How's it going? Busy, busy? Me, too! I hope you've had as much fun being busy as I have. I've been out-of-the-country-busy with these pretty ladies!
Lolly Thompson, Christine Alexander, and me!
After the Mister and I had a sensational week-long getaway on one of the Gulf Islands in British Columbia, he went home and I was very fortunate to be invited to stay on in Vancouver for a crafty play with these ladies at their second annual Eat Sleep Craft Retreat! The beautiful photo was taken for us by Lolly's photographer SIL, Alex.
We all met at Christine's house (an amazing hostess!) and several times we were able to Skype in with two more talented friends, Bonnie Klass and Nance Salkeld.
I learned SO much from these very talented card artists! I will have more photos to share in another post, but this gives you an example of the fun we've been having! This technique is called "dirty pour."
It's been super thrilling for me to step out of my very CAS style and I have enjoyed every single minute! And do you notice who else is in the photo? Yes, that's right, Hammy came, too, of course! Thank you, ladies, for including us this year!!
I also have a card to share because the challenge is ending tomorrow. One card? Yes, only a onefer, but it's a schparkle fest of a doozemobile!
For this card, I decided to go a little wild and schplattery with my Gelatos and use them as sprays. But first I stamped the Merry Christmas sediment with Versamark and heat-embossed it using green glitter e/p from Stampendous. I was amazed it did so well, considering it's at least 15 years old.
To make the Gelato sprays, I cut off a bit from the end of three Gelato tubes into individual bowls and added a little warm water. Then I smooched each color with a palette knife until it fully dissolved. I made three colors and poured them into three empty little misters. (Containers for spraying, not miniature versions of my husband, The Mister.)
Then I went to town misting the Gelatos onto a watercolor panel. The photo doesn't do the schparkle and pretty colors justice. I cut the MFT frame from schparkly paper and added three schparkly red enamel dots to finish off the design.
I'm linking to CAS Mixup: Gelatos or Crayons. I used Gelatos sprays to schplatter my card, stamped and heat-embossed my sediment, and die-cut the frame.
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Hi Darnell, Glad you had such a nice time.
Hope you have a lovely day. Sue
Looks like you had a fantastic time Darnell, the picture of your Acrylic pouring look super as does your card with the home made gelato sprays, that's a different way to use them.
such lovely photos, it really looks like you had a fantastic time together :))). and british columbia is amazing!
very interesting technique with gelatos and a perfect card.
Wow you get an apron too. Great card lots of sparkle looks beautiful
Looks like so much fun and wow to those backgrounds...loving the purple ones!! And adore the sparkle on the card x So pleased you had a fun hols x
How wonderful that you were in the right place to join the Eat Sleep Craft repeat gals, looks like a whole lot of fun to me, love their name, how clever.
Lovely christmas card too, took me a mo to work out that the green frame was just that, a frame, I thought it was a mount, must get the eyes checked again!
What a wonderful opportunity to meet these talented ladies!
Love your sparkly Christmas card!
What great fun you look to be having! Your card is fabulously splashy.
Pretty card!! Glad to here you had a fun time!
Have a great day!
that looks like such a fun time together! So fun to see crafters uniting like this. Your card is sweet and I love the colors. I didn't know you could use gelatos in a sprayer. I'm always learning something new every day. Thanks for sharing your blessed time together with us!
So happy for you to have been able to join your friends. It looks like you had a marvelous time. That dirty pour technique looks so cool! Wonderfully glorious and sparkly Christmas card. Thanks so much for sharing! :) Hugs!
Hello Darnell: How fabulous you are enjoying this fun time with your friends learning some awesome stuff, love your sparkly and beautiful Christmas card, I also didn't know much about Gelatos but now, I'm curious.
I LOVE, LOVE the aprons you guys are wearing, that is a fantastic motto that I totally agree on.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful pictures with us, I'm looking forward to see more.
Big hugs, my dear.
Oh gosh you got to meet Loll in person. I'm so envious. Looks like you had a lot of fun and laughs Aling the way too . Sorry but
I' m snowed under with other people's health problems right now to play in the twofer challenge which was right up my street but my blogging tine has been very limited. Hugs Mrs A.
How wonderful that you ladies got together!!! Fabulous photo of you all and I love your card... Can't wait to see what you make with your dirty pour!
Your Gelato spray is so pretty, Dolly! It looks like our CAS Mix Up badge! Love all the schparkle too! WOW!
I'm so glad that you were able to stay over for Eat, Sleep, Craft Repeated and that Nance and I got to craft with you. Hope you had a good flight home. Mwah!
A craft retreat - now that sounds like wonderful fun! I hope you are having (or had) an amazing time!
I can imagine the mayhem y'all got up to! Great card too.
I thought you gad been a little quiet lately Darnell, but now I know why, as you were having a fun time with the gals and crafting to the max looking at all those wonderfully coloured pieces, and great photos of you all too. The Gulf Islands sound like a fantadtic get away place with the Mister too. The card is so sparkly and gorgeous too and the gelato spray has made a beautiful background. x
What a lovely group of nice ladies! It has to be fun to learn something new and to be together with the people on the same "wave". I can even imagine the energy in the craft room. :-) I can hardly wait to see all the cards you've created. Today's card is fabolous. Great use of gelatos.
