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October 11, 2012

CASology #14 ~ Leafy Greens

Hey there!

I made a card after work last night for this week's CASology cue word challenge:  LEAF.

Melissa says we can make a nonliterate card for this challenge, but I went literate.  I love trees, leaves, and autumn in participle.  If it's not family pictures, the artwork in my home is all about those things. 
Okay, so who remembers stipple brushes and brass stencils?  I'll be honest, I had forgotten until I found a leaf stencil in my OCD-labeled "Thanksgiving/Fall" container.  It brought back memories of how a few years back I used to stip my pipple brush in ink and bounce it like a ball over the stencil onto my cardstock.  Here, this will help:
I had a friend who used to use her husband's shaving brush, clean it after, and he was never the wiser!  That was back in the 1900s and we don't do a lot of stippling anymore, leastwise I don't, what with dies and sponges and such. 
So, here's what I made by mixing the old days (non-die) with the new days (die):


I thought you might like to see my miniature flowering maple tree (Abutilon) which is growing and blooming like crazy in these cooler temps, even though it is supposed to bloom in the summer.  'Skwel, huh?
And, haha, because Mother Nature has a preverse sense of humor on display in my yard right now, here's another picture taken two days ago:
Silly hydrangea!  It hasn't bloomed since spring and now that the frost is on the pumpkin, here comes another bloom!  Goofy mixture of spring and fall, but all of it gorgeous!
BTW, preverse is reverse with a pea in front of it.  Or that feeling you get just before you're going to write a poem.  You know, pre-verse.
Before you click off groaning, please do welcome our newest friend, "Neet!"   I get the feeling that Neet is going to feel right at home with us . . . her blog banner name is, ta dum, "Hickeydorums!"  Go see for yourself!  I'm not making it up!
Enjoy your evening, night, or see you bright and early in the morning if you're sleeping right now!  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:  PTI white; unknown plaid
Ink:  Kaleidacolor
Cuttlebug leaf die


Gillian R said...

Fab card.

Karen M said...

Beautiful card Darnell:) I love the photos of your flowers too, hugs x x

kingstonmama said...

Beautiful. I love your stenciled leaves! ann

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I can still remember stencilling walls in every room in the house! Yes, I remember brass stencils too and still have a few. Your card is beautiful, lovely stippling there. In all my life I have never seen a maple that flowers - wow, it is gorgeous. Neet's blog is wonderful and she is one very nice lady too. Hope you are not working too hard? Crafty hugs, Anne x

Sarn said...

Wonder-FALL card! LOL!

Seeing your brass stencil makes me want to get my long-neglected lightbox out and play with all of mine!

Sarn xxx

Carole said...

Old and new working so well together. Great card. I love your flowering maple, it is gorgeous. Thanks for visiting, your comments are very thoughtful.

Kim S said...

I'm not even sure that I could find my brass stencils and I used to love them!! It's amazing how things change. I may have to go on a treasure hunt today!

Tracey McNeely said...

Darnell this is just fabulous--Wow! Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology!

Unknown said...

Hi Dippy hun - what a great mixture with old and new methods.....gorgeous effect. Love the photo of your Abutilon although I've never heard it called a maple.....mine has just finished flowering but have to keep ours in the conservatory where it loves the heat (when we get any with this crazy weather in the UK)..... hydrangea it fab as well. So preverse is going forwards rather than backwards? I'll have to remember that one! lol Bet Neet was drawn to your blog by osmosis.....with a blog name like that she's going to fit right in!


Karen x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell! Love the work with the stencil, beautiful card. I have so many stencils sitting in a container, you are making me think about getting them out for some air :) Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

Hettie said...

I do soooo remember stippling stencils from eons ago! In fact....I still have some stencils and stencil paints and shhhh.....don't tell anyone.....I have used them on some projects in this century!! Shh ....top secret!
Great card and great use of the stenciling stuff! Seems a shame to let it sit unloved in a box!

Carol L said...

This reminded me how much I liked my stencils and need to pull them out again soon! Your card looks so pretty with those images! NJ!

Rosemary said...

oh my word, darnell! you sure know how to make a girl laugh!! you are just too funny! yes... i remember from days along ago stipling! never tried it myself, but girl.. your stipled leaves are bee-u-t-ful!! you have created a truly wonder-fall (hee hee!) card! i'm so glad you play along with CASolgy each week!!

shirley-bee said...

Love the mix of old and new dies, and the tartan border separates them nicely.

You've obviously got green fingers to coax your plants to bloom out of season.

Jean said...

Your stippling looks like it is 3D. I still remember stippling, which is why I am so happy they invented sponging ;)! Great leaf card!

Melissa said...

Brass stencils...what are those?! Are they antiques?! LOL! I rather like the look of those stippled leaves! :)
Thanks for sharing pictures of you beautiful, brave flowers! We still have a couple rose bushes in front of our house that must think there is hope of a second summer as they are just FULL of blossoms right now! I'm not complaining...
Thanks so much for joining us again at CASology! :)

Jen W. said...

Love the stippled effect on those leaves! Thanks for sharing your ancient techniques with us! ;) Tee hee! The strip of plaid paper rocks too. Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Ardyth said...

I have stipple brushes! What a fantastic effect that we've all forgotten about! Thanks for reviving it. Or is that pre-viving it? lol!

MaryH said...

Lovely card, enjoyed the flowers too and biology lesson in previous post too! Will check out Hickeydorums. Neat name! TFS & Hugs