangea one x

Krisha said...

Oh-la-la is right Darnell!!! Beautiful cards......as always!

Jean said...

Such pretty cards! Congrats!!

Jean said...

Your hydrangea card is beautiful Darnel, such lovely colouring and the scalloped edge is vey pretty. The shoe cards are great fun and I love the glittery backing papers.
Jean x

Sue said...

You have been really busy Darnell...gorgeous cards! huggles Sue xx

Trina P. said...

Your hydrangea card is beautiful and all your shoe cards are fabulous, Darnell. And huge congrats on your new role/position at Inspired. 👏🎉🎶🎵🎉

Flo said...

Your hydrangea card is so, so lovely and vivid.
And for the girlie cards--the recipients will love and cherish them.
TYVM for the shares.

Susan said...

Two great cards - love the hydrangea one, and the shoe ones are so much fun. Congrats on joining the team at Inspired by All the Little Things!

Kathleen said...

Totally gorgeous first card, love all the blues and the scalloped die.
As for the shoes, I had a couple pairs very similar design back in the 70's, how the heck I walked in them I have no idea. Love the background papers of the first two and the third card looks just as cool on the plain card.

Kath x

Izzy Scrap said...

First of all, Congratulations on your appointment at Inspired by All the Little Things, Lesley couldn't have chosen a better substitute !
Love your hydrangea card ! Hydrangea is my favourite flower, just as blue ! Love the stitched scalloped panel too ! And ooh la la, j'adore your shoes ! I want the same one ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

OH Babs said...

Congratulations Darnell! I wondered when we would see you as a designer. The cards today are lovely (#1) and charming (#2) - like you. Now that summer is over and the boys are back to school and I am no longer needed for babysitting I hope to do some challenges. I know your next NBUS challenge is coming up soon and boy oh boy so I have stamps. Just because I can't make the time to create a card I can still shop on line. Stay coooooool.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

The hydrangea is indeed a classic card! The shoe ones are more frivolous and there is nothing wrong with frivolity. I can tell you that today I feature a card with shoes for a card with shoes swap I did. Turns out I have a drawer of stamps labeled "Clothes and shoes" but there aren't actually any shoe stamps in there. I know I used to have some but I must have purged them. Luckily! I could fake it. Fake it 'til they promote you as grandmaw used to say.

Verna Angerhofer said...

All your cards are so wonderfully done. You have so much talent and it is not surprising that you were asked to take on a new position for your friend so she can spend time with her new little one. I am sure you will be a great success too! No doubt about it!

Ina G said...

Oh I do LOVE a nice hydrangea stamp and yours is just beeeeeutiful. Gorgeous colour and love your scalloped background.
Looks like we were both in the groove with our shoe cards this week Darnell. Love them and I can see all the lovely shimmer.
Congrats on your new 'job' helping Lesley out. Sure am looking forward to what you have for us on Saturday.

Shelly Schmidt said...

I am just in love with your gorgeous hydrangea! And, love your fab shoe cards Oh la la- tres bien!!! Yes, I do know what a bobby pin is : ) lol Congrats on your new DT- will have to check it out!!!

Bonnie said...

A beautiful hydrangea with the matching scalloped edges! And I love those fantastic shoes! Wouldn't it be fun to be able to wear high heels again. Oh, wait, maybe you still do.

Greta said...

Gorgeous hydrangea & what fun shoe cards, Darnell! Good for you using up some of that paper--I keep trying, but it doesn't happen very often. I most certainly do remember bobby pins & still use them when my hair is straight & won't stay out of my face. Of course, that's only within the confines of my house--haha! What a wonderful surprise that you're taking this on for Lesley--the perfect choice! The smoke is the worst I remember at our place & I never saw I84 closed at Troutdale for anything but ice. Kind of scary, but think we should be OK. Feeling so sad for those displaced--here & around the gulf. A neighbor & I were saying if only some of the torrential rains could be funneled to the west where it's so desperately needed. Big hugs, Greta

Lisa Elton said...

Oh, I like that pretty hydrangea Darnell! Those swanky shoes look terrific on your cards with the fun PPs. A BIG congrats on your new gig! I have no doubt you will do an amazing job!

frommycraftroom said...