Have a nice day!
Lucky ducks!! How cool is that??!! It's wonderful to meet up with crafty friends in real life, and it sounds like you all had a great time! *sigh* That's a fabulous photo, too!! Gelato sprays. The only way I'd be able to do that is if I was eating the Italian ice cream, and laughed so hard that it came out of my nose, lol!! What a great technique! This turned out so beautifully. Those enamel dots bring the eye right to the sentiment, then it's a swirl around to the rest of your beautiful card. And it is beautiful!! Well done, you!! Get a little rest, now, and once you're rejuvenated, tell us more!! xo Bev
You look to have had a fab time with like minded friends. So great to be crafting with friends. :)
So wonderful you got to play with all those talented ladies.
How fun!! Thank you for sharing your British Columbia craft retreat, with great photos. Lucky you!
this was such a fun week crafting all day and night and so happy you'd come back :)
How great that you have had another crafty get together to enjoy and I look forward to seeing more of your crafty makes. I love your sparkly little number and how creative to use your supplies like that!!!
Looks like you had a great time!! Love your sparkly card xx
Oh so jealous--great picture of you guys! Something like this might make me actually get a passport--haha! Love your beautiful card, Darnell!
That looks like a fabulous fun time you had together. And, I love the onefer with all the sparkle too!
I've been having fun hopping around visiting. How wonderful that you got to meet up with them! BC is a beautiful place and now I know why -- because all those awesome people live there. Fabulous card today with all the sparkle, the splattery background and that big, flourishy sentiment. I had to wonder if that was Hammy in the photo with all the backgrounds.
This past week has been so much fun! We were all so excited when you agreed to join us for our second annual crafting retreat. And planning your vacation about the retreat worked perfectly. I'm so happy that you not only enjoyed, but embraced, all the mixed media techniques we tried.
Already looking forward to next year! Love you. Lolly
Your card is gorgeous and very schparkley! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx
It must have been an amazing meeting! So many great artists in one place and at one time ... so jealous of such a meeting. I think that not only I would like to be with you :-) Fantastic women
And this beautiful card made of Gelatos. Great, rich and unusual colors for Christmas.
Sounds like you had the most amazing time Darnell and the company superb to be with your card is stunning as always your so creative x
Oh Darnell, reading your posts always puts a big smile on my face!! :D Your writing is always so fun! Thank you!
"Eat, sleep, craft, repeat" is a dream for me, I would living in this way!!! LOL Such a fabulous group of crafters, surely you have had a very good time! Hammy is so cute under the coloured papers :)
Great take with the sprayed gelatos and the sparkling green embossing, beautiful card!!
Fantastic photo's and some really lovely creations, glad you had a great time.
Great pictures and just love those aprons, perfect for your get-away. You must have had great fun doing dirty pours en masse! It looks like you did anyway! Hammy looks happy too...
Your onefer is beautiful and definitely worthy of a post on it's own! Hmmm, yes, visions of Mister being smooshed with a palette knife now - lol. Hugs, Annie xx
It's wonderful that you had such a great time crafting with your friends and fellow artists! Great photos, and great card too! So glad you are enjoying life to the utmost :)
Looks like a great time . . . I love the aprons and all the smiling faces :)
Sounds line a fabulous time Darnell...two vacays for the price of one travel. That is optimum. Love that sparklie card too. Great seeing the pictures and I can't wait for you to tell me/us about that technique.
Looks like you had a really FABULOUS time!! I love the dirty pour photos. I have watched this done on YouTube and it fascinates me. LOVE your pretty card. Never would have thought to cut the gelatos up to make a spray-so creative!! It makes a really FUN background!
This must have been so much fun, and in such a pretty part of MY country! :P Love the sparkly Christmas card, too! Hmm, a way to actually use my gelatos?
Wow! How fun!!! Looks like a great time with a super talented bunch!!!
So glad you were able to partake in a little crafting vacay. Sounds like fun. Your card today is sparklingly awesome. There's no such thing as too much sparkle, is there?
Dolly, I'm missing you already!!! It was such a joy to meet you in person. And I love your sense of humour (I laughed when you talked about the three little empty misters and then added you didn't mean the Mister - I had the funniest vision of three little empty-headed men)and your willingness to experiment with the techniques we were doing. Love your sparkly card - never too much sparkle!!
So happy for you to have been able to coordinate your vacation time and join the craft retreat, Darnell! It must have been so fun to craft with your wonderful friends IRL and get to know them better.
Your sparkly holiday card is so pretty with the Gelato spray! Hideko xx
Just look at the happy glow on those smiling faces ... it says everything about such a wonderful retreat, Darnell ... and to have Hammy along to help must have been brilliant! Looking forward to finding out loads more (when you've had chance to breathe a little!) about the whole experience! Luscious shimmery, schparkly card ... the softness of the background spritz is delicious! Look at you, you've become a mixed media expert! LYAMYHMA ... AIFORRFTO? Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)
brilliant photos of your retreat with your crafting buddies.
What a super gorgeous array of inked creations.
