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July 26, 2018

Same Difference

Hello Stamplings!

I hope you are safe and dry wherever you are. And contented.

The Mister and I were discussing current events and at one point I shrugged and said, "Same difference." He knew immediately what my next words were going to be: "Hey! My friends who live in my computer will want to know the etymology of that idiomatic phrase!" And I got right on it.

The term "same difference" doesn't actually make any sense and is not grammatechnically correct. What you're actually saying is that a thing is not the same, that it is different, but that the difference is so slight as to make it not worth noting, hence: same difference. The earliest known use of the oxymoronic phrase in print was in 1945 in a book titled, "I am Gazing Into My 8-Ball," by New York gossip columnist Earl Wilson.

Today my twofers are, in fact, different. 
This is one of my QACAS (quick and clean and simple) cards that are easy to make and easy to mail. In a large mixing bowl combine a colored card base and a freshly washed leaf of white paper pierced with your awl or an Avery Elle Dotted Die. Gently fold in a NBUS "Swirling Cutwork" die from Memory Box, a sediment inked to match the card base, and three itty-bitty blings. 

Twofer
This sunset-colored rose duo is a CASE (copy and share everything) of my friend Lolly's beautiful coral rose card. Please check out Stamping With Loll to see her card and read her post where she explains this fun technique so well! I changed my paint colors slightly, used a different sediment, and splattered my card panel with gold. (Hammy went on a two-day backpacking trip with his cousins who are visiting from New Mexico, so, gasp, this card is not winked!)

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58 comments:

Julie B said...

Love the blousy roses Darnell and the colours too. Can't have roses in the garden as OH hates them with a passion!
Thanks for your lovely card and best wishes, you just want to play what time is it! :)

Crafting Queen said...

What a stunning card!! Love how you used the embossing folder and the colours are so vibrant. Thanks for joining us at Back to Basic and Beyond. Anesha

Marilyn said...

Pretty cards!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

oldpunca said...

Two wonderful cards. I'm amazed about simplicity of the first one. Great job! But fantastic roses in orange have stolen my heart. I have to try out this technique. :-)
Have a great day!
Hugs,
Sonja

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

I just adore that lovely orange for your flowers!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Two beautiful cards, as always, Darnell xoxo

Pat said...

Two gorgeous cards Darnell, and love that super MB cutwork circle on the pierced rectangle which shows it off perfectly, and then this EF technique which is not one I haven't tried so must give it a try. The watercolouring is so pretty and love the wonderful range of colour you have achieved on the fabulous roses. x

Jeanne said...

Thank you for the background on the phrase! You are so good at enlightening us! You have two beauties here! I really like the swirls on the first one and the pink and white. So pretty. On the second, the colors are blended so beautifully. Very eye catching! Wow! That Loll is so very talented (as are you) Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Bunny said...

Love the beautiful cards. Especially the roses. Fabulous.

I love oxymorons. My favorite is one of my own..........My teddy bear knows he's not real. Woolfie begs to differ though. I'm sure Hammy could relate to Woolfie on this matter. [Bunny]

Marilyn said...

These are so pretty, both are classy and elegant!

JoAnn said...

Love both of your cards and the design of each one. The roses are beautiful.
Thanks for your explanation of "same difference". :)
Have a great day. Hugs JoAnn

brenda said...

Two lovely cards Darnell, the fist so stylish in design and the second has glorious colours and so effective with the embossing folder. It's really lovely to have you join in at Stamping Sensations 'In my Garden' theme although we are a stamping challenge !!

B x

scrAPpamondo said...

Stunning both your cards and I'm in love with those sunset-colored roses!! Awwww.... I would have roses as these!
Hugs!

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Lovely cards. I especially like the Get Well one.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love them and I think I need to get out my mixing bowl so I can whip up some fantastic cards like you did. Great CASE of Loll's too.

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous colors, technique and embellishments, Dolly. TFS and the vocabulary lesson. Hugs...

Bonnie said...

I am enjoying the QACAS card! It may be simple but it's still fantastic! And your orange roses are spectacular! Hope the fires are far away from you and wish they weren't close to anybody!

sandie said...

well you learn a new thing everyday!
Loving the pink and CAS card and wow to those rich a deep colours-gorgroeus x

conil said...

