A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Note: my Privacy Policy can be found at a tab below and you can find my NBUS Challenge online. I hope you'll join in the fun there! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

March 29, 2013

It's a Good Friday

Wishing you all the best!

I've had some time to get back to watching the videos from the online card class on working with patterned paper.  I'll be showing you my homework in the next few days as I catch up. 
I shied away from patterned paper for so many years, simply making my own with my stamps.  Then one day I had a coupon for glue, but I saw a squirrel over by the patterned paper stacks.  The next thing I knew I had so many 12x12 stacks of patterned paper, I had to order prackly an entire wall's worth of storage racks.  Eye Yie Eye.
So this class came along at the perfect time to help me keep my resolution to use my crap craft supplies this year. 
This is my second card from the class.  I made it after watching Kristina Werner's excellent video on using large or bold patterns on a card by cutting and spacing the pattern on your card front.  Thus:
I thought it was a lovely Spring card for you, especially those of you having a white Easter!  I'm pretty sure when Aloysius had that fight with Julian and went off and made up his own Gregorian calendar, trust me, he was visualizing white lilies this time of year, not white snow banks!
I am delighted to have you take a moment from making your matzoh balls or coloring your eggs to let me introduce our new friend Asha Martins of Sunny Summer Crafts.  Asha is a talented lady with years of inspiration available to you, just a click away!  Thank you, Asha, and welcome!!
The twins had me get down the baskets of marbles last weekend so they could play with them.  When I climbed up on a chair to get them down from way up on top of the hutch, I was awarded with an awemazing display of dust bunnies and spidey webbies.  It was pretty impressive, I'm not gonna lie.
Since they were disturbed, I went ahead and cleaned them all off and gave the marbles a bath in the sink.  In doing so, I created a museum piece on accident. 
Pretty cool wall hanging, huh?

And yes, that explains where my marbles are!
Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy!  LITS*! 
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*Life Is Too Short!

Paper:  Either K&Co or DCWV;
  PTI white
Stamps:  SU! "Ciao, Baby!" /
  matching SU! punch
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Embellies:  K&Co


Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Lovely spring card. The student was good-
Happy Easter
Hugs Tamara

MaryH said...

This is Uber lovely. I can see you are enjoying the class with Kristina. I love her blog (behind on that one too!). I always plan to take a class with JMcGuire, then I don't. You've done them proud with this beautiful card. Thanks for the idea on how to use those large motif papers - of which I have a ton! Happy Easter.

Carol L said...

You clearly learned a great lesson about using large patterned paper! The card is beautiful!
I love all those marbles too - and it reminded me of the huge collection I had as a child too! I wonder what ever became of them? And what ever happened to that huge stack of comic books I had? Oh, and the baseball cards I saved in shoeboxes? Hmmmm......

Sue said...

WOW! Your card is gorgeous. I really love the design, will definitely be giving it a try myself.
Love your marbles photo, brings back memories!
Sue xx

Happy Dance said...

Just the touch of spring I needed here! Such a pretty card Darnell. Love the little butterfly. And I think that some of my marbles might be among yours...I seem to have lost a few! Blessed Easter my friend. Bev

Anonymous said...

Love your card! Great use of patterned paper, and so makes use of all of the tips and tricks from class, and does it really well!! :) I love how you have added in the dragonfly and butterfly. Beautiful. Also love the marbles :)

Michelle Lupton said...

Just gorgeous!

Kim S said...

I love that technique! Your card is so lovely with the butterfly and dragonfly!

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful card! And, as always, another great post!

Unknown said...

This is so serene and elegant. I LOVE the softened pattern in the paper and the perfectly matched flitterers. Gorgeous card!

Anonymous said...

Such a soft and delicate look, Darnell ... adding the butterfly and dragonfly changes it from beautiful to perfect! Anita :)

Jenny said...

This is a great technique for Patterned paper, I need to do my homework too.... I have plenty of supplies to work on!!!!
Love the handmade fussy cut embellishments :0)
So you found your marbles then!!! My brother and I used to love collecting and playing with them..... In fact the marble run is still the fave for My lad too :0)
Jenny x

Joyce said...

This is so very pretty--a great example of why that technique for patterned paper works so well. I like how you have some insect critters perched on top. They look like they have just landed and are about to go off again.

shirley-bee said...

I need to check on top of my cupboards, see if my marbles are there.

Di said...

Wonderful card Darnell - and such a great way to use up those large patterned sheets of paper. Clever!

I have a nice bag on my desk right now for you to store your marbles in - once I finish the dusting :) Take a peek.

Hugs, Di xx

Mrs A. said...

I like the idea on our card for using large print . Very effective. Ere I Think you have some of me marbles. I lost em years ago. Have a good Easter. Hugs Mrs a.

Zippy said...

Fantastic card, so effective! Would you like to come and remove my dust bunnies from the top of my cupboards please! xx

Loll said...

Hi Dolly. Great use of patterned paper. Maybe I should have joined your class ... I have tons and find it hard to use them on cards ... but for some reason, just can't stop buying more :) This card really showcases your gorgeous designer paper and the small embellishments work perfectly. Lolly xx

Redanne said...

Hi Darnell, yes I know I am late, visitors you know..... A bit of deja vu going on here, as I could have written your third paragraph, that is so me! Your card is a beauty, thanks for the tip, I will use that myself on my wall full of 12" x 12" papers. The marbles would look beautiful as a wall hanging, I have just as many shells gathering dust too...

Hugs, Annie xx

Jean said...

Absolutely gorgeous patterned paper ~ this is fantastic. You have inspired me to dig into some of my patterned paper ~ Thank you! Love the sweet embellishments!

Bonnie said...

This is some awesome paper and I love how you added the butterfly and dragonfly! Glad you found all your pretty marbles!

Geri said...

Holy Kamoly girl, you're one smart and crafty cookie. Anothe A+ on the homework assignment! Yep, white Easter here...last year this time we were getting our pond ready for the fish!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

a fantastic card Darnell been having a happy blog peek thanks for sharing, :D Shaz in oz.x