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!

October 7, 2017

Fall is in the Air! Time to Celebrate WCMD!!

Hello, Stamplings!

I am popping in with a coupla fall makes before this brief season whooshes by altogether. It also happens to be the time when we celebrate World Card Making Day!!

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World Card Making DayWow! Really? A whole day to celebrate our hobby? What happens now? Do we have a parade in Times Square? Do we have a representative who will make the circuits of the television talk shows? Is there a contest? Does .... Wait. What? Nothing? 

Well, heck then, we'll just celebrate among ourselves. Pour out your favorite beverage and your favorite coloring medium, paper, stamps, and dies and I'll show you mine, if you show me yours! How fun that I'll know that you'll know that I'll know that wherever you are in the world, we are making a card at the same time! Here's to us!

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First up for me today is a card I made for this week's Inspired By All the Little Things challenge #67. It is my turn to be the hostess and I have invited my dear friend Bonnie Klass to be our Featured Designer! I hope you can join me and Bonnie and the very talented Design Team this week! 
I keyed on the creams, beiges, and metallics of the inspiration photo (below), as well as the lovely mums. I cut my Poppystamps "Delicate Mum" twice, once in a creamy gloss paper and once in copper in order to give it a shadow. I did the same with the "Enjoy" word die from Penny Black. They were both attached to a panel of pp from SU matted to a copper panel. It seemed a little unbalanced to me (takes one to know one!), so I added a thin copper border on the right side. The mini leaf die from Impression Obsession was triple cut and layered. 

Here is a closeup:
And here is the inspiration photo for you:
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Next I have a coupla Halloween tags for you. I want to support my friend Bev who is the Guest Designer for the current Tag You're It! challenge. Bev, who lives in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin wants winter to stay away as long as possible, so she made a darling summery tag with the hope that summer may linger:
Isn't that so cute?! How could you not want to play along?! I know lots and lots of you love a black/white/pop of color/ design to play with! Where I live, I'm so over summer, so I made Halloween tags using Bev's cute inspiration:
Both tags were cut from Lawn Fawn products: the die is "Tag You're It!" and the stamp is "Winter Gifts." The skeleton in the top tag is cut from a section of Washi tape and the R.I.P. is a portion of an old wooden stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs. On the second tag, the mummy is from SU and the Trick or Treat bag is from Stampendous. I drew the BOO, Boo.

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NBUS #12 Update

In other news, I have visited all 355 entries in my NBUS Challenge #12 and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed every creation you made! You all blow me away with your talent and your enthusiasm for using your new and sometimes forgotten schtuff!

I'm happy to report that I have received a text from Dr. Random and his Missus Org. They have safely checked into the WCMD Convention Hotel. Of course, because of the convention, there will be a delay in holding the NBUS drawing, but Doc was quick to remind me that it's not their fault I held my challenge so late in September this year.

Hammy is situated in the north floor walkup with all the entry information. He is ready to spring into action whenever the Orgs have a break. I'm just hoping he doesn't lose focus like he did last year, over-indulge in the locally grown donut liquor, and fall asleep in the Lost and Found bin! 

I'll keep you posted.

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77 comments:

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

You always inspire and give me the best giggles. The elegance of the top card is sublime. As for the tags they are all ready for some spooky treats. <3

Maura R said...

I love the delicacy of this card, Darnell - the neutral palette, the soft bg, and the touch of gold are an absolutely lovely combo! Fun tags too!!

Kathyk said...

FABULOUS halloween makes but I am LOVING your WCMD make.

Anxiously waiting (with fingers crossed) to hear who the lucky winners of NBUS #12 are.

Have a terrific weekend

Kathyk

Lynette said...

That first card is just stunning, Darnell - I love it! Love your tags, too. And I always love reading your descriptions:)

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Darnell, your first card is stunning, so elegant, loving your colour pallet and your Halloween makes are fabulous, Kate x

Keti's Projects said...

Love your posts. Always bring smile on my face. Happy special day to you too ;-) Hugs, Keti

KathyA. said...

Love all of your creations here. but appreciate the first one because it shows me a new- and amazing- way to use my die cuts. (Like your friend, I live in WI. Right now, during pre-tundra season, we are enjoying the beginning shouts of fall color and fresh-from-the-tree Maple syrup! And, of course, vats of wonderful coffee!)

Helen F. said...