You know I love me some CAS, don't do it well or often, but it always makes me sit up and take notice...and this one did. So clean and pristine.
Loll's technique (which I did check out...and thank you) sounds so simple but it is obviously so effective. Both her and you cards are a really gorgeous. I'm going to dig out my E/Fs and try it soon. By the way, didn't need Hammy's winking on that beauty.

Cat Craig said...

Thanks for reminding me about that swirling cut work die! Love the simplicity of your first card...it needs to be cased. YOur second card is lovely as well. Gorgeous chosen colors, I am off to check out Lolls page. Hugs.

Donna said...

What fabulous cards, I'll have to give the roses a try, they are gorgeous!

OH Babs said...

Gorgeous cards and in particular love your caseing Loll's rose.

Kathleen said...

Well there is certainly a lot of difference between these two cards.
Gorgeous serene CAS card and then .. wow such a stunning coloured image.
Two fabulous creations.

Kath x

Carol L said...

Same difference! Hah! I had to laugh as my husband has been saying that for years and now has me saying it too! LOL These cards are different and no way are they the same, but each is equally beautiful, so it's a different sameness, right?! LOL seriously, they're both great, but I love those orange roses - stunning card!!

Lisa Elton said...

Who knew, I love learning something new when popping into your blog! What a pretty pair of cards. The wreath on the first one is fun but you've blown me away with the second card Darnell ~ WOWZA!!

Cheryl W. said...

Your swirl-cut die adds some nice interest and dimension to your first card. I love it when a simple idea packs such a big punch.

Your rose card is just plain awesome. Although I'm not sure if something can be plain and awesome at the same time. he he It truly is beautiful, though. wish I had that rose embossing folder. I'll have to look through my stack of EFs to see if I have something that would work.

Karenladd said...

Now these two cards are the opposite of same difference, and yet they both have the same effect on me...total awe!! The first one is a perfect example of simplicity and beauty. That Swirling Cutwork die gives just a hint of a wreath (or a dust devil..ha!) and I love the pink and white. As for that floral design...just WOW! We won't tell Hammy that you skipped the wink while he was gone, and we didn't even miss it with those gold splatters. Your CAS style is a pure delight Darnell!

Stamps and Paper said...

Two stunning cards Darnell love the swirl die cut

Anne

Redanne said...

Well, I never knew that! Thank you for the definition - isn't it funny how we use expressions and don't really know their meaning!

Both cards are beautiful but the second one has really stolen my heart - what a great technique! The colours are simply stunning and your watercolouring is superb my friend! Love, love, love it!

I hope Hammy enjoyed his brief vacation and I hope you both have a wonderful weekend ahead! Hugs, Annie xxx

Anita in France said...

Can always count on you for a little learning, Darnell ... thank you! A delicious duo ... those bold blooms are just so rich and full and gorgeous ... seems you've just plucked them from their bush they're so fresh! Oh my, the cool simplicity of the white and pink ... stylish, crisp, understated ... and totally fabulous darling! Big hugs & bisous, mon amie, Anita :)

jimlynn said...

Two beauties deluxe! LOVE these!!!
Lynn

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW these are both stunning, Thanks for sharing with us on Back to Basics and Beyond, Hazel xx

Linda said...

Pretty cards .... I think I have that Memory Box die somewhere, must look it up and get it used.
The roses on your second card are just stunning .... what a gorgeous colour.
Have a lovely weekend my friend xx

BożenA said...

Your first card is so delicate and in such fresh, girlish colors. Lovely. And the second card is stunning. I love how you did it according to Loll's instructions. Her films are so perfect and it seems that everything is so easy :-) Such a beautiful card, Darnell.
Hugs,
BożenA

Trina P. said...

Eeekkk! Two beautiful cards, Darnell! I just received that sweet thank you card... thank you!
Hope you are doing well. Have a great weekend! xx

Loll said...

Two beauties Dolly!! LOVE that gorgeous modern cut wreath for your thank you card. I have not seen that before ... awesome!

LOVE your colours of your embossed and watercoloured roses. Gorgeous! Great work ... it was fun doing this technique at the retreat! Lolly xx

Celeste Goff said...

