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January 30, 2013

Clean & Simple Card Making Homework; Hero Arts January Contest

Happy Humpty Dumpty Day!

I made that up because normally it is What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday, but I'm not going on the WOYWW tour today because I'm taking an online class and afters I have funwork assignments to do and this week there are domestic matters like a car tune-up and a washing machine recall repair and crafty matters like orders for Valentine cards, all of which will prevent me from stopping by other WOYWW desks, as I am wanton to do, and if I can't go visiting, then I don't go linking. 
But if you came to peek at why I'm not WOYWWing, then hello and thank you for stopping by!  That was really sweet of you, leave a note to let me know you were her and I'll be happy to return the flavor.  Let me know you were her.  Ha Ha, I like that one.
I am thoroughly enjoying the online Clean & Simple Card Making 2 series. Yesterday was the second class and I've already gotten so many tips, I can quit my other waitressing job.  The teachers are very generous with their knowledge.  (Thank you, ladies, if you happen to read this!)
For my homework last night, I CASEd Julie Ebersole again.  (I just found out from Maile that today is Julie's 50th birthday, so happy birthday young Miss Julie!)  Following Julie's lead, I masked and sponged and masked and glittered and, well, here:
You guys, I actually used Distress Ink and didn't leave lines!  First I masked the card and sponged the negative heart die cut and then I masked the heart while inking the "arrow."  It was a maskafest!
I put "arrow" in quotes because I don't actually have an arrow stamp of any kind to put through the heart, so out came my Thinking Cap.  Turns out one of the stamps in the Hero Arts Ribbon Borders set made a nice shaft and another from a tiny corner stamp set made a perfect point.  All made even more perfect courtesy of a Stampa-ma-jig.

So next thing I did was lay down a couple of strips of Scor Tape and, seriously for the first time ever, I poured out two solid strips of glitter.  I have several little containers of lovely glitter and have had them for years, but other crafters (Frank Lee) have scared me silly from using the stuff.  Last night I threw glitter to the wind and went for it.  It was pretty darn fun if you ask me.  I was very careful and used a big sheet of paper under the card and then I scooped up the excess like I do with embossing powder and it was all good!  Mwah!
Then again, I haven't gone back out to the Playhouse yet this morning, so ask me later if it's all over everything.  If that's the case, I'll take a picture and post to WOYWW after all!
The little heart brad is from Stampin' Up!.  I do have bubble tops, but I couldn't find a paper accent I liked; I searched for way too long before I opted for the brad.

And, finally, it's a one-layer card!  Don't you love it?!  You have to admit that's a lot of dementia for a one-layer card!


Since I used Hero Arts, I popped over there to see what the current contest is, and squee, it is "Try Something New!"  That Serena Dipity is a hoot.  I'm just getting in under the wire.  My new was Scor Tape and glitter and using two HA stamps that I have never inked!

So that's it.  I'm hoping to get on track with the rest of the class and post my homework card the same day as the lesson, rather than the day after, so I may be back later today with a second post.
Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy your day. LITS!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Playhouse. Special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower!

Paper:  PTI white
Stamps:  Hero Arts Ribbon Borders
  and separate Corner set; Hugs is
  Hero Arts A1308
Ink:  DI Barn Door; SU! Night of Navy
Die:  Cuttlebug Classic Hearts
Glitter:  Sulyn Xtra Fine; Scor Tape
Corner Chomper



Colleen said...

Well, aren't you the totally clever one! I didn't have an arrow either, but you really "thunk outside the box" with that one! True sign of a creative person! Love your card!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Hugs to you too,
card is stunning

Almo said...

Simple but effective this one Darnell, just how you intended it to be. I like your out of the box arrow its original. Hugs Mo x

G Peplow said...

Hi Darnell, This is a little beauty, I totally love C&S cards :)
Thank you for your welcome back, it's always great visiting you, you never fail to make me smile, :)) Gay x

Unknown said...

Wow Dippy how ingenious are you.........love how you've done your arrow. Your heart is perfectly sponged and the glittered lines are tiptop! Bet you will find more than a speck of glitter when you get back to the playhouse........it gets in the most unusual places!!! lol


Karen xxx

Kristie Goulet said...

Very clever you are! Love your card and all that it entailed.

Wondering if you can get to my blog now? I have been trying to fix the problem but not sure if I have accomplished that yet. Thanks!

Carole said...

I'll add "tricky" to the list
How's your back? Fine I hope...you haven't complained for a while.:)

Suze Bain said...

This is a stunning CAS card, your classes are paying dividends. Fabulous inking and arrowing! (And I'm still laughing about your penny farthing comment!). Have a good day. Xx

Anonymous said...

Ole dogs, new tricks, lol!! I can say that cause you're all the way across the country from me, lol!!! Great card though, I need me some Scortape, I see it used with glitter often and it looks soopah! Thanks for voting for me too, thought I'd come here and insult you by way of a thankyou!!


Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, I have not hooked up today either! I am soooo impressed that you did the heart with DIs and without lines - clever girl. Love your inspired arrow too, so glad that you are getting so much out of the course. Hugs, Annie x

Ardyth said...

Glad you're enjoying your online class - looks like anyone who's anyone is taking it! lol! And I love your dementia - it would be a day without sunshine without it! Now that you're a one-layer pro, come on over and play with One Layer Wednesday this week!

Sue said...

WOW! I love this Darnell. The heart looks wonderful and the glitter looks amazing. You have really inspired me to find my pots of glitter which I rarely use.
Sue xx

Emily Keaton said...

That's a lot of masking!! I love how it turned out, Darnell

shirley-bee said...

Wow, love this card! I like the shading on the heart and the clever use of the ribbon and corner to make the arrow. Smarty pants!

Rosemary said...

fun valentine card, darnell... love how you created your own arrow... so very clever!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

You are the Queen of Mask! Why does that sound wrong? Anyhow, love your card, it's a very non smoochy heart card, the best sort for me!!
LLJ xxx

Carol L said...

I love what you learned from your class about CAS. Your card turned out great with that cleverly stamped arrow, and I love the glitter panel too! NJ!!

Michelle said...

Great card, Darnell! The arrow is superbly creative! I love that you made the glitter strips. I think I need to get some glitter so that I can try this too. :-)

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell, this is just so sweet, your heart is just perfect and I just love your little doo dad.

Sandy said...

I'm her, just to let you know hehe.. Love the card with the heart and its little brad so cute. I have been making 3 valentine cards just have to take the photo's its so nice to do something so bright and cheerful.
Sandy :)

Bonnie said...

Look at you! Glitter and a OLC! Fantastic!

Tracey McNeely said...

Turned out beautifully! Love your heart and the glitter!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Darnell thanks for popping voer and wow I love that glitter on the card.. me am rather like you and scared silly about using it dd not see it posted above as being all over the cubby, so assuming all is well great Job!!!! :D
Shaz in Oz.x

Jean said...

Great thinking out of the box in your playroom. Isn't it fun to play with glitter? Love how you repeated the line of the arrow with the score tape and glitter!

Unknown said...

Such perfect masking and sponging! Looks really great! So glad you're enjoying the class!!

JD/ Jill said...

Very creative clever card! Nicely done. When I use glitter it's everywhere. Hubby hates when I get the glitter out to use. I'm also Jealous of you... I just made a card using glitter and posted it on my blog, and the photo looks awful, I just could not photograph the glitter, but yours looks so nice. What is your secret?