Your card is so elegant, Darnell! Love the beautiful die cut technique.
Your Halloween tags are just too cute~ You created fabulousness from those great inspiration photos (as always)! :-)

cm said...

How elegant your first card and you know that shimmery maple leaf makes my Canadian heart smile! Only one response to your tags: spooktacular! Washi tape with skeletons? Too cool! Wishing you a happy Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend; so thankful to have YOU in my life!
Hugs and love~c

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow!!! Your first card is sooooo striking and elegant!!! Such great design in cream and metallic papers, the shadow add a great dimensional look to the beautiful flower and the sentiment!
Fun tags, too!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, That card is beautiful.

Love the two tags.

Hope you are having a nice weekend. Sue

Mac Mable said...

Wow Darnell your first card is outstanding. Love the gorgeous colours and the layering of the Mum is fabulous x Fun and fabulous CAS tags. Had a little chuckle about the NBUS#12 report...hope Hammy is a help to you and of course enjoys the donut liquor as he is doing so! x

Sarah said...

Ooh, I love the elegance of the first card Darnell...very grown up!! Sweet spooky tags too xx

Linda said...

Elegant and beautiful, Darnell. And those little tags are adorable. Have a great weekend, my friend.

ionabunny said...

Love that white and gold creation. Very classy. Happy WCMD. Hugz

conil said...

Excuse me...still laughing over the last part of your post. but I'm putting my big girl unmentionables on and moving on to that ABSOLUTELY STUNNING card of yours. It seems to epitomize Fall with it's coppery accents juxtaposed against that lovely cream. The leaf is nothing short of exquisite. Forging ahead, your tags are too cute and clever. The washi doesn't look like washi at all and who knew you were such a great calligrapher?

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,
what a brilliant card and your design looks awesome and brilliantly created as usual.
Love the gold elements peeking out from the white die cuts..
Your tags also look awesome and very brilliantly created.
Love the slash of colour too.
Such a cutie Mummy on the second who could be scared of of it.
Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Glennis said...

Fabulous projects Darnell, you need to keep that Hammy under control, I think!

Carol H. said...

I LOVE your cream and copper mum card!! It's so pretty! That inspiration photo is great--need to put my thinking cap on for that! Adorable tag too--looks perfect with your pops of color on the ribbons and enamel dots! Hugs!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wow! The card you made is so elegant and gorgeous with the cream colors and metallic shadows. Adding the leaf is absolutely stunning with the rest of the design too. And, those tags are awesome as well. I have to get off this computer soon so that I can make a few cards on this special day too. Yes, I think we should have had a parade but maybe all can parade the cards they made today later on. Yup! That is what I am going to do when I do a blog post. Parade my cards. So I better get creating.

Donna said...

You never fail to deliver, Darnell...
and your wet soggy autumn leaves at the bottom of your post are spot on for the UK this time of year! X

Olga Fink said...

Fabulous cards Darnell! And as always your blog posts are a pleasure to read!
xoxo Olga

Redanne said...

Oh wow, I love your WCMD card, it is beautiful and so elegant! Your Halloween tags are so cute and such fun. A really lovely post today!

I love that picture of the leaves in the water too, it is so beautiful!! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Berina RGA said...

Such a beautiful card! The tags are so pretty and fun! I loved the creations in the NBUS challenge! Lots of beautiful ones.

JoAnn said...

I always love reading your posts and get a smile every time.
I love all the details on your gorgeous card for Inspired by All the Little Things. TFS

Monika Reeck said...

wooww Darnell hat flower is adorable so shiny in Gold wooowzaaa
LOVE IT
and the TAG yayy so Halloween feel the second one is cute really cute boy with his bag of sugar hehe
Happy World Card Making day Darnell
big hugs from Germany and so happy you visit my NBUS card you really a master(lady) of leave comment Darnell
I wish I can visit all my visitors too
biig hugs
Monika

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Ooooo! WCMD is today? Now for me everything is clear, why did I fall into this hobby :-) It can not be coincidence. Darnell, your card is just great. I love the shadow created by the double die cut and I think the card used for the background is extraordinarily elegant. The whole creates an amazing card.
Regards for your team ;-) and friends
BożenA

Terri Snode said...

Such a fun tag. Adorable mummy and treat bag. Thanks for joining the Stinkin' Inkers challenge.

Bonnie said...