Fab cards.
Looking forward to seeing your GDT work in a few days.

Tracey McNeely said...

Where to start! Labour Day in my part of the world was cool, sweater weather cool. Mother Nature turned summer off during a rainfall about 3 weeks ago. Oh I got that wrong because she never actually turned it on. I couldn't agree with you more about how badly rain is needed for those fires. Beautiful hydrangea cards, super fun patterned paper and finally a HUGE welcome to Inspired By All the Little Things! Looking forward to working with you. xo

Gerrina said...

First congrats and great that you are on the DT! Super that you do this!
And I love that hydrageana card (the ones in our garden get their autumncolours now)!
Your shoecards are so funny! They will match some "Hip" ladies! It is raining here today so I told all those drops of rain that their is another place where they are welcome...fingers crossed that it will help... Hugs, Gerrina

Kathyk said...

Whilst your shoe cards are fabulous I have to say that your hydrangea is spectacular missus

Kathyk

Kathyk said...

Oh and congrats on the DT slot too

Kathyk

oldpunca said...

I'm glad to see you happy and with glittering fingers surrounded with papers and stamps and in company with Hammy :-)
And I'm glad to see all the beautiful cards you've created.
Congratulation on the DT slot!

Hugs,
Sonja

Karen Knott said...

Fabulous shoe cards, love the papers...but wow the hydrangea card is amazing !! The colouring is gorgeous and I love the scalloped panel against the dark blue base so striking
Hugs Kaz xx

Maxine D said...

Congratulations on taking a spot to help out - I am sure the challenge blog will thrive with your assistance :-)
Love your cards - that show is so dramatic, and I have used it too - not to such great effect as you have though, these are marvellous.
Glad to hear Hammy is being helpful with his suggestions :-) - are you sure he has not run off with the bobby pins?
Blessings
Maxine

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous cards, as always, Darnell. And congrats on the admin spot. I'm hoping my crafting mojo will return sometime soon so I can start posting to my blog again.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

KandA said...

Huge congrats on the challenge DT spot and can't wait to see what you get up too. Fabulous selection of cards especially love that Hydrangea xx

Di said...

Love all of these cards Darnell! Giggled at those shoes, I'd look like Mrs Doubtfire if I even attempted to totter along in heels like that! Wait, what - did you say I already DO look like her? Harrumph!

Well done on your new role - I hope to play along! Psst, an envelope arrived from you, tucked away for now :)

Hugs

Di xx

Craftychris said...

I am praying for that rain! The fires are so terrible! I love your hydrangea card, it's so pretty and the colours so gorgeous. All your shoe cards are really cool and I know what Bobby pins are and still have some! We tend to call them hair grips here in the UK but Bobby pins is a much better name! Congratulations on your blog spot! Will pop over there on Saturday! Hugs xxxxxxx

Leslie Miller said...

Hmmm... I recognize that hydrangea from somewhere. Do I have it? Love how you gave it the perfect blue shading with your coloring. And those shoes... ack! So cute with the paper! Oh, my, getting ultra-retro with the bobby pins. I sure do remember those. Pin curls? Sheesh! You'll do a great job at Inspired By. I see their challenges and want to play, but honestly I'm overwhelmed by all the challenges out there. I need to pick a couple and just stick with them. And, yes, I never wished so hard for rain. Definitely without lightening.

Sandra H said...

Ooooh many congratulations and your cards are amazing xx

Nancy said...

You have out done yourself Darnell! Those trio of shoe cards are fabulous! Not to mention that beautiful Hydrangea. You wouldn't catch me in a heel that large or I would be 6'6''. LOL I really love it in Pink. Thrilled to have you in our gallery at Just Us Girls! HUGS too!

Fiki said...

gorgoeus cards!
hugs

Donna said...

Gorgeous hydrangea card and darling fun shoe cards!

Lisa Kind said...

Congrats on the new DT gig! That's a great challenge blog! And I love the groovy shoe! I think I had a pair like it once! And I have a bag full of bobby pins! Haha! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

Cat Craig said...

Love the hydrangea its a fantastic card. Your shoes are so much fun as well. Congrats on the IBS team, looking forward to see Saturday's posting.

