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July 30, 2012

Dynamic Duos #13 ~ Mono; Retrosketches #22; and Pixie's Crafty Snippets #31

Good Morning Monday!

I hope you've had your breakfast wherever you are because we are going to talk about coffee and crumb cake today.  I used to make my nephew the most delicious coffee cake with corn flakes and cinnamon on the top.  We all remember how yummy it was, but I've lost the recipe over the years.

I made a card to play in three favorite challenges.  And then I made two more cards just to show off.  What?!  Yup.  I love the colors and the sketch and after I made my original card, I realized that I simply had  to make at least one more card using my cups and coffee bean stamps.  I mean, duh!

Here we go.

The colors are from the dynamic ladies at Dynamic Duos and this week the challenge is monochrome attic.  The colors are Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.

How fun is that?

And speaking of fun, I'm playing with the always fabulous Retrosketches. 

The ONLY reason there are not coffee stains on my cup cards is because I didn't think of it until after I had emptied the coffee pot.  I hope someone does that! 

And because I was able to use paper and ribbon from my Paper Mountain and Ribbon Valley, I am also linking up with the crazy band of delinquent girls over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, where this week it's Snippets challenge number 31.  Shirley, you can join in 'cause you've also used snippets on your card, right?  Way to go, ladies!

So here are my cards.  First, the non-coffee card.

I have no idea from whence I got that fantastic feather charm, but I've been dying to use it on a card.  I wish I had a stamp with an old-fashioned ink well, large enough to balance that charm.  Wouldn't that make a perfectable card?!

Here are my two coffee and crumb cake cards:

From a distance, those coffee beans look like Oreo cookies or ice cream sand witches.  Anyone super hungry yet??

Can't you picture that unique and beautiful striped button coming from a 1952 designer coat?

That really was fun.  Hope you join in!


I leave you with a happy fuschia flower.

Enjoy your day!   As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!

Just A Note:
Paper:  SU early espresso, crumb cake;
  Glitz, "Pretty in Pink"
Stamp:  SU, unknown set
Ink:  SU dark brown embossing powder
Ribbon:  SU, early expresso
Charm:  Unknown
SU scallop punch; Corner Chomper
Four Cups:
Paper: SU early espresso, crumb cake;
  Glitz, "Pretty in Pink"
Stamps:  Cups: Creative Images; coffee
  bean: Stamps by Judith
Ink: SU dark brown embossing powder
Ribbon: SU, early expresso
Random button
SU scallop punch; Corner Chomper
Coffee Pot Set:
Paper: SU early espresso, crumb cake;
  SU crumb cake text pattern
Stamps:  Michael's WS-023; coffee
   bean: Stamps by Judith
Ink: SU dark brown embossing powder
Faux ribbon: SU early expresso paper
Random button
SU scallop punch; Corner ChomperPixie's Crafty Workshop


Tracey McNeely said...

Wow Darnell, two fantastic cards! Those feathers are fantastic!

Jessi Fogan said...

Love the coffee-and-cream cards, especially with the striped button. And that feather charm! Love having those little bits & bobs come out to play :)

Ardyth said...

As always, wonderful cards - love those two colours together - and coffee is a perfect way to go with them. Love your feathers too. If you ever find that coffee cake recipe, you know where to send it.....

Melissa said...

Did someone say OREO's?!!! I'll be right over! :)
That feather charm is so charming...for a lack of a better word! LOL! Love it!
Love both of these, Darnell, and the little unique touches you added to each, especially that striped button! Just fabulous!
Thanks so much for joining us at Dynamic Duos again this week! :)

Victoria said...

Mmmm yummy card in yummy colours! I'm not hungry because I've been making my DD entry this evening but I'm not posting it until Thursday, so make sure you stock up on Crumb Cake snacks until then!

Kara Lynne said...

That is a gorgeous feather charm, and a wonderful button with the stripe! I love all the embossing on your cards, and good for you for making three!

carol (krillsister) said...

Great cards.
Love that feather charm and gorgeous designer button. The perfect embellishment on each card.
Fantastic embossing; goes great with that color combination.
Love the pix of the beautiful flower.

Hettie said...

You got the coffee I got the banana muffins. Shall we share nice?
Those cards are super. Loving those stamps.
Thanks for your visit earlier from Catriona!

Di said...

Such fabulous cards Darnell - the button and the feather charm are just perfect - clever you and so beautifully used.

You can be on Prefect duty in the playground in recognition of your recognition that there are a few delinquents :) I might be a bit busy this week gearing up for a trip to Peppa Pig Land and need some extra eyes to watch out by the duck pond for would be Olympic divers and swimmers, snort, snort!

Di xx

Kim S said...

You are SUCH a show-off (and I am so glad you are cuz I love them all!). By the time I read all about corn flake coffee cake and Oreo coffee beans - I'm hungry and don't have time to craft! So glad to see you at Dynamic Duos!

scrappymo! said...

Great cards as always but now i want to rush off and google crub cake recipes with corn flakes...teehee

Just came home from a shopping trip to America. We were in Fred Meyer and hubby asks what do i need to put in the cart to make bran muffins like i used to make when the kids were small.
It was a recipe that made a one gallon ice cream pail full of batter. You then made a dozen with a choice of fillings...raiseins, or dates, or nuts, or...
The batter suposedly kept in the fridge...for a month! So you could do a different type each week.

Yeah! Wonder what the younger crowd would have to say about that...I think there will be a W-5 expose on how long bran muffin mix keeps in the fridge and I am betting the outcome will be 48 hours! teehee

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, your cards are beautiful, as ever, love the feather charm (reminds me that Hero Arts have a new feather stamp out) and the button is gorgeous. Just had breakfast so not quite ready for cake just yet, thank goodness! Crafty hugs, Anne x

Bronwyn Eastley said...

What an awesome line up of cards. Thanks for being inspired by the neutral colour palette at Dynamic Duos.

Craftychris said...

Fantastic cards - I love them all! the feather charm and the button are fabulous. That cake sounds yummy, what a shame you lost the recipe xx

shirley-bee said...

Busy girl, three cards in one go! As I don't like coffee, I've decided that those beans are definitely Oreo cookies :-)

I love the button and they way you've lined up the stripe and the ribbon!

Unknown said...

Oh wow Darnell - yummy, scrumy, gorgeous....... what more can I say?


Karen x

Loll said...

That feather charm is amazing ... so unique - I've never seen anything like it. It's definitely very special and you've made a lovely card to show it off.

Love the coffee cards too. Great job with the color challenge and sketch challenge!

Jean said...

That feather is fantastic and the feather in the sentiment is perfect finishing touch ~ All three are lovely!

Amanda said...

Do you know every blog I have visited tonight has ice cream, cake or choccie biscuits on it and I am really trying to be good and not lick the screen lol. Love the card too, the feather is just perfect, and I thought the beans were Oreos lol. Hugs, Amanda x

Anne Marie Hile said...

You had me at Oreos, Darnell! Haha! Such a beautiful duo of cards with the neutral colors. I really like the pretty ribbon accents, too. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos! :)

Bonnie said...

An inkwell would be great under that feather charm, but not necessary! Love the coffee services too. What I wouldn't give for an Oreo right now.

Sarn said...

Fabulous cards, as ever. And great Dynamic Duo colour scheme. xxx