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September 17, 2018

Reminder ~ Twofer Card Challenge #9 ~ LEAVES

Hello Stamplings,

I hope this finds you doing well as you start a new Monday! We had absolutely gorgeous weather on the West coast of the US of A, just the opposite of the horrors on the East Coast. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone still dealing with the storm.

We've turned chilly here, in spite of the calendar telling us it's still summer, so out came the long pants, cardigan sweaters, and fuzzy robe and slippers. I think I told you a few years ago about how the Mister's father called his robe and slippers, "blipdah-blapdah" when he was a toddler. Some things are just too darn cute to forget and get passed on through the generations. That's how nicknames happen, right?! What is your family's 'blipdah-blapdah' story?

My cards today are reminders for Twofer Card Challenge #9 where the prompt is LEAVES! This prompt is very popular right now and the cards some of you have already entered in the gallery are really incredible! Mwah!

Here you go.
The die I am featuring is the Mighty Oak die from PTI. It came out a long time ago and I haven't played with it for ages, so it was great fun returning to it.

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The coloring here is more springtime than fall, but it will be appreciated by all my friends on the other side of the world. I cut the oak leaves from a very bright alcoholic ink glossy paper background in the my stash and pieced them into a white card base negative. The sweet sediment is from GKW.

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I noticed the Mighty Oak leaf die pattern had a cluster of leaves that looked like a flower; you can see it near the upper left in my Onefer. So for my second card I mimicked the formation, again using AIs on glossy paper, and then arranged a few petals falling. I add the sediment which I think is from Penny Black to an MFT flag. Hammy only recently got his lips back to normal from his last schplatterama with a straw, so I took a turn this time. Stop laughing. I know I'm not as good at it as he is and now I appreciate how hard it is! 

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57 comments:

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

So glad to hear all is well with you Darnell, the East Coast is having a very hard time and it can be hard to watch when so far away & helpless to do anything about it.
Your cards are fabulous and that die is so effective with beautiful words. Crafty items like this makes me feel so secure as I know there is at least one within my bulging stash that will do the job each and every time.
How I laughed at the *blipdah-blapdah* what a mouthful.. I have so many toddler words from my three but one that rolled over from the first to the second then the third was *Mook & Bicket* something they would have before bedtime. Translated that's Milk & Biscuit (the sweet kind) a reward if they had been good along with a story. They still ask for Mook & Bicket now 20 years on haa haa!
Happy Monday Tracey x

Stamps and Paper said...

Darnell your cards are lovely and cery effective...the colours you've used just pop out against the white card very clever...
its turning a little chilly here in the evenings now but I'm still in T-shirts but not sure for how long..

Anne

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell, I love the bright green one (even if it is Autumn). Terrible news of the East Coast, I hope everyone is keeping safe. Autumn is beginning to show itself here in the UK and there is a nip in the air first thing in the mornings now.

Sue xx

Cat Craig said...

This has always been one of my favorite dies...not sure why I don't own it or something similar. Your greens are lush and airy and do remind me of the freshness of spring. Your blues are gorges and I got a sense of a cross somehow at first glance. Either way its peaceful and lovely.

KandA said...

Two brilliant cards Darnell, I love those wonderful green leaves and the splatters on the second are super xx

Marilyn said...

Pretty card!!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤️

Ros Crawford said...

Great use of that die Darnell and two very clever cards so bright and cheerful! Wishing you a lovely day!

Jean said...

Beautiful and creative!!

adele holcomb said...

Oh! I have that die and after seeing your lovely card, I think it's time to pull it out again.

My baby is 40 now, but the utility room has always been and will always be the "tiddly" room, and a spray bottle is "bookah bookah". Love hearing what other little people come up with!

Sandra H said...

Aww Darnell both your cards are stunning love the dies the colours and the layout used so so pretty! we are very near to Autumn some of the leaves are falling and are so colourful love this time of the year but today the day is gorgeous lots of sun out and still pretty warm although a few days back it was cold take care sending lots of love xx

Happy Dance said...