Sheila H said...

Your hydrangea is just gorgeous, Darnell. The scallops set it off nicely. Love the shoe cards - they really pop. Congratulations on your DT position. I will
pay the challenge a visit this weekend for sure.

Anita in France said...

Funkiness abounds in those shoes and pp's, Darnell ... they're so cool and groovy! Oh my, that hydrangea ... all those beautiful blue hues ... the scalloped edges that mimic the shape of the tiny blooms ... the gently unfurling leaves ... that teeny sentiment ... gorgeous, just gorgeous! Huge congratulations on stepping in for Lesley at Inspired By ... so excited for you ... and for us! That's a lovely smiling photo BTW! LYAMYMATOYAHYSC! Big hugs & bisous across the miles! Anita :)

shirley-bee said...

Ooh la la, those shoes look fantastic with the background papers! I love the colouring on your hydrangea (the ones in my garden are lovely shades of pink with a hint of purple). Congratulations on your admin role at Inspired By - I'm sure that with Hammy's help, you'll be invaluable to Lesley.

Cara said...

Wow, fabulous cards. Sending the right weather in the right place vibes x

cm said...

Gorgeous hydrangea; amazing shoes! How cool that you had the perfect background paper! I remember wearing high heels once upon a time; now I've 'downgraded' to my wonderfully comfy, not ooh-la-la-in-any-way Sketchers *grin* As for bobby pins *waving hand wildly* I know them well; in fact, I have a couple here, somewhere. My niece also has some; all part of her 'pin her hair up in a bun' for ballet lessons. Yayyyyy that you're joining the Inspired By group; you're such a gem for helping Lesley out so she can spend time with her precious little girl. You're right: kiddos grow up way way way too fast!
Hugs and love~c

JoAnn said...

Congratulations on being on the Inspired By All the Little Things team.
You deserve it, you are always so creative. Love your cards. TFS

Neets B said...

Loving your hydrangea card, and gorgeous in our challenge colours with the classic layout. And you're so good using your patterned paper, I just bought more even though I have a box full...oopsie! lol
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, and congrats on your new role too, you'll be fab xx

Bobby said...

I'd love to turn my hydrangeas blue instead of pink. I know it has something to do with the PH in the soil and I'll figure it out some day. Meanwhile I'll ogle yours as it is gorgeous. And those shoes. My, my, what tall heels you have. I used to have some similar to those back in the day.
Congrats on your new assignment at IBATLT. I've taken a peek and seen you first guest. Great choice!

Cheryl W. said...

Your cards today are beautiful, but those shoes would definitely be the death of me. One step in those and I'd fall down and break both my legs. And I'm sure l would never recover from such a serious injury, let alone look stylish. But I still love those cards!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
What a beautiful hydrangea and what gal doesn't like shoes?
I should use my patterned papers more so thanks for the reminder.
What a good egg stepping into the crafty breach!
Best wishes.
Ang x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

You had a hard time, Darnell. So many beautiful cards in one post :-) I love the first card, because I really like hydrangeas. I love their mixed colors, as if they were painted with watercolor. Your next cards are real works of art. I love the colorful panels that you pumped. They look like design paper. Great, very feminine cards!
Hugs,
BozenA

Megan J said...

Hi Darnell, lots of gorgeous cards, love the cas look of the hydrangea card and the shoo cards are super, remind me of Priscilla Queen of the Desert movie. Have a wonderful week... Megan GD Snippets Playground

Viv said...

Such great cards here Dee!love the pretty flower on the first one, so realistic it almost jumps off the page.Thank you for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' ;) hugs Vee xx

Karenladd said...

I have that exact same DCWV patterned paper stack and I can't believe that all this time I didn't realize the one pattern consists of colored bobby pins! I absolutely remember bobby pins, and in fact still have some tucked away here and there in random drawers. I thought that pattern was just some random design but now I'll be looking at it in a whole new way. Just shows there's more to be seen and learned in this world...sheesh.

Now I need to pull out my Girlie DCWV paper pad and dig around for a shoe stamp image (which I know I have around here somewhere), while your inspiration is still tickling my fancy. Love these fun cards!