I love the shiny ghosting on the fabulous mum, Dolly! Such a pretty card! Thanks so much for inviting me as Guest Designer! I love your Halloween tags! Both are lots of fun! The leaves at the bottom of the post with the water dripping is fascinating! I keep listening for the splash and could watch this for hours! xoxo

frommycraftroom said...

Such a pretty card.
Fab tags too.
Happy WCMD to you :)

Susan said...

Had to laugh at your description of the Dr. and his Missus, and Hammy's part in all the kerfuffle around figuring out the NBUS winners!

Love your card - so elegant with all the metallics against that subtle pp!

Leigh Penner said...

Beautiful take on the inspiration photo, Darnell!

Trina P. said...

Your card is so classy and elegant, Darnell. Love it! And Bonnie was a great choice as your feature stamper.
Enjoy the rest of WCMD and the rest of your weekend. Trina xx

Barbara Godden said...

beautiful card, I finished a card today but can't post it until Tuesday so hope to find some time to create tomorrow, Saturdays are not good crafting days for me.

Greta said...

Your tags are really cute, Darnell--but oh my goodness--I can't stop looking at that card! Totally stunning creation!

Colleen said...

Wow, amazing cards and tags, Darnell!! I love all the gold and now I must play along with Inspired by all those little things in the picture!
Have a beautiful Sunday! Heart Hugs, col

Anita in France said...

You did sweet Bev proud with those spooky tags, Darnell ... they're so fun and fabulous! I gasped at that stunning bloom ... goodness, it puts me in mind of an elegant piece of jewellery set on a chic gown ... beautiful! Hope Hammy's antics aren't causing you too much disturbance ... here the laughter ripples caused a little damage, but nothing that can't be fixed!! LYAMYMABHWCMD! Bon dimanche ... big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Beautiful work Darnell! Happy World CardMaking Day!

Craft-E-Place said...

Another great post! A beautiful and elegant card and two fun tags ... what more could you ask for!
Elaine

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning card Darnell and a gorgeous collection of tags too.

Sue xx

Marilyn said...

Your card is gorgeous and the tags are adorable!!

Brenda in IN said...

This is one of my favorite cards you've made. It is just stunning with the lovely background and stunning copper with the shadow. The pp is beautiful. The Halloween tags are cute and fun. Keep a close eye on Hammy! I did not get to enjoy WCD, I went in a completely different direction.

Karen Knott said...

I love your card Darnell, that flower die-cut is gorgeous with the copper shadow and your halloween tags are so cute :) I'm so over summer too and loving all the autumn colours.
Hugs Kaz xx

Leslie Miller said...

Fall whooshes by a little too fast sometimes. Goes straight to winter with hardly a glance back. And as for cards we get busy with Christmas and don't give fall its due, but you've done that today with your beautiful mum and golden leaf and those cute Halloween tags. I'm thinking those are going to be perfect on a couple of goody bags/baskets/buckets for some young'uns. Hope you enjoyed your WCMD!

Sandra H said...

Your so creative Darnell and as always you produce the most amazing creations l just love what your showing us here so beautifully done xx

Pat said...

A fabulous card and tags for WCMD Darnell. I love your die cut flower which shows up beautifully with the cream and copper, and love the triple cut leaf, and all on that pretty paper. The two tags CASEing Bev's wonderful creation work really well in black and white with the added red, and both wonderful Halloween makes. x

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely card and great tags!
I can't believe that you visited ALL the blogs in the NBUS Challenge to comment on 355 posts!
You are one amazing, caring lady!

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
My oh my, that is a truly beautiful card.The shadowing is inspired and its stunning.
Have no idea what donut liquor is but individually, sounds good.
Take care dear gal.
Ang x

Sheila H said...

The copper edging on the first card is so beautiful. Your color scheme is truly elegant. I love those Halloween tags - so cute and playful!

Patti said...

Oh Darnell to CASE a phrase from our friend Lisa... I am swooning! over your Enjoy card!! it is over the top pretty! I love the shine and the classy color combo! Bravo friend!!

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Fiki said...

love all your projects.
I love fall its nice colors and its peacful
hugs

Lisa Elton said...

Oh...I like that majestic mum!! What a gorgeous card Darnell!! And those tags are just as cute as can be. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Bobby said...

What a gorgeous mum, Darnell. That copper really shines. I love your tags. That skeleton works great in place of the bathing suit and so does the mummy. Thanks for sharing them with us at Tag You're It!

Maxine D said...