Perfect use of that PTI die on these two beauties. LOVE that bright green color and how you've filled the negative space with them. And yes, it does look like a flower in the middle! Clever idea!! Love the blue, too! Great idea to ask for our stories! Years and years ago, my mom was making fried potatoes for supper. She asked us girls to keep an eye on them, only we were a bit busy arguing, as teenage girls are wont to do. So the potatoes got a little crispy on the bottom. Some of the potatoes were stuck together, and one small section looked like a bunny, complete with ears and a tail. From then on, we've called crispy, fried potatoes 'rabbits.' Our kids and grandkids know what we mean if we say we're serving rabbits for dinner. We've got tons of those..."monkey cheese," the ather one...," "thout," and a million more words with stories behind them. Thanks for asking and happy Monday! Bev

Carol L said...

How gorgeous are your cards this time around! WOW! I love the bright colors on both, and the spattering looks perfect to me - that's something I don't do because I completely lose the light touch needed for a great outcome! LOL I have to laugh at the "blipdah-blapdah" reference to robe and slippers. WHen our daughter was little, she always asked for help putting on her "hoos and hockeys" - (shoes and socks) LOL We still chuckle about that and refer to being ready to go after we put on our hoos and hockeys to this day! We also refer to the "feeter feeter" as she used to call the refrigerator :) Some things stick in your head forever, I agree :)

Em Louise Fairley said...

Such pretty cards, Darnell xoxo

oldpunca said...

Try to keep good weather for us. :-) Fabolous cards and fabolous shape of leaves.
Something as "blipdah-blapdah" remains also in our family although children are grown up. We still use this words. But it is not possible to translante them. :-)
I'm looking forward to meet you.
Hugs,
Sonja

Brenda in IN said...

Those alcohol inks are so bright and happy. I love your arrangement and especially the blue flower one. Very pretty and clever. One story we use in our family happened to someone else but we have adopted it. My son's friend started dating a new girl and his parents asked what she was like. He hemmed and hawed so they asked if she was cute. He replied "not too" and they asked if she was ugly and he said "not very". So to describe anything when asked we say not too, not very. We never got to meet that girl.

Lisa said...

These are both so gorgeous, Darnell!! I love how you've used the leaf die on both cards!! So creative and stunning colors, too!! When my niece was little, all she wanted to eat was macaroni and cheese, but she called it "whirlie-whirlies", so now whenever someone in the family wants some, they ask for "whirlie-whirlies" ;) Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Verna Angerhofer said...

Two more beautiful cards made with the leaf design. I love them. And, I cannot recall any special names that were created from our family line. But I am sure there are a few but this old lady has forgotten them it seems. And, the weather is changing again here. Yesterday it was so hot in the 90's and today it is cold and chilly. Overnight the wind switched and changed it back to Fall. I wonder if the weather on the coast is moving in to cause us issues too. It looks like it will rain like crazy now. So dark looking.

conil said...

Doesn't it seem our thoughts and prayers are going out with increasing frequency. This climate change thing appears to be the real deal and I feel so awful for the victims of it's rage.
It's chilly here, too. So much so that I had to put on long pants...never happens in September. My wardrobe is in shock.
Loving what you've done with this versatile die and, personally, I think your spatters on the second card are every bit as good as Hammy's. You can tell him I said so.

Jeanne H said...

I too have the die you used and I love your work! Wonder how come you and others can do splatters well and when I've tried it, it only looks like a mess! When my oldest daughter was in kindergarten, her teacher asked me what "mahsgetti" was. Her favorite food is still spaghetti to this day! And my mom always said "aluminummum" and I do too. :-)

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving the cards, especially the second one.

We have warnings of high winds from 11pm tonight until 6pm tomorrow.

Hope you are having a good day. Sue

Jenny L said...

Hi Darnell,

my story of things being passed down is my Dad had grandchildren who couldn't say the word Granch which is used in my part of Wales where I was born.
So they used to call him Anch this stuck with him even to neigbours and people that new him where he lived.
They all called him Anch.
When he passed away the name was put in the herse too.
Now my sisters children and grand children call her husband that name so it carries on.

Love your towfer cards and their super designs.
You are such an amazing designer and the colours are so pretty.

Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

nancy littrell said...

Your cards are so beautiful with all the leaves die cut from alcohol ink backgrounds. Such fun and creative CAS designs with awesome splatters. TFS Dolly (your nickname created by...Lolly) Hugs..

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two lovely leaf cards, Darnell - just love the inlaid leaves on card one and the pretty blue flower on card two!!

Brenda said...

Wow Auntie, these are beautiful cards and such clever ways to use those leaves! I love the first one, yes so springy looking...wishing we were going back into spring. lol Why can't spring follow fall-we could just do away with winter right? Well I guess not, but it could be shorter! Love your second card and the way you used those leaves. The blue is so beautiful looking and I love the arrangement of those leaves. Makes for a beautiful sympathy/thinking of you card. I can't believe you guys are cool! Usually in Sept. we have beautiful warm (not hot) days and cool nights, but that hasn't happened yet. Sounds like next week might be the week. Rain, rain, rain here as the Florence comes across PA. We may have some flooding but it will be minor compare to the south that was a direct hit. Keeping all in my prayers as well as the flooding tops out. Hugs, Brenda

HilaryJane said...

I just love that green, my favourite colour xx

BożenA said...

WOW! Surprising use of this sablon. Your great creativity Darnell made me wear a different look at this stencil. A great idea, two wonderful cards.
Hugs,
BożenA

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Fantastic cards,
you are so creative ladie
amazing
hugs Tamara

Bonnie said...

Those are some pretty alcoholic colors, Dolly! They look so bright and happy and are a great pick up for some dreary days!

Pat said...

Two beautiful cards us AI's and that pretty leaves die Darnell. I love way you have inset the die cut leaves into the white card on the first, and the clever design with the flower shape and the falling petals which also look a bit like tears falling. I feel so sad for the people who have been having a hard time from Florence, but at the same time pleased that it hasn't affected you. We are due to get some windy weather as an after effect of Helene which on reaching us is just a plain old storm thank goodness. x

Lisa Elton said...

I haven't seen that PTI die in a while Darnell, love what you've done with it here! Great eye to spot that flower hidden in those leaves. One of our favorite words came from our son when he was a toddler. He had toy tools. He insisted the hammer was the screwdriver, his word for it was "skewsdriver". My hubby being an industrial mechanic leaves plenty of room for that particular word to be thrown out quite often! Oh, I still have that little red plastic hammer...I mean skewsdriver!!

Sharron said...

Both so gorgeous, Darnell! Love the luscious greens--maybe not like fall but beautiful and fresh. Your more graphic 'flower' is a wonderful us for the leaves and the simplicity makes a lovely sympathy card!

MaryH said...

Such pretty looks with the PTI die. At first I thought it was embossing paste, but read that you did some super inlay work. Love the variegated colors of the leaves on #1, and brilliant you to think of creating the flower shape on #2 in the blue colors. Two great leaf cards. Cute story, and enjoy your little coolth. We still have humidity and it was 87 today. A little misty rain yesterday, but no flooding around our area, thankfully. We were blessedly lucky - our coastal areas not so much. TFS & Hugs

Birgit said...

I love both cards b cause. Of the use of the leaf stamp. The first shows a green sunshine with the vibrant green and the same stamp shows a beautiful blue flower.This shows how much we can do with just one stamp

scrAPpamondo said...

Here in Italy it's still Summer... and no rain or cold.
Your cards are both lovely, great use of your die!
Hugs

Linda said...

Two gorgeous cards ... what a fabulous die. Love the colours you've used, the green really pops against the white.
The season is definitely changing over here .... the leaves are starting to fall already. Autumn is my favourite time of the year though so I'm looking forward to those cosy nights in xx

Sue - said...

And yet another two fantabulous cards Darnell. Not time to get the winter stuff out here as it is still very warm (for the UK) I’ve got all the windows open even though it’s quite breezy. I expect I’ll have to shut them when Roy gets back from town as he is a chilly mortal since his illness.xx

Barb Ghig said...

