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July 9, 2012

Retrosketches #19; Play Date Cafe Nudie Metal

Magnivescent Monday Hello!

Well, I prayed for relief for the people in the central and eastern parts of the U.S. from this terrible heat wave and my prayers were answered.  I saw on the weather map this morning that the whole ball of heat is shifting to the west.  That would be where I am.  They're calling for 105 on Thursday.  I'm truly going to be okay with it because we have no humidity, so it won't be nearly as devastating as it was for so many poor folks to the east.  I'm happy to have the hot mess here for a while.

I also want to take a minute for some long overdue thanksgiving.  I had a lovely comment yesterday from "Lu C" (love that!), who has become a subscriber.  I'm still learning on the Blog Front, but I believe that you can be a subscriber and not a follower, or vice versa, and even both if you want.  I have received some beautiful emails from subscribers and I write back my thanks when that happens.  However, there are many of you I don't know, supporting me behind the scenes.  This message is for all of you.  Thank you very much!!

While I had my heat gun out yesterday for the gold card I made for LIM, I went ahead and made a card for the The Play Date Cafe challenge:

Gold ~ Nude ~ Silver

The awesome sponsor for this challenge is:

And I used a sketch from the very fun sketchers at retrosketches which is:

I think I will always chuckle at their drawings, no matter how many times I enter.  So clever.  I hope you will get a chance to play or click over to both sites and be inspired!

So as I was saying, I had my heat gun and Versamark and gold embossing powder out, so I put away my gold powder and took out my silver powder.  Then I took all my clothes off.  I'm not sure what kind of play dates these girls are used to, but crafting in the nude is new to me!  Talk about thinking outside the comfort zone!  At least I was safely tucked in my Playhouse where I can't hear the doorbell ring.  Did you guys read Zelgia's post about the UPS driver arriving before she finished her card?  I tried to reassure her that he's seen it all.

I think the card came together nicely and I only had that one slight burn on my niplet:

BTW, I had other firsts making this card.  I had never used my PTI linen impression plate, or my SU lattice impression plate.  I don't know how they impress on regular cardstock, but I can tell you that they impress like nobody's business on the softer metallic paper.  This card is really shiny and impressive IRL.  Ha Ha, get it, impressive?!  Also, the wheat grass is embossed in silver; the photo of it is not impressive.  But, however, this paragraph is impressive.  Are you impressed?

Luckily for her, my latest follower arrived after I had gotten dressed ~ that would have been too much of a shock for her!  Please help me welcome the talented and very funny Marie of the Bailey Rosy show!

I'm off to the first of this week's lunches in the ongoing month-long birthday celebration.  Mister sasses, "When does it end?"  Well, that depends, does he mean literally or Dr. Phil Osophically?   

Enjoy!   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!
Paper:  Gold and silver cardstock,
  unknown; Bazzill textured nude
Stamp:  Hero Arts Tall Wheat K5517
Ink:  Stampa Rosa detail silver
  gold embossing powder
Impression Plates:  SU lattice;
  PTI linen
Accessories:  pop dots; gold frame
  brads; gold cord, SU notebook punch


Victoria said...

I'm still blushing at the thought of you crafting in the nude! Gosh I am far too young to be sullied by such a thought! ;p
Fabulous card. I think silver is hard to combine with gold on a card but you've made it look easy.

shirley-bee said...

Snazzy card, Darnell! Very impressive ;)

Redanne said...

Thank you for my daily smile! Your card is lovely but will you need the heat gun if the temp goes to 105? Wow, that's hot - and still it rains here, no sign of summer yet.......Anne x

Ardyth said...

Oh, how you make me laugh! Love this shiny creation - I like your little gold doo-hickeys that you used on the twine. Hope your burnt niplet is recovering nicely! lol!

Kara Lynne said...

You should put some utter balm on that burn! Thanks for a great laugh, Darnell! Very impressive card, I love it with that sketch.

Unknown said...

Darnell --------I'm impressed, I'm impressed, I'm impressed - get it??? Apart from having an apoplectic fit at the thought of you having even a slight burn on your niplet I managed to calm down although was just slightly uneasy at the thought of you (in the state you were) and the (lucky?) UPS driver........... lol

Love your card and the take on the sketch which was brilliant.

Can't believe how far beyond some us Marie is.....but then I blame Bailey and Rosie.....!


Karen x

Unknown said...

Sorry - having a senior moment.....meant to say how far BEHIND Marie is ..... although seeing her work guess my first statement was probably true!

Karen x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell ! I'm very impressed by you creation ! (seriously it's gorgeous) And by crafting in the nude with only one burn ! Thanks for making me laugh again ! Enjoy your lunches ! Shirley x

scrappymo! said...

I smiling as usual at your post.

The rain has finally ended a couple of days ago and we are in a heat wave...not 105 though!
Only 36C or so here, so welcomed thoroughly.

Beautiful card...now I am off to the pool to float around and cook off. Our latest company leaves tonight after dinner so we have steaks out for the Barbque...llLove me a good BBQ as DH does all the work...YAY

I just have to rustle the dishes together onto a tray and set the table in the gazebo and I am done...YAY

Kara Lynne said...

Ah, yes, I meant "udder balm" (I think your writing style is starting to rub off on me)!

Bonnie said...

You're lucky you didn't get robbed with all that gold and silver in there! It embosses or impresses beautifully! I love the wheat design. Very elegant, Darnell!

Lyndal said...

Darnell, it certainly left an impression! Gorgeous card :)
You just need to mind where you point your gun while nude crafting lol!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell I am really 'impressed' with your card! Simply gorgeous. Thanks for making me laugh out loud--love your humor!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your lovely warm welcome and just have to say that as we speak I really am crafting in the nude !!!!! its about 38 here today and the humidity is about 1000 so see I wouldn't be shocked at all bu your nakedness. It is wise however to avoid the heat gun and the niplet department when embossing ouch. I did burn right through one of my nighties once and scorched my leg but I suppose that's what you get for by cheap nighties !!!! On to your beautiful card, what I want to know is what are those gold thingies that look like doorhandles are they really brads !! Goodness me you can buy anything these days. I want them they look fab. The gold and silver work wonderfully together and the embossing is rather beautiful. Just one more thing what was Karen talking about that I am behind..... who's been talking !!! . Thanks for the informative and very funny post looks like you got your own show going here !!!

See ya !


Jean said...

Just LOVE everything about this card, from the beautiful silver embossed wheat, the impression plate, the embossing folder, and the gold accents. A GREAT take on both challenges!

Suze Bain said...

I'm sorry I can't write anything - I'm laughing too much! xx

Alicia said...

Just lovely. I really like that 'wheat' image with the metalic. Thanks for coming out to play at The Play Date Cafe this week, come again, ok?! :)

Stacy said...

Super cool card, loving that metal you are rocking! Thanks for playing along with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Kim Heggins said...

Again...too funny! I can just imagine you crafting in your nakedness and pray that you do not drop your scissors or anything sharp. Fabulous card, so shiny and bright, it could even double as a Christmas card.

Jen W. said...

Yes, very impressive. And thanks for providing the belly laughs this morning!

carol (krillsister) said...

Wow! Your card is gorgeous. Love the embossed wheat! Those impressions are breathtaking.

Jackie Rockwell said...

The silver and gold are very elegant! Very pretty. So glad you played RetroSketches!

Arielle H Gordon said...

Gorgeous card Darnell - always a pleasure to visit you! Thanks so much for playing along with this week's RetroSketch!