Your card is so very glittery and so very lovely too.
Sorry I haven't been able to join the twofer challenges lately time seems to be leaving me behind lately and I am finding it very hard to manage.
Oh the joys of getting old.
Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours.Jenny L.
What a whole lot of super funtastic adventure! Good for you, Darnell! Love all the sparkle on your card. I really need to get out my Gelatos.
Amazing!! what a spectacular blessing to spend time with crafty friends from all over the world!! Darnell you are well blessed my friend! : ) and talented!! gees you girls have more talent in your baby finger than I have in my whole body!! I'm in awe!! : )
It looks like you're having a fantastic time! That dirty pour looks like so much fun and not one drop on Hammy! Such a wonderful Christmas card - makes me want to play with my Gelatos!
What a special time creating, sounds like you ladies had a terrific crafty session. Lots of fun and inky fingers, life doesn't get better than that.
What a colourful card perfect for the occasion. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up! xx
Sounds like a wonderful time, Darnell! Looking at those fab samples, make me wish I was there too!
Making your own misters with gelatos was a great idea... now I'll have to try it, thanks for the how-to. Looks good in the company of a schparkling Christmas card!
How wonderful and such fab photos too, looks like you had a fab crafty time.
What a lucky thing you are to get to go to a retreat and have lots of fun playing with acrylic paint. Absolutely love your glittery card and what an ingenius use of gelatos!!! xx
Hi Darnell, sounds perfect a wonderful vacation with the Mister and then a crafty retreat with awesome ladies :) Cheers, Shirleyx
SO jealous that you got to join the group sis! what a wonderful time you must have had - love your use of the gelatos in a spray! so very clever with beautiful results! thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!! Julia xx
You all look like you had so much fun and also learnt lots along the way. How amazing to be all together and so much talent to share....Glad Hammy was included too x Such a sparkly and wonderful CAS and mixed media card. Love how you used the gelato's as sprays...such a creative idea. Glorious and beautiful card x
How wonderful to spend time with those talented ladies, Darnell. I can't wait to see all the ideas and techniques you shared come together into cards. The Gelato spray looks wonderful behind that sparkly sentiment. I almost lost it when you explained the misters. ;)
Hi Darnell! What a fun time you must have had! I'm sure there were so many amazing ideas and projects! Thanks for sharing with us! Hugs!
Sounds like you are having a blast. I might have to google dirty poor it's got my interest.
Fab card too! Vicki frommycraftroom.wordpress
Just a note the option to leave a message from my blog name has gone. Not sure if it is my end! you tech stuff isn't my thing.
Hi Darnell,this is such a lovely card..am so glad to follow you and thank you for leaving love on my blog..you made my day.
I was so thrilled to finally meet you at the retreat this year, Darnell! I agree it was so nice to have another non-mix media newbie there. 😉 You were everything I had imagined and more... kind, fun and talented! So glad your travels went smoothly and your health is in check. 👍
Love your gelato spray technique and this schparkly Christmas card is gorgeous! Can’t wait till next year’s retreat! Enjoy your weekend! xx.
Your super sparkly card is spectacular! You girls must have had such fun creating, playing, and chatting! How awesome that Bonnie and Nance were able to join through Skype! You gotta love technology (when it works...)!
Those aprons are terrific and they say it all. I can see you had a great time by all the smiles and I told Loll I do think I heard you all laughing. Dirty pour is new to me and I was sure it was a drink! Oh well, always ready to learn a new technique. Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation along with crafting. Oh, the card. It is really sparkly, just like a Christmas card should be. Rest up, my friend.
Hi Darnell, sorry I've been a bad blogger lately but I promise to cove visit more often now things are getting sorted this end. Looks like you all had a super inky time and I love your sparkly card xx
Sounds like a delightful time!
Lucky you! Beautiful card! LOVE your messy pour! And LOVE that you were able to have such a FAB get away with talented crafty friends!
So wonderful that you managed to get together with some very crafty friends! thanks for sharing the great pics!
Well, thank you so much for explaining how in the world you were able to splatter Gelatos, because I just couldn't get my mind around that at all. I have some Gelatos and haven't even opened the box, much less figured out how to make them splatter-able. With my luck, however, my liquified Gelatos would probably clog the mister spray and /or come out in weird clumps. So I'll leave all that fancy technique to you. The results are really fun though...almost like a carnival (but without the corn dogs).
Your craft retreat sounds wonderful, and I am envious of your snazzy aprons!
It looks like you had an awesome time, hammy too! A lovely photo of you beautiful ladies. Love your sparkly card - sparkiliciously gorgeous. xxx
Im on the catch up with visits again.
Fabulous photo of you and your chums. I can imagine that your time was spent roaring with laughter as you are a very funny gal.
My goodness, when you say sparkle, you certainly mean sparkle. Your fab card will illuminate any festive mantle.
Purty, purty. I've read about using the gelatos this-away, but I never tried it. After seeing your fab make, I'll try to remember to do this. Thanks for the fine instructions. So glad you didn't try dump this down the Mr. Mr. He might not have liked the taste! LOL. Hugs
Looks like you all had a fabulous time! Well jealous!
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