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April 21, 2018

It's a Party!

Happy weekend greetings, Stamplings!

We have a busy weekend lined up, so I'll get right to my cards. I find the "lined up" expression humorous, as in: "All right, everybody, let's line up! Saturday, you go stand over here and then Sunday, you stand behind Saturday and don't pull her pigtails this time!"

Onefer
How about that for Miss QACAS stepping outside the box? That's a lotta texture and color and detailing for me and, boy, did Hammy have fun with all those glitters and sprinkles and winking! The cone is from SU, the sediment is from Paper Smooches, and the cupcake is from Serendipity Stamps.

I'm hosting the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge which runs for the next two weeks and which features my friend Cat Craig. Here is the photo I selected to inspire you this time:
Isn't that such a fun party cake in lovely spring colors loaded with so many little things to inspire you?! Cat and the Design Team have lots of beautiful interpretations of the photo to also inspire you! I hope you get a chance to play along!

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Twofer

The background on this little musical number was made by smooching spring-colored inks with a piece of acetate and then smooching the acetate onto the linen card. After wards, the whole thing was given a good splattering. I was splattered as a kid and it never hurt me, so I think it's okay. The NBUS scalloped die is from MFT and the words are from "Life is a Song" by Uniko, which was gifted to me by my friend Andrea. The clever ampersand is cut from the poppystamps die, "Elegant Musical Staff."

Looking at the card, you might think I was on the wodka when I stamped it all crookedy, but I meant to have the "music" and "you" offset a little so the "c" in music and the "y" in you could cuddle around the treble. I went to a lot of treble to get that just right.

Challenges
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55 comments:

Donna said...

What beautiful cards, the ice cream card is a beautiful take on the photo and reminds me that spring really is coming and your smooshed background is so soft and striking with your music image! Enjoy your weekend Darnell!

Brenda in IN said...

The ice cream cone and cupcake look yummy. The smooching is so pretty with the different colors and I really like that scalloped border. Your treble paid off as the c and y are cuddling and will be hugging soon. I hope your busy weekend includes fun things to do. Hugs to you.

scrAPpamondo said...

Lovely sweet cards with these pastel colours! The first one is so fun and yummy, such great work with the sprinkles!! The second one is elegant and love the linen paper you used!

Kathyk said...

Both fabbylicious and No. 1 looking good enough to eat

Hope you are well, Darnell, have a great weekend

Kathyk

Jeanne said...

Delicious first card. Nom, nom, nom. LOL I can just bet Hammy had a blast on this one. The second card is lovely. Such pretty colors and a wonderful sentiment. Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you have a fun weekend. Keep those days in line! :)

Marilyn said...

Your cupcake card is adorable and I love the smooching technique in your second card!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Mac Mable said...

Such a fun first card, full of texture and fun 'bits' x Elegant second card and love the texture of the card stock x

Marcie Sharp said...

I love all the sparkle and texture of the first card Darnell, and the second one is super pretty. I nearly spit out my coffee reading "on the wodka" hahaha.

Carol L said...

I love your cards today with those delicious colors and fun elements! Great funky fonts on the first to go along with that funky ice cream cone cupcake combo (say that ten times fast) and music makes everything better, especially when it's in pastel colors! Beautiful!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Great cards.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Sue

Pat said...

Your two cards are so bright and pretty Darnell, and your interpretation of the theme over at Inspired By All the Little Things is just perfect and adore all the sprinkles and sparkle, and then your mixture of pretty pastels look great on that scalloped mat and love the musical theme with the treble clef as an ampersand which is such a great idea, and I love that strong pink background and the sweet little sequins to finish it. Enjoy your weekend. x

cuilliesocks said...

Love your pretty bright summery colours and two fabulous designs, the ice cream dies are brilliant, hope you are having a super weekend, Kate x x

Greta said...

The BD card is so much fun & love the CAS one with the springy colors! Have a great weekend, Darnell!

Lisa said...

They are both so beautiful!! I love the ice cream cone and cupcake with the fabulous sprinkles!! It's a perfect party card!! The second one is fabulous!! I love the colors!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Patti said...

SWEET cards!! I am simply drooling over the Inspired By inspiration photo and your yummy card!! Another Twofer success story!

Have a great line up! : )

Leslie Miller said...

Sometimes you just hafta have a little extra fun, and your first card looks like great fun to me! All those pretty sprinkles, the fun die cuts and embossing -- yummy fun! As for your twofer, a little playful cuddling is a good thing. Pretty!

Sarah said...

Love these super duper twofer!! The cupcake with the cone is such fun and I love the pretty background on your musical card. Have a great Sunday xx

Lin said...

TWO pretty designs, Darnell! Love your first one with all the texture! Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Bonnie said...

I love that you give an ice cream cone with a sprinkled cupcake, Dolly! What a fun idea! Your splats, splashes and smooching all lead to a very tuneful card! Love the texture of the linen paper!

Kathleen said...

Two brilliant cards Darnell, super images and designs.

Kath x

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love that yummy looking birthday cake and that second card is awesome too.

Cat Craig said...

Darnell, thanks so much for having me over at Inspired by. Your cupcake is a fabulous take on your photo inspiration. Love love love it. Your second card is too darned clever with that ampersand treble. Love the wit too. Have a good weekend. The hubs and I are tackling the ikea stuff we had delivered a few weeks ago. Yep it takes time to build up the nerve to open the boxes knowing you are now committed to finishing the building.

JD/ Jill said...

Both cards are so very nicely done! Great job with using the inspiration picture!

Lisa Elton said...

There is a lot of sweetness happening here today Darnell! Your scrumptious card has made me hungry for ice-cream!!

