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September 17, 2012

Less Is More Week 85 ~ I'm All Oval That; and Addicted to Stamps #3 ~ Make Your Mark!

Heydee Hoedown,
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  I laid low yesterday and made a simple card for this week's Less Is More challenge.  The adorable team of Chrissie and Mandi want us to make an oval presentation, incorporated.  Whoops, a ball bearing just popped out of my keyboard rollout tray.  Yoo-hoo, Mister . . .
The ladies have some fantastical inspiration cards and so do the peeps already linked up.  I hope you can play, too!
I made this:

It's an old stamp and a fun one to color.  The stamp has a sentiment above the vine which reads "gather friends like flowers."  I masked it off in order to make an oval sentiment which fit my oval punch to meet the oval requirement. 

And since I used my markers to color my basket of flowers, I'm also linking to Challenge #3 at the funsome Addicted to Stamps.  Kewl.
While I stayed home, Papa had a delightful "men only" day with DS and the twins at the Maritime Museum.  What a beautiful sky that is! 
Below are the twins, sunbathing after lunch.  That's Adam on the right, Henry on the left.  Just kidding.  They are San Francisco pigeons.
Okay, I've got to get up and move around.  I'm hoping this tray won't fall to the floor when I push it in to get up. 
~~~  Oh, wait, I have to show you this. 
I was going outside to take my card picture and when I opened the patio door and stepped out onto the deck, Hitler the Hummer did not fly away from the feeder as he usually does.  It was quite exciting to get so close to him.  I think it was because I was wearing a red shirt and I imagine he was quite excited, too, thinking, "WOW, that's the biggest feeder I've ever seen!"  I held out my finger to see if he would hop on, he was that close.  He hesitated for a second, but then took off.  It was trilling!!
Enjoy!  Take time to enjoy the birds around you!   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:  Bazzill; unknown glossy
Stamp:  Stamps Happen, Inc.
  #80042 Gather Friends Like Flowers
  sentiment:  SU, unknown set
Ink: Memento black; Marvy markers
Oval punch; pink bling from stash
Corner chomper


shirley-bee said...

That's really pretty, Darnell. I love the colouring. And that's a great pic of Hitler.

Anonymous said...

Lovely card there Darnell the colouring is quite divine and a besutiful oval hovers above it. Lovely picture of the twinks and `````````Mr Hitler is a joy to behold. Hope you are feeling tickety boo but the word tray makes me think you are still in pain I do hope not.


Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I love your card, it is so pretty, what a fabulous stamp, love your little oval too. Shame on you calling those pidgeons the twinks.........
Nice to see Hitler back on the feeder, my DH has never seen a hummer and was very impressed with Hitler, I can tell you. Hope the back is a lot better now? Take care. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Kathyk said...

Love your card, love your pix and love your humour!


scrappymo! said...

What a pretty card. Love the basket of flowers image...so pretty!

Linda said...

Really pretty card Darnell. Love the stamped image and it's coloured beautifully. I love your oval sentiment too.
Great picture of Hitler, he's just adorable. Can't believe you got so close. xx

Bernie said...

Hi Darnell, This is gorgeous. Of course I love blue but this is really so pretty. What a fabulous stamp and your coloring is spot on. Love the photo of the twinks.
I've never had a hummer come close enough to get a decent photo of it but I can sit an watch them for hours. Hope your back is a lot better now?

Ardyth said...

Pretty card, Darnell - love those wildflowers! Your twinks' hair is so shiny - what kind of conditioner do they use? lol!

Loll said...

Beautiful card, Darnell. Such a sweet basket of flowers and your colouring is wonderful. Love the oval sentiment to finish it off.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful basket of flowers, Darnell! The butterfly oval is a perfect fit! Love that hummer!

Tracey McNeely said...

Really pretty card and great pictures!

Karen B. said...

Your coloring is lovely! I have that same problem with my keyboard tray...And I've never seen a seal before outside of SeaWorld (once) so I really did that photo.

Chrissie said...

Great card and fabulous photos Darnell, your posts always make me smile.
Thanks so much
Less is More

Mandi said...

Lovely card DArnell
Your photos are fantastic
Those seals are such a wonderful colour
As for the hummingbird...amazing!

Thanks very much

Kylie said...

This is beautiful. I love the image and your colouring. Thanks so much for playing along at ATS xx

The-crafty-corner said...

That is a beautiful card Darnell-)im off to have a play at Less Is More this week too :) Your little bird is gorgeous-look at that beak !!(our English birds are very challenged in the beak department compared to that gorgeous little guy!)xx

Unknown said...

An absolutely beautiful card Dippy and your colouring is divine! Thanks so much for joining us in the fun at ATS this week - we're delighted you played along. Love the photo of the twinks.......and Hitler is stunning; how lucky you are to have such gorgeous birds in your garden.


Karen x

Carole said...

That is one beautiful sky a l-oval-y card. Hitler....what a hoot.

Lynne said...

Thats a lovely stamp Darnell, making a fabulous card.
I hope your back is better, I know whats it`s like.
Lynne xxx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell, so pretty.

Jean said...

Beautiful card ~ LOVE your coloring!

Patrice said...

Such a pretty card. Love your soft colours and the image you've used. Beautiful.

Thanks for joining the colouring fun at ATS.

Susan said...

What a beautiful image! You colored it so perfectly too! Did you use those Prisma color pencils?...gotta get your money's worth...Oh, wait! You didn't pay NEARLY as much as I did!! LOL!

Rosemary said...

stunning card, darnell... that image is so pretty!!

G Peplow said...

Hi Darnell, Super post again:0) Your card is beautiful, very classic! I love visiting your blog, you make me smile and you're always up to something LOL Fab shot of little 'Hitler' too, Gay x

kingstonmama said...

Beautiful card, Darnell. I love your basket of flowers and the sentiment on the oval. Lovely! ann

Jenni's Jems said...

Great colouring and great pics too Darnell x