I love how you played with this die, Darnell! Beautiful AI colors, especially on your first card! How clever you are to see a flower and create falling petals for your design, too...Both cards are so pretty!
Thanks for sharing your father-in-law's expression for his robe and slippers...so cute! I'm just starting to wear mine, too...no complaints, though since autumn is my favorite season :) Hugs to you...Barb

Lori said...

Love your beautiful and bright leaf cards! The leaves just pop on the white background!

Trina P. said...

Two more terrific twofers, Darnell! Absolutely love the bright colors... so unique and creative. I have a similar die from W&W and this is inspiring. xx

Patti said...

Hello friend : ) It is wonderful to see your challenge is still growing strong!! and I am loving what you did with your Mighty nice die!! : )

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Redanne said...

Oh wow, I love the green (and the blue!), you are so clever with these creations and the sentiments are lovely too.

I have really enjoyed reading through everyone's blipdah-blapdah moments - the thing that springs to mind is asking Grandson Myles 'where do you think raisins come from?' and his answer was - 'from little boxes of course'! Hard to argue with that one!

Glad that your weather is not anything like that on the Eastern side!! Hugs, Annie xxx

Cheryl W. said...

Beautiful cards! Sure wish I could join in on this challenge, but I am on the road--in Kentucky, actually--and no crafting supplies in sight. Have a great rest of the week.

Loll said...

Two pretty cards with this awesome die, Dolly! I have tried to buy it a couple of times, but it is always out of stock. I'll get it someday. Love the bright and fun colours from your alcoholic (hic!) papers. And great job with the schplattering! :) Lolly xx

Pollard Carole said...

Two lovely cards great design and stunning vibrant colours Love the slippers and robe story such a fun thing Love and hugs Carole x

Anita in France said...

Luscious, Darnell ... both of them! My 'Stunning Cards' pinterest board has one of your Mighty Oak designs in it ... and these are both equally gorgeous! The AI leaves are so bold and striking against the white ... and that bloom with the tumbling petals is so perfect with the sentiment. The delicate splatters add to the poignancy ... don't think Hammy could have done better!! LYASMYMA ... NFML! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Bobby said...

I'm glad you brought that die out to play, Darnell, because both of these are so bright and beautiful.

Kuni said...

Fantastic card, great colors.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers challenge and i hope to see you again.
Hugs
Kuni

Fikreta said...

Gorgeous cards.
hugs

Mac Mable said...

Always so inspirational and today is no exception. Loving the vibrant colours on the first card and the creative layout on the second and of course Hammy's splats x. Loved reading your post x

Susan said...

That takes patience to put in all those green leaves!! Great use of the leaves to create the blue flower on the other card - so clever!

Lori Turner said...

Darnell!!! These are gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks for our alcohol inks twist this week xoxoxo

Celeste Goff said...

Two gorgeous cards Darnell! Love the inking on the leaves and how clean and simple the layouts are but offer such impact!

Viv said...

Gorgeous twofer cards Dee!love the one you entered in our challenge,such a clever card too. It's been very stormy here in the UK, two bad ones just over now, stay safe Dee. Thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' too ;)Viv DT(Vee) xx

Susanne Vargas said...

Fantastic, how you used this die! The green AI looks so fresh and crisp and I love how you discovered the flower in the pattern! Beautiful cards!
Hugs,
Susanne

Craftychris said...

It was so good knowing the weather was good where you are - it was heartbreaking watching what was happening in other places!
Both your cards are absolutely beautiful - love the colours. So sorry I haven't managed to join in (again). I do feel bad about it. Hugs xxxxxxxx

Aileen said...

Two beautiful cards Darnell, love the green leaves as you said Sping is spring here and love all the flowers and leaves appearing everywhere before the sun cooks it all. And the second card using those same leave just beautiful, so very clever too.
Off in Canberra sitting with mum at the moment, dealing with dads bad moods and erratic conversations and just watching mum disappear as the final stages hit her. Missing home a bit but back tomorrow to get more respite organised for Elysha so I don't have to worry about her as well, just for now. Take care sweet friend Hugs Aileen

Helen F. said...

Two lovey cards, Darnell! I love those bright n colorful green leaves on the first and the splatters in the background of the second blue leafy design is very pretty too.