Cheryl W. said...

I love your bright and happy cards. They make me think of spring flowers, which will hopefully be popping out of the ground soon here in the frozen north!

Maxine D said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, and I am sure Hammy now has glitter smarkles in his coat, and is the flashest Hammy this side of the black stump!!
Blessings
Maxine

Bananastamper said...

Happy Weekend! LOVE the icecream cup-cake - especially the fabulous texture and sprinkles! Mmmm, you got me thinking of tasty treats that should not be consumed for breakfast, lol.
Your second card is lovely - the sequins and careful placement of the sentiments is just what was needed for a simple but beautiful card. The treble clef for the and is genius!

Bobby said...

That's a party on a card right there, Darnell. So much texture and bright colors. How many of those sprinkles did Hammy eat while gluing them on? ;) I never think to use my linen cardstock and it looks so elegant with the smooshing. I'm glad you didn't have any treble making it.

Leigh Penner said...

Super fun take on the inspiration photo, Darnell!

Gerrina said...

What great cards! They fit right in with the warm sunny weather here (much warmer as normal round this time) and we are BBQ-ing tonight...feels so good :) Enjoy your weekend!

Viv's Visuals said...

Not ice cream weather here today (although it was yesterday!!) but could eat this one on the card anyway as it looks yummy! Pretty background for your music card too Darnell. x

Sherri Thacker said...

Oh I love the added sprinkles! They make the card!! Thanks for playing with us at Cards in Envy.

Linda said...

Oh my, Darnell, that is so darn cute and creative. Great card my friend.

Redanne said...

Two real beauties my friend! I love how the ice cream cone sits precariously on top of the sprinkled cupcake - we had ice cream today to celebrate three days of beautiful sunshine and warmth! Your second card is so pretty, I love the colour tones in the background and those beautiful 'dew drops'. Hugs, Annie xxx

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Darnell! I just love the ice cream cone on top of the cupcake! Looks amazing and the texture on that card is really cool. thanks for joining us at Cards in Envy!

Shelly said...

Two super fun cards, Darnell! Loving them!

Loll said...

When I saw your first card, I thought "a cupcake AND an ice cream cone" ... Dolly is spoiling herself. What a yummy looking treat. LOVE the those multi-coloured sprinkles on the cupcake and the schparkles on the ice cream! Great take on the inspiration photo!

And your second card is awesome with those beautiful spring colours. You're always in treble, aren't you?? :) Lolly xx

Ros Crawford said...

Oooh that ice cream looks delicious! Wonderful cards my friend... I did laugh at your comment to me re the sun coming out after the gull card ... Now it's gone away again..at least for now.
I hope you have a lovely week, sending hugs!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love them both, Darnell, and wish Ms. Spring really would boot Old Man Winter into memory, his hanging around really is out of line!

OH Babs said...

What a super inspiration card - right on.

Fikreta said...

Wonderful cards!

Marlena M. said...

Beautiful texture in your first card Darnell~that cupcake is YUMMY! The movement and splatter from your smooching on the second card is awesome! Lovely twofer~

Susanne Vargas said...

Your cupcake-cone card (say that 5 times rapidly) with the colorful sprinkles looks delicious enough to make me hungry and I love the starry background! The musical card all decked out in the finest spring colors is pretty and fun!

oldpunca said...

So colourful and so funny! I like your cards and the colours you've used. Enjoy the week and enjoy the springtime. :-)
Hugs,
Sonja

Mau xx said...

Two fabuloosy card Darnell, You crazy lady! You absolutely make my day brighter.
I love your creativity and talent!
Been mega busy here in this household too, hoping things settle down over the next few days and get more time on my blog and visiting.
Huge Hugs Mau xx

Arlene said...

I love your take on the inspiration on your first card. It made me smile and think I'd like to eat that. Your second card is soft and feminine and lovely. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

KandA said...

Oooh Darnell, what a scrumptious looking card and I'm definitely fancying an ice cream AND cupcake now.... but the freezer's empty (boohoo). Love the second card and the super smooching on linen card (I've got a big pack of linen card so will definitely be pinching that idea) and your treble is perfect.
The laptop I wanted was out of stock at PC World but hopefully there'll be one to pick up tomorrow. Take care xx

Sybrina K said...

Hi Darnell! Love your interpretation of that challenge photo on the first card and that pretty background on the second! Great job on both. :)

Michelle Lupton said...

Love how you've used a treble clef as an ampersand! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays :)

Cris G said...

I agree, Darnell. But how about music, you and ice cream... isn't life even much better :)? What a fun take on the inspiration photo :)!
Thank you for your visit and lovely words!
Hugs,
Cris

Anita in France said...

Tee hee ... ice cream and cake ... right at the same time, Darnell ... fun and rather scrumptious! Delicious soft watercolouring behind that clever sentiment ... love how you used the treble clef as the ampersand! LYAMYMA ... GETSY! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Di said...

Two fabulous cards my friend! I had to stop Parsnip from licking the screen when he spotted your first one! Love the gorgeous colours - so sunny and cheerful! Sorry I'm late commenting, life's a bit of a struggle right now with this wretched back!

Hugs

Di xx

Eliz Stewart said...

So love those sprinkles!

Glittered Paws said...

Love the ice cream and Let's Party - I could use a fun party!!! I'm so happy Hammy enjoyed helping you with the sprinkles and glitter. And love the CAS style of the music card.

Mrs Duck said...

Hi Darnell
That first card is making me drool as it looks so bloomin delicious.
I get the cuddling on the second....... great idea to do the stamping at a jaunty angle.
Ang x