Darnell, your cards are absolutely gorgeous girl!!! Love both of them!

frommycraftroom said...

Love the roses! such beautiful colour.

Jean said...

BEautiful cards!

Helen F. said...

Darnell, these two are so wonderfully different! I'm always in awe of your lovely "simple" cards and can only wish to be able to duplicate your style some day. The FABULOUS roses have me intrigued...heading over to Lolly's blog now to check out that technique :-)
Have a great weekend

Marlena M. said...

I love your words as much as your beautiful cards Darnell! You always enlighten me and make me smile. Same difference ;)

Mac Mable said...

Such an elegant and beautifully CAS first card. Stunning second card...you really must frame this one x Thank you for the information on 'same difference' how knowledgeable us crafty blog friends are....LOL x Hope Hammy comes home safely...missing the 'winking'....xx

Fikreta said...

gorgeous cards!
hugs

Andrea said...

as always stunning cards and a great post will email you soon lots happening, i hope you are well and safe given the wildfires around California and the USA wishing you well big hugs Andrea xxx

Greta said...

The first card is so modern & fun--love it! The second is a jaw-dropper! The color of your roses is stunning, Darnell! By the way--you were right! Mr Random PTI did find me--twice, in fact! You just never know. Hope you're staying cool. I'm ready for Fall, but can't complain with all the disasters from coast to coast & around the world. So blessed & thankful no problems here. Sending hugs, Greta

Diane said...

Fabulous cards Darnell!! I have the SU EB folder and am itching to try it as soon as can play 'catch up' on my DT commitments.....another fun post!!

Brenda in IN said...

The Swirling Cutwork looks beautiful on that bright pink cardstock. Your roses are just stunning. I wish I had a rose bush in that color. I'm glad you were able to turn out two lovely cards without Hammy's help. He has taught you well and that's probably why he felt comfortable leaving cardmaking in your hands while he took his trip.

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so stunning, Darnell!! The Swirling Cutwork die is so fun!! You used it perfectly!! And WOW!! The second card is jaw-dropping!! The colors are absolutely amazing!! I love, love it!!

Thank you so much for the Hammy stamps and dies!! I just returned home from a short trip and they were waiting for me :) Happy dance!! I can't wait to play with them!! Thank you again, Darnell!! I truly appreciate it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jeanne H said...

Wonderful cards! And thanks for the lesson and thanks for looking at my creations. Happy summer, hope it is cooler!

Linda said...

Two fantastic cards, Darnell. I especially love the roses and their vibrant colors. Good luck on your upcoming surgery. Prayers and hugs to you.

Susanne Vargas said...

Your first card might be QACAS but that fabulous MB die makes it look awesome! And the roses are really breathtakingly stunning! Absolutely love the colors!

Ros Crawford said...

Superb cards Darnell! I just adore those roses! The gold splatters make them look dew covered too. I hope you're not missing Hammy too much..

Viv said...

Gorgeous cards as always Dee! I am still so worried about you with all the horrid wild fires in California still...stay safe my friend ....hugs Vee xxxx

Barb Ghig said...

Your QACAS card is so sweet, Darnell! I love the dimension of the wreath and your hot pink accents are perfect! I LOVE your roses...WOW! I'm going to scout my embossing folders and try this technique asap...it's so elegant and your gold splatters really pop on your design! No need to wink it, too...it's just perfect with your beautiful watercoloring!

Leslie Miller said...

Two beautiful cards and a little tee hee with this post, Darnell! Gorgeous color on those roses. Beautiful garden backdrops for your photos, too!

Stampin Mindy said...

WOW!!! The colors you got in that flower is absolutely gorgeous! I love the oranges and yellows. Perfect Summer Card. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday's Anything Goes Challenge. Good Luck!

♥ Mindy

Maxine D said...

Oh Darnell what beauties - love your recipe for the white and pink card, and that rose one is stunning - you are allowed to CASE a card when it turns out this stunning!! I have used that expression (same difference) for years and never knew it's origins.
Blessings
Maxine

Bobby said...

The color on those roses is breathtaking, Darnell. No winking needed. I love the swirly die cut on the first card too.