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!

July 21, 2013

WOW! ~ Case Study #150; NBUS #24


I wasn't planning to post today, but last night I was surfing and not for the first time this week, I came across the current challenge at Case Study where the brilliant card artist, Jocelyn Olson, has given us this week's inspiration:

You need to click over and see what she made using her own inspiration card.  It's unbelievable what talent people have for using computers for cards!
I made a card that would have been perfect for this challenge back in May, here, but it's not okay to backlink, and since nothing original was budding upstairs, I just passed by this challenge earlier in the week.  Then last night when I came across the inspiration again, my eyes focused on the center of the bright and happy bloom.
And I saw a "burst" like from an explosion, so I pulled out my set from The Alley Way Stamps called, appropriately, "KA-POW" to use in the center.  The burst image I used is NBUS.  Then, rather than simply use the petal stamp I used last May to encircle the burst, I used one of the raindrops I cut from a NBUS stamp set from Designs by Ryn called, appropriately, "Raindrops."
And I made this:
This was actually just going to be my "dry run" to see if it would even work.  As you can plainly see, I did not pencil a circle first (slap) to guide me, so my drops went a bit wonky. 
I put it down and thought I would redo it this morning.  Then the more I looked at it, the more I decided it was just fine.  It has the charm of a handmade card.  Part of the Case Study challenge was to encourage us to try doing digi or make a hybrid card, but it wasn't a requirement.  Since I'm not there yet, I'll be in the category for human, not computer-literate and therefore, not perfect.  I'm okay with that.  Some day, when I'm done with my NBUS (hahahaha), I'll turn to learning how to make cards with the computer.  In the meantime, I'll be awed by what others are able to do!
To finish the card, I used a teeny wooden stamp that just fit in the center of the burst, which was actually a WOW moment!  I then used a Sakura Clear Star gel pen to add sparkle and over that I added a layer of Glossy Accents to the raindrops.  I tugged a war with myself about putting bling on the three dots that are part of the image, but in the end I decided that they would distract the eyeball from the rainbow circle, so I called a halt to the proceedings.
New Friends
Yesterday I happily introduced you to Sharon.  Sharon happily read my post and responded with her blog information.  I happily pass it on to you.  Please take a few minutes to go and meet Sharon at Sharon's Creative Essence.  As Sharon was getting settled in, I was delighted to turn around and find that Janice of Stamping-Mad BlogSpot had also joined the party!  Welcome, Janice, and thank you!  Woot ~ two new friends for you to be inspired by!!
Funny Video
A friend of mine sent me a link to a hysterically funny video made by a crafter who is a pure riot in her dramatic showing of all her NBUS!  She doesn't call it NBUS, but I think she'd love the acronym if she knew about it.  She and I certainly share an addiction and I'm sure you, too, will recognize a sister-friend in her!!  You'll have to come back and let me know if you do.  Here is the link to "I L.O.V.E. YouTube Shopping!"

Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS*!
As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower!
*Life Is Too Short!  

Paper:  PTI white
Stamps:  TAWS "KA-POW"; Designs by
  Ryn "Raindrops"; unmarked sediment
Ink:  Versafine; Marvy
Sakura gel pen, Glossy Accents
Corner Chomper


Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

This is really waw card,
love how you stamped in shape of circle rainbow
hugs Tamara

Anonymous said...

Love this funky rainbow card Darnell ! Isn't it funny how you can spend an age trying to get an idea and it just doesn't happen-then up and out of the blue -Eureka !!
I saw that lovely hoarding Momma earlier in the week on someones Blog-she is a woman after my own heart !
Nessa xx

Cathy said...

Hi Darnell, great take on the CASE card, I haven't used digis either, although I seem to have acquired some images lately. I think I associate them with copics and I don't have those.

Although, after watching that HILARIOUS video, I think I'm going shopping, what the heck!!!!

That was sooo funny, made my day thank you for sharing the link ! Yes I did put my hand up at the end and I did feel better LOL :) Cathy x

Sue said...
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Sue said...

Such a wonderful card Darnell (sorry I had to delete my last comment because I called you Danell!)
I love the clever design and gorgeous rainbow colours always cheer me up.
Just off to watch the video now...
Sue xx

Sian Ridley said...

Isn't that so annoying when you've made a card that is just perfect for a challenge that hasn't happened yet!? :)

This card is a winner in my book - you can't go wrong with a rainbow!! :)

JD/ Jill said...

Your creativity has no bounds! I don't do many challenges...because I usually can't think of card before the deadline is over...LOL
That video was a bad one for me to watch LOL. Saw it last week and this week for the first time in Four Months...I WENT shopping...and boy did I shop...

Pam Carter said...

Love, love the video. I think she speaks for all of us. I have more NBUS than I care to admit and just ordered more yesterday. I figure it is just being a good American, putting money into the system, right. As usual your card is really good. You come up with great ideas.

Mrs A. said...

I'd leave you a comment but I've gone Shopping!!!!!
Hugs Mrs A.

Unknown said...

This is perfect Darnell...I'm happy you resisted the re-do :) I watched that video and LOVE it! I love her rant about Tim Holtz..."I can ink it, I can dab it, I can paint it..." lol love her!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, what a brilliant idea to use the Rain Drop to create the circle shape. Love the vibrant colours. I also watched the video, I still have tears in my eyes, it's hilarious but also makes me think about my 'addictions':) Thanks for sharing, cheers, Shirleyxx

Nan G said...

Fab card Darnell! Love the bright rainbow you achieved with the raindrop. Wasn't that vid hilarious! Found the link on Gentleman Jim's blog. What's that saying?...." I just about peed mu pants! " with laughing. Have a wonderful week. Hugs

alexandra s.m. said...

Incredible depth and dimension in your design Darnell!
Love it!
Thank you~

Anonymous said...

First of all your water drop (rain) stamps is awesome & I love it!!! I love what you did with the design of your card, & what,..!? No circle to guide you! You fooled me!

I saw her this week on FB & couldn't agree more -- "ok, Tim Holtz, teach me something new, cuz I'm ready!!!" -- lol -- he better stop coming out with new stuff !!

Sharon Underwood said...

Love your beautiful card! And, thank you for the link to my website! Also love the YouTube video--hilarious! Busted!

Ardyth said...

This is fantastic! I love the colours! And the way you incorporated the shape in the centre in your sentiment!

Jen W. said...

I think it rocks! And I really love the shine on those colours from the Glossy Accents. So cool.

I saw that video the other day and actually squirted my drink out of my nose over it. That lady is brilliant!

Deepti said...

Right ideas hit at right time and this lead to the right creation :) your card is perfect :) indeed the previous one was perfect too :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Wow wow and wow! Darnell this is fantastic! You are on fire girl! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at CASE Study!

Debby Hughes said...

Oh my love your colourful raindrops! Thanks for joining us at CASE Study this week :)

Maureen Merritt said...

WOW is right! Talk about making a statement! Thanks for playing along at CASE Study this week!

Dianne said...

This is brilliant Darnell, for one prefer a handmade original make, it's harder to make, I loooove how it turned out with just that raindrop, love the colors swirl around the raindrops are glistening no bling needed, I have saw that video and it's hilarious, thanks for sharing..

cm said...

Clever+++ with this card, Darnell! Love that it's 'home-made' - who cards about perfect circles when the outcome is stunning because of the creativity and thoughtfulness involved! Colours, layout, unique use of Ka-Pow all make for one fantastic card! Off to watch the video...

Jean Martin said...

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful card! Genius!!!

Bonnie said...

This reminds me of Jack blowing bubbles and popping them as fast as he can. That boy loves to pop those bubbles! And these are such pretty colors!