What an amazing card Darnell - love the cream with copper combination!! Good to know that the good Dr and his missus are ensconced in luxury and are hard at work under the (sometimes) watchful eye of Hammy
Blessings
Maxine

Susanne Vargas said...

Wow! This card looks so stunning and elegant with the gold shadow! And your Halloween tags are fun and a creative take on Bev's card!

Linda said...

Super cute Halloween tags and your card is beautiful. I love the colour palette ... very elegant xx

Kelly Szafron said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining the Tag You're It! challenge with your super fun halloween tags.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous projects, Darnell xoxo

Jane said...

Amazingly beautiful, love your glorious golden shadowy blooms! Thanks for playing at Uniko.

Zoey Emanuela Scarpelli said...

I love the projects you created! The card is so elegant, the gold is just wow!
I also love the halloween tag!
Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we all hope to see you again next week!
x Zoey

Stampingcountry said...

Lovely card! Your creams, beiges and metallics are gorgeous together.

maria f. said...

WHAT a mum. I love how those two layers look together. Such a unique take on that inspiration photo! Hope you're enjoying some down time post-NBUS. Here's to a beautiful "fall".

Di said...

What a fabulous card Darnell - snippets rule! And LOVE the tags - all gorgeous. As ever, your post gave me the giggles - which is and isn't good when bent double with a return of the dreaded back!

Love and hugs

Di xx

Cara said...

Beautiful card and I love your fun tags x

Cat Craig said...

Your tags are darling and work so well for the challenge, but the star of this post is your card...oh my gosh that gloss paper over the metallic looks so darned fabulous!

nwilliams6 said...

You are so creative girl! In word and ink and metal. Love your projects and your post!!!

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

Wow !! That card is stunning !! So beautiful and luxurious.

Happy Dance said...

That card belongs in a frame. It is S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. Period. The gold and the creamy colors are beautifully serene together. I love this!!! And thank you so much for your kind words, and for playing along at TYI; my little GD gig! That tag is a perfect take on mine! That's a great skeleton, and I'm loving the enamel dots and the ribbons too. I think I have that tag set, and will need to pull it out after seeing this. It's taken me a while to get to this comment. DH has cellulitis (again), I've been dealing with a few YKWs, and his brother Bob is coming to stay with us for about 2 weeks, so have been getting ready for that. I love your tag honeygirl. It's wonderful!! Miss you terribly dear friend.... xoxoxo Bev

Jeanne J. said...

Hi sweet lady! Its been too long.. when I saw your name at Tag You're It! I smiled and rushed right over! Lots of eye candy here from that double cut mum with the gold foil to the satin ribbons and shiny dots on your skeleton! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Halloween! Hope you are well and love seeing what you're up to!

Gerrina said...

A super elegant card!
And funny tags!
Just catching up after our weektrip... Hugs, Gerrina

conil said...

Apparently, Tag our It! loved the skeleton tag as much as I did. Congratulations, lady. You are definitely on a lucky streak.

Nora N. said...

That card you created is STUNNING!! I LOVE the metallic with the beige!! The tags are just oh so cute, especially the mummy one!! Too fun!!

Deborah Frings said...

I always love reading your blog and I'm sorry it's been a while since I came by! Love this clean, elegant card - the hint of metallic is just super. Thanks so much for playing along with Uniko this month. Deborah, DT.

BTW - the Halloween tags are fab too!

Lindsey said...

Great elegant card - I love the effect with the double die cuts and the metallic hint. Fun Halloween tags too! X

Ashley said...

Great tags! I love the mummy! Thanks for joining us at Stinkin' Inkers!

~Ashley W
Stinkin' Inkers DT member

cm said...

I'm back for a second helping of your elegant cream, beige and maple-leaf-metallic card - which, but the way, is even more delicious than the first! All those details I missed previously are even more striking...like the gloss of the paper, the veins of the leaf, the oak leaves in the background (remind me of my dad, our oak...). Thank you for sharing this gorgeous gem in the Uniko Autumn/Fall/Halloween Challenge gallery!
Hugs~c

Beverley said...

So true Darnell, we have a day to celebrate our hobby and yet it is not recognised with any 'holiday' celebration! Here in the UK we have Bank Holidays granted by the Queen to mark particular events, I think this should join the list!
Loving the shimmer and glimmer of your die cut flower, so eye catching and pretty against the neutral background.
Thank you so much for sharing, inspiring and joining in on the Uniko Challenge. Hugs Bev x